CURTIS, Roderick Stanley of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 30, 2015

Curtis Roderick Nov 29Peacefully at his home in Grafton on Sunday, November 29, 2015, in his 58th year.  Beloved husband of Dale (nee Eagleson).  Loving father of Ryan (Carmen LaRose), Erinn (Mike) Ricica and Ty.  Cherished grandfather of Brandt LaRose-Curtis.  Son of Ted and Dwaine Curtis and Son-in-law of John and Jane Eagleson. Dear brother of Randy (Kathryn Fanning) and Brad (Michele Foster).  Brother-in-law of Greg (Karen) Eagleson.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Grafton with visiting from 12 – 2 p.m. at the church.  Donations to St. Andrew’s United Church or Sick Children’s Hospital would be appreciated.  Condolences received at

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BROOKS, Justin Donald of Calgary

Posted by on November 30, 2015

BROOKS, JUSTIN – In Calgary on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Justin Donald Brooks, age 33 passed away. He was the son of Marion Brooks and her friend Robert Boyd and Donald Brooks and wife Karen, big brother to Kelly Brooks, boyfriend of Nora Bressette, grandson of Aileen Barnes. He will be missed by aunts, uncles and cousins. Justin was predeceased by his grandmother Patricia Demeray. A memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning an hour prior. Memorial gifts made through donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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SINCLAIR: James Anthony aka Jimmy of Edmonton

Posted by on November 25, 2015

It is with grave sadness we announce the sudden passing of an incredible man who was always full of life & spirit and always showing us laughter, James A. Sinclair was predeceased by Joseph and Donna Sinclair, his brother Garry, He is survived by his Wife Pauline Sinclair, he was a loving dad/stepdad to Candice (Candi) & Blaine, grandfather to Danica, Nethaniel, Jairdon, & Isla, a brother to Sandra, & Diane, an uncle to Darren, Jeffrey & Jordan, and a friend to so many. It is hard to describe the impact he has made on so many lives, may we all remember this man for the good memories he has left us and to remember the good times we shared.
Service/celebration of life will be held at Serenity Funeral Service located at 10129 Princess Elizabeth Ave on November 27, 2015 at 2pm

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PEARCE, Matthew of Prince George formerly of London

Posted by on November 19, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts the family of Matthew Pearce announce his passing on November 12th, 2015 in Prince George, B.C. Survived by his loving parents Robert and Janice Pearce of Ailsa Craig and  beloved sister Caitlin (Keith) Lacy of Brooklin, Ontario. Special Uncle of Connor Lacy. Matthew will be sadly missed by his Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Matt was a brave warrior who faced many challenges, but he had a caring soul which touched the lives of, and made profound impacts on, the many people he met. He was often more willing to help others than deal with his own issues. He was an old soul at a young age, and he lived an active and eventful life. He frequently found solace by wandering alone in the wilderness. Matthew’s spirit now soars with the hawks.Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th, 2015 from 6-9p.m at Denning’s of Ailsa Craig. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11a.m at the Grace Anglican Church, Ilderton, lunch to follow the service. Cremation has occurred. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


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GALLAGHER, John Robert

Posted by on November 17, 2015

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John Robert Gallagher, much loved son of Valerie Carder and the late Shannon Gallagher passed away in Syria on November 4, 2015.  He is survived by his sisters Erin Gallagher and Lily Gallagher and step brother Justen Carder.  Predeceased by his step father Ian Carder.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.

This is Valerie.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone so much for their great show of support on Friday, as John Robert returned to Chatham-Kent. Thank you all very, very much. It was wonderful to see such respect and compassion. Thank you for the signs and pictures and flags; for standing on bridges, beside trucks, and in fields; thank you to the Kurdish community for accompanying him and to the people of Blenheim for receiving him.

There was so much organization involved and we would like also to express our sincere gratitude to the Canadian Heroes Foundation for making this happen. The expression of support we received from Canadians yesterday would not have been possible without them.

As a family, we now have the opportunity to have a little time with John Robert – to feel like he is home and to begin to process everything.

However, we do now also have a date for a celebration of life / funeral, to take place this Tuesday Nov. 24 in Toronto. It will be held at Liuna Local 183, from 3 – 6 in the afternoon.

The address is 1263 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON M3M 3G3.

So much of our focus thus far has been to bring John Robert home, and now that has been accomplished, we would like to let everyone have a chance to say goodbye.

As you may know, Erin has set up an email so that anyone who is interested can share photographs or let us know if they are interested in sharing memories or stories on Tuesday. That email again is

Thank you again for the honour you have shown my son and for your support to our family.





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MACDONALD: Nora Jean of Tofield Formerly of Holden

Posted by on November 12, 2015

images-4Nora Jean MacDonald, born July 13, 1947 passed away peacefully on October 31, 2015 in Tofield, AB. in the long-term care facility where she was well taken care of by staff for several years. Nora is survived by her children, Richard (Karen) VanderZee, Diane (Ken) Raichel, and Sheri VanderZee. Grandchildren, Miranda, Jamie, Beth, Cassidy, and Connor. Long time companion Lawrence Tchir. Siblings James MacDonald, Gerald Berget, Barb Berget and Todd (Diane) Berget. Nora was predeceased by parents Dougal MacDonald and Ida Day. Siblings Malcolm MacDonald, Dorothy Myers and Daryl Berget, her children’s Father Jim VanderZee and 2 Grandchildren Dylan & Sarah VanderZee. A Celebration of Life will be held on Nov.21/15 at Evansdale Hall 9111-150 Ave at 12pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer Society or Tofield Health Centre.

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BELANGER, Normand François of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on November 9, 2015

BELANGER, NormandThe family announces with sorrow, his death in Sudbury, Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Beloved husband of Yvonne Belanger (née Soullière) of Sudbury. Dear son of Ernest and Thérèse (née Paradis) Belanger of Sudbury. Loving father of Danielle Belanger, Vivian Schweitzer (Darren) both of Calgary and Jennifer Bertulli (Matthew) of Burlington. Sadly missed by his sisters, Denise Lapalme (Philippe) and Aline Paquette (late Yvan) both of Sudbury and Monique Mimeault (Yvon) of Noëlville. Predeceased by his brothers Gaëtan (Jacqueline of Sudbury) and Joseph. Cherished grandfather of Kane, Eden and Olive. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends. The family will receive relative and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd. E., Sudbury, Monday October 5, 2015 from 3-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, Sudbury. Donations to the Northern Cancer Foundation (Glioblastoma Research) may be made by cheque or on line at

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Posted by on November 9, 2015

Morris Rainsforth, born June16, 1935 in Montreal Quebec, son of Willfred and Alexandra Rainsforth quietly passed away on October20, 2015 in North Bay Ontario.

Morris is pre-deceased by his partner Bev and his brothers and sisters, Willie, Margaret, Lexie, Anne and George.

His nieces, nephews and many family friends will lovingly remember him.
Morris will be put to final rest in London Ontario with his Mom Alexandra.

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HUGHES: Stephen of Victoria Formerly of Montreal

Posted by on November 9, 2015

images-4It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of Stephen Hughes on October 29, 2015. Diagnosed with ALS in May 2014, Steve fought a courageous battle for as long as he could. He passed away peacefully and quietly in the comfort of his own home with his family by his side.

He will be profoundly missed by his wife Arlene, children Jessica (son-in-law Cameron), Sarah, Sam, Christine and Jenny, and by his mother Beryl. His cousins, uncles and aunts, family friends, fellow hockey players and business partners will miss him every day. His friendliness and selflessness left him with many special connections, each personally touched by his friendship in Victoria, Calgary, Montreal, Ontario and Costa Rica.

Many who knew him appreciated his smart aleck demeanour, love for hockey (especially the Habs), appetite for oysters and scotch, and sound business advice. He was a man of integrity and a bon vivant, who believed in living life passionately, with joie de vivre. He was happiest spending time with his kids and getting updates about their adventures in academic studies, careers and personal endeavours. He was a phenomenal father, an amazing role model and incredibly devoted family man whose loss will be felt by everyone.

Steve is pre-deceased by his first wife Susanne Rousseau, younger sister Kim Hughes, father Robert Hughes and Uncle Brian Taylor. A funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish in Victoria on November 14 at 10:30 a.m. We kindly ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Society.

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MILLS: Debbie of Toronto

Posted by on November 9, 2015

Debbie Mills,1958-2015
Aged 57
Died at home on Saturday October 31,2015 at 4pm in Toronto, ON.
Daughter of Henry & Terry Halge
Mother of Samantha and Laura Mills

Service will be held on Sunday November 8th 2015 at 12:30pm at St.Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Toronto.

Cremation & Entombment at Holy Cross, Markham

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MACDONALD: Kenneth of Maple Ridge Formerly of Maple Ridge

Posted by on November 9, 2015

Kenneth Cecil Macdonald February 17, 1940 – November 1, 2015 It is with deep heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Ken Macdonald, loving husband, father and grandpa. Dad was always happiest when surrounded by his family and especially fond of each and every one of his grandchildren. He will be missed by his wife Mary (nee Hujdic), his son Rob (Kristie), daughter Laura (Rupert), step-children Dana, Kari, and Trevor. He will always be in the hearts of his grandchildren, Ava, Kyle, Luke, Carter, Julia, Cole, Mason, Evan and Charlotte. There will be a private celebration of life to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the BC Cancer Society.

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LaDouler: Harold James Rustle of Caliston

Posted by on November 9, 2015

images-4It is with sadness in our hearts that we say goodbye to Harold James (Jim) Rustle LaDouler. On the early morning of Saturday November seventh, Harold passed peacefully in his sleep.

Harold was a larger than life character and he could be a bit silly sometimes. He loved taking pictures and being in them, but not as much as he loved his friends. He recently described the last six months as one of the happiest times of his life because he was making so many new friends, many of them on the internet. Thank you to everyone who was kind to him.

Although he always wore that trademark smile, on the inside Harold was suffering in great pain. He was bashful, so he kept it to himself, but in his last will and testament he revealed that he was recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He was too embarrassed to tell anyone and he didn’t want to cause anyone pain, so he hid his pain and continued his daily routine. He suffered in silence so we wouldn’t have to. You are in a better place now and never again will you have to hide the pain, Harold. You will never be forgotten. Please consider a small donation to prostate cancer research:

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VERROEN; Henry, of Wyoming

Posted by on November 5, 2015

Verroen; HenryHenry Verroen of Wyoming, Ontario, Peacefully with his loving family by his side passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the age of 63, after a short yet courageous battle with cancer. Henry was predeceased by his father John in 1998 and is survived by his mother Jennie of Wyoming. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Lois (Wessel) for 32 years. Loving father of Travis and Julie of Oromocto, NB, Trevor of Warren, MI, and Johnathan of Edmonton, AB. Adored grandfather to Colin, Tyler, Kailyn, Jocelyn, Benjamin, Jalen, Jordyn, Madison, and Carlee. Henry is survived by five sisters, Marian Schinkel and husband Tim, Jennifer Frayne and husband Scott, Joann Weidmark and husband Bob, Elizabeth Crawford and Cathy Verroen. Brother to Fred and wife Debbie, Derek and wife Debbie, Gerald and wife Del, and David and wife Bev. For over 21 years Henry was proudly employed with 4M Farms and most recently with Parkland Farms. Henry will be missed by many extended family, friends, and coworkers. Henry touched the lives of many and will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul. Visitors will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. A service celebrating Henry’s life will take place on Monday, November 9, 2015 at St. Paul’s United Church, Petrolia at 1:00 p.m., with visitors being received one hour prior to the service. Henry’s son Johnathan Verroen will officiate the service. Interment to follow in Wyoming Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Bluewater Health Foundation (Palliative Care) ( Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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MACK, Joan Elizabeth (Gemmell) of Brockville, Ontario

Posted by on November 2, 2015

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Peacefully, in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 1, 2015, at the Brockville General Hospital Garden St. Site. At 76 years Joan the Beauty Queen is survived by Russ the Cowboy her husband of 53 years.

Joan was born and raised in Brockville where she met and fell in love with her Cowboy. Together they loved and raised their sons Cameron, Dallas and Jason. Joan’s family extended to three daughters-in-law that she loved as if they were her own Jackie, Kelly and Melissa. Nana loved and cherished her three grandchildren Avery (11) Emmett (10) and Bryce (22 months). Joan was predeceased by her loving parents Garnet and Irene Gemmell and leaves behind her sisters Pat Lajoie and Linda Gemmell along with a host of cousins, brothers and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Joan’s greatest love was her family, taking care of them and keeping them well fed.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville on Wednesday November 4th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Service which will be held in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m.  Interment Roselawn Memorial Gardens.  In memory of Joan donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Joan’s family would like to pay special thanks to Dr. Martin and Dr. Bryson and the nurses, staff and volunteers of the Kingston Cancer Centre and the Brockville Palliative care nurses for their compassion, care and kindness and to all our friends and family for their support during her illness.

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BREGMAN, Hendrik “Hank” of RR 6, Goderich, age 82

Posted by on October 28, 2015

BREGMAN:  Peacefully, at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Hendrik “Hank” Bregman, of RR 6, Goderich, age 82.  Beloved husband of Margaret Rosie (Keller) Bregman.  Loved father and father-in-law of Diane Bregman (Steve Layton) of Clinton, ON., Morgan Bregman of Olds, AB., Jan William Bregman of Edmonton, AB., Christopher Bregman of Goderich, ON., Gary (Judy) Carlisle of Brockville, ON.,  Renée (Ben) Worsell of Olds, AB. Cherished grandpa and Opa of many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Robert (Agnes) Bregman of Teeswater, ON., Ann Keller of London, ON., John (Marie) Bregman of Winnipeg Beach, MB., Ada (Earl) Telfer of Paris, ON., Jake Martens of Red Deer, AB., Eulene (Bill) Baker, Grace (Fred) Sanders all of London.  Hank will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents John and Heltje (Bos) Bregman, sons Gordon and David Bregman, daughters Lynn and Katherine Carlisle, brothers-in-law Lloyd Keller, Milton (Erma) Keller, Mervin (Sue) Keller, Eugene Keller and sister-in-law Verda Martens.  At Hank’s request cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at Berea-By-the-Water Lutheran Church, 326 Gibbons St, Goderich, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. with visitation commencing at 12 p.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Interment Calvary Cemetery, Dashwood.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at

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STEPHEN: Pearl (Gobert) of Owen Sound, formerly of R.R. #2 Desboro

Posted by on October 26, 2015

Pearl Stephen - CroppedHard working and resourceful are just two of the words that could be used to describe Pearl Arnetta (Gobert) Stephen. Born to Albert and Mary (Kaufman) Gobert and the middle child of three, Pearl attended school at SS #6 on Grey Road 3. As a child, she enjoyed playing football (or soccer as we know it) at any recess she could. After completing Grade 8, Pearl soon met her future husband Harry at a cousin’s house. He was 18 and Pearl was 15. Together they continued spending more and more time together attending socials and dances. They were married Wednesday, September 6, 1939 at Pearl’s home. In marrying Pearl, Harry had to promise to join Faith Lutheran Church in Desboro. Being the trustworthy fellow that he was, Harry did indeed join Pearl’s church. Her faith was important to Pearl and she lived out her life being a faithful servant. Having been baptized into the wider family of God, Pearl was confirmed in 1934. She thus took on the responsibility for her own faith as an adult of the congregation, fully accepting the teachings of Martin Luther – Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Between the years of 1941 and 1955, six boys were born to Pearl and Harry; Roger, Howard, Alvin, Robert, Harold and Grant. Preferring to work outside, Pearl had acres of strawberries and a large garden with lots of fruits and vegetables, with not a dandelion successfully living nearby. Hydro was purchased in 1949 for the family home with Pearl’s egg and babysitting monies. Pearl also enjoyed curling with Harry and was a proud member and supporter of the Community Club in Keady.

Pearl was a great cook and loved hosting people, especially for solo and euchre parties. Being the athlete she was, Pearl also enjoyed playing crokinole and shuffle board. Never working outside the home for a paycheque, Pearl kept exceptionally busy at home. She quilted, sewed, and baked pies, bread and buns. Personally, her favourite dessert was anything with Boston Cream in it – pies or donuts. Funny thing though, Pearl never really liked pie crusts but loved the fillings! If you were to join her for a coffee, watch the sugar, as she would often mention that sugar ruins the coffee!

Despite her determination and ingenuity Pearl never did get her driver’s license. Perhaps that is because Pearl did not like to stray far from home. In fact, Harry went to Ireland without her as she did not like the idea of having to fly. Maybe it is just as well Pearl didn’t travel much as she also disliked having her picture taken, although she did enjoy taking the pictures.

Not having a daughter of her own, Pearl deeply loved her daughters-in-law. She was such a thoughtful mother-in-law that she chose to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve after church so that her daughters-in-law could spend Christmas Day with their mothers.

Wanting to have a “big funeral” Pearl teasingly told her daughter-in-law Ruth to make sure she phoned a lot of people. Regrettably, by the time one is 95, there are not a lot of friends to invite.  Pearl Arnetta Stephen of R.R. #2 Desboro, passed away at Lee Manor, Owen Sound on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in her 96th year. Pearl leaves to grieve her loss: Roger, Howard (Donna McCraken), Alvin (Pat Wood), Robert, Harold (Ruth) and Grant, as well as 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Harry, her daughters-in-law Rubbie and Margaret, great-grandson Brent, siblings Etta Carroll and Percy (Evelyn) Gobert and Harry’s siblings, Alexander (Alma) Stephen, John (Betty) Stephen, Vivian (Adolf) Schopf, Vera (Bill ) Lettau and Donald Coleman.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Pearl’s life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Desboro on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. Interment in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Desboro.

Memorial donations to Lutheran Hour, Faith Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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BROWN, Mary Adelle (Blackley) of Grand Bend, age 91

Posted by on October 26, 2015

BROWN:   Mary Adelle (nee Blackley) Brown, R.N. of Grand Bend, Ontario.  Passed away peacefully, at Stratford General Hospital, Stratford, on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the age of 91, surrounded by love and adoration, on the 22nd anniversary of Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series-clinching home run.  A diehard Toronto Blue Jays fan, Mary was born, February 26, 1924 in Emsdale, Ontario and trained as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto.  Predeceased by her husband Rae Howison Brown (June 2, 1993), parents Albert David Blackley and Netta Amelia Wallace, siblings Frances Glenna Brown, Cathryn Armstrong and David Blackley.  Lovingly remembered by her 11 nieces, nephews, numerous grand-nieces and nephews.  Mary had a magical spirit and touched many lives.  Per Mary’s wishes, cremation will take place with no services to be held, private family interment Woodland Cemetery, London.  In lieu of flowers, donations payable to the Children’s Wish Foundation or Stratford General Hospital, whose incredibly kind and compassionate staff ensured her last days were comfortable.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at

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Yule: Janet L. (Ballah) of R.R. #1 Dobbinton, formerly of Guelph

Posted by on October 21, 2015

Janet Cropped2The world has lost a doting and devoted woman who always put her husband, children, grandchildren and community first. Janet Louise Yule will be remembered as a strong, smart, selfless and creative woman whose family was the center of her life. Growing up as the eldest child, Janet quickly learned how to care for people, to be responsible and to make sacrifices for family and friends. Her upbringing also meant a lifetime of unconditional love for those around her. Janet loved having her family around and the more family the better! At the same time, Janet also greatly appreciated her quiet, alone time.

Janet was born October 22, 1961 in Guelph and attended the “smart” high school – GCVI. Late in high school she moved up to Chesley and on October 15, 1983 she married her childhood sweetheart Jamie Kenneth Yule. Two years later this young couple were blessed with Rob, and then John, Lloyd and Alissa. It has been said that perfection was attained when Alissa was born.

Traditionalist would not be a word that describes Janet. She was ambitious, returning to school as an adult and attaining a diploma from Georgian College in business and further courses in carpentry. Working with wood was a passionate pastime for Janet. She created a dog house, resembling an actual house, and worked tirelessly for Habitat for Humanity constructing a home in Tara.

At some point Janet was roped into helping with the Santa Claus parade in Tara and ten years later was still volunteering her time and talent. Camping with her family, driving through the countryside, taking pictures of scenery, shopping at the Southampton Market, antiques, checking out architecture were just some of Janet’s many passions. To know Janet is also to know of her absolute love of animals, including Shadow, Duke, a bunny, and twenty-three or so cats! She shared a love of Sci-Fi Fantasy books with her children. As if this isn’t enough, Janet was also an accomplished seamstress, cook and baker. She is famous for her Chocolate Chip cookies. It was an accomplishment if the cookie dough even made it to the oven. Janet personally loved anything chocolate!

Janet was the designate “go to person,” care-giver, everyone’s conscience and strength in her family. She will be missed terribly. After a courageous battle with breast cancer, and with her never ending positive attitude and brave face intact, Janet Louise Yule slipped the yoke of her illness and unwillingly left behind her loving family on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Cherished wife of Jamie of R.R. #1 Dobbinton and most dedicated mother of Rob (Trish) of Port Elgin, John (Hiliary) of Chesley, Lloyd (Amanda) of Wiarton, and Alissa Yule of Tobermory. Loving and proud grandmother to Shyla, Arianna and Annabelle. Janet also leaves to grieve: her parents Judy (Toms) Ballah and Jim Dyson, her brother Jeff Ballah, half-brother Kieran John (Andrea) Ballah and half-sister Kristin (Drew) Wood, her in-laws Ken and Eleanor Yule of Mount Forest. Janet was predeceased by her nephew Cory, sister-in-law Lisa Yule and Jamie’s grandparents Lawrence “Lorne” and Mabel Yule.

Visitation will be at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be held on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 1 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Habitat for Humanity Canada or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated in her memory.

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COULTER: Joan, of London

Posted by on October 19, 2015

Coulter editPeacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, October 18, 2015.  Loving wife of Harold “Tex” Coulter for 53 years.  Cherished Mom of Dr. Lesley Coulter (Eric), of Calgary and Scott (Carolee), of London.  Treasured Grandma of Rebecca, Sydney, Paige and Christopher.  Fondly remembered by her extended family and many close friends.  Predeceased by her parents Marjorie and Lloyd Brackenbury and her grandparents May and Fred McRoberts.  Joan loved spending time with the TVGC Ladies’ Tuesday 9-Hole Golf League and the Daughters of the Nile. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a memorial service under the auspices of the Daughters of the Nile, Omar Temple #111 at 5:00 p.m., at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the celebration of Joan’s life will be conducted on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Private family inurnment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.  A special thank you to Dr. Lucy Pezzutto for over 20 years of caring.  Heartfelt thanks to nurses Joy and Linda, and their team, including enhanced personal support workers who all provided compassionate care.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joan are asked to consider VON Middlesex-Elgin or your charity of choice.

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WESTMAN: Laurel Elaine of London

Posted by on October 16, 2015

IMG_1274At LHSC-Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, October 15, 2015 of London in her 70th year.  Companion and best friend of Bob Steele.  Loving mother of Lori and Steve Hartwick of London, Shari Hurrell and Scott Craig of Acton, Rachael and Mike Maxwell of BC, and Eric and Andrea Steele of Alberta.  Devoted grandmother of Sarah and Dan, Greg; Magdalyn, Aidan, Cailen, Riley; Ella and Michael.  Dear sister and sister-in-law of Margaret and Jim Zelinski of BC, Bernice Cooke of London, Eldon Westman of St. Marys, Anna Watson of Kentucky, and Donna and Frank O’Connor of Granton.  Loved by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by brothers Doug and Eric, and sisters-in-law Joyce and Doris Westman.

Friends may call Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday, October 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 1 PM with Rev. Lori Hisson officiating.  Interment Birr United Cemetery.

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REID: Louella Muriel of Edmonton

Posted by on October 15, 2015

images-4With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Mother, Sister, Daughter and Friend Louella Reid on October 8 2015.
Louella was predeceased by her Mother Muriel Jean Reid, Sister Nickoline Anne Price, and Brother in Law Dwayne Leslie Frost-Hunt.
Louella is survived by her Husband Michael Folland, Daughter Tawny (Keray) Bruce, Father Harry (Tracy) Reid, Sister Dari-Lynn Reid, Brothers Lyle Fortier, Darrell Cyr, Ken Wilkinson and Martin Reid, Niece Amy Frost-Hunt, Nephew Alan Frost-Hunt and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces And Nephews, as well as her adopted children Adele (Wayne), Brandy and Kenneth Hammer, Shawn Maxwell, Gennifer Schick and Caleigh McCaw.
The Family would like to welcome you to celebrate Louella’s life in a memorial service at Trinity Funeral Home 10530 116 Street Edmonton @10 am on October 16, 2015.
In lieu of flower’s donations can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Louella’s name.

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QUAN: Helen Mee Han of Calgary Formerly of Medicine Hat

Posted by on October 15, 2015

images-4Helen Quan passed away peacefully on October 9, 2015, with her children Tom, Vivian, Lisa and Danny by her side. She is lovingly remembered and survived by her husband Bill. She sadly leaves behind her cherished grandchildren Jacob, Ying Ying and Tristen.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at 4 pm on October 16, 2015, at First Lutheran Church.

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ASHFORD: Donald R. “Don”, of St. Thomas, formerly of Mapleton and Belmont, Ontario

Posted by on October 15, 2015

Donald AshfordASHFORD, Donald R. “Don” of St. Thomas, formerly of Mapleton and Belmont, passed away peacefully at VON Sakura House, Woodstock on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in his 71st year. Beloved husband for 50 years to Carol (nee McCartney) Ashford. Dearly loved father of Denise Finlayson (Scott) of Calgary, AB, Blair Ashford (Karen) of St. Thomas, and Ryan Ashford (Rachelle) of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Faith, Nerissa, Liam, Sean, Sadie, and William. Dear brother of Jean Nurse of London, Marguerite Foster (Dale) of Bowmanville, and Bernice Ufnal of Pickering. Also fondly remembered by his mother-in-law, Ilene McCartney of Halifax, NS, sister-in-law, Anne Richelle, and brother-in-law, David McCartney (Betty) of Deep River, as well as several nieces and nephews. Born in Weston, ON, October 30, 1944, he was the son of the late Robert and Thelma (nee Southall) Ashford. Don and his wife Carol formerly owned and operated Ashford Lamps Ltd. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas. Don was a Charter President of the Optimist Club of Belmont. His interests included woodworking, gardening, antiquing, renovating and yoga. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, October 23rd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 55 Southwick St. (at Wellington St.), St. Thomas on Saturday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. If so desired, memorial donations to Trinity Anglican Church or VON Sakura House will be appreciated.

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SANSOM: Don of London

Posted by on October 13, 2015

24855 Mr SansomSANSOM, Donald “Don”

Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in his 82nd year. Dear father of the late Sharon Holland (2005) and her husband Ray of Cambridge, Mark Sansom, Greg Sansom and his wife Christine all of London, Geoff Sansom and his wife Linda of Barrie. Also loved by his grandchildren Jamie and Danny Holland; Gabrielle, Ben, Colton, Mitchell and Caleb Sansom. Dear brother of Bruce Sansom of Edmonton, AB and David Sansom and his wife Linda of Whitby. Predeceased by his brother Ross Sansom and his sister Lois McGarvey. Don will be fondly remembered by family and friends. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Don’s wishes there will be a private service. As an expression of sympathy memorial donation may be made to London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Base Line Road East, London ON N6C 9Z9. A. Millard George Funeral Home, entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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STREET: Mrs. Marilyn (nee Wilson), of St. Thomas, formerly of Toronto and Gravenhurst, Ontario

Posted by on October 9, 2015

STREET, Mrs. Marilyn (nee Wilson), of St. Thomas, ON, formerly of Toronto and Gravenhurst, passed away at Caressant Care on Mary Bucke, St. Thomas on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, in her 81st year. Beloved wife for almost 60 years to Howard Street. Dearly loved mother of Tara Lynne Street (René Doucette) of Sherwood Park, AB, Dr. Kori Street of Los Angeles, CA, and Grant Street (Laura) of St. Thomas. Also fondly remembered by five grandchildren, Damien, Lee, Drew, Daphne, and Georgina, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by three sisters. Born in Toronto, ON, October 14, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Annie (nee Ross) Wilson. Marilyn was a retired employee of Rogers Communications, Toronto, and a former primary school teacher. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or public service. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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