Obituary of RAMRATTAN: Bob of Winnipeg Formerly of Trinidad

Posted by on January 21, 2018

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With his loving family by his side, Bob’s journey on this earth came to an end on November 6, 2017. Bob was a loving husband to Dianne and proud father to Ric (Sue – Alysha and Skot, Angela and Adam) and Alisa (Christine – Michael and Matthew). He was an adoring brother to Merle (Peter), Mona (Ashley), Ray (Sandra), Rudy (Sally), Christine (Ben), Gobin (Hema), Santi, Doolin and Dhano; and proud uncle to his 13 nieces and nephews. Bob had so many wonderful friends in his lifetime, in Canada and in Trinidad. Bob was born in Jordan Hill, Trinidad and came to Canada in 1960. On that first day he met his “wife to be” at the Java Shop. Not wasting any time, he asked her on a date to a cricket match at the City Park the next day, and the rest was history. Bob and Dianne raised their family in Winnipeg, MB and Kamloops, BC. Bob’s career spanned over 40 years working for the Province of Manitoba’s Department of Education and Northern Affairs, Red River College and Caribou College. What mattered most to Bob was his family, friends and the promotion of quality education and a meaningful job. He dedicated his own life to learning and educating others, first with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, followed by a Masters of Education from The University of Saskatchewan. He was a pioneer of adult education in Manitoba, bringing “made to fit” training programs to many rural and First Nations communities. His most prized accomplishment was the FRED project (Fund for Rural Economic Development) in the 1960s and 70s, where he had the chance to initiate and develop adult education training programs for the benefit of Manitoba’s Interlake region. In his final hours, Bob said “I had a good life and I will always be with you, in your hearts forever.

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Obituary of HUNTER: Roderick G.M. of Viking Formerly of Viking

Posted by on January 21, 2018

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The Arrow has taken flight. On January 6, 2018, Roderick George Maclean Hunter curled his last rock in the bonspiel of life, departing this world at age 74.

Rod was knighted “The Arrow” by the media back in the mid 60s because of his perfect delivery of the curling rock, but his life would show that this nickname suited him in more ways than one.

The arrow is the tool of the warrior. Rod’s fighting spirit led him to qualify for the Brier four times from 1970 to 1975 and capture back-to-back Silver Broom World Championships in 1970 and ’71, (going undefeated in 17 straight games but never bragging about it). It also got him inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as one of the top vice-skips ever to play the game. After moving to Alberta, he went on to win a Silver medal in the Canadian 55plus winter games with Vern and Jan Hafso and his wife, Louise. One of his proudest moments was standing on the podium with teammates Don Duguid, Jim Pettapiece, and Bryan Wood after winning the World Championships in Utica, New York, and listening to the Canadian National anthem play in his honour.

Rod was also the arrow in the compass, forever pointed north. He had answers to everything: Curling strategy, barbecue times, handy-man repairs, politics, Hollywood plot lines, Lego assembly, kids’ dress-up choices, hockey stats, world peace and the global economy. If there were any doubts, all you needed to do was ask, and he’d tell you he was right.

Like the arrows on a keyboard, his four surviving daughters – Onalee, Charlene, Andrea and Courtney – kept him moving in all four directions at once. His talent for diplomacy kept the family strong. He could always find a way to steer his girls in the right direction (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) and was instrumental in the achievement of their dreams. This talent also made him a great politician, which he excelled at in the last few years of his life as a proud Councillor in Viking, Alberta.

But Rod was also Cupid’s arrow, which he forever kept aimed at his surviving wife of 30 years, Louise Hunter. While nothing came before her, he had plenty of love to spare for to his two surviving brothers, John and Craig Hunter (with whom he adored sharing good scotch and long debates) his predeceased parents, Roderick O. A. and Doris Hunter, his mother-in-law, Louise C. Mihill, his surviving grandchildren – Maddyx, Noah, Sullivan, Gwynavere, Aiden and Aspen — and the countless friends who were so important to him. He also had a life-long love affair with cinnamon buns, the game of golf, celebrity encounters, a good rum (or more recently scotch), a perfectly cooked steak, the cabin at Clearwater Bay, storytelling, more storytelling, and of course his wiener dogs, who he’d let clean his face and spoon with him at night.

Like an arrow, Rod never wavered from his true path. He went from sweeping the finish off his childhood bedroom floor, to rising star at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg, to cleaning up at the curling World Championships. He went from patriotic Royal Canadian Sea Cadet, to Bachelor of Science student at the University of Winnipeg, to his first job at Richardson Securities, to General Manager at Dominion Tanners, to effective and caring Councillor in Viking, Alberta. He went from curling legend, to devoted husband, to inspiring father and proud grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be sent to the Viking Volunteer Fire Department at www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-viking-volunteer-fire-department-society or Viking Victims Services at www.beavercountyvictimservices.ca.

The family chooses to celebrate his life at the Viking Curling club, located in Rod’s hometown of Viking, Alberta at 3pm on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Those who loved Rod are invited to join the family in toasting his life and launching the arrow into his journey ahead. Wherever he’s pointed, in true Rod form, he’s bound for greatness.

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Obituary of BROMAROFF, Brenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 12, 2018

BROMAROFF, BRENDA – At Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Brenda Lee (Jolly) Bromaroff, age 60 of Sarnia passed away. She was the wife of the late Don Bromaroff (2015) and loving mother of Jody St. Pierre (Matthew), Diana (Franky) Bromaroff, Amy Bromaroff and Jimmy Bromaroff, dear grandmother of Shelby, Jayla, Preston, Sati and Arizona. She is also survived brother Raymond and Ronnie Jolly and sisters Mona Jolly Debbie Hayes. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Cremation has taken place and private family committal service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial donations made in memory of Brenda 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, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of Murray, Frances Beatty of Sarnia

Posted by on January 11, 2018

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

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

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Obituary of SKELTON, Catherine Frances (nee Laycock)

Posted by on January 4, 2018

SKELTON, Cathy (Cookie) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Cathy, 74, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on January 2nd, 2018. Loving mother of Lisa Gallant & Chad (Ashley). Proud Nana to Haley, Brooke, Cameron, Lily and Maddie. Sister to Dorothy Henning, Harold Laycock and Lorna McCracken. Pre-deceased by parents Russ and Pearl Laycock, sister Betty Hayward and brothers Max, Martin, Bill and Ted. 

Employed 38 years at GE/Black & Decker and 11 years at Johnson Controls. Recent employee of Casino Rama and devoted volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society and  Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, cooking and travelling near and far with family and closest girlfriends. Cathy also took great joy in participating in the lives of her grandchildren, whether it was trips to the zoo, taking them to lessons or work, she loved spending every minute she could with them.  Cathy’s overwhelming, generous and devoted support to her family & friends will be greatly missed. 

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1pm to 4pm at the Ivy Orange Hall, 5099 20th Sideroad of Essa Township. A private family interment will be held in the spring. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through peacefultransition.ca In lieu of flowers donations to the RVH and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of SHEARD, Richard Charles “Ric”

Posted by on December 7, 2017

Richard C. Sheard

July 31, 1953 – December 4, 2017

Richard (Ric) Sheard passed away in the arms of his family in Barrie Ontario on the evening of December 4 2017. He was taken by cancer.  Ric will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 46 years Judy Sheard, his son Eddie Sheard, his daughter Belinda Bailey and her partner Jim as well as Ric’s grandchildren Dylan, Chrystal, Robert, Jessica, Travis, Jesse and Hailey and his great granddaughter Justice. Ric was the beloved brother to Bob Wiggins and wife Nadia, Susan Sheard, Bobbie Sheard and wife Lauranne, Kathy Cooney and husband Jim and his brother-in-law Ed husband of Ric’s late sister Linda Aukema. Ric will also be missed by all of his nieces and nephews and friends.

Ric’s trucking handle was “The Dirty Dozen”. He drove truck all over North America and through the Rocky Mountains before they were safe to travel and drove the ice roads before they were safe enough to be on television.  He was fearless. He frequently provided aid and  comfort to accident victims and lost friends to mountain driving.  He trained others to drive truck and  helped set guidelines for safer trucking practices. The Dirty Dozen is blazing new trails now.

Ric lived life with joy and passion and accepted all that life brought him, whether good or bad. He loved completely. He travelled, he drove fast and well. He saw beauty in life. He laughed and sang. Ric left a mark on everyone he met. He encouraged everyone to find their strength and live life without regret.  He was larger than life. He was a protector, a teacher and a guide. A Gentle giant has fallen and his footprints can never be filled.

The Memorial will be held this Saturday December 9 at 2:00 pm followed by a luncheon at Orillia Kingdom Hall, 519 Laclie Street, Orillia.  There will also be a celebration of life in January 2018.  Details will be provided once they are confirmed.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Simcoe at www.hospicesimcoe.ca/donating/ or call 705-722-5995  Messages of condolence can be left at www.peacefultransition.ca

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Obituary of SIMMONS: LISLE of CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS Formerly of WINNIPEG, BRANDON, PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE

Posted by on December 7, 2017

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LISLE HUTSON SIMMONS
April 10, 1927 – November 19, 2017

With great sadness we announce the passing of our dear husband, companion, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend, Lisle Hutson Simmons.
Lisle was predeceased by his parents, Eunice and Merton Simmons; siblings Grantley (Doreen) and Corrine; and his granddaughter, Christina Simmons. He will be missed by his wife of 66 years, Joyce Simmons (née Watson) and their five children, Anderson (Joanne), Jean (Gregory), Antoinette (Richard), Judy (Rick) and Deborah (Geraint), all of Canada. He is also survived by his sons Eon (USA) and Tony (Barbados) and daughters, Gloria (Barbados), Anne (Canada) and Christina (Canada), daughter of his companion, Sanjean Pilgrim (Barbados).
He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Anthony (Jackie), Renee, Shelley (John), Natasha, Jeremy, Michelle, Danielle, Shana, Chad, Tosan and Tmiesan; four great grandchildren, Keenan, Brittany (Erin), Jordan, Teshawn and Tedra; and a great great grandson, Evander; as well as a niece, nephews and cousins, including Margaret Jordan, Kingsley Simmons and Carl Pilgrim, all of Great Britain; Enfield Forde, the Jones, Byron and Pilgrim families, all of Barbados. In Barbados he is also missed by friends Joan and Douglas Watson, Joslyn Browne, Cuthbert Belgrave, Earl Browne, MacCartney Welch, Vernon Mitchell, the Gill and Nurse families and the members of the Vauxhall community. The family would like to thank the health care providers in Canada and Barbados for their support and care over the years.
In Barbados Lisle was the first born of seven children. He moved to Canada in 1967 after serving as a police officer in Barbados. He completed a degree in social work and was employed as a rehabilitation counsellor by the Government of Manitoba. He loved life and thought greatly of Canada and Barbados. He was a very sociable and articulate man who also served as a justice of the peace. He believed in himself and others and supported educational and social causes for people who needed help in their communities.
A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Parish Church, Barbados, November 29th, 2017 at 2:30 pm with refreshments to follow. Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made through the Winnipeg Foundation, to the Barbados Association of Winnipeg Scholarship Fund, or to a charity of your choice.
Belmont Funeral Home
Belmont Road, St. Michael,
Barbados BB 11116
Tel: (246) 429-3343 (246) 429-2659. Fax: (246) 429-2532.
Email: belmont@caribsurf.com
After hours: (246) 231-9954

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Obituary of CASEY: Sharon Joy of Ottawa Formerly of Winnipeg and Lynn Lake of MB

Posted by on December 7, 2017

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Our dearly beloved Sharon Joy Casey suddenly passed at the age of 65 from a major stroke on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa, ON. She was surrounded by loving family. Her remains were cremated at the Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa where her son, Johnathan Whiteman, is buried. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to honour her and the courage, compassion, and wisdom that she bestowed unto others. Members of the local community held a memorial lunch on October 27 to pay tribute to her contributions and selflessness. More about Sharon can be found at https://www.afterlife.co/ca/obituary-ottawa-sharon-casey-6391987.

Cherished memories and condolences may be left at the above link as well. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Lung Cancer Canada. Sharon’s family is grateful for the sympathy and support received.

Sharon was an inspirational and awesome mother to Crystal, Mark, and predeceased son, Johnathan; endearing and delightful Nanny (grandmother) to Bryce, Kelsey, Liam, Ayva, Noah, and Toby (by common law); and wonderful friend to many. Beloved Grandmother Selina Blair (Halverson), Lillian Anne and Garfield Hall (whom were like a close aunt and uncle to her and her children), and Stepfather Harvey Johnson predecease Sharon. Brothers Douglas, Larry, and Hal Roy Johnson also predecease Sharon. Mother Dorothy Johnson, Brother Harvey Johnson, and her two dearest sisters, Deborah Pakulak and Lynda Klawitter live on.

Sharon is fondly remembered and immensely missed. In loving memory and respect, we toast in Sharon’s name and with a quote she shared not long before she passed,

“I can’t promise that I’ll be here for the rest of your life;
but I can promise that I’ll love you for the rest of mine.”

And she did. To infinity and beyond, Mum, always and forever.

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Obituary of McCARTHY, Terri of Sarnia

Posted by on November 29, 2017

McCARTHY, TERRI – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Helen Theresa “Terri” McCarthy, age 71 of Sarnia passed away. She was the dear mother to Michael Shepley (Jinna Zheng), grandmother to Angela, sister of Tim McCarthy and committed and loyal friend to many with whom she developed long lasting and caring relationships. She was predeceased by her parents TJ (1987) and Helen (1996). She will also be missed by her two cats, Peaches and Gabby. She was a passionate animal lover, ensuring that no stray cat ever went hungry. She worked in Sarnia for many years in the retail industry and as a personal support worker and was also an avid art lover. The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia for the gentle, compassionate and professional care they extended to her. Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) Friday, December 1, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Interment of her ashes will be held on Monday, December 4th, 10:30 am at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Sarnia Humane Society or St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. 

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Obituary of BUTTERMAN, Leo of Sarnia

Posted by on November 17, 2017

BUTTERMAN, LEO – Peacefully at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Leo Butterman passed away on Thursday November 16th, 2017 at the age of 75. Leo leaves behind his only son Gary and he is also survived by his sister Ella (Gord) Metcalfe, his brother Bill Murdock and Nieces Crystal Stark, Heather (Larry) Liar and Nephews Steve Wesley, Jeff (Michel) Wesley. Leo is Pre deceased by both his parents Beatrice and Francis Buttermen and by his Sister Margret. Leo will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all that knew him. A funeral service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. with visiting starting at 11:30 am prior to service time. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. Memorial donations in memory of Leo may be made to a Lambton Lung Association. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca .

 

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Obituary of O’DONNELL: Deanna Marie of Sarnia

Posted by on November 16, 2017

Peacefully, at home DEANNA O’DONNELL passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the age of 79. Dear mother of Daphne Hogan of London, Ontario, Loretta Hogan – Andrew (Bill) of Seaforth and  Sean Hogan (Diane) Campbell River, British Columbia. Cherished grandmother; Amanda, Nigel, Hayden, Allanah, Myles, Austin, Skyler, Olivia, Tess, Jack and great grandchildren; Aneka, Ryder and Logan. Will be missed by her siblings; Sally Turnbull (Gord), Larry O’Donnell (Barb). Predeceased by her parents James O’Donnell and Rhea Fawcett and brother Paul O’Donnell and grandson Mathew. Deanna was a loving and caring mother, who fulfilled a life – long dream of becoming a registered nurse. Attending St. Clair College of Nursing at the age of 33, while raising 3 young children. Deanna worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sarnia and finished her career at River District Hospital in St. Clair Michigan. She loved to entertain, having lovely gourmet dinner parties for family. Deanna also enjoyed the theatre and the symphony and had a passion and an eye for antiques indulging in the hobby of collecting. She loved to visit with her children and grandchildren and enjoyed their school ceremonies. Deanna was very proud of all her children and instilled a love of music in all of them. Following Sean’s musical career was a great source of pride for her. Mom had a great sense of adventure and was always up for a trip somewhere. In her later years she enjoyed going to the library and her favorite restaurant the Cromwell Grill where the staff always treated her with respect and care.  Special thanks to Lambton Elderly Outreach who was there keeping mom company until the end. Mom will be forever loved and missed. Cremation has taken place. Service will be at the Royal Canadian Legion Front St Sarnia, Monday November 20th, 3pm Luncheon to follow. Memorial donations in memory of may be made to Lambton Elderly Outreach or a Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Obituary of SWEENEY, Norman Richard

Posted by on November 15, 2017

SWEENEY, Norman Richard

It is with heavy hearts we announce Norman’s sudden passing on November 14, 2017 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie in his 72 year.  Beloved friend and partner of Joyce Robertson of Barrie. Beloved father of Lisa Sweeney of Edmonton, AB, Christie Perrin of Calgary, AB and Tammy Miller of Penticton, B.C.  Cherished grandfather to 7 grandchildren.  Survived by his siblings Ed Sweeney of Brighton, On., Brian Sweeney of Barrie, On., Linda Sallans of Barrie, On., Beverley Murray of Barrie, On., Barry Sweeney of Barrie, On., Norma Jean Swackhammer of Langley, B.C., Jim Sweeney of Ancaster, On., Neil Hodgson of Midland, On., and Dale Sweeney of Angus, On.  Pre-deceased by his parents Irene Sweeney and Norman Sweeney and wife Sharon.

In keeping with Norman’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Messages of condolence can be left at www.peacefultransition.ca

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Obituary of BUNN, Elsie (nee Galer)

Posted by on November 15, 2017

BUNN, Elsie (nee Galer) –

Elsie passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Roberta Place Lodge, Barrie ON at the age of 83.  She was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 35 years Lyle Bunn, her son Terence Goldrick, as well as her siblings Jean Piragoff (Fred), Frank Galer (Olga), Karen Savulak (Bill), Nick Galer (June), Victor Galer (Nellie), and Allan Galer. Elsie leaves behind her sons Richard Goldrick, and Randal Goldrick and her daughter Debby (Larry Luckett) Goldrick as well as her step-daughters Debbie (Eddy) DeMarco, Jo-Anne (Bob) Harris and Brenda Bunn.  Cherished grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 13. Dear sister to Mary Geller. Elsie will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews as well as her extended family and friends.

Born in Garland, Manitoba, Elsie spent her early years growing up on the farm. After finishing Secretarial School in Winnipeg Elsie married Raymond Goldrick and raised their 4 children in Ontario. She worked throughout these years and eventually found her calling at North York Public Library.

After Elsie’s first marriage ended she met and eventually married Lyle in 1981. After her battle with Ovarian Cancer, Elsie and Lyle retired early and moved to Novar to enjoy life, spending the next 35 years in very active retirement. They joined The Huntsville Square Dancing Club and spent many an evening and weekend dancing across northern Ontario. At every opportunity they took advantage of what life had to offer them and would often take spontaneous trips across Canada to see family members or to see something new. They spent 13 winters in Yuma, Arizona, enjoyed being an integral part of the Burks Falls Art Club, and they opened and ran a successful Bed and Breakfast and greeted guests from around the world. Elsie was diligent about keeping in touch with many of these guests and many years after Bunn’s Place closed, Elsie still enjoyed corresponding with past guests from all over the world.

For years, Elsie’s Essays were sent out at Christmas time to share details of the year with family and friends alike. As cancer survivors themselves, Lyle and Elsie gave back to the community by becoming volunteer drivers for the Cancer Society taking patients to appointments from Sudbury to Toronto and many points in between. Lyle used to say that he was the driver and Elsie was the bonus.

After losing Lyle in November 2016, Elsie found a way to continue without him by becoming immersed in all that Roberta Place had to offer.  Her strong will carried her through and she found comfort by making new friends and joining many of the activities including art classes.  Elsie’s friends enjoyed her wit, laughter and spunky spirit.

A tribute to Elsie and a celebration of life will be planned for next spring/summer where Lyle and Elsie’s ashes will be scattered together.  If you would like to be informed of the day and time of this celebration of life, please contact Jo-Anne Harris (ragrugs@hotmail.com) or Debby Goldrick (d.goldrick@yahoo.ca)

In keeping with Elsie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Elsie’s enjoyment of art, donations can be made to the Burk’s Falls Art and Crafts Club Art Centre, or The Lung Association as a tribute to her son Terence. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at 991 Anna Maria Avenue, Innisfil ON L9S 1V5.  Messages of condolence can be left at www.peacefultransition.ca

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Obituary of STOGRIN: Sally Joyce (nee Roschuk) of Selkirk Formerly of Chatfield, Manitoba

Posted by on November 3, 2017

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SALLY JOYCE STOGRIN (nee Roschuk) Peacefully on October 21, 2017 in her 76th year. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. After an unexpected lengthy stay in the hospital Sally left us with some of her family by her side. She was comforted to the end. Pre deceased by her husband Frank Stogrin (2012), parents William and Sophie Roschuk, in-laws Anne and Nick Polny, and her sister Rosie Roy and infant brother Danny. She leaves behind her children William Stogrin (Jocelyn), Sophie Stogrin (Neil), Carol Stogrin, Patricia Hawke (Ward), Katherine Green (Joseph), Joseph Stogrin (Tanya) grandchildren Steven Stogrin, Sarah Desveaux (Darryl), Shannon Prejet (Donovan), John Green (Morgan), Scott Green (Kathryn), Shane Snow (Colette), Shawna Snow (Jason), Caitlyn Stogrin-Voisine (Ryan), Amanda Stogrin, Chris Stogrin, great-grandchildren Clare, Grace, Ruth, Tess, Dominic, and Keira. Sisters Mary Kosc, Stella Locosavich, Vicky Denton , Lorea Pleshka, and the Roschuk brothers John, Joe, Kazmir, Peter, several brothers/sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and too many cousins to mention. Sally was born August 8, 1942 near Poplarfield Manitoba. She met and married her sweetheart Frank in 1957 and they then moved to Toronto for a few years, and then on to Mississauga in 1964. They worked and raised their family in the same house until 1992, as Frank’s uncle John passed away and they then moved to Chatfield Manitoba to live on the Stogrin farm. They lived a happy life during those semi-retirement years. Mom was unresponsive for several hours before she passed and suddenly talked, her last words were the ball is stuck, then she called out O72. Mom loved her Bingo, and spent many hours at the Poplarfield Hall, assisting with bingo fundraising events, socials, funerals, cleaning the hall and having many chuckles with her friends there. No one can argue Mom made the best Perogies ever! Mom did not want a formal service, for this reason cremation has taken place and a graveside burial will take place next summer near the family homestead. All are welcome to join us, bring a joke as Mom loved to laugh.

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Obituary of Gibson, Helen Marion

Posted by on November 3, 2017

Gibson, Helen Marion
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Helen Gibson with her family by her side on Sunday October 22, 2017 at Tuxedo Villa, Winnipeg at 95 years old. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Bruce, his wife Erika and her grandchildren Hope and Robyn, Helen is predeceased by her husband Harry and her son Bob. Friends are invited to join the family for a Graveside Ceremony at the Stayner Union Cemetery on Monday November 13, 2017 at 12 noon. If desired, donations to the Canadian Hemophilia Society would be appreciated by Helen’s family. A remembrance service will be held at a later date in Sudbury to celebrate Helen’s life.Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home. For further information, please visit www.carruthersdavidson.com

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Obituary of SOANES: Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) of London

Posted by on November 2, 2017

SOANES, Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) … Valerie passed peacefully after a long struggle with cancer on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in London Ontario. Valerie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 19, 1955 to Herbert (deceased 2007) and Elsie Derksen (Kehler). In 1976, Valerie married Brian Soanes in Thunder Bay, Ontario and together they raised their son Darryl (predeceased in 2005) and daughter Allison (Soanes Park) (Rusty). She is survived by her mother Elsie, husband Brian, sisters Dianne (Frank Grant), Pamela (Tom Francis), brother Daniel and grandchildren Jalen Soanes, Elias and Shannon Park. A celebration of Valerie’s life will take place at the Highland Country Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London on Friday, November 10, 2017, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm . Interment will take place, next to her son, on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, 455 Lagimodiere Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba (please check www.amgfh.com for updates). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Brain Research, 123 St George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3A1. Special thanks to Dr. Hahn and Lyn Kligman at the London Cancer Centre and the tremendous work of the nurses and support workers at both Victoria Hospital and Parkwood Institute. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of LAING: Olive I. (née Henderson), of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Posted by on October 31, 2017

LAING, Olive I. (née Henderson), of London, formerly of St. Thomas and Winnipeg, passed away peacefully at the McCormick Home on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in her 100th year. Beloved wife of the late G. Bailey Laing (October 25, 1994).  Loved mother of Shirley West and her husband Gary of London.  Olive is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was the last remaining member of her generation in our family, having been predeceased by three sisters, Alice Rae, Vera Hodgson, and Edna MacLeod, and by a brother, Stuart Henderson.  Born in Roland, Manitoba on October 4, 1918, she spent her childhood and early adult years in Morden, Manitoba and Winnipeg.  Although Olive moved to St. Thomas from Winnipeg in her late 20’s, she remained a Westerner at heart.  She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Catherine (née Linn) Henderson.  Olive was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St.Thomas, and previously a member of the former Alma Street Presbyterian Church where she was an active volunteer for many years.  Olive was a voracious reader; she loved the classics and poetry, in particular.  She also enjoyed many sports, including a good game of badminton or golf with her family and friends.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, November 24th at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Olive’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of SWETLISHNOFF, Jack of Petrolia and Sarnia

Posted by on October 27, 2017

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

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Obituary of Monaghan, Bernadette May of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

Monaghan, Bernadette May (O’Keefe) – At Marshall Gowland Manor Nursing Home in Sarnia, on Thanksgiving Day October 9th, 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016). Bern is survived by two sons, Dennis (Dee) and Cook (Mary), her grandchildren Lindsay (James), Donald, Ellis, and Evelyn, and two great-grandchildren Madison and Arthur. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5th-9th, 2017. Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A heartfelt “thank-you” to Cousins Muggs, Jackie, Dela and neighbour Bonnie for their support, their time, and their every effort and thank you, Mary, for everything; and thank you Evelyn for carrying on a tradition of strong women within this family. As she wished, mom will be cremated, however, friends and family can visit, share, and laugh, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia Branch 62, 286 Front Street north on October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice 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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Obituary of FAST: Jeffrey Allan of Foxboro

Posted by on October 10, 2017

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

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

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

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”

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Obituary of O’CONNOR, Jonathan of Grand Bend, formerly of Vancouver, age 47

Posted by on October 10, 2017

O’CONNOR:  Jonathan Ian O’Connor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10th 2017, at home, surrounded by family, after a long fight with cancer.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jon, known for his sporting achievements, excelled in both hockey and soccer, went to South Huron District High School and then Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. After receiving an MA in International Studies from University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK,  Jon moved to Singapore and traded oil for several banks. His trading career culminated as Head Trader for Merrill Lynch in London, England. In 2012, Jon and family returned to Canada, where he founded a hops import and export company in British Colombia, with an Ontario office in Centralia. His passion for sports never waned.  Husband and best friend of Elaine (Shields) O’Connor, recently of Edmonton.  Loved and devoted father of Oscar, Caroline and Constance O’Connor.  Forever loved son of Dr. Liam O’Connor and his wife Wendy of Grand Bend and dear brothers David O’Connor (Silvia) and Dane Richardson (Emily).  Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. Also mourned by the Allen and Shields families.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Son Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with Family and Parish prayers being offered at 8:45 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Fr. Len Desjardins Celebrant.  Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to: Health Partners International or Grand Bend Community Health Centre or charity of choice.  For Private Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of ROBERTSON, Edward John of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on September 28, 2017

Passed away peacefully at Golden Plough Lodge, Cobourg on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Dilys Robertson.  Loving father of Anne Kinghorn (Johnathan), Fiona Robertson, Jane Planner (Stuart), Amy Dull (Michael) and Tom Robertson (Erin).  Proud grandfather of Thomas Kinghorn, Jennifer Kinghorn, Peter Robertson, Eleanor Robertson, Maggie Robertson and Isaac Dull.  Brother of the late Bruce Robertson.  A Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date, details to be announced on the MacCoubrey Funeral Home website.  The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Golden Plough Lodge for their care.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Golden Plough Lodge. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of VAN OSCH, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87

Posted by on September 15, 2017

VAN OSCH: Unexpectedly, at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family, on Thursday, September 14, 2017, Paulina “Paula” Jacoba (Pubben) Van Osch of Grand Bend (RR 1, Dashwood), formerly of RR 2, Crediton, age 87. Beloved wife of the late Harry Van Osch (2006). Loved mother of Elizabeth Sullivan and husband Richard Smith of Calgary, AB, Gerald and Carrie Rose Van Osch of Grand Bend, Mary Van Osch and husband John Andruschak of Vancouver, B.C., Fred and Shelley Van Osch of Grand Bend and Teresa Van Osch and partner Mylo Einarson of Winnipeg, MB. Cherished Gramma and Oma of Jacqueline and Cameron, Joseph, Kylen, Kurtis, Jaron, Nicholas, Jeremy, Paula, Kaitlin and Duncan, Skylar and fiancée Lorin, Brendon and Michelle. Treasured Great-Gramma of Vivienne and Madden. Also remembered by her step-grandchildren Tiffany, Brittany and niece Ria. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ida and John Janssen, Ger and Truus Hesen, Sjaak Van Osch, William Van Osch, Truus and Harry Grubben all of the Netherlands. Loved by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Godfried and Marie Elisabeth (Janzen) Pubben, sisters Lies Geurts and Petranella Lips, brothers John Pubben and Theo Pubben. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Len Desjardins Celebrant. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Harry and Paula married in Holland, April 21, 1954 and immigrated to Canada April 28, 1954 and farmed in the Crediton and Mount Carmel area for many years. They were married for over 50 years and she enjoyed 35 retirement years wintering in Port Charlotte.  Paula will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humour, kind and compassionate heart.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and more recently enjoyed close companionship with her brother-in-law Sjaak.  If desired, memorial donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of WARNER: Clayton Edward

Posted by on September 6, 2017

WARNER, Clayton Edward

It is with deep sadness our family announces the passing of Clayton at the age of 35, on September 3, 2017. Partner of Stefanie Knott who also has left us. Buddy to Shane. Beloved son of David and Randi Warner, and much-loved bother of Lindsay (Diane) and Quincy (Michelle). Clayton was an awesome uncle to Saprina (Erik), Rori, and Jeremy, and great uncle to Ciaran. Dear nephew of Chris and Peggy, Brad and Corrine, Bruce and Sharyn all of Manitoba, Terri and Tim of St. Catharines, Lois of Fergus, and Audrey of Sutton. He was a friend to so many and will be sadly missed. Private Cremation. A Visitation will be held at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N, Waterdown on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 12 p.m., until the time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers Clayton would appreciate donations made to the Hamilton SPCA or McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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Obituary of 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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