Orrin Hooktwith, 84, died peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014, with his family by his side, after a short illness endured with dignity and strength.
Orrin was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, the son of Kline and Gladys Hooktwith.
He was a longtime resident of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Orrin was a committed member and volunteer to local clubs like the Kinsmen, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1692 in Chatham, and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 in Blenheim, Ontario, Canada. He devoted countless hours to the Canadian Power Squadron, where he instructed hundreds of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, boaters. Orrin spent many years serving C-K boaters, working at the Boathouse, Merritt Marine and Maple City Marine where he bought, sold and serviced thousands of new or used powerboats.
He spent his last years enjoying life, traveling between Rondeau, Ontario, Canada, and Port Charlotte, Fla., making new friends and becoming a Saturday night sensation at karaoke hour, bringing Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to a younger generation.
Orrin was father to Rod and Nancy (Leef) Hooktwith; loving grandfather to Sam and Max; older brother to Thelma Lee Parsonnage; brother-in-law to Barb Gilbert, Jo and Bob Leach, Janet Gilbert and Mac Holmes; and he leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lenora Jean (nee Gilbert) Hooktwith.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, July 31, 2014, at McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair St., Chatham. A Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the funeral home, with the Venerable Paul Millward officiating. Cremation willo follow.
The family requests that donations be made in memory of Orrin Hooktwith to Moose Lodge 1692 in Chatham, or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 in Blenheim, as both organizations contribute to the local community and do good work for those in need. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.