Obituaries

Danny Adams

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Danny Adams of Blenheim, much loved husband of Patricia Ann Adams (2020)  passed away with his family by his side on Saturday June 4, 2022.  He will forever remain in the hearts of his son Ian Adams, his daughter Dannielle Adams (Brent Lane), his grandsons Colter and Dillion and his brother Kerry Adams.  He was predeceased by his sister Lee Bell,  grandson Austin Adams-Lundy and  his sister-in-law Sharon Lee Adams

Danny spent his career as an avionics engineer and enjoyed meeting people through the industry he loved.  His early days as a new husband and father were spent on a hobby farm by Orangeville…the memories that his family made there have been long lasting.  He was kind and caring, he was caring father who loved his children & grandchildren unconditionally.  He was the best big brother that a guy could have.

Danny’s friends from the Gable-Rees pool in Blenheim were a second family to him.  He appreciated the friendships and the kindness that was shown to him over the past few months.  In honour of that friendship, friends wishing to remember Danny with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Gable-Rees Pool.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and Danny’s ashes will be scattered at some of the places that meant the most to him.

Pam McCullough

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McCULLOUGH, Pam Ann, age 60, of the tiny village of Kent Bridge passed away Sunday May 29, 2022. Surrounded by her loving family members; each taking turns holding her hands and telling her how much she will be missed and how courageous she was in her battle against cancer. The family wishes to thank the entire team at the CK Hospice for their caring professionalism and comforting compassion.

She is survived by her amazing, 90 year old mother Elizabeth Boothe and siblings Jim Boothe, Elizabeth Debaene, Joe Boothe, Susan Daly, Emily Daly, John Boothe, Georgina Boothe, George Boothe and Kathy Gehl and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father George Boothe and siblings Lynn Ameel and Bob Boothe.

Pam devoted her life to her family and will be forever missed by her loving husband Ron McCullough, her children Becky (Peter) Ash, Alex (Sarah) McCullough and Korin (Scott) Gallant. The true light in Pam’s life were her grandchildren. She was a fun-loving Grandma and was an integral part of many trips to parks, splash pads, beaches and zoos. She will be greatly missed by her grandkids Brynlee, Aubrie, Ember, Avery, Oliver and Wesley. She was predeceased by her two dogs Eddie and Reggie. Her Grandkids take comfort knowing she has been reunited with her dogs who she loved and missed very much.

There will be a Celebration of Life, date and location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the CK Hospice.

 

Jim Smith

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday June 2, 2022
1:30 p.m.

Jim Smith of Blenheim passed away peacefully at the Blenheim Community Village on Monday May 30, 2022.  Predeceased by his wife Mary Ellen (Zimmer) Smith in 2021, he will be missed by the people who meant most to him in life; his  daughters Deb Brown (Bob) and Marg Bliss (Jeff), his sons Ron Smith, Bill Smith (Kat) and Wayne Smith, his grandchildren Matt Brown (Melissa), Karyn Varma (Vic), Drew Bliss, Dan Bliss (Alex), Chris Smith, Tawnya Smith, Aaron Smith, Nichole Smith, Dylan Smith and Bailey Smith as well as nine great-grandchildren.  He will also be remembered by his sister Alberta Hunter (late Jack), his sister-in-law Kathy Smith (late Joe) and by Mary Ellen’s sisters Veronica Tanguay (late Ogie) and Ruth Ann Spence (Ben).  He was predeceased by his siblings Irene Carter (Harold), Grant Smith (Doris), Verna Gore (Phil), Glen Smith (Peggy), Herb Smith (Maxine), Nate Smith (Neva) and an infant sister.

Jim retired after many years as a custodian at BDHS in Blenheim.  He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185 in Blenheim and a member of the Colour Guard who loved nothing more than to don his kilt and march in a parade.  He got great joy out of being the center of attention when he played his accordion and harmonica for friends and family.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping.  Aside from the annual fishing trip he and Mary Ellen would make to Manitoulin Island with Donna and Jim Burchiel, he raised rabbits, ducks and geese in his back yard and raced pigeons.  Racing pigeons involved taking your birds to the club so that they could be transported to a new location and released with other racers.  Then you would go back home to wait for your birds to arrive.  When your pigeons made their way home, it became a race of your own to clock your time and be the first to call everybody else with your news.  Those were great times for him.

Cremation has taken place.  A Funeral Service for Jim will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday June 2, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Jim with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters, the Blenheim Legion or the Rondeau Rod & Gun Club. A memorial video of Jim’s life can be viewed from the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/WHK44CQPBNSMC2X7

Jaimee Doyle

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Service:

Shrewsbury Hall
Saturday June 11, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Jaimee Ellen Doyle (Huckle)

It is with great sadness that we share Jaimee Ellen Doyle (Huckle) of Shrewsbury passed away tragically as the result of a car accident on Friday May 27, 2022. Born in London Ontario 28 years ago. She will be remembered by the love of her life Kyle Doyle who she married just seven months ago. Cherished daughter of Dan & Ruth Huckle, brother of Joel Huckle (Elaine Luz), nephew Chase, in-laws John (Nancy 2018) Doyle and brother in-law Chris Doyle. Loved by several aunties, uncles, cousins, family, friends and neighbours.  Predeceased by Grandma and Grandpa Doan, Huckle & Van Bonn. Uncle Russ, Uncle Carl, and family members.  Late Nigel James Sedge May 27, 2022, was a dear friend.

Jaimee was Daddy’s little girl and Mom’s best friend; they were inseparable.  She was a sister that kept her brother inline. No words can say how much dad, mom and Joel will miss her.

Jaimee worked as a physio assistant for several years in Chatham.  In March of 2021 she joined the team at DPM Insurance in Blenheim. She was the person with the welcoming smile when you walked in the door.

Jaimee loved to bake cakes, cupcakes, brownies, desserts and Kyle’s favourite date squares. She was known for her baking and taking all her goodies to all gatherings and family get togethers.  She loved taking walks, bike riding, going for drives, traveling, collecting beach glass and spending time with family and friends.  She was raised in Shrewsbury and loved her village so much that she bought a house on Brock St in 2013.

Jaimee will be greatly missed by family, friend’s and neighbours.  WE ALL LOVE YOU!!

Cremation has taken place. To honour Jaimee’s memories a gathering of family, friends and neighbours are all welcome.  Jaimee’s Celebration of Life will take place Saturday June 11th at the Shrewsbury Hall from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Please come casual.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation to the Shrewsbury Reglan Assembly (SRA) or the Blenheim food bank through the Word of Life Church in Blenheim.

Taken from us way too soon.  Your smile will never be forgotten!

Eva Apfeld

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Service:

12 Nichols Ave, Erieau
Saturday July 2, 2022
11:00 - 2:00

Eva Georgene Apfeld (nee Warren) of Erieau passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of May 21, 2022. Eva was the daughter of the late Charles and Hazel (nee Brock) Warren. Born in Erieau, Eva was the loving wife to the late Gerrit “Gerry” Apfeld (May 7, 2020). Eva was a loving mother to the late Christopher (who passed at 4 months) but is survived by:

Their daughter Susan Hendsbee (late Maxwell) and her partner Nick Bryant, her children Christopher & Jill Hendsbee (Hazel, Maxwell and Angus) and William & Natasha Hendsbee (Eva),

Their son Jack Apfeld and his partner Sharon Davis, his daughter Lisa Montrose Apfeld and her husband Todd Montrose, his grandchildren Tiana Reid Apfeld (Ayden and Adelynn) and Chase Montrose,

Their daughter Amy Green (late Ronald) and her children James and Deanna Green (Julia), and Ronald & Katy Green (Ronnie),

Their son Andrew Apfeld and his daughter Korell Apfeld & fiance Matt Treloar.

Eva is predeceased by all her siblings, Emma, Margaret, Ted, Bob, Bill, John and Clinton.

Being born and raised in Erieau, Eva had a true passion for everything about Erieau. She loved to tell her childhood story of being the last house before the pier and walking down the beach to pick the black-eyed susans. She was delighted to have such a loving family and enjoyed all the times making memories. She was dedicated to her walk in the Lord and was an active member of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church. She loved playing cards and attending all the church events.

As per her wishes, cremation has taken.  A Celebration of Life will take place for both Eva and Gerry at their home, 12 Nichols Ave, Erieau on Saturday July 2, 2022 from 11:00 – 2:00.

Donations made to the St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Lucas Ferguson

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Born in Chatham, beloved son of Bernard Ferguson and the late Dr. Janis Kay (Ferguson).  Lucas is survived by his brothers Stuart and Logan Ferguson, step-mother Janet Ferguson (Vickery), step-brother David Dilliott, and dog Maya.  Also survived by aunts and uncles Jody Morgan (Clive), Heather Isnor (Ron), Ruth Warnell (Ted), grandparents Wayne and Norma Vickery, family friends Emma Hamlin (Mike), Sandra and Al Bowers, and several cousins.

Lucas was a student of alternative energy, chemistry, and the streets.  An avid truth seeker, he often journeyed to worlds beyond the poles, preferring to travel on the paths that have heart.  A philosopher specializing in matters of the simulation and the Art of War, Lucas left no stone unturned.  A connoisseur of rap, film, and video games, he found redemption at the edge of science fiction and reality.  A fan of hockey, soccer, basketball, and golf.  He enjoyed finishing his large triple-triple in under a minute after a couple smokes with the boys.  A true gourmand.  Lucas eventually lost his own war with addiction and recovery far too soon.  He loved and hated the game at the same time.

We hope that you can hear me and bet that we love you sincerely.  May the wind be at your back.

All proceeds of the estate of Lucas Peter Ferguson will be forwarded to the CKHA Mental Health and Addictions.  Donations in the memory of Lucas to the Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent are greatly appreciated.

Gail Steen

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday May 20, 2022
12:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday May 20, 2022
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

With great sadness and with her family by her side, just one week before her 69th birthday, Gail Lee Steen passed away.  Born in Chatham on May 20, 1953 Gail was predeceased by her mother June Manninger and her step-father Joe Manninger.

Sister to Linda & Russel Hillman, Mary Louise Clark and Greg & Diane Steen.  Predeceased by her brother John Steen.  Gail was the best Aunt to all her nieces and nephews, sharing an amazing bond with Daniel, Bradley, Julie and their families.  She was known as Bubbles but often referred to as “the old girl” to her special friend Bob Cleland.  Gail was blessed with many friends through her 43 years of working at Mallory’s (Hopkins) and social gatherings at the Blenheim Legion.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A time of visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on her birthday, May 20, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until noon.  A Funeral Service conducted by Legion Padre Bill Terris will take place at noon followed by interment in Evergreen Cemetery where Gail will be laid to rest with her Mom.

Friends wishing to remember Gail with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice https://chathamkenthospicefoundation.com/donations/. A tribute to Gail may be watched by pressing the following link:

https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/TY3T94JZB98GCN7T

Marion Smith

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Marion Loreen Smith (nee Childs) passed into the arms of her Saviour, May 6, 2022, with family at her side, at the Blenheim Community Village at the age of 89. Marion was born in Dawn Township on April 15, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Mary (nee Davidson) and Clinton Childs. Marion was well loved and treasured by the Childs clan. Her family was one of her most treasured gifts. Predeceased by her husband James Ivan Smith in 2008, Marion was the beloved mother of Susanne Smith (Dale Horvath) of Blenheim, and Robert (Lorna) Smith of Mississauga. Adored and deeply loved grandmother of Steve Hough (Theresa Katona), James (Alisha) Smith, Dave (LeeAnna) Hough, John Smith (Ashley Presby), Tanya Wilson, and Carley Horvath. Marion is survived by great grandchildren: Freya, Ethan, Isla, Jett, Brooklyn, Orin, Mira, Ezequiel, Aada-Lee, Quinndale, and Aubryn-Lee. Loving sister to Don (Berneida) Childs, Gordon (Fran) Childs, late Harold (Mary) Childs, and predeceased by Morris (Helen) Childs, Ernest (Mildred) Childs, Evelyn (Llyod) Eves, and Helen (Gerald) Babcock. Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley St. in Blenheim on May 10, 2022 from 11:00am until 1:00pm. A funeral service will take place at the funeral home following the visitation at 1:30pm with the interment at Evergreen Cemetery after the service. Donations made in memory of Marion to the Maple Grove Christian Retreat Centre would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com.  A video tribute of Marion’s life can be watched following this link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/LRRY2T27TZHQR2XH

Sonja Sloka

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sonja Sloka on May 5, 2022 at the Chatham Kent Hospice at the age of 81. Best friend and wife to John Sloka of Chatham. Daughter of the late Floyd and Jean McKay. Loving mother to Jamie Sloka of British Columbia and the late Shirley Ann Sloka. Dear sister to Deborah Collin, Tom (Diane) Rankine, Robert Rankine, and the late Fred (late Marilyn) Rankine. Sonja loved spending times with her friends golfing and bowling and will truly be missed by those who knew her. Cremation has taken place. A private family service and gathering will be held in Hamilton. Donations to the Chatham Kent Hospice Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com.

Bill Therrien

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Service:

Newbury Legion Branch #583
22 Durham Street, Newbury
May 6, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

THERRIEN, William Michael (Bill)

Suddenly on Saturday April 23rd 2022, Bill passed while at Peterborough Regional Health Centre in his 68th year. Born August 25, 1954 to Margaret Therrien and the late John Therrien. Beloved husband of Karen Phillips.

Loving father to Michael Therrien (Chantel), Jackie O’Brien (Chris), and stepfather of Warren Phillips, and Craig Phillips (Adrianne).

Nothing made Bill smile more than his precious grandchildren Kalleigh, Ryleigh, Millie, Jake, Kora, and step grandchildren Lily and Samuel

Bill was part of a large family and joins his late brother Calexte Therrien and survived by brother; Peter Therrien (Diane Padlesky) and sisters; Pamela (Joel) Yundt, Theresa (Terry) Rankin, Linda Therrien, Brenda (Clinton, predeceased) Laing, Sheila (Dennis) Joyce and Cindy (Alvy) Ellis.

Bill was a long-time Finance Manager at SWRC and CPRI where he retired after a full career. A lifetime member and former President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #185. He enjoyed his retirement life on the Shores of Rice Lake and will be fondly remembered by his Shady Acres family, and respects can be made at his home on Monday May 2nd  from 12-4pm.  In his younger years he was an avid member of the Blenheim Open organization committee and had a passion for golf and curling.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a public celebration of his life will be held in Newbury, Ontario on Friday, May 6th from 1-4 pm at the Newbury Legion Branch #583. In his memory, donations to National Poppy Trust Fund would be appreciated by the family.