Obituaries

Thomas Fletcher

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A resident of Blenheim, Thomas Hugh Fletcher passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Thursday January 26, 2023 at the age of 81. Tom was the son of the late Farwell and Doris Fletcher (nee Hicks). He will be dearly missed by his sister Katherine (Roger) Thompson of Ottawa. Cremation has taken place and the family will be remembering him privately.

Ronald “Bucky” Hill

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday January 27, 2023 @ 11:00

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday January 26, 2023 5pm-8pm

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald “Bucky” Hill, who passed away peacefully at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance on Monday January 23rd, 2023 at the age of 70.  Bucky was the son of the late Harold and Jean Hill.  Dear husband of 49 years to Barbara Hill (nee Stone). Loving father to Chris (Sarah) Hill and grandfather to Riley and Easton.  Brother to Tom Hill, Carol (Lionel) Hebert, Nancy Ireland-Beattie (Charlie Beattie), Alice Hill, Elizabeth (Bill) Reid, Mary Jane Wilkinson-Hill and predeceased by Donald Hill, Johnny Hill, Twyla (George) Lee and Sandy Hill.  Brother in law to Betty Ann Stone (Randy), and the late Bruce (Terry) Stone.  Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.  Bucky will be remembered by his outgoing nature, one who would do anything for anyone, his love of his family (especially his grandkids), and his enthusiasm towards golf, baseball, and hockey.  He will truly be missed by all who knew him.  Visitation for Bucky will be held on Thursday January 26th,  2023 at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley St. in Blenheim from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.  A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday January 27th, 2023 at 11:00am with an interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Reception to follow at the Blenheim Legion.  Donations made in memory of Bucky to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 Poppy Fund would be appreciated.  Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Sherry Callow

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Service:

Evergreen Cemetery
Friday January 13, 2023
11:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday January 13, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Cheryl “Sherry” Marie Callow of Blenheim passed away in a loving environment at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on January 10, 2023.  Sherry was the daughter of the late Marvin & Marion (Henderson) Callow and is survived by her siblings Bob & Olga Callow, Linda & Brian Pickering, Barbara Callow, Maryann & Marce Grossutti, Donna & Rob Mailing, Murray & Jane Callow and Brenda & Ernst Burri, by her brother-in-law Jim Ellis and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was recently predeceased by her sister Kathy Callow in September, 2022.

Sherry was an independent and feisty woman who was fiercely loyal to her friends and family.  She took comfort in religion and spiritual passages.  As a firm believer in the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle), she wasted nothing.  She hated litter and as long as she was able to, she kept the sidewalks of Blenheim clean.

Visitation for Sherry will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday January 13, 2023 from 10:00 until 11:30.  At that time, a graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Chatham-Kent Hospice for the kindness shown to Sherry during her stay there.  Friends wishing to remember her with a memorial donation are asked to consider the hospice to help other families.

A video tribute of Sherry can be viewed by clicking the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/LS7F3FZL77MS47M9

Loretta Brown

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Loretta Mae Brown of Blenheim passed away peacefully with her family by her side in the early morning hours of Sunday January 8, 2023.  She leaves behind her four children, Deborah Pinsonneault, Brenda McNear (late Mike), Shelley Brown (Chuck) and Jim Brown (Bobbi).  Nanny and Great-Nanny will be remembered by Sarah (Gracie), Jason, Jodi & Calvin, Jim & Consuela (Brody and Brayden), Joshua, Jake and Jesse.  She was predeceased by her spouse Larry Furman in 2007.

Loretta was one of eight children born to the late Willa Mae & Murray Smith and is survived by her sisters Marj & Jim Price and Lillian & Reno LeClerc as well as her brothers George & Evelyn Smith, Donald Smith (Lynn), Archie Smith (late Deb) and Clarence & Marta Smith.  She was predeceased by her sister Louise Britton.  She will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

A long-time employee of Standard Tube in Blenheim, Loretta enjoyed her retirement by gardening, watching the birds in her yard and playing bingo.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.  It was her wish that her family would remember her privately for now and celebrate her life in their own way at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

David Gerald Eskritt

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday January 10, 2023
4:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday January 10, 2023
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of David Gerald Eskritt. Dave was a resident of Chatham, formerly of Ridgetown, Ontario. Dave passed away peacefully with his beloved Wife and Daughters by his side at CKHA after a lengthy battle with Reynauds and Scleroderma at the age of 65. Born in Chatham, son of the late Albert Jonathan Eskritt (Marion) and Bernice Lena Eskritt.

Loving spouse to Judith Ann Fraser for 17 wonderful years. Dear Father to Shannon Knight (Jim), Angie Whitesell (Mark), Thomas Fraser, James Fraser (Sandra) and Brittany Fraser (Eric). Cherished and adored Papa/Grandpa of Brady, Bowe, Josh, Abby, Carter, Julia, Sophia, James, Corban, Daxx, Lincoln and Theo. Treasured brother of Donald Eskritt, Christopher Eskritt, Loretta Howey (Brent), Michele Hansen (Denise), Sandra Gauthier (Richard), Heather Dawson, Murray Dawson and the late Ronald Eskritt (Charlene). Brother-in-law to Rick Hall (Karen), Bob Hall, Jim Hall and Kate Davies. Dave will be fondly remembered by his sidekick Bubsie (David Jones), many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Dave was a former employee at Metaldyne (R.J. Simpsons), Murray Clark Farms, Ken McLarty Farms, Motor Wheel and ES Hubbell. Dave enjoyed boating, fishing, camping and playing cards with friends. Everyone that knew Dave knows his love for Nascar and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The family wishes to thank all the ICU staff and Doctors for treating him with respect and dignity. Their kindness and understanding shown will not be forgotten.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. followed immediately by a funeral service at 4:00

Anyone wishing to remember David with a memorial donation are asked to donate to Scleroderma Canada https://www.scleroderma.ca/copy-of-nutrition-1

Wayne “Riley” Coll

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Wayne “Riley” Coll on January 3rd in his 68th year.  Born in Chatham, the son of the late Earl & Irene Coll.  Brother to Sandy Coll, Rick (Carol) Coll, Raymond Coll and Pattie (John) Spacil.  He was a wonderful uncle to many nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by his sisters Diane Coll and Debbie Marriott.  His demons are gone, and may he finally rest in peace.

Dorothy P. Wright (Fraser)

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Service:

Private

Dorothy P. Wright (Fraser), a resident of Blenheim passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday December 30th, 2022. She was born in Ridgetown and was the daughter of the late Alvin and Hazel (Turner) Fraser. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Allison Wright. Dear mother of Glenn Wright of Dusseldorf Germany and mother-in- law to Jackie Wright of Blenheim. Loving grandmother of Ashley (late Bradley) DeBoer, Justin (Pauline) Wright and Amber (Jordan) Scott. Adoring great grandmother to Kamryn DeBoer and Rylee Wright. Cherished sister of Irene (late Don) Koyle and predeceased by her infant sister Helen Fraser. Caring sister-in-law to Patricia (Doug) Haskell and loving aunt to all of her nieces and nephews. Cherished friend to her chosen daughter Eileen Lindsay.

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and enjoyed visits with her son Glenn. She was very proud of her grandchildren and would do anything for them. She especially loved playing with her great grandchildren whether it was having a tea party, reading books or playing on the floor.

She was always available to listen, give advice, give a hug or soothe a crying baby. She was loving, caring and kind and became known as “Granny” to so many due to her nurturing ways.

Dorothy (Granny) could be found mending or sewing, reading novels or doing crosswords. She liked to go for walks, work outdoors in the yard, go for rides in her Chevy Malibu or go for coffee with her friends. She was very independent and determined and was known for handing out witty remarks.

Caring, loving and supportive neighbors and friends will miss her dearly, as she was a staple in the neighborhood, known for keeping watch or lending a hand whenever needed.

She has left us with so many fond memories that we will love and cherish forever.

As per her wishes, a private service and burial will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday January 4th, 2023. Friends and family wishing to remember Dorothy (Granny) are encouraged to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

Clark Mifflin

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday January 5, 2023
2:30 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday January 4, 2023 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday January 5, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CLARK AUSTIN MIFFLIN – Died peacefully at home on the morning of Jan 1st at the age of 74. Clark loved to farm and never retired – even through advanced lung disease, he was committed, determined, and enthusiastic. Farming was his passion and favourite topic of conversation (often over coffee at the Erie Café), though politics and history were close behind. He was active in the Merlin community, a devoted man who valued work and service. Loving husband, father, and brother, survived by wife Hélène, daughters Erin (Paul), Kathleen, Charlene (Aaron), Kristena (Ryan), and son Thomas (Stephanie). Grandfather to Claire, Blythe, Violet, Austin, and Beau; step grandfather to Katie and Tyler. Brother to Fraser (Colleen), Jill, and Janelle (Les). Cherished by his cousins, beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife Lynda, parents Charles & Tena. Visitation at Blenheim Community Funeral Home (53 Stanley Street, Blenheim N0P 1A0) will be Wed Jan 4th from 6-8 PM and Thurs Jan 5th from 11 AM-1 PM. Funeral Thurs Jan 5th 2:30 PM at Blenheim Community Funeral Home, interment to follow at Victoria Cemetery (20651 Tasker Road, Merlin N0P 1W0). In lieu of flowers, donations to Operation Smile, Parkinson Canada, Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or Victoria Cemetery Fund would be much appreciated.  To watch the live streamed funeral service please register by clicking the following link:  https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=e7e21b9a-824d-4aa9-98bc-9ea2b96b60c9

The family respectfully asks attendees wear a mask. 

Bill Dauphin

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Service:

A Celebration of Life will be held at
the home of Matt & Cassie Dauphin
on Thursday January 5, 2023
from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday January 3, 2023
2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the
Dale E. Creighton Brain & Biobank
through the Funeral Home

Bill Dauphin, a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away in Chatham on Friday December 30, 2022 with family by his side.  Born on June 24, 1957, Bill was the son of the late Reginald and Salina Dauphin.  He was married to the love of his life, Patty (Goodwin) Dauphin for 45 years.  He will be missed by his children and grandchildren, Matt & Cassie (Paylie, Madison and Jaxsyn), Jeremy & Lauren (Liam and Ayla), and Mitch & Stephanie (Lucy).

He will be remembered by his siblings Jane & John Barnett, Dan & Trish Dauphin, Ron & Patty Dauphin, and Tim & Aimee Dauphin.  He was predeceased by his sister Charlene (survived by Mario).  Bill was a devoted brother who loved his family very much.

A son-in-law to Doris & Lorne (deceased) Goodwin, and brother-in-law to Carol & Bruce (deceased) Embury, Linda & Jim Minnie, Laurie & Dale Glassford, and Diane Wilkins (deceased).

Bill was a hardworking man who had a great love for music, campfires, fireworks, trips to Las Vegas, and holidays with his family in Florida.  He loved having friends stop by the shop for a visit and a beer.  He especially loved cruising in his ’66 Plymouth Satellite convertible with Patty at his side.

Bill was so proud of his three sons and their accomplishments and encouraged them to shoot for the stars and to be good men.  He inspired his sons with his love for the trade of carpentry.  He adored his three beautiful daughters-in-law who were more like his own daughters, and he was always excited to spend time with his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Bill was a true family man and loved nothing more than to crank the tunes and dance and sing with his family.  His smile was warm and his laugh was infectious.

Whenever Bill’s name was mentioned it was always followed by how he always had a smile on his face and what an amazing builder he was. He had a close bond with several of his friends.

Visitation for Bill will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday January 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Matt & Cassie Dauphin on Thursday January 5th between 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. In true Billy-D fashion, pizza, wings and beer will be served.  Feel free to stop by during this time for a drink and a visit.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Dale E. Creighton Brain & Biobank through the Funeral Home.

 

Abraham Unger

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Service:

Glad Tidings Community Church
403 Chatham Street South, Blenheim
Friday December 30, 2022
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday December 29, 2022
2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Abraham Unger, a loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at his home in Dresden on Saturday December 24, 2022.  Born in Mexico on July 17, 1978 Abraham was the son of the late Helena and Wilhelm Unger.  He is the much loved husband of Katharina (Martens) Unger.  He will be missed by his children and grandchildren David (Mason), Susan & Jordan (Levi, Zephaniah, Elijah and Leia), Jessica & Lukas (Theodore and Iyla), Amanda & Nekco, Ajay, Aden, Ava and Vincent.

He will be remembered by his siblings Margaret & Abraham Knelsen, Anna & Peter Wall, Peter & Katherina Unger, Jacob & Margaret Unger, Cornelious & Maria Unger, Ben & Lisa Unger, Isaak Unger and Johann Unger.  He was predeceased by his brother Wilhelm in 2022 (survived by Helena).

Abraham was a hard working man who loved fishing, cooking, camping and just being outdoors.  He would do anything he could for his family because they were always first in his heart.

Visitation for Abraham will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held in Glad Tidings Community Church, 403 Chatham Street South, Blenheim on Friday December 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.