Nesbitt, David Edward (Jabber)
October 02, 2002
Mr. David Edward (Jabber) Nesbitt, age 66 years, a longtime resident of Schreiber passed away peacefully on October 1, 2002. Eddy was born March 7, 1936 and worked at many different jobs and places tirelessly, most recently at G. Figliomeni and Sons. Eddy always had a wink and a smile for everyone that he met, usually on the way to and from his friend John's. Eddy is survived by his doting mother Margaret, sisters Lorraine (Leonard) and Muriel also his brother Russell (Liz) and sons Terry, Danny and Kenny and their families. His niece Tami (David) and nephews Cory and Jason (Erin). Eddy was predeceased by his father David and his brother Michael. At Eddy's request cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to King Funeral Home of Schreiber. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation or the McCausland Hospital Long Term Care Project would be appreciated.
October 02, 2002
Mr. Donald Malcolm (Big Don) Macdonald, aged 90 years, resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully in St. Joseph's Hospice on Friday, September 27, 2002. Don was born June 11, 1912 in Fort William. He attended Franklin Street Elementary School and Fort William Collegiate Institute. Don joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in June 1940. He was attached to the R.A.F. as a Wireless Operator and was one of a small number of Canadians to complete two tours of duty in World War II, flying 55 missions on Wellington, Halifax and Lancaster bombers. In 1943, Don was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal, which was presented to him by King George VI. On his return to Canada in 1944, Don married Irene Munro, his fianc e of 5 years, on October 9. He served an additional year with the Western Air Command in Winnipeg and was honourably discharged from active service in the fall of 1945, with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Don rejoined the Reliance Elevator in Thunder Bay, working as a grain inspector and later joined the Government Grain Inspection staff, retiring from that work after 18 years of service. Don had a long association with the Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay as a piper, Pipe Major and Instructor. After his retirement from active playing, Don was made Honourary Chieftain of the Band. In 1975, Don was honoured with a Citizen of the Year award by the City of Thunder Bay in recognition of 50 years of community involvement. Don composed hundreds of pipe tunes honouring family members and special occasions. He was also an accomplished violinist, playing on many special occasions throughout his life. As a teenager, he played violin with the Thunder Bay Philharmonic Society, under Gunton Smalley. Don was a Mason. He was an active and highly regarded member and officer in the following Lodges: Fort William Lodge 415, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Zohar Council, York Rite College, Holy Bay Conclave #19, and the Lakehead Shrine Club. He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church and a member of Branch 6 Royal Canadian Legion. Don will long be remembered by family and friends for his prolific vegetable garden, his Highland Hospitality , his gift as a water diviner, his generosity to neighbours with snow removal, his abilities as a weight lifter, his years of prospecting in Northern Ontario and his unsurpassed talents as a story teller. Don is survived by: Irene, his wife of 58 years; their children, Dr. John (Judy) of Langley, BC, Alec (Linda Bulmer) of Fredericton, NB, Donna (Aare Puhm) of Whitby, ON, Malcolm of Calgary, AB, and Mary (Mac Davies) and Hu (Mary Ann Unger) of Thunder Bay; his brother, Murray (Rose) of Thunder Bay; nineteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and twelve nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by: his parents, John and Christina, from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland; his sister, Christina, in early childhood; his brother, Iain, in 1996; and his nephew, Thorcuill, in 2001. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church (corner of Grey & Walsh Streets), with the Reverend Mark McLennan officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, following the reception. There will be no visitation, in accordance with Don's wishes. A separate Masonic memorial service will be held by the Fort William Lodge 415 on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel. If friends so desire, memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice Unit, First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or The Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay.
Peace, at last
A tree will be planted in memory of Don Macdonald in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual Dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003.
Lahti, Laila M.
October 02, 2002
Mrs. Laila M. Lahti age 77 years passed away in St. Joseph's Hospital on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 with her children by her side. Born in Port Arthur, she had lived here most of her life. She was a longtime employee of Headway Builders and after retirement enjoyed camping at Mirror Lake and later weekly cribbage get togethers with her close friends. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur W. Lahti in 1983.
Laila is survived by her daughter Nancy, Mrs. David Jokinen of Thunder Bay, son David and daughter-in-law Nan also of Thunder Bay, daughter Gayle, Mrs. Derek Tedder of Victoria, B.C., grandchildren Janis and Laura Jokinen, Arlene, John and Leia Lahti, Justene and Morgan Tedder, great grandchild Zoe Lahti, as well as other relatives and close friends.
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Laila M. Lahti will be held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 1:30 PM in Faith Chapel, 193 Bruce Street with Pastor Gene Howard officiating. Private interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
October 02, 2002
Miss Annie Hunter, aged 98 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at Roseview Manor, Thunder Bay. Annie was born in St. Andrew's Scotland on December 19, 1903 and came to Canada in 1914 directly to Fort William. She was educated in local schools and began employment with the Great Lakes Paper Co., as a shipping clerk in 1923, later retiring in 1964 after over 40 years of service. Annie was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and the Church Choir for many years. She was a world traveler and was greatly loved by her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister Isabella Hunter of Thunder Bay, her nieces, nephews and other relatives. Annie was predeceased by her parents David and Mary Hunter and her brothers John and David. Funeral Services for Miss Hunter will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery to follow. Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday evening from 7 - 9 p.m. at Jenkens Funeral Home, 226 S. Syndicate Avenue.
October 03, 2002
Mr. Allen Paul King age 78 years, passed away unexpectedly October 1, 2002 at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital. Allen was born June 1, 1928 on Jackfish Island, Lake Nipigon. He was a life long resident of Gull Bay, ON, Allen was educated at St. Joseph's Boarding school, Fort William, Ontario. Following his education, he worked along side his father and brothers on the "Bobby Allen" as a commercial fisherman on Lake Nipigon. As a self-employed commercial fisherman, Allen fished numerous Lakes, but Lake Nipigon and Black Sturgeon Lake were his preference.
In his earlier years, Allen worked as a trapper, lumberjack, and prospector. He also delivered the mail by dog team from MacDiarmid to Gull Bay. He was also available day or night to provide medical transportation for the people of Gull Bay.
Allen loved animals and always had pets. He trained dog sled teams when it was the main mode of transportation. His home was the focal point for his family, friends and community. He loved children and believed in "more the merrier", thus he was often chosen to be a godparent to numerous children. Allen was a natural teacher who enjoyed sharing his wisdom and Ojibway language; he valued education as a means of becoming self-sufficient. Allen was admired for his strong work ethic and beliefs; he was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church. Allen was well known for his great sense of humour and will be remembered for it. He loved to travel and had a lust for life. During his past time, Allen would watch NHL hockey, attend to his boat and work on puzzle books.
Allen is predeceased by his wife Angela (Wilson), parents; Margaret and Michel, brothers; Jack and Sam, and son Roger Maxwell.
He is survived by his step-mother Susan, brothers; Stanley and Peter Sr. Allen is also survived by his son Wayne (Patsy), daughters; Margaret (Gordon), Juliette, Annie (Gordon), Audrey (David), Rita (Bob), Gail (Albert). Grandchildren; Richard, Angela, Matthew, Gary, Solstice, Lisa, Ryan, Amy, Harley, Tessa and great grandchildren Jayden and Tala and numerous nieces and nephews. Allen will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services for the late Allen King will be held on Friday, October 4th when family and friends will gather at St. Andrew's R.C. Church for Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Larry Kroker, S.J.
(All services complete in the church).
Cremation to follow with interment at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. , Thursday, October 3rd with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street .
October 03, 2002
Mr. Thomas (Scotty) Gribben, age 82 years, resident of Thunder Bay, died at his residence on Wednesday October 2, 2002. Born in Paisley Scotland, he grew up there and served with the Seaforth Highlanders in World War II from 1939 until 1945. He married the former Helen Rankin in 1950 and together with their two sons, they emigrated to Canada settling in Fort William. He was employed at Husky Oil for ten years and then Canada Car until his retirement in 1984. He was a Warrant Officer in the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment for many years and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. After his retirement he served with the Commissionaires. Thomas was a champion dart player and in his later years bred and raised racing pigeons. Thomas was a die-hard Blue Jay and Maple Leaf fan, his main interest was his family and watching his grandson play hockey. Thomas is survived by his wife Helen; son Archie (Suzanne); grandchildren Jillian and Joshua; daughter Cathie (Jim); granddaughters McKenna and Katelyn all of Thunder Bay; brothers John, Alistair and sister Mary all of Paisley, Scotland. Thomas was predeceased by his parents John and Ann; sister Helen; brothers Peter Willie and James; son Johnny and granddaughter Sara. Cremation has taken place and Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Francis Pudicherry on Saturday October 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Final interment will take place in Sunset Memorial Gardens at a later date. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials to the Northern Heart Research Foundation would be appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Thomas Gribben in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003.
October 03, 2002
Mrs. Anna Krys, age 80 years, resident of Thunder Bay died in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital McKellar site, on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Anna is survived by her sons Richard, Zbigniew Paul and Leslie and her daughter Elizabeth. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. She was predeceased by her husband Pawel on April 9, 1998. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2002 when friends and family will gather for Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. in St. Casimir's Church celebrated by Rev. George Zebrowski ofm. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel. If friends desire memorials to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Anna Krys in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual Dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003.
October 03, 2002
Fred Cousins, aged 73 years, much beloved husband of Vivian of Bissett, MB., and dear father of Connie (Patricia), David (Jeannette), Roger (Ir na) and Glenn (Monica); and grandfather of Scott, Jana, Richard, Colleen, Alexia, Zachary and Maxwell, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday October 2, 2002 at his residence. He is also survived by his sisters, Jo Humphrey of Thunder Bay, Ont., Emilie Martin of Merrickville, Ont., Jean Rawlings of Victoria, B.C., Marie Law of Waterloo, Ont.,Carol Vinni of Thunder Bay, Ont., and his brother Earl Cousins of Quesnel, B.C., He was precedeased by his parents Mabel and Fred Cousins and his brother Gerry. Fred worked as a machinist and in mechanical maintenance in various mines across Canada. He was very community minded. He served as a councillor for the Town of Bissett, was on the Advisory Council to Pine Falls Paper and was involved with the Model Forest for many years. He was also a volunteer fireman in many of the communities in which he lived. Fred was an ardent fisherman and camper. He loved the land and the bounty of the land. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Bissett Community Centre, Bissett, MB with Rev. Peter Cain officiating. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, donations in Fred's memory may be made to the Canadian Institute for the Blind, 1080 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB. R3G 9Z9
SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
October 03, 2002
Mr. Howard Edwin Kroff, age 77 years, resident of Thunder Bay, died peacefully in his sleep on his birthday, Wednesday, October 02, 2002 in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Port Arthur site. Howard was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While still a young boy, Howard moved with his family to Sioux Lookout, then Armstrong and finally settling in Fort William. Howard started work at Mahon's as an apprentice electrician and worked there for 50 years, the last twenty-seven years as the Manager of the motor shop. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local #339. He was a Mason and member and past Master of the Connaught Lodge 511 A.F.&A.M., the Scottish Rite, Lakehead Shrine Club, Family Motor Coach Association and Thunder Bay Branch of SAMS Club. For many years Howard was a member of the East Loon Campers Association where the family enjoyed their camp for 38 years. Howard was always a family man and his family always came first. He and Kay enjoyed travelling, especially to visit their children and grandchildren, whom he was very proud of. Howard also enjoyed square dancing, here in Thunder Bay and also while they traveled. He is survived by his wife Katherine, children Lauretta Miller and husband Allan, St. Thomas, ON, Brian and wife Nancy, Kingston, ON, Kathy Fisher and husband Steve, Upland, California, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Other relatives also survive. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Lauretta. Funeral services will by held on Monday, October 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel with Rev. Carl Triskle officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation with family will be on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Blake Funeral Chapel. Memorials to the First Church United Memorial Fund or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Howard Kroff in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual Dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003
Englund, John Henry
December 02, 2002
Englund - Mr. John Henry Englund, age 73 years a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away in Westmount Hospital on Friday, November 29, 2002.
Born in Port Arthur, Ontario on December 12, 1928, he was the son of the late Godfrey and Elsa Englund. John worked as a sheet metal worker with local companies throughout the city. He especially enjoyed times spent in the out-of-doors fishing and hunting. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Violet Bliss, his nieces and nephews and by his special dog- buddy Cole. Predeceased by his parents, brother Edward, sisters Signe Shepherd and Anita Maydanski and by brothers-in-law Bert Bliss, Jim Shepherd and Mike Maydanski. At John's request, cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Sunset Memorial Gardens.
December 02, 2002
With great sorrow, the family of Mrs. Sonia Didyk announces her sudden passing. Sonia, age 77, died on November 29, in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital-McKellar Site.
Born in the Ukrainian village of Tarnopol, she was taken from her family as a young teenager and forced to work in Germany during WWII. Little did she know, but she would never see them again. After a few years, she married Roman Kostrakewich and together they immigrated to Canada in 1949. In July of that year, their daughter Luba was born. Soon Roman's health began to fail, so Sonia worked at various jobs until she found permanent employment at Canada Car (Bombardier). Sonia was very proud of the fact that even though she could barely speak English then, she progressed from office cleaning to electrical assembly in her 37 years at the plant.
At this time, she also managed to run a small farm, as well as take care of her family. Sonia's second husband was Ivan Rosil, who unfortunately died soon after their marriage. She then married a wonderful man in 1972, Andrew Didyk.
"Baba" will always be remembered for her wonderful cooking, generous heart and avid gardening. Her love for animals was passionate, especially for her two dogs, Penka and Smarty. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Sonia is survived by her husband Andrew, her daughter Luba Chyril and her son-in-law Steve Chyril and their children Michael and Sonia (en route). Also surviving are her stepchildren Lizanne (Betty) Bienvenue (Gary) and family, and Andy Didyk Jr. (Mary Kate) and family.
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Sonia Didyk will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 10:00 A.M. in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 W. Gore Street at James with Fr. Vasyl Maluzynsky officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, December 2, 2002 (tonight) from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. in the chapel. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation.
Swan, William (Bill)
December 02, 2002
Swan - Mr. William (Bill) Swan a resident of Dawson Road, passed away peacefully in St. Joseph's Care Group on November 30, 2002 at the age of 91 years. Born in Poland on September 20, 1911, he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1925, settling in Kipling, Saskatchewan. Leaving home at an early age, Bill worked at various jobs during the depression until becoming grounds-keeper for many years at the home of the late D.A. Clark. In 1947, Bill met his wife Winnifred L. Adams and they were married in August of 1947. By this time Bill was into dabbling and experimenting with new flowers and shrubs and propagating some. In the spring of 1967, his dream came true when Winnifred, who was very instrumental in forming the business and Bill opened Swan's Acres Nurseries and Florists, which Bill operated until illness forced him to retire in 2001. Bill was a life member of the Thunder Bay Horticultural Society. He is survived by his daughter Carol Lynn (Bob Tuomi) in Mississauga, grandchildren Jordon and Maggi. He also leaves to mourn his brothers Steve, Thunder Bay, Philip, Toronto and George, Longlac, sisters Helen Baryla , Vernon, B.C. and Kathaleen, Thunder Bay as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife Winnifred in July of 1970, a son in infancy, father Peter in Kipling in October of 1946 and his mother Caroline in Thunder Bay in December of 1972. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 4th when family and friends will gather at St. Paul's United Church for services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Kathy McMillan. A private interment will take place in the Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street, Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined as expressions of sympathy the family respectfully requests memorials to the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Foundation or to a charity of one's choice.
December 02, 2002
Mr. William James (Bill) Anderson, age 69 years, a resident of 303 Southgate Court, passed away unexpectedly in Dryden District Hospital on Friday, November 29, 2002.
He was born and educated in Sudbury; and also attended Sioux Tech in Sault Ste. Marie. Bill started his mining career as a student, joing INCO in 1956 at the Copper Cliff Smelter. Later he transferred to the Levack Mine in the efficiency office. In 1958 he went to work at Panel Mine, Elliott Lake, as a shift boss. In 1960, Bill returned to INCO in Thompson MB, where he advanced to the level of General Foreman. He was transferred to Shebandowan in 1975 as Superintendent, and later became Manager. In 1986, his next transfer was to Garson and Little Stobie Mines in Sudbury. Bill retired from Inco in 1989; and he joined MacIsaac Mining and Tunneling Co. as Manager, until retirement.
Left to mourn is his wife Marie; three daughters: Sherry (Mike) Iwaszkiw of Winnipeg, MB; Cindy (Seppo) Lamppu and Cathy (Rob) Marchese; all of Thunder Bay; six grandchildren: Ryan, James, Chelsey, Darryll, Alex and Shane. Also surviving are three brothers; one sister; three aunts; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Norm and Eva Anderson.
According to Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place; and a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, officiated by Canon John Jordan. Visitation for family and friends will commence one hour prior to the time of Service. Interment will take place at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations my be made in Bill's memory to the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.
December 02, 2002
Mrs. Muriel Mahan, age 72 years a resident of Oliver Road, passed away peacefully in the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Port Arthur Site on Sunday, December 1st, 2002 with her daughters by her side. Muriel was born in Port Arthur on December 15, 1929, the youngest daughter of nine children. Raised in Perce Quebec she moved back to Port Arthur with her husband Grant in February 1950. Her family, friends and home were main interests. Muriel will be fondly remembered for her fiesty spirit and her sense of humour. She will be especially remembered and respected for her strength and courage, particulararly in the past several years when she was faced with family tragedy and personal health challenges. She is survived by her three daughters: Lorna Akervall, Beverly (Peter) Tomasevic and Heather (Cameron) Wyllie, grandchildren; Christopher (Patti Shubaly) Akervall, Kelli (Mark) Mlckovsky, Michael Mahan, and Vanessa Wyllie, brothers; Joseph (Ruth) Cahill of Thunder Bay, Lorne (Mona) Cahill, William Cahill, sisters; Lena (John-Arthur) Delhanty and Dora Blondin all of Quebec. Nieces, nephews and other family members also survive.
Muriel was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Eliza Cahill, husband Grant, brother Alton, sisters Vida and Freda, son-in-law Henry Akervall and cherished grandson Jordan Wyllie.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday December 5, 2002 at 12:10 pm when family and friends will gather in St. Agnes R.C. Church (1021 Brown Street) for funeral mass celebrated by Rev. Francis Pudicherry. Interment to follow in St. Andrew's Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday December 4, 2002 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Sargent & Son Funeral Home 21 N. Court Street where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 pm. Memorial donations to the Lung Association or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Gleeson, Zilpha Mildred "Zip"
December 02, 2002
After a long and happy life, Zip passed away peacefully in her sleep at Pioneer Ridge on November 28th, 2002. A very special day always in her life - American Thanksgiving - which she celebrated from a very early age as her parents Maude and Horace Robinson were born in the U.S.A. Zip was born on December 12th, 1910. She attended Fort William Collegiate then on to North Bay Normal Teachers College in 1928. She began teaching school at the age of 18 in the Hymer's School and continued teaching until she retired at the age of 65. She was very active in First Church United - Teaching Sunday School, C.G.I.T. and the Couples Club. She was a founding member of the Happy Handicaps Club and was very active with the club for almost 50 years. Her family and friends played a big part of Zip's life - she was always doing for everyone - including many strangers, who in turn became very cherished friends. She loved to travel but her most favourite place was Shebandowan. On July 9th, 1932 she married her childhood sweetheart, Lorne Gleeson, who predeceased her on March 25th, 1997. Zip will be lovingly remembered by sons: Rod and wife Marisa, Gary and wife Mila (Toronto), Dan and wife Ione; daughters: Fay and husband Rob Steadwell and Bryer and husband Sig Wanecki (Peace River), Jean (Jones) Arthurs; her grandchildren: Dan, Rob, Don and Kylis Gleeson, Ray Gillespie, Cindy Kennedy, Kelly Arnold, Lorne Gleeson, Carolyn Kellaway, Dana Mascarin, Lorna Lahde, Michael, Cameron and John Steadwell and Johanna Wanecki and 30 great grandchildren. Zip is survived by brother-in-law Ray Gleeson. Besides her husband, Lorne, she was predeceased by her parents Maude and Horace Robinson, sister Frances McCubbin and brother Dean Robinson, also grandsons Lee Wanecki and Derek Steadwell. A birthday celebration for Zip Gleeson will be held at the First Church United on Thursday, December 12th, 2002 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant House, 70 Gerard St. East, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1G6, the First Church United Memorial Fund, or the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice.
December 03, 2002
MR. EARL VICTOR THURIER born October 17, 1924, passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 30, 2002. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Eve; his daughters Barb (Gord) Kadolph, Brenda (Jim) McGuiness; sons Gerald (Margaret), Edmund (Barbara), Lorne (Jan); the mother of his children Mary (Al) Petersen; his stepchildren Debra (Fred) Bednarski, Kathy (Mike) Barker, Lorne (Darlene) Johnston, 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Earl is also survived by his brothers Garnet (Moira), Ralph; his sisters Elsie (Hilding) Lundquist, Louise Havard, Yvonne Thurier, Laura Grinstead (Marc Huley), Donna Provick, Theresa (Gus) Madey and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Henrietta, his brothers Clarence and Kenneth, and by his grandson Barry Kadolph. Earl served in the military for several years. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge in Thunder Bay, joining the Royal Canadian Legion in Agassiz, B.C. when he retired. He moved to Lethbridge in September of this year and joined the Legion shortly before his passing. He was a director of Agassiz Agricultural Centre for 22 years. During his years in Thunder Bay he worked for Industrial Equipment Ltd. selling Pioneer chain saws flying throughout Northwestern Ontario. In 1953 he started Pioneer Airways at Crystal Lake Lodge, Atikokan, Ontario. Oh, HOW HE LOVED TO FLY! His passion was flying. He taught at least forty pilots including his three sons. In 1978 he semi-retired to Agassiz, B.C. accomplishing many of his dreams. Some of those were selling real estate, entertaining seniors by playing his banjo along with his band friends. Earl got much joy from helping people. He had the gift of seeing past the obvious and focusing on the good that is in us all. A special thanks to all staff in ICU at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital and to Chaplain John Moerman who so graciously cared for our loved one as he was waiting to take his final flight. Also a special thanks to the many friends for your generosity, kindness and prayers during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. At Earl's request there will be no funeral held. A Private service for family will be held. If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1011 2 Avenue South Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0C8 or to a charity of one's choice. Honoured to serve the family, CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1. Telephone (403) 381-7777.
December 03, 2002
Mr. Bruce Johnstone, age 71 years, a life-long resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital - McKellar with his family by his side on Monday, December 2, 2002. He was married to and survived by his wife Joan (nee Bryer) and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 2001. Together they raised three daughters, Patricia (Jamie) Lawson of Abbotsford, B.C., Wendy (Doug) Ridley of Winnipeg, MB and Carol (Jim) Walker of Thunder Bay. Bruce is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sarah, Jonathon and Michael Lawson, Melanie (Cam) Hall, Alex, Autumn and Aaron Walker, three great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Hall and Elora Lawson, brothers and sisters Jack Kerr (Jan) of Canon Falls, Minn., Jim Johnstone of Winnipeg, MB, Richard Johnstone, Grace (Dan) Giesbrecht, Jean (John) Lightfoot all of Abbotsford, B.C. and Don (Martha) Johnstone of Thunder Bay. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his sisters Dot Hooke, Marion Johnstone and Viola Tuhkanen, his brother Robert Kerr and his parents Archibald and Grace Johnstone. Bruce began his employment with the Thunder Bay Police Department on June 23, 1952 and retired as Detective Staff Sgt., Criminal Investigation Branch on June 30, 1986. He enjoyed the breakfast outings with his fellow co-workers throughout his retirement. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father who cherished visits with his grandchildren (kidlets), as they did with him. Bruce will be sadly missed by all as he touched our lives in so many ways. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Michael's and All Angels Church on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Peter Smyth officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in the Memorial Gardens at St. Michael's and All Angels. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lung Association.
Rayment (nee Armstrong), Myrtle Wilhemine
December 03, 2002
JANUARY 29, 1915
Died peacefully in her 88th year, Sunday, December 1, 2002 in Thunder Bay. Loving wife of the late Charles Rayment (December 1981). Beloved mother of Paul Rayment and Elaine (Rayment) deBoer. Paul and Norma Rayment, and son Alex (14) of Oakville, Ontario. Elaine and John deBoer and children Sharon (22), Jeffrey (20), Camille (17) and Kenda (15) of Thunder Bay. She was a longtime resident of the Peterborough area, Artist/Teacher, and a Foster Mother to many. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Comstock Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough. Myrtle was a founding member of Northview Pentecostal Church, Fairbairn Street at Towerhill Road, in Peterborough where service will be held Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. Pastors Murray Lincoln and Stephen Kennedy will officiate. Interment will follow at Rosemount Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations to Canadian Diabetes Association or The Blind Mission would be appreciated by the family.
December 03, 2002
Mr. Arnold John Hovi of Murillo passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 2, 2002 at the age of 52 years as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Arnold was born in Fort William and grew up in the Silver Mountain Area, attending local schools. He was married in 1972 at Wesley United Church to Patricia Shanahan. He enjoyed golf, curling, skiing, snowboarding and fishing. He was a handy-man with many talents. Arnold was a member of the Lakehead Search and Rescue as well as Air Search and Rescue for many years.Arnold is survived by his wife Pat, son Colin, daughter Jennifer, father Urho, brothers: Wilbert (Pat) and Melvin (May), sisters: Helvi Ponka (Bill), Edla Pajunen (Tauno) and Irena Loukola. Many nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.He was predeceased by his mother Taimi, brother Harold and nephew Robert Ponka.Funeral Services for the late Mr. Arnold Hovi will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 W. Gore Street at James with Rev. Jann Sampson, of Pinegrove United Church officiating. An evening gathering for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening (tonight) from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers if friends so desire memorial donations to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
December 04, 2002
Roy Larson age 74 years of Terrace Bay passed away on December 2, 2002. Roy worked at Kimberly-Clark in Terrace Bay for 37 years and continued working every shut-down after retiring from 1992 and until 2001. Roy will be sadly missed by his many friends and co-workers. Roy loved to hunt and fish as well as spend time camping with his family and friends.
Roy will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Darlene Huggard (Vic) and Valerie Bygate (Tony) and sons Rod (Evangeline) and Gary (Kate) as well as his grandchildren, Rhonda, Calvin, Corey, Kristen, Courtney, Whitney and Justin. Roy will also be sadly missed by his sisters Lillian, Linnea, Ruby, Helen and Judy and his brother Jerry.
Roy was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his brothers Lorne and Ernie (Sonny) and his parents Isador and Annie.
Friends may call between 7:00pm. and 9:00pm. on Wednesday December 4, 2002 at The Terrace Bay Community Church. Funeral Service will begin at 11:00am.on Thursday December 5, 2002 also at Terrace Bay Community Church with Beth Kerr Officiating. Interment will follow in Terrace Bay Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to King Funeral Home of Schreiber. If friends so desire donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
December 04, 2002
Mrs. Edith Gertrude Martyn age 90 years, a resident of Thunder Bay, died in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, McKellar site, on Tuesday, December 3, 2002. Edith was born in Calgary, Alberta April 8, 1912 and moved with her parents Mabel and Jim Jones to Murillo in 1916. She lived in Murillo all her life and was married to Rolland Martyn in 1931 where they farmed until 1964 when they moved to Fort William. She worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources Tree Farm for 23 years. She was a long time exhibitor at district fairs. Edith was also a member of the Hymers Agricultural Society for many years where she took many prizes. She also exhibited at the Lakehead Exhibition. Edith was also a member of the Calgary Stampede where she showed many quilts and was awarded many prizes. In 1987 Edith became Thunder Bay's first Quilting Queen. In 1964 she became a member of the Women of the Moose Fort William Women's Chapter 1338. She was a member of Patterson Court Club and a member of the Golden Agers Bowlers at Superior Bowladrome. She loved gambling and playing cards. Her pride and joy were her many grandchildren. Edith is survived by her children Holly (Walter) Hornbacher of Calgary, Alberta, Marlene (Jim) Bell, Murillo, Beverley (Robert) Morrow of Shebandowan, Sharon (David) Takalo, Sandra (Rodney) Duke, Sheila (Grant) Vaillant, all of Thunder Bay, Melvin 'Bob' (Flora) Martyn, Murillo, Clinton (Thelma) Martyn, Murillo, Milton (June) Martyn, Morley (Thelma) Martyn, daughter-in-law Jannette Martyn, all of Thunder Bay. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren and sisters Mabel (Gordon) Hogan, and Doris (Albert) Bernst, both of Thunder Bay, Ontario and special friend Angelo Star Perozzo, Thunder Bay. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Edith was predeceased by her parents James and Mabel Jones, husband Rolland, granddaughters Sandra Morrow and Heather Vaillant, grandsons Jeffrey Martyn and William Vaillant, brothers Donald and Ted Jones, sisters Carrie (Eric) Schussler and Evelyn (Gunnar) Almgren, step-brothers Scotty Hamilton, and Bob Hamilton, and her step-father Hugh Hamilton and son-in-law George Chornawka. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Carl Triskle of First Church United officiating. Services will be complete in the Chapel with final interment to follow at a later date in Stanley Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Blake Funeral Chapel. The Ladies of Moose will hold memorials services at 7:00 p.m. If friends desire, memorials to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Edith you were Mother's friend,
A friend so very true,
And when our Mother left this earth
She guided me to you.
You ve taught me your quilting skills
And many happy hour this pastime fills.
As we ve stitched, we ve talked and laughed
You ve brought to life stories from the past.
With every tiny scrap of cloth a memory is sewn.
With each and every little stitch
A friendship has grown
Now when material is gathered to start another quilt
I think of you dear friend.
And this woven fibred pattern where the pieces all will blend
Tell in itself a story of life's current and past events.
These bits of fabric may be new or dresses from the past
But each and every little scrap has memories of you,
Your zest for life, your business of hands.
You have a special talent for putting everyone at ease
Just as each and every swatch, in your quilts are placed
Everything in life you do is always aimed to please.
You have been called the Quilting Queen
And have trophies to prove the fact.
The title is deserved, and justly earned.
The crown is what it lacks.
Written for Edie with great admiration and affection
By Marge Dubois
A tree will be planted in memory of Edith Martyn in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual Dedication service Sunday, June 29, 2003
December 04, 2002
Mr. Brian Miles, age 49 years of May Street passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 27, 2002.
Brian was the adopted son of Arthur and Elizabeth Miles, who predeceased him. He is survived by his brother Gerry, sister-in-law Sherry Miles, 2 nieces Christine and Jennifer, all of Regina, Saskatchewan, special cousin Mary Lee Mahagen (Jerry) and family, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across Canada.
Funeral Services for the late Mr. Brian Miles will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 6, 2002 at EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma with Major Rick Pollard, of the Salvation Army Church officiating. Services will be complete in the chapel with a private interment at Riverside Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations made to the Salvation Army Church would be appreciated.
Morris, Leena Alice
December 04, 2002
Mrs. Leena Alice Morris, aged 85 years, a resident of Dawson Court Home for the Aged, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening November 28th, 2002. Leena is survived by a nephew Lawrence Gokey of Vancouver, B.C. She is predeceased by her husband Duncan Morris in 1980, her parents Nicholas and Rose Negrich and a sister Mary Gokey of Vancouver. A graveside service for Leena Alice Morris will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in Riverside Cemetery. Jenkens Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
December 05, 2002
Veronica (Verna / Baba) Barbara Linkewich (nee Gerega / Kondrat) age 90, passed away in her sleep 04 December 2002, while in hospital with her family by her side. Born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, she was raised near Kelloe on a farm. Her father Adalbert Gerega, died in a barn fire when she was 2. Verna went to school in Kelloe until 14 when she went to work. She later moved to Winnipeg in 1936. In 1939 she met Nick Linkewich and in June 1940 they married and moved to Kenora where they owned and operated Nick's Grocery Store. In 1942 they had a son, Ed. In 1946 they moved to Schreiber where they built the Mayfair Hotel (the first wet establishment in Schreiber) and later the Broadway Theatre. In 1952 the family moved to Terrace Bay where they built the Roxy Theatre and the new family home. Verna managed the theatre until it closed in 1973 when Nick died. After selling the family business she retired in Terrace Bay until 1985 when she moved to Thunder Bay to care for her brother John who later died from cancer. Since 1985 she has enjoyed gardening, especially her raspberries, shopping, her pets, and especially being with her family and grandchildren. They often stayed with her, especially while going to university. She was a very proud member of the Ruby Rebekah Lodge 279 IOOF of Schreiber for many years. She was a long time member of the P.C. Party and was very proud of the personal letters and photos she received from both Brian Mulroney and Joe Clarke. She was also most honoured to meet Mike Harris, the Premier of Ontario, in 1999. In 1982 she was thrilled to travel to Australia and New Zealand with her sister Mary and favourite niece Shirley Twerdun. Through the years she often traveled to Winnipeg to visit family there. This past summer she flew to Ottawa to visit her grandson Jason and check out his new house.
Verna is survived by her son Ed (wife Barbara), grandchildren Jason, Ottawa, Penny, Aimee and Beth of Thunder Bay; and relatives in Winnipeg- sister Mary Maskiw, niece Shirley Twerdun, nephews Jim (Helen) Maskiw, Jerry Maskiew, and Don (Jan) Maskiw, and her cat Holmes in Thunder Bay. She was predeceased by her father Adalbert Gerega 1914, step father John Kondrat 1968, husband Nick 1973, mother Annie Kondrat 1973, and her brother John Kondrat 1985.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 11:00am in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, officiated by Rev. David Silliman of Knox United Church. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the time of Service. A further service and interment will take place in Winnipeg at a later date.
Verna was a very generous person who supported so many charities. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Network Northwest - Pain and Symptom Management Team, 1159 Alloy Drive, Thunder Bay, P7B 6M8, or the charity of your choice.
We cannot say enough about the kind, understanding care she received in the community and while in St. Joseph's and the TBR Hospitals. Our sincerest thank you goes out to the staff of the St. Joseph's Hospital Specialized Geriatric Services, the CCAC , Bayshore, and Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Emergency and 6 East at the Port Arthur site. We are most grateful for the kind and continuing support and palliative care from our friends and the many health care professionals, all of whom are members of the Hospice Palliative Care Network Northwest - our regional palliative care network. You are very special.
December 05, 2002
Mrs. Susan Dodge, age 84 years, passed away peacefully at her residence in Pioneer Ridge on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 with her family by her side. Born in Port Arthur, she was a lifetime resident. In her younger years, Susan was employed by the T. Eaton Co. for a number years. In 1943 when she married Mervin and together raised their family. She enjoyed bowling and travelling with her husband and family throughout North America. Her main interests were her home and family and Susan especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
Susan is survived by two daughters: Heather Outhouse, Jacqueline (Seppo) Ala-Pantti, both of Thunder Bay; five grandchildren: Tracey (Vince) Miceli, Stephen (Christa) Outhouse in Nova Scotia, Tara Outhouse, Eric Ala-Pantti, Kevin Ala-Pantti; three great grandchildren: Marcus and Tyler Miceli and Jacob Outhouse; sister Helen Smith of Winnipeg MB; two sisters-in-law: Verna Leach and Violet Colyer, both of Thunder Bay. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was predeceased by her parents John and Bessie Baxter, husband Mervin in 1983 and sister Bessie Wear.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 9th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, officiated by Pastor Mark Owens of First Baptist Church. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to time of service. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made in Susan's memory to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay or to The Lung Association.
Keskinen, Into Iivari
December 06, 2002
Mr. Into Iivari Keskinen age 80 years of Dawson Court passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, December 3, 2002. Born in Siipyy, Finland he came to Canada to the Lakehead in the 1950's where he worked for the Abitibi-Price Paper Mill. Survived by sister Henna-Kaarina in Sweden, 1 nephew in Sweden, 1 niece and 3 nephews in Finland. Predeceased by his parents, one sister and 2 brothers. Funeral services for the late Mr. Into Keskinen will be held on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 1:30 PM in Hilldale Lutheran Church with Pastor Jari Lahtinen officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery. Removal will be made from the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma, to the Church at 12:00 noon for visitation one hour prior to service time. If friends so desire, donations to Hilldale Lutheran Church, Lutheran Community Care Centre or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
French, Muriel Marie
December 06, 2002
Mrs. Muriel Marie French [nee Coutts], age 85 years, of 1421 Cuthbertson Place, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospice December 3, 2002. She was born in Unity, Saskatchewan, September 27, 1917. Muriel graduated from Saskatoon Normal School in 1936 and began teaching at Tousley School, Eyre, Saskatchewan. She then moved to Sudbury in 1939 and began working for the T. Eaton Company till 1943 when she married John E. French. Muriel and John moved their family to the Fort William area in 1946. She often spoke of the hard times they first encountered and the great people of Rosslyn . In 1949, Muriel and John opened the Einarson and French Block Plant on Syndicate Avenue. In 1963 they had a vision to build the Airlane Motor Hotel. Muriel's slogan "A Guest When You Enter A Friend When You Leave" became the basis for doing business at the Airlane. Muriel managed the Gift Shop and quietly assisted John with every change or improvement at the Airlane. It is true that behind every good man there is a great woman!
Her love for the game of curling sparked conversation at the dinner table, where John could be heard saying "Couttsie, you should have seen the shot last night" and from there the discussion would begin with the salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl and any other dishes becoming "rocks" to clarify the play. Muriel even kept a close watch on the recent ladies skins game on TV.
Baseball, especially her favourite Blue Jays provided many evenings of entertainment and she could tell anyone the most up-to-date stats for the players. Muriel was an awesome duplicate bridge player and along with her partner were well-liked for their easy-going attitude to a game that is often taken too seriously. She loved to dance and recently became an avid square dancer, reserving Monday and Friday evenings for dancing with old and new friends.
Muriel and her friends were always travelling the world looking for new adventures from hot air ballooning to white water rafting. She kept in close touch with her roots and in 1985 provided information about her old school for a production of the film "Don't Shoot the Teacher".
All of these interests and the many friendships she cultivated were important to Muriel but the single most valued aspect of her life was her family.
Muriel is survived by daughters Heather French and Susan French; son Bill French and wife Diana, son-in-law Blake Haverluck and wife Pat; grandchildren Meredith Malloch, Kevin and Christopher Woit, Michael French, Patrick French (Marni) Sarah Gerry (Jason), Suzanne Marshall (Allan), Kim Haverluck; great grandchildren Jillian and Carmen Marshall; brothers Jim Coutts, Art Coutts (Connie); brother-in-law Glenn French (Elsie) and many nieces and nephews.
Muriel was predeceased by her husband John, daughter Donna Haverluck, mother and father Mary and James Coutts, and brother Frank Coutts.
A celebration of Muriel's life will be held on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Wesley United Church. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Foundation, St. Joseph's Foundation - Hospice Unit or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Sargent & Son Funeral Home.
December 06, 2002
Mr. Matthew Sutton, age 84, passed away peacefully at TBRH Port Arthur site on December 1, 2002. He was a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. He was raised and educated in Port Arthur. He served in the Italian campaign in World War II with the 17th Field Regiment. While overseas he met his wife, Margaret and they enjoyed 53 years togethe r. On returning to Canada Matt worked at various jobs before being hired at the Lakehead Board of Education from where he retired in 1983 as Warehouse Supervisor. They raised 2 daughters, Elizabeth Doumani (Brian), Thunder Bay and Sheila Hewett (Dave), Petrolia. Matt will be greatly missed by his daughters and his sons-in-law. He was a special grandpa to Olivia, Erin, and James. He is survived by brothers, Robert, Dawson Creek, BC and Thomas, Thunder Bay and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (1999), parents, Matthew and Elizabeth Sutton, his brother, William and his sisters, Margaret, May and Elizabeth. In his retirement he kept busy with his family, his home and his hobbies. He had been an avid horseshoe and shuffleboard player. And, he could often be found in the lounge at Jasper Place playing a mean hand of cribbage. Everyone who met him will always remember his warm personality and that wonderful smile. He was a member of Trinity United Church, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #5, and TB 55 Plus Centre. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to celebrate his life will take place on Sat., Dec. 21 at 11 am in Trinity United Church with Rev. Randy Boyd officiating. EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity United Church or Royal Canadian Legion Branch #5 Building Fund.