Obituaries

Maurice Marsh

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Service:

A Private Graveside Service will be held in
Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown
on Wednesday December 6, 2017

Maurice William Marsh of Blenheim and formerly of Windsor passed away at the Blenheim Community Village on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at the age of 71 years. Maurice was one of five children born to the late Margaret & Albert Marsh and was the last surviving member of his family being predeceased by his sisters Jean Attewell, Joan Marsh and Anne Bray as well as his brother Peter Marsh. He is survived by his nieces and nephews Lynn Ramsay, Babby Bray, Wayne Bray, Brian Bray, Greg Bray, Pete Marsh and Kelly Marsh and their families. Friends would remember Maurice from his years of employment at Eaton Yale in Chatham.

Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place in Greenwood Cemetery on December 6, 2017 where Maurice will be laid to rest with his parents. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Robert Roy

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday December 4, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Robert Philip “Bob” Roy of Blenheim passed away at home on Tuesday November 28, 2017 at the age of 74 years.   He will be remembered with great fondness by his daughter Cindy & Shane Sykes of Merlin, his son David & Michelle Roy of Cedar Springs and their mother Lyn Delong (Gord) of Blenheim. He was the proud grandfather of Brooklyn, Kennedy, Austin and Caelan. Bob’s heart was broken earlier this year when his daughter Karrie-Ann passed away.

Born in Hearst Ontario, Bob was one of eight children born to the late Angeline & Emile Roy. He is survived by his sisters Rachelle Roy (Peter Cryne), Lucy & Gord Goulah, Sue Rogers (late John), Jeanne Vardy and Lise & Lionel Dodd and by his brother Paul Roy. He was predeceased by his brother and best friend John Roy (survived by Elise) in 2015.

Bob was a self-employed auto body repairman who was retired within the past couple of years but still kept busy with some smaller projects. He will be missed by many friends and business associates.

Cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday December 4, 2017 for a time of visitation from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Friends wishing to remember Bob are encouraged to consider making a donation to the Chatham-Kent Hospice in Karrie’s name.

 

Peggy Holdaway

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday November 30, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday November 29, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Peggy Joyce Holdaway passed away on Monday November 27, 2017 at Riverview Gardens in Chatham at the age of 82 years. Peg was predeceased by her husband Don Holdaway on August 31st of this year.  She was the proud mother of Lynn & Dexter Reed, Luann & Carl Phair, Susan Holdaway, Bonnie & Rick Crawford and Rod & Diane Butler.  She will be missed by 13 grandchildren,12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Peg was one of 11 children born to the late Ethel (Pardo) & George Butler and she was the last surviving member of her family, being predeceased by her sisters Lillian Little, Brenda Crombez, Violet Fields, Kathlene Zaikos and Yvonne Wismer, and by her brothers Larry, Les, Bev, Bob and Bill Butler.

After raising her children, Peg opened a hair salon in Blenheim called the Clip ‘N Curl that she operated for many years. She and Don enjoyed their retirement years living in Shrewsbury.

In keeping with Peg’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to gather for a time of visitation at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Bill Terris will be conducted at the Funeral Home on Thursday November 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Peg with a memorial donation are asked to consider Kenesserie Camp, Pet And Wildlife Rescue or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Happy Wilson Summerfield

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Service:

A private family service will be held on Friday November 24, 2017 in the morning.

Following that, an invitation is extended to all of our friends and family to gather at our home at 1:00 p.m. for a reception (177 Chatham Street South, Unit 8 in Blenheim).

It is with such sadness that we announce our son Happy Wilson Summerfield was born still on Saturday November 18, 2017. Looking forward to his arrival were his parents Kaitlyn Chamberlain & Bradley Summerfield, his big brothers Shadyn-Bradley Summerfield and Holton Summerfield, his Nana Barb Pardo, Grandpa Dennis Pardo, Grandma Brenda O’Dell and his great grandparents Joe & Rose O’Dell and Deb Doubt. He was already waiting to be held by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Happy was loved from the moment we knew him. He tiptoed quietly into our lives and although he couldn’t stay, he will be held in our hearts forever…our beautiful son.

A private family service will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday November 24, 2017 in the morning. Following that, an invitation is extended to all of our friends and family to gather at our home at 1:00 p.m. for a reception (177 Chatham Street South, Unit 8 Blenheim).

Kaitlyn & Bradley

Dena Anderson

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Service:

A private memorial service will take place at a later date.

Dena Harriett Anderson (nee DeGelas) passed away peacefully on November 19, 2017 in her 60th year at the Chatham-Kent Hospice with her family and friends at her side. Dena was born July 1, 1957 in Chatham to the late Helen Margaret King (2014) and the late Franklin Theodore DeGelas (2016). Dena is survived by her husband of 35 years Wayne Anderson and her twins- son Kyle Anderson, and daughter Kelley (Chris) Kirwan. Best Grammy to Koda, her grandpuppy. Loving sister to David, Duncan, Jeannie, and Amy DeGelas. Beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Loving best friend to many.

Dena grew up in Blenheim and was the Blossom Queen at Blenheim District High School in 1976. During high school she worked at the Dominion Store. She spent many years playing softball and enjoyed running track. Dena worked for many years with CIBC at the Blenheim branch, assisted at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, and was the Assistant Returning Officer with Elections Canada and Elections Ontario.

Dena was an avid community volunteer with local schools, Blenheim Minor Hockey, Blenheim United Church, United Church Women, and an organizer with the Blenheim Ministerial Association’s Christmas Hamper Drive. Dena was an honorary member of the Catholic Women’s League, helping with the Lenten Lunches.

Dena was fond of cardinals, bracelets, sports, swimming, and camping. She spent many precious hours watching family and friends’ children play sports and loved every minute of it. Family, friends, and the Blenheim community meant everything to Dena. She will be missed greatly by all. Per Dena’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Family has requested donations be made in Dena’s memory to the Chatham-Kent Hospice and the London Health Sciences Centre.

Wayne Croft

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Wayne Croft died peacefully on November 19, 2017 at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 74. Born in Sweaburg, ON on October 22, 1943 to the late John and Betty (Clark) Croft.  Beloved husband of 58 years to Sharon (Papps) Croft.  Loving father of 4 sons; Gregory (Carolyn), Jeffrey, James and Tim (Christine) Croft.  He will be missed by 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother Michael Croft.

As per Wayne’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Wayne with a memorial donation are asked to consider Memorial donations to Word of Life Food Bank or St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Erieau.

Marjorie Taylor

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday November 20, 2017
10:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday November 19, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Marjorie Mae Taylor (nee Knott) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, November 13, 2017 in her 88th year.  Marjorie, beloved wife of the late Ernest Taylor.  Loving daughter of the late Ivan and Ella Knott.  Cherished Mother of Donna (Rick) Pritchard, Lou Anne (Bob) Pauhl , Bill (Jan) Taylor and Jean Taylor (Jim Riches), Myra (Don) Pettit; Adored by her grandchildren Dustin Pritchard (Emily Marks), Janelle (Tim) Cobban, Anne (Lambert) Cook, Ellana Pauhl, Shayna Taylor, Jamison Cass, Courtney Cass, and Taylor Cass; and nine great grandchildren; Dear sister of Murray Knott, Bob (Peggy) Knott; and by her many other loved nieces, nephews and friends.  Predeceased by son Wayne Taylor, sister Ella Knott, sister-in-law Helen Knott and her step-mother Olive Knott.  Marjorie was an avid Shuffleboard player and President of Chatham (Thames-Horizon) Shuffleboard Club, Past President of the Florida State Shuffleboard Ass’n, and a member of the South-East Coast Shuffleboard Ass’n.  She was a member of Team Canada Shuffleboard and represented Canada in Las Vegas, California, Edmonton, Japan, Australia, Rio Deja Nero, New Brunswick, and Russia.  Marjorie was inducted into the U.S.A. Shuffleboard Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Dresden Sports Hall of Fame (as the fastball pitcher for the “Florence Chicks”).  Special thanks to the incredible care given by South West CCAC London and Chatham Regions.  Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home 53 Stanley St, Blenheim on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., where the memorial service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m.  If desired, donations to The Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

Bill Haskell

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday November 16, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Jerry Joseph William “Bill” Haskell passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Thursday November 9, 2017. Bill was born in Chatham 83 years ago to the late Douglas & Fern (Tasker) Haskell and was raised in the Merlin area.  He and his late wife Shirley raised four children; Kim Lindsay (Bob), Kenneth Haskell (Carolyn) and the late Rick Haskell (survived by Deb) and Cindy Morrison (survived by Doug). He was one of six children and is survived by Marilyn Whittal, Sherry Lloyd and Jack Haskell.  Predeceased by Harlow and Jimmy Haskell.  Bill will be missed by all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild as well as his friends Noreen and Lynn.

A truck driver by trade, Bill spent many years in Florida. He enjoyed camping and hunting moose.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Thursday November 16, 2017 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. Cremation will follow with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Bill with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Theodore Elliott

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It is with such sadness that we announce our son, Theodore Ralph Elliott was born still on Saturday November 11, 2017. Quietly Theodore tiptoed into the hearts of his parents Michael & Jenna (Stepniak) Elliott and left a lifetime of beautiful memories for them to hold. He was loved from the start…our baby boy; our beautiful son and Wade’s baby brother. He had an extended family who was also looking forward to his arrival, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and Theodore’s family will remember him quietly.

 

Mike Davey

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday November 10, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Michael Scott Davey of Blenheim passed away at home on Wednesday November 8, 2017. Mike was born 58 years ago in St. Thomas to his parents Marilyn (Gord Barnhard) & the late Bruce Davey. It was one day while working at the Mink Ranch just outside of Blenheim that he met the love of his life Kerry Colby and they began a life together that included Brent & Dale Colby and their children Megan and Hailey. Mike will be forever remembered by his sister Linda Monk and his brothers Steve & Lori, Pete & Connie and Paul & Karen. He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman. He loved animals. He loved hunting and fishing. He always had a story or a joke to tell and had a very strong opinion that there was no reason ever to wear socks unless you were going to a wedding or a funeral (and then they should be taken off as soon as possible). A great day for him was when his grandchildren would come to visit.

It was Mike’s wish that this stage of his life be shared with family and friends. A time of visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday November 10, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Memories will be shared at 1:30 p.m.

Mike was involved with the Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association and it was in his heart to support children who need financial help to become involved with the activities there. Friends wanting to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider donating to that cause.

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