Clifford, Leslie, 87, of Petrolia

Posted by on June 27, 2017

With heavy hearts, the Clifford family announces the passing of a husband, father, poppa and grandpoppa.  Leslie Clifford (age 87), was born and raised in Petrolia where he met the love of his life, Mildred (nee Chapman).  He was a proud father to Dan (Maxine), Larry, Susan and Beth (Larry), a special loving poppa to Andrew (Amanda), Dana (Shawn), Joe (Amy), Sarah and Emily, and a cherished greatpoppa to Erik, Brady and Emma.  Les will be missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Shirley (Butch) Lennan and Ed (Annie) Chapman and several of his nieces and nephews.  Les was an accomplished draftsman, who worked for MIG for many years.  He was a trumpet player for many years with the White Rose Band and was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church.  During his youth, he was an avid sportsman who enjoyed baseball and golf which drove his love for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Les could always be found making something in his woodwork shop, from curio cabinets, rocking horses, grandfather clocks and pens to columns for the Petrolia Playhouse clock tower; he left a legacy of beautiful things for his family and his community.  Visitors will be received by the family from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Thursday at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where a memorial service will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11am.  Cremation has taken place.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Canada (www.parkinson.ca). Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.

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CLEMENS: George Jesse of Lambton Shores, Ontario

Posted by on June 27, 2017

CLEMENS, George Jesse

Safe in the arms of Jesus, Monday, June 26, 2017, at the age of 87 years.  Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Breckman), and the late Mary Joyce (nee Ferguson).  Loving father of Pamela (Rick) Kerrigan, Allen (Sharon) Clemens, Stephen (Kaleigh) Clemens, Christine (Matthew) da Costa, and the late Wayne Clemens.  Cherished grandfather of Cathi Jo (Rick) Meyers, David (Katie) Kerrigan, Jessica (Mike) Nowak, Jocelyn Clemens, Kaleb and Luke Clemens, Ben, Rachel, Abigail, and Eden da Costa.  Proud great-grandfather of Graydon and Kyle Meyers, Noah and Jack Kerrigan, Everett, Amber, Autumn, and Eilah Nowak, and Amelia and Sydney Shultz.  Also missed by Norm and Donna Aitken, Dan and Phyllis McTavish, Pat Harrison, Fran Rinker, Gerry Rinker, Jack Gormley, Beth and Bruce Nutt, and Susan Rinker. Predeceased by his parents Eldon and Noreen Clemens, his sister Marjorie, in laws Malcolm McKellar, Sheila Breckman, Beverley Tyrrell, Bob Knowles, Bob Harrison, Fred Rinker, Al Rinker, Janet Gormley, and Doug Rinker.  Also missed by many friends, neighbours, and colleagues.  George wore many hats in his life time.  He loved farming the land on which he was born.  He drove many miles and made good friends as he patrolled his district as MNR Conservation Officer (Fish & Wildlife) for 30 plus years.  He was an active charter member of Pinery Baptist Church.  George served with a Bible and hammer in his hand.  His family appreciates the compassionate care he was shown at Lambton Meadowview Villa over the past year.  Visitation will take place at the Pinery Baptist Church (8751 Lakeshore Road, Lambton Shores) on Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  A Celebration of Life will take place at Pinery Baptist Church on Friday morning, June 30, 2017, at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to service time.  Interment to follow at Ravenswood Cemetery.  For those who wish, in memoriam donations to Pinery Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer Society of Huron County would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.denning.ca  Funeral arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF FOREST.

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PATTERSON: John Wesley of Oil City

Posted by on June 27, 2017

PATTERSON, John Wesley – Age 81 of Oil City, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Bluewater Health – C.E.E. Site, Petrolia. Beloved husband of the late Lynn “Cheryl” (nee Anderson) Patterson (2014) for 40 years. Loving father of Randy (Delores) Patterson of Oil Springs, Larry Patterson of Sarnia, Terry Patterson of Oil Springs, Scott (Troy) McDonald of Oil City and Kelly (Norm) Tuckwell of Fergus. Cherished grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 4. Dear brother of Wayne (Cathy) Patterson and Lyle Patterson. Predeceased by his parents Arnold and Frances (Knapp) Patterson and Earl Roberts. Wes was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 216, Petrolia, a proud Life Member and Past Master of Alexander Inwood No. 158 Masonic Lodge, York Rite – Bruce Chapter, A.M.D. No. 214, High Priesthood No. 1, Conclave No. 31, Preceptory No. 37, Scottish Rite No. 32, Lodge of Perfection, Knight of the Rose Croix, York Rite College No. 35, the Lambton Shrine Club, Mocha Temple London, Lambton Motor Corps Sarnia. Wes was employed as an Underwriter and Broke with Equitable Life of Canada for 40 years.
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A Masonic Lodge Service will be held on Thursday evening at 6:30pm.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:00am from the funeral home. Interment of ashes at Oil Springs Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Mocha Shriners or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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METCALFE, Jack Clifford of Sarnia

METCALFE, Jack Clifford – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, June 26, 2017, Jack passed away at the age of 91. Son of the late Ethel & Roy Metcalfe. Husband of the late Kathryn Prevett and the late Betty Banks. Father of the late Gayle Talaskavich and Peggy Holmes. Brother of Leone Mater, Don (Shirley) Metcalfe and Doug Metcalfe. Brother-in-law of Joyce Prevett. Grandfather of Andrew (Kim) Holmes, sons Spencer and Curtis. Grandfather of Nathan (Krista) Talaskavich and great-grandfather of Joshua Talaskavich. Jack was a W.W. II veteran. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 388 Wyoming, a retired member of Local 663 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and a member of The People’s Church. Jack truly loved life. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. A gathering will be held at a future date to share stories and will be published. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) of Sarnia

BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) – On Monday, June 26, 2017 at Twin Lakes Terrace, Hilda Hedwig Basham died at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Wayne (Marie), Texas, Brian (Angela), Mississauga and Ian (Gwendolin), Victoria, B.C. Cherished grandmother of Kevin, Frank, Joe, Elizabeth, Shawn, Eryn and Sheryn. Great-grandmother of Sarah. Sister of Hal Miller (Delia), Bill Miller (Susan), Adeline D’Alosio, Margaret Snider (Stuart), and Sylvia Massey. Predeceased by parents Otto & Rosina Miller and brothers Oscar and George Miller. Hilda was an active member of Grace United Church for many years. She had a tremendous gift of love and care for others. She was well known for her cooking, baking, gardening and also for her creativity in arts & crafts. She will be sorely missed by her families and friends. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Grace United Church on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to U.C.W., c/o Grace United Church, 900 Cathcart Blvd., Sarnia, N7V 4E2. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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HUARD, Marcel Joseph of Sarnia

HUARD, Marcel – At Bluewater Health on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the age of 60. Beloved son of the late Omer & Colette Huard. Dear brother of Michel and Gilles, Sarnia. Cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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WADDELL, Fred of Sarnia

WADDELL, Fredrick William James: 1929 to 2017 – The family announces with great sorrow his passing on June 13th 2017, at 87 years of age. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Betty) and beloved father of Douglas (Roseanne), Alan (Anna) and Richard (Arlene). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Andrea (Douglas Beatty), Jonathan (fiancée Kierann Santala), Charlene Gordon and her children Autumn Mangione and Calista Thibert. He is also survived by his sisters Joan Grant (late Melvin) , Diane Mulvihill (late Peter), his sisters in law Gladys Ward, Roberta Marshall (late Alfred) and his brother in law Robert Lessard (Shirley). He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Jane Waddell and his parents in law Robert and Norma Lessard, his sisters Elizabeth (Betty) and Eileen Crisp (late Frank). He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Saturday, September 2, 2017 beginning at 1:00 pm until the memorial service begins at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations to Grace United Church, Sarnia Humane Society or War Amps would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family would like to thank the staff of the Marshall Gowland Manor Ivy Wing for the excellent care and compassion”

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HARDY, Ralph of Sarnia

HARDY, RALPH – It is with profound sorrow and sadness, the family of Ralph Lynnsay Hardy, age 83, announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, June, 18, 2017. He was best friend and partner for over 65 years with Daintry Adele McPhedran and loving father of Bruce Lynn Hardy (Georgina), Lonnie Lee Ostroski (Jack) and Scott Lyndsay Hardy (Annie), dear grandfather of Diego, Lindsey, Brent, Kendra, Kerri, Nicolas and Patrick, dear great-grand of Matias, Quinton, Isadora, Rowan, Shealon, Monroe, Mirren, Kennedy, Reese, Connor, Chloe and brother of Doris LeNeve (Jim) and Penny Viselka. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Thomas, Bruce, Bud (Allan) and his sister Mary Tobin. Ralph served with the 3rd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery for over 25 years and was a teacher at the School of Artillery. After retiring from the military he worked at Polysar as their Chief of Security for 13 years. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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PEMBLETON, Bessie of Sarnia

PEMBLETON, BESSIE – Peacefully in her sleep at Vision Nursing Home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Bessie Christena (Bulman) Pembleton, age 94 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late Frederick (Ted) Pembleton (2008) and dear mother of Mary Churchill and Stephen Pembleton (Eva), grandmother of Jeff (Diane), Matthew, Stephanie (Andrew), Chistena, Jennifer (Matthew), Jodi (Mike), Krisztian, Michelle and 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Orville and Mary Bulman, her sister Edna (Cecil), brothers Ted (Marg), Max (Helen), Jack and son in law James. Bessie was employed at Canadian Food Inspection Agency from 1956 until her retirement in 1985. She was a past member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She and Ted enjoyed camping, skating, cross country skiing and cruise vacations. Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held. Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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BERRY, Nancy Jean (nee Wilson) of Sarnia

BERRY, NANCY JEAN (nee Wilson) – Surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Nancy Berry died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 69. Beloved wife of Michael “Mike” Berry. Loving mother of Jennifer Wilson & her husband Jeremy, Milton and Melissa Berry, Ottawa. Cherished grandmother of Reese & Lauren Wilson. Dear daughter of Martha & the late Robert Wilson. Sister of Rosemarie Forbes & her husband Jock, Sudbury and Paul Wilson & his wife Karen, Ottawa. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Nancy brought joy to so many – continuously giving of her time and love. She was dedicated to her family, a tireless supporter of her community groups (RayJon, Breast Buddies dragon boat team, CSJ associates, CWL) and “Nurse Nancy” ’til the end. She was not often seen without a smile on her face, even during her long and courageous battle with cancer. The world, especially our family room, will be a quieter and less boisterous place without her. The constant love, many prayers, and amazing generosity of all her friends brought strength and peace of mind to Nancy and all the family for so many years. We cannot thank them enough for their thoughtfulness. A thank you also for the wonderful medical care received from Dr. Crombeen, Dr. Yoshida, and the nurses of the palliative care unit and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. To celebrate her life, Nancy asked that friends wear bright colours to her visitation and funeral service and that they share many laughs. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Vince Gulikers at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations may be given to the St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3, Rayjon P.O. Box 2482, Sarnia, N7T 2T1, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St.,2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DONAIS, Armand of Petrolia, age 87

Posted by on June 21, 2017

DONAIS; Armand – A resident of Petrolia, and formerly of Edys Mills, ARMAND DONAIS passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Born in Tilbury East Township, Armand was the son of the late Alfred and Helen (Goodreau) Donais.  Beloved husband of Marie (nee St. Denis).  Loving father of Roger (Alison) Donais of Cambridge, Anna Marie Donais of Petrolia, Rachelle (Leo) Denys of Pain Court, Ronald (Jackie) Donais of Petrolia and Len (Doris) Donais of Windsor.  Armand was the grandfather of Grant, Samantha, Michelle, Rory, Kevan, Curtis, Sara and Julia, and the great-grandfather of 12.  Beloved brother of Beatrice St. Denis, the late Lorraine Marchand (2014), Pauline Blain, Bertha Thibeault, the late Wilfred Donais (1996), Madeline Blain, Maurice Donais, Donald Donais, Rose Van Veen, the late Lorette Jackson (2016), Margaret Rivait and Florence Van Veen.  Armand will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Visitors will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm on Sunday at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia.   Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Philips Parish, King St., Petrolia on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice (www.stjosephshospice.ca), the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca), or a charity of your choice.  Memories and condolences may be shared on-line www.needhamjay.com.

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YANTHA, Barbara Ann of Sarnia

YANTHA, BARBARA ANN – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Barbara Ann Yantha died on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 62. Loving mother of Cyril Verge and Renie Biggar & her husband Wayne, Summerside, P.E.I. Cherished grandmother of Erika & Emmett Bigger and Renie’s dog Riley. Dear sister of John Yantha, Hamilton, Shirley Flynn (Robert), Sarnia and Donna Yantha, Sarnia. Predeceased by her parents Alex & Irene Yantha and her brother Frank Yantha. Barbara spent many years working as a Lab Technician with OSS Environmental. Her life was her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She had several hobbies but the things that Barbara enjoyed most were cooking, puzzles, knitting and walking. Funeral Service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Josephs Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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CAFAZZO: William Anthony of Camlachie, Ontario

Posted by on June 20, 2017

It is with heavy hearts and fervent hope that we announce the death of William Anthony Cafazzo on Tuesday June 20, 2017, at the age of 66 years, at St Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, Ontario. Bill had a long journey with illness for the past 20 years but never lost his trust in the Lord. Jesus reflected in the Bible verse John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”  Bill is survived by his loving wife Joy (Goodwin) of 45 years, and children Mark (Jo-Anne), Jeremy, Nathaniel (Yiskah Sarah), Ann Marie (Kyle Burris) Amanda (Ian McGuire), and grandchildren Jordan, Hannah, Jaden, Danny, Shiloh, Jesse, Moshe-Chaim, Penina, Elisha and Judah. He is survived by his sisters Patricia (Murray) and Debbie (John Froschauer). Predeceased by his parents Fred and Nellie Cafazzo of Cincinnati, Ohio. A public visitation will be held at Peoples Church, 5888 London Line, Wyoming, Ontario on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 7:00pm –  9:00pm. Funeral Service will also be held at Peoples Church on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 am with a luncheon immediately following. Funeral arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF FOREST www.denning.ca

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BAKER, Eulene Rose (Keller) of Hensall, formerly of London, Mississauga and Exeter, age 78

Posted by on June 20, 2017

BAKER:  Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, on Sunday, June 18, 2017, Eulene Rose (Keller) Baker formerly of London, Mississauga and Exeter, age 78.  Beloved wife of William “Bill” Rhul Baker of London.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Shelley and Buck Stone of Sherwood Park, AB., Bill and Gail Baker of Exeter, Catherine Baker of Corunna.  Cherished grandma of 5 and great-grandma of 5.  Dear sister and sister in-law of Margaret Bregman, Ada and Earl Telfer, Grace and Fred Sanders, Jake Martens, Anne Keller, Ken and Maudie Douglas, Phyllis Cochrane and Patricia Robins.  Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her parents Adolph Gustav and Lucinda “Cindy” Matilda (Willert) Keller, siblings Milton (Ermla) Keller, Verda Martens, Lloyd Keller, twin brother Eugene Keller, Mervyn (Sue) Keller, brothers and sisters-in-law Evelyn (Pat) McCreavy, Muriel (Jim) Record, Lorraine (Victor) Eden, Edgerton “Bud” (Verna) Scammel.  At Eulene’s request, cremation has taken place and no funeral services will be held.  Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Posted by on June 18, 2017

PAUL, Mr. John

Peacefully at Bluewater Health Services on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the age of 86 years.  John Paul, of Sarnia, formerly of Lake Valley Grove, Forest.  Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.  Beloved husband of Blanche.  Father of Jay Paul and Leslie Bascom (Bill), and Dawn Merie Sole (Rick Kuley), Marianne Dodge (Ronn).  Brother of Joan Dimitroff (late Mike).  Kindly remembered by brothers-in law, Borden (Marie), Terry (Deanna), Greg (Linda).  Predeceased by brother in law Kent (late Lois), and sister-in-law, Melva (late Ed Aiken).  Also survived by many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Lifetime member of the Toronto Musicians Association local 149 AF of M, the Royal Canadian Legion Br.# 176, and the FSNA Bluewater Branch. John enjoyed a long-time career as a Customs Agent.  Private Services, with burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Sarnia.  For those who wish, in memoriam donations to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.denning.ca   Funeral arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF FOREST

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BOYLE, Margaret of Sarnia

Posted by on June 15, 2017

BOYLE, Margaret (nee Brooks) – Age 67, of Sarnia, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Beloved wife of Alexander Boyle. Loving mother of Donna (Lee Hillman) Boyle, Sandy (Jim) Keane. Kathryn (Troy) Woolaver. Cherished grandmother of Martin, Sonya, Brittany, Marianne, Mackenzie and Bailey. Great-grandmother of Chloe and Cora. Dear sister of Colin (Betty) Brooks, Ian Brooks, Susan Nicholson. Survived by many cousins and family in Scotland and England as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Jeanie and Hugh Brooks, brother Hughie Brooks and great-grandson Owen Vanderwielen. Margaret had the biggest hugs and loved to laugh. She loved her family very much and her grandchildren coming to visit. She loved her dogs she had in her lifetime, enjoyed vacations and loved Scotland and England. Anyone that knew Margaret would love how she could make you laugh so much with her funny comedian personality. She loved to give “cuddles” to her grandchildren. Family was very important to Margaret and they will all miss her so much.
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00am from the funeral home. Interment to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia Humane Society.
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MEEK: Fred of Plympton-Wyoming

Posted by on June 15, 2017

At his residence, on Monday, June 12th, 2017, Dr. Fred Meek of Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario, died unexpectedly, in his 73rd year, with his partner Ann by his side. Beloved Dad of Jon (Tara), Adam, Micah (Shannon), Cam (Becca), and Fiona (Jay). Dear brother of Carol Meek (Russ Fletcher), Pam Trenholm (Jimmy), the late Greg Meek (2017), and brother-in-law to Sue. Proud Grandpa to Lucas and Ryder; Trinity, Evan, Jordan and Connor; Heather, Leilah and Elora; and Teydon. Predeceased by his beloved wife Heather (2004). Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment of ashes in Forest at a later date. The world lost a selfless man who always devoted his life to helping others. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Fred are asked to consider the Canadian Mental Health Association or the St. Leonard’s Society of London. For information and online condolences please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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COOPER; Harry of Petrolia

Posted by on June 15, 2017

Passed away suddenly at his home in Petrolia on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.   HARRY JUNIOR COOPER, was in his 82nd year.   Harry will be missed by his loving wife of 53 years; Barbara (nee Baines), his daughter Beth, and his son Albert.    Harry is also survived by his brothers Fred (Rose) Cooper and Tom (Pat) Cooper both of Sarnia.   He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Betty Cooper and a brother Jackie Cooper.   He will also be missed by brothers-in-law Albert and Robert Baines and several nieces and nephews.    Harry was a 60 year member of Liberty Lodge #419 A.F. & A.M., and several other lodges across Canada. Harry was the William Mercer Wilson Medal recipient in 2007, an award his father also received in 1972, the only father and son to both receive this award in Ontario.    Harry retired in 1990 after 36 years at Polysar, and later spent over 20 years as a machinist at Baines Machine Shop in Petrolia.  He was also a retired volunteer with Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department.  Visitors will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia.  Liberty will conduct a memorial service at 6:30 pm.   A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am from the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia. The Venerable Dr. Gord Simmons officiating.   Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice (www.stjosephshospice.ca).  Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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JOHNSON; Betty formerly of Petrolia

Posted by on June 15, 2017

Died peacefully at Watford Quality Care on Monday, June 12, 2017.  BETTY JOHNSON (nee Mitchell), formerly of Petrolia, was in her 88th year.   Betty was the wife of the Earl Johnson (2008).  Betty will be missed by her children Hope Springer and Jim West of Wingham, Rick Johnson of Brampton, Larry and Dianne Johnson of Cornwall, Tim Johnson of Mississauga, Jamie and Aggie Johnson of Georgetown.  She was a loved grandmother to ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her son-in-law Dave Springer (2010), a granddaughter Rayanne (2001) and a great granddaughter Alexis.    Betty is the daughter of the late Andrew and Lillian Mitchell, a sister to the late Wilbert (Shirley) Mitchell (2016), Jim (the late Sonja) Mitchell, Lil Hoskins, Marie (the late Don) DeKeyser, Reta (the late Jack) McLean, Donna (the late Cliff) Oliver, and Doris (Ed) Storey.   She will also be missed by her sister-in-law Marion (Joe) Allison.   A celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm from the Enniskillen Community Centre, 3068 Main St., Oil City.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Lambton Elderly Outreach (lambtonelderlyoutreach.org).  Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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DeSCHUTTER: Donna of Forest, Ontario

Posted by on June 14, 2017

DeSCHUTTER, Donna

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donna Jean (Aitken) DeSchutter  in her 56th year. With family by her side, Donna passed away peacefully after a courageous fight.  Donna was loved beyond all measure by her husband, Marcel (2016) and her daughter, Melanie (Paul Morin).  Donna is also survived by her loving mother, Fran (Vandeschoot) Aitken.  She is also predeceased by her father, Douglas  Aitken (2016) and her parents in law, Joe and Margaret DeSchutter.  Donna will be missed and remembered with great love by her DeSchutter family: Ted, Gilbert (Bonnie), Carl (Carrie), Gloria (Garry) as well as many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  We would like to sincerely thank the doctors and nursing staff at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion at a very difficult time.  Visitation will take place at DENNING’S OF FOREST, 9 James St. South, Forest, on Monday, June 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place at Denning’s of Forest on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Christine O’Reilly officiating.  Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery.  Those wishing to make a donation in Donna’s memory are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program or the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of their choice.  Online condolences may be left at www. denning.ca.

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PURSELL, William “Bill” of Sarnia

PURSELL, William, “Bill” – Surrounded by his loving family at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, Sarnia, Bill Pursell died on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the age of 88.  Beloved husband of the late Theresa “Terry” (2006).  Loving dad of Duncan (Liz), Ian (Charlane), Iona, Terry “Cookie” (Gordon) and Fiona. Legendary Papa of Tara (Ken), William (Lauren), Ian (Kinga), Paul, Jamie, Graeme, Meaghan (Simon), James, Cameron, Caitie and  Ruby. Great-grandfather of Gavin, Max, and Levi.  Brother to Duncan Pursell in Australia, the remaining member of his five siblings.  Dad, Papa, Bill, Willie or Mr. Pursell.  No matter how you knew him, he was resolutely considered a gentleman defined by his integrity, his love of his family and his very positive attitude towards life. He equally loved Lakeshore as much as his beloved Scotland and his childhood home Davaar House in Campbeltown.   A member at Sarnia Golf Club for 54 years, he was still golfing last season and only the poor weather kept him from teeing off this year.  He shot his age at 81.  He enjoyed table tennis and treasured new friends at the Strangway Centre.  We were never sure what it was, but he played pickle ball until a hamstring injury in 2016.  He made marmalade just last month which he shared widely and was obsessed with its consistency. We continued the tradition of Lakeshore holidays with him cooking the turkey and these dinners were central to him and to us in every way.  A prolific writer, a few of his memoirs have been published in The Kintyre Magazine and the spring edition carried his most recent one.  He grew more proud of his heritage as the years went on and he kept up a number of relations in his home town of Campbeltown.  He was called upon yearly to recite In Flanders Fields at St. Andrews Church and in 2016, he did it from memory with no notes and often did the Ode to the Haggis or Toast to Canada at their Burns Supper.  He loved going to the Bridge to take walks, talk to the locals fishing, and read his Globe & Mail and maybe take a wee snooze in the car.  He absolutely adored his grandchildren and they in turn adored him always anxious to tell him, show him or write to him about their school, their jobs, their relationships and pretty much anything.  According to them, he was “such a legend” and this sentiment was felt by everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.  He was wise, kind, current in many sports and myriad political issues.  Dad was obsessed with his bird feeder and the weather as the Scottish tend to be.   His absence is unimaginable but his legacy sustains us. As an expression of sympathy, friends may wish to send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, Palliative Care through  www.bwhf.ca or mail to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia N7T 6S3.  Private family arrangements arrangements entrusted to The McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE (519-344-3131).  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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TAYLOR: Kathleen Carol of Oil Springs

Posted by on June 13, 2017

TAYLOR, Kathleen Carol (nee Martin) – Age 76, of Oil Springs, passed away London Health Sciences – University Campus on Friday, June 9, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Harry Taylor (2015) for 58 years. Loving mother of Alyce (Keith) McKeegan and Mark (Marie) Taylor. Dear grandmother of Trevis McKeegan, Sarah (Vinnie) Atkinson, Kyle McKeegan, Matthew Taylor, Danielle Mullen-Taylor, Jesse Taylor. Great-grandmother of Meghann Kelly, Dalton Kershaw, Tanner Atkinson, Nicholas Atkinson, Araya McKeegan and great-great grandmother of Nolah Mae. Survived by her sister Betty, brother-in-law Harold (late Gail) Taylor and sister-in-law Marguerite (late Nelson) Taylor. Predeceased by her parents Carl and Rachel (nee Laforge) Martin, infant son Rudy and grandson Joshua Taylor.
A private family service has taken place followed by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 519-864-1193.

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NICHOL: Ruth Aliane of Forest, Ontario

Posted by on June 12, 2017

Nichol, Mrs. Ruth (nee Vanderburg)

With her family by her side, passed away at North Lambton Lodge on Monday, June 12, 2017, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Finlay Wilkinson, and the late Frank Nichol. Loving mother of Bernice McKellar (Bob), and Melvin Wilkinson (Joan), stepmother of Bruce (Pearl) Nichol, Jacque (Peter) Ridout, Myrna Pickering (Robert), and the late Janet Arnold. Stepmother in law of Bruce Arnold. Ruth will also be missed by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents, Dorothy & Earl Vanderburg, and her sister, Doris Tanton (late Mac), her brothers Edwin Vanderburg (late Pauline), and Jack Vanderburg. Survived by her sister in law Florence Vanderburg.  Visitation will take place at DENNING’S OF FOREST, 9 James Street South, Forest, Ontario, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm with Funeral Service to follow in the chapel at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Uttoxeter Cemetery. For those who wish, in memoriam donations to the Uttoxeter Cemetery Board or to Forest United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.denning.ca

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McLEAN, Wayne of Sarnia

McLEAN, WAYNE – Michael “Wayne” McLean, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7:41am.  He was dearly loved by his wife Theresa Marie and his children Sandra (Natalie, Sonja, Sacha); Dan and Kelly (Kelsi, Devon) and Shaune (Brittany, Jace) and great grandson Nash.  He is also survived by sisters: Mary Ford, Jean McIntyre, Judy McIntyre and brothers: Paul and John (Jack). Many nieces and nephews will also miss him.  He was the son of the late Thomas and Florence (Nightingale) McLean and was also predeceased by his brothers Thomas, Peter, Albert, David and sisters Florence (Peggie) and Carole. A special thanks to Bob and Carol Harding and all Wayne’s in-laws. A family viewing period will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Private cremation and interment will follow later at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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THIBERT, John of Sarnia

THIBERT, JOHN – John Paul Thibert passed away suddenly at Blue Water Health, Sarnia, ON, on June the 9th, 2017.  He was predeceased by his loving parents Andrew and Bernadette Thibert, his brother Danny Thibert and sister Madeline Thibert. John will be missed by his brother Mark and sister Michelle Thibert.  He was also a loving and proud uncle to his nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. Family was everything to John. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am. Cremation and interment services will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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