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KEYES: LeRoy James of Grand Bend

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On June 17, 2022 @ 9:35 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 59 Comments

KEYES: LeRoy James of Grand Bend

Peacefully at Chartwells Parkhill on June 17, 2022 of Grand Bend at the age 79. Beloved husband of Elsie (Miller) Keyes for 53 years. Cherished father of Scott (Linda) and Susan. Proud grandpa of Ceceillia (Trevor), Jack (Madison) and Raelee. Dear brother and brothers-in-law Carman Keyes, Fred Miller (Elaine), Earl Miller (Marilyn). Missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by parents Bertha (Britton) and Robert Keyes, brother Jack Keyes (Patricia), sisters-in-law Joan Keyes, and June Miller, and parents-in-law Edith (Earl) and Everard Miller.

LeRoy was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed serving his community, Grand Bend in various ways. He worked for multiple local grocery chains over the years. LeRoy also gave his time to serve grieving families in their time of need at the Grand Bend and Pinery Cemeteries.

LeRoy was a big jokester. He loved to laugh and make people laugh. LeRoy also had a love for food and hockey. The family battles between hockey teams has given his grandkids great memories to hold on too.

Thanks to the staff at Chartwell Parkhill Long Term Care, especially Dr. Andrew Whynot. Also a special thank you to Rev. Dr. Christine O’Reilly at Knox Presbyterian Church for her support and compassion.

A private family memorial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Thedford or the LHSF – Neurological Dept. would be appreciated. 

Condolences for the family of “KEYES: LeRoy James of Grand Bend”

Condolence from Barb and Eric Brown on June 17th, 2022 10:32 PM

Sorry for your loss

Condolence from Kathy Thompson on June 18th, 2022 4:44 AM

To the Family of LeRoy

I am so sorry for your huge loss . I remember LeRoy from the years he worked at the IGA store in Grand Bend . A kind soul , that’s how I remember him .

Rest In Peace LeRoy

Kind thoughts …

Kathy Desjardine – Thompson

Condolence from Evelyn Vincent on June 18th, 2022 6:10 AM

Elsie and family
LeRoy was a good man and will be missed. His struggles are over. May God grant peace and comfort

Condolence from Marg Dale on June 18th, 2022 8:10 AM

Elsie and family, LeRoy my cousin and friend has been missed in my life for some time now. I know you have been missing and will for some time that SA, Husband, Dad and Grand Dad of yours. I hope it helps to know he was well loved and is being well loved for being the character he is on his new journey. God Bless you.

Condolence from Peter Brenda Haist on June 18th, 2022 8:21 AM

We are so sorry to hear this. Our sincere condolences to Elsie and family. So many good memories. So many laughs and hockey talk. LeRoy was one of the kindest hardworking men I have ever met. RIP my friend.

Condolence from Paula Taylor on June 18th, 2022 8:24 AM

So sorry to hear of leRoys passing,My condolences to you Elise, Scott and Susan. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from Linda Dietrich on June 18th, 2022 9:25 AM

Elsie, Scott, Susan and Family,
So sorry for your loss, always enjoyed our talks over the years a true caring man, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Linda & Jim Dietrich

Condolence from Brenda & George on June 18th, 2022 9:36 AM

I have many happy memories from days of working with LeRoy at Betty & Art’s I.G.A. as a teenager. He was always willing to tell a story or joke! Extending deepest sympathy Elsie to you and family.

Condolence from Sharon Soldan on June 18th, 2022 10:21 AM

Elsie and family
My sincerest sympathy to you as you go through this difficult time. Le Roy was a well liked, hard working man who always had time for a quick chat. He will be remembered for all the acts of kindness he gave to others. Treasure all of your memories.

Condolence from Jerry & Rose Vanbruaene on June 18th, 2022 10:41 AM

Elsie, Scott, Linda, Susan and grandchildren,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband, father and grandpa. Leroy was such a great guy to work with while I served on the Pinery Cemetery board with him. May the wonderful memories you have carry you through the difficult days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jerry & Rose

Condolence from Marion McCarter on June 18th, 2022 11:46 AM

Elsie and all of your families:
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time in your loss of a very special person in your lives. May you find peace in the wonderful memories he has left with you and may they become treasures to carry in your hearts forever. Deepest Sympathy.
Marion McCarter

Condolence from Alan Rae on June 18th, 2022 1:01 PM

Elsie and Family

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending comforting hugs and thinking of you at this tender time.
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Al & Brenda Rae

Condolence from Margaret Hern on June 18th, 2022 2:31 PM

Dear Elsie & family,
I wish for you the comfort of memories filled with times of laughter over jokes played, stories told and hockey games argued. LeRoy will be missed for his compassion , smile and quiet way. What fun it was to bump into you both on a blueberry picking jaunt several years ago now. We had a great chat on the ride to the berry field. Small , unexpected times give life the richest blessing. Sincere Sympathy
Margaret Hern

Condolence from Gary and Kathy simpson on June 18th, 2022 3:22 PM

To Elsie and family.
So sorry to read of Leroy’s passing.

Condolence from RON CROWN9 on June 18th, 2022 3:44 PM

Dearest Elsie, Scott and Susan,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of LeRoy, he is resting in gentle peace now.
We will always be so thankful to both LeRoy and Elsie for their kindness to the Senior Crowns for many years as neighbours.
You are in our sincere thought and prayers.
Ron and Sharon Crown.

Condolence from Patti and Henry Hendriks on June 18th, 2022 4:17 PM

So sorry for your loss Elsie, Scott and Susan. He will be missed.

Condolence from Marlene Lichty on June 18th, 2022 4:48 PM

Dear Susan, Elsie and family
My deep condolences on the passing of your Dad and husband. God’s peace surround you and hold you in this season of grieving.

Condolence from Kim and Rick McGuire on June 18th, 2022 6:29 PM

Thinking of you Elsie, Scott, Susan and your entire family. LeRoy was a true gentleman with a kind heart and great sense of humour. May the following days find you comfort and peace.

Condolence from Shawna & Sean on June 18th, 2022 7:08 PM

I am so sorry for your loss! I have so many fond memories of Uncle Leroy and so many laughs! I’m sure he will be watching over us as we continue the rivalry for years to come! Love you all so much!! ❤️

Condolence from Raye and Jean Jacobe on June 18th, 2022 7:30 PM

Elise, Scott and Susan
Jean and I wish to express our sympathy to you and your family at this time.
I worked with LeRoy for many years at Betty & Arts IGA, then onto Sunshine Village IGA for Peter Haist. LeRoy was a dedicated hard worker and we shared many good laughs and jokes together.
LeRoy, until we get to work together again, you can retire the old stampers, the eradicator, the pricing guns and the box cutters. But first and foremost, you were an intelligent friend to work with.
Rest in peace LeRoy!
Raye and Jean Jacobe

Condolence from Tim & Dorothy Boyd on June 18th, 2022 7:51 PM

Our sincere condolences Elsie, Scott and Susan. Will always remember Leroy’s smiles and jokes. May your memories help you though this difficult time.
Tim & Dorothy Boyd

Condolence from Shawn Willert on June 18th, 2022 7:55 PM

We are very sorry for your loss. I fondly remember him working at the Grocery store and riding his bicycle to and from. To Elsie, Scott and the rest of the family you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Condolence from Donna Hawley on June 18th, 2022 10:54 PM

Elsie and Family,
My heartfelt condolences on LeRoy’s passing. I know Dave enjoyed getting to know LeRoy when they worked at the IGA. I will be thinking of you as you travel this new road in life.

Condolence from Jennifer Marchant on June 18th, 2022 10:54 PM

Dear Elsie, I am sorry to hear of LeRoys passing. I have just always thought so highly of you both. It’s comforting to know he is at peace. Love to you and the family.

Condolence from Rick and Vicki Craig on June 19th, 2022 7:33 AM

Elsie and family, sorry to hear of Leroy’s passing. We will miss his funny jokes. Our thought are with you at this time.

Condolence from Gwen Orourke on June 19th, 2022 8:23 AM

Will always remember my cousin LeRoy for his crazy sense of humor and many times we shared as family He will always be missed

Condolence from Ken and Kim Pinder(Hendrick) on June 19th, 2022 8:55 AM

Dear Elsie and family
Very sorry to hear of Leroy’s passing. Leroy was a great guy and always very friendly. You have our sympathy.

Condolence from Dietrich on June 19th, 2022 9:59 AM

Dear Elsie, Scott and Family, Susan

When I read of LeRoy passing, it brought many good memories of him. From the days we worked at London Life Ins Co, and getting rides back and forth from the farm to the city with him on the weekends, to you folks being the best neighbours to Mom in Grand Bend. Our kids loved playing with your’s when they visited Nana.

May your many memories be comforting to you always.

Our sincere condolences to every one of LeRoy’s family.

Milt, Barb and Family

Condolence from Barry Smith on June 19th, 2022 10:06 AM

Sorry to hear of an old friend from Mitchell District High School days.
Fond memories of that teenaged boy when they lived in Mitchell.

Condolence from Lorelei & Dale Battram on June 19th, 2022 11:02 AM

Our sincerest condolences to Elsie and family. Leroy was a kind, wonderful man. Xoxo

Condolence from Steve and Nancy Turnbull on June 19th, 2022 3:37 PM

Elsie and Family Our sincere sympathy goes out to you. Hope your fond memories help you through time. Our prayers are with you. Steve and Nancy

Condolence from Yvonne Elliott on June 19th, 2022 4:37 PM

To Elsie, your family & the Keyes & Miller families
We offer you our sincere condolences at the loss of LeRoy. You have lost a treasure. May the wonderful memories of him fill the hole in your hearts that you have today.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Sincerely, John & Yvonne Elliott

Condolence from Dawne Erb on June 19th, 2022 5:09 PM

Elsie, Susan & Scott
So sorry to hear of the passing of LeRoy – the only other man I knew of that shared my father in law’s name. May you cherish all the memories big or small. Dawne & Merv Erb
A remarkable man is gone now,
And this world seems a little lessened somehow,
Because he is not a part of it ….
A little less wise and great,
A little less good and brave.
May it help to know that he will never be forgotten,
By those whose lives he touched.
And may your cherished memories bring you comfort.

Condolence from Wes & Christine (Kingma) Hodgson on June 19th, 2022 9:10 PM

To Elsie and family.
So sorry to read of Leroy’s passing.
Wes & Christine (Kingma) Hodgson

Condolence from Cheryl Muir on June 19th, 2022 11:58 PM

So sorry to hear of LeRoys death my brother and I would go to Mitchell when they lived there to his parents for a week in summer holidays . Paul and Cheryl Muir. My thoughts and prayers are with the Keys family Rest In Peace LeRoy.

Condolence from Elaine Webber on June 20th, 2022 6:44 AM

Dear Elsie, Susan, Scott and Family,
Cherry picking, bike ride, baseball game, wiener roasts, campfires, playing cards, babies, weddings, meals together and a Harry Potter afternoon. Always picking up where we left off. Lots of teasing, fun and laughter, concerns and health issues and Love through the (many) years.
Sending gentle hugs and a few memories that we have shared together.
Elaine and Cliff

Condolence from Pat & Evelyn Regier on June 20th, 2022 7:32 AM

Our Sincere Sympathy to Elsie and family.
LeRoy was a great secretary for the Grand Bend Cemetery for many years. He was fun, yet serious and honest. Pat considered him a close friend and still misses their times together. Pat & Evelyn Regier

Condolence from J Webber on June 20th, 2022 8:35 AM

Dear Elsie and family.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. LeRoy will be missed by his family and his community.
Our sincere sympathy to you and all your family.
Sincerely Janice & Craig

Condolence from Mary Lou Bilcke on June 20th, 2022 9:12 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Leroy when he worked with my parents (Shirley & Ivan Grigg) for so many years.

Mary Lou

Condolence from Donald Kobe on June 20th, 2022 10:44 AM

Enjoying cherished memories of past years in the Grand Bend United Church couples club and berry picking in Michigan to mention a few. Elsie, Scott and Susan , You certainly have many more to remember with LeRoy.
Until we meet again, Don and Janet Kobe.

Condolence from Karn Durdin on June 20th, 2022 8:56 PM

Elise and Family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Leroy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Leroy was such a kind, friendly man.

Karn Durdin, Don Thornton and Family

Condolence from Elva Dennis McIntyre on June 21st, 2022 9:32 AM

Elsie and family,
So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Always had time for a chat and always helped us out at the grocery store.

Condolence from Gary Jennison on June 21st, 2022 9:34 AM

Elsie, Scott & Linda, Susan & grandchildren,
We were so very sorry to hear of LeRoy’s passing. We have many fond memories of him at the grocery store, church and of course, through Bertie and Bob. Bertie was so kind to let us dock our boat behind their home and we would quite often have a chat with Leroy when coming or to from the dock. You will have many wonderful memories to cherish. Rest In Peace Leroy.
Gary & Beth Jennison

Condolence from Mary McFadden on June 21st, 2022 10:00 AM

Dear Elsie & family
Bruce & I are very sorry to hear this news. I always enjoyed LeRoys smiling face whenever speaking with him!
Our sincere condolences to you& all your family,
Mary & Bruce McFadden

Condolence from Debbie Procter on June 21st, 2022 10:06 AM

Sincere condolence to you Elise and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Doug and Debbie

Condolence from Fred and Marlene Desjardine on June 21st, 2022 11:46 AM

Elsie and family

We are sorry to hear about LeRoy’s passing. Fred and I enjoyed our time with LeRoy. He always greeted us with a smile and took time for a quick chat. You and your family are in our thoughts.

Condolence from Carey Eddy on June 21st, 2022 12:22 PM

Our condolences to you Elsie, and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. We hope you will find comfort from your family and friends around you.
Carey & Sherwood Eddy

Condolence from Richard and Wendy Jennison on June 21st, 2022 1:05 PM

Very sorry to hear of Leroy passing. What a great guy , lots of memories , as I am sure you have as well. A Grand Bend guy through and through. Thinking of you .

Condolence from Leanne Dietrich on June 21st, 2022 2:13 PM

Elsie, Scott and Susan – Thinking of you all on this sad occasion. May you be a source of support to one another, as you reflect on many wonderful memories from your lifetime together! I will always remember Leroy as the gentle giant who joined us kids for a game of softball on the lawn, after finishing up a shift at the IGA.

Condolence from Lucy sage on June 21st, 2022 2:26 PM

To Elsie and family my condolances I have very happy memories of Leroy during my time in Grand Bend. He was always looking out for people. He will be missed.

Condolence from arlene and scott thomson on June 21st, 2022 2:42 PM

Dear Elsie and Family

Sorry for your loss, LeRoy was a very kind person and a great co-worker with my dad at IGA

Condolence from Jean and Don weigand on June 21st, 2022 4:01 PM

Elsie and family.
Sincere sympathy on the loss of Le Roy.
May you find comfort in the care and concern that surrounds you.
Jean and Don Weigand.

Condolence from Sue and Bob McKay on June 21st, 2022 6:38 PM

Elsie, Scott, Susan and family
We will remember Leroy as a kind, caring, gentle man, always happy to lend a helping hand, with a ready smile and a quick wit. Praying that the care and comfort and support of family, friends and community bring you strength and peace.
Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Sue and Bob

Condolence from Matthew Nicholls on June 23rd, 2022 6:01 PM

Elsie, and family I am sorry for your loss. It have fond memories of Leroy from our time at GB United Church, and also working together at GB Sobeys. I will always remember Leroy’s sense of humour. I wish your family strength at this time.

Condolence from Bob & Jean Crawford on June 24th, 2022 10:22 AM

Dear Elsie & Family.

Our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pat Taylor (formerly Macdonald of Mitchell) on June 24th, 2022 9:37 PM

My condolences to all of Leroy’s family. He was childhood friend with whom i went all through school with. I am sure he will be missed and remembered by those who were and are friends. Pat Taylor

Condolence from Alisha Jennison on June 24th, 2022 11:19 PM

Elsie and family – LeRoy was always quick with a smile and a laugh during the years I spent working alongside him at the IGA. He was a kind and gentle man – may happy memories of him carry you through this most difficult time. Sincere condolences.

Condolence from Marilyn Horne on June 27th, 2022 7:05 PM

Elsie: So sorry to hear of LeRoys’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Maybe we can get together sometime. Keep in touch, even if it is through Marg, I’ll get the message. Take care. Marilyn

Condolence from Gerry & Brenda Salton on July 4th, 2022 4:25 PM

Elsie, Scott, and Susan, We were saddened to hear of LeRoy’s passing and send you our deepest sympathy and condolences. His memory will always hold a special place in our heart.

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