WOOLFREY, Gil­bert Jack 1924 - 2018

The Hamilton Spectator - - Classified -

On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2018, our fam­ily lost its pa­tri­arch, coun­sel­lor, and moral com­pass. Gil­bert “Jack” Woolfrey passed away peace­fully at the age of 94. He has left be­hind the love of his life and wife of 69 years, Joyce Kath­leen (Fowler); their daugh­ter Lois Smith and her hus­band Ian (fam­ily: Jen­nifer, Lor­raine D’Alessio, and hus­band Richard, with their daugh­ters Car­men and Zara); son Bill Woolfrey and his wife Janet (fam­ily: Evan and his wife Kathy, with their daugh­ter Eli­nor; son, Cameron); son Paul Woolfrey and his wife Mary (fam­ily: Sara Cameron and hus­band Scott; Emma; Jack). Dad is also sur­vived by his sis­ter Margaret “Peg” Hall, sis­ter-in-law Mary McGu­gan and hus­band Hugh, and many nieces and neph­ews. Pre­de­ceased by his sis­ters Elizabeth Mosey, Marion Pitt and her hus­band, David, broth­erin-law John Hall, and niece Kathy Smith. Jack was born and raised in New­found­land un­til the time his fa­ther (a minister with the United Church) was re­lo­cated to Moore­field, On­tario, where he met Joyce and they fell in love. He served in WWII be­fore start­ing a ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion, be­com­ing Co-or­di­na­tor of Guid­ance for the Hal­ton Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. The fam­ily was raised in Burling­ton in the sup­port­ive neigh­bour­hoods of Ghent Av­enue and Welling­ton Square United Church. Jack re­tired in 1982 when he and Joyce built their dream home on the shores of the Bay of Quinte, a coun­try re­treat that fam­ily and friends loved to visit. They moved to Kitch­ener-Water­loo in 1992, even­tu­ally liv­ing at La­nark Heights where Joyce still re­sides. The fam­ily wishes to thank all the La­nark staff for their car­ing sup­port of our fa­ther and our fam­ily as we have walked this life jour­ney to­gether. Jack loved to tell sto­ries from his ex­cep­tional mem­ory, en­ter­tain­ing us with the de­tail of his colour­ful child­hood. Dad was lov­ing and gen­er­ous, he pro­vided for his fam­ily, and stood faith­fully by his chil­dren. We have known no bet­ter man, yet it was Mom and Dad to­gether who saw us through life’s chal­lenges and suc­cesses. Fu­neral ser­vice in the Chapel at Gra­ham A. Giddy Fu­neral Home, 617 King St. North, Water­loo on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 at 11:30 a.m. Vis­i­ta­tion one hour prior to the ser­vice. Re­cep­tion to fol­low. In­ter­ment in the spring at Bethesda Ceme­tery, Moore­field. In pref­er­ence to flow­ers, a do­na­tion to the Men­non­ite Re­lief Fund, World Vi­sion Canada, or Gower Street United Church in St. John’s, New­found­land and Labrador would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

On­line con­do­lences can be made at www.gra­hamgid­dyfh.com 519.888.7700

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