Edwin Arthur Kift

Born: Sun., Nov. 22, 1925
Died: Thu., Apr. 23, 2015

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Edwin Arthur Kift  
A resident of Little Current.
Died peacefully at Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at the age of 89 .
Born to Florence Snelling and Arthur Kift, at Toronto on November 22nd, 1925.
Beloved husband of Judith Kift.
Loved father of Ted of Little Current, Jason (Julie Venable) of North Bay, John of Toronto and David (Pat) Thrall of Dauphin Manitoba.
Proud grandfather of Marissa-Lynn and Judith Diana. Dear brother of Marjorie (Jack predeceased) Van Esterik of Burlington. Survived by brother-in-law Jack Joly of Little Current. Ed will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.
Ed was a proud World War ll veteran, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 177 and a founding member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Manitoulin.  

Family and friends will gather at Island Funeral Home Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 for visitation from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 2:00 pm. Cremation to follow.

Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 or to the Navy League of Canada for the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Manitoulin would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to make a donation, please bring a cheque payable to the specified charities.

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John and Penny Van Esterik
   Posted Sat April 25, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to all of Ed's family and friends at this difficult tme. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Phyllis Turner
   Posted Sat April 25, 2015
My sympathy to Judy and her family. Ed was a great supporter of the youth of Little Current, and my two sons still have the bugles they had in the bugle band that Ed formed many years ago. How many times did he play "The Last Post" at War Memorial Services? Ed will be long remembered.

Christina Jones
   Posted Sun April 26, 2015
He was a wonderful quiet man who accomplished may things in the community. and did all with a no question of recognition or reward for what he did for others. He will be missed by many.

Jack and Jean Omnet
   Posted Sun April 26, 2015
Dear Judy and family , our condolences to you at this sad time , hugs a Prayers , Ed was a great guy and will be remembered

Norm Morrell
   Posted Sun April 26, 2015
Always enjoyed talking to Ed.
Sure was helpful in my early real estate days.
Will be missed.

Joan Stark and Family
   Posted Mon April 27, 2015
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and we wanted to let you and your family know that you're in our thoughts.
Joan. Shannon, Bree and Syd

Brian and Sandra Bowes
   Posted Mon April 27, 2015
Dear Judy and family, our deepest condolences. Ed enriched the lives of so many Islanders. I treasure the memories of playing the bugle in Ed's Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, Ed was such a great teacher and leader. He taught us discipline, dedication, and a love for that stirring music. He was a wonderful friend and role model for us teenagers, and we need more like him. We will miss you Ed.

June (and Bernie) McGarry
   Posted Tue April 28, 2015
Aunt Judy, Ted, Jason, John, and David:
One of my favourite memories of Uncle Ed go back to the time of the Sheg. Bay cottages. I remember my first trip to Sheg. Bay on the back of my Uncle Casey's truck. I shared space on the back of the truck with my sister Debbie and the first load of building supplies that were destined to become the first cottage on the property. My dad (Jack) was at the wheel. The trip up from Toronto was about 8 hours but it felt like 8 years. That first cottage became Aunt Judy and Uncle Ed's first residence.
Uncle Ed was always on the go. He was the life of the party in the Sheg. Bay days. He would take us fishing, always in search of "the big one" and then at night he would keep us entertained singing around the campfire.
Many years later Bernie and I built our own cottage out in the woods north of Wawa near a place called Missanabie on Dog Lake. Uncle Ed was quite interested in our venture to the point that he and Aunt Judy were our very first guests. They arrived in the relative luxury of a car (as opposed to the back of a truck). If memory serves correctly, Ed managed to get out fishing within an hour of arriving. He must have enjoyed that first experience at Dog Lake. In subsequent years, it became the destination for an annual spring fishing trip for Uncle Ed and his pals from Little Current.
As we celebrate Ed's life, I am filled with many happy thoughts and memories. His life was a life well lived. His accomplishments and contributions to his country and community speak for themselves.
R.I.P. Uncle Ed

Deborah Ilton
   Posted Tue April 28, 2015
I have many stories of my Uncle Ed, one special memory happened in November of 1960.  Ed came to Toronto to visit and he brought his guitar. He patiently spent the weekend teaching me to play the very popular song from "The sound of music" Do, Re Mi,  when I got a little older I found out that he loved to dance and we spend some time on the dance floor at my cousin Valerie's wedding jiving to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", You taught me many things and you will always be in my heart, because in there you are still alive.  Thanks for the memories, Ed, RIP

Marjorie VanEsterik (Kift)
   Posted Tue April 28, 2015
I am very proud to have been Ed's sister for the last 89 years. We were constant companions in our early years and relied upon one another for support. I'm very proud of the man that my brother became. In addition to serving his country in WW2 he was a dedicated, community minded citizen who did his best to make Little Current a better place for everyone. Condolences to my wonderful sister in law Judy and nephews Ted, Jason, John and their families. I'll miss you Ed but you are always in my heart.

Bill and Darlene Hardy
   Posted Tue April 28, 2015
Dear Judy and family : Our sincere sympathy in the passing of Ed; a man of dedication to his family, community and country. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with love,comfort and peace. Bill and Darlene Hardy, Woodstock, ON

Myron and Debbie Heise
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
Dear Judy and Family,
Our deepest condolences for the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
We will truly miss him. The Dog Lake Boys will be very sad to not have him with them on their yearly trip. His great smile and laugh will be heard when they share their memories of him now and always,
Love to you all,
Myron, Debbie and family

Bill and Gail Uhler
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
We met Uncle Ed and Judy on that first visit they made to Dog Lake to stay with Bernie and June. Bernie warned us that Uncle Ed was coming so the trophy tie for the biggest fish would not be in our cabin much longer. Bill solved the problem by taking Uncle Ed in HIS boat when they went out to fish. The story has been recounted many times since.
We are thinking of you and your family this afternoon as the memorial service takes place. We can't be there but send our sympathy to you as you are saying farewell your husband, dad and grandpa. Take care of yourselves.

Jack Chapelle
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
My heart goes out to this wonderful family. Edwin was an inspiration & a friend.

Wes Davis
   Posted Thu April 30, 2015
Jay, So sorry for your loss!

Barbara miller
   Posted Sun May 03, 2015
Dear Judy
I am saddened to read of Ed, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember a man always smiling and cheerful, he has left a pleasant legacy.

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