Eric was a beloved member of his community and devoted father and grandfather who left us peacefully at 77. Throughout his journey through life he showed deep devotion to his family, work, and hobbies – most significantly as Eleanor (Goodfellow) for 51 years and as father and grandfather to Ian, David (married to Pamela), Harrison Montgomery. Eric’s journey marked with deep commitments to those he cared deeply about such as work and hobbies – something Eleanor could attest to! Eric’s legacy lives on in their hearts!
What Defined Eric’s Family Bonds?
Eric was fiercely devoted to his family. This was evident by their strong bonds, whether with John (married to Betty), Ann (Gary’s wife), Steven (Dianne’s husband), Michael (married to Cathy), or Jim Pinnegar (Peggy’s husband). Eric fostered an atmosphere of mutual respect and affection amongst his siblings – with John married to Betty), Ann married Gary Pinnegar and Steven Dianne-Steve Dianne’s husband), Michael being his main support network alongside numerous nieces and nephews that comprised his extended support network of extended relatives – George Pinnegar having laid the groundwork for these relationships as George had predeceased him as his parents George Pinnegar firmly established these strong family values prior to George Pinnegar’s passing.
Eric was deeply committed to his community. As co-owner of Squire Barber Shop in Westdale, he not only provided professional barber services; he was also known for being a friend and confidante to many customers he helped cultivate over the years. Eric’s welcoming nature and genuine interest in people’s lives transformed the barber shop into more than just a place for haircuts; it became a source of friendship and conversation.
What were Eric’s Interests Outside Work?
Outside the workplace, Eric enjoyed golf and his church community immensely. A longstanding member of Beverly Golf Club, he enjoyed both its sport as well as developing lasting friendships there. Eric also looked forward to weekly fellowship at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ancaster – both spiritual nourishment and an affirmation of belonging were found there.
What Are My Plans for Remembering Eric?
In order to pay our respects to Eric and honor his life, a visitation has been planned at Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home Ancaster Chapel located at 378 Wilson Street East on Wednesday September 16, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In accordance with COVID-19 social distancing protocols, this event provides a safe space where family and friends of Eric may come pay their respects as well as remember him fondly and express condolences directly. A private family service will follow Thursday with an interment at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery Ancaster.
How Can People Honor Eric’s Memory?
In lieu of flowers, donations in Eric’s honor can be made to Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice Hamilton or Canadian Cancer Society; such contributions not only honor Eric but also support causes that make an impactful statement about how much Eric believed in helping his fellow humans.
What Legacy Will Eric Leave Behind?
Eric leaves behind an amazing legacy of love, commitment and community service. His life embodied values like family, friendship and service and will continue to make an impactful statement about them today. When we celebrate Eric’s life we remember someone who made an immeasurable difference in many people’s lives while honoring one who will live on in memory forever more.
Eric was a true testament of kindness and connection that will live on through those he left behind, from family ties, community involvement, and personal passions. While his passing leaves an empty spot in our hearts, we will carry forward his legacy of love, laughter, and commitment to his community as we remember Eric with fond memories and continue spreading kindness to one another in honor of this extraordinary life he lived.