1931 - 2022
Obituary of Clair Chase
(1931 - 2022)
After a long courageous battle of multiple cancers, Clair has passed away peacefully at Hospice in Leamington at the age of 91 with his children and their spouses by his side. Affectionately known by a lot of his friends and neighbors along Point Pelee Drive and throughout Leamington as “Chase". For years Clair could be seen walking his dogs (Boo and Boo 2) along Point Pelee Drive. During the final years of his life, he would spend most of his time on his recliner with his cat Lucky. Loving husband of Theresa Chase (the 1st Lady of Point Pelee Drive, 2013). Son of predeceased Everett Chase and Helen Chase (Wilkinson) Brother of Jack Chase (2021), Clifford Chase (2015), and Don Chase (2002). Father of Michael and Darlene (Higgins) Chase, Randy and Bev (Lavigne) Chase, Danny and Cathy (Bedal) Chase, Kevin (1988) and Laurie (& Ken Niefer) Chase and stepfather to Colette Lassaline Cope. Grandfather of Dave & Miranda Bilek (Chase), Jason and Kimberly (Rebelo) Chase, Matt and Shanna Lavigne and Greg Chase, and Jessie & Chantel Cope. Great Grandfather to Chase and Mila Bilek, Tia and Brayden Chase and Zeph Cope. Clair was a loving father and dedicated husband for more than 60 years before his wife passed. As a dedicated and hard-working employee, Clair worked diligently at the H.J. Heinz company for nearly 4 decades. A lover of nature and avid outdoorsman who spent many years guiding hunting and fishing trips at Camp Missanabie on Dog Lake in Northern Ontario. His spectacular garden at home was not only a regular tourist attraction for many travelers frequenting Point Pelee National Park but also a regular award winner of the Communities in Bloom Award. For numerous years, Clair and Theresa ran the Park1 Gate Bed and Breakfast where they entertained guests from all over the world. Clair will be missed by not only his family, but a multitude of people that they had worked with and met over the years as a lifelong resident of Leamington. Thank you to all of the friends and neighbors that took the time to stop in and see dad at his home especially this past year.... the ladies that did the work on his garden in the fall and for the numerous people that kept checking in and dropping off food for dad. We cannot begin to thank the multitude of Hospital Staff at Met (8th floor north), LHIN and Hospice Leamington. Also, thanks to Renee, Dr. Khaleff, Dr. Ropchan, Adam, Hannah, Suzanne, Chelsea, Jessica, Dr. Valcke, Jocelyn, Kim, Kylie, Meghan, Sydney, Brandi, Sue, Kristen, Erika, Nicole, Dawn and Kim, as well as all of the staff and volunteers at Hospice Leamington. Special mention and recognition to Dr. Wendy Kennette - an incredibly kind, passionate, caring, and thoughtful professional, whose enduring care helped make it possible for dad to be as comfortable as possible during his final days. Visiting at Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Thursday January 13, 2022, from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation and funeral celebration is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment at www.reidfuneralhome.ca. Everyone must wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Erie Shores Hospice (Hospice Erie Shores Campus). Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort at www.reidfuneralhome.ca
God looked around his garden and he found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful.
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered peace be thine.
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
God's garden will never be the same,
As "Chase" will be there time and time again.