Obituary of Zdrill Stella

Posted by on September 10, 2018
Stella Evelyn Zdrill – passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in West Kelowna,BC. Stella had been a resident at Brookhaven for many years and the family would like to thank them immensely for their care and the love and compassion provided to the family.

Born in Allegra, Manitoba April 2, 1928 she was the youngest of 10 and the last surviving child of Antonia and Elias Rogocki. Predeceased by her husband Walter of 56 years,  whom she worked tirelessly beside on the farm and in many other jobs when they moved to Winnipeg. Stella is survived by her son Norm (Krista) and daughter Betty (Gunter), 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchil as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 
Stella’s easy going nature endeared her to all who knew her. She will be missed more than mere words can say.

The date for her celebration of life will be determined later.
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Obituary of KELSEY: Thelma Elizabeth of Port Hope and formerly of Belleville

Posted by on September 5, 2018

Kelsey, Thelma Elizabeth – peacefully at Hope Street Terrace, Port Hope on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 in her 88th year.  Loving mother of June (Robert) Gibson of Hamilton Township, Stephen (Katherine) Kelsey of Burnaby, BC and David Kelsey of Langley, BC.  Cherished grandmother of Jeremy (Christina), Elizabeth (Ryan), Jason (Melissa) Bradley (Megan), Rebecca (Jeff), Nathaniel and Paul and 14 great grandchildren.  Thelma is remembered and deeply missed by her best friend Anna Breaton.  She is predeceased by her parents, Nicholas and Clara Starley and by all of her siblings.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Centennial Free Methodist Church, 135 Avondale Road, Belleville on Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 12:00 noon with the family receiving friends at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273).

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Obituary of DILLON, Mary Ellen of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on September 4, 2018

After a beautiful and full life, and surrounded by her dear family, Mary Ellen Dillon (née Wlliams) passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Mary Ellen was born in Toronto to Audrey and C.R. “Reg” Williams. She grew up and went to school in the city, but as a child learned to appreciate camping, swimming, and canoeing with her mother in Muskoka. After heading off to Europe as a young adult to work as an au pair, Mary Ellen was proud to return to Canada and become part of the University of Toronto’s first Bachelor of Nursing class.

It was at the U of T where she met Delanty Dillon, whom she later married. “Del” remained the love of her life. Del and Mary Ellen relocated to Del’s hometown of Cobourg, where Del went on to become a beloved high school teacher and head of the physical education department at the then newly opened CDCI East. Mary Ellen and Del remained active members of their social and St. Michael’s Church communities. They not only celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009, but also were at Maple Leaf Gardens on May 2, 1967 to witness their revered Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

For Mary Ellen, the idea of “home” was always foremost in her heart. This was evident early in her career as a public health nurse when she did house-call checkups on newborn babies and their moms, initially in Toronto neighbourhoods for newcomers to the country, then for the Health Unit in Cobourg. Not surprisingly, she always seemed most relaxed and content when she was holding a baby in her arms, whether it was a patient, her own child, or one of her nine grandchildren. Her family remained anchored at the home she and Del established by the lake in Cobourg, no matter where in the country or the world her children ventured. Family and friends and neighbours were always welcomed into their home with humour and grace, curiosity and appreciation.

Following her career as a nurse, and after raising four children, she chose to enter the world of real estate sales, and this became a true devotion and delight. Starting with Frank Real Estate, she eventually became an Agent and Broker with Royal LePage. In a career touching five decades, Mary Ellen helped countless families find their dream homes in and around Cobourg and the Northumberland Hills. Highly principled, she valued honesty, communication, and integrity more than anything else in her business. By the time she had pounded in her last SOLD sign at the age of 80, she had developed many deep and lasting relationships with clients and colleagues alike.

Mary Ellen’s pace slowed slightly in recent years after the passing of her beloved Del, and subsequently because of some health concerns. It is a great testament to her care community that Mary Ellen remained bright, happy, and content in her own home. She was forever grateful to all her friends, neighbours, and faith community for their continual support and prayers. Special thanks to PSWs from Home Instead, St. Elizabeth, and Cardinal Nannies, and to the compassionate staff at the Northumberland Hills Hospital.

Left with warm feelings of deep appreciation and love are Mary Ellen’s four children: Mary Dillon (Louis Robitaille) of Lunenburg County, NS; Joe Dillon (Ruth Lillington) of Lindsay, ON; Joanne Dillon-McKay (Eric McKay) of Orléans, ON; and Michael Dillon (Moira Easton) of Shawnigan Lake, BC. Also feeling well-loved are Mary Ellen’s grandchildren: Madeleine and Marcel Robitaille; Tristan Lillington; Mark, Reta-Anne, Lauran, and Patrick McKay; and Jesanna and Séamus Dillon-Easton.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church 379 Division St, Cobourg, with interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery thereafter. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg, 30 King Street East. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Mary Ellen’s spirit, the family would appreciate a donation to Toronto Hospital for Sick Children ( www.sickkids.ca ), Northumberland Hills Hospital ( www.nhh.ca ), World Vision Canada ( www.worldvision.ca ), or an offering of a simple act of kindness. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of POULTON, Robert “Bob” of Surrey, BC

Posted by on September 2, 2018

May 24, 1948 – August 17, 2018

Robert “Bob” Poulton passed away at the age of 70 on August 17, 2018 in his home in Surrey, BC. He loved to tinker with electronics and build circuits, and he didn’t hesitate to take something apart to fix it or make it better in some way. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humour and witty jokes.

Left to honor and remember Bob are his two sons, Alan (Barbara) Poulton and Ron Poulton; granddaughter Katie Birch; siblings Linda (Philip) Craven, Diana (John) Taylor, and Dick (Dee) Poulton; father Joe (Kathy) Poulton; brother-in-law Lee Silljer; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Bob was preceded in death by his mother Mona Poulton and his sister Christina Sutherland.

A private Celebration of Life will be held in Langley, BC on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

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Obituary of Wall, Nora

Posted by on August 29, 2018

Nora Wall passed away August 19,2018 at age 97.

Nora died peacefully, with family, at Sunrise of Victoria.  Nora was born to Herbert and Martha Soulsby in Wolsingham England and grew up in Nairobi Kenya. Nora met and married Bert Wall during WW2 in Nairobi. Nora and Bert travelled the globe with the military and Nora spent her last 52 years in Chilliwack BC.

Nora is survived by her son David, 5 grand children Robert Bolstad, Jay Bolstad, Nora Steves, Steven Wall , Amy Wall and 11 great grand children.

Husband Bert passed in 1993 and daughter Jennifer Bolstad passed on August 5, 2018.

Nora’s last living request was a cold glass of wine. Cheers to a great lady.

No service by request.

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Obituary of ALBERT EDWIN SCHNELL, C.C.C., Hon. B.A.S.

Posted by on August 29, 2018

August 9, 1935 – August 23, 2018

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear husband and father, Albert Edwin Schnell, at home at the age of 83. He was a gentle and loving pillar of strength and will be missed immensely by Rosmarie, his beloved wife of 57 years, son Andre, and daughter Marion. Albert was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Franziska Schnell. He will be missed greatly by extended family in Switzerland including his dear brothers Paul (Erika) and Hans (Liselotte), brother-in-law Eugen (Christa), and nieces Daniela (Christian), Eliane (Markus), Carole (Rolf), Viviane, and their sons and daughters.

Albert was extraordinarily caring, compassionate and generous to all. He was a man of strong faith in God and relied heavily on the Lord. Albert was an active member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto and, prior to that, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. House of Compassion of Toronto was also dear to his heart.

Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Albert followed his great passion for cooking and quickly rose to become a world-renowned chef. He was blessed with an illustrious 50-year career in the culinary field, of which the last 45 years were with Hilton International in Montreal and then Toronto. At the age of 28, he became Executive Chef at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and four years later was appointed as Corporate Executive Chef of Hilton Canada, the position he held until his retirement from Hilton Toronto in 2000.

Albert was fondly referred to as “Papa Schnell” by those who worked with him over the years. He was a mentor to many in all corners of the world and with whom he maintained and cherished close friendships. Throughout his career he always acknowledged that the many accomplishments were the result of the entire team.

Albert passionately promoted his profession and the high standards of international cuisine and received awards for his lifetime commitments towards apprenticeship training and excellence in Culinary Arts. He was a member of several organizations including the Escoffier Society of Toronto, the Canadian Culinary Federation, and the Toronto Chapter of Les Toques Blanches of which he was a founding member and the first President.

Albert had so many interests and passions in life, such as nature, the outdoors, gardening, and learning. The family will fondly remember our vacations together in Switzerland.

A Memorial Service will be held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street, Toronto) on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church or House of Compassion of Toronto.

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre www.hansonsfuneral.ca
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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Obituary of LARRATT, Ashley Caitlinn

Posted by on August 22, 2018

 September 7, 1962 – August 2, 2018

ADIEU DARLING

The Kramer/Lome/Irwin/Larratt families are shocked and saddened to announce the passing of their beloved Daughter, Sister, Niece and Cousin, Ashley on August 2. She will be eternally missed by all of her friends and family.

Funeral mass to be held at 3pm Wednesday September 5 at St. Kevin’s Church, 5600 Cote Des Neiges, Montreal, Quebec.

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Obituary of Bachan Singh Sandhu

Posted by on August 16, 2018

Bachan Singh Sandhu passed away on August 14, 2018 at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 91. He was preceded by his wife Bhajan Kaur Sandhu. His survived by his children Surjit, Shamsher, Karmjit, Iqbal, Surinder, Rajinder and Amarjit as well as his son-in-laws Mewa Khera and Jagdish Khera. He will also be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th at 10am at Riverside Funeral Home, 7410 Hopcott Road, Delta. This will be followed by a Bhog ceremony at BC Khalsa Darbar, 7749 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver.

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Obituary of MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of Bolstad:Patricia Jennifer Ann(Jenny)

Posted by on August 13, 2018

 

Bolstad, Patricia Jennifer Ann(nee, Wall), of Chilliwack , BC, passed peacefully at Heritage Village care home on Sunday August 5th at 1:25pm. She had been a resident there for nearly 20 years after suffering the onset of Susac’s Syndrome in 1996. Jennifer is survived by her mother Nora Wall, brother David Wall, sons Robert and Jay, and three grandchildren, Nadya and Marcus(Robert), and Lyla(Jay).

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Obituary of FARRINGTON, Roger of Grand Bend, age 79

Posted by on August 8, 2018

FARRINGTON: Suddenly, at his residence, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, Roger Farrington, of Grand Bend, age 79. Loved father of Jeff Farrington of Canmore, AB and Kevin Farrington of Penticton, B.C. Cherished grandpa of Rain Farrington and Cullan Farrington both of Victoria, B.C. Also survived by his former wife, Eleanor Freeman, Penticton, B.C.  Dear brother of Shirley Farrington, David Farrington and Michael Farrington all of England. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Lillias (Ellis) Farrington and brother Bill Farrington. At Roger’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 498, Grand Bend on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Roger was one of the founding members of MG Mold Company, Grand Bend. He started his Tool and Die apprenticeship in England at 16.  Starting his own Tool and Die shop in Grand Bend in the early 70’s becoming a Master at his trade and was renowned for his capabilities. He served several years as a volunteer firefighter. His love was his work but his passion was motorcycles and raced motocross for several decades. He was a man who kept to himself but had a big heart and enjoyed the company of others. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of Crawford, Eden Hilliard James of Oro-Medonte, Ontario

CRAWFORD, Eden Hilliard James – August 9, 1936 –  July 26, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Eden Crawford in his 82nd year. Dad died peacefully with family by his side. Loving father of Kim Peter (Grant) of Duncan, B.C. and Lisa Archbold (Steve) of Duncan, B.C. Beloved Grampa to Victoria, Christopher, James, Matthew, Johnathan, Rebecka, Mitchel, Emily and Laura. Brother to Norma Dawson and predeceased by his sister Eleanor Heatherington and his brother Leonard Crawford. He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the love and care provided to our father by our cousins Sheila and Dave Kirkland. They are such a blessing in our lives. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday,  August 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at North Country Baptist Church , 4011 Burnside Line, Severn Twp. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or to North Country Baptist Church. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service, 19 Ross St., Barrie. Condolences may be placed at www.drivercremation.ca

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Obituary of LAPHAM: Daisy Irene of Sarnia

LAPHAM, DAISY – Passed away peacefully, at Rosewood Retirement Village on Saturday, July 28, 2018, Daisy Irene Lapham, one day shy of her 94th. birthday. She was the dear wife of the late Irvine (Bud) Steinman (1984). Loving mother of Larry Steinman and his wife Julie of Mississauga and Randy Steinman and his partner Mary LaBelle of Sarnia.Cherished grandmother of Cameron Steinman and his wife Alison and their children; Will and Heidi all of Toronto, Cayley Dow and her husband Nelson and their children; Lyla and Jasper all of Squamish, B.C.and Lukas Steinman and his wife Annie of Nova Scotia.Daisy retired from Dow Chemical.

At Daisy’s request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service and Committal of ashes will take place at Resurrection Cemetery on Saturday, August 11th. at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Adam Kilner officiating. A gathering of family and friends will follow the graveside service at Rosewood Retirement Village (711 Indian Road, North, Sarnia) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Memorial donations made to Sarnia Humane Society or the Kidney Foundation are appreciated by the family.

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

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Obituary of ADAMS, Donald Leslie of Exeter, age 85

Posted by on July 7, 2018

ADAMS: Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital, London, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, Donald “Don” Leslie Adams of Exeter, one week after his 85th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth “Liz” Jane (Collie) Adams (2012). Loved father and father-in-law of D. Brock (Dianne) of London, Mark of Nanaimo, BC, Clark (Lindsay) of Calgary, AB. Loved by his grandchildren Andrew, Dean (Shannon), Colin, Oscar, Zoe and Trixie. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Harvey and Alanna Adams of Exeter. Remembered by his special friend June Morenz, nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Les and Marjorie (Morenz) Adams, infant sister Betty and sister Gloria. A private family service and Interment will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, London. Pastor Ryan Jantzi Officiating. Family and friends are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 167, Exeter, on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. to share memories and honour Don’s life. Don farmed in Hay Township for many years and was a 65 year member of the UA 593 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, London. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the London Health Sciences Foundation or the Zurich Mennonite Church – Youth Fund would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of Mills; June Louise of Markdale, formerly of Priceville resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Mills; June Louise (nee Sherwood)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of June at Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Thursday, July 5, 2018 of Markdale in her 79th year. Beloved wife(honey) of Sheldon of 61 years. Loving mother of Allan of Desboro, Linda(Keith) Banks of Warburg, AB, Roy(Darla Burch) of Devon, AB, Shirley Hendrickson(Murray Schmidt) of RR4 Walkerton, Donna(Gary) Taylor of Whitby, Larry(Arlene) of BC, Nancy(Mike) Hogenes of New Lowell, Rosie(Bill) King of Warburg, AB and the late Kenneth and Richard. Loved and remembered by 26 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren. Dear sister of Richard(Ellen) Sherwood of Sarnia and Joanne Hewgill of Meaford. Predeceased by siblings Wanda, Elaine and Eva.

June was born to Julian and Maud Sherwood on June 23, 1940 in Oxford County, Ontario. She met and married the love of her life, Sheldon, in January. June took pride in raising her children and then watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. She thoroughly enjoyed walking, music and dancing. She had a great love for cats and was often found taking care of the “pretty kitty” next door when needed. A special thank you to Dr. Power, Dr. Kathler and all of the staff that have been helpful at the Markdale Hospital.

The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Monday, July 9 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service from the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 1:00pm. June will be laid to rest at “Home” with her two sons at McNeil Cemetery, Priceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzhiemer’s Society would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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Obituary of MUSSIO, Giuliano of Sarnia

MUSSIO, GIULIANO – At Afton Park Place in Sarnia on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Giuliano Mussio, age 69 of Sarnia passed away. He was the husband of Angelina (Sartor) Mussio and dear father of Mark, Eric (Angela) and Karen (James) and grandfather of Madeline, Timothy, Sophia and Joshua. He is the brother Gabriella Mariuz. He was an owner/operator of Minato & Mussio Terrazzo & Tile. Born on October 30th, 1948 in Orenico Superiore, Italy and came to Canada at the age of 19 and became a citizen in 1976. He loved his garden, animals and a glass red wine. A memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Thursday, May 31st at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations in memory of Giuliano to the Canadian Mental Health Association; Sarnia Branch would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of McALLISTER: Neil F. of Hensall

Posted by on May 18, 2018

August 25, 1946 – May 15, 2018

 

Suddenly and unexpectedly, on Tuesday, May 15th 2018 in his 72nd year, of Hensall, Ontario.  Loving Father of Tim of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peter of London, Bryan of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Sarah and Christian Joore of Peterborough. Doting grandfather of Lara McAllister, Isabella and Sophie Joore. Long-time partner and travelling companion of Sue Riley of Hensall. Dear brother of Dale McAllister of Grand Bend. Neil will be missed by his step-mother Evaline Whiting-McAllister of Zurich, and former spouse Susan Doerr-McAllister of Exeter. Predeceased by his parents John W. McAllister (2014) and Alma G. Skinner (1976). Neil retired after a long career with W.G. Thompson’s & Sons Ltd, and recently took on part time work with SGS research.  He loved the agricultural community he was raised in and was respected by his colleagues in the field.  He was a devoted and hard working community member and volunteer who was friends with many and liked by all. He was given a Lifetime Membership to the Hensall & District Kinsmen Club in May 2014.  He was an animal lover and serious book worm, who would read voraciously and always have several books on the go.  His retirement years allowed him to become a passionate world traveller which he was doing at the time of his passing. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Neil’s life will be held at the Hensall Community Centre, 157 Oxford Street West, Hensall on Saturday, May 26th from 1-4 PM. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society or a charity of your choice in Neil’s honour would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of RAHN, Anna Mary (Horst) of Grand Bend, age 85

Posted by on May 8, 2018

 

RAHN:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Anna Mary (Horst) Rahn of Grand Bend, age 85.  Beloved wife of Kenneth Albert Herbert Rahn.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Margaret Rahn of Minnesota, Nancy (Alan) Taylor of London, Gerry (Robyn) Rahn of Surrey, BC., Barbara (Bill) Rip of Lynden, Robert Rahn of Dunnville and Mike (Terri) Rahn of Grand Bend.  Cherished grandma of Valerie (Justin), David, Leanne (Patrick), Tina (Nick), Brandon, Jenna, Allison (Windy), Amanda, Taylor (Ashley), Devin (Kristen), Brittany, Jay (Jenn), Matt, Brad and Stacie (Troy).  Treasured great-grandma of 18.  Fondly remembered by her brothers, sisters, many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents George and Leah (Martin) Horst.  At Anna’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the South Huron Hospital Foundation.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com  

 

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Obituary of ROSS: Velma “Val” (née Newman), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 20, 2018

ROSS, Velma “Val” (née Newman), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late D. A. “Arn” Ross (Feb. 19, 1991). Dearly loved mother of Dan Ross (Martha) of Port Stanley, Roy Ross of St. Thomas, and the late John Ross (Jan. 24, 2018). Cherished grandmother of Gillian Ross (Ed Hatfield) of Toronto, Erin Ross (Mark Freeman) of London, Kelly Wilson (David) of Guelph, Katarina “Katie” England Ross (Joseph Meuwissen) of London, and Vanessa England Ross (Justin Cassels Lionson) of Oakville. She greatly enjoyed and was very proud of her great grandchildren, Ben, Jane, Will, and Robin. Val is also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her siblings, having been predeceased by her brother, William L. Newman, and by sisters, Annabelle Newman and Marion Tribe. Born in Paynes Mills, ON, May 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Annie Belle (née Parker) Newman. For over 40 years, Arn and Val were partners in D. A. Ross Painting & Decorating, St. Thomas. Val was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a member for many years of the former Alma Street Presbyterian Church. She was a long-time member and a Past President of the Ladies Division of both the St. Thomas Curling Club and the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club. 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 Tuesday, April 24th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A private service for the immediate family will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 25th. Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. “Val was always incredibly committed to her family. Her kindness, generosity, and loving nature, combined with unfailing optimism and determination, simply made the world around her a much better place.”

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of HOURIE: Gerald Richard of Calgary Formerly of Canmore

Posted by on April 17, 2018

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Jerry Hourie a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away suddenly on March 29, 2018 at 59.
Jerry was predeceased by his granddaughter Mercer Hourie.
He will be missed and remembered by his son Saun(Alena); son Mitchell; son Blaise; ex spouse Shannon. Grandchildren Stella, Huxley, Noah and Berkley.
Jerry will also be missed by his brothers Trevor and Russell Teed, sister Florence and extended family and friends.
Special thanks to Trevor and Russell Teed, Deline Dene Band, Danny Gaudet, Hannah VanderWielenAnderchek and Russ Reynolds of Bowriver Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made rob the charity of your choice.

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Obituary of MATTHEWS: Margaret (Peggy) Mary of Victoria

Posted by on April 17, 2018

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MATTHEWS, Margaret Mary (Peggy), aged 90 of Victoria, BC, Canada passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Peggy was surrounded by her loving family, in the peace and comfort of her home, where she lived with her daughter Margaret and son-in-law Seamus for many years.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm, Ross Bay Cemetery, 1495 Fairfield Road (use Memorial Street for parking). Tea and Refreshments to follow at the home of Peggy’s son Pat and daughter-in-law Susan, at 1633 Pinewood Avenue in Fairfield.
Peggy was born on September 9, 1927 to Robert and Christina Carolan, Gormanston Village, County Meath, Éire. She married Patrick Joseph Matthews (of Navan, Co. Meath) on October 12, 1948. They lived in Navan until June 1957 when they emigrated to Victoria, BC, Canada with their 5 young children.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Peggy was also an avid and skilled golfer; winning many trophy’s and prizes over the years including Victoria City Ladies Champion (1970) and Gold Medalist in the 1978 BC Summer Games. She was always athletic and did well at any sport she put her hand to. She was an exceptional gardener; verdant, lush green lawns and hedges, flowers prolific and vegetables plentiful. Peggy loved all animals but most especially her little dogs. She always had at least one or two, and she spoiled them all rotten. She also had an impressive ‘charm’ of hummingbirds that she cared for every day. Some winter days she would have as many as 60 of the wee things clustered about her while she hung the feeders – and hang them every day she did.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband Patrick J. Matthews (Aug 1986), her parents Robert and Christina Carolan, her brothers John and Robert, her sisters May, Christina, and Ester. She is survived by her five children and their spouses Robert (Darlene), Antoinette (Ted), Patrick (Susan), Brendan (Nancy) and Margaret (Seamus), her sister Anne Cassidy in Ireland, her grandchildren Patrick, Jannine, Simon, Katherine (Marcus), Kevin, Christine (Garth), Daniel (Lindsey), Caitlin, Andrew (Justine), Caroline, and Liam. Great grandchildren Claire, Margaret, Vivian, Aislinn, Clayton, Elena, and Quinn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Peggy’s honour to the SPCA or World Wildlife Fund.
Peggy’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses of the Palliative Response Team (Hospice PRT) for their care and kindness.

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Obituary of LAWRENCE: William C. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 12, 2018

LAWRENCE, William C. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in his 84th year.  Beloved husband for over 60 years to Lorraine (née Lacroix) Lawrence.  Dearly loved father of Chris Lawrence (Sharon), and John Lawrence, and cherished grandfather of Will Lawrence (Tami Ansems), and Catherine Lawrence (Jeff Laidlaw), all of St. Thomas.  He was the proud great grandfather of Cora and Alexis Lawrence.  Dear brother of Claribel “Sue” Rowe of St. Thomas, Myrtle Zylstra of Delta, BC, Gus C. Lawrence of Cambridge, late Jean Parkins, late Shirley Bradley, and the late Helen Mathewson.  Also fondly remembered by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, January 20, 1935, he was the son of the late William H. and Pearl (née Dennis) Lawrence.  Bill was a retired CNR trainman.  He was the last surviving founding member (1966), a Past President, and a life member of the Centennial Sports Club, St. Thomas.  Bill was a charter member of the Elgin County Railway Museum.  In his younger years, he was active in baseball and fastball.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of Bill’s cremated remains will be made in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Centennial Sports Club (to be used to support local sports), the Elgin County Railway Museum, or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of STAFFORD: Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on April 10, 2018

STAFFORD, Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, entered into her eternal rest at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Eric Futcher Stafford (1980).  Loved mother of Louise (Bruno) of Midland, Lyal (Jeanette) of Kitchener, and Catherine of Vancouver.  She was proud of her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Dear sister of Velma Bell of Massachusetts and sister-in-law of Maureen Coleman of Pickering. Also lovingly remembered by a number of nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by infant daughter, Nancy Marie (1953); parents, John and Olive Coleman (née Diemel); and siblings, Viola, Marie, Orville, and Lloyd. Born at Stratford, ON, Cassie moved with her family to Barrie and Pickering. A graduate of London College of Bible and Missions, now Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, she worked as secretary-treasurer of the Canadian branch of the former Ceylon and India General Mission, Toronto. Following her marriage, she and her husband raised their family at the Stafford homestead at Shedden. At the former Shedden Baptist Church, Cassie taught Sunday School and conducted children’s programs. With the support of several rural churches, she organized and led large vacation bible schools. She also taught religious education in local rural public schools. Later, she worked at the U.W.O Library and the St. Thomas YWCA. Upon early retirement, she pursued her interest in travel, gardening, calligraphy, writing poetry, and was involved in the Christian Women’s Club, the St. Thomas Right to Life Association, and the former Women’s Art Association.  The funeral service will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Private interment will be made in Shedden Cemetery. Memorial donations to The Gideons or St. Thomas & District Right to Life will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family expresses special thanks to the nursing staff of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Unit C for their patient, understanding, compassionate and respectful care.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of Engen: James Trevor (Jamie) of North Vancouver, BC Formerly of Woodinville, Washington

Posted by on April 5, 2018

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James (Jamie) Trevor Engen passed away on a mountain top, hiking with his wife, Jeri Sue, amongst the gorillas of Rwanda on Febuary 8th, 2018, at age 55.

Born in New Westminster, BC and raised in Maple Ridge, BC, he led a life filled with love, adventure and travel.

He met his wife of 29 years while visiting Atlanta, Georgia. They were married and settled in Vancouver while he was finishing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia.

To pay his way through school he worked as a foreman at the newly built BC Place, installing the complex on-site sound system. He then worked as the sound engineer for BC Place for many years.

Jamie became a member of the Canadian Institute of CPA’s and was a Senior Vice President with Price Waterhouse.

Later he held senior management positions with public and privately owned companies in Canada and internationally. These included President and CEO of a high tech electronics manufacturing company; COO and Managing Director of a speaker manufacturing company with three divisions; CFO, Executive Producer and owner of a television production company and CFO of a high tech startup company.

He finished his career as a Managing Director at FTI Consulting as part of the Corporate Finance and Restructuring team. He consulted on a diverse portfolio of multi-million dollar international companies in a wide range of industries, including: Chinese forestry, oil and gas, construction, retail, food processing and hospitality.

He was proud of his work and the opportunity it gave him to travel the world and meet a variety of people he called his friends, but his greatest joy was his family. He treasured and would regale friends endlessly about his wife’s and children’s exploits. His passion for life was boundless. He loved good food, good laughs, good wine, and scotch.

He leaves behind his wife Jeri Sue, adored children Emma Jane, Trevor, and Rebecca, parents Jim Engen and Claudia Beaven, sister Leanne Engen and brother in law Kelly Whalley, step mother Diane Engen, half sisters Lauren and Annise Toliekis, grandmothers, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, may you toast Jamie with a drink of fine scotch. A Celebration of Life event will be held on April 12th at 1:30pm at the Terminal City Club.

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