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.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

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

Posted by on December 14, 2015

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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 adamsfuneralhome.ca

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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 www.djrobb.on.ca

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GALLAGHER, John Robert

Posted by on November 17, 2015

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John Robert Gallagher, much loved son of Valerie Carder and the late Shannon Gallagher passed away in Syria on November 4, 2015.  He is survived by his sisters Erin Gallagher and Lily Gallagher and step brother Justen Carder.  Predeceased by his step father Ian Carder.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.

This is Valerie.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone so much for their great show of support on Friday, as John Robert returned to Chatham-Kent. Thank you all very, very much. It was wonderful to see such respect and compassion. Thank you for the signs and pictures and flags; for standing on bridges, beside trucks, and in fields; thank you to the Kurdish community for accompanying him and to the people of Blenheim for receiving him.

There was so much organization involved and we would like also to express our sincere gratitude to the Canadian Heroes Foundation for making this happen. The expression of support we received from Canadians yesterday would not have been possible without them.

As a family, we now have the opportunity to have a little time with John Robert – to feel like he is home and to begin to process everything.

However, we do now also have a date for a celebration of life / funeral, to take place this Tuesday Nov. 24 in Toronto. It will be held at Liuna Local 183, from 3 – 6 in the afternoon.

The address is 1263 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON M3M 3G3.

So much of our focus thus far has been to bring John Robert home, and now that has been accomplished, we would like to let everyone have a chance to say goodbye.

As you may know, Erin has set up an email so that anyone who is interested can share photographs or let us know if they are interested in sharing memories or stories on Tuesday. That email again is johngallaghersfamily@gmail.com.

Thank you again for the honour you have shown my son and for your support to our family.

 

 

 

 

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ROBB: John William of Sarnia

Posted by on November 13, 2015

robbjohnwebROBB, John William – With sadness, the family of John Robb, 65, of Point Edward announces his passing on November 12th 2015. John was born to the late Walter and Jean Robb on February 7 1950, the second of 5 wonderfully rowdy kids who will each miss him dearly – Jim Robb (Ada), Alice Finlayson (the late Jim), Pat (Ron) Wade, and Brad (Susan) Robb.  JR was a member of the Local 663 Pipefitters Union who spent most of his life in his beloved Point. His passions included his friends, hunting, gardening, cooking, Sudoku, and an endless stream of country music. He will be deeply missed by his children Brett Robb and Mandy (Karl) Kasper, and his much-loved grandkids Ryan, Aidyn, and Avery Kasper. Visitors will be received by the family on Sunday, November 15th from 2-4 pm at the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE LTD (102 Victoria Street North, Sarnia). A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday November 16th at 12 o’clock noon. In lieu of flowers or donations the family requests that you hold each other tight and love each other well.  Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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BURKART: Lydia (nee Miller) of St. Thomas, Ontario and formerly Saskatchewan

Posted by on October 23, 2015

Lydia BurkartBURKART – Lydia Burkart (nee Miller) of Elgin Manor St. Thomas, Ont. went to be with her Lord on Friday, October 23, 2015 in her 98th year.  Beloved wife of the late Rev. Herman Burkart.  Dearly loved mother of Vanita Stewart of St. Thomas, Lloyd (Jo-Anne) Burkart of Atlanta, Georgia.  Dear mother-in-law of Lisé Burkart of Quebec.  Forever remembered by her grandchildren Michelle (Mike) Scully of Sarnia, Lisa Brown of London, Kim Burkart of California, Nicole (Rick) Langlois of California, and Matthew Burkart of Atlanta, Georgia.  Loved by her great grandchildren Peri and Quin Langlois, Ryley Burkart, Jesse and Nicolas Beauchamp, Amy and Madison Brown. Predeceased by her son Richard Burkart (Sept. 1, 2015) and her grandson Jeff Stewart (2000).   Lydia was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  She was very active in Lutheran Church activities in Saskatchewan and in Simcoe, Windsor and Kingsville.  Lydia was an accomplished artist and crafts person, as well as a super mom, wife and grandmother.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570). Cremation has taken place.  There will be a graveside service with interment of ashes, beside her dear husband, in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville, Ontario at a later date.  If desired, donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Thomas would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com.

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PAQUIN; Herve, of Sarnia

Paquin-webPAQUIN, HERVÉ – It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Hervé Paquin on Sunday, October 4th, 2015 in Sarnia. He was the beloved husband of the late Karen (Graham) Paquin, loving dad of Shelly (Ron) and Sean, grandad of Darcy and Jace. He is also survived by his sister Pierrette and her children Chantal, Mark and Sophie, his brothers Robert (Doris) and their children Patrick and Joanne and his brother Sylvain. He was predeceased by his parents Jean-Paul and Eva Paquin and his brother guy. He will be dearly missed by many other extended family and friends. Cremation has taken place and a private family service and interment will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make memorial donation in memory of Hervé are asked to consider the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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MACHURA: MaryAnn of Waterford formerly of Rodney

Posted by on September 20, 2015

PeacefuPic-Machurally after a courageous battle with Cancer on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Four Counties Health Services in Newbury MaryAnn Machura (nee Konkolyi) passed away at the age of 38. Loving wife of Ryan Machura. Proud mother of Hunter and Alyssa. Dear daughter of Maria Roman (Charlie). Cherished sister of Les Konkolyi (Maggie). Special Aunt to Kyler, Willow, Leyland, Justin, Troy, Brandon, Ashley and Jocelyn. Daughter in law of Carolyn and Klaus Machura and Pamela Campbell and sister in laws Stacy and Jenn. Predeceased by her father Peter Konkolyi. Sadly missed by family members in Hungary. Dear friend of Cheryl and Lionel Pellerin, Tammy Bell and the Simard family (Crystal, Renee, Gavin and Peyton). Friends will be received on Tuesday, September 22nd from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at DENNING’S OF RODNEY 519-785-0810. Vigil Prayers will be held at 4:00 pm. Cremation to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences accepted at www.denning.ca. A special thank you to the volunteer drivers that were a major part of MaryAnn’s journey.

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PELL: Dave of Fingal, Ont

Posted by on August 10, 2015

Dave PellPELL – David William Pell passed away, surrounded by his family, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his 77th year.  Dave is survived by his loving wife Sharon; his children John Pell of Shedden, Wesley (Kim) Pell of Ft. Saskatchewan, and Marc (Foti) Pell of Montreal; by his grandchildren Patrick (Lydia) Pell, Sarah (Brent) Hotke, Marie (Kevin) Braga all of St. Thomas, Christine Pell (Adam) of London, Ashley Neill (Chris), Mandy (Chris) Brown, Jennifer King all of St. Thomas, and Derek and Trevor Pell of Ft. Saskatchewan; by his thirteen great grandchildren; by his sisters Joyce (Jack) Prothero of British Columbia, Virginia (Ormond) Steele of Nevada, Sylvia (Jim) Brady of Long Point, Jan (Chuck) Stamas of Tillsonburg; his brothers Fred (Kylene) Pell of Alabama and George (Katherine) Pell of British Columbia; by his sisters-in-law Patricia (Doug) Ough of St. Thomas, Shirley (Sam) Vary, Dora Simmons both of Wheatley; by his brother-in-law Robert Fleming of St. Thomas; and by his many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents William and Marie Pell.  Dave was a former farmer, commercial fisherman, and employee at Dowler-Karn.  He was an elder and treasurer at Fingal Knox Presbyterian church for 33 years and he loved a good game of cards, especially euchre.  A memorial service to celebrate Dave’s life will be held at Fingal Knox Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Cremation has taken place. Interment of ashes will be held privately for family in Fingal Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).  If desired, donations to Fingal Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com

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ROY: Sharon Lee (nee Miles) of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on August 4, 2015

Sharon RoyROY – Sharon Lee Roy (nee Miles) passed away at Valleyview Home with her family by her side on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in her 71st year.  Sharon is survived by her loving husband Paul; her son Jean-Paul (Kirsten) Roy and their daughter Madeline of London; her sisters-in-law Gail Engelhardt of Simcoe and Joan Jackson of Port Dover; and by her nieces and nephews Kim, Chris, Carole, Linda, and Ray.  Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Kathleen Mary Miles; and her brothers-in-law John Engelhardt, Jack Jackson, and John Speers.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, where the funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 pm.  Cremation to follow.  If desired, donations to the MS Society would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com

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Da Mota: Fatima of Strathroy, Ontario

Posted by on June 25, 2015

IMG_0896Peacefully, with her family by her side at home.  Fatima Da Mota (Almeida) of Strathroy at the age of 70.  Lovingly remembered by her husband Jose, her son Joe (Lourdes) Da Mota and her daughter Josie (Luis) Azevedo.  Dear grandma of Bobby  Da Mota, Denise Melo, Greg Moniz, Dillon Naus and Larissa Naus.

Survived by her sister Maria Joana and sister in law Maria Rosarinha Pereira.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Denning’s of Strathroy on Friday, June 26th, 2015 from 6-9 pm.  Parish prayers will be recited at 8:30 pm.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 am at All Saints Church, Strathroy.  Interment All Saints cemetery.

 

 

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FAGAN: Adriana of Ingersoll, formerly of Woodstock

Posted by on June 12, 2015

FAGAN, Adriana – Suddenly at her residence in Ingersoll on Thursday, June 12, 2015 at the age of 56.  Beloved daughter of late Pietro (December 25, 2014) and Flora Fagan (nee Brolese) of Woodstock.  Dear wife of Edward Fagan.  Step-mother of Stefanie Norman (Rocky) of Delhi and Angel Norman of London.  Step-grandmother to Patrick Robinson, Mikayla Davis and Tatiana Finch.   Survived by her siblings Janet Wilson (Gary) of Godfrey, Paul Fagan (Julie) of Woodstock and John Fagan (Tracey) of Woodstock.  Adriana will also be lovingly remembered by Ed’s family.   She will be sadly missed by several nieces, nephews and extended family.  Friends will be received at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 1 -2 pm.   A memorial service will follow at 2 pm with Father Rick Dales.   If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be greatly appreciated and can be made through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON.   519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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HAWKINS: William “Bill” of Woodstock

Posted by on May 20, 2015

HAWKINS – Passed away at the Woodstock Hospital on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, William “Bill” Thomas Hawkins of Woodstock in his 95th year.  Predeceased by the love of his life Mary Eileen Hawkins (nee Francis) (2006), brother Jack and sister Kathleen.  Dear father of Deborah Hostetler (Gary) and Melissa Pullen (Bruce).  Loving Grandpa of Mark Hostetler (Cathy), Cara Martin (James), Matthew Pullen (Kelly), Lindsay Johnson (Mathew) and Tyler Pullen.  Special “Poppa 2” to Cameron, Rory, Theo, Max and baby Jasper.  Also survived by his brother Ron of Woodstock.  Dad was a World War II Veteran and a man of all trades.  A special thank-you to Dr. Vu, Bill’s “Girls” at Oxford Gardens and the nurses at Woodstock Hospital while he was in their care.  A private family service will be held at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock, with interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to the Church of the Good Shepherd, VON Sakura House or the Woodstock Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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FRALEIGH: William Paul of Waterdown, Ontario

Posted by on May 18, 2015

FRALEIGH, William Paul

(May 31, 1930 – May 15, 2015)

 

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Paul Fraleigh on May 15, 2015. Bill died peacefully at his family home in Waterdown, where he lived for over forty years with his dearly departed wife Doreen.

Bill was best known for his boundless energy, entrepreneurial business savvy, perseverance, prowess on the golf course, and playful sense of humour.

He was a successful business man who built many businesses through the Enfield Group of companies. He was a pioneer in the window industry, and forever changed the skyline and landscape of Hamilton, Burlington, and Waterdown with his many real estate developments from residential high rise buildings to commercial warehousing and parking lots.

Bill was most comfortable, and most at home with his wife and best friend Doreen; at his desk working alongside Helen Demains (his business confidante and friend of 64 years); or on the golf course.

He is survived by his six children. The three youngest children with his wife Doreen – Sandra (Scott); Bill (Kim) and Brad (Jenny) and their families. The three oldest children with his first wife Patricia Cassel – Mark (Liliana), Greg (Cathy) and Todd (Debbie) and their families. He will be missed by his seventeen grandchildren and step grandchildren: Nolan, Connor, James, Chantelle, Liam, Sarah, Julia, Bradley, Lia, Rebecca, Chrissy, Jake, Evan, Lane, Breeann, Justin and Victoria.

Bill leaves behind his loving sisters Doreen and Beverly and their families. He also leaves behind his caregiver and personal assistant Debbie Klein, and many close, and longstanding friends.

The family will miss the wonderful times in Florida; skiing in Ellicottville, dinners and golf games at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and the countless family gatherings at the family home in Waterdown.

There will be a Visitation at KITCHING STEEPE AND LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill Street North in Waterdown, on Thursday May 21st from 4-7 p.m., and Friday May 22nd from 2-5 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated.

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LYSIUK: Annie (nee Hawryskevich) of Port Stanley, Ont. formerly of Port Dover

Posted by on May 13, 2015

Annie LysiukLYSIUK- Annie Lysiuk (nee Hawryskevich) passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Extendicare in Port Stanley on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the age of 90.  Beloved wife of the late Fred Lysiuk (2011).  She is survived by her  children Larry (JoEllen) Lysiuk of Delhi, Lorene (Terry) Heisler of St. Thomas, Lynn (Debra) Lysiuk of St. Thomas; her grandchildren Lance (Laura) Lysiuk of Connecticut, Lee (Alicia) Lysiuk of Indianapolis, Lisa (Rob) Deininger of Orlando, Adele (Adam) Boyn of Oklahoma; and eight great grandchildren.  Annie was born in Lipozits, Ukraine on July 24, 1924, daughter of the late Fred and Nettie Hawryskevich.  Annie and her husband Fred farmed for many years in the Port Dover area; she was also a long time member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Thomas.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 3:00 pm.  Interment in South Park Cemetery.   If desired, donations to the It Is Written Canada Program would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com

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NEAL: Mrs. Lois (nee Skelding), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Lois NealNEAL, Mrs. Lois (nee Skelding), of Caressant Care on Bonnie Pl., St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, May 4, 2015, in her 86th year. Mother of Marianne Powell (Rick) of Calgary, AB, Mark Neal (Kathy), Marty Neal (Dianne Donald), and Mike Neal (Dina Juric), all of St. Thomas. Grandmother of Tracy Powell, and Scott Powell, of Calgary, AB, Josh Neal (Tammy), and Justin Neal of St. Thomas. Sister of Donald W. Skelding of St. Thomas, and Gary K. Skelding (Nora) of Simcoe. Also survived by four great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Lois was predeceased by her dear friend, David Crossett (2010). Born in St. Thomas, September 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and V. N. “Babe” (nee Wilkinson) Skelding. Lois was a member of the Community of Christ, St. Thomas, where she was a former member of the choir for many years. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening, May 8th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park. If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be appreciated.

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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CROFT; Theresa formerly of Camlachie

Posted by on February 22, 2015

Peacefully at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday, February 21, 2015. THERESA CROFT (nee Belanger), of Ridgetown and formerly of Camlachie, was in her 89th year. Theresa was the wife the late Orville (1993). She will be missed by her children Marjorie (the late Jack) Johnson, Pat (Ralph) Cadotte, Debbie (Alan) Moe, Kathy (the late Ron) Croft, James Croft, Doug (Doreen) Croft, and Lynn (Adrian) Verwegen. She was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She is survived by her sisters Hazel (Edwin) Blake and Irene Munday, and she was predeceased by nine brothers and four sisters. Visitors will be received on Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm at the WYOMING CHAPEL, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment of her cremated remains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in the spring. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association (www.lung.ca). Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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REIMER, Margaretha (Margaret) of Moorefield

Posted by on February 18, 2015

Reimer, MargaretMargaretha Reimer – of Moorefield, formerly of Milverton, passed away at Hamilton General Hospital on Tuesday February 17, 2015 at the age of 74.
Beloved wife of the late Abram Reimer who predeceased her in 2004. Loving mother of Tina and Jacob Dyck, Johan Reimer, Susana and Cornelius Reddecop, Margaretha and Abraham Thiesen, Lisa Reimer, Helen Reimer, and Abe and Catherine Reimer. Grandmother of Abe, Agatha, John, Margaret, Joseph, John, Abe, Trudy, Mark, Helen, Margaret, Johnny, Maria, Eva, Tina, Dawson, Cardy and Natasha and great-grandmother of Brianna, Chania, Asher, Donny and Joel. Sister of Helen Bueckert, Cornelius Peters, Franz Peters, Gierhard Peters, Susana Thiesen, and Elizabeth Hiebert.
Predeceased by her parents Johan and Susana (Friesen) Peters, children Martin, Helen, Martin and Anna, all in infancy, and two brothers Jacob and Johan.
Visitation will be held at Gospel Lighthouse Church, 4817 Line 80 and Road 136, North Mornington on Thursday February 19 and Friday February 20 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Milverton Mennonite Church, 6619 Perth Road 131, Milverton on Saturday February 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Isaac Bueckert officiating.
Those who wish may make a memorial donation to Gospel Lighthouse Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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SMITH: Mrs. Betty (nee Thomas), of R.R.1, Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on December 28, 2014

Betty SmithSMITH, Mrs. Betty (nee Thomas), of R.R.1, Fingal, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, December 26, 2014, in her 84th year. Beloved wife for 63 years to Murray A. Smith. Dearly loved mother of Myrna Stoss (Werner) of Shedden, and the late Dale F. Smith (2001). Cherished grandmother of Jerry Smith (Michelle Hughes) of London, Craig Stoss of Waterloo, and Laura Hofer (Michael) of Fergus. Proud great grandma “at the farm” of Brayden and Riley Smith of London. Dear sister of Mary Lou MacKinnon (Don) of Port Stanley. Also fondly remembered by several in-laws, and many nieces and nephews and their families. Born in Southwold Township, ON, September 24, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Lydia (nee Stroud) Thomas. Betty was a member of Dunwich United Church, Dutton, and a former long-time member of Fingal United Church. She was a member of the U.C.W of the former Fingal United Church, a volunteer in the tuck shop at the Elgin Manor, and was a long-time quilter, having been a member of the Fingal Quilters. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, December 30th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Caring Cupboard or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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KUNZ; Edwin of Toronto

Posted by on November 22, 2014

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Edwin Jacobus Kunz passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Victoria Hospital, London, in his 59th. Born in the Netherlands on May 17, 1956, he and his parents immigrated to Sarnia in 1958, he was raised in Port Dover, and was currently of Toronto. He will be missed by his son Kevin of Toronto, his mother Josiena Skibo of Bright’s Grove, his sister Miriam and Paul Kleber of Watford, and his brother Andrew Kunz and Christina Kidd of St. Thomas. Ed was a loving uncle to Dale Kleber, Ben Kleber, Wade Kleber, Adam Kunz, and Ian Kunz. He was predeceased by his father George (1995). He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. With his love of computers and Steam Whistle beer he became the “Man of Mystery” on the cover of the Steam Whistle calendar. Ed always had time to share ideas with friends. He lived a unique life enjoying many hobby’s including swimming, acting, music, and fixing cars. He will be greatly missed. Visitors will be received on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wyoming Baptist Church, 484 Broadway St., Wyoming. Pastor Steve Stanley officiating.   As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the London Health Sciences Foundation (London Regional Cancer Centre). Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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Bourassa: Georgette Colombe: of Sarnia

Posted by on November 1, 2014

At Bluewater Health Georgette C. Bourassa of Sarnia Age 95 passed away peacefully. Beloved mother to Dana Fay Bourassa, Lynn Rejeanne Bantam, Fay Theresa Popen (Denis), Lise Florida Horne, Gena Bourassa, Steve Regent Bourassa (Sue).  Will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Audrey Roberts, Denise Trojen, Stephanie Cumming, Julie Seguin, Jeremy Bartelen, Amanda Ribera, Rebecca Deaville. Loving Great Grandmother to: Erica Bantam, Kristin Bantam, Haylee Seguin, Zayden Chipman, Danielle Trojen, Carrissa Moscone, Kelsie Roberts, Spencer Roberts, Gregory Roberts, Rocky Ribera. Dearest Great Great Grandmother to: Maxx Bantam-Michaud, Liberty Bantam- Michaud, Trenton Rogers, Willow Rogers, Gunner Bantam, Kennith Mckellar, Iszabella Mckellar.  Pre deceased by her husband Alfred Bourassa (1996), Frank Bantam (2001) Jean- Jacques (Rita), Conrad Pre deseeded (Claire), Rejean (Diane) her sister Denise Goulet. Will be missed by her brothers Albert Goulet Pre deceased (Juliette), D’Assise (Lise) Florian, Therese Bernard Pre deceased (Nicole), Gilles.  Greatly missed by her sister Paulette Domaine Pre deceased (Leo).  Sorely missed by numerous family members on both sides. Georgette was a multitalented person and would strive to do everything she could. She excels at anything that was possible. But most of all she did everything for her family they meant the world to her. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE.

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SCHMITCHEN: Edward Albert ‘Ed’ of Wasaga Beach

Posted by on September 2, 2014

 A resident of Wasaga Beach, Ed Schmitchen passed away at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the age of 64. Born in Chatham-Kent, Edward was the son of Mary Schmitchen and the late Edward Schmitchen (1996). Beloved husband of 33 years to Rebecca Shea. Loving father of Yolanda (Michael Slater). Proud grandfather of Max. 

Dear brother to Bob (Debbie), Valerie (Matthew Pill) and Veronica. Predeceased by his brothers Dan (2005) and Christopher (2010). Also missed by nieces, nephews, friends, extended family and his close group of Givers. Ed played in the East Kent Rural Hockey League in Ridgetown and Blenheim for many years. He also enjoyed working at the Ag School in Ridgetown. For the last three years, Ed has thoroughly enjoyed playing with his grandson. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street E., Ridgetown at 11:00a.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014. Cremation has taken place. Donations made in memory of Ed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

McKinlay Funeral Home
76 Main Street East, Ridgetown
(519)674-3141

“If there should ever come a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart and I’ll stay there forever” -Winnie the Pooh.

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