ROMANIUC, Anatole of Ottawa

Posted by on March 7, 2018

February 28, 1924 – March 5, 2018

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Anatole, at home in Ottawa, after an incredibly rich and fortunate 94 year life.  He was the loving husband of Maria Romaniuc (nee Teofilovic), proud father of Lara (Paul Saurette) and Alex (Rachel Creane), and ecstatic ‘Koko’ to his grandson Belmont (or ‘Penchyk’ as he was fond of calling him) – who always inspired bursts of laughter from Anatole…and vice versa.
His life was truly an adventure from start to finish. Born in 1924 in Ukraine (in what was formerly Bessarabia and part of Romania), he not only lost his own father early in life, but was forced to flee across Europe during the second world war, an experience that included successfully escaping both the (precursor to) the KGB and the Gestapo (twice!) and being separated from his mother and sister for 16 years because of the war. 
Against all odds, he managed to pursue university studies at the University of Erlangen in Germany and the University of Leuven in Belgium where he earned a Ph.D in Economics. He also undertook post-graduate training in Paris and at Princeton University.
He began his career as a demographer in the Belgian Congo, as Chief of the Demography Bureau (1953 – 1961), where he led the first population census in that country. With the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo he joined the University of Kinshasa as a researcher while continuing to serve the Congolese Central Government in his capacity as adviser on population to the Minister of Planning and Economic Coordination.
In 1961, he was recruited to Princeton as a research associate (leading him to learn his 6th language – English) and then, in 1964, decided to move to Canada because he found it a welcoming country while visiting for an academic conference.

In Canada, he pursued an academic career as Professor at the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal. He occupied senior positions at Statistics Canada (1968-1993), including as Director of the Demography Division.

He was Fellow of the US Population Council (1961–62), President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers and a longstanding member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He was honored for his many contributions to international and Canadian demography with a special issue of the Canadian Studies in Population.

In 1970, while in Montreal, he met and married his love, Maria. There they welcomed their son Alex.  Soon after, they made a permanent move to Ottawa, where they welcomed their daughter Lara and made their home for the next 46 years.
Anatole retired in 1993 after a long and illustrious career at StatsCan. Never one to ride off into the sunset, Anatole immediately took up a position as an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and spent the next 20 years researching and publishing extensively – completing his final article less than a year before his death.
No matter how busy he was professionally, however, he always found time and energy to help and mentor all those around him. In fact, as his children can attest, no matter was too small for Anatole to offer some friendly advice – whether solicited or not.  As he used to say, you don’t have to ‘listen to me’, but you do have to listen to me ;)
We will always treasure our memories of his loving and generous spirit, as well as his ’never-say-die’ determination. 
Friends are invited to join the family on Sunday, March 11, 2018 anytime between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for an informal reception to share memories of his life over refreshments at The Whelan Funeral Home515 Cooper St. (between Bay & Lyon), 613-233-1488. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Centre

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TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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DEASE, Donald of Sarnia

Posted by on January 23, 2018

DEASE, DONALD – With sadness the family announces the passing of Donald Richard Dease, age 81 of Sarnia, at Bluewater Health on Monday, January 22nd, 2018, peacefully surrounded by his dear family. He was the husband of Nancy (Taylor) Dease, loving father of Karen Dease-Boden, Marc (Karen) and Kristi Dease-Waluchow (Bob) and loving grandpa of Carleigh (Andrew) Bain, Craig (Kailey), Brock (Lisa Campanale), Ian, Ryan, Danielle (Josh Randall) and Kaitlyn (Josh Pastorius) and great granddaughter Emmy Bain. He was the brother of Peachy (Sandy) McGeachy, and Bev Mann and Brother-in-law Carol Chambers-DeGraff (Peter), Murray. Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Bessie, his son Bruce (1958), sister Carol, brothers in law John Mann, John Moser, Fred Chambers, Peter Dicks, Jim Taylor and great nephew Liam McGeachy. He was a gifted artist who spent hours working on his bird carvings, wood burnings and scratchboards, while listening to music and oldtime radio shows in his shed. Don enjoyed watching old movies with his family, working out at Ironworks Gym, and hanging out at the mall with longtime friends, Arn, Rich and Glen. He was a lifelong member of Canon Davis Memorial Church and 3C Carvers. Don founded in 1971, then retired from Art & Letters Signs in 2001. Friends will be received on Thursday, January 25 from 7:00-9:00PM at D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St. A memorial service will take place Friday, January 26 at 11:00AM at Canon Davis Memorial Church, 380 Maxwell St. Sarnia with visitation at 10:00AM before the service. Cremation has taken place and internment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. A special thanks to Dr. Haddad, and ICU nurses, Laura, Julie, Jaime, Georgia and Nicole whose tender loving care during his final days were a comfort to us all. Memorial donations made in memory of Don made to Canon Davis Memorial Church, Bluewater Health, or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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HERSEY: Edward Eli of Cote-Saint-Luc

Posted by on January 21, 2018


Sadly, Edward Hersey, Son of the late Joseph & Molly Herscovitch, father of Ian & the late Stewart & x-husband Of Eileen & Grandfather of Serina & Hanna & Brother of the late Charles (Chuck) & Brother of Dorothy Waxman & Brother in Law of Leonard Waxman & Uncle of Rana, Jordan & Atie Waxman & Great Uncle of Jacob, Jonah, Lilly & Ella, passed away at 83 years old, while setting a spell on his veranda, looking out at a beautiful view of the Lord’s natural creation, hopefully, finally finding peace.
The Late, Edward Hersey’s Funeral will be held:
1 pm, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
Chesed Shel Emes Jewish Funeral Home
935 av Beaumont, Montréal, QC H3N 1W3
Onsite parking is extremely limited.
Donations can be made in memory of Ed to the Canadian or US Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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CHARBY: Darlene, of RR3, Shedden, Ontario (Frome)

Posted by on January 8, 2018

CHARBY, Darlene, of RR3, Shedden (Frome), passed away at her residence on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in her 55th year.  Partner of Gerald “Jed” Rycroft.  Daughter of Vera Charby and the late John Davis (1987).  Mother of Kimberlee Palmer (Mike Leroux), and Crystal Palmer (Darcy MacLeod), and grandmother of Hayley Palmer, Mikayla Leroux, Dallas MacLeod, and Kane MacLeod.  Sister of Kathleen “Kay” Campbell (Andrew), Donald “Joe” Gauvin (Joan Duclos), Danny Gauvin, and Benny Gauvin (Peggy Pettigrew).  Also remembered by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Darlene was born in Magog, Québec on August 27, 1963.  She formerly worked as a hostess at Tim Hortons, 995 Talbot St., St. Thomas.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Darlene’s life will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Friday, January 12th at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.  Relatives and friends will be received prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined. Memorial donations to Pets/Friends for Life or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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POOLEY: Stephen Matthew "Steve" of Vancouver, BC Formerly of Pointe Claire, Quebec

Posted by on January 3, 2018


Stephen “Steve” Matthew Pooley. August 16th, 1953 – January 1st, 2018

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Stephen Matthew Pooley, who died on January 1st, 2018, at St. Michael’s Hospice after a lengthy illness. Steve is survived by his much-loved daughter, Erin, son, Mathew, grandchildren, Asha and Everett, and wife, Joanne. Steve was a wonderful artist and sign painter, and, in his last few years, he enjoyed painting representations of landmark signs around Vancouver. His decades-long career in the movie industry was a source of great pleasure for Steve, and he made many dear friends in the industry. Steve had a particular talent for friendship–some of his closest friends were from his childhood and teenage years. John Daly–a friend from their days at Eric Hamber high school–was by his side every day in his last several weeks. Steve is also survived by his parents, Don and Kate Pooley, and his five siblings, Johnny, Tony (Charmaine), Elizabeth (Paul), Sheila (James), and Mark, as well as many nieces and nephews. A private celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Steve’s memory to St. Michael’s Hospice, Burnaby.

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SULLIVAN, James William of Sombra

Posted by on December 18, 2017

Captain James Sullivan passed away suddenly at his home in Sombra in his 96th year on December 17, 2017. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty and by his parents William and Evelyn (Dawson) Sullivan. Loving father of Alan (Guelph), Carol (Gary Smith, Montreal). Cherished grandfather of Victoria of Toronto, Katharine of Guelph, Alexei of Montreal, Elena (Bruno) of Les Cedres and great-grandfather of Taylor. Survived by his sister Mildred Manser of Sarnia and two nieces Margaret Manser and Mary Fuller. Jim was a long time employee of Misener Transportation and rose through the ranks to become Captain on the Great Lakes, a position he held for 33 years. In the latter years of his career he was appointed as Commodore of the Fleet. He was a proud member of Sombra Masonic Lodge and was the recipient of the William Mercer Wilson award for Meritorious Service.
Friends and family will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden, on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:00am with visitation starting at 10:00am from the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Charity of Choice.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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SINOPOLI: Yvana Marie of Toronto, Ontario

Posted by on December 7, 2017


SINOPOLI, Yvana Marie – (May 10, 1946 – November 18, 2017)
After a valiant battle with cancer, Yvana Sinopoli (nee Fortin) passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, at the age of 71.

Born in St. Jean-Port-Jolie, Quebec on May 10th, 1946 to the late Yvan and Germaine (nee Charland) Fortin.

Yvana will be forever remembered by her husband, Nicola Sinopoli, of 52 years. Dearly missed by her daughter Marianne (Chris) Gowanlock and her grandchildren, Joseph, Robert, Christina and Blake. Lovingly remembered by siblings Arlette (David Moffatt) and Yanick Fortin and many nieces and nephews. Reunited in heaven with sisters Micheline (nee Fortin) Desbois and Colinette (nee Fortin) Barrette.

Honouring Yvana’s wishes a private burial was held on Tuesday November 21st, 2017 at Beechwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either Baycrest Health Sciences Centre at the The Shirley and Philip Granovsky Palliative Care Unit or the Canadian Cancer Society.

SINOPOLI, Yvana Marie – (10 mai 1946 – 18 novembre 2017)
Après une lutte acharnée contre le cancer, Yvana Sinopoli (née Fortin) est décédé paisiblement, samedi le 18 novembre 2017, à l’âge de 71 ans, à l’hôpital Baycrest Health Sciences de Toronto.

Né à Saint-Jean-Port-Jolie, Québec le 10 mai, 1946, fille de feu Yvan et de feue Germaine (née Charland) Fortin.

Yvana restera à jamais dans les mémoires de son mari, Nicola Sinopoli, de 52 ans. Elle sera manqué beaucoup par sa fille Marianne (Sinopoli) Gowanlock et à ses petits-enfants, Joseph, Robert, Christina et Blake. Chère sœur d’Arlette (David Moffatt) de Prince Edward County et de son frère Yanick Fortin de Marathon, ainsi que de nombreux nièces et neveux. Réunis au paradis avec ses sœurs Micheline (née Fortin) Desbois et Colinette (née Fortin) Barrette.

Honorant les vœux d’Yvana, une inhumation privée a eu lieu mardi le 21 novembre 2017 au cimetière Beechwood.

Au lieu de fleurs, des dons peuvent être faits à l’hôpital Baycrest Health Sciences Centre de l’unité de soins palliatifs « The Shirley and Philip Granovsky » ou à la Société Canadienne du Cancer.

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MACKAY, Flora Louise of Brocvkille, ON and formerly of Montreal, QC

Posted by on November 29, 2017

MACKAY, Flora Louise
Peacefully entered into rest at the Brockville General Hospital Charles St. Site on Sunday November 26th, 2017. Flora (Hunter) of Brockville and formerly of Montreal aged 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Percy Mackay. Loving mother of Gary Mackay(late Donna) (Karen Lemieux) of Mallorytown and the late Wayne Mackay. Cherished grandmother of Karen and Andrew Mackay (Tracey); and great grandmother of Paige, Heather and Haven Mackay. Dear sister of Margaret Knowlton, Jean Hunter De Montigny and the late Eddie Hunter, Nicky Mofford and Marjorie Freeman. Will also be missed by several nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (Butler) Hunter.
By request, a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. In memory of Flora donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville. Messages of Condolence may be sent online at

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MOORE, Leslie Llewella (nee Dewar) of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 28, 2017

Passed away peacefully on November 27, 2017 in her 71st year at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, surrounded by her loved ones.  Dearly beloved wife and best friend of Richard, loving mother of Nancy Love.  Leslie was pre-deceased by her parents Rob Dewar, mother Jane (nee Curtis) and sister Krista, survived by sisters Signey and Lisa.  Leslie was born in Omemee Ontario and grew up in Montreal, Quebec.  She will be greatly missed by friends and family in Northumberland County, Toronto, Montreal, Oakville, New Brunswick, London Ontario, London England, County Cork Ireland and across the USA.  Leslie’s positive caring loving outlook on life and that special smile will be missed by all.  Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life gathering at the Best Western, Cobourg in ballroom B on Friday December 1st, 2017 from 2-5 pm.  Special thanks to doctors Broderick, Amin, Pepper, Xi, Ibrahim, Vaughan and Parravano and the wonderful nursing staff on 2B at Northumberland Hills Hospital.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.  Condolences received at

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SILCOTT: John Joseph Sr. of Belleville

Posted by on November 3, 2017

Silcott, John Joseph Sr. – peacefully at Q.H.C. Belleville General Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, in his 77th year. Son of the late Joseph and Jane Silcott. Dear father of Virginia (George) Nehme of Toronto, Frances Tom (Ian Blagrove) of Belleville, John Joseph Silcott Jr., of Toronto, James (Jennifer) Silcott of Belleville, Tina Silcott (Tyrone Dixon) of Belleville, Lorne McNally of Trenton and survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brother of James  and Martha, both of Montserrat, West Indies, Virginia and Marion of New York, George of England, Elizabeth of Ontario and remembered by Antoinette of Montreal and Joseph of Ottawa.

Arrangements in the care of Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) Belleville. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Following the service there will be a reception at the Steele Family Centre.

If desired, Memorial donations to St. Thomas Church or Prostate Cancer Canada would be appreciated.

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ARBLASTER: Wendy of London Formerly of Sarnia, Montreal

Posted by on November 3, 2017


Gordon Keith Arblaster, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Windermere on the Mount in London, Ontario on October 11th in his 88th year. For 59 years, the beloved husband of Jean (nee Laithwaite). Loving father to Wendy Arblaster (Terry Jarvis) of London and Sara Arblaster (Hillar Heine) of Toronto, and cherished grandfather to Shelby Arblaster, of Portland, ME. Fondly remembered by his siblings-in-law Frances Hook of Egmondville, ON, Alan Hiles of Calgary, AB, Kelly and Mary Cameron of Sumter, SC, and numerous relatives and friends.

Pre-deceased by his parents John Henry (Jack) Arblaster (1969) and Lillian (nee Parrish) (1989), his brother Ross (1976), and siblings-in-law Irene Hiles, Violet MacKenzie, Audrey Arblaster and Stephen Hook.

Gord was the long-time General Manager of the London Transit Commission and former President of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). Born in Montreal in 1929, Gord’s family moved to Sarnia where he attended Sarnia Collegiate Institute of Technology and then on to London, where he began his career and family.

Gord was a proud alumnus of South Collegiate in London, which he established as superior to Oakridge, from which both his daughters graduated. Gord delighted in summer days spent at the family cottage at Hardwick Cove on the shores of Lake Huron laughing with family and friends. He loved nothing better then to get in the car, by himself or with his family, and explore Canada. One of his most recent cherished trips was across the country with his granddaughter in 2015. Awarded for his perseverance in inclement weather, he will be remembered as a hopeful cross-country skier. He held a special spot in his heart for his brothers-in-law and their many political debates and jokes.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be held at a later date. Please send online condolences to . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be forwarded to the Men’s Mission and Rehabilitative Centre in London, ON.

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BOUFFARD: Phyllis (née Booker), of St. Thomas, Ontario, formerly of Montréal, Québec.

Posted by on November 2, 2017

BOUFFARD, Phyllis (née Booker), of St. Thomas, formerly of Montréal, QC, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in her 78th year.  Sister of Marie Hutchings of St. Thomas, Dorothy Brown of St. Thomas, Sandra Minor (Paul) of Sparta, and Ernest Booker of Pakenham.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Phyllis was predeceased by three sisters; Leatha Gowanlock, Ruth Roberts, and Josephine “Jo” Morris, by two brothers; Bill and David Booker (Doreen of Windsor), by five brother-in-laws; George Gowanlock, Charles Roberts, Vernon Hutchings, Stewart Brown, and Garry Morris, and by a sister-in-law, Wanda Booker.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late O. William “Bill” and Ella (née Lumley) Booker.  Phyllis was a former employee of Starwood Hotels, St. Thomas, following her retirement from the Bank of Nova Scotia, where she worked for 34 years.  She was a member of the former Sparta Baptist Church.  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 Saturday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m.  Interment of her cremated remains will be made privately in Sparta Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Sjögren’s Society of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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GRATTON, Marjorie Anna of Kanata formerly of Grand Bend and Montreal, age 90

Posted by on October 26, 2017

GRATTON:  Peacefully, at Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital, Ottawa on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Marjorie Anna Gratton formerly of Kanata, Grand Bend and Montreal, age 90.  Much loved daughter of the late Noah (1962) and Sophia (Eisenbach) Gratton (1985).  Dear sister of Doreen Cass and her husband Douglas of Kanata.  Forever remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her sisters Ilene Gratton, Carrie Ellen Gratton, brother Leslie Gratton and his wife Florence.  At Marjorie’s request, no formal services will be held.  Graveside Interment for family and friends will be held at the Grand Bend Cemetery on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Mr. Don Gratton Officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at

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D’AMOURS: Denise of Montréal formerly from Edmundston in New-Brunswick

Posted by on October 24, 2017

Mrs. Denise D’Amours from Montréal formerly from Edmundston in New-Brunswick passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the age of 61. She was the daughter of the late Rodrigue D’Amours and of the late Freda Fournier, the dear sister of Rachel Lévesque (Eugène), Louise D’Amours (André Carrier), Charles D’Amours (Catherine Taylor), Nicole Murphy (Patrick) and the HON. Marc D’Amours (Dre Lyne Arsenault). She was predeceased by one sister Charlotte. A sincere thank you to all of her friends who were there by her side throughout her illness and especially to Pierrette St-Pierre, a childhood friend who was always with Denise. She also leaves many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

The family invites relatives and friends to Alfred Dallaire Memoria Funeral Home, 1111, Laurier Avenue West, Outremont, Québec H2V 2L3 (514-277-7778) (, on Saturday October 28th 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration of life will start at 4 p.m.

For those who wish, donations to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, P.O. Box 3000, Branch H, Montréal, Québec, H3G 2T9 (514-285-1600) ( would be appreciated.

Condolences may be conveyed at or

Funeral arrangements entrusted to BERTHIAUME FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 416, McGill Street, Hawkesbury, Ontario 1-877-632-8511.

Madame Denise D’Amours de Montréal, anciennement d’Edmundston au Nouveau-Brunswick, est décédée le samedi 21 octobre 2017 à l’âge de 61 ans. Elle était la fille de feu Rodrigue D’Amours et de feu Freda Fournier et la chère soeur de Rachel Lévesque (Eugène), Louise D’Amours (André Carrier), Charles D’Amours (Catherine Taylor), Nicole Murphy (Patrick) et HON. Marc D’Amours (Dre Lyne Arsenault). Elle fut prédécédée par une soeur Charlotte. Un merci sincère à tous et toutes ses ami(e)s qui l’ont accompagnée tout au long de sa maladie et spécialement à Pierrette St-Pierre, une amie d’enfance qui était toujours présente auprès de Denise. Lui survivent également plusieurs oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines, neveux, nièces et ami(e)s.

La famille invite parents et ami(e)s à la Maison Funéraire Alfred Dallaire Memoria, 1111, avenue Laurier ouest, Outremont, QC. H2V 2L3 (514-277-7778) (, le samedi le 28 octobre 2017 de 14 heures à 17 heures. La célébration en mémoire de Denise débutera à 16 heures.

Pour ceux et celles qui le désirent, des dons au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, case postale 3000, succursale H, Montréal, QC H3G 2T9 (514-285-1600) ( seraient appréciés.

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La direction des funérailles a été confiée au SALON FUNÉRAIRE FAMILIAL BERTHIAUME, 416, rue McGill, Hawkesbury, ON. 1-877-632-8511.

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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

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COLQUHOUN: Wallace of Clearwater, Florida Formerly of Montreal Ottawa Edmonton

Posted by on October 8, 2017


Colquhoun, Wallace 85 years old, of Clearwater Florida on September 29, 2017. Loving husband to Wendolyn (nee Dear). First wife Mary (Hammill) and children Gregory, Daniel, Marilyn, and Tracey. Grandpa of Sabrina, Kai, Jacob, Graeme, Imahgynne, and Jessica. Great grandchildren Aiden, Owen, and Brooklyn. Predeceased by parents Robert and Mary; siblings Mary, Sadie, Robert, John, Joseph, Alex and Billy. Rooch, your playful humor will be missed.

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SWEET: Helen “Barbara” of Belleville

Posted by on October 2, 2017




Sweet, Helen “Barbara” (nee Day) of Belleville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, at the Bridge Street Retirement Residence on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 in her 96th year. Daughter of the late Harry and Maude Day (Curtis). Beloved wife of the late John Archie Sweet. Loving mother of Susan Sweet (Carm Reid) and Robert Sweet, both of Belleville, David Sweet (Barbara Burns-Sweet) of Cherry Valley, and John Sweet of Montreal. Dear grandmother to Evan Sweet and Tristan Sweet of Ottawa. Predeceased by sisters Grace Sutton and Marjorie Bunnett and brothers James, Walter, Edward, Bud, Cecil, Clarence, and Allan. Survived by brothers Douglas (Doris) and Ronald. Loved by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273).

A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 6th at 12:00 noon. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Reverend Kate Ann Follwell officiating. A reception will be held at Christ Church Anglican, Everett Street following the service. Inurnment to follow at the Belleville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated.

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LAMONTAGNE: Gérald (Jerry) of Montréal

Posted by on September 6, 2017


C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous annonçons la mort prématurée de notre père, Gérald Lamontagne. Il laisse derrière lui son épouse Gaétane, son fils Patrick, sa fille Mélanie et sa sœur Lorraine.
Un service funéraire aura lieu pour lui le 3 Septembre de 1:00 à 4:00 pm au Salon Funéraire Rideau, Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Famille, amis et sympathisants sont invités à se joindre à nous et à prier pour son âme, puis à se rassembler dans la salle du salon afin de partager de bons souvenirs de notre chère papa.

Gérald (Jerry) Lamontagne, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 24. He is survived by wife Gaétane, his son Patrick, daughter Mélanie and sister Lorraine. Funeral services will be performed at the Rideau Funeral Home (Dollars-des-Ormeaux) on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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GRAHAM: Donald F., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 23, 2017

GRAHAM, Donald F., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in his 92nd year.  Beloved husband for 63 years to Betty (née Kimbel) Graham.  Dearly loved father of Kim Graham (Sherry) of Port Stanley, Mary Evans (Robert) of Truro, NS, and Susan Graham (Andrew Woodburn) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Greg Graham (Tiffany) of Union, Jenny Lee Graham of Port Stanley, Macy Evans of Truro, NS, Alexander Woodburn, and Angelina Woodburn, both of London.  He was proud of his great grandchildren, Kellan and Ellis Graham.  Born in Exeter, ON, February 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Donald Alexander Graham and the late Lucinda May “Leta” (née Totten) Graham.  Don began his long-time railroad career in 1943, retiring in 1988 as a freight sales manager with Conrail.  He was a member of Centre Street Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Don was a long-standing volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  He was a member of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M., Worshipful Master of Talbot Lodge #546, A.F. & A.M. in 1959, District Deputy Grand Master, St. Thomas District in 1974, a member of the Hi-Ro Shrine Club and Hillbilly Clan #59.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at Centre Street Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception.  The interment of his cremated remains will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the STEGH Foundation or Centre Street Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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DAY: Gwendolyn of Mill Bay

Posted by on August 19, 2017


Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6

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RICHARD: Marco of Hawkesbury originally from Montreal

Posted by on August 7, 2017

Mr. Marco Richard from Hawkesbury originally from Montreal passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the age of 43. He was the dear son of Normand Richard and of Louise Prenoveau. Other than his parents, his leaves to mourn his spouse, Annie Boucher and her children, William Poirier and Mariane Poirier, his brother Jean-Pierre and his spouse Julie Brulotte, his nephew Maxime Richard and his niece Alexa Birkis. He will be greatly missed by family-in-law and many uncles, aunts, cousins friends, teammates, work colleagues and students.

Relatives and friends are invited to Berthiaume Family Funeral Home, 416, McGill Street, Hawkesbury, Ontario (877) 632-8511, Thursday, August 10th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and also on Friday, August 11, from 10 a.m. The funeral service will be held at Paroisse Saint-Pierre-Apôtre Parish in Hawkesbury, Ontario on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 2 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Prescott-Russell Residence for their excellent cares. For those who wish, donations to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation, 90 Como Gardens, Hudson, Québec J0P 1H0 would be appreciated.

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Monsieur Marco Richard de Hawkesbury originaire de Montréal est décédé paisiblement le mardi 1 août 2017 à l’âge de 43 ans. Il était le cher fils de Normand Richard et de Louise Prenoveau. Outre ses parents, il laisse dans le deuil sa conjointe, Annie Boucher et ses enfants William Poirier et Mariane Poirier, son frère Jean-Pierre et sa conjointe Julie Brulotte, son neveu Maxime Richard et sa nièce Alexa Birkis. Il sera grandement manqué par sa belle-famille, plusieurs oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines, amis, coéquipiers, collègues de travail et élèves.

La famille invite parents et amis au Salon Funéraire Familial Berthiaume, 416, rue McGill, Hawkesbury, Ontario (877) 632-8511, le jeudi 10 août de 13h à 20h ainsi que le vendredi 11 août à compter de 10h. Le service funéraire aura lieu en la Paroisse Saint-Pierre-Apôtre de Hawkesbury, Ontario, le vendredi 11 août 2017 à 14h.

La famille tient à remercier tout le personnel de la Résidence Prescott-Russell pour les excellents soins. Pour ceux qui le désirent, des dons à la Fondation Maison de Soins Palliatifs Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 90 Como Gardens, Hudson, Québec J0P 1H0 seraient appréciés.

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

Posted by on August 4, 2017

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

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Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

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

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

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


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