Obituaries

Jim Ellis

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Service:

Celebration of Life
Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday April 13, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Remembrances will be shared at 2:00 p.m.

James Mitchell Wands Ellis of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday March 29, 2019. Jim walked this earth for 68 years and over two-thirds of that time he walked beside the love of his life Jacalean (Radford) Ellis who he had met at a New Years Eve party in Niagara Falls on December 31, 1971.

Jim was born in Peterborough to the late Roland & Elizabeth (Wands) Ellis. He was one of four children and is survived by his sisters Linda Harry and Heather Pilatzke (Raymond). He was predeceased by his sister Phyllis Ellis. When he married Jacalean, his family grew to include her brothers and sisters Carolyn Radford, John Radford (Brenda), Judi Pennanen (Lawrence) and Murray Radford (Lucy). Following them were the nieces and nephews who he simply adored; Dawn Sucee (John), Danielle Sampson (Chuck), Jamie Ellis, George Harry, Philip Harry, Terry Ellis, Meagan Radford, William Radford (Amanda), Allison Gallant (Luc), Brier Bailey (Kevin), Taylor Radford and Emily Radford (Jace). He was predeceased by his mother-in-law Betty Allen who thought he could do no wrong and her husband Vern Allen.

Jim successfully worked in the shoe sales industry for many years which brought to light many of his qualities such as having patience and perseverance, having a cheerful disposition and being a good listener. He saw the stories of peoples lives through the shoes that they wore. In his quiet times he loved to fish, read and spend time with the people he loved.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his life will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with remembrances being shared at 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place in Dundas at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Jim with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Association or charity of your choice.

Ann Buxton

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday March 27, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday March 26, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ann Buxton of Blenheim and formerly of South Buxton passed away surrounded by her family at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday March 22, 2019. Ann was born in Chatham, Ontario on February 27, 1926. She was one of four children born to the late Bartholomew & Anna Veverka. She is survived by her sister Millie Konecny (late Francis) and was predeceased by her brothers Louis (survived by Annie) and John & Jayne Veverka.

Ann and her husband Jack Buxton, who predeceased her in 1977, were the proud parents of Millie VanderNaalt, Jackie Ross, John Buxton (Angela), Kandy Osborne (Rick), Jerry Buxton (Cindy), Sherry Driver (Tom), Sally Caron (Brad) and the late Bill Buxton (survived by Darlene). She was also predeceased by her son-in-law Harry VanderNaalt and grandson Robert VanderNaalt. She is survived by 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday March 26th for visitation from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Merlin Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Ann with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice, Christian Horizons or a charity of your choice.

Ann’s family would like to extend a sincere thankyou to the caring staff of the Emergency Department and the 4th Floor Medicine A&B units of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

Maurice “Moe” Claeys

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Maurice Albert Claeys left us on Saturday March 23, 2019, leaving behind his loving wife of 65 years Simone (Roose) Claeys and furry son Sammy.

Moe as he was called by everyone is survived by his sister Evelyn Vadovic and his sister-in-law Louise Claeys and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a sister Yvonne Bennett, two brothers Omer and Donald Claeys, three brothers-in-law Maurice Roose, Karl Vadovic and Lorne DeWispelaere, and three sisters-in-law Vera Roose, Yvonne DeWispelaere and Madeline Claeys.

Maurice retired from Motor Wheel in Chatham and became a well known scooter traveller. He loved to go for rides uptown to have coffee with all of his buddies. Along the way he would wave and talk to everyone.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A private family graveside service will take place at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Maurice with a memorial donation are asked to consider P.A.W.R. Animal Rescue or the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Joseph Asprey

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Joseph Herman Asprey of Chatham passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 20, 2019. Joe was born in Saint John, New Brunswick 75 years ago but has called Chatham his home for many years. He is survived by his daughter Valerie Lutes, his son Anthony Asprey and his long-time friend Danette Spurgeon.

Joe was faced with many challenges in his life but he faced them all with courage and determination. His happy place was being by the water. His family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff of Riverview Gardens for the excellent care and the kindness shown to Joe during the last chapter of his life.

It was Joe’s wish that his family remember him privately.

 

Ken Haskell

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday March 19, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Kenneth William Haskell was surrounded by people who loved him when he passed away on Friday March 15, 2019, just three days after his 60th birthday. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 34 years, Carolyn (Core) Haskell and his children Ken, Hank and Ciara.

Ken was the one of four children born to the late Bill and Shirley (Jones) Haskell. He is survived by his sister Kim Lindsay (Bob), his sister-in-law Deb Haskell and his brother-in-law Doug Morrison. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored. He was predeceased by his brother Rick Haskell and his sister Cindy Morrison.

Ken was a truck driver by trade and a fisherman at heart. A great day for him was any day that he was on a boat. He also enjoyed watching car races at the local tracks, quite possibly because he was the number one fan of his nephews who raced.

Ken’s middle name William means “protector”; a name that he lived up to. After his brother Rick died he and Carolyn moved their family to Chatham because Ken knew in his heart that this is where he was needed and where he needed to be. He was an awesome uncle.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. for a time of visitation with Ken’s family. Cremation will follow.

Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Audrey Parker

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Service:

Saturday March 16, 2019
11:00 a.m.

A private family interment will follow.

Visitation:

Friday March 15, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Audrey Elsie Parker of Blenheim and formerly of Erieau passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 98 ½ years. Audrey was born in London Ontario, daughter of the late Sarah & William Punnett. She was the last surviving member of her family having been predeceased by her sister Sybil Burns (Bob) and William Punnett (Emma).

Audrey and John Byron “Jack” Parker were married for 68 years before Jack predeceased her in 2007. Together they raised three daughters; Charlotte MacDonald (George), Margaret Rose Burke (Larry) and Sandy Holdaway (Jim). They were blessed with nine grandchildren; Roderick MacDonald (Mary), Shelley MacDonald, Gregory MacDonald (Sandra), Karen McIntyre (Kevin), Suzie Rowley (Doug), Jacqui Campbell (Jeff), Debra Toll (Steve), Tricia McIntyre (Bill) and Jason Holdaway. They were further blessed with 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Audrey was looking forward to her tenth great-great grandchild in a few weeks.

For many years Audrey called Erieau home and she faithfully attended St. Paul’s Anglican Church there. After selling her home, the Legion Villa in Blenheim became her new home where she made more friends. She will be remembered for her kind soul, her keen sense of humor and her contagious laugh.

Friends and family are invited to visitation at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Audrey will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery where Audrey will be laid to rest with Jack.

Friends wishing to remember Audrey with a memorial donation are asked to consider St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Erieau or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Dexter Reed

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday March 17, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Dexter Scott Reed passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday March 10, 2019. Dexter was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia on March 17, 1951. He is survived by his wife Lynn (Holdaway) Reed, his sons Denver & Sarah Reed, Dylan Reed and his grandchildren Westyn, Brynly, Max and Blake. He is also survived by his sister Sheri & John Pegeau with their children Justin and Ryan (Olivia) and granddaughter Brooklyn and his brother Greg & Jill Reed with their daughter Heidi.

Dexter held a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography.  He came to live in the Blenheim area when he and Lynn were married in 1976. For a time he worked with Holdaway Roofing before working with his brother-in-law Carl Phair in the cement business and then for many years he drove for LaFarge Canada.

In keeping with Dexter’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Sunday March 17, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Dexter with a memorial donation are asked to consider supporting Kennesserie Camp or the Fourth Line United Church.

Ruby Postma

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Service:

Glad Tidings Community Church
Saturday March 9, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 8, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ruby Postma of Blenheim passed away into the arms of her Lord, surrounded by the love of her family on Monday March 4, 2019.

Ruby was born in The Netherlands 88 years ago which is where she met a young man named Albert who was working on the same farm. On October 28, 1953 (the warmest day that fall) Ruby and Albert began a journey as husband and wife. Their journey spanned over 65 years and would see the addition of five children; Trudy Timmermans (John), twins Fred Postma (Wilma) and George Postma (Hetty), Ron Postma (Linda) and Terese Saunders (Scott). They were also blessed with 15 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. She is also survived her sister Wietske DeVries and her brother in law Lou Kuipers. Predeceased by her sister Edith Kuipers, her brother Cor Sietsma (Sylvia) and her brother in law Peter DeVries.

Ruby was a long-time member of the Christian Reformed Church in Blenheim. She was an incredible mother who raised her children with the same Christian values that she lived by and she was the kind of grandmother that everybody wanted. Friends would often see her going for walks to the post office with that one man she cared about the most…her beloved Albert. She will be missed.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday March 8, 2019 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. Due to construction at her own church, a Funeral Service for Ruby will be held at Glad Tidings Community Church on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be her grandsons The Rev. Jason Postma and Rev. Albert Postma. Music for the service will be provided by Ruby’s great-granddaughter Alicia Marentette. A luncheon will take place immediately following the Funeral Service followed by a private family interment at Pardoville Cemetery. Acting as pallbearers will be Ruby’s grandsons Chris Timmermans, Jeff Timmermans, Matt Saunders, Eric Postma, Caleb Postma and Adom Postma.

Friends wishing to remember Ruby with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Christian School in Chatham which was important to her.

Ray Mack

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday March 7, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Raymond “Ray” Wayne Mack of Blenheim passed away on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Chelsea Park in London at the age of 72. Ray was the son of the late Robert Cecil and Margaret Elizabeth (McCorkell) Mack.

Ray had recently celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss to Louise (Hanson) of London, having been married on Valentine’s Day in 1969.

Loving father of Timothy Mack (Jose DaSilva) of London and James Mack of Blenheim. Predeceased by son John. Survived by brother Bruce (Theresa) Mack of Chatham, nephew Scott (Caroline) Mack of London and niece Connie Mack of St. Catharines. Special friend to John Robinson of Essex. Missed by his faithful dachshund Sara.

Ray was a dedicated custodian with the Lambton Kent District School Board for several decades working mainly at Ridgetown Public School and Harwich-Raleigh Public School. Ray was a past president of the Blenheim Optimist Club and lifetime member of the East Kent Vintage Equipment Club. Ray was also an avid bowler, participating in both the Thursday night Men’s league and the Sunday night mixed league. Ray was also a member of the Golden Acres Horseshoe Club.

Ray’s preferred hobby was driving his 1964 Corvair Convertible while listening to his favourite band, the Beach Boys. Ray enjoyed attending multiple car shows where he could show off his four-wheeled pride and joy and talk with others that shared his interest.

Friends wishing to remember Ray with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.

In keeping with Ray’s wishes no funeral service will take place but visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday March 7, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Marius Nooyen

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Service:

St. Mary's Church
Monday March 4, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday March 3, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Marius Nooyen, beloved husband of the late Mary (Kerkhof) Nooyen (2015) passed away on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at the age of 84 years. He will be missed by his daughters Kellie Gillier (Tim) of Kent Bridge, Marietta DeLaet (Ken) of Blenheim and his sons Gary Nooyen of Blenheim and Erick Nooyen (Jill) of Rondeau. He was the proud Opa of Dalton Nooyen, McKenna Nooyen, Bayley Gillier, Caden Gillier and Sydney Gillier.

Marius spent most of his years, after immigrating from Holland, on the farm where he worked tirelessly to provide for his family.  He was well known in Blenheim, especially among the Dutch community.  He enjoyed playing cards with his fellow Dutchmen and his family.  Marius enjoyed going for morning coffee “at the Venus” with his friends while he was able to.  His children and 5 grandchildren were his pride and joy and he would light up whenever he was with them.

Marius is survived by his sister Joanne Monden of Ridgetown, his brother Wim Nooyen of Ottawa and his sisters and brothers-in-law Rikie Nooyen of Forest, Martin VanHeesch of Blenheim, Harry & Bernadette Kerkhof of Wallaceburg and Josephina Kerkhof of California. He is predeceased by Diny VanHeesch, Harry & Christine Nooyen, Arnold Nooyen, Peter & Cathy Nooyen, Chris Monden and Monique Nooyen.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Sunday March 3, 2019 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Marius will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Monday March 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Marius with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice.