FREER: Robert Clifford Arthur “Bob”

Posted by on July 28, 2015

FREERPeacefully, surrounded by his family, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday July 27th, 2015, Bob Freer in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Brenda (nee Cooper) for 43 years. Loving father of Reg (Elaine), Les, Richard, and Bob (Stacey). Bob will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother Larry (Monica) and his sister Lynda (Glenn). Predeceased by his parents Reg and Eileen Freer. In keeping with Bob’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kerwood. Arrangements entrusted to Denning’s of Strathroy.

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THUSS: Karen Annette of London

Posted by on July 28, 2015

MEMCARDSurrounded by family and friends on Monday July 27th, 2015, Karen A. Thuss (nee Schalk) at the age of 52. Beloved wife of Alfons M. Thuss. Loving mom of Julia D. Donker (Levy), Michael P. Graansma, Josh A. Thuss (Courtney), Tini A. Thuss (John-Ross), Fraser F. Thuss, and Melissa J. Kooyman (Liam). Proud grandma to Rylee, Joshua and Xavier. Karen is survived by her mother Joanne Schalk and her brothers Frank H. Schalk (Nelia) and John J. Schalk (Paula). Predeceased by her father Pieter C. Schalk (1982). Karen will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends. Friends and family will be received at East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe Street East, Strathroy, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9pm, where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday morning at 11am. Donations in Karen’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Denning’s of Strathroy.

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GILESSE: Mieke of London

Posted by on July 28, 2015

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Peacefully, at University Hospital in London, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, Eleonora “Mieke” Petronella Gillesse, of London, formerly of Sarnia, passed away at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Marinus “Martin” Gillesse (2004). Loving mother of Anthony “Tony” Gillesse of London and Philip Gillesse of Kingston. Cherished grandmother of three grandchildren. Dear sister of John Cook. Predeceased by her brother Casey Cook. Family and friends will be received at A. Millard George Funeral Home Reception Centre, 60 Ridout Street South, London (located on the south east corner of the parking lot), on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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CANT; Kathleen Mae (Kaye)(nee Calhoun), formerly of London

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Cantkathleenfolder.1jpgCANT; Kathleen Mae (Kaye)(nee Calhoun) formerly of London, passed away at the age of 100 years on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Site, Petrolia. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Cant (1993). Always remembered by her sister Marie Bain and by her nieces and nephews; Pat Coke (Wes), Sharon McLean (Doug), Larry Calhoun (Elliot Rutter), Nancy Jeffrey (Gord), and Karen Cross (Greg). Kaye was predeceased by her brother Ralph Calhoun (2009), sister-in-law Doris Calhoun (2007), brother-in-law Ken Bain (2012), and her niece Dianne Bain (2013). Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 12:00 noon until 12:45 p.m. at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia, where the funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jim Breen officiating. Interment at Alvinston Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (www.sarniahumanesociety.com). Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.

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PHILLIPS: Alfred “Slug”

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, July 27, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Alfred Thomas “Slug” Phillips passed away at the age of 79. Beloved husband and best friend of Edna (Monteith) of 60 years. Loving father of Cheryle (Tim) O’Hara, Dan (Kate), Doug, Dave (Priscilla) and Dennis (Becky). Treasured grandfather of Melissa (Duane), Jared, Chelsea, Dania, Tayler (Kara), Brady, Rikki (Cody), Clayton and Emma. Cherished great-grandfather of Adriana and Dean. Dear brother of Ernest “Butch”. Alfred will be missed by his faithful companion Molly.  Predeceased by his brother Alex and by his sister Maxine. Alfred was a teacher at Northern Collegiate for many years and was very active in the local sporting community. He coached baseball, winning an Ontario championship; and coached minor hockey, coached and managed the Sarnia B’s and won an Ontario Championship with the Bolger Lodge Juveniles.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BROCK: Allan Douglas

Posted by on July 28, 2015

It is with profound sadness that the family of Allan Douglas Brock announce his passing at London Health Sciences Centre on July 26, 2015 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with renal cancer.  Devoted husband of Verona (nee Carrothers) for almost 44 years.  Deeply loved father of Jeff (Genevieve) and Doug (Lisa).  Adored “Grampa” to Brandon, Lea, Sarah, Jordan, Allan and Owen.  Predeceased by his wonderful parents Doug and Marie and father and mother-in-law Burnus and Alice Carrothers.  A wonderful brother who will be missed by Pauline and Vern Phibbs, Lynda and Chuck Chanda, Wilson and Donna Brock, brother and sister-in-law Ron and Carol Carrothers, and predeceased by Calvin Carrothers (2012).  A kind and loving uncle and provider of advice to his nieces and nephews, as well as cousins and his Aunt Donelda Brock.  Allan graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1971, was called to the Bar in 1975 and practiced law in Corunna ever since.  With his family and friends, he enjoyed his favourite things: helping coach his sons Jeff and Doug in hockey and baseball, watching his grandson Brandon play hockey, reading, fishing, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, New England Patriots and Toronto Maple Leafs.  Allan was a wise, loving, generous and humble role model not only for his sons and grandchildren but also his nieces and nephews who will carry on his legacy for many years to come.  And he will be missed by his faithful canine companion Rocky.  Allan had a kind heart and generous nature and always delighted in a good joke. A special thank you to Dr. Fortin and her team, Dr. Winquist and his team, the special nurses on the thoracic floor at LHSC and the special care given by the doctors and staff at Bluewater Health.  Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with reception afterwards.  A private family burial will follow.  Donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia & District Humane Society, Victoria Order of Nurses – Sarnia-Lambton District, or London Health Services Centre – Renal Cell Cancer Research (Victoria Campus) (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ROBINSON: Jerry

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Jerry Robinson passed away at the age of 80. Remembered by his wife Henrietta, who was also his caretaker for the last 10 years. Loving father of Ricky (Wendy) Robinson and Diane Page (the late Robert Hardy). Cherished grandfather of Denise and great-grandfather of Parker and Troy. Special Uncle to Frank and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grandson Jean Paul Page. A special thank you to Robin, Dr. Maddison, and the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice. Cremation has taken place. A private family service was held. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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WILLIAMSON; Roger of Petrolia

Posted by on July 26, 2015

Williamson1Passed away after a long battle with cancer at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Saturday July 25, 2015.  ROGER JOHN WILLIAMSON, of Petolia, was in his 75th year.   Roger will be missed by his wife Judy (nee Turnbull), his daughters Julie (Mike) Graham, Marcy (Chris) Dawson, and Nikole (Bruno) Ferrera, and his grandchildren Alexandra Graham, Victoria Graham, Sydney Dawson, Joseph Ferrera,  and Olivia Ferrera.   Roger was predeceased by his parents John and Leone (nee Finlayson) Williamson.  He was a loved brother-in-law to Jim and Monica Turnbull and the late Patricia Foster.  Roger also had many great memories of the late  Russ and Valera McCallum and his extended family Terry and Sandra McCallum, Ron and Darlene Armstrong, and Joyce Finlayson.  He will also be missed by his good friends Lyle and Irene Huether.  Roger retired in 1997 after spending many years as the manager of the Beer Store in Petrolia.  After retiring from the Beer store Roger enjoyed working for Marty Souch at Shoreline Express.   He was also active in the community spending 45 years as a member of the Wyoming Lions Club, recently receiving his Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Lions Foundation of Canada(www.dogguides.com) , St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Petrolia, the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca).  Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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Racher: Gladys May of Sarnia

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Gladys May Racher died peacefully on of July, 25th, 2015 at the age of 96. Gladys was predeceased by her husband Dr. Earl Francis Racher. She is sister to Douglas and Gordon(Bud) Miller , and Ian Miller ( deceased) Beloved mother of Beverley McNeill ( Murray), Sharon Williamson (Tom) and Brian Racher. Fondly loved by grandchildren Scott McNeill (Stephanie), Rob McNeill (Amy), Marcie Meza (Felix), Jeff Williamson (Tarah), Jennifer Kondrat (Jeff) and Corey Racher (Hillary). Great grandchildren include Sydney and Ryan McNeill, Max and Alex Meza and Nash and Tyler Kondrat. In keeping with Gladys’ wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service or visitation. Private family interment of ashes has taken place at Hillsdale Cemetery in Petrolia. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE LTD.

 

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PARK: L. Helena

Posted by on July 26, 2015

It is with much love and sadness that her family announces the passing of Laura “Helena” Park, 90, on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Helena was predeceased by her beloved husband Russell, her parents Victor and Grace Tait (Campbell) and her in-laws Gordon and Mabel Park (Anderson). Also predeceased by brothers Mac (Bernadette), Ted and Peter, sisters Margaret (William and Gordon) and Grace (Clifford) as well as brothers-in-law Lloyd (Dorothea), Clarence and sister-in-law Ina (Allen). Helena is survived by her much loved children; Don (Joan), Marilyn (Vincent) Egan and Doug (Lorraine). Mom had much love and pride in her heart for her nine grandchildren; Erin, Jenny (Phil), Jonathan (Ashley), Alanna, Laura (Brian), Kevin (Victoria), Christina (Drew), Carilyn (Norm) and David (Christine). She was a loving “Gigi” to her six beautiful great-grandchildren; Owen, Georgia, Mallory, Jack, Maggie and Charlotte. Dear sister-in-law to Pauline, Helen, Barb, and Dora. Mom was a strong believer in the value of extended family and took much pleasure in staying connected and up-to-date with her many nieces and nephews. Over the years she also enjoyed the closeness of her small community and the many neighbours who became close friends. Her abiding faith and the fellowship of her church family remained of paramount importance to Helena from the early days of Bunyan Baptist Church and continued at Central Baptist Church. Mom believed in quietly living her faith and over the years served as a volunteer with the Red Cross and Palliative Care at Sarnia General Hospital. She also served as a past president of the Baptist Women’s Mission Society and remained a member of the Grace Kenyon Mission Circle. Helena was a founding partner of Parkland Farms, first with her husband Russell and in the ensuing years with her son Doug and her grandson Dave. She was active in the daily management of the farm into her 80’s and remained keenly interested up until her passing. Mom was never happier than in the company of family and friends enjoying meals as well as sharing and making memories. She will be missed by all whose lives she so enriched with her strength, wisdom and compassion. The family wishes to express our deep gratitude to the caregivers who made it possible for Mom to remain in her home close to all she held dear. We also would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Maddison, Dr. Hines and the wonderful staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice for making our last days with Mom so comforting. In keeping with Helena’s lifelong interest in agriculture and missions, those wishing to make a donation may consider directing their gift to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, C/O Bluewater Growing Project. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with the interment to follow in Irwin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ELDRIDGE: Janet Susanne

Posted by on July 26, 2015

Peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Janet Eldridge went home to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 68. Loving mother of Kristen (Tristan) Mason. Cherished grandmother of Jayden and Mackenzie. Dear sister of Mary Anne Browne, Rob (Karen) Eldridge and Doug (Cindy) Eldridge. Remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by her parents Lillian and Cyril Eldridge. Janet taught for many years at Lakeroad Public School before her retirement in 2008. The family would like to extend a special thank you to those who took such wonderful care of Janet and showed us so much support and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Rd., Sarnia. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Janet’s life on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Trinity Anglican Church, 1194 Murphy Rd, Sarnia at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Sarnia and District Humane Society. (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HELPS: A. Jean

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of A. Jean Helps on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at LHSC – University Campus at the age of 85.  Jean was the beloved wife of the late Gordon Helps (2006).  Loving mother of Brenda Fraser (Ian), Bruce Helps (Sally), Joan Clinton (Eric) and Janice McDonald (Steve).  Cherished grandmother of Tracy Upham (Keith), Kelly Butler (Sean), Kayla and Brooke Helps, Scott, Julie, and Ben Clinton, Nicole and Seana McDonald and great-grandmother of Cadance Upham, Brody and Jace Butler.  Dear sister of Murray Elliott (Marion), Harvey Elliott (Gladys) and sister-in-law of Ken (the late Marguerite) Helps, Ross (Maxine) Helps, Gerald (the late Eleanor) Helps, Donna (Jack) Bates, Betty (the late Earle) Helps, Shirley (the late Clayton) Helps and Doreen (the late Arnold) Helps.  Jean is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her parents, William and Cora Elliott, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Howard & Marion Helps and Marion & Roy Leslie.  Jean was a devoted member of Mandaumin United Church. Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with the interment to follow in Wyoming Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to # 3 Striker Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please).

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PEASE: Minerva Ann (Johnson)

Posted by on July 25, 2015

Peacefully at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital on Friday, July 24, 2015, Minerva Ann Pease (née Johnson) went to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 81.  Beloved wife of the late Everett.  She will be greatly missed as loving mother of Brenda (Ken) Esser, Brad (Bea) Allen, Nancy (Dave) Wilcocks, and Carolyn (Steve) McDougall; dear sister of the late Elmer (Betty) Johnson, Bill (Marg) Johnson, the late Don (the late Marg) Johnson and Myrna (Orville) Redick. Minerva always enjoyed her grandchildren: Luana Brkic, Lee and Jolene Esser, Tiffany Harris, Jessica Campbell, Nattasha Clements; Brock, April and Jillian Wilcocks; Shaelyn and Madison McDougall; Shalom and Adaolisa Agu, along with her 9 great-grandchildren.  Minerva was a longtime member of Peoples Church, and worked as the church secretary and organist for many years. Her greatest joy in life was her family.  Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Smith Funeral Home. A private family interment will be held. If desired, sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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FAWCETT: Gail Anne

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Gail Fawcett on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the age of 54. Loved mother of Donald, Arnold and Jeremiah. Dear daughter of Mary Lou Williams and Wallace (Marie) Fawcett. Missed by her siblings Janet, Judy, twin brother Gary (Char), Rick (Mary Lou) White, Sheila (Tim) Yendall, Wallace (Heather), Julie (Pete), Hilda, Glen “Jinx”, and the late Donna Rogers (2015). Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her stepmother Sharlene Oliver. Family and friends will be received at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Centre on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Aamjiwnaang First Nations Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).  Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

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BLAKE: Marline

Posted by on July 25, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by her family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, July 20, 2015, Marline Blake passed away at the age of 69. Beloved wife and best friend of John for 51 years. Loving mother of Lori (Rick) Trowbridge, Brian Blake, and Dave Blake (Lisa). Cherished Gramma of Matthew and Michael Trowbridge, Alex and Jami Blake, and Briceson Blake. Dear sister of Harvey Momney and Arline DeMoore (Pat). Sister-in-law of Connie (Gary) Moreland, Pat (Mike) Suisham, and Dennis McFadden. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Viola “Dolly” Momney, her in-laws Edward and Yvonne Blake, and her sister Geraldine McFadden. Special thank you to Dr. Gannon, Dr. Leslie, Dr. Crombeen and St. Joseph’s Hospice staff and volunteers, CCAC, and VON. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Marline’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, St. Joseph’s Hospice, VON, or Erie St. Clair CCAC (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HOPKINS: Lisa

Posted by on July 25, 2015

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Lisa Hopkins (nee Orlando) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Bluewater Health. Lisa lived her life with amazing strength and used those qualities to battle her illness. Beloved wife and best friend of Bryan Hopkins. Cherished mother of Christopher, Tyler and Lauren. Treasured daughter of Antonina and Vincenzo Orlando and special daughter-in-law of Babette Gladwish and the late Ronald J. Gladwish (1998). Loving sister of Antonietta Sottosanti, Rose Flamia and Al (Shirley) Orlando, and sister-in-law of Bonnie Gladwish (Elizabeth Maloney), Barry (Gail) Hopkins, R. Jay (Phyllis) Gladwish, Kim (Karen) Gladwish, Penny Gladwish, and the late Todd Gladwish (2005). Deeply missed by her very special Godchildren, many nieces and nephews, and missed by many cousins, as far away as Italy and New York. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the London Victoria Cancer Clinic or the Canadian Cancer Society, Sarnia-Lambton (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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Cox, William James

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At Afton Park Place Nursing Home on Thursday July 23, 2015 WILLIAM JAMES COX age 93 of Sarnia. Beloved husband of the late Jessie Mae (Haynes) Cox. Dear father of Ruth Aiken and her husband Tye of Sarnia and Wayne Cox and his wife Jan of Haliburton. Loving grandfather of Steve (Heather), Sarah (Cavin), Sheryl (Chris), Andrea (Trevor) and Laura. Great-grandfather of Quinn, Hayden, Carissa, Russell, William, Bryce, Mallory, Garrett and Joel. Brother of Betty McGregor and her late husband Murray of Guelph. Mr. Cox was a member of the Sarnia Real Estate Board and a longtime member of Grace United Church. Cremation has taken place and a family graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery on August 10th at 1:00 p.m.   Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Ludgate, Douglas George of Sarnia

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So long “Big Guy”. On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 you left the way you lived, with a sense of elan and a “quip on your lip”.

George P. Ludgate was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1927 of Canadian parents. He was educated at Regiopolis College in Kingston, Ont., at Lorne Greene’s Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto; at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (BA and MA), and at Madison University in Mississippi (Ph.D).

Dr. “G” had a remarkable and interesting career in broadcasting and education. His broadcasting career started in 1949. He was best known as the voice of Knob Hill Farms, Canada’s largest retail grocery chain until its closure in 2000. The firm was owned by the late Steve Stavro, who also controlled Maple Leaf Gardens after Harold Ballard’s death, and was responsible for the construction of what is now the Air Canada Centre and home of the NHL Leafs and NBA Raptors. Besides Toronto and Sarnia, Ont., Ludgate also worked in New York and Detroit.

While in Canada, Ludgate broadcast professional football, Sarnia Imperials/Golden Bears, and during his years at Bowling Green voiced BGSU Falcon football on an Ohio network.

His career in education started in 1968 as an Assistant Professor of Communications at Oakland Community College, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. While in New York during the early 1970s, he taught at Long Island University, Hunter College and Mercy College.

Upon his return to Canada in 1979, he was a general sales manager of a metro Toronto radio station as well as co-founder of Rowley/Pearce Associates (RPA), an advertising/promotion and marketing firm partnering with the late John ‘Jack’ Hodson. This firm pioneered radio coverage of motor sports from Mosport Park, Ont., as well as Shannonville Motor Speedway at Belleville, Ont. and Cayuga Raceway outside of Hamilton/Burlington. Ken Swirsky of Sarnia was the online producer of the events.

Ludgate remained in Toronto until 1988 when he returned to Sarnia.

He academic pursuits were rekindled when he accepted a position in 2000 as an adjunct faculty member at Baker College in Port Huron, Mich., where he was an instructor in the General Education and Business Departments. He co-authored a presentation to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, granting Baker College permission as a private institution to offer college courses and degrees in Sarnia.

After the death of his wife, the former Janet Lindsey, in December 2004, Ludgate moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He remained associated with Baker College as an online instructor in the Business Department.

While in Los Angeles he, along with his son, became lifetime board members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in the preparation of the Los Angeles chapter’s media materials.

Missing Sarnia more than enjoying the Hollywood lifestyle, he returned to Sarnia in 2010. He continued online teaching up until his death.

He had suffered a broken hip on April 15, 2015 and was admitted to Bluewater Health in Sarnia where he had hip surgery and a pacemaker implanted. After three months of difficult therapy, he passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday morning, July 21, 2015.

George Ludgate is survived by his son, D.G. Spencer Ludgate, who resides in Los Angeles, California, and his many close friends.

A memorial service is being planned. No date has been announced.

 

 

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McKINLEY; Peter, formerly of Wyoming

Posted by on July 24, 2015

McKinleyPeter2goodWith his family by his side on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia. Peter McKinley, who was in his 90th year, was formerly of Wyoming.   Peter was the loving husband of the late Doris (nee Anderson)(2002) and Arvis (nee Neuert). Peter will be missed by his daughter Kathy and her husband Gord Gould of Petrolia, his granddaughter Jennifer and Jim McPhail, his grandson Kyle and Marissa Gould, and his great grandchildren Brady and Samantha. He was predeceased by his brothers John and Jim and his sisters Frances and Jean. Peter was a lifelong farmer in Plympton Township. In his retirement Pete enjoyed golfing and spending his winters in Florida. Visitation and parish prayers were received on Monday from 5 to 8 pm at the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:45 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:00 am from St. Philip’s Parish, King St., Petrolia. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) or the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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LINTON: Ivan of RR#2 Strathroy, Ontario

Posted by on July 23, 2015

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Ivan McLean Linton, 89, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, July 23, 2015.  Beloved husband of the late Greta (Down, 1997).  Loving brother of Ross (Elsie), 1995), Elora, ON and brother in law Jim Watson (Lois, 2014), Parkhill, ON.  Predeceased by his parents Alvin (1976) and Annie Belle (1996), brother John (2009), brothers and sisters in law Ken and Phyllis Phillips and Ivan and Marion Down.  Also survived by foster sons Don Stewart, Strathroy and Doug Stewart, Alberta.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Family and friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY, 32 Metcalfe St. W. on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Funeral service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 264 Princess St, Strathroy on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm.  Interment to follow at Strathroy cemetery.  If desired, memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.  Share a memory at www.denning.ca (519 245-1023).

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Norris, Noreen May

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Peacefully,  on July 23, 2015.  Left to mourn are her three sons, Thomas (Caro), Dr.  Edward (Joan), Terry (Sharon).   Cherished grandmother of 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Also loved and missed by her niece, Joan Reid.  Predeceased by her husband, Thomas (1979) and her parents Jessica and Richard Parry.  She was an avid Legionnaire hockey fan and member of Branch 62 Canadian Legion.  Resting at the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE where services will be held on Monday July 27th at 11:00 a.m. with cremation to follow.  Family and friends will be received one hour before the service.  Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Salvation Army.  

 

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BLACKSTOCK, Keith William of Petrolia

Posted by on July 23, 2015

BLACKSTOCK, Keith William – Surrounded by the love of his family, Keith William Blackstock of Petrolia, in his 88th year, passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health – C.E.E. Site, Petrolia on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Reunited with the love of his life of 69 years, Blanche Marie (Atkinson) Blackstock (April 23, 2015). Left behind to miss him dearly are his daughters Dorothy (George) Mathers of Wyoming, Joyce (Ed) Allen of Hamilton and Shelley (John) Freer of Petrolia. Proud grandfather of Lynn Sharp (Darryl), Janice Mathers, Wayne (Nikki) Mathers, Bradley (Janice) Allen, Joshua (Brenda) Allen, Jared Freer and Sarah Freer. Great-grandfather of Taylor (Courtney) Sharp, Spencer (Meghen) Sharp, Rayna Sharp, Hannah Mathers and Mason Allen. Great-great-grandfather of Jace Sharp. Survived by brother Neil (late Jessie) Blackstock and sister Margaret (Bruce) Gray. Predeceased by parents James and Ethel Blackstock and brother Eric “Speedy” (Alice) Blackstock. Music and friends have always been an important part of Keith’s life, playing piano and later fiddle at family functions, friendly gatherings, community events and nursing homes. Keith was employed at Sarnia Bridgeworks, Welland Chemical and delivered newspapers with Blanche for 43 years. Keith and Blanche farmed in Enniskillen Township for many years.
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Sunday, July 26, 2015 1:00 to 4:00pm.
Funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:00am. Interment to follow at Wyoming Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Alzheimers Society or St. Paul’s United Church, Petrolia.
Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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STEWARDSON, Donna Joyce of Sarnia

Stewardson-webDonna Joyce Stewardson (nee Wells) passed away peacefully on July 22, 2015 in her 88th year. She led a wonderful life full of the things she cherished most: family, friends, travel and dancing. Her wit and charm will be missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Stewardson, her daughter Judy Cannon, her sister Dorothy Dagg and friend Bill McLean. She is survived by her sister, Velda McFarlane, her brother-in-law William Stewardson, her sister-in-law Ann Stewardson, her children Carol McAdam (Bob), Jim Stewardson (Tania Kingston), her son-in-law Garry Cannon, her grandchildren Dawn Marie, Elise (John), Kyle (Christine), Hillary (Jeremy), Graeme and Chad along with 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome to remember Donna at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Visitation at the funeral home will be held prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Cremation has taken place and internment will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery. Charitable gifts (cheques only) may be made to St. Giles Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through ww.djrobb.on.ca.

 “Mom can now be with the love of her life to dance and travel through eternity.”

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the wonderful doctors and nurses of Bluewater Health Services for their kind, caring and thoughtful support of Donna in her final days.

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GAYFORD; Wanda, of Petrolia

Posted by on July 22, 2015

Wanda Margaret Gayford – Peacefully with her family at her side at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Ernest Gayford. Predeceased by her husband Ted Brown and their only child James. Also predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, as well as her treasured Nephew John Salisbury. Loving Aunt to Wayne and Ken Salisbury and their families. In keeping with Wanda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service to follow at a later date. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of Fiddick’s Nursing Home for their loving care and compassion shown to Wanda as well as her family. An extra special thankyou to Nurses Dave, Ann, Ashleigh and Amy of the Nursing Unit (Ruby Hall). A very special thank you to Millie White for everything she did for our Aunt Wanda over the years. It was very much appreciated more than you know. The family kindly ask that expressions of sympathy be made to the Fiddick’s Nursing Home. Arrangements entrusted to NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia (519) 882-0100. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.

“Grief is the price we pay for Love”

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DACHNOWSKI: Anne (Grigorsky) of Sarnia

DachnowskiDACHNOWSKI, Anne (1923-2015) – Peacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Roman (1984). Survived by cousin Sandra Kempisty (Ed), her Goddaughter Dana Hadley (Claude), granddaughter Kelly Erickson, Baba to her children Alexis and Eli, daughter-in-law Patricia Lukasik, sister-in-law Kay Grigorsky, Goddaughter Holly Prosie, step-son Terry Dachnowski (Lynda), step-grandson Lonnie Dachnowski and friends Ann Marie Gagliardi and Marie Frenkowski. Predeceased by parents Mary (1977) and John Grigorsky (1980) and brother Bill Grigorsky (1992). Annie worked at Mueller Brass for 43 years. She enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with her many dogs. She loved her dog Chevy and enjoyed his visits to the nursing home. We want to thank the staff at Trillium Villa for the wonderful care that she received while at the home. Anne will be missed but forever in the hearts of all who knew her. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Friday at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N. Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1 or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

A tree will be planted in memory of Anne Dachnowski  in the McKenzie & Blundy Memorial Forest.  Dedication service Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area.

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