Obituaries

Lyla May Richardson

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Service:

Private

Richardson, Lyla May.  A resident of Meadow Park Nursing Home passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 91.  Born in Dover Township on the family farm, March 12, 1927.  Daughter of the late William and Jean Stokes.  Predeceased by her husband Thomas Edward (2013).  Loving mother of John (Gayle) Richardson, Dan (Connie) Richardson, and Debbie (Richard) VanRycheghem.  Cherished grandmother of Rebecca (Bill) Kouyzer, Sarah (Mickey) Parr, Amanda (Jeff) Millman, Brian VanRycheghem, Tanya (Darcy) Bax, Kali (Collin) Sellwood, Aimee (Bobby) Grinde, and Ashley Nickason.  Dearest great grandmother of Zach, Justin, Ryan, Abigail, Alana, Gracie, Lucas, Nash, Kale, Brandt, Brittany (Mike) Smith and Mickala.

Survived by sister Grace Lundy, and sister in laws Joan Stokes and Fay Stokes.  Predeceased by siblings and their spouses, Ruth (Jim) Wood, Bob Lundy, Ross Stokes, Grant Stokes, June (Clifford) Civalier, and Irene (Valere) Vannieuwenhuyze.   Also predeceased by sister in laws and brother in laws Robert (Olive) Richardson, William (Laura) Richardson, Samuel (Alison) Richardson, and Donald (Barbara) Richardson.  Remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Lyla was very involved in her earlier years with St. Paul’s United Church, and worked very hard along side her husband Tom on the farm. She was very dedicated to her 3 children and loved cross-stitching, quilting, knitting and cooking.

Mom’s wishes were to be cremated and to have a private burial at Botany Cemetery, at a later date.

Donations to Meadow Park Auxiliary would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank Meadow Park Nursing Home staff for their exceptional care.

 

Wayne Clark

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday March 2, 2019
12:00 noon

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 1, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

May 23, 1948 – February 16, 2019

Wayne Stanley Clark of Blenheim, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2019 at Riverview Gardens in his 71st year. He was the youngest son of the late Myrtle (Taylor) and Stanley Clark. Survived by his loving wife Lynn (Garrod) and daughters Michelle Clark of Toronto and Robin Knight and granddaughter Abby Knight of Parry Sound, brother Blair (Sheila) of Wasaga Beach, sisters-in-law Agnes Clark of Chatham and Vicki Clark of Ridgetown, Dolores (Ralph) Ferguson of Watford, brother-in-law Bud (Agnes) Garrod of Ottawa. Predeceased by Lloyd, Donna (Bruce) Suitor, Jean Durnin, Harold, Gerald and Murray. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre as a Developmental Service Worker for 29 years until his retirement in 2000. He often brought the residents home for a visit or drove them to various activities and was a Scout leader for their camp. He farmed the family farm for 29 years and after his retirement he drove semi-truck for Brush Farms for 7 years until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2007. He survived lung cancer in 2015.

In 2010 Wayne and Lynn moved from the farm to Blenheim until he entered Riverview Gardens Nursing Home in May, 2018 where a caring staff looked after him. He was a devoted life-time member of the Fourth Line United Church where he was a Clerk of Session, Elder, Steward and Trustee. He was also President of the Fourth Line Friendly Folk for several years.

Wayne and Lynn loved to RV and pulled their 5th Wheel to the Maritimes and out West as far as Victoria, B.C. They also pulled their trailer to Silver Springs, Florida for several years as well as various campsites in Ontario until they had a seasonal lot at Mooretown for five years. Wayne loved to golf and bicycle at campgrounds and on the trails in Rondeau Park or around his neighbourhood. He also liked to go to Tractor Pulls, Farm Shows and RV Shows. His favourite hobby was making Christmas Tree Stands which were guaranteed to hold up a 12-foot tree. He loved to watch westerns and even met Roy Rogers at his museum in Nevada. He rode a horse with the cowboys in the mountains near Calgary for 3 days.

Wayne was a kind and gentle man, fun loving, with a good disposition and great smile, a loving father and a wonderful husband of almost 50 years. He enjoyed having all the family for a big barbecue and fireworks at the farm for his birthday around the Victoria Day weekend. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Friday March 1 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Wayne conducted by Roy Dusten will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday March 2, 2019 at noon. A private interment of Wayne’s urn will take place in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Wayne with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario or the Alzheimer’s Society.

Florette Mary Lindsay

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Service:

Saturday February 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Saturday February 23, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Florette “Flo” (Zastre) Lindsay entered into the light of eternal life peacefully on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the age of 89 at Riverview Gardens, Chatham. She was predeceased by her husband Lancelot “Brick” Lindsay in 2002, by her sons Barry Kelly in 1975, Garry Kelly in 1995 and Brian Kelly in 2016 and by her grandsons Richard Baribeau in 2006 and Daniel Murphy in 2016.

Flo was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 1, 1929 to her parents Alfred & Justine (LaFreniere) Zastre and was the sister of two brothers and eight sisters. She was a long time resident of Blenheim and with her husband Brick owned and operated Blenheim Taxi for many years before selling and opening a restaurant, store and bait shop until retiring back to Blenheim.

Flo will be greatly missed by her family: her son Keith & Mary Kelly (grandsons Ryan, Patrick and Greg) of Victoria B.C., her son Les Lindsay (grandson Sam and granddaughter Eden), her daughter Cheryl Kelly (grandson Matt Rose and granddaughter Lisa Murphy) and by her great granddaughter Olivia and great grandson Cohle.

We would like to thank the staff on 5 West at Riverview Gardens for their care and compassion.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday February 23 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a funeral service.

Friends wishing to make a donation in Flo’s memory are asked to consider the Pet and Wildlife Rescue.

James Raymond “Jimmy” Boothe

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Service:

Private

A Celebration of Jimmy's life will take place
at a later date and will be announced.

James Raymond “Jimmy’” Boothe of Blenheim passed away on Saturday February 9, 2019 at the age of 48 years. He will be forever missed by his wife Wendy, his father Jim Boothe of Ridgetown, his sister Stephanie & John Fraser with their children Kirkie, Kalvin and Lexie of Morpeth, his brother Dennis & his partner of Winnipeg and his grandmother Elizabeth Boothe of Chatham. He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Carolynn (Colebrook) Boothe in 2012.

Jimmy was a hard working guy. He got his first job when he was 15 and met his future wife while he was detassling corn. He became very talented at fabrication and used that talent for many years at RM Auto Restoration before starting his own business Fargo Fab just outside Blenheim. Although on the surface he would have seemed to be a quiet person, his mind was always in motion thinking about how he could make something new or fix something old. He was the best uncle he could be, teaching Kirkie, Kalvin and Lexie life skills and getting them involved in hockey which was another passion of his own.

In keeping with Jimmy’s wishes, his family will remember him with a private family service on Tuesday and then his urn will be taken to Evergreen Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his Mom. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Family and friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Marie Laurie

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Visitation:

A gathering of family and friends will take place at
the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday
beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Marie Joyce Laurie, a resident of Blenheim passed away Wednesday, February 13th with family by her side at the Village on the Ridge, Ridgetown, in her 91st year.

Marie was born June 26, 1927, the youngest daughter of Fred and Florence Slocombe of Blenheim. She was the beloved wife of Gordon for 59 years before his death in 2010.

Marie was the loving mother of Paul of Shrewsbury, Peter and Chrissie of Erie Beach, and the late Joyce Laurie (deceased 2008).

Survived by brother-in-law Jim Laurie (Joanne) of St. Thomas, sister-in-law Shirley Dawson of Edmonton. Predeceased by sister Olive Jean Cameron and her husband Gerald, brother Charlie Slocombe, brother Jim and Anne Slocombe, brother-in-law George and Norma Laurie of Chatham.

Marie was gramma to Spencer Laurie of Calgary, Arden Laurie of Blenheim and Curtis Lewis of Barrie.

Special aunt to Pat and Jim Bennett (Brandon and Sarah), Liz and Murray Butler (Stephanie and Carrie), Jen and Michael Bush. Predeceased by nephews Mike Laurie, Wayne Stoehr, Byron Stoehr, Jeff Laurie and niece Linda Laurie. Also survived by nieces and nephews, George, Julie, Cindy, Kevin, Karen and Janice (nee Laurie) all of Chatham and David Dawson, Lori Dawson and Mike Dawson.

Marie started working at the Blenheim News Tribune in 1941 where she met her future husband Gordon. They worked side by side until her retirement decades later. Marie was a long time member of the Golden Acres Curling Club, was a member and director of the former Blenheim Community Golf Club and was a member of the Blenheim ladies golf league for many years. She was a multiple champion for Women’s Golf in the Ontario Newspaper Association. She was a member of the Blenheim Branch 185 Legion Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed being a Brownie Leader in her younger years. Marie loved travelling the warmer climates and cruising the clear blue waters of the Caribbean.

A private family service will be held on Saturday at 2 pm at Evergreen Cemetery. Family invite friends for a time of celebration and reminiscing at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home at 2:30 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Marie’s memory are asked to consider the Canadian Lung Association, Golden Acres Curling Club Roof Fund or the Golden Acres Curling Club Junior Curling program.

Neva Irwin

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Service:

Private

Neva Candace Irwin passed away on February 8, 2019 with her daughters by her side at the Village On The Ridge in Ridgetown. Neva was the daughter of the late Percy and Elizabeth Lanz. Born April 6, 1916 she was the last surviving member of her family, predeceased by her brother Maxwell Lanz & wife Elaine and her sister Rosemary Ford Feduk and her husband Tom.

Neva lived for 102 years. Her life was full. She married Shirley Bell Irwin at a young age. They had a partnership in life as well as business. Shirley owned and operated Irwin Motors; a Studebaker dealership and also sold Massey Ferguson tractors at one time.

Neva was the mother of two daughters Candace & the late Jim McCurdy and Lyn & the late Dr. Peter Green. She was the grandmother to Christopher & Nancy (Hutchinson) McCurdy, Erin & Bob Claeys, Kevin & Susan McCurdy, Jason & Cherie Green and Sarah (Green) & Patrick Jacobsen. Her family grew to include great grandchildren Connor, Katie, Brianne, Justine, Libby, Megan, Michael, Andrew, Rachel, Julia, Natalie and Ava. She recently became great-great grandmother to Matteo. She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Neva was a lifetime member of Trinity Anglican Church where she attended regularly until her move to the Village On The Ridge in Ridgetown where she received excellent care from a wonderful staff during her last years. She was a past member of the I.O.D.E. Eastern Star and Rebecca Lodge. She was Past President of the Blenheim Home and School.

Neva’s social life was busy travelling, painting and doing ceramics. She was an avid reader. One of her favourite pastimes was the daily 10 a.m. Coffee Club at a local restaurant with the girls. Neva and Shirley enjoyed short trips and camping with their daughters. Family was important and their home was a favourite meeting place.

Neva’s family will have a private service in May. Her urn will then be interred in Evergreen Cemetery with Shirley.

Friends wishing to remember Neva with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Trinity Anglican Church, the Blenheim Library or a charity of your choice.

 

Charles Gardiner

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday February 10, 2019
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday February 9, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Charles Alfred Gardiner, son of the late Margaret VanLooy (Albert)& Alfred Gardiner (Muriel), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family that loved him dearly, on Tuesday February 5, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Charles, affectionately known as “Charlie” and “Chuck” married the love of his life, Sue (Haydon) fifty-seven years ago.  Together they raised three children who made them very proud; Annette Lucio (Mark), Bill Gardiner (Jen) and Ray Gardiner who passed away in 2016.  They had the awesome adventure of being grandparents to Vanessa Lucio, Bill Gardiner Jr and Kate Gardiner as well as great-grandparents to Teagan, Pheobe, Owen and Ryker.    He will be remembered fondly by his siblings and their spouses Sharron Guyett, Pat Wright (late Mick), Cheryl Werne (Glen), Marion Reaume (late Al), Kathy Eade (Doug), Eve Gardiner (late Doug) and John Howard (Joyce).

Charlie was a long time employee of Southwestern Regional Centre where he quickly advanced from the position of a Health Care Aide to Residential Supervisor, then to Facility Supervisor and finally the Manager of Auxiliary services including Housekeeping, Laundry farm and gardens until his retirement in December 1996 after 34 years.  He and Sue enjoyed many years and many bonfires at their “summer home” in Campers Cove, Wheatley and winters in Florida.

Charlie was Scout leader of many years in Chatham at 1st Presbyterian Church troup # 9, where he shared his love of the outdoors and, and instilling his passion on the youth of serving others. He did so both as a Scout leader and Venture leader at work at SRC always wanting to get the “kids” there the same opportunities and organized many camping trips for them as well.  Charlie was a long time Jaycee in Chatham and was given the honour of Senator for his commitment to his community, including, chairing many community events such as both Christmas and fair parades, as well as the haunted house and the many sporting events and tournaments. He did all these not to just serve the community but to install those same values to his children.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Saturday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Chuck, officiated by Pastor Bill Terris will take place on Sunday February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Friends wishing to remember Chuck with a memorial donation are asked to consider either the Diabetes Society or the Kidney Foundation.

Glen Sheppard

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Service:

Glen's family will celebrate his life at a later date.

Glen Alexander Sheppard of Blenheim passed away on Tuesday February 5, 2018 at the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Glen was born in Hamilton 55 years ago to Madeleine & the late George Sheppard. He will always remain in the hearts of his children Regan, Maclean and Graem Sheppard and their mother Lori.

Glen was one of seven siblings and is survived by his sisters Paullette Henderson (Wayne) and Rita Browe (late Jim) and by his brothers John Sheppard and Al Sheppard (Kelly). He was predeceased by his brothers Mark and Tim Sheppard.

There were many things that Glen loved in life…he was an avid cyclist, he loved music, he curled, he loved the outdoors and his job in the produce department at Sobeys in Chatham. However, there was nothing he loved more than spending time with the three people who were the most important to him and made him so proud…his children.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. His family will celebrate his life at a later date. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Friends wishing to remember Glen with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Word of Life Soup Kitchen.

Larry Srokosz

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Service:

Private

Today, February 3, 2019 we lost our Dad, Larry Srokosz.

 It is with the heaviest of hearts that I say this, and whether it is appropriate or not is not the point, but this man had a great influence on my life and I celebrate his fatherhood. 

 I cherish the memories with Dad, and the best ones always involved music. To me, he taught us the value of music. The best that I can remember is Colton and I sitting in the back of that white 95 Buick, with that god-awful red upholstery, driving down our home dirt road- listening to the best music we had ever heard; songs sung with such meaning and compassion; Roy Orbison, George Strait, Randy Travis to name a few. The 3 of us just singing our hearts out along with them. Dad lived by music and let it flow through him. There were countless nights where Dad would crank the karaoke machine, blast some George Strait and with microphone in hand, Dad would sing the deepest that bellowing base of his would go (it shook the house). Needless to say, it was awesome. Even being halfway across the country, we would call each other and say “Hey, have you heard this song?” And we would sing and harmonize (as best we could) over the phone or we would “gab” about the whole “caboodle”, or to my little “gaffer”, Callie. I called this Dad-speak, and what’s great is that these are all actual words in the dictionary. 

 Dad was also a mechanical marvel. He never ceased to amaze me. Anything that involved moving parts was something he needed to take apart, he was compelled to figure out how something worked. I loved that. Whether he put it back together was another story. That may have rubbed off a bit on Colton and I. But he could fix anything, he was a real-world McGuyver, he felt that anything tangible or even intangible could be fixed, or built, with any resources you could find. He taught us that if you were ever short a screwdriver, there was always a butter knife, or that you can build a go-kart with a chainsaw motor. He was a great man, Dad, mentor. I miss him, he taught us you have to listen for the music in life. I know there will be a key note missing from mine.

 Rest in peace, Dad. I love you so much. I’m coming home.   Cody James

 Larry Srokosz was born 61 years ago to the late Stanley & Irene Srokosz. He is survived by Terry Srokosz, by his sons Cody Srokosz and Colton Srokosz, by his granddaughter Callie Srokosz, by his sister Diane & Gary “Whitey” Guyett, and by his brothers Frank & Dyanne Srokosz and Dennis & Shelley Srokosz. He will be remembered by his sister in laws Della & Robert Johnson, Gwen & Doug Duyck and by his mother-in-law Molly Cross.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes, a private ceremony will take place at a later date. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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

Ada English

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Service:

Charing Cross United Church
Wednesday February 6, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday February 5, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ada Muriel English passed away with her family by her side on Sunday February 3, 2019. She was the much-loved wife of Bill English and proud mother of Cindy Carnegie, Joy & Butch Segeren, Susan & Keith Richards, Al & Anne English and Rick & Lisa English. The only thing that made Ada prouder than being a mother was when she became a grandmother to 11 wonderful children and a great-grandmother to 6 more. Ada will be missed by her brother Neil Seney (late Mary).

Ada was a kind and caring soul who constantly put the needs of others before he own. She was a long-time member of Charing Cross United Church where she sang in the choir and helped with the annual turkey pie fundraiser…her church family was extremely important to her. Her neighbours were never far from her thoughts as well and she enjoyed card parties and playing pepper with them whenever she could. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting and sewing. She will be missed.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday where visitation will take place from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Ada will take place in the Charing Cross United Church on Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in Pardoville Union Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Ada with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Charing Cross United Church.