With deep sadness, the family of Wallace Almer Keith of The Glades and formerly of Havelock, announces his passing. Wallace’s 95 years of a life well lived, ended peacefully on June 9, 2018, at the Jordan Lifecare Centre. He will lovingly be remembered for his quiet demeanour, quick wit, blue eyes and "those dimples" which were so much a part of him right up to his final days.
Born on March 28, 1923, in Kinnear Settlement, NB, he was the son of the late Uz Chipman and Florence Marie (Plume) Keith. A devoted husband of 67 years to the late Doris (Leaman) Keith.
Wallace leaves to mourn his sons, Richard (Joan), Ron, Dale (Heather); daughters, Patricia MacLeod (Rick), Marlene Keith, Judy Keith (Mark); daughter-in-law, Carol Keith; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, caregiver and friend, Betty Keith. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Steven, Bryan, Michael, Megan, Teri-Lynn, Scott, Nick, Jeff, Jason, Marcy, Shayna, Zack, Deanne, Tim, Melissa, Brittany, Lucas, Ryan and Melodie as well as 21 precious great-grandchildren.
He was the oldest and last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his beloved sons, Larry (1987) and Roger (2004); sisters, Idella Harvey, Rilla Charlton; brothers, Everett, Francis and daughter-in-law, Heather (Broad) Keith.
Wallace signed up for military service at the age of 16 and served overseas with the 8th Hussars Regiment. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 86. He began working at the Canada Cement Lafarge during the plant construction in 1951 and retired after 35 years of service.
Wally and his loving wife Doris, lived happily on Powell Hill where they raised eight children. He dearly loved living on the hill amongst his family, friends and neighbours. In his younger days he enjoyed playing baseball on the local community teams. He followed major league baseball and the NHL; a devoted Boston Bruins fan. If there was not a hockey game or ball game to watch, Wallace could be found tapping his toe to good old classic country music. He always looked forward to his annual hunting trips to the camp with friends. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and sharing stories of the bygone days of life in Havelock. The details he could recall were astounding……storms, wages, the price of goods and services, car and tractor motors, who lived where and who was related to who!
The family would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Jordan Lifecare Centre for taking such wonderful care of Wally over the past year.
Resting at Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106 (372-4800) visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, June 12th from 2:30-4:30 and 6-8. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 86, Havelock, will be holding a tribute service at the funeral home, Tuesday at 5:45 pm. A private family graveside service will take place at Maplewood Cemetery on Wednesday, June 13th.
If desired, memorials to the Jordan Lifecare Centre or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.