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Johanna Anna Byvelds


Johanna “Anna” Byvelds  passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault where she had been a resident for the past 12.5 months. She was in her 93rd year.

Anna was born in Erp, Netherlands, on July 22, 1921, to her parents Gerard and Petronella Pepers (nee Cleerdin). She was the sixth child out of three brothers and seven sisters.

Anna married Albert Byvelds when she was 27, and shortly after they started a family with three sons.  In 1953, Anna made a difficult decision to leave her entire family behind and move with Albert to Canada. She was not able to speak or write one word of English.  

Anna and Albert lived with Albert’s family in Boucks Hill for a year and then purchased a farm east of Brinston. It was at the farm that their daughter was born. It was the farm, that Anna would call home for 55 years.

Anna worked very hard along with Albert on the farm. She had many tasks: barn chores, feeding calves and cats, keeping the milking equipment clean. Whatever was needed, she got done.

Anna loved flowers and she had them inside and out.  She was always very proud of her flower bed.

She loved company, and always had time for coffee and cookies.  Sundays were special as they included church service followed by breakfast afterwards in Morrisburg or Cardinal.  Then it was home for a quick nap, before a drive through the countryside to enjoy the scenery, an ice cream cone, shopping or just to drop in on a friend or relative.

For many years, Anna was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and Matilda Helping.

As her health declined, Anna moved to the Hartford Retirement Home in Morrisburg, where she lived for 3.5years before moving to Woodland Villa Nursing Home.

Anna was a devoted loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  

She is survived by her children Peter (Faye) of Brinston, John (Joanie) of Oshawa, Jerry (Wendy) of Brinston and Joanne (Wayne) McGill of Lunenburg.

She will be fondly remembered by her two sisters Jans Linders and Paula v.d. Velden both of Netherlands; by her grandchildren Peter, Chris, Lori, Jason, Allison, Trent, Benjamin and Scott; and by eight great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Anna was predeceased by her parents Gerard and Petronella Pepers, her husband Albert and her siblings Johan, Miet, Stien, Jan, Jaan, Dora, Antoon and Martina.

Relatives and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Morrisburg, on Monday, March 17th, at 11 a.m. with Father Chisholm officiating.

Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Morrisburg. 

Pallbearers were grandchildren Ben Byvelds, Jason Byvelds, Lori Byvelds, Allison Merz, Peter Byvelds, Chris Byvelds and Scott McGill.

Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, CHEO or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.



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Myntje Harbers


A resident of the Dundas Manor for the past 16 months, Myntje Harbers entered into the rest of her Lord on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  She was 82.

Myntje was born in Abcoude, Holland on January 28, 1932, to her parents Gysbertus and Wyntje Voorneveld (nee De Jong). 

She immigrated to Canada in May of 1952, and married Bill (William) Harbers on August 6, 1955. Together they raised a family of six children.  

Myntje and Bill operated a dairy farm in Glen Stewart during their working years, and retired in 1989.  Together they spent much of their time dedicated to raising their family in a Christian environment with church and school a priority. 

Myntje loved gardening, whether it was to feed their family or to beautify their yard. She enjoyed family gatherings, playing games, quilting, and other handcrafts.

With the onset of Alzheimer’s, it was difficult for Myntje to stay at home, but she adjusted to life at Dundas Manor very well.

Myntje is survived by her husband Bill and her children Willy of Ottawa, Wilma Tibben (Bill) of Brinston, Alice Schuler (Hans) of Chesterville, Betty Dentz (Paul) of Iroquois, Albert (Linda) of Brinston and Brian (Joy) of Williamsburg. 

She was dear sister of Gys (Nell), Dirk (Meta), Gerrit (Anneke), Nico, Jacob, Wyntje Haagmans and Johanna DeHeer, all of Holland and sister-in-law of Cor Voorneveld of Holland and Yvonne Voorneveld of Brockville.

She was predeceased by her brothers James, Jan and John Voorneveld.

Myntje will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Heidi Tibben, Marcia Siggelkow (Ry), Glen Tibben (Robyn), Daniel Schuler (Sharon), Erin Van Gilst (Tim), Emily Geertsema (Martin), Sally Jane Dentz, Jenny Rijke (Brian), Robert Harbers (Loraine), Andrew Harbers (Emma), Eric Harbers, James Harbers, Corrin Harbers, Matthew Harbers, Sherry-Lynn Harbers and by her great-grandchildren Owen, Aleida and Wendy Siggelkow, Sam, Savanna and Emma Schuler, Allison Van Gilst, Maria, Nicole and Lauren Geertsema and Gideon Harbers.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Community Christian Reformed Church, Dixons Corners, on Monday, March 17th, from 6-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Clarence Witten.  Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were grandchildren Daniel Schuler, Heidi Tibben, Sally-Jane Dentz, Rob Harbers, Sherry-Lynn Harbers and Corrin Harbers.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School or the Dundas Manor Activity Fund would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at 



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Arlie H. Locke


A longtime resident of Morrisburg, Arlie Locke passed away suddenly at home on Friday, February 28, 2014. He was in his 74th year. 

Arlie Herbert Locke, son of Arlie P. and Laura (Van Allen) Locke was born June 25, 1940. 

Arlie grew up in Mariatown, with his siblings. In 1958, his parents started the restaurant which in 1967, grew to accommodate  what is now Arlor Haven Campground. 

Arlie spent many hours as a youth with his friends skating in the winter, playing hockey on the St. Lawrence River, attending the local fair with .05 cents in his pocket for the day. 

A favorite pastime was to play a Monopoly. He and friends would play all day, leave the game and break for sleep. Then pick it back up again the next day. He attended the Mariatown one room school house, then on to the Morrisburg High School.

Arlie went on to higher education with the goal of becoming a teacher. While at teacher’s college, he met some lifelong friends as well as his true love – Brenda.

Although at the time each had significant others – God knew the plans He had for them – plans for a hope and a future! Before graduation they were dating and plans were under way for a summer wedding. With family and friends present on August  12, 1961, Arlie married the love of his life. And their love story began. 

Over the 52 plus years they have been married, many dear people have called their home their own. From family and friends, to sponsoring a couple from a refugee camp, and eight foster children. 

In 1974, Arlie and Brenda built their dream home with help from their eldest son and Brenda’s family.  Arlie had spent two years designing the home, even making a cardboard model so Brenda could get a clear visual of the layout.

In 1981 his mother asked if he would move back to Morrisburg to help run the Arlor Haven Campground full time. So after many weekend moving trips the move was final. 

Arlie continued to teach in Ottawa, commuting each day,  and at a ripe ‘old age’ he decided to switch careers and turn his hands to his passion – carpentry. Arlie loved building projects. He would lay awake at night pondering ideas, planning additions.

Then after many years of construction work, Arlie again decided to switch careers. Now the choice was Financial Planning.  He spent many long hours on his new career, traveled to many new places and made many great friends along the way.

Arlie was a proud member of Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle. He served as a board member for many years, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. If an opening for an adult teacher was needed he gladly offered himself.   When the church decided it was time to expand, Arlie was head of the construction team. Some of his handiwork will remain for years to come within the walls of the church. 

Arlie was also an extraordinary godly example of what a husband, father, friend and Christian should be. He always did his best to help those who crossed his path however he could. One friend was moving back to Newfoundland and needed another driver.  Arlie was on board to help drive there and back. We all look forward to the day when we will meet again!

Arlie loved life and the people in his life. He had a great sense of humour and has been known to pull a prank or two! Anyone on the receiving end of one of his pranks knew it was one way he was expressing his love for that person. 

Arlie is survived by his loving wife Brenda (Benton), and by his children Arlie (Carol) Locke of Morrisburg, Rose (Tom) Wickwire of Brinston and Cory (Erika) Locke of Toronto.

He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Amanda, Jonathan, Melissa, Amelia, Daniel, Camille, Benjamin, Leah and Kayla; by two great-grandchildren McKale and Tara-Lynn, and by his foster children Lucy (Mike) Douma, Blanche Marcolais and Kevin and Chantal Whelan. 

Arlie was dear brother of Charlie Arthur Locke of Brockville, Harry (Sue) Locke of Florida, Jennet (Jack) Leslie of Bayfield, Ida Hart of BC and Charlie (Shirley) Perkins of Iroquois. He will be fondly remembered by his and sister-in-law Wylda Locke of Ingleside, and by many nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by his parents Arlie P. Locke and Laura Van Allen; sisters Lillian (Percy) Bonneville, Eva (Norm) Dunn, Greta (Norville) Horan; brother Harvey Locke; sister-in-law Betty Locke and brother-in-law Archie Hart. 

The funeral service was held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Tripp, assisted by Pastor Duncan Perry, officiating.  Pastor Lorna Casselman and the Benton family blessed those in attendance with inspiring music.

Spring interment will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. 

Memorial donations to the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle will be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg, was entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be made at



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Perspectives with Rev. Sue McCullough


Ahhh  Spring Time has Arrived

My favourite season of the year is spring. With it comes the promise of new life. With it comes the freshness of the tender new leaves on the trees, the greening of the grass, and the return of the migratory birds.

Before we experience that part of spring, it seems that we must endure yet another snow storm!

As I sit by the window of my study the snow is falling relentlessly. It feels like it is bringing heaviness on a world waiting to burst forth with new life. 

Once this snowfall has subsided and the thermometer finds its way into the higher temperatures, we have to find our way through the muck and mire of melting snow and defrosting ground. It seems that before we get to the beautiful part of spring we must encounter the messy part.

I suppose it kind of feels like the heaviness of our Lenten journey – that dark, heavy place we journey through as we approach the new life that Easter brings to us. 

We all know that after the forty days of Lent we will rejoice in the resurrection. However, we must first find our way through those forty days. 

In our Anglican tradition, we are called to observe a “holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” (Book of Alternative Services, p. 282) 

Most of this is done with a relative amount of ease if we commit to it. The hardest part for me (and for most), where I find the muck and mire, is in self-examination. To truly look deep within ourselves is one of the most difficult things we can do and most of us avoid it. 

But to find new life, we must look within to find what we need to let go of, what part of the old life is in the way. Then we will, with the help of God, be able to receive the new life in the resurrected Christ.

The snow will pass as will the forty days. In the meantime, as you journey through Lent make a commitment to create room in your heart, soul and life for the gift that God has for us. At the end of both the snow and the forty days we will find new life as only God can give us.



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Big skate accomplishments for little skaters


Sunday afternoon the CanSkate skaters of the Morrisburg and District Skate Club wrapped up their season with a gala ice cream party and awards presentation ceremony.

As each of the young skaters now hang up their skates until next fall, along with their skates each will be hanging up a medal earned this past season.

The afternoon of fun and ice cream also provided the opportunity for the club to recognize some individual accomplishments.

The success of the CanSkate program hinges heavily on the volunteer work of the club’s intermediate and senior skaters.

The Morrisburg Club has a very talented and dedicated pool of PAs and each year, one is acknowledged as PA of the Year. After each of the PAs was recognized the winner of this year’s award, which recognizes the PA for the assistance provided to the young skaters and club coaches was announces.

The PA of the year is an excellent role model, is dependable, enthusiastic and is a team player who shows unwavering devotion to the skate, said Ellen Biemond in making the presentation to Kaitlyn Stewart.

The afternoon’s festivities were handled by Biemond who is the Morrisburg Club’s CanSkate chair. She thanked everyone for the wonderful effort put forward for the club’s ice show the night before. 

In particular she thanked Sandra Scott, who not only works with the very beginners in the CanSkate program each year, taking them from their sprawled positions on the ice to little skaters by year end skate show, but who is instrumental in putting together the show, in particular the costumes that are always so delightful.

Biemond also thanked the den dads and moms for their help at the show and all those who helped with costumes. Special mention was given to the Mickey and Minnie dads who entertained at the show.

Recognized as this year’s CanSkater of the Year was Emma Morrow. This Skate Canada Athletic Award is presented each year to a CanSkater skater, 8 years and under. 

As recipient of the award Emma was recognized for her self-confidence, determination and her positive attitude, as well as for demonstrating natural ability/talent coupled with a passion for skating. She skater is eager to learn new skills and to improve and participates fully in all activities.

The final awards for the CanSkate Year were the Skate Canada CanSkate Champion Awards which go to skaters who demonstrate the qualities that embody the “spirt of a champions”…determination, discipline, perseverance and a positive attitude.

This year’s Spirit Awards went to CanSkaters Abigail Smail and Lilly Napier. Both embody the quality considered to be the essence of skating, commitment, perseverance and dedication.


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BIA moves home, eventful times ahead

A little over six months ago, the Morrisburg Business Improvement Area hired their first non-member as a coordinator, and this month, for the first time, they opened an independent office in the Morrisburg Plaza.

The office, located at 99 Main Street Morrisburg (beside Bo’s Barbershop) was generously donated to the Municipality of South Dundas by local lawyer Doug Grenkie. It was donated for the purpose of housing a public washroom facility.

The BIA decided that the washroom project fits nicely with the work of the BIA, and gives the organization the opportunity to have a standalone space.

The idea of a public washroom in the Morrisburg Plaza has been floated for several years. With the land donation, and the BIA involvement, it is coming much closer to becoming reality. 

However, as of yet, there is no specific plan or time-line available for that project.

“What we needed first was a location,” said Grace McDonough, coordinator for the Morrisburg BIA. “Now that we have this location, we are working at applying for funding.”

The plan is to install one fully accessible public washroom in the space adjacent to the newly established and renovated office.

So far, little has been done to the space, as the washroom will require extensive changes to the area, and likely a relocation of the door to meet provincial accessibility requirements.

Several years ago, fund raising was done for a washroom facility for the Morrisburg plaza, as a South Dundas Chamber of Commerce initiative, carried out in partnership with the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, and fundraising matched by the Morrisburg Scotiabank. The $8,100 raised through those efforts, will go to the BIA in support of the washroom project.

While the washroom project is an important priority for the BIA in its new home, it is one of many initiatives the BIA will be involved in this year.

When McDonough was hired in 2013, it was just on the heels of a successful Antiquefest, which was done in partnership with the South Dundas Chamber.

This year, the BIA, with a committee of BIA members and community members will take on organization of the 2014 Antiquefest alone. Learning from observations and input from last year’s vendors, McDonough says this year, all of the vendors will be in tents in mall courtyard behind the clocktower, or a section of the parking lot that will be cordoned off for the summer event slated for July 19 and 20. “We plan to grow the event this year,” said McDonough.

In McDonough’s first year as coordinator, she participated in a number of pumpkin-themed events including spooky tales, pumpkin carving and window decorating and baking contests, and the BIA plans for many of those to return again this fall. Last Christmas, in addition to the seasonal decorations that adorn the Morrisburg Plaza, courtesy of the BIA, they were joined by the Seaway Valley Singers for carolling in the plaza, held a window decorating contest for its members and turkey draws for Plaza patrons.

“All of this is like nothing I’ve ever done before. I brought a basic skill set to this job, and have been learning a lot along the way. With so many great ideas, and lots of feedback from our members, I’m looking forward to applying what I have learned,” said McDonough. While looking forward to having a role in these returning events, McDonough anticipates some new initiatives to the plaza.

The Municipality of South Dundas has been setting aside funds for a revitalization of the Morrisburg Plaza, and the BIA is looking forward to having input into that project.

The BIA is continuing to work at various ways to promote the plaza, including advertising, promotions and events, more than just hosting its own events, McDonough hopes to be able to make the plaza a stop on established regional events and tours. Additional attractions such as an expanded farmer’s market are in the works. The BIA is interested in making the mall court yard more welcoming to visitors, by adding seating and bicycle racks. 

“Not only would it give visitors a place to rest, it could also be a gathering place to sit outdoors and enjoy lunch,” said McDonough.  “It’s just part of being welcoming community. The tourist season here is a short season, so we want to help our businesses.” 

The Morrisburg Business Improvement Area consists of the geographic area of the Morrisburg Village Plaza. It is funded through a levy, administered by the municipality. The president of the Morrisburg BIA is Bill Ewing. The position is appointed by the municipality for the term of council. There are more than 240 BIAs across the province. BIAs have many functions including overseeing area improvements, promoting the area and advocating on behalf of the interests of the business improvement area. 

The primary responsibility of the coordinator is to assist the board in implementing revitalization and promotion strategy, as directed by the board, while serving as a link between the board and the BIA members, as well as coordinating the activities of committees, community groups and volunteers.


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Ethelwyn Carkner


Peacefully in the excellent care of Carleton Lodge on February 19th, Ethelwyn Gladys (Barrie) Carkner, born in Cabri, Saskatchewan, in 1918, to Bert Barrie and Ethelwyn Owen Barrie. 

Ethelwyn grew up in Chesterville, where in 1939, she married the love of her life, Austin (d. 2000).

Ethelwyn was the loving and supportive mom to Anne Barkley (Ralph) of Williamsburg; Connie Barton (Phillip) of Brockville; Helen (Bernard Léveillé) of Gibsons BC; Arthur (Janet) of Ottawa and John (Lori) of Arnprior. 

She was proud grandma of David, Jamie (Michelle) and Chris Barkley; Julie Barton Mills (Ed) and Ellen Barton; Warren (Joanne) and Kent (Myette) Foster; Daniel (Indri), Andrew and Hugh Carkner, and Sam and Niall Carkner. 

Predeceased by grandson Peter Barton in 2008. 

Loving great-grandma of Djenka Bloom Barkley; Simon and Tim Barton; Evan and Cara Mills; Austin and Joe Limburg; Brianna Foster; and Phoebe and Sloane Foster. 

Beloved  sister of Isobel Maxey of Qualicum Beach, BC; predeceased by sister Helen Argyle and brother Bobbie Barrie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

An inspiration to many, Ethelwyn is remembered with fondness and trepidation by generations of students (not to mention teachers) in the Osgoode and Metcalfe areas and the former Carleton Board of Education. She was the first female vice-principal with that Board. 

Ethelwyn was dear friend to many, especially Anita Weagant and Margaret Johnstone, and her friends in the Cass Bridge and Winchester areas. 

She was a lifelong volunteer, with the Sunshine Circle at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which she helped to found and with Dundas County Community Living. She was also a Lifetime Provincial Hospital Auxiliary member. 

Ethelwyn was known as a tomboy in her youth, swimming and playing hockey among other sports, and she also loved to garden. 

Donations in her honour may be made to the Winchester Hospital Auxiliary – or her memory may be honoured simply by doing something that would make your mother proud. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Chesterville, on Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Pastor Bud McKibbon. Spring interment will be at the Ormond Protestant Cemetery. 


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Seaway knocks off Embrun for EOSSAA volleyball gold


The Seaway District High School senior girls volleyball team made school history last Thursday when they claimed the EOSSAA championship in a wildly exciting match with the Embrun Panthers.

“The championship game was the best I’ve seen the girls play together as a team all season,” said elated coach Lindsay Waddell. 

It was a tough battle from start to finish with seldom more than a handful of points separating the Spartans and the Panthers as they battled for the championship.

For Seaway, it was a huge team effort that saw them sweep the match with 25-20 and 24-21 wins.

“We were confident in our skills,” said Waddell. “But Embrun is a very strong team. They won gold at OFSAA in 2011 and 2012 and were the number one overall seed at OFSAA in 2013. “I think my girls were intimidated at first, but they had the drive and the confidence that they could beat them.”

“I give Embrun a lot of credit, they are a very strong team and gave us a real fight. But my girls just seemed to really want it.”

“We were very sound, defensively. The girls dug up everything that Embrun threw at them, and made some strong offensive plays when needed.”

Waddell credited her entire team for a great day of ball and a great team effort. Members of the team include Kaitlyn Geurkink, Tiffany Roskell, Casey McNairn, Shannon van Moorsel, Jessica Hartle, Katrina Geurkink, Sophia Currier, Ali VanHoof and Allison Lee.

She says she had some big efforts from several of her veterans, including Currier (setter and co-captain) “who really leads by example. We wouldn’t be the same team without Sophia. There is no ball that is out of her reach, and she always puts us in a position to have an attack.”

Kaitlyn Geurkink (middle) also had a very strong game. Kaitlyn had some big blocks against Embrun’s best players, and had some kills that put us in a position to win both sets.”

“Casey McNairn, our right side hitter and our co-captain also gave a very strong defensive performance. Casey was all over the court, and was willing to sacrifice her body at any given moment to dig up a ball.”

A big game was played by Jessica Hartle, who is “always a positive influence on the team”.

“Embrun is an extremely good team, and I am so proud of all of my girls. They pushed hard all day and gave it everything they had. They deserve to be EOSSAA champs. I’m excited to see what they can do at OFSAA.”

Playing in the B pool, Seaway had a strong round robin performance. 

The wiped out Athens 25-8 and 25-7, and then easily handled Renfrew 25-11 and 25-20. In the B pool’s third game Renfrew defeated Athens in three sets to finish in second spot.

In the A pool, Embrun also went undefeated with 25-10 and 25-8 wins against Almonte and 25-18 and 25-10  wins Granite Ridge. Granite took the other win over Almonte in three sets.

For the semi-finals Seaway (A pool) played second place Granite (B pool) and defeated them quite handily 25-14 and 25-6, while Embrun had a bit tougher time against Renfrew (2nd A pool) but ended up winning in two sets 25-8 and 28-26.

The Spartans will travel to Richmond Hill, March 3-5, to compete in the Ontario Championship.

In other action last week, coach Lilace McIntyre took her junior Spartans to EOSSAA in Deep River last week missing two of her starters due to academic commitments.

As a result the Junior Spartans did not get the results they had hoped for. They had a really rough time against Renfrew Collegiate losing both sets, and although they played better against Marie Rivier, Kingston, again they lost both sets.

Both the Junior and Senior girls teams won the SD&G championships two weeks ago.


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Brent Lapier


A long time resident of the Iroquois area, Winston Brent Lapier passed away Sunday, March 2nd , 2014 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Brent was born May 14, 1942, to his parents, Harold and Tressa Lapier. He spent many hours of his life involved in sports, such as fastball, hockey and golf. A large portion of his spare time was spent playing euchre and bridge with his friends. 

Brent’s work at the grain elevator in Johnston lasted for 41 years. He cash cropped soybeans and corn for a number of years. 

He knew many people and was friends with them all. 

Brent is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie, his son Kenneth (Deborah) of Sarnia, and his daughter Pam (Mark) of Iroquois. 

He was much loved by his grandchildren Kim, Megan and Lucas and his great-grandson Olivier. 

Also mourning his loss are brothers Ronnie (Sheila), Gary (Cheryle) and by his sisters Joan (Brian) and Judy (Rick), also several nieces and nephews.

A celebratory service was held at Marsden, McLaughlin funeral home in Iroquois, Wednesday March 5, 2014.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Society or to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged.