Lyle Raymond Belway
Sept. 21, 1935 – Oct. 21, 2017
Lyle Belway was born Sept. 21, 1935 to John Colborn Belway and the former Ena May McMillan of Dundas County at Johnstown on Highway 2.
John and Ena rented a farm there while John worked on the Port of Johnstown grain silos. They returned to the Belway farm on Jennings Road north of Spruit Road to live in the large Boyd block house, the replacement for the frame house burned at the time of the Orange Parade in Winchester. In 1948, the family moved to Highway 43 as hydro was available. Lyall and Pat Holmes bought that farm on John and Ena’s retirement to the corner of Dawley Drive and Main Street West.
Lyle attended Mulloy School, Mountain Consolidated, Winchester High School, and Merv Orr’s Trucking School. After graduation, Lyle worked at Brockville Wireworks. He spoke often of working for Hartshorn House Movers during the Seaway Project, especially moving Cook’s Tavern to Upper Canada Village, with muscle power and iron pikes. Subsequently, he sprayed herbicide along the HEPC Hydro Towers. With these savings and a Jr. Farmer loan, Lyle bought the Marston and Mabel Shaver farm on Sandy Row in 1964. He started with pigs, hay, feed crops, and milked until 1989. In February 1974, Lyle married Brenda Wynn. Rachel was born in 1975. Brenda and Rachel left in 1980.
Upon selling the milk cows, Lyle drove transport to Florida for Duncan Bros. From them he bought wetland in Edwardsburg Twp. and finished the log house there. That house was severed and eventually sold. Lyle’s true love of farming never left. He added two Belted Galoways to the herd for docility and sturdiness. In 1991, Eileen Webb, a widow from Middlesex County, joined Lyle in his true dream and passion: farming. Lyle expanded the beef herd from the heifers kept after selling the milk cows. The last animal left through Tollgate Farms in January 2017. Lyle was going to put in two cows to keep the grass down in the spring. Unfortunately, on April 30, 2017, Lyle had a stroke. He had neurosurgery at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and returned to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, then became a resident of Maxville Manor.
Lyle was so lucky to have good friends, neighbours, and a nephew to call 911 on April 30, and assist with Lyle’s care.
Lyle is survived by his spouse since Oct. 1991; his daughter, Rachel (Matthew Lodge); and grandchildren Gabriele, Hayden, and Jasper of Kanata. Lyle was the middle child and only son of John and Ena. He is survived by Lorna Merkley (the late Cleon) of Clayton, June Knapp (the late Bernie) of Brockville, younger sisters Shirley Hamilton (the late Ralph) of Winchester Springs, and Barbara Winters (Keith) of Roebuck; 17 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and ex-wife, Brenda (2000).
Lyle will always be remembered in his “new” 2002 5-speed Chevrolet Silverado with Darshan, the red heeler from Williamsburg, and Eileen as passengers. Besides living extremely frugally, Lyle did buy a new tractor every few years, trying to wheel and deal with George, Scott, Bob, Dennis, or Brett. Lyle liked to head to Greely on Thursdays and later, have Eileen pay for Chinese buffet at The Country Kitchen. He read seven weeklies, including Ontario Farmer and the daily Ottawa Citizen. Television favorites were the news, Dragon’s Den, Heartbeat, British mysteries, CBC, and vet shows, while enjoying a pipe full of Amphora or Colt.
To be remembered, Lyle spoke with South Nation Conservation Authority (SNCA) about donating land to them as good land stewardship.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. The service will be conducted by friend Jim Allen, of 4 United Churches, with the reception at The Country Kitchen. Inurnment will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
The arrangements are entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836). Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com.