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Garnet Droppo

Garnet Droppo, a native of Chesterville and resident of Summerstown for the past 35 years, passed away at the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on Sat., Oct. 26, 2019. He was 86.
Garnet was born in Finch on Aug. 22, 1933, to his parents, Fay and Mae Droppo (nee Bogart). He left home at age 16 to work on ships on the St. Lawrence Seaway. After that, he began his career as someone who could sell anything. Starting with $500 and a lot of ambition, he built up a very successful car sales and repair business in Chesterville. In addition, Garnet, or Bogie the bandit, as he was referred to in jest, sold everything from ski-doos to chainsaws.
His goal was to retire at 50, but it took until age 51 when he did retire to enjoy a couple of his passions: travelling and spending time at his cottage in Summerstown. Garnet enjoyed sitting on the deck watching boats and ships go by.
He was a lifetime member of the Chesterville Masonic Lodge, he served on Chesterville town council, and he was a member of Salem United Church in Lancaster.
Garnet is survived by his partner, Doe Dube; his children, Marilyn Heuff (Archie) of Morewood, Mimi Droppo (Mark Moran) of Kemptville, and Chuck Droppo (Rejeanne) of Kelowna, B.C.; and his sister, Thelma Merkley of Chesterville. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Kurt, Pam, Justin, Julie, Krista, Hannah, and Marie, and his great-grandchildren, Bryson, Adriaan, Chanelle, and Gus. He will be missed by his many friends in Summerstown and at his winter home at Melody Gardens in Florida.
A private family service will be held at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Woodland Villa Nursing Home, 30 Mille Roches Road, Long Sault, K0C 1P0 or Salem United Church, Box 411 Lancaster, K0C 1N0, would be appreciated by the family.
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The family would like to thank Garnet’s Woodland Villa family, especially Cathy Mackenzie, and the staff at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care for the compassionate care they provided to Garnet throughout his illness.
Just like a ship sailing off into the distance, Garnet drifted away into the horizon, but will not be forgotten.


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