Peter Shillington

A photo of Peter Shillington


Glad Tidings Community Church
Friday June 22, 2018
11:00 a.m.


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

A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

PETER BENJAMIN SHILLINGTON passed away at the age of 82, June 8, 2018, at University Hospital, London, Ontario. Born in Chatham in 1935, son of Clare and Edith Shillington, he grew up in Blenheim with hockey being a passion as a young lad and playing on an Ontario Championship team. In the summer, his passion turned to sailing, winning many sailing trophies. He coached Bantam and Midget hockey teams and won two Ontario Championships. In 1957, he returned to Blenheim from working in Toronto to join his father’s insurance business, and to marry his wife of 60 years, Ruth Gordier, who was a teacher at Blenheim District High School. They have one son, Harold (Dawn), two grandchildren, Ben (Robyn) and April, one great grandson, Noah, brother Jim (Mary); predeceased by brother Paul & sister in law Carole.

Peter served on many Boards, including the General Hospital Board, the Board of Chatham-Kent Community Futures Corporation where he also served as President. He was a member of the United Church Choir for over 50 years and served for many years as Trustee of Blenheim United Church. He loved his home town of Blenheim and had great foresight when it came to planning for the Town when he served as its last Mayor for nine years. He was also a Past Master in the Masonic Order and a Shriner. His latest endeavour was to oversee the building of the new Seniors Centre.

Visitation will be at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, June 21, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9, with a Masonic service in the evening. Funeral service at 11 a.m., Friday June 22, at the Glad Tidings Community Church with the service being conducted by Rev. Tim Joyce of Word of Life Church and Rev. Bill Terris of the Blenheim Baptist Church. Donations may be made to a Charity of your choice or to the Soup Kitchen at the Word of Life Church.

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Ruth and Family, Sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Peter and Linda

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Peter. Our thoughts and prayer are with the family at this difficult time. With warm regards. Enrico & Marilena Naclerio, Vincenzo & Carmen Naclerio

We are thinking of you all at this sad time. Peter was a great leader and did so much for the community of Blenheim and Erieau . He was also a good friend to our family. Richard and Margie Sievert

We are very sad to hear of Peter's passing. Ruth, please accept our most sincere condolences. Peter was an incredibly nice and genuine man to have known, and we are honored to have had the chance to spend some good moments with both of you in the Florida Keys. Peter brought a much needed sense of calm authority to the board meetings we attended at Sombrero Ridge, and with a great sense of humor, we can only feel lucky to have had the chance to get to know him. We made an instant connection with "Shilly" who felt like a favorite uncle to us, and although we are sad that he's no longer with us, we are grateful to have shared some laughter with Peter. With warm regards, Bill Adams & Maggie O'Loughlin

Ruth; So sorry to read about your loss. Peter always had a smile and time to stop for a short visit whenever I met him in town or he stopped in at the library. Keep your good memories active. Sincerely Elaine

Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Ruth & family-Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Peter .He was an asset not only to Blenheim but to all of Chatham-Kent and his contributions to them will be remembered.

The Shillington Family - my sincerest condolences on your recent loss of Peter. I always had a tremendous respect for Peter. He was very supportive of our family after my own father's death. I will always be grateful for his kindness and support during that difficult transition time. Thinking of you all at this time. Stacey Evans (Lansens)

Heartfelt condolences on Peter's passing. He will be missed. Sincerely, Brian and Jane Wright

Condolences to the family. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow .

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Peter, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

Heartfelt condolences on your loss from Lyle and Sharon.

Ruth: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Peter, he was a wonderful man and will be missed in our community. May he, REST IN PEACE

My partner in our jokes...enjoying your celebration with you and Ruth on your anniversary celebration and of course our a few beers at will miss you.

Ruth and family my heart goes out to you all. He was my friend and heart at the senior centre. Thinking of you all

Oh Ruth, we were so very sorry to hear about Peter’s passing. I thought the world of him and he brought such professionalism to the grant review team at Trillium. He was a wonderful man and will certainly be missed

Very Sorry

A friend from the past which known for years. Our deepest sympathy re the loss of a loved one

Our deepest condolences for your loss. Shirley Drewery & family