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Children line up to get the jab COVID-19 vaxx clinic full of kids she can help protect people like her 99-year-old great-grandmother. “We should get the vacSiblings Eden and Lucas cine so we don’t give it Hessel don’t like needles, (COVID-19) to older peobut both say they weren’t ple,” Eden explained. Her brothafraid of er, sevengetting the “It hurt a little bit, but year-old COVID-19 it’s still a good idea.” Lucas, said vaccine. he didn’t “I don’t Eden Hessel feel a thing like them,” Eden told The Voice min- when he got his shot. Sporting a superheutes after receiving her ro mask and wielding a first dose Saturday. “But I’m not scared. It large wooden sword, the hurt a little bit, but it’s Grade 2 student said he doesn’t really mind neestill a good idea.” The young cowgirl, re- dles. “I’m not scared of them,” plete in a silky pink cape and cowboy boots and he said. Mom Leann Hessel said hat, was among the 550 Chatham-Kent young- she was happy her chilsters to be immunized at dren were among the first the first children’s vaccine kids in Chatham-Kent to clinic at held at Chatham’s be immunized, adding the family Bradley has avoided Centre. “We should get the discussing It was a full any of the house, with vaccine so we don’t negatives every ap- give it (COVID-19) to put forward pointment older people.” by anti-vaxx b o o k e d . - Eden Hessel community. A total of “We don’t 1,100 shots were administered, half talk about that,” Leann of them children, the oth- said. “We do what we feel er half booster shots with is right for our family.” Chatham-Kent Public a sprinkling of adults reHealth communications ceiving their first dose. Eden, a Grade 4 stu- spokesman Jeff Moco said dent, said she was excit- interest in the children’s ed to get the vaccine so clinics has been strong. By Pam Wright Local Journalism Initiative




Volunteers and staff alike have done their part to take the sting out of the experience for youngsters by decorating the clinic with sparkly balloons, kites and clouds as part of a superhero theme. Children who attend are invited to dress up as their favourite character, and some staffers are also in costume. Moco said transitioning to a child-friendly vaccine centre was a pivot for the Bradley Centre team, adding staff was able to build on lessons learned from the adult clinics. Moco said the clinic intake was streamlined, separating children from adults, in order to avoid transmission of the virus. “We wanted to make sure there was no chance of spreading infection,” Moco added. Ontario Ministry of Health officials hope that COVID-19 rates will be brought down by vaccinating children, as a large portion of the province’s outbreaks are occurring in school settings. More Chatham-Kent clinics are in the works with mobile clinics planned at three area high schools. These clinics are for everyone, including parents and other com-

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Eden and Lucas Hessel show their superhero pride after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday at the John D. Bradley Centre.

munity members who may want the jab. The Bradley Clinic will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays during the month of December.

Clinics will also be held at Blenheim District High School Dec. 6; Wallaceburg District Secondary School, Dec. 13, and Tilbury District High School

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C-K riding a building boom By Pam Wright Local Journalism Initiative

Despite a global pandemic, construction in Chatham-Kent is having a year like no other. The municipality’s planning department has issued a record-setting 1,259 building permits worth $313-million so far in 2021. The year’s overall dollar value dwarfs 2020’s value of $146-million. Chatham-Kent’s chief building official Paul Lacina said the unprecedented rise can be attributed in part to a spike in residential construction – a phenomena that’s occurring right across Ontario. “There’s lots of new residential construction that’s really pushing the value,” Lacina explained, adding five apartment buildings were given the green light in 2021. Lacina said there’s been a steady increase in construction rates since 2018, but the big spike has come in the last two years.

According to Lacina, residential construction is happening in all corners of the municipality, but Chatham proper is seeing the biggest jump. Out of a total of 314 permits issued for single-family dwellings, 181 are located in Chatham alone. Outside Chatham, South Kent is second in residential construction with 69 permits in 2021, followed by West Kent with 27. There were 18 building permits issued in North Kent in 2021, 16 in East Kent, and three in Wallaceburg. Jon Rumble, president of the Chatham-Kent Home Builders Association, said the residential market for homes is strong. “It’s way more than we’ve ever seen,” Rumble explained, adding that all of the custom homebuilders are presently booking a year in advance. There are many factors for the rise, he said. Land shortages in Windsor-Essex, the pandemic trend of working from home, an influx of people from the GTA, Chatham-Kent

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place to settle down is a big plus, he added. Ongoing developments currently in the works include Prestancia in north Chatham, where various builders are working on homes, as well as The Landing under development by Multi-Construction. A variety of companies are working on Churchill and two Midwood projects. Maple City Homes is in both north and south Chatham and is also building homes in Blenheim. Dave Depencier is de-

natives coming back home, and the fact millennials are starting families are all contributing factors. Rumble said the Ontario Homebuilders Association has a campaign called “Baby Needs a New Home” explaining how millennials are the main drivers of the increase. “The millennials are bigger than the baby boomers and they are taking over the market,” Rumble said. The fact that Chatham-Kent is a nice, quiet

veloping a section of new homes in Dresden. Recently, a new development broke ground in Ridgetown. Built by NorBuilt Construction and developer Paul Khangura, the new housing project called Victoria Estates will eventually see 10 detached and six semi-detached homes constructed. According to Rumble, Ontario will need to build one million homes

over the next 10 years to meet the rising demand. So far, 973 residential permits valued at $248,039,270 have been issued for the year to date in Chatham-Kent. The agricultural sector has seen 118 permits valued at $29,437,365; 115 commercial permits valued at $18,809,472; 29 for industrial valued at $4,858,850 and 24 institutional permits with a value of $12,308,251.

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Dresden’s holiday market draws crowds

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The holiday spirit was alive and bright at Dresden’s Night Market Market Saturday with thousands attending to see the sights and sample the wares. Food trucks, street vendors, local businesses and Santa himself came together to take part in the Dresden Shines event. The community is currently aiming to make Dresden Southwestern Ontario’s Christmas Town through a variety of activities including a wide range of eye-catching Christmas lights and displays.

Apartments, homes on the rise in C-K

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On Chatham’s south side, things are hopping on Park Avenue. A hive of construction is evident, as workers carry out a variety of tasks around the westside building of the Park Place complex, in a concerted effort to get things closed in before bad weather arrives. Rob Piroli, of Piroli Group Developments, the company behind the new Park Place development, said 2021 has been a record-setting year for residential construction.

“I’ve watched the ups and downs of the market for the past 30 years,” the long-time developer explained. “This is the hottest market I’ve ever seen.” The $90-million Park Place complex features two separate buildings that when complete will hold 241 units. Piroli said the Windsor-based company has received a warm welcome in Chatham-Kent, with older adults embracing what the company has to offer. “Sales have been very good in Chatham,” he explained. “The baby boomers are really coming on board. “Some people are snow birds,” Piroli noted of the develop-

ment’s new tenants, explaining folks are looking for “worry-free living.” The east section of Park Place began welcoming residents Oct. 1, with 104 of 121 leased at that time. Piroli said new residents like what they find. “It’s really nice to see the happiness of the people moving in,” he added. Down the way at Maple City Homes, it’s a similar story. Robb Nelson, president of the four-year-old company, said the Chatham-Kent market is strong and lends support to the adage, “If you build it, they

will come.” The company is having its best year ever and was recently approved for a 17.6-acre development in south Chatham that will see the construction of an additional 121 single detached homes and 48 townhouse units in eight six-unit buildings. The latest development is slated to begin in fall of 2022. “We’re very, very happy with the way things are going in Chatham,” Nelson said, adding the

company is tailoring development to market demand. Maple City Homes is focusing on building units with a “smaller footprint,” Nelson said, adding there’s a lot of interest from buyers outside Chatham-Kent. Nelson said Maple City offers homes with layouts similar to a condo, targeting people who want a smaller living space, but who don’t want to live in a building.

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Be smart, be safe As we write this, COVID-19 numbers are on the rise across the province, including here in Chatham-Kent. In short, we aren’t ready to go back to “normal.” But we might be closer than we’ve been in some time...if we continue to respect social distancing and masking guidelines. These days, the majority of outbreaks in Chatham-Kent are taking place in elementary schools, notorious germ-breeding and germ-sharing grounds. Of course, back when these children’s parents were kids themselves, they didn’t have to face the COVID-19 virus. They just passed around most any cold or flu virus that came along. Let’s face it, back in those days, it was long considered the best way to build up our children’s immune systems by exposing them to various illnesses as they grew. Naturally, they came home and unintentionally shared much of the germs, viruses and bacteria with the rest of the family. Well, with COVID-19, therein lies the problem today. A child with a strong immune system may fare OK against COVID-19, but other family members, such as grandparents or people with compromised immune systems, may not. So, seeing vaccinations against COVID-19 for kids aged five to 11 is heartening. Elementary schools are the petri dishes for the virus these days, it seems, so why not limit impact and how contagious the virus is in these locations? Yes, people who are fully vaccinated are still getting COVID-19, but in the vast, vast majority of cases, the impact of the virus is much milder than in the unvaccinated, and the shedding of the virus is less contagious from people who are vaccinated. So, as children receive improved defence against the virus, it’s up to the rest of us to hold out a little longer. Wear masks where required, and use your head in situations to minimize the chance of exposure. For example, the Dresden Night Market was a big hit on the weekend, but, despite the fact people were outdoors, because of the inability to social distance, more people should have sported masks than what we saw. We don’t advocate isolating in your home, blockading the door against outsiders and never interacting face-to-face with friends and loved ones who don’t live with you. That’s a serious mental health issue waiting to happen. smart and be safe.

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Residents deserve answers Editor: In January this year, The Chatham Voice reported that the Ontario government announced a review of water well interference in North Kent, specifically an examination of the discoloured, contaminated well water that dozens of residents reported was discoloured and full of black grit. This “review” was preceded by an earlier announcement by the Ontario government that a full-fledged “health-hazard investigation” would

be done, because there had been so many citizen complaints about contaminated water. Residents can trace the well interference back to pile driving and construction of wind turbines, and their location on the fragile Kettle Point Black Shale geologic formation. As of today, 311 days have elapsed since the 2021 announcement. That’s 311 days that dozens of families have had to use water from

huge storage tanks in their basements or garages; that’s 311 days of black water in bathtubs and toilets, and jammed filtration devices; that’s 311 days of livestock owners wondering whether they should be giving black or brown gritty water to their horses and cattle. If this were to happen to people in downtown Toronto, you can bet action would have been taken before now. Instead, North Kent residents are

told by the environment ministry that the black water is fine to use, or that their location is outside of the wind turbine “project area” despite fact the Kettle Point Black Shale formation extends throughout the Chatham-Kent area. The people of North Kent deserve answers and action now. Where is the report on North Kent water? Jane Wilson President Wind Concerns Ontario

Loosen the reins; let the people be Editor: Every town in southern Ontario outside Chatham Kent had a Santa Claus Parade where people wore masks. It seems that once control of people is given to quasi officials, they

do not want to give up this control of people’s lives in every aspect, even though fully compliant people are now in the majority in Chatham-Kent.

It’s time to say to the people of Chatham-Kent, “Thank you; you did it! Now drive carefully and shop locally but remember to wear a mask for the next

year or so.” The information has been given and complied with; it is all that can be done. Wayne Robertson Chatham-Kent

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A tale of games, books and snacks

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Turns and Tales is an excellent name for one of the newest businesses in downtown Chatham, but it doesn’t tell the full...tale. The business, located on King Street West right beside Scotiabank, is part cafe, bookstore, board gamers’ haven, and general drop-in site. Owners Chandra Clarke and Terence Johnson said they opted to invest in Chatham’s downtown because they believe in the community, and see a need. “We want Chatham to be a thriving city. And that means you have to have a thriving downtown,” he said. “We are trying to increase the variety downtown.” Variety, they say, is the spice of life. And Johnson and Clarke see several needs being filled with the new venture. “What I kept hearing everywhere in Chatham was ‘We need more stuff in downtown Chatham.’ ‘We need more stuff for young


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people to do in downtown Chatham.’ ‘We’ve lost our bookstores; what are we going to do?” Johnson said. Well, he and Clarke, former owners of Scribendi, answered those questions by opening Turns and Tales. Johnson said their goal was to create a space where people can come and spend “two, three, four hours, relax, and be with friends.” He added he and Clarke examined how board game cafes are faring in other communities and they liked what they saw. “It really seemed to be a thing that is good for all ages,” he said. The all ages element is in play at Turns and Tales. “Kids can come in here after school. Seniors can come in here. Couples can come in here. Families can come in here. It’s designed to be a super inclusive place for the people of Chatham-Kent,” he said. The two owners see a revitalization of Chatham’s core as something that can

be done. “If you look at what places like Stratford or Woodstock have done, it’s possible to have a really good, thriving downtown in a place this size. You just need the right mix of stuff, and have more events downtown,” Johnson said.

He looked to nearby shops and restaurants that offer unique items as part of the downtown diversity that is already in place. “It’s not all the corporate stuff. It’s not the same stuff you’d see in any other city. It’s Chatham. It’s local and unique to us,” Johnson said.

To create a thriving core, Johnson said people living there are integral. He longs for more residents in the core, including more in Boardwalk on the Thames, and the student housing that is slated for the former YMCA building beside the Civic Centre.

the Chatham-Kent market so far, with 70 homes currently under construction. The spin-off from local builds is significant, with Maple City injecting about $70-million into the community annually. “We’re over the moon

with the support we’ve received,” Nelson said, noting the company works with 47 different trade groups, employing between 200 to 250 people per day. People from the GTA and workers in the greenhouse industry are among

the people interested in relocating to the municipality. The new housing is also attracting young professionals and workers in the trades. “We have a lot of diverse groups,” he added. “People love the lifestyle of Chatham-Kent.”

Both Piroli and Nelson say they plan to expand as more land becomes available. Nelson said Maple City will continue its growth in the Blenheim market, adding the company is currently looking at the Wallaceburg market as well.

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Terence Johnson and Alyssa Strain of Turns and Tales showcase the wall of board games available at the unique downtown Chatham shop/cafe/gathering place/bookstore.

Living spaces springing up all across C-K

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While a large portion of Maple City’s customer base is the local aging community, the company is also responding to firsttime buyers entering the market. All-told Maple City has delivered 250 homes to

The Chatham Capitol Theatre is back in action, with a solid slate of performances for December. It begins Dec. 3, with the Michael Schatte Band and Tom Lockwood. On Dec. 5, Theatre Kent presents the play “Return to Sender” by Stratford-based playwright Joan Veldman. On Dec. 14, the Chatham Concert Band, under the direction of Vaughn Pugh, presents a free concert of timeless Christmas music. The band, now in its 94th year, will be joined on stage by vocalist Kassya Kevany. On Dec. 18, the Capitol Theatre and St. Andrew’s United Church present the annual Saturdays at 7 Christmas Concert. “A Carol for Christmas” will feature St. Andrew’s Chancel Choir, the Bel Canto Choirs of St. Andrew’s and the Chamber Orchestra, as well as many guest soloists from the community. On Dec. 19, star of Canadian stage, screen and television R.H. Thomson presents Charles Dickens’ solo touring version of his most famous story, A Christmas Carol. A capella duo Freeplay and acclaimed Canadian fiddler Sarah Shugarman take part as well. For more information, and to purchase tickets visit

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The Chatham-Kent Public Library will host local author Sheila Gibbs as she launches her new fiction title, “Murder on the Thames” this week. The book signing will take place on Dec 2 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Chatham branch, where copies of the new book will be available to purchase for $20. All those attending must observe current

safety protocols of distancing and masking. Gibbs explains that while writing “Mystery on the Thames” and “researching the 1841 time period and gathering family background, I have woven a spellbinding mixture of fact and fiction to recreate the unhappy love story of Mary Jacob and Alex Miller.” This is Gibbs’ fourth book but first fiction title that she has written.

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When it comes to the Wheatley crisis, Premier Doug Ford is plugged in. According to Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, Ford has been calling once a week to stay on top of what’s happening in regard to the community’s ongoing hydrogen sulphide problem. Canniff said the gesture is much appreciated, as well as being “very unusual.” “He is very dedicated to getting a solution in Wheatley, safely and in a

timely manner,” Canniff said at a media conference last week, adding the call involves top officials and administrators. Problems with the toxic and flammable gas have been ongoing since leaking gas was discovered in June. Even though the situation was being monitored 24-7, a large explosion rocked the downtown in late August at the site of the former Pogue restaurant. Ford and Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forest Greg Rickford paid a visit to Wheatley Sept. 21 to see the damage first-

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The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has added three new doctors to its roster. The new hires include emergency room physician Dr. Matthew Renaud, while Dr. Yasser Soliman joins the paediatric team, and Dr. Stacey Speer will serve as a radiologist. Dr. Pervez Faruqi, CKHA’s chief of staff, is pleased to welcome Renaud, Soliman and Speer to the hospital. “Their contributions to our programs and services will be a great addition to CKHA and help us further our commitment to delivering patient and family centred care,” he said. Renaud first came to CKHA to begin his oneyear residency in 2020, as part of Western University’s Canadian College of Family Physicians Emergency Medicine Program. He completed it in 2021. Soliman, a neonatologist

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proceed. The leaks are presumed to be coming from an old gas well, located close to the site of the explosion that destroyed two buildings. So far, the province has contributed more than $5 million to the Wheatley effort. In November, the province announced $3.8

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The data is in and according to a painstaking aerial analysis; Chatham-Kent has lost about 400 acres of

mature tree cover in the last five years. The number is but one of dozens that were to be presented by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Monday to Chatham-Kent’s

Committee of the Whole, designed to update the municipality’s Natural Heritage Strategy. The committee came into play earlier this year when a temporary tree-cutting bylaw was

put forward by Wallaceburg Coun. Aaron Hall. Designed to examine all angles of the forest cover issue, Hall was elected to chair the committee, with South Kent. Coun. Trevor Thompson serving as

vice-chair. The subject of clear cutting and deforestation has put environmentalists at odds with the some members of Chatham-Kent’s powerful agricultural community.

Farmers and landowners claim they should be able to do whatever they want with the land, while environmental supporters say mature forest must be protected to protect the health of the entire planet.

The snapshot point-intime assessment taken in September was released to trustees last week at the board’s regular meeting in Sarnia. Brought forward as part of the 2021-2022 pupil accommodation report, the document has projections for the future with the number of students expected to decline by

another 221 students by 2031. Lambton Kent’s 50 elementary schools are at 77-per-cent capacity and its 12 secondary schools come in at 64-per-cent capacity. Currently, there are seven elementary schools within the board that have less than 150 students and three high

schools with fewer than 400 students. The report recommends that board close schools and consolidate schools, however, that option isn’t available as school closures are forbidden under a moratorium imposed by the former Liberal government. One of recommendations put forward would

see secondary schools in south Chatham-Kent consolidated, along with the construction of a new larger secondary school. However, nothing is carved in stone. According to Mark Sherman, superintendent of capital planning and pupil accommodation, the recommendations in the current pupil accommo-

dation report were made prior to the province’s moratorium. Aging buildings and limited financial resources continue to challenge the board, Sherman explained. He noted the board would like to be able to “shed” the 8,000-plus vacant spaces it has.

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The Lambton Kent District School Board is currently operating at 72-per-cent capacity with 8,421 empty pupil spaces throughout the district. That means nearly three out of every 10 desks sit empty.

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Bob passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the age of 88. He is finally at peace from pain and suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Florence (nee Satchell); four children, Debbie VanDeWauwer (Terry), Terry Cole (Kathy), Rob Cole (Lavene) and Valerie Tuck (Stephen); eight grandchildren, Shannon (Joe), Cory (Lois), Jarrod (Jess), Riley (Jess), Jennifer, Jamie (Bradon), Shawn, Sam and six great-grandchildren, Ava, Cole, Andrea, Rachel, Dylan and Scarlett. Predeceased by his mother Margaret Cole (nee Greene); sisters, Marie Montpetit, Kay Birkby, Fran Morgan; and brothers Chuck and Jim. Survived by brother Allen Cole and many nieces and nephews. Bob retired from Navistar in 1993 after over 30 years of service. In his retirement, Bob enjoyed travelling with Florence across the West Coast and throughout North America. He loved to hunt, fish, play the horses and casino slots. Bob will be playing euchre now in Heaven, joined by Vic, Lyle and Vince to make the foursome. Thanks to Sarah, PSW for his care and the VON nurses that visited. Family received friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm. Cremation followed with a private family interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of Bob to the V.O.N., Make a Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040


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Home Cooked Meals Honey . . .What’s 4 Dinner

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Home Made Soups, Meals and Desserts Ideal for seniors, singles or families. 6 Lowe St. Chatham 519-351-7905


Redeemer of Love Healing Ministry is a Christian outreach ministry to those struggling in society. Our all night prayer line is midnight to 7am daily. Call 519354-3532.

OBITUARIES Clare Galbraith 71, Friday, November 12, 2021 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Patricia Broughton 77, Thursday, November 25, 2021 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Timothy Hudson 64, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Ernie Roesch 83, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Susan Hudson 65, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Ermelinda Rosa Da Rocha Antunes 74, Monday, November 22, 2021 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

James Norman Walker 81, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Nicholls Funeral Home

Jerome Lozon 92, Saturday, November 27, 2021 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

William MacArthur 94, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Nicholls Funeral Home

Ron Daniels 70, Saturday, November 27, 2021 McKinlay Funeral Home

Sharon Ria Charron 60, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Nicholls Funeral Home

Jewel Elizabeth Brown 90, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 McKinlay Funeral Home

Jane Plant 93, Friday, November 26, 2021 Nicholls Funeral Home

Freda Harper 95, Friday, November 26, 2021 McKinlay Funeral Home

Pat McKenty 79, Saturday, November 20, 2021 Kendrick Funeral Home

Jack Mitchell Benoit 68, Thursday, November 25, 2021 McKinlay Funeral Home

Isaak Giesbrecht 62, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Kendrick Funeral Home

Tommy Atkins 77, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Life Transitions

Jean Melanson 82, Saturday, November 20, 2021 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Edith Nash 80, Wednesday, Novmeber 24, 2021 Life Transitions

Kim Wammes 63, Monday, November 22, 2021 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Kelsey De Bie Friday, November 26, 2021 Life Transitions

Madeleine DeBruyne 91, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Blenheim Community Funeral Home Linda Hunter 69, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

245 Wellington St. W., Chatham 519-352-2710

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459 St.Clair St., Chatham • 519-351-2040 76 Main St. E., Ridgetown • 519-674-3141 141 Park St., Blenheim • 519-676-3451




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