HOURIE: Gerald Richard of Calgary Formerly of Canmore

Posted by on April 17, 2018


Jerry Hourie a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away suddenly on March 29, 2018 at 59.
Jerry was predeceased by his granddaughter Mercer Hourie.
He will be missed and remembered by his son Saun(Alena); son Mitchell; son Blaise; ex spouse Shannon. Grandchildren Stella, Huxley, Noah and Berkley.
Jerry will also be missed by his brothers Trevor and Russell Teed, sister Florence and extended family and friends.
Special thanks to Trevor and Russell Teed, Deline Dene Band, Danny Gaudet, Hannah VanderWielenAnderchek and Russ Reynolds of Bowriver Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made rob the charity of your choice.

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Leggo: Mildred of Edmonton Formerly of Penticton

Posted by on April 5, 2018


Mrs. Mildred Anne “Millie” Leggo (nee Edmonds) passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on October 4, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 95.
Millie is survived by her son, Douglas Leggo (Brenda), Edmonton; grandchildren, Christy, Shanon, Shane, Thomas, Jesse & Michelle Leggo; great-grandchildren, Keiran, Cowen, Noah, Adelaide & Bastian; and sister, Doris McKinley, Nanaimo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sydney Leggo; son, Robert Charles Leggo; and brother, Frank Jefferies.
Millie was born on March 30, 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta to Thomas & Nora Edmonds. She married Donald Leggo in 1948. The couple welcomed their first child in 1950 and their second child in 1953. Her son remembers her as an extremely patient mother, both with her children and her husband, and she encouraged her sons to pursue their goals.
Millie loved travelling and she was passionate about her family and always remained very close to her sister and brother. She was an active and dedicated member of the community and could often be found playing crib with her friends.
A funeral is scheduled for April 6, 2018 1:30pm at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Lloyd Brown will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Millie’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Miller Crossing Care Centre, 14251 50 St NW, Edmonton AB T5A 5J4. The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Miller Crossing Care Centre for their kindness.

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TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

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

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JARROLD: Thomas Ralph of Vancouver Formerly of Edmonton AB

Posted by on February 21, 2018


Tom Left his body on 29 January 2018 after a bout of cancer. His service will be at the Church of Scientology, 401 West Hastings, Vancouver BC on 11 February 2018, at noon.

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SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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HUNTER: Roderick G.M. of Viking Formerly of Viking

Posted by on January 21, 2018


The Arrow has taken flight. On January 6, 2018, Roderick George Maclean Hunter curled his last rock in the bonspiel of life, departing this world at age 74.

Rod was knighted “The Arrow” by the media back in the mid 60s because of his perfect delivery of the curling rock, but his life would show that this nickname suited him in more ways than one.

The arrow is the tool of the warrior. Rod’s fighting spirit led him to qualify for the Brier four times from 1970 to 1975 and capture back-to-back Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and ’71, (going undefeated in 17 straight games but never bragging about it). It also got him inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as one of the top vice-skips ever to play the game. After moving to Alberta, he went on to win a Silver medal in the Canadian 55plus winter games with Vern and Jan Hafso and his wife, Louise. One of his proudest moments was standing on the podium with teammates Don Duguid, Jim Pettapiece, and Bryan Wood after winning the World Championships in Utica, New York, and listening to the Canadian National anthem play in his honour.

Rod was also the arrow in the compass, forever pointed north. He had answers to everything: Curling strategy, barbecue times, handy-man repairs, politics, Hollywood plot lines, Lego assembly, kids’ dress-up choices, hockey stats, world peace and the global economy. If there were any doubts, all you needed to do was ask, and he’d tell you he was right.

Like the arrows on a keyboard, his four surviving daughters – Onalee, Charlene, Andrea and Courtney – kept him moving in all four directions at once. His talent for diplomacy kept the family strong. He could always find a way to steer his girls in the right direction (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) and was instrumental in the achievement of their dreams. This talent also made him a great politician, which he excelled at in the last few years of his life as a proud Councillor in Viking, Alberta.

But Rod was also Cupid’s arrow, which he forever kept aimed at his surviving wife of 30 years, Louise Hunter. While nothing came before her, he had plenty of love to spare for to his two surviving brothers, John and Craig Hunter (with whom he adored sharing good scotch and long debates) his predeceased parents, Roderick O. A. and Doris Hunter, his mother-in-law, Louise C. Mihill, his surviving grandchildren – Maddyx, Noah, Sullivan, Gwynavere, Aiden and Aspen — and the countless friends who were so important to him. He also had a life-long love affair with cinnamon buns, the game of golf, celebrity encounters, a good rum (or more recently scotch), a perfectly cooked steak, the cabin at Clearwater Bay, storytelling, more storytelling, and of course his wiener dogs, who he’d let clean his face and spoon with him at night.

Like an arrow, Rod never wavered from his true path. He went from sweeping the finish off his childhood bedroom floor, to rising star at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg, to cleaning up at the curling World Championships. He went from patriotic Royal Canadian Sea Cadet, to Bachelor of Science student at the University of Winnipeg, to his first job at Richardson Securities, to General Manager at Dominion Tanners, to effective and caring Councillor in Viking, Alberta. He went from curling legend, to devoted husband, to inspiring father and proud grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be sent to the Viking Volunteer Fire Department at www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-viking-volunteer-fire-department-society or Viking Victims Services at www.beavercountyvictimservices.ca.

The family chooses to celebrate his life at the Viking Curling club, located in Rod’s hometown of Viking, Alberta at 3pm on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Those who loved Rod are invited to join the family in toasting his life and launching the arrow into his journey ahead. Wherever he’s pointed, in true Rod form, he’s bound for greatness.

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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 (https://youtu.be/l0OMj4so5io) 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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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 www.sjlc.ca.

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Mooney: Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) of Westgate Lodge, Belleville

Posted by on December 4, 2017





MOONEY, Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sweet mother/grandmother, Phyllis, on December 3, one day after the death of her son, Bob. Phyllis was in her 98th year, passing away peacefully at Westgate Lodge. Phyllis is predeceased by her husband, Alan, (1994) and son Bob, (2017). She will be profoundly missed by her daughter, Fern Colson (Wilbert). She is deeply loved by her four grandchildren:  Eric Colson (Michelle) Kingston, Shannon Colson (Bill) Golden Lake, Lindsey Pascoe (Jeff) Red Deer, AB., and Andrea Smith (Michel) Ft. McMurray, AB,  and all eight great-grandchildren, Rhett, Nick, Tayler, Brayden, Waylon, Reid, Calleigh and Evey. John Wood,  London, is Phyllis’s only surviving brother, after losing Ritchie several years ago. “Mom/Gram, you’re the sweetest person we all know.  We have all been so blessed to have descended from you, and Dad/Papi too. Your greatest concern has always been for others, even asking caregivers how many more hours they have to work, could you help them, do they have far to drive in the snow, etc., and thanking everyone for absolutely any and everything done for you. You have become  famous for your signature statement, “I’m so lucky”. One of your biggest gifts to all of us has been recognizing this quality of gratefulness that you have, and being reminded to find gratitude under all circumstances. You are a completely self-less person and have been a wonderful role model for all of us. We’re happy you always felt so lucky but in truth, we’ve been the ones who were lucky. And dying one day after Bob, what is that about? You two were close and somehow that comforts us. We all love you. You will be so missed.”

Funeral arrangements for Phyllis and Bob: Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel at 11am on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Interment Belleville Cemetery.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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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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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.

We would love to hear from you. If you wish to send condolences or share memories of Frank, please send them to Frank’s daughter, Sachiko Kiyooka at: slk182@gmail.com.

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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 www.djrobb.on.ca

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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 www.canadahelps.org. 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 www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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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 www.denning.ca.


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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.

If desired, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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