Obituary of Mervin Kenneth Fields
Surrounded by his loving family, at Copper Terrace Long Term Care Facility, Chatham, on Friday, February 1, 2019, Mervin Kenneth Fields, age 92, of Chatham, beloved husband of the late Anne (Prokopishin)(1996).
He will be sadly missed by his devoted daughter and her family, Barb (John) Verkaik of Blenheim, her children, 3 loving grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Gardiner of Chatham, Erin (Joe) Liberty of Chatham, Josh (Shannon) Verkaik of Mull, and their children, Merv’s great grandchildren who loved their “Papa Merv” dearly, Ethan, Owen, Jackson and Hayden. Mervin was predeceased by his son Kenneth (2003) and is survived by Ken’s family. Mervin has a very large extended family and is survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He was born in Windsor, son of the late Agnes and Clarence Fields.
Mervin lost his mother at only 12, lived on his own at age 14, and lied to join the army at age 16; becoming a paratrooper in World War II. These life events built a man of determination and strength. In 1950 he married the love of his life (Anne), and cared for her, her mother (Kate) and blind twin sister (Bella) for many years. Mervin and Anne had two children Barb and Ken, they grew-up on the outskirts of Chatham on a hobby farm. Mervin worked at Ontario Steel for over 30 years and was so proud that he was retired for longer than he worked (39 years). He was active in the UAW and advocated for retiree rights and benefits. He stood up for what he believed was right and lobbied government for change. In his early retirement he and Anne were devoted grandparents, they loved camping and traveling to Florida with their extended family. In 1996 he lost the love of his life and lived independently on his own until very recently. He enjoyed his daily/weekly visits to Walmart and Dresden and kept himself busy. He especially loved visits from his friends and close family; he kept his circle tight. His favourite time of year was Halloween and looked forward to when his great grandchildren came to trick or treat.
To honour Mervin’s wishes cremation has taken place with a private burial of ashes at St. Anthony’s Cemetery at a later date.
Thank you to the loving and devoted staff at Copper Terrace for taking great care of Mervin during his short stay.
Donations to the C.N.I.B. or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.