Tomecek; Karel John, a resident of Chatham. Karel Tomecek died Friday January 31, 2014 Tomecek Photo (WinCE)at RiverviewGardens, Chatham at the age of 78. Born in Chatham, Ontario, son of the late Karel (Charles) & Marie (Hrbac) Tomecek. Beloved husband of Mary Eleanor (McAlorum) Tomecek. Also survived by his cherished son Mark Tomecek and his wife Tina, daughter of Karel’s heart, of Milton. Treasured and adored grandchildren Nicholas and Amber. Brother of Ed Tomecek (Kathy) ChathamTownship. Brother-in-law of Elizabeth Lowther (John), Chatham. Uncle to several nieces and nephews. Karel was a well known and respected member of the Agricultural community. Friends will be received at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair St., Chatham on Monday February 3, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Daniel Bombardier celebrant. IntermentMapleLeafCemetery, Chatham. Donations in memory of Karel to the Diabetes Association or the  Save the Children Canada Fund would be appreciated.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, silence the pianos and with muffled drum, bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead, scribbling on the sky the message he is Dead. Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, me East and West, my working week and my Sunday rest, my noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever; I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now; put out every one; pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good.” (W.H. Auden)

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McKinlay Funeral Home  459 St. Clair Street, Chatham  519-351-2040

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