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Wilfred George Main

Male 1933 - 2006  (73 years)


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  • Name Wilfred George Main 
    Born 3 Feb 1933  Branchton, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military Korea - 1st Batt. of RCR  [1
    Residence 1996  Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-158758P 
    Died 30 Jun 2006  Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried 3 Jul 2006  Parklawn Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I381339  Generations
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2020 

    Father Oscar Wesley Main,   b. 4 Dec 1902, Beverly Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Christina Logan,   b. 4 Jun 1905,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F51207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Shirley Jean Poore,   b. 10 Jul 1935, Plattsville, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1997, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ray John Main,   b. 29 Mar 1955, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 2015, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F259513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MAIN, Wilfred George

      Of Fairview Mennonite Home, Cambridge, on Friday, June 30, 2006, at his residence, in his 74th year. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Poore. Dear father of Ray and his wife Deborah, Neil and his wife Donna, all of Cambridge, Glen and his wife Karen of Ayr, Brenda Sanderson and her husband Rick of Cambridge, Teresa Bechtel and her husband Ross of Waterloo, Sandra Grummett and her husband Stan of Hamilton, Catherine Seed and her husband Shawn of Kitchener, Karen Gilmour and her husband Brian and Mary Main and her husband Dan Johnson, all of Cambridge. Lovingly remembered by 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Survived by one sister Helen Holt and her husband Jerry of Windsor. Predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Christina Main and four brothers Leslie, Howard, John and Ross. Mr. Main was born in Branchton and had been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of King Street Baptist Church, Veteran of the Canadian Army 1st Battalion of the R.C.R. serving overseas in Korea and Europe and was a retired Press Operator with Butler Metal. The family received friends at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, Cambridge on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at King Street Baptist Church, 361 King Street E., Cambridge on Monday, July 3, 2006 (today) at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Victor Lujetic officiating. Interment in Parklawn Cemetery, Cambridge.

      The Record Newspaper 3 Jul 2006

      Main narrowly escapes grave

      Walter Gowing, Cambridge: This is the first of a three-part series honouring our troops who fought in Korea. It takes us to Remembrance Day, Nov.11. Walter Gowing was in South Korea earlier this year. Dig faster," shouted a soldier of the Royal Canadian Regiment as he and his buddies scooped the fresh earth with their bare hands.Three RCRs were on their knees throwing dirt from a new mound of Korean soil that had appeared in the middle of their camp, only moments before."God, don't let him die," screamed one of the young men as his hands flung the dirt between his legs like a dog frantically digging for a bone. It was a matter of life and death to reach the smothering man buried below. Finally, one of the battling diggers cried out, "I've got him," and all three soldiers joyously pulled, Wilfred George Main, from beneath the pile of earth that was surely to become his grave in a matter of minutes.Wilf Main was born in his parents house in Branchton and moved to Cambridge, in 1963. He was a 30-year employee of Butler Metal Products. He died on June 30, 2006 in his 74th year. His wife, the former Shirley Poore, predeceased him in 1997. They had nine children, 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.A better than average horseshoe player, he liked also to play a variety of card games and was proficient at woodworking. A quiet unassuming person at home in Cambridge, this man could battle the enemy on front line duty in foreign countries in a fight for liberty and freedom.A veteran of two military terms that took him to the front lines of the Korean War, 1950-53, and later to duty in Europe, Main had been a paratrooper and an infantryman, with experience in the tank corps and artillery.While manning an outpost camp on the front lines in the hills of Korea - where Canadian troops were facing more Chinese soldiers than North Koreans - Main had an unbelievable experience that almost extinguished his life. There were shells flying about but none had come close to the small group of Canadians holding this hilltop position. Then suddenly, Main heard the whiz of a shell coming in his direction. As he dropped down on his hands and knees, everything went black. He was totally covered with earth. The shell had exploded right next to him creating a big crater and completely covering him with several feet of displaced earth. He was buried alive. His brave buddies pounced on the huge mound of earth and started to dig. After his rescue, they all sat around and laughed. There was one bit of humour in all of this near tragedy. When the shell hit the ground, the force of the explosion was so great that it had blown Main's big army boots right off his feet. They found the boots about three metres away from the spot where he had been when the shell exploded. Hours later, when all was quiet on Strategic Hill AB, the 12 courageous Canadian soldiers were replaced by 60 Americans, who eventually lost the position to the North Koreans. A few days later, the Canadians returned and recaptured the important outlook post. Wilfred George Main.

      Cambridge Times 27 Oct 2006

  • Sources 
    1. [S490] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Record (1994-March 2008), Obituary of Wilfred George Main - Jul. 3, 2006.

    2. [S356] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Parklawn CC#4504 Internet Link .
      Main/ Wilfred G./ Main/ Feb. 3, 1933/ Shirley J./ Poore/ July 10, 1935/ Apr. 30, 1997/ Strength For Today/ Bright Hope For Tomorrow.

    3. [S967] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Cambridge Reporter (1973-2003), Obituary of Philip Perry Poore - 29 Mar 1996.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Feb 1933 - Branchton, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1996 - Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Jun 2006 - Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 3 Jul 2006 - Parklawn Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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