Harris, George (Duke) Francis of Sarnia

George “Duke” Harris
February 25, 1942 – August 2, 2017

It is with a broken heart we announce, after a courageous battle recovering from heart surgery,
Duke lost his fight. Duke is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Harris, daughter Kimberly Drury and son-in-law Brad Drury. He was the best ‘Pazzy’ to his pride and joy to his grandchildren Lauren Drury (Brad Hodgson) and Aaron Drury and his special great- grandson Hunter Hodgson. Duke was predeceased by parents George and Elsie Harris, in-laws Lee and Fred Martin, brothers Bill and Bob Maughan and son Bob Harris (March 2005). Having been born in his parent’s home on Alfred Street, Duke was proud of his Point Edward lineage. Duke played Junior Hockey first in Sarnia for the Sarnia Legionnaires where they won the Junior B Championship, then in St. Catherine’s with the Tee Pees winning a Memorial Cup Championship and went on to have a career in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and World Hockey Association, highlighted by two championships; the first in Vancouver with the Canucks, and the second in Rochester with the Americans. Following Duke’s retirement from hockey he was fortunate to join Sarnia Cranes, where he spent 25 years as a crane operator. Duke retired in 2005 to become a full time cab-driver for his grandchildren. ‘Pazzy’ never failed to answer the call for a ride, an errand, or whatever Lauren and Aaron needed. Duke loved his vacations in Florida with the “Point Gang” and not too many days went by without a drive to the St. Clair River to make sure the water was flowing in the right direction! Hey Buds, we will miss your quick wit and old storytelling. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre “Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit”, Canadian Mental Health Association or Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

“A special thank-you to the entire staff of Cardiac Care ICU at the University Hospital in London,
especially Dr. Mary Lee Myers. The entire team offered excellent care to Duker and the rest of
our family.”

 

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FISHER: Ursula "Kim" of Vancouver Formerly of Delmenhorst Germany

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Ursula ‘Kim’ Fisher (nee Heitman), of Vancouver, passed away, with her daughters by her side, aged 82, on July 26th 2017 after a fight with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Delmenhorst, near Bremen, Germany, on 6 May 1935, Ursula was the youngest of four sisters born to Alfred and Rinelde (nee Haschenburger) Heitman.
She was predeceased by Robin L Fisher (d Oct 11,1992) with whom she had two daughters, Lisa and Inge. Lisa’s daughter Natalie and Inge’s husband Kevin and sons Max and Ben, with whom she lived for many years, knew her as ‘Oma’. The extended family knew her as ‘Ursel’, she is survived by her sister Helga Ahrens in Bremen, and niece Hannelore Strobach (husband Reiner, children Sabine and Beate) in Delmenhorst, nephew Stuart Homer (son Luke and wife Anne) of Walsall, England, and niece Alison Reed (husband Mike, children Jonathan and Elizabeth) also of Walsall. To her colleagues and many, many friends she was known simply as ‘Kim’.

A courageous and intrepid adventurer, she left Germany in 1957 to go to America and then onto Canada, finally settling in Vancouver in 1962. She worked for Chevron for 27 years and volunteered her services to several causes that were dear to her heart, namely Expo 86, the United Way, the 2010 Olympics, and the Vancouver Aquarium, which she supported for 30 years, contributing more than 10,386 hours and becoming a patron in 2007. It was with enormous pride when in 2010 at the age of 75 she carried the Olympic flame through Duncan as part of the Vancouver Aquarium relay team.
In addition to her passion for the aquarium and our oceans Kim was involved with Whistler Mountain both as an employee in 1965 and later as a volunteer mountain guide. She had a passion for skiing, and many people will remember the fearlessness and joy with which she approached the slopes of Whistler.

Fiercely loyal, she was a vibrant, vivacious, free spirit, who brought excitement, fun and friendship to everyone who met her; a woman with the stubbornness, determination and bravery to live life fully and well, and who inspired others to do the same.
She loved life and nature and made the most of both. She followed her dreams and encouraged everyone to do the same. We were so lucky to call her our mom and know her free spirit will live on in the many friends and family she inspired along the way.
A Celebration of Life to be held at the Vancouver Aquarium September 21st, 2017. 2-5pm
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vancouver Aquarium – her home away from home! The Vancouver Aquarium has set up a dedicated page to donate in Kim’s memory.
http://support.ocean.org/KimFisher

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ZINGER: Darrin Keith of Delta Formerly of Calgary, Vancouver, United Kingdom

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.

Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.

Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.

Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.

It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.

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ZINER: Darrin Keith of Delta Formerly of Calgary, Vancouver, United Kingdom

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.

Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.

Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.

Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.

It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.

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CASTILLO: Inanama of Coquitlam

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Our beloved mother, Inanama Castillo, was laid into rest on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.

Beloved wife of late Eufracio Castillo, Sr. and loving mother of eight children, Ronulfo, Rizaldy, Normandy, Wildredo, Annabelle, Eufracio Jr., Randy, and Pamela.

Cherished grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren

Funeral details will be announced as soon as possible.

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TZETZOS: Constantinos of Bucerias Formerly of Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish, Castlegar, Thompson, Athens, Agrinion

Posted by on July 27, 2017

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Constantinos “Kosta” Tzetzos passed away in the early morning on June 7, 2017 in his home at Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico and will be joining his predeceased wife and mother of his children, Eleftheria. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Leslie, his son Vasilios[Bill] (Eirian) and daughter Maria Sideris (George). Grandchildren Steffan (Stacey), Mathew (Kristina), Spiro and Rhea, and his great grandson Alexander.  He will also be missed by all his extended family and the many friends he has made along the way. Kosta had a full and exciting life. He was born on April 18, 1933 in Agrinion, Greece. He married Eleftheria in 1956 and immigrated to Canada in 1963 and soon after became a serial entrepreneur. He owned TV and electronics businesses?, restaurants and an appliance shop in Whistler. Kosta or Papou, as he was known to his family, is best known for his vigor and enthusiasm. Kosta loved to live life to its fullest and loved to party, especially when he was the host. He married Leslie Leatham in 1988 and in 2011 moved to Mexico for health reasons. In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes spread in his adopted home of Bucerias. There are no formal services or celebrations planned at this time. Please do not send flowers. Kosta would want you to celebrate his life by having a glass of wine in his memory while listening to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and dancing to “Zorba”.
He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

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LEEPER, Lorrie of Sarnia

LEEPER, LORRAINE – M. L. Lorraine “Lorrie” Leeper, nee Countryman passed away peacefully on July 18, 2017 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. She was the beloved wife for over 70 years of Leonard Bruce and loving and proud mother of Karen (Tom Erskine), Michael (Peggy) and Judy (Bill Chumko), cherished grandmother of Darren Schram, Lindsay Schram (Brett Frew), Chris Chumko (Jacqueline) Marnie Chumko (Peter King) and Bryan Chumko (Sandra) and loving great grandmother to 9 little ones. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her daughter Monica, her parents and all siblings except her youngest sister Gail Hofmans of Chatham. Lorrie was a lifelong member of Dunlop United Church. As per Lorrie’s wishes there will be no funeral. A private family interment has been held. Memorial donations may be made to The Brain Tumour Foundation or Bluewater Health Foundation-Palliative Care. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Online condolences and donations may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

The Family would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr.  D. Kim, Dr. Sharma and the staff of the E.R, Medicine and Palliative care unit at Blue Water Health for their compassionate and professional care given during the last three months.”

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MILANDO [nee MOHAN]: SHEILA of VANCOUVER

Posted by on July 22, 2017

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Age 60 , Born 1956 Dec 04 – 2017 May 23.
Sheila passed away May 23 2017
at her home in Vancouver.
No Formal Service.

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SCHALY, Hendrika Francina “Henny” of New Lowell

Posted by on June 24, 2017

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister.  She is gone to her heavenly home to be with her saviour Jesus Christ.  Henny died on Friday June 23, 2017 at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie at the age of 77.  Henny of New Lowell, beloved wife for over 57 years of Bert Schaly.  Loving mother of Wally (Deanna), Frank (Sigrid), Albert (Bonita) and Cynthia Retford.  Cherished grandmother of Nathan (Jen), Nicholas (Alanna), Sarah, Lisa, Sabrina, Alissa, Michaela, Kyle, Cody and Nick. Dear sister of Hank Nyhof (Gertie), Carrie Ploeg,  Willem Nyhof (Janice), the late Rose Verschuur, the late Willy Nyhof and the late George Nyhof.  Dear sister-in-law of Hank Schaly (Henny), Lynn (Tom Grasmeyer), Arie Schaly (Joyce), Tys Schaly (Eleanor), John Schaly (Helen) and Alida (John Eisses).  Henny will also be missed by Clarence McGillivary, her many nieces and nephews and her many neighbours and dear friends.   Henny was a peaceful woman who enjoyed her gardens, her church community and held a deep love for her family.  She held a lifetime commitment to helping those in need and volunteering in her community.  She will be deeply missed.  Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner on Sunday June 25, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at Jubilee Presbyterian Church, 7320 Highway 26, Stayner on Monday June 26, 2017 at 11 o’clock.  Interment Stayner Union Cemetery.  Reception to follow.  If desired, donations to St. James  Anglican Church, Lisle or SIM ECWA Widow’s Training School Mission would be appreciated by Henny’s family.  To sign her Book of Memories, please visit  www.carruthersdavidson.com

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CONNOLLY, Brian James of Wasaga Beach

Posted by on June 20, 2017

Died peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Meaford General Hospital at the age of 64. Brian of Wasaga Beach, loving son of the late Jim and the late Mary Connolly. Dear brother of Martin and Ruth of Wasaga Beach and Neil and Lynn of British Columbia. Cherished Uncle of Sean, Erin, Christine, Samantha and Zachary. Brian was a fun-loving guy who made friends easily. He loved to travel and spend time with his friends. Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, 509 River Road West, Wasaga Beach on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 10 am for the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 11 o’clock. Reception to follow at one of his favourite places, Stud Lonigans Pub, 168 Main Street, Wasaga Beach. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. To sign the Book of Memories, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com

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CAMPBELL, Cynthia Louise formerly of Hensall and Exeter, age 60

Posted by on June 14, 2017

CAMPBELL:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Cynthia Louise Campbell, formerly of Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall and  Exeter, age 60.  Much loved daughter of the late George Christopher (2003) and the late Emily Bettina (Baragar) Campbell (1997). Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mary Morrice of London, Nancy Campbell and her husband Peter Lavell of Halifax, N.S., Susan and Dr. Donald Cameron of Vancouver, B.C., Brian Morrice and Paul Cocker both of London.  Remembered by her Aunt Marion Wood of St. Catharines, her nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her sister Penny Cocker (2008).  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, on Friday June 16, from 12 to 2 p.m., where the Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with visiting commencing at 9:00 a.m., Rev. Dr. D. Brent Powell Officiating.  Interment Exeter Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Community Living South Huron or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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ESSLEMONT, Zachary Blair of Chilliwack, British Columbia

Posted by on June 12, 2017

With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Zach on June, 3, 2017, at his home in Chilliwack BC. Beloved son to Charles (Barbara) Esslemont and Amanda Esslemont (Wayne).  Loving father to his two sweet girls, Lorie and Lylah.  Loving brother to Joel Esslemont, Corey Esslemont, Steven Hunter, Gregory Hunter, and Michael Hunter.  Cherished grandson to James and Bernice Esslemont.  Lovingly remembered by his Aunt Kathy and cousins, Shane and Kyle.  Zach will be sadly missed by his many friends and extended family.

We will remember Zach for his laughter, kind heart, and his loving soul at a visitation held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, June 29, 2017 from 10-12 am.  A private family service will follow in Scarborough.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

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BRAMHAM, Ronald of Sarnia

BRAMHAM, RONALD – At Bluewater Health on Thursday, May 11, 2017, Ronald Bramham, age 82 of Point Edward passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Margaret Ann (McCord) Bramham (2011) and the loving father of Gregory (Debbie), Richard (Brenda) and Julie Hillis (Patrick), dear grandfather of Shannon (Brian), Ron (Vjollca), Michael (Heather), Christopher (Christine), Joe, Jason, Trisha (Travis), Alan (Karlie), Michelle (Joel) and Shelley (Chris) , great-grandfather of Kaylan, Treston, Aiden, Adriana, Kesler, Haleigh, and more on the way. He was the brother of Colleen McKinlay (Russ), Bruce (Janet), Carol Prince (late Art Green) and Pearl Belton (Leonard). Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Joy and Henry Bramham. Ron was a long time Point Edward resident, a member of Point Edward Presbyterian Church and was a retired master builder. He continued his carpentry work helping friends long into his retirement. He couldn’t say no to anybody. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Thursday, May 18th beginning at 1:00 pm and followed by a celebration of his life at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Bluewater Health Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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NOEL: Matthew Gordon Alexander of Vancouver

Posted by on May 11, 2017

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Matthew Gordon Alexander Noel October 2, 1982 – April 18, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Matthew Noel, son of Kingsley Noel (Betty) and Wendy Noel (nee Kenmuir), brother of Melissa (Jim) and Angela, grandson of Jocelyn Noel and the late Margot Kenmuir, nephew of Dyke (Wendy), Julian (Cathy), Chris, Duncan, Tim (Sandra), John (Alice) and his 9 cousins. Matt also had countless friends he kept in touch with. He was born, raised and lived his whole life in Vancouver. He went to Quilchena Elementary School, St. John’s High School, and completed his bachelor of economics at SFU in 2006. Matt become an investment advisor, working at firms including Scotia McLeod, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Macquarie Wealth and Wolverton Financial, and was successful in his career from an early age. He had recently left Wolverton to become an independent advisor, and was just getting started.

Matt was active and energetic, hiking the Grouse grind, running, and working out at the Arbutus Club (his second home). He loved going to Savary Island, Valdes Island and Whistler, where his family had cabins. Matt had a real sense of humor, energy, conviction and overall zest for life that we will forever admire and cherish. He was a beloved son and brother and a true friend to so many. We are thankful for having him in our lives, and will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Matt’s life will be held at the Arbutus Club on Saturday, May 6th from 2 – 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital or Covenant House.

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KIPNIS: Pam of Kamloops, BC Formerly of St. John's, NL

Posted by on May 11, 2017

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Pam Kipnis was born in Salford, Manchester, England on October 11th, 1924. She left this world on March 10th, 2017, at Kamloops, BC at the age of 92. During WWII, she worked as a secretary and never lost her sharp eye for grammar and blazing speed on a typewriter. Pam Linder met Norman Kipnis during WWII in London, England. They married in London and, like many war brides, she followed him to Montreal after the war, crossing the Atlantic by herself. Pam worked and supported Norman while he completed high school and earned an engineering degree from McGill University.
They had their first child, Evan (Michele) while living in Atikokan, Northern Ontario but, Pam was ever adventurous so they studied Spanish together and Norman took a job in Mexico. They crossed into Mexico in 1956 when Pam was 8 months pregnant with Wendy (Nick); two years later Kit (Dana) was her best Mother’s Day gift ever. During their time in Mexico, Pam mastered Mexican cuisine, grew all kinds of things in her gardens, learned to give injections in case of snake bite, how to milk a cow, pasteurize the milk and make homemade ice cream. She even taught French at a local college for a time.
In 1965, they returned to Canada, eventually settling in St. John’s, NL. In St. John’s, Pam worked outside the home at several occupations and made many good friends. She was a secretary in the Folklore Department at MUN, an office manager at Planned Parenthood, a typesetter for Breakwater Books, and lastly she founded and helped operate 3F (Fun and Fitness after Fifty) out of the St. John’s Aquarena for many happy years. Pam and Norman were also in on the creation of the Open Group theater company, with Pam bringing her make-up talents to a number of productions. All the while, Pam invested countless volunteer hours supporting her children in their studies, swimming (competitive and synchro), and water polo.
Pam was a lifelong athlete: track and field hockey in her youth; tennis, golf, curling, kayaking, windsurfing and swimming were amongst her athletic pursuits later in life. She also loved square dancing and became a teacher and accomplished caller.
An avid learner, Pam was always ready to embrace new technology. She kept in touch with her extensive circle of friends and family via e-mail. Pam found every opportunity to practice and keep up her Spanish.
In retirement, Pam and Norman followed their grandchildren (Aiden, Chloe & Timo) to live in Kamloops, BC. Shortly afterwards, more grandchildren arrived – Jonah & Bryn in Kelowna and Zev & Gabe in St. John’s, NL . She was an avid attendee at her grandchildren’s birthday parties and events. She loved long walks with the family dogs. Pam always, always put family first and loved to laugh with her extended family.
The grandchildren knew they could always count on Pam for sugary cereal, wagon wheels, hot chocolate, cheese slices, cheez whiz – and a sympathetic ear. She was a mum to her grandchildren when their mum was not home.
Pam carefully cultivated a bower of flowers on the upper balcony of their Kamloops townhouse and a jungle of tomato vines on the lower balcony, keeping the Kamloops family supplied with fresh tomatoes.
Pam was small, grey (later white) haired and – we joked – tough. She could always be counted upon; nobody loved so unconditionally. We will all miss our Pam, but we are grateful to have had her indomitable presence with us for so long.
Predeceased by her husband Norman, parents Sam and Charlotte Linder, step-father Herman Horowitz, brothers Lewis and Jack, and little sister Joan Wexler; Pam will be well remembered by her sister-in-law and dear friend Lola Ladin, nephew Sam Linder (Cindy), children and grandchildren and the extended Kipnis clan. Kit, Wendy, and Evan thank all the staff at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops for their excellent care of Pam during her last chapter and extend a heartfelt thank you to family and friends who all enriched Pam’s life.

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KLEIN: Michael Thomas of Vancouver Formerly of Calgary

Posted by on May 11, 2017

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September 9, 2969 – April 24, 2017
Beloved husband and father, Michael passed away while on vacation of medical complications from an accident at the age of 49. He loved golf and skiing, but his greatest pleasure was his family. He is survived by his wife, Miki, and his one child. He was generous, supportive and always cherished the time he spent with friends and family. Professionally, he was an accomplished construction engineer/project manager, and will be irreplaceably missed by all at Dillinger Construction. A memorial gathering will be held April 30, 2017 at 1 pm at 1696 Duranleau St Granville Island in Vancouver with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in his honour – Michael would have liked that very much.

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LABINE: Theodore (Bryan) of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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ROBERTS: William (Bill) of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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William Francis Roberts July 21 1925- April 1 2017 Born in Vancouver Bill was predeceased by his mother and father Harry and Marie and his brother and sister-in-law Harry and Jean Roberts. A mass will be held on April 18, 2017@ 11am at The Gardens of Gethsemani Chapel. An internment of the ashes will follow. In lieu of flowers an item for the homeless is greatly appreciated

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VONDRASEK: Geraldine of Castlegar Formerly of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Posted by on April 11, 2017

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Collins, Geraldine (nee Vondrasek)
April, 1942 – March, 2017

Geraldine (Gerry) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20th at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, BC with family at her side. Gerry was born in Cuckfield, England and came to Canada to reside in Ontario in 1945 until she was 18 years of age where she moved to Winnipeg for a short time and then on to BC.
Gerry is predeceased by her brother Joey and is survived by her brothers Chris, Garry, Jerry, George, Kevin and her sister Nancy, her children Susan (Ed Laurensen), Richard, Kelly (Calyn Buresh) and Lisa (Peter Kuhlmann) and five grandchildren Andrew, Mark, Michael, Jessica and Emma and great grandson Dylan.
Gerry will be deeply missed by her family, friends and many who knew her through her employment at the Bank of Montreal in both Nelson and Castlegar.
There will be no service at the request of Ms. Collins.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff on the 3rd Floor at KBRH for their kindness and care throughout our mother’s stay. Rest In Peace Mom.

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MACLAURIN: Charlotte of Morin Heights

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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Charlotte Stevens MacLaurin, born March 20th, 1942 from Morin Heights, Quebec passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 4th, 2017, after so many years of living gracefully and stoically with Dementia.

She is survived by her loving, adoring husband of 49 years, Peter MacLaurin; her daughters, Jennifer Smith (MacLaurin) and her husband Derek J. Smith, Martha MacLaurin-Wood (MacLaurin) and her husband Anthony Wood, son Tim Chen, and Brother in Law, Robin MacLaurin. She was a devoted grandmother to Dylan, Charlotte and Isabelle Smith, and Gabrielle and Cooper Wood. The MacDougall, Ritchie, Smith, Fisher, Wood and Stevens families are grateful for Charlotte’s devotion to family and her extraordinary ability to unify such a large extended family.

Charlotte was an active and vibrant woman who maintained many lifelong friendships until the very end. She will be remembered as a wife, skier, Morin Heights Loppet finisher, water slide adventurer, Joyful Noise singer, avid reader, research librarian at Concordia University, mother, niece, cousin, active grandmother, and loyal friend.

When her health began to fail, many people came to support her and her family. Her illness brought out the very best in our community, through support, laughter, and tears.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made through the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Foundation to the Charlotte MacLaurin Memorial Bursary. Contributions are also being gratefully accepted in Charlotte’s name at Le Residence Lachute, 377, rue Principale, Lachute, QC J8H 1Y1, where she she received loving and skillful care for over 6 years. Her family is deeply grateful for the dignity and compassion she was given.

A private family funeral is planned for Saturday, April 15th, at 11AM at Trinity Church, Main Street, Morin Heights.

After so many goodbyes, the family would like to celebrate Charlotte’s life with laughter and stories, at a date to follow when the snow and mud have dried up and the flowers are blooming. Charlotte was a bright and sparkly woman who would want everyone to laugh, be together and celebrate her rich life.

If you remember her, she will be with you always.

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DOBSON: Sigelinde of Vancouver, BC Formerly of Berlin, Germany

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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Sieglinde Gerda Dobson (Birkhan), 73 passed away peacefully at home March 6, 2017.

Born is Berlin Germany March 29, 1943 she is survived by her Daughter Pati (Ian), Grandchildren Ernest (Megan) and Nevaeh, Great Granddaughter, Ava and Sister, Ilke (Karl Heinz) and her many friends.

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COLLINS (nee Vondrasek): Geraldine of Castlegar, BC Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on April 6, 2017

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April, 1942 – March, 2017

Geraldine (Gerry) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20th KBRH with family at her side. She is predeceased by her brother Joey and is survived by her brothers Chris, Garry, Jerry, George, Kevin and her sister Nancy, her children Susan, Richard, Kelly and Lisa and three grandchildren Michael, Jessica and Emma. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and many who knew her through her employment at the Bank of Montreal in both Nelson and Castlegar.
There will be no service at the request of Ms. Collins.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff on the 3rd Floor at KBRH for their kindness and care throughout our mother’s stay.

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

Posted by on March 26, 2017

 

James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RADMAN: Marija (Mary) of South Surrey, BC Formerly of Maslinica, Solta, Croatia

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Marija (Mary) Radman passed away peacefully on February 22nd, 2017.

She was treasured and loved by many people, but most of all by her family. Known affectionately as ‘Baba’ by all of her grandchildren Gina (Vancouver), Milan (Edmonton, AB), Anthony (N. Delta) & Amanda (Vancouver). Survived by her daughters Ines (Croatia) and Zdenka (S. Surrey), and her brothers Pero (Nelson), Sime (Croatia) and sister Ivanka (Germany). We will never forget her infectious belly shaking laughter, delicious home cooking and her penchant for collecting roosters.

There will be a private family memorial.

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