GERMAN: Louis F. “Lou”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 15, 2017

GERMAN, Louis F. “Lou” of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in his 90th year.  Beloved husband of the late Aileen (née Bradt) German (2014).  Dearly loved father of Debbie Bukacheski of Ottawa, and Mark German of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Nathan Jackson-German of Kitchener.  Dear brother of George German (Eleanor) of Shad Bay, NS, late William “Bill” German, and the late Gordon German.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born in Halifax, NS,  December 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Henry Louis “Harry” and Maria Sophia “Minnie” (née Sampson) German.  Lou served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons for 3 years and the R.C.A.F. for 23 years, retiring as a Sergeant.  Following his retirement from the R.C.A.F., he was employed by Murphy Bus Lines, Arva.  He was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  There will be no public visitation at the funeral home.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Holy Angels’ Church Restoration Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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FINNEY: Frances “Fran” (née Blakely), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 11, 2017

FINNEY, Frances “Fran” (née Blakely), of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Clarence A. Finney (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Carol Gorman (Kevin) of Shedden, Sharon Tully-Will (Bob) of Union, and Larry Finney (Jacki) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Matthew Gorman (Colleen), Ashley Gorman, Jennifer Tully Dolan (Jason), Daynna Smith (Wayne), Valerie Everatt (Aaron), and Darcy Cini (Josh).  Also survived by several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Fran was the sister of the late Margaret Moore and the late Kenneth C. Blakely, and a dear friend of the late Bill O’Brien.  Born in Harriston, ON, January 15, 1927, she had resided in St. Thomas since 1939.  She was the daughter of the late Clifford and Mary (née Cumming) Blakely.  Fran was a retired Canadian National Railway engineering clerk.  She was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Wo-He-Lo Group.  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 evening, September 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A public memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m.  Fran’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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WILCOX: Robert G. “Bob”, formerly of Aylmer and R.R.#3, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 8, 2017

WILCOX, Robert G. “Bob”, formerly of Aylmer and R.R.3, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Monday, September 4, 2017, in his 96th year.  Beloved and devoted husband for 71 years to the late Helen (née Begg) Wilcox (July 5, 2017).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Ann Smith (Vincent) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Mary Margaret Wilcox Bovaird (Timothy) of Toronto.  Cherished grandfather of Robert Smith (Rhiannon) of Calgary, AB, Catherine Garcia (Rolando) of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Jennifer Wilcox Bovaird Taylor (Andrew), and Kathryn Birks Bovaird Kerr (Shawn), all of Toronto.  He was proud of his great grandchildren, Sophia, Kaidence, Averi, Grayson, Emerson, Sienna, Lilian, Elizabeth, and our angel Nicholas.  Born in Yarmouth Township, ON, June 26, 1922, he was the son of the late Clair and Ida (née Hamilton) Wilcox.  Bob was a retired Yarmouth Township farmer.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a Past President of the Aylmer Curling Club where he won numerous championships and scored the elusive “eight ender.”  Bob was an avid golfer at the Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club where he played constantly with a wonderful group of friends and family until his 90th birthday.  He and Helen travelled extensively in their retirement to all parts of the world.  Bob was a wonderful and keen bridge player well into his 90’s. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, 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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COX: R. Eileen (née Satchell), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 6, 2017

COX, R. Eileen (née Satchell), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Donald B. Cox.  Mother of Lauren Musson (Harold) of Whitby.  Sister of John “Jack” Satchell (Noreena) of St. Thomas, Doris Pal of London, late Kenneth Satchell, late Jean Gordon, and the late Marilyn Whisken.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, October 19, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Albert L. and Gwendoline (née Jones) Satchell. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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CARRIE: Donna Ruth (née Thomas), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 5, 2017

CARRIE, Donna Ruth (née Thomas), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute, London on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in her 78th year.  Beloved wife for over 54 years to James R. “Jamie” Carrie.  Dearly loved mother of Scott Carrie (Jennifer), Greg Carrie (Marilyn), Pam Deven (Chris), all of St. Thomas, and Jeff Carrie (Ai Inoue) of Vancouver, BC.  Loving grandmother of Spencer, Charlotte, and Talbot Carrie, Matthew and Emily Deven, and step-grandmother of Adam Kotanko, all of St. Thomas. Dear sister of Dr. Paul Thomas (Fran) of Kelowna, BC, and David Thomas (Janet) of Ottawa.  Dear sister-in-law of Isabel Curtis (late Stan) of R.R.8, St. Thomas, John and Verity Carrie of Muskoka, late Dr. Alan Carrie and the late Jean Carrie.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, October 10, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John and Ruth (née MacFarlane) Thomas.  Donna graduated from the Wellesley School of Nursing, Toronto and the University of Western Ontario Diploma in Public Health Nursing Program.  She worked as a research assistant at the U.W.O. Medical School.  In 1983, after completing a refresher program at Fanshawe College, she returned to nursing at Resthaven Nursing Home, St. Thomas and the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, and finished her career as a case manager with the St. Thomas Elgin C.C.A.C.  Donna was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Women and the Women’s Missionary Society for many years.  She was a former YWCA board member, a member of the former Tonti Chapter I.O.D.E., and a former member of the Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin.  She also served on the first board of directors of the Serenity House Hospice.  In recent years, Donna coordinated a sewing group for Faith’s Orphan Fund which made clothing and knitted goods for Zambia Orphans of AIDS.  In August of 2010, she was particularly gratified to be part of the PAN Missions Canada team that travelled to Nicaragua.  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, September 14th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Donna’s cremated remains will be buried privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Knox Presbyterian Church, or St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation (re: Palliative Care at Parkwood Institute) will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the medical and nursing teams at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Parkwood Institute, as well as Dr. Brian Dingle at the London Regional Cancer Program for the wonderful care provided to Donna.

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SMITH: Marion Henrietta (née Taylor), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 28, 2017

SMITH, Marion Henrietta (née Taylor), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife for 55 years to the late John James “Jack” Smith (Aug. 3, 2012).  Dearly loved mother of Doreen John (Michael), and Jackie Smith, all of St. Thomas.  Step-mother of the late Bruce Smith (2007).  Special grandmother to Ryan John (Susie), Joe Smith, Sarah Waite (Cameron), Ashley Buczkowski (Andrew), Mallory Stacey (Robert), Bradley Smith, and Christine Dimitruk.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren, several sisters-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Marion was born in Tilbury, ON, February 27, 1933, the youngest daughter of the late Mary Jane (née Green) and Wilbert Clarence Taylor.  She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by many sisters and brothers.  During her life, she lived and worked in Tilbury, Chatham, Toronto, and St. Thomas where she retired from Bathurst Containers.  A private family graveside service was held at Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  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).

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HLATKI: Michal J. “Mike”, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on August 24, 2017

HLATKI, Michal J. “Mike”, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fingal, age 70, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.  Husband of Joyce (née Bedding), and father of Elaine, Rob (Del), Peter, Kevin, and Jennifer (Jeff).  Grandfather of Damian, Shannon, Lacey, Robbie, Brooke, Nicholas, Mataya, Ava, Colin, and Baby Ryan.  Also survived by four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Born in Mitchell, ON, July 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Andi and Jane (née Stewart) Hlatki.  Mike was a retired custodian with the Thames Valley District School Board.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation.  A private family gathering will be held.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the St. Thomas & District Right to Life will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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GRAHAM: Donald F., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 23, 2017

GRAHAM, Donald F., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in his 92nd year.  Beloved husband for 63 years to Betty (née Kimbel) Graham.  Dearly loved father of Kim Graham (Sherry) of Port Stanley, Mary Evans (Robert) of Truro, NS, and Susan Graham (Andrew Woodburn) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Greg Graham (Tiffany) of Union, Jenny Lee Graham of Port Stanley, Macy Evans of Truro, NS, Alexander Woodburn, and Angelina Woodburn, both of London.  He was proud of his great grandchildren, Kellan and Ellis Graham.  Born in Exeter, ON, February 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Donald Alexander Graham and the late Lucinda May “Leta” (née Totten) Graham.  Don began his long-time railroad career in 1943, retiring in 1988 as a freight sales manager with Conrail.  He was a member of Centre Street Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Don was a long-standing volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  He was a member of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M., Worshipful Master of Talbot Lodge #546, A.F. & A.M. in 1959, District Deputy Grand Master, St. Thomas District in 1974, a member of the Hi-Ro Shrine Club and Hillbilly Clan #59.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at Centre Street Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception.  The interment of his cremated remains will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the STEGH Foundation or Centre Street Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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FORD: Mrs. M. Ilene (née Stafford), of Dutton, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 11, 2017

FORD, Mrs. M. Ilene (née Stafford), of Bobier Villa, Dutton, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, August 10, 2017, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife and lifelong companion of the late Jack A. Ford (1999).  Loving mother of Donna Butcher (Robert), and Janice Hurst (Brad).  Cherished grandmother of Andrew Butcher, Amy Hurst, Beth Vandendriessche (Jon), and Nathan Hurst (Natalie).  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Joplynn and Taylor Hurst, and Emmitt Vandendriessche.  Dear sister of the late Iola Curran.  Dear aunt of David Curran, and Steve Curran (Claudette) and their son Shane.  Also survived by several other nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, July 26, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Elwin and Neta (née Watterworth) Stafford.  Ilene was a retired legal secretary.  During the Second World War, she worked at the No. 1 Technical Training School, St. Thomas.  She was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation.  A private memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160), followed by the interment of her cremated remains  in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the County of Elgin re: Bobier Villa Recreation Dept. or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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TANNER: Robert D., of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 1, 2017

TANNER, Robert D., of London, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in his 67th year.  Dear brother of the late Glenda A. Tanner (Feb. 17, 2017).  Robert is survived by many cousins.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, Mar. 5, 1951, he was the son of the late Glenn and Gladys (née Hollingshead) Tanner.  Robert formerly worked as a surveyor for Alberta Land Surveyors and Ontario Land Surveyors, taught legal land surveying at Fanshawe College, London, and was employed part-time at Wallace Home Hardware, London.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Robert’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  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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MacVICAR: Margaret (née Thompson), formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 31, 2017

MacVICAR, Margaret (née Thompson), of Extendicare, Port Stanley, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in her 87th year.  Beloved wife of the late William D. “Bill” MacVicar (Dec. 31, 2016).  Mother of Linda Neil of St. Thomas, Kevin Baker (Karen) of Peterborough, Mark Baker (Wendy) of St. Thomas, Jim MacVicar (Nancy) of Devon, AB, Steven MacVicar of Bracebridge, Bill MacVicar, and Lisa Walker (Wayne), all of St. Thomas.  Sister of Vivian Anger of Belmont, Dorothy Beattie of Aylmer, late Rita Pressey, and the late Scott Thompson (Julie of St. Thomas).  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Bury, Québec, October 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ivan and Bertha (née Coates) Thompson.  Margaret was a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church, St. Thomas and a former long-time active member of Alma St. Presbyterian Church.  The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, August 2nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Elgin Branch) or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to the doctors, nurses and staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley and the 5th floor of the STEGH for the kind, compassionate care provided to Margaret.

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LARSON: Leona R. (née McGeein), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 21, 2017

LARSON, Leona R. (née McGeein), of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Monday, July 17, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late John O. Larson (2016).  Mother of Ron Larson (Robin), Karen Vaughan (Michael), and Brian Larson (Debbie), all of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Tonia, Nicole, Rosemary, Ronald “R.J.”, Joe, Nathan, Coreen, and the late Troy (1982).  Great grandmother of Travis, Taylor, Jordan, Mackenzie, Natalie, Jonathan, and Stephen.  Sister of the late Ken McGeein and the late Donald McGeein.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 10, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Leo McGeein and the late Rosetta “Rose” (née Bayliss) Simmons.  Leona was a member of the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The funeral and committal service will be held at the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 451 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society,  the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Diabetes Association 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

MacPHERSON: A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on July 17, 2017

MacPHERSON, A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, ON, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in his 75th year.  Husband of Alice (née Audette) MacPherson.  Father of Timothy (Ana) of Fort McMurray, AB, Nicole (Frank) of Regina, SK, and Sandy Jr. “Alex” (Lisa) of Union, ON.  Grandfather of Jeremella, Melissa, Maria, and Iris.  Brother of Brian (Cheryl) of Donna, TX, and Allen (Barb) of Lindsay, ON.  Sandy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 12, 1943, he was the son of the late John and M.C.M. “Katie” (née Welch) MacPherson.  Sandy was a retired tool and die maker.  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 public service.  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, ON (519-631-1160).

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SURGENT: Mrs. Joyce (née Cornish), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 17, 2017

SURGENT, Mrs. Joyce (née Cornish), formerly of 33 Gladstone Ave., St. Thomas, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Douglas Surgent (1982).  Mother of Frank Surgent (Janet) of St. Thomas, and Thomas Surgent (Lisa) of Bobcageon.  Grandmother of Ryan, David, Melissa, Rachel, Faye, Cheyenne, and Meaghan, and great grandmother of Emma.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Joyce was the sister of the late Peggy Cornish (infant) and the late Edna Thoonen.  Born in Sparta, ON, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Annie (née Blatchford) Cornish.  Joyce was a retired housekeeping employee at the Thomas Williams Home and for many years was employed in food service at the Y.W.C.A.  She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas where she was active for many years.  Joyce was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Women, was very active with the former Evening Circle, taught Sunday school for a number of years, and was a Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary for Cubs and Scouts.  She was a former member of the St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society, and a Past President and former longtime member of the African Violet Society, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, July 18th 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 the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Knox Presbyterian Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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WILCOX, Helen (née Begg), formerly of Aylmer and R.R.#3, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 7, 2017

WILCOX, Helen (née Begg), formerly of Aylmer and R.R.3, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in her 95th year.  Beloved wife for 71 years to Robert G. “Bob” Wilcox.  Dearly loved mother of Barbara Ann Smith (Vincent) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Mary Margaret Wilcox Bovaird (Timothy) of Toronto.  Cherished grandmother of Robert Smith (Rhiannon) of Calgary, AB, Catherine Garcia (Rolando) of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Jennifer Wilcox Bovaird Taylor (Andrew), and Kathryn Birks Bovaird Kerr (Shawn), all of Toronto.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Sophia, Kaidence, Averi, Grayson, Emerson, Sienna, Lilian, Elizabeth, and our angel Nicholas.  She was predeceased by her sisters, Donna Steepe, Frances Murphy, Dora Steiner, and Betty Anne Chapman, and her brother, John L. Begg.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, July 30, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Lynwood “Lyn” Begg and the late H. F. “Nellie” (née Barrie) Begg.  Helen was a Registered Nurse, having been a 1943 graduate of the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas.  She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a Past President of the Aylmer Curling Club.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, 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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LALE: Rita Ethel (née Masters), of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 5, 2017

LALE, Rita Ethel (née Masters), It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Rita Ethel Lale announce her passing, at her residence,  Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Arnold E. Lale (1993).  Dearly loved mother of Linda McKinney of St. Thomas, Dianne Lale of London, and Ron Lale (Debbie) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of  Jamie Loucks (Donna) of London, Krista Schmid of Binbrook, Jeffrey Lale (Candice), and Jennifer Titchener (Jason), all of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by her 11 great grandchildren, as well as by her brother Geoff Masters (Hazel) of London, England.  Rita was born in London, England on June 26, 1926. After coming to Canada, she worked as a Nurses Aide at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and at Eatons, St. Thomas.  A private funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, June 7, 2017Interment in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to her dear friend Sylvia Taradan, and to all the wonderful staff at Elgin Manor for their care and compassion.

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SMITH: Murray A., of R.R.1, Fingal, Ontario.

Posted by on June 5, 2017

SMITH, Murray A., of R.R.1, Fingal, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in his 95th year.  Beloved husband for 63 years to the late Betty (née Thomas) Smith (2014).  Dearly loved father of Myrna Stoss (Werner) of Shedden, and the late Dale F. Smith (2001).  Cherished grandfather of Jerry Smith (Michelle Hughes) of London, Craig Stoss (Christine Horn) of Waterloo, and Laura Hofer (Michael) of Fergus.  Proud great grandpa “at the farm” of Brayden and Riley Smith of London, and Isaac Hofer of Fergus.  Dear brother of Donna Mozga (late Joseph) of Sarnia, Lena Samis (late Paul), and Doreen Hewitt (late Bill), all of St. Thomas, late Wray Smith (Audré of St. Thomas), late Leonard Smith (late Jean), late Elsie Campbell (late Tom), and the late Ethel McNea (late Alvin).  Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Mary Lou and Don MacKinnon of Port Stanley, and by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, July 15, 1922, he was the son of the late Emery and Leta (née Mizen) Smith.  Murray was an adherent of Dunwich United Church, Dutton, and a former long-time member and Treasurer of Fingal United Church. He was an avid gardener, lifetime farmer, and member of the Holstein Friesian Association, where he previously served as President. Murray was a veteran having served in the Second World War. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, June 6th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Caring Cupboard or Dunwich United Church Re: Building Fund gratefully acknowledged.

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

RODGERS: Mrs. Betty (née Charlton), of St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, Ontario.

Posted by on May 26, 2017

RODGERS, Mrs. Betty (née Charlton), of Caressant Care on Mary Bucke, St. Thomas, formerly of Lake Line and Kettle Creek Villa, Port Stanley, passed away at her residence on Friday, May 26, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Howard W. Rodgers (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Glenn Rodgers (Colleen), Stan Rodgers (late Jacqueline), all of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, and Sharon Burgess (Carl) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Jeremy Rodgers (Patricia) of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, David Rodgers (Wendy) of Toronto, Eric Rodgers (Simone) of St. Thomas, Melissa Bainbridge (Steve) of Wallacetown, Sandra Latour (Phil) of Noelville, and Carrie Bubel (Jason) of Fingal.  Proud great grandmother of Emma, Owen, Nolan, Joel, Blake, Tyler, Kyle, Reese, Linkin, Devon, Sophia, Isabel, and Caroline.  Dear sister of Helen Bagg of Stratford, late Vera Hardman, late Myles Charlton, late Gertrude Rolling, and the late Pearl Matthews. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas on May 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Lily (née Coombs) Charlton.  Betty assisted her husband Howard in operating the family farm.  She was a member of Port Stanley United Church, where she was a member of the U.C.W. Betty was a member of the Boxall Women’s Institute, and a former volunteer at the Elgin County Museum.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas, Port Stanley United Church, or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Caressant Care on Mary Bucke for their excellent care of Betty.

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SEARAY: Ilene (née Oldham), of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on May 18, 2017

SEARAY, Ilene (née Oldham), of Shedden, passed away at the Valleyview Home on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in her 92nd year.  Beloved wife for 70 years to the late John Searay (2015).  Dearly loved mother of Judy Searay of Shedden, Debbie Searay-Gaston (Thomas) of Milton, Phil Searay (Sherry) of Talbotville, and Steven Searay (Donna) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Jamie (Carina), Stephanie, Sabrina, Adam, Angela (Jake), and Aaron.  Loved great grandmother of Brooklyn, Madison, and Alexis.  Dear sister of Forbes Oldham of St. Thomas. Also fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Helen Oldham of St. Thomas, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born at R.R.#1, Southwold, April 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Bessie (née Currie) Oldham.  Ilene was a doting and caring mother and grandmother, who cherished her family.  She loved gardening and using the food she had grown to make preserves.  Ilene volunteered with many organizations and clubs throughout the Shedden community.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening, May 19th 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 Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m.  Memorial donations to the Southwold Twp. Library, Shedden or the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Valleyview Home, the staff of Right At Home London, the VON volunteers, and to CCAC Pastoral Care.

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

NEWMAN SMITH: Glenda (née Laurance), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

NEWMAN SMITH, Glenda (née Laurance), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in her 83rd year.  Wife of Charles L. “Charlie” Smith, and the late Victor L. Newman (2000).  Mother of Sue Ellen Tuff and Brad Tuff.  Mother-in-law of Anne Tuff.  Grandmother of Brandon Tuff and Tyler Tuff.  Step-mother of Rodney Newman, Sandra Kratky, Linda Austin, Barry Newman, Bradley Newman, Sharon Newman, Trish Cable, and Kevin Smith.  Sister of Idamae Johnston, late Nelson L. Campbell, and the late Donald W. Campbell.  Also survived by numerous step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, two aunts, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Ida (née Dalton) Laurance.  Glenda was an adherent of the Community of Christ, St. Thomas.  As a volunteer, she formerly played the piano at the Valleyview Home.  Glenda was a former member of the St. Thomas Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

HEISLER: Bernard J. “Pat”, of Fingal, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

HEISLER, Bernard J. “Pat”, of Fingal, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in his 88th year.  Husband of Mildred (née Cooke) Heisler.  Father of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandfather of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandfather of Scarlett and Ava.  Brother of Joyce Collins (Chuck) of Goulais River, Val Heisler (late Susan), and Victor Heisler (Doris) all of Aylmer, Grant Heisler of Merritt, B.C., and the late Bert Heisler (Shirley of Morrisburg).  Dear friend of Josie and Bill Ripley, and Sue and Leighton Ellis.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Hanna AB, March 17, 1930, he was the son of the late Adam and C. A. “Toots”  (née Pfefferle) Heisler.  Pat was a retired self employed construction worker. He was a former member of the Optimist Club of Fingal.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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WHITE: Valerie Anne, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

WHITE, Valerie Anne, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at LHSC, University Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, after a short illness in her 62nd year.  Beloved sister of Karen (Dave) DeForest, Vanessa Austin, and Mark White.  She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.  Valerie was born in St. Thomas on August 5, 1955, the dearly loved daughter of the late Harold (2012) and the late Gladys (née Ryckman) White (2010).  She worked faithfully at Goodwill Industries for over 30 years, and was popular with her many customers.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday evening, May 18th 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, May 19th at 2:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BARRY: William S. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

BARRY, William S. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at Parkwood Institute, London on Friday, April 28, 2017, in his 89th year. Beloved husband for more than 68 years to Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie) Barry. Dearly loved father of K. Christina “Christy” Clutterbuck (Bob), and Barb Pinnegar, all of St. Thomas. Cherished grandfather 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 his nine great grandchildren, Joshua and Riley Ferguson, Alicia, Emily and Nicholas Van Meppelen Scheppink, Alyssa Schweyer, Caitlin Powell, and Tamara and Joelle Clutterbuck. Brother of Richard G. Barry (Teresa) of Toronto.  Bill is also survived by his great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Born in Toronto, ON, November 19, 1928, he was the son of the late William S. Barry and the late Evelyn (née Riley) Dodd. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer First Class from 1945-1955 and served during the Korean War. He was a retired manager at Middlesex Elgin Warehousing.  Bill was an active member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas for many years, formerly assisting as Commentator and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. 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, May 4th 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 Friday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Memorial donations to Holy Angels’ Church Restoration Fund or Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

GREENSIDE: Joan (née Brooks), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 28, 2017

GREENSIDE, Joan (née Brooks), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of Edward F. “Ted” Greenside.  Mother of William “Bill” Vaughan (Rosemary) of London, and Judy Angyal of Grand Bend.  Grandmother of Angela, Pamela, Craig and Melissa.  Sister of David Brooks (Diann) of Oakville.  Also survived by 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Joan was predeceased by her sister, Betty Paul and by her brothers, Bob and Clare Brooks.  Born in London, ON, April 22, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ona (née Pyman) Brooks.  Joan was a retired clerk at Stedman’s Department Store, Aylmer. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

CAMPBELL: L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 27, 2017

CAMPBELL, L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in his 74th year.  Beloved husband of Sharon (née Merritt) Campbell.  Dearly loved father of Tracey Zwiers (Jeff) of Orillia, and Scott Campbell (Christine) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Sarah Doherty-Campbell, Emily and Joshua Campbell, and Jayme and Thomas Zwiers.  Also survived by brother-in-law, Roy Merritt (Faye) of Edmonton, AB.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Duncan O. and Ethel (née Cummings) Campbell.  Wayne was an employee for 40 years at the Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant, where he worked in the Paint Dept., Quality Control, and the Executive Garage.  He was an active volunteer for over 45 years with the St. Thomas Skating Club, where he was the current President.  Wayne volunteered for over 25 years with the H.O.M.E. Region Skating Council, where he was a Past President.  He enjoyed sharpening the skates of local figure skaters and hockey players, which he did from his home.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday, April 30th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Monday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  If so desired, memorial donations to The Lung Association or the STEGH Foundation will be appreciated.

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