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 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.

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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 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 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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Obituary of HAMILTON: Joan Gertrude of Ottawa Formerly of Saint John

Posted by on April 5, 2018

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Joan, a long-time resident of Orleans, Ontario passed peacefully at her home on Saturday morning March 24, 2018.
Born in 1936 to Hazel and John Henry Allen in Saint John NB, Joan is predeceased by her parents, her former spouse (Edgar Hamilton – RCMP) and her sister Lil. She leaves to grieve her four children: Randy, David, Lorna, and Edward. Joan also had three granddaughters (Sarah-Anne, Daisy, and Calla) who will miss grandma terribly. She also leaves behind her good friend of over 30 years, Ted Larabie.
Joan was cremated on March 27, 2018 and wished to not have a public service. A private family ceremony will be held to spread her ashes in Summer 2018.

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Obituary of MALLOY: James, Sidney of Mildmay, Ontario Formerly of Wingham, Waterloo

Posted by on March 29, 2018

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It is with heavy hearts that we share that on March 27 after a short battle with cancer, Jim has passed. Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on February 12. He was admitted to Wingham General Hospital on Monday March 5 where he received wonderful care by Dr Moores and the nursing staff. Jim was loved and adored by his wife Carol, son Doug (Nancy), daughter Angie, son Steven (predeceased) grandchildren Taylor (Greg), Meg, Scotty, Paige, Steven and great granddaughter Brynlee. There will be a celebration of Jim’s life in the near future. We will miss the sweet moments and how he always made us smile. Jim will live in our hearts and memories always.

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Obituary of MILLS, Edith “Edie” of Tavistock, and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on February 26, 2018

MILLS, Edith “Edie”- Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 26, 2018 at PeopleCare, Tavistock. She is survived by her daughter Linda Mills of Woodstock and her brother-in-law Rev. Robert Mills of Halifax. She was born in Sunny Brae (Moncton) New Brunswick on September 26, 1923 to the late Gerald Donaghy and Flossie Atkinson. Also survived by her many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Australia. Predeceased by her husband Rev. Ronald Mills (1974), sister Lillian Clapham (2011) and her in-laws Harry and Pearl Mills. Linda will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 1:00-1:45 pm. A complete funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2 pm with Pastor Hannibal Muhtar of Huron Park Baptist Church. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or the Huron Park Baptist Church. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The 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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Obituary of SAYERS, Leona of Sarnia

Posted by on January 29, 2018

SAYERS, LEONA – At Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, January 28, 2018, Anna “Leona” (Stonehouse) Sayers, age 88 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late George Rayburn Sayers and dear mother of Donald Sayers and loving grandmother of Brittany Sayers. She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (O’Neil) Stonehouse and her son Peter. Leona was born and raised in Sarnia and was a member of Dunlop United Church. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service on Friday at 12:30 pm. Private interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in memory of Leona to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of WOOD: Edna of Mississauga

Posted by on January 23, 2018

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Passed away peacefully on January 20, 2018 at Trillum Hospital Mississauga at the age of 87. Born February 2, 1930. Beloved wife of the late Duncan and loving mother of Eileen (Ken). Her wishes are to be cremated without a service. Her ashes will be taken to Scotland to be scattered with family. She loved her weekly bingo games and will be missed by all her family and friends.

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Obituary of McBRINE, Richard George

Posted by on January 16, 2018

McBRINE, Richard George

On the 31st of December in 2017, Richard joined his beloved and cherished wife of 57 years, Marion Louise Spring.  He passed away peacefully at home surround by family at the age of 88.  He was a loving and devoted father to Deborah (Michael), Richard (Laurie), Wayne (Rose) and Robert (Joanne); and known as “Grampa” to Michael, Justin, Maggie, Kent and Devon.  We will be greatly missed by his caring and loving companion Mary and her kind and compassionate family.  Richard was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick on March 17th, 1929 to his parents, George and Florence.  Predeceased by his 2nd mother Ruth, his brother John and survived by his devoted brother Kenneth (Beth); all from Nova Scotia.  He will be remembered fondly by his sister and brother-in-law’s Eileen, Merle, Maurice and Harvey (Edna); and by his many nieces and nephews who referred to him as “Uncle Duck”.  Richard was a pillar in his community with strong ties to the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.  Thank you to all of the health care providers involved with Richard’s end of life care.  Special thanks for the decades of exemplary service and support from Dr. Hankey’s office and the staff at the Stroud Medical Pharmacy.  Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will occur in the spring at the 6th Line Cemetery.  To celebrate his life, a memorial service will be held at 12 p.m.  on Saturday, January 27th at the BARRIE MASONIC TEMPLE, 99 Morrow Road, Barrie; with a reception to follow.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation or any charity of choice.  Online condolences can be submitted to www.peacefultransition.ca

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Obituary of SKELTON, Catherine Frances (nee Laycock)

Posted by on January 4, 2018

SKELTON, Cathy (Cookie) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Cathy, 74, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on January 2nd, 2018. Loving mother of Lisa Gallant & Chad (Ashley). Proud Nana to Haley, Brooke, Cameron, Lily and Maddie. Sister to Dorothy Henning, Harold Laycock and Lorna McCracken. Pre-deceased by parents Russ and Pearl Laycock, sister Betty Hayward and brothers Max, Martin, Bill and Ted. 

Employed 38 years at GE/Black & Decker and 11 years at Johnson Controls. Recent employee of Casino Rama and devoted volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society and  Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, cooking and travelling near and far with family and closest girlfriends. Cathy also took great joy in participating in the lives of her grandchildren, whether it was trips to the zoo, taking them to lessons or work, she loved spending every minute she could with them.  Cathy’s overwhelming, generous and devoted support to her family & friends will be greatly missed. 

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1pm to 4pm at the Ivy Orange Hall, 5099 20th Sideroad of Essa Township. A private family interment will be held in the spring. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through peacefultransition.ca In lieu of flowers donations to the RVH and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Obituary of GOODING: Jane A. “Jean” (née Jackson), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 4, 2017

GOODING, Jane A. “Jean” (née Jackson), of St. Thomas, passed away at the Valleyview Home on Friday, December 1, 2017, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of the late Ralph M. “Dick” Gooding (2012).  Dearly loved mother of Eva Hurst (Al), and Ralph Gooding (Manda), all of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Becky (Allan), Katie (Jordan), Andy (Kate), Lisa (Scott), Eva (David), and Brian (Tiffany).  Great grandmother of Fiona, Brooke, Blake, Olivia, Luke, Jackson, Liam, Nora, and Sophia.  Sister of Marion Whittaker (late Ken) of New Brunswick, David Jackson (late Evelyn) of Sarnia, Chris Jackson, Jan Wotypka (late Mike), Tom Jackson (Linda), all of St. Thomas, late John Jackson (Bertha of New Brunswick), and the late Beatrice Ferris (late George).  Also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Born in McDonald’s Point, New Brunswick, January 25, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John and Beatrice (née White) Jackson.  Jean came to the St. Thomas area from New Brunswick in 1961.  For a number of years, she assisted her husband on the farm at R.R.8, St. Thomas.  Jean was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the PWA.  She was also a member of the Yarmouth Glen Women’s Institute, and a former longtime volunteer at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church, 44936 Ferguson Line, Central Elgin (corner of Ferguson Line and Yarmouth Centre Road) on Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Private inurnment in the columbarium at South Park Cemetery, St. Thomas.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or St. James Presbyterian Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Obituary of MOORE, Leslie Llewella (nee Dewar) of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on November 28, 2017

Passed away peacefully on November 27, 2017 in her 71st year at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, surrounded by her loved ones.  Dearly beloved wife and best friend of Richard, loving mother of Nancy Love.  Leslie was pre-deceased by her parents Rob Dewar, mother Jane (nee Curtis) and sister Krista, survived by sisters Signey and Lisa.  Leslie was born in Omemee Ontario and grew up in Montreal, Quebec.  She will be greatly missed by friends and family in Northumberland County, Toronto, Montreal, Oakville, New Brunswick, London Ontario, London England, County Cork Ireland and across the USA.  Leslie’s positive caring loving outlook on life and that special smile will be missed by all.  Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life gathering at the Best Western, Cobourg in ballroom B on Friday December 1st, 2017 from 2-5 pm.  Special thanks to doctors Broderick, Amin, Pepper, Xi, Ibrahim, Vaughan and Parravano and the wonderful nursing staff on 2B at Northumberland Hills Hospital.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of GRADY: Peter Harold of Fredericton, NB, Formerly of Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Edmonton

Posted by on November 3, 2017

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Peter Harold Grady, in his 95th year peacefully at the Veterans Health Unit in Fredericton, NB. Husband of Carol R.A. Grady (WRNS – Bletchley Park) d.2011. Born in Edmonton, joined WW2 war effort in 1939 in Hamilton. Served in WW2 attached to the Fleet Air Arm RCNVR as an Observer / Navigator mainly in open cockpit Swordfish biplanes doing convoy escort duty from aircraft carriers and land including the “Murmansk Run” to USSR as well as channel and Atlantic patrols. Served in the Korean War as Ops Officer on board the Tribal Class Destroyer Iroquois with Cmdr Landymore – only Canadian ship hit by enemy fire. Served in planes actively in the “Cold War” looking for USSR submarines & other naval activity near North America, North Africa, Europe and the far North Atlantic as well as on several ships including the destroyer Micmac, frigate La Hulloise (commanding officer), aircraft carrier Warrior. High security clearance with NORAD & member of Canada/US military co-operative committee. Besides a CD he had many Cdn decorations as well as medals from the British Government (Arctic Star) and from the South Korean government. During most of this service to Canada, wife Carol raised 2 boys and 2 girls. He was “old school” about duty, ethics, doing the right thing and helping those in need. A brilliant mind.

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Obituary of D’AMOURS: Denise of Montréal formerly from Edmundston in New-Brunswick

Posted by on October 24, 2017

Mrs. Denise D’Amours from Montréal formerly from Edmundston in New-Brunswick passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the age of 61. She was the daughter of the late Rodrigue D’Amours and of the late Freda Fournier, the dear sister of Rachel Lévesque (Eugène), Louise D’Amours (André Carrier), Charles D’Amours (Catherine Taylor), Nicole Murphy (Patrick) and the HON. Marc D’Amours (Dre Lyne Arsenault). She was predeceased by one sister Charlotte. A sincere thank you to all of her friends who were there by her side throughout her illness and especially to Pierrette St-Pierre, a childhood friend who was always with Denise. She also leaves many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

The family invites relatives and friends to Alfred Dallaire Memoria Funeral Home, 1111, Laurier Avenue West, Outremont, Québec H2V 2L3 (514-277-7778) (www.memoria.ca), on Saturday October 28th 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration of life will start at 4 p.m.

For those who wish, donations to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, P.O. Box 3000, Branch H, Montréal, Québec, H3G 2T9 (514-285-1600) (www.mbam.qc.ca) would be appreciated.

Condolences may be conveyed at www.memoria.ca or www.salonfuneraireberthiaume.com

Funeral arrangements entrusted to BERTHIAUME FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 416, McGill Street, Hawkesbury, Ontario 1-877-632-8511.
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Madame Denise D’Amours de Montréal, anciennement d’Edmundston au Nouveau-Brunswick, est décédée le samedi 21 octobre 2017 à l’âge de 61 ans. Elle était la fille de feu Rodrigue D’Amours et de feu Freda Fournier et la chère soeur de Rachel Lévesque (Eugène), Louise D’Amours (André Carrier), Charles D’Amours (Catherine Taylor), Nicole Murphy (Patrick) et HON. Marc D’Amours (Dre Lyne Arsenault). Elle fut prédécédée par une soeur Charlotte. Un merci sincère à tous et toutes ses ami(e)s qui l’ont accompagnée tout au long de sa maladie et spécialement à Pierrette St-Pierre, une amie d’enfance qui était toujours présente auprès de Denise. Lui survivent également plusieurs oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines, neveux, nièces et ami(e)s.

La famille invite parents et ami(e)s à la Maison Funéraire Alfred Dallaire Memoria, 1111, avenue Laurier ouest, Outremont, QC. H2V 2L3 (514-277-7778) (www.memoria.ca), le samedi le 28 octobre 2017 de 14 heures à 17 heures. La célébration en mémoire de Denise débutera à 16 heures.

Pour ceux et celles qui le désirent, des dons au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, case postale 3000, succursale H, Montréal, QC H3G 2T9 (514-285-1600) (www.mbam.qc.ca) seraient appréciés.

Pour offrir vos condoléances par courriel électronique à l’adresse www.memoria.ca ou www.salonfuneraireberthiaume.com

La direction des funérailles a été confiée au SALON FUNÉRAIRE FAMILIAL BERTHIAUME, 416, rue McGill, Hawkesbury, ON. 1-877-632-8511.

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Obituary of 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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www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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Obituary of DICKINSON: Duane Carson of Comox, BC

Posted by on August 23, 2017

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Duane (Dick) Carson Dickinson, 89, of Comox, BC, passed away on 1 May 2017 after a hard-fought battle with ALS.
Duane was born in Hartland, NB on 20 Sept 1927, the son of Frank Leroy Dickinson and Gladys Lillian Letson. Duane was a graduate of Hartland High School and of the Carlton County Vocational School in Woodstock, NB.
Duane married Sylvia (Betty) Elizabeth Stoneman on 16 Aug 1947 in Portage la Prairie, MB.
Captain Dickinson had a full career as a Canadian Armed Forces officer serving in the Air Force (commissioned from the ranks). Duane was one of the early Unix programmers that actually programmed defence systems for NORAD. He served in radar stations and NORAD bases across Canada and in the US until retirement and moving to Comox in 1978. He then served as a civilian member of the RCMP until his second retirement in 1993. He was a proud member of the Canadian Legion for more than 50 years.
He grew up on a large farm in Carleton County NB during the Great Depression, which taught him hard work, innovation and dedication. Make the most out of what you have. His technical understanding allowed him to build computers from components and become one of the most prolific 80-year-old family support techs around. Duane also enjoyed rock hounding, fishing, golfing (his hole-in-one was a highlight moment) and had a true passion for genealogy. He comes from a long line of United Empire Loyalists and traces back to passengers on the Mayflower.
Duane is survived by his spouse, Sylvia (Betty), his brother Robert (Bob) Dickinson, his sister-in-law Lilian Warke, his 4 children and their spouses: Janet (Ian) Hunter, Greg (Abbey) Dickinson, Karen (Ted) Benson, Gary (Dani) Dickinson, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and innumerable caring nieces and nephews, plus countless friends and acquaintances. He will be sorely missed and long remembered.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Gladys and 10 siblings, Buster, Clarence, Wendell, Dorothy, Patricia, Douglas, Peter, Austin, Myrna, and Stephen.
As per Duane’s request, there will be no funeral service or wake.
The whole family wishes to thank Veterans Affairs Canada, Island Health, Red Cross, Comox Fire Department First Alert, B.C. Ambulance crews and St. Joseph’s Hospital staff, family and friends, for their compassion and assistance during this trying time. Please join us in remembering Duane by visiting our memorial at the Piercy Mt. Washington Funeral Home site.

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Obituary of SKOVMAND: George (Harold) of Osoyoos, BC Formerly of New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, West Indies, Alberta

Posted by on July 22, 2017

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Born in Calgary, AB, March 24, 1925, Harold Skovmand passed away peacefully July 27, 2009 in Osoyoos BC in his 84th year. Survived by his wife, Marguerite Skovmand and son Eric Skovmand. From an early age Harold dedicated his life to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and as an accomplished pilot flew many mission journeys with other Christian Missionaries planting churches in northern Canada and the West Indies and as a Professional Engineer helped design and construct church buildings as he went.

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Obituary of RAYMOND-COLBORN: Debra Ann of Lucan, formerly of Dashwood

Posted by on July 12, 2017

Passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in her 57th year. Loving sister to Ronny and Helen Raymond, Daryl and Barb Raymond, Heidi and Paul Madill, and Wendy Raymond and Willy Miller, and Tammy Raymond. Deb will be missed by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Daryl and Ada Raymond and daughter Tanya-Lyn. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Oncology department-Victoria Hospital, London.

 

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Obituary of VAN ALSTYNE: Alma (Collins) Strathroy and formerly of Glencoe

Posted by on May 8, 2017

Wrapped in the love of family and friends, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy, , Ontario and long time summer resident of Turnbull’s Grove, Grand Bend, Ontario, found her peace. Born October 18, 1929 in Strathroy, Ontario to the late Edward Urquhart Collins (1958) and Alma Nevina (Neva) Lindsay Collins (1983). Sister of the late Bert Collins (2012) and his wife Freda of Sudbury and John (Jack) Collins and Isabel of Strathroy. Much loved mother of Diane Van Alstyne (Kevin Poole) and Lisa Van Alstyne, both of Glencoe. Predeceased by son Robert (Robbie) Van Alstyne (1969). Wife of the late Dr. William (Bill) Van Alstyne DDS (1975). Proud grandmother of Amelia Van Alstyne of Toronto/Glencoe, Kylie McLean (Paul Hawco) of Glencoe, Eva-Lyn McLean of London, Robbie McLean of Willingdon, Alberta, Josh Van Alstyne of Glencoe, Matthew Bryant of Strathroy, Mike Thompson (Terina Annis) of Oak Haven, NB and Lindsay McLean of St. Thomas. Special great-grandmother of Morgan, Jr., Lil, Carlie, Melissa, Zach, Camryn, Lauren and Nathan. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Cherished by in-laws Carol, Marnie and Dave. Special friend of Judy Crandon and family. Please gather at 2:15 pm at the Van Heck Funeral Home Glencoe, Wednesday, May 10 to join the procession to Strathroy Cemetery for the 3:00 pm graveside service. The family invites you to an open house Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, St. John’s Anglican Church, Glencoe (lower level) to share memories.

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Obituary of GILMORE: James of Wasaga Beach, formerly of Bala, Ontario

Posted by on March 26, 2017

 

James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

James Andrew Gilmore (Jim), 90, of Muskoka, Ontario, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2017. A dedicated husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend – he will be sorely missed. His light shone bright and touched everyone he met (in many countries/across many religions). God willing, he will remain in all our hearts and minds forever.

Jim was born in Preston (now Waterloo) Ontario to Alfred and Lilian Gilmore on August 23, 1926. Growing up in Barrie, Jim was active in many sports with a passion for hockey, baseball and wrestling. Jim left high school at age 16, to take over the family Poultry Hatchery business in Barrie after his father died.

Married to Elinor Beatrice Mitchell on September 11, 1948, they moved to Aurora, in 1957 where Jim worked with Skyline Poultry Farms. A devout Christian and dedicated member of the United Church of Canada, Jim heard God’s call to work as a missionary and in 1962, Jim, Elinor, and children (Maureen, Barry and Jamie) sailed off to the mysterious, magical land of India.

Jim and Elinor served 26 years in Asia – 11 as missionaries in India, 7 with United Nations in remote Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) and 8 with UN in Delhi. Jim revolutionized the poultry industry in India and Pakistan, satisfying Hindus in India that unfertilized chicken eggs were vegetarian, establishing broiler rearing and distribution network in India and building hatchery/feed mills/broiler farms in remote Pakistan.

Jim was very active in the community – Rotary Club in Barrie (at age 23 the youngest president), Sunday School teacher, India International Center Volunteer, helping set up broiler/egg production in Bethany Village (a landmark rehabilitation establishment for lepers)– after retirement, Muskoka Lakes Ratepayers Association, Bannockburn Church Board (near cottage), Church choir.

Jim Gilmore is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elinor; his three children Maureen (Moe) Donald, Barry and Jamie; his daughters in-law Ani and Sheilagh and son in-law Sandy; his 7 grandchildren Kerry Lee, Matthew, Sarah, Kenneth, Kathryn, Laura and Philip; his sister, Barbara; two nephews, Andrew and Jimmy and his cousin, Jean.

Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held at the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario on July 29, 2017 at 2 pm. Please join us – contact one of his surviving children to confirm.

If you are moved to donate in Jim’s honour, make a small gift in his name to your church or to Bannockburn Community Church (1071 Bannockburn Road, Box 101 Bala) Wasaga Beach United Church (380 Zoo Park Rd., Wasaga Beach).

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Obituary of PHINNEY: Keith (Dickson) of Halifax Formerly of Fredericton, Ottawa, Vancouver

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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Keith D. Phinney, age 70, died on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the QEII Infirmary in Halifax, N.S.

Keith was born in Ottawa on November 25, 1946. He graduated from Hillcrest High and went on to study Chemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa, later completing a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Over his career, he occupied senior positions at Montreal Engineering in Fredericton, CH2M Hill in Vancouver, and ADI & Associates in Halifax. He often gave in to his entrepreneurial spirit, working independently as a consulting engineer. He had a love of teaching and embraced opportunities to provide instruction in environmental science. An expert in his field, he was passionate about his work and was engaged in several projects at the time of his passing.

A person of unmatched integrity in his professional and personal relationships, Keith was sought for his advice and generously offered his time to others as a mentor, cub scout leader, church warden and volunteer. Recently, he brought his sensible, no-nonsense approach to bear as a member of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, the Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity (NS), and the American Water Works Association. He campaigned tirelessly during the last municipal election.

Keith was known for his quick wit and sense of humour and saw comedy in almost any situation. His laugh was infectious and could be heard for miles. An energetic, vital guy, he was happiest when cycling, canoeing, skating, skiing, camping with friends, and playing endless games of hide and seek with his beloved granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen (nee Hewitt), daughter Catherine (Mike Blanchette), son Dave (Donna Hohertz), and granddaughter Isla Grace; his sister Cheryl (Robert Benson) and brother Wayne (Sandra); many nieces and nephews, and cherished friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his brother Bryan (Jacqueline).

In accordance with his wishes, his life will be celebrated at a date to be determined in the spring. Donations in his name may be made to Feed Nova Scotia (https://www.feednovascotia.ca) or Phoenix Youth Programs (https://phoenixyouth.ca/donate-now-through-canadahelpsorg-0).

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