Orval Fawcett of Metcalfe passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Nov. 7, 2003 after an illness of four months. He was 79.
He was born at Hulbert on April 16, 1924 to the late Spencer Fawcett and Ruth Fawcett (nee Wright). In his early years, he worked as a farm laborer on the Prairies and he also worked on ships on the Great Lakes. He married Vivian (nee Cook) in 1945 and they purchased a farm in Hulbert where they lived until 1954, when they purchased a farm in Russell. They farmed at Russell until 1973 when they sold the farm and moved to Winchester. After retiring from farming, he worked at Upper Canada Village for 15 years, retiring in 1988. He moved to Metcalfe in 1995, where he lived for the previous eight years.
He is survived by seven children, Douglas (Nancy) of South Gower, Donna (Dennie) Denison of Metcalfe, Rick of Winchester, Wendy (Keith) McCormick of Spencerville, Brenda Hanson of Winchester, Bonnie Fawcett (Mike Vallee) of Edwards, and Karen (Rick) Summers of Cumberland. He is also survived by former wife Vivian Fawcett (nee Cook) of Winchester, and brothers Fred Fawcett of RR 2 Brinston and Basil (Edith) Fawcett of Morrisburg.
He was predeceased by sisters Mae Serviss and Retty (Beckstead) Sakry, and brothers Delbert and Merle Fawcett.
He will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Tammy, Amanda, Cheryl, Stephen, Shane, Daryl, Tracey, Mathew, Melissa and Dustan, as well as great-grandchildren Miranda and Ashley. He will also be missed by nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law Lila Fawcett of RR 1 South Mountain.
Orval loved life. He was a member of both the Ontario Trotting Association and the South Nation Sportsman Association. He loved to visit with family and friends. He liked farming and he enjoyed his work and the good friends he made at Upper Canada Village. He loved animals and this was evident in the manner in which he interacted with horses and dogs.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Nov, 10 and Nov. 11. The funeral was held on Nov. 11 as well, with Rev. Yvonne Willis officiating. Pallbearers were Mathew Hanson, Perry Brennan, Daryl McCormick, Shane Fawcett, Stephen Denison, and Mike Vallee. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Barkley, Lyle Baker, Clayton Armstrong, and Robert Montgomery. Interment was at Brinston’s Spruce Haven Cemetery.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or other charities will be greatfully acknowledged by the family.