Obituaries

Margaret Vlasschaert

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Service:

St. Mary's Church
Saturday October 9, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Please call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200
if you plan on attending

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday October 8, 2021
3:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 -9:00 p.m.
Parish Prayers will be held at 7:00

Please call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200
for a visitation time

Margaret Madeline Vlasschaert, a resident of Blenheim and loving wife of the late Frank P Vlasschaert (1995) passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Tuesday October 5, 2021 at the age of 89 years.  Dearest Mother of Mark (Sherry), Michael (Ann) and Frank (Susan).  Cherished Grandma of Steve, Nicole (Vince), Marek, Ryan (Louisa), Matthew (Megan), Jeremy (Heather), Bradley, and Blake.  Great Grandma of Isaiah, Logan, Lauren, Emily, Henry and Hazel.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents Alois & Germaine (Laevens) Lobbestael and brothers Edward and Julien (Bonnie) Lobbestael.  Survived by her sister-in-law Irma Lobbestael.

Mom and Dad were life long onion growers in the Erieau marsh.  Mom was a proud member of St. Mary’s Parish, the Catholic Women’s League and the I.O.D.E.  She lived in Blenheim all of her precious life and made a lot of friends.

Visitation for Margaret will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday October 8th from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be held at 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 9th.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Donations made in memory of Margaret can be made to a charity of your choice.

Friends wishing to attend the visitation or the Mass are asked to contact the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 as COVID limitations remain in place.  Everyone attending will be required to wear a face covering.

Vera Irwin

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Service:

Private

Vera Ludwin Irwin of Blenheim passed away at home on Monday October 4, 2021 with her loving daughter Mary Dawn by her side.  Born in Basshaw Alberta 95 years ago, Vera was predeceased by the love of her life Don Irwin in 2019 on their 73rd wedding anniversary and by her son Tim Irwin in 1991.  Along with Mary Dawn, she is survived by her grandsons Mitchell Snobelen, Chuck Irwin and Jesse James Irwin and her great grandchildren Berhonica and Martin.

Vera was the eldest of five children born to Bessie & George DeLeeuw and helped raise her siblings Bud, Harvey, Wayne and Janet.  She will be missed by her good friends Ethel Townsend, Carol Embury, Gordon Want, Jeannie Ramsden, Jim Nauta and Harold VanderEnde.

With the help of the nurses from V.O.N. and the PSW’s from Care Partners, V.O.N., the Alzheimer’s Society and Bayshore, Vera was able to spend her final years at home.  Her family will be eternally grateful for that blessing.

It was Vera’s request that cremation take place.  A private family graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.  Friends wishing to remember Vera with a memorial donation are asked to consider Trinity Anglican Church or the Alzheimers Association.

Virginia Suk

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday October 7, 2021
3:00 p.m.

Those wishing to attend must wear
a face covering. Please call the
Funeral Home to let us know that
you are coming.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday October 7, 2021
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Those wishing to attend must wear
a face covering. Please call the
Funeral Home to let us know that
you are coming.

Virginia May Suk of Blenheim passed away peacefully at Blenheim Community Village on Sunday October 3, 2021 at the age of 86 years.  Virginia was born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan on May 11, 1935.  She was married to the late Joseph Suk (2019) and they had two children; Linda Suk and the late John Suk.  She is survived by her daughter in law Laurie, by two grandsons Colin and Evan Suk and by her sister Margaret Roelandt.  She was predeceased by her mother Alice DeBusschere-Verstraete-Alvoet, father Andre Verstraete, stepfather Edmund Alvoet and brother-in-law Marcel Roelandt.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday October 7, 2021 from 1 pm until time of Funeral Service at 3 pm.  Friends wishing to attend the visitation or Funeral Service are required to wear a face covering.  Cremation will follow.  Friends wishing to remember Virginia with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.

William “Bill” Longe

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday October 9, 2021
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Face coverings are required.

William “Bill” Longe passed away on Friday October 1, 2021.  Born in Chatham on January 29, 1961.  Beloved husband of the late Sandra (Craner) Longe (2015).  William will be forever missed by his daughters Jessica Craner, Nadine Longe (Ryan Burk), Rachael Longe (Jason Growler) and Chelsea Longe (Amjad L’Amchaouri), by his grandchildren Kaydence Longe and Frankie Burk,  his parents Frankie and Joe Longe, mother-in-law and father-in-law Sharron & John Craner, brothers Frank Longe and Fred & Wendy Longe and nieces and nephews Sarah, Maggie and Curtis Longe and his sister-in-law Jenny Lyn & Dan Verellen with their sons Joshua and Jacob.  He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Vernon Craner.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Visitation for Bill will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday October 9, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The family will hold a private service for inurnment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Family and friends wishing to remember William with a memorial donation are asked to consider Community Living Chatham-Kent.

Laurene Foxcroft

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Laurene (Shute) Foxcroft in her 83rd year, wife of the late Peter James Foxcroft (August 7, 2021) passed away peacefully at home on Thursday September 30, 2021. Laurene will be remembered by her children Craig (Lisa) Foxcroft and Brent (Sherry) Foxcroft, her grandchildren Lisanne, Alex, and Ryan Foxcroft, her sister Janet Ronald and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Lou Kennedy, Beverley Hammond, Robin Foster and her brother Gerald Shute.

Born in London, ON to the late Lorimer & Helen (Johnson) Shute, Laurene worked for Miracle Food Mart and A&P until she retired. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will remember her at a later celebration.

Friends wishing to remember her with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Salvation Army.

Jim Hart

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Service:

A graveside service will be held
in the Morpeth Cemetery on
Wednesday September 15, 2021
at 11:00 a.m.

James Hart of Morpeth, husband of the late Nancy (Uhrik) Hart passed away on Sunday September 12, 2021 just three days after his 72nd birthday.  Born in Scotland, the son of the late Janet & Robert Hart, Jim is survived by his only brother William Hart (Karen) of Windsor.  He will be remembered by his nephews Randy Doyle and Stephen Doyle as well as his nieces Brody Hart and Ashley Hart.

Friends will remember Jim from his many years of work at the University of Windsor and his involvement with the union.  He was a kind and loving uncle who spent every Saturday night watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He was a talented artist and enjoyed painting in his spare time.

A graveside service will be held at Morpeth Cemetery on Wednesday September 15th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bill Terris officiating.

Friends wishing to remember Jim with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Food Bank through the Salvation Army.

John Nealey Jr

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday September 10, 2021
11:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday September 10, 2021
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

John William Nealey Jr. passed away in London on Friday September 3, 2021 at the age of 55 years.  Born in Oshawa, John was the son of Linda & the late John Nealey Sr. and is survived by his brothers Glen and Len Nealey of Chatham.

John was a lifetime fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He attended school in Blenheim at Harwich-Raleigh Public School and Blenheim District High School before taking a job at Canadian Tire.   A car accident in 2003 left him with a lifetime of challenges but through it all he always remained a gentleman who was easy going and who appreciated the people around him.

Visitation for John will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday September 10, 2021 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  A Funeral Service will follow visitation at 11:30 in the Funeral Home.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to attend the visitation or Funeral Service are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 as attendance is limited.  Face coverings are required to be worn in the Funeral Home.

Pat Langan

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Patrick Stephen Langan of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Sunday September 5 at the age of 65, or 16 ¾ in Leap Year birthdays.  He was surrounded with love and support throughout his battle with cancer.

He was born in Windsor to the late Patrick and Margaret (Wren) Langan and was the brother of Mary Anne Ginn (Tom) and John Langan (2013) (survived by Cathy).

Beloved husband and best friend of Bettyann.  He was the cherished father of Stephen Langan (Terri) of Shrewsbury and Lea-Allison Brown (Darcy) of Sylvan Lake, Alberta and will be remembered by their mother Susan Holdaway.  Step-father of Greg White (Roxanne) of Mar and Andrew White (Julie) of Sauble Beach.  Proud Grandpa to Sheldon, Kaytland and Gabby and Bonus Poppa to Timarie, Owen, Madison, Gabriel and Gavin.  He was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Brant & Alberta Watson.

Pat spent his working life as a custodian at the W.J. Baird Public School in Blenheim where the safety and well being of his “Baird Kids” was always his primary concern.  He retired after 30 years to enjoy biking, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, boating and having a brew with his family and friends.  If the garage door was open and the music was blaring, it was an invitation to come in.  Time at the gym with all of his friends there made his life good.

Pat’s family will be celebrating his life privately.  Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or the Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue.

Rev up the bike and ride with the Angels, my love.

Pack the beer bag and pick me up when my chores here are done.

Pat’s family will be celebrating his life privately.  Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice https://www.chathamkenthospice.com/donate/ or the Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue https://ckanimalrescue.com/ .

Garry Vaughan

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday September 2, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to attend the visitation
are asked to call the Funeral Home for
a visitation time.
Face coverings are required.

It is with profound sadness that the family of Garry Owen Vaughan of Chatham announces his passing on Monday August 30, 2021 at the age of 83.

Garry was born in Port Burwell, Ontario on September 21, 1937 to the late Phillip and Minnie (Ecker) Vaughan).  He is survived by his sister Helen Ruch and brother George Vaughan. Predeceased by his brothers Jack, Leslie, Harry, Ronald and Phillip.

He will be forever missed by his son Grant William Elliott of Thamesville, son Garry Vaughan Jr of Hanmer, daughter Shelley (Pete) Marsh of Blenheim, daughter Michelle (Mike) Osborne of Chatham, son Michael (Barry) Vaughan-Warford of London and Johnny of Chatham.  Predeceased by his son Murray, daughter Angela and son Peter.

Lovingly remembered by 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.

Garry was a commercial fisherman in Erieau, Tobermory and Killarney Ontario for many years.  Later he worked for Consumer’s Gas in Morpeth.

Many family members will remember Garry for always having a toothpick sticking out of his mouth. He had a great love for the water and enjoyed fishing.

Visitation for Garry will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday September 2, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Those wishing to attend are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve at time.

Friends wishing to remember Garry with a memorial donation are asked to consider the W.I.S.H. Centre in Chatham.

Ryan “Gouch” Goulet

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Service:

Private

Once in awhile a “good guy” comes along in life.  Good guys never cease to amaze you.  They go the extra mile.  They make you feel good when you are around them.  They start off as great sons and as life goes on, they become great husbands and awesome fathers.  Life is just better when they are around.  If you are fortunate enough in life to know a good guy, it’s a blessing.  To become a part of his family, is an honour.

On October 12, 1972 a “good guy” was born to Paula (Vinall) & Bob Goulet.  They named him Ryan which was his grandmother’s last name growing up.  Ryan loved life.  He loved the outdoors and he loved sports, especially baseball and hockey.  He was a great goalie, gaining many friends in life who would eventually bestow him with the nickname “Gouch”.

In a moment that was meant to be, Ryan met a young lady by the name of Margaret Vicary and on September 22, 2001 they embarked upon a journey as husband and wife.  Two years later they had their first child; a daughter who they named Leah.  She instantly became the apple of her dad’s eye.  Two years after that, they welcomed their second child; a son Andrew Ryan, another one of those “good guys” who has been bestowed the nickname “Gouch Jr”.  Ryan was an awesome and committed dad who could always be found at his children’s sports events, be it in the capacity of a spectator or a coach.  He was relentless in making sure that they were safe and that they knew that they were loved.  Despite his diagnosis with A.L.S. and his physical limitations, Ryan made sure that he toured Leah’s future home at Brock University so that he could rest knowing that she would be okay.

Ryan was a long-time employee of Russell Tool & Die in Chatham and will be missed by his second family there.  He was looking forward to his eventual retirement from the company when he would be able to spend long leisurely days again with the young lady who he fell in love with so many years ago.

It is said that when you give kindness from your heart, it comes back to you tenfold.  And so it would be with the friends that Ryan made along his journey in life.  The last few months were nothing less than spectacular.  Ryan’s friends surrounded him with love and support and they never backed off.  They would pick him up and take him out for an afternoon.  They would make him smile and let him forget the world for even just a moment.  Despite his challenges with A.L.S., Ryan in turn would teach his friends one final lesson…that regardless of how bad your days may be, smile.  Always smile.  Have a smile ready even though sometimes it hurts.  Grab all the happiness you can, wherever and whenever you can.  Don’t let even a wee bit slip past you.  Live, above all things, live.  Don’t simply exist.  If you are blessed enough to know what real love is, love with all your heart, soul and body.  Live your life so that at any hour you will be able to shake hands with yourself.  Then when your nights come, you will be able to pull up the covers and say to yourself “I have done my best”.

Ryan’s family will remember him privately at this time.  Thank you to everyone who has been a part of his incredible journey.  Remember to hug your children every chance you get and tell them you love them.

Family and friends who wish to honour him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the A.L.S. Society of (Windsor) Essex County www.alswindsor.ca since their involvement and assistance to the family was humbling.