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Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe. Ron Church of Booth's Harbour three days shy of his 92nd birthday.
Beloved husband of Marion (nee Bickell) Church whom he married June 16, 1951. Dear father of Linda and husband Doug Howe of Booth's Harbour and Carol and husband Peter McCarthy of Guelph. Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Brian (Nataly), Derek (Donna), Stacey (Jay) and his great-grandchildren Annie, Isabelle, Dean and Colin. Survived by his brother Philip Church of Paris.
Predeceased by his parents Edward and Ann (Smith) Church, by his son Randy, by his granddaughter Jennifer Howe and by his sister-in-law Lorene Church.
As a young boy, Dad learned many skills from his own father: there was nothing he couldn't build or repair. However, his real interest was plumbing and this became his career. He made long-lasting friendships with his peers until he retired at age 60.
As a teenager, Dad joined the Dufferin-Haldimand Rifles Reserve. He was a member of the Oddfellow's Chapter in Princeton, volunteer with Scouts Canada in London, and member of the St. Williams Cemetery Board and St. John's Anglican Church. Dad was a Past President and proud Lifetime Member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 379 in Port Rowan. As the years passed, he was unable to be as involved due to his health, but his love of his legion never wavered.
He met and fell in love with his soulmate, Marion, at a dance in Woodstock and their story began. Over their 70 years together, Dad and Mom built 4 homes, where their family grew, finally settling in Booth's Harbour.
Anyone who met Dad, knew he loved to tell a story. He had lots to share from his wonderful memory! Dad was always interested in learning about people. He would often ask, "So what part of the bush are you from?" and conversation would begin with a new acquaintance.
Dad was a man of high principals and expected nothing less of his children. For this we are forever grateful. Work ethics and the need to be a kind and caring person were instilled in us all our lives. We are who we are today because of the love and support Dad and Mom have given us.
We would like to extend our special thanks to the staff in the Head and Neck Unit of St. Joe's Hospital in Hamilton and staff on 3B at Norfolk General Hospital.
Due to COVID and our concerns for everyone's safety, only a private family graveside service will be held at the Newkirk Cemetery, St. Williams. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jeffrey W Glendinning Funeral Home, Port Rowan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Port Rowan Legion (Branch 379), St. John's Anglican Church, Norfolk General Hospital, the Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences can be posted at www.gffh.ca
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- Photo included with obit. Also published in the Simcoe Reformer
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- 22 Sep 2020
- Date Of Event
- September 16, 2021
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