Winchester Press – obit – Allan Whitteker
Allan Whitteker, a lifetime resident of the area, died at theWinchester District Memorial Hospital on Aug. 21, 2006 followinga brief illness.
He was born into a farming family in the small community of Dundela.As Allan would phrase it, he was an “Oopsie” baby becausehis older brothers were almost 20 years his senior. In the Whittekerfamily, he learned at an early age the love of hunting and fishing.He, along with his brothers, worked many days on the dairy andpoultry farm. It was there on the farm, during his early teens,that he met Barbara as she trailed along with Ivan deliveringbread to various farms. Later, they became sweethearts, marriedand had their daughter Pam.
He attended Seaway High School where he played football, hockeyand first baseman on the “infamous” baseball team “TheWilliamsburg Waterboys.” As he grew older, he acquired avariety of nicknames such as Cat, Old Pal, Al, and “The GreatWhite Hunter” as his daughter Pam liked to call him.
He experimented with different professions during his early years,but the one that best suited him was carpentry. This occupationhe could easily fit into his schedule – the passion of his life,which was fishing and hunting.
As every season came about, Elvis would be playing in the Whittekerhouse and there were meetings to plan and schedule the game planfor that particular season. In the fall there was duck, goose,and raccoon hunting. Then came moose and deer hunting. Winterbelonged to ice fishing, wolf, and fox hunting. Spring was rabbitand turkey hunting. By this time, spring was coming to an endand some construction work needed to be accomplished; howeverhe still managed to fit some mud pout and pickerel fishing inon weekends.
He loved his buddies, his hunting dogs, his family, and especiallyhis granddaughter Tessa, whom he lovingly called Tessie and Toots.
His family and friends enjoyed many an outing to a hunting campor cottage where he could glory in the peace and splendour ofthe outdoors. He was always watching for signs of deer, moose,bear, etcetera. He had excellent vision for he would see the detailsthat most of us would miss.
Many of his younger buddies he may have taught to skin a deeror raccoon or to make worm balls to catch mud pouts on a moonlitnight. He introduced his son-in-law to fishing and hunting. Johnsoon discovered what a good marksman Allan truly was. Allan wenton a number of outdoor excursions such as fishing at CharlestonLake, the Nation River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Simcoe; huntingelk in Colorado, whitetail deer in Limerick Forest, and moosein Bisset Creek. His love for his family, friends, and the peaceof outdoors ran deep into his heart and soul.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Whitteker, his daughter Pam(John) Rodrigue of Iroquois, and his granddaughter Tessa. He waspredeceased by his parents Wilfred and Dorothy Whitteker (neeMcIntosh), and brothers Gordon and Clarke. He is also survivedby nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Aug. 23. The funeral service was held at the funeral home onAug. 24, followed by cremation.
The pallbearers were Hank Buter, Ron Baker, Brian Whitteker, LloydWells, Charlie Whitteker, Mac Holmes, Richard Hess, and GlennPemberton. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Richmire, DerekWhitteker, Butch Whitteker, Neil Whitteker, Scott Whitteker, ClairEmpey, Ivan Whitteker, and Rick Barkley.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Dundas CountyHospice would be appreciated by the family.