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

Posted by on February 3, 2017

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

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

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

Posted by on January 31, 2017

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

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FOWLER, Roy Donald, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 17, 2017

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

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

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

Posted by on January 12, 2017

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

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

Posted by on January 12, 2017

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

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

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

Posted by on January 1, 2017

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

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

Posted by on January 1, 2017

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

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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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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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DENNIS: Mrs. Gertrude “Trudie” (nee Norman), of Aylmer, Ontario

Posted by on November 16, 2016

gertrude-trudie-dennisDENNIS, Mrs. Gertrude “Trudie” (nee Norman), of Aylmer, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 82nd year.  Dearly loved mother of Donald Dennis (Shirley), Dan Dennis, all of Aylmer, James Dennis (Sandy) of Vienna, Debra Hill (Chris Latimer) of St. Thomas, Jennifer Smith (Rick), and Douglas Lockey, all of Aylmer.  Loving sister of Jim Norman (Joan) of St. Thomas, Kenn Norman (Betty Jane) of Dutton, Glenn Norman (Leona) of St. Thomas, and the late George Norman (Eunice of St. Thomas).  Also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Barrett) Norman.  Relatives and friends were received by the family on Monday, November 14th 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 was held on Tuesday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Following cremation, private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Community Living Elgin re: Aylmer office will be gratefully acknowledged.

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OGBURN: Jeanne d’Arc (nee Savard), of R.R.5, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 11, 2016

jeanne-darc-ogburnOGBURN, Jeanne d’Arc (nee Savard), of R.R.5, St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife for 64 years to the late Roy E. Ogburn (Feb. 8, 2016).  Dearly loved mother of Ken Ogburn and his wife Greta of Kanata, and Dan Ogburn and his wife Marion of R.R.5, St. Thomas.  Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Jean was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a number of brothers and sisters.  Born in Alma, Québec, August 8, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Fortunat and Azilda Savard.  She was a Nurses Aide at the Komoka Nursing Home for twelve years, and a former telephone operator for Bell Canada in Québec.  Jean was an adherent of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday evening, November 15th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Prayers at 8:15 p.m.) at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m.  Following cremation, inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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ELSOM: Mrs. Mary (nee Willoughby) of St. Thomas, formerly of Sarnia, Ontario.

Posted by on November 9, 2016

mary-elsom-002ELSOM, Mrs. Mary (nee Willoughby), of St. Thomas, formerly of Sarnia, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2016, in her 76th year.  Beloved wife of Alfred R. “Alf ” Elsom.  Mother of Lynne Riddell (Carrie) of St. Thomas, and Barb Elsom (Su Morrow) of Cobourg.  Grandmother of Alex and Mike Riddell.  Sister of Jean White (late Wib) and Ross Willoughby (Patricia), all of Sarnia, and the late Joan DeBuck (late Ross).  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Sarnia, ON, October 31, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Kitch and Mary (nee Hawkins) Willoughby.  Mary was an employee of Shoppers Drug Mart, St. Thomas for many years.  She was a former Brownies & Girl Guides leader, a long standing member of the Locke’s Community Club, and a long-time member and supporter of the North America Railway Hall of Fame and the CASO Station, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at the CASO Station, 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas on Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m., followed by refreshments and a light lunch.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Memorial donations to the North America Railway Hall of Fame (CASO Restoration Project) 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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BROWN: Mrs. Barbara (nee Peters), formerly of Fingal, ON, Astle, NB, and Florida

Posted by on October 25, 2016

barbara-brown-001BROWN, Mrs. Barbara (nee Peters), formerly of Fingal, ON, Astle, NB, and Florida, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Monday, October 24, 2016, in her 78th year.  Wife of the late George Leonard “Len” “Lennie” Brown (Feb. 15, 2013).  Mother of Tonya Martinez, and Erik Martinez Sr., both of Florida.  Step-mother of Janice Marriott (Don) of St. Thomas, Shelley MacKenzie (David) of Fingal, and Laurel McTavish (Brian) of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Tanya, Jerrod (Heidi), Kiefer (Irene), Angus, Leslie (Jessica), Beverley (Nic), and Erik Jr.  Great grandmother of Kayleen, Brielle, Alexa, and Konnor.  Sister of Glenn Peters (Patsy), and the late Christine Nicoloi (late Bob).  Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.  Born in Avon Park, Florida, June 7, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Irene (nee O’Hern) and Lindsay Grant Peters.  Barbara worked in Florida as an investment broker for a number of years.  She was a Past President of The Junior Sorosis Club of Lakeland, Florida.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family gathering will be held.  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).  Gratitude is expressed to Dr. Joel Keenleyside and the nurses and staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for the kind, compassionate care provided to Barbara.

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BRANTON: George M., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 22, 2016

BRANTON, George M., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, October 21, 2016, in his 67th year.  Husband of Margaret (nee Winkworth) Branton.  Father of Rob Branton, and grandfather of Kale Branton (his mother Tina), all of St. Thomas.  Brother of Shirley Cook (Peter), Sharon Simpson (Norm), and the late Jack Branton (Ruth), all of St. Thomas.  Brother-in-law of John Winkworth and Cindy Hanson of Thunder Bay, and Janice and Tom Reid of St. Thomas.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, January 1, 1950, he was the son of the late Jack H. and Ethel (nee Bradley) Branton.  George was a lift truck driver at VME (formerly Clark Equipment), St. Thomas for 25 years.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral 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 (519-631-1160).

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HILLMAN: Mrs. Ruth (nee Axson), of St .Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 13, 2016

ruth-hillman-001HILLMAN, Mrs. Ruth (nee Axson), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Ronald P. Hillman.  Dearly loved mother of Jacqueline Swindall (Steven), Robert Hillman (Mary-Ellen), Joanne Mizon (Don), and Jan Hillman, all of St. Thomas, Raymond Hillman (Elaine) of Calgary, AB, and Judy Brown (Daniel) of Maine, USA.  Dear sister of Frank St. Pierre (late Annette) of Espanola, and the late Carl Axson (Helen of St. Thomas), late Edward Axson, and late Fred Axson.  Also fondly remembered by 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.  Loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Born in Espanola, ON, July 6, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William Axson and late Lena (nee St. Pierre) Axson Hradowyj.  She formerly worked at Brazed Parts, St Thomas.  Ruth was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, the 55+ Club, Port Stanley, and the Independent Order of Foresters.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Ruth’s life at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, 225 Chestnut Street, St. Thomas on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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BEATTIE: Mrs. Mary (nee Lyle), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 11, 2016

mary-beattie-001BEATTIE, Mrs. Mary (nee Lyle), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 10, 2016, in her 94th year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert Earl Beattie (1988).  Dearly loved mother of Kathryn Beattie, and Donald R. Beattie (Barb), and cherished grandmother of Brandon, Brett, and Lindsay Beattie, all of St. Thomas.  Dear sister of Eleanor Fair, late Cathryn Ireland, late William, late Douglas, and the late Robert “Bob” Lyle.  Dear sister-in-law of Marion McKenzie and Jack Ireland.  Also fondly remembered by Ian Begg, as well as by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 26, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Lena (nee Hill) Lyle.  A Registered Nurse, Mary was a 1945 graduate of the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas.  She was employed at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for many years.  Mary was a member of First United Church, St. Thomas, a long-time member of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an avid traveler, and a volunteer at the Grand Theatre, London and with the Red Cross for many years.  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, October 13th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at First United Church, 7 Curtis St., St. Thomas (St. George St. & Curtis St.) on Friday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to the STEGH Foundation or the Talbot Teen Centre will be gratefully acknowledged. A special thank you to Dr. Robert Jones and the 4th floor nursing and therapy staff at the STEGH for their compassionate care.

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FREDERICK: Mrs. Bernice (nee Gilbert), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 9, 2016

bernice-frederick-001FREDERICK, Mrs. Bernice (nee Gilbert), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in her 73rd year.  Beloved wife for over 52 years to James W. “Jim” Frederick.  Dearly loved mother of James G. “Jim” Frederick (Rachelle), Joel Frederick, and Darryl Frederick, and cherished grandmother of Alex, Sine, Mallory, Olivia, and Leo Frederick, all of St. Thomas.  Dear sister-in-law of Wilma Hathaway of Blenheim.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Her brother, Paul Gilbert died in 2015.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, December 25, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Bernie and Agnes (nee Futcher) Gilbert.  Prior to moving to St. Thomas in 2008, Bernice lived in Talbotville, Woodstock and London.  She was a member of New Vision Community Church, United Church of Canada, St. Thomas.    Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, October 11th from 3:00-5:00 & 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, October 12th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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AGAR: Patricia (nee Markham), of Southwold, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2016

patricia-agar-001AGAR, Patricia (nee Markham), formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at Oneida Long Term Care, Southwold on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in her 78th year.  Mother of Kerri O’Brien (John) of Milwaukee, WI, and Donald Scott Agar of St. Thomas.  Aunt of Richard McNichol (Wanda), and Sherri McNichol (Shawn Brown).  Great aunt of Kansas McNichol and Alanna McNichol.  Sister of the late Gail Corner.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 24, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elsie (nee Bear) Markham.  Patricia formerly worked at Therm-O-Disc, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer 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, Ontario, St. Thomas