Obituary of John "Bill" William Reaume
***PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS THE FUNERAL FOR JOHN "BILL" WILLIAM REAUME WILL BE POSTPONED FOR ONE WEEK.
VISITATION WILL NOW BE ON WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 2022 FROM 2-4 AND 7-9PM
FUNERAL MASS WILL BE ON THURSDAY JULY 28, 2022 AT 11AM IN ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH.
Peacefully at home on Sunday, July 17, 2022, John William (Bill) Reaume died surrounded by his family. Bill was the last surviving child of Martin Alphonse Reaume and Mary Norma Flynn. Predeceased by his sisters and their spouses Mary Joanne (Edward) Urquhart, Lucille (George) Good, Lois (Joe) Goldhawk and Geraldine Reaume and his brothers Gerald, Martin, Flynn, Kevin and Brady and his spouse Patty. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Beverly (Ridgers), Beverly’s brother Jack and sister Helen Ridgers and his sisters-in-law Phyllis (Gerald), Marg (Martin), Betty (Flynn) and Muriel (Kevin) Reaume.
He has four daughters – Anne (Mark) Mooney, Mary, Karen (Al) Stewart and Jennifer (Greg Dunn) Williams. He was proud papa and great grandpapa to Emilee (Rachael) Williams and Lucas and Liam and Isaac (Cassie) Williams and Lylah, Laken and Locklyn and Sarah and Spencer Stewart. He is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their children.
Bill was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish from choir boy to cantor, altar boy to reader. As a young man he coached city league baseball and basketball and later refereed high school football and basketball games for many years. He was a teacher and principal with the Kent County Catholic School Board. After he retired, he was an adjudicator at school speech competitions and was a pivotal member of the team who designed and presented curling education programmes for elementary students. He was an active golfer and curler and an award-winning member of the Chatham Horticultural Society. He enjoyed performing with Theatre Kent and Wallaceburg Little Theatre.
Thank you to Dr. Morand, the nurses in the Stroke Unit of Public General Hospital, all the VON nurses and PSW support workers who helped keep him at home. Thank you to our wonderful neighbours and to Doug, David, Rob and Dwayne for all their pick-ups. Thank you to Brad for planting Bill’s dahlias and glads.
Friends and relatives may visit at Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham (519-352-5120) on Wednesday July 27, 2022 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday July 28, 2022 at 11 AM in St. Joseph’s Church.
Wearing a mask during visitation and the funeral would be appreciated by the family.
Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis society will be greatly appreciated.