Roy Franklin Bezanson1
|Father*||Edgar Elias Bezanson1 b. 23 Mar 1908, d. 18 Feb 2006|
|Mother*||Wilhelmina Annie Thelma Hiltz1 b. 21 Apr 1913, d. 24 Jan 1998|
|Fern Dell b. c 1934, d. 4 Sep 2022|
|Relationship||4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson|
Born in Aaldersville, Nova Scotia. Son of the late Edgar and Wilhelmina (Hiltz) Bezanson. Roy moved to Ontario in 1954. Employed by Mandley Drilling Co. Dunnville, Ontario. He was a Gas and Oil Driller for 10 years. In 1966 employed by Ontario, Hydro, Courtright Generating Station. Retired as a Hoisting Engineer in 1993. Roy was an avid gardener for many years and received many compliments on his spacious garden. During the winter Roy enjoyed wood-carving. Family and friends were received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the Lambton Baptis Church, 3886 St Clair Parkway, Port Lambton at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Robert Taylor officiated. Interment in Duthill Cemetery.2
|Last Edited||23 Apr 2014|
|Roy Franklin Bezanson b. 4 Sep 1932, d. 20 Dec 2010|
Fern attended Duthill S.S. No. 9 school and Wallaceburg District Secondary School. In 1952, Fern was employed with Bell Canada as a switch board operator and later promoted to a supervisor position. In 1969, she drove a school bus for ten years with the Lambton County Board of Education. Loving mother to Eric (Stacey) Bezanson of Wallaceburg and Allan (Debbie) Bezanson of Petrolia. Loved and cherished grandmother of David (Sam and Niah), Connor (Jessica), Jared (Marissa), Kaitlyn (Riley) and Jenna (Alex). Predeceased by her sisters Marion Thibert (2004) and Margaret Marlatt (2020).
Fern was a talented musician who taught herself to play by ear. She was known for playing the piano and accordion at the same time. She organized the band “The Joy Makers”, volunteering her musical talent for many years, entertaining at nursing homes, residences, churches and numerous events. Fern never passed a piano without stopping to play. When her talent on the piano went viral, she provided joy to thousands, if not millions, of people. Fern was a faithful woman who loved the Lord, her family, her church and community. She will be deeply missed by her Sandra Crescent friends and all who knew and loved her.
Friends and family will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held at Church on the River, 3886 St. Clair Parkway, Port Lambton on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 10:30am. Interment to follow at Duthill Cemetery.2
Fern Dell enjoyed some Internet fame when she was recorded playing an old piano at Value Village in Chatham, Ontario, on 6 November 2018. Michelle Mainwaring posted the video on YouTube and other social media platforms and many people viewed it.
By Cheryl Johnstone
A Chatham-Kent resident is taking the Internet by storm, and she doesn’t even own a computer.
A video of 84-year-old Fern Bezanson playing a piano at Value Village in Chatham on Wednesday, November 7th went viral over the weekend.
“Sometimes I do things like that, I just sit down and try them out, play a couple tunes,” said Bezanson. “I just want to bring joy into people’s lives.”
Michelle Mainwaring shot the video and said she was just happy she caught the moment.
“I captured joy, and I was filming with joy, and the people who were watching were filled with joy,” said Mainwaring. “There was so much joy, that it was just emanating from her fingertips right through my camera on my phone.”
Mainwaring says the video and the moment really connected with people.
“So many messages of how it put a smile on somebody’s face, tears in their eyes, an inspiration, something to aspire to,” said Mainwaring. “It’s just created a ripple of great energy.”
As of 12 p.m. Monday, the video had been viewed over 80,000 times on Facebook, over 78,000 times on Twitter, and over 10,000 times on LinkedIn.3
|Last Edited||7 Sep 2022|
- [S356] Bryan Keddy, "Keddy's of Nova Scotia."
- [S680] Fern Bezanson Death Notice, Steadman Brothers Funeral Chapel (Brigden, Ontario), accessed 5 September 2022.
- [S19] News article "Thrift store piano player goes viral", Blackburn News (Chatham-Kent, Ontario), 12 November 2018, online https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2018/11/12/…
Jason Marshall Roast1
|Mother*||Elsie Onabelle Bezanson1|
|Relationship||5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson|
|Last Edited||6 Sep 2001|