Larry Summerfield, a resident of Dixon’s Corners for the past nine years, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Tue., April 10, 2007, following a brief illness. He was 52.
He was born in Hamilton on May 26, 1954 to his parents Oliver and Lois Summerfield (nee Lyall). He grew up in the Hamilton area along with his 10 brothers and sisters. He moved to the Cardinal area when he was 17 to live with his sister Marilyn. He found work at Caldwell Linen Mills, and then went to work at Woodings Railcar, where he remained for 15 years. In March of 1992 he started working at Iroquois Enterprises, and he was a loyal employee there until health problems forced him to quit working.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and helping his brother Toby with his hobby beef farm, where he raised his precious cow named Eileen. He enjoyed gardening, and he proudly gave away his produce every year.
He loved and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, and he had started to teach them the “right” way to fish, hunt, and farm. He had many friends who will miss his disposition and the ability to have a beer with him.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie Summerfield (nee Link); his mother Lois Summerfield (nee Lyall) of Port Colborne; his sons Travis and his wife Tanya, and Joshua and his wife Jaime, both of Prescott; his stepchildren Dan and his wife Pam DeVries of RR# 2 Chesterville, Mark DeVries of Cornwall, and Julie Sloan of South Mountain. He was a very special “Grampy” to Matthew, Dillon, Spencer, Paige, Hope, Eric, Joseph, and Sydney. He leaves to mourn his Grandma Helen Cochrane of Port Colborne; his brothers Jim and his wife Bonnie of Dunnville, Toby and his wife Judy of Cardinal, Glen and his wife Marion of Cooks Mills; his sisters Marilyn and her husband Rick Warren of Lansdowne, Bonnie and her husband Noel Martin of Wainfleet, Nancy and her husband George Barlow of Brockville, Norma and her husband Darryl Thompson of Wainfleet, Rose Welton of Port Colborne, Edie and her husband Garry Arenburg of Port Colborne, Brenda and her husband Dale Harris of Welland; and his sister-in-law Betty (Brian) Montpellier of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his father Oliver, and his nephew Phillip. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on April 12. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on April 13 with Rev. Bob Williams officiating, followed by cremation.
The pallbearers were Travis Summerfield, Joshua Summerfield, Dan DeVries, Mark DeVries, Barry McDermott, and Larry Merkley.
Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre or the Community Care Access Centre would be appreciated by the family.