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Camiel VANDENBERGHE

VANDENBERGHE, Camiel Peter

It is with deep sadness that the family of Camiel Peter Vandenberghe announce his passing at the age of 80, surrounded by his family on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Camiel is survived by his loving companion Loretta Curtis, sons Dale (Diane) of Wyoming, Ken of Petrolia, daughter Shelley Sim (Rick) of Sarnia, granddaughter Madison Sim (Kyle) of Sarnia, step-son Pierre Couffon of Ottawa, step-daughter Danielle Couffon, and step-granddaughters Samantha Labadie and Michelle Couffon of Chatham.

Survived by his brother Ray, sisters-in-law Thelma Vandenberghe, Betty McPhee, Bea Branton, Lorraine Paradis also survived by former wife Barbara (Vandenberghe) McBryan and several nephews, nieces and friends. Predeceased by his parents Peter and Eugenie Vandenberghe, step-mother Ellen Underwood Vandenberghe as well as his siblings, Rose Passingham, Gus (Blanche), Basil (Doris), Joseph (June), Louie (Betty), Albert, Felix, Richard (Elva), and step-brother Joe Henry.

Camiel was born at C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia on November 18th, 1943. The youngest of 10 children, he had a great childhood, enjoying many hobbies from his youth into adulthood including golf, baseball and billiards, having become an accomplished billiards player in the top 5 of Sarnia. His dynamic career began when Camiel worked at Homes Foundry as a supervisor for many years. He later became a member of the cement masons union 915, before beginning his own family business “Vandenberghe Concrete” for over 35 years. While warmer weather kept him busy with cement work, the winters provided the opportunity for other ventures, including purchasing and renovating homes in the Sarnia area. As a jack of all trades, Camiel decided to become a certified home inspector later in life.

For many years, Camiel’s passion for hockey was evident as he was very involved in Petrolia Minor Hockey, even acting as President for a short time. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as an executive member of the Petrolia Jets hockey club as well as the Lions Club, having made many friends along the way.

Camiel met his longtime partner Loretta Curtis, they oftentimes enjoyed working on their home, gardening as well as some travelling.

Camiel’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff at Bluewater Health for their exemplary care and compassion during his final days.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Visitation will start at 12:00 p.m. with family and friends followed by a service at 1:00 p.m. for family and friends. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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