RAJSIC: Mary of Strathroy

Posted by on July 5, 2014

Mary RajsicPeacefully with her family by her side at Strathroy Hospital on Friday, July 4, 2014, Mary Rajsic (nee Campbell) of Strathroy passed away in her 84th year.  Beloved wife of the late William (Bill) Rajsic (2006).  Loving mother of the late Catherine (2012) and Bruce French, John and Kathy Rajsic, and Dan and Susan Rajsic.  Loving grandmother of Matthew, Jaclyn, Gillian, Jason, Caitlin and David.  Great grandmother of Owen and Hannah.  Dearly missed by her brother-in-law Royand Marg Rajsic, sister-in-laws Inez Rajsic and Donna Lightfoot and her nephew Michael and Ruth Ann Rajsic , Predeceased by her parents Robert and Pearl Campbell.  A private service will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Tuesday, July 8th.  Cremation to follow.  A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at Seasons Retirement Home, Strathroy at a later date.  In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Strathroy United Church.

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DEVOST: Stacey of London

Posted by on July 4, 2014

24487 DevostDevost, Stacey….

Passed away in London, ON in her 29th year.The family will receive friends at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, ON on Monday July 7, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m, with the funeral service being conducted in the chapel of the funeral home at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital, 800 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6A 5W9. Online condolences, memories and photographs can be shared at www.amgfh.com

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WALLACE: Dave of London

Posted by on July 4, 2014

24489 WallaceWALLACE, Dave….

On Friday, July 4, 2014 at Victoria Hospital, London, David Wallace died peacefully in his 83rd year, after a two week battle with pneumonia. Beloved husband of the late Janet (Cassidy) Wallace (2008). Proud father of Brian Wallace and his wife Katy Farrow. Dear brother of Jack Wallace. Survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Predeceased by his siblings Bob and Shirley. A special thanks to all the staff in CCTC at Victoria Hospital. Visitation will be held at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Church, 290 Ridout Street South, London N6C 3Z1, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Calvary Memorial and Special Projects Fund. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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LAVALLEE, Brian Robert Joseph of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on July 4, 2014

LAVALLEE, BrianThe family announces with sorrow his passing in Sudbury on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at the age of 59 years. Son of the late Robert and of the late Lina (née Gervais) Lavallee. Father of Lena Brown (Kevin) of London and Brian of Alberta. Dear brother of Allen (Sue) of Capreol, David (Cécile) of Hanmer, Claire Renaud (Gilbert) of St-Charles, Murlen Comeau (Norm) of Holland Landing and Gloria Lavallee (friend Marcel) of Sturgeon Falls. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters Robert, Lyle, Clayton, Wayne, Irène Riberdy, Roberta Moreau and Ina Dorion. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4570 St-Joseph St., Hanmer, Friday, June 20th, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel. Donations (by cheque only) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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WILSON: Jeffrey Donald Wilson of Melbourne

Posted by on July 4, 2014

Passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014.  Jeffrey Donald Wilson of Melbourne, Ontario at the age of 51.  Survived by his wife Dawn.  Loving father of Shanelle and Kaylee.  Dear son of Beulah and Tom (1986), brother of Tom Wilson (Janet), Judy Gilliland (Tom), Susan Wilson and Kathy Foreht (Chris).  Survived by several nieces and nephews.  Jeff worked for many years as an auto mechanic and had a love restoring classic cars. Friends may call at DENNING BROS. FUNERAL HOME, Strathroy on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 from 1 – 2 pm.  Funeral service will follow at 2 pm.  Interment Longwoods cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.  Share a memory at www.denningfuneralhomes.com  Posted free at Canadaobits.ca

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JANSSENS: Josephine of Strathroy

Posted by on July 4, 2014

Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Friday, July 4, 2014 Josephine  Janssens  (Petre) of Strathroy, passed away in her 94th year.  Predeceased by her beloved husband August Janssens (2006).  Loving mother and grandmother of the late Eddie (1997) and Nicole in Europe and their children Carine, Nadine and families; Michael and Maria of Watford and their children Michelle (Serg), Matthew (Jill), Michael (Judy) and Mark (Selena) and their families; Paul of Kerwood; Raymond and Diane of Appin and their children Lisa (Stu), Andrew (Allison), Miranda (Andrew) and David and their families;  and Rita and Rick Lucan of Alvinston and their children Rick and Brittany.  Predeceased by her granddaughter Crystal (1997).  Dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Monday, July 7, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. when the Prayer Service will commence at 3 p.m.  Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery. In memory of Josephine, donations may be made to the Strathmere Lodge Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated by the family.  A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Josephine.

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CLARK: Helen F. (nee Phillips) of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on July 4, 2014

Helen ClarkCLARK - Helen Fay (nee Phillips), 79, passed away peacefully at her St. Thomas home on July 2, 2014.  Lovingly remembered by her husband of 58 years, Gordon.  Loving mother and mother-in-law to Dane and Suzette, Victoria and Terry (Ridsdale), and Heather.  Grandmother to Lauren, Danielle, Ryan, and Nolan. Survived by brother Ross, and sisters-in-law Helen and Noreen.   Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Helen’s life on July 31, 2014, at the St. Thomas Senior’s Centre 225 Chestnut Street, St. Thomas, where the Memorial Service will take place at 3:00pm, with a light dinner to follow.  Please RSVP by July 27th to Gordon Clark at clarkgh@sympatico.ca.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).  If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or V.O.N. St. Thomas would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com.

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PERIARD: Wilfred Joseph of Strathoy

Posted by on July 4, 2014

mem card picPERIARD, Wilfred- Peacefully at Sprucedale Care Centre in Strathroy on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014. Wilfred Periard of Strathroy in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Florence Periard (2012) for 71 years. Dear father of Maurice (Anne-Marie dec.) of Kitchener, Mary Jean (Gilles) Giroux of London and Patrick (Isabel) of Strathroy. Loving grandfather of Michelle, Marc, Jason, Robert, Jonathan, Christina, Jeffrey and Joshua and great grandfather of 13. Visitation will be held at the DENNING BROS. FUNERAL HOME, Strathroy on Monday, July 7th, 2014 from 10am-11am when a funeral service will be held with Fr. John Pirt officiating. Interment to follow in All Saints Cemetery, Strathroy. Donations to your charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Wilfred. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.denningfuneralhome.com . Many thanks to the Sprucedale Care Centre staff for the kind and compassionate care given to Wilfred over the past 2 plus years.

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CATES: Mr. John of Forest, Ontario

Posted by on July 3, 2014

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Passed away at his residence on Thursday, 3 July, 2014, at the age of 82 years.  Beloved husband of Frances for 61 years.   Dear father of Philip (Cheryl), Joanne Woodward (Rob), Donna Ruttle (Brian), and Margaret Charteris (John).  Grandfather of Michael (Serenity), John (Leslie), Brad (Melissa), Laura, Meghan, Morgan, Ryan, Stephanie, and the late Heather.  Great grandfather of six.  Predeceased by his parents William and Florence Cates, and his brother Murray.

Friends may call at the FOREST CHAPEL OF DENNING FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 9 James Street South, Forest, on Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.   A Funeral Service will be held at the Forest United Church on Monday morning, July 7, 2014, at 11:00 am.  Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery.  For those who wish, in memoriam donations to Camp Trillium, Forest United Church, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.denningfuneralhome.com

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SUMMERS: Jean of London

Posted by on July 3, 2014

Mrs. Gene SummersSUMMERS, E. Jean…..

Peacefully at Highview Residences, London, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Jean (Little) Summers of London in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Charles A. “Chuck” Summers (2010). Loving mother of Steven Summers and his wife Nancy of Etobicoke and Donna Norwood and her husband David of London.  Cherished grandmother of Kristen and Nick Norwood of London and Eric and Scott Summers of Etobicoke.  Sister of the late Helen and Les Carmichael.  Friends will be received by the family from 10 a.m.  to 11 a.m. on Saturday July 5, 2014 at the A. Millard George Funeral  Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, with the  funeral service being conducted at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with Reverend Tracey Crick-Butler officiating.  Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON, N5X 2T1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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HURST: Ronald Fredrick of Strathroy

Posted by on July 2, 2014

Hurst, Ronald WEBPeacefully at LHSC University Campus, surrounded by his family on Monday, June 30, 2014, Ronald Fredrick Hurst of Newbury, passed away in his 74th year.  Beloved husband of Selena Hurst (Newby)(Long) for 23 years.  Loving step father of 9 step children, 13 step grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren.  Sadly missed by his special granddaughter Amanda (Pee Wee).  Dear brother of Ken Hurst (Ruth), Harold Hurst (Sharon) and Carolyn Cochrane (Louie).  Dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, especially John and Isabel Collins.  Predeceased by his parents George Hurst (1959) and Rita Hurst (Cupskey) (1987), and his brother-in-law John Cochrane (2009).   Cremation has taken place.  Visitation will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Friday July 4, 2014 from 12- 2 p.m. where the Memorial Service will also be held at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ken Willis officiating.  Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery.  In memory of Ron, donations may be made to the Babcock Residence Council or the Newbury Hospital Foundation.

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EDWARDS: Gerald Mervin of Tavistock, formerly Strathroy

Posted by on July 2, 2014

Edwards, Gerald WEBPeacefully in his sleep at Bonnie Brae Nursing Home, Tavistock on  Tuesday July 1, 2014, Gerald Mervin Edwards passed  away in his 76th year.  Loving father of Kelvin Edwards and Melissa Kersey of Strathroy.  Dear grandfather of Alecia and Jeremy McCormack, Jordan Edwards and Joshua Edwards.  Great-grandfather of Mason, late Kennedy and Camryn.  Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy on Saturday July 5, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Dr. Peter Hoytema officiating.  Visitation one hour prior.  In memory of Gerald, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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ROWLAND: The Reverend Charles “Tim” of London

Posted by on July 2, 2014

24486 Rev RowlandROWLAND, The Reverend Charles “Tim”…..

Peacefully surrounded by his family at McGarrell Place, London on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, The Reverend Tim Rowland in his 94th year.  Beloved husband of the late May (Harvey) Rowland (2006). Loving and cherished father of Paul Rowland and his wife Natalie Griffin-Rowland of Mississauga. Dear brother of the Hon Robin Rowland QC.  He will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Ordained Deacon in Ireland in 1951, Tim immigrated to Canada in 1957. Over many years Tim served as a Faithful shepherd to his various flocks, even after his retirement in 1986.  He was a patient, kind and gentle man who always had time for others.  His spiritual strength and devotion to his Faith inspired all who knew him. He will remain in our hearts forever. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 pm on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London.  The funeral service will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 489 Pine Tree Drive (at Oban Crescent), London, N6H 3M9, on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11am with The Very Reverend Kevin Dixon and The Venerable Willi Kammerer officiating. Interment in Harris Street, Cemetery, Ingersoll on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 3 pm. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to St. Martin-in-the-Field – Memorial Fund. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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SHOEBOTTOM, Richard of London

Posted by on July 1, 2014

SHOEBOTTOM, Richard “Rick” – Suddenly at his cottage in Parry Sound on Saturday, June 28th, 2014, Mr. Richard “Rick” Shoebottom of London in his 70th year. Loving spouse to Robert “Bob” Chambers. Beloved son of Doris (Johnson) and the late Ray Shoebottom. Dear father of Brad (Lesley) of Fredericton, NB, Lori Ward (Jerry Horner) of Sarnia and Christine (Dave Kopec) of London. Survived also by his sister Ann (Ron) Ryan of Campbellford, Ontario, brother Danny (Wendy) Shoebottom of Parry Sound and sister Mary Shoebottom of London. Rick will be missed also by his grandchildren, Matthew (Jolene), Nic (Emily), Michael, Nathan, Andrew, Isaac, Ava, his great-grandson Ethan and by Mary, the mother of Richard’s children. Memorial visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please bring your fond memories and pictures to add to the photo collage. Family visitation only at this time; a Memorial Picnic will follow on July 27th, details to be announced later. In recognition of Rick’s rescued pup ‘Kiera” friends are asked to consider donations to Paws-United Dog Rescue or to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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PYPER, Dianne of Essex, Ontario

Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Passed peacefully with her family at her side, after a brief battle with cancer at the age 67 on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Loving wife of 44 years to Tom Pyper. Dear mother of Elaine Lowden (Mike), Tom Pyper Jr. ( Jennifer), Linda Mayor (John). Special Oma to Taylor, Conner, Michael,Tyler, Jamie, Kayne, Kaya, Natalie, Nicole, Travis, Tanner, Jay, Darryl, Meghan; and daughter-in-law to Mary Pyper. Predeceased by parents Andrew and Ann, and brother Adrien, father-in-law John Pyper. Sister to Andrew (Lynn), Hank (Thea), Ann (Herman), Audry ( Renus), John (Lisa), Peter (Gwen). Sister-in-law to Mel (Margaret), Harry (Pat), Sonja (Rommie), John (Heather), Bert (Janet). Dianne had a love for gardening, painting, camping and fishing. Special thank you to nurse Lori for your wonderful care in Dianne’s last days. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Avenue East, Essex (519-776-4233) on Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm and on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Essex Christian Reformed Church, 276 Talbot Street South, Essex from 10 am until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Dianne’s life at 11 am. Interment Country Meadows Cemetery, Essex. If you wish to donate in Dianne’s memory the family has requested donations be made, by cheque, to the Hospice of Windsor-Essex County. Family & Friends may share their memories of Dianne at www.reidfuneralhome.ca

 

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Fragis: Nikolaos of Sarnia

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Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Monday, June 30, 2014 NIKOLAOS FRAGIS age 95 of Sarnia passed away. Beloved husband of Georgina (nee Kontakos) Fragis.  Much loved father of Tony Fragis and his wife Dina and the late Angela Kapetanakis and her husband John, John Fragis and his wife Bessie. Cherished grandfather of Nick (Allison), Georgia, Niko, Pano, Stavro, Irene (Menelaos), Georgia (Platonas). Predeceased by his seven brothers and one sister. Will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Born in Sparta Greece, he immigrated to Canada in 1958. He and his wife Georgina were the owners of the Embassy Restaurant in downtown Sarnia for 12 years and was a prominent member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Resting at the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE where the family will receive friends on Thursday, July 3rd. between the hours of 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Trisagion Prayer Service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1299 Murphy Rd. Sarnia) on Friday, July 4th.   at 11:00 am. with Father Chrysostomos the celebrant. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church or the Alzheimer’s Society. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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STONE, William P. of London

Posted by on July 1, 2014

STONE, William P. – Passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Monday, June 30, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Ward. Loving father of Cheryl (Rob) James, and Richard Stone. Cherished grandfather of Jason (Karen) James and Meghan (Lester) James. Proud great-grandfather to 9 great-grandchildren. Also missed by many nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, July 4th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of William are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the London Regional Cancer Program. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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Cave, Kenneth “Ken”

Posted by on July 1, 2014

On June 30th, 2014 at age 87. Beloved husband of 57 years to the late Luella “Lou” (2013). Loving father of the late Katherine (1958), Sharon (Jeff) Ciebin, Sandra (Vince) Donaghey, Stephen (Carla) and Scott (Kimberly). Dear grandfather of Courtney, Samantha, Taylor, Christopher, Caitlyn and Vince Jr. Son of Elinor (1981) and Lawrence (1966). Brother of the late Dorothy (2005) and husband Doug (2014) Switzer. Ken retired from General Motors Transmission in 1989 after 46 years of service. He was an Associate Member, Executive Member and Past Membership Chairman of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594. A member of the Windsor Sportsmen Club. He enjoyed bowling, wood working, coin collecting and yearly trips to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. If you so desire, donations to the Poppy Fund (Legion Br. 594) or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. Visiting Thursday 3-5pm & 7-9pm. On Friday, a Legion Service under the auspices of Branch 594 will be held at 9:45am, followed by Funeral Service to celebrate Ken’s life Friday 10am. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment Victoria Memorial Gardens.
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SARTOR: Mary Bertha

Posted by on June 30, 2014
Sartor, Mary Bertha
At home on Monday, June 30, 2014 Mary (Robak) Sartor in her 90th year. 
Dear wife of Earl Sartor.  Loving mother of Philip (Cindy) Sartor.  Proud
grandmother of Ricki-Lynn Sartor.  Dear sister of Anne Sartor, Frank
Robak, Helen Perry, and Frances Trombley. There will be no funeral home 
visitation or service.  Cremation with interment in St. Peter's Cemetery.  
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. 
(John T. Donohue Funeral Home)


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MILSTEAD WARREN C.M., Violet “Vi” of Colborne, Ontario

Posted by on June 30, 2014

Vi for WebOctober 17, 1919 – June 27, 2014

Vi passed gently on June 27 surrounded by caregivers and her good friend Marilyn. In the background Vera Lynn was singing White Cliffs of Dover while goldfinches looked in from their feeder just outside her window. 

Born in Toronto October 17, 1919 to Edith and Harold Milstead, Vi had on brother Fred. All have predeceased her. 

As a young teenager Vi wanted to be a surgeon, but when her mother opened a wool shop, Vi was taken out of school, thus ending that dream. In the meantime Vi set her sights on aviation. Vi helped out in her mother’s shop, saving all of her earnings to pay for flying lessons. When she began flying lessons, her instructor had a film made, Let’s Learn To Fly, starring Vi. No doubt he chose Vi to demonstrate that “even girls can learn to fly”. Soon after she completed her Private Pilot License, her mother sold the wool shop and Vi lost her income source. So she started her own business to earn money to pay for her commercial lessons. 

Within the next 10 years, besides owning and operating a business in north Toronto, Vi taught others to fly at Barker Field. When civilian flying ceased during WW II, Vi joined the Air Transport Auxiliary in England, delivering airplanes from factories to military bases. With the ATA Vi logged over 600 hours on 47 different types of aircraft, 74 if we count different marks. As a First Officer, she was qualified on all but the four engine planes. After the war, Vi instructed again at Barker Field. One of the highlights of this time was flying 1946 Miss Canada to Washington to invite the President of the United States to Toronto for Canada’s first international air show. While at Barker Field Vi met Arnold, the man she later married. They moved to Sudbury, instructing and flying as bush pilots. They also worked stints at the Windsor Flying Club, and then on the Sagamo on Muskoka Lakes before moving to Indonesia where Arnold taught flying. Though officials gave Vi a piece of paper allowing her to fly in Indonesia, they would not hire a woman as an instructor. 

Once Arnold completed the terms of his contract, they returned to Canada where they found more lucrative employment, Arnold at a community college and Vi as a librarian at Orenda and the then Ontario Water Commission. They continued to fly recreationally after retirement, between the Magdalen Isands and Colborne. 

Vi was active in several Colborne organizations such as Inner Wheel (Rotary), Second Helpings, Meals on Wheels and volunteering in the elementary school. Some of the Rotary exchange students continue to keep in touch with Vi. Vi was a gracious hostess, warmly welcoming guests and wanting them to be comfortable. Vi deeply missed Arnold after his death in June, 2000, but she welcomed new friends in her life, particularly Marian Carter. They enjoyed wonderful times together until Marian’s passing. 

Vi has received many awards for her flying career and her community work, including an Amelia Earhart Medal, a Paul Harris Medal, the Rusty Blakely Memorial award, an Order of Canada, a Diamond Jubilee Medal and induction into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. 

Vi knew how she wanted to live her life and could be feisty if she sensed other people’s plans interfered with hers. 

Her wish to stay at home with her dog, in her beautiful log house was possible because of the loving care of a wonderful team of caregivers, as well as the St. Elizabeth personal support workers, nurses and others who attended to Vi’s personal needs. Neighbours, relatives and friends visited, often bringing some of Vi’s favourite food, a book, articles or photos. Visits usually included stimulating conversation over a glass of sherry. 

Vi will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families, Arnold’s three daughters and their families, as well as neighbours and friends. This tiny woman will leave a huge hole in our lives! 

There will be a celebration of Vi’s life on Saturday, July 5th at 1:30 p.m. with visitation starting at 12:30 at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Colborne. Following the service all are invited to a reception at the Colborne United Church. 

Memorial donations are welcome for the Vi Milstead and Arnold Warren Flight Training Scholarship Fund, the David Suzuki Foundation or a charity of your choice. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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KLEINSTIVER: Helen Elizabeth (Williams) of London and formerly of Dashwood and Bowmanville

Posted by on June 30, 2014

Kleinstiver, Helen-W150Peacefully, on Thursday June 26, 2014 at Mount Hope, London, Helen Elizabeth Kleinstiver (nee Williams) of London and formerly of Dashwood and Bowmanville in her 93rd year. Beloved mother of Peter (Sandra) and incredible grandmother to Jesse (Grande Prairie, Alberta), Benjamin (Laura) (Boston, Massachusetts) and Joshua (London, Ontario). Also survived by her sister-in-law and friend, Ruth Scott of Guelph as well as numerous nieces and nephews. After 63 years of marriage Helen was predeceased by her husband Lorne in 2009. After graduating from Normal School (teacher’s college) in Peterborough and receiving her Royal Conservatory diploma in music (piano), Helen taught kindergarten for over twenty-five years at Exeter Public School and Stephen Central School.  As a teacher, Helen touched so many lives in a most positive way. She will be remembered for her kindness, for her patience, and for her caring, gentle and selfless nature. Mom, Grandma and Aunt Helen – you will be dearly missed.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street West of Main) on Thursday, July 3rd from 7-9 PM.

Cremation has taken place followed by a private inurnment at Exeter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made either to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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LANGFORD: Alma M. C. (Trewartha) of Collingwood, and formerly of Exeter and Blanshard Township

Posted by on June 30, 2014

IMG-W150With sadness but in appreciation and celebration of a life well and truly lived, we announce the death of our mother at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital on June 27, 2014, in her 95th year. Born on December 24, 1919 in Goderich Township near Holmesville to Edgar and Ethel (Gliddon), Alma pursued her education in Clinton Secondary School and Stratford Normal School, accepting her first teaching position in Woodham from 1940 to 1944.  Alma married Kenneth Langford on June 3 of 1944, becoming a home-maker as well as a partner in the work and business of running the family farm, and raised three sons with Ken.  She also contributed to Woodham United Church and the larger community, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, and leading groups such as CGIT and WMS. Alma moved to Exeter following Ken’s death in 1978.  She became fully engaged in her new community as a member of Exeter United Church (choir member, board member, UCW leader, delegate to presbytery and conference), as a volunteer (South Huron Association for the Mentally Handicapped, Adult Literacy, Exeter Hospital Auxiliary, Exeter Villa, Dining for Seniors), as a capable and entertaining speaker and MC, and as a friend of many.  She was honoured with a Provincial Life Membership from the Hospital Auxiliary in 2006.  Alma enjoyed visiting her much-loved grandchildren or giving their parents much-needed relief.  She made quilts, pillow cases, needle point and mittens for all.  More recently she received great joy from great grandchildren.  Alma “retired” to Collingwood 5 years ago filling her days with knitting, embroidering, quilting and reading. Alma was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, her brother Norman and her sister Cora.  She is survived by her 3 sons, Walter (Mardy) of Elora, Don (Betty) of Collingwood, and Carl (Debbie) of Linwood, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Wednesday, July 2nd.     Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Kirkton Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Exeter United Church, South Huron Hospital or Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

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LOFT: Ron of R.R.#1 Ilderton

Posted by on June 30, 2014

At home, on his farm, on Friday, June 27, 2014, of R.R.#1 Ilderton in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Mary (Howe) Loft. Dear father of Scott and Lisa Loft of Ilderton, Mark and Julia Loft of Arva, Kim and Brad Fletcher of Lobo Twp., and Lisa and TJ Benoit of Appin. Cherished grandfather of Hailey, Natalie and Matthew; Lauren and Will; and Jackson and Tyler. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Carol and Dennis Adlington of Ilderton, Keith and Liz Loft of Ilderton, Jim and Sue Howe of Strathroy, and Linda and Steve Mekker of London. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Ron was actively involved in the community; as a Lions member for over 30 years and serving on municipal council. He had a passion for farming and his favourite pastime was entertaining his grandchildren. A special thank you to those who provided care and support throughout the years.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 1st at 11 AM with Rev. Barbara Clark officiating. Interment Littlewood Cemetery. There will be a Lions service in the funeral home on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers donations to the Ilderton United Church, the Ilderton Lions Club, or V.O.N. Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family.

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BOUK: John E “Jack” of London

Posted by on June 30, 2014

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It is with a heavy heart that Jack’s family announce the peaceful passing of a true gentleman, in his 96th year.  Loving and loyal, husband and soul mate for over 72 years to Dolly (Vera).  Predeceased by his sisters Elva Mae (late Donald) and Mary (late Nelson).  Loving father of Linda (Russ Bolton), David (Evelyn) and Lisa (Gary Gorham).  Poppa was an inspiration to his Grandchildren Anne Kuipers (Michael), Christine, Steven (Heather), Jeffrey, Daryl (Melissa), Jonathan and Sarah, as well as many great grandchildren.  Moreover, Jack and Dolly were thought of as parental figures by many of the extended family members.  He was “Poppa” to many and will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and special friends near and far.  Jack was born, lived his entire life and passed away on “Bouk’s Lane”, now known as Jarvis Street.  A self-educated man steeped in common sense, honesty and integrity.  There was no challenge he would not undertake.  He will be missed but continues to live in the hearts of those he touched.   A Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 501, Lambeth, 7097 Kilbourne Rd, London, ON N6P 1K5 or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME, 60 Ridout Street South, London.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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AUTHIER: John “Jack” of Chatham

Posted by on June 29, 2014

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A resident of Chatham, Jack Authier died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday June 28, 2014. He was born in Raleigh Township, 80 years ago on February 10, 1934, son of the late Fred & Rachel (Franklin) Authier. Beloved husband of 57 years to Marlene (McEwen) Authier. Loving father of Alison & Kerry Drew, and Andrea & Dennis Poole, all of Chatham. Cherished grandfather of Evan, Kiera, and Brielle Drew, Lauren and Alexandra Poole. Dear brother of Alfred & Margaret Authier of Wheatley, Bette Brooker (late Ralph) of Tilbury, and brother-in-law of Alan & Marion McEwen of Ridgetown. He will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Jack retired from Union Gas after a long career throughout Ontario. For a time during his career, he served as President of the Ontario Petroleum Institute. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff of Meadowpark Nursing Home for their care and compassion. Family will receive friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Wednesday July 2, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday July 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A Family Interment service will take place at Shanks Cemetery at a later date. If desired, please consider a memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in memory of Jack. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com 

McKinlay Funeral Home 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham 519-351-2040

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