The circumstances of his death were not revealed by police.
For 25 years he served as secretary-treasurer for the Waterloo Region Federation of Agriculture and for six years as secretary-treasurer for the Waterloo Region milk committee.
He dairy farmed with his brother, Ralph, for 14 years and then struck off on his own. He took over the family's Pioneer Seed sales business and seven years after parting ways, he rejoined his brother in another partnership.
One of the many things he did was act as a consultant for farming families making generational transitions.