Frank Ault, a lifetime resident of the Brinston area, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Fri., March 10, 2017, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73.
Born in Brinston on Oct. 1, 1943 to his parents, Byron and Margaret Ault (nee Hargrave), Frank grew up in a family with six siblings, learning young the value of hard work. Working for a number of local farmers and businessmen, the death of his father early in Frank’s life simply reinforced the strong work ethic he had, as he took on the role of man of the house.
On Aug. 18, 1962, he married the love of his life, Patricia Fawcett, and had two children, Bill and Cindy, within the next few years.
Frank and his brothers, Mike and Wendell, formed South Nation Farms 50 years ago, raising crops and Black Angus beef cattle. Wendell subsequently struck out on his own, but Frank and Mike continued together. Although the crop land has been rented out for a number of years, Mike still looks after a small herd of cattle.
After years spent working for a number of local contractors, Frank formed his own equipment company — Frank Ault Excavating — 45 years ago. With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and determination, the business grew substantially over the years becoming a mainstay in South Dundas. A strong supporter of local community, he never failed to contribute to groups looking for support. From sponsoring a baseball team – the Brinston Diggers – many years ago, to supporting young soccer players in the South Dundas Soccer Association more recently, many members of our community have benefited from his gifts and donations over the years.
As if life wasn’t busy enough, in 1983 he and Pat partnered with Brian and Shelly Cooper to found and operate the Iroquois Gas Bar, which grew to include a car wash and laundromat. Frank and Pat eventually became sole owners a few years ago, and this September the gas bar will celebrate 34 years in business.
While resistant to thoughts of retirement, in recent years Frank and Pat did do a bit of travelling – visiting many historical sites and places where his ancestors lived in Canada and the U.S. He loved to drive, and they travelled from the Yukon to Newfoundland, and down to and across the southern states. While not one for hobbies, he loved to spend time in his garden, and working around the yard.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Bill of Brinston and Cindy Peters (Kelly) of Brinston; his siblings, Betty Graham (the late Gordon) of Nepean, Wendell (Isobel) of Brinston, Mike (Bev) of Brinston, Marguerite (Al Beckstead) of Spencerville, and Walter (Tawnya) of Toronto; his grandchildren, Chelsea (Jason), Nikki, and Emily; and his great-grandchildren, Taiven, Sadira, Lexington, and Azalea. He was predeceased by his sister, Patsy Ault. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at Brinston United Church on Sun., March12 at 2 pm with Rev. Valerie Vande Wiele officiating. A luncheon followed at Matilda Hall. Interment was at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Kelly Peters, Danny Strader, Dean McDermott, Danny Ault, Barny Ault, and Dennis Froats. The honourary pallbearers were Mike Ault, Wendell Ault, Bobby Bennett, Scott Froats, and Blair Froats.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund would be gratefully appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com