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Earle Chatten

Earle William Chatten

Tuesday, February 22nd, 1921 - Saturday, November 9th, 2019
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CHATTEN, William Earle – on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 in his 99th year, peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, as he wanted it. He was recognized as an inventive and talented fruit grower and craftsman, known for his creativity and hard work. Born in Brighton Township and raised on a farm at Carmen, on the 3rd Concession, as one of thirteen children, Earle was always an entrepreneur. For many years he and Liz owned and operated Pine Springs Farm Roadside Market, which they grew into a well-known local enterprise. Every fall people from miles around would come to admire Earle's weekly display of pumpkin and squash people while munching on the freshly made apple cider donuts. He thoroughly enjoyed exchanging new production ideas with his colleagues in the Northumberland and Durham Apple Growers' Association. A Pine Springs Farm booth was a fixture at the Applefest celebrations, from its inception for many years. In retirement Earle and Liz operated a small pick-your-own apples operation they called Apple Meadow. He was also active in his community. In the 1960s Earle was elected to Brighton Council then went on to serve on the local Planning Board. For many years he was on the Board of Stewards of Trinity St. Andrew's United Church, Brighton. Earle was an avid member of the Brighton Curling Club for much of his life and in his eighties joined the local Croquet League. He was a fierce bid euchre competitor that aimed to get a moonshot every time he played. As a craftsman, he loved woodworking and made many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and friends. He made a point of planting trees every year; apple, cedar, pine, whatever would beautify the landscape and replenish the supply of wood that someday someone else could use to build their homes. Every time you plant a tree, think of Earle, and plant trees often. In the winters he and Liz loved to travel to many places in Canada and across the Globe for holidays, but always brought back new ideas to improve their farming business. Earl will be remembered for his curiosity and sense of humour. It was a long and fruitful life, well-lived. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Thayer Raney, children Paul Chatten (Laurie), Sandra Hay, Jeff Chatten (Kathy); grandchildren Emily Chatten, Melanie Chatten, Laurence Hay, Fraser Hay, Lindsay Chatten (Derrick), and Jessica Chatten; and great-grandchild Jace Abbott; also two brothers Don and Neil Chatten and one sister, Marie Harnden. A Memorial Service will be held at the Trinity St. Andrew's United Church, Brighton on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements entrusted to the BRIGHTON FUNERAL HOME, 130 Main Street West, Brighton (613-475-2121). If desired, Memorial Donations to the Trinity St. Andrew's United Church would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences at www.rushnellfamilyservices.com
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Trinity St. Andrew's United Church
    56 Prince Edward Street
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Trinity St. Andrews United Church
    Address Not Available
    Brighton, ON
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    Reverend Wanda Stride
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    Trinity St. Andrew's United Church Hall
    56 Prince Edward Street
    Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0
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Donald Davis

Posted at 03:39pm
Saddened to learn of Earle's passing, after a good, long life. Highly regarded in the Northumberland farming community, and also as a very decent and honorable gentleman.

Monique & Neil Ibey

Posted at 01:23pm
Our sympathy to Paul, Laurie, Emily and Melanie on the loss of your father and grandfather. Thinking of you at this time.
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Posted at 04:19pm
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Susan Pratt

Posted at 12:48pm
Hi Liz, I am so saddened to hear of Earle's passing. I really enjoyed seeing the two of you when you came to the office (Hear Right). Although I am no longer there, Earle and yourself are still people I think of often. He always made me smile with his witty sense of humor.
Susan Pratt xoxo

Peter and Fay McCann

Posted at 12:07pm
Dear Liz, Paul, Sandra and Jeffrey, We will miss him.

On November 9th Earle Chatten moved on to the big apple orchard in the sky, where the fruit is always big, the colour deep red and insect pests are banned by special edict.

He has left his mark on Brighton, after a long life well- lived, from Third Line to Main Street. Best described as a rural renaissance man Earle turned his hand to many things - master carpenter lovingly creating maple furniture from trees cut, sawn and planed on his own land, successful crop grower, roadside farm stand operator, agricultural mechanic - in his hey day he could drop and change the clutch in a Massey 235 before lunch! Elected to Brighton Council in the 1960's he was instrumental in the first redevelopment of downtown, Earle was also an early volunteer in the construction of the Barn Theatre.
But most of all he was a man who loved the trees. He cleared the land for the home he built, and for his future orchard, saving the best lumber for future construction use.
He propagated his own apple trees from the newest and best cultivars, always trying to improve the strain. Earle worked with the Ag Canada research farm in Brighton, growing out new varieties, testing their suitability for the table as well as their agronomic performance. There was a tear in his eye as he cut down the hundreds of apple trees that he had tended over many years, when apple farming became a losing proposition. There was great competition from local woodworkers to collect the applewood for their own use, ensuring Earle's trees live on in peoples homes. Well into his nineties, he was seen planting Douglas fir saplings along Simpson Street, to replace the ones that did not enjoy the same longevity as the man himself and for the enjoyment of future generations.
A true Brightonian through and through, born to the land, the land his final resting place. He served his family and his community well, right to the end.
Farewell Earle, good neighbour and friend

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