COLLINS (nee Vondrasek): Geraldine of Castlegar, BC Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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April, 1942 – March, 2017

Geraldine (Gerry) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20th KBRH with family at her side. She is predeceased by her brother Joey and is survived by her brothers Chris, Garry, Jerry, George, Kevin and her sister Nancy, her children Susan, Richard, Kelly and Lisa and three grandchildren Michael, Jessica and Emma. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and many who knew her through her employment at the Bank of Montreal in both Nelson and Castlegar.
There will be no service at the request of Ms. Collins.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff on the 3rd Floor at KBRH for their kindness and care throughout our mother’s stay.

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WATT: Alexander Davidson of Ottawa Formerly of Stirling, Scotland

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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Son of Janet Sinclair and Robert Watt husband of Sonia Villegas de Watt, father of Kristina and Michelle. Engineer, painter, carpenter. Insatiable mind, forever learning, with a will of steel and fierce heart.
“When death’s dark stream I ferry o’er,
A time surely shall come;
In heaven itself, I’ll ask no more
Than just a Highland welcome.”
My best friend & father, may Alexander Davidson Watt, may you rest in peace. –Kristina

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REITER: Richard Frederick of Penetanguishene, ON, Formerly of Victoria, BC

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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Sadly, we announce the passing of Mr. Richard Frederick Reiter.  Richard passed away peacefully in the early evening of Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ontario. Richard was born on April 22, 1928 in Berchtesgaden, Germany to parents Karl and Josefine Reiter.

Richard is predeceased by his loving wife Joan Marie Reiter, his brother Günter, and his son William Günter, brothers-in-law Aubrey and David Russell, sister-in-law Helen, and niece Sarah. Richard is also predeceased by his second wife Annemarie Reiter.

After serving in the war, Richard emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he landed at Pier 21 in Halifax. Richard moved to Toronto and began working at the International Order of Foresters. Richard met his wife, Joan, a nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, on the slopes of Blue Mountain and after a short courtship, they married in Toronto and moved to St. Catherines where he began his teaching career. Richard and Joan soon moved to New Brunswick where they started their family. With Toronto beckoning them, they returned and Richard continued with his teaching career and Joan returned to the Hospital for Sick Children.

As a proud new Canadian, Richard quickly became an advocate of Canadian values such as diversity, opportunity, equality, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. He pioneered the idea of enriching students’ learning through travel by arranging bus and rail trips for students to both the Canadian Rockies and to Quebec, while teaching at Forest Hill Junior High.  His creative approach to curriculum design kept students engaged in his classes where he provided unique learning opportunities such as arranging Pierre Burton to visit his students to lecture on Canadian history. Richard will be remembered as a passionate educator of history, geography, law, art and physical education.  He was a modern renaissance man who enjoyed lively conversation with family, friends and students.

In 1972, Richard and Joan ventured into hospitality with the purchase of The Mariner Resort on Georgian Bay which provided a venue for them to work together and develop a family business. On Bluewater Beach, they created many memorable experiences for children and their families such as the Summer Olympics, beach corn boils and Wednesday night Bingo where he called until every last child won.
In his spare time, Richard enjoyed reading, writing and painting.  He was an accomplished landscape watercolour artist and his artwork adorn the walls of homes from coast-to-coast in Canada and around the globe.  He was also a prolific letter-writer and enjoyed writing to government officials and various media over the years on values he embraced.

Richard is survived by his sons Russell, Mark, Chris and Darryl as well as daughter in-law Bonnie, grandchildren Brianna, Damian, Aubrey and Camryn, Sister-in-law Nancy, nieces Jeddie and Tory Russell, and nephews Sandy and Grahame Russell.
As per Richard’s wishes his ashes will be taken to St Stephen, New Brunswick where they will be placed with Joan, the love of his life, and their son William. Through teaching and hospitality, Richard and Joan touched the lives of many people. To pay tribute, a Celebration of Life will take place this summer, on the shores of Georgian Bay, where family and friends will have an opportunity to join together and celebrate the lives of both Richard and Joan. Donations to the Canadian Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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SIMMONS: Adam Burke of Exeter

Posted by on April 5, 2017

November 16 1981 (Victoria BC) – April 4 2017 (Exeter ON)

The candle burns low. Adam’s work here on Earth is complete. Adam took his last tractor ride on the streets of Hensall with Charlie this past fall. Surrounded by family, Adam died at South Huron Hospital Tuesday, April 4 2017.

Adam was a teacher. Adam taught love, humour, courage, and grace—his lesson imparted with a ferocious laugh, a twinkle in his eye, and a gentle touch. Frederick Arthur Simmons (2010), Adam’s father, will meet him with arms wide open. Adam’s mom Judy (Burke-Mallette), dad Chuck/Charlie (Mallette), sisters Jane (Tyler), Ann (Dan), brothers Jay (Tonille), and Allan, niece Maggie, and nephews Korbin, Lucas, Cristian, and Benjamin survive him. Adam, we loved you well. Adam is the beloved grandson of the late Frederick George Simmons (1973), Edna Margaret Simmons (2007), Margaret Mary (Molly) Burke (2016), and John Burke (London). Many aunts, uncles, and cousins loved and cherished Adam: Jo-Anne (Ward), Michael (Deanne), Carolynne (the late Jim), Kathy (Brad), Gary (Lynn), and cousins Sunny, Jayden, Maria, David, Colette, and their families.

Others have cared for and supported Adam. To name only a few, we extend thanks to Huron Apothecary, Dr. Warren Blume and his wife Lydia (London), Dr. Sean Ryan (Exeter), UH Pacemaker Clinic (London), CCAC, Saint Elizabeth, and the communities of Exeter and Hensall.

Adam spent the past week at South Huron Hospital. You cared for our Adam, you held our hands, and you were our shepherd as we approached Adam’s final days. Thank you to housekeeping, food services, and the medical team. You are indeed The Little Hospital That Does. We thank you all. In the past seventeen years, we have shared Adam’s care with Community Living South Huron. Here Adam gained independence, strength, and lifelong friendships with Joe, Debbie (2014), Harold, and so many others. To the support team, there were no bounds to your commitment, care, and expertise. You are our community. We can never say enough about the contribution you made to Adam’s life—to us, his family. We will miss you more than you will ever know. Thank you.

And finally, Adam loved Tuesday nights. For more than 13 years, Tuesday meant ping-pong and an evening of laughter and hilarity in the basement with Charlie, friends Bill Weiss and Dan Holm, and Uncle Michael Burke—no girls allowed! In the early years, Judy took over if Adam needed a drink, a clean shirt, or care during a seizure. As the years progressed, these men brought Adam into their fold. They made sure he had his beer and chips; they lifted him up and held him when the seizures took over . . . They shared Adam’s journey in these past several months in ways that many cannot imagine. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Friday evening 5-8 PM. Please gather at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, Exeter on Saturday, April 8th at 10:30 AM for a brief celebration of Adam’s life, which will be held at 11 AM. A reception and party that Adam would love will follow. Cremation with a private family interment Exeter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please take a page from Adam’s book: offer a random act of kindness, sit with a friend, greet a stranger, or sing along with Blue Rodeo at the top of your lungs. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (Hamlet V, ii)

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Hirschfeld: Frank Emery of Watford and formerly of Sarnia

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family at Watford Quality Care Centre, on Sunday, April 3, 2017,

Frank Emery Hirschfeld passed away at the age of 88.  He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Hirschfeld and was a beloved husband of Joyce Hirschfeld.   Survived by Mable Sawula and Eldon Hirschfeld.  Predeceased by eight sisters and one brother.

Loving father of daughter Debra Frankland and son’s Tim and his wife Susan, Earl and his wife Pamela, David and his wife Donna.  He also will be missed by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at the D.J.ROBB Funeral Home and Cremation Centre  (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia).  Memorial donation in memory of Frank may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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CASSIDY, Wilma “Billie” Joan (Train) of Ancaster formerly of Grand Bend and Toronto, age 88

Posted by on March 28, 2017

CASSIDY: Wilma “Billie” Joan (Train) Cassidy, aged 88 of Ancaster, Ontario, formerly of Grand Bend and Toronto, died peacefully on March 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. She was born on May 15, 1928 in Hamilton Ontario to Percival Horace and Jessie Ann (Patterson) Train. Billie is survived by her children Dr. J. David (Dr. Terri Skjaveland) and Joanne (Dr. Bruce Menchions), grandson Jesse Page (Siobhan), great granddaughter Lily Moon Page and granddaughters Alexandra and Tania Stroback. She was also loved by her nieces, nephews and their families. Billie was preceded in death by her loving husband Dr. H. Joseph Cassidy (2002). ). At Billie’s request, cremation with a family and friends gathering will take place at the Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend, on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 1 p.m.  Arrangements entrusted to T. Harry Hoffman and Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, ON. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left on Wilma “Billie” Joan Cassidy guestbook at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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GILMORE: James of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Bala, Ontario

Posted by on March 26, 2017

 

James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

James Andrew Gilmore (Jim), 90, of Muskoka, Ontario, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2017. A dedicated husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend – he will be sorely missed. His light shone bright and touched everyone he met (in many countries/across many religions). God willing, he will remain in all our hearts and minds forever.

Jim was born in Preston (now Waterloo) Ontario to Alfred and Lilian Gilmore on August 23, 1926. Growing up in Barrie, Jim was active in many sports with a passion for hockey, baseball and wrestling. Jim left high school at age 16, to take over the family Poultry Hatchery business in Barrie after his father died.

Married to Elinor Beatrice Mitchell on September 11, 1948, they moved to Aurora, in 1957 where Jim worked with Skyline Poultry Farms. A devout Christian and dedicated member of the United Church of Canada, Jim heard God’s call to work as a missionary and in 1962, Jim, Elinor, and children (Maureen, Barry and Jamie) sailed off to the mysterious, magical land of India.

Jim and Elinor served 26 years in Asia – 11 as missionaries in India, 7 with United Nations in remote Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) and 8 with UN in Delhi. Jim revolutionized the poultry industry in India and Pakistan, satisfying Hindus in India that unfertilized chicken eggs were vegetarian, establishing broiler rearing and distribution network in India and building hatchery/feed mills/broiler farms in remote Pakistan.

Jim was very active in the community – Rotary Club in Barrie (at age 23 the youngest president), Sunday School teacher, India International Center Volunteer, helping set up broiler/egg production in Bethany Village (a landmark rehabilitation establishment for lepers)– after retirement, Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers Association, Bannockburn Church Board (near cottage), Church choir.

Jim Gilmore is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elinor; his three children Maureen (Moe) Donald, Barry and Jamie; his daughters in-law Ani and Sheilagh and son in-law Sandy; his 7 grandchildren Kerry Lee, Matthew, Sarah, Kenneth, Kathryn, Laura and Philip; his sister, Barbara; two nephews, Andrew and Jimmy and his cousin, Jean.

Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held at the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario on July 29, 2017 at 2 pm. Please join us – contact one of his surviving children to confirm.

If you are moved to donate in Jim’s honour, make a small gift in his name to your church or to Bannockburn Community Church (1071 Bannockburn Road, Box 101 Bala) Wasaga Beach United Church (380 Zoo Park Rd., Wasaga Beach).

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JENKINS: Wayne of Prince George

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Wayne Stephen Jenkins was born on March 30th, 1943 to Terry & Pete Jenkins in New Westminster. He left this earth on March 11th, 2017 at the Gateway Lodge in Prince George, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s complicated recently by Multiple Myeloma.

Wayne grew up in Coquitlam and went to Como Lake High School – Grad 1961. He met his future wife, and the love of his life – Ginny, in grade 9 and they were married in 1964 in Riverside, California. The following year he graduated from UBC with his BA and began his first career as an elementary school teacher.

Wayne went on to teach in BC & Quebec. (Hixon Elementary, Quinson Elementary, Stone Creek Elementary, Terrebonne Heights Elementary.) Upon his return to BC he transitioned to a career in home sales in Kamloops, and then eventually onto Real
Estate back in Prince George. He was active in the community and also served for some years on the local Real Estate Board as well as a term on the National Board. When asked about the difference between teaching and sales he laughed. “They are pretty similar to me, I am just helping people.”

Wayne loved people. Little people, big people. He had many old friends but was never shy to talk to a stranger. He also loved this city, especially UNBC, and despite trying to live a few other places he always returned.

His first son was born in 1966, Andrew, followed three years later by David. The late 60’s and early 70’s were complicated times and Wayne, Janni and Ginny were blessed with two more children in 1971, Michael and Kathryn.

He raised his children with a love for the outdoors. Summers spent at Norman Lake and winters at Purden Mountain. In his later years he took up golfing, not so much for getting ball in the hole but for the time outside with friends.

He will be missed by his friends and family but especially by his 8 grandchildren: Loic, Piper, Gavin, Cara, Charlotte, Hazel, Lillian & Faye.

Wayne’s parents both died of Alzheimer’s and our family has been struggling with this disease since the 1980’s. Research toward this disease is important to the whole family.

Donations to to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC – http://www.alzheimer.ca/bc/ – or UNBC http://www.unbc.ca/giving

A celebration of life will be held at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club (2601 Recplace Drive), Friday, March 17th, 2pm.

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CLARK: Michael George of Toronto

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Michael George Clark a.k.a. Chaos
1951 -2017

Passed away quite peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2017, after a brief, but fierce battle with pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.
Mike was much loved, as son, brother, uncle, friend. His unconventional lifestyle illustrated his true character. He cared nothing for material gains, but cared deeply for his friends and family. He was known for his warm smile and his exuberance for life. A supremely talented musician, songwriter and painter, he devoted much of his time to these works. His creativity fed him, he had little use for food!
He is survived by his mother, Maxine, his brother Steve, three nieces, one nephew and countless friends. Many thanks to all who brought their love into the room in his final days.
Godspeed, Chaos. The world is a far richer place for having known you. May you finally get your colours right.

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PURDY-WILSON: Mary of Vancouver

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Mary Ann Purdy-Wilson left her eight kids Brandon,Nathan,Breonna,Nicolas,Allen Jr,Romeo,Loren,Littleman Purdy. Mary Has siblings Marie,Floyd,Jeremiah,Belinda,Josh,Derrik,Brooklyn Purdy followed by many nieces an nephews cousins aunts an uncles all over USA  and Canada.
Mary Ann Purdy was Born on Ft Bliss, Elpaso,Texas July 15, 1978. She died Vancouver, BC January 18, 2017 Mary’s Religion is Catholic.
Her Father is Rex Purdy Jr and her Mother is Belinda Phillip.

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PURKIS: Dale Frederick of Sherwood Park

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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March 19, 1944 – February 23, 2017

Dale passed into the eternal arms of our Lord, surrounded by the love and prayers of family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered by, his wife Judy, daughters: Tana (Wayne), Shari (Chuck), Richelle (Dwayne), Wacey (Jason); and his son Kelly (Brittany); grandchildren: Mitchell, Casey, Jamie, Madeline, Jessica, Lynnaya, C’ara, Danziah, and Alexis; his brother Howard (Louise), and sister Valerie (George), as well as many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm; at Sherwood Park United Church, 20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or St. Thomas Anglican Church, 4 A Raven Drive, Sherwood Park, T8A 0C3.

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RADMAN: Marija (Mary) of South Surrey, BC Formerly of Maslinica, Solta, Croatia

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Marija (Mary) Radman passed away peacefully on February 22nd, 2017.

She was treasured and loved by many people, but most of all by her family. Known affectionately as ‘Baba’ by all of her grandchildren Gina (Vancouver), Milan (Edmonton, AB), Anthony (N. Delta) & Amanda (Vancouver). Survived by her daughters Ines (Croatia) and Zdenka (S. Surrey), and her brothers Pero (Nelson), Sime (Croatia) and sister Ivanka (Germany). We will never forget her infectious belly shaking laughter, delicious home cooking and her penchant for collecting roosters.

There will be a private family memorial.

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MCLAUCHLIN: John of Surrey BC

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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John MCLAUCHLIN
June 11, 1971 – January 18, 2017
Jim was born in Vancouver BC, on June 11, 1971, and passed away January 17 2017, in his . He was predeceased by his parents, Betty McLauchlin (nee Mills) in 1998 and Don Mclauchlin in 2011. He is survived by brother Pat of Leduc, Alberta; Sister Mary of Vancouver, BC;as well as his brother Rob of Edmonton, Alberta, and nieces and nephews Marisa, Mark, George,Jennifer and Angus. John spent most of his life working with the Vancouver Sun as an editor, Although he kept a house in Surrey BC, as often as not he was travelling Western Canada on his bike and Visiting Family in and around Alberta. Although He was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, he stayed the strong and independent man his family had always known and mentioned many times he was very fortunate to have lived the life he lived. He was very proud of his family, and always delighted in visits whenever they occurred. His memory will live on through the many friends and family he leaves behind. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Pacific Community Church in Surrey BC on May 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

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INGRATTA: Brenda A., of Vancouver, B.C., formerly of Aldborough Twp.

Posted by on March 16, 2017

February 15, 1957 – February 20, 2017

Brenda was born the twin daughter of now deceased parents Jim and Irene Ingratta, homestead farmers from Middle Street (Thomson Line) near Rodney, Ontario.  She joined her siblings John, Amy, Marie and twin sister Barbara, living on the farm until graduating with a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature.

Brenda went west in pursuit of joining the working world, where she formed a network of lasting friendships. But Vancouver, British Columbia became her home after meeting an exceptional person, Diana Bouvier, who was the love of her life.  Brenda was an affectionate friend to Diana’s children, Jesse (Andrea) and Jen (Curtis) and an adoring grandmother to Owen, Sam and Luke, who never tired of singing songs with her.

Brenda faced life’s major challenges head on: cancer and multiple sclerosis.  She channelled her positive energy into remaining well as long as possible, until February 20th when, with her one true love Diana beside her, she passed gently and peacefully at St. James Cottage Hospice.

Brenda is survived by her Vancouver family and friends, who are holding a Gathering of Love on March 25th on the hospice grounds.

A Celebration of Life will commence at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at DENNING’S OF RODNEY, 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810).  Visitation will precede the Service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rodney.  A private Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Lorne.

Brenda will be lovingly remembered by her brother John (Donna), and sisters Amy, Marie Degraw (Don) and Barbara.  She will be fondly recalled by her nieces and nephews: Jim O’Connor (Louise), Gerry O’Connor, Angela Wootton (Bruce), Mary Catherine Stevenson (Russ), and Susie Puyda, as well as their collective children.  Brenda was predeceased by a dear niece, Joanne, in 1983.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation by cheque to the Cancer Research Society or to the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated and can be left at the Denning Funeral Home.

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KUNTZ: GODFRED of KIMBERLEY B.C.

Posted by on February 26, 2017

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Rosine: Arlene (jeanet) of kamloops bc Formerly of Winnipeg Manitoba

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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ROSINE, Jeanet Arlene, peacefully in Kamloops, BC on February 10th 2017, age 71 after a courageous battle with lung and brain cancer.

Her loss is felt deeply by sons Darren Scherbain of Phuket, Thailand; Kevin Scherbain (Elena) of Kamloops; Travis Porter (Jacqueline) of Toronto; and Bram Porter of Guelph

Much loved sister to Ken Rosine (Janet) of Wasaga Beach ON, Marilyn Rosine of Yardley, PA, and Grandmother of Cecilia & Charlie Scherbain in Kamloops.

Arlene was born December 6th, 1945 in Rivercrest, Manitoba to Samuel & Redena Rosine, whose deaths predeceased hers in 1967 & 1969 (respectively), as well as that of her youngest brother, Dennis, in 1990. As a teenager Arlene spent her summers working among other things as a camp counsellor at the YMHA. She graduated with a degree in Anthropology.

Arlene was a renaissance woman with many talents and interests. Her love of aboriginal art resulted in co-founding Winnipeg’s Wah-sa Gallery in 1976. In that same city, she worked for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the North Main Development Corp. and the What’s On publication. Arlene taught English and co-ran a Youth Hostel in the U.K. in the early 70’s. And, during the final 11 years of her career-life, taught ESL in South Korea, where she was & will be missed by her many students.

Arlene leaves behind many friends including her caring Sisters of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Kamloops, Lois Orten, Steven Moskovitch and Sharon Segal, Ross Porter, Gary Scherbain, and Bill Lobchuk.

We will all miss her curious nature, her loving tenderness, her fondness for a good book, her enjoyment of many styles of music, and her infectious sense of humour. A tribute to Arlene will be held Thursday, February 23rd at the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street from 2 pm to 5 pm, to Celebrate her Life. In liux of flowers, please donate to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret

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CHALLIS: Mary of Sidney Formerly of Hull, England. Sarnia, Ontario. New Westminster,BC. Pender Island. Nanaimo.

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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Mary Challis passed away on November 22, 2016 after a short illness. Mum was born in Yorkshire, England on April 22, 1925. During WW II she was in the Women’s Land Army and met Les Challis of the Royal Canadian Air Force. They married in England in 1946 and Mum immigrated to Canada as a war bride. It was difficult to leave her family behind but she struck a friendship with her sister-in-law, Joyce, who described her as a kind person and like a big sister.

After arriving in British Columbia, Mum and Dad lived in Richmond in temporary housing provided for returning veterans attending UBC. In 1947, while Dad was completing his degree in Engineering, their first daughter Lynda was born. After graduation, Dad found work in Montreal and the family followed. Their second daughter Margaret was born in 1951. Mum did her best in dealing with the travails of living in Montreal’s low-income apartments and its harsh weather.

In 1956, the family moved to Sarnia, Ontario when Dad changed jobs. Mum and Dad bought their own home and in 1964, their family was completed when daughter Kim was born. The following year, the family moved back to the west coast and settled in New Westminster. Now that her family was growing up, Mum could spend more of her time learning and enjoying many creative activities, such as painting, lamp-making, knitting, crocheting, weaving and the spinning and dying of yarn. She also continued to make clothes for her daughters.

In 1978, Dad took early retirement and they moved to Pender Island where Mum’s love of fibre arts continued to flourish. Mum and Dad had bought property on Pender Island in 1969 and over the years, a weekend cabin was expanded in to a house, all built by Dad. While on Pender, Mum was active in the local spinners guild and craft co-op where she displayed and sold her homespun and woven items. She also made a number of friends who shared the same interests.

Mum and Dad lived on Pender until 1991 when Dad’s need for convenient medical care contributed to their move to a condo in Coquitlam. However, they soon discovered that they missed having more indoor and outdoor space for their interests and activities. In 1994 they moved into a house in Nanaimo. Dad passed away in 2006 and Mum continued to live alone in the house until moving to an apartment in Sidney in 2014.

Throughout their married life, Mum and Dad traveled extensively. Even when their children were young, vacations would include holidays driving across Canada or the US. And in later years, they saw most of the UK, Europe, and Australia. Mum particularly enjoyed her travels in Scotland and Ireland and trips that included visits with her family in Yorkshire.

Mum leaves behind 3 daughters – Lynda (Kari), Margaret (Don) and Kim (Rob) as well as 4 grandchildren – David, Kelly, Katherine and Scott and 8 great-grandchildren – Josh, Piper, Tyler, Bailey, Brady, Danika, Richard and Jorden.

Rest in Peace, Mum. We love you.

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CHALLIS: Mary of Sidney Formerly of Hull, England. Sarnia, Ontario. New Westminster,BC. Pender Island. Nanaimo.

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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Mary Challis passed away on November 22, 2016 after a short illness. Mum was born in Yorkshire, England on April 22, 1925. During WW II she was in the Women’s Land Army and met Les Challis of the Royal Canadian Air Force. They married in England in 1946 and Mum immigrated to Canada as a war bride. It was difficult to leave her family behind but she struck a friendship with her sister-in-law, Joyce, who described her as a kind person and like a big sister.

After arriving in British Columbia, Mum and Dad lived in Richmond in temporary housing provided for returning veterans attending UBC. In 1947, while Dad was completing his degree in Engineering, their first daughter Lynda was born. After graduation, Dad found work in Montreal and the family followed. Their second daughter Margaret was born in 1951. Mum did her best in dealing with the travails of living in Montreal’s low-income apartments and its harsh weather.

In 1956, the family moved to Sarnia, Ontario when Dad changed jobs. Mum and Dad bought their own home and in 1964, their family was completed when daughter Kim was born. The following year, the family moved back to the west coast and settled in New Westminster. Now that her family was growing up, Mum could spend more of her time learning and enjoying many creative activities, such as painting, lamp-making, knitting, crocheting, weaving and the spinning and dying of yarn. She also continued to make clothes for her daughters.

In 1978, Dad took early retirement and they moved to Pender Island where Mum’s love of fibre arts continued to flourish. Mum and Dad had bought property on Pender Island in 1969 and over the years, a weekend cabin was expanded in to a house, all built by Dad. While on Pender, Mum was active in the local spinners guild and craft co-op where she displayed and sold her homespun and woven items. She also made a number of friends who shared the same interests.

Mum and Dad lived on Pender until 1991 when Dad’s need for convenient medical care contributed to their move to a condo in Coquitlam. However, they soon discovered that they missed having more indoor and outdoor space for their interests and activities. In 1994 they moved into a house in Nanaimo. Dad passed away in 2006 and Mum continued to live alone in the house until moving to an apartment in Sidney in 2014.

Throughout their married life, Mum and Dad traveled extensively. Even when their children were young, vacations would include holidays driving across Canada or the US. And in later years, they saw most of the UK, Europe, and Australia. Mum particularly enjoyed her travels in Scotland and Ireland and trips that included visits with her family in Yorkshire.

Mum leaves behind 3 daughters – Lynda (Kari), Margaret (Don) and Kim (Rob) as well as 4 grandchildren – David, Kelly, Katherine and Scott and 8 great-grandchildren – Josh, Piper, Tyler, Bailey, Brady, Danika, Richard and Jorden.

Rest in Peace, Mum. We love you.

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BURNETT, Mary Irene of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on February 22, 2017

Suddenly, yet peacefully at her home on Friday February 17th, 2017 at the age of 84. Mary was the beloved wife of the late James Burnett, the loving mother of Paige Burnett and cherished grandmother of Georgia Peach and Carling Darling. Mary is predeceased by her siblings Connie, Elsie, Courtney “Shirley” and Earle. Lovingly remembered by David Gadd, her sister-in-law Christene Bradshaw, many nieces and nephews, and Lois Ann Wolfe and family. Friends and family are invited to call at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St., E., Cobourg on Sunday February 26th, from 1-2 pm., followed by a service at 2 pm. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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CAREY: Rebecca L. of Strathroy

Posted by on February 17, 2017

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

DENNING’S OF STRATHROY
519-245-1023

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

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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

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

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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SKERRETT: Elizabeth Mae of Toronto

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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

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HANSEY: A. Ferne of Foxboro

Posted by on February 14, 2017

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

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

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

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