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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COLQUHOUN: Wallace of Clearwater, Florida Formerly of Montreal Ottawa Edmonton

Posted by on October 8, 2017


Colquhoun, Wallace 85 years old, of Clearwater Florida on September 29, 2017. Loving husband to Wendolyn (nee Dear). First wife Mary (Hammill) and children Gregory, Daniel, Marilyn, and Tracey. Grandpa of Sabrina, Kai, Jacob, Graeme, Imahgynne, and Jessica. Great grandchildren Aiden, Owen, and Brooklyn. Predeceased by parents Robert and Mary; siblings Mary, Sadie, Robert, John, Joseph, Alex and Billy. Rooch, your playful humor will be missed.

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HEWITT: Myrtle (Myrt) of Barrie Formerly of Guelph, Kitchener and Fort McMurray

Posted by on October 8, 2017


She passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017. She is survived by her loving sister Ruth and brothers, Bert, Doug, Andrew and Bill; her children, Paula (Scott) Loughnan of Sebright, Ontario, Heather (Damon) DeBrusk of Kitchener, Ontario, Deb (Ken) Flaherty of Lac La Biche, Alberta, Robert Brown of Markham, Ontario, Don (Carol) Brown of Williams Lake, BC, Bonnie (Ken) Burgett of Lac La Biche, Alberta; her grandchildren, David (Jessica) Loughnan of ON, Ashley (Mike) Dingman of ON, Nigel DeBrusk of ON,Tyler DeBrusk of ON, Dan (Shelly) Flaherty of Alberta, Erin (Shaun) Jones of BC, Cody Brown of Alberta and Hailey Brown of BC; her great grandchildren, Mason Dingman, Sydney Flaherty, Max Flaherty, Samuel Flaherty, Grace Flaherty, Liam Jones, Piper Jones, and Timothy Mervyn; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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KIYOOKA: Frank of Valemount Formerly of Hinton, Jasper, Edmonton, Opal

Posted by on October 8, 2017


It is with bittersweet sadness that we must share with all those who knew and loved him that our dad, Frank Kiyooka, passed away on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. We are so thankful he did not suffer and that he is now home with his beloved Ann.

Frank was born under the blue Alberta skies in Calgary, Alberta on December 8, 1932, to Kiyoshi Oe and Shigekiyo Kiyooka, our grandparents, who both came to Canada from Kochi-ken, Shikoku, Japan. Frank was the second-youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood with his brothers and sisters as a prairie boy on a farm in rural Opal.??

Frank studied Physical Education and Art at the University of Alberta and got his first teaching job in Jasper, Alberta. After two years studying, travelling and skiing in Denmark and Europe, he met a Scottish lass on the train as he crossed Canada on his way home. She was our mother Ann, who was coming west to work as a nurse.

Frank and Ann married in 1963 in Hinton, Alberta, where Frank taught high school for almost 20 years. During this time he also pursued his love of pottery. He sold his red Carmen Ghia sportscar in 1964 to fund a year of studying and apprenticing in Kyoto, Japan and then set up a studio and shops in Jasper and in Hinton in the years to follow.

?The prairie boy in Frank never forgot the feeling of the wide open spaces. At 48, he left his job and built a home on 75 acres west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C. Boldly going on faith he’d find work, he took labourer jobs at the mill and CN Rail, then was fortunate to get a position at the elementary school, where he taught for another 15 years.

??Frank had great respect for and a way of connecting with people that left them feeling truly seen. He was loved by many of his students who affectionately called him “Mr. K.” He lived “zen,” embracing life as it came, content with little, grateful and able to be in the present moment. Simply by how he lived, he taught us quiet faith, patience, appreciation for art, creativity and beauty, a love for nature and space. He modelled humility, respect and acceptance of others. We loved his smiling eyes and playful teasing. ??Frank is survived by his sisters Irene and Joyce, his brother Harry, sons Gen and Sumio, daughters Sachiko and Hanae, and grandchildren Elena, Emi, Marin, Siri, Elijah and Paul. So hard to let him go, but he is with Ann now. He lived a wonderful life and we were blessed to be part of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Funeral mass at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., Gathering to celebrate Frank’s life will follow at Tete Jaune Community Hall. Sunday September 17, 2017: 11 – 5 Open House at Franks’ home: 1336 – 3rd Avenue.

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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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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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WILCOX: Robert G. “Bob”, formerly of Aylmer and R.R.#3, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 8, 2017

WILCOX, Robert G. “Bob”, formerly of Aylmer and R.R.3, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Monday, September 4, 2017, in his 96th year.  Beloved and devoted husband for 71 years to the late Helen (née Begg) Wilcox (July 5, 2017).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Ann Smith (Vincent) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Mary Margaret Wilcox Bovaird (Timothy) of Toronto.  Cherished grandfather of Robert Smith (Rhiannon) of Calgary, AB, Catherine Garcia (Rolando) of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Jennifer Wilcox Bovaird Taylor (Andrew), and Kathryn Birks Bovaird Kerr (Shawn), all of Toronto.  He was proud of his great grandchildren, Sophia, Kaidence, Averi, Grayson, Emerson, Sienna, Lilian, Elizabeth, and our angel Nicholas.  Born in Yarmouth Township, ON, June 26, 1922, he was the son of the late Clair and Ida (née Hamilton) Wilcox.  Bob was a retired Yarmouth Township farmer.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a Past President of the Aylmer Curling Club where he won numerous championships and scored the elusive “eight ender.”  Bob was an avid golfer at the Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club where he played constantly with a wonderful group of friends and family until his 90th birthday.  He and Helen travelled extensively in their retirement to all parts of the world.  Bob was a wonderful and keen bridge player well into his 90’s. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or 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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BATTOCHIO: Suzanne Marie Antoinette of Edmonton Formerly of Oakville, Timmins

Posted by on September 6, 2017


Battochio, Suzanne Marie Antoinette

Suzanne Battochio (nee Labrecque) – November 13th, 1933 – August 18th, 2017,
passed away in Leduc Hospital, AB on Friday August 18th, 2017 at the age of 83, with family by her side. Survived by her beloved husband Santo, and their sons Walter, Raymond (Lori) and Christopher (Angie). Dear grandmother to Bryan (Samantha), Christopher, Gregory, Matthew, Michael, Peter, Robert and Daniela. Loving sister to John (Betty) Labrecque. Loving sister-in law to Luigi (Cecile) Battochio and Walter (Linda) Battochio. Predeceased by father Albert Labrecque, mother Virginia (nee Giroux), step-father Dominic Pacione and brother Ray (Jackie) Labrecque. Suzanne will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, August 25th, 2017 from 7:30 – 9:00pm at Serenity Funeral Service – 5311 – 91 St. Edmonton for family and friends (587-410-1072). If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leduc County Hospital (LCH) – CT Scanner Campaign through the Black Gold Health Foundation at Donations are greatly appreciated because Suzanne received exemplary care at LCH.

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DAY: Gwendolyn of Mill Bay

Posted by on August 19, 2017


Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6

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MacVICAR: Margaret (née Thompson), formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 31, 2017

MacVICAR, Margaret (née Thompson), of Extendicare, Port Stanley, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in her 87th year.  Beloved wife of the late William D. “Bill” MacVicar (Dec. 31, 2016).  Mother of Linda Neil of St. Thomas, Kevin Baker (Karen) of Peterborough, Mark Baker (Wendy) of St. Thomas, Jim MacVicar (Nancy) of Devon, AB, Steven MacVicar of Bracebridge, Bill MacVicar, and Lisa Walker (Wayne), all of St. Thomas.  Sister of Vivian Anger of Belmont, Dorothy Beattie of Aylmer, late Rita Pressey, and the late Scott Thompson (Julie of St. Thomas).  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Bury, Québec, October 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ivan and Bertha (née Coates) Thompson.  Margaret was a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church, St. Thomas and a former long-time active member of Alma St. Presbyterian Church.  The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, August 2nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Elgin Branch) or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to the doctors, nurses and staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley and the 5th floor of the STEGH for the kind, compassionate care provided to Margaret.

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CORY: Tamara of Stony Plain Formerly of Saskatoon

Posted by on July 30, 2017
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With the deepest of sadness, the family of Tamara Cory announces her untimely passing on June 11th, 2017. Tamara will be lovingly remembered by her handsome and courageous son Braden, her beautiful and talented daughter Carson, her loving and devoted husband Neil, and her extended family in Saskatoon (including her parents and brother, and Neil’s parents, brothers, niece, nephews and sisters in law).

Tamara had large extended families in the education and dance community. Tamara was always willing to spend extra time with students that needed and were willing to accept her help. She formed many special bonds with current and former students and coworkers who have remained her dearest and closest friends. Outside of work Tamara was a devoted dance mom with a large and loving extended dance family. Always organized, and ready with answers for those who needed her. The passion she had in supporting her daughter Carson in her dance journey was evident to any who met her. Supporting Carson’s dance journey brought her so much joy and pride.

A celebration of life service will be held for Tamara on Wednesday June 21st, 2 pm at the Serenity Funeral Chapel 10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton, AB

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POTTINGER: Audrey of Edmonton Formerly of Jamaica

Posted by on July 27, 2017


Audrey Pottinger
On Monday June 5 2017, Audrey went home to be with the lord.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Michelle (Gaston) her son Richard (Rachael) of England, her grandchildren Dane, Johanna, Isaac and Naomi; Her mother Adassa Pottinger of Jamaica, her 9 siblings and several nieces and nephews.
Audrey was born in St Elizabeth, Jamaica then migrated to Edmonton 34 years ago.

Memorial service will be held on Monday June 12 at 2pm at westgrove gospel chapel in Edmonton located at 10374 147 street

Donations in memory of flowers may be made to the university of Alberta hospital.

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MacPHERSON: A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on July 17, 2017

MacPHERSON, A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, ON, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in his 75th year.  Husband of Alice (née Audette) MacPherson.  Father of Timothy (Ana) of Fort McMurray, AB, Nicole (Frank) of Regina, SK, and Sandy Jr. “Alex” (Lisa) of Union, ON.  Grandfather of Jeremella, Melissa, Maria, and Iris.  Brother of Brian (Cheryl) of Donna, TX, and Allen (Barb) of Lindsay, ON.  Sandy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 12, 1943, he was the son of the late John and M.C.M. “Katie” (née Welch) MacPherson.  Sandy was a retired tool and die maker.  He was a member of Last Post Branch 410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or public service.  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, ON (519-631-1160).

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BAKER, Eulene Rose (Keller) of Hensall, formerly of London, Mississauga and Exeter, age 78

Posted by on June 20, 2017

BAKER:  Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, on Sunday, June 18, 2017, Eulene Rose (Keller) Baker formerly of London, Mississauga and Exeter, age 78.  Beloved wife of William “Bill” Rhul Baker of London.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Shelley and Buck Stone of Sherwood Park, AB., Bill and Gail Baker of Exeter, Catherine Baker of Corunna.  Cherished grandma of 5 and great-grandma of 5.  Dear sister and sister in-law of Margaret Bregman, Ada and Earl Telfer, Grace and Fred Sanders, Jake Martens, Anne Keller, Ken and Maudie Douglas, Phyllis Cochrane and Patricia Robins.  Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents Adolph Gustav and Lucinda “Cindy” Matilda (Willert) Keller, siblings Milton (Ermla) Keller, Verda Martens, Lloyd Keller, twin brother Eugene Keller, Mervyn (Sue) Keller, brothers and sisters-in-law Evelyn (Pat) McCreavy, Muriel (Jim) Record, Lorraine (Victor) Eden, Edgerton “Bud” (Verna) Scammel.  At Eulene’s request, cremation has taken place and no funeral services will be held.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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STUART: Eileen Rose of Strathroy

Posted by on June 2, 2017

Peacefully at home with family by her side on Friday, June 2nd, 2017; Eileen Rose Stuart of Strathroy passed away in her 82nd year. Loving wife of Harold Stuart for 64 years. Beloved mother of Tom (Pat) Stuart of London, Judy (Phil) Haist of Nelson, BC, Sandy (Percy Jewell) Stuart of Strathroy and Bob Stuart of Edmonton, AB. Cherished Gramma of 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Survived by her siblings Dorothy (Bruce) Tapp, Marilyn Sterling and Art (Jane) Johnston. Sister-in-law of Marion (Art) Woods. Eileen will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 from 1 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to VON-Middlesex. Condolences and donations may be left online at


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AULENBACK: Kenneth “Joe” of Edmonton, formerly of Granton

Posted by on May 26, 2017

Passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in his 53rd year, of Edmonton, and formerly of Granton. Dear father of Rachel-Lynn (Robert) of London; Brandon (Terri), and Vanessa (Trevor) all of Edmonton. Beloved grandpa of Troy and Kody; Brayden and Brooklyn; Jayce and Atticus. Loving brother of Bonny and Ken Lambourn of Granton, and Linda Mulholland and Chris Busuttil of Thorndale. Loving nephew of Cheryl and Tom Farr of St. Thomas, and Audrey and Louis Vaillant of London. Ken will be missed by several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents Ken and Lorraine Aulenback. Cremation with interment Granton Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Homes, Lucan. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday,  June 1, 2017 at the home of Angela and Jeff Marshall, 5068 Line 2, Granton, Ontario. Please join us anytime after 3 PM.

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WARREN, Viva Josephine of Brockville, Ontario

Posted by on May 14, 2017

WARREN, Viva Josephine 

Entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital Garden St. Site on Thursday May 11th, 2017. Viva (Andress) Warren of Brockville, aged 88 years.  Beloved wife of the late Hartley Warren. Loving mother of Beverley Clarke (Gord) of Brockville, Gloria VanDusen (Roger) of Mallorytown, Barbara Moore (Tremaine) of Vulcan, AB, Sylvia Black (Neil) of Maitland and Larry Warren of Edmonton.  Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.   Predeceased by her parents Ross and Edith (Johnston) Andress, sister Belva Pelehos (Jim) and brothers Brian and Bernard Andress.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel Tuesday May 16th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Union Cemetery, Lansdowne.  In memory of Viva, donations to the Mallorytown United Church or Brockville District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Messages of Condolence may be sent online at

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Dodds: Ruth Eunice Grace [Wakefield] of Iona Station

Posted by on May 14, 2017

Ruth Eunice Grace (Wakefield) Dodds of Breezy Hill Cottage in Iona Station passed peacefully into the arms of her Saviour on May 12, 2017 at the age of 80. Ruth battled cancer courageously for 5 years and despite complications lived each day to the fullest with her trademark smile brightening up the many visits by family and friends. Born May 13th, 1936 in Montreal to Ernest and Ruth Wakefield she was the eldest of three children. Dear sister to Winnifred (Wakefield) & Clayton House and Richard & Jan Wakefield. She exchanged wedding vows on June 22, 1957 in Montreal to her loving husband Ralph Dodds and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this summer. Ruth attended MacDonald College School for Teachers and graduated first in her class. She never lost her love of teaching. Car rides, family outings and Gramma events were always peppered with teaching moments. Leading community Bible studies was an integral part of her life and something that came naturally to her as a teacher. She was a Christ follower and lived her life intentionally and generously for her heavenly Father. She was always ready to pitch in and help with any tasks from driving grain trucks to the elevator to cooking meals for anyone in need. Ralph and Ruth moved to Thornhill, Ontario for several years in the 60’s and then in 1967 the family moved to Breezy Hill farm in Iona Station.
Ruth is survived by her husband Ralph, son-in-law Dale Fowler of Iona Station ON. Son Ken & Belinda Dodds of High River, AB; Keith & Susan Dodds of St. Thomas ON, Phil & Wendy (Dodds) Hayhoe of Loretto ON. Loving Grandmother to Chris Scheuerman of Vancouver, BC; Matt Scheuerman of Calgary, AB; Stacey (Fowler) & Bryan Adamache of Iona Station ON, Stephanie (Fowler) & Jonathan Dearing of London ON, Steve Dodds of Drayton Valley, AB; Jamie & Andrea Dodds of St. Albert, AB, Riley Dodds of Calgary, AB; Megan Dodds of Belfast, NI; Kirstie Hayhoe of Calgary, AB; Kyle Hayhoe of Loretto ON. Special Great Grandmother to Drew, Tyler and Cole Adamache; Ben Dearing and Nolan Dodds of St. Alberta, AB. Siblings Winnifred (Wakefield) House and Richard Wakefield.
Ruth is predeceased by her daughter Eunice (Dodds) Fowler (2015)
Visitation will be held at Arn Funeral Home at 193 Shackleton Street, Dutton ON, 519-762-2416 on May 16th from 6:30PM – 9:00PM. Funeral service will be held at the Shedden Keystone Complex 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden ON. Wednesday May 17th at 1:00 p.m. Interment at Cowal-McBride Cemetery located at 33069 Aberdeen Line, Iona Station, ON. Reception at Shedden Keystone Complex after interment.
Donations to New Life Prison Ministries or Gideons
Well done good and faithful servant!
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CAMPBELL: L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 27, 2017

CAMPBELL, L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in his 74th year.  Beloved husband of Sharon (née Merritt) Campbell.  Dearly loved father of Tracey Zwiers (Jeff) of Orillia, and Scott Campbell (Christine) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Sarah Doherty-Campbell, Emily and Joshua Campbell, and Jayme and Thomas Zwiers.  Also survived by brother-in-law, Roy Merritt (Faye) of Edmonton, AB.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Duncan O. and Ethel (née Cummings) Campbell.  Wayne was an employee for 40 years at the Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant, where he worked in the Paint Dept., Quality Control, and the Executive Garage.  He was an active volunteer for over 45 years with the St. Thomas Skating Club, where he was the current President.  Wayne volunteered for over 25 years with the H.O.M.E. Region Skating Council, where he was a Past President.  He enjoyed sharpening the skates of local figure skaters and hockey players, which he did from his home.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday, April 30th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Monday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  If so desired, memorial donations to The Lung Association or the STEGH Foundation will be appreciated.

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FONTINE: Ron, of Edmonton

Posted by on April 26, 2017


On April 10, 2017 Ron aged 73 passed away peacefully after battling cancer. He is survived by his sons Dean and James, special friends Linda and her family and Gord Coolidge, his brothers and sisters Mona (Harvey), Reg (Janis), Joan (Jim), Eugene, Raymond (Sherry), Gordon, Stuart (Doreen), Darlene (Barry) and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Laurier and Mildred, his sisters Rena and Marlene. Inurnment and prayers will take place at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Cemetery 14611 Mark Messier Trail with lunch to follow at North Pointe Church at 14025 167 Ave. use the south parking lot.

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PURKIS: Dale Frederick of Sherwood Park

Posted by on March 21, 2017


March 19, 1944 – February 23, 2017

Dale passed into the eternal arms of our Lord, surrounded by the love and prayers of family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered by, his wife Judy, daughters: Tana (Wayne), Shari (Chuck), Richelle (Dwayne), Wacey (Jason); and his son Kelly (Brittany); grandchildren: Mitchell, Casey, Jamie, Madeline, Jessica, Lynnaya, C’ara, Danziah, and Alexis; his brother Howard (Louise), and sister Valerie (George), as well as many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm; at Sherwood Park United Church, 20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or St. Thomas Anglican Church, 4 A Raven Drive, Sherwood Park, T8A 0C3.

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BYWAY: Mrs. Phyllis (nee Johnson), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 24, 2017

BYWAY, Mrs. Phyllis (nee Johnson), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, February 20, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Walter Byway (2012).  Mother of Linda Dowdall (late Robert) of St. Thomas, Nancy Byway of Edmonton, AB, Penny Byway of St. Thomas, John Byway (Erika) of Kanata, and the late David Byway (1987).  Sister of Edward Johnson (Mary) of Florida, late Walter Johnson (Joan of London), and the late Mary Beaurone.  Also survived by several grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in London, ON, October 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Edna (nee Askew) Johnson.  She was a member of the 1945 London Shamrock Women’s basketball team that won the Ontario and Eastern Canadian Championship – a team now recognized in the London Sports Hall of Fame. She was also a retired stenographer with Consolidated Bathurst, St. Thomas and former member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Phyllis’s cremated remains will be interred privately in St. George’s Cemetery, Hyde Park at a later date.  Memorial donations to the CNIB or the London Health Sciences Foundation re: London Regional Cancer Program will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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NYHAN: John of Victoria, BC Formerly of Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Posted by on February 16, 2017


born December 14, 1939, Clonakilty, Co Cork, Ireland. Passed away peacefully on the morning of November 29, 2016, at Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, BC. Survived by wife Margaret, children Sean (Terry), Kelly (Ronette), Erin, Tara-Leigh (Jeffrey), and Kerry, and step-children Keri-Lee (Doug) Kris, and grandchildren Brendan, Rebecca, Lucas, Taylor, Sara, Eunbai, Connor, Faye, Gemma, Alex, Emily, and TJ. John immigrated to Canada from Ireland as a young man alone in the world. He built a life for himself and his family that could only be described as colourful. He eventually settled on Vancouver Island, which bore the closest resemblance he could find to the home he had left in Ireland. He had a great love of poetry, literature, fine food, and a tidy tumbler of Irish Mist Whiskey. We will miss his tremendous sense of humour, his quick wit, and most of all, his enduring love for his children and grandchildren. His was the road less travelled.

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KENNY, Christina Victoria of Calgary

Posted by on February 3, 2017

KENNY, Christina Victoria, passed away of viral meningitis at her residence in Calgary on January 25, 2017.  Beloved daughter of Clare and Stirling Kenny, twin sister of Mark Kenny (wife Jennifer) and aunt of Lauren Lee Kenny, all of Guelph, sister of Brent Kenny (wife Danielle) and aunt of Grace Katharine Kenny, all of Toronto.  She was predeceased by her sister, Katharine (Katie) Kenny.  Vikki attended Avon Public School and Stratford Central.  She always had wonderful memories of growing up in Stratford and spending every summer at the family cottage in Oakwood Park, Grand Bend, where, for many years she enjoyed working at J Dee’s Summerhouse.  After high school she spent two years as an au pair living in Oldenburg, Germany, followed by a year in Paris.

After graduating from college, she served as a Master Corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, for ten years at CFB Borden near Barrie, then three years in Edmonton in the Military Police. In 2013 she transferred from the Regular Forces to the Reserve Force.  She then moved to Calgary when she was employed by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for Southern Alberta, and also worked at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehabilitation Society.

She missed Ontario and wanted to move back to be closer to family and friends. Vikki was to arrive shortly to be Godmother for her new niece, Grace Katharine Kenny.

Vikki had the most amazing blue eyes and always lit up every room with that wonderful smile. She loved animals and walked dogs for the Humane Society and always had a cat for a companion.  She will be sorely missed by her many friends here in Ontario and in Edmonton and Calgary.

Cremation has taken place in Calgary. A private family service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Stratford, Ontario.  A celebration of Vikki’s life will take place at a later date in the summer, at the family cottage in Oakwood Park, Grand Bend, at which time her ashes will be committed to the family garden alongside those of her sister Katie.

Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood, Ontario assisted with arrangements.

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JOHNSON (nee Clark): Ivy Ward of Kelowna, B.C Formerly of Kamloops, B.C

Posted by on January 30, 2017


JOHNSON, Ivy Ward (nee Clark)
Mrs. Ivy Ward (Clark) Johnson passed away peacefully in Cottonwood Care facility, Kelowna, B.C. on November 19, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
Ivy is predeceased by her loving husband Carl William Johnson, December 1, 2008, age 87 years.
Ivy was born February 8, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta to John and Sarah Clark who emigrated from Liverpool, England with sister Hilda. In 1939, the family moved to Kamloops, B.C. where Ivy later met Carl and they married on September 2, 1953. Ivy and Carl were married for 55 years and had 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Daughter, Charlene (Johnson) and husband Larry Scott of Sherwood Park, Alberta, have two children, Jenna and Thomas Scott. Thomas Scott (grandson) and wife Jenna have one son (great grandson) Maxwell in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Son, Stewart Johnson of Kelowna, B.C. has two children, Sarah and Michelle Johnson (granddaughters).
Daughter, Heather (Johnson) and husband Roger Gabel of Kelowna, B.C. have two children, Rex and (Tammy) of Las Vegas, Nevada. Jenifer and (William) and children of Moorpark, California.
Daughter, Janet (Johnson) and husband Dana Kaplanchuk of Maple Ridge, B.C. have five children, Amy, Kelsey and Holly (Johnson) Young (grandchildren), Shawn and Michelle Kaplanchuk.
Ivy was a dedicated daughter of Rebekah Lodge since 1951, and believed in the creed of “friendship, love and truth”. A vital importance to Ivy was keeping family and friends connected.
The family would like to thank Dr. S. Erasmus, Missionwood Retirement Resort Home and Cottonwood Care Centre, for their exceptional attention to care, compassion, empathy and mindfulness.
It is a great loss set upon our family, but with our faith in God that our mother (Ivy) instilled in us, we will endure. God Bless.
Memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined and announced.
Should family or friends so desire, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society or any organization of need. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

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