Obituary of SPINDLER: Katherine “Beth” of London

Posted by on December 13, 2018

SPINDLER, Katherine “Beth”….

Passed peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Victoria Hospital, London at the age of 50. Loving mother of Andrew and Christopher. Cherished grandmother of David, Mason and Aidan. Much loved sister of Kim (George) Bowes. Will be missed dearly by her partner Barry Rusher. Katherine will also be missed by her nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her son Anthony (2001). Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 10-11 am at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be held at 11 am in the funeral home chapel. Donations to the London Regional Cancer Program would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of CARROLL: Fred Albert of Chatham

Posted by on December 13, 2018

Fred Albert Carroll passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, in his 81st year. A private Committal Service will be held on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF CHATHAM (519-352-2390). Online condolences may be left at www.chathamfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary of KOUAYKHAMKONE: Soudsada of Chatham

Posted by on December 13, 2018

Soudsada Kouaykhamkone passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus, on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at the age of 91. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, along with her extended family both in Canada and Laos. Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF CHATHAM (519-352-2390), 4 Victoria Avenue, on Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm, and again on Saturday beginning at 9am. Cremation to follow. Online condolences may be left at www.chathamfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary of TAMMING: Ralph of Waterloo

Posted by on December 13, 2018

Tamming, Ralph

Safe in the arms of Jesus, Ralph (Roelof) Tamming, born November 8, 1930, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, on December 12, 2018, “It is well with my soul”, surrounded by his loving wife and family.  Beloved husband of Tina (Trijn Tamming Snoeyer). Loving father of Gaye and Case Nauta, Alice and Tony Dupuis, John and Manon Tamming, Joanne and Tony Jenkins, and Linda Rice and Stephen Lehman. Cherished Grandfather of Michael (Jennifer), Nathan (Elizabeth), Jonathan (Shannon) Casey (Brandon), Kevin (Heather), Richard (Margaret), Jessica, Melissa (Theo), Anthony, Joel (Tara), Laura (Christopher), Adam (Jessica), Nicole and Taylor (Catriona).  Precious and “funny” Opa to Tyler (Kaitlynn), Flynn, Ella, Jude, Liam, Myles, Nolan, Clara, Mason, Ethan, Eric, Jordan, Brayden, Finley, and Ryder.

 

Beloved brother of Martin (Nellie), Johan (Hilda), Jim (Barb), George, and sister-in -law Martha. Predeceased by his brother John, sister-in-law Froukje, brother Albert, and great-grandson Braden.

Friends will be received at Denning’s Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe Street West, Strathroy, Ontario on Sunday, December 16th, 2018 from 1-3 pm.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday December 17th, 2018 at 1:00 pm at East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe Street E., Strathroy. A Private Family interment has been held.

Heartfelt thanks to Dad’s caregiver Emma Dales who took care of his every need, all PSW workers, Dr.  Kevin Fung, ENT at LHSC, and the loving staff at Innisfree Hospice in Kitchener.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated by the family to Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice or to the ENT Cancer Unit, LHSC, London

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Obituary of CLIFFORD: Elizabeth “Ann” of London

Posted by on December 13, 2018

CLIFFORD, Ann….

Peacefully at her residence with her family surrounding her, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Elizabeth “Ann” Clifford in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Terry Clifford for 57 years. Loving mother of T.J. Clifford and his wife Pascale of Ottawa, Amy Clifford and her husband Jean Pierre Giroux of Gatineau, Jake Clifford of Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Katie Lee and her husband Tysen of Toronto. Dear grandmother of Emily, Cassidy, Maxim, Ella, Ava, Olivia, Charlotte and Mackenzie. Also missed by her sister Jane Barrett of Toronto. Predeceased by her parents Donald and Katharine Davison. Ann devoted her life to service and continually helping others, especially over 28 years acting as the “Den Mother” for the Global Vision program, among many other volunteer positions. The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Bill McKeough, the day staff at Saint Elizabeth and the night staff at VON. Friends will be received by the family on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10-11 am at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, London, where the funeral service will be held at 11 am. Interment at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to Global Vision, 1667 Moffat Avenue, London, ON N5W 2A1. 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 HODGSON, Dean Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on December 13, 2018

HODGSON, DEAN: Dean Joseph Hodgson was born in the Sarnia General Hospital, the son of Jack M. and Blanche (Rollins) Hodgson on August 7th, 1933 and passed away on December 12th, 2018. Dean considered himself the Maple Leafs #1 fan. He also closely followed the Blue Jays, Lions and Tigers. Dean loved to skate and did so into his 80’s, walk, read and debate (about anything). Agriculture was his vocation and he farmed his own land from 1960 – 1990 but continued his interest in agriculture and drainage, especially Lambton County and the Rainy River District to the very end.

As a young man Dean worked with Marshall and Milway, Ontario Land Surveyors and felt the basics he learned in those years guided him through the many pursuits he followed in the rest of his life. Dean was involved in farm drainage for over 40 years (1962 – 2004) as an owner, operator and drainage inspector. Draining the land and solving problems was a passion. Farming, drainage and friendly people were the focus of his life and he attempted to enjoy every minute of every day. Dean always enjoyed the simpler things in life and so, as he said, “luckily never required much money”, though he never married he was always happy with whatever he had. Some of his happiest years (and toughest) were spent on his Emo cattle farm in the Rainy River District between 1978 and 1990 while paying 22% interest. At Emo he also served as municipal Drainage Superintendent for eight municipalities and enjoyed working with Councils and farm groups. Dean was also involved with Emo minor hockey for several years. During these years in the Rainy River District he often said he worked with, “some of the finest people in the world” who made even the cattle business seem enjoyable.

In his later years he was the author of several small books on Lambton County history. He considered himself an amateur historian and was a member of the Lambton County Historical Society for several years and the recently formed Sarnia Historical Society.

Dean was predeceased by his parents Jack (1974) and Blanche (1987), brother-in-law Ray Tomlin (2000), his brother John Hodgson (2012) and sister Donna Hodgson (2018). He is survived by two sisters Della Tomlin of Sarnia and Judith and her husband Geoff Sutherland of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by Shelley, David and Dean Sutherland along with several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family wishes to thank the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care and a special thanks to Jim Maw for all the help he provided us at this time”

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Obituary of CAMERON: Elfriede Emily (nee Schlaereth) of London

Posted by on December 12, 2018

CAMERON, Elfriede Emily (nee Schlaereth)…

Peacefully at Extendicare, London on December 11, 2018 in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Ward Cameron (1992). Dear mother of John Cameron, Elizabeth Cameron (Pierre Soucy) of London and Shelia Etchison (Don) of Florida. Also loved by grandchildren Sarah of Toronto, Shelane of North Carolina and Clayton and Landon, both of Florida. She will also be greatly missed by “adopted daughter”, Colleen DeJager. Predeceased by sisters Hilda and Irmgard in Germany and Erika in Virginia. A private graveside service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London has taken place. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Extendicare for all the wonderful care Frieda received while at the nursing home. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, London. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com.

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Obituary of SCOTT: Edna J. of London

Posted by on December 12, 2018

SCOTT, Edna Jean (nee Nixon)…
January 10, 1922 – December 10, 2018
Passed away at PeopleCare Oakcrossing Retirement Living, London after a brief but compassionate stay. Beloved wife of the late Stewart E. Scott for 54 years (April 2013). Predeceased by sisters Bessie Sharman (Nov 2018) and Della Hoffman (Oct 2011), and by brother Fred Nixon (Sept 2010). Jean is fondly remembered and missed by many nieces and nephews. A special thanks goes out to her niece Rose Stephen, and to all the staff, volunteers and friends at Grand Wood Park retirement home in London where she was lovingly cared for during the past 15 years. Thanks to Dr. David Munro for his constant care and to St. Joseph’s Hospice volunteer, Jane, who visited Jean every week. Cremation has taken place and interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, London. If wished, donations may be made to the London Humane Society, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5, Mission Services, 459 York Street, London, ON N6B 1R3 or the Salvation Army, 80 Dundas Street, London, ON N6A 2P3. 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 EBERLEE: Lois Elaine of London

Posted by on December 12, 2018

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EBERLEE, Lois Elaine ….
Passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved daughter of the late William and Gladys Eberlee. Predeceased by her brother Vaughan (Sophie) Eberlee. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, 397 Springbank Drive, London, ON N6J 1G7. Donations may be made to St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church Memorial Fund. 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 GILBERT: Patricia “Pat” (née Anderson), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 11, 2018

GILBERT, Patricia “Pat” (née Anderson), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home on Monday, December 10, 2018, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Donald A. Gilbert (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Michael (Ava McAlpine) of Union, David of St. Thomas, Stephen (Annette) of London, and Jeffery (Silvana) of Toronto.  Cherished grandmother of Alex, Spencer, Alexis, and Colleen.  Dear sister of Brian Anderson (Penny) of Markham, and the late Robert Anderson (late Gladys).  Also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  Born in Fort Erie, ON, March 20, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Marvilla “Villa” (née Crowe) Anderson.  Pat was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in English and Music, and was an accomplished pianist.  For a number of years, she worked with her husband at his dental practice.  Pat was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a former member of the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club and the St. Thomas Curling Club.  In her earlier years, she modeled for Anderson’s, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, December 13th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  A private family funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 14th.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

 

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Obituary of Jones: Gwendolyn [Gwen] Irene Of London

Posted by on December 11, 2018

Peacefully surrounded by her family, at the age of 97, Gwendolyn “Gwen” [Flint] [Dunn] Jones of London, on Sunday December 9, 2018 at London Health Science Centre Victoria campus. Daughter of the late Joseph and Leah Flint. Predeceased by her husbands Eddie Jones [2000] and Charlie Dunn[1975]. Loving mother of Sally Laframboise [late John], Patrick [Marlene] Dunn, Eric Dunn [Late Donna]. Predeceased by her children Gerald Dunn, Lee Dunn and Judith Laframboise.Loving Grandmother of 15 Grandchildren, many Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren. Gwen will be especially missed by Diane & Justin Kosir, Josie & Zack Kosir, Darryl & Tamara Markowski and Stella Markowski. A dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. Gwen is survived by her sister Verna Weatherill. Predeceased by her brothers George and Ken Flint, and her sisters Edith, Mary and Bev. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A time of Fellowship with family and friends will take place December 14, 2018, 7-9 pm. at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St Dutton. 519-762-2416. Interment St George Cemetery, Trenton ON at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider the LHSC Cancer Clinic.

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Obituary of COLE, Audrey Anne (Schering) of Grand Bend, formerly of London, age 62

Posted by on December 10, 2018

COLE: Peacefully, at University Hospital, London on Sunday, December 9, 2018, Audrey Anne (Schering) Cole joined her late husband Harold Owen Cole (2016) “on the flip side”. She leaves behind her precious mom Jenny Schering, brothers Tony Schering and Jack Schering, sisters Elly (Morris) Collver and Maria (Dave) Edwards, mother-in-law Beryl Cole, brother-in-law of Jim (Karen) Cole, Fern (Tom) Penstone, as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her dad Arie Schering, brothers Harry Schering, sister-in-law Pat Schering, brother-in-law Terry Walker and nephew Dale Schering. Audrey faced many medical challenges and met each with courage and determination to overcome. She thumbed her nose at Lupus, a double lung transplant and cancer, to hit the ski slopes in winter and the golf course in summer. A long time employee at London Life and Scotia McLeod, Audrey and Harold moved from London to Grand bend to enjoy their retirement years but it was not to be. At Audrey’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the  Southcott Pines Club House, 10246 Lakeview Ave., Grand Bend, on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. Please feel free to dress casually. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.   Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

“SAVE A LIFE, BE AN ORGAN DONOR”

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Obituary of GIBSON, David Arnold Roy of Crediton, age 67

Posted by on December 10, 2018

GIBSON: Unexpectedly, but peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, on Friday, December 7, 2018, David Arnold Roy Gibson, of Crediton, 3 weeks before his 68th birthday. Loved father of Samantha and Mike Bond of Stratford, Christopher and Sonya Gibson of Brussels. Cherished grandpa of Kyle Hayes, Grady Wall, Abigail Wall, Andrew Bond, Nick Bond, Sabrina Hiusser and Gregory Hiusser and great-grandpa of Khloe. Remembered by his mother Audrey (Keller) Gibson, special friend Valerie Fisher and his son Jeffrey. Brother and brother-in-law Larry and Sharon Gibson of Centralia, Gary and Joanne Gibson of St. Joseph, Bradley and Jane Gibson of Edmonton, Mark Gibson and Nancy Phillips of Crediton. Predeceased by his father William “Roy” Gibson, infant son Jason and son-in-law Neil Wall. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of SWEITZER-GRIGG, Eva Belva (Comfort) , of Exeter, formerly of Shipka, age 92

Posted by on December 10, 2018

SWEITZER-GRIGG: Peacefully, with her daughter by her side, at Exeter Villa Nursing Home, Exeter, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Eva Belva (Comfort) Sweitzer-Grigg, of Exeter, formerly of Shipka, age 92. Eva was born in Gainsborough Township, Lincoln County, Ontario to Alton and Elsie (McPherson) Comfort. Beloved wife of the late Milton Sweitzer (1988) and the late Ivan Grigg (2016). Loved mother of Sandra Sweitzer of Exeter. Cherished grandma of Kelly and John Handley, Kimberly and Ryan Moore. Treasured great-grandma of Brandon Handley, Clara Moore and Holden Moore. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Sylvia Hansler of Welland (late Cecil Anger and the late Orville Hansler), late Doris Sweitzer (late Stuart), late Alice Leadley (late Ted), Marilyn Pickering of Lucan (late Jack), Helen and Mike Prisciak of Smithville, Elsie and Garson Brady, Roy and Marilyn Comfort all of Welland. Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by Milton’s family, Ila and Vern Sharpe, Nola and Murray Evans, Stuart and Doris Sweitzer. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with Visitation on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Doug Watson Officiating. Interment Crediton Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Arthritis Society of Ontario or S.H.H.F. – Jessica’s House would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

 

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Obituary of REID, Linda of Corunna

Posted by on December 10, 2018

REID, LINDA – On December 9, 2018, Linda Grace (Lewis) Reid, age 78 of Corunna passed away. She was the dear wife of Michael Reid and the loving mother of the late Christopher Reid (2009). She is also survived by her brothers Cam and John Lewis and sister in law Suzanne and Tom Bouskil. Several cousins also survive. Linda taught with the Lambton County School Board and had retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. Private cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made in memory of Linda to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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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

farm.house@me.com

“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 KUSTERS: Corrie of Kerwood

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

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Kusters, Corrie (nee Lamers)

 

Peacefully passed away on December 9th, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Bert Kusters for 51 cherished years. Loving Mother of Jacqueline (Jeff) Robinson, Joanie (Mark) Hamel, Judy (Jason) Irwin, and Wilbert Kusters. Proud Oma of Tyler (Ange) Robinson, Katelyn Robinson (Adam), Jackson and Nick Hamel, Hunter, Chase, and Landyn Irwin. Survived by her siblings Peter (Annie) Lamers, Annie (John) Vander Heyden, Tonia Vande Wetering, Josie Kersten, Willie (Morris) Hoefnagels, Aleida Goris, Willy (Agnes) Lamers, and Mary Landuyt. Survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tony Hoefnagels, Corrie Lamers, Antoon Vanden Boomen, Fien Kusters, Piet (Tonia) Kusters, Mia Kusters, Riek (Wim) Maas, Bets Custers, and Bill (Irene) Kusters.  Predeceased by her parents Martin and Anna Lamers; her siblings Kees Lamers, John Lamers, Martin Lamers Jr., Katie Hoefnagels, Andy Lamers and brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law Peter Vande Wetering, John Kersten, Hank Goris, Joe Landuyt, Marion Lamers, Lezora Lamers, Hijn (Tonia) Kusters, Tina (Leo) Wijnen, Ann Vanden Boomen, Theo (Mien) Kusters, Gerret Kusters, Jan (Toni) Kusters, Sjang Custers.

 

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Strathroy. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences and donations may be left at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF STRATHROY.

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Obituary of THOMPSON: Norman Robert of Strathroy

Posted by on December 8, 2018

Dr. Norman Robert Thompson

Norman Thompson, resident of Chartwell Riverside Retirement Residence, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2018 at the age of 103 years at University Hospital in London, Ontario. Sincere thanks to the palliative care team at UH (especially Wendy and Janet), who ensured a comfortable experience for both Norman and his family.

Norman was born to Robert and Mabel Thompson in Strathroy, Ontario in 1915. He completed his undergraduate degree from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1939. Norman served in the RCAF reserves during WWII until 1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Jessie McDonald, at the Presbyterian Church in Strathroy on March 5, 1943. He completed his Master’s degree from UofT in 1949, and his PhD from Michigan State University in 1952. Norman had an accomplished academic career as a professor of agriculture at the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at MSU. He specialized in agronomy and crop production of potatoes. Norman held several residencies at the International Potato Centre in Lima, Peru, and traveled to many nations around the world to improve sustainable agricultural practices.

Norman is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Jessie Thompson (nee McDonald); sister-in-law, Marion Savage; children, Paul Buckingham (Leighanne) and Jane Matthies; grandchildren, Lindsay Rivard (Jonathan) and Mark Buckingham; and great-grandchild, Maggie Rivard.

A private family service will take place at the Strathroy cemetery on Dec. 19, 2018. Donations in memory of Norman can be made to the World Wild Life Foundation, https://www.worldwildlife.org/.

While 103 years may seem like a long life for most, for the family of Norman Thompson it was much too short. His remarkable kindness, generosity, warmth, and intelligence made an extraordinary impact on all he knew. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.

Arrangments entrusted at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY. www.strathroyfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of GIBB: Pauline Jean (nee Glazier) of London

Posted by on December 7, 2018

GIBB, Pauline Jean (nee Glazier)…

Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, December 6, 2018, Pauline Jean Gibb (nee Glazier) in her 76th year. Loving mother of Thomas Glazier (Sherry Pinsonneault) of Chatham. Dear grandmother of Ashley and Tim Glazier and missed by their mother Cathy Craig. Pauline will also be missed by her brother Ronald Glazier and his wife May of Goderich, her sister Anita Purdon and her husband Ronald of Mitchell and sister-in-law Sharilyn Glazier. Loved dearly by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Russell and Sarah, brothers Wayne and Gord and her sisters Vesta and Joyce. A visitation will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 12-1 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of DONOHUE, William Anthony “Bill” Jr. of Sarnia

DONOHUE, WILLIAM ANTHONY “BILL” Jr. – Thank God the Toronto Raptors won. While cheering on his beloved team, with his Raptors hat, scarf, and socks on, Bill died at home, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the age of 82.

Bill was the beloved husband of 55 years to his like-minded, and better-looking, wife Victoria Donohue, a non-golfer. Vicki being a non-golfer was what made the marriage last for 55 years. When asked how she felt over the death of her “Dear,” Vicki said, “If the Raptors didn’t get him, I was sure the Toronto Maple Leafs would.”

Bill, (PopsPopsey) was a loving and proud (and we’re not at all biased) father of Dr. Mary Donohue (Paul Brent) of Toronto; Mark Donohue (Lisa) of Oakville; Tim Donohue (Erin Crawford) of London, and cherished grandfather of Jia, Jacob and Madelyn.

When asked about their thoughts on the passing of the one man who loved them unconditionally their entire lives, his children unanimously stated that, “We are surprised it didn’t happen on the golf course, when he finally made a putt”

His love of golf, sports, travel, martinis and adventures with his family was usurped only by his propensity to get in and out of the “trickiest” situations, including locking his keys in the car in the worst part of Detroit (and finding some “fine fellows” to open the door, who mysteriously had “jimmy sticks” handy in their trench coats). All incidents of luck were followed always by the words, “Don’t tell your mother!”

His personal quests included running his business, Donohue World Travel, for 30 years, while also volunteering. He served as chair and board member of the Lambton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board for 32 years; was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club; and volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Society, the Cancer Society and the Catholic Church.

In his spare time Bill became a cowboy. He raised and showed Quarter Horses. He performed beyond all expectations. He even competed and won in the barrel racing category in a distinguished field of one.

Dear brother of John Donohue & Sean, Toronto; Patrick Donohue & Jane, Toronto; Joe Donohue & Maureen, Sarnia;  Irene Donohue, Sarnia; John Humphrey, London; and Colleen Donohue, Toronto. Brother-in-law of Charles (Chuck) Juryn (Wallaceburg). Predeceased by his parents, William & Eileen Donohue, and his sisters Elizabeth, Helen and Mary Eileen Donohue.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Matthew Sobierajski (whom he taught to golf), at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church.  Private family interment at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, ON, N7T 6S3 or St. Joseph Hospice, 475 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of COX: Reitta K. of London

Posted by on December 6, 2018

COX, Reitta K…
Reitta K. (nee Ellis) Cox (99) at PeopleCare Oakcrossing, London, Ontario. Surrounded in spirit and in truth by the love and support of many family members, friends and loved ones. Predeceased by her husband, Reverend George Cox (2011) who was the love of her life for 68 years; by her son Sterling Victor Cox (1997) (Margaret); and by her siblings Sterling, Frances and Murray; Mother of Katheleen Ellis (Kathryn Forester). Grandmother of Richard Cox (Siân) and Suzanne Uren. Great-grandmother of Zachary, Emma and Luke Cox, and Timothy and Jonathan Uren. She was also beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Reitta graduated from Essex Ontario District High School, was very active in her church and a Brownie Leader before entering the Salvation Army Theological College in Toronto. She graduated in 1941 and after serving churches in Wingham and Dunnville she married Captain George Cox in 1943. Together they ministered in Listowel, Brockville, Toronto and Cobourg before leaving for South Africa in 1949 with their 2 children to do missionary work. In Johannesburg she was in charge of a young men’s hostel and also worked as the Salvation Army’s court worker assisting women attending the courts (many of them sex workers with alcohol and addiction issues) and finding them shelter and employment. In Cape Town she actively participated in and supported all aspects of the ministerial requirements of the churches served by her husband. She also worked with child welfare services. After 20 years Reitta returned to Canada with her family and continued to support her husband in several pastorates. Living in Essex in retirement she remained active in church work.

Music was always a great part of her life and she formed Ladies Vocal Trios whenever possible. At Corunna United Church an LP record was made, selling hundreds of copies (all proceeds were donated to missionary work). Keeping in touch with family and friends was very important to her and writing letters was a pleasure. After George’s death she remained active at PeopleCare, participating in residents’ councils and committees until failing health required her to curtail her involvements. She and George were among the first residents of PeopleCare and during her years there she befriended many of the staff and residents regaling them with stories about life in South Africa and providing a wise and loving “listening ear.” Appreciation is expressed to the wonderful staff of PeopleCare for their thoughtful care of both George and Reitta in their final years.

Memorial donations can be sent to Colborne Street United Church, Essex United Church, 53 Talbot Street South, Essex, ON N8M 1B1 or the charity of your choice. Visitation will be held from 1-2 pm at Colborne Street United Church, 711 Colborne Street, London, ON on Saturday, December 15, 2018 where the funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Interment to take place on December 17, 2018 at 11 am in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville, Ontario. 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 BURDEN: Rodney “Rod” of London

Posted by on December 5, 2018

BURDEN, Rod….

Suddenly at his residence on Friday, November 30, 2018, Rodney Burden at the age of 63. Loving father of Melissa Hosfeld and her husband Hoss and Shannan Burden. Cherished grandfather of Cameron Burden. Much loved brother of Loretta Schnurr. Rod will also be missed by his nephew Andrew Schnurr and his special friend Kathy Fortais. Predeceased by his granddaughter Olivia. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Rod’s Life will be held at a later date. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Donations in Rod’s memory may be made to the WWF-Canada, 400-410 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1S8. 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 McLEOD: Helen (nee McArthur) of London

Posted by on December 5, 2018

McLEOD, Helen (nee McArthur)….

Peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Marian Villa, London, Helen Cameron McLeod passed in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Donald “Gordon” McLeod (1993). Loving mother of Kathryn Patton (Gordon) and Mary Liberatore, all of London. Cherished grandmother of Mark Liberatore (Rhian) and great grandmother of Oliver, Charlotte and Elliott. Loved by her bonus grandchildren Kirby Patton, Heidi Patton (Robert), Blair Patton (Jaime), Marcy Demelo and Hilary Patton (Penny) and her 7 bonus great-grandchildren. Helen will be dearly missed by her nieces Jane Sproule, Elizabeth Schellenberger, Susan Beveridge and her nephew Brian McArthur (Loretta). Predeceased by her parents Donald and Margaret McArthur and brother Kenneth McArthur (the late Anne). Helen was a life long member of First-St. Andrew’s United Church and was a dedicated auxiliary member at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 12-1 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will be held at 1 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to My Sisters’ Place, 566 Dundas Street, London, ON N6B 1W8 would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of MICHAUD: Pauline of London

Posted by on December 5, 2018

MICHAUD, Pauline….

Peacefully with family at her side on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Pauline (Rossignol) Michaud of London and formerly of New Brunswick, at the age of 70 years passed away. Beloved wife of the late Albeo Michaud (2015). Loving mother of Trevor Gallant (Jackie), Leo Landry (Melissa DeBusschere), Adrien Landry (Stacey), Rachelle Landry and Michelle Landry. Dear step-mother of Albeo Michaud Jr., Belinda Roy, and Michael Michaud. Cherished Nana to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dearly missed by her brothers Lionel Rossignol (Ingrid), Norm Rossignol (Phyllis) and her sister Edna McDonald (Brian). Missed by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Adrien. Pauline left a lasting impression of those she met, she was loved by all and will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank everyone who has come supported Pauline during her journey. Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London ON, N5X 2T1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of COLLINS: Gary Wayne of London

Posted by on December 5, 2018

At L.H.S.C.-Victoria Campus on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018; Gary Wayne Collins passed away at the age of 70. Special friend to Marg Weatherby. Predeceased by his parents Grant and Gladys Collins, his brothers Peter and Dan and also his sisters Mary and Ila. Gary will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

In keeping with Gary’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service will be held at Longwoods Cemetery, 22338 Melbourne Rd, Melbourne, ON; on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF STRATHROY, www.strathroyfuneralhome.com.

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