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 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.

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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

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ERSKINE: Donald Graham of Oakville

Posted by on January 2, 2017


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


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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Sturgess, Donald Bayliss of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2016

Sturgess, Donald Bayliss  –  February 21, 1932 – December 25, 2016  –  A child was born to Lily Bayliss and Harry Sturgess February 21, 1932 on Willard Avenue, Toronto. On Christmas day 2016 he left his manger at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, ON with his faithful wife of 13 years Suzanne Fennell Sturgess and the furry Countess de la Tessa by his side. He leaves his daughters, Donna Sturgess Taylor, Mississauga/Bracebridge, Dale Sturgess McCreary, Philadelphia and their supportive husbands, Bob Taylor and Scott McCreary. Proud grandpa to Ashley and Bradley Taylor. Don was Master Warrant Officer, 400 Division Air Force Reserves for 44 years and ended his career at de Havilland. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place when roses bloom in spring. In his honour, mental health support for today’s youth may be forwarded to the RVH Foundation, Future Child & Youth Mental Health Services, online at or 705-728-9090 x 41513. Memories may be placed at

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Rogers: Sheila Grace of Biggar Formerly of saskatoon

Posted by on December 29, 2016


Rogers, Sheila Grace
Of Biggar, Sask., passed away December 12, 2016 at the Diamond Lodge in Biggar, Sask. Born in Haney, BC, she was daughter of the late Kathleen and John Wilesmith. Survived by sons, Joseph (Cheryl) Barnaby, Wesley Barnaby and Henry Dishman; and one daughter, Catherine; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and Celebration of Life to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Diamond Lodge in Biggar, Sask. in her memory. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Muller and staff of the Diamond Lodge. Special Thanks to John Smith for his help/assistance in the care of our mother.

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ISOM, Arlene Mary of Sarnia

Posted by on December 29, 2016

ISOM, ARLENE – Peacefully at Afton Park Place Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Arlene Mary Isom (nee Fairservice), age 92 of Sarnia passed away. She is survived by her son John Philbin and his wife Wanda of Point Edward and Cheryl Fraser of London. She is also survived by special friends Susan Brown of Sarnia, John Isom of Sacremento, CA, and Kay Hurak (Ron) of Sarnia. She was predeceased by husbands Jack Isom (2014), Grant Guthrie (1985) and Bert Philbin (1984). She was also predeceased by her parents John and Blanche Fairservice and great-grandson Jacob Cousins (2010). She was the cherished grandmother of Ian Fraser, London, Michael Fraser (Kathy), 150 Mile House, BC, Amy Cousins (Kevin), Pickering and Carrie Lanz (John) of Northwood, OH. and seven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Timothy and Emma Fraser, Madison and Aidan Fraser, Sara and Daniel Cousins. Arlene was one of the first employees at both St. Clair Processing (Polymer) 1945 and Simpson-Sears (1954). She retired from the Sarnia Credit Bureau in 1980. Arlene was very dedicated volunteer with the VON and the Kidney Foundation. She enjoyed a very active membership in the Rebekah Lodge and Red Hats. Arlene was a longtime member of St. Luke’s United Church in Sarnia. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm. with Rev. Melanie Kirk officiating. Cremation will follow and interment will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations made to St. Luke’s United Church (cheques only please) would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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WILLIAMS: Gerard of Petrolia

Posted by on December 26, 2016

Peacefully at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia on December 24th, 2016; Gerard Williams passed away at the age of 91. Dear husband of the late Lina Williams (2006). Loving father of Marie (Renald) Bégin of West Lorne, Jean-Guy (Carrie) Williams of Port Huron, Fernand “Chico” (Joanne) Williams of Wyoming, Gisèle (John Dam) Kerrigan of Wyoming, Janice (Lonnie) Cope of Petrolia, Rheal Williams of Edmonton and Leonard (Lisa) Williams of Wyoming. Cherished Grandpa of 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Survived by his siblings Uris (late Azélie), Adélard (Françine), Régina (Blaise) Gionet, Gérarda “Lyda” (late Freddy) Arsenault, Aldéa and Angella (Normand) Robichaud.

Predeceased by his granddaughter Stephanie (1992) and siblings Cécile, Lucie, Maria, Camille and Irénée Williams.

Gerard was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 1256 for 58 years.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WATFORD on Friday, December 30th, 2016 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 12 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Donations and condolences may be left online at


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Hackett: Audrey Margaret of Petrolia, formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on December 23, 2016

HACKETT, AUDREY, Margaret, Catherine  – At Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Ontario on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Audrey Margaret Catherine  ( Doan)  Hackett, passed away in her 95th. year. She was the wife of the late Garner Edward Hackett (1987). Dear mother of Owen Hackett and his wife Irene of Coquitlam, B.C. Loving grandmother of Jefferson “Jeff” Hackett and his wife Babe of Kamloops, B.C. Also survived by her sister  Doreen Charlton of Petrolia, Ontario and nephews; Rodney & Pam Charlton and Bruce & Marie Charlton both of Petrolia, Ontario and John Doan of London, Ontario. Predeceased by her parents Harmon and Ella Doan. Audrey lived on Lakeshore Road near Blackwell for many years and worked for Keelan’s Service Limited as a Service Department Manager. She was a previous member of Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church as well as a founding member of St. David’s Anglican Church where she began and taught Sunday School beginning in 1956. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life to honor Audrey will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).

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BURDITT: Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 13, 2016

BURDITT, Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in her 72nd year.  Beloved mother of Jeff Burditt (Jacqueline Cleary), and Matthew Burditt (Ken Werner).  Dear sister of Dianne Stewart (Alec), Bill Hulls (Nene) and the late Ken Hulls.  Loving sister-in-law and dear friend of Margaret Hulls.  Joanne will be fondly remembered by her lifelong friends, Carol and Dave Morrison, good friends Betty, Jerry and Lorna, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Port Elgin, ON, April 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (nee Sparks) Hulls.  A creative and determined woman, Joanne engaged life with a distinct sense of humour, spirited charm and fierce independence that was both beautiful and rare.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A memorial tree planting to celebrate Joanne’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the West Elgin Nature Trust or the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club Inc. will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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POSLIFF, Lilias of Milverton, formerly of Monkton

Posted by on December 12, 2016

Lilias Posliff – formerly of Monkton, passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on Sunday December 11, 2016 at the age of 102. Lilias and her husband Charles (Parker) operated a hardware store in Monkton for 20 years and later an antique store known as Parker’s Ponderosa.

Beloved wife of the late Charles Posliff who predeceased her in 1991. Loving mother of Marian Harvey (Bob) of Stratford and Jake Posliff (Heather) of Nanaimo, BC.  Special grandma of Alandra (Wanda) Anderson (David), Janice Harvey (Bob), Robert Posliff (Hang), Stephen Posliff (Jamie) and great grandma of Mason (Jenelle), Sam, Aidan, Brendan, Jessica, Tim and Tanis.  Sister of Robert Adair (Alice) of Mississauga.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents David and Fannie (Rowland) Adair, great grand-daughter Nicole Wagler, sisters Hazel Ellacott (Russell), Betty Adair, brother Leslie Adair (Dorothy) and niece Francis Vanstone.

In keeping with Lilias’ wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service and interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood will take place in the spring.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Rotary Club of Stratford, Palliative Hospice Project would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382)

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PEASLEE; Margaret of Alvinston

Posted by on December 10, 2016

Peacefully at C.E.E. Hospital of Bluewater Health, Petrolia on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  M. MARGARET PEASLEE (nee Merrifield), of Petrolia and formerly of Alvinston, died in her 95th year.   She was the loving wife of the late Jospeh Bonk (1952) and Lloyd Peaslee (1996).   She will be missed by her sons Allan (Fiona) Peaslee of Victoria, B.C., Rob (Betty) Peaslee of Alvinston, and Brian (Vickie) Peaslee of London.   She was a loved grandmother to Christine (Chris) Crawford, Alana (Todd) Willick, Jillian, Evan (Nurissa), Meghan (Jordan), Colleen, Jacqueline, and Stephen and great grandmother to Elijah, Kaden, and Blake.  Margaret is survived sisters Betty Bolger, Colleen (Dennis) Wilkie, and Rita (the late Hank) Hermans and brothers Bill (the late June) Merrifield and Gordon (Louisa) Merrifield.    She is predeceased by her brothers Joseph (the late Irene) Merrifield, Edward (Ilene) Merrifield, and John (the late Marianne) Merrifield and her sister Catherine. Visitors will be received on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m from St. Philips Parish, 415 King St. Petrolia.  Interment in Alvinston Cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society ( or the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at


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NELSON: Isabel of London

Posted by on December 7, 2016

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Peacefully at Highview Residences, London, on Monday, December 5, 2016, Isabel (Burns) Nelson in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Ron Nelson (1994). Loving mother of Jan Nelson and her husband Rick Quinn of Sidney B.C., Martha Nelson her and husband Bill Gallagher of Waterloo and Rob Nelson and his wife Lisa of London. Predeceased by her daughter Jane (1957). Cherished Nanny of Quito Quinn (Gregory), Nellie Quinn, Ronald Gallagher (Violetta), Claire Gallagher and great-grandmother of Theodore Gallagher. Predeceased by her siblings Robert Burns, Roberta Colter and Margaret Butler. Throughout Isabel’s long and busy life, she was a partner with her husband in the family business, Ron Nelson Photography Ltd of London. Committed to contributing to her community and church, she was an active board member of the Women’s Christian Association serving Parkwood Hospital and McCormick Home; and a member of First-St. Andrew’s United Church. A cottager to the core, all who visited her Haliburton hideaway will remember her generosity, thoughtfulness and home-baked pies. Isabel’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Franklin House, Highview Residences, who provided compassionate and personal care during her time with them. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at First St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Avenue on December 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow. Funeral arrangements by A. Millard George Funeral Home (519-433-5184). Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Lions Camp Dorset, P.O. Box 306, 1087 Camp Dorset Road, Dorset, ON P0A 1E0. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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FERGUSON: Cale Blake of Ilderton

Posted by on November 25, 2016

ferguson-caleSadly, in Kelowna, BC on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with his parents and brother by his side Cale left the world far too soon at the age of 28. He will be forever missed by his parents Blake and Dana (Metcalfe), his brother Kent (fiancée Meghan) all of Ilderton, loving aunts and uncles, cousins and so many wonderful friends.

Friends and family may gather at the Lucan Community Memorial Centre, 263 Main Street, Lucan on Saturday, December 3rd at 11 AM for a celebration of Cale’s life that will begin at 11:30 AM.

Any donations can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan entrusted with arrangements.

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BURNETT, James Henry of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2016

burnett-jamesPeacefully at his home in Cobourg on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.   James Henry Burnett was the beloved husband of Mary Irene Burnett (nee Bradshaw).  Dear father of Paige and grandfather of Georgia “Peach” and Carling “Redcap”.  Also missed by his cousin, with whom he was raised, Lois Ann Wolfe (nee Gracie) and her children Karen Wolfe, Lori Pike, and Mark Wolfe.  Predeceased by his parents John Burnett and Olive Burnett (nee Croft).  Following cremation, a Mass of Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at St. Michael’s Church, (corner of University Ave & Division St. in Cobourg) on Thursday, November 24th, at 2 pm with visitation to be held for one hour prior to the Mass at the church from 1 to 2 pm on Thursday.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Following interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, refreshments will be served at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, 30 King St. E in Cobourg.  Condolences received at

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DAWSON: Rebecca Hulda – Of Beaverton, Ontario

Posted by on November 14, 2016

DAWSON: Rebecca Hulda –   at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton on Monday, November 14, 2016.  Rebecca (Walker) Dawson of Beaverton was the beloved wife of the late Donald E. Dawson. Loved mother of John (Nazira) of Victoria BC, Stephen (Laurie) of Beaverton and Margaret (Dom) of Elliott Lake.  Dear grandmother of Chrystal, Isaac, Jordan, Sterling, David, Melissa and great-grandmother of Shawn, Bailey, Dawson and Judah.  The family will receive friends at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 12 noon until time of funeral service at 1:30 PM. Interment Stone Church Cemetery, Beaverton.  If so desired memorial donations in memory of Rebecca to the Lakeview Manor Ladies Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences are welcomed at

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Posted by on November 13, 2016

dropotaywebDRAPOTOY, JOHN PETER-  After a lengthy illness at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, on November 12, 2016 JOHN DRAPOTOY passed away at the age of  72.   

He is survived by his loving wife Diane (Sawchuk) Drapotoy of Sarnia and mother- in- law Olga Kazina Sawchuk Luby of Beausejour, Manitoba.  John was a loving father to his son Jason John Drapotoy (Christina), and granddaughter Jenna Drapotoy, grandson Jacob Drapotoy. Dear dad to his daughter Dayna Lee (Drapotoy) Salisbury (Rick), and grandson Shane Salisbury and grandson Curtis Salisbury. Survived by his only brother William Drapotoy (Sharon) of White Fox, Saskatchewan and sister- in-law Myrtle Sawchuk Novakoski  (Rudy) of Tyndall, Manitoba, sister- in- law Pauline Sawchuk Thorarinson (Arnie) of Tyndall, Manitoba, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends. John is predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary Drapotoy of Beausejour, Manitoba, and father-in-law John Sawchuk and step father-in-law Bill Luby.

                                                            John was born, raised, and married in Beausejour, Manitoba.

He moved to Ontario in 1972 to work for the Operators union in Toronto. After an early retirement, he owned and operated a small topsoil business in Sarnia for about 10 years. His final years were filled with family activities and his beloved dog “Skippy”. Also, fun times line dancing with our good friends and playing cards at the Strangway center.

   “Shoot the Moon”

Cremation has taken place and at this time there will be no memorial Service but a “Celebration of Life” will be announced at a much later date.

In John’s memory, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation which would be greatly appreciated by the family.  

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

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Posted by on November 11, 2016

middletonwebWith loving hearts we are sad to announce the passing of OPAL MIDDLETON on Friday November 11, 2016, in her 96th year. Pre deceased by her siblings Harold, Rhoda, Clifford and Tom Middleton. Opal will be sadly missed by her niece Mary Jane Rivard (Louis) of London Ontario and nephew John Middleton (Heather) from Cobble Hill British Columbia.  Great nieces and nephews and her great great nieces and nephew and her dear friends Mavis and Jerry Bernard of Sarnia.  Opal was born and raised in Sarnia, she was a graduate of SCITS High school. She gave a life time of dedication to Polysar Corporation. In Opal’s leisure time she enjoyed golfing, long walks and gardening.  The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Vision Nursing Home for their kindness, dedication and excellent care they provided to Opal.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of life will be held at Dunlop United Church ( 757 Rosedale Ave, Sarnia ON N7V 1Z8 ) on Friday November 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Friends and Family will be received for a luncheon following the service at Dunlop United Church. There will be a private family internment following the luncheon. 

Memorial donations in memory of Opal may be made to Vision Nursing Home or Charity of your choice.

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

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FORSBLOOM: Wayne of Mill Bay, Vancouver Island Formerly of Calgary,Alberta

Posted by on November 5, 2016


June 10, 1943- October 11, 2016
Wayne Forsbloom passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, at the age of 73.
He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Sandra with whom he shared 53 wonderful years; son Derek (Bonnie) Forsbloom, their children Tori and Camryn; daughter Dana (Darren) Niblock, their children Zaya (Connor) Etheridge and Taeva; son Todd (Dana) Forsbloom, their children Jude and Jet; son Dean (Twila) Forsbloom, their son Levi. He will also be missed by his sisters Joanne (Roddy) McKay and Sandy Forsbloom.
Wayne’s faith in his creator was instilled from infancy. He dedicated his life to Jehovah on September 5, 1943 in Vernon BC. He had complete faith in God’s promise of a resurrection to a paradise earth as promised at John 5:28,29.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be help at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 5 at the Calgary Kingdom Hall Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2900 14th Avenue NE Calgary, AB.
We would like to thank all the caregivers and staff (nurses and doctors) at the Cowichan District Hospital and the Chemainus Health Care Centre who were so kind. Special thanks to Dr. Masuda and some really special nurses who went above and beyond.

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BROWN: Robert “Bob”of Watford

Posted by on November 1, 2016

brownfrontBROWN: Robert “Bob” Sibbald

The family is saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Robert “Bob” Brown of Watford on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at Bluewater Health Sarnia at the age of 79. Loving husband of 60 years to Gail. Dear father of Randy (Maureen) Brown, Karey (Mike) Adams and Trudy (Wayne) Morris. Cherished grandfather of Scott (Steffanie) Brown, Jason (Catherine) Brown, Dylan Lee, Theresa (Chad) Kersey, Tim Adams, Trevor (Ashley) Adams, Troy (Amy) Adams, Tom (Kirby) Adams, Tyler (Kyla) Adams, Stacey (James) Morris, Rebecca Morris and Rob Morris. Proud papa to 9 great-grandchildren. Brother in law of Victor (Bev) Kafun, Mary Jean Brown and Isabel Ameloot. Bob will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by his granddaughter Jessica Morris, his siblings Gerry Whitton, Reginald P. Brown, Patrick Brown and Buster Brown.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WATFORD on Friday, November 4th, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 5331 Nauvoo Road, Watford on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 11 a.m. Interment at Watford Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, Troy’s Run Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences and donations may be left online at

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Brooks; Mary Edith of Eugenia resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Posted by on October 31, 2016
Mary Edith Brooks of Eugenia resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, flesherton

Mary Edith Brooks of Eugenia resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, flesherton

Brooks; Mary Edith

At Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Sunday, October 29, 2016 in her 87th year. Loving wife of Gord of Eugenia. Dear Mother of Allan, Tracy(Tracey) Slattery of Peachland, BC, and Darren(Elise) of Brooklin and the late Lynn. Loved and remembered by 6 grandchildren. Mary is survived by brother Russell(Maryann) Bruce of Scarborough and son in-law Rod Smith. The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Tuesday, November 2 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Mass from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Markdale on Wednesday at 11am. Memorial contributions to the Sick Kids Foundation or the Lupus Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at  888-924-2810

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SCHILBE, Hubert Datars of Zurich, age 88

Posted by on October 19, 2016

schilbe-hubert-0SCHILBE:  Peacefully, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, Hubert Datars Schilbe of Zurich, age 88.  Best Friend and husband of 66 years to Marjorie “Marge” Mae (Merner) Schilbe of Zurich.  Loved father and father-in-law of Richard and Brenda Schilbe of Bayfield, Donna and Jim Hoffman of Dashwood, Wayne and Jody Schilbe of Calgary.  Cherished grandpa of Jason Schilbe of Zurich and companion Sharla Moore, Krista and Avi Narula of London, Kelly and Ryan Gilmore, Jamie Hoffman and fiancée Leslie Lennox all of Grand Bend, Brenton and Amanda Hoffman of Toronto, Nicholas Schilbe and Jenna Regier of Hensall, Amy Schilbe of Vancouver.  Treasured great-grandpa of MacIntyre Schilbe, Hallee Schilbe, Kai Narula, Kiran Narula, Taylor Gilmore, Kaitlyn Gilmore, Grayson Gilmore and Justin Hoffman.  Dear brother-in-law of John Teevins of Grand Bend, Robert and Elizabeth Merner, Larry and Louise Merner all of Zurich and Joanne Merner of London.  Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents Milfred and Laura (Datars) Schilbe, step-mother Vera (Dedels) Schilbe, great-grandson Avery Narula, brother Ray Schilbe and his wife Audrey, sisters Doreen Tieman and her husband Russell, Sheila Teevins, brothers-in-law Bill Merner, Arnold Jr. Merner and his wife Elaine and sister-in-law Donna Merner.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Zurich on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Nadine Schroeder-Kranz Officiating.  Interment St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Zurich.  Hubert was a 30 + year Fireman on the Zurich Fire Department, a long time member of the Zurich Lions Club and the Zurich Minor Athletics Association.  He was an active member and tolled the church bells at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Zurich for many years.  Hubert and Marge spent many winters in Pelican Harbour Estates, Punta Gorda, Florida, where they made many lifelong friends. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Alzheimer Society, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the M.S. Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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