Obituary of BENNETT: Shirley (née Stuart), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 20, 2018

BENNETT, Shirley (née Stuart), of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late Howard C. Bennett (2002).  Mother of Lori Lowitt (Alex) of Monetville.  Grandmother of Kristen Lowitt and Kerrie Blaise (Julian).  Sister of Leila Stuart, Wayne Stuart (Kathryn), and  Larry Stuart (Karen), all of St. Thomas, late Donald Stuart (June of St. Thomas), and the late Douglas Stuart (Marlyne Kirton of London).  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Moosomin, SK, January 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elsie (née Lawson) Stuart.  Shirley was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or 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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Obituary of BECKER, Isabelle Ruth (Schweitzer) formerly of RR 1, Dashwood, in her 89th year

Posted by on March 28, 2018

BECKER: Peacefully, at Exeter Villa Nursing Home, Exeter, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Isabelle Ruth (Schweitzer) Becker, formerly of RR 1, Dashwood, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Lorne Robert Becker (2013). Loved mother and mother-in-law of Diane Leibold of Dashwood, Roy Becker and Debra McNair of RR 2, Crediton, Wayne Becker and Carolyn Rose of RR 3, Zurich. Loving grandma of the late Jeanette Leibold (Tye) (2005), John and Arron Leibold, Samantha and Mike Bond, Christopher and Sonya Gibson, Jamie Becker, Jessica Becker and Michael McAdams and Jennifer Becker. Cherished great-grandma of Alex Leibold and fiancée Chelsey, Nick Leibold, Dayna Tye, Jessica Jones, Deighan Crane, Cody Leibold, Kyle Hayes, Grady Wall, Abby Wall, Sabrina Hiusser, Greg Hiusser, Daeshawna Becker, the late Jacob McAdams (2017). Treasured great-great-grandma of Dallas Tye, Khloe Budd, Skyla Leibold and Tyson Leibold. Dear sister of Kathleen Kirk of Moose Jaw, SK and sister-in-law of Betty (Becker) McIsaac of Crediton. Remembered by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her parents Alvin and Hattie (Lambke) Schweitzer, sister Helen Schweitzer, brothers-in-law Bill Kirk, Allan Becker, Wilmer Pfaff and Don Glanville, sisters-in-law Martha Pfaff and Shirley (Glanville) Becker. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III Officiating. Spring Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Zion Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of BAERG: Dorathy"Dot" Helen of Oliver B.C.

Posted by on March 13, 2018

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Mrs. Dorathy “Dot” Helen Baerg (nee Morrow) of Oliver B.C. passed away at Pentiction Regional Hospital in Pentiction B.C. on Feb 27th 2018 at the age of 71.

Dorathy was born on February 5th 1947 in Prince Rupert B.C. to Rose Elizabeth Dickens and Charles Edward Morrow. She was the youngest of 5 children and was raised in Prince Rupert B.C. Dorathy is Survived by her sister Evelyn Pettigrew, Brother Ross Morrow, only daughter Tammy Morrow Fretz (William Fretz), two granddaughters Michelle Morrow (Tommy Labossiere) and Jessica Morrow, great grandson Kaydyn Labossiere, her cat Sherlock who she treated as a child, and many friends and family. She was preceded in Death by her parents Rose Elizabeth Morrow ( nee Dickens ) and Charles Edward Morrow, her brother Frederick Oden her sister Elvina Smith and Husband Henry Jacob Baerg.

Dorathy has had many adventures in her life and has befriended many people; she was a unique soul and wanted everyone around her to be happy. She was grateful for all her friends and loved her family dearly. Dorathy was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers you can send donations to her granddaughter Michelle Morrow at gofund me page https://www.gofundme.com/dvutd-help-morrow-family to help with any finances that occur or donate to any non-kill cat shelter, as cats were always so close to her heart.

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Obituary of DANN: Gordon Richard of R.R.2 Denfield

Posted by on March 10, 2018

Passed away at L.H.S.C.- University Hospital on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (Brown) Dann (1988). Loving father of Russell and Mary Dann of London, Corinne and Terry Simpson of Milestone, Saskatchewan, Geoffrey Dann and Sharon Moyer of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, the late Kerry Dann (1981), Margaret and Stewart Goud of London, Edith and Edward Totten of Lucan, and Joshua Dann of Clarksburg. Loving Poppy of Nicole, Celia, and Elise; Ryan, Matthew, and Jay; Malcolm, and Ashlee; Brandon, Madelaine, Alexander, Kyle, and Ryan; Cole, Julie, and Ariel. Adored by 5 Great-Granddaughters. Gordon will be missed by the extended Dann and Brown families.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Thursday March 15th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral service will be held on Friday, March 16th at 1 PM with Pastor Paul Vollick, Officiating. Interment Medway Cemetery, Middlesex Centre.

Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of FORD: Gordon Clifford of Exeter Villa formerly of RR1 Woodham

Posted by on March 10, 2018

Passed away peacefully at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Friday, March 9, 2018 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Shirley (Armstrong) Ford for 62 years. Loving father of Rick (Marjorie) Ford of St. Thomas, Julie Ford of London, Dalton Ford of Exeter, Lisa (Jim) McDermott of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and Kristen Rae of Exeter. Loving grandfather of Carrie (Justin) Looy of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Lori (Chris) Seburn of Alymer; Brayden, and Melanie McDermott of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; and Colton Rae of Exeter. Loving great grandfather of Hayden, and Katelyn Looy; Charlie Seburn. Dear brother-in-law of Lee (Nancy) Armstrong of Florida, and Joyce (Harold) Bannow of Michigan.  Predeceased by his siblings Laura Dickey, Ina Baker, Clarence Ford, and Edna Ford. Gordon will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter on Wednesday, March 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 1PM. Interment Exeter Cemetery.

Donations to South Huron Hospital Foundation or Exeter Villa Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The 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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Obituary of CIREZ: Juan ALberto of Calgary Formerly of La Romana, Dominican Republic

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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In the town of Caimanera, Guantánamo Province, Cuba on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Juan Alberto Cirez, age 46 of the City of La Romana, Dominican Republic passed away. He was the loving husband of the Rhonda Deanne Cirez and dear father of Emma Janice Harvey. Cremation took place and a memorial service was held at the foot of the Sierra Maestra on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Private ceremony to spread the ashes was held onsite immediately after the ceremony.

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Obituary of HUTCHINSON: Susan Patricia of Vancouver

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Susan Patricia Hutchinson, 62 (known by her family as ZaZa) of Vancouver, BC, passed away on January 4, 2018 in Vancouver.

Funeral service will be held at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church, 3737 West 27th Avenue (at Dunbar) on January 27th at 1:00 pm with Bishop Barbara Andrews officiating.

Susan was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on May 15, 1955.

She attended Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained as an Anglican Priest, touching many lives through her work serving the Church’s communities in Quebec and BC. She was a trailblazer for women’s issues and advocacy her entire life.

Susan held several executive positions within the Liberal Party of Canada and was very active on multiple election and leadership campaigns, locally and across the country.

She was a Fierce Feminist, Avid Bookworm, “Royals” Fan, Seamstress Extraordinaire (a key member of costuming for Vancouver Pride), and a Loyal Colleague and Friend! Always a ray of sunshine, with her wit and charm and storytelling, forever giving of her time, compassion and strength to others.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Lt. Col. W.E.J. (Bill) Hutchinson, Kathleen Mary Hutchinson (nee Hunter) and will be remembered by her Brother, William Hutchinson, Sister, Barbara Allyn Hutchinson, Nephews and Nieces Hayley McCoy, Joshua Hutchinson, Madison Trusolino, Kate Hutchinson and Declan Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vokra (www.orphankittenrescue.com) or the Judy LaMarsh Fund (https://bcwlc.liberal.ca/judy-lamarsh-fund/).

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Susan’s wonderful friends.

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Obituary of HILL: Thomas Harry, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 19, 2018

HILL, Thomas Harry, of St. Thomas, passed away at home on Friday, February 16, 2018, in his 21st year.  Thomas was born on December 1, 1997 in London, ON.  He was an incredible person with an amazing sense of humour: wise beyond his years; a sensitive and inclusive leader; a gifted musician; and a trusted friend. He will be greatly missed. We are comforted to know that Thomas is with Jesus, whom he loved so much. He was the beloved son of Jonathan Hill and Cheryl (née Miller) Hill, and the amazing brother of Olivia and James.  Loved grandson of Grace Hill and the late Alvin Hill, and Margaret Miller and the late Stanley Miller.  Thomas is also deeply loved and remembered by aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, February 22nd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Thomas’ life will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  Flowers respectfully declined.  In keeping with Thomas’ love and passion for children and youth camps, memorial donations to Wesley Acres Inc. re: Harbour Ridge, or Echo Lake Camp, or Willow Springs Camp will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of HALL: Greg

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Charles Gregory Hall – February 1, 1932 to February 3, 2018

Charles Gregory (“Greg”) Hall passed away peacefully at Victoria Village in Barrie on February 3, 2018, as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 86 years old and, in his own words, he had lived a very full, rewarding and wonderful life.

Greg was born in Saskatoon in 1932 to James and Beulah (Strongest) Hall. The Halls were descendants of Irish immigrants from County Tyrone, Ireland, who first settled in St. Colomban (Que) and eventually in Saskatoon.

Greg had four siblings, all of whom still reside in Saskatchewan: Marilyn, Sharon, Jim and Patrick. Being the oldest, Greg was fondly looked upon by his brothers and sisters as their big, responsible older brother who dutifully looked out for and protected them.

Greg attended Campion College in Regina and started at the Ford Motor Company in 1952, where he worked for 37 years. At the bus stop on his way to work, he took notice of a beautiful Agnes (“Gussie”) Lenore Benko, beginning a love affair lasting 68 years.

Greg and Gussie were married on August 17, 1954 and their 3 children, Warren (Val), Joanne (Jamie) and Bruce (Anne Elise) were all born in Regina. Greg’s work ethic at Ford meant promotions and transfers to Winnipeg and then Brampton. Many long-lasting friendships developed with neighbours from Regina, Winnipeg, Brampton and Barrie.

In 1993, Greg and Gussie moved to Barrie to be close to their grandson Kelly (Gallacher). They settled across from Sunnidale Park, where they spent time with their 3 grandchildren Kelly (Joanne) and Owen and Gwyneth (Bruce and Anne Elise). Greg volunteered with the Barrie Horticultural Society to maintain the park’s expansive gardens and landscape.

Greg was a life-long outdoorsman and loved many kinds of exercise, physical activity and sports, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, skiing, tennis and golf. He was lucky enough to beat the 12,500 to 1 odds and score a hole-in-one in golf. Greg was fortunate to have retired early at the age of 55, allowing many years of good health, outdoor and social activities, volunteering and travel before his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.

During retirement, Greg and Gussie enjoyed many wonderful trips together, including the opportunity to visit Portugal, England, Bermuda, Barbados, Florida and many trips out west to visit family and friends. Greg and Gussie volunteered with Meals on Wheels and spent time at the Parkview Seniors Centre.

Gussie suffered from renal failure in 1997, requiring a long hospital stay and period of recovery. Her fierce determination and strong spirit allowed her to overcome the illness. During this period, Greg provided unwavering support, staying by her side, advocating for her care and treatment and driving to Orillia for multiple hospital visits each week.

In 2004, Greg and Gussie moved from Sunnidale Road to the Roxborough condominium and enjoyed living in Downtown Barrie near the waterfront, parks, activities and shops and restaurants, including Greg’s favourite Mango Chicken at the Royal Thai restaurant.

Gussie, having regained much of her strength and vitality, was able to reciprocate and faithfully looked after Greg and his increasing physical challenges associated with Parkinson’s until he moved into Victoria Village in 2012.

Greg’s time at Victoria Village was surrounded by staff and volunteers who developed an affection for him and always had his best interests in mind. Greg was very brave and accepting of his diagnosis. He always remained positive despite his declining health and mounting challenges and he rarely complained about his condition.

Greg’s attributes and values in life, love, friendships, work and his interests and hobbies were deeply engrained, notably his being a devoted, faithful, honest, kind, and generous person to those around him. He was an extremely hard-working, confident, determined and patient person in both life and business, highly inquisitive in nature and methodical in the way he approached almost everything he did. This was reflected in the many pieces of finely crafted wood furniture he built, his photography and landscaping projects.

Greg was a clever person and loved a challenge in building or fixing something. He would think about it endlessly and research it tirelessly, collect the right tools or parts, reverse engineer it and when it was all said and done, you knew it would last forever. However, he was a perfectionist and he sometimes kept at it until he got it exactly the way he wanted it. It would be hard to imagine if he’d had access to the internet.

Greg didn’t necessarily know or realize it, but he was a great teacher and had a profound influence on his kids, grandkids and siblings. He was a great teacher, not only because he often told or instructed us how to do things, but in that he also showed us by example.

Greg show us by example how to be a great and loving husband, father, son, brother and grand-father and an all-around good, caring, generous and principled person. He also showed us, again by example, how to be hard-working, patient, confident and successful. Greg imparted much of his being and values onto us and we are imprinted with his DNA, therefore these lessons will be taught and lived every day whether we realize it or not.

Our family would like to thank all of Greg’s and Gussie’s family and friends who were an important part of his long and amazing life. We also thank all of the staff at Victoria Village who have diligently cared for him with compassion and grace, especially in his last few weeks.

A celebration of Greg’s life will take place during the spring in Sunnidale Park in Barrie and details will be provided at a later date. No flowers please, only condolences and best wishes left on this website are appreciated. If you feel inclined to make a donation in Greg’s honour, please do so through Parkinson Canada.

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Obituary of PATRIQUIN: Mrs. Doris (née Larson), of St. Marys, Ontario, formerly of St. Thomas

Posted by on January 29, 2018

PATRIQUIN, Mrs. Doris (née Larson), of St. Marys, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Kingsway Lodge on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in her 92nd year.  Beloved wife of Keith D. Patriquin.  Dearly loved mother of Correne Dubois (Michael) of St. Marys, Kenneth Johnson (Tracy) of Nanaimo, BC, Leslie Naritelli (Larry) of Carlsbad, CA, Karen Pashko (Phil) of Tarzana, CA, and Vicki Fox (Jim) of Orange, CA.  Also fondly remembered by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  The last surviving member of her own immediate family, Doris was predeceased by three sisters, Effie Dunlop, Grace Olofson, and Joyce Kaplar, and by three brothers, Clifton, Donald, and Eldon Larson.  Born in Kinistino, SK, December 9, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Delia (née Breimon) Larson.  Doris came to St. Thomas from Kinistino, SK in the late 1950’s, and to St. Marys, ON four years ago.  She was a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church, St. Thomas.  The funeral and committal service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of HUTCHINSON, Susan Patricia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

Susan Patricia Hutchinson, 62 (known by her family as ZaZa) of Vancouver, BC, passed away on January 4, 2018 in Vancouver.

Funeral service will be held at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church, 3737 West 27th Avenue (at Dunbar) on January 27th at 1:00 pm with Bishop Barbara Andrews officiating.

Susan was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on May 15, 1955.

She attended Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained as an Anglican Priest, touching many lives through her work serving the Church’s communities in Quebec and BC. She was a trailblazer for women’s issues and advocacy her entire life.

Susan held several executive positions within the Liberal Party of Canada and was very active on multiple election and leadership campaigns, locally and across the country.

She was a Fierce Feminist, Avid Bookworm, “Royals” Fan, Seamstress Extraordinaire (a key member of costuming for Vancouver Pride), and a Loyal Colleague and Friend! Always a ray of sunshine, with her wit and charm and storytelling, forever giving of her time, compassion and strength to others.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Lt. Col. W.E.J. (Bill) Hutchinson, Kathleen Mary Hutchinson (nee Hunter) and will be remembered by her Brother, William Hutchinson, Sister, Barbara Allyn Hutchinson, Nephews and Nieces Hayley McCoy, Joshua Hutchinson, Madison Trusolino, Kate Hutchinson and Declan Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vokra (www.orphankittenrescue.com) or the Judy LaMarsh Fund (https://bcwlc.liberal.ca/judy-lamarsh-fund/).

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Susan’s wonderful friends.

 

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Obituary of SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of SKELTON, Catherine Frances (nee Laycock)

Posted by on January 4, 2018

SKELTON, Cathy (Cookie) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Cathy, 74, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on January 2nd, 2018. Loving mother of Lisa Gallant & Chad (Ashley). Proud Nana to Haley, Brooke, Cameron, Lily and Maddie. Sister to Dorothy Henning, Harold Laycock and Lorna McCracken. Pre-deceased by parents Russ and Pearl Laycock, sister Betty Hayward and brothers Max, Martin, Bill and Ted. 

Employed 38 years at GE/Black & Decker and 11 years at Johnson Controls. Recent employee of Casino Rama and devoted volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society and  Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, cooking and travelling near and far with family and closest girlfriends. Cathy also took great joy in participating in the lives of her grandchildren, whether it was trips to the zoo, taking them to lessons or work, she loved spending every minute she could with them.  Cathy’s overwhelming, generous and devoted support to her family & friends will be greatly missed. 

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1pm to 4pm at the Ivy Orange Hall, 5099 20th Sideroad of Essa Township. A private family interment will be held in the spring. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through peacefultransition.ca In lieu of flowers donations to the RVH and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of WYATT: Beulah Agnes of Strathroy

Posted by on December 13, 2017

Peacefully on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at Sprucedale Care Centre, Beulah Agnes Wyatt of Strathroy passed away in her 100th year. Beloved wife of the late Lorne Wyatt (2000). Loving mother of Neil, Ron and Bob Wyatt. Beulah was a cherished grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is survived by her brother Jack Whittle of Kelowna. Beulah will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her siblings Helen Gerry, Evelyn Stephenson, Gladys McCormick, Lennea Statton and Fred Whittle.

As per Beulah’s wishes; cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.denning.ca.

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Obituary of 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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Obituary of HINES: Doug of Toronto

Posted by on December 7, 2017

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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 celebratingdoughines@gmail.com 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 www.whhrescue.com or please give to Pancreatic Cancer Canada to a personal page at http://donate.pancreaticcancercanada.ca/site/TR/DIY-FundraiseforUs/DIY-FundraiseforUs?px=1150296&pg=personal&fr_id=1296

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Obituary of 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 www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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

Posted by on November 3, 2017

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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 GoFundMe.com, 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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Obituary of EZARD: Robert of Kelowna Formerly of Georgetown, Ont.

Posted by on November 3, 2017

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EZARD, Robert Mark (Bob)
Bob passed away at Kelowna General Hospital on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at the age of 83 surrounded by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all of us. He is survived by his wife Sylvia who he was married to for 54 years; by his son Mark and Janice Ezard and grandchildren Jennifer and Elliott Richardson and Matthew Ezard; by his daughter Jody and Todd Zummack and grandchildren Jenna, Christine, John, and Michael; and by his son Happy and Nicola Ezard and grandchildren Gavin, Matt and Brandon and the many foster children that Bob stepped in to be grandfather to. The Celebration of Life will be held in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Home, 1211 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna on Wednesday October 18 at 10:00am followed by a graveside service at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 12:30pm. A reception will follow immediately at the family home at 1558 Mountain Avenue, Kelowna.

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Obituary of Monaghan, Bernadette May of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

Monaghan, Bernadette May (O’Keefe) – At Marshall Gowland Manor Nursing Home in Sarnia, on Thanksgiving Day October 9th, 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016). Bern is survived by two sons, Dennis (Dee) and Cook (Mary), her grandchildren Lindsay (James), Donald, Ellis, and Evelyn, and two great-grandchildren Madison and Arthur. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5th-9th, 2017. Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A heartfelt “thank-you” to Cousins Muggs, Jackie, Dela and neighbour Bonnie for their support, their time, and their every effort and thank you, Mary, for everything; and thank you Evelyn for carrying on a tradition of strong women within this family. As she wished, mom will be cremated, however, friends and family can visit, share, and laugh, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia Branch 62, 286 Front Street north on October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  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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Obituary of FAST: Jeffrey Allan of Foxboro

Posted by on October 10, 2017

FAST, Jeffrey Allan ~ of Foxboro, entered into rest at Quinte Healthcare, Trenton Memorial Hospital on Monday October 9th, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Dear son of the late Peter & Olive Fast (nee Weir). Beloved husband of Janice Denise Fast (nee Funk). Cherished father of Joel Allan Fast of Belleville, Aron Nathanael Fast of Waterloo, Naomi Elizabeth Fast of Kingston and Lucas Daniel Fast of Foxboro. Dear brother of Lorna Fast of Orillia, Jonathan Fast (Kathy) of St. Catharine’s and Lisa Florschutz of Midland. Jeffrey will be missed by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; Faith Peters (Peter) of Winnipeg, Phyllis Schmidt (LeRoy) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Cyndy Willms (Phil) of Watrous, Saskatchewan and Gilmour Funk (Hannah) of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Friday evening October 13th, from 6:30 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Quinte Alliance Church, 373 Bridge Street West, Belleville on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Allan Langlois officiating. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Corbyville.

If desired, donations to the Huntington Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”

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Obituary of O’CONNOR, Jonathan of Grand Bend, formerly of Vancouver, age 47

Posted by on October 10, 2017

O’CONNOR:  Jonathan Ian O’Connor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10th 2017, at home, surrounded by family, after a long fight with cancer.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jon, known for his sporting achievements, excelled in both hockey and soccer, went to South Huron District High School and then Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. After receiving an MA in International Studies from University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK,  Jon moved to Singapore and traded oil for several banks. His trading career culminated as Head Trader for Merrill Lynch in London, England. In 2012, Jon and family returned to Canada, where he founded a hops import and export company in British Colombia, with an Ontario office in Centralia. His passion for sports never waned.  Husband and best friend of Elaine (Shields) O’Connor, recently of Edmonton.  Loved and devoted father of Oscar, Caroline and Constance O’Connor.  Forever loved son of Dr. Liam O’Connor and his wife Wendy of Grand Bend and dear brothers David O’Connor (Silvia) and Dane Richardson (Emily).  Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families. Also mourned by the Allen and Shields families.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Son Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with Family and Parish prayers being offered at 8:45 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Fr. Len Desjardins Celebrant.  Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to: Health Partners International or Grand Bend Community Health Centre or charity of choice.  For Private Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of HEISLER: Mrs. Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2017

HEISLER, Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 2, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Bernard J. “Pat” Heisler (May 16, 2017).  Mother of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandmother of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandmother of Scarlett and Ava.  She was the sister of the late Margery Kenney, and the late Dorothy Trebbien.  Dear friend of Sue and Leighton Ellis, and Donna Virag.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, June 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Hattie (née Davidson) Cooke.  Mildred formerly worked in the cafeteria at K-Mart, Elgin Mall, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to all the nurses and staff at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for making Mildred’s passing so peaceful.

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Obituary of JURKOVIC: Kruno of Surrey Formerly of Yugoslavia

Posted by on September 6, 2017

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Kruno passed away peacefully in his home on August 10th, 2017, after struggling with various ailments for several years. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. As a master tradesperson, he took great pride in his work. He had a very fulfilling life and was very much a family man. He will be missed dearly by his loved ones, and will never be forgotten. His wonderful stories about coming to Canada, and about life in general will always be remembered. We love you. We miss you. Rest in peace.

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