BRADT: Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 12, 2017

BRADT, Mrs. Jean (nee Vickery), of St. Thomas, passed away surrounded by family at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in her 72nd year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Bradt (1984).  Dearly loved mother of Rick Bradt (Cathy) of Halifax, NS, Brian Bradt (Gislaine) of Ottawa, ON, David Bradt (Brian) of Victoria, BC, and Tammy Miles (Ken) of Lake Providence, LA.  Proud grandmother of Emily, Kaylin, Cameron, and Taylor.  Dear sister of James Vickery of Thunder Bay.  Dear sister-in-law of Charlene (nee Bradt) and Morley Doan of Port Dover.  Also fondly remembered by cousin, Jeannette Fulton (Jim) of St. Thomas, several nieces and nephews, as well as her good friend and neighbour, Michelle.  Jean was born in Port Alice, BC on December 29, 1945.  She was the daughter of the late David Vickery and the late Angela (nee Houghton) Andrews.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the STEGH (4th floor) and at the London Regional Cancer Program.

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

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PEASLEE; Margaret of Alvinston

Posted by on December 10, 2016

Peacefully at C.E.E. Hospital of Bluewater Health, Petrolia on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  M. MARGARET PEASLEE (nee Merrifield), of Petrolia and formerly of Alvinston, died in her 95th year.   She was the loving wife of the late Jospeh Bonk (1952) and Lloyd Peaslee (1996).   She will be missed by her sons Allan (Fiona) Peaslee of Victoria, B.C., Rob (Betty) Peaslee of Alvinston, and Brian (Vickie) Peaslee of London.   She was a loved grandmother to Christine (Chris) Crawford, Alana (Todd) Willick, Jillian, Evan (Nurissa), Meghan (Jordan), Colleen, Jacqueline, and Stephen and great grandmother to Elijah, Kaden, and Blake.  Margaret is survived sisters Betty Bolger, Colleen (Dennis) Wilkie, and Rita (the late Hank) Hermans and brothers Bill (the late June) Merrifield and Gordon (Louisa) Merrifield.    She is predeceased by her brothers Joseph (the late Irene) Merrifield, Edward (Ilene) Merrifield, and John (the late Marianne) Merrifield and her sister Catherine. Visitors will be received on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m from St. Philips Parish, 415 King St. Petrolia.  Interment in Alvinston Cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) or the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

 

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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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FORSBLOOM: Wayne of Mill Bay, Vancouver Island Formerly of Calgary,Alberta

Posted by on November 5, 2016

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June 10, 1943- October 11, 2016
Wayne Forsbloom passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, at the age of 73.
He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Sandra with whom he shared 53 wonderful years; son Derek (Bonnie) Forsbloom, their children Tori and Camryn; daughter Dana (Darren) Niblock, their children Zaya (Connor) Etheridge and Taeva; son Todd (Dana) Forsbloom, their children Jude and Jet; son Dean (Twila) Forsbloom, their son Levi. He will also be missed by his sisters Joanne (Roddy) McKay and Sandy Forsbloom.
Wayne’s faith in his creator was instilled from infancy. He dedicated his life to Jehovah on September 5, 1943 in Vernon BC. He had complete faith in God’s promise of a resurrection to a paradise earth as promised at John 5:28,29.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be help at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 5 at the Calgary Kingdom Hall Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2900 14th Avenue NE Calgary, AB.
We would like to thank all the caregivers and staff (nurses and doctors) at the Cowichan District Hospital and the Chemainus Health Care Centre who were so kind. Special thanks to Dr. Masuda and some really special nurses who went above and beyond.

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BROWN: Robert “Bob”of Watford

Posted by on November 1, 2016

brownfrontBROWN: Robert “Bob” Sibbald

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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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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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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TAYLOR: Violet Pearl of Auburn Formerly of Victoria, BC

Posted by on September 6, 2016

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In loving memory of Violet Pearl Taylor who passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London ON, August 13, 2016 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of late husband Wilbert Ronald Taylor (2015).
Violet is the loving mother of Wayne Taylor (Karen) of Auburn ON, and Paul (Kim) of Victoria BC, dear grandmother of Danielle Johnson (Christopher), Levi Taylor (Rebecca), Kalli Ann Taylor; and 3 great grandchildren, Alec, Julie Grace and Isaac Taylor; Beloved sister of Ruth McClinchey (Garth) of Goderich, the late Arnold Cook (Erma), Phyllis Boak (Jim); dear ‘Auntie Vi’ of many nieces and nephews. Much loved cousin of Elsie Walsh of Clinton, Florence McCarter of Belgrave, and Mildred Paton of Ingersoll.
Violet was born in Westfield ON, attended business college in Goderich and worked in the Goderich Unemployment Offices, and at Dr. Souch DC office before her and Ron were married in 1957 and moved first to Belleville and then to Victoria BC. Violet will be greatly missed by family and lifelong friends made during her youth here in Ontario, during the 57 years she lived in Victoria raising a family and actively participating and serving as a deacon at Knox Presbyterian Church, and during the past year since she moved back to live with her son Wayne after the passing of her beloved husband Wilbert Ronald Taylor in 2015.
Violet will be fondly remembered for her love of life, music, wonderful sense of humour, servant’s heart and stoic spirit. She served her family and friends tirelessly and was a faithful friend. She will also be remembered for her stories of sailing with her family. Together, she and Ron and the boys enjoyed many hours sailing in Victoria, BC.
Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews enjoyed many happy times of laughter and fun with her. She will also be remembered for her tenacity and for the great example she was of living her faith during hard times.
Her love for God, her dedication to family, her faithfulness as a friend, and her zest for life and love of laugher will leave a lasting impression on all the lives that she has touched.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the loving care and friendship extended to Vi by the staff from St. Elizabeth’s, OneCare Day Program, Easy Ride and Goderich Place during the most recent months she lived in Ontario. Also to the staff at Goderich Hospital and University Hospital for their very special care and compassion during her final days.
A Celebration of Life service was held at McCallum & Palla Funeral Home in Goderich, Ontario on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Internment Hatley Memorial Gardens, Victoria BC.
As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the One Care Home and Community Support Services, Goderich or Alzheimer Society of Huron County would be appreciated.

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Taylor: Violet Pearl of Auburn, ON Formerly of Victoria, BC

Posted by on September 6, 2016

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Violet Pearl Taylor (Cook) passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London ON, August 13, 2016 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of late husband Wilbert Ronald Taylor (2015).
Violet is the loving mother of Wayne Taylor (Karen) of Auburn ON, and Paul (Kim) of Victoria BC, dear grandmother of Danielle Johnson (Christopher), Levi Taylor (Rebecca), Kalli Ann Taylor; and 3 great grandchildren, Alec, Julie Grace and Isaac Taylor; Beloved sister of Ruth McClinchey (Garth), the late Arnold Cook (Erma), Phyllis Boak (Jim); dear ‘Auntie Vi’ of many nieces and nephews.
Violet was born in Westfield ON, attended business college in Goderich and worked in the Goderich Unemployment Offices, and at Dr. Souch DC office before her and Ron were married in 1957 and moved first to Belleville and then to Victoria BC. Violet will be greatly missed by family and lifelong friends made during her youth here in Ontario, during the 57 years she lived in Victoria raising a family and actively participating and serving as a deacon at Knox Presbyterian Church, and during the past year since she moved back to live with her son Wayne after the passing of her beloved husband Wilbert Ronald Taylor in 2015.
Violet will be fondly remembered for her love of life, music, wonderful sense of humour, servant’s heart and stoic spirit. She served her family and friends tirelessly and was a faithful friend. She will also be remembered for her stories of sailing with her family. Together, she and Ron and the boys enjoyed many hours sailing in Victoria, BC.
Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews enjoyed many happy times of laughter and fun with her. She will also be remembered for her tenacity and for the great example she was of living her faith during hard times.
Her love for God, her dedication to family, her faithfulness as a friend, and her zest for life and love of laugher will leave a lasting impression on all the lives that she has touched.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the loving care and friendship extended to Vi by the staff from St. Elizabeth’s, Goderich One Care Day Program staff and Goderich Place during the most recent months she lived in Ontario and to the staff at Goderich Hospital and University Hospital for their very special care and compassion during her final days.
Friends will be received at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home – 11 Cambria Road N
Goderich, Ontario on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 1-2PM followed by a Memorial service. Cremation has taken place as she had planned.
As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the One Care Home and Community Support Services, Goderich or Alzheimer Society of Huron County would be appreciated.

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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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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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FERGUSON, Ronald Alexander of Cobourg, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2016

ferguson003(37 year employee of GM) – (RAFBAF) – Peacefully at the Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg on Friday July 29th, 2016, Ronald “Fergie” Ferguson in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of the late Barbara Anne Ferguson (nee Bradbury). Loving father of Susan Strickland of Cobourg, Ted Ferguson (Ruth) of Victoria, BC., Joanne Sobie of Sooke, BC., Tim Ferguson (Deana) of England and the late Brenda Leigh. Brother of Hayden (Doreen), Harvey (Mary), Glenn (Audrey), and the late Donnie (Mary). Brother-in-law of Helen Hortop (the late Ralph) and the late Joan and Vernon. Dear grandfather of Tanya, Noah, Nathaniel, Christopher, Danielle, Andrea, Travis, Katie, Cherise, Isailah, Tiana, Devon, Sophia, the late Natasha, and great grandfather of Hailey, Izabella, Kaygen, Isabelle, Theo, Holly, Warden. A graveside service will be held at the Heritage Cemetery of St. Peter on Saturday, August 27th at 11 am, with a Celebration of Life Gathering taking place in the afternoon, from 1-5 pm at the Baltimore Recreation Centre. If desired donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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MUIR, Fraser Alexander of Wasaga Beach

Posted by on July 13, 2016

Mr. Muir (2)Fraser was born in Westville, Nova Scotia, on June 27, 1924, and died at home in Wasaga Beach, ON, surrounded by his family and all of our love on July 7, 2016. Survived by his dear wife of 62 years Joan Marie (nee MacDonald) of Sydney NS, and his five children; Donald (Heather) of Toronto, ON, Sheona Ayles (John) of Quesnel, BC, Ellen (Dan Novosad) of Rosemere, QC, Sandy (Heather) of Calgary, AB and Brenda (Dalton Wenstob) of Edmonton, AB, and ten grandchildren, Heather, Jennice, Alex, Andrew, Jenna, Quinn, Riley, Fraser, Saoirse, Tobias and great grandson, Carson. Also survived by his niece and nephew Vicki (Nelson) Dengler of Gentry, AR and Robert Muir, of Dublin CA. Fraser joined the RCAF at the age of 18 and served as a mid upper gunner on the Lancaster completing 36 sorties with 50 Squadron in Bomber Command. After he returned, he graduated from St. Francis Xavier University where he met the love of his life via a snowball on St. F.X. Day, Dec 3rd, 1947. Hired by Air Canada in Halifax, he spent the bulk of his 30 year career in Montreal living in Rosemere, QC, for 44 years where he served on town council for 23 of those years. He called Wasaga Beach home for the past 13 years, a setting where he routinely exercised his passion for photography capturing sunsets as God intended for them to be seen. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion, RCAF Wing 441, and served on countless committees and executive bodies of community and church organizations, including the National Executive for several years with the Air Canada Pionairs. His most notable accolades for his gift of always putting others’ needs before his own are being among the first of inductees into the Hall of Thought at St. F. X. University where he was described as “a man whose creeds are sharing and self-sacrifice”. He was also recognized by the Canadian government with the Citation for Citizenship Award, as well as, being presented with the Legion of Honour from the Republic of France. His flight to heaven was direct – God’s reward for having dedicated his life to the service of his country, community, church and family. His dry wit and sense of humour meant many a laugh was shared throughout his life and he continued to make us laugh in his final days. A world traveller, a gifted storyteller, a deep listener, a magnificient dancer with only one dance partner. Godspeed, Dad, your life and love changed the world. Friends will be received on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Wasaga Chapel, 509 River Road West, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass to be held on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Noel Chabanel Catholic Church, 133 Dunkerron Avenue, Wasaga Beach. Thanks to Doctors Holloway, Lisi, Pressnail, and the St. Elizabeth Nurses and PSWs. Your compassion during this sacred journey for Fraser matters. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood, Ontario, are welcome, though an act of kindness in his name would be equally appreciated.  For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to www.carruthersdavidson.com

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HOLLAND: Pamela Jean (Brown) of Campbell River

Posted by on July 11, 2016

images-4Born March 14, 1958 in Mount Vernon, Indiana; died June 12th, 2016, of cardiac arrest, in Campbell River, BC. Jean was John and Pamela Brown’s daughter and sister to three older brothers. She married Bill Holland in 1982, and they were divorced in 1996. For the last 36 years of her life, she was a loving mother to her sons, Nigel and Nicholas.

A happy child, Jean could be quite funny. “My three rotten brothers stepped on an ant and then put it in a matchbox,” she once wrote. “They then instructed me to go to the backyard with a spoon and give the dearly departed a decent burial. As I was walking back into the house to report a job well done, my foot landed on a wasp. And I began howling in pain. My brothers all found this extremely funny. They thought I was mourning the bloody ant!”

My brother Jack and I would often tease her by calling her “Little Itch” – the name coming from an afternoon cartoon show we watched on a black-and-white television set. The original Itchy was an anthropomorphic mouse. She hated the nickname at first, but I, at least, continued to use it to the end of her life.

“I remember the little blonde heart-stealer, full of energy who adored her older brothers,” our cousin Angela wrote when hearing of her passing.

When I left home for university in 1965, she was only seven years old, so the times we spent together after that were primarily family holidays and phone calls. During those years she had a difficult adolescence, but our parents worked hard to keep her on an even keel. “We do the best we can,” my father would sigh when things were at their worst. The “worst” generally involved dealing with addiction issues, which contemporary thinking sees as a medical rather than a moral issue.

Jean resented our parents’ move from the US to Vancouver Island in 1972, but she rarely left the island thereafter; the laid-back island lifestyle seemed to suit her well. About 1981, she met her husband-to-be, Bill Holland, who worked as a tree topper in the British Columbia forest industry.

Our parents moved from Sidney B.C. to Qualicum Beach to be near them. Jeannie and Bill owned a small, quaint house where they kept chickens and raised their children.

Jean and her father enjoyed a classic father-daughter relationship. He adored her; she idolized him.

Throughout the 1980s, she and her mother were ”best friends” – on the phone to each other many times a day, frequently browsing for treasures at garage sales. She accumulated quite an impressive collection of old dolls at those sales, and secured a government grant to develop a doll repair business. Her room full of antique dolls was a delight to adults and children alike. She could fix any doll and bring it back to life.

As the boys in our family brought their wives and girlfriends to see our parents, Jeannie was always kind and thoughtful. She loved my first wife’s mother, and couldn’t get over the fuss that lady would make over her. She had years of sobriety when she and Bill would go to church almost every Sunday, and they became quite involved with a local church group.

Jean’s life quickly changed after our father died, however, perhaps because of her grief over Dad’s passing. She and Bill went to a rock concert and, “for old times’ sake,”smoked up. From then on they struggled to maintain sobriety. They later divorced, and Jean became a single mother. She adored her boys above all else.

Jean’s boys were the joy of her life. In 1999 Jean and her kids visited me and my family during the Calgary Stampede. At that time, she had been drug-free for the better part of two years and was rightly proud of that achievement. Nigel and Nicholas were 11 and 12, and full of curiosity.

I last spoke to her three months ago, to tell her that our brother Jack had died on April 20th. She cried when she heard the news, and said “as the youngest, I will watch all of you die.” She left us barely seven weeks later. I didn’t learn of her passing until nearly a month after she was gone, because holidays made me inaccessible.

Our cousin Angela best summarized the deaths of Jean and her brother, which came so close together. “All lives have purpose,” she said. “Perhaps theirs is to be with each other in spirit, wherever it drifts.”

I already miss my phone calls with Little Itch.

A special “thank you” to Jasbir Gill for helping me with these memories.

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CAMPBELL, Catherine “Rena” Ann (Murray) of Dashwood, formerly of London, age 72

Posted by on June 20, 2016

CAMPBELL, Catherine 2CAMPBELL:  Peacefully, but unexpectedly at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital, London, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, Catherine “Rena” Ann (Murray) Campbell, of Birch Bark Trailer Park, Dashwood, formerly of London, age 72.  Beloved wife of almost 50 years to Duncan Campbell.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Mark Campbell of London, J. Jason and Rachel Campbell of Victoria, B.C. Cherished grandma of Dane Campbell and Arden Campbell.  Remembered by Duncan’s family in Scotland.  Rena will be missed by her special friend Margaret Jaconilly of London and her beloved canine companion Hamish.  Predeceased by her parents John and Margaret (Cleary) Murray, brother John Murray and sister Alice Thompson.  At Rena’s request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. If desired, memorial donations (payble by cheque) to Kiss My Mutt – All Breed Dog Rescue would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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McCartney, John Lockhart of Sarnia

McCartney-webMcCARTNEY, JOHN – Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Saturday, May 28, 2016, John Lockhart McCartney, age 92 of Sarnia passed away. He was the loving husband for 65 years of the late Helen “Bunnie” (Seeley) McCartney (2011). He will be sadly missed by his daughter Patricia Alice Kohn (Erling) of Sarnia and son David John (Beth Parisotto) of Vancouver. He is survived by grandchildren Julieanne Welsh (Gregory), David Erling Kohn, Matthew Christian Kohn, Nathan David McCartney, Benjamin Samuel McCartney, Sara Parisotto Simeone and Stephanie Perisotto, great-grandchildren Bradley Gregory Welsh and Emily Claire Welsh. He was also predeceased by his daughter Margaret Jane (1979), parents David (1967) and Gemima Grainger (1965) and his brother David Grainger McCartney (2004). Dad was a proud New Brunswicker and was born in St. John on October 22nd, 1923. He was an ardent community supporter and was involved in many community activities. The ones he was most proud of were; He was a former Chair of the Board of the Lambton Health Unit. Dad was a Provincial Appointee to the District Health Council and a Provincial Appointee to the St. Clair Parkway where he served on this Board for 10 years, the last 5 as Vice-Chairman. He retired from Ethyl Canada in 1983. His WWII service from 1941 was in the Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS Huron). He was mentioned in dispatches. He was a founding member of the committee to preserve his sister ship, the HMCS Haida which is now a living museum in Hamilton, ON. Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of Dad’ life held at a future date. Memorial gifts made to Canadian Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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ALBERT: Shirley of Ottawa

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4Shirley Albert

Peacefully on May 13, 2016, Shirley Albert (née Shirley Mary Mureil Villeneuve) of Ottawa, Ontario passed away at the age of 82 with family by her side.

Shirley is predeceased by her father Andrew Villeneuve, mother Ida Tierney, brothers Randy and Lorne (Alice) and sister Margaret (Peggy) Thompson.

She was the beloved wife of William (Bill) Leslie Albert for 66 years. She is survived by her husband Bill; children William (Beata), Steven and Tina Fortin (Daniel); grandchildren Tawnia, Krystal [Ryan] and Chanelle, Zachary, Martin, William, Philip and Samuel; and great-grandson Xavier, of Ottawa. She is also survived by her sister Gail Cliff (Reg) of Cowichan Bay, B.C. and brother Kenneth (Barbara) of Prescott, Ontario.

Shirley was an acclaimed sales associate for Sears, Carlingwood. In her free time, she was an avid gardener and outdoorswoman who spent many winters alpine skiing at Edelweiss Valley, and nordic skiing throughout the region. In the summer she, husband Bill and family would congregate at Danford Lake, where they had built and expanded their cottage together. It was there that she taught her children, grandchildren and even neighbouring children how to swim. After retirement, she spent her winters travelling with her dear Bill, and summers at her beloved cottage (The Owl’s Nest), where she turned even the most inhospitable soil into beautiful flower gardens.

Shirley was gracious, loving and compassionate. She was fair minded, and often selfless – doing what she could to elevate the lives of others. Family called her their guiding light. Even towards the end, Shirley maintained a very positive outlook on life.

Special thanks to Steve Albert for his extended, loving home-care.
A celebration of life will be held.

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ALBERT: Shirley of Ottawa

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4Peacefully on May 13, 2016, Shirley Albert (née Shirley Mary Mureil Villeneuve) of Ottawa, Ontario passed away at the age of 82 with family by her side.

Shirley is predeceased by her father Andrew Villeneuve, mother Ida Tierney, brothers Randy and Lorne (Alice) and sister Margaret (Peggy) Thompson.

She was the beloved wife of William (Bill) Leslie Albert for 66 years. She is survived by her husband Bill; children William (Beata), Steven and Tina Fortin (Daniel); grandchildren Tawnia, Krystal [Ryan] and Chanelle, Zachary, Martin, William, Philip and Samuel; and great-grandson Xavier, of Ottawa. She is also survived by her sister Gail Cliff (Reg) of Cowichan Bay, B.C. and brother Kenneth (Barbara) of Prescott, Ontario.

Shirley was an acclaimed sales associate for Sears, Carlingwood. In her free time, she was an avid gardener and outdoorswoman who spent many winters alpine skiing at Edelweiss Valley, and nordic skiing throughout the region. In the summer she, husband Bill and family would congregate at Danford Lake, where they had built and expanded their cottage together. It was there that she taught her children, grandchildren and even neighbouring children how to swim. After retirement, she spent her winters travelling with her dear Bill, and summers at her beloved cottage (The Owl’s Nest), where she turned even the most inhospitable soil into beautiful flower gardens.

Shirley was gracious, loving and compassionate. She was fair minded, and often selfless – doing what she could to elevate the lives of others. Family called her their guiding light. Even towards the end, Shirley maintained a very positive outlook on life.

Special thanks to Steve Albert for his extended, loving home-care.

A celebration of life will be held.

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Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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Roddy: Jon HOFFMAN of Langley Formerly of Qualicum

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Nov. 24, 1944 – March 7, 2016

The family of Roddy Jon Hoffman is saddened to announce his passing on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Langley, BC.

Roddy was born to parents Leo and Ruth Hoffman of Souris, Manitoba and grew up in Winnipeg.

In 1963 Roddy joined the Royal Bank of Canada and worked at a number of branches in Winnipeg before being transferred with the bank’s Inspection Department to Vancouver, BC in 1972.

Roddy managed several branches in the Lower Mainland including North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and New Westminster as well as working in commercial lending.

He took early retirement and moved to the Oceanside Community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

Having suffered a stroke in 2003 Roddy’s mobility was limited and in 2015 he moved back to the Lower Mainland to be closer to family.

Predeceased by his parents, Roddy is survived by his son Kyle Hoffman and daughter Kara Hoffman, along with 2 grandchildren Anthony & Abigale, his brother Gary Hoffman & sister in law Wendy, nephews Ryan & Tyler and their families, all of the lower mainland, as well as his first wife, Caroline Poloni of South Surrey, BC.

As per Roddy’s wishes, there will be no formal service.

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BUTTERWORTH, KATHLEEN MARGARET

Posted by on April 7, 2016

Butterworth, Kathleen (Kay) Margaret formally of Victoria, B.C.  April 18, 1941 – April 6, 2016,  Survived by her husband Paul Butterworth, sisters Phyllis Nicolson and Dorothy Crawford, daughters Lara Spence and Tawnya Schulz, and grandchildren Mitchell, Katie, David and Jessica. In keeping with Kay’s wishes there will be no formal service.  Donations can be made to the BC Kidney Foundation.
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EDE: Sheila of Sidney

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4**this isn’t so much obituary as a remembrance of my mom, my dad, and my step-dad, a glimpse into their lives as viewed through my own. the photo’s with sheila, bill, ted, and his girlfriend rose at a restaurant i worked at, circa 1991**

It was a beautiful sunny March 5th morning and a lovely day to bring my mom to, as they say, her final resting place.

Back in the late 80s she and my step-dad bought a piece of land (it was actually possible to do that in those days) and built their retirement home near a lovely little public beach. They later pragmatically downsized into a condo, and while I was visiting that condo one weekend (as I did over several years) they discussed where they would like their ashes to be distributed. Dad’s navy days, plus our time as a family living in the Bahamas, plus living on an island, all inspired ideas for offshore distribution. From a boat out at sea, perhaps? I forget the other ideas, but they finally settled on “our little beach.”

It wasn’t really “their” little beach, near the retirement home they built, it was a public beach. But they had moved from Alberta, and there was hardly ever anyone at that little beach, so it was particularly special. Later in life they weren’t able to traverse the rocky trail and the steep steps, or clamber over the misplaced logs – former living trees that fall off the barges taking them (and local jobs) to distant sawmills in foreign lands – but, it remained forever “our little beach.”

Sadly, as the years progressed, my mother distanced herself from me. A couple of years before she died she’d fallen and broken her jaw, and her personality changed noticeably after that. She went from being friendly and extroverted, to somewhat surly and quite antisocial, even denying her closest friend visits. I’m not sure what she saw, or didn’t see, in me that threatened or hurt her. I wasn’t able to be there for her at the end of her life because she specifically told me she didn’t appreciate my visits. It hurt, but I honoured her request and let her go as graciously as I could.

I was definitely there for my dad in his final year though. I helped him move into a small, friendly seniors’ facility and visited him every week with flowers. A special bond evolved between us, even through his dementia. By some miracle I was able to be at his bedside through his final hours, holding his hand and wondering if he could hear, in his semi-coma state, the lovely voice of my friend Pashta singing his spirit to freedom. I’ve written about that experience elsewhere … today I’d like to offer a little obituary for my mom, and my step-dad, and my birth father too, as I say another final goodbye to their bodies while holding onto the happy memories we’ve shared.

Sheila Kitching was born on May 1st, 1926 in Darlington, England. Sheila’s mother, my grandmother Mary, I’ve learned, worked setting tables in one of the big Downton Abbey-like mansions in Northern England. I recall also learning that Mary’s family had a post office of some sort and Mary would hike through the fields in her long dress and petticoats to deliver parcels and letters and in the process she met Bert Kitching, my grandpa. Bert worked on the trains. He and Mary eventually married, and raised Sheila plus her four brothers – Norman, Dennis, Raymond, and Stanley – in a small row house, kind of like a townhouse. They’re all deceased now, Sheila was the last to go.

Many years ago mom told me she forged my granddad’s signature so she could join the war effort when she was still slightly underage. She later denied that, so I don’t really know what the truth is. She was in the Royal British Air Force, though, and claims she was an airplane mechanic. I began to wonder about that when I was old enough to really think about what that would involve, and we got a flat tire and called Dad for help. But mom insisted she helped the mechanics fix the airplanes, for the war effort.

In her younger years Mom was a very beautiful, social, out-going, fun spirited and musical person. She told me stories about sneaking out of the camps when she was younger, with a girlfriend of hers, to go to the dances. Certainly the war, for women of that era (and for men too), was one of the only places they could find any freedom. Their other choices were to work in the factories (which mom did not want to do), or have babies.

Mom eventually did have babies, obviously … she met Ted Bandcroft in London after the war. Ted was a bus driver on the double deckers and mom’s job was to collect tickets from the passengers. The funny story is that Sheila suffered motion sickness so she’d signal to Ted whenever she needed to stop and deal with that particular challenge. I guess that experienced contributed to a bond between them.

The emigrated to Canada with my brother Maurice when he was about 8 years old, sometime in the late 1950s. Ted came first and travelled on the train across Canada. He decided to stop in Edmonton because he’d heard there was work there, and got a job driving a bakery truck. He later drove city bus, until he retired from that job later in life.

I was born in 1961, obviously it wasn’t a planned birth. My mom told me she’d been told she’d never have any more children after my brother was born, 12 years prior to me. So, I was a bit of a surprise. Maybe this unresolved disappointment (or however you want to describe what it would be like to be a 35 year old woman with an unexpected pregnancy) is what rose to the surface in those final years, who knows.

I remember riding on the city bus with dad in Edmonton now and then, but I especially enjoyed the mornings on the “Winnifred Stewart” bus, picking up the special needs kids and taking them to their school.

Mom and my Ted dad split up when I was about 6 or 7. I don’t really remember any details, just that dad didn’t come home anymore. Ted was very kind to me throughout my life, even though I didn’t often live in the same city as him. He always wrote to me, and telephoned when that became more accessible. I still have some of the postcards he sent to me when I was living in Manitoba, in Puerto Rico, and in the Bahamas.

My mom met Bill Ede at a dance and I was happy with my “Uncle Bill” too. One day early in their relationship, I remember, we were in Edmonton driving to go visit friends of Bill’s and mom said “what would you think if I married your Uncle Bill.” I said that sounded ok, and then she said that would mean we’d be moving. I didn’t really understand what that meant, I was only 8 or so, but I trusted them.

They were married on July 25th 1970 and I was there, in a little purple dress with white gloves and a hat. I inherited two more big brothers, John and Raymond, and their families which included, eventually, nieces and nephews.

Mom and Bill dad and I lived in Brandon Manitoba for about 2 years, the boys didn’t travel with us because they were all old enough to be living on their own. I made some really great friends in grade 4 in Brandon, so when it was time for the next move I was a little more hesitant because I knew it meant leaving those friends. But, we were going to Puerto Rico, and that sounded pretty cool. My friend Christine and I wrote letters to each other for many years, and later found each other on facebook. And, when we met up again in 2012 we discovered that we’re still really good friends, which is also pretty cool.

So my new dad, Bill, worked in the oil industry as a contractor. His work in Brandon, then Ponce, and then in Freeport (where we lived for 2.5 years) was about opening and closing “plants.” In those days the oil and gas industry was more a means to an end than an end in itself. It wasn’t until years later that I began to understand the extent of the environmental damage that oil and gas creates, it’s so much more now than it was in back then. Even way back in the mid 70s I remember we would have to scrub patches of oil off our feet after visiting beautiful and otherwise pristine beaches in Freeport, because of the spillage from the offshore oil rigs.

There were definitely some challenging times and difficult conversations, as I was growing as an activist for peace and environment. My birth dad, Ted, was very supportive of that work. He drove me to the Clayoquot Sound action camp in the early 90s, and spent time walking around the camp talking to people. He loved going to pow-wows, as did I, and we would talk about the plight of native people and the challenges ahead of us trying to keep the air and water clean, working for peace in world where war is waged for profit and oil.

With Bill, I learned to respect the work that he did in the “plants,” or factories as I later learned is a more accurate description of them. And I think Bill learned to understand my concerns, later in life. In his day they were providing energy to local communities across Canada in ways the world had never seen before. To people living in a cold nation, many of whom had grown up without electricity or central heating systems, this was nothing short of miraculous. During one of our conversations he agreed that what’s going on now, in the northern tarsands, where infrastructure is being massively expanded for the purpose of exporting bitumen offshore (for profit), is radically different than what he was working on. I recall him saying “it’s gone too far.” We agreed to meet there, and didn’t talk about it anymore.

Bill and Sheila and I moved from Freeport back to Edmonton in 1975 and again I had to say goodbye to friends and this time go back to a very cold snowy environment, quite different than the pre-teen years we’d spent in the sun and on the beaches! Bill had 40 acres near Fort Saskatchewan so, after a year in Edmonton living in the Dovercourt house of mom’s (at 12423-135 St, an address that has stuck in my brain since I was encouraged to memorize it as a kid), we moved out to the farm. I thought this was pretty cool because it meant I could have a horse, a love affair I’d begun while volunteering at a riding stable in Freeport. We lived in a little trailer while building a house on dad’s property, and eventually built a barn for the horses too. My brothers all helped build that house, and Mom and I did too.

I lived on the acreage until after high school, and then left for Vancouver in 1983. I made sure to bring the horses with me, it was a huge amount of work to care for them in the winter and I wouldn’t have left that with my mom and dad. I had acquired enough office and computer skills to land me a good job in Vancouver which, in retrospect, is darned lucky considering I had my two dependents with me! Ah, the impetuous confidence of youth ….

But this isn’t about me, except in the context of viewing my parents’ life through these eyes (which is really the only option we all have), so, back to their story. My dad Ted continued to communicate regularly with me, now we had better phone access and he enjoyed visiting me and my brother in Vancouver about annually. Mom and Bill built a machine shop on the back-40, they could see that the industry was growing all around them and it was a smart business decision to service some of that equipment. They sold the business and retired in the late 80s and moved to Vancouver Island, to build another beautiful home. They travelled quite a bit in those years, too. My dad Ted also enjoyed travelling.

It was an interesting time to be alive on the planet, for that generation. So many big changes … radio, tv, internet! They became devout patriots at a young age, fought in the big war, and ventured overseas without really understanding what they were coming to or whose land they were taking. For the most part, at least for my parents, they worked hard, earned their pensions, enjoyed socialized health care, and they all had a comfortable retirement.

As happens, they all also got older and older and older. I watched, as compassionately as I could, as their brains began to abandon them and their memories began to fade. I wasn’t able to be with my Ted dad as much as I would have liked to have been in his final years because I was a rather impoverished student and then working to establish a non-profit street newspaper (which ALL my parents contributed to, by the way, bless them). I also didn’t really understand the process of aging and dying. I did travel to see my dad about once a year, I was there for his 80th birthday party, and I was lucky to see him in the home his brother and my aunt, and Dad’s lady partner friend, had chosen for him and helped move him into. It took him a minute to recognize me, but when he did a big smile emerged. “Is that Janine?” he said. It was a precious moment and I began to realize this would likely be the last time I’d see him.

And it was. Mom broke the news a couple of weeks later that he had died. I’m so glad to have had that last visit with him, and I learned a big lesson. When it was time to care for Mom and Dad, I wanted to be there.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Mom decided she didn’t want me there. I fought that at first, sincerely believing (as I do to this day) that she was confused and misguided and that the efforts to estrange me were unfounded. But eventually I had to give up, and just let her go the way she wanted. She had been such a social butterfly, and in the end she was quite reclusive. Who knows what happens, right?

I was delighted, however, to see my Bill dad every week while he was in his final home. Dad seemed quite content … he had his own room, and I made sure he was comfortable there. I got permission from mom to bring a couple of beautiful paintings, got him a TV and the most comfortable chair imaginable. For his 90th birthday I contacted as many family and friends as I could and encouraged them to send cards or telephone. Of course many of them would have done that anyways, but I wanted to be sure Dad knew how much he was loved. I figured it was probably his last birthday, though I did encourage him to start thinking about his 91st!
It wasn’t long after his 90th birthday that Bill dad began to visibly decline. He no longer wanted to leave his room for the music sessions, whereas previously he’d absolutely loved those! He couldn’t remember what he’d had for breakfast, but he could reach for song lyrics he’d known since he was a boy in Croydon. He was an inspiration, for sure, and they loved him and his enthusiastic singing. That singing, by the way, was definitely a big part of my life growing up with he and mom. They sang all-the-time! It was usually mom who would instigate it, whatever tune came into her head, or she heard on the tv or radio, or saw something that triggered a memory, and next thing I knew the two of them would be singing up a storm. Many years ago they bought me a piano book with a bunch of their old songs, and I’d do my best to keep up with them as they sang ahead of my efforts to play them!

One day, a couple of weeks before he died, Bill dad asked me about Jesus. He said some people believe they’ll see him when they die, don’t they? We were never a family for regular churchgoing, but I have found spiritual strength and understanding through yoga and wiccan and buddhist teachings, so I told him that yes, some people believe that and if he wants to believe it too, he sure can. I assured him that, as I believe, wherever he’s going it’s a place full of music and love. I told him he’ll be able to see his family and friends there too, he’ll be surrounded by lots of love and warmth, and whatever he imagines, that’s where he’ll end up. That seemed to comfort him somewhat, and he began the slow march towards death. I’m really really glad I was there to help him cross over on his final day.

I remember reading somewhere that there’s the year we’re born and the year we die, but all of our life is contained within that little dash between those years. These are the dominant memories emerging as I say goodbye to my last parent, of course there is so much more. As my dad Ted said, though, “all we have, in the end, are our memories.” He’s right! So to make happy ones, to live a life truthfully and not to fear the darkness.

Lionel Philip (Ted) Bandcroft: April 21st 1924 – August 20th 2007
William John (Bill) Ede: February 15th 1925 – May 6th 2015
Sheila Kitching (Bandcroft) (Ede): May 1st 1926 – January 31st 2016

It feels different, now having parents. And especially, I think, because I don’t have children. Suddenly I feel “grown up” in a way I haven’t previously, even though the final years are so much different than the younger years when we can still call our parents to chat, and share our concerns, and seek guidance. Eventually, I suppose, we all learn to look within.

The morning I took mom’s ashes to the ocean I also sprinkled some wildflower seeds into pots on my balcony, those seeds will grow into flowers that will feed hummingbirds. Mom and Bill dad both loved birds, every house we lived in had several bird feeders. Mom made sure I knew that if you start to feed them through the winter, you must continue because the birds become dependent on the supply. She taught me a lot of good things, they all did.

Rest in peace, guys, I’ll be there too someday. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying life in the dash lane.

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MUNROE: DAVID BRUCE of NANAIMO

Posted by on March 22, 2016

images-4It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David Bruce Munroe. David was born in Calgary, Alberta on January 6, 1967 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 17, 2016.
David is survived by his wife Nicole Munroe, his four children Amanda, Cailey(11), Kaylynn(9) and Kaden(6), his parents Bruce and Donna Munroe, and sister Melanie , son Jake Graham (Mitch Barisoff )
David died suddenly at the age of 49, he was a man with a big heart, who lived his life on his own terms. David had many friends who he was always willing to lend a hand when needed. David’s biggest pride and joy were his children, and he could always be seen on a sports field with them, watching movies, going for walks, reading bedtime stories, or just sitting and talking. His kids were his whole world. When David wasn’t working he would be at home with his family. He is loved and will be missed by many.

There will be a celebration of life which will be held Saturday April 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. Please pm Amanda Munroe or Nikki Olshanoski for directions.
To help his children in the future In lieu of flowers the family has set up a fundraising page
https://www.gofundme.com/7grdrndw

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ROACH: William “Willie” of Woodstock

Posted by on February 29, 2016

RoachwebROACH, William “Willie” – Passed away peacefully at PeopleCare, Tavistock on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Madeleine Roach (nee Leblanc) (September 8, 2011).  Dear father of  Cliff Roach (Barb) of Woodstock, Claudie Roach (Susan)  of Woodstock, Diane Purchase of Tavistock, Precilla Hoelke (Ron) of Victoria, BC, Ronnie Roach (Calista) of Cape Breton, Claudette Todd (Peter) of Woodstock, Ricky Roach of Woodstock, Marilyn Burson of Woodstock and the late Roger Roach (Sally) of Cape Breton.  Loving remembered by his 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  Predeceased by his parents Emilien and Esther Roach, his siblings and a daughter-in-law Mary Roach.  Willie was a lifelong barber and founder of Willie’s Barbershop, which is still serving the community of Woodstock. Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Thursday, March 3, 2016  from 2- 4 and 7-9 p.m.   A funeral mass will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1420 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock on Friday, March 4, 2016  at 11 am with Father Rick Dales as celebrant.  Interment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock will take place at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations to the Holy Trinity Parish Building Fund would be appreciated.  Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.  The family  wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at PeopleCare in Tavistock for the wonderful care that Willie received.

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