Merv Rooke

A photo of Merv Rooke


Evergreen Cemetery
Thursday December 22, 2022
11:00 a.m.

Merv Rooke of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Tuesday December 6, 2022, at the age of 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife Helen (Griffith) in 2008. Merv is survived by his sons John Rooke (Susan), Bradley Rooke and David Rooke, his grandchildren David, Josh, Dakota and Dillon, his sister Elaine Holmes (late Glen) and his brother Al Rooke (Fay). He was predeceased by his parents Harry & Freda (Turner) Rooke and his granddaughter Kayla. His working years were spent between H.L. Turner in Blenheim and working alongside of Henry Fryer sanding hardwood floors and painting. He had a keen interest in cadets and obtained his pilot’s license when he was a young man. He was a volunteer fire-fighter in Blenheim, a long-time member of the Blenheim United Church and enjoyed meeting up with friends for social time at Tim Hortons when he was able.

Merv’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Randy Morton for being such a good friend to Dad over the years and to the staff of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, 4th floor Medicine B for the kindness shown to Dad in his final days.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service for Merv will be held in Evergreen Cemetery on December 22 at 11 a.m. All are welcome. Those wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation since it was one of his favourite charities or a charity of your choice.

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We are very sorry to hear of Mervs passing. He’s been an excellent neighbour to my husband for his whole life, and for the past 6 years to our family. He was always asking about our kids and loved collecting sticks for us to use for campfires. We will miss his warm presence and waving to him from across the street. Thinking of all of his family.

Great sadness to have to say goodby to special cousin of whom I have happy childhood memories as well as many years working with him at Turnco plus a wonderful trip West just last year. Your good nature and cheerfulness is a permanent loss to me and others who knew you.

Our deepest condolences to Merv’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John, David and Bradley, our condolences to you and your families. I remember how hardworking Uncle Merv was and his commitment to scouting, the volunteer fire department, and his church. I also remember the twinkle in his eye and quick laugh as he tried to "pull my leg" at family gatherings. :) Please know that we are there with you in spirit as you celebrate his life, mourn his loss, and prepare to say your final goodbyes. Wishing you God's peace and comfort, Sally Shaw, Rob Fennell, Dexter and Noah

Merv Rooke family - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of your Dad/Grandpa, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. May the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days to come.

John, David, Brad, sorry to hear about the passing Uncle Merv. He had a great run on this earth and is now reunited with Aunt Helen. May he rest in peace.

John & Susan Our very condolences to you . Merv was a very special cousin to me. We had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday together and keep in touch with many phone calls. Merv coming back to Saskatchewan a year ago was so very special with Elaine and Paul. May memories help with your healing. Love to all Marilyn & Lorne.

John, Brad and David, my deepest condolences to you on the passing of your father. He was a hardworking man and a great friend to my father for many years.

So sorry to hear of Merv's passing. When I moved to Blenheim decades ago, I was warmly welcomed by Merv's mother and his Uncle Lawrence as my aunt was married to their brother and our families knew each other well. Over the years I have always felt a real connection to Merv. He was such a lovely man--will miss him. Our condolences John and Diane McGuigan

Our deepest sympathies We will miss seeing him walking , your Dad spent many hours and visits at our house on Victoria he was a big part of the construction always had a smile Take Care thinking of you

Deepest condolences to Merv’s family. He was such a nice guy…. He will be missed by the community…

Was so sorry to read about Merv’s death. I have many fond memories of your dad while he worked with Henry Fryer as well as at Blenheim United Church. He was such a kind man, always with that crooked smile of his. The last time I saw him was at the grocery store and we had a lovely chat. Sending my deepest condolences. Sincerely, Barb Holden

As a child I remember Merv was always the one helping around the Blenheim United Church, taking care of all sorts of maintenance needs and was always friendly to everyone. He was always a big part of the community and I’m sure will be missed by many.

We live a street over from your dad, such a nice man, sending our condolences

My sincere sympathy to Merv's family in your sad loss. He was meticulous about ringing the bell at BUC before the services and always so friendly whenever I met him while living in Blenheim.

Rest om Pesce my friend, yoi lived a long life, and will ne missed by many

Rest in Peace, my friend, ypu lived a long life, and will be missed, by many

So sorry for your loss. Memories of Sunday morning church services include Merv ringing the bell. He was a nice man and will be missed.

To Merv's family my condolences, remembering Merv when he worked along with my dad at Scout Camp at Clearville. He will be missed. He was truly a great person.

Rest in peace Merv! Always such a kind and sweet man. Many memories of him and Helen at BUC. He did several painting jobs for us and always meticulous and a great chat. Condolences to all his family. Kandace and Eric Bliss

I am so sorry Aunt Elaine and family. I sure will miss my chats with him at Timmies :(

I first met Merv when i was living on Sherman St and he was our maintenance helper. I later learned we shared the same birth date and i would always look for him on our day to wish him well. condolences to the family and rip i will miss seeing you around town.

May God give you peace and comfort at this time. Remembering the faithful church bell ringer.💕

Our sincere sympathy to John and all Merv’s family, Helen and Merv were Very special friends of ours and we we’re fortunate to spend many memorable times together.

To the Rooke family, my sincere condolences on Merv's passing, I spent many years on the Blenheim-Harwich fire department with Merv, a mentor, friend and a very special person whom I shall never forget. RIP Merv.

To the Rooke families - my sincerest sympathy on the passing of Merv. Remember him as such a friendly fellow who was a good acquaintance of my dad (Doug Holmes). Together they enjoyed the Scouting group and arranging many summer Cub camps. On many return visits to Blenheim I could usually find Merv at the Timmies and have a pleasant chat with him - and he always remembered who I was! Again my sympathy to the families.

Dear Rooke family ! I canvassed with Merve and Co chaired for heart and store for many years ! I loved Merv ! Such and kind , caring and funny man ! I usually run into him at the post office, to catch up with him ..Mark and I send on our condolences to You all ! He is now with his dear wife ,whom he missed so ...Our thoughts and prayers are with you ....Donna and Mark

John, David and Bradley Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My condolences