Reginald “Jerry” Pickard

Reginald “Jerry” Pickard: November 14, 1940 – July 27, 2021

Jerry peacefully left us in his sleep, on his 58th wedding anniversary to his best friend and high school sweetheart Caroline (Foex).  Dad will be missed by his three sons Scott, Steven (Angela), Keith (Jaclyn), grandkids Jared, Kaitlynn, Blake, and Francesca and his fury companion Rascal.

Born in Chatham to Reginald and Marjorie, Jerry was the youngest brother of Bill, Dorothy and Bob. He attended Chatham Collegiate Institute, where he excelled at varsity sports.  After High School, Jerry graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education, and the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Special Education.  His teaching career began in Kent County in 1960.  Jerry and Caroline came to Kingsville in 1970 where Jerry spent most of his time teaching sixth grade at Ruthven Public School.

Jerry gave effortlessly to his community from an early age serving as the President of the Chatham Jaycees, and a member of Kingsville Kinsmen Club, Kingsville Lions Club, Chatham Rotary Club, St. Georges Masonic Lodge, and coached youth Soccer, Baseball and a Chess Club and managed the Servers Guild at the Church of the Epiphany. He and Caroline volunteered for Operation Red Nose and Meals-on-Wheels.

From 1972 until 1988 Jerry served Kingsville Town Council as Councilor, Deputy Reeve and Mayor.  In 1988, he was elected Member of Parliament, serving Chatham, Kent County and Essex County until his retirement in 2006.  In Ottawa, Jerry served as Parliamentary Secretary of Agriculture, Parliamentary Secretary to Industry, Parliamentary Secretary of Public Works, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada.

Having lived a very public life, after retirement, Jerry enjoyed a private life wintering in Fort Myers with Caroline, where he kept busy with playing softball, bowling, golf, playing cards, darts and enjoying the company of their many friends at Villagio.

Keeping with Jerry’s wishes, no service will be held.  In lieu of flowers a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any charity of your choice would be appreciated or in keeping with Jerry’s life’s work, and gesture of community service would be appreciated.

Tribute to “Jerry” In Chatham Daily News

43 Comments on “Reginald “Jerry” Pickard”

  1. So very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Always enjoyed talking to him, whether at a Chatham Jaycee function or out in the community. Deepest condolences to the entire family.

  2. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing !!! Grew up with Jerry and followed his many accomplishments!! My thought are with the family at this time!!

  3. Caroline, So sorry to hear of your loss of Jerry.
    Keeping you and family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Carol & Ed VanDeWynckel

  4. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Jerry was always approachable, and would always take my call when there was a story to be told. He gave a lot to our community. He will be deeply missed. Kelly and Greg.

  5. Caroline and family, sincerest condolences to you and your family. Our relationship and friendship go way back to high school and our teaching careers. We shared many thoughts and ideas through these years in many organizations and activities. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    George and Sandy Sims

  6. Our thoughts are with you. Jerry was a wonderful, caring man. He left this world a better place. A great example for everyone. He will be missed.

    Diane and Ed Myers

  7. Mom, Jacqi and l are so sad to think we have lost another part of our family. Uncle Jerry was a great person to all of us and his community through the years. But to us he was just our Uncle and we thought the world of him and were proud to call him Uncle. It is hard to believe Mom won’t be sending him his butter tarts and me all my books to read. We will make sure Aunt Caroline is looked after. So until we meet again this is not good bye but so long. Say hi to Dad for us. Xoxo

  8. our condolences caroline,i have so many good memories of growing up with you and jerry I will always cherish them.

  9. Cherie and Ron Coristine
    I have known Jerry all my life as we grew up together on Harvey Street . A longtime friend who has left
    an outstanding legacy as an Educator and a Politician . Our sincere condolences to Caroline and family .

  10. Caroline and family
    Our deepest condolences for all of you.
    We pray for peace and comfort in your many happy memories with Jerry.
    Hugs snd much love to all of you

  11. Prayers to your family. We are going to miss Jerry at the Bocce court, bowling alley and the Spade games. Always had a great time with him.

  12. Caroline and Family
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Death can never take away our memories so remember them and keep them close to you.

  13. Our sincere condolences to Caroline and family. Met Jerry at Villagio in Florida. He was a wealth of information, and was the one who taught me how to play Spades. We had many interesting and fun political discussions and I was always anxious to hear his viewpoint. He will be missed by many.

  14. Caroline, we send our deepest condolences to you and all the family. May warm memories of Jerry bring you comfort at this difficult time. Love and prayers.

  15. Kos and I send our deepest condolences to you and the family. May you always have the comfort of the beautiful memories that you shared. RIP Jerry. You will be missed.

  16. Caroline and family,
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a wonderful person, an excellent Mayor and a fantastic Member of Parliament and a terrific Constituency Leader!
    Our Condolences and Prayers
    Jim & Linda Shean

  17. It was an honour to call you neighbour for 12 years. We always admired you and your accomplishments. We are thinking of the family.

  18. Dear Caroline & Family,
    Having worked with Jerry for almost 20 years, we knew him as a man of integrity, honesty and community service. He made a difference in the life Chatham Kent – Essex and his legacy will not be forgotten. With our thoughts and prayers,
    Hugo & Linda Tiessen

  19. Dear Caroline and Family.

    Jose and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We had wonderful talks and laughs with Jerry that we will never forget. He will be missed.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  20. Dear Caroline and Family.

    John and I send our sincere condolences. I was so proud and honoured to work in the Leamington constituency office for and with Jerry. It was an amazing job. My dream job. He never waivered in his confidence and support of my ability. Jerry worked so hard for this riding – no one could know better than you, the boys, and his staff. For almost 2 decades the two of you travelled back and forth to Ottawa every week – you were always there supporting him – no man could ask for a more loving, stronger and supportive life partner. I so admire you. Thank you for all the good memories Caroline. May Jerry be at peace.

  21. Dear Caroline, Scott, Steven and Keith,

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sophia Wittine and Ingrid Haines (Wittine) your former neighbours on Pulford Street in Kingsville

  22. We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed our Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent time with Jerry. He will be missed by many!

  23. Dear Pickard Family: Thoughts and Prayers to You and Yours.
    On a number of occasions regarding the Chatham Jaycees and their events I had the honour of being in Jerry’s presence.
    Always had a great smile and was personable.
    I am sure he will be missed by many!

  24. Caroline and family.. so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s death.. may the love that surrounds you bring you comfort and peace.
    Our deepest condolences.
    Eola Cinicolo, Mel Pace

  25. Dear Caroline and Family,
    Barb and I were sadden hearing of Jerry’s passing. I always enjoyed working on the campaigns and the many conversations with Jerry. I learned allot from Jerry throughout the years. He made a difference to many people. Our thoughts and prayers to you Caroline and the whole family.

  26. A passionate fighter for his community who wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and fight for what he thought was right.

  27. So saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. In my role with the federal government, I worked closely with Jerry. He was incredibly dedicated to our community, initiating and/or supporting so many projects designed to improve life for the citizens of Chatham-Kent and Essex. No one could have worked harder or cared more. Caroline, Steve and family — John joins me in passing on our condolences and wishing you peace and joy in your wonderful memories. Diane and John McGuigan

  28. Jerry will be dearly missed by all of his friends at the Villagio. Had the pleasure of playing many games of bocce ball with him as my partner. He was one of our top players and always a welcome teammate. I also enjoyed bowling with Jerry and Caroline and the Villagio group. It was an honor to have known him and be considered one of his friends. Jerry was a kind soul and a great gentleman. RIP

  29. You, Rascal, and your entire family are in our thoughts at this most difficult time, Caroline. We missed seeing you and Jerry this past season at Villagio. Hugs to you til we meet again, dear friend.

  30. Caroline & Family,
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Pickard. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  31. My thoughts are with you and your family – so very sorry for your loss . Carol (Hinnegan) Kelly

  32. Personal experience has taught me that losing a Dad is painful. I am very sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. Memories last forever. Please accept my sympathies.

  33. Very sorry to hear of the passing of your Father Steven. He was a remarkable and highly respected educator and politician. Our thoughts are with you and the Family.

  34. Jerry was a great colleague. Solid, smart and sensible, he was a Parliamentarian that was there for all the right reasons. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  35. Dear Caroline &family,
    It was an honour and a pleasure to serve with Jerry in the House of Commons.He was devoted to the people he represented and served them well.
    My deepest sympathy on your loss of a fine man.
    Mary Clancy

  36. Jerry was one of the most respected members of parliament during his time in Ottawa . He was a terrific role model for the rest of us ……hard working , sincere , intelligent and always had a twinkle in his eye . He represented his constituents with professionalism and dedication . It is a privilege for me to say he was a colleague and a friend !

  37. It was with great saddness that Maryann and I received the news of Jerry’s passing . He was a tremendous colleague and a friend in my years in Parliament. We worked together for years and shared many stories. I also had the pleasure as minister to visit the riding at Jerry’s invitation. He will now be debating in another place. Our regrets to Caroline and family.
    Hon. Don Boudria, P.C.

  38. Keith and Pickard family, so sorry for the loss of your dad. I have a very fond memory of your dad. My great uncle Fr. Fred Doll had his 60th jubilee in 1995. Your dad sat at our family table. Such a kind gentleman. So many memories and laughs shared at an important celebration. Thinking of your family at this difficult time. Prayers sent to you all. Your dad was a wonderful Mayor & Member of Parliament. May you all find comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead. God bless

  39. Dear Caroline and family,
    Just wanted to send my deepest sympathies on your tremendous loss. He was an amazing person and it was my pleasure to know him.
    All the best as you journey on.
    With love,
    Audrey Hummelen

  40. in the Jaycee creed we say that service to humanity is the best work of life, Jerry certainly was a fine example of service to humanity ….To Caroline and the whole Pickard family, so sorry for your loss ….

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