(1923 – 2024)
Lloyd passed away peacefully on January 6, 2024, in his 101st year, after a brief illness. He had a long and full life for which both he and his family were very grateful.
Family was the centrepiece of Lloyd’s life and what he enjoyed and valued most of all. He was the much loved and admired father of Greg (Jeanine Hammar), cherished grandfather and card-playing partner of Travis (Laura Crickmore), and beloved brother-in-law of Jessie Stoddart.
“Uncle Lloyd” will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by his niece Susan (Eric) Marshall, nephews Rob (Gail) Stoddart and Don (Debbie) Stoddart, and their many children and grandchildren. He will also be missed greatly by his many friends and neighbours.
He was predeceased by his parents, Pearl and Bill Stoddart, his wife Mary (New) and his brother Charles (Chuck) Stoddart.
Lloyd’s childhood fascination with flying and aircraft led him to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force at 19 years old, where he served as a pilot during World War II, flying surveillance patrols over the Atlantic Ocean from the east coast of Canada, looking for German submarines.
In civilian life, he had an accomplished career in industry. He rose from an apprentice toolmaker at McKinnon Industries (later General Motors) in St. Catharines to become a foreman, then plant manager, then manufacturing superintendent and general manager for three companies: Anthes Imperial, Molson Industries, and Inter-City Gas. He enjoyed his work immensely, and after ‘retiring’ he became a manufacturing management consultant, and was retained by investors to start up and manage a new company, Odstrum Manufacturing, from 1984-87 in St. Catharines.
He enjoyed travelling and had a lifelong interest in sports, playing several in his younger years, bowling competitively as an adult, bicycling and skating until he was 75 years old, and golfing until he was 92! In his later years he followed baseball (his favourite), football, hockey, and golf closely, and enjoyed discussing the outcomes of games and statistics with family and friends. Always a great storyteller, he was most recently actively engaged in preserving stories about his life and the lives of his family and ancestors for younger family members.
Lloyd battled back from two life threatening illnesses, one in 1967 and the other in 2006, with a remarkable perseverance that was indicative of his determined and independent character. He lived independently in his own house in St. Catharines until he was 98 years old, when he moved to the Amica Dundas retirement residence to be closer to his immediate family.
His family thanks his former St. Catharines neighbours for their wonderful support!
The family also wishes to thank his superb health care providers: Dr. Ahmad Ashrafi and Dr. Jennifer Frendo for their outstanding care in St. Catharines; Dr. Emma Mazurek for her excellent and understanding care in Dundas; the Wellness, Nursing and Personal Support teams at Amica for their daily care and concern; and medical Team C and the staff of the BTU/ICU at Hamilton General Hospital for compassionate care during Lloyd’s final week.
The family wants to commend and thank the staff members in all departments of Amica Dundas for their daily efforts to care for and enrich the lives of residents. Thanks also to Lloyd’s dining partners at Amica for their support and companionship.
In November 2023 Lloyd enjoyed the celebration of his 100th birthday with his many family members and friends at a special reception in St. Catharines. It was wonderful to be able to have a celebration of his life while he was still alive and able to participate! In keeping with Lloyd’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to a charity of one’s choice if desired. A special way to remember Lloyd would be to do something thoughtful and kind for a neighbour, as he did for many years and his neighbours have done for him in recent ones.