Joseph Atkinson

Obituary of Joseph Atkinson

Atkinson: Larry

A resident of Blenheim, Joseph "Larry" Atkinson  passed away peacefully at home at the age of 71 on August 27, 2023. 

Born in Chatham, Joseph was the son of Joe and Eleanor Atkinson. 

Beloved husband of  51 years to Judy Atkinson (née Nead).

Loving father to his Two Daughters, Nicole Atkinson, Amy & Derek Postma; Forever Papa to Two wonderful Granddaughters, Alexandra Postma, and Jordyn Postma; Remembered by many nieces and nephews. 

Brother to Tim and Lori Atkinson, and Amber and Paul Hoy; predeceased by Ron and Philomena Atkinson. Brother in Law to Connie Dillon and her late husband Bill, Dale and Sheila Nead and Larry Quick and his late wife Audrey.  Predeceased by Allan Nead and Linda Beckstead. 

Ridge Raceway, Raleigh (Buxton) Raceway were staples in Larry's life, an avid race car driver and race fan enthusiast. "Number 16", Larry was a living icon at the Raleigh Track; he loved to watch the cars race around the big circle, getting his knuckles scraped and his hands black with grease rebuilding cars and figuring out solutions to problems. Larry was a Handyman's Handyman, he was an electrician, a plumber, a builder, a true master of all trades. Second to none, time spent with his family meant the most to Larry,he will be held forever in their hearts so that his memory may live on.

"So he choose a life as a motor mechanic
And worked his way up with other fanatics
Until the day when he could take his place
On the track's starting grid for the race

He drove his car hard without compromise
As the crowd rubber necked on the straight as they fly
The adrenaline pumped on through his veins
And he knew this was his place and would remain"

As per Larry's wishes Cremation has taken place.

Donations made in memory of Larry to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. 

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home
141 Park Street, Blenheim

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