Pat Pickle

A photo of Pat Pickle


Glad Tidings Community Church
Monday June 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Social distancing protocols will be in place which will allow for limited seating inside. Friends may also remain in their cars and listen to the service being broadcasted over your car radios on FM 88.9.


Glad Tidings Community Church
Sunday June 28, 2020 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Due to COVID restrictions and responsible social distancing, you are asked to remain in your car in the parking lot until a parking lot attendant directs you to proceed.

Patrick Shawn Pickle of Blenheim passed away on Thursday June 25, 2020.  Born in Leamington 71 years ago to the late Roxanne & Edward Dowdy Pickle, Pat is survived by his brother Norman & Gaye Pickle and by his sisters-in-law Patricia Pickle and Judy Pickle.  He was predeceased by his brothers Jim and Gilbert.

In 1974 Pat married the love of his life, Ruth Ann (Pfaff) and they began a life together that would span over 42 years when Ruth Ann predeceased him in 2016.  Their relationship was a true testimony of love and support.  They were a perfect couple, completely devoted to God and one another.  Together Pat and Ruth Ann raised three children who they were forever proud of; Jennifer & Daryl Atkinson, Rachel & Jason Apthorp and Jeff Pickle & Grace Milne.  Pat will be missed by his grandchildren Simon and Cameron Atkinson and Cameron, Jaden and McKenna Milne.  He will also be missed by the Pfaff family and by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

All of the paths that Pat chose to walk in his life led him to helping people.  It would be no surprise when he was called to the Ministry and gained the designation of Pastor.  He was a friend, a confidant and a companion to many people who he met and helped along his journey.  He lived his life as a true Christian and was a role model to all.

Visitation for Pat will be held on Sunday June 28, 2020 at Glad Tidings Community Church where Pat served for many years.  Due to COVID restrictions and responsible social distancing, you are asked to remain in your car in the parking lot until a parking lot attendant directs you to proceed. Visitation times will be from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

A Funeral Service for Pat will be held in the church on Monday June 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.  Again, social distancing protocols will be in place which will allow for limited seating inside.  Friends may also remain in their cars and listen to the service being broadcasted over your car radio on FM 88.9.

Friends wishing to remember Pat with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Canadian Hearing Services or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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You will be dearly missed Pastor Pat by the residents and staff of Copper Terrace. Always a kind, gentle soul who had time for anyone in need. Loved your smile and supportive presence. Your years of service were so appreciated.

I was lucky enough to have met Pat more then 30 years ago. He was a kind soul the cared about everyone he met. There are only a handful of people that you met in your life that standout in your memory for their compassion. You will be missed.

I met your Dad many years ago when I served communion to Roman Catholic residents at Copper Terrace in Chatham. We became good friends and shared many great talks and laughs on my visits. My sister Dorothy was a resident and became very fond of your Dad and looked forward to his visits. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. As per Pat's wishes, i have made a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation. Betty Carruthers

I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I have fond memories of his time at SRC and Copper Terrace.

My deepest condolences to you and your family. I worked with Pat at IGA many years ago. He was such a kind and gentle soul. I thought about him often over the years and the conversations that we had. RIP Pat.

Dear Pickle family, we are so sorry to hear of Pat's passing.Both O'Connor and Plouffe families offer our deepest condolences.There are not enough words to describe how wonderful a person Pat was.Got to know Pat over the last 11 years over at Copper Terrace in Chatham where my mom May and dad Albert (now deceased) live ,thoroughly enjoyed his company and greatly appreciated his kind and comforting words on many occasions.Our families did as well.He will be missed greatly.He remains in our hearts. t

Pat and Ruth Ann were both inspirational and devoted to their beliefs and led so many in the faith. I for one will eternally miss their posts on Facebook and wish to express my sincerest condolences to their family. May the Lord of all grant peace, now and forever.

Our Mom was a Resident at Copper Terrace and that's how we met Rev. Pat Pickle. Pastor Pat was a wonderful person...kind, helpful, and funny. It was a sincere pleasure to have spent time chatting with him! Our heartfelt sympathy to Pastor Pat's family and friends. John Blokker Sue Laitinen

I am sorry to hear about the loss of my friend and mentor. It was pastor Pickle that convinced me to get involved in nursing home ministry which brings such great joy and purpose to my life. I will miss him greatly.

My condolences to Pat Pickle's family, He was a devoted man of God, who always gave an inspiring word of love & wisdom in his sermons. Our loss is God's gain, a new home in Heaven for His children, granting the rest & peace when our serve is finished here in our temporal home. Rest in peace my friend, for as you will be surely missed, till we meet again.😇💘

Our sincere condolence to Pastor Pickle's family. He and I (Carol) worked many years together at Copper Terrance Nursing Home. He as a chaplain and I as a volunteer along beside him. We shared a great friendship and often chatted and sometimes used Sign Language as we both had severe hearing loss. I already miss him.

Heaven is rejoicing and we are lucky to have known you. Rest in peace with Ruth.

Our sincere sympathies to the families ,Thought s and prayers during this difficult time,Kuper’s birthday buddy of 13 years will always hold special spot in our lives

My thoughts and prayers are with you Rachel, Jennifer, Jeff, Family and Friends of the passing of your Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Friend... Pat Pickle... Today as you say your final goodbyes here on earth, always remember, one day you will all be together again. But until that time, Rachel, Jennifer and Jeff... Both your Dad and Mom have left you quite the legacy... May you always feel them close to you and present in every area of your life; The love they had for you all; Remember all they taught you; And know one day you will all be together again for eternity. I am so blessed our life paths crossed, and had the opportunity of getting to know your Dad and Mom on a more personal level through GTCC... I will always cherish those times. One last thing, I surely would be there with you now for The Celebration of your Dad’s Life, but under the health circumstances that are surrounding us today, I am having to stay at home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all... God Bless You!

To the family of Pat - my prayers are with you today as you say farewell to your dad. I remember him well during Bible College days. There we became friends and reconnected years later through Facebook. Blessings of peace upon each one until the great reunion day.

Our heartfelt condolences & prayers to Pat's family, church family, & friends. He leaves behind a wonderful heritage of faith for his family & for all who knew him. He will be dearly missed. May the great comforter, the Holy Spirit, sustain you all.

Fraser I send our condolences to his family. We grew up together & remember him with fondness

To the family And many friends I WAS VERY SHOCKED AND SADDENED TO HEAR OF PASTOR PATS PASSING. TODAY I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BE YOUR STRENTH AND COURAGE NOT ONLY TODAY BUT THE MANY DAYS AHEAD. THE GREATEST HOPE IS WE SHALL.MEET AGAIN NEVER MORE TO PART. MAY THIS POEM COMFORT EACH ONE OF YOU AND TODAY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I THANK GOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PASTOR PAT AND MANY PRAYERS ARE BEING SENT ACROSS THE MiLES. TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS Dear love ones lift your spirits. And take a peek up here. One glimpse will sooth your sorrow. For my new home will appear. You will see the land of promise. Which we all talked about. Its beautiful and far greater. Than we dreamed without a doubt. I expected Golden pathways. Mansions fair and gates of Pearl. But this place exceeds the visions. I had while in this world. What a Thrilll to be here dancing. In the midst of Heavens Throng. See me dancing with the Angels. Singing praise and worship songs. Though you miss me I'm not distant. I still have my sights on you. I just crossed into forever. Where I have a better view. Keep good memories to console you But let grief and mourning go. Smile dear love ones. Im in heaven living in God's glow. PRAYING FOR GOMFORT .AND THANKING GOD.(WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT) WILLIS POLLETT NEW HARBOUR. NEWFOUNDLAND. .

Pastor Pat was so easy to talk to you sure could tell he loved the Lord. It took him along time to get over loosing his best friend Ruth Ann. I loved his preaching & some things he wrote on facebook he sure knew how to write i told him he could write books. He will be missed by so many people but just knowing he is in Heaven with his Lord & Saviour gives you comfort & peace.

Pat was a good friend. He served the Lord with all his heart. We will meet again

Dear Jennifer ,Rachel and Jeff l was deeply saddened to hear of your dear father Pat passing. I worked with him 28 years ago at SRC where l would push the wheelchairs down to the chapel for Sunday services. The clients loved your father and they would get so excited. He taught them all about our lord and they would laugh and smile at your dad . Then l worked at Copper terrace while going for my nursing and there was your Dad again with your mother at his side. Your father was always so kind and compassionate to others. Then l started attending Glad Tidings Church and there they were and l remember thinking this must be a great church for your parents to be there. Your father will be dearly missed especially in our senior activities but we know he is where he has longed to be at home again with your mother and our dear saviour. We are all so thankful for all the lifes he touched. May you find comfort and peace in knowing your parents are together again and will no longer feel pain . We all meet again in heaven and rejoice.

I greatly appreciated Pat's ministry at Copper Terrace. He was a good friend and pastor to my brother Bobby who was a resident there for several years. Pat was also very supportive of those of us community pastors who were involved in the chapel services at Copper Terrace. He had a wonderful way with residents and staff alike, and was a tremendous witness for Christ simply through his gracious presence in many and varied situations. He will be missed. He and Ruth Ann will now be together "with the Lord forever" (1 Thess. 4:17)

My condolences to the Pickle family. Pat's quiet presence and his smile will be missed by many. Thinking and praying for his family at this sad time. Carol Boylan

Our heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Our family is sorry for your loss. He will be forever in our hearts.

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Patrick, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. We have had the pleasure of hosting he and Ruth Ann in our home several times when he supplied the pulpit of Emmanuel Congregation Church in Ridgetown on occasion and appreciated their walk with the Lord. Death is not the end, it is only the passing on from time into eternity for the Children of God. Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. Larry & Patricia Rumble

I have fond memories of working with Pat when he was chaplain at Copper Terrace and I was leading communion services there from our parish. A lovely man of deep faith. Rest well good and faithful servant.

My sincere sympathy to all of the Pickle Family. You are all in my prayers.

A kind servant and humble man. Remembering him at SRC, leading service and ministering to our population. RIP Dear man .

To the Pickle Family. .. We were sad to hear of Pastor Pat's passing. We are sending our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. May he peacefully rest and be in his heavenly home. Sincerely Barb and Charlie Cowell of Gowganda, Ontario.

I'm very sorry to hear about Pat's passing. He was very kind to me and my family when my father died, I will always remember him for that. With sympathy, Amber Hoy (daughter of CT resident)

So very sorry about the loss of your dad.I worked with Pat at IGA many years ago, he was a great guy.RIP PAT

Dear Pickle family,So very sorry about the loss of your dad.I worked with Pat at the IGA many year ago ,was a great guy. RIP Pat,

My sincerest condolences to the Pickle family.

So sorry for your loss......

so very sorry for your loss

So sorry to hear of your loss he was a great man of God. He will be missed by many.

My deepest sympathy to Pastor Pats family. I enjoyed working with Pat at Copper Terrace. He was a kind and caring man,loved by the staff and residents. May God comfort his family in their sorrow knowing that he gone to heaven.

My heartfelt condolences to Pastor Pat's family. I worked with Pastor Pat for many years at Copper Terrace. He was a compassionate, gentle kind soul. I will miss our chats. Rest in Peace Pastor Pat, you will be missed dearly.

A good friend that I have had the privilege of knowing for 70 years. He is now experiencing the reward he preached about for so many years! We`ll meet again!

Our deepest condolences to Rachel & Jason and the rest of the family as well.

I had the pleasure of working with Pastor Pat at Copperterrace Pat was a very compassionate man and would lend a good ear for anyone he will be greatly missed by many prayers for all family members at this time

I am so sorry for your loss of this great man. I worked with Pat at the Blenheim EMA/IGA when I was a young man and Pat was always a very nice man. He will be missed

So very heartbroken for you Rachel, Jennifer and Jeff & families, for his brother and sister in laws, and for the entire Pfaff family who he considered his own. Pastor Pat was a gentle compassionate man loved by so many. He will be missed at GTCC. I think of the joy on the faces of your mom and dad as they saw each other again and it makes me smile thru the tears of our loss. much love, hugs & prayers

So very sorry for your lostPat was loved by all at Copper Terrace we are going to miss his smile and compassion he had for all of the residents and staff

Sincere condolences. May God's peace and comfort surround you all.❤🙏

I will always have fond memories of Pastor Pat when our Mom was at Copper Terrace. He always had a smile and stopped in to say hi.

Words cannot express our sorrow at the loss of Pastor Pat. He was truly a great man, pastor and friend. We will miss having him as part of our pastoral team at Glad Tidings and it really is as if a part of our team is missing. However, we know that Heaven's gain is our loss, and though he has graduated to eternity, we still feel the loss. We will miss him greatly, especially when he cuffed me on the back of the head for telling a lame joke. Praying for you guys.

My condolences to family and friends , you are all in our thoughts and prayers . I had the pleasure of working at the nursing home with Rev. Pat Pickle he was great with the residents and truly will be missed by many .

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Pickle family. Pastor Pat was like a gentle giant of man he always took time to speak with you and would lend a caring ear if you needed to talk. He will always have a special place in my heart as a dear friend. Be free Pat and I am sure that Ruth was at the gates waiting for you. Till we meet again RIP.

Dear Jennifer, Rachel, Jeffrey and Family, Please accept our deepest condolence on the loss of a good man. Jeannie and Grover