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Maxine Link


A resident of the Long Sault Villa since May of 2006, Maxine Link passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, October 20, 2011. She was 89.

Maxine was born in Grantley on June 21, 1922, the eldest child of Willam and Velva Merkley (nee Todd). When Maxine was only six years old, her brother Gordon four and her sister Dolores 18 months, their mother died.  Maxine and Gordon were then raised by Grandma and Grandpa Merkley and Dolores was adopted by another family. 

Maxine and Gordon lived with their grandparents until she was 13 and her father re-married Alice Meyers. She and Gordon then went to live with them.  Maxine and Gordon were eventually blessed with seven half brothers from their father’s second marriage.

For three years, the family lived south of Finch on Roy Rupert’s farm. Maxine attended elementary school in Sandtown, and high school in Finch. The family then moved to a Crysler farm east of Morrisburg, for the next three or four years before they moved to Evergreen Hall farm which was owned by Edson Salmon.  Maxine worked for Mrs. Salmon helping to clean rental cabins.  

During that time she met and married Gerald Link on March 20, 1943, and they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Marie in December of 1944. 

After their marriage Maxine and Gerald lived in a home on Church Road owned by Gerald’s brother Russell. They then moved to Gerald’s fathers farm until the Seaway construction began and forced them to move to a home they had built on the north end of the property. They resided there until the early 1970’s, when they sold their home and moved to the bungalow next door. 

Maxine lived in that home in Riverside Heights until May of 2006, when she moved to the Long Sault Villa.  

Maxine was an active member of the Riverside community having served as a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Riverside Sewing Club, and Women’s Institute.  She was a dedicated member of Lakeshore Drive United Church in Morrisburg, and she also helped quilt with the Lutheran church ladies which was important to her.  Maxine was a hard worker, a good cook and she loved to visit with her family.  

She and Gerald were fortunate to enjoy three winter months in Florida for 17 years prior to Gerald’s passing in 2002.    

Maxine is survived by her daughter Marie (Ralph) Marcellus of Riverside Heights and her siblings Jim (Barbara) Merkley of Morewood, Richard (Bridget) Merkley of Winchester, Howard (Betty) Merkley of Morewood, Francis (Louise) Merkley of Orleans, Doug (Beverly) Merkley of Winchester and David (Carol) Merkley of Courtney, B.C.  

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, her sister Dolores Moffat and her brothers Gordon and Wallace Merkley.  

Maxine will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Bert (Sandi) Marcellus, Ron Marcellus, Cathy (Jason) St. Pierre and great-grandchildren Austin, Rayanna, Aleisha and Bryce.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.    

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the home on Monday, October 24th at 10 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.

Pallbearers were Bert Marcellus, Ron Marcellus, Austin Marcellus, Jason St. Pierre, Doug Hartle and Graham Link.  Honorary pallbearers were Cathy St. Pierre, Sandi Marcellus, Rayanna Marcellus, Aleisha St. Pierre and Bryce St. Pierre.  

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Lakeshore Drive United Church would be appreciated by the family.



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Frederick Albert Hill

Frederick Albert Hill passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 2, 2011. He was 82.

Fred was the loving husband of 61 years of Norma (nee Hunt). He will be greatly missed by his children Paul (Rosemarie) and David, both of Morrisburg and Beverley (Gary Styba) of Markham. He was proud grandfather of Trevor, Travis, Emily, Zoe, Spencer Hill and Aaron and Michael Styba.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tara Hill, brother Denis and sisters Gwen Gordon and Vivian Nightingale.

Born in Limehouse, Ontario, on October 19, 1928, Fred was renowned for his work ethic, strong civic values and outgoing personality.

Determined to be his own boss, Fred worked in a variety of jobs that included getting his sheep-shearing license in Australia, digging out Hamilton Mountain, and assembling fighter jets at A.V. Roe in Milton before starting Kingston Dunbrik with his brother Denis and brother-in-law Allan Gordon in Kingston.

The brick manufacturing business brought Fred to Morrisburg in the mid-1950’s when the partners decided a second plant was needed to fill a growing demand for brick prompted by the St. Lawrence Seaway project.

After the sale of the brick business in 1963, Fred ventured into the insurance business before partnering with his brother Denis once again to purchase the mobile home park now known as Hill’s Mobile Village in 1966.

Never one to sit when he saw a need, Fred committed his spare time as Reeve and member of council for many years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He met the Queen, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony when the 401 opened at Morrisburg and drove the town’s first Zamboni from the train station to the arena.

He was instrumental in many projects around Morrisburg, taking particular pride in spearheading the rebuilding of the arena.

He was a member of the Morrisburg Lions Club and the Morrisburg Curling Club for many years.

In his later years, with sons Paul and David having taken the reins of his businesses, Fred and Norma spent much of their time travelling and socializing in their vintage GMC motor home. They wintered in Florida for many years and continued to make new friends.

Wherever they went, Fred was always quick to lend a hand.

At Fred’s request, there was no service or visitation. For those who wish to remember him, donations can be made to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Dundas County Food Bank. On line condolences may be offered at


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Phyllis English

With her family by her side, Phyllis Minnie Arlene English (nee Smith) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

Phyllis was born November 18, 1914, in Iroquois to the late James and Ethel Smith.

She was the dearly beloved wife of the late Albert English and loving mother of Jeannine (Ed) Barkley and Carol Ann Montgomery all of Iroquois. She was the much cherished “Mum” of Debra (Brian) Coughler of Spencerville, Sheree (John) Hanson, Chris (Nancy) Barkley all of Iroquois and Julie (Jerry) Lynch of Brockville.

She will be most sadly missed by six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was predeceased by brothers Ralph and Harry Smith and by her son-in-law David Montgomery.

Phyllis was a woman of great spirit, wit and determination. After the Second World War, she and Albert purchased English’s Dry Goods which they ran until 1976, when they retired.

She was family oriented and was always proud, caring and supportive of her family. Her home and her gardens were always impeccably kept.

Having survived the depression years, she was always mindful that all who came to her home were well fed and entertained. She truly enjoyed singing, dancing and especially enjoyed traveling.

Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, with the funeral taking place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Following the service interment took place at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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Robert John Locke

A native of Williamsburg and resident of Barrie for the past month, Robert John Locke passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He was 44.

Robert was born in Ottawa on April 16, 1967, to his parents Parker and Elizabeth “Bettie” Locke (nee Lennox).  

Being the youngest of six children meant he was spoiled by all, especially his sisters. The first seven years of his life were not unlike any of the other children. Then his father died. 

By this time, only he, sister Lauren and Bettie were at home. Lauren was attending university in Ottawa, and his mother went back to work. 

Robert became a latch key child, although his neighbours always kept a watchful eye on him. The Kehoe’s and Barkley’s were very good to him. With help, he persevered. He attended public school in Elma, then Maple Ridge and finally off to Seaway District High School in Iroquois. 

Robert’s greatest asset was his personality, and during high school he became well respected by his peers and teachers alike.  He developed leadership skills through his involvement in students council, and he eventually earned the reputation as being the official planner for his class.  These leadership skills would serve him well throughout the remainder of his life. 

Following in his older brothers’ footsteps, Robert enjoyed a few extra curricular activities one of which included spending time at the cottage on Ault Island.  

With respect to sports, Robert enjoyed playing baseball and hockey but his greatest sporting love was football. He and Gerry Mabo played in Cornwall, and as a one/two punch, became two of the best players on the team. 

Robert moved away shortly after high school to attend Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough where he made many new friends. He completed a two year course in law and security, then went back and completed a business course where he ended up on the Dean’s list. 

Through this honor, he met some notable people, one of whom hired him at the lottery corporation.  Through hard work and determination he advanced quickly to become Director of Facilities & Maintenance at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.  He was part of the startup program, which included the construction of the various lottery sites throughout Ontario, including Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. 

It was during the end of that period that he met his future wife Maha. They were married in a quiet ceremony in London on March 20, 2004.  Robert and Maha have three children, Jad 14, Amanda 6 and John 5.  Maha’s parents, along with her sister Lina were always willing to lend a helping hand allowing them the freedom to enjoy life to its fullest which they did. Good plan! Their zest for life took them on 15 vacations in the 11 years they were together. They also enjoyed hosting and attending parties with their family and friends. 

After the lottery sites were up and running, Robert moved on to become General Manager at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia owned by his friend, Jim Henderson. He helped Jim with the day to day operations of running this establishment. Jim gave Robert a free run of the place and Robert enjoyed, not only working in the front office, but on the track and in the backstretch as well. But, as in life, all good things must come to an end. 

Robert left Sarnia on good terms to become General Manager at Georgian Downs in Barrie and had only been working there for approximately one month when tragedy struck. 

Robert is survived by his wife Maha, his children Jad, Amanda and John, his siblings Mahlon (Paula) of Morrisburg, Duane “Sam” (Claire) of Williamsburg, Elizabeth Locke-Dickey (John) of Williamsburg, Wendy Casselman (Jim) of Williamsburg and Lauren Harriman (Craig) of Williamsburg. 

He was a dear son-in-law of Faouz and Maurice Abou-Elias and brother-in-law of Nada, Eva, Lina and Maroun Abou-Elias.  

He was predeceased by his parents Parker and Elizabeth “Bettie” Locke.  

Uncle Robert will be sadly missed by John (Amy), Thomas (Marla), Jane (Bobby), Parker, Marissa (Kyle), Wendy (Phil), Jason and  Sarah.  He was a dear great-uncle of Kathryn, Emily, Joshua and William.  

Robert will always be remembered as an amazing brother, loving husband and father, super uncle, and true friend to many.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg,  on Saturday, from 2-6 p.m.  Funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church, on Sunday, October 9th, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating.  

Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. 

Pallbearers were Brian McAdam, Gerard Palmer, Robert Currier, Lyle Schell, Ted Houck, and Scott Lockhart.  Honorary pallbearers were Andy Lee, Jason Mandel, Eldon Horner, Paul McCaslin and David Lapier. 

Donations to the C.N.I.B. or Williamsburg United Church would be appreciated by the family.



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Natalie Robinson

A lifelong resident of the district, Natalie Robinson (nee Fetterley) passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, October 15, 2011. She was in her 90th year.

Natalie was the beloved wife of the late Wilburn Robinson. She was loving mother of Lois (Donald) Knapp of Iroquois and Hugh (Debbie) Robinson of Manotick. She was the cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and great-grandmother of two.

A resident of Morrisburg, Natalie was formerly from Chesterville.

Friends paid their respects at the Daniels Funeral Chapels Inc. in Winchester on Sunday, October 16. The Order of the Eastern Star service was held Sunday evening.

The funeral service was held in the chapel on Monday, October 17, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Wendy Wright MacKenzie officiating.

Pallbearers were Natalie’s grandchildren.

Interment was at Grantley Cemetery.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.


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Dorothy Jean Wickwire

A life time resident of the Brinston area, Jean Wickwire passed away suddenly on Sunday Sept. 18, 2011.

Jean was born in Dixon’s Corners on December 18, 1945, to her parents Pringle and Greta Murphy (nee Burton).

As a young girl she spent some time in the family cheese factory wrapping butter, sliding from the snow piled near the roof against the rink shack at Johnston’s, swimming in a nearby creek and later at Fetterly’s quarry in Iroquois.

She attended public school in Dixon Corner’s and high school in Iroquois. Following high school, Jean worked for RCA in Prescott.

On December 18, 1965, Jean married Urcyl Wickwire of Brinston. They had two children.

Jean continued to work for RCA for a few years after her second child was born, but due to health reasons left the company.  Jean baby sat other children for a short while until she gained employment with the Caldwell Linen Mill. She remained with the company until it closed its doors in 2006.

Jean enjoyed a life long love for reading anything that was printed, and she also enjoyed snowmobile runs on Saturday nights to Chesterville or Sunday afternoon runs on the Nation River with Urcyl.

In the spring it was time to fish for mud pout with her children.  Later on she would watch her grandkids fish from the same bridge that she herself had caught an eel from.

She enjoyed skating “around the block” with her niece and nephews on the creek once it was frozen, and then a heated game of Aggravation with Ken and Ida.

As her children grew older, the pastimes changed from snowmobiling, go-carts and motorcycles, which she had purchased with her son, then it was on the river with the wave runners.

Jean enjoyed gardening and each season preserved pickles, tomatoes, and chili sauce.  At one time she tried her hand at making wine and discovered it wasn’t a good idea to store her new product in a certain type of bottle.  

She grew her own summer savory and laughed the first time it was placed on the clothes line to dry.  She always said “the stuff you buy in the store isn’t the same.”

Jean looked forward to the Murphy family gatherings, where brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews could be visited and it was always a good spot to try out a new recipe whether it was one of her own or someone else’s.

When her children visited they would have to try the latest recipe she had made from either her favorite cooking magazines or her collection of cook books.

Jean also enjoyed having the neighbors Robbie and Ricky over for holidays so they could rave about her dressing made from her own summer savory, and her pie making skills. Robbie would always ask; “do your kids have the same passion for cooking as you do.”

The answer is “yes we do” and we thank you for that Mom.

Jean is survived by her husband Urcyl and her children Wendy (Tim) Murphy RR#1 Iroquois and Tom (Rose) Wickwire of Brinston.

She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Garry (Della) Murphy of RR#1 Iroquois, Gale (Doug) Reynolds of Iroquois, Allan (Phyllis) Murphy of Dixon’s Corners, Wilda (Adriaan) Vandeemheen of Dixon’s Corners, Aden (Linda) Murphy of Williamsburg, Nancy (Guy) Croteau of Iroquois, and Edward Murphy of Winchester.

Jean will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Michelle and Jarret Murphy and Amelia, Daniel, Camille and Benjamin Wickwire.  

She was predeceased by her parents Pringle and Greta Murphy (nee Burton) and an infant sister Ruth Ann.

She also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois on Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday, September 21st at 11 am, with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.

Interment followed at the Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.

Pallbearers were Daniel Wickwire, Jarret Murphy, Todd Croteau, Nick Croteau, Dennis Wylie and Jim Murphy.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


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Eileen Gibson

A resident of Fairview Lodge in Whitby, for the past eight years, Eileen Gibson passed away there on Friday, September 9, 2011. She was 95.

Eileen was born in Mountain, on September 14, 1915, to her parents Sandy and Margaret Workman (nee Christie).

She grew up on the family farm in Heckston. At the age of 13, Eileen’s mother passed away, and she stayed home to care for her brothers and sisters.

In 1935, she married Thomas Gibson and started her family–Lillian, Sandy, Floyd, Rita and Dennis. Eileen was a stay at home mother.

The family moved to Oshawa in the 1950’s, and later she moved to Niagara Falls. Eileen loved to visit her neighbours and often baked treats for everyone.

She worked well into her 70’s doing housework and cooking meals for her clients. At 70, still very strong and energetic, she obtained her passport and travelled to England for a three-week visit with friends she had written to for many years.

Eileen was a very active member of her church. Her faith and God were a very important part of her life, and she enjoyed reading her bible daily.

Eileen’s life has been 95 years, well lived…her family, friends and her love of God, her treasures.

Eileen is survived by her children Thomas “Sandy” Gibson (Verna) of RR#2 Iroquois, Rita Jordan (Earl) of Oshawa and Dennis Gibson (Roly) of Oshawa, by her son-in-law James Kaczmarek (Lillian) of St. Catharines and her daughter-in-law Shirley Gibson (Floyd) of Iroquois. She was dear sister-in-law of Doreen Workman (Donald) of Prescott, Martha Workman (Lloyd) of Kemptville and Lorraine Workman (Lyall) of Kemptville.

Eileen will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Karl Kaczmarek, Cathy Gibson (Neil Huffman), Shelley Byers (James), Carl Gibson (Bonnie), Glen Easter,  Graydon, Logan and by her great-grandchildrenWilliam and Maddie Huffman, Stacey (Jon) Pergunas, Melissa Gibson and by her great-great-grandchildren Maleigh and Gavin Pergunas.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas, her daughter Lillian Kaczmarek, her son Floyd Gibson, her sisters Yvonne Baldwin and Lois Dolan and by her brothers Donald, Lloyd, Howard, and Lyall Workman.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


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Alan Bedggood Chanter

Alan Bedggood Chanter, of Crysler Ontario, passed away peacefully, at Brockville General Hospital, Ontario on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011. He was born in 1924.  He will be sorely missed.  

Alan was the loved father of David (wife Patricia) St. Aurelie, Quebec, Barbara (husband Joe) Niagara Falls, Ontario and Christine of Toronto, Ontario

He was dear brother of Dawne Franklyn of Morrisburg and cherished grandfather to five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  

Alan was dear uncle to Susan, Doug and Melanie Peters, Iroquois; Mark, (Krista and Tyson) Peters, Brockville; and Richard, Tricia and Ashley Parvin, Texas.  

He was predeceased by parents, Phylis and Charles and brother, Derek of England.  

Alan was born in Cardiff, Wales, and raised in Horsham, Sussex, England. After serving in the RAF during WWII, he moved to Canada in 1951.  

Alan wore many hats, in his professional career, from draftsman to inventor.  He was an avid fisherman, camper, reader and lover of gadgets.

He served his community in many ways, including volunteering with Naomi House.  He was also known for keeping politicians on their toes, with his letter writing.  Most of all, he will be remembered for his compassionate nature, generosity of spirit and love of family.  

A memorial service for Alan will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 25th at the Brownlee Funeral Home,  at 18 Front St. in Finch, Ontario. The service will be followed by refreshments at the Legion, 91 on Highway 43, Finch, Ontario.


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John ‘Jake’ Hunter

A lifetime resident of Toyes Hill, John “Jake” Hunter passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.  He was 68.
John was born in Toyes Hill on April 2, 1943, to his parents Joseph and Marguerite Hunter (nee Marcellus). He was raised on the family farm along with his 10 brothers and sisters.  

Jake, as he was called by many of his family and friends, was a gentle man and a man of few words, but when he spoke, everyone listened.
John never married.  He was content with his life.  The reason he gave for not getting married was simple, “the women he wanted wouldn’t have him, and the women that wanted him, the devil wouldn’t have”.

John worked as a labourer all of his life.  He loved sports, fishing and gardening.  

The last few years he enjoyed four-wheeling either at home in the bush or at the cottage with his friend “Vic”.  John was never alone.  His friend “Gangster”, the dog, followed him where ever he went.  

John was a good cook and could make a mean pot of home made soup.  He opened the cupboard, threw in a handful of this and a bit of that, and it always turned out well.

The last few years, with his partners Lawrence, Joe, Wayne and Terry, they made home made relishes, pickles and tomato juice which they shared with the rest of the family.

John looked forward to going to the race track and the casino along with his brothers. He also enjoyed gathering at Wayne’s for the family and friend barbecues and at Joe’s every spring for a fish fry.

He was a very special uncle to his many nieces and nephews and he enjoyed playing jokes on people.

John had his little home away from home which was a little shack that all the brothers built out in the bush.  They would gather there to play a few games of cards and eat the occasional turkey supper.  

Jake is survived by his siblings June Picard of Toyes Hill, Barbara (Terry) Duff of Newington, Lawrence “Catfish” Hunter of Brinston, Linda (Mike) Brannen of Chesterville, Joe Hunter of Winchester Springs, Wayne (Liz) of Toyes Hill and Judy Hunter (Andy Tibben) of Brinston.  He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Marguerite Hunter (nee Marcellus), his sister Betty Watson and his brothers William and Robert. 

Jake will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends throughout the area.     

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday from 5-9 p.m.  A Graveside inurnment service was held at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, on Saturday, September 10th at 11 a.m.  Pallbearers were June Picard, Barbara Duff, Linda Brannen and Judy Hunter.  Honorary pallbearers were Liz Hunter and Victor Brooks.

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.


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Ross Collison

A resident of Woodland Villa Nursing Home, Long Sault, for the past 7.5 years, Ross Collison passed away there on Sunday, September 4, 2011. He was 91.

Ross was born in Iroquois, on May 22, 1920, to his parents Samuel and Isophene Collison (nee Barkley). He lived his entire life on the broken second.

Ross will be fondly remembered for his love of bicycling and the fact that he loved to buy and sell watches.

Ross is survived by his sister-in-law Myrtle Collison of R.R.# 2 Iroquois and by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister Susan Moore and brothers Brock and Dwight.    

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the funeral hHome on Thursday, September 8th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.  Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.
Pallbearers were Billy Collison, Gary Collison, Dustin Martin, Calvin Collison, Melissa Kennedy and Amy Collison. 

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.