Oberholzer, Neil Louwrens Martinus

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Neil, who left us on November 7, 2023 at the age of 90.

Neil is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Sheran (nee Trapnell), and brother, Dean Wenborne (Erla); his children, Paul, Susan Huot (Denis) and Kenneth (Joanne).  Neil was predeceased by son, Allan.  Neil was also a special dad to Bonnie Bache (Ralph), Diana Gordon (Mark) and Darryl Gordon (Heather).

He was Grandpa to Charles, Stefanie, Sarah, David, Cameron, Briar, Colton, Gessica and Tabitha and Poppa to his great-grandchildren, Thomas, Abigail, Grace, Silas, Isabelle and Jack.  Neil will also be missed by his nieces, Linda Henderson (Gary) and Lori Wenborne.

Born near Pretoria, South Africa, Neil moved to the Brocton area of New York state as a young boy and then later to the French River area.  He led a full and interesting life, serving 25 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, Air Force Division, with which he travelled the world.  He became an expert in the electronics field and retired with the rank of Sergeant.  In his retirement, he settled back in the French River area.  He had a wonderful sense of humour and could tell endless jokes and stories, entertaining everyone around him.  Neil loved his family without question and he will be very much missed by everyone who knew him.

“As per Neil’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.”


7 Condolences

  1. To Sheran and Dean:
    My condolences to both of you. I never met you Sheran, but Neil would talk about you
    while I cut his hair. Dean knows who I am, because I cut his hair as well!
    God Bless you and your family!

    Linda Guizzo
    (The Barberet)

    By: Linda Guizzo (the barberet)
    November 13, 2023
  2. To Sheran and family. My most deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my prayers.

    By: Eric J. Gates
    November 13, 2023
  3. My deepest sympathies to the family.
    Neil welcomed me into the family the very first time we met over 32 years ago.
    I remember his kind spirit, his laugh and his love for his family.
    Thank you for being a loving and caring grandfather to Tabitha.
    Rest peacefully Neil

    By: Joanne Mann
    November 10, 2023
  4. To Bonnie, Ralph, Briar and Colton: Dave and I send you all our love at a time when words cannot express our deepest condolences. Our hearts are with you in your time of grief – may your memories of wonderful moments with your Dad, father-in-law and grandfather bring you some peace. May he rest in peace and remain in loving memory always.

    By: Dave and Barb Degagne
    November 9, 2023
  5. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Neil was always a joy to visit with, we will miss him.

    By: Cindy & Gilles Huot
    November 9, 2023
  6. Good bye, Dad.

    “May there be a beautiful welcome for you in the home that you are going to.
    You are not going somewhere strange. You are going back to the home that you never left. ”

    John O’Donohue – Anam Cara

    Your loving son, Paul.

    By: Paul Oberholzer
    November 9, 2023
  7. To Sheran and families: So sorry for your loss! We didn’t know Neil as well as others but we did know via stories from Stef. He will be missed by family and friends.
    He was so welcoming to us when our David married Stef. On one occasion I like the F word drop … Neil looked right me and said ” She’ll do…she fits right in. ” God bless all!

    By: Margaret Gemmell
    November 9, 2023

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