Obituary of WATSON: Ruth (née Brown), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 27, 2018

WATSON, Ruth (née Brown)- Of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, in her 74th year.  Beloved wife of the late James K. Watson (2013).  Loving mother of Steven Watson (Shelley) of Cobourg, Ron Watson (Lisa) of Ridgetown, Mike Watson (Tammy) of Roseneath, and Doug Simpson (Marg) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Nicole, Rowan, Ainslie, Bronwyn, Jesse, Douglas James, Robbie, and Kendra, and great grandmother of Dominick.  Dear sister of Fay Beaton (late John) of Sault Ste. Marie, Bob Brown (Joyce) of Port Stanley, and Laura Griffin (John) of St. Thomas.   Also remembered by in-laws, George W. and Birthe Watson, and Clare MacDonald, all of St. Thomas, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, September 27, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Lillian (née McCullough) Brown.  Ruth was a retired chef.  She enjoyed sewing and formerly enjoyed bowling, yard sales and bargain hunting.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday evening, December 30th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Monday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m.  Following cremation, interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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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 Jonescu,George

Posted by on November 20, 2018

Passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the age of 84. Cherished father of Karan Jonescu (Paul Hanney) and Robin (Trudie) Jonescu. Loving grandpa of Emma, Chantelle (Neil), Allie, and Nick. Great-grandpa of Leif and Winnie. Brother of Steve (Lou), Don (Linda) and the late John (Norma) and Bucko (Jackie). Son of the late Radu and Margaret Jonescu. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME (445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and again on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 11 o’clock a.m. Memorial donations to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.ca

 

Cry me no tears beyond reacting to beauty.
For tears should be the gentle critic.
Mourn not my death, for you would colour my life with sadness.
But dance and sing and continue to love
To show me from where I watch
That our time together was special
To do otherwise would be to mark me a failure.

George’s words for all you, for one last time
“As always I am compelled to tell you that I can’t and I won’t stop loving you”

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Obituary of GREEN BLACKWELL: Mrs. Margaret M. (née Durst), formerly of London and St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 17, 2018

GREEN BLACKWELL, Margaret M. (née Durst)– Formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, River Ridge Seniors Village, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late T. E. Rae Green (1988) and the late William D. Blackwell (2001).  Dearly loved mother of Anna Rae Green (Edward Ough), and cherished grandmother of Thomas Ough and Gwen Ough, all of Medicine Hat.  Margaret is also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  In addition to her spouses, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Costen (late Ronald) and her step-son, Joseph Blackwell.  Margaret was born on June 1, 1931 in St. Thomas, ON.  She was the daughter of the late Nelson and Marie (née Webber) Durst.  Margaret was a retired secondary school teacher who spent her life in St. Thomas, Thunder Bay, Blind River, and London, ON and Medicine Hat, AB.  She was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Medicine Hat, and a former member of New St. James Presbyterian Church, London and Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Margaret was a former member of the St. Thomas Duplicate Bridge Club and the London Bridge Club.  Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the Lyle Chapel of Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of WALES, Jeannette Frances (Schenk) (Lippert) of Exeter, age 82

Posted by on July 19, 2018

 

WALES:  Peacefully, but unexpectedly at L.H.S.C. – University Hospital, London, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Jeannette Frances (Schenk) (Lippert) Wales of Exeter, age 82.  Beloved wife of the late George Edward “Ted” Wales (2006). Loved mother of Lynda Heywood, Lisa Lippert both of Exeter, the late Larry Lippert (2017) and mother-in-law of Nancy Richards of Iron Bridge.  Cherished grandma of Jaymee Heywood, Ali Heywood, Amanda McVeeney, Mike McVeeney, Steven McVeeney, Sam Richards and Alex Richards,.  Cherished great-grandma of many great-grandchildren. Remembered by Ernie and Laurie Wales, Patti Wales, her nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents Hugo Charles and Marion Christina (Dowdell) Schenk, brother Edward Allen Schenk. Jeannette will be remembered for her kindness and giving nature through her many volunteer years within her community through various organizations and charities.  At Jeannette’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation from 12 to 2 p.m. followed by the Service on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.  Interment Crediton Cemetery.  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 LACHOVICH: Arthur (Art) David of Sarnia

LACHOVICH, ARTHUR – The family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Arthur on May 6, 2018, at age 75. Loving husband of 45 years to Jessie (Rowe) Lachovich. He will also be sorely missed by his children Cindy Lowes (Raymond Pace) and Shelley Habinski (Timothy). Grandfather to Ella, Nina and Lily. Brother of Mary Amadio (Gerry), Elsie Conley (late Bruce) and Dennis (Marlene). Predeceased by his parents Adam and Norma. He was a special uncle to many nieces and nephews. Art was a kind and generous person who lived by the words “No one is a failure who lightens the burden of another”.Visitation will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Center (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia N7T 5W9) on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 1pm till 3pm. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 3pm. Memorial donations in Art’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 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 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 WINTERS, Henry “Hank” Collins of Grand Bend, in his 77th year

Posted by on March 20, 2018

WINTERS: In sorrow, we acknowledge the passing of Henry “Hank” Collins Winters of Grand Bend, Ontario on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in his seventy-seventh year. Hank spent his last days in the company of his family and many friends, under the superb care of the Palliative Care Team at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. Beloved husband, for fifty-three years, of Nancy (Edwardson) Winters, Hank is also survived by his children Elizabeth (David Matheson) and Philip (Gail Winters) and four grandchildren: Lauren Cummings Winters, William Matheson, Kaydence Matheson and William Henry Winters. Elder son of the late Eleanor (McRobie) Winters and the late Honourable Robert Henry Winters P.C. Brother of Marny (Marc Pearsall) of Toronto and the late Richard Winters.

Hank considered the world his home and steel his industry. But he was happiest as a child in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where he loved the smell of the sea. In his retirement he was thrilled to discover something of that same delight in Grand Bend, with its legion of friends, volunteer opportunities, dazzling beach and three entirely new pursuits which he passionately embraced. He learned to sing barbershop with the Seaforth Harmony Kings; achieved a black belt in Karate at the age of seventy-five; and swam his way to a gold medal at the Ontario Masters championship. Even when his illness was most challenging, he always focused his attention on concerns outside himself, mostly to the benefit of his family.

A supremely thoughtful man, Hank hated to miss a meeting of the Red Bowl Society of philosophers. He was proud to catalogue his reading and his list reveals a selective and significant personal library. It was his final comfort to listen to his family reading to him the story of a round-the-world motorcycle adventure, one of his few unrealized ambitions. We now reluctantly release him to a grand new adventure, fueled by our gratitude and his own smiling enthusiasm.

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the family will host a gathering of remembrance for Hank at Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend, at two o’clock p.m. A private family interment will be arranged in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the fall. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Lakeshore Eco-Network would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of NASTASIUK: Alex Michael

Posted by on February 26, 2018

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Alex Michael Nastasiuk on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Woods Park Care Centre, Barrie. Bel

 

oved husband of Peggy who predeceased him (2011) after 51 years of marriage. Cherished father of John (Tracey), Anne (Kelvin) Hamilton, Paul (Sue), Joey (Jane) and Theresa. Loving Poppa of Christopher, Nicholas, Alexandra, Samantha, Madison, Zachary, Sara, Matthew and Anika.

 

Alex is predeceased by his sisters Leda Stefanko, Nina Daley, Vera LeBlanc, Mary Nastasiuk and brothers Peter, Nick and Billy Nastasiuk. Alex was born on August 4, 1928 in Timmins, Ontario. After graduating from Timmins High and Vocational School in 1947, encouraged by his teacher Miss. Wilson, he left Timmins to attend St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He received his BA in 1952 and his MA in Philosophy in 1954. After completing his studies at University of Toronto he enrolled in St. Augustine’s Seminary. He left the seminary realizing that his vocation was teaching and continued his education completing his BEd. and MEd. at the University of Toronto. This was the beginning of a long teaching career that spanned nearly 40 years. Early in his teaching career at Mattawa High School he met a fellow teacher and future wife, Peggy. They married in 1959 initially finding a home in Aurora, then moving on to Barrie in 1967 where they stayed and raised their family. Throughout his life Alex was an avid gardener winning many horticultural awards and applying his gardening skills to his parish, St John Vianney. He played competitive baseball in Timmins during summers as a young man, then later participated in orienteering meets in Ontario. These were just a few of Alex’s many interests. Alex was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all. Friends

 

will be received at Adams Funeral Home 445 St. Vincent Street (just north of Cundles Road) Barrie on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6 – 9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church 13 Baldwin Lane Barrie on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11 o’clock a.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael McConvey and the staff at Woods Park for their exceptional care and compassion.

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Obituary of MARSHALL: Elsie

Posted by on January 17, 2018

Marshall, Elsie – peacefully on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, while surrounded by her family, at QHC- Belleville General Hospital, in her 84th year. Ever remembered by her loving husband, Ray D. Marshall of Tweed.  Loving mum of Raymond (Kelly), Colin, David (Eleanor), Kevin (Lisa) and Paul. Cherished grandma of 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Elsie is survived by her sisters, Charlotte Gillespie and Iris (Stephen) Watt and their families, all of Scotland.   She is predeceased by her parents, Walter and Charlotte Cappleman.

The family will receive friends at Quinte Bible Chapel, 188 Victoria Ave., Belleville, on Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at the Church on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273).

If desired, Memorial Donations to Navigators of Canada would be appreciated.

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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 www.canadahelps.org.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

                                                                                                                                                         Cecil Alexander

 

 

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Obituary of LESZCZYNSKI; Matthew Peter of Barrie

Posted by on December 18, 2017

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Matthew Peter Leszczynski, 30 of Oro-Medonte on December 17, 2017. Matthew was born on January 15, 1987 in New Liskeard Ontario, the son of Nancy and Peter Leszczynski. He attended public school in Capreol Ontario, High School in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Barrie. He also attended Georgian College in Barrie. Matthew was a member of numerous Capreol and Sudbury hockey teams and had the opportunity to play for the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds for 2 years and was a high draft pick of the team. He was an avid fisherman and would routinely catch trophy sized bass. Matthew is survived by his parents Nancy and Peter of Oro-Medonte, his sister Amy Leszczynski (Corey Hastings) of Barrie, Maternal grandparents Eveline and Jim Rainville of Sturgeon Falls and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as his favorite nephew Tristan MacIver. Matthew is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Fred and Hanna Leszczynski of Thunder Bay and also his uncle Mike Rainville who have welcomed Matthew with open arms. Family and friends will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie (just north of Cundles Rd.) on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 2 p.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 o’clock. Memorial donations to Canadian Mental Health would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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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 www.drivercremation.ca

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Obituary of McFALLS: Isabel of Barrie, formerly of London

Posted by on November 10, 2017

McFALLS, Isabel…..

Isabel passed away peacefully in her 99th year on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Daughter of the late Alfred and Mabel Pinnell. Wife of the late Robert “Bob” McFalls for almost 60 years. Mother of the late Lyn McFalls, Linda Gibb (Gordon) and Kim Posno (Dennis). Grandmother of Gordie (Linda), Jennifer (Peter), Arnie (Elena), Shannon (Jason), Shawn and Denny (Beth). Great-grandmother of Blake, Alissa, Kyle, Daniel, Brooke, Kirby, Estella, Cameron, Patrick, Riley, Lucas, Gavyn, Oliver, Harrison and Benjamin. Sister of the late Dorothy McHarg (David) and the late Alfred Pinnell (Shirley). Sister-in-law of the late Ida and Clare Hodgins, the late Keith and Muriel McFalls, and Donald and Maxine Cromarty. Special Mom to Betty Pettigrew. Remembered by many nieces and nephews and dear friends. Isabel lived in London for 96 years and moved to Barrie to live with her daughter Kim and son-in-law Dennis when failing health prevented her from living independently. Special thanks are expressed to the countless PSWs in London and Barrie who cared for her; to Dr. Ganesh Persaud in London and to Dr. Joe Bailey in Barrie for his kindness and loving attention at the end of her life. Isabel excelled in school and at 17 began her working days at London Life until her marriage in 1940. Through the years Isabel enjoyed golf at the Highland Country Club, the fellowship of the UCW at Wesley-Knox United Church, volunteering at Victoria Hospital and The Boys and Girls Club, playing cards with her circle of friends, knitting and sewing, working briefly at the Polka Dot Shop, and spending many winters in Florida with her husband Bob at the home of her daughter Linda and son-in-law Gordon. But more than anything it was her family that mattered. They were the greatest source of pride and joy in her life. Friends will be received by the family from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London ON N6C 1E7, with Reverend Dennis Posno and Reverend Tracy Crick-Butler officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to Wesley-Knox United Church. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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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 www.barclayfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary of KWIECIEN; Anna

Posted by on October 30, 2017

Kwiecien, Anna (nee Marczuk)

Died on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket at the age of 94.  Anna of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Wawa, beloved wife of the late Michael Kwiecien (1980).  Loving mother of Vicki (Bill Whitlock) of Wasaga Beach, Mike (Donna) of Henderson, Nevada and the late Eddy (1981).  Cherished Baba/Grandma of Kirk Whitlock and Robert and Elizabeth Kwiecien.  “Hurricane Anna” was a hardworking and determined woman who was a talented chef.  Her wedding cakes and her perogies were famous as was her sense of humour and her strong will.  She will be missed.  Friends are invited to join Anna’s family for a Memorial Gathering at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Wasaga Beach Chapel, 509 River Road West, Wasaga  Beach on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.  A Memorial Service with interment at Woodland Cemetery, Wawa will be held in the spring of 2018.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by Anna’s family.  For further information and to sign her Book of Memories, please visit www.carruthersdavidson.com

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Obituary of HEISLER: Mrs. Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2017

HEISLER, Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 2, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Bernard J. “Pat” Heisler (May 16, 2017).  Mother of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandmother of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandmother of Scarlett and Ava.  She was the sister of the late Margery Kenney, and the late Dorothy Trebbien.  Dear friend of Sue and Leighton Ellis, and Donna Virag.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, June 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Hattie (née Davidson) Cooke.  Mildred formerly worked in the cafeteria at K-Mart, Elgin Mall, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to all the nurses and staff at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for making Mildred’s passing so peaceful.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

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

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

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

 

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Obituary of WADDELL, Fred of Sarnia

WADDELL, Fredrick William James: 1929 to 2017 – The family announces with great sorrow his passing on June 13th 2017, at 87 years of age. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Betty) and beloved father of Douglas (Roseanne), Alan (Anna) and Richard (Arlene). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Andrea (Douglas Beatty), Jonathan (fiancée Kierann Santala), Charlene Gordon and her children Autumn Mangione and Calista Thibert. He is also survived by his sisters Joan Grant (late Melvin) , Diane Mulvihill (late Peter), his sisters in law Gladys Ward, Roberta Marshall (late Alfred) and his brother in law Robert Lessard (Shirley). He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Jane Waddell and his parents in law Robert and Norma Lessard, his sisters Elizabeth (Betty) and Eileen Crisp (late Frank). He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Saturday, September 2, 2017 beginning at 1:00 pm until the memorial service begins at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations to Grace United Church, Sarnia Humane Society or War Amps would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family would like to thank the staff of the Marshall Gowland Manor Ivy Wing for the excellent care and compassion”

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Obituary of HARDY, Ralph of Sarnia

HARDY, RALPH – It is with profound sorrow and sadness, the family of Ralph Lynnsay Hardy, age 83, announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, June, 18, 2017. He was best friend and partner for over 65 years with Daintry Adele McPhedran and loving father of Bruce Lynn Hardy (Georgina), Lonnie Lee Ostroski (Jack) and Scott Lyndsay Hardy (Annie), dear grandfather of Diego, Lindsey, Brent, Kendra, Kerri, Nicolas and Patrick, dear great-grand of Matias, Quinton, Isadora, Rowan, Shealon, Monroe, Mirren, Kennedy, Reese, Connor, Chloe and brother of Doris LeNeve (Jim) and Penny Viselka. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Thomas, Bruce, Bud (Allan) and his sister Mary Tobin. Ralph served with the 3rd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery for over 25 years and was a teacher at the School of Artillery. After retiring from the military he worked at Polysar as their Chief of Security for 13 years. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of BISSON: Barbara Anne of Kissimmee Formerly of Sudbury, Ontario

Posted by on May 31, 2017

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On September 10, 1941, Kay and Joe O’Shaughnessy’s second daughter, Barbara Anne, entered the world too early. In fact, she was born just 11 months after their first-born, Marilyn. The doctor wrapped her up and put her into a bread pan, which he set on the open oven door to keep her warm, as was commonplace with home births in the 1940s. The tiny baby was not expected to survive, but survive, she did.
Barbara always knew she wanted to became a nurse. She worked hard, saved her money, and put herself through nursing school. She then accepted a position at Sudbury General Hospital (Sudbury, Ontario), where she worked for over two decades before she and her family moved briefly to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and then to sunny Kissimmee, Florida. Barb loved living in Florida and she took pride in her little house and her garden. She also continued nursing for another 20-plus years. “Endo Barb” helped open the endocscopy unit at Kissimmee Memorial Hospital, which later became Florida Hospital Kissimmee.
It wasn’t until her sixth cancer diagnosis caused her to retire that Barb ended her nursing career. Barb was not expected to live more than six months at that time; she fooled the doctors once again, and survived for 13 more years until her 7th cancer diagnosis, followed by a fall during which she broke her hip. She died peacefully on March 28th, 2017, where she spent a great deal of her life — in an operating room.
Barbara raised two wonderful, loving daughters: Donna Baillie (Kissimmee, FL) and Wendy Bisson (Canton, OH); and a third daughter, Karen Vincent (British Columbia, Canada). Barb adored her grandchildren: John Bisson (friend Maggie), Emily Baillie, Christopher Baillie, and Kathleen Petro; and she cherished the little time she had with granddaughters Allyssa, Brandi and Celina Vincent before they were taken away from her. She will also be missed by her “adopted” daughter Angela Casera, grandchildren Ashleigh Diaz, Kali Rybinski and Adrienne Cruz and great-granddaughter Amber. Barb also cherished her time with her faithful furry companion, Tiki.
Predeceased by her adored parents Kathleen and Joseph O’Shaughnessy; her older sister and best friend Marilyn French; and her brothers-in-law Keith Millington and Brian French, Barb is also survived by her younger sister Joanne Evraire (husband Jim) of Deep River, Ontario; her “baby” brother Donald O’Shaughnessy (wife Collette) of Kentucky; brothers-in-law Jim (wife Jeanette) of Sudbury, Ontario and Frank Bisson (Mary Jane, predeceased) of Elliot Lake, Ontario; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins across Canada.
Special thanks to Barb’s good friend James Weller (“Pops” to us) for being there for all of us over the past several years and treating mom better than our father ever did; neighbor and dear friend Kay Sellers for her friendship; and to Donna Chase, who had worked with mom at Florida Hospital Kissimmee, for being an amazing friend, especially these last few months. Thanks, too, to all the nursing staff at St Cloud Hospital for their kindness.

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Obituary of DESSON: Christine (Kisten) Marie of Stoney Creek

Posted by on May 31, 2017

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Peacefully in her 80th year, surrounded by her loving family, Christine (Kisten) passed away on May 27th.

Christine was born in Blind River, Ontario on July 12th, 1937. It was there that she met her husband Carmen from Niagara Falls, Ontario, and started a family at the age of 18. Christine developed a passion for culinary arts and hairdressing, having owned her own salon in Winona, Ontario. Christine took great pride in dedicating her life to family, raising her 4 amazing children, Christine, Mark, Pete (Donna) and Patrick (Veronica). She also was a cherished Grandma to 3 grand-children Andrea (David), Sean and Zachary, and 4 great grand-children Joshua, Brooke, Nolan and Avery. She is survived by 3 sisters and 1 brother.

Christine had a true zest for life. She displayed great kindness and touched the lives of many. She was an accomplished spoons player; a great home chef; enjoyed anything Irish having never missed a St. Patrick’s Day; loved hearing her sons play guitars and sing; and enjoyed spending time the most with her family at the trailer, cottages and vacations in the USA.

Christine will be sadly missed by all, but we know she will be waiting for us to meet again one day in Heaven.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be conducted. Special thanks to the staff at Hamilton General Hospital and especially the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Carpenter Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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Obituary of CLARK: Marguerite Elizabeth (Peggy) of London

Posted by on March 20, 2017

Peacefully, surrounded by her family at McCormick Home on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 in her 93rd year. Cherished wife of the late Angus Munroe (Buck) Clark. Loving mother of Lynn Clark of London, Diane Farrell of London, Rose Van Rotterdam of Toronto, Bill Clark (Marilyn) of Dresden, Ed Clark (Lisa) of Belmont, and Marlene Pleshberger (Reiner) of Mt. Albert. Dear grandmother of Stephanie, Rob, Darryl, Kyle, Melissa, Michael, Taylor, Brian, Erika and great-grandmother of Lisette, Isabelle, Noah, Jordan, Sydney, Julian, Adrian and Spencer. Beloved sister of the late Richard Welton (Mary) and cousin of Marg Armstrong (late Alec). A Celebration of Life will take place at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Sunday, May 14th, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with the celebration service at 2:00 p.m. A final Celebration of Life and interment service will take place the summer of 2017 in Sault Ste. Marie. Details to follow with a further announcement in the Sault Star. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marguerite (Peggy) are asked to consider the McCormick Care Foundation “One to One” Art Therapy Program, London, Ontario. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

 

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Obituary of SCHAEFER: JEANNE OF SARNIA

Posted by on December 27, 2016

SCHAEFER, JEANNE – passed away at Afton Park Place on December 24, 2016 at the age of 91. Jeanne is the loving mother to Gloria Chartrand and Joanne Fontaine and the Late Patrick Schaefer. Loving grandma to Michelle Wilson (Randy), David Fontaine (Holaby), Jamie Fontaine (Nuno), Lori Glass (Travis), Natalie Schaefer, Marc Schaefer, Michael Schaefer, Chris Chartrand (Kelly) and Brian Chartrand and many great grandchildren. She loved music, playing games and cards with friends. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private family gathering at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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