Kenneth Beselaere

Kenneth Jerome "Ken" Beselaere

December 18th, 1935 - December 2nd, 2019
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Passed away, peacefully at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital with his loving wife Carole and family by his side, on Monday, December 2nd, 2019, after a courageous struggle with C.O.P.D., Ken Beselaere, a resident of Tillsonburg and, formerly of Courtland, in his 84th year. Born in Tilbury, Ontario, son of the late Richard (Dick) Beselaere and the late former Katherine (Abbott) Beselaere.

Survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years Carole (Phelps) Beselaere. Loved and loving father of Jill Locke, Mississauga; Marshall (Lorraine) Beselaere, Brampton; Warren Beselaere, Tillsonburg; Kelly Beselaere, Tillsonburg. Proud and loving grandfather of Colin, Christian, Kendall, Hillary, Madeline, Evan, Spencer, Jayden and proud great-grandfather of Daxtin, Lucas and Leighton. Survived by brother Patrick (Rick) and his wife Jannette (Jan) and sister Joy (late Allen) Minor. Predeceased by sister Donna (Paul) Donais, brother Douglas Beselaere and sister June Kapler (2017).

Ken had a strong work ethic. He left school at age 16, ventured away from the small town of Tilbury, Ontario, to the big city of Toronto, began his working life in the grocery business and never left it, working in sales in Windsor and London and eventually buying his own small grocery store in Courtland in 1967 which he and Carole operated for 25 years. He was happy to work 7 days a week, enjoying his customers, always wanting to give them good value and cherishing the friends he made along the way. Not at all interested in retiring he sold horse radish and later dog treats from his van until he was 75, only stopping when his health would no longer permit it. Ken had a passion for cars, Hudson’s in particular. They came and went in various states of repair but a 49 Hudson Brougham stayed for 30 years and was lovingly and proudly driven at his daughters and granddaughters weddings.

In keeping with Ken’s expressed wishes, cremation has taken place. An Open House-Celebration of Ken’s life will take place on January 5th, 2020 from 1 -4 p.m. at the Courtland Community Center.

In memory of Ken, the family would gratefully appreciate memorial donations to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation” by cheque or online through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc., 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238) entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Courtland Community Center
    272 Main Street of Courtland
    Courtland, Ontario N0J 1E0
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    An Open House-Celebration of Ken’s life will take place on January 5, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Courtland Community Center.
  • Interment

    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    191-193 Simcoe Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
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Margaret Vanderzweerde

Posted at 03:27pm
Dear Carole and family.

I just learned of Ken's passing and I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy and I pray that comfort and strength be given during these difficult days and God bless you with comfort and deep inner peace.
Margaret Vanderzweerde

Ruth-Anne (Horton) Kavanagh

Posted at 11:32pm
What a wonderful, personable friend Ken Beselaere was to our family while growing up in Courtland. No matter what we might request, it would never be an inconvenience to him or Carol. With their arrival in Courtland, we could do most all of our shopping right in their store rather than trying to find time for Dad + Mom to get to Tillsonburg. They kept their prices competitive and they were honest - what more can anyone ask for!! Rest in peace Ken and someday, hopefully, we might be lucky enough to meet again! Ruth-Anne (Horton) Kavanagh on behalf of the Ernest + May Horton family

Linda Zilic

Posted at 09:23pm
Dear Carol and family;

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go to you and yours at this most difficult time.

May God be with you all.

Linda Zilic

Brent Hollister

Posted at 12:13pm
Carole and Family, please accept our condolences. There certainly are many great memories that you and Ken shared with our parents. God bless you in the days ahead.

Janet & Brent Hollister

Phil & Sue Harrison

Posted at 10:02am
Dear Carole & Family,
We wish to express our deepest sympathy with your loss of dear Ken. His love of old cars, especially Hudsons is just part of what made him so special. He was always good to talk with and easy to share his ideas and view points. He will be remembered for his good spirit even with the adversities he face in the latter years.
Phil & Sue Harrison

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