James Bertram Fennell

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday August 17, 2019
3:00 p.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday August 17, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

James Bertram Fennell of Erieau passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday August 6, 2019.  Jim was born in New Toronto 72 years ago to his late parents Haviland & Jean (Elliott) Fennell.  He was avid admirer of any outdoor activity and so it would come as no surprise that he was camping in Algonquin Park when he met the love of his life Lauraine Vidler who was from Erieau.  On October 10, 1970 Jim and Lauraine married, making Bramalea their home.  Their amazing adventures over the next 48 years included raising two daughters Michelle Fennell (Brent) and Leigh Fennell (Jeremy) and becoming grandarents to Nathaniel and Carissa.  Four years ago in his declining health, Jim and Lauraine moved back to Erieau to be closer to the support of family.

Jim will be remembered fondly by his brother Edward (Lore) Fennell, by Lauraine’s mother Jeannette Vidler (late George) and siblings Joanne Adams (late Gerry), Scott Vidler (Patti) and Brian Vidler (Heidi), by his nieces and nephews and by many casual acquaintances he met just by being the friendly, outgoing person that he was.

Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday August 17, 2019 where visitation will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  A Celebration of Jim’s life will follow at 3:00 p.m. and will be officiated by Rev. David Fuller.

Friends wishing to remember Jim are encouraged to allow flowers to make the world beautiful and instead consider making a memorial donation to either St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Erieau or the Chatham-Kent Hospice in recognition of the care and compassion that was shown to him in his final days.

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So sorry to hear of Jims passing. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was such an energetic & vigorous man, kind, caring & generous with his time.

My Dear Lauraine, Michelle and Leigh..... In this time, it is difficult to know what to say, Jim was a man that lived life to the fullest and those around him could not help but love him and enjoy every moment with him.....He will be missed, but he will live on through each and everyone of us, in our hearts and our minds..He will never be forgotten... I miss you all.... Jim

Lauraine, My condolences to you, your girls and and your extended families. Prayers and thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Tina

Sorry for your loss .hugs

Lauraine, Michelle and Leigh, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. It was great that we had the chance to say good bye a couple of weeks ago. He is at peace. We are here for your. All our love. Sheila and David Shelton

Lauraine & families So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts & prayers. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything. ❤️

Dear Lauraine, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls during this time of sadness. Jim was such a wonderful and caring man and it was a pleasure knowing. Our love and prayers to you and you family.

Dear Lauraine and family: please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Helen Demeurichy/Ouellette

My dearest Leigh and Michelle and Lorraine, What a pleasure it was to know Jim! I am forever grateful to have laughed along side all of you through 4 years of university into our adulthood (chronologically only of course!!) May we all continue to shower the world with the zest of life Jim had everyday .. remembering him for his smile, sense of humour and his ever so young heart of gold. The universe is now a bit brighter with its new star ⭐️ Lots of love Ella & family

Lauraine we are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy. Our love and prayers to you and your family.

so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband , Lauraine , my condolences to you and your girls and all his friends and family

So very sorry Leigh and family for your loss. Condolences to the entire family ❤❤

Lauraine and family, So sorry for your loss. He is at peace. Prayers and love to you all.

Joe and I send our prayers and love to the family I was blessed to have met this wonderful man while working with Leigh in Brampton God Bless