BUSS, Kenneth (Ken) of Camlachie

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Buss-1-WebbBUSS, KENNETH – Suddenly, but peacefully at Bluewater Health-CEE Petrolia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, Kenneth Carl Buss, age 91 of Camlachie passed away. He was the dear husband of the late Ina Christina (Dolson) Buss (2008) and loving father of Dan of Courtenay BC., Judy Dennis (Jim Meyer) of Kitchener, Pat and Carol Buss of Lacombe, AB and Kellie and Jamie Doan of Dorchester, father in law of Judy Buss of Bright’s Grove. He was a loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and brother of Joyce Hoffman of Kitchener. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his son Doug, grandson Scott Buss and granddaughter Stacey Koebel and sisters Joan and Audrey. Ken was a Royal Canadian Navy veteran of WWII and a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 of Sarnia. Ken retired in 1987 as manager of Inter City Truck Lines Ltd. and was Past-President of the Royal Canadian Naval Association of Kitchener and Past-President of the Lambton Shrine Club and a member of the Shrine Band. Funeral and committal services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, beginning at 10:00 am until the service begins. Memorial donations made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Pitt: Leslie, formerly of R.R #3 Chesley

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Les Pitt

January 16, 1922 – January 29, 2016

Leslie Pitt was born on January 16, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. He was the oldest of his siblings who included Harry, Irene, and Bert. He lived near Eugenia in his early years, but the family eventually settled on a farm in the Markdale area. Les was in grade three when he first met Jean, at Lauriston Public School. As teenagers several years later, and in the shadow of war, the romance of a life-time began.
As soon as he was old enough, Les enlisted into the Royal Canadian Air Force. Not wanting to waste a golden opportunity, he upgraded his education and soon became a Flight Instructor and was stationed at bases in Gander, Newfoundland and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was during this time that Les and Jean planned to be married on his first leave back in Toronto, which happened to be on New Year’s Eve, 1942. However, the wedding was delayed many hours as his train was stuck in a terrible blizzard in eastern Canada. With no cell phones to let Jean know, his bride-to-be anxiously met a number of trains that did not bear her fiancé. But finally the groom arrived and the wedding proceeded. Les and Jean would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this past New Year’s Eve, 2015.
Soon after the marriage, Les was stationed in Assiniboia Saskatchewan and the young couple moved west. It was during his time at this base that structural defects resulted in some tragic plane accidents, when the wings folded up while in the air, trapping the doomed men inside. It was a worrisome time, but the default was eventually determined to be glue that could not handle the Canadian winter temperatures. Les was finally sent to England to await combat deployment which never occurred as the war ended with V-E Day on May 8, 1945 and he returned safely to Jean.
For the two years following the war, Les and Jean lived with her brother Rusty, gaining farming experience in order to claim farmland under the Veteran’s Land Act. Daughter Sharon was born, and the little family settled on the Grey-Bruce County Line near Chesley. Jean’s sister Ina, with husband Jim Boynton, settled on the adjacent farm and the two families worked the land together. Over the next few years Sharon became big sister to Ron, Maurine and Brian. And Les soon became involved as a Trustee with the Board of Education and encouraged his children to do their best in school.
In the early 50’s family medical bills mounted at a time when there was no Health Care so Les sought employment off the farm. It was then he began his long career with the United Cooperatives of Ontario. He ran the farm supply store and feed mill in Elmwood for many years, and was well respected by area farmers. Before retiring, he spent shorter stints at both the Chesley and Paisley Co-ops. Of course, during all those years, he continued helping Jean with the farm work in the evenings and on weekends.
Les supported the community as a trustee of the rural School Board for many years. He also spent many years on the Board of the Grey & Bruce Mutual Insurance Company. But his biggest community commitment was his many years on the Board of the Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy, including his time as President of the OFCP from 1984-1986. This involved many trips to Toronto meetings and constant advocating for more services for the physically handicapped. Les was a driving force for the creation of Participation Lodge at Holland Centre, and Brian was the first resident to move in, when it opened in 1982.
But life was not all work and no play. Les was a square dance enthusiast. He loved the music, the dancing, and the dear friends who were part of the Hanover club. Over the decades, Les and Jean attended every National Square Dance Convention across Canada, from 1978 to 2008. Les loved travelling, and besides traversing Canada many times, he and Jean visited Alaska, Australia, Barbados, England, Florida, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and Costa Rica. The latter trip was with ten family members, and other trips were with Ron and wife Marilyn, or with close friends. Les was also an avid reader, with tastes turning to historical fiction and non-fiction, mysteries, westerns and biographies. Les enjoyed many family games of baseball, volleyball and ping pong. He also enjoyed board games and golf. But it was card games that he most loved. It did not matter how late or early it was, or how tired he was, he was always ready for a game of cards … euchre, ‘marbles’, cribbage, ‘up the river’, it did not matter. If someone expressed interest, the game would be set up in moments.
Les was the cherished father of Sharon (Rev. Ralph) Schmidt of R.R. #2 Desboro, Ron (Marilyn) Pitt of Calgary and Maurine (John) Gillberry of Milton. Dear grandfather to Rob (Stephanie) and Krista (Jason), Jill (Jason) and Erin (Adam), Danielle and Megan. Precious great-grandfather to Joshua, Ryan, Tylie, Gavin, Avery, Quinn, Jackson and Myka. Les will be remembered by his brother, Bert (Beverly) Osborne and brother-in-law, Keith (Leora) Wilson. Les was predeceased by son, Brian, brother, Harry (Ruth) Osborne, sister Irene (Ross) Baumber, brothers-in-law, Harold (May) Wilson, David Wilson, sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Archie) Young and Ina (Jim) Boynton.
Les was a family man, a strong community member, and an untiring advocate for the physically challenged in our area. He was a gentleman and a loving husband for 73 years. Les will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his sense of humour, his optimism and his overall zeal for life.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 12 noon until the celebration of Les’ life at 2 p.m. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery at a later date.

In Les’ memory, memorial donations may be made to Participation Lodge or to the charity of your choice.

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SIMMONS, Joseph “Joe” of Wroxeter

Posted by on January 27, 2016

296_joe_simmons (3)Joseph “Joe” Lloyd Simmons of Wroxeter, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, January 24th, 2016, at the age of 80.

Beloved husband of Audrey Simmons (nee Stewart) of Wroxeter.

Dear father of Pamela Simmons of Tillsonburg and Daniel Simmons and his wife Heather of Sarnia.

Missed by grandson J.J. “Joe” Simmons (Ashley) of Sarnia.

Remembered by his sisters, Betty Flewelling of Guelph, Helen “Hap” Neff of Kitchener, Shirley Wise (Ron) of Walkerton and Shelda Schaeffer of Stratford.

Also survived by his brother-in-law Ron Stewart of Saskatchewan and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents, Stewart and Bertha (Meyers) Simmons, brothers Wes Simmons (Shirley), Chuck Simmons and Dud Simmons and brothers-in-law Lloyd Flewelling and Del Neff.

A celebration to honour Joe’s life will take place at the Wroxeter Community Hall on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Wroxeter Hall Board, Wingham and District Hospital Foundation or the Wroxeter United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Joe’s family wish to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Antoniadis and the health care team at the Wingham & District Hospital. A special thanks to the caring nurses and home care support team whose visits allowed Joe to stay at home.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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WHITE: Fredrick, of Sarnia

Posted by on January 27, 2016

White-webWHITE FREDRICK WILLIAM – It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of Fredrick on Monday January 25th 2016 at his residence. Fred will be missed by his loving mother Doreen White and his sisters Sue Blevins and Sharon (Ken) Dionne. He was dearly loved by his niece Valerie (Jay) Charlton and nephews Brian (Andrea) Blevins and Sean Dionne. He is also loved by many great nieces and nephews. Fred is predeceased by his father Fred and brother Robbie. 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 Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice this would be appreciated by the family.

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DITNER, Joseph “Joe” F. of Formosa

Posted by on January 26, 2016

Joe DitnerJoseph Francis Ditner of Formosa, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, January 25th, 2016 at the age of 70.

Beloved husband of the former Marlene Voisin.

Loving father of Jeff Ditner and his wife Charlene of Formosa, Charlene Goodfellow and her husband Rob of Alma and Dan Ditner and his wife Angela of Prince George, B.C.

Cherished “Papa” of Mackenzie and Cole Goodfellow and Lyla and Gavin Ditner.

Fondly remembered by his sisters Fran Cassidy and her husband Brian of Kapuskasing and Marie Ditner of Peterborough and sister-in-law Ruth Ditner of Wiarton.

Also survived by his mother-in-law Theresa Voisin of Walkerton, sister-in-law Jean Ann Diemert (Len Kieffer) of Mildmay, brother-in-law Glen Voisin (Barb) of Walkerton and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Loretta (Kuntz) Ditner, brother Eugene Ditner, father-in-law Gerald Voisin and brother-in-law Vern Diemert.

Joe was a member of the St. Joseph Aid Society of Formosa and the Formosa Lions Club.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Formosa on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with Father Stephen LaCroix as celebrant.

A reception will take place after the funeral mass followed by a celebration of Joe’s life from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Formosa Community Hall.

Spring interment Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Care Partners (CCAC), Walkerton Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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HALDENBY, Mary L. of Culross Township

Posted by on January 26, 2016

295_haldenby_maryMary Louise Haldenby of Culross Township passed away with her family by her side at Wingham & District Hospital on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 in her 68th year.

Beloved wife of David Haldenby of Culross Township.

Loving mother of Jeff Haldenby and his wife Shannon of Culross Township and Julia Buckle and her husband Tom of Walkerton.

Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Kyle and Erica Haldenby and Cole and Halle Buckle.

Dear sister of Doug Bender and wife Jean of Listowel.

Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law, Lois Guest of Saskatchewan, Alice Husk of Kincardine Township, Helen Haldenby of Culross Township, Irene Haldenby of Lucknow and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Herb and Vera (Bray) Bender.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Spring interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Liver Foundation or the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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STEVENSON: Vivian Elizabeth of Kitchener and formerly of Belleville

Posted by on January 26, 2016

Stevenson, Vivian Elizabeth – went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at Lanark Heights Long Term Care in Kitchener, Ontario. Vivian, a longtime resident of Belleville was in her 87thyear. Beloved wife of the late Roy Stevenson, mother of Kim Stevenson of Scarborough, and Shelley (Dan) Clow of Cambridge. Grandmother of Gabriella (Kevin) Gay of Ottawa, Jarrod (Caitlyn) of San Carlos, CA and Nano of Vancouver. Vivian is survived by her sister, Ruth (Ken) Black of Belleville. She will be remembered by nieces, nephews, friends and students. Vivian is predeceased by her parents; the late Nelson Roy and Margaret (nee Hamilton) Welbourn and by her sister, Muriel Hoover.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Wednesday evening, January 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 until the time of service.

If desired, donations to Gideons Canada or Belleville Wesleyan Church would be appreciated by the family.

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Maginnis Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 24, 2016

MAGINNIS ARTHUR JUDSON

peacefully, at VON Sakura House, Woodstock on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Art was in his 86th year. Loving husband of Evelyn (nee Acres) for 61 years. Beloved father of Wendy Scott (Ken) of Woodstock, Theresa Smith (Greg) of Brantford, Stephen Maginnis (Cathy) of Oakville, and David Maginnis (Alana) of Princeton. Will be sadly missed by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Cherished brother of Doug (Betty), Olive Spittal, Leonard, John (Helen), Gwen Pittock (Ted), Nora Lewis, and Jean Acres (Jim). Predeceased by Reg, Helen, Muriel and Marg.  Respecting Art’s wish, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Art’s life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations to VON Sakura House would be appreciated by the family. SMITH-LEROY 519 537 3611 online condolences may be sent to www.smithleroy.com

 

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JONES: J. Neil of Kitchener

Posted by on January 23, 2016

Jones, Neil-W300With great sadness we announce the passing of Neil Jones of Kitchener on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the age of 91.  Dear husband of the late Marilyn (Nelson) Jones (2014).  He will be greatly missed by his many close nieces, nephews and friends.  Born in Exeter, he was predeceased by his parents Hubert and Florence Jones and his sister Gwen Morawetz.  Neil was a veteran of WWII whose work on the electronics of the “Blind Landing Programme” ensured air force airplane safety.

Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at the Exeter Cemetery at a later date.  Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements.

Donations in memory of Neil and of his love for music may be made to the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

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CHISLETT, Reginald of Mitchell

Posted by on January 21, 2016

Chislett, ReginaldReginald Chislett – passed away peacefully at his residence in Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Wednesday January 20, 2016, one week short of his 87th birthday.  Reginald was retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served as a flight engineer on the Hercules Aircraft.

Beloved husband of Margaret (Hawkins) Chislett whom he married in 1954. Loving father of Doug Chislett and Debra Woodske of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Dodi and Grant Morgan of Listowel, Bill and Leslie Chislett of Smithville.  Special grandpa of James Morgan, Jessica and Mike Carter and great grandpa of Jimmy and Annabelle.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.  A special thank you to the friends and staff at Ritz Lutheran Villa.

Predeceased by his parents James and Suzanna (Jones) Chislett.  Reg was the last surviving member of his family being predeceased by eleven siblings.

In keeping with Reg’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral home visitation.  A private family memorial service will be held at Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The War Amps would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Henderson: Betty June of Dutton

Posted by on January 20, 2016

Betty Betty June [Cowell] Henderson passed away peacefully on January 20, 2016 at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in her 88th year. Devoted and loving wife of Donald Henderson of Dutton for 64 years. Dearly beloved mother of Nancy [Victor] West of St. Mary’s, Alex Henderson of Breslau and Dianna [Ron] Wilkins of West Lorne. Sweetest Grandma of Heather [Len] Langelaan, Alex West, Matthew West, David Henderson [Lyn Hayes], Michelle [David] Ramsay, Ian Henderson, Robert Wilkins [Corinna Kager], Emma Wilkins, Steven Wilkins. Great Grandma to Adeline Ramsay and Donovan Ramsay. Also survived by loving brother-in-law of Ralph Henderson of Blenheim. Nieces Eva Vestergaard, Fay Lemieux, Grace McAuley, and nephew Garry Cowell. Predeceased by her parents Ben and Laura [McAlister] Cowell. Cherished Granddaughter Laura West [1983], her sister Sylvia Norman [2002], and brother Garnett Cowell [1998]. Betty was a passionate elementary school teacher, graduating near the top of her class from London Normal School. [1947]. She was a well respected teacher in several one room school in Kent and Elgin counties. She served as chair person of the Ontario Pullet Growers Association from 1979-1983 and was a dedicated volunteer for the Dutton Caledonian Society for many years. She loved reading, sewing, quilting, gardening, jig-saw puzzles, and family tree research. She was meticulous in all her work leaving beautiful keepsakes and a wealth of genealogical information for future generations. Relatives and friends will be received at the Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St Dutton 519-762-2416 on Friday January 22 from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday January 23 2016 at 2 p.m. Cremation with interment of ashes in Fairview Cemetery. Donations to Daffodil Auxillary- Cancer or the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Email condolences arnfuenralhome@bellnet.ca

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BENDER:Merlon Ray formerly of Ailsa Craig

Posted by on January 18, 2016

IMG_2020Peacefully passed at LHSC-University Campus on January 16th, 2016; Merlon Ray Bender of Ailsa Craig, in his 80th year.  Predeceased by his loving wife Nova (2012). Loving dad of Rebecca Bender of Nairn and Brad and Tammy Bender of Port Stanley. Cherished grandpa of Meagan and Matthew Bender. Dear brother of Edith Bender, Helene Eicher, Hilda  Roth and Delmer Bender. Brother in law of Dorothy Bender and Harvey Roth.

Predeceased by his parents Aaron and Delila Bender. Siblings Willis Bender, Elmon (Hilda) Bender, Elmina (Louis) Christner, Edna (Floyd) Boshart.  Brother-in law William Eicher and sister-in-law Lauretta Bender.

Friends will be received at Nairn Mennonite Church (26459 Bear Creek Side Road, Ailsa Craig) on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Nairn Mennonite Church on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ailsa Craig Lions Club Park Project or the Nairn Mennonite Church will be appreciated. Condolences and donations may be left online at www.denning.ca

 

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RUSSELL: Howard L. of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on January 13, 2016

Howard RussellRUSSELL- Howard Leroy Russell passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the age of 77.  He handled his cancer with an undaunted and dignified approach.  Howard is survived by his loving wife Audrey Russell (nee Wood); by his children Charlanne Russell (Paul Billo), Mike Russell, Doug (Dawne) Russell, and Jonathan (Siegrun) Russell; his grandchildren Trevor (Sheila), Holly, Marisa, Gabby, Lauren, Ryan, and Luke; his two great grandchildren Lincoln and Abby; his sister Joanne (Don) Anderson; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents Leonard and Mildred Russell.  Cremation has taken place.  Interment of ashes in South Park Cemetery.  A memorial service to celebrate Howard’s life will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church 44936 Ferguson Line on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m..  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.  Arrangements entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).   If desired, donations to St. James Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com

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WILLSIE: Maxwell of London

Posted by on January 12, 2016

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Peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home, London on Sunday, January 10, 2016, Maxwell Willsie in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Luella Irene (Muckle) Willsie (2008). Dear father of Max and Donna Willsie of Waterloo, Ted and Bonnie Willsie of London, Peter and Sandy Willsie of Cambridge. Loving grandfather of Chad and Jennifer, Derek and Sandra, Carrie-Mae and Chris, Beckie and Darren, Cheyenne and great-grandfather of Justin, Hayden, Brooke, Max, Jake and Cole. Predeceased by his brother Andy (2014). Survived by his sister-in-law Doris Willsie of London. Maxwell will be remembered fondly by his nieces, nephews and friends. Thank you to the Chelsey Park staff for their exceptional care and compassion of our father. Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home , 60 Ridout Street, South, London on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Elisabeth Parsons of Calvary United Church officiating. Interment in Dorchester Union Cemetery, Dorchester. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, N5X 2T1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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BOWMAN: Orville, formerly of Cambridge and Durham

Posted by on January 8, 2016

Passed away with his family by his side at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph on Thursday, January 7th, 2016. Orville Stanley Bowman, formerly of Cambridge and Durham, in his 98th year. Beloved husband of the late Edna (nee Eckhardt). Loving father of Loretta (Lorie) and her husband Kurt Nielsen of Guelph and Bruce Bowman and his wife Rosemarie of Kitchener. Cherished grandfather of Brent and Marcy Nielsen, Krista and Darren Karasiuk, Michelle and Don Rhoades and Michael Bowman. Great-grandfather of Alex and Olivia Nielsen, Liam Karasiuk and Richie, Allie and Jessie Rhoades. Survived by his sister Evelyn Reibling of New Hamburg. Brother-in-law of Joe Eckhardt and Mary Rogers. Predeceased by; his sisters Elsie Schedler, Audrey McFarlane; his brothers Walton, Burton and Stanton Bowman and his infant brother Clayton. Friends may call at the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham on Sunday, January 10th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A celebration of Orville’s life will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday morning at 11 o’clock. Interment at Durham Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the St. Joseph’s Heath Centre Foundation or War Amps would be appreciated by the family.  www.mccullochwatsonfuneralhome.ca

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MacDonald, M. Jean (Harris), formerly of Teeswater

Posted by on January 4, 2016

MacDonald, JeanMeryl Jean MacDonald, formerly of Teeswater, passed away at Braemar Retirement Centre, Wingham on Monday, January 4th, 2016 in her 82nd year.

Beloved wife of Redmond “Red” MacDonald of Teeswater.

Dear mother of Michael MacDonald (Karen) of Elmira and Ean MacDonald of London.

Remembered by grandchildren, Kristy Moorebunney (Bryce), Brent MacDonald (Kayla), Amy MacDonald and Kyla MacDonald.

Also survived by her sister Marie McCutcheon (Clarence) of Brussels, sister-in-law June Will of North Bay and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Albert and Annie (Aitchison) Harris, infant daughter, sisters Erma Gadke (Arnold) and Maxine Hohnstein (Henry) and brother-in-law Peter Will.

A memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Owen Kim and Reverend Jeff Hawkins officiating.

Final resting place Wingham Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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STAM, Rev.Clarence (Klaas) of Hamilton

Posted by on January 3, 2016

STAM, Rev. Clarence (Klaas)

 

Peacefully, on January 1, 2016, our beloved husband, father, and Opa was called home in his 68th year, to be with his Lord and Saviour. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Marga (nee Kraal), and his children Lawrence Stam, Richard and Tracey Stam, Alina and Michael Noot, and Anne-Marie and Rick VanIperen. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Austin, and Logan Stam; Liana, Alexa, and Jared Noot; and Megan, Kristen, Clark, Natalie, Ruth, and Ariella VanIperen. He was predeceased by his beloved son Edward Stam in 1992. Loved brother of the late Jenny and the late Gerrit VanWoudenberg, the late Ben and Ria Stam, Len and Hennie Stam, John Stam, and Bev and Bill Schouten; and brother-in-law of Jane Stam, Hilly and the late Wim Van Ingen, Egbert and the late Betty Kraal, Jaap and Grietje Kraal, Geke and Frans Tijssen, Jacomien and Henk Broer, Alet and Theo Aalbers, Eveline and Jan Neutel. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Clarence faithfully served the Canadian Reformed churches from 1972 to 2004.  Special thanks go to the doctors and nurses of Juravinski E3 for their care and compassion during his illness. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at CORNERSTONE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 353 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to Mission Brazil (Gospel Action Brazil) in support of the ongoing mission and aid project in Maceió Brazil, or to the Harvest Endowment Foundation in support of Christian education would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

? (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

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Kieffer, G. Joseph “Joe” , formerly of R. R. #2 Teeswater

Posted by on December 30, 2015

Kieffer, JoeGerald Joseph “Joe” Kieffer, formerly of R. R. #2 Teeswater, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Brucelea Haven, Walkerton on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 at the age of 94.

Beloved husband of the late Teresa Kieffer (O’Connnor) who predeceased him in August 2008.

Loving father of Mary Teresa Reid of London, Anne Kieffer (Bill Major) of Meaford, Bernadette Scott (Jim) of Ripley, Jacinta Wingrove (Grant) of Brampton, Rose Weber (Warren) of Teeswater, Kate Kieffer of Point Clark, Paula Fischer (Greg) of Teeswater and Jackie Kieffer of Lucknow.

Cherished grandfather of Joe (Erin), Kathleen, Sara, D’arcy (Jaclyn) and Kelsey Scott, Justin (Amy) and Jenna Weber, Olivia, Tom and Mackenzie Fischer and great-grandfather of Ewan and Duncan Scott.

Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Mary Corrigan of Whitby, Berdella Kieffer of Belmore and Virginia Kieffer of Teeswater and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents, George and Mary (Cronin) Kieffer, sisters Mary Roth (Clarence), Kathleen Kieffer, Blanche Purcell (Tom), and brothers William Kieffer, Oscar Kieffer (Anna Marie), George Kieffer and Michael Kieffer and brothers-in-law Joseph O’Connor (Irene) and Joseph Corrigan.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Teeswater on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Lacroix as celebrant.

Spring interment Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Community Living Wingham & District or Sacred Heart Church Building Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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Lu, Ying “Lily” of Sarnia

Posted by on December 30, 2015

yingwebYing (Lily) Li Lu, of Sarnia, died at 8:15 pm, Sunday December 27th, 2015 at the Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. She was born (1932) in Nanking, China to parents Ai Hui Chao and Fen Sun Chen. She married Hsiang Sung Lu in 1959 and he survives. Also surviving are her son-in-law David Barton and 3 grandchildren: Michael, Brenna and Kailynn Barton of Ann Arbor, Michigan, cousin Nancy Lichon (husband Fran), and other family members. Her daughter Alice Lu Barton preceded her in death.Lily received her Bachelor’s Degree at Taiwan University and her Master’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She was a long time resident of Sarnia and was a librarian at Sarnia Public Library.Lily was a loving mother and grandmother. She was outgoing, humorous and kind. She enjoyed traveling and time with her family. She and her husband were generous donors to a variety of organizations including Northwestern University, Sarnia Public Library, Sarnia Art Gallery, Canadian Cancer Society and many others. She and her husband were awarded the Lambton County Award for generous donations and ongoing support to the Cultural Services Division. Services will be held at the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 between the hours of 7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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GERLING, Lucienne Yvonne (née Laurin) of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on December 30, 2015

GERLING, Lucienne - For CardsIn loving memory of Lucienne Gerling, passed away at the Pioneer Manor in Sudbury on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the age of 91 years. Wife of the late George Gerling (1986). Daughter of the late Joseph and Clorina (née Pilon) Laurin. Dear mother of Don (Sharon) of Waterloo and daughter-in-law of Mary Beth Gerling of Chelmsford. Cherished grandmother of Todd (Angela) and Rodney Gerling of Chelmsford, Deanna (John) Farkas of Napean, Kelly (Charles) Mear of Lowville, N.Y., and Kristin (Skip) Corbett of Waterloo. Great-grandmother of Emily, Nathan, Owen, Christine, Tanner, Brandon, Grace, Adam and Joseph. Dear sister of Rozina Poitras. Predeceased by her son Ron (2014). Predeceased by brothers and sisters Gracia, Edmond, Joseph, Beatrice, Brunel, Sylvia and Fernand. Lou will be remembered for her love of bingo, cards and darts. She also worked at CVDCS in Chelmsford for many years as Day Matron also known as “Sponge Lady”. Lucienne was a Legion Branch 553 member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Special thank you to the nurses and doctors who made her last days comfortable and to the staff at the Pioneer Manor, where she resided for the past few months. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4691 Regional Road 15, Chelmsford on Friday, November 13th, 2015 from 2-5 & 7-9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Alexander Church, Chelmsford. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada by cheque or online at www.cooperativefuneralhome.ca

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SCHALK, Gerard of Listowel

Posted by on December 27, 2015

Schalk, GerardGerard Schalk – of Listowel, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Saturday December 26, 2015 at the age of 75. Gerard was a member of Atwood Presbyterian Church.  He was a former businessman in Atwood/Listowel as owner of Gerard Schalk Auto Body and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 259 Listowel.  Gerard cherished the time spent with his family while camping, snowmobiling, travelling across this country and travelling abroad.  He was an avid Nascar fan who followed his Fords from the livingroom as well as visiting many of the tracks.

Devoted husband of Edith (Ropp) Schalk whom he married in 1964.  Loving father of Susan and Jamie Murr, Laurie Schalk, Donald Schalk.  Proud grandfather of Michelle and Chad, Mahria and Mike, Cody, Kurtis, Danielle and Eileen, and Derek.  Great-grandfather of Cohen, Carter and Hadley. Dear brother of Willa Ament.  Fondly remembered by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bill Ropp, Fred and Verna Ropp, Marg and Bruce Bates, Doug and Valerie Ropp and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by his parents Gerard Sr. and Marie Schalk, brothers Henk and wife Janet, Cor and wife Joyce, sister Erna and husband Bill Lucas and brother-in-law Gordon Ament.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Monday December 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Gerard’s life will be held at Atwood Presbyterian Church on Tuesday December 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Theresa MacDonald-Lee officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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TOUGH: LARRY GORDON OF SARNIA ONTARIO

Posted by on December 21, 2015

toughTOUGH, LARRY GORDON –Surrounded by Family, Larry passed away on December 18, 2015 at the age of 58 at L.H.S.C Victoria Hospital. Larry was born in Stratford and raised in Sarnia. He is the beloved brother of Carol (Bob Cooper), Nancy (Randy Chapman), Judy Brock (Randy Hill) and Paula Eves (Dennis Guindon). He is fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Larry was an avid hockey fan and had great faith in the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also enjoyed listening to classic rock music. He is predeceased by his parents, Gordon (1983) and Marjorie (1993). Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on December 28, 2015 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at a later date in Stratford Ontario. Memorial donations can be made to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Red Cross Society or the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Foundation of Canada and would be appreciated by the family.

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BOWMAN: Israel of Hanover

Posted by on December 19, 2015

bowman-webIsrael passed away peacefully on December 18, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer.  His family stood vigil in his last hours.  Husband, father and friend, Israel was committed to his family, his faith, and his love of crokinole.

He was born in Waterloo County, the only child in an Old Order Mennonite family.  He was raised in the village of St. Jacobs, where he once said, “Every back door was open to me as a child.”  Israel married Anna Martin in 1952, and she survives him with their five children – Linda (John), Lynette (Jim), Linford (Dale), Raylene (Lance) and Brian (Marianne).  He found renewed joy in his eight grandchildren – Leslie, Andrew, Heather, Arlen, Luke, R.J., Chad, and Gregory.  He was blessed with his first great grandchild, Ivo, early this year.  He was committed to his family, and wanted the best for everyone.  He was a gentle soul with many friends who loved him.  During his final days, his care workers called him “Mr. Smiley” even though he had lost the ability to speak.

Israel and Anna inherited the Bowman Weavery in 1970, and ran the family business until 1995, when they sold the store and moved from St. Jacobs to Hanover, Ontario.  He enjoyed his retirement forming a crokinole club with the seniors, driving the backroads of Bruce and Grey Counties, and being involved with the church fellowship.  He was once an avid camper, and loved nothing more than packing up the car, his family, and heading off to some remote corner of Ontario to ‘survive’ for the weekend.  He was never happier than when he had four wheels on the road.

Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover on Monday, December 21, 2015 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm, where a Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:00 am.  Rev. Juanita Laverty officiating.  A private family interment was held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial Donations to the Hanover Mennonite Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca

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GILLIES, James “Jim” McPhail of Toronto

Posted by on December 18, 2015

Gillies, JamesJim passed peacefully at North York General Hospital in Toronto on Sunday, December 13. He is missed by his loving family, many friends and colleagues.

Jim was born in the village of Teeswater in Western Ontario to Dr. M.H. Gillies and his wife Gladys, a family that was part of the town and region from its earliest days. At 17, Jim attended the University of Western Ontario, and majored in Economics. His time at Western was interrupted by the war when Jim joined the RCAF in 1944 and served as air crew overseas. Upon his return Jim finished his degree with honours and decided to continue his education at Brown University in the USA where he earned an MA. Jim continued his education at Indiana University where he was granted his PhD in Urban Land Economics. After graduation, Jim accepted a professorship at UCLA in California where he rose to prominence in his field, gained his full professorship and was assistant Dean. Jim married his wife Betsy and welcomed children David and Cathy at this time.

Jim was always longing to return to Canada and his family in Ontario. In 1965, the opportunity arose for him to return to act as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University – now the Schulich School of Business. Over seven years Jim built the school from a big idea into the strong base for what is one of the leading schools in North America today. During this period Jim made many friends and grew strong relationships throughout the Canadian business community. He served on many corporate boards and helped establish a world-class zoo in Toronto. Jim and Betsy welcomed children James and Ted during this time. He loved the time with his family. Christmas was always special as were many, many memorable summers in Pointe-au-Baril, Muskoka and the Bruce Peninsula.

In 1972, Jim ran for parliament, winning a seat in the Don Valley riding in Toronto and going on to act as shadow finance minister in the PC opposition to the Trudeau Government. He won reelection to a second term in Don Valley in 1975. Jim ran for leadership of the PC party towards the end of his second term in parliament, throwing his support toward the eventual winner Joe Clark. Jim served as senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister during the Clark government, accompanying him to the G7 Tokyo summit.

After his time in government, Jim returned as a professor at York University, in the school of business. He was instrumental in continuing to build the school he founded to the stature it has today. Jim chaired several programs while at York, most recently the Canada-Russia Corporate Governance Program. He always had great passion and energy for teaching business students, being with them and sharing in their fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Jim has a great many friends and colleagues from this time both in academia and in the business community where he was a member of several corporate boards.

Jim was honored in many ways for his dedication to education and public service. He was awarded honorary doctorates from York, Simon Fraser and the Moscow Higher School of Economics. At York, Jim was awarded the title of University Professor. As a proud Canadian he was deeply honored by the award of the Order of Canada for his contributions to education.

Jim leaves behind a loving family: his wife of 62 years Betsy, children David (Kathy), Cathy, James (Cindy) and Ted (Jacquie), grandchildren Jackie, Gwen, James and David and several nieces and nephews. Jim was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by his siblings, Helen Wilson (James), Don (Francis) and John (Poppy). Even with his successful career in many capacities, Jim held dear most of all, family, friends and his roots as a small town boy from Teeswater, Ontario.

A funeral service to commemorate Jim’s life will be held at the Teeswater United Church (13 Elizabeth Street South), Teeswater on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in the family plot at Culross-Teeswater Cemetery. A Celebration of Life to be held in Toronto in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund (cheques payable to Municipality of South Bruce) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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McPherson, Ian formerly of Culross Township

Posted by on December 9, 2015

Ian McPhersonIan McPherson (WWII) a resident of Tiverton Park Manor, formerly of Culross Township, passed away peacefully with family by his side at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in his 96th year.

Beloved husband of the former Eva Stewart of Tiverton Park Manor.

Loving father of Judy Clark (Don) of Teeswater, Nancy McPherson of Kincardine, Liz Dahms (Wayne) of Mildmay, Phyllis Clancy (Jack) of Walkerton, Trudy Cleland (Charles) of Walkerton, Stuart McPherson of Teeswater, Steven McPherson (Gail) of Ripley, Jacqueline Dennis (Mike) of Kincardine and Ronda McArthur (Rick) of Kinloss.

Fondly remembered by 23 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and by members of the Stewart family.

Ian was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth (Parker) McPherson and siblings Catherine McPherson and Mildred Hamilton (Wilmer), Ethel Green (Dryden), Nellie McPherson, Donald McPherson, John McPherson (Henrietta), Fred McPherson (Edna) and Jim McPherson (Jean).

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Ian’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Owen Kim officiating.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to The Arthritis Society, Tiverton Park Manor or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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