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.”

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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

AUSTIN: Judith “Judy” (née Bear), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 26, 2018

AUSTIN, Judith “Judy” (née Bear), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in her 77th year.  Wife of Ronald G. “Ron” Austin.  Mother of Donald “Don” Austin (Trish) of Kitchener, Richard Austin of London, and Carl Austin of Toronto.  Grandmother of  Stephen and Erin Austin.  Sister of Ted Bear (Helga) of St. Thomas, and Ross Bear (Trish) of Cambridge.  Also survived by daughter-in-law, Sandra Austin, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 3, 1941, she was the daughter of the late William and Rosalind (née Larson) Bear, and the step-daughter of the late Irene Mitchell Bear.  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 Thursday, March 29th  from 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

KIPP: H. Earle, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 22, 2018

KIPP, H. Earle, of Extendicare, Port Stanley, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in his 96th year.  Husband of the late Florence (née Smith) Kipp (2014).  Father of Kevin Kipp (Janet Medlyn) of RR1, Sparta, and the late Kim Kipp (2015) (Terry of Port Sydney).  Grandfather of Zak Kipp (Cheryl) of Bracebridge, Holly Dupuis (Dan) of Thorndale, Dr. Luke Kipp (Lucy) of Atherton, CA, and Mitch Kipp (Lauren) of St. Thomas.  Great grandfather of Saydie and Izaak Dupuis, Kendall and Grae Kipp.  Also survived by a niece and several nephews and their families.  Earle was the brother of the late Shirley Axford. Born in Yarmouth Twp., ON, August 13, 1922, he was the son of the late Floyd and Ada (née Boyd) Kipp.  Earle was a retired employee of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, and a former long-time organist at St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, March 26th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Avenue, St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 27th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to St. Andrew’s United Church or First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

STEWART: Eileene (née Butterwick), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 20, 2018

STEWART, Eileene (née Butterwick), of St. Thomas, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in her 90th year.  She was the beloved wife of the late William G. “Bill” Stewart (1997).  Eileene is survived by her sons, Stanley of Vancouver, BC, and Stephen of Cambridge, ON, as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Ruby Roberts, and three brothers, Mac, Gilbert, and Archie Butterwick.  Born in (South) Yarmouth Twp., ON, November 27, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Carloss and Pearl (née Smith) Butterwick.  Eileene lived her life in Sparta and area, and St. Thomas.  She was a former member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas.  A former avid field naturalist, Eileene was a charter member (1950) and a past secretary of the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club.  A member of the McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London, Eileene, along with her husband Bill, received its highest recognition, the W.E. Saunders Award in 1996.  She was a charter member of the Elgin Hiking Trail, a member of the Hall of Fame of the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, and a former member of the Bruce Trail Association of Ontario, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, and the Field Biologists of Ontario.  Eileene was also a member of the Aylmer & District Museum, a supporting member of the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society, a former member of the Norfolk Historical Society, Simcoe, and served on the Board of Directors of the former Thomas Williams Home, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment will be made in Union 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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

SPROULE: Alva J. “Al”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 12, 2018

SPROULE, Alva J. “Al”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, March 12, 2018, in his 81st year.  Loving husband of Nancy (née Chapman) Calvert Sproule, and the late Joan (née Bradley) Sproule (2001).  Step-father of Todd Calvert (Brenda) of Kitchener, and Sara Calvert of St. Thomas.  Proud Papa of little Caitlyn and little Russel Calvert.  Al is also fondly remembered by many in-laws and special nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, October 24, 1937, he was the son of the late William and Irene (née Campbell) Sproule.  Al attended Balaclava Street Public School and the St. Thomas Collegiate Institute.  He then served overseas for a period of three years as a Chief Petty Officer with the Sea Cadets on an aircraft carrier, the HMS Magnificent.  Al was a brakeman/conductor on the CN Railway for 35 years.  He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas, a former member of the Centennial Sports Club, and an avid sports fan.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday evening, March 14th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 West Avenue, St. Thomas on Thursday, March 15th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to St. Andrew’s United Church re: Growing Youth or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

LEESON: Theresa “Terry” (née Roloson), of St. Thomas, Ontairo.

Posted by on March 8, 2018

LEESON, Theresa “Terry” (née Roloson), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Donald B. Leeson (2003).  Mother of Roberta Knott (Gary), Richard W. “Rick” Leeson (Cathy), the late Linda Knott (1987) and the late Donald R. B. “Donnie” Leeson (January 13, 2018).  Sister of the late Elva Hewer (2007).  Also survived by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and two nieces.   Best friend of Shirley Helmer, and her kitty, Stubby.  Born in Aylmer, ON, May 27, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Murray R. and Lily (née Wood) Roloson.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of her cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to 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). 

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

 

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

PRANCE: Ronald J. N. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 5, 2018

PRANCE, Ronald J. N. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in his 76th year.  Beloved husband of the late Luanne (née Price) Prance (2015).  Dearly loved father of Sandra Prance (Dale Thomson) of Surrey, BC, Steven Prance (Jennifer) of St. Thomas, and Kristine Cunningham (Jeff Parker) of Iona Station.  Cherished grandfather of Brad (Sharan), Jacob, Zack, Nick, Cody, Dawson, and Tanner.  Dear brother of Hazel Sims (Mark) of St. Thomas, and the late John Prance (Judy of St. Thomas). Also fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his best friend, Frank Davey (Judy).  Born in London, ON, December 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Norman and Margaret (née Jackson) Prance.  Ron was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.  He was an active long-time member of Central United Church, St. Thomas. A member of the A.V.S.S. Alumni, Ron was active on the 90th Anniversary Reunion Committee.  He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family and friends.  Ron took great satisfaction in helping others.  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 Thursday evening, March 8th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  A service to celebrate Ron’s life will be held at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, March 9th  at 11:00 a.m.  The interment of his cremated remains will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

HILL: Thomas Harry, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 19, 2018

HILL, Thomas Harry, of St. Thomas, passed away at home on Friday, February 16, 2018, in his 21st year.  Thomas was born on December 1, 1997 in London, ON.  He was an incredible person with an amazing sense of humour: wise beyond his years; a sensitive and inclusive leader; a gifted musician; and a trusted friend. He will be greatly missed. We are comforted to know that Thomas is with Jesus, whom he loved so much. He was the beloved son of Jonathan Hill and Cheryl (née Miller) Hill, and the amazing brother of Olivia and James.  Loved grandson of Grace Hill and the late Alvin Hill, and Margaret Miller and the late Stanley Miller.  Thomas is also deeply loved and remembered by aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, February 22nd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Thomas’ life will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  Flowers respectfully declined.  In keeping with Thomas’ love and passion for children and youth camps, memorial donations to Wesley Acres Inc. re: Harbour Ridge, or Echo Lake Camp, or Willow Springs Camp will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

TURNER: A. Thomas “Tom”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 13, 2018

TURNER, A. Thomas “Tom”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, February 9, 2018, in his 81st year.  Husband for 57 years to the late Mary P. (née Lumley) Turner (2015).  Father of Tina Turner of London, Margaret Turner (Remo Ferrara) of St. Thomas, Sam Turner of West Lorne, Patty Waite (Gary) of London, Tom Turner of St. Thomas, and Mary Ann Turner-Pease (Toby) of Englehart.  Brother of the late Margaret “Peggy” Fenn.  Tom is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary (née Liger) Turner.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation.  A private family celebration of Tom’s life will be held.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

 

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

JONES: Kenneth M. “Ken”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 31, 2018

JONES, Kenneth M. “Ken”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, January 29, 2018, in his 89th year.  Husband of Teddi (née Galloway) Jones.  Father of Debbie (Ivor) of England, Penny and Elaine, both of St. Thomas, and Sarah of Toronto.  Grandfather of Pete, Kate, Luke, Briar and Jackson.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Ken was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by sisters, Clara Ashmore and Margaret Williams, and by brothers Robert and Ronald Jones.  Born in St. Thomas, April 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Florence “Flossie” (née Dewar) Jones.  A retired teacher, Ken taught at both elementary and high schools in St. Thomas and Oshawa.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Thursday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Interment of Ken’s cremated remains will be made privately in Fingal 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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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

PATRIQUIN: Mrs. Doris (née Larson), of St. Marys, Ontario, formerly of St. Thomas

Posted by on January 29, 2018

PATRIQUIN, Mrs. Doris (née Larson), of St. Marys, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Kingsway Lodge on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in her 92nd year.  Beloved wife of Keith D. Patriquin.  Dearly loved mother of Correne Dubois (Michael) of St. Marys, Kenneth Johnson (Tracy) of Nanaimo, BC, Leslie Naritelli (Larry) of Carlsbad, CA, Karen Pashko (Phil) of Tarzana, CA, and Vicki Fox (Jim) of Orange, CA.  Also fondly remembered by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  The last surviving member of her own immediate family, Doris was predeceased by three sisters, Effie Dunlop, Grace Olofson, and Joyce Kaplar, and by three brothers, Clifton, Donald, and Eldon Larson.  Born in Kinistino, SK, December 9, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Delia (née Breimon) Larson.  Doris came to St. Thomas from Kinistino, SK in the late 1950’s, and to St. Marys, ON four years ago.  She was a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church, St. Thomas.  The funeral and committal service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

ROSS: John D., of St. Thomas, formerly of RR1, Southwold, Ontario

Posted by on January 28, 2018

ROSS, John D., of St. Thomas, formerly of RR1, Southwold, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in his 68th year.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, December 30, 1950, John embodied his beliefs by working the land sustainably as an organic farmer while pursuing a life-long love of learning. Dear son of Velma “Val” (née Newman) Ross of St. Thomas, and the late D. A. “Arn” Ross (1991).  Beloved father of Katarina “Katie” England Ross (Joseph Meuwissen) of London, and Vanessa England Ross (Justin Cassels Lionson) of Oakville.  Dear brother of Dan Ross (Martha) of Port Stanley, and Roy Ross of St. Thomas.  John is also fondly remembered by several aunts, nieces, and cousins.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation.  A private service for the immediate family will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada will be gratefully acknowledged. 

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

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

LEESON: Donald R. B. “Donnie”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 15, 2018

LEESON, Donald R. B. “Donnie”, of St. Thomas, passed away at LHSC, University Hospital on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in his 63rd year. Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 12, 1955, he was the son of Theresa “Terry” (née Roloson) and the late Donald B. Leeson (2003). Father of Bradley Leeson, and brother of Roberta Knott (Gary), Richard W. “Rick” Leeson (Cathy), and the late Linda Knott (1987). Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Donnie was the partner of the late Rita Hansen (2006). He was a former employee of Woolley Maintenance Service, St. Thomas. Donnie enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and playing darts. He loved his kitty, Blue Eyes. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to 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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

CHARBY: Darlene, of RR3, Shedden, Ontario (Frome)

Posted by on January 8, 2018

CHARBY, Darlene, of RR3, Shedden (Frome), passed away at her residence on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in her 55th year.  Partner of Gerald “Jed” Rycroft.  Daughter of Vera Charby and the late John Davis (1987).  Mother of Kimberlee Palmer (Mike Leroux), and Crystal Palmer (Darcy MacLeod), and grandmother of Hayley Palmer, Mikayla Leroux, Dallas MacLeod, and Kane MacLeod.  Sister of Kathleen “Kay” Campbell (Andrew), Donald “Joe” Gauvin (Joan Duclos), Danny Gauvin, and Benny Gauvin (Peggy Pettigrew).  Also remembered by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Darlene was born in Magog, Québec on August 27, 1963.  She formerly worked as a hostess at Tim Hortons, 995 Talbot St., St. Thomas.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Darlene’s life will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Friday, January 12th at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.  Relatives and friends will be received prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined. Memorial donations to Pets/Friends for Life 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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

MARTIN: Isabel (née Futcher), of RR1, St. Thomas, formerly of RR8, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2017

MARTIN, Isabel (née Futcher), formerly of RR8, St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, the Elgin Manor, RR1, St. Thomas, on Saturday, December 23, 2017, in her 94th year.  Wife of the late Julien G. “Jud” Martin (2002).  Sister of Robin Jeffrey (late Roy) of Belleville, Allison H. “Al” Futcher (late Kate) of RR1, St. Thomas, and the late John E. “Johnny” Futcher (late Mary).  Isabel is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, September 5, 1924, she was the daughter of the late J.R. “Bob” Futcher and the late Dorothy (née Horton) Futcher.  In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  Private interment was made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

LOVELOCK: Verna (née Purvis), of Aylmer, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 27, 2017

LOVELOCK, Verna (née Purvis), formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer on Friday, December 22, 2017, her 96th birthday.  Wife of the late Carl V. Lovelock (1989).  Mother of Paul Lovelock (Nancy) of St. Thomas, Rick Lovelock (Suzanne) of RR1, Port Stanley, and Mary McCoubrey of St. Thomas.  Also survived by sister-in-law, Carol McGugan of Point Edward, 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Verna was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Jean Crabe, and by brothers, Jack, Bill, and Murray Purvis, Donald, and Jim McGugan.  Born in Blenheim, ON, December 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Verne Purvis and the late Alma (née Embury) Purvis McGugan.  Verna was formerly employed at the Alma College, St. Thomas.  She was a member of the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  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 Saturday afternoon, December 30th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations to The Lung Association will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

CAMPBELL: Isabel, of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on December 22, 2017

CAMPBELL, Isabel, of Shedden, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, December 21, 2017, in her 81st year.  Dear sister of James “Jim” Campbell (Gillian) of London.  Loved aunt of Adrian Campbell of Shedden, Mary Anne Campbell of Toronto, Andrew Campbell (Melissa), and Jocelyn Campbell, all of Summerland, BC, and great aunt of Ainsley and Addison Campbell of Summerland, BC, and Adrian Campbell of London.  Also fondly remembered by a number of cousins and friends. Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 21, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Neil L. and Mary (née Galbraith) Campbell.  Isabel was a graduate of the London Normal School and the University of Western Ontario. An elementary school teacher, she taught her entire career in St. Thomas with the Elgin County Board of Education. Isabel started her career in 1958, and taught Home Economics at Elgin Court Public School from 1967 until her retirement in 1994. She was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, where she was a member and former secretary of the Knox Presbyterian Women, and a former member and secretary of the Board of Managers. Isabel was also a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women- St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, December 27th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Isabel’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Thursday, December 28th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Interment in Fingal Cemetery at a later date.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the Knox Presbyterian Church Rodney Outreach Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

WHITMAN: David, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 21, 2017

WHITMAN, David, of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in his 70th year. Husband for over 45 years to Susan (née Sagriff) Whitman.  Father of Becky Hill (Jeff), and Tammy Whitman, and grandfather of Dylan, Ashley, Amy, Holly, Cooper, Ethan, and Avery.  Brother of Debby Cummings (Brian), Mary Whitman, Bill Whitman (Lori), Roger Whitman (Mariane), and Dwight Whitman (Miki).  Also remembered by in-laws, Jerry and Brenda Sagriff, three step-sisters, several nieces and nephews and their families, and by his best buddy, his dog Jake.  David was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia on October 6, 1948.  He was the son of the late Audrey (née Goldsmith) Reynolds and the late Rufus Whitman (late Bertha).  David was a retired employee of Presstran Industries, and a former long-time employee of Hayes-Dana, St. Thomas.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas and served on the St. Anne’s Festival Board for many years.  David was an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Friday, December 22nd from 2:30-4:30 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, 20 Morrison Dr., St. Thomas on Saturday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to Childcan or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at

www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

KLOOSTRA: (Infant) Katie Lynne

Posted by on December 14, 2017

KLOOSTRA, (Infant) Katie Lynne, at LHSC, Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Precious daughter of Rebecca “Becky” Futcher and Gerald “Gerry” Kloostra of St. Thomas. Katie will also be remembered by her grandparents, Jay and Lorrie Futcher of Middlemarch, Evelynne Kloostra of London, and Thys and Marlene Kloostra of Port Rowan; great grandparents, Doug and Hilda Jones of R.R.1, Port Stanley, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  A private service was held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

For more information about this obituary visit http://siftonfuneralhome.com/.

Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas