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DRENNAN, Donald William Drennan Obituary | Print |

DRENNAN, Donald William –

At his residence on March 28, 2015, Don Drennan of Havelock, in his 67th year.

Beloved husband of Judi (nee Shwedack) for over 47 years. Dear father of Jacqueline of Oshawa.

Brother of Robert (Nancy) and Mary Gardlund. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Private family arrangements out of Havelock. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

COLE, Randel Allan Cole Obituary | Print |

COLE, Randel Allan -

Peacefully at Carressant Care Nursing Home, Marmora on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in his 92nd year.

Husband of the late Audrey Cole.

Father of Eva Radey & her husband Jim, Archie & his wife Heather and the late William & Gail. Grandfather of Jason, Michael, David, Katherine, Sherrie & Amanda. Great grandfather of Alex, Austin, Jenny, Emma, Cole, Anna & Kristin.

Brother of Richard, Carl, Arnold, Doug, Glenn, Gladys Robinson & the late Eileen Burley & Orvil. He will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather at Brett Funeral Chapel, Havelock from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th. The funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Interment later this spring.

In memory of Randel, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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GEROW, Daniel William Gerow Obituary | Print |

GEROW, Daniel William –

Gerow_DannyPeacefully, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, with his family at his side, on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Danny of Peterborough, in his 66th year.

Beloved husband of Linda for 25 years. Dear father of Jeremy (Lacey), Shane (Janice), Talia Switzer (Troy), and Christopher. Loving grandfather of Zachery, Clayton, Layla, Jeremy Jr. and Maddox.

Son of the late Joyce and Albert Gerow. Brother of Tom (Julie) and the late Bob (surviving Judy). Son-in-law of Jean Stewart (late Doug). Danny will be remembered by many other relatives and friends.

An avid fisherman and hunter, Danny enjoyed his career as a plumber and all the people he met ‘on the road’.

A memorial service will be held at the ASHBURNHAM FUNERAL HOME & RECEPTION CENTRE, 840 Armour Road, Peterborough on Tuesday, March 31st at 1 pm with visiting one hour prior (12 – 1 pm).

If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

A warm ‘thank you’ to the doctors and nursing staff in the Palliative Care unit of PRHC for the kindness they showed Danny and our whole family.

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ALLAN, Grace Mary (Hambly) Allan Obituary | Print |

ALLAN, Grace Mary (nee Hambly) -

Allan_Grace(March 5, 1920 - March 25, 2015)

It is with profound & heartfelt gladness that the Lord has come to take Grace home with Him. She is at peace with her beloved husband the late Joe (2010) of 68 years; her sisters, brothers and friends who have gone before.

She leaves a long legacy of love & caring to her son, John (Lynda) and the late Billy. She will be missed by her grandchildren Brian (Krystal & baby on the way), Karen, Joe (Natalie) and Gord & Luc; her great-grandchildren Justin, James, Marrissa, Joshua & her prize triplets Wyatt, Cole & Zane.

She was loved by many and we're sure she will be remembered as a gentle, loving & caring person. We all love you Mom and will miss you, but never forget you, your caring and loving family.

Thank you to the caring and supportive staff of Empress Gardens.

In keeping with Grace's wishes, a private family service will be held in Peterborough. Memorial donations to charity of choice would be appreciated.

SWITZER, Arthur Selby 'Art' Switzer - Obituary | Print |

SWITZER, Arthur Selby 'Art' -

Passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Art Switzer, beloved husband of Debbie, loving father of Tammy of Buckhorn, Tiffany of Welland and Jason of Oshawa, dear grandfather of Nicholas, Mia, Ashley, Kala, R.J., Sianna, Monica and Madison and loving brother of Gary & Judy of Gilmour, Doug & Cheryl of Lower Faraday, Ernie & Bonnie of Lower Faraday, Judy of Peterborough, Phil & Dawn of Lower Faraday and Terry & Janet of Bancroft.

Art will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews and was predeceased by his parents: Bill & Marion Switzer and by his niece, Samantha.

Cremation. A service will take place at the Bancroft Pentecostal Tabernacle on Fribday, March 27th. Rev Lynn Watson officiating.

TULLY, Dorothy Mary Tully - Obituary | Print |

TULLY, Dorothy Mary -

Passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Dorothy Tully, loving mother of Debbie Douglas of Bancroft and Heather & Doug Jenkins of Hanmer.

Cherished and devoted grandmother to Adam & Allison and Matthew & Sarah, great grandmother of Ella and dear sister of Helen (& Robert) Gardner and Teressa (& Ken) Bellisle, all of Peterborough.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Clarence & Marg Pickering.

Cremation. Service details at Holy Trinity Anglican Church to be announced later in the spring.

GAERTTNER, Helen Isabelle Minetta (THORN) Gaerttner Obituary | Print |

GAERTTNER, Helen Isabelle Minetta (nee THORN) -

Gaerttner_HelenOf Peterborough, Ontario died peacefully at Springdale Country Manor on March 24th, 2015 in her 93rd year.

Born January 30, 1923 in Millbrook to George and Annabelle (Nicholson) Thorn, she was the second child, and first daughter, of 10 children. Raised on the home farm, Helen helped her mother and grandmother to raise the remaining children.

She subsequently left to work at homes in Millbrook. She moved to Toronto and worked as a teller for the Royal Bank of Canada. George Gaerttner and Helen married in 1961 and raised their daughter, Lorraine, in Toronto. In 1973, George’s son, Michael, joined them, and in 1975 they all moved to a house they'd built just outside of Lakefield, Ontario.

Helen continued working as a teller at the Royal Bank in Lakefield. She would often tell stories of how numerous customers would let other customers go ahead of them just so that they could have Helen as their teller. She was always warm and welcoming to everyone.

Upon retirement, for which many of her customers told her she looked too young, Helen continued to help people by joining the Community Care program, and even into her 70s and 80s she would talk about visiting her "old folks." Helen will be missed by her family and friends as well as many others for her sense of humour and her willingness to help others.

Survived by her daughter Lorraine (Ashleigh) Yates of Peterborough, her stepson Michael (Gladys) Gaerttner of Lakefield, and her grandchildren Emelie Andersson, Christopher Gaerttner, and Jennifer Gaerttner-Payne. Survived by her sister, Ruth (Charles) Hodges; pre-deceased by Gordon (Hilda) Thorn, Marion (Percy) Bothwell, Harold (Dorothy) Thorn, Edwin (Willamean) Thorne, Evelyn (Russell) Clark, John (June) Thorn, Allan Thorn, Margaret (Donald) Dunford.

A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, March 28th in the Benson Funeral Home (35 King Street West, Millbrook) from 1:00 – 3:00pm with tributes at 2:30pm. A light luncheon will be served throughout. Interment to take place in the spring.

A special thank you to all the staff at Springdale Country Manor for their loving care of Helen.

If so desired memorial donations to any Alzheimer’s group researching a cure or preventative, or the Peterborough Humane Society, would be appreciated by the family.

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GRAY, Robert William 'Bob' Gray Obituary | Print |

GRAY, Robert William 'Bob' -

Gray_Bob(WWII Reserves, Retired Manager Bell Canada, member of Peterborough Civic Concert Band, Boy Scout Leader)

At the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in his 87th year.

Beloved husband of 59 years to the late Theresa Mary (nee Goselin) (2009).  Loving father of Paulette Konpczynski and her husband Mark, Jo-Anne McLaren and her husband Alan, and Robert Gray and his wife Barbara Gallant(Barb).

Cherished grandfather of Jason (Esther), Ryan, Meghan, the late Christine (1997), Kathleen, Alyson, Erik, Kurtis, the late Mark (2008) and Miles and great grandfather of Brianna, Kai and Maverick.

There will be a Celebration of Bob’s Life held at HIGHLAND PARK FUNERAL CENTRE, 2510 Bensfort Rd., Peterborough on Thursday, April 2nd at 11 a.m.  Reception to follow. Private family interment.

In memory of Bob, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society “Wheels of Hope” would be appreciated by the family.

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HENRY, Eleanor Grace Henry Obituary | Print |

HENRY, Eleanor Grace -

Henry_EleanorPassed away with family at her side on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in her 89th year.

Beloved Mom to Sheryl Chamberlain (Ottawa), Valerie Henry (Peterborough), Stephen Henry and his wife, Jeanine Pellen (Peterborough) and Robin Henry and his wife Diane Desjardins (St Anne des Plains,Quebec).

Dearest Grandmother to Tracey Sarginson and her husband Jeff (Guelph), Corey Chamberlain and his wife, Angeline Goldsworthy (Ottawa), Teryn Pellen (Toronto) and Rory Henry (Peterborough). GG to Adam Sarginson and Gramma Gramma to Madison Chamberlain.

Dear Sister to Sydney Griffin of Toronto. Survived also by her nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her husband, Austin George Henry and her daughter, Kerry Lee Henry.

Cremation has taken place and at Mom's request. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Black Horse Pub, (452 George Street North, Peterborough) from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society.

HOLIC, Lesley Susan Holic Obituary | Print |

HOLIC, Lesley Susan -

(1948 - 2015) - Peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Lesley, dearly beloved wife of 40 years to Tom. Loving mother of Susan Scott and dear Nana Lesley of Austin, both of Vancouver.

Sister of Pauline (Brian) Duffett and Stephen (Haly) Stretten, both of Peterborough, and their families.

Arrangements out of Peterborough. A private family service will be held at a later date.

POTTS, John Thomas Potts Obituary | Print |

POTTS, John Thomas -

Potts_John(July 25, 1945 – March 24, 2015)

John Thomas Potts, 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at PRHC in Peterborough.

Born on July 25th, 1945 in Trenton to Sam and Margaret Potts. Brother to Jim (Theresa) Potts, Don (Connie) Potts, Sylvia (George) Reddom, Margie Potts, and Michael (Darlene) Potts.

Also survived by wife Donna Potts, sons Andrew (Sharon) Potts, and Ian (Colleen) Potts, and step son Scott (Michele) Gordon, and step daughter Tanya (Dale) Gordon.Proud Grandfather to Sean and Jack Potts, Elliott and Sadie Potts, Johnathan and Amber Gordon, and Courtney Major.

Touched so many lives at Peterborough Community Credit Union.

The memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street, Peterborough, on Saturday March 28th, at 11AM. There will be a visitation from 10AM until 11AM and a social following the service.

Memorial donations can be made to Rectors Discretionary Fund, Quilts for Cancer, or Quota International of Peterborough Hearing Ear Dog Program.

ROM COLTHOFF, Robbert 'Rob' Rom Colthoff Obituary | Print |

ROM COLTHOFF, Robbert 'Rob' -

Died peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.

Rob is survived by his wife, Johanna (nee Van Meurs) and sons Pim (Sheila), Roland (Susan), grandchildren Ally, Carl, Nicholas and Teija.

Rob was born March 31, 1926 in Utrecht, Netherlands and emigrated to Canada in 1957. Rob was an early and important member of the DUCA Credit Union in Peterborough and assisted in organizing many of their events. His calm and supportive presence will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the Salvation Army.

There will be a small gathering at the place of interment at 11.00 a.m. Saturday, March 28th at Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough. Friends are invited to an informal open house at his apartment at Sherbrooke Heights, 1434 Sherbrooke Street, suite 212 immediately following.

DAWSON, John 'Brent' Dawson Obituary | Print |

DAWSON, John 'Brent' -

Dawson_Brent(WWII Veteran)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 23, 2015 at PRHC in his 90th year.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Isobel (nee Seney).

Cherished father of John (Christine), and Susan (Rod Foster). Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Michael (Stephanie), Christopher (Elizabeth), Amanda (Michael), and Jessica (T.J.) and his great-grandchildren Matthew, Dylan, Hunter, Keelie, Ayden, Josephine, Isabelle, Kathryn, and Victoria.

Dear brother of Roy (Melba), George (Barbara), Jessie (Robert), Margaret (Bob), Frances, Dorothy (Stan), and the late Anne, and Mary. He will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Visitation will take place at NISBETT FUNERAL HOME, 600 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough (705-745-3211) on Monday, March 30th from 12 to 1 p.m. with a Legion Service at 1 p.m., immediately followed by a celebration of his life. Reception at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52 following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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MAJOR, Wynona (Peyton) Major Obituary | Print |

MAJOR, Wynona (nee Peyton) -

Major_WynonaPassed away suddenly at home on Monday, March 23, 2015 in her 82nd year.

Devoted wife of George for 60 years. Cherished by her children Janet (Peter Lambert) of Kingston, Robert (Judy) of Belleville, Steven (Lisa) of Peterborough, and Stephanie (Dave Lumbard) of Alberta.

Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Bekki (Todd), Tom, Emily, Kristen, Courtney and Braxton.

Dear sister of Beulah (Howard), Audrey (Dave), and Ross. She will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends who knew and loved her.

A funeral service will take place in Peterborough on Friday, March 27th. Interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

SMITH, Edward Harry 'Ted' Smith Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Edward Harry 'Ted' -

At the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Monday, March 23, 2015 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband of the late Edna.  Loving father of Susan Aziz, Kim Smith (Garry Fedoriuk), Scott Smith and Mark Smith.  Cherished grandfather of Jessie Stewart, Ella Stewart and Jeremy Morin.

Predeceased by his siblings Florence, Jim, Don and Allen.  Survived by his sisters-in-law June Smith, Marjorie Kettyle, Eileen White and Doris Townsend.  He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Edward's Life at the HIGHLAND PARK FUNERAL CENTRE, 2510 Bensfort Rd., Peterborough on Thursday, April 2nd at 4 p.m.  Reception to follow.

In memory  of Edward, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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MACFARLANE, Velma Doreen (Barnard) Macfarlane Obituary | Print |

MACFARLANE, Velma Doreen (nee Barnard) –

Macfarlane_VelmaAt Centennial Place, Millbrook, with her loving family at her side, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in her 83rd year.

Beloved wife of the late Everett Donald for 60 wonderful years.

Loving mother of Kathy (the late Rick Clark) of Markham, Sandra (Donald McLeod) of Peterborough and Richard (Tammy) of Peterborough. Awesome grandmother of Isla Mayve, Lauryn, Abby, Matthew and Rachel. Dear sister of Marilyn (the late Keith McIntyre) of Peterborough.

Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews, family members and all of Velma’s many friends.

Predeceased by her parents, Charles Henry and Viola Mildred.

A service honouring Velma’s life will be held at The Keene United Church, 30 North Street, Keene on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 am.

If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

Velma began her life in Dr. Turner’s Hospital in Millbrook on May 11, 1931, lived in Otonabee Township for most of her life and returned to Millbrook on December 2011 to Centennial Place. Her family expresses deep gratitude to the staff at Centennial Place. Their comforting contributions ensured Mom had a warm and loving atmosphere in the last precious years of her life.

MCGILLEN, Shirley Lorraine (Hatch) McGillen Obituary | Print |

MCGILLEN, Shirley Lorraine (nee Hatch) -

(Retired Nurse)

At the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the age of 80.

Beloved wife of Frank.  Loving mother of Laurie McMullan (Rick), Jennifer McGillen and Caroline Northey.  Cherished grandmother of Katie, Alissa, Jenna, Niccole, and Allison and great grandmother of Paiton and Emerson. 

Dear sister of Jack Hatch (Georgia) and Jim Hatch (Rose). Shirley will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews.

There will be a Memorial Mass held at ST. ALPHONSUS LIGOURI ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1066 Western Ave., Peterborough on Thursday April 9th at 1 p.m. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Arrangements out of Highland Park Funeral Centre, 2510 Bensfort Rd., Peterborough. In memory of Shirley, donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

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VITARELLI, Nicola Vitarelli Obituary | Print |


Vitarelli_Nicola(Retired Bricklayer and Canadian General Electric Employee)

Peacefully at Belleville General Hospital, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in his 84th year.

Beloved husband of the late Ermelinda Martignetti (March 25, 2002).

Loving father of Rosemary Metzloff of Belleville and Camillo (Assunta) Vitarelli of Montreal. Dear grandfather of Eric and Michael and Nick and Marietta.

Dear brother of Dina and husband Alex Maiatico of Toronto; predeceased by Natalina, Michelina, Giocondo and Ida. Dear uncle of Filippo and Filomena, Luciano and Pinella, Agneso and Paolina, Nicola and Giuseppe and their families. Son of the late Giuseppe Vitarelli and Maria Rosa Marino.

Visitation at DUFFUS FUNERAL HOME, Peterborough from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 27th (Parish Prayers 3:30 p.m. Friday).

Funeral Mass in ST. ANNE'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. followed by Entombment in Etobicoke.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Luncheon on Saturday, April 11th from 2-4 p.m. at St. Anne's Parish Centre.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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WHITE, Elrick Robert 'Rick' White Obituary | Print |

WHITE, Elrick Robert 'Rick' -

White_Rick(June 20, 1953 - March 22, 2015)

In keeping with Rick's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family mass will be held.

Arrangements out of Peterborough, Ontario.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Pacific Whale Foundation via:

A full obituary will be available at a later time

ELMHIRST, Percival Wallace 'Percy' Elmhirst Obituary | Print |

ELMHIRST, Percival Wallace 'Percy' -

Elmhirst_PercyLongtime resident and businessman of Otonabee Township, loved and cherished by his family and friends, passed away on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the P.R.H.C. in his 88th year.

Percy will be missed and fondly remembered by his son Barry (Marian), his daughters Leanne Berghout (Dirk) and Suanne Girard, his loving companion Rose Mackie, his grandchildren Kimberly Hutchinson (Tony), Kendra McMahon (Cody), Lindsay Warrington (Ben), Shawn Elmhirst (Natalie), Sarah Girard (Jason), Danielle Girard (Adam), Farrah Faux (Scott) and Derek Faux (April), his nine great grandchildren, his niece, nephews and friends.

Percy always lived life to the fullest and with a smile. He had a passion for the great outdoors and was a true country gentleman. Percy loved people, music, dancing and entertaining friends and family with his poetry, jokes and stories.

Arrangements out of Lakefield. A Celebration of Percy's Life will be held on Friday March 27th at 1:00 PM at Keene United Church, 30 North St., Keene, Ontario.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital or the Heart & Stroke Foundation as expressions of sympathy.

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