In Memoriam: Blake Fewster September 3, 1924-January 11, 2017

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Blake Fewster

The St. James Westminster Church community joins family and friends in remembering and celebrating the life, while mourning the loss, of Blake Fewster, who passed away at home on January 11, 2017 in his 93rd year. Blake is lovingly remembered by Jo, his wife of 66 years, and by his children Andrea Manias (Dale), Peter Fewster (Dianne), Pat Fewster (Al Gray), and Tim Fewster (Dianne). Blake – “Grumpa” – is also mourned by his grandchildren Mark, Laura, Stephanie, Rebecca Klein (Andrew), Greg, Brent (Heidi Wall), Chris Lengyell (Gita), Taylor Gray, Krystal Murphy (Troy) and Blake, and by his great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Born in Tillsonburg, Blake enjoyed a distinguished career at London Life, retiring in 1991 as Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary. Blake also served as
President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
At St. James, where Andrea, Tim and their families serve as faithful parishioners, Blake was a Warden and also Chair of the St. James Westminster Foundation. In addition to the church, Blake’s passions included his family, music and travel; he and Jo hiked widely, including to their favourite destination, Hadrian’s Wall in England, where they were once accosted by Romans in full battle gear, apparently in a re-enactment.
Blake will be greatly missed in the St. James community and beyond, and most of all by his family. As he said in an interview in the Chimes, when asked the secret of raising a happy and peaceful family, “Lots of give and take. I don’t know, someone from the outside world would have to observe and say. We just lived our life.”
If you wish to make a gift to St. James in memory and honour of the life of Blake, please call the Church Office at 519-432-1915 or email You can donate via credit card or cheque payable to St. James Westminster Church Foundation. The tax receipt will be made out in the name of the person(s) whose name appears on the cheque.
Thank you for remembering Blake.