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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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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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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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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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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FORD: William H. L. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 28, 2016

FORD, William H. L. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in his 77th year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to Norma (nee Rutherford) Ford.  Dearly loved father of Jim Ford (Tammy), Ken Ford (Susan), Lynda Ford-Ralf, and Maureen Vanoverbeke (Bob).  Cherished grandfather of Joe Vanoverbeke (Kelly), Rob Vanoverbeke (Stephanie Charette), Jacqueline Ford, Jenna Ford (Josh Bach), Angela Ralf, and Bill Ralf (Danielle).  Dear brother of Fred Ford (Dorinda), Shirley Griffin (late Colin), and Berniece Lidster (Eugene).  Also survived by 14 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  An infant son, Murray William Ford passed away in 1963.  Born in North Walsingham Twp., ON, March 4, 1940, he was the son of the late Stanley and Beryl (nee Zimmer) Ford.  A retired employee of the Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Bill also formerly worked at Hartz, St. Thomas for many years and farmed.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday evening, December 29th 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 Friday, December 30th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Union Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

DAY: Harry E., of R.R.#7, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 13, 2016

DAY, Harry E., of R.R.#7, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, December 12, 2016, in his 77th year.  Beloved husband for 37 years to the late Jenita “Jenny” (nee Garnier) Day (2010).  Father of Tabby “Mike”, Rob (Sue), Mark (Julie), and Jeff (Jessica).  Brother of William Day (Carol), Robert “Terry” Day (Jo Ann), Donna McIntyre (late Earl), Ethel Bradt (late Donald), and the late Iris Else (late John).  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in South Norfolk, Manitoba, October 5, 1940, he was the son of the late William and Ivy (nee Ashby) Day.  Harry was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519) 631-1160.

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

BURDITT: Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 13, 2016

BURDITT, Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in her 72nd year.  Beloved mother of Jeff Burditt (Jacqueline Cleary), and Matthew Burditt (Ken Werner).  Dear sister of Dianne Stewart (Alec), Bill Hulls (Nene) and the late Ken Hulls.  Loving sister-in-law and dear friend of Margaret Hulls.  Joanne will be fondly remembered by her lifelong friends, Carol and Dave Morrison, good friends Betty, Jerry and Lorna, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Port Elgin, ON, April 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (nee Sparks) Hulls.  A creative and determined woman, Joanne engaged life with a distinct sense of humour, spirited charm and fierce independence that was both beautiful and rare.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A memorial tree planting to celebrate Joanne’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the West Elgin Nature Trust or the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club Inc. will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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SWIFT: Mrs. Pauline (nee Shelley), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 2, 2016

pauline-swift-003SWIFT, Mrs. Pauline (nee Shelley), of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas passed away suddenly but peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of the late W. Dale “Bounce” Swift (June 2015) for almost 60 years.  Cherished mother of Susan Aristone (David), and Karen Auckland (Richard).  Devoted and adored grandma of Martha Josling (Paul), Matt Aristone (Mina), Sonya Aristone, Jonathon Auckland (partner Laura Birchall), Geoffrey and Katie Auckland.  Dear sister of Phillip Shelley, Ron Shelley (Carol), and the late Judi Dees. Special sister-in-law of Jack Dees, Dale Shelley, and Donald Swift (Carmen).  Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Born in St. Thomas on July 14, 1932 to Phyllis (nee Randall) and Ernest J. Shelley.  In her younger years, she enjoyed playing baseball, riding the L&PS and spending Saturday evenings dancing with Bounce at the Stork Club.  Pauline worked as a medical secretary for Dr. David Atkinson.  She was an active member of Union United Church and a life member of the Union U.C.W.  Pauline was a long standing volunteer for 29 years at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and a member of Daughters of the Nile, Omar Temple #111, London.  One of her favourite past times was supporting and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and musical activities.  She was an avid Blue Jays fan and loved listening to the car races, curling, and Jeopardy on television and listening to books from the talking book service at the Public Library.  Annual family trips to Manitoulin were always a highlight as well as the many cruises she and Bounce took with friends.  She was known for her wonderful memory, sharp wit and organizational skills.  Her family are grateful she instilled in them a spirit of helping others, being a life-long learner, and always making the best of what you have been given.  This will be her lasting legacy.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Sunday afternoon, December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at Union United Church, 6008 Stone Church Road, Union, on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to Union United Church, St. Thomas Public Library (re: Home Library Services Program), or Daughters of the Nile, Omar Temple #111 are appreciated.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Jones and Karen Smith for their many years of care and compassion, and the Metcalfe staff for their kindness and support.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

D’ARCANGELO: Mrs. Anna Maria (nee Di Renzo), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 1, 2016

anna-darcangeloD’ARCANGELO, Mrs. Anna Maria (nee Di Renzo), passed away peacefully at Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Giustino D’Arcangelo (1993).  Mother of the late Anthony D’Arcangelo (2014).  She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Elena D’Arcangelo and was a cherished Nonna to Mark D’Arcangelo (Helen), Danielle Jones (Matt) and Andrea Lindsay (Jesse). She will be sadly missed by her 6 great-grandchildren, Jadrien and Marlee D’Arcangelo, Cuyler and Brennan Jones and Averie and Niyla Lindsay.  Dear sister of Donato Di Renzo (Elisa), Eugenio Di Renzo (Assunta), Claudina D’Arcangelo (late Sante), Iolanda Iarvese (Giovanni), Sanda D’Arcangelo (late Rocco) and the late Ottavio and late Giuseppe Di Renzo.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Born on February 2, 1926 to the late Giovanni and Felicietta Di Renzo, she was the first of their 7 children and was raised in Italy.  She began her life living on a farm and went on to meet her future husband, whom she fell in love with.  They later eloped in 1946.  In 1951, Giustino came to Canada to make a better life for his wife and young son.  He worked on a farm in West Lorne and two years later Anna and Anthony immigrated to Canada to be together.  Anna later began working at Memorial Hospital and then onto Elgin Manor, until she retired.  Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening and enjoying her time with her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends at Valleyview Home, where she lived during her last few years.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, December 2nd from 6-9 p.m. (Prayers at 5:45 p.m.) The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Valleyview Home (CP Place Recreation Dept.) gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

RAPPOSELLI: Ettore “Tony” of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 29, 2016

tony-rapposelliRAPPOSELLI, Ettore, known to his friends in Canada as Tony, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, November 27, 2016, in his 78th year.  He was born and raised in Chieti, Italy where he learned about agriculture.  He joined the Police Force (Carabinieri) in Rome, Italy, but in 1961, he discharged himself to join his family in Canada, who had emigrated in 1960.  He was predeceased by his parents, Giovanni (1991) and Ida (nee Rabottini) Rapposelli (1996).  Also predeceased by his only brother, Carlo Rapposelli (1972), and his eldest sister, Carmela LaRovere (2007) and her husband Guerino (2013).  He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn (nee Bee) Rapposelli.  Dear father of Carla Davison (Bill), Tanya Rapposelli (Jason Pullen) and Jeff Rapposelli.  Cherished grandfather of Johnny Robert Lee Haskett, Tori, Nicole, Bailey and Riley Rapposelli.  Dear brother of Maria DiBenedetto (Marino), Antonietta DiMeo (Enzo), Elena D’Arcangelo (late Anthony 2014), and Wanda Woytaz.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada as well as Italy.

In Canada, Tony owned and operated his own business, E. (Tony) Rapposelli Construction, for over 40 years until he retired.  He was a 3rd Degree member of the Father Ernie Deslippe Council # 1467, Knights of Columbus, St .Thomas.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  While still in Italy, Tony was a sharp shooter while on the police force.  He was an avid hunter and trap shooter.  Tony was a member of the Aylmer and St. Thomas Gun Clubs.  He was a motorcyclist in Italy and a snowmobilier in Canada with a love of the outdoors.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery, will take place at a later date.  Flowers gratefully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the STEGH Foundation (Palliative Care Unit), or St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church 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

HARTFORD: Darrell C., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 26, 2016

HARTFORD, Darrell C., of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the age of 56.  Husband of the late Carol (nee Forbes) Hartford (2013).  Son of Lillian (nee Michener) Hartford of Tillsonburg, and the late Wayne Hartford (2015).  Brother of Steven Hartford (Susan) of Tillsonburg, and Gary Hartford (Mel) of Sprucedale.  Uncle of René Hartford (Nadia), Shawn Hartford (Teresa), and Amanda Way (D.J.), and great uncle of Joey, Rocco, Thomas, and Hollie.  Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Darrell was born in North Bay, ON, March 7, 1960.  He lived his life in North Bay, Blenheim and St. Thomas, and was an avid outdoorsman.  Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be held at First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church, 6071 Fairview Road, R.R.#4, St. Thomas.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Memorial donations to the Children’s Health Foundation, London will be appreciated.  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

TESLIA: Anne (nee Premock), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 21, 2016

TESLIA, Anne (nee Premock), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, November 18, 2016, in her 92nd year.  Dearly loved mother of Barbara Teslia, Roma Sutherland (James), Darlene Teslia (Jennifer Wilson), Rob Teslia (Lyn Levandoski), and Greg Teslia (Sandra).  Beloved grandmother of Jamie Sutherland (Janice), Michael Sutherland (Charlenne), and Allison Teslia.  Special G.G. to Anna Rose, Jimmy, Anthony, Olivia, and Lily.  Dear sister of the late Helen Storozuk (late Mike), late Steve Premock (late Tina), and the late Dan Premock (Cathy).  Born in Coniston, ON, April 29, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (nee Rapski) Premock.  Anne came to St. Thomas in about 1967 from Regina, SK, where she had resided for a short period of time.  She also lived in Toronto, ON for many years.  Anne was a retired secretary in the Housekeeping Dept. at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  She was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre.  Anne was a stoic and independent soul.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Anne’s family would like to express their gratitude to the palliative care team;  VON, Care Partners and the CCAC.

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