Witmer, Darcy Carl

In a red shirt, with his puppy in his arms, Dad died as he wished, at home and with dignity, listening to Danny Gaither singing “Because He Lives”.

His kids were able to be there with him, and to thank him: for the values he and Mom instilled in us, the unconditional encouragement they always provided, and the good example he set for us by thirsting for the “big” answers through reading and questioning everything.

”Well now, how are you? Are you a figment of my imagination, or am I a figment of yours? Let’s have a drink and discuss.”  That was pretty much Dad’s opening line upon meeting someone … anyone, any time.

Darcy was born breach at home in 1932 to Lincoln and Edna (nee Snider) Witmer. He was big brother to Elmer (Monica), Ross (Evelyn), Lynne (Frank Hoffman), and Joe (Liz).  With the love of his life, Donna (nee Armitage), he was parent and guide to Cyd, Mike, Cathie, Becky, and Steve (and their past and present partners).  He is also remembered with incredible fondness by his grandkids and innumerable others, including his newest special friend, Liz.  His wit and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all.

He helped provide for the family from the age of 12, as together they carved a life around the simplest of pleasures: family gatherings, country drives in old cars, swimming at Conestogo and Kiwanis Flats. They didn’t have much, but he lovingly recalled with wonder how his Dad somehow got them a pony. After having started work at a pop-bottling plant for ten cents an hour, he moved onward and upward in construction, through jobs at Anthes-Baetz, Krug, Voisin, Con-Dign, and Newscott.  He rounded out his career as “Maintain-ence Man” at Thornbury Royal Harbour Resort, having applied with a hand-written resume at age 75.

A man who could do anything, and did so much, for so many. A master carpenter and a jack of all trades. A man with the most tools.  A man with the most stories (some of which were true). A man who said that if you had a full tank of gas you can never be lost.  He loved nothing more than to crank the old country tunes and wash his truck.  He took special care in being kind.

Cremation has taken place. Plans for his interment will be communicated at a later date, when he will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford, to join his beloved Donna and his dear son, Steven Darcy.

Condolences may be sent to Ferguson Funeral Home Inc., 48 Boucher Street East, Meaford, ON N4L 1B9, or posted directly to their website at fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

In lieu of donations, take a moment to marvel at the sunshine and the water, as he did. Dad often said “Watch Mother Nature. She does it very, very well.” … and keep an eye out for him, since he intended to come back as a bird next time.

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Plans for Darcy's interment will be shared at a later date.

Donations: In lieu of donations, take a moment to marvel at the sunshine and the water, as he did. Dad often said “Watch Mother Nature. She does it very, very well.”
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Valerie Truscello
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    What a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. May your dad Rest In Peace! Hugs Valerie and Tony Truscello

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  2. Mary, Paul and Taylor Bozoian
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Beautiful tribute for your father Bex. My deepest condolences to all of you. Your father was such a character and I loved seeing him always wondering if he “remembered” me! He was a prankster and such a go getter with that hand written resume at 75. I recall that story and how amazed I was. We will be thinking about all of you and holding you in our hearts. Love, Mary, Paul and Taylor

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  3. Pam & Brian Noël
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    This is the kind of obituary I want to have when it’s my turn! A life well lived! Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.

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  4. Denise Witmer
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Awesome tribute to an amazing man, brother, father, grandfather and uncle. He truly had one of the greatest senses of humour. Always thankful for our visits together. We will look back on the camaraderie between Darcy and Elmer with fondest of thoughts. Love Denise and Paul

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  5. Bev Madden
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Dearest Becky & Mason:
    I am so happy you brought Darcy & Donna to visit Tara Hill Farm several times. It was as if we had known them forever. We continued that wonderful friendship on line until Donna retired her computer. Joe & Darcy had a lot in common, compared so many events from the “The Good Old Days”. They became fast friends. I loved Darcy’s quick wit and felt just as attached to Donna. Such wonderful memories.
    What a beautiful obituary and tribute to a special and much loved Dad.
    Love and Hugs as you celebrate his life and grieve his passing.

    **Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still missed, still loved and very dear.

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  6. Melanie Shantz
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    What an incredibly beautiful tribute to Big D. So many special memories… he will be missed dearly. He’s always had a special place in my heart. What a wonderful gift for your mom❤️
    Melanie, Leelind and Jonah

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  7. Larry & Lynn Keller
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    What a wonderful tribute to your Dad! Sending you all our sincerest condolences and virtual hugs. We are thinking of you at this very sad time.
    Larry & Lynn

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  8. Gerda Young
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    Will always remember the twinkle in his eyes!

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  9. Martha Huber
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    My condolences to the family on your loss . Keeping my thoughts and Prayers for you Folks.
    Cousin – Martha Huber (Knechtel)

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  10. Maria and Roger lycke
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    Cyd Mike Cathie and. Becky.
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I am so happy to have some wonderful memories of your dad and mom . Having met them 49 years ago. Darcy always had such a smiley face and treated Roger and I as family. Sorry for your loss. Roger and Maria lycke

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  11. Dawn Barr
    Friday, May 14, 2021

    I am so sorry for you loss

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  12. Colleen Andruszkiewicz
    Friday, May 14, 2021

    There isn’t a single memory I have of you Darcy – NOT ONE – that is anything but positive … actually more than that. The right word would be gleeful. What an extraordinary legacy you have left for your family. It was a privilege to know you – what amazing conversations we had! What I know is this: Those we love never really leave us … they are as close as the thought in our minds and the beat in our hearts. And that is forever where I, and everyone else will continue to find you.

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  13. Carrie & Bev Cupskey
    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    What a wonderful remembrance for your wickedly funny father. His giggle will be sadly missed here but we can be sure Marvel, Donna & Steve will be thrilled to finally get to tip glasses with him again.

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