LINKLETTER: Geraldine (Geri) (Unser) recently of Lucan and formerly of Kipling, Saskatchewan

Posted by on December 12, 2017

LINKLETTER: Geraldine (Geri) (Unser) – Passed away peacefully at the age of 64, at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Geri was recently of Lucan, Ontario and formerly of Kipling, Saskatchewan. Beloved wife of David Linkletter. Dear mother of Shannon (Cory) Johansen, Leslie Hill, and Trish (Ryan) McInnis all of Calgary, and Erin (Steven) Thorne of Lucan. Loving grandmother of Katrina and Emily; Samantha and Kyle; Lillian and Henry. Daughter-in-law of Peggy Linkletter of Calgary. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Glenn (Shannen) Unser of Idaho, Roseanne (Norman) Lapierre of Weyburn, Joretta (Gerald) King of Manor, Lynn (Lyle) Serack of Unity, Duane (Candy) Bye of Manor, Michael (Kim) Linkletter of Calgary and Lewis Linkletter of Toronto. Geri will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Casper and Mary Unser;  Regina and Ken Bye; and father-in-law Donald Linkletter. Geri gave the gift of music to so many through her passionate career as a music teacher, loved painting and dedicated her life to serving God through her involvement in the Catholic Church.

Friends may call at the St. Patrick Church, 32922 Richmond Street, Lucan on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 10 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 AM. Cremation with interment into St. Patrick Cemetery, Lucan.

Donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation (Regional Cancer Program) would be appreciated by the family.

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HINES: Doug of Toronto

Posted by on December 7, 2017


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

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COPP, Dr. Derek T. of Grand Bend, formerly of Halifax, Nova Scotia, age 50

Posted by on November 20, 2017

COPP:  Dr. Derek T. Copp of Grand Bend, age 50, formerly of Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 18, 2017, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Meaghan O’Rourke Copp.  Cherished father of Duncan, Katrijn and Sebona. Forever loved son of the late Garth Copp (1994) and Joan Milton of Nova Scotia. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Darren Copp and Teri Huggins of Kelowna, British Columbia, Suzelle and Tim Moore of Burlington, Kieran and Tara O’Rourke of Oshawa, Eamon and Melissa O’Rourke of Petawawa and Mairead O’Rourke of Grand Bend. Loved son-in-law of Terry and Jean O’Rourke of Grand Bend. Derek will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his passion for family, Derek was an educator. Derek’s impact in education reached students in Japan, Europe and Canada, culminating in his doctorate in Governance and Policy Analysis from Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the work of Dr. Mark Vincent, Dr. R. Malthaner and Dr. B. Yaremko, and their respective teams in Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Thoracic at London Health Sciences Centre. Also, thank you to Danielle, Melissa and Amber of the Bayshore Home Health Palliative Care team.  If desired, memorial donations in memory of Derek of can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation or the charity of your choice.  Condolences at

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Davies: John ("Bonehead") of Regina Formerly of Swansea, Wales

Posted by on November 3, 2017


John Davies, 34, died on Oct. 27, 2017, of pancreatitis at Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Sask.

John travelled across an ocean from Wales to Canada, where he built a life with Crystal, the love of his life, and their two beautiful children. He will be remembered with love by the hundreds of friends he accumulated around the world along his journey.

John or “Bonehead” — a nickname he earned as a child after a disastrous head-butting incident in a soccer game — was born on May 23, 1983, in Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales.

He attended Gorseinon Nursery School, Brynhyfryd Primary School, and Pentrehafod Secondary School.

His parents say he could have easily been led on a bit of a wild path, until he joined the R.A.F. Air Cadets, where he served in the 215 Swansea Squadron from age 13 to 17, where he learned the discipline and strength that were the foundations of the incredible man he became.

John travelled around the world with friends and family, and after a few jobs settled into a career as a tour bus driver, with First Cymru, then National Express, and later Chalfont.

He was in the Mayan Riviera in 2011 for his sister and brother-in-law’s wedding, when, due to a serendipitous turn of events, he spotted the woman who would later become his wife.

Crystal and John stayed out the night they met until the sun came up. On the last day of his trip, John emailed Crystal from the airport as he was heading home, striking up a long-distance correspondence between Canada and Wales that graduated from emails, to text, to face-time (with Crystal buying an iPod just so she could see John’s handsome face).

That September, he came to Regina to visit Crystal. A few months later, he found a job with Moose Mountain Bus Lines, and moved to Canada for good.

That spring, the pair made a trip back to Wales. John took Crystal to Pwll Du on the Gower Peninsula, where, on a cliff overlooking the beach and sea, he asked her to become his wife.

They returned to the Mayan Riviera, where they first met, for a beach wedding in May 2013.

John was at his happiest when he was home with his family: fixing up their house, working in the garden, BBQing lamb or steak outside in flip-flops and shorts — no matter the weather — but most of all teasing his two little girls, who would always groan at his dad jokes. John would always tell everyone that “my talent is wasted here” when it came to his sense of humour.

He could dry any tear-filled eye with a wink, a mischievous sideways glance and a giant bear hug.

John’s second love was his job with Moose Mountain. He was originally a motorcoach driver, and later became a dispatcher, then a manager, and was known as the man who would do everything from top to bottom — he loved to look after his guys, and took an immense amount of pride in his work and his team.

He worked hard to become the person everyone could rely on, because he was so thankful the job gave him the opportunity to build his dream life in Canada.

As a driver, he travelled all over Canada and the U.S. — customers would often remark on his bright, funky socks and would buy him pairs as a thank you for being so polite and always being ready to lend a helping hand.

His love of travel (and coffee) also led to him amassing a collection of dozens of Starbucks’ mugs, that friends and family would bring him from all over the world.

He taught everyone to love harder, laugh more and hug big.

John is survived by his wife and soulmate, Crystal; his two daughters, Hazel, 9, and Olive, 2; his mother, Tricia; his father, Tony; his sister, Michelle; her husband, Jamie; and their two children, Amelia and Noah.

He was predeceased by his Bampi and Gramma; Nanna and Papa; and his Uncle David.

John’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Regina Funeral Home, located at 4001 East Victoria Avenue, Regina, Sask. There will be a reception following the service. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colours, fun socks and absolutely no Riders attire.

A celebration of life will also be held in the near future for John’s loved ones in Wales.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to support John’s family at “John vs his Angry Pancreas” at, or donations can be made to the wonderful staff that cared for John in the ICU. Cheques can be mailed to Hospitals of Regina Foundation, c/o Pasqua Hospital ICU Unit, Unit 225, 1874 Scarth St., Regina, Sask., S4P 4B3.

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Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

George “Duke” Harris
February 25, 1942 – August 2, 2017

It is with a broken heart we announce, after a courageous battle recovering from heart surgery,
Duke lost his fight. Duke is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Harris, daughter Kimberly Drury and son-in-law Brad Drury. He was the best ‘Pazzy’ to his pride and joy to his grandchildren Lauren Drury (Brad Hodgson) and Aaron Drury and his special great- grandson Hunter Hodgson. Duke was predeceased by parents George and Elsie Harris, in-laws Lee and Fred Martin, brothers Bill and Bob Maughan and son Bob Harris (March 2005). Having been born in his parent’s home on Alfred Street, Duke was proud of his Point Edward lineage. Duke played Junior Hockey first in Sarnia for the Sarnia Legionnaires where they won the Junior B Championship, then in St. Catherine’s with the Tee Pees winning a Memorial Cup Championship and went on to have a career in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and World Hockey Association, highlighted by two championships; the first in Vancouver with the Canucks, and the second in Rochester with the Americans. Following Duke’s retirement from hockey he was fortunate to join Sarnia Cranes, where he spent 25 years as a crane operator. Duke retired in 2005 to become a full time cab-driver for his grandchildren. ‘Pazzy’ never failed to answer the call for a ride, an errand, or whatever Lauren and Aaron needed. Duke loved his vacations in Florida with the “Point Gang” and not too many days went by without a drive to the St. Clair River to make sure the water was flowing in the right direction! Hey Buds, we will miss your quick wit and old storytelling. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre “Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit”, Canadian Mental Health Association or Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

“A special thank-you to the entire staff of Cardiac Care ICU at the University Hospital in London,
especially Dr. Mary Lee Myers. The entire team offered excellent care to Duker and the rest of
our family.”


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MacPHERSON: A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on July 17, 2017

MacPHERSON, A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, ON, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in his 75th year.  Husband of Alice (née Audette) MacPherson.  Father of Timothy (Ana) of Fort McMurray, AB, Nicole (Frank) of Regina, SK, and Sandy Jr. “Alex” (Lisa) of Union, ON.  Grandfather of Jeremella, Melissa, Maria, and Iris.  Brother of Brian (Cheryl) of Donna, TX, and Allen (Barb) of Lindsay, ON.  Sandy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 12, 1943, he was the son of the late John and M.C.M. “Katie” (née Welch) MacPherson.  Sandy was a retired tool and die maker.  He was a member of Last Post Branch 410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or public service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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GILMORE: James of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Bala, Ontario

Posted by on March 26, 2017


James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

James Andrew Gilmore (Jim), 90, of Muskoka, Ontario, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2017. A dedicated husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend – he will be sorely missed. His light shone bright and touched everyone he met (in many countries/across many religions). God willing, he will remain in all our hearts and minds forever.

Jim was born in Preston (now Waterloo) Ontario to Alfred and Lilian Gilmore on August 23, 1926. Growing up in Barrie, Jim was active in many sports with a passion for hockey, baseball and wrestling. Jim left high school at age 16, to take over the family Poultry Hatchery business in Barrie after his father died.

Married to Elinor Beatrice Mitchell on September 11, 1948, they moved to Aurora, in 1957 where Jim worked with Skyline Poultry Farms. A devout Christian and dedicated member of the United Church of Canada, Jim heard God’s call to work as a missionary and in 1962, Jim, Elinor, and children (Maureen, Barry and Jamie) sailed off to the mysterious, magical land of India.

Jim and Elinor served 26 years in Asia – 11 as missionaries in India, 7 with United Nations in remote Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) and 8 with UN in Delhi. Jim revolutionized the poultry industry in India and Pakistan, satisfying Hindus in India that unfertilized chicken eggs were vegetarian, establishing broiler rearing and distribution network in India and building hatchery/feed mills/broiler farms in remote Pakistan.

Jim was very active in the community – Rotary Club in Barrie (at age 23 the youngest president), Sunday School teacher, India International Center Volunteer, helping set up broiler/egg production in Bethany Village (a landmark rehabilitation establishment for lepers)– after retirement, Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers Association, Bannockburn Church Board (near cottage), Church choir.

Jim Gilmore is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elinor; his three children Maureen (Moe) Donald, Barry and Jamie; his daughters in-law Ani and Sheilagh and son in-law Sandy; his 7 grandchildren Kerry Lee, Matthew, Sarah, Kenneth, Kathryn, Laura and Philip; his sister, Barbara; two nephews, Andrew and Jimmy and his cousin, Jean.

Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held at the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario on July 29, 2017 at 2 pm. Please join us – contact one of his surviving children to confirm.

If you are moved to donate in Jim’s honour, make a small gift in his name to your church or to Bannockburn Community Church (1071 Bannockburn Road, Box 101 Bala) Wasaga Beach United Church (380 Zoo Park Rd., Wasaga Beach).

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Posted by on February 23, 2017


It is with sadness that we announce passing of James Peter Lawrence of Regina Beach. Peter was born on February 8, 1943 and passed away February 2, 2017.
Peter was pre-deceased by his parents Harold and Dora Lawrence. He is survived by his brother, Rob, and Rob’s wife Betty (Paterson) Lawrence, his niece Kathy and nephew Paul and Paul’s wife Laura (Hunstad), as well as his great-nieces and -nephew, Elizabeth (Jes), Kaylee and Connor. He is also survived by his former wife, Betty St. Onge.
Peter was raised in Regina and Regina Beach and worked at the Medical Care Insurance Commission for many years until he retired due to health reasons. When he was his own best self he was bright, witty and lots of fun as many of his friends will attest. He was clever with his hands as can be seen in the well-constructed improvements at his acreage.
Peter devoted much of his life and resources to his horses and derived great pleasure from them and fellow horse loving friends. He kept his horses and cared for them even to the peril of his own health until the last years of his life. To leave an online message of condolences please visit

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Sheffield: Dorothy Cheryl Sheffield (nee Kovach) of Regina

Posted by on January 10, 2017


Sheffield, Dorothy Cheryl (nee Kovach)

March 27, 1951 – September 24th, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Dorothy on Saturday October 24th, 2016. She passed in her sleep after a very long, courageous, and brave batter with Multiple Sclerosis. She will be missed dearly by her husband Walter Sheffield, son Jody Kovach, father James Kovach, mother Theresa Kovach, and sister Sharon Kovach. Upon the request of the immediate family there will be no funeral service or memorial. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in memory of Dorothy.

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Cooke: Dennis Tomas of Regina

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Dennis Tomas Cooke late of #3 – 2105 Cornwall Street, Regina, Sask passed away on June 10, 2016.

Grave site service at Riverside Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m. The hearse will led us to the grave site from the main entrance.

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SIMPSON: Beverly Ann of Ottawa

Posted by on July 27, 2016

images-4Simpson, Beverly Ann died peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Carlingview Manor, Ottawa. She had just begun her 8th decade.

Born January 1936 in North Bay, Beverly later moved to Ottawa and attended Fisher Park High School. Summers included visits to Kars on the Rideau and to cousins in Maine. In her teens, Bev was a cadet with the volunteer St. John Ambulance Corps and it was there that she found her life’s passion: Nursing. She graduated from the Ottawa Civic Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1958 and the “Civic” became her lifelong employer. Beverly was known as a capable, versatile and adaptable nurse, particularly valued by the hospital’s administrative staff. While working full time, she continued with the St. John Ambulance Corps, rising to the rank of Nursing Officer for the Province.

Beverly was a self-contained, intelligent, engaging woman with an appreciation for the finer things in life. She loved to laugh, shop, watch baseball and hockey, talk and reminisce. She faced challenges in her life with courage. She was kind to those who needed care. She had a profound affection for her friends.

Beverly was predeceased by her mother, Olive Dorothy (nee Hinkson), father, Ernest Albert and her husband Paul Raymond. She is survived by her brothers, George of Regina and Ernest of Ottawa; cousins Florence Rost of Farmingdale Maine, Sylvia and Sandra; as well as Goddaughter, Kim Bartlett (Montreal). Other caring family, neighbours and friends mourn her loss as well. Beverly was buried privately at Pinecrest cemetery in late February through Cole Funeral Services.

Memorial gifts may be sent, to the charity of your choice, or to:
St. John Ambulance National Office
1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1J 1A3

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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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Robert: Bob of Maple Creek, SK Formerly of Kelowna

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Robert Theodore Goett “Bob” (RCMP Ret.)

Robert T. Goett passed away on April 9th, 2016 at Maple Creek, Sask. He was born in Trochu, Alberta on March 10, 1932 to Charles and Frieda Goett. He was the fifth of eight kids – six boys and two girls. He played goal in hockey and broke his nose twice – once when he got hit in the face with a puck, and once when a teammate fell on him during the pre-game skate. He was invited to try out for the Medicine Hat Tigers when he was 15, but was nervous about leaving home at such a young age so he didn’t go, perhaps depriving the world of another Terry Sawchuck.

Dad grew up in Olds, Alberta. During the war he watched airplanes from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan taking off and landing, and occasionally crashing at the local flying field. He grew up dreaming of being a pilot. He joined the Air Cadets and learned how to fly. In 1951, he was 18 and it was time to start a career. He was torn between joining the military and becoming a police officer – he chose the RCMP. During his first 5 years of service, he was posted around Saskatchewan and Teslin in the Yukon. One night, while making his rounds in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, he walked into the drugstore and saw the love of his life, Sylvia Shwaykowsky.

When he had five years of service, Bob and Sylvia were married and started a family.

Dad loved the RCMP and during his long career he worked all over Saskatchewan and had a couple of postings in Ottawa where he was a founding member of an r/c flying club called the “Stetson Flyers.” One of the things that dad liked most about living in Ottawa was visiting the many museums and historic attractions found there.

When he retired from the Force in 1979, dad had no idea where he would go next. Everyone told him that Kelowna was the place to be so Bob and Sylvia packed up the pets and two kids who were still at home and headed West.

Dad enjoyed retirement for about 8 months but then went to work doing security for Western Star Trucks. That turned into a business and for the next 16 years, dad ran his own security company, employing several ex RCMP and military men. Sadly, just a couple of months after he retired for good, Sylvia was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months later.

With the love of his life gone, dad bounced back and forth between Saskatchewan and Kelowna, spending time with his kids and grandkids. He bought a cabin at Madge Lake, Saskatchewan and spent a few happy years there. Dad loved fishing and tearing around the lake on one of his scooters.

Dad had a great sense of humour that he inherited from his father. He was very intelligent and a great leader – he earned the respect of everyone he met. He genuinely cared about the people in the communities he served. He was a hands on father and even though he had a demanding career, he always had time for us kids. He taught us how to ride bikes, he built kites for us, he took us fishing, he introduced us to cross country skiing, and he went tobogganing with us when we were in high school. When mom worked evenings, dad cooked for us – he became very good at making hamburgers and potato chips, chili, and Kraft pizza.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, and by his beloved wife Sylvia. Bob is survived by his four children Dawn (Duane), Richard (Susan), Bruce (Jennifer), and Terrie, several grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

As per his wishes, he will be cremated and his remains buried next to Sylvia at the RCMP cemetery in Regina at a later date.

We love you dad and we’ll always remember the good times that we had with you. Rest in peace with mom.

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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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DUNNELL, Darlynne of Waterdown, formerly of Regina, SK

Posted by on March 24, 2016

DUNNELL, Darlynne

Passed away peacefully at the age of 59, surrounded by loved ones, on March 21, 2016 at the Hamilton General Hospital. She is sorely missed and much loved by her sons Travis (Kara) and Curtis; Mother Alexandra Petruic; Sisters Deloris (David) and Debbie; Mother-in-law Sylvia; Grandsons Logan and Callum; Nieces and nephews Riley, Lacey, Angie, Michelle Nicole and Cal. Father to her children, Graham Dunnell. Countless family members near and far join them in their grief.The love of her life Rob Bearman and his family will hold her in their hearts. All who knew and loved her are invited to join the family at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St N, Waterdown, on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow.

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OGBURN: Roy E., of R.R.#5, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 9, 2016

roy ogburn 002PoppyOGBURN, Roy E., of R.R.5, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, February 8, 2016, in his 94th year.  Beloved husband for 64 years to Jean (nee Savard) Ogburn.  Dearly loved father of Ken Ogburn and his wife Greta of Kanata, and Dan Ogburn and his wife Marion of R.R.5, St. Thomas.  Dear brother of Marian Miller and her husband Ewald of Rabbit Lake, SK, and the late James Ogburn (his wife Anne of Toronto).  Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Battleford, SK, February 26, 1922, he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth (nee Haubold) Ogburn.  Roy enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1943 and trained as an air gunner.  At the end of the Second World War, he re-enlisted and served until his military retirement in 1969 as a Warrant Officer.  His second career was as a parts manager at Buchwald Motors, London.  Roy was an adherent of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening, February 12th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 p.m.  Following cremation, inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  Memorial donations to the Salvation Army will be gratefully acknowledged.

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JOHNSON: Reverend Ivan of London

Posted by on February 4, 2016

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At University Hospital on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Reverend Ivan Earl Johnson of London in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Janet (Anderson) Johnson (2012). Dear father of Allan Johnson and his late wife Joy (2015) of Regina, SK; Howard Johnson and his wife Margaret of Surrey, BC; David Johnson and his wife Barbara of Ilderton; Cathy Lewis and her husband Ron of London; Linda Marr and her husband Colin of Stouffville and Paul Johnson and his wife Kim of Nanaimo, BC. Dear brother of the late Gordon Johnson and his wife Florence of St. Marys and Mary Field and her husband Steve of London. Also loved by his 14 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his dear friend Trudy McCrae. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Stoney Creek Baptist Church, 2225 Highbury Avenue North, London, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00pm. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Gideon Bible Society, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, ON N1H 7A2. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (519) 433-5184.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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PERCY: (EJ) Elwood John of Langley, BC Formerly of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Saskatoon, Weyburn, Regina, Fairlight

Posted by on December 20, 2015

images-4It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the age of 91, at his residence in Langley, BC.
Born in the small rural town of Fairlight, Saskatchewan he helped work the farm before adventuring to work in the forest industry on Vancouver Island before returning to the prairies and marrying his life mate Ilene Rice. They followed the propane industry around Saskatchewan before moving to Abbotsford, BC in 1964, with sons Darryl & Kim and daughter Debra.
Predeceased by infant son Robin, his parents John and Clara Percy, brothers Lawrence, Earl, Maurice and Elmer and sisters Elva, Audrey, Eileen and Vera, he is survived by son Darryl (Edie), son Kim (Judy), daughter Debra, grandchildren Robin, Jesse, Jena, Josh, Kristen, Kody and Katlin, great grandchildren Kinga, Brittan, Trinity, John and Brea, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was a dedicated family patriarch and an influential businessman during his years in the Propane Gas Industry. EJ’s Sunday morning breakfast grills were legendary and always open to any family and friends who could get out of bed for the 8:00 am serving and there were many 1st timers that were happy they did. His Barbeque expertise was unquestioned and his salmon or roast beef dinners brought all the family home on a regular basis.
EJ enjoyed his retirement weather it was time on their hobby farm, trips to over-winter in Mesa, Arizona or chasing after his grandchildren as they pursued their favorite sporting activities. His days spent on the Fraser River fishing for Sockeye with Darryl and Josh were always a favorite topic and special memory.
At Dad’s request there will not be a private memorial. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Dr. Stuart Pavilion at the Mission General Hospital.

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RYAN: Hugh Gerard of Parksville, British Columbia

Posted by on October 7, 2015

February 16, 1933 – September 21, 2015

Hugh was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia where he attended school moving to Saskatchewan in 1953. He retired from the Fire Services in 1986 and spent several glorious years travelling. He and Doreen wintered in Arizona until 2004 moving to BC in 2005.

He leaves behind to mourn his passing his loving wife of 59 years and 3 months, Doreen; children, Barb Ryan of Fox Creek, Alberta, Kevin Ryan of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Donovan (Jody) Ryan of Rihyad, Saudi Arabia; grandchildren, Scott, Mark, Todd, Thomas, Michelle, and Matthew; as well as many other family members in the Eastern provinces.

Hugh enjoyed most sports playing baseball, hockey, and curling in his early years. He was an avid golfer will into this retirements. Hugh was known for his sense of humour and his animated joke telling.

The Lord has seen fit to end his suffering. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
A Memorial Mass has taken place at the Church of the Ascension in Parksville, BC.

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WARD: Elda Jean of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on September 30, 2015

Help meElda Jean Ward of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 28, 2015 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife and companion of Elmer. Loving mother of Vernon (Diane) of Airdrie, AB, Wayne of Santa Barbara, California, Murray of Clarksburg and Elaine (David) Brears of Englehart. She will live on in the hearts of her grandchildren Christina, Erin, Candace, Olivia, Emma, Ryan, Zackary, Calista, Jasmin, Nicole, Bradley, Travis, Tristan and great-grandsons, Lennon and Bohdi. Elda leaves behind her siblings, Leone, Richard, Merle, Elva, Tom, Rena and Gordon.

She was predeceased by her siblings Syd, Evelyn, Murray, Charlie, John, Alvin and Lorne as well as her parents, William and Olive (Kerr) Middleton.

A private celebration of Elda’s life will be held with inurnment to follow in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hanover & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MERPAW, William “Bill” Albert of Athens, ON

Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Passed away suddenly at his family home on Temperance Lake Road Athens, on Monday August 31st, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Beloved husband of Margaret (Wiltse) Merpaw. Loving father of Robert John “Bob” (Arlene) of Regina, Peter James (Angela) of Brockville and Ryan Jeffrey (Susan) of Kanata. Cherished grandpa of Harlie Elizabeth Ann, Brock William Robert, Kellie-Anne Pearl Marie and Grace Judith Margaret Marie; cherished brother to Allan (Lise) Merpaw.  Also sadly missed by Christopher Green, Allen Hodgkinson and Laurie Hodgkinson; in-laws Ruth Plant (Neil), Karen Montgomery (Doug Greenham) and Martha Jane Michel (Dick); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents Bernie and Helen (Earle) Merpaw, parents in-law John and Marjorie (Dewland) Wiltse and niece Monica Anne.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East Brockville on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday September 4th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. In memory of Bill, donations to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. The Rising Sun Masonic Lodge # 85 will hold a Memorial Service Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Messages of condolence may be sent online at


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Posted by on August 22, 2015

images-4Sharon Rose Barrett went home to her angels in Calgary, AB on Friday, August 14, 2015.She was 69 years old. Born April 26, 1946 in Regina, SK. Sharon was the first-born child of Cecil Baguley and Ethel Elizabeth Harmen. Her Grandparents came to Canada in 1913 From England and Orkney Islands. She was big sister and second “Mom” to five brothers and three sisters. Sharon was blessed and loved by four children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends that called her “MOM”. Sharon gave so much to her family, her friends and other people around her and she asked for very little in return. She had to face many hardships in her life but she battled on against all adversity, always continuing to display courage and a truly fierce independence nature. What you saw was what you got, and what you got was a big warm smile genuine and full of love. She loved children and animals, the most vulnerable of spirits.  Sharon had a silly, funny creative side.  She had principles that she lived by…. “LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH LIKE YOU WERE DYING and SING LIKE NO ONES LISTENING and DANCE LIKE NO ONES WATCHING.” Sharon was a breath of fresh air. She was an inspiring woman with a lot of life experiences that she used to help others. Sharon was genuine, selfless and showed us the preciousness of life. Her lasting legacy of family and unconditional love will not be forgotten. Hold happy memories of Sharon in your hearts and cherish them as she cherished you. Sharon is survived by her children Ron Barrett (son) and partner Lori Dreagon. Troy Barrett (son) and Anita (daughter in law) Grandchildren Dalton, Troy, and Kyle. Great grandchildren Harmony, Xander, Willow, John Barrett (son) and Deb (daughter in law) granddaughters Hailey Barrett, Tash and Brock Price. Great grandchildren Everett, Riley and Marcus Price. Great grandchildren, Emma Kuipers, Everett, Riley and Marcus Price. Cheryl (daughter) and Mark Tessari (son in law) grandchildren Matt, Sierra and Chase.  Brother Stan and wife Diane. Sisters Lynn Crump, Nancy Myslick, and Tracy Moran. Numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.  Sharon was preceded in death by parents Cecil and Betty Baguley. Brothers James, Terry, Tom and Guy. Please join family and friends for celebration of Sharon’s life on Sunday August 30, 2015 from 1-4pm at Renfrew Community Centre. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:  Alberta Children’s Hospital 1 (403) 955-7212 Alberta Humane Society 1 (403) 205-4455


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WALSH: Jeri E. of Woodstock, formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on July 19, 2015

WALSH, Jeri – Passed away suddenly at the Woodstock Hospital on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Cindy Walsh (nee Gray) for 33 years. Loving father of Tracy Pound (Murray) of Calgary, Steve Gray (Meranda) of Regina and TerriLynn Gray (Mark) of Woodstock. Proud Grandpa of Robbie, Sean, Somer, Taylor, JaimeLynn, Jakeb, Joeylin, Brechin and Sydney. Papa to Owen, Ally and Ava Marie. Survived by his brother John Walsh (Pauline) of Bright’s Grove and his sister Julie Edwards (George) of Camlachie. He will be sadly missed by all of Cindy’s family. Besides his family and friends, Jeri’s passion was golf. He was a longtime member of the Bright’s Grove Golf Course, where he went on to play in the CPGA. There will be a celebration of life held in Sarnia that will be announced at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Diabetes Association through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock  519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent to

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LAMERS: Wilhelmina Hendrica Maria of Stayner, formerly of New Lowell,

Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Died peacefully on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood at the age of 82. Wilhelmina of Stayner, formerly of New Lowell, beloved wife of the late John Lamers (2002). Loving mother of Herman (the late Kathy (2002)), Betty (Don Carter), Wilma (Chris Sentner), John (Donna), Linda (the late Chris Christiaans (2013)), Rosanne (David Grant), Robert (Laurie) and Randy (Deb). Cherished grandmother of 19 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren. Sadly missed by brothers Henry, John, Cory, and Martin and sisters Kea, Dorothy and Toosje and their families. Wilhelmina is predeceased by her parents Martin and Egberta Verstraten and brothers Tony and Albert. She will also be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, on Tuesday June 2, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 215 Pine Street, Stayner on Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 11 o’clock. Reception to follow St. Patrick’s Parish hall. Interment Our Lady of Assumption Churchyard, Brentwood at approximately 2 o’clock. If desired, remembrances to Campbell House Hospice or the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by Wilhelmina’s family. To sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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GERMAIN, Alfred of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on February 14, 2015

GERMAIN, AlfredThe family announces with great sorrow his passing in Sudbury on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Husband of the late Jeanne (née Dufresne) Germain. Son of the late Euclide and of the late Emma (née Montreuil) Germain. Beloved father of Jean-Charles (late Reta) and Norman (Kathy) both of Regina, Suzanne Pelipiak (Kevin) of London and Ellen Spencer (Noel) of Sudbury. Predeceased by his son Michael (Elaine of Regina). Dear brother of Rene (Louise) of Vernon, B.C. Predeceased by his sister Jeanne Koski and by his brothers David and Roy. Cherished grandfather of David, Adrienne, Paula-Jean, Christopher, Renee, Andy, Jim, Caroline, Mike and great-grandfather of Michael, Gabriel, Jodi, Penelope, Carson, Nolan, and Nora. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. As expressions of sympathy, donations (by cheque only) to the Maison Vale Hospice would be appreciated.

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