With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Henry Francis “Elmer” Brandrick, age 86, our husband and friend, of 13 Rawn Rd., Atikokan, Ontario. Elmer passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ontario.
Elmer was born on July 11, 1926 in D’Arcy, Saskatchewan to the late Ivan and Sarah Brandrick. Elmer moved to the Rainy River District with his family in 1928 and settled in Devlin.
At the age of 18, he was conscripted to the Army and served in Canada during WWII.
In 1946, he moved to Atikokan to work in the Steep Rock Mine, where he operated heavy machinery, and later as a machinist at Caland Mine until the mine closed in 1981.
He met Sylvia Paterson in 1971, and they were united in marriage on May 12, 1972.
Elmer was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, boating, all terrain vehicles, and snowmobiling in the winters. He also enjoyed travelling and in later years, spent most of their free time in their camper trailer.
Elmer was a small engine enthusiast, who loved working on and building engines, almost as much as he loved to talk about them.
Elmer was a member of the Atikokan Sportsman Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 145 in Atikokan.
Although they never had children of their own, Elmer was like a second father to many generations of children whom he and Sylvia cared for.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Eric and Bernard (Pat) Brandrick; one sister, Marie Haver; and four sisters-in-law, Bonnie, Hazel, Shirley and Lorna Brandrick.
Elmer was survived by his wife, Sylvia Brandrick of Atikokan, ON., one brother, Ken Brandrick of Devlin, ON.; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Reverend Barbara Miller officiated with interment in Devlin Cemetery in Devlin, Ontario.
The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Color Guard provided a military tribute during the service.
Active pallbearers were Adam Hodgson, Brent Dyhm, Tim Scott, D.J. Gillies, Ed Taylor and Rob Brandrick.
Honourary pallbearers were Kristie Gillies, Lacey Gillies, Becky Hodgson, Jesse Anderson, Alacia Henderson and Chandra Gillies.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Atikokan General Hospital in care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.