Sue Heatherington
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Obituary of Sue Heatherington

Peacefully at home with family by her side Sue Heatherington passed away on August 12, 2021.

Sue is survived by her partner John Boekhoud, her son Matt Kearns, her daughter Jocelyn Kearns, co-parent Bernie Kearns, brother Alan Heatherington and his partner Tim, brother Tom Heatherington and his wife Paula, sister Linda Heatherington and nieces Lori Elliott and Ann Cotton.

Sue embodied compassion, acceptance and sincerity. She dedicated 31 years to the public health unit, teaching sex-ed, counselling youth and organizing clinics. She allowed many to feel seen and heard, with encouragement and without judgement. Sue’s unique wit and sense of humour echo in the hearts of many. Post-retirement, she kept busy with art and knitting, travel and sharing good times with friends.

Donations to the Women's Centre in memory of Sue would be greatly appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040

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