GERALD HENRY (ZEB) ELLIOTT
Gerald Henry (Zeb) Elliott, a former long-time resident of North Augusta and Prescott, and a resident of St. Lawrence Lodge at the time of his death, died at Brockville General Hospital Thursday, March 7, 2002. He was 92.
He was born June 26, 1909 at Chantry, Ont., the son of Alexander Elliott and Eleanor Halliday. He was married to June Lameront.
He is survived by his sons Ronald (wife Mary), Robert, Bruce and Stephen (wife Rhonda); daughters Carolyn Henry, Gail (Mrs. Ron Sayles), Sandra (Mrs. Doug Manuell), and Tammy (Mrs. Rick Halliday), 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; his sisters Irene Anglin, Marion Warren and Lillian Hiebert; and his former wife June Lameront.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sons William and David; daughter Donna; brother Donald; and sister Eleanor Kennedy.
His was a great Canadiens and Expos fan, he loved to play cards and watch curling, and bake pies and peanut butter cookies.
Mr. Elliott served as a gunner with Royal Canadian Artillery Corps. in the U.K. and Europe. He received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, France and Germany Star and the Defense Medal.
Mr. Elliott had been employed as a painter at Fred Steele, and he drove a transport truck for various companies after the war.
Visitation was at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Sunday, March 10, where the funeral was held in the chapel Monday, March 11 at 11 am. Rev. A. Schiebout officiated. The committal service followed at Halladay Cemetery, Elgin.
The pall bearers were his grandsons: Stephen, Mark, Shawn, Henry, Bill and Michael Elliott and James Halladay.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Virginia Ferguson of Chesterville died gracefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital. She was 78.
She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. L.M. Ferguson; loving mother to Robert (Anne Marie Leger) and Shauna (Alan Lummiss); and grandmother of Heather and Maureen Ferguson and Justin and Megan Lummiss.
Mrs. Ferguson graduated as an Associate with Honors from the Ontario College of Art and had worked as a commercial artist, illustrating music books, Sunday school papers and many school textbooks. A former resident of Toronto, Cape Breton, Spencerville and Chesterville, she conducted private art classes and began the art program at North Dundas District High School, where she taught until her retirement in the 1980s. Mrs. Ferguson was an avid painter and many of her works adorn churches, institutions and homes in eastern Ontario.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20) at Trinity United Church, Chesterville, and was officiated by Rev. Doug Carnegie, who was assisted by Rev. Sandy MacPherson, Rev. Carol Poley-Delisle and Rev. Janet Evans.
Pallbearers were Douglas Elliott, Justin Lummiss, David Malcomson, John McMillan, Richard Woodland and David Woods. Honorary pallbearers Hilda Belsher, Margaret Casselman, Ina Brownell-Poole and Miriam Woodland also assisted in the service. Musical selections were contributed by the members of the Morewood United and Trinity United Church choirs, friend Doug Warren and piper John Yourt.
Memorial donations to the Trinity United Church, Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the Cancer Society are gratefully acknowledged.
Ida Fischer died in the presence of her family Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville. She was in her 90th year. Her health had deteriorated suddenly in recent weeks.
She was born in Kreibitz-Neudorfel, Bezirk Warnsdorf, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Sept. 28, 1912 to Heinrich and Maria Wenzel (nee Heinrich). After working in the small family bakery during her school years, she moved to the town of Barringen near Karlsbad to work as a domestic. It was here she met and married her beloved Anton and together they endeavoured to establish a small glove manufacturing business and to raise a family.
However, with the advent of Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland, and the ominous threat of war, Mr. and Mrs. Fischer and their two small boys, Henry and Kurt, fled first to England and then to Canada. Mr. Fischer's political and ideological beliefs placed them all in grave danger if they had remained in Czechoslovakia.
Within months of arriving in Prescott in 1939 the couple bought a farm near Crystal Rock, which remains the family homestead. It was here in 1943 that a third son, Garry, was born. Mrs. Fischer had become an accomplished glove sewer, and in her spare time, sewed gloves at home for the newly-established Louis Fischl Glove Co. in Prescott. She also was called in on numerous occasions to train local girls in both hand and machine sewing. Her skills in hand sewing of deer skin and fine kid gloves were without equal.
After the war, her farm home became a temporary haven for many newly-arrived friends and relatives seeking a new life in Canada away from war-torn Europe. Her life centred around home, family and friends, but travel and social gatherings were also favourites. Her enduring patience and warm compassionate ways endeared her to all who knew her.
Mrs. Fisher is survived by her three sons, Kurt (Una) of Nova Scotia, Henry (Gladys) of Crystal Rock, and Garry (Lorraine) of Ottawa. She was the cherished grandmother of Tara, Christopher, Karen (Jim), Connie, Stephen and Danny (Judy); great grandmother of Tawnya, Ryan, Leslie, Sherry, Wendy, Chris and Sheena. She is also survived by brother-in-law Joe Fischer (Lucille) of Montreal and sister-in-law Elisabeth Hofmann (Walter) of Prescott; Francisca Schraut, Marie Seehars and Emilie Fischer in Germany, as well as a number of nieces and nephews in Germany, Switzerland and the United States.
Mrs. Fischer was predeceased by her husband Anton; sisters Frieda Lowe, Anna Kuttig, and by brothers Heinz and Hans Wenzel.
At her request, there was no visitation or service at this time. Interment and a graveside memorial service will take place in the spring. Arrangements were entrusted to the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott.
Donations to the palliative care unit of St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
DONALD LEWIS FOURNELL,
Donald Lewis Fournell, RR 2 North Augusta, died at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. He was 87.
Mr. Fournell was born in Olean, New York Dec. 21, 1914, the son of the late Charles Floyd Fournell and Florence Adelia (McClay). He was the eldest of five children. During his childhood, the family travelled extensively in the U.S., as his father was a conductor on trolly cars and was often transferred to new locations. Because of this, he attended many different schools where he finished a course in woodworking and cabinet making.
Mr. Fournell moved from Pontiac, Michigan, to Canada in 1929 at the age of 15 with his parents and family, and they settled on the farm homestead in North Augusta. He worked as a hired hand on farms all around the area and also went out west. Upon returning from the west, he worked in North Augusta, Merrickville, Burritt's Rapids, Bellamy and also worked for W.I. Beaton Store.
On Dec. 4, 1936, Mr. Fournell married Euphemia Bowman in Addison, and later had two children: Keith Bryon and Virginia Joyce. Together the couple built Homestead Farm at RR 2 North Augusta, residing there with the exception of 1941 to 1946 during the war, while he served in the military overseas with the 8th Princess Louis Hussars Tank Corps, New Brunswick Regiment.
Mr. Fournell trained in England, was shipped to Halifax, Spain, the Mediterranean, Gibraltar, Algiers and Africa. Near the end of the war, he was seriously wounded and was sent to hospital in Ceceritea and then back to England, where he remained until the end of the war. He returned home to his family in 1946. Mrs. Fournell and the children resided in the village of North Augusta during the war.
Mr. Fournell loved his farm where his home and family were his main interests. Over the years, they had milk cows, beef cattle, horses and pigs, chickens, and he had a love for dogs and cats.
He also had a great love for music, entertaining over the years at many different functions with his daughter. While their health permitted, they attended the United Church in North Augusta regularly. He enjoyed the senior's club and community events.
Mrs. Fournell began living at Rosebridge Manor in July 1996; she died July 29, 2001. Mr. Fournell remained on the homestead until May 3, 2001, when he also moved to Rosebridge Manor. He made many friends there and was contented.
He is survived by children Keith (Janet McCallum) of RR 2 North Augusta, and Virginia Kloosterman (John) of RR 4 North Augusta; sister-in-law Hazel Fournell of Brockville; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson.
He was predeceased by brothers John and Robert; sisters Eileen Fournell and Marjorie Neddow; and one grandchild.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002. The funeral service took place at North Augusta United Church Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 am, with Rev. Linda Winton officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Pall bearers were Roger Wing, Barry Nicholson, John Davis, Christopher Wing, Chris Lafave and John Fournell.
Memorial donations to North Augusta United Church would be gratefully acknowledged.
James Gibbens of RR 3 Prescott, died Sunday, April 21, 2002 at Brockville General Hospital.
He was born Sept. 9, 1913 at Vancouver B. C., the son of Joe Gibbens and Anne Cooney. He married Marguerite Gibbens (nee Latremouille) Sept. 25, 1937, in Toronto.
Mr. Gibbens is survived by his sons: Gerald (Cassandra) of Pickering, John (Marlene) of Pickering, Jeffery (Terri-Lynne) of Whitby and Patrick (Donna) of Scarborough; daughters: Donna Yule of Wasaga Beach and Janice Gibbens of Whitby; seventeen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and son-in-law Patrick Stayner of Midland.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Marguerite Latremouille, son James and daughter Joan Stayner.
Model railroading and travelling were Mr. Gibbens main interests. He had worked as a pressman at the Toronto Star and had been a motel owner in Kingston. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society in Toronto.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Tuesday, April 23, 2002. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Mark's Catholic Church April 24 at 11 am, with Father J. Appelman officiating. The committal service followed at St. Mark's Cemetery.
The pallbearers were Paul, Steven, Jason, Dick and Jamie Gibbens and John Kennedy.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
EMERENTIENNE GOYETTE-MARCIL (EMÉ)
Emerentienne Goyette-Marcil (Emé) died peacefully in her sleep in Cornwall Thursday, May 23, 2002, at the age of 72.
She was born in Ste. Cecile de Milton, Quebec, where she later taught school. She married Adolphe Marcil in 1951. In 1955, they moved to Spencerville where they raised their family.
Mrs. Goyette-Marcil was a devoted wife and mother, she taught French and was an active member of St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church and the community. Her favourite hobbies were sewing and decorating. In 1984, they moved to Cornwall.
Mrs. Goyette-Marcil is survived by her loving and devoted husband Adolphe. She was the dear mother of David (Nancy) of Oxford Station, Daniel, Claude (John), Judith Marcil-O'Connell and Christine (Grant), all of Toronto, and Louise Marcil-Irving (Sheldon) of Spencerville. She was the sister of Jean-Louis Goyette, Pierre Goyette and Francoise Giard, all of Granby; and the dear grandmother of Lindsey, Hannah, Michael, Daniel, Arran, Nicholas, Patrick, Danielle and Stephanie. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Friday, May 24 and Saturday, 25. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 25, 2002, at St. Laurence O'Toole Church, Spencerville, with Father Rob Arsenault officiating. Interment of cremated remains was at St. Laurence O'Toole Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the Lung Association would be gratefully appreciated.
ERIC WALTER GREER
Eric Walter Greer, a resident RR 5 Spencerville who enjoyed working in the garage and helping his sons with their homes, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Brockville General Hospital. He was 70.
He was born Nov. 15, 1932 at Bishops Mills, Ontario, the son of Wellington Greer and Eleanor Miess. He married Susie Greer (nee Konkus), April 25, 1953 in Prescott.
He is survived by his wife Susie; sons Carl (wife Marilyn), Gerry and Kevin (wife Sherri); grandchildren Julie, Jennie, Jeff, Cory, Taylor, Jordan, Derick, Larry and Randi; great grandchildren Kasy and Mathew; and brothers Floyd, Roy and Earl.
Mr. Greer was predeceased by his parents; sisters Dorothy Gardiner and Grace Baker, and by brother Gordon Greer.
He had been employed as a machine operator at RCA in Prescott.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, where the funeral was held in the chapel Dec. 30 at 11 am. Rev. Blair Paterson officiated.
A committal service followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.
The pallbearers were Larry Greer, Derick Greer, Jeffery Greer, Cory Summers, Jeff Baker and Allan Greer.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
ROBERT EDMUND GRUE (BOB)
Robert Edmund Grue (Bob) of Buckwheat Row Road, Spencerville, died Monday, April 29, 2002 at Brockville General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 70.
He was born Nov. 18, 1931 on Buckwheat Row Road, the son of Clifford Lemuel Grue and Getria Genevieve Wells. He married Esther Miller (nee Cheeseman), May 30, 1981 at Spencerville United Church.
A life-long resident of Spencerville, Mr. Grue seemed to know and was known by everyone in the community. He was a member of the Orange Lodge Local 143, Groveton, and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 604, Spencerville. Every fall he helped to organize the wild game dinner (now called the Bill Hooper Memorial Night). In December he was very much in demand as Santa Claus across the region. He belonged to the Spencerville Fair Board and was on the Spencerville Union Cemetery Board.
Mr. Grue worked as a tractor driver for the Casco plant in Cardinal for 35 years. Previously, he worked on the farm of Earl Connell, Spencerville, and delivered feed for Barnard's Feed Mill, Spencerville.
He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing euchre and bingo. The Wells and Grue family reunions were joyous events throughout the years. He had a green thumb and took great pride in his vegetable garden and his success growing large potatoes. At the Spencerville Fair, he had a great time weighing and comparing the giant pumpkins.
Mr. Grue is survived by his wife, Esther Cheeseman; his brother, John Grue (Elsie) of Brockville; his sisters, Audrey Reid of Prescott, Eleanor Countryman of Prescott and Sharon Bucking (Bernie) of Iroquois; and his step-daughters, Judith Lamarche (Richard) of Hull, Quebec and Sarah Rodger (Terry) of Vankleek Hill. He is also survived by his uncles, Earl Grue of Smiths Falls and Fred Dunham of Pointe Claire, Quebec; Aunt Iris Murray of Iroquois and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford Grue and Getria Grue (Wells).
Friends called at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Wednesday, May 1, where members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 604 gathered for a service.
The funeral was held in the chapel of the funeral home May 2, with Rev. Donald Wachenschwanz officiating. During the service, Donald Grue, his nephew, gave the eulogy.
Burial was at Spencerville Union Cemetery. The pallbearers were Reginald Reid (Jr.), Paul Larocque, Donald Grue, Bill Bucking, Dale Countryman and Brian Purcell.
Memorial donations to a charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged.