With heavy hearts & profound sadness the family of Bertrand Cecil Alcock announce his passing on December 1, 2018 at Lake of the Woods District Hospital after a brief illness.
Bert was born November 6, 1929 in Kenora, Ontario to Clifford and Elvira Alcock. He was the 4th of 10 children.
Bert is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Kathy, daughter Debbie Riley (Tom), sons Neil (special friend Mel), Keith (Cathy). Honorary daughter Heather “Heffs” Nolan. Grandchildren Matthew & Andrew (Fabiola), Adam & Michelle Riley, Abbey Waterson - Alcock, Jessica & Robert (Marissa), Kim & Andrew Rajtek (Kaitlynn, Grace, Mary), Tara & Brad Wyder (Cameron) , and his faithful “puppy” Clara.
Also survived by his siblings Bernice Thompson, Margaret Moncrief, Joyce (Phil) Mineault, and sister in law Beverley (J.K Alcock), along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Bert was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Elvira Alcock, his son Garry, daughter in law Mary Jo, and his Father and Mother in law George and Sophia Bragg.
Also predeceased by his brothers Ed, Jim, Alf, Kip and Allen, sister Betty, sister in laws Jackie, Eunice, and Della. Brother in laws Norman Sim, Leonard Thompson, and Harold Moncrief.
Bert worked for Ontario Hydro for over 40 years, working in different departments. He retired in 1993 as an Electrical Inspector, a job he truly enjoyed. He put many miles on weekly, traveling the Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Fort Frances areas. If you asked him which trips he looked most forward to, without hesitation he would say the northern communities. He flew as far north as James Bay.
Dad was an advocate for all. He was Chief Steward with CUPE Local 1000, ensuring the best representation for all members. He was well respected from both sides, membership and Employer.
Community involvement was very important to Dad. He was proud to live in and represent the people of Jaffray & Mellick as a councilor for several terms. He was well recognized and respected for his willingness to step forward within the community and volunteer organizations. Dad always put others ahead of himself unconditionally.
Dad also sat as Board member with Vacationland Dairy.
As one door closed, another opened. He was with the Kenora Agricultural Society for many years. He enjoyed meeting folks at the entrance to the Midway. If someone came with a large bill, he would say “look, I don't have enough change for that, would you pay for this person, and then they can pay you!?” Without hesitation the fair goers would pay for their friend’s admission.
Dad was a big hockey fan. He loved The Leafs, over the last few years he was able to take in several Jets games. He coached Minor Hockey, and was a big part of supporting the Kenora Thistles. He even cooked burgers and hotdogs at fundraising events.
Dad enjoyed being part of Search & Rescue, Kenora Bass International (KBI) COPS (Citizens on Patrol), Handi Transit, and substituting in for Santa when required!
Family was everything to Dad. He was very proud of each of us, as we are of him. He showed us by example what it took to be a good person. By being honest, having integrity, compassion, empathy and patience. He was never to busy to stop what he was doing and listen to anyone, to lend a hand and be the voice of reason! A Gentleman's Handshake was just as binding as a signed piece of paper.
He was very close to his Mother, our Grandma who just “lived over the hill”. When Dad returned from being out of town all week working, his first stop would be Grandma Alcock's to check in.
Dad was known by many names, Buddy Bert, Brother Bert, Gert, Uncle Frank, Grandpa and Pa. His hobbies included gardening, bee keeping, time in the hay field and checking in on the horses over the hill!
As busy as Dad was he and Mom managed to take time for each other. Mom was and always will be one of Dad's biggest supporters.
We would like to thank Dad's Angels on Earth – Dr. Shannon Wiebe, Dr. Meghan Olson and the nurses on 2nd East at Lake of the Woods District Hospital for the excellent care and compassion they have shown all of us.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation (CT scan), Salvation Army, Jubilee Church of God. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 1 pm from Alcock Funeral