SHARPE: Lyla Jeanne (née Paddon), of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 17, 2018

SHARPE, Lyla Jeanne (née Paddon), of Kensington Village, London, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence with her family by her side on Friday, August 17, 2018, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife of the late George B. Sharpe (2004).  Dearly loved mother of Keith Sharpe (Frances) of Sarnia, Ann Moore (John) of Tillsonburg, Taylor Sharpe (Debbie) of London, and the late Lee Sharpe.  Cherished grandmother of Trevor Sharpe (Christina), Erin Moffat (Jamie), Kimberly Sharpe (Paul Leeper), and Krysten Sharpe-Virag (Jamie).  Loving great grandmother of Emma, James, Delyla, Raegan, Lola, and Landon.  Dear sister of Maxine Jones of London, late Rosalie Little, late Ronald, late James B., and the late Wayne H. Paddon (Lois of St. Thomas).  Also fondly remembered by her Godson, Barry Daugharty (Linda) of Dorchester, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Niagara Falls, ON, December 23, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Leila (née Berry) Paddon.  Jeanne moved to London from St. Thomas in 1958.  She was a retired secretary with the London Board of Education.  Jeanne was a member of 427 (London) Wing RCAF Association, and had many friends at Victory Branch #317, Royal Canadian Legion, London.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, August 20th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Canada, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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

MANNERING: Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fort Erie, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2018

MANNERING, Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, at the Valleyview Home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, a special child of God, passed into the arms of Jesus her Lord and Saviour, in her 72nd year.  This “prayer warrior” has no more pain, no confusion, no suffering.  Vonne was a former resident of Fort Erie, ON, where she was born on December 10, 1946.  She was a member of Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Vonne was the beloved daughter of the late Ruby (née Graydon) (Mannering) Brewster (1997), and the step-daughter of the late Bill Brewster.  Dear sister of Richard Mannering (Susan), loving aunt of Steven and Stacy Mannering, and great aunt of Natasha and Christian, all of St. Thomas, and Christopher of Kitchener.  Best friend of Gayle Wiltsie, loving niece of Janet Brewster, and also fondly remembered by Jim and Linda MacDonald, and Janet Seburn, all of Fort Erie.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Vonne’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Erie at a later date.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Valleyview Home re: Family & Friends Council or Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church.  The family is very grateful to the Valleyview Home staff on the Wabash and dementia units for their many years of dedicated care.

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DOAN: Jennifer “Jenny” (née Herpe), of RR2, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2018

DOAN, Jennifer “Jenny” (née Herpe), of RR2, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife for 63 years to Alan “Al” Doan.  Dearly loved mother of Debbie Harwood (Bill) of St. Thomas, Rick Doan (Linda) of RR2, St. Thomas, Kelly Pollard of Jaffa, and Kim Brown (James) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Craig Harwood (Emily), Jamie Usher, Chris Harwood (Sara), Nichole Wismer (Chris), Matthew Burch (Samantha), Brandon Burch, Taylor Burch (Amber), Tanner Pollard (Chelsea), Cory Pollard (Renee), Randy Pollard (Rhonda), Benjamin Brown, Ashley Hartman (Nick), Adam Brown, and Joshua Brown.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Kinsley, Logan, Drew, Jaylin, Macy, Tatum, Wyatt, Sofia, Karson, Jesse, Brianna, Tyler, Lyndsay, Xavier, and Theodore.  Dear sister-in-law of Nancy Crane and Diana Sorill.  Also fondly remembered by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands on June 5, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Rita (née Buckett) Herpe.  Jenny enjoyed her weekly card game of Mahjong with friends, as well as gardening, crocheting, and knitting family Christmas stockings.  In keeping with Jenny’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family gathering will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, London Health Sciences Foundation re: Cardiac Care, Diabetes Canada, 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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The family would like to thank the following with respect to Jenny’s care the way she wanted:  PCOT team of Dr. Dave Dougherty, Dr. Annie Keeler, and NP Ryan Gamble; CarePartners RPN’s- Angela and Chelsea; VON PSW’s- Natalee, Linda M., Isabella, Dakota, as well as others; VON eshift PSW’s- Christina, Sam, Juan, and Michelle; SW LHIN (CCAC) staff- Laurie Browne, Lynda Cowie, Cassandra Ferguson, and Pamela King; Health Centre Pharmacy- Ryan, Brooke, Dave and staff; Yurek Home Health Care; Central Elgin Volunteer Fire Dept. and Elgin St. Thomas EMS; STEGH- Emerg./ICU, 4th floor, housekeeping, physio, OT, dietary and the medical staff.  Thank you to Brent at the Sifton Funeral Home for his guidance and support at this difficult time.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being part of Mom’s peaceful journey!

We all have one amazing Angel looking after us now.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

NEDIC: Anna “Ana” (née Pintaric), of Komoka, formerly of R.R.#1, Union.

Posted by on August 1, 2018

NEDIC, Anna “Ana” (née Pintaric), of Country Terrace, Komoka, formerly of R.R.#1, Union, passed away at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, July 30, 2018, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Anto “Tony” “Tunja” Nedic (2000).  Beloved mother of Marianne Ursic (Eric) of Komoka, and Rick Nedic of Mississauga.  Cherished Baka of Jacob and Emily Ursic.  Dear sister of Tomo and George (Duro), both of Windsor, late Ivo, late Mariska and the late Fanika. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Lopatinec, Medimurje, Croatia, May 23, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Jakob and Marija (née Kolaric) Pintaric.  Anna was a retired seamstress at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  She was a member of St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, London, where she sang in the church choir.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, August 2nd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. (Prayers at 8:00 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, 2889 Westminster Dr., London on Friday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by entombment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  If so desired, memorial donations to St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

PAGE: Patricia (née Carr), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 26, 2018

PAGE, Patricia (née Carr), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at her residence on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in her 64th year. Loving mother of Mike, Dawn and Shannon Page, all of London.  Cherished grandmother of Taryn, Tyler, Kayla and Brandon Page.  Loved great grandmother of Benjamin and Dawson.  Dear sister of Kathleen Carr of Dundas, Jim Carr and Doug Carr (Irene), all of Calgary, AB.  Special aunt of Heather Carr of Mississauga.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Born in Toronto, ON, February 8, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Verna (née Hockridge) Carr.  Patricia was a personal support worker in the St. Thomas area.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160), on Monday, July 30th  at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service. Flowers respectfully declined.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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LUOTO: Mrs. Barbara (née Slatford), of St. Thomas, ON, formerly of Montréal, QC

Posted by on July 13, 2018

LUOTO, Barbara (née Slatford), a resident of St. Thomas, ON since 1972, formerly of Montréal, QC, passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in her 81st year.  Beloved wife for 56 years to Paul Luoto.  Sister of John “Jack” Slatford (Linda).  Dearly loved aunt of Krista Campbell (Aaron), Craig Slatford, and Keith Slatford.  She was proud of her great niece, Ella Campbell.  Born in Montréal, QC, November 21, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John and Christina (née Bardell) Slatford.  Barbara was a former hostess with the Hi Neighbour program in St. Thomas for a number of years.  Relatives and friends will be received at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday evening, July 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.  The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Special thanks to the doctors’, nurses and staff in the I.C.U. at the STEGH for their compassionate care.

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McCANDLESS: C. Lyle, of St. Thomas, and formerly of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on July 8, 2018

McCANDLESS, C. Lyle, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fingal, passed into the presence of his Lord at the Valleyview Home on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in his 98th year.  Beloved husband of the late Doris (née Grainger) McCandless (2013).  Dearly loved father of John (Joan) of RR1, Port Stanley, David (Sandra), Priscilla VanderFeyst (Richard), all of St. Thomas, Philip (Marilyn) of Thedford, Ruth Haldenby (Jeff) of Aylmer, and Stephen (Heidi) of Burks Falls.  Also fondly remembered by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their families.  Lyle was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Jean, and four brothers, Donald, Ray, Norman, and Allen McCandless.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, May 3, 1921, he was the son of the late Herman and Lillie (née Boyd) McCandless.  Lyle farmed for many years in the Fingal area.  He also worked in Central Supply at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for 14 years.   Lyle was in fellowship with the Christians Gathered in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gospel Hall), 1 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday evening, July 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) and one hour prior to the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at the Gospel Hall, 1 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m.  Interment to follow at Union Cemetery.

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CARR: Albert J., of St.Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on July 4, 2018

CARR, Albert J., of St. Thomas, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in his 95th year.  Beloved husband for 73 years to Dorothy (née Burk) Carr.  Dear father of Rev. Jim Carr (Lin) of Ingersoll, Sherry (Hank Goos) and Barbara Calvert (late Gerry), all of St. Thomas, Thomas Carr (Linda) of Aylmer and Paul Carr of Windsor. Cherished brother of Russell Carr (Shirley) of RR#2, St. Thomas, and the late Alan “Scotty” Carr (Lilian of R.R.#6, St. Thomas). Lovingly remembered by 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in London, ON, September 23, 1923, he was the son of the late Edward and Charlotte Carr.  Albert had been retired for 30 years, having been a 48 year employee of Canada Vitrified Products Ltd., St. Thomas.  He was a former 50 year member of St. Thomas Lodge #76, I.O.O.F., St. Thomas.  Albert was a former private in the Canadian Army and served overseas for three years during the Second World War.  He spent eleven months as a prisoner of war from 1944-1945.  Albert’s family was deeply important to him.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday evening, July 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 1:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 6:45 p.m. under the auspices of Last Post Branch 410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley.

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

WILLSON: Hilliard E., of St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on July 3, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILLSON, Hilliard E., of Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in his 98th year.  Husband of the late Marion (née McFarlane) Willson (Apr. 9, 2018).  Father of Sandra Sales (Paul) of Ottawa, Susan Willson (Steve Hossack) of Gloucester, MA, and Catherine Willson (Mike Fogal) of Ingersoll.  Grandfather of Claire Sales (Jason Garlough), Laura Olsen (Byron), Kristopher Van Boven (Kayla), and Stephen Willson.  Great grandfather of Isabell, Melody and Sophia Van Boven, and Jacob Garlough.  Brother of Patricia Scott of London, late Bartley Willson, and the late Ronald W. Cox.  Also survived by sister-in-law, Berna Rouhan of Howard City, MI, brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Graham of Sarnia, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, November 21, 1920, he was the son of the late Purcell and L. C. “Kate” (née Warner) Willson, and the step-son of the late Barbara (née Cox) Willson.  He was a retired electrician.  Hilliard was a member of Port Stanley United Church.  He was a former member of the Port Stanley 55+ Club, the Golden Age Club, Port Stanley, and a former long-time volunteer with the Meals-on-Wheels program in Port Stanley.  During the Second World War, he served overseas with the No. 145 Squadron RCAF.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate Hilliard’s life will be held at Port Stanley United Church, 239 Colborne Street, Port Stanley on Thursday, July 5th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the church hall.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family prior to the service from 10:00-10:45 a.m.  Interment will be made in Shedden Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or Port Stanley United Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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GILBERT: William James “Bill”, 71, of Belmont, Ontario.

Posted by on June 28, 2018

GILBERT, William James “Bill”, of Belmont, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in his 72nd year.  Beloved husband of Eileen (née Helka) Gilbert.  Dearly loved father of Stephanie Farrow (Ken) of Belmont, Susan Bond (Jason) of Chatham, Stacie Perkins (Ben) of London, and Sarah McLeod (Jamie) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Devon, Dustin and Darah Farrow, Callie, Larissa and Elliot Bond, Gillian Perkins, Raylee and Makayla McLeod.  Dear brother of Susan O’Brien (Jerry) of St. Thomas.  Loving brother-in-law of Jean Proud (Jan) of Belmont.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Predeceased by an infant daughter, Allison (1975).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 19, 1947, he was the son of the late James “Jim” and Barbara (née Johns) Gilbert.  Bill was a retired high school teacher, having taught throughout the London area.  He was a longtime member at Rowntree and Colborne Churches, and more recently Belmont United Church.   Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, July 2nd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, July 3rd at 11:00 a.m.  Private interment in St. Thomas Cemetery.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation – Rheumatology Foundation (519-646-6085), The Lung Association, Belmont United Church or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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If making a donation to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation-Rheumatology Program, please note:

 

Donation by cheque:

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

Parkwood Institute, Main Building Room B2-147

550 Wellington Road

London, Ontario

N6C 0A7

Please write: Re: Rheumatology Program on the memo line of the cheque

 

Donations can be made online: https://www.sjhcfoundation.org/donate/dedication

You just need to print “Rheumatology Program” in the “other” section on the drop down

 

Donations over the phone at 519-646-6085 are also accepted.

 

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HEWITT: Mrs. Sheila (née Brisseau), formerly of London and St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on June 27, 2018

HEWITT, Sheila (née Brisseau), formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away at Middlesex Terrace, RR1, Delaware on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in her 83rd year.  Wife of the late William “Bill” Doan, and the late Robert Hewitt.  Mother of Sheri Larose (David) of St. Thomas, and Leslie Hewitt (Penny) of London.  Grandmother of Matthew Larose (Natalie), Joshua Larose (Aretta Magee), Skyler Hewitt, and Amelia Hewitt, and great grandmother of Elizabeth and Madison Larose.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 21, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Dorothy (née Coombes) Brisseau.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BROUGHTON, R. Morris, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on June 21, 2018

BROUGHTON, R. Morris, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in his 89th year.  Beloved husband for 65 years to Hazel (née Fry) Broughton.  Dearly loved father of Richard (Julie), Brenda Marshall (late Wayne), Paul (Carol), Brian (Sue), and Mark (Tammy).  Cherished grandfather of Greg (Miranda), Chad, Kris (Chandi), Matthew (Randi), Joshua (Keli), Natalie (Matthew), Jarod (Meredith), Melissa (Ray), Michael (Lisa), Danielle (Derek), and Shannon (Alex).  Also survived by 15 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late William.  Born in Fort Frances, ON, March 12, 1930, son of the late Rev. Oliver E. and Marion (née Smith) Broughton.  As his father was a Baptist minister, Morris lived in a number of communities in Ontario while growing up.  He and Hazel came to St. Thomas in 1957.  Morris was a former longtime manager of Ostranders Jewellers, St. Thomas.  He was an active member of Centre Street Baptist Church, where he was a former trustee.  A trombonist, Morris played in a number of bands over the years.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday evening, July 3rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Centre Street Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St., St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the church.  Following cremation, private interment will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Centre Street Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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BARRY: Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie), of Wallaceburg, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 8, 2018

BARRY, Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie), of Wallaceburg, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife for more than 68 years to the late William S. “Bill” Barry (2017).  Dearly loved mother of K. Christina “Christy” Clutterbuck (Bob) of St. Thomas, and Barb Pinnegar of Wallaceburg.  Cherished grandmother of Barbara Ferguson (James) of Mississauga, Bill Clutterbuck (Connie), Bonnie Van Meppelen Scheppink (Paul), and Chris Pinnegar (Julie), all of St. Thomas.  Fondly remembered by her nine great grandchildren, Joshua and Riley Ferguson, Alicia, Emily and Nicholas Van Meppelen Scheppink, Alyssa Schweyer, Caitlin Powell, and Tamara and Joelle Clutterbuck.  Kaye is also survived by her great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  The last surviving member of her own immediate family, she was predeceased by her sisters; Margaret Fries and Barbara “Babby” Lankin, and by her brothers; William and George MacKenzie.  Born in Dartmouth, NS, June 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Catherine (née Hyland) MacKenzie.  Kaye was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Monday evening, June 11th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Prayers at 8:30 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, June 12th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to St. Peter’s Seminary or Holy Angels’ Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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MURPHY: Velma A. (née Barber), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 1, 2018

MURPHY, Velma A. (née Barber), of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, the Valleyview Home on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife of the late C. William “Bill” Murphy (2005).  Dearly loved mother of Larry Murphy (Wendy Dwyer) of Union, and Linda Simmons (Grant) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Darryl Murphy (Catherine), Brian Murphy (Samantha), Mike Murphy (Stephanie), Craig Simmons (Aggie Young), and Scott Prezeau (Amanda).  Dear sister of Gerald Barber (Betty), Gladys Mott, late Melvin Barber, late Hazel Ayres, late Bertha Hunter, and the late Max Barber.  Also survived by several great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in Windham Centre, ON, November 9, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mae (née Maitland) Barber. Velma was a retired real estate agent.  She was a member of New Vision Community Church, St. Thomas, and a devoted member of the former Grace United Church.  Velma was a former avid bridge player and enjoyed gardening.  The funeral service to celebrate Velma’s life will be held at New Vision Community Church, 38 Aldborough Ave., St. Thomas on Monday, June 4th at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the CNIB will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BARNIER: G. Dennis, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 1, 2018

BARNIER, G. Dennis, of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in his 71st year.  Dear brother of Doug Barnier (Rick) of Toronto. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Dennis was predeceased by brothers; Larry, Claude and Raymond Barnier, and by sisters; (infant) Shirley Barnier, Jill Jacques, and Bonnie Van Hollen.  Born in Tilbury East Township, ON, November 29, 1947, he was the son of the late Howard C. and Sarah (née Poag) Barnier.  Dennis was a retired communications operator with the Ontario Provincial Police, Elgin County Branch, and a former employee of Hartz Canada, St. Thomas.  He was a member of the Centennial Sports Club, St. Thomas.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of Dennis’ cremated remains will be made in Holy Angels’Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged. A special thank you to nieces Robin and Kim.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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

COLLARD: Lorna (née Glover), of R.R.3, Shedden (Frome), Ontario.

Posted by on May 30, 2018

COLLARD, Lorna (née Glover), of R.R.3, Shedden (Frome), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in her 89th year.  Wife of the late William J. “Bill” Collard (2007).  Mother of Hardy (Karen), Timothy, Phoebe, Lori, and Jonathan (Heather).  Grandmother of Steven, Wesley (Christine), Nicole, Nolan, and the late Ryan.  Great grandmother of Coral, Delta, Kira, Emmit, Shepard, William, Cameron, and Harrison.  Sister of Beth George, late Kathleen “Kay” Hunt, late William T. Glover, and the late J. H. “Junior” Glover.  Special aunt to Donald Lunn (Ruth).  Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, May 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Florence “Florrie” (née Dowler) Glover.  Lorna assisted her husband, Bill and son, Tim on the farm.  She was a member of Frome United Church and the U.C.W.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, June 1st from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  A private family memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 2nd, followed by interment in Fingal Cemetery. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. 

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HAYDEN: Mary Louise “Mary Lou”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 24, 2018

HAYDEN, Mary Louise “Mary Lou”, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully on the 21st day of May, 2018 at Chelsey Park Long Term Care, London, ON, in her 70th year.  Mary Lou was predeceased by her father, Len (2000), and her mother, Margaret (née Hales) (2009).  She is survived by a cousin, Donna (née Hayden) Campbell and her family of London, and dear friends, John and Eleisha Palmer and family of St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at the St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  If so desired, a memorial donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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DAVEY, Robert H. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 30, 2018

DAVEY, Robert H. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in his 88th year.  Beloved husband for almost 61 years to Carol (née Styles) Davey.  Father of Wade Davey (Vera) of Sparta, and Craig Davey (Julie) of St. Thomas.  Grandfather of Tanya, Joshua, Jacob, Carly, Lauren, and Matthew Davey.  Brother of Kay Lethbridge (Bob) of Fingal, and the late Joan Davey.  Born in Barrie, ON, May 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Charles and Velma (née Harris) Davey.  A retired electrician, Bob and his wife Carol also formerly owned and operated Elite Fashions, and later Goliger’s Travel Plus, St. Thomas.  Bob was formerly active with the local district of Scouts Canada.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Bob’s cremated remains will be interred privately in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to World Vision will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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

ROSS: Velma “Val” (née Newman), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 20, 2018

ROSS, Velma “Val” (née Newman), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late D. A. “Arn” Ross (Feb. 19, 1991). Dearly loved mother of Dan Ross (Martha) of Port Stanley, Roy Ross of St. Thomas, and the late John Ross (Jan. 24, 2018). Cherished grandmother of Gillian Ross (Ed Hatfield) of Toronto, Erin Ross (Mark Freeman) of London, Kelly Wilson (David) of Guelph, Katarina “Katie” England Ross (Joseph Meuwissen) of London, and Vanessa England Ross (Justin Cassels Lionson) of Oakville. She greatly enjoyed and was very proud of her great grandchildren, Ben, Jane, Will, and Robin. Val is also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her siblings, having been predeceased by her brother, William L. Newman, and by sisters, Annabelle Newman and Marion Tribe. Born in Paynes Mills, ON, May 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Annie Belle (née Parker) Newman. For over 40 years, Arn and Val were partners in D. A. Ross Painting & Decorating, St. Thomas. Val was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a member for many years of the former Alma Street Presbyterian Church. She was a long-time member and a Past President of the Ladies Division of both the St. Thomas Curling Club and the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, April 24th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A private service for the immediate family will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 25th. Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. “Val was always incredibly committed to her family. Her kindness, generosity, and loving nature, combined with unfailing optimism and determination, simply made the world around her a much better place.”

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BENNETT: Shirley (née Stuart), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 20, 2018

BENNETT, Shirley (née Stuart), of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late Howard C. Bennett (2002).  Mother of Lori Lowitt (Alex) of Monetville.  Grandmother of Kristen Lowitt and Kerrie Blaise (Julian).  Sister of Leila Stuart, Wayne Stuart (Kathryn), and  Larry Stuart (Karen), all of St. Thomas, late Donald Stuart (June of St. Thomas), and the late Douglas Stuart (Marlyne Kirton of London).  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Moosomin, SK, January 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elsie (née Lawson) Stuart.  Shirley was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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LAWRENCE: William C. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 12, 2018

LAWRENCE, William C. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in his 84th year.  Beloved husband for over 60 years to Lorraine (née Lacroix) Lawrence.  Dearly loved father of Chris Lawrence (Sharon), and John Lawrence, and cherished grandfather of Will Lawrence (Tami Ansems), and Catherine Lawrence (Jeff Laidlaw), all of St. Thomas.  He was the proud great grandfather of Cora and Alexis Lawrence.  Dear brother of Claribel “Sue” Rowe of St. Thomas, Myrtle Zylstra of Delta, BC, Gus C. Lawrence of Cambridge, late Jean Parkins, late Shirley Bradley, and the late Helen Mathewson.  Also fondly remembered by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, January 20, 1935, he was the son of the late William H. and Pearl (née Dennis) Lawrence.  Bill was a retired CNR trainman.  He was the last surviving founding member (1966), a Past President, and a life member of the Centennial Sports Club, St. Thomas.  Bill was a charter member of the Elgin County Railway Museum.  In his younger years, he was active in baseball and fastball.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of Bill’s cremated remains will be made in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Centennial Sports Club (to be used to support local sports), the Elgin County Railway Museum, or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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WILLSON: Marion (née McFarlane), of St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, Ontario.

Posted by on April 10, 2018

WILLSON, Marion (née McFarlane), of Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, passed away at her residence on Monday, April 9, 2018, in her 95th year.  Wife of Hilliard E. Willson.  Mother of Sandra Sales (Paul) of Ottawa, Susan Willson (Steve Hossack) of Gloucester, MA, and Catherine Willson (Mike Fogal) of Ingersoll.  Grandmother of Claire Sales (Jason Garlough), Laura Olsen (Byron), Kristopher Van Boven (Kayla), and Stephen Willson.  Great grandmother of Isabell, Melody and Sophia Van Boven, and Jacob Garlough.  Sister of Berna Rouhan of Howard City, MI, late Anna Graham, late Jean McCann, and the late Neil McFarlane.  Sister-in-law of Patricia Scott (late Tom) of London.   Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Dunwich Twp., ON, August 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Angus and Myrtle (née Waite) McFarlane.  Marion was a member of Port Stanley United Church.  She was a former member of the Port Stanley 55+ Club, the Golden Age Club, Port Stanley, and a former long-time volunteer with the Meals-on-Wheels program in Port Stanley. Marion thrived on maintaining relationships. Her kitchen was always open for friends or strangers. She is remembered for her radiant smile. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate Marion’s life will be held at Port Stanley United Church, 239 Colborne Street, Port Stanley on Thursday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the church hall.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be made privately in Shedden Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society Ontario, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or Port Stanley United Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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STAFFORD: Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on April 10, 2018

STAFFORD, Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, entered into her eternal rest at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Eric Futcher Stafford (1980).  Loved mother of Louise (Bruno) of Midland, Lyal (Jeanette) of Kitchener, and Catherine of Vancouver.  She was proud of her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Dear sister of Velma Bell of Massachusetts and sister-in-law of Maureen Coleman of Pickering. Also lovingly remembered by a number of nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by infant daughter, Nancy Marie (1953); parents, John and Olive Coleman (née Diemel); and siblings, Viola, Marie, Orville, and Lloyd. Born at Stratford, ON, Cassie moved with her family to Barrie and Pickering. A graduate of London College of Bible and Missions, now Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, she worked as secretary-treasurer of the Canadian branch of the former Ceylon and India General Mission, Toronto. Following her marriage, she and her husband raised their family at the Stafford homestead at Shedden. At the former Shedden Baptist Church, Cassie taught Sunday School and conducted children’s programs. With the support of several rural churches, she organized and led large vacation bible schools. She also taught religious education in local rural public schools. Later, she worked at the U.W.O Library and the St. Thomas YWCA. Upon early retirement, she pursued her interest in travel, gardening, calligraphy, writing poetry, and was involved in the Christian Women’s Club, the St. Thomas Right to Life Association, and the former Women’s Art Association.  The funeral service will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Private interment will be made in Shedden Cemetery. Memorial donations to The Gideons or St. Thomas & District Right to Life will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family expresses special thanks to the nursing staff of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Unit C for their patient, understanding, compassionate and respectful care.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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DENNIS: Erie (née Shepherd) of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 6, 2018

DENNIS, Erie (née Shepherd), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in her 82nd year.  She was the beloved wife for almost 48 years to the late Gerald W. Dennis (2001).  Mother of Linda Burt (Glenn) of London, Edgar Dennis (Gail) of Bothwell, and Lana Campbell of St. Thomas. Loving grandmother to Greg, Tracey, Ashley, Tammy, Scott, Brad, James, and David.  Sister of Iris Brown of Ingersoll, late Betty Saunders, and the late Donald Shepherd.  Also survived by a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, January 29, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie (née Burdett) Shepherd.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday afternoon, April 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Monday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m.  Interment in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

AUSTIN: Ronald G. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 1, 2018

AUSTIN, Ronald G. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in his 82nd year.  Husband of the late Judith “Judy” (née Bear) Austin (Mar. 22, 2018).  Father of Donald “Don” Austin (Trish) of Kitchener, Richard Austin of London, and Carl Austin of Toronto.  Grandfather of Stephen Austin and Erin Austin.  Also survived by daughter-in-law, Sandra Austin, sister, Leila “Lee” Tremblay, as well as several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, Ron was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Pearce and Barbara Austin, and by four brothers, James “Jim”, William “Bud”, John, and Alfred “Alf” Austin.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, September 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Jack and Elizabeth (née Rae) Austin.  Ron was a retired employee of Clark Equipment, St. Thomas.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, April 7th from 2:00–4:00 p.m.

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

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