Sambell, Keith

Keith Stuart Sambell of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday February 10, 2013.  Keith was born 82 years ago in London England to his late parents Rosina and Frank Sambell.  One of ten children, he is survived by his sister Patricia Broadbent (Michael) of Windsor and his brothers Bernard (Margaret) Sambell of London, Reginald Sambell (Judy) of Souris, Manitoba and Edward “Ted” Sambell of London.  In Canada Keith met his future wife Carole (Barber) who predeceased him in 1988.  Keith and Carole raised two children; their daughter Katherine Rebecca Newcombe (Warren) of Blenheim and Christopher Andrew Sambell (Mary Ann) of Woodstock).  Keith was also blessed with seven grandchildren Steven (Stephanie), Brittany and Carlson Kearley, Nicholas and Megan Sambell, Harmony and Frederick Newcombe as well as three great-grandchildren Andrew, Austin and Tye.  Keith was a cycling enthusiast, riding his bike great distances both in Canada and the U.S.  One summer he rode his bicycle fifteen thousand miles which included a trek from British Columbia to Ontario.  Keith was a member of the Naval Reserve for 25 years and apprenticed in London to become a car man.  The majority of Keiths working years were spent at the Blenheim District High School where he concentrated on woodworking and teaching driver’s ed.  He retired from BDHS in 1985.  Keith was a member of the Blenheim United Church and served his community there.  Friends and family are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Keith will be held in the Blenheim United Church on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember Keith with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Kidney Foundation, the Diabetes Association or the Cancer Society.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at

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