Obituaries

Ken Haskell

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Kenneth William Haskell was surrounded by people who loved him when he passed away on Friday March 15, 2019, just three days after his 60th birthday. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 34 years, Carolyn (Core) Haskell and his children Ken, Hank and Ciara.

Ken was the one of four children born to the late Bill and Shirley (Jones) Haskell. He is survived by his sister Kim Lindsay (Bob), his sister-in-law Deb Haskell and his brother-in-law Doug Morrison. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored. He was predeceased by his brother Rick Haskell and his sister Cindy Morrison.

Ken was a truck driver by trade and a fisherman at heart. A great day for him was any day that he was on a boat. He also enjoyed watching car races at the local tracks, quite possibly because he was the number one fan of his nephews who raced.

Ken’s middle name William means “protector”; a name that he lived up to. After his brother Rick died he and Carolyn moved their family to Chatham because Ken knew in his heart that this is where he was needed and where he needed to be. He was an awesome uncle.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced on Monday.

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

Audrey Parker

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Service:

Saturday March 16, 2019
11:00 a.m.

A private family interment will follow.

Visitation:

Friday March 15, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Audrey Elsie Parker of Blenheim and formerly of Erieau passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 98 ½ years. Audrey was born in London Ontario, daughter of the late Sarah & William Punnett. She was the last surviving member of her family having been predeceased by her sister Sybil Burns (Bob) and William Punnett (Emma).

Audrey and John Byron “Jack” Parker were married for 68 years before Jack predeceased her in 2007. Together they raised three daughters; Charlotte MacDonald (George), Margaret Rose Burke (Larry) and Sandy Holdaway (Jim). They were blessed with nine grandchildren; Roderick MacDonald (Mary), Shelley MacDonald, Gregory MacDonald (Sandra), Karen McIntyre (Kevin), Suzie Rowley (Doug), Jacqui Campbell (Jeff), Debra Toll (Steve), Tricia McIntyre (Bill) and Jason Holdaway. They were further blessed with 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Audrey was looking forward to her tenth great-great grandchild in a few weeks.

For many years Audrey called Erieau home and she faithfully attended St. Paul’s Anglican Church there. After selling her home, the Legion Villa in Blenheim became her new home where she made more friends. She will be remembered for her kind soul, her keen sense of humor and her contagious laugh.

Friends and family are invited to visitation at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Audrey will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery where Audrey will be laid to rest with Jack.

Friends wishing to remember Audrey with a memorial donation are asked to consider St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Erieau or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Dexter Reed

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday March 17, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Dexter Scott Reed passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday March 10, 2019. Dexter was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia on March 17, 1951. He is survived by his wife Lynn (Holdaway) Reed, his sons Denver & Sarah Reed, Dylan Reed and his grandchildren Westyn, Brynly, Max and Blake. He is also survived by his sister Sheri & John Pegeau with their children Justin and Ryan (Olivia) and granddaughter Brooklyn and his brother Greg & Jill Reed with their daughter Heidi.

Dexter held a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography.  He came to live in the Blenheim area when he and Lynn were married in 1976. For a time he worked with Holdaway Roofing before working with his brother-in-law Carl Phair in the cement business and then for many years he drove for LaFarge Canada.

In keeping with Dexter’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Sunday March 17, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Dexter with a memorial donation are asked to consider supporting Kennesserie Camp or the Fourth Line United Church.

Ruby Postma

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Service:

Glad Tidings Community Church
Saturday March 9, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 8, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ruby Postma of Blenheim passed away into the arms of her Lord, surrounded by the love of her family on Monday March 4, 2019.

Ruby was born in The Netherlands 88 years ago which is where she met a young man named Albert who was working on the same farm. On October 28, 1953 (the warmest day that fall) Ruby and Albert began a journey as husband and wife. Their journey spanned over 65 years and would see the addition of five children; Trudy Timmermans (John), twins Fred Postma (Wilma) and George Postma (Hetty), Ron Postma (Linda) and Terese Saunders (Scott). They were also blessed with 15 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. She is also survived her sister Wietske DeVries and her brother in law Lou Kuipers. Predeceased by her sister Edith Kuipers, her brother Cor Sietsma (Sylvia) and her brother in law Peter DeVries.

Ruby was a long-time member of the Christian Reformed Church in Blenheim. She was an incredible mother who raised her children with the same Christian values that she lived by and she was the kind of grandmother that everybody wanted. Friends would often see her going for walks to the post office with that one man she cared about the most…her beloved Albert. She will be missed.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday March 8, 2019 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. Due to construction at her own church, a Funeral Service for Ruby will be held at Glad Tidings Community Church on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be her grandsons The Rev. Jason Postma and Rev. Albert Postma. Music for the service will be provided by Ruby’s great-granddaughter Alicia Marentette. A luncheon will take place immediately following the Funeral Service followed by a private family interment at Pardoville Cemetery. Acting as pallbearers will be Ruby’s grandsons Chris Timmermans, Jeff Timmermans, Matt Saunders, Eric Postma, Caleb Postma and Adom Postma.

Friends wishing to remember Ruby with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Christian School in Chatham which was important to her.

Ray Mack

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday March 7, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Raymond “Ray” Wayne Mack of Blenheim passed away on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Chelsea Park in London at the age of 72. Ray was the son of the late Robert Cecil and Margaret Elizabeth (McCorkell) Mack.

Ray had recently celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss to Louise (Hanson) of London, having been married on Valentine’s Day in 1969.

Loving father of Timothy Mack (Jose DaSilva) of London and James Mack of Blenheim. Predeceased by son John. Survived by brother Bruce (Theresa) Mack of Chatham, nephew Scott (Caroline) Mack of London and niece Connie Mack of St. Catharines. Special friend to John Robinson of Essex. Missed by his faithful dachshund Sara.

Ray was a dedicated custodian with the Lambton Kent District School Board for several decades working mainly at Ridgetown Public School and Harwich-Raleigh Public School. Ray was a past president of the Blenheim Optimist Club and lifetime member of the East Kent Vintage Equipment Club. Ray was also an avid bowler, participating in both the Thursday night Men’s league and the Sunday night mixed league. Ray was also a member of the Golden Acres Horseshoe Club.

Ray’s preferred hobby was driving his 1964 Corvair Convertible while listening to his favourite band, the Beach Boys. Ray enjoyed attending multiple car shows where he could show off his four-wheeled pride and joy and talk with others that shared his interest.

Friends wishing to remember Ray with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.

In keeping with Ray’s wishes no funeral service will take place but visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday March 7, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Marius Nooyen

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Service:

St. Mary's Church
Monday March 4, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday March 3, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Marius Nooyen, beloved husband of the late Mary (Kerkhof) Nooyen (2015) passed away on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at the age of 84 years. He will be missed by his daughters Kellie Gillier (Tim) of Kent Bridge, Marietta DeLaet (Ken) of Blenheim and his sons Gary Nooyen of Blenheim and Erick Nooyen (Jill) of Rondeau. He was the proud Opa of Dalton Nooyen, McKenna Nooyen, Bayley Gillier, Caden Gillier and Sydney Gillier.

Marius spent most of his years, after immigrating from Holland, on the farm where he worked tirelessly to provide for his family.  He was well known in Blenheim, especially among the Dutch community.  He enjoyed playing cards with his fellow Dutchmen and his family.  Marius enjoyed going for morning coffee “at the Venus” with his friends while he was able to.  His children and 5 grandchildren were his pride and joy and he would light up whenever he was with them.

Marius is survived by his sister Joanne Monden of Ridgetown, his brother Wim Nooyen of Ottawa and his sisters and brothers-in-law Rikie Nooyen of Forest, Martin VanHeesch of Blenheim, Harry & Bernadette Kerkhof of Wallaceburg and Josephina Kerkhof of California. He is predeceased by Diny VanHeesch, Harry & Christine Nooyen, Arnold Nooyen, Peter & Cathy Nooyen, Chris Monden and Monique Nooyen.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Sunday March 3, 2019 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Marius will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Monday March 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Lyla May Richardson

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Service:

Private

Richardson, Lyla May.  A resident of Meadow Park Nursing Home passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 91.  Born in Dover Township on the family farm, March 12, 1927.  Daughter of the late William and Jean Stokes.  Predeceased by her husband Thomas Edward (2013).  Loving mother of John (Gayle) Richardson, Dan (Connie) Richardson, and Debbie (Richard) VanRycheghem.  Cherished grandmother of Rebecca (Bill) Kouyzer, Sarah (Mickey) Parr, Amanda (Jeff) Millman, Brian VanRycheghem, Tanya (Darcy) Bax, Kali (Collin) Sellwood, Aimee (Bobby) Grinde, and Ashley Nickason.  Dearest great grandmother of Zach, Justin, Ryan, Abigail, Alana, Gracie, Lucas, Nash, Kale, Brandt, Brittany (Mike) Smith and Mickala.

Survived by sister Grace Lundy, and sister in laws Joan Stokes and Fay Stokes.  Predeceased by siblings and their spouses, Ruth (Jim) Wood, Bob Lundy, Ross Stokes, Grant Stokes, June (Clifford) Civalier, and Irene (Valere) Vannieuwenhuyze.   Also predeceased by sister in laws and brother in laws Robert (Olive) Richardson, William (Laura) Richardson, Samuel (Alison) Richardson, and Donald (Barbara) Richardson.  Remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Lyla was very involved in her earlier years with St. Paul’s United Church, and worked very hard along side her husband Tom on the farm. She was very dedicated to her 3 children and loved cross-stitching, quilting, knitting and cooking.

Mom’s wishes were to be cremated and to have a private burial at Botany Cemetery, at a later date.

Donations to Meadow Park Auxiliary would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank Meadow Park Nursing Home staff for their exceptional care.

 

Wayne Clark

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday March 2, 2019
12:00 noon

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 1, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

May 23, 1948 – February 16, 2019

Wayne Stanley Clark of Blenheim, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2019 at Riverview Gardens in his 71st year. He was the youngest son of the late Myrtle (Taylor) and Stanley Clark. Survived by his loving wife Lynn (Garrod) and daughters Michelle Clark of Toronto and Robin Knight and granddaughter Abby Knight of Parry Sound, brother Blair (Sheila) of Wasaga Beach, sisters-in-law Agnes Clark of Chatham and Vicki Clark of Ridgetown, Dolores (Ralph) Ferguson of Watford, brother-in-law Bud (Agnes) Garrod of Ottawa. Predeceased by Lloyd, Donna (Bruce) Suitor, Jean Durnin, Harold, Gerald and Murray. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre as a Developmental Service Worker for 29 years until his retirement in 2000. He often brought the residents home for a visit or drove them to various activities and was a Scout leader for their camp. He farmed the family farm for 29 years and after his retirement he drove semi-truck for Brush Farms for 7 years until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2007. He survived lung cancer in 2015.

In 2010 Wayne and Lynn moved from the farm to Blenheim until he entered Riverview Gardens Nursing Home in May, 2018 where a caring staff looked after him. He was a devoted life-time member of the Fourth Line United Church where he was a Clerk of Session, Elder, Steward and Trustee. He was also President of the Fourth Line Friendly Folk for several years.

Wayne and Lynn loved to RV and pulled their 5th Wheel to the Maritimes and out West as far as Victoria, B.C. They also pulled their trailer to Silver Springs, Florida for several years as well as various campsites in Ontario until they had a seasonal lot at Mooretown for five years. Wayne loved to golf and bicycle at campgrounds and on the trails in Rondeau Park or around his neighbourhood. He also liked to go to Tractor Pulls, Farm Shows and RV Shows. His favourite hobby was making Christmas Tree Stands which were guaranteed to hold up a 12-foot tree. He loved to watch westerns and even met Roy Rogers at his museum in Nevada. He rode a horse with the cowboys in the mountains near Calgary for 3 days.

Wayne was a kind and gentle man, fun loving, with a good disposition and great smile, a loving father and a wonderful husband of almost 50 years. He enjoyed having all the family for a big barbecue and fireworks at the farm for his birthday around the Victoria Day weekend. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Friday March 1 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Wayne conducted by Roy Dusten will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday March 2, 2019 at noon. A private interment of Wayne’s urn will take place in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Wayne with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario or the Alzheimer’s Society.

Florette Mary Lindsay

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Service:

Saturday February 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Saturday February 23, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Florette “Flo” (Zastre) Lindsay entered into the light of eternal life peacefully on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the age of 89 at Riverview Gardens, Chatham. She was predeceased by her husband Lancelot “Brick” Lindsay in 2002, by her sons Barry Kelly in 1975, Garry Kelly in 1995 and Brian Kelly in 2016 and by her grandsons Richard Baribeau in 2006 and Daniel Murphy in 2016.

Flo was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 1, 1929 to her parents Alfred & Justine (LaFreniere) Zastre and was the sister of two brothers and eight sisters. She was a long time resident of Blenheim and with her husband Brick owned and operated Blenheim Taxi for many years before selling and opening a restaurant, store and bait shop until retiring back to Blenheim.

Flo will be greatly missed by her family: her son Keith & Mary Kelly (grandsons Ryan, Patrick and Greg) of Victoria B.C., her son Les Lindsay (grandson Sam and granddaughter Eden), her daughter Cheryl Kelly (grandson Matt Rose and granddaughter Lisa Murphy) and by her great granddaughter Olivia and great grandson Cohle.

We would like to thank the staff on 5 West at Riverview Gardens for their care and compassion.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday February 23 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a funeral service.

Friends wishing to make a donation in Flo’s memory are asked to consider the Pet and Wildlife Rescue.

James Raymond “Jimmy” Boothe

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Service:

Private

A Celebration of Jimmy's life will take place
at a later date and will be announced.

James Raymond “Jimmy’” Boothe of Blenheim passed away on Saturday February 9, 2019 at the age of 48 years. He will be forever missed by his wife Wendy, his father Jim Boothe of Ridgetown, his sister Stephanie & John Fraser with their children Kirkie, Kalvin and Lexie of Morpeth, his brother Dennis & his partner of Winnipeg and his grandmother Elizabeth Boothe of Chatham. He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Carolynn (Colebrook) Boothe in 2012.

Jimmy was a hard working guy. He got his first job when he was 15 and met his future wife while he was detassling corn. He became very talented at fabrication and used that talent for many years at RM Auto Restoration before starting his own business Fargo Fab just outside Blenheim. Although on the surface he would have seemed to be a quiet person, his mind was always in motion thinking about how he could make something new or fix something old. He was the best uncle he could be, teaching Kirkie, Kalvin and Lexie life skills and getting them involved in hockey which was another passion of his own.

In keeping with Jimmy’s wishes, his family will remember him with a private family service on Tuesday and then his urn will be taken to Evergreen Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his Mom. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Family and friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation.