CASSELMAN, Verta from Brockville

Posted by on July 21, 2014

Verta CasselmanVerta Marion Casselman 88, died peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Brockville General Hospital, Garden St. Site She was born on October 4, 1925 in Birch Grove, Nova Scotia to Henry and Grace Cornforth. Verta came to Brockville in 1946, married and raised a family of four.


She married Rev. Donald Casselman in 1989 and celebrated their 25th Anniversary on May 6, 2014. She was a devoted wife and mother who lived her life for her family and will be sadly missed by her daughter Marlane Stover Barrington (JC), Ron Barrington (Louise), Bruce Barrington (Sue), George Henry Barrington (Arlene), step-daughter Marilyn Moore (David) and step-son Gord Casselman (Susie). She will be dearly missed by all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many dear friends.  She is survived by 3 siblings Thelma, Earle and Rhoda. Predeceased by siblings  Rita, George, Lena, Ada and twin sister Verna. Also predeceased by Edward John Barrington and Bob Ballantyne.


Relatives and friends may join the family, in the Celebration of Verta’s life, to be held in the chapel of Barclay Funeral Home, Brockville at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 23,  with reception following. Private Interment will follow at Oak Leaf Cemetery, Athens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations in Verta’s memory may be made to The First Baptist Church or charity of your choice, and will be appreciated and acknowledge by Verta’s family.

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RICHER, Germaine (née Cronier) of Little Current, ON

Posted by on July 19, 2014

RICHER, GermaineIt is with great sadness the family announces her passing in Little Current on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Wife of the late Joseph Richer and of the late Marcien Morrissette. Daughter of the late Xavier and of the late Marie (née Mercier) Cronier. Beloved mother of Paul (Lynda) of Little Current, Charles (Irene) of Toronto, Georges (Paulette), Pierre (Rhéa), Laurent (Cindy) and André (Josée) all of Hanmer, Hubert (Mireille) of London, Paulette Chenier (Roland) of Lagoon City, Raoul (late Yvette) and Gertrude Demeis (Reni) both of Sudbury. Predeceased by Roger (Patsy of Toronto), Gérard and Raymond (late Bruna). Sadly missed by her stepchildren Felix, Gary, Paula, Brian and Denis. Dear sister of Jean Louis (Gaby) of Hanmer, Médore (Irène) of Thunder Bay and Réjeanne Lebrun of Montreal. Predeceased by her siblings Albertine Cormier (late Paul), Xavier, Donat (late Cécile), Éseline Engelhart (late Philippe) and Thérèse Vézina. Sadly missed by serveral grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. Germaine was a proud member of “Les filles d’Isabelle”. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4570 St-Joseph St, Hanmer on Monday, July 21st, 2014 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St-Jacques, Hanmer. As expressions of sympathy, donations (by cheque only) to the Manitoulin Manor Auxiliary would be appreciated.

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Martel, Gerald Joseph Franklin

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Martel, Gerald Joseph Franklin – Passed away at the Orillia’s Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the age of 52. Beloved husband of Cindy for 26 years. Loving father of Sara. Cherished son of Gerald Sr. and the late Jean. Gerald will be forever loved by his brothers Robby (Rhonda), late Bruce and his niece Savannah. Friends are invited to a Graveside Service at Barrie Union Cemetery (338 Sunnidale Road, Barrie). to celebrate Gerald’s life on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 3 o’clock p.m. Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.caMartel

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MARSH; Carol (of Perth, formerly of Chaffey’s Lock)

Posted by on June 24, 2014

Carol Marsh



Peacefully at the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital-Perth Site on Saturday June 21, 2014. Carol Hill of Perth, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of Tom Marsh. Predeceased by sister, Nixie Hunter. Fondly remembered by niece, Wendy McDonell and nephew, Bob Hunter. A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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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

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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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Blanchard: Grace of Sarnia

Posted by on March 22, 2014

blanchardgracewebPeacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Friday, March 21, 2014  GRACE  (Pyette) BLANCHARD age 96 of Sarnia. Beloved wife of the late Charles Edward Blanchard (1997). Much loved mother of Gail Warren of Sarnia, Linda Thompson (Ted) of Sarnia and the late Michael (Cynthia) of  Pt. Edward.  Cherished grandmother of Randy and Lorraine Warren of Camlachie, Holly and Peter Moore of Corunna, Nancy and David Gagne of Thorold, Kelly Steeves of Sarnia, Darren and Stacey Thompson of Toronto and Chris Blanchard of Calgary. Dear great grandmother to Karen and Mathew Warren, Amy Moore, Beth (Craig) Blair  and Julie Moore, Christopher and Andrew Gagne,  Max and Nick Steeves, Piper and Mick Thompson. Will be missed by her siblings; Ed (June) Pyette, Jackie  (Walt) Pearson, June Willick and Jim and (Marg) Pyette as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Captain Ed and Helen Pyette, sister Elsie Carr and Edith Addison and brother Reg Pyette, great grandson Timothy Warren and son in-law Richard Warren.    A funeral service will be held from the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE  on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donation to Trillium Villa Recreational Fund or to the Sarnia and District Humane Society. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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ENGEL: Bregje Johanna (Joan) (Dekker) of Lucan

Posted by on March 2, 2014


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Engel on March 1st, 2014 at South Huron Hospital, Exeter of Lucan in her 91st yr. Beloved wife of the late Rudy Engel (2006). Loving mother of Rudi Jr. and Maggie Engel of the Lucan area, Johanna Engel and David Clarke of London, Cora Engel Ryan and Pat Ryan of Lucan, and Martine Engel and Rob Mackereth of Thunder Bay. Dearly missed Oma of Jessica and Terry and Jillian; Alexander and Louise; Katerina and Patrick; Rachel and Eden; and great-granddaughter Anneke. Dearly missed sister of Louise and Lo Vincent of California.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 PM where family remembrances will celebrate Joan’s life at 7 PM. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremated remains St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye at a later date.
In-lieu of flowers, donations to World Vision Canada, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Posted by on February 8, 2014



Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Saturday February 8, 2014. Bill Wing of Delta in his 71st year. Beloved Husband of Louise Despres.  Dear Father of Kelly Anne (Michael) Perry of Texas, Lise (Doug) Mulligan of Portland, Tracey Wing (John Coombs) of Cold Water.  Predeceased by his sister, Martha Giddy. Survived by his brother-in-law, David Giddy of Napanee. Fondly remembered by grandchildren, Morgan, Mitchell, Hannah, Cameron and Gracey.  Also survived by niece, Jamie and nephew, Roger.  The family will receive friends at the SCOTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 27 Main Street, Elgin on Thursday from 7-9.  Memorial Service in our Chapel on Friday morning at 10:30. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (Cancer Centre) or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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MALICKI, Patricia Ann (nee Robinson)

Posted by on January 13, 2014

web_malicki patricia67 years, suddenly on January 12, 2014 surrounded by my family and friends. I am predeceased by my beloved husband and best friend, Richard (2012). I am adored by my children Paul (Marilyne) in Quebec City and Sonya (Eric Coatsworth) in Ottawa and devoted to my grandchildren, William, Jakob, Jolyanne, Ben and Olivier. I am also survived by my brother, Ross Robinson in Niagara-on-the-Lake, my brother-in-law John (Sally) in Thunder Bay, my sister-in-law Pat (Larry Miller) in Sault Ste Marie, and my nieces and nephews, Mike, Kathy, Lori, Jeff, Susan, Scott and Carrie. I am also lovingly remembered by many cousins, colleagues, neighbours and friends. I was lucky to have lived in several parts of this great country. Born in 1946 in Kirkland Lake, Northern Ontario, living in Virginiatown and then on to Winnipeg, Toronto and St. Catharines. After graduating from Ryerson University, my love affair with Richard began while working at McLeod, Young, Weir & Co. Our love affair with the city and its people began when we moved to Windsor in 1974. My passion for heritage preservation began while working with Friends of the Court in saving Mackenzie Hall.  I will be remembered for my long, unceasing and tenacious efforts on behalf of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. After helping to found the Windsor Regional Branch of the A.C.O.  in 1995,  I served as Provincial President from 2000-2002. I was on the executive board for many years and with help from many other heritage advocates we succeeded in having provincial and national heritage legislation changed for the better. I truly believed that the ability to remember our history will make our future more meaningful. I was also a proud and active supporter of the visual and musical arts in Essex County.

In recent years, Richard and I travelled across Canada and around the world. Our annual winter breaks were spent on the white sand beaches of Barbados, often joined by family and friends. A special thank you to the caring and professional staff at Metropolitan Campus as well as Detroit Receiving Hospital.  In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Windsor Region Branch, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, or the Art Gallery of Windsor. Memorial visitation will be Friday 3-5 & 7-9 pm.

A celebration of my life will be on Saturday at 10 am at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor (519-969-5841).  Interment will take place at a later date in Thunder Bay. Share memories, photos or make a donation on line at


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WOCHASKI: Glenna, of St. Thomas, formerly of London and Thunder Bay

Posted by on December 27, 2013

glenna wochaski 001WOCHASKI, Glenna, of St. Thomas, formerly of London and Thunder Bay, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in her 55th year.  Mother of the late Keith Lee Ferguson (Stacey Morriseau of Thunder Bay). Cherished grandmother of Kaiya Morriseau-Ferguson of Thunder Bay.  Dear sister of Donna Wochaski of Thunder Bay and Deborah Starchuk (Peggy Cummings) of St. Thomas.  Loved aunt of Miranda Parr and great aunt of Rylee Gibson of Thunder Bay.  Glenna was born on January 19, 1959 in Port Arthur, ON.  She was an employee of Metro, Elgin Mall, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A public memorial service to celebrate Glenna’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged.

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Dunn: Derek Patton (Pat) of Sarnia

Posted by on December 19, 2013

Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 19, 2013, DEREK PATTON (PAT) DUNN, age 57, of Sarnia. Predeceased by his parents Orval (Pat) Dunn (1994) and Mary Louise (nee Prenatt) Dunn (1989). Will be missed by his siblings; Michael Dunn and his wife Gladys, Earla Suzanne Strangway and her husband Mike, William Dunn and his wife Cheryl , Ermund Paul Dunn and his wife Helen, Anthony John Dunn and his wife Liz, Geoff Dunn and his partner Gail, all of Sarnia. Also survived by his many nieces and nephews and predeceased by his nieces Alice Jeanne Corman – Dunn (1989) and Sherri Lee (Dunn)(Jewer) Kelly (2004). Cremation has taken place and services will be announced at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia, ON. 

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PRUSKY: Karen I (Purcell) of Port Dover

Posted by on December 18, 2013

PRUSKY, Karen of Port Dover passed away Monday December 16, 2013 at the Juravinski Hospital Hamilton in her 56th year. Karen is survived by her loving husband Emil, cherished children Derek (Sara) of Port Dover, Krystal of Langton, daughter-in-law Joanne and precious grandchildren Steven, Brian, Nathan, Emil Jr. and Shinese. Karen is also survived by her siblings Duane (Char), Dave (Gail), Sandy (Jim), Patti (Glen), Diane and sister-in-law Margo all of Winnipeg. Karen loved to travel, go on scenic rides, had a thing for shoes and a love for her mini horse Annie. A loving person who would much rather give than receive. A Celebration of Life will be held in Karen’s memory on Saturday December 21, 2013 at 1pm to 2pm at THOMPSON WATERS FUNERAL HOME 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519)-583-1530. For those wishing donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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CORNER: Robert Bruce of Schreiber, Ontario

Posted by on December 11, 2013
CORNER, Robert Bruce October 17, 1955 – December 4, 2013
It is with great sadness the family announces Rob’s passing on December 4, 2013 at McCausland Hospital, in Terrace Bay. Rob is originally from Pefferlaw, resided in Schreiber, and was also a long time resident of South Porcupine. Rob is predeceased by his father Peter Corner and many other loved ones. Rob is survived by his partner Sharon Hansen and his children Shawna (Yvan Letourneau), Kass (Amanda Arquette), his grandchildren Jerica, Kasey, Owen, and Clarke and the mother of his children Carole Yergeau. Rob is also survived by his mother Anna Mae Rex Graham (Bob), his sisters Sabrina (Dave) and Shawna and his brother Scott (Sandra), also a large Gaudreau step family and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Rob graduated from Northern College in 2001 from the Millwright-Mechanic program. He was a Jack of all trades and worked in many different areas. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, laboring over a job until it was done right. Rob enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing, hunting and “off-roading” with his tunes cranked. He had a contagious smile, always the life of the party keeping everyone laughing. As much as he would never admit it he was a worrier and would over think almost everything. A stubborn man in his ways with a heart of gold, loved his family, friends, children, grandchildren and pets dearly. Rob was a loving man and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Family to receive friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 287, 46 Legion Dr, South Porcupine on Saturday December 28, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. to share memories and refreshments. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory to the Timmins or Terrace Bay Humane Society would be appreciated. To leave condolences please visit memorial group on Facebook at

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YOUNGSON, William (Bill) – of London

Posted by on November 20, 2013


YOUNGSON, William (Bill) – Passed away at University Hospital after a battle with cancer on November 18th, 2013, in his 79th year.  He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Karen Cholin (Ian) of Thunder Bay, Brenda Youngson of Keswick, stepdaughter Barbara Czyzowski of Toronto, brother Jack (Ann) of Mitchell, sisters Leone and Mary (Ray) of St. Marys, grandchildren James, Heidi and Jessica as well as many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents Dave and Annie Youngson, brother Gerald, brothers-in-law Bob Conley and Bill Vanderholst, sister-in-law Dorothy Youngson, stepson Stephen Czyzowski and son-in-law Ken Flood.  Bill loved to travel and enjoyed a good picnic by the St. Clair River watching the sail boats go by.  He met his wife while teaching Drivers Ed, and enjoyed working for UWO.  He enjoyed a good joke and always had one to tell. His sense of humour stayed with him until the end.  Bill loved his family and sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren, whether it was gardening or the art of telling a joke, his blue eyes twinkled with joy and laughter.   Memorial visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program. Online condolences may be made at

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Gamus; Henry Z of Flesherton, formerly of Oakville in his 91st year at Fawcett Funeral Home Flesherton

Posted by on November 8, 2013
Henry Gamus of Oakville. Resting at Fawcett Funeral home, Flesherton

Henry Gamus of Oakville. Resting at Fawcett Funeral home, Flesherton

Gamus; Henry Z.

At Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale of Oakville in his 91st year. Beloved husband of 65 years to Maria. Loving father of Christine of Eugenia and Mark(Sharon) of Oakville. Loved and remembered by granddaughters Isabel Gamus and Alanna(Patrick) McKeogh and special great granddaughter Sophia McKeogh. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences and donations at

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WINTERS; Rae Eldon of Maxwell – resting at Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton

Posted by on October 23, 2013


Winters; Rae Eldon

Peacefully at Grey Gables Nursing Home, Markdale on October 22, 2013 formerly of Maxwell in his 79th year. Loving son of the late Clarence and Marjorie Winters. Dear brother of Delbert(Ruthe) Winters of Maxwell. Loved and remembered as uncle to Susan(Gordon) Johnston of Flesherton and Wayne(Susan) Winters of Maxwell. Sadly missed as great uncle to Jeremiah, Jonah Johnston and Laura Winters. After a lifetime of farming Rae moved on to working with South East Grey Support Services and Markdale Home Hardware. The family will receive friends at the Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton on Thursday, October 24 from 7-9pm. Funeral Service from Markdale Baptist Church, 144 Lorne Street, on Friday at 11am. Interment Maxwell Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Maxwell Community Centre would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations at

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GIROUX, Antonio “Tony” 1926-2013 of Brampton

Posted by on October 23, 2013

GIROUX, AntonioA resident of Brampton has entered the House of the Lord suddenly while visiting his brother in Warren on Friday October 11th 2013 at the age of 86 years.  Son of the late Ovila and the late Marguerite (née Sylvestre) Giroux. Husband of the late Jessie McIntosh.  Loving brother of Jean (Yolande) of Warren, Gabriel (Jeannine) of Sudbury and Simone Lavoie (late Raymond) of Thunder Bay. Predeceased by his sisters Bernadette Labelle (Herman) and Georgette Cayen (Guy).  Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.  Lovingly remembered by many friends in Brampton where he lived.  The family will receive relatives and friends at St-Thomas Apôtre Parish Hall in Warren on Tuesday October 15th, 2013          from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St-Thomas Apôtre Church, Warren.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Sudbury. In lieu of flowers, donations (by cheque only) to St-Thomas Apôtre Church would be greatly appreciated.

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RYDHOLM: Shirley of Hanover and formerly of Fort William (Thunder Bay), St. Catharines and Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Posted by on October 21, 2013

Shirley Rydholm nee Pentz passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Hanover & District Hospital at the age of 90. Formerly of Fort William (Thunder Bay), St. Catharines and Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Shirley is survived by her son David of Port Hope and daughter Lin Kennedy (Ron) of Durham. She is also survived by her sister Doris Pearson of Truro, Nova Scotia, grandsons Christopher (Beth) and Geoffrey Kennedy and great grandaughters Kaia and Persephone of Iqaluit. She was predeceased by brothers Earl and Russell Pentz. A retired nurse at the former St. Catharines General Hospital and life long member of the Eastern Star, Shirley will be cremated in Durham, Ontario. Internment will follow at the Pleasantview Memorial Gardens in Fonthill, Ontario. In memory of her, if desired, a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Special thanks to the nurses and staff of the Hanover Care Centre for their compassion and excellent care while Shirley was in their care.  Arrangements entrusted to the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham 519-369-3837.

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STEWART: DAVID A. “DAVE” of Seeley’s Bay

Posted by on October 6, 2013

Dave Stewart


Suddenly at Longlac, Ontario on Friday October 4, 2013. Dave Stewart of Seeley’s Bay in his 54th year. Cherished son of Eleanor Stewart of Kingston and the Late Andy Stewart. Beloved husband of Cherie Aldridge. Loving father of Cassandra Stewart as well as step-children, Melissa (Ben) and Billy (Rikki). Dear brother of Debbie (Mike) Givens of Harrowsmith and their children, Rachel and Sarah.  Also survived by his grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the SCOTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 27 Main Street, Elgin on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 6 until 8 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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HELKA: Clifford of Port Dover

Posted by on September 10, 2013

HELKA, Clifford of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at home following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by the love of his family, on WednesdCliffordHelka-largeay, September 4, 2013, in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Joyce. Cherished father and father-in-law of Russell (Sharon) of Simcoe and Tammy (Scott) of Port Dover. Loving grandfather of Chantelle, Chelseay, Hannah, Riley and Krysten. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bruce (Kaye) of Sprucedale and Orvill (Lois) of Selkirk. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Clifford had many hobbies, among them, woodworking, playing cards, cutting wood, snowshoeing, and a connoisseur of desserts, but most of all he loved playing the guitar. It is with regret we announce the “Country Pickin’ Wood Physician” has left the building. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held October 5, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm at 1017 Main St. Port Dover. Arrangements have been entrusted to THOMPSON WATERS FUNERAL HOME, Port Dover (519) 583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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JONES: Jean Marie of Stayner, formerly of Mount Brydges and Nipigon

Posted by on September 10, 2013

jones0003Peacefully on Monday September 9, 2013 at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie with family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 69.  Jean of Stayner, formerly of Mount Brydges and Nipigon, loving mother of Pat Jones and her partner Chris Bellamy, Gordon and his wife Tammy and Nancy and her husband Scott Colwell.  Dear Nana of Kenzie, Nicole, Jason and Mark and great grandmother to Aiden. Jean will also be missed by her sisters Della (the late Norm Giffen) and Myrtle (Bill Bates), her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many cousins.  Jean was a quiet, loyal and dedicated person who contributed to her community in many ways.  She was a longtime Lion, raised leader dogs, was an active member of her church, the Horticulture Society and the Royal Canadian Legion.  She will be dearly missed.  Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner (1-866-428-2637) on Friday September 13,2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Lions’ Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m..  Funeral Service will be held at Jubilee Presbyterian Church, 7320 Highway 26, Stayner on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 11 o’clock.  Reception to follow.  A Memorial Service will be held in Mount Brydges at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Hospice Simcoe, Ovarian Cancer Canada or the local charity of your choice would be appreciated by Jean’s family..  For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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PRÉVOST, Suzanne (née Larocque) of Sudbury

Posted by on August 22, 2013

PREVOST, SuzanneThe family announces with great sorrow her passing in Sudbury on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the age of 61 years. Predeceased by her parents René and Marthe (née Tremblay) Larocque. Beloved wife of Maurice Prévost of Sudbury. Loving mother of Sylvain Prévost (Julie) of Sudbury, Alain Prévost (Renée) of Lively, Martin Prévost (Mélanie) of Ottawa and Luc Prévost (Yolanda) of Casselman. Cherished grandmother of Marissa, Samuel, Jérémie, Alexandre, Rachelle, Valérie, Brielle, Èva and Jemma. Dear sister of Claire Piette (André) of Blezard Valley, Hélène Mayer (late Gérard)  of Hull, Qc, Denise Guenette (late Aimé) of Sudbury, Michel Larocque (Fleurette) of Chelmsford and Robert Larocque (Teri) of Thunder Bay. Predeceased by her brothers Jacques Larocque and Claude Larocque and by her sister Lorraine Vincent (Johnny of Sudbury). Sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She will also be deeply missed by her canine friend Tia. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Cooperative Funeral Home, 4691 R.R. 15, Chelmsford on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 2-5 and 7-9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St-Joseph Church in Chelmsford. Donations (by cheque only) to the Kidney Foundation would greatly be appreciated.

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CAMERON, Arthur Leo of Port Hope

Posted by on July 31, 2013

Cameron, Arthur Leo

Passed away at his home in Port Hope on Tuesday July 30, 2013. Leo Cameron beloved husband of Wendy Henderson. Loving father of Ann Marie of Thunder Bay, Donald of Milton and Amanda of Port Hope. Survived by his grandchildren Marco, Kayla, Adam and Aiden of Thunder Bay and Aaron and Charlotte of Milton. Brother of Harold Cameron, Marion Gillis and Eleanor Breau all of PEI and the late Gordon, Urban, Austin, Earl, Alden, Lloyd and Ralph Cameron and Blanche Praught. Friends will be received at the Allison Funeral Home, 103 Mill Street North, Port Hope, Thursday 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, 155 Walton Street, Port Hope, Friday 10 am. Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made by cheque to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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SMITH, Donald J (Bus), of London

Posted by on July 16, 2013

Smith, Don (EllisDon)

Donald J. (“Bus”) Smith O.C.

EllisDon founder Don Smith – force of nature, builder of buildings and of people, underdog and later a champion of underdogs everywhere, and 65 year partner with the equally formidable Joan Smith – has passed away at 89. There are very many of us who assumed Don would always be there; we are on our own now.

Born in Provost, Alberta in 1924, Don started life prematurely weighing just over three pounds. He was not expected to last nine hours, let alone 90 years. His determined mother Florence Marie (Ellis), along with a passionate neonatal nurse who nicknamed him ‘Buster,’ and Don’s nascent iron will got him through.

Don’s father, Donald Bennett Smith, died suddenly in 1930, forcing Florence to abandon Provost for Toronto just as the Great Depression got under way. His mother’s job at Eaton’s and his now legendary paper route supported the family. Don, older brother David and sister Muriel were soon joined by their cousin and brother-in-arms George Ellis.

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reneurs are born, not made. A hand tremor dashed early dreams of aeronautical engineering, but  Don’s drive would not be repressed. He joined Foundation Company, made Superintendent at the amazingly young age of 25, moved to London and married Joan McDonald in 1949 – a force in her own right. Don leaves his seven children: Catherine, Robert (Theresa), Lynne (Mike Koenig), Geoffrey (Megan), Michael (Dianne), Donald (Jacqueline) and David (Jennifer) and 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be profoundly missed.

Don and brother David started EllisDon on April Fool’s Day, 1951. Their first contract for a small garage, but they expanded very  quickly to schools, then to universities, health care and office buildings.  They worked nights and week-ends, driving by competitors’ offices late at night to see if anyone was outworking them.  Soon, the company had expanded to Nova Scotia and Alberta as EllisDon bid on airports, mining projects and civil works. Today, the company that Don founded completes over $3 billion in volume annually, has worked all over the globe on every type of project, and is nearly 50% owned by its 1600 employees.

Don never wavered from his entrepreneurial core:  In 1985 at 61 years old, Don bet the entire company on something that had never before been attempted:  A fully guaranteed $400 million retractable roof stadium called SkyDome. An engineering and construction feat and an entrepreneurial risk, it likely knows no equal in Canada, and remains Don’s proudest achievement at EllisDon.  And, of course, his second home at Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia. A cherished place that yielded many friendships and hundreds of permanent jobs; ‘Papa Don’ is revered there.

But EllisDon constituted just one facet of Don’s life. He constantly fought bigotry and unfairness. As a young businessman of 4
Don’s other decades long passion was politics at every level, and he was proudest of working with David Peterson to rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party from the bottom up, ending 40 straight years of Conservative rule as the Liberals took power in 1985.2, Don used every means required to force the London Club, the City’s establishment bastion, to admit its first Jewish member, and soon these barriers fell across that city and beyond. Don was later awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Council Of Christians and Jews for his courageous stand.

After all that, perhaps Don’s greatest impact on others came from his unending commitment to philanthropy. No-one ever wrote a cheque faster than Don.  He did not die as wealthy as one might think, having given away millions over the years. And it’s amazing to think that he raised far more money than he earned.  Very many people had no idea of their own capability to give until they were subjected to ‘the Don treatment’. (One bank CEO, was startled by Don’s opening appeal on behalf of Fanshawe College:  ‘This is a stick up.’ The bank gave several hundred thousand.) The Boys And Girls Club especially, but many other charities and individuals (some of whom will never know) benefitted from Don’s unflagging energy and generosity over his entire life.

A life very well lived. More importantly, one that enabled very many other lives to be well lived.

Visitation will be held at Ivey Spencer Hall (551 Windermere Road, London) on Thursday, July 18th from 1-330 pm and from 7-9 pm.  A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at the London Hunt Club (1431 Oxford St. W. London) on Tuesday, July 23rd, starting at 3 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Don would ask you to multiply that cost by at least ten and donate it today to your favourite charity.

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