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23 2017 May

Vannieuwenhuyze, Valere (Aged 86, Chatham)

A resident of Chatham, Valere Vannieuwenhuyze passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance – Chatham Campus on May 22, 2017 at the age of 86. (more…)

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19 2017 May

Warwick, Jean (Aged 89, Chatham)

Peacefully at Riverview Gardens Nursing Home, Chatham, on Wednesday May 17, 2017, Jean May Warwick, age 89, of Chatham, beloved wife of the late Keith Warwick and John Scaman. (more…)

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18 2017 May

Dolsen, Donna (Aged 84, Chatham)

Dolsen, Donna Marie (Stover) Donna passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Eden Villa Residence, Chatham, ON at the age of 84. (more…)

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08 2017 May

Clements, Beverly (Chatham)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved “Papa” on Friday May 5th, 2017 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, peacefully and surrounded by his loving family. (more…)

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05 2017 May

Higgins, Wendy (Aged 61, Chatham)

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Wendy Higgins on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 after a lengthy illness at the age of 61. Wendy went home peacefully with her loving family by her side. (more…)

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03 2017 May

Stanbury, Donald (Aged 76, Chatham)

A resident of Chatham and formerly of Ridgetown, Donald Stanbury peacefully passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the age of 76.

Born in Auburn, Ontario, son of the late Harold & Vernice Stanbury.

Beloved husband of the late Willa (nee Swain) (2001) & late Bonnie Ann (nee Squire) (2014).

Dear father of Dawn Morton (Tim) of Kelowna, BC, Susan Goodwin of Terrace, BC.

Grandfather of Cara, Tanner, Calina, Trinity & Odin.

Brother of Bill Stanbury (Merle) of Goderich,& Lois Dannewald (Jon) of Mount Albert, ON.

Brother-in-law of Linda Marchand of Chatham, Walt Squire (Ruth) of Chatham, Dave Squire (Annette) of Tilbury, Katy Squire of Texas & nephew Lorne Titus of Chatham.

Predeceased by brothers, Floyd Stanbury, Ken Stanbury, Bob Stanbury, brothers-in-law, Bob Squire & Jim Squire, nephew Rob Stanbury, Jodie Everett Titus, & niece, Sandra Stanbury.

Donald worked at Eaton Yale in Wallaceburg for 23 years as a general laborer. He was an avid fan of watching wrestling, camping, riding his bicycle & loved attending the Ball family reunions.

Family to receive friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Private Funeral Service of Donald’s life will be celebrated. Cremation to follow with interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery at a later date.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Donald may make one to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

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06 2017 April

West, Ralph (Aged 87, Chatham)

Ralph Douglas West, a resident of Chatham, peacefully passed away surrounded by the love of his family at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in his 88th year. (more…)

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04 2017 April

Cofell, Nathan (Aged 41, Ridgetown)

Cofell, Nathan James – of Ridgetown, passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family on March 31, 2017 after a 13 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

He was born on May 27, 1975 to Gary and Joan (Gammage) Cofell in Chatham Ontario. He attended school at Ridgetown Public School, Ridgetown District High School, and St. Clair College where he graduated with a sales and marketing diploma. Nathan was a longtime employee of Penny’s Restaurant and later became the Owner of Friendly Fotos Chatham.

Loving father to Sierenna Cofell of Ridgetown and Chandler Cofell of Ridgetown. Beloved brother to Dana (Tracey) Cofell of Charing Cross.

Nathan will also be missed by Colleen and Kyle Reardon of Edmonton AB, and by Vicki Cofell, Bill and Dolly Reid of Ridgetown, Chantelle Neill and Tammy Reid of Chatham.

Nephew to Fred (Liz) Gammage of Port Dover, Godparents – Kathy (Ed) Cikatricis of Ridgetown, Roy Gammage of Ridgetown, Phil (Anne) Gammage of Cairo, Godfather Jim (Diane) Gammage of Ridgetown, Doug Cofell (Mariyln McLean) of Rice Lake,

Also special nephew to Kathy Gammage of Ridgetown and Margo Cofell of Chatham.

Adored Uncle to Charlie and Dorothy Cofell of Charing Cross, Brittany Neill of St. Thomas and Spencer Neill of Blenheim.

He was preceded by his Cousin Rebecca Gammage, Uncle Don Cofell, Aunt Eileen Emeny, Uncle Charlie Gammage, Grandfather Orley Cofell, Grandmother Louise (Capsticks) Cofell, Grandfather Dana Gammage and Grandmother Peggy (Hogan) Gammage.

Visitation will be held at McKinlay Funeral Home, Ridgetown, Ontario on Tuesday April 4th, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday April 5th at 11am at the Funeral Home.

Burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown.

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03 2017 April

Parry, Barbara (Aged 91, Chatham)

PARRY: Barbara Ruth (nee Johnson) – Wife of 60 years to Douglas Howard Parry (deceased 2008), passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Riverview Gardens Nursing Home surrounded by her family. Born in Chatham, Barb was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Hardcastle) Johnson.

Barb and Douglas Parry are survived by their 6 children; Janet and Joseph Plens, Phil and Anne Parry, Paul and Donna Parry, Blake and Cindy Parry, Brent and Linda Parry and Pam and Brian Ainscough; 12 grandchildren; Jonathan and Jennifer Plens, Jennifer and Stephanie Parry, Matthew Parry, Brian and Jennifer Parry, Lynn and Chad Welch, Danielle and Kyle Parry and Douglas, Samantha and Payton Ainscough. As well as 4 great-grandchildren, Carsen, Ava, Marissa and Jayla.

Predeceased by her brother William Johnson. Sister-in-law to Edna Bushey.

Barb was a member of New St. Andrew’s Church, was a past choir member and a member of the P.C.W. Auxiliary. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, Past President and Life Member of the Ladies Division of Chatham Granite Curling Club. Long time member of 210 Austin Wright Chapter I.O.D.E. and honourary active member of the Jr. Hospital League (now Helping Hands), as well as volunteer at Outreach for Hunger.

Family will receive friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark Aarssen officiating. Cremation to follow with a private family interment at St. Thomas Anglican Cemetery to be held at a later date.

Donations made in memory of Barb to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

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30 2017 March

Romanick, Larry James (Aged 71, Chatham)

ROMANICK: Larry James. In his 71st year, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday March 28th at the Chatham Hospice.


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