Garnet Hands, 95, of Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at his residence.
Garnet was born in 1912 in Regina, Sask. to Albert and Henrietta Hands. They moved to the Rainy River District in 1917 and lived north of Emo on the Off Lake Road all of their life.
After completion of grade school, Garnet stayed at home to help with the family farm. In August of 1942, he joined the army and served in Quebec until he was honourably discharged in 1946.
He married Violet Wood of Fort Frances in July of 1943, and they lived and raised their family of five on a small farm next to his parents’ home.
He worked for 40 years for the Department of Highways, and in his spare time, he and his brother, Wallace, cut pulpwood and drove pulp truck.
He enjoyed the outdoors, and spent countless hours trapping and skinning beaver, hunting, and gardening. He often sold much of his produce to tourist camps in Nestor Falls.
He was in his early 80s when he shot his last three deer!
His kids were his pride and joy, and he never wanted them to leave home.
During his retirement, he and Mom enjoyed travelling to visit his children and grandchildren in North Dakota and Toronto, often bringing with him a load of fresh garden vegetables.
He loved to pick wild blueberries and could out-pick the rest of us—often bringing home many gallons for us to clean to enjoy eating. He was disappointed when he no longer could manoeuvre in the blueberry patch.
He was never one to sit still in the house; he worked from sun-up to sundown.
He also enjoyed his wife’s good cooking, often asking when he finished his lunch, “What are we having for supper?”
He came to know the Lord when he was 65 years of age through Earl Swanson, a pastor of Off Lake Covenant Church where he and his family attended.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Henrietta (Cann); one sister, Iris Gohn; one brother, Wallace Hands; one daughter, Kathy Hands; brother-in-law, Leslie Gohn; and nephew, Donald Gohn.
Garnet is survived by his wife, Violet Hands, and four children, Larry and Barb Hands of Fort Frances, Ont., Louise and Gary Wood of Belle Fourche, S.D., Helen and Rod Finlayson of Toronto, Ont., and Brad and Mona Hands of Elgin, N.D.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his niece, Diane Gohn.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 3 p.m. at the Off Lake Covenant Church, with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.
Interment will take place in the Emo Cemetery in Emo, Ont. at a later date.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Off Lake Covenant Church c/o care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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