SMITH: Marrian Ruth (nee Simmons) (formerly Webber, Grant, Gallant) of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on February 9, 2016

Marrian SmithSMITH – Marrian Ruth (nee Simmons) of St. Thomas, Ontario and previously of Grande Prairie, Alberta passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at STEGH in her 91st year, with her loving family by her side.  Born November 27, 1925 in Springfield, Ontario.  Marrian will be dearly missed by her husband, Glen Smith of Shuswap, British Columbia.  Deeply loved by her children Catharine Webber, David Webber (Anne Dwyre) all of St. Thomas, and Bridgette (Donnell) Waid of North Carolina.  Loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. Dear sister of Jean Webber of St. Thomas. Predeceased by her parents, Erie and Ilo Simmons; her husbands’ George Webber, Morley “Sam” Grant, and Louie Gallant; her sisters Violet, Vera, Velma, and Dorothy; and her brothers Gerald and Harold.  Marrian was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Thomas.  She had retired from the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 11:00am -1:00pm where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1:00pm.  Interment in Gimli Cemetery in Beaverlodge, Alberta.  If desired, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at

”You will forever be remembered for your infectious laughter, loving smile, and kind heart. Forever with us, your loving family.”

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PLOUFFE, Gilles of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on February 5, 2016

PLOUFFE, GillesThe family announces with sorrow his passing in Sudbury, Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the age of 54 years. Beloved husband of Denise (née Philion) Plouffe of Sudbury. Son of the late George and the late Claire (née Gagné) Plouffe. Loving father of Gabrielle Plouffe (Eric) and Danielle Plouffe both of Sudbury. Cherished grandfather of Chloé. Dear brother of Richard Plouffe (Linda) of Cache Bay, Myonne Bigras (Bernard) of River Valley, Marc Plouffe (Debbie) of Wahnapitae and Michel Plouffe (Lynn) of Calgary. Predeceased by his sister Nicole. Fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Lucille Philion (late Johnny), his sisters-in-law Lise Menard (Joe), Rachel Stevens (Brian), his brothers-in-law Claude Philion (Sherry) and Jean-Guy Philion all of Sturgeon Falls. Sadly missed by his “daughter” Natalie Horsfall (Jack) of Garson. Lovingly remembered by Thérèse Ayotte (Ray), Guy Ayotte (Jen), Sandra Armstrong and her family. Gilles was a supervisor with the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Social Services and will be missed by all. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St-Dominique Church, Sudbury. Due to his profound admiration of Elton John, people who knew him will appreciate the family’s decision that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Elton John Aids Foundation can be made by cheque or online at

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SCHNARR, Howie of Chelmsford, ON

Posted by on February 5, 2016

SCHNARR, HowieThe family announces with great sorrow his sudden passing in Sudbury, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his dear friend Pat Claven. Son of the late Raymond and the late Georgina (née Olmsted) Schnarr. Beloved father of Tracey Baltessen (William) of Chelmsford. Cherished grandfather of Wade and Sydney. Brother of Jim Schnarr (Kim) of New Brunswick and Joanne Schnarr of Alberta. Sadly missed by Leslie Claven, Rick, Enjoli & Harley Paradis all of British Columbia and Keith Claven of Chelmsford. Lovingly remembered by many dear friends, & extended family members. Howie was the past owner of the Chelmsford Golf Course, often seen there with his antique cars. He was an avid curler at the Capreol Curling Rink. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4691 RR 15, Chelmsford, Friday, December 4, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St-Joseph Church, Chelmsford. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada can be made by cheque or online at

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MILLER, Hubert Theodore of RR 1, Dashwood, age 87

Posted by on February 4, 2016

MILLER, HubertMILLER:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Hubert Theodore Miller, of RR 1, Dashwood, age 87.  Beloved husband of Vesta Marilyn (Ford) Miller of RR 1, Dashwood.  Loved father and father-in-law of Dianne and Bob Biggam of Toronto, Vickie and Bob Hutchinson of Houston, Texas, Lisa and Frank Giffin of Strathroy.  Cherished grandpa of Emilie Hutchinson, Megan Hutchinson, Nicole Hutchinson, Jesse Giffin and Alison Giffin.  Dear brother of Lorna Main of Elmwood.  Predeceased by his parents Reinhold (1983) and Emilie (Miller) (1994) Miller, sister Martha Hindley and brothers-in-law Harold Main and Colin Hindley.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 p.m.  Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Spring Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery.  Hubert was a member of the Dashwood Men’s Club, Zion Lutheran Church Choir, Solo Club and the Senior’s Club.  If desired, memorial donations, payable by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society or Zion Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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Ryan; Edward of Badjeros resting at Fawcett Funeral Home

Posted by on February 3, 2016
Ed Ryan of Badjeros resting at Fawcett Funeral home

Ed Ryan of Badjeros resting at Fawcett Funeral home

Ryan, Edward John

After a rewarding 52 year professional driving career covering over 4 million miles of North American highways, Ed passed away in his 73rd year with his navigator (dog) Josie, as a result of a highway accident on Thursday January 28, 2016. Beloved husband of Patti (nee Berry). Loving father of Brent (Monique), Kerri and Colleen and stepson Deon Haggett. Loved and remembered by grandsons Brandon and Adam and great grandson Henry. Dear brother of Patrick (Ellen) Ryan, Catherine (Walter) Heeney, Cecilia (Brian) Adams, Myles (Barbara) Ryan, Sheila (John) Stackhouse, Jim (Sue) Ryan, Mary (Ian) Fowler, and brother-in-law of Brenda (Hector) Thatcher and Jo-Anne Berry (Jorg Wolter).

It was Ed’s wish to have his friends and family together for a casual celebration of his life and we look forward to hosting you this summer. Please send a message to and we will inform you of the details as arrangements are made.

In recognition of Ed’s lifelong love of animals, donations in his memory to the Ontario SPCA would be appreciated. Online donations and condolences at

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HYATT; Gordon, of Petrolia

Posted by on February 2, 2016

hyatt; gordon “Dad – A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” It is with great sadness that the family of GORDON FENWICK HYATT announces his passing on Friday January 29, 2016 at the age of 67. Gordon was born November 7, 1948 to Albert and Edith (Haggarty) Hyatt in Petrolia. In 1969 he married Sheila O’Meara, and they were married for 27 years. Together they created a loving home for their four children, and all of their children’s friends. He was a devoted father, and will be lovingly remembered by his children; Laura & Trent Maciborski of Sherwood Park, AB; Benjamin & Houghton Hyatt of Montecito, CA; Matthew & Tomoko Hyatt of Tokyo, Japan; and Julie & Andrew Hore of Edmonton, AB. He was a proud and loving grandpa to Tianna, Tasia, Asher, Addison, Jackson, Jacob and Riley. He is survived by his beloved siblings David & Kathy Hyatt and Wanda Hyatt, and by his many cherished nieces and nephews. Despite numerous physical hardships, Gordon never lost his sense of humour and will always be remembered for his quick wit and his ability to make those around him laugh. His heart was bigger than life, and his thoughtful ways touched those who knew him. A memorial service to celebrate Gordon’s life will take place on Saturday February 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, 4059 Petrolia Line, Petrolia. A reception will take place following the service. Cremation has taken place. Come wearing bright colours in honour of Gordon, and be prepared to share a laugh or two – that is how he would have wanted us to remember him! In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sarnia-Lambton Humane Society ( in honour of Gordon’s love of animals.   Memories, pictures, and condolences may be shared online at or on Facebook on Gordon Hyatt’s page.

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BUSS, Kenneth (Ken) of Camlachie

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Buss-1-WebbBUSS, KENNETH – Suddenly, but peacefully at Bluewater Health-CEE Petrolia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, Kenneth Carl Buss, age 91 of Camlachie passed away. He was the dear husband of the late Ina Christina (Dolson) Buss (2008) and loving father of Dan of Courtenay BC., Judy Dennis (Jim Meyer) of Kitchener, Pat and Carol Buss of Lacombe, AB and Kellie and Jamie Doan of Dorchester, father in law of Judy Buss of Bright’s Grove. He was a loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and brother of Joyce Hoffman of Kitchener. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his son Doug, grandson Scott Buss and granddaughter Stacey Koebel and sisters Joan and Audrey. Ken was a Royal Canadian Navy veteran of WWII and a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 of Sarnia. Ken retired in 1987 as manager of Inter City Truck Lines Ltd. and was Past-President of the Royal Canadian Naval Association of Kitchener and Past-President of the Lambton Shrine Club and a member of the Shrine Band. Funeral and committal services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, beginning at 10:00 am until the service begins. Memorial donations made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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Pitt: Leslie, formerly of R.R #3 Chesley

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Les Pitt

January 16, 1922 – January 29, 2016

Leslie Pitt was born on January 16, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. He was the oldest of his siblings who included Harry, Irene, and Bert. He lived near Eugenia in his early years, but the family eventually settled on a farm in the Markdale area. Les was in grade three when he first met Jean, at Lauriston Public School. As teenagers several years later, and in the shadow of war, the romance of a life-time began.
As soon as he was old enough, Les enlisted into the Royal Canadian Air Force. Not wanting to waste a golden opportunity, he upgraded his education and soon became a Flight Instructor and was stationed at bases in Gander, Newfoundland and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was during this time that Les and Jean planned to be married on his first leave back in Toronto, which happened to be on New Year’s Eve, 1942. However, the wedding was delayed many hours as his train was stuck in a terrible blizzard in eastern Canada. With no cell phones to let Jean know, his bride-to-be anxiously met a number of trains that did not bear her fiancé. But finally the groom arrived and the wedding proceeded. Les and Jean would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this past New Year’s Eve, 2015.
Soon after the marriage, Les was stationed in Assiniboia Saskatchewan and the young couple moved west. It was during his time at this base that structural defects resulted in some tragic plane accidents, when the wings folded up while in the air, trapping the doomed men inside. It was a worrisome time, but the default was eventually determined to be glue that could not handle the Canadian winter temperatures. Les was finally sent to England to await combat deployment which never occurred as the war ended with V-E Day on May 8, 1945 and he returned safely to Jean.
For the two years following the war, Les and Jean lived with her brother Rusty, gaining farming experience in order to claim farmland under the Veteran’s Land Act. Daughter Sharon was born, and the little family settled on the Grey-Bruce County Line near Chesley. Jean’s sister Ina, with husband Jim Boynton, settled on the adjacent farm and the two families worked the land together. Over the next few years Sharon became big sister to Ron, Maurine and Brian. And Les soon became involved as a Trustee with the Board of Education and encouraged his children to do their best in school.
In the early 50’s family medical bills mounted at a time when there was no Health Care so Les sought employment off the farm. It was then he began his long career with the United Cooperatives of Ontario. He ran the farm supply store and feed mill in Elmwood for many years, and was well respected by area farmers. Before retiring, he spent shorter stints at both the Chesley and Paisley Co-ops. Of course, during all those years, he continued helping Jean with the farm work in the evenings and on weekends.
Les supported the community as a trustee of the rural School Board for many years. He also spent many years on the Board of the Grey & Bruce Mutual Insurance Company. But his biggest community commitment was his many years on the Board of the Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy, including his time as President of the OFCP from 1984-1986. This involved many trips to Toronto meetings and constant advocating for more services for the physically handicapped. Les was a driving force for the creation of Participation Lodge at Holland Centre, and Brian was the first resident to move in, when it opened in 1982.
But life was not all work and no play. Les was a square dance enthusiast. He loved the music, the dancing, and the dear friends who were part of the Hanover club. Over the decades, Les and Jean attended every National Square Dance Convention across Canada, from 1978 to 2008. Les loved travelling, and besides traversing Canada many times, he and Jean visited Alaska, Australia, Barbados, England, Florida, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and Costa Rica. The latter trip was with ten family members, and other trips were with Ron and wife Marilyn, or with close friends. Les was also an avid reader, with tastes turning to historical fiction and non-fiction, mysteries, westerns and biographies. Les enjoyed many family games of baseball, volleyball and ping pong. He also enjoyed board games and golf. But it was card games that he most loved. It did not matter how late or early it was, or how tired he was, he was always ready for a game of cards … euchre, ‘marbles’, cribbage, ‘up the river’, it did not matter. If someone expressed interest, the game would be set up in moments.
Les was the cherished father of Sharon (Rev. Ralph) Schmidt of R.R. #2 Desboro, Ron (Marilyn) Pitt of Calgary and Maurine (John) Gillberry of Milton. Dear grandfather to Rob (Stephanie) and Krista (Jason), Jill (Jason) and Erin (Adam), Danielle and Megan. Precious great-grandfather to Joshua, Ryan, Tylie, Gavin, Avery, Quinn, Jackson and Myka. Les will be remembered by his brother, Bert (Beverly) Osborne and brother-in-law, Keith (Leora) Wilson. Les was predeceased by son, Brian, brother, Harry (Ruth) Osborne, sister Irene (Ross) Baumber, brothers-in-law, Harold (May) Wilson, David Wilson, sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Archie) Young and Ina (Jim) Boynton.
Les was a family man, a strong community member, and an untiring advocate for the physically challenged in our area. He was a gentleman and a loving husband for 73 years. Les will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his sense of humour, his optimism and his overall zeal for life.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 12 noon until the celebration of Les’ life at 2 p.m. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery at a later date.

In Les’ memory, memorial donations may be made to Participation Lodge or to the charity of your choice.

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HOWARD, TULA of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on January 26, 2016

Howard TulaTula Howard, in her 97th year, passed away peacefully on January 14 at the Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg, Ontario. She was pre-deceased by her parents George and Ruth Howard, her brother Bob Howard of Sherwood Park, Alberta, her sister Georgia Beston of Thornhill, Ontario and her adopted sister Ruth Arney. She is survived by three nephews and one niece, and many grand nephews and nieces. A private celebration of Tula’s life will be held. Further details can be found at

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DOUGLAS, Elia “Helen” N.C. (Miandro) of Grand Bend, age 86

Posted by on January 25, 2016


DOUGLAS:  Peacefully, in the early hours of Saturday, January 23, 2016, at her residence overlooking the Grand Bend Harbour and Lake Huron, Elia “Helen” Nazzarena Catarina (Miandro) Douglas, passed away, in the same manner she lived her life, with dignity and love for her family and life, at the age of 86.  Beloved wife of 65 years to Melvin “Mel” Muir Douglas.  Dear sister of Lita Miandro of St. Marys.  Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Kristie and David McIndoe of Grand Bend.  Cherished grams of Skyler McIndoe and treasured great-grandma of Mathias McNally-McIndoe. Fondly remembered by Andrew Hunt, Brooklyn Olsen and Presley Wellington.  Remembered also by her nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents Guilio and Assunta (Vesprini) Miandro.  At Elia’s request cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Visitation will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  Mel and Elia were long-time supporters of the Huron Country Playhouse and have only missed 1 theatre production since 1971. Elia was on the Huron Country Playhouse Board and the Ladies Guild and best friends with her local Bridge Ladies Group.  The family business that Mel and Elia and their family have owned and operated for 59 years, Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach and the former Christmas Place in Grand Bend.   In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations, payable by cheque to O.S.P.C.A, Huron Country Playhouse or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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ST PIERRE (ASTLE): Joyce Marie of Surrey

Posted by on January 24, 2016

images-4September 14, 1952 – October 19, 2015

It deeply saddens us to announce the passing of Joyce St Pierre in Surrey, B.C. at the age of 63. She leaves behind to mourn her, sister Eleanor Gerhardt (Ed), brother Richard Astle (Carol), nephews Richard Gerhardt (Karen), Jeff Astle and Steven Astle (Ariana) and nieces Christy Gerhardt (Sezgin), Jenny Hall (Jason), Sandra Astle, and Kimberley Astle (Carter), along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joyce was an amazing, independent woman, much admired for her perseverance as she conquered the adversities of living with Multiple Sclerosis over these last forty-six years. She inspired people wherever she met them. Joy’s passions included poetry, all genres of music, politics and, of course, her beloved Canucks! She had also been researching and working on a historic novel in her last years, set in a British Columbia coal mining town.
Joyce was born in Edmonton and attended school there until the age of fourteen, when her family relocated to Victoria, B.C.. There, she attended Reynolds Secondary School until another move was made to Port Moody, B.C. Joyce also spent a year and a half living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before she settled down for the long term in Surrey.
Joyce passed just as she had lived, with strength, dignity and love, and she will be missed by many. A Service of Remembrance will be held in Alberta in the spring; date, place and time to be announced at a later date.
Heartfelt thanks to Joyce’s homecare workers, many of whom became her friend, to the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital and to the dedicated personnel at Laurel Place Hospice for their outstanding care.
Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day;
unseen, unheard but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.
‘Til we meet again….

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CHISLETT, Reginald of Mitchell

Posted by on January 21, 2016

Chislett, ReginaldReginald Chislett – passed away peacefully at his residence in Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Wednesday January 20, 2016, one week short of his 87th birthday.  Reginald was retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as a flight engineer on the Hercules Aircraft.

Beloved husband of Margaret (Hawkins) Chislett whom he married in 1954. Loving father of Doug Chislett and Debra Woodske of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Dodi and Grant Morgan of Listowel, Bill and Leslie Chislett of Smithville.  Special grandpa of James Morgan, Jessica and Mike Carter and great grandpa of Jimmy and Annabelle.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.  A special thank you to the friends and staff at Ritz Lutheran Villa.

Predeceased by his parents James and Suzanna (Jones) Chislett.  Reg was the last surviving member of his family being predeceased by eleven siblings.

In keeping with Reg’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral home visitation.  A private family memorial service will be held at Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The War Amps would be appreciated by the family.

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ROBERTSON, Dougald Wayne of Stayner

Posted by on January 19, 2016

webDied on Sunday January 17, 2016 at Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood at the age of 74. Wayne of Stayner, beloved husband of Gail. Dear father of Wendy (Marv Breen), Kimberly Riedler, and Kenneth (Sonya) and to Gail’s children Marlene (Bill Given), Todd Robinson, Jeff Hunter (Kandy) and Laurie (Dan Gould). Cherished grandfather of Shane (Cynthia) and Shawna Breen, Samantha (Steven Smith), Charlene Riedler and Eric Fitzpatrick, Lyndsie McCann, Skye and Holly Robertson, Ronnie, Shaun and Luke Given, Amber and Kyle Hunter, Adam (Caitlin) Gould and Kelly (Paul Pankiewicz). Great grandfather to Bryson, Avery, Jackson, Anastasia, Ava-Leigh, Odin, Jacelen, Kasia and Addison. Dear brother of Stewart (Lynn), Paul (Marjorie), Mary Anne (John Brentnell) and Helen (Doug Whittingstall). Wayne will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and his many friends. Private Arrangements have been made with a celebration of life to follow at a later date. If desired, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would be appreciated by Wayne’s family. Arrangements under the care of the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home. To sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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LORENZ: Clarence of R.R. #2 Elmwood

Posted by on January 16, 2016

LorenzClarence William Lorenz of R.R. #2 Elmwood, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, January 15, 2016 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Marlene (Musehl). Loving father of Jeff (Corry) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Doug (Susan) of R.R. #2 Elmwood and Janice (Michael) Hartman of Palmerston. Cherished grandfather of Melissa (Josh) Spencer, Nicole (Jeff) Lembke, Aaron and Amy Lorenz and great-grandfather of Kaleb Lembke. Clarence will be missed by his sister Marion Golem of Hanover and sisters-in-law Joan Erwin of R.R. #1 Elmwood and Elaine (Clark) Francis of Hanover and their families. Clarence was predeceased by his grandchildren Brent and Rebecca, sisters Hilda (Arthur) Weppler, Elva (Clarence) Weirmier, brothers-in-law Wilfred Golem and Bob Erwin and his parents, William and Edith (Pegelo) Lorenz.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Clarence’s life will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elmwood on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. Spring interment in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Elmwood.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. John’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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ARCHIBALD; Mr. Hubert John of Wasaga Beach, formerly Stroud

Posted by on January 16, 2016

card 2We are heartbroken to announce that John passed away suddenly on Tuesday January 12, 2016 in Wasaga Beach in his 77th year. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Gloria (Diplock) .Loving DAD of Darlene Bell and husband Dan and Brent and his wife Wendy. Cherished Poppy to Kaitlyn and Hayleigh Bell. Brother of Mary Maukonen and uncle to Kirk, Terry, and Sheryl. Sister in law Doreen Holburn (Diplock) and husband Don and uncle to Christine and Russell. Beloved sister in law to Marilyn Maxwell (Diplock) and husband Bill. Devoted niece Michelle McClafferty (Maxwell) and husband Pat. Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Wasaga Beach Chapel on Sunday January 17, 2016 from 12 noon for the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 2 o’clock. Reception to follow. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by John’s family. For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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PARLOW: Judith Selena Kathleen of Sarnia

Posted by on January 14, 2016

At Bluewater Health, peacefully  with family by her side, JUDITH SELENA KATHLEEN (nee McGaughey) PARLOW,age 69 of Sarnia. Beloved wife of Wallace Fournier. Dear mother of Ray McMaster, Tom Parlow (Sue), Dave Presley (Brenda). Grandmother of Tiffany and Tina Ward, Tommy Parlow, William Fisher, Erica Scholte and Cody Landry and 3 great grandchildren. Will be missed by her sister Rose Joleun. Predeceased by her parents William and Verna McGaughey and brother Ed McGaughey. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be  made to the Sarnia and District Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre.

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MAIR: Jean May of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on January 12, 2016

images-4Jean passed away peacefully on the morning of October 18, 2015 in Surrey, British Columbia, at 94 years of age. She was born in Wapella, Saskatchewan (née Violet May Murie) on January 24, 1921. Jean met Wilbert “Web” Mair in Olds, Alberta where they married November 4, 1940 and had all of their children. They moved to Calgary in 1962, and Jean lived there until she moved to British Columbia in 2009.

Jean was a mother of five to Jim (Dianne), Reg (Helga, late Ina), late Dorothy Jean, late Marjorie (Leo, late Joe), and late Carol. In addition to her three daughters, she was also pre-deceased by her husband of 55 years Wilbert “Web,” father-in-law Robert “Roy,” and her dogs Bear and Moe.

Along with her two surviving sons, Jim and Reg, she leaves to mourn many others who hold her close to their hearts. She was a loving grandmother to Carrie (Ron), Robert (Holly), Chris (Lysa), Trevor “TJ,” Brian “Joe,” Kelly, Tommy, Chad, and Joe. They will miss her deeply as will their friends and extended family members. She was a deeply admired great-grandmother to Kelsey, Rain, Kayla, Ashley, Cameron, Austin, Maceo, Rivers, and Joey. Through her late daughter-in-law Ina, she was also a grandmother and great-grandmother by marriage to Tammy, Leanna, Candice, and Justin. Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren actively share with each other their many happy memories of Jean. She made a huge impact in their lives.

Jean was always a fun-spirited woman. She always knew how to make the best of every situation. She had the most beautiful smile and put a smile on the faces of those around her. She is remembered by her family for her warmth and for her hilarious sense of humour.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held in Calgary, Alberta in the spring. Donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

We will love you forever, Grandma Jean!

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FARRELL: Kurtis formerly of Strathroy

Posted by on January 8, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Kurtis Farrell announces his passing on Saturday December 26, 2015 in Grande Prairie, Alberta and formerly of Strathroy, Ontario.

Beloved spouse to Trinity Badger. Loving father to Kyra and Karter Farrell of Grande Prairie. Beloved son of Tami Farrell of Strathroy, ON and Randy Farrell of Woodstock, ON. Step-son of Dave Shewan of Strathroy, ON. Dear brother of Keaton Farrell of Strathroy, ON. Loved by his grandparents Bevan and Betty Tackaberry of Lion’s Head, ON and Helena Kenny of Kingston, ON. He will be remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Kurtis is pre-deceased by his grandfathers Leverne Farrell of St. Thomas, ON, Dave Wilson of London, ON, and Lloyd Kenny of Kingston, ON.

For Kurtis’ friends and family in Grande Prairie, a Celebration of Life was held on Sunday January 3rd in Grande Prairie.

Friends and family will be received at Denning’s of Strathroy on Friday, January 15th, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Kurtis’ Life will be held at Denning’s of Strathroy, on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in trust for Kurtis’ children at any TD Canada Trust, account 775-6406387, or by e-transfer to

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GOLKA: Dominic Francis of Belleville

Posted by on January 7, 2016

GOLKA, Dominic Francis- of Belleville, passed away at Hastings Manor on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Young) Golka. Dear father of Christopher (Mychel) of Calgary, Christine “Tina” Jessup (John) of Oshawa and son-in-law, Pete Jessup of Oshawa. Loving grandfather of Tyler, Alex, Ryan, Stephanie, Ashleigh, Adam, Sierra, Dominique and Jarrett. Great grandfather of Mateo. Dominic was predeceased by his parents Dominic and Martha Golka, one brother; Robert and one sister; Sandra Haines. He is survived by two sisters; Carol (Doug) Guest of Belleville, Debb (Richard) Hollington of Kelowna, British Columbia and by two brothers; Don (Violet) of Rednersville and Wayne (Brenda) of Thunder Bay. Dominic is also lovingly remembered by 20 nieces and nephews, 26 great nieces and nephews and by Cheryl’s brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 with visitation from 1:00 until service time. The family would like to thank the staff of Hastings Manor, Elm Villa for their care and compassion.

If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.

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MUNN, Anthony, Allen “Tony” of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on January 5, 2016

MUNN, TonyIt is with great sorrow that the family announces his passing in Sudbury, Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 59 after courageous and lengthy battle with Huntington Disease. Predeceased by his parents James and Margret (née Wills) Munn and by his brother James T. Munn. Loving father of Jeremy Munn, Kendra Munn, Kurtis Munn all of Sudbury, Tammy Hosack (Shayne), Wesley Munn and Adrianna Elliot all of Edmonton as well several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Dear brother of Robert Munn (Debi) of Lincoln, N.B., Alex Munn (Brenda) of Brockville and Pati Chaloux (George) of Fredericton, N.B. Tony’s committal service will be at a later date at the Parkers Ridge Cemetery in New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Huntington Society of Canada are welcome. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Sudbury.

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WARBRICK: John of Nanaimo Formerly of Richmond BC, Burnaby BC, Hamilton ON, Brantford ON

Posted by on January 4, 2016

images-4John Wesley Warbrick, 58, of Nanaimo, British Columbia, passed away peacefully on December 30th, due to complications with his MS, surrounded by family and friends.
John was born in Brantford, Ontario on August 29, 1959
John was married to Kathleen on August 13, 1983; they were married 30 years.
John had a passion for anything automotive, if it moved, and could be fast and loud, it’s a safe bet he has built it. He spent many years out in the garage tinkering away on the next project, along with many, many friends. John also drove a long haul truck for many years, all over North America.
He enjoyed hockey, so much so that he coached his daughter Cordi’s team for many years. As well as baseball, and soccer, where at his daughter Charmaine’s games could always be heard supporting the team on the sidelines. He also enjoyed comedies and cheesy B-Grade horror movies.
John loved to take his family on many trips down the coast, camping, hiking and swimming in the ocean.
John is survived by family members; Kathleen Warbrick of Nanaimo BC, his daughters Cordi and Charmaine Warbrick of Richmond, British Columbia, and his son Aaron Warbrick of Nanaimo British Columbia. HIs sister, Heather Robdrup of Lethbridge Alberta, and other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the MS Society of Canada
The family of John Warbrick wishes to thank the staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village for taking great such care of him for the past few years.
For celebration of life details please contact Charmaine by email;

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STAM, Rev.Clarence (Klaas) of Hamilton

Posted by on January 3, 2016

STAM, Rev. Clarence (Klaas)


Peacefully, on January 1, 2016, our beloved husband, father, and Opa was called home in his 68th year, to be with his Lord and Saviour. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Marga (nee Kraal), and his children Lawrence Stam, Richard and Tracey Stam, Alina and Michael Noot, and Anne-Marie and Rick VanIperen. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Austin, and Logan Stam; Liana, Alexa, and Jared Noot; and Megan, Kristen, Clark, Natalie, Ruth, and Ariella VanIperen. He was predeceased by his beloved son Edward Stam in 1992. Loved brother of the late Jenny and the late Gerrit VanWoudenberg, the late Ben and Ria Stam, Len and Hennie Stam, John Stam, and Bev and Bill Schouten; and brother-in-law of Jane Stam, Hilly and the late Wim Van Ingen, Egbert and the late Betty Kraal, Jaap and Grietje Kraal, Geke and Frans Tijssen, Jacomien and Henk Broer, Alet and Theo Aalbers, Eveline and Jan Neutel. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Clarence faithfully served the Canadian Reformed churches from 1972 to 2004.  Special thanks go to the doctors and nurses of Juravinski E3 for their care and compassion during his illness. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at CORNERSTONE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 353 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to Mission Brazil (Gospel Action Brazil) in support of the ongoing mission and aid project in Maceió Brazil, or to the Harvest Endowment Foundation in support of Christian education would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

? (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

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SLOAN: DEXTER of CHILLIWACK Formerly of Abbotsford

Posted by on January 2, 2016

images-4Dexter Kay Sloan, climbed into the arms of Jesus on December 31, 2015 in Abbotsford, British Columbia at the age of 70 with family by his side. He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on August 14, 1945 to parents, Samuel and Gladys. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma, and his three children, Michael, Daniel (Dhouha) and Victoria (Chet) with Linda, his former spouse. He will also be remembered by Norma’s two children, Jason (Christine), Pam (Huw), and ten grandchildren, Sean, Jayme, Rachel, Michael, Hannah, Melia (Ron), Ben, Zach, Meghan, and Evan. Dexter is also remembered by his sister, Marilyn (Fred) and their four children, Brad, Paige, Jaqueline and John along with their families.

The Celebration of Life will be held at Seven Oaks Alliance Church located at 2575 Gladwin Road in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Tuesday,
January 5, 2016 at 2:00pm.

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Lu, Ying “Lily” of Sarnia

Posted by on December 30, 2015

yingwebYing (Lily) Li Lu, of Sarnia, died at 8:15 pm, Sunday December 27th, 2015 at the Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. She was born (1932) in Nanking, China to parents Ai Hui Chao and Fen Sun Chen. She married Hsiang Sung Lu in 1959 and he survives. Also surviving are her son-in-law David Barton and 3 grandchildren: Michael, Brenna and Kailynn Barton of Ann Arbor, Michigan, cousin Nancy Lichon (husband Fran), and other family members. Her daughter Alice Lu Barton preceded her in death.Lily received her Bachelor’s Degree at Taiwan University and her Master’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She was a long time resident of Sarnia and was a librarian at Sarnia Public Library.Lily was a loving mother and grandmother. She was outgoing, humorous and kind. She enjoyed traveling and time with her family. She and her husband were generous donors to a variety of organizations including Northwestern University, Sarnia Public Library, Sarnia Art Gallery, Canadian Cancer Society and many others. She and her husband were awarded the Lambton County Award for generous donations and ongoing support to the Cultural Services Division. Services will be held at the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 between the hours of 7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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MCDONALD (NEE CONWAY): Rita Christine of Kamloops Formerly of 100 mile house,bc, and Sault Ste Marie , Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Rita peacefully passed away on Decenber 22, 2015
She was the Mom for her seven children Kelly,Kim,Heather,Trish,Maureen,Melinda,Emmett.She was married to Keith Gordon Mcdonald who passed on Dec 13,1990.Mom was one of 15 children born in the sault sre marie ontario to Howard and Lillian(Lilly) Conway and mom is also the last of that family.She will be missed by all that knew her especially her children.R.I.P. Mom..Until We Meet Again

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