Obituaries

Theodore Elliott

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It is with such sadness that we announce our son, Theodore Ralph Elliott was born still on Saturday November 11, 2017. Quietly Theodore tiptoed into the hearts of his parents Michael & Jenna (Stepniak) Elliott and left a lifetime of beautiful memories for them to hold. He was loved from the start…our baby boy; our beautiful son and Wade’s baby brother. He had an extended family who was also looking forward to his arrival, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and Theodore’s family will remember him quietly.

 

Mike Davey

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday November 10, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Michael Scott Davey of Blenheim passed away at home on Wednesday November 8, 2017. Mike was born 58 years ago in St. Thomas to his parents Marilyn (Gord Barnhard) & the late Bruce Davey. It was one day while working at the Mink Ranch just outside of Blenheim that he met the love of his life Kerry Colby and they began a life together that included Brent & Dale Colby and their children Megan and Hailey. Mike will be forever remembered by his sister Linda Monk and his brothers Steve & Lori, Pete & Connie and Paul & Karen. He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman. He loved animals. He loved hunting and fishing. He always had a story or a joke to tell and had a very strong opinion that there was no reason ever to wear socks unless you were going to a wedding or a funeral (and then they should be taken off as soon as possible). A great day for him was when his grandchildren would come to visit.

It was Mike’s wish that this stage of his life be shared with family and friends. A time of visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday November 10, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Memories will be shared at 1:30 p.m.

Mike was involved with the Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association and it was in his heart to support children who need financial help to become involved with the activities there. Friends wanting to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider donating to that cause.

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Louis Lachapelle

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday November 14, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday November 14, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Alphonse “Louis” Lachapelle of Shrewsbury passed away at home on Monday November 6, 2017. Louis was born in Sturgeon Falls 56 years ago to his late parents Rolande & Emile Lachapelle.  He will be remembered with great fondness by his wife Hollie (Walters) Lachapelle, his daughter Katie (Allan), sons Shane and Joseph (Sammi-Joe), step-children Val and Steven, his grandchildren Ashantee, Bailey, Joey, Coven, Kassidee, Nethaniel and Desiree as well as his sisters Frankie, Louise (Mark), Helen, Annette (Bruce), Monique (Rick) and his brother Rene.  Predeceased by his sister Diane and brothers Paul, Henry and Norm.

In keeping with Louis’ wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday November 14, 2017 where visitation will take place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Louis will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Louis with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society.

Joyce Hope

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Service:

Celebration of Life
Thursday November 9, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Private family interment to follow

Joyce Patricia Welch passed away November 5, 2017 at Chatham Kent Health Alliance. She was born July 29, 1937, in Blenheim, 80 years ago, daughter of the late Lillian Markey and George Welch. She is predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth Wayne Hope.

Loving wife and mother, loyal friend, community-minded citizen and animal lover, Joyce loved nothing better than to nurture, care and support those nearest and dearest to her. She was raised in Blenheim, but later moved to Guilds and raised a family with her loving husband Ken Hope. Throughout her life, she balanced work as an office assistant at McGeorge Construction and Mallory’s in Blenheim and later as a representative at Sears in Chatham while dedicating time to family life.

Going for drives to the lake, planting gardens in the spring, picnics at the beach with the kids on warm summer days and spending time with her pets, especially her special cat, Lilly, were some of her favorite pastimes. She was an avid reader and loved to share stories and books with her children, grandchildren and friends.

A proud member of the Blenheim and Guilds communities, she participated in UCW, I.O.D.E. and was a leader for United Church Explorers for many years. In later years, Joyce enjoyed time spent visiting with her friends over coffee and interacting with neighbors. She was always a good listener with a smile and a story to share.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Heather and Brian Panchyshak of Windsor, Stephanie and Brad Potier of Lake Orion, Michigan and Stephen and Renée Hope of Blenheim, seven grandchildren, Katelyn and Rachel Panchyshak, Mitchell and Kurtis Potier, Suprina and Brad Bartlett, Krystal Goodison, Tyler and Samantha Goodison, and five great-grandchildren, Miley, Tyrese, Tyzon, Logan and Owen and a brother and sister-in-law Les and Louise Welch of Whitby. She is predeceased by her sister Kathleen Cundle and brother, Art Welch.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate and share stories of Joyce’s life at Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, November 9th from 1-3pm. As per Joyce’s wishes a cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held after the reception. Those wishing to remember Joyce with a memorial donation, are encouraged to donate to Pet and Wildlife Rescue of Chatham.

Sam Penney

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Service:

Sam's family will remember him privately.

Sam Penney of Morpeth passed away on Sunday November 5, 2017. Sam was born in Newfoundland on August 29, 1935 the son of the late Sam and Isabel (March) Penney.  He is survived by his wife Nancy “Bo” Penney (nee Barker), two sons Gary of Chatham and Ken & Darlene of Lighthouse Cove, two daughters Debbie & Ernie Simon of Newfoundland and Margie of Alberta.  Sam is also survived by his brother Finten & Joyce Penney of Newfoundland, his sisters Mary Lacosta and Carmie Lacosta both of Newfoundland, by seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  He will be remembered by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother John and by his sisters Aggie and Teresa.

In keeping with Sam’s wishes, cremation is to take place. Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society.

Alan Varney

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 4, 2017
2:30 p.m.

Visitation:

A time of visitation and sharing of memories will take place following the Funeral Service.

Charles Alan Varney

(1938 – 2017)

It is with great sadness that our sharing the news of the passing of Alan will touch so many hearts of those who he came in contact with during his journey through life. His passing leaves behind the love of his life Audrey, his wife of 53 years, his beloved sons Kyle (Tammy) and Dale Varney and the second love of his life, his granddaughter Samantha.

Alan was born in Duart, the only son of Charles and Jean Varney. His remaining siblings are Jessie Welch Cutler, Shirley Kennedy and Mary Helen Wilson (Bill). His extended family includes his sister-in-law Kathyrn Young, brother-in-law Rev. Roger Millar (Nancy) and brother-in-law Bob Wilson (Lynn). His nieces and nephews are Mary Jean Hornick (Stu), Paul Welch (Laurie), Mark Welch (Michele), Tim Welch (Karen), Anne Darby, Jim Kennedy, Peter Jon Wilson, Graham and Christopher Millar and Laura Van Berkum (Ryan).  He was predeceased by three brother-in-laws; Dr. Walter Welch, Bill Cutler and Kyle Kennedy, his nephew Richard Young and two very dear friends Keith Sambell and Vic Knight.

Alan was born to be a teacher. He ruled with a strict hand but with a compassionate heart. His teaching began in a one room country school in Sombra and ended at Blenheim District High School. As he aged and many of his students hair began to turn grey, that warm teacher/student relationship was always reaffirmed when they met one another.

Alan’s greatest success was just being a good human being. For those who knew him, his love and his great pride of family was evident in his every word and action. His love was unconditional. Alan looked after all of his family and tried to protect each of them from the storms in life. His strong work ethics were undeniable and his steadfast belief in honesty awarded him integrity. There was one thing that Alan despised and that was injustice. While others whispered their thoughts behind the scenes, Alan stood up and used his voice for justice. Often his voice was the only one heard in the room.

Alan did not define gifts wrapped up with big bows as acts of generosity but rather the gifts people gave of themselves. He admired that trait in others and he himself bestowed that generosity to so many in his lifetime. He cherished his friends and he proved to them throughout his life that he would be a presence in their lives when they needed someone the most. What a wonderful legacy Alan leaves behind. Hopefully, we, his beneficiaries, will be able to follow in the footprints he so skillfully carved out for each of us.

This beautiful, Irish life-affirming poem tells us where our dearest love Alan is now:

He is not lost our dearest love,

Nor has he travelled far,

Just stepped inside home’s loveliest room,

And left the door ajar.

 

Please join us at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday November 4, 2017 as we celebrate Alan’s life. A formal service will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a time of visiting and sharing memories.  Friends wishing to remember Alan with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider Prostate Cancer Canada or Movemeber Canada.

 

Terrence Bird

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 4, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Terrence Glen Bird of Shrewsbury passed away with his family by his side on Monday October 30, 2017.  Terry was one of 8 children born to the late James & Marie (Pilot) Bird and is survived by his siblings Sylvia, Roberta, Rosemary, Nichole, Alan and Dwight.

On July 27, 1968 Terry married the love of his life Maria (Proestos) and spent many years living by the water in Shrewsbury which was a dream come true since his favourite past time was fishing.  Terry will be remembered by his children Michelle & Kenneth Annis, Christopher & Linda Bird, Vandy Neaves and Leonard Byrd as well as his grandchildren Katie, Lindsay, Liam, Mitchell and Jennifer.  He was predeceased by his daughter Deborah and by his sister Diane.

In their 49 years together, Terry and Maria shared many happy memories including travelling, fishing and spending time with friends.  Terry was a great musician who passed his talents on to his children.  He will be missed.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday November 4, 2017 where visitation will be held from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  A Funeral Service for Terry will begin at 11:00 and will be conducted by Rev. Mike Maroney of the First Presbyterian Church in Chatham.   Friends wishing to remember Terry with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or the Salvation Army.

Donald Ross Giffin

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Service:

Glad Tidings Community Church
Friday October 27, 2017
10:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday October 26, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Glad Tidings Community Church
Friday October 27, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Giffin family are sad to announce the passing of Donald Ross Giffin, who passed away peacefully at home on the family farm in Blenheim, Ontario, on October 23, 2017.

He was born on May 28, 1950, in Chatham, Ontario, to the late Gerald and Marion (Jackson) Giffin. Beloved husband of Jean (Holland) Giffin for 44 years, loving father of Sheila Giffin and Jason Yee of Blenheim, Janice Giffin of London, Dr. Jennifer Giffin of Halifax, and Diane and Adrian Rivard of St. Adolphe d’Howard, Quebec. Predeceased by his infant daughter Michelle. Proud grandfather of Chesney and Jolyon Giffin Yee, and Nicolas Rivard. Brother to Ruth Anne and Burton McClelland of Peterborough, and uncle to their children David and Beth.

Don graduated from Ridgetown College in the class of 1970 with a diploma in Agricultural Technology. He farmed all his life in Harwich Township and was actively involved in the local community with agriculture, church, and heritage concerns. Don was a member of Blenheim United Church where he sang in the choir for many years. Don has won numerous awards and recognitions for his maple syrup products. He was a World Champion Maple Syrup Producer and judge at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He loved collecting antique cars and tractors, fishing in Port Loring, and travelling around rural Ontario.

Visitation will be at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, October 26 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Visitation will also be on Friday, October 27 from 9:30-10:30 at Glad Tidings Community Church. Funeral service to follow. Donations can be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

Jeanne DeSchryver

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Service:

A Private Funeral Service will take place at a later date.

Jeanne Amanda DeSchryver died peacefully on October 22, 2017 at Blenheim Community Village at the age of 93. Born in Denderhoutem, Belgium on April 5, 1924 to the late Denis and Pauline Verlinden.  She immigrated with her late husband Cyriel DeSchryver (1996) and young family to Blenheim where they worked in the vegetable fields, eventually buying their own farm in the Erieau area.  Surviving are her children Agnes (Rick) Soulard of Sarnia, Gilbert (Linda) DeSchryver and Willy (Mary) DeSchryver, both of Blenheim.  She will be missed by 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her brother Jeff Verlinden and great grandson Evan DeSchryver.

A Private Funeral Service will be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Jeanne with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance CT Scan Campaign or the charity of your choice.

Roger Heatherington

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Service:

Private

Roger Mac Heatherington, of Cedar Springs passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday October 15, 2017 at the age of 73 years. For many years Roger drove truck and was fortunate to see a lot of Canada and the United States on his long hauls.  He enjoyed telling a good joke as much as he liked hearing one.  Giving up his truck driving career gave him the opportunity to spend the last ten years with the love of his life Winnifred Kunzler.  He also started his own business called “Rogers Action Pest Management” which earned him the nickname of “Debugger”.  His standard answer when someone asked how he was doing was “better than I deserve”!  In his spare time, he and Winnifred enjoyed time at the Blenheim Legion where he was a member and singing karaoke in a number of area venues.  In keeping with his wishes, Winnifred along with Roger’s siblings and children will remember him privately.  Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation.