BROMAROFF, Brenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 12, 2018

BROMAROFF, BRENDA – At Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Brenda Lee (Jolly) Bromaroff, age 60 of Sarnia passed away. She was the wife of the late Don Bromaroff (2015) and loving mother of Jody St. Pierre (Matthew), Diana (Franky) Bromaroff, Amy Bromaroff and Jimmy Bromaroff, dear grandmother of Shelby, Jayla, Preston, Sati and Arizona. She is also survived brother Raymond and Ronnie Jolly and sisters Mona Jolly Debbie Hayes. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Cremation has taken place and private family committal service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial donations made in memory of Brenda to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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Murray, Frances Beatty of Sarnia

Posted by on January 11, 2018

Frances Beatty Murray passed away peacefully on Monday January 8, 2018 at Sumac Lodge in Sarnia at the age of 98. She was the dear wife of the late John David “Bunt “Murray, beloved mother of  John “JD” Murray and of Ann Ino, husband Alan and loving grandmother of Chris Hartford, Melissa Hartford and Robert Ino. “Gee” as she was affectionately known, was a lifelong residence of Sarnia and was a committed volunteer in her community. She was an active member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and the woman’s organization I.O.D.E. Gee was loved for her sweet easy going disposition, and quick laugh. In addition, she was well regarded for her amazing cooking and baking skills. Over the years, family and friends alike enjoyed Gee’s homemade bread, homemade pies and memorable Sunday roast beef dinners. My brother and I would like to thank the staff at Sumac Lodge for their wonderful care of our mother over these last years. A memorial service will be held at D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9 on February 8th, 2018 at 12:00 noon. A luncheon reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the charity of choice at

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

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GRANT: Donna of Sundre Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on January 3, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Donna Grant at the age of 71. Donna will be greatly missed by her husband of 52 years Robert; her children, John (Amaya), Diane and Dennis (Crystal); her grandchildren Natalie (Adam), Shea, Delaney and Lexi; her two great-grandchildren Sophie and Emmett; her sister Diane(Steve) and numerous extended family members and friends. A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held on January 6, 2018 10am.- 4pm. at the Sundre Royal Canadian Legion, 135 6 Street SE, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Donna’s memory to the Sundre Royal
Canadian Legion or your local SPCA

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GRIFFIN: Ray of Surrey, BC Formerly of Vancouver,BC

Posted by on January 3, 2018


It is with tremendous sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Son, Husband, and Friend, Raymond Michael Griffin. He is survived by his wife Kristine, daughters Victoria, Natalie, Danica, and baby on the way as well as his Mother Muriel, Father John, sister Theresa and many other extended family. Ray deeply loves his family and friends, and will be remembered as a kind and big hearted family man who was loved by all. Ray we love you and will never forget you. Until we meet again.

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MAUL: Emanuel Jorgen of Cochrane

Posted by on January 3, 2018


Emanuel Jorgen Maul, or “Mr. Maul” as many knew him by, passed away on December 14th, 2017, at the age of 69. He was the third child of Marie and Egon Maul, and was born on September 11th, 1948 in Vildbjerg, Denmark. In 1972, Mr. Maul arrived in Canada making it his new home for the next 45 years.

Mr. Maul had a passion for cars and eventually became the president and owner of Heritage Auto Sales Ltd, making his mark on the Calgary auto industry. He was involved in many different sports car organizations and loved to show off his skills on the track, especially competing against his corvette friends.

His life was always fast and furious, his laughter contagious, and his heart full of immense generosity for his family and friends.

Mr. Maul is survived by his wife, Remy; children, Willy and Sonja; son-in-law, Braden; daughter-in-law, Jenelle; and his precious grandson, George. Mr. Maul will also forever be remembered by his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

A funeral service in memory of Mr. Maul will take place on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Cochrane Cemetery located at Range Road 42, Cochrane, AB. A church service and reception will follow at 4:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church located at 210 10 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB.

In place of flowers, those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Mr. Maul to the Alberta Cancer Foundation,

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MARTIN: Douglas Valentine of Cannifton

Posted by on December 22, 2017

Martin, Douglas Valentine – peacefully at E J McQuigge Lodge on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, in his 98th, year. Son of the late David and Evelyn Martin. Beloved husband of the late Mary Gladys Martin (nee-Pyear). Dear father of Stephen (Virginia) Martin of Waterloo and Linda (Glen) Carson of Corbyville. He is also survived by his daughter-in- law, Betty Martin, of Belleville. He is predeceased by one son David Martin. Douglas is predeceased by his brothers and sisters and lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Loving grandfather of Darryl (Karen) Martin of Inverary, Denise Martin of Belleville and Lee (Nicole) Martin of Corbyville, Shane Martin of Calgary, Susan (Paul) Dunk of Waterloo and Stacey (Tom) O’Connor of Calgary, Jamie Carson of South Korea and Kristen Carson of Ottawa. Dear great grandfather of Luke, Sarah, Brady, Jacoby, Caleb, Rebecca, Isaiah and Nijel.

A Memorial service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time. Following the service a reception will be held at the Steele Family Centre.

Inurnment will take place at Victoria Cemetery in the spring time. If desired, Memorial donations to the Gideon Bibles or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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BREEN, John Robert of Zurich formerly of Calgary, age 69

Posted by on December 18, 2017

BREEN:  Peacefully, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, John Robert Breen of Zurich, formerly of Calgary, age 69.  Loved brother and brother-in-law of Dianne and Ken Clarke of RR 3, Zurich and Bruce and Karen Breen of Exeter.  Proud and loving uncle of Julie and Gino, Ange and Garrett. Special great-uncle of Kennett (his little monkey).  Remembered by Ryan Garton. Predeceased by his parents Robert Peveral and Helen Delene (Tree) Breen.  At John’s request, cremation has taken place.  No formal services to be held at this time.  Interment with his parents Hensall Union Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Blue Water Rest Home or Blessings Community Store/Foodbank would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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ESHPETER: (Ray) Raymond of Canberra Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017


On November 4, 2017 “Ray” Raymond John Eshpeter passed away in Canberra Australia to the sadness of his entire family. He was well known to many in the Oil and Gas industry and Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta and Australia and his involvement with St Johns Ambulance, the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he touched the lives of so many people. He was always eager to help those that needed help and always had time to talk those that wanted to talk.

He has always been actively involved with his immediate community whether in Canada or Australia organizing neighbourly events; BBQ’s, Heart and Stroke Ski-Athons, Block parties, and Community spaces for kids ( in Canada and Australia. He was always understanding, loving, and believed we all had purpose in life and he encouraged everyone especially the children to follow their dreams and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

He has joined his parents Irvin and Irene Eshpeter, sister Carol Pederson, nephews Dean and Lee Sorken on his next journey and adventure. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten by the people he leaves behind; his sons Mark (Iris) and Scott (Tarryn) Eshpeter their mother Adelle Eshpeter, his wife Joy Eshpeter, his step children Timothy (Brooke) Olin, and Melissa Olin, four grandchildren Leon, Jordan, Dana, and Holly, five great grandchildren, a brother, three sisters, nieces and nephews, Tessa and her mother Jennifer White and all those whose lives and hearts he has touched.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.” (unknown)

We will miss you and love you with all our hearts.

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LONSDALE: George F. of Calgary

Posted by on December 7, 2017


George was a hard working man, City of Calgary retired employee who always made time for his family and community.

He is survived by his wife Elise (Liz) Lonsdale (nee: Welshimer) his daughter Katherine and sons Stephen and David; Grandchildren, Michael, Christopher (wife Krystal McGee), Ashleigh & Matthew; his Great Grandchildren, Damyon and Deklan and sister-in-law Janis Welshimer.

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TELFER: George Allan of Brantford, formerly of Sudbury, Ontario

Posted by on December 7, 2017


George Allan Telfer, 86, of Brantford, Ontario succumbed to lung cancer surrounded by family on October 26, 2017. Al was born in Windsor and is the last surviving member of the family of eight children. Al will be greatly missed by family and friends as he was a people person and was never at a loss for words. His sly smile was his trademark as he always liked to joke around and have fun with everyone.
Al is survived by his wife Janice nee Reid, Wayne & Kathy of Edmonton, Andy & Wendy of Calgary, Dean & Kim of Sebringville , Jim & Donna of Sudbury, Mark & Debi of Whitby, Sheri & Rob of Brantford, Debbie & Ben of Stratford and Steve & Nancy of Canmore, Ruthann of Dartmouth, Diane of Brantford, Paul & Kelly of Brantford, Mike & Trish of Brantford , many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Al was predeceased by his first wife of many years, Patricia Ann nee Tate, and his son in law Brian Sippel of Stratford.
A special thanks to the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House for all of their loving care and support. The care and support of all staff and volunteers was outstanding and we appreciate everything they did for him and the family.
There will be a family celebration of life at a later time and we appreciate all of the love and understanding we have received from all of our friends and extended family.
In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations to the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankison House, 445 Grey St, Brantford, Ontario, N3S 6X1 or online at

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GOUR CRÊTE: Alexandre of Hawkesbury

Posted by on December 5, 2017

Mr. Alexandre Gour Crête from Hawkesbury passed away in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, November 24, 2017 at the age of 25. He leaves his father Benoit Crête, his son Kaleb, his daughter Layla (Mother Mélissa Bourgon), his sisters: Maïka, Lucie and Julie. He also leaves Paul and Danielle Sauvé whom had a significant impact in his life. He is survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Funeral details were entrusted to Berthiaume Family 416, McGill, Hawkesbury, Ontario (877) 632-8511. A celebration will be held in the spring.

For those who wish, donations to the Valoris of Prescott-Russell Foundation, 173 old highway 17, C.P. 248, Plantagenet, Ontario, K0B 1L0, would be appreciated.

Condolences may be conveyed by fax at (613) 632-1065 or visit our Web Site

Monsieur Alexandre Gour Crête de Hawkesbury est décédé à Calgary le vendredi le 24 novembre 2017 à l’âge de 25 ans. Il laisse son père Benoit Crête, son fils Kaleb, sa fille Layla (mère Mélissa Bourgon), ainsi que ses soeurs: Maïka, Lucie et Julie. Il laisse aussi Paul et Danielle Sauvé qui ont eu une influence significative dans sa vie. Lui survivent également plusieurs oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines, neveux, nièces et ami(e)s.

La direction des funérailles a été confiée au Salon Funéraire Familial Berthiaume 416, rue McGill, Hawkesbury, Ontario (877) 632-8511. Une célébration aura lieu au printemps.

Pour ceux qui le désirent des dons à la Fondation Valoris de Prescott-Russell, 173 Ancienne route 17, C.P. 248, Plantagenet, Ontario, K0B 1L0 seraient appréciés.

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McCARTHY, Terri of Sarnia

Posted by on November 29, 2017

McCARTHY, TERRI – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Helen Theresa “Terri” McCarthy, age 71 of Sarnia passed away. She was the dear mother to Michael Shepley (Jinna Zheng), grandmother to Angela, sister of Tim McCarthy and committed and loyal friend to many with whom she developed long lasting and caring relationships. She was predeceased by her parents TJ (1987) and Helen (1996). She will also be missed by her two cats, Peaches and Gabby. She was a passionate animal lover, ensuring that no stray cat ever went hungry. She worked in Sarnia for many years in the retail industry and as a personal support worker and was also an avid art lover. The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia for the gentle, compassionate and professional care they extended to her. Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) Friday, December 1, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Interment of her ashes will be held on Monday, December 4th, 10:30 am at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Sarnia Humane Society or St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. 

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BUTTERMAN, Leo of Sarnia

Posted by on November 17, 2017

BUTTERMAN, LEO – Peacefully at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Leo Butterman passed away on Thursday November 16th, 2017 at the age of 75. Leo leaves behind his only son Gary and he is also survived by his sister Ella (Gord) Metcalfe, his brother Bill Murdock and Nieces Crystal Stark, Heather (Larry) Liar and Nephews Steve Wesley, Jeff (Michel) Wesley. Leo is Pre deceased by both his parents Beatrice and Francis Buttermen and by his Sister Margret. Leo will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all that knew him. A funeral service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. with visiting starting at 11:30 am prior to service time. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Memorial donations in memory of Leo may be made to a Lambton Lung Association. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through .


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JURIC: Rosalia “Rosi” “Rose” (née Stocker), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on November 14, 2017

JURIC, Rosalia “Rosi” “Rose” (née Stocker), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, November 13, 2017.  Wife of the late Nevenko Juric Sr. (1989).  Mother of Ivan Juric of St. Thomas, Nevenko Juric Jr. of London, Carmen Juric (Ron Newland) of Calgary, AB,  and Dina Juric (Mike Neal) of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Dominique, Tiana, Sarah, Jessica, and Cassandra.  Sister of Maria Eder.  She was the daughter of the late Franz and Rosalia (née Schwarz) Stocker.  Rose formerly worked at Clevite, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Memorial donations to Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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GRADY: Peter Harold of Fredericton, NB, Formerly of Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Edmonton

Posted by on November 3, 2017


Peter Harold Grady, in his 95th year peacefully at the Veterans Health Unit in Fredericton, NB. Husband of Carol R.A. Grady (WRNS – Bletchley Park) d.2011. Born in Edmonton, joined WW2 war effort in 1939 in Hamilton. Served in WW2 attached to the Fleet Air Arm RCNVR as an Observer / Navigator mainly in open cockpit Swordfish biplanes doing convoy escort duty from aircraft carriers and land including the “Murmansk Run” to USSR as well as channel and Atlantic patrols. Served in the Korean War as Ops Officer on board the Tribal Class Destroyer Iroquois with Cmdr Landymore – only Canadian ship hit by enemy fire. Served in planes actively in the “Cold War” looking for USSR submarines & other naval activity near North America, North Africa, Europe and the far North Atlantic as well as on several ships including the destroyer Micmac, frigate La Hulloise (commanding officer), aircraft carrier Warrior. High security clearance with NORAD & member of Canada/US military co-operative committee. Besides a CD he had many Cdn decorations as well as medals from the British Government (Arctic Star) and from the South Korean government. During most of this service to Canada, wife Carol raised 2 boys and 2 girls. He was “old school” about duty, ethics, doing the right thing and helping those in need. A brilliant mind.

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ARBLASTER: Wendy of London Formerly of Sarnia, Montreal

Posted by on November 3, 2017


Gordon Keith Arblaster, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Windermere on the Mount in London, Ontario on October 11th in his 88th year. For 59 years, the beloved husband of Jean (nee Laithwaite). Loving father to Wendy Arblaster (Terry Jarvis) of London and Sara Arblaster (Hillar Heine) of Toronto, and cherished grandfather to Shelby Arblaster, of Portland, ME. Fondly remembered by his siblings-in-law Frances Hook of Egmondville, ON, Alan Hiles of Calgary, AB, Kelly and Mary Cameron of Sumter, SC, and numerous relatives and friends.

Pre-deceased by his parents John Henry (Jack) Arblaster (1969) and Lillian (nee Parrish) (1989), his brother Ross (1976), and siblings-in-law Irene Hiles, Violet MacKenzie, Audrey Arblaster and Stephen Hook.

Gord was the long-time General Manager of the London Transit Commission and former President of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). Born in Montreal in 1929, Gord’s family moved to Sarnia where he attended Sarnia Collegiate Institute of Technology and then on to London, where he began his career and family.

Gord was a proud alumnus of South Collegiate in London, which he established as superior to Oakridge, from which both his daughters graduated. Gord delighted in summer days spent at the family cottage at Hardwick Cove on the shores of Lake Huron laughing with family and friends. He loved nothing better then to get in the car, by himself or with his family, and explore Canada. One of his most recent cherished trips was across the country with his granddaughter in 2015. Awarded for his perseverance in inclement weather, he will be remembered as a hopeful cross-country skier. He held a special spot in his heart for his brothers-in-law and their many political debates and jokes.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be held at a later date. Please send online condolences to . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be forwarded to the Men’s Mission and Rehabilitative Centre in London, ON.

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SWETLISHNOFF, Jack of Petrolia and Sarnia

Posted by on October 27, 2017

SWETLISHNOFF, JACK – At Lambton Meadowview Villa in Petrolia on Monday, October 23, 2017, Jack Swetlishnoff, age 87, passed away.
He was the dear husband of the late Ruth (Noack) Swetlishnoff and loving father of Dale Swetlishnoff (Donna), Glenn West (Shelley) and Grant Swetlishnoff (Shanon), grandfather of Kyle, Andrew, Haley and Hannah. He is also survived by his brother Peter.
Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia on Thursday, October 26th between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will take place in the Malcolm, Deavitt and Binhammer Funeral Home Chapel, 141 Renfrew St., Pembroke on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Followed by interment at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Locksley.

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Monaghan, Bernadette May of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

Monaghan, Bernadette May (O’Keefe) – At Marshall Gowland Manor Nursing Home in Sarnia, on Thanksgiving Day October 9th, 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016). Bern is survived by two sons, Dennis (Dee) and Cook (Mary), her grandchildren Lindsay (James), Donald, Ellis, and Evelyn, and two great-grandchildren Madison and Arthur. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5th-9th, 2017. Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A heartfelt “thank-you” to Cousins Muggs, Jackie, Dela and neighbour Bonnie for their support, their time, and their every effort and thank you, Mary, for everything; and thank you Evelyn for carrying on a tradition of strong women within this family. As she wished, mom will be cremated, however, friends and family can visit, share, and laugh, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia Branch 62, 286 Front Street north on October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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STRUTHERS, Jean of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

STRUTHERS, JEAN – At Bluewater Health on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Jean Struthers, of Sarnia passed away in her 96th year. She was the loving wife of the late John Struthers (1982), dear mother of David (Lisa Evers), Cyntha (Don McLeish), Bruce (Karen), Arlene (Ron LaPier) and proud Grandma Jean of William, Kenzie, Aidan and Heather. Jean was a proud graduate of Alma College in St. Thomas and a long time adherent of St. Paul’s United Church in Sarnia. She was also predeceased (2017) by her “third son” Ronnie Rivait. Cyntha, Bruce and Arlene especially wish to thank their brother David for taking such loving care of their mom for the last 16 years and for also making it possible for Jean to always live in her own home. The family wishes to thank Jean’s many caregivers from Care Partners especially Miriam, Jana, and Lydia, as well as her “granny sitters” Brenda, Esmine, and Marie. A very special thank you goes to the nurses Erin and Lauren who helped Jean and her family during Jean’s final days. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 from noon until the service begins at 1:00 pm.  Private interment has taken place earlier at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Sarnia-Lambton Chapter (, Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation ( or The Sarnia and District Humane Society ( would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages and memories of condolence may be sent through


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Morris: Janet Lorraine of West Kelowna

Posted by on October 8, 2017


Janet Lorraine Morris (Tanner) past away August 31 2017 after a long battle of cancer. She died knowing she was loved and going to be missed by her husband Brian, of 30 years, her daughter Sadie Tiahna Morris, her Mother Gail Tanner, her Father Al Tanner(died Sept 14th 2016) and sister Linda Hebert.
She travel across Canada with her family and pioneered in various part of Quebec and spoke of the hard times they had but never regretted the decision to go there.
She loved camping and riding the on the Harley and loved a good laugh and to laugh at the weirdest things she would find things to make people smile at some her darkest days, she never complained about her pain.
She Loved her posse.
Camping and day trips were always interesting because the longer she was out meant the more pebbles, stones, shells, and twigs she could sneak back into the truck and trailer and add it to her collection.
Most of all she loved her God Jehovah and the hope that he gave at
Revelations 21:3,4 – With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
She will be missed but not gone forever.
Lori’s memorial will be held at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness
Westbank BC V4T 1E3

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TOMPKINS, Betty Ann of Sarnia

Posted by on September 29, 2017


TOMPKINS, BETTY ANN – On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Betty Ann Tompkins, age 55 of Sarnia, fell asleep in death and awaits a resurrection to a paradise earth. She is survived by her parents Faith and Corky Tompkins, sisters Brenda Williams (Stephen), Cheryl Tompkins, Melissa Hill and Amy O’Brien, brothers Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior) and Glendon Tompkins (Judy). Many nieces and nephews also survive. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (550 Murphy Rd., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Watchtower Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through

“A special thanks to Dr. Lilly and staff for their excellent care”

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RIVAIT, Ron of Sarnia

Posted by on September 25, 2017

RIVAIT, RONNIE – It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Rivait on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, with his family by his side.  Ron’s short battle with cancer was faced with a true sense of strength and grace.

Ron was the much loved husband and best friend of Cheryl and  loving ‘dad’; ‘daddy’ to Olivia, Megan and Katie.  Dear son of Donald and Shirley Rivait. He was the special brother to Jim & Jan Rivait, Cathy & Ben Slabysz, Michelle & Sandy Mackenzie and Michael Rivait.  Dear son in law of John and Diane Cox and friend and brother in law to Julie & Dave Dolbear and Trish & Ken O’Neil.  He is survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family.  Ron was predeceased by loving grandparents Grace & Fred Tobin and Lena (Alice) and Tony Futia.

Ron had a longstanding and notable career with the Lambton Kent District School Board.  He started with the LKDSB as an occasional teacher in 1988 and had a permanent elementary position in 1990.  He taught in many Lambton county schools including Parkview, Devine, Lambton Centennial, Mooretown Courtright, Forest Central, Woodside, Kinnwood and Rosedale Public Schools in various grades from 2 to 8.  He also spent a great deal of his teaching career as a Teacher Librarian which suited Ron’s personality as it allowed him to interact with the maximum number of students on a regular basis.

Although Ron loved teaching, it was his work for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation representing and advocating for elementary teachers where Ron spent the majority of his career.  He joined the Lambton Kent ETFO executive in 2000 shortly after the inception of ETFO becoming a Vice-President in 2004.  In this role, he was responsible to represent the elementary teachers in the north of Lambton Kent.  In his role as Vice-president Ron played a pivotal role in assisting members who had been exposed to mould in their schools which eventually resulted in a restructuring of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the school board.  In 2009 Ron became president of the Lambton Kent Elementary teachers where he played an important role in advocating for ETFO members’ rights particularly in the area of teachers’ professional judgment and other areas of teachers’ professional lives.  He also played a key role on local collective bargaining teams as president, vice-president and during his years on the executive.  In spite of the adversarial relationships that can sometimes exist between union leadership and management, Ron managed to vigorously advocate for his members while simultaneously maintaining cordial relationships with school board representatives using his exuberant personality and his ever-present humour.  Ron was also extremely active with the ETFO at the provincial level.

Outside of work Ron maintained an active role in the Sarnia community.  He was a Governor on the Lambton College Board of Governors, executive member and trustee of the Sarnia Labour Council, former president of the Sarnia Liver Foundation, executive member on the Lambton Lacrosse and executive member for the Sarnia Pacers.  Ron was also an avid supporter and had great respect for the Sarnia Fire Fighters.   Most recently Ron has been a manager with the Sarnia Ice Hawks (“once an ice hawk always an ice hawk!”) where he enthusiastically managed his three daughters and their teammates as they played sledge hockey. He was an avid fan and supporter of any activities his daughters participated in.  He was also a proud board member and active fund raiser for Noelle’s Gift truly appreciating how students throughout the board benefited from receiving resources they needed to grow up great.

Ron lived his life in Sarnia, enjoying the small town atmosphere and knowing a ‘friend’ everywhere he went.  He freely shared his love of life, his sense of humour and an infectious laugh.  We were blessed with his sense of adventure, his appreciation and love for music, his quick wit and his endless historical facts.  He loved to tell a story (or two) and always had a captive audience. He was our personal ‘google’ and was quick to give us answers (even when he had to make them up).   Ron loved his BBQ and although he was a great cook and tried many different recipes he made the best hamburgers!  Ron was a true and good friend to many and was blessed with those reciprocal bonds in kind.  He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Maddison and to the staff and many volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation will take place on Friday September 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).  Family and friends are invited to a ‘celebration of life’ on Saturday September 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (service at 2:00 pm) at the Lambton College Event Centre (Grand Ballroom), 1485 London Rd. Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4.

In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Noelle’s Gift.

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SCOTT, Earl Howard

Posted by on September 19, 2017

Earl Howard Scott, Class of 1954

Earl Howard Scott, Gravenhurst, Ontario, passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of  87, after battling cancer. Earl is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Scott, and his large blended family.

A Celebration of Life for Earl is to be held Friday, September 29, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Hahne Hall in the Pineridge Community in Gravenhurst, located on Pine Ridge Gate off Bethune Drive.

Cremation has taken place. Many thanks to the wonderful staff who cared for Earl at home, and to the wonderful medical staff at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition in Barrie,

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CALLFAS, Jim of Corunna

Posted by on September 16, 2017

CALLFAS, JAMES – At Bluewater Health on Saturday, September 16, 2017, James “Jim” Vernon Callfas, age 76 of Corunna passed away. He is survived by his wife Elaine Flynn and daughters; Julie Pogontcheff (Craig), Pam Handy, Kristine Martelle (Paul) and Robyn Callfas (Todd Amerlinck), grandchildren Amy, Kayla, Lauren and Carmen, great-grandchildren Maguire and Watson. He is survived by his brother Frank Callfas and son in law Rick Handy. He was predeceased by his brother Murray (2009). Jim had retired from Sarnia Hydro after many years of service. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and golf. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Tuesday afternoon, September 19th   between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Froomfield Cemetery in Corunna. Memorial donations in memory of Jim made to Bluewater Health Foundation or St. Joseph’s Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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VAN OSCH, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87

Posted by on September 15, 2017

VAN OSCH: Unexpectedly, at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family, on Thursday, September 14, 2017, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) Van Osch of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87. Beloved wife of the late Harry Van Osch (2006). Loved mother of Elizabeth Sullivan and husband Richard Smith of Calgary, AB, Gerald and Carrie Rose Van Osch of Grand Bend, Mary Van Osch and husband John Andruschak of Vancouver, B.C., Fred and Shelley Van Osch of Grand Bend and Teresa Van Osch and partner Mylo Einarson of Winnipeg, MB. Cherished Gramma and Oma of Jacqueline and Cameron, Joseph, Kylen, Kurtis, Jaron, Nicholas, Jeremy, Paula, Kaitlin and Duncan, Skylar and fiancée Lorin, Brendon and Michelle. Treasured Great-Gramma of Vivienne and Madden. Also remembered by her step-grandchildren Tiffany, Brittany and niece Ria. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ida and John Janssen, Ger and Truus Hesen, Sjaak Van Osch, William Van Osch, Truus and Harry Grubben all of the Netherlands. Loved by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Godfried and Marie Elisabeth (Janzen) Pubben, sisters Lies Geurts and Petranella Lips, brothers John Pubben and Theo Pubben. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Len Desjardins Celebrant. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Harry and Paula married in Holland, April 21, 1954 and immigrated to Canada April 28, 1954 and farmed in the Crediton and Mount Carmel area for many years. They were married for over 50 years and she enjoyed 35 retirement years wintering in Port Charlotte.  Paula will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humour, kind and compassionate heart.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and more recently enjoyed close companionship with her brother-in-law Sjaak.  If desired, memorial donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at

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