Bruce Woodhouse died peacefully on October 2, 2020 in Durham, Ontario at the age of 91.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Helen Woodhouse (nee Ormsby) of Owen Sound. He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Woodhouse (nee Ibell) in August 1992.
Bruce was the loving father of Janet Lynn Woodhouse and her husband Derek Hill and was predeceased by his son John Robert Woodhouse in May 2020, and will be remembered with great fondness by his daughter-in-law Wendy Woodhouse. Bruce will be remembered fondly as well by his wife Helen’s family: Sue McCutcheon (Kevin Bestard), Jan McCutcheon (Chris Horner), Neil McCutcheon (Yvonne), Mary Lou McCutcheon (Ken VanderEyk), and Cindy Zettler (Andy).
He was the proud grandfather of George, Ann and Leah Woodhouse; Sarah, Meagan and David Hill; Michelle (Blake Underwood) and Jillian McCutcheon; RJ and Samantha Horner; Eric VanderEyk; Eric (Lisa), Collin and Cara Zettler; and great grandfather of Jacobi Underwood.
Bruce is survived by his siblings Laura Hargrave (Gordon), Ken Woodhouse (Netty), Alan Woodhouse (Mary Catherine), and John Woodhouse (Doreen). He was predeceased by his siblings Harvey Woodhouse (Edith), Herbert Woodhouse (Vivian), Marjorie Johnson (Tom), and David Woodhouse (Janet), and will be remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and their families.
Bruce was born in Euphrasia Township on June 7, 1929, a son of the late Wesley and Jessie (nee Brown) Woodhouse. He moved to Fergus, Ontario and began a career affiliated with Ralston Purina. In 1968 he returned to the Beaver Valley to establish Baywood Farm. Bruce was well known in the pork industry, winning championships at The Toronto Pork Congress and The Royal Winter Fair. He was involved in the Executive of The Canadian Swine Association and founded the Ontario Hampshire Club. Bruce was an advocate for youth in agriculture as a 4H leader and a judge at regional and national fairs.
He was a talented fastball player who maintained lifelong friendships with his teammates. He was an accomplished gardener who competitively showed his vegetables at local fairs and also sold them at the Owen Sound market. In the pursuit of his lifelong passion, he farmed Baywood well into his 80’s before being forced to give it up after a bad fall in 2018. Bruce is remembered as a passionate story teller who spent his last 2 years of life alongside his brother Alan at Rockwood Terrace. He always encouraged those he loved and cared about to pursue their dreams.
There will be a private family service at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Thursday, October 8, 2020, with interment following at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The service will be recorded and friends and extended family may request a copy of the video by emailing email@example.com.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Rockwood Terrace Nursing Home (cheques only please) or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca