Obituary of O’BYRNE, Michael of Sarnia

In loving memory of Michael James O’Byrne – He passed away on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at the age of 92 years.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Grace; his son Jeffrey and wife Wendy (who was like a daughter to him); his son Jeremy and wife Susie and his four grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Nicholas, and Joshua; along with his many nephews and nieces in the Caribbean, UK, and Canada. He was born in Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland on April 27, 1926.  He was the last surviving member of his siblings. He will also be missed by sisters-in-law Dawn, June, Jenny, Maureen, and Lisa and brothers-in-law Cyril, Dave, Trevor and Guy. He will go to meet his loved ones who have passed before him:  his beloved son Gregory; brothers-in-law Gary, Afzal, and Kenn; his many siblings (John, Richard, Mary, Kevin, Patty, Paddy, Betty, Nancy, and Douglas; and his parents and parents in-law. A private family gathering will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Messages of condolence, memories or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of CLARKE: Reverend Frances M. of London

Posted by on July 13, 2018

CLARKE, Reverend Frances Mary …
On Thursday, July 5, 2018, Reverend Frances Mary Clarke “Fran” flew away to find her new place in the endless circle of love with family by her side. She is now with the Source of love, light and life, where she longed to be. Beloved daughter of the late Reverend John T. and Lily Clarke. Cherished sister of Margaret (John) Clark, Odeyne (George) Wodskou and Allison (Larry) McLaren and sister-in-law of Elaine Clarke. Predeceased by her brother Reverend Ewart Clarke (2009) and her sister Florence Clarke (2004). Remembered with love by dear friends Barbara Birk-Olsen and Brenda Stewart. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Fran was designated as a deaconess in 1956 and served as director of Christian Education in Colborne St. United Church in Brantford, Port Nelson United Church in Burlington and Central United Church in Sarnia. After returning to university, she was ordained in 1977 and became part of the team ministry at Metropolitan United Church in London. Fran touched many hearts with her wisdom and gentle, generous nature. She was highly skilled with words and crafts. Her powerful prayers brought comfort and encouragement. She took great delight in designing amazing banners. Many newborn’s heads and older laps have been warmed by her knitting. Fran inspired with beautiful slide shows illustrating scriptures and hymns. One of her greatest joys came from transforming real egg shells into works of art which she delighted in giving away to family and friends. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, August 16, 2018 one hour prior (10-11am) to the funeral service taking place at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London, ON N6A 3P8 at 11 am. If wished, donations may be made to the Metropolitan United Church Foundation or a chairty of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of PEETERS, Josephina of Brantford Ontario and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on July 6, 2018

 

PEETERS, Josephina – Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family at the Brantford General Hospital on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Peeters. Cherished mother of Debbie (Tom) Spoto of Hamilton. Greatly missed by her granddaughters Olivia and Samantha. Dear sister of Alphons and his wife Maria Nitor of Belgium. Josephina will always be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends in Canada and Belgium. She was the proud proprietor of J&J Peeters Importers Ltd. for 25 years. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Prayers will be said at 7 pm. A Private family service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 in the funeral home chapel with Father Dariusz Jagodzinski as celebrant. Interment to follow at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of KAIJA, Dora of Sarnia

KAIJA, DORA – The family sadly announces the passing on Sunday, July 1, 2018, of Dora Frances (Dawson) Kaija, age 88 of Sarnia. She was the dear wife of the late Bruno Kaija (2013) and dear mother and grandmother of Jane Kaija (John) and their children Leesa (Rik) and Joshua (Keatha), Bruce Kaija (Jill) and their children Jenni (Kyle), Janet (Ethan), Brian and Paul, Leesa Anderson (Keith) and their children Celia (Jeff) and their daughter Sydney and son Andrew and Rachel (James). She is the sister of Annie Stoner and Irma Bannister. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Dora Dawson, and her brother Harry Dawson. Dora worked in Radiology for many years at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Sarnia and Mercy Hospital in Port Huron. She loved her Bassett Hounds and her walks with friends. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Sarnia Humane Society or the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation (BCRR) would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of Milroy, Arthur John

Posted by on July 4, 2018

 Passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the age of 66. Loving partner of Patricia Craig for 10 years. Cherished father of Lisa (Chris) Topham and Ashley Craig (Kris Capiato). Loving grandpa of Mackenzie and Carter Topham and Darius and Madelyn Capiato. Brother of Gord (Margaret) Milroy, Ann (Len) Keast, and Gayle (Jim) Dobson. Arthur will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Friends will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie (just north of Cundles Rd.) on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Sick Kids Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of MURRAY, Alison M. of Ottawa

Posted by on June 24, 2018

    

It is with a deep sense of profound loss that we announce the sudden passing of Alison Marie Murray on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at The Heart Institute on Carling Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario at the age of 48. In Alison’s final hours she was in the presence of her loving sister Deborah Murray.

Alison the daughter of the late Harvey Murray and Nancy Hardy (Martini) was born on March 16, 1970 at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, Ontario.

Alison was a woman that had many facets. She was not only a loving Mother, Sister, Family Member and Friend she was a woman that believed in community and strived to make the lives of those around her as positive as humanly possible. Alison volunteered her time to various causes that raised social awareness and was an integral part of these worthwhile causes. Alison was also a Founding Member of an Annual event that raises awareness of Victims of Racism, Gender Inequality and Bullying.

Alison a graduate of Devry College attained her Executive Assistant Diploma in the City of Hamilton, Ontario. When Alison moved to Ottawa one of her goals was to further her education regarding her passion that she had for Computers and Technology. On May 20, 2018 Alison became a graduate of Willis College in Ottawa with Honor Roll of Distinction (90% + overall) in Network Security Professional. That was a highlight in her life as she worked diligently to attain that specific goal.

Alison was a hard worker and any employment that she has had throughout her life she gave of herself 100%.

When Alison was not studying or working she spent time reading, writing and worked on creating art projects for various holidays and functions. Alison enjoyed writing poetry about life and she had a profound style in the use of her creativity and intelligence when expressing herself with the written word.

She loved to dance and sing and was a pleasure to watch when she was exuding such joy in that moment.

Alison also loved football and baseball. The Hamilton Tiger Cats were her favorite team and she enjoyed attending the games to cheer them on.

Alison was full of life and lived it to her fullest. She had a smile that would light up any room and her infectious laugh made you want to laugh along with her.

Alison also truly enjoyed her coffee (“Timmies”) and those who knew her would tease her endlessly about her favorite beverage. However, with coffee in hand Alison enjoyed having conversations about not only the serious goings on in life but the lighter moments. Those were times that her gentle and humorous nature shined through and will be one of the many copious memories that her loved ones will have of her.

A Scottish Poem for Alison

“She is not lost our dearest love. Nor has she traveled far. Just stepped inside home’s lovliest room. And left the door Ajar.”

Alison will be sadly missed by her Step Father Paul Martini of Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Alison is survived by her Sister Deborah and Brothers Ray (Lisa, wife), Richard (Kathy, wife), Robert and pre deceased Adam. Half Sisters Tricia Martini and Lori Martini (Joe) Trapasso. Step Sister Lisa and Step Brothers Ronnie, Andy, Brian and Stephen.

Loving Mother to her son Brandon James Murray (Bryanna, girlfriend)

Loving Grandmother to Lillianna (Brandon, Father) and Arianna (Bryanna, Mother)

Loving Aunt to Domenic and Carly Trapasso (Lori and Joe, Parents) and Jessica and Chantelle (Step Sister Lisa, Mother)

Alison will be profoundly missed and forever loved by her Best Friends Nalini, Vivi and Henry. She was not only their Best Friend but she was their Sister.

Alison will be sadly missed by all whose lives that she has touched. Although she had her family and close friends Alison had a way of making anyone that she met feel welcome and a part of something special.

Alison you will always be your “Daddy’s Little Girl” (Harvey Murray)

The family and friends of Alison would like to send their sincere, heartfelt gratitude to Whelan Funeral Home for providing caring and exemplary services at this difficult time.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Whelan Funeral Home, 515 Cooper Street. Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. 

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Obituary of FASULLO, Sam

Posted by on June 5, 2018

At 73 years of age on June 2nd, 2018 we said goodbye to our loving husband, father and Papanone at Hospice Erie Shores, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by his family, including the four-legged members Tucker and Emmett. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years Adrienne (nee Young), formerly of Burlington, his two sons Sammy (Tracie) of Fort Langley, BC. and Tony (Pam) of Belle River. Cherished Papanone of Sammy J., Nathan and Matthew of Fort Langley, BC. Dear brother of Mary Ann Finelli (Joe) of Grimsby, and Bill Fasullo (Bev) of Burlington & sister-in-law Janice (Waterdown). Loved son-in-law of Joan Young (the late Arthur) of Burlington, and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Palmieri (Adrian) of St. Catherines, and Cathy Young (Arnie) of Chelsea, Massachusettes. Pre-deceased by his parents Sam and Beatrice of Carlisle, his sisters Masie Piercey, Angie Grice and his brother Joe Fasullo. He will be sorely missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. After 35 years of farming in Carlisle, Sam enjoyed retirement in LaSalle. He loved travelling, cooking and drinking wine with those who were dear to him. Family was very important to Sam, especially spending time with his beloved grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. Fung, Dr. Morvay & Dr. Fortin for their care and treatment over the past 2 years. We would also like to thank the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Paramed, St. Elizabeth and VON for their care and for putting Sam at ease. Words are simply not enough to express our appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Hospice Residential Home, Erie Shores for making Sam’s final journey a peaceful and comfortable one. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Erie Shores or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Visiting Friday June 22nd, 2018 from 6-9pm at

Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Sunday June 24th, 2018 a Celebration of Sam’s life will be held at the Water Street Cooker at 2084 Old Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON from 4-7pm, where Sam and Adrienne were married in 1968.

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Obituary of PURVES, Bob of Sarnia

PURVES, F. ROBERT – At Bluewater health on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018, Frederick “Bob” Purves, age 76 of Sarnia quietly passed away. For 53 years he was the dear husband of Carolyn (Brodie) and loving father to sons Stephen and Jim. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his sister in laws Vanessa Green and Suzanne Purves (Flick). He was the cherished grandfather to Erin Purves, Ryan Purves, Carter Purves, Lauren Purves and Avery Purves. He is survived by his sister Blanche Quinn and predeceased by brother-in law Edwin Quinn. He will be remembered by nephews Robert and Raymond Quinn and Niece Dianne Baily (Quinn). Bob began his career at St. Clair High School teaching History and Math. He went on to become the Vice Principal/Principal at Alexander Mackenzie, Petrolia and Forest High Schools. He retired from teaching in 1998 and spent winters in his retirement years in Florida. He and was a longtime active member of the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club in the summer and Big Cypress Golf Club in Lakeland in the winter. Bob and Carolyn loved to golf and get together with friends in both their Sarnia home and Lakeland cottage. Bob was always a big sports fan, and was involved in his kids sport for many years. He graduated from Michigan State in 1964 and always followed the Spartan teams. He regularly watched and supported high school teams where he was teaching and the local sports teams in both Sarnia and Florida. In his retirement years he enjoyed following his grandchildren’s sports. Memorial services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at noon. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 5th, from 10:00 am to noon. Memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of MUSSIO, Giuliano of Sarnia

MUSSIO, GIULIANO – At Afton Park Place in Sarnia on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Giuliano Mussio, age 69 of Sarnia passed away. He was the husband of Angelina (Sartor) Mussio and dear father of Mark, Eric (Angela) and Karen (James) and grandfather of Madeline, Timothy, Sophia and Joshua. He is the brother Gabriella Mariuz. He was an owner/operator of Minato & Mussio Terrazzo & Tile. Born on October 30th, 1948 in Orenico Superiore, Italy and came to Canada at the age of 19 and became a citizen in 1976. He loved his garden, animals and a glass red wine. A memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Thursday, May 31st at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations in memory of Giuliano to the Canadian Mental Health Association; Sarnia Branch would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of McPHERSON, Douglas of Teeswater

Posted by on May 22, 2018

Douglas William McPherson of Teeswater, passed away surrounded by his family, at Toronto General Hospital on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, in his 89th year.

Beloved husband of the late Marilyn McPherson (née Dagg), who predeceased him on September 28th, 2016.

Dear father of Richard McPherson (Deborah) of Turnberry Township, Gail McPherson (Marg Sanborn) of Meaford and Jane Harkness (Leland) of Howick Township.

Loving grandfather of Erin Scott (Joe) of Ripley, Katie Pothier (Keith) of Southgate, Laura Harris (Michael) of Culross Township, Brett McPherson of Kitchener, Adam Harkness of Howick Township, Sarah Harkness of Belmore and Amy Weber (Justin) of Owen Sound and great-grandchildren Ewan, Madelaine, Declan, Duncan, Noah and Margot.

Fondly remembered by sister-in-law Ellen McPherson of Teeswater and nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Edna (née Becking) McPherson, brother Lloyd McPherson and in-laws, Milton and Margaret Dagg and Twyla and James Brown.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Doug’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Owen Kim officiating.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Obituary of RAHN, Anna Mary (Horst) of Grand Bend, age 85

Posted by on May 8, 2018

 

RAHN:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Anna Mary (Horst) Rahn of Grand Bend, age 85.  Beloved wife of Kenneth Albert Herbert Rahn.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Margaret Rahn of Minnesota, Nancy (Alan) Taylor of London, Gerry (Robyn) Rahn of Surrey, BC., Barbara (Bill) Rip of Lynden, Robert Rahn of Dunnville and Mike (Terri) Rahn of Grand Bend.  Cherished grandma of Valerie (Justin), David, Leanne (Patrick), Tina (Nick), Brandon, Jenna, Allison (Windy), Amanda, Taylor (Ashley), Devin (Kristen), Brittany, Jay (Jenn), Matt, Brad and Stacie (Troy).  Treasured great-grandma of 18.  Fondly remembered by her brothers, sisters, many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents George and Leah (Martin) Horst.  At Anna’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the South Huron Hospital Foundation.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com  

 

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Obituary of D’AGENAIS, Hazel “Jean” of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on April 23, 2018

We are sad to announce the passing, but relieved that her suffering has ended. Jean passed away on April 16, 2018 at Northumberland Hills Hospital, she was 77 years of age. She was born in Montreal, raised in Hamilton and Brantford Ontario and had a succesful career in Toronto at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Jean’s sir name at birth was d’Agenais – however many friends and family would have known her by the surnames Eisen and Ashby. Jean lived a stormy, passionate and intense life, she was a brilliant writer and artist. She was a force to be reckoned with who shattered glass ceilings.

Jean was the daughter of Anna Josephine Holt (nee Finlayson) of Brantford Ontario. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Topper and son-in-law Roland; grandchildren Leanne, Alex and Melissa; great-grandchildren Nevaeh, Zander and Braelyn; her life long friend Joyce Donnelly of Kingston, Ontario and her half-brother Jack d’Agenais of Winnipeg Manitoba.

Jean proclaimed to be merely a hobby artist yet many of her pieces have been purchased over the years by those who have a discerning interest in original art that has been produced as a result of ‘Survival’ living through crisis.  For more information about Jean’s life and work – we invite you to read a reflective memoir about The Hobbyist Who Had a Dream.

Donations in honour of her Great-Grand Daughter Nevaeh could be made to The Hospital For Sick Children or to Canadian Mental Health. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of PETTIT: Heidi Marie of Petrolia

Posted by on April 18, 2018

PETTIT, Heidi Marie – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Heidi Pettit (Voordenhout) on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the age of 35. She leaves behind her husband and soul mate, Jeff, and 2 beautiful children, Clayton and Paisley. Heidi is survived by her parents John and Dorothy Voordenhout, brothers Mike (Jenni) and Chris (Kim); parents-in-law Derek and Janet Pettit, brother-in-law Dave (Darlene) and sister-in-law Jennifer (Steve) as well as many nieces and nephews. Heidi also leaves behind her “Oma and Opa”, John and Geri Voordenhout, aunts and uncles and many cousins, friends and co-workers. Heidi was employed in Sarnia by the Canadian Mental Health Association. She will be deeply missed by all.
Family and friends are invited to an Open House Reception at Brigden Fair Grounds (2976 Brigden Road, Brigden) on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, sympathy expressed through donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (www.lambtonkent.cmha.ca) would be greatly appreciated.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of BEAZLEY, Roger George of Wyoming

Posted by on April 14, 2018

BEAZLEY, Roger George – Age 75 of Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. Loving father of Julie Beazley, Sean Beazley and Brad (Deirdre Park) Beazley. Cherished grandfather of Liam Murillo Beazley. Predeceased by his parents George Alfred and Helen Louise (Armstrong) Beazley and his infant brother Robert. RIP Dad/Grandpa. Our hearts are broken and you will be missed beyond measure. Such a sweet, generous, supportive, gentle giant with an enormous heart, smile and spirit. We love you to infinity and beyond. Roger lost his left leg above his knee to osteomyelitis after incurring multiple injuries to his knee due to his love of sports. He was a huge basketball enthusiast and was an enormous Raptors fan. His amputation was never a disability to him. He never let it deter him from the things he loved to do. Fishing and travel being two of his passions, he loved nothing more than doing those things with his kids. Roger was an incredibly loving, supportive Grandpa to his Grandson Liam. He accompanied Liam on many of his medical appointments to Sick Kids Hospital. They shared a very special bond. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the love and companionship shared between Roger and Willow – the sweet husky he adopted from The Sarnia & District Humane Society. RIP to one of the most generous hearts we have met.
At the family’s request there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) or Down Syndrome Association of Ontario (www.dsao.ca)
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of SANTAROSSA: Bill of Dutton, Ontario

Posted by on April 8, 2018

Suddenly, at his home in Dutton, Ontario, Bill Santarossa at the age of 62.  Bill is survived by his mother Shirley Santarossa (Connor) and predeceased by his father Andy Santarossa.  Bill was a well known and well respected businessman in West Elgin.  He was the proud owner of Santarossa Shooting Sports, now in it’s 20th year.

He was a special part of the Reive and Vanoverbeke families and his long time pal Ken Laframboise.

He will be dearly missed by many friends, colleagues and hunting camps.

Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 12 – 2 pm followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.  This will be a casual affair and you are invited to dress as such.

Interment to follow at McColl cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Shooting Sports Association would be appreciated.  Share a memory at www.denning.ca 519 785-0810.

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Obituary of KEETON: Rosina Lilian (Staples) of Exeter and formerly of Hamilton

Posted by on April 5, 2018

Peacefully at South Huron Hospital on Thursday, April 5, 2018 of Exeter and formerly of Hamilton in her 87th year.  Beloved wife of the late Roy Charles Keeton (1985).  Dear mother of David and Deborah Hunt of Exeter, and Debra and Frank Rappazzo of Hamilton.  Loving grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 12.   Predeceased by her parents Annie and Harry Staples.

A Celebration of Rosina’s life will be held at the R.C.L. – R.E. Pooley – Branch #167 (Exeter Legion), 316 William Street, Exeter on Saturday, April 14th  from 1-4 PM. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements. Cremation.  

In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of RYAN: Kathryn Marie of Hamilton

Posted by on March 2, 2018

Throughout her life, Kathryn Ryan marched to her own drum. Born in 1931, growing up as a girl during the Great Depression and coming of age during the Second World War, she wanted a ticket to see the world. She knew that ticket was education and for a young woman from a traditional farm family in south western Ontario, she was fortunate to have the support of loving parents who recognized their daughter was not about to settle for less.  Ahead of her time, Kathryn graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts, after which she attended the Ontario College of Education in Toronto where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught elementary school and served as a teacher-librarian in Hamilton working at St. Patrick, St. Ann and St. Brigid Catholic Elementary Schools for almost 30 years. Kathryn took full advantage of the world of possibilities that her teaching career opened up for her. She accepted a job with the Canadian Air Force in Germany in the late 1960s teaching the children of Canadian soldiers stationed outside Baden Baden near Germany’s renowned Black Forest. She travelled extensively during this time with her youngest sister Julia Ryan, her mother Josephine (Stapleton) Ryan, her aunt Margaret Michael and several girlfriends visiting France, Italy, Spain, the British Isles and the Soviet Union. When Kathryn returned from Europe, she continued to travel, including trips to Banff, Vancouver and Ottawa to visit her niece Anne Dawson. Kathryn also spent a great deal of time with her brother Leo, his wife Marilynne (Russell) Ryan, and their son Shaun in Sarnia. She had a very special place in her heart for her great-niece Kendra, daughter of Shaun and Diane Young. Just like her mother, Kathryn was a strong woman with a wry sense of humour and a love of all children. Born at home on the farm at Ryan’s Corners in Oil Springs, Ontario, Kathryn’s rural roots played an important part of her life. They grounded her and moulded her in to the common sense, practical woman that she was. They taught her the importance of family, community and friends. Kathryn began her working life helping Uncle Ed Ryan run the family farm. She was given the important responsibility of driving the Ryan team of horses during haying season. She put her strong people skills to use at her parents’ Ryan’s Corners variety store and gas station pumping gas and ringing up customers’ groceries. Her favourite job was helping out on her father Leo P. Ryan’s weekly cream route, a job she did well into her university years. Learning was integral to Kathryn. It’s why she attended university and made the world her library. And it’s why she spent a career imparting her love of learning to children. She had a particular passion for poetry and specified her obituary should end with these four lines from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening:
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

Kathryn Marie Ryan passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Idlewyld Manor in Hamilton, four days after her 87th birthday. Loved daughter of the late Leo P. and Josephine (Stapleton) Ryan; dear sister of Julia Ryan; and predeceased by sister and brother, Elizabeth (Ryan) Dawson and Leo Ryan, respectively. Cherished aunt of Jim Dawson, Anne Dawson, John Dawson, Susan Donkers, David Dawson, Joseph Dawson, Keith Dawson and Shaun Ryan, and great aunt to more than two-dozen nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 415 King Street, Petrolia, Ontario April 28, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Family and friends will be received at the STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 3040 Bridgen Rd., Brigden, Ontario for a celebration of life ceremony April 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca or feel free to call Steadman Brothers at 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of 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 www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of BLACK: Evelyn of Welland Formerly of Fonthill

Posted by on January 3, 2018

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Evelyn Ferne Black Young
Sept. 10, 1930- Nov. 29, 2017
Posted on December 1, 2017 by Kerry Black

Obituary for Evelyn Ferne Black (Young)
BLACK, Evelyn Ferne (neé Young)
Passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Welland General Hospital at age 87. Beloved wife of William Grant Black for 65 years. Loving mother of Grant Eaton Black (Suzu Speich), Kerry Phyllis Black (Rodney Mitchum) and David William Black. Proud grandmother of Maureen Elizabeth Black, Stuart Alan Black, Heather Andrea Black and Scott William Black. Predeceased by her parents, Abraham and Carrie Young and her brothers, Carl Young and Donald Young. Evelyn was born and raised in Port Colborne. She married her high school sweetheart, Grant, in 1952. Evelyn was a teacher and Grant was a teacher and principal with the Niagara South Board of Education for many years. They moved to Fonthill where Evelyn stayed at home for 10 years to raise their three children before she returned to teaching. Evelyn and Grant travelled to Britain, Europe, Alaska, and numerous Caribbean islands. They also enjoyed spending time at the various waterfront cottages in Niagara that they owned over the years. After retirement, Evelyn and Grant spent winters at their condo near Clearwater, Florida and traveled often until Evelyn’s health precluded those activities.
Family and friends will be received at the JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Monday, December 4th between 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00 am at the funeral home followed by reception at Fonthill United Church, 42 Church Hill, Fonthill. Burial will take place following the reception at Oakwood Cemetery in Wainfleet. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Death notice for the town of: FONTHILL, Province: Ontario

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Obituary of SHEPPARD, Marilyn of Sarnia

Posted by on December 28, 2017

SHEPPARD, MARILYN – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, Marilyn June (Dougherty) Sheppard, age 84 of Sarnia passed away. She was the dear wife of the late Allan A. Sheppard and loving mother of daughter Ruth Gartlan (Martin Randall) and Step-Daughter Noreen Taylor (Paul) and daughter in laws Jane and Rosemary Sheppard, grandmother of Jennifer (Jamie), Heather (Kerry), Andrew (Amy), Mark (Melanie) and Rachel, great-grandmother of Caleb, Nathan, Alexis, Aiden, Juliana, Kyle and Amy. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Wright. Several nieces and nephews survive. She was predeceased by her Step-Sons Brian and David Sheppard, her sister and brother, Shirley and Ross Dougherty. Marilyn was a longtime member of Central United Church, the church choir and the Elizabeth II Chapter, IODE. She was a volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s Canada. Marilyn enjoyed quilting, playing bridge, sewing, traveling with friends and family and spending her summers at the family cottage. Cremation will take place and a private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held later at Central United Church (220 George St., Sarnia, N7T 4N9). Memorial donations in memory of Marilyn made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Cancer Society or the Parkinson’s Canada would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “A special thanks for the kind and compassionate care provided by Dr. Kim and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice and BWH Palliative Care”

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Obituary of THOMAS:Elizabeth ‘Liz’

Posted by on December 19, 2017

 

Passed away suddenly on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Carl for 54 years. Loving mother to Kevin, Cheryl Vella (Paul), Mike (Jessica McMurter) and Jeff (Lea-Anne Hebner). Cherished grandmother of Melissa (Joe Huang), Holly and Andrew Thomas;  Jonathan (Natalie Russell), Aaron and Rebecca Vella; Jadyn and Ethan Thomas, Caleb and Roman Justison; Adam Thomas and Aiden Sewell. Dear sister of Jim Hallam (Pat) and Barb Hallam. Liz will be forever loved and remembered by her many extended family, friends and all who had the opportunity to know her. Friends and family will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME 445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie on Thursday from 5-8 pm and on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 10-10:45 a.m. with Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11 o’clock a.m. Memorial donations to the CNIB would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of Courtis: Rose Marie of Sarnia, Ontario

Posted by on December 18, 2017

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, ROSE MARIE (nee Spong) COURTIS, age 59, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Will be greatly missed by her husband Perry Courtis. Loving daughter of Frances Spong of Barrie and Louis Spong of Barrie. Dear sister of Cathy Spong and friend Steve, Margie (Gilles) Sears and Steve (Sue) Spong. Aunt of Holly, Danielle, Sarah and Michielle. Special niece of Daniel Hawke and cousins; Stephanie (Marcus) Blackman, Daniel Hawke Jr., Brooke and Rayfeal Hamilton all of Sarnia. Rose greatly loved her 9 feathery kids, and her cat Felix. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at People’s Church (3888 London Line, Wyoming, ON) on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations to a Charity of Choice 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 MALLINSON, William of Princeton and formerly of Burlington

Posted by on December 11, 2017

MALLINSON, Bill – Passed away at Woodstock Hospital on Saturday, December 9, 2017, William Mallinson of Princeton and formerly of Burlington in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband of Greta Mallinson (nee Durand).  Dear father of William “Bill” Mallinson (Cathy) of Princeton. Loving grandfather of Morgan, Jenna & Tori Mallinson of Princeton; Jenny & Sarah Larkin of Cambridge; Scott Massen of Guelph and Laura Massen of Ingersoll.  Great grandfather to Liam Massen.  Bill will be lovingly remembered by Greta’s family as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Predeceased by his parents James and Jessie (nee Gill) Mallinson and brothers John and James. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. (NOTE TIME).    A complete funeral mass will be held on Thursday at Holy Trinity Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock, 11 am with Fr. Rick Dales as celebrant.  Cremation will follow with interment of ashes in Memorial Gardens, Burlington at a later date. In lieu of flowers and as an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Oxford. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of STEWART, Gladys Marie (née Blake) formerly of Teeswater

Posted by on December 9, 2017

 

Gladys Marie Stewart (née Blake) of Braemar and formerly of Teeswater, died of a broken heart, on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, at the age of 81. Twenty-two days following the death of her husband of 64 years, Donald Stewart.

 Born on April 12th, 1936 to the late James and Clara (née Harmer) Blake.

Her 4 children Joan (Raymond) Wright of Wingham, Jim (Deb) Stewart of Owen Sound, Ron (Jane) Stewart of Strathroy and Patti (Sandy) Staples of Kingston are heart broken.

Dear Grandma of Kevin, Brad, Janine, Amy, Mike, Bryan, Naomi, Andrew, David and Katie and Great-Grandmother to 11.

Survived by her sisters Maxine (Bill) Seers and Joyce (Jim) Oke all of Goderich.

Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.

Predeceased by in-laws Velma (Lorne) McAllister and Eileen (Dave) Moffat, 1 nephew and 2 nieces.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Monday, December 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The funeral service to celebrate Gladys’ life will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Douglas Brown officiating.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation, Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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Obituary of COURTS, Regina Maria “Jean” (née Ford) of Teeswater

Posted by on December 7, 2017

Regina Maria “Jean” Courts (née Ford) of Teeswater, passed away peacefully, at Wingham and District Hospital on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 in her 74th year.

Born in Bell Island, Newfoundland on January 9th, 1944.

Beloved wife of the late Gerald Courts who predeceased her in 2011.

Dear mother of Geraldine Brodt of Teeswater.

Missed by her grandchildren, Michael Courts (Laura) and Katelyn Brodt, step-niece Mary and great-grandsons Tyson and Bentley.

Cherished daughter of Mary Ford of Newfoundland.

Dear sister of Alice and Charles Hanarhan of St. Phillips, Gordon and Darlene Ford of Mississauga, Maureen and Keith Bullock of Flesherton, Gerry and Kathy Ford of Bell Island, Ron and Jackie Ford of Bell Island, Lorraine and Fred Crane of Erin, Jerome and Kim Ford of Norval, Michael and Marylin Ford of Caledon, Sharon and Morris Madore of Brampton, Jacqueline Ford of Bell Island and Judith and George Pitts of Bell Island.

Fondly remembered by her god-daughter Dianne Mills, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Predeceased by her father Bill Ford, son-in-law Wayne Brodt and sister Dianne Ford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Teeswater on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 1 p.m. with Father Michael Anderson as celebrant.

Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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