John “Jack” McCrae

A photo of John “Jack” McCrae

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

NOTE: Due to allergies no live flowers or plants

Visitation:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
from 10:00 a.m until 11:00 a.m.

Of Blenheim passed away on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 82 years. Son of the late Nelson Daniel and Florence (Redman) McCrae. Beloved husband of Catherine (Niefer) McCrae. Loving father of Cathy and Jeff Whittington and their children Spencer and Adam of Thornhill; Marie and Tom Abbott and their daughter Amanda of Mississauga and late daughter Rosemary (1986). Dear brother of Garold and Rose McCrae of Chatham, Pat Forrest of Port Dover; brother-in law of Mary Lou and Peter Machina of Windsor, Joanne Niefer of Windsor, Richard and Mary Niefer of St. John’s Newfoundland and Bernadette Niefer of Ottawa. Jack will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers Len, Alick, Percy and Hugh and sisters Sis (Lillian), Vi, Mary and Joyce.

There’s a poem by Linda Ellis called, “The Dash”. It explains that the most important thing on your tombstone is the dash – the space between your year of birth and your year of death. Jack filled his dash well, especially during his 30+ years in Blenheim.

Every one of his daughters and grandchildren was the apple of his eye, each being cherished for unique reasons. He always looked forward to their visits and was proud of their accomplishments.

Jack did a lot of volunteer work when he was able. He was a life member of the Rondeau Rod and Gun Club who had been involved in many work parties and dinners including pig roasts. To work the bar there, he got his SIP certification from St. Clair College.

In the winter, he enjoyed doing snow removal for the neighbours for many years. He did what he could at the “old” Sr. Centre and was quick to help when a replacement driver was needed for Meals on Wheels. He was a good sport and “costumed”, most often outrageously, for the Happy Gang.

When his mother-in-law was alive, he spent many hours keeping her company, taking her to reunions, to visit relatives, and even travelling as her companion when she would visit Houston, Texas. (Everyone was amazed when they came home still talking to one another.) She was his “mother” and she loved him like a son.

When he would have a bout of pneumonia, Dr. Clendenning knew he was definitely “on the mend” when he would ask her when he could again ride the mower to cut the grass. The last few years limited his social interaction, but he looked forward to weekly outings when a group of friends would get together to play cards.

Jack was very valued, respected and well loved by his in-laws and he reciprocated in kind.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at which time a Funeral Service will be held. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Due to allergies, no live flowers or plants, please. Instead, the family invites you to make a memorial donation to the charity of your choice.

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Catharine: I am so sorry for your loss of Jack. If I would have known, I would have come to the funeral. The write up you did here for him was fantastic, I felt like I knew him. It is so good to add that personal touch, it helps us understand how wonderful and useful his life was and what he meant to others. I hope you are okay. Hope to see you sometime...Jeni

Catherine, Sending you our heartfelt condolences. Tanya and Dave Nooyen

Hi Catherine, I just arrived home from work to a call from Bryn. I am so sorry to hear about Jacks passing. My heart felt condolences. I wish I could have been there. I have good neighbours here, however it's not the same as the neighbours' I came to know and love in Blenheim, especially you and Jack. You have my new email address now so when time is right send me a note and I will be happy to bring you up to date with everything on my end. God Bless. Brian

so sorry for your loss. Jack was a really nice man and I know he will be missed.

Catherine, I am so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. My deepest sympathies to you and the entire McCrae family. Shelly Chruscik

Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your Cathy...... Don and Anne Gammage

Feeling so sad about the loss of Uncle Jack, but, thankful for all the wonderful memories I have of time spent with him. I wish I wasn't so far away as the family will gather to pay tribute to this wonderful man. Thinking of his family with love. May he rest in peace. Marine and Mike St. John's, NL

To the McCrae family, My sincerest condolences. He will be greatly missed. He was such a great man and loved seeing him when I could. To Catherine, my favourite teacher, my deepest sympathies and may you find comfort in the Lord and in the memories that you have been blessed with. Lisa

My thoughts and prayers with your family during this time. Jack was always a bright spark and fun loving person in my life. I have many fond memories of being at your house with all of you. He will be missed. Anne Marie

Catherine and Family Kind thoughts and prayers are with you, you have been a very caring care taker Cathy. May your memories of happier times remain with you. Sincerely Barbara McMillan