Fred Hutt, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away at the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on Sun., June 23, 2013. He was 87.
Fred was born in Matilda Township on Sun., Sept 13, 1925 to his parents, Merle and Lillian Mae Hutt (nee Dillabough), and was raised on the family farm. As a youth, Fred enjoyed playing baseball and hockey, and later in life, became a big baseball and hockey fan.
He married Betty Casselman at St. Andrews Church in Prescott on Oct. 4, 1957, and together they had one son, Garry. Fred worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He worked at the Cardinal Starch plant for 27 years. He would work on the family dairy farm with Betty through the day until early evening, then he would get some sleep and go to work nights at the Cardinal Starch plant. At the end of his shift, Fred would return home, again to work the farm. Together he and Betty operated a successful dairy farm and raised chickens. He enjoyed operating an egg delivery business, and he looked forward to getting the eggs and setting off to make his deliveries. It was a rarity for the family to go on long family vacations due to the responsibilities of operating a family dairy farm.
In addition to being a hardworking man, Fred was socially active as well. He enjoyed playing cards, and he was a member of the Connaught Odd Fellows Lodge in Brinston for 30 years. He was a very active bowler for many years, he loved to go dancing, and he loved stock car races. He also enjoyed going to farm auctions, and spending time at Tim Hortons visiting with his many friends. He always had a White Owl cigar in his mouth, and he was a very no-nonsense person who looked at problems in life quite simply, they were either black or white. He had a practical approach, and helping others solve their problems was one of his greatest strengths. He was a reliable, hardworking man, and he could be counted on to get the job done or to help out a neighbour. He was a modest man who was very meticulous and goal driven, and that goal was to provide for his family. He was very successful, however, he was not one to boast about his accomplishments.
Fred is survived by his wife, Betty, his son, Garry (Lisa) of RR#1 Iroquois, his grandson, Matthew (Jillian) Hutt of Cornwall, and his siblings Colleen Carr of Chesterville, Dale (Mary) of South Mountain, and Glenn (Faye) of Manotick. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Joe, an infant brother, Raymond, Betty’s parents, Kenneth and Margaret Casselman (nee Durant), his brothers-in-law, Allen, Delbert, Arnold, and Dwayne Casselman, Ron Bradford, John Thompson, Jack Nelson, and Don Carr. He is also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and his dear friend, Carl Young.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg, on Tues., June 25 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wed., June 26 at 11 am with Rev. Janet Evans officiating, followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were Steven Casselman, Francis Lapier, Victor Thompson, Anthony VanderBruggen, Ken Froats, and Doug Froats. The honourary pallbearers were Dale Hutt, Carl Young, and Horst Matthiesen.
Donations to the Dundas County Hospice or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.