JERMYN: Edward “Ed” James of St. Thomas

Jermyn, Edward “Ed” James of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, with his wife by his side in his 54th year. He was loved husband/best friend/supportive partner for 21 years to Cheryl (Van Tassel). Son of Jean (Simpson) & late Gerald “Bud” Jermyn, London; Brother of Patrick “Pat” (Marlene) & nephew Danny, London. Son-in-law of Violet (late William “Bill”) Van Tassel & sister-in-law Diane Van Tassel. Survived by Uncles Robert “Bob” (Barb) Jermyn, Wisconsin, Aunt Mary (late Richard “Dick”) Jermyn, Uncles Grant (Alma) & William “Bill” (Donna) Simpson, London, & late Harold & Helen Simpson and numerous cousins. Ed will be sorely missed by his 4 legged companions Bailey, Buffy, & Ruby. Ed started working 1981 for The Weedman & then Green Thumb Horticultural Services London, but wanted a job that would give him summers off & started as Assistant Ice Technician at the London Curling Club & in 1987 became the Head Ice Technician (Level 2 Technician) of the St. Thomas Curling Club until 1992. He then worked for Canadian Curling Stone Company, Dynamex Courier, but came back to the St. Thomas Curling Club as Assistant Ice Technician & Janitor in 2004, which allowed him to fulfill his vision of transforming the front yard & maintaining it into a magnificent rose garden. Ed’s accomplishments in life were Level 2 Official where he officiated at the 1989 Ontario Men’s Tankard in Chatham; he skipped an 8 ender in the Friday Night Mixed League Dec 23, 1996; he was his wife’s Executive Assistant for the VON Palliative Care Volunteer Program Dinner Auction from 1998 to 2003. In April 2010 he became a member of the St. Thomas Horticultural Society. His hard work in developing the rose garden let him participate in the Societies July 2010 Garden Tour. In Nov 2010 Ed became a Director of the St. Thomas Horticultural Society until his illness, which he will be sorely missed by the Horticultural Society & the Curling Club members. Ed’s other passions were NASCAR, cycling, hobby railway & numerous woodworking projects. As per Ed’s wishes the visitation/funeral will not be formal & his request will be upheld by Cheryl. Anyone wearing a tie need to know Cheryl will have a pair of scissors, cut it off & throw it in Ed’s casket as per his adamant request to be informal.

Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow, with his ashes to be placed in the scattering gardens at the Old English Churchyard Cemetery. Visitation on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the V.O.N. St. Thomas/Elgin Branch, Animal Aide, Serenity House or charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.

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