After a brief illness, Bert’s family is saddened to announce his passing at Huron Hospice, Clinton, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, of Bayfield, at the age of 89. Bert is predeceased by his devoted wife of 62 years, Doris Schilbe (Cole) and his beloved son Doug. Lovingly remembered by his children Eric, Cathy, Dianne (Brian), and Tamika, his 9 grandchildren Cindy, Jennifer, Samantha, David, Shannon, Conrad, Chris, Jim, and Cathy Jo, his 17 great grandchildren, and his cherished sweetheart Helen.
As Huron County foster parents for over 25 years, Bert and Doris provided temporary shelter and support to over 75 children and youth in their time of greatest need. This was a role Bert took seriously and did selflessly. A meticulous maple syrup producer since the early 1960’s, Bert took pride in creating a quality product everyone loved. Gardening was second nature to him. He grew an abundance of fruit and vegetables every year and was known for generously sharing watermelon, garlic, squash, and tomatoes with friends and strangers alike. Bert was a hard-working man who also loved to laugh, socialize, and let his playful side out. He loved connecting with his morning coffee group at Renegades Diner in Bayfield. He had a musical side, playing guitar for many years. He was an avid swimmer for much of his life, taking his kids and grandkids to the Bayfield Pier for evening swims, and even saving a man from drowning on one occasion. Bert loved dancing and travel, and was able to do both regularly well into his 80’s. A family man of conviction, strength, loyalty and charity, his kindness to strangers and those in need will live on in the lives and hearts of everyone he knew and loved.
A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 11 AM. Interment Bayfield Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Zurich (519-236-4365).
Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, or Huron Hospice would be appreciated by the family.