Earl Frederick Balfour
January 4, 1933 – April 27, 2018
Earl was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie and a brother of Arthur, Gail, the late Brenda and David. He was an uncle, cousin and friend of many. Earl was also the dearly loved dad of Penny, Peggy, Patti, Paul, Peter (deceased), Pamela, Piper, Patrick (deceased) and Parker. When people learned he was the father of nine and was asked how many of each, it amused him to answer “3”. He was the grandfather of 16 and great-grandfather of 13.
Our dad’s cancer battle over the past year was an amazing display of courage, dignity and humour. He was capably supported throughout with the selfless devotion of our Parker Murray.
Dad was the world’s biggest Frank Sinatra fan, a Saratoga meet regular, a passionate conspiracy theorist, a consistent Jeopardy watcher, a women’s golf enthusiast and a raconteur of tales of old hockey experiences. Despite a Stanley Cup win with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, he remained a devoted Leafs fan. He and mom spent many happy vacations on several Caribbean islands. His faith sustained his belief that he and mom would one day be together again.
Dad had incredible medical care during his illness. We are grateful to Cambridge Memorial Hospital oncology team, home nurse Debbie and the Hospice Wellington for making his last days so comfortable. Dad took his final breath peacefully, surrounded by family.
A celebration of life will be held at the Hilton Markham Suites (8500 Warden Ave., Markham, ON), Willow 4 Room, on Sunday, May 6 from 1-4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Hospice Wellington with our thanks.
Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Earl F. Balfour in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm.|