Wendal Edgerton Stephen Carkner
January 5, 1939 – October 16, 2010
Wendal Carkner, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Ottawa, born in Winchester, after three weeks in the Ottawa Civic Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit due to a tragic cycling accident, peacefully left this Earth to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Sat., Oct. 16, 2010. He was 71.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ewart and Luella Carkner (nee Edgerton) of Winchester in 1993 and 1988 respectively. Wendal is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn (nee Wood); daughters Melanie Geleynse (John) of Saratoga, CA, and Danica Dixon (Dan), of Toronto; son Jeremy (Jenn) of Milton; grandchildren Kayla, Emma, Naomi, Sabrina, David, Torie, Elizabeth, William, and Harrison; sisters Marion (Harvey) Linton and Sharon Merkley; brothers Garry (Mary), Gord (Ute), and Dennis (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews.
Nothing gave Wendal more joy than spending time with immediate and extended family, including many friends who became part of his family. As an avid technologist, Wendal obtained his technical training at the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology (EOIT), owned one of the first personal computers in the 1970s, relentlessly pursued his passion for technology through the years, became the proud owner of some of the latest Apple gadgets most recently, and spent much of his formal career at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), originally known as Defence Research Establishment Ottawa (DREO), retiring in the year 2000.
Wendal and Carolyn were steadfast, resourceful, and graceful partners in serving others, whether from their missionary time in Brazil in the 1960s, 1990s, and recent years; working with their church family at Greenbelt Baptist; extending compassion to the less fortunate on the streets of Ottawa with Ottawa Innercity Ministries; teaching children at Camp Cherith for over 25 years; or simply inviting people into their home. Never one to seek attention, Wendal touched the lives of many through his actions, words, and daily example. He is best characterized by the words faithful, determined, gentle, humble, loving, patient, persistent, and playful. Most importantly, he enjoyed a deep and rich relationship with Jesus Christ, whom he went to meet upon leaving this Earth.
Family and friends gathered to remember Wendal and celebrated his faith in God on Sun., Oct. 24, followed by a reception and refreshments at Greenbelt Baptist Church in Gloucester.
Donations to Ottawa Innercity Ministries (www.ottawainnercityministries.ca) or the Parkinson Society Canada (www.parkinson.ca) will be greatly appreciated.