KIYOOKA: Ann Margaret of Valemount Formerly of Hinton

Posted by on October 3, 2015

It is with great sadness that we share that our beautiful ANN KIYOOKA died on Monday, September 28, 2015 in a car accident. Our hearts ache that she is gone, but we know that she is home, she is happy, and for this we are grateful.
Ann was born November 23, 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland to Laura Britten-Austen and Ernest Henry Macmillen. Ann had four brothers: Neil, Alasdair, Malcolm and Peter. After training as a nurse in Edinburgh, Ann set off on a lifetime’s adventure, leaving home and coming to Canada. She first worked as a nurse in Montreal. Then she headed west: on the train, she met Frank Kiyooka. Four days together on the train crossing Canada, and the rest is history! Ann and Frank married under the blue Alberta sky in Hinton, Alberta on July 1, 1963. Ann and Frank had four children: Sachiko, Gen, Hanae and Sumio. In 1981, they moved to a rural property west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C.
ANN GRACED US ALL with her love, her sensibility, her thoughtfulness, her artistry and her faithfulness. Ann had a poet’s soul: she felt things deeply and appreciated and created beauty around her. She cared very much about how she lived and she showed this in so many ways. She had so many gifts. We all feel bereft that she is no longer here.
Ann leaves Frank, her husband of 52 years, her four children, her granddaughters Elena, Emi, Siri and Marin, her grandson Elijah, her four brothers and their families, Frank’s family and so many beloved friends.
A mass of Christian burial for Ann will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., followed by a gathering to celebrate Ann’s life. You are welcome to send condolences to Ann’s daughter, Sachiko at:
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation Ann’s name to one of the Catholic humanitarian agencies below which were meaningful to Ann.
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace:

Chalice: A Catholic Sponsorship Program

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MOONEY: Franklin George of West Lorne

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Franklin “Frank” George Mooney of West Lorne passed away at the age of 75. Loving husband of Veronica Rose (nee Andrei). Beloved father of Mark and step father of Ed Rose and Loretta Tremtsidis. Dear brother of Paul (Diane) Mooney, Catherine Williams, Flora (Cecil) Chandler, Joy (Terry) Handsor and Sandra Mooney. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents George and Marjorie Mooney, sister Donna Jean Mooney, brothers Mark, Tom and Horace Mooney. Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE 519-785-0810 on Monday, October 5th from 12:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Reverend David Tatsu officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to West Elgin Daffodil Society. Online condolences accepted at

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Gray; Eileen Mary formerly of Markdale in her 95 year at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Posted by on October 2, 2015

IMG_0002 It is with great sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of our dear mother, Eileen. She was the only daughter of Florence(nee Martin) and Wilfrid Frise(dec), and sister to Bill Frise(dec), all of Calgary, Alberta. Happily married to Dr. W. Goldie Gray for 33 years who predeceased her in 1984. Eileen was also grateful for the loving companionship she had with Bob Steel(dec) for 17 years. Adored by her five children; Christie(Robert Cunningham) of Melbourne, Australia, Jim(Lisa Kidd) of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Barbara(Brendan Mulroy) of Owen Sound, Bill(Irma Valiente-Roman) of Owen Sound, Barry(Veronique Soustre) of Nissen Lez Enserune, France. She was dearly loved by her 17 grandchildren. Treasured and sadly missed by her extended step-family; Dr. Alexander and Cheryl Gray, and families; Marguerite Gray(dec) all of Sarnia, Ontario.

Eileen was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In her twenties she left her beloved Rocky Mountains and moved east to Sarnia, Ontario where she met and married Goldie Gray. They moved to Markdale in 1951 when Dr. Goldie was recruited as a general surgeon for Centre Grey Hospital.

Mom was devoted to family and friends, and a second mother to many. Holiday dinners were very special and there was always room at her table for one more. She loved music. Hiking and cycling in her youth, was replaced with curling in Markdale. Eileen’s extensive involvement with community and church gave her tremendous satisfaction.



She exemplified compassion, inner strength and above all, love and grace in all that she did. She was the anchor of the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Place Retirement community for their care and consideration, as they added joy to Mom’s life in her final years. We would also like to thank Mom’s private caregivers, Maegan, Katie and the staff from A Caring Soul caregiver service for their compassionate and competent care over the past months and weeks. Our mother greatly appreciated everyone’s kindness and assistance.

At Mother’s request, there will be a private family service, with internment beside Dad in the Markdale Cemetery.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory, are asked to consider the Dr. Goldie and Mrs. Eileen Gray Memorial Scholarship Endowed Funds for students at Grey Highlands Secondary School, or if preferred, a donation to Christ Church Anglican in Markdale. Arrangements entrust to Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton.  Online donations and condolences at  888-924-2810.

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JOHNSON: John S. of Chesley

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Cover PictureJohn Sharman Johnson of Chesley, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in his 71st year.

Loving companion and friend to Joan Gibbons. John will be sadly missed by his sons Doug (Connie) of Sturgeon County, Rob (Brenda) of Marietta, Ohio and Dave (Jen) of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Mark, Alyssa, Tori, Amber, Aaron, David, Andrew, Cody, Sandy, Tara, Brad Dan, Philip and Laura as well as seven great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his Aunt Phyllis Derwin of Toronto. John was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marjorie (Sharman) Johnson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at Rhody Family Funeral Home in Chesley on Sunday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating John’s life will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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WARD: Elda Jean of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on September 30, 2015

Help meElda Jean Ward of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 28, 2015 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife and companion of Elmer. Loving mother of Vernon (Diane) of Airdrie, AB, Wayne of Santa Barbara, California, Murray of Clarksburg and Elaine (David) Brears of Englehart. She will live on in the hearts of her grandchildren Christina, Erin, Candace, Olivia, Emma, Ryan, Zackary, Calista, Jasmin, Nicole, Bradley, Travis, Tristan and great-grandsons, Lennon and Bohdi. Elda leaves behind her siblings, Leone, Richard, Merle, Elva, Tom, Rena and Gordon.

She was predeceased by her siblings Syd, Evelyn, Murray, Charlie, John, Alvin and Lorne as well as her parents, William and Olive (Kerr) Middleton.

A private celebration of Elda’s life will be held with inurnment to follow in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hanover & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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TRAHEY: Damien of London

Posted by on September 29, 2015

TRAHEY, Damien….

Passed away suddenly, at his residence, on September 21, 2015, in his 60th year.  Cherished friend to Elaine (Edmonds) Trahey of Alberta. Loving father of Daniel Godbout (Delmar) of Hamilton, Damien Trahey (Donessa) and Dionne Trahey both of Alberta. Proud grandfather of Brady and Dustin Elsliger of Hamilton and Ibiza Trahey of Alberta. Dear brother of Harold, Joseph, Jacky, Agnes, Bernice, Gloria, Sharon and Valerie. Predeceased by his parents James and Agatha Trahey, his siblings, Jim, Marg, Lisa, and his best friend and sister Linda. Visitation will be held at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street, South, London, on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 2pm – 3pm where the Memorial Service will be conducted at 3pm. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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LAIDLAW, Marie of Listowel

Posted by on September 26, 2015

Laidlaw, MarieMarie Laidlaw – of Listowel, passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Friday September 25, 2015 at the age of 55. Marie was a former leader and Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada. She enjoyed playing many kinds of scratch tickets.
Beloved wife of Rick Thompson. Loving mother of Anne Laidlaw and Shawn Lawson, Gail Laidlaw and Justin Masson, Jamie and Amanda Laidlaw. Blessed grandma of Emma, Lily, Oliver, Hunter, Carley, Hannah, Brennen, Kaylie, Parker, Shaymus. Missed by her step children Ryan, Shawn and Laura, and step grandchildren Pheonix, Zack and Brooklyn. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Wayne and Karen Rea, Jean and Marty Ambedian and Louise Rea. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and the Thompson and Laidlaw families.
Predeceased by her parents Oliver and Doreen (Hiusser) Rea, brothers Gerry in infancy and Ken, step daughter Shannon and step daughter-in-law Heidi.
Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Monday September 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Marie’s life will be held on Tuesday September 29 , 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to a charity of one’s choice appreciated by the family.

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KINGSLEY, Gail Rose (née Mei) of Noëlville, ON

Posted by on September 21, 2015

KINGLSEY, Gail RosePeacefully passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Sudbury at the age of 74 years. Daughter of the late Ricardo and Agnes (née McMenamin) Mei. Beloved wife of 56 years to Marcel Kingsley. Loving mother of Michael (Linda) of Edmonton, Caroline Dupuis (Richard), Gloria Thibault (Philippe), Cory all of Alban and Jennifer Lacasse (Ed) of Noëlville. Cherished Grams of Gregory (Marina), Steven (Daniella), Shawn (Katia), Chelsey (Keith), Samantha, Bradley (Steph), Brandon, Kurtis and Nathan. Great-Mama to Ethan and Hayley. Sadly missed by many siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In keeping with Gail’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St-David Church in Noëlville. Donations can be made to the Maison Vale Hospice by cheque or online.

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ADAMS; Joyce of Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation

Posted by on September 20, 2015


Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Saturday, September 19, 2015, JOYCE EVELYN (nee Ferns) Adams, age 79 of Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation. Predeceased by her beloved husband Telford Adams (1992) and son Daniel McKinlay and daughter Denise Brock. Will be greatly missed by her children; Deborah Balcombe, Diane St. Jean and her husband Roland, Darlene Woods and her husband Scott, David McKinlay and Dale Lepold and husband Walter. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 20 great – grandchildren. Loving sister to Judy Evans and Cathy Ritchie. Predeceased by her parents Percy and Catherine Ferns, sisters June Ethier, Joan Foley and brother Bob Ferns. Also will be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and her many friends. Joyce was a member of the Chippewas of Sarnia First Nation Reserve. A funeral service will be held at The Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time with the interment to follow in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Reserve Cemetery. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia.  Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through  Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia, ON.





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STANLEY: Jacob Lucas “Jake” – Of Lakefield

Posted by on September 17, 2015

Jake_Stanley_CroppedSTANLEY: Jacob Lucas
October 21 1994-September 12 2015

On September 12, 2015 we were forced to say goodbye to Jake a little over a month before his 21st birthday. It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we mourn the unexpected passing of our son, brother and friend to many. Jake could always be counted on to make people laugh, pick up others when they were down, and put the people he loved before himself. He always took the time to get to know everyone he met, young or old, and had countless friendships from the Peterborough area all the way to Edmonton, Alberta. He touched the lives of many and inspired all by how hard he worked in Grand Prarie, and how determined and fearless he was throughout his boxing career. More than anything, Jake loved his family. He cherished his parents, Roger and Cindy Stanley, his grandfathers Gord Stanley and Paul Winger, and adored his grandmother, Nig. He idolized his brothers John and Joe Stanley, and always kept his sisters, Jessica Stanley and Brittany Coutts close to his heart. Jake will also be missed dearly by his aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends Mary Moncrief and Carly Evans, both of which he considered a part of the Stanley family. Friends and relatives may call at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL on Monday September 21, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday September 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Cremation. A reception will follow at the R.C.L. Branch #77, Lakefield. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association as expressions of sympathy. Friends may send condolences or make donations by contacting the funeral home at or by calling 705-652-3355.

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HARVEY: Alister McIntyre of Belleville

Posted by on September 11, 2015

Harvey, Alister – peacefully at the Belmont Long Term Care on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Heather Harvey of Belleville. Loving father of Robin (Cindy) Harvey of Belleville and Brian (Lisa) Harvey of Grande Prairie, AB. Proud grandfather of Shawn (Sarah) Harvey of Kingston and great grandfather of Jade Elizabeth. Al is predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret Harvey and by his brother Ian Harvey.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 1:00 until the time of service. Inurnment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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SMAILES; Gerald “Jerry” of RR 2 Walkerton

Posted by on September 8, 2015

smailes-webGerald “Jerry” Smailes, of RR 2 Walkerton, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Monday, September 07, 2015.   He was 80.

Born on November 3, 1934 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan to the late John William and Madge Evelyn (nee Pearl) Smailes. Jerry was known to his friends to always have a smile on his face. He was the owner and operator of Tri-County Cattle Company. He was actively involved in 4-H, a strong promoter of Team Penning and an avid golfer.  Jerry believed strongly in family, was a community supporter and a true cowboy.

Survived by loving wife Donna (nee Faber) Smailes of RR 2 Walkerton, sons Tim (Marylou) Smailes of Dobbinton, Mark (Michele) Smailes of Chesley, daughters Tammy Smailes (Paul Weigel) of Walkerton, Kim (Geoff) Trickett of Alberta, Donnette (Greg) Wand of Chesley. Proud grandfather of Samantha, Michael, Shawn, Jamie, Mikayla, Brock, Garrett, Tasha, Shayna, Mason, Mitch, Jordan and Emma. Also survived by brother Donald (Gerry) Smailes of Edmonton, Alberta, sisters Pat (Don) McMillan of Kelowna, B.C., Lynn (Warren) Wallin of Alberta, half brothers Graham (Lynda) Smailes, Brent (Ivy) Smailes both of Alberta and half sisters Laurel (Eero) Palosaari of Manitoba, Gail Smailes, Carol Smailes (Harold Von Eshon) and Jacqueline Smailes (Carol Caron) all of Alberta.  Predeceased by sister Phyllis McCordic.

Friends are invited to Celebrate the Life of Jerry at the home of Donnette and Greg Wand (41 Brant-Elderslie, Chesley, in Vesta, west of Chesley), on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2 – 6 pm.  A Memorial Tribute to honour Jerry will be held at 4 pm.

Memorial donations to South West Community Care Access Centre, Wes For Youth or Children`s Wish Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Arrangements entrusted to Mighton Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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HOWARTH, Deborah “Debbie” Elizabeth (Thomas) of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, age 66

Posted by on September 8, 2015

HOWARTH:  After a brief illness, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Sunday, September 6, 2015, Deborah “Debbie” Elizabeth (Thomas) Howarth, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, age 66.  Beloved wife of the late Ronald Bryan Howarth (2013).  Dear sister of Barbara Anne (Richard) Ottewell of Goderich, ON., and Tom Thomas of Calgary, AB. Fondly remembered by her nieces Amanda Ottewell (Shauna Cottrell) of Thornbury, ON., and Laura Ottewell (fiancé Michael Poole) of Okotoks, AB., and grandnephews Owen and Eli Cottrell.  Predeceased by her parents Griffin Thomas (1994) and Doris (Wilson) Lee (2006).    At Debbie’s request, cremation has taken place with private family interment.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the South Huron Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.  Condolences at

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ROBERTSON: Mrs. Glenoro Vaughn (nee Lee), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Glenoro Vaughn Robertson

Robertson, Mrs. Glenoro Vaughn (nee Lee), born on March 25, 1917, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the age of 98, surrounded by her family and close friends. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Robertson (2002).

Born in Calgary, Alberta, she was the loving daughter of the late Harriet and Gilbert Lee.

Glenoro spent her early years playing baseball, skating, riding her horse, “Silent Mike”, and spending time as “Chief Cook” on her aunt and uncle’s farm.

In 1937, inspired by her uncle Dr. Albert Hagerman of Toronto, she trained to become a registered nurse there at St. Michael’s Hospital. At the beginning of WWII, Glenoro signed up and served as a nurse in England and later at the Italian front. Upon her return she married her fiancé, Captain Gordon Thomas Robertson. The family, with their five children, moved from Toronto to London and then to St. Thomas in Lynhurst. The Robertson homestead always had room for one more, and hosted many a happy reunion in the following years.

During her marriage, she supported her husband’s work with the Independent Order of Foresters. In the 1960’s, Glenoro returned to her former career as a Registered Nurse at the STEGH. In retirement, she and Gordon enjoyed golf, travel, good friends, trips around the country, and many family adventures.

Following Gordon’s passing, Glenoro met the challenge of his loss with the same inner fortitude and strength of character that she exemplified throughout her entire life. She moved into the Wellington Park Towers apartment, continuing to travel, and to form new friendships and hobbies. Just this past year, she enjoyed two trips out to California, Arizona, and British Columbia. As an active member of the Salvation Army Citadel, she was affectionately regarded as one of “The Three Angels.” Glenoro could be seen for many Christmas seasons manning the Salvation Army Kettle and ringing the bell.

She was also proud to lay the wreath representing The Nursing Sisters at the Remembrance Day Memorial Service. Recently, Glenoro’s life was highlighted in the book, The Proudest Girl in Canada World War II Elgin County Service Women, by Emily McKenzie.

Her legacy is her love of life and family. Dear mother to: Tom (Ursula), Gordon (Paula), Mary, Lee, and Diane (Jack). Grandmother to: Marnin, Noah, Kate, Dana, Eve, Reilly, Joey, Quinn, Nicolas, and Nathan. Great grandmother to: Willyn, Skylar, Elijah, and a new baby expected in October to Kate and Paul.

A memorial and celebration of Glenoro’s life will be held

at the Salvation Army Citadel,

380 Elm Street, St. Thomas, (519-631-6202)

on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by on August 22, 2015

images-4Sharon Rose Barrett went home to her angels in Calgary, AB on Friday, August 14, 2015.She was 69 years old. Born April 26, 1946 in Regina, SK. Sharon was the first-born child of Cecil Baguley and Ethel Elizabeth Harmen. Her Grandparents came to Canada in 1913 From England and Orkney Islands. She was big sister and second “Mom” to five brothers and three sisters. Sharon was blessed and loved by four children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends that called her “MOM”. Sharon gave so much to her family, her friends and other people around her and she asked for very little in return. She had to face many hardships in her life but she battled on against all adversity, always continuing to display courage and a truly fierce independence nature. What you saw was what you got, and what you got was a big warm smile genuine and full of love. She loved children and animals, the most vulnerable of spirits.  Sharon had a silly, funny creative side.  She had principles that she lived by…. “LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH LIKE YOU WERE DYING and SING LIKE NO ONES LISTENING and DANCE LIKE NO ONES WATCHING.” Sharon was a breath of fresh air. She was an inspiring woman with a lot of life experiences that she used to help others. Sharon was genuine, selfless and showed us the preciousness of life. Her lasting legacy of family and unconditional love will not be forgotten. Hold happy memories of Sharon in your hearts and cherish them as she cherished you. Sharon is survived by her children Ron Barrett (son) and partner Lori Dreagon. Troy Barrett (son) and Anita (daughter in law) Grandchildren Dalton, Troy, and Kyle. Great grandchildren Harmony, Xander, Willow, John Barrett (son) and Deb (daughter in law) granddaughters Hailey Barrett, Tash and Brock Price. Great grandchildren Everett, Riley and Marcus Price. Great grandchildren, Emma Kuipers, Everett, Riley and Marcus Price. Cheryl (daughter) and Mark Tessari (son in law) grandchildren Matt, Sierra and Chase.  Brother Stan and wife Diane. Sisters Lynn Crump, Nancy Myslick, and Tracy Moran. Numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.  Sharon was preceded in death by parents Cecil and Betty Baguley. Brothers James, Terry, Tom and Guy. Please join family and friends for celebration of Sharon’s life on Sunday August 30, 2015 from 1-4pm at Renfrew Community Centre. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:  Alberta Children’s Hospital 1 (403) 955-7212 Alberta Humane Society 1 (403) 205-4455


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MANDRIS: Edward William of Wasaga Beach

Posted by on August 19, 2015

MandrisDied peacefully on Sunday August 9, 2015 at Toronto General Hospital in his 68th year. Bill Mandris had retired to Wasaga Beach. He had previously lived in Barrie, Hamilton and in Alberta. He was born in Fernie, British Columbia. Bill spent many years working in the oil and gas industries in Alberta. Bill was a highly skilled welder and for many years trained the next generation at his college – Northern Ontario Welding College. He also taught at Advanced Welding Techniques in Hamilton. Private Arrangements. If desired, a donation to the Barrie SPCA would be appreciated. Arrangements under the care of the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home.  To sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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HUSAK: John, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 12, 2015

HUSAK- John, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in his 91st year. Loving husband for 58 years to the late Waltraut (nee Martens) Husak (2011). Dearly loved father of John Husak (Janice) of Port Stanley, and the late Helga Jacques (1999) (Mike of BC). Cherished grandfather of Jim, Jason, Amanda and Andrea. Loved great grandfather of Christopher, Quinton, Sydney, and Brianna. Also fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Christa Lindemann (Walter), and his nephew Walter Lindemann (Colleen), all of London. John was born on August 25, 1924, in the Ukraine. He was a retired carpenter, having worked in the St. Thomas area. John was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas. There will be no public visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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PELL: Dave of Fingal, Ont

Posted by on August 10, 2015

Dave PellPELL – David William Pell passed away, surrounded by his family, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his 77th year.  Dave is survived by his loving wife Sharon; his children John Pell of Shedden, Wesley (Kim) Pell of Ft. Saskatchewan, and Marc (Foti) Pell of Montreal; by his grandchildren Patrick (Lydia) Pell, Sarah (Brent) Hotke, Marie (Kevin) Braga all of St. Thomas, Christine Pell (Adam) of London, Ashley Neill (Chris), Mandy (Chris) Brown, Jennifer King all of St. Thomas, and Derek and Trevor Pell of Ft. Saskatchewan; by his thirteen great grandchildren; by his sisters Joyce (Jack) Prothero of British Columbia, Virginia (Ormond) Steele of Nevada, Sylvia (Jim) Brady of Long Point, Jan (Chuck) Stamas of Tillsonburg; his brothers Fred (Kylene) Pell of Alabama and George (Katherine) Pell of British Columbia; by his sisters-in-law Patricia (Doug) Ough of St. Thomas, Shirley (Sam) Vary, Dora Simmons both of Wheatley; by his brother-in-law Robert Fleming of St. Thomas; and by his many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents William and Marie Pell.  Dave was a former farmer, commercial fisherman, and employee at Dowler-Karn.  He was an elder and treasurer at Fingal Knox Presbyterian church for 33 years and he loved a good game of cards, especially euchre.  A memorial service to celebrate Dave’s life will be held at Fingal Knox Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Cremation has taken place. Interment of ashes will be held privately for family in Fingal Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).  If desired, donations to Fingal Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at

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Shaw – Kingdon: Tracey Lee of Sarnia

Peacefully at home on Saturday, August 2, 2015, TRACEY LEE SHAW – KINGDON, age 52 of Sarnia passed away. Will be dearly missed by her children; Joel, Jodie, Codee (Terri) , Chase and Alyssa. Survived by her mother Lee Shaw. Loved grandmother of Robert, Rihanna, Cobee, Jaxon. Missed by Deanna and Jennica and special friend Conrad. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Tracey’s Life will be held at the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE LTD. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 12:00 noon until time of service. Donations in Tracey’s memory can be made to Bluewater Health Withdrawl Management Program.

Tracey is now at peace and is reunited with the love of her life Chris Dunn.

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ZAMBRZYCKI: Halina Irene of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on August 4, 2015

Halina ZambrzyckiZAMBRZYCKI – Halina Irene Zambrzycki passed away, surrounded by her family,  at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, July 31, 2015 in her 89th year.  Halina will be sadly missed by her daughter Elizabeth (Michael) Hutchin of St. Thomas; her grandchildren Liam Hutchin of St. Thomas, Chandler Pikor of Niagara Falls, and Greg Pikor-Zambrzycki of Calgary; and by her sister Danuta in Poland.  Predeceased by her husband Vincent Zambrzycki, and her son Gene Zambrzycki.  Halina immigrated to Canada in 1950.  She worked for 20 years at Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Polish Canadian Club and Holy Angels Parish.  Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held on a later date.   Arrangements entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).  If desired, donations to All Breed Canine Rescue in St. Thomas would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at  The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Telford and the staff at S.T.E.G.H.-Continuing Care for the care and compassion shown to Halina.

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TICAN: Ion of Calgary, Alberta formerly of Bucharest and Boteni, Romania

Posted by on August 2, 2015

images-4November 15th, 1930 – July 26th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ion Tican, at the age of 84 years. Ion will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Sofia; and their sons and grandchildren, as well as numerous other relatives all around the world.
Besides his family and friends, Ion’s passion included teaching and he was a long time professor in his home country of Romania. There will be a celebration of life that will be announced at a later date.

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WALSH: Jeri E. of Woodstock, formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on July 19, 2015

WALSH, Jeri – Passed away suddenly at the Woodstock Hospital on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Cindy Walsh (nee Gray) for 33 years. Loving father of Tracy Pound (Murray) of Calgary, Steve Gray (Meranda) of Regina and TerriLynn Gray (Mark) of Woodstock. Proud Grandpa of Robbie, Sean, Somer, Taylor, JaimeLynn, Jakeb, Joeylin, Brechin and Sydney. Papa to Owen, Ally and Ava Marie. Survived by his brother John Walsh (Pauline) of Bright’s Grove and his sister Julie Edwards (George) of Camlachie. He will be sadly missed by all of Cindy’s family. Besides his family and friends, Jeri’s passion was golf. He was a longtime member of the Bright’s Grove Golf Course, where he went on to play in the CPGA. There will be a celebration of life held in Sarnia that will be announced at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Diabetes Association through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock  519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent to

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DEAN: Terri Lynne of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on July 16, 2015

Terri DeanDEAN – Terri Lynne (nee Walker) of St. Thomas passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on July 16, 2015 at the age of 60.  Beloved wife of Paul Dean.  Loving daughter of Barb (the late Robert) Walker of St. Thomas.  Terri will be sadly missed by children Steven (Amy) Dean of St. Thomas, Rick Dean of Fort McMurray, Alberta and his fiancé Brittany Easterbrook of St. Thomas; grandchildren Matthew Dean and Emma Dean of St. Thomas; siblings Robert Walker and Tom (Lynn) Walker all of British Columbia, and John (Teresa) Walker of Oshawa; mother and father-in-law Bill and Pat Dean of St. Thomas, and by her brothers-in-law Ross (Sharon) Dean of St. Thomas and John (Joan) Dean of Kingsville. Terri had been the secretary of Faith Christian Academy for 28 years.   She was very creative, loved to sew, and thoroughly enjoyed nature.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00pm.  The funeral service will be held at Faith Church 345 Fairview Ave, St. Thomas on Sunday at 2:00pm.  If desired, donations to Faith Christian Academy would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at

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Hamilton, Charles, of Calgary, Alberta formerly of Sarnia

HamiltonCharles Alexander Hamilton passed away suddenly on Monday, July 6, 2015 at his home in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 77.  Born in Petrolia, Ontario, Charlie started his career in 1956 at the Sun Oil Company (now Suncor) relocating to the Calgary office in 1985.  After 39 years with Suncor, he joined CenAlta Well Services, followed by Crown Energy as Director of Human Resources.  An avid golfer and pool player, Charlie treasured the enduring friendships he made in both Sarnia and Calgary, but above all loved time spent with his daughters and grandchildren.  Charlie is survived by children Christine Hamilton and Jennifer (Ken) Sandmoen. Grandchildren, Brenden and Sydney Sandmoen, and wife Judith (nee Edgar).  Also survived by sister-in-law Joan Glaab, nieces and nephews Michael, Maureen and Marlene Glaab, Karen and Brock (Alexandra) Edgar.  Predeceased by parents, Kathleen and Charles J. Hamilton, parents-in-law Jean and Cliff Edgar, brothers-in-law Charles Glabb and James Edgar, and sister-in-law Deanna Edgar.  A visitation will take place on Monday, July 20th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 Victoria Street N., Sarnia, Ontario, followed by a private committal service.  A celebration of life in Calgary will be announced at a later date.  Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada.

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UNRAU, Corporal John of Edmonton, AB

Posted by on July 10, 2015

UNRAU, Corporal JohnIt is with great sorrow that the family announces his passing in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at the age of 42 years. Beloved son of Dorothy (née Kish) Unrau of Sudbury and the late Jakob “Jake” Unrau. Grandson of the late James and of the late Betty Kish. Dear brother of Dan Unrau (Michelle) of Sudbury, Lisa McBain (Greg) of Capreol and Eddy Unrau (Sherri) of Azilda. Sadly missed by his nieces and nephews Kayla, Brittany, Josh, Rylee, Bradyn, Ava, great-niece Ameah and great-nephew Landon. Lovingly remembered by many colleagues and friends; too many to mention. Corporal John was an armored crewman in the Canadian Armed Forces and was proud to serve his country. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Cooperative Funeral Home, 4691 R.R. 15, Chelmsford, Saturday, July 11th, 2015 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. Donations can be made to the S.P.C.A. (Sudbury) or to the Wounded Warriors Canada by cheque or online at

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