HINES: Doug of Toronto

Posted by on December 7, 2017


1934-2017, John Douglas Hines
With deep sadness, we wish to communicate the passing of “Doug” Hines – a long-time resident of the GTA, also known as Papa Smurf, Wee Dougie, Cowboy Doug and Big “D,” in his eighty-fourth year.  In his final moments, at Etobicoke General hospital, Doug experienced the profound joy of having his loving children, grandchildren and great grandchild by his side.   He will be greatly missed by his children Michael Hines, Catherine (Betsy) Hines, and James (Jamie) Hines; grandchildren, Sarah Hines, Alex Hines, Hudson Hines, Christen Latham, Rebecca Laffrade, James Wimpory, & Ashley Hines, and great grandchildren, Wynter Zuch, Charlie Laffrade, Carter Laffrade, and by countless extended relatives and friends.  Doug was pre-deceased by his parents Catherine Hines (nee McClelland) and John Hines, sister Marilyn “Sissy” Ball (the late Karl), and is survived by his sister, Jeanne Fry (Allan) and nephew Jeff. Doug loved his family with his entire being and had tremendous pride in his heart for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  We are eternally grateful that Doug has left us a legacy of love.
Doug enjoyed the outdoors, but only from his horse or a convertible, or by the BBQ. His love of dogs and horses were his passions, along with his great love of sports – auto-racing, hockey and football, in particular. We will all miss those special times with him while he enjoyed and shared his passions & his great love of unique comments & profanity not just while watching sports but reading the paper and especially while driving.
Friends and family are invited to email celebratingdoughines@gmail.com for information regarding a Tapenade and Caesars celebration in toasting Doug on Saturday, November 25th, from 2pm-4pm. These were his favorite weekend specialties. Anyone who knew Doug, was also aware that he had an enormous passion for horses. In lieu of flowers, he would love donations be made in his name to Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue at www.whhrescue.com or please give to Pancreatic Cancer Canada to a personal page at http://donate.pancreaticcancercanada.ca/site/TR/DIY-FundraiseforUs/DIY-FundraiseforUs?px=1150296&pg=personal&fr_id=1296

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Horton-Wright; Ava Anne Michelle at only 9 months, 5 days resting at Fawcett Funeral Home

Posted by on November 29, 2017

Horton-Wright; Ava Anne Michelle

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing, while in her daddys’ arms, at Sick Kids Hospital, of Markdale at only 9months, 5 days. Beloved and cherished daughter of Bobbie Horton-Wright and Sarah Higenell. Adorable granddaughter to Jonathon and Michelle Harvey of Holstein, Fred Higenell of Collingwood and Julie(Don) Sather of Markdale. She will be greatly missed by great grandmother Cheryl Wright of Paris, ON. Darling niece to Ryan Horton, Jenn Noullette and Nicole Massey. Ava will be remembered by many cousins, great aunts and uncles and caring nurses at Sick Kids.

Ava loved lights, her soother and her glow worm. Her beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

Funeral service will take place at Gentle Shepherd Community Church, Eugenia, on Saturday, December 2 at 1pm. In memory of Ava, donations to Gentle Shepherd Community Church would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca

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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 www.drivercremation.ca

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COUPERUS: Egbert of Belleville

Posted by on November 3, 2017

Couperus, Egbert – peacefully at Q.H.C. Belleville General Hospital on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, in his 87th year. Son of the late Gerhardus and Alijda Couperus. Beloved husband of Jannie (Jean) Couperus (nee- Vellenga). Dear father of George (Susan) of Belleville, Sid (Sue) of Grimsby, Stuart (Henrietta) of Brighton, Annette Brinkman (John) of Ottawa.  Lovingly remembered by 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  Brother of George (Grace), Peter (Alcia) both of Trenton, Jack (Don) of Toronto. Brother-in-law of Tony Barkema and Grace (Paul) van Vleet.  He is predeceased by his sister Alijda Barkema, and his brother Dirk Couperus.

Arrangements in the care of Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273) Belleville.

Visitation will be held at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 100 College Street W., Belleville on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the church on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Private family interment to be held at Elmwood cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Belleville District Christian School or Quinte Christian High School, would be appreciated.

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SOANES: Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) of London

Posted by on November 2, 2017

SOANES, Valerie Gail (nee Derksen) … Valerie passed peacefully after a long struggle with cancer on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in London Ontario. Valerie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 19, 1955 to Herbert (deceased 2007) and Elsie Derksen (Kehler). In 1976, Valerie married Brian Soanes in Thunder Bay, Ontario and together they raised their son Darryl (predeceased in 2005) and daughter Allison (Soanes Park) (Rusty). She is survived by her mother Elsie, husband Brian, sisters Dianne (Frank Grant), Pamela (Tom Francis), brother Daniel and grandchildren Jalen Soanes, Elias and Shannon Park. A celebration of Valerie’s life will take place at the Highland Country Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London on Friday, November 10, 2017, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm . Interment will take place, next to her son, on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, 455 Lagimodiere Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba (please check www.amgfh.com for updates). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Brain Research, 123 St George Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3A1. Special thanks to Dr. Hahn and Lyn Kligman at the London Cancer Centre and the tremendous work of the nurses and support workers at both Victoria Hospital and Parkwood Institute. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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FAST: Jeffrey Allan of Foxboro

Posted by on October 10, 2017

FAST, Jeffrey Allan ~ of Foxboro, entered into rest at Quinte Healthcare, Trenton Memorial Hospital on Monday October 9th, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Dear son of the late Peter & Olive Fast (nee Weir). Beloved husband of Janice Denise Fast (nee Funk). Cherished father of Joel Allan Fast of Belleville, Aron Nathanael Fast of Waterloo, Naomi Elizabeth Fast of Kingston and Lucas Daniel Fast of Foxboro. Dear brother of Lorna Fast of Orillia, Jonathan Fast (Kathy) of St. Catharine’s and Lisa Florschutz of Midland. Jeffrey will be missed by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; Faith Peters (Peter) of Winnipeg, Phyllis Schmidt (LeRoy) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Cyndy Willms (Phil) of Watrous, Saskatchewan and Gilmour Funk (Hannah) of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Friday evening October 13th, from 6:30 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Quinte Alliance Church, 373 Bridge Street West, Belleville on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Allan Langlois officiating. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Corbyville.

If desired, donations to the Huntington Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”

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DAVIS: Mary of Ottawa

Posted by on October 8, 2017


DAVIS, Mary (née Paul), of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away at the Queensway Carleton Hospital on Monday, October 2, 2017, in her 82nd year. Mary was conforted in her final hours by her niece, Catherine Desjardins. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Davis and mother of Debra Dulude of St. Catherine and Wayne Davis of Ottawa and survived by her brother, Thomas Paul of Ottawa. In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place. There will be no public visitation but all are welcomed to the funeral service to be held at 11:00am on October 12th, 2017 at Our Lady of Fatima, 153 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa. Gratitude is expressed to all the residents and staff of the Fairfield Manor Retirement Residence and to nurses and staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital for making Mary’s passing so peaceful.

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Posted by on October 4, 2017

Richard E. ArczewskiPassed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the age of 60. Cherished father of Adam (Natasha), Peter, and Candice. Beloved son of Edward and Helen Arczewski. Dear grandfather of Brooklyn and Callie. Loving brother of Christopher (Carol), and Tisha (Dan). Uncle to Kyle, Danielle, Bryant, and Ryleigh. Richard will be forever loved and remembered by his extended relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie on Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. A private family Mass will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Arthritis Society of Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.ca


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WARNER: Clayton Edward

Posted by on September 6, 2017

WARNER, Clayton Edward

It is with deep sadness our family announces the passing of Clayton at the age of 35, on September 3, 2017. Partner of Stefanie Knott who also has left us. Buddy to Shane. Beloved son of David and Randi Warner, and much-loved bother of Lindsay (Diane) and Quincy (Michelle). Clayton was an awesome uncle to Saprina (Erik), Rori, and Jeremy, and great uncle to Ciaran. Dear nephew of Chris and Peggy, Brad and Corrine, Bruce and Sharyn all of Manitoba, Terri and Tim of St. Catharines, Lois of Fergus, and Audrey of Sutton. He was a friend to so many and will be sadly missed. Private Cremation. A Visitation will be held at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N, Waterdown on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 12 p.m., until the time of Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers Clayton would appreciate donations made to the Hamilton SPCA or McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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BAIN: Jeanne Marie (née Martini), of Rodney and Fenelon Falls

Posted by on August 7, 2017

Following a lifetime of integrity and kindness, Jeanne Marie Bain (née Martini) of Rodney and Fenelon Falls, finished her earthly journey on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Jeanne was born in Windsor, Ontario to the late Charles and Margaret Martini. She was predeceased by her beloved husband William Bain (1999).

Jeanne was a loving, proud and supportive mother of Bill (Cynthia) Bain, St. Thomas; Mary (Ted) Soucie, Coldwater; Anne (Ross) Tucker, St. Catharines; and Kathleen Bain (John Henry), North Bay. Jeanne will be warmly remembered forever by her grandchildren: Rebecca (Jay) Rabjohn, Rachel (Stefan) Loesch, Stephen (Shannon) Soucie, Bill Bain, Emily (Josh) Herzog, and great grandson, Tanner Rabjohn.

She leaves her sister, Lenore Enright, of Cambridge. Predeceased by infant brother Charles and brothers-in-law Frank Enright and Harold Bain.

Jeanne adored family and friends. Her good humour and wit will be happily remembered by six nieces, nephews and their families, by good friends Roxann and Bill Nethercott, and her best friend since the age of four, Mary Taylor.

While raising her four children, Jeanne graduated with a BA from the University of Western Ontario in 1967.

As a child, she was an accomplished tap dancer and we loved her telling of those adventures and other fun olden days’ stories. As an adult, Jeanne appreciated beauty in nature and was an avid gardener. She loved travelling, sharing hospitality at garden and dinner parties, and she was a wonderful conversationalist.

It was a privilege to have Jeanne as our mother, relative and friend.

Relatives and friends will be received at DENNING’S OF RODNEY, 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810) on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Funeral procession will follow to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, 128 Main Street, West Lorne.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m.  Interment with family present at Staffa Cemetery, Staffa, Ontario. Condolences online at www.denning.ca.

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Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

George “Duke” Harris
February 25, 1942 – August 2, 2017

It is with a broken heart we announce, after a courageous battle recovering from heart surgery,
Duke lost his fight. Duke is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Harris, daughter Kimberly Drury and son-in-law Brad Drury. He was the best ‘Pazzy’ to his pride and joy to his grandchildren Lauren Drury (Brad Hodgson) and Aaron Drury and his special great- grandson Hunter Hodgson. Duke was predeceased by parents George and Elsie Harris, in-laws Lee and Fred Martin, brothers Bill and Bob Maughan and son Bob Harris (March 2005). Having been born in his parent’s home on Alfred Street, Duke was proud of his Point Edward lineage. Duke played Junior Hockey first in Sarnia for the Sarnia Legionnaires where they won the Junior B Championship, then in St. Catherine’s with the Tee Pees winning a Memorial Cup Championship and went on to have a career in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and World Hockey Association, highlighted by two championships; the first in Vancouver with the Canucks, and the second in Rochester with the Americans. Following Duke’s retirement from hockey he was fortunate to join Sarnia Cranes, where he spent 25 years as a crane operator. Duke retired in 2005 to become a full time cab-driver for his grandchildren. ‘Pazzy’ never failed to answer the call for a ride, an errand, or whatever Lauren and Aaron needed. Duke loved his vacations in Florida with the “Point Gang” and not too many days went by without a drive to the St. Clair River to make sure the water was flowing in the right direction! Hey Buds, we will miss your quick wit and old storytelling. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre “Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit”, Canadian Mental Health Association or Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

“A special thank-you to the entire staff of Cardiac Care ICU at the University Hospital in London,
especially Dr. Mary Lee Myers. The entire team offered excellent care to Duker and the rest of
our family.”


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Egan, Thomas Anthony of Shelburne, ON formerly of St. Catharines, ON

Egan, Thomas Anthony – It is with profound sorrow that the family of Tom Egan announces his passing on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the age of 64.  He was at home surrounded by his wife Carol of 44 years and his children.  Wonderful, loving father to Denise (Geoff) and grandchildren McKinnon, Paydon, Tegan and Colton; and son Tom (Lisa) and grandchildren Jesse, Ryan and Thomas. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Rosina Egan, and sister Roseanne Egan. Survived by his sister Margaret (Randy), and brothers John (Ninetta), Terry and Robert. Loving brother-in-law to Paul McKinnon (Ann) and Joan Humby (Steve). Uncle to Matt and Jacob Bevan, Nicole, Michelle, Patrick, Renee, Michael Egan and Alex and Katie Bishop. Tom was so very proud of his community, serving on Town of Shelburne Council for 19 years to present, and was known for his honesty and integrity. Tom worked for Canadian Tire Acceptance for 24 years, and Ontario Lottery and Gaming for 17 years to present. He was a devoted member of the Kinsmen Club of Shelburne for over 20 years. A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Shelburne Legion, 203 William Street from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a memorial service to take place at 3:30 p.m. Condolences can be made to www.drivercremation.ca  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity close to your heart.  As Tom would always say, “It doesn’t hurt to be nice. Cheers!”

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MEEBOER: Richard “Rich” of Corbyville, Ontario

Posted by on July 4, 2017

Meeboer, Richard “Rich” – suddenly at Bon Echo Park on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 in his 48th year.  Best friend and beloved husband of Lori Meeboer (nee Martin) of Corbyville. Loving son of Richard and Marion Meeboer of Vineland.  Devoted dad of Natasha Meeboer of St. Catharines, Anthony Meeboer, Abigail Meeboer, Bailey Kimball and Maya Kimball all of Corbyville.  Dear brother of Susie (Wayne) Kikkert of Stevensville, Connie (Steve) Parker of Jordan and John (Sandra) Meeboer of Beamsville.  Son in-law of Linda Martin (the late Harvey) of Corbyville and brother in-law of Lisa (Dave) Brotherton of Sauble Beach.  Rich is remembered as the Canadian Dad of Jenny Noh and Suzanne Lu.  He was blessed to come from an incredible large family and will be deeply missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Rich was a valued member of the team at Vanderlaan Building Products of Brighton.  As a husband, father, son, brother and friend, Rich gave everything he had to everyone he knew.

Friends are invited to call at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Friday, July 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held at the Quinte Alliance Church, 373 Bridge Street West, Belleville on Saturday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Rich Meeboer Memorial Fund online at https://www.gofundme.com/richmeeboer,  through the funeral home (cheques must be made payable to Lori Meeboer) or by visiting Quinte First Credit Union, 293 Sidney Street,  Belleville.

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CAMPBELL, Cynthia Louise formerly of Hensall and Exeter, age 60

Posted by on June 14, 2017

CAMPBELL:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Cynthia Louise Campbell, formerly of Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall and  Exeter, age 60.  Much loved daughter of the late George Christopher (2003) and the late Emily Bettina (Baragar) Campbell (1997). Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mary Morrice of London, Nancy Campbell and her husband Peter Lavell of Halifax, N.S., Susan and Dr. Donald Cameron of Vancouver, B.C., Brian Morrice and Paul Cocker both of London.  Remembered by her Aunt Marion Wood of St. Catharines, her nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her sister Penny Cocker (2008).  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, on Friday June 16, from 12 to 2 p.m., where the Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with visiting commencing at 9:00 a.m., Rev. Dr. D. Brent Powell Officiating.  Interment Exeter Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Community Living South Huron or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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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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HENRY: Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 12, 2017

HENRY, Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 7, 2017, in her 96th year.  Beloved wife for 67 years to the late Charles “Chuck” Henry (Jan. 8, 2012).  Dearly loved mother of Mary Harris (Chris) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Felicity Henderson of Mexico, and Aaron Harris (Keri) of London.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Ainsley, Taylor and Kaley.  Anita is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Catharines, ON, October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Marguerite (née Wilson) Poole.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private inurnment will take place in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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

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Posted by on February 9, 2017


November 21st, 1938 – February 8th, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a loving Father and Papa at the age of 78 following a brief illness at Bluewater Health Hospital Sarnia on February 8th, 2017.  Predeceased by his loving wife Monique Stringer (Deslauriers) (2003).  Father to Richard (Donald), David (Sandra), Sandra (Tom), and Tim (Echo).  Cherished Papa and fishing buddy to Matthew, John, Joshua, Jacob, Kelsey (Kevin), and Connor.  Dear brother of John (Sheila), Gordon (Susan), and Brenda.  Predeceased by his parents John and Jemima (nee Jessup), brother Joseph (Evelyn) and his sister Wilma (Larry). He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Norm retired after many years of working in the Mining Industry.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family fishing and hunting.  This very kind and generous man will be greatly missed.

Memorial and interment will be held in Lake St. Peter in the spring.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the M. S. Society.

Arrangements are 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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WOJTECKI: Stanley of St. Catharines, formerly of St .Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 8, 2017





WOJTECKI, Stanley, of St. Catharines, ON, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in his 98th year.  Beloved husband of the late Krystyna (nee Siwek) Wojtecki (2008).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Smith (Richard) of Dacula, GA, Edward Wojtecki (Pam Maw) of St. Catharines, ON and Irene Williams (Mark) of Smithers, BC.  Devoted grandfather of Ryan Smith of Jacksonville, FL, Meagan Glover (Eddie) of Franklin, TN, Haley Williams, and Michael Williams, both of Smithers, BC.  Proud great grandfather of Camden Glover of Franklin, TN.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by four brothers and a sister. Born in Pogorzalki, Poland, June 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Antoni and Apolonia (nee Dombrowska) Wojtecki.  He was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London and also worked as a carpenter.  Stanley was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, and Polish National Union Branch #15, St. Thomas.  During the Second World War, he served with the RAF.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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

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FORTH, W. Elgin of Dundas, formerly of Flamborough

Posted by on January 23, 2017

FORTH, W. Elgin

October 14, 1925 – January 23, 2017

Passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton on Monday, January 23, 2017. Beloved husband of Dolores for 70 years. Dearfather of Ken (Deborah), and Allan (Ann). Much loved grandfather of Holley, Kenny (Marsha), Heather (Brad), Melanie, and Matthew, and great grandfather of Claire, Riley, and Wyatt. Brother of Audrey. Predeceased by his brother Irvin, and sister Doris. Past Master of Waterdown Lodge #357- 1980. DDGM of Hamilton Masonic District A – 1990. Scottish Rite 32nd Degree. Past Patron, Order of the Easter Star Waterdown Lodge #309. Elgin worked tirelessly in the Market Garden Industry for over 75 years as co-owner of Forthdale Farms. Special thanks to the staff at Amica, Dundas and St. Joseph’s Hospital for their wonderful care and support. Visitation at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N, Waterdown on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 2-4 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy donations to St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mary Grace Wing and Surgical Centre) would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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Graham, Brian of Sarnia

Posted by on January 18, 2017

GRAHAM, BRIAN – On Monday, January 16, 2017, Brian Allen Graham, age 64 of Sarnia passed away. He is survived by his daughter Vanessa Graham, his sisters Donna Graham, Sandra Graham, Lillian Cole, Eleanor Steiner and brother David Graham. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Donald and Joyce Graham and nephews Rodney Cote and Stan Cole. Brian was a performer and entertainer and loved to make people laugh. Funeral Services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral on Friday prior to the service beginning at 1:00 pm. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Welland, Richard Thomas of St. Catharines, Ontario.

Posted by on December 1, 2016

Welland, Richard Thomas – We sadly announce the passing of Richard Thomas Welland, on Nov 30, 2016, in his 87th year. Rick leaves behind his wife, Muriel, of 66 years. Survived by his 5 children, Rick (Tricia), Kevin (Diane), Al (Char), Esther (Les) and Bonnie (Wally), 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and extended family. Thanks to long-term care staff at Tabor Manor. A celebration  of life will held for family and friends at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to MARSHALL W. DRIVER CREMATION & BURIAL SERVICE, 19 Ross St., Barrie. Condolences may be placed at www.drivercremation.ca

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HAMILTON, Mary Teresa Ann “Obe” (nee O’Brien) of Sarnia

hamilton-newspaperHAMILTON, MARY TERESA ANN “Obe”(nee O’Brien) – Surrounded by her family at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Mary Hamilton, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the age of 88.  Beloved wife of Thomas Hamilton for 61 years.  Loving mother of Richard Hamilton & his wife Lydia, Sarnia, Margaret “Kitty” Connelly & her husband Lonnie, Alliston, Julie Hamilton-Hicks & her husband Neil, London and Eileen Smith & her husband Martin, Camlachie.  Cherished grandmother of Diana, Halina (Dave), Mark, Patrick, Danny, James, Sean, Rebecca, Andrew (Laura), Megan (Jesse) and Connor.  Special great-grandmother of Isla, Brody and Liam. Dear sister of Ken O’Brien (Dode), Toronto and Eileen Sullivan (Brian), St. Catharines and sister-in-law Ann O’Brien, Bolton. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her parents John & Irene O’Brien and her brothers Richard, Jack and Neil O’Brien.  Mary was born and raised in Peterborough, where she received her nursing degree at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.  She moved to Sarnia in 1950 where she met and married the love of her life Thomas.  She was registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marshall Gowland Manor retiring in 1975.  Mary was a Charter member of St. Benedict’s Church and the CWL. She loved to paint, cook and read.  Her passion in life was her family and time with them meant the world to her. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 4:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Steve Marsh at St. Benedict’s Church on Monday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Fiddick’s Nursing Home for the wonderful care that they provided not only for Mary but for the whole family.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the charity of choice.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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NORTHRUP, Donald “Don” Leslie, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, age 84

Posted by on September 12, 2016

northrup-donald-croppedNORTHRUP:  After spending a wonderful day with his wife, prior to suffering a massive stroke, Donald “Don” Leslie Northrup, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, age 84.  Beloved husband of Sharon Jeanne (Warren) (Sutherland) (Rotteau) Northrup.  Loved father and father-in-law Keith and Linda Northrup of London, Ken and Michelin Northrup of Fonthill, Donna and Derek Hunt of Barrie, Dave and Paula Northrup of St. Thomas, Dan Northrup of British Columbia.  Remembered by Sharon’s family Jeff Sutherland and MaryAnne Kenney of Hensall, Brian Sutherland of Exeter, Mark and Margaret Sutherland of Mount Carmel.  Don will be loved and missed by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families.  Dear brother-in-law of Robert Ripley.  Predeceased by his parents Hartley and Francis (Sweeney) Northrup, son Terry Northrup, siblings Eileen Ripley, Bruce Northrup, Barbara Speight, Sandra Northrup and Patsy Saikaley.  At Don’s request, cremation has taken place.  A  Memorial Service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. Interment Elmdale Cemetery, St. Thomas, at 2 p.m.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, South Huron Hospital or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Korol Phyllis June (Cullen) 88 of Tampa Florida,originally of Welland passed away peacefully on July5,2016 at theSouth Tampa Health and Rehab Centre.She will be greatly missed by her brother Doug, her sister-in-law Mary and her nieces Tonilynn Burton, Tamara Gagnon (Bob),Tanya Cullen Michaud (Greg) and Tina Perrella (Nick).She was predeaceased by her parents Frank and Queenie Cullen,her sister Jacqueline Nyari and brother-in- law Tony Nyari. Thank you to Angels Senior Living, Adams House for their exceptional care. A special thank you to Lynn Brown for her love and support to June.June lived in Florida for over fifty years and met many wonderful, caring friends. Cremation has taken place.A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

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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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