David John Labadie

David John “Chico” Labadie passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday March 23,2022 at the Woodstock Hospital.

Beloved Husband of Marie (Kerr), dear and truly loved Father of Krystina (David) Simpson, Sean (Michelle) Labadie and Tyler (Billie) Labadie. Chico will be missed by his brother Garry (Nancy) Labadie, nieces Angela Kerr, Jessica (Bryce) Cumming, nephews Alan (Tessa) Kerr, Bryan Labadie, his 7 grandchildren, great nephews, great niece, aunts, uncles, many cousins and dear friends. Chico is predeceased by his parents Joe and Kathleen “Kay” (Mazan) Labadie, Mother-in-Law Rosemary Kerr, and Brother-in-law Thomas Kerr.

Chico was born and raised in Chatham where he grew up very involved in sports. He was an amazing baseball player, well known for his many championships, awards and abilities on the field and at bat. He excelled in many racquet sports always teaming with or competing against his brother and he was also a master bowler (who could forget those lovely white master bowling shoes!!!). He worked for Bell Canada for many years, a job which he loved and took great pride in.

Chico was the #1 fan of his sons’ sports never missing a game or tournament and was a familiar face at the arena and the soccer pitch.
Chico was known for driving around Woodstock on his scooter acknowledging and talking to everyone, his daily ride for tea and a muffin or holding court in the garage with his pals Larry, Murray and Paul - thank you guys for always being there. Chico was loved and will be missed by so many for his sense of humour, love of life, many stories and adventures and just for being an all around great guy.

Woodstock Hospital CCU and Palliative Care units, Oxford EMS, Woodstock Police and Fire Departments  - thank you all for taking such great care of Chico.

A celebration for Chico will be held Saturday  April 2, 2022 at the Upper Thames Brewery, 9-225 Bysham Park Drive, Woodstock  beginning at 7:30 pm. 

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations made to the MS Society are appreciated. Final Arrangements have been entrusted to Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared here at wareingcremation.ca


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  • Marie, Sean, Michelle, Tyler and Billie;
    Sending our condolences to you all. You have lost a good one. We have many fond hockey memories of Chico when the boys played together and some fun party times too. He was always laughing and smiling and having a blast.
    Cherish all of your fun memories. Hugs to you all xo
    Don & Debby

    Debby Klemp
  • Sending my love and condolences Marie and family. So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Love Wendy.

    Wendy Scheerhoorn
  • Our thoughts are with you today, Marie and family. To Garry, Nancy, Jessica, Bryce, Jackson and Brian we are thinking of you and remember how you all spoke so highly of Dave. He was very blessed with a brother like you Garry. The support you showed to Dave as did your entire family was truly amazing. All the best today. Sorry we could not be there for your. Rest in Peace Dave, you will be truly missed.

    Glen and Mary Lou Wieringa
  • Marie: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Shelley Jauernig
  • Dear Marie, Tyler, Sean and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our hearts go out to all of you during this difficult time.

    Alba, Barry Koinoff and Family
  • My sincere condolences, Marie, to you and your family. You will really miss him, I’m sure. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Sincerely, Janet Davis

    Janet Davis
  • Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

    Mary & Henk Mouissie
  • I enjoyed working with Dave as he always had an uplifting spirit and enjoyed life

    Ron Faubert
  • Sincerest sympathy to you Marie and his family.

    Agnes Barnard
  • To Chico’s Families: I am very sorry to read of his passing. We played high school football and worked at the bell together for 2 years before I moved on.He was just a fun guy to be around. I knew that he and Larry were neighbors,so nice to have people like that to be there for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Randy Aitken : Chatham

    Randy Aitken
  • Scott and I were so sad to hear of David’s passing. We looked forward to seeing him at family reunions and we loved his humour and light hearted approach. Our sympathy is extended to his family. Donna and Scott Makey

    Donna Litwin Makey
  • Condolences Marie and to your family with the loss of a very special man. Strength and comfort to you in the days ahead.

    Frieda Dekker
  • So very sorry. Love to all.

  • Marie – I am very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy Lavelle
  • Marie and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family and everyone who knew David.

    Liz and Stan Sowinski
  • Ever wonder who gave him the nickname Chico, that was me, I was lucky enough to play ball with him and his brother who I used to call Guido. Dave was a great guy to play ball with, work with always smiling. RIP my friend you will be missed

    Strat Cannon
  • I was very saddened to read of Dave’s passing. My brother Paul and I worked with him in the 70’s at H. Salt Fish and Chips when we were all in high school. I haven’t seen him in decades but I remeber he was always funny and really ambitious. R.I.P Dave and look for Paul up there!

    Carol Williams
  • Marie & family,

    I’m sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Dave, I’ve heard only good things about him from my brother-in-law Larry.
    Praying for peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold forever in your hearts. Lifting you and your family in prayer during this difficult time and in the days to come.

    Heather Pinsonneault
  • Marie & Family
    Rick and I are so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and the family. Hopefully we will see you at the celebration.
    Please feel free to give me a call if you need anything.

    Deb Buchanan

    Deb Buchanan
  • Marie, you are in our thoughts and prayers…with our deepest condolences…from your family at Unifor Local 636

    Unifor Local 636
  • It was a pleasure to have met you here in Oz. Our condolences to the family thinking of you xxx

    Julieanne, Carl & Aidan
  • To Marie, Kystina, Sean and Tyler:

    Al and Cheryl Tupper want to express our sincere sympathy to you and your extended family on the passing of your husband and father, David “Chico” Labadie. “Chico” and Marie have been neighbours our ours in Woodstock for 35+ years. I have fond memories of talking about minor hockey at the arena in between his boys’ games and my boys’ games. Upon retirement, I would routinely see “Chico” going out for his tea and muffin and he would always have a comment on hockey or baseball or life in general and I always enjoyed our conversations as he would add his great sense of humour to the discussion. Dave will be missed and remembered as a good neighbour and friend.

    Al and Cheryl Tupper
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Every time we met with Dave, he always had a big smile and a fun loving laugh. He will be missed.

    May God bless you all. 🙏

    Jim and Linda King
  • Thinking of you all – deepest sympathy. Dave will also be part of our memories.

    Marian & Harold
  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband!

    Sally Ferneyhough
  • Marie, Sean & Michelle, Tyler & Billie, Krystina & David: We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was always such an upbeat person. We will certainly miss our phone conversations with him. This is a terrible loss for all of us.

    Don & Maureen De Baene
  • Marie & family
    We are so sorry to hear of Daves passing! Always a great guy wonderful sense of humour!
    Blessings to all

    Jo-Ann Derbowka
  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. As time moves forward, tears will dry up, but memories will become more vivid and treasured.

    Elaine Campbell
  • I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Chico.

    Trish (McGuinness) Waters
  • Marie and Family
    Or heartfelt condolences to all of you on the passing of Chico. He was a bright light in any room he entered and a friend to everyone! We’ll remember Him always and his crazy antics. You can’t help but smile when you think of him.

    Rob and Pat Van De Cappelle
  • Marie and Family
    Or heartfelt condolences to all of you on the passing of Chico. He was a bright light in any room he entered and a friend to everyone! We’ll remember Him always and his crazy antics. You can’t help but smile when you think of him.

    Rob and Pat Van De Cappelle
  • Sending heartfelt sympathy to you and your entire family

    Nikki Peterson
  • Condolences to Marie, Sean, Tyler,and Krystina, and all who loved Dave. Always fun. Always smiling, despite the challenges of MS. Just a sweet person. He will be missed by all who knew him. Dan and Patricia

    Dan and Patricia Frank

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