Glenn Westover, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Glenn was born in Fort Frances on Sept. 24, 1926 to Milton and Ida Westover (nee Abbott).
He attended school in Barwick, Ont., where he lived until 1948, when he moved to Fort Frances. It was then he met his life-long partner, Gwen Heward.
There was an instant connection the first time they met in the dental chair at Dr. H. Reeves, where Gwen worked as a dental hygienist. Gwen and Glenn were married on Oct. 5, 1951 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Glenn loved the outdoors, and as a young man had worked on the family farm, as well as a licensed scaler for the ministry and Long Lac Pulp and Paper prior to joining Boise in 1951.
After Gwen and Glenn were married, Glenn transferred from the forest operation to the cutter room in the mill. Over the years, he also worked in the grinding room, stores, and electrical department.
At the time of his retirement on Sept. 30, 1988, he was senior powerhouse operator, with 37 years of accident-free service.
Glenn was very active in the community. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 for 61 years. In 1996, he received his Life Membership. In 1998, he was awarded the MSM medal and the Palm Leaf medal in 2007.
Over the years, he held a number of executive positions, including 50/50 chairman, Service Officer, President, Past President, First and Second Vice-President, and Sergeant-at-Arms.
He enjoyed volunteering, fundraising, and organizing Legion sports. He also marched with the Colour Party for Legion funerals, Remembrance Day services, parades, and other special events, such as the Sea and Air Cadet annual ceremonies, high school graduation, and high school Remembrance Day ceremonies.
In March, 2013, he was extremely honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from local MP John Rafferty, surrounded by his family and friends.
Glenn also was a member of the local chapter of the Oddfellows organization for more than 40 years. In fact, he had enjoyed a fish supper and an evening out with his friends from the Oddfellows the night of his passing.
Glenn also volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly and shut-ins for many years. Glenn also had served as a volunteer firefighter for 17 years and was presented with a special plaque upon his retirement.
Glenn was a life member of the Rainycrest Auxiliary, as well as held a variety of positions on the board of directors of the Fort Frances Community Credit Union over a period of 39 years.
He was an active member of his church over the last 47 years, and could be found on the outside row of pews most Sundays until his health did not allow him to attend.
He also volunteered for the CP & T Humanitarian Services, which included collecting and distributing medical assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and the likes. He often could be seen driving around town with this equipment in the back of his truck.
Glenn also was known to many as the “Hopkins Bay Hill Billy.” In 1965, Gwen and Glenn purchased a lot on the lake on Hopkins Bay. This began a labour of love for both of them, but especially for Glenn.
He loved being at the lake, and was never happier than when he was there. The 20-foot “ Westover” sign marked the way for those coming down Club 21.
He could be found there working in the garage, cutting down fallen trees and replanting with a new sapling, or having a quick nap on the bed in the porch, with his western book on his lap.
Glenn loved to build things, especially from wood. During his lifetime, he built several homes and helped on many a family project. Glenn had a passion for rocks, gardening, and wildlife. The flower gardens and rock walls at the cabin are a testament to that.
He always could be found with a large garden full of vegetables, and took special pride in his tomato plants. He loved leaving food out for the birds and animals at the lake, such as seagulls, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, and fox.
Glenn especially loved the loons that nested out in front of his cabin.
Glenn was predeceased by his parents, Milton and Ida Westover of Fort Frances, Ont., and by his brother, Ross Westover, of Geraldton, Ont.
He also was predeceased by his mother- and father-in-law, Maggie and Colin Heward; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Russell and Colleen Allan, Frank and Alverne Hoey, Sydney Marsh, Dave Ryckman, Fred Irwin, Gordon Allan, Leo Silander, and Erma Heward.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Gwen; daughter, Glenna Morand and grandsons, Brendan and Brent Morand, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; sister, Joyce Silander of Ear Falls, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Reta Westover of Thunder Bay, Ont., Lucille Ryckman of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Edith Marsh of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mildred Allan of Emo, Ont.
Glenn also is survived by many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were of prime importance to Glenn, and each and every person held a special place in his heart. Recently, he had voiced how truly lucky he felt to have been blessed with such an amazing group of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10-11 a.m.
Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Luncheon was served at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 following the service.
The pallbearers were Murray Gibson, Leland Westover, Gary Durbin, Billy Johnson, Bud Dyrland, and Kenny Hampton.
The honourary pallbearers were the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Colour party, Rod Newman, Wayne Salchert, Gary Nuttall, and Gord Taggart.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com