A resident of the Hanesville area for the past 55 years, Alfred Link passed away suddenly at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 2, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was 91.
Alfred was born in Oro Township, on December 2, 1920, to his parents James and Mary Link.
On October 22, 1937, he married Netta Thompson and together they had six children Ralph, Betty, Jane, Carol, Judy and Rusty.
Alfred lived independently in his own home into his 90’s. He was happily married for more than 70 years, was a father to six children, and a grandfather to more than 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren combined.
Alfred worked hard as a business owner for many years to support his family. He served as a member of the S.D.&.G. Highlanders in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany and risked his life to fight for freedom .
Despite all of this, Alfred was ultimately a humble man.
His family will all remember that he had rhythm! He was always whistling, humming, or tapping out the beat of a country and western song.
Alfred loved watching wrestling on television, and he had a vegetable garden that was bigger than most people’s entire plot of land.
If you showed Alfred a picture of something you wanted to build, he would be in his workshop the next day piecing it together.
No one will forget that Alfred always wore suspenders, that he proclaimed Netta to be the best cook in the world, or that he would always drink his coffee from the saucer instead of the cup.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Alfred is survived by his children Ralph (Margaret) of Prescott, Betty (Bill) Pryer of Brockville, Jane (John) Grootjans of Iroquois, Carol (Carl) Harper of R.R.# 2 Brinston, Judy (Ray) Selleck of Hyndman, Rusty (Carol) of Iroquois and his sister Ida Reid of Orillia.
He will be fondly remembered by 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Alfred was predeceased by his beloved wife Netta Thompson; an infant daughter Ruth; grandchildren Sydney Ava and Chloe Anna Hodder; brothers Harvey, Robbie and Mac Link; and sisters Bella McCarthur, Ruby English, Tillie Handy and Doris Thompson.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Monday, June 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Legion service was held on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 5th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Brian Barr officiating. Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.
Pallbearers were grandsons Andy Link, Ryan Selleck, John Durant, Joe Vanderzweep, Tony Hodder and Trevor Thompson.
Donations to CHEO or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com