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William Blackwood

Bert Blackwood

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Obituary for Bert Blackwood

William John “Bert” Blackwood (1946-2019)

It is with deep sadness that the family of Bert Blackwood announces his sudden passing in a tragic car accident on October 3, 2019. Bert is survived by his loving wife and best friend Lee (Wetmore) of 49 years. He was the proud father of Jodie (Rick) Brown, Todd (Liz) & Sheri (Sam) Meadema; devoted grandfather of five adoring grandchildren: Cooper, Todd Jr., Tatum, Paige and Wyatt. He will also be fondly remembered by his sister Louise (Bruce) Martin and sister-in-law Patty (Stuart) Butts and all of his dear family members. Bert was born in Lindsay on May 3, 1946 to his proud parents Don & Ethel (predeceased). He attended LCVI and developed many special friendships there and at his family cottage in Rosedale. He graduated from Ryerson University, continued working in Toronto for a few years, then pursued his career in sales and marketing in the United States–where they raised their family, built many relationships and enjoyed many travels. Bert and Lee retired to Lindsay four years ago, reuniting with many lifetime friends. Bert joined the Probus Club and became actively involved in the community. Bert always looked forward to spending each summer at the cottage, in Pleasant Point, on Sturgeon Lake. He truly appreciated all the special times with his family and friends. He had a contagious smile and a heart of gold. We will cherish the fond memories we shared together. At his request, Bert has been cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. In memory of Bert, donations to the Lindsay Meals on Wheels would be appreciated by his family. His family and friends know he is at peace hanging with Roy Orbison and listening to the oldies.

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Stephen Phelps

Stephen Phelps I just learned of Bert’s passing from my sister Loreen (Harris) who is in Lindsay. Bert and I were school mates and played fooball together in LCVI in the early sixties. I think I even delivered the Watchman Warder to his house on William Street? As with many of us graduating we left Lindsay to pursue our future careers. Bert went south to the USA and I headed out west to Calgary where I still am today. I had not seen Bert for over 50 years when we played golf together at the reunion. We had a great conversation about our lives and got up to date as best you could in just a few hours. Who would have known at that time how important that reunion was for both of us. I am sorry for his tragic loss, but I will celebrate my knowing him and cherish the last day we spent together at the LCVI golf tournament. Miss you, Bert. I think I will play some Roy Orbison on the old turntable today……..
Comment | Posted at 02:56pm via Condolence
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BOB HEIMLER

So sorry to hear of the passing of BERT. We offer our condolences to LEE and the BLACKWOOD family at this sad time. Sincerely, BOB HEIMLER and FAMILY
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Paula Merlino

Our deepest condolences to Lee and family. We are so saddened to hear of this sudden and tragic loss. From the moment we all met Bert and Lee, along with Patty, Stuart, and their entire beautiful families (our cottage neighbours) we felt welcomed. We have been so fortunate to make some wonderful memories over the last few years, and Bert’s laughter and full of life presence will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Sincerely, The Merlino Families
(Mario & Lidianna, Michael & Paula, Julian & Lisa, Felicia, and children).
Comment | Posted at 12:54pm via Condolence
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ron baldwin

Ron Baldwin, so sad for the passing of Bert. On Sunday mornings at Pleasant Point Union Church there was (smiling) Bert , Lee, kids and the Wetmore family, it started the day off right. At Lindsay mens Probus (past president) again there was Bert , smiling, shaking hands and talking, we will miss the conversations at the lunches afterwards. Bert's stories, (smile) at the LCVI golf tournament , which he helped to organize won't be the same without him. Our condolences and prayers to Lee and family, we enjoyed Bert's company. Ron and Barb
Comment | Posted at 09:24am via Condolence
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Laurie (Abbot) Lautenschlager

Dear Lee, Jodie, Todd and Sheri and families
I was so saddened to hear of Bert's passing. I know that mom and dad (Ted and Dianne) were enjoying spending time with Bert and Lee following their return to Lindsay. "Contagious smile" - certainly how I remember Bert, although it has been many years since our families have been together! Wishing you all strength and time together to share treasured memories.
Laurie, Jamie and Zack
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