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

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

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

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

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

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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

Posted by on December 7, 2018

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

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Obituary of Champion, Lucy

Posted by on November 26, 2018

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

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Obituary of CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

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

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

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Obituary of Ritchie,(nee Lawrence) Mary Irene

Posted by on September 17, 2018

May 15, 1946 – August 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 16th

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

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

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

Online condolences can be sent to remembermaryritchie@gmail.com

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Obituary of DILLON, Mary Ellen of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on September 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by on August 24, 2018

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

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

Posted by on August 16, 2018

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

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

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

Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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Obituary of LAPHAM: Daisy Irene of Sarnia

LAPHAM, DAISY – Passed away peacefully, at Rosewood Retirement Village on Saturday, July 28, 2018, Daisy Irene Lapham, one day shy of her 94th. birthday. She was the dear wife of the late Irvine (Bud) Steinman (1984). Loving mother of Larry Steinman and his wife Julie of Mississauga and Randy Steinman and his partner Mary LaBelle of Sarnia.Cherished grandmother of Cameron Steinman and his wife Alison and their children; Will and Heidi all of Toronto, Cayley Dow and her husband Nelson and their children; Lyla and Jasper all of Squamish, B.C.and Lukas Steinman and his wife Annie of Nova Scotia.Daisy retired from Dow Chemical.

At Daisy’s request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service and Committal of ashes will take place at Resurrection Cemetery on Saturday, August 11th. at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Adam Kilner officiating. A gathering of family and friends will follow the graveside service at Rosewood Retirement Village (711 Indian Road, North, Sarnia) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Memorial donations made to Sarnia Humane Society or the Kidney Foundation are appreciated by the family.

Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca .

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Obituary of Madower, Shirley Susan, of Barrie, formerly of Halifax

Madower, Shirley – On Monday July 23rd 2018 beloved Shirley Susan Madower (Noseworthy) passed away after a long illness. Shirley passed away with daughter (Janice Galesic) and granddaughter (Jessica Neelin) by her side. “Curly Shirley” was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family.

Shirley was famous for her loafs and was nicknamed “Mrs. Loaf”. She was loved and adored for 37 years where she worked at Look Ho Ho in Halifax.

Shirley married the love of her life the late John Charles Madower and enjoyed 48 years of blissful marriage.  Shirley is survived by her children Mike Rideout (Lisa), John A. Madower (Shuhui) and Janice Galesic (Ivan) sister Doreen Richardson and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  Shirley is preceded by her husband John Charles Madower, brothers Robert, Ronald and Albert Noseworthy A celebration of life will be held on Saturday July 28th 2018, from 2pm – 5 pm at 88 Cardinal St. Barrie.  Shirley loved animals so in lieu of flowers please donate to your local animal shelters. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service, 19 Ross St., Barrie, ON  Condolences may be placed at www.drivercremation.ca

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Obituary of ALLAN: Elizabeth Christine of Barrie

Posted by on July 21, 2018

Elizabeth Christine Allan

On Thursday July 19, 2018, Elizabeth passed away in her 77th year after a brief illness.  She was the beloved wife of David for 44 years and daughter of Duncan and Margaret Bennet as well as sister of Margaret Jean.  She is survived by many nephews and nieces.  She was born in 1941 in Scotland and immigrated to Canada in her early twenties with three of her girlfriends and settled in Toronto.

Liz worked many years in the Toronto Life Insurance industry. She subsequently worked in Barrie as a Manager with Prudential Life and then London Life. Rather than retiring completely she then enjoyed several more years working with H&R Block.

Elizabeth will remembered fondly by all of her neighbours, work colleagues and curling friends as well as her golfing buddies at the Barrie CC and Bear Creek GC.  She really loved her golf and curling and lived a full life, making an impression on everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at Adams Funeral Home, 445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11 o`clock a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.

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Obituary of BARRY: Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie), of Wallaceburg, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 8, 2018

BARRY, Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie), of Wallaceburg, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife for more than 68 years to the late William S. “Bill” Barry (2017).  Dearly loved mother of K. Christina “Christy” Clutterbuck (Bob) of St. Thomas, and Barb Pinnegar of Wallaceburg.  Cherished grandmother of Barbara Ferguson (James) of Mississauga, Bill Clutterbuck (Connie), Bonnie Van Meppelen Scheppink (Paul), and Chris Pinnegar (Julie), all of St. Thomas.  Fondly remembered by her nine great grandchildren, Joshua and Riley Ferguson, Alicia, Emily and Nicholas Van Meppelen Scheppink, Alyssa Schweyer, Caitlin Powell, and Tamara and Joelle Clutterbuck.  Kaye is also survived by her great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  The last surviving member of her own immediate family, she was predeceased by her sisters; Margaret Fries and Barbara “Babby” Lankin, and by her brothers; William and George MacKenzie.  Born in Dartmouth, NS, June 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Catherine (née Hyland) MacKenzie.  Kaye was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Monday evening, June 11th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Prayers at 8:30 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Tuesday, June 12th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to St. Peter’s Seminary or Holy Angels’ Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Obituary of CLARK, Paulina (Kilbertus) of Grand Bend, age 82

Posted by on May 28, 2018

Paulina Clark

(nee Kilburtus)

23 April 1936 – 10 May 2018

We lost Paulina to effing cancer at the Exeter, Ontario, hospital. Her birthday was two weeks earlier and she was pleased about making it to 82. Last summer she received the terrible terminal diagnosis. She lived her final months in her beloved and idyllic home in Grand Bend, lovingly cared for by tag-teaming daughters, a revolving cast of family and friends, and wonderful professionals. The songbirds, card games, puzzles and Netflix helped, too.

Paulina made it to the finish line with dignity, pride, humour, trademark stubbornness, and a loving and generous heart as big as Lake Huron. She lived and died the way she wanted. Even on the worst final days she would find a smile, crack an impish grin, utter a funny profanity. She outlived by two years the love of her life, Len Ballantyne, got to see her three children flourish and marry, and watched her grandkids grow up. Late in life she found a new best friend, her neighbour Wendy Atmore.

She was born in Montreal to immigrant parents. Her father, Valentino Kilbertus, died when she was three; her mother Alma went back to work and placed her daughter in foster care. Paulina had an itinerant childhood, as her foster mother moved around the continent, with stops (and new schools for Paulina) in Halifax, Winnipeg, Michigan and Toronto. Paulina’s teenaged years found her in Ste. Rose, Quebec, where she met her first husband Richard Clark. After the divorce, she raised her kids as a single mom north of Montreal in Blainville, Quebec, and eventually moved to Ontario, where she met and fell in love with Len. They shared and stoked each other’s love for line dancing, Texas, cards, dominoes, every gadget known to mankind, and Lake Huron’s beautiful beaches. They threw many parties at their home in the Cove at Grand Bend, and were regulars at the Legion Branch 498.

Paulina was an avid gardener and creative crafter. She loved to dance, and boy, oh, boy, did she love to shop! With her loss, we have warned Wal-Mart, Giant Tiger and Publishing Clearing House to expect a drop in profits.

Paulina will be terribly missed by many: her daughter Lianne Clark and her husband Randy Hall, daughter Nancy Kay Clark and husband Doug Bennet, son Ron Clark and wife Michelle Johnson Clark, her adoring grandkids Nathan, Eliza, Raymond, Brianna, Mackenzie, and many neighbours and friends, especially Wendy Atmore and Mark Broughner.

There’s a new card shark in heaven.

Special thanks to Lambton County EMS and the team at South Huron Hospital. Donations may be made to the South Huron Hospital Foundation.

Visitation: Friday, May 18, 4 to 7 p.m.  Memorial Service:  Saturday, May 19, from 10 to 12 p.m. at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Dashwood Main Street, Dashwood. 

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Obituary of HUMPHRIES: MARY ELIZABETH of Lunenburg, NS Formerly of Toronto, Ontario

Posted by on April 6, 2018

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It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Elizabeth Humphries, 92, of Lunenburg, announces her death on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Halifax Infirmary, Halifax.?? Born in Evanston, Illinois, she was the daughter of Andrew William and Elizabeth Holbrook (Marsales) Murdison.

In the course of her long life, Mary was an entrepreneur, scientist, educator, consumer advocate, broadcaster, author, volunteer, frustrated gardener, cat lover, singer, family historian and one of nature’s great enthusiasts. She never stopped learning new things, and was optimistic, curious and adventurous.

She grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, the youngest of four children. A brilliant student, Mary obtained both her B.A. and M.A. from University College, University of Toronto on full scholarships. She married English-born Michael Humphries in 1949, and became a specialist in textile and dye chemistry for Croy Knitting Mills.

An activist as well as a scientist, Mary helped shape the new Consumer Association of Canada from the 1950s and she broadcast her own weekly national consumer program on CBC Radio in the ‘60s. Mary taught textile science at Seneca College in Toronto for over 25 years. She was a Fellow of the Institute of Textile Science and a valued committee and board member for groups including the Metric Commission, Costume Society of Ontario, Jane Austen Society, Bata Shoe Museum, UC Book Sale, Maritime Concert Opera and many others. She made many, many friends through her professional and volunteer work.

She was an entrepreneur, writing and self publishing her own textbooks and swatch sets, which were eventually published by Prentice-Hall internationally and became some of the standard works in the field. She would definitely want us to remind you at this point that “a fibre is not a fabric”!

Mary is survived by her daughter, Nina Scott-Stoddart (David Mosey), Lunenburg; son Thomas (aka Chi) (Christa), Lahr, Germany; grandchildren, Dennis (Lydia) and Kai (Miriam Rother), Germany as well as her sister Jessie Wesley of Ontario and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Lucy Noble, her brother Andrew Murdison, her niece Heather Parekh and her nephew William Noble.

We would all like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the medical staff, especially the nurses, at South Shore General and the Halifax Infirmary, for their humane kindness and compassion , not only for Mary but for us.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Second Story Women’s Shelter in Lunenburg or SHAID Tree Animal Shelter of Lunenburg County would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were by Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home in Lunenburg.

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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 BONNER: Shirley of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on April 4, 2018

Passed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Edward for 60 years. Cherished mother to Stephen. Dear sister of Charles Edwards (Joan), Ruth Hughes (Jim), Betty Stewart (Robert) and sister in-law of Jean Edwards, Bill Weatherbee (Marguerite), Bernice Vickers (Blaise). Shirley is predeceased by her sisters Peg, Louise, Edna, Mildred, Lucy, Josephine, and Georgina; and brothers Clarence, Henry, William, and Malcolm. Shirley will be forever loved and remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME (445 St. Vincent Street Barrie) to celebrate Shirley’s life on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. A special thank you to Dr. H. Deboer-Fennell and her staff for their care of Shirley; the nurses and PSW’s of Bayshore for their wonderful care and service; and to the staff at Hospice Simcoe. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of WINTERS, Henry “Hank” Collins of Grand Bend, in his 77th year

Posted by on March 20, 2018

WINTERS: In sorrow, we acknowledge the passing of Henry “Hank” Collins Winters of Grand Bend, Ontario on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in his seventy-seventh year. Hank spent his last days in the company of his family and many friends, under the superb care of the Palliative Care Team at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. Beloved husband, for fifty-three years, of Nancy (Edwardson) Winters, Hank is also survived by his children Elizabeth (David Matheson) and Philip (Gail Winters) and four grandchildren: Lauren Cummings Winters, William Matheson, Kaydence Matheson and William Henry Winters. Elder son of the late Eleanor (McRobie) Winters and the late Honourable Robert Henry Winters P.C. Brother of Marny (Marc Pearsall) of Toronto and the late Richard Winters.

Hank considered the world his home and steel his industry. But he was happiest as a child in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where he loved the smell of the sea. In his retirement he was thrilled to discover something of that same delight in Grand Bend, with its legion of friends, volunteer opportunities, dazzling beach and three entirely new pursuits which he passionately embraced. He learned to sing barbershop with the Seaforth Harmony Kings; achieved a black belt in Karate at the age of seventy-five; and swam his way to a gold medal at the Ontario Masters championship. Even when his illness was most challenging, he always focused his attention on concerns outside himself, mostly to the benefit of his family.

A supremely thoughtful man, Hank hated to miss a meeting of the Red Bowl Society of philosophers. He was proud to catalogue his reading and his list reveals a selective and significant personal library. It was his final comfort to listen to his family reading to him the story of a round-the-world motorcycle adventure, one of his few unrealized ambitions. We now reluctantly release him to a grand new adventure, fueled by our gratitude and his own smiling enthusiasm.

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the family will host a gathering of remembrance for Hank at Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend, at two o’clock p.m. A private family interment will be arranged in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the fall. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Lakeshore Eco-Network would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of FORSYTH: Clair Alexander of London

Posted by on March 11, 2018

FORSYTH, Clair Alexander …

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at University Hospital at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Nora Isabelle (Kennedy) Forsyth. Dear father of Michael Forsyth and his wife Linda and Wendy Forsyth. Also loved by his grandson Matthew Forsyth. Missed by his sister-in-law Marge Forsyth. Predeceased by his granddaughter Michelle Forsyth and his brothers and sisters. Alex appreciated the company of his two friends, Brian and Charles. Friends are welcomed for visiting one hour prior to the funeral service (10-10:45 am) on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will follow in the chapel at 11 am. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, London at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alex’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of MCGHIE (WEATHERBEE): Barbara (Bobbie) of Niagara Falls

Posted by on March 6, 2018

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We are devastated to announce, In her 61st year, after a short and courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Bobbie (Barbara) died peacefully with friends and family by her side, at Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on February 18, 2018.
She is survived by her cherished partner Jean Boileau. Loving mother of Samantha Paul (Jason), Sabrina Hartshorn, Jamie McGhie, and Chelsea. Devoted grandmother of Braydon, Alyssa and Domenic. A wonderful Aunt to her nieces and nephews. Bobbie was predeceased by her parents; Dale and Margaret Weatherbee, Sister Cheryl Rivard, and a few uncles and aunts. She will be fondly remembered by many family and friends.
A Celebration of Life is planned for family and friends on Saturday 10 March 2018 beginning at 1:30 PM, at the Delphi Banquet Facilities at 4414 Portage Road Niagara Falls, ON. There will be a hot buffet and beverages available. As Bobbie was not a traditional person, there will not be a religious service, however a few words will be said in her honour at 5 PM. Bobbi will be laid to rest at a later date in Oxford, Nova Scotia with her parents and sister.

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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 CLARKE: Deborah (Debbie) of Langley Formerly of Surrey

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Debbie Clarke, 64, of Langley, BC passed away at Langley Memorial Hospital on February 14th, 2018. Born March 29th, 1953 in Selkirk, Manitoba, she moved to Long Pond, Newfoundland with her family in 1966. In 1971 she graduated from Queen Elizabeth Regional in Fox Trap, Newfoundland. She then moved with her family to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1973, where her daughter was born in 1976. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, she moved to Surrey, BC, where her son was later born in 1991. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, mother Evelyn, father Kenneth, and step-mother Dorothy. She is survived by her step-father George, daughter Teresa (Jeff), son Michael (Bracken), sisters Gwen, Georgina (Terry), Laureen, Rhonda (Jeremy), brother Kenny (Trina), granddaughters Cassandra and Kiera, and by nieces Amanda and Crystal, Hannah, Maddie, Emma, Jenna and nephews Landen and Brody. She enjoyed crafts, bingo, puzzles, and playing games on Facebook and was a huge Canucks fan. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Willoughby Hall, 20809 83rd Ave, Langley BC March 24th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Obituary of Thompson; Linda nee Price of Markdale resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Linda Thompson resting at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception, Flesherton

Thompson; Linda Marie(Price) P.M. #170

Peacefully, while surrounded by her family, passed Sunday, February 4,2018 at Grey Gables Nursing Home, Markdale at the age of 70. Beloved wife of 48 years to Ronald. Dear mother of Nadine Thompson of St. Catherines and Les Thompson of Dartmouth, NS. Sadly missed by her mother Betty Price of Markdale and father the late Gordon. Loved and remembered by grandchildren Sydney and Marissa Thompson. Dear sister of Lana Amaley of Stroud, Larry(Darlene) Price of Napean, Randy Price of Georgetown, Rodney Price of Markdale, Robbin Warren of Toronto and sister in-law of Dorothy Anderson(Gerry Bartley) of Markdale. She will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Linda was born in Guelph, ON, educated in Etobicoke and taught in Etobicoke, Waterloo, Moosonee and Nipigon before settling in Markdale where she raised her family along side her husband Ron. She was passionate about the United Church, having held many positions in the local church and Presbytery as well as within the Toronto Conference of the United Church. She was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star having been Worthy Matron of Grey Chapter #170 twice. She loved travelling, knitting, cross stitch and was very active in sports, especially in her younger years. Linda will be greatly missed by many friends, neighbours and her church family.

The family will receive friends at Annesley United Church, address, from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 2:00pm. Cremation has taken place. Spring interment Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown. Memorial contributions to Annesley United Church would be gratefully appreciated. Online donations and condolences at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca 888-924-2810

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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 Blagdon: Captain William (Oscar) of Rockwood, Ontario

Posted by on January 3, 2018

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October 12,1938 – December 15,2017
It is with sadness, we the family regret to announce the passing of Captain William (Oscar) Blagdon at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is predeceased by: Sarah; mother: Onslow; father: Roland;brother (Beatrice): Winnie Price;sister: Rita Mary Mayo;sister:Albert and Carmen (Sonny)of Nova Scotia and grandsons Aaron and Jordan Whelan.
He leaves to mourn with fond memories his loving sons: William (Bill)(Madeline and sons Bill and Damien); David (Cindy and son Dylan; daughters Krista, Ashlee & Alyssa Grace and her daughter Annabella Moore); Gordon (Anne Marie and daughters Katelynn and Madison)
Daughters: Debby (Bert) (children Phillip & Kayla Whelan and her children Hailee, Brady & Jaxon); Donna and son Jacob; Deeanne (Moe) Bouchard and (daughters Kelsey & Kathleen Savoi and her daughter Marelie) ;.
Brothers,Fred (Nora and children; Onslow (Bessie and children) and sister Sadie Snook and children . Very special friend Carrie,her daughters and their children as well as so many other close friends that are too many to mention for fear of missing one but they know who they are.

Remember Me
Don’t remember me with sadness,
Don’t remember me with tears,
Remember all the laughter,
We’ve shared throughout the years.

Now I am contented,
That my life it was worthwhile,
Knowing that I passed along the way,
I made somebody smile.

When you are walking down the street,
And you’ve got me on your mind,
I’m walking in your footsteps,
I am only half a step behind.

So please don’t be unhappy,
Just because I’m out of sight,
Remember that I’m with you,
Each morning, noon and night.

Memorial service will take place in 2018 in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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