2017 Volunteers of the Year
This year the Comber Agricultural society is proud to salute Ken and Sheila Elliott as their Volunteers of the Year.
Sheila Charlton and Ken Elliott were raised just a few miles away from each other but never met until Sheila started to work at Texaco in Comber. Sheila’s parents Robert and Lois lived in Wheatley and Sheila and her brother Bill went to Leamington High School. Meanwhile Ken’s parents, Charlie and Jean raised Ken, his brother Bill and sister Betty on the family farm situated on County Road eight. This meant that Ken went to Tilbury High School. That all changed in 1980!
Sheila had begun working at Texaco in Comber and this is where she met the handsome Ken Elliott. And was he a smooth operator! They started dating in February, were engaged in March and married in November – all in the space of one year.
The Elliott family has two sons, Michael and Steven. Both young men farm the Elliott Homestead. The business is comprised of 400 acres. Both boys played travel hockey, and most weekends were spent at various arenas around southern Ontario.
It was a busy household at the Elliott’s. Sheila spent several years teaching Sunday school at Wheatley United and later Trinity United Church. Ken often held jobs besides full-time farming – carpentry work, in the oil wells, and seasonal at Omsteads. His hobbies were fishing, bowling, golf, tractor pulls, and of course the Comber fair.
Ken managed the grains and vegetables department for over 20 years. He was always one of the first to show up for set up before the fair (back in the days when the stage was on scaffolding) and tear down after the fair. Meanwhile, Sheila spent her time managing the crafts and the quilts. She remembers in years past when the hall had quilts hanging on every wall. Sheila retired from her fair board duties last year to be with Ken while he fought very aggressive Cancer. Ken lost his battle to this disease in November 2016.
This busy couple gave tirelessly to our Community and the Comber Agricultural Society. We thank them for all they did to make our lives, and especially the Comber Fair a better place.