Obituary of JOHNSTON: HAROLD CHARLES of Sarnia

Posted by on February 17, 2019

JOHNSTON, HAROLD CHARLES –Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Friday, February 15, 2019. Harold Johnston passed away at the age of 92 with family by his side. Harold was predeceased by his loving wife Elva (2016). He was the loving father to Harold Johnston Jr., Darlene Wiwcharuk (Doug), Stephen Johnston and Gerald Johnston. He is survived by his 13 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Harold was predeceased by his sisters Bertha Ewart 2015 and Geneva Wasson 2012; Daughters Joyce Cassista 2013 and Barbara Coyle 2017 (survived by her husband Tom). Harold is also predeceased by his parents Hollis and Ellen (Nellie) Johnston/Partis. Harold was born in Cliffordvale New Brunswick and worked for CP Railroad until moving to Sarnia, where he worked at Dixon Van line, and various other occupations. He joined the Sarnia Police Force in 1957, and was very proud to serve the city of Sarnia. After he retired Harold and Elva were members of the Eagles club where they would dance the night away. He enjoyed camping, and never missed a leafs game (unless it was at 11 o’clock at night). A memorial service will be held on Friday February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Center (102 Victoria St. N. Sarnia). Family and Friends may visit on Friday February 22, 2019 from 10:00 am until service time at 12:00 pm. The family would like to send a special thanks to property manager Aaron, neighbors Sharon, Alma and Kathleen for always looking out for him. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes

Association. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of BANTING: Helen W. (Skinner) of Mitchell, formerly of Lucan

Posted by on February 13, 2019

Peacefully at Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, formerly of Lucan at the age of 100. Beloved wife of the late Carl G. Banting (1997). Loving mother of sons Charles (Debra) Banting of Lower Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Richard (Cherie) Banting of Tilden Lake, Ontario, and mother-in-law of Hildi Banting of Victoria, British Columbia. Loving grandmother of Tamara, Alyssa, Christopher, and May. Great-grandmother of Lauren, and Katelyn. Dear sister of Shirley Douglas of Mitchell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son David (1994), sister Dorothy Vogan and her husband Rev. Lindsay Vogan, brother Bryce Skinner and his wife Florence, sister Beth Ferguson and her husband Ian, and brother-in-law Cameron Douglas.

Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Friday evening from 6-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at Villages United Church, 34500 Granton Line, Granton, on Saturday, February 16th at 11 AM with Pastor Paul Vollick officiating. Interment Ebenezer Cemetery, North Middlesex.

For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or March of Dimes would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of AUSTIN: Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 29, 2019

AUSTIN, Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, January 21, 2019, in her 70th year.  Beloved wife of David J. Austin.  Dearly loved mother of Bonnie Hussey (Shane) and Tammy Pardy (Larry).  Cherished grandmother of Kyle (Jamie), Kory (Kelsey), Jaya and Cole.  Proud great grandmother of Jade and Violet.  Dear sister of Marsha, George, Debbie, Nettie, late Barb and the late Shannon.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Bear River, NS, August 16, 1949, she was the daughter of the late George and Jean (née Brooks) Fletcher.  A private family funeral service was held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Interment was made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin Branch will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of WILLIAMS, Gayle Linda (nee WAINWRIGHT) of Beaumont, Alberta

Posted by on January 24, 2019

WILLIAMS, Gayle Linda  (nee WAINWRIGHT)

January 15, 1956 to January 22, 2019

Gayle passed away peacefully due to complications from Huntington’s Disease on January 22, 2019 at the age of 63 years. Her final days were filled with love and support from her family and many friends.

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Gordon; daughters Lindsay (Fenton), Brittany (Jeremy), and Kelcey; grandchildren Kaleigh, Bentley, Kellan, Emily and an upcoming grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is predeceased by her sons Michael and Daniel, parents Bob and Gerry Wainwright, and sister Joanne Best.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beaumont Community Church, 5423 – 55 Street, Beaumont, AB on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family would ask that those in attendance try to incorporate red in their attire as it was Gayle’s favorite color.

Memorial Donations may be made in Gayle’s honour to the Huntington’s Society of Canada, 400-151 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 2M2.

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Obituary of HALVERSON: Winston of Denfield and formerly of Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 18, 2019

Peacefully, at LHSC-University Hospital on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 of Denfield and formerly of Nova Scotia at the age of 60.  Loving husband of Deanna Halverson for over 34 years.  Dear son of Jean Halverson of Nova Scotia and the late Milton Halverson.  Beloved brother of Craig (Karen) Halverson, Teddy Halverson, Theresa Halverson, Darren Halverson (Teri),  Ryan Halverson (Bobbie), Barry Halverson, and Jennifer Mattinson (Billy).  Also remembered by his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his siblings Perry, Boyd, Jeffery Halverson, Sherry Trenholm, Debbie Benjamin, and Wendy Toth.

At Winston’s request he will be returned to his home town in Pugwash, Nova Scotia for a family service and interment.  A celebration of life for his Ontario family and friends will be held in London at a later date.  Haskett Funeral Home, LUCAN (519-227-4211) entrusted with arrangements.

Donations to the London Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of Poole, Kevin F. of Edmonton, Alberta and formerly of Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 7, 2019
Kevin F. Poole of Edmonton, Alberta (grew up in Nova Scotia) passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at the Cross Cancer Institute on January 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Diana and children; Paul, Meghan (Israel), Mathew, and Quintin (Calli-Rae), and grandson; Maverik. He is also survived by his parents; Frank and Eleanor, and siblings; Cheryl, Nadine (Paul), and Ian (Tanya).
In keeping with Kevin’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and no memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Obituary of DOUCETTE, Michael Randy of Colborne, Ontario

Posted by on January 5, 2019

Peacefully in Cobourg, on Thursday, January 3rd 2019, in his 57th year. Beloved husband of Georgina. Loving father of Cameron (Hayley). Cherished son of the late Ernest and Elodia. Dear brother of Albert (Arlene) and the late Dianne (Mike) Long. Uncle of Brian (Cathy) Long, Maureen Long and Scott (Erica) Doucette. Great uncle of Jennifer and Delainey. Michael will be sadly missed by his family, friends and brothers from UA Local 46 and by his French Bulldogs: Archie, Sydney and Hudson. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Ajax Legion, 111 Hunt Street, Ajax. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of Tilley, Mark William

Posted by on January 4, 2019

Peacefully at home in his sleep on December 21st, 2018 at the age of 54.  After a lengthy battle with diabetes and kidney disease.

Mark was born in Buchans, NL where he spent 21 years of life before moving to Oshawa, On. Where he began his career in the construction industry. Mark was an avid outdoors men, he truly believed a bad day fishing was better than a good day at work

Mark leaves behind his loving spouse Shelly Moulton,  Beloved daughters Colleen and Hayley Moulton.  Cherished Son Of  Joan and the late Warwick Tilley, Devoted brother of John (Elsie ) Tilley, Kim (Wayne) Kennell, Gordon (Mandy) Tilley. Mark is predeceased by grandparents William & Annie Tilley, Marcus & Minnie Hiscock. Mark will be missed by his niece’s, nephews, aunts and uncles, family and friends.

As per Mark’s request a celebration of life will take place on January 13th, 2019 from 2-6 pm at Whisky Johns, 843 King St W Oshawa. Funeral Services will take place on February 5th in Buchans, NL

Memorial donations can be made to the  Canadian Diabetes Association or  The Heart and Stroke Foundation

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Obituary of CAMERON, Raymond of Ottawa formerly of Timmins, ON. & Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Posted by on January 1, 2019

 

 

CAMERON,Raymond

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Raymond Cameron on December 30, 2018 at the age of 82 years old.

Ray was born in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but relocated at early age for gainful employment in the mines of northern Ontario.  Ray lived most of his adult life with Timmins as his home base.  His work in mines across Canada allowed him to provide for his family and earned him his reputation as an incredibly hard and fearless worker.  Ray ended his days in Ottawa, surrounded by family and friends. His love for Cape Breton and the farm he worked in Mabou as a young boy was ever present.

Ray is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 37 years Claudette Cameron, and his children Phemie (Denis) LaRue, Cindy (Steve) Ellis, Laurieanne (Brian) Evans, Marlene Othmer (Marc LeBeau), Nancy Othmer (Shane Barclay), Trish Othmer (Carlo Matulich).

Ray was the absolute best Grandfather to Ray (Angele), Justin (Leah), Sara (Jaime), Alexandria (Zach), Amanda (Richard), Tyler, Mitchell (Meagan), Madison and Mackenzie. Ray was also blessed to have been the Great-Grandfather to Patrick, Alyssa, Camryn, Abigail, Payton, Kendell, Macey, Ava-Lee, Emma, Ivy-Rae, Tamara, Kaiden and Taylor.

Ray is survived by his sisters Rita, Gennie, Margaret, Anne and Patricia, and his brothers Donald and Owen. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Euphemia (Grant); sister, Mary and brothers, Alex, Lawrence, Angus, Gerald and John.

A funeral mass for Raymond will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church at 11 am, 205 Bayview Drive, in Constance Bay.  A reception will follow at 12:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 616, 377 Allbirch Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foundation for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Arrangements entrusted to the Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of SIEBER: Merv of Norwich and formerly of Fonthill, ON

Posted by on December 7, 2018

SIEBER, Merv – Passed away with his family by his side at VON Sakura House on Monday, December 3, 2018, Mervyn “Merv” Sieber of Norwich, formerly of Fonthill in his 85th year.  Loving husband of Nancy Sieber (nee McLellan).  Loving father of Sandra Bowles (Mike Sitland) of Halifax, Michael Sieber (Sue) of Dartmouth, and Carol Dean (James) of Norwich.   Merv will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danielle and Joshua Dean, Jennifer and Jason Sieber, and Jonathan Bowles. Fondly remembered by his step sisters Pat Morris of Hanover and Pauline Morris of Weymouth, Nova Scotia.  Also survived my many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Predeceased by his parents Roy and Viola (nee Spears) Sieber, and sister Deanne.  A celebration of life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell St. Woodstock on December 15, 2018 at 11 am.   The family asks that donations in memory of Merv, be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, VON Sakura House, or the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611).    Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of AUCKLAND JAMES: Gail (née Hague), of London, Ontario

Posted by on December 3, 2018

AUCKLAND JAMES, Gail (née Hague), of London, passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute, London, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in her 76th year.  Beloved wife of Robert “Bob” James and the late Gordon Auckland (1977).  Dearly loved mother of Cynthia Fedorowski (Michael) of St. Thomas, and Jennifer Ruz (Francisco) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Emily and Abby Fedorowski, and Mateo and Diego Ruz.  Dear sister of Carol Baker (Don) of Lambeth.  Gail is also fondly remembered by her step-son, Robert “Bob” James (Kathy), and their children, Rebekah, Erin, and Matthew of Pennfield, NB, step-sisters, Paula Schummer (Gary) of Burlington, Pam Gathercole (Harry), and Priscilla Dowler Hindley (Vic), all of St.Thomas, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Lenore (née Whaley) Hague, and the step-daughter of the late Audrey (née Badgley) Hague.  Gail was a retired receptionist with the Compass Group Canada, London.  She was a member of White Oaks United Church, London.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, December 4th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation re: London Regional Cancer Program or White Oaks United Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of BROWN, Lila June (nee Ramsay) of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 29, 2018

Passed away peacefully at home in Cobourg with family by her side at the age of 81. Beloved wife of Eustace.  Cherished daughter of the late Charles and Estella Ramsay.  Loving mother of Carl (Julie).  Dear sister of Thomas, and predeceased by David, Fred, Orville, Elizabeth, Minerva, Annie and Maybell.  As per Lila’s wishes, there will not be a service.  Anyone wishing may make a donation to Northumberland Hills Hospital, Intensive Care Unit.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of Champion, Lucy

Posted by on November 26, 2018

Lucy Champion On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Lucy passed away after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 58 years. A longer obituary notice will follow.

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Obituary of McCARVILLE, George Raymond of Cobourg

Posted by on November 17, 2018

At the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Friday, November 16th, 2018, in his 90th year.  George Raymond Carville was born in Maple Plains, Prince Edward Island on April 20th, 1929.  Ray is survived by his sisters, Frances Burd, Mary McCarville, and sisters-in-law June McCarville, Doreen McCormick, Bernice Gallant.  He is predeceased by his wife Rita (May 16, 1993), his son Allan (July 15, 2009).  Also predeceased by his parents Parnell and Mary Maude McCarville, his sister Edna Hagen (Louis), his brothers Leo, Lorne (Teresa), Emmett (Aggie), George.  Ray worked for General Foods in Cobourg, retired from Kelloggs in Toronto, and was an avid Bridge player.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (corner of University Ave. and Division St. in Cobourg) on Thursday, November 22nd at 1:30 pm.  Interment to follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Cobourg.  Special thank you to Rosemary & Don Nicholson for their care and kindness to Ray over the years.  Thanks as well to family friend Bill Cole for always being helpful.  A final thank you to Dr.Essak, the nursing staff at NHH Restorative Care and all the dedicated staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation to a charity of choice.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

 

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Obituary of LEVESQUE: Maurice Joseph

Posted by on November 5, 2018

Levesque, Maurice Joseph
Died peacefully on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto at the age of 81. Maurice of Stayner, formerly of Wasaga Beach, originally of New Brunswick, beloved husband of the late Yvette (2016). Dear father of Vince, Joane (Barry Russell), Julie, Ghislaine (Dave Glenfield), Luc (Leanne) and Raymond (Cassidy). Cherished Pépère of Stephane, Chantalle, Kurtus, Jessica, Jessie, Ashley, Lily, Jeremy, Jonathan, Samantha, Calvin, Kayla, Kyle, Melissa and Christopher and Great-Pépère of 12 great-grandchildren. Maurice will also be missed by his friend Mary. He was a talented musician and spent his life entertaining audiences. Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 3 p.m. for the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 4 o’clock. If desired, donations to your local hospital foundation would be appreciated by Maurice’s family. To sign his Book of Memories, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com

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Obituary of CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

CHONG, SUSAN – Surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, October 4, 2018, Susan (Mark) Chong, age 85 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William Logie Chong (1994) and dear mother of William Chong Jr. and his wife Johanne, Darrell Chong, Sharon Davies and her husband Dr. Brian Davies, grandmother of Melissa Chong (Matthew Lorbetski), Matthew Chong (Marissa Lewington)), Connor Davies (Brooke Clubb) and Jasmine Davies (Billy O’Mahony Jr.), great-grandmother of Lucas and Ethan Lorbetski, Tess Chong and lovingly anticipated Miller Davies (January 2019). She is survived by her sister Helen (Drew Magor), her brother William (Doreen) and her sister in law Gretta Mark. She was predeceased by her infant brother George, her brother David and her sister Maria. Susan fled communist China in 1949 and made Canada her new and much loved home. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities including SMAA, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, I.O.D.E. and was also named to the Mayor’s Honour’s List in 1993. She was an avid fan of the Maple Leafs and Argos and a loud, vocal and opinionated cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting interests and activities. Friends may visit at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9) on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 261 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Susan to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “The family wishes to thank Dr. Lori Kolono and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care”

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Obituary of Ritchie,(nee Lawrence) Mary Irene

Posted by on September 17, 2018

May 15, 1946 – August 30, 2018

Mary died last week after a rich life and a brief battle with cancer. She lived with joy to the end and died peacefully surrounded by love.

Mary is survived by her children: Colleen, Andrea, Jennifer (Greg Berry), Matthew, Jacob (Krista), her grandchildren: Hayden, Julia, Adele, Betty, and Lydia, her sister Jean (Fred Smith), sister-in-law Patricia Lawrence and nieces and nephews Katherine, Adam and Meaghan. She is pre-deceased by her parents Geraldine and Bill Lawrence, her brother Patrick Lawrence.

She trained to become a Registered Nurse at the Victoria General (1967) and went on to earn her B.Sc. Nursing from St. Francis Xavier (1998). Her career in nursing spanned more than 50 years, beginning and ending with work at the IWK (“The Children’s”). In between, she worked at Twin Oaks Memorial, the Nova Scotia Hospital and as part of the Eastern Shore Seniors Mental Health Outreach team.

Mary saw beauty in everyone and everything. She was always creative, always making. In recent years she painted in watercolour and made collage, and throughout her life her gardens, her quilts, her sewing, her preserves were all outlets for creating beauty and sharing it with those in her world. She had a special love for the ocean and spent hours and days at beaches with family and friends, in all seasons.

Mary was an inspired and loving Mom and Nanny and a trusted friend to many. Through her tireless support for others at home, at work and in the wider world, she was a model of how to build community. She is deeply loved and will be terribly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 16th

at the Portia White Atrium (in Citadel High) 1855 Trollope St. 

1 – 1:30pm with a party to follow 1:30 – 4:00pm

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Metro Turning Point, a part of Shelter Nova Scotia. http://www.shelternovascotia.com/contribute

Online condolences can be sent to remembermaryritchie@gmail.com

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Obituary of DILLON, Mary Ellen of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on September 4, 2018

After a beautiful and full life, and surrounded by her dear family, Mary Ellen Dillon (née Wlliams) passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Mary Ellen was born in Toronto to Audrey and C.R. “Reg” Williams. She grew up and went to school in the city, but as a child learned to appreciate camping, swimming, and canoeing with her mother in Muskoka. After heading off to Europe as a young adult to work as an au pair, Mary Ellen was proud to return to Canada and become part of the University of Toronto’s first Bachelor of Nursing class.

It was at the U of T where she met Delanty Dillon, whom she later married. “Del” remained the love of her life. Del and Mary Ellen relocated to Del’s hometown of Cobourg, where Del went on to become a beloved high school teacher and head of the physical education department at the then newly opened CDCI East. Mary Ellen and Del remained active members of their social and St. Michael’s Church communities. They not only celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009, but also were at Maple Leaf Gardens on May 2, 1967 to witness their revered Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

For Mary Ellen, the idea of “home” was always foremost in her heart. This was evident early in her career as a public health nurse when she did house-call checkups on newborn babies and their moms, initially in Toronto neighbourhoods for newcomers to the country, then for the Health Unit in Cobourg. Not surprisingly, she always seemed most relaxed and content when she was holding a baby in her arms, whether it was a patient, her own child, or one of her nine grandchildren. Her family remained anchored at the home she and Del established by the lake in Cobourg, no matter where in the country or the world her children ventured. Family and friends and neighbours were always welcomed into their home with humour and grace, curiosity and appreciation.

Following her career as a nurse, and after raising four children, she chose to enter the world of real estate sales, and this became a true devotion and delight. Starting with Frank Real Estate, she eventually became an Agent and Broker with Royal LePage. In a career touching five decades, Mary Ellen helped countless families find their dream homes in and around Cobourg and the Northumberland Hills. Highly principled, she valued honesty, communication, and integrity more than anything else in her business. By the time she had pounded in her last SOLD sign at the age of 80, she had developed many deep and lasting relationships with clients and colleagues alike.

Mary Ellen’s pace slowed slightly in recent years after the passing of her beloved Del, and subsequently because of some health concerns. It is a great testament to her care community that Mary Ellen remained bright, happy, and content in her own home. She was forever grateful to all her friends, neighbours, and faith community for their continual support and prayers. Special thanks to PSWs from Home Instead, St. Elizabeth, and Cardinal Nannies, and to the compassionate staff at the Northumberland Hills Hospital.

Left with warm feelings of deep appreciation and love are Mary Ellen’s four children: Mary Dillon (Louis Robitaille) of Lunenburg County, NS; Joe Dillon (Ruth Lillington) of Lindsay, ON; Joanne Dillon-McKay (Eric McKay) of Orléans, ON; and Michael Dillon (Moira Easton) of Shawnigan Lake, BC. Also feeling well-loved are Mary Ellen’s grandchildren: Madeleine and Marcel Robitaille; Tristan Lillington; Mark, Reta-Anne, Lauran, and Patrick McKay; and Jesanna and Séamus Dillon-Easton.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church 379 Division St, Cobourg, with interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery thereafter. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg, 30 King Street East. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Mary Ellen’s spirit, the family would appreciate a donation to Toronto Hospital for Sick Children ( www.sickkids.ca ), Northumberland Hills Hospital ( www.nhh.ca ), World Vision Canada ( www.worldvision.ca ), or an offering of a simple act of kindness. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of ALBERT EDWIN SCHNELL, C.C.C., Hon. B.A.S.

Posted by on August 29, 2018

August 9, 1935 – August 23, 2018

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear husband and father, Albert Edwin Schnell, at home at the age of 83. He was a gentle and loving pillar of strength and will be missed immensely by Rosmarie, his beloved wife of 57 years, son Andre, and daughter Marion. Albert was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Franziska Schnell. He will be missed greatly by extended family in Switzerland including his dear brothers Paul (Erika) and Hans (Liselotte), brother-in-law Eugen (Christa), and nieces Daniela (Christian), Eliane (Markus), Carole (Rolf), Viviane, and their sons and daughters.

Albert was extraordinarily caring, compassionate and generous to all. He was a man of strong faith in God and relied heavily on the Lord. Albert was an active member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto and, prior to that, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. House of Compassion of Toronto was also dear to his heart.

Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Albert followed his great passion for cooking and quickly rose to become a world-renowned chef. He was blessed with an illustrious 50-year career in the culinary field, of which the last 45 years were with Hilton International in Montreal and then Toronto. At the age of 28, he became Executive Chef at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and four years later was appointed as Corporate Executive Chef of Hilton Canada, the position he held until his retirement from Hilton Toronto in 2000.

Albert was fondly referred to as “Papa Schnell” by those who worked with him over the years. He was a mentor to many in all corners of the world and with whom he maintained and cherished close friendships. Throughout his career he always acknowledged that the many accomplishments were the result of the entire team.

Albert passionately promoted his profession and the high standards of international cuisine and received awards for his lifetime commitments towards apprenticeship training and excellence in Culinary Arts. He was a member of several organizations including the Escoffier Society of Toronto, the Canadian Culinary Federation, and the Toronto Chapter of Les Toques Blanches of which he was a founding member and the first President.

Albert had so many interests and passions in life, such as nature, the outdoors, gardening, and learning. The family will fondly remember our vacations together in Switzerland.

A Memorial Service will be held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street, Toronto) on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church or House of Compassion of Toronto.

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Obituary of McKEAN: Gerald J., formerly of St. Thomas & Orwell, Ontario

Posted by on August 24, 2018

McKEAN, Gerald J., formerly of St. Thomas and Orwell, passed away at the Parkwood Institute, London on Friday, August 24, 2018, in his 93rd year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to the late Beatrice (née Helmer) McKean (2009). Father of David McKean (Debbie) of Courtland, and Gerald McKean of Fairground.  Grandfather of Sara McKean-Schulthies (Isaac) of Renfrew, and Heather Schaas (John) of Aylmer.  Great grandfather of Mason Schulthies of Renfrew.  Brother of Audrey Sellon, Doris McKelvie, both of Dartmouth, NS, late Ronald, late James, and the late Raymond McKean.  Also survived by several in-laws, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in Halifax, NS, September 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Gordon and Hilda (née Selvage) McKean.  Gerald was a retired employee of the Carnation Co., Aylmer.  He was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  During the Second World War, Gerald served in Canada with the RCAF.    In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family graveside service will be held at Aylmer Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Diabetes Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.  “Remember me with laughter, not tears, for I have led a long and good life.” Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of DAVIS: Olga M. (Fletcher) of Exeter and formerly of Nova Scotia

Posted by on August 16, 2018

Gone home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, at the South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Thursday, August 16, 2018 of Exeter and formerly of New Salem, N.S. in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Walter M. Davis (1990).  Dear mother of Lillian Johns of Exeter, Philip Davis and friend Maria of London, and Darlene and Charles Turnbull of Red Deer, AB.  Dear grandmother of Janet and Jim Harper, David Marquardt, Joanne Wilson; Travis Davis and friend Joan, Tracey and Greg Muscott; Jamie Turnbull and friend Rehima, and Heather Turnbull.  Dear great-grandmother of  Foster, MacKenzie, Anne and Mark, Alyssa, Brandon, Tyler, and Emily and great-great grandmother of Anakin and Olivia. Dear sister of Mona Traquair, Evelyn McKenny, Roy Fletcher and C. Alton Fletcher. Predeceased by her parents Carl and Gertrude Fletcher, sons-in-law Gordon Marquardt, and Emerson Johns, grandson-in-law Michael Wilson, sisters Marion Wasson, Cora Wurm, and brothers Sidney Fletcher and Rolland Fletcher.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William St, Exeter on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Monday, August 20th at 11 AM with Pastor Wally DeWolfe officiating. Private family interment Exeter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations to the People’s Gospel Hour (Nova Scotia), New Life Prison Ministries, or the South Huron Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of McKenzie, Ann Isabel Elizabeth (nee Fraser) of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on August 14, 2018

Passed away peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg on Saturday August 4, 2018 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Wallace McKenzie.  Loving mother of Patricia Malott (late Mike), Mary Tulett (David) and Tom McIelwain (Connie).  Proud grandmother of Martha, Sarah, Glenn, Emily and Elizabeth, and great grandmother of Charlotte, Remi and Roseline.  Dear sister of Christina Scott (Ted).  A Celebration of Life will take place at MacCoubrey Funeral Home in the Reception Centre, 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Wednesday August 15, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, The Accessibility Fund of the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s Newfoundland (angcathedral@nf.aibn.com) or Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of Albert: Leon “Frenchie” of Sarnia

Peacefully with his family by his side at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, LEON VINCENT (FRENCHIE) passed away at the age of 77. Predeceased by his loving wife Dorothy (nee Goodine) Albert, his parents Ludger and Delina Albert (Levesque), step father Philip Levesque and brother’s Gilles Albert, Edgar Albert, and sister’s Alberta Lagasse (MacDonald), Laurette St. – Germain. Survived by sisters; Claudette and Tom Daamen of Wallaceburg, Ontario, Hilda Albert of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Aldea Harris and her husband Buck of Sarnia, Ontario. Pierrette Albert of Stoney Creek, Ontario, brother Regis Albert of Hamilton, Ontario and step – brother Yvon Levesque of Sarnia, Ontario and sister in – law Fabienne Albert of St. Leonard, New Brunswick. Also will be missed by nieces and nephews and his two friends Albert and Dave. In Keeping with Leon’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service or visitation. Memorial donations made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation or to a charity of choice are appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia) Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca .

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