Edward Arthur Prong, in his 80th year, died August 17 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. Edward was born on January 5, 1935 and raised in Forestville, Ontario. He lived in St. Williams his entire adult life. Our father was truly and patiently loved for more than half a century by his wife Susan (nee Lipsit) Prong, whom he met at a ball park and married in 1956. She died in 2010. Dad took down the clock and hung his favourite picture of her in its place.
Loving father of Ewell Prong (Candace) of Simcoe, Peggy Matthews (Mike Wood) of Tillsonburg, Penny Mahon of London, Judy Prong of Ingersoll, Mary Rutter (Duane) of Port Rowan, Donald Prong (Laura) of Pickering and Charlotte Prong Parkhill (Matthew) of Kitchener. Loving, accepting grandfather to 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by his parents Roy and Bessie (nee Howell) Prong and his sister Donna Aspden.
Dad read the newspaper every day, and read heavy political books in one sitting. He was at times a very quiet man, and at other times would rant and table-thump, always in defense of the little guy. He was quick with a joke and a master storyteller, pulling vivid details from his prodigious memory. Dad was a devoted baseball fan from the time he started listening to Cleveland Indians games on the radio in 1939, right up until his death, with the Jays a disappointment yet again. He could often be found at St. Williams ball park, first as a player, then umpiring behind the plate, and finally just contentedly watching from the seat of the bike he rode every day. A drinker of whiskey and wine, a sign painter, carpenter, craftsman, and artist, he’s left each of us many special gifts.
Relatives and friends may call at the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front Street, Port Rowan on Wednesday from 7-9pm. Funeral service will be conducted in the Clark Chapel of the Funeral Home on Thursday August 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Interment in Johnson Cemetery, St. Williams.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Williams Minor Ball or Camp Trillium/Rainbow Lake (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.