INKPEN, H. Donald of Sarnia

Posted by on October 21, 2017

INKPEN, H. DONALD – At Bluewater Health on Friday, October 20, 2017, Howard Donald Inkpen, age 75 of Sarnia passed away. He was the loving husband of the late Martha E. Inkpen (2010) and dear father of Duane Inkpen and his wife Leslie and Paula Foster, grandfather of Justin, Abigail and Molly and great-grandfather of Lilly Martha Rose. He is also survived by his sisters Josie, Marie, Judy and Peggy and his brothers Nelson and Robert. He was predeceased by his parents Rex and Verna and his brother Cyril. Don was a retired member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #793 and was born in Newfoundland moving to Sarnia in 1967. At Donald’s request his remains have been donated to Medical Science. A remembrance of Don’s life will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 11:00 am. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

 

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HALES: Irene (née McCallum), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on October 19, 2017

HALES, Irene (née McCallum), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife of the late Earl Hales (1997).  Dearly loved mother of Anne Vair of Kitchener, and Lynn Plaquet (Randy) of Aylmer.  Cherished grandmother of Toria Vair of Toronto, and Gregg Vair of Kitchener.  She was the sister of the late Jean Fraser.  Irene is also fondly remembered by Jim Vair of London, as well as several nieces, nephews, and their families.  Born in Dutton, ON, August 28, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Annie (née McKillop) McCallum. Irene was a long-time member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, October 21st at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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CHRISTIAN, Candace of Sarnia

Posted by on October 18, 2017

CHRISTIAN, CANDACE – At Bluewater Health on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, Candace Lynn Christian, age 61 of Sarnia passed away. She is survived by her daughter Tabitha Christian of Waterloo. She is also survived by her mother Louise Laporte, her sisters Karen LaPorte and Kathy Laporte Coffman and her brother Mike Laporte. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Cremation has taken place.  Memorial donations made to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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BRUGGEMAN: Martin of London, Ontario

Posted by on October 16, 2017

After living a wonderful life, Martin Bruggeman passed away at University Hospital, London on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the age of 83.

Lovingly remembered by his daughters; Martina Bruggeman and Carina Bruggeman, son in law John Szintai, grandson Jeremy VanHaaren and granddaughter Pam VanHaaren.

Martin was a lover of great conversation and dance and will be missed by his many friends.

Friends are invited to join the Bruggeman family at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Thursday, October 19th from 2 – 5 pm.

If desired memorial contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Share a memory at www.denning.ca 519 245-1023.

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HOOPER: Clifford “Cliff” Sidney Edgar, of West Lorne

Posted by on October 16, 2017

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, Clifford Sidney Edgar Hooper, of West Lorne, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 86.  Born in Plymouth, England on July 10, 1931.  Cliff served with the R.A.F. from 1949-1954 in Communications.  Beloved husband of Alberta Jones whom he married 3 years ago on May 18, 2014.  Predeceased by his wife Myrtle (2011). Loving step-father of Victoria Murray of West Lorne, Laurie (Brian) Hill of Woodstock, Terry Lapadat of Strathroy and Marlene Arvai of London.  Cherished step-grandfather and step-great-grandfather of many.  Lovingly remembered by his sisters, Heather Ash and Jennifer (Rod) Smith, both in England.  Predeceased by his brother Frank in England.  A Funeral Service will be held at DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE, 202 Main Street, West Lorne (519-785-0810) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.  Visitation will precede the service for two hours (1 – 3 p.m.)  Cremation to follow.  Interment of ashes at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, London or Community of the Sisters of St. Joseph in London would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences online at www.denning.ca

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CROWE, David of Sarnia

Posted by on October 16, 2017

At Bluewater Health on Sunday, October 15, 2017, David Allan Crowe, age 81 of Sarnia passed away. He was the dear husband of Joyce Eileen (Churcher) Crowe and the loving father of Stephen Crowe of London, Mark Crowe (Debbie) and Glenn Crowe (Melissa) of Sarnia, grandfather of Edward, Dalton, Alan, Devon and Dawn and his great-grandson Lee. He was predeceased by his parents Edith and David(Mac). David had a dairy herd for 30 years on the family farm which now continues with beef cattle and sheep. He was a member of Mooreline United Church. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, October 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 20th , 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow later at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations to the VON-Sarnia Lambton, or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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CAMPBELL: Ross William, of Rodney, formerly of Dunwich Twp.

Posted by on October 15, 2017

 To say he was a quiet man would be accurate.  To say he was a kind man would be an understatement.  Ross graduated from the Agricultural Program at the University of Guelph.  He lived his life proud and humble and knew so many people, or at least the farms they grew up on.  He travelled every road in Elgin County one hundred times.  He went at his own pace with everything he did and if you knew him, you knew that four of his favourite things in this world were his grandsons.

He left us suddenly, on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the age of 68.  Though we did not get our goodbye, he knew how much we loved him and we know how much he loved us.  Loving father of Nick (Julie) Campbell and Tjada Campbell.  Proud grandfather of Phoenix, Declan, Mason and Nixon.  Cherished brother of Ann and Karen.  Predeceased by his parents Clarence Campbell (1995) and Margaret (née Kovacs) (2016).  Cremation has taken place.  Private interment of ashes in Cowal-McBride Cemetery at a later date.  DENNING’S OF RODNEY (519-785-0810) entrusted with arrangements.

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COBURN: William, of Wardsville

Posted by on October 12, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Babcock Community Care Centre, Wardsville, William Coburn passed away at the age of 71.  Predeceased by his mother, Margaret Coburn (2002) and brothers, Jim (2002) and Bob (2005).  Survived by his brother, Pat.  A Graveside Service will be held at Rodney Cemetery on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11 a.m.  DENNING’S OF RODNEY entrusted with arrangements.  www.denning.ca

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Monaghan, Bernadette May of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

Monaghan, Bernadette May (O’Keefe) – At Marshall Gowland Manor Nursing Home in Sarnia, on Thanksgiving Day October 9th, 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016). Bern is survived by two sons, Dennis (Dee) and Cook (Mary), her grandchildren Lindsay (James), Donald, Ellis, and Evelyn, and two great-grandchildren Madison and Arthur. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5th-9th, 2017. Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A heartfelt “thank-you” to Cousins Muggs, Jackie, Dela and neighbour Bonnie for their support, their time, and their every effort and thank you, Mary, for everything; and thank you Evelyn for carrying on a tradition of strong women within this family. As she wished, mom will be cremated, however, friends and family can visit, share, and laugh, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia Branch 62, 286 Front Street north on October 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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STRUTHERS, Jean of Sarnia

Posted by on October 11, 2017

STRUTHERS, JEAN – At Bluewater Health on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Jean Struthers, of Sarnia passed away in her 96th year. She was the loving wife of the late John Struthers (1982), dear mother of David (Lisa Evers), Cyntha (Don McLeish), Bruce (Karen), Arlene (Ron LaPier) and proud Grandma Jean of William, Kenzie, Aidan and Heather. Jean was a proud graduate of Alma College in St. Thomas and a long time adherent of St. Paul’s United Church in Sarnia. She was also predeceased (2017) by her “third son” Ronnie Rivait. Cyntha, Bruce and Arlene especially wish to thank their brother David for taking such loving care of their mom for the last 16 years and for also making it possible for Jean to always live in her own home. The family wishes to thank Jean’s many caregivers from Care Partners especially Miriam, Jana, and Lydia, as well as her “granny sitters” Brenda, Esmine, and Marie. A very special thank you goes to the nurses Erin and Lauren who helped Jean and her family during Jean’s final days. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 from noon until the service begins at 1:00 pm.  Private interment has taken place earlier at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Sarnia-Lambton Chapter (www.kidney.ca/Sarnia), Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca) or The Sarnia and District Humane Society (http://www.sarniahumanesociety.com/) would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages and memories of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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WRIGHTMAN: James Philip “Jamie”, of Alvinston

Posted by on October 6, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, James Philip “Jamie” Wrightman, of Alvinston, passed away at the age of 72.  Survived by his nieces, Esther Wrightman and Maria Hendrikx and nephew, Dan Wrightman.  Also survived by sister-in-law, Irene Wrightman.  Predeceased by his brother, Harvey Wrightman.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF RODNEY.

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HEISLER: Mrs. Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2017

HEISLER, Mildred (née Cooke), of Fingal, Ontario, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 2, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Bernard J. “Pat” Heisler (May 16, 2017).  Mother of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandmother of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandmother of Scarlett and Ava.  She was the sister of the late Margery Kenney, and the late Dorothy Trebbien.  Dear friend of Sue and Leighton Ellis, and Donna Virag.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, June 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Hattie (née Davidson) Cooke.  Mildred formerly worked in the cafeteria at K-Mart, Elgin Mall, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Gratitude is expressed to all the nurses and staff at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for making Mildred’s passing so peaceful.

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JONES, Bryan of Sarnia

JONES, BRYAN – It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Peter “Bryan” Jones, age 76 of Sarnia on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen Ilene Jones (2015) and father of Dulce Held (John), Dyan Flett, Steve Jones, Chris Jones and grandfather of Morgan, Masen and Kaycee. He was also a special friend and father in law of Jeremy Flett. He is the brother of Ruth (George), Ann (Mert), Lynn (Mary), Mike (Sandra) and Steve (Judy). He was a loving uncle of several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Amy Jones and Peter Jones and his brother Chris. In keeping with Bryan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Please join us on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 305 Ross Ave., Sarnia between the hours of 2:00 to 5:00 pm to share your memories and celebrate his life. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St Joseph’s Hospice. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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BAIRD. Lloyd of Sarnia

BAIRD, LLOYD – At Twin Lakes Terrace on Thursday, September 28, 2017, Lloyd George Baird, age 92 of Sarnia passed away. He was the loving husband of the late Florence Marjorie Baird (1995) and dear father of Bruce Baird (Gigi) of Brampton and Donna Hobbs (John) of Victoria, grandfather of Sarah Hobbs, Barbara and Benjamin Baird. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Celia Baird, his sister Marion Scott, brothers Malcolm, Cedric and Roy. Lloyd was born in Fredericton, NB on January 28th, 1925. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1946 and came to Sarnia where he was employed at Polysar Corporation in a variety of laboratory positions and finally retired from the Patents Department in 1982 after 36 years of service. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 4th between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 1:30 pm at Dunlop United Church (757 Rosedale Ave. Sarnia) Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the Bluewater Health Foundation, Dunlop United Church, Canadian Red Cross or the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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TOMPKINS, Betty Ann of Sarnia

Posted by on September 29, 2017

 

TOMPKINS, BETTY ANN – On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Betty Ann Tompkins, age 55 of Sarnia, fell asleep in death and awaits a resurrection to a paradise earth. She is survived by her parents Faith and Corky Tompkins, sisters Brenda Williams (Stephen), Cheryl Tompkins, Melissa Hill and Amy O’Brien, brothers Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior) and Glendon Tompkins (Judy). Many nieces and nephews also survive. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (550 Murphy Rd., Sarnia) on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Watchtower Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

“A special thanks to Dr. Lilly and staff for their excellent care”

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WILKINSON: Dorothy I. “Babe”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 29, 2017

WILKINSON, Dorothy I. “Babe”, of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in her 82nd year. Dearly loved sister of Ruth Adrian, William Wilkinson (Mary), and the late Robert Wilkinson (1985).  Loved aunt of Leslie Tanton (David Chalk), Karen Pomnikow (Paul), Bryan Wilkinson (Caroline), Ruthann O’Neil, Robin Wilkinson (Nancy), and Donna Parker (Michael).  Loving great aunt of Rebecca Vachon, Daniel and Natasha Pomnikow, Amy Wilkinson, Lisa Wilson (Josh), Tim O’Neil, Nicole Wall (Kevin), Matthew Wilkinson (Kristy), Eric Johnson, and the late Bill Tanton. Cherished great great aunt of Paisley, Harlee, Ewan, Fayth, Tionna, Taya, Milan, Alexis, Mekhi, Ava, Jordan, Matty, and the late Kaelin.  Dorothy was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (née Reaume) Wilkinson. She was a retired secretary.  Dorothy was a proud volunteer for 25 years with the Caring Cupboard, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A graveside service will be held at the St. Thomas Cemetery, 67 West Avenue on Thursday, October 5th at 3:15 p.m.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, World Vision or the Caring Cupboard will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Lucas: Floyd Eldon of Sarnia

Posted by on September 28, 2017

Private cremation arrangements have taken place.

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ARSENIJEVIC: Vojislav “Voja”, of West Lorne

Posted by on September 28, 2017

At St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Vojislav “Voja” Arsenijevic, of West Lorne, passed away at the age of 84.  Loving father of Bob Arsenijevic and Diane Arsenijevic (John Capirchio).  Cherished grandfather of Courtney, Cassidy, Evan, Bo,  Colton and Payton.  Proud great-grandfather of Jax.  He will be missed by Livia Arsenijevic (Stan Barnes). Survived also by nieces and nephews.  Voja was a life-long resident of West Lorne.  He will be missed by his neighbours and many friends that he made through the years. Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF WEST LORNE (519-785-0810).  Condolences online at www.denning.ca

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EWART: Robert J. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 28, 2017

EWART, Robert J. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at LHSC, University Hospital on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in his 84th year.  Beloved husband for over 62 years to the late Barbara (née Towers) Ewart (Feb. 28, 2017).  Dearly loved father of Brian Ewart (Sue) of London, and Jim Ewart (Joanne) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Tyler Ewart (Crystal), Cory Ewart, all of London, and Kyle Ewart (Meghan) of St. Thomas.  Bob was proud of his 5 great grandchildren, Jassy, Raivyn, Tyson, Londyn, and Victoria.  Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Lloyd Campbell, Donna Ewart, and Ken and Lois Towers, all of St. Thomas, several nieces and nephews and their families, as well as his friends at the Wellington Street apartments.  Bob was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by sisters, Nickie “Bunty” Jordan and Maryjane “Mary” Campbell, and by a brother, John Ewart.  Born in Yarmouth Twp., ON, January 5, 1934, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maryjane “Molly” (née Mein) Ewart.  Bob was a retired assistant materials manager at Eaton Yale, St. Thomas.  He enjoyed golfing, and was a former member of the Aylmer Curling Club.  A public memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, October 2nd at 11:00 a.m.  Interment of his cremated remains will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon, October 1st from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the memorial service.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Aylmer Curling Club or the Kidney Foundation of Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.

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LACROIX: Heather Louise of St. Thomas

Posted by on September 26, 2017

Peacefully at L.H.S.C. Victoria Hospital, on Monday, September 25th, 2017, Heather Louise Lacroix passed away at the age of 55. Loving mother of Amanda Percival, Kim (Joe) Bognar, and Allan (Ashley Parkins) Percival. Cherished grandma of Taylor and Raya.  Heather will be forever remembered by her brothers, sisters, extended family and friends. In keeping with Heather’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in Heather’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to St. Thomas-Elgin Cremation. Online condolences may be left at www.stthomaselgincremation.com.

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RIVAIT, Ron of Sarnia

Posted by on September 25, 2017

RIVAIT, RONNIE – It is with deeply saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Rivait on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, with his family by his side.  Ron’s short battle with cancer was faced with a true sense of strength and grace.

Ron was the much loved husband and best friend of Cheryl and  loving ‘dad’; ‘daddy’ to Olivia, Megan and Katie.  Dear son of Donald and Shirley Rivait. He was the special brother to Jim & Jan Rivait, Cathy & Ben Slabysz, Michelle & Sandy Mackenzie and Michael Rivait.  Dear son in law of John and Diane Cox and friend and brother in law to Julie & Dave Dolbear and Trish & Ken O’Neil.  He is survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family.  Ron was predeceased by loving grandparents Grace & Fred Tobin and Lena (Alice) and Tony Futia.

Ron had a longstanding and notable career with the Lambton Kent District School Board.  He started with the LKDSB as an occasional teacher in 1988 and had a permanent elementary position in 1990.  He taught in many Lambton county schools including Parkview, Devine, Lambton Centennial, Mooretown Courtright, Forest Central, Woodside, Kinnwood and Rosedale Public Schools in various grades from 2 to 8.  He also spent a great deal of his teaching career as a Teacher Librarian which suited Ron’s personality as it allowed him to interact with the maximum number of students on a regular basis.

Although Ron loved teaching, it was his work for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation representing and advocating for elementary teachers where Ron spent the majority of his career.  He joined the Lambton Kent ETFO executive in 2000 shortly after the inception of ETFO becoming a Vice-President in 2004.  In this role, he was responsible to represent the elementary teachers in the north of Lambton Kent.  In his role as Vice-president Ron played a pivotal role in assisting members who had been exposed to mould in their schools which eventually resulted in a restructuring of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the school board.  In 2009 Ron became president of the Lambton Kent Elementary teachers where he played an important role in advocating for ETFO members’ rights particularly in the area of teachers’ professional judgment and other areas of teachers’ professional lives.  He also played a key role on local collective bargaining teams as president, vice-president and during his years on the executive.  In spite of the adversarial relationships that can sometimes exist between union leadership and management, Ron managed to vigorously advocate for his members while simultaneously maintaining cordial relationships with school board representatives using his exuberant personality and his ever-present humour.  Ron was also extremely active with the ETFO at the provincial level.

Outside of work Ron maintained an active role in the Sarnia community.  He was a Governor on the Lambton College Board of Governors, executive member and trustee of the Sarnia Labour Council, former president of the Sarnia Liver Foundation, executive member on the Lambton Lacrosse and executive member for the Sarnia Pacers.  Ron was also an avid supporter and had great respect for the Sarnia Fire Fighters.   Most recently Ron has been a manager with the Sarnia Ice Hawks (“once an ice hawk always an ice hawk!”) where he enthusiastically managed his three daughters and their teammates as they played sledge hockey. He was an avid fan and supporter of any activities his daughters participated in.  He was also a proud board member and active fund raiser for Noelle’s Gift truly appreciating how students throughout the board benefited from receiving resources they needed to grow up great.

Ron lived his life in Sarnia, enjoying the small town atmosphere and knowing a ‘friend’ everywhere he went.  He freely shared his love of life, his sense of humour and an infectious laugh.  We were blessed with his sense of adventure, his appreciation and love for music, his quick wit and his endless historical facts.  He loved to tell a story (or two) and always had a captive audience. He was our personal ‘google’ and was quick to give us answers (even when he had to make them up).   Ron loved his BBQ and although he was a great cook and tried many different recipes he made the best hamburgers!  Ron was a true and good friend to many and was blessed with those reciprocal bonds in kind.  He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Maddison and to the staff and many volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Visitation will take place on Friday September 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).  Family and friends are invited to a ‘celebration of life’ on Saturday September 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (service at 2:00 pm) at the Lambton College Event Centre (Grand Ballroom), 1485 London Rd. Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4.

In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Noelle’s Gift.

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LEWIS: Olive Ruth, of St. Thomas, formerly of Rodney

Posted by on September 17, 2017

At St. Thomas Elgin-General Hospital, on Saturday, September 16, 2017, Olive Ruth Lewis, passed away at the age of 70.  Loving mother of John Rybarsky (Karen) of St. Thomas and Christopher Richard (Wendy) of Alberta.  Cherished nana of Andrew, Patrick, Samantha, Krista, John Jr., Jessica and Melissa and great-nana of seven.    Remembered by her siblings Rosemarie Guyitt, William Lewis, James Wesley Lewis, Mary Clark and Donald Lewis. Loving aunt to 17 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 3 sons and her sister Susan Rybarsky.  Relatives and friends will be received at DENNING’S OF RODNEY, 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810) on Tuesday, September 19th from 7-9 p.m.  Cremation to follow.  A public Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Rodney Cemetery, commencing at 3 p.m.  Donations in memory of Ruth to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences online at www.denning.ca

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GERMAN: Louis F. “Lou”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 15, 2017

GERMAN, Louis F. “Lou” of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in his 90th year.  Beloved husband of the late Aileen (née Bradt) German (2014).  Dearly loved father of Debbie Bukacheski of Ottawa, and Mark German of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Nathan Jackson-German of Kitchener.  Dear brother of George German (Eleanor) of Shad Bay, NS, late William “Bill” German, and the late Gordon German.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born in Halifax, NS,  December 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Henry Louis “Harry” and Maria Sophia “Minnie” (née Sampson) German.  Lou served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons for 3 years and the R.C.A.F. for 23 years, retiring as a Sergeant.  Following his retirement from the R.C.A.F., he was employed by Murphy Bus Lines, Arva.  He was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  There will be no public visitation at the funeral home.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Holy Angels’ Church Restoration Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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MUELLER, Regine of Sarnia

Posted by on September 12, 2017

MUELLER, Regine Ilse Ruth, age 96 of Sarnia passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at her home. She was the loving wife of 63 years to the late Gunter H. Mueller (2012). She loved to keep in touch with her cousin Monica and Gunter’s family in Germany. Regine was born the daughter of the late Hans and Martha (Katzschner) Vogt on January 1st, 1921 in Berlin Germany. Following the war, she and Gunter moved to Canada.  Regine found work during the Occupation as a secretary with the POW Hospital, American Offices and Canadian companies in Germany. Regine’s request was for cremation to take place and to be buried with her late husband Gunter. She was a strong and talented woman who loved adventurous travel. She will be sadly missed by her many friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. 

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FINNEY: Frances “Fran” (née Blakely), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on September 11, 2017

FINNEY, Frances “Fran” (née Blakely), of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Clarence A. Finney (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Carol Gorman (Kevin) of Shedden, Sharon Tully-Will (Bob) of Union, and Larry Finney (Jacki) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Matthew Gorman (Colleen), Ashley Gorman, Jennifer Tully Dolan (Jason), Daynna Smith (Wayne), Valerie Everatt (Aaron), and Darcy Cini (Josh).  Also survived by several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Fran was the sister of the late Margaret Moore and the late Kenneth C. Blakely, and a dear friend of the late Bill O’Brien.  Born in Harriston, ON, January 15, 1927, she had resided in St. Thomas since 1939.  She was the daughter of the late Clifford and Mary (née Cumming) Blakely.  Fran was a retired Canadian National Railway engineering clerk.  She was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Wo-He-Lo Group.  Cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday evening, September 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A public memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m.  Fran’s cremated remains will be interred privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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