Obituaries

Michael Awram

A photo of Michael Awram

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday March 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday March 1, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Michael James Awram of Blenheim and formerly of Ridgetown passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at the age of 62 years. Michael was one of three children born to the late Mike & Beatrice (Crossett) Awram and is survived by his sisters Carol McKellar & Tom Savage of Chatham and Debra Awram of Highgate.  Michael will always be remembered with great fondness by his wife Anita McKinlay, by his children Megan Awram (Dustin Deline) and Michael Awram (Chelsey Jeffrey) all of Chatham, by his grandchildren Michael Jeffrey Awram, Alisynn Awram and Layla Deline, by Anita’s children Heather McKinlay (Eugene Verzin) of London, England and Duncan McKinlay of London Ontario. He was an awesome Uncle to Michael McKellar and Kari McKellar and great uncle to Jacob, Keelan, Portrait, Kate, Ella and Aada. He was predeceased by his infant daughter Jennifer.

Michael was a friendly, outgoing man who was a great hockey player and a cabinet maker by trade. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors, be it fishing or a back yard barbeque with family and friends.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday March 1, 2017 where visitation will be held from 12:00 until 2:00 when a service conducted by Pastor Gilliland will begin. Interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown.

Friends wishing to remember Michael with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Children’s Hospital in London.

Doreen Kent

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Service:

Private

Visitation:

Private

Doreen Helen Kent of Merlin, much loved wife of the late Gordon Kent (2014) passed away at the Meadow Park Nursing Home on Friday February 24, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Doreen was the daughter of the late Olive (Atkinson) & Vernie Jones and is survived by her only sister Marlene Kent (late Doug).  In her life, Doreen had accomplishments that she was very proud of.  She graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1948 and took a position as a High School Teacher at the Merlin District High School.  She had a love for music, loved her church and enjoyed a life with Gordon for over 59 years.  Nothing made Doreen more proud than her family which included her children Dana & Stephanie Kent, Dale & Sandra Kent, Elaine Bessie (late Dennis) and Darin & Susan Kent and her grandchildren Jennifer & Greg, Meredith, Joseph, Owen, Steven, Logan and Tyler.  She will be missed by her brothers in law Marshall & Joan Kent and Lee Kent as well as her nieces and nephews Christine & Tim, Tracy, Jeff & Tammy and Julie & David.

A private family service conducted by Rev. James Haupt will take place on Friday March 3, 2017 followed by interment in Stewart Cemetery, Merlin. Friends wishing to remember Doreen with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Sick Children’s Hospital, London as that charity had a special place in her heart.

Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Geraldine Guttridge

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday February 23, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday February 22, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Geraldine Louise (Graham) Guttridge of Merlin passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Sunday February 19, 2017. Geraldine was born in Raleigh Township 83 years ago to her late parents Evelyn & Lewis Graham. One night on a double date she met a man named Warren Guttridge and on February 3, 1951 they were married, beginning a journey that spanned over 66 years. Geraldine and Warren raised three children; Pam && Robert Tasker of Chatham, Kim & Shelley Guttridge of Merlin and Theresa & Mike Fleury of Merlin. They are the proud grandparents of 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Geraldine is survived by her sisters Elaine Wilson and Donna & Bob Botting as well as her sister in law Nancy Graham. She was predeceased by her sister Marjorie Graham, her brother Tom Graham and her brother in law Ron Wilson.

Geraldine enjoyed spending time with her family. Over the years she worked at some of the local stores and restaurants in Merlin and she was a member of the Merlin Legion where she helped with catering.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Wednesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Geraldine will take place in the Funeral Home on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Eric Skillings officiating. Cremation will follow with a private graveside service to be held in the Merlin Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Geraldine with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or the CNIB.

 

Lesley (Pitchforth) Kelly

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday February 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday February 21, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Lesley Anne Kelly (nee Pitchforth), in her 59th year, passed away on February 16, 2017 at the Chatham-Kent Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. Lesley was born in East Africa and was the daughter of the late Ronald and Jacqueline Pitchforth (nee Capper). Lesley leaves behind her beloved and dedicated husband Tim Kelly. Lesley was a loving daughter-in-law to Dan and Madeline Kelly and step-mother to Steve (Amanda) Kelly and Joanne Kelly (Dave Stranos) and Spencer Ray, Taylor and Cole Kelly. She was overjoyed to hold her first grandchild Joey Stranos. Lesley was greatly loved and respected by her sister Mandy Lagan. She enjoyed spending time with her nephew Matthew Lagan and niece Hannah Lagan. Lesley was a wonderful friend, neighbour, co-worker and mentor to many. She worked for many years as a property manager, establishing her own company. Lesley stood out as a true example of integrity, determination and strength. She had a special appreciation for a great meal, the water, a beautiful sunset, the colours of fall, dominos, travel, a good book and a tremendous love for her dog, Parker.

Friends will be received at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street in Blenheim on Tuesday February 21, 2017 where visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Friends wishing to remember Lesley with an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Leta Hanson

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday February 20, 2017
2:00 p.m.

In the early morning hours of February 16, 2017 Leta (Burk) Hanson, loved wife of the late Ed Hanson, passed away peacefully at the Village on the Ridge. Leta was born in Blenheim on March 14, 1925 to the late Roy and Anna (Holmes) Burk and was predeceased by her sister Evelyn and brother George. She served in the Army for three years as a member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corp. She also worked at the Roy Deary Jewellery Store in Blenheim. Leta and Ed raised three daughters; Louise (Ray) Mack, Carroll (late Wayne) McDermid and June Hanson all of Blenheim. They were proud of their grandsons Kenneth McDermid, Timothy Mack & Josē DaSilva and James Mack. Leta will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews, and her congregational family.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday February 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Burk Cemetery at a later date. Friends wishing to honour Leta’s life with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blenheim.

Karrie-Ann Roy

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Service:

St. Mary's Hall
Saturday February 11, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday February 10, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Karrie-Ann Roy was given her eternal angel wings, with her family by her side at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday February 9, 2017. She was predeceased by: Meme Tanner, Pepe & Meme Roy, three Uncle John’s (Johnny Roy, John Tanner and John Rogers) along with other cherished loved ones.

Karrie is survived by her dad Bob Roy, her mother Lyn (Gord) DeLong, brother Dave (Michelle) Roy, sister Cindy (Shane) Sykes, nephew Austin Roy, nieces Brooklyn Sykes, Kennedy Sykes and Caelan Roy and extended family Clint DeLong & family and Tamie Bagic & family. She will be sadly missed by her family, partners in life, her Earth Angel family and cherished loved ones.

Karrie was diagnosed on December 14, 2009 with Stage IV colon cancer. For the next 7 years she took on her new mission and became the C.E.O. of her own new company that she jokingly called “Save My Ass Incorporated. ” Her prognosis of 9 months to live turned into 7 years of great memories where we shared with her a life-transforming journey. She formed her “Relay for Life” team in 2010 and to honour her caregivers she called her team “Earth Angels”. The team of 90 supporters has grown into hundreds of Earth Angels around the world and will continue to grow in Karrie’s memory.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday February 10, 2017 where visitation will take place from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.

A Celebration of Life for Karrie will be conducted by her Earth Angel Reverend Father Dave Fuller of the Trinity Anglican Church (Blenheim) on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall.  It was Karrie’s wish that cremation will follow the service and a memorial service will be held on a beautiful sunny day at the beach.

Friends wishing to remember Karrie with a memorial donation are asked to consider Trinity Anglican Church (Blenheim), the Chatham-Kent Hospice, P.A.W.R., or a local charity of their choice.

Abram Neufeld

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Service:

Charing Cross Old Colony Mennonite Church
Thursday February 9, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Hom
Wednesday February 8, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Abram Neufeld, husband of Susana passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on February 5, 2017. He was 66 years old.  Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday February 8, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Abram will be held in the Charing Cross Old Colony Mennonite Church on Thursday February 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop Peter Friesen officiating.  Interment in Pardoville-Union Cemetery.

Cyril Roets

A photo of Cyril Roets

Service:

Private

Visitation:

Private

Cyril Roets of Blenheim passed away on Saturday January 28, 2017 in his 75th year. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Ruth Walker, his children Doug & Lisa Walker, Dale Roets, Debbie Roets, Dennis & Julie Roets, Darlene Roets, Brad & Connie Walker and Melissa Walker, 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his sister Noreen Charron. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret & Archille Roets and by his sister Irene Laforet.

Cyril was a survivor in life. He quit school after grade three. At a young age he ventured out on his own, working as a hired man on various farms. He worked for many years at Standard Tube in Blenheim. He enjoyed hunting small game and fishing. He taught himself how to fix motors and despite not being licensed as a mechanic, he was able to repair anything that people brought to him. He was an avid gardener, producing some of the best tomatoes and enough potatoes to last through the winter. Once he saved a child from a burning building. Beneath a sometimes stubborn exterior there was a very loving man, especially when it came to his family. With that in mind, Cyril’s wishes were that cremation would take place and that his family would remember him at a private graveside service in Evergreen Cemetery.

 

Robert Cannata

A photo of Robert Cannata

Service:

Sandbar, Erieau
Saturday January 28, 2017
7:00 p.m.
(cash bar)

A formal time of visitation and a Funeral Service will be held in Toronto and will be announced next week.

Robert (Bob) David Cannata

June 7th 1948- January 26th 2017

(Retired from Union Gas)

Bob passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, at the Chatham Kent Hospice in his 69th year. Beloved son of the late George and Nancy Cannata (née Thomson}, Bob will be sadly missed by his sister Connie McAleese, brother Ross Cannata, all of his nieces, nephews and  their families, his many  Cannata cousins, as well as Bob’s other family of lifelong friends Jack, Peter, Bob, Al, Roy, Merlin and his close friends in Erieau. For those that were lucky enough to know Bob, his ever present sense of humour, his wry smile and easy, unassuming way made him an instant friend to all. If someone was measured by the number of friends one has made in the course of a lifetime, “Bobby “, would stand out in a crowd.

Bob, it may be your last call at ” The Sandbar ” , but your memory will live on in all of our hearts forever. Good Day!  A gathering of Bob’s friends will take place at the Sandbar in Erieau on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7pm. (cash bar).

Visitation, Funeral Service and burial will be in Toronto with a date to be announced next week.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Chatham Kent Hospice Foundation. We will be forever grateful for the loving care they provided Bob in his final days www.chathamkenthospice.com

Glen “Smoke” Embury

A photo of Glen “Smoke” Embury

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday January 26, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday January 25, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Legion Service will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Glen “Smoke” Embury passed away on Monday January 23, 2017 at the age of 94 years. He leaves behind his daughter Patricia Johnson and her husband Garnet, his grandchildren Matthew Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Suzanne & Tim Vaughan, Bill & Andrea Turner and his great-grandchildren Kaylie Vaughan, Harley Vaughan, Reece Turner, Miya Johnson and Landon Johnson. He is also survived by his son-in-law Gillis Turner. He was predeceased by his wife Merle (Pardo) Embury, his daughter Janice Turner and his brothers and sisters Edwin Smith, George Embury, Fern Bond, Hazel Scoyne, Ken Embury, Fred Embury and Gordon Embury.

Glen was a sports enthusiast who loved baseball and hockey but mostly baseball. As a young man he tried out to be a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He loved small game hunting and could often be found tracking ducks, pheasants, geese and rabbits. He was a fan of Springer Spaniel dogs.

When Glen was 21 years old, he enlisted with the Kent Regiment which later became the Essex Scottish Regiment and was awarded the rank of Sergeant. He spent 6 years overseas during WWII fighting in France, Normandy, Holland and Belgium. In October, 2014 the French Government bestowed on Glen the French Legion of Honour medal which is the highest honour that is given.

Two years after he returned from war, Glen married his wife Merle and started a family. Friends will remember him from his days of working at A.J. Sales, Union Gas and Motor Wheel in Chatham.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday where visitation will take place from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185 will conduct a service at 6:45 p.m. A Funeral Service for Glen will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday January 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Glen with a memorial donation are asked to consider either the Blenheim Freedom Library & Military Museum, VON or the Alzheimers Society.