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Cecil Lemont

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Walter “Cecil” was born on Sunday, March 11, 1934, at home, on the family farm, on Bruce Road 1 in Greenock Township. He was the eldest child of Walter and Myrtle (Foreman) Lemont and in time was joined by younger siblings, Lloyd, Edwin, and Laureen. Cecil enjoyed his childhood on the farm and aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and become a farmer. He, along with his siblings, attended S.S. #10 Greenock. However, being the eldest son and with lots of work at home, Cecil forwent high school and began working full-time at home.

In the late 1950’s Cecil was introduced to a young woman by the name of Doreen Grace Cockram. The two soon began dating and were later married on Saturday, May 28, 1960 at the Gospel Hall in Orillia. By this time, Cecil had taken over operating his grandfather’s farm, located on Bruce Rd. 1. The Lemont family soon began to grow with the arrivals of Helen (1961), Ron (1963), Karen (1964), Darlene (1968), and Sandra (1969).

In the 1970’s the family relocated to Glammis for a few months, before finally settling on the 14th of Greenock. Cecil began working for Ontario Hydro at Douglas Point, where he was a labourer. After working at the Point, he returned to his passion of farming and found work on the chicken farms at Bruce Rd. 20 and Concession 14 in Greenock Township.

Cecil’s faith played an important role in his life, and he was a life-long member of Eden Grove Gospel Hall. Through the years he was actively involved with a variety of church functions, services, and roles – truly, it was a second home for Cecil. He enjoyed socializing with others, and helping where he could. He was also a member of the Purdy Cemetery Board. In his limited free time, Cecil enjoyed tinkering and keeping busy around home. Many will recall seeing Cecil out mowing his lawn and Purdy Cemetery regularly – along with any other lawn or grass that needed to be attended to in the area! Back at home, Cecil enjoyed spending time reading his Bible and always enjoyed a nice bowl of soup, or maybe his favourite liver and onions.

After their own children left home, Cecil and Doreen opened their home to the Familyhome initiative, whereby they shared their home with individuals with developmental disabilities. Steven and Theresa soon joined them and quickly became an extension of their family. After Doreen’s passing, Theresa went to live with another family while Steven remained with Cecil. This continued for several more years until Cecil was physically no longer able to help care for him.

In the early 2000’s Cecil became a caregiver to Doreen as well, as she began to suffer from dementia. He looked after her every need for the next few years, before it became too much, whereby she moved to The Village in Hanover for more care. Sadly, Doreen passed away in 2011. Although a homebody, he enjoyed catching up with friends and neighbours. In recent years, Cecil began experiencing his own health challenges, and after a few months with Karen, called Parkview Manor in Chesley home in February of 2023. Here, he received the support he needed and lived out his remaining months supported by their great staff.

Cecil passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Saturday, February 10, 2024, in his 90th year.

Loving father of Helen (Randy) Miller of Jarvis, Ron of New Hamburg, Karen Lemont (Dave Plante) of Walkerton, Darlene Whitehead of Lucknow, and Sandra (Paul) Garand of Keswick. He will be missed by grandchildren, Stephanie, Steven, Nicole, Tracey (Philip), Jeff, Davie, Stacey (John), Steven, Danielle, and Jason, and great-grandchildren Katara “Kelp”, Ares, Orion, and Theo. Cecil will be fondly remembered by his siblings Edwin (Shirley) of Kitchener, and Laureen (John) Eby of Listowel. He was predeceased by his wife Doreen, grandson Michael Lemont, brother Lloyd Lemont and his parents Walter and Myrtle (Foreman) Lemont.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service honouring Cecil’s life will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 11 a.m. Spring interment in Purdy Cemetery, Greenock Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to MS Canada would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Robin Russell
April 16, 2024

Very sorry to hear about Cecil’s passing. Sending sympathies to the whole family and especially to Sandra and Darlene. I have fond memories of growing up next door to them and playing as children.

Ken & Lynn Russell
March 19, 2024

So sorry to hear that our former neighbour, Cecil, has passed. We remember him as a friendly & decent man with a ready smile.

Jackson W.I.
March 2, 2024

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Cecil. Having always been “in the community”, he will be missed. * Jackson W.I.

Bev and Joyce Johnston
February 22, 2024

We are sorry to hear of Cecil’s passing. We enjoyed times spent with him. Our condolence to all his family and to Edwin and Shirley and Laureen and John.

Darlene Crossan
February 22, 2024

Sandra and Paul, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Krista Ritchie
February 21, 2024

I am thinking of you all and send my sympathy at this time of loss.

Donna & John Elphick
February 21, 2024

We are so very sorry for your loss. Cecil was always kind and inviting. We were lucky to have him for a neighbour. Cecil made our neighborhood a better place.

Janice Sawyer-Jackson
February 21, 2024

My sincere condolences to the whole family! I am bereaved to hear of Cecil’s passing. He was always someone I stopped by to visit when I got home. He was a good neighbor and always was “just down the road”

Leanne Petrie
February 21, 2024

Sandra and family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father, thinking of you in this difficult time.

Lois Reoch
February 21, 2024

Laureen, Cecil, Spouses and Families. I extend my deep sympathy to everyone as you grief the passing of your loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely and with kindest regards.
Lois (Mrs. Allan) Reoch

Lois Reoch
February 21, 2024


Les and Sherry Emke and family,Ron and Shane Wells
February 20, 2024

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful neighbour and friend. I can’t tell you how beautiful the 14th of Greenock looked for so many years , while Cecil was so committed to cutting several lawns and roadsides. He always enjoyed having a friendly visit and catching up as to what was new in the chicken industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as a family and may you hold tight the memories you have together.

Terry vance
February 20, 2024

Cecil was a great guy sorry to hear your loss my brother and i helpped him at the chiclen barns he knew my whole family the Colwell s the Vance s and alway told us fawn memories of the family he will be missed

Russ Kerr
February 20, 2024

Sorry to hear of Cecil’s passing.I worked with him at the point .. great guy always made me laugh

Marylynn Lemont
February 20, 2024

Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you! May he rest in peace.❤️

Evelyn Edmonstone (Lemont)
February 20, 2024

Thinking of all of Cecil’s family & praying for comfort for each of you.
Cecil has had a good long life and I have known him all his lifetime. We have enjoyed the yearly family picnics, some at Bradley School & some at family homes where we could all get together.
Treasure the many memories. Evelyn Edmonstone

Pat Flett
February 20, 2024

I am sorry for your loss. Your Dad and the whole family were great neighbours. He will be missed I’m sure by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all his friends in the neighbourhood. May he rest in piece.

Leanne Rasmussen
February 20, 2024

Sending deepest sympathy! Hugs & Prayers!

Dave Woelfle
February 20, 2024

I’ve known Cecil for many years as a neighbour .He was a very kind and gentle man.My Condolences to the Lemont family

Sherry, Neil, Keith & Rachel Anstett
February 20, 2024

So very sorry for your loss – we often would see Cecil driving through Pinkerton or at Children’s Church – he was always friendly and was interested in how everyone is doing –

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