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Tuesday January 12, 2021

FLEXMAN, Keith Melville - After 77 years packed full of adventures, love, and community service, our wonderful Keith has passed away. He has left a huge hole in the life of his wife of 54 years, Joyce (nee Potts) who was able to be by his side all through the difficult last months at their home in Long Point.  What a fulfilled life of adventure, hard work and fun we had and, boy could he dance!!  He was so proud of his four children and seven grandchildren, Heather Collins (Kevin) of AbuDhabi, their children Georgia and Sam; Steve Flexman (Megan Bazinet) of Simcoe, their children Brennan, Kiarra and Ireland;  Kelly Flexman of Simcoe; and Amy Flexman (Chris Ford) of Revelstoke B.C., their children, Del and Cohen. They will forever remember him as the Dad and Papa of walks in the woods with adventures around every tree,always teaching, mystery trips far and wide as they searched maps for our possible destination.He was their mentor and backup through life. And, of course, the bushwacking trips through forest trails with his buddy Juneau.  Keith began his life in Ottawa with his family of Barb Kemp (late Robert) of Collingwood, Nancy Flexman of Vancouver, Bruce Flexman (Dale) of Vacouver and Nora Boyd (Malcolm) of Sarnia.  His many nieces and nephews will remember their Uncle Keith by playing that “golf” game as well as some late night discussions of wisdom and support.  The friends he met through his years in Ottawa, at U of T where he obtained his pharmacy degree, in his army stint through the ROTP program, through his pharmacy career in Brantford, Simcoe, Delhi, Port Rowan, and Ohsweken were still central in his life.  Holidays and visits all over the world with Joyce involved so many of these friends, especially several visits to our Newfoundland family and cousin, Peter.  Keith was committed to helping other people. He began his service in the Brantford Jaycees where he was president, followed by The Simcoe Rotary club and then initiating as president of a new - Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise. From Santa Claus parades to soap box derbys to the famous COVID car rally- he kept life interesting for the members of these clubs. He served in many executive positions, the proudest of which was the Rotary Youth Exchange program, placing and bringing in kids from all over the world for a life changing year.  Keith’s commitment went beyond Canada with medical missions to Nicaragua and Guatemala as the dispensing pharmacist on the team. He also chaperoned and hosted students and Rotarians on the Rotary exchange with Welshpool, Wales for many years.  Sports were definitely in Keith’s life plan. He rolled over the bar in high jump, played basketball up to and including the mens’ league in Simcoe. How many children and friends did he teach how to ski at Ellicottville? Remember the Grey Cup parties at Long Point?  Then came his passion GOLF. So many groups of buddies and places he went to play. In his last days at home when the Raptors and Blue Jays and Ottawa Roughriders were able to play- he was glued to the TV. Up to lately he and grandson Brennan had an ongoing competition with Fantasy Nascar - something the Bazinet part of Steve’s family introduced Keith to.  Thankyous go to all the people that helped us keep Keith at home in Long Point until the end.  Norfolk General Hospital for a week with daily updates South West LHIN and their palliative team and Graham Ferguson.  A life well lived. Of course, too short. We will always love him.  Due to COVID restrictions, a family gathering will be held at home in February.  The JASON SMITH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 689 Norfolk St. N. Simcoe N3Y 3R3 in care of arrangements.   Those wishing to donate in memory of Keith are asked to consider The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and the Alzheimer society of H/N.  Please mail donations to the funeral home.

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