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 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 MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through


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Obituary of VanDenHeuvel: Teise of Watford, Ontario

Posted by on June 14, 2018

Peacefully, with his family by his side at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018. Martin John “Teise” VanDenHeuvel of Watford at the age of 62.

Lovingly remembered by his 17 year date, Nancy Saul, his children; Tanya Tedball (Nick), Kristy Osman (Tariq), Kenny Saul and Jacky Saul (Dave). Dear papa of Alton and Ainsley Tedball, Lyla, Ana and Isaac Osman and Payton Saul. Dear brother of Bill, Mary, Rita, Anne, Margaret, Jane and their families.  Survived by his step mother Helen VanDenHeuvel.

Predeceased by his parents Martin and Nellie VanDenHeuvel and his brother Hank.

A celebration of Teise’s life will take place on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 11 am at DENNING’S OF WATFORD.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Infectious Disease Centre at London Health Sciences Centre would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at 519 876-2218

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

Posted by on December 7, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituary of CLIMIE, Gisele of Sarnia

climie-webCLIMIE, GISELE – At Bluewater Health on Wednesday, October 05, 2016, Gisele “Sally” (Mantha) Climie, age 87 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William N. Climie (2002) and dear mother of Gary (Lynn), Sally Rose (Robert), Bruce ((Carolyn), William, Kathleen, Valerie (Dana) and cherished grandmother of Jason (Erika), Robert, Christopher (Jessybell), Kevin, Stephen, Lisa (Grant), Scott (Kayla), Michelle, Heather, great-grandmother of Joseph, Haley, Paige and Corbin. She was predeceased by her brothers Giles and Vital Mantha. She really enjoyed her social life with friends at Twin Lakes Terrace. Memorial services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral beginning at 10:00 prior to the service. Cremation has taken place and entombment of mom’s ashes will be Resurrection Cemetery. Charitable donations made to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

“The Climie family wishes to thank the entire staff at Twin Lakes Terrace for their wonderful and compassionate care of our mother”

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Obituary of Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Obituary of STEWARD: Wilhelamine Evelyn formerly of London

Posted by on February 18, 2016

Steward, Willie-W300At Huronview Home for the Aged, Clinton on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, formerly of London in her 87thyear. Dear mother of Sandra and Stan Jemec of Bayfield, Heather Gillan of Lucan, Bonnie and Kevin Collins of Perth Road, Pat Elliott and her friend Ken of Lethbridge and Jim and Sylvia Steward of Toronto. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Lillian, Shirley, Marion, Gerald and Linda. Predeceased by 2 brothers Donald and Leland.

Private family arrangements. Cremation.

Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan (519-227-4211) entrusted with arrangements. Condolences forwarded through

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

Posted by on February 9, 2016

Marrian Smith

SMITH – Marrian Ruth (nee Simmons) of St. Thomas, Ontario and previously of Goodfare, 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 Kathryn 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 daughter Pricilla Goldner; her husband Morley “Sam” Grant; 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.  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 on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00am.  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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Obituary of 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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Obituary of 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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Obituary of 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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Obituary of MORTON (nee HUGHES): Beverley Jane of Abbotsford, B.C. Formerly of Toronto, Ontario

Posted by on October 7, 2015


It is with great sadness that we have to inform our family and friends of the sudden passing of our Mom on October 4, 2015 at 12:20 am.
Beverley (Bev), daughter of the late Thomas Percy & Margaret Ann Hughes (nee Kelly) was born in Toronto, Ontario on October 14, 1945. Loving mother to Kelly Foster and wife Annette, Kevin Foster and wife Susanne, Kristian Foster and husband Jason Rolland. Grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren, Allison & Michael Foster, Matt & Shelly Foster. Baby sister of Ronald Hughes and big sister to Carol Clark (nee Hughes). Aunt to Corrine Wright (nee Clark) and husband Ian. Great Aunt to Emma and Ethan Wright.
The daughter of a WWII veteran, Bev grew up in Downsview, Ontario within a stones throw of CFB Downsview. She attended Downsview High School and spent a lot of her childhood and young adulthood at Wasaga Beach. She met her high school sweetheart, Bryan Ernest Foster, at a shoe store in Toronto in 1962. A chance encounter at the Beacon in Wasaga Beach would solidify their fate as they would marry in 1963.
After the birth of her boys in 1963 and 1965, she went on to study hairdressing at George Brown College. A move to Wasaga Beach in 1974 and the birth of her miracle little girl, Kristian, in 1975 would complete her family.
An entrepreneur at heart and with many talents, she worked as a magazine editor, yoga instructor, teenage counsellor, hairdresser, restaurant owner, top Canadian seller of Aloette and a teaching assistant. She also had an artistic flair and passion for home decorating.
After years of undiagnosed health issues, she moved to B.C. in 2005 to live with Kelly and his family. Shortly thereafter, she would be diagnosed with Addison’s Disease which ultimately contributed to her early passing.
We are extremely thankful to Dr. Ken Dueck for the amazing care he provided our mom over the past 11 years. A very special thank you to the nurses and doctors in Emergency, Baker 3 & ICU departments of Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
A private celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Addison’s Society would be appreciated by the family.
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Obituary of WATSON, DONALD ALLAN of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on April 6, 2015

Watson Donald CroppedDonald Allan Watson passed away peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at the age of 79. Donald is predeceased by his parents, Allan and Pearl Watson of Lethbridge, Alberta. Donald is survived by his loving wife, Vera, of 56 years. They were married in Rossland, British Columbia on September 6th, 1958.

Donald is lovingly remembered by his children, Mark, Scott, Kim and Kristi, (in-law) Debbie, Hugh and James; grandchildren Treena, Donald, Tyler, Luke, Claire, Liam, Nicholas, James, Jeffrey and Jacob; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Jerry Truscott; niece and nephew Leslie and Brent. Donald was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on May 15th, 1935. He graduated from Kimberley High School in 1953 and went on to earn a Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Donald began his career with Ontario Hydro in May of 1959. Starting in Eastern Region as a junior engineer, he later became a customer service supervisor, and in 1966 he was named Douglas Point Health Physicist. In 1968 he became Senior Health Physicist at the Pickering Nuclear Plant. After several positions in Management in the Health, Safety Services and Distribution-Systems Departments, he became Eastern Region Director of Ontario Hydro in 1985. Donald retired in 1999 and moved on to become President and CEO of Great Lakes Power in Sault Ste Marie. Donald had a passion for the arts and enjoyed judo, hobby farming, canoeing and any other athletic pursuits his knees would withstand. He was a family man, a leader of the pack and a gentle soul who offered love and support to everyone around him. The celebration of Donald’s life is open to all friends and family and will be held at his family home, 753 Prince of Wales Drive in Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 5X8 on Saturday, April 11th from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Red Cross. Condolences received at

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Obituary of HOFFMUELLER; Helga, of Petrolia

Posted by on August 15, 2014

At C.E.E. Hospital of Bluewater Health in Petrolia on Thursday, August 14, 2014. HELGA HOFFMUELLER (nee Koester), 84 years, was of Petrolia. Loving wife of the late Heinz (2008). Loving father of Reinhard and Sharon Hoffmueller of Lethbridge, Rita and Martin Hewitt of Petrolia, Heike and John Hewitt of Petrolia, and Edda Engels and Cal Coolledge of Strathroy. Dear grandmother of Jeremy and Lee-Ann Hewitt, Derek Hoffmueller, Tina and Chad Binetruy, Julie and Mike Dubuque, Mark Hewitt, and Renee Engels. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren and her sisters Karen (the late Albert) Baur, Sabine (Wally) Brown, and Vera Buhlman. Helga was predeceased by her parents Fred and Hedwig Koester, and her sisters, Inge Koester and Gudrun (the late Fred) Hungler. Visitors will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hillsdale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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Obituary of STEWART: Thomas R. “Tom” of Woodstock

Posted by on June 23, 2014

Stewart, TomSTEWART, Thomas Russel “Tom” – Passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in his 81st year, after attending a retirement party near Milton, ON.  During his years as a long distance truck driver, Tom acquired many, many friends and acquaintances all over North America.  He was the last surviving member of his family.  Tom was an avid collector of everything old, odd and unique.  Cars, trucks,  tractors, toys and various other items of interest to many.  As a known authority on vintage autos, and a member of almost every vintage collectable club, he was often asked to provide information to hobbyists with similar interests.  For more than 50 years, Tom’s red, 1909 Ford Model “T” was a familiar sight in Woodstock’s Victoria Day parade. Friends will be received at Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m.  A complete funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Archdeacon Richard A. Jones officiating.  A private interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to any charity of one’s choice can be made through SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St, North, Woodstock, ON  (519)537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at

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Obituary of COOKE, Dr. Joseph F. of Brockville

Posted by on June 7, 2014

Joseph Cooke web paper croppedCOOKE, Dr. Joseph F.

Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital, Charles Street Site on Friday June 6th, 2014. Joe Cooke aged 89 years.  Beloved husband of Sheila (Goble) Cooke.  Loving father of Gordon (Colleen) of Brockville, John (Darcy) of Spencerville and Tim (Janet) of Rockport.  Cherished Poppa of Justin, Fiona, Kate, Ryan, Dane, Nikolaas, Benson and Ivan.  Dear brother of Jack Cooke and Jean Coker, and brother in law of Eleanor “Dody” Rand and Colleen Reimer.  Also missed by several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents Alfred and Myrtle (Howe) Cooke and sister Dorothy Marshall.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl Street East, Brockville, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm.  In memory of Joe, donations to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation  would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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Obituary of Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.


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Obituary of SHEFFIELD: JEAN M.A. (formerly of Portland)

Posted by on March 23, 2014

Jean Sheffield


Peacefully at Maple View Lodge Athens, with family by her side on Friday March 21, 2014. Jean Ralston (formerly of Portland) in her 97th year. Widow of Bun Sheffield. Dear Mother of Robert (Billie), George (Nancy), Margaret (Brian) Martin, Julia Scotland, as well as close niece, Lorraine Aljoe (Barry). Predeceased by son, Ian and daughter, Frances Lacasse and niece, Wendy Mark. Survived by son-in-law, Guy Lacasse.   Dear Sister of Beth Gregory. Predeceased by brother, Robert Ralston. Fondly remembered by grandchildren,  Amy (Adam), Hughanna (Man-Yee), Laurel (Don), Aaron (Lauren), Joelle (Scott), Bella, Matthew (Becki), Jesse, Wesley, Robert (Isabelle), James (Amanda), Drea and Ellie. Also survived by six great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

 The family will receive friends at the Portland United Church on Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014 at 1 o’clock followed by a  Memorial Service at 2 o’clock. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Portland United Church Memorial Fund or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main Street, Elgin 613-359-5555 or at

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Obituary of DÉCOSSE, Lucille (née Fex) of Val Thérèse, ON

Posted by on March 9, 2014

DECOSSE, LucilleThe family announces with sorrow her passing at home in Val Thérèse on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at the age of 71 years.  Beloved wife of Norman Décosse of Val Thérèse.  Daughter of the late Jean-Baptiste and of the late Dolores (née Martel) Fex.  Loving mother of Gilbert Beaulieu of Taber, AB, Michel Beaulieu of Ottawa, Monique Beaulieu of Sudbury and step-mother of Robert Décosse of Sudbury, Richard Décosse of Sudbury and Rachel Décosse of Ottawa.  Dear sister of Germain Fex (Simone) and Maurice Fex (Gabrielle) both of Blezard Valley and Lucien Fex (Yvette) of Sudbury.  Predeceased by her siblings Rose Poitras, Marianne Steinour, Ernestine Thibault, Annette Côté, Lucienne Labre, Florestine Larivière, Joseph Fex, Thérèse Fex and Albertine Fex.  Cherished grandmother of Gilles, Justin (Ashley), Stéphan, Megan, Logan and great-grandmother of Riley. Lovingly remembered by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4570 St-Joseph St., HANMER on Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 5  and 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday March 6th, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Ste-Marguerite d’Youville Church, Val Thérèse.  Donations (by cheque only) to the Lung Association, the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Northern Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.

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Obituary of TYE, Carolyn Ann of Brockville, Ontario

Posted by on January 25, 2014

Carolyn TyeTYE, Carolyn Ann

Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital, Garden Street Site on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014.  The former Carolyn Nixon, of Brockville, aged 71 years.  Beloved wife of Garry Tye.  Loving mother of Scott of Toronto and Derek (Stephanie) of Grande Prairie, AB.  Cherished Oma of Mollie, Liam and Aidan.  Dear sister of Gayle Davy (John) and daughter of the late Jack and Jean (Crawford) Nixon.  Also survived by her many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.  The Memorial Service will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Anglican Church, 80 Pine Street, Brockville on Monday January 27th, 2014 at 11 am.  In memory of Carolyn, donations to the Canadian Lung Association or Loaves and Fishes of Brockville would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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Obituary of WILTON: Helen – RN, of RR#3 Durham

Posted by on January 1, 2014

helen wiltonPassed away Wednesday, January 1st, 2014  at the Durham hospital with her loving family at her side.  Wilma Helen Wilton (nee Knisley), of RR#3 Durham, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of the late Neil E. Wilton.  Loving mother of Steve Wilton and his wife Sandi of Owen Sound, Fay and her husband Percy Harrison of Durham, and Craig Wilton and his wife Valerie of Coalhurst, Alberta.  Cherished grandmother of Gwen, Janine, Elgin, Kyle, Lydia, Curtis, Candace, Brittany and Jason.  Great-grandmother of Noah, Mogilny, Payton, Zuri, Rory, Carson, Landon and Holden.  Dear sister of Isobel Woods, Bill and Irene Knisley, Ron Knisley and Marni, Adel and Don Francis, Marlyen and Art Torrie, and Norm and Marion Knisley.  Sister-in-law of Allan McDougall and Lee, Harriette Rooney, Anne Wilton, and Bob and Shirl Wilton.  Predeceased by her parents William and Reta Knisley; her daughter-in-law Wendy Wilton;  her sisters Marjorie Balog and Thelma McDougall; and her brothers-in-law George Balog, Ben Woods and Ken Rooney.  Friends may call at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Friday, January 3rd from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m.  A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at the Durham Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Spring interment at Maplewood Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Knox Normanby Presbyterian Church would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of SEAL, Oliver of Brockville and formerly of Alberta

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Oliver SealSEAL, Oliver

Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital, on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at the age of 92. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Edith, and all seven of his siblings, Ronald, Doreen, Norman, Connie, Florence, Arnold and twin Ernie. Survived by daughters Judy and Gwen, granddaughters Amanda and Katie and great grandchildren Leela and Odin. At the request of Oliver, cremation will take place with interment and celebration of life at a later date in Alberta, his beloved birthplace. The family wish to thank the BGH Emergency and Palliative Care staff for their kindness and expertise in making Oliver’s last hours as comfortable as possible. We also wish to thank the St. Lawrence Lodge Care team for providing such a supportive and enjoyable environment the past two years. Our heartfelt thanks to you all. BARCLAY FUNERAL HOME, 137 Pearl Street East, Brockville entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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Obituary of Kerr; Joseph Paul of Flesherton at Fawcett Funeral Home

Posted by on November 28, 2013
Joe Kerr of Flesherton, resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Joe Kerr of Flesherton, resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Kerr; “Joe”Joseph Paul

Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on November 24, 2013 of Flesherton in his 57th year. Beloved husband of Mary(nee Dittmann) . Loving father of Carrie(Zach Salzmann) of Ottawa and Mark of Bushell Park, SK. Dear brother of Judy(William) D’Souza of Tottenham, John(Janet) of Oakville and Jim(Linda) of Niagara. Survived many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held from the Royal Canadian Legion, Flesherton on Saturday, November 30. Cremation has taken place at Flesherton Cemetery Crematorium. Memorial contributions to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 333 or Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations at


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