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Mr. Charles Ivan

Charles (Charlie) John Ivan, 79, of Chatham passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Charlie was born in 1941 to John and Antonia Ivan, immigrants from Czechoslovakia who met and married in Ontario and they raised their family in the Chatham area.

Charlie was predeceased by the love of his life, Jean Mary (Low) Ivan, in 2005. He is survived by his siblings – sister Mary Prada-Paterack (predeceased by brothers-in-law Edward Prada and Stan Paterack); brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Laurette Ivan; his children – Cheri Jenkins and her husband Ernie; Mike Ivan and his partner Holly McNea; Doug Heppenheimer; Brenda Owen and her husband Jay. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren – Ernie & Julia Jenkins; Derek Jenkins & Laura Shepherd; Taylor Owen & Dustin Douglas; Victoria Heppenheimer; Zack Heppenheimer; Rian Scott; Alexi Scott; his great-granddaughters Kora and Cece Jenkins; as a well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends who had become family over his lifetime.

In 1985 Charlie fulfilled his dream of opening a grocery store, Knetchel’s Dutton Food Market, in Dutton, with business partner, Luis Leonardes. Charlie became a long-time resident of Dutton and an active member of the Dutton business community. The people of Dutton Knetchel’s, later Foodland, became an important part of Charlie’s extended family. Charlie enjoyed co-hosting staff Christmas parties, golf tournaments, pool parties at the Ivan home, and the construction of the annual Dutton Food Market float for the Dutton Christmas parade. Charlie retired from the Foodland in 2002.

From fabulous vacations to entertaining at home, Charlie took every opportunity to enjoy life. He loved to host card parties and family gatherings where laughter filled the air, the tables overflowed with food, and the slivovitz was readily available.   

Golfing was his passion and he belonged to many golf clubs over the years. He especially enjoyed his membership, and the friends he made, at Maple City Country Cub in Chatham. Another favourite course was the Wardsville Golf Course where he could be found playing rounds with family and friends. Charlie was an avid car lover and enjoyed going to car shows throughout the region.

Special thanks to Shawn Hennessey for being an invaluable neighbour and friend to Charlie over the years.

Charlie passed peacefully at Chatham-Kent Hospice. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the amazing staff at the Chatham-Kent Hospice who made Dad’s last days comfortable and peaceful.  And to Eden Villa for their exceptional care of Dad over the past couple of years.  He was in excellent hands. 

Family and friends are invited to Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington St. West, Chatham, 519-352-2710 on Wednesday March 17th, 2021, with visiting from 2 to 4 pm, and 7 to 9 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you must schedule your visitation time in advance by calling the funeral home at (519) 352-2710. All attendees as mandated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario must wear a mask at all visitations and funerals. Cremation will follow with internment at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences welcomed at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca

All will miss Charlie’s joy of life and mischievous grin.

Visitation: Wednesday March 17th, 2021, with visiting from 2 to 4 pm, and 7 to 9 pm. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you must schedule your visitation time in advance by calling the funeral home at (519) 352-2710.  All attendees as mandated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario must wear a mask at all visitations and funerals. 

Cremation will follow with interment at a later date.  

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. 

Expression of Sympathy: Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation

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