DEGAUST; Archibald (Archie) Charles

Passed away peacefully at his home in Barrie ON surrounded by family on February 4, 2018 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife of nearly 52 years, Sylvia. Dear father of Archie and Kevin. Beloved grandfather of Corey, Gerritt and Chantal. Predeceased by his parents Archibald “Archie” and Catherine (nee MacKenzie) and stepmother Dorothy of Cape Breton, NS. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Anne, Dolores (Lou), Andy (Jean), Brother Benedict, Dorothy (Fred) and Ellie. Archie’s early life was shaped by a Depression-era upbringing in Cape Breton, two years as a Franciscan seminarian and an education at St. Francis Xavier University. As a schoolteacher he inspired countless to love Shakespeare, read and write poetry and appreciate music of all genres. In his retirement he discovered a passion for woodturning and dedicated countless hours in his shop creating breathtaking pieces of art that have found their way into homes around the world. In his later years he was a devoted caregiver to the love of his life, Sylvia, and doted on his grandchildren. He was a voracious reader of books, an entertaining storyteller, a talented singer and a committed servant of his community, particularly through the Knights of Columbus. Family and friends will be received at Adams Funeral Home, 445 St. Vincent St., Barrie on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia St., Barrie on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sleeping Children Around the World or Covenant House Toronto.

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