Obituaries

Bev Reynolds (Art)Passed away in April, 2024 on on Haida Gwaii; (details when they become available)

George Albert Barkhouse

1929-2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of George Albert Barkhouse, quietly in his home on the morning of Saturday, April 20, 2024.

George was born October 18, 1929, on Church Street in Port Williams. As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy in 1950, where he was involved in communications research. Stationed at many bases during his career, he served his country with honour in Ottawa, Coverdale, Gander, Fort Churchill, and Alert while giving his family experiences they will never forget. When he retired as a Master Warrant Officer in 1975, he was recognized for the outstanding length of his service.

Kind and talkative in equal measure, George was beloved by family and community alike, and was an active member of the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Kingsport NS, and a cherished grand and great-grandfather. In his free time, George was an active man who loved to golf and fish. He loved working with his hands, adding to his home and the homes of his children with many projects over the years, and creating beautiful leatherworks which will be cherished by his family.

George was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Ingles, and his sisters, Pearl and Beverly. He is survived by his loving wife, June; his children, Gail (Bud), Catherine (Brian), Larry, Linda, and Melanie (David); his grandchildren, Michael (Kari), Darryl (Kiki), Stephen (Michelle), Sylvia (Evan), Maria (Chris), Mark, Ian (Wendy), Sarah, Christina (Shane), Ben, and Katie; and his great-grandchildren, Jared, Danica, Ethan, Sydney, Brooke, Zach, Lex, Misha, Marshall, and Rowan.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday April 27th at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Kingsport and will concurrently be livestreamed at the Lloyd Memorial Center at 29 Main Street in Kingsport, where the reception will also be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George’s memory to a local food bank or the St. Thomas Anglican Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

 

Lynn Wortman

December 13, 1939 – April 23, 2024

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024 Lynn passed away. He had a fall and never recovered from it. Lynn was born in Fairview, Alberta on December 13th, 1939. He was pre-deceased by his parents, William (Bill) and Kathleen Wortman.

On October 8th, 1958, Lynn joined the Navy. After basic training he was posted to Gloucester in the spring of 1959 for his Trade Group 1 course. His first posting after that was to Churchill, Manitoba which included a six month tour in Alert. His next posting was to Gloucester on an EW course. From there he went to the West Coast where he served on both the HMCS Fraser as well as the commissioning voyage of the HMCS Saskatchewan. In 1964 Lynn was posted back to Gloucester for a Trade Group 3 course. In 1965 he was then posted back to Churchill, not his choice by any means. In 1966 Lynn was promoted to Petty Officer 2nd class. In1967 back to Gloucester for Special Equipment course – that is where he changed trades to Rad Tech. He then went back to Churchill.

Lynn and I met in February of 1965 and were married on July 9th, 1966. Lynn was in Churchill at the time. This was my first posting with Lynn. In 1968 we were posted to Bermuda where our son, Rob, was born. We spent almost three years in Bermuda. After that Lynn took an out of trade posting to Penhold Alberta. While there, he became very involved in the community and the Community Council. Some of his achievements were, the organizing and operating a Little League Baseball program, coaching and winning the Prairie Region small base championship in flag football, Vice President of the Curling Club etc. We were in Penhold until March of 1974 and then Lynn was posted to Ottawa. This was our final posting.

Lynn was on a special team with the military – the Technical Security Inspection Team. In 1978 Lynn retired as a Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) after 20 years in the Navy and joined the RCMP as a Civilian Member. He worked in the Security Engineering Branch as part of the Counter Technical Intrusion Unit (CTIU). While with the RCMP Lynn invented a piece of electronic equipment which checked for the presence of eavesdropping devices in electronic telephones, as well as for the presence of carrier-borne audio in electrical power lines serving the area which the CTIU may be required to inspect. For this he received the Commissioner’s Commendation and a monetary stipend. He traveled extensively with this team. He enjoyed his time with the RCMP and finally retired in 1996 after 17 years.

At one of the SUPRAD Oldtimers Reunions and after a tour of Ops, Lynn was talking to George Fraser and said there wasn’t much of a record of what their trade was all about. That’s when Lynn, with George’s help, decided to write, “The History of Canadian Signals Intelligence and Direction Finding.” He enjoyed doing the research and published the book by himself. Lynn said he’d be lucky if they sold 100 copies. In the end over 300 were sold. Last year Lynn received the, “Communications and Electronics Association Heritage Award”.

Lynn and I had a good marriage (57 years) with lots of travelling and visiting family and friends across Canada and elsewhere. We both enjoyed curling and participated in many mixed bonspiels. Lynn, Wayne Moore, Aubrey Callan and Butch Whitlaw did some bonspieling together as well, possibly there might have been a drink or two involved!

Lynn was a devoted Father to our son, Rob, involved in all the sports that he participated in, even coaching some. He will be sadly missed.

From Wayne Moore

Lynn, along with Butch Whitlaw were instrumental in designing and producing our two Membership Trees, that are inside the foyer of the ARM at CFS Leitrim.  He also was in charge of arranging a trophy shop that made the oval shaped plaques for the trees.  Lynn started putting small crosses on the plaques of those at passed away.  A driving force for our SupRad Oldtimers Association – he will definitely be missed by everyone in the association.

From Ray Lebeau

The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were deeply saddened by the news of Lynn’s passing.  Lynn served as an invaluable member of our Oldtimers committee for many years and he was highly respected and admired by everyone.  When his health permitted, Lynn never missed a GAGGLE at the CFS Leitrim All Ranks Mess.  Lynn, and Butch Whitlaw, were instrumental in designing and producing the two Trees of Life that are located in the foyer of the Leitrim All Ranks Mess.  These two trees have leaves with the names of every one of our Life Members.  Up until 2015, at the SUPRAD Oldtimers Annual Reunions, Lynn, and Wayne Moore, helped me with the Service of Remembrance by preparing ceremony pamphlets and getting framed pictures of Life Member Honourees.  The honourees framed pictures are displayed on the wall in the Greely Legion.  Since 2016, thanks to Lynn’s and Wayne’s recommendation, rather than selecting one nominee as an honouree, all Life Members who passed during the year are recognized as honourees at the Service of Remembrance.  In 2005, when Lynn, and George Fraser, wrote “The History of Canadian Signals Intelligence and Direction Finding”, and dedicated it to those who served, it was an immediate success with all of our members.  When Lynn asked me, Wayne Moore, Butch Whitlaw and John Turnbull, to write an Introduction for the book, we were beyond being honoured to have this privilege.  Not only was this book written for the members of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) community, but it was also written for our family members who could now get a better appreciation and understanding of what it meant to serve as Radioman Special (RS rate) and MOC 291 – Communicator Research operator / analyst / reporter.  Thank you Lynn, and George, for doing this.  Our SUPRAD Oldtimers members and friends will forever cherish the enjoyable memories that were shared with Lynn.  In loving memory of Lynn, a small bronze cross will now be placed on his leaf on the Tree of Life.  As well, Lynn will be lovingly remembered at this years 23 June Service of Remembrance.  As members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  God Bless.

From Gary Anderson

Lynn and I joined the Navy Oct 1958 and travelled together via train all the way to Cornwallis , Picking up Don Huppe in Winnipeg on the way.  Lynn was an extremely good friend when we served together in Bermuda and our times together at Glo.  I was a happy moment to meet again in 1999 in Ottawa after so many years.

Clarence Harold Andrews (Andy)

June 4, 1937 – April 11, 2024

A devoted husband, loving father, and military veteran, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Born in Glace Bay, NS, Andy lived a life marked by dedication and service.

Andy found true happiness in the warmth of his family. He shared 63 years of marriage with his beloved wife, Mona, and three children, Caroline (Dan), Leslie (Pierre), and David and grandfather of Zachary and Justin.

Throughout his 36 years with the military and tenure with the British High Commission, Andy exemplified unwavering commitment and loyalty, earning respect and forging lifelong friendships.

Andy’s zest for life was evident from a young age. He embraced the outdoors and sports with enthusiasm, enjoying hunting, fishing, running, tennis, bowling, and gardening. He was also a fierce supporter of the Montreal Canadians and a zealous animal lover.

In retirement, Andy discovered a passion for cooking, delighting his family with homemade bread, chocolate chip cookies, and pizza.

Andy will be remembered for his kind heart, generous spirit, and love for a good debate. His legacy will endure in the hearts of all who knew him. Rest in peace, knowing you are cherished beyond words.

In memory of Andy, donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Calvin Ryburn Diamond

April 23, 1939 – April 9, 2024

Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, NL on April 9, 2024, Calvin Diamond aged 84 years.

Calvin is predeceased by his parents: Eric and Marjorie (Elson) Diamond; brother Reginald Diamond and sister Violet (Diamond) Mews; father and mother-in-law: Eldon and Stella (Gill) Butt; and brothers-in-law: Tom Hughes, Reginald Butt, and Gerald Mews.

Lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 61 years, Margaret (Butt) Diamond; children Gary (Sherry) Diamond and Karen (Kendall) Barbour. Calvin leaves behind his grandchildren who were his everything, Kyle (Kara) Osmond-Barbour, Krista (Robin) Hiscock, Maria Diamond, and Ben Diamond. He also leaves behind his precious great-granddaughters: Eleanor Osmond-Barbour and Autumn Hiscock.

Left with fond memories are his brothers Mac (Ethel) Diamond and Dolph (Jane) Diamond; brothers-in-law Roy (Rita) Butt, Claude (Shirley) Butt, William Butt, and sisters-in-law Shirley (Irvin) Bauch, Barbara Hughes, Rosemary (Hubert Sweetapple) Butt, and Eileen Butt.

The Diamond family would like to extend a special thank you to his brother Mac and wife Ethel Diamond for staying with the family at the hospital throughout his illness and for being with him at the end. Rev. Karen Thorne for her daily visits during his time in hospital, the nursing staff on 4 South A, and Dr. Ian MacPhearson and the Internal Medicine team who provided for his care. Thank you as well to everyone who sent messages or called.

The family will be accepting friends and relatives for visitation at Barrett’s Funeral Home, 73 Commonwealth Ave., Mount Pearl, on Monday, April 22 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Funeral to follow in Barrett’s Memorial Chapel at 1:00 pm. Interment at Memorial Gardens, Galway immediately following service.

For those unable to attend in person, the funeral service will be livestreamed. Please visit www.barretts.ca and follow the link provided.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations may be made in Calvin’s memory to the Janeway.

In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else ever will.

 

 

Norma M. Cassidy-Lough (Dacre)

In loving memory of Norma Lough (nee Cassidy), passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8th, at the age of 84. Norma was more than a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; she was the heart and soul of her family.

Norma leaves behind her devoted husband, Bill Lough, and her children: Kim (Stephen), Laury (Bill), and Michael and step-children Sean and Michelle. She was the cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Brianna, Justin, and Tristan, and step-grandmother to Emma, Elizabeth and Madeline and the beloved great-grandmother of Braden, Ethan, Leena, and Jay.

Though our hearts ache with the pain of her absence, we find solace in knowing that Norma is no longer suffering and has found peace.

Norma’s memory will forever be a beacon of love and warmth in our lives. We love you dearly, Norma, and you will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives were touched by her kindness and grace.

With heavy hearts, Bill, Kim, Laury, Mike, and all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at St. Francis De Sales Blessed Sacrament Cemetery, 11755 Highway 15 (ON 15), Smiths Falls, on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Hanley Hall of Saint Francis de Sales Church; 30 McGill St. N, Smiths Falls.

 

 

Feeley, Norma Aileen (Mac)

Passed away peacefully at the Osgoode Care Centre on Thursday, March 28, 2024, Norma Aileen Feeley (nee Putnam) of Chesterville, age 95. Beloved wife of the late Mac Feeley who passed away in 1999. Loving mother of Philip Feeley (Elizabeth) of Fleur de Lys, Newfoundland and Mark Feeley (Janet) of Ottawa. Norma will be fondly remembered by her granddaughter Kathryn Feeley. Dear aunt of Howard Hudson (Eileen) of Mariatown. She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Stella Putnam (nee Martin), her daughter Janet Bell, her son Michael and her sister Betty Hudson. A Memorial Service will be held at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11 a.m. Spring interment will be at Morewood United Cemetery. Donations to the OSPCA would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. If you are making your donation online or by cheque directly to the charity, please include the following note with your gift “please notify the family”. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

James (Jim) Eugene Hueglin

July 15, 1940  –  March 19, 2024

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Maj. (Ret) James (Jim) Eugene Hueglin, peacefully at KGH, Kingston, Tuesday March 19th, after a brief illness.

Remembered lovingly by his wife June (Agla), of 62 years, sons Stephen and Dave, daughters-in-law Jean and Marie, Grandchildren Ryan (and wife Melissa), Brent, Josh (and wife Ashley), Elizabeth and Sarah-Christina, Ben (and girlfriend Daphnee), and Elie, and great granddaughters Ava and Hanna. He will also be fondly remembered by past CF members who served with him, his golf family in Sebring, Florida, and dance and bridge partners in Kingston.
Jim joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1961 and trained as a teletype and cypher equipment technician. He completed a UN tour of duty in the Belgian Congo in 1963. He was commissioned from the ranks and served as a signals officer, in Germany, England and Canada, in the RCHA, Royal School of Signals and in Electronic Warfare. He ended his regular career as the CO of CFSRSHQ Detachment, USA Field Station, Augsburg, Germany, with the US 701st Military Intelligence Brigade.
Jim served in the reserves as OC of the Reserve EW Sqn and was appointed for a 3 year term as Honorary Lt. Colonel of the Reserve EW Sqn. Jim was also a past president of the FSNA and an executive member of the Signallers Club of Canada.
We will always be grateful to the staff of KGH for their excellent and compassionate care, most especially Doctors Alessia Di Carlo and Gloria Vazquez Grande.
Please make any donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, 4-55 Rideau St. Kingston, ON, K7K 9Z9, directed to Kidd 4.

A celebration of life will be held on July 13th, between 2 and 4pm, at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, ON, K7M 7H3.

 

 

December 19, 1960 – March 20, 2024

On Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the NHS – St. Catharines Site, Tom Thurlow in his 64th year lost his battle with cancer. Survived by his two sons Steven and Jordan. Good brother to Bill Thurlow, sister-in-law Sylvia Thurlow, Tina Turenne (Mike), Mandy Weston, Brenda Thibodeau (Leo). Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts and uncles. Tom will be missed by many others who called him family or a friend. Predeceased by his wife Mary Thurlow (Clutterbuck), his parents Bill and Betty Thurlow (Bowering), his parents-in-law Leo and Helen Clutterbuck (Phelan), his brother Mike Thurlow,

his brothers-in-law Joe Clutterbuck and Harry Clutterbuck and nephew Simon Clutterbuck.

Tom was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with the 770 Communication Research Squadron, specializing as a Russian Linguist.

In honouring Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Future water scattering ceremony will be held a later date. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Alfred Roman Catholic Church, 272 Vine St, St. Catharines, Ontario, on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 12 p.m. Reception will follow in the Mary Martha Room.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (Wheels of Hope Driving Program), would

be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at CCBSCares.ca

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Maggie Brasier (Geoff)

(Passed away 4 March 2024, Details when they become available)

 

Paulette Cadman

1961 – 14 March 2024

Sadly and suddenly on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the age of 62, Paulette passed away and is now in the arms of her late son Mitchell.  Loving and adored spouse of Larry Cadman.  Devoted mother to daughter Lea (Leo) and Mitchell. Adored Nana to Madison (Eric), Jaime, Ryann and Cooper and great Nana to Blaire and Easton.  Dear sister to Dianne, Donna and Cindy.  Paulette is the Daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Aucoin and she is predeceased by her siblings Joe Aucoin and Rhonda Aucoin. Loved by father-in-law Conan Cadman (Carolyn – deceased), brother-in-law Kevin (Sue). Forever remembered by many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Family and Friends

Family  and friends meant everything to Paulette;  the family invites friends to a Celebration at Highland Park (2037 McGee Side Road, Carp) on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with words of Remembrance at 2:00 pm as we share memories of this special woman who touched many peoples lives.   

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to

The Compassionate Friends, an organization Paulette and Larry committed their time to following the passing of their son Mitchell twelve years ago.  Donations can be made through the link provided.

 

 

David Malcolm MacLennan

November 23, 1944 — March 5, 2024

With sadness, the MacLennan family announces that David Malcolm MacLennan passed away after a long struggle on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 in his 80th year. 

 Beloved husband for 56 years to Ruth. Loving father of Dan, Mike (Lillian) and Matt (Morgan Bogad). Proud grandfather of Cole. Dear brother of Frank (Jeaninne Lacroix) and Catherine (Arthur) Lavergne.  Dave was a special uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers Ronald and John. 

Friends may visit the family at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road) on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 10 to 11 a.m.   

A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. followed by a reception. Private burial Pinecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory can be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the Canadian Diabetes Association. 

Charles Powell (Chuck)

March 10th, 1937 – March 1st 2024

With family at his side, Chuck passed away peacefully on 01 March 2024. Chuck was born in and grew up in Woodstock ON. He is predeceased by his parents Charlotte (Cayley) and Delbert Powell, and his siblings, Bill, Margaret, Laurie, and Jackie. His brother George resides in St. John’s NL. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dale (Giddings), and his sons Jonathan (Susan) of Ottawa and Robert (Wendy) of Curaçao, as well as grand-children, Lisa, Kristina (Davin), Kelly (Marc), and Eric (Shyla), and great-granddaughters, Baya and Isla.

Chuck enjoyed reading, making wine, working on family genealogy, spending time with family, helping whenever needed, and sharing coffee or wine with Dale on their balcony.

Chuck will be deeply missed by family and friends. We will miss his many stories of days gone by, his tuneful ditties, and his dry sense of humor, but he will remain always in our thoughts and hearts.

A sincere thank you for the care provided by the doctors, nurses, PSWs, and other staff on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the Ottawa General Hospital, as well the medical staff at South-East Ottawa Community Health Care Centre.

A celebration of life will be held between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on 10 March 2024 in the basement lounge of 2951 Riverside Drive (The Denbury), Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ottawa Cancer Institute or a charitable organization of your choice.

Celebration of Life – Bob Hicks (from Jean Hicks)

Robert (Bob) Hicks
Celebration of Life – Memorial Gathering
Wednesday, 15th May, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hall of Colours – Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue
Anyone wishing to attend can right click on the following link and fill in the form. https://bobhicks.ca/#rsvp

Richard Donald Smith

1969 – 2024

SMITH, Richard Donald Age 54 of Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, passed away Thursday, February 29, 2024, in St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. He was the son of Katie (Langille) and the late Graham Smith. Richard graduated from St. Mary’s Rural High School, and then attended NSCC Pictou Campus where he studied Electrical Construction. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was stationed in Gander, NFLD and Alberta-Canadian Forces Base, Top of the World. Upon leaving the Air Force he became a Commissioner working at Sable Gas Plant, Goldboro and Tangier Gold Mine. He worked at the Rec Plex in Sherbrooke. Richard, in his day, was an amazing hockey player which he carried over to coaching the St. Mary’s Coyotes. He loved children and was always so encouraging even when they scored on their own net, he would tell them “it was the best game they ever played!”  He was an avid fisherman and loved going with his buddies; he also loved ice-fishing and spent many hours on The Arm.  Richard’s greatest loves were his children, Megan and Matthew. There was also a special place in Richard’s heart for his nephew, John Tyler and niece, Emily as well as their partners Emily and Josh and great-nephews, Alex, Lucas, Jayden and Owen and only great-niece, Charlotte. Richard leaves behind his mother, Katie Smith; sister, Elizabeth (Jay); daughter, Megan (Ben); son, Matthew; nephew, John Tyler (Emily) Langille; niece, Emily (Josh) Robinson; great-nephews, Alex, Lucas, Jayden, Owen; and great-niece, Charlotte. Richard also leaves behind a long list of childhood friends who will miss him dearly. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in St. James Presbyterian Church, Historic Sherbrooke Village with a short funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with Rev. Derek Elsworth officiating. Interment at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Rec Plex House League Hockey Program, St. Mary’s Municipal Office, 8296 Hwy 7, Sherbrooke, NS, B0J 3C0 or St. Mary’s Education Center Extra-Curricular Sports, St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy, 121 Old Road Hill, Sherbrooke, NS, B0J 3C0. A special thanks to the St. Mary’s Hospital nurses and doctors for their compassion and kindness to Richard during his final days. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Chapel, 34 Main St. Sherbrooke. On-line condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

Peter Russell (Pete) McLean

July 14, 1939 – February 24, 2024

With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing, of Peter Russell McLean, aged 84, beloved husband of Janet McLean (Funston).

He is also survived by his brother Ernie (Lucette); his daughter Jennifer (William) Nesfield; his son Jeffrey (Jennifer Lomonaco) and stepson Geoffrey Funston. Predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Jean McLean, a brother Tommy and his sister Margaret Ducasse. He will be missed by his loving grandchildren, Colleen, Jack, Mason, Isaac, and Avery; niece Stephanie (Ava) and nephew Patrick DuCasse.

After serving in both the Canadian Air Force and the Navy, Peter started his own successful communications company, Protek Electronics and enjoyed his position as the President of the Winnipeg Metro Club. In 1988 he moved to Long Island, New York, and embarked on a new venture company, Ring Communications, from which he retired in 2015.

A Celebration of Life in his memory, was held on Saturday, March 2 in Smithtown, New York.

 

 

Patricia Finlay (Dave) 

13 July 1939 –  18 February 2024

Finlay: Patricia (nee Foyster)

peacefully on Sunday February 18th, 2024 at the Moncton General Hospital. Predeceased by her beloved husband Dave. Loving mother to her 3 sons David (Jackie), John and Peter and proud grandmother of her granddaughter Eowyn.

The family will receive friends at the Robert J Reid & Sons Funeral home, 209 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) on Friday April 19th for a visitation from 11am – 12:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. James Chapel, located within St. Mary’s Cathedral following the visitation at 1 pm. Rite of Committal with prayers to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial donations, for those wishing may be made to UHKF – KHSC.

Barbara Anne CLEGHORN (Andy)

September 10, 1936 – February 14, 2024

Born on September 10, 1936 in Toronto to Howard and Dorothy Mark. Passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2024 with family at her side. Beloved and cherished wife of Andy. Loving mother of Ian MacDonald, Heather (Patrick) Comerford, and Andrew MacDonald. Grandmother of James (Stephanie) and Scott (Vicki) MacDonald, Baily and Micaela Comerford. Great grandmother of Amber, Miller and Ariah. Stepmother of Melanie Wendler, Heather Peterson and Jennifer Goossen. Sister of Lynn Murray and Joan Grimm.
Barbara was a grade 5/6 teacher in the Ottawa School Board, retiring from Cambridge Street Public School in 1996. Thoroughly enjoyed time with her friends in a community book club and bridge group. She had a joyous full life with Andy golfing, curling, square dancing, round dancing, many cruises around the world, summers at the lake and winters in Florida.
A Private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please consider a donation to the Lung Health Foundation. Online condolences may be made at colefuneneralservices.com.

Thomas “Deac” Hendrican

August 12, 1936 – December 29, 2023

Thomas “Deac” Hendrican, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2023, surrounded by family. Tom was born August 12, 1936, in Pictou, NS, and from a young age established himself as a skilled athlete, gaining a reputation in multiple sports and eventually being inducted into the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame for basketball. A proud Canadian, Tom served his country for 30 years as a Physical Education and Recreation Instructor (PERI) with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He remained active with the Legion for years after his retirement, dancing weekly and maintaining a steady karaoke presence. Spending many winters in Florida, he enjoyed hitting the links and time with friends at the Moose Lodge. His annual trip to Nova Scotia for golf with his buddies and the family visits was one he always looked forward to. Tom was passionate about many things; golf, music, and the Toronto Maples Leafs, but above all his family. They were his world. Predeceased by his beloved wife Louise (nee Garnier); parents Daniel and Elizabeth; sisters Dorothy, Olive, Laura, Marion, and Patsy; brothers John, Bill, Ernie, Leo, and Pete. Much loved father to Melanie (Miner) and favourite son-in-law Chris; adored “Poppy” to grandsons Wade and Jack. Uncle Tom and cherished friend to many. He lived life to the fullest in his 87 1/2 years and shared that with us and so many. He was loved and will be missed by all but remembered for his sense of humor and gift for storytelling. In his words, “Get it over if you want the assist.” In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. A place close to the family’s heart. Friends may pay their respects: visitation is at Kelly Funeral Home-Orléans: January 26, 2024, 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass is at Divine Infant Catholic Church: January 27, 2024, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Reception, to celebrate an incredible life and story telling, is at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 632: January 27, 2024, 12 to 4 p.m.

Dale William Stoker

October 17, 1939 – February 4, 2024

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Dale William Stoker passed away in Grande Prairie Regional Hospital on Feb. 4, 2024 at the age of 84. Dale was born Oct. 17, 1939 in Tisdale, Sask. to Henrietta and William Stoker. He grew up in Crooked River, Sask., and often shared memories of swimming in the creek, playing pond hockey, baseball and other sports with his friends and siblings, Gary, Myrna and Billy.

In 1956 at the age of 17, and with his mother’s permission, Dale joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He completed basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, NS and HMCS Gloucester, Ontario. Dale served across Canada during his military career including a

posting in Esquimalt, BC where he served on the HMCS Skeena, a destroyer. He also had postings to Churchill, MB, Coverdale, NB, Gander, NFLD, and Leitrim, ON. Dale was stationed to Alert on Ellesmere Island, the northern most island in the Canadian Arctic. A high-lite for Dale was serving on a two-year exchange program in the United States Navy at a base near Miami, Florida. After serving 24 years in the Navy and reaching the rank of Master Warrant Officer, he joined the RCMP, and served with them for 15 years.

In 1960, Dale met and then married the love of his life, Loretta. Together they raised three wonderful children, Tammy, Dan, and Kim. To Dale and Loretta family meant everything. They were very involved as parents in their children’s activities and were always supportive. On February 5, Dale and Loretta would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Dale loved life. He had a great sense of humour, loved to dance, and was an outstanding athlete. He excelled in hockey, boxing, and baseball, playing in the Senior games in Utah at the age of 72. Dale was also passionate about curling and even achieved an eight ender, a very rare event. Another favourite pass time was golf. He continued to enjoy these activities in his later years until ravaged by Alzheimer disease.

Over the course of his life, he made lasting friendships and always enjoyed a good party. His legacy of love and compassion for animals continues through his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Loretta, his children Tammy (Rudy), Dan, Kim (Don), his sister Myrna, sister in laws Betty, Linda, Marlene, Bertha and brother in laws Ron and Gary. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kailyn, Lyndie, Spenser, Quinn, and his great grandson Denver. We will miss him dearly but are relieved his suffering from this horrible disease is over.

We would like to thank Dr. Anez, Dr. Lawal, the Emergency and Unit 23 staff at Grande Prairie Regional Hospital for dad’s care.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 bcfh.ca

 

 

James (Jim) White

1943-2024

James (Jim) Francis White, 80, of Salisbury passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024 at home with his wife at his side.

  Born February 28, 1943 he was a son of the late Francis and Mary (Campbell) White. A career Navy Man he retired after 34 years from the Naval Communication Research Center. Jim was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs Fan and for many years enjoyed hooking rugs. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Banch 31, Salisbury.

  Survived and sadly missed by his beloved wife of 53 years Edie (MacDonald); children Bradley (Kasha) of Ottawa, Judianne Klimuk (Dan) of Katy, Texas; a cherished granddaughter Olivia Klimuk; sister Kathleen Davis (Jerome); brothers Sheldon (Gloria), Adrian (Marilyn), Gerard (Dianne), Robert (Debbie) and by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by an infant daughter Marilyn and brother Jack.

  Arrangements have been entrusted to Salisbury Funeral Home (506)372-4800. A gathering to celebrate Jim’s life will take place at a later date with interment at Pinehill Cemetery.

  If desired, memorials to the Canadian Cancer Society, NB Lung Association or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

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JANUARY 9, 2024

It is with immense sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our cherished mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Diane Scharfe (nee Stubbs) on January 9th, 2024, at the age of 80. Diane passed away in the loving embrace and presence of her daughter and son-in-law, with her favourite song playing.

Diane is predeceased by her husband and treasured partner of 57 years, Reid Scharfe, her son Brandon, her father Frederick, and her mother Kathleen (nee Crouch). Diane leaves behind her devoted daughter, Amie (Dave O’Neill). She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Kieran, Liam and Seamus, who miss their beloved Granny terribly. Diane also leaves behind her sister Gail Booth (James) and many nieces and nephews.

Diane was a determined, loyal, loving, and generous woman. Diane spent the first half of her life moving throughout Canada – first as the daughter of a RCMP officer and later as the wife of a Navy man. Diane created a loving home for her family wherever they lived and her strength carried her through even the toughest challenges.

Diane could often be found with a book or her latest knitting or sewing project in her hands. She was also an avid gardener – something she loved to do side by side with Reid. 

Diane was a devoted wife, mother, and Granny. Her grandsons meant the world to her and she loved nothing more than to spend time with them, laugh with them, and love them. She was an integral part of our family and we miss her beyond measure.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A. A. Milne

A private service will be held for Diane’s immediate family and closest friends in the spring. We invite family and friends to leave a message in the virtual guestbook or to make a donation in Diane’s memory to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Canadian Cancer Society

JANUARY 8, 2024

Donald Philip Forward passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday January 8, 2024, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He was 60 years old.

Born in Sussex, New Brunswick on November 14, 1963, son of the late Kenneth Arthur Forward, and Donna Ann Forward (nee McGinnis) of London, ON.

He is survived by his wife Irma, and son Jason.

Phil will be missed by his brothers Kenny, Tony and his sisters Linda (Grant) and Sandra (Rodney) and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Major Donald Philip Forward proudly served his country for 34 years, from 1983 until his retirement in 2017. Phil started his career in the Royal Canadian Airforce as a Communications Research Operator. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, he took his commission and became an Intelligence Officer. Phil spent his career in postings from coast to coast in Canada and internationally in the United States and Europe. His career included numerous deployments to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and more. On top of being a veteran he also managed to complete his Master of Science degree in the process.

Phil possessed unlimited amounts of energy and was always up for an adventure or playing another game of hockey, or a round of golf, including socializing with anyone keen to hear a story.

Phil never met a stranger. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and was generous to all. Phil’s dark sense of humor helped make light of his daily struggles of living with Parkinsons.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at Beechwood Cemetery on Monday, 22 January. Visitation will commence at 11:00am, followed by a service and a military burial service. A reception will take place afterwards. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.parkinson.ca

John Joseph (Jack) Whittingham

October 18, 1934 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 89)

John Joseph (Jack) Whittingham passed away peacefully on January 8, 2024 in his 90th year.  He was the beloved and devoted husband of Elizabeth (Betty) for 66 years.  Pre-deceased by son John Whittingham (Michelle) of Red Deer, Alberta .  Jack will be missed by his loving children Margot Seal (Steve) of Cape Spear, New Brunswick, Scott Whittingham (Charlotte) of North Bay, Ontario and Bev Chinnery (Ian) of Kingston, Ontario.  He also leaves behind 4 grandchildren Tylor Chinnery, William Whittingham, Jacob and Lucas Seal.  Jack is survived by his 3 brothers Patrick Whittingham (Eleanor) of Burlington, Ontario, Michael Whittingham (Gail) of Dallas, Texas, and Jack Aston (Christine) of England.    He was an avid Amateur Radio Operator, having retired from the Canadian Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer, and Sears as Security Manager.  “I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Joseph Whittingham, please visit our floral store.

Harlold Armstrong Harry Giles

1945 – 4 January, 2024

Mr Harry Giles of Vermilion Passed Away Thursday, January 4, 2024 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 78 years
Harry is survived by his Wife Betty Giles of Vermilion, Children Scott (Sandy) McAllister of Kitscoty, Kim Lavergne (Peter) of Sherwood Park and Maureen Giles his Grandchildren Brennan (Taigen) McAllister and Brant McAllister; Great grandchildren Sawyer and Macey McAllister; Brother Billy (Sandra) Giles of Espinola, ONT; Sister Star Heapy of Espinola, ONT
He was predeceased by his parents; Brother David and Sister Florence
In keeping with his wishes Harry will be cremated and a Family service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice

 

 

Allan E. Hone

2 August, 1942 – 3 January 2024

Allan Edward Hone of Sackville Nova Scotia; passed away peacefully at the Valley Regional Hospital (Kentville) in the wee-hours of Wednesday the 3rd of January 2024. He was 81 years old.

Allan was born on August 2nd 1942 in Edmonton Alberta. He was the son of the late Hazel Vaillancourt (née Hannah Mahranoff) and Edward Hone. At a very young age he went to live with his Aunt Irene and Uncle Otto Reiger in Melville Saskatchewan until his late teen years. Allan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara Hone (Whitford) and three step-daughters; Cindy Nickerson (Partner Allen) of Halifax NS, Laura McNeil (husband Paul) of Mt Uniacke NS, and Elizabeth McNeil (husband David) of Mt Uniacke NS. He is also survived by his son Danny Hone (wife Bonnie) of Burton NB, and Colleen Nicks (husband David) of Lee Creek BC. Allan has 10 Grandchildren and was pre-deceased by one of his Grandsons. He also has 9 X Great Grandchildren.

Allan worked with his cousin Rudy Sonmor at CESSCO in Edmonton, Alberta, before he went on to spend 35 years in the Canadian Navy. He took part in a number of national and joint-international exercises while on the ships, and was posted to places such as Alert, Masset BC, Inuvik NWT, Chula Vista California in the early years and he finished his time in the Navy on the East Coast out of Halifax, where he met his wife Barbara. He drove the daily commute to the Dockyards from their home in Lower Sackville NS, and after his retirement from the Navy, he worked as an independent business-owner helping many people in their efforts to quit smoking. He employed the ‘Quit4Good’ program, and was honoured by the NS Lung Association for his work, not to mention the many people who appreciated his support, helping them to quit smoking. He then went on to work as a Commissionaire until he ‘fully’ retired just a few years ago. One of the highlights of his time as a Commissionaire was when he worked the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

He loved fishing in the Sackville River and could often be found in his hip-waders throwing a line in on the way home from work or on his days off. His wife Barbara was the anchor behind his home-life, taking care of the home and ensuring Allan ate right which was no simple feat. Allan had a penchant for sweets. He always had a stash of chocolate bars or Twizzlers hidden somewhere, and Drumstick ice cream cones in the freezer.

Allan wasn’t one to show much emotion. A comment I recently received from one of his friends, was that he was one of the most generous people they knew, and his family was everything to him. He was appreciative of any help he received and often called days later to say ‘Thank You’ again. If you were Al’s friend, he was fiercely loyal and would give you the shirt off his back. For every grandchild he had, he set up Educational Savings Plans which was appreciated by those kids when the time came. The Whitford Family gave Al a home when he really needed one, and he enjoyed all the activities they organized, such as Family Reunions and the famous ‘Washer Toss’ annual tournaments.

If heaven is whatever we want it to be, then I would say that Allan is up there now, driving along an ocean road with the top down in a convertible Lincoln Town-car, with Tommy-Cat in the seat beside him. Once Barb joins Allan, she’ll take one look at his car and say “Allan, I know I haven’t driven in a long time, but I’d like to drive now”. I can already picture Al passing her the keys and telling her “It pulls a little to the left”.

While Allan is no longer with us in person, he will live on in our hearts and memories forever!
A special thanks to the staff at the Valley Regional Hospital for their compassion and caring.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada (www.diabetes.ca) or the Nova Scotia/PEI Lung Association (www.lungnspei.ca)

Allan will be laid to rest on the 13th of January after a short ceremony at the St John the Evangelist Anglican Church (954 Old Sackville Road, Lower Sackville, NS – B4E 1R3) at 11 AM), to be followed by a reception in the adjacent hall where all are welcome.

See you on the flipside Big Al,,

You will be missed.

Sandra (Sandy) Bouzane (NÉE Hollett)

September 1, 1951 – December 25, 2023

Strong and optimistic until the end, Sandy passed away peacefully Christmas Day after an incredibly brave battle with cancer. Survived by her best friend and husband Walter (Wally) and adored by her daughters Lori (Cal Lavallee) and Jennifer (Craig Potvin), her kindness and cheeky sense of humor lives on through her grandchildren and pride and joy – Danya, Kyler, Brayden and Avery.  Sandy was a loving daughter to the late Mildred and late Arthur Hollett, a supportive sister and friend to the late Dale, late Shirley (late Tom Dwyer), Elizabeth (Herm Hunter) and Bob (Pauline), and a sweet aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Sandy grew up in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, and took pride in her Newfie roots. At 16, working at the local grocery store, she met the love of her life – a handsome and shy bag boy who packed her groceries and shared his break time snacks. They married on Valentine’s Day in 1970 and continued their love story for 53 more years.  Sandy was the heart and soul of her family – packing up and moving across the country, and the world, many times over to support her husband’s career. She made their home, and many wonderful memories for their family of four in Grand Falls, Florida, Gander, Inuvik, India, and England, eventually settling in Ottawa for the past 30 years.

Sandy found joy wherever she worked and had fond memories from Pascals, Sears, CIBC, Eaglestar, the CS Coop, Scotiabank, and even during retirement as a substitute school administrative assistant.  In fact, she made a lasting impact on everyone who was fortunate enough to cross her path. Standing in line next to Sandy at the store was more than a polite moment with a stranger – you would be drawn in and charmed by her warm and engaging spirit.

Sandy was a devoted and selfless wife, mother and friend, yet found her true calling as the cherished Nanny to her four beautiful grandchildren. Her eyes lit up whenever she talked about them. She loved chatting with them about their day, their sports, and their plans. They will miss their sweet Nanny, her hugs, her silly stories and her texts full of emojis.

Sandy faced life’s challenges head on, always with an incredibly positive attitude. Overcoming breast cancer in 1999 showcased her strength, and when faced with advanced neuroendocrine cancer this past spring, she approached it with the same tenacity. Participating in a medical trial, she hoped to create more time with her family and help others who would face a similar fate in the future.

Thank you to the compassionate medical professionals who cared for Sandy these past few months, including her trial doctor Dr. Goel and coordinator Saara Ali.  Pharmacology nurses Cathy and Liz were bright lights during difficult times, and their smiles and humour made those many hospital visits bearable. The Orleans Palliative Care team’s Dr. Vincent and nurse Linda ensured Sandy spent her last moments surrounded by the love of her family in the comfort of her home.  A treasured gift.

To honour Sandy’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service, and her family will celebrate her life privately.  In lieu of flowers or donations, we encourage everyone to spend time with the ones they love in Sandy’s honour.  

 

Rowland E. Fell (Rolly)

July 17, 1946 – December 21, 2023

It is with heavy hearts the family of Rowland (Rolly) E. Fell announce his passing on December 21,2023 at the age of 77. He will be dearly missed by his children Rowland, Michelle, Patrick (Martine) and his grandchildren, Aaron, Sebastien and Freya.

Spurgeon (Spud) George Roscoe

2 May 1939 – 28 Decembe2, 2023

Spurgeon George “Spud” Roscoe VE1BC (84) born on May 2, 1939, passed away December 28, 2023 at Halifax. He was the oldest son of George Spurgeon Roscoe and Cora Adelaide (West) Roscoe of Sheffield Mills. He had eleven living grandparents when born.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years to Joan Mary (Kinney) of Ashmore. He also leaves his son Mitchell (Natasha) of Sambro and his son Jeffrey (Jodi) of Sambro. He leaves his Granddaughter Josie and Grandson Benjamin. He leaves his siblings Kenneth (Elaine), Cambridge Station and Nancy (Oscar) Huntley, Scott’s Bay.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents and brother Richard “Dick” (Donna) Roscoe and sister Linda (Graham) Hardy.

He served five years as a communicator supplementary (radioman special) rating in the navy, graduated from the Radio College of Canada, Toronto, Air Services Training School, Ottawa and the National Radio Institute, Washington, D.C. He was a radio operator at four Western Airport Radio Stations, Radio Officer in twelve ships and retired from Halifax Coast Guard Radio, Ketch Harbour. He also had an interest in Amateur Radio and held several call signs terminating with call sign VE1BC since January 1975. He was a life member of the American Radio Relay League, Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Halifax Amateur Radio Club.

He and Joan enjoyed RV camping and made their first long trip from Weymouth to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1963. Their last cross North America RV trip was their ninth that they made in 2017. In recent years, Spud has published three Radio History books and was very proud of this accomplishment.

Cremation has taken place with J. Albert Walker Funeral Home, Halifax.

A special thank you to the staff at the QE2, Halifax Infirmary Emergency Room for providing comfort and support. A celebration of life will be held in Spring 2024. Donations can be made to St James United church in Sambro

Olive Frances Schijns

November 13, 1933  –  December 18, 2023

Passed away peacefully in Smiths Falls on Monday December 18, 2023 at the age of 90. Olive (née McNally), beloved wife of the late Ferdinand “Ferd” Schijns.

Much loved mother of Joanne Strandberg (Eric), Marlene Schijns and Kathy Schijns. Predeceased by 1 daughter Geraldine. Cherished grandmother of Scott, Isiah, Katie (Rob), Jamie, Kim (Al) and Victoria. Great grandmother of Gabe, Dean, Isabelle, Zoltan, Keenan, Olivia and Jaylyn. Dear sister of Dianne Meachem and Theresa Corkum. Predeceased by 1 brother Elmer McNally. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Tompkins Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday December 23 from St. John the Evangelist Church at 12:00 pm. Rite of committal St. Johns cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation  https://www.heartandstroke.ca/  or to the St. Johns Church would be appreciated by the family.

Sheena Lee Stewart

April 19, 1968 – December 14, 2023

STEWART, Sheena Lee, devoted mother, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend passed away suddenly on December 14, in Ottawa, aged 55, after a brief illness. She was born in Inuvik, NWT in April 1968, and, as a navy brat moved wherever her father was sent, but ultimately made her home in Ottawa, ON. She was loyal to her core, hard-working, and feisty. Loving mother of Alexander (Lauren), daughter of George, sister of Leslie, John, James (Sylvie), and Auntie of Randi, Alana, and Sabrina; and too many friends to name, all of whom she would count as family. She is predeceased by her mother Jean. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the Montfort Hospital and Beechwood Cemetery who cared so dutifully for Sheena.

Gifts in memory of Sheena may be made to The Montfort Hospital Foundation https://www.jedonneenligne.or… or St Mary’s House https://www.canadahelps.org/e…

Memory Eternal!

Thomas (Tom) Albert Strachan

Passed away 29 November 2023

From Dean Goodwin:

I have been advised by his daughter Kathy that Tom passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the 29 of November 2023.  Tom turned 90 on 12th of November.  There will not be a an obituary or funeral service. 
Tom was predeceased by his son Michael, his wife Pauline and  is survived by his daughter Kathy.

 

From what I can recall of his military career in  SupRad follows:
Tom served in Cornwallis (basic training & Comm School), Gloucester, Aklavik, Coverdale, Churchill, Gander, Ladner, Masset, Leitrim and of course Alert. He also did some sea time out of the west coast.

Lawrence (Larry) Soikie

Passed away 2021

Unexpectedly at Carleton place hospital, on Sunday May 16, 2021, at the age of 67. Survived by his loving wife Sharon and grandson Alexander. Loving father of Jeremy (Susan), Evan (Kelly), Samantha and Dyana, stepchildren Michael (Megan) and Michelle. Grandfather of Vanessa, Leigh, Emily, Dana, Brendon, Emma, Avalynn, Gavynn and Ryder. Loving brother to Debbie McNeil (Kevin) and Andrew “Drew”. Great friend to Scott (Laurie), Sean (Cheryl), Dave (Dawn) and Gord (Chrissy). Friends may support the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Saturday August 14, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 20 people at a time. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place on the Barker Funeral Home website www.barkerfh.com

Marjorie Fowler – (Sidney)

March 1, 1932 ~ July 22, 2021 (age 89)

Marjorie Jean Fowler (McKerchar) Nee Gerrard of Strathclair, Manitoba passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Brandon,  Manitoba at the age of 89 years.

Marjorie (Tootie) was born on March 1, 1932 in the R.M. of Strathclair to Andrew and Frances (Foster) Gerrard. She was raised on the family farm in the R.M. of Strathclair and where she attended school. She continued her education  for nursing in Dauphin, Manitoba where she received her L.P.N.  qualifications.

On August 26, 1953, Marjorie was united in marriage to John Alexander (Alex) McKerchar. Together they farmed and raised their three sons: Ross, Vernon and Keith in Strathclair. Tootie utilized her L.P.N. training throughout the years having worked at the Shoal Lake Hospital and later at the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home. Marjorie always looked fondly upon her years at the care home and often spoke with a smile about her time there. Many can recall seeing her beetling down the  #45 Highway on her Kawasaki 90 cc red motorcycle, which she used to get to and from work.  Following Alex’s passing on April 11, 1986, she remained on the farm. On August 4, 1989 Marjorie married Sidney Fowler and they moved to reside in the Village of Strathclair.   Following Sidney’s passing on May 30, 2011, Tootie  continued to reside in Strathclair until the time of her passing. In recent times she could often be seen motoring around town on her red scooter.

Marjorie was predeceased by her parents: Andrew and Frances Gerrard; brothers: Edward, Murray and Billy; first husband, Alex McKerchar and her second husband, Sidney Fowler.    She was also predeceased by many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and extended family members in the Gerrard and McKerchar families

Marjorie is survived by her sons: Ross McKerchar of  Strathclair, Vernon (Brenda) McKerchar of Dauphin, Keith (Audrey) McKerchar of Strathclair; grandchildren: Nicole (Jim) Berkvens of Dauphin and Andrew McKerchar of Dauphin and great grandchildren; Gavin and Abby Berkvens and Avery-Jae McKerchar. Tootie is also survived by many extended family members in both the Gerrard and McKerchar families as well as numerous members of  Sidney Fowlers family in the Ottawa, Ontario area.

The family would like to acknowledge Garry Gerrard for his many trips he made to Winnipeg for Tootie’s eye appointments. A very special thank you to Randy and Marge next door and to very special friends of many years, Donna Mackie and Ida Bradlley.  Tootie truly loved you all.

 

Larry T. Howe

May 28, 1938  December 5, 2023

Passed peacefully at Windsor Regional Hospital – Met Campus on December 5, 2023, at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by his wife, June Howe. Loving father of Philip Howe and wife Hayley. Proud Papa of David Howe, Shelley Howe and Michael Howe; great grandpa of Jack. Brother of the late Gerald (Lucy) Howe, the late Cheryl Wood, Jane Quenneville, Nancy Howe, Louise (John) Thompson, Kathie (Paul) Scott. Larry will also be remembered by his cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Larry was born in Kingsville, a town that he cherished. He left Kingsville in the mid 1950’s to pursue a career in the Canadian Navy which allowed him to explore many areas of the world and make lifelong friends. Larry was extremely proud of his years of service and earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He retired from the service in 1985.
In his personal life Larry was a loving and caring spouse, father, brother, papa, uncle and friend.

In following Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be planned for the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Kendrick Funeral Home, Kingsville.

 

 

Robert M. (Bob) Hicks 

1948-2023

Robert ‘Bob’ Hicks passed away peacefully in his sleep in Ottawa on 6th December, 2023 after a hard-fought battle. He was 75 years old.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean, son David, daughter Shelley, grandsons Malcolm and Felix, brothers Rick, Eric, John, and Bill, and sisters Marilyn and Wendy. He also leaves behind his buddy, Odie, the family dog.

Born in rural Nova Scotia, Bob spent his childhood near Halifax and later moved to Montreal and then Ottawa before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1968. He served Canada proudly for 35 years until retiring in 2003, and further worked as a civilian contractor until 2015 before enjoying full-time retirement. Bob was an avid fisherman (loved salmon fishing), computer enthusiast, ham radio operator, pilot, world traveller, and margarita connoisseur.

During his time in the Canadian Armed Forces he had a distinguished career as a Communicator Research 291, and in 1989 commissioned from the ranks to become Lieutenant (N) R.M. Hicks, CD. His work took him to a number of Comm Research hotspots near and far, including Ottawa, Kingston, Gander, Norfolk, Inuvik, Bermuda, Fort Meade, and several tours in Alert, NWT. Despite his East Coast roots and Navy background he never achieved his dream posting to Halifax, and chose to make Ottawa his permanent home when he retired

A celebration of Bob’s life will be organized in Ottawa in the late spring or early summer of 2024, details to be forthcoming. If you are interested in receiving more information about this event, please sign up at bobhicks.ca

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bruyère Foundation (bruyere.org/bruyere-foundation) or Ottawa Humane Society (ottawahumane.ca/donate).

Luc Bouchard

1963 – 4 December 2023

It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Mr. Luc Bouchard. At his home, surrounded by his family, on December 4, 2023, Mr. Luc Bouchard, husband of Mrs. Janice Babin,
died at the age of 60. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his sons Charles and Émile,
his mother Madame Jeannine Simard (late Camil Bouchard), his sister Manon,
his brother Steeve (France Laperrière), his mother-in-law Georgianna Laviolette (late Edwin Babin),
his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Babin Jean-Claude (Diane Gallant), Danièle (Jean-Claude Audet),
Denise (Denis Martin), Dorothée (Robert Lessard), Lise (Martin Gauthier) and the late Eric Babin.
He also leaves to mourn his brothers Sylvain Sénéchal (Christine Guénette), Claude Piché (Lise Gauvin),
Jocelyn Vachon (Danielle Fontaine) and Marc Gagnon (Lynn Gougeons), his godson Maxime Vézina (Roxanne Laroche)
as well as several nephews , nieces, aunts, uncles and many friends. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 2 p.m. at the COOPERATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L’OUTAOUAIS
located at 750, boulevard Maloney Est, in Gatineau. The family will receive condolences from 1:30 p.m.
You will be able to watch the ceremony live or replay via https://fweb.tv/113588 In the event of a technical problem during the live broadcast, a rebroadcast will be possible later. Your expressions of sympathy can result in a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Janice, Charles and Émile would like to thank both families, friends and neighbors for their support throughout his illness. Your messages of condolence can be sent via www.cfo.coop

To you, my beautiful Luc d’amour,
Life smiled on me when our paths crossed, it was love at first sight. From the very beginning, I knew I was where I needed to be. We complemented each other and our love was expressed through a single look. I couldn’t have asked for a better man for me and our family. I am very happy to have shared a part of your life. You had the gift of cultivating friendship and good humor. You made his moments funny and unique.
Thank you for her years of love and challenges. I can no longer hold you in my arms but your smile, your scent, your voice, your generosity, and your memory will always be with me.
Your departure leaves a huge void in our hearts. I love you, watch over us from above.
Janice XXX

James Clarence (Jim) Lockert

The death occurred at Prince County Hospital on December 2, 2023 of James “Jim” Clarence Lockert aged 83 years. Jim was born in Regina SK, and resided in Summerside.  At the family’s request no funeral services or visitation. Resting at East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Road Summerside PE.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2023

Passed away suddenly on Friday, December 1, 2023, at his home in Rockland; age 75. Beloved husband of Delores Cook. Stepfather of Jerry and Billy. Will be missed by his brothers Noel (Wanda), Bruce (Bonnie), Brian (Trudy), Robin (Starr), Colin (Anita), David (Joan) and Thomas (Shari) and by his sisters Barb (Bob), Susan, Nancy, Judy and Rita. Derek is predeceased by his parents late Tasker and Ruby Cook (nee McLeod) and by his sister, late Bethany Cook Free.

Derek served 40 years of Military service where his postings took him to Bermuda, Inuvik, N.W.T. Gander, Newfoundland, Kingston, Ottawa, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Base Borden. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends, especially in the 291 Military Trade.

Funeral arrangements under the care a direction of Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa). A Graveside Service with Military Honours will be held in the spring in the National Military Cemetery located at Beechwood Cemetery. Details to follow.

Douglas Ross Jamieson

April 5, 1939 – November 20, 2023

Doug Jamieson passed away on Monday November 20, 2023, at North Island Comox Valley Hospital at the age of 84. Born in Midland, Ontario on 5 April 1939. Predeceased by his parents Orville Jamieson, and Cordis Jean (Marcellus); Sister Helen (Arensburg); brothers Harold, William, Lorne, Earl, George, Walter. He leaves behind his wife Patricia (Clairmont) Jamieson of 41 years. Survived also by his sons Mark (Susan Carter); Todd (Darlene Boudreau) Daughters Beverley (Greg Gillcash); Jami Gillingham-Bruneau (Mike) And Stepdaughter Caroline Chretien (Yan). He also leaves behind nieces and nephews. And from a previous marriage 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. As well from current marriage he leaves behind 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) from 1956 to 1989. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for which he was proud of the Legion’s commitment to the community and veterans. Also, a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association for many years. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and Health care Aids that provided Compassionate and professional care while Doug was hospitalized. We also thank Krista from the Toneff Funeral Home for her compassion and professionalism. Memorial Service to be held on 5 December 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 17 at 367 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay.

Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca

 

Jeanie Roberta Newman

June 15, 1936 – December 12, 2022

Newman, Jeanie Roberta, nee Cochrane, of Eastern Passage, NS, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the age of 86, at the Dartmouth General Hospital.

Jeanie was born in Glace Bay, NS on June 15, 1936. She was the daughter of Robert Reid Cochrane and Gladys Mae (Allen) Cochrane. Jeanie is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Douglas; her son Robert (Bernie) Newman of Brampton, ON; her daughter Danette Newman of Eastern Passage, NS; her daughter Kim (Pat) O’Brien of Eastern Passage, NS; her grandchildren Jory O’Brien of Ottawa, ON; Quinn O’Brien of London, England; Caedon (Molly) Newman of Vancouver, BC; Andréa Newman of Courtney, BC; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jeanie was greatly involved in the Guiding movement for over 50 years, meeting Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Tour to Ottawa in 1952. She was greatly involved in her Church and loved singing in the Choir. She was an avid baker, knitter and after retirement she learned to quilt and play the dulcimer.

Many thanks to the amazing medical staff in the Emergency Department of the Dartmouth General Hospital. Words cannot describe your kindness and compassion.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home.

A funeral will take place at Iona Presbyterian Church, 90 Lucien Drive, Dartmouth, on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Online condolences by visiting www.darmouthfuneralhome.ca

Teresa May (Traves) Follick

September 19, 1949 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 74)

Teresa May Follick (nee Traves) of Kearney passed away peacefully at home with her Family by her side, November 17th, 2023. Teresa was born on September 19, 1949.  Beloved wife of Fredrick Follick and mother of son Darren Scott Follick, accompanied by his wife Kim. As per Teresa’s wish, there will be no Funeral Service. Teri will be fondly remembered by her family, relatives and friends.

She was very active, enjoyed gardening, knitting, quilting, especially drawing & painting.

The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the Huntsville Palliative Care Team and Care Partners (North Bay) for their compassion and excellent care.   If desired, donations to the Algonquin Grace Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements entrusted to Muskoka Cremation and Burial-Huntsville, Ontario.  This is a Courtesy Post

Online condolences may be left at either website.

 

OCTOBER 24, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Andrew “Andy” Ferdinand Choquette.

Andy will always be remembered for his courage during difficult times. Unfortunately this time the pain was too much to bear and Andy took his life on October 24, 2023. He is predeceased by his father Jean-Claude and his step-mother Denyse. He is survived by his sons Matthew & Ian, their mother Carol, his sister Cassandra (Geoff), nephew Jack and Andy’s lifelong best friend Andre Morin.

Andy was born May 1, 1963 in Pembroke, ON but was always proud of his French – Canadian upbringing as a result of spending his childhood and early adult life in Quebec City, Quebec. Andy often mentioned it was his bilinguality that gave him opportunities as a young man whether it was working at the Mt St Anne ski shop or guiding horse and buggy tours in downtown Quebec City.

Andy enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist MP before transitioning to the regular force as a Communicator Research Operator (MOC 291) in 1984. His career as a 291’er took him around the world where his goal always was to ‘‘leave the world a better place than how I found it.’ Andy took several postings throughout Canada and the US as well as being deployed seven times including CFS Alert (‘86-’87, ‘91-‘92), Somalia (‘92-‘93), Bosnia (‘98,‘99-‘00), and Afghanistan (‘06,‘12). Andy’s charismatic leadership and executive ability led him to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) in 2011 before commissioning to the rank of Captain. Andy retired from the armed forces in 2016.

In the public service Andy continued to work alongside military personnel as the CAF-VAC program coordinator for the “Hire a Veteran” program and with non profit organizations dedicated to helping homeless veterans find their purpose. Andy prioritized helping others discover and unlock their own capabilities.

As a self proclaimed life long learner, he returned to school in 2018 and completed a Masters degree in Leadership from the University of Regina. He also took on senior management roles with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and eventually moved to the private sector as a Solutions Architect at WithYouWithMe where he helped with finding solutions to address global underemployment.

Andy’s desire to uplift his peers and support others went beyond the workplace. He was an active community member and coached minor/junior hockey for over 20 years both in Canada and the States. Andy made a positive impact on each person that came through his locker room leaving them with powerful anecdotes for every situation in life.

Andy was always very active and loved the outdoors. He particularly enjoyed golfing, swimming and skiing. He was a teenage pioneer in the 70’s Quebec skateboarding scene and even snowboarded in the Arctic circle while stationed in Alert. He was well travelled and well read. Andy was keen to learn from life experience and was open to new perspectives and ideas. He enjoyed being with friends, visiting new places together or just relaxing listening to music. Above all, Andy loved his children more than anything in this world.

Andy leaves family and friends throughout Canada, US and the world. We send love to you all. Please consider making a contribution to Boots On The Ground. This is an anonymous helpline providing confidential and anonymous peer support to First Responders across the province, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Boots On The Ground supports all First Responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, corrections officers, military, veterans, and emergency dispatch operators. It is a charitable organization completely run and staffed by volunteers.

Those wishing to say goodbye to Andy and pay respects to the family are invited to attend a service Friday November 17 at 12:30pm at the Beechwood Cemetery (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa)

 

 

Vernal Weldon Smith

5 February 1937 – 27 October 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Vernal Smith announce his passing on Friday, October 27, 2023, at the age of 86, after a long hard fought battle with leukemia.

Vernal was born and raised in Moncton, NB. The son of the late Austin & Ada Smith, brother of the late Robert Smith.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Dawn (nee Steeves). He will be deeply missed by his son Dean (Dawn) and daughter Letitia (Terry), grandchildren, Candice, Deanna, Vern and Deaner, his 6 great grandchildren, also his nephews Michael and Shawn. Vernal also loved Leah, Paul and Kenneth.

Vernal served in the Canadian Armed Forces Communication Research 291 from July 1957 to May 1978 and subsequently joined the Nepean Police as a dispatcher from 1978 to 1998.

He loved spending time with family. He enjoyed travelling, canoeing at the Lake, motorcycling and being a member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

Our heartful thank you to the Doctors and Staff at St. Vincent Hospital for their personalized care and support and to those who visited Vernal, for their kindness and support.

Family and friends are invited to join us at Woodvale Pentecostal Church at 205 Greenbank Road on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Viewing will take place at 10:30 am until service time at 11:30 am. Reception will follow with in the Church from 12:30-1:30. With Interment to follow at Capital Memorial Gardens, 3700 Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vernal’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Eugene (Gene) David Angrignon

11 October 2023

In Our Hearts ~

Eugene David Angrignon passed away at the age of 82 on Wednesday, October 11th.

Predeceased by his wife Gail, his brother Edward, and his grandson Brandon.

Gene is survived by his longtime companion, Lois, children Dale, Chris, Shawn (Sheryl), Sandra (Bob), and Mark (Nadia) and his grandchildren, Caleb, True, Markus, Amelia, Steven, Brian, Tara, Trevor, Carly, Blair and his brothers Randy, Gord and sister Joan.

Gene was born in Nakusp, B.C. and after high school joined the army and quickly left to join the navy. He eventually settled down in Port Alberni to raise his family. He became an electrician at the pulp mill until his early retirement in the 1990s.

Gene enjoyed the passions in his life which included amateur radio, computers, his motorcycle, gardening and travelling with family and friends, near and far. Many trips in his R.V. down to the southern states in the winter.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date for all his family and many friends from across the country.

 

Hubert A. Corbin

1942-2023

At the Falls Villa (Grand Falls Manor), October 2, 2023, Mr. Hubert A. Corbin of Drummond passed away at the age of 81 years. Born at Grand Falls in 1942, he was a son of the late Thomas P. and Martha (Bossé) Corbin.

Mr. Corbin was a regular member of the Canadian Army for 35 years. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Grand Falls Branch 21.

Bert is survived by a sister Marina and a brother Zino, as well as nieces and nephews.

A private interment service will be held in the Assumption Parish Cemetery in Grand Falls at a later date.

Arrangements are by O’Regan’s Funeral Home , Grand Falls.

Geoff Brasier (Passed away September 2023, more details when available.)

Ronald John Thompson

16 August 1943 – 5 September 2023

Ron was born on August 16, 1943 in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan to Harry and Mary (Earl) Thompson. He passed away peacefully on September 5, 2023 in the Melfort Hospital following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Ron will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 60 years, Gloria (Smith) Thompson, his high school sweetheart, married on October 8, 1962 in Ottawa, Ontario; his children: son Ron Jr (Sandy) Thompson and grandchildren: Brett and Martina; daughter Lisa (Derek) Richardson and grandchildren: Connor and Blake; younger brother Dale Thompson and nieces: Tracy and Shannon and great-nephew Jonny Thompson along with numerous cousins and friends met along his life journey.
Ron had a great love of the Canadian Military starting with visits with his Uncle Gerald Thompson and talking about his time in WWII. Ron joined the Air Cadets and then the Army Reserve in Melfort and on to signing up with the Royal Canadian Navy in Saskatoon. Basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia was followed by numerous Canadian postings and a 2 year post in Bermuda. His military career was followed with 1 year of Computer Studies at Seneca College in Toronto, leading to 4 years employment with the RCMP, setting up the Canada-wide CPIC Information Centres in Winnipeg and Regina. In 1976 he and a friend started Sunset Fireplaces in Saskatoon. They had a great business for 13 years until the market changed. Ron then moved on to selling real estate for 11 years with ReMax and Gustus Group.
He enjoyed being a member of the Antique Car Club in Saskatoon, restoring his Thunderbird, the “63 BIRD”. He also enjoyed travelling on holidays to Hawaii, California, Mexico and a return trip to Bermuda.
Retirement found Ron and Gloria moving back to Melfort, where he had lived for 10 years while getting his Grades 2 – 12 education. He enjoyed connecting with old friends and making new ones over the next 16 years.
Ron really enjoyed being a Snowbird and driving his truck and 5th Wheel to Yuma in the winters and then to Ontario in the summers visiting Lisa, Derek and the boys.
Retirement gave Ron more time to work on his genealogy, starting with researching his grandfather John Thompson’s 12 siblings from a family picture that his father gave him with all their names on the back. His grandfather and family had moved to Saskatoon from Orangeville, Ontario in early 1900.
Ron was extremely proud of his 4 grandchildren and loved hearing about all their accomplishments and visiting with them in Saskatoon and Trenton.
Ron was predeceased by his parents Harry and Mary Thompson; his parents-in-law Derrick and Ann Smith, as well as his sister-in-law Shirley (Smith) Lanctot.
A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Ron’s name directly to the Cancer Research Society (625 President-Kennedy Avenue, Suite 402 Montreal QC H3A 3S5) or info@src-crs.ca.
Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may visit the online guestbook at www.fedusiakfuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Fedusiak Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd., Melfort, SK (306)752-3838.

Gail Evelyne Chabot nee Fleming 2023

In Memory of Gail Evelyne Chabot (nee Fleming)
1937 – 2023
09/09/2023
Gail peacefully passed away on September 9, 2023 at the age of 85 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerald Chabot, daughter of the late James Havelocke Fleming born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and the late foster Mom-Osland.
She leaves in sadness her children; Roselle Chabot Rouleau (Dan), John Chabot (Cindy) and Andrea McCulloch Chabot (Kelvin). Cherished grandmother of Annique, Evelyne, Ilyana & Owen, Mitchell, Nicholas & Kyle, Travis & Genoah. Predeceased by her siblings, Joan, Margaret, Ann, and Barry.
Mom was a proud RNA nurse in Winnipeg, MB and at the Riverside Hospital etc in Ottawa, ON for over 20 years. As well, the RCMP for over 15 years.
Mom enjoyed Camping, family games, knitting, cross-stitch, crochet, sewing, baking, gardening, curling, skiing, singing with the church choir, and following many Sports / Olympics on TV.
Mom volunteered at the Madonna Nursing Home, in Orleans, after Dad’s passing. Her smile was contagious to all she met there. The tenderness and dignity given was all returned to her during her stay at Willowbend Retirement Residence where she took her last peaceful breath.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus and Willowbend Retirement Home for all their amazing care provided.
Family and friends may pay their respect on Monday September 18, 2023 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Road, Orleans, ON. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Divine Infant Parish, 6658 Bilberry Drive, Orleans, ON.
In memory of Mrs. Chabot, donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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Death notice for the town of: Ottawa, Province: Ontario

Rodney (Rod) William Ellis

10-Jun-1944 – 13-Aug-2023

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Rod at home with his beloved wife Nancy by his side on August 13, 2023 (their wedding anniversary).

Loving husband of Nancy Patricia (nee Sears) of Montreal for 57 years to the day. Cherished father of Heather (Stewart) and proud grandfather of his granddaughters, Caitlyn and Jordan. Also survived by his younger sister Patricia Green and family. Predeceased by his parents Ralph and Rita Ellis, both of Montreal.

Rod was born in Montreal on June 10, 1944, spent part of his childhood in Port Colburne, returning to Montreal for his high school years. He graduated from high school in Dorval and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1962. Rod proudly served with distinction for 34 years and retired in 1996 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During his career in Communications, he was posted to bases throughout Canada as well as a two-year stint in Bermuda. During this time Rod became interest in Amateur Radio communications, an interest that continued throughout his life.

Upon his retirement he became involved with (the) 631 Legion, serving as president and past president. Rod also volunteered with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and served as the area co-ordinator. He was also a Red Cross volunteer with the Disaster Relief Service.

In his younger years, Rod had fun playing sports such as broomball but later discovered a love of golf and played as much as possible from the beginning of the season to the very end.

Rod was a quiet man with a very dry sense of humour. He was a proud Navy man to the end and dearly loved his family and friends.

Guests are invited to the Gordon F Tompkins Township Chapel (613-546-5150), 435 Davis Drive, Kingston, on Monday, August 21, 2023, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, followed by the Memorial Service at 1:00 pm.

Frances Ann Redick (Cliff)

June 23, 1949 – May 7, 2016 

Frances Ann Redick June 23, 1949 – May 7, 2016 predeceased by her parents Eugene Clutchey and Hazel Clutchey nee Squires, and her loving husband Cliff. Survived by her only son Scott and brother Allen. Celebration of life to be held Friday May 20 at 4 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Masset. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations for the Masset Charity of your choice in Fran’s name. Rest well Fran you have earned it.

Leonard Joseph Dixon

Passed Away – 6 February 2015

Len passed away suddenly at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace B.C. on February 6th during a Perfect Storm.

Len was born in Ottawa, but raised in Kapuskasing, Ontario. He was one of nine children born to Fred and Elizabeth Dixon. At the young age of 17 he joined the Navy and was always referred to as “Shorty” in his career as radio technician. While in the military he met Lola Derry and they were married in 1949. In December of 1957 they transferred to the Charlottes and settled along with their family in Masset.

Len loved the island and left the service to start a business for himself called “Masset Radio and Electric” doing home electronics repairs. With a chance opportunity he became a commercial fisherman of the “M.V. Misty Lady”, his pride and joy. His extreme knowledge of fishing gear and local fishing holes, made him become one of the many amazing and proud B.C. West Coast Fishermen. He always had a way with a fishing story, whenever he met someone for the first time, which made you never forget him.

Len will always be loved and remembered by is daughters, Kathryn (Roger) and Louise; Grandchildren Cameron, Brendan (Leanne) Matthew and Samantha; Great Grandchildren Tegan and Leah; Sisters Peggy and Joan, and brother Francis.

Len was predeceased by his wife Lola Rosemary and sons John William & Thomas Allan.

Our family would like to thank the emergency staff at Mills Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. We are consoled that his last words were of fishing, what he loved doing the most and he had just enjoyed looking at pictures (via cellphones) of Rose Spit and over the houses of Masset on a beautiful sunny day.

A Celebration of Life for Len and Lola will be held on the Islands this coming Spring/Summer.

How lucky we are to have something that makes saying “Goodbye” so hard.

Anchors away Dad …

Omer Albert Levasseur

23-Jun-2023

LeVasseur, Omer Albert (Joe)
Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d)
Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1976

Peacefully, at the Perley Health Centre on June 23, 2023 at 97 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Madeleine (née Pachet, 2005) for 56 years. Proud father of Leslie Robertson (Michel), Lewis (Tara) and Louise. Loving grandfather of Keean, Jason (Angela), Byron (Amy), Mason, Emma and Alexander, great grandfather of Kassia and Ben, and great-great grandfather of Aubree.

Omer was a man of many, many talents. He was everything from a butcher to an electrician, and demonstrated every handyman ability in between. He got things done yesterday, and got them done right! His greatest joy was his family and friends and, he spared nothing when it came to helping them. Maddy and Omer led lives of service and dedicated themselves to their church and community. They supported many causes, humbly serving the poor and those in need. Omer was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and held the prestigious title of being the oldest member in Ottawa.

Thanks to his sisters, Omer was introduced to music at a young age and quickly taught himself to play the piano. As it turned out, he had an extraordinary talent, playing and entertaining others until a few months before his passing. When he was young he also exhibited an above average aptitude for running and felt he could have been an Olympic contender. Sadly, the war dashed that dream so instead, Omer joined the Navy at the young age of 17 and proudly served for over 30 years. He led a life full of adventure and was able to captivate his audience (often his children and grandchildren) with his amazing storytelling skills.

Omer was a great cook, a meticulous housecleaner, a firm believer in manners and, an above average woodworker. He had strong moral values, believed in the innate goodness of people (until proven otherwise) and had complete faith in God. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and will be remembered with love and admiration by all who really knew him.

Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa, K1V 6P9, 613-731-1255 after 9:30 am on Wednesday, August 23rd. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at 11:00 am, followed by interment in Beechwood Cemetery.

In Memoriam donations to The Last Post Fund are appreciated by the family.

Stuart O’Gorman

19 Feb, 1951 – 8 Aug, 2023

O’GORMAN, Stuart – at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Tuesday August 8, 2023 at the age of 72 years. Beloved husband of the late Lesley (née Royal) O’Gorman. Cherished father of Sean O’Gorman and Shelagh O’Gorman of Ingleside. Proud grandfather of Lily Smith and Fiona Smith. Loving brother of Edward O’Gorman (Sarah) and James O’Gorman (Shirley). He will be sadly missed by his chosen brother Glen Hamilton and his chosen sister Kathy Dunlop. Dear son of the late Stuart O’Gorman and the late Jane (née Smith) O’Gorman. Loved brother in law of Patricia, Michele, Peter, Jo, Liz, and Jane Royal. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes West Branch 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482). In accordance with Stuart’s wishes services will not be held. As expression of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be left at www.lahaiesullivan.ca.

Eugene Lance Colin Gullason

29-Jun-1940 – 05-Aug-2023

It is with profound sadness that the family of Eugene Gullason announces his passing on August 5, 2023 at the age of 83.

Eugene will be lovingly remembered by his brother, Randy (Shareen) Gullason; sister, Shara Gullason as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eugene was predeceased by his father, Colin Gullason; mother, Stella Gullason; sister-in-law, Barbara Gullason.

Eugene was born in Canora, Saskatchewan on June 29, 1940, and grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he completed his high school education, before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy and working in communications. After completing his service with the Navy, Eugene was offered the opportunity to continue his work in communication with the External Affairs department of the Canadian Government with full diplomatic accreditation.

Eugene spent his entire career working with External Affairs in Canadian Embassies around the world. Living in many countries throughout South America, South East Asia, Pakistan, Iran, Britain and France, Eugene has a unique ability to become adept at many of the local languages of the host countries he was living in and was fluent in many languages. Though Eugene lived thousands of miles from his family during his work life, he forged very close, life long friendships with many lives he touched through the meandering path his life took, and would often return to Canada in the summers to enjoy time with his family.

When Eugene decided to step away from life as a public servant abroad, he moved back home to Saskatchewan and made up for lost time rekindling relationships with his brother Randy, and sister Shara, as well as his many nieces and nephews. Always a great communicator with many stories to share and a quick wit, Eugene always found himself surrounded by people engaged by his presence.

Eugene was often referred to as a true gentleman and will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Safe travels Eugene, safe travels.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 2:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Funeral Home (210 Wess Road), followed by an interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Kenneth Edward Fynn

Oct 06, 1942 – Apr 20, 2023

Kenneth Edward Fynn, age 80, passed away in Canmore after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ken was born in Saint John, New Brunswick to Andy and Linda Fynn. He graduated from Simonds Regional High School, earned a BSC EE from the University of New Brunswick, and an MA from the University of Northern Colorado.

Ken spent thirty plus years in the Canadian Armed Forces; he worked in private industry for five years; and finished his career at CSE in Ottawa, retiring at age 66.

Ken is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce, his son, Sean, his daughter-in-law, Erin, and his four granddaughters, Madalyn, Kaitlyn, Brooke and Emma. He and Joyce moved to Canmore in May 2022 to be near Sean and his family, of whom he was immensely proud.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Mary,
and brother, Fred.

Ken was a very good artist, and an excellent photographer. His favourite sport was basketball and he loved Formula I car racing too. He had a wonderful sense of humour and will leaves a great void in the lives of those who loved him.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa at a later date. For those wishing to make a donation, please consider UNB in Fredericton or Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

 

Ken’s Celebration of Life and Interment are scheduled as follows:
  • 1100 hrs – Fri 18 Aug 2023
  • Beechwood Cemetery National Memorial Reception Centre – 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa K1L 8A6
  • attendees are requested to gather in the vicinity of the National Memorial Reception Centre to proceed as a group to the gravesite for Ken’s interment
  • reception to follow in the National Memorial Reception Centre.

Ernie Wade Grimshaw

19 JUNE, 1931 – 29 JULY, 2023

On July 29th, 2023 we lost our father, Ernie Grimshaw. Forever missed by his daughters, Cheryl Baldwin (Lawrence) Debbie Decker (Wilson), Grandfather of Ashley Baldwin, Uncle and friend to many.

Ernie Grimshaw suffered a devastating stroke on July 2nd that left him unable to speak or walk. Dad fought many sad days since losing Mom “Chick” Charlene Grimshaw September 2021, but his love for his family gave him strength to soldier on.

Ernie’s career in the Navy began in 1951, until he retired in 1986, where he was approached to work at CSE, which he did for an additional 9 years. Somewhere in there he had to learn Russian.

In the 50’s he was amongst the early pioneers in the Communications Research/291 trade and was present when the two Canadian Northern stations opened in Aklavik and Inuvik.

In the 70’s and 80’s, he was employed as an instructor at the Training School, HMCS Gloucester.

Ernie had such a depth of knowledge in the trade, that eventually he became the Communications Research 291 Trade Career Manager posting all ranks to stations across Canada, the US and Bermuda. While in this position he traveled with the Major Career Manager to every Comm Rsch 291station in the world. He was expected to give important informative briefings about the trade at each station.

His next promotion in Ottawa was the ‘System Chief Petty Officer’ at the headquarters in Tunneys Pasture. This position also involved many trips with the Colonel, who was the Commander of the Supplementary Radio System to give very important briefings about the status of the Comm Rsch 291 Trade.

Throughout his career he was known as a calm reassuring leader who never got excited, giving sage advice to anyone seeking his assistance. Ernie was one of the best Chief Petty Officers within the trade as seen by the number of very important positions he held.

Dad once said he hoped he would be remembered for one thing in his career and that was that he was “fair”. It meant a lot to him.

He was an avid golfer at the Hylands Golf Club. He was also a loyal sports fan, and you had to have pretty thick skin if you wanted to watch a game with him and cheer for the opposition! A Boston Red Sox and Toronto Maple Leafs fan, through and through.

Music was another passion of his. Growing up, our home was filled with music of all kinds, from the 50’s to the current hits, to big band, and jazz, and of course the “crooners”. Friday night was music appreciation night, and if the night was right, we would sit out back on the picnic table, looking up at the stars with the music playing and he would say “name that tune”. I don’t know who was prouder, me or him when I got one right. Sunday night was “Sentimental Journey”. A music program on his hometown’s Yarmouth NS radio station, CJLS. He would sign in on the kitchen computer to listen online. This usually followed a family Sunday dinner, so if we got too loud, we would hear “hey if you aren’t listening then get out of the kitchen”.

Thanks Dad for all of your love, strength, and guidance over the years. We know you are now dancing with your “chick”/mom once again.

 

 

Douglas Roy Huff

August 28, 1940 – July 27, 2023

We are saddened to share that Doug Huff passed away on July 27, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 82 years.

Doug was born in Vulcan, Alberta on August 28, 1940, the second son of Leonard and Violet Huff. He grew up on the farm where he learned the value of hard work, as well as the joy of being outdoors, and playing sports.

He joined the Canadian Navy in 1962 and served 20 years with Suprad Communications 291, a specialist unit that was very important during the Cold War. Doug was posted to many different locations during his service: Cornwallis NS, Churchill MB, Bermuda (where he married Jenny and Sue was born), Inuvik NWT (where Kris was born), Ottawa ON, and Gander NF. He also served several 6-month postings at Alert NU, the northernmost continuously inhabited settlement in the world. Doug rose to the rank of Warrant Officer. He made life long friends in the military, including his best friend, Blair Argue.

Doug was always clear that he would be “settling out west” after his military service. When he retired in 1982, the family moved to Spruce Grove AB and he worked with his older brother Marvin in his ice maker and greens keeping business. Together, Marvin and Doug created some of the best curling ice in Edmonton and area.

Doug married his second wife and high school sweetheart Bette (nee Pearson) in 1989. They lived together in Spruce Grove, Barrhead and High River AB. They enjoyed dancing and curling bonspiels together.

In 2016, Doug’s health began to decline and he moved into the Spruce Grove Good Samaritan Center to be “closer to his girls”. During this time, Sue and Kris took advantage of the many opportunities to reconnect with their Dad, watching baseball games and crime shows on TV, enjoying the birds outside his window, eating sweets, and chatting. Sue and Kris thank the staff for their kindness and care.

Doug was known for his sense of humour, his love of the Toronto Bluejays, and his salty language. He was dearly loved by his two sisters, Donna and Gail. Doug is predeceased by his brothers, Marvin and Merle.

On May 30, Doug fell and broke his hip. Despite the efforts of many caring healthcare professionals, he never recovered. He died peacefully and we are grateful that his suffering is at an end.

Doug is survived by two daughters, Sue Huff (Kevin Tokarsky) and Kris Reay (Barrie Harrison); wife, Bette; two sisters, Donna Beagle (Gary) and Gail Tyssen (Doug); and five grandchildren. In memory of Doug, please make donations if you wish to any charity or organization that supports veterans.

A service and reception will be held in Lomond, Alberta at the end of August. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome. Contact Sue or Kris for details.

Melvyn Patrick O’Brien

22-Feb-1939 – 23-Jul-2023

Melvyn passed away peacefully at the Carleton Lodge in Ottawa on July 23, 2023. He is the son of the late Dominic and Eva O’Brien. Melvyn is survived by Myrna (nee Routhier), his loving wife of 64 years. He is predeceased by his daughter Sharon (Doug), by brothers Kenneth and Ronnie and by his sister Lois.
Melvyn is also survived by his son Rick (Anne), daughter Kim (Mark), brother Jerry (Dorothy) and sister Sheila (Bradley). He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Jeffrey (Chrissy), Cheri (John), Trevor and Corey (Diana), as well as by all his great grandchildren.
Melvyn was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and served the remainder of his career in the federal public service in the field of communications. He loved to recount stories of his time served at military communication stations in the far north, including Inuvik and Alert. In his retirement, Melvyn was an avid bingo player and caller and loved to play cards with family and friends.
As per Melvyn’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private celebration of his life for family members will take place at a later date.
Sincere thanks to the staff at the Carleton Lodge who provided such compassionate care for Melvyn and support to his family. Donations in Melvyn’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Dementia Society of Ottawa.

Norman John Francis Moore

December 10, 1939 ~ July 20, 2023 (age 83)

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Norman John Francis Moore of Moncton, NB announce his passing at White Rapids Manor in Fredericton Junction, NB on July 20, 2023. Norman was born in Ottawa, ON on December 10, 1939, to the late Katherine (Dooley) and Harrison Moore.

Norman is survived by his daughter Tracy Lynds (Dave Aldred) and three grandchildren: Alex, Dylan and Alyssa.

He spent 9 years in the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC for 2 years of that time.  He loved his job spying on the Russians by capturing their messages and interpreting them.  He worked as a civilian at CFB Moncton after an honorable discharge from the Navy.  He liked a drink and a good game of cribbage.  If he met you and liked you, he would certainly give you a nickname (a nice one!).

Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his common law wife Jacki Little. 

Respecting Norman’s wishes, there will be no visitations or service at this time.

Arrangements are in the Professional Care of Sunbury Funeral Home, Central Blissville, NB (368-2413). Condolences:sunburyfuneralhome.com 

 

Larry ‘Lawrence’ King

December 28, 1941 – November 2, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Larry King of Larry’s Upholstery. Predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Margaret. Survived by his wife of 36 years Ann, his daughter Jessie Capri and grandsons Tristan (5) and Theo (2), daughter Kelly and granddaughters Kayla and Koreena, sisters Elaine and Carolyn.
Larry will be forever missed and forever in our hearts. Love you to the moon and back.
In Lieu of flowers, donations to hospice is appreciated.

Francis Reginald “Frank” Sauntry

1942 – 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frank Sauntry, at the age of 80 peacefully at Hospice House in Fredericton, N.B. on April 10, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jeannette and their son Victor (Cait).

He was predeceased by his parents Eugene & Victoria (Donahue) Sauntry of Williamstown, N.B. and his siblings Mary, Merlyn, Eugene, Olive, Gladys, Michael, Vince, Jean, Pauline, Joe, & John.

He is survived by brothers and sisters, Ray, Ben, Cecelia, James, Patricia, Rose, Ron, Debbie, Bob, Donna, Peggy and many nieces & nephews.

Seeing jets fly over his family home in Williamstown from CFB Chatham inspired Frank to leave home and join the air force. While his dreams of being a pilot were broken by a training instructor who suggested he would feel safer with Frank on the ground, he quickly transferred to the communications trade and spent the next 33 years in the air force, retiring as a Major in 1995.

Frank did not use retirement as an excuse to slow down. He worked out at the YMCA, played tennis 2-3x a week, cross-country skied in the winter, and the neighbours could set their clocks based on his morning walks. He also volunteered as a past member of the Capital Y’s Men, the Stepping Stone Senior Centre and the National Association of Federal Retirees.

Frank was a generous and caring man who always had time to help family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice House and Horizon Health Doctors and Nurses for the excellent care he received on his final days.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice House or the Canadian Cancer Society (please direct donation to prostate cancer research).

Visitation will be on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at McAdam’s Funeral Home (160 York St.) and the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00am at Holy Family Catholic Church. Rev. John Jennings will officiate.  Burial will be at a later date at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa.

Gary Earnest Benedict

After a short battle with cancer, at home surrounded by his loving daughters on Monday July 3, 2023, Gary Benedict at the age of 80. Loving husband of the late Beverly. Devoted father of Misty (Michael Hutchison), Kara (Michael Moore) and Stacy (Andrew Currie). Proud grandfather of Stephanie, Brooke, Matthew, Bria, Adam and Arlo. Dear brother of Cathy Lamb, Lorne, Margaret and Kim Jameus and the late David Benedict, Judy Stieh and Michael Jameus. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Daley Family Funeral Home, 6971 Bank St. on Monday July 10, 2023 from 10-10:45 a,m. Memorial Service to follow in the Chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Kidney Foundation would be most appreciated by the family.

Keith Millard Cummings

1937 – 2023

On Monday, June 26, 2023 Mr. Keith Cummings passed peacefully at his home in Points West Living, Wainwright, Alberta at the age of 86 years.

Keith is survived by his three children, Keith (Lori) Cummings of Guelph, Ontario, Raymond Cummings of Wainwright, Patrick (Karen) Cummings of Kanata, Ontario; three grandchildren, Kailey, Rayeanne, Gabriel; his siblings, Conrad (Jeanne) Cummings, Marilyn Janisse, Judy Sims; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.  He was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline; three sisters, Joyce Ronson, Joan Hall and Linda Trudel.

The family is having a private gathering and no public services will be conducted.  If so desired the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Alzheimer Society.

Dawn Joanne Copland (nee Lockhart)

February 25, 1941  June 28, 2023

Peacefully, on June 28, 2023, at the age of 82; with her loving husband Bob, of 61 years, by her side at The Villages of Aspen Lake (Windsor, ON). Dawn is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Copland C.D., her daughters Cathleen Copland C.D. and Shelly (Copland) LaMontagne and husband Edward. Much loved grandmother of Kailee Carrigan (Adam) and Gianna LaMontagne. Treasured great-grandmother of Logan Milling.

Dawn was the proud owner of the Airbrush Depot for over 25 years and taught airbrushing at St. Clair College. Dawn was a gifted musician, and loved to play her harp along with many other instruments. She was involved with many music and art groups in the community.

Many thanks to the staff at The Villages of Aspen Lake that have been like family to Dawn for the past 8 years, The love and support they gave cannot be expressed in words.

If you so desire, donations to The Salvation Army or Windsor Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial Visitation on Saturday, July 8, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service to celebrate Dawn’s life at 1:00 p.m. at Families First, East Windsor, 1065 Lauzon Road (519-969-5841).

 

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Engel “Ed” Ripmeester

Passed away 19 June 2023

Engel (“Ed”) Ripmeester, loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather passed away suddenly June 19th, 2023.  Ed is remembered by his wife, Patricia, his two sons, William (Deborah) and David (Kelly) and his nine grandchildren, Jacob (Lan), Andrew, Matthew (Emilie), Nathan, Owen, Thomas, Sarah, Emma, and Heather.

Ed immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands when he was six years old and spent his career working for the Department of National Defence.  A man of staunch integrity and courage, he was a hard worker and remained a life-long enthusiast of the latest developments in digital technology. In retirement, Ed joined the Canadian Ski Patrol for many years, delved into his family genealogy and generously shared his time volunteering or helping friends and family.

Ed’s absolute pride and joy were his two sons and nine grandchildren.  He could always be counted on to share his time and knowledge with every single one of them at any age or stage.  Ed would drop whatever he was doing to be there for his family during both the big moments and all of the small moments.  He shared his passions with them – teaching them to ski, to ride a bike, to work with their hands, and to share a hearty laugh – often over a bad pun.  He was the kind of role model that every child and father should have. 

Ed and his wife Pat had a marriage that inspired everyone around them.  They loved to travel the world together and never stopped going on adventures.  They were the best of friends and each other’s biggest cheerleaders.

Ed leaves a huge hole in the hearts of everyone that he has connected with. His legacy will live on in the lives of his adoring family. We all love you and miss you so much already.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, July 10, 2023 at 1 pm, at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, ON.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or your local food bank.

 

Mervyn McBride

We are very sad to announce the passing of Merv McBride (Brent) on April 10, 2023 at the age of 84. Merv was born on July 7, 1938 with very humble beginnings with his older brother (Gordon) and his twin brother (Kent)…and (Marjory) younger sister.

Merv met and married Mary Joyce McCagg and raised three kids (Phil, Kathy and Ron).

Merv is survived by his older brother (Gordon, wife Shirley and their daughter Shelley and husband Warren). Younger sister (Marjory and her son Jason and wife Tina), Son (Phil and wife Sherry), Daughter (Kathy and her husband Gregg and children Franklin and Johanna), Son (Ron and wife Susan and Ron’s daughter Zoe).

Merv is also survived by his second wife, Kathleen Nemeth.

Merv is predeceased by his wife Joyce and his twin brother Kent and his wife Julie (survived by their children (David, Peter and Lynn)

Despite his humble beginnings in a very small town of Starks Corners (near Shawville), Merv excelled in sports which led him and his twin brother to join the Navy. (Instead of following Gordon to the Air Force).

His career in the Navy led to another career in External Affairs, where he traveled the world, including postings in New York, Lima, Ghana, Brussels, Mexico City, Bonn, Paris and finished his career with a repeat posting to New York.<br
 Anyone touched by Merv quickly were embraced by his enthusiasm for socializing, wine, soft ball, beer, darts, cards and anything else he could do to enjoy other people’s company. He lived life large and touched many people’s lives. If there was not a soft ball or dart league when he arrived at a post, he quickly organized one.

After retirement, he continued enjoying life in Florida and made many friends in Labelle, Florida where he escaped the winter weather in Ottawa.

Merv, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, Husband, Friend will be remembered fondly and missed by many. 

Charles Gabriel Ryan

March 15, 1955 – November 11, 2022

It is with sadness that the family of Charles Gabriel Ryan, age 67, of Roberts Arm, NL announces his passing on Remembrance Day November 11, 2022. He leaves to remember with a life time of cherish memories, his wife Carla; son Ronald John (Jacqueline) Ryan; daughter Rebecca Ryan (Allan Larry). grand children Steven Lower, Emerson Ryan, Carlie Lower, Dominic Ryan; brothers Maxwell (Doreen) Ryan, John (Ruth) Ryan, Lloyd Ryan, Sandy (Joan) Ryan, Adonnas (Pat) Ryan, Paul Ryan; sisters Olive Hammond, Phyllis (Lester) Hancock, Susan (Rayfield) Slade.
Charles is predeceased by his parents Ronald John and Stella Ryan.

 

 

Tuesday, August 16th, 1960 Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Carol Ann Lowe, 62 of Yarmouth passed away December 22,2022 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital with loving family by her side. Born in Yarmouth she was a daughter to the late Ludger and Marie (Saulnier) Surette. Carol was a veteran of the Yarmouth Fire Department Auxiliary. She was devoted to her family and loved them all dearly. Family meant the world to her. She was a lover of all animals especially her 2 animals, Roxy and Pumpkin who brought her much joy. In her spare time, she was an avid bowler. Carol is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Christina (Steven) Hubbard, Rothesay, NB.; son, Patrick Lowe, Fredericton, NB.; brothers, Gregory (Kim) Surette; Steven (Kim) Surette; brother in law, Bill Fevens; sisters in law, Hazel (Harry) Grant; Diny (George) Campbell; Debbie (Paul) Flewelling; and Susan Lowe. She was predeceased by her sister, Susan Fevens; brother-in-law, Jack Lowe; as well as in laws, Havelock and Orien Lowe. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday December 28, 2022, from noon until 2 p.m. A memorial service will start at 2 p.m. in Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. A.D. Bill Newell officiating. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only please. in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hope for Wildlife. The family wish to thank the wonderful staff of 3 south at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, as well and Dr. Tom Muise.

William (Bill) Davidson

Passed away 01 June, 2023.

Gary Greer

June 17, 1944 – May 25, 2023

Gary Douglas Greer was born on June 17, 1944. It is with great sadness that we announce his passing on May 25th, 2023 after a long struggle with lung disease. He passed away peacefully at the Carleton Place Hospital.

Gary was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He is predeceased by his parents, Pearl and Willis Greer, older brothers Gordon and Jack, and sister Patricia (Crampton). He is lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret, his children Allison (Brad), Todd, and Janice (Mike), and his two grandsons Ayden and Declan. He is also fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Gary was an avid sports enthusiast from a young age and remained involved in various sports throughout his life. When he was seventeen, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and went off to serve his country and see the world. He was stationed in Quebec and Labrador, where he had some harrowing experiences in flights with doors falling off, undercarriages on fire and more! He also spent time in the Yukon and at a place called Alert, just 200 miles from the North Pole, where it was dark day and night for four months of the year.

While on leave from the north, he met a young lady named Margaret, and they were married in 1969 when he was transferred to Base Borden (just outside of Barrie, ON). With his wife and daughter Allison in tow, he was then transferred to Germany for a three-year stint. There were wild adventures during his time there, and the birth of his son Todd was just six weeks before their scary flight home to Canada.

During the five years he settled his family in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, they had their third child Janice. His family along with Auntie Joe began camping, which he loved and it became a constant in family life. Gary served in the Middle East for two six-month tours of Peace Keeping also during this time.  He was then transferred to Kingston, which would be Gary’s last posting as he retired from the Military and launched into civvy life (as non-military life is referred to). They returned home to Carleton Place, where he enjoyed life with his children’s sports, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends at Glenn Isle, a hub of fun and activity. 

Throughout Gary’s retirement, he kept busy renovating, working, and playing at Carlbeck Golf Course, going to garage sales, collecting and putting together old stereo components, enjoying life at Mississippi Lake, and spending cold winters in Myrtle Beach.  Gary’s latest adventures saw getting on his scooter to Riverside Park, taking in a ball game, or just enjoying the freedom the four-wheeler provided. 

He is loved immensely and will be forever missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

A funeral service to celebrate Gary’s life will take place at Captain A. Roy Brown, Legion Branch 192, Carleton Place on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 1 pm with a reception to follow. Donations to Captain A. Roy Brown, Legion Branch 192 would be appreciated by Gary’s family.

Richard Cromwell

November 14, 1951  –  May 19, 2023

Cromwell, Richard “Rick”…. passed away, surrounded by family, at Kingston Health Science Center on May 19, 2023 at the age of 71 years. Husband of Theresa Cromwell (nee Dooley). Loving father to Erika, Aaron, and Amanda. Cherished grandfather to Gabrielle, Erynn, Violet, Ruby, Arlo, Keeva, Niamh, Eve, Solomon, Darling, Gideon, Abram, and Zaria. Loving brother to Leonard and Paulette. He is predeceased by his parents, Harry Richard Cromwell and Alfreda Cromwell (nee Bright). Rick will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Respecting Rick’s wishes, cremation will take place. A funeral service will be held at a later date, in Rick’s hometown, Southville, Nova Scotia.

He was a fighter… a baker… a reader… a puzzle solver… a singer… sometimes a grouch… but all the time, a man who loved his family, and whose family loved him. He was tougher than he needed to be… too tough for his own good, really. But his toughness was security for his loved ones. And now his children, with the strength he taught them, will give security and safety to his grandchildren and great grandchildren to come.

Rick is no longer physically present… but his legacy survives in the next generation and beyond.

Honour Rick’s memory with a gift to the Knights of Columbus (United in Charities Donation Form) , and share your condolences with his family at www.weaverfuneralhomes.com

 

Ross Montgomery

1957 – 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ross Montgomery, who was surrounded by loved ones, on May 15, 2023.

Ross was the son of George and Dorcas Montgomery, both of whom preceded him in death. He will be so deeply missed by his daughters Kaitlyn (Lukas), Sarah, and Rachel; his beloved granddaughter, Briar; girlfriend Brigitte; former spouse and friend, Nancy; his sister, Laura (Mike); his brother, Brian; and a circle of friends and loved ones. He deeply loved and was so proud of his daughters and his family.

Ross was born and raised in Ottawa and attended Bell High School. He joined the Armed Forces at 18 years old and spent much of his professional life working in communications in Ottawa; he also lived in Inuvik, Gander, and was posted several times to CFS Alert. Despite his service, he was a self-proclaimed hippy who casually practiced Jainism. After his retirement from the Armed Forces, he grew a beard and kept his hair long. He spent the last years of his working life at the Canadian Border Services Agency and enjoyed working and living downtown.

Ross had a quick wit and dry sense of humour. He had many interests and was a lover of an eclectic variety of music, history, and a fine scotch. For many years he had a longstanding breakfast date with his daughter Sarah on the weekend and was one of her best friends. He enjoyed spending time riding his motorcycle and took many trips throughout and across Canada and the United States – what he loved most was the journey and the open road.

We would like to extend our thanks to the staff in the ER, ICU and at the Cancer Centre at the General Hospital, for their care and compassion.

A celebration of life will be held at the Montgomery Legion, at 330 Kent Street, on Sunday June 11 from 1-4PM. In lieu of donations, please raise a glass in his honour and spend time with your loved ones to celebrate Ross’ life.

Passed away peacefully in Ottawa surrounded by family on Friday, May 19, 2023; age 82. The dearly beloved wife of 64 years to George Stewart. Devoted mother of Leslie, John, James (Sylvie) and Sheena. Loving grandmother of Alana Farmer, Randi Farmer (Calgary, AB), Alex Felsof (Lauren) (Oxford, UK) and Sabrina Stewart (Aylmer, QC). Sister of Ralph (Halifax, NS) and Carol Ann (Dartmouth, NS). Daughter of the late John Alan Urquhart and late Margaret May Urquhart (nee Mitchell). The Stewart family want to acknowledge the dedicated support and staff of Montfort Long Term Care in caring for Jean. Jeannie will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends are invited to Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa) on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, for a Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m., with Interment and Reception to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Jeannie, you may do so towards The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County or to the Canadian Cancer Society. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

 

George Robert Sterling Wilton

July 28, 1931 – April 11, 2023

In Loving Memory ~
George Robert Sterling Wilton passed away at NRGH in Nanaimo, B.C., on April 11, 2023.
George was born July 28, 1931, in Calgary, Alberta, but spent most of his growing-up years in Morris and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Married 70 years to Babs (Sutherland). He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 and married Babs in 1952 in Gander, Newfoundland, which was their first posting as a married couple.
George retired as a Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class, in Nanaimo. He was a member of the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club, the Nanaimo Curling Club, the CPO Association of Victoria, and Branch 256 in the Royal Canadian Legion Nanaimo. Because of the strike interment will be delayed, but his final resting place will be God’s Little Acre in Esquimalt.
Survived by his wife Babs, his son Richard of Edmonton, his daughter Kelly of Chemainus, and two granddaughters Emma and her partner Andrew of Shawnigan Lake, and Sara and her husband Alex Walker and their baby son “Wilder” of Chemainus.
Friends Forever.

March 10th, 1969 April 27th, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Alan Chapman at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the age of 54 years. Beloved husband and best friend of Pauline Chapman for 30 years. Proud and loving father of Laura Godin (Chris), Christian Eadie (Jannah) and Daniel Eadie (Joleen). Cherished grandfather of Austin, Desmond, Astrid, Conner and Amelia. Dear son of George Chapman and son –in-law of Joan Donaldson. Alan will also be missed by his brothers Dave Chapman (Michelle), Steve Chapman (Lisa) and Ryan Chapman (Amanda) Alan is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Jane Chapman, his sister Angela Chapman and father-in-law Bob Donaldson. In keeping with Alan’s wishes, cremation has taken place with private family arrangements. Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Research Society may be made by contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) who have been entrusted by the Chapman family.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Brantford, more details to follow.

Donations can be made directly with the Cancer Research Society (https://www.societederecherchesurlecancer.ca/en) or via cheque payable to Cancer Research and contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home

 

David Burnett

02-Jun-1942 – 01-Apr-2023

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of David Burnett Saturday, April 1st, 2023 at the age of 80. After a long battle with dementia, he is now at peace and resting.

David is survived by his loving wife Linda (Holst). Beloved father of Paul, Cheryl, Richard, and Sara (Mo Migahed). Proud and loving grandfather of Jackson, Youssef, and Yasmina. He is survived by his sister Mary (Mike Stanko) and predeceased by his brother Bill. He will be sorely missed by his niece and nephew Alicia and Matthew.

David was a kind soul. He loved watching sports, curling, and above all else his family. He was a man of few words, but his smile lit up the room.

Funeral services entrusted to Kelly Funeral Home, Barrhaven Chapel, 3000 Woodroffe Ave, (613-823-4747). A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

Donald Fredrik Tarabas

August 16, 1937, 1947 – February 23, 2023

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Donald Fredrik Tarabas (aka Papa, Dad, Hubby, Kathleen’s ‘Babe’) age 85, who passed on Thursday the 23rd of February 2023. He went peacefully in his sleep in his own bed, surrounded by hymns and love. He was no doubt greeted by his Mum and Dad, brothers, sister and childhood dog, Panda.

From his birth on the 16th of August 1937 until his last days, he lived life to the fullest. He was predeceased by his mother (Mary) and father (Stefan) and his 3 brothers, Pete, Karl and Walter, and his sister Elsie. He leaves behind his wife Kathleen, daughter Colleen and son Dan. He leaves behind seven Grandchildren. Five on Colleen’s side: Andrew (Jessica), William (Christine), Catherine, Alex and Emma, and two on Dan’s side, Brennan (Jessica) and Arcassa (Joey). He also had three and a half Great-Grandchildren: Alistair, Cole, Evie and soon to be born, Lucas.

Don grew up in Sault Ste Marie and when he was 17 years old, he left ‘the Soo’ to join the Navy and served for 26 years, from 1954 – 1980. During his Navy days, his favourite posting was to Bermuda where he took up scuba diving. He loved to be in the water and continued to dive when posted to Masset on the west coast, until into his 40’s where he would don his tank, mask and fins to clean his swimming pool in Vernon BC.

He remained an eligible bachelor until he married Kathleen Ruth Griggs on the 30 June 1976. They met in Masset and Kathleen had two well-behaved, very intelligent children of her own. (this is on the internet, so it must be true). Don took up the challenge of raising a 9-year old boy and 6-year old girl and he did a great job as a father and a husband. Whether taking the family camping or fishing in Masset or picking blueberries in the fields of the Northwest Territories while posted to Inuvik, he always found ways to expose the kids to new experiences.

He had an easy smile, and always made those around him feel comfortable. While stationed at CFS Inuvik as the Station Warrant Officer, he would invite retiring sailors over for a special dinner and thank them for their service. He loved to cook with his lovely wife and together they put on many kitchen parties. They always invited a few friends for dinner which was usually followed by a game of cards, some of which got pretty rowdy. The children were usually in bed by that time but from their bedroom upstairs, they could hear the sound of laughing and rough housing/scrambling around the kitchen or even the living room during a game of spoons. These dinners often had themes, where they would choose various cuisines such as Chinese, Hawaiian, Mexican, Italian or Ukrainian. His Perogies and Borscht were especially delicious and all meals were made with love, the special ingredient that everyone appreciated.

After his retirement from the Navy, he worked for a few more years with Intercraft, putting on many miles driving around the lower mainland of BC until he fully retired in the late 80’s. Upon retirement, he and Kathy spent a lot of time on the road with their RV Trailer, heading down to California or Mexico for the winters and spending many sunny days on the golf course. On the road, they met many new people who would become lifelong friends. He had no problem making friends, and Don was known to be trustworthy and loyal. He would not hesitate to lend a hand where needed. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Abbotsford for many years, whether contributing with his outstanding carpentry skills, or supporting fundraising efforts by selling raffle tickets in the mall.

He would give you the shirt off his back and showed his love of his friends and families not through his words, but through his works. He spent innumerable hours helping family members improve or repair their homes. His skills included carpentry, installing Gyproc and crack-filling, plumbing or electrical work to name a few. His helping hands were always welcomed by whoever needed them.

Later in life, he became very interested in woodcarving and he learned a lot from his friends with the same interest. His work even made the local newspaper on more than one occasion.

He dabbled in real estate as an investment and he did pretty well. Over the years he rented out single homes, a duplex and even a 10-unit apartment building. With regards to investing, his advice was “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”, or “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

Don loved the outdoors and being in nature, and this love was passed onto his kids. Like many Ukrainians, he enjoyed his libations and when good friends or family came over, he could often be heard making the toast “na zdorovya”, (to health, or to your health). He never forgot his roots, and although his father rarely spoke of his time in the Canadian Internment Camps during and after WWI, Don embraced his Ukrainian roots and when cooking Ukrainian food, the English or Ukrainian word for any dish was often used interchangeably.

Don was cremated and his Granddaughter Arcassa (a ceramicist/potter), will be making an urn for his ashes, and he will be buried with his wife Kathleen when the time comes. He was loved, and he will be missed.

Trevor Ronald Dawborn

October 24, 1947April 18, 2023

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Ronald Dawborn on April 18th, 2023.

Survived by his wife of 48 years, Ilean, his daughter Jennifer Gauthier, son-in-law Craig Gauthier, son Eric Dawborn and grandchildren Koel (Kelliesha), Kiana (Cassandra), Karsen (Kelsey), Griffin & Kyran and great grandchildren Braxton, Brooks, Nixon & Willow.

Trevor was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England and immigrated to Canada when he was young. The family settled in many communities in BC, always on the coast. The coast and the ocean always had a special lure for him. He often regaled us with tales of his youth and adventures including his time as a relief lighthouse keeper at Amphitrite Pt. and of the time he and his family spent on Stuart Island. He often shared with his oldest grandson Koel, his recollection of various landmarks and points of interest on Stuart Island as Koel was often by Stuart Island while working on the tugs. His children were his pride and joy; he’d fight fiercely for them and stand proud and tall with them over their successes and was always there to pick them up and dust them off when they needed that.

He loved being papa and would light up over the milestones and successes of each grandchild or even when they just entered the room. He counted himself lucky to live in close proximity to them and cherished that he was fortunate to have time with each of them. Kiana, being the only granddaughter was definitely the apple of his eye and he loved her determined and self-confident “I’m not going to take anything from anyone” attitude. Karsen was the “little one” as he pointed out to us all many times. He admired Karsen’s strength and was very proud of his recent determination and success. Griffin was his other self; Trev loved his enthusiasm and dedication to hockey and was that annoying parent/grandparent in the bleachers even when he wasn’t actually there. Kyran always made him laugh, especially when he reluctantly played “silly board games or did boring old people things”.

Trevor considered himself very lucky to have the opportunity to meet and spend time with his great grandchildren. He often said not many people ever have that chance.

Trevor returned to England briefly before serving in the Canadian Navy in Alert and Inuvik. He worked for BC Forest Products in Mackenzie for over 30 years prior to retirement and eventual return in 2013 to the Island, relocating to Campbell River.

No service by request. A private family gathering will be held in the summer.

Donations, if so desired, can be made in Trevor’s name to St Paul’s Hospital Foundation Tinnitus Clinic.

Rebecca Ruth Fergusson

December 17, 2022

 

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the loss of Ruth Fergusson (Nee Simms) who succumbed to Alzheimer’s at the Evergreen House in North Vancouver on Saturday December 17, 2022 at the age of 84 years. She was predeceased by her parents Waldo and Annie Simms; brothers Ford Simms, Dave Simms, Wilson Simms (Annie) Dennis Simms and her first husband William Richard (Burt) Fergusson.

Leaving to mourn her loss is her husband of 41 years Terrance (Terry) Ratcliffe, her sons Terry Fergusson (Kathy), Rod Fergusson (Sandra), step daughters Debbie Ratcliffe, Charlene Winchester/Ratcliffe (Mark); two grandchildren Tyler Fergusson and William Fergusson; three step grandchildren Cecille Winchester, Evelynne Winchester and Ella Winchester; brothers; Leslie (Mavis) of Gander, Eugene of Dear Lake, Randy (Florence) of Mount Pearl; sister: May Snow of Lewisporte; sisters-in-law: Vera Simms of Appleton, Rita Simms of Gander, Shirley Simms of Vancouver and a very large circle of nieces, nephews and many friends from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, cremation has taken place and services shall take place at a later date with eventual internment of her ashes near her parents in Glenwood, Newfoundland.

Réginald Civil

2 juin 1959 – 10 avril 2023

Réginald nous a quitté subitement et intensément comme il a toujours vécu.

Il laisse dans le deuil sa Nadine avec qui il a partagé sa vie pendant 22 ans, sa maman Astrée, son neveu Yanis (Crystal, Bryson et Naomie) qui était comme un fils pour lui, sa sœur Claude, son neveu Tristan et sa petite sœur Maude.

Il repose maintenant auprès de son papa Jean sa sœur Astride et son beau-père Armel.

Il laisse dans le deuil plusieurs familles; Civil, Hurbon, Thésée, Ayotte, Laquerre, Bourgeois, Jolicoeur, Cézar et plusieurs très bon amis (es) et amis (es) d’enfance de Sherbrooke.

Il laisse aussi dans le deuil sa famille militaire. Réginald était fier d’avoir été militaire pendant 25 ans. Il s’y est fait beaucoup d’amis (es). Il était très proche de ses amis (es) même s’ils étaient un peu partout dans le monde.

Repose en paix Reg

We are saddened by Reginald sudden passing leaving us with an immense void in our hearts.

Reginald lived his life with passion and conviction and always left an impression to everyone he encountered.

He is survived by his dear Nadine, girlfriend of 22 years, his mother Astrée, his nephew Yanis (Crystal, Bryson and Naomie) whom he considered his own son, his sister Claude, his nephew Tristan, and his little sister Maude.

He is now in peace in company of his father, Jean, his sister Astrid and his father in-law, Armel.

He is survived by many families; Civil, Hurbon, Thésée, Ayotte, Laquerre, Bourgeois, Jolicoeur, Cézar, Cadet et many dear friends and friends from Sherbrooke.

He is also survived by his military family. Reginald was proud to have been in the military for 25 years. He made a lot of close friends there and kept in touch with many, even though they were all over the world.

Rest in peace Reg

 

Bob Blais Eulogy of Sam Simard – 8th April 2023 – Beechwood Cemetery

Hello everyone,

Master Warrant Officer(Ret’d) Sam Simard, Yvon to some of you.

August 1941 – February 2023

After Sam’s passing this past February, I was asked if I would speak about Sam’s time in the Canadian Forces since I have known him for many years. The following are my own recollections and inputs from some of Sam’s old friends, co-workers and, in particular, from students while he was the SWO or School Sergeant Major of ‘’Echo Squadron’’ at the Canadian Forces School of Communications & Electronic in Kingston, ON.

Sam’s time in the military totalled 33 years, spanning from the early 1960’s to the mid 1990s when he left the military and assumed a new position in the Corps of Commissionaires as a Supreme Court Supervisor in Ottawa for a further 18 years. I first met Sam back in 1968 at HMCS Gloucester, Ottawa, while I was on my Trade course. Those memories are rather vague but I do remember him being very popular with some of the boys on course as he owned a car…..a luxury few young military men could afford back then.

We met again later in the mid 70s up in Inuvik, in the NWT, where Lois and Sam became the proud parents of a beautiful girl named Darlene, ‘’pretty’’ as Sam used to call her. In 1977, Sam got transferred to the Island of Bermuda where his son Kevin, was born, ‘’Tiger’’ as Sam would say. My family and I joined the Simards in Bermuda a year later and both Lois and Sam were our sponsors, showing us around the islands and familiarizing us with the quirks and perks of Bermuda. No efforts were spared to make my family feel welcomed. I do remember Sam’s bar being so well garnished that it would have put to shame any pub!!

Here are a couple of anecdotes from his time in Bermuda: Every car owner had to register their vehicle once a year and that included an inspection of its general appearance, not the mechanics but the looks. Sam often used gun tape (equivalent to Gorilla tape) to cover over the rust holes and then would paint over them . He would also wear his tuxedo for this yearly inspection. Worked every time and the car always passed the inspection with flying colours!!!!!!

One night, while Sam was on duty at the Canadian Station at Daniel’s Head, a small unmanned boat was observed being blown out to sea. Sam and one of his shift workers hopped on a small 8 foot punt boat and went out to retrieve it. Unfortunately the strong current took control of the punt boat. Seeing that they were quickly drifting in the wrong direction, they decided to disembark from it and stand on a coral head as the sea was at low tide at the time. When they failed to return by nightfall, the Bermuda Marine police were called. After a lengthy search and the firing of many flares, the two good Samaritans were found on a coral head with water halfway to their chests and holding on to the punt. One of the two was said to be a non-swimmer!! I think it was Sam. ‘’Police carry out an incredible rescue’’ was the title of the article in the local newspaper the next day.

Sam was an avid Montreal Canadien hockey fan. By today’s standards, he would be called a Superfan. When he watched the Habs on television, he always wore his autographed Canadien baseball cap, his old team jersey and enjoyed a glass of Molsen Canadian beer. He was a nervous wreck at every Canadiens’ game and more so when the Canadiens played the Russian Red Army in the Super Series 76. Super Series 76 was the first of the Super Series hockey exhibitions which saw teams from the Soviet Championship League touring North America to play against teams from the National Hockey League. Sam couldn’t wait to see the Canadiens on home ice, taking on the vaunted Red Army Team on December 31st 1975. The Russians had already defeated the New York Rangers two day before. The game against the Canadiens resulted in a 3-3 draw and Vladislav Tretiak in net was the number one star despite his team being out shot 38-13 When the clock wound down, to the final seconds, Sam went ballistic. Cursing and swearing, he took off his team jersey and ball cap and threw them in the garbage. Then he dumped a case and a half of Molson’s Canadian beer down the kitchen sink, swearing he would never cheer for the Habs again. The good news is that the Canadiens went on to win four Stanley Cups in a row in the following years and Sam was once again one of their fans.

Sam really distinguished himself at ‘’Echo’’ Squadron in Kingston, while posted there in the 80s and was considered by many as a ‘’Legend’’. Many of the students there wrote letters to him thanking him for the positive impact he had on their lives. As many as 200 letters I am told. Following a Post on Facebook that I had made after Sam’s passing, it became obvious that his passing created quite a ripple in the 291 community. Nearly 170 different comments ensued. This says a lot about Sam’s reputation even after so many years out of the Trade.

Herewith some comments I noted………

‘’ RIP to a gentleman who had great influence in my life, as SWO of Echo Squadron in Kingston. He has been a sturdy, strong and highly respected example for me, and probably many other young men under his wing’’

‘’Never met the gentleman, however I feel like I missed someone special. RIP Chief’’

And a final one…….RIP Sam, another fine man in my military life who helped mould me to who I am today…..

To be an effective Sergeant Major or SWO, one has to be a true professional but also a good comedian. Sam definitely had both of these qualities. I pick the following anecdote, sent to me by a past student to show that sometimes SWO Sam could be bewildered…….

QUOTE: Sam was SWO and one of my 4 roommates was Gilles Ruel. Gilles was new to the trade and coming from Quebec, didn’t speak English well at the time. Gilles’ bed was first coming into the room so the SWO went to him first. Early morning inspection in our barracks and SWO Simard was doing his rounds……he used his pace stick to scratch the floor around Gilles’ bed, pulled up some wax or dirt and then went ‘’ballistic’’. Sam started yelling at Gilles about the dirt, ending his rant with ‘’are you a pig Ruel?, are you a pig??’’ waving the now dirty end of his pace stick in front of Gilles Ruel’s face. In sheer panic and probably due to a language barrier, Gilles replied to the question ‘’Are you a pig Ruel??? With a……… Yes SWO……..The room was deafening quiet and SWO Simard looked confused at first……then a smile came across his face and he said in a confused voice……“uuhhh ok’’

He then left the room and the inspection was over. UNQUOTE

Notes from Brian Mont at Sam Simard’s Celebration of Life:

Good afternoon everyone. My name is Brian Mont. I met Sam in 1963. We served on and off together for 33 years and in retirement we both lived in Rockland, Ontario for another 24 years before I moved back to NL. Our careers found us in Ottawa (HMCS Gloucester, CFS Leitrim and the Canadian Forces Foreign Language School). As well, we served together in Masset, BC, Inuvik, and Alert, NWT, and Gander, NL. We both served at Kingston, ON, at Daniel’s Head in Bermuda, and at Washington, DC but for these last three, we did not serve together. We were able to compare our experiences of these places when we did get together. So you can say that I knew Sam really well and I can say that he was my very good friend.

In life, you can pick your own very good friends. These friends are there in good times and in bad — when you are happy — and when you’re sad, — when things are going well and when they are not. A friend like this is someone you can call when you want to uplift your day. Sam filled all of those essentials and more.

Whoever met Sam and became his friend knew he had a friend for life. He was at once always a gentleman — humble — he was a joyful man — and very comfortable in his own skin. He routinely greeted you with a smile and you knew in your heart that this smile was for you.

Things that were new for him, — things that required effort and determination — these were things he wanted to do — for example, I remember in Masset, BC, he wanted to try Steelhead fishing, something he had never done before. Together with Keith Clow, another old friend, we headed off for the Yakoun River in the central part of QCI south of Port Clements. It was in December of 1983 or 1984 and the winter Steelhead fishery was at its peak. Steelhead are big fish with the females averaging 8-16 pounds and the males 12-25 pounds. Either one of these fish would present a formidable challenge to the hopeful angler. Keith, who was an expert steelhead fisherman, had fitted Sam out with rod and reel and a few basic instructions. I had provided a Mustang Floater Vest with cork inserts designed to keep you afloat if you somehow managed to find yourself in the icy river.

I’m guessing you all think you know what happened next. Before that I should tell you that Sam did not have a pair of Chest Waders. Nor did he have a pair of hip waders. Instead he had on a pair of pink rubber boots that only came to knee level. He also had a pair of heavy wool pants which he tucked into the rubber boots and tied off with a piece of twine and several granny knots.

Following Kieth’s instructions Sam began casting and was soon involved in the quiet enjoyment and rhythm of fishing. When you’re not getting any action, you can easily move to another spot and Sam decided to do so. Just as he turned, a big fish hit his lure, —- Sam lost his balance, and fell into the river. He quickly got back to his feet and even though there was only two-and-one-half-to-three feet of water the current began to take him downstream. He would not let go of the rod to help himself get to shore and he was heading toward deeper water. Keith and I were chasing him along the river bank and yelling at him to grab a tree branch or a log. Finally he fetched up on a big cedar that had fallen into the river and was able to drag himself to safety using only one hand while still clutching the rod in a death grip with the other.

Short story — we got him back safely to our little sand bar and 15 minutes later he was able to bring the fish ashore. He was soaking wet —– top to bottom —– he had last seen one of his pink rubber boots drifting away on the current —– and eventually sink to the bottom —– but he had landed a 14 pound female steelhead —- a beautiful fish. His eyes were shining with excitement and he was laughing with joy. Sam was, after all, a joyful man! Keith and I could only laugh with him. I had on occasion thought to ask his daughter Darlene (who would have been 10 or 11 at the time), whether or not she remembered losing a pink rubber boot.

 

For sheer enjoyment, Sam loved to dance. I remember him spinning around for half the night at Stan Peffer’s dance hall in Inuvik and again in Gander dancing with his sister Ginette at a function in the mess there. They danced every polka tune played on that occasion, and then some.

He vigorously cheered for the Montreal Canadiens. They were his passion. We had at least two trips to the old forum together. When the Bell Center opened in 1996, we attended at least one more game there in the new arena. Post game we went for Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches before returning by bus to Ottawa.

Finally, he loved his family very much. When he spoke of them you could feel the pride in his voice. They were the number one priority in his life. He had his life in order and he knew how to live it.

A second priority in his life was to keep in contact with his friends. We ourselves had called each other many times over the 60 years we knew each other.

Our last exchange occurred during the week before Valentine’s of this year. He had called me in Gander from his bed at the Riverside Hospital where he was undergoing dialysis. He was heckling the nurses while we discussed the things we always talked about (family stuff usually) and when, if ever, the Habs would return to glory. After a lull in the conversation, the next voice I heard was his nurse telling me he had fallen asleep. I wasn’t concerned because this had happened before and I expected we would hook up again the next week. It did not happen.

Even as I silently mourn his loss, I am honored to celebrate his life today with so many of his friends here and to remember him as one of the very best friends it has been my privilege to have. For you Lois and all your family, let me say that the positive thing about the burning out of a star in the universe is that you continue to see its light for ages and ages. These are a few of my memories of Sam.

Constance Georgia MacLeod

1966 – 2023

Constance “Connie” MacLeod of Red Deer passed away at the family acreage on March 8, 2023 at the age of 56.

“Conbon” was adopted in Sydney, Nova Scotia by William and Hilda MacLeod. She graduated high school in 1984 and then served in the Canadian Military from 1985 to 1995. She was stationed in Alert, Florida and Hawaii. Connie loved to go fishing and camping, playing guitar and singing by the fire. She also very much loved her step daughter Kailyn and grandson Jonah. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Connie will be lovingly remembered by her husband Robert Gray; and her brothers Joe and Billy MacLeod.

In accordance with Connie’s wishes, no service is to be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, through their website at https://www.rdrhfoundation.com. Condolences to Connie’s family may be emailed to meaningful@telus.net. Please indicate “MacLeod” in the subject line.

 

Jane passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Ottawa on Sunday, March 19, 2023; at the age of 67.   Beloved wife of Glen Gray. Cherished mother of Robert Gray (Tara) and Sarah Gray. Loving grandmother of Wyatt, Alice, Patrick and Logan. Daughter of George Morrison and Isobel (nee Keates) Morrison.

Family and friends are invited to attend Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa), for a Celebration of Jane’s Life on Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date with her family in Toronto. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Jane.

 

John Montgomery (Jack) Simpson CD
1947 – 2023

Jack was born at Toronto in 1947, the eldest son of the late William James Simpson and Loyola Helen Simpson, nee Harrington. He died at Windsor, Ontario on March 2, 2023. He was predeceased by his father William, a veteran of World War II and Toronto firefighter, and his brother Cpl. Michael William Simpson.
He is survived by his mother, Loyola Helen (Simpson) Park, Canada’s 1999
National Silver Cross Mother and his sisters, Janice and Theresa Simpson. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by them and his nieces, Jaime Shea, her daughter Victory, and Kate Simpson-Gallow, as well as his nephews, Aaron Simpson (Renata), William and Jack Simpson-Gallow and Aaron’s son, Mateo, and daughters Milena and Noemi.

Jack joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a Signalman in 1967. He had a varied and interesting career as a Communicator Research Operator (DF, Non-Morse, Sig Dev, 2 EW Sqn). He was posted to every region of Canada including Inuvik, Northwest Territories, (6 years) and Alert, Nunavut, 560 miles from the North Pole (2 1/2 years over several postings). He was an instructor and platoon NCO at the Canadian Forces Recruit School at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, (3 years) and the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School at Chilliwack, British Columbia. Other postings included 2 EW Squadron,1st Canadian Signal Regiment at Kingston, Ontario, (6 years) and Canadian Forces Station Bermuda (2 years). Jack retired from the Forces for medical reasons in 1987. He was a Sergeant, posted at CFS Leitrim (1 year).
Jack built his own business from home, as a training and development consultant to several federal government departments, at Carleton Place, Ontario, in 1988. He started work as an assistant to a federal cabinet minister in 1992 until late1993. Returning to his hometown of Toronto in 1996, he worked for several members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 1997 federal election. He retired from politics in late 2003. He moved from Toronto to Windsor, Ontario, to be closer to his elderly mother, Loyola, and sister Theresa’s family in 2010.
Jack was a member of the Inuvik and Carleton Place Lions Clubs for more than 10 years. He served on the Board of the Lanark County United Way for 5 years. He was an avid angler, a spirited, if unskilled, hockey player, and an ugly golfer. He played softball with the Carleton Place men’s league into his late forties.
Jack was among the leaders of a successful campaign to have August 9 of every year declared Peacekeepers; Day in Ontario, in 2004. The day recognizes his brother Cpl. Michael William Simpson, and eight other Canadian Forces members who died with him on August 9, 1974, when their plane was shot down by the Syrian Army, as well as all other Canadians who have perished or served on peacekeeping missions. Jack was among those who submitted briefs to the Commons and Senate Committees of the Parliament of Canada resulting in the declaration of August 9 of every year as Peacekeepers Day throughout Canada in 2008. He worked successfully to have the word “PEACEKEEPING” inscribed on several of Toronto’s war memorials in memory of all Canadians who have lost their lives on peacekeeping duty.
Jack’s father, William J. Simpson, a Toronto firefighter, died in the line of duty in 1966, two days after Jack celebrated his 19th birthday. 34 years later, on October 1, 2000, Jack spoke on behalf of the families of the city’s fallen firefighters at the dedication of the Toronto Firefighters Memorial, one of the most significant moments of his life. Subsequent conversations with the Solicitor General of Ontario assisted in the creation of the Ontario Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the Legislature in 2005.
There will be no funeral service at Jack’s request. Private interment will take place at a future date.
Donations to St. Michael’s Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, 30 Bond St., Toronto ON, M5B 1W8 appreciated.

VVV CQ DE JMS THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES AR VA EE JACK

 

Monty Montgomery

1959 – 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Monty (Douglas Neal) Montgomery on February 23 2023. Monty was a devoted Dad (to Morgan) and husband (to Beth), a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces Communications Research Trade and veteran, a survivor of a military plane crash of Alert resupply airplane BOXTOP22 on 30 Oct 1991, a Disney enthusiast, a CFL fan and long-time season ticket holder, Disability Mentorship Program member, a world leading analyst at the Communications Security Establishment and an active member of the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE). Monty made a difference in people’s lives.

Enduring close to 40 hours in an Arctic Blizzard, Monty sustained injuries due to frostbite and faced many challenges throughout his almost one year in hospital recovering, having amputations, enduring multiple reconstructive surgeries and learning how to live with a disability which he did with courage and dignity.

A few short months after retirement from CSE Ottawa, in January 2020, Monty was again to face a fight for survival against stage 3 esophageal Cancer. His trip to the Disney Parks around the world and plans to spend winters in Florida would be cancelled. With his son Morgan and wife Beth by his side, he again fought with courage for the next 3 years. He accepted every treatment that was offered along the way and was in hospital (with only a one week break) from Dec 17th to his last day of radiation on Feb 8th 2023.

His unfailing will to fight persevered, but throughout the many days in hospital, the cancer was rapidly advancing and his body weakened. He moved to Embassy West the week of February 16th receiving compassionate palliative care surrounded by family and friends who stood by his side 24/7 to ensure he was not alone.

Thank you to the many medical professionals and health care workers who helped Monty with the fight, the many friends who attended him bedside, well-wishers from around the world and his many supporters offering words of encouragement. “Support Monty in his Battle with Cancer” is a GoFundMe set up by the Macdonald family to help with his private medical expenses with the remaining funds to be donated to the Cancer Society. A celebration of life will take place after the snow is gone (per his wishes).

When asked how he retained his optimism throughout his challenges he faced, he replied “I’ve had a good life”. A proud Dad, a survivor, an exemplary fighter and true hero; he will live forever in our hearts.

Clarence John “Gary” Colp

1936 – 2019

Obituary of Clarence John Colp

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts, that we must announce the passing of Clarence “Gary” Colp. Clarence passed away peacefully at the Drew Nursing Home, Sackville, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 82.

Born on July 1, 1936 in Whites Lake, NS, he was the son of the late May Lillian (Christian) and Cash Cannon Colp.

Clarence was a Warrant Officer in the Canadian Navy for twenty years and then spent over 30 years as a mechanic.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.  Clarence has greatly missed his wife of over 60 years, Edith, who passed away in 2017.

Clarence will be lovingly remembered by his son, Mike (Sue) Colp of Middleton, N.B., as well as by his daughter, Dianna Finley of Sackville, N.B.; his two brothers, Nick (Lydia) Colp of NS and Charlie (Kathleen) Colp of NS; his three grandchildren, Allan Crandall, Colton Colp and Heidi Colp; his great-granddaughter, Claire Crandall, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith Lindsey “Edie” Colp in 2017, as well as by his brothers, Vern and Kenny.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville N.B. (506) 364-8188.  An evening of remembrance will be held for family and friends on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 7-9 pm at Campbell’s Funeral Home, Sackville. The burial will take place in the Dorchester Cape Cemetery, at a later date.

If so desired, donations in memory of Clarence may be made to the Dorchester Cape Cemetery, the Drew Tantramar Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences & sharing of memories may be forwarded to the family through our website www.campbellsfuneralhome.com or by visiting the funeral home Facebook page.

 

Thomas Paul Lane

November 11, 1935 – February 10, 2023

Thomas Paul Lane passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 in Ottawa. He was 87.

Tom was beloved by partner Caroline and children Tom (Lynn), Patti (Dave), Christine (Rick) and Bill (Della). He will be greatly missed by grandchildren Kirsten (Jeremy), Michael (Brianna); Dylan, Riley, Madison; Jason (Jenna), Jordon (Ashleigh); Charlotte and Nicholas; and great grandchildren Elijah and Hazel. Leaves behind sisters Patricia and Janet, predeceased by brothers Gerald and Michael. Mourned by former wife Theresa, boyhood friends Bill and Ed and many Ottawa friends including Dave, Roger and Frank.

Tom was born in Montreal to Thomas and Louisa. He joined the Navy after high school, landing far-flung postings from Halifax to Churchill, Manitoba and Inuvik. He later worked for three decades at Canada’s Communications Security Establishment.

Ever curious, Tom had a love for adventure, traveling the globe from Brazil to Romania, soaking up culture and languages along the way. He was an avid skier, hiker, cyclist, windsurfer and bird watcher, and in later years became a dedicated bridge player. Tom never stopped learning, and no day was complete without a cryptic crossword.

His true love was family, however, famously hosting Boxing Day brunch feasts for decades, serving up crab melts, tourtiere and smoked salmon while handing out scratch ‘n’ win cards.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Details will follow . In lieu of flowers, please donate to his favourite charities, The Ottawa Food Bank and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Yvon Joseph Henri (Sam) Simard

Sam the Gorf, Papi, and Post One

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Yvon (Sam) loving husband of LOIS for almost 49 years, beloved “Papi” of Darlene and Dad to Kevin (Donna). A loving Grandpa to Dana and Dexter. Predeceased by his father Adélard, his mother Lydia, his brother Gilles and his sister-in-law Therese, and brother Michel (Ida). He leaves in mourning his brother Jacques (Raymonde) and his sister Ginette (Graham). He leaves behind many-in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sam travelled this Country far and wide with the Armed Forces, he proudly served for 33 years. His career took him to a United Nations 9 month tour in the Congo in the 1960’s, Quebec City, Inuvik NWT, Bermuda, Kingston, Gander NL, Masset BC, Washington DC, many tours at Alert NWT, and finally for the past 30 plus years, Ottawa. When he retired, he joined the Commissionaires and served for nearly 18 years at the Supreme Court as a Supervisor. 

Private cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his fabulous life will be held at Beechwood National Military Cemetery 280 Beechwood Avenue Ottawa, on Saturday April 8, 2023 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Words of Remembrance will be shared at 1:00pm. 

Jake Berry

Passed away 10 February 2023

It is with profound sadness that Jake’s beloved wife Sachie has asked that Jake’s FB friends be advised that Jake passed away on Friday February 10 at the age of 84 at the Abbotsford hospital as a result of complications following a heart attack.
Jake lived a full life His work and adventures took him all across Canada and around the world where he met and enjoyed many friends. Not only did Jake delight in Sachie’s amazing Japanese banquets, he himself was a terrific cook. Many of his friends treasured his special banana bread. Even on the day before he died, Jake was excitedly planning to bake a new batch of banana bread for his friends.

Roderick Neil Babcock

14-Mar-1936 – 16-Dec-2022

In Loving Memory of Rod


The family of Roderick Neil Babcock age 86 of Amherst are saddened to announce his passing on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Gables Lodge in Amherst.

Born in Fredericton, he was a son of the late William and Edna Babcock.

He served for 23 years with the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1st Canadian Signals Regiment, with postings in Ladner, BC (where he met Joyce), Kingston ON, and finally CFS Leitrim, Ottawa ON, where he worked in Comm Research with several postings to CFS Alert. After leaving the military he moved with his family to Amherst, NS where he retrained as a Stationary Engineer and worked at the APRCHH until his retirement. Rod pursued several hobbies including landscape painting, and ham radio.

Rod will be remembered by his wife Joyce (Williams), son Bruce (Stephanie), daughter Kathleen (Blake Patterson), grandson Andrew (Amy) Paterson, great granddaughter Amelia.

Beside his parents, Rod was predeceased by brothers Donald and Frank, and sister Mary Wilson.

There will be no visitation or service.

Condolences and sharing of memories may be shared with the family via: www.campbellsamherst.ca or by visiting Campbell’s Facebook page.

Donald James Walker

1942-2023

Walker, Donald James, CPO2, Royal Canadian Navy passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home in New Ross on January 8, 2023. Donnie was born in New Ross on June 5, 1942 to his parents, Errol and Bonah (Chandler) Walker. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Sally (Parsons) Walker; sister, Eleanor; step-granddaughter, Brooklynn; and nieces, Tracy and Tammy.
Donnie is survived by his beloved wife, Glenda; his much-loved children and stepchildren, Danny (Carolyn) Walker, Carstairs, AB; Barbie (Brian), New Ross; Dion (Shannon) Young, Kingston; Lindsay (Nate) Zwicker, Camrose, AB; his adored grandchild and step-grandchildren, Brooke, Austin, Dylan, Afifa, Ryder, Josh and Callie.

Donnie was very proud of his long military career and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer Second Class. He and Sally raised their children whilst being posted to many different military bases all over Canada and the USA. He loved the Navy, especially his time in the Comm Research Branch. He retired after more than 30 years and moved back to the place he loved most in the world – New Ross.

A funeral service for family and close friends will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4828 Highway 12, New Ross. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to Hope for Wildlife, 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth, NS B0J 2L0 (902-407-9453). Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.

Dwight Stephens

06-Jun-1944 – 11-Jan-2023

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Dwight (Dad, Poppa, D-Man, Dwighty) Stephens in the early morning hours on Wednesday January 11, 2023 after a determined 2+ year fight with cancer.

He is survived by his wife (Anne Harris), his two children Samantha (Jordan) and Bill (Julie), his stepchildren Kym and Lee (Paula), his brothers Jack and Donald and his grandchildren Liv, Emma, Liv, Ava, and Jack.

A veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a former public servant as Chief of Telecommunications, Dwight will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid golfer and ice cream cone aficionado. He loved quiet mornings at the cottage, overlooking the lake, and time spent with his family. Dwight never missed a birthday (sending cards that sing and explode with glitter), an anniversary, the nightly news, or advising his kids on the latest consumer reports and wise ways in which to save money. Affectionately known as “grumpy”, he was a quiet, loving man of few words and a giant heart.

Please join his family in celebrating his life at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Nepean ON in May 2023. Details of date and time to follow.
In memoriam, donations made to Hospice Care Ottawa: Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice are greatly appreciated.”


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