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Hugh Fairfield

December 9, 1931 — July 10, 2021


On July 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Hugh Carlton Fairfield passed peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, daughters and family.

Hugh was Born December 9, 1931 in Selkirk, Manitoba. The oldest child of Finlay Robert Fairfield and Esther Jean Carpenter, Hugh loved to spend his time with his father in the Fairfield Woolen Mill. This is where he grew to love manufacturing.

The Fairfield Woolen Mills supplied blankets across Canada and made uniform fabric during the Second World War.  The family moved the company from Selkirk to Winnipeg. His father died when Hugh was 18. After his father died Hugh went to university in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, married his childhood sweetheart Adele Sanderson.

Next, the family business moved to Preston Ontario. The family business was bought by the Jamaican government and Hugh and his family moved to Jamaica.  Hugh had the responsibility to build a factory and hire and train staff.  When that job ended Hugh moved back to Canada and became employed by the Solary Division of what was to become the Sunbeam Company.  He remained at Sunbeam until his retirement at age 58.

Hugh was always an active volunteer. Early 1970, in Brantford, a friend asked Hugh to find a better way to treat children with cerebral palsy. Hugh worked with the children, parents and levels of government and led Rotary in finding and locating a school that eventually grew into the Landsdowne Childrens Centre.  This Centre was an early leader providing specialized treatment for children with physical disabilities. Hugh is a charter member of the Landsdowne Children’s Centre.

When he retired to the place he loved most in the world, Muskoka, he continued to help out in the community. He took pleasure in being able to mentor new businesses both locally and as the president of the Ontario Division of BDC.  He agreed to co-chair a Muskoka Lakes golf tournament and that raised the most money that this tournament had ever raised.

Hugh was an avid golfer and was often asked to be part of a team to raise funds in the community. His love of snowmobiling meant many hours keeping track of the records for the clubs. He loved curling and enjoyed many years competing provincially with a seniors curling team.  He taught his four daughters to love Muskoka, as he did.  They all learned to drive a boat, sail and paddle. They love to water ski, snow ski, hike in the woods, and enjoy the night sky.  His love for his family and loyalty to his job were his life.

Sorely missed by daughters, partners, grandchildren and great grandchildren; Wendy Whillans and Bill Keller, Lisa and Youssef Ziada (Owain), Fin Whillans and Erynn Shaw (Eamon,Greta) and Kaely Whillans; Diane and Larry Pick,Jennifer and Greg Sanders (Ava,Mat) Eric Pick and Emimel Samonte; Jan Bradley; Jessica and Mike Youwe(John Hugh,William Michael) Bobbi and John Garrow; Thompson, Turner and Devynn Garrow; And the love of his life Adele Fairfield

There will be a private church service on Saturday, July 17, 2021 and then a visitation from 12:30 - 2pm, Saturday afternoon, at the Walkers Point Community Center, 1074 Walker’s Point Rd, Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R2.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Tim Hortons Children’s Camps or the hearing ear dogs or a charity of your choice.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Hugh Fairfield, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Walkers Point Community Center

, Walkers Point, ON P1P 1R2

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