Patrick James Joseph Pickford

Tuesday, 02 December 1941 - Friday, 09 March 2018

Death Notice

Passed away at his residence in Sarnia, Ontario, with his family by his side. Spouse of Linda Markle Pickford. Son of the late James Meldrum Pickford (1941) and Mary Catherine Miller Pickford (1999). Survived by his brother Gerald Pickford (Rose) of Wallaceburg, and his nephews and niece Scott, Kelly, Jay and Darren (Jill). Survived by his in-laws Bev and Jim Welsh of Port Hope, and Pat and Keith McLeod of Kelowna, B.C. Patrick was born at Charlotte Englehart Hospital in Petrolia, Ontario. He resided there for 5 years and moved to Wallaceburg with his family. He graduated from St. Jerome’s High School in Kitchener. Patrick’s working career as a Stationary Engineer, Instrumental Technician and Electrician took him to many industries in the Chemical Valley (Dow, Nova, Shell, Polysar, Monsanto), the Middle East (Aramco in Saudi Arabia, Oasis Oil in Libya), Borneo and Fort McMurray. He retired from Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Walkerville, Ontario. Patrick enjoyed historic novels and was able to relate many facts which he considered useless to others. He didn’t believe in GPS’s or hiring someone to do a job he could figure out. During his retirement, Patrick befriended families from the Middle East as they settled in Sarnia, in particular the Krazini, Haffejee, Lahouiel, Manour and Othman families. He played a role in their children’s development and went overboard with providing them with many treats. Patrick enjoyed travelling the many country roads throughout Ontario and in particular Lambton County. We wish to thank friends and family for their prayers, visits and support during this long journey with lung and brain cancer. A special thanks to Fatima and Abdul Haffejee and their children, Yusuf and Firdauz for tea times around our fireplace. Thanks for the emotional support from Don and Pat Poland and Linda and Lou DiMuzio. Thank you to the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice; Drs. Maddison, Crombeen, Yoshida, Yaremko, Rosenblum and Michael O’Mahoney; VON nurses and PSW staff.


Family and friends being received one hour prior to service.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 390 Christina St N, Sarnia. A private interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia.


Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina St N, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W3; the V.O.N, 1705 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario, N7W 1B2; Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, #203 Horton St, London, Ontario, N6B 1K7; or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

18 Condolences

  • Brenda Beatson March 15, 2018 03:55pm

    Linda, we are so sorry for your loss. It saddened our hearts to hear of Patrick's suffering and are thankful that he is now free. He may be gone from this earth but his memories will be with us forever. I will always remember sledding at Pinery Park and him convincing you to get on the sled with Trevor and Sheila. Oh how you howled all the way down the hill while he laughed so hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in gentle peace now, Patrick
    Love, Brenda & Randy, Sheila & family, and Trevor

  • Carolyn (Elsom) Robinson March 13, 2018 11:30pm

    So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Patricia and Keith McLeod March 13, 2018 08:02pm

    Linda, so sorry I was not with you at this time. I am so glad Cheryl could be their for all of us.
    Patrick will be at peace now after his struggles in the past weeks.
    Love from sister Pat

  • Madelyn Waugh March 13, 2018 07:40pm

    Sending you my deepest condolences at this very difficult time.

    Madelyn Waugh

  • Robert and Judy Murray March 13, 2018 01:39pm


    No one knows better than we do what you and Patrick have just gone through fighting this dreaded disease. We will miss Patrick very much at our lunches around southwestern Ontario. Patrick nearly always included a lesson on local history which was most appreciated.
    Looking forward to continuing that tradition in the future from time to time.

    Red and Judy

  • Jack and Kim Thomaes March 12, 2018 07:51pm

    Dear Gerry, Rose, Linda and Pickford family,
    So very sorry to hear of Pat's passing. The Pickford family was always held dear to the Thomaes family in the early years of coming to Canada. Pat will never be forgotten.

  • Sahar Nasr March 12, 2018 05:37pm

    Dear Linda, I was informed very recently of Patrick's terminal illness. My condolences and prayers go to you and your family during these trying times. May Patrick rest in peace after all the suffering that he had been through. Patrick and you have helped many people from our Muslim community, we all pray that God Almighty help you through the days ahead.

  • Megan Thompson March 12, 2018 01:35pm

    Aunt Linda: My parents, Bev and Jim Welsh and I are thinking of you. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself.
    Love, Megan

  • Roger and Sharon Tremblay March 12, 2018 09:07am

    Linda - so sorry for your loss. Our sympathies and prayers go out to you.

  • Mr. Grant Lefebvre March 12, 2018 08:59am

    Hi Linda.
    Sorry to hear of the of the loss of your husband Patrick. I am Grant from Windsor, who worked with you at the GM Transmission on Walker Road back in the 60's. I was told by Mary-Anne Dafoe about your husband, He was really sick, sorry to hear about your loss, My Prays are with you and your family Linda, God bless you Linda and your family. Sincerely Grant Lefebvre and family.

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