Elizabeth Chaplin

Obituary of Elizabeth Chaplin

Chaplin, Elizabeth “Liz”

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Chaplin (nee Manningham), 71, of Leamington. She passed away at Erie Shores Hospice on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 with her family by her side after a quick but courageous battle with cancer. Liz was a well-respected and much-loved member of this community, and a devoted wife, mother and Nana at home. Born and raised in Essex County, Liz trained at The Metropolitan School of Nursing in Windsor before beginning her career at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario and Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Leaving shift work behind to raise her two daughters, Liz moved on to office administration roles at two local dental offices and an insurance broker where she earned a reputation for providing exceptional customer service, being an invaluable team player, and always having a ready smile. At the age of 49, Liz ‘retired’ from her office administration role to return to school. Without an undergraduate degree, she was accepted on the basis of her life experience into Assumption University at the University of Windsor to pursue a Degree in Theology. Once completed, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. In 2002, she was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada and became The Reverend Deacon Liz Chaplin. In subsequent years, Liz would serve as the Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 Leamington, The Sun Parlor Home for Senior Citizens and Leamington District Memorial Hospital. During her time at LDMH, Liz was influential in creating a Butterfly Garden for the Perinatal Bereavement Program, orchestrated a Prayer Room inside the hospital, and began a Christmas “Tree of Hope” campaign to provide assistance to local families. Upon her ‘retirement’ from Leamington Hospital, Liz then became the Chaplain on staff at the Erie Shores Campus of The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County where she devotedly served the patients and their families. Liz spent her career emphasizing that each person was more than just a customer, each patient more than just a diagnosis. She believed that using a person’s name was important; that respect and dignity was everyone’s right; that the end of life was not the end of the journey. Liz Chaplin has touched the lives of many, shared in their stories, and was humbly honoured to do so. Liz is greatly missed by her loving husband, Bill Chaplin of Leamington; by her beloved daughters, Darlene Pursel & husband Ian Tate, and Heather Latam & husband Justin; by her cherished grandchildren, Duncan, Harley, Jordan, Jamie, Joelly, Joon, and Heath; and by her siblings, Richard Manningham and wife Maureen, Margaret Robinson, David Manningham and partner Wendy Hicks. Liz was preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth (Betty) Manningham, and her brothers John & Lawrence (Larry) Manningham. Cremation has taken place. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Celebration of Liz’s life will be held at the funeral Home on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11 am. Rev. Robert Lemon officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Erie Shores Hospice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort or make a charitable contribution at www.reidfuneralhome.ca

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Sunday
3
November

Afternoon Visitation

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Sunday
3
November

Evening Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Monday
4
November

Celebration of Liz's Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, November 4, 2019
Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada

Cremation has taken place.