METCALFE, Jack Clifford of Sarnia

METCALFE, Jack Clifford – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, June 26, 2017, Jack passed away at the age of 91. Son of the late Ethel & Roy Metcalfe. Husband of the late Kathryn Prevett and the late Betty Banks. Father of the late Gayle Talaskavich and Peggy Holmes. Brother of Leone Mater, Don (Shirley) Metcalfe and Doug Metcalfe. Brother-in-law of Joyce Prevett. Grandfather of Andrew (Kim) Holmes, sons Spencer and Curtis. Grandfather of Nathan (Krista) Talaskavich and great-grandfather of Joshua Talaskavich. Jack was a W.W. II veteran. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 388 Wyoming, a retired member of Local 663 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and a member of The People’s Church. Jack truly loved life. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. A gathering will be held at a future date to share stories and will be published. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) of Sarnia

BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) – On Monday, June 26, 2017 at Twin Lakes Terrace, Hilda Hedwig Basham died at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Wayne (Marie), Texas, Brian (Angela), Mississauga and Ian (Gwendolin), Victoria, B.C. Cherished grandmother of Kevin, Frank, Joe, Elizabeth, Shawn, Eryn and Sheryn. Great-grandmother of Sarah. Sister of Hal Miller (Delia), Bill Miller (Susan), Adeline D’Alosio, Margaret Snider (Stuart), and Sylvia Massey. Predeceased by parents Otto & Rosina Miller and brothers Oscar and George Miller. Hilda was an active member of Grace United Church for many years. She had a tremendous gift of love and care for others. She was well known for her cooking, baking, gardening and also for her creativity in arts & crafts. She will be sorely missed by her families and friends. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Grace United Church on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to U.C.W., c/o Grace United Church, 900 Cathcart Blvd., Sarnia, N7V 4E2. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

HUARD, Marcel Joseph of Sarnia

HUARD, Marcel – At Bluewater Health on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the age of 60. Beloved son of the late Omer & Colette Huard. Dear brother of Michel and Gilles, Sarnia. Cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

BERRY, Nancy Jean (nee Wilson) of Sarnia

BERRY, NANCY JEAN (nee Wilson) – Surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Nancy Berry died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 69. Beloved wife of Michael “Mike” Berry. Loving mother of Jennifer Wilson & her husband Jeremy, Milton and Melissa Berry, Ottawa. Cherished grandmother of Reese & Lauren Wilson. Dear daughter of Martha & the late Robert Wilson. Sister of Rosemarie Forbes & her husband Jock, Sudbury and Paul Wilson & his wife Karen, Ottawa. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Nancy brought joy to so many – continuously giving of her time and love. She was dedicated to her family, a tireless supporter of her community groups (RayJon, Breast Buddies dragon boat team, CSJ associates, CWL) and “Nurse Nancy” ’til the end. She was not often seen without a smile on her face, even during her long and courageous battle with cancer. The world, especially our family room, will be a quieter and less boisterous place without her. The constant love, many prayers, and amazing generosity of all her friends brought strength and peace of mind to Nancy and all the family for so many years. We cannot thank them enough for their thoughtfulness. A thank you also for the wonderful medical care received from Dr. Crombeen, Dr. Yoshida, and the nurses of the palliative care unit and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. To celebrate her life, Nancy asked that friends wear bright colours to her visitation and funeral service and that they share many laughs. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Vince Gulikers at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations may be given to the St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3, Rayjon P.O. Box 2482, Sarnia, N7T 2T1, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St.,2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Sudbury

YANTHA, Barbara Ann of Sarnia

YANTHA, BARBARA ANN – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Barbara Ann Yantha died on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 62. Loving mother of Cyril Verge and Renie Biggar & her husband Wayne, Summerside, P.E.I. Cherished grandmother of Erika & Emmett Bigger and Renie’s dog Riley. Dear sister of John Yantha, Hamilton, Shirley Flynn (Robert), Sarnia and Donna Yantha, Sarnia. Predeceased by her parents Alex & Irene Yantha and her brother Frank Yantha. Barbara spent many years working as a Lab Technician with OSS Environmental. Her life was her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She had several hobbies but the things that Barbara enjoyed most were cooking, puzzles, knitting and walking. Funeral Service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Josephs Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

PURSELL, William “Bill” of Sarnia

PURSELL, William, “Bill” – Surrounded by his loving family at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, Sarnia, Bill Pursell died on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the age of 88.  Beloved husband of the late Theresa “Terry” (2006).  Loving dad of Duncan (Liz), Ian (Charlane), Iona, Terry “Cookie” (Gordon) and Fiona. Legendary Papa of Tara (Ken), William (Lauren), Ian (Kinga), Paul, Jamie, Graeme, Meaghan (Simon), James, Cameron, Caitie and  Ruby. Great-grandfather of Gavin, Max, and Levi.  Brother to Duncan Pursell in Australia, the remaining member of his five siblings.  Dad, Papa, Bill, Willie or Mr. Pursell.  No matter how you knew him, he was resolutely considered a gentleman defined by his integrity, his love of his family and his very positive attitude towards life. He equally loved Lakeshore as much as his beloved Scotland and his childhood home Davaar House in Campbeltown.   A member at Sarnia Golf Club for 54 years, he was still golfing last season and only the poor weather kept him from teeing off this year.  He shot his age at 81.  He enjoyed table tennis and treasured new friends at the Strangway Centre.  We were never sure what it was, but he played pickle ball until a hamstring injury in 2016.  He made marmalade just last month which he shared widely and was obsessed with its consistency. We continued the tradition of Lakeshore holidays with him cooking the turkey and these dinners were central to him and to us in every way.  A prolific writer, a few of his memoirs have been published in The Kintyre Magazine and the spring edition carried his most recent one.  He grew more proud of his heritage as the years went on and he kept up a number of relations in his home town of Campbeltown.  He was called upon yearly to recite In Flanders Fields at St. Andrews Church and in 2016, he did it from memory with no notes and often did the Ode to the Haggis or Toast to Canada at their Burns Supper.  He loved going to the Bridge to take walks, talk to the locals fishing, and read his Globe & Mail and maybe take a wee snooze in the car.  He absolutely adored his grandchildren and they in turn adored him always anxious to tell him, show him or write to him about their school, their jobs, their relationships and pretty much anything.  According to them, he was “such a legend” and this sentiment was felt by everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.  He was wise, kind, current in many sports and myriad political issues.  Dad was obsessed with his bird feeder and the weather as the Scottish tend to be.   His absence is unimaginable but his legacy sustains us. As an expression of sympathy, friends may wish to send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, Palliative Care through  www.bwhf.ca or mail to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia N7T 6S3.  Private family arrangements arrangements entrusted to The McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE (519-344-3131).  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

BOYD, Shirley Marie (nee Pepper) of Sarnia

BOYD, Shirley Marie (Pepper) – Surrounded by her loving family, Shirley passed away at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the age of 80. Dear mother of Katherine Boyd, Michael Boyd (Sherri), Allan Boyd and David Boyd all of Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Jason, Shaun (Sally), Mark and Jade. Proud great-grandmother of Brooke, Kara, Lucas and Winston. Sister of Donald Pepper (late Pauline), Amherst Island, Marion Gilmer, Brantford and Phyllis Pepper, Bright’s Grove. Shirley will also be sadly missed by her little buddy Parker who was always at her side. Predeceased by parents Evert & Ethel Pepper and sisters Dorothy Capps, Ida Brown and Neva Barr. Shirley was passionate about her beautiful flower gardens, her rescue pets and her family. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue, 270 Inshes Av., Chatham, N7M 2Z7 or the charity of their choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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FULLERTON, John Thomas “Jack” of Sarnia

FULLERTON, John Thomas “Jack” – Suddenly at Trillium Villa on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Marion (Hartwell). Dear father of Martha Baglieri (John), Markham, Barbara Foley (Brian), Ottawa, Mary Sue Muldoon (Joseph), Regina. Michael Fullerton (Julie), Sarnia. Loving grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 7. Brother of Mary Anne Bambrick (Ken), London. Predeceased by parents John & Estelle Fullerton and brother Gerald. Jack graduated from The University of Western Ontario Class of 1951 with a B.A. in Journalism. He and the late Marceil Saddy founded and co-owned the Sarnia Gazette. He was a 60 year member of the Liberal Party. Jack was a Catholic Rate Payers trustee on the Public School Board for several years and a trustee on L.C.R.C.S.S. Board for 2 years. He was also a member of the L.C.R.C.S.S. board until he was 65. Jack wrote a column for “First Monday” magazine until he was 87. Visitation will be held Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. with cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to ESK-OMI, P.0. Box 159, St. Norbert, MB., R3V 1L6 or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Toronto

NIENIEC, Stanislaw “Stanley” of Sarnia

NIEMIEC, STANISLAW “STANLEY” – Peacefully at Vision Nursing Home, Stanislaw Niemiec died on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the age of 101. Beloved husband of his late wives, Mieczyslawa Niemiec and Irena Niemiec. Loving father of Mark Niemiec and his partner Chris Fahrlander, Phoenix, Arizona. Also survived by many relatives in Poland. Predeceased by his parents Franciszek and Agnieszka Niemiec. Stanislaw (Stan) was born in Nowy Sacz, Poland. He graduated from a Military School in Poland and served as an officer in the Polish Army. At the beginning of the World War II he had the misfortune of being captured and spent three years in various German POW camps. In 1948 he immigrated to Canada and in 1951 moved to Sarnia from Ottawa. He was a respected employee of Polysar. As a valued employee he traveled to many Polysar Rubber Plants around the world solving production problems. Stan retired after 40 years of service. Stan loved Canada and was grateful to her, while at the same time he never forgot his Polish heritage. It was important for him to be a good “ambassador” for his native country. Upon arriving in Sarnia, Stan helped establish the Polish Community. Stan was very religious and a gentle man who will be missed by his family and friends. Many thanks to Vision Rest and Nursing Home for the loving care they provided. He was very appreciative of all that they did for him. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, where Rosary will be offered prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Fr. Pucka Memorial Fund at Queen of Peace Church, 566 Rosedale Ave., Sarnia N7V 1Z4. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (519-344-3131) . Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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KINGSTON, Paul Frederick of Camlachie

KINGSTON, PAUL FREDERICK – Paul Kingston at the age of 83, passed away on Monday May 29, 2017 at Strathroy Hospital. By his side were Shari Kingston his beloved wife and life long partner, and their children Meghan, Michael and Scott Kingston, the loves of his life. Loving father to Paul & Debra Kingston, Kerry & Terry Rogers and Christine & Ron Cross. Cherished grandfather to Paul Kingston Jr., Tina & Pat Rogers, Russell, Mitchell, Emily and Kathleen Cross. Special great-grandfather to Serenity Rogers. Big brother to Thom Kingston, Mary & Ron Mansfield, George & Laura Kingston, Robert & Julie Kingston, Florence & Paul Dyck and Bill & Deb Kingston. Also survived and loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Frederick & Gertrude Kingston and nephews Nathan Kingston & Scott Mansfield.  Paul aspired to be trustworthy, reliable, responsible, astute, sincere and fair. These values he felt important to instill in his children, who he considered to be his greatest accomplishments. He felt great pride in seeing them grow up and being successful in their chosen careers. Paul entered the work force in the chemical valley and later built and operated “Kingston’s Cove” his business in Camlachie for 45 years. He also served two terms as a Councillor for Plympton-Wyoming and was the first Fire Chief of Camlachie’s Volunteer Fire Dept. When Paul wasn’t utilizing his many talents repairing and fixing everything imaginable, he enjoyed sun, surf and sand and having a cold beer and good food with family and friends. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel immediately following visitation on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow with a private family interment to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., 2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, MN7T 4Y1 or the Alzheimer’s Society, 420 East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

BELROSE, Isabel (nee McElroy)

BELROSE, ISABEL (nee McElroy) – With her loving family by her side at Bluewater Health, Isabel Belrose died on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the age of 86. Beloved wife and best friend of the late Britain “Brit” Belrose (2006). Loving mother of Lorrie-Anne & her husband Clay Mootrey, Sarnia, David Belrose, Sarnia and Janey & her husband Terry Sutherland, London. Cherished grandmother of Lisa Bowery (Ryan), Sarnia, Eric Belrose (Sheri), London, Carla Belrose, Sarnia, Clayton Mootrey (Jodi), CFB Bordon, Matthew Mootrey (Nicole), Paisley, Derek Belrose (Nicole) Smithville, Katherine Belrose, Sarnia, Keith Belrose (Elizabeth), Cambridge and Melissa McIntyre (Patrick), London. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson and several nieces & nephews including special great nieces Paula Margaret, Betsy, Theresa and Cheryl. Predeceased by her parents Joseph (1954) & Florence McElroy (1941), her other mother Annie McConnell (2006) beloved son Thomas (1985), cherished daughter Dorothy Blunte (2014), infant grandson Jae Mootrey (1977) and granddaughter Heidi Belrose (2014). Isabel loved her church and her family. She was the family matriarch and their pillar of strength. Isabel was very articulate and documented their family history for over 60 years. She enjoyed doing her puzzles and socializing with her family and many friends. Isabel will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of all who knew her. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Community of Christ Church, (across from St. Clair High School) on Thursday June 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

A tree will be planted in memory of Isabel Belrose in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia

HOOVER, Robert Leslie of Sarnia

HOOVER, Robert Leslie – On Friday, May 26, 2017, Robert peacefully passed away at Marshall Gowland Manor at the age of 91.  Beloved husband of the late Betty (2016). Loving father of Lynda Tighe (Daniel), Point Edward, Leslie Hoover (Sonia), Sarnia, Diane De Block (John), London, and Mary Catherine Scott (Brian), London. Cherished grandfather of Andrea Pole (Rob) and (the late Dan Patterson), Todd Hoover (Audrey), Krista Chicoine (Mike), Sandra Gerber (Chris), Karen Dennis, Cheryl Carroll (Mike), Shannon Gregory (Chris), Courtney De Block (Dave), Jennifer Scott (Nick), Rachelle (Shelley) Tighe (deceased), and great-grandfather of eighteen. Predeceased by parents Leslie & Annetta Hoover and sisters Betty Loube, Audrey Douey and Jean Copley. Bob retired from the C.N.R. after a lifelong career. Bob was a WWII veteran as well as a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Lion’s Club.  He enjoyed travelling the world with Betty and their many friends. He was an avid sports fan and participant. Finished carpentry was another of Bob’s passions. His Hoover heritage was extremely important to him. He spent many summers in his youth working on the original homestead in Selkirk, Ontario and always looked forward to the Hoover reunions there. Bob’s family wishes to thank all of the caregivers from the Alzheimer Society, Bayshore, L.E.O. and a special thanks to “our” Tara.  In addition, the family is grateful for the caring staff of Marshall Gowland Manor who made his short stay there comfortable. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. The funeral service will follow immediately in the Chapel at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers,  friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia-Lambton, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia

BARON, Arby Eugene of Sarnia

BARON, Arby Eugene – Peacefully surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Arby Baron died on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Joan (Schilz). Loving father of Cathy Campbell (Allan), Debbie Hartwick (Doug), Sandra Entrop (Marty), Douglas Schilz, James Schilz (Robin) and Heather Mayea (Bill). Cherished grandfather of Alicia & Tayler Hartwick, Elizabeth, Melissa, Lindsey, Kimberleigh, Tyler, Lisa, Jessica, James & Jennifer. Special Pepere of Jayden, Alexis, Katlyn and Ben. Dear brother of Evelyn Arguin, Maurice Baron (Marcelle), Roland Baron (Stephanie) Roger Baron (Edith), Doris Richer (Sylvan) and Nicole Baron. Brother-in-law of Ann Baron. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wives; Mary Jane (Jean) Kelly (1985) and Bernadette Clara Winslow (2000), daughter Baby Kelly (1963) and his parents Armand and Meldred Baron, his siblings; Jeanette Desbiens, Laurette Fortin, Eddy Baron and his grandson Jason Entrop. Arby worked as a Shift Engineer for Suncor from 1965 to his time of retirment in 1990. Arby moved to Sarnia in 1966 but he always remembered his home town of Lac Megantic, Quebec. His passion to drive led to many years of travelling with his wives and family. He most of all enjoyed his time in Florida with his wife Joan and the close friends they made while there. He had a passion for family and loved spending time with them. Arby was an avid stamp collector and a past member of the Knight’s of Columbus. Visitation to be held Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia. Funeral Service to be held at Trinity Anglican Church , Sarnia on Thursday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with private family internment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 where Arby spent his final days so lovingly cared for. Sincere and heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. Glen Maddison and the wonderful staff, who made that time so dignified and peaceful. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

PAQUETTE, Leonard “Leo” of Sarnia

PAQUETTE, Leonard (Leo) – Leo died peacefully surrounded by family, after a long battle with dementia at Sumac Lodge on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Ellen (Murphy) and the late Mary (Kohut). Dear father of Darlene (Bob) Johnson, Sarnia and Leonard (Pam) Paquette Jr., Corunna. Loving grandfather of Jenn Johnson (Jim Bruner) and their children Tyler, Jordynn, Kyle, Amber, Ashley and their grandson Hunter; Kevin Johnson and his daughter Olivia; Stacey Johnson (Chris Carpeneto); Kaitlin (Joel) Drapeau; Taylor Paquette; Steven (Trish) Paquette and Leonard Paquette. Brother of Norma Beaudoin (Doug), Sarnia. Predeceased by parents Alex & Mathilda Paquette, brother Palma (late Bea) and sister Annette (Homer) Chapleau. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Leo loved his family, dogs, dancing and being with people. After a myriad of jobs in his youth; farmer, lumberjack, assembly line worker, construction worker to name a few, he found his favourite and last job…bartender. He ended his long years of bartending at the Canterbury Inn from its opening day until his retirement twenty five years later. Leo loved being a part of so many weddings, Christmas parties, special occasions and all the fun weekends spent working in the Coach Stop bar. It was not unusual to find him dancing to the music as he worked behind the bar. He loved the outdoors and camped for many years at Cedar Bay Campground. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spent many summer days there and made so many happy memories with their papa. Leo loved going to Wawanosh Conservation area and was often seen there on a long walks. Leo loved dogs and they loved him. Often, with tails wagging, they would hop in his car to have a weekend of being spoiled with Papa. Due to dementia Leo’s final home, for six years, was Sumac Lodge where the staff were not only his caregivers but also part of his family. A special thanks to all of the Sumac Lodge staff for being there for him when we couldn’t. A very special thank you for those who helped make our dad’s last days, especially his final hours, comfortable and peaceful. Sharing your stories about dad, your kindness and compassion toward us during such a difficult time will be forever remembered. Although the dementia took away most of his memories it could not take away the dance in his heart, the sparkle in his eyes or the smile on his face. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church on Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

HELFERTY, Joseph Bernard

HELFERTY, Joseph Bernard – With his family by his side, Joseph Helferty died on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Twin Lakes Terrace, Sarnia at the age of 92.  Beloved husband of the late Marie Helferty (2002). Loving father of Michael and his wife Valerie, Sarnia and John and his wife Kerri, Corunna.  Cherished grandfather of Stephen (Mae), James and Robert.  Also survived by sisters-in-law Norine Helferty, Mary Helferty, Helen Strachan and brother-in-law Hastings Purney and many nieces and nephews.  In retirement he enjoyed friendly competitive pursuits on the golf course, getting his hands dirty in the garden with his canine helper Tessa and making lots of sawdust in his two shed workshops in the backyard thoughtfully named “Peace” and “Quiet”. He enjoyed his retirement and family and was fortunate to have 33 years in this chapter of his life. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to The McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 431 Christina St. N. Sarnia. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may forward memorial donations to the charity of choice. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

MORIARITY, Kevin Joseph of Sarnia

MORIARITY, Kevin – It is with saddened hearts that we announce the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather Kevin Moriarity, who passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Bluewater Health Palliative Care at the age of 95 years young. Kevin was born and raised in the hills of Paris, Ontario and was the beloved husband to Joan (Milne) of Belleville for 59 years. He was the dear father of Teresa Ruffilli (Frank), Kathleen Moriarity (1960-1975), Mary Stoesser (Peter), Helen Moriarity (1962-1987), Vincent Moriarity (Julie), and Rita Moriarity (Thomas). Loving and cherished grandfather of Sheena, Matthew, Angela, Laura, and Steven Ruffilli; Christine, Anne, Katherine, Theresa and Kevin Stoesser; Ryan, Blair and Cole Moriarity; and, Eva and Grace. Great-grandfather to Rosemary. Brother of Marie Wheelton of Paris, Sheila Marshall of Toronto. Brother-in-law to Lillian and Leone Moriarity of Paris. Father-in-law to Paul Ruffilli. Admired uncle to many nieces and nephews (too many to name). Kevin was a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62, and for several seasons, including the one most recently played, Kevin sang the national anthem at the Sarnia Legionnaires Hockey games. He was proud to serve the country he loved. Kevin was a dedicated employee at Bell Canada. He was active in the local singing community, where his love of music brought him to many organizations such as The Polysar Glee Club, the International Symphony Singers, The Canadian Liberation Choir that toured parts of Europe and Canada, and Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. From his music, to his mornings spent with friends in Global Donuts, to his avid bike riding well into his 90s, Kevin remained active in his community and life. He was a man of honour and dignity and will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Kevin goes to join his daughters Kathleen and Helen Moriarity; parents Mary and William Moriarity; brothers Terrence (WWII), William, and Patrick Moriarity; and, sister Jane Mosher. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at MCKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE LTD., 431. N. Christina St. N., Sarnia on Monday May 22 from 7-9 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 Memorial Service will be held at 6:45 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Steve Marsh at St. Benedict’s Church on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery following the mass. A reception will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 following the interment. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, #203 – 205 Horton St. E., London, ON N6B 1K7. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

DIECKMANN, Anna Maria (nee Vandunn) of Windsor, formerly of Sarnia

DIECKMANN, Anna Maria – Of Windsor, formerly of Sarnia, Annie passed away at Southwood Lakes Nursing Home, Windsor on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Henk (1989). Dear mother of Mary-Jane Tote (Rob), Windsor and Marianne Dieckmann (Terry Duffield), Strathroy. Loving Oma of Michael Tote (Crystal Chandler) and Felicia Tote-Girty (Chris). Loving Great-Oma of Vanessa Girty and Danika Chandler. Annie will also be missed by her lifelong friend Martha Fracalanza. Also surviving is her extended family in The Netherlands. Predeceased by parents Adriana Akkermans & Constantinus Vandunn, brother Frank Vandunn and dear friend Len Beatson. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11-1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or Ronald McDonald House, 741 Baseline Rd. E. London, N6C 2R6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Windsor

TITUS, Shirley (nee Cary) of Sarnia

TITUS, Shirley – Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the age of 80. Beloved wife of Jack. Dear mother of Randy (Karen) Williams, Terry (Leona) Williams, Danny (Lori) Williams, Jill (Bob) Driver, Penny (John) Ross, Vicki (late Rob) Haisman and Kelli (Bob) VanHoorn. Sister of Dorothy (Joe) Vail, Floyd (late Shirley) Cary and Patti (Ken) Neilson. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Shirley was a very strong and loving wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by all. Cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., N7T 4Y1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

HOJKA, Kathleen Elizabeth (nee Parsons) of Kitchener, formerly of Sarnia

HOJKA, Kathleen Elizabeth (nee Parsons) – With great sadness, the family of Kathleen Elizabeth Hojka announces her passing at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the age of 93. Reunited with her beloved husband of 63 years, Emil (2015). Loving mother of Helen (Mike) Akerboom, Fort Saskatchewan, AB and Margaret (the late Robert – 2016) Stephenson, Kitchener. Cherished grandmother of Chris (Crysta), Ken (Shannon), Laura (Matt), Ryan (Marie) and James. Proud great-grandmother of Tyler, Logan, Olivia, Emily and Damian. Dear sister of Mary, England. Also surviving are many nieces & nephews. Predeceased by parents Thomas (1962) & Violet (1975), sister Joyce (2011) & brother-in-law Bill Snook (2013). Kathleen was born on October 10, 1923 in Almondsbury, England, and was raised in New Passage, England. She moved to Canada in 1952 to marry Emil on December 6 and make Sarnia their home. Kathleen devoted her life to her family and home. She was an accomplished pianist and an avid gardener. Kathleen’s family would like to thank Dr. Christopher Greensmith and the staff of Bluewater Health, Sarnia for the care and support given to her over the years in Sarnia and to the staff at Lanark Place and St. Mary’s Hospital for the care and support given to her after her recent move to Kitchener. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Interment service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13th at Resurrection Cemetery officiated by Pastor Jim Train. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Sarnia-Lambton White Cane Club, Sarnia-Lambton White Cane Centre, PO Box 2323, Sarnia, ON N7T 4C6 or the C.N.I.B., 749 Base Line Rd., London, N6C 2R6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

DORISMOND, Nesly of Haiti

Nesly Dorismond, a defining light in midst of suffering and inequality.  Nesly, a young man of 28 years, passed peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, on April 22nd at 8:30 AM, to be with his Holy Father. Nesly came to Canada to have a life-saving heart operation not available in Haiti, but success was eluded by a secondary organ failure. Separated from his biological Haitian family and unable to travel home, Nesly was embraced in a most amazing and beautiful way by a community of people in Sarnia who extended their love and care. Nesly was loved deeply by all who were fortunate to pass time with him. Through his physical brokenness his extraordinary beauty and grace shone, a testament to his true character. Nesly is predeceased by his mother Ghislaine, whom he adored, and remembered by his loving father Francius, his sisters Michelene, Venante, Francine and brothers Emmanuel, Daniel, and Dieufanne. He will be remembered always by his bon zanmi Jennifer of Canada.

Thank you to the extraordinary staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice who facilitated a grace-filled last walk for Nesly. Recognition to Bluewater Health and London Health Sciences Centre for their extraordinary care, to the Law Office of Ed Corrigan, London, Community Legal Assistance and the office of Marilyn Gladu, Sarnia, all lending their skills to immigration matters and to Mckenzie & Blundy Funeral Home (519-344-3131) and Resurrection Cemetery who cared for Nesly’s remains.

Service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Sarnia, on May 6th at 11:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted by the church toward Nesly’s legacy fund the day of the service or mailed to Paroisse Saint-Thomas d’Aquin, 895 Chemin Champlain, Sarnia (ON), N7V2E9, to be forwarded to his family in Haiti.

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

INNOCENTE, Americo of Sarnia

INNOCENTE, Americo – At Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the age of 94. Beloved husband for 64 years of the late Anastasia. Dear mother of Dolores Ferber & her husband George, China, Michigan, Marisa Innocente, Sarnia and the late Silvana Innocente-Niehof. Loving grandfather of Cyndi Ferber, Royal Oak, Michigan and Christopher Ferber, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Brother of Luigi Innocente, Italy. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 11:30-12:45 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Entombment Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the charity of their choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

HOLMES, Isabella Jean (nee Weir) of Sarnia

HOLMES , Isabella Jean –  Peacefully at Sumac Lodge, Isabella Holmes died on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the age of 87.  Beloved wife of the late Kenneth Holmes (2005).  Loving mother of Kerryn Holmes and Bruce Holmes & his wife Jennifer, Sarnia.  Cherished grandmother of Joseph & Jeffrey Holmes.  Dear sister-in-law of Catherine Weir, Chatham. Isabella was loved and respected by many.  She will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her. At Isabella’s request there will be no visitation.  As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a donation to Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, 551 Exmouth St., Suite 202, Sarnia, N7T 5P6 or the Sarnia and District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St. Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

TVRDON, Mary (nee Bedvarik) of Kitchener

TVRDON, Mary – At St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Joseph (1989). Dear friend of the late George Lucas. Loving mother of Joe (Milena), Sarnia. Special grandmother of Mark (Brandi), Monica, Jana (Matt), Kathryn (Jason), David, Emery, Alandra and Ariel. Great-grandmother of Jessica, Jaidah, Annie and Riley. Predeceased by brothers Dominic and Joseph Bednarik. Mary worked for over 30 at Sarnia General Hospital in Central Supply. Private family services will be held at  Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

CHAFE, Ronald of Sarnia

CHAFE, Ronald – With his family by his side Ron passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the age of 82. Loving partner of Jeannine Stevens. Dear father of Michael (Anna), Mississauga, Lisa Chafe, Sarnia, Robert (Dawn), Sarnia and Catherine (Barry) Gorman, Ottawa. Loving grampa of Taylor and Connor (Erin) Burgess, Emily and Hannah Chafe, Kyle and Amanda Chafe and Ryan and Scott Gorman. Great-grampa of Austin Burgess. Also survived by his children’s mother, Yvonne Chafe and his extended family David (Val) Stevens, Paul (Luisa) Stevens, Charles (Kathy) Stevens and the late Amy Stevens. Ron will also be fondly remembered by sister-in-law Blanche Chafe. Predeceased by brother Charles and sisters Joann and Catherine. Ron was born in Buchans, Nfld. and served in The Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years. Upon his discharge from the Navy he came to Sarnia and worked for the Canadian Coast Guard until  retirement. He was a life member of The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62 and The Point Edward Ex-Serviceman’s Club. He was Poppy Chairman for Br. 62 for over 30 years and was known as “Mr. Poppy”.  Ron was an avid Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fan. He loved to spend his spare time golfing and curling. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 11-1 p.m.  Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62 will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Following visitation, a celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 286 N. Front St., Sarnia from 2-4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make donations to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62 Poppy Fund, 286 N. Front St., Sarnia N7T 5S7 or Bluewater Health Palliative Care, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3. Messages of condolence and remembrance may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

 

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

MUSCAT, Mary Lynette (nee Lachance) of Sarnia

MUSCAT, Mary Lynette – Peacefully at Afton Park Place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the age of 75. Beloved wife of the late Fred (1999). Dear mother of Joan (Dave) Manning, Belle River, Fred Muscat, Sarnia and Mary Muscat, Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Kayla, Connor, Troy, Briar, Dillon, Joseph, Veronica and Jack. Great-grandmother of Finley, Jayla, Brody, Kaydance and Kolby. Sister of Susan (Danny) Kijanka, Bright’s Grove, Elaine (Tom) Schliehauf, Sarnia, Terry Lachance, Blue Point and David (Katherine) Lachance, London. Predeceased by her parents Ed & Joan Lachance, sister Joanne Lachance and brother Norman Lachance. A private family service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 302-130 Spadina Ave, Toronto, M5V 2L8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Sarnia