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.