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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  Obituaries Obituary for Warren "Vern" Furber

May 17th, 2018

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 Furber.

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.

Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2018 13:56:33 PM EST

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