TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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BERRY: Arlene of Abbotsford Formerly of Hillsborough

Posted by on February 21, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arlene Berry on January 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, BC. After a lengthy illness, she passed away peacefully with her loving and devoted husband Al by her side.

Arlene (Hunter) Berry was born April 28, 1941 in Alberta, the daughter of the late Theodore (Ted) and Sarah Hunter. She was raised on their family farm near Edwell, Alberta and always loved sharing stories of life on the farm. Arlene always had a smile for everyone and loved a good game and a good laugh. She was very proud of her many years spent working for the Hudson Bay Company at several locations. Over the years, Arlene lived in many places throughout Alberta and BC , but most of all she treasured her memories of time spent at their winter home in Arizona, where she will be missed by many friends. She was also active in the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes in Sun Lakes, AZ, and Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC.

Arlene was known for her positive attitude, her independence and her willingness to lend a hand. Arlene loved her Edmonton Oilers and was able to be there for many of their biggest moments in the 80’s, and her fiery passion showed most when her team was playing. Arlene loved music and loved to sing and in her last years it was the music that gave us the ability to connect with her. She maintained a happiness that shone through her entire illness.

She will be deeply missed by her devoted husband of 36 years, Albert (Al) W. Berry who provided such amazing care for her through her final years. She leaves behind a beloved daughter Valerie (Johanson) Lester (Ed) of Red Deer, AB. She loved her five grandchildren dearly and will be missed by Tyler and Sara Lester of Red Deer, AB, as well as Ryan, Jared and William Berry of Hillsborough, NB. She also will be deeply missed by her stepchildren, Kevin Berry (Brenda) of Hillsborough, NB and Kenda Berry (Eric Lavoie) of Saint-Édouard-de-Kent, NB, as well as her sister Loretta (Bunny) Burling (Wayne) of Okotoks, AB, and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Charles (Chuck) Johanson.

There will be no visiting hours or funeral, but celebrations of life will take place with family and friends at later dates. For those who choose to make a memorial in Arlene’s memory, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be greatly appreciated.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff and residents at MSA Manor and several special friends for the care given to Arlene (and to Al). The support and kindness shown was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

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JARROLD: Thomas Ralph of Vancouver Formerly of Edmonton AB

Posted by on February 21, 2018


Tom Left his body on 29 January 2018 after a bout of cancer. His service will be at the Church of Scientology, 401 West Hastings, Vancouver BC on 11 February 2018, at noon.

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CIREZ: Juan ALberto of Calgary Formerly of La Romana, Dominican Republic

Posted by on February 21, 2018


In the town of Caimanera, Guantánamo Province, Cuba on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Juan Alberto Cirez, age 46 of the City of La Romana, Dominican Republic passed away. He was the loving husband of the Rhonda Deanne Cirez and dear father of Emma Janice Harvey. Cremation took place and a memorial service was held at the foot of the Sierra Maestra on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Private ceremony to spread the ashes was held onsite immediately after the ceremony.

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ST-HILAIRE-ADAM: Aimé-Jean de Calgary

Posted by on February 12, 2018

Un oiseau de plus volera dans le ciel… Aimé-Jean St-Hilaire-Adam C’est lundi le 22 janvier 2018, qu’Aimé-Jean St-Hilaire-Adam, professionnel et sauteur élite de wingsuit (combinaison ailée), a fait son dernier vol, l’amenant accidentellement vers l’éternité. À l’âge de 27 ans, il est décédé lors de sa dernière compétition internationale en Californie. Il laisse derrière lui ses parents, Marius Adam et Martine St-Hilaire, sa sœur Floralie ainsi que plusieurs parents et amis. Aimé-Jean cherchait toujours à se dépasser et atteignait ses objectifs. Du surf à la planche à neige, en passant par le kayak de rivière blanche, c’est là qu’il vivait ses plus belles émotions. Mais, par-dessus tout, il aimait voler. On l’imagine avoir quitté cette vie très heureux: quelques heures avant l’accident, il nous annonçait avec fierté qu’il s’était mérité un podium.

Aimé-Jean aimait les gens et les gens le lui rendaient bien. C’est dans cet esprit rassembleur que sa famille invite tous ceux qui l’ont connu à lui rendre un dernier hommage au Complexe Funéraire de la Petite-Nation Shields Berthiaume Inc., 101, rue Principale, St-André-Avellin, Qc, J0V 1W0, (819) 983-6616, le mercredi 14 février 2017 de 15 h à 19 h. Le service religieux aura lieu en l’église St-Félix-de-Valois de Chénéville le samedi 17 février 2018 à 11 h 30.

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GLENN, Marjory of Sarnia

Posted by on February 5, 2018


GLENN, MARJORY – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, February 4, 2018, Marjory Bertha (Campbell) Glenn, age 96 of Sarnia passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of the late Ross Logie Glenn (1999) and dear mother of Sandra Stuchberry (Fred), David Glenn (Janet) and Kathryn Glenn. She was the loving grandmother of Mary Clemens (David), Jeff Stuchberry (Angie), Paul Stuchberry (Rachel), Jennifer Mackey (Robert), Brenda Lea (Tim) and Julie Sousa (Steven) and great-grandmother of Tavis, Rachel, Gabriela, Emily, Megan, Sarah, Kate, Violet, Nicholas and Spencer. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marjory was predeceased by her parents, four sisters and a brother. She was a special friend to many people. Marjory was born in Ridgetown in 1921 and was a resident of Sarnia since 1941. She was a member of Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church and the ESSO Annuitants Association. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations made in memory of Marjory to the Kidney Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis or St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia). Messages of condolence may be sent through

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BUTLER: Norene Marie – at Fenelon Falls

Posted by on February 3, 2018

BUTLER: Norene Marie – at Fenelon Court, Fenelon Falls, on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  Norene (Love) Butler formerly of Beaverton was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Karl Butler and the late Thomas Wesley Brandon. Loved mother of John Brandon of Fenelon Falls, David Brandon of Calgary, Alberta, Donna Dobson (David Hardyman) of Fenelon Falls and the late Charles Butler. Dear grandmother of Donald Dobson of Beaverton, Richelle Dobson of Fenelon Falls, Myles Brandon of Barrie, Jennifer (Zach) Ebel of Ottawa and the late Justin Dobson. Survived by her great-grandchildren Wesley King and Summer King both of Fenelon Falls and Erica Ebel of Ottawa. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at Necropolis Cemetery, Cannington at a later date. If so desired memorial donations, in memory of Norene, to Fenelon Court, Fenelon Falls, would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences are welcomed at

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SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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DEASE, Donald of Sarnia

Posted by on January 23, 2018

DEASE, DONALD – With sadness the family announces the passing of Donald Richard Dease, age 81 of Sarnia, at Bluewater Health on Monday, January 22nd, 2018, peacefully surrounded by his dear family. He was the husband of Nancy (Taylor) Dease, loving father of Karen Dease-Boden, Marc (Karen) and Kristi Dease-Waluchow (Bob) and loving grandpa of Carleigh (Andrew) Bain, Craig (Kailey), Brock (Lisa Campanale), Ian, Ryan, Danielle (Josh Randall) and Kaitlyn (Josh Pastorius) and great granddaughter Emmy Bain. He was the brother of Peachy (Sandy) McGeachy, and Bev Mann and Brother-in-law Carol Chambers-DeGraff (Peter), Murray. Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Bessie, his son Bruce (1958), sister Carol, brothers in law John Mann, John Moser, Fred Chambers, Peter Dicks, Jim Taylor and great nephew Liam McGeachy. He was a gifted artist who spent hours working on his bird carvings, wood burnings and scratchboards, while listening to music and oldtime radio shows in his shed. Don enjoyed watching old movies with his family, working out at Ironworks Gym, and hanging out at the mall with longtime friends, Arn, Rich and Glen. He was a lifelong member of Canon Davis Memorial Church and 3C Carvers. Don founded in 1971, then retired from Art & Letters Signs in 2001. Friends will be received on Thursday, January 25 from 7:00-9:00PM at D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St. A memorial service will take place Friday, January 26 at 11:00AM at Canon Davis Memorial Church, 380 Maxwell St. Sarnia with visitation at 10:00AM before the service. Cremation has taken place and internment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. A special thanks to Dr. Haddad, and ICU nurses, Laura, Julie, Jaime, Georgia and Nicole whose tender loving care during his final days were a comfort to us all. Memorial donations made in memory of Don made to Canon Davis Memorial Church, Bluewater Health, or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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Stewart: Janette Dorothy of Sarnia

Posted by on January 22, 2018







STEWART, JANETTE, DOROTHY – December 30, 1931 – January 21, 2018 

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Janette Dorothy Stewart (nee Rodgers) of Sarnia, Ontario passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Predeceased by her loving husband Gordon Frank Stewart (2017).Dorothy  is survived by her loving children and grandchildren: Gail Deakin (nee Stewart) and her late husband William (Bill) (2015), of Sarnia, Ontario, and her children, Christopher Deakin (Kerri Ann) of Okotoks, Alberta, and Albert Deakin of Toronto, Ontario, and Gary Stewart (Donna) of Sherwood Park, Alberta and their children, Stephen Stewart (Morgan), Cheryl Hamaluk (Justin), and their daughters Willow and Freya, Kristina Paulson (Trevor), Garth Stewart of Sarnia, Ontario, and her daughter the late Donna Stewart and her surviving children; Jason Marks (Lyndzay)  and his son Prestyn, Amanda Marks (Kevin), Melissa Marks (Ryan), Lisa Marks (Jean) and their children Landyn and Maliyah. Also survived by her sisters Andrea Rodgers of Sutton, Quebec, Irene Doggrell of Camarillo, California. Dorothy is predeceased by her sisters Mae Rodgers and Susan Taylor and her daughter Donna Stewart. Family and friends will be received at the D.J. Robb Funeral & Cremation Centre on Saturday, January 27, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Memorial gifts in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Canadian Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through .

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Posted by on January 21, 2018


Erna Ida Weinheimer, nee Bragonier, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on January 11, 2018, at River Park Gardens in Winnipeg.

Born March 23, 1920, in Ohrdorf, Germany and married to Friedrich (Fred) Johann Weinheimer in 1947.

Erna is survived by her children, Kurt, Ernst, Eric, Gary and their partners and spouses and her 9 grandchildren.

A daughter, sibling, wife, mother, gardener, artist, grandmother, widow. As she lived through all these stages of her life, she never failed to demonstrate compassion, strength and independence.

An avid gardener who found serenity amongst her flowers and vegetables Erna went on and became skilled in painting and pottery. As with all her efforts, the outcome was a product of love.

Erna cherished her grandchildren and was always eager to share with them how to garden or to make a craft or to cook. A favorite memory was her willingness to let her grandchildren make breakfast at the cost of a dozen eggs to make 2 sunny side ups. Or making a special garden just for them. Or taking them on adventures in the woods to collect mushrooms or craft supplies.

Erna was always up for a new experience and at age 77 she joined her family on a vacation which had her walking up pyramids, snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins.

She lived her life to the fullest.

Her easy smile and warm heart will be missed.

River Park Gardens was Erna’s last home. Her family will always be grateful for the love and care given to their mother.

Reise Mit Liebe

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HUNTER: Roderick G.M. of Viking Formerly of Viking

Posted by on January 21, 2018


The Arrow has taken flight. On January 6, 2018, Roderick George Maclean Hunter curled his last rock in the bonspiel of life, departing this world at age 74.

Rod was knighted “The Arrow” by the media back in the mid 60s because of his perfect delivery of the curling rock, but his life would show that this nickname suited him in more ways than one.

The arrow is the tool of the warrior. Rod’s fighting spirit led him to qualify for the Brier four times from 1970 to 1975 and capture back-to-back Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and ’71, (going undefeated in 17 straight games but never bragging about it). It also got him inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as one of the top vice-skips ever to play the game. After moving to Alberta, he went on to win a Silver medal in the Canadian 55plus winter games with Vern and Jan Hafso and his wife, Louise. One of his proudest moments was standing on the podium with teammates Don Duguid, Jim Pettapiece, and Bryan Wood after winning the World Championships in Utica, New York, and listening to the Canadian National anthem play in his honour.

Rod was also the arrow in the compass, forever pointed north. He had answers to everything: Curling strategy, barbecue times, handy-man repairs, politics, Hollywood plot lines, Lego assembly, kids’ dress-up choices, hockey stats, world peace and the global economy. If there were any doubts, all you needed to do was ask, and he’d tell you he was right.

Like the arrows on a keyboard, his four surviving daughters – Onalee, Charlene, Andrea and Courtney – kept him moving in all four directions at once. His talent for diplomacy kept the family strong. He could always find a way to steer his girls in the right direction (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) and was instrumental in the achievement of their dreams. This talent also made him a great politician, which he excelled at in the last few years of his life as a proud Councillor in Viking, Alberta.

But Rod was also Cupid’s arrow, which he forever kept aimed at his surviving wife of 30 years, Louise Hunter. While nothing came before her, he had plenty of love to spare for to his two surviving brothers, John and Craig Hunter (with whom he adored sharing good scotch and long debates) his predeceased parents, Roderick O. A. and Doris Hunter, his mother-in-law, Louise C. Mihill, his surviving grandchildren – Maddyx, Noah, Sullivan, Gwynavere, Aiden and Aspen — and the countless friends who were so important to him. He also had a life-long love affair with cinnamon buns, the game of golf, celebrity encounters, a good rum (or more recently scotch), a perfectly cooked steak, the cabin at Clearwater Bay, storytelling, more storytelling, and of course his wiener dogs, who he’d let clean his face and spoon with him at night.

Like an arrow, Rod never wavered from his true path. He went from sweeping the finish off his childhood bedroom floor, to rising star at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg, to cleaning up at the curling World Championships. He went from patriotic Royal Canadian Sea Cadet, to Bachelor of Science student at the University of Winnipeg, to his first job at Richardson Securities, to General Manager at Dominion Tanners, to effective and caring Councillor in Viking, Alberta. He went from curling legend, to devoted husband, to inspiring father and proud grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be sent to the Viking Volunteer Fire Department at or Viking Victims Services at

The family chooses to celebrate his life at the Viking Curling club, located in Rod’s hometown of Viking, Alberta at 3pm on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Those who loved Rod are invited to join the family in toasting his life and launching the arrow into his journey ahead. Wherever he’s pointed, in true Rod form, he’s bound for greatness.

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BROMAROFF, Brenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 12, 2018

BROMAROFF, BRENDA – At Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Brenda Lee (Jolly) Bromaroff, age 60 of Sarnia passed away. She was the wife of the late Don Bromaroff (2015) and loving mother of Jody St. Pierre (Matthew), Diana (Franky) Bromaroff, Amy Bromaroff and Jimmy Bromaroff, dear grandmother of Shelby, Jayla, Preston, Sati and Arizona. She is also survived brother Raymond and Ronnie Jolly and sisters Mona Jolly Debbie Hayes. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Cremation has taken place and private family committal service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial donations made in memory of Brenda to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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Murray, Frances Beatty of Sarnia

Posted by on January 11, 2018

Frances Beatty Murray passed away peacefully on Monday January 8, 2018 at Sumac Lodge in Sarnia at the age of 98. She was the dear wife of the late John David “Bunt “Murray, beloved mother of  John “JD” Murray and of Ann Ino, husband Alan and loving grandmother of Chris Hartford, Melissa Hartford and Robert Ino. “Gee” as she was affectionately known, was a lifelong residence of Sarnia and was a committed volunteer in her community. She was an active member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and the woman’s organization I.O.D.E. Gee was loved for her sweet easy going disposition, and quick laugh. In addition, she was well regarded for her amazing cooking and baking skills. Over the years, family and friends alike enjoyed Gee’s homemade bread, homemade pies and memorable Sunday roast beef dinners. My brother and I would like to thank the staff at Sumac Lodge for their wonderful care of our mother over these last years. A memorial service will be held at D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9 on February 8th, 2018 at 12:00 noon. A luncheon reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the charity of choice at

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

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SKELTON, Catherine Frances (nee Laycock)

Posted by on January 4, 2018

SKELTON, Cathy (Cookie) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Cathy, 74, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on January 2nd, 2018. Loving mother of Lisa Gallant & Chad (Ashley). Proud Nana to Haley, Brooke, Cameron, Lily and Maddie. Sister to Dorothy Henning, Harold Laycock and Lorna McCracken. Pre-deceased by parents Russ and Pearl Laycock, sister Betty Hayward and brothers Max, Martin, Bill and Ted. 

Employed 38 years at GE/Black & Decker and 11 years at Johnson Controls. Recent employee of Casino Rama and devoted volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society and  Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, cooking and travelling near and far with family and closest girlfriends. Cathy also took great joy in participating in the lives of her grandchildren, whether it was trips to the zoo, taking them to lessons or work, she loved spending every minute she could with them.  Cathy’s overwhelming, generous and devoted support to her family & friends will be greatly missed. 

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1pm to 4pm at the Ivy Orange Hall, 5099 20th Sideroad of Essa Township. A private family interment will be held in the spring. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through In lieu of flowers donations to the RVH and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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GRANT: Donna of Sundre Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on January 3, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Donna Grant at the age of 71. Donna will be greatly missed by her husband of 52 years Robert; her children, John (Amaya), Diane and Dennis (Crystal); her grandchildren Natalie (Adam), Shea, Delaney and Lexi; her two great-grandchildren Sophie and Emmett; her sister Diane(Steve) and numerous extended family members and friends. A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held on January 6, 2018 10am.- 4pm. at the Sundre Royal Canadian Legion, 135 6 Street SE, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Donna’s memory to the Sundre Royal
Canadian Legion or your local SPCA

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GRIFFIN: Ray of Surrey, BC Formerly of Vancouver,BC

Posted by on January 3, 2018


It is with tremendous sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Son, Husband, and Friend, Raymond Michael Griffin. He is survived by his wife Kristine, daughters Victoria, Natalie, Danica, and baby on the way as well as his Mother Muriel, Father John, sister Theresa and many other extended family. Ray deeply loves his family and friends, and will be remembered as a kind and big hearted family man who was loved by all. Ray we love you and will never forget you. Until we meet again.

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MAUL: Emanuel Jorgen of Cochrane

Posted by on January 3, 2018


Emanuel Jorgen Maul, or “Mr. Maul” as many knew him by, passed away on December 14th, 2017, at the age of 69. He was the third child of Marie and Egon Maul, and was born on September 11th, 1948 in Vildbjerg, Denmark. In 1972, Mr. Maul arrived in Canada making it his new home for the next 45 years.

Mr. Maul had a passion for cars and eventually became the president and owner of Heritage Auto Sales Ltd, making his mark on the Calgary auto industry. He was involved in many different sports car organizations and loved to show off his skills on the track, especially competing against his corvette friends.

His life was always fast and furious, his laughter contagious, and his heart full of immense generosity for his family and friends.

Mr. Maul is survived by his wife, Remy; children, Willy and Sonja; son-in-law, Braden; daughter-in-law, Jenelle; and his precious grandson, George. Mr. Maul will also forever be remembered by his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

A funeral service in memory of Mr. Maul will take place on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Cochrane Cemetery located at Range Road 42, Cochrane, AB. A church service and reception will follow at 4:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church located at 210 10 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB.

In place of flowers, those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Mr. Maul to the Alberta Cancer Foundation,

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NYCHOLAT: Margaret Victoria of Sylvan Lake

Posted by on December 30, 2017


Nycholat, Margaret Victoria, (1942-2017, Age 75).
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt on December 24th 2017 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Marge was born at the family farm near Rose Valley, SK on April 24th, 1942. Predeceased by her parents, Jim and Molly Nycholat and brother Doug Nycholat. Marge will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her sister Marie (Leo) Leonard, brother Don (Carol) Nycholat, daughter Bridgette Duniece, grandchildren Trinity and Draeden, son Den (Cindy) Girard and grandchildren Emily and Kamryn, along with many other relatives and friends. A special thank you to the staff at Bethany Sylvan Lake, who helped Marge enjoy daily living and activities over the past 3 years.

All who knew and loved Marge are invited to a Catholic Funeral Mass to be held in her name on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 1:00pm with Pastor Father Les Drewicki at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 5033-47A Avenue, Sylvan Lake, AB.

She brought sunshine and happiness to all who knew her and a small reception with refreshments will follow mass at the church gathering area for family and friends to remember Marge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Marge to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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MARTIN: Douglas Valentine of Cannifton

Posted by on December 22, 2017

Martin, Douglas Valentine – peacefully at E J McQuigge Lodge on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, in his 98th, year. Son of the late David and Evelyn Martin. Beloved husband of the late Mary Gladys Martin (nee-Pyear). Dear father of Stephen (Virginia) Martin of Waterloo and Linda (Glen) Carson of Corbyville. He is also survived by his daughter-in- law, Betty Martin, of Belleville. He is predeceased by one son David Martin. Douglas is predeceased by his brothers and sisters and lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Loving grandfather of Darryl (Karen) Martin of Inverary, Denise Martin of Belleville and Lee (Nicole) Martin of Corbyville, Shane Martin of Calgary, Susan (Paul) Dunk of Waterloo and Stacey (Tom) O’Connor of Calgary, Jamie Carson of South Korea and Kristen Carson of Ottawa. Dear great grandfather of Luke, Sarah, Brady, Jacoby, Caleb, Rebecca, Isaiah and Nijel.

A Memorial service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time. Following the service a reception will be held at the Steele Family Centre.

Inurnment will take place at Victoria Cemetery in the spring time. If desired, Memorial donations to the Gideon Bibles or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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BREEN, John Robert of Zurich formerly of Calgary, age 69

Posted by on December 18, 2017

BREEN:  Peacefully, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, John Robert Breen of Zurich, formerly of Calgary, age 69.  Loved brother and brother-in-law of Dianne and Ken Clarke of RR 3, Zurich and Bruce and Karen Breen of Exeter.  Proud and loving uncle of Julie and Gino, Ange and Garrett. Special great-uncle of Kennett (his little monkey).  Remembered by Ryan Garton. Predeceased by his parents Robert Peveral and Helen Delene (Tree) Breen.  At John’s request, cremation has taken place.  No formal services to be held at this time.  Interment with his parents Hensall Union Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Blue Water Rest Home or Blessings Community Store/Foodbank would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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SHEARD, Richard Charles “Ric”

Posted by on December 7, 2017

Richard C. Sheard

July 31, 1953 – December 4, 2017

Richard (Ric) Sheard passed away in the arms of his family in Barrie Ontario on the evening of December 4 2017. He was taken by cancer.  Ric will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 46 years Judy Sheard, his son Eddie Sheard, his daughter Belinda Bailey and her partner Jim as well as Ric’s grandchildren Dylan, Chrystal, Robert, Jessica, Travis, Jesse and Hailey and his great granddaughter Justice. Ric was the beloved brother to Bob Wiggins and wife Nadia, Susan Sheard, Bobbie Sheard and wife Lauranne, Kathy Cooney and husband Jim and his brother-in-law Ed husband of Ric’s late sister Linda Aukema. Ric will also be missed by all of his nieces and nephews and friends.

Ric’s trucking handle was “The Dirty Dozen”. He drove truck all over North America and through the Rocky Mountains before they were safe to travel and drove the ice roads before they were safe enough to be on television.  He was fearless. He frequently provided aid and  comfort to accident victims and lost friends to mountain driving.  He trained others to drive truck and  helped set guidelines for safer trucking practices. The Dirty Dozen is blazing new trails now.

Ric lived life with joy and passion and accepted all that life brought him, whether good or bad. He loved completely. He travelled, he drove fast and well. He saw beauty in life. He laughed and sang. Ric left a mark on everyone he met. He encouraged everyone to find their strength and live life without regret.  He was larger than life. He was a protector, a teacher and a guide. A Gentle giant has fallen and his footprints can never be filled.

The Memorial will be held this Saturday December 9 at 2:00 pm followed by a luncheon at Orillia Kingdom Hall, 519 Laclie Street, Orillia.  There will also be a celebration of life in January 2018.  Details will be provided once they are confirmed.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Simcoe at or call 705-722-5995  Messages of condolence can be left at

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PALYLYK (FROESE): Leona May Marie of Surrey Formerly of Pincher Creek

Posted by on December 7, 2017


Leona died peacefully in her sleep on November 9, 2017 at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission, BC after a 5 years struggle with dementia. Leona was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta to parents Ella and Bruno (Buck) Froese on July 11, 1949.

Leona graduated from Matthew Halton Community School in 1967, then travelled west to Vancouver to further her education at what was then UBC’s Biological Technician laboratory. While in Vancouver, she met and married Richard (Rick) Palylyk with whom she had 3 children. Leona and Rick raised Siberian Huskies for show and racing, taking their team of sled dogs across BC, Washington State and Idaho before parting ways in 1985. As early participants in “Superdogs” (an event that occurs to this day at the PNE), she helped in bringing canine sports to a wider audience. Leona went on to meet Leonard (Len) Boscoe who moved from Edmonton to live in Surrey, BC with her and her children. Leona raised Whippets with Leonard and continued her participation in dog shows and canine sports until Leonard’s passing. She was a founding member of the Pacific Kennel Club, a dog show that still occurs every year at Hazelmere RV Park. In her later years, Leona volunteered with the Surrey Eagles Junior Hockey team during their home games and spent most of her time with family and friends.

Leona is preceded in death by her father – Bruno (Buck) Froese in 2006, her spouse of 25 years – Leonard (Len) Boscoe in 2010 and her sister – Janice Froese in 1989.

Leona is survived by her mother – Ella Froese, her sister – Laura Wright (Froese), her brother – Richard Froese. Her children, Jeffrey (Jeff) Palylyk and wife Olga Palylyk, Jamie (James) Palylyk and wife Sabrina Palylyk (Drydgen) and daughter – Tanya Palylyk. Four grandchildren, Rebecca Palylyk, Katrina Palylyk, Surrophine Palylyk (Chambers) and Skyler Watkins-Palylyk. Her two nieces, Katie Wright and Jane Wright, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 28, 2018 in Mission, BC at the residence of James and Sabrina. Burial for Leona will take place in Summer 2018 in Pincher Creek, AB. Cremation services were handled by Bakerview Community Cremation and Celebration Centre Ltd.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Guildford Seniors Village for providing care to Leona for the past 3yrs and to the Christine Morrison Hospice for their care and support in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pacific Assistance Dogs Society ( Condolences may be sent to the family at

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ESHPETER: (Ray) Raymond of Canberra Formerly of Calgary

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On November 4, 2017 “Ray” Raymond John Eshpeter passed away in Canberra Australia to the sadness of his entire family. He was well known to many in the Oil and Gas industry and Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta and Australia and his involvement with St Johns Ambulance, the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he touched the lives of so many people. He was always eager to help those that needed help and always had time to talk those that wanted to talk.

He has always been actively involved with his immediate community whether in Canada or Australia organizing neighbourly events; BBQ’s, Heart and Stroke Ski-Athons, Block parties, and Community spaces for kids ( in Canada and Australia. He was always understanding, loving, and believed we all had purpose in life and he encouraged everyone especially the children to follow their dreams and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

He has joined his parents Irvin and Irene Eshpeter, sister Carol Pederson, nephews Dean and Lee Sorken on his next journey and adventure. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten by the people he leaves behind; his sons Mark (Iris) and Scott (Tarryn) Eshpeter their mother Adelle Eshpeter, his wife Joy Eshpeter, his step children Timothy (Brooke) Olin, and Melissa Olin, four grandchildren Leon, Jordan, Dana, and Holly, five great grandchildren, a brother, three sisters, nieces and nephews, Tessa and her mother Jennifer White and all those whose lives and hearts he has touched.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.” (unknown)

We will miss you and love you with all our hearts.

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LONSDALE: George F. of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017


George was a hard working man, City of Calgary retired employee who always made time for his family and community.

He is survived by his wife Elise (Liz) Lonsdale (nee: Welshimer) his daughter Katherine and sons Stephen and David; Grandchildren, Michael, Christopher (wife Krystal McGee), Ashleigh & Matthew; his Great Grandchildren, Damyon and Deklan and sister-in-law Janis Welshimer.

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