Neil Wellwood

A photo of Neil Wellwood


Charing Cross United Church
Saturday March 7, 2020
3:00 p.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 6, 2020
2:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

It is with such sadness we share that our dad, Lloyd “Neil” Wellwood of Merlin passed away on Wednesday March 4, 2020.  He was born 80 years ago to the late Lloyd & Margaret “Elda” (Devlaminck) Wellwood and was raised beside his siblings who he loved very much Diane (late John) Halliday of Kingsville, Marlene & Brad DeLyzer of Merlin and Keith & Ann Wellwood of Merlin.

As a young man, Dad met the love of his life (and ours), Cheryl (Eldridge).  On February 26, 1966 they married and started writing chapters in a book that would span over 48 years before Mom predeceased him in 2014.  They were both great role models who gave us the tools and confidence we needed to raise five loving grandchildren Rebekah (Marius), Joe, Meg, Grace, Cole and one great-grandson Quentin.

Although we are biased, we believe that we had the best dad that two daughters could ever ask for.  He always gave 110% of himself and said that work came before play.  He taught us that huge tasks could be accomplished with ease when a family worked together.  He had the greatest respect for the land, for his neighbours, for his friends and for his church.  All through his life he remained humble, placing the needs of others before his own.  He always made sure to call people by their first name when he saw them because he wanted them to know how important they were to him.

Any good deed that Dad did in his life was not for fame or glory, but was done out of love and respect.  He accomplished great things and will be missed.  His determination will continue in us and in our families.  We will always remember the day Dad passed away, “March fourth” more as his legacy to us which will be to “March forth” and continue to make this world a better place.

As we prepare to write the last chapter of our Dad’s book, we invite family and friends to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Friday from 2 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held in Charing Cross United Church on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  Following the interment in Pardoville-Union Cemetery we ask you to please join us at the Merlin Hall for dinner.

We love you so much Dad,

Colleen & Dennis Garlough and Joan & Sandy Matthew

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Sorry to hear about Neil I remember him well I went to school with Diane (SS#14 Raleigh and Merlin High School) - I was Marjorie Marshall's nephew He and his late father did a lot of work on the farm of Lewis Marshall where I stayed I live in Pickering Ont., retired May he RIP Sincerely Dave Mackay PS I believe my Aunt then Marjorie Mackay taught his Mother at SS#13 or SS#14

Colleen and Dennis, I was sorry to hear the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I was unable to attend the service as I was out of the country. Neil will be missed.

Neil was one of the kindest people we have ever met and will certainly be missed. Our sympathies to all of Neil's Family.

We send along our sincere condolences to Neil's family. We fondly remember a true gentleman and wonderful neighbor and friend. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". We are with you all in spirit this day to celebrate the wonderful gift that Neil was to everyone.

We are sorry for your loss. Neil was a wonderful friend and neighbour.

Neil (and Cheryl) was our neighbour when we lived near South Buxton and was always a very, kind, gentle and sincere man who would give you the shirt off of his back and his shoes too if you needed them. He was always there if you needed a hand with something and never asked for anything in return. Neil always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share. He will be surely missed.

Our condolences to you all

Joan and Colleen and all of your families . So sorry for your loss. Neil was a kind and gentle man and will be missed by all of us that knew him. 🙏❤

Colleen and family - just heard about the passing of your father. So sorry we are not able to make it to the funeral home, please know we are thinking of you through this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sincerely Mark and Keri

Our condolences to Neil’s family.

Thinking of the Wellwood families and extending our sincere sympathy to all. Kris & Joanne King

Our prayers are with your family

So sorry to hear of Neil's passing. Our sincere condolences to the families. John and Corinne

Brings back memories of the Merlin 4-H banquets where Neil always attended and sponsored one of the trophies each and every year. It takes many good men to raise and inspire children in a community, Neil was one for me.

We are so saddened to hear the News of Neil's passing. We send our deepest sympathies.

Colleen & Joan--our condolences both of you and your families. We will always remember your Dad as the quiet, friendly and distinguished man that he was. The best neighbour a young family could have asked for--and always greeted with a wave and smile.

Condolences to all the Wellwood Family Neil was a gentle man and so soft spoken a great Tomatoe grower spent many hours in tomatoe lineup at Heinz he will be missed

Wellwood families; Our deepest sympathy on your great loss. Neil was such a great and soft spoken man. You are all in our prayers at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Neil🙏

My deepest condolences to you Colleen and Joan on the passing of your father. He was such a sweet man , so kind to everyone. You will be in my thoughts and prayers . Sorry this is Aunt Jan and Uncle Larry's daughter Karren .

Condolences to all in the Wellwood Family. My remembrances of Neil are exactly as written. A life well lived.

Sending Condolences to all of Neil's Family and Friends.He was such a kind man and would help anyone who needed it.He will be missed by all who knew him.You have so many great memories to help you through this difficult time.R.I.P. Neil.

The Wellwood & Ramboer families were great friends since I'd say forever. Through the years i have always admired Neil's quiet no-nonse demeanor. He will be greatly missed by so many. Neil was so kind and thoughtful . There are so many wonderful memories to recall & help you heal. R .I .P. Neil Thoughts & Prayers to all the family --- Marie DeCaluwe

Our sincerest condolences to the Wellwood family. Our families both Jenner and Sheeler, have a great respect for the Wellwood family. Neil is the very definition of what a friend, neighbour and farmer should be. Always a smile or wave when you saw him in person or on the road. Definitely one of the good guys. He will be missed.

Neil was a great guy. The best. Our condolences to the entire Wellwood family.. Jerry and Mary Lou

Dear Diane: My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of your brother. I remember Neil from high school. In sympathy, Jeanne Williams

Sending our deepest condolences to Colleen, Joan and family. Sorry for the loss of your dad. Kelly, Sandra & Connor Charlton

Colleen, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I remember how important family is to you and I recognise that this must be a very difficult time for you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our hearts. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Love Stacey and Mike Hotchkiss

Dear Colleen and Joan and families, Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I loved your mom very much and will always remember how devoted your dad was to her. He was the husband and father that dreams are made of. What a gentle man. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Sincerely, Fred and Sandy Stuchberry

Colleen, Joan, Diane, Keith, Marlene and families, my heart breaks for you and your families. I did not see Neil often but always remember him as a loving Son, adoring Husband, proud Father and an amazing Brother. My first thought when I hear his name is a "gentle" man. A beautifully written tribute he would be proud. Speak of him often to hold him close to your hearts.

Beautifully written. He was a wonderful man. He was a very dear friend to my parents. He will truly be missed.

Colleen, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father.

Dear Joan, Sandy & Cole: We are so sorry for your loss. Your family has written a beautiful heartfelt tribute and a loving remembrance of a genuine gentleman. Sending our love and hugs!

Colleen and Joan, I am very sorry for your loss. He was the best neighbour anyone could have. My mom talks about him with big smiles. Hugs to you both. Kim and Joanne.

Colleen, I am so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and your family. I never met your dad but what a lovely tribute to him! I am sure he was wonderful, just like you are. Take care!

So sorry Niel was a great friend and will be missed That friendly wave from wherever he was !

Thinking of you all, as you now face this new journey without your wonderful, caring and gentle Father. May you find comfort in your many precious memories,💖

Colleen and Joan What a beatiful tribute written to your dad. Always a smile and a hello when we seen him out and about. Thinking of you all. Cherish the wonderful times spent with your Dad and keep them close in your heart forever

I’m so sorry for your loss. Neil was a great man. He reminded me of my own father. When I first rang his doorbell to ask if I could metal detect his property he gave me full permission. He even took me out in his white truck to show me where things used to be. Neil was always kind to me, he shared with me that he collected arrow heads. I had found two over the years and I wanted him to have them. Neil wanted to pay me for them and I wouldn’t have it. Not everyone gives me full permission. I haven’t been out there in a couple of years. I had ankle surgery and couldn’t metal detect. My deepest condolences, he was a lovely man. Ox

So sorry to here of your dad’s passing. While we never met him the obituary you girls wrote makes me sure wish I had. You were blessed and so was he with 2 wonderful daughters.

Oh, Colleen, I am so sorry for your loss! Your Dad sounded like a wonderful man! I now your parents raised two wonderful daughters to carry on their legacy of kindness and compassion! Prayers to you all!

Your dad was so friendly and kind. We will miss him dearly, but the two of them are smiling together at what a great family they’ve raised. Take care sweet girls and your families.

to the wellwood family, sorry to hear of NEIL'S PASSING, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family sincerely, gail baltzer.

My condolences Ann&Keith and family members it is so very hard to lose someone that has guided you through your lives, keep memories close to your Hearts. Thinking of you.

We are so very sorry to hear of your dads passing. In reading his obituary he will be greatly missed . I hope your cherished memories will provide some comfort during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences to all of you , Ken, Allison, Keaton and Archer Kloostra