Terry Shanks

It is with the utmost pride and admiration that we announce Terry Archibald Shanks is now at peace after his strong and courageous 9 year fight with an unrelenting disease. At the age of 64, Terry completed his journey in his home and in his favourite chair surrounded by his family. Terry’s wife Madeline Shanks was his greatest support, strength, and love throughout a wonderful life and a blissful 32 year marriage. She will carry him with her in her heart. He is survived by his pride and joys Jessica Puchnatyj (Stefan), Chris Shanks, Margaret Shanks, Marlene Shanks, and his ultimate joy, grandson Logan Puchnatyj. Terry with be lovingly missed by ALL including his mother Elaine Shanks and his siblings: Al Shanks (Mavis), Brent Shanks, Don Shanks (Mary Jo), Deb Shanks (Derek White), Scott Shanks (Michele), Ann Fife (Bill), Dave Dodman (Lynda), Carman (Vickie), Billy Dodman (Stella), Mike Dodman (Denise), Peter Dodman (Miriam), Beth Pollock (Dan), and Karen McCarter (Ted). He also always held a special place in the heart of his Auntie Jane and his mother in law Margaret Steinberg. He will be greatly missed by his many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  He adored his 75 nieces and nephews and 63 great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Bob Shanks, brother Ronald Shanks, father in-laws John Dodman and Howard Steinburg, brother in-law Bobby Dodman, Uncle Bill Shanks (Audrey) and great nephew Journey Stickney.

He resided in the former Romney township all his life and served on Romney council. He built many of the breakwalls, jetties, and retaining walls that protect the shoreline and will for many years to come. Terry was a jack of all trades and master of many. If you needed something mended, designed or created he was your go-to guy. He enjoyed his regular tour of the neighbourhood visiting family and friends with special daily stops at Manufarm and his mother’s house. Terry could often be found at Talbot Street United Church singing in the choir, helping with pie-making, cooking and serving for church suppers, playing Santa, or just entertaining the crowd with his stories. He was adored by Cheryl Jarecsni and all his ladies at the Chatham Chemo Suite, the team at Elston’s Pharmacy, his nurse Lisa DeBeck, and his NP’s Rtia Dibiase and Jon Ann Meko. It was entirely mutual. With their stellar care and that of Dr. Michael Sanatani and his nurse Julie, Dr. Robert Mayo, and Dr. David Sullivan, Terry not only surpassed even the most guarded expectations but never let his diagnosis determine his attitude and outlook. Words cannot express how this great loss will impact our family and community. Terry will be forever missed, and forever remembered.

Visitation will take place at Terry Shanks’ Residence in his new Shop (3564 Talbot Trail) July 3rd 2-5pm and 7-9pm. The funeral will be July 4th at 11am  in the same location.


Donations can be made to the Chatham Kent Health Alliance Chemo Suite or Talbot Street United Church.

80 Comments on “Terry Shanks”

  1. Madeline and family. .my deepest condolences in the loss of Terry. I followed his fight on facebook… Such courage and strength. May all yoyr warm memories help you through this difficult time.

  2. Madeline and family…extending my deepest and heartfelt condolences to your entire family for the loss of an amazing man. Terry was an inspiration to many and he was one of my biggest supporters Madeline when we worked at VHA together and for that I will be forever greatful. Always in my heart.

  3. Madeline and family, thinking of you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies and prayers for strength.

    1. Madeline & Family,
      My most deepest sympathies on your loss of a great husband, dad and grand dad. You are in my thoughts & prayers. May he always be in the pits at Daytona.

  4. My dearest sympathy to all, Terry will be really missed. I will miss our casino discussions, wether we lost or won our talk ended up with a smile. What I liked with Terry he treated as a friend and not just his ministers wife. I shall miss you Terry and surely never forget you.

  5. So sorry for your loss Madeline my thoughts and prayers for you and your family he is in a better place now no more suffering.Terry was very lucky to have you by his side through his long battle .

  6. Madeline and family my heart aches for you. Terry was such an amazing man and brought a smile to who ever he met. I will miss the days of him coming into the restaurant ordering a meal and telling me to be sure they put some meat on that. I feel privileged to have served him because he always made us girls smile and was always so respectful. My sincere condolences to you and the family. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. Love you all

  7. To all the Shanks family- I am so sorry to-read that Terry has passed away. It was always so nice to visit with him. His sheer determination and courage was admirable! He loved you all so much and was proud of all of you!

  8. A remarkable man a role model for all of us . RIP Terry
    I’m very fortunate to have called you a friend.

  9. Madeline and family, so sorry for your loss. Terry’s smile and kindness will be missed by all. He fought a long battle and may he now rest in peace.

  10. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that God will give you strength through this sad time. Our love.

  11. So sorry to hear of Terry’s passing but at least he will now have peace. A great guy who will be missed my many. One thing that can never be taken from us is memories and he left many. Sympathies to all and God Bless. He was a fighter

  12. Our deepest sympathy, Madeline and family. Terry was an inspiration in the way he fought this terrible disease with such a positive attitude. We will miss his outgoing friendliness and the way he always cared about other people. I like to think he and his dad are setting up a poker game somewhere.

  13. Sorry to hear of Uncle Terry’s passing, he will now have peace and be watching from the heavens above. A great guy who will be missed my many. His memory will remain with us all. Sympathies to all and God Bless.

  14. We will miss Terry so much. He was one of the good guys, and always knew and followed his priorities in life : Faith, Family, and Friends. He will never be forgotten.

  15. Madeline and family. We are so sorry to hear that Terry has passed. He was a good friend to us and our family. We had some good times over the years. Love Andy and Joan

    1. Madeline & Family, So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.

  16. We were so profoundly sad when we found out about Terry. He was a bigger than life guy and we enjoyed his company so much. We are so sorry for your loss Madeline.

  17. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on Terry’s passing. Wishing all the best as you celebrate such a wonderful human being.

  18. Madeline and family,
    Sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. He was a pleasure to have known and will be missed

  19. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Terry. My Dad was a fellow Romney farmer with his brothers Jack and Jim. I am sure my Dad shared many conversations with Terry as they did most recently as they spoke while waiting for chemo treatment. Your kindness and sympathies will be forever remembered. Prayers to your family. If you are not sure about whom I am speaking my Dad was John Tulen.

  20. Madeline and family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. You are all so blessed to have the privilege of loving and having Terry in your lives. Hold onto and share your incredible journey. May you all find peace.
    Len & Trudy Willan

  21. Madeline and family…. Sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you

  22. Our sincere condolences to you Madeline and family. Know that Terry will live in your hearts forever.

  23. Madeline and family, sending prayers and condolences..
    Was a shock learning of Terry’s passing…
    I know that all the memories will bring you comfort at this very sad time

  24. Madeline so sorry to hear about Terry he was a very kind man. He will be missed. Your in our thoughts and prayers. John and Marlene Cats

  25. Madeline and family so sorry to hear about terrys passing your thoughts and prayers are with you all

  26. Our deepest condolences to you, Madeline, and the entire family.
    Denise & Merrick McCall

  27. Deepest sympathy Madeline & family⚘ Audrey Coatsworth Bodnar & husband, Gary Bodnar. Laurel Coatsworth Park & husband, Bill Park. Kathy Coatsworth Farrington – Chambers & husband Fred Chambers. ⚘

  28. To the entire Shanks family. We’re so sorry to hear of this sad news. Terry was a kind man who was so proud of his family. We will be keeping you close to our hearts as you remember, mourn and celebrate an incredible man.

    Katie & Matt

  29. Dear Madeline & family,
    Sending our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with all of you at this most difficult time. May Terry rest in peace.

  30. My deepest sympathy to the Shank family for the loss of a great man I worked a lot with the Shank family doing some of the so called exotic jobs as Terry would call them building road ways down the cliffs of Lake Erie he was always such a nice person to work with god bless you Terry say hi to the rock for me

  31. Heartfelt sympathy to all of the family — Terry will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by friends and family alike. May you find comfort in good memories and in each other.

  32. Dear Madeline and family ,we extend our deepest sympathy with Terry’s passing to you and all your family.We know how hard Terry fought each day to keep a smile and say “ I am fine and how are you,”,,,He will be forever remembered in our hearts,

  33. So sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. My sincere condolences to Madeline and family. Terry was an inspiration and support to me as I fight this terrible disease . He will be missed by so many.

  34. Terry will be missed by so many people.
    Growing up I remember him always smiling and laughing when he was in the shop talking to the guys.
    Every time I stopped in after I left home, he was there and the smiles never left.
    I know my Dad will miss his daily visits.
    Sending thoughts and prayers from the entire Tulen family and Manufarm crew.

  35. Madeline, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Terry’s very full and courageous life. Please express to your family, Jessica (Stefan), Chris, Margaret and Marlene, to Terry’s mother and yours and to all your siblings and families my heartfelt sympathy as you celebrate his life and move forward in the comfort of God and family. P. Marg

  36. So sorry to hear of Terrys passing, what a remarkable fight he gave that dreaded disease, hugs go out to all his loved ones, i know he will be one heck of a guardian angel for his grandson,

  37. Deepest condolences to all of the Shanks family. Terry and I were competitors in the seawall business for over 40 years. One of the friendliest competitors I ever knew. I was amazed at how he kept working through his disease. A very strong willed man indeed. He had my utmost respect. RIP Terry.

  38. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. No words can describe how sorry I am to hear of Terry’s passing. He is a true inspiration to all.

  39. Madeline, Jessica, Margaret, Marlene, Chris and Family…
    Jeff & I are so very sorry for your loss. So many wonderful memories – from babysitting for your family to Florida Trips with Terry, Madeline and Gram.
    Our deepest condolences. We are holding you close to our hearts.
    Terry will be so greatly missed by so many. There will be a great hole in our community.
    With Love,
    Jeff, Michelle and Family xo

  40. So sorry to hear of your loss of Terry. He was a valiant survivor. I’ve been keeping track. I pray God comforts you & yours at this time & always. You were so very kind to Robin & I during his suffering. You will always be family. Drop in any time. Love & prayers. Lorraine Brown-Johnston

  41. Madeline , So sorry to hear this news of the passing of your husband, Terry . My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time . Sending hugs to you all .
    Loel Cross and family

  42. Madeline and family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Wish I could be there to pay my respects and celebrate the wonderful times you had together as a family. I’ll be thinking of you all in the coming days. XO

    1. The whole Shaw family feels your loss, praises your strength and thanks God for His watching over your families and loved ones during this time of Terry returning to Him.

  43. Madeline and Family,
    Our hearts are sad for all of you upon hearing of Terry’s passing. May your fond memories of good times past help you through these difficult days.
    Terry fought the battle long and hard and couldn’t have had a better nurse by his side.

  44. Our sincere sympathy to family of Terry. Such a loss of an man loved by all.
    Ed and Carol VanDeWynckel

  45. Madeline – So sorry to hear of your loss. Not knowing your husband but reading all the comments he must have been a wonderful man and knowing that he chose you made him more special. Condolences to your family.

  46. Dear Madeline and family,
    so very sad that we have lost “One of the good guys” Terry was a true gentleman. He will be missed by all.

  47. Dear Madeline and Family.
    So sorry for your loss. Terry was an inspiration to the whole community and beyond. Deepest sympathies.

  48. Madeline, I am sorry to hear of Terry’s passing, What a Trooper. May God’s Strength and Peace be yours as you celebrate Terry and reminisce all the great memories.

  49. Madeline and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences with Terry’s passing. He certainly had a long journey these past 9 years. His strength and determination to continue with life as usual was certainly admirable as was the positive attitude he continued to display. It was always such a pleasure to see him when our paths crossed in the hospital.
    Sue and Henry

  50. I am so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. I gained so much respect for his knowledge, skill, integrity and humor as a long time client. His deep love and commitment to his family was obvious. Between him and his father, they knew an enormous amount about the lake shoreline and did so much great work. He will very much be missed.

  51. My heart goes out to the Shanks family at this time. I have known Terry for several years and he was always a KIND SOUL and a BIG HEART. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I. P. Terry.

  52. My sincerest sympathies to all of the Shanks family – all each of us have now are fond memories of the good things Terry stood for and did. His friendship will be forever cherished.

  53. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you Madeline and all the Shanks family. You did your best for him on earth, but now God will take over….our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Love and hugs sent your way

  54. Shanks family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..

  55. My deepest sympathies to you Madeline and family . Was a honor to be one of Terry’s many nurses in the oncology unit . He fought this horrible disease so courageously always setting goals and meeting them with a story,pictures and a smile . RIP Terry. Your friend,nurse Karen Kennedy

  56. Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.. Terry as you know was a great great guy, I still remember he and Rob eating lunch and my moms then off to work they go building or fixing something. You Terry fought a long hard battle, I feel you lasted this long therefore winning this battle. You will be missed by many. RIP dear friend. Stacey and Arn

  57. Madeline and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathies and condolences. Terry was a wonderful person and we always enjoyed the chance to visit with him. Big hugs from all is us.

    Andy, Lisa, Paige, Chloe and Olivia

  58. Madeline & Family

    We are sorry for the loss of Terry. I watched his fight over years and it was a courageous fight! He will be greatly missed.

    Stacey (Vince) Gore, Steven, Danica & Braelyn Gore

  59. Madeline and family. I was so sorry to hear of Terry’s death. He “rescued ” us more often than I can remember. He was always a kind generous soul. A good man. I shall remember him fondly.
    Bob Shepherd

  60. Madeline our sincere condolences go out to you and the family in the loss of a great husband, father and friend. Terry greets me every day as I drive out our drive way. Upon my retirement you and Terry gave me a metal heron to plant in our yard and there he sits. When needed you and Terry always would go the extra mile–and you still do! Our heart felt prayers go out to you and the family. Terry to me was a straight shooter-told it like it was–a friend- we often talked as we met and greeted at a well know business location!

  61. Thoughts of and prayers for all of you at this time and as you journey through such a loss ….

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