It is with sadness that the family of Earl Herbert Lockman announces his passing on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. after a battle with cancer.
Earl was born July 3, 1950 in Fort Frances to Herbert and Ruth Lockman.
After high school, Earl had small jobs at Whole Foods and labour on CN until 1975, when he joined the paper mill and worked in the wood room. Earl worked 30 years in the paper mill, retiring in 2006.
On July 25, 1987, he was united in marriage to the former Nancy Wolden.
Earl was an avid woodworker, and loved building furniture for family and friends. It was a good thing his garage was heated because he spent alot of time in there.
He also liked to go out on Rainy Lake and fish with his wife, Nancy, and was happiest in his boat fishing.
A part of his life also was devoted to A.A. as a member, in attending Friday night meetings and going out for coffee afterwards with the guys. The coffee guys still were taking Earl out for coffee up to a few weeks before his death.
Earl will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife, Nancy Lockman, two daughters, Angela (Dave) Petsnick and Corrina (Trevor) Fitzgerald, and one son, Jamie Lockman (Allison), all of Fort Frances, Ont.; and eight grandchildren, Ellie and Grace Petsnick, Emily and Mark Fitzgerald, and Ivy, Jagger, Lita, and Vai Lockman.
Also surviving are one sister, Doreen (Don) Perry of Thunder Bay, Ont.; one sister-in-law, Joy Lockman of Fort Frances, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Ruth Lockman; and one brother, Garth Lockman.
Cremation has taken place at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.
A come-and-go tea will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.
Inurnment will take place at the La Verendrye Columbarium in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either La Verendrye General Hospital or the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Foundation—Northern Cancer Fund c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.