LEVASSEUR: Jennifer Joyce

Posted by on January 12, 2016

It is with deeply saddened hearts we announce the passing of Jennifer Joyce Levasseur, while surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the age of 39, after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Cherished daughter of Marcel and Brenda Levasseur.  Treasured sister of Jeffrey Levasseur. Loved granddaughter of Clifford (the late Joyce, 2015) Needham. Lovingly remembered by several aunts, uncles, cousins and a large circle of friends.  Jennifer touched many hearts in her short years.  She was kind, generous, caring, fun and loving.  Jennifer always put others ahead of herself.  She was an employee of Ford Canada.  A special thank you to her co-workers who were always supportive of her.  A heartfelt thank you to Dr. John Blondal and the Oncology staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto – “A place where everyone knew her name.”   Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 12:00 p.m., with family and friends being received prior, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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Filed Under: Sarnia

MURRAY: Paul Kenneth

Posted by on January 12, 2016

It is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Paul Kenneth Murray announce his sudden passing, on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Bluewater Health, at the age of 61. Beloved husband of Cheryl Murray. Loving father of Ted (Ashley) Murray, Laura Murray, Chalisce (Peter) Jenken and Garrett O’Brien. Cherished grandfather of Julia Murray. Treasured brother of Helen (Wayne) Mitchell, Dave (Maureen) Murray, Den Murray and Rose (Mark) McPherson. Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews, cousins and Cheryl’s extended family from Alberta. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary Murray, and his brothers Ed and Bill Murray. Paul was a very hard working and dedicated employee of Nova Chemicals for over 40 years. He loved cars, enjoyed watching Nascar, and spent his spare time tinkering in the garage. Above all, Paul was very friendly and always willing to lend a hand. He was deeply involved in the kids sporting events and activities, and will be sadly missed around the arena. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 t o 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BENNETT: James Walter

Posted by on January 12, 2016

Suddenly at Bluewater Health on Monday, January 11, 2016, James Walter Bennett passed away at the age of 77. Beloved husband of the late Debra (nee Jackson) (2007) and of Barbara. Loving father of Jennie (Kalvin) Kimble of Oil City, Craig (Lucy) Bennett of Oshawa, and James Jr. (Virginia) of Bancroft. Cherished grandfather and great grandfather. Dear brother of Margaret, Bonnie, Barbara, Helen, and Gwen. Survived by his step-daughters Wendy, Sandy and Pip. Cremation will take place and a private interment will be held in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the United Way.

He took only what he needed as he went through life, and hopefully left enough of himself that he will be remembered.

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CAMPBELL: George Douglas

Posted by on January 12, 2016

Peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2016, at Bluewater Health, George Douglas Campbell of Camlachie passed away at the age of 77.  Beloved husband of the late Jessie “Jean” Campbell (2014).   Loving father of Robert (Janelle) Campbell, Bonnie (Brian) Burdett and Daniel (Tracey) Campbell.  Cherished grandfather of Emma, Joel and Seth, Abby, Lily and Sebastian, and Shannon and Nathan. Will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Predeceased by his parents Stuart Campbell and Marjorie Mueller (Gilkes) and by his siblings MaryAnn Sillers and Howard Campbell.  George was a long-time resident of Camlachie and member of Camlachie United Church.  He retired from Polysar/Nova/Bayer where he worked as an Industrial Mechanic and Emergency Responder.  He was a founding member of the Camlachie Fire Department, proudly serving over 35 years.  In retirement, George took up antique tractor pulling with his restored International 300 Utility.  Another source of pride and joy was being able to return to his abiding love of playing oboe with the Lambton Concert Band, and playing in the most recent concert in December 2015.  Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 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, January 15, 2016, at Camlachie United Church, Camlachie at 11:00 a.m. with visiting one hour prior to the service.  The interment will follow in Wyoming Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Lambton Concert Band, Camlachie United Church or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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LEATHERLAND: John Alan

Posted by on January 10, 2016

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, John Alan Leatherland passed away at the age of 74. Beloved husband of 49 years to Joan (n. Houle). Loving father of Tyler of Kitchener, Sherri (Jim) Cousineau of Pt. Colborne, and Staci (Dave) Delmar of Mississauga. Cherished poppa (papa) of Shaunessy and Kieran Leatherland, Korynne and Kendra Cousineau, and Owen and Liam Delmar. Proud to be the third youngest of 15 children, and will be lovingly remembered by his siblings; James of Hamilton, Claudine Gisin of London, Ken (Joan) of Mt. Brydges, Ronald (Margaret) of Mt. Brydges, Carolynne Worrell of Newark, Delaware. Dear brother-in-law of Carmen Brunskill, Liz Leatherland, Shirley Leatherland and Colleen (Ed) Buckle. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Jim and Mary Leatherland, siblings; Alex, Jeff, Margaret, Moira, Fred, Martha, Sheila, Brian and Karen, and in-laws; Wilfred and Peggy Houle. John was a proud member for 47 years of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 663. The most important part of John’s life was his family; he will be forever remembered for his kind heart, sense of humour, bright smile and the twinkle in his eye. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Family Centre at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A private interment of ashes will take place at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The VON, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Salvation Army (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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POSTMA: Peter

Posted by on January 9, 2016

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer, at the age of 75, Peter Postma passed away at Bluewater Health. Peter was predeceased by his wife Charlotte (2009). He is survived by his loving friend and companion Linda White, his son Charles (Kelly) Postma of Holly, MI, his daughter Patricia (Harold) Niemeyer of Sarnia, ON, and his grandchildren Carley and Ethan Postma and Angelena Niemeyer. Survived by his extended family Beth (Wayne) Squire, Luke (Tia) and their child Arya, and brothers and sisters-in-law. Peter also leaves behind his siblings Harold (Johanna) Postma-de Vaan of Guelph, Tietie (Cees) Visser-Postma, Sjoukje (Egbert) Holwerda-Postma, Japke (Sjirk) de Boer-Postma, the late Reinoud Postma and Geppie (Jorrit) Jorritsma-Postma, of The Netherlands. Survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in The Netherlands, Peter immigrated in 1960 to settle in Strathroy for a number of years before making his homestead in Sarnia. He made his living driving truck for over 50 years. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with a funeral service following at 4:00 p.m. Cremation will take place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

“Voorgoed uit ons midden…voor altijd in ons hart”
“Gone today… forever in our hearts”

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STRUTHERS: Joyce

Posted by on January 9, 2016

Peacefully, on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Afton Park Place, Joyce Struthers joins her husband David Struthers of 55 years, at the age of 86. Beloved mother of James Struthers and Betsy Struthers. Adored grandmother of Jason, Mathew (Melissa) and Marilyn. Treasured great-grandmother of her dear, sweet Damien, Bailey, Ashley and Emily. Joyce is survived by nieces and nephews in Scotland: Ivar, Ruth, Edith, Gordon, David and their families. Predeceased by her parents Hazel and James Armstrong. Joyce was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, a registered nurse at Sarnia General Hospital and a nursing instructor at Lambton College. She volunteered for over 50 years with the Girl Guides of Canada. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 1194 Murphy Rd, Sarnia, on Monday, January 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society or Trinity Anglican Church (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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VAN BUSKIRK: Harold “Verne”

Posted by on January 6, 2016

It is with saddened hearts that the family of Harold “Verne” Van Buskirk announce his passing on Monday, January 4, 2016, at Bluewater Health at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Gladys Van Buskirk (2004). Loving father of Michael Van Buskirk of Salisbury, New Brunswick, and Kim (Wayne) Johnston of St. John, New Brunswick. Cherished grandfather of Tanya, Craig, Robin and Stacey, and five great grandchildren. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two brothers, Norman and Bonar, and one sister, Mildred. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, January 11, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of the donor’s choice (Cheques only at the funeral home please).

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PETSCHKE: Christy Lee (Garrick)

Posted by on January 6, 2016

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Christy Lee (nee Garrick) Petschke of Sarnia, on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the age of 40. Cherished daughter of William S. and Clair Garrick. Treasured granddaughter of William D. and the late Mary Garrick. Fondly remembered by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Lambton County Mental Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ZIELGER: Ellen

Posted by on January 6, 2016

Ellen Ziegler of Sarnia passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Bluewater Health, at the age of 93.  Ellen was predeceased by husbands Ben Ziegler and Hank Ages. Surviving Ellen are her daughters Liz Milsom (Fred) (Camlachie) and Linda Goring (Doug) (Arizona).  Ellen will be missed by her grandchildren Lisa Milsom (Waterloo), Julie Boyd (Bermuda), Todd Goring (Michigan) and Karl Goring (California). She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren.  Predeceased by her parents Elsbeth (Zinzow) and Karl Schoenijahn as well as her brothers John and Gunter. Ellen was fortunate to reside at Vision, Fiddicks and Landmark residences for the last few years. She found great enjoyment in being a member of the Red Hat Society and playing duplicate bridge as a Silver Master. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Ellen’s wishes, a private service will be held at a future date.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to Lambton Elderly Outreach (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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MELVILLE: Ruth Marie

Posted by on January 4, 2016

Our mother entered her heavenly home on Saturday, January 2, 2016, to dwell forevermore with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  The loving & devoted mother of Peg (deceased) & Stan Martin, Andy & Chris Melville, Al Melville, Beth & Russ South and Tim & Eva Melville.  Marie was treasured by her 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.  Mom was predeceased by her husband, Robert Henry Bruce Melville in 2001, her eldest daughter, Peggy Anne (Martin) in 2004, her great-grand daughter, Alyssa Marie Melville in 2003, her mother, Ruth Mabel Vanderburgh in 1991, her father, Fulton Reuben Vanderburgh in 1953 & her brother, Richard Fulton Vanderburgh in 2002. Born to a United Church pastor father & homemaker mother, Marie began her life’s journey in Thessalon, Ontario on a hot summer’s day in July, 1931, moving to & living in various communities across Ontario. Mom attended normal school (teacher’s college) after high school and then taught for several years before marrying her sweetheart Bruce, becoming a “wife of noble character” (Proverbs 31: 10-31) & then a full-time mother to her 5 children. Her passions included family, huge annual vegetable gardens, canning & freezing anything & everything, serving lovingly prepared meals in her farm home to a myriad of guests & weary travelers & faithfully serving at Temple Baptist Church (Sarnia) for many years in a variety of hands-on functions. Since 2001, Marie has been a faithful member of Huron Baptist Church in Sarnia. Following life challenges in 2004, Marie moved to Vision Nursing Home & soon became actively involved within her new community, including piano playing for Bible Study and church, reading with school-aged children & investing herself in the lives of everyone around her. Marie enthusiastically continued her card ministry to the end which not only included everyone’s birthday and most holidays, but especially, words of encouragement for anyone sick and hurting. Marie’s family sincerely appreciates the consistently high quality care & compassion of Vision’s nursing, kitchen, laundry & recreational staff members over the past 11 years as well as Dr. Patrick Boyle, Dr. Gannon, and Lynn Withers, nurse practitioner.  We also extend our heart-felt thanks to the teams of healthcare professionals at Bluewater Health, including Dr. Heather Emmeriton-Coughlin, Dr. Crombeen, Dr. Greensmith & especially, the nursing staff for your dedicated & compassionate care of our mother during her last days here on this earth. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., and friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to either the Gideons International in Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please) in lieu of flowers. Immediately following the graveside service (family only, please), a reception will be held at Huron Baptist Church, 1285 Michigan Line, Sarnia, Ontario as an opportunity to remember Marie and celebrate her life.

“When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be glory for me”

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GRANT: Gary David

Posted by on January 4, 2016

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Gary David Grant of Sarnia announce his passing.  He leaves us in his 80th year after struggling for many years with COPD. Gary was the loving husband for 59 years of Lucille (nee Houghton), father of Martin (Linda Lucas) Mason-Grant of London, Brian (Lynn Southgate) of Mandeville, Louisiana, Matthew (Lorraine Cash) of London and Jennifer (Peter) Bright of Cambridge.  He was proud Papa to Jay (Leanne), Corey, Thomas, Wesley, Sarah, Alex, Chris, Katie, Noah, Ozzie, and Whitney.  He was great-grandfather to Wally, Tilly, Ellie, and Jo.  He will be missed by his extended family and friends. Gary was born September 20, 1936 in London to George and Marjorie (nee Clark) Grant of St. Thomas.  He graduated from St. Thomas Collegiate Institute and the University of Western Ontario before entering a career in teaching, a career that took him from Tobermory, to Bright’s Grove, to Petrolia, to Sarnia as both an educator and an administrator.  He particularly enjoyed his experiences working with special needs children. He was a long-standing member of the Bluewater, then Point Edward Optimist Clubs serving in many capacities on committees and in executive roles.  His leadership brought Conductive Education to Southwestern Ontario.  CE is a program that provides a specialized form of physiotherapy to children with Cerebral Palsy. Gary was an avid Sting, Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions fan, an enthusiastic fisher, golfer, watercolour painter, and enjoyed family time and the special view from his Sandy Lane balcony. He is predeceased by his parents and his brothers Donald and Malcolm Grant. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. For friends wishing to memorialize Gary with a gift, the family urges you to consider a gift to Conductive Education, made payable to SWONT Conductive Education Trust Fund (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WESTINE: Linda Lee (Leckie)

Posted by on January 4, 2016

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, January 1, 2016, at Bluewater Health, Linda Lee Westine passed away at the age of 61. Treasured sister of Larry (Diane) Leckie, Harvey Leckie, Don (Kim) Leckie and Rob (Maureen) Leckie. Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Predeceased by her son Wayne Worsley Jr. and by her parents William and Frances Leckie. Linda was a master gardener and very much involved with the Church of Christ. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Bluewater Health Foundation or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WELSH-CRIVEA: Melissa Mae

Posted by on January 4, 2016

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Melissa Mae Welsh-Crivea on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the age of 26. Loving wife of Chad. Deeply missed by her family Gryphon, Roy, Stewy, Kiwi, Diesel, Boo, and Forrest. Predeceased by Louie. Beloved daughter of Bob and Patti (Glenn), and daughter-in-law of Norm (Carol) and Leigh (Susan).Dear sister of Cory (Elyse) and Amy, and sister-in-law of Jason (Pam), Shawn (Cathy) and Crystal (Brent). Cherished granddaughter of Nana and Russ. Fondly remembered by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Melissa will be remembered as an avid dressage rider and horse enthusiast. Her family and friends will remember her by her beautiful smile, contagious laugh and silly personality. A private family service was held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society or Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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LETTS: Brenda Ellen

Posted by on January 4, 2016

Peacefully at Bluewater Health, on December 31, 2015, Brenda Ellen Letts of Sarnia passed away at the age of 92 years. She was born on November 11, 1923, in Montreal, Quebec, and resided in Pointe Claire, Quebec, with her beloved husband the late Leslie Letts for many years until moving to be near her family. Brenda is survived by her son Marshall (Lynda); two daughters, Marilyn and Diane (Claude); her grandchildren, Christina, Karen, Allen, and Julia (Alexander); and by her brother Donald Marshall (Betty). Brenda was predeceased by her brother Geoffrey (Helen). Her family will miss her greatly. Cremation has taken place and a burial is to follow in Calgary, Alberta, at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens to reunite Brenda and Leslie. The family would like to thank the staff at Afton Park Place Somerset Wing and the Bluewater Health Palliative Care Nurses for the care provided to Brenda. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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HOWARD: Anette (Trowbridge)

Posted by on December 31, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, Anette (nee Trowbridge) Sullivan Howard passed away at the age of 79. Predeceased by the father of her children, Edgar Sullivan. Predeceased by her husband, the late Hank Howard. Cherished mother of Penny (Mark) Cornellier and Darren (Tammy) Sullivan. Treasured grandmother of Danielle (Jake) Pretty, Chantel Cornellier (Wes), Kyle Sullivan (Mel), Colin Sullivan, and Connor Sullivan and great grandmother of Brandon, Jackson, Alexis and Carson. Dear sister of Carol Leonard, Elaine Pettit, and Jerry Trowbridge (the late Karen). Predeceased by her brother Grant Trowbridge. Survived by sister-in-law Theresa. Sadly missed by her dog Miley. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. At Anette’s request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice.

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SPEARMAN: Bernice Loraine (Hyatt)

Posted by on December 31, 2015

Peacefully on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Eden House Nursing Home, Rockwood, Ontario, in her 100th year, beloved wife for 59 years of the late Mason (Mac) Spearman (2000). Survived by her sister Lois Kettle and brother, Tom Hyatt; predeceased by brothers Bob, Keith, John, Elwood (Shorty), Alfie, and sister Marion Routley. Loved and missed by her daughters Ann (Bob) Smyth, Nancy (Ken) McNab, grandmother to Ian (Anwen) Smyth, Cheryl (Dexter) Hodder and great grandmother to Sion and Gwen Smyth. Special GG to Michael and Nicholas and their parents Kendra and Jason LeDrew. Aunt “Bid” will also be missed by her numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in Arkona Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SAUL: Ruth Pauline

Posted by on December 31, 2015

Peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at North Lambton Lodge, Ruth Pauline (Somes) Saul passed away at the age of 77. Born June 15, 1938 to Robert and Edna Somes. Loving wife of Stewart for almost 48 years when he passed on October 11, 2005. Proud mother of Richard and his wife Bobbi, Jim and his wife Lisa and Janet and her husband Brandon. Pauline was a wonderful Grandma to Kristy, Kenny, Jacky, Kelly, Erika, Tara, Cassie and Aidan and 4 great grandchildren. Pauline will be missed by her brothers Jack (Joan) Somes, Wayne Somes and brother-in-law Don Oleniuk. Predeceased by her parents and siblings Enid, Hazel, Margaret, Eva, Gary and Norma. Pauline loved her large family and will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Pauline grew up on a dairy farm in Blackwell and remained close by in Aberarder and Camlachie to raise her family. She loved to spend time with her many friends at Nettles Island and McKenzie Lake and will be greatly missed in those communities. Pauline worked as a secretary at various schools within Lambton County School Board and later at Dow Chemical. She was an active member of the Camlachie Presbyterian Church, Women’s Institute and a 4-H Leader. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 1, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Smith Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Smith Family Centre. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BROOKS: Pamela Joyce

Posted by on December 31, 2015

With deeply saddened hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Pamela Joyce Brooks on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Bluewater Health, at the age of 86. Beloved wife of Bill Brooks for 64 years. Loving mother of Wm. Frederick Brooks (Jennifer Neustaedter). Cherished grandmother of Stephanie (Matthew) Hart, Sean (Andrea) Brooks, Scott Brooks (Jessica Culligan), and Shannon Brooks (Kyle McDonald) and great grandmother of seven. Dear sister of Fred Pulham (the late Marnie), Clarence (Ann) Pulham, and Veronica (Don) Stark. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A celebration of Pamela’s life will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, January 4, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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TAYLOR: Fredrick Harold

Posted by on December 31, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fredrick Harold Taylor at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health in Petrolia, Ontario, on December 29, 2015, at 81 years of age. Survived by his beloved wife Doreen and four daughters Christine Reaburn (David) of Shelburne, Ontario, Wendi Jamison (late Ross) of Fort Myers, Florida, Beverley Lawrence (Terry) of Bright’s Grove, Ontario and Kerri Gladwin (John) of Edmonton, Alberta.  Survived by brothers Howard (Pam), Harold (Jeannette) and Richard (Sandy) and sister-in-law Dorothy (late Kenneth) and their children Susan and Michael. Fred was truly blessed with 11 grandchildren, Jason, Meaghan, Kevin, Jenna, Daniel, Kevin, Paula, Adam, Jaime, Ashley and Bradley, plus he was “GG Pa” to six great grandchildren, Alexys, Tyler, Taryn, Caden, MacKenzie, Stevie and a new arrival expected in April. Predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Monda Taylor, sisters Lorraine and Kathleen and brother Philip.  Also predeceased by Doreen’s parents Evan and Beatrice Walters whom he dearly loved.  Fred leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mourn his passing. He proudly served with the Toronto Scottish Reserve Regiment from 1951 to 1953. Cremation has taken place. Please join the family at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a celebration of Fred’s life.  Words of tribute will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Parkinson Society or Bluewater Health Foundation for the Petrolia hospital staff’s excellent care, or to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

“To be remembered is to never be forgotten.”

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GRANT: William “Bill”

Posted by on December 30, 2015

Finally at peace, on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Bluewater Health, William “Bill” Grant passed away at the age of 74. Beloved partner of the late Margaret “Diane” Bailey (2012). Will be remembered by his children Todd Grant and Rod (Ann-Marie) Grant, as well as his grandchildren Abby and Emma. Dear brother of Joan George, Pat Warby, and Jim Robbins. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Will be missed by his life-long buddy Jerry “Jake” Cooper. Predeceased by his sister June Birkinshaw (1997). Bill was a retired and proud member of the Boilermakers Local 128 Union. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BUTLER: June Rebecca

Posted by on December 30, 2015

Peacefully at Vision Nursing Home, Sarnia, on Saturday, December 26, 2015, June Rebecca Butler in her 95th year. Beloved wife of 30 years of the late Ross Harry (Tib) Butler (1977). Daughter of the late John Graham and Vera Lucas. Loving mother of son Dana and his wife Nancy. Dear grandmother of Genevieve (Jeff) and Philip (Connie) and great-grandmother of Amber (Karl), Gavin, Danya and Cal. She was predeceased by brothers Duncan and Ross, and son Mark. June was born in Ekfrid Township in 1921 and spent much of her youth in the small village of Middlemiss, ON. She moved to Michigan eventually graduating from Walled Lake High School. She returned to Ontario and, after completing nurses’ training at Strathroy General Hospital, she worked as an RN at Sick Children’s Hospital, Victoria Hospital (London) and finished her career at Strathroy General. She was active in the Veritas Chapter #128 of Order of the Eastern Star (Strathroy). June spent her retirement years with her many friends playing bingo and caring for her special birds, Charlie and Joey. She will always be remembered as a compassionate and caring person who loved giving gifts to others. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful caregivers on Ontario Lane at Vision who made her last years special and to Dr. Gannon for his years of care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. All are welcome to join in a celebration of June’s life at SMITH FAMILY CENTRE, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society or Red Cross of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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REMPEL: Steven Bruce

Posted by on December 28, 2015

Suddenly, on Thursday, December 24, 2015, we lost a treasured father, son, brother and uncle. Father to Katelynn, Michael and Abbigail.  Beloved son of Murray and Denise Rempel.  Loved brother of Richard Rempel (Kerry) and Jamie Rempel.  Dear uncle of Erica and Rachel. Fondly remembered by aunts, uncles, extended family and close friends. Predeceased by his grandparents, Gilbert and Ann Rempel, David and Clare Maxwell. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Steven Rempel’s children trust fund (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HORSBURGH: Scott

Posted by on December 27, 2015

Surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Scott Horsburgh passed away at the age of 53. Beloved husband of Julie Pyette Horsburgh. Loving father of Cameron, Russell and Wesley. Cherished son of Mabel and the late James Horsburgh. Dear brother of Craig (Heather) Horsburgh, Karen Horsburgh (Gary Lennon), and Christine Brunton and brother-in-law of Al (Joanne) Pyette, Kevin (Debbie) Kemmis, Dennis (Brenda) Douwes, and Cheryl Vanhuizen (Shawn Trowbridge). Loved son-in-law of Evelyn (the late Edward) Pyette. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, from 6:00 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 Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home, with Rev. George Bell officiating. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SYMES: Virginia

Posted by on December 27, 2015

Peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at North Lambton Lodge in Forest, Virginia Symes passed away at the age of 89. Survived by her son Nicholas (Sandra) and her daughter Susan (Ronald) Jackson. Cherished grandmother of Ashley Jackson (Brent Potter), Chantelle (Martin) Meier, Justin Jackson and Samantha (Tyler) Matthews. Treasured great-grandmother of Paxton Potter, Koa Potter and Hannah Meier. Predeceased by her husband Cleo (1986), parents Mary (1986) and Bert (1977) and brother James (1997). Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to North Lambton Lodge Auxiliary.

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