Posted by on July 18, 2016

PassedWEB_Hrycay_Maxim away peacefully in his 92nd  year on July 17, 2016, with his family by his side.  Survived by his loving wife Carol (nee Dunn) of 61 years and children; Bill (Gabrielle), Jim (Madonna Beale), Susan Novosad (John) and Mary.  Beloved Dido to Jason (Shannon), Justine Arbour (Matt), Kevin Wiles, Sean Wiles (Kerri Jenkins) and 5 great grandchildren; Declan and Liam Hrycay, and Ethan, Carleigh and Owen Wiles.  Brother of Olga Mazuren (Winnipeg), Morris (Vancouver), Helen Reed (predeceased), Martha Farnell (Calgary), Bill (Toronto) and Andrew (Melville, Sask.).  Brother-in-law of Vic Dunn (predeceased), Leon Dunn (predeceased), Bill Dunn (predeceased), Ella Chauvin (predeceased), Ron Dunn (predeceased) and Linda Marentette.  Max was born in the Ukraine, came to Canada in 1926 where the family homesteaded in Saskatchewan.  Max eventually came to Windsor in 1950.  Max was a very generous and caring father, godfather, cousin and a wonderful uncle to many nieces and nephews. His love of wood working will provide many treasured memories for all members of the family.   Private family time was held followed by cremation and a celebration of Max’s life will be held at a later date.  The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful and caring staff and volunteers at the Erie Shores Campus (Leamington) of The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice would be appreciated.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Families First 585 Sandwich St. South Amherstburg (519-969-5841).  Share memories, photos or make a donation online at

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Lloyd: Theresa of Sarnia

5787c16f842a7LLOYD, THERESA – At Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Theresa Letitia (Mooney) Lloyd passed away at 100 years of age. She was the loving wife of the late Elton (Bill) Lloyd. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Henrietta Mooney, sisters Ruth Dickson (Bob), Annetta (Paul) Thibault, brothers Walter (Minnie), Albert (Pearl), James, Floyd (Margaret) and Arthur (Opal) . Will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends. Theresa was born in Saskatchewan and was a longtime Sarnia resident. She had retired from CIBC after 27 years of service and was a longtime member of St. Georges Anglican Church (All Saints). Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 12 o’clock noon with family and friends being received at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made  to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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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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MCLAUGHLIN, Catherine (née Roussel) of Chelmsford

Posted by on May 17, 2016

MCLAUGHLIN, CatherineC’est avec grande tristesse que la famille annonce son décès à Chelmsford, le samedi 26 mars 2016 à l’âge de 90 ans. Épouse de feu Edmond McLaughlin. Fille de feu Gustave et de feue Amanda (née Mallet) Roussel. Chère soeur de Adrienne Plourde (Frederick Ploudre,prédécédé), Armella Cyr (Norbert Cyr,prédécédé)et Elaine Roussel. Prédécédée par ses soeurs Noella Roussel et Annette Mallet (Gerald Mallet)et par ses frères Léopaul Roussel, Merel Roussel, Zoël Roussel, Valerien Roussel et Zoël Roussel. Lui survivent ses nièces et neveux Suzanne Doiron, Collette Doiron (Greg Yasko), Michel Doiron, Robert Doiron (Noella), Claude Doiron (Chantal), André Doiron (Alain), Daniel Doiron (Prédécédée) ainsi que son beau-frère Wilfred McLaughlin. Lui survivent aussi par plusieurs nièces et neveux au Nouveau Brunswick et Saskatchewan. À la demande de Catherine, il n’y aura aucune visite. Une messe funérailles aura lieu le mardi 17 mai, 2016 à 10h30 à la Paroisse St-Jean de Brébeuf. Les arrangements funéraires sont confiés à la COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE, Chelmsford.

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LAVOIE, Solange of Chelmsford, ON

Posted by on May 7, 2016

LAVOIE, SolangeIn loving memory of Solange Lavoie (nee Dequanne) at the age of 91 on the 16th of March, 2016. Daughter of the late Solomon and of the late Donalda (nee Deschambault) Dequanne.  Beloved wife of Adelard (predeceased) of Chelmsford.  Loving mother of Bernadette Lajoie (Claude) and Donald (Julie) of Chelmsford, Lorraine Lajoie (Gabriel) of Borden (Saskatchewan), Patricia Partington (Craig) of Val Therese, Linda Gauthier (Gilbert) of Lindsey.  Predeceased by her son Raymond as well as her 12 siblings. Cherished grandmother of Rosanne Lajoie (Abdou Masnaoui) of Montreal, Natalie Charbonneau (Alain) and Colette Lajoie of Chelmsford, Micheline Lavoie of North Bay and Catherine Lavoie of Chelmsford, Guy Lajoie (Nadine) of Blackfolds (Alberta), Julie Gauthier and Eric Gauthier (Andreeanne) of Aurora, Danielle Gascon (Shawn) of Labrador City, Sylvie Partington of Listowel, Nicole Partington of Val Therese, Patrick Lajoie (Jamie) of Saskatoon and Eric Lajoie (Marina) of Wawa and Melissa (Junior) of Manitoulin Island.  She is also blessed with many great grandchildren. The focus of her life always remained her family and for this she leaves a rich legacy of love.  We wish to thank all those who lovingly cared for her in her last years at St Gabriel Villa.  We will miss you Mom. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME 4691 R.R. 15, Chelmsford on Monday, March 21st, 2016 from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Chelmsford. Donations can be made by cheque to the St-Joseph Church Renovation Fund.


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Linda Anne Walsh court clark: Parrysound,ont of Timmins,Ont

Posted by on April 22, 2016

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Robert: Bob of Maple Creek, SK Formerly of Kelowna

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Robert Theodore Goett “Bob” (RCMP Ret.)

Robert T. Goett passed away on April 9th, 2016 at Maple Creek, Sask. He was born in Trochu, Alberta on March 10, 1932 to Charles and Frieda Goett. He was the fifth of eight kids – six boys and two girls. He played goal in hockey and broke his nose twice – once when he got hit in the face with a puck, and once when a teammate fell on him during the pre-game skate. He was invited to try out for the Medicine Hat Tigers when he was 15, but was nervous about leaving home at such a young age so he didn’t go, perhaps depriving the world of another Terry Sawchuck.

Dad grew up in Olds, Alberta. During the war he watched airplanes from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan taking off and landing, and occasionally crashing at the local flying field. He grew up dreaming of being a pilot. He joined the Air Cadets and learned how to fly. In 1951, he was 18 and it was time to start a career. He was torn between joining the military and becoming a police officer – he chose the RCMP. During his first 5 years of service, he was posted around Saskatchewan and Teslin in the Yukon. One night, while making his rounds in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, he walked into the drugstore and saw the love of his life, Sylvia Shwaykowsky.

When he had five years of service, Bob and Sylvia were married and started a family.

Dad loved the RCMP and during his long career he worked all over Saskatchewan and had a couple of postings in Ottawa where he was a founding member of an r/c flying club called the “Stetson Flyers.” One of the things that dad liked most about living in Ottawa was visiting the many museums and historic attractions found there.

When he retired from the Force in 1979, dad had no idea where he would go next. Everyone told him that Kelowna was the place to be so Bob and Sylvia packed up the pets and two kids who were still at home and headed West.

Dad enjoyed retirement for about 8 months but then went to work doing security for Western Star Trucks. That turned into a business and for the next 16 years, dad ran his own security company, employing several ex RCMP and military men. Sadly, just a couple of months after he retired for good, Sylvia was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months later.

With the love of his life gone, dad bounced back and forth between Saskatchewan and Kelowna, spending time with his kids and grandkids. He bought a cabin at Madge Lake, Saskatchewan and spent a few happy years there. Dad loved fishing and tearing around the lake on one of his scooters.

Dad had a great sense of humour that he inherited from his father. He was very intelligent and a great leader – he earned the respect of everyone he met. He genuinely cared about the people in the communities he served. He was a hands on father and even though he had a demanding career, he always had time for us kids. He taught us how to ride bikes, he built kites for us, he took us fishing, he introduced us to cross country skiing, and he went tobogganing with us when we were in high school. When mom worked evenings, dad cooked for us – he became very good at making hamburgers and potato chips, chili, and Kraft pizza.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, and by his beloved wife Sylvia. Bob is survived by his four children Dawn (Duane), Richard (Susan), Bruce (Jennifer), and Terrie, several grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

As per his wishes, he will be cremated and his remains buried next to Sylvia at the RCMP cemetery in Regina at a later date.

We love you dad and we’ll always remember the good times that we had with you. Rest in peace with mom.

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HORNER: Marjorie Eileen of Truro, Nova Scotia

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Marjorie Eileen (Midge) Horner

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Marjorie Eileen ‘Midge’ Horner (nee Little), on March 29, 2016, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, Nova Scotia, aged 85 years.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on July 24, 1930, our Mom was the eldest child of the late Dr. Perley and Eileen (MacKinlay) Little. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Norval (Bill) Horner in 2003, she is survived by her four children: Deborah Elliott, Truro, David (Bianca) of Halifax, Dan (Sharon) of Shortts Lake, Nova Scotia and Douglas (Melinda) of Iqaluit, Nunavut; nine grandchildren: Miranda (nee Elliott) (Chris) Bates and Morgan (Becky Lavers) Elliott, both of Truro, William (Netherlands) and Bryce (Bedford) Horner, Sam and Emma Horner, both of Toronto, Ontario and Louisa, Lauren and Luella Horner in Iqaluit all of whom she loved dearly and was inordinately proud. ‘SuperNana’ will be sorely missed by her adored great-grandchildren Matilda and Beatrice Bates and Charlie and Piper Elliott who enjoyed their trips to visit her at the big house up on the hill.

Midge is also survived by her only brother Jim (Joanne) Little, Londonderry and her youngest sister Judy Little (Doug Pilon), Carrolls Corner, Nova Scotia, brothers-in-law Keith Horner, Shawville, PQ and Donald Dods, Shawville, PQ and Bedford, NS and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Joan Potter and Katherine Grainger, sisters-in-law Lois Elliott, Mayfred Dods, Shirley Horner and brothers-in-law Hal Grainger, Dr. Bruce Horner and Fred Elliott.

Not only a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, our Mom was tireless in her participation in her community and as a member of many organizations, clubs and committees, most recently the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary, the Colchester Historeum, the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. Working to benefit the hospital, Mom spent many years volunteering for the annual Hubbub and ultimately as convener of that event in 2005. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at the Historeum as a hostess and helping to develop displays, especially when they featured the Marigold Guild, as it did through ‘An Exhibit of Needlework’ in 2006.

The Marigold Guild of Needle Arts was our mother’s brainchild (and at times we teased, her greatest love). Gathering 42 women into her home in 1983 and using her subtle determination, she was able to create the Truro Chapter of the EAC. Thirty three years of ‘stitch ins’ later, it is still an active and vibrant Guild. To roughly quote a Guild member, Mom was the founder and always the driving force behind the MGNA, serving as the first President and twenty-eight years later offering to fill that vacant position again, even as health challenges slowed her down. She has served in most, if not all, the executive positions and committee leads and continued to fill a key role even as her debilitating health stopped her from creating her own true masterpieces. Mom was instrumental in encouraging the Guild’s annual retreat which began in 1989 and continues to this day and she was the originator of the idea of the ‘Tapestry of Historic Truro: 1875-1925’, leading that project through some 2000 hours from inception to its unveiling at the then Colchester Historical Society Museum in 1997. Designated a ‘Master Craftsman in Pulled Thread’ by the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, our modest mother was surprised and honoured to be awarded the EAC national honour service pin in 2011 in recognition of her lifelong promotion of the art.

Following us to school and athletic events, ski hills and riding rings, she encouraged and was always our greatest fan. Mom loved to travel and our annual ski trips, family reunions and other trips afar with our father, family and friends were enjoyed immensely and summers at Shortts Lake were a major part of our lives.

Our mother was a lady of the old school, always maintaining a grace, conviction and determination that belied her unpretentious demeanor. She was our foundation and our confidant. In her quiet, selfless way, she loved and directed each of us through the paths that life took us, always there, always supportive and always encouraging. She was unique in her relationships with each of us and loyal to our individualities, sometimes recognizing our value when we ourselves may not. She rejoiced in our successes and commiserated in our losses. We loved her absolutely.

We would like to extend a special recognition to Eileen Tooker, Mom’s friend and companion, who allowed Mom to continue to enjoy life with less restraint than her disabilities in recent times would normally have allowed.

We wish to thank Dr. Andrea Faryniuk and the entire staff of the 2nd floor surgical wing of the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre for their patient and compassionate care over this last year.

As was our mother’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal or religious service. Instead, an informal gathering in fond remembrance will be held on April 3, 2016 in the Birch Room at the Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm for all those that may wish to attend.

No flowers by request. In Memoriam, donations may be made to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Surgical Unit, the Colchester East Hants Health Care Centre, the Colchester Historeum or the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts. Thank you.

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BOWKER: Barry of Waterdown, ON formerly of Unity, SK

Posted by on April 7, 2016

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Surrounded by family, Barry Bowker passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Burloak Long Term Care, Burlington in his 77th year.  Beloved husband of Gail for 55 wonderful years.  Loving father of Laurie (Ray) Faas and Bruce (Tammy) Bowker.  Proud grandfather of Dillon, Hannah, Kate, Riley, Tim, Kyle and Colin.  Survived by his brother Malcom (Della) of Unity, SK and his sister Jeanne of Swift Current, SK.  Barry will be remembered by many relatives and friends both in Ontario and back home in Saskatchewan.  An Engineer by trade he spent his 30 year career with Ford Canada.  Cremation has taken place.   A Memorial Service will be held at KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 80 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Please sign the Tribute Wall at

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DUNNELL, Darlynne of Waterdown, formerly of Regina, SK

Posted by on March 24, 2016

DUNNELL, Darlynne

Passed away peacefully at the age of 59, surrounded by loved ones, on March 21, 2016 at the Hamilton General Hospital. She is sorely missed and much loved by her sons Travis (Kara) and Curtis; Mother Alexandra Petruic; Sisters Deloris (David) and Debbie; Mother-in-law Sylvia; Grandsons Logan and Callum; Nieces and nephews Riley, Lacey, Angie, Michelle Nicole and Cal. Father to her children, Graham Dunnell. Countless family members near and far join them in their grief.The love of her life Rob Bearman and his family will hold her in their hearts. All who knew and loved her are invited to join the family at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St N, Waterdown, on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow.

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Batchelor; Sylvia Mary of Markdale resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Posted by on February 26, 2016
Sylvia Batchelor of Markdale resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Sylvia Batchelor of Markdale resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Batchelor; Sylvia Mary

After a lengthy time of making Grey Gables Nursing Home her home Sylvia passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2016 of Markdale in her 99th year. Beloved wife of the late R. Gordon. Loving mother of Larry(Nancy) of Flesheton and D. Bruce(Andrea) of Saskatchewan. Loved and remembered by her grandchildren Nicole Carter(Steven Wile), Lori(Neil) Talbot, Ian(Sandra) Batchelor and great grandchildren Kyle, Connor, Brooke, Hailey, Brayden, Andi, Clark and Danica. Dear sister of Viola(Don) Butt, sister in-law of Jean Cornett and Ruth Green. She is predeceased by her parents Samuel and Pearl(McConnell) Cornett, brothers Clifford and Jack. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Sunday, February 28 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Service from St. John’s United Church, 13 Spring Street Flesherton on Monday at 11am. Spring Interment Flesherton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Centre Grey Health Services Building Foundation or a charity of choice would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations available at

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MOORE: Mrs. Janet Carol (nee Stevenson), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 12, 2016

Janet MooreMOORE, Mrs. Janet Carol (nee Stevenson), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, February 11, 2016, on her 78th birthday.  Dear wife of Guy R. Moore. Beloved mother of twin daughters; Melanie Wight (Irv) of British Columbia, and Valerie Moore of Saskatchewan.  Cherished sister of Jean Wilson (Richard) of St. Thomas. Dear aunt of Amanda Drenth (Paul), Amelia Drenth (Rick), and Steven Wilson (Erica), all of St. Thomas.  Born in Windsor, ON, February 11, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Ethel (nee Knowles) Stevenson.  Janet graduated from General Amherst High School and the London Teachers College.  She taught at Amherstburg Public School for 8 years.  She excelled at her hobbies of rug hooking, knitting and crochet.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A service will be held in the spring at the Old St. Thomas Churchyard scattering garden.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). Janet’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses, care workers and hospital staff at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Continuing Care Centre for their kindness and dedication.

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OGBURN: Roy E., of R.R.#5, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 9, 2016

roy ogburn 002PoppyOGBURN, Roy E., of R.R.5, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, February 8, 2016, in his 94th year.  Beloved husband for 64 years to Jean (nee Savard) Ogburn.  Dearly loved father of Ken Ogburn and his wife Greta of Kanata, and Dan Ogburn and his wife Marion of R.R.5, St. Thomas.  Dear brother of Marian Miller and her husband Ewald of Rabbit Lake, SK, and the late James Ogburn (his wife Anne of Toronto).  Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Battleford, SK, February 26, 1922, he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth (nee Haubold) Ogburn.  Roy enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1943 and trained as an air gunner.  At the end of the Second World War, he re-enlisted and served until his military retirement in 1969 as a Warrant Officer.  His second career was as a parts manager at Buchwald Motors, London.  Roy was an adherent of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening, February 12th 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, February 13th at 1:30 p.m.  Following cremation, inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  Memorial donations to the Salvation Army will be gratefully acknowledged.

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JOHNSON: Reverend Ivan of London

Posted by on February 4, 2016

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At University Hospital on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Reverend Ivan Earl Johnson of London in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Janet (Anderson) Johnson (2012). Dear father of Allan Johnson and his late wife Joy (2015) of Regina, SK; Howard Johnson and his wife Margaret of Surrey, BC; David Johnson and his wife Barbara of Ilderton; Cathy Lewis and her husband Ron of London; Linda Marr and her husband Colin of Stouffville and Paul Johnson and his wife Kim of Nanaimo, BC. Dear brother of the late Gordon Johnson and his wife Florence of St. Marys and Mary Field and her husband Steve of London. Also loved by his 14 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his dear friend Trudy McCrae. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Stoney Creek Baptist Church, 2225 Highbury Avenue North, London, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00pm. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Gideon Bible Society, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, ON N1H 7A2. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (519) 433-5184.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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PONSFORD: Mollie of Sidney

Posted by on January 26, 2016

In keeping with Mollie’s wishes, no formal service. A family gathering is planned.
Simply Cremations & Funeral Service in charge of arrangements

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PERCY: (EJ) Elwood John of Langley, BC Formerly of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Saskatoon, Weyburn, Regina, Fairlight

Posted by on December 20, 2015

images-4It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the age of 91, at his residence in Langley, BC.
Born in the small rural town of Fairlight, Saskatchewan he helped work the farm before adventuring to work in the forest industry on Vancouver Island before returning to the prairies and marrying his life mate Ilene Rice. They followed the propane industry around Saskatchewan before moving to Abbotsford, BC in 1964, with sons Darryl & Kim and daughter Debra.
Predeceased by infant son Robin, his parents John and Clara Percy, brothers Lawrence, Earl, Maurice and Elmer and sisters Elva, Audrey, Eileen and Vera, he is survived by son Darryl (Edie), son Kim (Judy), daughter Debra, grandchildren Robin, Jesse, Jena, Josh, Kristen, Kody and Katlin, great grandchildren Kinga, Brittan, Trinity, John and Brea, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was a dedicated family patriarch and an influential businessman during his years in the Propane Gas Industry. EJ’s Sunday morning breakfast grills were legendary and always open to any family and friends who could get out of bed for the 8:00 am serving and there were many 1st timers that were happy they did. His Barbeque expertise was unquestioned and his salmon or roast beef dinners brought all the family home on a regular basis.
EJ enjoyed his retirement weather it was time on their hobby farm, trips to over-winter in Mesa, Arizona or chasing after his grandchildren as they pursued their favorite sporting activities. His days spent on the Fraser River fishing for Sockeye with Darryl and Josh were always a favorite topic and special memory.
At Dad’s request there will not be a private memorial. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Dr. Stuart Pavilion at the Mission General Hospital.

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KIELTYKA: Edwin P., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 25, 2015

Edwin KieltykaKIELTYKA, Edwin P., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Carol (nee Mills) Kieltyka (Nov. 3, 2001). Dearly loved father of Donna Kieltyka (Lisa Gremonprez) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandfather of Chris Thomas (Ange) of St. Thomas, James Thomas of Sarnia, Rick Thomas of St. Thomas, and Taylor Robinson of St. Thomas. Dear brother of Albina Polgar of Toronto, Rose Gabriel of Victoria, BC, Anne Dinter of Saskatoon, SK, Zenon Kieltyka of Prudhomme, SK, late (infant) Anthony Kieltyka, and the late Micky Price. Also survived by several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Born in Prudomme, SK, March 28, 1929, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Lena (nee Mazurkwich) Kieltyka. He came to St. Thomas from Prince Albert, SK in 1968. Ed was a retired employee of Clevite Ltd., St. Thomas. He was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church. Relatives and friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, November 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Prayers at 6:45 p.m.). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Friday, November 27th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.

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MACDONALD: Kenneth of Maple Ridge Formerly of Maple Ridge

Posted by on November 9, 2015

Kenneth Cecil Macdonald February 17, 1940 – November 1, 2015 It is with deep heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Ken Macdonald, loving husband, father and grandpa. Dad was always happiest when surrounded by his family and especially fond of each and every one of his grandchildren. He will be missed by his wife Mary (nee Hujdic), his son Rob (Kristie), daughter Laura (Rupert), step-children Dana, Kari, and Trevor. He will always be in the hearts of his grandchildren, Ava, Kyle, Luke, Carter, Julia, Cole, Mason, Evan and Charlotte. There will be a private celebration of life to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the BC Cancer Society.

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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

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FORTOWSKY: Gloria Rose of Valemount, BC

Posted by on October 10, 2015

images-4Gloria Rose Fortowsky (nee Fetter) was born on June 8, 1939 in Trail, BC and grew up on a farm close to Leroy, SK. She was a joyful person who loved gardening, singing, teaching, mountains, and people – particularly children and especially grandchildren and (very recently) great-grandchildren. She devoted her life to connecting with and caring for others as a teacher; a friend; a dedicated Catholic; an active community volunteer; and a loving wife, parent and grandparent. Gloria started teaching in 1958. After marrying in 1960, Gloria and her husband Arnold opened the first school in Southend, SK in 1960 and went on to spend much of their teaching careers working in small, often isolated, northern Canadian communities. After 45+ years of teaching, Gloria retired “for good” and she and Arnold moved to Valemount, BC where they had lived intermittently since 1990. In retirement, Gloria spent many hours gardening, keeping up with friends and family, and planning (and going on) travel adventures. Her generosity was well known; many, many people have plants that were given to them by Gloria, who regularly ended up with far too many as a result of her enthusiasm for planting.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Arnold; her children Keith (Mary Ann McGrath), Grace, Elaine, Shirley (Donald) Giroux, and Carolyn (Brock) Dagenais; her grandchildren Bridget, Sarah, Sydney, John, Rygel, Remi, Ain, Neven, Rozlyn, and Katica; her great-grandson, Felix; her siblings Sr. Bernadine Fetter, Gerry (Gill) Fetter, and Rodney (Ruth) Fetter; and her sister-in-law Diane Fetter. She is predeceased by her daughter Angela and her brother Gordon.

Gloria was much loved by her family and friends and is dearly missed since the automotive accident that took her life on September 28, 2015. Celebrations in memory of her took place on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6, 2015. She has been laid to rest in earshot of the playground and full view of the mountains in Valemount, BC.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Catholic Missions in Canada ( or Chalice Canada ( in Gloria’s honour.

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RYAN: Hugh Gerard of Parksville, British Columbia

Posted by on October 7, 2015

February 16, 1933 – September 21, 2015

Hugh was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia where he attended school moving to Saskatchewan in 1953. He retired from the Fire Services in 1986 and spent several glorious years travelling. He and Doreen wintered in Arizona until 2004 moving to BC in 2005.

He leaves behind to mourn his passing his loving wife of 59 years and 3 months, Doreen; children, Barb Ryan of Fox Creek, Alberta, Kevin Ryan of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Donovan (Jody) Ryan of Rihyad, Saudi Arabia; grandchildren, Scott, Mark, Todd, Thomas, Michelle, and Matthew; as well as many other family members in the Eastern provinces.

Hugh enjoyed most sports playing baseball, hockey, and curling in his early years. He was an avid golfer will into this retirements. Hugh was known for his sense of humour and his animated joke telling.

The Lord has seen fit to end his suffering. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
A Memorial Mass has taken place at the Church of the Ascension in Parksville, BC.

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(250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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Posted by on October 6, 2015


Entered peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Monday, October 5th, 2015. Beloved wife of Bernie King. Loving mother of Brad, Lee Anne and her husband Gary and Mathew. Dearest grandma of Evan, Holly, Alexa and Dominic, Sophia and Grace and 2 great grandchildren. Survived by her sisters Joanna Ball (Garnet), Ruth Kenny (Doug) and her brother Chet Babcock (Sandy). The family will receive friends at the Bay Park Baptist Church (775 Progress Ave., Kingston) on Thursday from 7-9pm and Friday from 10am until service time at 11am in the church with Rev. P. Gazdik officiating. Interment Picadilly Cemetery AT 2PM. As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to either the ALS Society or Bay Park Baptist Church which can be placed through the PAUL G. PAYNE FUNERAL HOME, BOX 324, ODESSA K0H 2H0, 613-386-7373King Photo 1

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MOONEY: Franklin George of West Lorne

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Franklin “Frank” George Mooney of West Lorne passed away at the age of 75. Loving husband of Veronica Rose (nee Andrei). Beloved father of Mark and step father of Ed Rose and Loretta Tremtsidis. Dear brother of Paul (Diane) Mooney, Catherine Williams, Flora (Cecil) Chandler, Joy (Terry) Handsor and Sandra Mooney. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents George and Marjorie Mooney, sister Donna Jean Mooney, brothers Mark, Tom and Horace Mooney. Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE 519-785-0810 on Monday, October 5th from 12:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Reverend David Tatsu officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to West Elgin Daffodil Society. Online condolences accepted at

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WARD: Elda Jean of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on September 30, 2015

Help meElda Jean Ward of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 28, 2015 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife and companion of Elmer. Loving mother of Vernon (Diane) of Airdrie, AB, Wayne of Santa Barbara, California, Murray of Clarksburg and Elaine (David) Brears of Englehart. She will live on in the hearts of her grandchildren Christina, Erin, Candace, Olivia, Emma, Ryan, Zackary, Calista, Jasmin, Nicole, Bradley, Travis, Tristan and great-grandsons, Lennon and Bohdi. Elda leaves behind her siblings, Leone, Richard, Merle, Elva, Tom, Rena and Gordon.

She was predeceased by her siblings Syd, Evelyn, Murray, Charlie, John, Alvin and Lorne as well as her parents, William and Olive (Kerr) Middleton.

A private celebration of Elda’s life will be held with inurnment to follow in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hanover & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MERPAW, William “Bill” Albert of Athens, ON

Posted by on September 16, 2015

Bill MerpawMERPAW, William “Bill” Albert

Passed away suddenly at his family home on Temperance Lake Road Athens, on Monday August 31st, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Beloved husband of Margaret (Wiltse) Merpaw. Loving father of Robert John “Bob” (Arlene) of Regina, Peter James (Angela) of Brockville and Ryan Jeffrey (Susan) of Kanata. Cherished grandpa of Harlie Elizabeth Ann, Brock William Robert, Kellie-Anne Pearl Marie and Grace Judith Margaret Marie; cherished brother to Allan (Lise) Merpaw.  Also sadly missed by Christopher Green, Allen Hodgkinson and Laurie Hodgkinson; in-laws Ruth Plant (Neil), Karen Montgomery (Doug Greenham) and Martha Jane Michel (Dick); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents Bernie and Helen (Earle) Merpaw, parents in-law John and Marjorie (Dewland) Wiltse and niece Monica Anne.

Family will receive friends at the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East Brockville on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday September 4th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at a later date. In memory of Bill, donations to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. The Rising Sun Masonic Lodge # 85 will hold a Memorial Service Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Messages of condolence may be sent online at


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