Dennis Ducharme of R.R. 2 Zurich passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, February 20, 2009, in his 61st year. Beloved husband and best friend of Lydia. Dear step-father to Stephanie and Jeff Cecile and Christine Trottier and Matt Lefaive. Dennis will be greatly missed by Brandon, Connor and Kaden Cecile. Loving brother of Marie-Anne and Bill Grenier and Rosemary and Jerry VanBruaene. Dear brother-in-law of Helene and Alex Malcolm and Mark and Janet Rouffer. Son-in-law of Anne Zelenak. Dennis was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Victor (1976) and Viola (2004) and brother Jerome (1996). Dennis was a French teacher with the Greater Essex County Board of Education in Belle River and Kingsville for 32 years. Dennis was a much respected coach for track and field and girls basketball. He organized student trips to Europe and Quebec for many years. Dennis enjoyed and was the driving force behind spring proms, fashion shows and many other school events. He was a tireless fund-raiser for the French Club and gave freely of his time to many community events. Dennis looked forward to co-hosting the annual 3D Golf Tournament at his orchard. After retirement Dennis returned to the family homestead at St. Joseph to continue his passion for farming. He was fortunate to be able to fulfill his wish to pass away in the same home in which he was born. Dennis had an infectious zest for life, family and friends. He inspired others with his generous nature, solid work ethic and playful sense of humor. Dennis will be sorely missed by his church community.
Visitation in the J. M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church St. Joseph, Ont on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. Fr. Peter Keller celebrant. Parish prayers will be said on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Council 5289 service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cremation to follow the mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the London Regional Cancer Center or Blessings Food Bank, Zurich, Ont.