SMITH: Geoffrey James of Petrolia

Posted by on March 14, 2013

Suddenly at Bluewater Health on Monday, March 11, 2013, Geoffrey James Smith of Petrolia passed away at the age of 86.  Beloved husband of Sheila Smith (nee Thompson). Loving father of Roderick Smith and his wife Chris of Hinton, AB, and Andrew Smith and his wife Reta of Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Neil, Rowan, Sean, Connor and Paige.  Geoff will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.  Cremation has taken place. At Geoff’s request no services will take place.   Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON. http://smithfuneralhome.ca/

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BROADHURST: Thomas Edwin of Sarnia

Posted by on March 10, 2013

broadhurstfrontPeacefully with his family by his side, Tom passed into eternal rest on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Palliative Care, Bluewater Health.  Dearly beloved husband and best friend of Patricia for 60 years. Loving father of Carolyn Broadhurst-de Rosenroll (Stephen), David Broadhurst, Lesley Broadhurst (Harry Teitelbaum) and Jennifer Malcolm (James). Cherished grandfather of Caitlin, Roy, Taylor, Diana, Lindsay, and Andrew. Loving brother of Geoffrey Broadhurst (Pippa) of New York and brother-in-law of Marion Davey and the late Wilkie Davey. Also survived by many caring nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  Tom lived in Kent, England during World War II, and later moved to Canada with his parents, Thomas and Mildred Broadhurst (nee Ford). He graduated from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering in 1952. Tom and Pat were married in 1953 and made their first home in Kingston, ON. There, Tom was employed as a Chemical Engineer at DuPont, and later, a lecturer at Royal Military College.   He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in 1973. Tom was a founding member of the Kingston Minor Soccer League, and one of the founding members and first Treasurer of the Canadian Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, Kingston Chapter. After moving to Sarnia in 1973, he worked at the Research Department of Imperial Oil until his retirement. Tom was also an active member with Professional Engineers Ontario and the Chemical Institute of Canada.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service commencing. Cremation to follow.  Donations in Tom’s memory will be gratefully received by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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MITCHELL: Velma “Doris” of Albany Retirement Home, Petrolia

Posted by on March 8, 2013

Mitchell - pic-CROPPEDPeacefully at Albany Retirement Home, Petrolia, on Friday, March 8, 2013, Velma “Doris” (Thompson) Mitchell, age 81 of Bright’s Grove.  Beloved wife of the late Robert James Mitchell (1989). Dear sister-in-law of Margaret (the late Don) Lennan, Norma Jean (Keith) Fisher, Marjorie Thompson and the late William Lewis, and Bill Olde. Survived by nephews Douglas Wayne Thompson and William David Thompson, both of Florida. Also survived by nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins. Dear friend of Lois White (Ralph Knutt) and special friend of Robert of Florida. Will be missed by the McGaffey family, neighbours Joe and Vi Edwardson, and Dan McHenry.   Family and friends will be received on Sunday, March 10, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service commencing.  Interment to follow in Alvinston Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Albany Retirement Home, Petrolia (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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ROWAT: John Alexander Strath of Sarnia

Posted by on March 8, 2013

ROWAT - pic croppedPassed away peacefully surrounded by family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the age of 76.  He is survived by his loving wife Nena (Washkevich) of 55 years. Dear father of David (Mindy) Pitcher, Michele Rowat (Tom Sheppard), Teresa Perfrement, Yvette Banninga, Shermaine (Brian) Primeau, and Carrie Valliant. Cherished grandfather of John (Dainah)MacLeod, Sarah Dewhirst, Jacob Dewhirst, John, Keith, Jason Banninga, Charlie Valliant, Tyson (Stephanie), Tiara (Daniel), Taylor (Shasta), Tania (Paul) and Teagan, and of 13 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters Josephine Davis, Grace Blaskievich and Marie Davis, and by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Lester Rowat, mother Laura Rowat (Graham), stepfather Harry Allen, brothers Campbell, Doug, David, and Graham, and sisters Barbara, Alice and Donna.  John was a member of Local 663 Plumbers, Pipefitters & Welders Union.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 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. Cremation to follow.  Those who wish to make a donation in memory of John may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, or the Kidney Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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AGAR: Christine Marie of Sarnia

Posted by on March 6, 2013

AGAR - obit picIt is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Christine Marie Agar announces her passing, while surrounded by her loving family, on March 6, 2013 at the age of 24.   Cherished daughter of Larry and Helene (Rodrigue) Agar. Treasured  granddaughter of Henri and Jeannine Rodrigue of Sarnia and the late Ivan (2001) and Rita (2006) Malovic of Stratford. Dear sister of Lisa and Danielle of Sarnia. Special aunt to Katelyn Agar. Beloved niece of Randy (2012) and Lorraine Boss of Corunna, Bud and Marion Agar of Stratford, Janice and Mike Gravelle of Stratford and Verne Agar (1989) of Stratford. Christine will be missed by several cousins.   Christine was a student at Lambton College and a graduate of École Secondaire Saint-François-Xavier in Sarnia.  Family and friends will be received from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home with visitation an hour prior to service.  In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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ROCH: Fern (nee Lahaie) of Sarnia

Posted by on March 6, 2013

Roch - croppedPeacefully at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Fern Roch (nee Lahaie) passed away at the age of 80.
Beloved wife of Guy for 45 years. Loving mother of Jason. Dear sister of Jacqueline, Gaetan, Jed and Jane. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Eudore and Leontine Lahaie and by her siblings Margaret, Rita, Bernard, Louise, Louis and Gabriel.   Cremation has taken place.   Family and friends will be received on Sunday, March 10, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.   A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, 390 N. Christina St., Sarnia.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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HARWOOD: Norman of Sarnia

Posted by on March 5, 2013

Norman Harwood pic-picsayOn Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, after a 6 month battle with brain cancer, Norman passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, surrounded by the love of his family.    Beloved husband for 61 years of Margarett.    Loving father of Michael Charles Harwood, John Norman Harwood, Linda (Dave) Rowlison and Robert Douglas Harwood.   Cherished grandfather of Caleb and Devin Harwood; Brad, Chad (Amy), Nadia (Nathan), Scott, Kaylah and Paige; and Jenna (Eric) Pepers and Jake. Great-grandfather of Cody, Aubree and Rafe.   Survived by his devoted brother Charlie (Ruby) Harwood, and nieces and nephews Jim (Brenda) Harwood, Beth (Dean) Snow, Mary Harwood, Ken (Sylvia) Wood, Ray Wood, Jeff (Lorna) Wood, Brenda and Marlene Wood. Also survived by special friends Dianne Chute and Diane Hughes.    Predeceased by his parents Edith and John Harwood, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters in the U.K. and his special sister Janette (George) Wood.
Norman retired from Imperial Oil after 34 years of service, and spent his retirement travelling, gardening, making wine, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Laurel Lea St. Mathew’s Presbyterian Church.  Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A service of thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with Reverend Rebecca Roushorne-Lau officiating.  Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, followed by a lunch at the Smith Family Center.
The family wishes to thank BWH Palliative Care, St. Joseph’s Hospice and its nurses, P.S.W’s and volunteers, who were so loving and gracious to Norman and our family during his stay. We will always remember the dignity and respect shown to us on his passing. Thanks also to Dr. Glen Maddison, Dr. Monique Dostaler, Dr. Eamon Gamble and Rev. Rebecca Roushorne-Lau for their care and concern.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society and Laurel Lea St.Mathew’s Presbyterian Church (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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VERGUNST: Sophia (nee Laman) of Sarnia

Posted by on March 4, 2013

Sophia Vergunst (Laman), age 94, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2013.   Predeceased by husband Leo. Survived by sons Bob (Marion), Ed (Lora), Dan (Lucia), daughter Helen (Jim) Flemming, 7 grand children and 7 great-grandchildren. At Sophia’s request, there will be no service. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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WITT: Ronald of Sarnia

Posted by on March 4, 2013

Born and raised in Calgary, son of George and Vera, beloved husband of Ruth (Peddie), passed away March 1, 2013 at the age of 77.  Loving father of two sons; Paul (Shareen) and Mark (Marilyn), and three daughters; Dawn (Derek), Tanis and Colleen.  Blessed grandfather to Taisto, Luke, Alyshia, Sara, Tyler, Jenni, Trevor (Michelle/ great grandfather to Bo), Bradley, Cole, Kelson, Liam.
He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his brother Terry (April) and sister Lynne (Dave), brother in-law Don (Lynn), sister in-law Mavis, nieces, nephews and friends from across Canada “sea to sea to shining sea”.  Ron was an ordained Presbyterian Minister who dedicated the majority of his working years to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and later the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Regional Director General, Atlantic Region.  He spent his leisure time with his wife celebrating nature and enjoying all that Canada’s wilderness has to offer. Ron was an avid and passionate rock hunter, a hobby that took him and Ruth on many wonderful adventures around the world.  Cremation has taken place.  A worship service in his memory will take place at Laurel Lea- St. Mathew’s Presbyterian Church in Sarnia on March 5, 2013.  Visitation at the church between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. followed by a worship service then light lunch. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Presbyterian World Service Development c/o Laurel Lee” St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church, 837 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 5R1 or visit website at www.presbyterian.ca/donate .  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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MCLACHLIN: Margaret (nee Moir) of Sarnia

Posted by on March 4, 2013

Peacefully on March 3,2013, Margaret McLachlin (nee Moir) of Sarnia passed away at the age of 86.  Beloved wife of the late Glen (2011). Loving mother of Dennis (Jane) McLachlin, Karen (Mike) McClung, Dan (Brenda) McLachlin and Scott (Wendy) McLachlin. Cherished grandmother of Chad (Becky), Julie (Jeff), Jen (Paul), Daniel (Katie), Ryan (Marcie), Josh (Ashley), Tye, Adam and Shawn; and 7 great grandchildren. Dear sister to Ken (Jean) Moir, Joan Hitchcock and Eileen (Jack) MacNally. She will be missed by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Irwin and Jean Moir, brothers Jack and David, sister Judy and grandson Tim McClung.   Margaret worked at Chatham Pines and Dresden Nursing Home, where she provided care to the elderly as a nursing aid. She loved spending time in her garden, cooking family dinners, and being with her special friend Sandy the cat.   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home with family and friends being received an hour prior to service.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Palliative Care, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Sarnia Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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BABCOCK: Lisa of North Lambton Lodge, Forest

Posted by on March 4, 2013

The family of Lisa Babcock announce, with sadness, her passing on March 1, 2013 at North Lambton Lodge, Forest, in her 60th year.
Lisa is survived by her siblings Andrea, Mary Jane, Peter, Michelle, and Mary Carmel, her daughter Kim and her grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her mother Vera Ronholm, (LeVecque), father John LeVecque, step-father John Ronholm, brothers John, Lawrence and Bernard and her sister Loretta.  Cremation has taken place.  An interment will take place in the latter part of the summer.   We would like to thank the staff of North Lambton Lodge for the kind care Lisa received over the years that she resided there. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the North Lambton Lodge Ladies Auxillary (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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HARKINS: Jacqueline of Sarnia

Posted by on March 1, 2013

Harkins - photocroppedPeacefully in her sleep at her residence, Jacqueline Harkins of Sarnia passed away at the age of 79.  Beloved wife of the late Harwood “Howie” (2007).  Loving mother of Delma (Dave) Lomax of Cardiff, John (Maryanne) Harkins of London and Sherri (Michael) Leclair of Mississauga.  Cherished grandmother of Sonya, Sarah, Natasha, Sierra, and Kaileigh.  Treasured great-grandmother of Jacob, Grace, Matthew, Meghan, Jade and Dax.  Dear sister of Donald (the late Joyce) Pulfer.  Aunt of Larry, Heather and Wendy.  Jacqueline was a long time member of the Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority.  Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 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 on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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PYETTE: Edward Albert of Sarnia

Posted by on March 1, 2013

PYETTE - photoinmemorycard2It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Edward (Ted) Albert Pyette, born November 5th, 1941, who passed away peacefully at age 71.  Beloved husband and companion for 52 years of Evelyn. Loving father of Allan (Joanne) Pyette, Debbie (Kevin) Kemmis, Brenda (Dennis) Douwes, Cheryl VanHuizen (friend of John VanHuizen) and Julie Matthews (Scott Horsburg). Cherished grandfather of 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Sally (the late Les) Newman, Mary-Lou (Mark) Nickels, Grace (Mark) Folan, Joella (the late Bill) Nickels and Kathie Mills and sister-in-law Rachelle Pyette. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Elsie Pyette, brother Tom Pyette, sister Jeanette Morreau and very good friend Wilfred Shawkence.  Ted was a dedicated employee of Esso Sarnia for 37 years and a devoted provider for his family. His greatest joys in life were winter getaways to Florida and camping in the summer with family and friends. He was very well known as a young hearted, humorous individual whose cherished memories will be long-lived in the hearts of those who knew him.
Family and friends will be received on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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BROWN: Beverly “Bev” (nee Reycraft) of Sarnia

Posted by on March 1, 2013

Brown-ObitPhotoIt is with broken hearts and great sorrow that we mourn the sudden passing of Beverly Brown (Reycraft) on February 24, 2013.  Beloved wife of predeceased Roy Brown, the much loved mother of Michael McLean (Paula), Tami Taylor (Larry), Don McLean (Eunice), Elizabeth Sharpe (John), Caroline King (Craig)  and loving grandmother to Tanisha, Cole, Jennifer (Brad), Sarah (Alex), Michael (Lisa), Derek (predeceased), Nerissa, Nicholas, Adam (Beth), Tara (Chris), Corbin, Devon, Gareth, Ryan, Blair, Davis, Laura and sweet great-grandmother to Avril Lee. Bev was a dear sister to Carole (Russ) Reynolds, Wayne (Joy) Reycraft and Barry (Carol) Reycraft. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.  Cherished by mother-in-law Edna Brown, brother and sisters- in-law, Lloyd Brown (Dorothy), Betty Churchill and Patricia McKinnon (Jim).  Loved by David Brown (Lori), Bonnie Brown (Chris), Beth Brown (Larry) and extended family Joleane, Paige, Corry Melmer, Kaitlyn and Kes.  Predeceased by her parents, Gordon and Anne Reycraft. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2013.  A Funeral service will follow to celebrate Bev’s life at 3:00 p.m.    Interment for immediate family at a later date.  As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, Ontario.   http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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Filed Under: London, Sarnia

GINN: David Lloyd of Sarnia

Posted by on February 27, 2013

GINN - obitpicPeacefully at his home, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, David Lloyd Ginn passed away following a brief illness.  David was the devoted and loving husband of Sheila and always proud father of; Carrie Ginn of Ottawa and Clark Ginn and his girlfriend Tara Congram of Toronto.  Cherished son of Mrs. Madge Ginn of Hamilton.  Dearly loved brother of; Wayne and Susan Ginn, Lois and Richard Tarbutt, and Brenda Ginn, all of Hamilton, brother-in-law of; Helen Johnstone of Oakville, Colleen Macdonald of Stoney Creek and nephew of; Zina Tilling. He was also much loved by his many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.  Predeceased by his father Norman Ginn, mother and father-in-law; Janette and Robert Macdonald, brother’s-in-law; Stanley Johnstone, Robert Macdonald and Michael Bryant, and many aunts and uncles.
David worked at TD Bank for 22 years, was property manager of Bingo Country for 13 years and a mortgage specialist at OMAC – Sarnia until his recent illness. In whatever position, he was known by colleagues and customers alike for his integrity, his dedication, and his particular fondness for helping others meet their goals. Indeed, wherever he went, he will always be remembered for his tremendous kindness, sense of humour, cheerfulness and the pleasure he took in taking care of others.
Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 1, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia in the evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A memorial service will be held to remember David on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church 429 Indian Rd N, Sarnia with long time friend Rev. Roger Ellis officiating.  Cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to would be greatly appreciated to The Canadian Cancer Society or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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Filed Under: Hamilton, Sarnia

PILIARIK: George of Sarnia

Posted by on February 26, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Monday, February 25, 2013 George Piliarik passed away at the age of 73.  Beloved husband of Dorothy.  Loving father of Mary-Lynn Piliarik.  Cherished grandfather of Tamara and Adam VanHoogenhuize.  Treasured great grandfather of Caiden, Hailee and Maci.   Dear brother of Helen (Ted) West and Alex Piliarik.   George is predeceased by his son Robert (2009).  Special uncle of Carla and John Cheeseman, Matthew (Julia) Piliarik, Peter Piliarik and Michael Piliarik.  Cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held.  Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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BISSONNETTE: Erral Arthur of Sarnia

Posted by on February 26, 2013

Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at LHSC Victoria Hospital on February 25, 2013, Erral Arthur Bissonnette of Sarnia passed away at the age of 64.   Loving father of Joel (Amy) Bissonnette and Jesse (Megan) Bissonnette. Cherished grandfather of Kaleb Bissonnette. Survived by brothers Ted (Debbie), Jan, Rick (Debbie) Bissonnette and sister Pam. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia with memorial visitation being held following the service from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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ALLEN: Haddie Faye of Sarnia

Posted by on February 26, 2013

ALLEN - pic editTragically as the result of an accident we have to announce the sudden passing of our dear Haddie Faye on Saturday Feb 23, 2013.  Haddie is survived by her two adoring children, Kyler Oscar John Nicholson (10) and Tavarie Fanny Jean Nicholson (7). (Mike Nicholson, father of the children) and Craig Worsley, partner.  Haddie is also survived by her mother Wendy and Ed Abra, her father Bruce and Marie Allen.  Also surviving are her brothers and sisters; Eric B.J. Allen (Susan Cruickshank), Chad & Jen Abra, Laura Abra (Mike Ward), grandmother; Lorraine Abra, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is predeceased by her grandparents; Oscar & Faye Allen, Roy & Dorothy Huggett, Dean & Jean Stewardson, and Ed Abra Sr.   Haddie was employed by Ontario Ministry of Corrections.
Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A private funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with cremation to follow.  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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LYMAN: Nancy Maude Maclachlan of Sarnia

Posted by on February 24, 2013

Lyman picturePeacefully, with her family by her side, Mom passed from her earthly home to her eternal heavenly home to be with Jesus and her beloved husband Sydney (predeceased 1991).   Mom lived a long and happy life and was thankful that God blessed her with such a loving family. Survived by her much loved children; Alan (Karen), Mary (David), David (Nancy) and Martha (Darwin), nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, sister; Wendy, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of Bluewater Health, Sarnia Site (Rehab) and Petrolia site (Continuing Care) for their compassionate care of our mom over the past many months.
Funeral service to be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 1194 Murphy Road, Sarnia, Ontario, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour preceding service.  Cremation to follow, with interment of ashes at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, Sarnia, The Inn of the Good Shepherd, Sarnia, or The Salvation Army.
Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/o

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6 NIV

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Filed Under: Sarnia

LECKIE: William Lewis of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2013

Peacefully at home in his sleep on Friday, February 22, 2013 William Lewis Leckie passed away at the age of 80.  Beloved husband of the late Frances Marie Leckie (2000).  Special friend of Kay Kreviazuk.  Loving father of Larry and Diane of Petrolia, Linda Westine of Sarnia, Harvey of Sarnia, Donald of Oil Springs and Rob and Maureen of Courtright.  Lovingly remembered by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Dear brother of Bruce and Ted.  Family and friends will be received on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, On.  A funeral will be held to celebrate Bill’s life on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia.  The interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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DOELL: Anne (nee Filipchuk) of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2013

With deeply saddened hearts the family announces the passing of Anne Doell (nee Filipchuk) at Marshall Gowland Manor on Thursday February 21, 2013.   Beloved mother of Linda Doell and Pamela (Mike) Devenny.   Cherished grandmother of Ashley Devenny and Michael Devenny.
Dear sister of Ollie (Victor), Adolph (Rosie), Bill (late Irene), Nettie (Nestor), Allie (late David), Delores (late Art) and Virginia (Denis).
Predeceased by her parents Mary and Jacob Filipchuk, brothers Martin (Alice), Eugene, Ronny, niece Sophie and nephews Jack and Terry.
Anne Doell was born in Garland, Manitoba.  She was a lady who was courageous and strong, especially when it came to the long fight with M.S. She will be forever loved and dearly missed by her family.   Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.   Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).    Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Sarnia, ON. http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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HIEMSTRA: Ken of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on February 20, 2013, Ken Hiemstra passed away at the age of 64.   Beloved husband of Linda. Loving father of Rebecca (Michel) Breault and Bryan (Sharon) Hiemstra. Cherished grandfather of Joshua, Kamryn, Benjamin, Devin, Ashton and Adrianah. Dear brother of Betty (John) Veenendaal, Vicki (Frank) Kap, Tietie (Ralph) Pittaro, and Harry Hiemstra. Predeceased by his parents Broer and Eke Hiemstra and step-mother Helen Hiemstra.   Ken was a millwright at Lambton Generating Station for over 30 years. He was a free spirit who enjoyed family time and working on the farm. Ken was a jack-of-all-trades and had a knack for fixing anything. He used his skills to build three family homes, of which he was immensely proud.  Family and friends will be received from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Cremation to follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).   www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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SANSOM: Carl Frederick of Sarnia formerly of Glencoe

Posted by on February 21, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Carl Frederick Sansom passed away at the age of 58.  Carl is survived by his sister Linda West and his nephew Jason Mitchell.  Predeceased by his parents Berns and Edna Sansom.  Cremation has taken place.     Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia.  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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DONALDSON: William “Bill” of Sarnia

Posted by on February 21, 2013

DONALDSON - obit pictureWith deeply saddened hearts, the family of Bill Donaldson announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice, surrounded by his family on February 19, 2013.  Bill leaves Betty, his loving wife and dance partner, of 28 years. Loving father of Margaret Donaldson-Kuntz (Cameron), Betty Oldham (Brian), Dr. Steven Donaldson (Anna), stepdaughter Dr. Avaleen Vopicka (Dr. Eric Winquist); proud grandfather of Allan Nekkers, Lindsay Oldham, and Matthew, Cainan and Lauren Winquist; great grandfather of Jaxon Nekkers; dear brother of Allan Donaldson (Elizabeth), sisters Marion Kehoe and Evelyn Secord, and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William and Willamina Donaldson, sister Gladys Zimmer, sister-in-law Majorie Brush, brother-in-laws Carl Zimmer, Frank Kehoe and Jim Secord.
Born in Chatham, Ontario, Bill was a member of the Sea Scouts in his youth and also built his own kayaks, enjoying a life along the banks of the Thames River. Bill was employed with Ontario Hydro for 39 years, retiring as a control room operator in 1987. Bill was a member of the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS), in addition to other professional societies, and was widely known and respected for his archaeological knowledge. He traveled extensively and enjoyed visiting many archaeological sites worldwide, with a focus on Central America and Mexico. He built an invaluable publication record with eight major reports. His first OAS report, “Research Guide to Pottery Sequences in Ontario”, remains a classic and still forms part of several Ontario universities’ archaeological curricula. Bill’s early study and survey of the Rouge River Valley and watershed aided the current movement to preserve part of the Rouge Valley in its natural state. For his accumulated decades of reputable archaeological experience in Ontario, Bill was awarded the J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal, the highest recognition given to avocational archaeologists by the OAS. Bill was an original member of the Sarnia Rock and Fossil Club and subsequently became one of the founding members of the Stones n’ Bones Museum. His enthusiasm and drive led to the successful establishment of this Sarnia museum. The many hours he spent volunteering there showed his continuing dedication to pass on scientific knowledge through public outreach to learners of all ages. Bill was also a member of the London Gem and Mineral Society and took part in all activities, with a special talent for demonstrating soapstone carving. Bill was a very active member of the Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club (SBDC). In 2001, Bill, as Director of Music, was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his years of faithful service. Bill will be fondly remembered for organizing the annual SBDC Mardi Gras events that were enjoyed by all.
A special thank you to the nurses and caregivers of CCAC, VON, Alzheimer Society, and the staff of Bluewater Health and St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Garrett, Kay Mott and Dr. Maddison.   A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Smith Family Centre.  In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://smithfuneralhome.ca/

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DEMERS: Wilfred Lawrence of Sarnia

Posted by on February 19, 2013

Peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospice Wilfred Lawrence Demers passed away at the age of 75.   Beloved husband of Jean for 55 years. Loving father of Lynne (John) Najdzion and Claire (Ricardo) James. Cherished grandfather of Hollie James, Josée James, and Curtis Najdzion. Dear son of Evelyn Paulus. Survived by his siblings Raymond, Henry, Clifford and Flo. Wilf will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.  Cremation has taken place. At Wilf’s request there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).  http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/

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