Obituaries

Hugh Stonehouse Jr

A photo of Hugh Stonehouse Jr

Service:

Blenheim Legion (Upstairs)
Monday September 25, 2023
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Memories will be shared at 7:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday September 25, 2023
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Hughie Stonehouse Jr, our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend in his 50th year.

Hughie’s proudest accomplishments in life were, as everyone knew, his two beautiful daughters, Oliva Pre and Morgan Rose.  Hughie is also survived by his parents, Linda Stonehouse-Paling (George), Hugh Stonehouse Sr (late Mary Anne), sister Karen Stonehouse and her son Isaac, brother Jeff Stonehouse, sister-in-law Lisa and their children Brady, Abby and Brett, his stepbrother, Craig Horak, his wife Amanda and their children Connor and Casey.

Hughie was born May 30th, 1973, and recently celebrated his milestone 50th birthday with two of his favourite people, his mom and daughter Olivia who proudly cooked him a homemade meal. Most recently, just two weeks ago, Hughie was able to check off his main bucket list item of going to a Guns n Roses concert with one of his daughters.

Hughie was the Habs biggest fan, a goalie extraordinaire and he couldn’t have been happier than just two years ago having the chance to attend Maskfest where he had the opportunity to meet a former NHL mask maker and be surrounded by hockey enthusiasts such as himself.  “Goaltender – the one brave player willing to have pucks chucked at his face all in the name of hockey and enjoys it.”

Hughie was an active child playing most sports and found his passion playing net. Even as young adults his large circle of friends that chummed around since public school could be found playing some road hockey. His social life was full through his teens and 20s and he loved throwing his annual Halloween party where many Blenheim folks danced the night away.

Hugh “had eyes of the bluest sky”, Nothing last forever and all you need is a little patience. Shed a tear ‘cause I’m missin’ you, I’m still alright to smile. We pray that when Hughie Knocked on Heaven’s door, that his predeceased family, friend, rock, and hockey icons were all there to Welcome him to Paradise City. Don’t you cry tonight, there’s a heaven above you, And don’t you cry tonight.

Hughie had a huge impact on countless children and youth over his 15-year span of being a Children’s Service Worker. He also coached Olivia and Isaac through their Blenheim Minor Hockey years.  His dedication to children and the impact he made on their lives will be remembered by so many young athletes.  With that in mind, donating to a cause that involves youth and sports such as ALL for Kids would be a great way to continue his legacy.  He would have wanted any child to have an opportunity to play sports.

Visitation will be on Monday, September 25th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home. This will be followed by a celebration of life in the upstairs of the Blenheim Legion where we welcome you to share some favourite ‘Stoney Stories’ beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please wear your favourite jersey, band tee or flannel!

“Remember, in this game we call life, that no one said it’s fair” – Breakdown

“Play every game as it is your last one.” Guy Lafleur

Christine Edwards

A photo of Christine Edwards

Service:

King City, Ontario
King City Community Centre
October 15, 2023 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

LaSalle, Ontario
Vollmer Centre (Kin Club Multi-purpose Room)
October 22, 2023 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Our hearts are breaking as we announce the passing of Christine Edwards (nee Cullmann) on July 14, 2023, after a short illness. Best friend, true love, and high school sweetheart of David with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Loving and proud mother to sons Jeff (Lindsay), Mike, and Tim and devoted Oma to Alex, Stella, Logan, and Jackson. Greatly missed by her parents Hans and Ursula Cullmann and mother-in-law Joan Edwards, sisters Pat Cumming and Debby Glavin, brothers-in-law Paul Edwards and Terry Cumming, sisters-in-law Janie Boult and Debbie Edwards, and her many nieces and nephews.

Christine grew up in King City, Ontario where she was an alumnus of King City Secondary School.   She graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1978 and embarked on a career as a physiotherapist and healthcare administrator, beginning at St. John’s Rehab Hospital in Toronto and Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls before moving to Windsor Regional Hospital where she provided patient care and administrative leadership in a variety of roles for ~ 30 years.  Christine loved gardening, hiking or any activity that took her outdoors, and she was in her happy place walking on the shores of Lake Erie at her home outside Rondeau Provincial Park with her dogs Foster and Yuko. She was proud of her German heritage and enjoyed many trips to Germany to visit family as well as travels throughout Europe, Scotland, Ireland, and the southwestern United States. Although she traveled extensively outside Canada, she also experienced and enjoyed the beauty of our great country from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Tofino, British Columbia.

Christine was first and foremost a caregiver in both her professional and personal life. Her kindness and optimistic approach to life were appreciated by her patients and her friends and family. She valued the opportunity that she had in retirement to spend more time caring for her parents, mother-in-law, and grandkids and she took immense pleasure in her volunteer work helping newcomers to Canada with their English communication skills.

We are grateful to the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Metropolitan Campus for their exceptional professionalism and compassion in caring for Christine throughout her illness. Those who wish to honour her memory with a charitable donation may wish to support the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation https://www.wrh.on.ca/Support , Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/personal-donation , Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada https://secure.llscanada.org/site/SPageNavigator/donate.html?fa=STD&s_locale=en_CA , or other healthcare-related cause that you are passionate about.

Cremation has taken place and interment will occur in a private family ceremony at Schomberg Union Cemetery.

We will celebrate Christine’s beautiful life at events in King City (King City Community Centre) on Sunday, October 15 between 2 and 5 pm and in LaSalle at the Vollmer Centre (Kin Club Multi-purpose Room) on Sunday, October 22 between 3 and 6 pm.  All who knew her are invited to join us to share stories and memories and connect with friends and family.  Casual dress, light refreshments will be served.

Paula Dawne Clarke

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Paula Dawne Clarke died in London, Ontario, at age 69, having lived for two-and-a-half years with ovarian cancer, yet embracing every opportunity for travel, good food, and gatherings with family and friends.

Paula was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Aileen Clarke, to whom she gave tender care in their elder years. She leaves her siblings Janis, Jon, Greg, and Julie; brothers-in-law Ray and David; nieces and nephews Raphael, Kim, Gail, Fiona and Thomas; and her great-nephew Gabriel.

Paula was born in Windsor, attended King Edward and Ada C. Richards public schools, Herman Collegiate and the University of Windsor, developing many lifelong friendships at every stage. At age 21 she began a fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher. For over three decades, in Windsor, Toronto and London, she nurtured children’s confidence, joy for learning, and love of reading. Later in her career she provided one-on-one tutoring and play therapy.

Paula’s nieces and nephews meant the world to her, and she was an integral part of their childhood and development–cheering them on at races, music performances and graduations. She offered her calm presence in many quiet hours of school work and life preparation, and supported them in all their milestones, large or small. Her dog Jesse gave her much comfort and companionship, and her charm and friendliness shone as she and Jesse walked the neighbourhood. She enjoyed all kinds of travel: camping in Ontario’s parks, European river cruises, or practicing her French in Paris. She joined meditation groups, sang alto beautifully, and danced whenever she could. But most of all she was deeply happy around a feast table with family, or a board game table with any who would agree to one more round.

Her family wishes to thank the dedicated health care providers and wonderful friends who sustained Paula to the end. We mourn the loss of a precious sister, aunt and friend, but cherish the laughter and memories she gave us.

Paula hosted her own delightful celebration of life four months ago; at her request there will be no funeral. In her memory, in your own way, support a child in need, here or around the world.

Carol Boylan

A photo of Carol Boylan

Service:

Wednesday Sept. 13 at 11:00am

Visitation:

Wednesday Sept 13
10:00am-11:00am

Carol Anne Boylan passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday September 7, 2023. Carol Anne was born 77 years ago to her parents, the late Omer and Clementina Havens. Survived by her three daughters, Jennifer (Tim) Morency, Janice (Lonnie) Hamilton, and Angela Boylan. Loving grandmother of Grace Allison, Jacob Hamilton, and Leah Hamilton. Survived by her sister Dolores (Dee) Wagner, sister and brother in laws, Jeanie Havens, Dennis (Lynn) Boylan, Garry (Patty) Boylan, Darlene (Philip) St. Pierre, Brian (Donna) Boylan, and Stephen Boylan. Predeceased by her husband Donald, her brother Lucien Havens, her sister Jeannine (William) Parsons, and brother in law Maurice (Moe) Wagner. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held at the funeral home, 60 Stanley St in Blenheim on Wednesday September 13, 2023 at 11:00am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery to follow. Donations made in memory of Carol Anne may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Word of Life Soup Kitchen, or the Chatham-Kent Hospice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

John C. Wood

A photo of John C. Wood

Service:

North Bramalea United Church
363 Howden Blvd, Brampton ON

September 17, 2023
1:00 p.m.

John C. Wood passed away on September 3, 2023 at the Chatham hospital at the age of 82.

He died peacefully after a long battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Beloved husband of Norma Wood (née Beadle). Loving father of Laura Rainbow Dragon, John M. Wood (Colleen). Proud grandfather of Ian and Emily. Son of the late John F. and Nellie (née Cresswell) Wood. Survived by his brother Graeme (Andres).

A celebration of life service will be held at North Bramalea United Church (363 Howden Blvd, Brampton) on September 17 at 1 p.m.

As an expression of sympathy friends might consider a donation to The Friends of Algonquin Park or a charity of their choice.

Bill Taylor

A photo of Bill Taylor

Service:

Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club
439 Chatham Street South, Blenheim
Sunday September 10, 2023
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Alfred “Bill” Taylor, loving husband of Jan (Docherty) and father of Shayna.

Born 65 years ago to the late Ernest & Marjorie (Knott) Taylor, Bill will be remembered by his sisters Donna (Rick) Pritchard, Lou Anne (Bob) Pauhl, Jean Taylor and their families.  He was predeceased by his brother Wayne.

Bill was a best friend and neighbour to the community that he lived in.  An avid sportsman, he not only loved hockey, baseball and golf but he truly valued the friendships and comradery that came with them.  He liked to cook, which turned into many catering gigs, he loved to party and he was well known for his ability to carry out practical jokes on unsuspecting friends.  He took his fashion cues from no one.  His signature every day look was anything camo from his hat to his crocs and everything in between…it didn’t even have to match.  He didn’t believe on putting on airs; he just did what he did because he liked to do it.  He was easy to be around and a great influence, becoming well known as “Uncle Bill” to many kids.

A happy part of Bill’s life was his extended family which included Peggy & Bob Knott, Susie Knott, Gayle & Paul Facto, Julie & Jeff Faflak and their families, Beth & Dale Koehler (Scott and Joel) and Bob & Cathy Docherty (Joshua and Emily).  He was predeceased by his sister in law Carol Docherty.

A warm thank you is extended to Dr. Martha Clendenning for being a friend and caregiver.  Your kindness did not go unnoticed.

In true Bill fashion, there will be a gathering at the Willow Ridge Golf Course on Sunday September 10th from 3:00 – 5:00 where friends can share a memory, a drink and something to eat.  Put on your finest camo for the occasion…he will be smiling down on us if we do that!

Finally, if you wish to remember Bill and his community spirit, consider making a memorial donation to the Blenheim Blades or the Talbot Trail Park.  Donations can be made online at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com or in person at the Golf Course on Sunday.

Willem “Bill” Van Loon

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Willem “Bill” Van Loon passed away quietly on July 22, 2023, surrounded by family.

He was only 15 years old when he immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands.  He came by himself, and started out his younger years in West Lorne, Ontario, where he met his wife, Irma, who passed away on November 7, 2019.  They had been married for 62 years.

He worked for 35 years at the Southwest Regional Centre, Dealtown, Ontario, as an Interior Decorator. He was a well respected person of the Blenheim community, where he coached hockey and refereed soccer.  He was also called upon for his amazing Santa impersonation skills, every year being in high demand.

He is survived by his 5 children;  Alexander, Sabina, Renata, Torin, and Damian, his 11 grandchildren;  Derek, Sacha, Patrick, Vanessa, Joshua, Jordan, Cash, Race, Tate, Makay, and Rivaya and also, 6 great-grandchildren; Delilah, Emerson, Kinsley, Jackson, Theodore, and Imogen.

He will be dearly missed and remembered for all of his accomplishments and love.

Also, Bill’s family is forever grateful for all the help and care we received from the Alzheimers Society, Bayshore, VON, VON E-shift, Carepartners, Elite Total Senior Home Care, and  the private help, that were all dedicated to his health and well being.  We were truly blessed!

Jack Fenton

A photo of Jack Fenton
Jack Fenton peacefully passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday September 3, 2023 at the age of 88.  Jack was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann Paul-Fenton and the late Gloria Ann Fenton (Therrien).  Loving father of the late Rick Fenton, James Fenton, Patricia (Greg) Boser, Jackie (JohnPaul) Gladstone, and John (Miumiu) Fenton.  Grandfather of Kyla Fenton, Joel (Kim) Fenton, Emily (Jason) Gonzales, Zachary Boser, John Gladstone, and Skye (Kyle) Mailing. Great grandfather of J’Lyn and Mason Fenton, Hallie, Charlie, and Annie Mailing, and Riley, Aiden, and Emily May.  Jack is predeceased by his parents Thomas Walter Fenton and Rose Ethel Morris and his siblings, William Fenton, Valma Liddy, Walter Fenton, Frederick Fenton, and Alberta McNeil.  Jack will be remembered for his love of his family, and his years working as a general labourer at National Grocers.
Cremation has taken place and the family would like to celebrate his life privately. Donations made in memory of Jack to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Richard “Duke” Finn

A photo of Richard “Duke” Finn

Visitation:

Monday June 19, 2023
1:00pm-4:00pm
6:00pm-8:00pm

The family of Richard “Duke” Finn, with great sadness but gratefulness for a long, happy life, announce his passing at Riverview Gardens on June 13, 2023 at the age of 87 after suffering a debilitating stroke in December of 2022. Beloved friend and husband to Evelyn Finn (nee Heward). Richard and Evelyn were married on May 30, 1958 and just celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. Dad will be forever missed by his daughters Kerry Coholan, Denise Tunstall, Luanne Hay (Rosaire), and Lynda Wheeler (Jason Cikatricis). Best Grandpa in the world to Kasey (Mike) McGuire, P.J. Coholan, Brennan (Sophia) Wheeler, Shaelynn (Jeff) St. Amand, Maxx McLaren, Ben Tunstall, Magdelaine Tunstall, Michael Hay and Hillary. Loving Great Grandfather of Penny, Cole, Claire, Grant, Evangeline, Roman, Jacob, and Noah.
Always loved and remembered by his nephew Brent (Jane Marie) Ward. Survived by his sisters Joyce (Joe) Salive and Donna (late Ed) Carson. Richard is predeceased by his parents Norman and Yvonne Finn, his brothers and sisters Dorothy (John) Jack, Mary (Hector) Bulley, Anna (Leonard) Penman, Donald (Marie) Finn, Bill (Marilyn) Finn, Eleanor (Norris) Carson, and Wayne (surviving Cindy) Finn. Predeceased by son-in-law Peter Coholan, granddaughter Erin Coholan Booth and grandson Colin Wheeler. Dad enjoyed “investing” in his children’s inheritance at the casino which was one of his favourite places. He loved old cars, especially the ’66 Chevelle, attending car shows, the Match restaurant, Tim Hortons for coffee with the gang, the three stooges, playing euchre and above all else his family. Richard retired from Siemens in 1996 and also worked at Trans Canada Freezers and Daymonds. Your suffering is over Dad. Go for a long drive in which ever classic car you wish and may you never run out of road. God is Good and That’s Enough.
Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley St. in Blenheim on Monday June 19 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm and 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Cremation will follow with a Celebration of Life being held on Sunday August 27 from 2:30pm until 6:00pm at the Merlin Legion. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you donate in Richard’s memory to the Charing Cross United Church, Peace Garden at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Newbury Hospital, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  A video tribute of Richard can be viewed by clicking the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/86CQHKR5GC2JT62T

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
The rain falls soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Agatha Goertzen

A photo of Agatha Goertzen

Service:

Charing Cross Colony Mennonite Church
8684 Cundle Line
Charing Cross
Saturday August 19, 2023 at 2:00pm

Visitation:

Friday August 18, 2023
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Agatha Goertzen, wife of Cornelius passed away at home on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 with her family by her side. She was 60 years old. Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday August 18, 2023 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. A Funeral Service for Agatha will be held at the Charing Cross Old Colony Mennonite Church on Saturday August 19, 2023 at 2:00pm. Interment in Pardoville-Union Cemetery to follow.