Falls, Ellwood Kenny

A gregarious and kind man, Ellwood Falls died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, October 17, 2022 at the Beechwood Manor in Waterloo surrounded by family.

Ellwood was predeceased by his wife and soul mate Gwen (nee Burnside). He was a loving father to Sharon Falls (late Bing), Rhonda Bott (Dale) and Jeannette Platt (Tom) and proud ‘Poppa’ to Justin Haines, Jenna Boss (Jon) and Lauren Bott (Jeremy).  He will be sadly missed by sister Audrey Watson (late Dave) and was predeceased by sisters Mylrea Gilchrist (late Hugh) and Jeannette Foster (late Jim).  Many nieces and nephews remember him fondly.

Ellwood was born on October 7, 1928 just outside Rocklyn, the second child of Stuart and Aulda Falls.  He grew up with three sisters, alternately teasing and looking after them.  Audrey remembers the many cold trips Ellwood made with the horse and cutter to pick her up at school in Meaford.

Because of the times, a sick father and demand for food production during the war, he left school after elementary school.  Despite an early end to formal education, he never lost his curiosity about events and people beyond his community.  Farming was in his blood and he was unlikely to have chosen another path anyway.  He eventually became the third generation of Falls to own the farm, raising Hereford cattle.  A proud moment came when he won the gold medal for judging beef cattle at the Royal Winter Fair in 1954.   Later, he became a sought-after judge at regional fall fairs.

Ellwood grew up loving music and hardly missed a dance in the small halls dotting the area.  At one such evening in Markdale, he asked Gwen to dance and impressed her with his waltzing.  He apparently never waltzed again.  But that didn’t matter… they danced together most Saturday nights for almost 60 years.  Theirs was a wonderful marriage of two kind and caring people, deeply committed to their family and community.

Ellwood and Gwen’s home was open to everyone – especially when it came to keeping the ‘family’ in the family farm.  His sisters regularly came ‘home’ to visit, bringing their families and friends.  Later his daughters did the same, filling the house with laughter and music.  Ellwood loved nothing better than to have everyone gathered around the piano singing the old standards with his sister Jeannette pounding the keys.

He understood that dedicated volunteers form the heart and soul of thriving small communities – and always gave so much of his time.  Ellwood served on the Rocklyn Arena Board and Agriculture Society and was part of a group that got a new arena built. Later he worked hard for the Meaford Rotary Club.  He was an active member of the Temple Hill United Church and later the Meaford United Church.

Sports were also important to Ellwood.  Hockey and baseball were his sports. In his younger years, curling was a constant and he later took up golf in his retirement.  A shelf full of trophies attested to his skill.   Curling was a favorite – a great blend of friendly competition and social time. The social time started even before the drive to the bonspiel.  In addition, Ellwood and Gwen skated well into their 80’s – and could be found tearing up the ice at the Meaford arena, often passing much younger people.

His social nature must have made working on his own difficult. But Ellwood made up for lost time given any opportunity.  He could and would talk to anyone, make connections and invite them to visit Meaford. He made friends everywhere he went and always had people dropping in to visit.

He wisely knew when it was time to quit farming and, when he was 62, Ellwood and Gwen built a new home in Meaford.  He leapt into retirement life with typical enthusiasm, taking up golfing and joining Rotary, getting involved in every event.  He received the Paul Harris award for his volunteering and continued to make weekly food deliveries in support of the school breakfast program into his late 80s.  Retirement also meant time to travel more and they made several trips throughout Europe with a group of old and new friends.  True to his nature, he talked to a man he met in Austria only to find out he had once lived in Meaford.

When Gwen became ill, Ellwood never complained, never wavered in his commitment to her – just looked after her at home longer than he probably should have. Her death was a blow but he carried on and continued to welcome a steady stream of family and friends into his home – until Covid made that difficult.

He never wanted to leave Meaford, but needed more help than could be found locally.  With most of his family in Waterloo, a decision was made.  True to his nature, he made new friends in his new home.

Ellwood spoke often of how lucky he was in his life.  Those who knew him felt lucky to know such a kind, considerate and appreciative man, full of stories but someone who genuinely wanted to know about you.

The family wants to thank the caring staff at Beechwood Manor but most especially his special friend Bob Feltrin whose support, friendship and many road trips helped Ellwood stay in his home for so long.

A public funeral service will be conducted at the Meaford United Church Friday, October 21 2022 at 11:00 o’clock with a reception following in the galleries at the Meaford Hall, all are welcome to come to share stories and refreshments.  A private service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

 

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Meaford United Church (Cheques Only Please) 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

Details

Friday, October 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Service at Meaford United Church with a reception following at the Meaford Hall.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Meaford United Church (Cheques Only Please)
Make a donation in memory of Ellwood Kenny Falls


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Wendy & Willy
    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    A wonderful tribute to a great man who enjoyed family and friends know matter where he went,a honor to know him and learn from him kindness.

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  2. Debbie and Bill Vogl
    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    I have so many fond memories of your home and Mom and Dad–like a second home to us in many ways. I too remember singing around the piano on Christmas Eve and the fun times we girls shared together in our youth at Temple Hill and the Rocklyn Fair. Our deepest sympathies are with all of you. You have shared a beautiful tribute to your Dad –he would be so proud. With Love–Debbie and Bill Vogl

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  3. Jennifer & Bill Pearson
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. We have great memories from the curling rink & community events, and through our connection with Rotary….always great conversations and laughter with this great guy. Cherish your memories!

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  4. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Our condolences to the Falls family.a great man Rip Ellwood

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  5. John Dickson
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Fond memories of knowing Gwen at the Township of Euphrasia office in Rocklyn when I looked after various office equipment for her there. I am sure I met Ellwood from time to time there too. A wonderful tribute to both Ellwood and Gwen. Sincere condolences to all family and friends.

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  6. Dr. Janet Munroe
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Ellwood taught me how to love a farm and truly enjoy the hard work associated with it…my favorite was “mucking the stalls”…he and Gwen were my second set of parents. Their deep love of each other and family will stay with me forever.

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  7. Margaret Lowe
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    My sincere condolences to the Ellwood’s family.

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  8. Lois Sewell
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Sympathy to all. Our memories go back many many years. Ellwood was the best man for our wedding and Murray was for he and Gwen. They loved to refer to each other as “the best man”. There were lots of happy times together and we shared a lot in common. 68 years ago Ellwood and Murray formed the first Rocklyn Junior Farmer club which developed many leaders in our community. Sharon Rhonda and Jeanette – you’ll always be in my thoughts.

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    1. Jeannette Platt
      Wednesday, October 19, 2022

      Thank you Lois. We sure do have a lot of great memories of our time spent together in the Rocklyn years. Christmas Eve singing around the piano and lots of dancing!!!! The 3 of us we cherish all our memories of such a special Dad!!!!

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  9. Adhya Desai
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    ELWOOD FALLS- What a great man! I feel grateful that I got to know him. Rhonda and Jeannate – you will be in my thoughts.
    One thing I know for sure “He is still with us”
    RIP Elwood

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    1. Jeannette platt
      Wednesday, October 19, 2022

      Thank you so much for being so kind to Dad while he was in Beechwood. I sure appreciated all the help you gave me for the 6 months Dad lived there.

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  10. Dave Burness
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Sincere condolences to Ellwood’s family. He and I played many pleasant rounds of golf some years ago at Talisman.

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  11. Deb Chapman
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    A wonderful, well written obituary.
    Such a sweet man.
    A life well lived.
    Jim and I saw how he looked after Gwen at the nursing home. It was very touching.

    Sincere sympathy
    Jim and Deb Chapman

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  12. Isabelle Ridd
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Sharon, Rhonda, Jeannette and families,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad.
    He was such a lovely man. You will miss him dearly.
    Thinking of all of you.

    Isabelle

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  13. Bev and Gail Murray
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Ellwoods passing and live with a lot of memories as he picked apples for us for many years and every day there was a lot of laughter and fun We were so blessed to have known him and are left with a lot of memories Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family as we know there is a big vacancy there I know you will have many great memories to hang on to God Bless

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  14. Marilyn Sewell
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Sincere sympathy to your entire family. It’s been a challenging year for all of you. Your Dad was a great guy and this tribute describes such a full and happy life. I have memories of church and 4-H and the fair and lots of laughter. Hugs to all

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  15. Sam and Marilyn Lemon
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    An honour for us to have known Gwen and Ellwood Falls and their family through Temple Hill Church and the Rocklyn Community. We enjoyed a lot of years in Junior Farmers in Rocklyn and our children and now our grandchildren are enjoying the social. Always enjoyed our get togethers even in a blizzard. Wonderful memories.

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  16. Shirley Cook
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    My sincere condolence to Ellwood’s family. He was a very special person. Always a smile and time to chat. A devoted husband and Father. Cherish the many memories. Shirley

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  17. Frank & Janet Bassingthwaite
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    Sharon, Rhonda, Jeanette and families
    Your tribute to your Dad really described him perfectly. His quiet but witty personality endeared him to many. We need more people like Ellwood Falls in this world. May your many wonderful memories be of comfort to you at this time.
    Frank and Janet

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  18. Robert Ramage
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    My condolences on the loss of your father. He was a pleasure to work with on the farm doing chores. Rest In Peace Ellwood.
    Bob Ramage

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  19. Joan Martin
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    Joan and Shirley
    Our deepest condolences to the family. Ellwood was such a gentle soul.

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  20. Terry & Diane Haines
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    Jeannette, Sharon and Rhonda, our deepest condolences. I was so sad when I read this. What a lovely tribute to such a kind gentleman, may he rest in peace. He and Gwen will be up there dancing again, maybe even having a waltz. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult.

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  21. Aviva kapelus
    Thursday, October 20, 2022

    Sharon,
    Your father sounded like an incredible man. May his legacy and zest for life live on. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you!
    Aviva

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  22. JACK BURNSIDE
    Friday, October 21, 2022

    MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO 3 AMAZING DAUGHTERS. YOU MADE YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER VERY PROUD. THINKING OF ALL YOU.
    JACK BURNSIDE

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  23. Bev and Marion Genoe
    Sunday, October 23, 2022

    Deepest sympathy to Elwood’s family .He was a lovely gentleman sat behind us at church.
    Prayers are with the family.
    Bev and Marion Genoe

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  24. Linda Mason
    Monday, October 24, 2022

    We knew Elwood as he was a neighbor. We always enjoyed conversations and walks with him.
    He sold us the tickets to the Fish Fry every year at Meaford Harbour.
    We will miss him! He was one of a kind!

    Our deepest sympathy to his daughters and their families.

    Linda and Glenn Mason
    Meaford

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  25. Mary Alderdice
    Tuesday, October 25, 2022

    Have just learned of Elwoods passing today. Our very sincere condolences to the families. Your parents were both such wonderful folks. Always enjoyed Elwoods humour when he came golfing with his cronies. They were always making fun of one another in good spirit, about their golf game.

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