Veleke

Sharon Lynne Veleke (McCrone)
April 29, 1947 – March 31, 2020
It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing peacefully at home of our dear wife and mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was predeceased by her oldest, Joseph and his son, John Adam. She is survived by her sons Tim (Cindy), Rick (Katie) and Dave (Susan), her 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all, her family was her life.

Lovegrove

Lovegrove, James Barry
March 10, 1935 – March 25, 2020
After a lengthy illness at the hospital, Barry passed peacefully on March 25 just weeks after his 85th birthday. Beloved husband to Nancy (pre-deceased) and devoted father to his son Steve (and Marcia) Lovegrove and his daughter Terry (and Richard) Long. He was a loving grandfather to Robin (and Torrin) Mullins and to his great grandson Kade Mullins. He is survived and remembered by his cousins, nieces and nephews.
Barry lived his early years in Port Stanley and then in Hamilton where he finished school and worked at the steel mills and in the tool and die trades. After that he began a long and successful career as a teacher with the Peel Board of Education. Barry taught many of the essential trades – machine shop, welding, and auto, and was well liked by his students and colleagues.
Barry and Nancy moved to Burlington and then lived many years in Millgrove where they were active in the community. Barry loved all things boats and fishing and many will remember him working on his big boat in the driveway in Millgrove. Barry made friends easily and was blessed to have many good ones. He enjoyed eating his own fresh-caught fish and loved eating large slices of lemon meringue pie with long-time family friend Glen “Fonzie” Nelson.
Barry really enjoyed his later years living in Shalom Village in Hamilton. He was so grateful for the loving care he received there and how quickly he became involved in the Shalom Community. Barry made new friends who became like family to him. He was always there to lend a helping hand and genuinely cared for anyone in need. Those of us who knew and loved our Dad will greatly miss him.
Barry’s Celebration of Life will take place at Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig in Waterdown, but due to the present circumstances of the virus, this will be postponed to a later date. A public announcement will be made when the date is finalized.
In lieu of flowers, it is Barry’s wish that any donations that you would like to give in his memory can be made to Shalom Village at this link: https://www.shalomvillage.ca/giving/gifts-in-memory-honour/
Please sign the online guest book at www.kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

Quigley

Marian Margaret Quigley
Born in Toronto – May 17, 1936
Died in St. Marys – April 2, 2020
Wife to Robert (deceased); sister to Ted (partner Linda); devoted mother to Steven (deceased), James (partner Julio), Peter (wife Angie); loving grandmother to Heather (husband James), Brian (partner Ember), Jennifer (husband Leigh), Jasmine (deceased), Tara (partner Robert), MacKenzie (partner Alex), Michael, Michelle; great grandmother to Harry.Born in North York, Marian became a teacher and then moved to London, Ontario when she got married. In London, she developed lifelong friendships. She travelled all over the world with her husband Bob and enjoyed many special places including Barbados where she spend many winter weeks every year. She was an expert bridge player. Marian was a loving woman who was completely devoted to her family. A stay at home mom, she raised her children with love, humour, respect and great homecooked meals. She was a proud member of the Fri-Y-ettes and the London Garden Club. She loved reading, doing Crosswords, gardening and spending months at the family cottage.Marian requested NOT to have a funeral. At a future date, her immediate family will have a quiet reception for her. If you so desire, donations can be given to the University of Toronto (search – Jasmine Quigley Memorial award); Canadian Cancer Society; Cystic Fibrosis Canada; Heart and Stoke Foundation of Canada. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Morrison

Ray William Morrison passed away peacefully at St. Marys Memorial Hospital on March 17, 2020 in his 94th year. Ray is survived by his wife Pauline Morrison (Paton) of 67 years, brother Reg (Dorothy) and predeceased by brother Preston. Survived by sons Randy (predeceased daughter-in-law Marion), Dennis (Libby), Brian (Cherie), Ian and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ray raised his family in the home he had built on Elgin Street and still resided since 1960. Ray loved fishing, hunting, horseracing, card playing and going to the cottage. He also raised chickens that he showed at local fairs, the CNE and won his fair share of ribbons. Ray began his career as a mechanic at Vanexins garage and later was employed at Domtar as the Maintenance Supervisor. He loved to tinker with anything, take things apart, fixing it and then putting things back together. Ray was a lucky many, in 1955 he won a new car playing bingo in Lucan. Ray enjoyed Sunday church services where he was an usher and member of the St. Marys United Church. Cremation has taken place, Ray will later be laid to rest at Kirkton Union Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation. Special thanks to Dr. Gatfield, staff at St. Marys Memorial Hospital and all the others that helped immensely. Ray was well known for his daily reciting of grace at the dinner table: “Give us grace O’Lord to receive this food for the use of our bodies and lives for our service, Amen.”
LIVES ARE SHORT, MEMORIES LAST FOREVER.
Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca. Video condolences may be emailed to andrew@hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Berry

Muriel Sara Berry (nee Playford), of St. Marys, passed away on April 3, 2020, at Wildwood Care Centre, in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband, Grant Berry (2009), son, Duane Berry (2003), son-in-law, Brian Stacey (2006). Loving mother of Leslee Stacey and Kim (John) Munro of St. Marys, and Campbell (Danielle) Berry of Calgary; cherished Grandmother of Amanda, Sara (Ben), Matt (Sadie), Scott, Kate, Emma and Kent; dear Great Grandmother of Briana, Hunter, Ella and Grayson. Muriel is survived by her siblings, Norma Sneyd of Fredericton, Dorothy Wilson of Haliburton and Bill Playford of Elora. Muriel and Grant married in 1951 and spent the first several years of their marriage living in a number of towns throughout Ontario as Grant worked for the bank and was transferred every few years. In 1978, they moved to St. Marys and were happy to call St. Marys home for the next 42 years.  Muriel made friends wherever she landed and was an avid sewer, quilter and bridge player. Friends often comment about Muriel’s good-heartedness, willingness to “tell it like it is” and enjoyment of a good joke/laugh. Muriel loved well and was well loved and will be sorely missed.Special thanks to the staff at Wildwood Care Centre and Dr. Tania Wilson for their excellent care and compassion. The family will have a private service at the St. Marys Cemetery, at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation or the St. Marys Salvation Army Food Bank. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

MacDonald

Craig Alexander MacDonald passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Stratford General Hospital on Sunday March 29, 2020 in his 65th year. Beloved husband and soul mate of Shelley (nee Borland), cherished and adored father of Lauren and Derek (Olivia). Predeceased by his father Keith MacDonald, survived by his mother Shirley (nee Ward) and brother Kevin (Karen) of Belmont. Also survived by Shelley’s parents Joan and Ed Borland, Brother-in-laws Scott Borland and Sean (Cynthia). Loved Uncle to Taylor (Chad), Chris, Scott (Chantel), Mackenzie (Can), Madison, Lauren (Lloyd) and Michelle. Also survived by 6 great nieces and nephews. Craig was the proud owner of Stonetown Foodland for 27 years. He was very proud and supportive of his staff and community, and over the years was a great mentor to many young people. Craig was an avid hockey fan and Maple Leafs supporter and thoroughly enjoyed travelling. He was a past member of the Kinsmen Club of St. Marys and the St. Marys Lincolns executive. A private family service will be held and a public service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider giving a memorial donation to Diabetes Canada or the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca

Fraser

Beloved Jan passed away on March 27, 2020, at her home, lovingly surrounded by her family. A gentle, generous, gracious, and wise, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Jan was deeply treasured and loved by her family and friends. Always she will be missed and cherished by her 4 children, Patricia (Peter), Shane, Darlene, and Roger (Mary Lou); her 6 grandchildren, Stacia, Michael, Mackenzie (Arren), George (Yanni), Kathleen and Maris; nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends. Predeceased by her son Wayne, and her husband Donald of 62 years. While raising their family in Timmins and Elliot Lake, Jan worked at Northern Telephone and National Grocers, winning many Service Representative of the year awards. Jan always had an adventurous spirit and a great love of the outdoors. She embraced all seasons in her beautiful Northern Ontario homeland – hunting, fishing, cross country skiing and spending weekends/summers at the family cottage on Mattagami Lake. Jan’s family and friends share countless stories of her incredible cooking and her attitude ” always room at the table for everyone”. She was a generous mother to many! Her children and grandchildren loved her playful and witty nature. Jan could always be found knitting, reading, doing puzzles, playing cards or thinking up her next journey, while listening to her favourite music. She loved her travels to Ecuador, France, Switzerland, Florida and Scotland. Jan’s faith, courageous and brave nature, grounded her as she coped with many health issues. Jan was always a beacon of hope, humility and patience to her loved ones. Mom, grandma, Auntie, trusted friend, always a beautiful “lady”, profoundly loving and loved. Jan’s family extends deepest gratitude to the medical staff whose compassionate, competent care, supported her living at home to her last journey. Thank you Dr. Sarah Ahrul, Dr. Christie, nurses Brad and Ann. A celebration of Jan’s life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, pecmhf.ca Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton, ON. www.whattamfuneralhome.com

Sleeper

Orval Gene Glenn Sleeper, of London, passed away suddenly at Victoria Hospital, London, on March 24, 2020, at the age of 79, after a short, but very courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of the late Judith (Judy) Margaret Rose (Taylor) Sleeper (2018). Orval will be sorely missed and is survived by his children Todd Sleeper (Deanne Ellis) of St. Marys, Wendy Lucas (Rick) of Peterborough, Jodi Thibodeau (Wayne) of London, Lee Watson of Wellburn and Sue Coveny (Pat) of St. Marys. He will be also missed by 17 grandchildren: Brittany, Nicole, Nicole, Tyler, Hope, Nathan, Ryan, Jamie, Kayla, Emma, Cassandra, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Jake, Liam, Rebecca, Cody, 6 great-grandchildren: Logan, Rowan, Brynlee, Ella, Bridget, Colton and siblings Darryl Ugene Sleeper (Violet) and Beverly Sherron Muriel Crouse (Frederick Philip). Predeceased by his parents Amos Glenn Dwight Sleeper (1985) and Jeanette Muriel (Prentice, 1992), sister Earla Yvonne Trollope (2010), and brother Buddy Earl Sleeper (1990). Orval was a long-time member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union U.A. Local 593 and a farmer. He dearly loved his large family and was very proud them. He was also proud of the home he built near Prospect Hill in 1978. He was an avid news buff, enjoyed trading in the stocks and was very car savvy. Cremation to take place with a family graveside service in St. Marys Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home (519-284-2820). Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Rumble

It is with great sadness that the family of Kent Rumble, age 71, announces his peaceful passing on Friday, March 27, 2020. Originally from Thorndale, Ontario, he passed away surrounded by family, (wife Kathy, son Kelly and daughter Keri) at his bedside after experiencing complications following surgery at Kingston General Hospital.
Devoted brother of Glenna, Donna(Don)Stephen and Sandra(Phillip)Sholtanuk all of St. Marys and reunited with brother Warren. Predeceased by his parents Alton and Helen Rumble.
Kent was an experienced hydro linesman for 44 years with Ontario Hydro, K-Line Maintenance and Oakville Hydro. He will be remembered by many for his love of local boys and girls hockey, Toronto Maple Leafs, spending time at the cottage and enjoying the company of family.
A private cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life will occur in the fall of 2020.
The family would like to thank the tremendous support and care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff at KGH – ICU unit.

Dunseith

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Martha Dunseith on Wednesday March 25, 2020 in her 74th year.
Beloved wife of Wayne Dunseith for 54 years. Loving Mother of Tony (Melanie), Brent (Deb), and Mark (Stacey). Cherished Grandmother of Courtney Milton (Trevor), Kurtis Dunseith, Bradley Dunseith (Neha), Megan Dunseith (Anthony), Emily Dunseith, and Spencer Dunseith. Proud Great Grandmother of Elyse, Edward, and Terrell. Survived by brothers and sisters Siena Kainz, Lloyd van Dam (Carol), Ties van Dam (Irene), Becky Austin (Bill), Wilma Dill (Tom), and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Christina Weessies (Henry) and brother Simon van Dam.
Martha was a long-time employee at Poole & Co., a Court Support Officer at the Woodstock Courthouse, a Residential Support Worker at DASO, and a volunteer at Sakura House. Her love of helping others showed through her work. She loved to be surrounded by family and friends and always made everyone feel welcome. Her sense of humour brightened your life.
Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of life to be announced in the following months. Memorial donations to Alzheimer Society of Oxford or VON Sakura House are appreciated and may be may be made directly or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, Ontario (519-290-5575). Condolences may be shared at www.wareingcremation.ca

Davis

Marilyn Michele Davis, 58. Marilyn was born in Stratford Ontario on October 12, 1961. Marilyn passed away unexpectedly in her home on March 22, 2020. Marilyn is survived by her mother Beverly Abbott and Marilyn’s spouse Ron McLean and her four beautiful children Randi Power (Brian) Steve Davis (Jessica), Taisha Hrycyshyn (Andy), Lenard Winters. Also survived by brother, sisters, aunts, and uncles. Predeceased by her father Arthur Wayne Abbott who passed away on January 2, 2020. Marilyn adored her grandchildren Damien (deceased), Sydney, Ben, Ryder, Domanic Logan, Rosie, Domanick and Jericho. Marilyn was a warm, kind-hearted person. She had a laugh that was contagious. She will be missed by everyone she met. Cremation has taken place, her family will have a celebration at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation. Mom, we will miss your smile, your laugh, your personality. You will live on in us kids. Rest easy mom. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

McKnight

Donald Franklin McKnight died peacefully, surrounded by his family at Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, March 22 in his 80th year. Don is survived by his Wife Carol, loving Daughter Jennifer, Son In-law Justin Shoniker, and his 3 precious grandsons, Harry, Jack and Sammy. Predeceased by his Father Jack (1947), Mother Lydia (2003), Sister Kerry Sue (1992), and his Aunt Grace (Suze) (1992). Cremation to take place. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial donation to the St. Marys Friendship Center (PRC) or the Stratford Humane Society. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Matheson

Matheson, Robert McIntosh – Passed away peacefully on Thursday, march 19th, 2020, at the Stratford General Hospital in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Helen (nee McKay) Matheson. Cherished father of Paul (Kim), Scott, and Ian (Carley). Proud grandfather of Avery, Lucas, Declan, Alex and Vivian. Survived by his dear mother Jean Matheson. Also survived by his siblings Donna Pullen (Ross), Doug Matheson (Karen), Marie Bickell (Dan), and brother-in-law Frank McKay (Betty). Cremation has taken place and a private family service is being held. A public service will be announced at a later date. If desired memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Brock and Visser Funeral Home (519-539-0004). Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.brockandvisser.com

Foesenek

Mary Foesenek passed away on March 18, 2020 at Hillside Manor with family by her side. Mary was born Anna-Maria Gommers on November 29, 1932 in Wernhout Zundert, Holland. Daughter of the late Johannes and Anna (Jacobs) Gommers. She was the loving wife of the late Henry Foesenek (2003) whom she married Feb. 3, 1953 and came to Canada shortly after. Loving mother of Ann (Ivan) Roobroeck of Gadshill, Jeanne (Rick) Lyons of St. Marys, Keith (Dayle) Foesenek of Windsor, Lucy (Ed) Luyten of Teeswater, Cynthia (Dave) Lang of St. Marys, John Foesenek and Patricia Foesenek both of St. Marys. Proud grandmother of 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, one in Holland and Jean Vermont of Parkhill, brothers and sisters-in-law in Holland and survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two brothers in Holland, a son-in-law Terry Hughes, a grandson Kevin Foesenek as well as sisters and brothers-in-law in Holland, brother-in-law John Vermont. Mary loved her garden and loved her flowers. She had been a 4-H Leader for many years. She also belonged to the CWL of Holy Name of Mary Parish and had been a member of the Women’s Institute of Uniondale. Mary also had a passion for knitting, but number one was being a farmer’s wife and raising her family of seven children. A family Graveside Service took place at the St. Marys Cemetery on Saturday, March 21, 2020 with Father Richard Bester officiating. The Service can be viewed Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorial donations may be made to The Arthritis Society, Lung Association, or to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.hodgesfunralhome.ca. Video condolences may be emailed to andrew@hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Willis

WILLIS: Marwood
Suddenly as the result of an accident on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 of RR 1 Kirkton in his 87th year. Loving husband of Gertrude (Packham) for over 59 years. Proud father of Steve Willis and Karen Greaves of Bayfield, Ed and Karen Willis of Exeter, Patti Willis-Leake and Rob Leake of Exeter, Diane Willis and Rebecca Stevens of London, and Carol Willis of London. Dear grandfather of Jake, Sean, and Katie; Nicole, and Brandan; and Ben. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Mary Wagler of Stratford, Ida Anne Harris of St. Marys, Eleanor Ball of Lakeside, Jane and Wallace Miller of Embro, Dave and Nancy Packham of Stratford. Predeceased by his parents James and Myrtle Willis, sister and brother-in-law Leola and Mike Freeman, and brothers-in-law Dan Wagler, Bob Harris, and Stuart Ball. Marwood enjoyed 60 years of both a family and farming partnership with his wife Gertrude. He embodied a driven can-do attitude that was evident in his day to day life, whether it was farming, spending time with his family, hockey, or even playing cards. Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Monday evening from 5-8 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 17th  at 11 AM with Bob Heywood officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery.  Donations to Jessica’s House, the Kirkton Agricultural Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Clark

Raymond Stanton Clark passed away at his home in St. Marys on March 6, 2020 at the age of 72. Raymond was a dedicated teacher, working 20 years with C.U.S.O. International from 1969-1989. During that time, he worked as Field Staff and Regional Director in Caribbean, East and West Africa and the South Pacific as well as CUSO Headquarters in Ottawa. He spent time in Toronto working with homeless who suffered from mental illness, and in the early 90s was a consultant with the International Centre for Ocean Development in Halifax NS and was a facilitator with People Development. In 1998 Raymond moved to St. Marys, Ontario to retire, but continued consulting with United Nations Development Program, carrying out intercultural training. Raymond is survived by his Sisters  Rita Hodkinson {Richard }  Tina Miller(Earl)  and was predeceased by his Brother Harry Young .He will be missed by his nieces and nephews who remember his  NOW LETS TALK moments. His friends Bonnie Gray and Clark Cipryx and the  C.U.S.O  family and all the friendships made around the world  will miss the gleam in his eye.   There will be a celebration of Life with close family and friends in the future.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Marys Healthcare Foundation. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca and video condolences may be emailed to andrew@hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Coward

Leon Coward passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 5, 2020 at the age of 74. Predeceased by his wife Bonnie Coward (Armstrong, 2007) and parents Thomas and Leola (Glanville), brothers Alvin Coward, Terry Clayburn, and sister-in-law Pam Armstrong. Survived by his daughters Laurie Coward-Hanson (Bill) Tamie Robertson-Coward (Stacey), Amie Shackleton (Derek). Grandchildren Liam (Paul), Hayden, and Kenzie. Siblings Dave Coward (Kathy), Eric Clayburn (Colleen), and Pat Plain and brothers-in-law Barrie Armstrong (Wendy), Karl Armstrong (Nancy) and Kellie Wicke. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Leon will also be missed by good friends Ron Brant (Tracy), and Donna Heard. Leon’s family wish to sincerely thank his doctor Micheal Trevail for his wonderful care. The Funeral Service was conducted at the St. Marys United Church on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Marys Mobility Bus, Canadian Tire Jumpstart St. Marys (store #091), or Community Living St. Marys and Area. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Weir

A resident of Wildwood Care Centre in St. Marys, Ken Weir, formerly of RR 3 Ilderton passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at Stratford General Hospital on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Paula (Crone) Weir (2002). Loved father of Shirley and the late David Lagrou of Thorndale, Paul and Elizabeth Weir of Thorndale, and Brian and Toni Weir of Ilderton. Proud grandpa of Alaina and Michael, Amy and David, and Adam and Colleen; Rebecca and Joseph, Sara and Thomas; Emily, Jada, and Jake. Great-grandpa of Andrew, Evelyn, Joseph, and Silas. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Eileen and Frank Clark of Ilderton, and Bernice Weir of St. Marys. Predeceased by his infant son Gerald, and his brother Lorne. Ken will also be missed by Cora Hill, the Crone family, and his furry friend Mimi. A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Sunday, March 8th from 1 – 3 PM, with words of remembrance at 2 PM. Private family interment Siloam Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

Murray

Tammy Kathleen Murray, age 46, of Stratford passed away peacefully after a short illness on March 4, 2020. Tammy is survived by her loving husband Chad Murray and her children Krystal Quiring (Brian), Taylor Brenner, Maranda McFarlane (Wyatt), Dalton Brenner (Hailey), Brianna Murray (Lance), Derek Murray. She will be missed by her grandchildren Ava, Clara, Kaleb and Hercules. Loving daughter of Viola and Don Proudlove. Also survived by siblings David Proudlove, Julie Phillips (Jeff), Nancy Vermeire (Marc), Carol Engardt (Tim), Angel Beaulieu (Steve), Emma Larente and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son Brady Piron and a grandson Lincoln McFadden. A time for family and friends to share memories of Tammy will be held in the Reception Centre of the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m. with words of remembrance at 6:30 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the House of Blessing or the Salvation Army through the funeral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

Washington

Donald H. Washington, age 94, died on February 25, 2020 at the Kingsway Lodge of natural causes. A private family interment in St. Marys Cemetery and celebration will take place at a later date. Donald, son of Arthur and Olive Washington, was born on January 19, 1926 in Windsor Ontario and moved to St. Marys as a youngster.  After graduating from school in St. Marys he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 17 and served in the Second World War as a tail gunner in England.  It was there that he met and married his wife Pamela (Whitehurst).  After the war, he became a carpenter in St. Marys, however, eventually returned to the Canadian Armed Forces where he had a distinguished career as an officer.  Donald served in many locations throughout North America, most notably in the Arctic and the United States where he was also decorated.  After retiring from the Armed Forces, Donald attended Loyalist College to obtain a business administration diploma which prepared him for his second career as the Town Clerk of Eganville.  Donald also enjoyed his time in Provincial and Federal politics by successfully running two election campaigns.  Don and Pamela had the pleasure of spending 25 winters at Holiday Park in Palm Bay Florida where they regularly hosted family and friends.  Pamela passed away in 2005. Donald is survived by his sister Patricia Carole Fowler of St. Marys, and three sons: David (Brigitte) of North Bay, Donald (Moira) of Raleigh Durham, and Paul (Cyndy) of Guelph. Predeceased by his sister Gloria Moss. He will be missed greatly by his family and everyone who knew him, especially his extra care-giver, Michele Rourke.  Added thanks to Dr. Jon Schiedel and the fine staff of Kingsway Lodge. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820). Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Brooks

Jack Brooks, peacefully at home on February 23rd, 2020. Predeceased in 1980 by his first wife, Ruth Allan. Ruth and Jack were loving parents to daughters Mary and Heather.  In 1982, Jack remarried to Lynn Shelton and became stepfather to Lynn’s daughters Jane and Lisa Monteith. Jack is survived by his loving wife Lynn, and four families: Mary, Todd, Emma and Lauren; Jane, David, Joe and Owen; Lisa, Kyra and Alex; Heather and Marty. Jack is also survived by brothers Tom (Jean), Bill (Cheryl), Ed (Judy), sister Thelma (Barrie) and brother-in-law Ian (Georgina) and their families. He was predeceased by brother Roy and Roy’s wife Terry. Jack held a special place in the hearts of extended family, especially the Allans. Jack was raised on a farm in Radisson, Saskatchewan. His mother died while he was still a young child. By the age of 13, Jack was required to assume the role of the primary provider and manager of the family farm following his father’s devastating stroke. Jack continued to love farming as an adult, and relished returning to a farming community. In 1974, he purchased a farm near St. Marys, Ontario, where he raised his family and contributed to his community through the 1990’s. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1958. He worked for 35 years at 3M Canada, mainly in engineering and manufacturing. During his time, 5 factories were built and/or expanded, and all 5 factories continue to serve large export markets. Jack believed and lived the philosophy every day that people were the company’s most important asset. Throughout his working years and into retirement, Jack gave his time to serve on several Boards, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fanshawe College, London Hospital Linen, and the Federal Environmental Choice Board, along with providing many years of service to Browns United Church as Treasurer. During retirement, Jack and Lynn enjoyed many adventures including travel to different parts of the world; pursuing new interests; and enjoying time spent with their growing family at home, on the golf course, in Florida, and on many special family weekends at the beach. Jack will be remembered at a private family funeral at St. James Anglican Church in Stratford, Ontario.  A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the ST. MARYS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 769 Queen St. E. St. Marys, Ontario, on March 28th from 2:00 pm -4:00 pm.   If desired, memorial donations in Jack’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820). Online condolences can be made at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Wood

Wood, Betty Leola – Relieved to be reunited with her beloved Husband Jack, and welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, February 24, 2020.
Dearest Mom of Blake and his wife Carolyn. Cherished grandmother of Jordan. Beloved sister of Nancy Kean and her husband Verne, and Elinor Scott, and sister-in-law of Jim Richardson. Loved from afar, her grandchildren Jennifer, Jacob and Taylor. Survived also by several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Jack Wood; her parents, Bill and Margaret Scott; brothers-in-law Leif Scott, Bill Heatherington and Glen Heatherington; sister-in-law Nettie Butcher.
Betty was the secretary for the County of Oxford for more than thirty years. She was proud of her work and loved the people she worked with dearly. She was a lifetime Member of Oxford Centre United Church and the UCW. She worked tirelessly to produce “Snoopys Review” the Church newsletter for more than 4 decades. Betty possessed a boundless sense of kindness and generosity: once she knew your birthday, anniversary or other special date you were treated with a beautifully personalized card filled with love and good wishes.
Betty’s family is deeply grateful to the staff of Oxford Gardens, Scott Gould RN, the staff at Wildwood Care Centre and Dr. Jon Schiedel for ensuring that her journey was filled with love, compassion and dignity.
Betty’s life and legacy of love will be celebrated at a funeral service held in the chapel at Brock and Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Saturday February 29, 2020 at 10:30 am.. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Wildwood Golden Years fund, or to Camp Bimini and may be arranged through the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, Woodstock 519-539-0004. Online condolences at www.brockandvisser.com

Newell

Mary Newell passed away peacefully on Monday February 17, 2020 at Cedarcroft Place in Stratford in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Graham in 1990, parents Harold and Nell Kear, sister Peg (2007) brother-in-law Ern (2001), brother Bernard (2011) sister-in-law Muriel (2012) and lifelong friend Joy Relph (2006). Mary is survived by children Gerald (Annette) of Duncan B.C. Rob (Kay) of New Hamburg and Judy (Jim Riley) of St. Marys. Loving Gram to Cleo, Aaron (Abbie), Erin (Mike McKay), Jen (Justin Martin), Carolyn (Steve Brennan) and Meg. Much adored Great Grandma to Avery, Seamus, Maeve, Elouise, Adrian, Sophie, Gillian, Max and Millie. Mary was born in Cardiff, Wales on April 24th, 1923. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1957 settling in Montreal and worked as a secretary for a family physician until the move to Labrador City Nfld in 1963. Mary worked as secretary to the superintendent of the mines at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. In 1973 the move was made to Stratford where she was employed at the Stratford Police Department until retirement. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to the ST. MARYS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 147 Widder St. E. St. Marys, on Friday, February 28, 2020 for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gwen Ament officiating. Interment in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, at a later date. Donations may be made to St. Marys Healthcare Foundation or the London Health Sciences Foundation -Nephrology clinic or Transplant Unit-.Heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Cedarcroft for their compassionate care. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820). Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Thomas

Inga Karin Thomas died peacefully at her home, February 16th, 2020. Her family was by her side. Inga (née Lethin) was born to Ivar and Karin Lethin on July 31, 1928 in Tjӧrn, Sweden. She was an only child. She spent the majority of her childhood in Linköping, Sweden. After a few years of working in England, she met her future husband, Keith, on a Fred Olsen passenger ship between England and Sweden. Inga and Keith immigrated to Canada in 1957 and settled in Orillia where Keith worked as a General Surgeon. Inga then relocated to St. Marys after Keith’s death. Inga is survived by her son Eric (Pamela) and grandchildren Alan and Claire. Inga’s passions included travelling, cooking, walking and raising her family. She loved animals and especially loved dogs (Fluffy, Susie, Tess and Sophie). Inga was a loving and generous person and always dedicated herself to her family. At her request, there will be no funeral service. She will join Keith in the Orillia Cemetery. To celebrate her life, her friends may recall their fond memories of Inga. In addition, donations to local Humane Societies or the charity of one’s choice may be done through the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820) www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Piontkowski

Marlene Piontkowski (nee Ducker) passed away peacefully at the age of 86 surrounded by the love of her family, after suffering many years with Alzheimers at Wilwood Care Centre, St. Marys, Ontario. Marlene was born on September 25, 1933 in Lintig, Germany.
Loving and cherished mother of Angie Pallister and her husband Dennis, Cherished and adored grandmother of Wendy Kwasnick and her husband Chris Young. Marlene will be remembered by her sister Christa Hellmann and brother Peter Ducker and by her many nieces and nephews.
Marlene is now reunited with her father and mother Herman and Kathe (Dohrmann) Ducker, her beloved husband Bruno Piontkowski who predeceased her July 19, 1996, sisters; Mathilde Bauermeister, Kathe Gothe and brothers; Gustav Ducker and Hans Ducker.
Marlene enjoyed tending to her gardens, crocheting, cooking, baking and canning, she loved to dance and enjoyed the company of her daughter and granddaughter.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hambrug, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sepastopl.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated.
Personal condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca

Swetman

On February 12, 2020 after a long gallant journey, Robert (Bob) Swetman passed away with his family by his side. Bob’s perseverance and his optimistic nature gave him five additional years with his wife Carole, daughters Krista and Kelly, son Scott, and grandchildren Ella, Phoebe, Arie, and Lola. Bob’s enthusiastic stories revolving around all things cars will be missed by his loyal friends, and the family will forever be indebted to them. Cremation has taken place, and since Bob was always game for a good party, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca

Stevens

Donald Allan Stevens died peacefully at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital on Saturday, February 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born and raised in St. Marys, Ontario and was the 5th generation of his family to carry on the family farm. He and his wife Leita proudly owned and operated Stonetown Farms where they pursued their passion of breeding quality purebred Holstein cattle. Don was awarded Holstein Canada’s highest honor of Master Breeder in 1983 and was highly respected throughout North America for his prominent Dairy herd.
He is predeceased by the love of his life Leita Stevens (McKay), married for 45 years, parents David Richard and Madge Stevens and will be dearly missed by his three daughters, Sherry (Dan) Daum, Sheila (Marc) Cameron and Sandy (Scott) Shackleton all of St. Marys. His Grandchildren Brock and Lily Daum, Lauren and Julia Cameron, and Stacey and Nolan Shackleton.
Don will also be missed by his mother-in-law Joyce McKay, sister Jane (Marty) Humphrys, and brothers Jim (Karen) Stevens and John (Ruth) Stevens plus his special nephews Mark Stevens and Matthew Humphrys. Don will also be missed by many other nieces and nephews.
Don was a pioneer as a Holstein breeder and developed Horizon Holsteins, one of the first Red and White dairy herds in Canada. He was a director of the Perth County Holstein Club for several years and started the first organized Perth County Holstein club sale with long time friends Dave Packham and Gordon Bell. Don was also an avid snowmobiler and long time member and director of the Science Hill Drifters and enjoyed many years with family and friends at his beloved cottage in Gogama.
Cremation has taken place with a private family service.
A Celebration of Life Open House will take place on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2020 at the ST. MARYS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, 769 Queen St. East, from 2:00-4:00 PM. Remembrances will be given at 3:00PM.
Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca

Hudson

HUDSON: William “Bill”
Suddenly at his home on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 of Granton at the age of 84. Father of Wayne and Janette Hudson of Whalen Corners, Paul and Grace Hudson of London, Rosann Pritchard of St. Marys, and Art Pritchard of London. Predeceased by his daughter Barbara (1982), wife Carol (2005) and his parents Mary (Pearson) and Warner Hudson. Bill was an avid hunter who was fortunate enough to be out chasing coyotes earlier in the day before he died. He was the leader of a musical group called the Kingsman for 10 years, a farmer, a general contractor, and eventually a truck driver before retiring. A proud resident of Biddulph Township since 1955. Visitation was held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Lucan on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral service was held on Saturday, February 8th at 10:30 AM. Interment St. Marys Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.

Sterkenburg

Mary Sterkenburg (DeWys) passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
Mary was born in Hilvarnbeek, Netherlands on May 3rd, 1940. Daughter of the late George and Joanna DeWys. She immigrated to Canada in 1953 along with her parents and siblings.
Mary graduated from nursing school in 1961. She worked for the Walsh family at the Wildwood Care Centre for many years until her retirement. She was a volunteer at the Stratford General Hospital and a lifelong member of the Holy Name of Mary CWL. She took pride in her gardens and nothing made her happier than the many visits from her grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her loving husband, Henry, of 57 years, her children, Sherri (Wayne) Barber, Terry, Bernie (Lina Sunseri) and Wayne (Tasmin).
Oma to Brent (Elizabeth), Sharlena, Kevin (Jessica Carlberg), Chris (Becky Howgego), Nicole (Jesse McKay), Jeff (Mallory Mueller), John, Jack, Jillian and Erin.
Great Oma to Owen and Harvey Sterkenburg, Joanna Wolfe, Leah and Mya Grose.
Mary is also survived by her 6 brothers, John (Rita), Harry (Corry), Joe (Audrey), George (Sandra), John (Sharon), Pete and Dianne Dewys and brother in law Ben (Iris) Sterkenburg and many relatives in Holland and New Zealand as well as many nieces and nephews here in Canada.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister and brother in law, Annie and Duke Eenkooren.
Relatives and friends were invited to Holy Name of Mary Parish (149 King Street North, corner of Widder and King St.) St. Marys, Ontario on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 am. Interment at St. Marys Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Hospice of Stratford or a charity of ones choice through the funeral home.
Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca

Thomas

Linda Diane Thomas (Nethercott)
Linda passed away on February 3, 2020, at her home in Bracebridge, Ontario, after a lengthy battle with cancer, surrounded and supported by her loving family, husband Roger, daughter Mindy and son Nathan.
She was a sister of Barry (Donna), Fay Upshall (Doug, deceased), Nancy (Harry, deceased), Joe (Jackie), Eric (Wendy), Monica (Dave), Carol Meyer (Chris).
She will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Rest in Peace.

Pearson

Murray James Pearson, formerly of Kintore. Murray continued as the fifth generation on the family farm. For more than 40 years he followed his passion breeding purebred Holstein cattle ultimately earning Holstein Canada’s highest honour of Master Breeder. Following his retirement to St. Marys he remained active in the dairy industry as well as volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and working tirelessly as Chair of the Property Committee at St Marys United Church. Murray passed away suddenly and peacefully at home on February 2, 2020 in his 74th year. Beloved husband of Beth (Knapp) married for 46 years. Dad of Kristi Rogers (Shawn) of London, Mark Pearson (Alexia Greshner) of Parry Sound. Gampa of Mackenzie Rogers, Tessa and Jake Pearson. Brother of Penny-Wade, Jane Raffin (Lidio), Ruth Piovesan (Bill) Leah Pearson, and brother-in-law of David Knapp and Nancy Greenwald, predeceased by his brother in-law Bob Knapp. Murray will also be missed by nieces, nephews and extended family members. Murray was proud of his contributions to agriculture as President of the Ontario Junior Farmers Association, 1973, Ontario Holstein Branch, Director and 4-H Leader. He was a Charter Member of the Kintore Optimist Club and active member of Kintore United Church. Murray was a “gentle soul”. He loved to laugh and had a sharp sense of humour. He loved people and the neighbourhood will miss his visits as he walked Maggie. If life is measured in love and respect, Murray was a wealthy man. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Friday, Feb. 7, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. The Memorial Service will be conducted at the ST. MARYS UNITED CHURCH, 85 Church St. S. St. Marys, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. Interment at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Stanley Knapp 4H Endowment Fund, Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences at
www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Voss

Tonie Voss (Van Hout) passed away at Stratford General Hospital on January 23, 2020 at the age of 87. Predeceased by her beloved husband Frank Voss (2013) and granddaughter Erin (2015). Dear mother of Matt and his wife Heather of St. Marys, Jane and her husband Martin DeWild of Thedford, Nancy and her husband Shawn Armstrong, and Fran and her husband Doug Hibbert, St. Marys. Oma of Scott, Stephanie, Eric, Willy, Amie, Shannon, Kristie, Jesse, Nathen, Ashley, and Great-Oma of 16. Tonie will also be missed by family in Holland. She was a long-time member of Holy Name of Mary CWL. Tonie’s family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Wildwood Care Centre, St. Marys Memorial Hospital and Stratford General Hospital for their wonderful care. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Parish, St. Marys, with interment in St. Marys Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Smith

At Jessica’s House, in Exeter, George “Bud” Petty Smith died on Friday, January 17, 2020. Born in Hensall Ontario on December 19, 1927. George was the only son of Dr. George and Mrs. Gladys (Petty) Smith. He resided all his life in St. Marys. Summers were shared with family and friends at his cottage south of Bayfield. George is survived by sisters Joan Lockwood Smith and Elizabeth Ann Fulmer. Niece Susan Empey (Peter) and sons Jeffrey, Ethan, Jay (Annlea). Nephew Peter Fulmer and daughters Jennifer (Andrew), Olivia, Taylor and nephew Paul Fulmer (Thom). Cremation has taken place. Honouring George’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment in Hensall Union Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to Jessica’s House (70776 London Rd., Exeter, Ont. N0M 1S1. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys. Online condolences at www.hodgesfunealhome.ca.

Smith

Shirley Marguerite Smith passed away on Jan 14th 2020. Shirley Smith was born to Mary & Russell Chapman almost 85 years ago in Newmarket On. They made a life together running a small family grocery store with younger brother Gary in Whitechurch On. Shirley is survived by daughter Cathy Blackler(Phil) & son Bradley Smith(Jane) Grandmother to Jessica Blackler, Alia Henderson(Pat),William and Gavin Smith. Great Grandma to Evin & Drew Henderson. Also survived by Ross Smith with whom she co-created The Country Spire outside of Russeldale, Shirley’s Canadian Crafts in Grand Bend and of course their children Cathy & Brad Our mom had a very free spirit & entrepreneurial nature which led her to many locals & homes in Canada and US, places she said made her “Heart Sing.” She made many good friends along the way, and kept in touch with many over the years. She will be remembered fondly by cousin Connie, the rest of her family, and friends that walked along with her on her chosen path. Our special angels William and baby Angela will be waiting to see her. Thank you to friend Carol Dougall, Dr. Barry, Stratford Critical Care & Bonnie and girls on 1st floor for their excellent attention. You all helped mom be comfortable in her final days and us, her family as we journeyed this together. Shirley has been cremated as per her wishes & we will have a celebration of life on a nice summer’s day. Donations can be made through Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820) to a charity of your choice. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Jeffery

JEFFERY, Barbara Ann (nee Nairn)
Passed away peacefully, at home with family by her side on January 18, 2020 at 74 years of age. Loving wife and best friend of Doug for 49 years. Adored mother of Scott and wife Lori and the late Robert (2013). Proud grandma of Lauren Ann and MacKay and furry granddog Jager. Predeceased by parents Frank (1994) and Mary (1969) Nairn. Dear sister of the late Don Nairn (1992) (Joyce and her late husband Elmer), Elizabeth Garrett (the late Bob, 2002) (the late Don, 2017), the late Jim Nairn (2005) (Marilyn), Jack Nairn (Gail) and Susan Curran (the late Bev, 2012). Special friends of Carol and Randy. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. For many, Barb will be remembered as the biggest hockey, baseball and ballet fan in the stands. A special thank you to Dr. Elfiki, Dr. Burgess, the staff at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, for the special care received from Francois at ParaMed and the team at WRH Cancer Centre. If you so desire, donations to Transition to Betterness or the Windsor and Essex County Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Tuesday January 21, 2020 from 3 – 5 pm & 7 – 9 pm. Visitation will resume Wednesday January 22, 2020 from 9 am until the time of Funeral Service at 10 am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery to follow. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

Jariett

Catherine Jariett, (Shepley) passed away suddenly at her home in Stratford on January 10, 2020 at the age of 60. In her youth she enjoyed her time spent on a sequence of family farms making friends with cats and cattle alike. During this time, she developed a skill that would eventually be passed to her kids; the ability to read an animals personality, and assign it a name befitting. There was “Bartholomew Be-snoot-worthy”, the cat, and “Sucky” the Steer to name a couple. After university she was hired as a clerk communicator at the Stratford Police Department, where she worked for more than 30 years. She took so much pride in her work and was a force to be reckoned with. Her first priority was always looking after her platoon and safely navigating them through the shift. These were the glory years. Her years answering horrific 911 calls and several personal tragedies eventually took a toll on her health. She pre-tired and eventually retired to her Apartment. She is survived by her daughter Rhiannon Foley, and her husband Gord of St. Marys, son Kelsey Shepley of Mississauga. Proud Bumma of Neva Jane Foley. She also leaves behind her sister, Jennifer Jariett and her family of Mississauga. Daughter of Patricia Jariett. Predeceased by her brother Howel Jariett, and her Father Lyall Jariett.  Cremation to take place. Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Friday January 17th from 7 – 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation. Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Hogg

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Fern Lavina Hogg (Nelson) passed peacefully away at St. Marys Memorial Hospital at the age of 94. She is predeceased by her husband Lorne Cecil Hogg, her parents Alfred and Kate Nelson (Sweeney), her sisters, Shirley Hutton (Reg), Donna Ney (Jim), and Darlene Hinge (Wayne) and her brother Francis (Hannah). Survived by her sister Frieda Barron and her brother-in-law Wayne Hinge. Carrying on for Fern are her daughters Jane Cousineau (Jacques), Carol McArthur (Kim), Marlene Richardson (David Carlberg) and her son Richard. She had eleven grandchildren Jean Paul, Raymond (Jes) Anna (Jeff), James, Cory (Renee), Mark (Erin), Kerri, Jessica (Kevin), Jessica (Jacob), Nicholas (Brooklyn) and Melanie. Fern dearly loved her 23 great-grandchildren. Cremation to take place, family and friends are invited to ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CHURCH, 65 Church St. South, St. Marys, on Saturday January 18, 2020 for visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Friendship Centre. Arrangements entrusted to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, St. Marys (519-284-2820). Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.

Rea

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frederick Philip Rea, at 60 Grant Street, Stratford in his 73rd year.
Survived by his brothers Dennis (Sandy) of Guelph and Paul (Cathy) of Kitchener, his children Jennifer (Jason) of Walton, Tanya (Mike) of Ridgetown and Jasson (Laureen) of Stratford, four grandkids; Jordan, Justiss, Dannika and Mikeala and missed by many, many nieces, nephews, friends and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Andrew, his mother Ila (nee Foster), siblings Cliffton, Gloria, Winston, Diane, Larry, Sylvia, Linda and sister-in-law Marion (nee Chapman).
Born and raised near St. Marys where he also attended school. He had resided in London, Thorndale, St. Paul’s and Stratford. He loved playing crib, golf, going to the casino, cheering on the Blue Jays and was a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs’ fan all his life. There will be an open house at a later date to celebrate his life.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to The Liver Foundation, Community Nursing Services Foundation or charity of one’s choice through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Many thanks to Ken and Judy, Joy, Hugh, Nurses Lydia, Margo, Diane, Karen and everyone at CarePartners. Also, cousins Tony and Jenn, you meant so much to him.