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OXENHAM, Josephine Anna (Wood) Oxenham Obituary | Print |

OXENHAM, Josephine Anna (nee Wood) -

Passed away peacefully after a long illness on August 12, 2014 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, at the age of 82.

Predeceased by siblings Margaret (Peggy), Murray, Leslie and Florence, Josephine was a loving mother who will be missed by son William (Sylvia) of Thornbury, Ontario and daughter Victoria (John) of Walnut Creek, California, as well as grandchildren Haley, Cole and Fabian.

Many thanks to her personal caregiver Maria, and the staff at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, who made her last days as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the MS Society of Canada.


PERSAUD, Patrick A. Persaud - Obituary | Print |

PERSAUD, Patrick A. -

Persaud_PatrickProudly served in The Guyana Defence Force and retired after a 28-year career as a Court Officer with Toronto Police Services.

Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his 79th year.

Patrick, beloved husband to Patsy.

Dear father to Rubina, Indera and her husband Barry Bridgemohan Singh, Subrena and her husband Hans Casperz and Ramesh. Gramps will be sadly missed by Kristina, Tyler, Patrick, Alexandria, Mya and Marcus and great-grandfather to Aaliyah. Dear brother to Robert, the late Rickford, the late Agnes and the late Elaine. He will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends.

Visitation will be at the Glendale Funeral Home, 1810 Albion Road (at Highway 27 and Albion Road), on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held at the Glendale Funeral Home on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. until cremation at 11:30 a.m.

As an expression of sympathy, a donation to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.


PIERCEY, Merrill Garfield Piercey - Obituary | Print |

PIERCEY, Merrill Garfield -   "Express Condolences"

(August 28, 1961 – August 12, 2014)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, husband, brother, uncle and friend.

Born in Port Aux Basques, NL, he was a beloved husband of 31 years to Kate and loving father to Danika (Josh). Fondly remembered by his sisters Marie (Eric), Shirley (Rick), brother Shawn and brother-in-law Eg Walters.

Predeceased by his parents Elise and Garfield Piercey, sister Roma Walters, mother-in-law Charlene Tilley and nephew Jonathan Bragg. He will be missed by his father-in-law Calvin Tilley, Kate’s sisters and brothers, Jo-Anne Bragg (Mel), Calvin Tilley Jr., Jennifer Griffin (Donald), Alastair Tilley (Diane) and Peter Tilley.

Special uncle to David and Bobbie Matthews, Michael Bartlett (Trina), Alicia Marshall (Chris), Rebecca Walters, Kristan Bragg (Holly), Heidi Matthews (Colin), Sarah Hamhuis (Dan), Lindsey Olineck (Kurtis), Beth Hawco, Jack Tilley, Bella Tilley and numerous friends that were dear to his heart.

Merrill was a talented tradesman that started his trade as a young child in his father’s welding shop. He took his love, passion and hard work to develop his own business – Danco Welding Inc. in 1990.

Even though you were taken from us far too soon you enriched many of the lives you touched. Gone from us but never forgotten as you will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

Visitation was held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Sunday, August 17th from 7 – 9 p.m. Memorial Service was held in the Chapel on Monday, August 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Durham Humane Society or the CHARITY of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at


SMITH, Dorothy (nee Perkins) Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Dorothy (nee Perkins) -

Smith_Dorothy(March 2, 1921 - August 12, 2014)

Passed away peacefully at Wesburn Manor in Toronto on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the age of 93 years. 

Beloved wife of Devon (predeceased 1992). 

Dear mother of Larry and his wife Shirley of Toronto, and David and his wife Susan of Sussex, New Brunswick.

Loving grandmother of Eryn, Charity, and Reuben. 

Cremation has taken place.  Services will be held at McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME 28 Old Kingston Rd., AJAX (905-428-8488) on Friday, August 29th. Visitation at the Funeral Home from 11 am, Memorial Service at 12 noon followed by a reception in The McEachnie Family Centre. 

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Building Fund will be gratefully acknowledged as an expression of sympathy. 

Online condolences may be offered at


SMITH, Louis Albert Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Louis Albert -

Smith_LouisNovember 30, 1919 - August 12, 2014

(Veteran of World War II, 1st Canadian Division)

Born London, Ontario on November 30, 1919. 

Passed away on August 12, 2014 in Pickering, Ontario, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his 95th year.

Beloved husband of Joan Vera Smith. Parents Frank and Sarah Smith.

Sisters Irene, Thelma and Theresa and Brother Robert.

Loved father of Frank (Trish), Judy (Dennis), Norman (Jean) and John (Laura). Missed dearly by 9 Grandchildren: Louis, Karen (Mark), Debby (Mark), Bradley (Lucillia), Sheri (Kirk), Scott (Tara), Dana, Christine, Rachael and 9 Great Grandchildren Joshua, Dylan, Evan, Jude, Easton, Rebecca, Cheryl, Aaron and Bradley.

Remembered as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and man of strength, integrity, words and laughter. He will be missed so much.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

28 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 2Z7
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
28 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 2Z7
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens
541 Taunton Road, Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 4T2
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

SMITH, Raymond Arthur Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Raymond Arthur -

Smith_Raymond(February 23, 1939 - August 12, 2014)

After a courageous battle with cancer, Ray passed away peacefully on August 12, 2014, with Molly (nee Moreland), his loving wife of 55 years, by his side.

Survived by his children Lee Ann and Raymond, daughter in law Lisa O’Dell, grandchildren Ella and Lyle, brother in law Jack Moreland (Bev) and his nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by sisters Bev Kimmerly (Moe) and Joyce Garner (Ken).

Longtime employee of Cochrane Tool & Design, and Ajax Precision.

Sincere thanks to the people at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook, CCAC and Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, and to their friends and neighbours for their tireless support.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on Thursday, August 21st from 3 - 5 pm, with a service and refreshments to follow, at McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME (28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, 905-428-8488).

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Saint Elizabeth Foundation would be appreciated.


TAMBURRO, John Michael Tamburro - Obituary | Print |

TAMBURRO, John Michael -

Lost a courageous fight with ALS on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

John, beloved husband of Roselyn and loving father of Michael (Pamela) and Nicholas (Annabella).

Cherished grandfather of John-Michael, Andrew, Mia and Madeleine.

Devoted brother to Rocco, Maria, Lisa and Tony.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke's Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill, ON.

The family requests donations be made to ALS, c/o Dr. Lorne Zinman at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Ave., Room UG 26, Toronto, ON.


TIZZARD, Marie Mae (CHAUVIN) Tizzard Obituary | Print |

TIZZARD, Marie Mae (nee CHAUVIN), BA, BSW, MSW -

84 years of age. Formerly of Halton Hills (Acton), Ontario. Passed away peacefully on August 12, 2014 at Leamington, Ontario.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Jack (Maurice) Tizzard (2006) and the daughter of Clifford (1991) and Blanche (1996).

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Frank and Lorraine Chauvin and her sister Pauline Hawkeswood (Ken 2000).

Dearest aunt of Rose, Theresa, Tom, Cathy, Gerry, Roger, Charles, Joseph, Michael, Daniel, Jennifer, Tom and Jacqueline and their families. Special friend of Robin and Paul Elliot, and Norma Johnson and Casey Ellis.

Marie had a wonderful sense of humour and during her career as a social worker, worked tirelessly to protect many children under her care.

The Funeral Mass was held in Windsor on Saturday. Private interment in the family plot at Churchill Cemetery in Halton Hills.

Remembrances to The Acton Foodshare would be appreciated

TOFANO, Agata Tofano - Obituary | Print |

TOFANO, Agata -

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Humber River Regional Hospital.

She is reunited in heaven with Felice and sister Lucia.

She will be sadly missed by her three daughters Silvana (Lou), Clara (Rolf), Rose (Peter) and her grandchildren Philippe, Rebecca, Zachary, Gwendolyn, Rolfi, Melanie, Jenna, Matthew, Mario, Catherine and Stephanie. Dear sister of lole (Mario), Antonietta (Panfillo) and Dominic (Sheila).

Agata will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Guests will be received at DELMORO FUNERAL HOME (61 Beverly Hills Dr., 416-249-4499) on Thursday, August 14th from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, August 15th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 16th at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church (3265 Weston Rd.) at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow.

In memory of Agata, a donation to St. Jude's Parish or to the  Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.



TWORT, Sybil Lily (nee Saunders) Twort - Obituary | Print |

TWORT, Sybil Lily (nee Saunders) -

Passed away peacefully in Scarborough General Hospital on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 after a brief illness at the age of 87.

Devoted and loving mother to David John and wife of the late Montague. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law and dear friend, Stella Ginder and her many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

She will be missed by her niece and nephew, Barbara and Terry Thompsett of England and their families. She will also be missed by her "adopted" son, John Cousins and by her dear friend Ethel Hargraves.

Born on October 11, 1926, in England, she and her husband chose Canada as their home. Sweet, caring and kind, God took home one of his finest angels. Sybil will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.

A celebration of Sybil's life will be held in Toronto on Saturday, August 16th.

If desired, donations can be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300, P.O. Box 2414, Toronto ON.


USNARSKI, Tadeusz Usnarski Obituary | Print |

USNARSKI, Tadeusz -

Usnarski_TadeuszPassed away with his family by his side at his home in Burlington, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the age of 59.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Rodziewicz). Much loved father of Mike Usnarski, and Joanne Usnarska.

Dear brother of Basia Lubacz, Frania Domanska, and Henryka Biernacka, son in law of Leon and Jadwiga Rodziewicz, and God-Son of Janina Czach, all of Poland.

Predeceased by his parents and three brothers. He will be fondly remembered by many nephews, nieces, and cousins, both in Poland and Canada.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 2261 Parkway Drive, Burlington on Saturday, August 16th at 11 a.m. Interment in Oakville.

If desired, as expressions of sympathy donations to McMaster Children’s Hospital would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

VOLGYESI, Magdolna Volgyesi - Obituary | Print |

VOLGYESI, Magdolna -

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at St. Michael's Hospital.

Magdi Volgyesi, beloved wife of the late Leslie Volgyesi.

Loving step-mother and step-mother-in-law of George and Paulette Volgyesi, Marianne Lantos and Julie and Don Cook.

Lovingly remembered by Mark, Sharron, Scott and Megan, Jeff and Lucy, Kathleen, David and Ariella, Daniel, Dana, Jasmin and Yonatan, Tracy and Carl, Erin, Gavin and Ella.

Service in Toronto on Thursday, August 14th.  Shiva at 36 Gatehead Rd.

Memorial donations may be made to Beit Halochem Canada at 905-695-0611, Jewish National Fund at 416-638-7200 or a charity of your choice.


WALLBRIDGE, Joan Wallbridge - Obituary | Print |

WALLBRIDGE, Joan -   "Express Condolences"

May 21, 1936 - August 12, 2014

Passed away on Tuesday, August 12th , 2014, at her residence in Toronto, at the age of 78.

Loving mother of Michael (Karen) Samler and Bernadette (Patrick) Teskey.

Cherished grandmother to Patrick (Jane)Samler , Shawn (Kozue)Samler, Brian Samler, Samantha Teskey , Amanda Teskey and Adrianna Teskey. Dear great–grandmother to Naomi and Blair. She will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews , extended family and friends.

Family and friends may call at GIFFEN-MACK 'SCARBOROUGH' FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E .,West Hill, ON. (1 block west of Kingston Rd.) (416) 281-6800, on Friday August 15, 2014 from 6pm-8pm.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10am at St. Josephs Highland Creek Catholic Church, 200 Morrish Road,West Hill, ON.

Joan will be laid to rest at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery.



WHITNEY, Paul Whitney - Obituary | Print |


Suddenly, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Bowmanville, at age 45. Paul Whitney of Port Perry.

Husband of Paula (nee Fraser). Loving father of Brendan, Jenna Rae and Gregory.

Beloved son of Russell and Aileen Whitney of Whitney, NB. Dear brother of Timothy Whitney of Miramichi, NB. Loved grandson of Stillman Whitney and his wife Christine of Whitney, NB.

Service will be held in Port Perry on Saturday, August 16th.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a CHARITY of your choice.

ANDERSON, Robert K. Anderson - Obituary | Print |

ANDERSON, Robert K. -

August 12, 1924 - August 11, 2014

At Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto our loving father and grandfather Robert Kay Anderson passed away at 3:30 a.m., August 11, 2014.

Raised in the Ottawa Valley, our father Bob joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at 18 and served his country in WWII as a Wireless Air Gunner. He married Rose Elizabeth (Betty) White in Kingston, Ontario in 1947 and they soon started their family life in Toronto.

Bob soon after graduated from Ryerson University and began a career in the business of sound and sound systems. He got his start in movie theatres, both large and small throughout Ontario. Summers were spent at the cottage on Skeleton Lake in Muskoka. Bob was predeceased by wife Rose Elizabeth (Betty) Anderson (2004), son Brian Michael Anderson (2008), daughter Elizabeth Carol (2009) and Katherine Amanda (1976).

He left behind an extensive and loving family in daughter-in-law Debbie, grandchildren Robert and Michael, and great-grandchildren Tayler and Keanu as well as Kadence, grandson Michael Lanzillotta (Kayla) as well as Don, John (Cynthia and sons Charles and Spencer) and Caroline and his granddaughter Jill Razzell, will all sorely miss him. Bob knew that the secret to a long life was to stay active.

From the Provincial PC Party, where he volunteered for years, to the New Toronto Lawn Bowling Club and the Westway Probus Club where he had the great fortune of meeting a great friend in Ann Nelles.

Funeral Service in Toronto on Thursday, August 14th.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would be pleased for any contribution to Veterans Affairs Canada or The Kidney Foundation of Canada.


APPLETON, Janet Mary Louise Appleton - Obituary | Print |

APPLETON, Janet Mary Louise -

After a courageous battle against cancer, Jan sadly passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 57 years of age.

She will be greatly missed by her loving partner Ross MacDonald, her mother and father Muriel and (the late) Robert Appleton, her brother Doug and her brother Greg and his wife Sandi. Jan will also be fondly remembered by nieces Kimberly and Hailey and her nephews Cory, Wade and Lucas.

A celebration of Jan's life and the mourning of her loss is being held by a small gathering of the immediate family.

The condolences that have been received from Jan's extended family and friends have been greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to either Sunnybrook or Toronto East General Hospital, where Jan received both compassion and excellent medical care.

Jan's beautiful smile will be remembered by all.


BALANQUIT, Bernabe Balanquit Obituary | Print |

BALANQUIT, Bernabe -

Balanquit_Bernabe(November 5, 1934 – August 11, 2014) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his 80th year.

Beloved husband of Erlina.

Father of sons Patrick, Michael and Bernabe Jr.

Proud grandfather to Makhayla, Aidan and Dean.

He will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Arrangements out of Oakville. Funeral Mass to take place at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church (2340 Hurontario Street) on Saturday, August 16th at 9:30 am, followed by burial in Oakville.

BROWN, Douglas G. Brown - Obituary | Print |

BROWN, Douglas G. -

Passed suddenly on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Husband of the late Carol Brown (Button). Loving father and best friend of son Craig.

Dear brother to Carolyn Knight.

Will be missed by close friend Betty Grieve, relatives and all who knew him.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial service to be held at a later date.


BROWN, Roberta Brown - Obituary | Print |

BROWN, Roberta -

June 19, 1935 - August 11, 2014

Loving aunt to Shawna. Sister of James.

Predeceased by parents Robert and Lorraine; sisters Valarie and Sharon and brother Robert.

Will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation Saturday, 6-8 p.m. at R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St.,

Service will be held in Toronto on Sunday August 16th.  Interment Monday August 18th.


CALVER, Ivan George Calver - Obituary | Print |

CALVER, Ivan George - (Retired Mail Carrier with Canada Post)

Suddenly at his home on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the age of 64.

Ivan Calver of Coldwater, beloved husband of Lynn Calver. Loving father of Sandy Howika of Keswick and Rob Howika of Pefferlaw.

Loved grandfather of Amber, Kyla, Leela & Logan. Survived by his siblings Marie Hicks (Al), Bob Calver (Diane), Judy Farrell (Al), Cindy Ferguson (Lloyd) and Bill Calver (Matty-Jo).

Ivan will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and by his favourite sister-in-law Gayle Stewart.

Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the Newmarket Veterans Hall, 406 Millard Ave., Newmarket (905) 895-7321 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 to Celebrate Ivan’s Life from 11 AM till 2 PM.

If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Orillia Branch of the S.P.C.A. or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

CAMPBELL, Robert McWhinnie 'Bob' Campbell Obituary | Print |

CAMPBELL, Robert McWhinnie 'Bob' 'Bent' -

Age 77, of Georgetown, formerly of Scarborough, passed away peacefully on Monday August 11, 2014 at home with his wife Doreen (nee McComish) of over 55 years by his side.

Bob, Dad, Papa was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 15, 1937.

Bob is survived by his wife Doreen and his three children Gwen, Bob and Dave and his three adoring grandchildren Colin, Charlene and Natalie Hardcastle.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held in Georgetown on Friday, August 15th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Leukemia Society or Kidney Foundation.

COSTELLO, Timothy Costello - Obituary | Print |

COSTELLO, Timothy -

August 17, 1965 - August 11, 2014

Born in New York City, USA to Irish-Catholic parents Joan Catherine Carter and Edmund Francis Costello.

He was one of 6 brothers. Tim was a kind and gentle soul who was easygoing. His smile lit up a room like the sun. He loved his car, baseball, sports and the beach.

One day Tim met Astrid. Things were good; they fell in love, got married and Tim joined Astrid and Alina in Toronto, Canada. He worked in construction as a carpenter and was respected by his colleagues. His love of food proved he missed his calling - he should have been a chef! He enjoyed many things: family, friendships, the sun, music and watching the Boston Red Sox beat any team! His heart was huge, just like his dreams. The bumpy road has now calmed. He loved us all and we loved him. We will remember him for his humour and the brightness he brought to our lives. We will cherish him. Rest in Peace.

He is sadly missed by his wife Astrid and daughter Alina and brothers Michael Costello - wife Sue and children Katie and Sean; Steven Costello - wife Sharon and children Jessica, Christine, Tom and Joe; Brian Costello - wife Stephney and child Sophie; Kevin Costello - wife Breda and children Liam, Patrick and Colleen; Sean Costello - wife Patty and children Casey, Kristen and Kiera; Aunt Miki and extended family Maria and Bruno Castro and Karen, Myron, Nicholas and Isabelle Rosil.

Funeral Service will be held in Etobicoke on Monday, August 18th.

If desired, remembrances may be made to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at


DAVIDSON, Betty Kathleen Davidson - Obituary | Print |

DAVIDSON, Betty Kathleen -    "Express Condolences"

February 21, 1929 - August 11, 2014

Passed away with her family by her side on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville in her 86th year.

Predeceased by her husband Jack.

Cherished mother and grandmother of 15 good reasons.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at JERRETT FUNERAL HOME, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at



DEELEY, Dudley Deeley - Obituary | Print |

DEELEY, Dudley -

Deeley_DudleyAge 96 years 

Passed away at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Monday August 11th, 2014 

Beloved husband of Minnie Deeley.

Dear father of David (Sandra) and Dennis (Sue Valentine).

Loving Grandfather to Lindsay and Adrienne.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH (11 Temperance Street, Bowmanville) on Saturday August 16th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

There will be an opportunity to visit with the family from 9:30-10:15 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service.

Memorial Donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Clarington through NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division Street Bowmanville.

DORAN, Doris Carolin Doran - Obituary | Print |

DORAN, Doris Carolin -

Doran_DorisAge 94 years

Peacefully passed away, with her family by her side at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg on Monday August 11, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late Sheridan Doran. 

Loving mother of Edith Matchette & her husband Wayne, Sharold Smith and Sherry Austin-Verhage & her husband Richard. 

Doris is predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Doran and son-in-law Anton Tresjbal.  Adoring Nanny of Tim Matchette, Leslie Matchette, Robert Matchette, Sean Smith, Scott Smith, Joshua Austin, Nicole Austin, Ashley Verhage, Elora Verhage, Kate Verhage and André Verhage. 

Cherished great-grandmother of Joshua, Michael, Marshall, Mark, Nathan, Madison, Mandy, Matthew, Meghan, Madison, Chloe, Brianna & Chloe.

Visitation will be held at the NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St. Bowmanville, on Thursday August 14, 2014 from 2 – 3 pm. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 3 pm. 

Interment will be held in Miramichi, New Brunswick. 

Memorial Donations may be made to The Palliative Care Department at Northumberland Hills Hospital, whose care of Doris was exceptional.

EMES, Flora June Emes - Obituary | Print |

EMES, Flora June

Peacefully at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton on August 11, 2014 in her 91st year.

June was born on Thorah Island to parents Silas Arthur and Isabel Kathleen, predeceased by sisters Olive, Betty, Eleanor and brother Arthur.

Much of her life was dedicated to work at the Banting Institute and the University of Toronto as a medical secretary and St. Mary Magdalene Church Toronto, where she was both the church librarian and enthusiastic helper with the Sunday school. 

Service will be held in Beaverton on Tuesday, August 26th.  Interment at the Stone Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

GROVE, Barbara Gordon Grove Obituary | Print |

GROVE, Barbara Gordon -

In her 96th year, passed peacefully on August 11, 2014.

Predeceased by her husband Anthony (Tony).

She will be lovingly missed by her children Michael (Alice) of Seattle, Kelly and Shelagh of Oakville, and numerous loved nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 15th in Oakville.

HERMAN, Brenda L. Herman - Obituary | Print |

HERMAN, Brenda L. -

Peacefully with her husband and children at her side, at Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Brenda Hill, in her 69th year.

Beloved wife of Ron Herman, Burnt River, formerly of Bolton.

Loving mom of Michael Herman and his wife Fleur Pigeon, Angela and her husband Maurice Comeau, Crystal and her husband Marc Bonnici. Loving grandmother of Kayla, Cody, Forrest, Cameron, Jewel, Laurel, Lenah and Kayley. Dear sister of Deanna Campbell, Carol and her late husband Joe Tambasco, Greg Hill and his partner Melda Sugiharto. Will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

A reception will be held in Nobleton United Church on Saturday afternoon, August 16 from one o'clock to four o'clock.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Ross Memorial Hospital, 10 Angeline Street North, Lindsay.


HOGARTH, Murray Edgar Hogarth Obituary | Print |

HOGARTH, Murray Edgar -

Hogarth_Murray(October 3, 1930 - August 11, 2014) - Passed away peacefully, at his cottage surrounded by his family.

Murray Hogarth - family man, entrepreneur, philanthropist and friend was born in Kingston, Ontario and grew up in Napanee. He attended Queen’s University and learned the retail service business from his parents Gertrude Irene Hogarth (nee Hunter) and Edgar Creighton Hogarth, who owned Hogarth’s China and Gift which operated for over 80 years in downtown Napanee. For most of those years the family business was owned by his late brother Donald Hunter Hogarth (Sandra nee Wartman survived) who recently passed away on June 8th.

Murray is survived by his loving wife Diana Ruth Hogarth (nee Watson), his five sons: Gregory (Heather), Geoffrey, Timothy (Constance), Edgar “Chris” (Colleen), Peter (Margaret). He is also survived by his Grand Children: Fraser, Lauren, Taylor, Hunter, Avery, Hannah, James, Kendall, Daniel, Connelly, John, Thomas and Andrew.

While attending Queen’s University, Murray’s first entrepreneurial foray was his launch of the Top Hats Orchestra with his brother Don in Napanee which helped fund his university education. Murray was an excellent trumpet player and always had a great love for music playing his trumpet with other musician friends at many cottage gatherings.

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist par excellence... Murray founded Pioneer Energy (formerly ‘Pioneer Petroleums’) in Hamilton, Ontario in 1956. Today, Pioneer is Canada’s largest private independent retail petroleum marketer with over 400 locations across Ontario and Manitoba under the Pioneer and Esso brands. Pioneer Energy is a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

Murray quite literally ‘Pioneered’ the retail petroleum industry with a list of industry firsts by being at the forefront of many innovations such as; the introduction of automatic pump nozzles in 1964, placing full time attendants at the pump islands thereby eliminating the bell cords, introducing the Pioneer money loyalty program (now Pioneer Bonus Bucks) in the 1960s, developing the first hook-less car wash conveyor, and more. Many innovations continue to this day.

Murray as an entrepreneur has been involved in the startup and as an investor of numerous business ventures covering the range of residential and commercial real estate development, manufacturing and distribution enterprises, plus retail chain operations in fast food (Tim Hortons and Wendy’s), swimming pools (Pioneer Pools), and soft drinks (Pop Shoppes, sold to Cott Beverages). Murray and his family have lived and worked in the Greater Hamilton and Burlington region the majority of their lives.

He was the founding Chairman of the Canadian Federation of Independent Petroleum Marketers, founding director of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (C.A.F.E.), a past director of various corporations including Scott’s Hospitality Inc., Grad and Walker Energy Corp., Atlantis Resources, E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd., and National Paper Goods.

Murray served as Chairman of The Hamilton Community Foundation and was a leading force behind Canada’s national foundation movement as part of the 2000 millennium initiative. He was instrumental in the founding of both the Burlington Community Foundation and Napanee & District Community Foundation. As a past Chairman of Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in Burlington he helped found the Brant Centre nursing home adjacent to the hospital.

Murray strongly believed that success in business and in life was a direct result of the support one received from the communities in which one lived and worked. As such, he felt a strong duty to give back to those communities that had supported him. His family all feel the same sense of duty and are honoured to continue this legacy.

Murray was a generous supporter of several charitable causes and organizations across Ontario and Manitoba, both through individual and corporate donations. Many of these causes were focused on improving the health and welfare for children and their families as well as supporting our Canadian soldiers and their families.

In 2013, Murray and his family celebrated the opening of Ontario’s largest children’s ophthalmology clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital (“Hogarth Family and Pioneer Energy Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic”).

Murray Hogarth has been the recipient of many awards such as:

• Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Award
• Rotary Club of Burlington Annual Service Award
• Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award
• 2008 Inductee Hamilton Gallery of Distinction
• 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year - Burlington, Ontario
• 2013 Philanthropist of the Year in 2013 - Burlington, Ontario

Murray believed in integrity, humility, commitment and family values. He was a great mentor, coach and role model to many. Always incredibly creative and fair in his dealings with others (his word was his bond). He truly enjoyed helping others succeed in life.

The family would like to thank Dr. Adam Grzeslo, Dr. Neil Fleshner and the North Simcoe CCAC for the excellent care he received. Special thanks to Aunt Sandra for the love and support she gave as well. The family would also like to thank all the amazing friends and associates for their well wishes and support. If anyone would like to share a story a picture or an anecdote about Murray please send it to

All are welcome to attend a visitation at Smith's Funeral home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), Burlington (905-632-3333) on Tuesday, August 19th from 3 - 5pm & from 7 - 9pm.

The family wishes to invite family and close personal friends to a private celebration of Murray’s life at Port Nelson United Church, 3132 South Dr. (at Rossmore Blvd.), Burlington, on Wednesday August 20th at 11am. Private cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hamilton Community Foundation (, the Burlington Community Foundation (, the Napanee and District Community Foundation ( or the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (

HOLMES, Marion Holmes - Obituary | Print |

HOLMES, Marion -

Passed away peacefully August 11, 2014 at the age of 91, surrounded by her family and love.

Marion is predeceased by her husband John (Jack) Holmes, sisters Marie Harding and Enid, parents Claud and Alice Field.

Marion is survived by son Claude (Jayme), daughter Jacqueline (George), grandchildren Heather, Kyra, John and Colin.

Special thanks to the loving, supportive staff at Willows Estate Nursing Home in Aurora.

Funeral Service: Sunday, September 7th, 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Aurora, 105 Industrial Parkway North.

 Reception to immediately follow the service.


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