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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FRASER: Ronald of Exeter and formerly of Oshawa

Posted by on September 25, 2017

Peacefully at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Sunday, September 24, 2017 of Exeter and formerly of Oshawa in his 83rd year.  Beloved brother and brother-in-law of Ethel Young and Bruce Pollock of Mount Albert.  Dear uncle of Darlene Watson and family of Brantford.  Fondly remembered by Myrna Holly and his step-children Raymond Paterson, Jackie Postill, and Randy Paterson.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 27th at 11 AM.  Interment Exeter Cemetery.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the South Huron Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com

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HIRDES: Cornelis of Grand Bend

Posted by on September 12, 2017

Born in Krabbendijke, Zeeland, the Netherlands on November 24, 1929.

At South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Friday, September 8, 2017 of Grand Bend in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Anna (van Loon).

Dear son of the late Anthonie Hirdes and Sanna (nee Suzanne de Waal) Hirdes. Beloved husband of the late Anna (van Loon). Dear father and father-in-law of Tony Hirdes and partner Anne-Marie Bergeron of Stratford, Case and Lily Hirdes of Peterborough, John and Bonnie Hirdes of Elora and daughter-in-law Debbie Hirdes of Stratford. Dear grandfather of Heather and Mike, Beth and Rob, and Janel; Sarah, Shaun and Brooke, Adam and Kristina, and Samantha; and Daniel; and great-grandfather of Tess, Cole, Theo, Ethan, Sidney, Adrian, Ashton, Aden, Kian, Ryker, and Duke.  Dear brother of Miep Visker of Sommelsdyk, the Netherlands. Predeceased by brother Adriaan Hirdes.

Family acknowledgement of sponsorship to Canada in 1966 by Bertrand Grenier, of Saint-Georges de Beauce (Quebec).

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, (1 street west of Main) Exeter on Tuesday from 5-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Exeter Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West, Exeter on Wednesday, September 13th at 1 PM with Pastor Kevin teBrake officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a lunch held at the church, followed by interment at Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend.

Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada-London Chapter would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Bailey, Robert of Kitchener, formerly of England, age 50

Posted by on September 8, 2017

BAILEY: Unexpectedly, as the result of a motor vehicle accident, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Robert Bailey of Kitchener, formerly of England, age 50. Much loved son of Shirley and the late Peter Bailey from England. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Richard and Jenny Bailey from England.  Rob will be remembered by his dearest and closest friends Russell Timms and Adam Tennent both from England and the Kitchener-Waterloo music community of whom he was a much loved and valued member.  At the family’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday September 17th, 2-4pm at The Duke of Wellington bar in Waterloo, Ontario.  Rob was a creative director, professional freelance photographer and was an accomplished musician.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of your choice or the KW Humane Society https://kwhumane.com/donate/ would be appreciated by his friends and family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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LOCKREY: Bob of Sarnia

Posted by on September 6, 2017

LOCKREY, HOWARD – At Sumac Lodge on Monday, September 4, 2017, Howard “Bob” Lockrey, age 79 of Sarnia peacefully passed away. He was the dear husband of Elaine Lockrey and loving father of Robert Lockrey, Susan Dufoe, Donna Dufoe, Teddy Lockrey, Melita Lockrey and grandfather of Kaitlyn Dufoe, Alisha and Kayla Smith. He is survived by his sister Barb Harris. He was predeceased by his parents Bessie and Howard, brothers Bill and Stan, his sisters Shirley and Ilda. Private cremation services have taken place. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. 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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Jason Joseph Hunt : age 40 of Sarnia

Posted by on September 3, 2017

HUNT, JASON – It is with sadness we announce the death of Jason Joseph Hunt, age 40 of Sarnia. Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, September 8, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. 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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KIEFFER, Berdella Corinne (née Durrer) of Belmore

Posted by on August 30, 2017

Berdella Corinne Kieffer

February 23, 1924 to August 29, 2017

Mom passed away on Tuesday, August 29, with the grace and dignity she has shown all of her life. She was so happy knowing that her five children were surrounding her with love. We know that our dad, George Michael Kieffer, has been waiting for her to join him for almost twenty years, since November, 1997.  And ready to hold her hand since February, 2014 is her grandson, Jordan Ross Strickland.

She is so cherished by her children: Kevin Kieffer and Brenda Leahy, Janice and Paul Strickland, JoAnn and John Kennedy, Marilyn Kieffer and Wayne Evans, and Allan Kieffer. She was so proud of each of her grand and great grandchildren:  Kellen and Rachel, Liam and Ben Kieffer: Leah, Dave and Lila Allen; Colleen and Phil Kerneghan; Daniel Strickland; Michael and Patrick Kennedy; Matt and Jake Evans.

She will be missed by her sister Marjorie Schmalz, sisters- in-law Margaret Durrer, Kay Durrer and Virginia Kieffer, brother-in-law Don Fortune, and many nieces and nephews.

Mom married George Michael Kieffer on June 9, 1949. Together they worked alongside each other in their dairy operation, while raising five children. Although mom and dad did not have the same opportunities, for their children they encouraged, supported and instilled the life-long values of family and friendship, education, music, sports, work, travel, and giving back to your community. Mom exemplified this through her leadership in the CWL, Belmore Seniors Group, 4-H Homemaking, Belmore Curling Club, Director of Teeswater Fair, Belmore Women’s Institute, and the Belmore Happy Group.

After dad passed away, mom moved to the Bellehaven Apartments in Belmore.

She couldn’t have had a better place to thrive for the last twenty years. There was always someone knocking at her door to play cards, quilt, share Monday morning coffee, watch some curling or a ball game, go for a walk, out for lunch, a play or concert, or just sit on the front porch and chat. She had frequent visits from many neighbours and friends of all ages who loved to spend time with mom, which was especially important to her when it became more difficult for her to participate.  Mom and all of us knew we had several special people to call to check in on her, and that she was safe. We are so grateful for mom’s full life and would all aspire to be so fortunate.  We are especially thankful for Dr. Marie Gear, mom’s family doctor for over 30 years who shared our wish and supported us to keep mom in her own apartment.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Friday, September 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Teeswater on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Father Keith Morrison as celebrant.

Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, followed by a celebration of Mom’s life at the Belmore Community Centre from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Mom loved flowers, but we also know that she would really appreciate instead if donations were made to Jordan Strickland Family Endowment at the YMCA of Western Ontario, Wingham and District Hospital Foundation, Belmore Chamber of Commerce or Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, Teeswater.

Our loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.

 

 

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McLAUGHLIN, Lloyd

Posted by on August 25, 2017

Lloyd McLaughlin – formerly of Listowel, passed away peacefully at Huronlea Home for the Aged, Brussels on Wednesday August 23, 2017 at the age of 87. Lloyd enjoyed spending time with his family at the cottage and fixing old cars.

Beloved husband of Marg (Bell) McLaughlin with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage on August 9th.  Loving father of Ron and Lois and Randy and Wendy. Special grandpa of Trisha and Clint, Curtis and Sandi, Ryan, Becky, and Drew.  Poppa of Reed, Jesa, Jaxon, Camdyn, Destiny, Madison, Parker and Violet.  Brother of Harold McLaughlin. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Edith (Moore) McLaughlin, granddaughter Rhonda Lee in infancy, sister Elva Michel, brother-in-law Clair Michel and sister-in-law Jean McLaughlin.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Friday August 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Lloyd’s life will be held at Calvary United Church, Listowel on Saturday August 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 to 10:45.  Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating. Cremation to follow with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Calvary United Church or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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LONGMIRE, Leslie James “Les” of Teeswater

Posted by on August 21, 2017

Leslie James “Les” Longmire of Teeswater, passed away suddenly at Wingham & District Hospital on Saturday, August 19th, 2017, at the age of 59.

Beloved husband of Rosemarie “Rose” Longmire (née Nielissen).

Loving father of Penny Nielissen (Mike Walsh) of London, Jennifer Nielissen (Tim Canning) of Walkerton, James Nielissen of Hanover and Robynn Longmire (Dave Carroll) of Teeswater.

Missed by his grandchildren, Arianna, Cooper, Brandon, Taylor, Essence, Eliyzhaa, Gabby and Rosie.

Dear brother of Donna Schell (Ivan) of Alberta, George Longmire of Pinkerton, Dave Longmire (Linda Dietrich) of Pinkerton, Bonnie Longmire (Tim Preston) of Glammis and Nancy Dales (Tim) of Walkerton.

Fondly remembered by family friends, Tammy Weppler and Kelly Verdonk both of Walkerton, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and members of the Nielissen family.

Predeceased by his parents George and Clara (née Steinhagen) Longmire, brother Tom Longmire and infant sister Patricia Longmire.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service celebrating Les’ life at 2:30 p.m., with Ann Maycock officiating.

Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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SEGEDIN: Betty Ann, of Rodney

Posted by on August 19, 2017

Betty Ann Segedin passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 with her loving family by her side, she will be dearly missed. Betty was a cherished member of her family and is survived by her husband Larry Kitzman, son Richard Van Der Gulik (Sharon), daughter Brenda Gowing (Jim), daughter Tracy Jarosz (Tim Karges), stepson Larry Kitzman (Joanne) and stepdaughter Leanne Kitzman-Dyol (Gerry). Betty is the proud grandmother of Beth-Ann (Tom), Mathew, Tish (Tyler), Linsey (Mark), Tia, Jewel, Glory, Chantal, Justin, Kyle, Marinia and the great-grandmother of twelve children. Betty is survived by mother-in-law Glory Kitzman and her sister-in-law Theresa Segedin and predeceased by her parents John and Theresa Segedin and her siblings John (Theresa), Rosie (Karl), Eva (John), Jake (Shirley), Helen (Henry), Annie, Barb and Karl. On August 14, 2017, as Betty passed, a new life began. Betty’s grand-daughter Tish gave birth to a healthy baby girl Taya, Betty’s 12th great-grandchild. Taya Anne Betty Cote was born at 9:45 p.m. on August 14, 2017. Miracles really do happen. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the London Heath Science (University Hospital) Cardiac care for their kindness and respectful care provided to Betty while she was in the hospital. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on August 27, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the upstairs hall of the Preston’s Royal Canadian Legion, 334 Westminster Drive North, Cambridge. Please join the family to celebrate the life of a special lady.  DENNING’S OF RODNEY (519-785-0810) entrusted with arrangements.

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MacKENZIE, Dorothy Isabel (née Graham) of Listowel and formerly of Culross Township

Posted by on August 17, 2017

Dorothy Isabel MacKenzie (née Graham) of Listowel and formerly of Culross Township, passed away peacefully at home, with family by her side on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 in her 99th year.

Beloved wife of the late Brock MacKenzie (1957).

Dear mother of John MacKenzie (Carol) of Kitchener, Dorla Cassidy (Graeme) of Teeswater, Rennae Taylor (Malcolm) of Auckland, New Zealand, Allan MacKenzie (Heather) of Windsor and Mary Kay MacKenzie of Listowel.

Missed by her 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was the last surviving member of her family being predeceased by her parents Angus and Betsy (née McMurchy) Graham, brothers Rennie Graham and Allan Graham (Elsie) and sisters, Margaret McInnes (Gordon), Mary Snowe (James), Anna Robinson (Hawkes) and Jean Lowndes (John).

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A private family service to celebrate Dorothy’s life will be held at the funeral home on Sunday.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Teen Challenge or Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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BRINDLEY, Pearl Irene (née Miller) of Riversdale

Posted by on August 16, 2017

Pearl Irene Brindley (née Miller) of Riversdale, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, in her 89th year.

Beloved wife of the late Gerald Brindley who predeceased her in 1993.

Dear mother of Clifford Brindley (Mary) of Culross Township, John Brindley (Lorrie) of Hanover, Bonnie Cole (David) of California, Patricia Johnson of Walkerton and Sherry Caldwell (Roger) of Bruce Township.

Missed by daughter-in-law Kathryn Brindley of Kinloss, 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Fondly remembered by her sister Marie Sherran (James), brother Tom Miller (Marj) all of Woodstock, sisters-in-law Largret McInnes of Kincardine and Donelda Miller of Walkerton and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her son Charles Brindley (1998), son-in-law James Johnson (2001), parents James and Beatrice (née Potter) Miller, 8 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 siblings in infancy.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service to celebrate Pearl’s life will be held on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Ann Maycock officiating.

Interment Durham Road Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce, Salem Hall or Salem United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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CLARKE, Harvey of Atwood

Posted by on August 15, 2017

Harvey Clarke – of Atwood passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Monday August 14, 2017 at the age of 83. Harvey was a former 4H leader and square dance caller.  He enjoyed coaching hockey and square dancing.

Beloved husband of Marg (Conley) Clarke whom he married in 1958.  Loving father of Shirley and Alan Baker and their children Thomas (Nicole), Sara (Brian), Emily (Cody), and Isaac (Tasha); Murray and Sharon Clarke and their children Torie (Derek), Alanis (Ryan) and Austin; Brian Clarke and Jackie Birk; Tracy Courtney and her children Jillian (Graeme), Scott (Jess) and Tina; Paul and Tanya Clarke and their children Travis, Matthew and Samuel.  Special Great Gramps of Bexlie.  Brother of Vivien Laidlaw, Cecil Clarke (Barb), Ruth Kirkpatrick, Linda Clark.  Fondly remembered by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wilma and Doug Rathwell, Doug and Virginia Conley, many nieces and nephews and Dave Courtney.

Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Hazel (Raynard) Clarke, brothers-in-law Ken Laidlaw and Russell Kirkpatrick and sister-in-law Louise Clarke.

There will be no visitation.  The funeral service to celebrate Harvey’s life will be held at the Elma Memorial Community Centre on Thursday August 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Colin Snyder officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) http://www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca/

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BEAUCHAMP: Scott of Toronto

Posted by on August 8, 2017

BEAUCHAMP, Scott M. …
Unexpectedly at home, on Friday, July 28, 2017, Scott Beauchamp passed away at the age of 50. Beloved son of Diane and the late Robert (1983). Dear brother of David (Christine) and Susan Beauchamp (Paul Stevens). Uncle of Michael, Daniel and the late Simone Beauchamp. Scott graduated at the top of his class from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science – Computer Engineering in 1990. Scott went on to successfully develop his own computer software company. Friends are welcomed to celebrate Scott’s life on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2-4 pm at the A. Millard George Reception Centre, 60 Ridout Street South, London. In lieu of flowers donation’s in Scott’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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DAMEN: Jacob Matthew of Strathroy

Posted by on August 7, 2017

Suddenly at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017. Jacob Matthew Damen of Strathroy was taken by an aggressive bacterial infection after a courageous and hard fought 12 hour battle, at the age of 35. Jacob is the loving husband of Carolyn (nee Kettlewell) and doting, adoring father of Lucas and Nolan. Jacob is survived by his parents Jerry and Kim Damen of Strathroy, twin brother Tyler Damen (Annie Harlow) of Strathroy and sister Julia of Strathroy. Jacob will also be missed by his father-in-law Stuart Kettlewell (Holly McCall) and mother-in-law Janice Prohaszka, both of Strathroy. Special Uncle to Ian, Colin and Archer and all the other special little ones in his life. Jacob will also be remembered by his sister-in-law Laura (Kevin) McGaw and brother-in-law Murray Kettlewell (Natasha England). Jacob will be remembered with love by his Nana, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins and a multitude of friends from Strathroy, the University of Waterloo, from his career at Toyota and Henry and all of the others whose hearts he touched along the way. Jacob leaves a legacy of best friends from throughout his life.

Visitation for Jacob will be held on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00pm and from 6:00 – 9:00pm at Denning’s of Strathroy. A Funeral Service will take place at the Strathroy United Church on Thursday, August 10th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to an education fund for Lucas and Nolan which can be made at the Funeral Home, if desired. Please share a memory online for Lucas and Nolan to help them always remember who their Daddy was at www.denning.ca .

Jacob’s greatest loves were his family and friends.

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GARINTHER, Ronald “Ron” Charles George of Grand Bend, formerly of London and Montreal, age 77

Posted by on August 4, 2017

GARINTHER;  Unexpectedly but peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, on Friday, July 28, 2017, Ronald “Ron” Charles George Garinther of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of London and Montreal, age 77.  Beloved husband of Maureen Florence (Heaney) Garinther.  Loved father and father-in-law of Wendy and Steve Decker of Orleans, Glenn Garinther of London, Kimberley and Keith Detweiler of Drayton, Kathleen and Stuart Cheesmond of Kitchener.  Cherished Papa of Hannah, Chloe, Sydney, Halle, Calvin, Aidan, Carter and Quinn.  Remembered by his niece Laura, nephews Stephen and Michael and their families.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  with Alhambra Prayers being offered at 2 p.m., Parish and Family Prayers at 6 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Prayers at 7:45 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Grand Bend on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Eulogies being read at 10:45 a.m.  The Rev. Fr. Tony Laforet Celebrant.  Interment Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  Ron was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1977.  He served with the Knights of Columbus Council #8961 – Parkhill, was Past Grand Knight, Past District Deputy and presently Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree in Lucan, Bishop P. F. Crinnon Assembly # 2511.  He was also a member of the International Order of the Alhambra, Grand Bend.  Ron was an educator at Catholic Central High School and St. Thomas Aquinas in London and started his career as a Chemistry Teacher in Montreal.  If desired memorial donations (payable by cheque) to “Blessings” Foodbank, Zurich or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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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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Allen; George Joseph of Flesherton

Posted by on August 3, 2017

George of Flesherton resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesheton

Allen; George Joseph

Peacefully, surrounded by his family, George passed at home in Flesherton on Monday, July 31, 2017 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of over 66 years to Olive(nee Taylor). Loving father of David(Kathryn Blundon) of Newfoundland, Paul(Wilda) of Flesherton, Lyn Allen(Chris Kastein) of Dundalk and the late Leslie Allen. Loved and remembered as grandpa to Kris(Jill), Jessica, Aimee(Jeff) McEachern, Lauretta, Danielle(JP) Smits, Natalie(Isaac) Pascucci, Justin and Bailey Trudgeon. Fondly remembered by his great grandchildren Killian, Elijah, Madeline, Rachael, Josh, Josiah, Liam, Gabrielle and Sophia. Dear brother of Jack(Joyce) Allen of England. George will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

George was born in London, England on February 5, 1932 to John and Rose Allen. He met the love of his life and they married there in 1950. They, along with the two boys, moved to Canada in 1959 and expanded their family. George discovered he had a knack for talking and turned that into a very successful career in sales.  George received an award as the top insurance salesman in North America for Prudential Insurance Company.  He was a dynamic salesman for Mascot Truck Parts and in his retirement George was able to use his sales and people skills and turn it into a successful antique business called Cobwebs Antiques in Flesherton.

The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton, on Friday from 7-9pm. Memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11am from the funeral home chapel. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Flesherton Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Grey Bruce Health Services Foundation Cancer Care Unit would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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LEEPER, Lorrie of Sarnia

LEEPER, LORRAINE – M. L. Lorraine “Lorrie” Leeper, nee Countryman passed away peacefully on July 18, 2017 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. She was the beloved wife for over 70 years of Leonard Bruce and loving and proud mother of Karen (Tom Erskine), Michael (Peggy) and Judy (Bill Chumko), cherished grandmother of Darren Schram, Lindsay Schram (Brett Frew), Chris Chumko (Jacqueline) Marnie Chumko (Peter King) and Bryan Chumko (Sandra) and loving great grandmother to 9 little ones. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her daughter Monica, her parents and all siblings except her youngest sister Gail Hofmans of Chatham. Lorrie was a lifelong member of Dunlop United Church. As per Lorrie’s wishes there will be no funeral. A private family interment has been held. Memorial donations may be made to The Brain Tumour Foundation or Bluewater Health Foundation-Palliative Care. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Online condolences and donations may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

The Family would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr.  D. Kim, Dr. Sharma and the staff of the E.R, Medicine and Palliative care unit at Blue Water Health for their compassionate and professional care given during the last three months.”

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Pullen: Carl Leslie “Snuffy” of Sarnia

PULLEN, CARL “Snuffy”- It is with great sadness that the family announces that “Snuffy” passed away on July 8th, 2017 just 12 days shy of his 74th birthday. Beloved brother of Bill and his wife Carol and Julie White and her husband Mike. Loving uncle to Donna, Doug, Michelle, Melissa, Lori, Cathie and Randy. Fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Sandy Pullen and children Allan and Shelley. Predeceased by his parents Ray and Grace and brothers Larry and Neil. Remembered by his Brothers at Local 663. Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Snuffy’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family interment will be held at a later date.  Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Sarnia Chapter, Canadian Cancer Society (556 Christina Street N. 2nd Floor, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). 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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MAY, Judith Ann (Hawkins) of Grand Bend formerly of Kitchener, age 68

Posted by on June 29, 2017

MAY:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Sunday, June 25, 2017, Judith Ann (Hawkins) May, of Grand Bend, formerly of Kitchener, age 68.  Beloved wife of David R. May.  Loved mother of Christopher May of Mississauga.  Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elizabeth Hartman of Toronto, William and Cathy Hawkins of Stratford, Anne and Ian McLeod, James May and Anita Acheson all of Whitby, Stephen and Lynn May of Courtice.  Loved daughter of the late Joseph Charles Hawkins and June Margaret (MacKenzie) Hawkins of Milverton.  Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families.  At Judy’s request, cremation has taken place.  Visitation will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Grand Bend on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11 a.m.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Stratford Perth Humane Society (https://kwhumane.thankyou4caring.org/pages/make-a-gift-to-the-sphs) or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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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 www.djrobb.on.ca

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DONAIS, Armand of Petrolia, age 87

Posted by on June 21, 2017

DONAIS; Armand – A resident of Petrolia, and formerly of Edys Mills, ARMAND DONAIS passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Born in Tilbury East Township, Armand was the son of the late Alfred and Helen (Goodreau) Donais.  Beloved husband of Marie (nee St. Denis).  Loving father of Roger (Alison) Donais of Cambridge, Anna Marie Donais of Petrolia, Rachelle (Leo) Denys of Pain Court, Ronald (Jackie) Donais of Petrolia and Len (Doris) Donais of Windsor.  Armand was the grandfather of Grant, Samantha, Michelle, Rory, Kevan, Curtis, Sara and Julia, and the great-grandfather of 12.  Beloved brother of Beatrice St. Denis, the late Lorraine Marchand (2014), Pauline Blain, Bertha Thibeault, the late Wilfred Donais (1996), Madeline Blain, Maurice Donais, Donald Donais, Rose Van Veen, the late Lorette Jackson (2016), Margaret Rivait and Florence Van Veen.  Armand will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Visitors will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm on Sunday at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia.   Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Philips Parish, King St., Petrolia on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice (www.stjosephshospice.ca), the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca), or a charity of your choice.  Memories and condolences may be shared on-line www.needhamjay.com.

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ROCHER, Roberta of Listowel

Posted by on June 14, 2017

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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) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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DENOMME, Bernard “Bernie” A. of Exeter age74

Posted by on June 12, 2017

DENOMME: Peacefully, with the love of his family surrounding him, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Bernard “Bernie” Anthony Denomme, of Exeter, age 74.  Devoted husband of more than 55 years to Annette Madeline (Rau) Denomme.  Loved father and father-in-law of Michael and Tammy Denomme of London, Kevin and Brenda Denomme of Kitchener, Dan and Karen Denomme of Exeter.  Cherished Grandpa/Papa Bernie of Emily, Melanie, Adam, Aaron, Erik and friend Chelsea Darling, Darrin, Marc and friend Stephanie Forman, Ashley and great-grandpa “Papa Bernie” of Wyatt.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Evelyn and Pat Regier, Beattie and Mike Rau, Elaine and George Keller, Larry and Deb Denomme, Judy and Gerard Grenier, Doris Rau,  John Paul and Barb Rau, Gerard Rau, Sister Rose Marie Rau (O.S.U.), Clarence Rau, Maurice and Ellen Rau, Dennis and Barb Rau,  Jo-Ann Sheardown.  Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Bernie touched so many lives, giving freely of his time and numerous talents.  He was most happy when helping others.  Bernie was a board member on the Morningside and Lakeside Resort Casitas in Arizona where he cherished his winters with so many loving friends.   Predeceased by his parents Anthony Marcel and Adeline Marie (Overholt) Denomme, brothers-in-law Louis Rau and Wayne Sheardown, sister-in-law Delores Rau, father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles R. and Madeline V. (Bedard) Rau. At Bernie’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Visitation will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Memorial Mass will be held at Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, Exeter on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  The Rev. Fr. Len Desjardins Celebrant.  Interment St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, St. Joseph’s, reception to follow at the St. Peter’s Parish Hall. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to South Huron Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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