SERVICE EXCELLENCE when you need it most.
Passed away peacefully on February 24, 2018 at 92 years. Reunited in Eternal Life with his loving wife of 60 years, Louine (nee Selinger) (2009). He is survived by his loving children Barbara and Dale Dickie, Margaret and Sylvain Chapdelaine, Michael and Fabiana Marchand, Dan Marchand and Dave Tremblay, Yvonne Marchand and Manfred Kaufmann, Rick and Lola Marchand, Charlene and Garry Aldworth, Charlotte Marchand and John Buffone, Robert Marchand, Jeff Marchand and Julie Gauvin, and John Marchand and Emily Miedema. Beloved grandfather of 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Survived by his sisters Helen and Isabelle.
Hank was a very proud father. He was independent minded and lived an energized life in his beloved Parkview Avenue house for 63 years. He held a valid driver’s license until the day he died. He was a neighbor anyone would love to have, especially on snowy days. His sense of humor never failed him even up to his last good night wish on this earth.
Hank cultivated his garden, mowed his lawn and cleared the snow on the driveway his way. He had a work ethic he believed in and taught to instill in you, like it or not. He believed truly that you first had to give before you could ask to receive. He loved his Euchre card games and did not enjoy losing. Ask his grandchildren.
Hank was a Red Wing fan only to antagonize every Maple Leaf fan that patronized his business into spending more money there. He was the proud owner of Stop N Shop Variety at a time when the stop smoking movement was setting in and staring to hurt his sales, so he raised a banner in his store, “Thank-You for Smoking” just to balance the argument. If you wanted to buy stamps from the post office in his store you had to know that 12 stamps or a dozen meant the same thing. And if you asked him what time the post office opened it was always “not until 9:00” even if the clock read 9:30.
Hank partnered with his brother and father in standard bred horse racing in the 70s when Windsor Raceway used to be the pinnacle of race tracks in North America. He always said you never buy back the horse that you put out for claimers. Sage business advice.
Hank was born in Staples Ontario on April 14, 1925 and grew up on a farm in Bothwell Ontario. Which is the source of his other saying that you could take the boy off the farm but you could never take the farmer out of the boy. We all learned about the garden as we grew up on Parkview.
Hank was a member of the K of C Council #4924 and the Windsor East Kiwanis and took pride in his relationships with various senior groups, always reaching out with a volunteer hand to help in any way he could.
Hank was a founding member of Club 55, a group of seniors dedicated to golfing around the County, where membership is limited to 55 members each at least 55 years old. The only way into membership seemed to be the death of a member. There is room for one more now.
And lastly, Dad believed deeply in God, was faithful to Him and the belief in the power He held to solve all problems, heal all illness and ultimately to bring him home to Eternal Life.
Hank was a devoted parishioner, usher and past choir member of St. Rose de Lima and Our Lady of Guadalupe Churches. If you so desire, donations to the Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated.
Many thanks go out to Dad’s trusted lifetime caregivers Dr. Patrick X. Smith, Amanda, and his pharmacist Justin for your kind and patient care for so many years. Keeping the engine running he used to say.
Special thanks to Drs. Toma, Singh, and Aoun and all the nursing staff on 4Med Ouellette Campus for your compassionate palliative care over the last 2 weeks.
Visiting Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and K of C prayers at 7:30 p.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Thursday, family and friends are invited to meet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 834 Raymo Rd. for Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow.
Parish prayers at 4:30 p.m.
K of C prayers at 7:30 p.m.
Family and friends are invited to meet directly at Church for the Mass.