Winchester Press – obit – Eric Locke
The communities of South Mountain, and Climax,SK though divided by miles of Canadian soil share the loss ofone of their own. Eric Locke, born on Sept. 7, 1927 in South Mountain,died on Sept. 20, 2008 at his home in Climax, SK.
He moved to Climax in the mid-sixties and found a job as a farmworker for Pauline and Maynard Rapley. For several years he workedfor and lived with Paul and Connie Desjardins of Climax, Grahamand Margaret Higgins of Eastend, and Bob and Leona Kirk of Climax.Eventually, he moved on to work at the elevator in Loomis withElmer Hildebrand. He acted as the caretaker for the Climax skatingrink and curling rink. When he could no longer work in the graindust of the elevator, he found work at the store in Climax withDoug and Hazel Brown. At the rink and the store, he touched thelives of generations of children and adults in the community andin the surrounding area.
He knew everyone by name and he took time to nurture each relationship.He teased, joked, and worked his way into the hearts of everyonethat he met. He told the girls they were boys or the boys theywere girls. He was one of the coffee-row-regulars who kept tabson the pulse of the community.
Although he cheered for the Clippers and the Cardinals, the TorontoMaple Leafs were really his team. We will always remember Ericin his royal blue jacket and hat. It didn’t matter to him whetherthey were winning or losing, Eric was a Leafs’ fan to the bone.Although he was an integral part of the Climax community, hislove for the Leafs was a consistent reminder of his Ontario roots.
He was predeceased by his mother Helen, his father Melvin, andhis siblings. He is survived by several nieces and nephews inOntario.
A funeral service was held on Wed., Oct. 8, 2008 at Climax UnitedChurch with Minister Shelby Kinrade officiating. The intermenttook place at Climax Cemetery. The pallbearers were Mike Kirk,Grant Goodall, Reg Smith, Larry Jarman, Les Mything, and GordNutley. The honourary pallbearers were all who knew him.
For those wishing, memorial donations may be made to Climax AreaRecreation Board for the Climax Community Hall or Climax SkatingRink.
Binkley’s Funeral Service of Shaunavon was in charge of the arrangements.www.Binkleys.com