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123 King Street East
Forest, ON N0N 1J0
Phone: 1-844-445-7467
Willy Michielsens

Willy Ludovicus Marie Michielsens

Sunday, October 18th, 1936 - Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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Willy Ludovicus Marie Michielsens of Grand Bend, passed away peacefully with family at his side at Chartwell Long-Term Care in Parkhill on December 7, 2019, in his 84th year.

Willy was born on October 18, 1936, in Kapellen-Antwerp-Belgium to Waltherus († 1992) and Maria (nee Van Riel) († 1986) Michielsens, and was the brother of Anny Michielsens. The family endured WW2 while they lived on a farm in Belgium before immigrating to Canada in 1952 settling in Grand Bend. They cleared the land and built their homestead and farm. Willy later purchased the neighbouring farm and started his family with his wife Agnes Michielsens (nee DeLodder), and children; Linda (Larry Taylor), Vera (Chris Neu), twins Sarah & Walter W.M. († 1967), Walter, Dinah († 2006) and Frieda (James Eddy). Grandfather to Jeremy, Joshua, Lucas, Henry, Ethan, Hannah, Samantha, Alysha, and Abigail.

Willy was known to enjoy long conversations with a great, quirky sense of humour. Over the years, Willy's health and ability to communicate decreased due to numerous strokes starting when he was only 52; but something that never changed was his love for his family and the depth of his smile for those who were near him.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Chartwell Long Term Care in Parkhill. Every day he knew he was cared for, and every day you made him smile. The care you gave him was exceptional. We cannot thank you enough for making every moment to his last special. Special thanks to Dr. Whynot for the care and compassion that went above and beyond in the most needed times.

A visitation will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King St. East in Forest from 11am-1pm with a service following at 1pm with Father Tony Laforet officiating. At the family's request, a private interment to take place at Beechwood Cemetery.

To honour Willy, and his family's love for nature, Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated by the family to Lakeshore Eco-Network, or the Lambton Shores Nature Trails.

Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, please leave a memory or condolence online at
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Gilpin Funeral Chapel - Forest
    123 King Street East
    Forest, Ontario N0N 1J0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 1:00pm
    Gilpin Funeral Chapel - Forest
    123 King Street East
    Forest, Ontario N0N 1J0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Tony Laforet
  • Interment

    Beechwood Cemetery
    43 Beechwood Avenue
    FOREST, ON N0N 1J0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 |
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019
    Gilpin Funeral Chapel - Forest
    123 King Street East
    Forest, Ontario N0N 1J0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: Lambton Shores Nature Trails.


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Freda and Ralph Gehrke

Posted at 11:10pm
My mother and I would like to offer our condolenses to Vera and Alysha, family and friends. May all the memories forever remain and be remembered in your hearts. Remember those great and good times and always cherish them forever.


By Christina Rossetti
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

My mother and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
and may there be blessings, love, peace and understanding everyday in your home.

Freda and Ralph Gehrke

Linda Dietrich

Posted at 10:59am
Anny, I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy.
Linda Dietrich

Staff of Al-mar Vinyl

Posted at 12:29pm
Frieda Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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