Furber – Warren "Vern" of St. Thomas and formerly of Union, passed away peacefully
at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, at the age
of 83 years. Beloved husband of the late Sandra Furber (2015) and dearly loved father
of Janet Pullen (Rod), Christine Locke and Warren Scott Furber. Cherished grandfather
of Cassandra and Madison. Lovingly remembered by his sisters, Maxine Bourassa and
Iva Fisher, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Vern was
born in Chauvin, Alberta on December 9th, 1934, son of the late Raymond and Ovie
Starting out on the oil rigs in Alberta and a time in the Air Force in Barrie, where
he met Sandra, Vern spent the balance of his working career in Television and Radio,
eventually arriving in St. Thomas in 1981 when he purchased 1570 CHLO. The radio
station later became CFHK 103.1 "The Hawk" in 1994. Vern was dedicated to community
involvement as the best path to build his business and played an active role in
the construction of the St. Thomas Jumbo monument. He was an avid fundraiser and
community booster with causes like United Way and in 1987 was elected to Chair the
Board of Directors of the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce.
Subsequent sale of the radio station and the inability to retire lead Vern in a
new direction with the opening of Studio 209 London. After selling that restaurant
he purchased the Lakeview/Bridge restaurant in Port Stanley, later renaming it the
Roxy Diner, which he owned and operated until 2013 when he finally retired at the
age of 78.
In keeping with Vern's wishes a private family service will be held. Cremation has
taken place. Memorial donations may be made to the STEGH Foundation or a charity
of your choice. Williams Funeral home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.