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Obituary for Joe Hudson

Joseph Purvis Hudson
1929 - 2024

Joe Hudson passed away peacefully at home on the farm in Lyn, Ontario on March 14, 2024. He was 94 years old.

Predeceased by his wife Mary Boyle Hudson (1931-2003), Joe is survived by their children: Helen Anne (Vincent Guyonnet), Mary Jean (Ian McFall), Ted (Sherri Fournier-Hudson), Susan Hudson and Margaret Hudson. Devoted grandfather of Allister Guyonnet, Tristan Guyonnet, Audrey Guyonnet, John McFall (Emily), William McFall (Brei), Hugh McFall (Silvia), Catherine Hudson, Joseph Thomas Hudson, Evelyn Rogan and James Rogan. Great Grandpa to Charlotte McFall, William McFall, Penelope McFall and Maxwell McFall.

Also predeceased by his wife Joan McFall Hudson (1939-2020), Joe is fondly remembered by Joan’s children: Ian McFall (Mary Jean), Uel McFall (Donna), Roddy McFall and Joanne McFall Smith (Roger) and their families.
Joe is also survived by his sister-in-law, Helen Morwick and his cousin and dear friend, Jean Smith, both of Brockville.

Joe was predeceased by many family members and is the last of his generation in his family. Before him: his parents, Arthur and Evelyn Hudson and his siblings, Helen (Craig) Davidson, Jean (Eric) Hill, Grant (Beryl) Hudson and Frances Drew.

He has many nieces and nephews who still come to the farm because they feel that connection to home.
Born in Brockville, Ontario, on July 12, 1929, Joe was raised on the family farm in Lyn, which he called home his entire life. His grandparents purchased the farm in 1891 and named it Burnbrae Farms in honour of their Scottish heritage. Joe’s father, Arthur, was born on the farm. His mother, Mary Evelyn (Purvis) Hudson, came from Junetown and so his roots in Leeds County ran deep.

Together with his brother, Grant, Joe transformed the family farm from a dairy farm to the egg business it is today. A visionary in the egg industry, he began with a high school project at Brockville Collegiate Institute and grew Burnbrae Farms into a national business. He took it coast-to-coast, which was his dream. The many accolades he received during his lifetime from the agricultural community and the grocery sector are testimony to the impact he made throughout his career.

He was also a generous supporter of the Lyn and Brockville communities and beyond. He gave of his time, his expertise and his money. He was passionate about feeding people; in addition to supplying eggs to families across the country, local causes like Operation Harvest Sharing (now the Brockville Foodbank) were dear to his heart. He generously supported the Brockville General Hospital (where he was born) and the Brockville YMCA, among many other local and national causes. He co-founded the softball league in Lyn. For decades, he chaired the Hudson Burnbrae Foundation, which to this day continues to support many causes that are important to the family.

Today, his family carries on his legacy both in the business and in the community.

A lion of a man, Joe Hudson made his mark. He was a champion of his family, his business and his community. He will be missed.

The Hudson family would like to express its sincere thanks to Tammy Hinds and her incredible team of caregivers who, for many years, provided Joe with extraordinary care. It came from the heart. Because of them, Joe lived his last years in comfort at home.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and Friday, March 22, 2024 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at Christ United Church in Lyn on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 1 pm followed by a graveside service and interment at Lyn Cemetery, immediately following the service. (Parking will be available at the Burnbrae Farms Office lot, 3356 County Road 27 Lyn, with shuttle service to the church commencing at 12:15 pm on Saturday.)

For those who are unable to attend the service, a Livestream Link is provided below in the service details.

Officers and members of the Lyn Masonic Lodge No. 416 will gather for a memorial service on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 6 pm.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Christ United Church, Lyn, the Brockville Foodbank, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation or Brockville and District Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged.

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