Obituary of Donald Ross McIntyre (Langley, Edmonton, Winnipeg)

Posted by on October 19, 2018

Donald Ross McIntyre

June 14,1932 – October 13, 2018

Don was born in Morden, Manitoba to Alfred Woodward McIntyre and Isabel Valentine McIntyre (nee Macey). He grew up on the border where his father worked. As a small boy he developed his life long love affair with cars as he learned the makes and models of all the cars that passed through the border each day.

Don graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Arts and spent most of his career working as a claims manager in the insurance industry. He married the love of his life and his best friend Dorothy Ann Redfearn in 1957 and set about raising his family in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. In 1988 he was transferred to Langley BC where he retired. Don and Dorothy loved to travel. After Dorothy died in 2013, Don took a solo trip to Tuktoyaktuk in February, 2015 at the age of 82 as a fundraiser for the cancer society.  

Don and Dorothy’s lives were characterized by the friends they made in every decade and every community where they lived. Don still kept in contact with his university fraternity friends, the couples they regularly gathered with in Edmonton and all the friends he made in churches and business throughout the years. 

Don considered himself the most fortunate of men, blessed with 56 years of love with his wonderful wife, Dorothy and another couple of years of love with Myrna Huggan, his dear partner for the last years of his life, with Myrna visiting him every day as Don spent his last days in the hospital and finally the hospice.

Don leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth (Lynn), sons Matthew and Cameron (Darlene), daughter Kathleen (Phil), grandchildren Arica (Bryce), Kate, Larisa, Joshua, Emily (Josh), Nathan Ross, Joanna, Xiomara, Benjamin, Jacob, and great grandchildren Cooper and Michael.

Many thanks to Reverend Kelly Duncan and Reverend Laurie Deacon for their care and attentiveness to Dad in his last weeks, and to the staff at Crossroads Inlet Hospice and the Royal Columbian Hospital who were unfailingly kind and compassionate.

A Memorial Service will be held for Don on Wednesday, Oct 24th at 7 pm at the Parish of St. George in Fort Langley  (9160 Church St., Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R6).

 

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Obituary of CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

CHONG, SUSAN – Surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, October 4, 2018, Susan (Mark) Chong, age 85 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William Logie Chong (1994) and dear mother of William Chong Jr. and his wife Johanne, Darrell Chong, Sharon Davies and her husband Dr. Brian Davies, grandmother of Melissa Chong (Matthew Lorbetski), Matthew Chong (Marissa Lewington)), Connor Davies (Brooke Clubb) and Jasmine Davies (Billy O’Mahony Jr.), great-grandmother of Lucas and Ethan Lorbetski, Tess Chong and lovingly anticipated Miller Davies (January 2019). She is survived by her sister Helen (Drew Magor), her brother William (Doreen) and her sister in law Gretta Mark. She was predeceased by her infant brother George, her brother David and her sister Maria. Susan fled communist China in 1949 and made Canada her new and much loved home. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities including SMAA, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, I.O.D.E. and was also named to the Mayor’s Honour’s List in 1993. She was an avid fan of the Maple Leafs and Argos and a loud, vocal and opinionated cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting interests and activities. Friends may visit at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9) on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 261 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Susan to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “The family wishes to thank Dr. Lori Kolono and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care”

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Obituary of Rumpel ,Rick from regina,sk

Posted by on October 5, 2018

its with great sorrow that we see the passing of rick rumpel.

After a long battle with cancer,we see him return home.
he was known for driving cab in Saskatoon for quite a few years,along with his superb carpentry skills
and out going personality .he lived an interesting life traveling and seeing parts of the world.
and always sending pictures of his travels to friends and Family.
he moved from Saskatoon to bc in the mid 90s and lived out a good part of his life their as
a set carpenter for movies.and as a maintenance man for sound studios in the Vancouver area
he had a wonderful love of music,and made many friends in the industry.
he had met true love in 97 and was married for 21 years before his passing

he will be missed by his family and friends greatly

he is survived by his wife Karin Rumpel and children Jhir-ett Kaye(Rumpel) ,Amber Rumpel ,Tiffany Rumpel , Rolanda Rumpel
Step Daughters Nadine Klein and Melanie Schwienke
Brother David Rumpel
Grandchildren Caysen ,Makayla ,Sahara, and Valkyrie
And many other friends and family

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Obituary of Daley Janet Jacqueline

Posted by on October 3, 2018

Janet Jacqueline Daley born on December 24, 1964 passed suddenly at home on September 23, 2018. Janet was a loving, spiritual, hardworking woman. She would do anything for the people she loved, no matter what time you called or how tired she was, she found a way. She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known and though there were some difficult times she always found the strength to keep going, to be a shoulder for her friends and family. Her sudden passing was a shock to us all and she will forever be missed.

She was survived by her two daughters, Claudine and Keneisha, her grandchildren Trinity and Michael, her sister Yvonne, brother Dwight, father Donald and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her service will be held on Saturday, October 20 at Relate Church located at 6788 152nd Street in Surrey at 1 o’clock
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Obituary of ELLIOTT: Ann Elliott of West Vancouver, B.C.

Posted by on September 30, 2018

Elliott, Ann
March 27, 1940 – September 22, 2018

Ann Elliott (Elizabeth Ann Mattick), age 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on September 22, 2018 in West Vancouver B.C. She was born on March 27, 1940 in Cordova Bay, Victoria, B.C. to Bill and Joey Mattick (Whilhemine Alice Clarke).

Ann’s choice of pharmacy as a career and her quick rise to managing drug stores made her a role model for women. She graduated with a Pharmacy Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1961. After graduating, Ann gained certification and practiced as a pharmacist in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. In the late 60s she began to manage stores. This culminated in the 1980s and 90s with her successfully running a large retail store, Shoppers Drug Mart in Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Ann was as dedicated to her family as she was to her work. Her family appreciated that even after many fifty plus hour work weeks she kept them well dressed and made sure they sat down together to eat delicious, beautiful, made from scratch dinners.

Ann enjoyed travelling throughout her life. She found as much pleasure in planning the trip as the experience itself, especially her once in a lifetime trips to Botswana, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Hawaii was a favourite destination where she went many times to play golf and feel the warm wind.

Ann’s strength and determination were evident during her long battle with breast cancer. Even while undergoing treatment she continued to do the things she loved, including seaside walks, tending flowers and playing golf. A highlight was when she scored her one and only “hole in one” on the 4th hole at the Cordova Bay Golf Course, which sits on the land her father farmed. Ann is survived by John Elliott, her loving husband of 57 years, her daughter Lea (Scott), her granddaughters, Mika and Claire, her sister Sara (Buzz) and her niece Kate (Rob) and her nephew Mike (Ashleigh). Her family appreciates the peace of mind and compassion that Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation provided Ann when her illness became untreatable and unbearable. There will be no service as per her request, but if you’d like to take a moment to remember Ann: look out at a beautiful view, take a bite of dark chocolate and lift a glass of prosecco.

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Obituary of Graham: Dick of Sarnia

Posted by on September 26, 2018

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family while listening to Country Music Classics at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Dick Graham, age 91 of Sarnia has passed away. He was the dear husband of the late Anna (McFarlane) Graham (1994) and Lorraine Brand (2014). Loving father of Kevin (Marilyn) and Karl (Hidemi), grandfather of Jenna, Alexander, Lindsay, Jack and Yuki. Also survived sister in-laws; Barb Graham and her husband the late Bill Graham, Theresa Graham and her husband the late Donald Graham, Ilene Graham and her husband the late Raymond Graham. Also predeceased by sisters Phyllis Roberts and her husband the late Edwin Roberts, Dorothy Turner and her husband the late Don Turner. Survived by sister in – law Berna Rouhan and her husband the late Nat Rouhan. Also will be missed by many nieces and nephews. He was a longtime faithful member of St. Paul’s United Church, Sarnia, serving his church on many committees, as an elder and as a Board member for over 65 years. Dick was an elementary school principal involved locally in the Ontario Public School Teacher’s Federation in the District as a Ministry Course Instructor, Curriculum worker, Chairman in Regional Council and was twice the President of the Elementary Principal Association for over 36 years, retiring in 1984. Dick was an avid lawn bowler and member of the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, N7T 5W9) on Friday, September 28th. between the hours of 4 – 7 p.m. The funeral service will be from St. Paul’s United Church, 360 Devine St, Sarnia on Saturday, September 29th. at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Matthew Stevens officiating. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Paul’s United Church or to the Lambton Kent Public School Board. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Obituary of BECKER: Glen George Guy of Langley, BC Formerly of Kelowna, BC

Posted by on April 5, 2018

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In Memory of Glen George Guy Becker

December 16, 1962 to March 19, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Glen Becker announce his passing after a brave battle with cancer at the age of 55 years on March 19th, 2018. Glen will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Le Du Mach, and her children Victor and Vivian, as well as his mother, Julie Tipton, his father, Roy Becker, and siblings Christine (Paul) Berteig, Shawn Becker, Genie (Tim) DePlonty, and Kristi Meddins. Glen will also be fondly remembered by his nephews and nieces Joelle (Andrew), Shawn, Jesse-Lyn, Aubrielle (Jonathan), Jayden, Terin, and Kurtis, great nieces and nephews Raine, Forest, Layla, and Hawksley, as well as his extended family and friends.

A celebration of Glen’s life will be held Monday, April 9th at 4:30 pm at Newland’s Bar & Grill, 21025 48th Ave. Langley, B.C. located at the Newland’s Golf and Country Club. If you wish to attend, please confirm by emailing pcberteig@gmail.com, as space is limited. Internment will follow at a later date with a private family ceremony at Ocean View Funeral Home and Burial Park in Vancouver, B.C.

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Obituary of STEWART: Eileene (née Butterwick), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 20, 2018

STEWART, Eileene (née Butterwick), of St. Thomas, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in her 90th year.  She was the beloved wife of the late William G. “Bill” Stewart (1997).  Eileene is survived by her sons, Stanley of Vancouver, BC, and Stephen of Cambridge, ON, as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Ruby Roberts, and three brothers, Mac, Gilbert, and Archie Butterwick.  Born in (South) Yarmouth Twp., ON, November 27, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Carloss and Pearl (née Smith) Butterwick.  Eileene lived her life in Sparta and area, and St. Thomas.  She was a former member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas.  A former avid field naturalist, Eileene was a charter member (1950) and a past secretary of the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club.  A member of the McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London, Eileene, along with her husband Bill, received its highest recognition, the W.E. Saunders Award in 1996.  She was a charter member of the Elgin Hiking Trail, a member of the Hall of Fame of the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, and a former member of the Bruce Trail Association of Ontario, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, and the Field Biologists of Ontario.  Eileene was also a member of the Aylmer & District Museum, a supporting member of the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society, a former member of the Norfolk Historical Society, Simcoe, and served on the Board of Directors of the former Thomas Williams Home, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment will be made in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of FIDRMUS: KAREL of RICHMOND, BC Formerly of PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Posted by on March 13, 2018

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KAREL FIDRMUS – June 7th, 1946 to February 10, 2018 (photo Tim Horton’s May 5, 2017)
It is with great sadness to announce the loss of our brother and friend Karel Fidrmus who passed away at his home in Richmond, B.C. on Sunday, February 11th 2018. Karel had been ill for several years. Karel was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, which is now the Czech Republic on June 7th, 1946. Karel was a kind, authentic, fun guy and had a great sense of humor. He loved his soccer and watched all the world matches. In his home city of Prague, Czechoslovakia he was known to be a great soccer player himself. He called his business PINSTAR and sold soccer pins.
Karel worked as a millwright up North at Granduc, Canex Placer, Cassiar Asbestos Mine, Cyprus Anvil Mines and worked on the Revelstoke Dam. A special note: Karel put his life in danger to save two fellow workers on two separate occasions while working up North. He was very popular with his fellow employees. He also worked as a millwright at Crown Paper in Richmond but due to illness retired early but he often met his work buddies for coffee from Crown Paper.
Karel was known to be an excellent chess player. He loved to play cribbage with his buddies at work and played cards with many of his friends. He often met up with his coffee buddies from work and his group of friends from Czechoslovakia. He is survived by his two sisters, Elisabeth Ruppenthal and Jitka Miskovska, their children and families in Munich and Prague. We will miss him. He is now free of illness and playing chess and soccer in heaven. Karel’ s CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be announced or you can contact Karen at 604-544-1660 or famouscanvas@hotmail.com.

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Obituary of ROBERTSON: Mona of White Rock, BC Formerly of Surrey and Kelowna, BC

Posted by on March 6, 2018

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Mona Robertson, 93, of White Rock, BC, formerly of Surrey and Kelowna BC, died peacefully on February 16, 2018.

Born December 1, 1923 in Vernon, BC, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Albertine Quebec (Martell).

Mona joins her late husband and love of her life, Donald Wright Robertson. Mona and Major Robertson (RCAF) met while attending the University of British Columbia (UBC). They began their romance by meeting under the Birk’s Clock in downtown Vancouver towards the end of the Second World War. Not only did she graduate with a B.A. from UBC, in later life, she completed a second Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University and attended Okanagan College’s Fine Arts Program.

Mona is survived by her three daughters, Andree Laval (Robert), Laura Robertson Peacock (William) and Robin Robertson (Scott); four grandchildren Grace Laval (Rick), Sarah Robertson (Chris), Katherine Peacock and David Peacock; and, two great grandchildren, Julianna and Alison.

Our mother was an artist. She was an amazing seamstress, creating all our school clothing, upholstering our furniture and creating beautiful Vogue pattern fashions. She adored painting, drawing, sculpting, and many other artistic media. Mom was very musically inclined, singing with the UBC band during the 1940’s and played piano for her entire life. She also was a dancer, and in later years, took pleasure embarrassing her daughter(s) dancing down the shopping isles to the canned music during the weekly grocery shopping trip.

We wish to thank all of the staff at Weatherby 1 Residential Care (Peace Arch Hospital) for their amazing care of our mother during her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A private family memorial is planned. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association https://cmha.bc.ca/get-involved/donate/ .

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Obituary of PRANCE: Ronald J. N. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 5, 2018

PRANCE, Ronald J. N. “Ron”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in his 76th year.  Beloved husband of the late Luanne (née Price) Prance (2015).  Dearly loved father of Sandra Prance (Dale Thomson) of Surrey, BC, Steven Prance (Jennifer) of St. Thomas, and Kristine Cunningham (Jeff Parker) of Iona Station.  Cherished grandfather of Brad (Sharan), Jacob, Zack, Nick, Cody, Dawson, and Tanner.  Dear brother of Hazel Sims (Mark) of St. Thomas, and the late John Prance (Judy of St. Thomas). Also fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his best friend, Frank Davey (Judy).  Born in London, ON, December 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Norman and Margaret (née Jackson) Prance.  Ron was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.  He was an active long-time member of Central United Church, St. Thomas. A member of the A.V.S.S. Alumni, Ron was active on the 90th Anniversary Reunion Committee.  He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family and friends.  Ron took great satisfaction in helping others.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, March 8th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  A service to celebrate Ron’s life will be held at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, March 9th  at 11:00 a.m.  The interment of his cremated remains will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of MYLAN, Marcia “Marci” Elaine (Desjardine) (Isard) of Grand Bend, formerly of Reno, Nevada, age 73

Posted by on February 22, 2018

MYLAN: Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Marcia “Marci” Elaine (Desjardine) (Isard) Mylan, of Grand Bend, formerly of Reno, Nevada, age 73. Beloved wife of the late Doug Isard and the late Tom Mylan. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Tom Mylan and Annaliese Griffin of Vermont. Loved grandma of Lester and Olive. Forever loved daughter of Norma (Jennison) (Desjardine) Walper of Grand Bend and the late Iray Desjardine (1977). Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mona and Dave Hunt of Winnipeg, MB, the late Jim (2011) and Judy Desjardine of London, Nancy and John Pritchard of Vancouver Island, BC, Mark and Angie Desjardine of Centralia. Remembered by her step-brother Don Walper of Dashwood, aunt Ruby and Bruce Stanlake of Grand Bend, many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her step-father Lloyd Walper (2012). At Marci’s request, cremation has taken place. At this time, no formal services will be held. A Celebration of Marci’s Life will be held at a later date, location, date and time to be announced. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to S.H.H.F. – Jessica’s House, Huron Women’s Shelter or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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