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JENKINS, Francis James
Peacefully, on Friday October 20, 2023, at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Chatham Campus, Chatham, Francis James Jenkins, known as Jim, passed away at the age of 78. Jim was born in Chatham in 1945 to Marie-Claire and Fred Jenkins, both of whom have preceded him in death. He was the beloved partner of Barb Mitchell and was married to Gwen (Walker) Jenkins until her passing in 1993.

Jim was a devoted father to his children Kevin (Lisa) Jenkins and Crystal (Bryan) O’Hearn. He also embraced his role as a stepfather to Bruno (Jamie) Levesque and Rebecca (Daniel) Levesque. Jim’s heart was filled with joy as a cherished grandfather to Holley (Todd), Ryan (Hailey), Norian, Kailyn, and as a great-grandfather to Kaylee, Rylyn, Charlotte, Gracelynn, Ryley, Elise, and Lawrence-James. He held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren Quinn, Elliot, and Charity.

Throughout his life, Jim worked as a Diesel Truck Mechanic and later as a custodian for the Board of Education. He had a passion for camping, finding solace and enjoyment around his campfire. On Saturday nights, it was not uncommon to see Jim at the Buxton racetrack eagerly awaiting the “next big crash.”

Friends and relatives paid their respects to Jim at the Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, located at 156 William St. S. Chatham, on Monday October 23, 2023. Visitation hours were from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Cremation followed the visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requested donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences can be expressed at: http://www.peseski.com.

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