It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Bert passed away peacefully at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, in his 92nd year. Bert was born on February 14, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario. He served in Europe from 1944 to 1946 with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg and was a Life Member and Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Bobcaygeon Br# 239. He was a Bobcaygeon Village Councillor and a Hydro Commissioner. Bert was the founder of British Empire Fuels Ltd. and moved it to Bobcaygeon in 1964, so as to engage his lifelong passion for hunting and fishing. Living on the water gave Bert and Ruth the joy of entertaining and educating their grandchildren about the great outdoors. Bert loved to be in his boat, enjoying the company of his family. He was also an avid bowler, curler and golfer, a warden at Christ Church Anglican, a Member of the Masonic Lodge #268, and a minor hockey coach. Loved and missed by his wife of 70 years, Ruth (nee Finley), daughters Wendy (Jerry) Hall of Bobcaygeon and Cathy (Bruce) Atchison of Lindsay, grandchildren Sarah (Jason) Dove, Alex (Nicole) Hall, Graeme (Natasha) Hall, Susan Schonemann (Dan), Elizabeth Schonemann, and Dustin Doner, great grandchildren Ben and Grace Dove, Tristan Hall, Noah, River and Wyatt Schonemann and Eva Schonemann, and his sister Grace (Don) Ferris of Toronto. Predeceased by his son Dwayne Doner.
Family and friends are invited to call at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES – MONK CHAPEL, 6 Helen Street, Bobcaygeon, on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 12:00 until 3:00 PM with a Royal Canadian Legion Bobcaygeon Branch #239 Service being held at 11:45 AM. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Anglican, 43 Sherwood Street, Bobcaygeon on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Private family interment will follow at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Anglican or to the Sturgeon Lake Minor Hockey Association. Friends may send condolences by contacting the funeral home at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-738-3222.