Samuel Gordon Keyes Ault
Feb. 2, 1916 – Oct. 1, 2014
Sam Ault died peacefully in his sleep on Wed., Oct. 1. He was 98.
He was predeceased by his much beloved wife and partner of 58 years, Betty. He was a devoted father to children Jane Campbell (Roger LeRoy), Stephen (Leslie), and Trish Ault (Robert Laidlaw), and cherished grandfather to four grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud – Sam Ault, Jackson Ault (Alana), Nicholas Laidlaw, and Fraser Laidlaw. Sam was thrilled to see the arrival of his first great-grandson, Sam. Nothing was more important to him than family, and he leaves them a remarkable legacy of love and loyalty.
While attending Queen’s University, where he met Betty, he volunteered for military service and saw action with the Canadian Forces in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany as Captain, Transport Company, R.C.A.S.C., 4th Canadian Armoured Division.
After the war, Sam attended the University of Toronto (at Guelph) where he played varsity hockey as a goalie leading them to a national championship, and where he sometimes studied agricultural science. Upon his return from Europe, Sam first worked for Borden’s, and then took over the former family milk processing business in Winchester. Although the Ault family had sold it to Ogilvie Flour Mills on the sudden death of his father while Sam was overseas, he treated it as a family business and built it into the largest dairy operation in Canada.
He was the premier leader of the modernization of the cheese industry in Ontario. A true community builder, he was instrumental in bringing a new high school, hospital, park, curling club, and hockey arena to his community, Winchester.
He was an avid sailor, spending many winters exploring the Caribbean and later, the Atlantic from his home in Florida. Summers were spent boating on the St. Lawrence River and Calabogie Lake.
In 2004, Sam was made an Honourary Companion of the University of Guelph, and in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in gratitude of his service to community and country.
There will be a celebration of Sam’s long and wonderful life at the United Church in Winchester on Fri., Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Sam would have preferred a donation to the Winchester United Church, the Dundas County Food Bank, or the charity of your choice.