Obituary of HODGINS, Craig of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on February 13, 2019

HODGINS – At his home, on Monday, February 11, 2019. Craig Steven Hodgins of Woodstock, in his 49th year. Beloved husband of Lynn Sweeney-Hodgins. Loving father of Saige Susan and Aeryn Ruby Hodgins and step father to Kyrson Evelyn Hazen. Cherished son of George and Susan Hodgins and son-in-law of Rod and Jane Blonde and Larry & Susan Sweeney. Dear grandson of Dorothy Fortner (late Clive) and the late Aaron & Ruby Hodgins. Predeceased by his brother Patrick Aaron Hodgins (2007) (Danielle) and their daughters Destiny & Jessica Hodgins. Will be sadly missed by his sister-in-law Sara Sweeney (Rob Johnson), and brother-in-law Bruce Gray (Sandra). Loving uncle to Jordan & Matt DeKraauw and Madilyn Gray. Predeceased by his niece Emily Gray (2004). Friends are invited to join the family at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock, 519-537-3611 on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. As per Craig’s wishes, cremation will take place and a Celebration of Craig’s Life will take place at Ody’s Restaurant, Quality Inn, 580 Bruin Blvd., Woodstock on Sunday, February 17, 2019 between 2-5 p.m. For those who wish to share memories of Craig, you will be invited to do so at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or an Education Fund for his children (to be arranged) would be appreciated. Personal condolences at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of RUSSELL, Captain Marie, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on February 11, 2019

RUSSELL, Captain Elsie “Marie” (nee Bilbie) – Promoted to Glory with her family by her side at VON Sakura House on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the age of 83. Beloved wife of the late Captain William “Bill” Russell (2016). Loving mother of Peggy Oldham (Roy) of St. Thomas, Tom Russell (Lois) of Woodstock and Bill Russell (Maureen) of Banff, Alberta. Proud grandmother of her 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Dear sister of June Lecour of Toronto. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Mae Bilbie (nee Cordy) and her sister Evelyn Browne. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church, 769 Juliana Drive, Woodstock with Major Mark Dalley officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 -12:45 p.m. Interment will follow in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VON – Sakura House or the Salvation Army Church – Woodstock. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.

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Obituary of BENSON, Dave of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on February 4, 2019

BENSON Dave – Passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the age of 56. Dear son of Ellen Benson of Woodstock. Beloved partner of Maxine Love of Woodstock. Sadly missed by his brother Robert Benson (April) of Woodstock and his sister Janet Hopkins (Mel) of Hamilton. Fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews, and extended family. A memorial visitation will be held at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519-537-3611), on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 4-6 pm. If desired, memorial donations can be made to Oxford County Animal Rescue, and would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of Moggach, Robin of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on February 4, 2019

MOGGACH, Robin – Passed away at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Dear wife of the late Doug Moggach (2005). Loving mother of Gary Moggach and his wife Cheryl of Tillsonburg and Gayle Moggach of Woodstock. Grandmother of Jeff Moggach (Christine Anderson) of Tillsonburg and Scott Moggach (Connie Pitre) of Courtland and GiGi to Cameron Moggach of Woodstock and Austin Moggach of Mount Bridges. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice and would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611). Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of DESMAREST, Al, of Woodstock and formerly of Drumbo, ON

Posted by on February 4, 2019

Demarest – Peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Alphonse “Al” Demarest of Woodstock and formerly of Drumbo in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Julienne Demarest (nee Bossy). Loved father of Robert (Penny) Demarest, Shirley (Ian) Drever and Nancy (Scott) MacDonald. Dear grandfather of Jeremy (Sarah) Demarest, Tawnyah Demarest, Cameron and Hillarie Drever and great grandfather of Madelyn and Weston Demarest. Cherished brother of Roger (Janet) Demarest, Rachel (late John) Lang and sister-in-laws Julia Demarest and Judie Demarest. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Alphonse was predeceased by his daughter Katherine Demarest and his siblings Harry Demarest, Wilfred Demarest and Ronald Demarest. Al was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Tillsonburg Legion, and the Woodstock Navy Club. Friends will be received at SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, (519-537-3611) on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 1-4pm and 7-9pm with Parish Prayers taking place at 6:30pm in the chapel. The Funeral Mass will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10am with Father Jude Ogbenna presiding. A spring interment will take place at the Drumbo Cemetery. Contributions to the VON – Sakura House or Holy Trinity Catholic Parish – Building Fund would be appreciated. Personal condolences at www.smithleroy.com

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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 celebration of life service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) at a later date.  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 SCHNARE, Phoebe of Brampton and formerly of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 29, 2019

 

SCHNARE, Phoebe – Passed away at Brampton Civic Hospital, Brampton on Friday, January 25, 2019 in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Barry Schnare (2011). Loving mother of Cindy Patella (Saverio), William Schnare, Timothy Schnare (Manuela), Kathy Callihoo, Sandra Schnare and the late John Michael Schnare and the late Barry Schnare Jr. Also remembered by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Sister of Bert Taylor of Woodstock, Lelia Hodgson of Kitchener, and Joan Stephenson of Huntsville. Survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family. Predeceased by her parents Charles and Nina (nee Sharpe) Taylor and her sister Gail Lichti.
The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2 pm with Pastor David Snihur. Interment will take place in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Operation Sharing. (Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611). Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of HOOPER, McCormick “Mac” of Woodstock, ON. and formerly of Pelee Island, ON.

Posted by on January 25, 2019

HOOPER, McCORMICK “MAC” – The family of McCormick “Mac” Elroy Hooper, 95, of Pelee Island, sadly accept Mac’s passing on January 24, 2019. Mac will be missed by his brother Zane, daughter Hallie (Jim), grandchildren Amy (Ben), Ryan (Anna) and Sean and his great-grandchildren, Elana, Nate, Emily, and Evan, who brought him special pleasure. Mac lived his life on the Great Lakes. His childhood summers were spent on Old Hen Island where his parents were caretakers of the Quinnenbog Club. His first job was stoking coal on the Pelee Boat. Then he signed on to sail with Great Lakes freighters and over time earned his third, second and first mate’s papers and finally his Master of Inland Waters certificate. For many years he and his family ran a ferry service between Leamington and Pelee, first with their boat the Avon and later with the MV Leamington. Zane once commented that Mac could handle a boat better than anyone he knew. For a lifetime Mac enjoyed collecting stamps, discussing politics, and reading. His favourite book A Tale of Two Cities, ends with the quote “It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” At Mac’s request, there will be no funeral service but cremation and internment in Pelee Island Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519-537-3611). Donations in Mac’s memory may be made to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of NADER, James “Jimmy” of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 25, 2019

NADER, JAMES “Jim, Jimmy” – Passed away peacefully on Saturday January 12th, 2019 at his home in Woodstock in his 75th year. Husband of 46 years to Elaine, father to Bronwyn (Sean Taylor), and “Gedo”—his proudest and most treasured role in life—to Chloe and Connor. Jim is also survived by brother Byron and family, and predeceased by his parents. Cremation has taken place and arrangements have been entrusted to the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock. (519-537-3611). Those wishing to pay their respects and share some time and memories with the family are invited to an informal Memorial Open House, to be held on Friday, January 18th between 1:00 and 4:00pm at 53 Vansittart Avenue, Woodstock—a place he loved. Jim will be dearly missed. If desired, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to your charity of choice. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of VIRTUE, Robert “Bob” of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 25, 2019

VIRTUE, Robert “Bob” William (January 18, 1939 – January 11, 2019) – Bob was proud of his heritage as a farmer in Oxford County. He had lived and worked the family farm that had passed from his great grandfather, grandfather, and father. After over a century of family ownership, Bob eventually left the farm on Parkinson Rd. and settled in Woodstock where he passed away suddenly at his residence.
Beloved husband of Wilmoth Virtue (nee Traut). Survived by his daughter Annette Virtue of Richmond Hill. Dear son of Verdun Virtue (nee Hutchison). Sadly missed by his siblings Bruce Virtue (Bonnie) of Woodstock, Blanche Makins of Waterloo, Betty Cameron of Kitchener, Jean Robinson (George) of Courtland and Jack Virtue of Sterling. Predeceased by his son Bobby Virtue (1993), his father Hilton C. Virtue, and brothers Jim Virtue and Hilton Virtue. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will take place at a later date in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519-537-3611). If desired, donations can be made to the Woodstock General Hospital Foundation. Personal condolences can be sent at www.smithleroy.com.

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Obituary of YOUNG, Doug of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 25, 2019

YOUNG – Peacefully, at his residence on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, John Douglas “Doug” Young of Woodstock, in his 74th year. Loving father of Krista Young, Victoria Young (John), Carlene McLeish (Martin). Grandfather of Anna and George. Beloved spouse of Lynda Ferguson and her family Michael Ferguson (Trish), Corey Ferguson (Kirsten), and granddaughter, Emily. Doug will be remembered by his siblings, Larry Young (Diane), Kenny Young (Sandy) and Donnie Young (Carry), Faye Irwin, Lynda Reid (John), and June Cutting (Gerry). Doug is predeceased by his wife Anna Young, (1990), his parents Sterling and Elnora (Greensides) Young and siblings Sterling Young and Leon Young. If desired, memorial donations in memory of Doug may be made to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON., 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of MILLER, Rosemary of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on January 13, 2019

MILLER, Rosemary “Rose” – Passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Woodstock Hospital at the age of 80. Beloved wife of Ken Miller of Woodstock. Loving mother of Cathy Miller of Woodstock and Jim Miller (Crystal Armbrust) of St. Catharines. Grandmother of Amy Miller, Alex Livingston, and Heather Armbrust Miller. Sadly missed by her brother Bill Thompson (Marjorie). Rose will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews Cheryl West (Dave), Don Thompson (Sylvia Grieco), Diana Dziadura (Mark) and Marianne McQueen (Dan). Predeceased by her parents and sisters-in-law Marian Thompson and Jean Campbell (late Jim).
The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, and again on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 12 pm – 12:45 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell Street, Woodstock, where the complete funeral service will follow at 1 pm with Rev. Mark McLennan. Cremation to follow with inurnment of ashes in Hillview Cemetery in the spring. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to VON Sakura House, VON Oxford, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Knox Presbyterian Church. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of GRAY, Ruth of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on January 3, 2019

 

GRAY, Ruth Viola – Passed away at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Ruth Gray (Lowes) of Woodstock at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Douglas Gray. Dear mother of Doris Macedo and Madeliene Gray. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren Craig and wife Laurie, their son Abel, Tammy and husband Darren, their children Eric, Tye, Evan, Adam and Colin, Charlotte. Survived by brothers LeRoy, Jim and Larry. A graveside service will be held at New Durham Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Oxford would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street, Woodstock, ON., 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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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 DALLA POZZA, Giuseppe of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on January 2, 2019

 

DALLA POZZA, Giuseppe “Joe”- Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at the Woodstock Hospital on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the age of 89. Beloved husband for 57 years to Ines (Nadalin). Loving father of Alex and his wife Nadine, Mary, and her husband Paul Hill. Nonno Beppi to Katie and Sarah Dalla Pozza, Andrew, Lucas, and Jacob Hill. Survived by several nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in law. Predeceased by his siblings Gino, Sandro, Ida, Gina, and Marisa.
The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Parish prayers at 7:45 pm Friday. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10 am with Fr. Jude Ogbenna as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church Building Fund or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of CORKISH, JANET of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on January 2, 2019

CORKISH, Janet – Passed away suddenly at her residence on Friday, December 21, 2018, Janet Dorothy Corkish (nee Wilson) of Woodstock at the age of 84. Her husband, James Corkish predeceased her on December 18, 2003. Loving mother of David (Ruth) of Ingersoll, Linda (Donald Nace) of Woodstock and Sandra (David Clare) of Woodstock. Grandmother of Derek, Alicia, Melanie, Adam, Matthew, Ryan, Courtney, Aaron, Amy, and Katie. Great grandmother and step great grandmother of Lexie, Dallas, Zach, Zoe, Makaila, Austin, Ryley, Aaliayah, and Tayshaun. Sadly missed by her brother Tom Wilson (Diane) of British Columbia and sister Joan Varey (late Ron) of Stratford. She was the daughter of the late John and Edna (nee Bates) Wilson. A private family service will be held at SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON (519-537-3611). Cremation followed by interment of ashes in the Anglican Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of McClelland, Sharon of Norwich, ON

Posted by on December 17, 2018

McClelland, Sharon- Passed away suddenly at her residence on Friday, December 14, 2018, Sharon Annie McClelland (nee Sims) of Norwich at the age of 71. Beloved wife of the late Arthur McClelland who predeceased her in 2011. Fiancé of Wayne Nix of Norwich. Loving mother of Larry Wilks Jr. (Victoria) of Latchford and Juanita Wilks (Tom) of Embro. Grandma of Josee (Dave), Shayla, Mykayla (John), Riley (Sara) and step grandma of Deidre and Bethany (Tyler). Great grandma of Chloe, Ivy, Isaac, Sophie, McKenna, Jaxson, Halen, and Thayer. Sadly missed by her brother Grant Sims of Tillsonburg. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family. Predeceased by her parents Roy and Anna (nee Burrows) Sims, her sister Eleanor Sims and brother Tom Sims. The family will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock (519-537-3611) on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1 pm. Interment will follow in the Norwich Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Diabetes Association, SPCA or the Canadian Hearing Society. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of ARDEN, Sheila of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on December 14, 2018

ARDEN, Sheila – Passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Sheila Arden of Woodstock at the age of 73. She was born on November 2, 1945 in Stockport, England and came to Canada with her family in October of 1953. She was the daughter of the late John and Georgina (nee Farnsworth) Arden. Loving sister of Dorothy Fordham of Woodstock and Geoffrey Mark Arden (Karen Gray) of Woodstock. She will be missed by her nephews Jeremy, Nathan (Lisa), John (Stacy) and Chris (Tracy) and her niece Tammy (DJ) as well as her grandnephews Elliott, Devon, Kaiden, Keean and Desmond, grandnieces Serena, Kira, and Dana. Predeceased by her brother-in-law Brian Fordham (2014). A memorial visitation will be held at Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519) 537-3611 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. A funeral liturgy will follow in the chapel at 12 noon with Fr. Dariusz Jagodzinski. Interment of ashes in St. Mary’s Cemetery. If desired, the family asks donations be made to Cancer Society, Diabetes Foundation or the Woodstock Hospital. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of HODGSON, Dean Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on December 13, 2018

HODGSON, DEAN: Dean Joseph Hodgson was born in the Sarnia General Hospital, the son of Jack M. and Blanche (Rollins) Hodgson on August 7th, 1933 and passed away on December 12th, 2018. Dean considered himself the Maple Leafs #1 fan. He also closely followed the Blue Jays, Lions and Tigers. Dean loved to skate and did so into his 80’s, walk, read and debate (about anything). Agriculture was his vocation and he farmed his own land from 1960 – 1990 but continued his interest in agriculture and drainage, especially Lambton County and the Rainy River District to the very end.

As a young man Dean worked with Marshall and Milway, Ontario Land Surveyors and felt the basics he learned in those years guided him through the many pursuits he followed in the rest of his life. Dean was involved in farm drainage for over 40 years (1962 – 2004) as an owner, operator and drainage inspector. Draining the land and solving problems was a passion. Farming, drainage and friendly people were the focus of his life and he attempted to enjoy every minute of every day. Dean always enjoyed the simpler things in life and so, as he said, “luckily never required much money”, though he never married he was always happy with whatever he had. Some of his happiest years (and toughest) were spent on his Emo cattle farm in the Rainy River District between 1978 and 1990 while paying 22% interest. At Emo he also served as municipal Drainage Superintendent for eight municipalities and enjoyed working with Councils and farm groups. Dean was also involved with Emo minor hockey for several years. During these years in the Rainy River District he often said he worked with, “some of the finest people in the world” who made even the cattle business seem enjoyable.

In his later years he was the author of several small books on Lambton County history. He considered himself an amateur historian and was a member of the Lambton County Historical Society for several years and the recently formed Sarnia Historical Society.

Dean was predeceased by his parents Jack (1974) and Blanche (1987), brother-in-law Ray Tomlin (2000), his brother John Hodgson (2012) and sister Donna Hodgson (2018). He is survived by two sisters Della Tomlin of Sarnia and Judith and her husband Geoff Sutherland of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by Shelley, David and Dean Sutherland along with several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family wishes to thank the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care and a special thanks to Jim Maw for all the help he provided us at this time”

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Obituary of KOWALSKI, Bronislawa of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on December 11, 2018

 

KOWALSKI, Bronislawa “Bernice” – Passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Woodstock Hospital, Bronislawa Kowalski (nee Adamczyk) at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Antoni Kowalski who predeceased her in 1980. Dear mother of Alanea Kowalski (Dave Silcox) of France, and Jolanta Kowalski of Scarborough. Loving grandmother of Logan Kowalski-Smith. Bernice is survived by her sister Helena and nephew Henry and his family. Bronislawa was orphaned by the age of 10 and went through WW2 with her sister when they were just teens. After time in a German internment camp they made their way to England where she met a charming and attractive Polish man and they had two girls Alanea, and Jolanta before eventually settling in Canada.
From Alanea and Jolanta: Sadly, our mom was widowed too young but she was the strongest woman we’ve ever known. She was funny, smart, and attractive. You couldn’t win an argument with her but we tried! We always knew she loved us. We will miss her, but hoping she is somewhere dancing and laughing with our dad after so many years apart makes us feel a bit better. Our family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 11-11:45 am. A funeral liturgy will be held in the chapel at noon, with Fr. Dariusz Jagodzinski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The family would like to thank the nurses in the CCU and Palliative care at Woodstock General Hospital for their amazing care and compassion during this difficult time. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of ENGLISH, Wm. Stanley, of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on December 10, 2018
 

 

ENGLISH, Wm. Stanley – Passed away surrounded by his loving family at Sakura House, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. William Stanley English of Woodstock, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen (nee Ostrander). Dear father of Jan Tuffnail (Robert), Pamela Geddes (David), Mark English (Cheryl) and dear step father of the late Michael Broadfoot (2018)(Rita), Jane Broadfoot and Lisa Broadfoot (Grant Pye). Loved grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Celeste Funmerton (late Neil). Pre-deceased by his first wife, Barbara English (nee Malpage) (1988). As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. If desired and in lieu of flowers, donations to VON Sakura House or the ALS Society would be appreciated and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock, (519-537-3611). Personal condolences at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of REID, Linda of Corunna

Posted by on December 10, 2018

REID, LINDA – On December 9, 2018, Linda Grace (Lewis) Reid, age 78 of Corunna passed away. She was the dear wife of Michael Reid and the loving mother of the late Christopher Reid (2009). She is also survived by her brothers Cam and John Lewis and sister in law Suzanne and Tom Bouskil. Several cousins also survive. Linda taught with the Lambton County School Board and had retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. Private cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made in memory of Linda to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

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

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

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

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of SIEBER: Merv of Norwich and formerly of Fonthill, ON

Posted by on December 7, 2018

SIEBER, Merv – Passed away with his family by his side at VON Sakura House on Monday, December 3, 2018, Mervyn “Merv” Sieber of Norwich, formerly of Fonthill in his 85th year.  Loving husband of Nancy Sieber (nee McLellan).  Loving father of Sandra Bowles (Mike Sitland) of Halifax, Michael Sieber (Sue) of Dartmouth, and Carol Dean (James) of Norwich.   Merv will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danielle and Joshua Dean, Jennifer and Jason Sieber, and Jonathan Bowles. Fondly remembered by his step sisters Pat Morris of Hanover and Pauline Morris of Weymouth, Nova Scotia.  Also survived my many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Predeceased by his parents Roy and Viola (nee Spears) Sieber, and sister Deanne.  A celebration of life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell St. Woodstock on December 15, 2018 at 11 am.   The family asks that donations in memory of Merv, be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, VON Sakura House, or the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611).    Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of VAN DE CAPPELLE: Emery “Roger”

Posted by on December 7, 2018

VAN DE CAPPELLE, Emery “Roger”- Passed away at Spruce Lodge, Stratford on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Valentine “Val” Van De Cappelle (nee De Coene) who predeceased him in 2012. Dear father and father-in-law of Allan Van De Cappelle (late Karen), (Karry) of Princeton, Victor Van De Cappelle and his wife Judi of Woodstock, late JoAnne Bunker (2016), her husband William of Oshawa, Martel Baran and her husband Ronald of Princeton, David Van De Cappelle (Sandra) of Brantford, and Robert Van De Cappelle and his wife Patricia of Princeton.  He will be sadly missed by his 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Cecilia Antonissen and her husband Jerry of Aylmer and Mary Dumouchel (late Leon 2009) of Woodstock.  Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family.   Predeceased by his parents Archille and Martha (nee De Clerck) Van De Cappelle, his sister Alice De Coene and her husband Edgard.    The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.    A Funeral Liturgy will be held in the chapel on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 1 pm with Fr. Jude Ogbenna.  Interment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.  A reception will be held at the Centennial Hall, Princeton following the interment. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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