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Obituaries

ABATE, Angela (nee Bono)
CHESTER, Geordie (George)
COX, Susan Elizabeth 1953-2017
CUSHING, Mary Pearl (nee Sedore)
GEAR Robert Gordon
IMBERT, Stephen Paul
JONES, Lorna
KEUNEN, John Marinus
MacDONALD, Jason Matthew 1976 – 2017
MARTIN, Wayne “Moose”
McCABE, Terry
McMANUS, Ken
MOYER, Leonard Joseph
MUNRO, Michael Clark
NOBLE, Cherie
SVIEZIKAS, Elena
WAKELIM, Fred
WINTERS, Richard George
WOODS, George 1939-2017

 

ABATE, Angela (nee Bono)

ABATE, Angela (nee Bono), of Arthur passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family at the Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in her 79th year. Beloved wife of Antonio Abate for 59 years. Cherished mother of Masina and Chet Decker of Drayton, Sab and Brenda Abate of Arthur and Sal and Jackie Abate of Mount Forest. Dear grandmother of Joshua Decker, Danielle and Cody Stolz; Stacey and Brandon Vandergaast, Anthony Abate; Nathan McColl-Abate, Jacob McColl-Abate, Masina McColl-Abate. Great grandmother of Nathaniel, Lexi and Holly. Sister of Maria and Luciano Rossi and Donatella and Cesare all of Italy, sister-in-law of Tina Bono of Italy, Fulvie Bono of Paris, France and Salvatore and Phyllis Abate of Arthur. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by her parents Salvatore and Girolama Bono, brothers Saro and Antonio and sister Graziella. The family received friends at the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Arthur, 243 George Street on Sunday, March 12, 2017. A Funeral Mass was Celebrated in the St. John’s Roman Catholic Church Arthur on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Spring Interment in St. John’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Arthur Optimist Splash Pad project or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Parish prayers will be recited on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

CHESTER, Geordie (George)

CHESTER, Geordie (George). Passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Geordie Chester of Miller Lake and formerly of Elora, at the age of 76. Loving husband of Barbara. Dear father of Denise and her husband Jerry Wilson. Proud grandpa to Nicole and her husband Chris, Jordan and Matthew and his partner Caitlin and his great-grandchildren Ethan and Ellie. Special brother to Shirley, Joyce and her husband Ron, Bud and his wife Doreen, Edward and his wife Jan, Bruce and Ray. Predeceased by sisters Marj, Hazel and Lenore and sisters-in-law Willie and Marion. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life will be held. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Bruce Trail Conservancy
(brucetrail.org) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at  www.greybrucecremation.com.
 

COX, Susan Elizabeth 1953-2017

COX, Susan Elizabeth 1953-2017. Passed away at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus on Saturday March 4th at the age of 63. Susan will be sadly missed by her husband John as well as their daughter Andrea (Matt) and granddaughter Hannah. Also mourning their loss are her sisters Diane Irving (Rod) and Anne Rybak (John). Susan will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Visitation for Susan will be held at The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus on Saturday April 8th from 9-11am followed by the memorial service being held in the funeral home chapel. As suggested by the family, donations can be directed towards the Heart and stroke foundation.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com  519-843-3100
 

CUSHING, Mary Pearl (nee Sedore)

CUSHING, Mary Pearl (nee Sedore). Passed away peacefully at the Royal Terrace in Palmerston, Ontario, on March 18, 2017 in her 102nd year. Predeceased by her husband James Joseph Cushing Jr. (1972) and her son Christopher Eugene (2004). Loving mother of Michael, Anne Mulvey, Carol Mulvey (Robert), Patrick (Sylvia), Tom (Mary) and Jay (Debbie). Fondly remembered by her 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, her brother Gene and daughter-in-law Cheryl Cushing. Predeceased by 2 brothers, 1 sister, son-in-law James and daughter-in-law Lee. Private family service to be conducted. Donations can be directed to the Royal Terrace in Palmerston, Ontario.
 

GEAR Robert Gordon

GEAR Robert Gordon of Fergus, passed away at Guelph Wellington Hospice with his wife Joan (Carroll) by his side. Bob is survived by his children Debra Gear, Peggy Madson (Chris) and Brian all of Victoria BC, Bob Gear (Donna) of Fergus, Penny Gibson (Roger) of Elora and Barb Bushell (Paul) of Port Elgin. Also survived by step children Tracy, Ruth, and Jim. He will be missed by his 8 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Survived by sister in law Lorene Gear, several nephews and nieces as well as his brother in law Bill Carroll (Sandra). Predeceased by son David, siblings Peggy Beirnes (Bill), Don Gear and Betty Beirnes, sister in law Gwen and brother in law John Nelson. Funeral Service for Robert was conducted at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home & Chapel, 280 St. David St. South in Fergus, on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 11:00am, with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Belsyde Cemetery. Memorial donations can be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Hospice Wellington.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com

IMBERT, Stephen Paul

IMBERT, Stephen Paul – After a brief illness, at Hospice Wellington, on March 18, 2017.  Stephen Paul Imbert, beloved husband and best friend of Norma (Kerr). Also left to mourn, her daughters Linda Skippon (David) and Colleen Williams (Steven), and grandchildren Nicholas and Madeleine Skippon, Spencer, Olivia, and Bella Williams, his brothers Jonathan and family of Central Elgin, and Michael (Dorothy) of Uxbridge and their children Thomas and Alex.  Predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Ethel Rose, Elora, and brother David John in England. Steve will be greatly missed by his many friends in places around the world. He was the founder of Cactus Health Systems with headquarters in Guelph, ON, providing medical records software to Canadian hospitals for over 25 years until his retirement three years ago. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Wall-Custance Family Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or Hospice Wellington would be appreciated by the family.

JONES, Lorna

JONES, Lorna, passed away March 9th at Grove’s Hospital with her loving family by her side.  Lorna is survived by her husband Grant and her sons Adrian and David, both of Elora, and her brother Keith of Coedpoeth, Wales. She will be sadly missed by her grandson Ezra. Instead of a funeral service, Lorna always wanted to gather her friends together for a party to celebrate her life. To that end, there will be a wake held at: The Elora Brewing Company, 107 Geddes Street, Elora, Sunday, March 19, 5pm until closing.

KEUNEN, John Marinus

KEUNEN, John Marinus, of Drayton peacefully went home to be with his Lord at his home in Drayton on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in his 79th  year. Beloved husband of Cobi (Dekker) for 54 years. Cherished father of Joe and Michelle Keunen of Bullhead City, Arizona, Brian and Joanne Keunen of Mapleton, Emily and Gerry deMol of Mapleton and Donna and David Grift of Waterloo. Dearest Opa of John Keunen and fiancée Jessica, Randy Keunen, Jolene Keunen, Melanie Keunen; Rachel Keunen, Aaron Keunen and fiancée Taylor, Benjamin Keunen, and Daniel Keunen; Esther and Mitch Freeman, Naomi deMol, Isaiah deMol; Josh Grift, Philip Grift, and Nathan Grift. Brother of Marie and Henry Heikoop of Grimsby, Jerry and Agnes Keunen of Caistor Centre, and Dick and Irene Keunen of Drayton. Brother-in-law of Mary DeJong of Saskatoon, SK. Josy and Hans Voorberg of Vineland and Tony and Karen Dekker of Drayton Valley, AB. Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends.The family will receive friends at the Drayton Reformed Church, 74 Wellington Street South, Drayton on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Private family internment to take place before the Celebration of Life Service. The Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Drayton Reformed Church on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Groves Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.  www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

MacDONALD, Jason Matthew 1976 – 2017

MacDONALD, Jason Matthew 1976 – 2017. Passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017 at the age of 40. Dear father of Matthew MacDonald and Abbey MacDonald. Cherished son of Robert and Brenda MacDonald of R.R. # 1 Moorefield. Brother of Rob and Jessica MacDonald of Harriston and April MacDonald of Arthur. Uncle of Jayden, Nigel, Spencer and Emily.  Nephew of Rob and Helen Miller, Ron and Shayla Miller, Debbie Miller, Pat Miller, Velvet and Larry Breese, Cindy and Terry Masters, Janet and John Clark, Cheryl MacDonald, Darleen MacDonald and Garry and Tina MacDonald. Fondly remembered by his extended family and friends. To honour Jason’s wishes cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family. www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

MARTIN, Wayne “Moose”

MARTIN, Wayne “Moose”. Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Fergus, on March 15, 2017 in his 60th year. Loving husband of 31 years to Jane Martin (nee Lockhart). Loving father to Jaime Anderson (Darryl Lafee), Scott Martin (Charity McCulligh) and Kaitlyn Martin. Beloved Grampa of Morgan, Chloe, Austin, Samantha, Hope, Cole, Savannah, Peyton and Jaxston. Wayne is survived by his mother Bernice Martin, brother Keith (Heather) and sister Kim Gilkinson (Kim Gilkinson). Honourary Grampa to Victoria and honourary great grampa to Jayce. Celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at the Fergus Legion, 500 Blair Street in Fergus, on Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Memorial contributions can be made to a trust fund for Wayne’s children at TD Canada Trust – Account number 00772-004-6435156.
 

McCABE, Terry

McCABE, Terry. Terrance Edward McCabe of Mount Forest, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Stella (Mulhall) McCabe. Dear father of Patricia Parsons (Don) of Kitchener, Marilyn McCabe-Acheson (Chris Acheson) of RR#2, Mount Forest, Theresa Brownson (Matt) of RR#4, Arthur, Rose Groothuis (Jim) of Baden, Dorothy McCabe (Janek Jagiellowicz) of Wellesley, Janice McCabe (Tony Barrina) of RR#1, Moorefield and Steven McCabe (Kaylyn) of Kenilworth. Loving grandfather of William, Rebecca, Derick, Janine, Jacob, Jesse, Amanda, Justiene (Greg Cameron), Zoe, Tessa, Emma and Aiden. Great-grandfather of Gracelyn Cameron. Terry is also survived by his in-laws, Father Gerald Mulhall, Eileen (Bolen) Murray, Lou Mulhall, Myrtle Gorman, Dora Mulhall and Georgina Mulhall. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Terry was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Lena (Herriot) McCabe, his sister Rita McCabe, his brothers Dennis McCabe (Annie), twin infant brothers Joseph and James McCabe and Father Frank McCabe, his in-laws, Helen and Pat Rice, Pat Mulhall, Bill Mulhall, Vince Bolen, Donna Mulhall and Jim Gorman. Friends called at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a vigil prayer service was held at 8 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Kenilworth on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Besides requests for Masses, donations can be made to Sacred Heart, Kenilworth Cemetery Fund, St. Mary’s Parish, Mount Forest Cemetery Fund or the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. They can be made through the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest. In his memory, let us pray for one another and remember euchre time is anytime.

McMANUS, Ken

McMANUS, Ken. On March 20, 2017, W. Ken McManus passed away peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital in his 80th year. Beloved spouse of Susan Barth of 19 years. He will be missed by his 4 children – Keith McManus (Karen), Bruce McManus (Cheryl), Cheryl Chambers (Dave), Paul McManus (Kristi), 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons, and his step mother Francis McManus. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Melville United Church on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Melville United Church and London Health Science Centre Transplant Unit would be appreciated.

MOYER, Leonard Joseph

MOYER, Leonard Joseph, of Mount Forest and formerly of Orangeville, passed away at Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre, Mount Forest on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 in his 71st year. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (nee Husson). Stepfather of Robert van Gent and James van Gent and step-grandfather of Elijah, Abigail, Amelia, Emilie and Nicolas.  Dear brother of Lorne Moyer and his wife Florence, Marie Mawhinney and her late husband Ben, Alfred Moyer and his wife Laurie, Anna Volk, Luci Valentini and her husband Dominic, Edward Moyer and his wife Cathy, Ruth Alves and Cleta Hey and her husband Norman. Fondly remembered by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Joe and Cecelia Moyer, his sister Eileen Moyer and an infant sister Anna. Friends may call at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Friday, March 24th, where a vigil prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. followed by visitation until 9 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 230 Queen Street East, Mount Forest on Saturday, March 25th at 10 a.m.  Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Orangeville. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund or Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre.

MUNRO, Michael Clark

MUNRO, Michael Clark. Passed away suddenly after a short illness, at Grand River Hospital, on March 5, 2017 in his 67th year. Mike will be sadly missed by his father William Munro. Beloved husband of Kathy Ann (nee Lesa) for 39 years. Loving father of Stephen (Ashley Kaminski) and Robert (Lindsey Smith). Fondly remembered by his sisters Mary Williams (Don) and Elizabeth Hoyle (Jim). Mike will be greatly missed by his many extended family members. Also missing Mike is his Chocolate Lab “Storm”. Memorial Visitation will be held at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home & Chapel, 280 St. David St. South in Fergus, on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Private family service. Please, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the Air Cadet League of Canada, #820 Milton Squadron, your local Legion Poppy Fund or a charity of your choice.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com
 

NOBLE, Cherie

NOBLE, Cherie. Cheryl “Cherie” Dianne Noble, of Mount Forest, passed away at the Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest on Friday, March 10th, 2017 in her 59th year. Beloved wife of Mike Noble. Loving mother of Sarah Noble and Stephen Noble. Dear daughter of Barb and the late Leslie Norton and dear sister of Leslea and her husband Brian Pollock and Brian Norton. Daughter-in-law of Bertha Noble and sister-in-law of Norine Broomhead and her late husband Mike. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and their families. Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Cherie’s life will be held at the Mount Forest Sports Complex “Community Room” on Saturday, April 22nd from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., where memories will be shared at 12 p.m.. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Cancer Patient Services or Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family and may be made contacting the England Funeral Home.

SVIEZIKAS, Elena

SVIEZIKAS, Elena. The family announces with great sorrow the passing of Elena Sviezikas on March 12, 2017.Beloved wife of 67 years to Kazys (pre-deceased). Loving mother of Eduardas (Gaye) and Loretta (Paul).Cherished Grandmother of Eduardas Jr. (Sarah), Avis (Ron), Jessica, and Kassandra (Ryan) and Great Grandmother to Danyka, Garrett, Addison, Jayla, Levi, and Zoey.Lovingly remembered by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the Grand River Family Physicians, Upper Grand Health Care Team, staff of Groves Hospital, CCAC, Bayshore Home Health, Paramed and CarePartners for the wonderful care and support. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Martyr’s Church, Anapilis 2185 Stavebank Road, Mississauga, ON L5C 1T3. Donations may be made in memory of Elena to Groves Memorial Hospital. Thank you to everyone for their support and caring words.

WAKELIM, Fred

WAKELIM, Fred. Frederick Edgar Wakelim, of Mount Forest, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband of Joan (nee Kerr). Loving father of Tim Wakelim of Baden, Jennifer and her husband Dale Nicholson of RR#3 Ayton and the late NancyAnn Gullison. Father-in-law of David Gullison. Cherished grandfather of Douglas, Emma, Greg, Ryan, James, Krystal, Samantha and Robert. Dear brother of Jean Gransden of Owen Sound, Winona Hall of Mount Forest, Marjorie Newman of Harriston and brother-in-law of David Breau of Toronto. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by his brother Elliott Wakelim, his sister Beth Breau, his brothers-in-law Brydon Hall and Carl Newman and his nephew Bradley Newman. Friends called at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Wednesday, March 22nd from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A celebration of Fred’s life was held at the Mount Forest United Church on Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with visitation prior to the service from 10 - 10:45 a.m. Spring interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or Cancer Patient Services would be appreciated by the family.

WINTERS, Richard George

WINTERS, Richard George. Passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Valley on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in his 65th year.  Predeceased by his parents Gordon (1993) and Lola (2006) and his brother Brian (1947). Rick is survived by brother Kerry (Helen) and sister Wendy (Henk Hoogendoorn) all of Grand Valley. He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and many close friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24th, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Simes Funeral Home, 48 Main St. S., Grand Valley, ON. Friends will also be received at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 until the Celebration of Life service at 11a.m. at Simes Funeral Home. As per Rick’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a private inurnment at Union Cemetery, Grand Valley, in the spring. Donations can be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides or a charity of your choice.
 

WOODS, George 1939-2017

WOODS, George  1939-2017. Passed away peacefully at his home on March 7 2017 at the age of 77. George leaves behind his loving wife Muriel Woods nee: Hutchinson and their children Donna Raynard (Glenn) and Steven Woods (Janine nee: Bellamy) as well as grandchildren Trevor, Heidi, Curtis, Craig, Kaitlin and Jesse. Also survived by his sister Mary Wilson (Jack), sister-in-law Simona Woods and Agnes Woods. Predeceased by his brothers Joe and John. Visitation for George was held at The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South, Fergus from 2-4 and 6:30-8:30pm on Friday March 10th. Funeral was held at the Central Pentecostal Church, Elora, on Saturday March 11th at 11am. As requested by the family, donations can be directed towards the charity of your choice.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com  519-843-3100
 

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