On Friday March 21, 2014, Eleanor passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, Ontario.
Eleanor was predeceased by her cherished husband Stanley in 1997, her parents Frank and Eva Wigmore of Toronto and her older sisters Dorothy Woolhead and Elsie Robinson.
She is survived by her sons Greg Hobman (Laura Yontz) of Cobourg and Kevin Hobman (Shelagh Donohue) of Mississauga, and sister-in-law Barb Pitchforth of Etobicoke, Ontario. Eleanor will be missed by her many neices and nephews and their extended families.
Eleanor was born in Toronto in 1923 and grew up on Rhodes Ave. in the Gerrard/Coxwell area. Eleanor loved her parents and sisters very much and spoke often about growing up in Toronto, during the Great Depression. She loved helping her parents at home and in their large garden. At that time, she was also involved in Brownies and Girl Guides as both a member and leader. She spoke often about how one of the saddest days of her life was leaving school after Grade 10, as she loved to learn and be with friends.
Eleanor and Stan were married during WW II and went about building a home after the war in the Downsview area of Toronto. Eleanor was in charge of laying the hardwood floors. In 1965, the family moved to Islington/Etobicoke where they lived for many years. Eventually, Eleanor moved to Cobourg and lived in Extendicare Cobourg in Assisted Living and then Long-Term Care.
As a young woman, Eleanor enjoyed being at home with her young sons. In time, always being very bright and independent, Eleanor decided to work which included Laura Secord, Primeau Argo Block and Frost Fence.
When Stan retired, he and Eleanor enjoyed travelling throughout Canada, Europe and the US, spending time in South Carolina and Panama City, Florida. Eleanor also loved cottaging and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at Lake Couchiching/Floral Park, Head Lake/Norland, Mill Lake/Parry Sound and Bob Lake/Minden, Ontario. Eleanor loved to entertain, making amazing meals and desserts for all, loved to be outdoors gardening enjoying their backyard ravine and looking after numerous cats and dogs and the occasional rabbit whether they belonged to her or not. Knitting and sewing while watching Coronation Street with the dog, were also common pastimes.
Eleanor and Stan celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993 and were joined by many friends and family at the High Park Lawn Tennis Club.
The family would like to say thank you to those that were helpful to Eleanor especially the late Gloria Brown, Gloria’s daughter Lori Brown, niece Jan Hobman, the Hanley family, especially her life-long friend Joyce Hanley and Gail and Ted Hanley of Kingston, Lynda Davlut, Dr. Bayer and visitor Helen Stewart. Special thanks go to the wonderful team of care-givers and volunteers at the Palliative Care Unit of Northumberand Hills Hospital, Dr. Moorsom, Pastor Adam Prasuhn, Hospice and especially Dr. Paul Caldwell for the care and compassion shown to Eleanor and the family.
Greg would like to thank the many people who he met at the Landmark and Extendicare Cobourg long-term care who provided friendship and support and shared in conversations about golf, fishing, camping, hockey, dog-walking, cottaging, and life in Cobourg and Northumberland County.
A private service will be held for Eleanor at a later date when she will be laid to rest near her parents at Highland Memory Gardens in North York Ontario. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, the Alzheimer Society or Northumberland Community Care Hospice are appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to MacCourbrey Funeral Home of Cobourg, Ontario. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.