Keith Weir, 83
Edwardsburgh Township native W. Keith Weir died at Brockville General Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999. He was 83.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Gilroy) Weir, whom he married at South Mountain, Ont. on June 2, 1951. The couple lived on Centre Street in Spencerville at the time of his death.
Also surviving is son David (Bea) of Fort Saskatchewan and daughter Norma (Larry) of Toronto, as well as grandchildren Kevin, Jeffrey and Valerie (Mo), great-grandchildren William and Noah, and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by sisters Beryl Glenn, Glenna Payne and Ruth (Jack) Rose.
Mr. Weir was born on June 12, 1916 in Edwardsburgh Township to the late Thomas Weir and the late Annie Whitley.
He went on to work as a farmer then as a die finisher at Webster Horsfield for 17 years.
Mr. Weir had been retired for the past 16 years. He enjoyed woodworking and using his computer, and he was an avid reader, reading anything except fiction.
He was an honourary director with the Spencerville Agricultural Society, a ham radio operator (VE3 KJA) and a member of the Spencerville United Church.
Visitation was at the Grant Brown Funeral HomePurcell Chapel, Spencerville on Sept. 30.
The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. Rev. Pat Swann officiated, assisted by Doug Warren.
Interment was in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Spencerville.
Pallbearers were Elgin Cleary, Graham Glenn, Bill Sloan, Ronald Glenn, Jim Bennett and Clarence Blanchard.
Donald Lloyd Robinson, 69
Prescott area resident Donald Lloyd Robinson died at Brockville General Hospital on Sept. 24, 1999. He was 69.
He is survived by his wife Dureen Throop, of RR 2 Prescott, whom he married on May 26, 1951.
Also surviving are sons Glenn and his wife Mary Jane of Prescott, Rae and his wife Debra of Manotick and Stephen (Don) and his wife Shawleen of Ottawa, and daughters Donna Plume of Prescott and Patti Boswall and her husband Dale of Prescott.
Mr. Robinson is also survived by grandchildren Graham and Jessica Robinson, Kevin and Philip Plume and Alex and Marissa Boswell as well as brother Clair of Osgoode and sisters Doris Seabrook of North Gower and Vivian Gagne of Oshawa.
He was predeceased by his parents Wilfred Robinson and Gertrude Render to whom he was born at South Mountain on May 9, 1930.
He was raised and educated in South Mountain then moved to Prescott where he worked as a painter for years. He was employed in the maintenance department of the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital for 15 years, until his retirement in 1995.
His hobbies included playing cards, travelling and spending time with his family.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home-MacDonald Chapel, Dibble Street, Prescott on Monday, Sept. 27.
The funeral was held in the chapel of the funeral home following visitation. Pastor Randy Hopkins of the Standard Church in Brockville officiated.
Interment was at Maynard Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Burt O'Dell, Fred Hoogwerf, Douglas Seabrook, Claude Milbourne, Carl Throop and Wayne Reid.
Memorial donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre or Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care are appreciated.
Ruth (Adams) Showell, 89
Johnstown native Ruth (Adams) Showell died at the St. Lawrence Lodge in Brockville on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999. She was in her 90th year.
She was predeceased by her husband Alexander Showell of St. Catharines, by her son Neil Showell and by sisters Mary Boutilier and Eileen Adams and brothers Cecil, Roy, George, Ralph and Morrow Adams.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law and best friend Lela Showell of Nepean, and by her grandchildren Mark and his wife Joy of Halifax, Robin of Nepean and David and his wife Catherine of Gloucester. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Matthew, Sarah, Thomas, Alexander, Rosemary and Monica, sisters Florence (Mrs. Gordon Pulfer) of Iroquois, Sybil (Mrs. Murray Leedham) of Carrying Place and Joan (Mrs. Ross Cummings) of Johnstown, sister-in-law Maude Younge of Cornwall and many nieces and nephews.
Ruth grew up at Johnstown, the eldest daughter of James and Clara Adams. She went to public school in Wexford then attended Prescott High School and Brockville Business College. After graduation, Ruth worked for General Motors in Oshawa.
She married Alec Showell in Cornwall and during the Second World War, when Alec served overseas, she worked for the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.
They moved from Cornwall to Iroquois, where Alec worked for the St. Lawrence Seaway and Ruth worked for the Bank of Montreal.
Later Alec was transferred to St. Catharines.
After his death, Ruth returned to Prescott where she had many relatives and friends. She was a long-time member of St. Paul's United Church in Prescott.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. D.J. Carnegie. Interment took place at Iroquois Point Cemetery.
The pallbearers were her three grandsons and her nephews Wayne Pulfer, Lee Adams and Bruce Leedham.
Arnold Keith (Arnie) Hitsman
Arnold Keith (Arnie) Hitsman died Tuesday, Sept, 14, 1999, suddenly at his home on Edward Street in Prescott.
He was born Jan. 16, 1949 in Winchester, the 14th child of (Jay) John Hitsman and the former Bessie Budner.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy (nee Miller) of Prescott whom he married July 12, 1969 at St. Paul's United Church.
Also surviving is his mother Bessie Hitsman, who lives at Bayfield Manor in Kemptville, his sons Arnold Jr. (Gomer) and his friend April of Hallville, Arthur (Artie) and his wife Stacy of Prescott, daughter Crystal and her husband Christopher Phillips of Prescott, and granddaughters Heather and Sierra Hitsman.
Mr. Hitsman is also survived by brothers Ken and his friend Winnie, George and his friend Eugenie of Iroquois, Harold and his wife Marilyn, and Doug and his wife Sandy of Prescott, and by sisters Cynthia Hadlock of Hammond, New York, Rose (Jim) Colligan, Jean (Alex) Beatson of Cardinal, Margaret Hanes, Shirley (Clarence) Daub and Linda (Larry) Warren of Prescott, as well as by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Mr. Hitsman was predeceased by his father Jay (John) Hitsman, brother Gerald and sisters Mildred Lavallie, Blanche Lewis and Muriel Keeler.
After their marriage, the Hitsmans lived in Prescott, Spencerville, South Mountain and Cardinal before building a home in Brouseville in 1973. They lived there until 1986, when they returned to Prescott.
Mr. Hitsman worked at numerous jobs until 1973, when he was employed by Masterfeeds in Johnstown as a receiver, grinder. He stayed there until he was injured on the job in 1989.
His hobbies were doing body work on and painting cars, something he was unable to do in the past few years as his injuries worsened.
He loved people and talking on the telephone, and his house was always open to everyone. The coffee pot or the tea kettle was always on.
Mr. Hitsman's greatest joys in life were his children and granddaughters. He was proud of each and every one of them. His family meant a lot to him, as did his many friends.
Friends called at the Chris Slater Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 17.
The funeral service was held at St. John's Anglican Church on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.
Rev. Gerry Ring officiated and Mr. Hitsman's two sons gave the eulogy.
The committal service followed, with burial at Maynard Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Terry Foster , Bruno Roduner, Randy Miller, Larry Hitsman, Keith Hitsman and Alec Hitsman.
Gerald Arthur Millar, 74
Gerald Arthur Millar, a business man in the Johnstown area for all his life, passed away Sept. 1, 1999 after a short stay at the Brockville General Hospital at the age of 74.
He was born August 26, 1925 in Edwardsburgh Township, the third son of Albert Millar and the former Amy Scott.
Mr. Millar, known as Gerry, started his business career as a young boy selling Christmas trees. From there he moved on to T.V. aerials to appliances to cars. Gerry constructed the Johnstown Service Centre and General Store, which he ran for many years. For the past 19 years, he was involved with Standardbred Racing, owning and training many good horses. Some of the most notable were CL's Silva, three-year-old trotter of the year in 1989; Catch the Drift, who was awarded all around horse of the year in 1992; and Brets Prakas, who was nominated trotter of the year as well at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In the '80s, he owned a great horse by the name of Bam that raced at Blue Bonnets in Montreal, and Naughty Bret, who raced at Yonkers in New York.
Gerry also enjoyed curling and was a member of the Prescott Curling Club. He enjoyed getting together with the members of Ellen's family for any occasion, from Christmas to weddings to the annual fish fry.
Mr. Millar is survived by two brothers, Howard and his wife Dorothy of Prescott and Stuart and his wife Muriel of Hamilton. He is also survived by his best friend Ellen Purvis and her husband Neil, their daughters Jennifer and Sheri, friend Patti Looney and her family of Orillia, and by his many friends in the Prescott area.
He was predeceased by his parents and by his companion for many years, Rose Marie Caldwell, and her son Michael.
Friends called at the Chris Slater Funeral Home Prescott, where on Sept. 4 a service was held in the chapel, with committal service following at Sandy Hill Cemetery. Rev. Ian MacLean and Rev. David Joans officiated. The pallbearers were Neil Purvis, Tom McAuley, Richard Edwards, Cliff Barton, George Drummond, and Gerry Tallman.
The honourary pallbearers were Howard and Stuart Millar, George Smith and Joe Fahrngruber.
Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.
Clifford Paul Gilmer, 62
Long-time Prescott resident Clifford Paul Gilmer died at Ottawa General Hospital on Sept. 15, 1999 after a nine-month long battle with cancer. He was 62.
He is survived by his wife Ruth (nee Furlong), of Prescott whom he married Oct. 8, 1965 at St. Paul's United Church.
Also surviving is his mother Lulu Anne Gilmer who lives at Bayfield Manor in Kemptville, son Randall Paul Gilmer of Kemptville, and stepsons W. Paul Valcour of Nepean, and Mark S. Valcour of Cantley, Quebec, as well as daughter Heather Lynne McDougall of Manotick and brother Donald Glenn Gilmer and his wife Moira of Brockville.
Mr. Gilmer is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan McDougall, Maggie McDougall and Nicole Gilmer.
He was predeceased by his stepdaughter Heather Ann Valcour and by his father Clifford Mansell Gilmer.
Mr. Gilmer was born in Matilda Township on Dec. 15, 1936.
He worked at Hyndman Cheese Factory and Kemptville Creamery before going to work at Hathaway Canada Ltd. where he was employed as plant manager at the time of his retirement.
Mr. Gilmer was living in Nepean at the time of his death but had previously lived in Kemptville then Prescott where he resided for 40 years. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church.
Mr. Gilmer was an avid curler and had served as president of the Prescott Curling Club.
The Funeral Service was held at Grant Brown Funeral Home Rolston Chapel, in Kemptville. Rev. Gary W. Stokes officiated and Shirley Stokes was the organist.
Interment was at South Gower Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Douglas Gilmer, Dalton Gilmer, John McDougall, Ryan McDougall, Ian Gilmer and David Duncan.
Memorial donations to the charity of your choice are appreciated.
Elizabeth Jane Todd, 69
Elizabeth Jane (Betty) Todd died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999 at Kingston General Hospital following a lengthy struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 69.
Mrs. Todd was born on Aug. 12, 1930 to the late Edward and Marjorie Seguin of Ogdensburg, N.Y. She was married to William (Bill) Todd at the United Church in Prescott on April 21, 1951.
After moving to Prescott, Mrs. Todd worked at Domtar and Cleveland Container for 18 years. This was followed by a short stint at RCA. For the past 29 years, she has been a homemaker.
Reading, bingo and family life were among her favourite pastimes.
Mrs. Todd is survived by her husband Bill, and son Brett and loving partner Leslie Quinton. Also surviving are her mother-in-law Marian Redmond and her husband Mint of Prescott, two sisters, Theresa Martin (husband Robert) of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and June Johnston (husband Al) of Peterborough, Ont., and three brothers, Bobby, Gary and Allen, all of Ogdensburg. She is fondly remembered by her niece Judy Roberts, husband Charles and son Cole of Prescott, sister-in-law Beryl Clarke and her husband Bill of Prescott, brother-in-law Leonard Todd of Prescott, niece Eileen Lucknow and her husband Joe of Peterborough, nephew Andrew Johnston and his wife Marianne of Peterborough, nephew Bryan Martin and his wife Peggy of Ogdensburg, nephew Dale Martin of Ogdensburg, and nephews Dave and Terry of Decatur, Illinois. She was predeceased by a sister Rita.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Grant Brown Funeral Home. Services are today at Grant Brown Funeral Home at 2 p.m., with interment at Sandy Hill Cemetery to follow. Pallbearers will be Bill Clarke, Michael Doris, Bob Martin, Charles Roberts, Bobby Seguin and Leonard Todd. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
George Robert Armstrong, 85
Well known Prescott resident George Robert Armstrong died at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, in Brockville on Sept. 7, 1999. He was 85.
Mr. Armstrong was predeceased by his wife Helen Armstrong and by his daughter Bonnie Sayeau.
He is survived by sons Gary Swan (Judy), Tom Armstrong (Danielle) and Paul Armstrong (friend Cheryl) as well as by grandchildren Blake, Dale, Brad, Jacqueline, Natalie, Nathan and Shannon.
Also surviving are great-grandchildren Chelsey and Colton and son-in-law Harry Sayeau.
Mr. Armstrong owned and operated a taxi service in Prescott. His special interest outside his family was horses.
The funeral service was held in the chapel of the Chris Slater Funeral Home on Sept. 10. Rev. Blair Paterson officiated.
Cremation took place at Cataraqui Cemetery.
The committal service was held at Sandy Hill Cemetery in Prescott, where interment also took place.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Vincent Palliative Care are appreciated.
Howard Smith Baldwin, 72
Howard Smith Baldwin of Cardinal passed away Aug. 29, 1999 at Winchester Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 72 years old.
Howard was born in Cardinal on Jan. 2, 1927 and became an operator at the Casco Cardinal plant, where he worked for 47 years.
Howard was a member of St. John's United Church and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 105 in Cardinal.
He was predeceased by his parents Silas Baldwin and Ethel Murphy. He is survived by his wife Ada Crowder, sons John (Brenda) of Barrie, Bob (Cathy) of Barrie, Jeff of Cardinal, daughter Barbara Anderson of Cardinal, brothers Wesley (Betty) of Cardinal, Conrad (Jean) of Schulnenacadie, Nova Scotia, and sister Dolores (Bill) Maville of Prescott.
Howard is also survived by grandchildren Robbie (Dianne) and Matthew Anderson, Josh and Jonathon Baldwin, all of Cardinal, Kelly (Mark) Kloosterman, Scott and Andrew Baldwin all of Barrie, and great grandchildren Aaron Kloosterman and Payton Anderson.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Howard and Ada married on Nov. 23, 1945 at her home in Inkerman.
Howard was a lifelong hockey and baseball fan.
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home on Wednesday with Rev. Doug Carnegie performing the funeral service in the chapel on Thursday.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.
George Abel, 73
George Abel of Prescott passed away at the Brockville General Hospital Sept. 2, 1999. He was 73 years old.
George was born at Garreton on July 19, 1926. He is predeceased by his parents James D. Abel and Mary Roddick and his aunt Wilda Kelso.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of Prescott, daughter Elizabeth (Mrs. Geoffrey Mills) of Kanata, son Alleyn Abel of Ottawa and several nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
George enjoyed curling, golf and bowling in his younger years and took great pleasure in word puzzles later in life. He served overseas in England, France, Holland and Germany during World War II.
Upon returning from the war, George became an office clerk at Canadian Pacific Railway.
Committal services were held at Sandy Hill Cemetery in Prescott where interment of the cremated remains also took place. Rev. Ian MacLean officiated.
The family would appreciate any memorial donations to the charity of your choice. Chris Slater Funeral Home looked after the arrangements for the Abel family.
Terry Pope, 78
Terry Pope passed away Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester.
He was 78.
Born July 10, 1921 in Kemptville, Terry had a milk run in the Iroquois area after returning home from the war.
Shortly after the Seaway project started, Terry and his brothers formed Pope Brothers Construction Company.
Following that, he worked for various local construction companies including: Redmond's Sand and Gravel, Forbes' Construction, Charlie Price Enterprises, and Cruickshank Construction.
During his years in the construction trade Terry became known as "Pick Handle Pope."
Upon retiring, Terry lived in Williamsburg until he suffered a stroke in 1992. Following the stroke, Terry lived with his son Danny and his family for a short time before moving to Prescott, where he lived with his son Dave and his family.
Terry had moved to the Dundas Manor just three weeks prior to his death.
During his lifetime, Terry was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 370 in Iroquois.
He is predeceased by his father Herb Pope, mother Elizabeth Pope (nee McHugh), and his former spouse Lois Duval, whom he married Aug. 14, 1947.
He was also predeceased by his son Danny and brothers Pat and Jack.
Terry is survived by his sons David (Patricia) of Prescott and Daryl (Jerrie) of Charleville, as well as two daughters, June Dolson of Johnstown and Janet (David) Clairmont of Ottawa.
Terry will be sadly missed by 22 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.
Terry was a member of the Third Anti-tank Battery of the Royal Canadian Army from 1942 to 1945. He enlisted in Ottawa in 1942 after his training in Petawawa and served three years in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany.
His father Herb had been a sergeant major in World War I.
Terry's sharp wit and humour will be missed by all his family and friends.
Friends and family called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, where Rev. Lloyd Kirkby presided over the service.
Interment was held at the Iroquois Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lyle Redmond, Mark Redmond, Barry Redmond, Steve Redmond, John Kocher, and Barry Forbes. Charlie Price was an honourary pallbearer.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.