Obituary of BROOM, Herbert formerly of Crediton, age 86

Posted by on January 29, 2019

BROOM: Peacefully, at Exeter Villa Nursing Home, Exeter, on Saturday, January 26, 2019, Herbert Broom, formerly of Crediton, age 86. Beloved husband of the late Shirley May (Wood) Broom (1994). Loved father and father-in-law of Herb and Alice Broom of Exeter, David Broom and Nina Fizzard of Crediton, Richard Broom, Debbie and Bill Clark all of London, Tammy and Dan Wurm of RR 3, Dashwood, Gary Broom of London and Jason Monette of Orangeville. Herb will be remembered by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families. He will also be remembered by Shirley’s family. Dear brother-in-law of Marie Broom of Exeter. Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Ellen (Musgrave) Broom, brother Ken Broom, sisters June and Bert Borland, Shirley and Lloyd Ferguson. Herb bequeathed his body to the School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario. Cremation will follow. A Celebration of Herb’s Life will be held at the Crediton Community Centre, Crediton, on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m.   Arrangements entrusted to T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at

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Obituary of Obituary of APPOLLOS, Sandra Irene of St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted by on January 19, 2019

December 27, 1944 – Petrolia, Ontario
January 18, 2019 – St. Catharines, Ontario

Sandra (Sandy) Irene Appollos passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the age of 74 years at Niagara Health System St. Catharines hospital.

Sandy was born on December 27, 1944 to Charles and Ethel Hartley in Petrolia, Ontario.  She was the youngest of twelve siblings.

Sandy is predeceased by loving husband Nicholas (Nick) on April 5, 2011.  Loved Mother of Felicia Boccia (Frank), Nicky, Kathy, Lisa, Maygan and Callianne. Sandy was also a favourite Aunt and loved Grandmother of many.

She is predeceased by brothers and sisters Chuck, Bob, Don, Marion, Phyllis, Joyce, Jean, Betty and survived by Brothers and Sister Phil, Bo and Joanne.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Sandy’s life will take place in June, 2019.

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

Posted by on December 9, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

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

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

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

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of Slavec, John. 1927-2018

Posted by on October 3, 2018

Born in Knezak, Slovenia


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Obituary of VANDERVAART, Hendricus Wilhelmus “Hank” of Sarnia

VANDERVAART, Hendricus Wilhelmus “Hank” – At Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the age of 78. Dear father of Peter Vandervaart (Lisa Lunn), Sarnia, Lisa Vandervaart (Reggie Lefaive), Belle River and Sue Vandervaart, Halifax. Loving grandfather of Tory, P.J. and Brandon. Brother of Henny Sliz (Mike), St. Catharines, Carla Baxter (Bob), Fonthill, Leo Vandervaart (Margaret), Port Colborne and Margaret Littman (Joe), St. Catharines. Brother-in-law of Jim Steel, St. Catharines and Stella Vandervaart, Niagara Falls. Predeceased by parents Peter & Margaret Vandervaart, brother Gerry Vandervaart and sister Maria Steel. Hank was retired from General Motors Axle Plant after 35 years of service. Following his retirement, Hank went into security and cab driving in St. Catharines. In 2011, he relocated to Sarnia to be closer with his son and grandchildren. In Sarnia, he enjoyed fishing and making lots of new friends. Hank enjoyed life to the fullest. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, Sarnia, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W6 or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.   Messages of condolence & memories may be left at

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Obituary of WEVER: Thoon (Tony) of Belleville

Posted by on August 31, 2018





WEVER, Thoon “Tony” – of Belleville, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 in his 85th year. Son of the late Jacobus & Falkena).  Loving father of Evelyn Wever of Quebec City, Jacob “Jim” Wever (Julia) of Langdon, and Carolyn Thomas (Mark) of Ottawa. Dear grandfather “Pake” of Timothee Boutin, Cassandra & Katrina Wever, Michael Baarda (deceased) and Lucy Thomas. Tony will be missed by his siblings Freda Van der Bergs (late husband Wietse) of Holland, (late) Nick Wever (Minety) of Alberta, Ann Kempenaar (John) of Belleville, (late) John Wever (Willi) of Belleville, Susan Ippel (Keith) of St. Catharines, (late) Dirk “Dick” Wever (Annamarie) of Alberta, Mary Rekker (Sam) of Belleville, Rennie Keuning (Ken) of Belleville, Bert Wever (Wilma) of Lynwood, Roelie Brink (late husband Carl) of Bowmanville and (late) Mike Wever. Dear brother-in-law of Ali Blok (Wim), Hanny Komdeur (Gerhard) and Hieke From (late husband Piet), all of Holland.

Cremation has already taken place.

Visitation will be held at Maranatha Church (100 College Street West, Belleville) on Friday August 10th, 2018 from 3–6p.m.  A Memorial Service and Celebration of Tony`s Life will take place at Maranatha Church on Saturday August 11th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Corbyville.

If desired, donations can be made to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273).

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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Obituary of MANNERING: Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fort Erie, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2018

MANNERING, Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, at the Valleyview Home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, a special child of God, passed into the arms of Jesus her Lord and Saviour, in her 72nd year.  This “prayer warrior” has no more pain, no confusion, no suffering.  Vonne was a former resident of Fort Erie, ON, where she was born on December 10, 1946.  She was a member of Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Vonne was the beloved daughter of the late Ruby (née Graydon) (Mannering) Brewster (1997), and the step-daughter of the late Bill Brewster.  Dear sister of Richard Mannering (Susan), loving aunt of Steven and Stacy Mannering, and great aunt of Natasha and Christian, all of St. Thomas, and Christopher of Kitchener.  Best friend of Gayle Wiltsie, loving niece of Janet Brewster, and also fondly remembered by Jim and Linda MacDonald, and Janet Seburn, all of Fort Erie.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Vonne’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Erie at a later date.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Valleyview Home re: Family & Friends Council or Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church.  The family is very grateful to the Valleyview Home staff on the Wabash and dementia units for their many years of dedicated care.

Online condolences graciously accepted at

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Obituary of Poehlman, Clara Loreen of St. Catharines, Ontario

Poehlman, Clara Loreen – Peacefully at the NHS – St. Catharines, on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Loreen (Driver) of St. Catharines, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late John Poehlman (2005). Mother of Bryon (Jill) Poehlman, Craig (Diana) Poehlman, Terry (Joan) Poehlman and Sandie (Robert) O’Hearn. Much loved  Nana of  7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Survived by sisters Muriel, Gloria, Winnifred, Esther, Chris, and brothers Arnold, Wilbert, Grant and Marshall. Predeceased by her sisters Sylvia and Sandra.
Loreen was an active member of the Thorold and West St. Catharines Seniors Centres.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday August 4th 2018 at the West St. Catharines Senior Centre, 117 Chetwood St., St. Catharines from 1:00pm until 4:00pm p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be placed at

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Obituary of SANTAROSSA: Bill of Dutton, Ontario

Posted by on April 8, 2018

Suddenly, at his home in Dutton, Ontario, Bill Santarossa at the age of 62.  Bill is survived by his mother Shirley Santarossa (Connor) and predeceased by his father Andy Santarossa.  Bill was a well known and well respected businessman in West Elgin.  He was the proud owner of Santarossa Shooting Sports, now in it’s 20th year.

He was a special part of the Reive and Vanoverbeke families and his long time pal Ken Laframboise.

He will be dearly missed by many friends, colleagues and hunting camps.

Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 12 – 2 pm followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.  This will be a casual affair and you are invited to dress as such.

Interment to follow at McColl cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Shooting Sports Association would be appreciated.  Share a memory at 519 785-0810.

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Obituary of WESTLAKE, David Blair


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Blair Westlake after a brief illness, on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age of 58, David passed away peacefully at home with his wife and best friend Jayme by his side. He was the proud and loving father to Emily (Shane), Noah, Grant, Carleen (Mike), Stuart (Michelle). David was an amazing “Krampus” to granddaughters, Kenzi-Lu and Hayley. He was a dedicated son to Margaret (predeceased 2012) and Arnold and his wife Marie. David will be missed by his brother and friend Bruce, fondly referred to as “Bubba” and siblings John (Sheree) Locke, Beth (Dan) Quinn, David (Sue) Locke, Peter Locke and their families. David will be sadly missed by the extended Westlake and Remington families. David was adored by his Mother-in-Law, Betty Swanwick, Sister-in-Law Tracy (Mike) Piggott, Brother-in-Law, Adam Swanwick and their families.

As a teenager, his love of the arts began at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. David was a student of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and continued his studies at the National Theatre School in Montreal. Over the years David was employed at various theatres across Canada. For the past 20 years and at the time of his passing, David was employed at the Shaw Festival Theatre as a Scenic Constructor. He was a member of IATSE Local 461 Union.

David had a passion for music and as an avid musician loved to play the guitar and sing and was a member of the St. Marks Anglican Church Choir. He experienced life with a gentleness and sly humour and always had a friendly smile and curiosity about what was going on in the world.

A special thanks to the oncology nurses in 3B at St. Catharines General Hospital and to Paramed & VON palliative nurses who watched over David when he came home.

As per David’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at St.

Mark’s Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, on Monday March 26th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow.

Memorial donations to the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Music Program and Hospice Niagara, would be appreciated by David’s family.

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Obituary of MORRISON, Ramsay Alexander

MORRISON, Ramsay Alexander


Honest, loyal, kind and humorous. Ramsay passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 peacefully at his home with wife Sharon at his side. Predeceased by mother (Margaret), and father (James) originally from Scotland, sister Sheila (William) Royce, and twin brother Frank (Jean). He was blessed with a son Cam, and daughter Nancy (Carol), also two grandchildren Kauna and Tomas. Included are many nieces and nephews. Ramsay was a carpenter for Cooper Construction and was a proud member of the Local 18 Carpenters Union for 70 years. His joy in life was belonging to the St. Catharines Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, and being the one and only “groupie” at the Evergreen Singers singouts. A special thanks to CCAC, PSW’s, attending nurse’s home visits and night nurses from the Niagara Region. Our neighborhood has been wonderful, what with many visits and provisions of homemade nourishments.

A private funeral will be held. Memorial service to be held in the near future. Details to follow. Donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated.


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Obituary of Thompson; Linda nee Price of Markdale resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Linda Thompson resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Thompson; Linda Marie(Price) P.M. #170

Peacefully, while surrounded by her family, passed Sunday, February 4,2018 at Grey Gables Nursing Home, Markdale at the age of 70. Beloved wife of 48 years to Ronald. Dear mother of Nadine Thompson of St. Catherines and Les Thompson of Dartmouth, NS. Sadly missed by her mother Betty Price of Markdale and father the late Gordon. Loved and remembered by grandchildren Sydney and Marissa Thompson. Dear sister of Lana Amaley of Stroud, Larry(Darlene) Price of Napean, Randy Price of Georgetown, Rodney Price of Markdale, Robbin Warren of Toronto and sister in-law of Dorothy Anderson(Gerry Bartley) of Markdale. She will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Linda was born in Guelph, ON, educated in Etobicoke and taught in Etobicoke, Waterloo, Moosonee and Nipigon before settling in Markdale where she raised her family along side her husband Ron. She was passionate about the United Church, having held many positions in the local church and Presbytery as well as within the Toronto Conference of the United Church. She was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star having been Worthy Matron of Grey Chapter #170 twice. She loved travelling, knitting, cross stitch and was very active in sports, especially in her younger years. Linda will be greatly missed by many friends, neighbours and her church family.

The family will receive friends at Annesley United Church, address, from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 2:00pm. Cremation has taken place. Spring interment Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown. Memorial contributions to Annesley United Church would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at 888-924-2810

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Obituary of GLENN, Marjory of Sarnia

Posted by on February 5, 2018


GLENN, MARJORY – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, February 4, 2018, Marjory Bertha (Campbell) Glenn, age 96 of Sarnia passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of the late Ross Logie Glenn (1999) and dear mother of Sandra Stuchberry (Fred), David Glenn (Janet) and Kathryn Glenn. She was the loving grandmother of Mary Clemens (David), Jeff Stuchberry (Angie), Paul Stuchberry (Rachel), Jennifer Mackey (Robert), Brenda Lea (Tim) and Julie Sousa (Steven) and great-grandmother of Tavis, Rachel, Gabriela, Emily, Megan, Sarah, Kate, Violet, Nicholas and Spencer. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marjory was predeceased by her parents, four sisters and a brother. She was a special friend to many people. Marjory was born in Ridgetown in 1921 and was a resident of Sarnia since 1941. She was a member of Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church and the ESSO Annuitants Association. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations made in memory of Marjory to the Kidney Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis or St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia). Messages of condolence may be sent through

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Obituary of SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through

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Obituary of DEVINE, Luella Grace of St Catharines, Ontario

Posted by on January 27, 2018


Predeceased by her husband William Glenn Devine, 2014. Mother of Colin (Caroline) and Trevor.  Grandmother of Alan (Margaret) and Monica.  She will be missed by two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Survived by her only sister, Ruth. Graveside service in spring.  Condolences received at

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Obituary of FANCY: Shawn of St. Catharines

Posted by on January 21, 2018


Passed away peacefully January 6 2018 at the age of 40. Beloved son to Judith Diplock and predeceased by his father George Fancy. Cherished brother to Linda Ward (Ryan) and Duane Fancy. Proud Father of Rachel Anderson, Natasha Anderson, Kaelyn Fancy, Kaden Fancy, Chase Fancy and Jaxx Fancy. Loved Uncle to his niece and nephews. Shawn was too large to be gone. This is til we meet again. Shawn’s life and light will be celebrated at CHEERS TAP & GRILL – 358 Ontario St. St.Catharines ON Sunday January 14, 2018 from 11AM – 2PM. Cowboy hats and Unicorn Onsies welcome.

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Obituary of QUINTON: Alice Finkle of Belleville

Posted by on January 7, 2018

Quinton Alice Finkle – peacefully at the Q.H.C., Trenton Memorial Hospital, on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 in her 87th year. Daughter of the late John and Nellie Chambers. Beloved wife of Norman Quinton. Loving mother of Lori (Doug) Newfield of Plainfield, June (David) Reeve of St. Catharines, Paul (Ingrid) Quinton of Pickering. Loving grandmother of Shannon (Nick) Thompson, Krystal (Rob) Reeve, Stefanie Quinton and Shayne Quinton.  Predeceased by brother Keith Chambers, and by sisters Marion Anger and Norma Chambers. Remembered by nieces Bonnie Stephens and Anne Kennedy, nephew Allen Chambers and pre-deceased by John Chambers.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) Belleville, on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Following the service a reception will be held at the Steele Family Centre.

If desired, Memorial donations to Parkdale Baptist Church would be appreciated.

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Obituary of BLACK: Evelyn of Welland Formerly of Fonthill

Posted by on January 3, 2018


Evelyn Ferne Black Young
Sept. 10, 1930- Nov. 29, 2017
Posted on December 1, 2017 by Kerry Black

Obituary for Evelyn Ferne Black (Young)
BLACK, Evelyn Ferne (neé Young)
Passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Welland General Hospital at age 87. Beloved wife of William Grant Black for 65 years. Loving mother of Grant Eaton Black (Suzu Speich), Kerry Phyllis Black (Rodney Mitchum) and David William Black. Proud grandmother of Maureen Elizabeth Black, Stuart Alan Black, Heather Andrea Black and Scott William Black. Predeceased by her parents, Abraham and Carrie Young and her brothers, Carl Young and Donald Young. Evelyn was born and raised in Port Colborne. She married her high school sweetheart, Grant, in 1952. Evelyn was a teacher and Grant was a teacher and principal with the Niagara South Board of Education for many years. They moved to Fonthill where Evelyn stayed at home for 10 years to raise their three children before she returned to teaching. Evelyn and Grant travelled to Britain, Europe, Alaska, and numerous Caribbean islands. They also enjoyed spending time at the various waterfront cottages in Niagara that they owned over the years. After retirement, Evelyn and Grant spent winters at their condo near Clearwater, Florida and traveled often until Evelyn’s health precluded those activities.
Family and friends will be received at the JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Monday, December 4th between 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00 am at the funeral home followed by reception at Fonthill United Church, 42 Church Hill, Fonthill. Burial will take place following the reception at Oakwood Cemetery in Wainfleet. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Death notice for the town of: FONTHILL, Province: Ontario

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Obituary of SHEPPARD, Marilyn of Sarnia

Posted by on December 28, 2017

SHEPPARD, MARILYN – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, Marilyn June (Dougherty) Sheppard, age 84 of Sarnia passed away. She was the dear wife of the late Allan A. Sheppard and loving mother of daughter Ruth Gartlan (Martin Randall) and Step-Daughter Noreen Taylor (Paul) and daughter in laws Jane and Rosemary Sheppard, grandmother of Jennifer (Jamie), Heather (Kerry), Andrew (Amy), Mark (Melanie) and Rachel, great-grandmother of Caleb, Nathan, Alexis, Aiden, Juliana, Kyle and Amy. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Wright. Several nieces and nephews survive. She was predeceased by her Step-Sons Brian and David Sheppard, her sister and brother, Shirley and Ross Dougherty. Marilyn was a longtime member of Central United Church, the church choir and the Elizabeth II Chapter, IODE. She was a volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Parkinson’s Canada. Marilyn enjoyed quilting, playing bridge, sewing, traveling with friends and family and spending her summers at the family cottage. Cremation will take place and a private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held later at Central United Church (220 George St., Sarnia, N7T 4N9). Memorial donations in memory of Marilyn made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Cancer Society or the Parkinson’s Canada would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Messages of condolence may be sent through

 “A special thanks for the kind and compassionate care provided by Dr. Kim and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice and BWH Palliative Care”

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Obituary of HINES: Doug of Toronto

Posted by on December 7, 2017


1934-2017, John Douglas Hines
With deep sadness, we wish to communicate the passing of “Doug” Hines – a long-time resident of the GTA, also known as Papa Smurf, Wee Dougie, Cowboy Doug and Big “D,” in his eighty-fourth year.  In his final moments, at Etobicoke General hospital, Doug experienced the profound joy of having his loving children, grandchildren and great grandchild by his side.   He will be greatly missed by his children Michael Hines, Catherine (Betsy) Hines, and James (Jamie) Hines; grandchildren, Sarah Hines, Alex Hines, Hudson Hines, Christen Latham, Rebecca Laffrade, James Wimpory, & Ashley Hines, and great grandchildren, Wynter Zuch, Charlie Laffrade, Carter Laffrade, and by countless extended relatives and friends.  Doug was pre-deceased by his parents Catherine Hines (nee McClelland) and John Hines, sister Marilyn “Sissy” Ball (the late Karl), and is survived by his sister, Jeanne Fry (Allan) and nephew Jeff. Doug loved his family with his entire being and had tremendous pride in his heart for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  We are eternally grateful that Doug has left us a legacy of love.
Doug enjoyed the outdoors, but only from his horse or a convertible, or by the BBQ. His love of dogs and horses were his passions, along with his great love of sports – auto-racing, hockey and football, in particular. We will all miss those special times with him while he enjoyed and shared his passions & his great love of unique comments & profanity not just while watching sports but reading the paper and especially while driving.
Friends and family are invited to email for information regarding a Tapenade and Caesars celebration in toasting Doug on Saturday, November 25th, from 2pm-4pm. These were his favorite weekend specialties. Anyone who knew Doug, was also aware that he had an enormous passion for horses. In lieu of flowers, he would love donations be made in his name to Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue at or please give to Pancreatic Cancer Canada to a personal page at

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Obituary of Horton-Wright; Ava Anne Michelle at only 9 months, 5 days resting at Fawcett Funeral Home

Posted by on November 29, 2017

Horton-Wright; Ava Anne Michelle

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing, while in her daddys’ arms, at Sick Kids Hospital, of Markdale at only 9months, 5 days. Beloved and cherished daughter of Bobbie Horton-Wright and Sarah Higenell. Adorable granddaughter to Jonathon and Michelle Harvey of Holstein, Fred Higenell of Collingwood and Julie(Don) Sather of Markdale. She will be greatly missed by great grandmother Cheryl Wright of Paris, ON. Darling niece to Ryan Horton, Jenn Noullette and Nicole Massey. Ava will be remembered by many cousins, great aunts and uncles and caring nurses at Sick Kids.

Ava loved lights, her soother and her glow worm. Her beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

Funeral service will take place at Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Eugenia, on Saturday, December 2 at 1pm. In memory of Ava, donations to Gentle Shepherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at

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Obituary of Packham, Randall Bruce of Barrie

Posted by on November 18, 2017

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

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Obituary of COUPERUS: Egbert of Belleville

Posted by on November 3, 2017

Couperus, Egbert – peacefully at Q.H.C. Belleville General Hospital on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, in his 87th year. Son of the late Gerhardus and Alijda Couperus. Beloved husband of Jannie (Jean) Couperus (nee- Vellenga). Dear father of George (Susan) of Belleville, Sid (Sue) of Grimsby, Stuart (Henrietta) of Brighton, Annette Brinkman (John) of Ottawa.  Lovingly remembered by 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  Brother of George (Grace), Peter (Alcia) both of Trenton, Jack (Don) of Toronto. Brother-in-law of Tony Barkema and Grace (Paul) van Vleet.  He is predeceased by his sister Alijda Barkema, and his brother Dirk Couperus.

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

Visitation will be held at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 100 College Street W., Belleville on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the church on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Private family interment to be held at Elmwood cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Belleville District Christian School or Quinte Christian High School, would be appreciated.

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Obituary of SOANES: Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) of London

Posted by on November 2, 2017

SOANES, Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) … Valerie passed peacefully after a long struggle with cancer on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in London Ontario. Valerie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 19, 1955 to Herbert (deceased 2007) and Elsie Derksen (Kehler). In 1976, Valerie married Brian Soanes in Thunder Bay, Ontario and together they raised their son Darryl (predeceased in 2005) and daughter Allison (Soanes Park) (Rusty). She is survived by her mother Elsie, husband Brian, sisters Dianne (Frank Grant), Pamela (Tom Francis), brother Daniel and grandchildren Jalen Soanes, Elias and Shannon Park. A celebration of Valerie’s life will take place at the Highland Country Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London on Friday, November 10, 2017, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm . Interment will take place, next to her son, on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, 455 Lagimodiere Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba (please check for updates). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Brain Research, 123 St George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3A1. Special thanks to Dr. Hahn and Lyn Kligman at the London Cancer Centre and the tremendous work of the nurses and support workers at both Victoria Hospital and Parkwood Institute. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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