We are very sad to announce the passing of Keith Woolsey on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Dad was born Aug. 10, 1941 to Leonis and Harold Woolsey, and was one of 10 children.
He was predeceased by his father, Harold Woolsey; brother, Bob Woolsey; brother-in-law, Gordon Halverson; sister-in-law, Sis Woolsey; nephews, Gary and Rick Halverson; mother- and father-in-law, Annie and Stanley Ilnisky; and sister-in-law, Mavis Ilnisky.
Dad leaves behind his loving wife, Elsie, of 39 years. He also will be forever loved and missed by his daughters, Kim (Ray) Smith and children, Sam (Josh), Mac, and Madi, Lynn (Wayne) Canfield and daughter, Kylie (Dan), and Darla (Dave) Witzke and children, Noah and Macey; and his son, Tyson (Danielle) and children, Hayden and little Dreah.
Also surviving is his mother, Leona, 100, whom he cherished; brothers, Ross, Jerry, Allan, Donny, and Dean and sisters, Betty, Lois, and Jane, and their families; and brothers-in-law, Walter, Russel, and John and sisters-in-law, Anne and Judy, and their families.
Growing up in such a large family, Dad learned that you had to work hard—and that he did. He worked in the bush all his life and truly enjoyed his job.
Because he was not the type to sit around and do nothing, Dad got his AZ licence at age 70.
Dad enjoyed curling for many years and NASCAR racing. He also enjoyed get-togethers with friends to play horseshoes or just to share a few beer.
For anyone who knew our Dad, you know he loved to dance. As long as the music played, you would see him on the dance floor, which was omething each of his daughters were able to share with him.
Dad also loved to fish, which was a special time he shared with his son and good neighbour, Carl.
He had a special relationship with each of his grandchildren. A sleepover or sitting on grandpa’s lap sharing his supper, or just a simple conversation. Dad had a huge heart, even caring for his grand dogs (“Oreo” being his favourite).
Dad made it known to his children his concern for Elsie (whom he loved dearly), that she was taken care of.
Dad taught us to work hard, as well as respect, courage, and strength. We all knew he was proud of us and we hope he knew how very proud we were of him.
Dad fought a brave battle with cancer with all that he had and we knew he fought it for his family. We were very honoured to call Keith Woolsey my husband and our dad.
We love you, Dad!
A celebration of life will be held in the summer with horseshoes and a few beer.