Art Summers passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester on Dec. 23, 2005. He was 94.
A lifelong resident of the Winchester area, Art was born to parents Edgar and Maude (nee Pickering) on March 28, 1911, at the family farm on Baker Road, where he would remain until the ripe age of 92. Art’s father allowed him to leave school in the eighth grade in order to help on the farm. For nearly five decades, he successfully ran a mixed operation which included dairy cattle, brood sows, and laying hens. In 1961, Dobie Byers, a prominent local contractor, built Art a new modern barn which was a showcase for Dundas County for some time. Art took great pride in his work and won an award for animal husbandry. He had a passion for wildlife, and his farm was home to a large menagerie of water fowl, pheasants, peacocks, rabbits, wild turkeys, and even a black bear. People from the community made special weekend outings to visit his small zoo where they were always welcomed.
Art was an excellent athlete and a skilled left winger in hockey. He was scouted by the original Ottawa Senators but was unable to pursue that career due to obligations on the farm.
At age 63, he sold his farm and relocated to a mobile home on the corner of his property. With minimal assistance from family and friends, he was able to live on his own until 2003 when failing health forced him to move first to Hillcrest Retirement Home, and finally to Dundas Manor Nursing Home.
Art will be remembered as a kind and gracious man. He was generous to a fault, and was loved and respected by everyone who had the good fortune of his acquaintanceship. He was a loyal man to his family and friends, as well as to his beloved teams, the Montreal Canadiens and Expos and the Ottawa Roughriders. The souvenirs that decorated his home and yard were a testament to the loyalty he felt towards each of these teams. He was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed both natural and plastic varieties.
Art is survived by his many extended family members and friends throughout the area. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Jean Carkner.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg, on Dec. 26. The funeral service was held on Dec. 27 with Rev. Thurland Brown officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
Pallbearers were Wayne Summers, Kyle Summers, Brentley Summers, Mark Redmond, Graham Link, and Bev Patterson.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.