BELL, John of Blenheim

Posted by on October 24, 2016

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John Summerfield Bell of Blenheim passed away on Sunday October 23, 2016 at the age of 76 years. He was a much loved and devoted husband of Florence (Allen) Bell for 51 years and a proud father to JB and his wife Mary Bell of Blenheim.  John was one of five children born to the late Jack and Annabelle (Summerfield) Bell and is survived by his siblings Ann & Jerry Motycka of Blenheim, Ken & Janet Bell of Chatham, Mike & Denise Bell of Chatham and Nancy Shannon of Blenheim and their families.

John lived his life with much determination and devotion, not only to his family but to his community. He was a 44 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185 in Blenheim, a member of Trinity Anglican Church, a hunter, a fisherman and a Cleveland Indians Fan through and through.  His lifetime work was in the Agricultural sector where he managed a fertilizer plant for Kent County Fertilizer now known as Southwest Ag.

In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Wednesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for John will be held in Trinity Anglican Church on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev David Fuller officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember John with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Trinity Anglican Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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KADEN, Erhardt “Al” of Blenheim and formerly of Erieau

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Kaden, ErhardtErhardt Lothar Kaden “Al” of Blenheim and formerly of Erieau passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at the age of 83 years. Al was the only child of Gertrud and and Albert Georg Kaden who immigrated to Canada from Germany.  He was an accomplished musician who composed symphonies; his proudest moment being when one of his works was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.  Al also played in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  Beyond that, Al had an insatiable quest for knowledge.  He read many books and was self-taught in many disciplines.  In his life he made many friends including Don Spicer & Maryanne Zoldy, John Spicer and Lorraine Burk who faithfully sat by his bed since a stroke he suffered on Mother’s Day.  Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Al’s life, conducted by Pastor Tim Joyce, will take place on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.  Al was a Christian man who was ready to help in any way that he could.  It would make him happy if people wishing to remember him with a charitable donation would consider the Soup Kitchen at the Word of Life Church in Blenheim.  Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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SHILLINGTON, Paul of Erieau

Posted by on May 25, 2016

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Arthur Paul Shillington passed away peacefully at the hospital in London on May 19, 2016.  Born in Chatham 75 years ago to the late Clare and Edith (Kelly) Shillington.  He is survived by his three daughters, Kelly Shillington, Lynn (Pat) Pearson, Heather (Matt) Boswell.  Also survived by brothers Peter (Ruth) Shillington and James (Mary) Shillington, nephews Harold (Dawn) and Cameron Shillington, nieces Gen (Dr. David) Huffman and Kim Shillington.  Paul was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Carole Elaine Shillington.

Paul enjoyed travelling, golfing, curling and sailing. His real passion was serving the Blenheim Shrine Club.  He was a Mason, Shriner and Jester for over 60 years and Potentate in 1999.  He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Bridget and Bryan Lyne, Madelyn, Jacob, Alex, Abigail, Isaac, Jonathin Pearson, Danielle Laier, Benjamin and Samantha Boswell. He will also be missed by special friend Hartley Luckey.

A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at The Glad Tidings Community Church in Blenheim, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. with visitation on Friday, May 27th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.  Friends wishing to make a donation in Paul’s memory may do so to his favourite charity Cystic Fibrosis.

Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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BREZZI, Dana of Chatham

Posted by on April 4, 2016

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With deep sadness and great love, we announce the passing of Dana Joy Brezzi (Santavy) on April 3, 2016. Dana died peacefully surrounded by her family and friends following her eight-and-a-half year battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband and rock, Paul, and her angel, her reason to fight as long and hard as she did, Isabella Kai. Dana is also survived by her mother Margaret Santavy; brothers Greg Santavy and his fiancée Leah Lee and Mark Santavy and his wife Mary Lynn; nephews Nathan, Brayden, and Chase; in-laws Mariano and Santina Brezzi; sister-in-law Patricia and her husband John Edmonson; and nieces Sara and Courtney. Dana is predeceased by her father Frank Santavy and nephew Tyson Santavy.

 While we grieve for this beautiful life taken too soon, our hearts overflow with gratitude that we were able to bear witness to the inspiring life she led. It has been a humble privilege and great blessing to share in this journey with her. Born in Chatham, Ontario, Dana was raised a Blenheim girl, complete with summers spent by the lake and culminating in her loss of the coveted Blossom Queen title. She went on to attend the University of Windsor, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and late-night border-crossing booze runs. She began her career at RM in 1995 and quickly became RM’s head cheerleader and beloved snowflake of Rob Myers. Her career brought her around the world, including a quick stint as a California girl living in Santa Monica, and ultimately making her way home to meet the love of her life, Paul Brezzi. The two married in 2006 and gave birth to beautiful Isabella Kai in 2007.

 Dana’s joyful spirit lit up every place she went and dazzled every person she met. Hundreds of people called her friend and thousands of people have been inspired by her story of hope in the midst of great challenge. In the short years she had, she taught us all to love without abandon, to live without fear, to celebrate today, to hope for the future, and to find joy in the everyday miracles of life.

 Dana was a vivacious soul, always planning a new adventure and ready to make new memories. She had an open heart and an open home, and she made everything beautiful. She was an incredible wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, aunt, and friend. She was the memory keeper for countless groups of friends, family, and soul sisters. She made friends everywhere she went, whether from the far corners of the globe or just across her hometown—and once you were a friend, you were a friend for life. She was the glue who held us all together over the years. To be loved by her was an enormous joy, and our lives are so much richer for having known her.

 Dana did not have the time here with us that we so hoped she would, but she did have just enough time to forever change the lives she touched.

 Visitation services will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 12:00–3:00 pm and 5:00–8:00 pm at The Armoury in Chatham at 44 William St. N. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 8, at 2:00 pm at the same location.

 In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation to a memorial fund established in Dana’s name at the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance–the Dana Brezzi Memorial Fund, or to the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Laurie MacEacheron and the entire staff of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Oncology Department.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com  

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PITCHFORTH, Ronald of Chatham and formerly of Ridgetown

Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Ronald Pitchforth of Chatham and formerly of Ridgetown passed away at home on Monday February 22, 2016. Ron was born in England where he met and married his wife of 49 years, Jacqueline (Capper) who predeceased him in December 2005.  Following their marriage, Ron and Jacqueline moved to Africa where they celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Lesley.  On their return to England, a second daughter Mandy was born.  From England Ron and Jacqueline moved their family to Canada, landing in PEI for a time before moving to Blenheim and then settling in Ridgetown.  Friends will remember him through his years as a Financial Advisor with Investor’s Group, from the years he worked beside Jacqueline when they opened and operated the Bib ‘N Tucker restaurant and later the Bed and Breakfast in Ridgetown.  He prided himself with a large garden that provided flowers and vegetables for the restaurant.

Following his retirement and losing Jacqueline, Ron moved to Chatham where he enjoyed daily walks with his dog and good buddy Parker and a good game of darts with his friends at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 628.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Lesley & Tim Kelly, (Chatham) his daughter Mandy Lagan and her children, Matthew and Hannah, (Toronto) his sister Brenda and her husband, Jim Riley (England), his sister in law Evelyn Capper (England) and his best buddy, Parker.

In keeping with Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Wednesday from 1 – 3 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Ron will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday February 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Friends wishing to remember Ron with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 628 in Chatham.

Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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HANDY, Murray of Blenheim

Posted by on December 24, 2015

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Surrounded by his loving family, Murray Handy passed away on Wednesday December 23, 2015 in his 89th year.  Born March 2, 1927 in Bounty Saskatchewan, Murray married the love of his life, Eva (Loveday) on February 8, 1947 and began a journey together that would span almost 69 years.  They are the proud parents of Carol and her husband David Nagle of Chatham, Jim and his wife Kathy of Blenheim and Brenda Jean Handy who passed away in 1967.  Their lives together became even better with their grandchildren Jason, Cheri, Matt and Amanda and their great-grandchildren Jessica, Carter, Orionna, Taccoa, Eastonn, Kaydence and Emelia.  Murray is survived by his sister Marion Trudgen and was predeceased by his sister Zelma Smith and his brothers Keith, Clare and Jack Handy.  He is the brother in law of Jean & Allan Downie, Donald & Carol Loveday and Kenneth Loveday.  He will be missed by his extended family and friends.

Murray and his brother Jack started Handy Brothers in 1959 and he worked there until his retirement in 1990 when he and Eva enjoyed travelling with their wonderful friends. Murray enjoyed both old time and modern square dancing with Eva for many years.  He also liked to polka and waltz.  Once a week he would visit the nursing home and entertain folks with his accordion and harmonica.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday December 28, 2015 where visitation will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Friends wishing to remember Murray with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Blenheim United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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SENEY, Mary of Raleigh Township

Posted by on December 23, 2015

Mary2 Mary Seney 75, of Raleigh Township passed December 23rd at the Chatham – Kent Health Alliance surrounded by loved ones. Mary was born October, 30th, 1940 in Chatham. She is predeceased by her parents Rose (O’Hara) & John McGivern. Mary was married to her one true love Neil Seney for 53 ¾ years.  She was the best mom to her three children; Sally & Lloyd Thompson, Patti & Jake Nauta and Ben & Tara Seney. She was a grandma to 6 grandchildren; Beth & Darcy Myles, Katie Thompson & Shawn VanBemmel, Ty Seney, Elysha “Meesha” Seney, Alex Nauta and Nathan Nauta. Mary was the oldest of 9 McGivern children. She is survived by her brothers Pat & Leona McGivern, Mike & Rita McGivern, Francis & Laura McGivern and John McGivern, her sisters Rose & John Johnson, Theresa & Mike McDonald, Bernadette & Brent Moor and by her sister in law Rita McGivern (late Hugh). Mary loved God, she loved her husband and she loved her family.

Visitation will be held at Blenheim Community Funeral Home Sunday, December 27th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9pm.  A Funeral Service for Mary will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Charing Cross United Church.  Friends wishing to remember Mary with a memorial donation are asked to consider Teen Challenge in London or the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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PHELPS, Maurice of Merlin

Posted by on December 5, 2015

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Maurice Cecil Phelps, 89 years, passed away at his residence on December 3, 2015. Predeceased by parents Cecil and Beatrix (Walley) Phelps.  Beloved husband of the late Ada (Gifford) Phelps (2008).  Loving father of Dan & Ann Phelps of Leamington, Kathy & Chris Steel of Blenheim. Dear grandpa to Leslie Stonefish, Sonny Riley, Brandon Riley, Kody Phelps, Nevaeh Phelps, Kathryn & Jason VanderPryt, Luke Steel, Dan & Tanya Steel.  Dear great-grandpa to 14 great-grandchildren.

Survived by sister Margaret Gilbeault (Stan 2011) and sister-in-law Hazel Gifford (Bill 2007). Predeceased by brother Robert Phelps and his wife Jean Phelps.  Predeceased by brother-in-laws Edwin, Jack, Jim Gifford and sister-in-law Ruth Brown.  Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Maurice was born on March 12, 1926 in Decatur, Illinois.  His family moved to Canada when he was a young boy to live on his grandfather’s farm near Badder Town.  As a young man he served in the US Navy.  When he returned he married Ada and raised two children.  Maurice had various jobs, but spent most of his working years as a tool & die maker for Russell Tool & Die of Chatham.  Retiring in his 50’s, he was able to work on his woodworking hobby and enjoyed travelling, and working in his yard.

Visitation will be held at the Merlin United Church on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 2-5 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Maurice will be held in the Merlin United Church on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Stewart Cemetery.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Heart & Stroke or Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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GREGG, Bill of Chatham

Posted by on December 5, 2015

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William T. “Bill” Gregg of Chatham passed away at home on Friday December 4, 2015.  Born in Windsor on January 12, 1935 Bill is the husband of his loving wife Beverly A. (Band) Gregg.  Father of William “Butch” (his favourite son) of Chatham who accomplished the many mechanical and business things that Bill only dreamed of doing.  Butch always let his Dad catch the big “ones”.  Father of Timothy (his favourite son) of Chatham who exemplified a strong, nurturing father and husband role…envied by many, loved by all.  Father-in-law to Jolayne, his favourite daughter-in-law.  Father of Tracy Ann (his favourite daughter) who enjoys her father’s compassion for special population with competence and care and who made him especially proud.  Father-in-law to Karl, his favourite (#6) son-in-law.  Gramps to six very special grandchildren; Brandon, Shayla, Courtney, Casey, Kyle and Cole who every day were bright lights of hope and excitement in an often troubling world.

Bill was a faithful member of St. James Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder, clerk, committee chair and humble servant.  He celebrated many accomplishments in life; academically he was a graduate of Kestler School of Design in Chicago, Kennedy Collegiate in Windsor and the London Teachers College.  He earned a BA from the University of Windsor and an M.Ed from Wayne State University.  He held a certification in Special Education, a Specialist Certificate through the Ministry of Education and Certification with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.  He felt indebted to the LaSalle Board and the children of Col. Bishop for his practicum teaching years in the real world.

Bill’s professional career began in his preteen years as he aggressively pursued his calling as the “Liberty” book salesman.  Later he would establish the first senior special education class in Sandwich West for children with learning disabilities and emotion control issues.  He was favoured with appointments as Special Ed Consultant, Windsor Board of Education and Regional Educational Consultant with the Ministry of Education stationed at Windsor Western Hospital.  He was the first appointed Director of the Regional Children’s Centre through the Windsor and Essex Community and Social Services, being assigned to a committee on special service needs of exceptional children.  He was the first Director of the Bluewater Centre in Goderich until its closure when he completed his service until his retirement at Southwestern Regional Centre in Blenheim.

His retirement years were filled with fun, family and the continued pursuit of knowledge.  In that time, he earned his Real Estate License, Power Sailing Squadron License and earned his Automotive Certification from Georgian College.  He was the Proprietor of W.T. (Bill) Gregg Aluminum Columns and Accessories which included windows, siding and cremation urns.

Bills passion for life was influenced by many including the Good Book, Mrs. Jean Cox, Special Education Supervisor, Marsh Thompson, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joan Bowers, Ministry of Education, Dr. James S. Band, Department of Health and Welfare, Rev. Lockie Royal, Rev. John Guirin and most importantly by his wife Beverly who walked beside him for over 56 years.

Friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. for visitation.  A Funeral Service for Bill will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation to follow.  Online condolences for Bill’s family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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RUMBLE, Mary of Chatham

Posted by on November 23, 2015

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Mary Elizabeth Rumble, daughter of the late George & Florence (Haskell) Mills passed away on Saturday November 21, 2015.  Mary was born in Chatham 94 years ago.  She and her late husband Harry Rumble (1985) raised three children; Nancy & Don Jackson, Daniel Rumble (2015) who is survived by his wife Lyn and Ron Rumble (late Sadie) & Harriett Reekie.  She was a wonderful grandmother to Rob Jackson, Vince Rumble, Shawn Brown, Nathan Brown, Jenn Knights and Valerie Duquette and great-grandmother to fifteen (predeceased by her great-grandson Connor Duquette).  Mary grew up in a house of seven siblings.  She is survived by her sister Jean Parkhouse and was predeceased by Pearl Stover, Flossie Wood, Evelyn Benjamin, Howard Mills and Fred Shepley.  She was a former member of the Blenheim Moose Lodge, the Cedar Springs United Church and was a very supportive member of her family and community.

Friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Visitation will also take place on Friday November 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed immediately by a Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.  Friends wishing to remember Mary with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Acceptional Riders Program at TJ Stables.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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HORAK, Donna of Blenheim

Posted by on November 23, 2015

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Donna Lou Horak (Allison). Born in 1936 to the late Louis Allison and Lylia (Mifflin), Donna is survived by her brother Mac Allison and his wife Margaret.

Donna lived her life and raised her family on the Allison Sideroad near Blenheim.  It was there that she fell in love with the love of her life, John Horak.  Together they worked side by side on the family farm of fresh produce, chickens, and tobacco. They lead by example – no task was ever too great for them.

Donna retired from teaching to devote her life to their children Paul (Nancy) Horak, Jane (Sel) Jordan, Michael (Jenn) Horak, and Philip Horak.  Her Grandchildren Stephanie, Jennifer, Kevin, Meagan, Julia, Jessica, Ethan and Felicia meant the world to her and she was so proud of them.

Donna was an avid and skilled card player and never backed down from a challenge.  She enjoyed family camping trips, wiener roasts, and all family get togethers.  Despite being stricken by Parkinsons, she was always determined and always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all.  She was a proud member of the Catholic Womens League and St. Mary’s Church choir.

Friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Tuesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  Parish prayers will be held at 6:45 p.m.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday November 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.

Friends wishing to remember Donna with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Parkinsons or Cancer Society.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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GALLAGHER, John Robert

Posted by on November 17, 2015

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John Robert Gallagher, much loved son of Valerie Carder and the late Shannon Gallagher passed away in Syria on November 4, 2015.  He is survived by his sisters Erin Gallagher and Lily Gallagher and step brother Justen Carder.  Predeceased by his step father Ian Carder.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.

This is Valerie.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone so much for their great show of support on Friday, as John Robert returned to Chatham-Kent. Thank you all very, very much. It was wonderful to see such respect and compassion. Thank you for the signs and pictures and flags; for standing on bridges, beside trucks, and in fields; thank you to the Kurdish community for accompanying him and to the people of Blenheim for receiving him.

There was so much organization involved and we would like also to express our sincere gratitude to the Canadian Heroes Foundation for making this happen. The expression of support we received from Canadians yesterday would not have been possible without them.

As a family, we now have the opportunity to have a little time with John Robert – to feel like he is home and to begin to process everything.

However, we do now also have a date for a celebration of life / funeral, to take place this Tuesday Nov. 24 in Toronto. It will be held at Liuna Local 183, from 3 – 6 in the afternoon.

The address is 1263 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON M3M 3G3.

So much of our focus thus far has been to bring John Robert home, and now that has been accomplished, we would like to let everyone have a chance to say goodbye.

As you may know, Erin has set up an email so that anyone who is interested can share photographs or let us know if they are interested in sharing memories or stories on Tuesday. That email again is johngallaghersfamily@gmail.com.

Thank you again for the honour you have shown my son and for your support to our family.

 

 

 

 

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STOKES, Jamie of Erieau

Posted by on November 7, 2015

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Clifford James Stokes (Jamie) succumbed to his injuries at Victoria Hospital, London sustained from an accident at the intersection of the Erieau and Bisnett side roads. He is survived by his parents Jim and Ruth Stokes of Erieau, his wife Shannon, his only daughter Jayme-Ruth, his only son Justin (Tara) and two grandsons Jessie and Alex.  He is also survived by his sister Kathy Halvorsen (Doug), niece Melissa Faubert and two great nephews Kaiden and Riley; friends Jem Buell and Jayclen.

Jamie, a resident of Erieau and graduate of the Robert Land Academy was a “driver” of many things and a lifelong lover of motorcycles which he rebuilt, repaired, painted and rode to many distant places. He enjoyed sailing at the Erieau Yacht Club.

Jamie was the caregiver to his only beloved daughter Jayme-Ruth (age 10) to whom his life was dedicated. In lieu of flowers, donations to a Trust Fund for Jayme-Ruth can be made through the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.

Visitation will take place at Glad Tidings Community Church from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Friday November 13, 2015. The visitation will be followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. at the same location.  Cremation has taken place and interment will take place at a later time.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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RUMBLE, Art of Blenheim

Posted by on November 2, 2015

Arthur Henry Rumble of Blenheim went to be with his Lord on Monday November 2, 2015. Art was born in Chatham 61 years ago to his late parents Earl & Mary (Gifford) Rumble.  He is survived by his wife Donna of Chatham and by their children Arthur Jr, Daniel, Donna-Jean, Christopher, Earl and Suzie and their families.  He is also survived by his siblings Don & Joyce Rumble, Jack & Evelyn Rumble, Nina Rumble & John Snake, Garnet Rumble (predeceased by Susan) and Joanne & Bob Gillespie.  Predeceased by brothers Joseph and Bobby Rumble.  Art will be missed by his God-daughter Katie May Gillespie, by the extended family he raised as his own with Donna and by several nieces and nephews.

Art was a Water Well Contractor by trade and helped many families in Blenheim and the surrounding communities. He worked hard and played hard, living his life on his own terms.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday for visitation from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Art, conducted by Pastor Tim Joyce will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday November 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember Art with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Word of Life Church soup kitchen.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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RANCE, John of Blenheim

Posted by on November 2, 2015

John Charles Rance of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday November 1, 2015 at the age of 65 years. John was one of three sons born to the late Thomas & Marjorie (Snow) Rance.  He is survived by his brothers Tom & Brenda Rance of Blenheim and Mark & Pearl Rance of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is also survived by his nephews Greg & Terri Rance of London and Scott Rance of Blenheim.

John spent most of his childhood in Blenheim, attending WJ Baird Public School and Blenheim District High School before moving to London where he attended Oakridge Secondary School and Fanshawe College where he studied electronics. He worked for a time at McCormicks in London before he returned to Blenheim and worked at Glazier Canners.  He was a loyal customer of Home Run Restaurant in Blenheim.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Home visitation. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  A private family service will be held.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.  Friends wishing to remember John with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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SEGEREN, Joe of Charing Cross

Posted by on November 1, 2015

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Joe Segeren passed away with his family by his side on Saturday October 31, 2015. He will be missed by his loving wife Deanna (Flynn) Segeren, by his daughter Lisa & Rick English, by his sons Tim & Carolyn, Butch & Joy and Don & Stephanie Segeren, by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.   Predeceased by is grandson Kyle.  Joe was born in Holland 78 years ago; one of 8 children to the late Bert and Anna (VanDunge) Segeren.  He is survived by his sister Toni & Leo Ouellette and by his brothers Leo & Pauline, Bert & Annie and Pete & Eurnice Segeren, his sisters in law Carol and Sue Segeren and brother in law Jack Scoyne.  Predeceased by his brothers John, Willy and Robert Segeren and his sister in law Alice (Segeren) Scoyne.

Joe’s career and hobby in life can be summed up by saying that he was a farmer. He loved the land and was protective of it.  He worked tirelessly each year to plant and harvest his crops.  He lived by the motto that “where there’s a will, there’s a way” and so every day he would rise early and start fresh with the same positive attitude that seen him through some difficult times in his life.  He displayed the values of a true Christian man, devoting time to St. Mary’s Church and to the Knights of Columbus, by helping others through good deeds, by consistently being a blood donor, by loving his wife and by teaching his children the value of hard work.

Friends and family are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Tuesday from 1:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00. Parish Prayers will be held at 6:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a Knights of Columbus service before the evening visitation begins.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.  Acting as pallbearers will be Brent Segeren, Braydon Segeren, Dan Stepniak, Dave Morrison, Tyler Roeszler and Aaron Frederick.  Flower Bearers will include Sheila Frederick, Nicole Roeszler, Stephanie Morrison, Sarah Stepniak, Amanda Segeren, Madison Segeren, Paige Bertholds and Morgan Smith.

Friends wishing to remember Joe with a memorial donation are asked to consider the CKHA Palliative Care Unit, the Chatham-Kent Hospice, the Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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ARMSTRONG, Edna of Chatham and formerly of Blenheim

Posted by on October 28, 2015

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear Mother and Grandmother, Edna Marie Armstrong (nee Martin) on October 27th, 2015 at the grand age of 90.  Predeceased by her loving husband Gerald Armstrong (July, 1992).

Loving Mother of Larry (Carol) Armstrong, Wayde (Diane) Armstrong, MaryLou (Jerry) Coatsworth. Predeceased by daughter Barbara (Richard) Sharp (April, 2000).

Loving Grandmother to Lisa (Jay) Kearns, Todd (Kim) Armstrong, Scott (Tricia) Sharp, Kim (John) Kula, Melissa (Jim) Dupuis, Krystle (Dave St. Denis) Armstrong, Mandy (John Cano) Armstrong, Bob (Jenny) Coatsworth, Eric (Sonya) Coatsworth. Survived as well by 12 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great grandchildren.  Predeceased by one Great Grandson.

Predeceased by siblings Orville (Verlyn) Martin, Archie (Helen) Martin, Eva (Leo) Lalone, Bertha (Stan) Balsys, Rita (Joe DeMaeyer), Rose (Don) Rose, Dorothy (Ernie) Evans, Irene Smith, Laura (Charles) Deshaw. Surviving siblings Marie (Frank) Abram of Vancouver BC, Gerald (Irene) Martin of Chatham and sister in law Deloris (Mike) St. Peters.

Edna was employed at Southwestern Regional Centre for 10 years. She was a member of the Blenheim Senior Centre, the Moose Lodge in Blenheim and enjoyed bowling.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday October 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  Interment in Merlin Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember Edna with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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SAUVE, Keira of Blenheim

Posted by on September 28, 2015

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With very broken hearts Mike & Connie Sauvé announce the passing of their sweet princess Keira. She went very peacefully with Mom and Dad by her side on Sunday September 27, 2015. She will be forever missed by her siblings Ethan and Lacey. Grandparents Charlie & Barb Cowell and Norm & Cathy Sauvé will always cherish the precious times they had with her. Fond memories will be kept close to the hearts of Uncle Steve, Aunt Kelly, Katelyn, Logan, Aunt Tara, Uncle Jay, Lucas, Lincoln, Uncle Charlie, Aunt Jen and Ryder.

Keira was an amazing little girl, who in her way too short of a lifetime touched many people with her beautiful smile and sparkly blue eyes. Keira loved camping, and having her Prangley Pals always made our camping trips perfect. She will always be the shiniest star in the sky. So many friends and family will miss her beautiful smile and infectious giggle. She is at comfort and peace now with no more challenges.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday for visitation from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Keira will be held in Glad Tidings Community Church on Thursday October 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eric Skillings officiating. Friends wishing to remember Keira with a memorial donation are asked to consider either the Acceptional Riders Program at TJ Stables or the Ronald McDonald House in London. Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

“We love you to the moon and back, our sweet princess”

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NESBITT, Edward of Chatham

Posted by on July 8, 2015

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Edward Nesbitt of Chatham passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at the age of 78 years.  Ed was born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan to his late parents Alice & John Nesbitt.  He was one of 7 children and is survived by his sisters Betty Attewell and Patricia Walker (Paul), by his brother in law Bill Dale and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in life by his brother Frank (Lucy) Nesbitt and his sisters Della Dale, Vicky Bowskill and Susan Poissant.  Ed was a very giving person who liked to play a good joke on friends.  He was the Produce Manager at Gordon’s Grocery Store in Blenheim and then at Zehrs in the North Maple Mall in Chatham which is where he retired from.  In his spare time, he liked to play bingo.  In keeping with Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at a later date in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  Friends wishing to remember Ed with a memorial donation are asked to consider Loads of Love (Chatham).   Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at www.bleneheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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SIMPSON, David of Blenheim

Posted by on July 6, 2015

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David Dalgleish Simpson of Blenheim, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Simpson passed away on Friday July 3, 2015 at the age of 91.  David was born in Douglas, Ontario to the late Hildred and Charlie Simpson.  He is survived by his daughter Susan Simpson of Blenheim, by his grandchildren Kaleb Dobbins (Krista) of Chatham and Stesha Dobbins (Mike) of Kitchener as well as four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Also survived by his sister in law Lenore Simpson of Windsor.   Predeceased by his daughter Pamela Dobbins, his sisters Grace Smith, Margaret Dickson and his brother Jim Simpson.

David served in the Army during WWII, a member of The Lake Superior Regiment for the 4th Canadian Division.    After serving his country he was employed for many years at the LCBO in Blenheim.  He was a member of the Blenheim Kinsmen, the Blenheim and Area Freedom Library and the Blenheim Legion.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for David will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation to follow with interment in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.  Friends wishing to remember David with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Blenheim & District Freedom Library and Museum.  Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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STANFORD, Chris of Erieau

Posted by on July 2, 2015

Stanford, Chris 2Chris Stanford of Erieau passed away at home in the early morning hours of Wednesday July 1, 2015.  Chris was born 41 years ago to his parents Kathryn & Michael Stanford.  In 2000 he married the love of his life, Shelley (McClure).  They made Erieau their home and they began a family including Cody, Rylee and Sam of whom Chris was very proud of.  Chris will be missed sorely by his sister Katie Stanford & Mike Edd, his brother Jason & Deb Stanford, by his mother in law and father in law Catherine & Brian McClure and by his brothers in law Justin & Anton McClure, Daniel & Erin McClure and all of their families.  Chris will be remembered for his many years of dedication to Greenfield Specialty Alcohols in Chatham.  In his spare time, Chris was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and providing fishing charters.  Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday July 2, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Chris will be held at Glad Tidings Community Church on Friday July 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation will follow.  Friends wishing to remember Chris with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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ROY, John of Blenheim

Posted by on July 2, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of a wonderful, compassionate and gentle soul. Loving and devoted husband to Elise for over 50 years. Proud father to Mark (Ruth) Roy, Rick (Kelly) Roy, and Debbie (George) McFadden.  Endearing Papa to grandchildren Giselle, Kyle and Chase.  Supportive Uncle to many nieces and nephews, along with their children.  Most remember him as a mechanic who listened to more than just car problems. He will also be remembered for his strong hands and endless hugs, a rose garden ‘whisperer’, and his witty ‘Johnny-isms’…. we will always remember his words, ‘Be good, be bad, but DON’T be sad!’

Per his wishes, a Celebration of Life visitation will be held Friday, July 3 at  2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home. In his honour, donations can be made to the Chatham-Kent Quilters Guild Comfort Committee.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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GREEN, Ken “Benny” of Blenheim

Posted by on July 2, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband and father Ken “Benny” Green on Friday June 26, 2015 just two days before the birth of his first grandson Benjamin “Benny” Roger Cox.  Born in Chatham, son of the late Andrew and Mildred (Gosnell) Green, Ken grew up in Blenheim with his older brother the late Dr. Peter Green (survived by Peter’s wife Lyn), his sister Kathleen Perry (late David) of London and his younger brother David Green (Penny) of Beaumont AB.  In January of 1967, at a party in London, Ken met a young lady named Shirley Stanski and they fell in love. On August 30, 1969 Ken & Shirley married and began a life together that would span over 45 years.  He was especially proud of their two daughters Jessica Green of Calgary and Katie Cox (Todd) of Windsor.

Ken was larger than life.  In his younger days he played hockey with the Chatham Jr Maroons.  He was a lifelong learner whose education did not end with his graduation from the University of Waterloo.  His interests were many and varied; he enjoyed golf, playing pool, weekly poker games, gardening and dancing.  His appreciation of all types of music was known to everyone; he was constantly sharing his music collection with any and all who were within listening range.  His interest in cooking began with a cookbook he picked up out of curiosity, and this led him to become a great chef and caterer.  Ken also loved spending time with old friends and making new ones.  But most of all, he loved his family and the memories that he made with them.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be announced.  Friends wishing to remember Ken with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Foundation of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance or the Blenheim United Church.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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DESROSIERS, Glen of Charing Cross

Posted by on June 21, 2015

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Glen Desrosiers, loving husband of Ellen Desrosiers passed away suddenly at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday June 19, 2015 at the age of 46.  Glen was born in Windsor on March 5, 1969.  He was predeceased by his parents Aline and Maurice Desrosiers and by his father in law Harry Kuipers.  Papa to Trevor Deacon and brother to Tim Desrosiers.  Step father to Ryan and Renee (Bev), grandfather to Brandon, Allen, Donovan, Quentin, Kierra and Kenzie; Godfather to Benjamin.  Son in law to Nancy Kuipers and brother in law to Laurie Stothart (Butch), Doug Kuipers (Angela), Neil Kuipers, Gail Baxter (Jim), Paul Kuipers (Kim), Patty Russelo (Bob), Mike Kuipers, Barb Brady (Trevor) and uncle to many nieces and nephews.  Family and friends will remember Glen as a kind hearted, humorous man with an unwavering devotion to his wife Ellen, his brother Tim and to Trevor.  He was often the one to take charge of family get togethers or to lighten the mood with a clever joke.  Glen loved to laugh and to make those around him laugh.  Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday June 22 from 7 – 9 pm and again on Tuesday June 23 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm.  A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Acting as pallbearers will be Trevor Deacon, Ryan Russelo, Bobby Russelo, Chris Wammes, Dan Wammes, Brantly Kuipers, Matthew Kuipers and Matt Horton-Kuipers.  A private family interment will take place at a later date.  In keeping with Glen’s devotion and concern for Ellen, he recently set up a trust fund to help with medical expenses that will be incurred with her pending transplant.  It would have been his wish that friends wanting to remember him with a memorial donation would consider the trust fund or consider the Trillium Gift of Life Network to help others waiting for transplants.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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COATSWORTH, Olive of Chatham and formerly of Merlin

Posted by on May 27, 2015

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Olive Muriel Coatsworth passed away on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at CKHA at the age of 93 years. Born in Romney Twp. Daughter of the late Arthur Fisher and Ellen Telfer.   Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Coatsworth predeceased in March 2000.  Loving Mother of Jane Knister and friend David Irwin, Joan Armstrong and friend Marty Zimmer, and Jerry and MaryLou Coatsworth, all of the Merlin area. Cherished Grandmother of Tracy Knister(Ed), Richard (Deanna) Armstrong, Doey Armstrong (Talon), Bob (Jenny) Coatsworth, Eric (Sonya)Coatsworth. Dear Great Grandmother of 7 grandsons.  Survived by two brothers Lyle (Doreen) Fisher and Erwin Fisher.  Olive attended the Talbot Street United Church for many years where she was a member of the UCW and a Sunday School Teacher.

Memorials may be made to: Talbot Street United Church, Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice. Friends may call at Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim Ontario on Friday May 29th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service Saturday May 30, 2015 at 1pm from the Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Skillings officiating. Interment in Shank’s Cemetery, former Romney Township.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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