Saying Goodbye To The Longest Serving Police Chief In Ontario, Retired Shelburne Police Chief, Carman Lemcke

Shelburne Police Services, Family And Friends marked a sad occasion bidding last farewells to Carman Lemcke, retired former Shelburne Police Chief from 1957-1993 who passed away March 13, 2018, funeral taking place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at a beautiful and widely attended remembrance ceremony held at the Shelburne Royal Canadian Legion 220 Branch. While somber, the funeral services remembering this icon, this larger than life character, local hero, mentor, husband, father, uncle brother, grandfather, great grandfather and dear friend to so many, was most notably filled with fond memory, a lot of laughter, and sincere expression of profound loss. Carman Lemcke is a person who will be dearly and daily missed and his memory will stay alive in those he loved well and those who loved him well. As with most local legends, there are so many people who knew Lemcke, have experienced his sense of justice, enjoyed his sense of humor, his keen eye for detail and family verified devotion to punctuality. Many young officers who revered Lemcke, have continued to follow his most excellent example in the proud profession of law enforcement, largely establishing, “how to get things done”. By all accounts, a peaceful man, Lemcke is reputed to have the ability to get things done WITHOUT CARRYING A GUN! Simply nicknamed, “THE LAW”, and like most larger than life characters, Lemcke made his mark touching the hearts and minds of everyone he encountered. According to family, Lemcke’s few simple rules of life can keep one on the straight and narrow consists of remembering , one must always where black socks with their uniform, be punctual, eat soup and sandwiches on time daily, and be true of heart.

Standing Shoulder to Shoulder The Shelburne Police Services, Shelburne Emergency Services, Shelburne & District Fire Department, paid respect and bid farewell to beloved Retired Shelburne Police Chief, Carman Lemcke.


Carman Lemcke passed away at the age of 85 and is survived by his loving and beloved wife, Rose, sons, Bruce (Brenda), Bill (Jennifer), grandchildren Bryan (Jasmine), Lindsay (Jon), Shawn (Jessie), Greg ( Amber), Sherri (Joey) step-grandfather to Vanessa(Ryan), great grandfather of Sullivan, Aubree, Everly, Maeve, Raelyn, Haylee, and step-great grandfather to Landon, Dear brother of Albert (the late Wilma), Isabell (the late Harold), Karl (Elaine), Morgan (Signa), Hazel (Jim), Roy (Donna), brother-in -law of Marg, predeceased by his brothers Ivan (Florence), Allan (Jean) and brother-in-law, Carl.

Funeral Service Set up Volunteers, The 164 Squadron Air Cadets, The Masons, and the Shelburne & District Fire Department were greatly appreciated by The Lemcke Family. Click here for exclusive video which was recorded and asked to be shared upon the request of family.

“On a personal note, having met Carman Lemcke just a few times during work related occasions, it was easy to understand one was in the presence of the extraordinary, a trustworthy individual and a truly good person. My sincerest condolences to family and friends who had the honour of knowing this fine individual,” Alex Sher, the Shelburne Freelancer.

Video and photographs by Alex Sher


“It is with a very sad heart we bid farewell to this wonderful, feisty, larger than life, little Irish woman. Lily Norris, the world has been a better place because you were in it. You will be thought of and dearly missed,” Alex Sher.

Funny note: Ever since I met Lily at the Legion Veteran meetings on Wednesdays, she was very kind to me and each time we met after that she told me she always read my articles and looked for my name at the bottom of every paragraph. I was touched. She then said, “Can you tell me your name again? I can never believe you’re not a man, because well, after all, with a name like Alex, what was I to think?You know what I mean?” Lily would always laugh, tap my hand and  then follow up with, “Course, I’ll read yah, anyway.” I won’t forget her, and it was an absolute pleasure knowing her even in my small capacity. Lily was present during one of my many video interviews at the Shelburne Royal Canadian Legion 220 Branch. Click here and meet Lily and some of our beloved Veterans.  

The above graphic and information courtesy of Jack And Thompson Funeral Homes.


Fare Thee Well, Jack!

” We are saddened by the loss of another great person.  Veteran Jack Mason Passed away on Sunday October 22.  There will be visitation from 2 p.m -3 p.m on Sunday October 29th with the Service beginning at 3 p.m in the Warriors Hall of The Shelburne Legion.  “Jack Sprat” will be missed by all,” commented Shelburne Royal Canadian Legion President, Lesa Peat. Photo below.

You, Will Be So Dearly Missed!

May 4, 1924 -October 22, 2017

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Chris Luxemberger, May He Rest In Peace.





Doris Harriett Ferris (Little)
1922 – 2017