PURDON, Russell of Harriston, formerly of Pike Lake and Whitechurch

Posted by on October 13, 2017

Russell Wilbert Purdon, a resident of Caressant Care, Harriston and formerly of Pike Lake and Whitechurch, passed away at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 in his 93rd year.

Beloved husband of the late Violet Purdon (née Scott) (Penner) who predeceased him on November 10th, 2012.

Dear father of Bryan and Jan Purdon of Goderich, Milton and Diane Purdon of Alberta, Thelma Dougherty of B.C. and Linda and Dennis Coghlin of R. R. #2 Listowel.

Missed by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Olive Zinn of Wingham, and brother Kenneth Purdon of Dorchester.

Fondly remembered by his first wife Joan, several nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Predeceased by his parents, John and Annie (née Bolt) Purdon, step-daughter Carol Penner, brother Clifford, sisters Verna and Reta, brother-in-law Ken and sister-in-law Rhea.

A graveside service to celebrate Russell’s life will take place at Culross-Teeswater Cemetery on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Lung Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Monaghan, Bernadette May of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

Monaghan, Bernadette May (O’Keefe) – At Marshall Gowland Manor Nursing Home in Sarnia, on Thanksgiving Day October 9th, 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016). Bern is survived by two sons, Dennis (Dee) and Cook (Mary), her grandchildren Lindsay (James), Donald, Ellis, and Evelyn, and two great-grandchildren Madison and Arthur. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5th-9th, 2017. Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A heartfelt “thank-you” to Cousins Muggs, Jackie, Dela and neighbour Bonnie for their support, their time, and their every effort and thank you, Mary, for everything; and thank you Evelyn for carrying on a tradition of strong women within this family. As she wished, mom will be cremated, however, friends and family can visit, share, and laugh, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia Branch 62, 286 Front Street north on October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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O’CONNOR, Jonathan of Grand Bend, formerly of Vancouver, age 47

Posted by on October 10, 2017

O’CONNOR:  Jonathan Ian O’Connor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10th 2017, at home, surrounded by family, after a long fight with cancer.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jon, known for his sporting achievements, excelled in both hockey and soccer, went to South Huron District High School and then Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. After receiving an MA in International Studies from University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK,  Jon moved to Singapore and traded oil for several banks. His trading career culminated as Head Trader for Merrill Lynch in London, England. In 2012, Jon and family returned to Canada, where he founded a hops import and export company in British Colombia, with an Ontario office in Centralia. His passion for sports never waned.  Husband and best friend of Elaine (Shields) O’Connor, recently of Edmonton.  Loved and devoted father of Oscar, Caroline and Constance O’Connor.  Forever loved son of Dr. Liam O’Connor and his wife Wendy of Grand Bend and dear brothers David O’Connor (Silvia) and Dane Richardson (Emily).  Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. Also mourned by the Allen and Shields families.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Son Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with Family and Parish prayers being offered at 8:45 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Fr. Len Desjardins Celebrant.  Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to: Health Partners International or Grand Bend Community Health Centre or charity of choice.  For Private Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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BRACEWELL: William Donald of Chilliwack Formerly of Tsawwassen, Nanaimo, Hazelton, B.C

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bill on Sept. 3, 2017 in Chilliwack, B.C.. He was the eighth of nine children born to Tom and Kate in Hazelton, B.C.
He leaves to mourn his passing wife Pat of 65 years and Gerri his daughter, the apple of his eye,brother Tom and sister Joy, many nieces and nephews and Flo and Bob Wallin who thought he was the greatest son- in-law.He was good-natured and kind with everyone he came in contact with and a great golfing buddy.He loved sports and excelled in baseball and softball in his younger days and golf forever. He loved being at his cabin at Manning Park and having a martini while he watched baseball or hockey.
The love of my life. We shall all miss him.
Memorial at a later date.

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MAC ISAAC: "SANDY" Alexander Malcolm of VANCOUVER

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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Born in Moncton ,N.B. Jan.15,1947 to of Alex and Marie (MacEachern) MacIsaac both predeceased. Sandy’s heart was always in Cape Breton although his life’s adventures took him elsewhere. The military had him in Newfoundland and Norway. He settled for several years in Toronto in the retail industry and later moved to Edmonton as a cabinet maker. Eventually in the 1970s he relocated to Vancouver to be near his two brother where he resumed his haberdasher role for many years. Sandy settled in the Downtown East Side making many friends and acquaintances that remember him fondly for his generosity, kindness and humour. A true gentleman who passed Sept. 17/17 was predeceased by his youngest brother (Andrew) will be sadly missed by his remaining brothers Jim and Don and his sister Glenda.
In lieu of flowers, donations to May’s Place Hospice, Vancouver would be appreciated.

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KIYOOKA: Frank of Valemount Formerly of Hinton, Jasper, Edmonton, Opal

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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It is with bittersweet sadness that we must share with all those who knew and loved him that our dad, Frank Kiyooka, passed away on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. We are so thankful he did not suffer and that he is now home with his beloved Ann.

Frank was born under the blue Alberta skies in Calgary, Alberta on December 8, 1932, to Kiyoshi Oe and Shigekiyo Kiyooka, our grandparents, who both came to Canada from Kochi-ken, Shikoku, Japan. Frank was the second-youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood with his brothers and sisters as a prairie boy on a farm in rural Opal.??

Frank studied Physical Education and Art at the University of Alberta and got his first teaching job in Jasper, Alberta. After two years studying, travelling and skiing in Denmark and Europe, he met a Scottish lass on the train as he crossed Canada on his way home. She was our mother Ann, who was coming west to work as a nurse.

Frank and Ann married in 1963 in Hinton, Alberta, where Frank taught high school for almost 20 years. During this time he also pursued his love of pottery. He sold his red Carmen Ghia sportscar in 1964 to fund a year of studying and apprenticing in Kyoto, Japan and then set up a studio and shops in Jasper and in Hinton in the years to follow.

?The prairie boy in Frank never forgot the feeling of the wide open spaces. At 48, he left his job and built a home on 75 acres west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C. Boldly going on faith he’d find work, he took labourer jobs at the mill and CN Rail, then was fortunate to get a position at the elementary school, where he taught for another 15 years.

??Frank had great respect for and a way of connecting with people that left them feeling truly seen. He was loved by many of his students who affectionately called him “Mr. K.” He lived “zen,” embracing life as it came, content with little, grateful and able to be in the present moment. Simply by how he lived, he taught us quiet faith, patience, appreciation for art, creativity and beauty, a love for nature and space. He modelled humility, respect and acceptance of others. We loved his smiling eyes and playful teasing. ??Frank is survived by his sisters Irene and Joyce, his brother Harry, sons Gen and Sumio, daughters Sachiko and Hanae, and grandchildren Elena, Emi, Marin, Siri, Elijah and Paul. So hard to let him go, but he is with Ann now. He lived a wonderful life and we were blessed to be part of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Funeral mass at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., Gathering to celebrate Frank’s life will follow at Tete Jaune Community Hall. Sunday September 17, 2017: 11 – 5 Open House at Franks’ home: 1336 – 3rd Avenue.

We would love to hear from you. If you wish to send condolences or share memories of Frank, please send them to Frank’s daughter, Sachiko Kiyooka at: slk182@gmail.com.

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Morris: Janet Lorraine of West Kelowna

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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Janet Lorraine Morris (Tanner) past away August 31 2017 after a long battle of cancer. She died knowing she was loved and going to be missed by her husband Brian, of 30 years, her daughter Sadie Tiahna Morris, her Mother Gail Tanner, her Father Al Tanner(died Sept 14th 2016) and sister Linda Hebert.
She travel across Canada with her family and pioneered in various part of Quebec and spoke of the hard times they had but never regretted the decision to go there.
She loved camping and riding the on the Harley and loved a good laugh and to laugh at the weirdest things she would find things to make people smile at some her darkest days, she never complained about her pain.
She Loved her posse.
Camping and day trips were always interesting because the longer she was out meant the more pebbles, stones, shells, and twigs she could sneak back into the truck and trailer and add it to her collection.
Most of all she loved her God Jehovah and the hope that he gave at
Revelations 21:3,4 – With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
She will be missed but not gone forever.
Lori’s memorial will be held at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness
3797 GLENWAY RD
Westbank BC V4T 1E3

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HEISLER: Mrs. Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2017

HEISLER, Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 2, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Bernard J. “Pat” Heisler (May 16, 2017).  Mother of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandmother of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandmother of Scarlett and Ava.  She was the sister of the late Margery Kenney, and the late Dorothy Trebbien.  Dear friend of Sue and Leighton Ellis, and Donna Virag.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, June 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Hattie (née Davidson) Cooke.  Mildred formerly worked in the cafeteria at K-Mart, Elgin Mall, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to all the nurses and staff at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for making Mildred’s passing so peaceful.

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BAIRD. Lloyd of Sarnia

BAIRD, LLOYD – At Twin Lakes Terrace on Thursday, September 28, 2017, Lloyd George Baird, age 92 of Sarnia passed away. He was the loving husband of the late Florence Marjorie Baird (1995) and dear father of Bruce Baird (Gigi) of Brampton and Donna Hobbs (John) of Victoria, grandfather of Sarah Hobbs, Barbara and Benjamin Baird. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Celia Baird, his sister Marion Scott, brothers Malcolm, Cedric and Roy. Lloyd was born in Fredericton, NB on January 28th, 1925. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1946 and came to Sarnia where he was employed at Polysar Corporation in a variety of laboratory positions and finally retired from the Patents Department in 1982 after 36 years of service. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 4th between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 1:30 pm at Dunlop United Church (757 Rosedale Ave. Sarnia) Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the Bluewater Health Foundation, Dunlop United Church, Canadian Red Cross or the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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TOMPKINS, Betty Ann of Sarnia

Posted by on September 29, 2017

 

TOMPKINS, BETTY ANN – On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Betty Ann Tompkins, age 55 of Sarnia, fell asleep in death and awaits a resurrection to a paradise earth. She is survived by her parents Faith and Corky Tompkins, sisters Brenda Williams (Stephen), Cheryl Tompkins, Melissa Hill and Amy O’Brien, brothers Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior) and Glendon Tompkins (Judy). Many nieces and nephews also survive. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (550 Murphy Rd., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Watchtower Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

“A special thanks to Dr. Lilly and staff for their excellent care”

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RIVAIT, Ron of Sarnia

Posted by on September 25, 2017

RIVAIT, RONNIE – It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Rivait on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, with his family by his side.  Ron’s short battle with cancer was faced with a true sense of strength and grace.

Ron was the much loved husband and best friend of Cheryl and  loving ‘dad’; ‘daddy’ to Olivia, Megan and Katie.  Dear son of Donald and Shirley Rivait. He was the special brother to Jim & Jan Rivait, Cathy & Ben Slabysz, Michelle & Sandy Mackenzie and Michael Rivait.  Dear son in law of John and Diane Cox and friend and brother in law to Julie & Dave Dolbear and Trish & Ken O’Neil.  He is survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family.  Ron was predeceased by loving grandparents Grace & Fred Tobin and Lena (Alice) and Tony Futia.

Ron had a longstanding and notable career with the Lambton Kent District School Board.  He started with the LKDSB as an occasional teacher in 1988 and had a permanent elementary position in 1990.  He taught in many Lambton county schools including Parkview, Devine, Lambton Centennial, Mooretown Courtright, Forest Central, Woodside, Kinnwood and Rosedale Public Schools in various grades from 2 to 8.  He also spent a great deal of his teaching career as a Teacher Librarian which suited Ron’s personality as it allowed him to interact with the maximum number of students on a regular basis.

Although Ron loved teaching, it was his work for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation representing and advocating for elementary teachers where Ron spent the majority of his career.  He joined the Lambton Kent ETFO executive in 2000 shortly after the inception of ETFO becoming a Vice-President in 2004.  In this role, he was responsible to represent the elementary teachers in the north of Lambton Kent.  In his role as Vice-president Ron played a pivotal role in assisting members who had been exposed to mould in their schools which eventually resulted in a restructuring of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the school board.  In 2009 Ron became president of the Lambton Kent Elementary teachers where he played an important role in advocating for ETFO members’ rights particularly in the area of teachers’ professional judgment and other areas of teachers’ professional lives.  He also played a key role on local collective bargaining teams as president, vice-president and during his years on the executive.  In spite of the adversarial relationships that can sometimes exist between union leadership and management, Ron managed to vigorously advocate for his members while simultaneously maintaining cordial relationships with school board representatives using his exuberant personality and his ever-present humour.  Ron was also extremely active with the ETFO at the provincial level.

Outside of work Ron maintained an active role in the Sarnia community.  He was a Governor on the Lambton College Board of Governors, executive member and trustee of the Sarnia Labour Council, former president of the Sarnia Liver Foundation, executive member on the Lambton Lacrosse and executive member for the Sarnia Pacers.  Ron was also an avid supporter and had great respect for the Sarnia Fire Fighters.   Most recently Ron has been a manager with the Sarnia Ice Hawks (“once an ice hawk always an ice hawk!”) where he enthusiastically managed his three daughters and their teammates as they played sledge hockey. He was an avid fan and supporter of any activities his daughters participated in.  He was also a proud board member and active fund raiser for Noelle’s Gift truly appreciating how students throughout the board benefited from receiving resources they needed to grow up great.

Ron lived his life in Sarnia, enjoying the small town atmosphere and knowing a ‘friend’ everywhere he went.  He freely shared his love of life, his sense of humour and an infectious laugh.  We were blessed with his sense of adventure, his appreciation and love for music, his quick wit and his endless historical facts.  He loved to tell a story (or two) and always had a captive audience. He was our personal ‘google’ and was quick to give us answers (even when he had to make them up).   Ron loved his BBQ and although he was a great cook and tried many different recipes he made the best hamburgers!  Ron was a true and good friend to many and was blessed with those reciprocal bonds in kind.  He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Maddison and to the staff and many volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation will take place on Friday September 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).  Family and friends are invited to a ‘celebration of life’ on Saturday September 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (service at 2:00 pm) at the Lambton College Event Centre (Grand Ballroom), 1485 London Rd. Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4.

In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Noelle’s Gift.

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VAN OSCH, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87

Posted by on September 15, 2017

VAN OSCH: Unexpectedly, at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family, on Thursday, September 14, 2017, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) Van Osch of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87. Beloved wife of the late Harry Van Osch (2006). Loved mother of Elizabeth Sullivan and husband Richard Smith of Calgary, AB, Gerald and Carrie Rose Van Osch of Grand Bend, Mary Van Osch and husband John Andruschak of Vancouver, B.C., Fred and Shelley Van Osch of Grand Bend and Teresa Van Osch and partner Mylo Einarson of Winnipeg, MB. Cherished Gramma and Oma of Jacqueline and Cameron, Joseph, Kylen, Kurtis, Jaron, Nicholas, Jeremy, Paula, Kaitlin and Duncan, Skylar and fiancée Lorin, Brendon and Michelle. Treasured Great-Gramma of Vivienne and Madden. Also remembered by her step-grandchildren Tiffany, Brittany and niece Ria. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ida and John Janssen, Ger and Truus Hesen, Sjaak Van Osch, William Van Osch, Truus and Harry Grubben all of the Netherlands. Loved by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Godfried and Marie Elisabeth (Janzen) Pubben, sisters Lies Geurts and Petranella Lips, brothers John Pubben and Theo Pubben. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Len Desjardins Celebrant. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Harry and Paula married in Holland, April 21, 1954 and immigrated to Canada April 28, 1954 and farmed in the Crediton and Mount Carmel area for many years. They were married for over 50 years and she enjoyed 35 retirement years wintering in Port Charlotte.  Paula will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humour, kind and compassionate heart.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and more recently enjoyed close companionship with her brother-in-law Sjaak.  If desired, memorial donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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GOOD: John Anderson of Taylor, BC

Posted by on September 9, 2017

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John A. Good, age 59, passed away in his home in Taylor, BC on June 17, 2017.
John is survived by his daughter Meghan, his son Kyle, his brothers Tony and Chris, and his sister Linda.

John was born on May 3rd, 1958 to his parents, John and Deborah Good, in Middleton, Nova Scotia. John spent most of his childhood in Ontario, where he graduated from Bayside Secondary School. Being the son of a military man, John and his family spent a few of his teenage years in Germany. These years were cherished by John and his siblings and they had many adventures exploring the remnants from WW2.

John worked as an electrician and loved his job. When he wasn’t working he always kept active with hobbies such as carpentry, fishing, and playing hockey. John started a family while working on an aviation fuel line in Whitehorse, Yukon before moving on to work for Northwestel. As his family expanded, he moved to Surrey, BC where he raised his two children. A small-town boy at heart, John recently relocated to Taylor, BC where, not coincidentally, he bought a home across the street from a golf course. He very much enjoyed the slower pace and scenery of the small town and spent as many days at the Golf Course as he could.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00pm on Saturday, September 23rd at the Lone Wolf Golf club at 9999 99th Avenue in Taylor, BC.

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GRANT: Bruce Donald of Lucan

Posted by on September 9, 2017

At LHSC-University Hospital on September 8, 2017, Bruce passed away following a massive stroke at the age of 66. Bruce is fondly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Deb, and is survived by his children Jeff of British Columbia, Brittany Grant (Christopher Denda) of Dorchester, and by his grandchildren Olivia Grant and Raiden Denda.   Also survived by his sister Nancy Hergott of British Columbia, nephews Conrad and Simon, cousin Alan Grant (Gloria) and their family.  Lovingly remembered by mother-in law Barbara McCulley, sister-in-law Pam McCulley-Bookham (John) of Fort St. John, B.C., niece Dana and nephew Micah and their families.   Bruce leaves behind many family and friends.  Predeceased by his parents Bruce and Doris (Malleau), infant brother Paul, and father-in-law C.W. (Chuck) McCulley.

Bruce was born in Toronto, raised in Guelph and spent his younger years riding dirt bikes with his best buddy Rick Burns (Pat) and his life long friends.  Bruce moved to London in 1979 to attend Fanshawe College.  It was there that he later began a career in co-operative education which lasted 25 years.  After retirement from Fanshawe, Bruce realized his dream of opening an art gallery.  He opened Grant Gallery in Lucan in 2007 and was a familiar face on Main Street for 9 years.  Bruce was an avid fly fisherman and master fly tyer.  He also enjoyed reading, cooking, and gardening.  Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him will know that he always had a smile, a joke, or a friendly ‘hello’ to share.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday, September 11, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Cremation has taken place.

Donations to the London Humane Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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JURKOVIC: Kruno of Surrey Formerly of Yugoslavia

Posted by on September 6, 2017

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Kruno passed away peacefully in his home on August 10th, 2017, after struggling with various ailments for several years. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. As a master tradesperson, he took great pride in his work. He had a very fulfilling life and was very much a family man. He will be missed dearly by his loved ones, and will never be forgotten. His wonderful stories about coming to Canada, and about life in general will always be remembered. We love you. We miss you. Rest in peace.

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BROADBENT: Terrence of Chilliwack Formerly of Lillooet, Peachland and Keremeos

Posted by on September 6, 2017

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Terrence (Terry) Broadbent
March 7, 1939 – August 24, 2017

Terrence (Terry) Broadbent passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 24, 2017 at the age of 78. He leaves behind his adult children Tracy, Barron, Celina, Dustin (Chandra), Taryn (Erin) and Arik (Charis) and his surviving family includes his sister Marjorie Brett, grandchildren (Harmony, Dylan, Tyler, Tiffany, Asher, Kiana, Cecilia, Adelayde and Carson) and great grandchildren (Isabella, Parker and Reese).

Terrence was born in Fraser Lake and grew up in Sardis. He prided himself on a strong work ethic and was a life long entrepreneur in the logging and automotive industries throughout British Columbia. He will be remembered for his sense of humour and longing for adventure. He enjoyed spending time with family, fast cars and motorcycles, the outdoors, reading Louis L’Amour and, later in life, visiting Mexico.

A celebration of life for Terrence will be held at Cultus Lake Memorial Church (74 Fir Street, Cultus Lake) on Saturday, August 26th 2017 at 2:30 pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eden Care Centre for their compassionate care during his final years.

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CARRIE: Donna Ruth (née Thomas), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 5, 2017

CARRIE, Donna Ruth (née Thomas), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute, London on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in her 78th year.  Beloved wife for over 54 years to James R. “Jamie” Carrie.  Dearly loved mother of Scott Carrie (Jennifer), Greg Carrie (Marilyn), Pam Deven (Chris), all of St. Thomas, and Jeff Carrie (Ai Inoue) of Vancouver, BC.  Loving grandmother of Spencer, Charlotte, and Talbot Carrie, Matthew and Emily Deven, and step-grandmother of Adam Kotanko, all of St. Thomas. Dear sister of Dr. Paul Thomas (Fran) of Kelowna, BC, and David Thomas (Janet) of Ottawa.  Dear sister-in-law of Isabel Curtis (late Stan) of R.R.8, St. Thomas, John and Verity Carrie of Muskoka, late Dr. Alan Carrie and the late Jean Carrie.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, October 10, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John and Ruth (née MacFarlane) Thomas.  Donna graduated from the Wellesley School of Nursing, Toronto and the University of Western Ontario Diploma in Public Health Nursing Program.  She worked as a research assistant at the U.W.O. Medical School.  In 1983, after completing a refresher program at Fanshawe College, she returned to nursing at Resthaven Nursing Home, St. Thomas and the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, and finished her career as a case manager with the St. Thomas Elgin C.C.A.C.  Donna was an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Women and the Women’s Missionary Society for many years.  She was a former YWCA board member, a member of the former Tonti Chapter I.O.D.E., and a former member of the Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin.  She also served on the first board of directors of the Serenity House Hospice.  In recent years, Donna coordinated a sewing group for Faith’s Orphan Fund which made clothing and knitted goods for Zambia Orphans of AIDS.  In August of 2010, she was particularly gratified to be part of the PAN Missions Canada team that travelled to Nicaragua.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, September 14th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Donna’s cremated remains will be buried privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Knox Presbyterian Church, or St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation (re: Palliative Care at Parkwood Institute) will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the medical and nursing teams at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Parkwood Institute, as well as Dr. Brian Dingle at the London Regional Cancer Program for the wonderful care provided to Donna.

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MEIER: Leo Joseph of Marmora

Posted by on September 1, 2017

Meier, Leo Joseph –proprietor of the former Meier’s Leather, peacefully at Caressant Care Marmora on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 in his 89th year.  Son of the late Joseph and Leonie Meier.  Beloved husband of Helen Meier (nee Savara) of Marmora and formerly of Belleville. Loving father of Tony (Louise) Meier of Vancouver, Cathy (Wayne) Cassidy of Madoc, Carolin (Tim) Cassidy of Thomasburg, Lili Meier (Jim Walmsley) of Vancouver and John (Lisa) Meier of Belleville.  Proud grandfather of Madison, Lindsay, Mark, Marie, Jesse (Kelly) Justin (Shannon), Jarrod (Rebecca), Sebastian, Savara, Megan, Isabelle, Ben, Heidi and great grandfather of Miranda, Morgan, Owen and Elliott.  Leo is survived by one brother, Felix Meier of Switzerland.  He is predeceased by his son Leo Jr. and by his brothers, Bruno and Edgar Meier.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Tuesday, September 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  Interment to follow at St. James Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

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CRAIG, Nola of Petrolia

CRAIG, NOLA – It is with sadness that we announce the passing, on Monday, August 28, 2017, of Nola Annabel (Taylor) Craig, age 96.  Nola was the loving wife of the late Earl Gordon Craig (1999) and amazing Mom to Brad (Annette) of Coquitlam, B.C. and Janet Young (Barry) of Petrolia.  She will be missed by her grandchildren Cheryl and Michael (Anita) and great grandchildren Nathan, Brandon and Nikolina in B.C.  Mom will be fondly remembered by family in the Goderich, Clinton and Blyth area.  We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to the wonderful people at Fiddick’s Nursing Home in Petrolia who took care of Mom with such compassion, kindness and love. Private services have been held. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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LINDROOS: Pertti Olavi (Bert) of Kitimat Formerly of Quesnel.BC,Sudbury ON

Posted by on August 23, 2017

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With great sadness we say good bye to Pertti Olavi Lindroos (BERT) passed away july3 2017 from a hard battle of cancer.

Born in Finland march 28.1948 came to Canada in 1951
predeceased by his son Danny ,and mother and father
Sadly missed by loving daughter Diane and son David(Rebekah) Kazzandra Markus
His sisters Mirja and Helena and their families
His partner in life of 31 years Gail Neale and extended family Mandy (Jeremy, Darrel, Chelsea and Josh) Sally(Butch)Tawny and Michelle(Martin)Kyle (amylee) and Zack
He will be sadly missed by all. No service was held as per his request
Will have a Celebration of Life at a later date

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DICKINSON: Duane Carson of Comox, BC

Posted by on August 23, 2017

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Duane (Dick) Carson Dickinson, 89, of Comox, BC, passed away on 1 May 2017 after a hard-fought battle with ALS.
Duane was born in Hartland, NB on 20 Sept 1927, the son of Frank Leroy Dickinson and Gladys Lillian Letson. Duane was a graduate of Hartland High School and of the Carlton County Vocational School in Woodstock, NB.
Duane married Sylvia (Betty) Elizabeth Stoneman on 16 Aug 1947 in Portage la Prairie, MB.
Captain Dickinson had a full career as a Canadian Armed Forces officer serving in the Air Force (commissioned from the ranks). Duane was one of the early Unix programmers that actually programmed defence systems for NORAD. He served in radar stations and NORAD bases across Canada and in the US until retirement and moving to Comox in 1978. He then served as a civilian member of the RCMP until his second retirement in 1993. He was a proud member of the Canadian Legion for more than 50 years.
He grew up on a large farm in Carleton County NB during the Great Depression, which taught him hard work, innovation and dedication. Make the most out of what you have. His technical understanding allowed him to build computers from components and become one of the most prolific 80-year-old family support techs around. Duane also enjoyed rock hounding, fishing, golfing (his hole-in-one was a highlight moment) and had a true passion for genealogy. He comes from a long line of United Empire Loyalists and traces back to passengers on the Mayflower.
Duane is survived by his spouse, Sylvia (Betty), his brother Robert (Bob) Dickinson, his sister-in-law Lilian Warke, his 4 children and their spouses: Janet (Ian) Hunter, Greg (Abbey) Dickinson, Karen (Ted) Benson, Gary (Dani) Dickinson, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and innumerable caring nieces and nephews, plus countless friends and acquaintances. He will be sorely missed and long remembered.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Gladys and 10 siblings, Buster, Clarence, Wendell, Dorothy, Patricia, Douglas, Peter, Austin, Myrna, and Stephen.
As per Duane’s request, there will be no funeral service or wake.
The whole family wishes to thank Veterans Affairs Canada, Island Health, Red Cross, Comox Fire Department First Alert, B.C. Ambulance crews and St. Joseph’s Hospital staff, family and friends, for their compassion and assistance during this trying time. Please join us in remembering Duane by visiting our memorial at the Piercy Mt. Washington Funeral Home site.

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DAY: Gwendolyn of Mill Bay

Posted by on August 19, 2017

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Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6

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Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

George “Duke” Harris
February 25, 1942 – August 2, 2017

It is with a broken heart we announce, after a courageous battle recovering from heart surgery,
Duke lost his fight. Duke is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Harris, daughter Kimberly Drury and son-in-law Brad Drury. He was the best ‘Pazzy’ to his pride and joy to his grandchildren Lauren Drury (Brad Hodgson) and Aaron Drury and his special great- grandson Hunter Hodgson. Duke was predeceased by parents George and Elsie Harris, in-laws Lee and Fred Martin, brothers Bill and Bob Maughan and son Bob Harris (March 2005). Having been born in his parent’s home on Alfred Street, Duke was proud of his Point Edward lineage. Duke played Junior Hockey first in Sarnia for the Sarnia Legionnaires where they won the Junior B Championship, then in St. Catherine’s with the Tee Pees winning a Memorial Cup Championship and went on to have a career in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and World Hockey Association, highlighted by two championships; the first in Vancouver with the Canucks, and the second in Rochester with the Americans. Following Duke’s retirement from hockey he was fortunate to join Sarnia Cranes, where he spent 25 years as a crane operator. Duke retired in 2005 to become a full time cab-driver for his grandchildren. ‘Pazzy’ never failed to answer the call for a ride, an errand, or whatever Lauren and Aaron needed. Duke loved his vacations in Florida with the “Point Gang” and not too many days went by without a drive to the St. Clair River to make sure the water was flowing in the right direction! Hey Buds, we will miss your quick wit and old storytelling. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre “Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit”, Canadian Mental Health Association or Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

“A special thank-you to the entire staff of Cardiac Care ICU at the University Hospital in London,
especially Dr. Mary Lee Myers. The entire team offered excellent care to Duker and the rest of
our family.”

 

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FISHER: Ursula "Kim" of Vancouver Formerly of Delmenhorst Germany

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Ursula ‘Kim’ Fisher (nee Heitman), of Vancouver, passed away, with her daughters by her side, aged 82, on July 26th 2017 after a fight with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Delmenhorst, near Bremen, Germany, on 6 May 1935, Ursula was the youngest of four sisters born to Alfred and Rinelde (nee Haschenburger) Heitman.
She was predeceased by Robin L Fisher (d Oct 11,1992) with whom she had two daughters, Lisa and Inge. Lisa’s daughter Natalie and Inge’s husband Kevin and sons Max and Ben, with whom she lived for many years, knew her as ‘Oma’. The extended family knew her as ‘Ursel’, she is survived by her sister Helga Ahrens in Bremen, and niece Hannelore Strobach (husband Reiner, children Sabine and Beate) in Delmenhorst, nephew Stuart Homer (son Luke and wife Anne) of Walsall, England, and niece Alison Reed (husband Mike, children Jonathan and Elizabeth) also of Walsall. To her colleagues and many, many friends she was known simply as ‘Kim’.

A courageous and intrepid adventurer, she left Germany in 1957 to go to America and then onto Canada, finally settling in Vancouver in 1962. She worked for Chevron for 27 years and volunteered her services to several causes that were dear to her heart, namely Expo 86, the United Way, the 2010 Olympics, and the Vancouver Aquarium, which she supported for 30 years, contributing more than 10,386 hours and becoming a patron in 2007. It was with enormous pride when in 2010 at the age of 75 she carried the Olympic flame through Duncan as part of the Vancouver Aquarium relay team.
In addition to her passion for the aquarium and our oceans Kim was involved with Whistler Mountain both as an employee in 1965 and later as a volunteer mountain guide. She had a passion for skiing, and many people will remember the fearlessness and joy with which she approached the slopes of Whistler.

Fiercely loyal, she was a vibrant, vivacious, free spirit, who brought excitement, fun and friendship to everyone who met her; a woman with the stubbornness, determination and bravery to live life fully and well, and who inspired others to do the same.
She loved life and nature and made the most of both. She followed her dreams and encouraged everyone to do the same. We were so lucky to call her our mom and know her free spirit will live on in the many friends and family she inspired along the way.
A Celebration of Life to be held at the Vancouver Aquarium September 21st, 2017. 2-5pm
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vancouver Aquarium – her home away from home! The Vancouver Aquarium has set up a dedicated page to donate in Kim’s memory.
http://support.ocean.org/KimFisher

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ZINGER: Darrin Keith of Delta Formerly of Calgary, Vancouver, United Kingdom

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.

Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.

Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.

Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.

It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.

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