JOHNSTON: Robert “Bob” G. of Woodstock

Posted by on January 2, 2013

JOHNSTON, Robert “Bob” Gordon – Went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in his 88th year, predeceased by his wife Christine (nee Page) 2005.  Dear father of David Johnston (Esther), Darlene (Richard) Hesterman, and Nancy (Rodney) Boyce.  Loving grandfather of Brenda Johnston Pickett, Suzanne Johnston, Paul (Anne) Johnston, Barbara (Tim) McKay, Tim (Sarah) Hesterman, Kristin (Blair) Glass, Jennifer (Michiel) DeWitt, and Andrew (Samantha) Boyce.  Loved by eleven great grandchildren.  A special thanks to Jean Huggins for her friendship and support to Bob.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Funeral service in the chapel on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm with David Johnston officiating.  Interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to The Gideons or the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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TODD: Shirley P. (nee Cole) of Woodstock

Posted by on January 2, 2013

TODD, Shirley – Peacefully at the Woodstock Hospital on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, Shirley Patricia Todd (nee Cole) of Woodstock in her 74th year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert Todd (1992).  Loving mother of Vincent (Loretta Trail), Valerie Hughes (Jim), Joseph, John (Jackie Zimmer), Wally (Paula), Gil (Jenne), and Stacy Kaufman.  Much loved grandmother of many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Dear sister of Betty Priddle, Barb Haggith, June Smith, Joanne Boyce, Nancy Hughes, Mary Gilbert, and David Gilbert. Predeceased by her parents Jean Gilbert and Art Cole, sister Debbie Gilbert, daughter-in-law Cheryl Hendershott, and son-in-law Barry Kaufman.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm followed by a memorial service in the chapel at 2:30 pm.  Spring interment at the Anglican Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation (for Palliative Care or Critical Care) would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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TAYLOR: George of Woodstock

Posted by on December 30, 2012

TaylorgeorgewebTAYLOR, George A. – Peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Saturday, December 29, 2012, George Anthony Taylor of Gobles in his 79th year.  Beloved husband of Barbara A. Taylor (nee McKerrow) for 55 years.  Dear father of Wayne (Olga) of Oakville, George (Kim) of Calgary, David of Brantford and Stephen (Rosemary) of Woodstock.  Much loved grandfather of Nicholas Taylor, Olivia, Stephanie and Shane Taylor, and Heather and Charlotte Taylor, and great grandfather of Jackson and Hayden.  Predeceased by his parents George and Enid (nee Hartle) and his sisters Jean and Peggy.  Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Woodstock General Hospital for their care.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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CLIFFORD: Karen of Woodstock

Posted by on December 28, 2012

Peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Thursday, December 27, 2012, Karen Louise Clifford of Woodstock in her 60th year.  Beloved daughter of Louis and Eileen Clifford of RR 1, Woodstock.  Loving sister of Steven Clifford (Helen) of Stoney Creek, Kathy Clifford, Kim Manderson (Howard), Louis Clifford, Kitty Wallace (Kevin) and Kelly Borbely (Joe), all of Woodstock.  Also lovingly remembered by her six nieces and four nephews, as well as her great niece and great nephew.  Dear niece of Doris Hill (Bill), Mary Lilley (Elvin) and Jean Clifford.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Monday, 1-4 pm.  Funeral service in the chapel on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm.  Cremation to follow and interment later at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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WAGH: John E. “Jack” of Woodstock

Posted by on December 23, 2012

WAUGH, John – Peacefully, with family by his side at Caressant Care, Woodstock on Friday, December 21, 2012, John “Jack” E. Waugh of Woodstock in his 73rd year.  Husband of Rhoda Garland.  Father of Thelma Moron (Pierre), Joyce Higgins (Willie), George Bull (Deb), John Chapman, Arliss Chapman (Roger), Wanda Hill (Terry), Tammy Chapman (Kevin), Timmy Chapman, and Terry Bull (Tammy).  Also remembered by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Brother of Phillip Waugh (Bev).  Survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents Alex and Sophie Waugh, daughter Jeanette Bull, sisters Pat Levesque and Dorothy Little, and brothers Bob, Gord, Fred, and Bill Waugh.  A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Moose Family Centre, 690 Sutherland Drive, Woodstock on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm.  If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford or Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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BOUCHARD: Ronald of Woodstock

Posted by on December 19, 2012

Peacefully at VON Sakura House with his wife by his side on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Ron Bouchard of Woodstock at the age of 78.  Beloved husband for over 57 years of Jacqueline Bouchard (nee Lajoie).  Loving father of Lauri Foster of Woodstock.  Much loved Pappy of Jason Foster (Jenn Gossier-Foster) and Grandpappy of Lavanah, Chase, Garret, Logan and Kate.  Dear brother of Gary Bouchard (Donna) and Dorothy O’Brien, both of Cornwall.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews in Cornwall and extended family in Montreal, Sarnia and Alexandria.  Predeceased by his parents Vincent and Rita Bouchard, brother Vincent Bouchard Jr. and brother-in-law Cliff O’Brien.  Friends will be received at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am.  Private interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to VON Sakura House or Muscular Dystrophy Canada would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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RAMSAY: Elizabeth Irene of Woodstock

Posted by on December 19, 2012

Ramsay, IreneRAMSAY, Elizabeth Irene – Peacefully at Sakura House, Woodstock, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, Irene Ramsay (nee Edmiston), in her 87th year, passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer.  Beloved wife of Thomas Osborne for sixty-one years.  Dear mother of Guy and Wendy Ramsay, Jim and Tricia (Ramsay) Wilkins and Veronica Robertson (Ramsay) and friend, Paul Harrison.  She will be missed by grandchildren, Chris and Kristen (Wilkins) Carne, Brad Wilkins, Greg and Nicki (Wilkins) Dickson, Matt and Jennifer (Ramsay) Hunter, Cameron Ramsay and Quinn Robertson.  Her great grandchildren, Brady and Everett Carne, will miss their ‘Grandmama’.  The family would like to express their gratitude to CCAC Case Manager Marlene, Saint Elizabeth Nurses Heather and Yvette, Red Cross Care Partners and the Volunteers, Staff and Nurses at Sakura House.  A very special thank you to Dr. Jeff Nichols for his kindness and support for Irene, ensuring she was able to live out the remainder of her days comfortably.  Family and friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Thursday, 5-8 pm.  Funeral Service to celebrate Irene’s life will be held at the funeral home chapel on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:00 noon with Rev. John Furry officiating.  As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to VON Sakura House.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

“There will be one small spot in this magnificent land that will be forever Scotland.”

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KOZUB: Jerry of Woodstock

Posted by on December 17, 2012

KozubjerrycdaobitKOZUB, Jerzy John “Jerry” – One of the greatest gentleman to ever walk the Earth, passed away peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital, holding the loving hands of his daughter Barbara “Basia” and son-in-law Bobby “Bogdan”, and surrounded with his family’s love, on Saturday December 15th, 2012 in his 89th year. Beloved husband and best friend to Annie for over 64 and a half years. Dearly loved father of Zbysiu “Harry”, who predeceased him on December 22nd, 2007 and Barbara (Bob) Niemiec. Cherished Jaju of Jeremy Kozub (Michelle Abbott, her children Joshua and Julia), Richard Kozub (Michelle), Katie Niemiec-Hodder (Jason) and Stephanie Niemiec. Adored Great-Jaju of Elissa Kozub and Ethan Hodder-Niemiec.

Jerry was born in Gliwice, Poland on March 5th, 1924 to Roman and Valerie, their only child.

What was of utmost importance to Jerry in life was his family. He married the love of his life, Annie, on June 12th, 1948 in Germany. Shortly thereafter, he came to Canada and settled in Woodstock, Ontario in 1948, to establish a life for them, and Annie soon followed him in 1949. A short while later, their love multiplied when they welcomed their pride and joys Harry on January 17th, 1952 and Barbara on August 10th, 1955. Their hearts would be blessed several times more upon the births of their grandchildren – Jeremy “Jeramiah” and Richard “Richu” on August 31st, 1974, Katie “Kiki” on March 4th, 1981 and Stephanie “Stefchu” on October 29th, 1983. Then, just when they thought their life could not be more blessed, came the arrival of their great-grandchildren – Elissa on March 28th, 1999 and Ethan on September 16th, 2000.

There is no one who worked harder in life than Jerry. While he held many jobs, his main employment was being a valued employee of LaFrance for 25 years. Jerry never really retired. He was always doing something and tirelessly worked around his house. People would always catch him sweeping his driveway every time they drove by. All this hard work earned him and Annie “One of the most beautiful properties in Woodstock” award, which they were very proud of. He was also a devoted Roman Catholic and a well-known presence in the community.

Jerry was a simple man, who enjoyed the simple things in life. He was an avid fisherman and spent many a day at the Pittock Dam. Although he may not have always won the battle with the pike, due to the pesky catfish stealing his minnows, Jerry always came home with a prize winning catch! He even had to save Annie’s day every now and then from the snapping turtles! Jerry enjoyed watching Toronto Blue Jay games and cheered them on in his favourite spot on the couch, while drinking a cup of coffee and one of Annie’s home baked goodies by his side. One of Jerry’s most favourite past times was playing cards, especially tysi?c with his family and he always made sure when someone had to throw money in the pot that they did – “Did you pay?” No one ever went hungry around Jerry. He was so lucky to have such an amazing cook for a wife, if he saw your plate empty, he would signal for you back to the kitchen to eat – “Eat More!”

Anyone who was ever in Jerry’s presence knew he was a special man. He would always embrace people into his home and his heart. He was the kindest, loving, most self-less and sweetest soul you would ever meet. He was the kind of man that would give you everything he had and would never expect anything in return. There will truly never be another like him. “We love you, don’t forget!”

Jerry’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock (519 537-3611) on Monday December 17th from 7-9pm, with a short prayer service at 7pm. Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Polish Mission, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 10:00am, interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery to follow. Relatives and Friends are invited back to the Holy Cross Polish Mission Hall for a small reception. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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COLE: Daniel of Woodstock

Posted by on December 15, 2012

At PeopleCare, Tavistock on Friday, December 14, 2012, Daniel Gordon Cole formerly of Woodstock, in his 85th year.  Beloved husband of Margaret.  Dear father of Gary Cole (Phyllis) of Woodstock and Karen Calvert (Darryl) of St. Thomas and grandfather of Dylan.  Brother of Dave Cole (Dina) and brother-in-law of Donna Abbey (Graham), George Carter (Marlene) and Shirley Armstrong (D. Murray Armstrong).  A graveside service will be held at Hillview Cemetery, Fifth Avenue, Woodstock on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm.  If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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EROS: Joe of Woodstock

Posted by on December 11, 2012

Peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Monday, December 10, 2012, Joe Eros of Woodstock at the age of 79. Predeceased by his parents and siblings.  Uncle of Rick Tucsok of Woodstock and great uncle of Eric.  Joe will be forever missed by his dear friend Chad MacDonald of Woodstock.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  If desired, memorial donations to Prostate Cancer Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society  would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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MIERZWINSKI: Rev. Aleksander formerly of Woodstock

Posted by on December 11, 2012

In Bialystok, Poland on December 10, 2012, Rev. Aleksander Mierzwinski, in his 74th year.  Brother of Witold (Maria), Jozef (Lucyna), Wojciech (Maria), Danuta Oldziej and Jadwiga Tanski.  Also remembered by his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews in Poland, Canada and USA. Predeceased by his brother Wladyslaw (Stanislawa) and his parents.  Fr. Aleksander was born on January 19, 1939 in Mierzwin Maly.  He was ordained in 1967 in Drohiczyn, Poland and came to Canada in 1986.  He served in London, Burlington and Woodstock at Holy Cross Polish Church until the time of his illness.  He returned to Poland on November 4, 2012.  His desire was to be buried in Niewodnica, Poland with his parents Stanislawa and Kazimierz.  A memorial mass in honour of Fr. Aleksander will take place at Holy Cross Polish Church, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00 am, Fr. Eugeniusz Dziedzic officiating.

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MUIR: Jean of Woodstock

Posted by on December 11, 2012

Passed away peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the age of 70.  Loving partner and best friend of Tommy Williamson for over 40 years.  Dear sister to Jim (Kelli) of Fergus, Doreen and Karen Smillie (Grant) of Guelph, and niece to Margaret Hamilton of Elora and Jean Muir of Parkhill.  Predeceased by her parents Helen (2001) and Walter (2002).  Jean will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins and also by the Williamson family.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm for a memorial service in the chapel at 2:00 pm.  If desired, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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CURRY: Allan John of Woodstock and formerly of Hamilton

Posted by on December 6, 2012

CURRY, Allan John – Suddenly, at Woodstock Hospital on Monday, December 3, 2012, Allan Curry of Woodstock and formerly of Hamilton at the age of 86.  Beloved husband and best friend of June Curry for over 60 years.  Loving father of twin daughters Heather Wilkins (Bill) of Mississauga and Pamela Curry (Peter Nykoluk) of Port Stanley.  Very dear grandad of his “Gem” Ashley Caronna (Casey) of Olympia, Washington, USA.  Brother of James Curry (Marguerite) of Burlington and uncle of Dale Higham (Jim) and Brent Curry.  A private family funeral service was held on Thursday, December 6, 2012, presided by Mr. William Farrar of the Woodstock Christadelphian Ecclesia.  Interment at Drumbo Cemetery, Drumbo.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Spafford: Vivian of Woodstock

Posted by on December 5, 2012

At her home on Saturday, December 1, 2012, Vivian Marie Spafford (nee Hurley) of Woodstock in her 87th year.  Wife of the late Robert Charles Spafford.  Mother of Doug Spafford (Diane) of Chester Basin, Nova Scotia.  Grandmother of Keith, Neil and Sara Spafford all of Chester Basin, Nova Scotia.  Sister of Grace Denholm (Dave) of Edmonton, Alberta and Robert Hurley of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Sister-in-law of Orv Slater of Renfrew.  Predeceased by her daughter Lynn Spafford and sisters Norma Slater and Peggy Monsees.  Private family arrangements.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Canadian Wildlife Federation would be appreciated and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 

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COOPER: Marie of Woodstock

Posted by on December 5, 2012

At People Care, Tavistock on Monday, December 3,      2012, Marie Evelyn Cooper (nee English) in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Al Cooper (2002).  Dear mother of Don Cooper (Betty) and Janet Robb (Steve).  Loving grandmother of Sarah Robb (Kevin) of Toronto and David Robb (Karen) of Kitchener, and great grandmother of David Jr.  Sister-in-law of Anna English of Haliburton, Mildred Cooper of St. Catharines, Earl Cooper (Eleanor) of West Gilford, Evelyn Bradley of Thunder Bay, Shirley Rapson of Toronto, and Louise Cooper of Ottawa.  Predeceased by her brothers Jack English and Vance English and sister June Parker.  Private family arrangements.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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De MELO: Joe Jacinto of Woodstock

Posted by on December 1, 2012

De MELO, Joe Jacinto – Born January 2, 1940 in Azores, Portugal.  Suddenly at the age of 72, Joe De Melo passed away on November 30, 2012.  Survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret De Melo, son Marty De Melo (Joni), daughter Pauline Brown (Derrick), and grandchildren Desiree, Andrew and Mariah De Melo and Marcus Brown.  Brother of Mike De Melo (Angelina), Noah De Melo (Mary), Jim De Melo (Sharon), Eva Custodio (Joe), Rosie Sampson (Harold) and Hazel De Melo.  Brother-in-law of Aldora Pereira, Mike Da Silva (Grace), Connie Da Silva (David), Joe Da Silva (Olinda), Maria Mendonca (Luis), Teresa Rodrigues (John) and Carlos Da Silva (Lidia).  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Predeceased by his parents Jose and Maria De Melo, sister-in-law Carol De Melo, and brother-in-law Manuel Pereira.  Friends were received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8 pm.  Parish prayers at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm.  Funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:00 am.  Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Holy Trinity Building Fund would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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PALIWODA: John Paul of Woodstock

Posted by on November 29, 2012

PALIWODA, John Paul – Peacefully at the Woodstock Hospital on Friday, November 23, 2012, John Paul Paliwoda, in his 76th year.  Beloved husband of Brenda Gay Paliwoda (nee Taylor).  Father of Jeff Paliwoda (Tory) of Vancouver, Washington and Jodie Smith (Paul) of Woodstock.  Grandfather of Quinn and Layna Paliwoda, and Jesse, Jake and Joey Smith.  Brother of Ed Shanley (Kathryn), the late Bill Paliwoda (Liz) and the late Roy Paliwoda.  Brother-in-law of Roger Taylor (Sharon).  Special uncle of Paul and Leesa Shanley and their sons Ben and Nick.  John will also be sadly missed by several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was a longtime retired employee of Union Drawn Steel Co.  Private family arrangements.  Cremation followed by interment later at Woodland Cemetery, London.  If desired, memorial donations to The Salvation Army, the OSPCA or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 

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De JONGE: Bernarda “Brenda” of Woodstock

Posted by on November 26, 2012

On Sunday, November 25, 2012 the Lord took to Himself our dearly loved Mother, Oma, and Great Oma in her 92nd year.  Predeceased by her husband Hendrik (2000), son Jerry (2012), infant daughter Mary, granddaughter Carla Renkema (1980), and daughter-in-law Nell (1997).  Left to carry on the legacy of her faith and confidence in God are her children, Harry and Anita, Bernard “Hank” and Linda, & Linda and Bert Renkema, her daughter-in-law Mary, and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She will also be remembered by her sisters in The Netherlands.  Friends will be received at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 410 Lansdowne Avenue, Woodstock on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Funeral service at Covenant Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am with Rev. Robert Loerts officiating.  Private interment at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to Friendship Ministries Canada would be appreciated and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 

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KACZOROWSKI: Peter of Woodstock

Posted by on November 24, 2012

KACZOROWSKI, Peter – With his wife by his side Peter passed peacefully into God’s arms on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at VON Sakura House in his 87th year.  He leaves behind his loving wife Gina, and sons Ted Zalewski (Kerry) and John Zalewski.  Loving Dziadzio of Christopher, Robert, Abigail and Edward. He will be missed by his sister-in-law Janina Koziol and many nieces and nephews. Peter was born in Poland and will also be missed by extended family there and in the Ukraine.  Predeceased by his brother-in-law Eugene Koziol (2004), sister-in-law Marianna Banka (2003) and brother-in-law Jan Banka (1996).  Peter worked at the Oxford Regional Centre for 27 years before retiring.  Friends were received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Sunday, 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 pm.  Rosary prayers at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:00 am.  Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to VON Sakura House or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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BERZINS: Shirley of Woodstock

Posted by on November 21, 2012

BERZINS, Shirley – Peacefully at Caressant Care, Woodstock on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Shirley Margaret Berzins (nee Berger) of Woodstock in her 75th year.  Beloved wife of Karl for over 55 years.  Loving mother of Dahlene Brotzel (Richard) of Woodstock.  Devoted Nan of Phillip Brotzel (Andrea), Scott Brotzel (Brittany) both of Woodstock, and Joseph Brotzel (Paige) of Cambridge.  Special Great Nan of Alexander, Denim, Cohen, Nolan, Wynn, Jaxon, Sophia and Autumn.  Sister of Anna May Hayward of Tavistock.  Predeceased by her parents Philip and Luella Berger, and her siblings Wilfred, Roy, Helen, Myrtle and Gladys.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Friday, 7-9 pm.  Funeral service in the chapel on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:30 am.  Cremation followed by interment later at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or The Lung Association would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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CHAMBERS: H. Hudson of Woodstock

Posted by on November 21, 2012

CHAMBERS, H. HUDSON (September 1, 1924 – November 21, 2012) – Passed away peacefully with family at his side at Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock.  Predeceased by sisters Goldie and Gladys, twin brother Howard, granddaughter Kate Perry and his first wife Nellie Lamoure.  Loving husband of Gay; father of Beth (Tom Perry), Mark, Doug (Norma), Kenneth, Mary Lynne Mackenzie, Cheryl Trafford (James Greer), Kim Mackenzie (Dave Hanwell); grandfather of Kyle, Shannon, Daniel and Eric Chambers, Holly, Geoff, and Graeme Chambers, Paisley and Maggie Chambers, Dustin and Alison Perry, Karlee and Jordan Trafford, Mackenzie Hanwell; greatgrandfather of Vienna Moesker, and of his namesake, born this year, Hudson Chambers.  Born September 1, 1924 near Bright, Ontario, Hudson grew up during the Great Depression.  He served bravely with the Essex Scottish Regiment during the invasion of Normandy, landing at Juno Beach on June 8, 1944, and was captured about six weeks later at Falaise, France.  He spent his twentieth birthday as a prisoner of war, laboring in the underground coal mine at Teschin, Czechoslovakia.   As the Russians advanced from the east in January 1945, Hudson’s German captors moved the POW’s out of their camps, beginning a “thousand mile march” westwards during one of coldest winters of the century.   When Hudson and his fellow soldiers liberated themselves by disarming their German guards near Vienna, he was within days of death from starvation.   But the spirit which had kept him alive enabled him to carry on for another 67 years.  After World War 2, Hudson returned to Woodstock to become a very successful home builder.  He was President of the Woodstock Home Builders Association, and went on to build over 400 homes in the community.  Hudson took great pleasure in his extended family and their accomplishments; and also in the simple pleasures of life: watching his tomatoes ripen, listening to cardinals calling in his trees, or to quiet classical music, and winning at Canasta.  Dad and Gay especially loved having the grandkids up to “camp” at Gay’s cottage on Lake Rosseau.  He even cooperated when they spiked his hair and later dyed it purple.   He also loved having coffee with “the boys” at Tim Horton’s and Friday lunches at the Navy Club.  Family would like to thank the nursing staff of the CCAC, Red Cross Home Support worker Joel, Dr. Joseph Brioux and Dr. Gary Fullerton for many years of superb medical care.  Dad’s last days were spent at Sakura House Hospice in a room looking out to country fields and the stone house of the original 1850’s Chambers’ homestead.   Our family felt enveloped by the care and genuine compassion of Sakura’s dedicated staff and volunteers.  We are very appreciative that this time was so peaceful.  As one of his grandchildren said of Hudson this week, “If people were given grades for life, Grandpa would get an A+.”  A private family service will be held November 24th.   The public is invited to a celebration of Hudson’s life at the Navy Club (959 James Street, Woodstock) on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  BYOHS (bring your own Hudson stories).  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sakura House Hospice would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may also be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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CRONE: Anthony of London

Posted by on November 11, 2012

Tragically in London on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Anthony James Crone of London, at the age of 24.  Beloved son of Avis and Richard Magee and Jeffrey Crone.  Dear brother of Brock Magee, Gordon Magee, Brodie Magee, Amy Crone, Cassie Magee and Mary Magee.  Father of Danika and step-father of Autumn.  Anthony will also be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Friends will be received at the Church of the Epiphany, 560 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for a funeral service at 1:00 pm officiated by Rev. Dr. Stephen Hendry.  Interment at the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock.  If desired, memorial donations to the Church of the Epiphany would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Filed Under: London, Woodstock

BIBBY: T. Joseph of Woodstock

Posted by on November 11, 2012

BIBBY, T. Joseph – Peacefully at the Woodstock Hospital on Saturday, November 10, 2012, Joe Bibby of Woodstock at the age of 89.  Joe served with the RCAF in WWII and was always honoured by the compassion shown by Canada to recognize veterans.  Joe was predeceased by his beloved wife Catharina Francina “Tina” Bibby (2010).  He will be missed by all his family and friends.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Monday, 7-9 pm.  Funeral service in the chapel on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:00 am.  Cremation to follow.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Filed Under: London, Woodstock

GRAY: John W. formerly of Embro

Posted by on November 8, 2012

Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, John W. Gray formerly of Embro in his 88th year. Predeceased by his wife Theresa (nee McGee) (2009) and two children Leonard and Patricia. He will be missed by his children John Gray (Darla), Gerald Gray (Sharon), Cathy Broughton (late Earl), Michael Gray (Susan), Rosemarie Gray, and Sharry VanderHorn (John), many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. John enlisted in the Canadian Army on May 16, 1942. He trained at Cornwall and Camp Borden before serving overseas as a tank driver with the Elgin Regiment. He was part of a reinforcement unit in Sicily and Italy, with the Three River Regiment. John’s tank was hit on the front line and caught fire, but he and his crew escaped. After Italy, he served in France, Belgium, Holland and England. After the war John reenlisted to train troops for the Korean War. John was a decorated soldier who served his country well. Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will occur at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations to the Veterans Care Fund at Parkwood Hospital (through St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation) would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.  The family would like to acknowledge the nurses and staff at Parkwood Hospital for the dedicated care provided to our father.

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Filed Under: Woodstock

LEESON: Susan of Woodstock

Posted by on November 5, 2012

Peacefully at home in Woodstock on Monday, November 5, 2012, Susan Ellen Leeson (nee Atkinson) in her 62nd year.  Dear mother of Kelly-Ann Howe (Derek Van Marrum) and David Howe (Sarah Fenton).  Loving grandmother of Kayle-Ann, Arran, Heyden, Daxtyn and Tyler.  Sister of Frederick Atkinson (Nancy) and Larry Atkinson (Heather) and sister-in-law of Marcia Atkinson.  Susan will also be lovingly remembered by her lifelong friend Nancy Christian, as well as Wayne Howe and Robert Leeson.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Frances Atkinson and her brother Bill Atkinson.  A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at the CAW, 126 Beale Street, Woodstock on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may also be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Filed Under: London, Woodstock