CHAMBERS, H. HUDSON (September 1, 1924 – November 21, 2012) – Passed away peacefully with family at his side at Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock.  Predeceased by sisters Goldie and Gladys, twin brother Howard, granddaughter Kate Perry and his first wife Nellie Lamoure.  Loving husband of Gay; father of Beth (Tom Perry), Mark, Doug (Norma), Kenneth, Mary Lynne Mackenzie, Cheryl Trafford (James Greer), Kim Mackenzie (Dave Hanwell); grandfather of Kyle, Shannon, Daniel and Eric Chambers, Holly, Geoff, and Graeme Chambers, Paisley and Maggie Chambers, Dustin and Alison Perry, Karlee and Jordan Trafford, Mackenzie Hanwell; greatgrandfather of Vienna Moesker, and of his namesake, born this year, Hudson Chambers.  Born September 1, 1924 near Bright, Ontario, Hudson grew up during the Great Depression.  He served bravely with the Essex Scottish Regiment during the invasion of Normandy, landing at Juno Beach on June 8, 1944, and was captured about six weeks later at Falaise, France.  He spent his twentieth birthday as a prisoner of war, laboring in the underground coal mine at Teschin, Czechoslovakia.   As the Russians advanced from the east in January 1945, Hudson’s German captors moved the POW’s out of their camps, beginning a “thousand mile march” westwards during one of coldest winters of the century.   When Hudson and his fellow soldiers liberated themselves by disarming their German guards near Vienna, he was within days of death from starvation.   But the spirit which had kept him alive enabled him to carry on for another 67 years.  After World War 2, Hudson returned to Woodstock to become a very successful home builder.  He was President of the Woodstock Home Builders Association, and went on to build over 400 homes in the community.  Hudson took great pleasure in his extended family and their accomplishments; and also in the simple pleasures of life: watching his tomatoes ripen, listening to cardinals calling in his trees, or to quiet classical music, and winning at Canasta.  Dad and Gay especially loved having the grandkids up to “camp” at Gay’s cottage on Lake Rosseau.  He even cooperated when they spiked his hair and later dyed it purple.   He also loved having coffee with “the boys” at Tim Horton’s and Friday lunches at the Navy Club.  Family would like to thank the nursing staff of the CCAC, Red Cross Home Support worker Joel, Dr. Joseph Brioux and Dr. Gary Fullerton for many years of superb medical care.  Dad’s last days were spent at Sakura House Hospice in a room looking out to country fields and the stone house of the original 1850’s Chambers’ homestead.   Our family felt enveloped by the care and genuine compassion of Sakura’s dedicated staff and volunteers.  We are very appreciative that this time was so peaceful.  As one of his grandchildren said of Hudson this week, “If people were given grades for life, Grandpa would get an A+.”  A private family service will be held November 24th.   The public is invited to a celebration of Hudson’s life at the Navy Club (959 James Street, Woodstock) on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  BYOHS (bring your own Hudson stories).  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sakura House Hospice would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may also be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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