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 PETRIE, William (Bill) of Listowel

Posted by on November 22, 2018

William (Bill) Petrie – passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Listowel on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at the age of 70. Bill had a passion for horses, enjoyed listening to music and dancing.

Son of the late James Petrie and the late Muriel (Buchanan) Petrie.  Brother of Donna Patterson (Jim), Ken Petrie, Maureen Houston (Vince Bergin) and Bob Petrie.  Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins and his special friend Sue Raynard.

Predeceased by his sister-in-law Deanna Petrie.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A graveside service will be held at Donegal Cemetery at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of Blake; William(Bill) Ernest of Peace River, AB and Durham, ON resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on October 31, 2018

William Blake resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

William (Bill) Ernest Blake, age 85, of Peace River, Alberta and Durham, Ontario, passed away peacefully Oct 30th, 2018, at the Grey Gables retirement home in Markdale, Ontario.

Born on August 26, 1933, in Peace River, Alberta, Bill was the eldest son of the late Ernest Blake and Marjorie Millicent Blake/Furgeson (Jerry Furgeson) of Peace River, AB.

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Mary Blake (nee Leith); his brother Duncan Blake; sister Linda Longmuir (Denis); brother Gordon Furgeson (Vickie); sister Ada Vanderheide (Rick); his four children; Chris Blake (Bill) of Grande Prairie, AB; Marj Blake-Callinan (Tom) of Mill Valley CA, USA; Willie Blake (Arlene) of Calgary, AB; Wes Blake of Rainbow Lake, AB; his six grandchildren, Carmen (Blair), Jody, Ryan (Sarah), Jocelyn, Connor, Montana; his six great grandchildren; Dartanian, Ethan, Darius, Olivia, Asher, Daxton; and his brother in-law Doug (Carolyn) Leith; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and extended family of Ontario.

Raised on a farm in the Weberville area outside Peace River, Alberta, Bill left home at the age of 15 and became a plumber and pipefitter. Inspired by his entire family’s fascination with airplanes and aviation in general, he purchased an airplane and learned how to fly.  Early on he flew the Cessna Crane or the “Bamboo Bomber” as he used to refer to it. After starting his professional career bush-piloting float planes, he was sure he had made the big time piloting the legendary DC3 with Gateway Aviation. He was hired by Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) in 1965, and in 1969, he was rated on the Lockheed L382 Hercules. This time in his aviation career allowed him to see the world as the “Tramp Steamer” flew freight from the high north of the Canadian Arctic, to the Deserts of Saudi Arabia and to the depths of the South American jungle in Brazil. His career with his initial Jet aircraft rating on the brand new “Boeing 737” in 1972. The high point of his 737 flying was the introduction of Jet service into Peace River on September 15, 1975. He was the Captain on the first B737 aircraft into Peace River, AB and ultimately piloted the last B737 flight out of the Peace River airport in 1983 when Canadian Airlines discontinued jet service there.  He retired early from Canadian Airlines flying the DC-10 at the age of 57 to pursue his second career as a grain farmer in Peace River. His passion for flying never left him and was shared with other family members; his step-father, his two brothers and both of his sons all became pilots and some owing private aircraft.

Bill was an avid and entertaining story teller, adventuresome traveler who literally “saw” the world, a hard working “hobby-farmer” (controlling over 2.5 sections of land at one time), owner of a trucking company (Captain Tractors), partner in a regional airline (Southern Frontier Air Transport), and a loving husband and father; he will be missed dearly.

Our family wishes to extend a special and sincere thank you to all of the staff at Grey Gables in Markdale, ON for their attentive care and support over the last few years and especially during Bill’s final days. The family also extends their sincerest gratitude to Fawcett Funeral and Cremation Reception center.

The family will be receiving all of Bill’s friends from 10am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Priceville, ON; Saturday, Nov 3rd until the service at 11am with lunch to follow. Bill’s final resting place will be amongst his close relatives in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Peace River, Alberta Nov 7, 2018 at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Day Away Program-Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce would be greatly appreciated.Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

 

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Obituary of Fawcett; Lois Fay of Markdale in her 95th year resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on August 7, 2018

Fawcett; Lois Fay(nee Weber)

After a long and healthy life, Lois passed at her home, Grey Gables Nursing Home, Markdale on Monday, August 6, 2018 in her 95th year. She is reunited with her beloved husband the late Reginald(1980). Lois was the youngest of 9 and was predeceased by her siblings; Wilda Lawrence, Almeda Betts, Geraldine Wardman, Ellis Weber, Opal Alexander, Wayne Weber, Lee Weber and Ted Weber. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating Lois’ life will be held at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Saturday, August 11 at 11:00am. The family will receive friends for an hour prior to the service. If desired, memorial contributions to your favourite charity in memory of Lois would be gratefully appreciated. Interment at Markdale Cemetery. Online condolences and donations at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810.

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Obituary of Giles; Beverly Edna of Markdale in her 53rd year resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on August 7, 2018

Giles; Beverly Edna

After a well fought battle, passed away with her family by her side on August 6, 2018 of Markdale in her 53rd year. Devoted mother to Bradley Giles and Darian Broster and step-mother of Miranda McNaney and David McNaney. She was the proud grandmother of Emma and Addison. Beloved daughter of Allen and the late Enda Yool. She will be greatly missed as sister to Bryan(the late Midge) of Lagoon City, Bonnie(Ross) Yool of Proton Station, Barry(Jennifer) of Canarvon and Barb Giles(Chuck Donnelly) of New Lowell. Loving companion of Allan Russell of Flesherton. She will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Bev was born on November 23, 1965 to Wilmer and Edna Giles in Orangeville. Bev graduated from Grey Highlands Secondary School and later attended Georgian College and received her diploma in Personal Support Work. Bev’s greatest pride was her two sons. She loved everything outdoors, especially camping and gardening, she also loved watching and participating in her boys hockey.

The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Wednesday, August 8 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral service from the funeral home chapel on Thursday at 11:00am. Bev will be interred at a later date with her parents in the Flesherton Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Canadian Cancer Society or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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Obituary of Vanry; Gerda Hildegard of Flesherton in her 88th year resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on August 6, 2018
Vanry; Gerda Hildegard
After a lengthy battle with dementia, Gerda passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Grey Gables Nursing Home in Markdale (formerly of Flesherton) in her 88th year. She is reunited with her beloved husband Cornelis “Casey” Vanry (2001). She was a loving mother to Doug Vanry (Laura Sturm) of Flesherton and will be missed as “Oma” to her grandchildren;  Janine (Chris Hadlock), Michelle (James Atkinson) and Nicole. Gerda is survived by two sisters in-law, Ann Vanry and Ann Boonstra. Predeceased by her siblings, including her only brother in Canada, Paul (Alvena) Fischer and brother-in-law John Vanry.
Gerda was born to Emilie and Hermann Fischer on January 14, 1931 in Horn, Germany. She became a Canadian Citizen on January 19, 1960 and later met her husband. Casey and Gerda owned Aquarius Health Resort in Flesherton where they provided many years of health and healing to clients through naturopathic medicine. Gerda loved to garden, bake, cook delicious meals, and spend quality time with her family.
The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Thursday, August 9 from 6:00-8:00pm. A private family service will take place at a later date. Interment at Salem Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Gerda to the Grey Gables Day Away Program or the Grey Gables Activity Fund would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810
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Obituary of HARDING: Joan Mary of Owen Sound

Posted by on July 31, 2018

HARDING, Joan Mary (nee Steadman) – Died peacefully at the age of 92 with her children by her side on Sunday, July 29th 2018, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound. Beloved wife of the late W. Alvin Harding (1977). Dear mother of Gerald, Ralph and his wife Renée, and Mary and her husband Jock. Proud Grandmother of Jenise, Zachary, Luiggi (Tara), Jose (Diane), Ludanis and Angela. Great Grandmother of eight. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Marie Steadman and Ruth Millson and her husband Glen, as well as nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by grandson Carlos, her brothers Paul and Lyle Steadman, and by her sisters-in-law Marilyn and Jean Steadman.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 1st 2018 from 7-9pm at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, 241 9th Street West, Owen Sound, 519-376-2326 (www.breckenridgeashcroft.com).
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 2nd 2018 at 1:00pm at Central Westside United Church, 310 10th Street West, Owen Sound.
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Friday, August 3rd from 1-2pm followed by interment at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia.
Memorial donations to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund (www.united-church.ca/donate), the Grey County Kiwanis Music Festival (www.kiwanismusicfestival.net/donations.htm) or the Georgian Bay Symphony (www.georgianbaysymphony.ca/) would be appreciated by the family.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of Mills; June Louise of Markdale, formerly of Priceville resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Mills; June Louise (nee Sherwood)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of June at Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Thursday, July 5, 2018 of Markdale in her 79th year. Beloved wife(honey) of Sheldon of 61 years. Loving mother of Allan of Desboro, Linda(Keith) Banks of Warburg, AB, Roy(Darla Burch) of Devon, AB, Shirley Hendrickson(Murray Schmidt) of RR4 Walkerton, Donna(Gary) Taylor of Whitby, Larry(Arlene) of BC, Nancy(Mike) Hogenes of New Lowell, Rosie(Bill) King of Warburg, AB and the late Kenneth and Richard. Loved and remembered by 26 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren. Dear sister of Richard(Ellen) Sherwood of Sarnia and Joanne Hewgill of Meaford. Predeceased by siblings Wanda, Elaine and Eva.

June was born to Julian and Maud Sherwood on June 23, 1940 in Oxford County, Ontario. She met and married the love of her life, Sheldon, in January. June took pride in raising her children and then watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. She thoroughly enjoyed walking, music and dancing. She had a great love for cats and was often found taking care of the “pretty kitty” next door when needed. A special thank you to Dr. Power, Dr. Kathler and all of the staff that have been helpful at the Markdale Hospital.

The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Monday, July 9 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service from the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 1:00pm. June will be laid to rest at “Home” with her two sons at McNeil Cemetery, Priceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzhiemer’s Society would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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Obituary of DRIMMIE; Raymond Martin formerly of Flesherton in his 92nd year. Arrangements entrust to Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception Ltd.

Posted by on June 28, 2018

Drimmie; Raymond Martin

Suddenly, at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest on June 26, 2018, in his 92nd  year, formerly of Flesherton.  Beloved husband of Frances. Loving father of Art, Pat, John and Judi.  Ray will be greatly missed by 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Predeceased by parents John and Myrtle and siblings Edith and Russell.

As per Ray’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on July 22, 2018 at Curve Rock Condos, 401 Birmingham St East, Mount Forest from 2-4pm. Donations to World Vision would be greatly appreciated.  Online condolences and donations available at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca  519-924-2810

 

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Obituary of HUTCHINSON; Calvin George of Priceville in his 92nd year, resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception

Posted by on June 25, 2018

Hutchinson; Calvin George

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Calvin on Sunday, June 24, 2018 of Priceville in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of 71 years to Betty Jane (nee Corbett). Loving father of Linda(Ralph) Darroch of Durham, Sharon(Dave) Harrison of Priceville, Bonnie(Norb Christmann) of Jackson, Judy(Mike) MacNeill and Jim(Denise) all of Priceville. Loved and remembered as Grandpa by Sheri Mazzella, Kim(Darryl) Hopkins, Kelly(Jeff) Marshall, Staci(Matt) Bojin, Dan(Renée) Harrison, Tracey Harrison, Leanne(Mike) Hodgson, Michelle(Jeffrey) Mitchell, Jason(Laurie) Whyte, Shannon(Dan) Harris, John(Jessica) MacNeill, Ryan(Michelina) MacNeill, Justin(Michelle) Hutchinson, Courtney(Adam) Hale, Brittany(Herb) Lemon, Curtis(Katlin) Hutchinson and Emily(Braden) McGregor and 46 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Bill(Jean) of Priceville, Ruth Butler of London, predeceased by brother Ward and his wife Eleanor and brother in-law Bob Butler.

Calvin was born on July 14, 1926 in Euphrasia Township to Haddon and Lottie Hutchinson. He attended many schools around grey county and graduated in Ayton before the family finally found their home in rural Priceville. He met the love of his life Betty Corbett and married her in Dundalk on May 24, 1947. At a young age he knew farming was his career the Ontario Hogg Producers in Dundalk and then John MacKinnon running the bulldozer. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing music, and of course helping the kids on the farm. So proud of his community he was a town councilor. He much loved all of his grandkids and great grandkids and knew all of their personalities and enjoyments.

The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Thursday, June 28 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral service from the Flesherton Kinplex(2 Highland Drive) on Friday at 11am. Interment McNeil Cemetery, Priceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Diabetes Association or the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Priceville would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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Obituary of VANDEN BOOMEN: Mark Anthony, of Port Elgin, formerly of Rodney

Posted by on June 17, 2018

With sadness, the family of Mark Vanden Boomen, announce his passing, surrounded by family, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  Cherished and loving father of Brielle.  Loving son of Harry and Patricia Vanden Boomen (née Vanderloo), of Rodney.  He will be missed by his brother Frank (Beckey) Vanden Boomen.  Special uncle to his niece and nephews; Rachel, Reese and Dane.  A Memorial Service will be held at DENNING’S OF RODNEY, 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810) on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. with visitation from 1 – 1:45 p.m.  Donations in memory of Mark may be made to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation or an educational trust fund for Mark’s daughter, Brielle.  Condolences online at www.westelginfuneralhome.com

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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 CLELAND, Ida of Listowel

Posted by on May 2, 2018

CLELAND, Ida – of Listowel, passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home on Tuesday May 1, 2018 at the age of 103. Ida was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, a former member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Maple Leaf Women’s Institute and the Listowel Chapter of Rebekah Lodge.  She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, knitting, loved spending time with her family and enjoyed travelling with her husband Frank.

Beloved wife of the late Frank Cleland who predeceased her in 1995.  Loving mother of Shirley Nind (Derek), Joan Norman, Maureen Hayward (Stuart) and Jim Cleland.  Cherished grandma of 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  Fondly remembered by Ken Norman, Dawn Cleland, Brenda Walker, Lois Halpenny and many nieces and nephews.

Ida was the last surviving member of her family, being predeceased by her parents Ed and Jane (Duke) Halpenny, brothers and sisters Roy Tughan (Zelma), Clara Danbrook (Charlie), Thelma Smith (Clarence), Richard Tughan, Archie Tughan (Marj) and Clifford Halpenny.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Thursday May 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Ida’s life will be held on Friday May 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don McCallum officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of REGIER, Bonnie Lea (Martelle) of Dashwood, age 66

Posted by on April 30, 2018

REGIER: Peacefully, at Mount Hope Nursing Home, London, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, Bonnie Lea (Martelle) Regier, of Dashwood, age 66. Beloved wife of Joseph “Joe” Robert Regier. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Travis and Jennifer Regier of Walkerton, Craig Regier and Jody Duncan of Birr. Cherished grandma of Jacob Regier, Alyssa Regier, Norah Regier, Mary Regier and Hannah Duncan. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Joe and Debbie Martelle of Nairn, Danny Martelle of Kettle Point, Paul and Kathy Regier of Kilworth, Sheila and Don Masse of Chatham, Mary and Joe Koricina of Exeter, Angela and Chuck Balazs of Brantford, Ann and Mike Croft of London. Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Floyd and Ellen (Boyle) Martelle, sister Sue Nelson, sisters-in-law Joan Dietrich and Helene Regier, brothers-in-law Hubert Dietrich, Bill Regier, John Regier and Gerald Regier. At Bonnie’s request, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, date and time to be announced. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Mount Hope Nursing Home for the compassion and exceptional care of Bonnie for all these years. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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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 CLARKE; Robert “Bob” of Flesherton in his 70th year.

Posted by on April 7, 2018

CLARKE; Robert (Bob)

 

Suddenly, at home on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in his 70th year. Loving husband of Cerise (Tennant). Loving father of Roseanne Hennessy, Peggy (John) Birr, Marcia (James) Clarke.Very proud grandfather of Jeff (Amy), Devin, Alana, Trista (Andrew), James, Emily, Haley, Alexis and Dalton. Special Papa to Jace.He will be sadly missed by is sister Marie (Bob) of Gander NFLD and brother in law Dave of Victoria and his many nieces, nephews. Predeceased by his brother Jack and sister Glynis and several sisters and brothers in laws.

Bob was born in Victoria NFLD and moved to Ontario in his early teens, where he met and married Cerise. Bob worked many years as a custodian at the local high school, he loved joking with the kids in the halls … and has a story or two about a few !! Bob was a hunter for many years and could always be found puttering and doing home renos. He was often seen around town walking, getting together over morning coffee or going about his day and always had a smile and was ready to talk to anyone about anything. He will definitely leave a gap in the lives of those around him.

The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 11am – 2pm followed by a funeral from the chapel at 2pm. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or the Feversham Kinsmen would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and donations available at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 519-924-2810

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Obituary of MALLOY: James, Sidney of Mildmay, Ontario Formerly of Wingham, Waterloo

Posted by on March 29, 2018

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It is with heavy hearts that we share that on March 27 after a short battle with cancer, Jim has passed. Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on February 12. He was admitted to Wingham General Hospital on Monday March 5 where he received wonderful care by Dr Moores and the nursing staff. Jim was loved and adored by his wife Carol, son Doug (Nancy), daughter Angie, son Steven (predeceased) grandchildren Taylor (Greg), Meg, Scotty, Paige, Steven and great granddaughter Brynlee. There will be a celebration of Jim’s life in the near future. We will miss the sweet moments and how he always made us smile. Jim will live in our hearts and memories always.

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Obituary of Muir; Kenneth Earl, of Stayner formerly of Priceville resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception

Posted by on March 21, 2018

Muir; Kenneth Earl
Peacefully, at the Stayner Nursing Home, on Monday, March 19, 2018 in his 90th year, with loved ones by his side. Predeceased by wife Hilda nee Flood. Loved and remembered by step-brother Gerald, sisters in-law Karen Wilson and Helen(Dougall) Charlton and many nieces and newphews. Predeceased by step-sister Evelyn Barkley and parents Archie and Betty Muir.

Kenneth was born and raised in Ceylon, ON eventually moving to Toronto for work, where he was married to the love of his life, Hilda, finally settling in the Collingwood area. His greatest passions in life included his church, his wife and the many beloved dogs that they had throughout his life.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11am at McNeil Cemetery, Artemesia-Glenelg townline, Priceville. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and tributes available at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca

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Posted by on March 16, 2018

Fred (Freerk) Weening passed away on March 8th, 2018 shortly after celebrating his 75th birthday.
Visitation will take place on Monday, March 12th, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00pm at Barrie First Christian Reformed Church, 33 Shirley Avenue, Barrie, ON, L4N 1M8. Join us in celebrating his life at a service on Tuesday, March 13th at 11 am at Barrie First Christian Reformed Church. Reverend Jack Vos will be officiating.  Donations can be made on site to Timothy Christian School in lieu of flowers.
Fred was born on February 27, 1943 in Holland to Fred and Ann (Vanderveen) Weening.  He immigrated to Canada in 1952 with his parents and eight siblings. On August 12, 1966 he married Maaike (Barrow) in Springdale, Ontario. Fred was a bit of a celebrity in the Kubota world and loved the art of the deal. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, yelling at hockey referees, and spending time with his family.
Fred is survived by his wife Maaike, son Michael (Narda) Weening, son Brad (April) Weening, Shannon (Tom) Ambeau, Jennifer (Oliver) Weening, and many loving siblings, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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Obituary of Parker; Ethel Margaret in her 95th year, of Toronto formerly of Flesherton resting at Fawcett Funeral Home Flesherton

Posted by on March 2, 2018

PARKER; Ethel Margaret  (Nee Grove)

 

      Peacefully, in Toronto on February 28, 2018, in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Everett for over 61 years. Loving mother of Celia(Craig) Dallen of Etobicoke. Loved and remembered by her grandsons Jason and Kevin(Shannon) and great-granddaughter Harlow.  She will be fondly remembered by family & friends.

Special thank you to the staff at The Donway Place & the North York General Hospital for their care and attention. Ethel was honoured at a private family service at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton and is reunited with Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of SCHROER; Christian Andre on February 25, 2018 in his 69th year. Arrangements entrust to Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception Flesherton

Posted by on March 2, 2018

SCHROER; Christian Andreas “Andre”

Suddenly on February 25, 2018 at the home farm in Vandeleur at the age of 68. Dear son of Irene and the late Hendryk. Best friend to Marion Good of Wellesley. Loving father to Chris(Steve Ireson), Philip all of Toronto and Julian(Julia Liebish-Peschl) of Berlin. Cherished brother of Martina Schroer of Huntsville and Ansgar of Owen Sound. Outstanding uncle to Victoria(Adam) Wadel and their daughter Emerson. Greatly missed by former wife and lifelong friend Carole Robinson, as well as many animal friends, especially farm cat Ollie. Predeceased by brother Oliver Schroer.

Andre emigrated from Germany in 1954 and moved to Toronto with his parents and siblings. During his childhood he learned the cello and became quite accomplished, eventually joining the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. While music gave Andre great joy, his true passion was in the financial industry, but more specifically with philanthropic and charitable type work. He loved to help people and his greatest pleasure was to see his projects succeed. Beyond his work and music, Andre loved nature and the farm in Vandeleur, helping his mother stay in her home in her later years. While his life was cut short, he was able to live every day while he was here to the fullest and had great pride in his son’s accomplishments.

Following Andre’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave, Toronto on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:00pm. Memorial donations would be gratefully appreciated by the Bruce Trail Conservancy (http://brucetrail.org/) . Online condolences and donations available at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 519-924-2810

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Obituary of MCCONNELL; Leonard George of Eugenia in his 82nd year resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception Flesherton

Posted by on March 1, 2018

McConnell; Leonard George

Peacefully at home, on February 28, 2018 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Velma for 60 years. Dear father of Barry of Grand Valley, Gwen(Steve) Bartlett of Cookstown, Gayle(Ted) Gibson of Collingwood, and Kevin(Lynn) of Singhampton. Leonard will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Sheri-Lyn(Francis), Brandon(Aleesha), Danielle(David), Chrystal(Michael), Robert(Rose), Michael(Lacey), Ryan(Kim), Travis, Shane(Kayla) and Jake as well as his 17 great grandchildren. Loved and remembered by brothers Edgar(Ruth) McConnell of Leamington and Fern(Ivan) McDermid of Flesherton, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Vera.

Len was born at home in Kimberley on September 13, 1936 to Beyrl and Edith McConnell. He was educated in Kimberley and always loved “the valley” where he lived, often working far from home but knowing it was home when he came back. During his years working in construction, he sailed the Great Lakes on the iron ore freighters, specifically on Monaloulou the II as a grade operator, one of the best. In his spare time he loved to fish, hunt, trap, play cards and was an avid boater and waterskier. Most importantl though, was his family. Len was an amazing husband, outstanding father, and loving grandfather and great grandfather. He will be truly missed.

The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception in Flesherton with visitation on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00pm and from 7:00 – 9:00pm with a service from the Kinplex (2 Highland Drive) Saturday at 10am. Interment Maxwell Cemetery. Reception to follow. Donations to Hospice Georgian Triangle (Campbell House) would be greatly appreciated. www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 519-924-2810

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Obituary of Hammond, Elwood Vernon of Bracebridge, Ontario

Posted by on February 23, 2018

Elwood Vernon Hammond – Passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 in his 80th year.   Beloved husband of Dorothy (Miller).   Loving father of Cathy Nord (Vince), Bob (Bev), Scott (Marilyn), Barry (Nancy).   Grandfather of Marc (Georgia), Elizabeth, Stephanie (Marko), Dane, Devon, Nathaniel, Victoria, Jacob, Lexi, Oliver & Kate.   Great Grandfather to Jack, Sami, Liliana & Max.
Brother to Gary (Maurene), Paul (Shirley) and Pennie.  Predeceased by parents Harold and Marjorie and siblings Oney, Orvil, Carol, Ron and Karen. Visitation at Bracebridge United Church on Friday, March 23, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 24 at 3 pm at Bracebridge United Church, 46 Dominion St., Bracebridge with reception to follow.  Celebration of Life (Jam Session) March 24, 7pm, Rotary Youth Centre. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca or the local canvasser Gary Hammond. Condolences may be placed at www.drivercremation.ca

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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 www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of Robertson; Robert Norman of Markdale in his 58th year resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception

Posted by on February 14, 2018

Robertson; Robert Norman


Bob passed away suddenly at his home in Carnaville, Markdale on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in his 58th year with his loving partner of Linda Chevrier by his side. Beloved son of Ruth Robertson of Shelburne, John(Deb Currie) Robertson of Markdale and step mother Marne Robertson. Loving father to Michelle Chevrier of Vaughn. Dear brother to John Jr. of Toronto, Frederick(Nancy) of Orangeville, Carrie(Cory Lafonte), James(Dawn) all of Markdale and step sisters Andrea(Dean) Archdekin and Chrissy Currie(Brett Coates) all of Wasaga Beach. He will be remembered as cherished uncle to John, Elizabeth, Jeffrey, Allie, Jassie, Ward, Jackson, Grace, Paige, Skylar, Daniel, Dezeray, Zack and Madison. He will be missed by his many great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends in the carnival industry.
Bob was born in Newmarket on January 30, 1961. He grew up in Bolton, Niagara and Scarborough. He would spend his summers with his dad at the carnivals and once he was of working age he dove right into the family business. He later got his mechanics license and did all the inspections on the trucks. He quickly learned the trades and was a born entrepreneur; starting up his own business at a very young age. This came easily to Bob, which is probably what made him the best concessioner there ever was; everyone wanted to play his games. He thoroughly enjoyed snowmobiling, working on his dune buggy and Star Wars, especially the music. A real comedian, mostly stand up, he loved to make you laugh. But nothing was better than his own child-like laugh. Bob was a fair person who never took sides. He was very methodical and would often sit and take everything in before speaking. He was tidy and neat and it nearly droving him crazy, but these qualities are what made him such a perfectionist and so good at his job. Selfless in every way. So many will miss their time spent with Bob, but no one as much as the children. He loved to spend every moment he could with his nieces and nephews; reading to them and playing games.
The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton on Sunday, February 18 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service from Annesley United Church (82 Toronto St. S, Markdale) on Monday at 11:00am. Interment Markdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Heart and Stroke Foundations or OSPCA would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 88-924-2810

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