William Lambertus Pulles, 85, of Mitchell, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:25pm. Beloved Husband of 60 years to Elizabeth.  Loving Father of MaryJane Chambers (Matthew) and Michael Pulles (Sherry).  Cherished Opa of Brent (Pierina), Jeremy, Kayla (Sam), Zoey, Brody, Perry (2007), Shawna, Brianne and Ryan.

Born in Best, Holland and the son of the late Johannes and Maria Pulles.  William will be remembered by his sister and brothers, Bart (2020) Betsie, Trees (Joe), Fried (2005) Joke, Frans (Riek) and Toon (Lies). He will be fondly remembered by the entire Van Grootel family, both in Canada and in Holland and his many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, William is predeceased by two brothers and brother-in-law in Holland.  He is also predeceased by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on the Van Grootel side of the family.

My Dad was the true symbol of what a Father, Opa, Spouse and Friend should be. William Lambertus Pulles was born in Holland, on May 17th, 1935.  At a very young age, he was taught to be a hardworking, driven, determined provider.  He immigrated to Canada in 1957, the only one in his family to do so.  He was following the love of his life, my mom, Elizabeth.   They married Dec 26th, 1959 and settled down in Oakville.  With not a penny to his name and with my Dad’s will power, determination and hard work ethic he landed himself a job, as a welder, for over 25 years.  He obtained many certificates so he could weld up anything. His welds were flawless as he was a perfectionist.    In 1963, I came along and in 1965, my brother followed.  In 1972, my Parents would take on a brand new adventure and start farming in Logan Township.  My dad never farmed a day in his life but persevered and was very successful.  Dad was known for his perfection and that is what made him so successful. Dad and Mom received over a dozen awards by Quality Swine and also received an award for Reserve Champion Pig.  They operated a very successful Farrow to Finish Operation.   They later retired, moved to Mitchell and would be snowbirds for over 16 years and go to Florida.   Dad said the sunshine and warm weather added 10 years onto your life.  If anyone ever encountered my Dad, they knew he loved his family and he was full of life lessons.  My Mom would refer to him as a preacher but in fact he was really a Teacher.  He had a good insight on things and came up with many great ideas through the years.  He was one of the founders of Windmill Gardens in Stratford. He had a vision of a retirement community and got it accomplished.  Dad loved music and dancing. My parents were very good dancers and people would watch them in awe.   He always said we needed a dance hall in Mitchell. 

Later he said we needed another bridge in MITCHELL. Town council, especially the Mayor, probably got sick of hearing him talk about a bridge, but low and behold we have a bridge under construction now.  He was fascinated by it being built. It is really too bad that he could not see it completed and walk over it.   Dad loved rocks of all kinds and made beautiful rock gardens through the years. He could be seen in the river picking rocks.  The bigger the rock, the better, the more the challenge to get it, the better as well. Dad would be gone for hours in the bush but eventually came out with the biggest rock you could find.  No wonder he always had such a sore back! He loved photography and capturing the moment.  Needless to say we have hundreds of pictures throughout the years.  I would get called any time of day and Dad wanted me to come over and take pictures.  He had spots marked on the ground where he wanted me to stand.  It was so cute.   He had so many ideas through the years and a lot of them came true. His mind never stopped.  Dad you made me who I am today and I will cherish the many memories forever and live on your legacy. 

The family would like to sincerely thank the health care workers at the Stratford General Hospital for their care and compassion especially in these uncertain times.  It is very much appreciated.

A private family service has taken place.  His remains will be laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, Mitchell.  As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the West Perth Village Seniors Community, Mitchell (westperthvillage.ca/donate), through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411


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