Four local hospital foundations in Clinton, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham gathered with Estate Executors Jack Vincent and Les Caldwell in Blyth this morning, after each hospital received over $500,000 from the Estate of the late Don and Cliff Schultz of Blyth.
All their lives, Don and Cliff lived and farmed just outside of Blyth in East Wawanosh. The brothers were committed to their farming enterprise and worked together managing their 600 acre farm, mixed livestock and custom farm work. In their later years, as they stepped back from farming, the pair became collectors of toy tractors, agricultural memorabilia and International farming equipment, with the collection growing to more than 80 tractors and 3000 toy collectibles.
Following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Cliff passed away in 2013 at the age of 75. After Cliff’s passing the collection was sold by public auction and following Don’s passing in 2019 at the age of 83 the farm was sold.
The brothers, as well as their late parents Reg & Irene Schultz, all made use of the healthcare services provided by their local hospitals and were grateful for local, rural healthcare. Neither brother married, nor did they have any other siblings. Don and Cliff felt strongly that this community was a wonderful place to live and work. Having built a prosperous life for themselves in the community, they wanted to share that prosperity back to their community through this very generous estate gift received by the four local hospital foundations, as well as three other local charities.
The Schultz brothers’ legacy will be that of safeguarding local healthcare for many years to come. The funds from this heartfelt planned gift allows our hospital to invest in up to date medical technology and improvements to hospital infrastructure. Planned gifts, like this one made by the Schultz brothers, serves the healthcare of our community and provides our medical professionals with the necessary tools to keep our families, friends and neighbours healthy.
The Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Board of Directors & Staff are truly grateful to the Schultz brothers for their thoughtfulness and generosity, as they planned for this gift in a way that gives back to their entire community.
Back – Darren Stevenson, Clinton Public Hospital Foundation; Les Caldwell, Estate Executor; Ron Lavoie, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation; Kimberley Payne, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation
Front – Jack Vincent, Estate Executor; Nicole Duquette-Jutzi, Wingham & District Hospital Foundation
Bottom Left Photo: (left to right) Jack Vincent, Estate Executor; Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation Chair; Les Caldwell, Estate Executor
Bottom Right Photo: Don & Cliff Schultz with International 1486 Farmall tractor