October 19, 2016
Vol.129, No. 33




Carol Bell
1944 - 2016

Carol Bell (nee Hanna) of Mountain passed away peacefully at Cornwall Hospice on Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, in her 72nd year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Tom Bell. She was the loving Mom of Michael Bell and Katherine (Ian) Pusztai and the cherished Nanny of Nick and Sam. Carol was the dear sister of Judy (Ralph) St. Pierre, and Stuart (Gail) Hanna, and sister-in-law of Orleen (Larry) Holmes, John (Gail) Bell, George (Shelly) Bell, and Ann (Eric) Thompson. She was the dearly loved aunt of many nieces and nephews.
By Carol’s request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside committal service will be held at Maple Ridge Cemetery on Fri., Oct. 21.
Donations in memory of Carol may be made to Dundas County Hospice or Cornwall Hospice. The arrangements are entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836).  
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Marion Elizabeth Closter
Jan. 27, 1921 - Oct. 15, 2016

Marion Elizabeth Closter (nee Bernard) went to the spirit world on the wings of a butterfly. She was the cherished Mum of Chris (Ian Hudson) of Winchester, Arlene (Douglas Orr) of Ottawa, Jan (Gerry Leroux) and Jill (Lloyd Barteaux), both of Pikwakanagan, Ont., Matt (Karen) of Kelowna, B.C., Tisha (Les Hutchinson) of Winchester, Tim (Pauline) of Westmeath, and Terry (Charlene) of Eganville. She was the proud Nanny of 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Marion was the dear sister-in-law of Lise Charles. She will be fondly remembered by a large extended family. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Pat; her parents, Matt and Christianne; and siblings Tessa, P.J., John, Maurice, Mike, Leonard, Tony, Mary, Archie, Bernadette, and Joseph.
Special thanks to the staff at Bonnechere Manor for their care, compassion, and appreciation of our Mum.
There will be no visitation at Marion’s request. Professional arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Zohr Funeral Home in Eganville. 
A memorial mass will be held on Sat., Oct. 22 at Our Lady of Nativity Church in Pikwakanagan at 10:30 am followed by a graveside ceremony and interment with her parents. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Elders’ Centre behind the church afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre can be made at canadahelps.org/en/charities/omamiwinini-pimadjwowin-algonquin-way-of-life/ and would be greatly appreciated by her family. 
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Thomas Sandy Gibson
Oct. 11, 1938 - Aug. 13, 2016

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Gibson, at home in Iroquois, on Sat., Aug. 13, 2016 in his 78th year.
Sandy was reunited with his loving wife, the late Verna (Lewis) Gibson, who predeceased him on March 7, 2016. He was the cherished father of Cathy (Neil Huffman) of Merrickville and Shelley (James Byers) of Iroquois, and beloved Poppa of Will and Maddie Huffman. Sandy will be greatly missed by sister Rita Jordan of Oshawa, and brother Dennis Gibson of Oshawa, and many family members, neighbours, and friends.
He was born on Oct. 11, 1938, in Mountain Township, and was the second of five children born to Tommy Gibson and Eileen Workman. He went to public school in Mountain Station and Heckston, and high school in Kemptville and Oshawa. As a young man, he held various jobs, including that of pin setter at the Oshawa Bowling Centre, and mill worker at Caldwell Linen Mill in Iroquois. He joined the Canadian Air Force in 1958, and was stationed at Camp Borden in Angus, Ont.. After completing his service, he returned to the linen mill, where he continued to work for several more years.
In the late 1960’s, he went back to school to become an electrician. He obtained his electrician’s license in 1971, and during the early years of his electrical career, he worked for local businesses as an electrician before starting his own business. In 1981, he became an industrial electrician for Ports Canada, a position he held until 2004 when he “officially” retired. He never fully retired, however, and continued to work part-time doing jobs for family, friends, and members of the community until his passing. Remarkably, he went back to school in 2010 at the age of 71 to obtain his master electrician license! TS Gibson Electric was very well known in these parts for providing quality work and treating people fairly.
He loved music, particularly traditional country and western music, and gospel. He also loved to play cards, and dabble in electronics. His vegetable garden was legendary, as was his expertise in making fudge and potato bread for family and friends at Christmastime. He was also very well known for his hat; he had many, but they were always of the same style, and worn exactly the same way, and he rarely went out without one.
Sandy met Verna in 1958, and they were married on April 11, 1959. During their 57 years of marriage, they resided in Brinston, Smiths Falls, and Prescott for short periods of time, but most of these years were spent living in their Stampville home. Over the past several years, Sandy and Verna were snowbirds, spending many of their winters under the warm Florida sun, in the Dade City/Zephyrhills area.
Sandy and Verna had two daughters, Cathy and Shelley. Sandy was a very devoted father, working full and part-time during most of his working days to support his family and put his girls through university and college. He loved his sons-in-law, Neil and James, as if they were his own sons, and generously shared his knowledge and wisdom with them. He cherished his grandchildren, Will and Maddie, and they will always remember everything that he taught them, most importantly how to look after the people you love. His family will greatly miss his smile, laughter, and gentle presence as much as they will miss his guidance, support, and helping hands.
During their last several years together, Sandy lovingly cared for Verna during her illness, despite the challenges posed by his own health issues. He missed her so much after her passing this spring, his family knows that without any doubt, he was simply — as he would say — “marking time” until he could be with her again.
Family and friends were received at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Thurs., Aug. 18 and Fri., Aug. 19 followed by interment at the Hanesville Cemetery.
In memory of Sandy, contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully appreciated by his family.

Dorothy Scott
Dorothy Scott (nee Davis) of Mountain passed away peacefully at Kemptville District Hospital on Tues., Oct. 11, 2016. She was 88.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Scott, and the loving mom of Doug (Lori), Linda Scott-O’Reilly (Tom Rennick), and Karen (Marty) Kirchmeier. She was the cherished Nan of Brent, Erin, and Mark O’Reilly; Alison (Randy), Morgan (Bryce), and Mitchell (Amie) Scott; Dana (Billy), and Scott (Aly) Kirchmeier; and 12 great-grandchildren – Jordyn, Colby, Clark, Saige, Miller, and Nash; Fianna, Ellie, and Breck; and Karson, Harrison, and Kylie. Dorothy was the dear sister of Marjorie Beaudoin, and the sister-in-law of Mabel and Betty, and was predeceased by Ken (Olive), Alice (Clarence), John (Kay), Douglas, Ethel (Ray), Ruby (Sid), and Allen. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, and also by the Sloan family.
By Dorothy’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at Heckston United Church, 256 South Gower Dr. in Kemptville on Tues., Oct. 18 at 11 am. A private interment was held at South Gower Cemetery.
By family request, donations may be made to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Heckston United Church, or the Bayfield Manor Auxiliary.
The arrangements were entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836).
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