It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Ernest Dengel of Chatham, formerly of St. Clair Beach and Windsor at the age of 95. John was born in Romania on August 11, 1925 and emigrated to Canada at a young age with his sister, Erna, and his parents. John’s education led him down the path of electrical engineering but when WWII broke out he enlisted in the Navy and served until the end of the war, proud to have fought in the Battle of the Atlantic.
John was a fine Collegiate athlete in track and his first love football. In his football career he played for the Windsor Rockets and then he signed with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League in 1949. He played 2 pre-season games with the Lions and then moved on to join the Ottawa Roughriders later in 1949 where he played 3 seasons for the Roughriders.
John was also an avid fisherman and loved to spend time out on the boat locally and at the cottage in Kipawa with his loving wife, Charlotte, family and friends. More recently many trips to Ludington, Michigan for more fishing and family adventures were enjoyed immensely.
John was a longtime member at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club where he excelled at golf and shared his love of the sport with Charlotte, all his children and some of his grandchildren. To the envy of many golfers, John takes pride in having 6 Holes in One…a great feat in golf. His son, John, made his career in the golf industry as a result of his introduction to the game.
John was a hardworking man and a proud owner of the Canada Tavern in Windsor for many years. He loved time spent with people. He also was involved in Harness Racing for years as an owner of horses and son Danny shared in this endeavor with his father. In later years John enjoyed a shorter career in Real Estate. John was also a very handy man. He could fix anything and he enjoyed woodworking “crafting” many smaller pieces of furniture and accents for family members.
John’s proudest accomplishment is his family. He always had lots of stories to tell about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and spending time with family and sharing in their sports, school and daily life brought him his greatest joy. John and Charlotte enjoyed 55 years of marriage before her passing.
John is survived by his children, Kathy Vatcher of Toronto, John Dengel, wife Christine of Chatham, Karon Martel, husband Brian of Walled Lake Michigan, Patricia Dengel, husband John Angotti of Belle River and Timothy Dengel, wife Charlene of Milford, Michigan. Predeceased by his loving wife, Charlotte (nee Sheldon) and son Dan Dengel, wife Barbara of St. Louis, Missouri.
John was also so proud of his grandchildren, Sarah Weber, Hilary Dengel Choi (Danny), Rachael Dengel, Michael Martel (Laura), Jonathan Dengel (Stacie), Malynda Boismier (Adam), Katie Martel, Georgia Vatcher, Timothy Dengel, Bernadette Dengel and Bobby Dengel. John is also blessed with 9 great grandchildren and another little Dengel due next week. Gramps will be dearly missed by Adesynn and Reagynn Weber, Daniel Choi, Brady, Miller and Calvin Martel, Daphne Dengel and Grayson and Jonah Boismier.
At this time the family is planning a private online celebration and will plan a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. The Dengel family would like to express deep thanks to the staff of Chatham Kent Health Alliance for their expertise, care and compassion over the last few days and providing welcomed support to our family. We would also like to thank the caring staff of Chatham Retirement Residence for all they have done for John since he made this wonderful venue his home in January of 2020. Memorial donations can be directed to Pet And Wildlife Rescue Chatham in honour of John’s cat, Buddy. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.