In loving memory of Wilbert Amos Tuckey, 83, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, with family by his side, at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.
Dad was born Aug. 25, 1929 in Oxdrift, Ont. to James and Minnie Tuckey.
His brother and sister were 17 and 15 years older, so he was always the baby in the family. The death his mother at age 13 had a profound effect.
He grew up on the farm in Oxdrift and attended Glengoland School to Grade 8.
He often would say that he went through school: in one door and out the other. But even though he would joke about his education, he knew its importance and made sure we all got our high school diplomas.
At age 17, he began work with the Department of Highways. Dad travelled all around the district in those early years, making lifelong friends in Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake. He often spoke of those friends with fond memories.
He trained as a heavy equipment operator but he was most proud of driving snowplow during the winter. He had his favourite “coffee stops,” where he would be invited in to warm up and have a bite to eat.
Us kids always were excited to see the snowplow show up at home, wondering who would be the lucky one to go for a ride to the Eagle River turnabout.
Dad married mom, Clara Dorland, on Sept. 23, 1953, 60 years ago, and they made their home in a little one-bedroom house. As the family grew, he had all the lumber cut from trees on the property and built the current house, where he and mom raised us five children.
Dad loved to travel and visit friends and relatives. He took the family on several car trips to B.C. and eastern Ontario.
Wherever he went, he would stop and talk to complete strangers. Dad always found someone who knew someone he knew or who had relatives in Dryden.
Dad retired from the Ministry of Transportation after 36 years. He also worked as a truck driver for his nephews at Golan Trucking and drove the Saturday mail truck to Red Lake with B&M delivery for a few years.
His favourite pastime in his retirement was going for coffee in the morning and getting all the news and gossip. He also was particularly proud of his grandchildren and never failed to ask about what they were up to lately.
His great-grandchildren were a great pleasure for him over the last years when he didn’t feel so well.
Wilbert Amos Tuckey is survived by his wife, Clara; children, Audrey Nosworthy, Len (Alice St. Aubin), Norma (Bill Hannett), Richard, and Wendy (Keith Blanchard); grandchildren, Shannon and Jamie Tuckey, Tim and Allan Nosworthy, and Amanda, Ronnie, and Erin Tuckey; and great-grandchildren, Ella Bibeau and Alexander Tuckey.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Minnie; brother, Jim Tuckey Jr.; sister, Margaret Rourke; and son-in-law, Bruce Nosworthy.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the First United Church, with Rev. Hewitt Holmes officiating.
Interment of ashes was held in the family plot at Oxdrift Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Dryden Regional Health Centre Equipment Fund or Dryden Entertainment Series c/o Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, Ont., P8N 2Z1.
Online condolences may be offered at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca