Obituary of Joseph L. Lambregts
With sad hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Joseph Lambregts on January 20th, 2023 at the age of 96 at Craigwiel Gardens long-term care home. He was predeceased by his wife Elisabeth (Coenders). He was “Papa” to Mary Rottier (Didier), Cathy Lambregts (George Bathgate), John Lambregts, Anne Van Aert (Tony) and Louisa (Darrin Giguere). Beloved Opa to Stefan, Julia, Matthew, Zachary, Jake, Charlie, Brigette, Brian, Sara, Laura, Cassie, Sheri and Tracy. Dear brother to predeceased siblings Adrie Ackermans (Nelis), Jo Bastiaansen (Toon), Bert Lambregts (Adrie), Riet Kil (Gorius), Nel Mulder (Henk), Toos Lambregts, Wim Lambregts (Door), Niek Lambregts (Hendrika), Lies Lambregts, and Cor van Strien (Bart). He is survived by Cees Lambregts (Gail), Ad Lambregts (Angela), and Mien de Dooy (Piet). He will be missed and remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
As the oldest son, “Jos” was a key support to the family during World War II and spent several years working in Luxembourg and France. Pursuing his dream to be a farmer, Joseph and his wife Elisabeth immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in their early 30’s. They purchased a family tobacco farm in Strathroy which they farmed until the late 90’s. Many worked for “Joe” over the years as seasonal workers. A devout Catholic, he loved music and often played songs of his youth on the piano. He will be remembered for his vibrant stories of the old country, his love of trees, and his decades of quiet philanthropy. This favourite quote was found in his journal:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Whynot and the caring, compassionate staff at Craigwiel Gardens for their exceptional dedicated care.
A Visitation will take place at All Saints Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 24thm 2023 from 10:00am until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00am will be held . As an expression of sympathy, donations to The Christian Blind Mission or the St. Clair Conservation Authority would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF STRATHROY.
The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 at 11:00 am for those who wish to join the family virtually.