Peacefully on June 2, 2013 with loving family and friends by his side at the age of 69. Cherished husband of Carolyn Gray. Loving father of Sarah Gill. Beloved son of Wilfred (1998) and Theresa (nee Hogan- 1982). Dear brother of Richard (Ann), Cecile (1971), Sister Jane Ducharme, Patrick (Janice) and Anne. Loving brother-in-law of Barbara Gray (Larry), Cathy Harris (Carl) and William Gray (Nancy). Adored uncle of many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. To his dear friends, Harvey & Cathy Strosberg, Michael Foran, Brenda Rasmussen and Rene Cartolano, thank you for your love and support.
Edward Ducharme was awarded, from the University of Michigan, a PhD in English. He lectured as an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Windsor.
In the spring of 1987, Edward was called to the bar. On July 1, 1990, he took up the full time practice of law. His main areas of practice were employment law, labour relations and class actions.
In May 1999, he was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He immediately became the Chair of Legal Education.
In May 2002, Edward was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) located in Chatham. In November 2009, Justice Ducharme was appointed Regional Senior Judge for the Southwest Region. He became a member of the R.S.J. Council. He also served on the Education Committee for the Superior Court Judges. On April 5, 2012, Justice Ducharme was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
In 2013 Justice Ducharme was scheduled to receive honorary doctorates from both the Law Society of Upper Canada and Assumption University.
A special thank you to Dr. Antonio Finelli, Dr. Anthony Joshua, the nurses and support staff of Princess Margaret Hospital of Toronto. In kindness, donations to the Prostate Centre of PMH would be appreciated.
Visiting Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor (519 969 5841).
On Thursday, family and friends are invited to Our Lady of Guadalupe (834 Raymo Rd.) after 10 a.m. with family eulogies at 10:45 followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca "Together Forever."