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*UPDATED* MILLS: Carl F. of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On March 17, 2020 @ 6:34 AM In Exeter,Obituary | 156 Comments

*UPDATED* MILLS: Carl F. of Exeter

Carl Frederick Mills passed away suddenly Friday, March 13th, 2020 in his 91st year. Beloved husband for 69 years of Jean (Humphreys). Dear father of Gwen Bestard & Rob Bray, Heather & Bill Montgomery, Connie & Don Sararas, all of London.  Loved by his grandchildren, Alyshia (Darryl) McAfee of Kitchener, Neil (Jenna) Bestard of Vernon BC, Colin (Jennifer) Bowers of Burlington, Laura (Emmanuel) Asafo-Adjei of London, Cheryl (Brian) Harrigan of Granton, Hilary Sararas of London, Amy Sararas (Mark) of Toronto. Loved by his great grandchildren, Emily, Avery,Isaac Bestard, Tyler McAfee, Michael, Jacob, Ethan Bowers, David, Levi, Ava Asafo-Adjei, Alison & Brianne Harrigan. Loved by his siblings, Shirley Dann of Ilderton, Dave & Doris Mills of London, Doug & Shirley Mills of Clinton and sister-in-law Helen Shute of St. Marys. Predeceased by his brother Leonard Mills, and son-in-laws, Rick Bowers & Brian Bestard, brothers-in-law Mervin Shute,  Joe Dann & sister-in-law Shirley Mills.

Carl’s life journey took him to many places through his love of travel. He had the privilege of using his talents and gifts to share with others, especially his family who he loved dearly. His favourite times were in his woodlot and making maple syrup. He enjoyed many pleasurable hours in his wood working shop. His love for music showed through his enjoyment when playing the bag pipes and violin. He touched many lives through his 35 year teaching career and the Outdoor Education Program he introduced at SHDHS. He was a devout member of Granton Masonic Lodge and Exeter United Church. He always lived life to the fullest.

A family service will be held this week, however visitation and the celebration of Carl’s life will be postponed until a more appropriate time, when family and friends are able to gather and share love, support and hugs.

Donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Jessica’s House, London Scottish Rite Learning Centre, or Parkinson Canada would be appreciated by the family. 

Condolences for the family of “*UPDATED* MILLS: Carl F. of Exeter”

Condolence from Marjorie Mills on March 14th, 2020 12:47 PM

Dear Jean and Family;
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember many great times with you and Carl , Leonard and Shirley and MAC and I. What fun times we had. Sincerest sympathy.
Marjorie Mills

Condolence from Sandy Lauder on March 14th, 2020 12:48 PM

Jean, Gwen,Heather and Connie

My thoughts and prayers are with you. A wonderful husband and father.

Condolence from Elaine Ford on March 14th, 2020 12:53 PM

Dear Jean and family. Wishing you many hugs and condolence learning about Carl’s passing. What a pleasure he was for everyone. We will all miss him. With Gods Grace you will be strong. ????❤️????????

Condolence from Evelyn Vincent on March 14th, 2020 1:03 PM

sincere sympathy to each of Carl’s family.

Condolence from Ray & Judy Mills on March 14th, 2020 1:05 PM

Jean and Family,
Please accept our very deepest sympathy in your loss of a wonderful person. Carl was always so friendly, so caring, so knowledgeable. He was always interested in each individual, no matter what was happening in his life, or what place you met him . People often would ask Ray and I if we were related to Carl and you. We would always smile and say no, but we know them well, especially Ray who knew him from his early years on. Carl will be missed. However he has left a wonderful legacy through his children and grandchildren. The many memories that people have of him will help him live on in spirit. God Bless.

Condolence from Brenda Palsa on March 14th, 2020 1:11 PM

Jean and family my condolences on the passing of Carl- a larger than life man always kind and had a great story to tell – enjoyed him as a teacher. Many memories for a lot of people that knew him

Condolence from Irvine. Armstrong on March 14th, 2020 1:35 PM

To Jean and the Mills family at this point in time I don’t know what to say just that I’m terribly sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. All we can do is look back at the time we’ve had together with our dinner parties travelling together and playing cards. JEAN I AM sorry I will not be able to go to the funeral home all nursing homes in Ontario are closed no visitors no letting us go out all I can say is all the best to you with my love . Irv.

Condolence from Alex and Donna Westman on March 14th, 2020 1:37 PM

My heartfelt condolences to the family.

I had the honor of getting to know Carl through the Granton Masonic Lodge. His talents , kindness and generosity were limitless.

He will be truly missed

Condolence from Gary Bryant on March 14th, 2020 2:03 PM

I was saddened to read about Carl. I know Jean and family have many fond memories to ease the pain.
I enjoyed working with Carl for four years at Exeter Public School, and recall his many varied interests.

Condolence from Danny (Shoe) Shoebottom on March 14th, 2020 2:36 PM

To Jean and the family of Carl, my prayers are given in memory of such a profound mentor and friend. I had the privilege of being a student at South Huron with Carl guiding myself to be the best that I could be. As a charter member of the Outdoor Education Program (out trippers) started by Carl it opened my eyes to working with youth and the appreciation of our great outdoors. A 30 year career in Forestry, 20+ years in scouting and 45 years of community service with my municipal fire department all have the influence of Carl ingrained in them. Thank you Carl.
In the past year I also had the honor of playing the violin that Carl made and playing with the band at Carl’s 90th birthday celebration. Unfortunately I will not be able to join with you Jean and family, in the celebration of Carl’s life, but know I will be there in spirit . God’s Blessing be upon you. Danny Shoebottom (SHOE)

Condolence from Don Oesch on March 14th, 2020 2:40 PM

One of the best teachers I ever had at South Huron. Deepest condolences to Carl’s family.

Don Oesch

Condolence from Sandra & Larry Hern on March 14th, 2020 2:40 PM

Dear Jean, Gwen , Heather, Connie and Family,

We were so very sorry to learn that Carl has left his Earthly life, but he certainly made his mark in this world, and made every day count in so many ways! His teaching, his woodworking and his music enriched the world around him. But Carl’s love for his family, especially you Jean was what mattered most to him. We extend our condolences to Jean and all your family. Thank you Carl for all your wisdom and love for those of us that were honoured to know and love you! We ate oyster soup with you last Saturday…and we will always be thankful for that memory! Rest in Peace Carl….we will miss you dearly. xxoo

Condolence from Charlene on March 14th, 2020 2:40 PM

Jean my deepest condolences go to you. I have many fond memories of Carl as my teacher then as my Fraternal brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Stan & Joan Francis on March 14th, 2020 3:06 PM

Jean Gwen Heather & Connie
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Arnold and Margaret DeLong on March 14th, 2020 3:15 PM

Our thoughts and condolences to your family in this sad time. So sorry for your loss. We met Carl though his love of music.

Condolence from Maureen Wood on March 14th, 2020 3:58 PM

Jean & Family

Jean I am so very sorry for your loss of your Dear Carl , It is so very hard to believe.
My Sincere Sympathy to You & Your Girls & their families.
You will be in My Prayers Jean

Condolence from Maureen and Jim Craig on March 14th, 2020 4:06 PM

Dear Jean and family, we are so sorry to hear about Carl , what a shock . He was so good at putting on that accent when talking to us, gave us many laughs. We will miss him, you are on our thoughts and prayers.
Maureen and Jim.

Condolence from Jerry and Carol Mills on March 14th, 2020 4:20 PM

Dear Jean and Family. Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

Condolence from Doris Bestard on March 14th, 2020 5:04 PM

Doris Bestard,

Sincere sympathy to Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and families

My thoughts & prayers are with you all

Treasure all the memories you have

Condolence from Melvin and Audrey Melick on March 14th, 2020 5:12 PM

Jean, as you already know, Carl was a great guy. He taught me to be patient in all things and to have a real love for creation and the outdoors. You have our condolences and prayers at this time of grieving and loss.

Condolence from John & Marian McMillan on March 14th, 2020 5:16 PM

Dear Jean and family:
John & I were saddened to learn of Carl’s passing. We were so fortunate to have know you both through Eastern Star and have many fond memories of our times to-gather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John & Marian McMillan

Condolence from Ron & Iva Ruch on March 14th, 2020 5:17 PM

Jean, Gwen Heather , Connie & Families.
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all with the passing of Carl.
We have many fond memories of him, he was such a great guy and will be missed by many.

Condolence from Donna Perry on March 14th, 2020 5:47 PM

to Jean and Family
So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. With Deepest Sympathy.
Donna Perry

Condolence from Paul and Sue Robinson on March 14th, 2020 6:03 PM

Dearest Jean.

How very sorry we were to hear of the sudden passing of your soul mate, Carl. He will be forever remembered as a sweet, loving, friendly guy. Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with you.

Paul and Sue Robinson

Condolence from Ralph & Eleanor Smith on March 14th, 2020 7:29 PM

Jean and Family
We want to extend our condolences with you. Carl & I were often together during our childhood days. Our parents were always the best of friends and I also knew his parents well. Carl and I are the same age. I too had my 90th birthday recently – and a party in Goderich. I well remember Carl and I dancing together when we were kids. Our parents were at someone’s home where there was a dance in the living room as was often the case in the country. Carl and I were very popular as we danced the two-step. Over the years we would see each other and have a chat. It is hard for me to realize he is gone. – my sympathy especially to you Jean. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Condolence from Jim Jarrett on March 14th, 2020 8:03 PM

Dear Jean and family, we are so sorry to hear of Carl,s passing, he was a very generous guy with his work shop and his mentoring. We had a lot of good times together with you, Carl and the neighbours. My nephew still talks about the time when he was 14 and learning to play the bagpipes. 2 bagpipes playing every evening for a week was Something the neighbourhood was not expecting. Take care, all the best to you and your family, Jim and Leda Jarret.

Condolence from Earl and Julia Martene on March 14th, 2020 8:31 PM

Such a sweet memory, to have had the opportunity to see you together in the sugar bush last Sunday. So many memories, of fishing trips and lodge events and evenings playing cards. Carl’s quiet wit and sage advice will remain in our hearts forever. There will be a cribbage game with Pat and Emil tonight. Fifteen two, fifteen four…
Our condolence to the entire Mills family

Condolence from Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade on March 14th, 2020 8:50 PM

To Jean and families:
Sorry to learn of Carl’s passing. I had the privilege of being one of his many students in school, a Rover under his guidance and our family and friends being recipients of his wood working skills. He will be missed, our thoughts are with you at difficult time.

Condolence from Glen & Marion McElrea on March 14th, 2020 9:14 PM

Dear Jean, Gwen, Heather , Connie & families:

We are sorry to read about Carl’s passing. We extend our condolences to Jean
and the family at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Glen & Marion

Condolence from Rob and Michelle Reid on March 14th, 2020 9:29 PM

Jean and family, our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you all. ????

Condolence from Jeff on March 14th, 2020 9:47 PM

Connie and Don,
I was saddened to hear of Carl’s passing. I still have vivid memories of sitting in his Geography class and this is the testament of a great teacher. Cherish your memories.

Condolence from Kirk Blackler on March 14th, 2020 10:04 PM

Jean and family,
Carl was a great guy. He will leave a huge hole in the community that only he could fill.
Sincere condolences

Condolence from Joan Keys on March 14th, 2020 10:31 PM

My most sincere sympathy is with you on learning of Carls passing !
Carl was always so much fun to be around . Hugs !

Condolence from Lloyd and Carol Moore on March 14th, 2020 10:43 PM

Our deepest sympathy Jean and your family. We are still in Florida so unfortunately we are unable to express this in person. It is good to look back at a lot of good times and card games.

Condolence from Wm. M. Malmo on March 14th, 2020 11:11 PM

My Dearest Jean and family.
My heart goes out to you at this sad time. He was a true gentleman through and through. He will be greatly missed. Love to all. Bill Malmo

Condolence from Russell &Verona Snider on March 14th, 2020 11:14 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jean

Condolence from Keith and Liz Selves on March 14th, 2020 11:49 PM

Dear Jean: We are so talented to hear of Carl’s passing. Our sincere sympathies to you and all your family.

Condolence from RON AND GLENDA LINDENFIELD on March 15th, 2020 5:52 AM

Jean, Gwen & Family

Carl was our teacher in grade 7 just a wonderful man, he will be missed by many, our sincere condolences

Ron and Glenda

Condolence from Dennis & Joan Duncan on March 15th, 2020 7:21 AM

Dear Jean & girls

Thinking of you at this difficult time. Carl made a positive difference to a lot of people throughout his life. He will be missed by a number of people.

Our deepest sympathy.

Joan & Dennis

Condolence from Mary Ann Boyle on March 15th, 2020 7:32 AM

Jean and family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Carl. Thinking of you at this time.

Scott & Mary Ann Boyle
New Brunswick.

Condolence from Joanne and Gord Hardy on March 15th, 2020 8:39 AM

To Jean and family;

So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. So many years together and so many great memories. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Brian and Janet Wedlake on March 15th, 2020 8:56 AM

Jean and family
Please know we are thinking of you at this very sad time
Brian and Janet Wedlake

Condolence from Terri Paul on March 15th, 2020 9:09 AM

Jean, Gwen, Heather and Connie
What a wonderful man who lived a full and joyful life. I remember the love and laughter that the Mills and the Paul families shared – the bagpipes, the music, the meals – and I am sitting looking at the beautiful wooden clock Carl made for Stephen and my wedding gift. Every chime has always reminded me of him. We will miss him.
Our love to all of you
Norma Paul, Terri Paul, Stephen Sims, Sydney, Alastair and Drew

Condolence from Marion McCurdy on March 15th, 2020 9:22 AM

To Jean and Family,
Please accept my condolences . You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Dave MacLeod on March 15th, 2020 9:49 AM

I’m sorry to hear that Carl has passed away. I first met Carl when he would come in to SHDHS to play bagpipes at our Remembrance Day observances. He also had a sugar bush, and put his maple syrup into 40 ounce booze bottles which he recycled for that purpose. I still remember Jean Mason having a number of bottles of Carl’s maple syrup behind her desk for the staff – maple syrup looks remarkably similar to rye, and when it’s in a recycled booze bottle the effect is convincing. Carl and I really connected when we discovered we were both Masons, and I remember when he joined the Scottish Rite. Carl was an enthusiastic volunteer with the London Consistory Club – I saw him just last Wednesday at our annual volunteer luncheon. In our lives we may be blessed to cross paths with some very fine people, and Carl was certainly one of those people. My sincere condolences to your entire family.

Condolence from Gwen O’Rourke on March 15th, 2020 10:41 AM

So sorry to learn Of Carl’s passing It was just great listening to him play music, So enjoyed when his sister and twin brothers all played together

Condolence from Paulin &Dick on March 15th, 2020 10:42 AM

Jean, Gwen & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So happy that we had chance to meet him last summer. What a lovely man. Thinking of you through this difficult time.
Pauline & Dick

Condolence from Marilyn Waldeck on March 15th, 2020 11:01 AM

Thinking of you and your family Jean and am sorry to hear of Carls passing. He was a really nice man always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed by many.

Condolence from Anna Marie and Casey Cook on March 15th, 2020 11:08 AM

Jean so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He will truly be missed. Casey so enjoyed working in the sugar bush with Carl and bringing home that wonderful maple syrup. I loved Carl’s wit and all the great stories he had for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
????????Casey and Anna Marie

Condolence from Don Clark on March 15th, 2020 11:22 AM

Jean: Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. We enjoyed meeting you guys on the river cruise and playing pepper. Carl was a real gentlemen with a dry sense of humour. He will be missed by many.

Don & Darlene

Condolence from Vera Armstrong on March 15th, 2020 11:40 AM

Thinking of you at this time of loss, May all the special memories bring comfort during this special time

Condolence from Laura and Don Dixon on March 15th, 2020 11:52 AM

Jean I am so sorry to learn of Carl’s passing, he always had the biggest smile and a huge love of life and family. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family
Laura and Don Dixon

Condolence from Yvonne/Jim Barnetson on March 15th, 2020 12:07 PM

So sorry to hear this sad news. Just saw him at the Masonic dinner!
He seemed to be enjoying himself.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jean and family!
Yvonne Fisher Barnetson

Condolence from Elva TILDEN on March 15th, 2020 12:25 PM

Dear Jean and Family
May it help to know
That others are thinking of you
With deepest sympathy
And heartfelt understanding.

Condolence from Ken and Marg Caldwell on March 15th, 2020 2:33 PM

Dear Jean and all of your family: We convey our most sincere sympathy to all of you at this sad time. What a legacy Karl has left – and all of your many pictures show that. It has been our privilege to meet up with Carl over the years at Eastern Star meetings and functions. We will miss him. Hold tight to your many memories.

Condolence from Darlene Burke on March 15th, 2020 4:51 PM

Gwen, Jean and the entire family
Sending my condolences and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerest sympathies.

Condolence from Cathy Fuller on March 15th, 2020 5:14 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences in the lose of such an amazing man.
What a wonderful life he had. He touched so many peoples lives
Connie and Don. Sending you such love.

Condolence from Yvonne Elliott on March 15th, 2020 5:33 PM

To: Jean & Family
The Earth has lost a treasure, but Heaven has another Star.
Our sincere condolences at the loss of Carl.
Sincerely, Yvonne (Jaques) & John Elliott

Condolence from Wanda Reynolds on March 15th, 2020 5:46 PM

Dear Jean and Family

Sorry to hear about Carl. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Wanda Reynolds

Condolence from judy newman on March 15th, 2020 8:17 PM

Jean, Gwen, Heather

Carl will be missed so much. I will miss him at the family gatherings.
He was one of a kind

Condolence from Bob & Grace Clarke , Belle River On. on March 15th, 2020 8:38 PM

Jean and family , we are so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing . Such a caring , wonderful person . So glad to have been one of his students , and had the opportunity to know him and his wonderful family . Hang on to all the wonderful memories , God be with you all during this difficult time . Bob & Grace Clarke , Belle River On.

Condolence from Lois Ottewell on March 15th, 2020 9:33 PM

Dearest Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and families,
The picture of Carl is so good that it makes me want to smile back! We had years of friendship together going back to the times at SHDHS when he and Ken were on the staff , when I played the organ for his three daughters’ weddings, and when the four of us travelled through Scotland and in his kilts, he played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes in the hills at Tongue. Such wonderful memories! And he died almost 5 weeks after I lost my precious husband, Ken. I had hoped to visit you both after my move back to Goderich.
I extend deepest sympathy to all the family .May your memories sustain you!

With love,
Lois .

Condolence from Susan Mac Gregor & Jim Hughes on March 15th, 2020 10:02 PM

Dear Jean ,
Jim and I were so delighted with the gift of a hand made wooden scissor holder created by Carl 28 years ago.
Yes…………that was also the time the you catered our wedding day dinner !! May the comfort of family and friends give you strength for today and the days to come. Sincerely, Susan and Jim

Condolence from The Lord Family on March 16th, 2020 7:56 AM

Dear Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and Families

Our deepest sympathy to you and your Families

Carl was such a kind and gentle man. He will be remembered for his handiwork, love of outdoors and of course, the twinkle in his eye.

Thinking of all of you

Deb and Dick Lord and Family

Condolence from George and Sue Wilson on March 16th, 2020 8:42 AM

Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and families, we are very sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He was a great teacher and a good man. He was friendly. Cherish your precious memories and hold them close to your heart. Hugs and prayers, George and Sue Wilson

Condolence from Peter & Sandra Kleinstiver on March 16th, 2020 8:52 AM

Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and Families

So saddened to hear of Carl’s passing. He was a special person – my grade 7 teacher at EPS as well as my geography teacher at SHDHS. His rendition of the “Three Pittle Ligs” was always fun (I still remember some of the lines!); our children spent time with him at his sugar bush on the Riddell farm. Woodworking and bagpipes were special talents he possessed (we have some of his woodworking – a mirror and a book rack). Our families have been good friends for a long time – especially Carl and my Mom who were teaching colleagues at EPS for many years. Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Marlene Ingram on March 16th, 2020 9:47 AM

So very sorry for your loss

Condolence from Brian and Kathy Coleman on March 16th, 2020 11:47 AM

Gwen: we are thinking of you and all your family with sympathy and hope you will be comforted by memories of your dad.

Condolence from Randy Preszcator on March 16th, 2020 1:39 PM

To the whole Mills Family, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Memories are the greatest things to hold close to your heart.

Randy and Brenda Preszcator & Family

Condolence from Robin McLenon on March 16th, 2020 2:15 PM

Our deepest sympathies for Jean and her family. John and I were privileged to become friends with Carl through Eastern Star. It sure was a shock to hear of his passing. Many many memories will live in in our lives..murder mystery character…bag pipe player and a OES member but mist of all a great friend who we will miss dearly. In star love
Robin & John McLenon
Donna Patterson

Condolence from Linda Mills on March 16th, 2020 3:11 PM

Dear Jean, Gwen , Heather and Connie and your families. Please accept out heartfelt sympathy in the sudden passing of Carl. I always enjoyed meeting up at various family and community functions over the years. You have all been so kind to me and my family. Carl was a very talented individual. I only recently learned that he was a great maple syrup maker. I also enjoyed listening to him play his music at my in laws over the years. Loosing your love is not easy but you have been truly blessed with all of the beautiful memories you both shared together. Thinking of all of you during this sad time. Hold each other close. Warm hugs. Linda Mills and my family.

Condolence from Paul & Sheila McNaughton on March 16th, 2020 4:13 PM

Dear Jean and Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.Carl was a great man and a complete entertainer
in many many ways. I was always happy and proud to be with him and his fiddle. He will be so missed by many.

Condolence from Joan and Don Cann on March 16th, 2020 4:45 PM

Dear Jean and family-
Extending our deepest sympathy at this time.
Joan and Don Cann ( Joan Francis)

Condolence from Paul and Muriel Lennon on March 16th, 2020 5:49 PM

Dear Jean and Family,
It was a real shock at hearing of Carl’s passing. Our sincerest sympathy to you and the family at this sad time. It was a privilege and a pleasure to know him and his loss will be a profound loss to everyone who knew him. Remember the good times, they will help in the healing.
Muriel and Paul Lennon

Condolence from Lynda Denham on March 16th, 2020 7:03 PM

Deepest Sympathies

Condolence from Pete and Gloria McFalls on March 16th, 2020 7:22 PM

Jean and family,

We were so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Not many can be making maple syrup at age 90! We were fortunate enough to pick up our syrup from him last week. Pete even got to sample his walnut syrup last year. Please accept our sympathy.

Condolence from Gord Mills on March 16th, 2020 7:58 PM

Jean and family,
I so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I always enjoyed having a visit with Carl at family gathering. Our family will miss our historian and entertainer. My sympathy.

Condolence from Ann (Rivers) Preszcator on March 16th, 2020 8:39 PM

Dear Helen:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Bob & Sharon Pavkeje on March 17th, 2020 6:55 AM

Sending our sympathy to your family.
The Conservation Dinner committee appreciated Carl’s support over the years.

Condolence from Jane Broderick on March 17th, 2020 8:02 AM

So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was my grade 7 geography teacher , made it a favourite, such a kind man.

Condolence from Ann Traquair on March 17th, 2020 8:30 AM

Der Jean,
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow
Kevin & Ann Traquair

Condolence from Dianne Waun on March 17th, 2020 8:44 AM

Dear Jean and family,
Thinking of all of you since hearing of Carl’s passing.
He was a great teacher who didn’t stop teaching when he retired.
He taught me about taxidermy and bird identification .
The white squirrel which he preserved for me is looking great 30 years later.
Dianne Waun

Condolence from Karen and Tony Timmermans on March 17th, 2020 9:54 AM

Jean and family: Please accept our deepest sympathy and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our family thinks of you and Carl and the great times mom and dad enjoyed with you, every time the Pegs and Jokers come out. ❤️ May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Ken & Joan Agnew on March 17th, 2020 10:11 AM

Dear Jean, We were so sad to hear of Carl’s passing. His wonderful sense of humour will be missed & there will be a void in our Probus gatherings. Our love & prayers to you & family.

Condolence from Faye Craig on March 17th, 2020 10:19 AM

Dear Jean, Gwen ,Heather and Connie and families

Sincere sympathy is extended to all of you. Your family chain has been broken with the passing of Carl, but fond memories will be of comfort and will sustain you through this most difficult time.
We are thinking of you and praying that God’s blessings are all around you.
As friends, we care deeply for your loss and are very sorry
Love from
Faye Craig and Ian Turner

Condolence from Ken Hunking on March 17th, 2020 10:22 AM

Sorry to read of Carl’s passing, I have fond memories of when he was my teacher at SS#9, Hullett (near Auburn) in the mid 1950s. We renewed acquaintances in recent years.

Ken Hunking

Condolence from Mary Edgar and family on March 17th, 2020 12:06 PM

Thoughts and prayers to you Jean and family.

Condolence from Bev & Isa Rabbets on March 17th, 2020 12:08 PM

Jean & Family: So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all at this time. Bev & Isa

Condolence from Reg & Dorothy Morrison on March 17th, 2020 12:58 PM

Jean even though we have spoken, Reg & I offer your condolences to you and Gwen, Heather & Connie at this very sad time. So many years have gone and so many memories with you both. Our last meeting with Carl was at Clinton Thursday afternoon dances. We loved to hear him play but now silenced. Sending our love to you all.

Condolence from Dianne Vermunt and John O’Neil on March 17th, 2020 1:00 PM

Sincere Condolences Jean. You and Carl were such great friends of Mom and Dad. It wouldn’t surprise me if there was already a Pegs and Jokers tournament going on … up there somewhere!! You’re in our thoughts.

Condolence from Reg & Dorothy Morrison on March 17th, 2020 1:09 PM

Jean I know that we have spoken earlier but still Reg & I give our condolences to you and Heather, Gwen & Connie and families. Our lives have crossed any time over the years and with nothing but great memories. Our last time that we saw Carl was in Clinton at the Thursday afternoon dances. He always was a great man and lived his life to the fullest. Cherish the many memories that you have. ????????????

Condolence from Jim MacGregor on March 17th, 2020 2:42 PM

Dear Jean and Family
Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jim &Mary MacGregor

Condolence from Lorna Stuart on March 17th, 2020 4:17 PM

Dear Jean & family.

I did not know I would be expressing m y condolences this way. I thought I would see you with a hug but the world changed that.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
What a great team you were in your home and community!
HOLD ON TO YOUR MEMORIES they are so precious, believe me.

Condolence from Irina & Jon on March 17th, 2020 4:37 PM

Though we only spent a few occasions with Grandpa Carl, they were especially memorable in great part because of his warmth and kindness, his sense of humour, and his quintessential “wink and grin.” His story is remarkable and his community legacy is inspiring. Our sincere condolences to Grandma Jean, Gwen, Alyshia, Neil and family. Wishing you all an uplifting Celebration of Life. We will always remember him fondly. With love from Irina and Jon.

Condolence from John & Gayle Wise on March 17th, 2020 7:00 PM

Dear Jean and Family. We were so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I will remember him for the many great times
we had with the Clinton Legion Pipe Band, Masonic events and so on. He was a true gentleman in all respects.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Jim Youngson on March 17th, 2020 7:33 PM

To Jean and family
Carl was a great inspiration to my Masonic education and a pleasure to greet and socialize with after lodge meetings. I will miss his knowledge and humour about life and family. His love of family history and knowledge of the small Mills clan was inspirational. Cherish your memories and all the fun times you had.
Forever in our hearts

Jim and Tanja Youngson and

Condolence from Faye Skinner on March 17th, 2020 9:03 PM

Jean and family: Our sincere condolences. We are thinking about you at this sad time. Carl was a joy to be around and always had a smile on his face. He loved to make you laugh at his humor. He was a great story teller and I loved to listen to him. Cherish the happy memories you have of him as I am sure you have lots. Sincere sympathy. Blessings, Larry and Faye

Condolence from Harold & Aileen Burgin on March 17th, 2020 9:13 PM

Our sincere condolences go to the whole Mills family. We still remember the sounds of the pipes as they made their way eastward from the village towards our residence and then faded as the piper turned westward and back to his residence in Kirkton. Harold remembers the early days of the Outdoor Ed program Carl started at South Huron: the winter weekend camp in Auburn – climbing up the barn wall , sleeping overnight in the plastic tubes we made +our early attempts at cross-country skiing. He was a remarkable man who shared unselfishly his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Condolence from Bernice Guiler on March 17th, 2020 9:22 PM

Dear Jean and family. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing Carl. His wit and sense of humor made him a pleasure to be with. His constant teasing made ” The River of Life ” a great year. He was always a joy to be around. He will be missed !!

Condolence from Cindi Tyhurst on March 17th, 2020 9:27 PM

We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad . Our sincere condolences to your entire family . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindi & Bob

Condolence from Cindy and Wayne Shaddock on March 17th, 2020 9:51 PM

Jean and family,

Our thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from Tom and Phyllis Tomes on March 17th, 2020 9:51 PM

So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Brian & Lynda Sanders on March 17th, 2020 10:39 PM

So sorry Jean & family to hear of Carl’s passing Such a sweet man Loved his humour He sure will be missed Hugs to all of you. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Brian & Lynda Sanders

Condolence from Carol LeBeau on March 18th, 2020 12:10 AM

My sincere sympathy to you, Jean, on the loss of Carl. I enjoyed getting to know him through our Probus activities and found him to be a wonderful man. May you remember and enjoy the many special memories of your life together, in the days to come!

Condolence from Cathy Amos Taylor on March 18th, 2020 8:07 AM

I grew up in Kirkton during the time Carl was learning to play the bagpipes-which I love. He would walk around the block with a small instrument, but no pipes and bag. It wasn’t great at first, but improved and often saw him marching in parades with bands. Spoke to Carl and Jean not that long ago and both were as gracious and kind as ever. Cathy Amos Taylor

Condolence from Torben Haarbye on March 18th, 2020 8:12 AM

Dear Dave and Doug

I am sad to see that your brother has passed away. You may recall I was teaching with him in Exeter way back when.


Condolence from Dave & Maria Doherty on March 18th, 2020 8:28 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Dave & Maria Doherty

Condolence from Mark Dowker and Nancy Dowker (Underwood) on March 18th, 2020 8:40 AM

Connie and family,

Please accept our sincere condolences on your father’s passing. We both fondly recall sitting in Mr. Mills geography classes at SHDHS.

Mark and Nancy
Almonte, ON

Condolence from Elaine and George Keller on March 18th, 2020 10:43 AM

Jean and family, we are so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Sending our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Scott Bogart on March 18th, 2020 11:18 AM

Mills Family,
Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Sending our deepest sympathy.
Scott, Lynda, Luke & Heath Bogart

Condolence from Morgan and Signa Lemcke on March 18th, 2020 12:51 PM

Jean and family Morgan and l are at loss one of our closest friends has gone things will never be the same we had so much fun together .our sympathy to and your family.

Condolence from Karen Insley-Windsor and family on March 18th, 2020 1:51 PM

To the Mills family
Sending our deepest sympathy with the loss a wonderful man. Carl always had a kind word and a smile that brightened the day. To Jean the girls and all the family may you find comfort in your memories.

Condolence from Deb Homuth on March 18th, 2020 4:19 PM

Thinking of you all at this sad time. What a wonderful character he was! Anyone who knew him knew how much he loved all of you.
Kindest regards,
Stu and Deb Homuth and family

Condolence from Don & Jeannie Papple on March 18th, 2020 4:31 PM

Heather, Bill & Family
So very sorry for your loss. May God’s perfect peace and rest be upon your family at this time.

Condolence from Ruth & John Allen on March 18th, 2020 6:20 PM

Dear Jean and family
Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Roberta Dundas on March 18th, 2020 7:10 PM

Jean and family
My sincere sympathy to you at this sad time
Although I have know you Jean and Carl for along time, I got to know Carl so well when he shared his musical talents at nursing homes. He was always fun and told some great stories.
Hopefully all the good memories you have will help you through the days ahead.
Roberta Dundas

Condolence from Brian & Lynda Sanders on March 18th, 2020 7:42 PM

Dear Jean & family so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing Such a gentleman & great sense of humour Carl sure will be missed Your sure in our thoughts & prayers Brian & Lynda Sanders

Condolence from Joanne Otto on March 18th, 2020 8:19 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Jean and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your at this very sad and difficult time. Treasure all the wonderful memories.
Everitt Family

Condolence from Tim Mock, Duncan BC on March 18th, 2020 9:48 PM

Sincere sympathy to the Mills family for your loss. I am forever grateful for the time spent with Carl whether in class, canoeing Algonquin Park, or hiking the Bruce Trail. The lessons learned from this dear man those 40 odd years ago have had a lasting positive affect on me.

Condolence from T Chittick on March 18th, 2020 10:07 PM

On behalf of Joan & Alan, Gordon & Geraldine, Clare & Trudy …and all the Chittick clan, we send our sincere sympathy at the sudden death of Carl. We always enjoyed being with him and his family and he always made us feel welcomed. He was loved. May you find comfort in God and in your happy memories of him.

Condolence from Clare & Brenda (Parsons) Martene & Family on March 19th, 2020 7:17 AM

Dearest Jean and Families . . .

Our heartfelt sympathies to the Mills Family as you mourn for the loss of a very important man in your life. Carl was a proud, kind, sincere, hard-working family man who loved his family & friends dearly. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour – telling stories, making jokes and musical talents. Treasure the wonderful memories he has blessed you with, as these moments will bring a warm smile to your heart. Reminisce with a smile or even a tear of Carl – he will be with you in your hearts forever. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Please find strength by leaning on your family, friends, neighbours and faith for comfort and support in the days ahead. Rest in Peace, Carl. ????????????

Clare & Brenda Martene & Family Xo Xo

Condolence from Jean Crerar on March 19th, 2020 2:26 PM

69 years of marriage! What a wonderful long life you have had together. I did not know your husband, but have enjoyed getting to know you through bridge. Losing your husband is hard, but family and friends will help you through this sad time.
Jean Crerar

Condolence from Betty St.Onge on March 19th, 2020 3:50 PM

Dear Jean and Family:
I’m so sorry to hear you have lost your soul mate. Carl was a wonderful “Brother” in our Order and we have many memories of his music and talents – especially a rocking horse made by him. May he rest in Peace and may God’s peace and love surround you in this very sad time.
With Star Love and my deepest sympathy.
Betty St.Onge

Condolence from George and LoisGodbolt on March 19th, 2020 6:17 PM

Jean, Gwen, Heather and Connie and families

Our condolences on the loss of Carl. We always appreciated his friendly warm smile and positive outlook on life. We know that Carl’s love of, understanding and appreciation of nature was an inspiration to many.
George and Lois

Condolence from Randy & Susann Jones on March 19th, 2020 8:30 PM

Carl Mills was my grade 7 teacher at EPS and also my Boy Scout Master.
He also played in a band with my uncle Harvey Smith. He was also very supportive of my Grade 7 art skills.
Susann and I send our deepest sympathies .

Condolence from Bob and Helen Coates on March 19th, 2020 9:10 PM

Jean, Gwen, Heather and Connie. We extend our sympathy

Condolence from Bob and Helen Coates on March 19th, 2020 9:27 PM

We extend our sincere sympathy to Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and families. He was a sweet, kind, man who had a great sense of humour and great musical talents especially with the bagpipes and violine. We have a shelf and nativity « barn » made by Carl. I remember his humour when we were both on staff at EPS . We always enjoyed visiting with both of you. Carl and I shared an interest in reading about history. We always enjoyed attending the oyster suppers and never thought it would be the last time to see Carl at the recent one. We will miss his smile and he will be greatly missed in the community. His love of producing maple syrup and woodworking will also be remembered. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Debbie and Tony Mountenay on March 20th, 2020 1:42 AM

Jean and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Carl’s passing when we returned home. He was such a gentleman. I have the wooden scissor holder he gave me on the wall. Our deepest condolences. Debbie and Tony Mountenay

Condolence from John & Arlene Berendsen on March 20th, 2020 7:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to your family in this time of loss. We both have shared fond memories of having Mr. Mills as our teacher in high school. He was a great teacher!! Last fall as well, I (Arlene) crossed paths with him on the Morrison Dam trail. We exchanged greetings and I remember feeling in my heart in that he was such a good man! consistently peaceful with a happy smile just like in those days in high school. He has left an peaceful legacy…
Thinking of your family

Condolence from Doug & Betty Lynn Eckel on March 20th, 2020 9:52 AM

Connie and Don: So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Cherish all the wonderful memories he has left you with and hold them close. Thinking of you and your family. ♥♥

Condolence from Doug and Katharine Foster on March 20th, 2020 10:41 AM

Dear Jean and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Carl. He will certainly be missed not only by you and the family but also, his wide circle of friends. Please let us know when you plan the celebration of life as we would like to attend. Right now we are quarantined as we have just returned from the south.

Condolence from Mike and JoAnne Pickering on March 20th, 2020 11:07 AM

Jean, girls and families so sorry to hear of Carls passing. I had planned on coming to pay my respects today (Friday) but with all that is going on I think it best to stay home. Carl was a well respected member of the community and the teaching group. I will always remember him bringing in Maple syrup in the 40 oz whiskey bottles to school always mad me smile! Sending hugs to you all and our deepest sympathies! Mike and JoAnne Pickering

Condolence from Lois Porter on March 20th, 2020 2:04 PM

Lois Porter and Greg Vanular,

DearJean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and families:

We were sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He was a popular teacher at SHDHS.
I asked if he would play his bagpipes at my wedding, which he did in full Scottish attire. We spoke with Carl at the grade 13 class reunion several years ago. He will be missed.
Sincerest sympathy,
Lois Porter.

Condolence from Margaret Desjardine on March 20th, 2020 7:48 PM

Dear Mrs. Mills, Gwen, Heather & Connie… May I offer to you my deepest sympathy in your recent sad loss of your husband & father. It’s always hard to lose a parent. Your parents were meant for each other… I remember them together in front of their home, always doing something when I’d go past. Connie, I remember working in the Toy shop in the mall when you worked at the flower shop.
You will all have so many wonderful memories of all your special times together. I never saw either of your parents without their beautiful smiles. He has left all of you with a loving legacy to pass on to your loved ones
Sincerely Margaret Desjardine ❤️

Condolence from Lawrence and Sharon Craven on March 20th, 2020 9:56 PM

Dear Jean and families,

We were so sorry to hear Carls passing.

He was always smiling and so friendly.

We are all going to miss him.

Sending hugs to you all and our deepest sympathies.

Lawrence and Sharon Craven

Condolence from Earl and Marilyn Miller on March 20th, 2020 10:18 PM

Dear Jean, Heather and Bill and all the family,
Our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your dear husband and father. We know he will be sorrowfully missed. May the Lord give you comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Condolence from Tom moir on March 21st, 2020 10:43 AM

Dear Jean and family;

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of Carl’s passing.

Tom and Gail Moir

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Condolence from Joanne Maguire on March 21st, 2020 11:25 AM

To Jean and Family.
I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He was a wonderful human being. He was so full of life. I always enjoyed the chats with Jean and Carl. Missing him Jean is an understatement. God grant you comfort always.

Condolence from Terry O’Rourke on March 21st, 2020 12:55 PM

Jean and Family: Jean and I would like to offer our sincere condolences with respect to Carl’s passing. I certainly enjoyed teaching with Carl for many years and he was always quick with a word of encouragement, a smile, or a wink. His maple syrup was a yearly staple for all of the staff. In retirement he and Jean could always be found at community events and he never failed to stop and chat and ask about the family, just as he did while we chatted for a bit at the Shrove Tuesday supper 3 weeks ago. All of our lives are a bit richer for having known Carl. Take care. Cheers, Terry and Jean O’Rourke

Condolence from Kim (Turner) Blake on March 21st, 2020 2:18 PM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you all at this time.

Condolence from Marlyn Wein on March 21st, 2020 6:27 PM

Sincere sympathy to all your fanily

Condolence from Margaret Prout on March 22nd, 2020 4:07 PM

Dear Jean and family….

I am so sorry for your loss. We all know that Carl was a treasure of the heart and to lose him is
like losing a part of yourself.
Cling to the memories and let them find a way to heal you. The love and music and the laughter
you shared will make you strong. You will come to realize that your time and happiness together
was meant to be. Even tho life moves on, your love stays behind to forever hold on to.

Condolence from Joanne McIntosh on March 22nd, 2020 5:25 PM

Dear Jean and Family,
My deepest sympathy in the loss of Carl. He really did live life to the fullest, and he will be very much missed. Please take care. We are all thinking of you.
Sincerely ,
Joanne Hodgert McIntosh

Condolence from Robert and Mildred Ulch on March 22nd, 2020 6:12 PM

Dear Jean and girls, sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. You have many good memories to remember him by. You will miss having your travel partner. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Faye Pletsch on March 22nd, 2020 7:59 PM

Dear Jean,
I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. It was
very evident how much he loved you and of course your family. Thanks for your friendship with mom and dad. Take care of yourself. I pray you will feel God’s peace during this difficult time. Blessings Faye Pletsch (Gaiser)

Condolence from Joanne Carr on March 23rd, 2020 8:39 PM

Dear Mills family:

Sorry for the loss of your dear father, brother, uncle, grandpa. I watched the service video today and it was beautiful and very moving. While I didn’t know Carl myself I do remember he and Jean (with Gwen) met my own father (Joe DeGroot) (who passed away two years ago now) at his house while in Florida and told me about the lovely visit they had.

May all you happy memories keep him alive always.

Joanne Carr

Condolence from Bill and Louise Pincombe on March 24th, 2020 12:32 AM

Dear Jean and family
This is not the way I wanted to express my sympathy to all of you, but I guess it will have to do for now.
What a wonderful picture of Carl you posted, so natural makes me smile back at him. I will hold in my memory the last visit to your house to play bridge when he appeared in the kitchen for a visit.
Jean please keep smiling and hold your memories dear. Hopefully we will see you soon at bridge.
Love Bill and Louise Pincombe

Condolence from Tom and Judy Ellerington on March 24th, 2020 4:18 PM

So sorry to hear of your lose of Carl, Tom and I ha e been thinking of you and your family at this time. You both were such happy and caring couple, always busy and so happy, just enjoying life together. You set such a good example for your family and all others that you came into contact with. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. XO

Condolence from Randy Morrison on March 24th, 2020 5:47 PM

Jean, Gwen, Heather, Connie and family:

Please accept my sincere condolences.

I have been very blessed and fortunate to have known Carl my entire life; it was ALWAYS special whenever we would get together. Have many great memories, including the wonderful time we had fishing together on the Montreal River system near Kirkland Lake. I still proudly have his custom “The Nook Of The North” woodwork art displayed in my home.

I know that the care, love and support around you will provide you comfort and peace to get through the days ahead.

Condolence from Jerry and Alice MacLean on March 25th, 2020 11:47 PM

Dear Jean and Family
We are so sorry To read of Carl’s passing.
He was the type of person who always left his mark on you when you chatted with him as he always had something witty to say.
May the love and good times resignate in your heart and memory forever!
Try to focus on the past, and many smiles will help you through these
Tough times. Carl was a good man and was fortunate to have such a loving and careing wife!

Condolence from Joe & Susan Hampson on March 29th, 2020 11:22 AM

Dear Jean & family:

We recently returned home from Jamaica and learned that Carl had passed earlier in March. We are so very sorry and sad for your loss, we enjoyed so much visiting with yourself, Carl and Gwen in the fall at Carol & Gerald’s anniversary party in Auburn.

My parents Cliff & Irene Carter always looked forward to seeing you both and reminiscing about the great get togethers at Aunt Elva’s and Uncle Jack’s over the years.

Carl had that special twinkle in his eye, it made each person he met feel very special.

Jean you always have that beautiful smile and big hug that made everyone feel so welcome, please know that we thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

We know that the wonderful memories that you will always have with you with give you comfort in the days to come, I have asked the Armstrong and McDowells to let us know in the future when there is an opportunity to visit with you, your family and friends as you celebrate the wonderful and full life that Carl shared with so many others.

Sending HUGE Hugs

Susan & Joe Hampson
Oxford Centre

Condolence from Flo and Jack Underwood on March 29th, 2020 4:24 PM

Jean and Family.
Thinking of you. We always enjoyed visiting with you and Carl.
Remember the good time and celebrate a life well lived.
Memories are the greatest. Cherish them.
Regards to all. Flo ,Jack and family

Condolence from Anne Gallant on April 4th, 2020 3:49 PM

Our deepest condolences to Carl’s family . Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Bruce Delbridge and Anne Gallant

Condolence from Tammy Hines on April 7th, 2020 12:39 AM

Hello….although I did not know Carl well: I work at Exeter Family Eye care…….he was in just before he passed and I am so saddened to hear this news. I always enjoyed our chats….he was a lovely man!! He was just about to make me one of this games (`hoosiers, and castles) or something like that… He was a very nice man and will be missed! I wish there were more people in the world like him…..you should all be very proud of your family member…my condolences to your family!! xoxo

Condolence from Hussain Al Durai on April 18th, 2020 12:11 PM

You are a good man you was my teacher i was like your son , we have a good times togather , 🌹
God save you 🤲

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