DEGROOT: John

Posted by on February 21, 2016

John DeGroot passed away after a long struggle, with his children by his bedside, on Thursday February 18th, at 77 years old. John was born in the province of Friesland, on October 7th 1938 in the Netherlands and came to Canada, as a new immigrant with his family, when he was nine years old. John first owned Edge of Town Meat Market in Sarnia and then later, with his two brothers Frank and Jack, Sarnia Meat Packers for many years, until he sold the business to work as manager of Lakewood Christian Campground. He had many friends and loyal customers over those years, but most importantly John loved to see people come to a saving knowledge of Christ. John is survived by his seven children Barb and George Shea, Linda DeGroot, Carol and Ross Christopher, Lori and Scott Hayter, Lisa and Jason Cates, John DeGroot and Sarah and Tim Vanreenen. As well as his grandchildren George (Caitlin), Nicholas (Jill), Allison (Dan), Erica, Leah, Calvin (Lindsey), Curtis, Hayley, Meika (Brent), Megan (Derek), Ben, Lucas, Brienna, Lindsey, Noah, Josiah, Caleb, Jamaya, Karley, Andrew, Janel, Madison, Cole, Gabe and Mya and one great-granddaughter Vivian. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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MATER: Ivan Ray

Posted by on February 20, 2016

Peacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home in Sarnia on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Ivan Ray Mater passed away 10 days after celebrating his 96th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Isabella “Belle” Mater (nee McKibben) (2004). Loving father of Brian (Suzanne) and Russell (Sheryl) and the late Colleen (1972). Cherished grandfather of Alana (Bryan) Parsons, Ryan (Elizabeth), Hugh, Graham and Olivia, and great grandfather of Rhys Parsons. Son of the late Benjamin and Ada Mater (nee Ward), and brother to Shirley, Dorothy, Vivian, Verna and Marjorie. After working on the family farm and across the Prairies during the depression, Ivan joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and served until 1945, crossing the Atlantic 30 times. He met Belle in Belfast, Ireland during the war and they were married in Inwood in 1946. Ivan trained to be a carpenter after the war and moved on to building the new wing of the Sarnia General Hospital, houses, churches and apartment buildings, and late in his career did industrial construction and maintenance work for Dow Chemical. Ivan was a longtime member of the Conservative Party of Canada, the Golden K Kiwanis, Central Baptist Church, The Committee of Adjustments for the City of Sarnia, the Sarnia Legion, and the Sarnia Lakeview Cemetery Board. He was also active with the Shriners Mocha Temple, recently received his 70-year plaque for the Scottish Rite Masonic Order, and was the recipient of the John Ross Matheson Award for Service in 2012 and a 2012 Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Ivan loved gardening, especially dahlias and tomatoes, and led a project to plant over 100 American Sweet Chestnut trees throughout Southwestern Ontario. He received a lifetime membership with the Ironworks Gym and enjoyed dancing with Alice McKenzie at the Bridge Tavern in Point Edward on Sunday evenings before her passing in 2014. Over the last five weeks, he received wonderful care from the staff at the Cardiac Wing of Bluewater Health and Trillium Villa. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, at Central Baptist Church, 391 London Rd., Sarnia. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia Community Foundation or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Canadian Unit (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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McDONALD: Lawrence Leo

Posted by on February 17, 2016

Lawrence Leo McDonald passed away at Bluewater Health on Valentine’s Day at the age of 53. Beloved husband of Susan Elliott-McDonald. Loving step-father of Chelsea Elliott (Scott) and Madison Elliott (Ronny). Cherished grandfather of Henry. Dear brother of Michael “Sandy” (Donna), Paul, Jeff (Patti), Michele, and Catherine and brother-in-law of Mike (Joanne) Tripp and Darcie (Wayne) Tripp. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Robert “Bob” and Margaret McDonald. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Stokes Inland, 1202 Lambton Mall Rd., Sarnia, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with Rolling Stones music being played. An open mic will be available for those who wish to share memories and stories. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society in honour of his cats Ricky Bobby, Hermie and Lucy (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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CAVEN: Jim

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, February 12, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Jim Caven went home to be with his Lord and Saviour at the age of 65. Beloved husband of Rhonda Caven. Loving father of Janet (Chris) Dionne. Cherished grandpa of Caleb, Shayna and Jillian Laidler. Dear son-in-law of Donald R. Young and Sandy Lethbridge. Survived by many cousins and extended family. Predeceased by parents Lorne “Spec” and Nellie Caven and by his brother Robert “Bob” Caven. Jim was a devoted family man and lovingly cared for his wife for 43 years. His pride and joy were his grandchildren and he loved spending time with them. Jim had a profound influence on all those who called him friend; always there to lend a helping hand, or a listening ear. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Bluewater Baptist Church, 1256 Wellington Street, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God, trust also in Me.

In my Father’s house are many rooms;

if it were not so, I would have told you.

I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

John 14:1-2

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FARNIA: Grazia “Grace”

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Bluewater Health – CEE Site Petrolia, Grazia Farina passed away at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Antonio (1994). Loving mother of Anna (John) DiFederico, Joe Farina (Patricia Henderson), Salvatore Farina and John (Lynn) Farina. Cherished Nonna of Lisa (Paul) Silvestri, Tony (Patricia) DiFederico, Nicholas Farina, Jessica Roberts-Farina (Anthony Hamilton) and Anthony Farina (Melissa Bechard). Treasured Great-Nonna of Franco, Leanna, Gianluca and the late Paolo Silvestri (2000), Marco and Daniel DiFederico, Kennedy, Gracie and Carter Farina. Dear sister of Maria (the late Ignazio) Farina and sister-in-law of Carlo (Maria) Farina. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Salvatore and Maria Attinello, her sister Rosa (Santo) Amato, and her brothers Carlo (Giuseppina), Martino (Nicolina), Santo (Rosalia) and Rocco (Grazia) Attinello. The family wishes to thank Dr. Riedl and the nurses and staff of Bluewater Health – CEE Site for their special care of our mother. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Entombment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health – CEE Site Continuing Care Unit (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WHITE: Nathan James

Posted by on February 16, 2016

To my darling first born son Nathan,
I will keep you in my heart until my last breath on Earth.

It is with pain beyond belief that we announce the sudden loss of our beautiful loving Nathan. He is now united with his grandparents Joy and Jerry Davis; great-grandmother Bette Hayward; childhood friend Aaron; and dog Scrumpy. Unconditionally loved by his mother Terry since the day his life began and his father Tom. Nathan was a man who adored his daughter Wynter with all his heart, for she was his greatest gift and source of pride. He cherished the love of his life Annik. Best friend, confidant and brother to Clayton, Adam, Julie and Christine (Aaron). Proud uncle of Jade (Brandon), Ethan, Caleb, Zoe, Aidan, Nash and Kaia. The illness of mind has taken our beloved from us, but it does not take our love for him, our memories of child and man he was in our family. There is much to each person’s life that is bundled up into their complete being to be proud of and who loved his family most of all. Survived by several cousins and many friends. Thank you to family and special friends, without them we would not survive this. Cremation has taken place. Family and friend will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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McGILL: Elsie Mae

Posted by on February 16, 2016

It is with saddened hearts that the family of Elsie Mae (nee Wilson) McGill announce her passing, with her loving family by her side, on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Bluewater Health at the age of 78. Beloved wife of Joe for 63 years. Loving mother of JoAnne McGill, Steven (Melody) McGill, David (Debra) McGill and Susan (Andrew) Silverthorne. Cherished grandmother of 7 grandchildren and treasured great-grandmother of 7 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Joe (the late Jane) Wilson, MaryAnn (Gordon) Brock, Robert (Susan) Wilson and Tom (Linda) Wilson. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Keith and Charlotte Wilson. Elsie was born and raised in Moore Township. She volunteered for 50 years with the Canadian Cancer Society, as well as volunteering with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Strangway Centre. Elsie was a passionate member of the London Road West United Church. She loved sports and was an original season ticket-holder for the Sarnia Sting and a die-hard Leafs fan. Elsie was an avid bowler, and a long-time member of the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club. Most of all, Elsie was family oriented and will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in Froomfield Corunna United Church Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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CLARK: Robert Allen

Posted by on February 16, 2016

With his children by his side, at Bluewater Health, on Friday, February 12, 2016, Robert Allen Clark passed away at the age of 58. Beloved father of Alex (Britney) and Kaitlyn Clark. Loving brother of Cathy (David) Sutherland and Martha (Max) Jackson. Cherished uncle of Sarah (Mike) Taylor and Robert Jackson. Predeceased by his parents Catherine and Fred Clark. Robert was born in Windsor, Ontario on December 7, 1957. He was a loving father, avid sports fan, and a devoted member of the Conservative Party. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. A Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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MOORE: Diane Carol

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Unexpectedly, while wintering in Panama City Beach, Florida, Diane Carol Moore passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the age of 68. Beloved wife of Larry Moore. Loving mother of Tracy Dawn Moore and Katherine Diane (Will) Delves. Cherished grandmother of Julia Katherine Delves. Dear sister of Sandra (Gerald) Grassing. Predeceased by her parents Elmer and Edith Meeks. Diane grew up on a farm in Arborfield, Saskatchewan, where she met her husband, Larry. They were married for 48 years, living in various locations across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario with their daughters. Diane was a beloved resident of Bluewater Country and will be terribly missed. She wintered for the last 15 years with her husband in Panama City Beach, Florida, where they made many dear friends. They were particularly well-known to the snowbird community for their dancing. Diane couldn’t sit through “Desperado” without her husband whisking her to the dance floor. Diane loved to travel. She had a passion for jewellery and usually returned from each trip with a ring. Diane’s priority was always her family and she looked forward to every visit. She treasured every moment with granddaughter, Julia. Diane was young, fun-loving and often loudly broke into song around the house, much to the delight of her family. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Lung Association or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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GOODENOUGH: Sylvia Marjorie

Posted by on February 16, 2016

At Bluewater Health on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Sylvia Marjorie Goodenough passed away at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Leonard for 44 years. Loving mother of Cindy (Dave). Cherished grandmother of Sean (Sarah) and great grandmother of two. A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with visitation being held one hour prior. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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CROWE: Bernard “Bunny” Thomas

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Bernard “Bunny” Thomas Crowe passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the age of 86. Beloved husband of the late Clara Crowe (2014). Loving father of Larry Crowe, Linda (Gary) MacFarlane, Ron (late Barb) Crowe, and Brian (Shirley) Crowe. Cherished grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Mary O’Brien, Loretta Sauvé, and the late Kathleen DesLaurier. Predeceased by his parents Edward Crowe and Margaret Hebert. A special thank you to all the nursing staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice and to Dr. Greensmith for the wonderful care and compassion shown to our dad. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Bernard’s life at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62, 286 Front St. N., Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62 or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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FORD: Howard

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Bluewater Health – CEE Petrolia, Howard Ford passed away at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Georgina Ford. Loving father of Ruth (Barry) and William (Allison). Cherished grandfather “Pop” of Emma and Ea. Dear brother of Judith and Paul. Survived by his mother and father-in-law Kathleen and Stan Stanford. Predeceased by his parents William and Leah Ford. Howard was the Chief Librarian of the Windsor Public Library, Sarnia Library and the Sarnia Art Gallery. Howard played an instrumental role in the renovation of the Lawrence House. Howard was an avid marathon runner, outdoor enthusiast, and loved a cold pint and a good soccer match. He will be remembered for his charming British wit and the love he had for his family. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with prayers being offered at 3:00 p.m. and words of tribute at 3:30 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SCHIESTEL: Trudy

Posted by on February 10, 2016

Gone to her heavenly home, to be forever in the presence of the Lord and with his angels, surrounded by her loving family, Trudy Schiestel passed away at Bluewater Health at the age of 63, on Monday, February 8, 2016. Loving wife of Ron. Beloved mother of Steven (Renee), Heather (Craig) Douglas and Ryan (Ashley). Cherished grandmother of Ethan, Nicole, Robbie, Amber, Kaitlyn, Jordan and Liam. Dear sister of Joanie (Fred) Smids, and sister-in-law of Ed (Betty), John (Cherry) and Paulette. Survived by her mother-in-law Aafke Schiestel. Predeceased by her parents Bill and Co Kuindersma and father-in-law Norbert Schiestel.  The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Haddad and all the caring staff of the Bluewater Health – ICU. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 1105 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society and Bluewater Health – ICU (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HENKEMANS: Amy Snoeck

Posted by on February 7, 2016

Amy passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 68 years, Dirk Snoeck Henkemans, as well as two sons, Gerhard Snoeck Henkemans (Madeleine) and Eric Snoeck Henkemans (Sandra); six grand children – Emily, Michael, Jody, Brandy, Jennifer Ann (Ira) Ewald and Jeffrey; and two great grand children – Carter and Reagan Ewald. She is also survived by two sisters, Gertruida van der Eb of Cologne, Germany and Albertine Schusler-van der Eb of Wassenaar, The Netherlands and many nieces, a nephew and cousins in The Netherlands. She was predeceased by her sister Henny van der Eb and her grandson Dirk Snoeck Henkemans. Amy followed Dirk in his career with the petrochemical industry from The Netherlands to Saudi Arabia and then to Canada where she lived in Montreal, St. John, Kingston and Sarnia. She took great delight in playing the violin. She played in the Atlantic Symphony in St John, The Kingston Symphony in Kingston and the International Symphony in Sarnia. Amy was a warm and welcoming person who made many friends where ever they lived. Family and friends will be received for a time of fellowship and refreshment on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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MICHELBERGER: Andreas “Andy”

Posted by on February 7, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, Saturday, February 6, 2015 at Sarnia, Ontario, Andy Michelberger passed away at the age of 87.   Andy was born on August 14, 1928 in Budaors, Hungary to Maria Brath and Michael Michelberger. Beloved brother of Anna Latosinsky (Stefan) of Sarnia and Maria Herzog (Leopold) of Ohringen, Germany.  Predeceased by brother Michael of Germany.  Uncle of Kathy Kirby, Ingrid Trumpp, Dr. Steve Latosinsky, Robert Latosinsky and Diana Chamberlain and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Longtime companion of Noella Garneau (predeceased) and special friend to her son, Mike Garneau.  Andy and his family relocated from Hungary to Germany shortly before the end of the Second World War.   Andy came to Canada during the 1950‘s in search of a better future.   He found work in Canada as a bricklayer and was a longtime member of the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada Local 28 Ontario. Andy settled in Timmins, Ontario where he made many enduring friendships. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service was held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, Sarnia.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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FREER: Arthur Thomas Wellington

Posted by on February 7, 2016

Petrolia, formerly of Sarnia- Arthur Thomas Wellington Freer, 88, passed peacefully Friday, February 5, 2016 at Petrolia Hospital surrounded by family. Arthur is predeceased by his parents, Basil and Mary, sister Ethel, and son Douglas. Arthur is lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years. Betty (Abra) Freer, sister Doris Sawyer, his children, Bev (Jason), Wayne (Brenda), Larry (Jean) , Gary (Sharon), Ruth (Janet), daughter in law Cindy and foster daughter Agnes, 19 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren family and friends. Arthur “Art” worked in the service industry all his life. He was a retired building inspector for the City of Sarnia, worked years for the Sarnia Children Aide Society transporting children to various appointments, assisted with many building projects with family and friends, and served his Heavenly Father as an Elder for the Community of Christ. Arthur was a summer resident of the Warwick Conservation Area where he enjoyed endless hours with family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 1104 Leckie Drive, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February, 10 at 2:00 followed by refreshments. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health Continuing Care, Community of Christ Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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WHITE: Elaine

Posted by on February 7, 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our faithful mother Elaine White. Predeceased by her husband Reg, Elaine leaves brother; Rodney, seven loving daughters: Carol, Trudy, Sandy (Joe) Wynne, Debbie (Walter) Wagner, Jacquie (Bill) Walters, Wendy (Jim) Cotton, Bev, grandchildren: Karin, Nevada, Stephanie, Jeff, Justin, and their children and spouses. Elaine was born Aug. 25th, 1919 at Misacordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and lived an abundant life of 96 years. Living alone for many years Elaine was lovingly cared for by her seven daughters. Special thanks to Dr. Spano, Dr. Gannon, and the dutiful staff at Vision Nursing Home. Elaine’s care givers are angels. A private family graveside service will be held. To honour Elaine our family requests that you perform a random act of kindness. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfunerahome.ca

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CHAD: Elizabeth Ann

Posted by on February 6, 2016

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Elizabeth Chad, at Bluewater Health on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the age of 73. Beloved wife of Raymond Chad for 55 years. Loving mother of Cheryl (Tim), Christine (Tom), Raymond Jr. (Jackie), Kenneth (Terri), Donald (Julie), Michael (Julie) and Elizabeth. Cherished grandmother of Jenna, JoAnn, Sandy, Amanda, Katie, Raymond III, C.J., Kenneth Jr., Rebecca, Eric, Darryl, Curtis, Donald Jr., Corey, Michael Jr., Sam, Adam and Daniel. Treasured great-grandmother of Jesse, Brody, Rylee, MacKenzie, Kayla, Emma, Matthew, Nicole, Kristin, Chad, Madison, Bishop, Jocelyn, Caraline, Steven, Niaomi, Dakota, Corey Jr., Alexander, and Presley. Loved sister of Bill, Keven (Janine) and Enid (Jim); and sister-in-law of Jim (Donna) and John (Deb). Predeceased by her brothers John and Allen and by sister-in-law Marie. Much loved Auntie of many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation-Palliative Care(cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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BEAIRSTO: John “Jack”

Posted by on February 6, 2016

John “Jack” Beairsto, passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 87, on Thursday, February 4th, 2016. He was a kind and loving family man to his wife, of 59 years, Shirley and his children Neil (Jane) Beairsto of Plympton-Wyoming, ON and Donna (Rob) Crncich of London, ON. Cherished Grandpa of Angela (Joe) Najim, Melanie (Brad) Medeiros, Craig Beairsto, Ben and Lauren Crncich, as well as “G.G” to 5 Great-grandchildren. Dear brother to Mary (the late Charles) McKeon and brother-in-law to Joan (the late Mel) Robinson. Jack was retired from a long career at Imperial Oil since 1986 and had a passion for gardening and reading. Everything Jack did was for the love and happiness of his family and friends. He particularly looked forward to his annual cottage family reunions in Muskoka and any holidays that brought his family together. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. A luncheon reception will follow immediately at the Smith Family Centre. In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy or donation can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Inn of the Good Shepherd (local Food Bank), or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ROBINSON: Norman Albert

Posted by on February 6, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Bluewater Health, Norman “Norm” Albert Robinson passed away at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Gail for the past 59 years. Loving father of Greg (Wanda) Robinson, Brenda (Brian) Tithecott and Dave (Jeanine) Robinson. Cherished grandfather of Craig and Shannon Robinson, Valerie and Jason Fair, Tina and Paul Martell, Kurtis, Carley and Elyse Tithecott. Treasured great-grandfather of Jack Robinson, Oliver and Liam Fair, Marnie and Pierce Martell. Dear brother of Jimmy, Wayne and Sharon. Predeceased by his daughter Cindy Robinson, his son Glen Robinson, and his brothers Ed, Don and Bob. Norm will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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NEIL: Carson Scott

Posted by on February 5, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Scott Neil passed away at the age of 57. Beloved son of Emily and the late Carson Neil. Loving brother of Sue Marcus, Sherry Neil, Cindy Neil and Stacey Neil. Cherished uncle of Sarah, Leah, Gjoa, Dillon, Brittany, Jasmin, Katrina and Justin, and treasured great-uncle of several great-nieces and nephew. Scott will be deeply missed by his “brother” Jeff, and by his good friends Lance, Andy, Bill and Lawrence. A private family service will be held. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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FORD: Howard

Posted by on February 5, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Bluewater Health – CEE Petrolia, Howard Ford passed away at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Georgina Ford. Loving father of Ruth (Barry) and William (Allison). Cherished grandfather “Pop” of Emma and Ea. Dear brother of Judith and Paul. Survived by his mother and father-in-law Kathleen and Stan Stanford. Predeceased by his parents William and Leah Ford. Howard was the Chief Librarian of the Windsor Public Library, Sarnia Library and the Sarnia Art Gallery. Howard played an instrumental role in the renovation of the Lawrence House. Howard was an avid marathon runner, outdoor enthusiast, and loved a cold pint and a good soccer match. He will be remembered for his charming British wit and the love he had for his family. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with prayers being offered at 3:00 p.m. and words of tribute at 3:30 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SCRIMGEOUR: Alexander

Posted by on February 5, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer, Alexander “Poppy” Scrimgeour passed away at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Sylvia for 52 years. Loving father of Lynn Pugsley (Scott Chapman), Keith Scrimgeour, and the late Ian Scrimgeour (2005). Cherished grandfather of Alysha Pugsley (Kyle Ferguson), Laura Pugsley (Matthew Vince), and Kristi Pugsley (Brad Campbell) and step-grandfather of Eden Chapman and Jaden Chapman (Jessica Hamilton-Scott). Treasured great-grandfather of Lucas and Leah Chapman. Lovingly remembered by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews near and far. Alexander worked at the Sarnia General Hospital in the janitorial department for many years. He will be remembered as the night-shift prankster, scaring the nurses and staff of the hospital. He was passionate for soccer, never missing a grandchild’s game. The family wishes to thank Dr. Dostaler, Nurse Tammy (his birthday twin), the nursing staff and volunteers of the St. Joseph’s Hospice, Rona Schaffer (his hugging buddy), and the Cancer Ward. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Canon Davis Memorial Church, 380 Russell St N, Sarnia, on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., with a light luncheon to follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SIMPSON: Julie Ann

Posted by on February 2, 2016

Peacefully, with family by her side, Julie Ann (Thibault) Simpson passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at London Health & Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital, at the age of 79. Predeceased by her husbands Florian Thibault and James Simpson. Loving mother of H. James (Sabrina) Young, Cheryl (Terry) Robbins and Bonnie (Paul) Desjarlais and step-mother of Reg Thibault, Terry Simpson, Kathy (Arland) Dunn, Michael (Tracy) Simpson and Lynn (Michael) Hurley. Cherished grandmother of fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Dear sister-in-law of Glenda Cogswell and sister of the late David Paul Cogswell (2016). Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be  received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at 3:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to CNIB or the LHSC Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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PINTUS: Antonia “Tony”

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Bluewater Health, Antonio “Tony” Tonino Pintus passed away at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Giulia. Loving father of Tony Pintus, Pino (Janessa) Pintus, Marco Pintus, Max (Hayley) Pintus, Lisa (Thom) Walker and Marcello (Claudia) Pintus. Cherished grandfather of Miah, Jayla, Luke, Robert, Taya, Landen and Danilo. Dear brother of Piero (Vanna), Mario, Salvatore (Jeridah), and his sister Rosella, and cherished brother-in-law of Antonio (Mara). Survived by his extended family. Predeceased by his parents Agostino and Peppina Pintus. The family wishes to thank the staff of Bluewater Health Palliative Care, especially Dr. Maddison for his care of our dad. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 390 Christina St N, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health – Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please).

For more information about this obituary visit http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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