Bob Eskritt

A photo of Bob Eskritt

In the early morning hours of Thursday April 8th our dad, Bob Eskritt passed away in his 90th year.  He was the first born to his parents Ellen & Luke Eskritt and is survived by his sister Mary Ellen Greenway.  He was predeceased by his sister Donna Johnson and his brother Albert.

Dad was raised on the family farm just outside of Ridgetown.  He attended S.S.#8 Beechwood School and Ridgetown District High School.  As a young man, he joined Junior Farmers where he met our mom Beth (Simpson).  One of his proudest times in life was to realize that the life he began with Mom would one day become a family of fifty-five.  He will be remembered with full hearts by Al & Shelley Ripley-Bulckaert, Jennifer Verwegen, Roberta & Gaetan Morin, Marc & Gail Eskritt, Barb & Denis Bourbonnais, Marvin & Kim Eskritt and Michael Verwegen.  He was affectionately known as Grandpa Bob to Wendy & Henry, Jason & Erika, Lauren, Jordan & Stephanie, Alexandra, Natalie & Mitch, J.P. & Cristina, Chantal & Kevin, Lynn & Rachel, Darrell & Anna, Makaila, Christian & Tristen, Jacob, Noah and 18 great-grandchildren.  He was sad when he lost two of the girls he loved most in life; our Mom and our sister Beverley Bulckaert and again when he lost his grandson Joel Verwegen.

In every man’s life there comes a time when he takes stock of where he is and what he has accomplished.  Dad should have been proud.  He taught us well.  He worked hard as a dairy farmer for many years.  He always lent a helping hand, especially when it was harvest time and the neighbours needed help.  He took care of the things that he owned so that they would last, and he always remained humble and kind.

In keeping with Dad’s wishes and ours, he will be laid to rest with our Mom and we will celebrate his life in June when he would have turned 90.

For those who wish to remember him with a memorial donation, we ask that you consider the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario because that’s where Dad got his start or Kids in Crisis https://catalogue.faithhopeinaction.ca/gifts/causes/compassion/kids-in-crisis/ because he always wanted to help.

 

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Marc and Gail and family. So sorry to hear of the passing of your father; he sounded like a great man who lived a full and fulfilling life. Thinking of you.

It was a pleasure to have known and cared for Bob at the Retirement Home where I worked as a PSW. I will always remember him for his kindness, gentleness, helpfulness and his wonderful family. My condolences to his family.

To my extended family.... :) so sad to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. Truly blessed to have spent all those countless hours on your farm enjoying all that was special to him; life on the farm. His quiet and gentle spirit was wonderful to be around; especially when interacting with Aunt Beth. Comforting to know their souls are reconnected; although i doubt they were ever apart. :) hugs to all.

John & I would like to send our deepest condolences to the entire Eskritt Family. Uncle Bob was such a loving, gentle person. Always eager to hear about what was going on in our family. Bev & I were high school friends so I spent time at the farm before I met John. Such a great family, always something fun going on. His passing will leave a great hole in your family, but cherish your memories for they will sustain you in this difficult time. Know you are in our thought & prayers. John & Sonia Simpson

Ian and Elaine share your pain of loss but also remember all of the fun times your Mom and Dad, Aunt Fern and Uncle Alex and all us kids enjoyed together. We all spent many happy hours playing on the beach and swimming at Rest-A-Bout or running around and playing on the farm. And the best part of going to Aunt Beth’s and Uncle Bob’s were the treats and meals we all enjoyed together. Ian has been grateful for growing up and being provided with help and guidance by Uncle Bob and Aunt Beth throughout his entire life. Alex, and Ian to a lesser extent, in our younger years became summer farm hands instead of city slickers, thanks to Uncle Bob. Because of our farm experience, we had a far greater appreciation of farming and nature than we otherwise would have had. We are grateful too for the time Uncle Bob spent with Alex in more recent years when Alex was living in Ridgetown. Uncle Bob will be greatly missed by everyone who ever came in contact with him simply due to his friendly, caring, helpful nature. We all look forward to the day when we can be physically together again to share the memories and the hugs. Love to All, Ian and Elaine.

Hello all, We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. I have so many memories of Aunt Beth and Uncle Bob and visiting the farm when I was visiting Grannie at the cottage. Uncle Bob was also so good to my Uncle Alex which we appreciated so much. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan (Fern --> Adele) + Curtis, Max, and James Ryan

Dear Marc & Family. My sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. I knew him all of my life. He was a good farmer and raised a great family along with your Mom.

Marc, Jenn, Roberta and families, So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Cherish your memories and he will live forever in your hearts. Bill & Cindy

Our condolences to the extended Eskritt family on the passing of Uncle Bob. I’ve often admired Uncle Bob as a real gentleman who had a quiet demeanour and great (wry) sense of humour. He will be missed. We’ve lost one of the good ones!

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bob. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family!

Sorry for your loss Mark, hugs to you and your family...

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bob. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family!

All of us at Syd Kemsley Florist want to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. From Melodee and Staff at Syd Kemsley Florist

Marc, Gail and family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. We are thinking of you at this sad time. Dawn and Mark

Dear Marc and Families We were saddened to read of your dad’s passing, I know you had such a close relationship, and are going to miss him very much. Our very deepest and heartfelt sympathies to each of you.

To Marc, Gail and Family, My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Lynn Clark.

Al, Shelley & family John and I are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! I am sure he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time!

Sincere Sympathy

Jenn - my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad.

To the entire Eskritt Family .. my sincerest sympathy to all of you in the loss of a Father & Grandfather. Bob was a very quiet and humble man but loved by many. We missed Bob at Church when he moved to Blenheim but he was never out of our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and happiness in your memories of him. Catherine Stapinski-Chavis

Marc, Gail and Family, We are so saddened to learn of the loss of your dear dad and grandpa. You are all in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.

Our sympathy to the Eskritt family. Bob was a very kind and friendly person and we enjoyed our visits with him over the years. He will be missed.

My condolences to the family. I will truly miss Bob, and his spunky personality. I am so thankful to have been able to meet such a kind, loving man; along with his family.

Jennifer - Wayne and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dad. I am sure your wonderful memories of him will help to support you during these difficult times. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

Marc, Gail and family, Sincere condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Hopefully you are having opportunities to share many wonderful memories made together over the years. Elaine & Garry Warriner

Jennifer and family: We were saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. In the summer of 63 your Dad and Uncle Albert hired me as a farm hand. It was like my dream come true. The experience of working there was priceless. I got to work with your Mom and Dad and quickly learned why they were so highly respected in the Beechwood community. They were so kind and generous to all neighbours, always willing to help them. Their good nature and sense of humour was appreciated by all. I wonder today how a fourteen year old could enjoy baling, cultivating corn or cleaning out stalls. And who could forget the pony and buggy rides for the "Bray kids" that they organized. Unfortunately, my farming career came to an end with my dad's passing in the summer of 65 but I will always cherish the first sixteen years of my life growing up next door to your dairy farm. Many years later when I would run into your Dad in his apartment building, we had tons of "farm day" memories to share. Your family was blessed to have such a great Mom and Dad. Thinking of you Gary and Sue Bray

Extending our sincere condolences to the Eskritt Family in the passing of your Dad and Granddad. May you be blessed with comfort strength and peace as you share wonderful memories of his life well spent. Fred, Cheryl and Family

Offering you and your family our sincerest condolences, Marianne de Brouwer and Brant Watson

To Mark and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Marc, Gail and family, sorry to read of your father's passing. Thinking of yous at this sad time ,hugs from the Hillmans ⚘

To the Eskritt family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

Our sincere condolences on passing of your dad ,father in law ,grandfather,great grand father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time! Saara Nyyssonen and family

Marc, Gail and family. Our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

To Bob's family, It was an honor to have known and cared for Bob. His kind and considerate manner always shone, and he was a true gentleman. My condolences to those who who knew and loved him. Jennifer Huys RN

Marc, Jennifer and family, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your Father. I know you loved him vey much. Thank you fore sharing the photos of your family with us. Rest In Peace Mr. Eskritt.

Sorry to hear about your Dad Marc. I never met him but it looks like he was a great man and father. Condolences from the Knights.

We are so sorry about your loss. Bob was an awesome man and he will be truly missed. Sending hugs and prayers to your whole family❤️

On behalf of the Vansickle family we want to send our condolences to you Marc & Gail and all your family . Thinking of you at this time

Jennifer and family. Our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Our condolences to Mark and family, our thoughts are with you.

We send each of you our deepest sympathy. Uncle Bob was a very loving and caring man. He will be missed. May your many memories help to bring you comfort.

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Our condolences and thoughts are with you and your family.

Our sympathy on losing Bob. He was a gentleman and we enjoyed knowing both Bob and Beth. Ed and Liz McKinlay

Our sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Cris & Romana

Jennifer and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. The photos show what a wonderful life he had . Thinking of you. Hugs, Larry and Lynne

Our sincere condolences for your loss! There are so many fond memories of Uncle Bob. He was so welcoming and inclusive. He trusted me and my brother to look after his prize herd while on a family vacation one summer. Aunt Beth and Uncle Bob's family visits were so enjoyable. Always remembered.

my condolences to the Eskritt family. Always difficult to lose a parent. I know there are so many great memories to help you get through this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

My sincere condolences to the Eskritt Family. Bob and Beth were always very involved members of the Beechwood Community. Bob will be missed by his community and family. Nancy Guyitt Cameron

My thought and prayer go out to all the family at this time. Sorry for your loss he will be missed at the home he was a very kind man to have known.

Jenn, sorry to hear of your father's passing. You were very dedicated to spending time with him over the past few years and he passed knowing he was loved.

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Bob, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. I have known Bob all of my life, he was a kind, compassionate, friendly man always with something good to say about everyone. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you both now and in the days to come. Death is not the end, it is only the passing on from time into eternity for the Children of God. Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

Wonderful memories of my connection with you and your family make me very happy and sad at the same time when I heard of your dads passing. Every connection enriched my life and gladdend my heart. I am very sorry for your loss of this great man.

Mark and Gail , sending our thoughts and prayers. Take care

Marc & Gail We are very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Our prayers for you are that God will give you the Peace and Comfort that only He can give. Danny And Nettie Apthorp

My deepest condolences to the Eskritt family. I remember your Dad as a thoughtful generous happy man. I had the greatest respect for him.

Marc, Gail and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Mark, Gail and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Marc and family ,please accept my sincere condolences on the loss. Sometimes life is short but our memories last a life time.

Marc, Gail and family...very sorry to hear about your Dad and Grandpa. Thinking of you all, knowing you will have some awesome memories of this terrific man.

Marc & Gail and all of your families, sending my sincere sympathy in your loss. Your Dad has certainly left a wonderful legacy, hold onto all those precious memories Close to your Heart ♥️

Marc, Gail and family, Sincere condolences to you and your family in the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Peter & Linda

Marc and family, Very sorry to hear about your loss. I have heard nothing but great things about your father (and grandfather). I can't imagine how difficult it must be coordinating a service for your own parent. Our thoughts are with you. Be well and be safe.

Marc, Gail and family. We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Our sincere condolences.

Marc, Gail & Family, what a beautiful tribute of your Dad. My deepest sympathies during this difficult time

Marc, Gail & family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Take care. Lucy Hartford & family

Barb, Denis and families. I'm very sorry for your families loss. I thought both your mom and dad to be 2 amazing people. You are blessed to have had such wonderful parents!

Bob worked at RCAT when I had a paper route. There was a time that I delivered papers to the residence and he used to play jokes on me. He never owned up until years later when we connected again through my friendship with his granddaughter Wendy. He greeted me with a big smile and hug and admitted “it was me!!” Bob and Beth were so kind to me in my youth and I love the connection with Wendy and her family that continues today. My memories of Bob always included a big smile on his kind and loving face. My condolences to all of the family on the loss of a very special man. Deanna Underwood in Elmira (for Jack and Flo Underwood as well)

My thoughts and prayers to the Eskritt family. I have good memories of working with Bob on the Greenwood Cemetery Board. He was an avid supporter of the Cemetery Board and served as Chairman. He was always thoughtful and always considered the great good for the cemetery.

Sorry for your loss Marc, I remember him from my 4-H days when Barb had meetings at the house.

Marc, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Father. May he Rest in Peace

Mark and Family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I knew your Mom and Dad for many years

Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Bob. He was such a nice gentleman, and I enjoyed many chats with him, as we would see each other at the Post Office in Ridgetown in the past years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Mark and Family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I knew your Mom and Dad for many years

So sorry for your loss. I never stopped referring to Bob as "Uncle Bob" after all this time. So many beautiful memories ❤ I'm sure Aunt Beth fired up the stove when she heard he was coming home ❤

Marc, Gail & Families Condolences on the passing of your father. Murray, Justin & Jordan

So sorry to hear of your loss, sending prayers, hugs and love to the family, may wonderful memories fill your hearts. John, Louise and family.

To the Eskritt family, my sincere condolences to everyone. Marc, you who have some fond memories and experiences growing up on the farm. Keep them dear to your heart. Nancy Burk/Brown

Marc, Gail and family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Shelley Sonneveld

Condolences to you all. We never had the pleasure of meeting your father but he sounds like a great guy, just like you Mark.

Our deepest condolences to Marc and the entire Eskritt family. We are praying for you during this difficult time.

Our condolences to you Mark and family. Your dad was one of the first parishioners at the church in Ridgetown that we had the pleasure of meeting. Bob was always so friendly and thoughtful and a great guy to chat with, sure missed him when he couldn’t attend . We can see so much of him in you my friend.

My deepest sympathies as you mourn your loss, and celebrate the life of an amazing man. I'll always have fond memories of the farm and the opportunity of living & laughing with everybody.

Barb and your family - I am so sorry for your loss. No matter the age, it is difficult to lose a loved one. I pray that the peace of Christ will comfort you and sustain you. Beautiful memories of Bob will live on in your hearts.

Sincerest condolences at this difficult time.

Marc and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Theresa and Max Hoffman

Dear Marc, Gail and family Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father you are all in my thoughts and prayers

Marc, Gail and family: Our condolences and sympathies to you and your family. Cherish and enjoy your memories.

Marc, Gail and family, The loss of a Father is most difficult. It is loosing a piece of our heart! Those who have shown us love, brought us joy and made us laugh, have given us the lasting gifts to a beautiful life and blessed our memories forever. All of his wonderful pictures showed me a part of his love. 💕

So Sorry for your loss Marc and Gail and family.Thinking of you.

Jennifer and family We are so sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you at this sad time.

Marc, Gail and family so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences.

Sorry to hear of your loss. When the kids were younger, we spent a lot of time visiting the cows at "Uncle Bob & Aunt Beth's". We will always treasure the memories. There was never a time that we walked by that we weren't greeted with a wave and a smile or invited in. He is with his love and at peace now. Thinking of all of you.

Marc & the Eskritt Clan, So very sorry for your loss. May your hearts and minds be full of wonderful stories and memories of him in the midst of the sorrow and heart ache of missing him. Marvin & Sandi

Marc, Gail and family, we are very sorry for you loss. It looks like he had a life well lived.

So sorry to read of the Passing of your father . Hugs and kisses to to and family

Bob was such a kind, gentle man. It was such a pleasure to have known him. You are so lucky to have so many wonderful memories.

What a beautiful tribute, I’m so sorry for your loss. Mary Ellen is my grandmother and I send my condolences to the entire Eskritt family, Deseray(Daly)Campbell

Our sincere condolences Marc & Gail, the whole family.........what a great life he has lived.Passed on many great qualities to you . Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Lots of Love, Ronny & Kelly

Marc, Gail and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. Linda/Mike Lanz

Marc, Gail and family, our condolences to you all. So very sorry for your loss.

I am sorry to hear of Bobs' passing. Such a kind and gentle soul. He would take care of the garden at 16 Marsh for my mother. He will be missed. My condolences to the family. Bobbi Brown

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very pleasant man and a great neighbour to have. No doubt he will be missed by many.

So sorry for your loss. Sending our sympathies to your family.

Friend, Neighbour, 4H leader , Bob was a gentleman. Very sorry for your loss.

Condolences from the Graves Families.

So very sorry for your loss, thinking of you at this sad time.

Marc, Gail and families: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, he was a kind soul may he Rest In Peace

Our sincere condolences of the loss of your Dad Marc. Gina and Brian Currie

RIP Bob you always brought a smile to my face when i worked at the Agricultural school. My condolences to the whole family.

Rose and I send along our condolences and prayers at this difficult time.

Our sincere condolences for the loss of your Dad, Marc. May fond memories warm your heart and ease your grief.

Marc so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad . Please extend our condolences to your entire family from our entire family . He was a gentle, kind man with a beautiful heart . Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless

Marc, Gail and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

To all of uncle Bob’s family, It saddens my heart that uncle Bob has passed from his earthly family, but gladdens my heart that he is reuniting with aunt Beth. My memories of uncle Bob will always be of a gentle, quiet, kind man with the soul of a giant. His smile and kind words will be my strongest memory. Beautiful pictures of a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Love, Eileen (Simpson) Lindsay

Marc and Gail and family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. I'm sure the whole family will miss him. God bless.

Marc and Gail and family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. I'm sure the whole family will miss him. God bless.

My sincere condolences to you Marc and your family on the passing of your father. Sending peace and light to you.

Marc, I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It sounds like he lived a life that fulfilled everyone around him. RIP

Thinking of you and your family at this time Marc. Our sympathies to the entire Eskritt family Dave & Sue Robert

Marc & Gail, and family: We offer our condolences to you on the passing of your family patriarch. Your dad will certainly be missed. May you find comfort in your memories, and peace in your family and friends. With sincere sympathy, Myra & Don Pettit, and Shayna Taylor.

With our sympathy in the loss of your Dad. Sincerely Bob and Beth Sullivan.

Such beautiful pictures! Marc, if your dad was anything like you he was an awesome man! Please know we are praying you and all your family. If there’s anything we can do please let us know.

To the Eskritt family we send our thoughts and prayers in the lost of a strong and kind man Bob will always be in your hearts with all your beautiful memories May God bless

Thinking of you all, sounds like you had a wonderful Dad. God’s Peace

Deepest Condolences to all the Eskritt family, Hugs and Prayers , very sorry for your loss xoxo

Mark, Gail and family: so very sorry to hear and sending virtual hugs . 🙏🙏❤

To All of the Eskritt Family: Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your Dad. He was a neighbour of mine at the Marsh St. Apts. in Ridgetown. He was a true gentleman who loved his family, life and gardening. He always had time to stop and have a little chat with everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult and sad time.

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Ted and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Ted and Chyrl Roelans

So sorry for your loss.Just remember the fun times . Our condolences Jacquie and Philip