Winchester Press – obit – E. Eric Steele

E. Eric Steele

E. Eric Steele died suddenly on Thurs., Dec.20, 2007 at the Ottawa General Hospital. He was 75.
He was a lifelong resident of Winchester. He lived on the familyfarm (Lot 2 Con 6) where he was born on April 30, 1932. He wasthe only child of Ida (Annable) and Ernest Steele. As a boy hehelped his father with the family business by delivering milkto area residents.
He married Orian (McIntosh) of Winchester Springs on Aug. 15,1953.
Having attended the pharmacology program at the University ofToronto, he commenced a business career spanning over 40 yearsand three drug stores. With partner Gerry Herbert, he owned andoperated Elmvale Pharmacy and Fisher Pharmacy before retiringin 1995.
Music was his passion, sharing in church choirs, quartets, andchoral groups. He was a lifelong member of Winchester United Church,serving on Council and as a Trustee. He enjoyed travelling withhis wife, friends, and family.
Eric was a 32nd degree Mason and a Past Master of the HendersonLodge – 383 Winchester. He was also a member of the Tunis Shrinersin Ottawa.
He will be fondly remembered by his many friends and co-workersat Rideau Auctions where he worked for the past 12 years. Ericcontinues to live in the love of his family even as he is mournedby his wife of 54 years and his children and their families -Garth (Cathy): Hannah and Deagan; Shaun (Nancy): John and Toni;Kim (Pat): Derek, Brett, Kurt, and Dawson; Bart (Marie): Sydney,Riley, Mason, and Marshall; Jill: Kashtin, Bronte, and Tristan;and Kyle (Cindy): Tyson, Cordell, and Nakita.
Family and friends paid their respects at the Daniels FuneralChapels in Winchester on Thurs., Dec. 27. He was honoured by theOttawa Police Escort Squad who paid tribute to Eric, and fellowofficers Shaun, Kyle, and Pat by escorting Eric to the funeralservice which was held at Winchester United Church on Fri., Dec.28 conducted by Rev. Bob Williams. Our friend, John Yourt, pipedthe Lament which expressed the feelings of all present. The UCWgraciously provided a chance to share in fellowship after theservice by providing a luncheon.
At this time of sorrow the “gift of your presence” wasappreciated as were the many expressions of love, sorrow, andrespect.
Donations can be made to the Winchester United Church or to WinchesterDistrict Memorial Hospital.