DEVEN: Eunice Leah (née Bowring), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 20, 2017

DEVEN, Eunice Leah (née Bowring), of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, the Valleyview Home, on Monday, April 17, 2017, in her 88th year.  Beloved wife of the late Konstanty “Kostek” Deven (1995).  Dearly loved mother of John Deven (Laima Pecs) of Burlington, Christopher Deven (Pamela) of St. Thomas, and the late Andrew Deven (Lorrie of Jaffa).  She was proud of her grandchildren, Eric Deven (Terra), Matthew Deven, Emily Deven, and the late Nelson Deven, and her great granddaughter, Morgan Deven.  Dear sister of Stewart Bowring (Ellen) of Cambridge, Robert Bowring (Kath), and Freda Lankester (Michael), all in England.  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Kimberley, England, August 28, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Eva (née Mathias) Bowring.  Eunice came to St. Thomas from England in 1957.  She was a retired bookkeeper with Family & Children’s Services of St. Thomas & Elgin.  Eunice was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, and formerly served on the Parish Council.  Committed to the care and protection of animals, Eunice was a former secretary/treasurer of Animal Aide, St. Thomas-Elgin.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, 20 Morrison Dr., St. Thomas on Friday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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HENRY: Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 12, 2017

HENRY, Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 7, 2017, in her 96th year.  Beloved wife for 67 years to the late Charles “Chuck” Henry (Jan. 8, 2012).  Dearly loved mother of Mary Harris (Chris) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Felicity Henderson of Mexico, and Aaron Harris (Keri) of London.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Ainsley, Taylor and Kaley.  Anita is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Catharines, ON, October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Marguerite (née Wilson) Poole.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private inurnment will take place in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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COLLINS: Mrs. Dorothy (née Curtis), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 5, 2017

COLLINS, Mrs. Dorothy (née Curtis), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in her 87th year.  Wife of the late Donald E. Collins (1999).  Mother of Charles Collins (Marg), Linda Martin (Larry), all of St. Thomas, and Donna Carswell (Rick) of Tillsonburg.  Grandmother of Shawn Collins (Sarah), Sandra Collins, Carrie Houle (Bruce), Bradley Martin (Amy), Amanda Carswell, and Adam Carswell (Nancy).  Great grandmother of Andre, Cameron, Athena, Walter, and Logan.  Also fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Marion Collins, brother-in-law, Roy Martin and several nieces and nephews.  Dorothy was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Nancy Martin, and four brothers, Harold, Gord, Harvey, and George Curtis.  Born in St. Thomas, November 28, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (née Nichol) Curtis.  Dorothy was a retired employee of Therm-O-Disc Ltd., St. Thomas, and a former active volunteer with the Friends of Springwater.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in Union Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

SADOWSKI: Konstanty “Ken”, of London, Ontario

Posted by on April 4, 2017

SADOWSKI, Konstanty “Ken”, passed away at Meadow Park Long Term Care in London on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the age of 93.  Husband for 66 years to the late Helen (née Verbyla) Sadowski (2015).  Father of Michael, Tony, Irene, and Anne, and grandfather of Thomas, Olivia, Nicholas, and Whitney.  Brother of Sophie Papierz.  He is also remembered by a multitude of nieces and nephews.  Ken was born in Grodno, Poland on June 21, 1923.  He was a farmer in Southwestern Ontario, who also had a career as a machinist at Canadian Timken in St. Thomas.  Ken was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas, and a member of the Polish Combatants’ Association.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, April 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Friday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society will be appreciated.

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AUCKLAND: Lorne S., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 31, 2017

AUCKLAND, Lorne S., of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence, surrounded by family, on Friday, March 31, 2017, in his 78th year.  Beloved husband for 47 years to the late Charmaine (née Nash) Auckland (2008).  Dearly loved father of Dorinda Voegtle and her husband David, and cherished Poppa of Cassie and Jayson Voegtle, all of St. Thomas.  Dear friend of Beverly Beswick of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by several cousins and his coffee friends.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Ralph and Irene (née Hicks) Auckland.  A retired Housekeeping Supervisor at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, Lorne also formerly farmed.  He was an adherent of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, a member of the Quarter Century Club of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre.  Lorne was a former member of the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital Credit Union.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, April 3rd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Animal Aide or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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PALMER: Ralph, of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on March 29, 2017

PALMER, Ralph – Of Shedden, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in his 88th year.  Beloved husband for 64 years to Jean (nee Chamberlain) Palmer.  Dearly loved father of Brenda Silcox (Murray), Leonard Palmer (Pat), Peggy Lehrbass (Ian), and Murray Palmer (Ineke).  Cherished and respected grandfather of Joshua Silcox (Monique), Janine Leo (Brian), Jerry Silcox, Kelly Ward (Joe), Christopher Palmer (Kathryn), Michael Palmer (Jen), Erin Attridge (Sean), Tim Lehrbass (Tina), Andrew Palmer, and Braydon Palmer.  He was proud of his 16 great grandchildren, Cole, Ethan, Kayla, Wesley, Hudson, Ryan, Brett, Travis, Maeve, Emmett, Nora, Russell, Charlie, Max, Flynn, and Rory.  Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy Palmer, Jean Palmer, and Kay Chamberlain.  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Ralph was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by brothers, Clarence (1994), Douglas (2003), and Dr. Eric Palmer (1996).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, October 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ruth (nee Mann) Palmer.  Ralph lived his whole life in Shedden, a village he loved.  He was very community minded and supported it in any way he could.  Along with his family, he formerly operated Palmer’s Red & White Supermarket, which was in the Palmer family hands for 87 years.  Ralph was a member of the Iona Station Baptist Church, having served as deacon and treasurer for over 50 years.  A member of the Southwold Township Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years, he acted as treasurer for many years and was the ‘lunch provider extraordinaire.’ Ralph was the secretary/treasurer of the Shedden Cemetery for over 50 years, formerly acted as a trustee for the Village of Shedden, and was one of the founding members of the Rosy Rhubarb Committee.  In his younger years, he played football for the St. Thomas Yellow Jackets, and was proud of his championship ring won in 1951.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 31st from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Shedden Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Baptist Ministries (Missions), or the Southwold Twp. Library, Shedden will be gratefully acknowledged.

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ORTALI: Ferdinando “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 28, 2017

ORTALI, Ferdinando “Fred”, of St. Thomas, age 89, passed away peacefully at Country Terrace, Komoka on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Beloved husband of Franca (nee Buttazzoni) Ortali.  Dearly loved father of Robert Ortali (late Meri) of Toronto, Dario Ortali (Filomena) of Maple, and Claudia Ortali (Donald Allen) of Scottsdale, AZ.  Cherished grandfather of Marc Ortali, Vanessa Ortali, both of Toronto, and Vasili Ortali of Maple.  Also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Ranieri and late Carlo Ortali.  Born in Maiano, Province of Udine, Italy, March 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Alfonso and Isolina (nee Pecile) Ortali.  Fred immigrated to Canada in September of 1965.  He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.  Fred was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Sunday afternoon, April 2nd from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Prayers at 4:30 p.m.) The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to Country Terrace, Komoka re: Residents Council Fund or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas, Toronto

BINGEMAN MOULE: Ruth (nee Shipp), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 24, 2017

BINGEMAN MOULE, Ruth (nee Shipp), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, the Valleyview Home on Friday, March 24, 2017, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife of the late John S. “Jack” Bingeman (1967) and the late Howard Moule (2002).  Dearly loved mother of Janice Bingeman Brown (Dr. Alan G. Brown) of Southport, NC.  Cherished grandmother of Christopher Brown (Ruth Steele) of Concord, CA, Colin Brown of Wilmington, NC, and Heather Hill (Michael) of Sterling, VA.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Connar, Jenna and Nathan Brown of Concord, CA.  Dear sister of the late Jean Cookson.  Special aunt of Kelly Cookson (Barb) of Port Stanley, and Harry Cookson (Marg) of St. Thomas, as well as several other nieces and nephews.  Also fondly remembered by Kathy Weldon, her sons, Tyler, Kevin, and Jeremy Moule, and their families, and by dear friend, Millie Wolfe.  Born in St. Thomas, July 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late H.A. “Harry” and Rosetta (nee West) Shipp.  Ruth formerly worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Daniel R. Nolan.  She was a member of New Vision Community Church, United Church of Canada.  While Ruth was a member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas, she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Rainbow Unit.  She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, being a member of Golden Acres Chapter #305, Shedden, and a former member of Central Star Chapter #57, St. Thomas. The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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McLEOD: Mrs. Betty (nee Cain), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 21, 2017

McLEOD, Betty (nee Cain), of St. Thomas, passed away at Middlesex Terrace, R.R.1, Delaware on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in her 93rd year.  She was the beloved wife for 53 years to the late C. Ross McLeod (2008).  Dear aunt of Pat Collins (Joanne) of Okotoks, AB, Lee Ann Jennings (Wesley) of Brampton, Michael Zavitz (Christine) of Glencoe, Pat Zavitz (Kathy) of Melbourne, and Keith Zavitz (Annette) of Strathroy.  Also fondly remembered by several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.  Betty was the sister of the late Virginia MacLauchlan, late Marjorie Collins, and the late Paul Cain.  Born in St. Thomas, April 5, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Beatrice (nee Singer) Cain.  Betty was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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MILLS: Mrs. Phyllis (nee Grantham), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 17, 2017

MILLS, Mrs. Phyllis (nee Grantham), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Beloved wife of the late Howard S. Mills (2014). Mother of the late Brian Mills (2015) (Heather of Williamsford), and the late Warren Mills (2010) (Cheryl of St. Thomas).  Phyllis was the sister of Ken Grantham (Bonnie) of St. Thomas, the late Vince Grantham (late Evelyn) and the late Eric Grantham (late Pam).  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and May (nee Bassett) Grantham.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and her cremated remains will be interred privately in South Park Cemetery.  There will be no public visitation or service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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EWART: Mrs. Barbara (nee Towers), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 1, 2017

EWART, Mrs. Barbara (nee Towers), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in her 83rd year.  Beloved wife for over 62 years to Robert J. Ewart.  Dearly loved mother of Brian Ewart (Sue) of London, and Jim Ewart (Joanne) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Tyler Ewart (Crystal), Cory Ewart (Lauren), all of London, and Kyle Ewart (Meghan) of St. Thomas.  Barbara was proud of her 5 great grandchildren, Jassy, Raivyn, Tyson, Londyn, and Victoria.  Dear sister of Ken Towers (Lois) of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Lloyd Campbell, and Donna Ewart, both of St. Thomas, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, December 22, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Rhoda (nee Pafford) Towers.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday evening, March 2nd from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the nurses and staff on the 2nd floor and D Unit at the STEGH for the compassionate care provided to Barbara.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

Rieger: Mrs. Edna (nee White), of R.R.1, St. Thomas, formerly of R.R.1, Port Stanley, Ontario.

Posted by on March 1, 2017

RIEGER, Mrs. Edna (nee White), formerly of R.R.1, Port Stanley, passed away peacefully at her residence, the Elgin Manor, R.R.1, St. Thomas on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in her 100th year.  Beloved wife of the late Carl Rieger (1992).  Dearly loved mother of Ross Rieger (Carole), Blake Rieger (Carol), Ray Rieger (Linda), all of R.R.1, Port Stanley, and Sally Butcher (Michael) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Sandra, Steven, Brian, Craig, Tracy, Terri, Karen, and Samantha.  She was proud of her many great grandchildren.  Dear sister of Jean Eglin (late Paul) of Ohio, Max White (late Margaret) of R.R.7, St. Thomas, late James White (Sheila of Tillsonburg), late Maggie Adams (late Cecil), and the late (infant) Erma Pearline White.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born on Pelee Island, ON, November 9, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Lillie (nee Feltz) White.  Edna came to R.R.1, Port Stanley from Pelee Island in 1953.  She was a member of the former Fingal United Church, and a former member of the Golden Age Club, Shedden.  A private family funeral service was held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, February 28th.  Private interment in Hunter Cemetery, Southwold Twp. at a later date.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BYWAY: Mrs. Phyllis (nee Johnson), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 24, 2017

BYWAY, Mrs. Phyllis (nee Johnson), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, February 20, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Walter Byway (2012).  Mother of Linda Dowdall (late Robert) of St. Thomas, Nancy Byway of Edmonton, AB, Penny Byway of St. Thomas, John Byway (Erika) of Kanata, and the late David Byway (1987).  Sister of Edward Johnson (Mary) of Florida, late Walter Johnson (Joan of London), and the late Mary Beaurone.  Also survived by several grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in London, ON, October 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Edna (nee Askew) Johnson.  She was a member of the 1945 London Shamrock Women’s basketball team that won the Ontario and Eastern Canadian Championship – a team now recognized in the London Sports Hall of Fame. She was also a retired stenographer with Consolidated Bathurst, St. Thomas and former member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Phyllis’s cremated remains will be interred privately in St. George’s Cemetery, Hyde Park at a later date.  Memorial donations to the CNIB or the London Health Sciences Foundation re: London Regional Cancer Program will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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KINSELLA: Richard F. J. “Dick”, of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on February 20, 2017

KINSELLA, Richard F. J. “Dick”, of Port Stanley, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, February 19, 2017, in his 84th year.  Husband of the late Marguerite (nee Gloin) Kinsella (2004).  Brother of Margaret “Peggy” Fleischhacker of Humboldt, SK, late Cecile DeGraaf, and the late Robert “Bob” Kinsella.  Also remembered by sister-in-law, Lynda Cosens of St. Thomas, dear friend, Joan Schmidt of Vienna, as well as several nieces, nephews, and friends.  Born in London, ON, August 2, 1933, he was the son of the late Richard and Etta (nee Bondy) Kinsella.  Dick was a truck driver with Canadian Pacific Transport for 31 years.  He was a member of Last Post Branch #410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Dick’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Union Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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TANNER: Glenda A., of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 19, 2017

TANNER, Glenda A., of London, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at LHSC, Victoria Hospital on Friday, February 17, 2017, in her 77th year.  Dear sister of Robert D. Tanner of London.  Glenda is also survived by many cousins.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 2, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Gladys (nee Hollingshead) Tanner.  Glenda was employed for over 37 years with Bell Canada.  She was a life member of the Bell Pioneers.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Glenda’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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WOJTECKI: Stanley of St. Catharines, formerly of St .Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

WOJTECKI, Stanley, of St. Catharines, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in his 98th year.  Beloved husband of the late Krystyna (nee Siwek) Wojtecki (2008).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Smith (Richard) of Dacula, GA, Edward Wojtecki (Pam Maw) of St. Catharines, ON and Irene Williams (Mark) of Smithers, BC.  Devoted grandfather of Ryan Smith of Jacksonville, FL, Meagan Glover (Eddie) of Franklin, TN, Haley Williams, and Michael Williams, both of Smithers, BC.  Proud great grandfather of Camden Glover of Franklin, TN.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by four brothers and a sister. Born in Pogorzalki, Poland, June 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Antoni and Apolonia (nee Dombrowska) Wojtecki.  He was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London and also worked as a carpenter.  Stanley was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, and Polish National Union Branch #15, St. Thomas.  During the Second World War, he served with the RAF.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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JOHNSTON: John Wallace “Wally”, of London, formerly of Port Stanley, Ontario.

Posted by on February 7, 2017

JOHNSTON: John Wallace “Wally”, of London, formerly of Port Stanley, passed away at LHSC, Victoria Hospital on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in his 80th year.  Loving partner of the late Frances M. Wilson Temple (2011).  Dear step-father of Elizabeth Crandall (Joe), David Temple (Laura), Brenda Parsons (Dave), all of London, Pamela Temple of Chatham, and Bonnie Josten (John) of Lyons.  Cherished brother of Sharon Johnson (Carl) of Sarnia.  Special friend of  Bill, Marie, and Moe.  Also lovingly remembered by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews (especially by Sherry Crandall).  Born in Sarnia, ON, September 15, 1937, he was the son of the late John and Florence (nee Ryckman) Johnston.  Wally was a retired fisherman for Ryersee Fisheries, Port Dover, and a former driver for the Port Stanley Cab Company.  He was a member of the Last Post Branch #410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley for 39 years, where he was also a former bar steward.  Wally was a proud volunteer with the Port Stanley OPP.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Wally’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, February 10th at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 12:30 p.m. until the service time. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Liver Foundation gratefully acknowledged.

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SIZE: Raymond K. “Ray” of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 3, 2017

SIZE, Raymond K. “Ray”, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute, London on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in his 95th year.  He was the brother of the late Ruth Millard (late Harold).  Uncle of Don Millard (Glenda) of St. Thomas, and Marilyn Ralf (Joe Mattingley) of Point Edward.  Also survived by several great nieces and great nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, December 20, 1922, he was the son of the late Orlof Size and the late Alice (nee LeCourtois) Stone.  During the Second World War, Ray served overseas with the Canadian Army.  He was an adherent of the Community of Christ, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received on Monday evening, February 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

PEDERSEN: Sigrid (nee Ernstsen) of St. Thomas, Ontario, formerly of Port Talbot and Union

Posted by on January 31, 2017

PEDERSEN, Sigrid (nee Ernstsen), passed away peacefully at her residence, the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Sunday, January 29, 2017, in her 96th year.  Beloved wife of 63 years to the late Paul Pedersen (Apr. 22, 2006).  Dearly loved mother of  Ebba Betts (Ken) of St. Thomas, Roy Pedersen (Dorothy) of Port Stanley, John Pedersen (Amy) of North Plains, Oregon, and the late Grethe Begley.  Cherished grandmother of Cheryl, Michael, Dennis, Timothy, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Anna, and great grandmother of Hayley, Jesse, Kiarra, Matthew, Brooke, Ella and Ben.  In addition to her husband and daughter, Sigrid was predeceased by six brothers (all in Denmark), as well as a step-grandson, Troy.  Born in Nimtofte, Denmark, September 20, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Jens and Kirstine (nee Andersen) Ernstsen. Sigrid and Paul came to Canada in 1949.  They farmed together, residing at Port Talbot from 1956-1990, after which they moved to Union, and then to St. Thomas in 1999.  Sigrid had been under the loving and capable care of the staff at the Valleyview Home (CP Place) since 2012.  She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Thomas and a former member of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, London.  The funeral and committal service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be made privately at a later date in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Tyrconnell.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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FOWLER, Roy Donald, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 17, 2017

FOWLER, Roy Donald, 63, of St. Thomas, ON, passed away at home on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Roy was born on February 21, 1953 in Simcoe, ON.  He was predeceased by his parents Donald (2015) and Bernice (2001), and is lovingly remembered by his sister Anne and her husband Robert Neill.  Roy was a devoted uncle to his nephews, Christopher Neill (Christina) and Todd Neill (Andrea), and loved spending time with his great nephews and nieces who will miss him dearly.  He is also fondly remembered by several cousins and the entire Neill family.  Roy was a graduate of Arthur Voaden Secondary School, and a lifelong resident of St. Thomas.  He enjoyed a career working for Emerson Network Power (formerly Reliance Telecommunications) for more than thirty years.  He leaves behind many friends in the community.  Roy’s idea of a perfect day was lunch at Ted’s Place, sunny weather, and nothing but his motorcycle and the open road to Port Bruce and back.  Roy will always be remembered for his wonderful laugh, and even though he is no longer with us, we are comforted that he is at peace now.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and private interment will be made in the St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave.  A service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario or the Canadian Mental Health Association (Elgin Branch) will be gratefully acknowledged.

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”  Helen Keller

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BRADT: Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 12, 2017

BRADT, Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, passed away surrounded by family at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in her 72nd year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Bradt (1984).  Dearly loved mother of Rick Bradt (Cathy) of Halifax, NS, Brian Bradt (Gislaine) of Ottawa, ON, David Bradt (Brian) of Victoria, BC, and Tammy Miles (Ken) of Lake Providence, LA.  Proud grandmother of Emily, Kaylin, Cameron, and Taylor.  Dear sister of James Vickery of Thunder Bay.  Dear sister-in-law of Charlene (nee Bradt) and Morley Doan of Port Dover.  Also fondly remembered by cousin, Jeannette Fulton (Jim) of St. Thomas, several nieces and nephews, as well as her good friend and neighbour, Michelle.  Jean was born in Port Alice, BC on December 29, 1945.  She was the daughter of the late David Vickery and the late Angela (nee Houghton) Andrews.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the STEGH (4th floor) and at the London Regional Cancer Program.

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DESLAURIERS: Réjean C. “Reg”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 12, 2017

DESLAURIERS, Réjean C. “Reg”, of St. Thomas, passed away at LHSC, Victoria Hospital on Monday, January 9, 2017, in his 60th year.  Beloved husband of Wilma (nee Lister) Deslauriers.  Dearly loved father of Chantal and Céline Deslauriers, both of St. Thomas.  Reg was helping his wife Wilma raise their cherished grandchildren, Kyle and Amber Lister.  He was predeceased by his step-son Winston Lister (2014) and by his step-daughter-in-law, Danielle Kowalenko (2009).  Born in Kapuskasing, ON, May 16, 1957, he was the son of the late Pierre-Rodolphe and Bernadette (nee Drouin) Deslauriers.  After nearly 8 years of keeping his Multiple Myeloma under control, he succumbed to the rare Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) within 3 months.  Reg was a skilled person with many professions including fighting forest fires in Northern Ontario, and working as an accomplished internationally licensed millwright at Tomato Co-op, Spruce Falls Mill, Cuddy Farms and GKN Sinter Metals.  He was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan and also enjoyed woodworking, gardening and restoring Jeeps.  Reg was adored by his many pets throughout the years. The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday evening, January 15th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to Myeloma Canada or an animal charity of your choice.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

MacVICAR: William D. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 1, 2017

MacVICAR, William D. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Saturday, December 31, 2016, in his 87th year.  Beloved husband of Margaret (nee Thompson) MacVicar.  Father of Jim MacVicar (Nancy) of Devon, AB, Steven MacVicar of Bracebridge, Bill MacVicar, Linda Neil, both of St. Thomas, Kevin Baker (Karen) of Peterborough, Mark Baker (Wendy), and Lisa Walker (Wayne), all of St. Thomas.  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and sisters-in-law, Julie Thompson of St. Thomas, Vivian Anger of Belmont, and Dorothy Beattie of Aylmer.  Born in Chatham, ON, February 27, 1930, he was the son of the late Lorne and Helen (nee Rose) MacVicar.  Bill was a retired Clevite Limited, St. Thomas accountant.  He was a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church, St. Thomas and a former long-time active member of Alma St. Presbyterian Church.  The funeral and committal service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, January 4th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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McINTOSH: Miss Grace, of R.R.#1, Southwold, Ontario

Posted by on January 1, 2017

McINTOSH, Miss Grace, of R.R.#1, Southwold, passed away at Oneida Long Term Care on Friday, December 30, 2016, in her 88th year.  Dear sister of M. Janet Beharrell (Ralph) of R.R.#1, Southwold.  Loved aunt of Bradley Beharrell (Kate) of R.R.#1, Southwold.  Loving great aunt of Caleb, Amelia and Ben Beharrell.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, May 17, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Angus and Margaret (nee Annett) McIntosh.  Grace was a former elementary school teacher at both urban and rural schools (grades 1-8).  She was a graduate of the London Normal School and the University of Western Ontario’s A.W.C.M. (piano).  Grace was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas, and a former member of the church choir (for 40 years).  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment in McArthur Cemetery, Southwold Twp. at a later date.  Memorial donations to Central United Church (Music Dept.) will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

NEWTON: Mrs. Daphne (nee Silver), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 1, 2017

NEWTON, Mrs. Daphne (nee Silver), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, December 30, 2016, in her 93rd year.  Wife of 63 years to the late Howard Newton (2006).  Mother of Lee Newton (Jocelyne) of Montréal, and the late Glenn Newton (1988) (Jeannie of Lambeth).  Grandmother of Trisha, Lori, Sarah, Heather, Trevor, Sammy and Liana.  Great grandmother of Tara, Tyler, Taya, Jackson, and Heron.  Great great grandmother of Mackenzie.  Born in Fleet, England, May 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Ella Rose (nee Moody) Silver.  She was an English war bride.  Daphne was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre and a former volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Tuck Shop.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where a private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Cremation to follow.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre gratefully acknowledged.

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