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ANDERSON, Donald William Anderson - Obituary | Print |

ANDERSON, Donald William -

Anderson_DonDon Anderson passed away quietly at Mathews House Hospice in Alliston, Ontario on April 18, 2015 at the age of 85.

Survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane and children David (Heather), Keith (Valerie), Janet-Lee (Mark), Mary-Ellen (Michael); Grandpa to Amber, William and Connor Anderson, Robin, Ian, Myles, Kellyn, Jacob, Julie Anderson, Natalie Ruston, Abbie and Zoë Carnahan; Great Grandfather to Tianna and Sophie Anderson; and his brother Kent (Sheryl) Anderson.

He will be sadly missed by sister-in-law, Beth Clark and many nieces and nephews and surviving members of “The Gang” from Fairlawn United Church. Of special note, Don was affectionately known as “Uncle Don” and will be remembered fondly by countless numbers of people associated with Camps Illahee and Huronda from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at Drury Funeral Centre, 519 Victoria Street East, Alliston, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. with a time of Reflection at 2:30 p.m.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be directed to Matthews House Residential Hospice,

BACHERT, Albert 'Bert' Bachert - Obituary | Print |

BACHERT, Albert 'Bert' -

Bachert_BertWent to be with his Lord on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Seaforth Community Hospital.

Albert Edward “Bert” Bachert of Seaforth was in his 96th year. Predeceased by his wife Mabel (Schwartzentruber) Bachert and his five Bachert siblings.

Left to mourn his passing are his dear friend Doris Muir of Seaforth; his children Keith and Janet of Auburn, Ken and Charlotte of Burgessville, Dan and Mary of Seaforth, Dale and Starr of Blyth and Kathy and Ron Rosborough of Egmondville.

Also missed by 19 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at McGlynn Family Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Tuesday, April 21st from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral for Bert will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the Clinton Gospel Hall. Interment to take place at Egmondville.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated.

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FISCHER, James W. Fischer - Obituary | Print |

FISCHER, James W. -

Peacefully at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 17, 2015 at age 79.

Beloved husband of Marilyn Fischer of Stroud. Loving father of Grant, Jim, June and Michael Fischer.

Dear brother of Murray and Barbara of Kitchener, Donald and Vicky of Sundridge, Anne Lemon of Toronto, Gail and Bruce Blacktopp of Mount Albert and Doug of Hawkestone.

Loving grandfather of James, Shayla and Charlina.

Friends may call at the INNISFIL FUNERAL HOME, 7910 Yonge Street (Stroud) (705 431-1717) on Tuesday, April 21st from 2-3 p.m. Service to follow in the chapel at 3:00 p.m.

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KRAUS, Gordon Eldon Louis Kraus - Obituary | Print |

KRAUS, Gordon Eldon Louis -

Kraus_GordPeacefully, with his wife by his side, at the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, in Owen Sound on Friday morning, April 17th, 2015. Gordon Kraus, of Owen Sound, at the age of 72 years.

Dearly loved husband of Susan Kraus (nee Schell).

Loving father of Kathy Cooper (Jeff) and Jennifer McInnis (Jeremy) both of Kitchener.

Proud grandfather of Chase and Jack Cooper and Josh and Sam McInnis. Dear brother of Dallas Kraus (Maureen) of Barrie.

Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Alma Kraus.

A Funeral Service for Gordon Kraus will be held at the BRIAN E. WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 250 – 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 3X8 (519-376-7492) on Tuesday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ralph Schmidt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment in Owen Sound.

If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, online at as an expression of sympathy.

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LAVEREAU, Marianne Olive Lavereau - Obituary | Print |

LAVEREAU, Marianne Olive -

Lavereau_MaryPassed away at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland on April 17th, 2015 in her 75th year.

Daughter of the late Henry and Jessie Lavereau. Dear sister of Rosemarie Rioux (Daniel), Carole McDowell (late Bob), Stanley Lavereau (Donna), Diane Moreau (late Tony) and predeceased by Donnie (survived by Jackie) and Jessie Legault (late Eugene).

She will be dearly missed by her lifelong friend Martha, nephews, nieces, friends and her 'baby' Lucy.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held at Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Avenue, Midland on Monday, April 27 from 11 a.m. until commencement of the memorial service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Spring burial in Victoria Harbour.

If desired, memorial donations to the Diabetes Association or to the Georgian Bay General Hospital Dialysis Unit would be appreciated .What A Bloom Send Flowers

METHERALL, James Edward ‘Jim’ Metherall - Obituary | Print |

METHERALL, James Edward ‘Jim’ - WWII Veteran

Metherall_JimPeacefully at home on Friday, April 17th, 2015 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband of the late Cynthia Metherall. Loved father of Vivien Haines (Bruce) of Holland Landing, Philip (Charliene) of Alliston, Edward (Denise) of Nipissing, Gail O’Neill (Jim) of Orillia, Sandra Dunlop (Peter) of Barrie and pre-deceased by Glenn.

Loving grandfather of twelve grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Dear brother of Anne Hack (Don) of Orillia and Walter (Judy) of Keswick. Dear brother-in law of Lois Taylor of Bournemouth, England and Rita (John Dyos) of Australia.

Services under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 Orillia will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street East, Orillia on Saturday, April 25th, at 1 p.m. A Service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held immediately after. A reception and time of visitation will follow.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donation may be made to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Oncology Unit.What A Bloom Send Flowers

SCOTT, Lorne Gerrard Scott - Obituary | Print |

SCOTT, Lorne Gerrard -

Scott_LornePassed away peacefully at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 17th, 2015 in his 89th year.

Beloved husband of Doreen Scott (nee Jackson) and the late Frances Scott (nee Hewitt). Loved father of Robert (Eva) of Washago.

Grandfather of Carrie, Samantha, Kodi, and Jessica. Great grandfather of Peyton and Annorah.

Stepfather to Diane Widdicks of Markham, Patricia Nicolson of Oakville, Suzanne and her husband Maxwell of Kitchener and Robert Donald Steadman (Christine) of Stittsville.

Brother of Marie, Percy, Russell, Raymond, Vera and Velma, all predeceased.

Visitation will be held at Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E., Orillia, Ontario on Monday, April 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Atherley.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

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GRAHAM, John Wayne Graham - Obituary | Print |

GRAHAM, John Wayne -

At the age of 56, passed away peacefully in his bed April 16 after living a full life.

Ah, Wayne, you lived not only a full life, you lived many lives.

From that incredibly handsome hellion with the big blue eyes who loved to party throughout his young life, Wayne certainly knew how to have fun.

In his late teens Wayne met Loretta and they had a child, Michael, but Wayne was not ready to settle down and he chose living in the fast lane.

By the time he reached his mid twenties he learned that the alcohol demon was taking over his life and getting him into too much trouble.
Wayne finally went to AA.

He had a peaceful bout of sobriety and during that time he met Tracy. Together they lived the clean and sober life. They shared a love of the outdoors, canoeing and camping in their tiny pup tent or gallivanting around on their ten-speed bikes loaded with camping gear. They had two children, Ginger Rose Jessica and Tobias Jack Lewis.

Wayne was a kind and loving father. He loved tramping through the fields with his kids toddling after him with their butterfly nets, scooping up grasshoppers to feed the family pet – yup, a lizard. Wayne also loved his career as a carpenter and he was an artist with wood working.

But within a few years, whatever demons lurked inside of his soul claimed him again and when Ginger and Tobies were still toddlers he lost himself in alcohol for many years to follow. Still, Wayne and Tracy remained friends, although sometimes distant, throughout those years.

Later in life, Wayne found a way to leave alcohol alone for good, but by then, much damage had been done to his body and he was forced to slow down, no longer able to work.

In his 50’s, Wayne met a new love, Jade, and together they had an adorable little boy, Bryce, the love of his life.
The relationship didn’t last, but having Bryce in his life brought Wayne great joy. Yet, at the same time it brought him sorrow – for it was this joy of watching Bryce grow that he realized how much he had missed by not being there for his other children. With his heart on his sleeve, Wayne managed to connect with Tobias and Ginger and he made efforts to get to know them again.

Only weeks before he died, Wayne wrote to Tracy:

“Sometimes, it feels like life is trying to slow me down. Then you put Bryce in the picture and WOW! My life wants to start-up again!!!

Don't get me wrong, Ginger & Tobi and All the babies give me life as well. I'm trying to do my best to get to know them again and stay involved.”

Wayne you lived a rough life. For many years you were lost, but you found yourself in the end. Nothing can take away the memories of your big heart, your sense of humor and the beautiful glint in your eyes when you smiled. You are at peace now dear old friend. You are at peace and you are home. God bless.

HURL, Vera Harriet Hurl - Obituary | Print |

HURL, Vera Harriet -

Hurl_VeraPassed away peacefully at Leisureworld Care Giving Centre, Orillia on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 in her 91st year.

Beloved wife of the late Arthur Hurl. Loving mother of Judy Warrian (late Bill), Joe Hurl, and Jeff Hurl (Karen).

Proud Grandma of Rob (Leah), Jason (Michelle), Keely, McKenna, and Nicole.

Great grandma of Stephanie, Courtney, and Connor. Great great grandma of Carlin, Kaydance, and David.

Dear sister of Audrey (late Leamond), and the late Morley.

Visitation will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E. Orillia on Sunday, April 19th from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in Orillia.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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PETERS, Josephus Gerurdus 'Joe' Peters - Obituary | Print |

PETERS, Josephus Gerurdus 'Joe' -

Peters_JoePassed away at Strathmere Lodge in Strathroy, Ontario, on April 16, 2015 in his ninetieth year.

Born in the Netherlands, Joe was a proud dairy farmer on the B Line near Wingham, Ontario, for over 40 years.

Dear uncle of Ken Peters of Strathroy, John Peters and Irene Parkes of Watford, Rieta Coleman of Alvinston, Deborah Downie of Petrolia, Linda Breault of Cambridge and Anne Kouwenberg of Salford, as well as forty-four other nieces and nephews living in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Norway.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Wingham, on Tuesday at 11:00 am. Father K.P. Morrison officiating. Interment in Wingham, Ontario.

Memorial donations to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Wingham would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

RUSSELL, Nancy Elizabeth Russell - Obituary | Print |

RUSSELL, Nancy Elizabeth -

Passed away suddenly at her residence in Gravenhurst on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at the age of 38.

Beloved partner to Aurel Wink. Cherished mother of Devin Russell (Melissa Lupton), Cody Archer, the late Shane Russell who pre-deceased Nancy on August 25, 2012 and Rylee.

Cherished grandmother of Roaman.

Dear sister of Jo-Anne Russell and loving daughter of Vicki Russell and the late Don Russell.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 22nd at Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., followed by cremation

SNELL, Eva Mildred Snell - Obituary | Print |

SNELL, Eva Mildred -

Snell_EvaAt Clinton Public Hospital on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Eva Snell of Westfield, age 86 years. The former Eva Dow, beloved wife of the late Jasper Snell who predeceased her in 2010. Dear mother of Barbara Snell of Blyth, and George Snell, Ken Snell and Murray Snell all of Westfield.

Sister of Ada and Ross Taylor of Belgrave, Donald Dow and Ivan and Elly Dow all of East Wawanosh and Jeanetta Hallman of Cambridge.

Predeceased by her parents Wellington and Eccles (Beecroft) Dow, her brothers Nelson and Victor Dow and her sister-in-law Gloria Dow.

Funeral service will be held in Wingham on Sunday, April 19th. Don Vair officiating. Interment in Blyth.

Memorial donations to Clinton Public Hospital or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

BERNER, Baby Stella Berner - Obituary | Print |

BERNER, Baby Stella -

At Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre, Owen Sound on Wednesday April 15, 2015.

Precious baby Stella will always be in the hearts of her parents Alec & Brittany Berner and her grandparents Steve & Sue Fritzley and Dennis & Jean Berner.

Private Family Services.

BEZAIRE, Ed Bezaire - Obituary | Print |


Bezaire_EdPassed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Edmund Joseph Bezaire of Egmondville, was in his 69th year. Beloved spouse and best friend of Ellie Connolly for 19 years. Loving dad of Lynn Harrigan (Scott McGregor Moore) of Toronto and John Bezaire of Clinton.

Cherished Grandpa of Regan, Rachel and Sam. Dear brother of Donald (the late Mary Lou), Jo-Anne Slaght (Wayne), Joseph (Elaine), Stanley (Jackie), James (Pat), Theresa Masterman (Jack), Mary Ann Smith (Mike), Cecile Larking (Bruce), Elizabeth Brush (Roy), Janet Brush (Barry) and Annette Jones (Kim). Ed will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by parents Ernest and Angela Bezaire and his brother John.

A Mass of Resurrection for Ed will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 156 North St., Goderich, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Dan Vere officiating. Immediately following the Mass a reception will be held at the Clinton Legion, Branch 140. Cremation will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Seaforth Community Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation or the charity of choice would be appreciated.

BROWN, Jean Olive Brown - Obituary | Print |

BROWN, Jean Olive -

Passed away at Leisure World Muskoka, Gravenhurst on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the age of 93.

Beloved wife of the late Jack (January 2003). Loving mother of John Brown of Coldwater, Betty Sova (Perry) of Washago, Wrae Swaile (John) of Coldwater, Marjorie Pringle (David) of Barrie, and Joan Ewen of Coldwater.

Will be missed by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Predeceased by her sisters Ruth, Irene, & Wilma, and by her brothers Ray, & Mark.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Mactier.

BRUNELLE, Marlene Anne Brunelle - Obituary | Print |

BRUNELLE, Marlene Anne -

Passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on April 15th, 2015 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Howard Brunelle. Cherished mother of Heather Charlebois (Michael) and James (the late Nancy).

Loving grandmother of Lindy Anne Enfield (Bryan), Jesse Charlebois (Vicki Lambert) and Jody Charlebois. Great-grandmother of Brennan and Madalynn Enfield, Aidan and Austin Charlebois, and Carson and Tyson Bouvier.

Dear sister of Lester Girard (late Phyllis) and the late Marjorie Irvine (late Bill), Aubrey Girard (survived by Maggie), Mary Ward (late Dalton), and Bill Girard (survived by Edith). She will be fondly remembered by her nephews, nieces and friends.

Marlene has been a President and Past-President of the Branch #68 Penetanguishene Ladies Auxiliary; she was active with the Port McNicoll Lions Club.

Friends may call at Nicholls Funeral Home, 330 Midland Avenue, Midland on Sunday, April 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery, King Street, Midland on Monday, April 20th at 11 a.m.

If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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CULHAM, Douglas McIntyre Culham - Obituary | Print |

CULHAM, Douglas McIntyre -

Culham_DougPassed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the General & Marine Hospital at the age of 82.

Doug of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Martine. Loving father of Jennifer. Grampa of Ashley.

Dear brother of Ed (the late Lorraine), Ronald (Donna), Marian (Walter Skrynski) and the late Helen (Don Crawford). Brother-in-law of Darlene (Bill Moffatt) and Janice (Fred Somersett).

Also missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Stayner Chapel, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.. Funeral Service will be held at Centennial United Church on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1 p.m.. Cremation with interment in Stayner.

If desired, donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the General & Marine Hospital Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children or a Charity of your choice.

DOYLE, Dennis John Doyle - Obituary | Print |

DOYLE, Dennis John -

Doyle_DennisIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Dennis John Doyle of East Linton. Dennis passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family, at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Wednesday morning, April 15th, 2015, at the age of 67 years.

Dearly loved husband of Joan West (nee Hogan) and the late Brenda Ruffett-Doyle (nee Hobbs). Loving father of Frances Aylward and her husband, Adam, of Hay River, NWT, Patrick Doyle, of Owen Sound, Stuart Doyle and his wife, Amanda, of Allenford and step-father of Brian Ruffett and his wife, Kelli, of Chatsworth, Chad Ruffett and his wife, Heather, of Meaford, Jeffrey West and his fiancé, Carrie, of Orillia and Andrew West and his partner, Lydia, of Ottawa.

Cherished papa of Ian, Jacob, Charlotte, Connor, Lucy, Joanna, Evelyn, Bryce, Sonya, Noah, Ben and Sarah.

Dear brother of Derek Doyle and his wife, Rose and Don Doyle and his wife, Marilyn, both of Stratford, David Doyle and his partner, Nancy, of Mitchell and Dan Doyle and his wife, Pat, of Keswick. Dennis will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and many friends.

He will always be remembered by his children’s mother, Debbie Doyle, of Owen Sound. Predeceased by his parents, Derrick and Dorothy Doyle.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dennis Doyle will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 554 – 15th Street East, Owen Sound on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Father David Reilander officiating. Interment in Georgian Bluffs at a later date.

If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Campaign as your expression of sympathy.

FEHRENBACH, Michael John Fehrenbach - Obituary | Print |

FEHRENBACH, Michael John -

Surrounded by the love of his family, Dad passed away peacefully and without pain on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto.

He is survived by his loving family: Michael Fehrenbach (Donna), Charlene Totzke (Scott), Lori Evans (Brad) and John Fehrenbach (Marj).

Proud Grandpa Chimo to Dylan and Josh Totzke, Shane and Brooke Toplis, and Megan and Adam Berger. Great grandpa to Mikayla Toplis.

Also remembered fondly by Susan Fehrenbach. Predeceased by his sister, Joan Fehrenbach (2000).

In keeping and in respect of Dad's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place.

In memory of Dad, donations to the University Health Network (UHN) Toronto or the Barrie Humane Society would be appreciated by his family.

KOLLER, Gerard 'Gerry' Steven Koller - Obituary | Print |

KOLLER, Gerard 'Gerry' Steven -

Koller_GerryOf Walkerton, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.

Gerry’s family meant everything to him. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary (nee Lambertus). Dear father of Peggy (Mark) Gaynor of Walkerton, Ann (Rick) Lippert of RR 3 Walkerton and Joe (Karen) of RR 2 Walkerton.

Cherished grandfather of Courtney MacIntosh and Corbin Gaynor, Steve and Alana Lippert and Brandon, Patrick and Evan Koller and great-grandfather of Ali, Emry, Kaden, Emma and Deacon.

Dear brother of Alma (Grant) Simpson of London and brother-in-law of Rob and Betty Lambertus of Calgary.

Gerry was predeceased by grandson Dane Gaynor, granddaughter Sonya Koller, brother Carl Koller; sister and brother-in-law Virginia (Joe) Lippert) and parents Joseph and Johanna (Kraemer) Koller.

Visitation will be held at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 3:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton. Rev. David Weise officiating. Interment in Walkerton.

Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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