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Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre

356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, ON

OBITUARY

Edward Balfour

April 1, 1929November 23, 2019

Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Nancy Chambers-Balfour and the late Joan Fleming. Loving father of Kimberly Henderson (Andy) and Kellie Poulos . Proud grandfather of Eddie (Sarah) and Colin Henderson(Lindsey), Matthew (Emma) and Sam Poulos and 6 great-grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by Nancy’s family: daughter Kimberley Chambers, son Bernard Chambers (Susan Roka); grandchildren Stacey and Carly Hopkinson, Jessica, Bernie Chambers and Nicole Nailer (Sean); and several great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brothers of Albert (Pat), Ronald (Barbara) and David (Barbara). Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Edward was retired from Neilson Dairy. He was a longtime member of both the Shriners and the Masons. The family sincerely thank the nurses and staff of the Fairhaven LTC 3rd floor, for the care and comfort they provided him.

The family will receive friends at COMSTOCK-KAYE Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge St. on Thursday, November 28, from 12-12:45 p.m. With a Masonic Service at 12:45 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel. In memory of Edward, please consider a donation to The Shriners or to The Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.comstockkaye.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Masonic Service Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 28, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Urn Burial

Memories

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Colin Henderson

November 25, 2019

In times of grief and misery, it is hard not to think of things like, “I should have.”, or “I could have.” Instead it is a worthy and noble ambition to be strong in the face of death, as death is intrinsic and intertwined with life. I believe that this is something that Popeye would want us to embody – strength in the face of adversity. When tragedy happens, it is very easy to turn that tragedy into Hell by dwelling on things outside of our control. So, instead of grieving over his death, I would like to celebrate his life by sharing a story of something that he once said to me when he first started going blind. At the time it was an impromptu comment but looking back on it now, it has profound meaning behind it.

He was speaking with me once at their apartment, I do not recall how old I was, but I remember sitting at his table and he was recalling his conversation with a group of other individuals who were struggling through similar issues with their failing vision. He said that one woman had asked him, “Will you not miss seeing everyone around you once you cannot see anymore?”

His reply? That he has lived many years. That he has seen his two beautiful wives, Joan and Nancy, walk down the aisle towards him. That he has had two daughters that he has seen grow from babies into women. That he has seen his daughters have children. That he has seen his four grandsons grow. That he has seen many things and even if he loses his vision, he will always see his loved ones and cherished memories in his mind’s eye and no ailment or illness would, or will, ever take that from him.

In honour of this, I invite everyone who ever knew Popeye to share, or reflect on, some of the times you have seen Popeye that will always be in your mind’s eye – I will start with seeing his clown nose at his wedding with Nancy.
Popeye, although you are not physically with us anymore, I will never stop seeing you in my heart or my mind. We all love you and we will see you soon.

Ed Henderson

November 25, 2019

Popeye, we had to say goodbye, but not forever... we will meet again, someday. Though now we grieve, in the days, weeks, months and years to come, we celebrate life; yours, and how it affected ours. We are, and always will be eternally grateful for the time spent together—you were, are, and always will be a great man.

Day by day passed, I’ve awoken,
Day by day to come, I’ll awaken,
But there are so many words unspoken,
And it’s hard to not feel so lost and broken.

For nights I cannot sleep,
It’s silly; but I even tried counting sheep,
I lay there, think, sigh and weep,
What a mountain this is to climb; so high, so steep.

But I hear a voice; my thoughts reflecting yours,
“Be good, be strong, like the waves along the shores,
Be kind, be fair, because as your heart, it pours,
I will remain proud, and my soul, it restores.”

You, and your soul eternal, will continue to live through our memories.

You have taught us all so much, you have given us so much, and you have loved us so much. Thank you, for everything.

I, and our family, all love you.

Ed Henderson

November 25, 2019

Popeye, we had to say goodbye, but not forever... we will meet again, someday. Though now we grieve, in the days, weeks, months and years to come, we celebrate life; yours, and how it affected ours. We are, and always will be eternally grateful for the time spent together—you were, are, and always will be a great man.

Day by day passed, I’ve awoken,
Day by day to come, I’ll awaken,
But there are so many words unspoken,
And it’s hard to not feel so lost and broken.

For nights I cannot sleep,
It’s silly; but I even tried counting sheep,
I lay there, think, sigh and weep,
What a mountain this is to climb; so high, so steep.

But I hear a voice; my thoughts reflecting yours,
“Be good, be strong, like the waves along the shores,
Be kind, be fair, because as your heart, it pours,
I will remain proud, and my soul, it restores.”

You, and your soul eternal, will continue to live through our memories.

You have taught us all so much, you have given us so much, and you have loved us so much. Thank you, for everything.

I, and our family, all love you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY