A native of Chesterville and resident of Summerstown for the past years, Garnet Droppo passed away at the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on Saturday, October 26. He was 86.
Garnet was born in Finch on August 22, 1933 to his parents Fay and Mae Droppo (nee Bogart). He left home at age 16 to work on the ships on the St. Lawrence Seaway. After that he began his career as someone who could sell anything. Starting with $500 and a lot of ambition, he built up a very successful car sales and repair business in Chesterville. In addition, Garnet (or Bogie the bandit) as he was referred to in jest, sold everything from ski doos to chainsaws. His goal was to retire at 50 but it took until age 51 when he did retire to enjoy a couple of his passions: travelling and spending time at his cottage in Summerstown. Garnet enjoyed sitting on the deck watching boats and ships go by. Garnet was a lifetime member of the Chesterville Masonic Lodge and he served on Chesterville town council for a number of years.
Garnet is survived by his partner Doe Dube, his children Marilyn Heuff (Archie) of Morewood, Mimi Droppo (Mark Moran) of Kemptville and Chuck Droppo (Rejeanne) of Kelowna, B.C. and his sister Thelma Merkley of Chesterville. Garnet will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Kurt, Pam, Justin, Julie, Krista, Hannah, Marie and his great-grandchildren Bryson, Adriaan, Chanelle and Gus.
A private family service will be held at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Woodland Villa Nursing Home or Salem United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.
Just like a ship sailing off into the distance, Garnet drifted away into the horizon but will not be forgotten.