Vida Brooke

Vida Louise Brooke (Collins)

April 20th, 1939 - June 29th, 2020
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Passed away, suddenly but peacefully, on Monday, June 29th, 2020 at the Harvest Crossing Retirement Community, Vida Louise (Collins) Brooke, of Tillsonburg and formerly of Merlin, at the age of 81. Vida was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland to the late Heber Collins and the late Elizabeth Collins. Vida will be fondly remembered for her 20 years of dedication as a school bus driver and for her 40 years as a rural mail carrier with Canada Post, a position which she retired from in 2011. Vida can be described as a ‘card shark,’ who especially enjoyed playing Euchre. She is a supporter of the Salvation Army Church. Predeceased by her loving husband of 50 wonderful years Albert Brooke (July 8, 2012). Vida will be dearly missed by her three sons and their families: Kevin (Cindy) Brooke, of Tillsonburg and their children Nicole and Ryan (Ailish) and Vida’s special great-granddaughter Addelyn; Dale Brooke (Cindy Atkinson), of Salford and children Adam and Tyler; Jeff Brooke (Ed Hedge), of Windsor and Jeff’s children Paige and Victoria, also missed by their mother Melissa Brooke. Vida is predeceased by all ten of her siblings: Dorothy Marriott, Joyce Houlbrook, Frazer Collins, Norman Collins, Shirley Babin, Rita Graham, Brenda Latour, Lena Collins, Heber Collins, and Myrtle Collins.


In keeping with Vida’s expressed wishes, a Complete Private Family Funeral Service will take place in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes – Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, by Captain Nancy Sheils, of the Salvation Army Tillsonburg Community Church. Cremation follows, with later inurnment in the Merlin Cemetery, in Merlin, ON. Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support by sending flowers, posting photos, tributes and hugs from home on Vida’s tribute page at Memorial donations to the “Canadian Diabetes Association,” to the “Salvation Army Tillsonburg Community Church,” or to the “Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 465” (in Merlin, Ontario) can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Tillsonburg (519-842-4238), entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

There will be a Celebration of Vida’s Life at a later date for her family and many friends, with details to be announced in the future.

“Special thanks to the wonderful staff of Harvest Crossing Retirement Community, Tillsonburg for their exceptional care for Vida.”
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  • Complete Private Family Funeral Service to Celebrate Vida's Life

    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Family Funeral Service. Attendance is by invitation only at this time. A Public Celebration of Vida's Life will take place for all friends and family at a later date.
    Captain Nancy Sheils
  • Interment

    Merlin Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Merlin, Ontario
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    Private Family inurnment will late place at a later date in the Merlin Cemetery, Chatham.


  • The Salvation Army


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Dawn Furey

Posted at 11:58am
Dave & I are thinking of you all and sending our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. Hugs.

Ken and Debbie Chivers

Posted at 09:40am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Gayle Dulong

Posted at 09:33am
Don and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. We always enjoyed our time with your mom as she was always such fun to be around. I also enjoyed popping over for visits in the summer after a day at the Shrine and most recently playing cards with her at Ryan’s wedding. How she loved to be surrounded by her family laughing and simply enjoying each other’s presence. She will be missed! May she Rest In Peace and always be there walking beside each of you on your journey through life ❤️ We will be thinking of each of you today as you say your final good byes and praying for all of you. Love to you all. Gayle & Don Dulong

Bev Kerr

Posted at 03:32pm
Ive learned that people will forget what you said, what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. I always felt loved respected and cherished with you and will never forget that! Love you Aunt Vi, you made me a better person. Will forever miss you! Make sure you give a good word to the heavenly father as he prepares me a place again with you! Blessings and thoughts to Kevin, Cindy, Dale and Cindy, Jeff and Ed and families! Love from Bev!

Karen Rohrer

Posted at 11:56pm
To Kevin, Dale, Jeff and Families, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, she will truly be missed by her “Harvest’” family. Vida was such a kind and thoughtful lady who always looked out for others. I enjoyed chatting with her and hearing stories about the family she truly adored! One of my fondest memories of Vida was how much she enjoyed listening to our entertainment, especially those who played country music. I am so happy that she was able to share memories of her childhood during our recent Armchair Travel on Newfoundland. One of the greatest gifts of life is friendship...and I am so grateful of the privilege of having Vida for a friend!
Karen Rohrer Life Enrichment Coordinator
Harvest Crossing Retirement Community

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