Obituary of WILLIAMS, Gayle Linda (nee WAINWRIGHT) of Beaumont, Alberta

Posted by on January 24, 2019


January 15, 1956 to January 22, 2019

Gayle passed away peacefully due to complications from Huntington’s Disease on January 22, 2019 at the age of 63 years. Her final days were filled with love and support from her family and many friends.

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Gordon; daughters Lindsay (Fenton), Brittany (Jeremy), and Kelcey; grandchildren Kaleigh, Bentley, Kellan, Emily and an upcoming grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is predeceased by her sons Michael and Daniel, parents Bob and Gerry Wainwright, and sister Joanne Best.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beaumont Community Church, 5423 – 55 Street, Beaumont, AB on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family would ask that those in attendance try to incorporate red in their attire as it was Gayle’s favorite color.

Memorial Donations may be made in Gayle’s honour to the Huntington’s Society of Canada, 400-151 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 2M2.

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018


“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of JOHAL: Avtar (Sonny) of Surrey, formerly of Trail

Posted by on December 7, 2017


Avtar “Sonny” Johal, born in Salempur India in 1963, passed away on November 3, 2017. Son of Malkit and Charanjit Johal, Avtar went to school in Trail and graduated from J. L. Crowe High in 1982. Following some time at Selkirk College, Avtar moved to Surrey in 1984 and spent 33 years there. He is mourned immensely by his parents, his sister Ami and brother Sal, many close relatives, and numerous friends. Funeral will be held at Five Rivers Funeral Services on River Road.

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Obituary of LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017


On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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Obituary of VONDRASEK: Geraldine of Castlegar Formerly of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Posted by on April 11, 2017


Collins, Geraldine (nee Vondrasek)
April, 1942 – March, 2017

Geraldine (Gerry) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20th at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, BC with family at her side. Gerry was born in Cuckfield, England and came to Canada to reside in Ontario in 1945 until she was 18 years of age where she moved to Winnipeg for a short time and then on to BC.
Gerry is predeceased by her brother Joey and is survived by her brothers Chris, Garry, Jerry, George, Kevin and her sister Nancy, her children Susan (Ed Laurensen), Richard, Kelly (Calyn Buresh) and Lisa (Peter Kuhlmann) and five grandchildren Andrew, Mark, Michael, Jessica and Emma and great grandson Dylan.
Gerry 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. Rest In Peace Mom.

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

Posted by on April 6, 2017


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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Obituary of 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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Obituary of NORD: Maurie Albin Alexander of Vanderhoof, BC Formerly of Trail, Penticton, Surrey, Hammond, New Westminster

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Maurie Albin Alexander Nord, well finished his race here on earth and went to receive his reward from the Father in heaven June 7, 2016, just 5 days before his 66th birthday, in Vanderhoof BC.

Maurie was born in the ‘Home of Champions’, Trail BC on June 12, 1950 to his parents, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Gustaf Peter Nord and Audry Alma Wilson. He is a descendant of Johan Johansson Nord (1795) of Norsjo, Sweden. Johan’s great grandson, Gustaf Albin Nord, born 1892, immigrated to Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, in 1911, where Maurie’s father, Alexander (Sandy) Nord, was born in 1917. Later, Maurie found out through genealogical research that he was the sixth generation first born son of the Johan Johansson Nord line which he was very proud of.
Maurie’s passion for music began in ‘earnest’ when he quietly and secretly tried strumming his step-father’s 1946 Martin guitar at the age of 11. Later, at Maurie’s request, his stepfather, Ernest Franklin McQuary, taught him three chords on this 1946 Martin guitar and insisted that he learn them fluently before proceeding to anything more. This, Maurie eagerly did in the privacy of his bedroom, and much to the relief of listeners. At a young age, Maurie began to experiment with writing poetry, but was determined to be a guitar player and STRONGLY declined to sing. However, involvement in church ministry led him to sing “loud” for “old folks” at retirement homes, and this was due to the STRONG prompting of Rev Art Zapparozan, pastor of the Trail Pentecostal Church. Maurie was raised with the musical influences of his stepfather: Hank Snow, Jimmy Rodgers, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves. He soon added to those artists: Chet Atkins, Brian Wilson, The Stamps Quartet, Elvis, Carlos Montoya, Barbershop Quartets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan to mention a few.

In time, Maurie taught himself country, classical and blues guitar, rhythm style piano, accordion, blues harp, five string and tenor banjo. In 1987, he submitted a demo tape to Comstock Records of Shawnee, Kansas and found to his surprise, that they liked his songs. It was at this time that Maurie sang in a duo act called “Moe and the Catfish”, where he discovered that he had a talent for entertaining in comedy as well as song. This he did in the pubs, restaurants, golf courses and ski hills of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. In July of 1999, Comstock’s Patty Parker produced Maurie’s two songs: “Redneck Feelin’ Blue”, and “Wanderin’ Kind”. This was done in Chelsea Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

At age 21, Maurie trained under Kent Bastien as a barber in Vancouver BC and supported himself at various stages throughout his life in this trade. In addition to his barbering and music skills, Maurie earned a Bachelor degree in Theology at Western Pentecostal Bible College in Clayburn BC. In Bible College he was trained in voice, music theory and had experiences in writing, arranging and performing in choirs (WPBC’s Harmonaires), mixed and male quartets. He was ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in Quebec where he did Home Missions for three years with his wife Ruth Buchner. This is where his eldest daughter, Rachelle, was born in 1981. Maurie became fluent in French during his ministry and it never left him as he took any opportunity to speak with French speakers everywhere he met them. On his return home to BC, Maurie became assistant pastor under Eugene Kraft at Cannaught Heights church in New Westminster. During this time his son Justin was born in 1983. When Eugene moved on from Cannaught Heights Maurie moved on as well and became an itinerant Evangelist traveling BC and the states of Washington and Oregon. He was used powerfully in the many churches he ministered at, however, it was very difficult to raise a family in this type of ministry. Maurie decided he needed a different career so he sadly gave up his evangelistic ministry which broke his heart. He then decided to train for a career in Life insurance with Empire life while the family lived in Surrey. Robynn was born there in 1986.

Maurie married second, his wife Darcy Austin, in 1990 in Penticton where he opened his barber shop, ‘Happy Days Hair’. Maurie and Darcy bought a house in Naramata where they lived for eight years and had many wonderful times together with the children. In 2001 Maurie and Darcy left for Korea to pursue a career in teaching English. They spent 10 years altogether in Korea and grew to love this country as their own. Together they attended a Korean language course and with his gift with languages Maurie enjoyed speaking Korean very much. Maurie loved Korea so much with the upbeat Asian culture, as well as, the Korean people sharing similar loves to him: music, soju and humour. They say Koreans are the ‘Irish of the Orient’. Maurie and Darcy were also fortunate to have traveled in: Sweden to visit his family and roots there; Switzerland to visit Darcy’s brother, Todd and family; Malaga, Spain to learn Spanish; France and Britain where more ancestral roots are and Italy.
Maurie had many other hobbies besides music and languages: fishing, history and genealogy, making knives, building boats and even long boards. He loved skateboarding and in fact said that for his birthday this year he wanted a long board. Always a kid at heart, he’s probably riding a long board in heaven right now!

His greatest love though was preaching and sharing the gospel of God. He always said ‘I’m not ashamed of the gospel’ for he knew it was the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for ‘the righteous shall live by faith’ (Romans 1: 16, 17). He never stopped sharing what God did for him since the day He touched him at the early age of 11 at the Full Gospel church in Fruitvale while attending with his grandparents, Ross and Eleanor Wilson. Maurie persevered through many difficult trials and sufferings and prefaces his autobiography, ‘Tried by Fire’, with 1 Peter 1: 7, ‘These trials have come, so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though tested (or tried) by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed’. No wonder Maurie was born in a town with the moto: Home of Champions and with a town seal: ‘Gold must be tried by fire’. It is also appropriate that he should depart this world in Vanderhoof as this is where the only funeral home in the province is named ‘Grace’ memorial. Grace was one of Maurie’s favorite words because he knew how very much God’s grace in his life made him the champion he is.

He leaves behind those who rejoice in his reward: his best friend Darcy; children: daughter, Rachelle (Mihai) of Belleville Ontario; son, Justin (Amanda) of Vernon, BC; daughter, Robynn of Italy; his sisters: Vivien Moores (Bud) of Trail BC, Sherry Kowalchuk (Robert) of Kaleden BC, Pamela Nord-Krueger (Randy) of Seattle WA; his brothers: Gilbert McQuary (Barbara) of Kelowna BC and Mark Nord of Castlegar BC; and his Uncle Morley Wilson (Elsie) of Ladysmith BC, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Korean students.

Maurie, the world was not worthy of you as you wandered your meandering path here on earth. We miss you and can’t wait for the day we will be reunited with you once again. Until then, we hold you in our hearts and in our memories. You lost your life to gain it! You are a champion and we are proud to have been a part of your life here on earth. Have fun with your loved ones there and we here will be comforted by the thought that you have joined that great cloud of witnesses who cheer us on as we throw off every hindrance and sin that so easily entangles us in order to persevere in the race marked out for each of us until we meet again (Hebrews 11,12)

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Obituary of FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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Obituary of HOLLAND: Pamela Jean (Brown) of Campbell River

Posted by on July 11, 2016

images-4Born March 14, 1958 in Mount Vernon, Indiana; died June 12th, 2016, of cardiac arrest, in Campbell River, BC. Jean was John and Pamela Brown’s daughter and sister to three older brothers. She married Bill Holland in 1982, and they were divorced in 1996. For the last 36 years of her life, she was a loving mother to her sons, Nigel and Nicholas.

A happy child, Jean could be quite funny. “My three rotten brothers stepped on an ant and then put it in a matchbox,” she once wrote. “They then instructed me to go to the backyard with a spoon and give the dearly departed a decent burial. As I was walking back into the house to report a job well done, my foot landed on a wasp. And I began howling in pain. My brothers all found this extremely funny. They thought I was mourning the bloody ant!”

My brother Jack and I would often tease her by calling her “Little Itch” – the name coming from an afternoon cartoon show we watched on a black-and-white television set. The original Itchy was an anthropomorphic mouse. She hated the nickname at first, but I, at least, continued to use it to the end of her life.

“I remember the little blonde heart-stealer, full of energy who adored her older brothers,” our cousin Angela wrote when hearing of her passing.

When I left home for university in 1965, she was only seven years old, so the times we spent together after that were primarily family holidays and phone calls. During those years she had a difficult adolescence, but our parents worked hard to keep her on an even keel. “We do the best we can,” my father would sigh when things were at their worst. The “worst” generally involved dealing with addiction issues, which contemporary thinking sees as a medical rather than a moral issue.

Jean resented our parents’ move from the US to Vancouver Island in 1972, but she rarely left the island thereafter; the laid-back island lifestyle seemed to suit her well. About 1981, she met her husband-to-be, Bill Holland, who worked as a tree topper in the British Columbia forest industry.

Our parents moved from Sidney B.C. to Qualicum Beach to be near them. Jeannie and Bill owned a small, quaint house where they kept chickens and raised their children.

Jean and her father enjoyed a classic father-daughter relationship. He adored her; she idolized him.

Throughout the 1980s, she and her mother were ”best friends” – on the phone to each other many times a day, frequently browsing for treasures at garage sales. She accumulated quite an impressive collection of old dolls at those sales, and secured a government grant to develop a doll repair business. Her room full of antique dolls was a delight to adults and children alike. She could fix any doll and bring it back to life.

As the boys in our family brought their wives and girlfriends to see our parents, Jeannie was always kind and thoughtful. She loved my first wife’s mother, and couldn’t get over the fuss that lady would make over her. She had years of sobriety when she and Bill would go to church almost every Sunday, and they became quite involved with a local church group.

Jean’s life quickly changed after our father died, however, perhaps because of her grief over Dad’s passing. She and Bill went to a rock concert and, “for old times’ sake,”smoked up. From then on they struggled to maintain sobriety. They later divorced, and Jean became a single mother. She adored her boys above all else.

Jean’s boys were the joy of her life. In 1999 Jean and her kids visited me and my family during the Calgary Stampede. At that time, she had been drug-free for the better part of two years and was rightly proud of that achievement. Nigel and Nicholas were 11 and 12, and full of curiosity.

I last spoke to her three months ago, to tell her that our brother Jack had died on April 20th. She cried when she heard the news, and said “as the youngest, I will watch all of you die.” She left us barely seven weeks later. I didn’t learn of her passing until nearly a month after she was gone, because holidays made me inaccessible.

Our cousin Angela best summarized the deaths of Jean and her brother, which came so close together. “All lives have purpose,” she said. “Perhaps theirs is to be with each other in spirit, wherever it drifts.”

I already miss my phone calls with Little Itch.

A special “thank you” to Jasbir Gill for helping me with these memories.

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Obituary of DELANEY: Linda Katlin of Vancouver Formerly of Nelson, BC

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4Delaney, (Linda) Katlin (nee Mayzes).
October 2nd, 1952 – April 17th, 2016.
Kat passed away after a long illness with MS.
She is survived by her daughters, Kristy (Jason) and Courtney.
Grandkids, Brooklin, Charlotte and Carter.
Siblings, Gerry, Joe, Joanne and Rick.
Mother, Elsie, and long time friend, David.
She will also be missed by her favourite companion, Bobby, her cat.
She was pre deceased by her father, Bill.
Katlin loved the arts and was a published writer and photographer.
She spent many years loving life in the Kootenays.
There will be a celebration of life late in May.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the MS Society in Kat’s Memory.

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Obituary of Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Obituary of MADEN: Mrs. Judi (nee Furey), of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on September 25, 2015

MADEN, Mrs. Judi (nee Furey), of Extendicare Port Stanley, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in her 59th year. Treasured wife of Adrian H. Maden. Loving mother of Corey Wickwire of St. Thomas, and Jackie Coolman (Dwayne) of London. Cherished grandmother of Janelle and Dirk. Dear step-mother of Branwen Maden (Scott) and Josh Maden, all of London, and step-grandmother of Domi. Loving sister of Bill Furey (Irene), and Jim Furey (Betty), all of BC. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Judi will be sadly missed by her cats Scooter and Gabby. Born in Trail, BC, October 16, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Glennie (nee Traverse) Furey. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations to Animal Aide gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of MACAULAY: “Buddy” of Dobbinton

Posted by on December 24, 2014

McCauley 2Godfrey “Buddy” Thomas MacAulay passed away peacefully at his home in Dobbinton on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the age of 76.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Marlyn (Bimm), five sons Barry (Terri) of Owen Sound, Terry of London, Trent of London, Trevor (Penny) and Derek (Ann), all of Owen Sound. Buddy or Poppa as he was known will be sadly missed by his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Survived by his sister Marie (Russ) Eveleigh of Chilliwack, B.C and brother-in-law Mervyn Bimm of Pembroke. Bud will be fondly remembered by his many neighbours and friends, especially Don and Beth Slumskie. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Katherine MacAulay.

Bud wished to be cremated, and a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the family residence. Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Obituary of Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.


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Obituary of GRONIGER: Leigh Dorothy of Rodney, Ontario

Posted by on January 22, 2014

Suddenly, at Four Counties Health Services, Newbury on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  Leigh Dorothy Groniger (Goodwin) of Rodney at the age of 46.  Loving wife and mother of Joe and Lyle, daughter of Pam and Charlie Goodwin of Vancouver, B.C., daughter in law of Martha Groniger (Herman 2012) of West Lorne, sister in law of Henry (Cindy) and Ed Groniger and aunt of Leaha Groniger.

Friends may call at the RODNEY CHAPEL OF DENNING FUNERAL DIRECTORS on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.  Share a memory at  519 785-0810.  Posted at

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Obituary of Lindsay: Rose of Sarnia

Posted by on November 30, 2013

Peacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Saturday, November 30, 2013, ROSE ELLEN LINDSAY (nee Eheler), age 95 of Sarnia passed away. Beloved wife of the late Orville Richard Wesley Lindsay (1960).Dear mother of Wilbert Norman Lindsay and his wife Mona of Sarnia and David Graham Lindsay and his wife Donna of British Columbia.Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Darrin, Kevin and Rhonda and great grandmother of Lily and Maia. Rose was a longtime employee of the Sarnia Jail where she worked as a Matron. The family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Villa Nursing Home and Vision Rest Home for the excellent care Mom received. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Memorial gifts to the Canadian Arthritis Society or to New Horizons Community Church would be appreciated by the family.

The D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

102 N. Victoria St.

Sarnia, ON., N7T 5W9

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Obituary of HODGINS: Brad (John Bradley) of London

Posted by on August 10, 2013

Hodgins Brad web photoAt his home, on Thursday, August 8, 2013, of London in his 64th year.  Dear brother of Greg and Kathy Hodgins of Grand Bend.  Dear uncle of Susan (Tim) Patton and Jill (Mike) Bale.  Missed by his 4 great-nephews.  Predeceased by his niece Kristin Hodgins and his parents Ida and Clare Hodgins.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday evening 7-9PM where a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11AM. Cremation with interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London.

Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through

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