CAREY: Rebecca L. of Strathroy

Posted by on February 17, 2017

 Peacefully and surrounded by the unconditional love of her family, at London Health Sciences Centre- Victoria Hospital on Thursday, February 16th, 2017, Rebecca “Becky” Lynne Ethier-Carey of Strathroy passed away at the age of 46. Warm-hearted wife of Jeffrey Carey for 18 beautiful years. Beloved mother of Kyra, Brooklynn, Jaiden, Montanna and step mother of Melissa Christine. It is through them that her passion and free-spirit will continue to thrive on. Cherished daughter of Dianne (Nee Roberts) Ethier, predeceased by her father Joseph Ethier. Dear sister of Deb Ethier-Hamilton, predeceased by her brother David Ethier .  Life-long friend of Susan Bird (Nee Harris). Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at Caradoc Sands, 24500 Saxton Road, Strathroy, on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6-8 pm. Please dress in coloured attire (no black).  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be directed to a trust fund set up for Rebecca’s children’s education (please make cheque out to Jeff Carey – In Trust).  Online condolences accepted at www.denning.ca

DENNING’S OF STRATHROY
519-245-1023

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NYHAN: John of Victoria, BC Formerly of Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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born December 14, 1939, Clonakilty, Co Cork, Ireland. Passed away peacefully on the morning of November 29, 2016, at Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, BC. Survived by wife Margaret, children Sean (Terry), Kelly (Ronette), Erin, Tara-Leigh (Jeffrey), and Kerry, and step-children Keri-Lee (Doug) Kris, and grandchildren Brendan, Rebecca, Lucas, Taylor, Sara, Eunbai, Connor, Faye, Gemma, Alex, Emily, and TJ. John immigrated to Canada from Ireland as a young man alone in the world. He built a life for himself and his family that could only be described as colourful. He eventually settled on Vancouver Island, which bore the closest resemblance he could find to the home he had left in Ireland. He had a great love of poetry, literature, fine food, and a tidy tumbler of Irish Mist Whiskey. We will miss his tremendous sense of humour, his quick wit, and most of all, his enduring love for his children and grandchildren. His was the road less travelled.

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ADAMS: Vivian Elizabeth of Merritt Formerly of Ladner, Richmond, Worcester, United Kingdom

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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Vivian Elizabeth Adams of Merritt, British Columbia died peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital following a brief struggle with Lymphoma. She passed on surrounded by her husband and in the presence of her children at 3:46pm on February 6th 2017.

Vivian was born in October 14, 1952 in Burnaby, British Columbia. She had an adventurous spirit and lived her life between Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Vivian brought life to the world, first as a midwife, and then through the birth of her children. Her faith in God brought her peace, happiness and strength throughout her life.

She is survived by her loving children Aaron, Joseph, Luke, her daughter in-law Debra, Iain, Ruth, Joshua, Peter, and Samuel, as well as her husband James, her sisters Jaqueline, Katherine and her brother Daniel and her many nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the BC Cancer Research Centre. There will be a celebration of Vivian’s life held at Ladner Christian Fellowship Church on 5545 Ladner Trunk Road in Delta BC on February 11th 2017. Viewing will be held at 1pm, with a service following at 2pm.

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KING: Suzanne (Sue) of Denholm Formerly of Quebec, British Columbia, Smith Falls, Ottawa

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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With great sadness we share the passing of Suzanne (Sue) Elizabeth King, (Denholm, PQ, BC, Smith Falls, Ottawa), aged 46, on January 24, 2017.

May her loving son (Jesy), mother (Joanne), sisters, (Kt, Sandy), extended family (related and by kinship), constant companions, close community, and many friends, take some comfort in knowing Sue appreciated and loved us dearly.

We celebrate Sue by remembering her essence as radiant, generous, reflective, comical, curious, grateful, openhearted, and loving.

Donations to Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), much appreciated.

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SKERRETT: Elizabeth Mae of Toronto

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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On January 31st, 2017 Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, in her 68th year following a brief illness with cancer. Born in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, on September 14, 1949 to Cecil and Anita Skerrett. Elizabeth was warm, compassionate, generous and a valued member of the Cabbagetown Community, most notably through her thousands of hours of charity work at both Saint Luke’s United Church and Dixon Hall Meals-on-Wheels program. Having lived most of her life in Toronto, Elizabeth embraced the music, visual arts and numerous performances and festivals the city always had to offer. Among her family, she is remembered as being courageous through life’s challenges, resolutely independent, and gracious. Elizabeth is known by her friends as always supportive with a kind soul, and members of her church remember her as always being such a presence of quiet grace. Loving mother to Shaniah Leduc and son-in-law Scott, and step-grandmother to Katherine who loved her short bread cookies and remembers her as always being generous with gifts. Elizabeth cared deeply for the well-being of her brother Glyn and sister-in-law Marleen, niece Kristy and nephew Gregory (Suzanne) Skerrett, and brothers William (Rhea) and Albert. She was a beloved friend to many from her church and community whose friendships Elizabeth so dearly cherished and to whom her family is thankful for enriching her life. We are grateful to Elizabeth’s dedicated family physician Dr. Susan Shepherd and nurse Barbara for their years of support, and more recently the care teams from The Temmy Latner Center, CCAC (Mary and Claudia), and all staff at Bridgepoint 4 North. A memorial service will be held in the spring at her church, Saint Luke’s United Church. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Luke’s United Church, 353 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON M5A 2S3.

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HANSEY: A. Ferne of Foxboro

Posted by on February 14, 2017

HANSEY, Audrey “Ferne” – of Foxboro, entered into rest at Quinte Healthcare Belleville General Hospital on Monday February 13th, 2017 in her 89th year. Daughter of the late Robert Francis (Frank) Easton & the late Emma Elizabeth (nee Walker). Beloved wife of the late Ernest Hansey. Cherished Mother of Raymond (Connie) Hansey of Nanaimo, B.C., Ronald (Jan) Hansey of Stirling, Paul (Barbara) Hansey of Stirling and George Hansey of Picton. Also lovingly remembered by grandchildren, John, Donna, Adam (Natalie), Sarah (Robert), David, Kristen (Justin) & Damien and great grandchildren, Merissa, Neilia, Baylea, Abigayle, Colby, Jayden and Everly. Dear sister of Walter Easton of Belleville. Predeceased by siblings, Robert Easton and Edith Jeffs (late husband Bert). Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Sunday evening February 19th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Emmanuel United Church in Foxboro on Monday February 20th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service. Rev. Bob Matheson officiating. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

If desired, donations to the Emmanuel United Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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DAVIES: LOIS EMELINE (NEE HENDERSON) OF SARNIA

Posted by on February 13, 2017

DAVIES- LOIS EMELINE, (nee Henderson) of Sarnia, surrounded by her family passed away at Marshall Gowland Manor on February 12, 2017 at the age of 79. Beloved mother to Jim Davies (Lorie Ann), Doug Davies, Sue McGeachy (Dave) and Rick Davies (Wendy).  

Grandma to Brianna, Mike, Joshua, Caleb, Charity, Joel, Jewel, Shawna and Leah.   

Predeceased by, her husband Norman Davies (2000) and her sister Beryl Steadman. Lois was a long time employee at Polysar, she did so much with SMAA involvement, spent her time knitting, crafting and she was an avid teddy bear collector. Lois spent time in the garden and travelling with family and friends. She will always be remembered for her enormous generosity and her kind and gentle nature. The family would like to express their huge appreciation to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor for their compassion and loving care for Lois during her stay there.

A Funeral service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on February 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. William Steadman officiating. Visitation will take place on Thursday 16, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Lois may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia Lambton.

Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia)

Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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WOJTECKI: Stanley of St. Catharines, formerly of St .Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

WOJTECKI, Stanley, of St. Catharines, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in his 98th year.  Beloved husband of the late Krystyna (nee Siwek) Wojtecki (2008).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Smith (Richard) of Dacula, GA, Edward Wojtecki (Pam Maw) of St. Catharines, ON and Irene Williams (Mark) of Smithers, BC.  Devoted grandfather of Ryan Smith of Jacksonville, FL, Meagan Glover (Eddie) of Franklin, TN, Haley Williams, and Michael Williams, both of Smithers, BC.  Proud great grandfather of Camden Glover of Franklin, TN.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by four brothers and a sister. Born in Pogorzalki, Poland, June 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Antoni and Apolonia (nee Dombrowska) Wojtecki.  He was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London and also worked as a carpenter.  Stanley was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, and Polish National Union Branch #15, St. Thomas.  During the Second World War, he served with the RAF.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas, and the details will be announced at a later date in the summer.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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MATWYUK, Kenneth of Belleville

Posted by on February 1, 2017

Matwyuk, Kenneth – peacefully at his residence, with family at his side, on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in his 69th year.  Son of the late John and Frances Matwyuk.  Beloved husband of Deborah (nee Tripp) of Belleville.  Loving father of Peter (Ashley) of Stirling and Proud grandfather of Lillianne. Dear brother of Marie Cole of Lower Sackville, NS, Michael (Deborah) Matwyuk of Prince George, BC and Janine (Blaine) Brethour of Penticton, BC.  He will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and extended family. Ken was a Trustee of Genoa Assembly #0863 and a former Treasurer of Archbishop Wilhelm Council #1008 of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid outdoorsman, an active member of Holy Rosary Parish and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday, February 3rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus leading prayers at 5:30 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 169 North Park Street on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with Interment of the urn at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Holy Rosary Building Fund, The Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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JOHNSON (nee Clark): Ivy Ward of Kelowna, B.C Formerly of Kamloops, B.C

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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JOHNSON, Ivy Ward (nee Clark)
Mrs. Ivy Ward (Clark) Johnson passed away peacefully in Cottonwood Care facility, Kelowna, B.C. on November 19, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
Ivy is predeceased by her loving husband Carl William Johnson, December 1, 2008, age 87 years.
Ivy was born February 8, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta to John and Sarah Clark who emigrated from Liverpool, England with sister Hilda. In 1939, the family moved to Kamloops, B.C. where Ivy later met Carl and they married on September 2, 1953. Ivy and Carl were married for 55 years and had 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Daughter, Charlene (Johnson) and husband Larry Scott of Sherwood Park, Alberta, have two children, Jenna and Thomas Scott. Thomas Scott (grandson) and wife Jenna have one son (great grandson) Maxwell in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Son, Stewart Johnson of Kelowna, B.C. has two children, Sarah and Michelle Johnson (granddaughters).
Daughter, Heather (Johnson) and husband Roger Gabel of Kelowna, B.C. have two children, Rex and (Tammy) of Las Vegas, Nevada. Jenifer and (William) and children of Moorpark, California.
Daughter, Janet (Johnson) and husband Dana Kaplanchuk of Maple Ridge, B.C. have five children, Amy, Kelsey and Holly (Johnson) Young (grandchildren), Shawn and Michelle Kaplanchuk.
Ivy was a dedicated daughter of Rebekah Lodge since 1951, and believed in the creed of “friendship, love and truth”. A vital importance to Ivy was keeping family and friends connected.
The family would like to thank Dr. S. Erasmus, Missionwood Retirement Resort Home and Cottonwood Care Centre, for their exceptional attention to care, compassion, empathy and mindfulness.
It is a great loss set upon our family, but with our faith in God that our mother (Ivy) instilled in us, we will endure. God Bless.
Memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined and announced.
Should family or friends so desire, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society or any organization of need. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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RICHARDS: Shauna Leigh (Shaunski) of Winnipeg Formerly of Courtenay and Kelowna

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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Richards, Shauna Leigh Oct 2, 1977 – Dec 18, 2016 There are no words to express our shock and sorrow with the sudden passing of our beautiful, spirited, loving Shauna, who died in Winnipeg, at the age of 39. Grandpa’s “little Toad” was called home to the open, loving arms of her family in heaven. Shauna was born in Ladysmith, BC In 1977. Her short life took her on a journey through Nanaimo, Nimpkish, Vernon Camp, Woss, Port McNeill, Courtenay, Westbank, Kelowna, and finally Winnipeg. The fuel in your engine, the Baileys in your coffee, the spark to ignite fireworks, and a trigger for an hysterical belly laugh are only a few analogies to describe Shauna! Always searching to fill a void, Shauna became lost after the death of her dad in 1994, and now she is found. She was known to pedal the Winnipeg streets on her mountain bike; her tiny dog, “Ruff”, tucked close to her body, hair flying in the wind like her dad, Brian, on his Harley! Be together finally and entertain in heaven! Shauna was predeceased by her dad, Brian,, sister Kelly, grandparents Anne and Sanford Garrah, and Jean and Ken Richards. A colourful journey, on sometimes bumpy roads, was Shauna’s path to eternity. She leaves behind her mom, Sharon, siblings Mike McNulty, Shannon (Clint) Cadwallader, Matt (Carly) Richards, partner Shaun, and stepson Marcus. Also mourning her passing aunts and uncles Judy (Wayne), Chris (Marcie) and cousins Patrick (Barb), Terry (Heather), Morgan, and Darcy (Catherine) and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Shauna will be buried close to her dad in the Port McNeill cemetery at a later date. Donations in Shauna’s name, to SPCA or Canadian Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers, would be greatly appreciated. Love you forever and ever “Our beautiful little Toad”. Picture can be viewed at Campbell River Mirror online.

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DORRINGTON: Robert (Bobby Allen) of Gold River, BC Formerly of New Glasgow, NS , Halifax, NS

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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Obituary for Bobby Dorrington
ROBERT ALLEN DORRINGTON
06 JAN 1939 – 26 MAR 2016
It is with unspeakable grief that I write this to tell you all our Bobby Allen’s mother, Dora, has come for him .
He left quietly, in dignity, at 0545 26th March 2016 with a sense of peace about him. Bob was 77.
Bob was a remarkable human being who loved his life and his family.
His life was turned upside down when at the age of 16 he suffered the loss of his mother. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy , married and had three children, two daughters, Carla in Dartmouth, NS and Robin of Maui, USA The loss of an infant son, Robbie troubled him for many years. Carla and her husband, Philip gave him two grandchildren, Zackery and Vanessa. Sadly he was never able to meet his great grandchildren, Gavin and Aria, the children of Zackery and his wife Shannon. Robin and her husband Charles, gave him five grandchildren, Jezua, Judah, Jahlani, Malaika and Kawai.
His navy career spanned 25 years, 162 days where he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (Master Warrant Officer). He served on many ships in the Halifax area and on the west coast at Esquimalt where he met and married Villoy Mitchell in 1981. He was a warm and loving step-dad to Sandilea, Paul, Caara, Clayton and Jeffrey and a great step-granddad to their children. He himself found joy in the devotion of his little dog, Shayda. He was a good brother-in-law to Llewellyn who predeceased him, Loretta, Thomas (Anne), Bim(Greg) and uncle to their respective children.
Upon his retirement from the RCN he embarked upon a second career as a Test & Trials engineer for Saint John Shipbuilding where he remained for thirteen years. He again retired and came back to the west coast to spend 7 years as an RCMP guard.
During Bob’s lifetime, he encountered many racisms, his maternal roots going back to Sierra Leone, Africa while his paternal roots stemmed from Iceland , Scotland and Norway.. He grew up in a warm and loving family with his mother, the former Dora Lawrence , step-father Bill Dorrington and a step sister, Mona Cromwell becoming a much loved uncle to Mona’s children, in a very racist community however he always said he had few regrets in spite of the adversities thrust upon him.
Bob loved to volunteer – he enjoyed working with the disabled at the riding academy in Duncan, BC and being a member of the Malahat Lions Club. He was an avid curler for many years enjoying the prestigious honour of a seven ender under his leadership .
He was indeed a gentleman.
There will be no formal service. We ask that you honour his life with a random act of kindness .
He is at peace as are we his family who wish to express a grateful appreciation for the kindness and loving care Bob received at the Little Mountain Manor in Parksville during his last days.

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BUCKLAND: M.D. ‘Judy’ of Port Coquitlam BC

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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On December 16, 2016, beloved wife, mom and gram passed away peacefully at Crossroads Hospice in Port Moody. Predeceased by her mother Bertha, survived by her husband Doug, children Janelle (Rob), Bryan (Joyce) and Sandra (Henk) and grandchildren Bryanna, Brittany, Ethan and Sophia. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Coquitlam.

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FARQUHARSON: Elizabeth Jean of Courtenay Formerly of Aberdeenshire

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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Elizabeth Jean Farquharson November 18 1929 – December 23 2016

Elizabeth passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 23rd; she is survived by her three children, George, Ian, Diane, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Born in the winter of 1929 in a small village of Aberdeenshire Scotland, Elizabeth began her life on a working farm in northern Scotland. Life was harsh, and Elizabeth developed a tenacious competitive spirit, and a stainless steel will power that would drive her for the rest of her life.

During the 1970’s when gender equality was merely an idea in many minds Elizabeth was walking the walk, and powering her way through the world of business with relentless vigor. Elizabeth’s strength of character pushed a Comox Valley farm stand selling corn by the dozen into a multi million dollar enterprise. Elizabeth was an active member of many Comox Valley community organizations, always outgoing, welcoming, and open to everyone. Regardless of what she was doing, at all times Elizabeth did it her way.

By her own request there will be no funeral. Memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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BEALLE (Wilson Ramgren): Hilda, Kathleen (Kathy) of West Kelowna, BC Formerly of Lumby BC, Coquitlam BC, Vernon BC, Keremeos BC

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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BEALLE, Hilda Kathleen ‘Kathy’ (Wilson, Ramgren) passed away on January 8, 2017 at 72 years of age.

Born in Coronation, Alberta on June 27, 1944, Kathy moved to the Okanagan, settling in Lumby B.C. at a young age. The oldest of 11 Wilson children, she is survived by brothers Ken, Dennis, Don, Doug, Terry, sister/best friend Karen.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents Roy and Esther Wilson, brothers Rick, Tim, Robert, and Ron and her son, Robbie.

Married in 1966 to Craig Ramgren (d.1974) with whom she had three children, Trent (Rena, Jessica), Fred (Theresa) and her daughter, Trenna. Trenna took charge of Kathy’s cargiving during her illness, ensuring she was comfortable and cared for during her final days.

She married a second time in 1981 to Ed Bealle, and had her youngest son, Kerby (Lindsay). Kathy’s family grew to welcome her 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, who all were her pride and joy. She leaves numerous neices, nephews, aunts, uncles, countless family and friends.

Kathy lived in Coquitlam, and thru the Okanagan, including Vernon, Keremeos, and Kelowna. She spent her working career in the service industry, working in resaurants, hotels and casinos. Known for her hard work, and genuineness Kathy was beloved by her co-workers and customers thru her various careers.

As the eldest of 10 siblings, she was born into a matriarchal and leadership role. Kathy carried that role with pride thru her life. Whether it was with her own 5 children, any family member, friend in need, or with her over 20 years of membership with GA. Like Johnny Cash, she always cheered and stood up for the underdog.

Kathy leaves behind collections of Kris Krisofferson records, wind chimes, mystery novels, GA chips, and family/friends who will be forever grateful for the strength, independence, love and spirituality that she shared.

Special thank you to the nursing and care staff at Interior Health who provided superb support and care for Kathy, ensuring her comfort in her home was maintained.

In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Red Cross.

A Celebration of life will be held for Kathy on January 29, 2017 at 1pm
Okanagan Landing Community Hall, located in Paddlewheel Park
7813 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC.

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PURCHASE: Jason Warrick of Abbotsford

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son and brother, Jason Warrick Purchase who was taken from us on January 21, 2017. He is survived by his mother and step-father Joan and Robert Laidlow, his father and step-mother Desmond and Sue Purchase and his sisters Nicole, Janine, Amy and Thea. Jason your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. May you rest in peace our dear boy. We all love you so much.

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WHITEHEAD: Jordan Ian of Burnaby

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our son and brother, Jordan Ian Whitehead, after a courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jordan’s bright and beautiful spirit was freed from his ailing body at the age of 23 early in the morning on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Vancouver General Hospital while surrounded by family.

Jordan was the youngest of three children, born on September 7, 1993 in Nanaimo, BC. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Whitehead; and his beloved dog, Sparky. Jordan is survived by his parents, Ian and Diane (Hendrickson) Whitehead; sister, Melanie (Hendrickson) Guenther; brother, Ryan Whitehead; maternal grandparents, Keith and Anne Hendrickson; his cat, Oz; and a shitload of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Jordan’s favorite sayings were “Blargh” and Rooster Teeth quotes, such as “I will eat your unhappiness”. Favorite songs, Spread Your Wings by Queen and Its My Life by Bon Jovi. Favorite shows, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. He loved chicken strips, anything peachy, the Discovery Channel, and the anime and manga franchise Naruto. He would often make up his own words and songs that usually only made sense to him. He enjoyed activities such as family poker games, listening to Rooster Teeth podcasts, playing online games with his brother, attending Camp Squamish, Pax11, Vancouver Canucks games and staying at Canuck Place. Jordan despised peas, heights and being poked. He also thought babies were weird.

Jordan was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, brother, grandson, and friend. Even in his final moments, he was a model of strong will and sheer determination. We will miss his keen sense of humor, silly songs, his ability to tell it like it is and his beautiful blue eyes.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 7 (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in the North Shore Ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites, located at 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities in Jordan’s name.

• Muscular Dystrophy Canada
• Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
• Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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SUMNER: Mary of London

Posted by on January 23, 2017

SUMNER, Mary…..
After a nine year struggle with neuroendocrine cancer, Mary passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at home in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Jim Sumner for 55 years. Devoted and loving mother of Martha (Wayne) Nickoli and Dave Sumner. Cherished grandmother of Patrick & James Nickoli. Dear sister of Carol Leeson, Sylvia McKinlay both of B.C., Barry (Myrna) McKinlay of Tillsonburg and David (Lori) McKinlay of Sarnia. Dear sister-in-law of Charlie (Wendy) Sumner, Linda Brighton and Judy Sumner. Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mary’s last assignment with the TVDSB was as an ESL teacher at Princess Elizabeth P.S. Friends will be received by family from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. In keeping with Mary’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London.  A special thank you to the VON PSW’s and the VON Palliative PSW’s and nurses for their caring support  over the last few months. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the London Health Sciences Centre Oncology Department, or charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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FOWLER, Roy Donald, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 17, 2017

FOWLER, Roy Donald, 63, of St. Thomas, ON, passed away at home on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Roy was born on February 21, 1953 in Simcoe, ON.  He was predeceased by his parents Donald (2015) and Bernice (2001), and is lovingly remembered by his sister Anne and her husband Robert Neill.  Roy was a devoted uncle to his nephews, Christopher Neill (Christina) and Todd Neill (Andrea), and loved spending time with his great nephews and nieces who will miss him dearly.  He is also fondly remembered by several cousins and the entire Neill family.  Roy was a graduate of Arthur Voaden Secondary School, and a lifelong resident of St. Thomas.  He enjoyed a career working for Emerson Network Power (formerly Reliance Telecommunications) for more than thirty years.  He leaves behind many friends in the community.  Roy’s idea of a perfect day was lunch at Ted’s Place, sunny weather, and nothing but his motorcycle and the open road to Port Bruce and back.  Roy will always be remembered for his wonderful laugh, and even though he is no longer with us, we are comforted that he is at peace now.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and private interment will be made in the St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave.  A service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario or the Canadian Mental Health Association (Elgin Branch) will be gratefully acknowledged.

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”  Helen Keller

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MILTON: Deborah Jane of Sarnia

Posted by on January 16, 2017

MILTON, Deborah Jane – It is with great sorrow that the family of Deborah Jane Milton announce her sudden passing at Afton Park Place, Sarnia on Monday, January 16, 2017. Cherished mother of Pamela Bailey of Hundred Mile House B.C. and Alex Bailey (Debbie Arabia) of Kamloops B.C.. Loved Grandma of Kura, Reid, Tia & Kale Bailey. Great-Grandma of Aiden and Quinn. Much loved sister of Mary Ann Powell (Lorne) of Corunna and Martha Wilson (Dan) of Petrolia. Special Aunt to Lee (Bonnie) Merrick, Lance Merrick, Kyle Merrick and Julie (Ryan) Bedard. Predeceased by her parents Joseph & Bernice Milton of Brigden and special nephew Brent Merrick. Deb had a wonderful sense of humour, loved family gatherings, playing cards, classic rock music and sharing memories of the good times. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the loving care given to Deb from the wonderful staff of the Sarnia Dialysis Unit and the staff of Afton Park Place. Friends will be received Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden. Funeral Service to be held Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the funeral home with Allan McKeown officiating. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make contributions to the Bluewater Health – Dialysis Unit, Sarnia or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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BRADT: Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 12, 2017

BRADT, Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, passed away surrounded by family at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in her 72nd year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Bradt (1984).  Dearly loved mother of Rick Bradt (Cathy) of Halifax, NS, Brian Bradt (Gislaine) of Ottawa, ON, David Bradt (Brian) of Victoria, BC, and Tammy Miles (Ken) of Lake Providence, LA.  Proud grandmother of Emily, Kaylin, Cameron, and Taylor.  Dear sister of James Vickery of Thunder Bay.  Dear sister-in-law of Charlene (nee Bradt) and Morley Doan of Port Dover.  Also fondly remembered by cousin, Jeannette Fulton (Jim) of St. Thomas, several nieces and nephews, as well as her good friend and neighbour, Michelle.  Jean was born in Port Alice, BC on December 29, 1945.  She was the daughter of the late David Vickery and the late Angela (nee Houghton) Andrews.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the STEGH (4th floor) and at the London Regional Cancer Program.

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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HUGHES, Wenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 10, 2017

HUGHES, WENDAWenda (Wendy) Lee Walker Hughes passed away peacefully after a lengthy cancer battle under the compassionate care of Dr. Maddison and St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, Ontario. Wendy is survived by children Tom; Vancouver, Ryan (Michele Fliss); Sarnia, and Natasha (John Germain); Toronto. Wendy was born August 15, 1940 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to the late Joseph and Mary (MacLean) Walker. Wendy leaves behind siblings John (Carmaine); Halifax, Catherine Roberts (Richard); Pittsfield, Mass., Maureen MacDonald (Ross deceased 2006); Sydney, Marion Beaton (John) Mabou, Everett (Mona); Sydney, Charles (Wendy); Calgary, Gordon (Marsha); Calgary, Joanne Chase (Steve); Halifax and sister in law Angela (Alec) MacDonald; Sarnia, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Wendy is predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Thomas Hughes (2007). In the spring of 2010, Wendy was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Her determination led her to surpass all odds and overcome many setbacks over the course of her battle. Much of that will and strength came from her affection for her grandchildren, Sydney, Cameron, Morgan, Leo, Harper, Thomas, and Preston. Wendy would not have been capable of enduring many parts of her journey if it had not been for her Angel Warriors holding her up every step of the way. She was given the gifts of dignity and respect during her illness by her coach, leader, confidante, and powerhouse, Amy Hughes, as well as the unwavering support from her lifelong friends, Fran, Marg, Elaine, Donna, and Edith. Sarnia’s CCAC and the VON teams cared for Wendy regularly and their visits often made her day. The entire Bluewater Health staff in Oncology, Emergency, ICU, and Palliative all gave Wendy exemplary care, particularly Dr. Dosteler, Dr. Yoshida, and her G.P. Dr. Borek. Arrangements have been entrusted to D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 Victoria St N, Sarnia). Cremation and a private family service has taken place. Should you wish to make donations in her name, kindly consider St. Joseph’s Hospice, or Canadian Alzheimer Society. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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ERSKINE: Donald Graham of Oakville

Posted by on January 2, 2017

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Its with regret we announce the passing of Don Erskine in his 95th year. At the same time we celebrate the transition of his life here into the next with Jesus.
Erskine, Donald Graham January 26 1922 – December 26 2016 Peacefully at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.  Don in his 95th year has moved on to be with Jesus, his Lord. The Son of Arthur and Mary Erskine, Beloved husband of Ruth Jean Erskine (nee Southern) of 65 years.  Loving Father of Doug Erskine of Phuket Thailand, Rick (Lita) Erskine of Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Paul (Janet) Erskine of Binbrook Ontario and Tim (Ritva) Erskine of Ottawa, Ontario.  Loving Grandfather to Darryl, Andrea, Natasha, Joshua, Joel, Sarah, Jonathon and Nicholas. Great Grandfather to Corban, Kayley, Kendall, Paul and Ruth.   Predeceased by his Loving Sister Jean Isabel Feasby and her husband Wilf Feasby. He will be missed by Jean and Wilf’s children Tom (Isabel), Jim (Linda), and Anne Hendrie (Peter) and their many family members. He will also missed by his sister Inlaw Noni and Husband John McColm and family, Gwen (Colin) Reynolds, Margie (Mike) O’Donnell, Pat McColm and their many family members.
Don began his years in Regina moving on to Lambeth, London and marrying to move on to Sudbury, Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Etobicoke and finally Palermo Oakville. Don and Ruth spent many wonderful summers with family at their Cottage on Round Lake and winters in their Florida residence in Riverwoods Plantation.
Don’s great love in life was music, playing violin in four different Symphony Orchestras including Regina, London and Hamilton philharmonic Symphonies and he played trumpet in various dance bands including The Johnny Downs band in the 1940’s and kept playing trumpet in various bands until he was in his 80’s.  He also taught himself to play piano and composed several songs that we still listen to today. In his 70’s and 80’s he entertained with the piano in many venues. It seemed which ever instrument he chose he found a way to master it.
Don completed University at Western in London and joined the RCAF in 1944 during World War II. He was selected as a fighter pilot but later trained as a flight engineer to join the war effort aboard a Lancaster Bomber. The war ended before he could go to action.
Many Thanks to Friends and staff at Palermo Village and Staff at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Special Thanks To Gail Lewis for giving special care to Don in his last days.
Visitation with Family- Thursday Jan. 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
An Informal Celebration of  Life for Don Erskine  – Friday Jan 6th  from 1:00 to 4:00.
To be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3114 Dundas St W, Oakville, ON L6M 4J3.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Salvation Army or to St. Luke’s Anglican Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

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HAWKINS: William of Belleville

Posted by on January 2, 2017

Hawkins, ,William (Retired Belleville OPP Detachment Commander),  passed away at QHC-Belleville General Hospital on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Cronk) Hawkins.He was predeceased by his parents, the Late Jesse and Beulah (nee Ford) Hawkins. Dear father of Kimberly and Jennifer Hawkins, both of Belleville, Calvin, of BC, and Christopher (Kristy) of Woodstock, ON. Bill was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Matthew (Nikki), and Joshua Gjelstad; and Caitlyn, Jesse, Ellie, and Cooper Hawkins. Bill was also loved by four great-grandchildren: Noah, Hannah, Mikaela, and Joshua. Bill is  survived by two sisters, Marion (David) Weedmark, of London, and Gloria (Leo) Heyboer, of Kingsville. Bill will be sadly missed also by Shirley’s family: sisters Doris Smith and Mary (Ross) Lumley, both of Belleville, and brothers Harold Cronk of Wellington and Walter (Judy) Cronk of Bloomfield. Bill was also respected by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville. (613-968-2273). The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home on Thursday, January 5th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The Funeral Service will take place at the Steele Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, January 6th, at 10:30 am. Stan Fergusson L.L.D. officiating. Private Family Inurnment to take place at Belleville Cemetery Niche Wall at a later date. Following the funeral, there will be further opportunity to share memories and fellowship with the family at the Steele Family Centre, adjacent to the funeral home. Memorial Donations to BGH Foundation (Oncology) would be appreciated by the family.

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KORZENOSKI: Earl of Vernon Formerly of Grandview, Manitoba; Sicamous, BC; Norway House, Manitoba

Posted by on January 1, 2017

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On December 16, 2016 Earl Korzenoski at the age of 86 passed away peacefully at his home in Vernon, British Columbia with his wife Nellie (Holomay) at his side as well as his children. Earl faced his illness with courage, grace and dignity.
He leaves behind his daughters Bernice, Heather (Harry), Audrey (Glen), Kim (Doug) and son Earl (Catherine) plus his 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He had a special bond with all of his sons- in-law Harry, Rob, Doug, Willie and Glen. As well he will be missed by his brother Edward and wife Florence, plus his sister Jane and Dennis.
Earl was predeceased by his son Lloyd, mother Pauline, father John, brother Malcolm, sisters Stella, Frankie and Lillian as well as his relatives Mike and Annie Holomay, Stella and Melvin Prokopowich, Tillie and Bert Ouelette, Adam Posyniak, Edward and Nick Holomay, George and Barry Persunka, Bob Stretch, Mike Stykylo and Frank Puchailo.
Earl took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments through the years. He was their greatest cheerleader and was always there to lean on when life was tough. Nothing would stop him from visiting his family even the many miles he had to travel to maintain contact . He is remembered by his large hands that would hold you with lovingness.
Earl was born in Venlaw, Manitoba on April 8, 1930 and grew up and worked on the farm with his family. He worked in Sudbury, Ontario cutting pulp wood as a teenager. Earl and Nellie were married on October 1, 1952; they met when Nellie was teaching in the one room school in Venlaw, where they lived for two years on the farm. They were married for sixty- four wonderful years. Earl and Nellie moved to Toronto Ontario where Earl worked in a car factory. From there they moved to Atikokan, Ontario; first working driving a taxi then working in the mine. Earl had an accident while working at the mine and spent several months in Toronto Hospital ; he did not let this define his life. From there the family moved first to Gilbert Plains, Manitoba for a short period of time and then to Grandview, Manitoba where they raised their family for twelve years. Earl managed the B/A oil plant and worked closely with many farmers in the community. He was on Town Council in Grandview. He then ran his farm equipment business with his brother Malcolm. In 1971 they moved to Brandon for one year and then moved to Norway House, Manitoba for another twelve years. Earl was the Superintendent of Operations for the Frontier School Division during this time. From there they moved to Fort Nelson, British Columbia where he worked for Northern Metallic. In 1985 they moved to Salmon Arm with the intention of retiring. Within the next year Earl & Nellie operated an Esso station in Sicamous, British Columbia for three years. He officially retried when he was 60. They continued to live in Sicamous for twenty-four years. They moved to Kelowna in 2014 and then to Vernon in 2016. As demonstrated by his strong work ethic Earl proved that working hard had great rewards. His commitment to family was shown everyday in his life through his actions.
Earl lived his life with a strong sense of fairness, honesty and integrity in his personal life, with his family and his working relationships. He always kept himself busy living life fully. He had many passions including farming, hunting, golfing, cutting firewood, fishing, boating, walking, cooking and fixing all sorts of running machines. He liked to travel and when he did he included as many of his family members as he could, sometimes driving a caravan throughout the provinces and Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Earl always had his doors open to his home. Over the years family stayed for long periods of time sometimes working with him at his businesses and sharing their lives with him. Earl helped in the raising of his grandchildren; with some living with him for many years. Earl loved being a mentor and friend to the people in his life. He was willing to share his time, energy and wisdom with all.
Earl had a great sense of humor and loved to tease everyone. Earl’s motto was laugh as often as you breathe. He showed us how to be open and accept change, how to be excited about life and new experiences and created many life long memories to all that he touched.
Earl loved to drive. He would take his family for their regular Sunday drives after Church, sometimes to the farm to visit and work with relatives and sometimes just to drive and explore the country roads. Picking wild fruits and mushrooms was a particular joy for everyone. When living in Norway House the drive to Grandview included a long drive on winter ice roads with ice raising behind him as he travelled. He taught us to be brave and to try even if you thought you would fail; he was encouraging and loving.
Earl loved living and working in Norway House; he enjoyed fishing trips and would charter planes from Gary Long with family and friends. In particular, Earl loved working with the people of the community. He was a leader of people and mentored many. He is still fondly remembered in Norway House.
Earl followed the world events of news and had a love of politics. He always loved to carry on great conversations related to the latest news and would share the events with others.
Earl had a special love for his pets Jake, Billy and Cam. They were part of his family and went on all trips with him.
Our memories of him holding all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever be in our hearts. His spirit will always be present in our minds and hearts.
Those wishing to honor Earl’s memory may do so by changing your oil regularly and keeping your fuel tank on the top half.
A celebration of life will occur in the future. Earl will be loved and missed by all his family and many life long friends through eternity. He has left us all with many precious memories.

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