Obituary of LOCHHEAD: C. Frederick “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 3, 2019

LOCHHEAD, C. Frederick “Fred” – Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in his 91st year.  Beloved husband for 61 years to the late Sheila (née Palmer) Lochhead (2013).  Dearly loved father of Kathy Kewley (Harold) of St. Thomas, Gregory Lochhead of Osoyoos, BC, Karen Walton (Robert) of Embro, and Chris Lochhead (Tamara) of Westbridge, BC.  Proud grandfather of Dr. Kathryn Walton-Venus (Dr. Kevin Venus), Emily Walton (Jack Doris), and Rachel Walton. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister,  Marion Hinch, and by a brother, Herb Lochhead.  Born in Centreville, ON, June 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Donald and Mabel (née Lewis) Lochhead.  Fred was a retired pharmacist with Ayerst-Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  He was a former active member for over 50 years of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an enthusiastic golfer at the Belmont Golf Club, and was an accomplished bowler.  Fred was also an avid reader and gardener.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) at a later date.  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  Dad’s favourite quote was, “If you don’t do it, when you get to it, you may never get to it, to do it again.”

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Obituary of Rouleau, Marc

Posted by on January 26, 2019

Marc Rouleau


March 10, 1941—January 22, 2019

After a life full of adventure, community service and family devotion we lost our amazing father and husband, Marc. Born in Ottawa 77 years ago, Marc was the loving husband of Judy (Parent) and treasured father of Brent (Susie), Lisa (Corey) and Chantal (Brant) and adored grandfather to Melissa, Sabrina, Brayden, Cailyn, Ryder and Jack. He is also survived by brothers Mike and Charles, sisters Claudette, Louise, Sue, Gale, Patsy, Maggie, Rollande, Réjeanne and the late Jocelyne.  Marc married Judy in Ottawa but started his long and successful radio advertising career in Brockville. They quickly integrated into the community through the Kinsmen Club and where they met and formed numerous lifelong friendships. Marc’s radio career advanced quickly and he soon moved his young family back to Ottawa where he worked for many years at the French-language CJRC radio station. While climbing the ranks of the radio executive world, Marc pursued his passion for coaching hockey and ringette in Blackburn Hamlet. Over the course of a long coaching career he was able to coach all of his children. His other passion for golf allowed him and Judy to spend many delightful days on courses all over the region. Eventually, Marc left the radio business to become a successful entrepreneur when he created Promarc Promotions. Marc always wanted to contribute to his community. He joined the Ottawa-Gloucester Sports Club to promote and support amateur sports where he once again formed so many more dear and lasting friendships. As Club President he was able to initiate countless events, tournaments and fundraising activities. He was well-known for his impeccable three-piece suits, his love for the Habs, his exquisite and elegant public speaking and his huge heart. In retirement, when Marc did not have a game of golf lined up, he put his impressive carpentry skills to use around the house and spent time refining his lesser-known but remarkable drawing skills. Later in life, Marc pursued and attained a special goal to acquire his CPGA Professional Golfer qualifications. Through it all, he devoted countless hours and so much love to Judy, his children and grandchildren, often marvelling and beaming with pride at their every achievement and accomplishments in sports or life in general. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the ICU staff at the General Hospital for their commitment to Marc’s care.  Relatives and friends are invited to the Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Road to pay their respects to the family on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  A celebration of Marc’s life will then be held in the Heritage Funeral Complex chapel at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow Friends and family are welcome to make a contribution to the Ottawa Heart Institute in memoriam. For condolences please visit

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.

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Obituary of MORRISON: Joyce Marie of Belleville

Posted by on January 24, 2019




Morrison, Joyce Marie – (long term employee of Scotiabank) passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on December 14th, 2018, in her 88th year. Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Norman Morrison and by her parents George & Ivy (nee Parsons) Dixon.  Loving mother of Lesley (Al) Mazerall of Madoc and Susan (Ivan) Morrison of Kingston. Loving grandmother of Brandon (Karlee), Nathan (Lee) and Craig.  Great grandmother of Connor and Liam. Remembered fondly by her brother George (Bessie), sister-in-law Joan (John), brother-in-law John and her many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date.

Cremation was entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273).

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of THOMPSON: Mabel Doreen of Belleville

Posted by on January 8, 2019





Mabel Doreen Thompson  ~ peacefully at Hastings Manor, on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth Thompson. Dear mother of Diana and Doreen. Also lovingly remembered by her daughter-in-law Mary, and grandchildren, Kenny, Brad, Jay and Alex (Alexandra) Thompson, and by her 7 great grandchildren. Dear sister of, Floyd Hodge, and dear sister-in-law of, Helen Hodge. Predeceased by her parents, Herbert & Pearl Hodge, sons, Kenneth Jr. and Matthew Thompson, and by her brothers, Herman and Paul Hodge.

A private service was held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273), on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery in Napanee, on Friday, January 4th, 2019, beside her beloved husband Ken Thompson.

If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.

~ Together Forever ~

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018


“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of ARTHUR – Diane Catherine, Kingston, Ontario.

Posted by on November 17, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Diane Catherine (Maudsley) Arthur announces her passing after a brief illness, on Friday, November 16th, at the age of 82  years. Diane was predeceased by her husband of 30 years Artur Zylinski Arthur (retired Prof Psychology Queen’s University) and later, her partner, for 22 years Jack Jeffrey.  Predeceased by her Sister Valerie and Niece Helen.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Peter and Richard (Sandra) and fondly remembered by her three grandchildren, Alexandre, Edouard and Nathaniel, and nephew Colin Hughes as well as many other family members and friends in Canada, UK and New Zealand.

Born to Helen and James Harold Maudsley in Liverpool,1936 , Diane studied for her PhD Psychology in London, UK, where she met her husband.  Diane and Artur move to New Zealand  in 1963 where they made lifelong friends and both their sons were born.  In 1966 the family emigrated to Canada as Artur secured a Professorship at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.   Diane worked as a Psychologist at the Child Psychiatry Unit at Kingston General and at Hotel Dieu as well as in private practice with Dr Philip Carney, PhD.  During her career she helped many youth and their families as well as mentoring Grad students.

Diane was a generous supporter of various charities including the The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Children’s Home (Khokana), Nepal, and Orangutan Charities and many more.

In retirement Diane enjoyed the friendships made at the Kingston Seniors Association and found another family and friends out in Yarker and at Yarker Free Methodist Church.

Those wishing to pay their respects may visit James Reid Funeral Home on Thursday, November 22 between 2.00 – 4.00 pm and 6.00 – 8.00 pm

A Funeral Service in memory of Diane will be held on  Friday, November 23, 11.00 am at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston ON K7M 7H3.

Interment will follow in the family plot at Cataraqui Cemetery and a final farewell and celebration of her life back at the James Reid Funeral Home.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Diane Arthur to:

-AZ Arthur Book Fund (Queen’s University),
-Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
-Kingston Humane Society,
-or the Seniors Association, Kingston, Ontario.
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Obituary of VAN ESSEN, Peter of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 2, 2018

January 15, 1922 – November 1, 2018

Peter died in his 97th year after a brief illness, with his family by his side at Extendicare Cobourg.

Peter was the eighth of nine children born to Gerrit and Hermina (Peppelenbosch) Van Essen in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. In 1943, while he was an onderduiker in Aalten, he met Berendina Hendrika Wikkerink and they were married in May 1947. Peter worked as a bookkeeper in Apeldoorn before immigrating to Canada with his family in November 1953. Peter and Henny lived in Trenton from 1954 to 2012. As part of the Dutch community in Trenton, Peter helped establish the Dutch Canadian Credit Union and eventually owned his own bookkeeping business. The family was active in the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church and the development and support of the Trenton Christian School (1956). Peter and Henny participated in prison ministry at Warkworth Penitentiary for 15 years from 1973 to 1988. Peter taught oil painting lessons in Trenton for many years.

In 2012 Peter and Henny moved to Landmark in Cobourg where Peter often wrote stories for the monthly newsletter and published his war memoirs in his book Above the Pigsty.

Peter was predeceased by his wife Henny (2013), and by his parents and seven siblings.

He is survived by his sister Nen Gerrits in the Netherlands and several in-laws in Canada: Dick Wikkerink, Ina Den Ouden, and Geert Lammers. He leaves his daughter Dela Wilkins (Robert), and sons Gerrit (Cathy), John (Beverly), Peter (Sharon) and Herbert (Dianne). He will be missed by 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces in both the Van Essen and Wikkerink families in Canada and the Netherlands.

Along with his strong faith and love of his Heavenly Father, he shared his love of gardening and his passion for oil painting as seen in many homes of his friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 2-5 p.m. at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, Cobourg. A Memorial Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 5 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the Funeral Home Reception Centre. Those wishing may make donations to Northumberland Christian School or the Trenton Christian School.  Condolences received at

Matthew 25: 34-40

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Obituary of JONES: Dorothy Edythe of Moira Place in Tweed, Ontario

Posted by on April 30, 2018

Jones, Dorothy Edythe – peacefully at Moira Place, Tweed on Friday April 27th, 2018 in her 91st year. Daughter of the late Charley and Ruth Hotston. Beloved wife of the late Donald Jones. Dorothy is predeceased by one son Charles (Charlie) Jones. Loving mother of Judy (Robert) Worley of Belleville, Donna (Robert) Johnson of Winnipeg, Robert Jones of Carleton Place, Janet (Chris) Kost of Winnipeg, Jason Jones (Karen McKinley-Jones) of Kingston and remembered by daughter in law Kathy Young of Belleville. Sister of Ron (Helen) Hotston of Picton and predeceased by brothers, Jack, Robert, and Harry Hotston. Remembered by sisters-in-law Madeline and Jean. Lovingly remembered by 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.

Arrangements in the care of Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273) Belleville.

Cremation has taken place. A private family inurnment will be held at Cherry Valley Cemetery at a later date.

Dorothy’s family would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude for the care and compassion shown to their mother during her time at Moira Place and if desired, Memorial donations to Moira Place Resident Council or the Kingston Regional Cancer Clinic would be appreciated.

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Obituary of Hall, Robert Carl of Sarnia

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Tuesday April 17, 2018  CARL HALL age 77 of Sarnia.  Beloved husband of Anita (Burwell) Hall.  Loving father of Shelley (Raymond) Hathaway, Bonnie (Carl Tolsma) Hall,   Cherished grandfather of Trevor, Robert, Michael, John, Tammy, Sara and great-grandfather of Wyatt, Hunter and Ivy.  Dear brother of Joyce (Lyle) Dayman and James (Muriel) Hall and brother in law of Jan Ryan and Myrna Burwell.   Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Carl was a proud member of Liberty Lodge 419 and a member of  Lambton Shrine Club Motor Corps amongst many other lodges.  Resting at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre where services will be held on Saturday April 21st at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be held Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with Liberty Lodge 419 conducting a Masonic Service starting at 6:45 p.m.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Lambton Shrine Club, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or charity of choice. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through


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Obituary of COLES: Eunice of Barrie

Posted by on April 13, 2018

(nee Lawrence), 85, passed away in her sleep on April 10th, 2018 in Barrie, ON. Born in Hayes, Middlesex, England on July 18, 1932, to Francis George Lawrence and Florence Carter, she immigrated to Canada with her husband in 1957. She is survived by the love of her life, Robert (Bobby) Coles, and her adored seven sons and daughters in-law: Graham (Csilla), Gary (Anne), Russell (Jennie), Bruce (Lisa), Ian (Amanda), Terry (Karen), and Jeff (Jennie). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sarah, Ryan, Mollie, Taylor, Sam, Amber, Bronte, Dani, Zack, Denver, Brody, Kyle, McKinley, Devon, Jake, and Kalan, as well as her great grandchildren: Jasmine, Raine, Oliver, Theodore, Malik, Kyleigh, Bodhi, Mateo, Hadley, Declan, and Xavier. Along with the legacy of raising a big, beautiful, connected family, Eunice went back to school later in life and earned a bachelor degree in history and women’s studies from York University.  She will deeply missed by her entire brood. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME (445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of Service in the Chapel at 11 o’clock a.m. Memorial Donations to Covenant Hose Toronto or Parkinson Canada would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to

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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 519 785-0810.

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Obituary of PARKER LECAIN: Roberta Jean of Oshawa, Ontario Formerly of Winter Haven, Florida

Posted by on March 13, 2018


In Loving Memory

Roberta Jean Parker LeCain, age 76 years,
passed away on March 8th, 2018 at Tampa General Hospital, Florida.

Roberta was born in Kingston, Ontario on January 7th, 1942. She is survived by her husband James LeCain; her children, Robert Parker, Debbie Darwiche, Paul Parker, Susannah Parr, Sarah Parker-Berube, and their spouses.

Roberta is survived by her step daughters, Cindy Johnston, Jacquie Lalonde and Laurie Ernst and their spouses.

She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Roberta was predeceased by her father, Robert Wiltse and her mother Mary Brown Wiltse.

Notice of the memorial will be posted in the next few weeks.

Contact daughter Sarah Parker-Berube via email for further information,

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Obituary of 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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Obituary of DEGAUST; Archibald (Archie) Charles

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Passed away peacefully at his home in Barrie ON surrounded by family on February 4, 2018 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife of nearly 52 years, Sylvia. Dear father of Archie and Kevin. Beloved grandfather of Corey, Gerritt and Chantal. Predeceased by his parents Archibald “Archie” and Catherine (nee MacKenzie) and stepmother Dorothy of Cape Breton, NS. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Anne, Dolores (Lou), Andy (Jean), Brother Benedict, Dorothy (Fred) and Ellie. Archie’s early life was shaped by a Depression-era upbringing in Cape Breton, two years as a Franciscan seminarian and an education at St. Francis Xavier University. As a schoolteacher he inspired countless to love Shakespeare, read and write poetry and appreciate music of all genres. In his retirement he discovered a passion for woodturning and dedicated countless hours in his shop creating breathtaking pieces of art that have found their way into homes around the world. In his later years he was a devoted caregiver to the love of his life, Sylvia, and doted on his grandchildren. He was a voracious reader of books, an entertaining storyteller, a talented singer and a committed servant of his community, particularly through the Knights of Columbus. Family and friends will be received at Adams Funeral Home, 445 St. Vincent St., Barrie on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia St., Barrie on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sleeping Children Around the World or Covenant House Toronto.

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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

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Obituary of SAUNDERS: Tyron of Toronto Formerly of Kingston and Newmarket

Posted by on January 23, 2018


Tyron Antonio Wilhelmy Saunders, born August 15, 1988, passed on from this world on December 31, 2017, in Toronto, from an asthma attack, at the age of 29. He is survived by his son, Kaedence Ward; mother, Janice Saunders Eaton; stepfather, Murray Eaton; brothers Liam, Keegan, and Kiefer Eaton; grandmother Mary Saunders, and grandfather Gary Saunders: his Devon Rex cat Kessel, who will now be living with his son and mother Niki Ward. Ty will be missed by hundreds of other friends and family members and love of his life, Jade Miller, who inspired Ty be a better person.
Tyron was a supernova and shines brightly, making the world a more magical place both for the time he was in it and for years to come in the future. A familiar face on the downtown scene in Toronto (and back in Kingston), Tyron was recognizable from a distance, often with green dreadlocks, covered in artistic tattoos from face down, and wearing daring and noticeable ensembles. He loved fiercely and deeply: both the people in his life and the things that inspired him. A lover of fashion, science, graffiti, hip-hop, and adventure, amongst other passions, he couldn’t wait to share his inspirations with the world as soon as they caught hold of him. He could turn any idea into a plan and an adventure, and could make excitement out of what seemed like nothing. From a distance, he could seem larger than life, but those who knew him close-up were touched by his intensity and realness. The relationships he forged with others, from those he only saw a few times to close friends, family members, and partners, were unforgettable and frequently perspective-changing. Often magnetically compelling, Tyron was a man who was as completely unapologetically “himself” as one could be.
Tyron was born in Mexico City, and grew up mostly in Toronto, Newmarket, and Kingston, Ontario. He began his adult life in Kingston, and moved to Toronto in 2009. He embraced life in both places, connecting with many, and is well-loved in both cities. Some of the highlights of his life include the birth of his son Kaedence, in Kingston in 2008; beginning his own self-designed clothing line in Toronto in 2013; and traveling internationally in the last few years, exploring new places with a powerful enthusiasm. In recent years, he had begun a spiritual journey, becoming vegetarian, diving into science books and nature documentaries, and reflecting on the world and his role in it. Often talking circles around those surrounding him, his intelligence and insatiable curiosity guided him on this journey.
Tyron was and continues to be deeply loved by his friends and family. The world feels a bit more empty without him, but he lives on in every part of the world he touched. He made a hat reading “too weird to live, too rare to die” and it is this contradiction that marks his life and passing: brighter than seems possible, it is also impossible for him to really be gone. The world lost a rare jewel on December 31, 2017, but he shines on. We love you Tyron, always gold.
A celebration of life was held on January 6, 2018, one of the coldest days in years at -22 degrees Celsius, at a former Buddhist temple in downtown Toronto.

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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

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 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

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Obituary of Mooney: Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) of Westgate Lodge, Belleville

Posted by on December 4, 2017





MOONEY, Phyllis Evelyn (nee Wood) – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sweet mother/grandmother, Phyllis, on December 3, one day after the death of her son, Bob. Phyllis was in her 98th year, passing away peacefully at Westgate Lodge. Phyllis is predeceased by her husband, Alan, (1994) and son Bob, (2017). She will be profoundly missed by her daughter, Fern Colson (Wilbert). She is deeply loved by her four grandchildren:  Eric Colson (Michelle) Kingston, Shannon Colson (Bill) Golden Lake, Lindsey Pascoe (Jeff) Red Deer, AB., and Andrea Smith (Michel) Ft. McMurray, AB,  and all eight great-grandchildren, Rhett, Nick, Tayler, Brayden, Waylon, Reid, Calleigh and Evey. John Wood,  London, is Phyllis’s only surviving brother, after losing Ritchie several years ago. “Mom/Gram, you’re the sweetest person we all know.  We have all been so blessed to have descended from you, and Dad/Papi too. Your greatest concern has always been for others, even asking caregivers how many more hours they have to work, could you help them, do they have far to drive in the snow, etc., and thanking everyone for absolutely any and everything done for you. You have become  famous for your signature statement, “I’m so lucky”. One of your biggest gifts to all of us has been recognizing this quality of gratefulness that you have, and being reminded to find gratitude under all circumstances. You are a completely self-less person and have been a wonderful role model for all of us. We’re happy you always felt so lucky but in truth, we’ve been the ones who were lucky. And dying one day after Bob, what is that about? You two were close and somehow that comforts us. We all love you. You will be so missed.”

Funeral arrangements for Phyllis and Bob: Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel at 11am on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Interment Belleville Cemetery.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of MacDONALD, George Randy of Gananoque and formerly of Mallorytown, Ontario

Posted by on November 21, 2017

MacDONALD, George Randy, UE, Veteran WWII, Canadian Coast Guard (Captain, Ret):

At Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque on Thursday, November 16 at the age of 95 years.  Born in Rockport, ON, eldest son of the late Verny and Helena (Slate) MacDonald.  Also predeceased by his cherished wife Lelia “Lee” (Potts) RN; dear companion Violet Kernell;  much loved brothers and sister Alfred, Jack, and Roberta.

George’s early life was spent exploring the St. Lawrence River and the countryside surrounding Rockport and Mallorytown where his UEL soldier ancestors had settled following the American Revolution (1783).  In 1940, he enlisted into the RCNVR and served throughout the war as a gunner aboard patrol vessel HMCS Chaleur, corvette HMCS The Pas and destroyer HMCS Huron.  His five year tour included convoy escorts across the North Atlantic to the UK and four runs into the Arctic to Murmansk and Archangel, USSR.  George also participated in North Sea, Channel and Bay of Biscay intercepts, D-Day operations and life-saving rescues of friend and foe.

After the war, George worked briefly at Hex Baits Limited in Brockville and then at Snider Boat Lines as a licensed Thousand Islands tour boat guide.  He was later hired by marine shipping companies to pilot vessels throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway and waterways of northern Alberta and the NWT.  He eventually joined the Canadian Coast Guard and retired in 1982 while stationed in Trenton with Search & Rescue.

George was an accomplished artist, a gifted carver and mentor to many.  His decoys and decorative birds received several international “Best of Show” and first-place ribbons.  For many years George and Lee operated “Quick & Quack Bird Carvers” as a hobby enterprise.

In his later years, George worked tirelessly to establish the Memorial & Decorations Wall at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 484 in Mallorytown where he was a Life Member.  Their reception hall is named in his honour. In addition, he was a Life Member of Macoy Masonic Lodge 242, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and a member of the Mallorytown United Church.

George will be lovingly remembered by sisters Verna Donnelly also of Carveth, Patricia and brother-in-law Arnold Warren of Brockville, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends throughout Canada and the USA.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince Street, Lansdowne on Sunday from 6 – 8 p.m. The Celebration of Life will be held on Monday November 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. Rose Officiating. Cremation to follow, burial alongside his beloved Lee at a later date in Mount Pleasant United Church Cemetery near Stirling, ON.  In memory of George, donations to the Mallorytown Legion would be gratefully acknowledged. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 484 Mallorytown will hold a Memorial Service Sunday evening at 5:45 p.m. followed by Macoy Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. at 6 p.m. all sister Lodges are invited to attend. Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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Obituary of Packham, Randall Bruce of Barrie

Posted by on November 18, 2017

Packham, Randall Bruce – Peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  Randall Packham, beloved husband of Leslie Joy Packham of Barrie.  Loving father of Christopher Randall Packham (Olivia Brett) of Barrie, and Sarah Joy Ash (Vaughn) of Elora.  Loving grandfather of Anna Joy Ash, Oliver Christopher Packham and Evelyn Emily Packham.  Dear son Mariann and the late William Packham.  Dear brother of William Packham (Jackie) of Thornhill, Robert Packham of Toronto and Leanne Rogers (David) of Burlington.  Uncle of Scott, Tyler (Tory), Jason, Cassie, Julia and Angelo.  Son-in-law of Rosemary and Ken Dickenson.  Brother-in-law of Karen Alexander.  Visit with family and friends on Sunday, November 19th from 2 p.m. until time of service at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 161 Hanmer Street West, Barrie at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe or St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.  Arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Drive Cremation and Burial Service.  Condolences may be made to

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Obituary of CRAWFORD: Floyd S. of Belleville

Posted by on November 12, 2017

CRAWFORD, FLOYD S. – of Belleville, passed away at Belmont Long Term Care Facility on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the age of 89. Son of the late Charles and Hannah Crawford. Beloved husband of Pauline (nee Duval) Crawford. Dear father of Susan (Dr. Cesare Palaia) Crawford, of Marino, Italy; Peter (Brenda) Crawford of Selby, Delaware; Mike (Silvie) Crawford of Kingston; Marc (Helene) Crawford of Cornwall; Danielle (Tim) Yon of Belleville; Bobby (Kathleen) Crawford of Hartford, Connecticut; Louis  (Sherry) Crawford, Todd (Natalie) Crawford and Eric (Kim) Crawford, all of Belleville. Floyd is lovingly remembered by 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by sisters, Joan (Bruce) Bullock of Kitchener, Carol (Joseph) Santa Guida of Bramalea and sister-in-law Pauline Crawford. Predeceased by brothers Jack and Frank Crawford.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273). The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on both Monday and Tuesday, November 13th and 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 296 Church Street, on Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow, with burial of cremated remains at St. James Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, Memorial Donations to The Floyd and Pauline Crawford Benevolent Fund would be appreciated by the family. This fund is focused on helping children and supporting them in sports.

The Crawford family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the Belmont Long Term Care Facility for their exemplary efforts, compassion and professionalism in the care of their father.

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Obituary of PETERSON, Blair Robert of Kingston, Ontario

Posted by on November 3, 2017

PETERSON, Blair Robert

Entered into rest at the Providence Care Hospital in Kingston on Tuesday October 31st, 2017. Blair Peterson of Kingston aged 63 years. Beloved son of Irene (Brown) and the late Bruce Peterson of Rockport. Loving brother of Clifford Peterson (Brenda) of Oshawa and Warren Peterson (Diane) of Sault Ste. Marie; and uncle of Carol-Ann, Marc, Matthew and Eric Peterson.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date. In memory of Blair, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Barclay Funeral Home, 1033 Prince St., Lansdowne. Messages of condolence may be made online at

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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 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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