WILMOTT, Hazel Joan - Unexpectedly, but peacefully at University Hospital, with family by her side on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Ken Wilmott (2019). Dear mother of Kevin Wilmott of Surrey, British Columbia and Karen Hodgins (Nick) of Mount Brydges. Dear grandmother of Michelle Gunniss (Calvin), Morgan Hodgins, Brady Hodgins, Stephanie Gillott (Andrew) and Victoria Sinclair (Levi). Great grandmother of Stella and Naiomi Gunniss, Lachlan and Leo Gillott and Lucy Sinclair. Sister of Gillian Watts of North Baddersley, England. Predeceased by her sister Valerie. Sister-in-law of Christopher, St. Albans, UK and Grahame, Saffron Walden, UK.
Hazel Joan Mitten was born in St. Leonards-on-Sea, England on March 4, 1932. Her first job was as at French’s Shoe Store Children’s Department, Southampton. Hazel and Ken Wilmott were married in England on June 27, 1953. Her son Kevin was born on August 3, 1954 and her daughter Karen was born on April 28, 1958. Hazel and her family emigrated to Canada in July of 1968. She was a long-time Federal Government Employee. On retirement in 1995, Hazel pursued her creative side, joining the Canadian Embroiders Guild of London. She was especially passionate about the work of Keeping Kids Warm, knitting and fundraising to support their efforts. She was also a great help to Rotary, especially as a ‘mum’ to many Rotary international exchange students. Hazel was a generous, fun-loving, hilarious woman who will be missed by many.
Visitation on Friday, September 25 from 6-8 pm at Harris Funeral Home. Visitation is by appointment only; RSVP to Harris Funeral Home, 519-433-7253. Private family service at Harris Funeral Home on Saturday. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions to Keeping Kids Warm, The Rotary Foundation (Canada), or St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated.
Michelle and Mike Squire
September 23, 2020, 1:09 pm
From Guild to impromptu card making dates to pre-dinner drinks, Hazel was a shining light, generous spirit and great friend. Her spirit will live with us as we carry on with the activities she enjoyed. Treasure your memories of Hazel and may the love and caring of family and friends provide warmth and comfort.
Michelle and Mike
September 24, 2020, 5:39 pm
Hazel was a very Dear, Sweet Friend. Full of love and laughter. She was an avid Supporter of Keeping Kids Warm for 17 years. Hazel was Our Senior Director. Hazel was always eager to help and could knit or crochet anything. She would knot numerous teddy bears for Our Christmas Fundraisers. Our logo is mittens. Hazel has made upards of 500 mini mitts for Us to give to Volunteers and Supporters. She will be sadly missed by all of Us in the Group.
For Me i will miss her so much. She was always there for Me to talk too and tell me whats up. Good ideas or bad. Hazel was more to me than a friend. To Her Family my deepest condolences. I know all of Her Daughter Karens Family. Her Son Kevin and I have not met. But She spoke of him often. And His Family in B.C. i send You all my love and prayers. I feel very special that I have been asked to attend Hazels Service on Saturday.
I Loved You My Friend and will miss You Dearly.
September 23, 2020, 9:11 am
Ken and Hazel were steadfast supporters of Rotary.
We could write volumes about Hazel’s devotion to Youth Exchange Students.
We will never forget her warm smile.
Sending sincere condolences.
Tom and Pattie
Helen and Roger Campbell
September 22, 2020, 11:33 am
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Ken was a member of our Rotary Club and Hazel has always been a great friend of Rotary and so active in assisting where necessary. We miss Ken so much and his valued input and interest and will miss Hazel for her smile, sense of humour and support. May their legacy live on through your memories.
September 23, 2020, 8:01 pm
Hazel was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She always had a smile and was more often than not, a little mischievous. Her knitting work was stellar, as were all of her hobbies. I met her through Keeping Kids Warm, and she continues to inspire my crafting and to push me to keep discovering. Thank you to her wonderful family for sharing such a beautiful soul with us.
Al and Cathy Gardiner
September 23, 2020, 8:09 pm
Cathy and I were very saddened when we learned of Hazel’s passing. She was a sweet, warm and caring person who, through her spirit of generosity, helped to make the world a better place. Hazel was also a wickedly brilliant Scrabble player who loved to compete and win! She, along with her husband Ken, made us feel so welcomed after we moved here from Manitoba. Hazel, like her husband Ken, will be deeply missed by her friends in the St. Thomas Railway City Rotary Club. Without doubt, hers was a life well lived. Rest easy, dear Hazel.
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