The family of Wilfred F. Lockman sorrowfully announce his passing on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 in Winnipeg, Man. following a brief illness.
Wilf was born Sept. 18, 1923 in Hillsburg Municipality, Man. But at an early age, he moved with his family to a farm north of La Vallee, Ont.
At age 18, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in Europe from 1942 until his discharge in 1945.
Upon his return to Canada, Wilf worked as a logger for several years prior to his employment at the paper mill in Fort Frances as a member of the Firemen and Oilers Union. He retired in 1987.
Wilf was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed spending many hours at his favourite fishing holes and blueberry patches. He took great pride in his yard and vegetable garden.
During the winter months, Wilf was an enthusiastic armchair sports fan, and enjoyed playing cribbage and canasta with his family and friends.
Wilf was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, where he spent many enjoyable hours with his buddies.
Wilf was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and William Lockman; and brothers, Don and Herb.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Eleanor; and his three children, Ken (Diane) Tetreault, Eleanor (Wayne) Barron, and Frank Lockman (and fiancée, Traci).
He also will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Mandy L’Heureux and fiancé, Ron, and Kathryn, Angela, Joanna, Lisa, David, and Mark Barron; great-granddaughter, Courtney L’Heureux; and Traci’s children, Jordan and Jasmine Nastiuk.
He also leaves behind his five step-children, Wendy, Cheryl, Duane, Jocelyn, and Lennie; and their children, Aaron, Stephen, Nathan, River, Ashley, Jessica, and Honor.
Wilf also is survived by three brothers, Ken (Agnes), Norman (Millie), and Allan (Carmen); sister, Edith (Arvid) Soderholm; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a special uncle to his nephew, Alvin Haner, and his niece, Loretta Allan.
A memorial service was held Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances, Ont. Pastor Tony Geense officiated.
Honourary pallbearers were all of Wilf’s friends.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be sent to Health Sciences Centre, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (attn: Wendy Rudnick), GH720 Williams Ave., Winnipeg, Man., R3A 1R9.