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 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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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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 LONSDALE: George F. of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017


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

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

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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 SCOTT: Helen G. – of Medicine Hat, Alberta, formerly of Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Posted by on March 19, 2016

Scan0001Helen G. Scott (nee Taylor)

Born April 5th, 1920 in Toronto, Mom lived a long and fulfilling life filled with love. 96 Years…of which the last 6 although horrific, she suffered with dignity and humour.

Mom the story of your life is not written in a book. It is written in your children’s happiness, in their sense of self-worth and in the knowledge that we were loved. It will always be a part of us and it will make a difference. When people see our happiness in life they are reading the story of your love.

You have started the next chapter in your exceptional life. For those of us who are left behind it is hard to accept that you are gone but for everyone who ever knew you it was an amazing gift that you were here. You were not just my mother but my best friend and I will miss you every day of my life until we meet again. I don’t see you as gone but as having become a part of us all in this amazing universe. You felt each of us is connected to every person and every thing on this Earth, that we are in fact one divine organism having an infinite spiritual existence, striving for harmony. I feel the days will be a little less bright but the nights will be brighter by a star.

You always told me you were coming back as a duck because as a child not able to go to school you spent many hours at the Riverdale Zoo you appreciated how much freedom they had to come and go.   Recently I discussed with you that you might want to change to another species as I would be upset every hunting season. We laughed and you decided that the protected Loon that you always loved at Pigeon Lake Bobcaygeon would be a better choice.

Left to carry on your extraordinary spirit are your two children you were not supposed to have. Daughter HEATHER (DAVID PETRIE) Seven Persons, AB., Son BRADLEY (AGNES MENCZEL) Edmonton, AB. and most loved granddaughter MEREDITH PETRIE (MICHAEL PAGET) Calgary, AB.

Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in the 1920’s, forced to quit school at an early age because of blindness you became a strong, independent and courageous woman who defied the doctors when they told you “No Children”. While managing the Ryrie Birke’s Cafeteria in the 40’s even though your sight was severely limited, you watched a handsome young man come down the escalator for lunch every day. Your girls laughingly kept telling you to come out of the fog for the next half hour. When the fog lifted you were married to him June 24th 1950. A year later I hit the pavement and 3 and a half years later came my brother. A “Norman Rockwell” type of existence, East York in the 50’s was a wonderful community to grow up in and we had our cottage at Wasaga Beach every summer. The courage it took to handle us kids while blind and alone all week while Dad worked in the city was inspirational. An outside pump, no running water, an outhouse, a wood/coal stove was what you originally had to deal with along with kids who thought nothing of coming home dead late from a day long bicycle trip wondering why you were hysterical. THANK YOU MOM

Your sense of humour, laughter, love of family and music saw you through 96 years.

In 2003 at age 83 you were RUNNING up and down 3 flights of stairs in your 4 level split in Victoria Place Bobcaygeon. Due to circumstances and your blindness you decided to swallow your fear of “alien territory“ and move West to be close to your kids. You enjoyed Chinook Village and the great friends you made there including the staff.

Walking a mile a day unaided except for a guiding arm, at the age of 89 in 2009, life was good until your stroke while in Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in January 2010. Unable to see, walk, swallow without thickener, moved by machine, spoon fed mush, this has been your plight for the past 6 years. In spite of the horrific situation you had to endure you never lost the essence of that which was Helen Scott. Serving your time with dignity, a sense of humour and Hugs `n` Smooches, I selfishly enjoyed every minute I was able to spend with you but it broke my heart to see you have to endure that indignity for so long at the end of your days.

Now you are no longer walking in darkness. You can greet your multitude of friends and family in the light for the first time. Not to say that you haven’t always looked at everyone you met directly in the eye. Inspiring them to be a better person just by observing the bravery and humour with which you faced life’s trials thrown at you. The Duke of Bedford Ian Russell (Woburn Abby, UK) shared this sentiment in one of his personal tapes to you as did your friend Florence McEachern, Lady Eaton’s daughter in their visits and letters.

Preceded in death by just about everyone you ever knew the transition party your lifelong girlfriends will throw you should be amazing. Dad, the love of your life (Winston J.I. Scott 1915-1995) won’t know how to handle you sighted as he had a hard time handling your energy when you were blind. You can imagine how I would like to hear the conversations you have with your Mom, Frankie Viola (Smith) and Dad, Percival Donald Taylor “Pops”, Platoon/District Chief, Toronto Fire Dept. and older brother Wm. Harper Taylor, sister in law Helen Lee(Hutchinson) and your companion after Dad passed Alfred M. Simpson (2009 age 91).

I would like to thank you Mom for the invaluable lessons you taught us over our lifetimes. “WASH YOUR HANDS” is the first that comes to mind. “Make the best with what you’ve got but don’t accept the status quo” is another. Always “LISTEN intently”, “Giving is infinitely better than getting”, “Mind your manners”, “Use common sense”, “Never let wealth and status impress you as actions speak louder than words”, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”. (Find and encourage those gifts that make each of us special: not star power, not intellectual prowess but the ineffable mystery and beauty of the heart.)

Practical with an abundance of common sense, a love of life, family and friends and the energy to put it to good use, you made a difference in the lives of many. Counsellor extraordinaire.

While at Chinook Village you told us not to mourn as you were ready to go. You had enjoyed an amazing life. Well I am afraid we will not be able to comply with that request as the world is a lesser place without you in it.

A memorial with friends and family will be held in Medicine Hat at a date to be announced. Mom is on her way home to Bobcaygeon. Memorial service will take place at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES – MONK CHAPEL, Bobcaygeon on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm, and interment in Verulam Cemetery starting at 2:00 PM. Please no flowers. If you wish to honor my mother’s memory she would be so pleased if you could make a donation to the David Sheldrick Foundation, an elephant orphanage doing amazing work in Kenya with orphaned baby elephants and black rhinos or Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay Ontario.

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Obituary of 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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Obituary of JOHNSON: John S. of Chesley

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Cover PictureJohn Sharman Johnson of Chesley, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in his 71st year.

Loving companion and friend to Joan Gibbons. John will be sadly missed by his sons Doug (Connie) of Sturgeon County, Rob (Brenda) of Marietta, Ohio and Dave (Jen) of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Mark, Alyssa, Tori, Amber, Aaron, David, Andrew, Cody, Sandy, Tara, Brad Dan, Philip and Laura as well as seven great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his Aunt Phyllis Derwin of Toronto. John was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marjorie (Sharman) Johnson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at Rhody Family Funeral Home in Chesley on Sunday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating John’s life will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Obituary of BRONSON: Sandra Ann of Belleville

Posted by on January 15, 2015

Bronson, Sandra Ann – passed away at Quinte Health Care (BGH) on Monday, January 12th, in her 69th year, following a courageous battle against cancer. Daughter of Austin Wease of Peterborough and the late Hazel (nee Post) Wease. Beloved wife of Wayne Bronson of Belleville. Loving mother of Robert Bronson of Medicine Hat, AB and Stewart (Amanda) Bronson of Casselton, Ont. Cherished grandmother of Sheldon, Joseph, Emily, Cooper and Cassandra. Dear sister of: David Wease of Burleigh Falls, Doris (Jack) Johnston of Paudash, Murray (Julianne) Wease of Abbotsford, BC and Mark (Deborah) Wease of Peterborough. Sandra will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews, by extended family members and by many friends. She was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Sharon Wease.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273), Belleville, on Friday, January 16th, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, and on Saturday from 12:00 noon until time of service. The Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel on Saturday, January 17th, at 1:00 pm. Rev. Brenda Timpson officiating. Interment will take place at Glen Alda Cemetery in the spring. Following the service there will be further opportunity to share memories of Sandra and refreshments at the Steele Family Centre adjacent to the funeral home.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Diabetes Association or the Belleville General Hospital Foundation Oncology Department would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of Farrell, Lucy Mary (nee Court) of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on January 9, 2015

LucyFarrellFARRELL, Lucy Mary (nee Court) passed away peacefully at Simcoe Terrace Retirement Centre, on January 7th, 2015 in her 87th year. Lucy was born April 12th 1928 in Birmingham England. Moving with her family to Timmins Ontario as an infant, it was in Timmins that she grew, studied, and eventually married Keith Farrell on June 12th 1951. Lucy is survived by her sister, Edna, her children Bruce (Marjan) of Moonstone, Janice (Phil Hendry) of Saanichton, B.C. and James (Ken Blair) of Medicine Hat, AB. Lucy also leaves fond memories with her many step grand, great-grand and great-great-grand children, nieces, nephews and a wonderfully supportive community of friends at Grace United Church where a Memorial Service for her will be Conducted by The Reverend Sue Eagle on Monday, January 12th at 11am. A very special thank you to all the staff of Simcoe Terrace who very lovingly created a warm home for mom for more than 9 years that unquestionably extended the length and quality of her life. Angels are among us. Condolences may be placed at

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Obituary of STOLZ, Henry of Mount Forest, formerly Monkton

Posted by on September 30, 2014

Stolz, HenryHenry Stolz – of Mount Forest, formerly of Monkton, passed away unexpectedly at Louise Marshall Hospital on Tuesday September 30, 2014 at the age of 85. Henry was an all around outdoors man enjoying hunting, riding his ATV, cutting wood in the bush and puttering around Monkton on his golf cart.

Beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Wourms) Stolz who predeceased him in 2004. Loving father of Stan and Glenda Stolz, Stella and Calvin Haug, and Dianne and Jason Heilman. Special grandpa of Derick, Nicholas, Tyler and Jen and their daughter Mia, Nathan, Michael, Daniel, Shannah and Michael. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Henry was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by his parents Joseph and Katherine (Etchon) Stolz, one brother and four sisters. Predeceased by his children Mary and Joseph in infancy.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Friday October 3, 2014 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. followed by the funeral service to celebrate his life at 2:00 p.m. with Father Clare Coleman officiating. Interment in North Logan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice appreciated.

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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 HANLEY: Georgina Isabelle of Flesherton at Fawcett Funeral Home

Posted by on February 11, 2014

Georgina Hanely is resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Suddenly in her home, on February 11, 2014, of Flesherton  in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Bryce. Loving mother of Linda(Cliff) Brander of Stayner, Glen(Vicki) Hanley of Paisley, Bruce(Patti) Hanley of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Paul(Tracey) Hanley of Maxwell. Loved and remembered by 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Dear sister in-law of Helen Pallister and Ruby Hanley. Predeceased by brother Gordon, Mac and sister Bessie Johnson. The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, February 13 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service from the funeral home chapel on Friday at 11am. In memory of Georgina, donations to Rock Mills Baptist Church or Centre Grey Health Services would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca888-924-2810

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Obituary of MURPHY, Ronald Walter of Lyn, Ontario

Posted by on January 25, 2014

Ron MurphyMURPHY, Ronald Walter

After a brief illness, entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital Charles St. Site, on Wednesday January 22nd, 2014.  Ronald Murphy of Lyn aged 76 years.  Cherished husband and best friend of Doris (Workman) Murphy.  Devoted dad of Brenda (Sam) Dunster, Christine Murphy, Bill (Cheryl) Murphy, Karen (Andy) Rorabeck and the late Margaret Schembri.  Loving and active grandpa of 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren and predeceased by a granddaughter.  Loving brother of Eleanor (Roy) Walker, Mary Ellen Dunphy, Karl Murphy, Arnold (Lorraine) Murphy, Ron is also survived by 4 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Predeceased by his parents Walter and Gertrude (Hunter) Murphy, a brother Patrick Murphy.

Family and friends may call at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday January 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place at Sprucehaven Cemetery, Brinston in the spring.  In memory of Ron, donations to Christ United Church Memorial Fund would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Lyn Masonic Lodge # 416 A.F & A.M will hold a Memorial Service Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. in the Funeral Home, all sister lodges are invited to attend.  Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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Obituary of EUBANK, William “Bill” of Gananoque

Posted by on December 16, 2013

Bill Eubank obitEUBANK, William “Bill” Morley

Peacefully, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston on Monday December 16, 2013, Bill Eubank aged 81 years.  Beloved husband of Marlene Russell.  Dear father of Tom Eubank of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Kimberley Fortin (Louis) of Pottageville and Karen Fortin (Ray) of King City; and step-father of Jody Russell (Liz) and Ryan Russell of Lansdowne.  Cherished grandfather of Luke, Marc, Thomas, Nick, Travis and Kelsey.

At Bill’s request there will be no visitation or service. The family would like to thank the warm and caring staff and volunteers at St. Mary’s of the Lake Palliative Care. In memory of Bill, donations to the St. Mary’s of the Lake Palliative Care would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangements in care of the Barclay Funeral Home, Lansdowne. Messages of condolence make be made online at

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Obituary of WINTERS; Rae Eldon of Maxwell – resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Posted by on October 23, 2013


Winters; Rae Eldon

Peacefully at Grey Gables Nursing Home, Markdale on October 22, 2013 formerly of Maxwell in his 79th year. Loving son of the late Clarence and Marjorie Winters. Dear brother of Delbert(Ruthe) Winters of Maxwell. Loved and remembered as uncle to Susan(Gordon) Johnston of Flesherton and Wayne(Susan) Winters of Maxwell. Sadly missed as great uncle to Jeremiah, Jonah Johnston and Laura Winters. After a lifetime of farming Rae moved on to working with South East Grey Support Services and Markdale Home Hardware. The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, October 24 from 7-9pm. Funeral Service from Markdale Baptist Church, 144 Lorne Street, on Friday at 11am. Interment Maxwell Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Maxwell Community Centre would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations at

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Obituary of HODGINS: Brad (John Bradley) of London

Posted by on August 10, 2013

Hodgins Brad web photoAt his home, on Thursday, August 8, 2013, of London in his 64th year.  Dear brother of Greg and Kathy Hodgins of Grand Bend.  Dear uncle of Susan (Tim) Patton and Jill (Mike) Bale.  Missed by his 4 great-nephews.  Predeceased by his niece Kristin Hodgins and his parents Ida and Clare Hodgins.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday evening 7-9PM where a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11AM. Cremation with interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London.

Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through

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