Obituary of STUART: Mrs. June (née Clarke), formerly of St. Thomas, and RR7, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 20, 2019

STUART, June (née Clarke), formerly of St. Thomas and RR7, St. Thomas, passed away at Chartwell Aylmer on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Donald R. Stuart (2012).  Sister of the late Donald L. Clarke (2008).  June is remembered by several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Born in Talbotville, ON, March 29, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marguerite (née Knight) Clarke.  June was associated with Talbotville United Church.  In keeping with her wishes, a private graveside service will be held at Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin 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 Small: Douglas Malcolm of Dutton

Posted by on February 18, 2019

Comfortably and surrounded by his family, Douglas Malcolm Small in his 85th year passed very peacefully Friday February 15, 2019 at the St Thomas Elgin General Hospital.Douglas is survived by his loving wife of 52 yrs, Beverly [McDowell]Small.Devoted father of Brenda and Rick Myers, Kenneth and Jennifer Small. His grandchildren Mikayla[Jake Campbell], Jayden Myers, Brent, Evan, Reed and Rowan Small were the most important part of his life. Special cousin of William Whitlock. He will be missed by his cat Tommy. Survived by his sister Maxine Baldwin. Predeceased by his parents Malcolm and Jean [Campbell], his brothers Donald and Melvin, sister in law Helen Small. He had many special nieces and nephews, Janna, Douglas and Martha Stirling,Robert Stirling and families, Glenn and Jane Small and families, Marion Small and family, Sharron Rollin and family.Douglas was a kind and gentle family man who lived his whole life in Dunwich Twp where he was a proud farmer for many years with his two brothers.In earlier years he loved to curl and lawn bowl. Member of the Iona Christian Fellowship Church and Life Member of the Optimist Club of Wallacetown. Friends and family will be received at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St. Dutton [519-762-2416] Thursday February 21 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the Service will be held Friday February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am. Cremation to follow. Interment of ashes at a later date. Donations in memory of Douglas to the Iona Christian Fellowship Church, West Elgin Daffodil Auxiliary, Alzheimer’s Society or St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital gratefully accepted.
Our family is very thankful to the Elgin General Hospital for the quality of care Douglas received the past few weeks.

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Obituary of BURGESS: William W. “Bill”, formerly of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on February 14, 2019

BURGESS, William W. “Bill”, formerly of Fingal, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in his 95th year.  Beloved husband for 68 years to the late Margaret (née Prior) Burgess (2013).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Telfer (Ken) of St. Thomas, Ray Burgess (Barbara) of RR1, St. Thomas, and the late Donna Burgess (Jan. 8, 2019).  Cherished grandfather of Lisa Telfer, Alex Telfer (Dawn), Richard Burgess (Jennifer), Craig Burgess, and Steven Burgess.  Proud great grandfather of Jordan, Julia, Kate, Anderson, Taiten, and Evelyn.  Also survived by several nephews.  A grandson, David J. Burgess died in 1984, and a sister, Myrna Davis died in 2008.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 21, 1924, he was the son of the late Carl and Reta (née Wallis) Burgess.  Bill was a retired dairy farmer.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal, where he was an elder for many years, a member of Warren Lodge #120, A.F. & A.M., Fingal, and Golden Acres Chapter #305, O.E.S, Shedden, and a former member of the Optimist Club of Fingal.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, February 16th at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment in Union Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Extendicare Ladies Auxiliary or the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.  Special thanks to the staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for the compassionate and loving care provided to Bill.

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Obituary of Sutton, Jo Ann of Dutton

Posted by on February 10, 2019

Peacefully with family and friends by her side on Saturday February 9, 2019,Jo Ann Sutton of Dutton in her 79th year.Predeceased by her husband Carman [2005].Beloved mother of Betty Anne Simms[Curtis],Joel Sutton[Patti],Debbie Wickerson[Larry].Loving Grandmother to Deanna Simms [Wacey],Daniel Sutton[Olivia] Adam Sutton[Ryan],Stephanie Sutton and Ashley Willie,Travis Wickerson, Taytem Lamb.Great Grandmother to Wylan.Predeceased by granddaughter Kelsie Simms,and by her parents Agnes and Murray Hardy and brother Eric Hardy.Survived by her sisters Betty Hardy,Diane Bond [Murray],Mabel Beharrell, Dolores Hardy and brother Bill Hardy[Shirley].Also survived by several nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends will be received at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St Dutton [519-762-2416] Thursday February 14, 2019 with visitation 11:00 – 1:00 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 1:00 pm.Reverend Daniel Mulema officiating.Donations to the West Elgin Daffodil Auxillary-Cancer greatly appreciated. Interment at a later date.

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Obituary of NORTH: Michael, of Wallacetown, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 7, 2019

NORTH, Michael, of Wallacetown, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in his 86th year.  Husband of the late June (née Morning) North (1986).  Father of Brian North (Debbie) of Wallacetown, and Charles North (Sandy “Sam” Jones) of St. Thomas.  Brother of Barbara Cook of Port Stanley, Jacqueline North of St. Thomas, and Terrance North (Ruth) of RR2, Port Stanley.  Also remembered by 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews and their families.  Michael was predeceased by siblings, Florence McBain, Pauline McRae, Sandra “Toni” Wright, Jeanne Macdonald, Charles North, and Dennis North.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 18, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles and Nellie (née Plowright) North.  Michael was a retired employee of Canron, St. Thomas.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends are invited to an open house to celebrate Michael’s life at the Centennial Sports Club, 41 Jonas St., St. Thomas on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada 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 GLADDING: Alice (née Wereley) of Paris, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 6, 2019

GLADDING, Alice (née Wereley), of Telfer Place, Paris, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the Brantford General Hospital on Monday, February 4, 2019, in her 90th year.  Beloved wife for 69 years to Frederick Gladding.  Dearly loved mother of Fred Gladding (Patricia) of Paris, and Mark Gladding (Jennifer) of Fort Erie.  Dear sister of Nancy White of Aylmer.  Also survived by 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Alice was predeceased by 11 siblings.  Born in Aylmer, ON, November 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late George and Ethel (née Davis) Wereley.  Alice was a former employee of Canadian Timken Ltd., Brasscraft Canada Ltd., St. Thomas, and Second Time Around, Lambeth.  She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas.  Alice was an avid golfer and a former member of the Talbot Park Golf Club, St. Thomas and the Belmont Golf Club.  The funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church , 55 Southwick St., St. Thomas on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment in the Old St. Thomas Churchyard, Walnut Street at a later date.  Memorial donations to World Vision or Trinity Anglican Church 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 LOCHHEAD: C. Frederick “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 3, 2019

LOCHHEAD, C. Frederick “Fred” – Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in his 91st year.  Beloved husband for 61 years to the late Sheila (née Palmer) Lochhead (2013).  Dearly loved father of Kathy Kewley (Harold) of St. Thomas, Gregory Lochhead of Osoyoos, BC, Karen Walton (Robert) of Embro, and Chris Lochhead (Tamara) of Westbridge, BC.  Proud grandfather of Dr. Kathryn Walton-Venus (Dr. Kevin Venus), Emily Walton (Jack Doris), and Rachel Walton. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister,  Marion Hinch, and by a brother, Herb Lochhead.  Born in Centreville, ON, June 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Donald and Mabel (née Lewis) Lochhead.  Fred was a retired pharmacist with Ayerst-Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  He was a former active member for over 50 years of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an enthusiastic golfer at the Belmont Golf Club, and was an accomplished bowler.  Fred was also an avid reader and gardener.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  Dad’s favourite quote was, “If you don’t do it, when you get to it, you may never get to it, to do it again.”

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Obituary of AUSTIN: Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 29, 2019

AUSTIN, Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, January 21, 2019, in her 70th year.  Beloved wife of David J. Austin.  Dearly loved mother of Bonnie Hussey (Shane) and Tammy Pardy (Larry).  Cherished grandmother of Kyle (Jamie), Kory (Kelsey), Jaya and Cole.  Proud great grandmother of Jade and Violet.  Dear sister of Marsha, George, Debbie, Nettie, late Barb and the late Shannon.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Bear River, NS, August 16, 1949, she was the daughter of the late George and Jean (née Brooks) Fletcher.  A private family funeral service was held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Interment was made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin Branch will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of HARRIS: William D. E. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 28, 2019

 

 

 

HARRIS, William D. E. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in his 80th year.  Beloved husband for 50 years to Sue Ann (née Briggs) Harris.  Dearly loved father of Richard Harris (Laura) of London, and Darryl Harris (Heather) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Eric, Carson, Cooper, Mikayla, Thomas, and Mairin.  Dear brother of Noreen Harris (late Alan) of London, Judith Harris of St. Thomas, and Brian Harris (Penny) of Chatham.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Bill was predeceased by an infant daughter, Denise (1979).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 1, 1939, he was the son of the late William T. “Harry” and Ivy (née Wigmore) Harris.  Bill was a retired housekeeper at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  He was a member of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Hi-Ro Shrine Club of Elgin, being a former member of the Clown Unit.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, January 30th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 31st at 1:30 p.m.  Following cremation, interment will be made privately in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Shrine Hospitals for Children will be gratefully acknowledged. A masonic memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. under the auspices of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M.

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Obituary of JORDAN, Margery Lillian (Rippingale) formerly of Thedford, age 93

Posted by on January 28, 2019

JORDAN: Peacefully, at North Lambton Lodge, Forest, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, Margery Lillian (Rippingale) Jordan, formerly of Thedford, age 93. Beloved wife of the late Dennis Frank Jordan (2009). Loved mother and mother-in-law of Caroline and Jean Goyette of Port Franks, Nick and Susan Jordan of North Bay, Robin Jordan and fiancée Audrey Millard of Alymer, Gavin Jordan and Melissa Weir of Croton, Susan and Tim O’Brien of Brinsley. Cherished by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Arthur and Rosalind (Richmond-Parry) Rippingale, brother Barry and Pauline Jordan and sister June Grey. At Margery’s request, a private family service will be held. Cremation to follow and Interment Pinery Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of Van Nuland, Joe of Wallacetown

Posted by on January 27, 2019

Peacefully on January 26, 2019 at Elgin Manor Home for the Aged, Joe Van Nuland of Wallacetown in his 94th year. Born in Heeswijk N.BR, the Netherlands on May 8, 1925. Joe and Jean his wife, immigrated to Canada in 1953 and shared 65 years of marriage. Joe is survived by his wife, Jean, his children Joanne Bobier [Neil], Dianne McFadden [Ed], Ed Van Nuland [Dianne] and Mary Bowering [Paul Overhoh]. Grandpa to Bruce Bobier [Alana], Jeremy McFadden [Tanya], Sonya and Layne Van Nuland [Alex] and Jessica and Laura Bowering. Great Grandpa to Xander McFadden, Pierce and Addison Emrich and Alistair Bobier. Predeceased b granddaughter Colleen Emrich [Bobier] in 2016 and Nancy McFadden in 2012. On of 14 children, Joe is survived by 1 brother and 1 sister in Holland and many nieces and nephews. Joe was very active in the community. He was a charter member of West Lorne/Wallacetown Knights of Columbus and the Wallacetown Optimist Club. He was past president of St. Helen’s Cemetery Board and always active with St Helen’s Catholic Parish. Relatives and Friends will be received at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackelton St Dutton [519-762-2416] Tuesday January 29 6:30-9:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Service will held at 6:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St Helen’s Church Wallacetown January 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Elgin Manor Home for the Aged or a charity of your choice. arnfuneral home.ca

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Obituary of SCHOENTHIER: Erna (née Gohla), formerly of St. Thomas and New Sarum, Ontario.

Posted by on January 23, 2019

SCHOENTHIER, Erna (née Gohla), formerly of St. Thomas and New Sarum, passed away at the Aylmer Retirement Residence, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in her 95th year.  Beloved wife for over 68 years to the late Kurt R. Schoenthier (2016).  Loving mother of Rainer Schoenthier (Laurie) of St. Thomas, Kathy Dyer (Tim) of Nobel, ON, and Bernie Schoenthier (Trish Fifield) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandmother of Marcie Vandenberghe of St. Thomas, Wendy Rego (Steve) of Ingersoll, Trudy Kitchen (Geoff) of Brantford, Kayla Abel (Dan) of Shedden, Jesse Dyer (Jessica) of Thunder Bay, Adam Moss of Brampton, Jordan Moss (Andrea) of Brantford, and Emerson and Cohen Moss, both of Brantford.  Loved great grandmother of Alyssa, Josh, Anthony, Lily, Reese, Maks, Charlie, and Oliver.  Dear sister-in-law of Gerda Temple of R.R.#1, St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by sisters Hanna Bielefeld and Charlotte Koenitzer.  Born in Gruenhartau, Schlesien, Germany, April 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha (née Rohnstock) Gohla.  Erna worked alongside her husband in the family business, New Sarum Auto Body and the family orchard.  She was a founding member of the German Canadian Club, St. Thomas.  Erna immigrated to Canada in 1951 with Kurt, Rainer and family.  Her family was her pride and joy and she loved spending time with them.  Erna put everyone’s needs ahead of her own and always made sure there was food and drink on the table.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family prior to the service from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to Laura Winkworth and the staff of the Aylmer Retirement Residence for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Erna.

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Obituary of Weston: William of Wallacetown

Posted by on January 22, 2019

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Peacefully passed on January 21, 2019 at St Thomas Elgin General Hospital, William “Bill” Weston of Wallacetown in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Barbara Jean Weston [2016]. Loving father of Deborah Weston and Sandra and Scott Kerr. Loving grandfather of his Grandsons Daryl [Ashley], Daniel [Jen], Gregory [Brandie] and Brandon. Blessed with five Great Grandchildren. Bill will be sadly missed by many friends. Relatives and friends will be received at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St Dutton [519-762-2416] on Thursday January 24, 7-9 pm, where the service will be held at 10:00 Friday morning. Donations to the Heart and Stroke, Kidney Foundation, the Diabetic Foundation or the West Elgin Daffodil-Cancer would be greatly appreciated. Interment of ashes in Fairview Cemetery at a later date. Cameron Lodge 232 A.F & A. M. will hold a memorial service on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Weston family would like to thank the hospital staff for the care and compassion shown .
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Obituary of McKenney: Charles “Marty” Martin of Dutton

Posted by on January 22, 2019

Suddenly on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 Charles “Marty” McKenney passed away at St. Thomas Elgin Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate Christine [Teeuwen] McKenney, son Charlie and fiancee Taylor precious granddaughters Zoe and Harley. Also survived by his in-laws Margaret Teeuwen (Mike), Donna Rylett, Bob Teeuwen, Theresa Devolder (Dan) and Jim. Special nieces and nephews Ricky Teeuwen, Matthew Rylett, Natalie and Vanessa Devolder and very dear aunt Gert McFadden. Marty worked for GM for 30 years where he had extended family especially “Ross”, “Tony”,”Paul”.and “Jamie”. Predeceased by his in-laws Louis and Jean Teeuwen and nephew Brad Rylett. Donations to West Elgin Daffodil Society or the charity of your choice. Friends and Relatives will be received at Arn Funeral Home 193 Shackleton St Dutton 519-762-2416 on Friday January 25th 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm where the service will be held on Saturday Jan 26 2019 at 1:00pm . Cremation to follow Donations to West Elgin Daffodil Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. arnfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of STONE: Thelma June (née Plumb), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 16, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

STONE, Thelma June (née Plumb), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of William R. “Bill” Stone.  Dearly loved mother of Beverley Scott (Steven) of St. Thomas, Matthew Stone of Shedden, David Stone (Pat) and Christine O’Connor (Michael), all of St. Thomas, Stephen Stone (Cheri) of Muirkirk, and Jacqueline Stone-Wiebe (Frank) of New Sarum.  Dear sister of Doris Peppo of Redford, MI.  Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Thelma was predeceased by 5 brothers and 7 sisters.  Born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, July 9, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Daisy (née Higgins) Plumb.  Thelma was a Past Noble Grand of Edna Rebekah Lodge #14, where she was a member for 58 years, a former member of Flower City Chapter #91, OES, St. Thomas, and a member of the Red Hat Society.  She was an avid bowler for 41 years.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Children’s Health Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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Obituary of PICKERSGILL UNICH: Mrs. Betty (née Bowlby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 12, 2019

PICKERSGILL UNICH, Betty (née Bowlby), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, January 11, 2019, in her 89th year.  Wife of the late George R. Pickersgill (1982) and the late Dusan “Daniel” Unich (2013).  Mother of Mary Patriquin (Randy) of St. Thomas, and the late Cathy Green (Jim of Bayfield).  Step-mother of Bruce Unich (Barbara) of Calgary, AB, Vera Unich of St. Thomas, and Brian Unich (Sheri) of St. Marys.  Sister of Donna, Lois, Margaret, Orma, and Bill.  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Siblings, Helen, Dorothy, Beatrice, Jean, Lonnie, and David predeceased her.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (née Martin) Bowlby.  Betty formerly attended the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Monday, January 14th from 2:00-4:00 & 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 Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of LEADER, Rod of Sarnia

At Bluewater Health on Monday, December 31, 2018, Rodney “Rod” William Leader, age 53 of Sarnia, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the loving spouse and best friend of Shelley Best and dear son of Nancy Guggisberg (Tom). Rod’s positive influence and mentoring will be sadly missed by Katelyn and Jamie. Rod was employed at Clean Harbors for 30 plus years. He loved his hockey, golf, camping, travel and most of all the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was predeceased by his father George and brother Randy. A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of ROOYAKKERS: Peter, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 31, 2018

ROOYAKKERS, Peter, age 63, Iron Man of our hearts, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on December 30, 2018, following a long illness. Peter is predeceased by his parents, Petra and Frits Rooyakkers, his beautiful niece, little Lindsay Jean, and his nephew and buddy, Jason. He was a devoted and loving husband to Claudette (Roo to all who love her), a cherished dad to Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Adrian, Miguette, and Alisha. He will be particularly remembered for the immense joy he felt being grandpa to Colby, Kylie, Izaiah, and Frits (the dog). He will be sadly missed by his siblings, Cory, Mary, Elly, Bill, Teresa, Terry, Larry, John, Stella, Betty, David, and their families. Much gratitude for all the care and support from his doctors and nurses, with a special shout out to the blessing that is Andrea Jackson, who Peter believed God made especially for him. Expressions of grief can be sent in his name to the charity of your choice. Peter’s family will be hosting a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Masonic Centre of Elgin (42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas, N5P 3S9). The family prefers you to dress casually for the celebration.

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Obituary of ARMSTRONG: Jack “Army”, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 28, 2018

  

 

 

 

 

 

ARMSTRONG, Jack “Army”Formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at Oneida Long Term Care, Southwold on Thursday, December 27, 2018, in his 96th year.  Husband of the late Marion (née Smalldon) Armstrong (1995).  Father of Richard Armstrong (late Shirley) of St. Thomas.  Grandfather of Wesley Armstrong (Charlotte) of Fingal, Jackie Stuart (Darrin) of Marblehead, MA, and Megan Newman (Dave) of Nevada City, CA.  Great grandfather of Zachary, Claire, William, Eve, James, Maeve, and Sylvie.  Jack was born on January 14, 1923 in Toronto, ON.  He was a retired Canada Post relief supervisor.  During the Second World War, he served overseas with the RCAF.  Jack was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  In earlier years, he was a well-known baseball and fastball player.  He also coached and umpired minor baseball.    In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in Fingal Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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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 PEARSON: Joanne (née Size), of Aylmer, Ontario.

Posted by on December 27, 2018

PEARSON, Joanne (née Size)– Of Aylmer, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in her 78th year.  Beloved wife for nearly 60 years to James “Jim” Pearson.  Dear mother of Donna Woloschuk (Brian) of Keewatin, and Ted Pearson of London.  Grandmother of Melissa, Richard, Jim, Ashley, and David.  Sister of Virginia Baughman (Herman) of Belleville.  Also remembered by sister-in-law, Joyce O’Connor of St. Thomas, 5 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their families, as well as dear friends, Sherrie Goodwin and Jamie Assef of St. Thomas.  Joanne was predeceased by two sisters, Donna Marie Size and Lillian Walters.  Born in Yarmouth Twp., ON, November 28, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James and Clara (née Dowling) Size.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of her cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Animal Aide or the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation 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 BREWSTER: Margaret Esther (née Lazenby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 21, 2018

Brewster, Margaret Esther (née Lazenby), age 88, of St. Thomas, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  Beloved wife of David Charles Brewster.  Also survived by brother, Donald Lazenby and wife Carolyn of Collingwood, brother-in-law, Douglas Brewster and wife Therese of London, and several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents, Elisha and Alice Lazenby, and step-mother Mae Milligan Lazenby. Margaret retired in 1985 after teaching elementary school, mainly in St. Thomas.  At her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  Cremation.  Private burial at Woodland Cemetery, London.  Donations of sympathy to Oxfam Canada, or the Stephen Lewis Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, 519-631-1160.

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Obituary of Jones, Lenore (née Smith) of Port Stanley

Posted by on December 18, 2018

JONES, Lenore (née Smith), of Extendicare, Port Stanley, passed away at her late residence on Monday, December 17, 2018, in her 83rd year.  Beloved wife of the late Paul E. Jones (2003).  Dearly loved mother of Albert Jones (Cindy) of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, Bradley Jones of Chatham, and Pauline Sloetjes (Anthony) of Fingal.  Cherished grandmother of Robert Jones (Sherri), Brett Jones (Heidi), Sarah Hommersen, Heather Jones, Andrew Lyle, Jennifer Sloetjes (Jason), and Christopher Sloetjes.  Proud great grandmother of Tori, Zoe, Leander, Haley, and Emma.  Dear sister of June Butterwick (late Dick), Rick Smith (Barb), Bert Galipeau (Eileen), Phil Galipeau (Melinda), Dennis Galipeau, and the late Carolynne Butters (Gerry).  Loving sister-in-law of Douglas Jones (Hilda), late Mac Jones (Rose) and the late Eleanor DuChene MacKenzie (late Douglas).  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Toronto, ON, December 27, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Willis Smith and Barbara (née Fulgona) Smith, and the step-daughter of the late Francoise Smith.  Lenore was a former member of Fingal United Church and had attended Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Thursday, Dec. 20th from 6 – 9 p.m., where a private family funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 21st.  Private interment will be made in Hunter Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of LAWRENCE: Martha (née Staniforth), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 18, 2018

LAWRENCE, Martha (née Staniforth)– Of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in her 71st year.  Beloved wife of Larry Lawrence.  Dearly loved mother of Mike Lawrence of Sioux Lookout, Mark Lawrence (Stephanie Flynn) of London, and Carl Lawrence (Tracy Matthews) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Leah, Brett, Hailey, Sheldon, and Shae-Lynn.  She is also remembered by several great grandchildren, in-laws, Bonnie and Paul Hodges of St. Thomas, and Peggy Goodall of Lyons, several nieces and nephews, and dear friends, Nancy LaPlante of Fingal, and Susan Griggs of St. Thomas.  Martha was born in St. Thomas on July 15, 1948.  She was the daughter of the late Benjamin Staniforth and the late Nona (née Young) Hehir.  Martha was a retired housekeeping staff member at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, December 22nd at 3:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of WILLIAMS: Jean (née Gardner), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 17, 2018

WILLIAMS, Jean (née Gardner), of St. Thomas, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, December 16, 2018, in her 79th year.  Loving wife for 58 years to Finlay “Sonny” Williams.  Dear mother of Debra Remus (Dennis), Richard and Jim Williams, Kathy Edgar (Robert), all of St. Thomas, and the late Teresa Peterson.  Also fondly remembered by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been predeceased by four sisters; Elizabeth “Dolly”, Marguerite, Helen and Doris, and by two brothers; Donald and Arthur.  Born in London, ON, July 19, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Winnifred (née Turner) Gardner.  Jean attended St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Wednesday, Dec. 19th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20th at 1:00 p.m.  Following cremation, interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue will take place at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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