Arnold Cecil Arcand, 77
Arnold Cecil Arcand, of 908 Montgomery Road, Prescott, died peacefully after a two-year battle with cancer, on Dec. 6, 2000 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. He was 77.
He was born July 27, 1923, in South Gower Township. The youngest son of John J. and Nora Arcand, he married Bernice (Keck) on Feb. 6, 1951, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Prescott.
Mr. Arcand operated the family farm for 15 years before moving to Prescott in 1966, where he was head custodian at two area public schools until his retirement in 1985.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Bernice; daughter Brenda Powers (Jim) of Spencerville; son Roger (Donna ) of Prescott and brother Bernard of Prescott. He was the loving grandfather of Scott and Jennifer Arcand and Todd and Trisha Powers. He will be sadly missed by four nephews, two nieces, several cousins and long-time friend of Al Young. He will be dearly missed by his cat Charlie.
Mr. Arcand was predeceased by brothers Eugene, Hilliard, Jimmy (Elmer) and sister Fern Finley.
A private service was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Rolston Chapel, Kemptville on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Monsignor Walter Lynett officiated. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Palliative Care Unit or the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be made through Grant Brown Funeral Home, Kemptville.
Dean Hunter, 82
After a brave battle with congestive heart failure, Dean Hunter passed away the morning of Monday, Jan. 29, 2001 at Brockville General Hospital. He was 82.
Born at the Hunter homestead in Edwardsburgh Township on June 19, 1918, Mr. Hunter lived on the farm until 1996, when he sold it and moved into a cozy apartment on the St. Lawrence River in Prescott with his second wife, Mildred (Whittier) Hunter.
He was the loving father of two daughters, Linda Hunter of Toronto, and Sheila, who is married to Rev. Larry Lorentz of Ft. St. John, BC, with their three boys, Richard Dean, Cody and Landon.
He was the dear brother of two sisters, Milla Hutt of Brockville and Marion (Junior) Peterson of Prescott; and the brother-in-law and dear friend of Arnold (Pauline) Froom of Ottawa, Walter (Joyce) Froom of Shanly and Destat Cross of Unionville.
Mr. Hunter is also survived by three step-daughters and their husbands, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Hester (McGuire) Hunter, a brother Charles Hunter, a sister Evelyn Davison and his first wife Clara (Froom) Hunter, whom he married in Aug. 1951.
Together Mr. Hunter and Clara Hunter farmed and held down second jobs; he at National Harbours Board as a distributing foreman, and she as a public school teacher in Prescott. Mr. Hunter retired from the grain elevator in Johnstown in 1982, after 32 years of service. He had many fond memories about working with "his boys" at the elevator and kept track of the boats and his elevator friends long after he retired. As one friend said: "When you made friends with Dean, it was for life."
Mr. Hunter's whole life centered around church, family and music and he tied them all together. He played the guitar at home for enjoyment and expressed his devotion to the God he loved. He was also a soloist and choir member at Spencerville United Church for more than 30 years. Mr. Hunter was an active participant wherever he was.
In 1973, Mr. Hunter made the soul-saving decision to follow Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of his life, and his rich family life took on a new dimension. The family lead a more pentecostal lifestyle.
Mr. Hunter became an active member in the Full Gospel Businessmen's Association. He enjoyed leading the singing and was often accompanied by daughter Linda on the bass guitar. The whole family was very musical and Dean, Clara, Sheila and Linda often sang and played at church.
Mr. Hunter loved to be surrounded by family and the Hunter farm was the setting for many family gatherings. He considered it a blessing to have family members who were also dearest friends. Nieces and nephews have many fond memories of trips to the barn in the milk cart and experiencing life on the farm. Mr. Hunter had lots of patience and allowed the kids to try new things, like driving the tractor and hay jumps.
Mr. Hunter loved camping, especially trailering, and travelled with Clara and the girls down east a number of summers to participate musically as a family at evangelistic tent crusades. Even after the girls left home, they often joined their parents when trailering at church camps and other camp-outs.
Mr. Hunter lost Clara, his beloved wife of 34 years, to cancer. He was devastated, but was still determined to live life to the fullest. A good friend from church, Elrick Dufrene, introduced Mr. Hunter to his widowed sister-in-law, Millie Whittier. They were married a year later in Mr. Dufrene's yard at Hyndman.
Heart problems had surfaced a number of years ago, but weren't diagnosed until recently. Diabetes and kidney problems added to the deteriorating health.
Mr. Hunter was hospitalized again in mid-January this year and his condition deteriorated quickly. He felt to get better he needed to be surrounded by "thousands" of people and his friends and family were faithful to appear in droves. There were days when both visitor lounges were full of people waiting to see him, and he had something personal to say to each. Mr. Hunter had a great zest for life, but went peacefully to be with the Lord. He will be missed.
Visitation for Mr. Hunter was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001.
The funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 1 at Spencerville United Church, with Pastor Al Litchfield and Pastor Archie Robinson officiating.The eulogy was delivered by nephew Robert Froom and Candis Parachin from Peoples Church in Toronto lead the singing.
The pallbearers were Ted Hunter, David Peterson, Kevin Wolford, Jason Ault, Dean Patterson and Allister Froom.
Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Spring interment will be at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery.
Cora Trapman, 91
Cora Trapman, 275 Water St., Prescott, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001 at Perth and Smiths Falls Community Hospital, Smiths Falls. She was 91.
She was born Oct. 14, 1909 in Holland, and married Fop Trapman Oct. 16, 1934, also in Holland. The family moved to Canada in 1949.
Mrs. Trapman is survived by her son Teo (Lisa) Trapman, a daughter, Barbara (Lyall Gilmour); six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister in Holland and dear friends Jack and Cathy DeGraff.
She was predeceased by her parents, her dear husband Fop and three sisters in Holland.
Church was a very important part of Mrs. Trapman's life. She was a proud and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and was always happy to have her family visit. She enjoyed flower gardening and knitting.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Jan. 30, 2001 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service was held at the Christian Reform Church, Brockville, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001 at 11 a.m. A luncheon followed in the church fellowship hall. A committal service will be held in the spring at Sandy Hill Cemetery, Prescott.
The pallbearers were her grandchildren, Robert Gilmour, Shelly and John Sherman, Nora King, Gerry Rook and Barry Dobbie.
Donations to St. Vincent Palliative Care or the building fund of Christian Reform Church would be appreciated by the family.
Ellen Marguerite Henry, 78
Ellen Marguerite Henry, 373 Churchill Rd., Prescott, died after a brave 16-month fight with lung cancer in the early morning of Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville. She was 78.
Born in Mountain Township July 7, 1922, she was the daughter of Lytelle Crowder and Lucy Brown. Mrs. Henry moved to Prescott as a young woman and remained there until the past two and half months, when she became hospitalized.
She is survived by two daughters: Debra Warren of Brockville, and Donna, who is married to Roger Ouellette of Smiths Falls. Mrs. Henry had two grandchildren: Jonathan and Catrienna Warren.
She is also survived by one brother, Garfield (Irene) Crowder of South Mountain and a sister, Laura (Stan) Marriner of Winchester. She was the aunt and special friend of Mary Salmon of Long Sault.
Mrs. Henry was predeceased by her parents; a sister Agnes Crowder and a brother, Lawson Crowder.
Since moving to Prescott, Mrs. Henry worked at various jobs, including Golds Glove Works, Red Cross Homemaking, Hathaway Canada Ltd., Newell Industries Canada Inc. She retired from Sears Canada Inc. in 1987.
Prior to her illness, Mrs. Henry liked to keep herself busy. She had a keen interest and took great pride in her crocheting and numerous craft projects. She was also a marvelous cook and baker.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Jan. 29. A mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church Jan. 30, 2001 at 11 a.m. with Father J. Appelman officiating. The soloist was James Evoy of Smiths Falls. He sang Be Not Afraid, Here I am Lord and In the Garden.
A Private family interment will be held at South Gower Cemetery in the spring. At the family's request, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Brockville.
Luke Reid, 72
Luke Reid of Prescott died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001 at Kingston General Hospital. He was 72.
Born Reginald John Sidney Reid Sept. 2, 1928, he was the son of John Reid and the former Lula Sherwood. He married Mary Audrey Grue on May 5, 1951 at St. Paul's United Church, Prescott.
He had been employed as a labourer with Coneen Construction.
Mr. Reid is survived by his wife; daughter Bonnie Bradley and husband Glen of Graham Lake; and three sons, Robert, Reg Jr. and wife Bonnie and David and wife Penny, all of Prescott; and his brothers, Raymond and Mansel Reid and Melburn Reid and his wife Helen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reid was the grandfather of Angela Campbell and husband Steve, Joe Hare and wife Penny, Tracy Larlee and husband Kirk, and Justin, Marcie, Tamison and Selena Reid and five great-grandchildren, Chad and Nicolas Campbell, Taylor and Joseph Hare and Mikayla Larlee.
He was predeceased by his parents, grandchildren Sara Campbell and Karen Hare, brother Ervin Reid, and three sisters, Viola Wendover, Gerdie Hunter and Marie Gabriel.
Friends called at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Jan. 18, 2001, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service was held in the chapel Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Rev. Blair Paterson officiated. Rev. A.R. Leavitt delivered a eulogy and Kirk Larlee sang "The Last Mile of the Way." Interment followed at Maynard Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Barry Reid, Carl Reid, Johny Reid, Keith Toshack, John Annable and Bill Workman. Honourary bearers were Albert LaPorte, Joseph Doyle, Jim Bailey and Ronnie Hunter.
Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Lois L. Grey, 74
Lois L. Grey, 416 County Road 2, Cardinal, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at Brockville General Hospital, after an illness of more than two years. She was 74.
Born Nov. 1, 1926, in Cardinal, she was the daughter of Leo Brennan and Elizabeth Brennan (nee Tyner). A lifetime resident of Cardinal, she was a member of the Johnstown United Church. She married Robert J. Grey Sept. 7, 1953 at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Cardinal.
Mrs. Brennan had been employed as a nurse at Brockville General Hospital from 1947 to 1953, when she left to stay at home to raise her family. She was fond of camping at Otter Lake, and in later years, she enjoyed her winters at their home in Palm Bay, Florida, where she had made many friends. It was in Florida that she taught needlework during her quilting classes, and along with her husband, helped to form a euchre club in Palm Bay.
She was also a founding member of the Harbour Lights modern square dancing club. She was very close to her extended family and was always available as nurse or babysitter.
Besides her husband Bob, she is survived by sons James of Cardinal and Richard (Linda) of Madoc; sisters Helen (Ken) Kirkwood of Winchester Springs and Elizabeth (Don) Barton of Prescott; and several nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by grand-daughter Nicole.
Mrs. Grey was predeceased by a brother, Walter Brennan.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Cardinal, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. at Johnstown United Church, with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout and Rev. Dr. Helen Wilson officiating.
During the service, Richard Grey gave the eulogy, which was very touching. Marguerite Chattaway read a scripture from Proverbs 31, giving praise to a good wife.
Interment of cremated remains will be at St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Cardinal, in the spring.
The pallbearers were all nieces and nephews of Mrs. Grey: Stephen Kirkwood, Gregory Kirkwood, Peter Kirkwood, Debbie Grey, Kelly Modler, David Lavery and Karen Lavery.
Donations to the Diabetes Society or the Johnstown United Church would be appreciated by the family.
Donald 'Ted' Holmes, 63
The funeral service for the late Donald Frederick "Ted" Holmes, who passed away suddenly at the Ottawa Heart Institute Saturday, Jan. 6 was held Monday, Jan. 8 at the Grant Brown Funeral Home and Chapel, Kemptville. He was 63.
The service was conducted by the Rev. Angela Bailey of St. John's United Church, Kemptville, with cremation following the service. Pallbearers were Neil MacMillan, Hugh Craig, Glenn Pominville, Gary Blake, Ron McLean and Jim Noonan. Honourary pallbearers were George Blake and Grover Book. The eulogy was delivered by Crawford Barkhouse.
Born in Kemptville, he was the son of the late Fraser Holmes and his wife, the former Elsie Stewart. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Carol Parish, as well as by a son Kevin (Rebecca) and a daughter Kelly, and was the devoted papa of Katherine and Jahred. Also surviving is a brother Derek and his wife Louise, and a sister Catherine and her husband Bob Fish. He was predeceased by an older brother Stewart, whose wife Peggy survives.
Ted Holmes was retired from a life-time career with the Ontario ministry of highways, and was a highly-skilled hockey player in his youth, playing senior, semi-pro hockey in England, Holland and in the Kemptville area.
He was an active member of the Prescott Golf Club, was active in community affairs in Kemptville and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Stanislaw Kepka, 91
Stanislaw (Stanley) Kepka of RR 4 Prescott, died at Wellington House nursing home in Prescott Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001. He was 91.
He was born at Gludna, Poland June 9, 1909, the son of Walenty and Zofia Kepka (nee Jablonska).
At the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Kepka was called up for military duty in the Polish Army as a sergeant of sappers. After capture by enemy forces in 1939, he was interned in several camps for the duration of the war until liberation on May 8, 1945.
He married Margot Steigner April 12, 1947, and shortly after immigrated to Canada.
He worked throughout Ontario in the construction industry as a drywaller and in 1952 settled in Spencerville. He was employed by RCA Victor, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Kepka was an active member of both the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 604, Spencerville, and St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church, Spencerville.
He was the loving father of Roswitha (Rose) and her husband Bill Milk of Orleans and Jakob (Jack) of Prescott. He was the dear grandfather of Chris, Beverly and Alexandra Milk and Joachim Kepka.
Mr. Kepka was predeceased by one brother and one sister.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church Jan. 20 at 11 a.m., with Father Rob Arsenault officiating.
The pallbearers were Janusz Drezin, Gerald Hudson, Morris Bukacz, Peter Bukacz, Steve Cucman and Douglas Cook.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged.
James Ross Smith, 83
James Ross Smith of RR 4 Spencerville died at Brockville General Hospital Monday, Jan. 22, 2001. He was 83.
Mr. Smith was born Feb. 2, 1917 in Montreal, Quebec. He was the son of the late Alfred Smith and the late Jean Smith (nee Ross).
At the age of 21, James joined the army, serving in Italy, France and Germany during World War II. He was discharged in 1945. James lived in Greenfield Park, Quebec with his brother Alfred and sister-in-law Lucy prior to moving to Spencerville in 1955.
He farmed with his brother Alfred while working at DuPont as a painter. Mr. Smith attended the Anglican Church in Crystal Rock and more recently St. John's Anglican Church in Prescott.
He was a past master of Nation Masonic Lodge No. 556 Spencerville, and past president and a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 604, Spencerville.
He will be sadly missed by a niece , Mrs. Ed Veys (Marjorie) of RR 4 Spencerville, and one sister, Mrs. Adeline Coates of Louisiana.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Mr. Smith was predeceased by three brothers, Alfred, George and Donald, and one sister-in-law, Lucy Smith.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Gerry Ring officiating.
Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Spencerville. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lung Association or the Alzheimer Society would be gratefully acknowledged.
Edith Mildred Hall, 90
Edith Mildred Hall, 90, died Jan. 19, 2001 at Brockville General Hospital.
She was born Feb. 10, 1910 at the family farm in Roebuck to Richard William Kingston and the former Lillian McLean. She was raised and educated in Roebuck and attended the Continuation School in Spencerville. She married Percy Boyd Hall in Sept. 1929 and moved to Garretton where she remained until May, 2000 when she moved to St. Lawrence Lodge.
Her life was devoted to her family and her community. She participated fully in the operation of the family farm, was a member of Roebuck United Church and was active in the United Church Women at Garretton until the organization ceased to operate. Mrs. Hall was a great quilter and all members of her family possess samples of her work. She was a keen reader and enjoyed thoroughly the large print books at St. Lawrence Lodge.
She was a dedicated family historian and maintained the Kingston family genealogy as well as numerous others. In her later years she and her husband enjoyed extensive travel in the company of her son LeRoy and his wife Maureen. She was a skilled needlewoman and enjoyed working on special projects with her daughter Nelda.
Mrs. Hall was predeceased by her husband Percy in 1992, by her son Ernest Arthur in infancy and by her brother Arthur R. Kingston in 1989.
She is survived by her children, Arno (Ruth) of St. Catharines, LeRoy (Maureen) of Picton, Nelda (Gordon) Dewar and Boyd (Carol) of Brockville; and by eight grandchildren: Trudy (Alan) Deacon, Kathy (Don) Simmons, David (Janet) Hall, Donald (Cindy) Hall, Gordon (Gina) Hall, Janet (David) Robitaille, Susan (Dale) Castle and Christopher (Christine) Hall. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Kathryn Kingston and a large extended family.
Friends called at the Grant Brown Funeral Home in Spencerville where the funeral was held Jan. 22, 2001 with Rev. Patricia Swan officiating. Burial will follow in the spring at Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations were directed to Roebuck United Church and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
James Earl Wert, 71
James Earl Wert, 168 James St. E., Prescott, died suddenly Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 at Brockville General Hospital. He was 71.
He was born March 16, 1929 at Iroquois, Ont., the son of George Wert and Lillian James.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Regina Wert (nee Patrick), whom he married June 18, 1949 at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Prescott.
Mr. Wert is also survived by his four children: sons William (Jo-Ann), of Kingston, Kevin (Pauline) of Courtice, Ont., Thomas (Tina) of Roebuck, Ont., and daughter Carol (Mrs. Randy King), of Pickering, Ont. He leaves grandchildren Bradley, Dana, Kaitlyn, Mark, Justin, Nicholas, Julie, Jane, Lisa, Michael and Amanda and Justin Alkerton.
He was also survived by brothers Wilfred (Donnella) of Ottawa and Gary (Elizabeth) of Maynard; sisters Helen (the late Bert Lawrence) of Spencerville, Betty (Mrs. Bill Clark), of Elliot Lake, Ont. and Audrey (Mrs. William Cameron) of Middleville, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Wert was predeceased by a son, Randall, in infancy, and by his parents.
Mr. Wert had a quiet nature and was everybody's friend. He played hockey most of his life and loved to play with the Old Timers. He had his coffee breaks every morning at Mr. Gas. He also enjoyed babysitting his grandchildren.
He started working at a young age on the buoy tender C.G.S. Grenville from the Dominion Lighthouse Depot. He had also been employed by DuPont, and worked for C.A. Pitts Construction on the seaway as a tug boat captain. When the seaway was finished, he started working at the Coast Guard in Prescott for 20 years until his retirement seven years ago.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Jan. 10, 2001 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mark's Church Jan. 11 at 11 a.m., with Father B. Walsh officiating.
A committal service will be held in the spring at St. Mark's Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Charles Kirkby, Hall Kirkby, Alvie Annable, Tom Lewis, Brad Wert and Brian Alkerton. Honourary pallbearers were Jack Locke and Cpt. John Smith.
Memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Palliative Care would be appreciated.
Gayle D. Barkley, 49
Gayle D. Barkley of Prescott died Sunday, March 11, 2001 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, after she lost her battle with cancer. She was 49.
She was the daughter of Mary Pritchard of Brockville and the late Fred Pritchard Sr. Mrs. Barkley was the dearly beloved wife of Wayne Barkley of Prescott; mother of Cathy (Richard) Lapointe of Mallorytown; Tammy (Michael) VanBeilen of Iroquois, Nicole Gareau (Gordon Davis) of Brockville; and stepmother of Michael Barkley (Sarah Bush) of Prescott.
She is also survived by brothers Larry (Bonnie) Pritchard of Prescott, David Pritchard of Mississauga, Fred (Edith) Pritchard of Sherwood Park, Alberta and sisters Carol (George) Williams of Brockville and Gwen (James) St. Denis of Millhaven.
Mrs. Barkley will be sadly missed by her three grandchildren, Cody, Shauna and Jordan LaPointe. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and bragging to her friends about her grandchildren. Mrs. Barkley was very artistic and recently wrote this poem for her husband and daughters:
I'm here with you everyday
As the sun's rays crest over the trees
As with the warmth of the sun's golden rays
You will feel my smile touch your face.
You will feel my heart beat
When the gentle breezes blow
And feel my love for you
With the bloom of each new flower.
You will know I am always with you
If you listen close
To the sounds of laughter
I always held dear.
I'm always with you
I'm not far away
Because I'm a part of you
As you are a part of me.
A private family service was held at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, Tuesday, March 13. Cremation followed.
Donations to Palliative Care, Interval House or Children's Wish Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.