John "Skip" Wilfred Hansford

 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Hansford on Tuesday September 6, 2022.  Skip leaves behind his beloved wife Amy and son Darren. He will be missed by his brothers, sisters, their families, and many friends.  Skip was a loving, kind and caring person.   

    The Fishing Pole

            F ishing pole is part of this man’s sole.

            I f asked, “It just makes me feel free”.

           S unlight wraps around my shoulders.

           H orizon’s waves splash a rhythm.

           E xcitement, joy, he baits his line.

           R umours of the one that got away.

           M emories trolling hours on the boat.

           E verything is at peace and in place.

          N ever mind, this man’s sole is found in his fishing pole                               

The family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to the staff at Sakura House, Woodstock for their care, kindness and compassion.

Memorial donations to VON Sakura House are appreciated and may be made directly, or (by cheque) through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario who have been entrusted with Final Arrangements.  Messages of condolence and remembrance may be shared here at


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  • Skip was a wonderful man and we loved our visits with him, whether it was about fishing or just having a laugh. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you. Hugs.

    Mark, Paul and Freda Northover
  • Sincere Sympathy to Amy and Skip’s family! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Gwen Westbrook
  • Uncle Skip was a wonderful man. He was the epitome of a family man and would do anything for the ones he loved. He was wise, kind, adventurous, talented and full of love.
    To my aunt and cousin, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May you always cherish the special bond and love that you have for one another. Hold close to one another❤️.
    Rest In Peace Uncle Skip. I love you.

    Lisa Morphy
  • Thoughts and prayers for Amy and Daren for their loss. Skip was our camping friend for many years. Enjoyed every package of fish he gave us. Such a kind generous friend.

    Delmer and Mary LaMarsh
  • Amy and Darren
    We are deeply saddened by the news about Skip’s death. Skip always had a kind soul, he was a good husband and father and will be greatly missed. Skip, if he saw a need would volunteer to help. You didn’t have to ask him, he was there for you. We will miss our friendly neighbour.

    Sam and Debbie Cross
  • I lost the love of my life,
    Skip taught me what real love was,
    We had 2 beautiful children,April & Daren,
    He loved fishing with his son & we’re so blessed to have him
    He was a kind loving man ,so many,many people really liked him
    He would help anyone,
    Rest In Peace my love,you fought a good fight & now it’s your reward
    Thank you for your love,I will hold it for every close to me,

  • Amy and Darren our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Joyce Alten
  • Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We have great memories at the park.

    Jaysene, Denise, Jayden and Kaia
  • Amy and Daren, so sorry for your loss. Skip will live on in our hearts and catch lots of fish in the pearly pond.He will be missed by everyone who knew him!

    Marcel and Gayle Lambercy
  • Amy and Daren, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Husband and Father, I didn’t get to know him well, but heard all good things about him as a father and a husband… sending my condolences.Linda Comeau

    Linda Comeau
  • My sincerest condolences to Amy and Darren in the loss of their beloved husband and father, Skip. I will always think fondly of meeting this wonderful man at “D” section at The Bay and sharing so many campfires, fish fries, and chats on the porch. My husband and I were blessed to call Skip our friend and he was well respected by everyone and will be missed!

    Brenda Bishop
  • Amy and Darren. So sorry for your loss. Skip had the biggest heart, a beautiful soul and was so full of life. He was always offering a helping hand and words of encouragement. He always put others before himself. We don’t have any words to ease your pain but always know you are not alone. We will always be there for you. We are going to forever miss,Skip but will always remember his big smile, his laugh and the twinkle in his eyes. Skip will be forever fishing in heaven. Sending you both healing prayers and comfort during this difficult time.
    Best Friends from Mitchell’s Bay Mike, Cathie and Family.

    Mike and Cathie Verfaillie
  • My dad was a great man. Smart, kind, funny and loyal. He brought much joy to my life. He was my best friend. My most cherished moments are fishing in Mitchell’s Bay with my dad. He was an amazing fisherman. I learned a lot from him. I will never forget the times we shared together.
    I will always Love you dad.
    Your son Daren

    Darren Hansford
  • Dear Amy and Darren we miss Skippy very much. He was a pleasant man who always had a kind word and a smile. Miss yelling across the pond just to say hello and ask how many fish caught today.
    Hope he is catching lots in the big pond up yonder. Prayers for the family.

    Rosemary and Dan Wilson

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