It is with great sorrow that the family of Clyde Ditmars announces his sudden passing on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Clyde was born on March 27, 1934 in Kakabeka Falls, Ont. to Dick and Alice Ditmars. He was raised in Kakabeka Falls.
He was united in marriage to Blondie Sobush on Aug. 7, 1959. They spent 60 wonderful years together and raised one son, Van Clyde Ditmars.
As a young man, Clyde took over his father's garage. He lost the business to a fire but was able to rebuild a full-service station.
After this, he bought Elmer's Wood and Oil Company in Fort Frances. With this successful venture, he expanded back into Thunder Bay, Ont. with the purchase of Haglunds Oil, which he sold to Imperial Oil when he retired.
Clyde and Blondie loved their time in Fort Frances and returned here after retirement, building their dream home on the lake.
He was a past member of the Fort Frances Lions, Fort Frances Curling Club, and Kitchen Creek Golf Course.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Blondie; stepmother, Jean Ditmars; siblings, Enid Alderdice, Guy (Vi) Ditmars, and Kelly Ditmars; brother-in-law, Don (Jan) Sobush; as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Clyde was predeceased by his father, Dick; mother, Alice; and siblings, Lloyd, Ginnie, and Terry.
As per the wishes of Clyde, there will be no formal service at this time.
A celebration of life, full of shared memories, will follow at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memorium donations may be made to Knox United Church, 340 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7 or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com