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McMANN, Dorothy May McMann Obituary | Print |

McMANN, Dorothy May -     "Express Condolences"

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother to her next life on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in her 90th year with her loving family by her side.

Mom’s great desire to be re-united with her dear husband Stanley has been realized.

Beloved mother of Sharon (Ron) Demers, Helen (Kenneth) Hamilton, Linda (Bill) Brooks, and Robert McMann. Grandmother of Jeannine (Jeff), David (April), Christopher, Lavarre (Marc), Shari (Jamie), Andrea (Preston), Tameron, and Jenny (Kevin). Great-grandmother of Brett, Matthew, Sierra, Shelby, Madison, Macy, Michael, Haley, Emma, Hannah, and Owen.

Survived by sister Mary (Harold) Rushton, and sisters-in-law Florence Fifield and Millie Fifield, and many nieces and nephews. Also, by family friend Glenda McMann.

Predeceased by parents Helen and Eugene Fifield and brothers Sonny Fifield and Robert Fifield.

The smiles she brought, the way she joked and things she said will be in our hearts forever. We were blessed to have such a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

We would like to thank all staff and students who cared for our mother. Your care, support, and love meant so much to our family. You became friends. We love you all. Thank-you, Ridgeview staff. Also, special thanks to Bernadette, Marlene, and Linda; angels in our midst. We could not have done it without you.

Friends and family will be received at CRESMOUNT FUNERAL HOME  Fennell Chapel, 322 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton on Sunday, August 24th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, August 25th at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

Donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.



MEMMOLO, Maria (Genovese) Memmolo Obituary | Print |

MEMMOLO, Maria (nee Genovese) -

Memmolo_MariaIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria on August 21, 2014, in her 85th year, peacefully surrounded by her family after a courageous battle.

Loving wife of the late Genesio. Adoring mother and mother-in-law of Pat and Clara, Sarino "Ross" and Dana, Tony and Kim and Rosanna and Reno Gallo.

Our Angel/nonna/grandmother of Sonia, Amanda, Krista, Paul, Jenna, Breanne and Lucas.

Loving daughter of the late Rosario and Maria Genovese.

Adored sister and sister-in-law of Carmen and Ina Genovese, Tino and the late Lily Genovese, Lucia and the late Pasquale Vecchi, Anna and the late Paolo Bozzo, Pietro and the late Rosaria Memmolo and Fedele and Maria Memmolo.  Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Canada and Italy.

Maria was a member of the Trieste Bocce Club and Avallino Club for many years.

Thank you to the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital for all their care and compassion.

Arrangements out of Hamilton. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Monday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. Entombment to follow.


TRIPKE, Amalie (Berendt) Tripke, Obituary | Print |

TRIPKE, Amalie (nee Berendt) -   "Express Condolences"

Tripke_AmaliePeacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in her 95th year.

Beloved wife of the late Eduard.

Loving mother of Renate and her husband Bruce Mair. Survived by her sister Ada, her niece Renate, nephews Bobby and Michael, and predeceased by her sister Emma.

Thanks to the staff at Villa Italia Retirement Residence for their compassion, care and commitment. Amalie enjoyed four outstanding years as a resident.

Thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at St. Joseph's, Dr. Dione, Dr. Boyle, RN's Erica, Rebekah, Gail and the Palliative Care Staff. Also special thanks to Pastor Daniela Mertz for her visitations, prayers and comfort.

Visitation will be held at the   MARLATT FUNERAL HOME, 615 Main St. East (east of Sanford), Hamilton on Tuesday, August 26th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Funeral Service will follow in the Marlatt chapel at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Eastlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Hamilton or charity of your choice.

On-line condolences may be made at marlattfhhamilton.com.



ZAVODNI, Dr. Louis Stephen Zavodni, Obituary | Print |

ZAVODNI, Dr. Louis Stephen -

Peacefully at Juravinski Hospital, I.C.U., surrounded by his loving family on August 21, 2014 at the age of 69.

Beloved husband of Anna for 36 years. Loving father of Louis (Stephanie), Anna and Mary (Tim) Gingerich. Cherished grandfather of Katherine.

Dear brother and brother-in-law of Elizabeth (Tony) Nagy and Mary (John) Crossley.

Predeceased by his parents Louis and Elizabeth Zavodni.

Sadly missed by many family and friends.

Dr. Louis was a graduate of University of Western Ontario Medicine, 1969. He was a Coroner and a Family Physician and practiced in Hamilton since 1970.

Special thanks to Father Charlie Jordon, CCAC and the I.C.U. staff at Juravinski for all their care and compassion.

Funeral Mass will be offered at Regina Mundi Church on Monday, August 25th at 9 a.m. Interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Regina Mundi Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.

"Sadly missed and always in our hearts."


AVERY, Jane Elizabeth (Barker) Avery, Obituary | Print |

AVERY, Jane Elizabeth (nee Barker) -

September 3, 1945 - August 20, 2014

We are sad to announce the passing of Jane Elizabeth Avery in Hamilton at St. Peter's Hospital, at the age of 68.

She leaves behind her daughter and best friend Michelle West (nee Herbert), her daughter Pamela Herbert (Jack), her mother, Thelma Barker and predeceased by her father, Douglas Barker (1999), her sister, friend and confidant, Pamela and brother-in-law David Brownhill.

Cherished Grandma to Jason, predeceased by Ryan (2008), Kaitlyn and her little monkey Jordon and great-grandson Anthony.

She will be missed by niece and nephew, Jodi Madore (Brownhill) and Jeffery Brownhill as well as their children. She will also be missed by her dear friends.

In respect to Jane's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at St. Peter's Hospital for making Jane's last months with us happy and comfortable.

As an alternative to flowers, donations to St. Peter's Hospital would be greatly appreciated.


BALLACHEY, Marie Louise (Mary Lou) Ballachey, Obituary | Print |

BALLACHEY, Marie Louise (Mary Lou) -

Peacefully, at the Hamilton General Hospital, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Mary Lou Ballachey (née Beauchamp), in her 69th year.

Beloved mother of Eric (Leanne Schmidt).

Loved sister of Rick Beauchamp (Evelyn Vander Zaag), and Cari LaRiviere. Dearest aunt of Kelsey LaRiviere (Nathan McClung).

She is predeceased by her parents, Eileen and Arnold Beauchamp, and by her brother Kenneth Beauchamp.

Mary Lou initially worked as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and subsequently participated in early AIDS research studies for many years. After moving to Ontario, Mary Lou worked for a brief period at Hamilton Health Sciences in respiratory research. Upon leaving the health field, she volunteered for many years at the CNIB in Hamilton.

In respect of her wishes, cremation has taken place. Funeral Service and Committal will take place on Monday, August 25th in Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brothers of the Good Shepherd or the CNIB would be appreciated.

"Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever". Psalms 23:6 KJV.


BORIL, Alena Boril, Obituary | Print |

BORIL, Alena -

Boril_AlenaPeacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family on August 20, 2014, in her 68th year.

Loving and devoted mother of Otto Boril (Kim), Karen Hyslop-Gibson (John) and Rita Pearson (Jamie). Grandma "Babi" will forever be loved and in the hearts of Otto Jr., Breanne, Josie and Jack.

Loved sister of Zdenka, dear friend of Pavla and Lyda and will be missed by her four legged companion Jenna.

Special thank you to the loving team at the Juravinski Hospital for their outstanding commitment and support.

Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received in Stoney Creek, on Friday, August 22, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated.


DOWNS, Leo Francis Downs, Obituary | Print |

DOWNS, Leo Francis -

February 24, 1930 to August 20, 2014

Leo Downs, 84, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully with family at his side on August 20, 2014 at hospital in Vancouver, BC.

Born in Toronto to John and Grace (nee Failing) Downs. Leo was the youngest of five siblings. He moved to Hamilton in 1960. Leo recently relocated to Vancouver so he could be closer to family due to health reasons.

Leo was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Adele (nee Tansley).

He is survived by three children, Evelyn (Redshaw) of Boise, ID, Bob of Vancouver, BC and Bruce of Edmonton, AB.

Leo was a proud grandfather to Don, Kara, Krista, Jeff, Shawn and William. He was a great-grandfather to Kellyn and Aidan.

Leo was passionate about automobiles and was regarded as one of the finest mechanics in the greater Hamilton area by his peers. He will be fondly remembered by many friends who always trusted his sound advice and reasonable rates when coming to Downs Garage.

As per his wishes, a private ceremony will be held at a later date.

Friends are welcome to send cards of condolences to the family at: 601 Ewen Ave., New Westminster, BC V3M 5C1.


DRUMMOND, Shirley Isabel (Green) Drummond, Obituary | Print |

DRUMMOND, Shirley Isabel (nee Green) -

Passed away peacefully at Cama Woodlands LTC, Burlington with her family by her side on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the age of 87 years.

Beloved wife of her late husband Donald (2000).

Loving mother to Debra (Glenn, deceased) Parks, and Linda (David) Funger. Proud grandmother to Jennifer, Sarah, Lyndsay (David), Brittany and Danielle. Adoring great-grand- mother to Sidney, Noah, Chloe and Mackenzie.

Shirley is survived by her sister Bette Allan of Arizona.

Shirley was a strong family minded woman that thoroughly enjoyed exploring the genealogy of both the Green and Drummond families.

Longtime member and Trustee of St. James United Church where she served many years in the choir and various other committees.

She will be missed but remembered by many relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held at ST. JAMES UNITED CHURCH, 306 Parkside Dr., Waterdown on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. Reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Family interment.

Donations to St. James United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


ELSE, Ruth Roxabelle Else Obituary | Print |

ELSE, Ruth Roxabelle -    "View Family Photos & Express Condolences"

Else_RuthPassed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in her 89th year.

Dear wife of Leonard for 66 years. Loving mother of Lynda (Ken), Robert (Nancy), Jean (Lloyd), Jane (Charles), and Sandra (Don).

Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call at   CRESMOUNT FUNERAL HOME  Fennell Chapel, 322 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton on Monday, August 25th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, August 26th at 1 p.m. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

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



GIBBONS, Dr. Thomas Gregory Gibbons, Obituary | Print |

GIBBONS, Dr. Thomas Gregory -


At the CHUS Hotel-Dieu, August 20, 2014 at the age of 89 years, passed away Dr. Thomas Gregory Gibbons, son of the late Cornelius James Gibbons and the late Veronica Furness.

He was the spouse of Mona Therese Gauvin Gibbons, residing in Sherbrooke.

At the request of Dr. Gibbons, there will be no viewing. The day of the funeral the family will be present with the ashes of the deceased starting at 10 a.m. where they will receive the condolences of family and friends. Funeral to be held on Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m. at the Paroisse Nativite-de-Jesus Church (Eglise St-Boniface), 75 Morris St., Sherbrooke.

Besides his spouse, Dr. Gibbons leaves to mourn his children Michael (Christine Belley), Lynn (Dave Giordano). His grandchildren Jennifer (Andrew Hamilton), Jonathan and Justin.

His brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Germaine Gauvin (the late Lomer Bujold), Louis Gauvin (Micheline Pelletier), Jeannette Gauvin (Patrick Berube), Martin Gauvin (Patricia Rossignol). He was also the brother-in-law of Norma (the late Maurice Bertrand). He also leaves to mourn many nephews, nieces, cousins, and other family and friends.

The family would like the thank all the staff of the CHUS Hotel-Dieu for the good care given to Dr. Gibbons.

After having practiced for many years in New Brunswick, the United States (Maine) and in Ontario, he enjoyed a pleasant and long retirement surrounded by his grandchildren.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Fondation des Maladies d’oeil (CNIB) would be greatly appreciated by the family.


GOODALL, Marjorie Jean (Rideout) Goodall Obituary | Print |

GOODALL, Marjorie Jean (nee Rideout) -

Goodall_MarjoriePassed away at The Brant Centre in Burlington, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in her 88th year.

Beloved wife of Clifford for 59 years. Mother of Karen Peters of Hamilton and Geoff Goodall (Heather) of Nanaimo, B.C.  Cherished grandmother of Ryan, Riley, Nikki (Steffan VanderKooi), Torie and Naddy and great-grandmother of Ryan.

Predeceased by her brothers Adrian and Neale Rideout.

Marjorie Graduated from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1949 and became a VON from 1950-1954. For over 30 years Marjorie volunteered with the Stroke Recovery Association, Burlington Chapter and became a Volunteer at McMaster Hospital; Epidemiology Department. Long-time member of Burlington New Comers and Burlington Couples Club. Proud enthusiast of the Burlington Miniatures.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will take place in Burlington on Thursday, September 18th.

If desired, memorial contributions to the ALS Society of Canada would be sincerely appreciated by the family.


LOURENCO, Maria Lourenco, Obituary | Print |




Surrounded by her loved ones, Maria Lourenco passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in her 57th year.

Beloved wife of John Lourenco for 36 years. Loving mother of Melanie, Amanda and Jamie. Loving mother-in-law to Luke.

Cremation. Memorial Mass will be held at ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC PARISH, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown on Monday, August 25 at 10 a.m. Interment.

A special thanks to Father Isabelle, Susan Elliot, Father Lobsinger, the staff at Juravinski Hospital and all of our friends and family.


McGUIGAN, Terry McGuigan, Obituary | Print |

McGUIGAN, Terry -

August 19, 1954 - August 20, 2014

Lifetime Hamiltonian passed away suddenly.

Loving companion of Emma Van Belven. Dear brother of Ellen Mead (Gerald), Patricia Gross (Bob), Doug (Sharon), Ron (Barb), Sheila Howard (David), and Steve (Cheryl). Loved uncle/great-uncle to many, friend to all.

Predeceased by parents Patrick and Isabella and brother Barry.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 14, from 1-4 p.m., at the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Barton Street at Kenilworth.

Donations to a charity of your choice.


O'BRIEN, Pauline Marie Rose O'Brien Obituary | Print |

O'BRIEN, Pauline Marie Rose -

OBrien_PaulinePeacefully, with her family by her side, at the Stedman Community Hospice on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in her 72nd year, Pauline O'Brien.

Predeceased by her beloved husband John J. O'Brien.

Loving mother of Bev (Darryl) Hamm and the late Michael O'Brien.

Cherished grandmother of Casey Patterson and John Paul Patterson. She will be forever cherished in the heart of her little angel, Emma Rose.

Polly will be dearly missed by her sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, nieces, nephews and many cherished friends.

A Funeral service will be held in Brantford on Tuesday, August 26th. Cremation to follow.

Donations in Pauline's memory to the Stedman Community Hospice would be greatly appreciated.


O'FLAHERTY, Mavis O'Flaherty, Obituary | Print |


1929 - 2014

Peacefully and surrounded by love, Mavis left for her next great adventure on August 20, 2014.

Loving mother of Tom, David and Paula (Rob), and proud and cherished Grandma of Lauren, Shauna, Sarah and Jack.

Mavis leaves a legacy of charm and beauty and acts of kindness. She was a proud "Londoner" with a spirit that was positive, hardworking and embracing of change. She was a good friend to so many.

As Mavis would have wanted, she has been cremated and a private family celebration of her life will take place this week.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of the ALC unit at St. Joseph's Hospital.

~ We will miss our Mom, but will carry her with us always. ~


RABLEY, Karen (McGhie) Rabley Obituary | Print |

RABLEY, Karen (McGhie) -

Rabley_KarenPassed away peacefully at Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the age of 57.

Karen Rabley, much loved mother of Alanna Rabley. Cherished sister of Christopher McGhie.

Karen is predeceased by her parents William and Madeline McGhie.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Serrano and the nurses from Juravinski Hospital for the compassionate care they gave Karen.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements out of Burlington.

Donations made to the Juravinksi Hospital would be appreciated by the family.


SLOCUM, Vernon Edward Slocum, Obituary | Print |

SLOCUM, Vernon Edward -      "View Family Photos& Express Condolences"

Slocum_VernonMay 31, 1922 - August 20, 2014

The family of Vernon Edward Slocum is saddened to announce his passing on the morning of August 20th, 2014 at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario at the age of 92.

Born on May 31, 1922 in Saint John, New Brunswick Vernon lived a long and full life.

After serving overseas with the Canadian Royal Air Force as a communication technician during World War II, he returned home to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of New Brunswick and to marry the 'girl next door', Helen Mary Bateman. Married for 65 years, Helen was Vernon's co-captain and chief navigator through the varied seas of life.

While working as an electrical engineer at General Electric in Peterborough, Ontario Vernon produced eleven patents and went on to complete his Master of Engineering degree through the University of New Brunswick.

The family which now included daughter, Nancy Joan and son, Gregory Edward moved to Dundas in the early seventies when Vernon took on a position with Westinghouse Canada in Hamilton.

Wherever he resided, Vernon never found himself without a boat which enabled him to get out on the water. A member of the Hamilton Yacht Club, Vernon sailed his 26 foot McGregor sailboat named "Nomad" both out of Hamilton as well as out of Panama City Beach, Florida.

During their retirement years, Vernon and Helen were surrounded by family and friends at their winter home in Panama City Beach.

An avid skier and golfer throughout his life, long into his nineties he enjoyed long walks on the Sulpher Springs Trail and boasted of swimming fifty lengths of the backyard pool. He also enjoyed regalling his grandchildren with tales of summers on the family farm along Grand Lake, New Brunswick.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Helen Mary (nee Bateman), daughter, Nancy Joan Desrosiers, son, Gregory Edward Slocum. Grandchildren are Gregory "Junior" Slocum and Jean-Paul Edward Desrosiers (wife Shellilee Candace nee Ballum) and great-grandaughter Maria Helen Desrosiers.

Our prayers are that Vernon finds smooth sailing in his eternal life.

The family would like to thank staff of the Juravinski Hospital for their care and support over these last days.

A Private Family Service will take place.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Foundation.



STAWARSKY, Patricia Stawarsky, Obituary | Print |

STAWARSKY, Patricia -

It is with sadness we announce Pat's passing, after a brief illness, on August 20, 2014, in her 85th year.

Predeceased by her loving husband Walt, Pat will be missed by her daughters Linda and Karen and their spouses Jim and John.

Survived by her dearest sisters Rosemary, Margaret, Mary, Veronica and pre-deceased by brother John and sister Winifrede.

Pat will be especially missed by her cherished and adored grandchildren Graham, Julia, Laura and Kate.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff and doctors at the Juravinski Hospital ICU for their care and compassion during Pat's illness.

Cremation has taken place.

Pat will remain forever in our hearts.


FIRLIT, Laurie (Waller) Firlit Obituary | Print |

FIRLIT, Laurie (nee Waller) -

Firlit_LaurieThe family is saddened to announce Laurie’s passing as result of a tragic accident, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the age of 56.

Much loved and loving mother of Michelle, Brittney, Shelby and Nicholas Firlit.

Dear sister of Colleen Walker, Randy Waller (Dorothy) and Crystal Downton (Albert). Sadly missed by her aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Marjorie and Howard Waller.

Laurie grew up in Burlington and was athlete of the year at MM Robinson. She pursued her Phys Ed degree at McMaster University, and has been a Phys Ed Teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and involved with organized sports for many years.

She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her many colleagues, teammates and students.

A Funeral Service will be held in Burlington on Friday, August 22nd.  Interment.


GILLESPIE, William 'Billy' Gillespie, Obituary | Print |

GILLESPIE, William "Billy" -

1947 - 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Billy, in his 66th year.

He was a dedicated Hamilton Health Sciences employee, working over 42 years at the McMaster Site where he was well thought of by his co-workers and friends.

In his later years, Billy became an active outdoorsman, adding to his other passion, as a train hobbyist.

Billy will be laid to rest in Hamilton on Friday, August 22nd at 12 p.m.


HARPER, Walter Harper Obituary | Print |

HARPER, Walter -

(December 4, 1922 - August 19, 2014)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Harper in his 92nd year.

Devoted husband and best friend to the late Gloria Harper (2007).

Loving father of Linda (the late Jim), Sandra (Marc). Special and wonderful grandfather to Shannon (Owen), Fabian and Adam. Great-grandfather of Kalimar and Jadzia.

He will also be missed greatly by Pat (Barb).

After 91 wonderful years, Walter will be reunited with his wife Gloria for their 66th anniversary on August 28.

Special thanks to Barb (PSW) and the staff and doctors on Ward C3 at the Juravinski Hospital for their excellent care.

A Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 20 Idlewood Ave., Hamilton.

Dad, you will be in our hearts forever. We love you.


HAZELL, Lillian 'Jane' (Wilkinson) Hazell, Obituary | Print |

HAZELL, Lillian "Jane" (nee Wilkinson) -

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Jane announces her peaceful passing on August 19, 2014 at the age of 82 years.

Predeceased by her husband Stan. Loving mother of Richard (Janet), Danny (Debbie) and Wendy Winters. Proud grandmother to Jamie (Dawn), Matthew (Sheri), Adam (Catherine), Scott and great-grand- mother to Ashley, Alyssa, Austin, Aaron and Jackson.

Predeceased by her parents Nora and Harold Wilkinson and brother George.

Jane will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Cremation has taken place. A private service for family and close friends will take place at a later date.

A special thank you to Dr. Boyle and her palliative team and staff on the fourth floor at St. Joseph's Hospital, as well as the team at CCAC.

If so desired, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cancer Assistance Program.


MacKINNON, Eoin Lachlan MacKinnon Obituary | Print |

MacKINNON, Eoin Lachlan -

MacKinnon_EoinWith the sound of bagpipes playing and family by his side, Eoin Lachlan MACKINNON passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Hamilton) on August 19, 2014 at the age of 76.

Eoin is survived by his wife Janet and their three children: Julie Taylor (Bob); John (Jill Blathwayt); and, Paul (Kathleen).

He was also a dear brother to Jean Christopher (deceased) (Mike); Kay Robson (Dan); and, Don (Barbara) – and brother-in-law to Dick (Judy) and Brian (Lorraine) Gleiser. In addition to his many nieces and nephews, Eoin will be missed by so many colleagues and friends that held special places in his heart, as well as his family’s over so many years.

His four grandchildren – Matthew and Logan Taylor, and Claire and Audrey MacKinnon – were so adored - how proudly ‘Bumpa’ boasted of each one! Eoin was also passionate about his dogs – but the loss of his beloved Chelsea was particularly heartfelt.

A teacher, arts coordinator and principal for over three decades with the Brant County Board of Education, Eoin shared his passion of the arts and education with so many over the years – and his avid interest in gardening, antiques and art made the family home in Brantford a well-known showplace.

A private family service will be held in Brantford on August 25th. Friends and former colleagues are invited to celebrate Eoin’s life and share stories with the family on September 13th at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery at 6 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either St. Joseph’s or the Brantford General Hospitals, or to a charity of your choice.

Those who know the many illnesses Eoin has endured will share the family’s relief that he is now thankfully pain-free, no doubt walking with Chelsea along the shores of Lake Huron, and searching out the next pipe band parade.


MARENIC, Blazan Marenic, Obituary | Print |

MARENIC, Blazan -

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Blazan on August 19, 2014 at the age of 42.

Loving husband of Anita (nee Turkovic). Devoted father of Lukas and Matthew.

Beloved son of Ivan and Ruza Marenic. Dear brother of Jure (Nicole) Marenic. Son-in-law of Josip and Bozica Turkovic. Brother-in-law of Lori Turkovic (Colin). Cherished uncle of Chloe and Mason. Dear nephew of Ana Tomas and family of Cleveland, Ohio.

He will also be missed by his grandmother Lucija, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many friends in Canada and Croatia.

Blazan was passionate about life. He loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and his boys. He enjoyed taking family vacations with his brother's family and loved being a pilot. His thirst for learning never stopped and his latest passion was training with the UFMA Karate Club with his boys. Blazan took great pride in his family and was always willing to lend a hand.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 63 Highway 20 East, Stoney Creek, on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m. A burial will follow.

In memory of Blazan, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Arthritis Society.

Always loved, and never forgotten.


MARSH, Joyce Marsh, Obituary | Print |

MARSH, Joyce -

Passed away in her 86th year on August 19, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Predeceased by her husband Harry Marsh and great- granddaughter Aida Bretka Handy.

Loving mother of Janet (Rick) Marlin and Christine (Jim) Hyder. Will be missed by her 9 grandchildren, their partners and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joyce cherished her deep friendships including her church family.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Anglican Church (272 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, ON L9G 2B9) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Online condolences and donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Sick Kids Hospital.


SAMEK, Walter Andrew Samek, Obituary | Print |

SAMEK, Walter Andrew -

Samek_WalterDecember 20, 1934 - August 19, 2014

In Life … As a young boy, Walter grew up on Queen Street North, riding his bicycle in all weather to deliver groceries.

Throughout his teenage years, he excelled at sports - especially water polo and football at Westdale High School. He always had a way of making friends and never failed to leave a lasting impression on all those he met.

His endearing wife Nikki of 56 years and their four children - Mark, Jeff, Phil and Jane along with their spouses; Sonja, Louise and Daniel will never forget the way he could make you laugh. His grandchildren - Andrew, Emily, Laine, Jordan, Adam, Dion and Sophie - will miss the endless energetic hours they spent with their Papa.

He will be missed by his sister Emilie, brother John and many relatives.

Walter will forever be remembered for his wit, his abundant energy and his flirtatious charm.

In Business … Behind the scene yet always "seen", Walter Samek … once called an impresario, was known to some as a promoter and to others as an entertainer. Everyone who knew him, realized he had a vision for events and how to create them. His enthusiasm was so great … he just carried everybody along. From the backyards of Forest Hill to the estates on the Bridal Path, from hotels to open spaces throughout the Golden Horseshoe … these backdrops were his playground. His passion was setting the stage from weddings to corporate affairs and everything in between - tents, marquees and pavilions were his specialty. He could create an outdoor event in ways no one else ever thought possible. If he really wanted something, he kept going until he achieved it. For those who shared in Walter's life, they also shared in his infectious passion.

In Memory … Walter was often seen holding a camera in one hand and a harmonica in the other. He loved to dance, sing, laugh and play. He was the best husband, father and grandfather around and will be missed by all.

Walter embraced any challenge including his 10+ year battle with cancer and heart disease. The reoccurring bouts couldn't dim his spirit. Unfortunately, his final battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's proved to be too much.

Service for Walter will be held Saturday morning in Dundas.

Many thanks to the staff at Shalom Village. In memory of Walter, donations to the Shalom Village Charity Foundation, the Alzheimer Society or the Cancer Society are welcome.


BROWN, Robert William Brown Obituary | Print |

BROWN, Robert William -

Brown_Robert(March 8, 1923 - August 18, 2014) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Robert William Brown.

Dad was born in Sackville, New Brunswick. Dad enlisted in the RCAF in 1941 and was posted in Hagersville, Ont. where he instructed pilots in Morse code. He spent active duty in both England and Africa.

Dad married our Mother, Marjorie, in 1947. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1951, as an Electrical Engineer. He began his career as a Junior Engineer at Etobicoke Hydro and retired in 1984, after serving as the General Manager in his final years. Dad was respected as a fair and honest man who enjoyed sitting and having a conversation with a CEO just as much as a labourer on a line crew.

After retiring, Mom & Dad enjoyed traveling, spending summers at their trailer in Haliburton and their winters in Florida. We will remember him for his unconditional love, his pure heart, his brilliant mind and his devilish humour.

Dad was predeceased by his loving wife Marjorie, in 2006.

He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Lynda McLeod (Reid), Donna McKay (Bob) and Marilyn Grieco (Frank), his seven grandchildren: Krysta, Hayley, Perri, Jessica, Ashley, Jenna, Matthew and his great grandchildren: Karlene, Kennedy, Tyler, Alyssa, Madison, Jacob, Benjamin, Zachary, and a little one on the way, that we haven’t yet met.

We thank the nursing staff at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital, especially Erin and Renee, for their gentle caring toward our Dad and the comfort they gave to our family.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a short graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Georgetown, August 28th at 2:30 p.m., where Dad will join Mom... together again.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer Society.

Dad we will miss you forever, and will look at the stars in the sky and know the brightest one is you.


CLARKE, Jesse Douglas 'J.D.' Clarke, Obituary | Print |

CLARKE, Jesse Douglas "J.D." -

Taken from us suddenly on August 18, 2014 at the Hamilton General Hospital, J.D. in his 15th year.

Beloved son of Blair Clarke (Katherine Lutz), his four-legged companion Rage and his brothers, Cameron Clarke, Cody Body, Jason Body, and step-brothers Coty Fawm-Bolland, and Bradley Fawm.

Dear grandson of Marian and Art Morris. Nephew of Warren Clarke, Kevin Clarke and Rick Curley (Nancy).  Loving uncle to Brooklyn-Rose, Jersey-Lee, Mariah, Tallon, and Natalie.

J.D. will be lovingly remembered by his cousins Jamie, Luke, Chantelle and family friends, Melissa, Craig, Lexie, and Andre and their extended families.  Survived by his mother Tracy MacDonald.

Predeceased by his uncle Lloyd Greenway.

J.D. will be remembered for his love of skateboarding, learning to play guitar and the Ottawa Senators.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 23rd in Hamilton. Cremation to follow.

Donations can be made in memory of JD to TD Canada Trust Branch #102. Account 6562935.

A special thank you to Jackie Dale at the Native Women's Centre, Mrs. VanDuzen, Mr. May, Mr. Geyer and all the teachers at Prince of Wales School, Delta High School and the Gateway Program.


CROZIER, Shirley Elizabeth Crozier, Obituary | Print |

CROZIER, Shirley Elizabeth -

November 15, 1935 - August 18, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to many, Shirley (Rutter) Hirst Crozier.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Clare Crozier, daughter’s Jennifer Hirst of Dundas; Catharine (Bruce) Macartney of West Vancouver and son Matthew (Lorraine) Hirst of Brantford;  grandchildren Hanna and Keenan Macartney; David, Ben (Desiree); Anna; Lucas; Abigail & Levi Hirst;  Carrie (Nick) Coty and James Hirst; great grandson Tyler Hirst, brother David (Pamela) Rutter of Ancaster and family in Toronto, New York, Florida and England.  

Born in Cobourg, Ontario Shirley was the daughter of the late Florence Hill and Jack Rutter.

During her student days Shirley was a member of the Canadian Naval Reserve and for a time served on the Canadian aircraft carrier, HMS Bonaventure. Shirley was a graduate of Hamilton’s St. Joseph School of Nursing class of 1958. 

As a dedicated, caring and highly skilled health professional Shirley worked in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Hospital; in the community with family physician Dr. Vincent Rudnick, and since 1972 as a nurse practitioner at the McMaster University Medical Centre. In 1980 Shirley was appointed an Assistant  Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine . Patients often referred to her as Dr. Shirley. 

Shirley’s career exemplified her many good qualities, particularly her love of learning and generosity of spirit. It can best be described as one in which her advise was always sought and respected. As a woman of great conviction, independence and achievement she was devoted to her work, which she truly enjoyed, and to her family, which was her primary focus. 

An active and engaged volunteer at St. Paul’s United Church, Dundas and the Dundas Museum & Archives, Shirley was a skilled homemaker and gracious hostess, accomplished award winning gardener; craftier, golf enthusiast, family historian and genealogist.  Shirley & Clare enjoyed their many travels: from coast to coast in Canada, Hilton Head Island, Great Britain; the south of France, New Zealand and Australia. 

The family would like to thank the Rev. Rick Spies, Rev. Stan Wootton,  Dr. Leber (oncologist); Dr. Bates (thrombo clinic), Dr. Mulji (cardiologist), staff at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Shirley’s medical colleagues, and our many friends for their compassionate care and support. 

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, Dundas on Friday, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre, St. Paul’s United Church or the Dundas Museum & Archives would be greatly appreciated by the family.


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