Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of Lewicki (nee Fischer), Myrna Pauline

Posted by on November 24, 2018

 

After a hard fought battle with COPD, our beloved mom/grams/aunt, Myrna Lewicki (nee Fischer) passed away peacefully Thursday, November 22nd at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. She was our rock…..and she kept us together as a family in her final week.

Daughter of Paul and Agnes Fischer. Beloved mom of daughter, Debbie Smith, son Dean Lewicki and daughter-in-law Beth Phillips. Cherished Grams of Kyle Smith, Chelsea and Brianna Lewicki – they will desperately miss their Grams.

It was Myrna’s wishes that there be no service – just a private family celebration. As a family, we honored all of her wishes while she was in hospice care and we will continue to honor her wishes after her passing.

Our family would like to express such immense gratitude to the incredible home care workers at Chartwell Lynnwood – Janice and Carla, and the Palliative Care nurses and doctor at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. Specifically – Eloise, Erica and Dr Eydt. We could not have asked for a better end of life journey for our mom/grams.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a Memorial Gift in Myrna’s name to the Chilliwack Hospice Society. www.chilliwackhospice.org. The family asks that you specify your donation be directed specifically to the Cascades Hospice facility in Chilliwack.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

(Author Unknown)

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Obituary of PARKER: Charles Allen (Al) of Belleville

Posted by on November 13, 2018

 

 

Charles Allen (Al) Parker– suddenly at his residence, on Sunday November 4th, 2018, in his 83rd year. Husband of Eileen Parker. Dear father of Pamela (Donald) Pestaluky of Ottawa, Janice (Terry) Parker, Dana (Liz) Parker both of Saskatchewan, Kimberly (Donald) Read of Plainfield and Calvin (Angela) Parker of Belleville. Remembered by grandchildren John, Amanda, Erica, Jessica, Alicia, Melanie, Allen, Victoria, Curtis and great grandchildren Logan, Colby, Conner, Carson and Braxon. Brother of Dallice Carter and predeceased by brother Wayne Parker.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West,  Belleville (613-968-2273) on Sunday November 11th, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. A Memorial service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Steele Family Centre.

If desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated.

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Obituary of CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

CHONG, SUSAN – Surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, October 4, 2018, Susan (Mark) Chong, age 85 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William Logie Chong (1994) and dear mother of William Chong Jr. and his wife Johanne, Darrell Chong, Sharon Davies and her husband Dr. Brian Davies, grandmother of Melissa Chong (Matthew Lorbetski), Matthew Chong (Marissa Lewington)), Connor Davies (Brooke Clubb) and Jasmine Davies (Billy O’Mahony Jr.), great-grandmother of Lucas and Ethan Lorbetski, Tess Chong and lovingly anticipated Miller Davies (January 2019). She is survived by her sister Helen (Drew Magor), her brother William (Doreen) and her sister in law Gretta Mark. She was predeceased by her infant brother George, her brother David and her sister Maria. Susan fled communist China in 1949 and made Canada her new and much loved home. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities including SMAA, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, I.O.D.E. and was also named to the Mayor’s Honour’s List in 1993. She was an avid fan of the Maple Leafs and Argos and a loud, vocal and opinionated cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting interests and activities. Friends may visit at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9) on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 261 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Susan to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “The family wishes to thank Dr. Lori Kolono and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care”

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Obituary of Rumpel ,Rick from regina,sk

Posted by on October 5, 2018

its with great sorrow that we see the passing of rick rumpel.

After a long battle with cancer,we see him return home.
he was known for driving cab in Saskatoon for quite a few years,along with his superb carpentry skills
and out going personality .he lived an interesting life traveling and seeing parts of the world.
and always sending pictures of his travels to friends and Family.
he moved from Saskatoon to bc in the mid 90s and lived out a good part of his life their as
a set carpenter for movies.and as a maintenance man for sound studios in the Vancouver area
he had a wonderful love of music,and made many friends in the industry.
he had met true love in 97 and was married for 21 years before his passing

he will be missed by his family and friends greatly

he is survived by his wife Karin Rumpel and children Jhir-ett Kaye(Rumpel) ,Amber Rumpel ,Tiffany Rumpel , Rolanda Rumpel
Step Daughters Nadine Klein and Melanie Schwienke
Brother David Rumpel
Grandchildren Caysen ,Makayla ,Sahara, and Valkyrie
And many other friends and family

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Obituary of ALBERT EDWIN SCHNELL, C.C.C., Hon. B.A.S.

Posted by on August 29, 2018

August 9, 1935 – August 23, 2018

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear husband and father, Albert Edwin Schnell, at home at the age of 83. He was a gentle and loving pillar of strength and will be missed immensely by Rosmarie, his beloved wife of 57 years, son Andre, and daughter Marion. Albert was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Franziska Schnell. He will be missed greatly by extended family in Switzerland including his dear brothers Paul (Erika) and Hans (Liselotte), brother-in-law Eugen (Christa), and nieces Daniela (Christian), Eliane (Markus), Carole (Rolf), Viviane, and their sons and daughters.

Albert was extraordinarily caring, compassionate and generous to all. He was a man of strong faith in God and relied heavily on the Lord. Albert was an active member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto and, prior to that, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. House of Compassion of Toronto was also dear to his heart.

Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Albert followed his great passion for cooking and quickly rose to become a world-renowned chef. He was blessed with an illustrious 50-year career in the culinary field, of which the last 45 years were with Hilton International in Montreal and then Toronto. At the age of 28, he became Executive Chef at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and four years later was appointed as Corporate Executive Chef of Hilton Canada, the position he held until his retirement from Hilton Toronto in 2000.

Albert was fondly referred to as “Papa Schnell” by those who worked with him over the years. He was a mentor to many in all corners of the world and with whom he maintained and cherished close friendships. Throughout his career he always acknowledged that the many accomplishments were the result of the entire team.

Albert passionately promoted his profession and the high standards of international cuisine and received awards for his lifetime commitments towards apprenticeship training and excellence in Culinary Arts. He was a member of several organizations including the Escoffier Society of Toronto, the Canadian Culinary Federation, and the Toronto Chapter of Les Toques Blanches of which he was a founding member and the first President.

Albert had so many interests and passions in life, such as nature, the outdoors, gardening, and learning. The family will fondly remember our vacations together in Switzerland.

A Memorial Service will be held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street, Toronto) on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church or House of Compassion of Toronto.

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre www.hansonsfuneral.ca
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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Obituary of BLACKBURN: Tatiana “Tat”

Posted by on August 22, 2018

 

Called home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Friday August 17, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 20. Tat lived her life to the fullest. She was a graduate of Guthrie Public School, Eastview High School, and was attending Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario with aspirations of travelling the world and joining her parents as a Missionary in Peru, all to help others and further God’s Kingdom. Tat leaves behind the love of her life, her fiancé Matt Collins; parents Scott and Tracy Blackburn, brothers Caleb and Jaxon; best friend Brianna Bahlmann and her parents Brian and Sherry; and her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. Tat will be forever loved by Matt’s parents Garry and Bonnie Collins; and his siblings Cindy Collins, Lana Morrow (Hugh), Joshua Collins (Lindsey), Abigail MacGregor (Brennan) and Shayne Collins (Carla). Friends and family will be received at EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH (374 Salem Road, Barrie) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. with a Service to celebrate Tat’s home-going to be held at 12 o’clock p.m. Reception to follow. Private family interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to Tat’s Kids Peru (through www.asdd.ca, or at the church with cheques made payable to Missionary Ventures Canada) would be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of PANAGABKO: Rudolf ‘Pete’

Posted by on July 4, 2018

Passed away at home at the age of 80 on Sunday July 1, 2018 with his family by his side. Pete Panagabko, predeceased by his wife Barb (2012) of 52 years. Fabulous father of Patti (Benjamin) Wichers-Schreur and Peter (Debbie) Panagabko. Special Papa of Korey (Julie), Jordan, Luke (Kori), Mikaela, Nathan, Bradly, Madison and Nicholas and Papa the Great of Carsen, Reed, and Alexander. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St., Barrie on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations to a Hospice of your choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

Can’t thank you enough Dutchess for being here and holding our hands

All Day Every Day.
Also special thanks to Marg and Terri.

“The sun will shine tomorrow.”

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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).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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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.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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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.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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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.

 

Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a personal condolence.

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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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