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 PROULX, Steven “Steve”

Posted by on May 29, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Steven on May 28, 2018 at 33 years of age. Adored and cherished son of Jacqueline Roy-Proulx and Daniel Proulx. Beloved brother of Pascale and Jean-François “John”.  Steve will be sadly missed by family, friends, co-workers and numerous clients.  He was a hard-working and devoted business partner of Seguin Appliances. Steve was an avid coin collector, basketball fan and sailing enthusiast.  He graduated from L’Essor High School in 2003 and went on to complete his bachelors of Electrical Engineering at the University of Windsor in 2007.

If you so desire, donations to the Epilepsy Support Centre of Southwestern Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

Visitation Friday, June 1st, 2018 from 2 – 5 pm & 7 – 9 pm.  Funeral service Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 10am at FAMILIES FIRST, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Procession to St. Simon & St. Jude Cemetery (1730 Highway 42, Belle River, ON). Share memories, photos or make a donation at


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Obituary of MIAN: Nadia of Montreal Formerly of Pakistan, Toronto, Sherbrooke

Posted by on April 17, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Nadia Hania Mian on Monday, March 2nd, 2018, in just her 34th year on this earth. We take great comfort in knowing that her last days were filled with extreme joy and the opportunity to spend the long weekend with her family spent his last day extremely happy. She is the loving wife of husband Safdar Haripur and mother of Yasir and Ayyan Haripur. Memorial donations to the Islamic Relief Fund in her name would be appreciated.

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Obituary of CHARBY: Darlene, of RR3, Shedden, Ontario (Frome)

Posted by on January 8, 2018

CHARBY, Darlene, of RR3, Shedden (Frome), passed away at her residence on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in her 55th year.  Partner of Gerald “Jed” Rycroft.  Daughter of Vera Charby and the late John Davis (1987).  Mother of Kimberlee Palmer (Mike Leroux), and Crystal Palmer (Darcy MacLeod), and grandmother of Hayley Palmer, Mikayla Leroux, Dallas MacLeod, and Kane MacLeod.  Sister of Kathleen “Kay” Campbell (Andrew), Donald “Joe” Gauvin (Joan Duclos), Danny Gauvin, and Benny Gauvin (Peggy Pettigrew).  Also remembered by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Darlene was born in Magog, Québec on August 27, 1963.  She formerly worked as a hostess at Tim Hortons, 995 Talbot St., St. Thomas.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Darlene’s life will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Friday, January 12th at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.  Relatives and friends will be received prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined. Memorial donations to Pets/Friends for Life or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of DAY: Gwendolyn of Mill Bay

Posted by on August 19, 2017


Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6

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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 GAUTHIER: Anabelle of Montreal

Posted by on September 6, 2016


Taken from us too soon, a beautiful, kind, and smart daughter, sister, and friend. Anabelle battled with depression from a very young age. She lost the war in her mind but she will always be remembered in our hearts. Private ceremony to be held on June 22nd. If you would like to make a contribution, please donate to a mental health organization.

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Obituary of Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Obituary of HORNER: Marjorie Eileen of Truro, Nova Scotia

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Marjorie Eileen (Midge) Horner

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Marjorie Eileen ‘Midge’ Horner (nee Little), on March 29, 2016, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, Nova Scotia, aged 85 years.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on July 24, 1930, our Mom was the eldest child of the late Dr. Perley and Eileen (MacKinlay) Little. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Norval (Bill) Horner in 2003, she is survived by her four children: Deborah Elliott, Truro, David (Bianca) of Halifax, Dan (Sharon) of Shortts Lake, Nova Scotia and Douglas (Melinda) of Iqaluit, Nunavut; nine grandchildren: Miranda (nee Elliott) (Chris) Bates and Morgan (Becky Lavers) Elliott, both of Truro, William (Netherlands) and Bryce (Bedford) Horner, Sam and Emma Horner, both of Toronto, Ontario and Louisa, Lauren and Luella Horner in Iqaluit all of whom she loved dearly and was inordinately proud. ‘SuperNana’ will be sorely missed by her adored great-grandchildren Matilda and Beatrice Bates and Charlie and Piper Elliott who enjoyed their trips to visit her at the big house up on the hill.

Midge is also survived by her only brother Jim (Joanne) Little, Londonderry and her youngest sister Judy Little (Doug Pilon), Carrolls Corner, Nova Scotia, brothers-in-law Keith Horner, Shawville, PQ and Donald Dods, Shawville, PQ and Bedford, NS and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Joan Potter and Katherine Grainger, sisters-in-law Lois Elliott, Mayfred Dods, Shirley Horner and brothers-in-law Hal Grainger, Dr. Bruce Horner and Fred Elliott.

Not only a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, our Mom was tireless in her participation in her community and as a member of many organizations, clubs and committees, most recently the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary, the Colchester Historeum, the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. Working to benefit the hospital, Mom spent many years volunteering for the annual Hubbub and ultimately as convener of that event in 2005. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at the Historeum as a hostess and helping to develop displays, especially when they featured the Marigold Guild, as it did through ‘An Exhibit of Needlework’ in 2006.

The Marigold Guild of Needle Arts was our mother’s brainchild (and at times we teased, her greatest love). Gathering 42 women into her home in 1983 and using her subtle determination, she was able to create the Truro Chapter of the EAC. Thirty three years of ‘stitch ins’ later, it is still an active and vibrant Guild. To roughly quote a Guild member, Mom was the founder and always the driving force behind the MGNA, serving as the first President and twenty-eight years later offering to fill that vacant position again, even as health challenges slowed her down. She has served in most, if not all, the executive positions and committee leads and continued to fill a key role even as her debilitating health stopped her from creating her own true masterpieces. Mom was instrumental in encouraging the Guild’s annual retreat which began in 1989 and continues to this day and she was the originator of the idea of the ‘Tapestry of Historic Truro: 1875-1925’, leading that project through some 2000 hours from inception to its unveiling at the then Colchester Historical Society Museum in 1997. Designated a ‘Master Craftsman in Pulled Thread’ by the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, our modest mother was surprised and honoured to be awarded the EAC national honour service pin in 2011 in recognition of her lifelong promotion of the art.

Following us to school and athletic events, ski hills and riding rings, she encouraged and was always our greatest fan. Mom loved to travel and our annual ski trips, family reunions and other trips afar with our father, family and friends were enjoyed immensely and summers at Shortts Lake were a major part of our lives.

Our mother was a lady of the old school, always maintaining a grace, conviction and determination that belied her unpretentious demeanor. She was our foundation and our confidant. In her quiet, selfless way, she loved and directed each of us through the paths that life took us, always there, always supportive and always encouraging. She was unique in her relationships with each of us and loyal to our individualities, sometimes recognizing our value when we ourselves may not. She rejoiced in our successes and commiserated in our losses. We loved her absolutely.

We would like to extend a special recognition to Eileen Tooker, Mom’s friend and companion, who allowed Mom to continue to enjoy life with less restraint than her disabilities in recent times would normally have allowed.

We wish to thank Dr. Andrea Faryniuk and the entire staff of the 2nd floor surgical wing of the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre for their patient and compassionate care over this last year.

As was our mother’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal or religious service. Instead, an informal gathering in fond remembrance will be held on April 3, 2016 in the Birch Room at the Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm for all those that may wish to attend.

No flowers by request. In Memoriam, donations may be made to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Surgical Unit, the Colchester East Hants Health Care Centre, the Colchester Historeum or the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts. Thank you.

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Obituary of Markevich: Thomas (Tom) of Sherbrooke Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on December 2, 2015

images-4Thomas Markevich formerly of Winnipeg, passed away in Sherbrooke Quebec, on Friday November 6, 2015.
He will be missed by his wife Else, daughters, Leslie (Jim Thorne) and Lisa (Jason Tietz) and son Jonathan (Tina), and grandchildren, Karl and Breanna. He is survived by his brother Herb Markevich of Calgary and his sister Betty Mitzok of Winnpeg and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, Cancer Society or Maison Aube Lumiere (Palliative Care Unit). Website:

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Obituary of WISSELL, Rodolphe of Stittsville, ON

Posted by on February 15, 2015

WISSELL, RodolpheThe family announces with great sorrow his passing in Ottawa on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the age of 81 years. Husband of the late Marcelle (née Rail) Wissell. Beloved father of Jean-Marie Wissell (Christine) of Sault Ste-Marie, Bruno Wissell (Michele) of Ottawa and André Wissell of Sherbrooke. Dear brother of Dea (Jacqueline), Jeanette Brisson (Lionel), Agnes Lafreniere (Gilbert) and Claude (Claudette). Predeceased by Raoul (Rae), Ovide (Pauline), Eglantine Poulin (Armand), Gérald (Alma), Jeanne D’Arc Specht (Al) and Richard (Brenda). In keeping with his wishes there will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held on Saturday the 31st of January at 2:30 pm at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury. It will be followed by a reception at the funeral home. Donations (by cheque only) to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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Obituary of Bourassa: Georgette Colombe: of Sarnia

Posted by on November 1, 2014

At Bluewater Health Georgette C. Bourassa of Sarnia Age 95 passed away peacefully. Beloved mother to Dana Fay Bourassa, Lynn Rejeanne Bantam, Fay Theresa Popen (Denis), Lise Florida Horne, Gena Bourassa, Steve Regent Bourassa (Sue).  Will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Audrey Roberts, Denise Trojen, Stephanie Cumming, Julie Seguin, Jeremy Bartelen, Amanda Ribera, Rebecca Deaville. Loving Great Grandmother to: Erica Bantam, Kristin Bantam, Haylee Seguin, Zayden Chipman, Danielle Trojen, Carrissa Moscone, Kelsie Roberts, Spencer Roberts, Gregory Roberts, Rocky Ribera. Dearest Great Great Grandmother to: Maxx Bantam-Michaud, Liberty Bantam- Michaud, Trenton Rogers, Willow Rogers, Gunner Bantam, Kennith Mckellar, Iszabella Mckellar.  Pre deceased by her husband Alfred Bourassa (1996), Frank Bantam (2001) Jean- Jacques (Rita), Conrad Pre deseeded (Claire), Rejean (Diane) her sister Denise Goulet. Will be missed by her brothers Albert Goulet Pre deceased (Juliette), D’Assise (Lise) Florian, Therese Bernard Pre deceased (Nicole), Gilles.  Greatly missed by her sister Paulette Domaine Pre deceased (Leo).  Sorely missed by numerous family members on both sides. Georgette was a multitalented person and would strive to do everything she could. She excels at anything that was possible. But most of all she did everything for her family they meant the world to her. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE.

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Obituary of DREWETT, Gordon (Gordie) of Montreal and Spencerville

Posted by on August 5, 2014

83, of Montreal, Quebec, passed away surrounded by the love of his family, at his new residence in Spencerville, Ontario on August 4th, 2014.

Gordie was husband, best friend and soul-mate to his beloved wife Anne, (Chadwick), best father ever to his two daughters Joanne and Debbie, (Mullaly) and proud grandfather to Kevin and Colin.

Salesman, business owner, (YMAC Agencies), entrepreneur, past president of the Kinsmen Club N.D.G., Councilor for the Town of Hudson, (16 years), “King” of all sports and most importantly, “Hero” to his family.

Gordon will be sadly missed, an insurmountable loss for family and friends but a priceless gain for heaven.

At Gordon’s request, there will be no funeral services.  If you wish, donations can be made in his memory at Prostate Cancer Canada,  1-888-255-0333

Heartfelt thanks to the Lakeshore General, Jewish General, Dr. Thomas, Brockville CCAC, Brockville Bayshore Nurses, Brockville Red Cross PSWs and the Palliative Care Team at Brockville General for their excellent and compassionate care.

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Obituary of JOHNSTON, (Jones) Eleanor Frances of Brockville

Posted by on July 18, 2014


Eleanor Johnston MFJOHNSTON (Jones) Eleanor Frances

1920 – 2014

Passed away at the Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville on Saturday July 12th, 2014.  Eleanor (Jones) Johnston aged 93 years.  Beloved wife of the late Ben Johnston.  She will be greatly missed by her sisters Phyllis White and Kathleen Young, many nieces, nephews and friends.  Predeceased by parents Harry and Phoebe (Isherwood) Jones, sister Phoebe (George), brothers Harry (Dot), Jim (Louise), Wilfred (Joan), Alfred (Rose), brother-in-laws Rod and Bert.  We would like to give many thanks to the great staff and doctors at Sherwood Park Manor for the excellent care they gave to Eleanor.

Family and friends will be received at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East Brockville on Saturday September 6th, 2014 from 11:00 am until the time of Service.  The Funeral Service will be held from the Chapel at 12:00 noon.  Interment Oakland Cemetery.  In memory of Eleanor donations to the Sherwood Park Manor would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Messages of condolence may be made online at

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Obituary of LEGERE: Marie Amabilis

Posted by on July 12, 2014

LEGER croppedjpgPeacefully with her family by her side, Marie Amabilis Légère passed away at Bluewater Health on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the age of 83. Loving mother of Jean Légère (France Poliseno). Cherished grandmother of Gabrielle Légère (Justin DeWilde) and Francis Légère. Beloved daughter of the late Martin Légère and Lydia Haché. Dear sister of the late Alphonsine (Victor Chiasson), the late Mederic Légère (Nancy Smith), Marguerite (André Cayer), Gildard Légère (Barbara DesJardins), Albertine Légère, Romuald Légère (Laurette Jalbert), Real Légère (Jeannine Gray), and Raymonde (Alphonse Cormier). Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Marie had a long career, practicing nursing and teaching in Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec.  Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 14, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas D’Aquin, 895 Champlain, Sarnia, with a memorial mass being celebrated at 1:00 p.m.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to t he Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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Obituary of Sanschagrin, Georgette

Posted by on June 24, 2014

Sanschagrin, Mrs. Georgette – of Barrie, ON. Peacefully at Royal Victoria Health Center on Saturday June 21, 2014. Georgette Sanschagrin (nee Tetreault) beloved wife of Keith, fondly remembered by children Barbara, Barry; grandchildren Matthew, Cody, Meaghan, Kaylee; great grand children Hilton, River, Kayson, Wyatt, preceded in death by Blayne and Maddox; sisters Claire Malboeuf, Juliette Bazinet, Constance Reynolds;her many nieces and nephews. No service is scheduled at this time. If desired memorial donations to the Lupus Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Messages of condolences may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.caSanschagrinGeorgette

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Obituary of STEWART: Thomas R. “Tom” of Woodstock

Posted by on June 23, 2014

Stewart, TomSTEWART, Thomas Russel “Tom” – Passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in his 81st year, after attending a retirement party near Milton, ON.  During his years as a long distance truck driver, Tom acquired many, many friends and acquaintances all over North America.  He was the last surviving member of his family.  Tom was an avid collector of everything old, odd and unique.  Cars, trucks,  tractors, toys and various other items of interest to many.  As a known authority on vintage autos, and a member of almost every vintage collectable club, he was often asked to provide information to hobbyists with similar interests.  For more than 50 years, Tom’s red, 1909 Ford Model “T” was a familiar sight in Woodstock’s Victoria Day parade. Friends will be received at Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m.  A complete funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Archdeacon Richard A. Jones officiating.  A private interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to any charity of one’s choice can be made through SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St, North, Woodstock, ON  (519)537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at

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Obituary of TURCHYN, Nicholas of Brockville and formerly of Montreal

Posted by on June 15, 2014

Nicholas Turchyn webTURCHYN, Nicholas

Peacefully with his loving wife by his side at their home in Brockville on Friday June 13th, 2014. Nicholas Turchyn in his 76th. year .  Beloved husband  of Heather (Patton) Turchyn.  Loving brother of Ben, Maurice (Claire), Zenon (Ann), Terry (Eleanor) and Walter (Stella); and brother-in-law of Sandra Patton and Jim (Felicity) Patton.  Nicholas will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and many friends.

Friends will be received at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East Brockville, Ontario, on Saturday June 21st, 2014 from 1:00 pm until the time of the Funeral Service from the Chapel at 2:00 pm.  In memory of Nicholas, donations to Brockville District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care, 75 Charles St., Brockville, ON, K6V 1S8 would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.   Messages of condolence may be sent on line at

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Obituary of Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.


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Obituary of FARRELL, Jean (nee Learmonth) of Waterdown, formerly of Colborne

Posted by on May 2, 2014

Jean Farrell PhotoFondly known as “Wee Jeannie” and born in 1920 at her home in Inverness, Quebec; Jean Farrell (nee Learmonth) passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Alexander Place, Waterdown. Predeased by her husband Vince. Lovingly remembered by her sister Grace (Bill) Mooney of Chilliwack, B.C. Much beloved aunt to Jim, Pete, Judy, Bill, Sherry, Faye, Art, Shirley, Brad and Verlie. She was adored and will be missed by many great-nieces and nephews. Jean lived most of her life in Colborne, ON and served many years as the Post Mistress for that area. Cremation has taken place. A Family Graveside Service will be held at Salem Cemetery, Colborne, ON on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Alexander Place for providing Jean with warm and solicitous care for the last 8 1/2 years. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Friends of Alexander Place, 329 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0 would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the Book of Condolence at

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Obituary of CARDIN: Jean Francois of Sarnia

Posted by on May 2, 2014

CARDIN, Jean Francois – Age 62 of Sarnia, passed away on Friday May 02, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. Following Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Jean Francois’ family and friends would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Maddison, the entire staff, and the Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Their professionalism, compassion and patience were so very much appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden. Memories and condolences may be sent online at Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of Molony, Florence Ruth of Mallorytown and formerly of Coaticook, Quebec

Posted by on February 25, 2014

Molony, Florence Ruth

Peacefully at Dave and Eleanor’s, which has been her home for 14 years, on Monday February 24th, 2014.  The former Florence Ruth Belanger age 96.  Beloved wife of the late, G. Sharmon Molony.  Dear mother of Catherine Swann ( Brian ) of Chateauguay, Que., David Molony ( Eleanor ) of Mallorytown, Patrick Molony ( Janet ) of Ayer’s Cliff, Que.,  and step-mother of Malcolm Molony ( Frances ) of Stanstead, Que.   Loving grandmother of Dennis ( Terry Ann ), Tiffany ( Patrick ), Mercedes ( Kevin ), Shaun ( Stacey ) and Christina ( Ghislain ).  Also survived by 9 great-grandchildren, Skyler ( Jessica ), Zachary, Miriah, Bailey, Carly, Jasmine, Connor, Alexandra, and Geoffrey.  Loving great-great-grandmother of Nevaeh.  Predeceased by a grandson, Quinton.  Also predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Lewis, Arthur, Alice Doyle and Gladys Robertson.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the Judson Funeral Home, Athens, on Thursday February 27th, from 7-9 pm.  Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church, Athens, on Friday February 28th, at 11 am.  Interment Coaticook, Quebec at a later date.  In memoriams to Christ Church Athens, will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Visit a Book of Memories at:


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Obituary of LAMB, Carolyn of Brockville and formerly of Prescott

Posted by on February 13, 2014

Carolyn LambLAMB, Carolyn

Suddenly, of undetermined cause, at her residence in Brockville on Thursday January 30th, 2014.  Carolyn Mary Lamb (nee Johnson) aged 65 years.  Wife of Calvin Lamb of Prescott.  Dear mother of John and Bob of Prescott and Christina of Brockville.  Sister of David in Huntingdon, QC and twin sister of Marilyn of Embrun, ON.  Family and friends will be received at 25 Front Ave. W., Brockville (entrance off of Park St.) on Friday February 21st, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:00 am followed by the Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 am.  In memory of Carolyn, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Arrangements in care of the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. E., Brockville.  Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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Obituary of COMTOIS, Léonard Noé of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on January 18, 2014

COMTOIS, LeonardPassed away in Sudbury, on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at the age of 84 years.  Beloved husband of Denise (née Primeau) Comtois.  Son of the late Eugene and of the late Rose Alma (née Bourré) Comtois.  Loving father of Suzanne Brooks (Ronald) of Wahnapitae, Micheal (Carol) of Monkland, Richard (Lise) of Weedon, Qc. and Ronald (Michel) of Orleans. Predeceased by his daughter Carole Lanteigne (André of Cantley, Qc.).  Dear brother of Annette Van de Rydt (late Harry), Roland (Irène), Fernand (Arlette), Stella Comtois, Yollande Barnes (Albert) all of Sudbury, Gilbert (Claudette) of Timmins and Françoise Lalonde (late Raymond) of Lavigne.  Predeceased by his brothers Jean-Paul (Anita of Sudbury), Ulric and by his sisters Lucille Carrière (Maurice of Sudbury) and Albertine.  Cherished grandfather of Steven, Laurie-Anne, Janelle, Chloé, Patrice, Danielle, René, Shayne, Kimberley and great-grandfather of Jeremy, Andrew, Brayden and Ryan.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Tenhunen, Dr. Pearce, the CCAC, Warm Hearts Palliative and all the care workers of the 4th floor at Health Sciences North for their kind and compassionate care.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Ste-Anne-des-Pins Church, Sudbury.  In lieu of flowers, donations (by cheque only) to the Northern Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Sudbury.

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Obituary of Dempsey: William of Sarnia

Posted by on November 25, 2013

Peacefully surrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, November 24, 2013, WILLIAM ALFRED DEMPSEY, age 86 of Sarnia passed away.Beloved husband of Marie Paule Angeline Dempsey (nee Boulanger) . Loving father of Bonnie Duquette and her husband Maurice of Wallaceburg and Cathy Mathany and her husband Michael of Chatham and stepfather of Donald Cote and Darquise Cote. Also survived by his sister Mabel Whitbread of Windsor and nieces Heather and Kerrie. Cherished grandfather of Randy Duquette, Ann Marie Vancoille, Clarke Mathany, Ashley Rivard, Ian Mathany, Bryan Thrower, Dennis Purdon several great -grandchildren. Will also be missed by his extended family in Quebec. William retired from Polysar, enjoyed bowling and his sense of humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. Memorial gifts to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Inn of the Good Shepherd or the Canadian Kidney Foundation (Dialysis Unit) would be appreciated by the family.

The D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

102 N. Victoria St.

Sarnia, ON., N7T 5W9

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