BAZILEWICH: Allan of Exeter, formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on April 25, 2017

At South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Sunday, April 23, 2017 of Exeter formerly of Winnipeg in his 68th year. Beloved husband of Marcia (Little) Bazilewich of Exeter, and the late Diane Bazilewich (2005). Cremation with inurnment Assumption Cemetery & Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Winnipeg. Donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

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PHINN, Anne Jane (Brown) of Winnipeg, formerly of Grand Bend and Ancaster, age 88

Posted by on April 13, 2017

PHINN:  Anne Jane Phinn, formerly of Grand Bend and Ancaster, died at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, April 13, 2017 due to complications with pneumonia.  Born on October 7, 1928 to Herb and Fernie (nee Chambers) Brown of London, Ontario.  Anne was predeceased by most of her family; husband Ted; daughter Ellen; son Roric Ryan; mother Fernie; father Herb; sister Joyce “Tigger” Dean and nephew Kelly.  She is survived by her son Tory and his wife Faye of Winnipeg, grandchildren Eli, Joel, Gen, Deanna and Derek, Krista and Adam and 3 great-grandchildren Malachi, Quinn and Laya.  Anne Jane was the epitome of strength and uniqueness, a brae bonny lass, with an unassailable optimism for life.  She had an unquenchable curiosity for all things.  Her love of animals was obvious as she fed all the stray cats, skunks, raccoons, crows and squirrels in the neighbourhood.  Her dog, Sable, has a large personality much like her own.  Due to the untimely death of her husband, Anne, at age 39, was left to raise 3 children on her own.  She gathered her strength and soldiered on with clarity and purpose.  Her pride was her farm, her sand pit operation, real estate and politics.  Her vibrancy and zest for life led her to become a crack shot, an avid golfer and tennis player.  She also loved poetry, a good glass, friends and the Toronto Blue Jays.  Anne decided to leave this world, hence the Jays poor start to the season and hopefully they can turn things around. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, on Monday, April 17, 2017 with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by the service.  Interment Bethesda Cemetery, 542 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster at 2:30 p.m. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Humane Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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KETCHESON: James William Freeman of Belleville

Posted by on April 5, 2017

Ketcheson, James William Freeman – at his residence on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in his 99th year.  Son of the late George and Irene (nee Prentice) Ketcheson.  Beloved husband of Gwen Wright of Belleville and the late Edna Ketcheson (nee Smithrim).  Loving father of Jane (Jack) Herbert of Guelph, Marion (Duncan) Goldie of St. Thomas, Sarah Wilson of Winnipeg and George (Velma) Ketcheson of Belleville.  Proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Jim is survived by his brother, Robert (Arlene) Ketcheson of Oakville and predeceased by his sisters Joan Reid and Doris Ketcheson.  He will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  Jim worked many years as the office manager at the Coca-Cola plant in Belleville.  A Memorial Service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church, 25 Holloway Street Belleville on Wednesday, April 19th 2017 at 11:30 a.m. with the family receiving friends from 10:30 until the time of service.  Private inurnment at Belleville Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273). If desired, Memorial Donations to St. Matthew’s United Church or to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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

Posted by on March 26, 2017

 

James A. Gilmore (1926 – 2017) Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rosine: Arlene (jeanet) of kamloops bc Formerly of Winnipeg Manitoba

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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ROSINE, Jeanet Arlene, peacefully in Kamloops, BC on February 10th 2017, age 71 after a courageous battle with lung and brain cancer.

Her loss is felt deeply by sons Darren Scherbain of Phuket, Thailand; Kevin Scherbain (Elena) of Kamloops; Travis Porter (Jacqueline) of Toronto; and Bram Porter of Guelph

Much loved sister to Ken Rosine (Janet) of Wasaga Beach ON, Marilyn Rosine of Yardley, PA, and Grandmother of Cecilia & Charlie Scherbain in Kamloops.

Arlene was born December 6th, 1945 in Rivercrest, Manitoba to Samuel & Redena Rosine, whose deaths predeceased hers in 1967 & 1969 (respectively), as well as that of her youngest brother, Dennis, in 1990. As a teenager Arlene spent her summers working among other things as a camp counsellor at the YMHA. She graduated with a degree in Anthropology.

Arlene was a renaissance woman with many talents and interests. Her love of aboriginal art resulted in co-founding Winnipeg’s Wah-sa Gallery in 1976. In that same city, she worked for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the North Main Development Corp. and the What’s On publication. Arlene taught English and co-ran a Youth Hostel in the U.K. in the early 70’s. And, during the final 11 years of her career-life, taught ESL in South Korea, where she was & will be missed by her many students.

Arlene leaves behind many friends including her caring Sisters of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Kamloops, Lois Orten, Steven Moskovitch and Sharon Segal, Ross Porter, Gary Scherbain, and Bill Lobchuk.

We will all miss her curious nature, her loving tenderness, her fondness for a good book, her enjoyment of many styles of music, and her infectious sense of humour. A tribute to Arlene will be held Thursday, February 23rd at the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street from 2 pm to 5 pm, to Celebrate her Life. In liux of flowers, please donate to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret

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RICHARDS: Shauna Leigh (Shaunski) of Winnipeg Formerly of Courtenay and Kelowna

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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Richards, Shauna Leigh Oct 2, 1977 – Dec 18, 2016 There are no words to express our shock and sorrow with the sudden passing of our beautiful, spirited, loving Shauna, who died in Winnipeg, at the age of 39. Grandpa’s “little Toad” was called home to the open, loving arms of her family in heaven. Shauna was born in Ladysmith, BC In 1977. Her short life took her on a journey through Nanaimo, Nimpkish, Vernon Camp, Woss, Port McNeill, Courtenay, Westbank, Kelowna, and finally Winnipeg. The fuel in your engine, the Baileys in your coffee, the spark to ignite fireworks, and a trigger for an hysterical belly laugh are only a few analogies to describe Shauna! Always searching to fill a void, Shauna became lost after the death of her dad in 1994, and now she is found. She was known to pedal the Winnipeg streets on her mountain bike; her tiny dog, “Ruff”, tucked close to her body, hair flying in the wind like her dad, Brian, on his Harley! Be together finally and entertain in heaven! Shauna was predeceased by her dad, Brian,, sister Kelly, grandparents Anne and Sanford Garrah, and Jean and Ken Richards. A colourful journey, on sometimes bumpy roads, was Shauna’s path to eternity. She leaves behind her mom, Sharon, siblings Mike McNulty, Shannon (Clint) Cadwallader, Matt (Carly) Richards, partner Shaun, and stepson Marcus. Also mourning her passing aunts and uncles Judy (Wayne), Chris (Marcie) and cousins Patrick (Barb), Terry (Heather), Morgan, and Darcy (Catherine) and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Shauna will be buried close to her dad in the Port McNeill cemetery at a later date. Donations in Shauna’s name, to SPCA or Canadian Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers, would be greatly appreciated. Love you forever and ever “Our beautiful little Toad”. Picture can be viewed at Campbell River Mirror online.

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KORZENOSKI: Earl of Vernon Formerly of Grandview, Manitoba; Sicamous, BC; Norway House, Manitoba

Posted by on January 1, 2017

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On December 16, 2016 Earl Korzenoski at the age of 86 passed away peacefully at his home in Vernon, British Columbia with his wife Nellie (Holomay) at his side as well as his children. Earl faced his illness with courage, grace and dignity.
He leaves behind his daughters Bernice, Heather (Harry), Audrey (Glen), Kim (Doug) and son Earl (Catherine) plus his 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He had a special bond with all of his sons- in-law Harry, Rob, Doug, Willie and Glen. As well he will be missed by his brother Edward and wife Florence, plus his sister Jane and Dennis.
Earl was predeceased by his son Lloyd, mother Pauline, father John, brother Malcolm, sisters Stella, Frankie and Lillian as well as his relatives Mike and Annie Holomay, Stella and Melvin Prokopowich, Tillie and Bert Ouelette, Adam Posyniak, Edward and Nick Holomay, George and Barry Persunka, Bob Stretch, Mike Stykylo and Frank Puchailo.
Earl took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments through the years. He was their greatest cheerleader and was always there to lean on when life was tough. Nothing would stop him from visiting his family even the many miles he had to travel to maintain contact . He is remembered by his large hands that would hold you with lovingness.
Earl was born in Venlaw, Manitoba on April 8, 1930 and grew up and worked on the farm with his family. He worked in Sudbury, Ontario cutting pulp wood as a teenager. Earl and Nellie were married on October 1, 1952; they met when Nellie was teaching in the one room school in Venlaw, where they lived for two years on the farm. They were married for sixty- four wonderful years. Earl and Nellie moved to Toronto Ontario where Earl worked in a car factory. From there they moved to Atikokan, Ontario; first working driving a taxi then working in the mine. Earl had an accident while working at the mine and spent several months in Toronto Hospital ; he did not let this define his life. From there the family moved first to Gilbert Plains, Manitoba for a short period of time and then to Grandview, Manitoba where they raised their family for twelve years. Earl managed the B/A oil plant and worked closely with many farmers in the community. He was on Town Council in Grandview. He then ran his farm equipment business with his brother Malcolm. In 1971 they moved to Brandon for one year and then moved to Norway House, Manitoba for another twelve years. Earl was the Superintendent of Operations for the Frontier School Division during this time. From there they moved to Fort Nelson, British Columbia where he worked for Northern Metallic. In 1985 they moved to Salmon Arm with the intention of retiring. Within the next year Earl & Nellie operated an Esso station in Sicamous, British Columbia for three years. He officially retried when he was 60. They continued to live in Sicamous for twenty-four years. They moved to Kelowna in 2014 and then to Vernon in 2016. As demonstrated by his strong work ethic Earl proved that working hard had great rewards. His commitment to family was shown everyday in his life through his actions.
Earl lived his life with a strong sense of fairness, honesty and integrity in his personal life, with his family and his working relationships. He always kept himself busy living life fully. He had many passions including farming, hunting, golfing, cutting firewood, fishing, boating, walking, cooking and fixing all sorts of running machines. He liked to travel and when he did he included as many of his family members as he could, sometimes driving a caravan throughout the provinces and Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Earl always had his doors open to his home. Over the years family stayed for long periods of time sometimes working with him at his businesses and sharing their lives with him. Earl helped in the raising of his grandchildren; with some living with him for many years. Earl loved being a mentor and friend to the people in his life. He was willing to share his time, energy and wisdom with all.
Earl had a great sense of humor and loved to tease everyone. Earl’s motto was laugh as often as you breathe. He showed us how to be open and accept change, how to be excited about life and new experiences and created many life long memories to all that he touched.
Earl loved to drive. He would take his family for their regular Sunday drives after Church, sometimes to the farm to visit and work with relatives and sometimes just to drive and explore the country roads. Picking wild fruits and mushrooms was a particular joy for everyone. When living in Norway House the drive to Grandview included a long drive on winter ice roads with ice raising behind him as he travelled. He taught us to be brave and to try even if you thought you would fail; he was encouraging and loving.
Earl loved living and working in Norway House; he enjoyed fishing trips and would charter planes from Gary Long with family and friends. In particular, Earl loved working with the people of the community. He was a leader of people and mentored many. He is still fondly remembered in Norway House.
Earl followed the world events of news and had a love of politics. He always loved to carry on great conversations related to the latest news and would share the events with others.
Earl had a special love for his pets Jake, Billy and Cam. They were part of his family and went on all trips with him.
Our memories of him holding all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever be in our hearts. His spirit will always be present in our minds and hearts.
Those wishing to honor Earl’s memory may do so by changing your oil regularly and keeping your fuel tank on the top half.
A celebration of life will occur in the future. Earl will be loved and missed by all his family and many life long friends through eternity. He has left us all with many precious memories.

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MILLER: Grace May of London

Posted by on December 5, 2016
25135-miller2MILLER, Grace May… After a brief illness following her 100th birthday, Grace May Miller passed away at Elmwood Place, London on Friday, December 2, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Percy H. Miller. Cherished mother of Maureen Tipping and her husband Thomas of London and Catherine Miller of London. Also loved by her grandchildren Michael (Danika) and Brian Tipping (Rebecca) and her great-grandchildren Keira, Madison, Jacob, Leif and Freja Tipping. Dear sister-in-law of Dorothy MacFadyen of Winnipeg. Dearly missed by Jen Esplin of Toronto. Predeceased by her son David K. Miller, grandson Stephen Tipping and brothers Paul and Lynn MacFadyen. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and raised in Zealandia, Grace arrived in London with her husband Percy in September 1944. Grace was actively involved in many organizations within Metropolitan United Church, including the Senior Choir, the U.C.W. and the Board of Stewards. Friends will be received by the family from 9:30 to 11:00 am on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London N6A 3P8, where the funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 am. Interment of cremated remains at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Metropolitan United Church General Fund or a charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184.

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WINTERTON: John of Hensall

Posted by on September 29, 2016

style-11-4x6-w300At South Huron Hospital on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 of Hensall in his 80th year. Predeceased  by his wife Marilyn (Sargent) Winterton?. Dear brother of Cheryl Ryan of Manitoba.

Cremation with private family arrangements.

Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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

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VAN OOSTROM: Cornelis “Keith” of Strathroy

Posted by on September 15, 2016

image_0Peacefully passed on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 with family by his side at Strathmere Lodge; Keith Van Oostrom in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Dora for 57 years. Dear father of Tony (Rosemary) Van Oostrom of Fenwick, Ontario, Judy (Brian) MacNeil of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Sharon (Otto) Vander Werf of Strathroy, Ontario.  Loving Opa of Michael, Colin, Daniel and Janine. Keith is survived by his 2 brothers and sister all living in the Netherlands.

Predeceased by his parents Antonius and Gijsberta Van Oostrom, and 3 brothers and 1 sister.

The family would like to thank the VON at Trillium Village and the staff of Strathmere Lodge. Special thanks also to Pierina Porciello, Helen Green, Joe White and to all friends who have given their support and friendship.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. Visitation will continue at DENNING’S on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 9; 30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Strathroy at 11 a.m. with Fr. John Pirt officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations to All Saints Roman Catholic Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.denning.ca.

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Watson: Vernon (Vern) of Abbotsford Formerly of Portage la Prairie

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with sadness that the family of Vernon Grant Watson announces his passing on Friday, July 8th, 2016, at the age of 92 after a brief illness. Vern passed peacefully in his sleep at Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford BC., where he resided. Predeceased by his wife Vicki, parents William and Mary Watson, brothers Arnold, Alvin, Glen, sisters Edna, Phoebe, Ada. Vern will be lovingly remembered by his children Grant (Sandy), Kelly (Tara-Dawn) and Scott, grandchildren Nathan (Amanda), Brandy (Bryan), Shane, great grandchildren Simon and Gabiel as well as very close friends Ron and Deb Barbon.
Vern was born in Brandon MB. On March 22nd, 1924 and raised in Plumas MB on the family farm. He joined the armed forces in 1943 and served 4 years. After leaving the forces he became a stationary engineer in Portage la Prairie, MB where he was employed by the Manitoba and Federal governments until his retirement. Vern also started a roofing company in Portage that became Watson’s Roofing. Vern moved to Abbotsford BC. in 1987 where he lived until his passing.
He was very proud of his athletic accomplishments that included baseball, fastball, golf, curling and darts. He was known as one of the best fastball pitches of his era winning multiple local and Manitoba Championships with the Portage Mercurys. One of his fondest memories was out dueling Eddie Feigner’s King and His Court team. Vern was inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame in 2003.
A private memorial service will be held in Portage la Prairie for family members.
Memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame Memorial Fund at 321-145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6

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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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HALPIN, Mary Louise of Belleville

Posted by on May 2, 2016

Halpin, Mary Louise – peacefully at Heart of Hastings Hospice, after a lengthy illness, on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 in her 87th year.  Daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Grabowski.  Beloved wife of Len Halpin of Belleville.  Loving mother of Cathy Halpin (Peter Rollins) of Belleville and Donna Mondani of Richmond, BC. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer Sharpe of New York City and John Philip Mondani of Vancouver.  Louise is survived by her brother Robert (June) Grabowski and her sister Patricia Wexler both of Winnipeg. Louise is a former President of the St. Michael’s CWL.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Michael the Archangel on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with the family greeting visitors at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Arrangements entrusted to the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273).

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Heart of Hastings Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

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Roddy: Jon HOFFMAN of Langley Formerly of Qualicum

Posted by on April 22, 2016

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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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TAYLOR: Robert W. “Bob” Sr., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on April 19, 2016

Robert TaylorTAYLOR, Robert W. “Bob” Sr., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in his 79th year.  Husband of the late Doris “Bea” (nee Rainsforth) Taylor (1998).  Father of David Taylor (Stephanie) of Montréal, QC, and Robert W. Taylor Jr. of St. Thomas.  Grandfather of Victoria, Michelle, Jamie, Zachary and Zoe Taylor, all of Montréal, QC.  Brother of Miriam Rawlinson of London, Kathryn Spencer of Cleveland, OH, Phillip Taylor of Winnipeg, MB, and the late Wendy McFarlane.  Also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.  Born in Montréal, QC, on July 9, 1937, he was the son of the late John and Florence (nee Wood) Taylor. Bob was a retired photographer for the Montréal Star and later was a welder at Triad Industries, London.  Friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, April 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice gratefully acknowledged.

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BEND: Kay of London

Posted by on March 30, 2016

BEND, Kay….. Peacefully with family by her side at Highview Residence, London, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Kay (Fisher) Bend in her 103rd year. Beloved wife of the late Robert Bend. Loving mother of Jack Bend and his wife Jane Rylett of London, Jim Bend of Cochrane, Alberta and Rob Bend and his wife Narisa Somapa of Winnipeg. Dear grandmother of Ryan and his wife Jennifer, Allison and her husband Andy, Bonnie and her husband Edgar, Becky and her husband Mike and Brandy and her partner Sylvie and missed by 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her sisters Mary, Emma, Dorothy and Zella and her brother Ed. Also missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Stonewall Anglican Church, Stonewall MB, details to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 20 Eglinton Ave. W., 16th floor, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8   http://www.alzheimer.ca/ or Heart and Stroke Foundation – Ontario, 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300, Box 2414, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4   http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/  A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com The family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by the staff at Highview Residences – Capulet Walk, London.

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PALMER: Mary “Dianne” of Woodstock

Posted by on March 26, 2016

PalmerwebPalmer (nee Korby), Mary “Dianne” – Died peacefully at home with her adoring husband, Ted, by her side on Monday, March 21, 2016 in her 73rd year.  Esteemed wife of Edward (Ted) Palmer.  Loving mother of Grant (Anita) of Winnipeg, Tanya (Wade) of Stratford and Christopher (Amanda) of London.  Much loved grandmother of Mike, Tom, Michelle, Jacob, Noah, Rebekkah, Bradley, Shannon and Nathanael. Also survived by Ted’s siblings Patrick, Lynda and Karen and their spouses as well as several nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.  Predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Lily Korby,  brother John, step-grandson Thom Welch and nephew Steven Korby.   Dianne served as a Salvation Army Corps Officer in Toronto and St. Thomas, worked as a Homemaker supervisor for the St. Thomas Red Cross and as the Branches Supervisor for the Elgin County Library system.  Dianne co-authored the book, Full-Time Families. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and her Master of Library Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.  She was a member and past-president the Probus Club of Woodstock-Oxford.  We are grateful for the compassionate care Dianne received over the past several months from the Saint Elizabeth nurses and from Dr. Karen Fryer.  You made a difficult time more bearable. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.  A Celebration of Dianne’s life will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30am at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 9 Douro St. (at Waterloo), Stratford.  The Reverend Robert Doerr, Officiant, and the Reverend Daniel Bowyer, Celebrant. Private interment to follow in Avondale Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to VON Sakura House.  Smith-LeRoy 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (Proverbs 31:29, NIV)

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McCONNELL, W. Ross of Grand Bend, formerly of Oakville, Milton, Winnipeg and Vancouver Island, age 80

Posted by on March 23, 2016

McCONNELL - Ross croppedMcCONNELL:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, W. Ross McConnell, of Grand Bend, formerly of Oakville, Milton, Winnipeg and Vancouver Island, age 80.  Beloved husband of the late Eunice Evelyn (Fielding) (1993) and the late Diane Jacqueline (Thompson) McPherson (2005).  Loved father and father-in-law of David and Ann McConnell, Brian and Tina McConnell all of Burlington, Pamela McConnell and Colin Milroy of Winnipeg, MB.  Cherished grandpa of Laura, Rachel, Jennifer, Tyler, Ashley and great-grandson Bennett.  Will be sorely missed by his canine companion Winston.  Predeceased by his parents Wallace and Elsie (Crabbe) McConnell and his beloved canine companion Freckles.  Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood with visitation on Thursday, March 24th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Family and friends may gather for Interment Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery, 1149 Dundas St. W., Oakville, on Saturday March 26th, 2016 at 12:30 PM.  A post-internment gathering will be held in Burlington from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Black Bull Pub, 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington. Ross and Eunice were the Founding Owners of Gateway Reproductions which is now known as Gateway Visual Communications in Mississauga.  He was a member of Rotary International, Grand Bend and will be remembered by many in the Grand Bend area with his 1953 Robin-egg blue Cadillac Convertible.   If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Rotary International or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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WARREN: Frank C. of St. Thomas, Ont

Posted by on February 25, 2016

Frank Warren

WARREN – It is with great sadness that the family of Frank Charles Warren announces his passing on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in his 87th year.  Frank is survived by his children Cindy Howlett of St. Thomas, Martin (Paige) Mills of Winnipeg, Anne (Bill) Martin of St. Thomas, Kevin Mills of B.C., Russ Earhart of St. Thomas, and Judy (Bob) Holt of St. Thomas; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his twin brothers Bill (Ruth) Warren of St. Thomas and Harry (Dorothy) Warren of Stoney Creek; and by his sisters-in-law Shirley (late Herb) Percival and Margot (late Gordon) Bolton all of Guelph; and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his wife Joyce Warren (2012), his sister Jean Chiasson, and his brother-in-law Rev. Canon Harold Thomasson.  Frank had retired after many years of service as a nurse’s aide at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, with the funeral service will taking place in the chapel at 12:00pm.  Cremation to follow.  If desired, donations to the Salvation Army – St. Thomas or the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) would be appreciated. Personal condolences to the family can be made at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com.

 

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RONDEAU: Grant Stephen of Winnipeg

Posted by on January 30, 2016

images-4After a hard fought battle with cancer, Grant Rondeau, beloved husband, father, and grandfather has passed away at his residence on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 63 years.

Predeceased by his parents Alfred and Cecile and survived by the love of his life Kelly; daughter Jody; son-in-law Billy; step-children Gary, Cheryl, Josh(Angie) and Tyler as well his siblings Bruce(Phyllis), Tim(Angie) and Kathy(Sinc). He also survived by his 13 grandchildren, Marissa (Jon), Chase, Lacey, Storm, and two foster children Larry, Elyssa, Jennifer, Michael, Keri and Kailee, Parker and Willow.

Grant previously attended Glenwood and Glenlawn Schools. Around the age of 15 he ran his own grocery store, which was one of his first jobs. He was a jack-of-all-trades but his true passion was carpentry; something which has inspired his grandson Chase to follow his footsteps.
In 1987 he and Kelly met and it was love at first sight. Grant was a kind, caring and gentle man. He was there for you when you needed it whether you just needed a good laugh or you needed some advice. He also cared very much for animals and treated his dog Kiki as if she was another human daughter. He always knew how to make anyone laugh with his countless jokes even if the joke had been told several times before. 

All-in-all, Grant was an incredible man who loved to make everyone happy and he will forever live on in his family who loved him dearly.

Grant’s life will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road.  At Grant’s request, please arrive with only good humour and fun memories; leaving as many tears at home as possible.

The family would like to give their deepest sincere thank you to Dr. Dawe and nurse Debbie from CancerCare Manitoba and to his “Earth Angels” from the WRHA Palliative Care Program for the professional and compassionate care they provided Grant in his time of need.

Jody and Billy would like to express a very special thank you to Kelly for taking the best of care of Dad.

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PLUCHINSKI: Eleanor of Winnipeg

Posted by on January 30, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Eleanor Marion Pluchinski on January 6, 2016

Eleanor was born April 19, 1948 to Hedwig (Howke) and Ernest Pluchinski.  She grew up in Whitemouth before the family moved to Winnipeg in 1953; settling in East Kildonan.  Eleanor attended Miles Macdonell Collegiate, graduating in 1964.  After graduation, Eleanor was employed by the Winnipeg School Division #1, retiring in 1990 after 25 years of dedicated service.

Eleanor was predeceased by her parents and baby brother Alfred.  She is sadly missed by her sisters, Dolores (Ewald) Knopf, Margaret (Henry) Splett and Valerie (Alvin) Pescitelli; brother Harvey (Emilie) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Eleanor’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent. Following a reception, her ashes were interred in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, Garden of Everlasting Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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POLEC, Douglas B. of London

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Polec 1 - edited POLEC, Douglas B. – Passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Friday, January 29, 2016 in his 71st year.  Lovingly remembered by his daughter, Deborah-Ann Polec of Los Angeles, California.  Sadly missed by his sister Winona “Nonnie” Hoffinger of Portland, Oregon; his brother Gary Polec of Winnipeg, Manitoba; his best friend Francoise of London; and his nieces and nephew: Glenn, Lori, Sheri and Cathy.  Doug was a caring, gentle and dedicated man who appreciated his family, friends and his former co-workers at 3M Canada.  He had a passion for golf and will be fondly remembered by his golf buddies.  A memorial reception to celebrate Doug’s life will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday, February 5th, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with Words of Remembrance at 11:30 a.m.   Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Doug are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program.  For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

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SMITH: Irene Alice (Jelly) of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Irene SmithAlice “Irene” (Jelly) Smith of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton, passed away at Elgin Abbey, Chesley on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in her 101st year.

Beloved mother of Brucie (Jelly) and her husband Bruno DeLazzer of Bramalea, Ellen (Smith) and her husband Paul Muir of Winnipeg, Charlotte (Smith) Roberts of Elmwood and mother-in-law of Debbie Jelly of Ingersoll. Irene will remain in the hearts and minds of her 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son David Jelly, husbands George Jelly and Charles Smith and siblings, John, Albert, Margaret, Patty and Agnes MacKenzie.

Irene’s wishes were for cremation to take place and private family services will follow.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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PAWLEY, Honourable Howard R.

Posted by on January 2, 2016

WEB_Pawley_HowardP.C., O.C., O.M., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.D.(Hons.)

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 30, 2015 at the age of 81 years. Funeral Arrangements Pending. Arrangements entrusted to Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories or photos at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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MCDONALD (NEE CONWAY): Rita Christine of Kamloops Formerly of 100 mile house,bc, and Sault Ste Marie , Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Rita peacefully passed away on Decenber 22, 2015
She was the Mom for her seven children Kelly,Kim,Heather,Trish,Maureen,Melinda,Emmett.She was married to Keith Gordon Mcdonald who passed on Dec 13,1990.Mom was one of 15 children born in the sault sre marie ontario to Howard and Lillian(Lilly) Conway and mom is also the last of that family.She will be missed by all that knew her especially her children.R.I.P. Mom..Until We Meet Again

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