Robert Keith Willmets

Born: Sat., Apr. 20, 1946
Died: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

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Robert"KEITH" Willmets
April 20, 1946-November 17, 2017

Keith, passed  away peacefully at home surrounded by family on the 17th of November.  
Keith lives on through his loving wife Lela and his two sons Robert (Wendy) and Joe (Diena), five grandchildren and brothers Fred (Zena) and Bruce (Margaret) and many cousins, and nephews.  Keith was not from Manitoulin but considered this home, neighbours were family, there was always room at the table and strangers were simply someone you have not met yet. Keith was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt and fish and if you knew him you would say he was in his element in the bush. There will be no service at this time.  We look forward to seeing everyone at a celebration of life to be held in early summer.

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Stephen and Shelley Colebourne
   Posted Mon November 20, 2017
I will truly miss Keith. Although I have not seen him in awhile, I have many fond memories of growing up near him on the farm. He entrusted me to help when him and Lela and the boys were away and as not a farm boy I loved helping them out as much as I could. I am sure that during the haying season I developed a few muscles that most don't throwing the bales around. Keith taught me lots. He was always there when ever we needed a hand. It was fun watching the boys grow up and was hard to see them leave for the island. It would have been great to get together after they left but life is very fast..always something to do....not a very good excuse and for that I am sorry. Our deepest condolences to Lela ,Robert and Joseph and their families. We would be honoured to know if you have a service next year so that we could attend. You are all in our prayers.

Nicole Ireland
   Posted Tue November 21, 2017
Joe, Diena, Lela, Nathan, Hannah, Robert, Wendy and kids,

I am so, so sorry that you've lost your wonderful Dad, husband and grandfather. I'm grateful that I got to meet him so many years ago and that I got see him last summer after Nathan's graduation. I'm so glad he got to see his beloved grandson graduate college. Keith was always so friendly and welcoming to me (as are you, Lela) when I crash your family gatherings and I'm grateful. You can see his warmth and love of laughter in the photos you've posted. I'm thinking of him, and I'm thinking of you all with love.

Love, Nicole

Becky Van Horn
   Posted Thu November 23, 2017
It was a pleasure to have known Keith. My deepest sympathies to all.

Jeanne and Fred Bauer-Nilsen
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
What can I say....Keith was the first Canadian Fred met and he was more than a friend to both Fred and myself. He would turn on the hydro prior to our arrival and leave wine and flowers on our kitchen table so when we did arrive, we felt welcome and accepted....I can't explain what that meant to me and Fred. We learned so much from Keith and Lela....from hospitality to self sufficiency to love of the bush and appreciation for the water, the sun, and the world around us. He will be sorely missed. But Lela lives on and I know that all of that kindness and strength will live on in her. We hope to continue to learn from Lela and continue to see our surroundings, our food, our good times and our friendship through her eyes. It is an enduring and special friendship we look forward to continuing and growing with. Our thanks and appreciation are beyond bounds. Jeanne and Fred Bauer-Nilsen

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