Pickford, Patrick James Joseph, (March 9, 2018)

Passed away at his residence in Sarnia, Ontario, with his family by his side. Spouse of Linda Markle Pickford. Son of the late James Meldrum Pickford (1941) and Mary Catherine Miller Pickford (1999). Survived by his brother Gerald Pickford (Rose) of Wallaceburg, and his nephews and niece Scott, Kelly, Jay and Darren (Jill). Survived by his in-laws Bev and Jim Welsh of Port Hope, and Pat and Keith McLeod of Kelowna, B.C. Patrick was born at Charlotte Englehart Hospital in Petrolia, Ontario. He resided there for 5 years and moved to Wallaceburg with his family. He graduated from St. Jerome’s High School in Kitchener. Patrick’s working career as a Stationary Engineer, Instrumental Technician and Electrician took him to many industries in the Chemical Valley (Dow, Nova, Shell, Polysar, Monsanto), the Middle East (Aramco in Saudi Arabia, Oasis Oil in Libya), Borneo and Fort McMurray. He retired from Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Walkerville, Ontario. Patrick enjoyed historic novels and was able to relate many facts which he considered useless to others. He didn’t believe in GPS’s or hiring someone to do a job he could figure out. During his retirement, Patrick befriended families from the Middle East as they settled in Sarnia, in particular the Krazini, Haffejee, Lahouiel, Manour and Othman families. He played a role in their children’s development and went overboard with providing them with many treats. Patrick enjoyed travelling the many country roads throughout Ontario and in particular Lambton County. We wish to thank friends and family for their prayers, visits and support during this long journey with lung and brain cancer. A special thanks to Fatima and Abdul Haffejee and their children, Yusuf and Firdauz for tea times around our fireplace. Thanks for the emotional support from Don and Pat Poland and Linda and Lou DiMuzio. Thank you to the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice; Drs. Maddison, Crombeen, Yoshida, Yaremko, Rosenblum and Michael O’Mahoney; VON nurses and PSW staff.

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