Donald Kenney
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Obituary of Donald Kenney

Kenney: Donald Gerald -

A resident of Chatham, Donald Kenney passed away peacefully at Copper Terrace Long Term Care Home on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the age of 85.

Born in Kingsville, Donald was the son of the late James and Hazel (Gerardon) Kenney.

Beloved husband of 56 years to Ruth Anne (nee Richardson) who predeceased him in 2018.

Loving father of Steve (Rosemary) Kenney of Chatham, Karen Ferguson of Glencoe and Kimberly (Brian) McGill of London. Proud grandfather of Matthew Kenney, Melissa Kenney, Joe Fuller (Christine), Jordan Ferguson, Christopher Kenney-Willder, Kinsley Kimball and Anik McGill. Great-grandfather of Landon and Connor.

Remembered by brother-in-law Doug (Brenda) Richardson.

Survived by nieces, nephews and extended family.

Predeceased by his brothers and sisters, brother-in-law Ray Richardson and sister-in-law Marilyn (Richardson) Garneau.

Donald had a strong work ethic and enjoyed his career with Silverwood Dairies and LJ Dairy Products as a milkman for 30 years and later worked for Ontario Engineered Suspension (OES) in Blenheim. When retired, he loved to tinker and fix things and go fishing. He enjoyed a Tim Horton’s coffee while sitting outdoors in the fresh air. He was often seen on his tricycle with Stormi (Kim and Brian’s dog) and his bird Princess riding along in the basket.

The family would like to thank the staff on floor 3-East at Copper Terrace (specifically Tammy) for all their support and care for Don and Ruth Anne while residing at the home. A private funeral service will take place on January, 22, 2022 at Maple Leaf cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at the McKinlay Reception Centre, 463 St. Clair Street Chatham on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 1:00 - 3:00pm. 

If desired. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer Society are appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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

Interment Information

Maple Leaf Cemetery
Maple Leaf Dr
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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