DEGAUST; Archibald (Archie) Charles

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Passed away peacefully at his home in Barrie ON surrounded by family on February 4, 2018 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife of nearly 52 years, Sylvia. Dear father of Archie and Kevin. Beloved grandfather of Corey, Gerritt and Chantal. Predeceased by his parents Archibald “Archie” and Catherine (nee MacKenzie) and stepmother Dorothy of Cape Breton, NS. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Anne, Dolores (Lou), Andy (Jean), Brother Benedict, Dorothy (Fred) and Ellie. Archie’s early life was shaped by a Depression-era upbringing in Cape Breton, two years as a Franciscan seminarian and an education at St. Francis Xavier University. As a schoolteacher he inspired countless to love Shakespeare, read and write poetry and appreciate music of all genres. In his retirement he discovered a passion for woodturning and dedicated countless hours in his shop creating breathtaking pieces of art that have found their way into homes around the world. In his later years he was a devoted caregiver to the love of his life, Sylvia, and doted on his grandchildren. He was a voracious reader of books, an entertaining storyteller, a talented singer and a committed servant of his community, particularly through the Knights of Columbus. Family and friends will be received at Adams Funeral Home, 445 St. Vincent St., Barrie on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia St., Barrie on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sleeping Children Around the World or Covenant House Toronto.

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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

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SAUNDERS: Tyron of Toronto Formerly of Kingston and Newmarket

Posted by on January 23, 2018


Tyron Antonio Wilhelmy Saunders, born August 15, 1988, passed on from this world on December 31, 2017, in Toronto, from an asthma attack, at the age of 29. He is survived by his son, Kaedence Ward; mother, Janice Saunders Eaton; stepfather, Murray Eaton; brothers Liam, Keegan, and Kiefer Eaton; grandmother Mary Saunders, and grandfather Gary Saunders: his Devon Rex cat Kessel, who will now be living with his son and mother Niki Ward. Ty will be missed by hundreds of other friends and family members and love of his life, Jade Miller, who inspired Ty be a better person.
Tyron was a supernova and shines brightly, making the world a more magical place both for the time he was in it and for years to come in the future. A familiar face on the downtown scene in Toronto (and back in Kingston), Tyron was recognizable from a distance, often with green dreadlocks, covered in artistic tattoos from face down, and wearing daring and noticeable ensembles. He loved fiercely and deeply: both the people in his life and the things that inspired him. A lover of fashion, science, graffiti, hip-hop, and adventure, amongst other passions, he couldn’t wait to share his inspirations with the world as soon as they caught hold of him. He could turn any idea into a plan and an adventure, and could make excitement out of what seemed like nothing. From a distance, he could seem larger than life, but those who knew him close-up were touched by his intensity and realness. The relationships he forged with others, from those he only saw a few times to close friends, family members, and partners, were unforgettable and frequently perspective-changing. Often magnetically compelling, Tyron was a man who was as completely unapologetically “himself” as one could be.
Tyron was born in Mexico City, and grew up mostly in Toronto, Newmarket, and Kingston, Ontario. He began his adult life in Kingston, and moved to Toronto in 2009. He embraced life in both places, connecting with many, and is well-loved in both cities. Some of the highlights of his life include the birth of his son Kaedence, in Kingston in 2008; beginning his own self-designed clothing line in Toronto in 2013; and traveling internationally in the last few years, exploring new places with a powerful enthusiasm. In recent years, he had begun a spiritual journey, becoming vegetarian, diving into science books and nature documentaries, and reflecting on the world and his role in it. Often talking circles around those surrounding him, his intelligence and insatiable curiosity guided him on this journey.
Tyron was and continues to be deeply loved by his friends and family. The world feels a bit more empty without him, but he lives on in every part of the world he touched. He made a hat reading “too weird to live, too rare to die” and it is this contradiction that marks his life and passing: brighter than seems possible, it is also impossible for him to really be gone. The world lost a rare jewel on December 31, 2017, but he shines on. We love you Tyron, always gold.
A celebration of life was held on January 6, 2018, one of the coldest days in years at -22 degrees Celsius, at a former Buddhist temple in downtown Toronto.

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Murray, Frances Beatty of Sarnia

Posted by on January 11, 2018

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

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

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STEWART, Gladys Marie (née Blake) formerly of Teeswater

Posted by on December 9, 2017


Gladys Marie Stewart (née Blake) of Braemar and formerly of Teeswater, died of a broken heart, on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, at the age of 81. Twenty-two days following the death of her husband of 64 years, Donald Stewart.

 Born on April 12th, 1936 to the late James and Clara (née Harmer) Blake.

Her 4 children Joan (Raymond) Wright of Wingham, Jim (Deb) Stewart of Owen Sound, Ron (Jane) Stewart of Strathroy and Patti (Sandy) Staples of Kingston are heart broken.

Dear Grandma of Kevin, Brad, Janine, Amy, Mike, Bryan, Naomi, Andrew, David and Katie and Great-Grandmother to 11.

Survived by her sisters Maxine (Bill) Seers and Joyce (Jim) Oke all of Goderich.

Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.

Predeceased by in-laws Velma (Lorne) McAllister and Eileen (Dave) Moffat, 1 nephew and 2 nieces.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Monday, December 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The funeral service to celebrate Gladys’ life will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Douglas Brown officiating.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation, Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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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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MacDONALD, George Randy of Gananoque and formerly of Mallorytown, Ontario

Posted by on November 21, 2017

MacDONALD, George Randy, UE, Veteran WWII, Canadian Coast Guard (Captain, Ret):

At Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque on Thursday, November 16 at the age of 95 years.  Born in Rockport, ON, eldest son of the late Verny and Helena (Slate) MacDonald.  Also predeceased by his cherished wife Lelia “Lee” (Potts) RN; dear companion Violet Kernell;  much loved brothers and sister Alfred, Jack, and Roberta.

George’s early life was spent exploring the St. Lawrence River and the countryside surrounding Rockport and Mallorytown where his UEL soldier ancestors had settled following the American Revolution (1783).  In 1940, he enlisted into the RCNVR and served throughout the war as a gunner aboard patrol vessel HMCS Chaleur, corvette HMCS The Pas and destroyer HMCS Huron.  His five year tour included convoy escorts across the North Atlantic to the UK and four runs into the Arctic to Murmansk and Archangel, USSR.  George also participated in North Sea, Channel and Bay of Biscay intercepts, D-Day operations and life-saving rescues of friend and foe.

After the war, George worked briefly at Hex Baits Limited in Brockville and then at Snider Boat Lines as a licensed Thousand Islands tour boat guide.  He was later hired by marine shipping companies to pilot vessels throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway and waterways of northern Alberta and the NWT.  He eventually joined the Canadian Coast Guard and retired in 1982 while stationed in Trenton with Search & Rescue.

George was an accomplished artist, a gifted carver and mentor to many.  His decoys and decorative birds received several international “Best of Show” and first-place ribbons.  For many years George and Lee operated “Quick & Quack Bird Carvers” as a hobby enterprise.

In his later years, George worked tirelessly to establish the Memorial & Decorations Wall at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 484 in Mallorytown where he was a Life Member.  Their reception hall is named in his honour. In addition, he was a Life Member of Macoy Masonic Lodge 242, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and a member of the Mallorytown United Church.

George will be lovingly remembered by sisters Verna Donnelly also of Carveth, Patricia and brother-in-law Arnold Warren of Brockville, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends throughout Canada and the USA.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince Street, Lansdowne on Sunday from 6 – 8 p.m. The Celebration of Life will be held on Monday November 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. Rose Officiating. Cremation to follow, burial alongside his beloved Lee at a later date in Mount Pleasant United Church Cemetery near Stirling, ON.  In memory of George, donations to the Mallorytown Legion would be gratefully acknowledged. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 484 Mallorytown will hold a Memorial Service Sunday evening at 5:45 p.m. followed by Macoy Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. at 6 p.m. all sister Lodges are invited to attend. Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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Packham, Randall Bruce of Barrie

Posted by on November 18, 2017

Packham, Randall Bruce – Peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  Randall Packham, beloved husband of Leslie Joy Packham of Barrie.  Loving father of Christopher Randall Packham (Olivia Brett) of Barrie, and Sarah Joy Ash (Vaughn) of Elora.  Loving grandfather of Anna Joy Ash, Oliver Christopher Packham and Evelyn Emily Packham.  Dear son Mariann and the late William Packham.  Dear brother of William Packham (Jackie) of Thornhill, Robert Packham of Toronto and Leanne Rogers (David) of Burlington.  Uncle of Scott, Tyler (Tory), Jason, Cassie, Julia and Angelo.  Son-in-law of Rosemary and Ken Dickenson.  Brother-in-law of Karen Alexander.  Visit with family and friends on Sunday, November 19th from 2 p.m. until time of service at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 161 Hanmer Street West, Barrie at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe or St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.  Arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Drive Cremation and Burial Service.  Condolences may be made to

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CRAWFORD: Floyd S. of Belleville

Posted by on November 12, 2017

CRAWFORD, FLOYD S. – of Belleville, passed away at Belmont Long Term Care Facility on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the age of 89. Son of the late Charles and Hannah Crawford. Beloved husband of Pauline (nee Duval) Crawford. Dear father of Susan (Dr. Cesare Palaia) Crawford, of Marino, Italy; Peter (Brenda) Crawford of Selby, Delaware; Mike (Silvie) Crawford of Kingston; Marc (Helene) Crawford of Cornwall; Danielle (Tim) Yon of Belleville; Bobby (Kathleen) Crawford of Hartford, Connecticut; Louis  (Sherry) Crawford, Todd (Natalie) Crawford and Eric (Kim) Crawford, all of Belleville. Floyd is lovingly remembered by 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by sisters, Joan (Bruce) Bullock of Kitchener, Carol (Joseph) Santa Guida of Bramalea and sister-in-law Pauline Crawford. Predeceased by brothers Jack and Frank Crawford.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273). The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on both Monday and Tuesday, November 13th and 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 296 Church Street, on Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow, with burial of cremated remains at St. James Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, Memorial Donations to The Floyd and Pauline Crawford Benevolent Fund would be appreciated by the family. This fund is focused on helping children and supporting them in sports.

The Crawford family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the Belmont Long Term Care Facility for their exemplary efforts, compassion and professionalism in the care of their father.

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PETERSON, Blair Robert of Kingston, Ontario

Posted by on November 3, 2017

PETERSON, Blair Robert

Entered into rest at the Providence Care Hospital in Kingston on Tuesday October 31st, 2017. Blair Peterson of Kingston aged 63 years. Beloved son of Irene (Brown) and the late Bruce Peterson of Rockport. Loving brother of Clifford Peterson (Brenda) of Oshawa and Warren Peterson (Diane) of Sault Ste. Marie; and uncle of Carol-Ann, Marc, Matthew and Eric Peterson.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date. In memory of Blair, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince St., Lansdowne. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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SWETLISHNOFF, Jack of Petrolia and Sarnia

Posted by on October 27, 2017

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

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FAST: Jeffrey Allan of Foxboro

Posted by on October 10, 2017

FAST, Jeffrey Allan ~ of Foxboro, entered into rest at Quinte Healthcare, Trenton Memorial Hospital on Monday October 9th, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Dear son of the late Peter & Olive Fast (nee Weir). Beloved husband of Janice Denise Fast (nee Funk). Cherished father of Joel Allan Fast of Belleville, Aron Nathanael Fast of Waterloo, Naomi Elizabeth Fast of Kingston and Lucas Daniel Fast of Foxboro. Dear brother of Lorna Fast of Orillia, Jonathan Fast (Kathy) of St. Catharine’s and Lisa Florschutz of Midland. Jeffrey will be missed by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; Faith Peters (Peter) of Winnipeg, Phyllis Schmidt (LeRoy) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Cyndy Willms (Phil) of Watrous, Saskatchewan and Gilmour Funk (Hannah) of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Friday evening October 13th, from 6:30 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Quinte Alliance Church, 373 Bridge Street West, Belleville on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Allan Langlois officiating. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Corbyville.

If desired, donations to the Huntington Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”

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DOWNEY, Isabella Jean

Posted by on October 8, 2017

Isabella Jean Downey(nee Robertson)

May 24, 1927 – October 6, 2017

Passed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie. Loving wife of the late Jack Downey (1951 – 1999) and the late Roy Downey (2006 – 2012). Dear mother of Rosanne (Wendell) White, Heather (Jerry) Smeding, Ross (Donna) Downey & Trish (Rob) Campbell. She will always be cherished by her eight grandchildren, Katie (Chris) Hammell & Trevor White; Tyler (Maureen) Smeding & Rachel Smeding; Jeff & Ryan Downey (Victoria); Scott (Michelle) Campbell & Laura Jean Campbell; and by her great grandchildren, Isabel (Izzy) & Mckenna Hammell, Jack Smeding & Rafe Campbell. Isabel will be remembered by her brother Bill (Roberta) Robertson & sisters Edith (Jack) Bell & Anne (Larry) Jones. Predeceased by brothers Don (Faye) & Ed (Shirley) Robertson. She will also be remembered by her sister-in-law Mary Downey, her many nieces & nephews, & Roy’s family (‘The Alliston Downeys’).  Friends will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie (just north of Cundles Rd.) on Monday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 11 o’clock Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 Interment Minesing Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to Minesing Union Cemetery or Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through

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CRANKER, Stephen Gerald of Lansdowne, Ontario

Posted by on September 18, 2017

CRANKER, Stephen Gerald

We are saddened and heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather Stephen Gerald Cranker on September16th, 2017 at Kingston General Hospital.

Lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend Pat (Goff) Cranker, and his children Paul Cranker (Kim) of Lansdowne and Laura Vanderscheer (Tony) of Richmond, Virginia. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kyle and Shawn Cranker, and Hunter and Emma Vanderscheer. Dear brother of Anne Betts (Gary) of Gananoque and brother in law of Dale Neal (Randy), Stephen Goff (Jenny Lou) and Stewart Goff. Son of the late Gerald and Doreen (Burtch) Cranker. Also missed by many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince Street Lansdowne on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday September 21st, 2017 at 12 noon. In memory of Steve, donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation – Dialysis Unit at KGH, would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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FELL, Dr. Robert Allen of Kingston and formerly of Lansdowne, Ontario

Posted by on September 8, 2017

FELL, Dr. Robert Allen

RCAF WWII, afterwards joining

RC Dental Corps, retiring as Lt. Col.

Peacefully entered into rest at the Kingston General Hospital on Saturday September 2nd, 2017.  Robert Fell of Kingston and formerly of Lansdowne age 96 years. Beloved husband of 72 years to Marjory “Jean” (Hambleton) Fell. Loving father of Jeffrey Fell (Deborah) of Verona, Robin Ballou (William) of Oregon, Anthony Fell (Nelli) of Georgia, Barnaby Fell of BC and the late Tamar Fell. Cherished grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren Dear brother of Shirley Edginton (George) and the late Walter and William Fell and Mary Higgins. Also survived by sister-in-law Beverley Horne; and several nieces and nephews. Dear son of the late Roy and Blanche (Allen) Fell.


As requested there will be no visitation or service. In memory of Robert, donations to the Salvation Army would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince Street Lansdowne entrusted with the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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HILLER: Hannelore “Hannah” Berta of Belleville

Posted by on September 5, 2017



HILLER, Hannelore “Hannah” Berta – of Belleville and formerly of Melrose, passed away at QHC-Belleville General Hospital on Friday, September 1st 2017, in her 82nd year. Daughter of the late Erich and Eleonore Groeschel.  Beloved wife of the late Herbert Hiller. Loving mother of Georg (Jennifer), of Arnprior; Thomas (Danielle) of Belleville; Stephan (Darlene) of Kingston; and Erick (Francois), of Belleville. Proud grandmother of Lisa (Curtis), Mark (Leanne), Melinda, Kristopher (Arina), Ashley (Douglas) and Alexander (Mikaela). Loving Great-grandmother of Russell, Rachel, Rosalie, Abigail, Allison, Hailey, Aden and Dominc. Hannelore is also survived by her sister, Brigitte (Werner) Koldczezik of Germany.  She is predeceased by her brothers, Reinhard and Dieter and by her sisters, Erika and Heidi.  Hannelore is fondly remembered by nieces, nephews and extended family.

Friends are invited to call at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613 968-2273). on Monday, September 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church at Marysville on Tuesday, September 12th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.

Memorial Donations to the Quinte Humane Society or to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre would be appreciated.

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KYES, Walter Edward of Lansdowne, Ontario

Posted by on September 4, 2017

KYES, Walter Edward

Peacefully entered into rest with family by his side at his home on Saturday September 2nd, 2017.  Walter Kyes of Lansdowne age 85 years. Beloved husband for 60 years of Dorothy (Dobma) Kyes. Loving father of George and Jack Kyes of Lansdowne and John Kyes (Bev) of Coleman, AB; and the late David Kyes, Judy Thibedeau, Bruce Kyes and another son in infancy. Cherished grandfather of Lisa Thibedeau, Russ Thibedeau (Nathalie), David Kyes and great granddaughter Ellie. Dear brother of Betty Murray and Bob Kyes (Debby); brother-in-law of Jo Moulton (Marvin), Margaret Dobma and Jim Murchie; and father-in-law of Carol Gibson and Russ Thibedeau.  Also predeceased by his parents Myron and Leah (Thompson) Kyes and step mother Edith Kyes.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince Street Lansdowne on Wednesday September 6th, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment Gananoque Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Walter, donations to the St. Lawrence District Medical Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

George “Duke” Harris
February 25, 1942 – August 2, 2017

It is with a broken heart we announce, after a courageous battle recovering from heart surgery,
Duke lost his fight. Duke is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Harris, daughter Kimberly Drury and son-in-law Brad Drury. He was the best ‘Pazzy’ to his pride and joy to his grandchildren Lauren Drury (Brad Hodgson) and Aaron Drury and his special great- grandson Hunter Hodgson. Duke was predeceased by parents George and Elsie Harris, in-laws Lee and Fred Martin, brothers Bill and Bob Maughan and son Bob Harris (March 2005). Having been born in his parent’s home on Alfred Street, Duke was proud of his Point Edward lineage. Duke played Junior Hockey first in Sarnia for the Sarnia Legionnaires where they won the Junior B Championship, then in St. Catherine’s with the Tee Pees winning a Memorial Cup Championship and went on to have a career in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and World Hockey Association, highlighted by two championships; the first in Vancouver with the Canucks, and the second in Rochester with the Americans. Following Duke’s retirement from hockey he was fortunate to join Sarnia Cranes, where he spent 25 years as a crane operator. Duke retired in 2005 to become a full time cab-driver for his grandchildren. ‘Pazzy’ never failed to answer the call for a ride, an errand, or whatever Lauren and Aaron needed. Duke loved his vacations in Florida with the “Point Gang” and not too many days went by without a drive to the St. Clair River to make sure the water was flowing in the right direction! Hey Buds, we will miss your quick wit and old storytelling. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre “Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit”, Canadian Mental Health Association or Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

“A special thank-you to the entire staff of Cardiac Care ICU at the University Hospital in London,
especially Dr. Mary Lee Myers. The entire team offered excellent care to Duker and the rest of
our family.”


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FLETCHER: Betty of Deep Brook, Nova Scotia Formerly of Brockville, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2017


Betty Isabel (nee Miller) Fletcher was born on September 1, 1921, in Brockville, Ontario, to Frank Archer and Rena (nee Dowell) Miller. She was their only child. Betty stayed in Brockville until 1945. Through her volunteer involvement with the Canadian Army’s officer training camp in Brockville, she met her husband, Newton Herndon Fletcher, who had traveled up from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, to join the Canadian forces during World War II. They were married in February 1943.
After the war, they moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where Herndon, or Fletch as he was popularly known, attended Harvard Law School while Betty was employed in clerical positions. Eventually they moved to New York and settled in Westchester County. While Fletch worked as a corporate lawyer for Uniroyal in Manhattan, Betty continued to work in clerical and editorial capacities. In 1956, their one and only child, Diana Gail, was born. As a family, they attended the Presbyterian Church in Irvington, New York.
Subsequently, they lived in Southbury, Connecticut; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Athens, Ontario, Canada; Sarasota, Florida. They both loved golf and curling. Betty adored playing bridge. And they treasured their numerous overseas trips. Betty liked having a couple of pets most of her life, especially their English bulldog, Cromwell.
After Fletch passed away in May 2000, Betty lived alone in Sarasota, Florida, until she moved back to Canada to be with Diana and her husband, Ian, in 2014. She ended her life on June 27, 2017, in the country in which she began it, having enjoyed a varied, active and edifying life.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Diana Gail Fletcher-deZeeuw, and son-in-law, Ian Arie de Zeeuw, of Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, as well as second and third cousins in Eastern Ontario.

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PLEITER: Thelma of Kingston and formerly of London

Posted by on July 15, 2017

Pleiter (Andison), Thelma….

Peacefully at her Kingston nursing home on Tuesday, July 11, Thelma Pleiter in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her beloved husband Derk Pleiter in 2011. Dear mother of Michael Pleiter of Calgary; Shelley Pleiter and her husband Carl Kovach of Kingston; and Philip Pleiter of Gatineau, Quebec. Beloved by her grandchildren Raeanne Pleiter (Rick Hoare) and Jessica (Jonathan) Beentjes of Ottawa and great-grandchildren Theodore and Jade Beentjes and Ramona Hoare. Dear sister of Ruby Dilts and Isabelle Channer and a dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters: Gertie Agar, Alice Wilkinson, Helen Smith, Irene Greason, Marjorie Taliana, Verna Thornton, Ruth Dutton, Margaret Thornton; and brothers: Willy, Clint, Ken. Thelma was a registered nurse (Victoria Hospital, Class of 1948), working first in London and later in Ottawa. She had a deeply felt social conscience, and was a dedicated volunteer at numerous non-profit organizations, notably the Ottawa and London Distress Centres, and an active member in several United Church congregations. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2-4pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will be conducted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11am at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Avenue, London. Internment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Donations may be made to the Gibson Family Health Care Charitable Foundation, 343 Amherst Road, Amherstview, ON K7N1X3. Online condolences,memories and photographs shared at

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RISK, Gabriella Stephani

Posted by on July 14, 2017

Loving wife and mother, amazing grandmother, and great friend, Gabriella (Gay) Risk passed away on July 13, 2017 in Toronto.  Born in Toronto to Anastasia (Geracimo) and Nicholas Speal, Gay grew up in Kingston with her three younger siblings Deena (Albrecht), Maria and George.  She was a good student and a protective older sister who also worked at the family restaurant.  In 1943, she graduated from Queen’s with a BCom and embarked on a career that took her to Ottawa, New York and eventually, Montreal.  There, she met and married her husband, Bud (Allan) Risk, and raised their daughter, Stephani.  Ever supportive of them both, she was proud of their accomplishments.  Friends would always find her up for a competitive game of bridge, a round of golf with the Whiff & Putts, or a friendly curling bonspiel.  Gay will be remembered lovingly for her energy, tenacity and sense of humour — she spoke her mind and did things her way right until the end!  She will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephani and David Kingsmill, her grandchildren James and Elizabeth, her nieces, nephews and cousins, and her many friends in Kingston, Montreal and Cobourg. Thanks to Jovieh, as well as Dr. Rubenzahl, Leslie and the staff at Humber River Hospital for caring for mum in her final weeks. Visitation will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home in Cobourg on Wednesday, July 19 at 1pm, followed by a service at 2pm and a reception.  Interment at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal will follow at a later date []. In memory of Gay, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.


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BENN: Robert (Bob) Norman of Selby and formerly of

Posted by on July 10, 2017

Benn, Robert (Bob) Norman – peacefully at the Village Green Nursing Home in Selby, on Friday July 7th, 2017, in his 79th year.  Son of the late Norman and Jane Benn. Beloved husband of 54 years to Patricia (Pat) Benn. Dear father of Kim Benn of Belleville, Mike (Tracy) of Elginburg and Julie (Scott) Lafferty of Hillier. Remembered by grandchildren Mack, Jake, Leah and Caleb. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters.

Memorial service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) Belleville on Friday July 14th, 2017 at 12.00 noon, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Following the service a reception will be held at the Steele Family Centre.

If desired, memorial donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation would be appreciated.

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MORTON, Richard “Rick” Allen of Lansdowne, Ontario

Posted by on July 8, 2017

MORTON, Richard “Rick” Allen

Tragically as the result of a traffic accident on Thursday July 6th, 2017. Rick Morton of Lansdowne aged 36 years. Beloved son of Richard and Cheryl (Vandusen) Morton and loving brother of Ryan and Brandy Morton all of Lansdowne. He will also be missed by many friends and extended family.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince St., Lansdowne on Thursday July 13th, 2017 from noon until the time of the Funeral Liturgy which will be held in the Chapel at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Rick donations to Ducks Unlimited will be gratefully acknowledged to the family. Messages of condolence may be sent on line at   

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HARDY, Ralph of Sarnia

HARDY, RALPH – It is with profound sorrow and sadness, the family of Ralph Lynnsay Hardy, age 83, announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, June, 18, 2017. He was best friend and partner for over 65 years with Daintry Adele McPhedran and loving father of Bruce Lynn Hardy (Georgina), Lonnie Lee Ostroski (Jack) and Scott Lyndsay Hardy (Annie), dear grandfather of Diego, Lindsey, Brent, Kendra, Kerri, Nicolas and Patrick, dear great-grand of Matias, Quinton, Isadora, Rowan, Shealon, Monroe, Mirren, Kennedy, Reese, Connor, Chloe and brother of Doris LeNeve (Jim) and Penny Viselka. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Thomas, Bruce, Bud (Allan) and his sister Mary Tobin. Ralph served with the 3rd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery for over 25 years and was a teacher at the School of Artillery. After retiring from the military he worked at Polysar as their Chief of Security for 13 years. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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ROCHER, Roberta of Listowel

Posted by on June 14, 2017


Roberta Rocher – passed away peacefully at her residence in Caressant Care Nursing Home, Listowel on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at the age of 89.

Beloved wife of the late Calvin Rocher who predeceased her in 1992.  Step-mother of Barb Argue, and Ross and Nora Rocher.  Step-grandmother of Scott, Catherine and their families.  Dear sister of Elma Cooke.  Fondly remembered by Lenore Moser and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Henry and Ellen (Woods) Dale, sister Catherine and brother Carl.

In keeping with Roberta’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.  A graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Listowel on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to The Salvation Army or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382)

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