Bert David Corbett passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019, at the Alexandra Marine General Hospital in Goderich.
Survived by Georgie, his wife of 59 years, and his three sons: Ken (Laura), Brian (Patricia) and Rob (Louisa).
Also left to mourn their Papa are his grandchildren: Mitch (Maca) and Sam (Jodi), Katie Girard, Lily and Zara; and one great-grandchild, Madelyn.
Born in Creemore in 1935, Bert started his career as a heavy equipment mechanic but settled into teaching auto shop at Uxbridge Secondary School after his sons were born. Always willing to volunteer, Bert was active in the Kinsmen Club in Uxbridge and was honoured as Kinsmen for Life. Bert was an accomplished athlete in his youth, and so it was no surprise that he was intensely involved in both minor hockey and minor baseball in Uxbridge. Bert was humbled to be named Uxbridge Citizen of the Year in 1981.
Shortly after retirement in 1990, Bert and Georgie moved to Goderich where he became an active member of the Huron Chapel Missionary Church. Looking for something new, he took up wood carving and soon became recognized for his talent. He shared his enthusiasm for his craft by teaching his fellow Snowbirds in Panama City Beach the delicate intricacies of carving birds. He continued to share his love for carving as a member of the Goderich Art Club, when winters in Florida were no longer an option.
Bert was the original MacGyver. He was able to fix just about anything with whatever was around. We are quite certain the words “I’ll just buy a new one” never crossed his lips. A kind soul if ever there was one, devoted to his wife and family and a friend to all who knew him.
A memorial service honouring Bert will be held at the McCallum & Palla Funeral (11 Cambria Road North, Goderich) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, with visitation beginning at noon to precede the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huron Chapel Missionary Church or the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Friends may sign the online book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca.
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”- Aristotle