FISHER: Raynold Parry “Bodie”

Posted by on August 13, 2015

Peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, August 6, 2015, Raynold Parry “Bodie” Fisher passed away at LHSC – Victoria Campus at the age of 42.  Beloved son Phyllis and Derrick “Rick” and foster son of Sharren and Raymond.  Loving father of Matt, Nancy and the late Aleshia (2010).  Dear brother of the late Sonny Shayne, Waneeta, Russell, Daanis, Chris, Crystal, Shane, Justin, Shannon, Raecine, Raymond Jr. (Jim) and Raenae.  Lovingly remembered by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Family and friends will be received on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held to celebrate Bodie’s life on Friday, August 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at The Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre.  Interment to follow in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Food Bank.  Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Sarnia.

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BURDETT: Joyce Barbara

Posted by on August 7, 2015

It is with utter sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mom, Joyce Barbara Burdett, at the age of 84. She passed on Thursday, August 6, 2015, her 60th wedding anniversary. Beloved daughter of the late Fred and Violet Rowe. Predeceased by her loving husband Alick (1994), her sister Grace (Alton) Spearman, brother-in-law Ted and sister-in-law Ruth Burdett. Survived by her four loving daughters, Debbie Andrews, Carol Dumont (John McClelland), Linda (Don) Clarke, Brenda (Dave) Presley and her son Brian (Bonnie) Burdett. Treasured Nana of Michael (Jenn) Dumont, Lisa (Mike) Melo, Ryan (Melissa) Wolsey, Denise Wolsey, Serenity (Mike) Cates, Sarah Logan and Abby, Lily and Sebastian Burdett. Cherished great-Nana of Olivia and Eve Clegg, Savana, Caden, Laila and Jayden Cates, Brayden Dumont and Lucas Melo. Survived by nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Joyce was a former Bell Telephone operator in the 1940’s and 50’s. She was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always there for her family and friends. Joyce loved her Coronation Street and Jeopardy, reading, and doing shoeboxes for children in need. She had a charitable heart and was always willing to donate to a good cause; that is one of her many legacies. She will be remembered for her generous, kind and loving heart. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, August 10, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., with family and friends received from 11:30 a.m. until service at 1:00 p.m. Donations to Samaritan’s Purse or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ORLANDO: Vincenzo

Posted by on August 7, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at Bluewater Health – Palliative Care, Vincenzo Orlando passed away at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Antonina Orlando (nee DiMaria). Loving father of Antonietta Sottosanti, Rose Flamia, Al (Shirley) Orlando, the late Lisa (Bryan) Hopkins (2015), and predeceased by infant son Gandolfo. Predeceased by his parents Gandolfo and Antonietta Orlando and father and mother-in-law Francesco and Rosa DiMaria. Predeceased by his sister Paolina (Mariano) Signorello, Giuseppina (Salvatore) Lo Re, Angela (Gesualdo) Schimmenti, and Grazia (Mariano) Farella, by his brothers-in-law Gandolfo (Leonora) Giresi, and Gandolfo (Gandolfa) Badagaliacca. Survived by his sister Maria (late Nicola) Mattucci and his sisters-in-law Rosa (late Rosario) DiMaria and Maria (the late Saverio) Picciuca. A special Grandfather to John (Barb) Sottosanti, Vince (Sheila) Sottosanti, Peter (Charlotte) Sottosanti, Robert (Jenny) Sottosanti, Enzina (Simon) Karas, Joseph (Ashley) Flamia, Vincent Flamia, Michael (Roselie) Orlando, Mac Orlando, Christopher, Tyler and Lauren Hopkins as well as many special great-grandchildren. Cherished uncle to many nieces, nephews, and cousins from Sarnia, New York and Italy. Vincenzo was born in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, and came to Canada in 1956 in pursuit of a better life for his family. He loved gardening, playing cards and was passionate about attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with prayers being held at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Church, 1920 Wildwood Drive, Brights Grove, on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 1190 Glen Allen Drive, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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GIBBS: Louabelle

Posted by on August 7, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Louabelle Gibbs on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the age of 70. Beloved spouse of the late Wayne Prince. Loved mother of Tim (Irene) Gibbs, David (Shirley) Gibbs, and Marian Gibbs (J.P. Esser). Cherished grandmother of Melanie (Tim), Michelle, Connely, Kayla, Chase, Lyric and of three great-grandchildren. Sadly missed by all her friends, neighbours and all the others that sat and enjoyed the coffee social at her table. Lou was multi-talented and especially enjoyed gardening and crafting; she loved her family and her pets. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. An open house to celebrate Lou’s life will be held afterwards at her family’s home on London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Children’s Wish Foundation, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound or the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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FORTEY: Michele “Mickey”

Posted by on August 7, 2015

Passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, at the age of 61. Mickey was known to many people for her kind-hearted, loving manner and open door policy to anyone in need. She embodied a person with a benevolent soul. She embraced life without restraint especially when it came to loving people and giving of her time. She touched many lives, changing them for the better simply because of knowing her or receiving help or guidance from her.  After devoting a majority of her life to raising all she considered her children, she became an excellent Alzheimer’s nurse. Mickey was also known for her love of turtles and her motto of “Turtle On!” She will be greatly missed and will forever be imprinted on our lives and our hearts. She was the Beloved wife of Lorne, Loving mom to her daughter Michelle and son Drew, and fondly remembered and cherished by her brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A memorial Open House to celebrate Mickey’s life will be held at SMITH FAMILY CENTRE, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a short time of tribute at 4:00 p.m.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations in her name to one of following; 1) for her love of turtles, donate to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (natureconservancy.ca -in additional comments specify “to protect endangered turtles in memory of Mickey Fortey”) 2) to Alzheimer Society of Canada (alzheimer.ca), (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please).

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EYRE: Kathryn Joyce

Posted by on August 7, 2015

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Kathryn Joyce Eyre passed away at the age of 68. Beloved wife of Robert Eyre. Dear sister of Nancy (Terry) Dowd (formerly Laur) and Patricia Brett. Loved step-mother of Patti (Dan) Helps. Cherished step-grandmother of Katie and Ben Helps. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Shirley Tremblay. Kathryn was a member of the Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, an adherent to Dunlop United Church, a supporter of St. Joseph’s Hospice, and a snowbird. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, August 6, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ARMSTRONG: Maeva

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Peacefully, in the arms of her loving mother, on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Maeva Dorothea Armstrong returned to the arms of God. Maeva was born on Thursday, July 30, 2015, and was welcomed into the warm and loving embrace of her loved ones, giving them a lifetime of love to cherish. She graced her family with her brief, but beautiful life, and will forever be a part of their hearts. She was the beloved daughter of Kaitlyn-Mae Armstrong and Chiazor Okechukwu. Loving niece of Daniel and Aaron Armstrong, Ben (Brittany) and Brad Small and cousin to James. Treasured granddaughter of Bryan and Elly-Mae Small. Cherished great-granddaughter of Bill and Mae Tacknyk, James and Joanne Westover and Annie Small. Lovingly remembered by her great-great-great aunt Dorothy Coote.  Forever missed by special family friends Jenn Stephenson and Lucie Beaulieu. Treasured by several uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family. Predeceased by her great-great grandparents Jack and Dorothy Gallaway and a special angel to all family and loved ones who predeceased her. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bluewater Health- Maternal Infant Ward for their love, compassion and wonderful care.  A funeral service to celebrate Maeva’s life will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Maternal/Infant/Child Program- Bluewater Health or to Lambton County Developmental Services (LCDS) (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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PHIBBS: Ronald George

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 31, 2015, Ronald George Phibbs passed away at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Darlene for 61 years. Dearly loved father of Cathy (Ken) Silverthorn, Rick Phibbs, Sandy (Terry) Button and the late Mark Phibbs. Treasured grandpa of Jamie (Stephanie) Silverthorn, Kevin (Amanda) Silverthorn, Craig Silverthorn, Lorna Button and Christine Button. Will be missed by three beautiful great grandchildren. Dear brother-in-law of Mary Ann Adam, Carol (Lynn) Meyers. Loved uncle of several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Shirley and Pat. At age 15, delivering groceries on a bicycle, Ron dreamt of owning his own grocery store. After many years of dedication and labour, Ron was the proud owner and operator of Ron Phibbs Valu-Mart for many successful years. He was a longtime member of Central United Church and a longtime supporter of Algonquin Park. Family and friends will be received on Monday, August 3, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Hemophilia Society-South Western Ontario Region , Central United Church, or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ROBINSON: William

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at North Lambton Lodge, Forest, William Robinson in his 96th year. Loving husband of the late Donna (2014). Much loved father of Paula (Keith) Berry. Cherished grandfather to Eva (Tim) Melville. Treasured great-grandfather of Eva Marie (Josh) Taylor, Ben Melville (fiancé Katelynn), Laura (Chris) Nie. Dear great-great grandfather of Ethan Taylor. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. with family and friends being received one-half hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in Woodhouse Cemetery in Simcoe on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Gideon’s International in Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HEARNSHAW: Sheila Mary

Posted by on August 3, 2015

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Sheila Mary Hearnshaw, mother of Sonia Ross and Sheila Myles of England and Jacqueline Oulton and Karen Parent of Canada. Also affectionately known as ‘Nannan’ to her ten grandchildren, Shaun, Kieran and Darren Chalker, Tina Myles and Caron Hume, Victoria Luxton, Colin and Dominic Parent, Rebecca Moraal and Samantha Oulton, all of whom reside on both sides of ‘the Pond’. Sheila follows her late mother Iris Ross and late husband Colin Hearnshaw into the treasured memories of her family and her life of 91 years will be an inspiration to her ten beloved great-grandchildren Josef, Sarah-Jane, Ruby, Anastazja, Zak, Joe, Tommy, Evie, Tilly and Addison.

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. (Cicero)
At the request of the family there will be no visitation, a private family service will be held at  Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

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RAMBOER: Brandon

Posted by on August 3, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Brandon Ramboer on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the age of 19. Beloved son of Michelle Thibert and Jeremy (Bella) Ramboer. Cherished brother of Ashley Thibert, Jon Lambley, Tyson McMullen, Maverick Farr, April Beauchamp and Stacy Walker. Adored uncle of Maddison, Kodee, Eric, Austin, Maddek, Maliyah and Meika. Treasured grandson of Dan and Linda Ramboer and the late Andrew and Bernadette Thibert. Forever missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Survived by his loving girlfriend Korey Robins. Brandon was an accomplished athlete who enjoyed cycling and was an avid marathoner. He contributed a lot of his spare time volunteering and helping others through the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Family and friends were extremely important to Brandon and he will forever remain in their hearts. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, August 3, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WILLIAMS: Christopher

Posted by on August 3, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Christopher Andrew Williams, age 55, at Bluewater Health on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a courageous battle right to the bitter end. Beloved son of Henry and Mercedes Williams. Dear brother of RoseMarie (George) Viney, Bridget Williams, and Mike Williams (Laura Wells). Loved uncle of Matthew and Justin Viney, Stephen, Kayla and Ryerson Williams, and Carter and Kaitlyn Wells. Chris will be forever remembered as someone with a huge heart who was always willing to help, and in his final days, was most concerned with his mother’s well-being. A special thank you to the staff at Bluewater Health who cared for Chris with such love and compassion in his final days. Family and friends will be received on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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URBAN: Paul

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, Paul Urban passed away at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Victoria (nee Wintoniak) for 60 wonderful years. Loving father of Lindsay and Sally Roberts. Beloved godfather of Mary-Lynn Piliarik and Tamara Vanhoogenhuize. Treasured grandfather and great-grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Elfrieda Dehn. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Remembered by relatives and friends from both Canada and Germany. Paul owned and maintained the Rosebud Garden Demonstration Gardens for the Canadian and American Rose Society. He had a weather station, which he shared with the Chris Hadfield Airport. The family wishes to thank Dr. Dostaler and all of the staff at Bluewater Health Palliative Care for their exceptional care of Paul. A special thank you to our nurse, Jason, from Bayshore Home Health for his compassion. Cremation has taken place. As per Paul’s request, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bayshore Home Health, Bluewater Health – Palliative Care or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

“Keep your socks on, Bunno.”

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GILMORE: Catherine “Cathy”

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, July 27, 2015, after a short battle with cancer, Catherine Gilmore passed away at the age of 64. Beloved wife of Roger Gilmore. Loving mother of Roger Gilmore (Kim Clark) of Corunna and Corinna Street (Kevin Kroesbergen) of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Paige, Lexi, Logan, Cadance, Justin and Conner. Beloved daughter of the late Catherine Hodgins (nee Hutchinson) and the late James Hutchinson and step-daughter of the late James Hodgins and daughter-in-law of the late Mona Laverty. Dear sister of Ron Hutchinson (late Glenda) of Sarnia, Sharon Fitzgibbon (Gary) of Kitchener and John Hutchinson (Nancy) of Sarnia. Loved aunt of Jennifer, Jill, Craig, Lori, Scott, Michael and Christopher. Predeceased by her daughters Jennifer and Mona. A special thank you to the Marcotte family and the staff, volunteers and nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home, with visitation being held one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice in Catherine Gilmore’s name (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WOODCOCK: Olive

Posted by on August 3, 2015

Peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 27, 2015, Ollie Woodcock passed away at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Joseph (2000) for 58 years. Loving mother of Jim (Sandy) of Florida, Terry (Gale) of Port Lambton, Garry (Sandy) of Wroxeter, ON, and Trish (Nic) of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Leigh-Ann, Kathleen, Michael, Jennifer, Gabrielle, Andrea and Olivia, and great-grandmother of seven. Ollie was one of nine children. She was an avid singer and had a radio show in the 1930’s in Port Huron, where she sang live. Ollie also sang with the Sweet Adelines and the Sacred Heart Church Choir. She was a member of the Women’s Catholic League and the Sarnia Golf Club, where she shot her first hole-in-one at the age of 73! Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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PHILLIPS: Alfred “Slug”

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, July 27, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Alfred Thomas “Slug” Phillips passed away at the age of 79. Beloved husband and best friend of Edna (Monteith) of 60 years. Loving father of Cheryle (Tim) O’Hara, Dan (Kate), Doug, Dave (Priscilla) and Dennis (Becky). Treasured grandfather of Melissa (Duane), Jared, Chelsea, Dania, Tayler (Kara), Brady, Rikki (Cody), Clayton and Emma. Cherished great-grandfather of Adriana and Dean. Dear brother of Ernest “Butch”. Alfred will be missed by his faithful companion Molly.  Predeceased by his brother Alex and by his sister Maxine. Alfred was a teacher at Northern Collegiate for many years and was very active in the local sporting community. He coached baseball, winning an Ontario championship; and coached minor hockey, coached and managed the Sarnia B’s and won an Ontario Championship with the Bolger Lodge Juveniles.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BROCK: Allan Douglas

Posted by on July 28, 2015

It is with profound sadness that the family of Allan Douglas Brock announce his passing at London Health Sciences Centre on July 26, 2015 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with renal cancer.  Devoted husband of Verona (nee Carrothers) for almost 44 years.  Deeply loved father of Jeff (Genevieve) and Doug (Lisa).  Adored “Grampa” to Brandon, Lea, Sarah, Jordan, Allan and Owen.  Predeceased by his wonderful parents Doug and Marie and father and mother-in-law Burnus and Alice Carrothers.  A wonderful brother who will be missed by Pauline and Vern Phibbs, Lynda and Chuck Chanda, Wilson and Donna Brock, brother and sister-in-law Ron and Carol Carrothers, and predeceased by Calvin Carrothers (2012).  A kind and loving uncle and provider of advice to his nieces and nephews, as well as cousins and his Aunt Donelda Brock.  Allan graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1971, was called to the Bar in 1975 and practiced law in Corunna ever since.  With his family and friends, he enjoyed his favourite things: helping coach his sons Jeff and Doug in hockey and baseball, watching his grandson Brandon play hockey, reading, fishing, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, New England Patriots and Toronto Maple Leafs.  Allan was a wise, loving, generous and humble role model not only for his sons and grandchildren but also his nieces and nephews who will carry on his legacy for many years to come.  And he will be missed by his faithful canine companion Rocky.  Allan had a kind heart and generous nature and always delighted in a good joke. A special thank you to Dr. Fortin and her team, Dr. Winquist and his team, the special nurses on the thoracic floor at LHSC and the special care given by the doctors and staff at Bluewater Health.  Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with reception afterwards.  A private family burial will follow.  Donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia & District Humane Society, Victoria Order of Nurses – Sarnia-Lambton District, or London Health Services Centre – Renal Cell Cancer Research (Victoria Campus) (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ROBINSON: Jerry

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Jerry Robinson passed away at the age of 80. Remembered by his wife Henrietta, who was also his caretaker for the last 10 years. Loving father of Ricky (Wendy) Robinson and Diane Page (the late Robert Hardy). Cherished grandfather of Denise and great-grandfather of Parker and Troy. Special Uncle to Frank and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grandson Jean Paul Page. A special thank you to Robin, Dr. Maddison, and the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice. Cremation has taken place. A private family service was held. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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PARK: L. Helena

Posted by on July 26, 2015

It is with much love and sadness that her family announces the passing of Laura “Helena” Park, 90, on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Helena was predeceased by her beloved husband Russell, her parents Victor and Grace Tait (Campbell) and her in-laws Gordon and Mabel Park (Anderson). Also predeceased by brothers Mac (Bernadette), Ted and Peter, sisters Margaret (William and Gordon) and Grace (Clifford) as well as brothers-in-law Lloyd (Dorothea), Clarence and sister-in-law Ina (Allen). Helena is survived by her much loved children; Don (Joan), Marilyn (Vincent) Egan and Doug (Lorraine). Mom had much love and pride in her heart for her nine grandchildren; Erin, Jenny (Phil), Jonathan (Ashley), Alanna, Laura (Brian), Kevin (Victoria), Christina (Drew), Carilyn (Norm) and David (Christine). She was a loving “Gigi” to her six beautiful great-grandchildren; Owen, Georgia, Mallory, Jack, Maggie and Charlotte. Dear sister-in-law to Pauline, Helen, Barb, and Dora. Mom was a strong believer in the value of extended family and took much pleasure in staying connected and up-to-date with her many nieces and nephews. Over the years she also enjoyed the closeness of her small community and the many neighbours who became close friends. Her abiding faith and the fellowship of her church family remained of paramount importance to Helena from the early days of Bunyan Baptist Church and continued at Central Baptist Church. Mom believed in quietly living her faith and over the years served as a volunteer with the Red Cross and Palliative Care at Sarnia General Hospital. She also served as a past president of the Baptist Women’s Mission Society and remained a member of the Grace Kenyon Mission Circle. Helena was a founding partner of Parkland Farms, first with her husband Russell and in the ensuing years with her son Doug and her grandson Dave. She was active in the daily management of the farm into her 80’s and remained keenly interested up until her passing. Mom was never happier than in the company of family and friends enjoying meals as well as sharing and making memories. She will be missed by all whose lives she so enriched with her strength, wisdom and compassion. The family wishes to express our deep gratitude to the caregivers who made it possible for Mom to remain in her home close to all she held dear. We also would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Maddison, Dr. Hines and the wonderful staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice for making our last days with Mom so comforting. In keeping with Helena’s lifelong interest in agriculture and missions, those wishing to make a donation may consider directing their gift to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, C/O Bluewater Growing Project. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with the interment to follow in Irwin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ELDRIDGE: Janet Susanne

Posted by on July 26, 2015

Peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Janet Eldridge went home to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 68. Loving mother of Kristen (Tristan) Mason. Cherished grandmother of Jayden and Mackenzie. Dear sister of Mary Anne Browne, Rob (Karen) Eldridge and Doug (Cindy) Eldridge. Remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by her parents Lillian and Cyril Eldridge. Janet taught for many years at Lakeroad Public School before her retirement in 2008. The family would like to extend a special thank you to those who took such wonderful care of Janet and showed us so much support and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Rd., Sarnia. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Janet’s life on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Trinity Anglican Church, 1194 Murphy Rd, Sarnia at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Sarnia and District Humane Society. (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HELPS: A. Jean

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of A. Jean Helps on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at LHSC – University Campus at the age of 85.  Jean was the beloved wife of the late Gordon Helps (2006).  Loving mother of Brenda Fraser (Ian), Bruce Helps (Sally), Joan Clinton (Eric) and Janice McDonald (Steve).  Cherished grandmother of Tracy Upham (Keith), Kelly Butler (Sean), Kayla and Brooke Helps, Scott, Julie, and Ben Clinton, Nicole and Seana McDonald and great-grandmother of Cadance Upham, Brody and Jace Butler.  Dear sister of Murray Elliott (Marion), Harvey Elliott (Gladys) and sister-in-law of Ken (the late Marguerite) Helps, Ross (Maxine) Helps, Gerald (the late Eleanor) Helps, Donna (Jack) Bates, Betty (the late Earle) Helps, Shirley (the late Clayton) Helps and Doreen (the late Arnold) Helps.  Jean is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her parents, William and Cora Elliott, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Howard & Marion Helps and Marion & Roy Leslie.  Jean was a devoted member of Mandaumin United Church. Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with the interment to follow in Wyoming Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to # 3 Striker Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please).

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PEASE: Minerva Ann (Johnson)

Posted by on July 25, 2015

Peacefully at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital on Friday, July 24, 2015, Minerva Ann Pease (née Johnson) went to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 81.  Beloved wife of the late Everett.  She will be greatly missed as loving mother of Brenda (Ken) Esser, Brad (Bea) Allen, Nancy (Dave) Wilcocks, and Carolyn (Steve) McDougall; dear sister of the late Elmer (Betty) Johnson, Bill (Marg) Johnson, the late Don (the late Marg) Johnson and Myrna (Orville) Redick. Minerva always enjoyed her grandchildren: Luana Brkic, Lee and Jolene Esser, Tiffany Harris, Jessica Campbell, Nattasha Clements; Brock, April and Jillian Wilcocks; Shaelyn and Madison McDougall; Shalom and Adaolisa Agu, along with her 9 great-grandchildren.  Minerva was a longtime member of Peoples Church, and worked as the church secretary and organist for many years. Her greatest joy in life was her family.  Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Smith Funeral Home. A private family interment will be held. If desired, sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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FAWCETT: Gail Anne

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Gail Fawcett on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the age of 54. Loved mother of Donald, Arnold and Jeremiah. Dear daughter of Mary Lou Williams and Wallace (Marie) Fawcett. Missed by her siblings Janet, Judy, twin brother Gary (Char), Rick (Mary Lou) White, Sheila (Tim) Yendall, Wallace (Heather), Julie (Pete), Hilda, Glen “Jinx”, and the late Donna Rogers (2015). Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her stepmother Sharlene Oliver. Family and friends will be received at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Aamjiwnaang First Nations Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).  Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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BLAKE: Marline

Posted by on July 25, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by her family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, July 20, 2015, Marline Blake passed away at the age of 69. Beloved wife and best friend of John for 51 years. Loving mother of Lori (Rick) Trowbridge, Brian Blake, and Dave Blake (Lisa). Cherished Gramma of Matthew and Michael Trowbridge, Alex and Jami Blake, and Briceson Blake. Dear sister of Harvey Momney and Arline DeMoore (Pat). Sister-in-law of Connie (Gary) Moreland, Pat (Mike) Suisham, and Dennis McFadden. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Viola “Dolly” Momney, her in-laws Edward and Yvonne Blake, and her sister Geraldine McFadden. Special thank you to Dr. Gannon, Dr. Leslie, Dr. Crombeen and St. Joseph’s Hospice staff and volunteers, CCAC, and VON. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Marline’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, St. Joseph’s Hospice, VON, or Erie St. Clair CCAC (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HOPKINS: Lisa

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Lisa Hopkins (nee Orlando) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Bluewater Health. Lisa lived her life with amazing strength and used those qualities to battle her illness. Beloved wife and best friend of Bryan Hopkins. Cherished mother of Christopher, Tyler and Lauren. Treasured daughter of Antonina and Vincenzo Orlando and special daughter-in-law of Babette Gladwish and the late Ronald J. Gladwish (1998). Loving sister of Antonietta Sottosanti, Rose Flamia and Al (Shirley) Orlando, and sister-in-law of Bonnie Gladwish (Elizabeth Maloney), Barry (Gail) Hopkins, R. Jay (Phyllis) Gladwish, Kim (Karen) Gladwish, Penny Gladwish, and the late Todd Gladwish (2005). Deeply missed by her very special Godchildren, many nieces and nephews, and missed by many cousins, as far away as Italy and New York. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the London Victoria Cancer Clinic or the Canadian Cancer Society, Sarnia-Lambton (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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