Verne Marvyn Preston

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Verne Marvyn Preston ~ July 20th 1953 – September 8th 2021 ~ Verne was born in Havelock Ontario, the youngest child of Marvyn (d) and Evelyn (d).  He was married to Cheryl (McBeth) in 1974. Dad to Shannon (Jason Lawrence) and Todd (Stephanie Wallis) and proud beyond belief Grandpa of Cooper Preston.   Verne was predeceased by sister Joan Donaldson (Ralph) and brother Cliff (Janet d.).  Survived by brother Albert (Lynn) and remembered with smiles by in-laws David McBeth (Rae) and Bonnie Forgrave (Dan) plus many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.  Verne lived his entire life in Asphodel-Norwood.  He met Cheryl on a blind date in Toronto but quickly convinced her to move to Peterborough and then to a vacant family property where they renovated their wee house and have lived for 46 years.  They farmed their land and had a small cow/calf operation for a number of years while Verne worked as an Industrial Electrician with IBEW local 894 Oshawa.  He retired in 2007.  As a husband, father & grandfather, Verne inspired by example, passing on his love of life & the great outdoors.  He and Cheryl loved to camp and took every opportunity to grab the gear and go.  A perfect day in Verne’s eyes was a roaring bonfire & cold brew shared with family and friends. Add some tunes & laughter and the day just got better.  Those who knew Verne will remember his quirky sense of humour & often goofy stories. He had a certain way with words that generally made one laugh.  He was one of the good guys … a loving, kind human being, always with a ready smile and much loved by those who knew him. 

Service Information

Cremation has taken place. No service. If desired, please make a donation to the Hastings Revitalization Association (Cheryl and Shannon’s main volunteer org.) or a local charity dear to your heart. HRA donations can be sent, by etransfer, to Thank you to all who made Verne’s last months at home tolerable with your cards, calls & visits. They were much appreciated by Verne and his family. Thank you to Dr. Holowaty for her compassionate care and counsel. Arrangements entrusted to Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook Ontario.


What a very nice write-up. He will be missed by many, including me.


Fabulous obituary well thought-out reflecting Vernes personality and values. Git er done .. give er...all expressions that come to mind. He is missed with a smile by many including me. Best brother in law ever. He definetly was one of the good guys. One who appreciated my zest for life..I'm putting a streak of pink in my hair tonight just for you Verne. I see your smile and that you are resting now! Say good night Jack!

Bonnie Forgrave

He will be missed daily, always held close to the hearts he touched. ♥️

Stephanie Preston

Beautiful write up! “Hey Chris”- one of the few to call me that! Will miss him dearly! Life is way too short! ❤️❤️


My thoughts and love are with you.Mary sends her condolences also.

Brenda Hughes

Cheryl, Shannon and Todd, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

Marg and Bill Scott

Cheryl, Shannon and Todd, My condolences to your family. Cathy

Cathy Mathers

What a lovely tribute to such a warm and wonderful man. Always a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. We will miss him. Hugs to you guys. Xoxo

Kim, Ken, Sam and Ethan

Our hearts are saddened with Verne's passing. We loved his infectious smile and warm hugs!. We will miss his stories and laughs. We are squeezing you all so tight with love. He was truly one of the nicest guys ever. Xoxoxo

Debbie, Bryan, Adam & Mackenzie

Love the write up and the photo—truly Verne—big smile! He will be sorely missed. Loved his sense of humour and how easy he was to talk to. Family was so important to him. He will always be in your hearts. Thinking of all of you.

Jo Levasseur

Cheryl, Shannon, Cooper, Todd: I know you will forever miss Verne, just like you know how much your love and care was such a comfort to him. He is in God's care now and at peace free from suffering. God Bless you all. Doreen, AB.


Sorry to hear the world has lost such a wonderful loving uncle he was always kind and an amazing person

Kate Preston

Verne will be missed by all his family and friends. He always had a smile for you and had a happy outlook.

Douglas , Darren, Carolyn

Dear Uncle Vern I wish I had, had the chance to visit before your passing. You always made me smile when I’d see you in town in reaction to your big smile and friendly greetings always interested in what as new and how my pregnancy was coming along. You would have loved to meet our deal little Preston and I know she would have made you laugh! Hope your enjoying a cold brew fire side up there In the sky with Uncle Cliff, Aunt Janet and Grandma and Grandpa. Love and hugs to Aunt Cheryl, Shannon and Todd my heart aches for you all and the hole this has created

Christina Preston

Let's all try to be a little bit more like Verne. Kind , fun and full of love. We are proud to be his friends . Rest easy xoxoxo

Lori and Frigo Zapletal

So sorry for your loss! Will always remember the surprise of seeing Vern and Cheryl at the Havelock Jamboree. Who knew mom’s cousins could party like the youngins! Our prayers are with you all! Sharlene, Marilynn and families.

Marilynn (Quinn) Dee

I am so sorry for your loss! Hugs Shannon & Cheryl....thinking of you & yours! Cherish the memories & keep them close to your hearts!❤️

Lois & Bruce Ingram

My deepest condolences to you Cheryl and family

Sandra Nugara

My Deepest Condolences to the Preston Family .A truely nice Man.He will be missed.

Steve Preston

My sincere condolences Cheryl to you & all your family. May time help heal your pain. Remember with love all the good times spent together. xo

Carol McLuhan (Parker)

Cheryl, Shannon and Todd, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

Mike and Patty

What a lovely obituary that sums Verne up perfectly. Myself and Al send our deepest regrets and our condolences to Cheryl, Shannon, Todd and Cooper. Verne will be missed.

Dianna McBeth

Verne was a proud family man and our life long friend. Miss you already. Our condolences. Ray & Carolyn Ireland

Ray Ireland

My condolences to you and your family at this sad time. May the wonderful memories of good times together give you comfort now and in the days to come. Line dancer, Anne Parker


Sincerest condolences to all of you. As well as, love, hugs and prayers.


Cheryl and family, so sorry to hear about Verne. We are sure he is at peace now. Please keep in touch! Love and hugs.

Ron and Emily Macklin

We are so sorry Cheryl. Such a sad day for you and your family. Thinking of you!!


We are so sad to hear of Vern’s passing. Vern always had a big smile, a kind word . He was fun and put on a positive front even when he was in pain!!! Keep The wonderful memories close and laugh and keep them close to your ♥️ Heart!!! Vern was one of the good guys Joan & Cliff will be happy to see him!! Hugs to Cheryl, Shannon, & Todd

Ken & Anne Heffernan

Cheryl .. Sorry to read of Vern’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. Stay strong. Gail Richards

Gail Richards

Verne and i worked together in our younger years. Our jokes and pranks we played on one another are still told around the campfire.I will always remember Vernes laugh. Paul and Mary

Paul Winkworth

What a fine tribute to Verne. Shows a life well lived. Sincere condolences to Cheryl and Family. May your good memories comfort you at this sad time. Hugs.

Jocelyn Carrick O'Leary