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Wilfred Motley

Wilfred Lewis Motley

Tuesday, June 6th, 1922 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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MOTLEY, Wilfred Lewis – It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Wilfred at his residence on Monday, October 12th, 2020 at the age of 98. Son of the late Frederick and Vivian (VanWort) Motley. Dear husband of the late Dorcas Hennessy – Died March 1998. Dear friend to Betty Latchford. Loving and devoted father to Debbie (Ron) Ruston and Dixie Motley (Steven Kowal). Wilfred will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Tawny (Rick) Jackson, Todd (Lisa) Ruston, Jason (Caroline) Cameron, Sara (Jason) DeRoy, Rachel Cameron (Richie Pick) and great-grandchildren Colin Jackson, Jake and Kyle Ruston, Cameron and Roan Treanor, Graysan and Hunter DeRoy. Survived by sister Sylvia (Late Neville) Davies of Kingston and sister-in-law Evelyn Motley. Fondly remembered by the Latchford family, David (Shelly), Gloria (Frank), Glen (Gilbert), Todd, Jamie, Alivia, Derek and Megan. Pre-deceased by siblings Jack, Harold and Madeline, Kenneth and Myrla. Uncle Wilfred to many Motley and Hennessy nieces and nephews and their families. Friends are invited to the John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave., Belleville (613-968-5588) on Wednesday, October 14th from 6 – 8 p.m. (attendees must call and register as per maximum attendance guidelines). Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (guests must register beforehand by phone). Interment to take place at Belleville Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. For online condolences, please visit ** If you would like to attend the funeral via ZOOM (online streaming) please send your email address to

A true gentleman, a trusted friend, a lovely man, liked by anyone who met him – a wicked card player with a built-in lucky horseshoe! Add devoted husband, father, Grand and Great Grandfather to the list - This is how those who knew Wilfred Motley describe and remember him. He met everyone with a smile and even when the door became too heavy – he still insisted he held it open for you!
Wilfred was born on Huff’s Island, the fourth of four boys to Fred and Vivian Motley in 1922 – 98 years creates a lot of memories and reflection. Wilfred farmed with his father and brother Ken as well as joined the post office staff in Belleville, ending his working career as Post Master in the Bloomfield office. He remained on the farm into his late eighties when he moved to Belleville.
Wilfred met Dorcas working at the aircraft plant in Belleville and they were married in 1942 – devoted partners for 53 years. They lived in the Huff’s Island community their entire married life and raised their daughters Debbie and Dixie.
The farm was a retreat, a safe haven, a recreation centre, a holiday destination and reunion central for family and friends – everyone was welcomed with open arms. The Motley and Hennessy families built a mountain of memories there.
His family was always the centre of life. He supported his girls and their families with whatever they needed – often just advice and sometimes with the “look”. Whatever was happening he was there to encourage and support – never missed a birthday – the cards always showed up – if they were late he would chastise the Post Office for bad service! Whether cheering at a baseball game or selling tickets for a dance recital – if a hand was needed – he would lend it.
He loved to travel and saw Canada coast to coast including the Northwest Territories, England, Florida and Hawaii. He never lost his desire to see something new and drives in the country never lost their bloom. He guided Betty over the bridge to show her The County as she showed him her neck of the woods in Thurlow and Hastings. Wilfred and Betty met at a dance and have spent 15 years waltzing and two-stepping, playing cards and enjoying their families together. Betty’s friendship and care gave him purpose and fun in his later years. His family thanks her for her patience, love and care.
Wilfred has spent 98 years creating a lifetime of wonderful memories - to memorialize it in a few words could not do him justice. Each of us will celebrate our memories of him today and share them for years to come – he will be missed but never forgotten. God speed.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John R. Bush Funeral Home
    80 Highland Avenue
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  • Funeral Service

    John R. Bush Funeral Home
    80 Highland Avenue
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 |
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020
    Belleville Cemetery
    631 Dundas St W
    Belleville, ON K8N 4Z3
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Darlene Allison

Posted at 03:30pm
A wonderful Uncle , wonderful memories . Uncle Wilfred will be truly missed .
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Penny Fabbro

Posted at 10:08am
My second dad as I was growing up. So many wonderful memories of time spent with the Motley family on the farm. Love and hugs...

Jane Davies

Posted at 07:39pm
Memories are precious - and I have so many - especially of past Christmas gatherings when Wilfred played his harmonica and I played the piano. Of course, he wasn’t Wilfred to me, he was “Feuddy” (rhymes with “woody”). My children, Jane and Andrew, called him Uncle Feuddy. Growing up with four older brothers was a special time - a time I’ll never forget. Wilfred was a big part of my growing up years - good & bad times, but he was always there if I needed him. Goodbye to a wonderful brother. He’ll never be forgotten and always missed. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Sylvia Davies, sister.

Jane Davies

Posted at 08:16am
What a beautiful, detailed write up about Uncle Wilfred. Brought some tears and some smiles. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the whole family. Sincerely & with love from Jane Davies & Archie Harpell.

Bill Vanwart

Posted at 03:31pm
So sorry to hear this news....Many great memories of Wilfred and of course the whole family....Sue and I send out our thoughts and Love to all of you....Bill Vanwart

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