Obituary of CAMERON, Raymond of Ottawa formerly of Timmins, ON. & Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 1, 2019




It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Raymond Cameron on December 30, 2018 at the age of 82 years old.

Ray was born in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but relocated at early age for gainful employment in the mines of northern Ontario.  Ray lived most of his adult life with Timmins as his home base.  His work in mines across Canada allowed him to provide for his family and earned him his reputation as an incredibly hard and fearless worker.  Ray ended his days in Ottawa, surrounded by family and friends. His love for Cape Breton and the farm he worked in Mabou as a young boy was ever present.

Ray is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 37 years Claudette Cameron, and his children Phemie (Denis) LaRue, Cindy (Steve) Ellis, Laurieanne (Brian) Evans, Marlene Othmer (Marc LeBeau), Nancy Othmer (Shane Barclay), Trish Othmer (Carlo Matulich).

Ray was the absolute best Grandfather to Ray (Angele), Justin (Leah), Sara (Jaime), Alexandria (Zach), Amanda (Richard), Tyler, Mitchell (Meagan), Madison and Mackenzie. Ray was also blessed to have been the Great-Grandfather to Patrick, Alyssa, Camryn, Abigail, Payton, Kendell, Macey, Ava-Lee, Emma, Ivy-Rae, Tamara, Kaiden and Taylor.

Ray is survived by his sisters Rita, Gennie, Margaret, Anne and Patricia, and his brothers Donald and Owen. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Euphemia (Grant); sister, Mary and brothers, Alex, Lawrence, Angus, Gerald and John.

A funeral mass for Raymond will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church at 11 am, 205 Bayview Drive, in Constance Bay.  A reception will follow at 12:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 616, 377 Allbirch Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foundation for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Arrangements entrusted to the Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.

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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 Finnerty, Leslie Gordon of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on November 21, 2018

FINNERTY, LESLIE GORDON – June 24, 1934 – November 16, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family share his peaceful passing while listening to his favourite Irish music on Friday November 16th at Millcreek Care Centre, Barrie, ON. Predeceased by his beloved wife Isobel (Church). Loving and devoted father of Lorne and John.  Adored father in law of Debbie Foll. Cherished and fun-loving Papa of Erin and Jeff.  Survived by sisters Juilita, Joanne (passed the next morning) and Noreen.  Predeceased by brother Pat. Les will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, his curling and card buddies, McInnis Lake cottagers, family, and friends. The family would like to express their grateful thanks to all the staff of Mill Creek Care Centre who took such wonderful care of Les over the last 5 months.
Les was the beloved first born of Ambrose and Mary Kate Finnerty (Stack) in Kirkland Lake, ON in 1934.  He was raised and eventually married in Timmins.  After a short stint in mining and other entrepreneurial ventures, he pursued a career with the CNR which entailed many relocations throughout Ontario. During his lengthy CNR career he embraced many challenges, developed lasting relationships and was a mentor and inspiration to many.
He was the responsible eldest of five, who, upon the early death of his father, became a source of guidance and financial support for his mother and younger sisters. A broken nose at the high school football tryouts made him seek more benign leisure pursuits such as dancing, singing, charming women, skiing, golfing, bridge and bargain hunting.
In 1957 he married Isobel Church and together they raised Lorne and John, providing many enjoyable memories, especially summers at McInnis Lake.  For sixty years he was a devoted husband, travel companion and champion of her political career, with special pride in her appointment to the Senate.  Finally, he was her steadfast reliable caregiver.  Together they delighted in their grandchildren Erin and Jeff.
As a longtime member of Burlington Golf and County Club, Les was equally famous for his annual Santa Claus performances as he was for his curling prowess.  Friends were reluctant to share a confidence lest it be exposed during his Christmas gig.
Les’s predominant traits were his eternal optimism, and steely resilience.  These attributes trace their origin to his Irish ancestors whose courage and perseverance allowed them to survive the famine ship voyage to Canada in search of a better life.  At an early age he would accompany his father’s fiddle music on the piano.  With very little provocation he would sing his entire Irish repertoire, never repeating the same song twice.  He could call and lead a square dance simultaneously.  He was a witty storyteller with an endless source of material.  He was a genuine extrovert and a great entertainer.  He was proud to be known as the family ambassador to some eighty, first cousins, reaching out to maintain family bonds.

In every aspect of his life he nurtured and cherished lasting friendships.  If you are one of those fortunate acquaintances either recent or long term, Les invites you to honour his memory with a song called “The Parting Glass” by Liam Clancy and a toast to all his great family and friends!

Cremation has taken place.  Internment will be in Timmins in the spring.  If so desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. 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 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
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 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 JONES, Bryan of Sarnia

JONES, BRYAN – It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Peter “Bryan” Jones, age 76 of Sarnia on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen Ilene Jones (2015) and father of Dulce Held (John), Dyan Flett, Steve Jones, Chris Jones and grandfather of Morgan, Masen and Kaycee. He was also a special friend and father in law of Jeremy Flett. He is the brother of Ruth (George), Ann (Mert), Lynn (Mary), Mike (Sandra) and Steve (Judy). He was a loving uncle of several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Amy Jones and Peter Jones and his brother Chris. In keeping with Bryan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Please join us on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 305 Ross Ave., Sarnia between the hours of 2:00 to 5:00 pm to share your memories and celebrate his life. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St Joseph’s Hospice. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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Obituary of BATTOCHIO: Suzanne Marie Antoinette of Edmonton Formerly of Oakville, Timmins

Posted by on September 6, 2017


Battochio, Suzanne Marie Antoinette

Suzanne Battochio (nee Labrecque) – November 13th, 1933 – August 18th, 2017,
passed away in Leduc Hospital, AB on Friday August 18th, 2017 at the age of 83, with family by her side. Survived by her beloved husband Santo, and their sons Walter, Raymond (Lori) and Christopher (Angie). Dear grandmother to Bryan (Samantha), Christopher, Gregory, Matthew, Michael, Peter, Robert and Daniela. Loving sister to John (Betty) Labrecque. Loving sister-in law to Luigi (Cecile) Battochio and Walter (Linda) Battochio. Predeceased by father Albert Labrecque, mother Virginia (nee Giroux), step-father Dominic Pacione and brother Ray (Jackie) Labrecque. Suzanne will be sadly missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, August 25th, 2017 from 7:30 – 9:00pm at Serenity Funeral Service – 5311 – 91 St. Edmonton for family and friends (587-410-1072). If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leduc County Hospital (LCH) – CT Scanner Campaign through the Black Gold Health Foundation at Donations are greatly appreciated because Suzanne received exemplary care at LCH.

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Obituary of BRUNO, Eugene Albert of Sarnia Ontario

Posted by on July 12, 2017

BRUNO, Eugene Albert Joseph – It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Eugene Albert Joseph Bruno, age 82 of Sarnia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his residence. Beloved husband of Claire (nee Mathé) Bruno. Loving father of Diane (Tony) Frank of London, Claudette (Paul) Lynds of St. Thomas, Lorraine Bruno-Lynds, Carole Bruno (Richard Scroggs), Ron (Lisa) Bruno and Rose Bruno, all of Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Kevin, Michelle, Andrew, Alina, Luke, Larissa, Angel, Mitch, Kara, Chloe, Lyndsay, Christina, Travis, Ashley, Jared, Claire, Carlie, Adam, Lauren, Nolan and great-grandfather of 11. Dear brother of Lilliane Bedard of Sarnia and Rose Laforest of Timmins. Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Eva (nee Dubé) Bruno, sisters Marie, Dina, Pauline and brothers Henry, Dave, Lucien and Paul. Also predeceased by sons Roland (June 2009), Daniel (May 1978) and grandsons Matthew (November 1985) and Erik (October 2000). Eugene was a hardworking, proud carpenter and owned his own business.
Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Bear Creek Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden. 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of BOYLE: Alexander “Sandy” J. of Strathroy

Posted by on June 24, 2017

Peacefully at his home in Strathroy on Friday, June 23, 2017 Alexander “Sandy” James Boyle passed away at the age of 74. Loving husband of Pierrette Alice Foisy for 15 years. Beloved father of Amanda Boyle (Adam) and the late Alexander Boyle. Dear grandfather of Cohen. Survived by his sisters Mary (Sam) Labram and Sheila (the late Charles) Lachman. Predeceased by his brothers Ross Boyle and Michael Boyle. Sadly missed by many extended family members. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY 519-245-1023 on Tuesday, June 27th from 1:00 pm until the time of the memorial service at 2:00 pm. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences accepted at

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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

“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 DESSON: Christine (Kisten) Marie of Stoney Creek

Posted by on May 31, 2017


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


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 Hirschfeld: Frank Emery of Watford and formerly of Sarnia

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family at Watford Quality Care Centre, on Sunday, April 3, 2017,

Frank Emery Hirschfeld passed away at the age of 88.  He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Hirschfeld and was a beloved husband of Joyce Hirschfeld.   Survived by Mable Sawula and Eldon Hirschfeld.  Predeceased by eight sisters and one brother.

Loving father of daughter Debra Frankland and son’s Tim and his wife Susan, Earl and his wife Pamela, David and his wife Donna.  He also will be missed by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at the D.J.ROBB Funeral Home and Cremation Centre  (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia).  Memorial donation in memory of Frank may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through

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Obituary of HODGINS, Brian Conrad of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on February 10, 2017

Surrounded by the love and support of his family, Brian passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2017 at home after a short courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 75. Brian was a beloved husband of 45 years to Catherine. Loving dad to Bradley (Carolina) and Stephanie (Bernie). Proud grandfather and poppa to Connor, Brendan, Teaghan and Emerson. Also left to mourn are his sisters Marlene (Fred) and Sherran (Larry) and his brother Danny. He also will be missed by his brother-in-law Ron (Toos) and his sister-in-law Roxanne (Bob). Many good friends and cousins are saddened by his passing. Brian spent his teaching career in Timmins and relocated to Cobourg upon retirement. The family deeply appreciates the efforts of Lakeridge Cancer Clinic, CCAC palliative team, and especially Dr. Webster for her pep talks. The funeral will be held on Wednesday February 15th, at 1 pm. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 388 William Street, Cobourg, Ontario. There will be visiting in the church from 12 noon – 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to pay it forward with an act of human kindness or a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences received at

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Posted by on February 9, 2017


November 21st, 1938 – February 8th, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a loving Father and Papa at the age of 78 following a brief illness at Bluewater Health Hospital Sarnia on February 8th, 2017.  Predeceased by his loving wife Monique Stringer (Deslauriers) (2003).  Father to Richard (Donald), David (Sandra), Sandra (Tom), and Tim (Echo).  Cherished Papa and fishing buddy to Matthew, John, Joshua, Jacob, Kelsey (Kevin), and Connor.  Dear brother of John (Sheila), Gordon (Susan), and Brenda.  Predeceased by his parents John and Jemima (nee Jessup), brother Joseph (Evelyn) and his sister Wilma (Larry). He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Norm retired after many years of working in the Mining Industry.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family fishing and hunting.  This very kind and generous man will be greatly missed.

Memorial and interment will be held in Lake St. Peter in the spring.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the M. S. Society.

Arrangements are entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through



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Obituary of Provot: Allan F of London Formerly of Timmins

Posted by on January 30, 2017


Provot, Allan Frederick of London, in his 87th year passed peacefully with his family at his side on December 24, 2016 at University Hospital in London, Ontario. Beloved wife of 65 years, Ruth (Welcher). Loving father of Dorothy Harris, Nancy Drexler (Ray), Bonnie Whitfield (Rob), Joyce Anderson Tesmer (Bob), Gail Kerr (John) and Rick Provot (Sue). Survived by his brothers Albert Provot and David Provot and his sister Vivian Miller. Loving Grandfather of 15 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren. Predeceased by his father Norman F Provot, Mother Kathleen Ridley, and Step Mother Helen Glass, his siblings Leeota Morse, Kathleen Madison, Alvin Provot, Daughter Ida Louise Provot, Grandson Jeramie Drexler, and son in Law Bob Harris. Al was a Korean War Vet in the US Military; he worked in the Pamour Gold Mines in Timmins Ontario and was proud owner of Al’s Pizza in Guelph, Ontario for 12 years. Al will be missed for his quiet strength, sneaky humour, predictability, love of 649 and the Toronto Blue Jays, but most of all for his limitless amounts of cookies and Christmas candy (even in July). As per his request cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. The family sincerely thanks the staff at University Hospital, London, Ontario for their outstanding care and compassion.

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Obituary of CASHABECK; Syl of Petrolia

Posted by on November 17, 2016

CASHABECK, Sylvester Vincent – Peacefulcashabeck-sylly passed away in his sleep at his home in Petrolia, Ontario on Wednesday, November 16th 2016, in his 84th year.  Beloved husband of Marilyn (nee Harris) for 55 Years.  Proud father of Tracy Ferns (Gary), Kerry Cashabeck (Carrie), and Jim Cashabeck (Chris). Loving Grandfather to Justin Ferns (Alyssa), Katie Steadman (Jeff), Taylor Ferns (Katie), and Michelle Cashabeck. Special Great-Grandfather to Jack Ferns, Haily May Steadman, and Quinn Ferns. Survived by his siblings Anna Mae Golka, Agnes Karita, Florence Richter, Michael Cashabeck, and Kenny Cashabeck. Predeceased by his parents John and Annie and siblings John, Ambrose, Eddie, and Raymond. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of Syl’s life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Needham Jay Funeral Home (519) 882-0100.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Terry Fox Foundation (   Memories, pictures and condolences may be shared online at



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Obituary of Lévesque, Émile

Posted by on October 1, 2016



Passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the age of 78. Beloved husband to Léonne Lévesque. Loving father of Mirelle ( Mélanie Fortin), Geneviève ( David Ridge), Mélanie (Tom Larmour), Paul-Émile (Elizabeth Ballman). Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Michael, Travis, Brooklyn, Olivia-Marie, Antonin and Auguste. Dear brother of Jeannine Vachon and Benoite Loreto. He will also be missed by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd. (corner of Taylor Creek Dr.), Orléans, on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., as well as on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St-Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd, Orléans on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 11 a.m. Memories or condolences may be shared at

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Obituary of CADENS: Ethan James of Winnipeg

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Ethan James Cadena, 16, died Friday, June 10th at Victoria General Hospital, with his father by his side. Ethan was born March 31st, 2000, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Jascper and Shielle Cadena. Greatly loved by all who knew him

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Obituary of FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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Obituary of Dr. Daniel Rémi St-Aubin of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on July 29, 2016

ST AUBIN, DanielA man of strength and of peace, of duty and of joy, of courage and of kindness, has completed his life’s purpose to the full measure of devotion. He died in his 85th year, on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Sudbury, Ontario, a community which he served with distinction for 50 years as a caring and gifted dentist. Throughout his life and at the moment of his death, he was comforted by his loving family, including his wife, Grace (Langlois), who was also his best friend.

He was blessed with six children with his first wife Anna-Mai (Sigouin), predeceased. He welcomed and embraced with love each of them, namely sons Grégoire (Pan), Benoît (Francine), and Roch (Denise), daughter Josette (Mark), son Jean (Jana), and daughter Danielle (Denis). His children were also his friends and he was always proud of them all. They loved and honoured him in return as did his ten grand-children, Mia, Martin (Amber), Matthieu, Magali, Caleb, Ani, Katherine, Sébastien, Sophie and Laurier, and a great grandson, Nixon. He is also mourned by his stepson Allan (Syndy) and children Colin and Neil, and stepson Rick and children Paul and Tara.

He was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1931. His father Alibert St-Aubin and mother Edna Mailloux, both predeceased, uprooted their small family in the depths of the Depression to safety in the small village of Ramore in Northern Ontario. As a young boy, Daniel grew up in a spirit of adventure and friendship, but also of service and duty rooted in faith. He was a great pal and guiding light to his brothers and sisters, namely Jérôme (predeceased), Rosalie, André, Françoise and Etienne.

Early on, he demonstrated special talents which led him to the field of health care. After moving to Sudbury where his father had been appointed a judge of the District Court, he attended the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. Upon his graduation in 1955 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he returned to Sudbury to open his dental practice. He pioneered paediatric dental anaesthesia in his community.

Along with his associates he founded the Sudbury Dental Group, an innovative 18 operatory room dental clinic in the heart of downtown Sudbury. He served his profession as President of the Sudbury Dental Association, but he most of was of service to thousands of patients with his conscientious and healing care. He was recognized for his life’s work when the Ontario Dental Association bestowed upon him its Award of Merit in 2001.

He was passionate about the outdoors and nature, and enjoyed snowmobiling and hunting, as well as spending time with his loved ones at Fairbanks and Agnew Lake, and trekking with great delight with his buddies to the “Où la Hache” hunting club.

He was proud of his Franco-Ontarian heritage and devoted himself to the good works of the Richelieu Club. Daniel was also gifted with a beautiful voice, and he took great joy in being part of La Chorale du Centenaire under the direction of Pascal Sabourin.

There was very little he could not accomplish with those massive hands of his, from very competent carpentry to remarkable works of art, with no task beneath him when it was of help to others. After his retirement in 2005, the sight of those hands gently caressing his beloved cats Coquette and Jerry was always heart-warming.

People trusted Daniel, as he was truly trustworthy. They enjoyed the sunshine of his smile and the warmth of his friendship. And they valued the guidance of his graceful wisdom.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Cooperative Funéraire de Sudbury, a community based funeral home which he served as President. Cremation has taken place. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation. But a Mass will be lovingly celebrated on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10.30 am at l’église Sainte Anne des Pins, the church he cherished and helped to restore as a treasured place of faith when it was destroyed by fire. His friends Father J.P. Jolicoeur to whom special thanks are addressed and Deacon Marcel Lefebvre, along with Father Lajeunesse, will officiate.

Internment will take place at the Sudbury Civic Cemetery after the Celebration, followed by a reception at the Sainte Anne des Pins reception hall. Donations to the St. Gabriel Villa in Chelmsford via the St Joseph Foundation of Sudbury would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

There will be tears, but these will not only be shed in sorrow. They will most certainly also be in profound gratitude for the gift of this loving man’s wonderful life among us.















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Obituary of TROTTIER, Roger of Val Caron, ON

Posted by on July 29, 2016

TROTTIER, RogerThe family announces with great sorrow his passing at the Elizabeth Centre, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the age of 76 years. Son of the late Laurette (née Brunet) and the late Côme Trottier. Dear brother of Rodolphe (Gisèle) of Kapuskasing, Louise Borkovich (Michael) of Sudbury and Réjean of Chelmsford. Predeceased by his sisters Yollande and Lorraine. Lovingly remembered by his niece Renée and by his nephews Jean (Natalie), Michel (Pauline), Daniel (Kelley) and Matthew. Roger and his father opened up Trottier Raceway in Blezard Valley in 1961. He later continued as a driver and trainer at Sudbury Downs. He was also a school bus driver for over 30 years and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4691 RR 15, Chelmsford, Friday, April 22, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church, Blezard Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lung Association can be made by cheque or online at

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Obituary of BELL, Clayton W. of Teeswater

Posted by on July 25, 2016

387_clayt_bellClayton William “Clayt” Bell of Teeswater, passed away at Wingham and District Hospital on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at the age of 65.

Beloved husband of Susan Kraemer-Bell (née Hamilton) of Teeswater.

Loving father of Trevor Bell (Hazel) of Teeswater, Tamra Goetz (Kevin) of Mildmay and Todd Hamilton (Deb) of Teeswater.

Deeply missed by his grandchildren, Heather Bell (fiancé Tanis O’Connell), Trent Bell (friend Anna Darling), Taylor Goetz, Dawson Goetz, Darby Goetz, Avrie Goetz and Carmen Hamilton.

Dear brother and brother-in-law of Robert Bell (Barb) of Hanover, Marilyn Buffo of Kincardine and Ron Weiss (Betty) of Seaforth.

Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and by members of the Hamilton and Duck families.

Predeceased by his son Moe Kraemer, parents, Albert and Hazel (née Donaldson) Bell, sisters Betty Moulton (Bill) and Audrey Weiss, brother-in-law John Buffo and father and mother-in-law George and Eileen Hamilton.

Clayt was very active in the Teeswater community. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years, a member of municipal council, former Fire Chief with the Teeswater Culross Fire Department and a part of the music group the Swamp Stompers.

A celebration to honour Clayt’s life will take place at the Teeswater Culross Community Centre (19 Marcy Street East), Teeswater on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with remembrances shared at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teeswater Culross Firefighters Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at

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Obituary of VAN HECK, Lisa of Alvinston and formerly of Glencoe

Posted by on July 17, 2016

LisaAt her home in Alvinston, on Friday, July 15, 2016, Lisa Julie Van Heck formerly of Glencoe passed away in her 53rd year. Lisa is survived by her boyfriend Ken Kucera, Proud mother of Jordan Van Heck and Austin Van Heck (Sarah Lilley). Loving daughter of Raili and the late George Helmer. Dear sister of Karen (John) Dama and Wayne (Tina) Helmer and the late Eric Helmer. Aunt of Jennifer (Justin) Raffoul, Curtis, Kaitlin Ryckman and Dale Helmer and great-aunt of Johnathan, Julianna, Lucas and Aleaha. Fondly remembered by the Kucera family. Relatives and friends will be received at the Van Heck Funeral Home, 172 Symes Street, Glencoe on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles Garnier Church, 244 Stella Ave, Glencoe, Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. D. Matthew Bedard officiating. Private interment Erie Memorial Gardens, Leamington. Memorial donations may be made to the Sunshine

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