POUND, Wilfred John - WWII - December 25, 1919 – November 10, 2016 - In the dawn of a new day as the sunlight broke on the horizon Wilfred John Pound passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family.
Wilf was blessed to have spent 66 years with the love of his life Melba (Rorabeck). He will be sadly missed but joyfully remembered by their children Shelley, Paula, Carla and Ritchie as well as sons in law Craig and Bill.
Wilf loved following the lives and sharing joy in the activities and accomplishments of their grandchildren, Paige and her husband Mario Paz, Jenner and Kelsey Stevenson and Bailey and Ashley Pryke. Great grandbaby Kaedyn brought a smile and twinkle to Wilf’s eyes.
Wilf is fondly remembered by sister Kate and predeceased by his parents Fredrick James and Mable Annie (Page) and siblings Ken, Fred, Vern, Victor, Eva and Bob.
Born in Brighton, Wilf, like many other young men joined the local militia in 1936. When the war broke out in 1939 he joined the Midland Regiment and guarded key locations across Canada. After arriving in England in 1943, he became a Cameron Highlander of Ottawa for the remainder of the war. Upon his return to Brighton in 1945 he became a local barber and in 1952 began working in the post office, becoming the post master in 1957 until his retirement in 1979. Wilf was very active in the community as a 77-year member and a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100, a Mason, a member of Trinity St. Andrew’s United Church and the Brighton Curling club. Wilf and Melba’s travels back to the beaches of Normandy and to Holland for commemorative ceremonies were highlights of their lives.
Wilf was recognized in 2012 with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014, awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour for his D Day participation.
Wilf leaves behind an everlasting legacy of kindness, bravery, generosity and love and he will be sadly missed, always respected, forever loved and always in the hearts of the family he cherished.
We will celebrate the life of this much loved and respected man at Trinity St. Andrew’s United Church Saturday November 19th at 11 AM. Visitation on Friday at Brighton Funeral Home from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.
Our deepest gratitude to Dr. MacIntyre and Peter Arbiter and their staffs, VON nurses, PSWs, CCAC, and Veterans’ Affairs whose support and assistance allowed Wilf to stay at “home”.
Should you wish to make a memorial donation perhaps you might consider the Homeless Veterans’ Assistance Fund: Operation Leave the Streets Behind: the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit: Audeamus Inc.: or Trinity St. Andrew’s building fund.