Deneau, Christopher Lee

“I’m gonna write my own song
When the ending ain’t so sad
Write my own song, when a
Smile was all I had.”

Christopher Lee Deneau died at the age of 49 on November 11, 2021. Chris was many things: lifelong partner and closest companion to Heidi for over 30 years, father to Caleb and Kennedy, friend to so many, uncle, son, brother. A born athlete with innate musical talent and a beautiful voice he was equally at home on a skateboard, playing the guitar, riding the Yamadoodle as though it was a part of him, or writing a song.  He worked hard and with integrity and it showed.  His stone work was beautiful and built to last, and he lived by his motto, “Deneaus never lie”.

Life was not always easy for Chris. His parents died when he was a child, and he had to make his own way.  Perhaps this is where his compassion came from, his ability to see those who were left unseen, and to make the people he encountered feel special.  When Chris loved you, he loved you.  His stories could make you laugh until your belly hurt, and he never forgot how to play.

The end for Chris came far too soon. Life got harder and he lost his way for awhile.  But even then, as death came nearer he turned to song and wrote those words above, “I’m gonna write my own song, when the ending ain’t so sad, write my own song, when a smile was all I had”.  Chris and his most beautiful smile will be deeply missed.

There is a memorial celebration for Chris on Sunday November 21st, at The Mill in Thornbury from 1-4 p.m.  Because of COVID, we are asking that people to sign-up for 30 minute intervals, and a mask and a vaccine passport will be required for entry.  The link to sign up for a time slot is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548aca729a6fd0-celebration

As your expression of sympathy, we are suggesting that anyone who wishes to make a donation in Chris’s memory could donate to the Meaford Hospital Foundation through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Memorial Celebration for Chris on Sunday November 21st, at The Mill in Thornbury from 1 until 4 p.m. (link above to sign up)

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation
Make a donation in memory of Christopher Lee Deneau


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Gwen Hutchinson
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    My deepest sympathy Heidi to you and your family. Our boys were friends right from Cub Scouts on, and “sad” does not even come close to expressing how I feel right now. Just know that my thoughts are with you and yours.
    Sincerely,
    Gwen.

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    1. Marlene and Gord MacInnis
      Wednesday, November 17, 2021

      I will always love you! I love what Heidi wrote about you. Who knew you better. To Heidi, Caleb and Kennedy you are deeply embedded in my heart. I/we are here for you! I am blessed to have known Chris. We had fun! A star in my eyes with a couple of little devil horns. Lol

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  2. Marjorie Wilson
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Dear Heidi, we are so sorry to hear of your loss..our thoughts are with you and your family at this time..Marjorie and Nick..

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  3. Eleanor Gardner
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    We are so sorry Heidi to hear of Chris’s passing. Many nights crossing paths at the arena. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Paul and Alana Warwick
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Heidi.
    I know how much Chris meant to you.
    Alana and I are thinking of you and your family.
    Alana and Paul

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  5. Wanda Pyatt
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Dear Heidi, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you & your family.I will miss seeing the big smile and always warm hello. Hugs to you xx

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  6. Linda Kerst
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    We were so very sorry to hear about Chris. Gilly and I had many happy times over the years with Chris, painting, singing, being around Alan Small and Chris the laughs were contagious. Our deepest condolences to you, Heidi and your family. Steve Gilchrist and Linda.

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  7. Deb Chapman
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Heidi ~
    Our hearts are very sad for you and your family.
    I remember you and Chris from teenagers. The two of you so adorable.
    Then two adorable, beautiful babies.
    May you be surrounded by love of your family and friends.
    Our sincere sympathy and thoughts are with you daily.
    Deb and Jim

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  8. Liz Sewell
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Heidi
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  9. CR
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Nothing to add here, he was my friend and I will miss him, all luv CR

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  10. Tony Vansickler
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Chris was a great friend and I’m so glad I had the pleasure to have known him,Heidi,cal,Kennedy many great times growing up since the old Clarksburg days going for bike rides/doing wheelies,always being able to talk to Chris about anything especially for advice and the hot sauce my goodness the man could make hot sauce was delicious going to miss you man but definitely won’t be forgotten fly high dude!!! Till we meet again

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  11. Pyatt Sandra
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Heidi, Caleb & Kennedy
    Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved partner and dad. Cherish and hold tight to the wonderful memories you have. They will help bring some comfort.

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  12. Melissa Chalmers
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. Scott and I have great memories of Chris over the years. Thinking of all of you at this time.
    The Chalmers

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  13. Linda Teed
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Dear Heidi, Caleb and Kennedy, friends
    Words cannot express, unless in a song. Hold on to the memories as they will help the void you feel. His smile will always be there.

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  14. Dawn Renee
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Heidi
    I am so sorry to hear of Chris passing. Far to young but so loved. I remember how great you were together. That and his gentle personality. My heart is with You, Caleb and Kennedy.
    DR

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  15. Mike and Diana Doyle
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Dear Heidi and family Diana and I send our deepest sympathy, hearing of Chris passing touched us deeply. He was a talented young man and quite a character. I will miss the times when we would meet up and catch up . As many have said his smile was infectious.

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  16. Sandra Findlay
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Dear Heidi: So sorry for your loss. I never got to meet Chris but I sure did hear a lot about him. What a great man he was and how he could sing those tunes along with you . You two sang beautiful together and if he was anything like you I can only imagine what a wonderful person he was. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you and your family. God bless! Hugs

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  17. Katherine Turmaine
    Friday, November 19, 2021

    Heidi Caleb and Kennedy,
    We are so sorry for you loss thinking of you all during this very difficult time

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  18. Greg Holden
    Friday, November 19, 2021

    It’s been a long time but I remember Chris as a natural athlete that brought humour to our Friday night hockey scrimmage in Thornbury on occasion.

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  19. Robin Hamilton
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Chris AKA Danny as most knew him was my brother. I loved him and will miss him. Chris and Heidi had the kind of love people dream of. I will keep you both close always. The memories will live on when the boys get together for years to come . Danny will always be a legend

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  20. Anneli Russwurm
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Heidi and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending warmest hugs and support to all of you.

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  21. Susan Greenham
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Heidi, I am truly sorry for your loss, my very best to you and your family. We met last December when I was in the Meaford Hospital, your kindness and caring was amazing. Now is the time for others to be kind and caring to you,,.. Accept all….Take care….

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  22. Bob Reid
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Heidi, Sorry to hear about Chris.You were so helpful and caring in April to Marg and myself. Only those who have lost a spouse truly know how you feel. God Bless and take care.

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  23. Trish Hollmes
    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Heidi, we did not know of Chris’ passing until today. We are so shocked and saddened to hear of this. Chris had a phenomenal sense of humour and a heart of gold. He was always so fun to be around and to spend time with. Our thoughts are with you and the kids. Hugs from Wally, Trish and Eric to all of you!

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