Obituary of Ollmann, Linda Ann (nee Hoglund, previously Black) of Calgary, AB, formerly Winnipeg, MB

Posted by on March 6, 2019

Linda Ollmann slipped away from us on March 4, 2019 at the age of 74. We were blessed to have had time to reminisce, say our goodbyes, rest in knowing that at the end there was nothing left unspoken. Linda battled against the cancer that took her much the same as she dealt with anything in life, she held on and fought with a vengeance. Linda had her sense of humour with her until the last and laughed more than once at all of the fuss we were making around her in her final hours.

Linda was predeceased by her husband, Joe Ollmann. We are heartened that they are together again after a few years apart. But by now, be assured, his whistling is probably driving her nuts and she is rolling her eyes at him to get him to stop.  Her mother Fran, and her father Ron as well as numerous family and friends were also there to welcome her wonderful soul and help her transition from this life. Their gain is our loss until we are reunited once again.

Linda always spoke about how blessed she was to have a wonderful son and two loving daughters. Jim, Theresa and her daughter-in-law, Kim made her proud and were bright lights in her life. But her truest joy in life was being a Grandma. The guys she loved more than anything in the world were her “pack” as she called them, her grandsons Matthew and Evan. She loved them more than anything and was extremely proud of the young men they have become. Her one regret about leaving us so soon was that she would not be around to see tremendous things they will accomplish in life. The boys will always remember her for the many, many sleepovers, hours of board games played, trips to the park and endless trays of fudge she made with them. They could not have asked for a better Grandma.

For years the kids all marveled at Grandma’s special friendship with Santa Claus. Every year, without fail, he always made time to come to her house and join our family for a special private party. We would sing and share “snackies”, and the night would close with a present for all from the “Jolly Old Elf” himself. Matthew and Evan and cousins; Kaeden, Pierce, Brodie and Sophia were all in awe when Santa showed up. One year he even jumped off the roof right in front of them! That cemented their belief in him for years to come.

Linda spent most of her working life in furniture sales, and she was great at it. We always joked that we felt sorry for the customer that was just wandering in to look around. They didn’t realize they were leaving with a new purchase until it was too late. She was just that good at helping people find what they needed in their lives, even if they didn’t know it yet.

Linda traveled to many places over the years and enjoyed seeing new things but was always happiest to be home. In recent years she had a re-found love of dancing and attended the weekly “Jam Sessions” to listen to live music in her community. We will always see her sitting in her spot on the couch, Pepsi on ice beside her, relaxing with the television blaring or reading a book. She was a prolific reader who kept Theresa very busy finding new books for her e-reader, they had many an argument over the books not downloading fast enough!

She was guided by a strong faith and belief in God but didn’t suffer the trappings of organized religion. Linda always believed that “God only gave you as much as you could handle”. She was strong enough to rise above her own adversities and still have enough strength to carry others and help out whenever she was called upon. There were many Christmases that we would have an extra plate at the table for a friend who would have otherwise been alone for the holiday. It is a tradition that we will all remember and carry on.

The mark of a life well lived is the legacy of those you have touched and the memories you leave behind. It is not surprising that this wonderful soul has managed to leave an extensive legacy. Besides the family members already mentioned, Linda leaves behind her sisters Judy (husband Wayne) and Fran, brothers Ken and Gerry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She has been blessed with many wonderful friends in her life, some old and some new. Linda would want everyone to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad. Carry your memories in you hearts and love each other comforted in knowing that we will all meet again.

In accordance with Linda’s wishes she has been cremated. 

The celebration of Linda’s life will be held on: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 2pm. We invite you join us for an informal gathering of friends and family, followed by a reception. Located at: Parkridge Estates Community Hall, 222 Burroughs Circle NE,  Calgary, AB

In lieu of flowers please forward your donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in her memory.

If you would like to send your condolences and remembrances of Linda to her family, please email to Any photos or special stories that you would like to have shared at her celebration would also be welcome.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Unit 28 nurses, doctors and support workers at Peter Lougheed Centre. We were all warmed by your wonderful care and attention to our Mother in her final days.  You are all true superheroes.

You were given this life…because you were strong enough to live it.

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Obituary of Rumble, Jane Alice of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on February 25, 2019

Rumble, Jane Alice (nee Denholm)   June 20, 1947 – Feb. 23, 2019.

Sorrowfully, we announce the peaceful passing of Jane Rumble at the Simcoe Hospice on Feb. 23, 2019 after a gallant battle with cancer, diagnosed in 2000. Born in Hamilton in 1947, to parents, Norman John (Jack) Denholm and Catherine Denholm (Galbraith.) Survived by brother John Denholm (Cathy), and predeceased by sisters Ann Denholm Crosby (David) and Susan Denholm (John.) Loving wife of Bruce, mother to Michael Curry (Mary), step mother to Darren (Jennifer) and Carrie (Jason Tricker), and amazing grandma to Jordan, Sean, Carson, Chris, Brandon, Alexa and Graeson. Nieces and nephews, Andrew (Kim, Holly and Jack), Peter (Leaha and Emily) and Kate (Susi and Owen) will miss their spirited aunt. Jane led an exceptional life full of humour, wit, style and grace. She made fast friends everywhere she went, including her final stay at the Royal Victoria Hospital. She spent most of her adult life teaching English and History and leaving her mark as a Guidance Counselor at Barrie Central Collegiate. Along the way, she developed a taste for red leather boots, Globe and Mail cryptic crosswords, travel in distant lands, short game golf, Tina Turner and the Platters, Kempenfelt walking with her many friends and just being plain effervescent. Also, her ardent feminism found an outlet in knitting pink hats!   We will all miss you, Jane, but we will never forget your spirit.

The family wishes to thank all of the people who strove to help Jane through the past months: the North Muskoka LHIN, the wonderful nursing staff at the RVH and Bayshore, the caring nurses and PSWs at Hospice Simcoe, Doctors Kukreti, Russel, Yoon, Zhou, Deboer and Kolesky  and finally, the many friends and neighbours of this wonderful woman.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice Simcoe or a charity of your choice would be most appreciated. And, to further honour her, drink in life and remember to pay it forward. Cremation has taken place and interment will be private. A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm from Liberty North, 100 Caplin Ave., Barrie, ON

Arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service, 19 Ross St., Barrie. Condolences may be placed at

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Obituary of ADAM: Linda J. of Calgary, AB and formerly of Salmon Arm, BC

Posted by on February 19, 2019

Linda Adam, 56, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at Foothills hospital in Calgary.

She was deeply dedicated to her children, and loved her family above all else.

Linda was born in Calgary on Nov. 1, 1962, and was raised in Salmon Arm, B.C., before later moving back to the city of her birth. She was a self starter and entrepreneur, undertaking many business ventures throughout her life. She was passionate about her career in sales, and continued to work as her health declined. When Linda wasn’t at work, she loved to dote on her pets and spend time with loved ones.

She is survived by her sons, Ira and Sean; her nieces Rychelle and Jenn, nephew Shaun, and their children; as well as her beloved extended family and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her father Walter Hanson, and sister Susan Berg.

A memorial will be held at James River Community Hall in Sundre at Range Road 53, James River Bridge, on March 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Donations can be made in Linda’s memory to support her sons through a GoFundMe titled “Linda’s Battle Of A Lifetime,” or to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who cared for Linda.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at the Foothills for their care through this difficult time.


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Obituary of ENS: Robert of Entwistle, AB and formerly of Exeter

Posted by on February 12, 2019

Suddenly at home, on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 of Entwistle, AB and formerly of Exeter, ON at the age of 61.  Beloved husband of Katherine (MacGregor) Ens.  Dear father of Jonathan Robert Ens and Jennifer Ellen Ens of Saskatoon, SK, and Tony Patrick Ens and Alicia Marie Masse of Exeter.  Dear grandfather of Bronen Xaver Ens. Beloved son-in-law of Audrey (Powe) MacGregor of Exeter.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Elmer and Marg Ens of Osoyoos, BC, Henry and Alice Ens of Mitchell, MB, Laverna and Henry Heibert of Emerson, MB, Ellie Ens of Steinbach, MB, Ike Shellenburg of Steinbach, MB, and James and Mary MacGregor of Exeter. Dear uncle, great uncle and great-great uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents Henry and Anna Ens, two infant brothers Billy and Bobby, a brother Harold Ens, a sister Erma Shellenburg, and father-in-law Donald MacGregor.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Friday, February 1st from 9:30 – 10:30 AM, where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with Rev. Laurie O’Leary officiating.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of Park, Jeremiah James (Edmonton AB, Niagara Falls ON, Jasper AB, Grande Prairie AB, Calgary AB)

Posted by on February 7, 2019

February 21, 1986 – January 29, 2019

Son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, husband, survivor…

After trying to find purpose, meaning, and the strength to go on, Jeremiah achieved the peace he longed for by joining his wife and best friend Courtney. Jeremiah challenged us all to look deeper, love harder, and hold hope. He was an exceptional person. He was dealt a hard hand in this life, he bore an encumbrance of adversity that would buckle most. His story is one of wild contradiction. Throughout the chapters of his life and indeed page by page, he bounced between dazzling brilliance and glaring futility. He was kind, funny, loving, insightful, and wickedly smart. He tried for so long and worked so hard to be a better human. His successes and achievements were hard won and cycle breaking, he was a statistical anomaly, but he was worn down by grief, hurt, shame, and hopelessness. He was equal parts beautiful, fallible, astute, and irrational. He was exhausting and uplifting, dispiriting, and inspiring. He burned bright and went hard. For those of us fortunate enough to have experienced his intensity, the world will be a little less shiny and a lot quieter. He will be missed, he mattered, he was loved.

In lieu of flowers and in the absence of a service, please commit to learning about  trauma, mental illness, and addiction…and then go out and look deeper, love harder, and hold hope for those who are adrift and seeking.

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Obituary of WILLIAMS, Gayle Linda (nee WAINWRIGHT) of Beaumont, Alberta

Posted by on January 24, 2019


January 15, 1956 to January 22, 2019

Gayle passed away peacefully due to complications from Huntington’s Disease on January 22, 2019 at the age of 63 years. Her final days were filled with love and support from her family and many friends.

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Gordon; daughters Lindsay (Fenton), Brittany (Jeremy), and Kelcey; grandchildren Kaleigh, Bentley, Kellan, Emily and an upcoming grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is predeceased by her sons Michael and Daniel, parents Bob and Gerry Wainwright, and sister Joanne Best.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beaumont Community Church, 5423 – 55 Street, Beaumont, AB on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family would ask that those in attendance try to incorporate red in their attire as it was Gayle’s favorite color.

Memorial Donations may be made in Gayle’s honour to the Huntington’s Society of Canada, 400-151 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 2M2.

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Obituary of DENIS, Marie Madeleine (Maddy) (nee Marion)

Posted by on January 24, 2019

February 20, 1950 – January 24, 2019 (68)
Mom passed away peacefully with her daughter and grandson Dustin by her side at Saanichton Peninsula Hospital in Palliative Care Unit.
Mom was born in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba, she was the 3rd youngest of nine children.
Mom is predeceased by her parents Frank and Marie and by two brothers; Gerald and Harvey.
Mom is survived by her children – Michael and Lee-Renee, her Grand-children – Dustin, Clirissa and Brady, and her Great Grand Children – Saydee, Jax, Harley and Kynlee.
Mom (Maddy) will also be missed by her brothers and sister in-laws, her sisters and brother in-laws, by her aunts, uncles’, nieces, nephews and cousins. Maddy loved to travel and became friends with so many people across Canada, The United States and from other parts of the world. She was never scared to start a conversation with anyone and that made a long list of great friends.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Nursing Staff and Palliative Care Response Team; both of which cared for Mom at home. We would also like to thank Saanichton Peninsula Hospital for their assistance, kindness, understanding and care of mom in her final days and hours.
A special thank you to Fr. Roplh for coming to administer the last rites to mom on December 26, 2018. And to the local cancer unit of Victoria.
Mom has requested not to have a funeral at this time; she would like to have a private gathering in Ste. Rose du Lac later in the year – Mom’s Celebration of Life to be held May 25th 2pm at Ste. Rose Catholic Church, 585 Central Ave, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB Canada

Love you mom xo

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Obituary of KIDDLE: Richard Bert Charles of Belleville

Posted by on January 24, 2019

Kiddle, Richard Bert Charles – peacefully at Westgate Lodge, Belleville on Sunday, December 16th, 2018, in his 92nd year. Son of the late Bert and Audrey Kiddle. Husband of the late Annie Kiddle. Richard married Annie in Eye, Suffolk, England and moved to Canada in 1954. Beloved father of Carolyn, Robert (Margaret-Rose), Shane (Susan), and Kim (Elizabeth). Loved by one granddaughter, six grandsons, two great grandsons and two great granddaughters. Richard farmed and worked at Belleville General Hospital for many years. After retirement he and Annie travelled extensively throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and England.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273).

The Kiddle family would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Westgate Lodge for the love and compassion given to their father.

If desired, Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Fdn. or Belleville General Hospital Fdn. would be appreciated.

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Obituary of COX: Joseph Arthur of Belleville

Posted by on January 24, 2019




Cox, Joseph Arthur – peacefully at QHC-Belleville General Hospital on Monday, January 14th, 2019, with family by his side, in his 85th year.  Son of the late William and Lola (nee Stapley) Cox.  Beloved husband of Shelba (nee Lott) of Belleville.  Loving father of Randall (Deborah) Cox of Burk’s Falls, Cathy (Barry) Reed and Carolyn (Clifford) Brant both of Belleville.  Proud grandfather of Tyler (Heather), Lauren (James), Benjamin (Alicia), Jana (Greg), Brandon (Krystal), Dylan (Brittany) and Owen and of 12 great grandchildren.  Joe is survived by his sisters, Vivian Hannah of Belleville, Gloria Wood of Pincher Creek, AB and Linda Curtis of Belleville and by his brother-in-law, Bob Deline of Foxboro. He is predeceased by his sisters, Betty Pell, Dorothy Bowler, Annie Thompson and Patricia Deline and by his brothers, Eugene and Bill Cox.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Thursday, January 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at Calvary Community Church, 679 Dundas Street West, Belleville on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow at Belleville Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations to Grace Inn Shelter would be appreciated.

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Obituary of PICKERSGILL UNICH: Mrs. Betty (née Bowlby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 12, 2019

PICKERSGILL UNICH, Betty (née Bowlby), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, January 11, 2019, in her 89th year.  Wife of the late George R. Pickersgill (1982) and the late Dusan “Daniel” Unich (2013).  Mother of Mary Patriquin (Randy) of St. Thomas, and the late Cathy Green (Jim of Bayfield).  Step-mother of Bruce Unich (Barbara) of Calgary, AB, Vera Unich of St. Thomas, and Brian Unich (Sheri) of St. Marys.  Sister of Donna, Lois, Margaret, Orma, and Bill.  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Siblings, Helen, Dorothy, Beatrice, Jean, Lonnie, and David predeceased her.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (née Martin) Bowlby.  Betty formerly attended the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Monday, January 14th from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at

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Obituary of STRATE: James Richard of Ottawa, formerly of Edmonton, Alberta

Posted by on January 11, 2019

James Richard Strate

Suddenly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in his 57th year.

James Strate, loving father of Jamin (Erin) of Oshawa, ON and Dakota (Landon) of Toronto, ON.

Former spouse of Maureen Munro.

Son of the late Mike & Beth Strate (née Romeril) of Edmonton.

Friends are invited to join the family of James, and help celebrate his life on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at The Wellington Gastro Pub, 1325 Wellington St W. from 12 until 3 PM.

Donations in memory to a charity of ones choice in James’ name, greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to The Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.

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Obituary of Poole, Kevin F. of Edmonton, Alberta and formerly of Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 7, 2019
Kevin F. Poole of Edmonton, Alberta (grew up in Nova Scotia) passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at the Cross Cancer Institute on January 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Diana and children; Paul, Meghan (Israel), Mathew, and Quintin (Calli-Rae), and grandson; Maverik. He is also survived by his parents; Frank and Eleanor, and siblings; Cheryl, Nadine (Paul), and Ian (Tanya).
In keeping with Kevin’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and no memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Posted by on January 4, 2019

I need obit for George J Savage died in August 2007 on Taber Ab

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Obituary of Moravec, Stephen Harold

Posted by on December 30, 2018

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

On December 22, 2018, Stephen Harold Moravec passed away. He was 61 years old. Steve was born on August 24th, 1957, in Edmonton, Alberta. He is survived by his three children; Dean Moravec (Janine Moravec), Dallas Moravec (Jackie Soroka) and Lisa LaFrance (Real LaFrance). Steve had 4 beautiful grandchildren that he loved dearly; Phoenix Moravec, Charleigh Gibson, Adele LaFrance and Lennon Moravec.  He was a kind man who would give you the shirt off his back. Steve loved cars, music and animals. He would take home any stray he found, including a skunk.

An open house to celebrate Steve’s life will be held on January 5th, 2019 at 1720-88 street SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 1J6 (Summerside Hall), from 6 pm to 9 pm.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Edmonton Humane Society. Dad loved animals and would have done anything for them, therefore it is only right that we honor him with donations to his favourite cause.

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Obituary of Iervasi, Dean Michael (Dino)

Posted by on December 22, 2018

It is with deep sadness that Dino passed away suddenly on December 4, 2018 at the age of 53.

Dino leaves behind his one and only child Aimee Iervasi, as well as his mother Emily Vold (Terry), Sisters Diane Iervasi & Janet Iervasi-Holm (Steen).

Uncle Dino was always the life of the party and will be truly missed by his nieces & nephew.

Dino was predeceased by his father Salvatore Iervasi.

Dino was known and loved by many, he will be deeply missed and will never be forgotten.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2019.

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Obituary of GIBSON, Audrey Louise Victoria (Keller) recently of Zurich, formerly of Crediton, age 87

Posted by on December 15, 2018

GIBSON: Unexpectedly, but peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Thursday, December 13, 2018, Audrey Louise Victoria (Keller) Gibson, age 87, recently of Zurich, formerly of Crediton. Beloved wife of the late Wm. Roy Gibson (2003). Loved mother and mother-in-law of the late David Gibson (December 7, 2018), Larry and Sharon Gibson of Centralia, Garry and Joanne Gibson of St. Joseph, Bradley and Jane Gibson of Edmonton, AB., Mark Gibson and Nancy Phillips of Crediton.   Cherished grandma of Jeff, Chris and Sonya, Samantha and Mike, John and Arron, Peter, Tina and Christien, Brent and Angela, Ryan, Zachary, Ian. Audrey will be remembered by her great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ross Keller, John “Jack” and Beverly Keller and Marion Feltz. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Arnold and Alice (Meyers) Keller, sister Gwedonline Windsor, brother Donald Keller, grandchildren Jeannette, Jason and a set of infant twins. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Zion Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at

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Obituary of HODGSON, Dean Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on December 13, 2018

HODGSON, DEAN: Dean Joseph Hodgson was born in the Sarnia General Hospital, the son of Jack M. and Blanche (Rollins) Hodgson on August 7th, 1933 and passed away on December 12th, 2018. Dean considered himself the Maple Leafs #1 fan. He also closely followed the Blue Jays, Lions and Tigers. Dean loved to skate and did so into his 80’s, walk, read and debate (about anything). Agriculture was his vocation and he farmed his own land from 1960 – 1990 but continued his interest in agriculture and drainage, especially Lambton County and the Rainy River District to the very end.

As a young man Dean worked with Marshall and Milway, Ontario Land Surveyors and felt the basics he learned in those years guided him through the many pursuits he followed in the rest of his life. Dean was involved in farm drainage for over 40 years (1962 – 2004) as an owner, operator and drainage inspector. Draining the land and solving problems was a passion. Farming, drainage and friendly people were the focus of his life and he attempted to enjoy every minute of every day. Dean always enjoyed the simpler things in life and so, as he said, “luckily never required much money”, though he never married he was always happy with whatever he had. Some of his happiest years (and toughest) were spent on his Emo cattle farm in the Rainy River District between 1978 and 1990 while paying 22% interest. At Emo he also served as municipal Drainage Superintendent for eight municipalities and enjoyed working with Councils and farm groups. Dean was also involved with Emo minor hockey for several years. During these years in the Rainy River District he often said he worked with, “some of the finest people in the world” who made even the cattle business seem enjoyable.

In his later years he was the author of several small books on Lambton County history. He considered himself an amateur historian and was a member of the Lambton County Historical Society for several years and the recently formed Sarnia Historical Society.

Dean was predeceased by his parents Jack (1974) and Blanche (1987), brother-in-law Ray Tomlin (2000), his brother John Hodgson (2012) and sister Donna Hodgson (2018). He is survived by two sisters Della Tomlin of Sarnia and Judith and her husband Geoff Sutherland of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by Shelley, David and Dean Sutherland along with several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through

“The family wishes to thank the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care and a special thanks to Jim Maw for all the help he provided us at this time”

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Obituary of REID, Linda of Corunna

Posted by on December 10, 2018

REID, LINDA – On December 9, 2018, Linda Grace (Lewis) Reid, age 78 of Corunna passed away. She was the dear wife of Michael Reid and the loving mother of the late Christopher Reid (2009). She is also survived by her brothers Cam and John Lewis and sister in law Suzanne and Tom Bouskil. Several cousins also survive. Linda taught with the Lambton County School Board and had retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. Private cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made in memory of Linda to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018


“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of CALLUM, Bruce Hodgins of Sarnia

Posted by on November 27, 2018

CALLUM, BRUCE HODGINS 1933-2018 – It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Hodgins Callum announce his passing on November 27, 2018.  After 6 long years he has been reunited with the love of his life Gloria (2012). The most amazing dad to Brad and his wife Sam Callum, Lauriegay and her husband Greg McKinnon.  “Best Grandpa ever” to Lauren and her husband Randy Atkinson, Chloe McKinnon, Trista and her husband Rob Ritchie, Derek Callum and his wife Caitlin. He was an “Awesome” great grandpa to Aidan and Blythe Atkinson, Lincoln Bruce Callum and Alexandria Ritchie.  He is also survived by sister in law Ann Callum, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge 392 and was a past master. Many will remember Bruce for his years in plumbing and heating. Bruce lived his life with Gloria and his family always in his heart and at the center of everything he did. “Dad, you were the best of the best and I will be waiting for your visits that you promised me. Love you!” – Lauriegay & Greg, “Our memories shall be of your perseverance, endurance and love for a life well lived.” – Brad & Sam, “Grandpa, throughout our lives you have always been our rock. We love you.” – Lauren & Chloe, “Grandpa lead by example persevering in difficult circumstances and finding the humor in those experiences”, Trista & Derek. At Bruce’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sarnia Humane Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through

 “Thank you to the special RN’s, Med & Wound RPN’s, PSW’s, Dietary and all support staff, Richard (his roommate) and Norma and Ray (his gazebo buddies) at Sumac Lodge for your care and compassion for Bruce. He really did appreciate all of you!”

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Obituary of Lewicki (nee Fischer), Myrna Pauline

Posted by on November 24, 2018


After a hard fought battle with COPD, our beloved mom/grams/aunt, Myrna Lewicki (nee Fischer) passed away peacefully Thursday, November 22nd at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. She was our rock…..and she kept us together as a family in her final week.

Daughter of Paul and Agnes Fischer. Beloved mom of daughter, Debbie Smith, son Dean Lewicki and daughter-in-law Beth Phillips. Cherished Grams of Kyle Smith, Chelsea and Brianna Lewicki – they will desperately miss their Grams.

It was Myrna’s wishes that there be no service – just a private family celebration. As a family, we honored all of her wishes while she was in hospice care and we will continue to honor her wishes after her passing.

Our family would like to express such immense gratitude to the incredible home care workers at Chartwell Lynnwood – Janice and Carla, and the Palliative Care nurses and doctor at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. Specifically – Eloise, Erica and Dr Eydt. We could not have asked for a better end of life journey for our mom/grams.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a Memorial Gift in Myrna’s name to the Chilliwack Hospice Society. The family asks that you specify your donation be directed specifically to the Cascades Hospice facility in Chilliwack.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

(Author Unknown)

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Obituary of Dylan R Haskett of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on November 17, 2018

The world became a little less colorful, and much less Punk Rock, when Dylan Haskett unexpectedly passed away on the evening of August 31st 2018. He died in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. 

Born to Cathy, and Russ Haskett in Hamilton, Ontario, on February 11th, 1991. Dylan lived the Hamilton area for the majority of his childhood; Waterdown, and Carlisle Ontario. He then moved to Calgary Alberta, and lived his remaining teenage years with his Dad. He lived out most of his life in Calgary. 

Having the best majority of his family spread over the country, and the United States, Dylan was certainly blessed with a large circle of friends. Friends were a large part of his life, and always had fond stories to share about his time with them. Always offering a bed, or a couch, or a floor to anyone who needed one. 

It is a little known fact, that Dylan was also an activist for human rights. He attended, and orchestrated protests, and rally’s in support of his cause. He also volunteered at many charities. Especially ones that catered to the homeless population around Calgary. 

Dylan became a young father to a son, named Keiran Haskett, on May 25th 2010. Although their time was extremely limited, his son was the light of his life for 8 years. 

Dylan is predeceased by his father, Russ Haskett, September 20th, 2011. He is survived by his son, Keiran Haskett. His mother, Cathy Berezowski. His sisters Sarah Campbell (née Haskett) and Victoria Haskett. His grandparents Brian, and Gail Berezowski. His niece, Kiah Campbell. As well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family from all over Canada. 

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Obituary of ARTHUR – Diane Catherine, Kingston, Ontario.

Posted by on November 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Catherine (Maudsley) Arthur announces her passing after a brief illness, on Friday, November 16th, at the age of 82  years. Diane was predeceased by her husband of 30 years Artur Zylinski Arthur (retired Prof Psychology Queen’s University) and later, her partner, for 22 years Jack Jeffrey.  Predeceased by her Sister Valerie and Niece Helen.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Peter and Richard (Sandra) and fondly remembered by her three grandchildren, Alexandre, Edouard and Nathaniel, and nephew Colin Hughes as well as many other family members and friends in Canada, UK and New Zealand.

Born to Helen and James Harold Maudsley in Liverpool,1936 , Diane studied for her PhD Psychology in London, UK, where she met her husband.  Diane and Artur move to New Zealand  in 1963 where they made lifelong friends and both their sons were born.  In 1966 the family emigrated to Canada as Artur secured a Professorship at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.   Diane worked as a Psychologist at the Child Psychiatry Unit at Kingston General and at Hotel Dieu as well as in private practice with Dr Philip Carney, PhD.  During her career she helped many youth and their families as well as mentoring Grad students.

Diane was a generous supporter of various charities including the The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Children’s Home (Khokana), Nepal, and Orangutan Charities and many more.

In retirement Diane enjoyed the friendships made at the Kingston Seniors Association and found another family and friends out in Yarker and at Yarker Free Methodist Church.

Those wishing to pay their respects may visit James Reid Funeral Home on Thursday, November 22 between 2.00 – 4.00 pm and 6.00 – 8.00 pm

A Funeral Service in memory of Diane will be held on  Friday, November 23, 11.00 am at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston ON K7M 7H3.

Interment will follow in the family plot at Cataraqui Cemetery and a final farewell and celebration of her life back at the James Reid Funeral Home.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Diane Arthur to:

-AZ Arthur Book Fund (Queen’s University),
-Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
-Kingston Humane Society,
-or the Seniors Association, Kingston, Ontario.
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Obituary of GREEN BLACKWELL: Mrs. Margaret M. (née Durst), formerly of London and St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 17, 2018

GREEN BLACKWELL, Margaret M. (née Durst)– Formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, River Ridge Seniors Village, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late T. E. Rae Green (1988) and the late William D. Blackwell (2001).  Dearly loved mother of Anna Rae Green (Edward Ough), and cherished grandmother of Thomas Ough and Gwen Ough, all of Medicine Hat.  Margaret is also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  In addition to her spouses, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Costen (late Ronald) and her step-son, Joseph Blackwell.  Margaret was born on June 1, 1931 in St. Thomas, ON.  She was the daughter of the late Nelson and Marie (née Webber) Durst.  Margaret was a retired secondary school teacher who spent her life in St. Thomas, Thunder Bay, Blind River, and London, ON and Medicine Hat, AB.  She was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Medicine Hat, and a former member of New St. James Presbyterian Church, London and Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Margaret was a former member of the St. Thomas Duplicate Bridge Club and the London Bridge Club.  Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the Lyle Chapel of Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of LAUMAN: Lynda Lee of Edmonton, AB

Posted by on November 16, 2018

Lynda Lee Lauman
August 13, 1944 –
November 14, 2018

We are sad to announce the passing of a wonderful Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Auntie and Friend. Lynda passed away with her loving family at her side after a courageous battle with many complex health issues.

Lynda is survived by her children Kevin and Daylene Lauman, her granddaughter and the light of her life, Madeline Lauman, her brother Bud (Carlyle) and sister-in law Leasl White, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents Alphie and Jean Croteau, as well as her sister Leslie (Grant) Vouri.

Mom’s greatest love was her family; she would never hesitate to tell anyone how proud she was of her children and her special granddaughter, Maddie. We had many wonderful adventures together. Whether it was going for a simple drive in the country, shopping, Sunday night dinners, playing games, planting flowers, or memorable trips to favourite vacation spots (Hawaii was her absolute favourite), she loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed colouring and knitting.

Mom will be remembered for her courage, determination, perseverance and tenacity in overcoming many obstacles to enjoy the quality of life she always sought for herself and with her family. We will be eternally grateful for the gift of life and 16 years through organ donation; this gave Maddie the chance to know, love and learn with her Grandma. Special thanks to the incredibly compassionate staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital for doing all they could to make Mom’s last days as comfortable as possible and helping her to pass into the next life with dignity and grace. Thanks also to the numerous health care professionals who tended to her care over the years, and to the staff and friends she made at Ottewell lodge.

At Mom’s request, no service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider registering with the organ donor registry or donating to organ donor research:

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