April 23, 2014
OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES
Don Cook of Spencerville passed away suddenly at Brockville General Hospital on Mon., March 24, 2014. He was 63.
Don was born in Brinston on Sept. 19, 1950 to the late Acil and Greta Cook. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Patricia Cook, his sons, Larry of Trenton, Chris (Jamie) of Spencerville, and Dan (Rebecca) of Johnstown. He will also be tremendously missed by his four grandchildren, Owen, Aidan, Callie, and Danica. He is survived by his brother, Bill (Betty) Cook of Brinston, and his sisters, Marilyn (Leen) Seiling of South Mountain, and Helen (Ernie) Serviss of Williamsburg, and his brothers-in-law, Ken Yandeau and Tim (Linda) Yandeau of Cardinal. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin, and his brother, Carman.
Don spent most of his life sitting in the seat of a backhoe, first working for Fred Woods. Then, he went on to purchase his own backhoe, and his business, Cooks Backhoe Service, was established. In 1987, he went to work for Maynard Coons in South Mountain, where he was employed for 27 years. Don always took great pride in his work, and never left a job unfinished. He enjoyed doing what he did.
Don loved camping, music, and dancing. These passions were the reason that many great friendships were made. He always looked forward to the annual barbecue at the pit, and his yearly trip to Vermont. These events were ones that Don wanted to share with all his friends — the more the merrier.
Family and friends gathered at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Cardinal on Sat., March 29 where a beautiful memorial service by Rev. Kathy Petrie was held. A tribute to his life was read by his daughter-in-law, Jamie. Don’s favourite songs were played by great friends Gerry, Lorraine, and Brenda. Friends and family gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion Cardinal Branch 105 after the service where many stories were shared amongst his friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com
Don touched so many hearts. He will never be forgotten.
Gwendolyn Beatrice Smith, a lifetime resident of Chesterville, passed away at The Garden Villa in Chesterville on Fri., April 11, 2014, following a brief illness. She was 86.
Gramma Gwennie, as she was called by many who knew her, was born on March 21, 1928, one of 11 children of her parents, John and Annie Elliott (nee Schoefield), and she was raised and grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
She met her husband, Douglas Smith, after he returned home from overseas following the Second World War, and they married in 1947. A short while later, their happy little family became three, when their son, Howard, was born. Douglas and Gwen came from very modest backgrounds, and both were hard working, salt-of-the-earth folks who believed a person received nothing and you expected nothing, unless you earned it.
Gwen was, for the most part, a happy-go-lucky person, taking each day as it came along. She was a very simple, unassuming, down-home type of person who loved the simple, ordinary things that life offered, and she knew how to make-do with the things she had. From that, she taught her family honesty and integrity, and how to accept and be content with those things in life that they could neither change nor do anything about.
She loved music, dancing, and her many friends. Music was a natural and fulfilling part of her life. A frequent occurrence was having friends and neighbours over for a Friday night card game, but more often than not, those card games would evolve into a musical hootenanny, complete with guitars, banjo, and mandolin, and all the participants singing old Hank Williams and gospel songs into the wee hours of the morning. Gwen also danced a pretty mean jitterbug, and could jive along with the best of ‘em on the dance floor. It’s no secret where granddaughter Paige gets her love of dance and singing from.
Gwen had a very kind heart, and cared for everyone she knew, whether they were family, friend, or just living in the area. She was always willing to help if she believed you were in genuine need. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with her nieces and nephews, and throughout the years she always looked forward to their visits with her, almost on a daily basis. She loved to hear their stories and tales, and in the last few years, she especially enjoyed visits from her great-granddaughters, Alexandra and Olivia, and loved playing beauty shop with them as they curled her hair and painted her nails.
Douglas’ death at the age of 48 devastated Gwen, and she had a difficult time adjusting to life without him. But all those grandchildren, nieces, and nephews came to the rescue, spending countless days and nights with her, keeping her from being afraid and lonely, and bringing her happiness and much contentment. Todd, Shirley, Kathy, and Vicky practically lived with her in their younger years. As time passed, Gwen looked forward, more eagerly each year, to family get-togethers such as, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving, and birthdays. She loved chatting with everyone and having a happy time at each affair, and being teased by Scott and Colleen. She appreciated and loved her daughter-in-law, Lezlee, who pampered her tirelessly throughout the years.
In the last while, Gwen began to tire and remarked on not feeling well most days. Her family began to see she was not her usual self. It was not long after that the family received the devastating news that Gwen had incurable cancer. Her wish was to spend her last few months with friends she knew at The Garden Villa, where she made more friends and simply loved the attention paid to her by Heidi and her wonderful staff.
Gwen is survived by her son, Howard (Lezlee) of Chesterville; her grandchildren, Todd (Sonya), Scott, and Paige, all of Chesterville; her great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Olivia; and her siblings, Marjorie Bouck of Chesterville, Clair (Jackie) Elliott of Winchester, and Shirley (Keith) Beckstead of Williamsburg. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sisters, Lillian Guidon, Nelda Purchon, Audrey Nelson, and her brothers, Grant, Eric, Ronald, and Terry Elliott. She will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Thurs., April 17. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Fri., April 18 at 11 am with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating. The pallbearers were her family, Howard Smith, Lezlee Byers-Smith, Todd Smith, Sonya Smith, Scott Smith, Paige Smith, Alexandra Smith, and Olivia Smith. Interment of cremated remains at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville followed the service.
Donations to Maple Ridge Cemetery or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com
May 12, 1919 - April 14, 2014
Dorothy Mildred Winifred Baldwin (nee Francis) passed away peacefully at home on Mon., April 14, 2014, in her 95th year.
She was the daughter of the late John Francis and Margaret Holmes. She was the beloved wife of the late Gordon Baldwin, and the much-loved mother of Lorraine (Gordon) Reoch of Vernon, Dwayne (Sonja) of Almonte, Gerald (Valerie) of Calgary, and the late Lorna Hill. She was the cherished grandmother of eight, and loving great-grandmother of many. She was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. Dorothy will be sadly missed by her extended family, neighbours, and her dear caregivers, Helen and Ann.
Dorothy’s garden — her “baby” — will miss her tender care, and we will all miss the bounty, which was so proudly shared. Family and friends will be hugged for years to come through the afghans, sweaters, scarves, socks, and mitts she knitted and crocheted for us. There is love in every stitch.
Friends called at the Daniels Funeral Chapels Inc. in Winchester on Wed., April 16. The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home on Thurs., April 17 at 10 am followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
For those who wish to remember Dorothy, online donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.on.ca) or Winchester District Memorial Hospital (www.wdmh.on.ca).
Condolences may be made online at www.danielsfuneralchapels.ca
Alys M. McIntosh
Alys McIntosh of Winchester Springs passed away peacefully at Brockville General Hospital on Thurs., April 17, 2014 in her 87th year.
She was the wife of the late George P. McIntosh, and the much loved mother of Barry (Sandra) of Prescott, and Dale (Lyn) of North Gower. She was the cherished grandmother of Lance (Cheryl), Laine, and Erin (Geoff) Campbell, and loving great-grandmother of Landon and Brooke McIntosh, and Quinn Campbell. Alys was the dear sister of Clare McIntosh of Prescott and Muriel Levere of Winchester. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews.
Alys rested at Daniels Funeral Chapels Inc. in Winchester on Mon., April 21. The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home on Tues., April 22 with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Donations to Winchester Springs United Church would be appreciated.
Condolences may be made online at www.danielsfuneralchapels.ca
In Cornwall Hospice on Wed., April 2, 2014, the Lord called Home Jane Devries (nee Staal) of Osgoode, in her 75th year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Ranger Devries and the cherished mother of Rita (Mike Heuving), and Jeannette (John L. Devries). She was the loving Oma of Jonathan (Danielle), Jessica (Andrew Ross), Randy, and Erica Heuving; and Jennifer (Andrew), Henri, Ryan, Marilee, and Nicole Devries. She was great-Oma to Caden, Finnegan, and Caleb. She was the sister of Bruce Staal, Cora (Henk VanDenbroek), Basil (Grace) Staal, and the late Hank (Bev) Staal, and Herman Staal (Ger (Wim Schep). She was the dear friend and sister-in-law of Jane Vedder (the late Fred).
Jane was born in Terschuur, Holland on Nov. 1, 1939. She immigrated with her family in 1956, first to North Muskegon, Mich. for six months, and then to Navan. Jane married Ranger on July 8, 1960, and they moved to their farm in Dalmeny where she lived for 54 years.
She was a volunteer canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 45 years, and was actively involved in her church.
The funeral service was held on Mon., April 7 at the Kemptville Christian Reformed Church followed by interment at Reids Mills Cemetery. The pallbearers were her nine grandchildren.
Barry and Terri Lecuyer
In loving memory of Barry Lecuyer, and his wife, Terri Lecuyer, who were tragically taken from us on Sun., Dec. 29, 2013, in a car accident in British Columbia.
Barry is survived by his only beloved daughter, Angel; his parents, Lea and Gerry; sisters Marlene (Greg), Shelley (Ernie), Debbie (Steve), and Christine (Gordie); five nieces, four nephews, one great-niece, and two great-nephews.
Terri is survived by her children, Dan (Megs), Michelle (Kris), Candace (Sid), Crystal, and Brent (Sam).
The Lecuyer family invites family and friends to attend a Celebration of Life for Barry and Terri on Sun., April 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall in South Mountain.