J.D. Cameron
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Obituary for J.D. Cameron

J.D.  Cameron
Cameron, J.D. - of Meaford and formerly of Harriston, passed away suddenly yet peacefully at Meaford Hospital, John David 'J.D.' Cameron, on Friday, November 23, 2018, in his 77th year.

Husband and best friend of Faye Cameron for 49 years. Loving and devoted father of Lara and Paul Charlebois, and Lisa and Archie Wilson, all of Harriston. Proud "grampy" to Cameron, Alexandra, Madeleine, Quinn, Ellysse, and Lauren.

J.D. was predeceased by his parents Hartley and Rhoda (Lindsey) Cameron.

JD, it seems, was born into the agriculture business. He grew up in Norval working on the family dairy farm. In 1969, JD along with his new wife Faye, and his parents moved from Norval to Harriston to start a beef cattle farm. JD and Faye quickly became involved members of the community. JD joined the Kinsmen club where he was part of many community projects over the years. He also became a dedicated member of the Harriston curling club. Echoes of "hurry hard" can still be heard today.

JD and Hartley eventually moved towards a cash-crop farming business. Always a high achiever in all of his endevours, in 1978, JD and Hartley partnered with the McLaughlin family to establish C&M Seeds. From there, a small family run company grew to become a driving force for the "Red Wheat Revolution" as C&M Seeds brought varieties of red wheat to the farmers of Ontario for the first time. During this time JD sat on many boards including the CSTA and became the 1st President of the Ontario Red Wheat Industry.

After his retirement, JD continued to pursue and dedicate himself fully to his numerous interests. He truly enjoyed his time at his cottage, He enjoyed the trips that allowed him to see much of the world, his frequent fishing trips as well as the game of golf (well, he enjoyed golf some of the time... ). But of all of his accomplishments, achievements and hobbies, what he was most proud of, and took the most pleasure in, was his family, who he loved dearly.

Anyone who has ever met JD will remember him as a genuine, strong, successful man who worked hard, and played harder, who had a great sense of humour with his big personality and even bigger, most generous heart. He was a good man who lived a good life and who will be missed terribly.

A private funeral service will be held at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston. You are invited to a Celebration of J.D.'s life at the Royal Canadian Legion, Harriston, on Thursday, November 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations to the Meaford Hospital MRI Fund would be appreciated.

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