The sixth child of Ukrainian emigrants Nicholas Gulenchyn and Anne Zawada, John Gulenchyn was born in a homestead cabin on a frigid Manitoba winter day near Elma.
The family moved in 1921, eventually settling in Lakeview Gardens, Cedardale (later Oshawa) where they and others struggled for economic certainty through the days of the depression. John saw education and training as the way to secure his future and he completed high school at OCVI and a tool and die apprenticeship.
His entry to the workforce was interrupted by service in WWII where his skills secured a non-commissioned officer rank, supervising the operations of the engine room in ships deployed all over the Atlantic. He volunteered for service in the Pacific, but the surrender of Japan lead to his safe return to Oshawa, and his waiting bride Olga Saychook.
John and Olga were married in 1946 and completed their family with two children, Karen and John. John and Olga’s work ethic and frugality secured a bright future for their family. In his spare time, John’s interest in nature led to many hunting and fishing trips with friends, and the construction of a vacation home on Redstone Lake that the family enjoyed for many years.
The principles by which he lived continue to echo through the generations that succeed him and mourn his passing. His wife Olga, daughter Karen and husband Gerry Lynes, son John and wife Pam, and youngest sister, Helen Hruska, survive John. His grandchildren and their spouses, Emily Lynes and Aaron Schooler, Meredith Lynes and Robert Gora, Alison Lynes and Troy Ginter, Nick Gulenchyn and Madeline Gulenchyn have been fortunate to have the opportunity to visit their Gigi and Baba on many occasions, and they, in turn are blessed to have respectful and devoted grandchildren.
This past year, John was delighted to welcome great grandson and namesake, Jack Gora. Brothers Peter, Paul, Nick and Bill and sisters Mary Bilenduke, Kay Gulenchyn, Rose Harmer, and Anne Sobil predeceased John.
The family is grateful for the expert care provided by the staff of Ward G5 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
Friends may call at the MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY, 21 Garrard Rd., Whitby (N of Hwy 2), 905-443-3376, on Sunday, March 8th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to Lakeridge Health Foundation or CHARITYof Choice would be appreciated by the family
Fran was a beloved mother to Al (Dawn), Teri, Cindy (deceased), Rich (Mandy).
A dear Nana to Jordan, Samantha, Colleen, Emma, Maddison, Hannah and great grandson Jaxson.
She was from a family of 10 wonderful siblings Shamie (deceased) May, May (Frank deceased), Joe (deceased), Veronica, Peter (Linda), Nora (Scott), Noel (Paulette), Trudy, Tina (Murray) and David. A lovely aunt to all her nephews and nieces.
We will forever see her great smile and vibrant personality.
Friends and family will be welcomed to THE McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOM 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax, ON, L1T 2Z7 (905) 428-8488 for a visitation on Sunday, March 8th from 6 - 8PM.
(Life time member of First Baptist Church; Women’s Editor, Oshawa Times; Founding member, Pioneer Button Club; Member of the Oshawa Naturalist Club; Member of the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre)
Peacefully at Hillsdale Terraces on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in her 100th year.
Beloved wife of the late Don.
Loving mother of Patricia Dinnen, Elizabeth and her husband Roger Miller, Margaret Rice and Eleanor Rice. Cherished Nan of Andrew (Alana) Miller, Kate Miller (Peter Buza), Rebecca (Noah) Shilkin, Patrick (Aimee) Dinnen, Susannah Dinnen, Jeanette Schaefer and the late Siobhan Dinnen.
Great Nan of Anna, Eli, Felix, Ophelia and Brandi. Dear sister of Bruce Anderson and the late Grant Anderson.
Relatives and friends may call at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Friday from 7 - 9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 7th from 1 – 2 p.m., followed by the service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in Oshawa Union Cemetery at a later date.
Donations made in memory of Ann to Sharing Way through the Canadian Baptist Missions, Operation Eyesight or the Oshawa Public Library would be appreciated.
John Baxter Whitefield (Retired mechanic of General Motors, Truck Plant, Oshawa) passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at Hillsdale Terraces surrounded by his family.
Beloved husband of Marilyn (Parkes) for 57 years. Dear father of Barb Vaillancourt (Ken), Jill Smallwood (Dave), and P.G. Whitefield (Yanni Pigatsiotopoulos).
Loving grandfather of Julie (Kyle), Jennifer (Edward), Ryan, Matthew, Joshua (Jenny) and Ellicia and great grandfather to Madison and Edan. Survived by his brothers George, Rob, Bill, David and Raymond.
Predeceased by brothers Sam, Tom, and Walter. John spent his leisure time playing shuffle board, dancing, playing Euchre, managing his finances, spending time with family, and travelling the world with his wife.
He was a proud member of the Oshawa Legion.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated.
A sincere thank you to the wonderful and caring staff of Ocean View, Hillsdale Terraces.
Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday, March 6th from 7 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m.
Passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on March 3, 2015.
“Happy Jack” will forever be loved and remembered by his mom Andra, his dad Robert and his twin brother and protector Dylan.
Cherished grandson of Tom & Joanne Duff and Frances Woskosky. Dear nephew of Darren & Kristal Duff, Ryan Duff & Joyce Smith and Jim & Bonnie Woskosky. Loving cousin of Kristen, Aaron and Adrianna. He will be missed by his special companion Sabre, the Autism Assistance Dog.
Jack touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a blissfully happy boy who loved life to the fullest. Jack filled everyone’s heart with happiness including his teachers, therapists, neighbours, family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the DESTEFANO FUNERAL HOME, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road) 905-440-3595 on Sunday, March 8th from 4:00-8:00pm.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 1100 Mary Street N., Oshawa on Monday, March 9th at 10:00am. Cremation to follow.
In memory of Jack, donations may be made to Grandview Children’s Centre or to the Lions Foundation Dog Guides of Canada(AAD Program).
Passed away at Toronto General Hospital on Monday, March 2, 2015 in his 70th year.
Beloved husband of Cecille for 46 years. Dear father of Stuart (Joyce), Terry (Chantelle), Jeffrey (Erica) and John (Heather). Proud grandfather of Carly, Isabelle, Sydney, Parker, Kennedy, Daniel, Emily, Dani and Gracie.
Sadly missed by his sister Barbara Joy. Predeceased by his sister Carol. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Wayne was a professional photographer, an outdoors journalist and retired employee of the Globe & Mail. He loved the outdoors and hunting dogs. Wayne will be forever missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax (905-428-8488) on Monday, March 9th from 4:00 - 6:00 with a Memorial Service to follow in the Chapel of the Funeral Home at 6:00 pm.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or Ducks Unlimited.
Suddenly at home on Monday, March 2, 2015 in her 90th year.
Beloved wife of the late Abraham.
Loving mother of Joyce (Frank), Rudy (Lia), Debbie and Ron (Flo). Proud grandmother of Jeffrey (Lindsay), Kathryn, Christopher, Kimberley, Darcie, Adam, Brandon, Shannon, Sydney and Austin and great-grandmother of Layla, Eden and Hunter. Sadly missed by her sister-in-law Margarete.
Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax (905-428-8488) on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 5 at 2:30 pm. Cremation to follow.
Engelina will be laid to rest with her husband Abraham in the spring.
Passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the age of 53.
Beloved husband and best friend of April. Loving and devoted father of Crystal (Chris) and Alexander (Lisa). Fun-loving Papa of Makiah, Faith, Chloe and Lexi Clark.
Brother of Linda Collins and family and brother-in-law of Linda, Richard, Bob, Lana and wonderful son-in-law of Joan Parkinson. Cherished uncle of Jason, Matthew, Riley, Vanessa and Chyenne. Great uncle of Hunter.
Predeceased by his parents Bill and Anne Clark, brother-in-law Norm and nephew Derek.
He will be greatly missed by his by his aunts, uncles and cousins across the miles and his Liberty Metal family.
Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday, March 6th from 6 – 9 p.m.
Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m.
Memorial donations to the War Amps would be appreciated.
Charles Gibson, native son of Northern Ireland who found his heart's desire in Canada, passed away on March 1, 2015 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, surrounded by his loving family.
Charlie will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 62 years Ruth (Johnston). His grateful children Karen (Bill), Heather (Mike), David (Sian) and Glenn (Daphne) are indebted to his example of a "life well spent".
Charlie is also survived by nine wonderful grandchildren and a darling great-granddaughter.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at Trinity United Church, 44 William Street, Bobcaygeon, on Friday, March 6th beginning at 1:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Church.
"Remember me with smiles, laughter and love, for that is how I remember you."
Suddenly on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in his 57th year.
Loving son of Harry and the late Shirley (Varcoe) LeDuc. Loving brother of Raymond Leduc, Rhonda (Ed) McDougall and Rhona Leduc.
Loving nephew of Yvonne Herdman. Uncle of Elizabeth (Mike), Randy, Robi-Ann (Brian), Tiffany (Justin), Norman and Sarah (Darcy). Great uncle of Bekkah, Mikaylah and William.
Sadly missed by extended family and his many friends.
Cremation has taken place. In lieu of a funeral, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life and Memorial Service to be held at Wilfrid Community Hall, C 20915 Brock Road, Brock Township, Ontario on Saturday, March 28th at 2 P.M.
If so desired, donations in memory of Rodger, to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto on Sunday March 1, 2015 at the age of 67.
Beloved husband of Judy for 43 years.
Loving father of Michael and the late Jeffrey (2007).
Dear brother of Paul (Betty-Anne), Ron (Nicole), Greg (Pam), Kevin (Estee), Eloise McAuliffe (Jerry) and Cheryl Bentley (Jeff). Douglas will be missed by his aunts, nieces and nephews as well as colleagues at AECON and friends developed throughout his 45 year career in heavy construction.
Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West Oshawa (905-721-1234) on Thursday March 5th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday March 6th at 1 p.m.
At Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.
Sherrie, in her 73rd year.
Predeceased by parents Mary and Rolland Brassard.
Beloved wife of the late Gordon Thomas and will be lovingly remembered by partner Brian Bullock.
Loving mother of Darlene Ahou and husband Samir, Muriel Spencer and husband Michael and Lillian Thomas and husband Jason. Dearly remembered by grandchildren Alice (Adam), Natasha (Andrew), Chadwick, Eli (Nicole), Samantha (Clint), Sada (Steph), Susie (Flo), Shanile (Nikki), Justine, Joanne, J.J. and great-grandchildren Mia, Tehya, Marcus, Louca and Daniella. Sister of Harry, Rolly, Henry, Barty, Sally and Donna.
Predeceased by brothers Sunnyboy, Danny, and Emile.
Suddenly at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in his 66th year.
Andy, beloved husband of Wendy Torrance of 45 years.
Loving father of Trina (Todd Flagg) and David (Melinda). Proud grandpa of Britain, Emily, Allias, Chaize, Cameron, Declan and Jorja-Raine. Dear brother of Barb Peebles. Brother in law of Mike Parker (Sharon) and Debbie McCartney (Bill).
Predeceased by his parents Hugh and Margaret Torrance. Andy will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A special thanks to the staff at Lakeridge Health Oshawa for their care and devotion.
Family and friends will be received at MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY, 21 Garrard Road, Whitby (North of Hwy 2) 905-443-3376 on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 am until the time of the Memorial Service in the chapel at 11 am.
In memory of Andy, donations to the Lakeridge Health Oshawa Cancer Centre would be appreciated.
Passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Streamway Villa in Cobourg, Ontario.
Samuel was the spouse of the late Hilda (Martin). Together they resided at Wilmot Creek in Newcastle for over 20 years.
Samuel was the loving father of Dianne Lee (Brian) and Mary-Jane Soble, both of Cobourg, Ontario. Proud grandfather of Amber Soble (Brian Green), Christopher Lee, Michael Lee (Kim), Carrie Baxter (Todd) and the late Benjamin Butler.
Samuel was also a great-grandfather to 6, Cassandra Butler, Matayia Renzi, Emery Green, Ryleigh Lucki, Sophia Lee and Samantha Baxter.
At Samuel’s request, cremation has taken place, and in keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and may be done through NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St., Bowmanville, with whom arrangements have been entrusted.
Of Whitby Ontario, died Wednesday February 25, 2015.
She was born to the late Lillian and Arthur House, December 20, 1926, in Illfracombe North Devon, England.
She married the late John Murdoch in 1948. They lived in England and Wales before John’s untimely death in 1955. Shortly thereafter, Hillary and her two children and soon to be born third child left Wales and moved to Canada in July 1956. They settled in Essex County Ontario.
Hillary was a Registered Nurse until she retired in 1983 and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patience and colleagues. Hillary worked as a nurse in Essex County until 1971. During that time she was instrumental in establishing a union for Public Health nurses in Ontario.
In 1971 Hillary and her youngest child moved to Newfoundland. Hillary remarried in 1972 to Jack Brookings. They resided in Green’s Harbour, Trinity Bay.
Hillary worked at Hoyles Home, Old Perlican Cottage Hospital, before settling in at Markland Cottage Hospital where she would eventually become the hospital’s Charge Nurse. Hillary believed nurses deserved better working conditions and wages and was instrumental in establishing 12 hour shifts for nurses in the province. As well she and her husband Jack, along with a number of friends, took their love for the Newfoundland pony and created the organization Save the Newfoundland Pony.
Hillary was also an artist. She loved to sketch and paint anything related to nature; she helped create the Markland Cottage Hospital Christmas float each year, including making costumes. She and her husband, Jack, loved gardening — everything from vegetables, berry bushes, holly, and flowers. They enjoyed long walks with their dogs, along the rocky ocean shore outside their home and through the woods behind their house. They had many pets, including a Newfoundland pony, which brought them both years of much love and joy. Hillary continued to reside in Green’s Harbour following her husband’s death on November 30, 1994. She left Green’s Harbour in October 2005 and moved to Corner Brook, NL with her daughter Wendy.
They remained there until they moved to Whitby, ON in 2008. Hillary continued to live with her daughter until 2011, at which time she became a resident of The Village of Taunton. She resided there until her passing.
Hillary is survived by two children Wendy and Peter Murdoch of Ontario. Her eldest child, Shirley Murdoch passed away on November 13,2010. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Rebecca Murdoch-Skiffington (Bradley); Adam Murdoch (Jen Davis); Sarah Murdoch (Bill Wightman); David Murdoch and three great-grandchildren, Callie, Addison and Emma.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Newfoundland Pony Association.
Memorial donations may be made through OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234).
In her 92nd year. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Dorothy Evelyne Harold (nee Patrick) who passed away peacefully at her home in Beaverton, Ontario on February 28, 2015.
Dorothy was the widow of Harley Edward Harold.
She lived in the community of Ballantrae for 50 years prior to moving to Beaverton to be closer to her children.
Dorothy is survived by her 7 children, James (Hope) Port Bolster, Darlene Chattaway (Tom) Beaverton, William (Lynda) Bobcaygeon, Paul (Patti) Beaverton, Donna Brabant (Gil) St Thomas, Patrick (Susan) Newmarket and Michael (Donnell) Beaverton, and her 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.