Thursday December 22, 2022
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.