STAFFORD: Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on April 10, 2018

STAFFORD, Cassie Victoria (née Coleman), of St. Thomas, formerly of Shedden, entered into her eternal rest at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Eric Futcher Stafford (1980).  Loved mother of Louise (Bruno) of Midland, Lyal (Jeanette) of Kitchener, and Catherine of Vancouver.  She was proud of her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Dear sister of Velma Bell of Massachusetts and sister-in-law of Maureen Coleman of Pickering. Also lovingly remembered by a number of nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by infant daughter, Nancy Marie (1953); parents, John and Olive Coleman (née Diemel); and siblings, Viola, Marie, Orville, and Lloyd. Born at Stratford, ON, Cassie moved with her family to Barrie and Pickering. A graduate of London College of Bible and Missions, now Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, she worked as secretary-treasurer of the Canadian branch of the former Ceylon and India General Mission, Toronto. Following her marriage, she and her husband raised their family at the Stafford homestead at Shedden. At the former Shedden Baptist Church, Cassie taught Sunday School and conducted children’s programs. With the support of several rural churches, she organized and led large vacation bible schools. She also taught religious education in local rural public schools. Later, she worked at the U.W.O Library and the St. Thomas YWCA. Upon early retirement, she pursued her interest in travel, gardening, calligraphy, writing poetry, and was involved in the Christian Women’s Club, the St. Thomas Right to Life Association, and the former Women’s Art Association.  The funeral service will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Friday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Private interment will be made in Shedden Cemetery. Memorial donations to The Gideons or St. Thomas & District Right to Life will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family expresses special thanks to the nursing staff of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Unit C for their patient, understanding, compassionate and respectful care.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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EVANS: Thomas Bruce – of Woodstock

Posted by on April 9, 2018

EVANS, Thomas – Passed away at VON Sakura House on Saturday, Saturday, April 7, 2018, Thomas Bruce Evans of Woodstock at the age of 71. Dear father of Wayne Evans (Sarah) of Woodstock, Tracey Schaff (Tyson) of Delhi and Peggy-Sue Evans of Cambridge. Loving grandpa of Courtney, Stephanie & Karlee Evans; Ashley, Kayla & Tyson Jr. Schaff. Great-grandpa of Kailynn, McKenna, Grayson, Julian, Chloe, Vincent, Aubrey, and Bentley. Survived by his brother Doug Evans of Port Dover and sisters Sharon Jurchuck (Rick) of Drayton and Cindy Weltz (Ken) of Ayton. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Lucille (nee Cooper) Evans, brothers Robert and Daniel and a great-grandson Jacobie. Cremation has taken place and a family memorial gathering will be held at a later date. If desired, the family asks that donations be made to VON Sakura House. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611). Personal condolences may be sent at

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SANTAROSSA: Bill of Dutton, Ontario

Posted by on April 8, 2018

Suddenly, at his home in Dutton, Ontario, Bill Santarossa at the age of 62.  Bill is survived by his mother Shirley Santarossa (Connor) and predeceased by his father Andy Santarossa.  Bill was a well known and well respected businessman in West Elgin.  He was the proud owner of Santarossa Shooting Sports, now in it’s 20th year.

He was a special part of the Reive and Vanoverbeke families and his long time pal Ken Laframboise.

He will be dearly missed by many friends, colleagues and hunting camps.

Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 12 – 2 pm followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.  This will be a casual affair and you are invited to dress as such.

Interment to follow at McColl cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Shooting Sports Association would be appreciated.  Share a memory at 519 785-0810.

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HOBBS: Suzanne “Sue”

Posted by on November 21, 2017

Passed away at Owen Hill Care Community, Barrie on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Hobbs Sr. Loved step-mother to Brenda Bradbury (Roger), Joline McLean (Stuart) and the late Gordon Hobbs Jr. (Dora). Cherished sister of Ernest Baller, Louise Akzam (Eli) and predeceased by her brothers John Baller and Thomas Baller. Sue will be forever loved and remembered by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Family and friends will be received at Adams Funeral Home (445 St. Vincent Street Barrie) on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11 o’clock a.m. Interment Barrie Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded through

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Packham, Randall Bruce of Barrie

Posted by on November 18, 2017

Packham, Randall Bruce – Peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  Randall Packham, beloved husband of Leslie Joy Packham of Barrie.  Loving father of Christopher Randall Packham (Olivia Brett) of Barrie, and Sarah Joy Ash (Vaughn) of Elora.  Loving grandfather of Anna Joy Ash, Oliver Christopher Packham and Evelyn Emily Packham.  Dear son Mariann and the late William Packham.  Dear brother of William Packham (Jackie) of Thornhill, Robert Packham of Toronto and Leanne Rogers (David) of Burlington.  Uncle of Scott, Tyler (Tory), Jason, Cassie, Julia and Angelo.  Son-in-law of Rosemary and Ken Dickenson.  Brother-in-law of Karen Alexander.  Visit with family and friends on Sunday, November 19th from 2 p.m. until time of service at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 161 Hanmer Street West, Barrie at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe or St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.  Arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Drive Cremation and Burial Service.  Condolences may be made to

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LOCKREY: Bob of Sarnia

Posted by on September 6, 2017

LOCKREY, HOWARD – At Sumac Lodge on Monday, September 4, 2017, Howard “Bob” Lockrey, age 79 of Sarnia peacefully passed away. He was the dear husband of Elaine Lockrey and loving father of Robert Lockrey, Susan Dufoe, Donna Dufoe, Teddy Lockrey, Melita Lockrey and grandfather of Kaitlyn Dufoe, Alisha and Kayla Smith. He is survived by his sister Barb Harris. He was predeceased by his parents Bessie and Howard, brothers Bill and Stan, his sisters Shirley and Ilda. Private cremation services have taken place. Memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation 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

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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


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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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