MACASKILL: George of Whitby, ON

Posted by on April 26, 2017


It is with profound sadness that we announce our husband, father and papa, George MacAskill, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8th 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He is mourned by his wife and soul mate, Deanna MacAskill (nee Bradley), his daughter Jessica MacAskill (Kyle) and Tyfanni Scott (Harley) and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Oliviah Dadswell and Zaiden Lee. He will be held forever in the hearts of his eldest daughter Carolyn and her children Jacob, DJ, Dakota, Jorga & Jaxon and deeply missed by many friends, neighbours and extended family. Friends are invited to join the family on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 starting at 2pm with a memorial service to commence at 3pm at the St. Francis Centre, 75 Church Street South in Ajax. A reception will follow. Cremation has taken place.

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WARD: Daryl Claude of Dartmouth,Nova Scotia Formerly of Brantford, Ontario

Posted by on April 6, 2017


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Daryl Claude Ward avid golfer, 65, Friday March 24, 2017, predeceased by his parents William Thomas Ward and Ferne Isobel Parks. Survived by his three children Shane , Mathew and Rhonda as well as extended family.

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HALEY: Sherry Terese of Elmvale Formerly of Toronto, Originally from Sydney Mines Cape Breton

Posted by on April 6, 2017


Sherry Terese Haley of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia died peacefully early Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Sara Vista nursing home in Elmvale, Ontario. She was born on March 14, 1937, in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. She was predeceased by her parents Edith (Mama) and John (Papa) Fraser, and her beloved husband James (Sonny) Riley Haley. She is survived by her daughter and spouse; Mary Gregorio (nee Haley), George Gregorio, and three loving grandchildren, Jennifer Frias (nee Gregorio) married to Liberto Frias, Christine Gregorio and Bryan Gregorio; she will be deeply missed by her three great grandchildren Danielle and Jesse Frias, Owen Amaral and soon to be forth great granddaughter. Sherry was the eldest of eleven siblings often helping to care for her younger brothers and sisters. In the late 60’s Sherry moved to Toronto with her beloved husband to start a new life making Toronto her new home and where she raised her daughter. Sherry found employment at Eaton’s as a secretary and continued on her secretarial career for many years until her retirement from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada where she had many fond experiences/memories with the First Nations people. Sherry was a wealth of knowledge and an avid reader, historical novels being her favourite. She was very creative and always had a project on the go. She loved to bake and we will miss her chocky rocks and lemon meringue pies; family parties will never be the same without her sweets and sunny disposition. Sherry was a strong and independent woman who loved downtown Toronto, she loved to explore Kensington Market and Chinatown. Sherry loved to take her granddaughters with her on her excursions and taught them so much about Toronto and its diversity. Everyone who knew Sherry would say she was a very sweet woman with a bright spirit, a big heart, a great storyteller and always there for a good laugh. In the final years of her life Sherry had to give up her independence and move in with her daughter and son-in-law as dementia took control of her. The horrible disease brought her down and it was very sad to watch this bright spirit of a woman have so much sadness and frustration. She tried her best to be herself but struggled daily until she had to move into the nursing home. The nurses and staff at Sara Vista nursing are to be commented for their exceptional caregiving during the past year. They treated Sherry as one of their own family members and were overwhelmed with emotion claiming Sherry as their “shinning star”. We will all miss Sherry very much but we know she is in a better place with no more suffering. Viewing and service will be held at Lynn-Stone Funeral Home 15 Young St Elmvale Ontario, on Wednesday March 29th 2017, viewing 5-7 pm followed by mass service at 7pm. Burial will be held on March 30th 2017, 1pm at Pine Hill cemetary 625 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON.

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HUGHES, Wenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 10, 2017

HUGHES, WENDAWenda (Wendy) Lee Walker Hughes passed away peacefully after a lengthy cancer battle under the compassionate care of Dr. Maddison and St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, Ontario. Wendy is survived by children Tom; Vancouver, Ryan (Michele Fliss); Sarnia, and Natasha (John Germain); Toronto. Wendy was born August 15, 1940 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to the late Joseph and Mary (MacLean) Walker. Wendy leaves behind siblings John (Carmaine); Halifax, Catherine Roberts (Richard); Pittsfield, Mass., Maureen MacDonald (Ross deceased 2006); Sydney, Marion Beaton (John) Mabou, Everett (Mona); Sydney, Charles (Wendy); Calgary, Gordon (Marsha); Calgary, Joanne Chase (Steve); Halifax and sister in law Angela (Alec) MacDonald; Sarnia, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Wendy is predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Thomas Hughes (2007). In the spring of 2010, Wendy was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Her determination led her to surpass all odds and overcome many setbacks over the course of her battle. Much of that will and strength came from her affection for her grandchildren, Sydney, Cameron, Morgan, Leo, Harper, Thomas, and Preston. Wendy would not have been capable of enduring many parts of her journey if it had not been for her Angel Warriors holding her up every step of the way. She was given the gifts of dignity and respect during her illness by her coach, leader, confidante, and powerhouse, Amy Hughes, as well as the unwavering support from her lifelong friends, Fran, Marg, Elaine, Donna, and Edith. Sarnia’s CCAC and the VON teams cared for Wendy regularly and their visits often made her day. The entire Bluewater Health staff in Oncology, Emergency, ICU, and Palliative all gave Wendy exemplary care, particularly Dr. Dosteler, Dr. Yoshida, and her G.P. Dr. Borek. Arrangements have been entrusted to D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 Victoria St N, Sarnia). Cremation and a private family service has taken place. Should you wish to make donations in her name, kindly consider St. Joseph’s Hospice, or Canadian Alzheimer Society. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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BOWDRIDGE: Mary Ellen of Ottawa Formerly of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of our beloved mother Mary Ellen Bowdridge. Mary passed away on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa in her 72nd year.

Mary was born in Victoria, Newfoundland, and was raised on the island of Cape Breton. Growing up in Glace Bay, Mary was often referred to as “Nellie”.

Mary is survived by her daughters Michele, Kimberley, Tammy, Son John, Special Grandchildren Stephen, Mathieu, Kevin, Alexander, and the only Princess Lyndsie.

Mary is survived by her brother Wallace, sister Velma, predeceased by her sister Rita.

Predeceased by her parents Sarah Jane Larkham (2002) and William Larkham (1953).

Mary was a care-free soul and could be found singing Karaoke and dancing to what she called “The Newfie Jig”. Mary was always looking for a new adventure. She will be remembered for her smile, her laughter and her keen sense of humour!

She had a passion and love for her family, her grandchildren referred to her as Nan or Nana and she loved spending time with them.

Stories she told will live on in us, leaving us with cherished memories and love in our hearts.

Mary was diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009, she fought hard to stay with us.

We miss you Mom, Fly High and Free. Love your girls, Michele, Kim, Tammy.

Thank you to the nurses and doctors at Montfort Hospital for all their care and support during mom’s illness. Special thanks to Dr. Doerk for her emotional support to our family.

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MACDONALD: Terrance John of Keremeos, BC Formerly of Britannia Beach, BC

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4The Sailor’s delight sun went down on the life of Terrance “T-Mac” MacDonald on Friday June 3/2016. He is predeceased by his father John Brown, his mother Norma Alberta and his brother Guy. He is survived by his first mate and love of his life Mona, brother Leroy (Bev), sister Vivian (Martin), son Darren (Shannon), daughter Rae (Hooman), son Neil (Monica), daughter Natalie (Josh), grandkids; Sebastian, Danielle, Teya, Keanna, Karis, Rylee, Griffin and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was a larger than life man who lived for his family and the moment. He had a life full with adventure, large bellowing laughs, bear hugs, music and true love. He was an NCO in the Canadian Navy, a builder and fixer of all things, an inspirer who left his mark on every person he met. The world is less without him even though the lives of everyone he knew are richer for having him in it. We love you T-Mac, until we meet again.

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BOWLES: Evelyn Olive “Nanny” (nee Roett) of Belleville

Posted by on June 9, 2016

olive photoBowles, Evelyn Olive “Nanny” (nee Roett) – at her home on Zion Road on June 6th 2016. Olive, born in Sydney, Cape Breton was in her 94th year. She is predeceased by her mother, Eunice Roett (nee Jameson), by her father, Wesley Roett Sr., by an older sister, Alma Best, by a younger sister, Gloria “Tootie” Roett, and by three brothers; Tom Miller, Everett Roett and Wesley Roett Jr.  Olive will be sadly missed by her sister Hazel Ruck.  She is predeceased by her oldest daughter, Patricia and loved by her surviving children; Delores, Shirley, Georgina, Eddie and Jackie.  Olive is predeceased by her grandson Charles and her great grandson Tyler and will be missed by her many remaining grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

There will be no formal ceremony.  A Celebration of her life will be held in the latter part of July, following that her cremated remains will be taken to Cape Breton Cemetery to rest with her family.

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

Donations to Hospice Quinte of Grannies for Africa would be appreciated.

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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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HORNER: Marjorie Eileen of Truro, Nova Scotia

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Marjorie Eileen (Midge) Horner

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Marjorie Eileen ‘Midge’ Horner (nee Little), on March 29, 2016, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, Nova Scotia, aged 85 years.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on July 24, 1930, our Mom was the eldest child of the late Dr. Perley and Eileen (MacKinlay) Little. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Norval (Bill) Horner in 2003, she is survived by her four children: Deborah Elliott, Truro, David (Bianca) of Halifax, Dan (Sharon) of Shortts Lake, Nova Scotia and Douglas (Melinda) of Iqaluit, Nunavut; nine grandchildren: Miranda (nee Elliott) (Chris) Bates and Morgan (Becky Lavers) Elliott, both of Truro, William (Netherlands) and Bryce (Bedford) Horner, Sam and Emma Horner, both of Toronto, Ontario and Louisa, Lauren and Luella Horner in Iqaluit all of whom she loved dearly and was inordinately proud. ‘SuperNana’ will be sorely missed by her adored great-grandchildren Matilda and Beatrice Bates and Charlie and Piper Elliott who enjoyed their trips to visit her at the big house up on the hill.

Midge is also survived by her only brother Jim (Joanne) Little, Londonderry and her youngest sister Judy Little (Doug Pilon), Carrolls Corner, Nova Scotia, brothers-in-law Keith Horner, Shawville, PQ and Donald Dods, Shawville, PQ and Bedford, NS and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Joan Potter and Katherine Grainger, sisters-in-law Lois Elliott, Mayfred Dods, Shirley Horner and brothers-in-law Hal Grainger, Dr. Bruce Horner and Fred Elliott.

Not only a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, our Mom was tireless in her participation in her community and as a member of many organizations, clubs and committees, most recently the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary, the Colchester Historeum, the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. Working to benefit the hospital, Mom spent many years volunteering for the annual Hubbub and ultimately as convener of that event in 2005. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at the Historeum as a hostess and helping to develop displays, especially when they featured the Marigold Guild, as it did through ‘An Exhibit of Needlework’ in 2006.

The Marigold Guild of Needle Arts was our mother’s brainchild (and at times we teased, her greatest love). Gathering 42 women into her home in 1983 and using her subtle determination, she was able to create the Truro Chapter of the EAC. Thirty three years of ‘stitch ins’ later, it is still an active and vibrant Guild. To roughly quote a Guild member, Mom was the founder and always the driving force behind the MGNA, serving as the first President and twenty-eight years later offering to fill that vacant position again, even as health challenges slowed her down. She has served in most, if not all, the executive positions and committee leads and continued to fill a key role even as her debilitating health stopped her from creating her own true masterpieces. Mom was instrumental in encouraging the Guild’s annual retreat which began in 1989 and continues to this day and she was the originator of the idea of the ‘Tapestry of Historic Truro: 1875-1925’, leading that project through some 2000 hours from inception to its unveiling at the then Colchester Historical Society Museum in 1997. Designated a ‘Master Craftsman in Pulled Thread’ by the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, our modest mother was surprised and honoured to be awarded the EAC national honour service pin in 2011 in recognition of her lifelong promotion of the art.

Following us to school and athletic events, ski hills and riding rings, she encouraged and was always our greatest fan. Mom loved to travel and our annual ski trips, family reunions and other trips afar with our father, family and friends were enjoyed immensely and summers at Shortts Lake were a major part of our lives.

Our mother was a lady of the old school, always maintaining a grace, conviction and determination that belied her unpretentious demeanor. She was our foundation and our confidant. In her quiet, selfless way, she loved and directed each of us through the paths that life took us, always there, always supportive and always encouraging. She was unique in her relationships with each of us and loyal to our individualities, sometimes recognizing our value when we ourselves may not. She rejoiced in our successes and commiserated in our losses. We loved her absolutely.

We would like to extend a special recognition to Eileen Tooker, Mom’s friend and companion, who allowed Mom to continue to enjoy life with less restraint than her disabilities in recent times would normally have allowed.

We wish to thank Dr. Andrea Faryniuk and the entire staff of the 2nd floor surgical wing of the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre for their patient and compassionate care over this last year.

As was our mother’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal or religious service. Instead, an informal gathering in fond remembrance will be held on April 3, 2016 in the Birch Room at the Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm for all those that may wish to attend.

No flowers by request. In Memoriam, donations may be made to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Surgical Unit, the Colchester East Hants Health Care Centre, the Colchester Historeum or the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts. Thank you.

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ROACH: William “Willie” of Woodstock

Posted by on February 29, 2016

RoachwebROACH, William “Willie” – Passed away peacefully at PeopleCare, Tavistock on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Madeleine Roach (nee Leblanc) (September 8, 2011).  Dear father of  Cliff Roach (Barb) of Woodstock, Claudie Roach (Susan)  of Woodstock, Diane Purchase of Tavistock, Precilla Hoelke (Ron) of Victoria, BC, Ronnie Roach (Calista) of Cape Breton, Claudette Todd (Peter) of Woodstock, Ricky Roach of Woodstock, Marilyn Burson of Woodstock and the late Roger Roach (Sally) of Cape Breton.  Loving remembered by his 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  Predeceased by his parents Emilien and Esther Roach, his siblings and a daughter-in-law Mary Roach.  Willie was a lifelong barber and founder of Willie’s Barbershop, which is still serving the community of Woodstock. Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Thursday, March 3, 2016  from 2- 4 and 7-9 p.m.   A funeral mass will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1420 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock on Friday, March 4, 2016  at 11 am with Father Rick Dales as celebrant.  Interment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock will take place at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations to the Holy Trinity Parish Building Fund would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at  The family  wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at PeopleCare in Tavistock for the wonderful care that Willie received.

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HARVEY; John Paul of Stayner

Posted by on March 25, 2015

hARVEY (2)Died on Monday March 23, 2015 at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 70th year.  Paul of Stayner, beloved husband of Della Giffen and the late Dora Harvey (2013).  Loving father of Alice Gull, William (Brenda McLeod), Charles (Judy), Marie (Ned Kulbaski), Bev Harvey (Andy Jilks) and the late Chris Harvey.  Cherished grandfather of Andy, Sebrina, Vanessa, Natalie, Nicole, Stephanie and Angela and great grandfather of Emily, Ethan, Madison, Haley, Delaney, Alyssa, Tobi, Blake, Amy-Lyn, Rebecca, Jacob and Donovan.  Paul will also be missed by his siblings Marg Peverill, Eric Harvey (Barb), Harold Harvey, Marion (Vern Day), Dorothy (Ray Wyant) and the late Lloyd (1969), their families and the Giffen family.  A Private Family Funeral Service was held on Saturday March 28, 2015.  Spring Interment Stayner Union Cemetery.  If desired, remembrances to the Stayner Evangelical Missionary Church, Zion Presbyterian Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by Paul’s family.  For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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MacInnis, Lucille Madeleine

Posted by on January 22, 2015

WEB_MacInnis_LucilleDied peacefully surrounded by family, on January 21, 2015 in Windsor, Ontario at 88 years of age. Predeceased by her husband Douglas and her son Paul. Loving mother of Robert (Marion), Ronald (Maribel), and Barry. Cherished Nana of Cassandra, Devin and Alexandra. Survived by her brother Andre and predeceased by siblings; Leopold, Fleurette, Rolland, Albert, Gabrielle, Noel, Marcelle, Therese, Fernande, Claire and Maurice. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where she met her husband Douglas. Together they moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where they raised their family. In kindness, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Cremation services were entrusted to Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date in Nova Scotia. Future details will be posted on the website at


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LUDWIG, John of Hamilton

Posted by on January 1, 2015

LUDWIG, John “Big John”

Peacefully with his family by his side, the Lord called to Himself John Ludwig on Thursday January 1, 2015 at the age of 69. Loving husband of Marlene (nee Murphy) for 35 years. Much loved father of Linda and Robert White, Joshua, Daniel (Cassandra), and Gregory (Stephanie). Beloved son of the late Arent and Riekje Ludwig. Dear brother of John † and Willy, Margaret (Monte†) Smith, Rene, Harry and Janet, Frank and Dawn, Fred, Tina and Joe Nichol, Shirley and Bill Bowes, Bill, Joanne (Henry†) VanBrederode and Bryan. Beloved brother-in-law of Sylvia Murphy, Linda and Ted Earl, Tina and Ed Moriarity, Francis and Shirley Murphy, Bernadette Murphy, and Greg Murphy. John was the proud owner and operator of Professional Antenna for over 40 years. Family will receive friends at ANCASTER CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH 575 Shaver Road (at Garner Road), Ancaster on Monday January 5, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Glanbrook Cemetery.  If desired, a donation in John’s Memory to the Anchor Association ( would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15


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SMITH: Ewen Macpherson of Stirling, formery of Cape Breton

Posted by on September 2, 2014

SMITH, Ewen Macpherson – Peacefully, at Campbellford Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, in his 83rd year. Ewen was the beloved husband of the late Jean (MacMillan) for 50 years. Loving father of Kathy Thompson (George), Lauchlin Smith (Sonia) and Les Smith (Leonor). Dear grandfather of Patrick, Emma and Ericka. Brother of Robert and Gordon Smith, Elizabeth Andrews, Joyce Peach, Helen Peach, and the late Mary Peach and Ivan Smith. Ewen will be remembered by many other relatives and friends in Cape Breton and Ontario. A private family service will be held at St. John’s United Church Cemetery in Port Morien N.S. at a later date. If desired, condolences to the family, or donations to St. John’s United Church in Campbellford or the Campbellford Memorial Hospital, may be made at or by calling COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL HOME at 705-742-1875.

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MACMULLIN: Francis “Frank” of Peterborough formerly of Cape Breton NS and Toronto

Posted by on July 17, 2014

MacMULLIN, Francis “Frank” (member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 239 Bobcaygeon) – At his residence on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Frank MacMullin of Peterborough, formerly of Cape Breton, N.S. and Toronto, in his 81st year. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years Frances (McPhee) MacMullin; son Paul Michael and his partner Gail Mathews of Windsor, Ontario. Memorial prayers will be held at the ASHBURNHAM FUNERAL HOME, 840 Armour Road, on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Legacy Room. Inurnment at Lakefield Cemetery at a later date. If desired, condolences to the family, directions to the service or donations to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation – Palliative Care Unit or to the V.O.N. may be made at or by calling 705-740-0444.


Frank MacMullin

Frank MacMullin

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Birk, Marge

Posted by on June 26, 2014


BIRK, Marge – Passed away peacefully in Brussels, Belgium on June 4, 2014, with her husband of 44 years at her side, after a long struggle with ovarian cancer.  Born Margret Süske on January 29, 1950, in Bodenwerder, Germany, she emigrated in 1957 to Edmonton, Alberta then, after marriage in 1969, lived in Kingston, Sudbury, Hamilton, Calgary, Sydney (NS), Oakville and Vineland, gathering friends everywhere.  She is survived by her husband, Dieter, three daughters Cassandra, Marcella and Heidi as well as her mother, Margarete in Heritage Village and her father Eberhard at the United Mennonite Home.

We thank the oncologists, and nurses of the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton, ON. and Universitair Ziekenhuis, Brussels for their care and compassion during her epic battle.  The cancer did not defeat her beauty, grace and courage. She inspired Ovarian cancer patients, world-wide as the Warrior Queen. Cremation took place in Brussels, to be followed by private family arrangements in  Vineland, Ontario.


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STEWART: Thomas R. “Tom” of Woodstock

Posted by on June 23, 2014

Stewart, TomSTEWART, Thomas Russel “Tom” – Passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in his 81st year, after attending a retirement party near Milton, ON.  During his years as a long distance truck driver, Tom acquired many, many friends and acquaintances all over North America.  He was the last surviving member of his family.  Tom was an avid collector of everything old, odd and unique.  Cars, trucks,  tractors, toys and various other items of interest to many.  As a known authority on vintage autos, and a member of almost every vintage collectable club, he was often asked to provide information to hobbyists with similar interests.  For more than 50 years, Tom’s red, 1909 Ford Model “T” was a familiar sight in Woodstock’s Victoria Day parade. Friends will be received at Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m.  A complete funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Archdeacon Richard A. Jones officiating.  A private interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to any charity of one’s choice can be made through SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St, North, Woodstock, ON  (519)537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at

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CASSANDRO; Janet Faye (nee Bird) Formerly of Hillsdale

Posted by on June 4, 2014

Passed away peacefully at home with her loving husband and family at her side on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014. Janet Cassandro at the age of 60 leaves behind her loving husband Guiliano (Jules). Devoted mother of the late Jason Matthews and cherished daughter of the late Lester and Marie Bird. Dear sister of Joan Yaretz, Sharon Dickson, Caroline Bird, Lester Bird Jr., Roderick Bird and Keith Bird. Janet will also be fondly remembered by her Aunt Faye Tabor, Uncle Donald Bird, her in-laws, nieces, nephews and wonderful circle of friends. Friends may call at Adams Funeral Home 445 St. Vincent Street Barrie Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Thomas Anglican Church Shanty Bay would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through  

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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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MACLEOD, Alistair

Posted by on April 20, 2014

web_alistair_macleodAlistair MacLeod passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Easter Morning, April 20th, 2014. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on July 20th,1935, he was the son of the late Alexander and Christena (MacLellan) MacLeod of Dunvegan, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Anita, nee MacLellan, and six grateful children: Alexander (Crystal), Dartmouth, NS; Lewis (Meghan), Peterborough, ON; Kenneth, Windsor, ON; Marion, Chicago, Il, Daniel (Amy), Guelph, ON; and Andrew, Windsor, ON. He was the “most fun” and much-loved grandpa of Evelyn, John Robert and Frances, Hamish, Clementine, Matilda and Susannah, and Alistair and Joseph. He was pre-deceased by his infant son, Donald, and his sister, Marylin, Surrey, BC. Recognized as one of the world’s finest fiction writers, his stories have been translated into 17 languages and are treasured by readers around the globe. An Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was the first Canadian to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 1999 novel, No Great Mischief. His short stories, deeply rooted in the experience and landscape of Cape Breton Island, are considered timeless masterpieces of the form. For more than 30 years, he was a dedicated and much-loved professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Windsor. Although his many achievements made him an internationally recognized figure, he remained throughout his life, a humble and peaceful man, and a quiet, but tireless supporter of others. A lover of family, friends, music, sports, culture, history and fun, Alistair loved a good joke and never missed an opportunity to celebrate life’s gifts. He enriched the lives of all who knew him and though his passing creates a void that will never be filled, his example and his memory are gifts of immeasurable value that will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Name of Mary Conference, Saint Vincent de Paul Society or The Saint Margaret of Scotland Cemetery Fund. Visitation will be held Monday 7-9pm and Tuesday 2-5pm & 7-9pm at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Visitation will continue and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at his beloved Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, Cape Breton. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Windsor, Ontario. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at

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Madower, John Charles of Barrie, Ontario, formerly of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 14, 2014

John Charles Madower2Madower, John Charles – At his residence in Barrie, ON on Sunday, January 12, 2014. John Madower age 68 years, formerly of Cape Breton, NS, beloved husband of Shirley Susan Noseworthy. Dear father of Janice S. ( Ivan Galesic) of Barrie, John A. Madower, of Scarborough, ON. Loving grandfather of Jessica Tecca and Chelsea Madower. Brother of Fred Madower (Iris) of Truro, NS, Ruth Blackwood, and Gladys Axworthy (Johnny) all of Sydney, NS, Paul Madower (Audrey) of New Waterford, NS, David Madower of Sydney, NS and Susan Cafazzo (Dino) of Ottawa, ON. John was a wonderful father, husband and friend who loved fishing, hunting, golf and country music, he will be sadly missed by all. A celebration of John’s life will take place on Saturday, January 18 at 88 Cardinal St., Barrie, ON between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to the O.S.P.A., Barrie, ON. Condolences may be placed at

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Mallett: Ethel Irene of Orillia

Posted by on November 17, 2013

MALLETT, Ethel Irene (nee: Kinzie)a2014_11mallettethelpacket
(Member of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, and the West Shore Women’s Institute; Former member of the T.I.E. Club)
peacefully, with her family by her side, at the Trillium Manor, Orillia on Wednesday, November 13, 2013; 5 months after celebrating her 100th birthday.  Ethel Mallett, of Orillia, beloved wife of the late Charles (Charlie) Mallett.  Mother of Marilyn Graves and husband Ralph of Argyle, Hazel Bishop and husband Henry Mueggler of New Brunswick, Ruby Wylie and husband John of New Brunswick, and Jeannette Barlow of Orillia.  Grandmother of Geoff, Wanda, Terry, Tanis, and Jeanene.  Great grandmother of 8 and great great grandmother of 3.  Predeceased by brothers Ivan and Lorne.    Thank you to the staff at Trillium Manor, Bayshore Nursing and the Red Cross girls for their care and compassion.  The late Mrs. Ethel Mallett will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St.,N., Orillia on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm and on Monday, November 18th from 12 Noon until time of service in the chapel at 1 pm.  A reception will follow in the Mundell Reception room.  Interment to take place at the Atherley Cemetery at 3:30 pm.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church or Trillium Manor Activities would be appreciated.  Messages of condolence are welcome at

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RAWSON: Matt James of Toronto formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on November 3, 2013

Rawson- MattcroppedSuddenly and tragically taken from us too soon. Loved son of Jim and Jane, dearest brother of Derek and Sara. Beloved nephew of Joyce and Gino Cicchini, Mary Lou Larson and Rick Moore, Karl and Tena Larson, Nova Scotia, Marilyn Rawson, Charles Rawson, Catherine Fielding, Winnipeg, and Albert Baines, Petrolia. Dear cousin of Nick and Ben Cicchini, Shawn and Becky McEwen, Hamilton, Luke McEwen, Roger Claveau and Britney Rupert, London, Lauren Claveau, Hamilton, Kari and Brad Hamblin, Winnipeg, Steve and Larissa Fielding, Victoria, B.C., and David and Dawn Baines, Bowmanville. Cherished great-uncle to Alexa, Gavin and Griffin McEwen, Sabrina Fielding, Carson Hamblin, Brayden and Gracie Baines. Predeceased by Therese and Laurie Larson, Uncle Eric Larson, Freda and Clarence Rawson, Uncle Dan Fielding. Matt will be sadly missed by so many very special friends. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, or The Sarnia and District humane Society, . Memories and condolences may be sent online at .

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CONNELL: Lawrence “Larry” William of Cobourg

Posted by on October 16, 2013

ConnellLawrenceCONNELL, Lawrence “Larry” William (Warrant Officer III RCEME, ret.) – In his 88th year, at Northumberland Hills Hospital, on Tuesday October 15, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Margaret Connell (2012). Loving father of Theresa Miller and step-father of David (Patricia) Wilcox. Dearly missed by his grandchildren Bryanna, Bayley, Suzanne (Ben) and Paul (Debbie), and his great-grandchildren Maddlynn, Katie, Josh, Nicole and Joshua. He will also be sadly missed by Robyn. Lawrence is survived by his brother Jack (Olive) Connell, and is predeceased by his brother Eugene and his sisters Grace (the late Harold), Vivienne (the late Grant) and Catherine. A memorial service will take place at MacCoubrey Funeral Home (30 King St. E., Cobourg) on Sunday October 20, 2013 at 2 pm, with visitation taking place one hour prior, from 1 -2 pm. Interment to take place in Granville, Nova Scotia. Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Northumberland Hills Hospital- Palliative Care Unit. Condolences received at

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Coleman, Lenora Helen of Barrie, Ontario, formerly of Margaretsville, Nova Scotia

Posted by on October 7, 2013


Coleman, Lenora Helen (Earley). It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lee Coleman of Barrie, Ontario in her 94th year on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Predeceased by her husband Spurgeon (Spinx) and her much loved son Max. Momma to Brenton (Rollande) of Callander, ON, Joe (Carol) of Hampton, NS, Barbara Friedl of Hamilton, ON, Betty Mason (Harvey) of Kirkland Lake, ON, Phillip (Gail) of Barrie, ON, Debra (Drew) Johnston of Barrie, ON. Nannie will be greatly missed by her 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. As well she leaves behind many family and friends from coast to coast, especially her dear sister-in-law, Cora Green of Nictaux, NS. She never ceased to marvel at the birth of a baby, “aren’t they just a miracle”, she would say. She loved all animals with a particular fondness for cats. Lee was born October 9, 1919 in the small fishing village of Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, she is the last direct descendant of the first lighthouse keeper, William Early. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Lee’s life will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 9:00am in the chapel of Grove Park Home, Barrie, ON for family and close friends. Interment at Barrie Union Cemetery, Barrie, ON. The family would like to thank all the staff on “maple” at Grove Park Home for their friendship, compassion and care given to Lee. A heartfelt thank you to  Cathy, a fellow animal lover and Lisa, a kinderd Maritimer, In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee’s memory would be appreciated to Furry Friends Cat Shelter in Barrie, . Cremation entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service, 19 Ross St., Barrie, ON. Condolences may be placed at

Momma will be always loved and never forgotten.




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