Winchester Press – obit – Arthur Summers
Art Summers passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor Nursing Homein Winchester on Dec. 23, 2005. He was 94.
A lifelong resident of the Winchester area, Art was born to parentsEdgar and Maude (nee Pickering) on March 28, 1911, at the familyfarm on Baker Road, where he would remain until the ripe age of92. Art’s father allowed him to leave school in the eighth gradein order to help on the farm. For nearly five decades, he successfullyran a mixed operation which included dairy cattle, brood sows,and laying hens. In 1961, Dobie Byers, a prominent local contractor,built Art a new modern barn which was a showcase for Dundas Countyfor some time. Art took great pride in his work and won an awardfor animal husbandry. He had a passion for wildlife, and his farmwas home to a large menagerie of water fowl, pheasants, peacocks,rabbits, wild turkeys, and even a black bear. People from thecommunity made special weekend outings to visit his small zoowhere they were always welcomed.
Art was an excellent athlete and a skilled left winger in hockey.He was scouted by the original Ottawa Senators but was unableto pursue that career due to obligations on the farm.
At age 63, he sold his farm and relocated to a mobile home onthe corner of his property. With minimal assistance from familyand friends, he was able to live on his own until 2003 when failinghealth forced him to move first to Hillcrest Retirement Home,and finally to Dundas Manor Nursing Home.
Art will be remembered as a kind and gracious man. He was generousto a fault, and was loved and respected by everyone who had thegood fortune of his acquaintanceship. He was a loyal man to hisfamily and friends, as well as to his beloved teams, the MontrealCanadiens and Expos and the Ottawa Roughriders. The souvenirsthat decorated his home and yard were a testament to the loyaltyhe felt towards each of these teams. He was an avid flower gardenerand enjoyed both natural and plastic varieties.
Art is survived by his many extended family members and friendsthroughout the area. He was predeceased by his parents and hissister, Jean Carkner.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg,on Dec. 26. The funeral service was held on Dec. 27 with Rev.Thurland Brown officiating. Interment followed in the family plotat Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
Pallbearers were Wayne Summers, Kyle Summers, Brentley Summers,Mark Redmond, Graham Link, and Bev Patterson.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefullyacknowledged by the family.