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

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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 announced at a later date. 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).

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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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BROWN: Robert “Bob”of Watford

Posted by on November 1, 2016

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The family is saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Robert “Bob” Brown of Watford on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at Bluewater Health Sarnia at the age of 79. Loving husband of 60 years to Gail. Dear father of Randy (Maureen) Brown, Karey (Mike) Adams and Trudy (Wayne) Morris. Cherished grandfather of Scott (Steffanie) Brown, Jason (Catherine) Brown, Dylan Lee, Theresa (Chad) Kersey, Tim Adams, Trevor (Ashley) Adams, Troy (Amy) Adams, Tom (Kirby) Adams, Tyler (Kyla) Adams, Stacey (James) Morris, Rebecca Morris and Rob Morris. Proud papa to 9 great-grandchildren. Brother in law of Victor (Bev) Kafun, Mary Jean Brown and Isabel Ameloot. Bob will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by his granddaughter Jessica Morris, his siblings Gerry Whitton, Reginald P. Brown, Patrick Brown and Buster Brown.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF WATFORD on Friday, November 4th, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 5331 Nauvoo Road, Watford on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 11 a.m. Interment at Watford Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, Troy’s Run Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association. Condolences and donations may be left online at www.denning.ca.

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SCHILBE, Hubert Datars of Zurich, age 88

Posted by on October 19, 2016

schilbe-hubert-0SCHILBE:  Peacefully, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, Hubert Datars Schilbe of Zurich, age 88.  Best Friend and husband of 66 years to Marjorie “Marge” Mae (Merner) Schilbe of Zurich.  Loved father and father-in-law of Richard and Brenda Schilbe of Bayfield, Donna and Jim Hoffman of Dashwood, Wayne and Jody Schilbe of Calgary.  Cherished grandpa of Jason Schilbe of Zurich and companion Sharla Moore, Krista and Avi Narula of London, Kelly and Ryan Gilmore, Jamie Hoffman and fiancée Leslie Lennox all of Grand Bend, Brenton and Amanda Hoffman of Toronto, Nicholas Schilbe and Jenna Regier of Hensall, Amy Schilbe of Vancouver.  Treasured great-grandpa of MacIntyre Schilbe, Hallee Schilbe, Kai Narula, Kiran Narula, Taylor Gilmore, Kaitlyn Gilmore, Grayson Gilmore and Justin Hoffman.  Dear brother-in-law of John Teevins of Grand Bend, Robert and Elizabeth Merner, Larry and Louise Merner all of Zurich and Joanne Merner of London.  Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents Milfred and Laura (Datars) Schilbe, step-mother Vera (Dedels) Schilbe, great-grandson Avery Narula, brother Ray Schilbe and his wife Audrey, sisters Doreen Tieman and her husband Russell, Sheila Teevins, brothers-in-law Bill Merner, Arnold Jr. Merner and his wife Elaine and sister-in-law Donna Merner.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Zurich on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Nadine Schroeder-Kranz Officiating.  Interment St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Zurich.  Hubert was a 30 + year Fireman on the Zurich Fire Department, a long time member of the Zurich Lions Club and the Zurich Minor Athletics Association.  He was an active member and tolled the church bells at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Zurich for many years.  Hubert and Marge spent many winters in Pelican Harbour Estates, Punta Gorda, Florida, where they made many lifelong friends. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Alzheimer Society, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the M.S. Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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SMITH: Simon (Peter) of Huron Park and formerly of Zurich

Posted by on October 11, 2016

smith-simon-w300Suddenly at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Friday October 7, 2016, of Huron Park and formerly of Zurich at the age of 52. Cherished son of Joan (Merner) and the late Harold Smith (1996). Dear brother of Tim and Carole Smith of Hornby Island, British Columbia and Gerrald Smith of Huron Park. Dear brother-in-law of Lynn Smith of Tillsonburg. Predeceased by his sister Catherine Grieves, and brothers Doug and Dave Smith. Uncle Pete will be missed by his many nieces, and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Precious Blood Church, 200 Sanders Street West, Exeter on Saturday October 15th at 11AM with Father Len Desjardins officiating.

Cremation with interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Bronson Line, Zurich.

Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter entrusted with arrangements, www.haskettfh.com.

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FRAZER: (Millicent) June of Victoria Formerly of Salt Spring Island

Posted by on September 23, 2016

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Millicent June Frazer (nee Black). June 15, 1933 – September 13, 2015
With sadness and love, we say farewell to our Mom and Oma. We believe we all strive to live a good life, and Mom did just that. June was just 19 when she left Creston, BC to begin an exciting life with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Arriving in Vancouver by train, she had to ask for help to use the escalator, something she’d never seen. Travelling to Ontario for basic training was an adventure in itself, the training and military lifestyle agreed with her and she excelled. Then she met a young pilot officer named John Loughton Frazer, and although they weren’t supposed to fraternize, the heart knows what it wants and eventually they became engaged. Mom had to leave the RCAF, and her career as a military wife began. A year after the wedding, their son Brad arrived, followed by daughters Lee and Kim, and another son Drew – each born in a different province. The exciting life Mom dreamed of became a reality with postings all across Canada, France, Germany (twice), Norway, the US and Africa before Dad retired in 1986. Throughout Mom maintained her interest and activities in various voluntary capacities including Girl Guides, horseback riding for kids with physical challenges, and women’s issues.
They took advantage of their postings and saw as much of the world as they could, making friends all along the way. Settling on Salt Spring Island, they built their home and continued building their reputation as warm and welcoming hosts as many friends visited and enjoyed the wonderful food, wine and company. Full retirement wasn’t to be and as with their military life, Mom’s support was critical to Dad’s success as he then took on politics and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. Mom looked after things on Salt Spring Island, including volunteering at Seniors for Seniors and the Movile Mammography Screening Clinic. Mom was predeceased by her son Drew in 1984, her grandson Paul in 1998, and her husband in 2012.
By this time Mom was battling Alzheimer’s in addition to other health issues and after Dad’s passing, she moved to Victoria to be closer to family and care. June has been a good friend to many, an amazing Mother to her children and a fun and loving Oma to her grandchildren. June’s final years were not easy and she missed Dad terribly, but she carried on stubbornly, often with humour and a twinkle in her eye. Special thanks to Mom’s caregiver, Meah, who looked after her so well, and the Palliative Care Team.
June is survived by her son Brad (Susan) Frazer, daughter Lee (David) Valentine, daughter Kim (Kelly) Mann, her brother George (Barbara) Black and her sister Betty Smith, half-siblings Emily, Henry, Maggie and Jackie, her grandchildren: Scott, Amy, Spencer, Marites, Lindsay and Rodel, as well as great-granddaughters Bella and Chloe.
Celebration of life, Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm, First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive. No flowers please, donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Society or Hospice greatly appreciated.

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LUCAS: L Kathleen "Kay" of West Vancouver Formerly of Toronto , Montreal

Posted by on September 23, 2016

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Lucas, Lucy Kathleen “Kay” passed away on Sunday 28-Aug-2016 in her 90th year. She was born Lucy Kathleen Coles on 6-Mar-1926 in Toronto Ontario. She and her late husband William “Bill” Lucas’s ashes where joined in the ocean as per her wishes. Kay will be missed by her friends and the ten nieces / nephews and their families.

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FRAZER: John (Jack) Loughton of Salt Spring Island

Posted by on September 23, 2016

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Colonel Jack Frazer slipped the surly bonds of earth at 1122 hours on December 17, 2012. Jack passed away after a brief illness in Victoria, BC, with family at his side. Born in Kamloops on December 20, 1931, Jack leaves behind his wife of 56 years, June, son Bradley (Susan) and daughters Lee Valentine (David) and Kimberly Mann (Kelly) as well as many friends around the world. Jack was pre deceased by his son Drew in 1984 and grandson Paul in 1998. Jack was a loving and supportive Opa to Scott (Amy), Spencer, Marites, Lindsay and Rodel and Great Opa to Bella.
Jack was a proud member of the Canadian Forces, spanning the years 1951 to 1986 where he attained the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Order of Military Merit, Meritorious Service Cross and the Canadian Forces Decoration. While in the RCAF, Jack commanded several different units and squadrons in Canada, the US and Europe, and flew a variety of aircraft including the F86 Sabre and the CF 104 Starfighter. In 1954 he became a member of the Fireballs aerobatic team performing air shows throughout Europe. He was selected to join the the RCAF Golden Hawks aerobatic team in 1961, a true highlight of his career. In 1983 Jack was posted to Zimbabwe where, as Military Attaché, he was accredited to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana. In 1985 while on a routine visit to Uganda, a coup d’état occurred. Jack met with the British High Commission in Kampala and assisted in organizing the evacuation of the citizens of ten western nations from Uganda into Kenya. For his actions, Jack was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by Governor General Jean Sauve.
In 1986 Jack and June returned to Canada and retired to Salt Spring Island. On Salt Spring, the Frazer’s were regular supporters of Legion Branch 92 and patrons of the Chemainus Theatre. The annual April 1st RCAF celebration, inspired by Jack, was a cornerstone of their social calendar, as it brought back so many memories of a great career. Retirement also meant extensive travels including many cruise and barge holidays and of course his beloved SPAADS and 104 Association reunions with his former fellow fliers.
As a Reform Party member, Jack was elected Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands in October 1993. He served as Defense and Veterans Affairs Critic and Deputy Whip and sat on seven Parliamentary Committees during the 35th Parliament. His Private Member’s Bill establishing the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal was passed into law in 1997.
Retiring from politics in 1997, Jack was appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeals Board after which he retired for the third and final time.
Jack was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his country.
Celebration of Life will be held at 443 Squadron Hanger at Victoria Airport on January 24, 2013 at 1300 hrs.
Donations in memory of Jack can be made to the Salt Spring Island Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92.
PRET, DISPOS ET CAPABLE

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GORMAN: Richard Michael of Surrey, BC Formerly of Ottawa, ON

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Born August 20, 1948, deceased August 3, 2016. A constant helpful companion to our mother until her passing in 2009. Survived by brothers Thomas, Terence and Shawn. R.I.P. Rick.

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NORTON: Mary Gertrude (Trudy) of Vancouver Formerly of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Mary Gertrude (Trudy) Age 79 years of Vancouver, BC, passed away peacefully July 24, 2016. Daughter of the late John and Mary Dempsey of Halifax. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter and son-in-law, Andra and Jeremy McKay; sister, Jean; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. On-line condolences to andra.mckay@ubc.ca

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ROSCH: Helen of Princeton, BC Formerly of Burnaby BC, Princeton BC, Edson, Alta

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Helen Joyce [Claridge] ROSCH was born on 29 July, 1919 in Edson Alberta – lived a difficult but rewarding life – and early in the morning of June 22, 2016 she slipped quietly away into peace. Helen was predeceased by her mother Annie Marie [Burnell] in 1959, her father George Claridge in 1969, and three husbands; Louis Kuhn; Rudolph Petschl; and Willie [Wilhelm] Rosch.

She was an only child, spending her early years on the Alberta Homestead, learning to love nature in all its glory, including the animals, but loving horses most of all. As a teenager in rural Burnaby BC, on her horse Rex, she rode the bush trails up and around Burnaby Mountain with a small shovel and a hemp sack, bringing home trees and bushes that she liked. Her father planted the young trees along the fence lines and around the house, and he lined both sides of the long farm lane with them.

After raising her children and working as an LPN, prison matron and in psychiatric care, she retired to raise Arabian horses in the Similkameen Valley on a place she called “Hide-Away Villa Ranch”.

In 2001 a broken hip brought a halt to cleaning barns, as well as walking and riding the hills and meadows she loved. She moved to level ground in Tulameen, and two years later to a house on her son Edward’s nearby property, where she lived with her beloved cats until her final move to Ridgewood Lodge, in Princeton BC.

Despite being a single parent for much of her adult life, she was a strong, resourceful, and fiercely loving mother, who with limited help, and a tenacity seldom seen in others, successfully raised her sons through rough and tough times. She taught her sons the two important lessons in life, that nothing is impossible if you really want it, and that love is the most important thing in the world.

Helen will be sorely missed by her three sons; David [Muriel], Philip [Barbara], Edward [Leanne], six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her family wishes to thank the staff of Ridgewood Lodge, Princeton, BC, for the thoughtful care and attention that she received while she tarried there. Helen’s final wish was to be cremated, and she did not want a service of remembrance. Friends and acquaintances who wish to honour her memory; please, plant a tree in her name.

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FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver

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; her grandmother, Nelda Sauer; her uncles, Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug; her Aunt Ellen; her brother, Jeff Fry (Devon); her niece, Lexa; and her sister, Leanne Fry.

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

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HODGSON: Timothy of Kelowna Formerly of Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Timothy Dane Hodgson born June 11, 1968 died July 6, 2016 of heart failure peacefully in his sleep. Tim loved being a father and is survived by his three children Anika Ella Rose Hodgson, Quest Albert Mathew Hodgson and Tylan Erin Danielle Lahti, and two stepchildren Brett Gordon Alan Thomas and Klaya Deborah Isabella Hodgson. He will be greatly missed by his loving life partner John Dumbovic. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother and best friend Trevor Hodgson, sister Tanis Lattanzio (Hodgson) her husband Michael and their sons Alexander and Marco, sister Tabatha Vose, and also his father Garry Hodgson and his wife Anne-Margaret Vose. Tim is predeceased by his beloved mother Barbara MacKinnon (Rothery). At only 48 years of age Tim was still young but lived a full life. Tim was friendly, charming and always had a smile to share. Tim laughed often and made people laugh often. He was always calm under pressure and seldom got angry or lost his temper. Tim enjoyed games and sports, and was particularly talented at chess, Tetris (he completed Tetris), hockey and golf. With an abundance of luck, an amazing intelligence, a natural athleticism and a competitive fire he was hard to beat. He was a good winner and a respectful competitor in defeat. He played ball hockey at the highest level and was honoured to compete in provincial and national championships. Golf was Tim’s passion. He was a scratch golfer and he played in a couple of professional qualifying tournaments. Though he wasn’t able to put together his best game on the right day he never gave up hope of playing golf professionally. Professionally, Tim was a charismatic food server of the highest quality who enjoyed interacting with customers and eventually rose into food and beverage management. He had plans to work in Las Vegas, and of becoming a general manager of a golf course, but he was most happy when charming people while serving them. Tim had no shortage of love and loved ones in his life. He was a good, loyal friend to many and was generally well liked. Tim will be missed by family, friends and loved ones but never forgotten. Tim’s celebration of life will be held July 31, 2016 at Kelowna Springs Golf Course for details check “In Loving Memory of Tim Hodgson” on Facebook.

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AMENDOLAGINE: Emanuel “Manny” of Vancouver Formerly of Brooklyn, NY

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Emanuel “Manny” Amendolagine passed peacefully in his sleep on May 21, 2016. He was 96 years old.

Manny was born Jan.1 1920, in Brooklyn NY to Vincent and Nora. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force following the attack on Pearl Harbor and was a 1st Lieutenant and bombardier in a B-24 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a quintessential member of the “Greatest Generation.” After the war he graduated from Hunter College with a BA in geology and then Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in geology.

Manny’s first marriage was to Faye Reed. Manny and Faye had two children; Gordon and Gina. His second marriage was to Suzanne LeBlanc in 1961 and they had four children; Vincent, Sabatino, Maurice, and James. Manny moved with his family to Vancouver, BC in 1969.

Manny had an exciting career as an exploration geologist throughout Canada, Central and South America, the US and Ireland. He was an unconventional, unique character, and a prominent figure in the heady days of the ultra-speculative Vancouver Stock Exchange from the 70s to 90s when mining deals were hammered out in the smoky nooks of the Jolly Taxpayer Pub. Manny had close associations with prominent stock promoters including Murray Pezim. He involved his sons in his mining ventures, exposing them to experiences few of their peers had the opportunities to be part of.

Manny instilled the importance of higher education in his children. He was also passionate about his Italian heritage, and held family as the most important aspect of life. His other passions included seafood and art. Manny lived his life on his own terms, without regard to norms and conventions.

As his career slowed in his eighties, his second wife Suzanne and son Vincent became his primary care-givers and closest companions. He is survived by his sister Mary Argento (Nat), daughter Gina Mahon (David), his sons Vincent (Karen Kristensen), Sabatino (Terry Ford), Maurice (Colleen DeLory), James (Elizabeth), and their brother Chris (Kamilla) for whom Manny was a grandfather figure, and 11 grandchildren.

Manny was predeceased by his first wife Faye, his son Gordon, and his brothers Sabino and Modesto. Manny will be fondly remembered by all that knew him. He is a larger than life figure to his family as well as others that knew him.

A memorial will take place this Fall in Vancouver at a venue and date to be determined to celebrate Manny’s life.

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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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MACDONALD: Terrance John of Keremeos, BC Formerly of Britannia Beach, BC

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4The Sailor’s delight sun went down on the life of Terrance “T-Mac” MacDonald on Friday June 3/2016. He is predeceased by his father John Brown, his mother Norma Alberta and his brother Guy. He is survived by his first mate and love of his life Mona, brother Leroy (Bev), sister Vivian (Martin), son Darren (Shannon), daughter Rae (Hooman), son Neil (Monica), daughter Natalie (Josh), grandkids; Sebastian, Danielle, Teya, Keanna, Karis, Rylee, Griffin and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was a larger than life man who lived for his family and the moment. He had a life full with adventure, large bellowing laughs, bear hugs, music and true love. He was an NCO in the Canadian Navy, a builder and fixer of all things, an inspirer who left his mark on every person he met. The world is less without him even though the lives of everyone he knew are richer for having him in it. We love you T-Mac, until we meet again.

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AMENDOLAGINE: Emanuel “Manny” of Vancouver

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Emanuel “Manny” Amendolagine passed peacefully in his sleep on May 21, 2016. He was 96 years old.

He was born Jan.1 1920, in Brooklyn NY to Vincent and Nora. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force following the attack on Pearl Harbor and was a 1st Lieutenant and bombardier in a B-24 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a quintessential member of the “Greatest Generation.” After the war he graduated from Hunter College with a BA in geology and then Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in geology.

His first marriage was to Faye Reed. Manny and Faye had two children; Gordon and Gina. His second marriage was to Suzanne LeBlanc in 1961 and they had four children; Vincent, Sabatino, Maurice, and James. Manny moved with his family to Vancouver, BC in 1969.

Manny had an exciting career as an exploration geologist throughout Canada, Central and South America, the US and Ireland. He was an unconventional, unique character, and a prominent figure in the heady days of the ultra-speculative Vancouver Stock Exchange from the 70s to 90s when mining deals were hammered out in the smoky nooks of the Jolly Taxpayer Pub. Manny had close associations with prominent stock promoters including Murray Pezim. He involved his sons in his mining ventures, exposing them to experiences few of their peers had the opportunities to be part of.

Manny instilled the importance of higher education in his children. He was also passionate about his Italian heritage, and held family as the most important aspect of life. His other passions included seafood and art. Manny lived his life on his own terms, without regard to norms and conventions.

As his career slowed in his eighties, his second wife Suzanne and son Vincent became his primary care-givers and closest companions. He is survived by his sister Mary Argento (Nat), daughter Gina Mahon (David), his sons Vincent (Karen Kristensen), Sabatino (Terry Ford), Maurice (Colleen DeLory), James (Elizabeth), and their brother Chris (Kamilla) for whom Manny was a grandfather figure, and 11 grandchildren.

Manny was predeceased by his first wife Faye, his son Gordon, and his brothers Sabino and Modesto.

Manny will be fondly remembered by all that knew him. He is a larger than life figure to his family as well as others that knew him.

A memorial will take place this Summer in Vancouver at a venue and date to be determined to celebrate Manny’s life.

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AMENDOLAGINE: Manny of Vancouver Formerly of Brooklyn, NY

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4Emanuel “Manny” Amendolagine passed peacefully in his sleep on May 21, 2016. He was 96 years old.

He was born Jan.1 1920, in Brooklyn NY to Vincent and Nora. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force following the attack on Pearl Harbor and was a 1st Lieutenant and bombardier in a B-24 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a quintessential member of the “Greatest Generation.” After the war he graduated from Hunter College with a BA in geology and then Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in geology.

His first marriage was to Faye Reed. Manny and Faye had two children; Gordon and Gina. His second marriage was to Suzanne LeBlanc in 1961 and they had four children; Vincent, Sabatino, Maurice, and James. Manny moved with his family to Vancouver, BC in 1969.

Manny had an exciting career as an exploration geologist throughout Canada, Central and South America, the US and Ireland. He was an unconventional, unique character, and a prominent figure in the heady days of the ultra-speculative Vancouver Stock Exchange from the 70s to 90s when mining deals were hammered out in the smoky nooks of the Jolly Taxpayer Pub. Manny had close associations with prominent stock promoters including Murray Pezim. He involved his sons in his mining ventures, exposing them to experiences few of their peers had the opportunities to be part of.

Manny instilled the importance of higher education in his children. He was also passionate about his Italian heritage, and held family as the most important aspect of life. His other passions included seafood and art. Manny lived his life on his own terms, without regard to norms and conventions.

As his career slowed in his eighties, his second wife Suzanne and son Vincent became his primary care-givers and closest companions. He is survived by his sister Mary Argento (Nat), daughter Gina Mahon (David), his sons Vincent (Karen Kristensen), Sabatino (Terry Ford), Maurice (Colleen DeLory), James (Elizabeth), and their brother Chris (Kamilla) for whom Manny was a grandfather figure, and 11 grandchildren.

Manny was predeceased by his first wife Faye, his son Gordon, and his brothers Sabino and Modesto.

Manny will be fondly remembered by all that knew him. He is a larger than life figure to his family as well as others that knew him.

A memorial will take place this Fall in Vancouver at a venue and date to be determined to celebrate Manny’s life.

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