Verstraete, George

Mr George Ernest Verstraete of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday December 21, 2012.  George was born January 21, 1920 to the late Cyril and Celina (Verbeke) Verstraete on the family farm, the same farm that he would eventually own and employ many local residents.  Following the passing of his first wife Irene (Vermeersch) Verstraete, George met and married Jean (Parker) Verstraete with whom he shared the past 48 years.  He is survived by his family Joanne & Albert Brown of Dutton, William & Ursula Verstraete of British Columbia and James Verstraete, Thomas & Valerie Verstraete, Pat Getty (the late Bob), Donna & Jack Turk and Geraldine & Ken Coates all of Blenheim as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  George was predeceased by his only sister Margaret Verstraete.  Friends and family are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. to show their respect to George’s family.  A Funeral Service conducted by Fr.Mariaraj Irudayam will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday December 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.  Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be George’s grandsons Don, Warren, Shawn, Scott, Aaron and Dan.  Friends wishing to remember George with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Blenheim Food Bank.  Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at

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