Allan Whitteker, a lifetime resident of the area, died at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Aug. 21, 2006 following a brief illness.
He was born into a farming family in the small community of Dundela. As Allan would phrase it, he was an “Oopsie” baby because his older brothers were almost 20 years his senior. In the Whitteker family, he learned at an early age the love of hunting and fishing. He, along with his brothers, worked many days on the dairy and poultry farm. It was there on the farm, during his early teens, that he met Barbara as she trailed along with Ivan delivering bread to various farms. Later, they became sweethearts, married and had their daughter Pam.
He attended Seaway High School where he played football, hockey and first baseman on the “infamous” baseball team “The Williamsburg Waterboys.” As he grew older, he acquired a variety of nicknames such as Cat, Old Pal, Al, and “The GreatWhite Hunter” as his daughter Pam liked to call him.
He experimented with different professions during his early years, but the one that best suited him was carpentry. This occupation he could easily fit into his schedule – the passion of his life, which was fishing and hunting.
As every season came about, Elvis would be playing in the Whitteker house and there were meetings to plan and schedule the game plan for that particular season. In the fall there was duck, goose, and raccoon hunting. Then came moose and deer hunting. Winter belonged to ice fishing, wolf, and fox hunting. Spring was rabbit and turkey hunting. By this time, spring was coming to an end and some construction work needed to be accomplished; however he still managed to fit some mud pout and pickerel fishing in on weekends.
He loved his buddies, his hunting dogs, his family, and especially his granddaughter Tessa, whom he lovingly called Tessie and Toots.
His family and friends enjoyed many an outing to a hunting camp or cottage where he could glory in the peace and splendour of the outdoors. He was always watching for signs of deer, moose, bear, etcetera. He had excellent vision for he would see the details that most of us would miss.
Many of his younger buddies he may have taught to skin a deer or raccoon or to make worm balls to catch mud pouts on a moonlit night. He introduced his son-in-law to fishing and hunting. Johnso on discovered what a good marksman Allan truly was. Allan went on a number of outdoor excursions such as fishing at Charleston Lake, the Nation River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Simcoe; hunting elk in Colorado, whitetail deer in Limerick Forest, and moose in Bisset Creek. His love for his family, friends, and the peace of outdoors ran deep into his heart and soul.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Whitteker, his daughter Pam (John) Rodrigue of Iroquois, and his granddaughter Tessa. He was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Dorothy Whitteker (nee McIntosh), and brothers Gordon and Clarke. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Aug. 23. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Aug. 24, followed by cremation.
The pallbearers were Hank Buter, Ron Baker, Brian Whitteker, Lloyd Wells, Charlie Whitteker, Mac Holmes, Richard Hess, and Glenn Pemberton. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Richmire, Derek Whitteker, Butch Whitteker, Neil Whitteker, Scott Whitteker, Clair Empey, Ivan Whitteker, and Rick Barkley.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Dundas County Hospice would be appreciated by the family.