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.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.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 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 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 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 DORRINGTON: Robert (Bobby Allen) of Gold River, BC Formerly of New Glasgow, NS , Halifax, NS

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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Obituary for Bobby Dorrington
ROBERT ALLEN DORRINGTON
06 JAN 1939 – 26 MAR 2016
It is with unspeakable grief that I write this to tell you all our Bobby Allen’s mother, Dora, has come for him .
He left quietly, in dignity, at 0545 26th March 2016 with a sense of peace about him. Bob was 77.
Bob was a remarkable human being who loved his life and his family.
His life was turned upside down when at the age of 16 he suffered the loss of his mother. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy , married and had three children, two daughters, Carla in Dartmouth, NS and Robin of Maui, USA The loss of an infant son, Robbie troubled him for many years. Carla and her husband, Philip gave him two grandchildren, Zackery and Vanessa. Sadly he was never able to meet his great grandchildren, Gavin and Aria, the children of Zackery and his wife Shannon. Robin and her husband Charles, gave him five grandchildren, Jezua, Judah, Jahlani, Malaika and Kawai.
His navy career spanned 25 years, 162 days where he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (Master Warrant Officer). He served on many ships in the Halifax area and on the west coast at Esquimalt where he met and married Villoy Mitchell in 1981. He was a warm and loving step-dad to Sandilea, Paul, Caara, Clayton and Jeffrey and a great step-granddad to their children. He himself found joy in the devotion of his little dog, Shayda. He was a good brother-in-law to Llewellyn who predeceased him, Loretta, Thomas (Anne), Bim(Greg) and uncle to their respective children.
Upon his retirement from the RCN he embarked upon a second career as a Test & Trials engineer for Saint John Shipbuilding where he remained for thirteen years. He again retired and came back to the west coast to spend 7 years as an RCMP guard.
During Bob’s lifetime, he encountered many racisms, his maternal roots going back to Sierra Leone, Africa while his paternal roots stemmed from Iceland , Scotland and Norway.. He grew up in a warm and loving family with his mother, the former Dora Lawrence , step-father Bill Dorrington and a step sister, Mona Cromwell becoming a much loved uncle to Mona’s children, in a very racist community however he always said he had few regrets in spite of the adversities thrust upon him.
Bob loved to volunteer – he enjoyed working with the disabled at the riding academy in Duncan, BC and being a member of the Malahat Lions Club. He was an avid curler for many years enjoying the prestigious honour of a seven ender under his leadership .
He was indeed a gentleman.
There will be no formal service. We ask that you honour his life with a random act of kindness .
He is at peace as are we his family who wish to express a grateful appreciation for the kindness and loving care Bob received at the Little Mountain Manor in Parksville during his last days.

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Obituary of ACKLES: Enid W. of Ladysmith Formerly of St John, Ottawa, Montreal, Montebello

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Chemainus – Enid Wilhelmina Ackles, aged 83 of Ladysmith BC, passed away peacefully at the Chemainus Healthcare Centre in Chemainus BC with family present at 2:45 PM on Tuesday June 7, 2016.

Enid is survived by her husband Douglas; son Donald and his partner Karin; son Brian and partner Catherine; grandson David and partner Kai; brother Hazen and wife Murial; brother Ken and wife Joan; and sister-in-law Diane and husband Mark.

Born and raised on a farm outside St. John NB, Enid lived most of her life in Ottawa, Montreal, and Montebello Quebec before retiring to Ladysmith in 2006

Enid grew up on a farm outside St John New Brunswick with 4 brothers, Hazen, Ken, Lloyd and Fraser and parents Olive and Harry. After finishing school, Enid started teaching at the local one-room school before training as a registered nurse at the St. John General Hospital. Enid spent her life in service to others as a teacher, a nurse, and a volunteer. A wonderful wife and mother, her journey through life touched more people than anyone will ever know. Married for 59 years to Douglas, and with a career as nurse for nearly 50 years, Enid always put others first. In her later years as a nurse she worked primarily in palliative care and with nursing homes, ensuring the best level of care was available to everyone. Family was important to Enid, with 19 nieces and nephews, family holidays at the farm were a time for celebration and being together. Enid always had time for others, volunteering with the church, or taking holiday shifts at the hospital so others could be with their younger families.
Never afraid of a challenge, Enid learned to swim as an adult, took up skiing (downhill, cross country and water), became an avid golfer, and traveled extensively in Canada, the US and Europe.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. Enid’s journey was peaceful to the end due in large part to their dedication, compassion and professionalism.

Her journey is now done, and as always she wasn’t in it to compete or win, but she still finished first. She will be missed and always in our hearts.

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Obituary of ACKLES: Enid W. of Ladysmith Formerly of St John, Ottawa, Montreal, Montebello

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Chemainus – Enid Wilhelmina Ackles, aged 83 of Ladysmith BC, passed away peacefully at the Chemainus Healthcare Centre in Chemainus BC with family present at 2:45 PM on Tuesday June 7, 2016.

Enid is survived by her husband Douglas; son Donald and his partner Karin; son Brian and partner Catherine; grandson David and partner Kai; brother Hazen and wife Murial; brother Ken and wife Joan; and sister-in-law Diane and husband Mark.

Born and raised on a farm outside St. John NB, Enid lived most of her life in Ottawa, Montreal, and Montebello Quebec before retiring to Ladysmith in 2006

Enid grew up on a farm outside St John New Brunswick with 4 brothers, Hazen, Ken, Lloyd and Fraser and parents Olive and Harry. After finishing school, Enid started teaching at the local one-room school before training as a registered nurse at the St. John General Hospital. Enid spent her life in service to others as a teacher, a nurse, and a volunteer. A wonderful wife and mother, her journey through life touched more people than anyone will ever know. Married for 59 years to Douglas, and with a career as nurse for nearly 50 years, Enid always put others first. In her later years as a nurse she worked primarily in palliative care and with nursing homes, ensuring the best level of care was available to everyone. Family was important to Enid, with 19 nieces and nephews, family holidays at the farm were a time for celebration and being together. Enid always had time for others, volunteering with the church, or taking holiday shifts at the hospital so others could be with their younger families.
Never afraid of a challenge, Enid learned to swim as an adult, took up skiing (downhill, cross country and water), became an avid golfer, and traveled extensively in Canada, the US and Europe.

The family would like to especially thank the staff at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. Enid’s journey was peaceful to the end due in large part to their dedication, compassion and professionalism.

Her journey is now done, and as always she wasn’t in it to compete or win, but she still finished first. She will be missed and always in our hearts.

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Obituary of SONIER, Iva Mary (née Young) January 31, 1922-May 28th, 2016 of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on July 29, 2016

SONIER, Iva MaryIt is with great sorrow that the family announces her passing in Sudbury on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Daughter of the late Frederick and Mary (née Smith) Young. Predeceased by her husband Joseph Sonier in 2008. Loving mother of Joanne Bagley (Brian) of Sudbury, Donald Sonier (Denise) of Chelmsford, Ray Brideau (Yvonne) of Blind River and Ron Brideau (Theresa) of St. John, N.B. Predeceased by her son Gary Brideau. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Faye Langlois (late George). Beloved sister of Opal Zaitz. Predeceased by her siblings Melvin, Wilford, Clarence, Merle and Isabelle. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Cooperative Funeral Home, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 from 2-5 and 7-9:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home Chapel. Donations can be made by cheque or online to the Alzheimer’s Society. www.cooperativefuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of Cusson, James Andrew of Sarnia

cussonpicPeacefully with his wife Betty by his side at Vision Nursing Home, JAMES ANDREW CUSSON passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Betty (Walsh) Cusson. Will be missed by nephews Robert (Carol) Cusson of Etobicoke and  Craig Meaney, Paul (Lisa) both of Newfoundland and sister in- law Lucy Meaney.  Predeceased by brothers Alex Cusson, Carl Cusson, sisters Theresa Cusson, Catherine Cusson and brother in-law Bob Meaney. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Vince Gulikers at Sacred Heart Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave. (at Charlesworth) Sarnia on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Obituary of HORNER: Marjorie Eileen of Truro, Nova Scotia

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Marjorie Eileen (Midge) Horner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituary of LOCKHART: Shirley of London

Posted by on August 7, 2015

24803LockhartjpgLOCKHART, Shirley (nee Wilkinson)…

With her husband by her side at Victoria Hospital, on Saturday, August 1, 2015, Shirley (nee Wilkinson) Lockhart of London in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Walter “Wally” for 40 years. Dear sisters-in-law of Opal Magee of St. John, NB, Hazel MacLean of Windsor Junction, NS, Helen Anderson of London, Irene Fisk of Sudbury, Alice Clement of London, brothers-in-law Cecil Lockhart and his wife Mary of Nappanee, the late Eric Lockhart and his wife Connie of St. John, NB, and the late Albert Lockhart and his wife the late Marj of Kettle Point. She will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. A heartfelt thank you to the medical team and support staff in Respiratory and Pulmonary services at Victoria for their care and compassion. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11am. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donations to London Health Science Centre – Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, 747 Baseline Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of BASTON, Inez Gertrude of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on July 10, 2015

BASTON, InezThe family regretfully announces her passing in Sudbury on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Daughter of the late Cecil and the late Gladys (née Wilneff) Baston. Predeceased by her siblings Ethelbert (late Christine) Baston and Marion (Grant) Thorpe. Survived by her sister Winnifred (late Peter) Hachey of St-John, N.B. and her brother Frederick (Louise) Baston of Levack. She will be fondly remembered by her extended family Robert Daigle, Marylou and Arthur all of Sudbury. Inez will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. A chapel service will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 10 a.m. Donations to a charity of your choice can be made by cheque or online at www.cooperativefuneralhome.ca.

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Obituary of KELLY: Robert (Bob) of Grand Bend, and formerly of Toronto and Saint John NB

Posted by on April 29, 2015

Kelly, Bob-W150At South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, of Grand Bend, and formerly of Toronto and Saint John, New Brunswick, in his 79th year.  Beloved husband of Barbara Reid for 39 years.  Dear father of Rob Kelly of Oakville, Barbara Kelly of Quispamsis NB, and Todd Kelly of Grand Bay NB.  Dear grandfather of Sean and Evan; and Mark and Clara.  Dear brother of Alan Kelly of Quispamsis NB.  Predeceased by his parents Robert and Berniece Kelly.  Bob loved his sports, and especially enjoyed golf, curling and basketball.

A memorial service will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main), on Saturday, May 16th at 2 PM.  Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

For more information, please see www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of HUNTER, Terry Robert of Hanmer, ON

Posted by on January 9, 2015

HUNTER, RobertPassed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, in Sudbury on Monday, December 22, 2014 at the age of 34 years. Devoted husband of Lisa Hunter (née Sweeney) of Hanmer and cherished father to their daughters Lillia and Taryn. Loving son of Janet and John LeClair of Georgetown. Dear brother of Cassandra-Lynn LeClair, Stephen LeClair (Carole Desjardins) both of Sudbury and his brother from another mother Jeremy Zwolak and his sister from another mister Christina Gallagher. Beloved grandson of R. Barry & Eileen Hunter of Elliot Lake and Albert LeClair (late Myrna) of St-John, N.B. Dear uncle of Johnny and Fox. Sadly missed by his in-laws Lou-Ann and Kevin Belaire & Patrick Sweeney as well as his brother-in-law Patrick Sweeney all of Garson. Lovingly remembered by his aunts and uncles Kathleen Hunter, R. Jeffrey Hunter, Joanne Hamilton (Grant), Marc LeClair (Lynette Davis), Dale LeClair (Debby), Michelle LeClair, Tim LeClair, Lisa LeClair (Brad White), many cousins, friends (too many to mention), extended family members and co-workers. Terry was a proud employee of Lopes Inc. and member of I.B.E.W. local union 1687, Sudbury. A celebration of his life will take place at the Caruso Club, 385 Haig Street, Sudbury, on Sunday December 28, 2014 after 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lillia & Taryn Hunter Trust Fund would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Hanmer.

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Obituary of LUDWIG, John of Hamilton

Posted by on January 1, 2015

LUDWIG, John “Big John”

Peacefully with his family by his side, the Lord called to Himself John Ludwig on Thursday January 1, 2015 at the age of 69. Loving husband of Marlene (nee Murphy) for 35 years. Much loved father of Linda and Robert White, Joshua, Daniel (Cassandra), and Gregory (Stephanie). Beloved son of the late Arent and Riekje Ludwig. Dear brother of John † and Willy, Margaret (Monte†) Smith, Rene, Harry and Janet, Frank and Dawn, Fred, Tina and Joe Nichol, Shirley and Bill Bowes, Bill, Joanne (Henry†) VanBrederode and Bryan. Beloved brother-in-law of Sylvia Murphy, Linda and Ted Earl, Tina and Ed Moriarity, Francis and Shirley Murphy, Bernadette Murphy, and Greg Murphy. John was the proud owner and operator of Professional Antenna for over 40 years. Family will receive friends at ANCASTER CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH 575 Shaver Road (at Garner Road), Ancaster on Monday January 5, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Glanbrook Cemetery.  If desired, a donation in John’s Memory to the Anchor Association (www.anchor-association.com) would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

 

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Obituary of STEWART: Thomas R. “Tom” of Woodstock

Posted by on June 23, 2014

Stewart, TomSTEWART, Thomas Russel “Tom” – Passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in his 81st year, after attending a retirement party near Milton, ON.  During his years as a long distance truck driver, Tom acquired many, many friends and acquaintances all over North America.  He was the last surviving member of his family.  Tom was an avid collector of everything old, odd and unique.  Cars, trucks,  tractors, toys and various other items of interest to many.  As a known authority on vintage autos, and a member of almost every vintage collectable club, he was often asked to provide information to hobbyists with similar interests.  For more than 50 years, Tom’s red, 1909 Ford Model “T” was a familiar sight in Woodstock’s Victoria Day parade. Friends will be received at Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m.  A complete funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Archdeacon Richard A. Jones officiating.  A private interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to any charity of one’s choice can be made through 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 WALSH, Stephen of Listowel

Posted by on June 10, 2014

Walsh, SteveStephen Walsh – of Listowel passed away peacefully at ListowelMemorialHospital on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at the age of 81. After retirement from CP Rail, Stephen enjoyed wood working and took great pride in his finished products.

Survived by Olive Coghlin-Walsh, step-children, Ric and Barb, Brian and Cheryl, Paul and Andrea, Brenda Nieves, 13 Coghlin grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Father of Robert Walsh, Luan and Pat Kenney, Ken Walsh, Keith Walsh, Marjorie and Jeff King, John Dool, Suzanne Dool. Grandfather of Tammy, Ron, Andrew, Laurel, Jillian, Tabitha, Stephen, Daniel, Karlee, Paul, Richard, Stephanie, Braygen and great-grandfather to many great-grandchildren. Brother of Ronald and Rene Walsh, Stuart and Vivian Walsh. Remembered by his mother-in-law Rita Proteau and many Roux and Willard relatives. Fondly remembered by his nephew Steve Lewis and many other nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Harriett (Rolfe) Walsh, his first wife Lois Smith, his second wife Susie Dool, daughter Laurie, son Harold, grandson Nigel, his brother Walter and sisters Jean, Agnes, Anna, Dorothy and Barbara.

In keeping with Stephen’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at MemoryGardens, Breslau on Saturday June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to ListowelMemorialHospital appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519) 356-2382  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.

 

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Obituary of MACLEOD, Alistair

Posted by on April 20, 2014

web_alistair_macleodAlistair MacLeod passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Easter Morning, April 20th, 2014. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on July 20th,1935, he was the son of the late Alexander and Christena (MacLellan) MacLeod of Dunvegan, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Anita, nee MacLellan, and six grateful children: Alexander (Crystal), Dartmouth, NS; Lewis (Meghan), Peterborough, ON; Kenneth, Windsor, ON; Marion, Chicago, Il, Daniel (Amy), Guelph, ON; and Andrew, Windsor, ON. He was the “most fun” and much-loved grandpa of Evelyn, John Robert and Frances, Hamish, Clementine, Matilda and Susannah, and Alistair and Joseph. He was pre-deceased by his infant son, Donald, and his sister, Marylin, Surrey, BC. Recognized as one of the world’s finest fiction writers, his stories have been translated into 17 languages and are treasured by readers around the globe. An Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was the first Canadian to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 1999 novel, No Great Mischief. His short stories, deeply rooted in the experience and landscape of Cape Breton Island, are considered timeless masterpieces of the form. For more than 30 years, he was a dedicated and much-loved professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Windsor. Although his many achievements made him an internationally recognized figure, he remained throughout his life, a humble and peaceful man, and a quiet, but tireless supporter of others. A lover of family, friends, music, sports, culture, history and fun, Alistair loved a good joke and never missed an opportunity to celebrate life’s gifts. He enriched the lives of all who knew him and though his passing creates a void that will never be filled, his example and his memory are gifts of immeasurable value that will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Name of Mary Conference, Saint Vincent de Paul Society or The Saint Margaret of Scotland Cemetery Fund. Visitation will be held Monday 7-9pm and Tuesday 2-5pm & 7-9pm at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Visitation will continue and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at his beloved Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, Cape Breton. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Windsor, Ontario. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

“All of us are better when we’re loved.”

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Obituary of PERRY: Randy

Posted by on March 22, 2014

24414 PerryPERRY, Randy….

Peacefully surrounded by his friends and family at Victoria Hospital, London, on Friday, March 21, 2014, Randy Perry of London in his 55th year.  Beloved son of Vi Perry.  Randy worked for the City of London for 24 years.  At his request cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London ON N6C 2R6.  A. Millard George Funeral Home, entrusted with cremation arrangements 519-433-5184.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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