Calvin Coulter

Calvin Kenneth Grenval Coulter

April 29, 1928 – July 31, 2021

A long journey is at its’ end, after a number of years of dementia and ill health.

Beloved husband of the late Donna Marlene Coulter (nee Thompson) with whom he had three children, Kenneth (Mary-Ann) of Oakville, Ontario, Judy James of Tillsonburg, Ontario, and Cheryl Coulter (Johnny) of Hamilton, Ontario.  Father of Darlene Coulter of Salmon Arm, B.C.  Loving Grandfather of Cara, Crystal, Adam, Jessica, Gerrit and Madeleine.  Great Grandfather to Kayla, Semore, Alissa, Dwayne, Addison, Desmond, Jaxon, Emily and Mason.  Born in Novar, Ontario in 1928, son of the late Adam Nathaniel and Blanche Maude (nee Watt).  Brother to the late sister Madealine (Orville Smith dec.), late brother Joseph (Isabel), late sister Jean (Norman Morrow dec.), sister Doris (Bill Cook dec.), sister June (Orland Crookes), brother Erston (Vivian), late brother Harvey (Peggy). 

Calvin and Donna were married in East York in 1956 and lived in Tillsonburg since 1990.  ‘Poet Cal’ was a former Kiwanian and both a Mason and a Shriner.  He has, since the 80’s, written over 3,000 poems and published two books of poetry. He will be dearly missed by extended family members and friends. 

We will celebrate his life and love on Thursday August 26, 2021, at 2 pm, at Peace Lutheran Church, 60 Young St, Tillsonburg, Ontario.  

Honouring Calvin and Donna’s request for cremation, inurnment to take place at Kirk Line Cemetery, Bracebridge Ontario with a graveside service on Saturday September 25, 2021 at 1 pm. 

Special Thanks to Caressant Care Woodstock, especially Nurse Agatha and Activity Assistant Emma. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford are appreciated and may be made directly, or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg N4G 2J8 (519-409-5575) who have been entrusted with final arrangements.  Messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at

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  • Dear Ken, Judy and Cheryl: We are very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Sincerely, Betty Symes, Kerry Symes and Kathy Foottit

    Kathy Foottit and Betty Symes
  • To ken and Family—-i remeber meeting him with Ken on occasion over the years…It was obvious the love and respect was mutual and that he will be missed even with his health issues. My prayers go out to you and the family at your loss

    william Kerr
  • I am happy to see a life well lived and raised with wonderful children like my fellow Rotarian Ken.

    Sabih Uddin
  • My Sweet Friends Judy, Ken, Cheryl & Family. My heart is saddened by the loss if your Father. He lived quite the life. I remember the constant smile on his face which will be imbedded in my thoughts everytime I think of him. Your dad was bigger than life and offered his thoughts should you need that extra help. I remember the day he offered me a piece of moose meatloaf. I just couldnt touch it but tried to shallow this piece of meat. Your dad couldnt contain his laughter with my facial expressions. He gave in and I gave up. At least you tried it, he said. That was my end to moose meatloaf. I will miss him but will remember that smile. Rest in Peace Mr. Coulter….. xoxo

    Kate Stokes
  • Our hearts are broken that you have left us, but our hearts sing with joy that you are reunited with the love of your life, Donna.
    A limb has fallen from the family tree.
    I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
    Remember the best times, the laughter, and the song.
    The good life I lived while I was strong.
    Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
    My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
    Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
    Continue the traditions, no matter how small.
    Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
    I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin
    Until the day comes when we’re together again.”

    We love you Cal, Dad, Grandpa (Bumpa)
    Mary-Ann, Ken, Gerrit and Maddy

    Mary-Ann Coulter
  • So sorry for the loss of your Father.
    Judy, we are so glad you were with us.

    Sandra and Fred
  • My sincere condolences to the Coulter family on the loss of their loved one. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  • R.I.P. Dad, Your long journey is over and at last you are reunited with Mom. Love & miss you both. Your daughter Judy

    Judy James

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