RUBERRY: VERA MAY of Toronto Formerly of Sarnia, Ontario & Pine Island, Florida

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Born in the Channel Islands, UK on January 2, 1922. In her 95th year, Vera passed peacefully on August 10th, 2016 with Neil, her loving husband of 66 years by her side. Daughter of James and Beulah Watt, and older sister to Don and Elizabeth. Vera will be lovingly remembered and missed by her son’s Dave (Joan), Alan (Carmela), and Gary (Karen); grandchildren Leanne, Ian, Mark, and Sam; and the many friends she has made in Sarnia, Pine Island, and Toronto throughout her life. Vera came to Canada at a very young age, worked at Polymer Corporation during the war, and wed the love of her life on October 1st, 1949. They raised their family in Sarnia, eventually having a home built on the river, before finally spending more than 25 years between Toronto, Ontario and Pine Island, Florida. Having conquered cancer multiple times (including bearing three healthy children after ‘Cobalt Bomb’ cancer treatment in 1951), Vera consistently defied the odds and overcame adversity. She worked in Sarnia as a fitness instructor at both Pinsonneault Health Club and Mooretown Sport Complex before moving to Toronto in 1992. Vera stayed active, strong, and physically-fit to the very end. A memorial service for family and friends will be held on September 16 at Metropolitan United Church – 56 Queen St. E., Toronto. Visitation at 11:30am, Service at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army. For more details and to share your condolences, please visit

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CADENS: Ethan James of Winnipeg

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Ethan James Cadena, 16, died Friday, June 10th at Victoria General Hospital, with his father by his side. Ethan was born March 31st, 2000, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Jascper and Shielle Cadena. Greatly loved by all who knew him

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FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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CHICOINE: RENE of Wallaceburg, formerly of Thunder Bay

Posted by on August 25, 2016

PHOTOAt Fairfield Park Nursing Home, Wallaceburg on Thursday August 25th, 2016, Rene Chicoine, formerly of Thunder Bay, passed away at the age of 93. Predeceased by his first wife Irene (nee Busnuik) and his late wife Frances (nee Nicholas). Father of Marian (Bob) Allen of Chatham, Violet Heald of London, Gale (Fred) Taylor of Kinkora, P.E.I., Karen (Mike) Allen of London, and Mark (Margaret) Chicoine of Melbourne, Australia. Survived by his 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Brother of Jeannine of Sudbury. Brother-in-law of Pat Veilleux of Hearst. Rene was an avid hunter and fisherman; he spent hours fishing in Northern Ontario and visiting with friends and family in Hearst. Rene worked for over forty years at the Abitibi Pulp and Paper Mill, Thunder Bay. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Thunder Bay. The family wishes to thank the staff of Fairfield Park and Dr. T. Perkin for their loving care. Donations in Rene’s memory may be made to the Lung Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF CHATHAM. Share a memory at

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Gatey (Brown): Linda Louella of Sarnia

gateypicPeacefully at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Campus on Monday, August 15, 2016, LINDA LOUELLA (Brown) GATEY, passed away at the age of 60 years. Dear mother to the late Derek Gatey (Brown) (2001), Elaine Brown, Dylan Brown (Chelsea Evans).Also will be missed by her siblings; Geraldine (McAlpine) Gatey and Todd Gatey. Loving grandmother to; Nicholas Sturch (Jessica), Austin Maitland- Brown (Jazzlynne), Kage Dwinnell, Tristan Brown, Gavin Brown and Kyra Evans. Will also be missed by her nephew David Gatey, Andrew Portiss,T.J. Gatey and niece Samantha Brown as well her Aunt Charlotte Boily and the late John Paul Boily and her Uncle Rod and Aunt Angela Campbell. Will also be missed by her special friends Annie Brown and Kathy Harvey (Fisher), Carlos and Diana Leite and her family in Eagle River. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Moose Lodge (874 Phlilip Street, Sarnia) from 2 :00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Sarnia & District Humane Society or Sarnia Suicide Prevention (Canadian Mental Health Association) would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home and Cremation Center Ltd. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through

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PILON, Gracia (née Prévost) of Noëlville, ON

Posted by on July 29, 2016

PILON, GraciaPassed away in Sudbury on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the age of 95 years. Daughter of the late Alfred and late Emerence  (née Lafrenière) Prévost. Wife of the late Emile Joseph Pilon. Loving mother of Isabelle Séguin (late Roland) of Ste Famille d’Aumont. Marcel (Yollande) of Sturgeon Falls, Henri (Suzanne) of Garson, Micheline Johnson (Garry) of Thunder Bay, Clement (Denise) of Marmora, Francine Martin (Robert) from Noëlville, Monique Bazinet (Ronald) of St-Charles and Marc (Nancy) of Nova Scotia. Dear sister of Juliette Prévost (Gontrand) and sister-in-law of Jean Pilon (Gracia). Predeceased by her siblings  Armand, Henri, Rodolphe, Gabriel, Soeur Lucienne, Cécile and Bernadette. Cherished grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 24. The family will receive relatives and friends at the St-David Parish Hall, Noelville, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 2 p.m. at St-David Church, Noelville. Donations can be made to St-David Church (maintenance) by cheque only. Arrangements entrusted to the Cooperative Funeral Home, Sudbury.

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CHENIER, Delphis Joseph of Waterdown

Posted by on June 23, 2016

CHENIER, Delphis Joseph
Passed away at his home in Waterdown, after a long and prosperous life, on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 94. Beloved husband for nearly 62 years to Kathleen (nee Marion). Loving father of Della Marie, the late Wayne (1979), Michael (Maureen), and Karen Marion (Claude). Cherished Papa of Cassandra (Sean), Maria (Wayne), Suzanne (Tyler), Michelle, Dianne (Jonathan), Sarah, Emilly, and great Papa of 8 great grandchildren. Survived by his sister Gilberette, Rev. Sister St. Rose of the Daughters of Wisdom, Ottawa. Predeceased by his siblings Roger, Paul-Emile, Aurel, Joseph, Fernand, Rose, Juliette, and Annette. Del was a WWII Veteran, having served as Bandsman. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Oakville, before working and retiring with Petro Canada. Del was very involved in sports, both playing and coaching in the Waterdown community. He was a devoted member of the Catholic Church, and also enjoyed his time playing with the Oakville Citizen Band. Most importantly Del was the rock and foundation of his family, and his sense of humour, and love will always be remembered. Family will receive friends at KITCHING STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown, on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Legion Service 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 715 Centre Rd, Waterdown on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. Private Cremation. Following the mass a reception will be held at the Waterdown Legion, Branch 551. As expressions of sympathy donations to St. Thomas the Apostle Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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Mastronardi, Fedela

Posted by on June 12, 2016

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91 years, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family at her residence on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Gaetano (1992). Dear mother of Emily D’Alimonte (Dan), Carl Mastronardi (Cheryl). Loving “Nonna” of Jamie and Tina D’Alimonte, Jason and Suzy D’Alimonte, Raymond and Christopher Mastronardi and great “Nonna” of Carys, Sofia, Mia and Michael. Dear sister-in-law of Esterina Mastronardi (the late Eutimio), Antonio and Maria Mastronardi and the late David Mastronardi (the late Margaret). Predeceased by eleven siblings. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street Leamington on Tuesday 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection from St. Joseph’s Church, 310 Sherk Street, Leamington on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. At Fedela’s request, please do not send flowers make a memorial donation by cheque to Leamington Hospital Foundation “Hospice”, Canadian Cancer Society or the War Amps. Friends may send condolences or make a charitable contribution at


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SCHOENTHIER: Kurt R., of St. Thomas, formerly of New Sarum, Ontario

Posted by on June 1, 2016

Kurt Schoenthier 001SCHOENTHIER, Kurt R., of St. Thomas, formerly of New Sarum, passed away peacefully at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in his 97th year.  Beloved husband for over 68 years to Erna (nee Gohla) Schoenthier.  Loving father of Rainer Schoenthier (Laurie) of St. Thomas, Kathy Dyer (Tim) of Nobel, ON, and Bernie Schoenthier (Trish) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Marcie Vandenberghe of St. Thomas, Wendy Rego (Steve) of Ingersoll, Trudy Kitchen (Geoff) of Brantford, Kayla Abel (Dan) of St. Thomas, Jesse Dyer of Thunder Bay, Adam Moss of Kitchener, and Jordan Moss of Brantford.  Loved great grandfather of Alyssa, Josh, Anthony, Lily, and Reese.  Dear brother of Gerda Temple of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  A brother, Guenther Schoenthier died in 1944.  Born in Gruenhartau, Schlesien, Germany, March 2, 1920, he was the son of the late Herman and Minna (nee Winkler) Schoenthier.  Kurt was the retired owner/operator of the New Sarum Auto Body and was also a retired farmer (orchard).  He was a founding member of the German Canadian Club, St. Thomas.  From 1939-1941, he served with the German Submarine Force, and was a POW in Canada from 1941-1947.  Kurt immigrated to Canada in 1951.  The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, June 3rd at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Corbeil, Maurice

Posted by on May 29, 2016

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Décédé paisiblement le 28 mai 2016, à l’âge de 75 ans. Époux bien aimé de Claudette Corbeil (Laplante). Tendre père de Denis (Isabelle Lefebvre) et Sylvie (Rod Swim). Grand-papa adoré de Marie-Christine, Véronique, Erika, Alex, Catherine et Marissa. Cher frère de Réal (Irène), Claude, Mariette (Pierre Laprade), Raymond (Lucie Lafleur), Jacques (Francine ???) et Suzanne. Il laisse dans le deuil plusieurs beaux-frères, belles-sœurs, neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et amis. Il fut prédécédé par ses parents Rolland et Colombe Corbeil, ses sœurs Lise Antille (Jean-Paul) et Pierrette. La famille désire remercier le service infirmier de Comfor et l’équipe de l’hôpital Général pour les bons soins prodigué à Maurice. La cérémonie religieuse aura lieu en l’église St-Joseph, 2757, boul. St-Joseph, Orléans, le mardi 31 mai 2016 à 11 h. La famille sera présente à compter de 10h pour recevoir vos condoléances à l’église.  Au lieu de fleurs, des dons à la fondation canadienne mesothelioma, ( ou à la fondation canadienne du cancer seraient appréciés. Les messages de condoléances peuvent être faits sur le site :

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ROBB: James Alexander of Sarnia

J-A-Robb-WEBROBB, JAMES ALEXANDER – With family by his side at Bluewater Health, James Alexander Robb passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the age of  age 93. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (Pearson) Robb (2006) and the late Margaret “Joey” Robb. Dear father  of Frances Robb of St. Joseph Island and step father of Robert and his wife Kim of Corunna,  Stewart, Richard and Christopher Kirk all of the UK. Loving grandfather to Stephen, Camilla, Tom and Ben Kirk. Will also be missed by his brother in – law Stewart Pearson and his wife Marjorie of Sarnia , niece Sharon and her husband Steve of Sarnia and nephew Richard and partner Brandi of Regina. Private cremation arrangements have taken place. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Intensive Care Units of  Bluewater Health, Sarnia, St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Memorial gifts in memory of James may be made to Bluewater Health Sarnia. Arrangements entrusted to the D.J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent

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Dumais, Ronald

Posted by on May 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at the age of 63.  Dearly beloved husband of Judith Dumais (Fraser). Loving father of Patrick (Lucía Delacoste), Kevin (Céline), Justin (Geneviève) and Mathieu. Cherished grandfather of Maxime, Sophie, Sébastien and Chloé. Dear brother of Doris. He will be sadly missed by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles,nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd., Orléans, on Friday, May 27th, 2016 from 7 – 9 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held in Sainte-Marie Church, 4831 Innes Rd., Orléans, on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. The family will be present at church starting at 12:30 pm to receive condolences. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be addressed


C’est avec un immense chagrin que nous annonçons le décès de Ronald Dumais, d’Orléans, natif de Kapuskasing Ontario, le lundi 23 mai 2016, à l’âge de 63 ans.  Époux bien-aimé de Judith Dumais (Fraser). Cher père de: Patrick (Lucía Delacoste), Kevin (Céline), Justin (Geneviève) et Mathieu. Pépére affectueux de Maxime, Sophie, Sébastien et Chloé. Il laisse dans le deuil sa sœur Doris, ainsi que plusieurs beaux-frères, belles-sœurs, tantes, oncles, neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et amis.  La famille accueillera parents et amis au Complexe Funéraire Héritage, 1250, chemin Trim, Orléans, le vendredi 27 mai 2016 de 19h à 21h. La cérémonie religieuse aura lieu à l’Église Sainte-Marie, 4831, chemin Innes, Orléans le samedi 28 mai 2016 à 13h30. La famille recevra les condoléances à compter de 12h30.  photo signetDes dons à la fondation du cancer seraient appréciés. Les messages de condoléances peuvent être faits au site:

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TODESCO, John “Jack” Camillo

Todesco mem cardTODESCO, JOHN CAMILLO WILLIAM LOUIS – Peacefully at Bluewater Health, on Sunday, May 22, 2016, John (Jack) Todesco died at the age of 83. Jack is now reunited with his loving wife Margaret Ann (2010) and his daughter Laureen (2006). Much loved father of Charles Todesco and his wife Wendy, Wawa, Charlene Jordan and her husband Charles, Campbellville and Joanne Todesco and her husband Ken Quesnelle, Toronto. Cherished grandfather of Jonathan Todesco, Rebecca Todesco and Claire Quesnelle. Dear brother of Camilla Todesco. Predeceased by his parents Camillo (Charlie) & Anne. Jack was born in Port Arthur Ontario and was raised in the small commercial fishing port of Rossport on the north shore of Lake Superior. At age 13, Jack left home to attend the Catholic boarding high school Scollard Hall in North Bay Ontario. Upon graduation, Jack attended Lakehead Technical Institute before transferring to the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. Jack attended Assumption College (University of Windsor) and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1955. He then attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 1956. After finishing his education, Jack was employed by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in London Ontario before returning to North Bay to teach business at Scollard Hall. Jack and family moved to Sarnia in 1963 where he accepted a teaching position at Central Collegiate High School. In 1966, Jack joined the newly formed Lambton College and retired after 29 years as the Dean of the School of Business and General Arts. Jack was an active member of the community and volunteered with the Administrative Management Society, Rotary International, United Way, Sarnia and District Children’s Treatment Centre and the Lambton College Board. A true sportsman, Jack played hockey and was introduced to football while a student at Scollard Hall. Football became Jack’s greatest passion, and his fondest memories were playing for the Fort William Roughriders (Ukes) and coaching football while teaching at Scollard Hall. Jack enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, and made an annual pilgrimage back to the north shore of Lake Superior for moose hunting. Jack and Marg loved spending time at their cottage on the Bruce Peninsula, and travelling to such exotic locations as Australia, Alaska, Barbados and Italy.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, May 26th at 2:00 p.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Rotary Club of Sarnia, 1210 Michigan Ave., Sarnia, N7S 2B6 or the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, 420 East St. N.,#15, Sarnia, N7T 6Y6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at

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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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FORTIER, Carole of Chelmsford

Posted by on May 18, 2016

FORTIER, CaroleThe family announces with great sorrow her passing in Sudbury Monday, April 11, 2016 at the age of 59 years. Beloved wife of Michel Fortier of Chelmsford. Dear daughter of Hélène Potvin of Timmins and of the late Vital Potvin. Loving mother of Lance Mills of Timmins and Crystal Bouchard (Pat) of Thunder Bay. Dear sister of Larry, George (Lorraine), Jackie (Royal), Elenore, Linda all of Timmins and Darlene (Barry) of Barrie. Predeceased by her sisters Diane and Doreen. Cherished grandmother of Desiree and Chelsey. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A family gathering will take place in Timmins at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Chelmsford.

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CARNEGIE: Candice Dorothy of Deroche Formerly of New Westminster

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Carnegie, Candice Dorothy (Fraser)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister Candice Dorothy Carnegie (Fraser), at the age of 64.  Candice passed away peacefully with her family at her side.  She will be sadly missed by her loving family; husband, Alexander Carnegie, children Letricia (Ian), Geoffrey and Christopher (Karie), sister Dennine MacKeen (Gordon), step-children Amanda Inglis (Dean), Helen Carnegie and grandchildren Alicia, Bryden, Kira, Luke, Elizabeth, Wyatt and Sierra, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, James Fraser & Margaret McDonnell.  After graduating from New Westminster Senior Secondary, Candice led a full and happy life.  For 27 years, she was an administrative assistance at Children’s Hospital and years at the Vancouver Cancer Agency.  She loved to sew and tend to her indoor and outdoor plants and flowers.  She thoroughly enjoyed the hours she spent with her grandchildren.  Candice spent her last 5 days under the incredible care of Cascades Hospice (Chilliwack) and, in memory, donations can be made to a trust account for Cascades Hospice – Account #6444162 – transit 9056.

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CARNEGIE: Candice Dorothy of Deroche Formerly of New Westminster

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Carnegie, Candice Dorothy (Fraser)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister Candice Dorothy Carnegie (Fraser), at the age of 64.  Candice passed away peacefully with her family at her side.  She will be sadly missed by her loving family; husband, Alexander Carnegie, children Letricia (Ian), Geoffrey Young and Christopher Young (Karie), sister Dennine MacKeen (Gordon), step-children Amanda Inglis (Dean), Helen Carnegie and grandchildren Alicia, Bryden, Kira, Luke, Elizabeth, Wyatt and Sierra, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, James Fraser & Margaret McDonnell.  After graduating from New Westminster Senior Secondary, Candice led a full and happy life.  For 27 years, she was an administrative assistance at Children’s Hospital and 5 years at the Vancouver Cancer Agency.  She loved to sew and tend to her indoor and outdoor plants and flowers.  She thoroughly enjoyed the hours she spent with her grandchildren.  Candice spent her last 5 days under the incredible care of Cascades Hospice (Chilliwack) and, in memory, donations can be made to a trust account for Cascades Hospice – Account #6444162 – transit 9056.

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BROWNELL: Margaret A. of St. Thomas, Ont.

Posted by on February 14, 2016

Margaret BrownellBROWNELL – Margaret of St. Thomas, Ontario passed away peacefully at Valleyview Home on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late Delbert Brownell.  Margaret is survived by children Dianne Jones (Ray) and Ron Brownell (Bette); grandchildren Ronda Bartha (Ken), Michelle Sherwin (Steve), Scott Jones, Lesley McLellan (Dan); great grandchildren Rilee Steckler (Jordan), Megan White (Roman), Logan Bartha (fiancée Alexa), Spencer Bartha, Allie McLellan, Katelyn McLellan, Grant McLellan and great-great grandson Eli Steckler. Also survived by sister Joyce Hibbs of Ajax Ontario and nieces and nephews Rick, Brad, Bruce, Lee, Kim, Greg, Ken and Krista across Ontario.

Marg was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She donated her time to helping others understand the Bible.

She loved her family and often organized surprise days for her children and grandchildren where she would decorate the rec room and shower them with little gifts, just for nothing.  One year as a special surprise for everyone she bought us all sweatshirts for the cottage with our names embroidered on them along with the name of the town where our family cottage is…Haliburton.

Marg was very generous, once opening her home to a friend who was homeless due to a fire in the Chestnut Street Apartments.  She had a wacky sense of humour. For example, she once bought a pig’s head in a market in Windsor, then invited everyone for dinner and had a big unveiling with the dining room table all decorated in a fancy way. There was the pig head with apple in the mouth, and a plastic horsefly on the snout.

Marg came from a musical family and played piano by ear from the age of five. Her father accompanied her on the violin and her mother and sister Joyce sang. Karaoke might be popular today, but back in the fifties she actually cut a record with Decca records. Mom played the piano at the Golden Slipper, a dance hall in Haliburton. In later years, she overcame a struggle with anxiety and depression to volunteer at retirement homes in the area, where she led singsongs of all the old favourites with the residents.

Mom was a great cook. When we were kids, we were dirt poor. She could turn a can of Prem into a gourmet roast.  She also made the best beef stew, a real comfort food.   One of Mom’s favourite things to do was bake.  The family remembers her flaky pastry as the base of her delicious Maid of Honour tarts.   Oddly enough, Mom didn’t like making cookies but she was the star of pies and squares.   The champion dessert was the four layer chocolate cake with whipped cream filling.  Kids coming by for a visit with their parents loved the ice cream sandwiches rolled in sprinkles or chocolate chips.  It was a sad day when everyone started watching their weight and sugar count….the baking took a sharp decline!

Another talent Mom pursued was knitting…delicate baby sweater sets, then afghans, and scarves of all colours.

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.  We wish to publicly acknowledge the superior care she received at CP Place in Valleyview over a four year period. We consider the staff to be angels delivering compassionate care that we could no longer provide.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570).  Cremation has taken place.  Private interment of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery at a later date.  Personal condolences can be made at

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DESBOIS, Paul Joseph Emile of Val Caron, ON

Posted by on February 5, 2016

DESBOIS, PaulThe family announces with sorrow, his passing in Sudbury, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the age of 77 years. Beloved husband of Carol (née Wilson) Desbois of Val Caron. Son of the late Philippe and the late Aurore (née Toupin) Desbois. Loving father of Paul Jr. (Shelley) of Port McNicoll. Predeceased by his son Jed. Dear brother of Yvette Desbois of Quebec, Simone Provost of Wawa, Claudette Lindsay (Warren) of Midland and Yves Desbois (Jo) of Caesarea. Predeceased by his sister Rena and his brother Eddy. Cherished grandfather of Jordyn, Amanda, Zack and great grandfather of Dexter and Delylah. Paul was employed at the Canadian Forces Base, Downsview, in Toronto for 37 years. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4570 St-Joseph St, Hanmer, Monday January 25, 2016 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St-Kevin’s Church, Val Thérèse. Donations to Northern Cancer Foundation can be made by cheque or online at

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GOLKA: Dominic Francis of Belleville

Posted by on January 7, 2016

GOLKA, Dominic Francis- of Belleville, passed away at Hastings Manor on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in his 71st year. Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Young) Golka. Dear father of Christopher (Mychel) of Calgary, Christine “Tina” Jessup (John) of Oshawa and son-in-law, Pete Jessup of Oshawa. Loving grandfather of Tyler, Alex, Ryan, Stephanie, Ashleigh, Adam, Sierra, Dominique and Jarrett. Great grandfather of Mateo. Dominic was predeceased by his parents Dominic and Martha Golka, one brother; Robert and one sister; Sandra Haines. He is survived by two sisters; Carol (Doug) Guest of Belleville, Debb (Richard) Hollington of Kelowna, British Columbia and by two brothers; Don (Violet) of Rednersville and Wayne (Brenda) of Thunder Bay. Dominic is also lovingly remembered by 20 nieces and nephews, 26 great nieces and nephews and by Cheryl’s brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 with visitation from 1:00 until service time. The family would like to thank the staff of Hastings Manor, Elm Villa for their care and compassion.

If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.

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GILLIES, James “Jim” McPhail of Toronto

Posted by on December 18, 2015

Gillies, JamesJim passed peacefully at North York General Hospital in Toronto on Sunday, December 13. He is missed by his loving family, many friends and colleagues.

Jim was born in the village of Teeswater in Western Ontario to Dr. M.H. Gillies and his wife Gladys, a family that was part of the town and region from its earliest days. At 17, Jim attended the University of Western Ontario, and majored in Economics. His time at Western was interrupted by the war when Jim joined the RCAF in 1944 and served as air crew overseas. Upon his return Jim finished his degree with honours and decided to continue his education at Brown University in the USA where he earned an MA. Jim continued his education at Indiana University where he was granted his PhD in Urban Land Economics. After graduation, Jim accepted a professorship at UCLA in California where he rose to prominence in his field, gained his full professorship and was assistant Dean. Jim married his wife Betsy and welcomed children David and Cathy at this time.

Jim was always longing to return to Canada and his family in Ontario. In 1965, the opportunity arose for him to return to act as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University – now the Schulich School of Business. Over seven years Jim built the school from a big idea into the strong base for what is one of the leading schools in North America today. During this period Jim made many friends and grew strong relationships throughout the Canadian business community. He served on many corporate boards and helped establish a world-class zoo in Toronto. Jim and Betsy welcomed children James and Ted during this time. He loved the time with his family. Christmas was always special as were many, many memorable summers in Pointe-au-Baril, Muskoka and the Bruce Peninsula.

In 1972, Jim ran for parliament, winning a seat in the Don Valley riding in Toronto and going on to act as shadow finance minister in the PC opposition to the Trudeau Government. He won reelection to a second term in Don Valley in 1975. Jim ran for leadership of the PC party towards the end of his second term in parliament, throwing his support toward the eventual winner Joe Clark. Jim served as senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister during the Clark government, accompanying him to the G7 Tokyo summit.

After his time in government, Jim returned as a professor at York University, in the school of business. He was instrumental in continuing to build the school he founded to the stature it has today. Jim chaired several programs while at York, most recently the Canada-Russia Corporate Governance Program. He always had great passion and energy for teaching business students, being with them and sharing in their fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Jim has a great many friends and colleagues from this time both in academia and in the business community where he was a member of several corporate boards.

Jim was honored in many ways for his dedication to education and public service. He was awarded honorary doctorates from York, Simon Fraser and the Moscow Higher School of Economics. At York, Jim was awarded the title of University Professor. As a proud Canadian he was deeply honored by the award of the Order of Canada for his contributions to education.

Jim leaves behind a loving family: his wife of 62 years Betsy, children David (Kathy), Cathy, James (Cindy) and Ted (Jacquie), grandchildren Jackie, Gwen, James and David and several nieces and nephews. Jim was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by his siblings, Helen Wilson (James), Don (Francis) and John (Poppy). Even with his successful career in many capacities, Jim held dear most of all, family, friends and his roots as a small town boy from Teeswater, Ontario.

A funeral service to commemorate Jim’s life will be held at the Teeswater United Church (13 Elizabeth Street South), Teeswater on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in the family plot at Culross-Teeswater Cemetery. A Celebration of Life to be held in Toronto in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund (cheques payable to Municipality of South Bruce) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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GAUDET, Marie-Paule of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on September 21, 2015

GAUDET, Marie-PauleThe family announces with great sorrow her passing in Sudbury, Monday, August 17, 2015 at the age of 65 years. Daughter of the late Roméo and the late Julie (née Gélinas) Gaudet. Loving sister of Nicole Blais (Raymond) of Thunder Bay, Jocelyne Stott (Don), Evelyn Gaudet, Guy Gaudet (Diane) and Louise Leeworthy (Tony) all of Sudbury, Remy Gaudet (Darlene) of Timmins and Christine Bazzoni (Angelo) of White River. Sadly missed by 13 nieces & nephews, 24 great nieces and nephews and 1 great-great nephew. Lovingly remembered by her very dear friend and care giver Simone Giroux. She lived most of her life in Timmins with the CTRC program and attended the day program at VMC (Vic Maloney) until her recent move to Sudbury 2 years ago. She was a very easy going individual, who was always happy. Some of her many pastimes were bowling, dancing and singing. Marie had a great love for Elvis Presley and all the staff at St-Joseph’s Villa. Marie always knew who was boss…She was! There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations to Canadian Diabetes Association (Sudbury) or to Community Living Greater Sudbury can be made by cheque or online at Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Sudbury.

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ILLMAN: Kenneth Edwin of Forest, Ontario (formerly of Kenora, Ontario)

Posted by on September 17, 2015

IMGKenneth Edwin Illman – Aka CRUNCH!

Ken was born April 12th, 1947 in Listowel, Ontario to parents Everett and Edith Illman, now deceased. He grew up in Monkton, Ontario with his brother Brian Illman (London – predeceased 2013), sister Pat (Bob) Bower (Burlington), Bruce Illman (Lloydminster, Alberta), and Derek (Rhonda Lee) Illman (London). Also survived by brother in law Roger Brown (Pat) and many nieces and nephews. Ken went onto the University of Western Ontario and studied Science. He and his wife Ruth (nee Brown) married and both started their teaching careers in Forest, Ontario at North Lambton Secondary School. He and Ruth had two children, Tammy (Stan) Kwarciak (Grand Bend, Ontario), Adam (Jana-Rae) Illman (Kenora, Ontario). He was a proud grandparent of Mark (Dyman) and Danielle Kwarciak, Alex and Amelia Illman, all of whom are very sad at this time. Ken taught Physical Education at NLSS for 32 years. At school he was known as Crunch and he coached many students over the years in all sports programs. Coaching was his passion and he spent evenings and weekends each school year doing what he loved. Upon retirement in 2000, he continued to teach and coach for seven years until lung cancer precipitated a change. In 2009 Ken moved to Kenora, Ontario to spend time with his son Adam’s family in picturesque northwestern Ontario. Ken always loved his hunting and fishing and trips to the French River, Ontario with his family and then later treasured the beauty of the northwest. He was an avid hunter who also taught hunter safety for 30 years. Many of these students would accompany him on various expeditions. While in Kenora, Ken lived in a new home built for Ruth and him, situated high on a rock face over the Winnipeg River and nestled amongst the pine trees. Here he would boat and fish often with his younger grandchildren. In Ken’s last few years his health declined significantly and he had many hospital stays. Ken was flown back to Forest Ontario after a month stay at the Kenora Lake of the Woods District Hospital via Air Ambulance on August 31th, 2015. He resided at the North Lambton Lodge in Forest for just over one week. In his short stay, he got to see and to say hello to many familiar faces until he again was taken to Strathroy Hospital. He was then transferred to London University Hospital and after a hard fight, on September 16, 2015, aged 68, lost his battle, with his family by his side. In these final days he was cared for by two of the finest nurses, his daughter Tammy and granddaughter Danielle. Ken loved his students and NLSS. We are sure he is in the gymnasium now doing what he loved. The Ministry of Natural Resources will now have to determine how to control the goose and deer populations! The family would like to thank the excellent medical staff of Kenora Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Strathroy Hospital, and University Hospital – London, who provided care to Ken. In addition we thank the many Kenora services : Kenora Community Support, the staff of Pinecrest Club Day Away, homecare support personnel and the Northwest CCAC. We especially thank Doctor Sven “Buzz” Pedersen who was Ken’s Doctor for six years in Kenora. Donations in Ken’s memory can be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation, the North Lambton Secondary School (directly to the school with reference to memorial donation), or a local charity of choice. It was Ken’s wish for his grandson Mark and his wife Dyman to finish Medical School and as such a Celebration of Life will be held at the Forest Legion on Monday October 12th 2015 , 1:00-4:00 with “Sharing of Stories” at 3:00 pm. Online condolences and donations may be left at   Funeral arrangements entrusted to DENNINGS OF FOREST

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MCKEEMAN: Catharine of Formosa, formerly of Paisley

Posted by on August 26, 2015

Catharine McKeemanCatharine Alice McKeeman (Grant) of Formosa, formerly of Paisley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in her 77th year.

Loving wife and companion of James Rich. Cherished mother of Donald Grant, Alan (Kim) Grant, and Sharon Grant (Mike Lakatos). Beloved grandmother of Eric, Sarah, and Colin. Catharine leaves to mourn, Jim’s family Joseph, Peter, Mary Lou, David, Rob, Paula, Michael, Sharon, Roseanne, and their families. Loving sister to Wayne (Sheila) Campbell, Mac (Pat) Campbell, Lynne Laverty (Fred Giles), and Ian Campbell.

Catharine was predeceased by her husbands Lloyd Grant and Ron McKeeman and her parents Dr. Donald Duncan and Edith Isobel (Hopper) Campbell.

Visitation will be at Knox United Church (399 Goldie Street, Paisley) on Saturday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. where a Celebration of Catharine’s Life will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. Rev. Keith Reynolds presiding. Interment in Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin.

Memorial donations to Owen Sound Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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RADER, Earl Edmund of Exeter, formerly of RR 2, Dashwood and London, age 86

Posted by on August 10, 2015

RADER:  Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, surrounded by the love of his family, Friday, August 7, 2015, Earl Edmund Rader of Exeter, formerly of RR 2, Dashwood and London, age 86.  Beloved husband of June Patricia (Williams) Rader.  Loved father of Katherine Turner of Thunder Bay, David Rader and his wife Julie Hill of Waterloo and Susan Rader of Exeter.  Loving grandpa of Rachel Turner and friend Kyle Jacomb, Russell Rader and Rosalee Rader.  Dear brother of Ray Rader of  RR 3, Zurich, Floyd and Margaret Rader, Lloyd and Audrey Rader all of Dorchester.  Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his son-in-law Robert Turner, sister Doris and her husband Colin MacGregor, sisters-in-law Isobell and Dorothy Rader.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation on Monday evening from 6-9 pm and where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015  at 11 am. Pam Hill M.Div officiating.  Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dashwood. If desired memorial donations to  Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind or charity of choice would be appreciated.  Condolences at

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