Derbyshire: Ernest Thomas Henry

Posted by on April 14, 2014

Derbyshire - framedPeacefully at Bluewater Health, on Sunday, April 13, 2014, Ernest Thomas Henry Derbyshire passed away at the age of 76.  Beloved husband of Margaret “Marg” Ann (Poole) Derbyshire for 54 years.  Loving father of Scott (Darlene) Derbyshire of Petrolia, Susan (Terry) Young of Petrolia, Shelley (Shawn) Edlington of Corunna and Stacey (Sean) Sayle of Alberta. Cherished grandfather of Mycalie, Derek and Logan Derbyshire, Jacob and Joshua Young and Cassidy, Kaleb and Joseph Edlington.  Loved brother of John (Jackaline) Derbyshire, Leonard (Donna) Derbyshire, Donald (Linda) Derbyshire, Kenneth (Cora) Derbyshire and Christine Welch (the late Al Bycraft).  Dear brother-in-law of Stan Evens.  Special uncle of many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Meta Derbyshire and by his sister Annie Evens. Ernie retired from Dupont Canada, where he worked for 40 years.  He was very passionate about farming and loved working outdoors.

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Wyoming Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Wyoming United Church or Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Franchuk: Michael

Posted by on April 14, 2014

FRANCHUK picturePeacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Bluewater Health, Michael Franchuk passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Elsie. Loving father of Mike (Mary Jane) and Allen (Barb). Cherished grandfather of Jamie (Katerina), Paul (Katelyn), Jordan (Julie), Amanda (Skipp), and Joshua (Jessica). Treasured great-grandfather of Jake, Luke, Kate, Travis and Dylan. Dear brother-in-law of Ed (Kathy) and Fred. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his three brothers. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Bluewater Health 5th Floor – Cognitive Care. Michael was a member of Local 128 Boilermakers Union for 52 years. He loved travelling with Elsie, gardening, nature and spending time outdoors with his family. Michael will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society or Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Ancheta: Emilio Balanay Sr.

Posted by on April 14, 2014

Ancheta Obit Photo w frameBeloved husband Papa, Lolo, Uncle, Brother, and Great grandpa, Emilio Balanay Ancheta Sr., passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on April 12, 2014, at the age of 84.  Emilio is survived by wife Pacita Ancheta, children Daniel (Milagros Ann), Rolando (Annabelle), Leonardo (Imelda), Marcelino (Marie Ann), and Emilio Jr. (Karen Sue), grandchildren Brian (deceased), Dana, Kim, Nikki (Aaron Ottaway), Katrina, Leonard, Leia, Celine, Czarie, Charyz, Keshia, Kyle, great granddaughter Claire, nephews, nieces, and extended family in Canada, USA, and the Philippines.  He is also survived by sister Aleja Baluscang and predeceased by brothers Marcelino and Guillermo and sisters Patrocinia Tayaban, Anselma Gabino, and Josefa Cayaba.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, April 18, 2014, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Smith Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m.  A private interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. If desired, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Smit: Hendrik “Hank” of Sarnia

Posted by on April 14, 2014

Photo-ObitDied peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, April 11, 2014 after a short battle with Mesothelioma at the age of 65. Beloved husband of Debra McKinnon-Smit and loving father to Jennifer Smit and Joe South of Corunna; Jackie and Jim Easson of Camlachie; and Madison and Matthew Smit of Sarnia. Cherished brother to Willie Smit; brother-in-law to Donna Lee McKinnon of Chesley; and Papa to Jacob and Grady Vandenberghe and Marlo and Briar Easson. Predeceased by his parents Willem and Francine Smit, in-laws John and Joan McKinnon and granddaughter Morgan Vandenberghe(2012) and nephew Wayne Thibert(1986).

Hank moved to Canada from Ede, Holland in 1952 at the age of 4 with his parents and sister and settled in Petrolia. Hank was a dedicated Sarnia Firefighter for 32 years before his retirement in 2008. He was an avid golfer and enthusiast of classic cars. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and being the life of the party, playing the harmonica for anyone who would listen.

Hank touched the lives of many and had many treasured friendships. One of Hank’s most valued friendships was with Judy Schultz, his first wife, whom he had a special relationship that many have envied and can never be repeated, also Jim Stenten a special family friend. Hank’s long time friendship with his “brothers” at the Sarnia Fire Department gave him such strength and joy over his career and beyond; they were invaluable to him. Hank’s greatest achievement was watching his first and second generation kids grow up. He loved his kids unconditionally and with all his heart. He will continue to watch over them and share life’s ups and downs with them.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to the Victorian Order of Nurses staff and especially to Diane Ducharme and Teresa Anderson for their above and beyond care that they provided.

Family and friends will be accepted at SMITH FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Pedersen: Harry Vance

Posted by on April 14, 2014

Peacefully at Bluewater Health in his 82nd year. Harry is survived by Joyce his wife of 58 years, and by his children Carol Burkhart (Wayne Pease), Laurie Fox, Vincent Pedersen, Julie Pedersen (Dave McCarthy), and Jacky Cunningham. Also survived by his grandchildren Amy Burkhart (Terry), Tova Burkhart, Vannah Fox (Mike), Renie Fox, Ashleigh Pedersen (Adam), Colin McCarthy, and Trevor Pedersen, all of Sarnia. Leaves behind his brother Mike Pedersen (Diane) of London, ON.   Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Smith Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Noelle’s Gift or Bluewater Health – Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please).  smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

SCHMIDT: Isabel

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Schmidt - obitphotoIsabel passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Vision Nursing Home. Born October 6, 1923 in Waterdown, Ontario.  Beloved wife of Nickolai Schmidt. Loving mother of John (Antje) Schmidt (Houston TX), Robert Schmidt (Windsor), Lynn Schmidt (Françoise Pilloud) (Ottawa), Marlene (Bruce) Jones (London), and Allan (Lynne) Schmidt (Sarnia).  Cherished grandmother of Deborah (John) Sarac, Dwayne Schmidt (Nazanin Ostad), Emily (Greg) Duff, Pascal Schmidt, Maxime Schmidt, Dylan Jones (Melany McTavish), Peter Jones, Nicolas (Jill) Schmidt, and Sara Schmidt (Mike Lange). Treasured Great-Grandmother of Michael, Adam and Amanda Sarac, Kian Schmidt, and Isabella and Madalyn Schmidt. Predeceased by her granddaughter Jennifer Lynne Schmidt. Also loved and remembered by many nieces and nephews.  A warm-hearted lady, Isabel loved to sew her own clothes and spent many summer hours canning fruits and vegetables. She was an active Brown Owl, a member of Christ Church Anglican, an avid baker, knitter, Blue Jays fan, lover of vanilla ice cream, flowers, children and her family. Family and friends will be welcomed on Sunday, April 13, 2014from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A celebration of Isabel’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014at Smith Funeral Home. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lambton (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

Nic and the family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Vision Nursing and Rest home.

Have a bowl of ice cream and think of Isabel.

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Filed Under: London, Ottawa, Sarnia, Windsor

MANESS: Elsie

Posted by on April 10, 2014

maness obitPeacefully surrounded by love through her family and friends, Elsie passed on to be with her God the Creator at St. Joseph’s Hospice Center, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Predeceased by her husband Charles (Chuck) Maness, her father Basil Gray and mother Evelyn Gray. Survived by her children Kim (Darren) Henry, Sherri (Shawn) Crowley, Vicki (Ed) Jacobs, and Eric (Paula) Maness. Beloved grandmother of Alissa, Niki, Jill, Kyle, Russell, Cameron, Brooke, Brittany, Karleigh, Kendra, Jarod, Madison and Charlotte. Cherished great-grandmother of Jada, Selina, Nolan, Lily and Lucy. She is also survived by her sister Ruth Bourque, Vern and Deanna Gray, Errnol and Wanda Gray, and several nieces and nephews.

Our loving mother Elsie was a lifetime member of the St. Clair United Church. She was a very proud Anishinabe Kwe who loved her community of Aamjiwnaang. Special thanks to the University dialysis unit, the Voyageur, Friddick’s Nursing Home, and the St. Joseph’s Hospice Center.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the St. Clair United Church, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Aamjiwnaang Community Center.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Clair United Church, the Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Association, and St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Both: Jacobus “Jack”

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Peacefully at Sumac Lodge on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Jacobus “Jack” Both passed away at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Nicoline. Loving father of Louise (Rick) Mifflin and Co (Christine) Both. Cherished grandfather of Jason Frew (Janelle), Amy Frew, Sandy Fenrich (Jarrod), Joshua Both (Kiersten), Justine Morley, and Ashley Morley (Tom), and great-grandfather of Caleb Card, Kayla Fenrich, Jack Frew, and Odyn Jepson. Cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held.  Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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O’CONNOR: Cornelius “Con”

Posted by on April 8, 2014

O'CONNOR-PIC0000001AA wonderful, loving, gentle, husband, Dad, Grandpa, teacher and friend began a new adventure today.

Con died peacefully with family beside him. We shall all miss him along with his Irish wit, friendly smile and gems of conversation.  Dearly loved by his wife of 45 years, Nancy; daughter Mary O’Connor  (Robert D’Attilio); son Dr Kevin O’Connor (Pina Hare); stepsons Stephen Withers (Melissa Poole) and Dr Martin Withers.  He was very proud of his 11 grandchildren: Joey and Anna D’Attilio, Nyala, Sonoma and Angel O’Connor and Jessica, Jennifer, Ben, Tyler, Summer and Matthew Withers.

Con is survived by sisters Joan Newnham of Hampshire, UK and Cathy Kedie of Bantry, Ireland, Noreen Ball of Manchester, UK and many nieces and nephews in Canada, Ireland and the UK. Dear brother-in-law and friend of Susan Holliday (Ron) and Joyce Honsberger (Harv).Con is predeceased by his parents James and Mary (O’Sullivan) O’Connor, brothers John, Maurice and Patrick, and sister Eileen.

Con came to Canada in 1961 to work at Port Arthur General Hospital (now in Thunder Bay) as an RN and later as a teacher teaching both new students and existing staff. Con worked in many areas of nursing including the OR and management.He attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (B.ScN) and the University of Western Ontario in London. In 1970 he became a professor at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. In 1974 he was appointed as a professor at Lambton College in Sarnia where he taught many levels of nursing prior to retiring in 1994.He loved to travel. Con made several trips home to Ireland and visited his many relations there and in the UK as well as in New Zealand. Con lived as a boy on a farm near Millstreet, Cork. Due to illness as a child, he did not start school until he was 9. He always worked hard and overcame any adversity.

He had many friends who loved him.  Thank you to the many health professionals who supported Con since he was diagnosed with Lewy Body disease. Thank you also to the staff at University Hospital (Acute and Sub-acute / Palliative wards) who provided excellent care in Con’s last weeks.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of the funeral home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON N7T 7H2.   In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

TAYLOR: Albert James “Jim”

Posted by on April 8, 2014

Albert Taylor Pic0000002AIt is with saddened hearts that the family of Albert James Taylor (Jim) announce his sudden death on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of 70. Jim was the beloved husband of Janice (Eldridge) and former husband of Penny (Pringle), loving father of Greg (Heather) Taylor of Sarnia, Brad (Debra) Taylor of Toronto, and step father to Paul (Annie) Gilbert of Chatham.

Grandfather to Katie Lyn Watson, Owen Taylor, Mackenzie Taylor, Flynn Taylor, and Harrison Gilbert. Jim will be sadly missed by his sister Nancy (Don) Dease, Carol (Peter) Degraaf, Murray Taylor all of Sarnia, sisters-in-law Charlene (Dave) Weber, Cheryl (Neil) Wellwood, brothers-in-law Larry “David” (Jan) Eldridge, Glen (Kathy) Eldridge, Neil (Jane) Eldridge, Kevin (Deborah) Eldridge and Charles (Kim) Eldridge, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Alice (Fultcher) Taylor.

Jim was a very talented woodworker and cabinet maker and an avid Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan. While Jim is missed by all, we are comforted that he is no longer suffering.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the Smith Family Centre (located in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Sarnia

FRASER: Shelby Lynn of Hamilton formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on April 8, 2014

FRASER obituary pictureIt is with deeply saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Shelby Lynn Fraser on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the age of 25. Cherished mother of Jaiden James Fraser. Loving daughter of Gary Fraser (Kathi Pereira). Dear sister of Lisa and Amanda Pereira and Kory Paulley. Loved niece of Alan (Dianne), Jim (Noli), Walter (Janet), and Glen (Brenda). Survived by several cousins and extended family in Scotland. Also leaves behind her grandmother Margaret (the late James) Fraser. Shelby was a member of Junior Achievement, the Girl Guides, and volunteered at Living Rock Ministries. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Living Rock Ministries (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Hamilton, Sarnia

CANN: George Brown

Posted by on April 4, 2014

Cann - photo croppedPeacefully after a short illness, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, on Friday, April 4, 2014, George Brown Cann, age 82, born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and long time resident of Sarnia, Ontario.   Predeceased by loving wife of 50 years, Janice (Green) Cann. Devoted father of her four children: Brian (Carla) of Port Huron, MI; Bradford (Darlene) of Aurora, ON; Stephen (Sandra) of San Marcos, CA and Karen of Holland Landing, ON. George is proud of his 8 grandchildren: Gillian; Victoria; and Hugh Cann of Port Huron; Connor and Jacob Cann of Aurora; Dante Potter and Kelvin (Johnnie) Alston of San Marcos, CA; and Dallyn Cann of Holland Landing. George is also proud of his great-grandson: Brockton Alston. George was a graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and McGill University in Montreal, QC. After graduation, George enjoyed a progressive, 36-year career with Imperial Oil in Sarnia. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a short visitation at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s United Church, 360 Devine Street, Sarnia. Reception to follow the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Lung Association, the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Charity of your Choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

CECHOVSKY: Cheryl (nee Guthrie)

Posted by on April 4, 2014

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Friday, April 4, 2014 Cheryl (Guthrie) Cechovsky passed away at the age of 53. Beloved wife of Alan. Loving mother of Tiffany, Christopher and Steven. Dear sister of Norman (Cherrie) Guthrie. Lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Norman and Maxine Guthrie. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME 1576 London Line, Sarnia with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice http://www.stjosephshospice.ca/ or the Sarnia and District Humane Society http://www.sarniahumanesociety.com/ would be appreciated by the family. (Cheques only when donating at the funeral home please) Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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DeGroot: Joukje “Jean” (nee Eldering)

Posted by on April 2, 2014

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Peacefully, surrounded by family, the Lord took to His heavenly home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Joukje (Jean) DeGroot (nee Eldering). She was a good and faithful servant and longed to be with the Lord. A dedicated homemaker, she loved her family deeply. She was born in Hoogkerk, the Netherlands, July 13, 1927. After she married Cornelis DeGroot on September 6, 1951, they immigrated to Southwestern Ontario to raise their family. They were very dedicated to the Christian Reformed Church and to establishing Christian education. Jean loved to crochet, knit, embroider and cross-stitch, making beautiful sweaters and bedspreads for her grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Cor, and grandson Dan Steven. Dear mother of Clara (Tony) Vanderlaan, Janet (Rick) Klooster, Howard DeGroot, Kim Phillips (John Ifill), Neil (Sue) DeGroot. Beloved grandmother of 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two on the way.

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. A funeral service will be held at FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 1105 Exmouth St., Sarnia, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, officiated by Pastor Henry Meinen. Donations gratefully accepted to 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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Filed Under: London, Sarnia

Kinchen: John Joseph

Posted by on April 2, 2014

John KinchenDied at home, peacefully surrounded by loving family after a very lengthy battle with cancer.  Survived by wife Kathy, sisters Kathy Kinchen (Gary Whittle), Terri Rousseau, and sister-in-law Becky Wellington-Horner. Survived by a most devoted loving niece, Mackenzie Horner (Nathan King).  A special uncle to Carrie Ekhom (Chris), Jennifer King (Mark), Megan Whittle, Jesse Whittle (Allison), Shawn Rousseau and Justin Rousseau. Great uncle to Jacob and Justin Ekhom and Erin and Jamie King.  Predeceased by mother and father Robert and Kathleen Kinchen and sister Joanne.  He will be sadly missed by many friends and family and his special friends Wilfred, Rooney, Savannah and Tallulah.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Wm. O’Mahony, London doctors Dr. Scilly, Dr. A Nichols and Dr. Logan and Bayshore nurses Amelda and Kristen.  John loved to travel, especially south, boating and his many interactions with friends and colleagues he met though his work at sales most recently Lambton Ford, but his happiest moments were the times he spent with his family and dogs.  Cremation has taken place.

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia, on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

WHITE: Duncan McLean of Point Edward

Posted by on April 2, 2014

Dunc White0000001APeacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014, following a long struggle with cancer, surrounded by family, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. Duncan McLean White, for 47 years the loving friend and husband of Patricia Angela (Foster) White.

Duncan was born on June 17, 1942 in Noranda, Quebec. He grew up in and around the Sarnia, Ontario area and called The Village of Point Edward his home for the past 47 years.

Dear father of Darin White (Lisa Milsom) and David White, and proud grandpa of Arden, Calder, Alexandria, and Somerton, all of Waterloo. He was close to his brother, Derek White, and his nieces Kari Durco and Cheryl White. Also deeply missed by the Haig family: Georgina, Steve, Kaycee and Jamie. Duncan received his BBA degree from Western Michigan University and worked his entire career in transportation and logistics in the petrochemical industry in Sarnia, serving customers and friends across the eastern United States and Canada.

Besides his sweetheart, Pat, the love of Dunc’s life was his 1949 Chevrolet pickup truck. He loved that truck, driving it around the village, hauling loads for his sons, and roaming far and wide to attend antique truck shows. His love of photography and machines opened many opportunities including trips on lake freighters and parade-driving farm equipment.

Duncan was always happiest talking with friends and family. He maintained a vast number of strong friendships ranging across North America, diligently touching base with people and never forgetting a birthday. We remember with great fondness the patio parties, chats in the garage, coffee shop banter, and adventurous trips. Duncan always wanted to make someone’s day better.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia-Lambton would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Merritt: Marjorie Ann

Posted by on April 2, 2014

Suddenly and peacefully on March 30, 2014 with her loving family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Charles Merritt (2010). Mom has left us a legacy of love that we will never forget and treasure forever.  Survived by her daughters Carol Ann Deboer (the late Henry) and Kristine Ann Pintus (Mark). Remembered by her pride and joy grandsons, Jeffrey, Michael, Dayne and great-grandson Aiden. Her best friend and sister Dorothy Severin and brother Jack Lalonde, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Eugene and Robert and sister Marie. Mom loved having family dinners, a good game of cards, and spoiling her grandkids. Cremation has taken place.  A graveside service will be held in honour of Marjorie’s life in Resurrection Cemetery on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

Van Acker: Daniel

Posted by on March 28, 2014

“The Best Man We Have Ever Known.” After a long courageous battle with a life threatening disease, Danny died peacefully at Bluewater Health with all his loved ones around him breathing his last words, “I Love You All.” Danny’s infectious personality touched everyone he knew and the memories of him will never be forgotten. Loving husband of 51 years to Claudette Van Acker. Proud father of Michael Van Acker and his wife Kim. Cherished grandfather of four wonderful grandchildren Tyler Van Acker, Amanda Van Acker, Brittany Chicoine and Braxton Chicoine. Dear son of Yvonne Van Acker and the late Henry Van Acker and brother to Robert Van Acker and his wife Penny. Cremation has taken place. At the family’s request, no visitation or service will take place.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca   Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia.

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Filed Under: Sarnia

WAGENAAR: Bert

Posted by on March 26, 2014

WAGENAAR pic0000001A webWent home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Sumac Lodge, Bert Wagenaar, passed away at the age of 82. Beloved husband of the late Jennie (de Haan) Wagenaar (2003). Much loved father of John and Margo Wagenaar, Nancy and Conrad Kaptein and James and Doreen Wagenaar.Loving grandfather of Melissa, Janelle, Lynnae, Jonathan, Matthew and Shaelyn Wagenaar, Nicole, Meagann, Erica and Jacklyn Kaptein, Trent, Nathan, Alaina and April Wagenaar and great-grandfather of Jenna Wagenaar. Dear brother of Anton (late), Wim (late) and Corrie Wagenaar of The Netherlands, and brother-in-law of Henry and Marianne de Haan, John and Ann de Haan, Herman (late) and Theresa de Haan, Alice and Andy Vroom and Arend and Mary de Haan.  Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Friday March 28, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at Redeemer Christian Reformed Church, 5834 Blackwell Sd. Rd., Sarnia on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 am. Interment in Blackwell Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia Christian School   (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

POPEN: Steven Joseph

Posted by on March 26, 2014

Suddenly at his residence on Monday, March 24, 2014, Steven Joseph Popen passed away at the age 50.  Beloved friend and long-time companion of Brenda Honsinger.  Loving father of Timothy Popen, Brittney Popen, Heather Brooks, and step-father of Jeremy, Stacey and Jason MacLachlan. Cherished grandfather of Nevaeh Daw, Chancee Brooks, Mackenzie Fillmore and Ethan MacLachlan. Loved brother of Dianna (Timothy) Brandt and Terry (Gerald) Brown. Dear step-brother of Cleveland Kameka, Verna Hacker, Stephen Kameka, Carl Kameka, Diana Brewsher and Debbie Kameka. Fondly remembered by his nieces Elaine Lambert and Christine Brown and by his nephew Mark Brown. Survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his natural parents Phyllis Page and Rupert Popen, step-parents Phyllis and Jerome Kameka and by his sister Myrna Page.  Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. A private family interment to be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Dialysis Unit (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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THOMPSON: Margaret “Peggy” (nee Murby)

Posted by on March 26, 2014

Thompson MAINOn the first day of spring and in her 96th year Peg passed in to heaven. Born in Chicago, Peg was the wife of the late Elmer ‘Tugs’ Thompson (1981) and much loved mother of Edward ‘Ted’ Thompson, sweet mother-in-law to Linda and mother to the late William ‘Bill’ Thompson (1977.)  Peg was raised in Kerwood and was a farm girl by heart.  They moved to Sarnia in 1955, where she went to work for the Hudson Bay Company then Walker Brothers in Sarnia.  Peg was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother.  Special grandmother to Mark & Debbie Thompson, Mississauga,  Michael & Sharon Thompson, London, Tom Thompson, Strathroy, Kelly Steeves, Sarnia and Darren & Stacey Thompson, Mississauga.  Dear great grandmother to Alicia (Edward), Jenna, Lindsay, Rachel, Maxwell, Nicholas, Mick and Piper.  And great great grandmother to Mackenzie.  Auntie Peg will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by daughter in law Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Thompson (2011), grandson Craig ‘Cec’ Thompson (2013) and special brother James Murby at the age of 102 (2014.)  Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, with the service following at 12:00 noon.  A reception will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at The Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane.  The family welcomes all friends and family to celebrate the lives of two wonderful ladies – Grace (Pyette) Blanchard and Peg Thompson who passed on in to heaven, arm in arm both on Friday, March 21st, 2014.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smtihfuneralhome.ca

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GRIFFIN: Jeff

Posted by on March 22, 2014

Griffin - obitWent home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, March 21, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, at the age of 42. Beloved husband and best friend of Sherry. Loved son of Ray and Faye Griffin of Wyoming. Loving son-in-law of Tom and Betty Barr. Dear brother of Ray (Tammy) of Corunna, and Paul (Wanda) of Bracebridge. Brother-in-law of Kerry (Garry) Johnston of Sarnia, Chrissy (Steve) Baker of Fort Myers, Fla. Uncle of Tyler, Dawson, Taylor, Colby, Jude, Destiny, Cypriane and Stellen. Lovingly remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends. Jeff had just begun his apprenticeship at Abrams Sheet Metal after 25 years of service with Lloyds Paving. Jeff was an avid fisherman and hunter; was passionate about drag racing and enjoyed many other hobbies. He was a member of New Life Assembly in Petrolia. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Bluewater Health Palliative Care and St. Joseph’s Hospice. Their thoughtfulness will be remembered forever. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12 noon at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia with visitation held one hour prior to the service at the church.   Cremation has taken place. Sympathy expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ARTHURS: Peter Edward

Posted by on March 21, 2014

picARTHURS, Peter Edward: Passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, in his 78th year.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy (Paff), sons David (Susan) and Paul (Jane) and daughters Jennifer (Darren Murray) and Christine.  Proud Grandpa of Jacob and Emma Arthurs, Alisha, Ben and Claire Arthurs, and Lindsay and Lucas Banninga.  Brother of Pat Foster (Bob), Fred Arthurs (Denyse) and Stephen Arthurs (Linda).  Brother-in-law of Pat Curran (Edward).  Survived by many nieces and nephews.  Peter taught at SCI&TS high school for 30 years, and retired in 1993 as Head of the English Department.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with visitation being held from 1:30 p.m. until service time.  Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date.  Sympathy may be expressed by donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, www.stjosephshospice.ca (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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MURPHY: Arlene Sylvia

Posted by on March 21, 2014

Murphy - obit photoIt is with deeply saddened hearts the family of Arlene Sylvia Murphy announces her sudden passing at her home on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the age of 74. Beloved wife of Charlie. Loving mother of Susan Knight and special second mother to Michele Young (Brad). Cherished Nana to Madison and Corson Young. Dear sister of Delphine (Bob) Jackson, Gerald (Karen) Wudrick, Bryan Wudrick, and Barb Wudrick. Sister-in-law of Judy, Diane, Lynn, Fred, and their families. Beloved aunt of many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece. Predeceased by her parents Frieda (1987) and Emil (1994) Wudrick, brother Lorne Wudrick (1987), and sister-in-law Molly (2013). Arlene volunteered for many organizations in the community, including Bluewater Health, which was the dearest to her heart.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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DYKE: William John “Bill”

Posted by on March 21, 2014

Passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014, fittingly, for an Irish lad, on St. Patrick’s Day. He was 95 years old, still sharing his legal knowledge with those who sought it, exercising daily, making new friends, enjoying his son John’s visits, talking every day with his daughter Barbi in BC, and singing the praises of his grandsons Brendan and Dillon. Ruth, his wife of 57 years, predeceased him on July 11, 2000. His lovely sisters Fay, Irene, Donna and Jacqueline, and his dear brother Tom had all passed before him, as had his father John A. Dyke, also a lawyer, and his mother Gertrude (nee Woodside). Bill was born October 29, 1918, in Prince George, BC. He grew up in Fort William, ON, received his BA from the University of Manitoba, and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, in 1943, at the age of 24. That October he began a forty year career with Polymer Corporation, first as Secretary Treasurer, then for the next 27 years as Secretary and Chief Legal Officer of the company, the last 5 years he was a Vice President of Polysar. He retired in 1983, and remained a consultant to the company for several years thereafter. He was pleased and proud to have been involved in Polymer’s growth from a synthetic rubber company, to a diversified corporation with world-wide interests. Bill was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977, was a Fellow of the Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada, a registered patent agent, an associate of the New York Patent Law Association, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. As an active member of the community in Sarnia, he was a director of the Sarnia Chamber of Commerce and the Sarnia Red Cross Society; director and treasurer of the Victorian Order of Nurses; and a president and director of the Sarnia Riding Club. Bill has been a great Dad, a devoted husband, a good friend, a tennis champion, hockey player, and a true gentleman and scholar. Special thank-yous to Dr. Gannon and Dr. Boyle, and to the angels at Vision Nursing Home. A service and tribute to Bill will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with refreshments and mingling afterward. Should you wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choosing (if contributing at the funeral home, cheques only please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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