LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017


On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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

Posted by on March 26, 2017


James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weaver: Madeleine(Babe) of London

Posted by on February 26, 2017


Madeleine Joyce Weaver
WEAVER, Madeleine Joyce – After a courageous fight with cancer, Madeleine “Babe” Joyce Weaver (nee. Haycock) is at rest. On February 20, 2017, she passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, Ontario. Madeleine was predeceased by her love, Bill Kendall and her son, Timothy Albert Weaver. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Terrance Alan Weaver (Nan), Jamison Sean Weaver (Valerie) and Rebekah Louise Weaver. Cherished grandmother of 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the DWAYNE D. BUDGELL FUNERAL HOME . In accordance with Madeleine’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at Chalmers Presbyterian Church (Pond Mills at Commissioners Rd., London) on Saturday,March 11 1-3PM. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice, 485 Windermere Road in London, Ontario in Madeleine’s memory would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.budgellfuneralhome.ca13148987

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BLOXAM: James Philip (Jim)

Posted by on December 22, 2016

Died suddenly on Thursday December 15, 2016 at his home with family by his side in his 79th year.  Jim of Stayner, formerly of Toronto, beloved husband of Barbara (nee Paine).  Loving father of Cindy Wilson, Jim (Kim), Carol (Chris) Chalmers and Mark (Lorie Wagner). Devoted grandfather of Jasmine (Wayne Gordon), Broc (Megan) Wilson, Nathan (Jessica) Chalmers. Koty (Samantha) Bloxam, Jordan Chalmers, Emma Chalmers, Charlotte (Stephen Schnell), Josiah Chalmers, Brett Bloxam, Elsa-Joy Chalmers, Sky Bloxam and Brandon Russell and great grandfather of Jack, Ryan and Luke Gordon, Noah Chalmers, Leo, Hope and Hunter Bloxam and Raphael Schnell.  Dear brother of Donald and the late Reginald. He will also be missed by close family friend Wayne Sharpe and Dave Higgins. Jim was adored by all his friends and family and his fun-loving spirit will be dearly missed. His second passion in recent years, as a city guy, was life on the farm where he helped dear friend, Gerda Futter care for her animals. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to celebrate Jim’s life at the Stayner Brethren in Christ Church, 1152 Concession 6 North, Stayner ( N of Cty Rd 91) on Monday December 19, 2016 at 12 noon.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Brethren In Christ Youth Ministry or the Clearview Stayner Food Bank.  Arrangements under the care of the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home.  To sign the Book of Memories, log on to





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TOONE: William Edward

Posted by on December 22, 2016

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Edward Toone. An amazing husband to Pat of 48 years, a leading and loving father to Jason and Anna and a devoted Grandad to Emmersen, Chloe and Wyatt. He also loved his daughter in law, Kimberly and son in law, Jason. Ed was a visionary and dedicated man to everything and everyone he touched. His humour and support for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the West Bromwich Albion FC was undeniable. As our family comes to term with our loss we thank all of our friends and neighbours for their support and thoughtful words. If desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by Ed’s family.

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KAMP, Neil

Posted by on December 22, 2016

Died peacefully on Monday December 19, 2016 at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood at the age of 89.  Neil of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Betty (nee Hill) for over 64 years.  Loving father of Jerry.  Dear brother of May Wakelin and Leonard and his wife Eldean.  Neil will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.  Neil was a skilled craftsman who loved to work with wood.  He was a fun loving man and made friends wherever he went.  Betty and Neil enjoyed over 34 years in Wasaga Beach, enjoyed the friendships and card playing at the 412 Club and wintering in Florida.  He will be missed.  A graveside ceremony will be held at the Wasaga Beach Cemetery on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 2 o’clock.  If desired, donations to the Campbell House Hospice would be appreciated by Neil’s family.

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Thompson, Gordon Kenneth

Posted by on December 21, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon Thompson announces his sudden passing on Friday December 16th, 2016 at the age of 80. Gord of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Marilyn, loving father of Bruce (Lynn), Julie (Tim Kane), Joanne (Rob Little), and Terry (Rosanne). Devoted grandfather of Richard, Michael, Jennifer, Jessica, Kailee, Brandon, Amanda, and Brandon, and great-grandfather of Isabella, Ava, Noah and Ezra. Friends will be received at the Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, Wasaga Beach Chapel, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach at 11:00 am on Sunday January 15th, 2017. A Celebration of Life will take place at noon and will be followed by a reception.  In lieu of flowers, if desired, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated in memory of Gord.  A special thank you to the emergency services who so exceptionally and compassionately tended to Gord and the family on December 16th.

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ANDERSON; James Paul

Posted by on December 5, 2016

Anderson, James Paul

A believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a faithful ambassador for Him, Paul Anderson met his Saviour face to face on December 2, 2016 after leaving his earthly body at his home in Duntroon at the age of 73, surrounded by his loving family.  Beloved husband of Lynda (nee Osburn).  Loving father of Mark and his wife Rebecca and Timothy and his wife Christiane.  Cherished grandfather of Hayden, Owen, Keegan and Brooklyn.  Paul was a man filled with love and faith for his family, his community and his church.    He served faithfully for many years as a deacon at Northside Bible Chapel in Barrieandersonpaul, where he gave counsel to many and was loved by all. Only eternity will truly tell of the lives he touched through his very generous financial participation in the many Christian missions he supported all over the world.  Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner on Thursday December 8, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and again from 11 a.m. on Friday December 9, 2016 at the Stayner Brethren In Christ Church, 1152 Concession 6 North, Stayner ( N of Cty Rd 91) for the Funeral Service at 12 noon.  Reception to follow.  Interment Creemore Union Cemetery.  If desired, donations to the Gideons or the Guelph Bible Conference Centre would be appreciated by Paul’s family.  For further details and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to


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GALLANT, J. Frederick “Fred” of Teeswater

Posted by on November 30, 2016

gallant-fredJohn Frederick “Fred” Gallant of Teeswater, passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, in his 87th year.

Beloved husband of Rita Gallant (née Houghton) of Teeswater.

Loving father of Phil Gallant (Tishi) of Dunnville, Doug Gallant (Shirley) of Toronto, Gerry Gallant (Margaret) of Paisley, Kelly Clarke (Paul) of Ottawa and Ken Gallant of Owen Sound.

Missed by 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Dear brother of Hilda McLean of Toronto, Sam Gallant (Sandra) of Burlington, George Gallant of Hamilton, Melvin Gallant (Florence) of Alberta and Wayne Gallant of Nova Scotia.

Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents, Simon and Alice (née Cook) Gallant, daughter Janet Buffett, brothers Joe Gallant (Liz), Walter Gallant (Genevieve), sisters Agnes McNeil (Andrew), Marcella McNeil (Joe), Lily Donovan (Gordon), brother-in-law Eddie McLean and sister-in-law Sharon Gallant.

The memorial service to celebrate Fred’s life will held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Ann Maycock officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, Teeswater would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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SPARROW; Hazel Lydia

Posted by on June 27, 2016

Sparrow, Hazel Lydia
Sparrow0001Peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe at the age of 98 and a half.  Hazel of Simcoe, formerly of Stayner, beloved wife of the late John G. “Jack“ Sparrow.  Loving mother of the late Joan Haley, Judy Marshall and Susan and her husband Allen Crocker.  Hazel is predeceased by her parents and siblings.  Private family arrangements entrusted to Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner. Interment Stayner Union Cemetery.  If desired, remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society or the CNIB would be appreciated by Hazel’s family.  For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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CHENIER, Delphis Joseph of Waterdown

Posted by on June 23, 2016

CHENIER, Delphis Joseph
Passed away at his home in Waterdown, after a long and prosperous life, on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 94. Beloved husband for nearly 62 years to Kathleen (nee Marion). Loving father of Della Marie, the late Wayne (1979), Michael (Maureen), and Karen Marion (Claude). Cherished Papa of Cassandra (Sean), Maria (Wayne), Suzanne (Tyler), Michelle, Dianne (Jonathan), Sarah, Emilly, and great Papa of 8 great grandchildren. Survived by his sister Gilberette, Rev. Sister St. Rose of the Daughters of Wisdom, Ottawa. Predeceased by his siblings Roger, Paul-Emile, Aurel, Joseph, Fernand, Rose, Juliette, and Annette. Del was a WWII Veteran, having served as Bandsman. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Oakville, before working and retiring with Petro Canada. Del was very involved in sports, both playing and coaching in the Waterdown community. He was a devoted member of the Catholic Church, and also enjoyed his time playing with the Oakville Citizen Band. Most importantly Del was the rock and foundation of his family, and his sense of humour, and love will always be remembered. Family will receive friends at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown, on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Legion Service 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 715 Centre Rd, Waterdown on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. Private Cremation. Following the mass a reception will be held at the Waterdown Legion, Branch 551. As expressions of sympathy donations to St. Thomas the Apostle Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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MEATHRELL: Mary Kathryn “Kathy”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on June 20, 2016

kathy meathrell 002MEATHRELL, Mary Kathryn “Kathy”, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in her 64th year.  Kathy was born in St. Thomas on November 28, 1952.  She was an active participant in the St. Thomas Community Connector Program, especially enjoying Aquafit and the School of Rock.  Kathy was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  She was the beloved daughter of the late Donald P. Meathrell (1999) and the late Marg (nee Howe) Meathrell (2013).  Dearly loved sister of Karen Barr (John) of Guelph, Kim Meathrell of Ottawa, and Kevin Meathrell (Caroline) of Sexsmith, AB.  Dear niece of James Howe of Simcoe, and Betty Frieri of Toronto.  Also fondly remembered by Pat Meathrell of London, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Relatives and friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, June 22nd from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Prayers at 4:45 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Thursday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m.  Following cremation, interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Community Living Elgin, Animal Aide, or Pets/Friends for Life will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4Melissa Moreau-Turner Age: 39 Born March 9, 1976 – December 9, 2016
Innisfil Ontario.Passed suddenly at home in her 40th year.
Beloved wife of Sean L. Turner,
Mother of Mackenzie Catherine,
Daughter of Terrance and Terry Moreau,
Sister to Larry (Charlene) Moreau.
Remembered by many friends and relatives.
Private Memorial has taken place.
Arrangements by Paul Kent Funeral Home Cookstown Ontario

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Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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SEARLES: Gordon E. of Woodstock

Posted by on May 9, 2016

SEARLES – Peacefully, at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock on Monday, May 9, 2016, Gordon Edwin Searles of Woodstock at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Mary Searles (Phelps).  Dear father of Deborah Gehring (Lynn) of Otterville, Margaret Hutchison (Bradley) of Woodstock and Janet Veale (Scott) of Mt. Bridges.  Proud and loving grandfather and great grandfather of Stacey,Chris and Mason; Matt, Kristin and Makenah; Brian and Tabatha; Adam and Joanne; Nicole, Justin, Brooklyn and Alec and Dana and Mike.  Missed by his brothers Reg Searles (Peg) and Bob Searles (Brenda).  Fondly remembered by his special nephews Wayne and Warren as well as his extended family and friends.  Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Elizabeth (nee Hilliker) Searles, brothers Jack Searles (Pansy), Bill Searles (Marion), sisters Ellen Haylock (Wray), Beatrice Haylock (Lorne) and Gertrude Turner (Norman).  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 7-9 pm. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1 pm with Rev. Ludwing  Perea Melendez.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Anglican Cemetery columbarium.  If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society of Oxford would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at

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EDWARDS, Donald of Harrisburg formerly of Simcoe, ON

Posted by on April 27, 2016

EDWARDS, Donald James


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband and father; Don Edwards at the Hamilton General Hospital, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the age of 57. He will be sadly missed by his wife Teresa (nee Chabot), and his children, David, Krystina, and Sarah. Dear brother of Nancy Grant Henderson (Noel), and Paul Edwards (Bonnie). Beloved brother in law of Lise Chabot, and George Chabot (Robin). Predeceased by his parents Keith and Mary Ann Edwards. Family will receive friends at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown, on Friday April 29, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. Private cremation to follow. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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LEFEBVRE, Roger Clément of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on April 14, 2016

LEFEBVRE, RogerThe family announces with great sorrow his passing in Sudbury, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at the age of 80 years. Son of the late Alexandre Lefebvre (late Florida Nadeau) and the late Albertine Sabourin. Beloved husband and best friend of the late Rita Lefebvre (née Gervais). Loving father of Lise Lefebvre (Mark Huras) of Hanmer, Daniel (Cathy) of Val Caron, Marc (Stephanie) of Sudbury, Julie Gémus (Claude) of Capreol and Paul (Michelle Bisson) of Midland. Dear brother of Marguerite Nykilchyk and Ernest (Fernande). Predeceased by his brothers Rhéal (Nancy), Gabriel (Irène). Step-brother of Yvonne and Emile. Predeceased by his step-sister Thérèse (Stuart). Cherished grandfather of Melanie (Cletus), Danielle (Steve), Eric (Nikita), Nicholas, Isabel, Max, Curtis, Marguerite, Amélia and special great-poppa of Tayden and Ellie. Lovingly remembered by his dear companion Yvette Quirion and her family Lynn, Kiana and Mikayla. Sadly missed by many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews of both the Lefebvre and Gervais families, and many friends. Always loving and devoted to his family, Roger was also an active member of his community, involved in many local organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul, Canadian Association for Mental Health, the Sudbury School Board and the Valley East Lions Club. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Ste-Marguerite d’Youville Church, Val Thérèse. Donations to the Valley East Lions (Health and Welfare Committee) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation can be made by cheque or online at

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KNOWLES: Gordon M., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 22, 2016

gordon knowlesKNOWLES, Gordon M., of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away at his late residence on Sunday, February 21, 2016, in his 94th year.  Beloved husband of the late Elaine R. (nee Clatworthy) Knowles (2012).  Dearly loved father of Carol Knowles of St. Thomas, Linda Baker of Hamilton, Nancy Davidson, Barbara Glazier (Kevin), and Mary Pfeffer (John), all of St. Thomas.  Dear brother of Gladys Tisdale of St. Thomas, Jean Church of Simcoe, late William J. Knowles, late Clark Knowles, late Thomas Knowles, late Ralph Knowles (Rose of Tillsonburg), and the late Ray Knowles (Joan of Niagara Falls, NY).  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Born in South Dorchester Twp., ON, August 15, 1922, he was the son of the late Clarence and Beatrice (nee Derrough) Knowles.  Gordon formerly worked as a welder for Fleet Aircraft, Fort Erie, as an insurance agent, a car salesman for Merlin & Spackman Motors, St. Thomas, as a kiln worker at Canada Vitrified Products, St. Thomas, and later took up farming.  During the Second World War, he served with the RCAF.  Gordon was a member of New Sarum Baptist Church.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 25th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  A private family service to follow.  Interment in Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or New Sarum Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Wallis: Jean Shirley of Sarnia

Posted by on February 4, 2016

Peacefully at Sumac Lodge Nursing Home on Wednesday, February 3. 2016, JEAN SHIRLEY (nee Rick) Wallis, passed away at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband John Clarence Wallis (2002). Survived by her sisters Beatrice Laur (George) of St. Thomas, Doris Rick of Toronto and brother Don Rick (Jean) of St. Thomas. Will also be greatly missed by her niece and caregiver Darlene Waddell. Predeceased by her siblings; Walter and his wife Shirley Rick, Ellen Cronin and her husband Bill, George Rick and William Rick. And also missed by her many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a private family committal service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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GILLIES, James “Jim” McPhail of Toronto

Posted by on December 18, 2015

Gillies, JamesJim passed peacefully at North York General Hospital in Toronto on Sunday, December 13. He is missed by his loving family, many friends and colleagues.

Jim was born in the village of Teeswater in Western Ontario to Dr. M.H. Gillies and his wife Gladys, a family that was part of the town and region from its earliest days. At 17, Jim attended the University of Western Ontario, and majored in Economics. His time at Western was interrupted by the war when Jim joined the RCAF in 1944 and served as air crew overseas. Upon his return Jim finished his degree with honours and decided to continue his education at Brown University in the USA where he earned an MA. Jim continued his education at Indiana University where he was granted his PhD in Urban Land Economics. After graduation, Jim accepted a professorship at UCLA in California where he rose to prominence in his field, gained his full professorship and was assistant Dean. Jim married his wife Betsy and welcomed children David and Cathy at this time.

Jim was always longing to return to Canada and his family in Ontario. In 1965, the opportunity arose for him to return to act as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University – now the Schulich School of Business. Over seven years Jim built the school from a big idea into the strong base for what is one of the leading schools in North America today. During this period Jim made many friends and grew strong relationships throughout the Canadian business community. He served on many corporate boards and helped establish a world-class zoo in Toronto. Jim and Betsy welcomed children James and Ted during this time. He loved the time with his family. Christmas was always special as were many, many memorable summers in Pointe-au-Baril, Muskoka and the Bruce Peninsula.

In 1972, Jim ran for parliament, winning a seat in the Don Valley riding in Toronto and going on to act as shadow finance minister in the PC opposition to the Trudeau Government. He won reelection to a second term in Don Valley in 1975. Jim ran for leadership of the PC party towards the end of his second term in parliament, throwing his support toward the eventual winner Joe Clark. Jim served as senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister during the Clark government, accompanying him to the G7 Tokyo summit.

After his time in government, Jim returned as a professor at York University, in the school of business. He was instrumental in continuing to build the school he founded to the stature it has today. Jim chaired several programs while at York, most recently the Canada-Russia Corporate Governance Program. He always had great passion and energy for teaching business students, being with them and sharing in their fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Jim has a great many friends and colleagues from this time both in academia and in the business community where he was a member of several corporate boards.

Jim was honored in many ways for his dedication to education and public service. He was awarded honorary doctorates from York, Simon Fraser and the Moscow Higher School of Economics. At York, Jim was awarded the title of University Professor. As a proud Canadian he was deeply honored by the award of the Order of Canada for his contributions to education.

Jim leaves behind a loving family: his wife of 62 years Betsy, children David (Kathy), Cathy, James (Cindy) and Ted (Jacquie), grandchildren Jackie, Gwen, James and David and several nieces and nephews. Jim was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by his siblings, Helen Wilson (James), Don (Francis) and John (Poppy). Even with his successful career in many capacities, Jim held dear most of all, family, friends and his roots as a small town boy from Teeswater, Ontario.

A funeral service to commemorate Jim’s life will be held at the Teeswater United Church (13 Elizabeth Street South), Teeswater on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in the family plot at Culross-Teeswater Cemetery. A Celebration of Life to be held in Toronto in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund (cheques payable to Municipality of South Bruce) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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STERNAT: Bridget (Betty) of Stittsville Formerly of Simcoe and Toronto

Posted by on December 14, 2015

images-4May 23, 1924-December 10, 2015

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Betty crossed the sea as a war-bride to start her adult life with the great love of her life, Francis (Frank) Sternat (deceased). Their love produced two very precious children, Kathy Guillemette (Philippe, deceased) and John Francis Sternat (deceased). After the loss of Frank, Mum lived the rest of her years and many adventures with Kathy, right until her very last breath. Betty brought so much joy to all of her grandkids, sharing in so many special occasions, vacations and visits. Granny, Nanny, Grandma, Grams, Gran will be truly missed by Kimberly Lemire (Marc), Tia Brown (Steve), Philippe Guillemette (Rebecca), Krista Guillemette (Adriano) and Patrick Guillemette (Laurie). Nana Betty was mutually adored by her great-grandchildren Nicholas and Emily Lemire, Madison and Hunter Brown, Chloe and Liam Guillemette, Jaxton Guillemette and Katerina Bertucci. Betty was a wonderful sister to many siblings and is survived by dear sister Cathy Burca (Mike) and brother Lawrence Gilroy. Auntie Betty’s memories will be cherished by goddaughter Michelle Burca (Simon) and many more nieces and nephews.
Betty, the true Lady that she was, passed away peacefully and with dignity in her 92nd year at home surrounded by love with family by her side. A great lady, she has touched so many and will be missed and her memories treasured by all those who survive her. Betty’s long and full life will be celebrated on Friday December 18th at 10:30am at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Etobicoke. Internment of her ashes where she will be laid to rest with her beloved Frank will follow at 12pm at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Mississauga after which the family invites family and friends to join them for a reception.
Betty’s family would like to extend very warm and special thanks and appreciation to the CCAC, many personal support workers, the palliative care team, nurses and doctors who helped so greatly and showed so much compassion to Betty and her family in the last weeks and days of her life.
For those who wish, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute, who gave us an extra three years with Betty, CMHA Toronto, JDRF, Canadian Diabetes Association or CNIB would be greatly appreciated.

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HAYDEN: Frances (nee LaForge), formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario and Florida

Posted by on November 26, 2015

HAYDEN, Frances (nee LaForge), formerly of St. Thomas, ON and Florida, passed away at Craigwiel Gardens, Ailsa Craig, ON on Saturday, November 21, 2015, in her 86th year. Mother of Charlotte Downs (Michael) of Pigeon Forge, TN, Larry Hayden (Brandy) of Dandridge, TN, and Jim Hayden of Lake Clark Shores, FL. Grandmother of Jennifer, Jason, Sara, Jeremy, and Colt, and great grandmother of Eden and Loki. Also survived by in-laws that were dear to her heart and many nieces and nephews. She was the youngest and the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by twelve siblings. Born on April 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Sarah (nee Swick) LaForge. Frances was a loving and caring mother and will be sadly missed by her family. She will always be remembered with love for her ability to comfort those in need, and to make holiday memories special. She was an astute business woman during her years in Florida. Cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Private interment of her cremated remains will be made in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Walsingham. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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WATSON,Russell Formerly of Toronto

Posted by on November 19, 2015

Passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Thursday November 19th, 2015 at Hospice Simcoe. Russ Watson in his 71st year, loving husband of Marcia. Cherished father of Scott (Mary) Watson, Ryan (Maria) Watson, Sarah Watson and his late son Simon Watson. Much loved Poppy of Aidan, Michael, Ethan, Casey and Ceejay. Russ will also be fondly remembered by his close relatives Reading England. Friends will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie (just north of Cundles Rd.) on Tuesday November 24, 2015 from 12 pm until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1 o’clock Memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through

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KADEY: Violet Luella of Sarnia

Posted by on November 18, 2015

Peacefully at Bluewater Health Sarnia on Thursday, November 12, 2015, VIOLET LUELLA KADEY, of Sarnia, passed away at the age of 84.  Predeceased by her beloved parents Violet (Brydges) and Clifford Kadey and her brother Harold Kadey.  Will be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Burial has taken place at Hillsdale Cemetery in Petrolia. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre.  Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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