Edward Maurice Reynard, 87, passed away on August 23, 2023, after a long and brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones. Edward was born on February 2, 1936, in Kenora, Ontario. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anne, his brother Brian, and sisters-in-law Thelma and Bev. He is survived by his beloved wife Joyce, daughters Nancy (Wes) Smith and Karen (Al) Sinclair, and their respective families. Edward will also be dearly remembered by his siblings, Ray, Warren, Ken, and Joanne Norlen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Throughout his life, Edward held various occupations, starting as a newspaper delivery boy at the age of 7. At 14, he worked at Sunrise Bakery delivering bread and spent summers guiding on Lake of the Woods. Leaving school after grade 9 in 1951, Edward embarked on a 5-year apprenticeship program with W.H. Marr, becoming a skilled mechanic. Following his time at Marr, he briefly worked for Jack Edwards before joining the City of Kenora, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure, Edward fulfilled several roles, including mechanic, shop supervisor, and supervisor at the Water and Sewage Treatment Plants. He possessed an extensive range of skills, excelling in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, cabinetry, woodcraft, and automotive work.
Edward first encountered his future wife, Joyce, during grade 9 in 1950. Despite her nursing training in Thunder Bay from 1954-57, their connection remained strong as Edward frequently traveled to visit her on weekends. They became engaged in 1956 and tied the knot on October 5, 1957, cherishing 65 beautiful years of marriage.
In their retirement years, Edward and Joyce spent numerous winters in Florida between 1992 and April 2022. During their time in the Sunshine State, Edward indulged in his favorite pastimes of golfing, bowling, and playing cards with their neighbors. However, his heart truly belonged to his camp on Lake of the Woods, where he summered from 1965 until his final year. Remarkably, he was still piloting his boat to camp just two weeks before his passing. Edward poured endless effort into creating a sanctuary and a joyous atmosphere for his children and grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the incredible support and kindness they received during Edward’s health struggles. They extend special appreciation to Dr. Jonny Grek, the chemo nurses at LWDH, and Pastor David Boyle. A celebration of Edward’s life will be held on September 16, 2023, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Kenora, with a private family interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeside Baptist Church or a charity of choice. Fond memories and messages of condolence can be shared on the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre website.