July 4, 1925 - June 13, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Albert (Al) George Exon announces his passing on June 13, 2021, in his 96th year.
Al will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his beloved life partner of 39 years, Margaret Meechan, his sons Gord (Annetta) and Glenn, his grandsons Ryan (Stacey), Gavin (Emily), his great-grandsons Callan and Jase Exon, his stepchildren Michael (Melissa), Alison (Dave) and his step-grandchildren Samantha, Jennifer, Mackenzie, and Connor.
Al is also survived by his daughter Ruth Legate and her family, his brother Keith (Marilyn), nieces, and nephews.
Al is predeceased by his wife of 27 years, Marion (nee Fordyce), his parents William and Frances (nee Johnston) Exon, his sister Gladys Chmilar, and her husband Sam.
Al was born at home in what was then known as the Village of Forest Hill, where he grew up and attended school.
At the young age of 17, with a letter of permission from his mother, Al volunteered to serve his country in WWII. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a wireless air gunner (W.A.G).
Al trained at Guelph University and learned morse code. He was shipped overseas to Britain and was a member of the R.C.A.F. Bluenose Squadron 434, #6 Bomber Group, flying sorties over Germany on Lancaster bombers.
Al was immensely proud of his war service and in recent years could be found selling poppies for Remembrance Day. He loved to chat and shared his wartime crew picture along with his wartime stories with all the shoppers. The Mount Albert Legion appreciated his efforts.
On his return to Canada at the end of WWII Al resumed his career at what was then known as Northern Telecom, later known as Nortel. Al worked and studied his way up the ladder from a bench worker to a managerial position.
In 1947 he married his sweetheart Marion Fordyce, bought a home in Leaside, where he and Marion settled happily into the community and raised their children.
In 1993 Al and Margaret moved to Mount Albert, Ontario. Al was well known in the village and made some good friends.
In his retirement years Al served for 10 years as a court registrar in the Supreme Court of Ontario.
Al was an avid cottager. His parents were originally from Halliburton. Al purchased Crown land on Kabakwa Lake in 1952 and proceeded to build his cottage from the ground up. If asked how long it took to build, Al would laugh and say that it was still a work in progress. He so enjoyed his summers at the lake.
Al was an upbeat and fun person with a rich sense of humour. He loved to tell a good joke with a twinkle in his eye.
A private cremation has taken place and due to Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Al's life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations to the Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Taylor Funeral Home, online condolences may be placed at www.taylotfh.ca