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

  • Mike Madden March 12, 2018 07:03am

    Condolences to Pats family and friends.
    I knew Pat when we both worked at Hiram Walker, he was a good tradesman, and a pleasure to work with.

  • Stacey Dias March 11, 2018 10:07pm

    Please know that you have our deepest sympathies for the loss of Patick. I know there is little that we can say that can console you at this time Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Patrick was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed.

  • John Baggett March 11, 2018 09:45pm

    I knew the Pickfords from when they lived and worked in Saudi Arabia. I will always remember Patrick and Linda with fond memories. I wish the best to Linda and all of their family in this time of loss.

    Kindest regards,

    John Baggett

  • Clem Helen Dube March 11, 2018 08:51pm

    Linda, our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts
    and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Hocine March 11, 2018 08:41pm

    We will miss you Patrick.We had spent wonderful days together and you will always be in our hearts.

  • Sid Reely March 11, 2018 05:04pm

    My condolences to Linda and the family. I first met Patrick when Clem Dube introduced us as teenagers. We became friends very quickly and enjoyed each others company with many laughs. I met his mom and brother a couple of times in Wallaceburg. When we got together there was always lots of laughter. I will miss my good friend very very much. Rest well Pat, you've earned it!

  • Kathy and Don Donahue March 11, 2018 04:29pm

    Kathy and Don would like to offer our condolences to Linda and family. May God bless and Patrick Rest In Peace.

  • Elizabeth Manning (Steene) March 11, 2018 03:34pm

    Linda my heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you, and Patrick's soul. Love Liz

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