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BLYTH, Gordon John Blyth - Obituary | Print |

BLYTH, Gordon John -

Peacefully at home on October 28, 2014.

Beloved husband of Karen for 30 years.

Loving brother to Moira Dowd (William predeceased), brother-in-law to Stephen Butler (Kathi) and Ann-Marie Gould (Kevin) and son-in-law to Elizabeth Butler (Edward predeceased). Proud uncle to William (Brenda), Brian, Barry (Teena), Andrew (Amy), Laura, Corinne and Patrick (predeceased). Will be missed by great-nephews Brendan, Griffin, Ryan, Brian, Kyle, Liam and great-niece Kyra.

We are forever grateful to Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam and Centenary's Oncology team for their expert skills and tender hearts.

A special thanks to our neighbours for their help during Gord's illness and to Sheila Murphy, Valerie Joseph and Rebecca Razak from Central East CCAC (Homecare).

For those who wish, donations may be directed to the Chemotherapy Clinic at Rouge Valley Health System Centenary Campus.

Funeral Service will be held in Scarborough, on Wednesday, November 5th.


BRADLEY, John Vincent Bradley - Obituary | Print |

BRADLEY, John Vincent -

1914 - 2014

John (Jack) was born on July 4, 1914 and passed away peacefully at his home on October 22, 2014.

Son of the late John Aloysius and Lillian (Lavery).

Jack is predeceased by his sisters Sister Claire Bradley CSJ, Eileen and Sister Helen Bradley CSJ and his brothers Gerald and William (Bill). Survived by his sister Ruth Carolan and nieces and nephews Paul Carolan (Evelyn), Mary Claire White (Paul), David John Carolan, Maureen Harrison (Ian), William Bradley, Kevin, Paul and John Bradley.

Great- nieces and great-nephews are Jeffrey Carolan (Sarah), Stephen Carolan (Hein), Stephanie Shortly (Stuart), Andrea McQueen (David), John and Kevin White and Tyler and Troy Harrison. Great-great-nephews are Russell Carolan and Matthew and Ethan McQueen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1041 Bloor St. W. (east of Dufferin St.), on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Truscott for his excellent care over many years, Iwana and Derek and his caregivers Alice, William, Elizabeth, Alex and Angie.




BRINKMAN, Emma Helmina (Hansen) Brinkman - Obituary | Print |

BRINKMAN, Emma Helmina (Hansen)  "Express Condolences"

Brinkman_Emma(May 12, 1933 - October 28, 2014)

Emma passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at the Southlake Regional Health Centre at the age of 81.

She joins her late husband Vangie Brinkman (1983).

Loving mother of John (Cherie), Brian (Yvonne), Gail Crossley (Bruce) Sharon Andrus (Bill), Larry, Carol Blanchard (Kenny) and "one of the girls" Kim McGee.

Forever she will be remembered as their special Nana by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild. She will be thought of fondly by her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and many friends.

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



CORMIER-GROSSO, Réjeanne (Labine) (D’Aoust) Cormier Grosso Obituary | Print |

CORMIER-GROSSO, Réjeanne (nee Labine) (formerly D’Aoust) –

Passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the age of 81.

Réjeanne Cormier-Grosso, beloved wife of the late Jean-Guy D’Aoust (1973), late André Cormier (1990) and late John Grosso (2009).

Dear mother of Lyse Kittson-Crawford (late Barry), Denyse Carbone (Santo), Roxanne D’Aoust-Rossini (Roberto), Monique D’Aoust St. Jean (Greg Davies) and step-mother to Mary Ann Matthews (late Daniel), Cathy Rinaldo (Vincent) and John Grosso (Mary).

Cherished grandmother of Andy, Leigh, Renée, Lauren (Chris), Joel, Nicolas, Johncarlo, Dominic, Sophie, Andréanne, Pascale, Amélie, David, Julie, Joseph and Megan. Réjeanne is survived by her sister Lucille Obonsawin, brother Maurice Labine, as well as sister-in-law Geraldine Labine.

Predeceased by her parents Oscar and Rosa, and siblings Rolande Corbeil, Rita Labine, Jacqueline Doiron, and Romain Labine.

She will be sadly missed by her extended family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Brant St. (at Blairholm), Burlington on Monday, November 3rd at 11 am. Cremation has taken place.

If desired, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

CROUGH, Ralph Gerrard Crough Obituary | Print |

CROUGH, Ralph Gerrard -

Crough_Ralph(Retired General Motors Canada Employee)

Suddenly, following a brief illness at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in his 62nd year.

Beloved husband of Diane Crough (nee Abraham) for 42 years. Loving father of Mark (Melanie) and Angela; Rob predeceased (Tracey). Dear grandfather of Brenna and Nicholas; Brady, Riley predeceased, Lexie, Myah, Ryan and Sawyer; and Bailey.

Dear brother of Mary (Rick) Vandenberg; Philip and Jim Crough both pre-deceased. Dear brother-in-law of Linda (David) Freer, Susan (Stephen) Delong, Jim (Kim) Abraham, and Steven (Kim) Abraham.

Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Greatly missed by Miss Molly (canine).

Son of the late Vincent Crough and Mary Crough (nee Muspratt). Son-in-law of the late Lloyd Ernest Abraham and Edna Mary Abraham (nee Brunker).

Private arrangements out of Peterborough.

In lieu of flowers donations to Renascent Foundation, Toronto would be appreciated by the family.

EDEN, Veronica Eden - Obituary | Print |

EDEN, Veronica -

Quietly at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Veronica (nee Barry) Eden dear wife of the late James Eden, in her 76th year.

Loving mother of Angela (Tim) Thompson, Ann Marie Eden (Gary Tisseman).

Predeceased by son David (Joanne) Eden. Proud grandmother of Suzanne (James) Franklin and their children Kara, Ariel and Reid, Tim Thompson, Katherine Thompson and her son Gavin, Jim Thompson and his son Cole, Peter Thompson, Janine (Rodney) Delaney and their children Aurora, Riley and Scarlett, Mike Eden, Michelle (Mitchell) Duval and their daughter Ava.

Funeral service will be held in London on Friday October 31st. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated.


ELLERY, Carol Ann Ellery Obituary | Print |

ELLERY, Carol-Ann -

Formerly of Penetanguishene, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Georgetown.

Survived by her son Shawn (Janice), grandchildren Jennifer, Sarah, Hayley and Sheri, and her great-grandchildren Melissa and Liam.

Carol will be sadly missed by Rik and Phyllis, Chris and Allan and many friends to whom she was a second mother. Carol will also be sadly missed by her dear friend Marie Morrison and her friends at Armstrong Terrace.

Memorial service will be held in Georgetown on Monday, November 3rd. Cremation has taken place.

In memory contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

GENTILE, Vincent Gentile - Obituary | Print |

GENTILE, Vincent -

August 20, 1939 - October 28, 2014

In loving memory of Vincent Gentile, who passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014 with his family by his side.

He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 52 years Cora Gentile (nee Scopa). Loving father of Gary (Shelley), Vivian and Louisa (Paul) Morassutti. Nonno to Julia, Victoria, John, Alyssa and Daliana. Greatly missed by his brothers, sisters- in-law, brothers-in-law as well as his nieces, nephews and many friends.

Vince dedicated his life to the UFCW as well as many organizations, causes and committees with the purpose of helping anyone who needed a voice.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Nobleton (Hwy. 27 and MacTaggart Dr.) November 1, 2014. Time TBD.

Thank you to all the staff at Mackenzie Health for all your extraordinary care.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the  Cancer Society, Mackenzie Health or the Diabetes Association.


GUCCIARDI, Frank Gucciardi - Obituary | Print |


In his 86th year on October 28, 2014.

Father of Frank, Rosemary and Linda Hart. Dear friend of Anne Pacione.

He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren and great- granddaughter.

Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere).


KERNACHAN, Christine (Caie) Kernachan - Obituary | Print |

KERNACHAN, Christine (Caie) -

Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the age of 67.

Survived by her loving husband Johnston (Jack) and their children Jacqueline, Alan and Laura, Alexander and Amanda and grandchildren, Emma, Ian, Daniel and Wyatt.

Missed and remembered by all of her family in Canada and Scotland.

Service will be held in Scarborough, on Sunday, November 2nd.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Thank you for all of the loving care that was received from everyone that was involved.


KERNOHAN, Kathleen Kernohan - Obituary | Print |

KERNOHAN, Kathleen -

Passed away peacefully October 28, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late Tom, mother of Daniel, Janice McCabe and Derek.

Grandmother of Blake, Amber, Deaglan, Garrett and Melanie.

Great-grandmother to Isla, Gwyneth and Liam.

Survived by sister Joan Clarke.


KRYZANOWSKI, Joseph Edward Kryzanowski - Obituary | Print |

KRYZANOWSKI, Joseph Edward, BASc, P.Eng. -

1933 - 2014

Passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 surrounded by his family, at the Rouge Valley Hospital - Centenary Site in Scarborough.

Lovingly remembered by his wife Stella, daughter Janet and her husband Ralph Wenckstern, son Jeff and his wife Yvonne and grandchildren Caitlin Tavares (Walter), Erin Wenckstern (Steven) and Nicholas Kryzanowski. Proud great-grandfather of William Tavares. 

The service will be held in Scarborough, on Monday, November 3rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy or to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.


LUCAS, Kenneth Robert Lucas - Obituary | Print |

LUCAS, Kenneth Robert -

After a short battle with lung cancer at the age of 82, passed away on October 28, 2014 in Orange County, California.

He leaves behind his wife Shirley of 57 years, his sons Paul and Mark and his daughter Jennifer. Son-in-law Dino Cancellieri of San Juan Capistrano, CA.

He also leaves behind his grandchildren Braydon, Olivia, Moriah and baby Kenneth.

He is predeceased by his brothers Ronnie and Bev and survived by his sister Lynne and nephew Steve. Dad, we will miss you so very much.

What a gift you've been to all of us, but more than anything the lasting love you gave to your grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held November 8, 2014, 3 p.m. at Pacific View Mortuary, 3500 Pacific View Dr., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625.


LUI, Lee Lui - Obituary | Print |

LUI, Lee -   "Express Condolences"

Lui_LeeOctober 9, 1937 - October 27, 2014

Passed away peacefully on October 27, 2014 at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.

Loving mother of Catherine (Joe).

Caring grandmother of Alfred.

Lui will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all her family and friends.

Friends may visit the JERRETT FUNERAL HOME, 6191 Yonge Street (2 traffic lights south of Steeles, on the east side) on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 am to 11 am.

Funeral service will commence at 11 am in the funeral home chapel to be followed by burial at York Cemetery.



McCORMACK, Lincoln Weir McCormack - Obituary | Print |

McCORMACK, Lincoln Weir -

Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle on October 28, 2014 at Lakeridge Health - Bowmanville.

Loving husband of Joan for 38 years. Devoted father of Tasia, Tony (Sandra), Kathy, Nancy (Ali), Vanness, Garth, Gary and Denise. Cherished grandpa of Mark, Taylor, Domenic, Angelina, Carter and Isabella.

Lincoln was the a dear brother to Fitz Albert (Violet), Andrea(aka Dottie), Hibbert(Laura), Wilson(deceased), Walter (Peggy), William, Alice, Warren(deceased), Wilhel (deceased), Mable, Enid and Lou(deceased).

Lincoln will be fondly remembered by Carmen, Angela, his nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Lincoln had a passion for automotive and was creative and innovative and found a way to build and fix everything. He loved music and was always singing and playing the guitar and piano. Family and friends meant the world to him and he found happiness in helping others. He loved his trips and time spent in Newfoundland, and cherished the moments spent with Joan.

Visitation will be held at the DESTEFANO FUNERAL HOME, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road) 905-440-3595 on Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

A Service to Celebrate Lincoln’s life will be held in the DeStefano Chapel at 4:00 p.m.

Memories may be shared at


MORRIS, Sydney Simone Morris - Obituary | Print |

MORRIS, Sydney Simone -

Morris_SydneyDecember 30, 1997 - October 25, 2014

Peacefully, at the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the age of 16.

Cherished daughter of Stephanie Venditti.

Loving sister of Sophia and Mark.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.

A Celebration of Sydney's life will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. at Boaden's Banquet Centre, 505 Queensway Ave. E., on the North West side.

For those who wish, donations may be made to Sydney Morris Memorial Fund (please send inquires to or SickKids Hospital.

Online condolences may be made through


MULLIGAN, Margaret Mulligan - Obituary | Print |

MULLIGAN, Margaret -

(September 21, 1935 - October 28, 2014)

Peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife of Bill for 57 years. Loving Mum to Gerry (Debbie), Stephen (Josie) and Ian (Monica). Proud Nana of Lauren and Danielle.

Sadly missed by Ryan, Ory, her brother Robert (June) and her sister Anne (Norrie).

Visitation will be held at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax (905-428-8488) on Monday, November 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, November 4th at 1:30 pm.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Lupus Ontario and would be appreciated by the family.

"Until we meet again"


PEGOLO, Battista Pegolo - Obituary | Print |

PEGOLO, Battista -    "Express Condolences"

February 17, 1924 - October 27, 2014

God called Battista peacefully on October 27, 2014 at the age of 90.

May he be reunited in Heaven with his loving wife Romana (predeceased 1991). Beloved father of Frank and his wife Giuli. Proud grandfather to Eric. He will be held dear in the hearts of his brothers, sisters, relatives and many friends. In addition to his expertise as a mason, Battista was well known for his "golden hands".

He was able to make or fix anything and his skills were often called upon by others.

May he rest in peace.

Friends and relatives will be received at DELMORO FUNERAL HOME (61 Beverly Hills Dr., 1 light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane St., 416-249-4499) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at ST. NORBERT ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (100 Regent Rd., north of Wilson Ave., west of Dufferin St.).

Interment to follow at Sanctuary Park Cemetery (1570 Royal York Rd., north of Lawrence Ave.).

Donations in memory of Battista may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.



POULTON, Edward Charles 'Eddie' Poulton Obituary | Print |

POULTON, Edward Charles 'Eddie' -

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the age of 79 after a short battle with cancer.

Survived by Irene, his devoted wife of 56 years, his daughters Nancy (Paul) and Lisa, and his sisters Joan, Marilyn (Rod) and Beryl (Ed). Beloved Grampy to Alex, Lindsay and Matthew.

He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews in Canada, the U.S. and across the pond: Andrew, Debbie (David), Matthew, Philip, Adrienne, Johanna, Katy, Karen and Paul, as well as his extended family.

He was a very giving and loving man. The ultimate Manchester United fan, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He will be greatly missed by all.

Thanks to the wonderful staff on D5 and in the Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Sunnybrook Foundation (Neurology) or Norval United Church.

Memorial service to be held on Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 p.m., Norval United Church, 486 Guelph Street, Norval, Halton Hills.

ROTI, Mariangela Roti - Obituary | Print |

ROTI, Mariangela -

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the age of 93.

Beloved wife of the late Giuseppe.

Dear mother of the late Francesco and the late Maria Inglese.

Cherished Nonna of six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mariangela will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all of her family and friends. May she now rest in peace in Paradise.

Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Church, 1675 Finch Avenue West (west of Keele Street), at 9:30 a.m. Entombment to follow.

Our singing loved one will always be missed.


SAUVE, Susan Sauve - Obituary | Print |

SAUVE, Susan -

Sauve_Susan(October 19, 1926 - October 28, 2014)

With love in her heart, Mom found everlasting peace at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late Henry.

Best and dearest mom to Sandi (Danny), Sue (David) and Lisa (Keith). Cherished Nana to Karen, Deena, Linden, Matthew, Jared, Austin and Marc. Sweet and loving Nana to her great-grandchildren Ayden and Sloane. Survived by her siblings Vicky, Doug (Carol), Ingy (Al) and Sandy.

Predeceased by her parents Nana & Grandpa Plitz, and by her siblings Rita, Gus, Ernie, Ed, Mary and Bea.

Visitation will be held at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax (905-428-8488) on Thursday, October 30th from 11:00 am - 1 pm, with a Funeral Service to follow in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 pm.

Susan will be laid to rest with her husband Henry in Erskine Cemetery, Pickering following the service.

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

We'll love you forever, we'll cherish you for always ... our love will always find you.


SENIW, Josephine Seniw - Obituary | Print |

SENIW, Josephine -

On October 28, 2014 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved wife of the late Antoni.

Loving mother of Mary and husband John Kurash and Anne and husband Calisto Martelli.

Dear Baba of Natalie and husband Scott Maclennan, Steven Kurash and his wife Sarah, Paulo and his wife Larissa, Andre and his wife Graziela.

Great-Baba to Justin, Spencer, Rachel, Reid, Alice, Adrianna, Gigi and Liam. 

Funeral Mass on Friday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church (Bellwoods and Queen) at 11 a.m.


STOCKS, Gilbert Stocks - Obituary | Print |

STOCKS, Gilbert -    "Express Condolences"

April 24, 1917 - October 25, 2014

Passed away peacefully on October 25, 2014 in his 98th year.

Father of Patricia Nicholas, Hilary Teal and Melanie Russell.

Grandfather of Sarah Hall and Laura Lemkhul.

Funeral Service to be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 530 Industrial Parkway South (at Yonge Street), Aurora, ON, L4G 6W8.

In memory of Gilbert, donations to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Aurora Resthaven, 32 Mill Street, Aurora, ON, L4G 2R9.



SWAN, Cynthia Annie Swan - Obituary | Print |

SWAN, Cynthia Annie -   "View Family Photos & Express Condolences"

January 14, 1936 - October 27, 2014

Cynthia Annie Swan passed away peacefully on Monday October 27, 2014 at the age of 78.

She is remembered by her sisters Violet Caisey, Sylvia Gairey, and Linda Wheaton (deceased Gloria Christopher).

Cynthia will also be dearly missed by all of her nieces and nephews, as well as her many faithful friends.

Close family and friends will be received at the JERRETT FUNERAL HOME, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough for a memorial service on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Visitation will take place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior to the service.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Craiglee Nursing Home and the nurses and doctors at Scarborough General Hospital for their kindness and compassion towards Cynthia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scarborough General Hospital in her name.

Online condolences may be made at



WANNELL, Frona (Fogal) Wannell - Obituary | Print |

WANNELL, Frona (nee Fogal) -

Wannell_FronaJuly 6, 1930 - October 28, 2014

Peacefully with her husband by her side at Case Manor, Bobcaygeon on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at age 84.

Frona, beloved wife of Robert Wannell. Loving mother of Daryl, Lori (Bob Gardner), Scott and Leanne (Art MacIntyre). Proud grandma of Landon, Bobby, Melissa and Rachel.

Dear sister of Kathy, Ron, Bob, Barry and their families. Predeceased by her siblings Frances and Larry.

Frona will be lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A special thanks to the staff at Case Manor, Bobcaygeon for their wonderful care.

Family and friends will be received at MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY, 21 Garrard Road, Whitby (North of Hwy 2) 905-443-3376 on Monday, November 3rd from 10 am until the time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 11 am.

Interment Mount Lawn Cemetery.

Memories may be shared at


ABMA, Jelle Abma - Obituary | Print |

ABMA, Jelle -

Abma_JelleWent home to be with his Lord and Saviour on October 27, 2014 at the age of 86. 

Born in Koudem, The Netherlands Jelle immigrated to Canada in 1990 to marry Corry and has been a loving husband, companion and friend to her for 24 years. 

He is survived by two brothers, Durk and Ruurd, and is predeceased  by a brother (Anne) and two sisters (Hinke and Rinkje); all from the Netherlands.

Jelle was a proud and loving  step father to Wendy (Hank), Grace (Reg), Gelf (Hilda), John (Rita), Nancy (Bob), and Corrinne (Don).

He will be missed and always remembered by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St. Bowmanville, on Thursday October 30, 2014 from 6 – 9  pm. 

A Celebration of Jelle’s life will be held at Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church, 130 Scugog St., Bowmanville on Friday October 31, 2014 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Knox Christian School.

BALANT, Joseph Fred Balant - Obituary | Print |

BALANT, Joseph Fred -   "Express Condolences"

May 2, 1938 - October 27, 2014

Family and friends may gather at GIFFEN-MACK 'SCARBOROUGH' FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE 4115 Lawrence Ave. E., West Hill, ON.(one block west of Kingston Rd.) from 4 to 8pm on Wednesday October 29, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Highland Creek Roman Catholic Church, 200 Morrish Rd. West Hill, ON Thursday October 30, 2014 at 10am.


As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Daily Food.



BATES, Rev. Alphonse Joseph Bates Obituary | Print |

BATES, Rev. Alphonse Joseph, C.S.C.-

Bates_AlphonseOf The Congregation of Holy Cross Region of English Canada, died on October 27, 2014 at the age of 87 at Hospice Niagara in St. Catharines.  He accepted the long, debilitating and progressive advance of cancer with patient endurance without complaining or carping about his fate.

He was predeceased by his father James Bates and his mother Helena Burke; his brother Bro. James Bates, FSC; his brother Fr. Gerard Bates; his sister Romaine Bates a sister of the Halifax Charities and his sister Helen Rainey.

He is survived by his sister Lillian Rainey and brother in law Larry Rainey and their families. His Holy Cross Community, former students, parishioners, members of AA and the Presbyterate of the Niagara Peninsula also mourn his loss.

Born in St. John’s, NL, he grew up in Halifax and graduated from Saint Mary’s University. He was influenced by the mission preaching in his home parish given by Fr. Arnold Toner, CSC, and Fr. Bill McGinnis, CSC. He joined the Congregation of Holy Cross, made his novitiate in North Dartmouth, Mass. and studied theology at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C.

He began his ministry at Notre Dame College School in Welland, Ontario, where he remained for 23 years as teacher, chaplain, coach, principal and guidance counsellor. As an intelligent, dedicated and caring servant of Catholic education, over many years, he molded and influenced any number of students and teachers with his kindness, encouragement and positive demeanor. For Fr. Bates the glass was always half full never half empty.

His interest in the faith lives, activities, sports and studies of the students was immeasurable. In return he was much beloved by the students, teachers, staff and parents. He was ever sharp and quick witted. He treated everyone equally. He touched many lives with his accepting heart and listening ear. He was a walking gospel for many.

What made him so special in the school environment, he also took with him after leaving Notre Dame and taking up parish ministry. He was pastor and ministered to all ages and in all of life’s varied circumstances. He served at Immaculate Conception in Port Robinson, ON, St. Michael’s in Waterloo, ON and St. Joseph in Snyder, ON. Central to his ministry and to his spirituality over the past 34 years was his presence with members of Alcoholics Anonymous. His guidance and wide-reaching support was critical for many. His unconditional love, humour and humility won the love and respect of the members.

He served as chaplain at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and Hotel Dieu Hospital in St. Catharines. He was an avid sports fan and almost fanatical about the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He enjoyed horse racing and the camaraderie of poker games with the local clergy. His vacation trips with his good friend, Fr. Ken Burns, CSC were memorable.

He retired in 2001 and moved to the Holy Cross retirement home in Welland. He moved to Hospice Niagara in St. Catharines on September 3, 2014 where he died shortly after midnight on October 27. Special appreciation, praise and gratitude are extended to the nurses and care givers who were so solicitous for the comfort, welfare and needs of Father Bates in Welland and St. Catharines.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 31st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Parish Community of St. Kevin, 303 Niagara Street, Welland where a Vigil Celebration will take place at 3:00 p.m. with Fr. Don Layden, CSC, Superior of the Holy Cross retirement home presiding.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Parish Community of St. Kevin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 1st with Fr. Wilfrid Murchland, CSC, presiding.  Rite of Committal with final commendation will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery with Fr. Vjay Amirtharaj, CSC, presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Missions or The Hope Centre, Welland.

CIRILLO, Corporal Nathan Cirillo - Guest Book | Print |


 In the wake of the tragic death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa, Ontario
on Wednesday, October 22, 2014,

we invite you to sign a Guest Book of Condolence at

McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME (28 Old Kingston Rd., at the N.W. corner of Church St. and Highway 2)
AJAX, Ontario


the Pickering Legion Branch 606, (1555 Bayly St., Pickering, Ontario)


the Claremont Legion Branch 483, (4937 Old Brock Rd., Claremont, Ontario)

 “The Soldier is the Army. No Army is better than its Soldiers.

The Soldier is also a citizen.

In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship 
is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”



CIRILLO, Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo - Obituary | Print |

CIRILLO, Corporal Nathan Frank -   "View Photos & Express Condolences"

Cirillo_CorporalNathan(December 23, 1989 - October 22, 2014)

Tragically taken in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, in his 25th year.

Loving father of Marcus Daniel Cirillo.

Beloved son of Katherine Cirillo and Victor Briffa.

Dear brother of Nicole Cirillo (Richard Schmith) and Natasha Cirillo (Jonathon Tuckman). Uncle to Cameron.

Remembered by his favourite Aunt Teresa, and his aunts, uncles, cousins and their families.

Public visitation will be held at the MARKEY-DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth), Hamilton on Monday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at Christ's Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North, Hamilton on Tuesday, October 28th at 12 noon.

Private family and Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Regimental burial to follow in the Field of Honour at Woodland Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, donations to a trust fund for "Marcus Cirillo Trust" would be appreciated.


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