Dan Wheeler

Dan Wheeler

Wednesday, July 12th, 1939 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Daniel George Wheeler

Owner of Wheeler’s Independent Grocer and 1998 Brockville Citizen of the Year, passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Brockville General Hospital, Garden St. Site on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the age of 80 years, beloved husband of Jenny (Koelmans). Daniel (Dan) is survived by his three sons, Andrew (Denise), Steven (Jyneen) and Robert (Laurie). Cherished ‘Poppa’ of Katelyn, Cale, Nathaniel, Hannah and Rachel. Also survived by his brother Brian Wheeler and sisters Nancy Yingling, Brenda Miller and Carol Angstadt, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dan was predeceased by brothers Vince, Fred, David, Ray and Frank; and sisters Andrea, Anne, Kathleen and Irene.

Dan was well known in the community for his generosity and kindness. He will be remembered as the ‘Friendly Grocer’ who provided that ‘first job’ for countless young people in Brockville. Dan was on the Board of Directors at the former St. Vincent de Paul Hospital and was a dedicated member, and past president, of the Rotary Club of Brockville. A successful business man, Dan's tireless work ethic and endless spirit for giving back to the community and persons in need positively impacted the lives of all who knew him.

Dan was a graduate of St. Lawrence High School in Cornwall where he starred in football and track and field. His passion for sports remained with him throughout his life and, regardless of whether he was playing or watching, never missed an opportunity to share a laugh. He developed a passion for genealogy and enjoyed sharing stories from generations past that will remain with us to be passed down to future generations. He especially loved spending time with family and friends including gatherings at his home on The River ("The Point"), adventures at the hunt camp, and trips to cheer on the Mountaineers.

We will always remember and cherish your laugh and wit that would brighten our days along with your unending generosity, kind heart, and love for family. We can't thank you enough for being the wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend that you were and will always be.

We would like to thank the BGH Palliative Care team for the care and compassion they provided Dan in his final days.

A memorial Mass and celebration of Dan's life will take place at a future date when we can come together to honour his memory. Arrangements entrusted to the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Operation Harvest Sharing (Food Bank) or the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Wayne Morgan

Posted at 05:44pm
Dear Jennie and families
On my return from Florida, I just now, received a call from one of our old school chums, who advised me, on the passing, of our very dear and old friend Danny. "We began our schooling at West Front Public School and later SLHS."
You could always count on Danny to be there for us all. "Yes a true leader."
So many wonderful and lasting memories.
My sincerest and heartfelt condolences, to you Jennie, and all your family
God Bless you all
With love
Wayne Morgan

Bill Fenn

Posted at 03:33pm
Very sad to hear of Dan’s passing. I spent many hours with the Wheeler Family and have nothing but fond and fun memories. Dan always had a great sense of humour and was always welcoming to me whenever I was at his home or on a football field trip with the Wheeler boys! My condolences to Steve,Bob, Andy and Jenny and the whole extended Wheeler Family. I know he will be missed.

Bonnie Hammerli

Posted at 11:18am
I am so saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. What an incredible man that we should all learn from his way of life! How many grocery stores do you go into now and even know who the manager is? We have shared many stories, mostly hockey, about my family and his over the years during our professional visits and he always had some great advice! I will remember his smile, his kindness, his love for his family, his respect, compassion and generosity for others. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
Bonnie Hammerli

Brian U'Ren

Posted at 08:47am
My deepest Condolences to the Wheeler family. Dan was simply a great guy! He would freely gave his time to help others. When I started my business, Dan went out of his way to help, guide and provide me ongoing advice over many years. Thank you Dan. You will be missed.

Paul and Audrey Wannamaker

Posted at 08:28am
It has been an honor having Dan in our family. You will be missed so much Dan. I know you are smiling down on us.
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