STENNETT ARNOLD (TED) RAFUSE
Stennett Arnold (Ted) Rafuse, a resident of Prescott who enjoyed local sports, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Brockville General Hospital. He was 64.
Mr. Rafuse was born Sept. 20, 1938 at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the son of Stennett (Stan) Rafuse and Audrey McCready. He married Carol Rafuse (nee Ross) May 30, 1959 in Prescott.
He is survived by his wife Carol; son Stennett (wife Kerry Wiltse); daughter Laurie (husband Dave Millward); grandson Stennett Carter Rafuse; sister Cheryl Running; step brother Art Geikie; stepsister Joy Currie; plus several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Mr. Rafuse was an avid golfer and recently bagged his second hole in one. He volunteered as a hockey coach, and was a member of the local Masons and the Precott Legion.
In 1996, he retired from a 32-year career as a chemical operater at DuPont.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, where the service took place in the chapel Nov. 13 at 2 pm. Rev. Jack Urquhart officiated. Cremation was at Cataraqui Crematorium Nov. 13.
The pallbearers were Bill, John and Richard Ross, Paul Davies, Jim Collison and Dave Millward.
Donations in memory of Mr. Rafuse may be made to the Diabetes Association, Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
JANTJE (JENNIE) RIDOUT (NEE FICTORIE)
Jantje (Jennie) Ridout (nee Fictorie), formerly of Spencerville, died at Smiths Falls Community Hospital Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at the age of 75.
She was born in Holland Nov. 26, 1926. She came to Canada in 1953 from Vleuten, Holland and settled in New Brunswick. After a couple years, she moved to Kingston, Ontario, and then to Prescott. Together with her husband Jack, she opened a store called Prescott Electronics on King Street.
She later started a full-time job at Automatic Electric (Microtel) from Nov. 1964 to Nov. 1991. During her free time, Mrs. Ridout loved working in her flower gardens and taking care of many plants in her home. She liked to travel and to visit with the children. When she had to be inside, she kept busy with knitting, crocheting and numerous other crafts. Since Nov. 1999, she lived at Rosebridge Manor in Jasper.
Mrs. Ridout was the beloved wife of the late H.C. (Jack) Ridout; dear mother of Jan Phillips (Fred) and Leo Kolijn (Donelda), both of New Brunswick, Cora Mills (Mike) of Prescott, and stepmother of Marion Abraham of Wales. She is also survived by two brothers: Evert Fictorie (Jeltje) of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Willem Fictorie (Sjaan) of The Netherlands; four sisters: Johanna Goudriaan (Bert) of Spencerville, Tini Potkamp (Gert-Jan), Lammie de Die le Clercq (Rob) and Jann Buiter (Henk), all of The Netherlands.
Mrs. Ridout is also survived by grandchildren Beth, Holly, Gerrit, Mariska, Michaela, Jane, Gilian and Leslie; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gerrit Fictorie and Jantje van der Weide; first husband Johan (John) Kolijn, son Ronald Kolijn, granddaughter Shelly Palmer (Glen) and sisters Gerda Fictorie and Femmie Homburg of The Netherlands.
Visitation took place at the Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, Spencerville, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, where the funeral service was held Sept. 20 at 11 am. Rev. Don Wachenschwanz. Miriam Woodland was the organist for the service.
Pallbearers were Mike Mills, Bert Goudriaan, Gord Mills, Gerrit Fictorie, Greg Liska and Gerrit Kolijn. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.
Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged.
LOUIS PATRICK ROONEY
Louis Patrick Rooney, a life-long resident of Iroquois, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at Winchester and District Memorial Hospital. He was 48.
He was born Aug. 9, 1953 in Brockville to Frank Rooney and Margaret Mitten. He married Audrey Rooney (nee Merkley) Oct. 11, 1975 at St. Cecilia's RC Church, Iroquois.
Mr. Rooney was the owner of Rooney Feeds Ltd. in Iroquois and South Gower, and was a partner in Tri-County Protein in Winchester. He was a member of Ottawa Feed and Grain dealers, and of St. Cecilia's Church.
He is survived by his father Frank Rooney (Carol Daisley) of Iroquois; his wife Audrey; sons Jason (Erinn) of Etobicoke and Spencer at home; brothers Michael (Nancy) of Calgary and Edward (Nancy) of Caledon East; sisters Rosann (Kevin) Mullins of Manotick, Mary (Barry) Lemoine of Orleans, Colleen Rooney of Toronto and Caroline (Ray) of Iroquois. He was the son-in-law of Barb and Leo Merkley of RR 2 Iroquois; the uncle to 16 nieces and nephews and brother-in-law to Kenny (Margaret) Merkley of Kingston and Margie of Keswick.
He was predeceased by his mother Margaret.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, Tuesday, Jan. 22. The funeral was held at St. Cecilia's Church, Iroquois, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11 am, with Father Hibert officiating. Cremation took place.
The pall bearers were Troy McMillan, Aaron Banford, Sheldon Tryon, Jamie Hartle, Jason Crawford and Sean Sears. Honourary pall bearers were Jay Merkley, Ray Hunter, Perry Smail, Andrew Droppo, John Vanderspank and Karen Merkley.
Memorial donations may be made the Canadian Food Grain Bank.
JOHN HENRY "JACK" RYLANDS
John Henry "Jack" Rylands of Cardinal, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Brockville General Hospital, following a five-month illness. He was 64.
He was born Nov. 1, 1938 in Shanly, the son of Orville Rylands and Audrey Ogilvie. He married Virginia "Ginny" Milligan Aug. 6, 1966 at St. Andrew's and St. James Presbyterian Church, Cardinal.
Mr. Rylands resided his entire life in the Cardinal area, and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 105 Cardinal. He had been employed at CASCO for three years as a train engineer and for forty years as a millwright; he retired in Sept. 1998.
Mr. Rylands enjoyed walking through the village every day and visiting with everyone. He loved to play cards at the Legion and also enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Virginia; his mother Audrey of Brockville; his children: Mike and his wife Heidi and Mark and his wife Debbie, all of Cardinal; brothers and sisters: George and his wife Sharon of Blue Church Road, Isobel and her husband Don McInnis of Rumsley, Alberta, Karon and her husband Gordon Warren of Mallorytown, Carol and her husband Rob Bromfield of Kingston, and Kathy and her husband Barry Reid of Brockville. He will be sadly missed by five grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Mr. Rylands was predeceased by brothers Doug and Roland, sister Betty Faye and stepfather Ernie Harper.
Friends called at Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Cardinal. The funeral was held at St. Andrew's and St. James Presbyterian Church, Cardinal, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 11 am, with Rev. Geoff Howard and Rev. Jack Urquhart officiating. Interment followed at St. Andrew's and St. James Cemetery, Cardinal.
The pallbearers were Rob Bromfield, Barry Reid, Gordon Warren, John VanShie, Marty Hamilton and Andy DeJong. Honourary pallbearers were Charles Leizert, Jack Bennett, Merv Smith and Steve Barkley.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Providence Palliative Care, or the Canadian Cancer Society.
HOWARD C. SCHOALES
Howard C. Schoales, a former long-time resident of the Prescott area, died peacefully after a brief illness Tuesday, May 14, 2002, surrounded by his family at Kingston General Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Schoales was the son of Frederick and Irene Schoales, and was born, raised and educated in Toronto. After high school, he began his working career with Canadian National Railways, first in Toronto and then in Montreal. During WWII, Mr. Schoales enlisted and was a driving instructor in the Canadian Army, posted primarily in Kingston. Following his discharge, he returned to Montreal and resumed his job with the CNR until 1953 when he began work with RCA Ltd. and was transferred to Prescott. He retired from RCA at age 65.
He and his wife Jeane resided in the Prescott area from 1953 to 1998, when they moved to Kingston due to health issues.
Mr. Schoales was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to wife Jeane of Kingston; daughters Lynne Schoales of Toronto and Brenda Humphry (Bud) of Prescott; grand daughters Kaelee Gilbert (Barry) and Dana Thain (Linn) and great grandsons Kaylan Cryderman and Jonathan Thain.
He is also survived by three of four sisters: Betty Mergny of Montreal, Jean Schoales of Toronto and Dorothy Mayberry of Australia.
Mr. Schoales loved birds and animals of all types. He raised and competed with his guinea pigs, racing pigeons and budgies. To this he added a love of dogs and cats. He was a skilled leather craftsman and woodworker in his younger years.
He was also an active football, baseball and lacrosse player during his school years, and was an ardent fisherman, and an expert at filleting fish. He was an armchair coach of just about all sports on TV, and was a devoted Toronto Maple Leaf and Argonauts fan. As long as Prescott had a bowling alley, Mr. Schoales was an active participant in league activities and followed that with many years as a member of the Prescott Curling Club.
The summer cottage the couple shared since 1954 was a special love, and it was a place where Mr. Schoales loved to be from April to October each year. Many young family members and friends learned how to fish, swim, water ski, snowmobile, make pie-irons, play cards, and just have a wonderful time under Mr. and Mrs. Schoales' guidance.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 17, 2002 at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott. Services were conducted by Rev. Gerry Ring.
Clayton Seeley, a life-time resident of the Cardinal area, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002 at St. Lawrence Lodge, Brockville. He was 88.
He was born April 19, 1914 in Rowena, Ontario, the son of David Seeley and Sarah Hess. He married Pearl Simpson Feb. 20, 1936 in Iroquois.
Mr. Seeley had been employed as a pipefitter at CASCO for more than 37 years. He was a member of the United church and a member of the seniors' club. His interests included hobby farming, playing cards, gardening, fishing and feeding stray animals. Mr. Seeley also enjoyed his pipe and other refreshments, and sitting on the verandah watching the traffic and waving to those who drove by.
He is survived by his children: Agnes (Mrs. Ken Boyd) of RR 3 Prescott, Bill (Barb), Frank (Nina), Gerald (Lynne) and Dale (Marianne), all of Cardinal. He will be sadly missed by 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Pearl, son Nelson Aden, brothers Mahlon, Coleman and Douglas, and by grandson Alan Boyd.
Friends called at Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Cardinal, where the funeral was held Friday, Dec. 27, 2002 at 11 am, with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.
The pallbearers were Martin Stobo, Alex Seeley, Greg Seeley, Norm Plume, Peter Boyd, Don MacLeod.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Blanche Servage, 5177 Meadowland Dr., Cardinal, died Saturday, March 16, 2002 at her home. She was 72.
She was born to Wilfred Plumadore and Flossie Hartle July 12, 1929 at Cornwall Township, Ont. She married Ray Servage at Moulinette, Ont.
She is survived by her husband Ray; sons Lloyd (wife Martha), Rick and Larry (fiance Tania); daughters Brenda (Mrs. Robert Warren) and Sandra; grandchildren Christopher (wife Heather), Niccole, Jeffrey (friend Michelle), Tracy (friend Darrell), Michael (wife Julie), Kimberly, Mark, Denise, Joe-Anne, Mallory and Hayden; great grandchildren Nicholas, Jacob and Sierra; sisters Mae (Mrs. Frank Emond), Ruth Lapierre, Golda Plumadore, Gloria (Mrs. Floyd Favel), Grace (Mrs. Don Throop) and Darlene (Mrs. Glen Keller); brothers Claude (wife Sylvia) and Ray (wife Marlene) Plumadore.
Mrs. Servage was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Dorothy Lapierre.
Visitation was held at the Chris Slater Funeral Home Monday, March 18. The funeral service took place in the chapel of the funeral home Tuesday, March 19 at 11 am with Rev. Blair Paterson officiating. A committal service followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
The pall bearers were Christopher, Jeffrey, Mark, Dwayne and Rob Servage, Michael Warren and Donnie Shay.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
RUBY IDA SHANNON
Ruby Ida Shannon, of Prescott, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Brockville General Hospital. She was 77.
She was born Oct. 9, 1925 in Kemptville, the daughter of Charles Shepperd and Estelle Wilson. She was predeceased by her husbands, Leonard Shannon and Morgan Barnard.
Mrs. Shannon was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Brockville General Hospital and Canada Post as a Mrs. Santa letter writer. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Canadian Legion and Spencerville Mill Foundation. She had been employed as a secretary at an insurance broker's office and on a mail route in Spencerville.
She is survived by her daughter Beverley Sloan and her husband Ron; son Bill Barnard and his wife Jackie; grandchildren Jeff and his fiance Amy Finucan, Danny Sloan, Jodi Hunter and her husband Chad, and Darryl Barnard; great grandchild Delaney Hunter; sister Ethel Moore; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by her parents, brothers Donald and Howard Shepperd, and her sister Edna Shepperd.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott. There was no visitation. A memorial service took place at Spencerville United Church, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 at 11 am, with Cathy Kelso officiating. Her sister-in-law Mabel Shannon said the eulogy.
Cremation took place at Cataraqui Crematorium Dec. 14.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
WALTER CHARLES SMAIL SR.
Walter Charles Smail Sr., a life-time resident of Cardinal, died peacefully at his home, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002. He was 78.
He was born March 9, 1924 in Cardinal, the son of Anson Smail and Annie Owers. He married Wilda May VanCamp June 16, 1947 in Cardinal.
Mr. Smail was overseas for four years during WW11 with the Lords Strathcona Horse Regiment. Upon returning home, he went to work for the Canada Starch Company in Cardinal, where he was employed for forty years in the machine shop. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Smail was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Cardinal. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Iroquois Golf Club. He enjoyed many great times with his family and friends over his life time. He was a long-time fan and helper of the Cardinal Pats Fastball Team. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 105 and Masonic Lodge, Cardinal No. 491.
He is survived by his sons Tom and his wife JoAnn and Walter and his wife Beth. He was the grandfather to Brian (Karie) Smail, Danielle (Brent) Napier, Mike Smail, Shawna (Adam) and Kortney and Nathan Smail and the great grandfather to Anson Smail of Brockville. He was a brother-in-law to Reginald Baynham of Brockville and Ellen VanCamp of Windsor.
Mr. Smail is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by his long-time friend, Keitha Patterson, and anyone who knew him. He was a kind and gentle man.
Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Cardinal. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 105 held a service Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 for their fellow comrade. The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 18, with Rev. Doug Hayman officiating.
Pallbearers were Garry Kavanaugh, Bob McDonald, Wes Baldwin, Ted Hoy, Gord Woods and Ed Orzel. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke foundation or the charity of your choice.
HELEN IRENE (LATOURELL) SMITH
Helen Irene (Latourell) Smith, a former school teacher in South Grenville who resided in Iroquois most of her life, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003. She was in her 95th year.
She was born in South Gower Jan. 21, 1908 to William and Matilda Latourell. With her two older brothers, Frank and Harold, and younger sister Donella, the family was raised in a loving and nurturing atmosphere, and she developed a strong sense of family, which she maintained throughout her lifetime.
Mrs. Smith received her education in Kemptville, where she was an outstanding student, and at the age of 16, she entered McMaster University and graduated in 1929 with a degree in English and History. Following training at Ontario College of Education, she became principal at Hallville Consolidated School. A year later, she went on to teach for 38 years in Iroquois, Cardinal, Prescott and Spencerville.
While teaching in Iroquois, she met and married her husband Harry (Bud) Smith, who predeceased her Sept. 30, 1990. They raised five girls: Bonnie, Sandra, Sharon, Cheryl and Shelley, who witnessed many local students being tutored around the kitchen table until she passed her 90th birthday.
In addition to her teaching career, Mrs. Smith was a councillor and deputy reeve in Iroquois for six years, was a member of a reading club, performed in drama productions and enjoyed public speaking.
Her focus in life was children. Her 11 grandchildren (Meridee, Robin, Rondalyn, Kendra, Hali, Janice, Kimberley, Heather, Matthew, Jeremy and Burke) and 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, heard many stories, looked at countless family photos and ate special mouth-watering apple pies, mounds of pancakes and loaves of home-made bread.
She was an outstanding lady who never veered from her role as mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, friend and citizen.
The funeral service for Mrs. Smith took place Monday, Jan. 20, 2003. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois.
LEONARD EARL ST. JOHN
Leonard Earl St. John of Spencerville died at Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Friday, Nov. 8, 2002. He was 70 years old.
Mr. St. John was born in Eston, Saskatchewan June 9, 1932, the son of Paul St. John and Irene Vogen. They moved to Ontario in 1938.
He was well known in the area for his fiddling and entertaining since he was a young boy. Mr. St. John worked for DuPont Canada for 33 years before he retired. He was a past member of the Edwardsburgh Fire Department and Edwardsburgh Recreation Committee, and he also coached minor hockey for many years. Bud's hobbies were playing the fiddle for many occasions, hunting, fishing and gardening.
Bud is survived by his mother Irene; his wife Mona (Hurlbert), who he was married to for 48 years; two sons, Brian (Rose) of Spencerville and Kevin of Spencerville; and three daughters, Carol (Barry) Kirkby of Spencerville, Karen (Edmund) Patenaude of Spencerville and Sharon of Kelowna, B.C. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Lorraine (Gerry) Throop of Maitland, brother Bruce (Noreen) of Cardinal and sister-in-law Phyllis of Prescott and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Paul, and brothers Herb and George.
Friends called at Grant Brown Funeral Home, Purcell Chapel, in Spencerville, Sunday, Nov. 10 from 7 to 9 pm and Monday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Spencerville United Church, officiated by Rev. Jack Urquhart, followed by burial at Adams Cemetery in Ventnor.
The active pallbearers were Mike McCrea, John Vandine, Peter Toupin, Kevin McBryde, Carl Smith and Barry Reid. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Hopkins, Trevor Dillabaugh, Brian Halpenny and Charlie Burley.
Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Joyce Stevens, who was born and raised in the Spencerville area and who most recently lived at 10 Dundas St., Iroquois, died at Winchester Hospital Tuesday March 26, 2002. She was 70.
She was born in Edwardsburgh Township March 8, 1932, the daughter of Jack Sullivan and Sarah Sullivan (nee Thompson). She had resided in the Spencerville area until 1995, when she moved to Iroquois. Mrs. Stevens was married to George Stevens and later to David Holliday, both of whom predeceased her.
For many years, Mrs. Stevens worked at Cook's House Restaurant (formerly known as Mary's Restaurant) in Spencerville. She loved flowers, gardening, reading and doing crossword puzzles.
Mrs. Stevens is survived by her children Margaret (Bill) Lewis Williamsburg and Donnie Stevens of Iroquois; her sisters Clara Smith of Constance Bay and Ella Hanson of Ottawa and nieces and nephews. She was the loving grandmother of Robert and Bo Stevens, Andy, Adam and Rose Lewis and the great grandmother of Mercedes, Lexus, Jole, Jordan, Marsha and Martina.
She was predeceased by her brothers Vernon, Fred, Pember and Garnet Sullivan.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, Friday, March 29, where the funeral was held Saturday, March 30 at 11 am. Rev. Sandy Macpherson officiated. Interment was at Spencerville Union Cemetery, Spencerville. The pallbearers were Andrew Lewis, Adam Lewis, Donald Lewis, Arnold Casselman, Keith Lewis and Bill Lewis.
Memorial donations to Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
MARION JEAN STINSON (NEE MCNIECE)
Marion Jean Stinson (nee McNiece) of Kemptville died at Kemptville District Hospital Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002. She was 90.
She was born in North Gower Township, Carleton County, May 31, 1912, the daughter of the late David McNiece and Melinda Jane Watterson.
She attended the University of Toronto from 1929-1930, and graduated from Ottawa Normal School in 1931. She went on to teach at North Gower Continuation School for the next three years.
In 1937, she married Grenville Stinson and they settled on a farm near North Gower. In 1947 they moved to Ventnor and Mrs. Stinson resumed her teaching career in 1950 when her children were attending school. Mrs. Stinson taught in Edwardsburg Township and later for the Carleton Board of Education.
Over her 27 years of classroom teaching, she was also a principal and teacher librarian. Mrs. Stinson loved books, and she was always taking courses to upgrade her teacher's certificate. In 1962, she began taking night courses at Carleton University to complete her degree. In 1974 she graduated from Carleton with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mrs. Stinson retired in 1977.
Mrs. Stinson was a life member of the Women's Missionary Society, a member of the Women's Institute and St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Kemptville. She became active in volunteer work following the death of her husband Grenville in 1985.
Mrs. Stinson enjoyed travelling and was always knitting, keeping her family supplied with wool socks and home knit sweaters.
She was the loving mother of David (Jeannie) of Coboconk, Ont., Jean Hamlyn (Dean) of Kemptville and Janet Whitehorne (Alton) of Roebuck; dear sister of James McNiece of Kars; sister-in-law of Edna McNiece of Ottawa and sister-in-law of Janet McLeod of Manotick. She was the cherished grandmother of Melinda West (Martin), Victoria Hamlyn and Janine Whitehorne.
She was predeceased by brothers Donald and Tom McNiece.
Visitation was held at Grant Brown Funeral Home, Rolston Chapel, Kemptville, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. The funeral service took place in the chapel Oct. 11 at 2 pm, with Rev. Paul Chambers officiating.
A piece written by Mrs. Stinson entitled "Life is a Garden, what are you Planting?" was read by her daughter Janet. Jean Newans was the organist for the service. Interment followed at Elmview Cemetery in Kars.
Pallbearers were David Stinson, Alton Whitehorne, Dean Hamlyn, Elwood Taylor, Sandy and Paul McNiece. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kemptville District Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged.
JUNE ELLEN STREET
June Ellen Street, a life-time resident of the area who resided at 351 Churchill Road, Prescott, died peacefully Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Brockville General Hospital. She was 72.
She was born June 17, 1929 at Throoptown, Ont., the daughter of Charles Richard McMullen and his wife, the former Anna Lavina Forsythe.
Mrs. Street lived all her life in this area; she attended school in North Augusta and Prescott. She left school and worked at Domtar Paper Products and the Superior Silk Mills. She was working at the silk mill when she met her husband-to-be, Ralph Street. They were married in Prescott July 2, 1960 at the former Calvary Pentecostal Church on Henry Street.
Mrs. Street's main interests were her home and family. She especially enjoyed her grandson during the past couple of years after the family moved from Florida. She enjoyed sewing and knitting for friends and relatives until rheumatoid arthritis took over her body in the late 60s. She also liked to collect dolls and other knick-knacks that she had arranged in cabinets and on shelves throughout the house. During vacation time she and her family put on many miles travelling in their RV; they went from coast to coast in Canada and as far south as the Florida Keys.
Mrs. Street was a trooper, and although she was always in some degree of pain, she was always there for her family whom she loved dearly.
She is survived by her husband Ralph Street of Prescott; sons Charles (Barbara) of Johnstown and Steven (Catherine) of Spencerville; grandson Will; sister Gladys (Mrs. Tom Walsh) of St. Catharines; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother Anna (Mrs. Gerald Deane); her father, Charles McMullen; brothers Raymond and Arthur McMullen and a sister, Ruby McMullen.
Visitation was at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott, Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14. The funeral service took place in the chapel of the funeral home March 15 at 11 am, with Pastor Gordon Chrissley officiating. A committal service and burial will be held in the spring at Sandy Hill Cemetery, Prescott.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
ALBERT FENTON THORNHILL
Albert Fenton Thornhill, retired general store owner and school bus operator, died Friday, July 5, 2002 at Brockville General Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Thornhill was a long-time resident of Algonquin and Bisselltown Road.
He was born in Brockville Jan. 30, 1921 to Elmer Austin Thornhill and Evalena Rogers. He was raised on farms in Brockville, Fairfield and Oakleaf. As a young man, he played in a dance band with his father and brother Fred at many house parties and local events. He was a member of the Brockville Rifles and went on active service in June 1942. In Feb. 1943 he was sent overseas as a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. During the Italian campaign, he saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Following the battle for Ortona, Italy, he was slightly wounded, but returned to duty with the PPCLI in France and finally in Holland.
After the war, he returned to his prior position at the King Street Dominion store in Brockville, where he worked with his wife Edith C. (Brown), whom he married Dec. 2, 1942 prior to going overseas. They moved to Renfrew where he managed the Dominion store for a short time before becoming a traveller for Middleton Wholesale Co. in Pembroke. In 1951, they moved to Algonquin and started Thornhill's General Store, which they ran successfully until semi-retirement in 1978. Mr. Thornhill also purchased and operated two school buses for many years, drawing children from Maitland and Maynard schools.
Mr. Thornhill was an active member of St. George's Anglican Church, South Augusta, for 51 years, as well as a member of Branch 96, Royal Canadian Legion, and St. James Masonic Lodge. His cottage at Upper Beverley Lake was of great enjoyment for more than 20 years.
Mr. Thornhill was predeceased by his parents, brothers Fred and Morris Thornhill, Clarence and Joseph Normand and sisters Lucy Markell and Lillian Norris.
He is survived by his wife Edith, sons Wayne and Gary (Daphene), and grandchildren Shawna Gemmell (Brendan), Robert Thornhill and his fiancÚ Gienvieve Gallant, David, Michelle, Shannon and Nicholas Thornhill, Jennifer and Christopher Deveraux and great-granddaughter Shyla Thornhill.
Friends and relatives were received at the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, Brockville, Sunday, July 7, 2002. The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home Monday, July 8 at 2:30 pm. Father Claude Delorme conducted the service.
Pastor David Downing sang "Fairest Lord Jesus." Scriptures were read by David Thornhill, Michelle Thornhill and Gienvieve Gallant. Sons Wayne and Gary each gave eulogies to their father.
Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland. Brockville Rifles bugler Gary Seaton played Last Post.
Pallbearers included Terry Seed, Gord Johnson, Bob Bell, Don Metcalfe, Dean Porter and Lorne Thompson. Honourary pallbearers were the four grandsons.