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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MCLAUCHLIN: John of Surrey BC

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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John MCLAUCHLIN
June 11, 1971 – January 18, 2017
Jim was born in Vancouver BC, on June 11, 1971, and passed away January 17 2017, in his . He was predeceased by his parents, Betty McLauchlin (nee Mills) in 1998 and Don Mclauchlin in 2011. He is survived by brother Pat of Leduc, Alberta; Sister Mary of Vancouver, BC;as well as his brother Rob of Edmonton, Alberta, and nieces and nephews Marisa, Mark, George,Jennifer and Angus. John spent most of his life working with the Vancouver Sun as an editor, Although he kept a house in Surrey BC, as often as not he was travelling Western Canada on his bike and Visiting Family in and around Alberta. Although He was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, he stayed the strong and independent man his family had always known and mentioned many times he was very fortunate to have lived the life he lived. He was very proud of his family, and always delighted in visits whenever they occurred. His memory will live on through the many friends and family he leaves behind. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Pacific Community Church in Surrey BC on May 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

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INGRATTA: Brenda A., of Vancouver, B.C., formerly of Aldborough Twp.

Posted by on March 16, 2017

February 15, 1957 – February 20, 2017

Brenda was born the twin daughter of now deceased parents Jim and Irene Ingratta, homestead farmers from Middle Street (Thomson Line) near Rodney, Ontario.  She joined her siblings John, Amy, Marie and twin sister Barbara, living on the farm until graduating with a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature.

Brenda went west in pursuit of joining the working world, where she formed a network of lasting friendships. But Vancouver, British Columbia became her home after meeting an exceptional person, Diana Bouvier, who was the love of her life.  Brenda was an affectionate friend to Diana’s children, Jesse (Andrea) and Jen (Curtis) and an adoring grandmother to Owen, Sam and Luke, who never tired of singing songs with her.

Brenda faced life’s major challenges head on: cancer and multiple sclerosis.  She channelled her positive energy into remaining well as long as possible, until February 20th when, with her one true love Diana beside her, she passed gently and peacefully at St. James Cottage Hospice.

Brenda is survived by her Vancouver family and friends, who are holding a Gathering of Love on March 25th on the hospice grounds.

A Celebration of Life will commence at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at DENNING’S OF RODNEY, 212 Furnival Road, Rodney (519-785-0810).  Visitation will precede the Service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rodney.  A private Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Lorne.

Brenda will be lovingly remembered by her brother John (Donna), and sisters Amy, Marie Degraw (Don) and Barbara.  She will be fondly recalled by her nieces and nephews: Jim O’Connor (Louise), Gerry O’Connor, Angela Wootton (Bruce), Mary Catherine Stevenson (Russ), and Susie Puyda, as well as their collective children.  Brenda was predeceased by a dear niece, Joanne, in 1983.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation by cheque to the Cancer Research Society or to the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated and can be left at the Denning Funeral Home.

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ADAMS: Vivian Elizabeth of Merritt Formerly of Ladner, Richmond, Worcester, United Kingdom

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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Vivian Elizabeth Adams of Merritt, British Columbia died peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital following a brief struggle with Lymphoma. She passed on surrounded by her husband and in the presence of her children at 3:46pm on February 6th 2017.

Vivian was born in October 14, 1952 in Burnaby, British Columbia. She had an adventurous spirit and lived her life between Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Vivian brought life to the world, first as a midwife, and then through the birth of her children. Her faith in God brought her peace, happiness and strength throughout her life.

She is survived by her loving children Aaron, Joseph, Luke, her daughter in-law Debra, Iain, Ruth, Joshua, Peter, and Samuel, as well as her husband James, her sisters Jaqueline, Katherine and her brother Daniel and her many nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the BC Cancer Research Centre. There will be a celebration of Vivian’s life held at Ladner Christian Fellowship Church on 5545 Ladner Trunk Road in Delta BC on February 11th 2017. Viewing will be held at 1pm, with a service following at 2pm.

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KING: Suzanne (Sue) of Denholm Formerly of Quebec, British Columbia, Smith Falls, Ottawa

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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With great sadness we share the passing of Suzanne (Sue) Elizabeth King, (Denholm, PQ, BC, Smith Falls, Ottawa), aged 46, on January 24, 2017.

May her loving son (Jesy), mother (Joanne), sisters, (Kt, Sandy), extended family (related and by kinship), constant companions, close community, and many friends, take some comfort in knowing Sue appreciated and loved us dearly.

We celebrate Sue by remembering her essence as radiant, generous, reflective, comical, curious, grateful, openhearted, and loving.

Donations to Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), much appreciated.

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SKERRETT: Elizabeth Mae of Toronto

Posted by on February 16, 2017

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On January 31st, 2017 Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, in her 68th year following a brief illness with cancer. Born in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, on September 14, 1949 to Cecil and Anita Skerrett. Elizabeth was warm, compassionate, generous and a valued member of the Cabbagetown Community, most notably through her thousands of hours of charity work at both Saint Luke’s United Church and Dixon Hall Meals-on-Wheels program. Having lived most of her life in Toronto, Elizabeth embraced the music, visual arts and numerous performances and festivals the city always had to offer. Among her family, she is remembered as being courageous through life’s challenges, resolutely independent, and gracious. Elizabeth is known by her friends as always supportive with a kind soul, and members of her church remember her as always being such a presence of quiet grace. Loving mother to Shaniah Leduc and son-in-law Scott, and step-grandmother to Katherine who loved her short bread cookies and remembers her as always being generous with gifts. Elizabeth cared deeply for the well-being of her brother Glyn and sister-in-law Marleen, niece Kristy and nephew Gregory (Suzanne) Skerrett, and brothers William (Rhea) and Albert. She was a beloved friend to many from her church and community whose friendships Elizabeth so dearly cherished and to whom her family is thankful for enriching her life. We are grateful to Elizabeth’s dedicated family physician Dr. Susan Shepherd and nurse Barbara for their years of support, and more recently the care teams from The Temmy Latner Center, CCAC (Mary and Claudia), and all staff at Bridgepoint 4 North. A memorial service will be held in the spring at her church, Saint Luke’s United Church. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Luke’s United Church, 353 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON M5A 2S3.

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PURCHASE: Jason Warrick of Abbotsford

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son and brother, Jason Warrick Purchase who was taken from us on January 21, 2017. He is survived by his mother and step-father Joan and Robert Laidlow, his father and step-mother Desmond and Sue Purchase and his sisters Nicole, Janine, Amy and Thea. Jason your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. May you rest in peace our dear boy. We all love you so much.

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WHITEHEAD: Jordan Ian of Burnaby

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our son and brother, Jordan Ian Whitehead, after a courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jordan’s bright and beautiful spirit was freed from his ailing body at the age of 23 early in the morning on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Vancouver General Hospital while surrounded by family.

Jordan was the youngest of three children, born on September 7, 1993 in Nanaimo, BC. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Whitehead; and his beloved dog, Sparky. Jordan is survived by his parents, Ian and Diane (Hendrickson) Whitehead; sister, Melanie (Hendrickson) Guenther; brother, Ryan Whitehead; maternal grandparents, Keith and Anne Hendrickson; his cat, Oz; and a shitload of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Jordan’s favorite sayings were “Blargh” and Rooster Teeth quotes, such as “I will eat your unhappiness”. Favorite songs, Spread Your Wings by Queen and Its My Life by Bon Jovi. Favorite shows, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. He loved chicken strips, anything peachy, the Discovery Channel, and the anime and manga franchise Naruto. He would often make up his own words and songs that usually only made sense to him. He enjoyed activities such as family poker games, listening to Rooster Teeth podcasts, playing online games with his brother, attending Camp Squamish, Pax11, Vancouver Canucks games and staying at Canuck Place. Jordan despised peas, heights and being poked. He also thought babies were weird.

Jordan was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, brother, grandson, and friend. Even in his final moments, he was a model of strong will and sheer determination. We will miss his keen sense of humor, silly songs, his ability to tell it like it is and his beautiful blue eyes.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 7 (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in the North Shore Ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites, located at 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities in Jordan’s name.

• Muscular Dystrophy Canada
• Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
• Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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FOWLER, Roy Donald, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 17, 2017

FOWLER, Roy Donald, 63, of St. Thomas, ON, passed away at home on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Roy was born on February 21, 1953 in Simcoe, ON.  He was predeceased by his parents Donald (2015) and Bernice (2001), and is lovingly remembered by his sister Anne and her husband Robert Neill.  Roy was a devoted uncle to his nephews, Christopher Neill (Christina) and Todd Neill (Andrea), and loved spending time with his great nephews and nieces who will miss him dearly.  He is also fondly remembered by several cousins and the entire Neill family.  Roy was a graduate of Arthur Voaden Secondary School, and a lifelong resident of St. Thomas.  He enjoyed a career working for Emerson Network Power (formerly Reliance Telecommunications) for more than thirty years.  He leaves behind many friends in the community.  Roy’s idea of a perfect day was lunch at Ted’s Place, sunny weather, and nothing but his motorcycle and the open road to Port Bruce and back.  Roy will always be remembered for his wonderful laugh, and even though he is no longer with us, we are comforted that he is at peace now.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and private interment will be made in the St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave.  A service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario or the Canadian Mental Health Association (Elgin Branch) will be gratefully acknowledged.

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”  Helen Keller

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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HUGHES, Wenda of Sarnia

Posted by on January 10, 2017

HUGHES, WENDAWenda (Wendy) Lee Walker Hughes passed away peacefully after a lengthy cancer battle under the compassionate care of Dr. Maddison and St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, Ontario. Wendy is survived by children Tom; Vancouver, Ryan (Michele Fliss); Sarnia, and Natasha (John Germain); Toronto. Wendy was born August 15, 1940 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to the late Joseph and Mary (MacLean) Walker. Wendy leaves behind siblings John (Carmaine); Halifax, Catherine Roberts (Richard); Pittsfield, Mass., Maureen MacDonald (Ross deceased 2006); Sydney, Marion Beaton (John) Mabou, Everett (Mona); Sydney, Charles (Wendy); Calgary, Gordon (Marsha); Calgary, Joanne Chase (Steve); Halifax and sister in law Angela (Alec) MacDonald; Sarnia, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Wendy is predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Thomas Hughes (2007). In the spring of 2010, Wendy was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Her determination led her to surpass all odds and overcome many setbacks over the course of her battle. Much of that will and strength came from her affection for her grandchildren, Sydney, Cameron, Morgan, Leo, Harper, Thomas, and Preston. Wendy would not have been capable of enduring many parts of her journey if it had not been for her Angel Warriors holding her up every step of the way. She was given the gifts of dignity and respect during her illness by her coach, leader, confidante, and powerhouse, Amy Hughes, as well as the unwavering support from her lifelong friends, Fran, Marg, Elaine, Donna, and Edith. Sarnia’s CCAC and the VON teams cared for Wendy regularly and their visits often made her day. The entire Bluewater Health staff in Oncology, Emergency, ICU, and Palliative all gave Wendy exemplary care, particularly Dr. Dosteler, Dr. Yoshida, and her G.P. Dr. Borek. Arrangements have been entrusted to D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 Victoria St N, Sarnia). Cremation and a private family service has taken place. Should you wish to make donations in her name, kindly consider St. Joseph’s Hospice, or Canadian Alzheimer Society. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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ERSKINE: Donald Graham of Oakville

Posted by on January 2, 2017

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Its with regret we announce the passing of Don Erskine in his 95th year. At the same time we celebrate the transition of his life here into the next with Jesus.
Erskine, Donald Graham January 26 1922 – December 26 2016 Peacefully at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.  Don in his 95th year has moved on to be with Jesus, his Lord. The Son of Arthur and Mary Erskine, Beloved husband of Ruth Jean Erskine (nee Southern) of 65 years.  Loving Father of Doug Erskine of Phuket Thailand, Rick (Lita) Erskine of Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Paul (Janet) Erskine of Binbrook Ontario and Tim (Ritva) Erskine of Ottawa, Ontario.  Loving Grandfather to Darryl, Andrea, Natasha, Joshua, Joel, Sarah, Jonathon and Nicholas. Great Grandfather to Corban, Kayley, Kendall, Paul and Ruth.   Predeceased by his Loving Sister Jean Isabel Feasby and her husband Wilf Feasby. He will be missed by Jean and Wilf’s children Tom (Isabel), Jim (Linda), and Anne Hendrie (Peter) and their many family members. He will also missed by his sister Inlaw Noni and Husband John McColm and family, Gwen (Colin) Reynolds, Margie (Mike) O’Donnell, Pat McColm and their many family members.
Don began his years in Regina moving on to Lambeth, London and marrying to move on to Sudbury, Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Etobicoke and finally Palermo Oakville. Don and Ruth spent many wonderful summers with family at their Cottage on Round Lake and winters in their Florida residence in Riverwoods Plantation.
Don’s great love in life was music, playing violin in four different Symphony Orchestras including Regina, London and Hamilton philharmonic Symphonies and he played trumpet in various dance bands including The Johnny Downs band in the 1940’s and kept playing trumpet in various bands until he was in his 80’s.  He also taught himself to play piano and composed several songs that we still listen to today. In his 70’s and 80’s he entertained with the piano in many venues. It seemed which ever instrument he chose he found a way to master it.
Don completed University at Western in London and joined the RCAF in 1944 during World War II. He was selected as a fighter pilot but later trained as a flight engineer to join the war effort aboard a Lancaster Bomber. The war ended before he could go to action.
Many Thanks to Friends and staff at Palermo Village and Staff at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Special Thanks To Gail Lewis for giving special care to Don in his last days.
Visitation with Family- Thursday Jan. 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
An Informal Celebration of  Life for Don Erskine  – Friday Jan 6th  from 1:00 to 4:00.
To be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3114 Dundas St W, Oakville, ON L6M 4J3.

If desired, memorial contributions to the Salvation Army or to St. Luke’s Anglican Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

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Sturgess, Donald Bayliss of Barrie, Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2016

Sturgess, Donald Bayliss  –  February 21, 1932 – December 25, 2016  –  A child was born to Lily Bayliss and Harry Sturgess February 21, 1932 on Willard Avenue, Toronto. On Christmas day 2016 he left his manger at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, ON with his faithful wife of 13 years Suzanne Fennell Sturgess and the furry Countess de la Tessa by his side. He leaves his daughters, Donna Sturgess Taylor, Mississauga/Bracebridge, Dale Sturgess McCreary, Philadelphia and their supportive husbands, Bob Taylor and Scott McCreary. Proud grandpa to Ashley and Bradley Taylor. Don was Master Warrant Officer, 400 Division Air Force Reserves for 44 years and ended his career at de Havilland. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place when roses bloom in spring. In his honour, mental health support for today’s youth may be forwarded to the RVH Foundation, Future Child & Youth Mental Health Services, online at www.foundation.rvh.on.ca or 705-728-9090 x 41513. Memories may be placed at www.drivercremation.ca

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ISOM, Arlene Mary of Sarnia

Posted by on December 29, 2016

ISOM, ARLENE – Peacefully at Afton Park Place Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Arlene Mary Isom (nee Fairservice), age 92 of Sarnia passed away. She is survived by her son John Philbin and his wife Wanda of Point Edward and Cheryl Fraser of London. She is also survived by special friends Susan Brown of Sarnia, John Isom of Sacremento, CA, and Kay Hurak (Ron) of Sarnia. She was predeceased by husbands Jack Isom (2014), Grant Guthrie (1985) and Bert Philbin (1984). She was also predeceased by her parents John and Blanche Fairservice and great-grandson Jacob Cousins (2010). She was the cherished grandmother of Ian Fraser, London, Michael Fraser (Kathy), 150 Mile House, BC, Amy Cousins (Kevin), Pickering and Carrie Lanz (John) of Northwood, OH. and seven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Timothy and Emma Fraser, Madison and Aidan Fraser, Sara and Daniel Cousins. Arlene was one of the first employees at both St. Clair Processing (Polymer) 1945 and Simpson-Sears (1954). She retired from the Sarnia Credit Bureau in 1980. Arlene was very dedicated volunteer with the VON and the Kidney Foundation. She enjoyed a very active membership in the Rebekah Lodge and Red Hats. Arlene was a longtime member of St. Luke’s United Church in Sarnia. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm. with Rev. Melanie Kirk officiating. Cremation will follow and interment will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations made to St. Luke’s United Church (cheques only please) would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Hackett: Audrey Margaret of Petrolia, formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on December 23, 2016

HACKETT, AUDREY, Margaret, Catherine  – At Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Ontario on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Audrey Margaret Catherine  ( Doan)  Hackett, passed away in her 95th. year. She was the wife of the late Garner Edward Hackett (1987). Dear mother of Owen Hackett and his wife Irene of Coquitlam, B.C. Loving grandmother of Jefferson “Jeff” Hackett and his wife Babe of Kamloops, B.C. Also survived by her sister  Doreen Charlton of Petrolia, Ontario and nephews; Rodney & Pam Charlton and Bruce & Marie Charlton both of Petrolia, Ontario and John Doan of London, Ontario. Predeceased by her parents Harmon and Ella Doan. Audrey lived on Lakeshore Road near Blackwell for many years and worked for Keelan’s Service Limited as a Service Department Manager. She was a previous member of Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church as well as a founding member of St. David’s Anglican Church where she began and taught Sunday School beginning in 1956. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life to honor Audrey will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria Victoria Street, Sarnia) with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).

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BURDITT: Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 13, 2016

BURDITT, Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in her 72nd year.  Beloved mother of Jeff Burditt (Jacqueline Cleary), and Matthew Burditt (Ken Werner).  Dear sister of Dianne Stewart (Alec), Bill Hulls (Nene) and the late Ken Hulls.  Loving sister-in-law and dear friend of Margaret Hulls.  Joanne will be fondly remembered by her lifelong friends, Carol and Dave Morrison, good friends Betty, Jerry and Lorna, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Port Elgin, ON, April 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (nee Sparks) Hulls.  A creative and determined woman, Joanne engaged life with a distinct sense of humour, spirited charm and fierce independence that was both beautiful and rare.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A memorial tree planting to celebrate Joanne’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the West Elgin Nature Trust or the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club Inc. will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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POSLIFF, Lilias of Milverton, formerly of Monkton

Posted by on December 12, 2016

Lilias Posliff – formerly of Monkton, passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on Sunday December 11, 2016 at the age of 102. Lilias and her husband Charles (Parker) operated a hardware store in Monkton for 20 years and later an antique store known as Parker’s Ponderosa.

Beloved wife of the late Charles Posliff who predeceased her in 1991. Loving mother of Marian Harvey (Bob) of Stratford and Jake Posliff (Heather) of Nanaimo, BC.  Special grandma of Alandra (Wanda) Anderson (David), Janice Harvey (Bob), Robert Posliff (Hang), Stephen Posliff (Jamie) and great grandma of Mason (Jenelle), Sam, Aidan, Brendan, Jessica, Tim and Tanis.  Sister of Robert Adair (Alice) of Mississauga.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents David and Fannie (Rowland) Adair, great grand-daughter Nicole Wagler, sisters Hazel Ellacott (Russell), Betty Adair, brother Leslie Adair (Dorothy) and niece Francis Vanstone.

In keeping with Lilias’ wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service and interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood will take place in the spring.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Rotary Club of Stratford, Palliative Hospice Project would be appreciated by the family.

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

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MIDDLETON: OPAL OF SARNIA

Posted by on November 11, 2016

middletonwebWith loving hearts we are sad to announce the passing of OPAL MIDDLETON on Friday November 11, 2016, in her 96th year. Pre deceased by her siblings Harold, Rhoda, Clifford and Tom Middleton. Opal will be sadly missed by her niece Mary Jane Rivard (Louis) of London Ontario and nephew John Middleton (Heather) from Cobble Hill British Columbia.  Great nieces and nephews and her great great nieces and nephew and her dear friends Mavis and Jerry Bernard of Sarnia.  Opal was born and raised in Sarnia, she was a graduate of SCITS High school. She gave a life time of dedication to Polysar Corporation. In Opal’s leisure time she enjoyed golfing, long walks and gardening.  The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Vision Nursing Home for their kindness, dedication and excellent care they provided to Opal.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of life will be held at Dunlop United Church ( 757 Rosedale Ave, Sarnia ON N7V 1Z8 ) on Friday November 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Friends and Family will be received for a luncheon following the service at Dunlop United Church. There will be a private family internment following the luncheon. 

Memorial donations in memory of Opal may be made to Vision Nursing Home or Charity of your choice.

 Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).

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