Friday, July 24, 2009

Poppy, on his boat (Joy II), which he designed and built himself, c. 1973
Recently I was back in Canada, on a last minute 10 day trip to see family. Specifically my Poppy (Grandfather), who was in hospital, and to stay with my Nanny and keep her company. I returned back to Glasgow on Sunday morning. Sadly, two days later, my Poppy died. Today is his funeral.

I'll always remember my Poppy, the only Grandfather I ever had, as a kind and gentle man. It may sound trite, as people often say that about those who have passed away, but my Poppy was genuinely a soft-spoken and generous soul. He was both a successful business man and talented artist.

I will always cherish my memories of Poppy: Poppy taking my Mom, brother and I to Walt Disney World in 1988; (begrudgingly) watching The Lawrence Welk Show after dinner; going to dinner at Swiss Chalet; dancing with him to the soundtrack of the Cabbage Patch Kids; his love of sugar on tomatoes (yelch!)

You will always be remembered.

Garnold Dean Peacock - Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on July 21, 2009, in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Neely) of Belleville and loving father of Joy Peacock, and her husband Don Edwards, of Kingston. Predeceased by his daughter Linda. Cherished grandfather of Jason ***** of Toronto and Jennifer *****. Also a beloved family member to Cyril and Isabel Shaw of Eldorado, John and Joan Neely of Sarnia, and Vicki and Tony TerHaar of Belleville. Special uncle to Scott and Stephen TerHaar, Diane Meade, Sherry Erick and Scott Shaw.

Garn was born on the family farm in Foxboro, Ontario in 1925. In 1959, Garn and Shirley moved to Belleville, where he first established Peacock Drywall. Over 40 years, his business expanded and flourished on Newberry Street as Peacock Fasteners and Building Specialties. In 1999, Garn sold the business and it continues to operate in its original location. Garn will be always remembered by his family, friends and business associates as a truly kind and gentle man. In both his personal and business life, he was known and respected for his honesty, generosity, integrity and professionalism. At home with Shirley, Garn was admired by all for his exceptionally green and healthy lawns, and for the care and attention he gave to their beloved companion animals, most recently Smokey and Hershey.

Although Garn loved flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN R. BUSH FUNERAL HOME, 80 Highland Ave. Belleville. A memorial service for Garn Peacock will be held Friday, July 24th, at 2 p.m. at Hastings Park Bible Church, 36 Harder Drive, Belleville. In advance of the service there will be a visitation at the church beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. Following the service, there will be a reception, also at the church. Interment at Belleville Cemetery. Online condolences www.quintefuneralcentres.com .

7 comments:

DaviMack said...

Condolences to you, Jennifer.

Flippin' Yank said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

PurestGreen said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. I'm glad you got to see him before he left.

Jennifer said...

thanks all. it's been tough.

Katie said...

I'm sorry for your loss - it's hard to be abroad at times like these.

Lena said...

Sugar on his tomatoes...? That's my kind of grandpa!

A remarkable man. I'm sorry for your loss.

Jennifer said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Glad u got to see him before he passed. Good memories are a way for us to continue on.