Jay – Lorne B. of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, March 27th, 2014, at the L.H.S.C. (Victoria Campus), after good fight, in his 72nd year. Dearly loved husband of Carol Jay and much loved father of Laura and her husband Brian Palmer of Boxall and the late John G.M. Jay (1973). Cherished grandfather of Cole and Christopher Palmer. Lorne was born in St. Thomas on June 1, 1942, the son of the late Harvey and Dallas M. (Smith) Jay. Lorne owned and operated Lorne Jay Insurance and was also a licensed funeral director. Lorne attended Appleby College and S.T.C.I. He was a graduate from the funeral service program at the University of Toronto. Lorne was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a former member of Central United Church and a former elder. He was a life member of St. David’s Lodge #302 A.F. and A.M. and a member of St. Mark’s Lodge, Port Stanley. He was a member of Mocha Temple and of the Scottish Rite. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a former member of the Hi-Ro Shrine Club. Lorne was also a member of the St. Thomas Kiwanis Club for over 36 years, a Past Governor and a member of the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club. He served a number of years on the Board for Family and Children’s Services and was a Past President. He helped establish the Elgin Children’s Foundation. Lorne was a past member and President of Crime Stoppers and also was a former member of Christmas Care, which he helped establish and the Board of the Chamber of Commerce. He also had received the City of St. Thomas Volunteer Award.
Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. Private interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. A Masonic Service will be conducted by Officers and Members of St. Mark’s Lodge #94 A.F. and A.M. on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Elgin Children’s Foundation.