November 15th 1943 – May 25th 2019
Tears fall for a couple well loved, lived, and admired. The family of Ida Eastwood sadly shares the announcement of her death. Ida, a lifetime accomplished crafter, gardener and shared lover of nature and wildlife, died Saturday, May 25th, a mere 3 months after her husband, Ronnie.
Ida’s innate gift for creating and designing works of art of stitchery, quilting, knitting and needlework were evident throughout her life. There wasn’t a project that she couldn’t tackle to create or replicate into an accomplished and beautiful crafted piece of work. She held a creative eye, particularly in designing sweaters for which she was well known, as well as capturing the beauty of wildlife photography.
Ronnie’s term of endearment for Ida was “Ben”, which he used until the very end. He admired his “classy lady” and reminded her of it by putting a wind deflector on her truck with the words…Classy Lady. Solidly rooted in the outdoors, they shared the love of the land and water and were inseparable in long hours of arduous work ~ together lifting nets, breaking trails, counting and delivering minnows, snowmobiling and trapping, hunting and operating several successful cottage country businesses in Clearwater Bay and Nestor Falls. She was an avid gardener up until the last few years, admiring the wildness of plants and flowers or simply growing tomatoes in multiple pots on their deck.
Holding a warm affection for animals, she will be deeply missed by her Pekingese buddy, Miss Muffet. Predeceased by her mother and father, Garnet and Rose Hall, sister-in-law Linda Hall and brother-in-law Robert Wagenaar. Remembered as the older sister whom her siblings looked up to, she leaves ten of her siblings ~ Bill, Diane, Robert, Glen, Gary, Judy, Arnold, Murray, Merlyn and Gilbert along with their spouses, countless of nieces, nephews and their children, and cousins ~ Roberta Shumka, Sue Berry, Rob Platford and their families who were a constant in her life as they were with Ronnie. Ida treasured the social calls at their home from friends long held, as well as the outings to Vet’s Confectionery to visit cherished lifelong friend, Emily.
A heartfelt thanks is extended to the 2nd floor staff at Birchwood Terrace. Their dedication, support and compassion over the last year are very much appreciated by her family.
Cremation has taken place in preparation for a July gathering celebrating both Ida and Ronnie’s lives.
“Grief never ends … but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.” Author Unknown.