Furman, Donald “Dike” Gerald - of Morpeth, passed away with his daughters by his side at the Chatham-Kent Hospice, on Friday October 19, 2018, age 80. Born in Blenheim, Ontario, son of the late Marjorie “Jean” (nee Pickering), her husband the late Lloyl Burchiel and the late Gerald Furman. Beloved husband of the late Anne Marie (nee Whitfield) for 58 years.
Loving father of Nancy Jane Aikens and her husband David of RR#4 Blenheim, and Julia Anne Wright and her husband Tom "Moe" of Ridgetown.
Grandfather of Brent (Crystal) Austen of Welland, Michael Aers of Espanola, Skylar Wright (Kelsey Lunn) of Ridgetown, and Sheldon Wright of Ridgetown.
Great-grandfather of Landon and Reid Austen.
Brother-in-law of Catherine Brown and her husband Vern of Ridgetown.
Predeceased by all his siblings June (late Wayne) Knowler, Marie (late Flip) Vandersluis, Larry Furman, and Gordon Burchiel.
Predeceased also by his infant grandson Chad Aers (1982).
Will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Dike worked for many years as a Blanker Operator at KSR and had a love for fishing, hunting, a good cold beer, and lots of good laughs with friends and family.
Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held in the Morpeth Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Dike may be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.
McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main St. East, Ridgetown, Ontario, 519-674-3141