PRICE: Maureen “Moe” of Sarnia

Posted by on May 31, 2013

croppedSurrounded by her family while embracing the hand of her niece Callie Cormier, Maureen went to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  Survived by her brother Joe Price (Audrey) and several nieces and nephews, as she was Aunt Moe to all. Predeceased by her parents Bert and Margaret Price, siblings Eileen Thibideau and her husband Paul, Bert Price, and Margaret McArthur. Moe will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 293 Stuart St., Sarnia. Please join the Price, Thibideau, and Cormier families to share memories directly preceding the mass. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice. smithfuneralhome.ca

MAUGHAN: Catherine Rose of Lambton Meadowview Villa

Posted by on May 28, 2013

Peacefully at Lambton Meadowview Villa on Monday, May 27, 2013, Catherine Rose Maughan passed away at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late William Maughan. Cremation has taken place. At the family’s request, no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. smithfuneralhome.ca

 

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Filed Under: Sarnia

ZERKO: Vincent Jacob of Cranbrook, B.C. formerly of Camlachie

Posted by on May 28, 2013

cropped prayer card pictureIt is with great sadness, our family announces the sudden and unexpected death  of Vincent on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the age of 24 in Panorama Village,  British Columbia. Cherished son of Leon and Wilma Zerko. Loving brother of  Allison and Jacob. Beloved grandson of the late Antoni and Maria Zerko and Case  and the late Adriana Smeekens. Vincent will be dearly missed by his aunts and  uncles George Zerko, Leila and Robert Harbinson, Roman and Vivian Zerko, Julia  Zerko-Atkinson and Mike O’Neill, Jenny and Curt Sloan, Frank Smeekens, Connie  and Steve Marshall, JoAnne and Scott Marshall, the late Marieta and Brian Smith,  and Laurette and Ron Jones. Special cousin to Adam and Mindy, Natalia and Maria,  Antoni and Kennedy, Sarah and Jessica, Hunter and Cole, Jenna and Emily,  Heather, Daniel and Kevin. We will remember him for his free-spirited,  fun-loving personality, love of the outdoors and his ability to light up a room.  Vincent will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME in Sarnia, 1576 London Line on  Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be  celebrated at St. Michael Church, 1920 Wildwood Drive, Bright’s Grove on Monday,  June 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. Father David Butler officiating. Interment at Beechwood  Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be left online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

GRAHAM: Eva Minnetta (nee Karn) of Sarnia

Posted by on May 28, 2013

Main PhotoPeacefully with family by her side, on Sunday, May 26, 2013, Eva Minnetta Graham (nee Karn) passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 74.  Beloved wife of Eric (Red) Graham. Loving mother of Linda (Pete) Thomas and Kathryn Graham. Cherished grandmother of Holly and Ian Thomas. Dear sister of Coralie Brown, Robert Karn and Eunice Norman. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Jack Karn and Donald Karn. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Eva was a dedicated member of the Delta Chi Sigma Sorority and Point Edward United Church.  Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, VON or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

 

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ROGERS: George Albert of Sarnia

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Unexpectedly at Bluewater Health on Thursday, May 9, 2013, George Albert Rogers passed away at the age of 84. Loving father of Diane Turk (late Ted), Lynn Rodegeb (Bob), and the late Randy Rogers (1984). Cherished grandfather of Monica, Lori, Tonja, Trisha and Scott, and of six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother Terry.  Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Ontario

FARMER: Madeline Euphemia of Sarnia

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Bluewater Health, Madeline Euphemia Farmer, passed away at the age of 97.  Dear daughter of the late John Taylor and Nora Pentin Farmer.  Predeceased by her brothers Frederic Farmer, Kenneth Farmer and Alan Farmer.  Dear sister of Florence Farmer and beloved aunt of Fraser Farmer, Heather McKellar, Mary Murphy, Don Farmer, Howard Farmer, Ian Farmer, Cynthia Farmer, Pamela Lewis, Wendy MacIntosh and Marty MacKay.  Madeline was a long-time resident of Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Madeline’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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CANINI: Galileo “Elio” of Sarnia

Posted by on May 23, 2013

CANINI register book picPeacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Marshall Gowland Manor, Galileo “Elio” Canini passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Irma (1997). Loving father of the late Robert Canini (1984), Enzo Canini and Silvana (Mario) Harding. Cherished grandfather of Shanna Canini-Jones and Robbie, Jesse and Rachel Harding. Dear brother-in-law of Gina (Concetto) Petitta, Ughelia (late Anacleto) Canini, Anna (late Silvio) Ferrera and Franco (Antonetta) Palombo.  Also remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Elio was a longtime member of the Boilermakers Local 128. He loved to garden and was a competitive cyclist. Elio loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia. Entombment in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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BOLTON, Neil Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on May 13, 2013

BOLTON web picBOLTON, Neil Joseph - Peacefully on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at the Residence on the St. Clair, at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (Burgess) Bolton (1971) and the late Audrey (Pearce) Bolton (2011). Predeceased by his parents Neil and Evelyne Bolton and his grandson Brodie Stevens. Loving father of Kathleen McLachlan (Peter), Sandra Smith (Murray), David Bolton (Robin), Stephanie Stevens (Paul) and step-father of Sherrie and Helmut Rastel. Cherished grandfather of Emile Maxwell (Denis), Hugh McLachlan (Kyllie), Brian McLachlan (Miranda), Sarah Kerr (Alec), Kyle Smith, Russell Bolton, Frances Bolton (Simone), Wendy Bolton and Evan Stevens. Step grandfather of Steven Borthwick (Melissa), Kevin Borthwick (Chelsey) and Lisa Borthwick (Rob), and their children. Neil was a mechanical contractor and owner of Calcott Mechanical and partner in RNR Mechanical. He was a key contributor to the formation and ongoing operation of the Sarnia Mechanical Contractors Association holding many executive positions including President. Neil was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy seeing active sea duty during World War II on Corvettes. His enjoyment of the water carried on as he owned sailboats and was a long time member of the Sarnia Yacht Club.

A celebration of Neil’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 with a memorial reception at the SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses or the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: London, Sarnia

ELLIS: Shirley (Clarke) of Sarnia

Posted by on May 13, 2013

Peacefully on Thursday May 9, 2013 at Bluewater Health, Shirley (Clarke) Ellis passed away at the age of 83.  Beloved wife of the late Floyd George Ellis (1997). Loving mother of David Ellis (Nancy) of Burlington, Clarke Ellis (Darlene) of Windsor, Beth Cyr (Normand) of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Jason, Tamara and Adam. Treasured great-grandmother of Kitana, Illiyanna and Leiylah.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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WILLIAMS: Donald J. of Sarnia

Posted by on May 13, 2013

WILLIAMS croppedPeacefully at Bluewater Health on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Donald J. Williams passed away at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Annette (1994). Loving father of Ian Williams (Donalee) and Cameron Williams. Cherished grandfather of Gavin Williams. Dear brother of Dorothy Davis. Uncle of Beth Davis, Diane Davis, and Sandi Davis (Harwood). Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Mary “Ethel” Williams. Donald served in the Navy during WWII. He was an Elementary School principal for many years and loved playing golf in his spare time.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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BENDIXEN: Grete Elisabeth of Sarnia

Posted by on May 13, 2013

Grete Elisabeth Bendixen has gone to be with her beloved husband Ove (1982) on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the age of 84. Loving mother of Jonna Bendixen. Cherished grandmother of Jason McKellar of Bright’s Grove and Darin McKellar (Davina) of Sarnia. Treasured great-grandmother of Nichole and Rachel McKellar and Ryan Ove McKellar.  Predeceased by her parents Theodor and Tinne Laursen, brother Hans Laursen and sister Anne Lawetz Hansen.  Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. smithfuneralhome.ca

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RUTTER: Dorothy Ilene of Sarnia

Posted by on May 9, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Dorothy Ilene Rutter of Sarnia, passed away at the age of 86. Beloved wife of Ross. Loving mother of Joan Knight and Janice Jennings.  Dear grandmother of Matthew and Jeffrey Knight; and Joseph and Michael Jennings. Dear mother-in-law of Dennis Knight and Kevin Jennings. Predeceased by her parents George and Mary King. Dear friend of Bill W. for 28 years. Dot will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 718 Cathcart Boulevard, Sarnia, ON, on Monday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. You are invited to join the family for food and fellowship following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation Palliative Education or St. Bartholomew’s Church (envelopes are available at the church) (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  smithfuneralhome.ca

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OWENS: Gloria of Bright’s Grove

Posted by on May 9, 2013

Peacefully on May 7, 2013, Gloria Owens of Bright’s Grove passed away at the age of 71. Beloved wife of Robert Owens for 51 years. Loving mother of Greggory Owens of London, Lee Anne Owens (Steven Partridge) of Sarnia and Jimmy Owens of Sarnia.  Cherished grandmother of Sean Owens (Breanne Wilson) of Sarnia, Dana Owens of Sarnia and Anthony English of Sarnia. Treasured great-grandmother of many great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Ken Underwood of London and Carol Marshall of Sarnia. Sister-in-law of Rosaline Owens of London and Larry and Pat Owens of Calgary. Survived by many nieces and nephews.

A special thank-you to the staff of Palliative Medicine at Bluewater Health for their care and compassion.

Family and friends will be received from 7:00-9:00 on Friday, May 10, 2013 and from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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DUFFY: John Patrick of Sarnia

Posted by on May 9, 2013

John Patrick Duffy of Sarnia, in his 74th year, peacefully at Bluewater Health on May 7, 2013 after suffering a heart attack that morning at home. Son of the late Bridget Ann Duffy (nee McNally) (1968) and Owen Duffy (1972), of Glanworth. Also predeceased by his sister Maureen Ann Duffy (1960). Fondly remembered by numerous cousins in Ireland, the U.S. and Germany. John was a chemical engineer who enjoyed a long career at Polysar in Sarnia. Family and friends will be received on Thursday May 9, 2013 at  SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of Smith Funeral Home) 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Holy Angel’s Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas, ON at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angel’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Thomas, ON. smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia, St. Thomas

KERSHAW: Marjorie Freda (nee Lsom) of Sarnia

Posted by on May 9, 2013

KERSHAW - obit pic croppedMarjorie Freda Kershaw (nee Isom) of Sarnia passed away on Monday May 6th, 2013 at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late John Osbert Kershaw (1998). Loving mother of Anne Marie Kershaw (Richard Peterson) of Kingston, John Douglas Kershaw (Ginny) of Fredericton, Daniel Scott Kershaw (Bridget) of Ladysmith, B.C., Lisa Maureen Kershaw of Toronto and Janet Christine Kershaw of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Mathew (Sharon), Jennifer, Joe (Melanie), Ben (Jennifer), David (Danielle), Kelsey (Bill); her great grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews. Marjorie will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. Survived by older brother Jack Isom (Arlene). Predeceased by parents Frederick and Margaret Isom and sisters Jean and Shirley.

Family and friends will be received on Friday May 10th, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday May 10th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. with a luncheon to follow to share stories and memories of Marjorie. A private burial will take place in Blackwell Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army (cheques only at the funeral home please).  smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

LEWIS: Margaret Lrene of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

LEWIS picturePeacefully at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Margaret Irene Lewis passed away at the age of 91.  Loving and devoted mother of Linda (Bob) Armitage and Jack (the late Helen) Lewis.  Cherished grandmother of Deborah (Blake) Barnard, Cheryl (Ron) Elviage, Greg (Sara) Armitage, David (Tina) Lewis and Jacqueline (Joseph) LaPlointe.  Adored great-grandmother of Ryan and Nicole Barnard, Brent and Lauren Elviage, Peyton and Abby Armitage, Jack and Ainsley Lewis and Owen and Lucas LaPointe.  Dear sister of Betty McAuley.  Lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Lloyd Arthur Lewis (1971), sisters; Myrtle, Pearly, Shirley and Violet and her brother Billy.  Margaret was born December 24, 1921 in Saskatchewan to William and Lena Hanson and was the eldest of 7.  Marg retired from Sears Canada after several years of service.  She was an avid knitter and loved to supply her family and friends with sweaters she had made.

A funeral service will be held to celebrate Margaret’s life on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service.  The interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

GARK: Richard “Kieth” of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Monday, May 6, 2013, Richard “Kieth” Gark passed away at the age of 75.  Beloved husband of Jan for 53 years. Loving father of Jeff (LeeAnn), Dan, and Anna Androski (Mark). Cherished grandfather of Chase, Ty, Kodi, Kiera, and Luke. Dear brother of Marilynne Duffield (William) and step-brother of Sharon Johnson (Carl White). Survived by sisters-in-law Frances McRae (late Graham), Annie Linn (late Bill), Mary Lou Majury (late Lorne). Remembered by nieces Cindy and Penny; several nieces and nephews; cousins Gord and Noella, Richard (late Kathy), Leslie and Howard Hartle; and dear friend “Buddy Mitchie” and Andrea. Predeceased by his brother-in-law Fred McRae (Linda) and sister-in-law Edna Engel (James). Kieth will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, Bluewater Health Emergency Department or Bluewater Health Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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CHRISTMAS: Arthur John of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

photoArthur John Christmas, 68, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on Monday, May 6th, 2013, at Bluewater Health Sarnia, after a short, but valiant struggle following cancer surgery.  Art was a long-time resident of Sarnia, Ontario, moving here from Blind River, Ontario in 1970 to take the Music Department headship at the newly opened Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School.

Art`s biggest passions in life were music, community and most of all his family.  His life was built around these values. During his early years, he acquired his passion for music from his father, who was a renowned musician in Britain. In his young adult years, he followed in his father`s footsteps, performing in Britain and throughout Canada.  Art shared his love of music by influencing thousands of young people over a 30 year teaching career, spanning Northern and Southwestern Ontario.  After his tenure at Alexander Mackenzie, Art went on to teach at Northern Collegiate, and ended his teaching career at St. Clair Secondary School, where he built the largest music program in the city with nearly 500 students. Using his boundless energy and dynamic personality, he inspired his students to participate in a total of three concert bands, three stage bands, a marching band, four wind ensembles, a vocal program consisting of a sixty voice concert choir and a combination jazz/show choir. He also conducted the Sarnia Citizen`s Band, later known as the Bluewater Symphonic Band.  He was able to engage this vibrant group of musicians, both young and old, to give back to their community, just as Art himself loved to do.  Throughout his years in Sarnia, Art was instrumental in fostering the musical theatre culture of the community. He directed the Polysar Glee Club, and later founded the Art Christmas Aggregation, which grew to be the leading amateur musical theatre group in Southwestern Ontario.  The Aggregation went on, over its 23 year run, to provide Sarnia and the surrounding area with top notch entertainment, as well as nearly $120,000.00 in charitable donations, bettering the lives of others.

Art is predeceased by his parents, Arthur James and Maisie Dorothy Christmas (Bonner), and is survived by his devoted wife, Paula (Bracken). Dearly loved by his children Stephanie Scott (Bryan), Jeff Christmas (Wendy) and Lynn Kloss (Rick).  Dearly missed by his ten beloved grandchildren, Matthew, Erynne, Jeffrey, Sydnee, Jayden, Cameron, Lindsay, Jason, Michael, Molly, and his great grandchildren Jada and Keaton.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME (1576 London Line, Sarnia) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday May 10th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home . Cremation to follow. Donations in Art`s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

HANDY: Norma of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

HANDY web picturePeacefully surrounded by her loving family at Marshall Gowland Manor on Sunday, May 5, 2013, Norma Handy passed away at the age of 76. Born Aline Normande Laurette Desgroseilliers on February 12, 1937, in Rouyn, Quebec to parents Eugene and Juliet (Beauvais) Desgroseilliers. Sisters Mariette (deceased), Madeleine, Simone, Marianne (deceased), Jacqueline, Gaston (deceased, Jeanne d’arc, and Raymond. Norma lived in several northern communities before settling in the former town of Bluewater with her family. It was here that she met her beloved husband Howard Harvey Handy (1936-1984). They married, lived and raised a family in Sarnia.  Predeceased by her first born son Brian Harvey Handy in 1979 and survived by children Michael Howard Handy and wife Jenny Gulley, Julie Lynn Sharpless and son-in-law Todd, and Richard (Rick) Dale Handy. Loving Me’mere to grandchildren Brian Handy, Lauren Handy, Carmen Handy and Riley Sharpless.

Norma spent her life as a home-maker and worked with husband Howard running Willfred Painting Ltd. and No-How Maintenance Service. She also worked many years as custodian at Bluewater Health. Norma loved life, friends and family. She enjoyed Bingo and puzzles and dancing at the Bridge Tavern. She enjoyed needlepoint, knitting and sewing and cake decorating. She routinely made her own clothes and those for her children. Norma faithfully attended St Joseph’s Church and loved to dress regally and wear pretty hats. Her home was always open to friends and family and filled with love and laughter. She was kind and considerate and giving to everyone whom she met. Norma absolutely cherished all of her children and grandchildren; made evident by garnishing her home with hundreds of framed photos of her family. Another Angel in Heaven.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with prayers being offered at 8:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at St. Thomas D’Aquin, 895 Champlain Rd., Sarnia. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

SHEPHERD: John Ivor of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Peacefully, surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, May 6, 2013, John Ivor Shepherd passed away at the age of 81.  Beloved husband of Florence (Vowels) (Jenkins) Shepherd. Loving father of Arthur (Robin) of Petrolia, Linda Ann of Kingston, NS, and Robert of Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Anna Lee of Trenton, Amanda Lynn of Kingston, NS, Heather Nicole of Toronto, Daniel Scott of Petrolia and Andrew James of Ottawa, and of four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents James and Elizabeth (Ventum) Shepherd, and brothers James, Eric and Allan.  John worked at CNR for 37 years. He was a member of the CN Pensioners Association, Pensioners Concern and the Sarnia Boy Scouts for 30 years.  Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Trinity Anglican Church, 1194 Murphy Rd., Sarnia. Cremation to follow.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Kidney Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://smithfuneralhome.ca/

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SAUNDERS: Florence of Sarnia

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Friday, May 3, 2013, Florence Saunders passed away at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Saunders. Dear sister-in-law of June Large and aunt of Christine Murphy, Michele Flynn (Danny) and April Large. Beloved aunt of Sheila Cheston (Keith), Dennis Winfield, and many nieces and nephews. Florence will be remembered by several great nieces and nephews. Dear friend of Betty Clarke and Pat Josh.

Cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON.  http://smithfuneralhome.ca/

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

LAWRENCE: Douglas Melvin of Sarnia

Posted by on May 4, 2013

LAWRENCE pic - obit and front cropped web picSuddenly on Friday, May 3, 2013, Douglas Melvin Lawrence passed away at the age of 65. Beloved partner of Steve for 37 years. Predeceased by his mother Margarette and father Melvin. Survived by Erica and Richard Paradis. Doug had a short battle with cancer, that with his strength and positive attitude, bravely fought and overcame.  He retired from Bluewater Ambulatory Care after 31 years. He was a kind and good-hearted man who always placed his patients first. Doug will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Lakeview Cemetery, 1016 Colborne Rd., Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia

WILLIAMS: James Milton “Jimmy” of Oil Springs

Posted by on May 2, 2013

WILLIAMS picture croppedPeacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, James Milton (Jimmy) Williams passed away at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Hazel Legarrie-Williams. Loving father of Bob (Monica) Williams, Cindy (Rick) Levert, Sherry Williams (Syl Rail) and Ed (Laura) Williams. Step-father of Don (Barb) Legarrie, Bob (Shelly) Legarrie, Tim (Marie) Legarrie, and Shirley (Brian) Nethercott. Dear brother of Ray Williams (Claire Batson), Herb Williams (the late Connie) and Pearl Williams. Survived by Irene Williams. Lovingly remembered by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, too numerous to name. Predeceased by his parents John and Luella Williams, and by his brothers John and Cliff. Jimmy was a retired Ironworker with Local 700 and was an avid guitarist.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Monday, May 6, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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BUCKINGHAM: Kenneth Robert of Sarnia

Posted by on May 2, 2013

ken buckingham copyAt home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Kenneth Robert Buckingham passed away at the age of 56. Beloved husband and best friend of Karen . Loving father of Devin (Jennifer) Stephenson, Kristie-Lyn Buckingham (Rich McQuarrie), Kyla (Christopher) Pevec, Renée (Claire) Senior, and Michelle (Chris) McLaughlin. Cherished Papa of Emily, Alexis, Hailey, Blake, Nolan, Landon, Carson, Brendan, Allie and Rae. Dear son of Bob (Betty) Buckingham and son-in-law of Nellie Douglas. Loved brother of Deborah (Terry) Dewan and Linda Buckingham, and brother-in-law of Deb and Dan Bestard. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Lily Buckingham, sisters Karen Buckingham and Barbara Short, infant brother Leonard Buckingham, and father-in-law Gerald Douglas.

Ken had a big heart filled with love for his family. He was a proud and dedicated husband, father, and Papa. He was a proud and dedicated member of Local 663. Ken enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, music, and was a loyal Habs fan. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Legion Poppy Fund, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  smithfuneralhome.ca

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WALKER: Audrey Lorraine of Sarnia

Posted by on May 2, 2013

Walker picture-croppedPeacefully at Vision Nursing Home on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Audrey Lorraine Walker passed away at the age of 79, with her loving husband Donald at her side. Loving mother of Maureen (James) Brown, Wayne (Marian), and Paul (Wendy) Walker. Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Michael, Gregory and Pamela. Dear sister of Margaret (the late Lyle) Vanderburg, the late Diane (Paul) Tichinoff, the late Kenneth (Georgia) Capes, Maurice (Jackie) Capes, and the late Karen (Gerry) Trowbridge. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Audrey’s greatest joy in life was her family, but will be forever remembered for her passion for knitting. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Vision Nursing Home for taking such good care of Audrey over the last few years.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. with the interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca

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