Obituaries

Ed Miller

A photo of Ed Miller

Service:

Trinity Anglican Church
Saturday January 12, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Following the Memorial Service
a reception will be held at the
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185.

Ed Miller died December 23, 2018 at the Chatham Health Alliance after a precipitous but mercifully brief decline in health. His death came just two days short of what would have been the 42nd anniversary of the wedding day to his second wife Helen on Christmas Day, 1976.

Ed was 105 years old, and just prior to his death may have been the oldest living Canadian WWII veteran. Ed served during the War as an aircraft mechanic, maintaining the Lancaster bombers that flew over Germany.

Many people used to ask Ed what might be the secret of his long life. He gave various answers, some serious, some flip. Those who know him best share the consensus that his longevity was the result of the combination of his irrepressible friendliness with everyone he met, and his positive outlook on life. He didn’t complain; he didn’t dwell on his losses, and he had more losses in his life than many of us ever face in a shorter life; he looked for the good in people; he was thoughtful and kind, though seldom overtly emotive.

Ed was known as a gregarious and helpful person to his family, friends and neighbours. He seldom if ever engaged in gossip, preferring to find the best and say the best about everyone. He was known for his visiting of the lonely. He spent many volunteer hours helping out with Cedar Springs United Church, Camp Kenesserie, Craford Cemetery and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185.  As a vocation Ed was a carpenter, both free lance and as a long time employee at the Southwest Regional Centre.

Ed was the son of Frederick Miller (1886-1974) and Mary (nee Learn, unknown-1960), and the brother of Donald (1911-1993), Velma (1912-1914), Gordon (1914-2009), Margaret (1916-1979), Douglas (1919-2018), Winnifred (1924-) and Janet (1926-2017), all of whom but Winnifred have predeceased him.

Ed was predeceased by each member of his first family his wife Catherine (nee Cheyne), daughter Velma and son Alexander. He was also predeceased by his second wife Helen (nee McGuigan, 1920-2013).

Ed leaves behind his grandson Chris Miller and his wife Alanna, their children Clara and Will, his granddaughter Tara Miller O’Donoghue and her husband Aidan, their children Alexandra and Abby, his sister Winnifred (1924-), his stepson Michael Nash and his wife Linda, their son Daniel and Michael’s older sons Gabriel and Samuel, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him and will miss him.

A Memorial Service for Ed will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 59 Ellen Street, Blenheim on Saturday January 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185, Blenheim.

In lieu of flower donations, the family would value in memoriam donations to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/tags/mission-and-serivce or the Nature Conservancy of Canada https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/

 

John “Rip” Coll

A photo of John “Rip” Coll

Service:

A Graveside Service will be held
in the Morpeth Cemetery on
Saturday December 29, 2018
at 1:30 p.m. and will be
followed by a reception at
the Morpeth Hall.

John Carmen “Rip” Coll of Morpeth passed away at home on Thursday December 20, 2018 at the age of 85 years. He was the last surviving member of his family, having been predeceased by his parents Carmen & Bertha (McMillan) Coll and by his sisters Carole Johnston, Donna & Doug Tippin and Shirley Tompkins. He is survived by his brother-in-law Bob Johnston of Ridgetown.

John was a long time employee of Union Gas where he worked on pipelines. On April 9, 1960 he married the love of his life Betty (Laing) and began a journey that would span over 58 years. Together they raised three children who they were extremely proud of; Darren Coll & Artis of Chatham, Deanne Glassford & Kevin Vince of Chatham and Kristina Coll of Morpeth. They were also blessed with their grandchildren Holly & Eric Jamieson, Christopher Glassford & Amber, Amber & Sean Vanderiviere, Ashley Glassford, Laura & Geoffrey Vince and to make a good life even better, they have twelve great-grandchildren. To John there was nothing better than to come home at the end of a long day and be surrounded by the people who loved him the most.

In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. On Saturday December 29, 2018 family and friends are invited to gather at 1:30 in the Morpeth Cemetery for a graveside service which will be followed by a reception at the Morpeth Hall.

Friends wishing to remember John with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Diabetes Association or the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Pete Van der Pol

A photo of Pete Van der Pol

Service:

Everyone is invited to the Deer Run Golf Course,
19605 Bloomfield Road, Blenheim on Saturday
December 22, 2018 where a time to visit with
Pete’s family will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Following the visitation, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
a Celebration of Pete’s life and time for sharing
of memories will take place.

Van der Pol- After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Pete passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he loved the most.  He is survived by Heather Van der Pol, Stephanie Van der Pol and her husband Jarrod DeNure and Allison Van der Pol and her husband Lee Giffin.   He was the amazing Grandpa Pete to Locklan, Caitlyn and Ashlee Giffin, Emmerson, Wellington and Tennyson DeNure.  He was born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands November 6th, 1948, to Arthur and Jantje (Franken) Van der Pol. He is survived by his siblings Hank Van der Pol, Greta Vanderveen and husband Edward, Arthur Van der Pol (Sue) and cherished nieces and nephews.  His family immigrated to Canada only a few short months after he was born. He grew up on the land in South Kent, learned many lessons, loved farming and everything that came with being on the open road behind the wheel.  He was a founding partner of Rol-Land Farms Limited spending hours in the cattle barn as a young dairy farmer and he continued as an active member of the family business until the end. An avid Maple Leafs fan, the game was always on at his house. He had a devilish grin and loved to have a good laugh and if you were lucky, you’d get called a nickname by him.

Everyone is invited to the Deer Run Golf Course, 19605 Bloomfield Road, Blenheim on Saturday December 22, 2018 where a time to visit with Pete’s family will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Following the visitation, from 3:00 – 4:30 a Celebration of Pete’s life and time for sharing of memories will take place.

Friends wishing to remember Pete are asked to consider a donation to the Chatham-Kent Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Mike Dunlop

A photo of Mike Dunlop

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday December 13, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mike Dunlop of Blenheim passed away on Sunday December 9, 2018 at the age of 47 years. Named after his father Michael Dunlop who predeceased him in 1982, Mike is survived by his parents Pat (Nealey) & Fred Ryckman, his brother Jeff Dunlop (Candace Lindsay), his half brother Steven Ferguson (Angela), his nephew Craig and his niece Amy. He will be remembered by many Nealey, Dunlop and Ryckman aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mike was a devoted fan of the rock band Kiss and enjoyed collecting their memorabilia. In his lifetime he was able to enjoy many cruises with his family. He also collected baseball hats and shot glasses from places he visited. Mike enjoyed spending time with friends at the Blenheim Legion where he was a member and with friends that he made at the Ethanol plant in Chatham where he worked for over 20 years.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 where visitation will take place from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will take place again on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 11 a.m. until the time of Mike’s funeral service officiated by Pastor Bill Terris which will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery where Mike will be laid to rest beside his father.

Friends wishing to remember Mike with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada to assist in research initiatives or New Beginnings ABI & Stroke Recovery Association of Chatham-Kent.

Lulu Nicholson

A photo of Lulu Nicholson

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday November 28, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday November 28, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lulu Nicholson, 96 years of age, passed away peacefully at the Blenheim Community Village on Saturday November 24, 2018. Lulu was born in Harwich Township, to the late Beatrice (Carnie) & Robert Delbert Jackson. She was the last surviving member of her family, having been predeceased by her siblings Dorothy, Ken and Allan. Lulu married Morris John Allen who predeceased her in 1951, just one month after their son Murray John Allen had passed away. She worked at CIBC where she met Norman Nicholson and in 1973 they were married, enjoying 44 years together before Norman passed away on May 27, 2017. Lulu retired from the Purchasing Department of Southwestern Regional Centre where she was responsible for ordering all of the supplies.  She will be remembered fondly by her nieces and nephews Marion & Charles Brisco, Delbert & Dixie Jackson, Ken Jackson and Manley & Martha Jackson. She was predeceased by a nephew Douglas Jackson.

Resting at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim where visitation will take place on Wednesday November 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. when a Funeral Service will take place with Rev. Mike Maroney of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.

Many thanks are extended to the staff of the Blenheim Community Village for Lulu’s excellent care over these past few years. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Lulu are asked to consider the First Presbyterian Church in Chatham.

Reinder Hummel

A photo of Reinder Hummel

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday November 22, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday November 21, 2018
2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Reinder Hummel, forever loved husband of Wilhelmina “Wilma” (Verkaik) Hummel passed away peacefully on Saturday November 17, 2018 at the age of 83. Reinder was the loving father of Pieter (Diane) Hummel, Mary (Brian) Ford, Willem (Lori) Hummel, Ron Hummel and Shirley Urry. Proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his parents Peter and Regina (Bakker) Hummel.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday November 21, 2018 for visitation from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home on Thursday November 22, 2018 at 11 am. with Pastor Tim Joyce officiating.  Cremation to follow with burial in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Reinder with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society or Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Onofrio Naclerio

A photo of Onofrio Naclerio

Service:

St. Mary's Church
Wednesday November 21, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday November 20, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Parish Prayers will be held at 7:00 p.m.

With his family by his side, Onofrio Naclerio passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday November 17, 2018 at the age of 82.

Born in Agerola, Napoli, Italy on October 3, 1936, son of the late Alfredo & Maria (Milo) Naclerio, Onofrio was predeceased by three siblings.

Beloved husband of 56 years to Maria (Acampora) and loving father of Anna & Carmine Defeo, Fred & Michelle Naclerio, Margaret & Paul Foster, Julia & Francesco Fortunato and Angela Naclerio (Luca). Proud Papa and Nonno of 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Onofrio taught his children many lessons in life, but the most important one was that hard work and dedication to family should be their first and foremost priority. He will be dearly missed by his brothers and sisters in Italy, by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends and extended family.

Special thanks go out to the home care staff that were involved for the exceptional care that was given to Onofrio.

Family will receive friends at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Onofrio will be held in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember Onofrio with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association.

Evelyn Warriner

A photo of Evelyn Warriner

Service:

A private family service will be held
on Tuesday November 27, 2018

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday November 26, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evelyn Warriner passed away peacefully at Blenheim Community Village on Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018. Evelyn is predeceased by Gordon (2006) her husband of 63 years. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Fourth Line Community. Upon retirement they enjoyed daily crop tours with lunch stops in Erieau and looked forward to their winters in Florida where they made many new friends.
Evelyn is survived by her three sons Roy and Frances of Trout Creek, Ivan and Janet, Garry and Elaine, all of Blenheim. Missing their Grandmother are Jackee and Paul, Scott, Julianne and Paul, Todd and Bev, Lynne, Nick and Lindsay, Paul and Julie. She is survived by 12 great grandchildren and predeceased by 2 great grandchildren. Evelyn was the last surviving child of Warren and Florence (Moore) Pickering; predeceased by her siblings Ella Brooks, Gordon and Leonard Pickering, and Vera Galloway. She is survived by her three sisters-in-law Gertrude Pickering, Lena Pickering of Blenheim and Margaret Baldwin of Nova Scotia.
The Warriner family thank the wonderful staff of Blenheim Community Village for the efficient and compassionate care they gave to Evelyn over the last seven years. We truly appreciate all those little things you do routinely.
Family and friends are invited to Blenheim Community Funeral Home Mon. Nov. 26 for visitation from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A private family funeral will be held Tues. Nov. 27, 2018 with Rev. Wanda Burse officiating. Interment in the family plot, Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to remember Evelyn with a charitable donation are asked to consider The Fourth Line Memorial Fund, The Alzheimer’s Society, Chatham-Kent Hospice or Breast Cancer Research.

Lillian (Sterling) Huffman

A photo of Lillian (Sterling) Huffman

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday November 9, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday November 8, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Lillian Huffman of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Monday November 5, 2018. Lillian was born 83 years ago to the late Orlo & Gladys (Tole) Sterling.
She was predeceased by her only brother Albert Sterling and his wife Marilyn. On August 29, 1959 Lillian married Art Huffman and began a journey that would span over 58 years until he predeceased her in September, 2017. They farmed together for many years and raised three sons; Ken, Gary & Cathie, and Don & Phyllis. Lillian will be remembered by 2 grandchildren and nephews Allan and Steven Sterling and their families. Lillian enjoyed being a part of the Blenheim & District Historical Society since its inception and she also enjoyed spending time at the Blenheim Freedom Library & Military Museum.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Thursday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.   A Funeral Service for Lillian, conducted by Pastor Bill Terris will take place at the Funeral Home on Friday November 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment of Lillian’s urn will take place at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.

Donations to the Blenheim & District Historical Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Gillis Turner Jr

A photo of Gillis Turner Jr

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday November 2, 2018
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday November 2, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Gillis Turner Jr. passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at the age of 66 years. Gil was predeceased by his wife Janice (Embury) Turner in 2012. He will be remembered fondly by his children Suzanne & Tim Vaughan and Bill & Andrea Turner, by his grandchildren Kaylie and Harley Vaughan and Reece and Mason Turner. He will also be remembered by his sisters Betty Clark, Sandra & Bob McNear and Debra & Bob Senyk, his sister in law Patsy & Garnet Johnson and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Louella & Gillis Turner.

Gil and Janice enjoyed travelling in their lifetimes. They enjoyed bus trips, ball games and camping at Campers Cove in Wheatley. After Janice’s passing and his own retirement from Resistance Welding in Blenheim, Gil enjoyed being a part of the Blenheim Legion and in his spare time he took up coin collecting.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday November 2, 2018 where visitation will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Service conducted by Rev. David Fuller will follow immediately after the visitation at 2:00 p.m. Gil will be laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery with Janice and his parents.

Gil’s final days were made comfortable thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Hospice so that they can continue to help others.