<![CDATA[Sarnia Observer: Obituaries]]> (2024)

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It is with deeply broken hearts that the family of Fernando Augusto Penedo announces his peaceful passing at home, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at the age of 62. Beloved husband of Isaura Penedo for 41 years. Loving father of Angela (Nathan) Gonzalez and Fernando (Alicia) Penedo. Cherished grandfather of Amélie, Natalia, Évora, Isco and step-grandson Noah. Treasured son of Joaquina Penedo and son-in-law of Natalia Fragoso. Dear brother of Maria Antonia (Fernando) Saragaco and brother-in-law of Mariana Branquinho. Remebered by his nieces Tania, Rita, and Salomé. Predeceased by his father Fernando Penedo, father-in-law José Luis Fragoso, and brother in-law José Joaquim.Fernando was born in Portugal, Alvito. At the age of 5 he resided in Mozambique where he inherited some of his best dance moves and love for fishing and hunting. At the age of 15 Fernando returned to his native land where he met the love of his life. He started a family and realized he wanted to provide a better quality of life for his family and moved to Canada. Shortly after being in Canada Fernando's outgoing personality radiatted and shinned, spreading joy, love, and laughter. He didn't have much to offer at the time but he had the most skilled hands that drawed many eyes and wanted his touch.Fernando was a very hard worker that had the never stop mentality. He was a volunteer firefighter in Portugal, a bricklayer with Local 23 since 1988, and was a well known jack-of-all-trades, who had so much joy and pleasure helping family, friends and anyone in need.Fernando was an accomplished musician and had such a passion for dancing, Salsa, Pimba, Kizomba, and Folklore. He was involved with the Portuguese Communities Folklore Group and adored teaching kids all about the Portuguese culture. Fernando enjoyed watching soccer and was an avid Benfica fan spending many Saturday afternoons watching the leagues games and highlights. He loved golfing with friends and was a member of the Huron Oaks Golf Club.Fernando, fondly known as avô, held many titles in his life, but his favourite role was being a grandfather. He loved nothing more than being present, involved and committed to his four grandchildren. He taught his family the meaning of hard work, honesty, kindness and strong faith in God. His outgoing personality and intense love of family will be forever remembered. The family would like to thank nurse Debbie, as well as the oncology nurses at Bluewater Health. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Lilly, Dr. Yoshida and Dr. Shih.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, May 26, 2024, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. To honour Fernando's memory a funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove, on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donation to Bluewater Health Oncology (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 24 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fernando-augusto-penedo-1089821985
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our son, Courtney (Court) Wayne Durance at the age of 35. Court passed away peaceful on May 4, 2024 surrounded by loved ones at his bedside in Kingston ICU. Survived by his parents Nicole and Gary Zylstra, predeceased by his father Ernest Wayne Durance. Grandparents Ellen Archer, Dick and Wendy Archer, predeceased by Herb and Mapp (Opa and Oma) Zylstra. Courts memory will be honored and kept alive by his loving daughters Rayne and Haizlee Durance, siblings David, Selena, Courtney, Nick, Alicia, Brittany and Zandriea. We extend our appreciation to the doctors and nurses of KGH ICU and to Trillium Gift of Life Network.Service will be held on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Living Hope CRC located at 1281 Exmouth St., Sarnia, On.Visitation at 11 a.m. followed by service at 12 p.m.In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Kingston Community Health Center (CTS).

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Wed, 22 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/courtney-wayne-durance-1089795120
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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Marion "Jane" Passingham passed away at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Wilfred Passingham. Loving mother of Lisa Passingham, Bruce Passingham and the late Jim. Mother in law of Debbie and the late Linda. Cherished grandmother of Marjorie, Jamie, Laura, Stacey, Michelle and Sarah. Great-grandmother and great-great grandmother to many, Jane also had numerous nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Predeceased by her parents James and Haddie Robbins, brothers Chuck, Bill, Jim, Harold, Stanley "Burke", and sisters Doris, Betty, Helen and Nancy and their spouses. Jane was the last of the ten Robbins children. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Transplant Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home.Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 22 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marion-jane-passingham-1089822334
<![CDATA[MCLEAN, PATRICIA]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/patricia-mclean-1089803503<![CDATA[

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1925 - 2024

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Wed, 22 May 2024 01:35:30 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/patricia-mclean-1089803503
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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Mary Ann Fleming passed away at the age of 81.Mary Ann was a teacher for 30 years with the Lambton Kent School Board. She became the first female Commodore of the Sarnia Yacht Club in 1992 and was an avid boater all of her adult life. She will be missed by all who knew her.Beloved wife of Gilbert Fleming for 28 years. Loving mother of Julie (John) Chidwick, Pam (Sherman) Neil, Cherished grandmother of Matt (Kasy), Katie (Brad), Megan (Alan), Scott (Angela), Kate Neil, and Hannah Neil. Mary Ann was a proud great-grandmother of 9, Dear sister of Julia (Don) Keck and Aunt to Chris and Shawn Keck. Predeceased by her parents, Donald and Melba Townsend and brother Kenneth.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mary Ann's life will be held at Smith Family Centre on Sunday, May 26th, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In keeping with Mary Ann's wishes, a private interment will be held.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London.Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Tue, 21 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-ann-plant-fleming-1089724067
<![CDATA[CANALE, JODI]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jodi-canale-1089788705<![CDATA[

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May 14, 1972 - May 10, 2024

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Sun, 19 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jodi-canale-1089788705
<![CDATA[LAFOND, RONALD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ronald-lafond-1089788697<![CDATA[

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December 27, 1939 - April 26, 2024

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Sun, 19 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ronald-lafond-1089788697
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It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Dowswell, of Orillia, shares the news of his passing on Saturday May 11, 2024. Wayne was in his 83rd year, and passed peacefully with family by his side. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Alice (nee: Myrfield), his daughters Alison (Chris) and Lynn, and his son Miles (Paula). He was a proud grandfather to 5 grandchildren: Jenna, Amy, Carley, Alex, and Trevor; and great-grandfather to Hunter and Cheyenne. Wayne is survived by his sister Cheryl Dowswell, of Sarnia Ontario, and 3 nephews: Drew (Inna), Chris, and Timothy (Stephanie); his son-in-law Steve Schandlen and brother-in-law Gerald Myrfield. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Wesley and Ella Dowswell, of Sarnia, ON. In 2020, Wayne was inducted into the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame, a beautiful tribute to his many years of building sports programs and monitoring young athletes. Many thanks go to the staff of Trillium Manor for their exceptional care over the last year and a half. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Palliative Care Program at Trillium Manor in Orillia, and the Orillia Youth Centre would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through the Coldwater Funeral Home.A Celebration of Life for Wayne will be held at Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club in Severn on Monday, June 3 from 2-5p.m. Speeches, memories, and stories will be shared at 3pm. So bring your favorite memories of Mr.D. – "The Coach"!Condolences can be sent through the Coldwater Funeral Home at www.coldwaterfuneralhome.com

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/wayne-dowswell-1089770607
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Naomi gently passed away with some family members present, in Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, at the age of 101. Naomi then joined her husband, of 75 years, in heaven, celebrating and worshipping the Lord she faithfully lived for all her life. Naomi leaves behind 5 children, Ray (Anje) Burkhart, Becky (Bob) Woolvett, Erma Burkhart (Kathleen Holmes), Albert (Deb) Burkhart, and Barb Burkhart (Nadine Noseworthy), daughter-in-law Wendy Burkhart, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Naomi was predeceased by her husband Orvie, December 1, 2023, son Robert, daughters Susan Wanner, and Esther, son-in-law Wayne Wanner and grandson Daryl Wanner. 'Love is patient, Love is kind'...many have heard these words from the Bible. Naomi was the whole passage in visual form. The woman of Proverbs 31 also describe Naomi's life, proving it is attainable, with the Lord Jesus' help, day by day and year by year. Sweet memories of our Mother, on her mother's old wooden rocker, while reading the Bible, remind us of the power behind her continued faith in God, and His lifelong faithfulness to her. Our parents didn't have an easy life. The hard work raising 7 children during the 50s, 60s, and into the 70s, with all the ups and downs of life, showed that faith in the Lord can bring two people to a long marriage, in spite of the effects of her living with mental illness. No one can say one bad word about Naomi and she never said anything contrary about another person. We children could 'rise up and call her blessed' from a young age, receiving the love, kindness and patience she had for us. The name Naomi is in the book of Ruth in the Bible. It means 'pleasant' which she personified, to old age. 23 years in LTC endeared her to many folks and staff there. Her smile for others is remembered by all, extended family members included. Her joy of scooting the halls in her wheelchair at the Villa, all the while being pleasant will be missed. Naomi was raised on a farm in the Petoskey Michigan area, with two much older brothers and one sister about 2 years older. Naomi enjoyed writing poetry and had a passion for reading books into her senior years. She attended the Mennonite college in Goshen Indiana, where she played violin for a symphony. She also could play piano and keyboard 'by ear', and loved to sing. During WW11 she lived with her older brother and family in Detroit, where she worked in a factory making phones. Naomi met Orvie, a Mennonite from the Elmira ON area, while visiting relatives. Her father was from the area. They married in 1949, on her birthday. While living near Elmira she delivered meals at the Kitchener/Waterloo Hospital, then had their two boys. After a few years they moved to Bright's Grove and raised 7 children. Along with the work at home, she helped neighbours as called upon, continuing to be of assistance to married children in her younger senior years. At the age of 78 Naomi became unable to walk without assistance so changed to the wheelchair and moved into the Villa. She adapted easily and was content to enjoy her new home. Orvie became her roommate five years ago, to her delight. Now they can roam heaven together! A private family service will be held. Honour may be expressed through donations to Lambton Meadowview Villa Auxiliary, which is to help residents enjoy the Villa even more. Cheques only at the funeral home please or contact www.lambtoncares.ca. Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent at www.smithfuneralhome.ca The Burkhart family would like the staff and volunteers at LMVilla to know they are greatly appreciated. The many years of loving and kind care have made pleasant years for Naomi. The professional care during the few days Naomi was in palliative stage, is heartfelt and moving for family involved. We will miss our parents but those who have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour will one day be with them forever.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/naomi-nora-nee-martin-burkhart-1089770610
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RIDLAND, John Jarwick – John died at Bluewater Health, CEE site on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the age 82. Beloved husband of the late Eileen. Dear father of Andrew Ridland (Alana), Catherine D'Angela (Chris) and Martin Ridland (Juanita). Loving Poppa of Rebecca and Joshua Ridland, Hailey, Allison and Connor D'Angela and Maya, Thea and Isla Ridland. Brother-in-law of Joyce Hoggard (late Peter). John will also be sadly missed by his good friends Omer and Anne Gagne, Don and Margaret McKessock, Alex and Jessie MacKay and Wiebke Kumbhani (late Kish). Predeceased by parents Charles and Monica Ridland, sister Monica Blackman (Eric) and sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson.John Ridland, a man whose journey began in North Shields, England in 1947, concluded his earthly adventure, leaving behind a legacy of resilience, love, and unwavering dedication. Born into humble beginnings in an area known as the Ridges, John possessed an innate intellect that would serve as his compass to navigate away from the chains of poverty.In 1966, John sealed a lifelong bond with his beloved Eileen, embarking on a transformative journey together. With dreams in their hearts and determination in their souls, they bid farewell to their English roots, embracing a new chapter in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Here, John commenced his career as a polymer chemist, laying the foundation for a fruitful professional life and forging enduring friendships along the way. His tenure with Polysar afforded him the opportunity to traverse the globe, with fond memories of his adventures in Japan lingering in his tales.However, fate dealt a cruel blow with Eileen's untimely passing in 1984, leaving John to grapple with profound loss and personal demons. Yet, amidst the shadows, he found solace in the unwavering support of his English and Canadian families, who stood as pillars of strength during his darkest hours. In particular, his dear friend Bill emerged as a guiding light, aiding him in conquering the adversities that plagued his path.As a father to three children, John faced his share of challenges, but it was in the role of a grandfather that he truly flourished. Fondly known as "Poppa," he embraced this role with unparalleled devotion, readily forsaking all else to be by his grandchildren's side. From cheering on the sidelines of soccer and basketball games to witnessing their milestones of faith and healing, John's presence was a constant source of comfort and joy.On May 14, 2024, John Ridland bid adieu to this world, leaving behind cherished memories and a profound impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though his physical presence may have departed, his spirit lives on in the hearts of those he held dear. And as hereunites with his beloved Eileen in the realm beyond, may his soul find eternal peace and contentment, knowing that his legacy of love endures through the generations he leaves behind.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 4-6 p.m. Interment will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St., Sarnia, N7T 2R1 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 500-55 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, M4V 2Y7.Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-jarwick-ridland-1089770819
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Passed away at the age of 70 on May 13, 2024 with family by her side. Loving wife to Ric. Proud mother to Nicki (Scott) and Jeff (Erin). Caring grandmother to Amy and Meri, and Mee Maw to Jack. Dear sister to Marguerite. Listening ear to nieces, nephews and cousins. Friend to a countless many, including the parishioners of St. Mary's Church (Walkerville) and Sorority. Mary was as diverse in her expressions of love as was the diversity of people she loved. All were welcome in her home; young and old, rich and poor, friend and stranger. She was a lifelong Anglican who sought the face of Jesus in everyone she met. She was dedicated to her children, both those she gave birth to, and those she met along the way. Above all else, she loved her family. A lover of music and song, Mary contributed her talents to many groups, such as SingOut London, the Choir of St. Bart's Church, and the 4Praise Quartet. She revelled in the outdoors, including Girl Guides, gardening, bird watching, and camping at her beloved trailer. Mary was very grateful for the support and care she received from professionals and volunteers at both the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre and the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. In lieu of flowers her family encourages charitable donations to these institutions. A visitation and funeral ceremony celebrating Mary will be held starting at 11 a.m. on June 8, 2024, at St Mary's Anglican Church (Walkerville) in Windsor, Ontario. Mary will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-lynne-nee-naylor-biggs-1089770807
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Dan will be deeply missed by his soul mate and loving wife Barb (Simpson) of 42 years. He was predeceased by his parents Irene Sylvia Julia (Delmotte) and Ray Millitt as well as his predeceased uncle William (Bill) Millitt and predeceased aunt Ruby (predeceased Austin Modeland). He was the loving brother of 3 sisters Rose (Terry MacDonald), Mary Lou (predeceased Dave Agnew), Donna (Moriss Schneider). Deeply missed by sister and brothers-in-law Bonny (Brian Jacques), Randy (Brenda) Simpson, Debby (Calum McCaskill), Brenda (Glenn Fraser), Jeff (Jean) Simpson, Sandy (George Laird), John (Leah) Simpson. As well as Aunt and Uncles Karen (John Howie), predeceased Robert (Bob) Armstrong, Bev (Jim Maitland), Deisy Armstrong (Volker), Orma (predeceased Archie McAffer), and Mary (predeceased Bob Symington). Greatly missed by 15 nephews and 8 nieces as well as 9 great-nephews and 7 great-nieces and 1 great-great-niece. Dan was a man of many special talents and experiences. His early years of work was at Needhams. Then he went on to Elk's menswear, Walker Bros men's wear, Pollock Truck Rentals, Lambton Ford Fast Lane Technician, Sentry Fire, HSE, and concluding at Lambton Ford in the Main Garage. His work history was vast and he also enjoyed renovating and doing home projects. He was an avid fisherman and loved his garden. His love for animals was shown in his love for his predeceased dogs Aaron, Angel, and Riley. Dan was a beautiful soul and the sweetest person you could meet. He always spoke to everyone and anyone making friends easily. He was very kind and considerate of others and always had a joke or laugh to give. His big smile and grin always brought a smile or laugh to others although he struggled with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) for years. His last 11 months was a massive struggle with cancer. He gave his all to fight to live. He would console others and leave them with a light heart while he fought his battle with cancer. Thank you to the Nurses and staff at Oncology, Palliative, and Hospice. Their exceptional and loving care helped to make Dan's journey easier. A special thank you to Dr. Yoshida and Dr. Evan Lilly for their care and compassion and helping to give Dan more time to spend on earth. Thank you to everyone who visited with him and shared their love for him. It made his time brighter and he felt loved. Also to those special friends who helped to inspire him and support him in faith and in the unknown. Dan will be greatly missed by his wife, family, many friends, and neighbours who will all miss him for his joy and love he brought into their lives. They all held a special place in his heart. Dan's love for others, his kindness, and his happy personality for bringing a smile always to others will forever be remembered by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. As expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice or the Oncology Department at Bluewater Health. Cherished stories and tributes may be left on his memorial page at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dan-raymond-millitt-1089770804
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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Eleanor Joan "Joanne" Avery passed away at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late John "Jack" Joseph Avery. Loving mother of Elizabeth Levan (Jim), John Avery, Nancy McClemens (Donald), and Robert Avery (Carrie). Cherished grandmother of Kathy Levan, Chris Levan, Jason McClemens (Carlie), Tyler McClemens (Stacey), Kayla Avery, and Jillian Avery. Proud great-grandmother of Carson, Ruby, Abigail, Kane, Adelyn, Jack, Annabelle, Hazel and Walker. Predeceased by her brothers Bill, Don and Dave, and her special friend Bob Cook.Joanne was an avid quilter, and a member of the Brigden Country Quilters.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/eleanor-joan-joanne-avery-1089770820
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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Bluewater Health Leroy Douglas McKay passed away at the age of 88.Beloved husband of Stella Marie McKay. Dear dad of Brian Douglas McKay and his wife Andrea Schultz. Cherished grandfather of Samantha and Logan McKay and step grandfather of Lucia and Nolan Schultz-Allison. Treasured uncle of Ken Elliott and Andrew Butt.Leroy was born in Sarnia on April 6, 1936. He retired from Dow Chemical with 37 years as a steamfitter. He was a longtime member of St. Paul's United Church, taking part on several committees.He was an active member of several Masonic organizations, past master of liberty Lodge 419, past first principal of Wawanosh Chapter #15, past grand principal Sojourner of grand chapter of Ontario and was Director of ceremony for many years, T.I.M. Ribley council #6, past grand Captain guard of Royal Masters of Ontario, member of Mocha Temple London, and the Lambton Shrine Club.Leroy enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, and woodworking.Cremation has taken place. A private interment has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leroy-douglas-mckay-1089771003
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1941 - 2024

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Jan 25, 1950 - May 11, 2024

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Adel Amin passed away at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Michelle Amin. Loving father of Isabel Amin (Mark Klompstra), Mathieu Amin, Julie Taylor (Philip Taylor). Cherished grandfather of Liam, Tristan (Chloe), Alexis, Joshua, and Lucian, Jessie (Jeff), Jordan (Favien), Enya, Gabriel, and Tika. Dear brother of Fouad Younan, Hoda Amin, Safwat Amin, Lucy Amin, Sami Amin, and his late brother Father Elisha. Son-in-law to Pauline Chenvert. Predeceased by his parents Naguib Amin Younan and Mounira Ayad Nasar. As a man of great faith, he was a devoted member of St. Paul the Anchorite Coptic Orthodox Church in London, Ontario. As a co founder of the boys and girls orphanage in Beba, Egypt he helped change hundreds of lives. He loved spending time with his dear darling wife Michelle, children and grandchildren any moment he could. Family was everything to him. His love for travel took him to most countries on the planet and his entrepreneurial spirit carries on through his children. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Kim and the Medical team from Bluewater Health, especially the medicine and palliative staff for their compassion and care. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. with internment at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 15 May 2024 22:03:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/adel-amin-1089760530
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Passed away peacefully at University Hospital, London, Ontario, in her 94th year, with her loving family beside her. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Allen Braun and survived by her longtime friend, Paul Leinweber, who cared for her until her death.Winnie is survived by her daughter Sally Braun-Jackson (and the late Jeffrey) of Hamilton, Ontario and predeceased by her daughter Kristina Rathbone (Paul) of London, Ontario.Winnie was one of four McKinlay daughters, fondly called The Mission Sisters, who regularly went for lunch and on a mission (usually shopping). She is survived by her sister, Marion McFarlane (Bruce) of Forest, Ontario. and predeceased by Grace Wellington (Muray) and Irene Redmond (James), all of Forest, Ontario. Winnie was a very special Grandma to Eric (Kayla) and Tyler (Christine) Rathbone, Willow Braun-Jackson, and a Great-Grandma to Hanna and Noah Rathbone. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and their extended families.Winnie and Al loved to travel. They were first bitten by the travel bug in the Bahamas, where they lived for two years, and afterward visited Bogota, Columbia, The Cayman Islands, took a bus tour through Europe, took a cruise to Hawaii and spent a month beachcombing in Granada. Our well-travelled adventurer has now gone home.

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Wed, 15 May 2024 22:02:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/winnifred-braun-1089760430
<![CDATA[IT IS WITH SADNESS THAT WE ANN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/patricia-ann-marks-1089760440<![CDATA[

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It is with sadness that we announce Patricia Ann Marks of Sarnia, age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday May 10, 2024, surrounded by her loving family at Bluewater Health Sarnia. Reunited with her husband Howard Marks (2016) and her daughter Christine Kowula (2020). Much loved mother of John Marks (Kelly) of Brights Grove, Liz Fraser (Hal) of London and Joanne McLean (Pat) of London and mother-in-law of James Kowula of Langdon, AB. Survived by brother John Carson (Judy) of Woodstock, sister-in-law Marilyn Flynn of Edmonton, AB and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Josephine and Andrew Carson, brothers William and James Carson, Pat was the cherished grandmother of Jake Marks of Cambridge, Jesse Marks of London, Jordan Marks (Grace) of Easley, SC, Eric Fraser (Courtney) of St. Thomas, Holly Fraser (Dan Fazari) of Carleton Place, Harley and Will Kowula of Langdon, AB. In keeping with Pat's wishes, cremation has taken place and her family will be remembering her privately, We invite you to celebrate Patricia's memory in your own way. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Southwestern Ontario Region (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 15 May 2024 22:02:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/patricia-ann-marks-1089760440
<![CDATA[DOROTHY STUTE PASSED AWAY PEAC...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dorothy-stute-1089760432<![CDATA[

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Dorothy Stute passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2024, at the age of 96. She is the sister of Fred Stute and the late Leona (Tom) Watson. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. Dorothy was a devoted mother-figure to André Fiset for over 50 years, with whom she had a wonderful and special bond.Dorothy was the owner of Beacon Cleaners for over 50 years. She professed faith in Christ Jesus when she was only 13 years old. She was passionate and dedicated in her faith. In recent years, she was in happy fellowship at the Oil Springs Gospel Hall until the end. She loved psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, and poetry, so many of which she committed to memory. She appreciated the care given to her during the past few years of her life at Albany Retirement Village in Petrolia, Ontario, where she was adored.A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with family and friends being received at 12:00 p.m., with interment to follow at Blackwell Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to World Vision (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 15 May 2024 22:02:31 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dorothy-stute-1089760432
<![CDATA[PEACEFULLY, WITH FAMILY BY HIS...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clinton-eugene-shortt-1089743355<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, with family by his side on his 92nd Birthday on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, Clinton Eugene Shortt went home to be reunited with the love of his life, Ruby (2020). Loving father to Lynda and Ron MacDougall, and Deborah and Wayne Maw. Proud grandpa/papa and great-grandpa to Matthew and Stacey MacDougall and their children Madelyn, Meredith and Myles, the late Katie Lynne MacDougall (1982), Josh and Deanna MacDougall and their children Amelia, Valerie, and Walter, Sarah and Paul Martin and their children Molly and Levi, Meggie MacDougall and her partner Liam Harland, Tarah Maw and her children, Ashlyn (Matt) O'Neil, Avery, and Anaston, Trevor Maw and his children Kiera, Isaac and Maelle, Todd and Kayla Maw and their children Owen and Charlotte, the late Tyler (2021) and Randi Maw and their children Elijah and Rowan. Also, the lucky great-great-grandpa to Perrie and Rheta O'Neil. Survived by his niece and nephew, Brad (the late Donna) Shortt and Mary Ann Shortt, sister-in-law Sandy Shortt and her children, Stephanie (Kevin) Scott, and Craig Shortt, and sister Carol (the late Bev, 2020) Boyd and her children Mike Boyd and Max (Charlotte) Boyd. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Velma (nee Clements) Shortt and brothers Burton (1959)(Faye) and Leland Shortt (2023).Clint grew up farming with his dad on Petrolia Line and later purchased his own farm with Ruby to raise their family while working for Androck in Watford for 33 years. He was a long-time member of the Inwood Lodge No. 503 A.F.& A.M. Clint and Ruby had a great time going antiquing and to auction houses searching for perfect little slices of history. This shared interest was a great excuse to spend many hours together and they liked it so much, they decided to open their own shop, County Corner Antiques. Together, they travelled, went to car shows and found a lot of joy in second home, Sanlan Ranch campground in Florida. Clint loved to golf, but especially when he could show off his grandkids on the greens and teach them a skill or two. Each and every grandkid was a bright light in his life; he would do anything for them and showed up to as many milestone moments as he could. He was so very proud!A private graveside service will take place. A Celebration of Clint's life will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 216 in Petrolia, from 1:00-5:00p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to St. Paul's United Church Petrolia Community Refrigerator.A special thank you to Dr. Taylor and the staff of Lambton Meadowview Villa for the care they provided. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com.

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clinton-eugene-shortt-1089743355
<![CDATA[AGE 77 OF EDY'S MILLS PASSED A...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/orial-wilhelmina-carpenter-1089743343<![CDATA[

Age 77 of Edy's Mills passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved wife of the late Russell Carpenter (2015). Loving mother of Brian (Shelly) Carpenter and Shelley (Robert) Atwell. Cherished Mama/Grandma to Bradley (Jenna), Brett (Triniti) and Kylie (Tyler) Carpenter, Ryan (Joshlyn) and Allison Atwell, Adam (Kat), Alec (Hailey), Aaron, and Kate (Caven) Anderson. Special great-grandmother to Myah and Reese Carpenter, Orial's most cherished treasures. Loving daughter of Violet (late Melvin) Oliver. Dear sister of Marion (late Ron) Thomson, Elaine (Jim) Newport, and Randy (late Darwin) Oliver. Predeceased by her sister and nephew Karen and Dale Hanses. She will be missed by all those that knew her. At Orial's request cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia Lambton. www.stjosephshospice.ca. A special thank you to Dr. Crombeen and the Palliative Care team of Sarnia Lambton, the VON nurses and PSWs, and the staff on the 5th floor Palliative Care of Bluewater Health for their care and compassion over the past year and a half. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden 519-864-1193.

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/orial-wilhelmina-carpenter-1089743343
<![CDATA[IT IS WITH HEAVY HEARTS THE FA...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/adam-buurma-1089743407<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts the family of Adam Buurma announces his sudden passing on May 9th, 2024 at the young age of 17, as a result of a farm accident. Loving son of Harry and Shirley Buurma, Watford. Survived by his siblings and their families, Glenn and Angela, Ross and Lisa, Bruce and Amy, Roger and Kate, Brian and Jessica, David, Stephanie and Josh, Eric, Charlie and Lydia, Ashley, and Aleah. He will be fondly remembered by Oma Jean Buurma. Adam will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. For condolences details please go to www.strathroyfuneralhome.com

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/adam-buurma-1089743407
<![CDATA[BOODE, FRANK]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/frank-boode-1089742431<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully in his sleep in his 89th year. Reunited with his beloved wife Dora, they were married for 56 wonderful years. Remembered by his children Dean (Kendalyn) and Allyson (Jacob). Frank was born in Holland in 1936. He emigrated to Canada in his late teens to Montreal. There he got his Chemical Engineering Degree from McGill University. It was here that he met Dora and they began their life together. They then moved to Sarnia in 1964 and raised a young family. In 1976 they moved to Hong Kong. Frank was an avid sailor, he enjoyed sailing the South Pacific and the Great Lakes. He worked for Dow Chemical at various locations across the world. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Frank will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Any donations to the Kidney Foundation or Dying with Dignity are greatly appreciated. Online condolences and donations may be made at forestlawnmemorial.ca

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Mon, 13 May 2024 02:57:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/frank-boode-1089742431
<![CDATA[LINDA LEE (NEE BIDNER) SHANNON]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-lee-nee-bidner-shannon-1089724053<![CDATA[

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On Wednesday May 8, 2024 surrounded by her family at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Linda Lee Shannon (nee Bidner) of Petrolia passed away at the age of 81 year.Linda was predeceased by her loving husband Bert who passed away in 2023. They shared 60 years of a beautiful life together.Survived by her loving children, Brian and his wife Kari Shannon and Jennifer and her husband Brian Clark and their dog Ally. She was the proud Nana to Bailey Shannon and her significant other Ryan Soetemans.Linda had four siblings. The late Gary and Jane Bidner, the late Gayle and Peter Staley, Rick and Giselle Bidner and Jim and Lynn Bidner. And her brothers and sisters-in-law, Joyce and (the late John Hamilton), the late Mary Jane and Norris Brandon, the late Beth and Jack Sayers and Ken and Darlene Melton. Linda was predeceased by her parents Charlie and Rosie Bidner. She will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews.Linda was a very proud mother and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with Brian and Jennifer and their families. She loved making family meals, and she was an incredible baker. She took great joy in baking and sharing her delicious treats with many. One of Linda's greatest joys was watching her beloved Bailey growing up and she loved being involved with all her activities. She was especially proud when Bailey decided to follow in her Nana's footsteps as an MRT. Linda was a proud MRT in Petrolia for 41 years and she cherished her relationships with her work family. She was also very involved and loved her time with the IODE and all of her friendships through that organization.Linda and Bert spent so many wonderful years with a very close knit group of friends, travelling together and having fun making memories that will last a lifetime. Linda loved telling stories of all of their adventures and she was so grateful for the entire friend group.Linda will be dearly missed by her family and all who loved her.A private memorial service will be held, a celebration of life will be held Monday, May 13, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Petrolia Lions Club Hall, 415 Huggard St. Petrolia. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the IODE (www.iode.ca) or the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation (www.ceehf.ca). Arrangements by Needham-Jay Funeral Home (www.needhamjay.com)

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-lee-nee-bidner-shannon-1089724053
<![CDATA[JAMES ARNOLD ELLENOR]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-arnold-ellenor-1089724049<![CDATA[

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Our very heavy hearts announce the passing of James Arnold Ellenor of Sarnia, age 74, early on Sunday morning, May 5, 2024. Jim passed away bravely and peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice, with his wife and his family, by his side. Jim, "Mr. Fixit" was the loving husband of Patricia Ann Ellenor (Watters) for 54 years. He was the "BEST" father to his daughters Sherree Lynn Butler (Ellenor) and Angela Dawne Taylor (Ellenor) who loved and cared for him till the very end. He loved and was loved and cherished by his son-in-law Richard Lyle Butler. Jim deeply loved and was very, very proud of his grandsons Devin Thomas Butler (Zoe Fazekas) and Blake James Butler (Taryn Dudley) and they loved him right back. Jim loved their respective girlfriends and has formed strong relationships with both girls. He was a wonderful step-grandpa to Justin Adams and his wife Tara. He was a fun loving step-great-grandfather to Justin's children - Izara, Zander and Olivia. Jim was the beloved brother-in-law of Susan Faye Einhorn (Castle,Watters) and the late, great Bill Einhorn (December 2021). Jim was very close to and was loved by his nieces and nephews - Curtis Castle (Amanda) and Chrissy and Shane Robertson and his great-nieces Macky Robertson (Parker Laevens), Emily Robertson, Joe Castle (Jesse Vanderveeken) and his great-nephew Zach Castle (Kiona). Jim is survived by his loving brother John (Friday Jack) Ellenor and his wife Gloria and by his sister Donna Jean Wood (Ellenor) and her husband Ken Wood as well as his stepsister Janis Johnston and her husband Gerry and his stepbrother Stephen Hubbs and his wife Paula. He was predeceased by his precious parents Donald Ellenor (1970) and Joyce Ellenor (Hopkins) and his special stepfather Frederick Hubbs (2022), and Pat's parents Tom and Betty Watters (2001), Pat's brother Brian Watters (2002), Jim's grandparents Arnold and Mae Ellenor, Grandma Hoppy (Hopkins) and Pat's grandparents Jim and Annie Humphrey. Jim was really loved and admired by many extended family members from both Jim and Pat's family.Jim worked at Holmes Foundry until he started working at Polysar in 1974 (or 75) and he retired in 2006. He loved his job and also loved fixing cars and woodworking at home. Jim has spent countless hours and met many of his friends at the ball diamonds and hockey rinks. He loved and cherished his baseball and hockey families. Jim has gone Moose hunting at Departure Lake in Smooth Rock Falls for at least the last 30 years with Pat's cousin Kevin (Hoss) Lebarron. Jim taught himself and plays the guitar at family parties and bonfires. Jim is a huge Johnny Cash fan and sings a lot of Ray Steven's songs like Guitarzan and Ahab the Arab. Some other favorite requests are My Boomerang Won't Come Back and The Cover of the Rolling Stone.After a motorcycle accident in 1968 Jim almost lost his life and it left him with his famous limp. Since then he has loved life, has a great sense of humor and says Good Morning every day and means it. He has no temper, does not complain and he beams with positivity. Everybody loves Jim.A Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Navy Club, 1420 Lougar Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario on May 18, 2024 at 1-5 p.m. Donations to the charity of your choice.Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia). Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-arnold-ellenor-1089724049
<![CDATA[HELEN BAIRD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-baird-1089724069<![CDATA[

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With loved ones by her side on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, Helen Mae Baird (nee Randall), passed away at the age of 89. Predeceased by her husband, Tom (2015). She will be dearly missed by her sister-in-law, Janet Randall (the late Ross) and her nieces and nephews, Jim (Lisa) Randall, Eric (Keiko) Randall, Cathy (Sean) Patchett, Brenda (the late Larry) McNally, and Keith (Charlene) Maginn. Predeceased by her sister June (Bruce) Maginn.Helen was head nurse at Imperial Oil for many years and trained nursing students at Sarnia General Hospital. She loved curling and golf, was a member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, loved to sail and travel to Hawaii and Florida during many winters. Helen will be dearly missed, but we find peace in her passing knowing that she has rejoined her love, Tom.A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to C.E.E. Hospital Foundation (ceehf.ca). Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-baird-1089724069
<![CDATA[DAVID VAN LEEUWEN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089724076<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, in Petrolia, David Van Leeuwen passed away at the age of 78.Beloved husband of Linda for 52 years. Loving father of Neil Van Leeuwen and Lori Van Leeuwen. Dear brother of Ron Van Leeuwen and Jon (Dawn) Van Leeuwen. Predeceased by his parents Casper and Mary Van Leeuwen. He will be greatly missed by his grand dog Charlie.David immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 6 years old from the Netherlands. The family settled in Timmins, Ontario or specifically South Porcupine. In high school, David was a drummer in a popular rock and roll band, The Fallen Leaves. It was at one of his shows he met his loving wife, Linda. After high school, David and Linda moved to Sudbury where David attended Laurentian University and graduated with honors from Political Science. He then started his career at Cambrian College in Sudbury. The family moved to Sarnia in 1992 where David worked and eventually retired from Lambton College as the registrar. Davids's pride and joy was his wife Linda and his son and daughter, who he would do absolutely anything for. He will be remembered as kindhearted, caring and friendly man, who would always stop to say hi and chat with everyone. David was a member of the Rotary Club Bluewaterland for many years. A special thank you to the staff at Lambton Meadowview Villa, especially the 3rd floor Robin's Way South staff, for their love and care of David over the last couple of years.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of David's life will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with words of tribute at 6:30 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to David's team for Walk for Alzheimer's (https://support.alzheimer.ca/site/TR?px=1527120&pg=personal&fr_id=4850). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089724076
<![CDATA[CYRIL HUGO "HUGH" EVERS]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cyril-hugo-hugh-evers-1089724085<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Cyril Hugo "Hugh" Evers passed away at the age of 86. Beloved husband of the late Domenica "Mamie" Evers (2023) (nee Pellegrinuzzi) for 56 years. Loving father of Lea-Ann Evers (John), Tina (Dan) Bodendistle, and Rosanne (Mark) David. Cherished grandfather of Liam, Hannah, Thomas, Haley and Megan.Survived by his brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews and extended family.Predeceased by his parents Julius and Roselea Evers, his eldest sister and several brothers. Hugh was a creative, energetic and hardworking man who always enjoyed working with his hands. He had a love for music and playing guitar. His creativity would shine when building model planes and in the photos he took. Hugh had a great appreciation for the outdoors and the natural beauty of his home province. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, May 13, 2024 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 293 Stuart St., Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Lung Association - Asbestos (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cyril-hugo-hugh-evers-1089724085
<![CDATA[FRANK MASON WARMAN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/frank-mason-warman-1089724089<![CDATA[

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Frank Mason Warman, born on June 14, 1949, in Whitby Ontario passed unexpectedly while at home on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Frank graduated Durham College as a Civil Engineer Technician and worked in both the private and public sectors. He married Ann Marie DiGuiseppe on April 23, 1988, and lived in Oshawa where Frank was actively involved with Loyal Order of the Moose and Basset Rescue communities. He is survived by his daughter Jeanette Ann DiGuiseppe (Thomas Pheasant), granddaughters Claire Elizabeth, Natalie Renee, and Anna Marie, brother Fred Warman (Joanne Warman), his nephew Peter Mason Warman (Nadia Warman), and great nephew Palmo Mason Warman. In 2017, Frank and Ann elected to move to Sarnia Ontario where Frank found his true passion as a dog handler to Miss Molly Mae Warman, a certified emotional support dog. Together, they worked for St. John's Ambulance volunteer program and visited various nursing homes and schools. Frank loved his Molly Mae and loved discussing his volunteer work. During one of his daily trips to the river front, a school student recognized Molly Mae and Frank was proud of the impact he was making to those he visited. After 36 years of marriage, he passed with Ann by his side in the sanctuary of their backyard. Family and friends will be received at the McCormack Funeral Home, 254 George St. (at College Ave.) Sarnia, for visitation on Monday May 13 beginning at 12 noon. A Funeral Service will follow at 1 p.m. Interment Lakeview cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online at mccormackfuneralhomesarnia.com.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/frank-mason-warman-1089724089
<![CDATA[JANET LORNA MACKENZIE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/janet-lorna-mackenzie-1089724093<![CDATA[

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Janet Lorna (Williams) MacKenzie, age 75, peacefully passed away on May 8th, 2024 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. Lorna was born and raised in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. She moved to Sarnia, Ontario in 1970. Lorna constantly inspired those around her and was a role model to many. Her generosity and kindness extended across every aspect of her life. Lorna was hardworking and devoted to her family, friends, neighbours, and members of the Point Edward and Sarnia communities. From small acts of kindness to remarkable acts of strength, Lorna put others first every day. She loved to dance, tend to her garden, complete puzzles and above all else, spend time with her children and grandchildren. Lorna was a phenomenal cook, with the ability to whip up a five-star meal with whatever was on hand. Her sweet personality will forever be cherished and cannot be captured in these few words. Lorna was predeceased by her loving husband and best friend of over 50 years, Larry MacKenzie, with whom she built a wonderful life. Lorna will be missed by her loving siblings, Patricia (Jack) Briggins, William "Bill" Williams, Gloria Merlin, Gordon Williams, Gene Williams, Mary (Larry) Oja, David (Gail) Williams, Ben (Gwen) Williams, Andrew (Irene) Williams, Susan (Larry) Rushton, and sister-in-law Beverley Williams. Lorna was predeceased by her parents, Sherman and Violet (Hamilton) Williams, her brothers, Sherman and Alvin Williams, sister-in-law Heather Williams, and brother-in-law Paul Merlin. Devoted mother to Paul MacKenzie, Lisa (Brian) MacDonell, Julie (Shawn) Robinson, and Holly (Karmen) Adams. Beloved Grandmother (Grammie) to Kate and Sara MacDonell, Myah and Allie Robinson, and Konnor and Keira Adams. She will also be dearly missed by nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, friends, neighbours, and admirers. We will continue to remember her as the selfless, strong, and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend that she was. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Lorna's life will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. To reflect Lorna's passion for supporting those in need, sympathy may be expressed through donation to River City Vineyard or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home). Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/janet-lorna-mackenzie-1089724093
<![CDATA[JOHN GARDNER]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-gardner-1089715027<![CDATA[

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Oct 19, 1941 - May 5, 2024

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Thu, 9 May 2024 06:04:29 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-gardner-1089715027
<![CDATA[CORRY, SHARON]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-corry-1089714807<![CDATA[

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With her husband by her side, Sharon passed peacefully on April 10, 2024 at the age of 68. Leaving behind her loving husband of 32 years Paul E. Corry and their son Sean Corry (Kerrin), and their sons Darcy and Logan. Dear sister of Dave (Lila) Mills, Beverley (Albert) Marinaro and Chuck (April) Mills. Treasured sister-in-law of Peter (Brenda) Corry, Nancy (Doug) Lester, Matthew (Kristen) Corry, and Mark (Michelle) Corry. Sharon is lovingly remembered by all of her nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Renee and Nikki Corry for all the help over the last few years. Predeceased by her parents Dennis and Charlotte Mills and her brother Rick (Kathy) Mills. Sharon was a cancer survivor of 29 years and worked at Trillium Villa for many years. Cremation has taken place. A graveside interment of ashes will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of Sharon's life will take place at Stokes Inland, 1202 Lambton Mall Rd, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Society (cheques only if donating at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 9 May 2024 04:08:06 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-corry-1089714807
<![CDATA[MAK, BRIDGET]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bridget-mak-1089714802<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Bridget Mak passed away at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Hank Mak. Loving mother of Steve Barnier (Brenda), Tim Barnier (Vicky), Susan MacDonald (Gordon), Pamela Saya (Gordon), Dan Barnier (Sheri), and David Barnier. Cherished grandmother of Rene, Chad, Nick, Stephanie, Jason, Glenn Chesney, Abby, Samantha, Ben, and Dana. Dear sister of Erica Froome. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Elizabeth Schnur and her first husband Glen Allen Barnier. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation held one hour prior from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Moore Union Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, the Inn of the Good Shepherd, or the Kidney Foundation of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 9 May 2024 04:03:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bridget-mak-1089714802
<![CDATA[WHITE, MARGUERITE CATHERINE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marguerite-catherine-white-1089714795<![CDATA[

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Passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia. Beloved wife of Richard White. Loving mother of Brad (Heather) white and Gregory (Julie) White. Cherished grandmother of Brian, Sommer and Edwin. Dear sister of Barbara (the late Ken) Sitzes, Connie (the late Lee) McDonald. Leslie (Deborah) Davis and Kenneth (the late Dot) Davis. Marguerite will be missed by all who knew her. A private family graveside service took place at Bear Creek Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Pathways Health Center for Children. Arrangements entrusted to Stedman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 03:59:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marguerite-catherine-white-1089714795
<![CDATA[VAN LEEUWEN, DAVID]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089708546<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, in Petrolia, David Van Leeuwen passed away at the age of 78.Beloved husband of Linda for 52 years. Loving father of Neil Van Leeuwen and Lori Van Leeuwen. Dear brother of Ron Van Leeuwen and Jon (Dawn) Van Leeuwen. Predeceased by his parents Casper and Mary Van Leeuwen. He will be greatly missed by his grand dog Charlie.David immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 6 years old from the Netherlands. The family settled in Timmins, Ontario or specifically South Porcupine. In high school, David was a drummer in a popular rock and roll band, The Fallen Leaves. It was at one of his shows he met his loving wife, Linda. After high school, David and Linda moved to Sudbury where David attended Laurentian University and graduated with honors from Political Science. He then started his career at Cambrian College in Sudbury. The family moved to Sarnia in 1992 where David worked and eventually retired from Lambton College as the registrar. Davids's pride and joy was his wife Linda and his son and daughter, who he would do absolutely anything for. He will be remembered as kindhearted, caring and friendly man, who would always stop to say hi and chat with everyone. David was a member of the Rotary Club Bluewaterland for many years. A special thank you to the staff at Lambton Meadowview Villa, especially the 3rd floor Robin's Way South staff, for their love and care of David over the last couple of years.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of David's life will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with words of tribute at 6:30 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to David's team for Walk for Alzheimer's (https://support.alzheimer.ca/site/TR?px=1527120&pg=personal&fr_id=4850). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 8 May 2024 02:17:48 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089708546
<![CDATA[LINDA MCDONALD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-mcdonald-1089708451<![CDATA[

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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved Linda, a beacon of love, kindness and strength, who departed from this world on April 29, 2024 at the age of 80.Beloved wife of the late Bruce (2012). Dear mother of Tracey (Jeff) Larsen of Mooretown and Lorrie (Joe) Rutherford of Point Edward. Loving nan of Brad (Kelly) Anderson and McKenna Larsen. Cherished great-nanny of Brynlee, Alanna and Colby Anderson. Dear sister of Jean (late Doug) Arbour of Chatham and Bill (Barb) Gibson of Dresden. Dear aunt of Shawn and Mike Gibson. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Carole (late Stan) Cernanec, Dolores (Stuart) Pugh, Marlene (Harold) Harvey, Catherine (late Harry) McDonald and Connie (late Lee) McDonald as well as Stuart (Cathy) Craig. Warmly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Best friend of Betty Brown with whom she shared many a road trips starting with destination unknown. Left to carry on the card parties are her friends Jerry and Nancy Vanwyk, John and Sheila Redden, Murray and Betty Brown and Ruth McCormick. Predeceased by her siblings John, Donald, Ann and Lorne; nephew Randy Gibson; son-in-law Jim Anderson (1998) and niece Teri Craig (1994).Linda was born on her family farm on Hughes Line, 5th Concession of Camden Township just outside of Dresden, She was the 5th of 7 children born to parents Robert Gibson and Dora May (nee Shaw) Gibson. She attended SS Union #2 schoolhouse as a child and later Dresden High School. She went on to train as a surgical nurse and worked at Chatham General and later St. Joe's in Sarnia before marrying her high school sweetheart Bruce in 1965 at the Rutherford Presbyterian Church. Dad had an entrepreneurial mindset even as a young man and purchased the Rutherford Garage and with it came the house in Petrolia they called home for nearly 60 years. She often said that it's not where she would have picked to live but it soon became home. Mom would always "bloom" where she was planted.Growing up on the farm, mom was instilled with an incredible worth ethic. Always sharing as they didn't have much but there was always a bounty of food at the dinner table and our nanna would feed any soul that walked through the doors of the old farmhouse. That generous heart and love of cooking our mom also inherited. She would whip up a gourmet meal or water down the soup. She made it all look effortless. Mom was known for her canning of preserves and we will all miss her dill pickles and chili sauce as any respectable produce never stood a chance at being plucked from it's height of freshness and into a mason jar. Never a single person would leave her house after a gathering without a full belly and a Tupperware container. That was indeed her love language.Mom took each day as it came. She had a quick wit and sense of humour especially her one liners that would leave you in stitches for days. Mom enjoyed her life and even as her body weakened with her illness her positivity and her 'Fighting Irish" Gibson attitude never waivered She will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved her.A special thanks to everyone who helped mom throughout the challenges of her final days and also to her long time neighbour Jeff Campbell for his kindness and help in caring for her yard.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Linda's Life will take place at the farm of Jeff and Tracey Larsen at a later date.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Petrolia Food Bank via e-transfer to petroliafoodbank@gmail.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Badder Funeral Home & Reception Centre, Dresden.

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Wed, 8 May 2024 01:15:29 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-mcdonald-1089708451
<![CDATA[HAWRYLUK, LAURIE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/laurie-hawryluk-1089706393<![CDATA[

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1958 - 2024

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Tue, 7 May 2024 09:46:03 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/laurie-hawryluk-1089706393
<![CDATA[PALMER, MARY JO]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-jo-palmer-1089705809<![CDATA[

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Mary Jo passed away peacefully on Friday, May 3, 2024. She lived a wonderful 79 years and her loved ones will miss her dearly. Mary was a shining light to those who knew her. She made friends everywhere she went, and the warmth that radiated from her will shine on in those left behind. Mary Jo married Ross Palmer on June 24, 1986. Their marriage was loving and kind and their two families came together to form one. Beloved mother of Hisham (Christine) Al-Gharabally. Step-mother of Margaret Palmer Davidson (Tom) and the late Robert Palmer (Giselle). The best grandmother to Gabe Al-Gharabally (Sam), Ben Al-Gharabally, Anna Davidson (Duncan), Emily Davidson, Jack Palmer, Henry Palmer (Ellie), Great-grandmother of Rosalind and Thando. Sister of Ruth Posey (late, John), Donna Steuwer (Fred), Sharon Conard (Joe), and Jim Shafran (Sandy). She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Predeceased by her loving husband Ross Palmer, parents Edmund and Adella Shafran, and brother, Art Shafran. For all those she touched, please join us in celebrating her impact. Visitation will be held at McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Friday, May 10, 2024, from 11:00 - 12:45. A service will follow in the chapel at 1:00. The interment will follow immediately at Lakeview Cemetery. We encourage those considering sending flowers to go out for dinner, drinks, or a nice night out with loved ones. Make a toast in her honor. Be kind to those around you. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Tue, 7 May 2024 06:39:14 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-jo-palmer-1089705809
<![CDATA[JACKSON, DONNA]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donna-jackson-1089705561<![CDATA[

Peacefully, at Watford Quality Care, with her family by her side, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Donna Jean Jackson (nee McKinlay) in her 93rd year. Cherished wife of the late Edwin Jackson (1998). Loving and devoted mother of Doug Jackson, Bob (Linda) Jackson, Jessie (the late Carlos) Pineda, the late Rick (Laurie) Jackson, Terry (Shirley) Jackson and April (Robert) White. Dear grandma to many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Donna was the eldest girl of 6 sisters and 7 brothers and will be missed by their surviving families. Donna will be remembered by many nieces and nephews, family and friends.Donna worked for several years as a mail lady with Canada Post. She was a lady who helped many in any way she could. She was the go-to person to help with anything from giving life back to a plant to knitting and sewing items for many; including mittens for daycares and slippers for those at the hospital. You name it - she was always wanting to help.The family would like to thank all the nurses and staff at Watford Quality Care for their kind and loving care they provided mom over the years.Friends will be received at the DENNING'S OF WATFORD, on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Denning's of Watford Chapel on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Watford Cemetery. Donations to Watford Quality Care would be acknowledged by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.watfordfuneralhome.com.

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Tue, 7 May 2024 04:17:37 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donna-jackson-1089705561
<![CDATA[BARNES, DIANE HELENE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/diane-helene-barnes-1089703053<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Monday April 29, 2024 at Sumac Lodge in Sarnia at the age of 75 years. She was born July13, 1947 to parents Donald (2019) and Helene (Hiller) Barnes (2010). She is survived by her brother, Robert Barnes and his wife Maureen of Courtright and was a special aunt to Tracy (Jason) Williams and Ryan (Kelly) Barnes and great-aunt to Megan and Alyson Williams and Blake and Kaci Barnes. Numerous cousins also survive. Diane worked for CIBC, TD and Mainstreet banks for many years starting at 18 years of age. She enjoyed bowling and especially travelling with girlfriends to tournaments, volunteering and working at Village Bingo. She also shared a special love for her two orange tabi cats, Pooky and Pokey. The family would like to thank the staff at Sumac Lodge for their care and compassion shown to Diane the past seven years. Cremation has taken place and a private family service was held at Moore-Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or to the Parkinson Society. Arrangements entrusted to the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online @ www.knightfuneralhome.ca.Knight 519-862-2845

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Mon, 6 May 2024 03:51:13 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/diane-helene-barnes-1089703053
<![CDATA[MCILWAIN, GARLAND]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/garland-mcilwain-1089693130<![CDATA[

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At Twin Lakes Terrace, Sarnia, on Monday, April 29, 2024, Garland Ralph McIlwain passed away in his 95th year. Born in Alvinston and farmed in Plympton-Wyoming most his life. Garland is survived by his wife Patricia (nee Young) of nearly 72 years. Dear father of Sherry Morrison (Gary), Christine Mathers (Dave), George (Susan), Lynn, Gary and Bill. Also survived by his grandchildren Connor Mathers (Julie), Melissa Bush (Adam), Lana McIlwain, Devon McIlwain, Meghan and Colleen McIlwain and great-grandsons Owen and Cole. He will be missed by his canine companion Benji. Predeceased by his sister Evelyn Wackerle. Garland was a farmer, carpenter and had a long career as a Process Operator at Shell Oil. The family would like to express their appreciation to Petrolia Hospital Continuing Care Staff and Dr. Daniel and a thank you to the staff at Twin Lakes Terrace and Dr. Dave Kim. In keeping with Garland's wishes, a family graveside service will be held at the Alvinston Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sarnia & District Humane Society or Bluewater Centre for Raptors Rehabilitation or online condolences at www.vanheckfuneralhome.ca

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Sat, 4 May 2024 05:40:36 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/garland-mcilwain-1089693130
<![CDATA[VENEMA, AUDREY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/audrey-venema-1089693097<![CDATA[

Audrey Jeanne Venema passed away April 15,2024 at the age of 99. Beloved wife of Pastor Henry Albert Venema (deceased 1972) for twenty five years. Audrey grew up in Holland Michigan and spent almost all of her adult years in Canada. When Henry died, she settled in Sarnia, a central place for her five children and their families. Audrey is survived by Gayle Grin and Gary Stairs, Tom and Janice Venema, June and John Tenyenhuis, Ted Venema and Kim Redlin and Ken and Pia Venema, thirteen Grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. As a young widow, Audrey continued to enjoy adventures with her children and to visit, camp and travel with them into her ninetieth years. An independent thinker and open minded risk taker, Audrey demonstrated strong survival skills for herself and non judgmental attitudes about others. In honouring Audrey's wishes cremation has taken place. 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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Sat, 4 May 2024 05:12:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/audrey-venema-1089693097
<![CDATA[VAN LEEUWEN, DAVID]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089693006<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, in Petrolia, David Van Leeuwen passed away at the age of 78.Beloved husband of Linda for 52 years. Loving father of Neil Van Leeuwen and Lori Van Leeuwen. Dear brother of Ron Van Leeuwen and Jon (Dawn) Van Leeuwen. Predeceased by his parents Casper and Mary Van Leeuwen. He will be greatly missed by his grand dog Charlie.David immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 6 years old from the Netherlands. The family settled in Timmins, Ontario or specifically South Porcupine. In high school, David was a drummer in a popular rock and roll band, The Fallen Leaves. It was at one of his shows he met his loving wife, Linda. After high school, David and Linda moved to Sudbury where David attended Laurentian University and graduated with honors from Political Science. He then started his career at Cambrian College in Sudbury. The family moved to Sarnia in 1992 where David worked and eventually retired from Lambton College as the registrar. Davids's pride and joy was his wife Linda and his son and daughter, who he would do absolutely anything for. He will be remembered as kindhearted, caring and friendly man, who would always stop to say hi and chat with everyone. David was a member of the Rotary Club Bluewaterland for many years. A special thank you to the staff at Lambton Meadowview Villa, especially the 3rd floor Robin's Way South staff, for their love and care of David over the last couple of years.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of David's life will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with words of tribute at 6:30 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to David's team for Walk for Alzheimer's (https://support.alzheimer.ca/site/TR?px=1527120&pg=personal&fr_id=4850). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Sat, 4 May 2024 03:16:07 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-van-leeuwen-1089693006
<![CDATA[PEASE, RUSSELL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/russell-pease-1089686235<![CDATA[

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Russell Ernest Pease, beloved husband of Rosalie Pease for 66 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, at the age of 89. He was born on January 20, 1935, and left this world surrounded by his loving family. Russ touched the lives of many with his kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. He is survived by his devoted wife Rosalie, his children Larry (Liz) and Leanne (Kevin), his grandchildren Christopher (Vela), Michelle, Ryan, Ashley, Melissa (Fred), Stephanie (Derek) and Mitchell, his great-grandchildren Liam, Lexi, Jaxon, Lacey, Landon, Jett and Grayson. Russ was known for his warmth and deep connections with family members and many wonderful friends over the years. He will be greatly missed. There will be a Celebration of Life in honour of Russ on Saturday, May 4, 2024 starting at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Sarnia, ON. The service will be available to watch virtually on YouTube (@BethelSarniaLive) for those unable to attend in person. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following organizations: River City Sanctuary, providing care for those in need (519-383-8323), or Sarnia Blessings, a nonprofit meal service for seniors (226-776-5554). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 2 May 2024 05:35:07 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/russell-pease-1089686235
<![CDATA[MCLELLAN, JOHN LAWRENCE "LARRY"]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-lawrence-larry-mclellan-1089686215<![CDATA[

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John Lawrence McLellan passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at home, on the family farm where he lived for 81 years. He leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Diane. Proud father of his son Shawn McLellan and daughter Amy (Rob) Marsden. The best poppa to his grandchildren Elliott and Lila Marsden. They were the light of his life. Survived by his sister Shirley (Paul) Ratzlaff, sister-in-law Barb Teskey, brother-in-law Ron (Barb) Sweeney and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Don and Adeline McLellan. Larry loved puttering and cutting grass and supporting Elliott and Lila in everything they loved to do and cheering them on. He was a constant fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. Larry was a longtime member of the Plympton-Wyoming Agricultural Society and enjoyed all his volunteer time with the many friends that shared his passion. He was a longtime employee of Wanstead Farmer's Co-Op. Larry will be missed and loved forever. Special thank you to Dr. Lam, nurse Lisa, the Wyoming-area first responders and the BWH - Petrolia Emergency team for their care, compassion, and dedication. Join us for a celebration of Larry's life to share and reflect at Plympton-Wyoming Agricultural Society, 595 Main St, Wyoming, ON, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Comfy clothes only, that is requested from Larry. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Plympton-Wyoming Agriculture Society Home Craft Division or Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 2 May 2024 05:26:09 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-lawrence-larry-mclellan-1089686215
<![CDATA[HEASMAN, REGINALD LESLIE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/reginald-leslie-heasman-1089686176<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, in the early hours of April 25, 2024, Reg passed away after a triumphant 96.5 years.Cherished Dad of David De Shane (Rebecca), Samantha Kabala (Al) and Erica Tremblay (Matthew). Loving Grandad of Kyraith Wright (Colin), Darius De Shane, Lilly Tremblay, and Kate Tremblay. Dear big brother to Janet Shaw (David). Predeceased by his wife Barbara (Wendy) Heasman, brothers Ted Heasman and John Heasman and sister Beatrice (Toby) Crispin. Remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.Reg was born in Sussex, England in 1927 at home in the modest apartment that sat on top of his family's candy shop. He was a proud student of Stenning Grammer School and later the University of London where he earned an advanced degree in Physics. Reg was an adventurer and began his working life as a scientist in India. After travelling to the east, he set his sights west and landed at Ellis Island, New York in 1957. He traveled throughout the US and Canada and ultimately secured a job at Polysar in Sarnia. He would spend most of the rest of his life in Sarnia with brief moves to Mexico City, Port Hawkesbury - Cape Breton and Ottawa.Reg enjoyed his work, but his true passions were the organizations that he donated his time and enthusiasm to. Reg was a committed volunteer for many years to Junior Achievement, The John Howard Society, The Chamber of Commerce, Pensioners Concern and most significantly to Community Living Sarnia Lambton.Reg was adored by his family. His kids and grandkids appreciated and respected his thoughtful advice and guidance, always promoting a strong work ethic, resilience, and a positive attitude. Reg was physically and mentally well and happy to his very last day. He was grateful for the time and love that he had enjoyed with his family and friends. Reg will be deeply missed but his legacy will carry our aching hearts forward.Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 2 May 2024 05:05:52 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/reginald-leslie-heasman-1089686176
<![CDATA[SINCLAIR, HELEN "JOAN" ELIZABETH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-joan-elizabeth-sinclair-1089686166<![CDATA[

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With profound gratitude, we celebrate the life of Joan Sinclair. Joan passed away peacefully on April 29, 2024 surrounded by family at the age of 82. Joan is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Tom Sinclair. Joan is also survived by her siblings Jeanne, Ross, Larry and Marion, siblings-in-law Jim, Florence and John, children Bonnie, Kathy (Mark), and Tom (Nancy), grandchildren Ricky (Crystal), Brittany (Steve), Brianne (Jace), Kaitlyn (Matthew), Courtney (Tyler), Cami (TJ), and Bailey (Adam), great-grandchildren Lochlan, Everett, Olivia, Evan, Keely, Riley, and Lilly, and grand-dogs Stanley and Blaze. Joan is predeceased by her parents Clifford and Ferne, parents-in-law John and Patricia, sisters Joyce and Janice, sister-in-law Jean, and granddaughter Kristy Hyatt.Joan was born and raised in Petrolia. She met Tom and they were married in 1960. They moved to Oil City and built their life there. Joan worked from a young age for Rudy Krall & Sons, and later in life at Shoppers Drug Mart in Petrolia, but her favourite job was being a mother and grandmother. She enjoyed shopping, watching soap operas, socializing and walking. She is remembered by her ability to light up a room and bring a smile to everyone in it. She loved deeply and lived vivaciously. Joan joins her beloved Kristy in heaven.The family would like to thank the staff at North Lambton Lodge for their care and compassion.Visitation will be held at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home in Brigden on Thursday, May 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and a funeral will be held on Friday May 3 at 11:00 a.m. A burial will follow at Oil City Cemetery. To celebrate and honour Joan's life, memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson's Society of Southwestern Ontario (www.psso.ca) and the Alzheimer's Society of Sarnia-Lambton (www.alzheimer.ca/sarnialambton/en). Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Thu, 2 May 2024 04:59:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-joan-elizabeth-sinclair-1089686166
<![CDATA[PEPPER, DARLENE HELEN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/darlene-helen-pepper-1089686163<![CDATA[

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Age 70 passed away on Monday, April 29, 2024 at her home. Beloved wife of Gerald Pepper. Loving mother of Steve, Stacey (Brian) Vanleerzem and Scott (Bridget). Special grandmother of Jeff (Emily), Jake (Leanne), Janessa (Robert), Kaley, Tika, Drew, Dray and Dylen. Cherished great-grandmother of Karter, Kolbie, Kolson, Krosby, Jack, Leni and Summer. Dear sister of Carol and Charlene. Predeceased by her mother Colette Myers (Nee Mantha) 2008. She will be missed by all who knew her. Darlene was proudly involved in Brigden Minor baseball, the women's institution, Brigden Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary, Brigden Fairgrounds and Cub Scouts. Special thanks to Dr. Allison Crombeen, Dr. Casandra Taylor, Dr. Janet Pope and the many medical staff from the VON and Bluewater Health Palliative Care. Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. Funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00p.m. Sympathy may be express through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice www.stjosephshospice.ca or Brigden Legion Branch 635 (Cenotaph upgrade fund). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Thu, 2 May 2024 04:55:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/darlene-helen-pepper-1089686163
<![CDATA[NOCTOR, MAUREEN MARGARET]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/maureen-margaret-noctor-1089686113<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at Bluewater Health-CEE Petrolia, Maureen Margaret Noctor passed away at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Myles Noctor (2018). Loving mother of Steve (Thelma) Noctor, Bruce (Mary) Noctor and Paul Noctor. Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 11 grandchildren and remembered by several nieces, nephews and great friends. Predeceased by her parents Arthur and Margaret Kennard and her sister Eileen. Maureen enjoyed creating pottery and traveling and singing with her friends in Florida. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Thu, 2 May 2024 04:29:19 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/maureen-margaret-noctor-1089686113
<![CDATA[SMALL, RICHARDIT IS WITH GRE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/richard-small-1089675027<![CDATA[

SMALL, RichardIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard Martin Beaumont Small on April 25, 2024 in his 96th year. Predeceased by his loving spouse Jean Lois Small. Loving father to Virginia (Greg Galipeau) and David (Diane) Small. Grandfather to Geoffrey, Christopher (Meredith), Valerie (Derek), Heather (Adam), Gillian (Michael), Andrea, Cameron, Michael (Eloise) and great–grandfather to eight great-grandchildren. Richard will be remembered for his unending intellectual curiosity, love of travel, music, theatre and a good game of bridge. As a graduate of physics and chemistry from the University of Toronto he became a researcher and manager in the petro chemical industry, working for Polymer, Polysar and Nova Chemical in Sarnia, Ontario. He was extensively involved within the Sarnia community including being president of Sarnia Concert Association, on the board of the Arthritis Society, volunteer for the local YMCA, Canadian Cancer Society, President of the Chemical Institute of Canada and company representative to the Canadian Association of Physicists. Memorial visitation will take place at Dodsworth & Brown Ancaster Chapel (378 Wilson St E.) on Thursday, May 2 from 7-9 p.m. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to Oxfam or Doctors without Borders would be appreciated.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/richard-small-1089675027
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DE CAROLIS, MarioWith profound sadness and heavy hearts, the family of Mario De Carolis announce the sudden passing of a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather on Saturday, April 27, 2024 surrounded by loving family at Bluewater Health, at the age of 87.Beloved and devoted husband to the late Annita De Carolis (1992). Loving father to the late Tony De Carolis (2016) (Yolanda) and Elena Pagotto (Henry). Cherished Nonno of Melissa Lefebvre (Jeff), Eric De Carolis (Elizabeth), Vanessa, Christiano, Carina and Julia Pagotto. Treasured Great Grandfather of Charlize and Anjolie Lefebvre. Mario was pre-deceased by his parents Alberico De Carolis and Erminia De Carolis, his siblings his late brother Elio De Carolis (Giuseppina), and his sister the late Immacolata De Carolis. Mario is survived by his sister Maria Alfonsi (Giuseppe) in Sora, Italy and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly in Canada, Italy and France.Mario was born in Vicalvi, Italy and was very proud of his roots. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 and lived in Windsor before settling in Sarnia. Mario began his career working odd jobs in construction. Mario persevered because he had future goals for himself and his family establishing two successful companies from the ground up: De Carolis Construction Pro-Concrete.Mario's greatest love was his beloved family. He loved and treasured them to his last day. He instilled the importance of family, perseverance, family heritage and hard work to all his children and he led by example. He was a strong man with a great mind. Although he had many health challenges, he took them all in stride to the very end and now he is reunited with his wife Annita and his son, Tony and all his deceased family.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church, Bright's Grove, on May 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Vincent de Paul or Bluewater Health Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mario-de-carolis-1089675028
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DUMAS, Major J.L.D. Major Dan Dumas passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in Penticton B.C. Dan is survived by sons; Scott Dumas and Jeff (Asley) Dumas and his grandchildren Simone Dumas and Oliver Dumas all of B.C. Lovingly remembered by his sister Bonnie O'Rae, nephew Charlie O'Rae, great-nephew Dylan O'Rae and his niece Cathy Robertson all of Sarnia. He was predeceased by his sister Sharon Statton and brother-in-law Jim Statton. Cremation has taken place. Memories and condolence can be sent through Dan's memorial page at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/major-dumas-1089675029
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BLAIS, Susan MarieSuddenly at home, Susan Blais died on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the age of 58. Loving wife of Brian Blais. Cherished mother of Brent Blais (Madison Flamminio), Perre Blais (Jordan Manktelow) and Renae Blais (Jack Adair). Dear sister of Lori Gendron (Jeff), Scott Nastwold (Hanan) and Lisa Petrie (Tommy) all of Michigan. Sister-in-law of Harvey Blais (Alice), Michelle Weiss (Al) and Cindy Foubister (Rich). Will be missed by her loving dog Rufus. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Lavalda and Edward Nastwold.Susie was full of life. She loved to be at her family cottage on her sandy beach on Lake Huron. Susie had a passion for animals, sunsets at the beach, water skiing and her boat Defiance. She was a graduate of Wayne State University and worked as a pharmacist for Bluewater and Hogan Pharmacy for many years.Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Friday May 3, 2024, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. To honour her love for animals, memorial donations can be made to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/susan-blais-1089675031
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HENDERSON, Nancy Jean January 30 1929 – April 16, 2024Henderson, Nancy Jean, nee Hunter passed away on April 16, 2024 in Calgary, Alberta. Survived by her husband John, sons Kevin and Douglas and their families. Eden Brook Funeral Home was honoured to facilitate cremation services for Nancy and ashes have been interred by Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. At Nancy's request there will be no services. If desired a donation may be made to the charity of your choice. It would be greatly appreciated.Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookcemetery.ca

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/nancy-henderson-1089675033
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BEST, William (Billy)It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of William (Billy) Best at home on April 27, 2024. He fought a cancer diagnosis with unwavering optimism, strength and determination. He will be forever missed by his wife and best friend Gail (Poirier) Best. Loving father of Jamie (Michelle) Best, Mandie (Kyle) Vanderwal, Joel (Katie) Best and Christine Larose. Proud grandfather of Lucy, Olivia, Charlotte, Adeline, Abigail and Aubrianna. Dear brother of Carl Best. He will be dearly missed by his two furry pets, Taffy and Toby. Also survived by nieces and nephews and Ken (Debbie) Best. Predeceased by his parents Reg (Donna) Best, and Elizabeth (Robert) Pryor.Billy was an avid car enthusiast, an extremely hard-worker, and very mechanically inclined. He started tinkering with motors at a very young age and started his own auto repair business (Best Automotive), which his son Jamie has taken over very successfully. He always owned a sports car, beginning with 3 AMC Rebel machines to his latest pride and joy his 2003 Z06 C5 Corvette. He was a man who was always willing to help anyone. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends, but his kindness and generosity are what will be remembered, by all those fortunate enough to know him.The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Paul Martin, Dr. Ricardo Fernandes, Dr. David Kim, Dr. David Sherwin and the VON nurses, for their exceptional care. A special thank you to Ray Lucas (Cathy) for his friendship and support.Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Bill's wishes, a small family graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Joseph's Hospice or Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line. Memories and condolences may be sent online to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 22:36:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-best-1089675036
<![CDATA[WALKER, PAUL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/paul-walker-1089595861<![CDATA[

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/paul-walker-1089595861
<![CDATA[REID, JOHN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-reid-1089672870<![CDATA[

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Dec 26, 1955 - Apr 27, 2024

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-reid-1089672870
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COOK, Lee RandallWith saddened hearts we announce the passing of Lee Randall Cook on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Bluewater Health at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Debbie Cook. Loving father of Matthew (Kim) Cook and Ryan Cook. Cherished grandfather of Mackenzie, Olivia and Nolan Cook. Dear brother to Nancy Humeniuk, Geri Rodman, Carol (Dave) Riddle, Gord (Leslie) Cook, Ken (Heather) Cook, and Susie (Martin) Sherwood. Survived by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law in the Napke family. Predeceased by his parents Douglas and Eunice Cook and brother-in-law. Lee loved travelling to Phoenix in the winter and golfing. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Lee's wishes, a private family service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a local food bank (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lee-cook-1089658509
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CREAMER, Nola Jackaline "Jackie"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Nola Jackaline "Jackie" Creamer passed away at the age of 90. Beloved wife of the late Bert Creamer (2006). Loving mother of Cheryl (Larry) MacKenzie, Brian (Wendy), Allan, and Lori (Gib) Hamilton. Cherished grandmother of Scott (Amy) MacKenzie, Derek (Lindsay) MacKenzie, Emily Hamilton (Tyler), and Aaron Hamilton (Clara), and great-grandmother of Lakelan, Brynnley, and Saige. Predeceased by her mother Mary Durocher, and her brother Orville Hicken. Jackie was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother. She was a lifelong resident of Point Edward. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Jackie's wishes, a private graveside service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice – Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/nola-creamer-1089658507
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NELSON, Joyce ElaineIt is with sadness that the family of Joyce Nelson (Oliver) announce her passing on April 25, 2024 at the age of 92. Her spirit and strength allowed her to conquer her COPD for over 15 years. Loving mother of Mike Nelson and his wife Pauline, Jane Janes and her husband Don and Ron Nelson and his wife Cindy. She was predeceased by her son Tom in 1993 and her husband Bob in 2009. Cherished grandmother of Natalie Nelson (Brian), Bob Nelson (Brie), Heather Janes (Don), Michael Janes (Nicole), Jeff Nelson (Sarah), Steven Nelson (Laura), Lori Nelson, and Tosha Lobsinger. Treasured G.G. Joyce to Kylie, Dylan, Brianna, Lucas, Taylor, Ophelia, Indiana, William, Kaleb, Macalah, Alyiah, Julia and Josephine. She was very proud of all her children and grandchildren and nothing in the world made her happier than spending time with them. She was a loving big sister to Nancy Steen, Bill Oliver and Diane Stiegemeyer. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. There was a special place in her heart for BethAnn and Jim Mitchell and Dawn and Bill Round who supplied her with many visits and tasty meals throughout the years. In her life Joyce had many passions, she loved to sew and knit, and her homemade items were a hit at Christmas or on Birthdays. She loved playing cards - Bridge with the duplicate gang in Sarnia or Euchre at the Point Edward Ex-Servicemen's Club. In her younger years, she especially loved her golf and her trips to Las Vegas and Florida with Bob, her husband for over 55 years. Joyce had many special friends young and old, and you could always be guaranteed a good laugh when you came to visit her. The family would like to thank Rosewood Manor for making her final days so comfortable. Finally her nurse Mandy and Doctor Kim were her angels to the end. Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Lung Association, or the Point Edward Ex-Serviceman's Association (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joyce-nelson-1089658508
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GILLIS, Paul FrancisOn Saturday, April 20, 2024, of Sarnia, Paul Francis Gillis passed away at the age of 58. Loving father of Robyn Leystra (Christopher), Avery Gillis (Jacob), and Amelia Fraser (Kyle). Proud grandfather of Aiden, Evan, Cole, Lyla, Ryerson, Christopher, Sophia, and Jack. Predeceased by his parents, Michael Francis Gillis, Paula LaRose Lambert, and James Lorne Lambert. Former husband and long-time friend to Holly Ransom. Remembered by siblings David Lambert and Robin Disper (Mike). Loved fondly by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.Paul was born in Quesnel, BC, and spent time as a young boy in Yellowknife before moving to Sarnia where he grew up, often spending his summers playing baseball, bicycling, and fishing.He spent many years as a sales manager at various car dealerships before moving on to flex his true salesman charm at Reliance Home Comfort. Paul often worked on commission but it was never a problem between his natural kindness and warmth, and how effortlessly he could pull off the classic dad khaki pants and cell phone belt clip combo, he was great with people and quick to win over many. Paul was a proud Guelph Gryphon, a lover of any and all types of music (especially The Boss), and was known for his sharp wit and sense of humor. No joke was too dark or self-deprecating for him. Above all else, Paul was a proud father and family man. He sacrificed his weekend golf and fishing tournaments to spend every possible moment at home. Whether grilling burgers by the pool or experimenting with new dinner recipes, he was there. Every parent-teacher night, school trip, or even just driving someone to a friend's house, he was there. Paul took every sentimental and mundane moment and cherished it with all his heart. He was a devoted father. He never missed an opportunity to express his pride and love for his daughters. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation held one hour prior from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.caRest peacefully dad, we love you too.

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VANNI, Elizabeth Rosina "Betty"Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Anson Place, Hagersville on Monday April 22, 2024 at the age of 89. Predeceased by her beloved and cherished husband, Mike (February 1981). Loving mother of Craig (Vicki) of Victoria, B.C., Garth of Pembroke, Myles (Cathy) of Sarnia, and Laird (Betty) of Coldwater. Loved grandmother / nonna of Meaghan, Michael, Alicia (Jarvis), Nicole, Dustin (Katie), Dylan (Michelle), and Tharin. Great-grandmother of Henry, Tyson, Marcus, Tatum, and Corban. Survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jock and Bonnie Vanni of Hagersville, Flora Taylor of Brantford, Lucille Yole of Mount Forest, and Barb Lalonde of Glanbrook. Predeceased by her brothers Henry Yole and his wife Mary, Matt Yole and his wife Yvonne, Wilf Yole, and by her sisters Mary Matthews and her husband Ken, and Coreen Bannister and her husband Dick. Will be lovingly remembered by the Curran families. Will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews.The family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses and support staff of Anson Place for their care and compassion shown to Betty.The family will honour Betty's life with a visitation at the Hyde & Mott Funeral Home, Hagersville on Thursday May 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the service will be held on Friday May 3 at 1 p.m. Interment Hagersville Cemetery.As an expression of sympathy donations in memory of Betty may be made to the to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Sarnia, www.theinnsarnia.ca or to CNIB Lake Joe, www.cnib.ca/en/programs-and-services/play/cnib-lake-joe?region=onFriends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.rhbanderson.com or www.coldwaterfuneralhome.com

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Mary Anne SwiftMay 1, 2021Irish Blessing #22Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.Always with you Love Joe, Laura, Kelly, Jamie Patrick and David

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FYFE, Michael AllanPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Vision Nursing Home, Michael Allan Fyfe went to be with Jesus at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Dorothy Fyfe. Loving father of Craig Fyfe (Carolynne) and Kristin Boucher (Matt), and step-father of Robert Schmalz (Nicole), Stephanie Bridgman (Derek), and Julianne Jefferson (Emil Sabo). Cherished grandfather of Trinity, Aiden, Liam, Keira, Baya, Harper, Aden, Mason, Adele, Laura, Siena, Marissa, Audrey, Samantha, Abigail, and Luke. Loving son of Millie Fyfe. Dear brother of Dave Fyfe (Colleen), Trish Sutherland (Scott), and Bill Fyfe Jr. (Kelly). Predeceased by his father Bill Fyfe. Mr. Fix It enjoyed playing golf, volleyball, baseball and the Montreal Canadians. He was an avid musician and loved listening to a variety of music. A special thank you to the staff at Vision Nursing Home for their kind and loving care. A Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Parkinson's Society Southwestern Ontario or New Horizons Community Church (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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CLINGERSMITH, BrendaIt is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Brenda Louise Clingersmith announces her peaceful passing at Bluewater Health, surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the age of 75. Beloved wife of Robert for 46 years. Loving mother of Nate (Cassandra) and Adam (Rebecca). Cherished Nana of Alexis, Haley and Scottie. Dear sister of Ron and Bruce. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Owen and Lily Cook. Devoted Anglican, Blue Jay fan and long-time elementary school teacher at Errol Village. Proudly served as President for Diocese of Ontario, Anglican Church Women. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. John-In-The-Wilderness Anglican Church, 2896 Old Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Kidney Foundation of Canada and Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/brenda-clingersmith-1089658502
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SEDGEWORTH, James WallacePeacefully, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, James Wallace Sedgeworth passed away at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Sharon Sedgeworth (nee Nordell). Loving father of Pamela Sedgeworth (Blain Britton), Catherine (Harvey) Garraway and Neil Sedgeworth; and Sharon's sons Scott (Kelsey) McCord and Brad McCord. Cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 5, and Sharon's granddaughter Maya. Predeceased by his daughter Allison Hannah, parents William and Catherine Sedgeworth and brother George Sedgeworth. James was born and raised in Bellshill, Scotland. After immigrating to Canada, he began his career at Colt Engineering (Worley Parsons). James and Sharon loved travelling together. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Point Edward Presbyterian Church, 306 Michigan Ave, Point Edward, ON, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton or Point Edward Presbyterian Church (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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TIPPER, Victor HaroldPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Victor Harold Tipper passed away at the age of 81. Loving father of Karen and Larry Evoy, Deberah Tipper and Michael Tipper. Cherished grandfather of Victor and Brandy Evoy, Kody Evoy, Dwaine Tipper and Chyvonne Houlbrook. Treasured Great-Grandfather to Talayna, Keiren, Jacia, Kyus, Kezia, Ruxin, Zion, Kaya, Savanah, Levi, Bralynn, and Rain.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home.Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:38 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/victor-tipper-1089658499
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FLEMING, Mary Ann (Plant)Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Mary Ann Fleming passed away at the age of 81.Mary Ann was a teacher for 30 years with the Lambton Kent School Board. She became the first female Commodore of the Sarnia Yacht Club in 1992 and was an avid boater all of her adult life. She will be missed by all who knew her.Beloved wife of Gilbert Fleming for 28 years. Loving mother of Julie (John) Chidwick, Pam (Sherman) Neil, Cherished grandmother of Matt (Kasy), Katie (Brad), Megan (Alan), Scott (Angela). Mary Ann was a proud Great Grandmother of 9, Dear sister of Julia (Don) Keck and Aunt to Chris and Shawn Keck. Predeceased by her parents, Donald and Melba Townsend and brother Kenneth.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at Smith Family Centre on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In keeping with Mary Ann's wishes, a private interment will be held.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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THOMPSON, Roseann BeverlyPeacefully, at the age of 88, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, Roseann Beverly Thompson went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and was reunited with her beloved husband Ronald James Thompson. Roseann is the daughter of the late Clifford and Jennie Hillis and sister of the late Jeanette Sayers and Peter Hillis. Loving mother of Mark (Marlene), Deborah (the late Ray), the late Clayton (Carol), the late Kendal (Maryann), Johanan (Stephanie), Timothy, and Jeremy. Cherished grandmother of Corrie, Christie, the late Clifford, Jennie- Ruth, Nathan, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Courtney, Cole, Abigail, Kenneth, Christopher, Carolynn, Corinne, Caleb, Steven, Samantha, Jennifer, Holly, Jacinda, and Jexlyn, plus many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Roseann loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved being in fellowship with the Christians at Oil Springs and Owen Sound Gospel Halls and in her spare time she enjoyed painting in watercolour. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation held prior from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment in Oil City Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Gospel Trust Canada (www.gospeltrust.ca), the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:37 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/roseann-thompson-1089658498
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SYMINGTON, Terrence "Terry" JamesPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Terrence "Terry" James Symington passed away at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Carolyn Mayer. Loving father of Jeremy (Sarah) Symington and Amy Symington (Nathaniel Erskine-Smith). Cherished grandfather of Sean, Cade, Lizzie, and Leo Symington, and Mackinlay and Crawford Symington-Smith. Dear brother of Brian (Susan) Symington and Gayle (Robert) Siddall. Predeceased by his parents James and Helen Symington and his first wife Sharon Helps-Symington. Terry was a member of People's Church and a member of the Wyoming Lions Club. He was a dedicated and loving family man, passionate farmer, renowned baseball player, artist, and a beautiful storyteller. He breathed life into every room and always left it laughing. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, the Sarnia & District Humane Society, or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories of Terry and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 22:40:36 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/terrence-symington-1089658497
<![CDATA[CALLAGHAN, MICHAEL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-callaghan-1089647302<![CDATA[

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Jan 1, 1976 - Jan 1, 1976

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-callaghan-1089647302
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McGRAIL, Joseph "Joe" WilliamPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on April 22, 2024, at Home, Joseph "Joe" William McGrail passed away at the age of 78.Cherished husband and best friend of Lois (Wilkins) McGrail for 53 ½ years.Devoted and loving father to Mike and Karen McGrail, Steve and Lisa McGrail, Jolene and Jordan McCallum, and Matt and Erika McGrail.Treasured "Papa" to Megan (Josh), Kevin (Fiona) and Tyler McGrail, Jace (Dannika) and Kylie (2004) McGrail, Ella and Charlie McCallum and Quinn and Madison McGrail.Dear brother and brother-in-law to John and Sharon McGrail, Greg and Marianne (2023) Gable, Ken and Geraldine Wilkins, Rob (2022) and Gale Wilkins, Kevin and Lorna Wilkins.Predeceased by his parents John and Catherine McGrail.Joe enjoyed his over 50 years as a Real Estate Broker. He enjoyed playing and watching baseball. He loved his years with the Mandaumin Mad Dogs and the Wyoming McGrail 2-Pitch teams. Despite all the bumps and bruises and broken glasses it brought him great enjoyment. Joe was the number 1 fan to his Grandchildren's sports and activities. He was a true family man, and would spend time with family and friends as often as he could. In the past few months he enjoyed going to the Adult Enrichment Centre. Many thanks to Lindsay and Becky for making his time there fun. Joe loved his convertible and taking drives with the top down. Special places he visited were the Bluewater Bridge, Niagara Falls, and relaxing rides along the river to Wallaceburg for Chinese food.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 1:30 p.m., interment to follow at Mount Calvary, Wyoming, ON.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Adult Enrichment Centre at Meadowview Villa (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 22:36:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joseph-mcgrail-1089640661
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FERA, CarolCarol passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2024 at Trillium Villa in Sarnia, Ontario. Predeceased by her husband, partner, and friend John and son Len. Survived and loved by her daughter Theresa, son-in-law Steve and daughter-in-law Leanne; grandchildren Robyn (Landon), Melissa (Gradey), Maddie, Maegan, Leni, and Charlie; great-grandchildren Wes, Theo, and Wilder. Born into the Barron Family to Rae and Charles, siblings Pat, Elaine (John), David (Barb), and George (Ann) and Jack. Married into the Fera Family, Maria and Leonardo, siblings-in-law Rosalie (Edo), Rita (Jim), Joe (Joyce), and Sam (Adrienne). Survived and loved by many nieces and nephews and their families. Carol was an educator, loving that role and the students she taught. In later life she was active with the Sister of St. Joseph and volunteered with St. Joseph's Hospice. She made many good friends in these roles with special appreciation for the loyalty and devotion of her friend Barb Brennek. Carol loved time with her family the most and enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, and travelling. Her journey continued at Trillium Villa where she made it her home, participating in many activities, crafts, and Resident Council. A heartfelt thank you goes to the staff at Trillium who cared for Carol and ensured that she lived to her fullest. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Project Mental Wellness through Sarnia Community Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 22:36:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carol-fera-1089640660
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CABRAL, JoePeacefully, in the presence of his loving family on Sunday, April 21, 2024, Joe Cabral passed away at the age of 64. Dear husband of Maria Elizabeth for 40 years. Proud and loving father to Stephanie and cherished grandfather of Adriana. Survived by his mother Maria Cabral, his sister Virginia Sinaguglia and the late Pat, her family Michael, Victoria, Elizabeth, Tyler, and Brooks. Fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Marco Arnoldi and Stephanie Edwards. Special nephew to John Cordeiro and his wife Tiberia of Sarnia. Also survived by many extended family in Sarnia and London, Ontario. Predeceased by his father Miguel Cabral. Joe came to Canada as a young boy from Sao Miguel, Azores. After completing his education he enjoyed a dedicated career with Imperial Oil and Royal Polymers Co. as a mechanical worker and process operator. Joe was a committed family man and a good friend. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bluewater Health, emergency responders, and Dr. P. O'Sullivan for their exceptional care. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A private family service will take place followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health or United Way Sarnia-Lambton (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 22:36:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joe-cabral-1089640656
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REID, Blair Blair passed away after a long battle with Langerhan's disease on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the age of 28. Beloved son of Suzanne Neely. Dear brother of Daniel and Joshua. Grandson of Sylvia Sauve (late Stewart Jacques). Blair's family would like to thank Dr. Kim and his nurse Blaine for the wonderful and kind care they gave to him during his illness. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 22:36:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/blair-reid-1089640657
<![CDATA[ADAMS, CHARLENE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/charlene-adams-1089639061<![CDATA[

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1956 - 2024

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 08:57:53 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/charlene-adams-1089639061
<![CDATA[MACKINLAY, GARYPEACEFULLY, S...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gary-mackinlay-1089630903<![CDATA[

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MACKINLAY, GaryPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Gary Bruce MacKinlay passed away at the age of 81 after a year-long battle with cancer. Left to remember him include his wife of 50 years, Charmaine (nee Ohler), sons Ryan (Jaclyn) and Jamie (Jacqueline), grandchildren Rowan, Allison, and Noah, brothers-in-law Eugene (Susan) and Felix, sister-in-law Camella, nieces Natasha and Emily (Shawn), nephew Evan, cousins Nancy (Ken), Joan, Mason (Lynn), Marion, extended family, neighbours, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Milton (1975) and Ilene (2010) MacKinlay and a still-born son (1977). Gary was born and raised in Aberarder and Kimball. A long-time resident of Corunna, Gary worked for many years and retired from Ethyl Corporation. He was a proud parent and grandparent, dedicating much time to support many extracurricular endeavours. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Beechwood Cemetery in Forest. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Tue, 23 Apr 2024 08:35:47 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gary-mackinlay-1089630903
<![CDATA[MCDOWELL, NELLIENELLIE PASSE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/nellie-mcdowell-1089623450<![CDATA[

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MCDOWELL, NellieNellie passed away from complications due to Alzheimer's on Friday, April 19, 2024 at home with her husband by her side. Nellie was the very much beloved wife of Allan McDowell for 54 years. She is survived by her sisters Sylvia (the late Jim) Bunn of Peace River, Alberta, and Marianne (the late John) Johnson of Vogar, Manitoba and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in Sarnia, London, Florida, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. Predeceased by her parents Steven and Mary Senchuk of The Pas, Manitoba; and siblings Adam (May) Senchuk of Sarnia, Jack (Irene) Senchuk and Nick Senchuk of Brandon, Manitoba, and Verna (Jim) Abram of The Pas, Manitoba. Nellie was born in The Pas, Manitoba, on March 23, 1939; where she played hockey and curled. She came to Sarnia to further her education and worked in law offices in both Port Huron and Sarnia before joining the Polysar Patent Department. Later, she left the work force to attend Western University and obtained a BA in History and English, and a diploma in Library Science from Fanshawe College. Always eager to master new skills, Nellie took swimming lessons, studied drawing and painting, and learned how to cook Japanese-style cuisine. She also developed a passion for backpacking in the Algonquin Park and the woods North of Lake Superior. Nellie was unconcerned about the hardships of these trips, except for the black flies in Algonquin which she experienced on several spring adventures. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. Live streaming of the funeral service can be viewed on the Smith Funeral Home website. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton or the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 22:36:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/nellie-mcdowell-1089623450
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ROMPHF, MariaPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Sumac Lodge, Maria Romphf passed away at the age of 92. Loving mother of Christopher de Koning, Andrew de Koning (Christine) and Ken de Koning (Janice). Cherished grandmother of Chelsy and Syndey, and great- grandmother of Julia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husbands Casey de Koning and Frank Romphf, parents Gerrit and Jaapja Sekeris and siblings Jannie Zylstra, Marg Reyneker, Will Vanderburge, Klas Sekeris, Pete Sekeris, Gerry Sekeris, Jan Vandersluis and Dicky Breedyk. Maria's family would like to thank the staff at Sumac Lodge and Bluewater Health for their care and compassion. A graveside service was held at Blackwell Cemetery, Sarnia, on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 22:36:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/maria-romphf-1089623454
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LAIRD, Dave Douglas1953 - 2024It is with great sadness, the family announces the passing of David Douglas Laird after a battle with congestive heart failure.Beloved Husband of Monica (nee Murphy) for 44 years. Loving son of Doug, the late Violet (2004) Laird and Step mother Yvonne (2021). Cherished Father of Doug (Heather), Ben, Danielle (Jared). Treasured grandfather to Sully and Penny Laird, Emily Laird, Rhett and Vera Johnson. Dear Brother of Deb (Vince) Romano, the late Brad (2022) and (Mary) Laird.Adored Brother-in-law to Larry (Denise) Murphy, Martha (Ric) Gillesby, Gerard (Wendy) Murphy, Patrice (Bob) McClemens, Julie (Rupert) MacDonald.He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.Dave's passions were fishing, hunting, watching his grandchildren play hockey, family dinners, Toronto Maple Leafs, collecting and returning empties and donating all proceeds to Relay for Life-Sarnia.Dave was an avid participant in Lambton Conservation Association and Relay for Life –Sarnia.The family would like to thank the Murphy's, Lairds and friends for all their support over these past few weeks and months. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Palliative care in Sarnia for their exemplary care and the Cardiac unit at University Hospital - London, ON.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A Memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke foundation, Canada Cancer Society, Relay for Life-Sarnia and Palliative care at Bluewater Health (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 22:36:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dave-laird-1089623456
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PHILLIPS, EileenEileen Phillips passed away Sunday April 7, 2024 having suffered far too long from Alzheimer's.Predeceased by her parents Edward and Ivy Kowalski and by a much beloved mother-in-law Darline Phillips and sister-in-law Rebecca Paiement. Survived by her forever loving husband, Raymond Phillips, three beautiful daughters, Kelly (Bruce) Alexander, Wendy Witheridge and Jennifer (Brendan) Howe and three cherished sisters, Kathleen, Colleen and Christine. Her coffee mug said "My favourite people call me NONI" and they were her eight grandchildren Ian, Natalie, Jordan, Jessica, Erica, Paige, Jack and Oliver and her nine great-grandchildren Patrick, Ivy, Grace, Ezekiel, William, Cali, Lucy, Remi and Piper. An incredible woman who pushed back against any perceived limitations to accomplish so much. Past president of her sorority and of the Bluewater Blades figure skating club. Employed for many years as a skilled law clerk and as the training coordinator at Union Carbide. Eileen loved to ski and introduced Ray to the sport. She would be so proud of the legacy of her grandsons Jack and Oliver flying down the mountains at Whistler every weekend. Ray introduced Eileen to golf and in an expression of maximum dedication and love she tolerated it for him. Eileen and Ray travelled to so many destinations throughout the world often bringing Jennifer along, every trip a wonderful and memorable experience full of smiles. She enjoyed people and they enjoyed her and always felt welcome in her presence. Never a pushy person she still was a person who loved to inspire social activities like her book club and dinner club. We ask you to remember her as she was when she was at her best, she was a remarkable person. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. Donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca"For so long we walked in flowersand then I walked on stonestoday I walked in hoursand now I am at homeonce more I walk in flowersand await your touch as I have known"

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/eileen-phillips-1089604028
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WEAVER, CalvinCalvin William Weaver, age 90, of Sarnia, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health on April 6, 2024. He was known as Cal to his friends, Calvin to his family, Dad to his daughters and Papa to his grandchildren. He was born January 11, 1934 in Sarnia, the oldest child of the late Elma and Wallace (Wally) Weaver. He married Marilyn (Jones) on July 3, 1954 so this was their 70th year of marriage. He was a loving father to his 3 daughters, the late Calene, Robyn (Jim) McGrattan, Holly (Greg) Prince, and special grandfather to his 5 grandchildren, Jasmine (Mike) Zak, Laticia Bond, Kieran (Madison) Prince, Raven (Dakota) Melin, and Jade McGrattan. Proud great grandfather to Gideon and Valen. Calvin has 4 sisters, Anita Dowswell, Myrna Bennett, Shirley Milner and Linda Weaver who were all dear to him. Cal graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 as a Chemical Engineer and worked at Dow Chemical until his retirement at age 55. Dad loved to learn, especially when it came to Science. He kept that love throughout his whole life, always interested in the earth, the weather, space and so on. He was especially concerned about the world around him, always keeping up with the news which he watched daily. Dad was a spiritual man. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he loved his God, Jehovah and read and studied the Bible faithfully since his baptism at 30 years of age. He loved to help people learn about God and the Bible. That was most important to him. Many of his family and friends hope to see him again on the paradise earth promised by God that Dad firmly believed in. A Memorial service will be held for Calvin at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 550 Murphy Rd., Sarnia on May 18, 2024 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/calvin-weaver-1089604029
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MARTIN, RobertPassed away peacefully at Afton Park Place, Sarnia, on Friday, December 15, 2023. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth (2003), his stepson Ted Lynch (2019), his parents William and Eleanor (Drohan) Martin and by all of his siblings Helen, George, Jim, Don, Mary and John. After attending Guelph schools, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He was assigned to the HMCS Labrador, the first warship to traverse the Northwest Passage, and circumnavigate North America in 1954. Following his discharge, Bob returned to Guelph and married Ruth, a marriage that lasted more than 40 years. While living in Guelph, he was a proud member of the championship Guelph Royalaires Marching Band, where he made many lifelong friends. Bob and Ruth moved to Sarnia in 1971. Bob enjoyed golf, carpet bowling, bowling, listening to music and watching hockey and football.He is survived by his stepdaughter, Bonnie Reynolds (Brian), grandchildren Becky Rendall (Marty), Bradley Reynolds (Pam), and Jennifer Luesink (Jim) and great-grandchildren Tie, Brock, Caden, Salem, Cannon, Silver, Dove, Hadley and Coen. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.Many thanks to the health care professionals at Bluewater Health and Afton Park Place for the care and comfort they provided to Bob. A special thank you to Pat and Terry MacGregor for their on-going assistance, support and friendship over many years.Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at The Salvation Army (970 Confederation St., Sarnia) on Monday April 29, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph on May 3, 2024. As expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation to the Salvation Army www.donate.salvationarmy.ca.Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-martin-1089604027
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®FOUNTAIN, Betty June (nee Riehl)June 23, 1926 – April 2, 2024Betty June Fountain born June 23, 1926, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Predeceased by Wally, her devoted and loving husband of 56 years. Survived by sons Steve, Harv (Lynn), Paul (Lynne), and daughter Jane (Allen), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Betty was born in Mitchell, Ontario, met and married Wally, and lived in Stratford until 1958. They moved to Sarnia and raised their family while being very active members of Grace United Church. They developed a large community of good friends through the church, playing bridge, square dancing, quilting, and golfing at Huron Oaks until Wally's untimely death in 2003. Betty continued to live in Sarnia until 2010, at which time, at the age of 84, she decided to make the move to the west coast to be closer to her children. She moved to a condominium in Comox on Vancouver Island and continued to be active playing bridge, quilting and golfing. Betty enjoyed her new life in the Comox Valley with her beautiful view over the estuary to the Comox Glacier and cultivated many new friendships. To make life easier, she eventually moved to the Berwick Retirement Centre, and eventually to Glacier View Lodge where she made new friends and received regular visits from Harv who lives nearby. Betty lived a long and gratifying life, staying generally healthy and active until her passing. Thanks to the staff at Glacier View Lodge for the support she received while in residence. Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/betty-fountain-1089604025
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PEASE, RussellRussell Ernest Pease, beloved husband of Rosalie Pease for 66 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, at the age of 89. He was born on January 20, 1935, and left this world surrounded by his loving family. Russ touched the lives of many with his kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. He is survived by his devoted wife Rosalie, his children Larry (Liz) and Leanne (Kevin), his grandchildren Christopher (Vela), Michelle, Ryan, Ashley, Melissa (Fred), Stephanie (Derek) and Mitchell, his great-grandchildren Liam, Lexi, Jaxon, Lacey, Landon, Jett and Grayson. Russ was known for his warmth and deep connections with family members and many wonderful friends over the years. He will be greatly missed. There will be a Celebration of Life in honour of Russ on Saturday, May 4, 2024 starting at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Sarnia, ON. The service will be available to watch virtually on YouTube (@BethelSarniaLive) for those unable to attend in person. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following organizations: River City Sanctuary, providing care for those in need (519-383-8323), or Sarnia Blessings, a nonprofit meal service for seniors (226-776-5554). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/russell-pease-1089604024
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SERRATORE, Dean PatrickWe are sad to announce the sudden passing of Dean Serratore on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Dean was the beloved son of Larry and Darlene Serratore. He will be missed by his brother Cory (Silvia Skobla) and sister Tracie (Michael Stanton), as well as his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins. Dean worked many years for Chrysler until needing to leave for medical reasons. A big sports fan and supporter of the Leafs and Jays, Dean was also a lover of music, especially hard rock, and we're sure he'd be happy if you turn up your music in his memory. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict's Church on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Private family burial will be at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1200, Box 2414, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4, or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 210 Lochiel St., Sarnia, N7T 4C7. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:38:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dean-serratore-1089604026
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KIRKLAND, Pauline Grace (Armstrong)Peacefully and with her family by her side, Pauline Grace Kirkland passed away at Trillium Villa on March 22, 2024 at the age of 92. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Your kind memorial remembrances may be made to Point Edward Presbyterian Church or to the Huntington Society of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/pauline-kirkland-1089503083
<![CDATA[ANDERSON, ROBERT LESTERON MO...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-anderson-1089588822<![CDATA[

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ANDERSON, Robert LesterOn Monday, April 15, 2024, at home on his Wyoming Farm, Robert Lester Anderson, passed away at the age of 74. He leaves behind his siblings Leonard (Sheila) Anderson and Sharon (Eric) Campbell and his nieces and nephews, Brenda (Sean) Bell, Jennifer (Jamie) Hill, Emily Anderson, Matthew (Betsy) Campbell, Julia (Paul) Steeves, and Ethan (Rachel) Campbell. Predeceased by his parents Ivin and Elizabeth Anderson and his niece, Kimberly McGuire.Bob loved his heavenly Father, and the life he was given as a farmer. In his earlier days, Bob was an avid sportsman, from baseball and hunting, to golf. He also worked as a boilermaker, welder, truck driver and a crane operator. Spending time with his family was a big priority for Bob. He enjoyed teasing the little ones and telling lots of stories. Working with the youth at his church and serving as a deacon for a number of years was his way of giving back to his community. He loved to drive the tractor, the combine, anything he could, and especially loved cutting the grass at home and at the church. Bob bred and raised beagles and he will be missed by his special chosen pal, Buddy.Visitors will be received by the family on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. from the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St. Wyoming, where a funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Wyoming Baptist Church (https://www.wyomingbaptist.com/). Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:36:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-anderson-1089588822
<![CDATA[HART, BARBARA MAE (HYDE)SEPTE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/barbara-hart-1089588823<![CDATA[

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HART, Barbara Mae (Hyde)September 17, 1940 – April 12, 2024Barb passed away peacefully at age 83 on April 12, 2024 at Sumac Lodge Long-Term Care Home in Sarnia, Ontario. After surviving a debilitating stroke 18 years ago that left Barb paralyzed on her left side she spent those years fighting to be able to walk again and never giving up. It was a long journey for her but was forever positive and grateful for her life to be able to have her ability to still take part in family celebrations and have meaningful conversations with the people she loved. Predeceased by her loving husband (Percy) Douglas Hart. Cherished mother to Marcia (Hugh) Hayes, Chris Hart, Michael (Jodi) Hart and Michelle Hart (Scott Hunter). Special Grandma to Shaylene (Craig) Campbell and Hudson Hayes, Steven Hart, Jameson and Mitchell Hart, and Laura and Brock Hunter. Survived by her sister Nancy (Budd) Gilbert, brother Robert (Maxine) Hyde and sister-in-law June Clark. Barb will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Wes and Margaret Hyde; in-laws Percy and Evelyn Hart; sibling-in-laws Sandy and Marjorie Miller, Bob Clark, Bill and Patricia Davis, Ray and Geraldine Guindon; niece Margaret Clark-Peaco*ck and nephews Steven Guindon, Robert Sheldon and Michael Peaco*ck. Barb enjoyed several careers in her life starting as a medical assistant, working in the Sarnia General Hospital ER, CN Rail, Real Estate Agent and finishing up at the A&P before retiring. Barb and Doug loved to travel and got away south whenever they could, and spending time at their cottage in Kettle Point visiting with their closest friends and family. Barb's most rewarding job was being a mom and grandma where she was always there cheering them on in sports and lending a hand whenever she could. Many people in her life called her their second "Mom". Barb was blessed with so many loving people in her life. She always had so many friends and loved ones coming up to visit with her, keeping her company and bringing her special gifts and treats, including her high school classmates (the 59ers) and her friends from Grace United Church. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Sumac Lodge for the wonderful care she received over the last 17 years. You really were her extended family and she loved getting to know all of you through you sharing your personal stories and pictures of your families with her. A graveside service will be held for family and close friends at Lakeview Cemetery on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held on June 8, 2024 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Stokes Inland (Sidepockets) with a commemorative ceremony starting at 3:00 pm. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:36:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/barbara-hart-1089588823
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NISBET , Mamie "Isobel" (nee MacPherson)Age 93 years passed away at Bluewater Health on April 15, 2024. Recently predeceased on January 10, 2024 by her loving husband of 73 years, Charles Nisbet. Survived by son Chuck Nisbet (Susan) of Mooretown and their family Michael (Jill), Jason (Erin), Kara (Matthew Middleton) and Chris (Kelsey Pelletier); daughter Janice Jones (Doug) of Caledon, and their family Ryan (Kat Ashton), Darren (Sarah), and Brandon (Amanda); son Ron Nisbet (Donna) of Mooretown and their family Matthew (Shannon), Bradley (Emily), Carolyn (Mike Berry), and Olivia (Norm Leger); and daughter Karen Stone (Michael) of Oakville and their family Cameron, Matthew and Katie. She was abundantly proud of her 20 great-grandchildren; Sydney, Andrew, Mercy, Claire, Spencer, Hannah, Isaac, Janie, and Dayna Nisbet; Macie, Alec and Kallie Middleton; Ellie, Molly and John Berry; Jameson, Brielle, Emma and Oliver Jones; and Hudson Leger. She is also survived by sister-in-law Margaret MacPherson and many nieces and nephews. Isobel was predeceased by parents Alex and Mamie MacPherson, brothers Bruce and Donald, sister Margaret, sister-in-law Velma and her husband Harry Boyle, sister-in-law Grace and her husband Donald Turnbull, and brother-in-law Blake Nisbet and his wife Anne, and great-granddaughter Norah Nisbet. Service of community, faith and family was important to Isobel. She was a member of the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Mooretown since 1950 and a lifetime member of the W.M.S. She worked for 26 years as secretary at Mooretown-Courtright Public School. Her positive impact on the students was evident through the years following her retirement. Former students, now adults, related how Mrs. Nisbet made them feel cared for and included.She was the biggest fan of all sports, and spent many hours watching her great-grandchildren or other local kids play hockey or softball on her iPad. Although surrounded by Tigers fans, Isobel could always be counted on to support her beloved Blue Jays and beat a path to Dunedin for March break for many years, inviting her family to join whenever they could.In her final years Isobel lived with her share of health challenges, however her resilience and strength consistently shone through. She put the needs of others before her own. She will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends will be received at Steadman's Funeral Chapel in Brigden on Friday April 19 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with funeral service on Saturday April 20 at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make donations to Bluewater Health Palliative Care or Noelle's Gift. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:36:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mamie-nisbet-1089588797
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VALLINS, Margaret MaryMargaret passed away peacefully on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the age of 89. Mother of Julia Page (Kevin) and Rachel Le Neve (Greg). Cherished grandmother of Robin (Joel), Jesse (Julianne), Alison (Brodie), Chelsey and great- grandmother of Kairi, Audrey, Stella, Lily and Greyson. Predeceased by her grandson Tyler Page.Margaret was born in England and came to Canada in 1967 with her two daughters. She was a nurse for many years and had a passion for helping people. Margaret moved to Sandy Lane apartments so she could be close to Canatara Park. She loved walking the trails and painting and drawing the scenery. Margaret was an artist who enjoyed capturing nature's beauty. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St., Sarnia, N7T 2R1. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 22:36:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-vallins-1089588824
<![CDATA[SHERWOOD, KENNETH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-sherwood-1089576403<![CDATA[

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Oct 5, 1935 - Apr 6, 2024

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-sherwood-1089576403
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JOHNSTON, Helen (nee Adams)With heavy, broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mom Helen nee Adams Johnston on April 12, 2024 in her 88th year. She will be missed immensely by her 4 children Natalie (Graham deceased) Andrews, Robert (Connie) Johnston, Arleen (Andre) Dion and Susan (Larry) Johnston. Her 7 grandchildren; Taylon Leduc, Aleisa (Patrick) Labonte, Justin Johnston, Paul (Jenna) Dion, Matthew (Amanda) Dion, Joseph Dion and Joshua Boshard. Her 11 great-grandchildren; Jayden (Moira) Cates, Raego, Daelin and Zaeda Labonte, Riley and Dante Dion, Noah, Leah, Aubrey, Bria and Brooklyn Dion. She is survived and missed dearly by her brother George (Grace) Adams, many nieces, nephews and friends especially her friend of almost 60 years Alice Parsons. Helen was predeceased by her parents and her many siblings. She was born July 23, 1935 in Tobermory, ON and moved to Sarnia, ON in 1956 where she lived out the rest of her life. Helen worked for many years at the original Tim Hortons in Sarnia, Dairy Queen and retired from Sunripe. Helen loved doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles but her first love was BINGO and you would find her there a couple times a week. In her time she bowled regularly and enjoyed playing in a women's cribbage league. Resting at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia) where the family received friends on Sunday April 14, 2024 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cremation followed with interment to be held at a later date in Tobermory, ON. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to MADD Sarnia Lambton https://maddchapters.ca/sarnialambton Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:08 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-johnston-1089573601
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BOURLIER, JohnPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Credit Valley Hospital- Mississauga, John Bourlier passed away at the age of 72 after a long battle with Leukaemia. Beloved husband of Brenda Bourlier (nee Graham). Loving father of Eric (Susan) and Tracy (Jessy). Cherished grandfather of Caelan, Arleigh, Sadie, and Jordyn.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Blood Services through blood donation or through monetary donations (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:07 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-bourlier-1089573628
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DEVINE, Brian Anthony Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Brian Anthony Devine passed away at Victoria Hospital – L.H.S.C. on Thursday, April 9, 2024, at the age of 54. He will be forever missed by his daughters Emma Devine, Jena Devine and Maggie Devine as well as his longtime companion Mandy Croft. Loving brother to Eamonn Devine (Pamela), Kevin Devine (Julie), Michael Devine (Jackie) and Leona Devine. Uncle to Caitlain, Ryan, Amberlynn, Christina, Olivia, Jason and great-uncle to Meriem, Mason, and Kai as well as his extended family in Ireland and his many friends and his colleagues who will greatly miss him. Predeceased by his parents Leo (2009) and Margaret Devine (2014). The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff that the care Brian received while in their care. Private cremation arrangements have taken place. A Celebration of Life to honor Brian will be announced by the family at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:06 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/brian-devine-1089573617
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PHILLIPS, George JosephIt is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of George Joseph Phillips at Afton Park Place on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the age of 86. Beloved husband and best friend of Wynne for 62 years. Devoted father to Tracy (Spokane, Washington), Rob (Sarnia, Ontario), and Wendy (Rossland, BC). George was born in Bristol, UK and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1970 to work as a Mechanical Engineer at Dow Chemical. He retired after 24 years and joined Sadaf in 1994 in Saudi Arabia for 5 years. He was a keen tennis player and enjoyed many years playing golf on the course at SGCC. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends in the UK and Canada and remembered with much love and admiration. A special thanks to all staff at Afton Park Place for their care. A private time of tribute was held to honor George. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer's Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:05 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/george-phillips-1089573600
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GUERETTE, DianeOn Friday, April 12, 2024 Diane Carron Guerette (nee Wood) passed peacefully into the arms of her Saviour after a brief stay at the Palliative Care floor at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. She was surrounded by her family as they sang, "It Is Well with my Soul". Diane was born to Virginia "Ginny" and Elton "Al" on May 5, 1944 in Maine, USA. Growing up in a family that enjoyed fishing and going to "camp" gave her a dislike for creepy crawly things. After secondary school, Diane attended New Brunswick Bible Institute and then went to Bible college in Sherbrooke, Quebec to learn French. There she met Edgard Guérette and they married on April 8, 1967. As Edgard pastored churches in both Montreal and Toronto, Diane became a busy mother to both her children and foster children. Eventually, the family settled in Sarnia where Diane opened her home to provide childcare for many years. She was like a second mother and/or grandmother to many. Diane will be deeply missed by her beloved husband Edgard of 57 years. Diane left behind a legacy in her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted mother to Daniel (Laura), Jonathan, Melissa (Geoff) Greening and Samuel (Jenna). She was a loving grandma to Faith (Tyler), Isaac (Samantha), Matthew, Jassmine, Sawyer, Nathan and Joel. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister Sheryl Borgman and her family. Diane will also be missed by the extended Guerette family. She was a dear sister-in-law of Georges (Carel), Don (Monica), Aurore (late Cliff), Gilles (Kathy), Triumphant, Frank (Debbie), Nelson (Shannon), the late Helene (late Yves), Arlene (Bob), the late Wilson (Lucy), the late Rose and Zoe. Pre-deceased by her parents and brother Edward, nephew Derek and nieces Shae and Danielle. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church, located at 1410 Quinn Dr, Sarnia, Ontario. Visitation will be at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A short visitation will also be held before the funeral from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery following the service. The family wishes to thank all those who assisted with Diane's care for the last few years. We are grateful that she could live out her life at home. Sympathy donations may be made online to Youth Unlimited - YFC Sarnia-Lambton, or Samaritan's Purse (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:05 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/diane-guerette-1089573586
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BRAND, Ruth (nee Falconer)Of Petrolia, passed away peacefully at Bear Creek Terrace (formerly Fiddick's Retirement Home) on Saturday, April 13, 2024 in her 106th year. Ruth was the wife of the late David (Davey)Brand (1990). She was the loved mother of the late David (2018) (Catharine) Brand, Janice (the late Michael (2017)) Granger, and Ron (Connie) Brand. She was the adored grandmother of Lynn, Becky, Trevor (Jessica), and the late Jarod (2012) Brand, and Michael (Barbara), Stephen, and Daniel (Danielle) Granger; and Heather Schwartz(David), Erin Bess(Stephen), and Terri McLaren (Jacques) as well as 20 great grandchildren. Upon retirement years ago, Davey and Ruth moved to Sombra and started a delightful antique shop called The Old Bank. They enjoyed many happy years there before returning to Petrolia. Visitors will be received on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 3 to 5 pm at the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St. Wyoming. A service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 416 Queen St., Petrolia. Private interment in Hillsdale Cemetery. If desired, in lieu flowers the family suggests donations to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation (www.ceehf.ca), or any charity of your choosing. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.needhamjay.com.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:05 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-brand-1089573599
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HUFF, Donna MarieWith sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of our mother, Donna Marie Huff on Friday, April 12, 2024. Born on December 6, 1937, she was 86 years old. Our mother loved life and all the people who shared it with her. She was kind, loving and caring. Always thinking about other people's needs and being giving and generous. Making sure they knew they were special to her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was a strong woman who faced challenges in her life with courage and dignity. Married to Clifford Huff on July 19, 1958 for 28 years before he passed away suddenly in November 1986. They raised and adored their 3 children, Wesley (Cheryl), Jason (Sue) and Krista (Perry). She also lovingly cherished her son-in-law Ed Litrenta and daughters-in-law Carol Brazeau (Richard) and Barb Huff. Also dear to her heart were the grandchildren, Carly (Garrett), Anthony (Shayna) and Christian Litrenta, Corey and Jamie (Jackie) Huff, Adam (Carly) and Kalee Huff. Also great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Cora Huff, Millee and Huni Huff. She was predeceased by parents Doris and Malcom Kettle and brother Mac Kettle. Survived by sister Linda (Roy), niece Lisa (Tanya) and nephew Craig, niece Debbie (Brian), children Karissa, Jestin, Josh and Jillian, nephew Mike and daughter Elise. Mom, you will always be in our hearts. Every time the phone rings, we will all think it is you. Never did a day go by without your call to check on us. Family and many friends who will miss the words "what did I catch ya doing?" We will never forget you and we love you so much! Rest in peace. Until we meet again. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation held one hour prior from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:36:04 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donna-huff-1089573588
<![CDATA[MOORE, SETH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/seth-moore-1089571661<![CDATA[

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Sep 6, 1999 - Jan 7, 2024

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/seth-moore-1089571661
<![CDATA[JACK SMIT]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jack-smit-1089576153<![CDATA[

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Apr 8, 1940 - Mar 23, 2024

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jack-smit-1089576153
<![CDATA[LYMBURNER, BEVERLY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/beverly-lymburner-1089572063<![CDATA[

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1960 - 2024

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 07:04:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/beverly-lymburner-1089572063
<![CDATA[BERKERS, ALBERTAPEACEFULLY S...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alberta-berkers-1089558672<![CDATA[

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BERKERS, AlbertaPeacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Alberta Berkers (nee Donkers), formerly of Camlachie, was in her 94th year. She was the loving wife to the late Jack Berkers (2009). She will be missed by her children Mary (the late Tony) Huybers of Camlachie, Tom and Ramona Berkers of Brigden, Teresa and David King of Wyoming, and Jim Berkers of Camlachie. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Ryan (Sarah) Huybers, Brandon (Beth) Huybers, Justin Huybers, Tanya (Brett Kelch) Berkers, Courtney (Rob) Nutma, Andrew (Emily) Berkers, Matthew Berkers, Lindsay (Justin) Jackson, Laura (Kevin) Smits, Adam (Amanda) King, Ashley King, and David (Haley) Berkers and her twenty great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for always sharing her interests and passions with her grandkids, they all could have had unlimited tennis lessons if they wanted. They have so many memories of strawberry sandwiches and playing at the farm in Camlachie. We can't count the number of sewing projects she helped us with and we will all treasure our amazing quilts. Alberta is survived by siblings Ted (Dorothy) Donkers, Harry (the late Ann) Donkers, Ricky (Albert) Van Moorsel, and Martin (Mary) Donkers and predeceased by Sister Huberta Maria, Toni (the late Ted) Verwegen, Tony (Mary) Donkers, John (Elizabeth) Donkers, Adrian (the late Ann) Donkers, Piet (the late Hanna) Donkers, Rina (the late Chris) Westelaken, Bill (Joanne) Donkers, and Mary (the late John) Vanderwielen.Visitors will be received on Monday, April 15, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Philip Parish, 415 King St., Petrolia. Interment on Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wyoming. As expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundaton (www.terryfox.org) or the Alzheimer Society (www.alzheimer.ca). Memories and condolences may be shared at www.needhamjay.com."Tot Ziens".

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:41:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alberta-berkers-1089558672
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DIXON, Karen Peacefully, at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Thursday, April 11, 2024, Karen Bonita Dixon (Dew) of Sarnia and formerly of Forest slipped away from us, but not before leaving behind cherished memories of a wonderful mom and grandma.Dear mother of Paige (John) Harbarenko and loving and proud grandma Karen to Sophie, Jake and Adam.Predeceased by her parents Bill and Betty Dew and her brother Dale Dew.Friends are welcome to join the family in celebrating Karen's life on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Denning's of Forest. Interment to take place at Ravenswood cemetery.If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.forestfuneralhome.com.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/karen-dixon-1089558668
<![CDATA[GRAHAM, DORIS HELEN DORIS DI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/doris-graham-1089558671<![CDATA[

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GRAHAM, Doris Helen Doris died in Brampton Civic Hospital on Monday, April 8, 2024, at the age of 98. Beloved wife of Everett (2008) for 62 years. Loving mother of Barbara Wilcox (Bruce) and Carolyn Graham. Much loved grandmother of Mark (Bliss), Luke (Janine) and Sarah Wilcox (David) and Jeremy (Kristen) Bonk. Great Grandmother of Samuel, Cleo, Annika, Karia, Everly, Jacob and Wyatt. Dear sister of the late Donald Barker (Marjorie) and Robert Barker. Predeceased by parents, Levi and Elsie Barker. Doris loved helping others and was a long standing member of Central United Church (now known as Dunlop Central United Church) in Sarnia and the IODE, Rogers chapter. She loved to travel and fondly enjoyed the Rockies in Alberta, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii. She lived in Sarnia in her home near the lake for over 50 years and then enjoyed residing at The Sandpiper. Bridge, coffee with friends, sewing, and hosting family gatherings were special activities. Her energy went to looking after her family, socializing with friends, and volunteering at Central United Church. She will be sadly missed but her legacy is carried on.Friends will be received at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 10 am until 12 noon. The funeral service will follow at Dunlop Central United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave., Sarnia on Friday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Cremation will follow.If you wish to make a donation, please send it to Dunlop Central United Church (Sarnia), Islington United Church (Etobico*ke), The March of Dimes, or Doctors Without Borders.Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/doris-graham-1089558671
<![CDATA[CORRY, SHARONWITH HER HUSBAN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-corry-1089558667<![CDATA[

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CORRY, SharonWith her husband by her side, Sharon passed peacefully on April 10, 2024 at the age of 68. Leaving behind her loving husband of 32 years Paul E. Corry and their son Sean Corry (Kerrin), and their sons Darcy and Logan. Dear sister of Dave (Lila) Mills, Beverley (Albert) Marinaro and Chuck (April) Mills. Treasured sister-in-law of Peter (Brenda) Corry, Nancy (Doug) Lester, Matthew (Kristen) Corry, and Mark (Michelle) Corry. Sharon is lovingly remembered by all of her nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Renee and Nikki Corry for all the help over the last few years. Predeceased by her parents Dennis and Charlotte Mills and her brother Rick (Kathy) Mills. Sharon was a cancer survivor of 29 years and worked at Trillium Villa for many years. Cremation has taken place. A graveside interment of ashes will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of Sharon's life will take place at Stokes Inland, 1202 Lambton Mall Rd, Sarnia, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Society (cheques only if donating at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-corry-1089558667
<![CDATA[LONG, RUTH ELIZABETHPEACEFUL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-long-1089558669<![CDATA[

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LONG, Ruth ElizabethPeacefully, surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Ruth Long passed away at the age of 87. Beloved wife of 67 years to George Long. Loving mother of Christine Long (Leo) and Adrienne Sandham (Lon). Cherished Grandma of Jaselyn Beckman (Jade), Josie Sandham, Connor Kennedy, Claire Sandham (Michaella) and Great-Grandma of Brett Davis and Paris Beckman. Dear sister of Mike Jones (Sandra), Anne McDonald (Gord), and Steve Jones (Judy). Predeceased by her parents Amy and Peter Jones, daughter Kathryn, infant son George and brothers Bryan, Lyn and Chris Jones.Ruth worked for 31 years at the Royal Bank. In retirement she went back to school to pursue a real estate license and spent 8 years as an agent. Her biggest passion and past time was as an avid Bridge player. She played four times a week and participated in yearly tournaments up north. Ruth loved family Sunday dinners and the yearly two-day family Christmas celebration. She also had many fond memories of the summers spent at their cottage in Nova Scotia with grandkids and all of the Long family. She amassed countless friendships along the way and carried these friendships lifelong. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-long-1089558669
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HILL, MarilynPeacefully at Hospice Renfrew, on Sunday, April 7, 2024 Marilyn Hill (nee: James) passed away with her family by her side at the age of 75. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Timothy Hill (2011). Marilyn will be sadly missed by her children Peter (Erin) and Erin (A), grandchildren Holden, Jack and Annie.Predeceased by her parents Albert "Bert" and Betty (Smyth) James, her sister Janice Ryckman and her granddaughters Brooklyn and Madison Bennetto.Marilyn was a long time elementary French teacher and a proud member of various Anglican church communities, most recently as a warden of her parish St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Eganville. She took pride in bringing community members and family together and was known for her generosity, charity and thoughtfulness.A visitation will be held on Friday, April 19 at Needham Funeral Service (520 Dundas Street, London) between 2 and 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, also at Needhams, beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.A separate celebration of her life will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Eganville (125 Victoria Street) on Friday, May 3 beginning at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hospice Renfrew.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marilyn-hill-1089558666
<![CDATA[ALEXANDER, FREDRICK RICHARD "R...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fredrick-alexander-1089558665<![CDATA[

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ALEXANDER, Fredrick Richard "Rick" "Farmer"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Bluewater Health, Fredrick Richard "Rick" "Farmer" Alexander passed away at the age of 85.Beloved husband of Ethel (nee Maitland) Alexander of 52 years. Survived by sons Robert and Chris Alexander. Dear brother of Norma (late Michel), Martin Alexander, Leslie (Carole) Alexander, Alvin Alexander, Allen (Linda) Alexander, Douglas (Karen) Alexander and brother-in-law John Spiers. Predeceased by his parents Newton and Nora Alexander, his sisters Emily Alexander, Eunice Spiers, Carol (Late Herb) Dickenson, and sister-in-law Shirley Green. Dear brother-in-law of Ken Maitland, Bill (Irene) Maitland, Mary Lou (Paul) Pietranglo, Doug (Connie) Maitland, Joanne (Clay) Benoit, Jim (Chris) Maitland, Rick (Brenda) Maitland and Ruby (the late Larry) Maitland.Dearly missed uncle, great-uncle, great-great-uncle, also many nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard will be deeply missed by his fur-friends Jade and Bella.A Special thank you to Dr. Clubb, Pam, Barry K., Lowella, Barbara Ann Parker, Pat O'Keefe, Steve Fennell, George and Agnes Dickenson and many others for making his last few months comfortable.Richard worked 28 years at Homes Foundry, was a co-owner of APO Renovations, a long-time volunteer member for the Sarnia District Boy Scouts at Camp Attawandaron and a beloved soccer coach.At Richard's request there will be no visitation or services. Cremation has taken place.In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Sarnia District Humane Society or Charity of Choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fredrick-alexander-1089558665
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PREISS, KennethWith heavy hearts the family of Kenneth William Preiss announces his passing on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Sometimes the people we love leave us before their story is over, however Ken will remain in the hearts and memories of his family and friends as we begin our new chapter. Ken was born December 5, 1955, in St. Mary's, Ontario. He spent his early days befriending neighbourhood squirrels, riding his bike with his friends, pestering his older sister Eleanor in typical little-brother ways and developing some dear friendships that were maintained throughout the years. His story continued into his teenage years where he pursued an education in Broadcasting at Fanshawe College, eventually settling into his career as "The Big K.W." at CHOK Radio in Sarnia. Ken would meet and marry Bonnie and go on to create a very close and loving family consisting of 4 kids and 10 (soon to be 11) grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He is survived by; his children, Doug (Kimberly) Preiss, Derrick (Allison) Preiss, Angela (Andrew) Southard and Nicole (Travis) Thorne along with grandchildren Lilah, Lincoln, Nolan, Macie, Harrison, Beckett, Brady, Amelia, Evelyn and Archer. They will miss hearing Gpa's lengthy and insightful stories about his interests such as Physics topics (the space/time continuum in particular), his adventures in skydiving and seeing Gpa's new toys when visiting with him. Ken was a very interesting and charming man who loved chatting with anyone who was around and never left a family gathering without commenting "That was fun! When's the next party?" Ken's deep love and interest in music was evident throughout his life. You could often hear him on air dedicating "Song of the South" to his young daughters on a Saturday morning knowing they were at home listening to it with anticipation. He always made sure there was music in the background at any function- acting as our own personal DJ. Ken's sons have fond memories of launching rockets together in the schoolyard as young kids and this tradition has carried on to more recent years with grandkids in tow. Married for 46 years, Ken and Bonnie enjoyed the simple daily pleasures in life such as long drives along the river or walks under the bridge and their demonstration of love and strength among struggles has been evident to all. One of Ken's favourite sayings in times of uncertainty was that "We will just have to wait and see and see and wait and wait and see some more." As the family moves forward in the following days, weeks, months and years, we will keep his voice and this quote in our heads and hearts to help us continue our story. He is no longer ours, but the love remains. Ken is predeceased by; his parents, Milton (2000) and Edna (2007); his sister, Eleanor (2017) and daughter Amanda (1986). He will also be missed by his in-laws, nieces and nephews, extended family, friends, and former colleagues. Cremation has taken place. A celebration-of-life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia or to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online at www.knightfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:40:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-preiss-1089558664
<![CDATA[VANDENBERGHE, THELMA AILEENP...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thelma-vandenberghe-1089552012<![CDATA[

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VANDENBERGHE, Thelma AileenPeacefully, on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Thelma Aileen Vandenberghe (nee Passingham) passed away at the age of 88.Beloved wife of the late Albert Vandenberghe (2007) for 53 years. Loving mother of four sons David (Cindy), William (Connie), Robert (Connie), and Dennis (Patti) Vandenberghe and one daughter Lorraine Pelletier. Cherished grandmother to Jason (Marcy), Jeremy (Nina), Justin, Jill (Mike), Michael (Alysha), Robert (Kaytlyn), Andrew (Kristen), Kara (Tayler), and Tyler. Thelma is also survived by 17 great grandchildren. She will be missed by sister-in-law Helen Passingham, brother-in-law Ray Vandenberghe and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Alex and Edith Passingham, sisters Grace (Doug) Harris, Edythe (Bill) Wolsey and Betty Passingham, brother Lloyd Passingham and many brothers and sisters-in-law.Thelma was born June 13, 1935 and lived near Bright's Grove until 1971 when she and her family moved to a farm near Petrolia. After raising her family, Thelma worked for Lambton Elderly Outreach for 20 years.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Monday, April, 15, 2024 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Salvation Army or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:36:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thelma-vandenberghe-1089552012
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GALONSKI, Peter MiltonWas born to Ruth and Anton Galonski in Sarnia, Ontario on January 28, 1953. The oldest of three boys, he was raised in his hometown and graduated high school amidst the vibrant counterculture of the late 60s and early 70s. After graduating with a history degree from the University of Guelph, Peter moved out west where he started a cabinet business with his brother Mark in Edmonton. Inspired by this experience, he began education at the University of Alberta in Industrial Design. During this time, he met his wife-to-be, Valerie Amies in 1985. He eventually became an instructor in the design program, and shortly after their marriage in 1989, Val and Peter had a son, Evan Amies-Galonski. Peter was Invigorated by his time at U of A and from then on was constantly engaged in designing and building new things, always interested in the balance between utility and creative form, and in the ways that humans engage with their physical environment.Pursuing an offer to instruct in the Wood Products Design program at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC, Peter and his family relocated, and they fell in love with the community right away. Following his tenure at KSA, Peter turned to contract work, where he spearheaded many design projects in the region, including Nelson Touchstones Museum, Grand Forks Museum, and Castlegar City Hall, along with many custom residential projects and the development of a furniture accessory line.Pete, often seen zipping around Nelson in a work van with his dog Ali in the front seat, was an energetic and busy man day-to-day, but always leading with an attitude of curiosity and interest, and never running out of questions to ask. He was an avid reader and researcher, keeping up to date on his knowledge of classic rock, jazz, world history, architecture, design, movies, and comedy. He was a lover of long-form discussions, usually over a cafe breakfast or evening drinks with one of his close friends or with his two brothers, Mark and Phil. His subtle wit and inquisitiveness always brought a fresh perspective to the table, often along with some curious designs or ideas sketched out on a napkin. He was compassionate and fair minded, always carefully considering another's perspective, and showing his love to those close to him by constantly "checking in" to see how you were doing. He was a dedicated family man, an avid curler, a loyal CBC listener, a proud Edmonton Oilers fan, and the loving owner of a white 1955 Triumph TR2. Throughout all his diverse and enriching experiences, Peter racked up quite an eclectic group of loyal, lifelong friends.Despite living a healthy lifestyle, Peter was faced with a sudden lymphoma diagnosis in February 2024. After putting up a courageous fight, Peter passed away, surrounded by his loved ones on March 14, 2024, at age 71 at the Kelowna General Hospital. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.Peter's Celebration of Life will be held at Taghum Hall in Nelson, BC on April 26, 2024, at 1 p.m. All friends and family are welcome, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:36:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-galonski-1089552014
<![CDATA[VELJACA, SAVO (STEVE)PEACEFU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/savo-veljaca-1089552011<![CDATA[

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VELJACA, Savo (Steve)Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Savo (Steve) Veljaca passed away at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Lidia Veljaca. Loving father of Sophia (Nabil) Veljaca and Dan (Carla) Veljaca. Cherished grandfather of Paityn Veljaca, Avaya Veljaca, Joumana Baalbaki, and Xavier Baalbaki. Dear brother of the late Milan and Branko. Survived by his in-laws Lidia and Julio Duarte. Predeceased by his parents Pio and Sophia Veljaca. Savo worked for the City of Sarnia Public works department for 33 years. He loved fishing. Savo was a handy man in his prime. He was a jack of all trades, (master of none). He had a love of dogs, and will be missed by his current dog Mickey and is now reunited with his favorite boy, Buddy. In keeping with Steve's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Liver Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:36:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/savo-veljaca-1089552011
<![CDATA[EDWARD MARSH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/edward-marsh-1089549988<![CDATA[

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Jan 14, 1941 - Mar 19, 2024

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/edward-marsh-1089549988
<![CDATA[CURRAH, HELEN "DIANE"PEACEFU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-currah-1089545170<![CDATA[

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CURRAH, Helen "Diane"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday April 5, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Diane Currah passed away at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Murray Currah. Loving mother to children Tammy (Steve) Tulloch, John (Sam) Currah, Tanya (Wayne) McNaught, and chosen daughter Sue Postill. Cherished nana of Stephanie Postill, Chassiti (Nick) Olson, Brittany Tulloch, Tyler (Bailey) McNaught, Tasia (Zach) McNaught, Jennah Currah, Jaicee Currah, Jayme Currah, and great-nana of Lachlan, Ariah, and Isabella. Diane was lovingly considered a second mom and nana to many. Dear step-daughter of Irene McDonald. Treasured sister of Moe (Edie) McDonald, Audrey (Rae) Coleman, Gwen (Robert) Coleman, step-sister of Dale Miller, Tim (Linda) Miller, Tracey Monk, and sister-in-law of Helen (the late Terry) Gilfoyle, Edgar (Carol) Currah, and Betty (the late Wayne) Strevel. Special friend of Ian Hyatt, Gladys Fryfogle, Denise Taylor, and Judy Walker. Predeceased by her parents Mervin McDonald and Joan McDonald. Diane is survived by many nieces and nephews and will be missed by her extended family and all who knew and loved her. Diane loved a good game of cards and trying her luck at bingo or the casino. She was also known to never miss a good party. She had a big heart and loved everyone unconditionally, so much so that it wasn't unusual to have extra seats at Christmas for anyone in need. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a funeral service immediately following at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, please join the family for a party at the Navy Club, 1420 Lougar Ave., from 7:00 p.m. onward. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Navy Club (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 22:35:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-currah-1089545170
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TIMMS, BonnieIt is with saddened hearts the family of Bonnita (Bonnie) Timms announces her peaceful passing at Vision Nursing Home, Sarnia, Ontario after a 6 year battle with dementia at the age of 82. Bonnie was the loving wife of the late Robert (Bob) Timms (2007). Caring mother to Scott (Deb) and Dean (Jeanne). Grandmother to Deana, Carly, Madison (Jesse), Kieran and great-grandmother to Jaxon. Bonnie is survived by her loving sister Dianne (the late Paul) Reeves, and Robin (Ray) DiMuzio, their children Michelle (Mike) Richardson and Mike Reeves; Tim (Ophelia) DiMuzio, Steve (Kelly) DiMuzio and Teresa (Dave) Avampato. Survived by brother-in-law Ray (Marlene) Timms and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by parents Vincent and Margaret Guertin.Bonnie was born and raised in Sarnia and attended SCITS High School. She married Bob on October 21, 1960 and shortly thereafter became a young mom to 2 sons. She was a very loving and caring wife and mother always putting family and friends first. She worked many office jobs within the finance industry and eventually became the Southwestern Ontario Rep for Canada Savings Bonds. It was a job that suited her well as it entailed travelling to many different cities and businesses and meeting and talking to people. Bonnie loved travelling and camping as well as baking and reading. She was ever the hostess for numerous dinner parties and happy hours. She always made sure all her family and close friends received yearly birthday and Christmas cards. As a woman of great faith she believed in the good in everyone and was always willing to forgive and help those in need.After retirement Bonnie and Bob loved to spend their summers at Pine Lake, near Bayfield and winters in Sebring, Florida. Eventually Bonnie became Bob's caretaker when he became ill and she took on the responsibility of driving to Florida for the winters. After Bob passed away she continued to winter in Florida until her health would not allow. Even though dementia took away her independence she still had a smile and a laugh until the end. She will be greatly missed.Special thanks to Vision Nursing Home Staff – Ontario Lane for caring for Bonnie for the last 3 years. Your hard work and dedication to the residents does not go unnoticed. Also, thanks to the Sarnia Firefighters Association who were a tremendous support to Bonnie after Bob's passing. Cremation has taken place.A Celebration of Life Service to honor Bonnie will be held at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9) on Wednesday April 10, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to Vision Nursing Home or the Sarnia Humane Society www.sarniahumanesociety.com . Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 22:35:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bonnie-timms-1089545171
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EISEN, Rylah StephanieIt is with deeply saddened hearts that the family announces that Rylah Stephanie Eisen was born sleeping on April 6, 2024 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario. Will be missed by her parents Brittany (nee Waters-Pevec) and Matthew Eisen. Much anticipated little sister of Alexa, Felicity, Aubrie, Kaedence, Maverick, Asher, and Ryker. Rylah was predeceased by her brother Axel. Lovingly remembered by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health – Maternal Infant Child (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 22:35:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rylah-eisen-1089545169
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TAYLOR, Ronald "Ron" GeorgePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at London Health Sciences Centre, Ronald "Ron" George Taylor passed away at the age of 87.Beloved husband of the late Rosilyn Taylor and Gwen Taylor. Loving father of Ron Taylor Jr. (Selene), Carol, Brazeau (Richard), Paul Taylor (Sophia), and Mark Taylor (Maria). Cherished grandfather of Denver, Cody and Jewell, Adam (Karlee) and Kalie, Erin and Lauren (Adam), Jessica, Ryan and Jennifer. Treasured great grandfather of Layla, Millee, Huni and one on the way. Dear brother of Bill (Lynn), Ginny (Henry) and Paula. Caring step-father of Marion Browning (Merlyn), Raymond Peters (Jen), Jane Duffenais (Craig) and Ann Ewing (Rodney). He will be lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his parents George and Paula Taylor, step-father Frank and his sister Pat (Don).Ron was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force before starting is 40 year career at Dow Chemical. He had a fond love of the outdoors and loved to spend his free time kayaking and playing tennis. Ron kept very active as he took part in the Fathers Day Run for many years and was a member in the local bowling league. Above all, Ron was a family man and never missed a grandchild's birthday. He will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved him.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior at 10:00 a.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to River City Vineyard or Lung Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 22:35:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ronald-taylor-1089545174
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THOMSON, Margaret AnnSurrounded by family, Marg passed peacefully April 6, 2024 at age 71. She leaves behind her loving husband of 45 years, John, son Bob (Amanda Wray), cherished granddaughter, Nora, sister-in-law, Mary (Vince Quinn) and niece Sara.Predeceased by parents Ama and Oscar Holmes, brother Bill, stepfather Charles Whipp, and parents-in-law Jean and Randolph Thomson.Marg was a strong woman who valued family, friendship, work, and community. She was a committed volunteer, caregiver, and donor. Her passion was reading, and leisure was curling. In recent years, she was Grammy T.Special thanks to Drs. Lily, Kim, and Veinberg of Bluewater Health Palliative Care, and to Dr. Leonard and the compassionate nursing team at C.E.E. Hospital, Petrolia.A celebration of Marg's life will be held at the Petrolia Lions Hall, 451 Huggard St., on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation (ceehf.ca) or Canadian Cancer Society (Cancer.ca)Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 22:35:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-thomson-1089545173
<![CDATA[RUSSELL, CAROLYN MELVINAPEAC...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carolyn-russell-1089539501<![CDATA[

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RUSSELL, Carolyn MelvinaPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on April 2, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Carolyn passed away at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Ross Russell. Loving mother of Scott Carroll (Mark), Todd Carroll (Linda), Jody Kukura (Dave), Jeff Russell (Shannon), Dan Russell (Annette), Jim Russell (Shelly), and the late Paul Russell. Cherished grandmother of Shaun Carroll, Lindsay Rheubottom (Ben), Brent Butler, Cassi Butler, Chelsea Kukura (Jay), Dylan Kukura, Tony Russell (MacKenzie), Danielle Minzen (Ryan), Christine Park (Dave), Jamie Patterson (Kevin), Cody Davis, and Christine Miceli (Curtis). Treasured great-grandmother of ten and great-great-grandmother of one. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother Madeline Houston, father Ossie Cameron, brother Ken Cameron, and son Paul Russell. Carolyn was born and educated in Toronto, Ontario. She moved to Sarnia in 1975 where she assumed responsibility as manager of the Lambton Mall for 25 Years. Carolyn with her passion to always help, became the director of the District Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the Sarnia General Hospital, Goodwill Industries, Junior Achievement, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Executive Business Women's Network. Carolyn met Ross, the love of her life, 43 years ago and built a beautiful partnership, blending their 7 children together as one family. Carolyn for many years visited schools and legions on Remembrance Day to talk and educate about remembering the soldiers. Carolyn lost her father in the Second World War and was able to visit his grave in Holland with Ross and her children, which gave her great peace knowing the Dutch people kept his memory alive and always remembering his sacrifice. Carolyn loved to cook, entertain and always made a house a loving home. Her love for sewing led her to create many original fascinators for women all over Sarnia for weddings and many events. Carolyn was part of a Birthday Club where she met many life long friends. Carolyn was a very vibrant, classy woman who always made anyone around her feel accepted, and always part of her family. Carolyn was the best wife, mother and grandmother. Carolyn was always the life of any party. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. A livestream of Carolyn's service will be available on her memorial page on the Smith Funeral Home website at service time. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carolyn-russell-1089539501
<![CDATA[WILSON, DR.BRUCE D. BRUCE WI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bruce-wilson-1089539500<![CDATA[

WILSON, Dr.Bruce D. Bruce Wilson P.Eng, Ph.D of Port Colborne Ont., passed away peacefully, Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at age 75 in the company of his children and grandchildren. Bruce was blessed to have grown up living at the entrance to Canatara Park in Sarnia with his younger brothers John and Jeff. He excelled academically throughout high school, winning the highest marks at Northern Collegiate in all five years followed by excellence in Chemical Engineering at Queen's where he received his B.Sc in 1971 and his Ph.D in 1976. He received scholarships and academic awards too numerous to mention and remained close to his many Science '71 classmates. During high school he canoed with friends extensively throughout Northern Ontario and Algonquin Park.At Imperial Oil in Sarnia and then a lengthy career at Suncor in Ft. McMurray he was an expert in statistical analysis and refinery process optimization. Following retirement from Suncor he moved to Port Colborne to live with his old Queen's pal Marg Tanaszi where he continued work as a consultant to Suncor and took up competition in Ontario Masters Athletics in discus, shot put, javelin hammer throw and weight throw, winning medals in his age category. Bruce enjoyed training vigorously for these events, including one time holding a plank for five minutes! He made many new friends at the local YMCA while doing so.Bruce is survived and dearly loved by his children whom he was very proud of, Dr. Sarah Wilson Ph.D of St. Catharines and grandson Eric, Dr. Laura Wilson, her husband Tyler Gnass, grandson Maxwell of Vancouver and son Matthew Wilson of Ottawa; Bruce is also survived by Jeff's wife Linda Wilson of Goderich and his brother John H. Wilson and partner Jo'Anne Strekaf of Calgary. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Ina Wilson; wife Linda (nee Laidley) Wilson of Sarnia and brother Dr. Jeff Wilson Ph.D of Goderich.In keeping with the family's wishes, funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. A private celebration of Bruce's life will be held for family and friends in Sarnia at a later date. Online Condolences: www.georgedartefuneralhome.com

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bruce-wilson-1089539500
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STEPHENSON, Donald RobertDonald Robert Stephenson passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Bluewater Health Hospital, Sarnia, at the age of 62. Beloved son of the late Bill and Jean Stephenson, and dear father to Kaitlin Stephenson. Loving brother to Marsha (the late John) Davidson, Yvonne (Roland) Rollason, Wm. Keith (Susan) Stephenson, Jeannie (Denny) Smith-DeWispelaere, Katherine (Jody) Hull, Janice (Alan) Merrick, and Jim (Joanne) Stephenson. Cherished uncle of Steven Rollason, Carrie (Phil) Schnurr, Sarah Davidson, Michael Stephenson, Greg Stephenson, Aaron (Andrea) Kostka-Smith, Brittany (William) Masih, Sheri (Rob) Bencich, Andrea (Joe) Sekerak, Alison (Dan Countryman) Hurley, Carl (Emma) Merrick, Lee (Jessica) Stephenson, and Ryan (Ashley) Stephenson. Lovingly remembered by Martin Welch, Amanda (Kevin) Marlatt, and several great nieces and nephews, as well as cherished friend Chris Nagel.Cremation has already taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Denning's of Strathroy with an interment to follow at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations may be made to MS Canada.Online condolences may be made at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donald-stephenson-1089539499
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IACOBELLI, Judith LynnIt is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Judith Lynn Iacobelli announces her peaceful passing on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Roland Iacobelli for 58 years. Loving mother of Gina (Mark) Bryan, David (Chrissie) Iacobelli and Geoff (Carolyn) Iacobelli. Cherished grandmother of Trevor, Alexandra, Jordan, Joshua, Lanna and Evan. Predeceased by her parents David and Joyce Price and by her sisters Sandra and Marlene.In keeping with Judith's wishes, a private funeral service was held followed by entombment in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/judith-iacobelli-1089539498
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DUNN, Anthony "Tony"Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Afton Park Place, Anthony "Tony" Dunn passed away at the age of 96. Beloved husband of the late Norah. Loving father of Michael (Judy) Dunn, Ruth Burns, Philip (Elena) Dunn, and Andrew (Beckie) Dunn. Cherished grandfather of Aaron Dunn, Wyatt Burns, Travis Burns, Jarrod Burns, Chelsie Burns, Kristen Dunn, Nicholas Dunn, Hunter Dunn, and Clark Dunn. Treasured great-grandfather of Leah Burns and Brody Burns. Tony will be missed by all who knew and loved him, both in Canada and in England. Tony enjoyed playing cards and darts at the Point Edward Ex-Servicemen's Club with his family and friends. He enjoyed playing as well as coaching baseball. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Tony's wishes, a private service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:54 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/anthony-dunn-1089539496
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HOULIHAN, Leo Francis Leo passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at the age of 93. Born February 2, 1931 in Lindsay, Ontario, Leo was the only child of the late Leo T. and Alice Houlihan. Leo married Patricia (Pat) Harris (d. 2022) in 1952 and they were happily married for 70 years. Leo is survived by his five children, Dan Houlihan, Carole Houlihan (George Alkalay), Mark Houlihan (Randi), Kelly Wong (Simon) and Trish Mitchell (Jeff) and 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Leo (Hooly) played for the Sarnia Sailors hockey team in the 1950s, and from 1960-75 was a referee for the IHL, OHA, OMHA and the WOAA. Leo retired from Polysar in 1992 after 43 years of service. He was a member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club since 1952. A private family interment will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home, 519-344-3131. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:53 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leo-houlihan-1089539495
<![CDATA[FERGUSSON, JOHN (JACK)JOHN G...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-fergusson-1089539493<![CDATA[

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FERGUSSON, John (Jack)John Gordon Fergusson (Jack) passed away on Tuesday, April 02, 2024 at his residence in Sarnia in his 100th year. He was a man with such a big heart that only thirty percent of it kept him going for the past 15 years. Predeceased by his first wife Kay and second wife Marjorie (Sauve). Jack felt blessed to have had each of these wonderful women as life partners. Sadly his son Jim passed away in 2019. Jack will be dearly missed by his daughters Janet Sneddon (Larry Reid), Ruth Dunn (Rob), and Paula Beach (Paul), daughter-in-law Cathie Fergusson, grandchildren Jamie Sneddon, Joel Sneddon (Rachel), Rachanne Dunn, Rayneata Dunn (Colin), Riley Beach, Mackenzie Beach and great-grandsons Noah and Vaughan Sneddon, Rowan Hopkins and his youngest sister Elinore Remnant, as well as Marjorie's children Val Monger (John), Nancy Brown, JoAnne McAlpine (Kevin), the late Pam Waring (Brian) and the late Raymond (Isabel) along with their extended families. Heartfelt thanks to all of the staff at Rosewood Manor and Dr. A. Crombeen for their attentive care of Jack for the past several years. Cremation has taken place and at Jack's request there will be no services. Sympathies may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army or Inn of the Good Shepherd, Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences can be sent to www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:53 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-fergusson-1089539493
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LAUR, James EdgarIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James (Jim) Laur, at the age of 93, on Monday, April 1, 2024 at Bluewater Health. Beloved husband of the late Connie Laur (2003) and the late Joan Laur (2022), loving father of the late Kenneth Laur, the late Gail Waluchow, Cal (Leigh) Laur, Gerri (Mike) Shymko, and step-father of Paul (Karyn) Paschink and Melinda Paschink. Cherished grandfather of Jenifer (Colin), Michael (Jane), Carrie (Allan), Robert (Erin), the late Christine, Shane (Heather), Jamie, and Michelle, and step-grandfather to DrueAnne, Haleigh, Rebecca and Peter, and of 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Claude and Sadie Laur, his siblings Raymond, Morley, Wilfred, Erma, Les, Viola and Stanley. Jim had spent his career working as a production scheduler for Nova and retired in 1989. He was a long-term member of the Huron Oaks Golf Club and he excelled at the bridge table, both of which provided him with many life-long friendships. After retiring, he spent his winters in the sunny south where he continued his hobbies of golf and bridge. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online a www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:39:52 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-laur-1089539489
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Oct 13, 1941 - Mar 26, 2024

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Thu, 4 Apr 2024 01:36:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-kenny-1089534487
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KOBLER, FriederikePeacefully, on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, Ontario,Friederike "Frieda" Kobler passed away at the age of 94.Mother of Jim (Lise), John (Shirley), and Susan. Grandmother of Cindy, Paul, Matthew, Jennifer, and Geoffrey. Great-grandmother of Carter. Predeceased by her son Frank, and her parents Leopold and Helena Barth.A special thank you to the staff at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia.Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Frieda's wishes, no services will be held.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only to be sent to the funeral home). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 22:36:18 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/friederike-kobler-1089532898
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OSMON-DESAT, NoreneNorene Mary Elizabeth Osmon-Desat passed away at the age of 65. Peacefully, in her sleep, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at home. Norene is the most beautiful, gentle, loving, mother of Marla Desat and Michael Desat. Eternally, Beloved wife to John Desat. Dear sister to Steven Osmon, Scott Osmon and Stuart Osmon. Predeceased by her father George Robert Osmon and her mother Beverley Jean Elizabeth Osmon. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Norene's wishes, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Children's Make A Wish Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online atwww.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 22:36:17 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/norene-osmon-desat-1089532910
<![CDATA[CÔTE, JOSEPH BASIL CLAIR "CHIP...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cote-joseph-cote-joseph-1089532896<![CDATA[

CÔTE, Joseph Basil Clair "Chip"Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Monday, April 1, 2024, Joseph Basil Clair "Chip" Côté passed away at the age of 95. Loving companion of Norine McMullen for 19 years. Dear brother-in-law of Florence. Predeceased by his wife Gladys and siblings Constance, Phil, Homer, Maurice, Peter, Sister Lorraine, Suzanne, and Margaret.In keeping with Chip's wishes, a private service will take place with interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton or Ronald McDonald House (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 22:36:17 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cote-joseph-cote-joseph-1089532896
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BARNEVELD, NellPeacefully surrounded with love and care, at St Joseph's Hospice, on Monday, April 1, 2024, Nell went to Glory after a long journey. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Barneveld and her daughter Kim Kenney, along with her parents and her sisters and brothers, joining together in God's Holy place. Born in Utrecht, Holland on December 2, 1936, Nell was the youngest of six children, she immigrated to Canada along with her parents in 1952. She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church for her whole life here in Canada. She was married to Bill Barneveld for 65 years before he passed in October 2023. She is survived by her daughter Caroline Pellizzari (John 1995), son Mark Barneveld (Judi), daughter Lynn Kraayenbrink (Dennis), and son-in-law Bart Kenney (Kim 2020). Nell was Oma to Becky Pellizzari, Nick Pellizzari, Christopher Pellizzari, Scott and Stephanie Barneveld, Kyle Barneveld, Derek and Brittany Barneveld, Julie and Wayne Vandemerwe, Kevin and Tascha Kraayenbrink, Bryan and Brittany Kraayenbrink, Jason and Darby Kraayenbrink, Melanie Kraayenbrink and Dylan Robichaud, Sarah and Micah Wallace, Timothy Kraayenbrink, Alie Kraayenbrink, Danielle Kraayenbrink, Cassidy Kenney, Billy Kenney, Jack Kenney and Ariel Macklin, and Great Oma to many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Georgina Vandezande (Hank), Claire Velema (Joe), Art and Liz Vrolyk, Jennie Douma (Don), Corrie (Jim) and John Spelman. She is also lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and friends. We as a family want to remember and thank the wonderful care she had by all of the staff and volunteers at St Joseph's Hospice , Bluewater Health and Vision Rest Home. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 1105 Exmouth St., Sarnia, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 22:36:16 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/nell-barneveld-1089532895
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WEBB, Wayne "Herb"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family at Bluewater Health on Sunday, March 31, 2024, Wayne Webb passed away at the age of 87, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Sandra Webb for almost 64 years. Loving father of Rod and Rick (Kathy). Cherished grandfather of Kandice (Rheal), Josh, Caleb (Gabby), and Gillian (Bernie). Treasured great-grandfather of Laken and Maeva. Dear brother-in-law of Sharon Burgess and Kent and Mary Bettridge. Remembered by his extended family and many friends. Wayne coached and played baseball and hockey for many years, until last summer. He loved cycling, rollerblading and was a muscle car enthusiast. Wayne will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Cremation has taken place. A private family service was held. A celebration of Wayne's life will be announced at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:37:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/wayne-webb-1089524580
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SNELL, Shirley Irene(nee Smith)Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Shirley Irene Snell of Sarnia, formerly of Seaforth, passed away at the age of 82.Beloved wife of the late Keith Stanley Snell (2011). Loving mother of Steven (Janet) Snell of Sarnia, Kimberley (Dennis) Helm of London and Krista (Mike) Evely of Exeter. Cherished grandmother of Matthew Ellis and Kelly Helm (Jason). Treasured great-grandmother of Darrian, Bentley and Hailie. Dear sister of Bonnie Jean Segers of Sarnia and Karen Inglis of Earlton, and sister-in-law of Ron Evans of Forest and Jack Main of Forest. Shirley will be missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents John and Ruby Smith, in-laws Stan and Isla Snell, sister Phyllis Evans, aunt Irene (Bell) Minielly, sister-in-law Ruth Main, brother-in-law Brian Inglis, and nephew Jamie Inglis.Shirley had a great love for music and singing, especially enjoying her time singing with the Seaforth Harmony Hi Lites. She enjoyed decorating, travelling, watching curling and was a wonderful cook and organizer.A celebration of a life well lived, will be held in memory of Shirley at Camlachie United Church, 6784 Camlachie Rd, Camlachie, on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior. Burial of ashes will take place at Beechwood Cemetery in Forest at a later date.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Osteoporosis Canada or Camlachie United Church (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:36:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/shirley-snell-1089524567
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KENOLTY, BillWilliam John Kenolty went to be with the Lord, whom he loves so much, on Sunday, March 24, 2024. He was predeceased by his parents William and Fanny Kenolty, also his lovely daughter Shenagh, buried now with her grandparents in North Ireland. He is survived by his wife beloved Florence and also two much loved stepsons Paul (Shannon) of Sarnia, David (Louann) of Alberta, grandsons Scott who will always be with us, Brian of Victoria, Marc of Sarnia, Rowan (Jenny) of Vancouver and Alex (Amy) of Burlington, great-grandsons Dylan and Ethan of Burlington, Ryan of Vancouver. Bill loved singing with many choirs. He played the piano in his church, Devine Street Gospel Chapel – until Bill was a resident in the Sunrise area at Trillium Villa which he enjoyed. His Saviour said, "Return unto me, for I have redeemed thee". Isaiah 44:22 Private funeral and interment arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:36:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-kenolty-1089524558
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TANG, DianaWith broken hearts, the family announces the passing of Diana Sook Ling Tang, age 88, at Sarnia at Bluewater Health on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Diana was the beloved wife of Garry Tang, loving mother of Leslie Zee (Dickson), Stephen (Denece Dimmer, Wyatt and Owaine Matena) and Lillian Smith (Jeff), the dear Popo (grandmother) of Jasmine and Jade, sister to Jeffrey Chan (Sherry) and aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister (Nan Ching Chan), brother (Sam Chan), and grandsons (Stephen, Christian and Trevor).We will always be grateful for her strength, words of wisdom, hard work, and the significant sacrifices she made for our family.Moving to Canada in 1957 from Hong Kong, Diana settled in Orillia, where Garry had already been living. After years of working at Garry's uncle's, Shangri-la Gardens Restaurant, they decided to take a chance and go out on their own. Diana was a vivacious spirit and the force behind Tang's China House, as she convinced Garry to move to Sarnia to open the restaurant in 1970. Besides family, Diana found joy in gardening, knitting and playing mah-jong. Diana's generosity, kindness, and loving nature has touched many people. Many of you may have received her gifts of Chinese trinkets or lucky red envelopes over the years!Family and friends may visit the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON) where the funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.Charitable donations made in Diana's memory to the Bluewater Health Foundation through www.bwhf.ca/donate would be appreciated, as the physicians, nurses, PSWs, rehab team and others provided such great care during her stay at the hospital. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:36:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/diana-tang-1089524561
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CHAMBERS, Alice JuneApril 15, 1937 – March 31, 2024The family and friends of Alice June Chambers wish to announce her peaceful passing at Maple Manor Nursing Home on Sunday March 31, 2024 at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by her loving parents Norman and Alice, brothers J. Frederick and Lewis. Survived by 3 nieces, a nephew, extended family and dear friends.For many years, Alice owned and operated a Christian Book Store in Sarnia. Prior to that, many knew Alice as she was a public school teacher in the Tillsonburg area.Friends and relatives will be received at Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Monday April 8, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Funeral will be held at Ostrander's Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the visitation. Interment will be held at Tillsonburg Cemetery. Pastor Carl Walters to officiate. Memorial donations to the Goshen Baptist Church and can be done directly with the Church or (payable by cheque to the Church) by mailing to Ostrander's Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family atwww.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:36:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alice-chambers-1089524586
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BANNINGA, AnnetteAnnette Banninga (Vanderburgh) has gone to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at age 79. Annette leaves behind her husband Ed, of 59 years. Annette immigrated from the Netherlands at age 12 with her father Karel, mother Willy and sister Willy.After graduating from high school, Annette worked at the Sarnia Hydro office before marrying Ed in 1964. Annette and Ed lived in Sarnia all their lives, except for a few married years in Windsor where their son Carl was born. Annette has been a lifelong member of Living Hope Christian Reformed Church. She served as a councillor for the GEMs program. Annette was a good mother to her three sons Carl (Joyce) in London, Dave (Erika) in Welland, and Mark (Cindy) in Nova Scotia. She leaves grandchildren Esther (Diego), Jessica (Ryan), Josiah (Bethany); Danielle (Kevin), Jon (Molly McEachern); Jadon (Sarah Saunders), Sarah, Rochelle, and Jeshua; and great-grandsons, Crosby and Wyatt and great-granddaughter, Ariella. Family visits were always special.As adults, Annette and her sister, Willy DeJong, were best friends, enjoying bi-weekly visits and an occasional train trip to cousin Gerda's in Guelph. Annette and Ed's July birthdays were three days apart, so her sister, living on the lake, would put on a wonderful, annual party enjoyed immensely by everyone. Annette loved to read her Bible and devotional books. Often, she would read a novel per week. She loved her sunroom, loaded year-round with plants. Spring meant outside gardening, the love of which she shared with her father. Other interests included bird watching. Every species of bird that visited the bird feeder she marked off in her bird book. Annette also enjoyed listening to classical music, especially pieces with sacred themes.Annette was an excellent cook and baker, known for her roasts, pork chops, casseroles, and banana loaf. She could also put on a good party with the best oliebollen (fritters) at New Year's. We will all miss her.The family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Nursing Home for six years of dedicated, loving care, especially during Annette's last days. A visitation is planned for Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Blackwell Cemetery, Sarnia with family. Friends are invited. The memorial service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Living Hope Chistian Reformed Church, 1281 Exmouth St., Sarnia—followed by a light lunch in the fellowship hall for everyone. Sympathy donations to The Alzheimer's Society of Canada would be appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 22:36:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/annette-banninga-1089524594
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February 23, 1944 - March 29, 2024

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Mon, 1 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/barbara-hackney-1089522907
<![CDATA[CONNIE KENNEDY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/connie-kennedy-1089520960<![CDATA[

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1952 - 2024

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Sun, 31 Mar 2024 05:35:13 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/connie-kennedy-1089520960
<![CDATA[CAROLYN NAHMABIN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carolyn-nahmabin-1089518543<![CDATA[

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1953 - 2024

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Sat, 30 Mar 2024 08:45:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carolyn-nahmabin-1089518543
<![CDATA[BURR, GREGORYIT IS WITH SADD...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gregory-burr-1089516055<![CDATA[

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BURR, GregoryIt is with saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Gregory (Greg) Burr on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Bluewater Hospital, Palliative Unit after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He will be deeply missed by his treasured wife Kathryn (Kirkham) Burr of 42 years whom he cared for deeply. Greg will be reunited with his beloved late daughter, Jill (1987). He will also be missed by cherished and loving daughter Nancy Burr Foley (Raymond) Ottawa; very proud Grandfather of "The Granddaughter" Hope Ryan (St. Catharines); dear brother of Richard (Marilyn); brother-in-law Doug Kirkham (Ann), nieces Katie, Kelly, Alex, and many extended family. Gregory is predeceased by his parents Johnny and Hazel Burr long-time owners of Praill's Flower shop, and nephew Kevin Burr (1987). Greg grew up in Blackwell, and throughout his life, he was a positive, energetic person who was known for his wisdom, socializing, and compassion for others. He was a retired educator; proud teacher, principal, and physical education specialist with the Lambton Kent District School Board. He was a role model to many in the teaching community, and was adored by his students. Greg never truly retired as he continued to work in many different ventures. Avid dog lover, Greg found family in furry friends by opening Windywalk Kennel alongside his wife Kathy. Greg and Kathy bred and showed Airdale and Wheaten terriers. Greg's love of the outdoors and RVing was demonstrated by being an RV salesman, Sales and Marketing VP for Passport America and Canadian Ambassador for Workhorse Custom Chassis. Greg conveyed his love for hockey by being a Fundraiser Campaign Manager for the Sarnia Legionnaires, and the Director of Marketing and Consumer Sales for the Sarnia Sting, with his last position being the Progressive Auto Sales Area Suites and Arena Special Projects Fundraising Coordinator . Greg had many interests and hobbies throughout his life, hockey, football, hydroplane boat racing, cycling, and he ran in multiple road races. Greg was an avid collector of various memorabilia. Greg and Kathy enjoyed their winters in Clearwater, Florida. Deepest gratitude is extended to his cherished friends for their unfaltering love, help, and support. Special thanks to Dr O'Mahony, Maddison Hodgings RPN, Dr MacSweeney, Dr Crombeen and the Palliative team at Bluewater Health. Cremation has taken place and A Celebration of Life will be held at Smith Family Centre, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with words of remembrance at 2:00 p.m. Sympathy can be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:40:04 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gregory-burr-1089516055
<![CDATA[HUFFMAN, ROSEAFTER A SHORT B...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rose-huffman-1089516054<![CDATA[

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HUFFMAN, RoseAfter a short battle with cancer, Rose Huffman passed away at the age of 79 on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Bluewater Health. Beloved wife of the late Bill Huffman. Loving mother of Stephen (Tracey) Huffman, Glen (Kelly) Huffman, and Barb (Glen Nantais) Hubbard. Cherished grandmother of Sarah (Brian), Stephen, Luke, Reese and Cole. Treasured great-grandmother of Breanna and Olivia. Survived by brother Jim (Sharon) McDonald, sister Marg Foster, and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her best friend "Cousin Marti" and her caring circle of friends and neighbours. Rose was predeceased by her siblings Harry "Buck", Bob, George, and Donna and by her great grandson Tyler. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rose's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to River City Vineyard or the Salvation Army (Cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:40:03 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rose-huffman-1089516054
<![CDATA[CORE, RUTH ANNPEACEFULLY, SU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-core-1089516053<![CDATA[

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CORE, Ruth AnnPeacefully, surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Riverview Gardens in Chatham, Ruth Ann Core passed away at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late John Core (2003). Loving mother of Christopher (Kimberly) Core of Chatham. Cherished grandmother of Samantha and Johnathan. Dear sister of June (late Kenneth) McGregor and Shirley (late Richard) Yorke. Sister-in-law to Walter (Kathy) Core, Bonnie (Ray) Core, Shirley (Don) Hope, Ralph (Kathleen) Prince, and Ruby (Morris) Rankin. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Ethel Oakes, her brother Harry (late Marjorie) Oakes, and sister-in-law Augusta Core, and her husband Jim Pratt (2016). Ruth was a passionate member of her community, who showed her support through volunteering with organizations such as Welcome Wagon. She was a longtime member of Christ Anglican Church where she was active in the voice and bell and handbell choirs. Ruth was a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars for several years. She was President of CEE Hospital Auxiliary, Petrolia, and a member of the International Symphony Orchestra. Ruth will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Monday, April 1, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Hillsdale Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Christ Anglican Church (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:40:02 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-core-1089516053
<![CDATA[MITCHELL, M. MARJORIEPEACEFU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-mitchell-1089516050<![CDATA[

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MITCHELL, M. MarjoriePeacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Vision Nursing Home, Marjorie Mitchell passed away at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Bud Mitchell (2000). Loving mother of Ginny Richardson and her children John Doby, Corey Graham, Chris Graham, and Justin Graham, Lynn (Steve) Kilbreath and their daughter Stacy Worsley, the late Ron (Wanda) Mitchell (2000) and their son Dustin Mitchell, and by Tammy Mitchell and her daughter Nicole Lancaster. Treasured great-grandmother of 15 and great-great-grandmother of 3. Dear sister-in-law of Lillian Skerratt. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Irene Skerratt and by her siblings Kay (Tom) Robertson, Dorothy Wighton, Barb (Don) Bulgin, and Johnny Skerratt. She will be missed by her extended family and by the friends she made at Vision Nursing Home. Marjorie was a talented knitter and crocheter and crafted many pieces that people still enjoy today. She also loved to bowl and when playing got to be too much, she still joined her friends at the alley to enjoy a time of socializing and fun. Marjorie made many friendships through the TOPS group and never missed an outing with the TOPS ladies. A private graveside service was held in Lakeview Cemetery. An Open House to celebrate Marjorie's life will be held at Smith Family Centre, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, April 7, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:40:01 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-mitchell-1089516050
<![CDATA[EVES, CAROL JO-ANNEPEACEFULL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carol-eves-1089516048<![CDATA[

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EVES, Carol Jo-AnnePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, March 25, 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Carol Jo-Anne Eves passed away at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Ralph Eves of 58 years. Loving mother of Karen Elgar and David Eves. Cherished grandmother of Brittany (Alex), Paige (Tom) and Jessica (Parker) Elgar, Alex, and Jasmine Clelland. Dear sister of John Charteris (Marg) and Laurie Girard (John). Remembered by her nieces and nephews Tyler (Nicole), Dani, Courtney (Rob), Ryan (Chelsea), Steph (Doug), as well as a number of other loving nieces, nephews and cousins, and by her sister-in-law Janet Eves. Predeceased by her parents Ronald and Grace Charteris, her parents-in-law Bruce and Vera Eves, and her brothers-in-law Doug and Norm Eves. Jo-Anne loved spending time with her family and her fur baby Bella. She was a retired employee of Dow Chemical after over 30 years of service. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, knitting, quilting, painting, and camping. Jo-Anne was an avid volunteer with the Bluewater Anglers, Girl Guides of Canada, and the Family Counselling Centre Sarnia-Lambton. Special thanks to the staff of the Sarnia St. Joseph Hospice, 5th floor Palliative Care Units, Dr. Way and Dr Lilly for all the exceptional care and support. The family appreciates the help and support of friends Sandra Goodacre, Angela Sheppard, Sheree Lynn Hayter and Mike Dawson, Dave & Helen McKellar, Al and Becky Coyne, Jerrie Ployart. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of Jo-Anne's life will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice – Sarnia, Bluewater Anglers, or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:40:01 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carol-eves-1089516048
<![CDATA[MORRISON, ELAINEPEACEFULLY A...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/elaine-morrison-1089510284<![CDATA[

MORRISON, ElainePeacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Monday, March 25, 2024, Elaine Morrison. Elaine was born on St. Patrick's Day 1929, she graduated from Sacred Heart Separate School and IDCI in Ingersoll and then from the St. Joseph's School of Nursing in London in 1950. As a devoted nurse Elaine worked in different provinces across Canada and for 14 years was Head Nurse of the ICU at Sarnia General Hospital. Elaine was a long-time member of St. Martin of Tours Church CWL. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Marie Morrison, her sisters Patricia Morrison and Sheila (Bill) Hawkins, her uncles Father Joseph Hennessey and Monsignor Willam Morrison. Dear sister of William (Patricia) Morrison of Kitchener. Aunt Elaine will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Saturday morning, March 30 from 10:30 until the time of the funeral service at 11 o'clock. Reception to follow. Interment will take place Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Ingersoll. In lieu of flowers, donations to Society of St. Vincent de Paul in memory of Elaine would be appreciated.

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Wed, 27 Mar 2024 22:36:36 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/elaine-morrison-1089510284
<![CDATA[HALLETT, THOMAS]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thomas-hallett-1089508520<![CDATA[

1961 - 2024

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Wed, 27 Mar 2024 06:36:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thomas-hallett-1089508520
<![CDATA[GRIMSHAW, MARILYN (MALKIN) ...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marilyn-grimshaw-1089503091<![CDATA[

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GRIMSHAW, Marilyn (Malkin) Marilyn passed away at Bluewater Health on Saturday, 23 March at the age of 88 while loving family gathered together to be with her in her final hours. She got her wish of living in her own home until the end with the caring support of family and friends. Marilyn was predeceased by her parents Norm Malkin (1991) and Vaudine Malkin (1999). She is survived by her beloved and doting children: Rob (Mary-Ann); Doug (Kathy); Lynne (Jim); and her seven grandchildren, who were all the light of her life: Ian, Olivia, Sam, Ben, Charlie, Lindsey and Johanna. Marilyn was an avid bridge player and an active volunteer in the community. She was a constant and welcome presence at the gift shop in the Sarnia Hospital, where everyone who ever met her would have felt the sincere care and kindness for which she was known. She also devoted many years with the Sarnia Yacht Club Race Committee where she maintained life-long friendships in the sailing community. Besides her utter devotion to family, and most notably to her grandchildren, it was the Duplicate Bridge Club that brought her so much daily pleasure. There is an empty place in all of our hearts; we will miss you Mom/Grandma. Private interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Toronto at a later date. Friends will be received at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Friday, 12 April between 4 and 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Terry Fox Foundation or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at: www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marilyn-grimshaw-1089503091
<![CDATA[FISHER, GREGORY LORNEPEACEFU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gregory-fisher-1089503078<![CDATA[

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FISHER, Gregory LornePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Gregory Fisher passed away at the age of 73. Beloved father of Jeremy Fisher, Terry Fisher (Christina), and Candice Fisher. Loving grandfather Rylee Crowe, Andrew Horvat, and Rowan Fisher, Ethan Fisher, and Kaylee Fisher, and Owen Fisher, Ayden Fisher, Daniel Animkeence Fisher-Plain, William Fisher-Plain, and Destiny Fisher-Plain. Cherished great-grandfather of Tobias Jason Charles McBeath. Treasured brother of Raymond Fisher (Sharron), Audrey Williams, and Jeffery Fisher. Will be missed by Darlene Shipman, his cherished companion and mother of Candice. Predeceased by his daughter Patty Fisher, and his sisters Elaine Nahmabin and Phyllis Fisher. He will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Gregory embraced life with a passion for the outdoors with his love for hunting, biking, and walking in the bush. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Gregory's life will take place at the Maawn doo*sh Gumig Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave, Sarnia, on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer's Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gregory-fisher-1089503078
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WILLIAMS, Peter Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Peter "Lee" Williams, passed away at the age of 72. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Karen Moffatt. Dear father of Jeremy (Krista), Robin, Kyle (Rachel) and Coulton (Holly). Will be missed by his grandchildren Austin, Maddison, Miley, Nadia, Isaac, Ivan, Gavin, Benjamin, Mason and Callie and great-granddaughter Kaleigh. Also, survived by his siblings Margaret (Mick), Kathie (Graham) as well as his many nieces, nephews and cousins. But he will be truly missed by his dog Bella. Predeceased by his parents Ivan and Peg Williams, brother Gary Williams. Lee was a member of the Sarnia Street Machines, he loved spending time on his boat and his time with his family. The family would like to thank Dr. Kim, Dr. Lebert and the nurses and staff on the Palliative Care Unit, the Oncology Department at Bluewater Health and Dr. Buckton for the care Lee received over the years. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/en/. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-williams-1089503081
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PEPPER, Phyllis Phyllis passed away peacefully at Afton Park Place on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at the age of 95. Dear sister of Marion Gilmer. Predeceased by parents James and Ethyl Pepper, sisters Dorothy Capps, Ida Brown, Neva Barr and Shirley Boyd and by brother Donald Pepper. Also surviving are niece Katherine Boyd and nephew David Boyd as well as other nieces and nephews. Phyllis loved to travel during her 35 years of retirement. She drew inspiration from her travels and became an accomplished painter. After living independently for 93 years, she moved to Afton Park Place where she thrived for the next 2 years. She considered the kind and caring staff to be like family and especially loved Bob the activities director and enjoyed being his sidekick. Her family would like to thank volunteer Moira whose care and compassion made Phyllis' life better. A graveside service will held at the Merlin Cemetery, Merlin, Ontario on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home 519-344-3131.As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/phyllis-pepper-1089503067
<![CDATA[HUNTER, WALTERPEACEFULLY, AT...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/walter-hunter-1089503068<![CDATA[

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HUNTER, WalterPeacefully, at his home in Sarnia, surrounded by his loving family on March 22, 2024, Walter passed away at the age of 65 after a long and courageous battle with esophageal and stomach cancer. He is the beloved husband to Lorraine Hunter of 42 years. Treasured and adored father of Amanda (Nick) Goudreau and Shane Hunter. He is the cherished and much loved grandpa of Dylan, Cooper, Lila, Brody, Rosalyn, and Aria. Deeply loved and much adored son-in-law of Helen Lajoie. He also leaves behind a furry companion, his beloved cat Nemo.Predeceased by his parents Keith and Margaret Hunter, and father-in-law Gaston Lajoie.He leaves behind his siblings Patricia (Ken) Carr and Larry (Christine) Hunter, as well as brother and sister in laws Denis (Susan) Lajoie, Andre (Carol) Lajoie, and Carole (Herb) Burdett. He will also be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews.Walter was a proud and skilled Operating Engineer with Sarnia's Local 793 for 48 years. He spent many years travelling throughout Canada working oil and natural gas pipelines. He was a lifelong Boston Bruins fan and loved watching hockey. He had much love and joy for playing cornhole and loved nothing more than enjoying quality time camping with his family and friends. He was known and loved for his sharp sense of humour and loved a good joke that would put a smile on someone's face. Walter was hard working, loyal, dependable, trustworthy, and an all around good man. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy in life was watching his children and grandchildren grow up and spending quality time with his family. He went above and beyond to be involved in his children and grandchildren's lives and did anything he could for them. His grandchildren would describe him as "the greatest", a title he will carry with him for eternity.A very special thank you goes out to Dr Glen Madison and Dr. David Kim, at the St. Joseph's Palliative Care Clinic for their excellent care during his illness. Another extremely special thank you goes out to Lance and Steph from Care Partners for the compassionate and amazing level of care provided throughout his battle. We cannot thank all of you enough.Cremation has taken place. As per his wishes there will be no funeral or celebration of life. A private burial will take place at a later date with immediate family.Donations may be made to the Sarnia and District Humane Society in Walter's memory (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/walter-hunter-1089503068
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GALLERNO, Ricky Sr.Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, March 23, 2024, Ricky Gallerno passed away at the age of 70. Predeceased by his beloved parents William Francis (Bill) and Helen Jane (Curly) Gallerno. Cherished husband of Teresa. Loving father of William Thomas Andrew Gallerno, Ricky Alan Gallerno Jr. and his wife Fallon, Jennifer Denise Van Hooydonk and her husband John, and the late Michael John Gallerno. Treasured grandfather of Jonathan (Johnny) Gallerno and his partner Riley Philips, Michael (Mikey) Gallerno and his partner Abby Lima, Dominic (Domi) Gallerno, Louie Van Hooydonk, Charlotte Van Hooydonk, Neveah Wesley, Zoey Amaral, Carter Gallerno, and Savannah Gallerno, and great-grandfather of Kane Gallerno. Dear brother of Barb Haskell and her husband Jack, Linda Haskell and her husband the late Larry Shives, Brenda Archer and her husband the late John, Jane Bilyea and her husband Don, Tammy McGonigle and her husband Keith, Bessie Smith and her husband Lee, and the late William (Billy) Gallerno. In his youth, Rick worked for his uncle Johnny Vaughn at Johnny Vaughn's Fix It Shop, learning leather and upholstery repair along with show repair. Later, he worked in several canning factories in Chatham-Kent feeding cans to the conveyor belt. Rick went on to start his own yard clean up and scrap metal business. Later in life, he started his own shoe repair shop in Strathroy, Ontario. He found his calling when he became a support worker at Strathroy Residential Home and Parkhill Group Home; where he supported people who had a variety of medical and psychological disorders. Rick worked in leather as a hobby for the rest of his life. Rick was instrumental in the study of CMT and G.A.R.S, neuromuscular disease; he donated pieces of muscle tissue, tendon and nerve material from his body for research. Ultimately over the years, his donation has helped with various breakthroughs in the field of neuromuscular diseases; they continue to reproduce his tissues for research around the world and has had articles published in medical journals. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave, Sarnia, on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Matthew's Cemetery in Alvinston. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to CMT Research or River City Vineyard (Homeless Shelter and Support Hub) (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 22:36:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ricky-gallerno-1089503063
<![CDATA[DEMEESTER, WILLIAM "BILL"WIL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-demeester-1089497060<![CDATA[

DEMEESTER, William "Bill"William (Bill) August George De Meester, Age 87, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. A livestream of Bill's service will be available. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada, The Kidney Foundation or CNIB (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 22:39:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-demeester-1089497060
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BARRETTE, LeonardPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Marshall Gowland Manor, Leonard Barrette passed away at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Agnes Barrette for 63 years. Loving father of Cindy Barrette-Westendorp (late Bruce), Lenora Barrette Miller and Tammy Ferguson (Ron). Cherished GPa of Mickayla Westendorp and Isaiah and Sasha Miller. Dear brother of Edna, Leona, and Virginia. Predeceased by his parents Seville and Angelina and by his siblings; Orval, Lorraine, Victor, Felix, Agnes, Rose, Jean, Norman, Paul, Richard, Vince, Deanna, and John. Len was a proud member of UA 663 for 70 plus years. He loved his trade and specialized in pipefitting and welding. He would tackle any project, big and small, and would do so with perfection. In every task he undertook, whether it was repairing a leaky faucet or renovating a home, Len poured his heart and soul into his work. He approached each project with precision and care, refusing to settle for anything less than flawless. His workshop was his sanctuary, where every tool known to man could be found, and where he honed his skills and transformed raw materials into works of art. Beyond his work, Len was a devoted and loyal family man. He loved nothing more than to be camping with his wife and children and to travel from coast to coast of Canada, explore many states, and enjoy a Disney trip or two. He and Agnes owned and operated Sarnia Sport Satin Sewing and created many intricate and beautiful jerseys for Sarnia's many sport organizations. The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at Marshall Gowland Manor for their exceptional care for Dad. The kindness and empathy displayed to him through his stay made it easy for him to consider it "home". Cremation has taken place. A private family service was held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Vincent de Paul (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 22:39:54 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leonard-barrette-1089497072
<![CDATA[METCALFE, ROBERT]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-metcalfe-1089495360<![CDATA[

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Oct 26, 1947 - Mar 17, 2024

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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 08:08:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-metcalfe-1089495360
<![CDATA[METCALFE, LEWIS "AL"]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lewis-al-metcalfe-1089495185<![CDATA[

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Mar 13, 1957 - Mar 14, 2024

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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 06:23:46 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lewis-al-metcalfe-1089495185
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ZYLSTRA, MeinoOn Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Meino Zylstra (nee Berg) went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at the age of 95. Born in Hegebeintum, the Netherlands on November 23, 1928. Beloved wife of Lodewyk Zylstra for 45 years. Loving mother to Irene (Steve) Posthumus, Margaret (Bob) Zylstra, Marie (Joel) Krisko, Diane (Ed) Wassing, Rodger (Tcherina) Zylstra, and Jeff (Judy) Zylstra. Loving grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother to 66 children. Predeceased by her son, Jim Zylstra, granddaughter Melanie and son-in-law, Jack Langeveld.The family welcomed visitors on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home 650 Broadway St. Wyoming. A funeral service took place on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. from the Wyoming Christian Reformed Church, 4524 Confederation Line, Wyoming. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to John Knox Christian School. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.comThe funeral service was streamed live on Wednesday March 20, at 11:30 a.m. Friends and family followed the link below at that time. www.facebook.com/NeedhamJay

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 22:36:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/meino-zylstra-1089490793
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BUTLER, Elaine P.Family and friends were saddened by the passing of Elaine P. Butler (nee Dockendorf) on March 17, 2024 from OMNI Quality Care - Bear Creek Terrace, Petrolia, at age 93 years.Elaine was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on August 5, 1930, the youngest of five children of Walter (1986) and Gladys (Warren 1979) Dockendorff. She was predeceased by siblings Freeland (1982), Althea (Laybolt 2004), Carman (2015) and Alden (2018).Elaine married the love of her life, Raymond A. Butler (2002) in Halifax, NS, and the couple moved to Sarnia in 1956, where she was a much-loved wife and mother.Elaine was a member of The Salvation Army church in Sarnia, and did volunteer nursing home visitation for 23 years, as well as volunteer Thrift Shop work for 5 years from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s.Elaine is sadly missed by her son Wade (Lori) of Corunna, daughter Faye Hartley (Simon) of Melbourne, her grandchildren Emily, John, Timothy, Ryan, Lauren, Tyler and Alecia, and their families, including her great-grandchildren Addison, Wesley, Scarlet, Lyra and Henry. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.Promoted to Glory - The love in our hearts will always keep us close, no matter where we are.There will be a private interment and private Celebrations of Elaine's Life in Corunna and Altona on her next Birthday.Sympathy expressed through donations to The Alzheimer Society or The Salvation Army of Sarnia would be appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 22:36:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/elaine-butler-1089490780
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FLETCHER, Dianne (Walker)Dianne passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Bill Fletcher for 56 years. Dear mother of Elizabeth Martyn (Patrick) and Henry Fletcher. Loving grandparent of Julia Martyn. Sister of Alison Mason and Mandy Walker (Laurence Jones). Sister-in-law of Carol Smith and the late Jack Fletcher (Carole). Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Dianne and her family came to Sarnia from England in 1974. She worked for many years in marketing and sales for the Sarnia Gazette until her retirement. Dianne loved to be outside gardening for both her and the Corunna Horticultural Society.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 3-5 p.m. The memorial service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 718 Cathcart Blvd, Sarnia at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Operation Smile Canada, 204-375 University Ave., Toronto, M5G 2J5 or Doctors Without Borders, 551 Adelaide St. Toronto, M5V 0N8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 22:36:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dianne-fletcher-1089490800
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DYKES, Robert (Bob) FreelandPeacefully at Trillium Villa in Sarnia, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 Robert left us in his 85th year. His wife of 60 years Brenda currently lives in Landmark Village. Bob was born in the town of Mount Royal, Quebec. After graduating from UNB he practiced law in Moncton, Hamilton (Stelco), and at his main position at Polysar Ltd. Bob was a member of the General Counsel Association of Canada. He finished his career in private practice and consulting from his home in Toronto. He enjoyed playing and watching hockey, travel, SCUBA diving, music, gardening and fly fishing. He leaves behind his children James of Toronto, Nancy Robinson of Exeter, David (Robin) of California, and Erika Power (Mike) of Etobico*ke. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Rachel, Lauren, Kelly, and Ben. He is also survived by his sister Betty, his brother David and in-laws Maura and Rick Lebans of Grand Bend. Predeceased by his parents James and Jesse Dykes, his brother-in-law Bruce McCubbin, and beloved dog Buddy. Bob looked forward to each visit from Brenda, was very grateful for the final visits of his siblings and nieces. Laughter and good conversations with family were cherished. Bob's family would like to thank Trillium Villa for their outstanding care and kindness for the past two years. At Bob's request, cremation has taken place, and no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the charity of their choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 22:36:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-dykes-1089490795
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OLIVER, Donna Fern (nee Mitchell) Age 88, of Brigden, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved wife of the late Russell Clifton "Cliff" Oliver (2013) for 59 years. Loving mother of Linda (late Lorne, 2013) Japp and Ron (Brenda) Oliver, all of Brigden. Dear grandmother of Jason (Nicole) Japp, April Japp and Richard (Chantel) Oliver. Cherished great-grandmother of Paige Wilson, Chelsea and Ryan Japp. Survived by her sister Doris Storey. Predeceased by her parents Andrew and Lillie Mitchell, siblings Wilbert Mitchell, Lillian Hoskin, James Mitchell, Betty Johnson, Rita McLean, Dorothy Dekeyser.Family and friends will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Chapels, Brigden on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 12:00 p.m. with Tim Brown officiating. Interment of ashes to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery. Sympathy may be express through donations to the Sarnia Humane Society. Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.steadmanbrothers.caSteadman Brothers 519-864-1193

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 22:36:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donna-oliver-1089490784
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Wed, 20 Mar 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/archibald-wilkinson-1089492246
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GRANT, Craig ThomasJune 28, 1963 - March 6, 2024Craig Thomas Grant, born in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at his home in Bothwell, ON on March 6, 2024. Craig will forever be remembered for his love and devotion to his family, his passion for motorcycles and cars, and his unwavering willingness to help the ones he loved. His family finds solace that he is now riding his Harley, surrounded by his loved ones, free from pain, in the heavens.Craig leaves behind his devoted spouse of 18 years, Joanne Healy, and his children Selina (Ken), Craleeim "Pie" (Aaron), Heather (Chuck), and Tabitha (Nick). He was a cherished grandfather to Cheyenne, Kole, Kody, Shaylynn, Savannah, Kaylan, Emma, Oliver, Skylah, Ayvah, Knox, Sophia, and Kash, and a treasured great-grandfather to Emma, Elijah, Ella, Clover, Cali, Lena, and Shenoah. He is survived by his siblings Laurie, Jake, and Lianne, and will be dearly missed by his best friend and first love, Sherry, and his "son" Jay and special nephew Buck, as well as his numerous friends and family members. Craig is now reunited with his siblings Gord and Stan, son Lance and his parents Arnold and Janice, as well as many close family and friends.Throughout his life, Craig excelled as an Ironworker for the Local 700, leaving his mark on iconic structures such as the Bluewater Bridge and the Windsor Casino. He showcased his talents as a skilled mechanic and body shop specialist, providing quality work to all his clients. But beyond his professional achievements, Craig's true passion lied in motorcycles, old cars and the joy of sharing a joint. He was a true Harley Davidson enthusiast, with an encyclopedic knowledge of bikes, and even built a custom Harley Davidson pick-up truck.Family and friends were at the heart of Craig's existence. He was a true family man and a great friend. With his infectious personality, you could always count on finding him playing with the kids and bringing laughter to everyone around him. He had a spirit of adventure and enjoyed his travels and excursions with Joanne. You could always count on his unwavering support and generosity. He was always there for anyone in need, nothing would stop him from lending a helping hand to the ones he loved. His humor and ability to lighten any room will be deeply missed, and his memory will come alive whenever any Tragically Hip song plays.In accordance with his wishes, Craig has been cremated, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date, to be shared with family and friends. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and personal support workers who provided care to Craig, allowing him to spend his final days at home surrounded by his family. Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Mon, 18 Mar 2024 22:36:29 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thomas-grant-1089482769
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VANDENBERGHE, Camiel PeterIt is with deep sadness that the family of Camiel Peter Vandenberghe announce his passing at the age of 80, surrounded by his family on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Camiel is survived by his loving companion Loretta Curtis, sons Dale (Diane) of Wyoming, Ken of Petrolia, daughter Shelley Sim (Rick) of Sarnia, granddaughter Madison Sim (Kyle) of Sarnia, step-son Pierre Couffon of Ottawa, step-daughter Danielle Couffon, and step-granddaughters Samantha Labadie and Michelle Couffon of Chatham.Survived by his brother Ray, sisters-in-law Thelma Vandenberghe, Betty McPhee, Bea Branton, Lorraine Paradis also survived by former wife Barbara (Vandenberghe) McBryan and several nephews, nieces and friends. Predeceased by his parents Peter and Eugenie Vandenberghe, step-mother Ellen Underwood Vandenberghe as well as his siblings, Rose Passingham, Gus (Blanche), Basil (Doris), Joseph (June), Louie (Betty), Albert, Felix, Richard (Elva), and step-brother Joe Henry.Camiel was born at C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia on November 18th, 1943. The youngest of 10 children, he had a great childhood, enjoying many hobbies from his youth into adulthood including golf, baseball and billiards, having become an accomplished billiards player in the top 5 of Sarnia. His dynamic career began when Camiel worked at Homes Foundry as a supervisor for many years. He later became a member of the cement masons union 915, before beginning his own family business "Vandenberghe Concrete" for over 35 years. While warmer weather kept him busy with cement work, the winters provided the opportunity for other ventures, including purchasing and renovating homes in the Sarnia area. As a jack of all trades, Camiel decided to become a certified home inspector later in life.For many years, Camiel's passion for hockey was evident as he was very involved in Petrolia Minor Hockey, even acting as President for a short time. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as an executive member of the Petrolia Jets hockey club as well as the Lions Club, having made many friends along the way.Camiel met his longtime partner Loretta Curtis, they oftentimes enjoyed working on their home, gardening as well as some travelling.Camiel's family would like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff at Bluewater Health for their exemplary care and compassion during his final days.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Visitation will start at 12:00 p.m. with family and friends followed by a service at 1:00 p.m. for family and friends. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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PLUG, Bryan EdwardBryan Edward Plug, age 69, of Saratoga, California and Sarnia, Ontario, passed away surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.Bryan was born in Sarnia on May 2, 1954.Bryan is lovingly remembered and dearly missed by Mary Ann, his wife of 47 years; his father, Hank Plug; his three children: Danielle (and her husband, Michael), Emily, and Trevor; and his three beloved grandchildren, Kaia, Arlo, and Ella.Bryan also leaves behind his siblings Linda (Martin), Nancy, Don (Bonnie), and his "little brother" Joel (Pauline). Bryan will also be missed by his in-laws, Vicky (Wim) Vryburg; Jane Hodgson; Hilda (George) Douma. He was predeceased by his mom, Greta Plug, who has been missed since 2018 and his in-laws, Justus Kraak (1998) and Cornelia Kraak (2021) and brother-in-law Ken Kraak (2019). Bryan will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, former colleagues, and cycling buddies around the world.Bryan started his career as a heavy machinery operator before studying to become an accountant. Then, he used his skill and expertise as a chief executive in global software companies. His software career moved his family first to the Toronto area, with SAP Canada, and then to Silicon Valley in California.Bryan had a great love of playing sports and competing. He took this spirit of competition and skills to help change the lives of companies (and people in their jobs) to be more competitive and, more importantly, more fulfilling. Bryan also had a deep love of creating connections between people and building teams.Some of Bryan's favourite memories are coloured by two of his great passions: travelling the world and sharing time with his family.These big adventures included when the family moved from New Brunswick to Toronto in 1987, watching the snowy fields of Quebec pass through the train window overnight when Danielle was a preschooler and Emily just two weeks old. Bryan often spoke fondly of our family's European travels, including when he organized a trip to Manchester, England for Trevor and his fellow 18yo teammates to play in an international football (soccer) tournament. Another highlight included organizing global SAP hockey tournaments where he had the privilege of taking to the ice with King Börje (Salming).After he retired in 2018, Bryan delved deeply into cycling. He made strong connections with the cycling communities in both Sarnia and Grand Cayman. The many miles that he logged on his bike brought him much joy and great friendships. Many doctors also commented that his heart was strengthened by his cycling hobby, affording him more time with his family during his long cancer fight.Bryan wanted to take his own father for bike rides, and thus founded a Cycling Without Age (CWA) chapter in his hometown, Sarnia, which now has three electric pedal-assisted trishaws. The goal of this important work is to reduce social isolation and increase both mental and physical health for participants, gifts that cycling certainly brought Bryan.Bryan organized an extended family "bike and barge" trip across the country of his heritage, the Netherlands, in 2017. This grand adventure—dubbed Fietstocht Plug—was such a success that an Ontario edition took place in 2018, followed by another Fietstocht in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2023. Bryan has set forth a plan to continue the legacy of Fietstocht after his passing, with a committee already in place (classic Bryan!).Bryan and Mary Ann began their retirement dreams of spending half the year in Grand Cayman, a place of true beauty that brought Dad great joy. The global pandemic and Dad's cancer journey cut short the plans they had made to grow old together in the sunshine by the sea.Our days won't be the same without Dad's infamous "Plug jokes", his ever-present trivia facts, his thirst for knowledge, his love of history and sports, his detailed spreadsheets, his generosity, and his love for his family.Special thanks to Bayshore nurse Matt B.; Dr. Kim; Dr. Maddison; Dr. Lebert; the staff on the palliative care unit at Bluewater Health, Rachael and the rest of the staff at St. Joseph's Hospice for their care, kindness and expertise to Bryan and our whole family.Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home.Memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia would be welcomed. Cheques only to the funeral home please. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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PANZINI, Lawrence "Larry" JosephIt is with saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Panzini on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Bluewater Health, at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Catherine "Kate" Panzini. Loving father of Kim Panzini, Lawrence Panzini Jr (Kat Vhonda), Melody Colatosti (Craig Lockhart), Blain Brazeau (Kaylyn Brazeau). Cherished grandfather of Tyson and Faith, David and Alec, Nicole, Casey, Cody and Ava, Marissa, Vicki and Vanessa. Treasured great- grandfather of Daisy and Carson, and Evelyn. Dear brother of Edith "Pinky" (Darryl) Fuglerud and Joe (Lynne) Panzini. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Mary Panzini. Larry was a long time teacher in the Lambton Kent District School Board. But outside of his career, he had a passion for many other things; golf, Top Fuel Race Cars, Hot Rods, Bingo with his mom, Poker, a love of his pugs and Canadian Rock Bands (Rush being his favourite). But, Larry's true passion was his family, who were the utmost importance to him. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. a time of tribute will take place at 7:30 p.m. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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SCHLEIHAUF, Edna "Elaine"Surrounded by her loving family, Elaine Schleihauf, passed away at Bluewater Health on Friday, March 15, 2024, at the age of 73. Beloved wife of the late Tom for 52 years. Loving mother of Ed (Laura), Maggie, Emily (Damon), and Robyn. Cherished grandmother of Evelyn, Joel, and Claire, Abbie, Matthew, and Molly, and Sadie and Myles. Dear sister to Brian, Susan (Danny), David, the late Lynette, Norman, Joanne, and Terry. Elaine will be missed by her in-laws and by her big loving extended family and her many friends. Predeceased by her parents Edouard and Joan Lachance. Above all, Elaine loved her family. Spending time baking with her grandchildren was a favourite hobby of hers. She also was a talented and accomplished knitter and on occasion Elaine could be found at local casinos trying her luck for a big win. Like her husband Tom, Elaine shared many similar traits including kindness, generosity and loyalty. However, our favourite trait of hers was her amazing sense of humour, which we will think of often. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place. Family and friends are invited to an Open House to celebrate Elaine's life on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Lambton EMS with STR Program on the memo line, or to Bluewater Health- Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2024 22:40:24 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/edna-schleihauf-1089475347
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LAIRD, Stanley JamesSurrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph's Hospice on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Stanley James Laird passed away at the age of 90, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Devoted husband of Florence (Flo) for 46 years. Loving father of Gary Laird, Cathy (late Michael) Jordan, the late Kathy Dufault, Debbie Dufault, Paul (Dora) Laird, Pamela (Jim) Cunningham, Peter (Janet) Dufault, and Kevin (Lori) Laird. Will be deeply missed by his 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great- great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Gord Laird, Doug Laird, Connie Oakes and Betty Small, and brother-in-law of Evangeline Laird and Maureen Laird. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Lester and Margaret Laird; brothers Wes Laird and Rev. Lester Laird; sisters-in-law Joyce, Violet, and Yvonne Laird; and brothers-in-law Charlie Phillips, Floyd Oakes and Don Small.Stan was a crew manager for 43 years at CNR. After retirement, unable to sit still, he started a dog-boarding kennel and drove school buses. He also put his carpentry skills to great use by building the dog kennels, backyard decks and remodeled a cottage with his brother Doug. Stan was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan, never missing a game, and also cheered on the NY Yankees. He adored his grandchildren and nieces and nephews, always greeting them with his signature handshake. Stan will be fondly remembered as funny and frugal but also kind and generous, always willing to lend a helping hand.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, March 17, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with prayers being offered at 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Monday, March 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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SELMAN, Melvin Bruce (Bruce)March 23, 1928 – March 6, 2024Bruce died at London Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, March 6, 2024 a few weeks short of his 96th birthday with family by his side. He was a loving husband to Helen (deceased 2021) for 70 years, and a devoted father and Grandad. Bruce was born in Wilkesport, ON, in the family home on March 23, 1928, the eldest child of Orval and Edith (Pretty) Selman. He was predeceased by his siblings Lauriss, Gwendolyn and Richard.Bruce spent his youth in Alvinston followed by high school at Sarnia Collegiate, and received the Gordon Scholarship in English from Queens University, where he went on to graduate with a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1951. Bruce spent his career with Dow Chemical, first in Toronto, then in Sarnia. He was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1981 and retired in 1986. He recently reached a milestone of spending as many years in retirement as he did working.Bruce was a long-time member of Grace United Church and the Rotary Club of Sarnia where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was involved in the Sarnia and District Children's Treatment Centre (now Pathways Health Centre for Children), as well as the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services where he was board chair from 1996 to 1998.Bruce enjoyed playing golf at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings, and curling a few nights a week as a member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. He and Helen were part of a close-knit group of friends who gathered for gourmet meals, Grey Cup parties and New Year's celebrations. They saw most of the country and a large part of the world on various road trips, bus tours and cruises. A favourite place was Helen's family cottage on Lake Simcoe in Brechin, where he would putter around the yard and continuously freshen the paint on the clapboard siding. In his final years, he liked nothing better than family gatherings surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a number of whom have Bruce as part of their names. He was a kind and thoughtful man, able to do math in his head to the end.Bruce will forever be in the hearts of his children, the late Jo Anne (Jim Carter), Janet (the late Peter Maaten), Judi (David Pattison) and John (Kelly Armstrong); grandchildren Janet (Kevin) and Ian (Angela) Carter, Sarah (Gavin) and Jacob Maaten, Emily (Elvis), Anne (Graham) and James Pattison, and Matthew (Madi) and Alycia Selman; and great-grandchildren Cameron, Steven, Evelyn, Julianne, Maxwell, Samuel, Finley and Jack.Special thanks to the staff at Longworth Retirement Home in London where Bruce resided the last six years, always looking forward to meals and the music. Thanks also to Dr. Julie Clarke for her kindness and support, and physiotherapist Kevin Lei whose weekly visits kept Dad limber. A private family burial of ashes will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Pathways Health Centre for Children or charity of choice (cheques mailed to the funeral home or made online, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2024 22:40:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/melvin-selman-1089475344
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BROWN, Carolyn MarieJanuary 16, 1950 - March 13, 2024Passed away peacefully at Afton Park Place at the age of 74 after her long journey with dementia. Carolyn was best friend and beloved wife of Jim for 52 years. Loving mother of Paula Brown (Dave Hillier). Dear sister of JoAnn Todd (Dennis), Pam McTeer (Doug) and sister-in-law of Judy Spencer (Bill), along with several nieces and nephews. Carolyn retired from the Lambton Kent District School Board after a 33 year career as an elementary school teacher. Carolyn will be remembered for her expertise in various crafts, knitting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, and the love of reading books. A special thank you to the staff at Afton Park Place for their care, patience, and support over the past nine years. A sincere thank you to Dr. William O'Mahony for his genuine care. In keeping with Carolyn's wishes, a private family service will be held with interment in Blackwell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Literacy Lambton Give A Book or a local charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 15 Mar 2024 22:40:20 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carolyn-brown-1089475343
<![CDATA[CULLIGAN, JOSEPH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joseph-culligan-1089473110<![CDATA[

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Jul 28, 1951 - Mar 9, 2024

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Fri, 15 Mar 2024 05:30:12 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joseph-culligan-1089473110
<![CDATA[MACGREGOR, LARRY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/larry-macgregor-1089470302<![CDATA[

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Dec 24, 1951 - Feb 23, 2024

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Thu, 14 Mar 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/larry-macgregor-1089470302
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WALKER, ChrisWe are saddened to announce the passing of Chris Walker on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the age of 47 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Beloved son of Nancy and the late Floyd (2020) Walker. He was the loving brother and best friend of Scott (Danielle) Walker and cherished uncle of Joseph and Tegan. Chris worked as a Train Conductor with CP Rails Saskatoon, and in his free time he enjoyed golfing and working out. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Chris' life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 13 Mar 2024 22:37:10 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/chris-walker-1089468627
<![CDATA[PAGEAU, SANDRA "SANDY" ANNE (...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sandra-pageau-1089468617<![CDATA[

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PAGEAU, Sandra "Sandy" Anne (nee Hodgson)It is with saddened hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Sandra Anne Pageau on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Bluewater Health at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Fred Pageau. Loving mother of Mike (Karen) and Cory (Laura). Cherished grandmother of Jake, Mitch (Flora), Jared (Michaela), Chelsea, Alyssa, and Ryan. Dear sister-in-law of Marg Hendra and Pam Clark. Remembered by many nieces and nephews and her family friend Dave Burke. Predeceased by her parents Norman and Annie Hodgson and her brother Larry Hodgson. Sandy always looked forward to Tuesday's with the Euchre Girls. She could often be found at a hockey rink or baseball diamond cheering on and supporting her sons and later her grandchildren in their sporting endeavors. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Breast Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 13 Mar 2024 22:37:08 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sandra-pageau-1089468617
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WATERS, CynthiaIf you're reading this then it means I've been called to my final adventure – a glorious hike in the afterlife. Don't fret, I'm not alone. My Dad, Ivan Waters, and my Mamacita, Loretta Waters, were waiting for me at the trail head with my grandson, Elijah James. In this world I have left behind: My two children, Alicia Waters and Alexander Waters-McCulloch. My pride and joy, my six grandchildren, Claudia (Nick), Elisabeth, Jonathan, Jack, Scarlett and Auggie. The love of my life, Trevor Lawson. My baby brother David (Cheryl) and my nieces Ciara and Kiana. My bestie/sister-by-choice, Carolyn Cameron (Rudy). My incredible extended family filled with aunts, uncles, and cousins. An abundant friend group of new and old friends both in and outside of the hiking community. Find peace in knowing that I lived a full and vibrant life! Every path (literally!) took me on new adventures all over this world, taught me so much about life, love, gratitude, positivity and the importance of finding joy and peace no matter what life puts at your feet.See you on the trail!~ CynthiaCynthia's family is inviting people to join them in celebrating her life and legacy. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a memorial service to be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. In honour of Cynthia, you're invited to wear hiking boots, the colour pink, or express yourself in a way fitting of her vibrant personality at the visitation and funeral. As she always said "Good Vibes Only!' And she wouldn't want it to be any other way. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:53 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cynthia-waters-1089461692
<![CDATA[MAGTANONG, ROBERT JOSEBOB PA...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-magtanong-1089461676<![CDATA[

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MAGTANONG, Robert JoseBob passed away peacefully surrounded by family, at Bluewater Health on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the age of 57. Brother of Betty Latosinsky (Rob), Sarnia and Ted (Vera Vanderschot), Sarnia. Special Cousin to Vic (Anita). Loving Uncle of Berni, Isaiah, Mika, Michelle Latosinsky (Ryan), Dr. Alex Latosinsky (Dr. Eryn) and Chris Latosinsky. Loving Grand Uncle to Arlo and August Latosinsky. Predeceased by his parents Alejandro Pabustan (2023) and Leonides Jose (2019), and his sister Ginia (1960).Bob was born in the Philippines on December 12, 1966. He grew up in Sarnia as the youngest of the family and he often got into trouble pushing the boundaries of his parents' love and patience. Bob graduated from the University of Windsor and Brock University with degrees in Psychology and Business, respectively. He worked in Montreal, Chicago and Toronto as a financial trader.Bob lived a full life. He loved sailing, eating good food, traveling the world, and driving his motorcycles and various sport cars. He especially cherished his nieces and nephews, spoiling them and trying to be the Best Uncle Ever. Bob made friends easily wherever he went. Many of his Clarke Road School and Northern Collegiate friends have remained close, as well as many work colleagues and fellow sailors.After Bob had heart surgery 11 years ago, he knew he had a limited amount of time left. He moved back to Sarnia to be close to his family. He adopted a rescue dog, Zoie who has since become the "family dog". Even with the many medical issues he experienced, Bob lived life optimistically and with gratitude.Bob's family would like to thank the many people, especially his numerous friends, who have reached out, as well as the staff at Bluewater Health for their support over the years.As per Bob's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date and will be announced. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish, may send memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Sarnia Yacht Club – Sail Training, or the charity of your choice.

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:53 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-magtanong-1089461676
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HARNESS, TylerIt is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tyler Eugene Harness, who left us too soon at the age of 57 on Friday, March 1, 2024. Tyler's passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, most notably his children, Justin, Dylan, and Tianna, and their mother Cindy, with whom he shared a boundless love for their children. Tyler was the proud brother of Kyp Harness (Allison) and uncle to Ava and Clay. Tyler will of course be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Boyd and Margaret Harness. Beyond family, Tyler leaves behind his lifelong friends, Darryl and Dwight Birckbeck, Ian Fleming, and Dave Ghobril. The friendships they formed will be forever remembered and cherished. Tyler's presence extended beyond his friends and family; he was a cherished employee at Sarnia Cabinets, where his unmatched carpentry skills were locally renowned. He had a zest for life and a passion for music. We invite you to join us in celebrating his life. Please share your stories with is and raise a glass in his honor by dropping in from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the Royal Canadian Naval Association, 1420 Lougar Ave, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:52 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/tyler-harness-1089461678
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SYER, Helen MargaretJanuary 27, 1929 - March 9, 2024Helen Margaret Syer of Petrolia died peacefully with her family by her side at Bluewater Health in Sarnia after a brief illness. Helen was predeceased by her husband Lyle in 2014. Beloved and caring mother to Arnold (Ruth) Syer and Christine (Lee) Bright. She was the only daughter of the late Robert and Kate McLean. She was predeceased by her only sibling, Cameron McLean. Devoted grandmother to Erin (Bren) Horwood, Jim (Stacy) Bright, Kami (Will) Wilson, Kevin (Natalie) Syer, Jen (Corey) Leckie. Proud Great-Ma to Noah, Ava, Spencer, Alivia, Max, Parker, Kingston, Rachael, Kurtis, Harrison, Violet, Lilliana and Cooper. Helen was a very reserved woman with an unwavering devotion to her children, 5 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Mother was educated as a teacher and maintained a lifelong connection with her high school and normal school friends. Her faith was dear to her heart and was evident by her steady attendance in church or viewing the services on TV. Her handmade quilts, aprons, potholders and oven mitts, knitted hats and mitts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be forever treasured. She had a memory that amazed everyone. She was able to recall dates and events of many important moments in her lifetime that left most of us in awe. Mother always remembered each family member's birthday with a card and a handwritten note to let you know that you were special to her. The family would like to express their thanks to her niece Laurie Syer for the weekly FaceTime calls to their mother that meant so much to her. Also, we want to thank her niece and nephew, Wendy and Doug McLean and their family for their love and visits. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Hillsdale Cemetery. The service will not be lengthy but please feel free to bring a chair should you need to sit. Everyone is welcome to a reception at St. Paul's United Church Christian Education Centre, 4169 Petrolia Street, Petrolia immediately following the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Paul's United Church or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca .Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:51 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-syer-1089461683
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SPIZZIRRI, LuigiIt is with very heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of our beloved Lou. He was surrounded with much love by his beautiful daughter, Maggie Spizzirri, and the love of his life, Sue Auty.Lou was a cherished and proud father (to Maggie and Jodie), partner (to Sue), and friend who brought such joy and love into our lives. He will always be remembered for his kindness, his generosity, his love of life, his quirkiness, his gentleness, and his passion for music and sailing.Lou enjoyed a long career with Regal Capital Planners/Cartier Partners as a financial planner and developed many long time relationships with his clients who also became his friends.Lou was very passionate about sailing and music. He was a past, long time Director of Entertainment, the wonderful social butterfly that he was, and was a longtime member of the Sarnia Yacht Club where he developed and nourished a wonderful and loving family. He was an active member in the music community and became a very talented and accomplished guitar player. He was a member of the BobCatz band, entertaining folks at seniors' residences and nursing homes with much love, and he was an active member and participant in the wonderful Rotary Club of Sarnia. Lou was an avid photographer with a real keen eye for capturing the beauty of nature, and people. He loved hiking, and gardening, woodworking, and above all else, friendship and making people feel special.We find comfort, knowing that Lou is now at peace and free from pain. He will forever and always, hold a very special place in our hearts and memories.In the coming days, we will gather to celebrate and honour Lou's Life. We invite you to join us in remembering him, sharing your stories of our beloved Lou and the impact he had on your lives. If you have photographs to share that would be incredible! Perhaps we could play some music together and have a good old jam to play, sing and say one final toast and cheers to our dear Lou.We are so grateful for the love and support shown by our family and friends, and we appreciate what an impact you have all made to his life and to ours. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this difficult time of loss and grief.In lieu of a funeral for our beloved Lou, we will have a Celebration of Life, as he would want us to on Friday March 15, 2024, 4-10 p.m. at the Sarnia Yacht Club at 1220 Fort Street, Point Edward, Ontario. Toast and remakrs at 8 p.m. Rather than flowers, donations can be made to the Sarnia Rotary Foundation in honour of Lou at: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-club-of-sarnia-charitable-foundation/Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.With much love and gratitude, Sue and Maggie.

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:51 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/luigi-spizzirri-1089461685
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SMITH, Julie AnnePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Julie Smith passed away at the age of 64. Julie was loved and cared for by her late husband Terry Wellington (2023). She will be deeply missed by her step-daughters Tara, Daina and Tamerra, cousins Bob (Patrice) and Jeannie, neighbours, all those who called her "Grandma Julie", brother Steve Smith (Diviana) and brother-in-law Bill Oliver. Also predeceased by her parents Lyall and Etta Smith, and sister Catherine Oliver. Julie graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She had various jobs over the years, after which she began volunteering in the community and caring for her parents. Julie loved reading, and spent many hours at the Lambton Public Library. She also enjoyed spending time outside, especially in the sun with a cup of coffee. Her fondness for the outdoors began early at her family cottage in Lambton County. Julie and Terry loved living in the country with their dogs Etta, Pippen and Harley. They enjoyed practical jokes and having fun with one another. Julie was an amazing cook, and always had a box of treats out. She would take her time in the kitchen, listening to music, and the meals were always worth the wait. Julie will be remembered as a bright, charismatic, kind hearted and caring woman. A special thank you to the staff at Twin Lakes Terrace and Bluewater Health for their compassionate care. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Julie's life will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to C.M.H.A. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 11 Mar 2024 22:35:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/julie-smith-1089461673
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LONGO, DonnaOctober 31, 1953 – March 1, 2024Donna Longo figured out the secret to a life worth living, and then left us at the young age of 70. She had an unparalleled passion for life, commitment to the people around her, and an energy that was felt by anyone in her presence. Cherished wife of Ron Longo for 49 years; committed mother of Annette Longo (Richard) and Tara Longo (Mario); cherished Babcia of Celeste, Alexis, Nicholas, Ava, and Marcus; loving sister of Kazik Ptak (Cathie) and Barb Coleman (Dave); sister-in-law of Lou Longo (Michele); supportive aunt to Stefanie, Christopher, Michael, Bradley, Robert, Christina, Justine; daughter-in-law (but more like a daughter) to Antonietta Longo; and predeceased by her parents Janina and Wladyslaw Ptak, her brother Kazik, and her father-in-law Santino.Donna was 12-years-old when she moved to Sarnia from Swidnica, Poland to be reunited with the other Ptak families that had already moved to Canada. She was a bright child in Poland, but just like all immigrants, the new language provided an obstacle. Yet with her work ethic, supportive cousins, and some new friends, she overcame the language barrier and excelled.At 17, she met the love of her life, "Italian boy" Ron Longo. Recognizing that he was her soulmate, she gave up her dreams of going to university to stay in Sarnia and be with him. Forgoing university was the only regret of her life, but the life that she started with her Ronnie was beautiful and full to the brim of wonderful experiences, love and joy. Together at every step they built a life of love and success.Donna worked hard in numerous jobs, but her frugality and deep understanding of numbers led her to being the bookkeeper of the family business. Working alongside her husband and brother-in-law developing commercial properties in Sarnia for the last 50 years, she demonstrated the fulfillment of any immigrants' dreams. She learned at every step and nothing slipped by her; any Fortune 500 company would consider themselves lucky to have Donna as their CFO. Her greatest sense of accomplishment and pride was when they purchased the downtown Eaton Centre in Sarnia.Donna was dedicated to her daughters, ensuring they had every opportunity she didn't have, and more. Between work and bringing them to skating, soccer, and piano lessons - she was constantly on the go. She was adamant that her girls go to university and get the best education possible. But more than that, she was deeply involved in their lives. From babysitting to working at The Healthy Butcher on the holidays, her generous spirit shined. Donna's daily calls were not just surface level conversations; she asked questions, listened intently, and was genuinely concerned and interested - a practice we all can learn from. This was never more evident than with her grandchildren. Donna Facetimed her grandchildren daily and was not just a Babcia (Grandmother) to them, but a best friend. She listened to them, and did whatever was needed to be deeply involved in their lives. From reading the same books so they could discuss the characters and plots, to doing TikTok dances, to being up-to-date with makeup looks, her relationships with children 50+ years younger was astounding.The consummate host, Donna was known for her masterful cooking skills and dishes like Berries on a Cloud, Lemon Meringue Pie, and her own, unique Pickle Soup. Most recently, the wood oven in the backyard was the epitome of delicious pizza and homemade breads. She was always making new dishes; her recipe collection overflowed and her home was always open to her family, friends, and neighbours, no invitation needed.Donna had an insatiable appetite for learning. She was a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction alike and could converse with scholars of any field. As soon as they could afford, she spearheaded trips to Egypt, Morocco, China, all over Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Her adventurous spirit shined on her travels; she never passed up an opportunity to try new things like snorkelling, bizarre local foods, dance lessons, or riding elephants - Donna tried it all without hesitation. Staying active was important to her and she enjoyed her daily walks outdoors with a friend. In her final days, the doctors could not believe she was 70. Most recently, Donna rekindled her connection with her Polish community, and embraced these friendships.Donna's battle with cancer was yet another example of her tenacity for life. In 2000, and again in 2017, Donna overcame breast cancer. But her third bout with cancer was with a far more aggressive type and it was a fight nobody could win. While holding her husband's hand, Donna Longo peacefully passed away at age 70 on March 1, 2024. Donna, you made every second count, and we are forever in gratitude for the example you set of a life worth living.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will take place on March 14, 2024, with an Open House from 2p.m. to 5p.m. at Smith Family Centre, Sarnia. At 4p.m., In lieu of a service, there will be an opportunity for words from her family and friends, so please bring a story of Donna. If you have words that you want read by someone else, please email any of the family members and they will ensure they are shared. Donna Longo, you made every second count, and we are forever in gratitude for the example you set of a life worth living. In her honour, donations will be accepted at FORCE: https://www.facingourrisk.org/ or St. Joseph's Hospice: https://www.stjosephshospice.ca/.

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Fri, 8 Mar 2024 22:39:03 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/donna-longo-1089455292
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GRAY, Catherine RoseannBorn - January 3, 1934Died - February 28, 2024It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of Catherine Gray of Sarnia, Ontario, on February 28, 2024, at the age of 90 years. Catherine, was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and was the only child of Lawrence and Christina Odette. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Odette, her sons Walter and Lawrence, her grandchildren Jade, Christina, Rebecca, Ken and Rai and her great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by her friends. Catherine was an extremely talented artist and crafts-woman. In her retirement years Catherine found great happiness donating her time and resources to help others, sewing quilts, crocheting lap blankets, and toques for those less fortunate. Special thanks to the staff at Trillium Villa for their care and compassion. Catherine always spoke highly of the staff, and enjoyed her time there immensely. And deepest gratitude is extended to her cherished friends Pat Mensinga and Pat and Camilla McGill for their unfaltering love and support. It is with great sadness and a feeling of tremendous loss that we now say good-bye to this beautiful soul. A Celebration of Life gathering to celebrate Catherine will be held at the Smith Family Centre (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All who knew Catherine are welcome. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 8 Mar 2024 22:39:02 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/catherine-gray-1089455303
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JANES, FrankPeacefully on Tuesday, March 5, at Twin Lakes Terrace, Frank Janes passed away at the age of 102. Beloved father of Don Janes and his wife Jane. Cherished grandfather of Heather Janes (Don), and Michael Janes (Nicole). Treasured great-grandpa of Ophelia Gray, Indiana Gray, and William Janes. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He is also the beloved Uncle of Lynden and Wayne Therriault. Frank was predeceased by his dear wife Edith in 2009 and special friend Illa in 2022. He was also predeceased by his mother and father, Ernest and May Ada Janes, his brother, George Janes and his sister, Elsie Janes. Frank was a special man. His first job was as an electrician and this came in quite handy as he built his own home in 1953 and lived there for 70 years. He was very proud of his career as a Railroad Engineer with the CNR from 1945 -1983. This is where he met Edith his wife of 63 years. Once he retired, he loved the freedom of never having to set his alarm clock again. He enjoyed his many trips around the world with Edith. Once the grandchildren were born, there was always a yearly trip with Heather and Michael. He loved his gardening and would start to plan in January with the seed catalogue and continue until harvest in the fall. He grew many fruits and vegetables, but his pride and joy was in his flower gardens, especially his tulips. He always said they made "a nice showing". Special thanks to The Village On The St. Clair, and Twin Lakes Terrace, who made his final years so comfortable. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Frank's wishes, a private service will be held when the tulips are blooming. Sympathy may be expressed to the Salvation Army in Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memorials and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 8 Mar 2024 22:39:01 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/frank-janes-1089455290
<![CDATA[HRYNYK, SHARON]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-hrynyk-1089450176<![CDATA[

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Sep 14, 1948 - Mar 6, 2024

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<![CDATA[FRANCIS, RICHARD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/richard-francis-1089450298<![CDATA[

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Nov 21, 1937 - Mar 5, 2024

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TURLEY, DianeIt is with saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Diane Turley on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Ron Turley (2016). Loving mother of Carol Campbell, Larry (Mickey) Turley and Sandie Knight (Kevin Daley). Cherished grandmother of Becky Knight (Steve), Jason Campbell (Natasa), Shawna Campbell, and Bev Campbell. Treasured great-grandmother of Brynn and Lauren Dillon and Javon Campbell. Dear sister-in-law of Gayle Martin, and aunt of Anne Marie (John) Mackery, and Gary and Kelly Martin. Predeceased by her parents Harold and Margarite and by her siblings Don Martin, Bill Martin, Gary Martin, Bob Martin, and Marilyn Vansickle. Diane was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and tending to her garden. Diane will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.caYour life was a blessingYour memory a treasure...You are loved beyond wordsAnd missed beyond measure...

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Wed, 6 Mar 2024 22:36:08 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/diane-turley-1089447794
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KUMPF, Brian "Peter"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Brian Peter Kumpf passed away at the age of 90. Peter is resting in the arms of his Lord, Saviour, and friend, Jesus Christ. Beloved husband of the late Shirley (née Annett) for over 64 years. Loving father of Bill (Cathy), Brian (Nancy), Robert (Tricia), and Linda (Larry). Cherished grandfather of Jennifer Kumpf, James Kumpf, Natalie St. Amand, Emily Kumpf, Ashley Kumpf, Derek Kumpf, and treasured great-grandfather of eleven. Predeceased by his parents William and Myrtle Kumpf and brothers Don, Barry, and Kerry.Peter began his career at Imperial Oil before transitioning to Tec*mseh Gas. As Operations Manager, he played an integral role in its development until his retirement in 1994. Peter dedicated many years to his community, playing a crucial role in the growth of the Moore Sports Complex, Moore Minor Hockey, and North American Juvenile Silverstick. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bluewater Health with special thanks to Dr. Kim and the palliative care team. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Peter's wishes, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 6 Mar 2024 22:36:07 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/brian-kumpf-1089447798
<![CDATA[MCCALL, THOMASPEACEFULLY, SU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thomas-mccall-1089447804<![CDATA[

McCALL, ThomasPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Sumac Lodge, Thomas McCall passed away at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Win McCall. Loving father of Craig and Trevor. Thank you to the staff at Sumac Lodge for all the support. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Thomas wishes, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 6 Mar 2024 22:36:06 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/thomas-mccall-1089447804
<![CDATA[PERL, CONRAD ANTHONYCONRAD A...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/conrad-perl-1089447821<![CDATA[

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PERL, Conrad AnthonyConrad Anthony Perl passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, March 3, 2024, in his 81st year at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton. Beloved husband of Lynda (nee Cooper) for over 56 years. Loving father of Lisa, Andrew, Joseph (Janet Swanstrom), Daniel (T.J. Whitley), and David (Olga Shanskaia). Cherished grandfather of Shauni, Nathanael, Nora, Devon, Vanessa, Lexie, Lucas, Victoria, Joshua (Maddy), Ethan, Elizabeth, Alisa, and Maria. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Patrick (Lisa) Perl, John (Deborah) Perl, Christine (Hugh) Samson, Nancy (David) Fudge. Predeceased by his sister Monica Perl. Conrad was a Chemical Engineer for over 20 years with Stelco and other companies until his retirement. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at Hamilton Christian Fellowship Church, 135 Strathcona Ave N., Hamilton, on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 4 p.m. Light reception to follow. Conrad will be laid to rest privately at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Sarnia.Please sign the Tribute Wall at kitchingsteepeandludwig.com

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Wed, 6 Mar 2024 22:36:06 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/conrad-perl-1089447821
<![CDATA[TAYLER, DOUGLAS]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-tayler-1089444657<![CDATA[

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1954 - 2024

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Wed, 6 Mar 2024 05:34:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-tayler-1089444657
<![CDATA[FERNAND NOEL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fernand-noel-1089441486<![CDATA[

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May 5, 1934 - February 27, 2024

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Tue, 5 Mar 2024 09:33:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fernand-noel-1089441486
<![CDATA[MANNING, MARSHALL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marshall-manning-1089434366<![CDATA[

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1939 - 2024

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Sat, 2 Mar 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marshall-manning-1089434366
<![CDATA[GLADWISH, JAMESPEACEFULLY AT...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-gladwish-1089429404<![CDATA[

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GLADWISH, JamesPeacefully at Earl's Court Village, London on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, James passed away at the age of 89. Reunited with his one true love and soul mate Margaret Gladwish (2023). Devoted and loving father of Alice Wiseman and her husband Michael and Heather Smith and her husband Gary. Proud grandpa of Matthew, Lucas, Mason, and Brooke. Predeceased by his siblings, Charlotte (Johnny), Bob (Marlene) and Dave (Joyce). Survived by his sister-in-law Dorothy Smith (Doug) and Marlene Gladwish. James was adored by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends are welcomed for visitation from 10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m., on Friday, March 8, 2024, at St. Anne's Anglican Church (Byron), 1344 Commissioners Road West, London. A private masonic service will be held under the auspices of Ashlar Lodge No. 60 A.F. & A.M. at 11:45 a.m. in the chapel. The funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in James's memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society - Southwest Partners, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1 in honour of Margaret or to The St. Anne's Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 1344 Commissioners Road West, London, ON N6K 1E1. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com.

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-gladwish-1089429404
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KENNY, Mollie (Mary)Peacefully on February 25, 2024, Mollie (Mary) Kenny passed at the age of 99.Loving wife to the late Joseph Kenny and mother to James (Jim) Kenny and the late Elizabeth (Liz) McKinley. Mollie was a devoted grandmother to Amanda McKinley (Dan Leong) and James (Jim) McKinley, and proud great- grandmother to Maverick Leong and McKinley Leong. She was predeceased by her siblings Connie, Maude, Vera, Samuel, Maureen, Colin and her parents Samuel and Martha McCurdy. Samuel, Martha and family immigrated to Canada when Mollie was 2 years old from Londonderry, Ireland.Mollie was a kind and gentle home maker and also worked at Northern high school in the cafeteria impacting the lives of many students and was recognized in the community for years to come.Mollie was a smart, creative and resourceful person whose interests included sewing and knitting, reading and she had a green thumb with gardening and plants. She loved dogs and feeding the birds.There's an old Irish saying that there's not much a good meal, a laugh and a sleep can't cure. Mollie embodied this and was always eager to make you a brew of tea and a sandwich, make you laugh with one of her many witty sayings, and offer you a place to rest.Mollie had a profound impact on the lives she touched, especially her grandchildren in which she played a vital role in shaping their lives.Mollie will be greatly missed by her loved ones.A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Trillium Villa Nursing Home in Sarnia who participated in the love and care of for Mollie these past few years.Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held in coming days.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mollie-kenny-1089429403
<![CDATA[BUSH, ALANA GERTRUDE (NEE MACN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alana-bush-1089429402<![CDATA[

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BUSH, Alana Gertrude (nee MacNeil)Peacefully, at Spencer House, Orillia, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the age of 77 years. Alana, loving mother of Rick (Christine) Bush of Orillia. Cherished grandmother of Taylor. Sister of Pam, Colleen, and James. Alana will be sadly missed by her nephew Chris ( Shaunna) MacNeil and nieces Linda MacNeil, Diana MacNeil and great-nieces and nephews Riley, Ashley, Gregory, Olivia, Hayden and Anita. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Alana's Life will take place at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St., N., Orillia, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 1 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to Spencer House would be appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:40 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alana-bush-1089429402
<![CDATA[IRVINE, JEAN FULTON (NEE BARR...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jean-irvine-1089429401<![CDATA[

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IRVINE, Jean Fulton (nee Barr)Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, February 26, 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia, Jean Fulton Irvine (nee Barr) passed away at the age of 91. Jean was predeceased by her husband Douglas Hamilton Irvine, sisters Agnes (Ada) and Matilda (Tid), brothers Hugh and William (Billy) and parents James and Catherine Fleming Barr. Jean is survived by her children Katherine (Kay) and John, and her sister Mary Kerr (Maureen) as well as several nieces and nephews. A woman of great dignity, style, and class, Jean had a passion for interior design, antiques, classical music, and gardening. She also enjoyed reading and was an avid fan of Coronation Street. Jean had a fondness for dogs and cats and shared her life and home with many over the years, including several champion wire fox terriers which she bred and exhibited. The family would like to thank Dr. Lilly and the wonderful staff and volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospice for their kind and gentle care. Cremation will take place with interment to follow at a later date in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, as Jean returns home to her family in Scotland and the beloved village where she was born. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice Resource Centre of Sarnia Lambton. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jean-irvine-1089429401
<![CDATA[MCFADYEN, ANNE E. E.IT IS WI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/anne-mcfadyen-1089429399<![CDATA[

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MCFADYEN, Anne E. E.It is with saddened hearts that the family of Anne McFadyen announces her sudden passing at University Hospital on Sunday, February 25, 2024. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 43 years George McFadyen, sister Karen (Bob) Kotanen-Atack, brothers Mark (Margaux) and Stephen (Cristof) Kotanen, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Norma Kotanen.Throughout her life, Anne was a positive, energetic person known for her wisdom and compassion for others. She was so many things for so many people: friend, confidante, runner, world traveller, bibliophile and artist.Her Finnish background and Sami heritage were something of great pride and she loved to count to ten in her mother tongue to the astonishment of many.Anne was born in Sudbury, Ontario but spent her early years in Copper Cliff, a small village on the outskirts of the city. The family moved to Sarnia when she was fourteen. She attended Northern Collegiate and later Central Collegiate before completing her bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Guelph. After marrying George in 1980, she attended law school at the University of Western Ontario where she graduated and was on the Dean's Honours list.After articling for a London law firm, Anne joined Elliot, Porter and McFadyen in Sarnia. While there, she became the first woman to become president of the Lambton Law Association. Later, she became the first lawyer from Lambton County to be elected to the executive board of the County and District Law Presidents Association where she served until being appointed as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in October of 1998. She served in this capacity until her retirement in August 2022. Anne, then, continued as a per diem judge primarily in the Southwest Region of the province.In her role as a judge, Anne most enjoyed granting adoptions. She initiated an approach that welcomed everyone in the new family to celebrate the addition of the new member in her courtroom and treated the event as a positive non-judicial function which was welcoming and joyful. Over her career, she approved over 400 such applications.When she was not working, Anne had many interests.She was a member of the Sarnia Roadrunners and was the runner of the year in 1985. She ran in numerous races in Ontario and Michigan and later started to compete in marathon running completing 13 marathons including the Boston Marathon three times, the Chicago Marathon twice as well as the Dublin Marathon. Her real joy, however, was running and training with her friends on the Howard Watson Nature Trail. She made lifelong relationships as a result.Anne also loved to read. In pursuit of that endeavor, she and the book club known as the GG's enjoyed their monthly meetings "reading between the wines". She was known for lending books from her library and her selections were always in demand.She also enjoyed acting in the plays performed by the Lambton Law Association. Anne undertook several major roles in these productions and the community benefitted from the efforts of all the local lawyers who participated by raising thousands of dollars for local charities.Anne was also a world traveler. She and George had many adventures with Stephen and Cristof visiting South America, South Africa and numerous countries in Europe. Each summer for many years she enjoyed a month in Provence in the Luberon Valley and also absorbed the friendly French culture of this area.Personal relationships were most important to Anne. She praised the supportive staff at the courthouse in Sarnia whose company she enjoyed very much. She often spoke of the collegiality of her fellow jurists in the Southwest Region which added to the pleasant experience she had while serving as a judge. Anne and her dear friend, Gerri Wong, founded a judicial sister group to support and assist its members during the COVID-19 restrictions.Anne was a loving, caring friend and her welcoming demeanor was reciprocated by so many people in her life. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. She donated generously to local charities and causes in Sarnia.The family wishes to thank Glenn Maddison, Monique Dostaler and Helen Ross for their help and assistance on the tragic day of Anne's passing. A great many of her joyful and challenging experiences in life were shared with her beloved "sister" Monica MacSweeney whom Anne loved very much.She was taken too soon and too suddenly. In memory of Anne, instead of flowers or donations, she would want you to take a moment to gather your family and friends together to tell them that you love and care about them. This is the greatest gift of all.While we mourn Anne's loss, we take comfort in knowing she lived a full life filled with love, laughter, friends and accomplishments. A celebration of life will be forthcoming. There has been a private family service.Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:38 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/anne-mcfadyen-1089429399
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DI BRITA, MarioPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, Mario Di Brita passed away at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Maria Di Brita for 51 years. Loving father of Barbara Di Brita (John Kennedy), Nick Di Brita, and Andrea Di Brita. Cherished nonno of Alex, Ari and Aubrey. Treasured brother of Rosanna Di Brita Z. (Miguel Zuniga) and Antonio Di Brita (Antonina Caruso). Dear brother-in-law of Nicola Micele (Dina) and Giuseppe Micele (Tamara). Loving zio of Rosa, Leo, Jordan, Stefania, Sebastiao and Gabriel. Predeceased by his parents Nicolino and Oliva Di Brita and his in-laws Leonardo and Rosina Micele. Mario's biggest passion was music - he was a well-known tenor within the community and a member of the International Symphony Orchestra. He was also a talented ornamental iron worker. Mario loved to entertain family and friends in his home. Above all else, Mario loved his family. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. The family wishes to thank Trillium Villa Nursing Home for their care and compassion. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Benedict's Church, 1011 Oak Avenue, Sarnia, on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. An entombment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:37 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mario-di-brita-1089429400
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BACCHUS, Sybil MargaretNovember 19, 1937 - February 25, 2024It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother Sybil Margaret Bacchus. We are so grateful to have had you as our mother. We will miss your grace, style and strength. You touched all who knew you with your generosity, care and compassion. What was striking about our mother is when she walked into the room she was always so well received as she was a shining star. Neighbourhood kids who visited our house while growing up knew they were always welcome and that my mother would always feed them great food. Sybil was very multifaceted and could communicate her thoughts with Shakespearean quotes and often made clever quips to make us laugh. She loved to dance, sing and host family gatherings. She taught us to always help others and to have compassion for the underdog. We will forever hold you in our hearts mom.Sybil was the beloved wife of the late Dr. John S Bacchus, the mother of Michael, Howard, Kevin (Leanne), Naadia and Riyad. She was the proud grandmother of Genevieve, Jason, Vienna, Julian and Justin. She was the daughter of the late Jaikaran and Rampyari Sankersingh, Trinidad and Tobago.Sybil was the beloved sister of many brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews both in Trinidad and Southern Ontario.Much thanks to Bluewater Health-Palliative unit, VON, Alzheimer's Society, Dr. Barghava, Dr. Giffen and to all the dedicated personal support workers that made each day so special.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A private memorial service will be held.Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:40:36 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sybil-bacchus-1089429397
<![CDATA[FIRMAN, LINDA]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-firman-1089427093<![CDATA[

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May 8, 1957 - February 28, 2024

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Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/linda-firman-1089427093
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CLARK, Loraine Lillian (nee Cope)Unexpectedly, but peacefully passed away at LHSC – University Hospital on February 24, 2024. Dear sister of Darlene (Larry) Douglass, Lorna Cope and her son Trevor Cope, Linda (Rob) Hopkins, Lonnie (Janice) Cope, Kevin (Cathy) Cope, and Lawrence (Joanne) Cope. Predeceased by her parents June and Lorne Cope, her sisters Judy Cope and Charlene Cope, her niece Stephanie Cope and nephew Jeffrey Horner. Loraine will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Special thank you to Dawn Dobbs for her care and compassion shown to Loraine over the last few years. Loraine is now reunited with her furry companion Muffin. Cremation has taken place. Interment to follow at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Back or the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 28 Feb 2024 22:37:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/loraine-clark-1089423154
<![CDATA[COOPER,ROSETTA MARGARETMAY 1...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rosetta-cooper-1089423157<![CDATA[

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COOPER,Rosetta MargaretMay 12, 1942 -February 21, 2024Peacefully at Marshall Gowland Manor on Wednesday February 21, 2024 Rosetta Margaret (Heath) Cooper passed away at the age of 81 years. Beloved wife of Fred Cooper for 62 years. Loving mother of Ted (Sue), Gary (Heather), Rob (Susan) and Pat. Cherished grandmother of Aaron, Lauren, Alyssa, Austin, Nathan, Chelsea, Dylan, Carly and great-grandmother of Anders, Breanne, Beau, Cooper, Theo, Sloane and Haislie. Rosetta was predeceased by her parents Maurice and Margaret Heath. Resting at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St. Sarnia) where services will be held on Saturday March 2, at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, March 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society. Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Wed, 28 Feb 2024 22:37:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rosetta-cooper-1089423157
<![CDATA[DUNHAM, CHRISTOPHER]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/christopher-dunham-1089378616<![CDATA[

Nov 13, 1951 - Feb 11, 2024

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<![CDATA[PELLETIER, STEPHEN "STEVIE" JO...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/stephen-pelletier-1089416575<![CDATA[

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PELLETIER, Stephen "Stevie" JohnPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at London Health Sciences Centre Victoria, Stephen John Pelletier passed away at the age of 63. Loving father to Melinda Dobbin and Leeanne Pelletier. Cherished grandfather to Amber and Zach Thompson. Dear brother to Susan Burk and Jeff Pelletier. Predeceased by his mother Ann Pelletier, son Joey Pelletier and brother Daniel Pelletier. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation held one hour prior. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Mon, 26 Feb 2024 22:37:52 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/stephen-pelletier-1089416575
<![CDATA[POMEROY, RONALD UNEXPECTEDLY...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ronald-pomeroy-1089416577<![CDATA[

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POMEROY, Ronald Unexpectedly but peacefully at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, on Friday February 23, 2024. Ronald Anthony "Tony" Pomeroy, age 84 years of Corunna. Loving husband of 60 years to Fran. Much loved father of Kevin Pomeroy and his wife Donna of Corunna and Kerry Pomeroy of Barrie. Dear brother of Robert Pomeroy and his wife Karen of Port Dover. He was predeceased by his parents Al and Kay Pomeroy. Tony thoroughly enjoyed his time as a private pilot in the Bahamas. He was an avid golfer and a classic car enthusiast who enjoyed many car shows around the country. His family would like to extend a special thanks to the emergency department staff at Bluewater Health for the care and compassion shown to Tony and his family during this difficult time. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and his family will be remembering him privately. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online at www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845.

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Mon, 26 Feb 2024 22:37:51 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ronald-pomeroy-1089416577
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MCGUIGAN, EthelPeacefully, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Ethel McGuigan passed away at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late John McGuigan. Loving mother of the late Brian McGuigan and the late Kenneth McGuigan. Cherished grandmother of Sarah Newman, Jeremie McGuigan, Shane McGuigan, and Matthew McGuigan. Dear sister of the late Lillian Maynard and the late Lila Smith. Predeceased by her parents Henry and Alice Davies. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation held prior from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 26 Feb 2024 22:37:51 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ethel-mcguigan-1089416599
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ADAM, ElizabethElizabeth "Liz" Christine Adam of Sarnia at age 75, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Liz, affectionately known as "Lizzie Ann" will be deeply missed by her husband of 57 years and soulmate Mike Adam. Liz was the proud mother of predeceased son Michael Adam (Paula), Connie Burrowes (Mike) and Kyle Adam (Angie). Loving Grandma of Keeley (Terek), Keegan Adam, Collin Burrowes (Taylor) and Lauren, Cameron Adam and Great-Grandma to Isla Burrowes. A loving Sister, Sister-in-law and Auntie to several nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was born in Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland in 1948 and then immigrated to Canada with her husband Mike and 2 kids in 1969. After planting her roots, she gave birth to her third child and became the matriarch of a strong and ever-growing Canadian family. Liz loved to travel, especially cruising with Mike and her friends, but her greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:28 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/elizabeth-adam-1089409733
<![CDATA[SMITH, VINCENT "CONNIE" SEPTE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/vincent-smith-1089409732<![CDATA[

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SMITH, Vincent "Connie" September 16, 1925 – February 20, 2024WWII Veteran – Queen's Own Rifles, City of TorontoPeacefully, surrounded by loving family on February 20, 2024, at Afton Park Place in Sarnia, Ontario, at the age of 98. Vincent was the beloved husband for 71 years to the late Betty Smith, (Jones, 2020). Loving father to Lisa Coulombe (Lou), Michael (Yvonne), Kerry (Agnes), Cathy (Brenda), Bryan, Susan, Patrick (Judy), Lori Sumi, (Steve), and Sam Castrillo (Nick). Devoted grandfather to Matthew (Joanne), Todd (Alexis, Kaelyn), Adrienne (Jay), Ryan (Shannon), Samantha (Michael), Liam (Katie), Jennifer, Shannon, Taylor (Ashley), Joshua (Kaitlyn), Hilary, Keegan (James), Hunter (Kyla), Sawyer and Shane. Adoring great-grandfather of Reilly, Kaylee, Colten, Avery, Rachel, Lauren, Lenin, Isla, Lyla, William, Wyatt, Charlie Joy, Dax, Indie, Zoey Bea, Miller, Rhys, Easton, Serena and Clayton.Vincent was born in Toronto, the son of Vincent Smith and Julia Sullivan, He was the last of his generation and was predeceased by his siblings Eileen, Winnifred, Kathleen, Helen, Walter, Terrence, Mary, Larry, Sheila, David and Jimmy. Vincent loved his family and took great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed a life filled with music, singing, gardening, and sports. He was an avid walker who enjoyed meeting everyone along the way. The family is extremely grateful to the staff of Afton Park Place for the care and support they gave to our father. The community and family he gained at Afton contributed to his full enjoyment of life these past eight years. A sincere thank you to Dr. William O'Mahony for his genuine care.A service honoring his memory will be held in Sarnia at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation held one hour prior from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca."Just as the leaf tells much about a tree, the heart of a child says much about a father"

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/vincent-smith-1089409732
<![CDATA[BALDASSARRE, UMBERTO (ROBERT)...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/umberto-baldassarre-1089409731<![CDATA[

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BALDASSARRE, Umberto (Robert)Peacefully at University Hospital in London, with Kim, his loving wife of 32 years by his side, Umberto left us at the young age of 82.He leaves behind his children Edia (Andrew), Pina and Remo. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Laura (Caleb) Ava (Spencer), Tyler (Melanie) and his two great-grandchildren, Nevaeh and Adriana. He is also survived by his brothers Alvaro (Theresa), Elio (Antonietta), and sister Rita as well as his sister-in-law Giovanna and brother-in-law Fernando. Predeceased by his parents Luigi and Carmela, siblings Maria, Armando, Stella, and Elena. He leaves many fond memories for several nieces and nephews, his in-law family, the Clingenpeels, and good friends including his fur baby, Luigi.Umberto was the owner/operator of Robert's Trucking for 40 plus years and took great pride in providing his services for Sarnia and the surrounding area. After retirement, he took great joy in his garden, especially his fruit trees as well as making wine for family gatherings. He had a great interest in swords, knives, and Italian soccer. He was a good cook with his specialty being a tasty pasta sauce.He took great joy in celebrating birthdays with his singing phone calls that included the music of cow bells, bike horns and whistles. He loved practical jokes and disguising his voice whenever he called (like we couldn't tell). Although he had a great time when out for a social event, his favourite place was his rocking chair in front of the tv and fireplace.The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at University Hospital Neurology and MSICU, London for their compassionate and outstanding care during his time there.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:24 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/umberto-baldassarre-1089409731
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BROWN, Mary Lou IreneMary Lou Irene Brown (nee Vaughan) passed away peacefully at the London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the age of 89. She is now reunited with her husband Marshall Bernard Brown who passed away in 1997. Cherished mother to Pam (Paul) Tolley, Nancy Brown, Ken (Jeni) Brown, Cathy, and David Brown.She is preceded in death by her grandson Aaron and will also be missed by her 10 other grandchildren and their families, Sean (Pam), Krista (Justin), Lauren (Brendan), Joshua, Naomi (Ryan), Caleb (Aika), Simeon, Stephanie, Brandon, and Brittany. She leaves behind 9 wonderful great grandchildren.Mom was born in Chatham, NB and grew up in the Port Stanley area where she met and married Bernard in 1953. They built their family together starting in Port Stanley and then moving to London to be closer to Bernards work. She later also lived in Whitby and Sarnia.Shortly before passing, Mary Lou said how proud she was of all her children and had the opportunity to connect with each of them in her last few days.The family were early members of the St Thomas and London branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she made good friends. In her later years she was particularly fond of crafts and enjoyed sitting in her yard watching nature. These activities brought her much joy.A service to honor Mary Lou will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1400 Murphy Road, Sarnia, Ontario N7S 5P6). There will be a viewing for family and friends from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Church. Entombment will take place at Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens (21 Garrard Road, Whitby, Ontario L1N 3K4) on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 2:00pm.In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to one of the following causes that were important to Mary Lou; the Canadian Kidney Foundation or Diabetes Canada. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-lou-brown-1089409730
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VANDEVENNE, JohnOn February 21, 2024 John Robert Vandevenne passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. John is the son of the late Joseph and Moira Vandevenne. He was predeceased by his brother Paul and his son Ryan. He leaves behind the love of his life, Roberta, of nearly 47 years. He will be remembered and missed by; his son, Michael Vandevenne (Helena); his daughter, Jami Weening (Jon); his brothers and sisters, James (Cathy), Mary Jane Shin (Paul), Brian (Tracy), Margaret Thorn (Carson), Martha Holbrough (Larry), Ron (Richelle), David, Joe (Kathleen) and by his many nieces and nephews. He was especially proud of his grandchildren Benjamin, Ruth, Malcolm, Karly, Grace, Lydia and Elisabeth. One of John's greatest joys was spending time with his family and his grandchildren who made him smile every day. John was a proud employee of Lambton Generating Station for over 35 years as a station engineer, a job he truly loved. He was a friend and coworker to many and he valued his relationships greatly. In recent years, he shared his passion for his work as a teacher at Lambton College. John will leave a heartache that won't heal for many of us, but the steadfast love he so willingly shared with us leaves memories that no one will ever forget. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Friday February 23, 2024 from 4-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 466 John St. Port Lambton on Saturday February 24, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. In keeping with John's wishes cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to the Lambton College Foundation. Contributions can be made by contacting the foundation directly at 226-932-7962 or visiting the following link and type "CPET' in the text box. The link can be found at: https://lambtoncollege.ca/community/giving-to-lambton/ Messages and condolences may be left online at www.knightfuneralhome.ca - Knight 519-862-2845

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:18 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-vandevenne-1089409729
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FRAWLEY, Roy92 years of Petrolia passed away peacefully at C.E.E. Hospital of Bluewater Health with family by his side on Thursday, February 22, 2024. Roy was the husband of Orize and the late Dorothy Frawley (2001). He will be missed by his sons Ed and Betty and Dave and Esther Frawley, his stepchildren Andre and Lynn, Bernard, Paul, and Mary Ann and Marcel Chilittle, his grandchildren John, Heather, Ben, Lysa, Shaunna, Jean, and Ryan, and his eleven Great-Grandchildren. He will also be missed by many step- grandchildren and great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Roy was predeceased by a stepson James, his parents Arthur and Stella Frawley, and his siblings Joe, Agnes, Helen, and Madeline. Roy was very active and was an avid Golfer and Curler.Visitor will be received on Monday, February 26, 2024 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. from St Philips Parish, King St. Petrolia. Interment to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial may be made to Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) and C.E.E. Hospital Foundation (www.ceehf.ca). Arrangements by Needham-Jay Funeral Home www.needhamjay.com.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:40:17 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/roy-frawley-1089409728
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THOMAS, ErniePeacefully surrounded by family at Bluewater Health in Sarnia on Sunday February 18, 2024, Ernie Thomas passed away at the age of 53. Ernie was the loving father of Warren, Samantha, Kristin, and Christopher. Ernie was predeceased by his mother and father Joyce and Keith Thomas. He is survived by his siblings Timothy Thomas, the late Daryl (Buzz) Thomas, and Charmaine Thomas. Ernie was the special friend of Terri-Lynn Davis. Ernie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Ernie was an avid hunter, fisher, and gatherer. He loved the outdoors. Ernie enjoyed taking his beloved rez dog Hoppy out for bike rides and adventures. The Sacred Fire has been lit at the family home. Visitation will begin at the Kettle Point United Church on Wednesday February 21, 2024 after 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Hillside Auditorium on Friday February 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Kettle Point Cemetery.

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RITCHIE, CatherineSurrounded by the love of her family, our beloved mother, grandma, and great-grandma, Catherine Ritchie peacefully passed away on February 20, 2024, joining her beloved husband, Alvin and sons Charles and Ronald. Treasured mother of Don (Carol) Ritchie, Darlene (John) Stewart, and Diane (the late John) McRae, as well as Deb (Brian) Cooper. She leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion and will be forever cherished by her seven grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. Catherine was a devout member of the Dunlop Central United Church and, previously, the Devine Street Church. Throughout the years following the loss of her husband, Alvin, her faith provided her with solace and strength. She found immense joy in spending time with her family, whether triumphing over them in spirited games of euchre (where it is rumoured she cheated), cheering on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren during their hockey games or attending Sunday services. Over the years, the Ritchies fostered enduring bonds with Catherine's sister's family, the Huttons, creating countless memories during summer reunions in Hanover and at the Old Place. Catherine's absence will be deeply felt, not just by her immediate family, but also by the extended family she collected over the years. She embodied the essence of every grandma, with her knitting expertise, oatmeal gumdrop cookies that were unrivaled, her sweet voice, tiny stature, and above all, her immense love that imprinted a lasting legacy on all fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.A family graveside service will be held in Lucknow in the spring to celebrate the life and love of Catherine, affectionately known as GG. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 21 Feb 2024 22:36:20 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/catherine-ritchie-1089403508
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BUHLMANN, Vera HelgaPeacefully, at Marshall Gowland Manor on Monday, February 19, 2024, Vera Helga Buhlmann passed away at the age of 90. Predeceased by her parents Frederick and Hedwig Koster. Previous husband Joathim and longtime partner Ante (Tony) Ljulj. Vera was one of six girls, Helga, Enge, Gutrun, Karen and Sabrina. Vera was born in Germany, married to Joathim and had their first child, Hilda, then immigrated to Canada in 1954 for a new life. They finally settled on a beautiful farm in Petrolia and where they had two more children, Peter and Linda. Vera is survived by her three children and numerous grandchildren. She loved baking cakes for friends, enjoying nature birds, flowers and gardening. She looked forward to weekend dancing. Vera also worked many years as a cook in several restaurants and her last job was at Vision Nursing Home. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Donations to Rayjon Share Care of Sarnia Inc. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online atwww.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 21 Feb 2024 22:36:19 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/vera-buhlmann-1089403504
<![CDATA[YOUNG, MICHAEL]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-young-1089402316<![CDATA[

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Sep 25, 1926 - Feb 19, 2024

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Wed, 21 Feb 2024 10:59:54 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-young-1089402316
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MACDOUGALL, Michael "Mike" James - It is with great sadness that the family of the Late Michael James MacDougall announce his passing. In the comfort of his home on the morning of Sunday February 18, 2024, at the age of 73.Beloved husband of Linda MacDougall of 45 years. Loving father of Jordan (Leah Lacroix) and Jace (Jenny Laird). Adored pops of Niah, Callum, Liam and grand dog Doogie. Mike is predeceased by his parents Winnogene (neé Blakie) and Neil MacDougall, In-laws Jeanne and Jack Rodger, sister-in-laws Janice Pelletier, Heather Trauqair, and his dog Mac.Mike was born in Sarnia, Ontario. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed being on the water with his family and friends. Mike competed annually in local fishing derbies along the shores of Lake Huron. He and his sons took first prize with a great catch of a 13.5-pound Rainbow Trout.After his retirement from the Pipefitters Local 663, Mike and Linda enjoyed spending their time together on the shoreline of Lake Huron, often entertaining their grandchildren.As per Mike's wishes Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Mike are asked to consider the Alzheimer's Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com

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Wed, 21 Feb 2024 03:48:48 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-macdougall-1089401463
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POLE, Neil ProctorIt is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Neil Proctor Pole in his 97th year on Monday February 12, 2024 at Vision Nursing and Rest Home.Neil is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 68 years, Fay (nee Terry), much loved father of Doug (Sharon) - Oakville, Dianne – Sarnia, and Janet (Kevin) – London. Grandfather of Shannon (Brian) – Toronto, Frazer (Reneé) – Burlington, and Stuart (Emma) – Oakville. Predeceased by his parents Willard and M. Grace (nee Proctor), and greatly missed brothers, both navigators in the RCAF during WW II. Flight Officer Ross Norman was shot down over France in 1944, and Flight Officer Douglas Campbell was shot down over Germany, also in 1944. As a result, Remembrance Day was always a very emotional day for Neil and his parents.Neil was born at Sarnia General Hospital June 13, 1927, graduated from S.C.I.T.S, the University of Western Ontario, and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He then worked in Montreal as a sales representative for pharmaceutical company Ayerst McKenna & Harrison for 2 years. While in Montreal he went to Toronto for a Grey Cup game and on a blind date he met the love of his life, Fay. Neil was subsequently transferred to St. Catharines and he and Fay were married in Burlington in 1955. In 1956 they moved to Sarnia where Neil took over his father's pharmacy at the corner of Mitton and Wellington. He enlarged and modernized the store as Neil Pole Pharmacy, and later expanded with a second store in the Oak Acres Plaza on Cathcart Blvd. Neil filled his childhood summers swimming and sailing at the family cottage on Lake Huron. He later purchased the cottage to build a home where he and his family lived for 45 years – enjoying all that lake living has to offer plus as a wonderful place for the grandchildren to visit their grandparents, aka the "Beach Buddies". They subsequentially moved to an apartment on Sandy Lane where they could continue to enjoy the water while watching all the boat activity in the Sarnia Yacht Club and under the Bluewater Bridge.He was a proud Sarnian who was an early member of the Seaway Kiwanis Club, a long-time member of Grace United Church, and a member for 62 years of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, actively golfing and curling well into his 80's. He enjoyed listening to music, including attending the International Symphony Orchestra and the Sarnia Concert Association series for many years. In retirement he was also an ardent supporter of Sarnia General Hospital and served on their board for a number of years. Over the years Neil and Fay travelled extensively, visiting six of the seven continents, and had many fond memories of their adventures.Neil will be remembered as a well-respected pharmacist and business man, also as a gentleman, a kind and caring person. He also had great sense of humour and wit, especially when playing games like Scattegories with his family.We would like to express our deep gratitude to the PSW's from VON while Neil was still at home, and the staff at Vision Nursing Home (Superior Wing) during his final years, for the care and compassion they showed to him.As an expression of sympathy please consider a donation to the Bluewater Health Foundation Sarnia, or charity of your choice(cheque only at the funeral home). Visitation will be on Saturday March 2 from 1:00-2:30p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia with a service to start at 2:30p.m.

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Mon, 19 Feb 2024 22:36:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/neil-pole-1089396751
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GRASSO, RaffaelePeacefully with his family by his side, Raffaele Grasso died at St. Joseph's Hospice on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Palma (nee Renzullo) for 49 years. Loving father of Anna Grasso, Fio Grasso (Michelle) and Anthony Grasso. Cherished nonno of Michaela, Luca, Joah and Eli. Also survived by his sister Maria Grasso and Barbato nieces Trish, Silvana, Lori, Diana, Christina and nephew Jim, and their families as well as Grasso nieces, Carmela, Stefania and Maria Angela, and their families. He was a cherished cousin to many relatives in Italy. Predeceased by his parents Fioravante and Carmela, his sister Anna-Rita Grasso and his brother Crescenzio (Emilia).Ralph was one of a kind - tough as nails with an overflowing heart of gold. He was always there for his family and his community. Whether you needed a backhoe or a glass of wine, he was there to help. He was proud of Sarnia and his work in the plants, which spanned 5 decades. His famous driving tours of Sarnia brought him, and his passengers, a great deal of joy. Ralph loved to tinker in his garage and took great pride in figuring out how to fix a heavy piece of machinery on his own. He was genuinely at peace and the happiest when all members of our family were all together, such as our family traditions of making homemade wine, salami and tomato sauce. Another favourite pastime was his outings with the grandkids to Cantara Park and under the bridge to feed the fish. He also loved to watch his grandkids play hockey and figure skate. As patriarch of the family, he showered his kids and grandkids with love and affection, which flowed to his extended family and friends. His wife Palma was his rock and partner in every way. We will all miss him.The Grasso family would like to give a special thanks to Raffaele's Palliative care team at St. Joseph's Hospice, Dr. Kim, his nurse Debby, John and all of the PSW support from Care Partners.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict's Church on Thursday, February, 22 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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October 3, 1971 - February 15, 2024

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FRANZ, AnnyOn Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at C.E.E. Hospital Continuing Care and surrounded by love, Anny (nee Pazier) Franz went home to her beloved husband Andreas (1978).Anny was the much-loved mother of Lori-Anne (the late David) Vokes and Sylvia (Sandy) Bunker. Proud Oma of Allanah and Shannon (Kevin) Vokes, and Gregory (Ramya), Robert (Jacquie), Andrea, and Alexandra (Mauro) Bunker. Great Oma of Cecilia. Dear sister of Rosa (Klaus) Frinken. Very special Anny Tante to Dorie (Frank) Bartelen along with Gerhard (Theresa) Franz, Elly (George) Powell, Christine (the late Lorne) Lambert, Marlene (Hugh) Lee, and Verena (Alex) Frinken. Anny was a friend to many including longtime friends Martha Szabo, Adelheid Ruettimann, and Sharon Leyes.Anny was born on May 6, 1934 in Apatin, Yugoslavia near the Danube River, to ethnic German parents, Johann and Rosina Pazier. Anny was a proud Donauschwabe. She spent several years as a girl in a concentration camp before escaping with her mother, younger sister, and grandmother, with the help of her uncle. They made their way to Germany where she spent time in a convent, went to business school, and after graduation worked in fashion in the big city. One day, she went to visit Anna Franz, another Donauschwabe from Yugoslavia. She saw a picture of Anna's son and knew right away that he was the one. She became penpals with him and they soon became engaged. He took the boat from Canada to Germany and two weeks later, they were wed. They took the boat back to Canada and arrived with very little but big dreams, an even bigger work ethic, and love for each other. Together, they built Andran Poultry Limited.Anny loved plants and was a gifted gardener. Her flower beds back in the day were a sight to behold. Anny was also a phenomenal cook. She was known for her hospitality and many enjoyed hours of conversation, coffee, and her wonderful baked goods in her living room over the years.We will be forever grateful for the care and kindness extended to Anny by Dr. Moon, the nurses and staff of C.E.E. Hospital, and her PSWs at home.Visitors will be received on Monday, February 19, 2024 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel of Needham-Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery.Donations may be made in her memory to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Sarnia/Lambton (www.ssvpsarnialambton.ca) and Lambton Wildlife. Arrangements by Needham-Jay Funeral Home www.needhamjay.com.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:40:45 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/anny-franz-1089387185
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JARRETT, JanetPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on February 11, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Janet Jarrett (née Dobson) passed away at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by her beloved husband Bob. Loving mother of Leanne (Paul) Goldsmith and Dana (Ray) Eaton. Predeceased by her parents Bill Dobson and Betty Bertsch. Cherished grandmother of Patrick, Ryan, Sean, Alicia and Trevor. Dear sister of Jean Dobson. Treasured sister-in-law of Linda Kruyssen, Terri (Martin) Clarkson and predeceased by Anne (Bob) Ball, and John Kruyssen. Loved by many nieces and nephews and extended family. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation held one hour prior. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery will follow. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the thoughtful and caring staff at Bluewater Health Palliative Care. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to New Beginnings ABI and Stroke Recovery Association (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:40:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/janet-jarrett-1089387184
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TELLIER, Leo Zenon (Chouinard)In loving memory of Leo Zenon (Chouinard) Tellier of Sarnia, Ontario. Born on January 13, 1949. Passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the age of 75 years.Loving husband of Anne (Kamerman) Tellier of 54 years. Loving father of Sherry (Jesse), Shelly (Brian), and Leeanne (Jeff). Adoring grandfather of Jordan, Adam, Johnathan, Alec, Kaiden, Harrison, Kaleb, Aaron, Reese, and Kate. Predeceased by his father Bernard Chouinard (1950) and his mother Orise Tellier (2021), Stepfather Armand Tellier (1994) and Stepbrother Richard (2016). Survived by his Aunts, Toby and Louise, step siblings Maryanne, Elaine, George, Laurie, and Trudy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Leo loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed many years of cottage life on the lake. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, and working on classic cars. He was also a devoted Montreal Canadiens fan.Special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Victoria Hospital and Bluewater Health for their compassionate care. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:40:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leo-tellier-1089387183
<![CDATA[WEISZ, MARGARETPEACEFULLY, S...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-weisz-1089387182<![CDATA[

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WEISZ, MargaretPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Afton Park Place, Margaret Weisz passed away at the age of 79. Beloved wife of George Weisz for 57 years. Loving mother of Dianne Weisz and Kathryn (Ken) Graham. Cherished Oma of Jayson and Olivia Graham. Dear sister to Lillian (John) Wiggers, John (Leslie) Reiser, Maryann Reiser, and Anne (Doug) Alexander. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Theresa (Michael) Reiser and Joseph Schmol. Margaret was born in Papa, Hungary during World War 2. After the loss of her father during the War, Margaret and her mother fled to Eastern Germany, where they lived for several years. They immigrated to Canada in 1954, where her mother met and married Michael Reiser, who became a beloved father. Margaret started her career as a hairdresser and a hairdressing instructor. She continued to do the family's hair for years. In 1958, Margaret met George Weisz, and they were married in 1966. They began their married life together in Toronto and moved to Sarnia, where they welcomed their daughters. Work led to more relocations across Ontario, including Windsor, Mississauga and back to Sarnia, where the family settled in 1983. Margaret loved children and joined the R.C. School Board as an Educational Assistant. She decided to retire in 2001 so she could help with her grandchildren Jayson and Olivia. The tradition of "Tuesday's with Oma and Opa" began and the four of them had countless adventures together. Margaret also had a passion for gardening, and spent many hours working outside. She and George were longtime volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul. The family would like to thank the staff of Afton Park Place for all the help they provided for them over the years. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. with a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society or St. Vincent de Paul (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:40:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-weisz-1089387182
<![CDATA[TAYLOR, JAMES EDWARDIT IS WI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-taylor-1089387181<![CDATA[

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TAYLOR, James EdwardIt is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of James Edward Taylor, a loving husband, father, and brother. James passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the age of 62. James unwavering support and encouragement to his family and friends was always with love. He loved to make people laugh and had a great sense of humour. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Carol (Symington) Taylor, son Steven Taylor, daughter Lisa Taylor (Jordan Kindred), nephew Ryan (Breanne), and their son Liam Taylor, and brother David Taylor. Predeceased by Keith Taylor. His legacy of love, laughter and generosity will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. James retired from Nova Chemicals in 2022 as a longtime employee, professional photographer and avid drummer. James loved the outdoors and had fond memories of Huntsville. James will be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice Sarnia or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:40:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-taylor-1089387181
<![CDATA[MAGGS, DAVID]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-maggs-1089382479<![CDATA[

Feb 12, 1949 - Feb 9, 2024

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Fri, 16 Feb 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/david-maggs-1089382479
<![CDATA[ENGLISH, CLIFFORD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clifford-english-1089384931<![CDATA[

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1938 - 2024

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Thu, 15 Feb 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clifford-english-1089384931
<![CDATA[MCKEEGAN, ALBERTALBERT GARNE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/albert-mckeegan-1089380604<![CDATA[

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MCKEEGAN, AlbertAlbert Garnet McKeegan, age 86, of Wallaceburg, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9, 2024 at the Chatham Kent Hospice. Albert was the son of the late William McKeegan and Hattie (nee Branton). For 51 years, he was husband to Pat McKeegan (nee Paterson). Albert was the father of Darren McKeegan of Sarnia. He was brother of James McKeegan (Laura) of Auburndale Florida, brother-in-law of Karen (Donald) Grieve of Guelph and was predeceased by sisters-in-law Joanne Scott (Robert) and Judy Scott (James). Albert is survived by several nieces and nephews in both the US and Canada. Albert grew up on a farm in Lambton county and there developed a love for animals of all kinds. He spent years in trucking and heavy duty mechanic work. Later in life he started a storage business in Petrolia, Padlock Storage. His last years were spent living quietly with Pat in Wallaceburg. Albert will be deeply missed by all those that loved him. Those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society - Prostate Research. A celebration of Albert's life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:29 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/albert-mckeegan-1089380604
<![CDATA[WATSON, BRENDA LEAPEACEFULLY...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/brenda-watson-1089380596<![CDATA[

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WATSON, Brenda LeaPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Brenda went to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 63. Brenda was the loving wife of Bill Watson of 43 years. Loving mother of Lisa (Bryan) Johnson, and Jason Watson. Treasured grandmother to Brooklyn and Hunter Johnson. Brenda is survived by her brother Randy (Nancy) Winter and their son Jeremy (Sam) Winter, Uncles Larry (Nancy) Doan, Roger (Sue) Winter, Calvin (Melinda) Osmond and Bruce (the late Debbie) Joyce. Predeceased by her parents Edward (2022) and Maxine (2004) Winter, and in-laws Carol (2022) and Bill (1986) Watson. Brenda enjoyed managing and working at Schuylers Cards and Gifts and artistic custom framing, their family business. Brenda most enjoyed being a grandma, playing games, and watching their activities. She enjoyed time with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at Temple Baptist, 1410 Quinn Dr, Sarnia, ON, on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:29 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/brenda-watson-1089380596
<![CDATA[JOHNSON, DOUGLAS "DOUG" ALLAN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-johnson-1089380592<![CDATA[

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JOHNSON, Douglas "Doug" AllanSurrounded by family on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Douglas "Doug" Allan Johnson of Wyoming passed at the age of 77. Beloved husband to Lynda (nee Hart) for nearly 56 years. He was the proud and loving Dad to Dale (Melanie Mason) Johnson, Brett Johnson, Owen (Elly) Johnson, Colleen (Jeff) Styles. He was a devoted grandpa to Madelynn (Grant), Tyler, Samantha (Danielle), Brandon (Cassidy), Emma (Austin), Riley and Bryce. He was the brother to Larry Johnson, Nancy (the late Brian) McMullin, Murray (Karen) Johnson, Janet (Vic) Tyrell and the late Joanne (the late Ray) Packet. Predeceased by his parents, Wilbur and Edythe Johnson. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Doug was an employee of Bayer for more than 30 years. A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 388, Wyoming on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca) or the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca) Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:28 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-johnson-1089380592
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CLARKE, RonOn Sunday, February 11, 2024, Ron Clarke, age 76 of Point Edward passed away. He was the dear brother of Al Clarke (Celine), Ann Clarke, Bonnie Cox, Lou Clarke (Tracey) and Cindy Farrell (Mike). He is also survived by his sister-in- law Nancy Clarke and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Louis and Catherine (Kay) Clarke and his brother Harold Clarke. Ron retired from the LCBO after many years of service. He loved travel and enjoyed teasing all of his nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. and followed by a funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery after the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made in Ron's memory to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:28 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ron-clarke-1089380600
<![CDATA[WILLIAMSON, ROBERT "BIG BOB" G...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-williamson-1089380597<![CDATA[

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WILLIAMSON, Robert "Big Bob" GeraldIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert (Big Bob) Williamson, a loving father, partner, grandfather. Big Bob passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the age of 70, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, laughter, and cherished memories. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Sharon Williamson and survived by his loving partner Holli Griffith. He was the proud father of Heather Williamson (Shane Laur), Laura Russell (Matt Russell), and Ryan Williamson (Kate Columbus), and grandfather of Zac, Lillia, Briella and Emma. Dear brother of Anne Douglas and brother-in-law of Lloyd Dicker (June Holmes). Predeceased by his parents Gerald and Myrtle Williamson.Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the youth sports charity of your choice in honour of Bob's commitment to youth in sports, or to the Kidney Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.caMay Bob's soul rest in eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire us all to live each day with love, laughter, and a giving spirit.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-williamson-1089380597
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MORRIS, GaryPassed away after a brief illness caused by a sudden fall at home, with his loving family by his side at the St Catharines Hospital on Monday, February 12, 2024 in his 81st year. Beloved husband and best friend of Barbara Mutton for 21 years. Cherished father of Candida (Jon) Pilkington of Port Colborne. Gary is survived by his brother in law David Mutton of Uxbridge as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Delmer and Lennette Morris, his brother Ronald Morris, his sister Beverly Niven and his in laws Helen and Cliff Mutton. Gary was a Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer at General Motors for 44 and a half years. He was an active member of Elm Street United Church. Gary was a passionate auto enthusiast, especially for his two 1934 Ford classic cars, which he took great pride in building from the ground up. In his retirement, Gary and Barb enjoyed travelling on many trips. The family will receive visitors at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines on Friday, February 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A private family burial will take place at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. A Funeral Service for Gary will take place at Elm Street United Church, 11 Elm Street, St. Catharines on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to Elm Street United Church, Diabetes Canada or a Charity of Choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences and tributes atwww.georgedartefuneralhome.com

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Wed, 14 Feb 2024 22:37:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gary-morris-1089380591
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BOYD, Malcolm MurrayMalcolm died with family by his side on Monday, February 5, 2024 at Bluewater Health after a short illness while living with Alzheimer's disease. He was 80 years old.He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 48 years, Nora Boyd; children, Barbara and Hugh; daughter-in-law Katie; and siblings Ian (Anne) Boyd and Miriam Hamilton.He had a 25-year career as a County Planning Director for Prince Edward and Lambton Counties during which he advocated passionately for 911 services, municipal addressing, the twinned Bluewater Bridge, and creating a County Heritage Forest.Malcolm loved nature, enjoyed birding, and worked tirelessly for the conservation of wild spaces. As past president and board member of Lambton Wildlife he helped to acquire and protect wildlife habitats for endangered species. He also volunteered for Scouts Canada for 35 years, introducing new generations to the natural world and helping the 23rd Sarnia Scouts and Camp Attawandaron achieve international accreditation for Excellence for Nature and Environment. He was also an active member of St. Bartholomew's Church.He enjoyed many hobbies and sharing them with others. He particularly loved skiing, sailing, canoeing, stargazing, listening to classical and fiddle music, spending time at his brother's cottage in the Ottawa Valley, and traveling with friends and family.His family's grief is as immense as their gratitude for his life.Visitation will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of Malcolm's life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 718 Cathcart Blvd, Sarnia at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Lambton Wildlife Incorporated (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:36:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/malcolm-boyd-1089373257
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GILBERT, PaulaPeacefully on February 11, 2024, after a short battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Paula Gilbert (nee Bell) passed away at the age of 70. Loving mother of Jennie (Mike) Waters and Janet (Sean) Gilbert, Cherished Grandmother of Elizabeth, Rebecca, Gabriel, and Annabelle Waters; Mark and Dallas O'Brien. Dear sister of Jerry and Debbie Bell. Predeceased by her son Mark (1984), parents Russell and Jennie Bell, and sister, Gay Bell. She will be missed by her cousins and many friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care and Med T units. As per mom's wishes cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Needham-Jay Funeral Home 519-882-0100. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to River City Vineyard: https://www.rcv.org/donate or The Haven Youth Shelter: https://www.theinnsarnia.ca/donate/please use "The Haven" in the drop down menu. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.NeedhamJay.com

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:36:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/paula-gilbert-1089373252
<![CDATA[DUPUIS, SHARON MARIE (MCEACHEN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-dupuis-1089373251<![CDATA[

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DUPUIS, Sharon Marie (McEachen)1939 - 2024We, the family of Sharon, announce her passing on February 9, 2024. As per Sharon's request, there will be no funeral services. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment ceremony will take place at a later date. Sharon was the beloved wife of the late Terry Dupuis. Dearest mother of Mark Burdett and the late Jason Burdett. Loved Nana of Hannah, Jaden, Jonah, and Chloe Burdett. Loving sister of Brian (Cecile) McEachen, Shelley (Morris) Bongers, Maureen (Dennis) Davies, and Lauren (Bruce) Colborne. Sharon is pre-deceased by parents Alice and John McEachen, sister Lynne Melanson, brothers Vaughn and Shayne McEachen, and nephew Steven Melanson. Also survived by Terry's children, Terry Jr. (Kathy) Dupuis, Phyllis (Ron) Wambaugh, Mike Dupuis and their families. A special thank you to the staff of the Bluewater Health ICU Unit. Your care and compassion in looking after Mom and our family will never be forgotten. You earned your wings Mom, now soar with the angels. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Mental Health Association (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:36:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sharon-dupuis-1089373251
<![CDATA[LOUKS, SALLY (O'FLYNN, HOCKIN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sally-louks-1089373260<![CDATA[

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LOUKS, Sally (O'Flynn, Hocking)With great sadness the Louks/Hocking family announce the passing of Sally at the age of 88 years.Sally is survived by her loving husband James Louks, her sons Andy (Danielle) Hocking and Tom (Crystal) Hocking and predeceased by her step-son, Paul Hocking. Her grandchildren Raymond, Mackenzie, Nicholas Hocking and Frank Hocking, Alyssa (Derek) Cosford and their children Brooks, Remy, Karsyn and Emerson.She also leaves behind her family in Wallaceburg, her sister, Kathy O'Flynn and numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her in-laws, Don (late Mary Jane), Gary (Bonnie), Wayne (late Marlene), Brian (Patsy), late Ken (Eleanor), late George (Janet) and Louks nieces and nephews.Sally was predeceased by her parents Desmond and Ola O'Flynn, her sister Margery and her husband Harley Taylor, her brother Gary O'Flynn and his wife Marie and her brother Andrew O'Flynn and his wife Betty.Sally worked as an X-ray technician at the Sarnia Hospitals and later in life she worked at the old Marshall Gowland Manor.Sally loved camping, travelling, going to the casino, lottery tickets, being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and watching their sports events.Cremation has taken place. An informal gathering will be held at the Sandpiper where she lived for the last 15 years in the Community Room at 175 Wellington Street, Sarnia, on Friday, February 16, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please enter from the Queen Street parking lot entrance – there will be a sign on the door. If you wish, you can make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:36:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sally-louks-1089373260
<![CDATA[WARREN, MARY ELIZABETHPEACEF...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-warren-1089373276<![CDATA[

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WARREN, Mary ElizabethPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Mary Elizabeth Warren passed away at the age of 82. Beloved wife of the late Ron Warren. Loving mother of Jeff, Gordon (Helen), Don (Karen), and Laura (Matthew). Cherished grandmother of Tyler (Lindsea), Jacob, and Mitchell (Kiarah). Dear sister of Thom (Kathleen) Hunter. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024 22:36:21 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-warren-1089373276
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BOONSTRA, FredFred Boonstra was taken home to be with our Lord on February 8, 2024 in his 92nd year. Fred was predeceased by his loving wife Sylvia (2021) and will be deeply missed by his children John Boonstra (Manina von Boltenstern), Emily Brown (nee Boonstra) (James Brown), Paul Boonstra, Calvin Boonstra (Michelle Boonstra), his grandchildren, Amanda, Christian, Makayla, Daniel, Belinda, Francis, Brandon, Matthew, Kaitlyn, and his siblings Morris Boonstra and Ron Boonstra. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation held one hour prior from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. A live stream of the funeral service will be available on the Smith Funeral Home website at service time. Interment to follow at Blackwell Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.caJohn 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me."

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Fri, 9 Feb 2024 22:38:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fred-boonstra-1089364217
<![CDATA[KERSHAW, JOAN LEILA (SMITH) F...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joan-kershaw-1089364221<![CDATA[

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KERSHAW, Joan Leila (Smith) February 24, 1931 - February 7, 2024Our family matriarch is gone but we won't forget her; we loved her and will miss her. She was an individual first and foremost, well read and thoughtful, with deeply personal opinions about God, politics and the rights of individuals. She loved a good debate on many topics and wasn't afraid of expressing herself. Growing up in the rural enclave of Blackwell, Ontario, she was a country girl at heart who could name all of her childhood neighbours and trace her ancestors back several generations. But she raised her family in the Sarnia home that she lived in for 66 years. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but she rolled her eyes and sighed a lot when talking about the successes and idiosyncrasies of each of her loved children and spouses. A trip to the mouth of the St. Clair River, to watch the ships travel up and down, was a favourite past-time. She bowled every Tuesday until age 91, planted something anywhere there was space to watch it grow, watched for her birds and monarch butterflies, made the best Black Gold jam, sang for years in the church choir, and was a humble yet talented landscape artist. And we all will remember that she maintained a magical home where she let a lot of little ones (family and neighbours) run amok over the years. Predeceased by husband Harry Kershaw (2010); parents Leila and Carl Smith; 3 sisters (Janet, Dee, Sally); 2 brothers (Bill, Ron); son-in-law, Miro and great-grandson, Titus. She is survived by daughter, Jo-Anne; sons Mike (Terri), Rick (Carol) and Bob (Lorrie); grandsons Michael and Christopher; Greg, Grant and Tom; Rob and Doug. And, great-grandchildren, Ria, Beckett and Quinn; Jasper, Griffin, Coen and Penny; Sophie, Vincent, Bruce and Layla; Owen, Liam, Boden and Kinley; Dalton, Jaxsyn and Preston; special brother-in-law, Bill Moorehouse, and several nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thank you to all of the health workers who supported her over the past few months. Cremation has taken place and a family graveside service to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home and Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia). Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Fri, 9 Feb 2024 22:38:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joan-kershaw-1089364221
<![CDATA[DOULL, DOUGLAS FREDERICK CHARL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-doull-1089364204<![CDATA[

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DOULL, Douglas Frederick CharlesPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at home, Douglas passed away at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Jean Doull for 63 and a half years. Loving father of Beth (Doug) Burnley, Bryan (Jasmine) Doull, and Barb (Donna) Lethbridge. Cherished grandfather of Paula Burnley, Joey Burnley (Tim), Cole Burnley (Olivia), Ed Burnley (Janilee), Darryn Doull (Ilinca), Kathryn Doull (Tristain), Jade Perry (Steve), Emily Organ (Graham), and Sara Organ (Andrew), and great-grandfather of Levi, Halle, Riley, Natalia, and Lyla. Dear brother to Doreen Visser and brother-in-law of Joyce Doull. Predeceased by his brother David Doull and brother-in-law Dick Visser. Doug was a Mason for over 50 years as a member of Liberty Lodge #419. Doug lived the Masonic way, showing kindness and acceptance to others. He loved to sing and was a decades long member of the Bluewater Chordsmen and St. Bartholmew's church choir. Doug was also a member of the Antique Classic Car Club of Canada. He was a man of many interests and never lost his curiosity for science and learning. Doug was a woodworker and an avid builder of whirlygigs and toys, and was a proud engineer who kept his license until 2023. Above all else, Doug was a family man who loved when family gathered. He will be remembered as a calm and wise soul and will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. Special thanks to Dr. Butler and the palliative home care team for their care and support. Family and friends will be welcomed at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Harmonize for Speech (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 9 Feb 2024 22:38:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-doull-1089364204
<![CDATA[WALLEN, JOHN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-wallen-1089360286<![CDATA[

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Oct 22, 1949 - Jan 29, 2024

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MORNINGSTAR, Bari Lynn JoanAfter a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Bari Lynn Joan Morningstar passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the age of 80, at Marshall Gowland Manor in Sarnia. Loving mother of Todd Langstaff (Rachel), Jami Lynn Warkentin (Bill), and Trevor Langstaff. Cherished grandmother of Abigail (Mike), Maia, Qali, Olivia, Ben, and Colin, and great-grandmother of Hayden and Madison. Dear sister of Jan McCarthy. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation held prior from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The family wishes to invite friends and family for refreshments and a light luncheon following the service. Cremation will follow. An interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg at a later date. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 22:37:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bari-morningstar-1089354420
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TIMAR, JohnFebruary 16, 1935 – February 2, 2024John died in Sarnia on February 2, 2024, after a brief illness. He will be missed by his beloved partner, Judy Lindberg; children, Cary, Ted, and Niki; grandchildren, Morley, Quinn, Leo, and Henry; and daughters-in-law, Julianne and Janice. John was born in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to Canada in 1957. He had a 33 year career as a chemist at Polysar. He was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed hikes on the Bruce Trail and with the Lambton and Bluewater Outdoors clubs. He also cycled thousands of kilometers per year until the end. He was a member of the Kiwanis club and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Memorial donations may be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy or the Alpine Club of Canada Environment Fund. A funeral was held on February 5, 2024, at Logan Funeral Home in London, Ontario.

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 22:37:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-timar-1089357964
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BRODIE, Isabel AlicePassed away at St. Joseph's Hospice of Sarnia, on Monday, February 5, 2024 at the age of 88. Predeceased by her late husband Donald Brodie (2022). Loving mother of Steven Brodie, Donna Scott (Roy), Sharon Duval (late Peter), and Brian Brodie (Lori). Predeceased by infant son David. Isabel is also survived by her nine grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.Visitation will take place at Denning's Of Forest, 9 James Street South, Forest, on Monday, February 12, 2024 from 11:00a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:00p.m. Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice of Sarnia or to Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.forestfuneralhome.com.

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 22:37:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/isabel-brodie-1089357969
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FLORENCE, JohnJohn passed away at Bluewater Health on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the age of 96. Best friend and loving partner of Mary Winter. Dear father of Laura Florence (Bob Goodden), Pamela Florence and Paula Florence (late Ron Kelly). Step-father of Jeffrey Winter (Tanya) and Jennifer Vigreux (Jocelyn). Grandfather of Andrew and Aaron Wright, Jessica Florence and Ben Kelly. Great-grandfather of Alyssa Wright. Step-grandfather of Cameron and Myles Winter, Chloé and Nicolas Vigreux. Predeceased by son Richard and sisters Agnes, Margaret and Mae.John had a great love for playing football all through his school years. While at the University of Manitoba he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. John was hired by Imperial Oil and as a result was recruited by the Sarnia Imperials playing with them until he transferred to Montreal. John had many interests including; gardening, gourmet cooking, scuba diving and volleyball. John was famous for his homemade dill pickles which flew out of the house with friends and family. After his retirement John joined the Adopt-a-Scientist program for elementary schools and spent many hours creating models for the classroom. John looked forward to the Brittoli coffee club days with Ken, Bob, Russ, Chris, and Kent. Many thanks go out to Nurse Lance Marcy for his home care. Thanks to the staff at Bluewater Hospital, Dr. Lilly and Palliative Care nurses.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 10-10:45 a.m. The funeral service will follow immediately in the chapel at 11 a.m. Private interment to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or the Alzheimer Society, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 22:37:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-florence-1089357963
<![CDATA[MACSWAIN, BRADLEY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bradley-macswain-1089356037<![CDATA[

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1951 - 2024

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Wed, 7 Feb 2024 07:04:25 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bradley-macswain-1089356037
<![CDATA[VANDERKANT, LAMBERTPEACEFULL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lambert-vanderkant-1089350893<![CDATA[

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VANDERKANT, LambertPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Lambert Vanderkant passed away at the age of 79. Beloved husband of 53 years to Jane. Loving father of Ken (Julie) Vanderkant. Sandra (Derek) Starbuck. Ron (Cara Wellington) Vanderkant and Karen Vanderkant (Eric Jones). Cherished Poppa of Jacob, Noah and Lydia Vanderkant. Dessa Obscura, Liam and Oliver Starbuck. Brynn, Levi and Ethan Vanderkant and Allie and Archer Vanderkant-Jones. Dear brother of Willy VandenEynden, Martin (Jackie) Vanderkant, Elly (Pete) Rombouts, Frank (Rita) Vanderkant and Lena (Mike) Hodgins. Predeceased by his parents Martina and Martin Vanderkant, his brothers Bill and Charlie Vanderkant and his brother-in-law Harry VandenEynden. Lambert was a lifelong farmer with a passion for everything outdoors. Lambert and Jane settled together on the farm between Thedford and Arkona where they raised their children, enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, bowling, playing baseball and family vacations. As their family expanded and grandchildren came along, they retired to Sarnia. They enjoyed their retirement years together, travelling and spending time with their growing family. Lambert was a true family man. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 12:00p.m. with visitation an hour prior from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Cemetery, 5621 Nauvoo Rd, Watford, ON. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 5 Feb 2024 22:35:49 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lambert-vanderkant-1089350893
<![CDATA[EATON, GREG]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/greg-eaton-1089349972<![CDATA[

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Jan 23, 1957 - Jan 26, 2024

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Mon, 5 Feb 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/greg-eaton-1089349972
<![CDATA[CRUICKSHANK, JACQUELINE "JACKI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jacqueline-cruickshank-1089344930<![CDATA[

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CRUICKSHANK, Jacqueline "Jackie" AnnWe announce the peaceful passing of Jacqueline "Jackie" Ann Cruickshank on Wednesday January 31, 2024, at her home, with her family by her side, at the age of 81 years. Beloved wife of Rev. John Cruickshank for over 60 years. Loving mother of Beth and Rick Machan, Heather Cruickshank and Deano Muzzin, Jim and Liza Cruickshank, John Cruickshank and Michelle Paquette and mother-in-law of Julie Cruickshank. Cherished Nana to Bryan Sterling (Alanah Lamb), Olivia Machan (Ian Bendall), Amanda Sterling (Jordan Mitchell), Alexander (Kayla) Machan, Sarah Cruickshank (Drake Esdon), Joshua Sterling, Duncan Cruickshank, Matt Cruickshank, Jill Cruickshank and Meredith Cruickshank and great- grandmother to Theodore Bendall. Jackie is survived by; her brother, David Butler and by John's brothers and their wives; Jim and Jackie, Stuart and Lori, Richard and Vicki, Doug and Patricia, and Don and Karen. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Margaret Butler, her sister Mary Waugh, and her mother and father-in-law Jim and Elsie Cruickshank. Jackie was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She found great joy in dedicating her life to support John in his calling. John always said there should be a stained glass window in every church dedicated to the wives of ministers, who had to hardest calling of all. She was a member of IODE, a long time volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and a lifetime member of the WMS. Friends and family will be received at Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna, on Saturday February 3, 2024 from 1-3p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday February 4, 2024 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 261 Christina St. North, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or WMS Mooretown Auxiliary. Messages and condolences may be left online at www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845

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Fri, 2 Feb 2024 22:41:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jacqueline-cruickshank-1089344930
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DAVIES, Teresa Bernadette (O'Reilly)Surrounded by the love of her family, Teresa passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024, at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, at the age of 95. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Ted. Much loved Mom to Mary Ann (1981), Susan Chamberlain and her husband Wayne, and Ted Davies and his partner Shelley Dixon, all of Sarnia. She was the treasured Nanny to seven grandchildren: Shannon Dupuis and her husband TJ of Corunna, Jamie Chamberlain and his wife Katie of London, Jessica Huhn and her husband Dan of Buchloe, Germany, Erin Chamberlain and her partner Michael Peart of Brampton, Rachel, Meg and Matthew Davies of London. She was the cherished Great-Nanny to eight beautiful children whom she loved dearly: Dylan, Jace and Kyle Dupuis, Cohen and Jack Chamberlain, Levi and Myla Huhn, and London Peart. Teresa was predeceased by her parents Michael and Mary Ann O'Reilly and her siblings Mary, Ann, Pat, Mike, Jamie and members of the Davies family whom she was very fond of. She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters-in-law Mary Jane O'Reilly, Ann Davies, Diane Gordon and by many dear nieces and nephews.Her faith was very important to her and she and Ted were actively involved in the life of Sacred Heart Parish for many years. She was a gifted knitter and lovingly made many sweaters, hats and scarves for family, friends and those in need. Teresa was an avid gardener and enjoyed time spent amongst her flowers. She loved her family above all else and was truly a kind, generous soul. Although her last few years were difficult, we find comfort in knowing she is with her beloved daughter Mary Ann, whom she missed every day. We have lost our cherished Mother, but our hearts are filled with love and wonderful memories.Special thanks to the amazing staff at Trillium Villa which was home to Teresa for the past nineteen months. We are so grateful for the compassionate care, love and support shown to Mom and our family, day in and day out. Thanks also to Dr. Michael Stoesser for his exceptional care over the years.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Ltd., 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Sunday, February 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held and celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, February 5 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 or Rayjon Sarnia, P.O. Box 2482, Sarnia, N7T 7T. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com .

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Fri, 2 Feb 2024 22:41:59 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/teresa-davies-1089344931
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DANYLCHUK, BettyDecember 19, 1926 - January 29, 2024It is with profound sadness that the family of Betty Danylchuk announces her passing in her 98th year. Betty was predeceased by her husband and soulmate, Bill, who passed away February 8, 2023. Betty will be forever missed by her daughters Debbie (Diane) and Karen, along with Brooke (Matt) and Drew, and Sawyer and Nicholas, children and grandchildren of Debbie and Diane. Betty grew up in Toronto and attended Fern Avenue Public School and Parkdale Collegiate. Betty and Bill met in their last year of high school and were joined at the hip for the rest of their adventurous 78 years together. They continuously reflected on their memories of growing up in Toronto—days at Sunnyside Beach and Pool, dances at Palais Royale, and long bike rides outside the city. Given Betty's interest in travel from an early age, it seemed appropriate that she and Bill were married in Costa Rica where Bill held a summer job in 1950. They began their married life together in Sarnia where they remained for the rest of their lives. Betty and Bill were lifelong travellers having visited Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, and South America, many of those travels with their daughters. They especially enjoyed Hong Kong where Karen taught for four years, and Perth, Australia where Debbie taught on a one-year exchange. The Danylchuks joined the Sarnia Riding Club in 1963 and remained members ever since that time enjoying many years of swimming, tennis, beach lounging, and dances with a closely knit group of friends. Betty loved swimming laps in the pool and sitting on the hill overlooking the lake throughout the spring and summer. Betty and Bill also spent many years as members of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, dining there regularly on Friday evenings and attending the special occasion brunches with the family. Betty played golf and curled at the club in the early 50s and 60s while Bill continued to play golf until his final year. Betty was a beloved member of the Sigma Phi Gamma, Gamma Epsilon Chapter Sorority, having joined in 1955 and continued her involvement up until her passing. She cherished her many sorority sisters along with her bridge club friends she met in 1950. Betty volunteered throughout the years as a canvasser for various charitable organizations. Betty relished her role as homemaker, devoted to her daughters and husband. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, kindness, compassion, keen interest in others, and zest for life. She was a true inspiration to those who knew and met her. The family would like to thank the medical staff and volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospice Sarnia-Lambton for their outstanding and compassionate care during our Mom's final days. Special thanks to the nurses, personal support workers, Drs. Allison Crombeen and Orla MacSweeney, and Spiritual Care Coordinator Mike Burns. A celebration of life will follow in the future. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Joseph's Hospice Sarnia-Lambton (www.stjosephshospice.ca) or the Sarnia and District Humane Society (www.sarniahumanesociety.com). Donations will also be accepted through D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (cheques only please). Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.djrobb.on.ca

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HAGGART, Margaret E September 27, 1944 -January 31, 2024Peacefully at Marshall Gowland Manor. Margaret was the beloved spouse of Donald for 58 years. Loving mother of their 3 children, Paul (Amalia) of Kingsville, Andrea (Dan) Luker of Port Lambton, and Carol (Steve) Bolt of Stittsville. Special grandmother to five grandchildren, Mitchell Haggart, Aaron and Katelyn Luker, and Olivia and Ryan Bolt. Also surviving are her brother John (Helen) McPhail of Warman, SK and his family and stepfamily. Two sisters- in-law Elizabeth Haggart and Kathleen Haggart. Predeceased by her parents Duncan and Dorothy (Littlejohns) McPhail, her parents- in-law Dave and Ada Haggart, and sister-in-law Linda McPhail (2005). The family wishes to express their appreciation for the Health Care Professionals who cared for Margaret over the past 3 years. The nurses and PSWs at Marshall Gowland Manor for their gentle kindly care. The PSWs from Bayshore, and nurses at Bluewater Health Cancer Clinic. Her physicians Micheal Stoesser, Keneth Yoshida and Melanie Crozier. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to Bluewater Health Cancer Clinic or the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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DE MEESTER, William "Bill"William (Bill) August George De Meester, Age 87, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. Bill was born on September 5, 1936 in Sarnia, Ontario to Marie Angel and Anthony (Tony) De Meester. Bill is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Joe De Meester and nephews Tony and Joe. Bill lived a fulfilling and remarkable life, leaving a lasting impact on the aircraft industry. Learning about engines in his father's Sunoco station near Sarnia's Chemical Valley. Bill moved to aircraft working as a flight engineer for Kenting Aviation, then with Sarnia Airways, Great Lakes Airlines, and Air Ontario. In 1989, Bill went to work for Kelowna Flightcraft where he would lead a major program that culminated in one of his proudest accomplishments, the Convair 5800 Stretch Program. Bill retired from Kelowna Flightcraft in 2005. Bill had a passion for photography, working with For-Seg Photos and Photos by De Meester. SMAA teams may recall the click of his camera. He was a member of the Sarnia, London, and Kelowna photography clubs as well as the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joyce (Chaytor), his children Shelley Murray (Dwayne), Pat (Sheri), and Karen Hardman (Andy). His grandchildren Lauren (Joey), Samantha (Chris), Allison (Scott), Will (Alyssa), Cody (Nicole), Cassidy (Steve). Great Grandchildren Curtis, Samara, Sydney, Sevannah, Eva, Addison, Finn, Elliot, Emilia, Aubrey, Arizona, Calvin, Ayden, Atticus. Nieces and nephews Kathy (Brian), Ron (Darci), Jim (Jeanne), Nancy, Sandy, Sandy, Doug (Holly), Cathy (Dave). A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at a later date. The family expresses gratitude to Bluewater Health and the wonderful 4th floor Telemetry team, especially Rachael, Shawna, and Dr. Mac Sweeney, who provided comfort and support during Bill's final days. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada, The Kidney Foundation or CNIB (cheques only at the funeral home please). Bill may be gone from our sight, but will forever remain in our hearts.

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Wed, 31 Jan 2024 22:37:44 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-de-meester-1089334580
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McKEEGAN, Melvin GarnetPassed away peacefully in his home, at the age of 95, on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Beloved husband for 57 years to the late Florence Mary Jane (Campbell) McKeegan (2008). Special friend for 11 years of the late Evelyn Ridley (2021). Loving father of Bruce McKeegan and Lori Dutot of Wallaceburg, Keith and Alyce McKeegan of Sombra, Darlene and Henry Kraayenbrink of Port Lambton, Marie and Kevin Webster of Oil City. Predeceased by his parents John and Myrtle (Scott) McKeegan. Brother to the late Jean (Bob) Hazzard, Dorothy (George) Ross, Frank McKeegan and Bill (Doreen surviving) McKeegan. Cherished grandfather of Ashley (Matt) Montague, Trevis McKeegan, Sarah (Robert) Atkinson, Kyle McKeegan, Mason (Brianne) Kraayenbrink, Mitchell (Jocelyn) Kraayenbrink, Amelia (Dalton) Authier, Katrina (Chadd) Murphy, Ashley (Nicholas) Matlovich, Aaron (Svenja) Webster, Aric (Miranda) Webster, Keegan Webster (Ashleigh Scott) and Adaleah (Nathan) Lorantfy. Proud and loving great-grandfather of Meghann, Dalton, Tanner, Nicholas, Araya, Connor, Nolan, Owen, George, Angus, Sloan, Emmett, Quinn, Cameron, Grace, Vivianne, Vera, Vaughn, Vienna, Finnick, Henrik, Anderson, Aurora, Cyrus and Pearl. Great-great- grandfather of Nolah. Melvin was born and raised in Wilkesport, Ontario. He was very dedicated, loyal and hard-working his entire life. At a young age of 14 his farming career began which continued to flourish and evolve his entire life. In addition, he started his own trucking company McKeegan Trucking Limited which has been in business for over 55 years. Furthermore, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Wilkesport Station for 22 years, and an active member of the Wilkesport snow mobile club for many years. He loved old time fiddle music and square dancing. Melvin enjoyed attending jamborees, plowing matches and the Brigden Fair. He was a very outgoing, active member of his community who loved to socialize and tell stories. In his later years, he put many miles on his black Dodge Ram truck driving all over the countryside and attending his favourite local restaurants with his family and friends. Family and friends will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home Brigden on Friday February 2, 2024 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday February 3, 2024 at 12 p.m. Kevin McGlade to officiate. Interment in Black Creek Cemetery to follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca), Canadian Lung Association (www.lung.ca) or Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca). Memories and condolence may be shared online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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KELLS, Noreen GraceAt the age of 84, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, with her family by her side, at Lambton Meadowview Villa in Petrolia. Predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald James (2007). Loving mother of Jay (Mary Jane) Kells of Petrolia, and Lesley Belanger of Orangeville. Cherished grandmother of Ethan Kells and Owen, Cade and Luc Belanger. Predeceased by her parents David and Grace Brown and her siblings Jack and Betty. Noreen will be sadly missed by many friends, nieces and nephews. Noreen was a teacher for 32 years, with the last 18 years spent at Brigden Public School. She touched the lives of many students. She spent her retirement exploring her creative side through painting and floral design. Noreen was always welcoming and outgoing, cherishing the time she spent with friends and family. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Noreen's life at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home Brigden on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11 a.m. Pastor Tim Brown officiating. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society. (https://alzheimer.ca) or to Lambton Meadowview Villa. (www.lambtoncares.ca) Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Wed, 31 Jan 2024 22:37:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/noreen-kells-1089334578
<![CDATA[ELLWOOD, ALLANMAY 9, 1939 – J...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/allan-ellwood-1089334577<![CDATA[

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ELLWOOD, AllanMay 9, 1939 – January 29, 2024Give me the fallow ground, a tractor, and a plow. I will be happy, my Lord. I will be happy. With heavy hearts, we announce that our beloved, resilient, and generous husband and father Allan Ellwood, now rests in eternal peace at the age of 84. Born at the family home in Mandaumin, near Sarnia, Allan was an active member of his community and congregation of the Mandaumin United Church. After retiring from Imperial Oil with 40 years of service, Allan took great joy in pursuing his favourite hobbies of restoring antique tractors and plowing competitively around the province. Along with building lasting friendships, following these passions led him to become President of the Lambton County Plowmen's Association and the President of the David Brown Tractor Club of Canada. Allan, a skilled and self-taught craftsman first developed his mechanical proficiency for building as a longtime member of the Bluewater RCA Flyers. He is survived by his loving wife Lois (nee Knudsen) Ellwood; children Debbie Ellwood-Latif (Matthew Latif), Randal Ellwood (Linda De Acetis), Kim Wilkins (Ellwood), (Tom Wilkins); grandchildren Rachel Latif (Jackson Zhang), Alyssa Latif (Jeremy Pirotta), Taylor Wilkins (Dawson Feenstra), Hailey Wilkins (Jayden Park); siblings Norene Scott (predeceased Richard Scott), Robert Ellwood (Barb Ellwood); sister-in-law Joyce Lambley (Jack Lambley); as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. Predeceased by his parents Cameron and Margaret Ellwood. We want to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, Bluewater Health, Sarnia for their care and compassion. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, February 4, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. with a funeral service on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 31 Jan 2024 22:37:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/allan-ellwood-1089334577
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WILLER, Mary Rosetta "Rosy"Peacefully at Bear Creek Terrace on January 28, 2024, Mary Rosetta "Rosy" Willer passed away at the age of 94. Rosy was predeceased by her husband Bert Willer and her partner Al Morgan. She was the proud mother of Rick (Jackie) Willer. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Jeremy (Tina), Becky (Kevin), and Mac. Rosy will be missed by her nine great- grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Rosy will be remembered by the Morgan family. Rosy is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Lou Moore. She was predeceased by her siblings Laverne, Ivan (the late Joyce), Orville (the late Cathy), George (the late Carol), and Tom.Rosy loved her grandchildren dearly.The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Bear Creek Terrace for the compassionate care they provided to Rosy over the years.Visitation will be held at Denning's Of Watford on Friday February 2, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. A memorial service will take place immediately following visitation at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Watford Cemetery.In memory of Rosy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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Wed, 31 Jan 2024 22:37:41 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/mary-willer-1089334576
<![CDATA[ROWE, JAMES]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-rowe-1089332491<![CDATA[

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1940 - 2024

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Wed, 31 Jan 2024 07:44:39 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-rowe-1089332491
<![CDATA[O'CONNELL, EUGENE KENNETHGEN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/eugene-o-connell-1089325725<![CDATA[

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O'CONNELL, Eugene KennethGene passed away at Bluewater Health on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Beverley (Clark). Dear father of Marie O'Connell, Laura Mawhinney (Alan), and Jennifer O'Connell (David Hunter) all of Burlington. Loving grandfather of Erin and Luke Mawhinney and Brendan Hunter. Predeceased by parents Kenneth and Madonna O'Connell, sister Shirley Beard and brothers Paul, Bernard, Ronald and Michael O'Connell. Gene was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and was active with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed travel, bowling and golfing with friends. Many family vacations were spent camping around Ontario and Florida. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict's Church on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 3R1. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Mon, 29 Jan 2024 22:36:28 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/eugene-o-connell-1089325725
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SWIFT, Gary FloydPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Gary Floyd Swift passed away at the age of 82. Treasured brother of Judy Swift. Predeceased by his parents William and Lona Swift. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. Gary spent his life collecting John Wayne memorabilia, a hobby that became a central part of his identity. He was a hardworking individual and found joy in driving trucks and operating forklifts. Cremation has taken place. An open house celebrating Gary's life will be held at Smith Family Centre, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health's Dialysis Unit or the Sarnia District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 29 Jan 2024 22:36:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/gary-swift-1089325719
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PHILLIPS, JoanPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Afton Park Place, Joan Phillips passed away at the age of 90. She is now enjoying the company of her beloved Harold and daughter Vicki in Paradise. Beloved wife of the late Harold Phillips (2012). Loving mother to Fred (Meloney), the late Vicki in 2002 (David aka Gus), Perry (Connie), Jeffrey (Kelley). Cherished grandmother to Raymond, Cheri (Rick), Amy (Matthew), Abby (Derik), Matthew, Leigh, Zachary (Margaret), Wesley, Brandon (Kristy), Candace, Phillip, and 12 great-grandchildren. Treasured aunt to many nieces and nephews in the Phillips and Claeys family. Dear sister-in-law to Robert and Gail Lovell. Predeceased by parents Maurice and Hazel Claeys, sisters Dory and Betty, brothers Robert, James, and Ken. Sisters-in-law Elva McDonald, Angie Claeys, and Mary Helen Claeys. Mom was a long time lawn bowler. She also loved to garden, read her bible and sing the old time hymns. She enjoyed being a stay at home mom and baking for her family. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a funeral service held at Smith Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club or the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at:www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:41:28 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/joan-phillips-1089320157
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MOLLAND, Robert "Bob" LouisIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Robert "Bob" Molland, which occurred at Vision Nursing Home on January 25, 2024 due to complications from a fall. Robert was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan of Mary and William Molland, the last of four children. He was predeceased by his parents, sister, Marie Hunter, Vancouver, brothers Cal, Calgary, and Neil, Saskatoon. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia, and many nieces and nephews especially Margaret Molland, Welland, Ont. Rob Hunter, Singapore, Ann and Jeff Kreiser, and Julie Loveless all of Michigan. Robert loved his work in Human Relations at Imperial Oil where was employed for many years. At retirement he volunteered at Red Cross driving Kidney patients to London. He was a member of Greenwood Golf course and Golden K's Kiwanis Club. His love and knowledge of geography inspired both Robert and Patricia to do extensive traveling. Skiing the Austrian Alps, riding a hot air balloon over the pacific in Mexico, swimming with the dolphins in Bermuda, walking the Great Wall of China, visiting the Pyramids in Egypt and so many other places, visiting 64 countries. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Cremation has taken place. At Robert's request, there will be no visitation or service; a family gathering will take place in the spring. Donations in Bob's honour may be made to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.caBob had a long, productive and very happy life. May he rest in peace.

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:41:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-molland-1089320177
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SHONIKER, PaulPaul died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice with his family at his side on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Rose-Marie (Haché) for 54 years. Dear father of Patrick (Lana Boyd) and Mark. Loving Papa to Mary-Jo. Brother of Sheila Armour (Al), Lynda Douglas (Robert), Michael Shoniker and Ann Gow (Bill). Brother-in-law of Louise Lucier and Yvon Haché (Peggy). Predeceased by parents Allan and Noreen Shoniker and father and mother-in-law Wilfred and Laurette Haché. Paul worked as a meat cutter at A&P at both the Christina St. and London Rd locations. He was involved and active in horse communities with miniature harness racing at Ridealgh Raceway on London Line. Paul loved to travel and he and his family made many trips all over North America. When he retired, he and Rose-Marie made trips to Europe and they enjoyed cruising. His family would like to thank Dr. Lebert, Dr. Lilly and the doctors and staff at St. Joseph's Hospice for their excellent care of Paul during his 2 stays there. They would also like to thank nurse Mandy from Bayshore Health for helping to look after Paul in his home. Visitation at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Sunday, January 28, 2024 from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Monday, January 29, 2024 at 10 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Joseph's Hospice or the Canadian Diabetes Society. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:41:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/paul-shoniker-1089320175
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MCGILL, Goldwin "Joe"Surrounded by love and care, Joe passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at the Bluewater Health in Sarnia, ON. at the age of 91. Reunited with his wife of 63 years, the late Elsie McGill (2016). Loving father of JoAnne McGill, Steven (Melody) McGill, David (late Debra) McGill and Susan (Andrew) Silverthorne. Cherished grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. Remembered fondly by his sisters Audrey (the late Frank) Dodds and Madeline (the late Fred) Chapiach and several nieces and nephews. Joe is predeceased by his parents and 7 of his siblings. Born in Sarnia, Joe was one of 10 children. His favourite times involved a fishing rod or golf club in hand, results didn't matter but it was about spending time with friends and family. Joe and Elsie loved spending time with their good friends Bob and Mary whether it was short week-end trips or at the Sarnia Sting game. He was also an avid bowler and loved the good natured ribbing at the bowling alley. Joe will be greatly missed by friends and family. The family would like to thank the Acute Medicine nurses and PSW's at both Twin Lakes Terrace and the Bluewater Health for their strength and compassion shown to Joe and all of the family during his stay. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. Burial to follow in Froomfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:41:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/goldwin-mcgill-1089320176
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WYNNE, John LeroyPeacefully, surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Bluewater Health, John Leroy Wynne passed away at the age of 79. Beloved husband of the late Linda MacLean (2015). Loving father of Michael (Natalie) Wynne, Laura (Shane) McHenry, Candice MacLean, Rebecca (Travis) MacDougall, Cynthia MacLean. Cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Halle, Dominique, Ethan, Katrina, Sullivan, Nolan and Devin. Dear brother of Joe (Sandy) Wynne and brother-in-law of Barb Wynne. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Orabelle and Howard (Willena) Wynne, and by his brother Bob Wynne. Special thanks to the staff at Bluewater Health ICU for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. A live stream of the service will be available on John's memorial site at the time of the service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to World Vision Canada or London Health Sciences Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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MCGUGAN, Carol AnnIt is with deep sadness that the family of Carol Ann McGugan announces her passing on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late James (2012). Loving mother of Mike (Carol), Mark (Shannon) and Kerri (Mike) McCullough. Cherished grandmother of Brett, Colton (Jacqueline), Ava and Cole. Dear sister of Barb (Paul) Mortier and; and sister-in-law of Dan Watson (Mary Ann). Survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her mother Annie Bate, sister Janice Watson and brother Norman Oke. Carol's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at L.H.S.C. Cancer Clinc, Dr. Lebert, Special Thank You to Dr. Lilly and Lance for your care and compassion. Thank You to Barb & Angela for all you did, the support and caring. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Carol's life will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Point Edward Ex-Servicemen's Club, 503 Michigan Ave, Point Edward, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia and District Humane Society or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:41:24 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/carol-mcgugan-1089320172
<![CDATA[MOORE, BESSIE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bessie-moore-1089308675<![CDATA[

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Oct 24, 1945 - Jan 23, 2024

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bessie-moore-1089308675
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June 22, 1943 - January 24, 2024

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Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/edward-norton-1089317799
<![CDATA[O'DONNELL, NORMA]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/norma-o-donnell-1089312216<![CDATA[

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Aug 27, 1937 - Jan 22, 2024

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Thu, 25 Jan 2024 04:25:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/norma-o-donnell-1089312216
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CUTHBERT, Christine Rose (nee Waite)Peacefully, at Bluewater Health – Christine Rose (nee Waite) Cuthbert passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the age of 79. Predeceased by her husband Paul (Earp) Cuthbert (2007). Will be missed by children Dave Barnard, Steve and Anne Barnard, Shane and Michelle Cuthbert, Tom Cuthbert, Dan Cuthbert, Randy and Sharon Cuthbert, Paula and Mike Piliarik, Vicky and Gord Baptist, Ike Kip Cuthbert. Loving grandmother of Timothy (Tiffany) Barnard, Mathew (Robin) Barnard, Jesse (Sam) Barnard, Justin Barnard, Evryn Cuthbert, Devinity Cuthbert and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survived by siblings John Waite and Lisa Waite. Predeceased by her parents John and Carol Waite. Mom loved to write, play, sing and listen to music and had a gypsy and hippy spirit. But her biggest joy in life was her raising her family. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff in the Intensive Care Unit at Bluewater Health. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Those who wish may plant a tree in memory of Christine can do so at https://www.djrobb.on.ca. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2024 22:37:10 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/christine-cuthbert-1089310951
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ENGLISH, Harvey GordonAmidst precious and wonderful memories, we announce the passing of Harvey Gordon English on Monday, January 22, 2024. The Manitoba farm boy is peacefully at rest in his 91st year. Harvey is survived by his loving kids, Grant, Sande (Mark Nilsson), Rhonda (David Davidson) and Bruce (Patty Story); his grandchildren Thomas English (Elizabeth), Jane Story English, Nathaniel Davidson and Zoe Davidson; his great-grandchild Ellie English; his sister Edna Erikson (Jim); and many nieces and nephews across the country. Harvey was predeceased by his sister Bea Henry and brother Wes English. He will be fondly remembered by Marlene and Jim Hale, his many friends made over the years in Texas, at the Sandpiper, at the curling rink and while working in Chemical Valley. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. A live stream of the service will be available on the website at the time of service. A reception to celebrate Harvey will take place after the funeral service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to your charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 24 Jan 2024 22:37:09 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/harvey-english-1089310941
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MOORE, Bessie (Betty)October 24, 1945January 23, 2024Betty was born in Grantown-on- Spey, Scotland, daughter of adventurous mother and war bride Jean Murray and Canadian soldier Fred Cable. She sailed to Canada on the Queen Mary and spent her early life in Clute, Ontario. In Oil Springs she raised her family with husband Tom Moore and was known to many as either their bus driver or their postmaster. She loved to spend time in her garden and was known to turn plain walls and driftwood into art with her painting skills. Betty loved to travel and went to many places in Canada, the US and Britain.Betty is the mother of Tom Moore (Maria) of Grand Bend and Holly Morningstar (Darren) of Oil Springs, grandmother of Alexander Moore (Laura) of Stratford, Fraser Moore (Megan) of Forest, and Macy Morningstar of Oil Springs. She had three great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Betty is the sister of Michael Cable (Sharleen) of Timmins and sister-in-law of Dennis Douma of Cochrane, Ontario. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Lucky Cable and sister Linda Douma. A special thank you is extended to the dedicated staff of Bluewater Health Continuing Care in Petrolia and the Palliative Care Team.Donations to CEE Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Respecting Betty's wishes, there will be no funeral with a private interment in Oil Springs at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2024 22:37:08 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bessie-moore-1089310949
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Wed, 24 Jan 2024 05:44:04 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/colleen-roy-1089308732
<![CDATA[JENSEN, ALFRED ALBERTPEACEFU...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alfred-jensen-1089301415<![CDATA[

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JENSEN, Alfred AlbertPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Alfred Albert Jensen passed away at the age of 88. Predeceased by his wife Margaret Ann Jensen and partner Barb Lambert. Loving father of Bob (Louise) and Paul (Therasa) Jensen, father-in-law of Shelley Jensen. Cherished grandfather of Ann, Emily, Michael (Rachael), Tanner, Sarah, and Chelsey. Treasured great-grandfather of Madison, Khloe, Maci, Winter, Jace, and Elena. Dear brother of Ken (Diane) Jensen. Alf will be deeply missed by Pam, John and the entire Lambert Family. Alf had spent his career working as a logistics consultant for Nova Chemicals and CNR, and he was a long term member of the Sarnia Traffic Club and the Toronto Transportation Club. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation or the Toronto General And Western Hospital Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alfred-jensen-1089301415
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WATSON, John RossIt is with sad hearts that we share the passing of John Ross Watson on Friday, January 19, 2024, at St Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia, in his 81st year. John was the husband and best friend of Jane (nee Reid) for 55+ years. He was so very proud of his talented son Brian (Sarah). He was "Baboo" to his grandchildren Amber and Bryce. John is survived by his sister Barb (the late Ken) Fraser, and brothers-in-law Fred (Diane) Reid and Wally (Joyce) Reid. Many thanks to Dr MacSweeney for her compassion and care, and also to all of the angels of St Joseph's Hospice, and Life Transitions. As per John's wishes, cremation has taken place, there will be no visitation or service, his family will be remembering him privately. Donations to St Joseph's Hospice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-watson-1089301413
<![CDATA[OLIVER, ROBERTA "BOBBI" ANNE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/roberta-oliver-1089301411<![CDATA[

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OLIVER, Roberta "Bobbi" AnneOn January 22, 2024, at 6:04 a.m. at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Roberta "Bobbi" Anne Oliver died at the age of 73. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Paul's Anglican Church, 210 Michigan Ave, Point Edward Ontario. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations, may be made to http://www.stpaulspointedward.com/ Arrangements entrusted to www.NeedhamJay.com

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/roberta-oliver-1089301411
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KARAMBOULAS, MariaPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Maria Karamboulas passed away at the age of 69. Beloved wife of Demetrios "Jim" Karamboulas. Loving mother of Christina Karamboulas and Dina Karamboulas (Andrew McRae). Cherished grandmother "Yiayia" of her princess Sofia and dear grandson Alexander. Treasured sister of Christos (Litsa), Sofia (Nontas), Christina (the late Vasilis) and Dimitri. Predeceased by her parents Nickolas and Konstantina Pournara. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Maria will be remembered by her family as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and Yiayia. Her generosity and loving spirit will never be forgotten. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1299 Murphy Rd., Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:25 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/maria-karamboulas-1089301409
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DiBRITA, Debbie Monique (DeWulf)Surrounded by her family, Debbie died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice on Friday, January 19, 2024, at the age of 64. Beloved wife of Matthew DiBrita for 44 years. Loving mother of Joe and wife Elizabeth and Dan and partner Mysti. Cherished grandmother of Graham. Dear sister of Ivan and his wife Debbie. Sister-in-law of Redente DiBrita and wife Susan, Bright's Grove, late Antonio DiBrita and wife Dianne, Pt. Edward, and Frank DiBrita and wife Cheryl. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, both local and in Belgium. Debbie was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Madeline DeWulf.Debbie lived life to the fullest and made sure to focus on the things she was most passionate about. Debbie loved her family more than anything and hosted many family gatherings over the years. She loved her garden and longed for the spring to see her flowers in bloom. She loved to travel and was able to visit friends and family around the world. Debbie was passionate about health and wellbeing and enjoyed biking with friends, going to the gym and training with the Breast Buddies Dragonboat Team. She was an avid golfer for many years and ladies club champion multiple times at Greenwood Golf Club. Debbie loved animals, big and small; she cared for many family pets over the years.She will be lovingly remembered as determined, passionate and caring. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched.Cremation has taken place. Visitation celebrating Debbie will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Wednesday, January 24, from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Though she loved flowers, she asked that as an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or the Elephant Sanctuary, 27 E Main St., Hohenwald, TN 38462 USA. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:25 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/debbie-dibrita-1089301410
<![CDATA[ARMITAGE, ERNEST "ERNIE" SETH...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ernest-armitage-1089301407<![CDATA[

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ARMITAGE, Ernest "Ernie" SethPeacefully, at Bluewater Health Care, Sarnia, Ernest "Ernie" Seth Armitage of Forest passed away at the age of 85.Lovingly remembered by his wife Donna Armitage, his daughters Connie Furtney (Doug), Sue Hodgins (Don) and Cindy MacKinlay-Hunter (Dale).Dear grandpa and papa of Katherine Furtney (Ryan), Emily Furtney, Cassie Smith (Brent) and Allan Hodgins (Ally). Great-grandfather of Freddie and Joanna Smith and Levi and Miles Hodgins.Survived by his siblings Mary (Carl) Coulbeck, Garry (Pat) Armitage, sisters-in-law Norma Vance and Joan Price, many nieces, and nephews as well as Ernie's cousins Mark and Jim Armitage as well as many other extended family members.Predeceased by his wife Evelyn (Lucas) in 1987 and his brother Blake Armitage. He was also predeceased by his dear furry companion, Jiggs the cat. Ernie was a proud shop teacher for many years in the Lambton County area, teaching at North Lambton, Kinnaird, Bluewater, Sarnia, Johnson Memorial, Petrolia and then back to Forest until retirement.Friends are welcome to join the family for a visitation in honour of Ernie on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Denning's of Forest, 9 James St. S. Funeral Service will take place at Forest United Church on Thursday at 1 p.m. with interment at Beechwood Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the church.If desired, memorial contributions to the Forest United Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.forestfuneralhome.com

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ernest-armitage-1089301407
<![CDATA[MCKAY, WAYNEPEACEFULLY, SURR...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/wayne-mckay-1089301408<![CDATA[

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MCKAY, WaynePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on January 21, 2024, at Bluewater Health, Wayne McKay passed away at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Sharon McKay. Cherished father of Fraser (Sarah) and Patrick (Nicole). Treasured grandfather of Sebastian, Madison, Cooper and Cameron. Dear brother of Lynn (Steve). Predeceased by his father Gerald, mother Francis, and granddaughter Abigail. Wayne graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He started his career in Toronto moving to Sarnia in 1994. He loved to talk about the many projects he had the opportunity to be part of and had a particular soft spot for his involvement in the ski jumps for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. As a child Wayne embraced all things outdoors, fishing, hunting, canoeing at Honey Harbour and Algonquin Park. Later in life Wayne mastered the art of model making, filling the house of WWII aircraft carriers and flying machines. Above all, Wayne was most proud of his boys, quietly rejoicing in their accomplishment from the sidelines. Cremation has taken place. As per Wayne's wishes, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 22:36:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/wayne-mckay-1089301408
<![CDATA[MAMMEN, RINELDE "NELLIE"]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rinelde-nellie-mammen-1089300018<![CDATA[

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Jan 29, 1936 - Jan 20, 2024

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Mon, 22 Jan 2024 07:54:08 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rinelde-nellie-mammen-1089300018
<![CDATA[FRITZ HIRT]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fritz-hirt-1089298678<![CDATA[

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Nov 11, 1935 - Nov 25, 2023

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Sun, 21 Jan 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/fritz-hirt-1089298678
<![CDATA[WRIGHT, ALLEN]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/allen-wright-1089298392<![CDATA[

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1944 - 2024

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Sun, 21 Jan 2024 05:30:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/allen-wright-1089298392
<![CDATA[WILES, MARGARETAT BEAR CREEK...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-wiles-1089296019<![CDATA[

WILES, MargaretAt Bear Creek Terrace in Petrolia, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Margaret Wiles (nee Neely) passed away at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late George William Wiles (2009). Loving mother of Lynn (the late Bill) Dagg, Evelyn (the late Stan) Newman, David (Albina) and sister-in-law Barb and her husband the late David. Also, survived by her many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Sam and Mary Neely and siblings Sam, Jim and Beatrice. Mom worked at Prestolite for over 34 years. A private family graveside will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Sarnia Humane Society www.sarniahumanesociety.com/ways-to-give/. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:41:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-wiles-1089296019
<![CDATA[POTVIN, LEONA THERESE (NEE HAC...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leona-potvin-1089296003<![CDATA[

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POTVIN, Leona Therese (nee Haché) Leona died peacefully at Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Robert Potvin (2020). Loving mother of Mark, Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Adrien and Miles whom she loved dearly. Dear sister of Gerard Haché (late Cecile), Arthur Haché, Alphonsine Clement (Gordon) and Evelyne Boudreau (Augustin). Sister-in-law of Jean Guy Gionet and Jean Rheal Poirier. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Albert and Anna Haché, sisters Ella Haché, Florence Poirier, Marie Gauthier (Oliver) and Huberte Gionet and brothers Raymond Haché (Jacqueline), Paul Haché (Ghislaine) and Jean Hache (Rose-Aimee). Leona lived to entertain and cook incredible meals for her family and friends. She loved to make it special. Leona and Bob were both very involved in Club Jolliet and St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Visitation at the McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3 or St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:41:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/leona-potvin-1089296003
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PENNY, William JosephIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William Joseph Penny, age 68, on Monday, January 15, 2024. He was a loved husband, father and grandfather. Born in North Sydney, Cape Breton, NS. on June 24, 1955. Bill was the son of Rita and William Penny. In 1977 Bill married his forever love Edie and together they raised their two sons. Bill is survived by his wife Edie, children Bill (Amanda) and Stephen (Melissa), and his three grandchildren Rhyan, Sophie and Liam who brought great love and happiness to his life. Bill is also survived by his beloved sister Debbie Rose, husband Dave Rose and their four children. He was employed by the Canadian National Railway at age 19 and worked as a Railway Police Constable until retirement. He was a union representative for the CN police force association for many years and also a CN police representative with CISO for 6 years. His great pastimes throughout his life were spending time with family, fly fishing, woodworking and golf. The Penny family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Crombeen, Dr. MacSweeney, Mandy, his wonderful palliative care nurse, and to the very special nurses at St. Joseph's Hospice Center who gave such tender and loving care. We will cherish you all in our hearts forever. Bill and Edie honoured their wedding vows throughout their 46 years of marriage. For better, for worse, for richer, for poor, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, till death do us part… Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca"I will love you forever" Edie

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MONTGOMERY, Ruby MaePeacefully on January 18, 2024 in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Bruce Montgomery. Loving mother of Susan (Peter) and Anne (Warren). Devoted grandmother of Heather (Paul) and Julianne (Darren). Dear sister of Jack and Kathryn. Predeceased by her parents, Russell and Maude Hayes. She will be missed by the many whose lives she touched with her thoughtfulness and generosity.Service of remembrance to take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.The family is grateful to the many caregivers who enabled her to remain independent in recent years. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Food Grains Bank, Habitat for Humanity, or Doctors without Borders (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:41:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruby-montgomery-1089295984
<![CDATA[ENDERS, PETER HERMANNIT IS W...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-enders-1089296016<![CDATA[

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ENDERS, Peter HermannIt is with heavy hearts and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Peter Hermann Enders, who peacefully departed his life, at home in the company of his beloved wife of 43 years, Susan (nee: Alexander), on January 15, 2024 at the age of 68. He will be sadly missed by his children, Ian (Ana), Erik (Justine), and Kayleigh McLean (Andy), and seven grandchildren, Fox and Logan Enders, Vincent and Juliette Enders, and Sienna, Genie, and John McLean. Also missed by his sister Dagmar Joosten (Chuck) and brother David (Karen). Predeceased by parents Walter and Ingrid and brother Michael, and in-laws Walter and Joyce Alexander. Also survived by brothers-in-law David Alexander (Ellen) and Doug Alexander (Helen) and many nieces and nephews. Peter was born in Frankenthal, Germany, and immigrated to Canada at age 2, where his family initially settled in Windsor before moving to Sarnia. With a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Peter worked primarily as a Construction Estimator, initially at Ambler-Courtney in Mississauga, then at S.P. Goodfellow Construction, and lastly for over 25 years at Cope Construction. He derived great satisfaction from collaborating with his peers to secure tender and provide consistent work for the crews. Peter was an outdoorsman. Whether it be hiking the trails, walking the beach, swimming, chopping firewood, tending to the backyard koi pond, or just sitting outside on the patio with a morning coffee watching his fish and listening to the birds, he liked being with nature. He enjoyed fishing at the cottage, golfing, and after retirement, birding with his wife. In the winter months, he loved travelling, curling, and bowling until health issues prevented him from doing so. He cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren pursuing their interests and imparting his infectious laugh. Though he is no longer with us in person, the echoes of his intelligence, loyalty, dependability, strong work ethic, goofy sense of humour and love of his family resonate within our hearts. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, February 11, 2024 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with words of remembrance to follow directly at 3:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) or the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation (BCRR), both via their websites. BCC: https://bladdercancercanada.org/en/ BCRR: https://www.raptorrehabilitation.com/help-outSpecial thanks to Dr. J. Izawa, Dr. J. Lebert, Dr. O. MacSweeney, and the VON/Home and Community Care Support Services for their professionalism, knowledge, and compassionate care.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:41:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-enders-1089296016
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AVERILL, Sheilah DianneIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Sheilah Dianne Averill on January 18, 2024, at Bluewater Health. Sheilah, aged 78, was surrounded by the love of her family as she embarked on her final journey. Dianne, as she was affectionately known, was a beloved Mother to Victoria Huggett nee Laliberté, Sherry Martineau, along with Step-Son's Pierre Laliberte and Aidan Fitzgerald. Her nurturing spirit extended to her role as a Loving Grandmother to Matthew Huggett (Natasha), Jacob Huggett, Sara Price, and Trenholme Price. Dianne's warmth and love will forever be cherished by her family. She was a Beloved Sister to Quentin Averill (Susan), Stephen Averill, and Michael Averill (Carol), and she held a special place in the hearts of her many nieces and nephews. Dianne was predeceased by her spouse Patrick Fitzgerald, her parents Lincoln and Kathleen (Kay) (nee Walsh) Averill, and her sister-in-law Carolyn Averill. Their memories will forever be entwined with hers, creating a tapestry of love and remembrance. Cremation has taken place, honoring Dianne's wishes. A private graveside service will be held to celebrate her life in a manner befitting her desires. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that expressions of sympathy be conveyed through donations to Noelle's Gift to Children (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Dianne had a heart for children, and this gesture would honor her legacy in a meaningful way. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca, providing an opportunity for friends and family to come together in remembrance of a life well-lived. In the tapestry of life, Dianne's threads of love, kindness, and warmth will forever be woven into the fabric of our memories. May she rest in eternal peace.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2024 22:41:33 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sheilah-averill-1089296028
<![CDATA[BROWN, DOUGLAS]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/douglas-brown-1089287364<![CDATA[

Jun 10, 1960 - Jan 10, 2024

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RICHARDSON, Charlotte Caterina MonicaIn Loving Memory of Charlotte Caterina Monica Richardson, born sleeping on January 11, 2024. Charlotte will be missed by her parents Bianca Sapone and Joshua Richardson who in their grief, channel their love for Charlotte into raising awareness about pregnancy and infant loss. Their hope is to support others navigating the silent pain of such profound loss. Much anticipated granddaughter to Daniel Sapone, Caternia Sapone, Lisa Allard, and Jason Richardson (Lana Seys). Loving niece to Daniel Sapone and Taryn Sapone as well as several friends and extended family. May Charlotte's memory inspire compassion and understanding as her parents embark on a journey of healing and advocacy. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Maternal-Infant Children's Unit for memorial boxes at Bluewater Health Hospital or the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network online (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 17 Jan 2024 22:36:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/charlotte-richardson-1089285298
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WILLIAMS, Dawn CherylDawn Cheryl Williams gained her angel wings and has been reunited with her mother Lucille Williams (2015), father Gerry Williams (2009) and her brother Brian (2022) on Sunday, January 14, 2024. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband Mike Watts; stepchildren Jeremy, Christina, Brandon, and Tyler; grandchildren Madison, Blake, Jake, Benny, Luna and Ruby and her fur baby PK. Lovingly remembered by her brothers Mike (Annette), Gerry, James (Pat), and Jeff (Angela); nieces and nephews Faith, Matt, Katy, Vonda, Michelle, Jessica, Cassie, Kara, Alyssa, Amy, Keena, Kelsa, Jaela, and Jeffrey; brother and sisters-in-law Derek and Carolyn Watts and Eileen and Brian Chownyk; and mother-in-law Liz Carr. Dawn played ladies baseball for many years and was affectionately known as Willi. Dawn loved the outdoors, going for rides with her husband on the back of his Harley, and watching all the birds come to her feeders in the backyard. Cremation has taken place. At Dawn's request, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia and District Humane Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 17 Jan 2024 22:36:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dawn-williams-1089285319
<![CDATA[CLARKE,JOHN (JACK) NEWTONIN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-clarke-1089276803<![CDATA[

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CLARKE,John (Jack) NewtonIn his 87th year, passed away Friday, January 12, 2024 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Wonderful husband of Lynda Joanna Clarke for 61 years, loving father to sons John (Lesley), Keith (Carolyn), and Eric (Tina). Dear Papa to grandsons Matthew (Laura), Mitchell (Lena), Mason, Andrew (Shawna), Ben (Jennifer), Sheldon, Cade (Tanisha), and great-grandchildren Carter, Brantley, and Nova. Predeceased by his parents George and Edna Clarke. Predeceased by his brother Robert (Eleanor) Clarke, sisters Joyce (Bill) McInroy, and Velma (Harold) Hardy. Survived by his sisters Sherrill (Rick) Molloy, and Linda (Bill) Radcliffe, brother Bruce (Bonnie) Clarke, and his long-time best friends Xavier and Ruthanne Boogemans. Born in Khiva, Ontario, Jack was a cherished teacher at St. Clair SS and Northern CIVS in Sarnia for 33 years as a math teacher, with many of those years spent as the Head of Mathematics. Jack was a Western University Alumnus, a long-time OSSTF member appointed to local positions including District 3 President, as well as provincial OSSTF Executive Officer. He enjoyed hours at Sudoku and completing puzzles, but his passion was always math challenges and problems. Jack was a committed family man who loved supporting his children's and grandchildren's hobbies and sports, loved to tutor math, and enjoyed traveling with his family. He was a true people person with the biggest smile. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Kim, nurse Brenda, PSW John and the many medical professionals who aided in his care. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Jack's life at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. with a lunch to follow at The Smith Family Centre. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 15 Jan 2024 22:36:27 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-clarke-1089276803
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ROBERTS-PAYNE,Mary AnneMary Anne Roberts-Payne, aka "Sunshine Mary," died unexpectedly at her youngest daughter's home on Christmas Eve in Okotoks, Alberta, at the age of 70. Mary is survived by her husband, Patrick Payne; daughters, Emily Armstrong and Laura Payne; grandchildren, Abigail, Hannah, and Hudson Armstrong; siblings, Elizabeth Roberts, Thomas Roberts, Frank Roberts, and Jane Beal. She was predeceased by brother, Russell Roberts, as well as parents, Thomas Roberts and Catherine Turcotte. A celebration of life service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation held prior from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at www.heartandstroke.ca. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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PAYNE, Ruth CavellPeacefully, surrounded by family at Bluewater Health on Saturday, January 13, 2024, Ruth Cavell Payne (nee Hart) passed away at the age of 88. Ruth was the beloved wife of John Payne, loving mother of Laverne (Philip) and Connie, devoted grandmother of Jeremy, Mitchell, and Nicole, great-grandmother to baby Lucas. Ruth was predeceased by her parents William and Agnes Hart, her sister Irene James, (the late Woodrow James) and her brother, Norman (the late Jean Hart). Ruth was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She came to Sarnia as a child with her family. She attended Sarnia Collegiate and focused on commercial studies. As a young woman she returned to live in Newfoundland where she met her husband John. Ruth and John eventually made Sarnia their home in 1974. She worked in administrative positions in various businesses in Newfoundland and in Sarnia. She ultimately left the work world to raise her family. Ruth's greatest joy was taking care of her family. She was a consummate homemaker, cook and seamstress, and ceramist. Ruth was always a gracious host of get-togethers and celebrations for family and friends. She traveled the world with her husband, John, and gained life-long friends in the process. As she would say, she lived a good life. Our sincere thanks go to the doctors, nurses, and the PSWs of Bluewater Health, who took care of Ruth during her illness. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to Bluewater Health Foundation - Complex Cognitive Care Unit (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 15 Jan 2024 22:36:26 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ruth-payne-1089276781
<![CDATA[BRENNAN, JAMES]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-brennan-1089279813<![CDATA[

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Dec 24, 1929 - Jan 13, 2024

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<![CDATA[NISBET, CHARLES STUARTJUNE 15...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/charles-nisbet-1089270301<![CDATA[

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NISBET, Charles StuartJune 15, 1928 - January 10, 2024Life-long resident of Moore Township, passed away at Bluewater Health at age 95. Beloved husband of Isobel (MacPherson) Nisbet for 73 years. Survived by son Chuck Nisbet (Susan) of Mooretown and their family Michael (Jill), Jason (Erin), Kara (Matthew Middleton) and Chris (Kelsey Pelletier); daughter Janice Jones (Doug) of Caledon, and their family Ryan (Kat Ashton), Darren (Sarah), and Brandon (Amanda); son Ron Nisbet (Donna) of Mooretown and their family Matthew (Shannon), Bradley (Emily), Carolyn (Mike Berry), and Olivia (Norm Leger); and daughter Karen Stone (Mike) of Oakville and their family Cameron, Matthew and Katie. He was abundantly proud of his 18 great-grandchildren; Sydney, Andrew, Mercy, Claire, Spencer, Hannah, Isaac, Janie, and Dayna Nisbet; Macie, Alec and Kallie Middleton; Ellie and Molly Berry; Jameson, Brielle and Emma Jones; and Hudson Leger. He is also survived by sister-in-law Margaret MacPherson and many nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his parents Stuart and Cora (Eyre) Nisbet, sister Velma and her husband Harry Boyle, sister Grace and her husband Donald Turnbull, brother Blake and his wife Anne Nisbet, brother-in-law Bruce MacPherson, and great granddaughter Norah Nisbet. Charles worked for Dow Chemical for 37 years starting as an electrician and holding several supervisory jobs, retiring in 1985. He lived his entire life in Moore Township and was very active in its development and community. He was the Chairman of the Moore Township School Board in 1963 when the central schools were built in Brigden and Mooretown, then was on Moore Township council in 1965 and 1966 when Centennial Park was planned, and the lands were purchased where the Moore Sports Complex, the Township Office and the St. Clair Parkway Golf Course now sit. In 1968, he chaired the committee that raised funds for the construction of the original Mooretown Arena, and then co-chaired the committee to raise funds for the Moore Sports Complex in 1975. In 1986 he was elected Reeve of Moore Township and served two three-year terms before retiring in 1992. During that time municipal water lines were installed for most of the residents of Moore Township, the Moore Industrial Park was established on Petrolia Line, and the present Township Office was built. He also served on the Sarnia / Clearwater / Lambton Implementation Committee in 1989 and 1990. He was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Mooretown since 1953, and elder and clerk-of-session from 1964 to 2008. In 1977 he was a founding member of the Moore Presbyterian Foundation, which built Thompson Gardens in 1981. He was treasurer for many years and has lived with Isobel in the building since 2014. Charlie had a deep interest in sports, and coached and managed many minor hockey and ball teams in the local area. He was an avid Detroit Tigers and Toronto Maple Leafs fan all of his life and was encouraged by the current prospects of his beloved Detroit Lions. The family would like to thank the staff at Bluewater Health for their exceptional and compassionate care. Family and friends will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Chapel, Brigden from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 on Monday January 15, 2024. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday January 16, 2024 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may donate to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Mooretown or St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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MARACLE, VerdaIt is with saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Verda Maracle on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the age of 82. Loving mother of Jamie, the late Tim, and the late Cheryl, and step-mother of Rhonda and Tom. Cherished grandmother of Tasheena, Jason, Nicole, Taneesha, Clayton, Nick, Gabe, Chelsey, Jonas, Jacob, Tirah, Jaclyn, Hoby, Cody, Stonehorse, and the late Elijah, and great-grandmother of many. Ma and Grandma to Gerald and Dorothy Maness' family. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents James and Lovday Williams, and her siblings Francis, Calvert, Warren, Mickey, Bernice, Harley, and Florence. Family and friends will be received at the family house 1169 Chippewa Cres., Sarnia, anytime between Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. A funeral service will be held at Maawn doo*sh Gumig Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia, on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hopsice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HILL, Dr. Foster LionelMarch 2, 1944 – January 1, 2024It is with deeply saddened and heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of Foster Lionel Hill in his sleep at home on January 1, 2024 at the age of 79. Devoted husband of Joan (nee Brown), proud and loving father of Virgil Hill (Cathy), Colin Hill, and Bonilyn Hill Mohamed (Faizal); adored grandfather of Grant, Maxwell, Isaiah, Vivian, and Olivia; cherished brother of Knolly Hill, Barry Hill, Donald Hill, and Candace Hill. He was predeceased by his other siblings Keith Hill, Eric Hill, Denzel Hill, Helen Hill, Edie Hill, and Llewyn Hill. He also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews who he will be fondly remembered by.Foster was born in St. John's, Antigua in the Caribbean to Edward and Laurel Hill. Foster met Joan in Antigua and they immigrated to Canada in 1968 where they were married later that same year in Montreal. They lived in Toronto for 11 years before they settled in Sarnia in 1979. Foster was a long-time employee of Imperial Oil in Chemical Valley. However, his true passion was classical music so Foster was also a professional organist and pianist where he performed throughout North America, Antigua, and England for many decades. He has been the loyal and dedicated organist and choir director of Sarnia's local St. Andrew's Presbyterian church since 1986 and has played for countless weddings and funerals in the Sarnia community and beyond. Later on in life, Foster earned his Ph.D. in Music from Chelsea University in London, England in 2006 at the age of 62. Also in 2006, he received the prestigious award of the Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit for services to Art and Music by the Governor General in Antigua. Foster leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories as a loyal family man and community member with a strong work ethic who was a talented and one-of-a-kind musical genius.Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, ON. A private family viewing will take place at Smith Funeral Home. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 261 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Memories and condolences may be sent online to www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Jan 2024 22:40:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/foster-hill-1089270298
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TAYLOR, JeanFebruary 10, 1930 January 3, 2024Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, on January 3, 2024 at University Hospital, at the age of 93. Cherished wife to the late William Taylor (2009). Loving mother of Rick Taylor (Dawn) of Vernon, B.C, Terry Cay (Eric) of Newcastle, and Pat Clark (Jeff) of London. Dear Grandmother to Nikki, Mathew, Clarke, Whitney, the late Bradley, Steven, Erin, Martha (Kris) and Sarah (Chris). Proud Great-grandmother to 7 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by parents Doris and William Ryan, brother Vic Ryan and 9 sister and brothers-in-law. Survived by her sister-in-law Flo Ryan of Vernon B.C, brother-in-law Harold (Linda) Taylor of Wyoming, ON. Jean liked to spend her time planning road trips with her husband, especially to BC. She loved messaging with family on the computer, playing games, knitting, painting crafts, gardening and collecting teddy bears. She will be fondly remembered by all her nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.Family would like to thank all the staff from the fourth floor at University Hospital, for their care and compassion for Jean. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas St. E, with a funeral service starting at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to London Humane Society (624 Clarke Rd, London). For online condolences or donations, please visit www.forestlawnmemorial.ca

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Fri, 12 Jan 2024 22:40:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jean-taylor-1089270297
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CHILD, JillPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, January 6, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Jill Child passed away at the age of 83. She was born to the late William Richard and Gladas "Pat" Mather Hedgeco*ck. Jill was the cherished wife of the late Robert "Bob" Child and a devoted mother to Keith Child and his wife Jenny Gignoux. She was a doting grandmother to Lyra and Soren and a caring older sister to Mary Ann Knowles. Jill had a zest for life. She found joy in playing cards with Bob and her friends. In her youth, she was an avid curler and tennis player. Her love for animals, especially dogs, led her to volunteer as a dog walker at the Sarnia & District Human Society. Jill and Bob shared a passion for travel. Jill was always intrigued by the lifestyles of people from different cultures, with Southeast Asia holding a special place in her heart. Later in life, Jill suffered a stroke and was tenderly cared for by Bob for many years. Jill's absence will be deeply felt by her family and friends. As per her wishes, she has been cremated and no services will be held. Expressions of sympathy can be made through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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PARSONS, Angus SilasAngus (Gus) Parsons passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024 with his loving wife Arene by his side. Angus recently celebrated his 98th birthday largely due to the love and care bestowed upon him by Arene during their wonderful 23 year marriage. Angus was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Dorothy Mae Parsons (Parfit) in 1998. Loved by many friends and adoring family. Angus was the son of Robert and Jesse (MacIver). He was predeceased by his sisters Leah Faulkner (Sandy), Mae Hughes (Samuel), Louise Bartlett (William) and brothers, Robert (Lois) and Calvin (Margaret).Loving father of his four children; Darlene Marshall (Larry), Darrell (Polin), Drew (Cheryl), Dwayne (Sandra) and two stepchildren: Steve Kielt (Susan) and Ryan Kielt (Jen). Cherished grandfather of Graham Marshall (Kim), Adrienne Buxton (Kenny), Matt Parsons (Brienne), Lindsey Riffel (Steve), Lipine Nuis (John), Jessie-Lee Parker (Brian), Ashton Parsons, Naomi Parsons, Lyara and Talia Kielt, Joey and Oakley Kielt, Kain Petlak and Logan Petlak (Kristin). Proud great-grandfather to Sydney, Harper, Kennedy, Karleigh, Onyx, Freddie, Lilly-Ann, Kohen and Kesler.Angus survived a hard childhood in Nova Scotia to embrace life with its wonderful potential worth fighting and working hard for. At 14, with the untimely death of his mother and twin brothers, he quit grade 7 and became a coal miner to help support his family. With the start of World War II, even though he was underaged, with the help of his father and a slip of the pen, Angus enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. Serving on a Tribal Class Destroyer he escorted ships into England supplying the war effort. Eighteen Canadian escort ships were sunk but Angus made it home safely. With his free veteran's bus ticket, he made his way to Ontario securing a surveying job with the Ministry of Transport. He surveyed many new post war highways connecting to northern Ontario. After marrying Dorothy, they wanted to settle and raise a family and so Angus followed his fellow surveyors to Sarnia. He first landed a job as an engineer then later in the Assessment Department. To make ends meet, Angus worked many jobs including washing Bell trucks and managing his own BA Gas station. He took night classes learning Business and Purchasing, later becoming the Department Head of Purchasing for the City of Sarnia. He was a proud member of both the Purchasing Management and Ontario Municipal Buyers Associations and a past president of both. In 1984, after 30 years of Service, Angus retired to his decades long labour of love, his family cottage on Cameron Lake. Gus joked that he only used six tools to build the cottage and a square was not one of them. The cottage was an intregal part of family life, introducing four generations to Gus' great outdoors, shaping lives and interests for all that stayed and enjoyed the Lake.The spirit of Angus is in many of us and we go forward with the knowledge that he had a life well lived.The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the medical staff at Bluewater Health for their kind and compassionate care of Angus.A celebration of Gus' 98 years will be held at the Smith Family Centre (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 12 Jan 2024 22:40:16 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/angus-parsons-1089270295
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BRIDGMAN, Sharon Dianne (nee Parker) Peacefully with her family by her side, Sharon Bridgman died at Bluewater Health Palliative Care, on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 80. Beloved wife of Dave Bridgman. Loving mother of Shelly Bloomfield-Duncan, Sarnia. Stepmother of Stacey Bridgman (Gary Hartley), Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Meghan Duncan, Tabatha Duncan (Matt Carmondy), Jessica Hartley and Jennifer Hartley Great grandmother of Parker Carmondy. Sister-in-law of Betty Bridgman and Marion Bridgman. Dear aunt of Ken and Kelli McAfee and special niece of Don Wilcox. Also survived by her first husband Gary Bloomfield. Predeceased by her parents Murial and Melvyn Parker and her sister Shirley McAfee.Sharon loved her dinners out with Dave and the many travel adventures they enjoyed together over the years. She enjoyed shopping and I am sure the people at Goodwill, the usuals she would meet at garage sales and of course Giant Tiger and Winners will notice her absence. Sharon met many people through her hairdressing days and Red Hat Society Group. Dave, being a Shriner, allowed Sharon the opportunity to attend many parades and parties, always meeting new people along the way.Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to The MCkenzie and Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St., Sarnia, N7T 1R1 or the Sarnia and District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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CORBETT, Alice MargaretPeacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at Meadowview Villa Nursing Home, Alice Margaret Corbett (Stinson) passed away at the age of 92. Born July 11, 1931 in Petrolia, Ontario. Alice was predeceased by sisters Bernice, Dorothy, Irma, Monica, Cleta, and Geraldine, and brothers Lloyd, Cyril, Gordon, and son Shawn of Phoenix, Arizona. Loving mother of son Garth (Nicole), daughter Shannon (Peter) and son Darcy (Tania). Loving Gramma of Kevin Corbett (Becky), Sara Pynnonen and Lindsay Corbett Baril (Mike). Cherished Granny of Jaylin and Locklin Baril and Keegan and Ryder Corbett. A very special thank you to all of the staff at Meadowview Villa for your care and compassion for our Mother during her stay with you. It is so very appreciated. Cremation has taken place. Visiting will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, January 22, 2024 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and the Lung Association (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at smithfuneralhome.ca

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BRANDT, Andrew "Andy" S.Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, December 22, 2023, at Bluewater Health, Andrew "Andy" S. Brandt passed away at the age of 85. He is now reunited with his beloved late wife, Patricia Brandt (nee St. Clair) (2017). Andy was the cherished father of Sheree (Richard) Masse and Lori (Al) Fraser. His role as a treasured grandfather to James, Jessie (Chris), Kyle, and Carly, and great-grandfather to Summer, Kobe, Theo, and Adalynn, is woven into the fabric of their family's cherished memories. Among his closest companions were his best friends, David Brown, Ron Gordon, Mike Bradley, Dave Boushy, Ernie Hehn, Drew Mathany, and Kim Gladwish, who will forever hold Andy in their hearts. He was predeceased by his brother Johnny Brandt, brother-in-law Ronald St. Clair, and best friend Ray Curran. Andy's memory will linger on, embraced by his extended family, numerous dear friends, and cherished colleagues. Born and raised in London, Ontario, he embarked on his professional journey as an accordion player, leading the renowned band "Andy Brandt and the El Dorados." His passion for music endured through the establishment of The Academy of Musical Arts, where individuals of all ages honed their musical talents. Later in life, Andy transitioned from his first love of music to a distinguished political career. Serving as the Mayor for the City of Sarnia from 1974 to 1980, he then navigated the corridors of provincial politics in 1981 holding the positions of MPP of Sarnia/Lambton, Minister of Environment, Industry and Trade and Interim Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. While Andy held the role of MPP, he was a key proponent for the 402 extension to Sarnia. His longest tenure was in the esteemed position of Chair and CEO of the LCBO from 1991 to 2006. In 2002, Andy was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his years in public service. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Andy's genuine warmth, unwavering friendship, and commitment to the arts and public service will be remembered fondly by those fortunate enough to have shared in his journey. Andy was an avid baseball fan and was dedicated to the Detroit Tigers. Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Following the funeral service, we invite you to a luncheon to celebrate his life and legacy at 12:00p.m. at the Lambton College residence located in the Andrew S. Brandt Ballroom - 1485 London Rd., Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Ronald McDonald House (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be placed online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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PEDE, Ruth EvelynRuth Evelyn Pede (Girvitz) passed away peacefully at St Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia on January 10, 2024 at the age of 92 with her loving family by her side. Ruth is survived by her son Geoff Pede (Elizabeth), her daughter Darlene Pede (Terry Knott), her brother Gerry Girvitz and her sister-in-law Jacqueline Pede. She is also survived by her precious grandchildren of whom she adored, Rachel Elliott (Andrew), Danielle Robb, (Aaron), Jessica Pede (partner Jeff Burr), Rebekah Freele (Matt) Alex Pede, Joshua Pede, Renee Pede (Carson Riczu), Jeff Pede and her precious great-grandson Adrian Robb. She was predeceased by her loving husband Robert Pede of 49 years (2001), sons Ronald Pede (2007) and Dennis Pede (2021) and daughter-in-law Patricia Pede (2022), as well as her brother-in-law Joris Pede and sister-in-law Irena Van Durme. Also predeceased by her brother Albert Girvitz and sisters Phyllis Cannon and Sally Poste. She was the much loved Auntie to many nieces and nephews. Ruth was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Sarnia when she was a young girl. She worked as a homemaker, waitress at the Shoreham Restaurant and finished her working years at Smyth's Market. Mom was a fiercely independent woman and loved to do things her way. When asked to try something new, it was never a question, only let's go. She was an active woman who enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing cards with the Silver threads group in Sarnia and her favourite game in later years was Rummy tile. She loved taking care of her flower gardens and was especially proud of her roses, poppies and daylilies. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff at Rosewood for the loving care of mom during her time there. The Bayshore Health Care Team were also instrumental in helping as they worked alongside the Rosewood Team ensuring mom was well cared for. The family would also like to express how much the Palliative Care Team, especially Dr. Lilly with his never ending support for making such a difference in the quality of life mom maintained during her last few years. Mom spent her final days at St. Joseph's Hospice. The family is so thankful for the loving care mom received during her stay. The staff at St Joseph's are truly angels on earth and our community is very fortunate to have this amazing facility. Friends and family are welcome at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on January 15, 2024 with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., and a funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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GARRETT, Robert "Lorne"At Bluewater Health, January 11, 2024, Robert Lorne Garrett passed away quietly in his 92nd year after a life well lived. Survived by his wife Marilyn of 63 years, sons Hugh (Judy) of Sarnia and Alex (Julie) of London, grandchildren Keith (Allie) of Point Edward, Ben of Sarnia, Annie, Alex and Katie of London. Predeceased by parents Alexander and Verna (Denison) Garrett of Sarnia, brothers Hugh (Norma) of Sarnia and Mooretown, and Paul (Annette) of Calgary. Born in Eastern Ontario, Lorne grew up in Toronto, graduated from UWO in 1955, and began his teaching career. He moved his small family to Sarnia in 1966 where he headed the history department at Northern Collegiate and later at Sarnia Collegiate until his early retirement in 1988. He and Marilyn then travelled extensively through many continents. A congenial soul, he made many friends here and in Port Elgin where the family spent their summers. Lorne's interests included the stock market, playing bridge, and pool, and watching baseball. He lived well, generously, and enjoyed many experiences with kindness and curiosity and even his occasional 'curmudgeonliness' and "not suffering fools" (yappy people) was endearing. He always said "the best beer was the one in front of him". Thank you kindly to the staff at both Fairwinds and Landmark where Lorne was happily and kindly treated. Cremation has taken place. An open house to celebrate Lorne's life will be held at the Smith Family Centre (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, to honour the excellent care he received by the nurses, or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Oct 30, 1948 - Dec 1, 2023

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Oct 8, 1946 - Dec 22, 2023

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BURNSIDE, Brent JamesBrent James Burnside passed away on January 7, 2024, in Sarnia, ON, at the age of 56. He was predeceased by father Richard (2017) and is survived by mother Ann, brother Derek (Nazy), and nieces Alicia and Christina. Brent had a sly wit and great sense of humor and loved cheering on his favorite Toronto sports teams, especially the Leafs. Brent had various positions in the social work and culinary fields and took pride in his prior volunteer efforts at the Family Counselling Centre of Sarnia-Lambton. He will be remembered for his caring soul and spirit. A funeral service will be held at St. Michael's Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove, on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Donations to the March of Dimes or charity of choice in memory of Brent are welcomed (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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RONDEAU, Patricia AnnPeacefully with her family by her side, Pat Rondeau died at Marshall Gowland Manor on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the age of 75. Beloved wife of Denis Rondeau for 55 years. Loving mother of the late Claire DeAnna (1976). Dear sister of Jane Dunham, Sarnia. Sister-in-law of Don Rondeau (Lillian) and Carole Major (late Dave), Sarnia. Predeceased by her parents Claire and Vincent Dunham.Pat worked for over 25 years with Canada Customs. She was a long time parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and doctors at Marshall Gowland Manor for their compassionate care of Pat.Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Private interment followed at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 East St., Sarnia, ON N7TY 3R1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Wed, 10 Jan 2024 22:37:50 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/patricia-rondeau-1089261061
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PACHECO, Cidalia Maria (nee Caetano)It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Cidalia Maria on January 8, 2024, at Trillium Villa Nursing Home. We were blessed to celebrate her 87th Christmas together as a family. Cidalia very peacefully left us to join her husband Alfredo (2006). Cidalia is survived and loved by her family; son Getulio "Stu" (Mary) and daughter Analia (Don) Davis; grandchildren Nicole Davis (Glenroy), Daniel Davis (Marta) and Adam Pacheco and great-grandchildren Davis, Elliott, Weston and Colson. Also survived by her sister Maria (Jose) Pimentel and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Manuel and Maria Caetano.Cidalia was born August 26, 1936, in Lomba da maia, Sao Miguel, Acores where she married Alfredo. Together with their two children they immigrated to Canada in 1965 where they built a life together in Sarnia. Mom worked for Marshall Gowland Manor for 25 years. After retirement she returned as a volunteer in their outreach program until the age of 75. She also tirelessly volunteered at her beloved Portuguese Canadian Club of Sarnia. Mom's many passions included cooking for her family, gardening, crocheting, knitting, Sunday drives and bridge fries. Mom was the best Avó and Avózinha. She loved and adored her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was her life and the void she has left in our lives is immeasurable.The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Trillium Villa for their loving care and compassion shown to our mother. Special thank you to Dr. Lilly and the excellent care she received at Bluewater Health emergency department.Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict's Church on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 11 a.m. In keeping with her wishes a private interment will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 Christina St. N., Sarnia N7T 5W3 or Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2024 22:37:49 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/cidalia-pacheco-1089261072
<![CDATA[SODEN, HAROLD]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/harold-soden-1089265094<![CDATA[

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Oct 6, 1941 - Jan 8, 2024

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<![CDATA[MURTON, DOROTHY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dorothy-murton-1089255307<![CDATA[

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<![CDATA[GRIFFITHS, JANET FEBRUARY 1...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/janet-griffiths-1089252177<![CDATA[

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GRIFFITHS, Janet February 13, 1940 -January 4, 2024At Bluewater Health Palliative on Thursday, January 4, 2024, Janet Griffiths passed peacefully with her granddaughter Kelli by her side. Loving wife of Patrick Griffiths for 65 years. Best Mom of Lynn Chapple (Ed Goodacre) and Paul Griffiths. Best grandmother to Jami (Cody) Clements, Kelli Chapple (Trevor Dias) and Corey Goodacre (Laura Nichols). Great-grandmother to Ella, Olivia and Maxwell.Survived by her dear sister Catherine DiFederico (Ron 2022). Predeceased by her parents Frank and Charlotte Birmingham and loving niece Paula McNichol (January 4, 2023). Also survived by sisters and brothers-in- law and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank staff at Bluewater Health for their care of our mother. Cremation has taken place.

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Mon, 8 Jan 2024 22:36:06 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/janet-griffiths-1089252177
<![CDATA[COLLOP, ROBERT HOWARDIT IS W...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-collop-1089252180<![CDATA[

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COLLOP, Robert HowardIt is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert Howard Collop announces his passing, at the age of 82, on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at his home in Waterloo, Ontario. Robert was a 2nd Class Stationary Engineer and worked as a Process Operator for over 40 years at Sun Oil and Novacor. Robert is predeceased by his parents, Howard and Helen Collop of Wallaceburg and is survived and deeply loved by Marion his soulmate and wife, his son, Andrew Collop and his wife, Jane and their children, Ewan and Isla; his daughter, Robin Filip and her husband, Justin, and their children, Eleanora and Erik, and his sisters Katherine Skinner and Rebecca Debruyn as well as many nieces and nephews. Robert was born in Chatham on December 14, 1941, a birthdate that he shared with his son, Andrew. He was raised in Wallaceburg and attended W.O.I.T. (Western Ontario Institute of Technology) in Windsor. He married Marion Elizabeth Hedman on June 8, 1968 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Sudbury and the two were inseparable and devoted to each other for 55 years. Robert was an amazing father and husband. His family was his focus and meant everything to him. Robert was always an ethical and honourable man with a wonderful sense of humour and he could fix almost anything. He had a steady, quiet presence about him and he was so proud of his children and the amazing people that they grew up to be. Robert will be sadly missed by us all.Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 8 Jan 2024 22:36:05 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-collop-1089252180
<![CDATA[GARRISON, AUDREYAUDREY ELEAI...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/audrey-garrison-1089252186<![CDATA[

GARRISON, AudreyAudrey Eleaine Garrison (nee Lewis) passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Meadowview Villa. Beloved wife of the late Glenn Garrison for 67 years. Loving mother of the late Glenda (Ron) Hutchinson, Dr. Cathryn Laws, John (Susan) and David (Connie). Cherished Nana to Craig (Stephanie), Jill, Jennifer (Dona), Vanessa, Maeghan (Michael), Jesse (Larissa) and Mackenzie (Elizabeth), and Great-Nana to Angel, Brianne, Corgan, Max, Jacob, Kaelan and Quinn. Also survived by her sisters, Wilma Hardick and Gayle (Bob) Dugdale, brother, Robert Lewis (Keely) and sister-in-law, Arlene Lewis. Predeceased by her parents Clarence and Violet (nee Moore) Lewis; brother Clarence, sister Beverley Harris; brother-in-law Lorne Hardick, sisters-in-law Joan Heggart and Judy Houston; son-in-law Dr. James Laws, daughter-in-law Joan (Peaslee), and granddaughter Miranda Garrison. Missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Audrey was the oldest of six children born to Clarence and Violet Lewis. The five-generation Lewis farm that she grew up on, and eventually owned with her husband Glenn, was located on the shore of Lake Huron between Blackwell and Bright's Grove. During her 96 years, Audrey experienced many incredible personal and societal events that took place within her lifetime. Audrey was a loving, caring wife and mother, sister, aunt, Nana, and great Nana. Her love and dedication to her family, as well as her contribution to her community, will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known her. She was an active member of Blackwell United Church, often singing in the choir, and served her church through the United Church Women. She was well-known for her participation in many church bazaars and church family dinners and her home-made turkey pies and peanut brittle were always sought-after items at church sales. Audrey spent countless hours over many years helping her husband on the farm and customers came from all over the Sarnia area to buy strawberries, sweet corn and vegetables from the roadside stand. Every year, she and Glenn would host a corn roast, and the invitees always enjoyed great food and conversation at these events. For many years, as a devoted Cub Scout leader ("Ran") alongside her husband ("Akela"), Audrey tirelessly helped guide many young boys to become strong members of many communities throughout the local area and the country. Later, she worked for the Municipality of Lambton County and was an active member of the PC party. A special thank you to Landmark Village, Meadowview Villa, David and Connie, Craig and Stephanie, Kim Lewis, Jim and Cathie Fergusson, and Ron Hardick for providing care and support to Audrey and Glenn in their twilight years. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 12, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, Huron House Boys Home or The Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 8 Jan 2024 22:36:04 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/audrey-garrison-1089252186
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KLAUKE, SHEILASheila Sylvia Mary Klauke, at 87 years of age, went to Heaven on New Years Day 2024, at St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia, after a long and difficult journey with lung disease.For 58 years, Sheila was the beloved wife of John "Jack" Klauke who passed away in 2015. They were the proud parents and grandparents of what has become a very large family that includes Katherine (Jamie) Maczko, Michael (Wendy) Klauke, Joanne Klauke-Labelle (Deceased - 2015) and Elizabeth Klauke (Deceased- 2006). Fondly known as "Oma" to her grandchildren; Sarah Wilson (Chris), James Maczko, David Maczko (Erica), Harley (Amanda) Klauke, Nicholas Klauke (Deceased - 2022), Julianne Walker (Michael), Brittany Desveaux (Meghan), Jessica Nash, Christopher Nash, John Nash, Randy Labelle and Jessie Labelle. Sheila was also affectionately known as "Grand Oma" to 15 great-grandchildren and has held many nieces and nephews very close to her heart. Sheila is survived by her dearest twin sister, sister Shirley Morris and has been predeceased by a family that has surely welcomed her home, including her parents, Fred and Edith Morris, as well as her siblings Phyllis Binette (Jerry), Andrew Morris (Jean), Fred Morris (Shirley Ann) and Rosemarie Petrash (Stan).Whenever Sheila was asked about her career, she always told people that she was a "secretary", somehow giving the feeling that the title of being a "stay at home mom" was not enough. In reality however, Sheila left that secretarial world when she married Jack in 1957 to become a "traditional" Home Maker, of the1950's. She raised 4 children, loved gardening, was an active community volunteer and developed exceptional crafting skills in paper toile, painting and knitting. She was a woman of great faith and was active in the Catholic movements of CFM, Marriage Encounter, CWL, COR and Cursillo. She did go back to school at one point to get her GED, but primarily she was the backbone of Jack being able to develop his own professional aspirations and of building the family's most treasured cottage on Jackson Cove in the Bruce Peninsula. Sheila was truly the "unsung" hero of the Klauke family, but her importance was always reverberated in our dad's voice, when he bellowed "Sheila!" Anyone who knew them together, will remember this sound, which fell silent for her in 2015, when our dad passed away. With faith and certainty however, we believe that the first thing our mom Sheila will have heard when she passed through Heaven's gates…was that unforgettable voice, calling her name once again…"Sheila!" …Welcome home!On behalf of Sheila's family, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all the people who loved and cared for our mother, throughout her illness and especially over these last few months. We are especially grateful for the Landmark staff and Wellness Team; Dr. David Kim, Dr. Crombeen and the Palliative Care Team; Nurses and Volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospice; Home and Community Care (Sarah Tius); Bayshore Nurses (Blaine); VON – especially Mary and Amanda and most especially, Margaret Potter who has been a beloved friend, advocate and spiritual warrior…there are no words to express our deepest thanksgiving for your care, love and support.Sheila's cremation has already taken place on January 2, 2024. Visitation will be held at McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church following visitation on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. The mass will be live streamed. Please go to the website sarniacatholic.ca and in the top right hand side of the site is the link for Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-J7SLoF9enNCR6dwEM--uw. A private family ceremony will be held for Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery on a different date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish, may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. Sarnia, N7T 5W3. (cheques only at the funeral home please) Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Mon, 8 Jan 2024 22:36:03 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/sheila-klauke-1089252188
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GOHEEN, William 'Bill'William Irwin 'Bill' Goheen, a resident of Corunna, passed away suddenly at Bluewater Health on Friday, December 22, 2023 at the age of 73. Bill is the son of the late Wesley Arnold and Mary Irene (Arnett) Goheen. Beloved husband of Diana (Boudreau). Loving father of Shalan Eppinger (Mark), Geneva Depening (Neil), Sarah Vint, Lisa Vint (Jayden) and his late twin daughters Purity Ann and Erin Faith Goheen. Dear grandfather of Dominic, Olivia, Rayn, Autumn, Reid, Cole and Henry. Brother of Merv Goheen (Donna) and the late Marilyn St. Julian and Fay Holcick. He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law to Allan Boudreau (the late Carolyn) and the late David Boudreau. Also predeceased by his father and mother-in-law Ivan and June Tulloch. Bill loved trailer camping and travelling for both work and pleasure. He had lived and worked in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Texas as an IT Specialist for Nova Chemicals and Styrolution. Closer to home, Bill worked at Lanxess. A celebration of Bill's life with fellowship and refreshment will be held at the Hayco*ck-Cavanagh Funeral Home's Reception Centre, 416 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg (across the street from the funeral home) on Saturday, January 27 from noon – 3 p.m. with words of remembrance at 2 o'clock. If you wish, donations to a charity of your choice can be made in Bill's honour.

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Mon, 8 Jan 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-goheen-1089221301
<![CDATA[NICKERSON (NEE LUTZ), DEBORAH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/deborah-nickerson-nee-lutz-1089249394<![CDATA[

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Dec 31, 1947 - Jan 1, 2024

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Sun, 7 Jan 2024 07:32:15 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/deborah-nickerson-nee-lutz-1089249394
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AUGER, MauriceAt Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, Maurice George Auger, at the age of 92 of Sarnia, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was the loving partner, best friend and soul mate of Betty-Anne Blok-Andersen for the past 22 years. He was the adored and loving father "PA" of Tania Liz Marie Auger, Brett Joel Auger, and Lynn Marie Lillian Auger all of Sarnia. He was much loved grandpa of Brody, Georgia Auger (Dale) and Dixon Auger-Pennesi. He was stepdad to Christine Jane Blackwood, and Moe to her sons Spencer and Logan Bramwell who all loved him very much. He is also survived by sister-in-law Mary Jane Foley (Bob) and brother-in law Bob Tyrie (Sharon), seven Morin nieces and nephews, their spouses, and families to whom he was a very special much loved uncle. He was predeceased by his parents Leon Athanuase Auger and his mother Gabrielle (Pepin) Auger, his sister Lillianne (Auger) Morin, and her husband Emmanual Morin. Maurice was a loving and caring man who was admired by all who knew him. He had many interests, and there was nothing he couldn't do, or fix, and he was a perfectionist regarding every job he tackled. He loved to cook, and often treated his family to his delicious creations. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 530. He received his 70 year Membership Plaque and IBEW 70 year gold pin with a diamond, on December 9, 2022 at the Local 530 Christmas Party. It was quite an event, Maurice was piped in with his son by his side, his whole family was there in attendance, and needless to say we were all so proud. He was admired and respected by his apprentices, many of whom attended to congratulate him on that very special evening. Maurice had a passion for travelling in motorhomes his whole life, and enjoyed many wonderful trips. Maurice and Betty-Anne spent many winters travelling and spending time with their families, in Manzanilla, Arizona, and Bradenton, Florida for many years. They spent many good times fishing on Manitoulin Island, in the summer and also with his very special friend Bill George of Kettle Point. He loved to visit his sister and her families at their cottages in the Gatineau. Those were very wonderful times. One of their special trips was to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton to visit family and friends, and what a spectacular trip that was too. They also travelled to Vancouver one summer to visit Christine, and the boys, travelling through the US on the way out, and then travelled through Canada on the way back. There were so many wonderful memories, and very blessed to have enjoyed so many happy times. He loved to play Euchre, and so does Bet, they played at the Moose Lodge in Florida, The Legion and the Navy Club in Sarnia, making good friends, and yes, having more good times. Spending time with family was his favourite thing to do. When we think of him our memories will be of the kind, generous, and fun loving person that he always was. Special thanks to the Doctors and the wonderful nurses at Bluewater Health Palliative Care. He appreciated the love and care you all gave him so generously. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Maurice's life will be held at a later date. Donations to the charity of your choice will be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, N7T 5W9. Memories, photographs and messages of condolence may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Fri, 5 Jan 2024 22:40:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/maurice-auger-1089246640
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URQUHART, Elizabeth "Ruthanne" (nee Wolsey)Surrounded by her children on Thursday, January 4, 2024, Elizabeth "Ruthanne" Urquhart (nee Wolsey) of Petrolia passed at the age of 77. Beloved wife to the late Jack (2018) for 52 years. She was the loving mother to Jacqueline Seguin, Kathryn Schram (Chris), and Ken Urquhart (Randi). A graveside memorial service will take place at Hillsdale Cemetery on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Online Condolences can be left at www.NeedhamJay.com

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ROCCA, Angela Faye May 17, 1976 –January 1, 2024Angie Rocca of Sarnia died on January 1, 2024. She was born in Leamington, Ontario to Cathy and John Maclean. Angie had the biggest heart. She'd give you the boots off her feet in a snow storm. Angie loved tacos especially when her brother made them. She had the largest bond with Derek. She loved music, she could always relate to it. Ohh, Angie loved her ciggs as well. Angie's survived by Don Rocca (Janet Colfelt), Cathy (Ron Spradling), biological father John Mclean, siblings Christian Rocca (Brad Bauer), Derek (Carla) Rocca, and Louie Cameron. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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WITHERS, Norman FraserPassed away after a year long illness on January 4, 2024 at his home in St.Clair township with his family present. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Lynne (Firby), their children-Amy (Edward) Mazey, Andrew (Christie), Alan (Keri), Aaron (Leah) and Adam (Kyla) and their 23 grandchildren: Kyra (Dekker) Smith, Mikaela Stocking, Malachi, Eliana and Lyle Mazey; Jordan, Ashley (Cole) Oswald, Hunter and Tyler; Spencer (Natasha), Savannah (Gregory) Taylor, Emma, Ethan, Eliza and Benson; Abbigail, Anna, Lilly and Brooklyn; Carter, Haley, Tate and Dak; their 3 great-grandchildren-Merrick and Mazey Smith and Callahan Withers. Sisters-Anne (late Pete) Gowrie and Linda (Charles) Perry, brother-in-law Douglas (Lisa) Firby, 19 nieces and nephews and their families, special cousin Jayne Miles and step-brother John (Marion) Ford. Predeceased by his parents Margaret (Kennedy, Ford) and brother-in-law Leo (Jean) Bradshaw. Norm was a graduate of the University of Waterloo and worked for Imperial Oil Limited for 27 years and then Sarnia Propane. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of his life, Norm served in many callings including Branch President and Bishop. Over the years he made many close friends through the church. He was involved as a leader in the Cub Scout program for over 25 years. He loved to go hunting and fishing and is remembered by his hunting buddies especially Neil Gorton and Brian Savidant. However, he most enjoyed going up north and hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Another favorite activity was traveling, especially cruises, with Lynne and their traveling/adventure companions Alan and Margaret Lester. Faith, family and the farm were his main loves. He was a good friend to many and touched a lot of people's hearts. He will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank all the members and friends of the Sarnia ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Lambton palliative care team Dr. David Kim, VON eshift especially Gloria, Shayne and Coni, Care Partners especially Adrian, Beth from VON respite, the VON nursing staff especially Danielle and all the staff at Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic, for all their care and support which enabled Norm to stay at home. There will be a visitation at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home in Brigden on Monday, January 8, 2024 from 4:00-8:00p.m. followed by a visitation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Murphy Road in Sarnia, from 9:30 to 10:30a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 with a funeral service starting at 11:00a.m. Burial will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, St. Clair township, just down the road from home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Steadman Brothers Funeral Chapels, Brigden 519-864-1193.

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DAVIES, Marilynn (Thaler) Born October 21, 1938, died, January 4, 2024 following a short illness superimposed on underlying chronic health issues. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Arnold. The greatest tragedy of her life was the death of their son Mike in 2016. Deeply missed by their son Bruce (Christine Murphy) and their children Andrew and Ryan; by Mike's wife, Joanne Bortolotto, and their children Christian, Michela, Joshua and Johnpaul; by her sister Merle Haney, special niece Janet Tolton, and many other nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Elaine Haney and Vivien Tolton.Marilynn was born in Clifford to Dr. A. Frank Thaler and Janet (Pollock) Thaler. The family moved to Hanover when she was a young girl. She was educated at the University of Guelph where she met her husband, Arnold. They were married in 1961. They raised their children in Guelph and Sarnia before retiring to Markdale in 1991. Marilynn often said that her favourite place in the world was on the shore of Lake Huron at Kincardine. She spent every summer there, as a child at her family's Bruce Beach cottage and later at the Cedar Terraces cottage she and Arnold purchased in 1975. The cottage was the centre of family gatherings for the rest of her life. Moving to Markdale allowed Marilynn to spend more time with her younger sister, Vivien, and they enjoyed participating in many craft-based social groups especially rug hooking, quilting, and knitting. Her rug hooking art is displayed proudly in the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Hubbards, NS and in the homes of her family and friends. She was actively involved in the life of Grace United Church in Sarnia and Annesley United Church in Markdale.Although never a competitive athlete, she loved exercise, especially walking, cross-country skiing and generally being outdoors.We will remember Marilynn especially for her independent spirit, perseverance, thoughtfulness, and keen interest in the lives of her family and community.A celebration of Marilynn's life will be held at Annesley United Church, Markdale on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Social time to follow in the church hall.The family is grateful for the exemplary care provided to Marilynn by the care teams in Markdale and Owen Sound hospitals and at Chapman House Hospice, and would appreciate donations to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Grey Bruce Hospice Inc, or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.Arrangements entrusted to the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham.

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FITZPATRICK, GaryAt Bluewater Health on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, Gary Fitzpatrick, age 87 of Corunna passed away. He was the loving husband and Best Friend of Beverly Fitzpatrick for 67 years and adored father of Chris (Vicki), Kelly (Ronny), Jill (Kevin) and Brett, grandfather of Lisa, Tyrel, Brianne, Bryn, Kourtlan, Konnor, Ashton, Keyvin and Coleson, great- grandfather of Skyler, Pearce, Amadeus, Artimes and Forest. He is also survived by his sister Lorna Smith (Bruce), sister-in-law Carolyn Ashton and several nieces and nephews.Gary was proud retired member of the Pipefitters Union, Local #663. He was a pet and animal lover, an avid golfer and multiple time club champion of the Canterbury Golf Club. He also played hockey and was a member of the inaugural Sarnia Legionnaires Hockey Team and was a hockey coach of many boys and girls teams, a hockey fan and giver of advice to his hockey playing grandsons.The family would like to give a big thank you to: Care Partners, March of Dimes, VON and the Cool Aid Program for all their help. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9). A celebration of Gary's life will be held at a later date. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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<![CDATA[THOMPSON, INO]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ino-thompson-1089233658<![CDATA[

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November 26, 1930 - December 23, 2023

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Jun 14, 1930 - Dec 31, 2023

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Sep 19, 1962 - Dec 19, 2023

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JAQUES, Melissa AnnIt is with great sadness that the family of Melissa Ann Jaques announce her passing on her 49th birthday, December 30, 2023, after a three and a half year long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Much loved daughter of Carol and the late Allan (2013) Jaques and sister of Shain Jaques and his spouse Lisa Laframboise. Loving aunt of Chantel and Nick Ruddock and children Alonzo, McKenzye, Trenton and Brooklynn and Amanda and Tyler Harris and children Liam and Alex. Great-Niece of her favourites Donna and Gerald Nettleton. Niece of Wayne and Karen Lassaline. Predeceased by grandparents Ray and Jean Jaques and Jerry and Catherine Lassaline and aunts and uncles Mona and Ken Campbell, Ivan and Shirley Jaques and Dolores and Russell Jaques. Pets always had a special place in Melissa's heart and she loved to have the cats George and Gracie and dogs Alfie and Daisy visit her at the hospital. The family would like to thank the nurses and all staff of the Bluewater Health, Palliative Care who have been there for Melissa the last three plus years. An Open House to celebrate Melissa's life will be held at the Smith Family Centre (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health – Palliative Care or the Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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<![CDATA[DUNSWORTH, MARTHAMARTHA DUNS...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/martha-dunsworth-1089239048<![CDATA[

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DUNSWORTH, MarthaMartha Dunsworth (nee Grandy) passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health, CEEH, on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at the age of 95. Martha is survived by her son Robert Dunsworth (Angie); grandchildren David Dunsworth (Shona), Jessica Dunsworth (Michael), and Kristy Dauw (Jeremy); great-grandchildren Olivia and Aria Dauw and Moxie Neitzke. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Dorothy Cornish and many nieces and nephews, including her beloved nieces Martha Bennett, June Dicks, and Mona Moore. She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, George Dunsworth; parents Martha Adams and William Grandy; sisters Rose Banfield, Pearl Spurrel, and Josie Zwicker; and sister-in-law Shirley Dicks. Martha was born in Garnish, Newfoundland but made Wyoming, Ontario her home where she lived for over 60 years. She retired 37 years ago from her managerial position at Lighting Unlimited in the Lambton Mall. She was a member of the Salvation Army and was involved in many other endeavours throughout the years including being a foster mother and a member of the Eastern Star. Her energetic, outgoing, generous spirit was unwavering. She was young at heart right up to the end. She lived a long, large life. She loved many and was loved by many. The family would like to express our gratitude to Landmark Village retirement home for going above and beyond with their exceptional kindness and support to Martha during her time there. We would also like to thank the team at Bluewater Health, CEEH, for their exemplary end-of-life care. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior to service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 22:35:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/martha-dunsworth-1089239048
<![CDATA[HEATH, WILLIAM PERCIVAL "PERCY...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-heath-1089239032<![CDATA[

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HEATH, William Percival "Percy"Peacefully, surrounded by family at Watford Quality Care Center on December 29, 2023, William Percival "Percy" Heath passed away at the age of 94. Percy was predeceased by beloved wife, Marilyne Heath. He was the proud father of Kathy (Nathan) Ikert, Bill (Shirley) Heath, and John (Audrey) Heath. He was the loving Grandfather of Karyn (Dustin) Font, Zack (Kristina) Ikert, Elise (Eric) Soepboer, and Juliette Heath. He is also survived by his great- grandchildren Maya, Lucy, Grace, Lyla, Astrid, Alden, and Oriana.After more than three decades as a lawyer in Lambton County, Percy retired and remained active in the Watford-Warwick Community. He served multiple terms on the Warwick Township council. He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and the Watford Rotary Club.The family wishes to thank the staff of Watford Quality Care Center for the wonderful care Percy received in the last few years of his life.Visitation will be held at Denning's of Watford on Friday January 5, 2024, from 12:00p.m. until 2:00p.m. A funeral service will follow immediately after at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Watford Cemetery,In memory of Percival, donations may be made to Watford Quality Care Centre, the Bluewater Health Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 22:35:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/william-heath-1089239032
<![CDATA[CAMPBELL, KENNETH WILLIAM "KEN...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-campbell-1089239043<![CDATA[

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CAMPBELL, Kenneth William "Ken"Age 56 of Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., NS formerly of Sarnia, ON passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 24, 2023 at home. Born in Camlachie, Ontario, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Mona (Jaques) Campbell. Ken retired after 22 years of service with Royal Canadian Navy as a cook obtaining the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 98, Kingston and Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 34, New Glasgow. Ken was an avid John Deere collector, dog lover and enjoyed playing darts, cards and bingo. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Barbara (Reddick) Campbell; daughter, Kendra Connolly, Wainwright, Alberta; sons, Michael Reddick, Pembroke, Ontario and Patrick Reddick (Tammy Poil), Lawrencetown; sisters, Norma (Wayne) Gilroy; Nancy (Bob) Hicks and Lisa (Todd) Gibbs, all of Sarnia, Ontario; grandchildren, Michaela, Dakoda, Rune and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Trinity. In keeping with Ken's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Legion Tribute will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2024, in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, 1-855-825-3448. A reception for family and friends will follow the service in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 98, 1472 Veterans Lane, Kingston. All are welcome. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 98 Kingston, Poppy Fund. Online condolences or memories you may wish to share with the family may be made by visiting: www.middletonfuneralhome.com

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 22:35:56 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-campbell-1089239043
<![CDATA[TOMS, HAVELYN HAVELYN DIED P...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/havelyn-toms-1089239030<![CDATA[

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TOMS, Havelyn Havelyn died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Sally (DeMarco) for 63 years. Dear father of Michael Toms and Steven Toms. Brother-in-law of Patrcia Sedgbeer, Bev DeMarco and Robert DeMarco (Mary). Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Fred Toms and brothers-in-law Michael, William and Terry DeMarco and sisters-in-law Nancy Thomas and Della McGillion. Havelyn worked at Polysar for 41 years prior to his retirement in 1992. He was known as "Mr. Fix It" and loved classic cars and bowling.Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 11 a.m. Interment of ashes at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 22:35:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/havelyn-toms-1089239030
<![CDATA[HUFFMAN, ROSEAFTER A SHORT B...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rose-huffman-1089239053<![CDATA[

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HUFFMAN, RoseAfter a short battle with cancer, Rose Huffman passed away at the age of 79 on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Bluewater Health.Beloved wife of the late Bill Huffman.Loving mother of Stephen (Tracey) Huffman, Glen (Kelly) Huffman, and Barb (Glen Nantais) Hubbard.Cherished grandmother of Sarah (Brian), Stephen, Luke, Reese and Cole.Treasured great-grandmother of Breanna and Olivia.Survived by brother Jim (Sharon) McDonald, sister Marg Foster, and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her best friend "Cousin Marti" and her caring circle of friends and neighbours.Rose was predeceased by her siblings Harry "Buck", Bob, George, and Donna and by her great grandson Tyler.Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held with a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to River City Vineyard or the Salvation Army (Cheques only at the funeral home please).Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 22:35:54 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/rose-huffman-1089239053
<![CDATA[BABIAK, JIMMY]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jimmy-babiak-1089237127<![CDATA[

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1967 - 2023

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024 05:53:16 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/jimmy-babiak-1089237127
<![CDATA[JACHIMOWICZ, ANDRZEJ "ANDREW"...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/andrzej-jachimowicz-1089230500<![CDATA[

JACHIMOWICZ, Andrzej "Andrew"Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at St. Joseph's Hospice, Andrew Jachimowicz passed away at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Helena Jachimowicz. Loving father of David Jachimowicz (Glenn Benedicto) and Krystyna Jachimowicz. Cherished grandfather ("dziadziu") of Adeodatus Jachimowicz. Dear brother of Bogumila (Janusz) Popek. He will be sadly missed by all of his extended family. Predeceased by his parents Stanislaw and Irena Jachimowicz. Andrew was a tireless entrepreneur and operated a number of successful businesses, most notably Neumann Dental Laboratory, a dental laboratory in Eastpointe, Michigan, for over 30 years. Even with the demands of work, he always found time for family and community. He was a longstanding member of the Polish Alliance of Canada – Branch 14, Sarnia and most recently was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross in Sarnia. Andrew had a passion for travelling, and when not on the go, he could be found working in his garden or in the garage. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and his unique and warm worldview. Andrew was a devoted family man, and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. A private ceremony will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in the near future. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice or The Canadian Red Cross (if made at the funeral home, cheques only please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca"Okay, let's go."

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Mon, 1 Jan 2024 22:35:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/andrzej-jachimowicz-1089230500
<![CDATA[BAZELEY, DORIS]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/doris-bazeley-1089229279<![CDATA[

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Jun 25, 1931 - Dec 30, 2023

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Sun, 31 Dec 2023 11:04:11 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/doris-bazeley-1089229279
<![CDATA[MASSICOTTE, YVES]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/yves-massicotte-1089228223<![CDATA[

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May 27, 1951 - December 26, 2023

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Sat, 30 Dec 2023 11:05:15 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/yves-massicotte-1089228223
<![CDATA[SNIDER, MICHAEL BURNETPEACEF...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-snider-1089226711<![CDATA[

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SNIDER, Michael BurnetPeacefully in his sleep, on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Meadowview Nursing Home, Michael Burnet Snider passed away at the age of 88. Predeceased by his loving wife Margaret of 57 years. Loving father of Craig Snider and Beth (Mike) Wilco*cks. Cherished grandfather of Tyler, Jeremy and Damion. Cherished great- grandfather of Cora, Mylia and Brooklyn. Dear brother of Chris and second father of Moira Isaacson. Remembered by several other family members near and far. Predeceased by his brother Peter and brothers-in-law John and Kenneth.A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with family and friends being received on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cremation to follow.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home.Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 22:37:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/michael-snider-1089226711
<![CDATA[JACKSON, JOHN DOUGLASIT IS W...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-jackson-1089226717<![CDATA[

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JACKSON, John DouglasIt is with deep sadness that the family of John Douglas Jackson announces his peaceful passing at his own home on Friday, December 22, 2023. John was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Dorothy Jackson and his loving wife, Leola Van Dinther-Jackson. He is survived by his two daughters, Tina Jackson, and Tanya Thorpe (John Pinnella). John, known as "Papa", was a loving grandfather to his four grandchildren, Alexandra (Michael) Sipkens, Jeremy Maczkowski, Gabriel Maczkowski and Julia Thorpe. John welcomed his first great-grandchild in 2023, Archer Michael Sipkens, and was looking forward to his second great-grandchild to be born in 2024. He enjoyed being a stepfather to Laura VanDinther and Mark VanDinther (Karen) and their children. John was the youngest of five siblings. John is survived by his siblings, Lois Reed of Texas, Bonnie (Alan) Christie of Toronto, Marlene Jackson of Sarnia, and Ron (Joan) Jackson of Sarnia. He was a blessed uncle, with many, many wonderful nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. John was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Those who knew John knew him for his razor-sharp wit, charm, dedicated friendship, fierce loyalty and sense of humor. He was an avid marksman and military veteran. John began his military career when he enlisted in the US Army 22 Nov 63. He began boot camp at Fort Knox, KY. John's 1st Duty assignment was 101st Airborne Infantry but was immediately transferred to Fort Myer, Virginia to 1st battalion reinforced, 3rd Infantry, U S Army Honor Guard, Company E. From there he was sent to Company A Fort Leslie J McNair in Washington, DC where he served at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. John completed his military career a Specialist 4th Class/Act/Sgt E-5. Upon return from the army, John came back to Sarnia where he met and began his life with his first wife, Gloria Jackson (Irvine) with whom he had his daughters, Tina and Tanya. He was a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and Insurance Broker for more than 30 years with Prudential Life Insurance, which became Clarica and then Sunlife Financial. John was a lover of adventure and travel. His successful career in insurance earned him the opportunity to see the world as a result of the numerous trips he was awarded throughout his career. In his retirement, he continued his love of travel by delivering luxury fifth wheel trailers across the US and Canada, where he made many new friends with his beloved second wife Leola VanDinther- Jackson. John loved participating in the local shooting club with his longtime buddies, as well as playing a game of pool or cribbage. John will be dearly missed. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with family and friends being received at 12:00 p.m. to celebrate and honour the life of our beloved Father and Papa, John Jackson. Reception to follow. A private family burial of ashes will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 22:37:43 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-jackson-1089226717
<![CDATA[GRANT, MARJORIE VERNICE (NEE M...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-grant-1089226719<![CDATA[

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GRANT, Marjorie Vernice (nee Maitland)We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our mother, Marjorie Vernice Grant (nee Maitland) on Thursday December 21, 2023. Loving wife of 58 years to the late Ian Douglas Grant (2006). Marj was born in 1929, in Detroit and emigrated to Sarnia at 2 years old. Mom was loved by all who knew and met her, always young at heart and more than ready for her next adventure! At 16, Marj was very happy to get a job at Bell Telephone as an operator and was always proud of being a "Bell Girl". Her next job was at Imperial Oil, where she met her future husband, Ian. They got married and Marj worked at home raising their family for the next 20 years. Marj wanted to work out of the home again, so she got a job at Woolco and then Walmart where she worked in the Ladies Wear and helped co-ordinate Fashion Shows. During her marriage, Mom got her motorcycle license, and her and Ian bought a sailboat and they learned how to sail Lake Huron and the North Channel…she loved both! Marj enjoyed her grandchildren, our pets, card and coffee club, yoga and socializing at the Sarnia Yacht Club with her many friends. Mom was known for her love of black and white clothing .. we always joked with her about it! After Ian's passing, travelling was one of Marj's adventures she would always reminisce of, times in Qatar, Amsterdam, (she said it felt like home), her dream of going to Paris realized, Mexico and the Caribbean. She travelled with family and friends and her companion Harold. Mom lived at Landmark Retirement Home for about 8 years, and after a fall, moved to North Lambton Lodge where she had excellent care… all of the staff called her an angel… well deserved! Marj is survived by her children Doug (Patti), John, Susan (Terry) and James (Randi). Loved by grandchildren Brooke (Beata) and Burke, Cassy and Chantal, Kyle and Matt, Alison, Jacklyn (Tanner), Ian, Royce and Ada. Great- grandchildren: Emerson and Avery, Massey and Lainey. Gary (Nancy) Maitland (Brother), Dave Maitland (Brother), Ina (Bob) Maitland (Sister-in-law), Rolande (Don) Maitland and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by Harold Bolton (Companion), Marion Moore (Sister), Bob, Don and Ken Maitland (Brothers), Carrie and George Maitland (Parents), Leeanne Lavigne (John's friend). Very special thanks to Dr. William Buckton and Staff at the North Lambton Lodge in Forest for all their care and love. A Celebration of Marj's Life will be held at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, ON N7T 5W9) on Sunday January 14 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation commencing at 11:00 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society, Sarnia/Lambton would be appreciated. Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 22:37:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-grant-1089226719
<![CDATA[BLANCHER, VERNON "JOHN"AFTER...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/vernon-blancher-1089226715<![CDATA[

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BLANCHER, Vernon "John"After being ill with mesothelioma, Vernon "John" Blancher, of Sarnia, passed away peacefully, in his 80th year on December 24, 2023, at St. Joseph's Hospice with family by his side.John will be sadly missed by his wife of 58 years, Lynda Blancher. Cherished father of John Jr. (Melissa), Melissa and Jamie. Very proud grandpa of Brittany, Riley (Caleb), Bryce, Brynn, and Rhett. He will also be missed by his loyal companion Diesel.John was part of a very large family and will be fondly remembered by his six brothers, five sisters and their families. John will be joining his daughter, Margaret "Marnie" Blancher (1974) in Heaven.John loved farming and animals and bought his first farm at Hungry Hollow in 1970. He had a long career as an insulator, working for 45 years as a member of Local 95 Heat and Frost Insulators Union and will be remembered for his dedication and tireless work. Harness racing was also one of his passions and he spent most of his life raising, patiently training and racing standard bred horses and was a lifetime member of O.H.H.A. John devoted his life to helping his family, his friends, his neighbors, and anyone else in need. He was someone people knew they could always count on.We will always remember his famous words "Stay out of trouble".The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Butler, Dr. Crombeem, Bayshore Nursing and St Joseph's Hospice for their care and support.Cremation has taken place, and friends and family will be welcomed at Smith's Funeral Home on Friday, January 5, 2024, for visitation from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, 2024, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 2:30 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 22:37:42 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/vernon-blancher-1089226715
<![CDATA[JAMES KING KING]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-king-1089225550<![CDATA[

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May 5, 1977 - Dec 27, 2023

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 06:40:58 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-king-1089225550
<![CDATA[KECK, KENNETH]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-keck-1089225242<![CDATA[

Jan 14, 1944 - Dec 27, 2023

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Fri, 29 Dec 2023 04:38:57 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/kenneth-keck-1089225242
<![CDATA[SCHOCH, BETTYELIZABETH "BETT...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/betty-schoch-1089221292<![CDATA[

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SCHOCH, BettyElizabeth "Betty" Christina Schoch, age 86, of Stratford passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on December 26, 2023. Born in Mitchell, August 31, 1937, daughter of the late Matthew and Mary Holmes.Beloved wife for 63 years of Douglas Schoch. Loving mother of Larry (Barb), Joanne Ratcliffe, Barb Zehr (Murray), David (Lori), Paul (Denise). Grandmother of Emily (Chris), Heather, Samantha, Benjamin (Taylor), Sara, Kelsey, Jenny (Lewis).Predeceased by brothers Alec, Bob (June), Bill, sisters Mary Chessell (Dalton), Marg Dymond (Jack), Jean Dunbar (Bill) and her father-in-law and mother-in-law Clifford and Vera Schoch.Betty was retired from American Motors. She loved crossword puzzles, the Toronto Blue Jays and the odd trip to the casino.Family and friends are invited to a visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday, December 30, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 22:35:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/betty-schoch-1089221292
<![CDATA[JAY, CLARENCE ALBERTCLARENCE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clarence-jay-1089221291<![CDATA[

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JAY, Clarence AlbertClarence passed away peacefully at Marshall Gowand Manor on Sunday, December 24, 2023 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (Mulvihill). Loving father of Phil Jay (Joyce), Diana Jay (Steve Nutt), Chris Jay (Karen), and Patrick Jay. Grandfather to Richard, Keith, Kevin, Andrew, Courtney and Kalli. Great-grandfather of 8. Brother to Cecile Scott (late Don), Mary Richards (Dick) and Richard Jay (Valerie). Brother-in-law of Virginia Jay. Predeceased by parents Albert & Eva Jay and brother Jimmy Jay. Clarence was a great father and had many happy times with his family. He was a kind and patient man with many hobbies and interests. Clarence was a long time member of the Strangway woodworking shop, a founding member of St. Benedict's church as well as a member of many different clubs throughout the years. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N. on Tuesday, January 2, 2023 from 1-1:45 p.m. The funeral service will follow immediately in the chapel at 2 p.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 East St. N., Sarnia, N7T 3R1 or the Alzheimer's Society, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 22:35:55 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/clarence-jay-1089221291
<![CDATA[DORMAN, JAMESPEACEFULLY AT H...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-dorman-1089221302<![CDATA[

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DORMAN, JamesPeacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on December 22, 2023, James Dorman passed away at the age of 82.Beloved husband and best friend of Enid Dorman of 62 years.Loving father of Karen (Gord) Murray, Jim (Karen) Dorman, Frank (Jenny) Dorman, Sue (Craig) Webb.Cherished grandfather of Steven Page and Jessica Page, Mike (Anne) Dorman, Adam (Kathleen) Dorman, Matt Dorman and Laura Eastabrook, Kirk (Emelia) Dorman, Scott (Lauren) Dorman, Chris Gough, Matt (Jessica) Gough and Desare Gough, Cameron Todd and Eric Todd.Treasured great-grandfather of Dexter, James and Lilly (Jessica), Olivia and Delilah Dorman (Kirk), Skylar, Sophia and Liam (Matt), Nolan and Bennett (Adam).He will be dearly missed by his sister-in-law Marion McCully, brother-in-law Ray Chad, special niece Cheryl (Tim) Hescltine, special cousin Carla McLean and many other nieces and nephews.Predeceased by his daughter-in-law Tracey Dorman.James was a longtime employee at Polysar (1961-2000) as a pipefitter. He loved all sports and excelled at everything he did. Golf was a huge passion, along with building furniture to perfection and being an electronic wizard.Cremation has taken place.A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at the Royal Canadian Legion, BR 62, 286 Front St. N., Sarnia from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2023 22:35:54 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/james-dorman-1089221302
<![CDATA[BAERG, JULIE-ANNA THERESAWIT...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/julie-anna-baerg-1089208660<![CDATA[

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BAERG, Julie-Anna TheresaWith deeply saddened hearts the family of Julie-Anna Theresa Baerg announces her unexpected passing on Monday, December 18, 2023, at the age of 50. Cherished mother of Montana and Cody. Beloved daughter of Doris Lanigan and the late Peter Baerg (2015) and stepmother Ester Baerg. Dear sister of Nicholas (late Katie), sister of Jason Baerg and sister of Loretta Baerg (Derek Brown). Beloved grandmother of Luna and Levan Baerg and Jaxson Baerg. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, Aunties, Uncles and friends. Predeceased by grandparents Johny and Lorette Lanigan and Anna and Jacob Baerg. Julie was a very kind, generous and sensitive person and would happily help anyone, anywhere and anytime. She was a thoughtful loving mom to Cody and Montana. The arrival of her beloved grandchildren Luna, Levan and Jaxson Baerg gave her great joy and her love for them was returned 100 fold. They loved her so much. Julie's work was always impeccable, efficient, friendly and courteous. She loved working in the garden, going to the beach with her family and doing crafts. We loved her and we will all miss her so. My darling Julie, may you Rest in Peace with God. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Julie-Anna's life will be announced at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the family through etransfer to montanabaerg@gmail.com. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/julie-anna-baerg-1089208660
<![CDATA[GOUDREAU, PHILIPIT IS WITH S...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/philip-goudreau-1089208659<![CDATA[

GOUDREAU, PhilipIt is with saddened hearts that the family of Philip Goudreau announces his passing on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the age of 66. Beloved husband of Laura (formerly Jeansonne) for 18 years. Loving step-father of Shawn (Kyla) Jeansonne, Michelle (Dave) Duister and Gary (Celia) Jeansonne. Cherished grandfather of Kayleigh (Jordon), Hannah (Ryan), Emily, Nevada, Tori, Indika, Noah, Claire and Grace. Treasured great-grandfather of Jaxon, Jorja and Elianna "Ellie". Dear brother of Ramie (Ruth), Marsha and Natalie, and brother-in-law of Don (Ginny) and Jim (Jean). Survived by many nieces, nephews, friend Christine Fulcher and the mother of Gary's children Val King. Predeceased by his parents Philip Goudreau (2003) and Helen Eden (1998), sister-in-law Peg (Gary) and brother-in-law Bill. Phil was a longtime member of Bill W. and the Brian Injury Association of Sarnia Lambton. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Dunlop Central United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave, Sarnia, on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or B.I.A.S.L. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:35 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/philip-goudreau-1089208659
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BROUWER, TrudyPeacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday December 18, 2023 at University Hospital, Trudy Brouwer was called home to be with her Lord at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late John Brouwer (2017). Loving mother of John (Marty), Agnes (Ed), Peter (Glenda), Tony and Ed (Jody). Adored grandmother to Edward (Carey), Michael (Donna), Jeffrey (Penny), Rachel, Jenna (Darin), Kelly, Cedar, Cade and step grandmother to Bradley and Tyler Zylstra. Treasured great-grandmother to Mason, Launie, Mauve, Landon, Coen, Kingston and step-great- grandmother to Ava, Baileigh and Charlotte. Dear sister of Joan (Peter) Kapteyn and Agnes (Cor) Kamerman. Predeceased by her parents Elle and Tjitske (Vankalsbeek) Ellens and siblings Pieter, Gordon, Eke, Alice, Francis, Theresa, and her in-laws; Bill, Sidney, Philip, Elizabeth (nee Karelsen), Henny and Tony Brouwer. Mom loved her family, all her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed working in her gardens at the family home. Mom cherished her many friends she had while she lived at Trillium Village. Those friendships meant the world to her. Everyone that came in contact with mom knew of her great sense of humor and her love for her Lord and Saviour. We the family would like to take this time to say a special thank you to the PSW's at Manor Village for their care for mom and support to our family.A Visitation will take place at the East Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. A private family and extended family interment will take place at Strathroy cemetery.Mom and dad always had a soft spot for those who lived in third world countries, who do not have much of a chance. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Renew. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.strathroyfuneralhome.comArrangements entrusted to Denning's of Strathroy.

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:34 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/trudy-brouwer-1089208667
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STOCKS, AlanIt is with heavy hearts that our family announces the sudden passing of our most loved father and grandfather, Alan Ernest Stocks on December 19, 2023 at the age of 89. Our father was the true patriarch of our family, a loving husband and devoted father who was always looking out for everyone and everything with love. His quiet and peaceful passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts. Predeceased by his loving wife Frieda (2022), he will be dearly missed by his loving daughters Tracey Kraemer (Dan), Kelly Marks (John), and Jody Stocks, and his grandchildren Jake, Jesse, and Jordan Marks (Grace), Matthew and Chloe Kraemer. Alan was also predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Stocks, in-laws Laura and Frederick Barr, and sisters Joyce O'Connor (Harry), and Patsy Irwin (Alex). He was born in Collingwood, Ontario, raised and resided all of his life in Sarnia where he enjoyed a long and dedicated career at Imperial Oil. Upon his retirement in 1991, Dad and Mom enjoyed many years of happy and healthy retirement travelling throughout Canada and the United States, several trips to Europe and many wonderful cruises in the company of family and close friends. Their grandchildren held a very special place in their hearts and they were so proud of each of them. Dad and Mom thoroughly enjoyed visiting their grandchildren in Calgary every year and spent many enjoyable hours cheering on their grandsons in Sarnia at the hockey rink and at many ball diamonds near and far. The Detroit Tigers have lost a long time and dedicated fan. Our family would like to thank Dr. A. Lau for his care over the years as well as the PSW's at Shine At Home, VON, and Bayshore. A very special thank you to his PSW April who cared for Dad and our family with such compassion and commitment, as well as caregiver Dolores who helped him in the last few months of his life. A funeral service will take place at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will take place 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Live streaming of the funeral service can be viewed on the Smith Funeral Home website. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, or a charity of choice (donate online or cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/alan-stocks-1089208663
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AYERS, Greta EvelynPeacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, Greta Evelyn Ayers passed away at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Clyde Ayers (2009). Loving mother of Linda Vandenbroek and Brian (Bonnie) Ayers. Cherished grandmother of Stacey (John), Robert, Marnie (Chris), and great-grandmother of many. Dear sister of Clyde and Russell and sister-in-law of Ellie. Predeceased by her son Lloyd (2012), treasured grandson Brent (2023), parents John and Elizabeth Ayers, and her siblings Ella, Doreen, Clarence, Freeman, Norman, Clifford and Barbara. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews, friends, and all who knew and loved her. A private family service will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:32 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/greta-ayers-1089208670
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SOMERVILLE, Richard ThomasPeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Bluewater Health, Richard Thomas Somerville passed away at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Mary Lee Somerville. Loving father of Jeffrey Somerville (Murlena), Kevin Someville (Shelly), and Michael Somerville (Meghan). Cherished grandfather of Eric, Joel, Lauren, Sarah, Mitchell, Samuel, Isaac, and Mya. Dear brother of Ian Somerville (Linda), Anne Marie Barclay (Charlie), and Kathrine Mann (Andy). Predeceased by his father Thomas Somerville, mother Bernice Somerville, niece Jennifer Barclay. Richard enjoyed football, baseball, and hockey in his younger years and in his later years, he enjoyed curling. Richard was a lifelong dairy farmer and member of the Camlachie United Church. He was the secretary/treasurer of the Camlachie Odd Fellows for over 30 years, a Chartered member of the Huron Shores Optimist and he served as the secretary/treasurer of the Lambton County Holstein Club for 26 years. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Richard's life will be held at Camlachie United Church, 6784 Camlachie Rd., Camlachie, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society, the Camlachie United Church, or a charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:31 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/richard-somerville-1089208671
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BERGENHUS, RobertIn the quiet embrace of his loving family, Robert was welcomed into the halls of Valhalla on December 19, 2023, at St. Joseph's Hospice, concluding his valiant battle against cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories as the beloved husband of Isla Bergenhus, devoted father of Leith Bergenhus (Jonathan Donais), and Allison Bergenhus (Justin Budz), and the adored grandfather of Sabrina Bergonais. Robert is survived by his father, Kaare Bergenhus, and preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Skog, and brother, Per Harald Bergenhus.Born in Burnaby, BC, Robert grew up in Port Coquitlam, graduating from PoCo Senior Secondary and from BCIT with a diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. Robert's working career with Shell Canada started in 1986 at Shellburn Refinery in Burnaby and continued with a transfer to Sarnia in 1999.Robert was a beautiful dancer, which started with Norwegian folk dancing as a child. For 36 years, he ballroom danced his wife, Isla. The Sarnia Scottish Country Dancers welcomed him in to their sets as well. He served as the Music Director of the Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club for 16 years. Robert's other passions included photography and woodworking.A man of gentle demeanor and calm resilience, Robert earned the respect and love of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Cremation has been completed, and an open house to celebrate Robert's life will be held at the Smith Family Centre (located in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Penticton, BC at a later date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be conveyed through donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home, please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:31 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/robert-bergenhus-1089208668
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MILSOM, Geralen RosePeacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at Bluewater Health, Geralen Rose Milsom passed away at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Thomas Milsom, who shared 58 loving years with her. Treasured mother of Stacey Lynne (Drew) Blair and Marie (Mario) Galeana. Cherished grandmother of Brett Blair, Mason Blair, Tyler Blair, Gavin Galeana, and Franco Galeana, who were her greatest joys in life. Predeceased by her parents Leonard and Geraldine Ingham and her younger brother Fred Ingham. Geralen was a nurse manager in the Chronic Care and Rehab department of St. Joseph's Hospital. She introduced a dog therapy program at the Hospital and was very involved with the St. John's Ambulance Program. Geralen was a world traveler. She enjoyed many adventures across the globe with her husband Tom. A lifelong resident of Sarnia, she loved living on the lake for over 50 years. She enjoyed her membership with the CWL and always looked forward to annual head nurses reunions with past colleagues. Above all, spending time with her family was her favourite thing to do. When we think of her we will remember her caring, kind, generous and outgoing character. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Geralen's life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health- ICU or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 22:39:31 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/geralen-milsom-1089208672
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1957 - 2023

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/wayne-simpson-1089207148
<![CDATA[PETERS, MARJORIE]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-peters-1089207160<![CDATA[

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1937 - 2023

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Fri, 22 Dec 2023 21:00:00 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/marjorie-peters-1089207160
<![CDATA[MACKINNON, MURRAYDECEMBER 23,...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/murray-mackinnon-1089193182<![CDATA[

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MACKINNON, MurrayDecember 23, 1935 - December 18, 2023Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleepOcean's a royal bedRocked in the deep, Flora will keepWatch by your weary headSainte!The family of Murray Hinson MacKinnon will forever mourn the loss of their patriarch. He laid down his sword at the feet of Covid. It was a powerful battle but the enemy was victorious. Murray was a humble man and a brilliant chemist. After graduating from Acadia University, his career began in Guelph for Hart Chemicals. A decade later, he had the opportunity to move the family to the Netherlands, having accepted a position with Lever Bros. Briefly returning to Guelph to attend the MSc program at the University of Guelph, his next adventure saw him working for VirChem in Pointe Claire, Quebec. His last employment stop was for Ethyl Canada in Corunna.Murray leaves behind his children Ted and Paula MacKinnon of Kitchener; David MacKinnon of Essex; Deanna McCartney (predeceased by Alan) of Sarnia and Andrew MacKinnon of Mississauga as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his wife, Merilyn, siblings Albert, Dodie (Brown), Frannie (Maxwell), Freddy, Ruthie (Erb) and his beloved mother Ethel.The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Marshall Gowland Manor for the love and care you gave. Allowing him to be your personal assistant gave him joy and meaning. He loved all his girlfriends - you brought the twinkle back to his eyes.Murray will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Sarnia or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at:www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:25 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/murray-mackinnon-1089193182
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CAMANO, DorothyDorothy passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. If Dorothy wasn't cooking for you she was asking what you were going to cook. Dorothy spent much of her time feeding and caring for her family and communities. A longtime caretaker at Errol Public School, affectionately known as "Mrs. C" by the students, before volunteering for years at the Inn of the Good Shepherd in Sarnia. Dorothy and her husband Manny were active members of the Camlachie Optimist Club where they both embodied the true spirit of Service.Dorothy is going home to be with her husband Manny, her parents Bill and Sarah and siblings, beloved brother Billy, her sister-in-law Judy and nephew Doug (Gord) and granddaughter Victoria (Ted).Dorothy will be dearly missed by her family; eldest son Jim, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Aurora, son Ted and children Jessica and Scotty, daughter Debbie and her girls Crystal and Stacy, daughter Laurie and her husband Brian and daughter Kelly, youngest son Bob and his wife Sara and brother-in-law Gord Camano and his son Dave and wife Jenifer. Dorothy loved her "little people" and was a favourite "Nanny Grandma" among the great-grandchildren.Dorothy spent the last few years feeling safe and content at Vision nursing home in Sarnia. The family expresses sincere gratitude to the Erie Unit staff for the care Dorothy received while there.Dorothy would truly love you to share a good meal with your family. Any donations made in Dorothy's name could go to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). A private graveside will be held at Lakeview Cemetery, 1016 Colborne Rd, Sarnia. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:24 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/dorothy-camano-1089193181
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BUTTON, John ErnestOn December 18, 2023 at home in Wyoming, John Ernest Button passed away at the age of 67. John and Sharlet were married for 36 years. He was the proud father to Carrie, Jason and his wife Kim and Alex and his wife Dannah. Friends and family are welcome to come and celebrate John's life on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 4-7pm at the Wyoming Legion Br. 388, 493 Erie St. Wyoming. Please see full obituary at www.NeedhamJay.com

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:24 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-button-1089193179
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HARRISON, John Richard "Ric"Peacefully entered into rest at his home in Caledonia with his loving family by his side, on Monday, December 18, 2023. He will be sadly missed by Heather Hilson, his companion of 13 years. Loving father to Louanna Brindle, Lisa Morrison (James) and Lori Beckingham (Anson Atkinson). Dear Grampa to Grace, Olivia, Alainna, Aislinn, Clayton and Lizzie. Predeceased by his parents Norman and Melita Harrison and his sister Sandy Wilson and her husband Charles. Ric will be sadly missed by his extended family and fondly remembered by his life long friends. A special thank to Jeannette Armstrong and Dr. Renn of the Palliative Care Outreach Team. The service will take place in the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, on Friday, December 22, 2023 at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior at 12 p.m. Interment in Caledonia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/john-harrison-1089193176
<![CDATA[BOLDT, MARGARET LOUISA (MARNIE...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-boldt-1089193180<![CDATA[

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BOLDT, Margaret Louisa (Marnie) On December 13, 2023, Marnie gained her well-earned angel wings at the age of 92. She died peacefully, with her family by her side, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.Marnie was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert (Bob) Boldt (2008) and survived by her loving children Ann Boldt, David Boldt and his wife Sandy, and her adored grandchildren Spencer Boldt (his fiancé Samantha), Taylor Boldt (her fiancé Mike). Marnie is survived by her sister Barbara (Babs) and her husband Dr. Chart Reece and her nephews James (Gayle) Reece, Doug (Elaine) Reece, predeceased by Mike Reece (2020)(Sandra).Marnie leaves behind very dear friends that became family, Joyce Turner, Bob and Jean MacIntyre, Josie and Larry Parker, and the Gorth and Rodenhuis families. Predeceased by her loved companion Peter Banks (2019). She will be especially missed by her furry family Sophie, Sky, Hersch and Leo.Marnie was so many things to so many people, a remarkable and much-loved Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, and loyal friend. Her favourite days were time spent on the beach with family, playing bridge or crib, golfing on sunny days (unless it was a 7:30 a.m. tee off), swimming in the lake, spending time with the pups, and overall enjoying life with her friends and family.Marnie attended SCITS, and later Western University where she attained an honour's degree in Physical Education. She was a long-time member of the IODE Sarnia chapter and the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club.Special thanks to the Doctors at the St. Joseph's Palliative Care Clinic, the staff at St Joseph's Hospice and the Rev. Dr. Sean Davidson from Trinity Anglican Church for your exceptional care of Mom and our family.A celebration of life will be held in Sarnia, at Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11 a.m. (light refreshments will be served). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sarnia Humane Society or St. Joseph's Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:23 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/margaret-boldt-1089193180
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SULLIVAN, Paul AlexanderWith heavy hearts we announce the passing of Paul Sullivan on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Beloved son of Anna and Leonard (2005), brothers and sisters Leonard (Glenna), Peter (Carolyn), Kathy (Mark) Doyle, Diane (Stephen) O'Hanlon, Michael (Laureen), and Mark (Debbie). Predeceased by brother Leo (2012), sister Mary Margaret (1960), sisters-in-law Maxine Baxter (2010) and Alice Sullivan (2015). Adored uncle to many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. He will be missed by his many close friends. A special thank you from the family to Sergio Mariuz and Jacqueline McGregor as well as Bluewater Health Med. T, and the Emergency department for their care and support. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Paul's wishes, a private family service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/paul-sullivan-1089193175
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MARTIN, BobPassed away peacefully at Afton Park Place, Sarnia, on Friday, December 15, 2023. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth (2003), his stepson Ted Lynch (2019), his parents William and Eleanor (Drohan) Martin and by all of his siblings Helen, George, Jim, Don, Mary and John. After attending Guelph schools, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He was assigned to the HMCS Labrador, the first warship to traverse the Northwest Passage, and circumnavigate North America in 1954. Following his discharge, Bob returned to Guelph and married Ruth, a marriage that lasted more than 40 years. While living in Guelph, he was a proud member of the championship Guelph Royalaires Marching Band, where he made many lifelong friends. Bob and Ruth moved to Sarnia in 1971. Bob enjoyed golf, carpet bowling, bowling, listening to music and watching hockey and football.He is survived by his stepdaughter, Bonnie Reynolds (Brian), grandchildren Becky Rendall (Marty), Bradley Reynolds (Pam), and Jennifer Luesink (Jim) and great-grandchildren Tie, Brock, Caden, Salem, Cannon, Silver, Dove, Hadley and Coen. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.Many thanks to the health care professionals at Bluewater Health and Afton Park Place for the care and comfort they provided to Bob. A special thank you to Pat and Terry MacGregor for their on-going assistance, support and friendship over many years.Cremation has taken place. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring. As expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation to the Salvation Army www.donate.salvationarmy.ca.Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria Street, North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5W9). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2023 22:38:22 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/bob-martin-1089193178
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Jun 25, 1938 - Dec 17, 2023

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MCEACHRAN, Ross HarryRoss Harry McEachran, 77, of Sarnia (Mooretown), died peacefully in the early morning hours of Friday, December 15, 2023, at Bluewater Health. Loving husband to Linda (née Beatson) of 56 years. Proud father to sons Scott (Janet), Jody (Kathleen), Matthew (Carrie), Jonathan (Jeanette), and Adam. Adoring grandfather of Brian (Venessa), Elizabeth (Cody), Seth, Julie (Collin), Jessica, Rachel (Ernesto), Tom, Emma, Eve, Logan, Hannah, Anabelle (Samuel), Victoria, Adeline, Theodore, Eliza Jane, and Caitlin, Charlie, Samuel, Porter. Dear brother of Jackeline ("Jackie") Coulbeck and her late husband Bill. Also survived by great-grandchildren Jaxson, Emily, Alexis and Caleb and many nieces and nephews. Ross was an avid classic car enthusiast, Leafs fan, and animal lover. He built several successful businesses in the Sarnia area and was known for his hard work ethic, his pragmatic sense of fairness, and his quiet acts of generosity. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and dedicated his time to serving in a variety of callings. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1400 Murphy Rd N, Sarnia. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery at 1016 Colborne Rd, Sarnia. The family are grateful to the staff at Bluewater Health, especially the 4th floor, for their kind and compassionate care. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia District Humane Society. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent online at: www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 18 Dec 2023 22:36:51 GMThttps://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/ross-mceachran-1089185447
<![CDATA[CAPEAU, LENORE ALICEPEACEFUL...]]>https://theobserver.remembering.ca/obituary/lenore-capeau-1089185446<![CDATA[