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Ronald Lanthier

Ronald Kenneth Lanthier, passed away suddenly at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, March 18, 2013. He was 71.  

Ronald was the beloved husband of Bonnie Lanthier of Cornwall, and loving father of Kenneth (Sherri) of Morrisburg, Debra (Randy) Murdock of Ottawa, Jacqueline Lanthier (Lloyd Wells) of Williamsburg and Kelly Lanthier of Brockville. 

He was dear grandfather to Corey, Tyler, Vicky, Travis, Nathan, Danielle and Ashley and great grandfather to Brook.  He will be sadly missed by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, on Friday, March 22, 2013, at 11 a.m.    Interment of cremated remains will take place at Iroquois Point Cemetery later in the spring.  Donations to the Alzheimer’s

Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at



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Sterling Kelly


A lifetime resident of the area, Sterling Kelly passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was 77.

Sterling was born in Farran’s Point, on April 23, 1935, the eldest of eight children born to his parents William and Carrie Kelly (nee Sheets).  He was an obedient and helpful son and dearly loved by all his siblings.  

At age 19, he met Edna Beaupre and in June of 1959, they were married. Edna remained his companion and devoted wife for the next 53 years.

The next chapter of Sterling’s life was his greatest joy, the arrival of his cherished baby girl Carol-Ann. He adored her, and he embraced his role as a father with pride with his little girl often by his side.

Carol-Ann brought so much joy to his life and through her  he gained his designated driver and sidekick Rambo (Carol-Ann’s husband Steve).  

Steve and Carol-Ann then provided Sterling with two grandchildren and these kids completed his life. They were the two most precious jewels in his crown. He was so proud of them both. His legacy will surely live on through his devotion to them and their memory of him.  

Sterling began working with the Village of Morrisburg crew in 1966, on the garbage truck, and he eventually learned to operate a backhoe.  He was usually way ahead of what others were thinking, already planning a solution to problems or situations in need of an intervention.   

He worked for the township for the 40 years, and he was well liked and respected by his fellow employees.   

Sterling was also very good to his nieces and nephews who all knew if they were hanging out with Uncle Sterling, they were going to have fun whether it involved going to the movies, getting their bike fixed,  going fishing or just getting an ice cream. 

To the younger great-nieces and nephews who lived nearby he was affectionately known as “Grandpa Candy” because he always provided the children with candy.  

Sterling will be remembered as a man who had a bright and radiant spirit, a great sense of humour and a sincere ability to light up a room.

He enjoyed having a Labatt’s 50, and he was always full of enthusiasm–ready and willing to lend a hand.  He was clever, yet humble. 

Able to fix almost anything, from lawn mowers to plumbing disasters, Sterling would go to the rescue of anyone in crisis. He would offer wise counsel or just sit and listen–he seemed to know just what to do or say.  

Regardless of his attire; coat and hat or slippers and suspenders, Sterling could converse in any social circle, and he offered his input with charm and ease.

Sterling is survived by his wife Edna, his daughter Carol (Steve) Skerry of Morrisburg, his grandchildren Justin and Katie and his siblings Earl (Rose) of Simcoe, Ed (Roseann) of Morrisburg, Dale (Pat) of Morrisburg, Betty (Lloyd) McMillan of Iroquois and Wayne (Marie) of Iroquois.

He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Carrie Kelly (nee Sheets) and his brothers Ronnie and Lee.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 20th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating.  

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Mariatown.  Pallbearers were Jeff Kelly, Travis Kelly, Tom McMillan, Troy McMillan, Colleen Merkley and Scott Carswell.

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Marina Simpson


A resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past 5.5  years, Marina Simpson passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall on Monday, March 11, 2013.  She was 78.

Marina was born in Brockville on November 24, 1934, to her parents Elijah and Christina Monger (nee Bulleid). She was one of seven children.  

Marina lived in Brockville with her family and attended school there. Once finished school, she moved to Morrisburg, where she lived with her brother Bill and his wife Phyllis.  

While in Morrisburg, she went to work at Bell Canada.  It just so happened that the Bell office ended up being located beside McNeeley’s Drug store.  It also just so happened that there was a young man employed at that drug store named Floyd Simpson.  Everyone called him Chip.

Marina and Chip were married March 1, 1957.  She continued working at Bell Canada, and then went to work at the Bank of Montreal until 1965.  

On Feb. 20, 1966, Marina and Chip welcomed their son, Robert Michael into their lives. Very soon after that, on September 22, 1966, Kimberley Anne joined them.  Their family was complete.

Once both Robbie and Kim were in school, Marina re-entered the workforce. This time she went to Beavers Dental Products in Morrisburg. She very proudly held the title of “International Invoices Secretary for the General Manager and the Production Manager. Marina retired in 1999, after 25 years of dedicated service.

Never did Marina do something, just to do it.  She had a desire to organize and had her hands involved in many things.

The Morrisburg Figure Skating club benefitted from her assistance with music, making costumes, and even serving up Rice Krispies at 6 a.m. skating practices. 

Marina was also extremely involved with the Presbyterian Church in Morrisburg. From singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, serving as Church treasurer, being the envelope secretary, to sitting on the board of Managers and acting as a Church Elder, those were all jobs that Marina took very seriously.

Friends of the Sanctuary saw her taking registrations for many events, and she also dove right in to numerous activities at the Park Drive Villa.

Something else she took seriously was her family.  She loved her children Kim and Rob very much, and was such a proud Grandma to Ashley, Bela, and Jordan.

Marina cherished her friends, and she had many. With them she travelled to Hawaii and Europe.  She loved to talk about her travels and tell all that she learned about the different places she went to.

In 2006 , Marina made the decision to sell the house that she, Chip, Rob and Kim called home.  From there she went into a small apartment, and then finally to Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, where she was so very happy.

Smiling was something that came easily to her.  Marina loved her life, the people in it and she loved the LORD!

Marina is survived by her children Rob of Ottawa and Kim Leger (Andrew van Vliet) of Lunenburg and her brother Bill Mongor of Morrisburg.  

She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ashley, Bela and Jordan. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Floyd, her step-brother Harold Monger, her sister Isobel Hardie and her step-sisters Dorothy Gaudin, Violet Brown and Alma Hone.     

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m. which was conducted by Rev. Steven Eckersley. 

Pallbearers were Barry and Mike Van Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Orval Delage and Alan Crowder. Interment of cremated remains will be in the spring at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg.  Donations to the Gamaliel Church Christian School in Peru would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at 



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Patricia Phillips


It is with deep sadness that the family of Patricia May Phillips announces her death on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Born August 24th 1939, to Daniel and May Regan, the oldest of six children in war torn, London, England, Pat’s earliest memories were of air raids, bomb shelters and a series of parties as one uncle left for the war or another returned unscathed.

In 1958, at the age of eighteen, Pat married the love of her life, John Phillips.  

A few years later, in 1964, John and Pat immigrated to Canada looking for a better life for their two young daughters and a baby boy on the way. They settled in Morrisburg,  where John’s brother Reg lived and got busy with their young family.  

Eventually John became heavily involved in the Morrisburg Lions Club and they lived a happy, busy life, involved in the community and their many friends.  

Sadly, in 1985, John died after a brief illness and the light went out in Pat’s world as that chapter in her life closed.

Pat turned  to her family, focusing on her grandchildren. She became babysitter, chauffeur, and best friend to Katie, Chris, Josh and Jake.  However, as the children grew, Pat started to spend more and more time visiting in Great Britain.  

Eventually, at the age of 60, she moved to Wales with her beloved sister Joan. Five years later saw her back in Morrisburg, now in poor health, to live at the Morrisglen senior apartments.  

A series of strokes, COPD,  uncontrolled diabetes and crippling arthritis eventually left her unable to care for herself, and she spent the last few years of her life in  the wonderful  care of the staff at the Woodland Villa at Long Sault.

Pat leaves behind three children Mandy (John) of Riverside Heights, Julie of Cornwall, and Mitch (Melissa) of Uxbridge.  

Her cherished  grandchildren are now grown, some with children of their own who were another source of delight for Pat.  Missing their grandmother are Katie (Ross) of Brockville, Chris (Alexis) of Ottawa, Joshua (Brian) of Peterborough, Jake of Cornwall  and Paul (Tania) of Morrisburg.

Two young great-grandchildren, Noah Laurent of Brockville and Tianna van de Kamp of Morrisburg  are also going to miss their Nanny Pat.

Pat was predeceased by her best friend and husband John, her brother Danny-boy, and  suffered the tragic loss of a baby great- grandson Donavin Williamson. 

She has been committed to the care of Marsden and Mclaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg where in accordance with her express wishes there  will be no visitation or service. An interment will be held in the spring where she will finally be reunited with her much missed husband.

Donations to the Woodland Villa Nursing Home would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at


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Rev. John DePater


A resident of the Hartford Home in Morrisburg, for the past 18 months, Rev. John DePater passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 1, 2013, following a brief illness. He was 89.

John was born in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands, on October 15, 1923, to his parents Jan and Margo DePater (nee Markus).

John DePater was a strong-minded man who lived with passion, but most importantly he lived his life in the knowledge that he would be nothing without the grace of God reaching out to him.

As a child in the Netherlands, his family moved frequently. At age 13, he completed elementary school and then worked as a farm labourer throughout his teen and early adult years. 

During the war years, he was involved in the underground and the resistance army. After the war, he joined the police force and then the army. Before being sent to Indonesia, he met his future wife Alice, got engaged within a few weeks and married her upon his return from Indonesia three years later.

In 1951, John and Alice immigrated to Canada, with a small infant to pursue new opportunities. 

During their first years in Canada, John worked a variety of manual labour jobs to support his growing family. In 1957, the family moved to Hamilton where John completed his high school education by correspondence courses and then received a BA in theology from McMaster University. 

From there, the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, so John could pursue his studies to become an ordained pastor. He served churches in Holland Marsh, Ontario; Williamsburg, Ontario; Escalon, California; Duncan, British Columba; and York, Ontario. 

He “officially retired” in 1988, but continued to serve churches on an interim basis in various locations throughout Ontario and in the U.S.A. Until very recently, he led Bible studies and a monthly worship service at the Hartford Retirement Centre. 

Throughout his life, John and Alice travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe. He enjoyed nature, camping, reading and spending time with his family. John lived his life with strong convictions desiring to let others know the gospel message. 

John is survived by his children Margo (Jack) VanGilst of Finch, Bea (Renny) VanGilst of Elma, Jan (Elizabeth) of Almonte, Alice Douma (Dean Howland) of Ingleside, James (Barb) of Kemptville and Stephen (Sue) of Cornwall.  

He  will  be fondly remembered by grandchildren Matthew (Anne), Katrina (Steve), Benjamin (Tracy), Luther, Reuben (Emily), Stephanie (Tim), David (Melissa), Tim (Erin), Andrew (Rachel), Dan (Sarah), Dylan, Dexter, Ava, Nathan, Melissa (Dennis), Jason (Jenny), Aaron (Caitlyn), Thomas (Michelle), Miranda (Fraser), Steven, Jennifer, Alexandria, Madison, Erik and by his great-grandchildren Mika, Naomi, Petra, Jonas, Rachel, Ezra, Elijah, Silas, Kate, Noah, Leah, Ethan, Gabriel, Allison, Desi, Haley, Micah, Eli, Arabel, Tristan, Dryden, Logan, Colton, Jackson and Jacob.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

John was predeceased by his beloved wife Alice, his sisters Mija Westervelt, Johanna VanMourik, Margo Wilbrink, Hendrika Pul, Jannigje Wilbrink, Maartje Droogers, his brothers Hendrik and Leonard and his son-in-law John Douma.    

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral Service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday, March 5th at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.  

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Pallbearers were grandchildren Luther Van Gilst, Reuben Van Gilst, Tim VanGilst,  Dexter DePater, Jason Douma, Erik DePater.

Donations to the Christian Reformed World Relief Fund or Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Jane Ewing


Born in Pierre Tautreau (Ville) Montreal, Quebec, on February 7, 1956, long-time Iroquois resident Jane (nee Keeler) Ewing passed away suddenly at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 3, 2013. She was 56 years old.

Jane was very active in community life and well known in Iroquois and Morrisburg. 

She was the owner of Pokey’s Place in Morrisburg, and for many years she served the community as the coordinator of the Morrisburg  (BIA).

For many years prior to opening Pokey’s Place, Jane worked alongside her mother, Ann as a typesetter at the Iroquois Post/Chieftan newspaper in Iroquois. At times she also doubled as a receptionist. 

Jane also worked alongside her husband Bill in their cleaning business, cleaning the Bank of Montreal for 30 years. Working as a secretary at the Iroquois Municipal Office, Jane attained her AMCT designation in 1998.  

Jane was always ready and willing to help everyone. She served her home town of Iroquois as a councilor and Hydro Commissioner during the last term of council before the amalgamation of South Dundas.  

She served on the Iroquois Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Board of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Anyone who knew Jane knew of her special affection for all types of animals especially stray cats and dogs.

Jane was the loving daughter of the late David and Ann Keeler of Iroquois.

Jane is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Bill Ewing. She will be sadly missed by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and close special friends Gwen and Rod McGill of Iroquois and Joan and Jim Grant of Cardinal.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois, on Tuesday, January 8th from 6-9 p.m. 

For those wishing, donations may be made to the SPCA. 

Inurnment will take place at the Iroquois Point Cemetery on Friday, May 24th, 2013.



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Carl Russell Banford


Carl Russell Banford died peacefully at his home in Iroquois on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the age of 90 years.  

Carl was born on October 9, 1922, in Matilda Township, to Alexander Banford and the former Annie Mae Fader.  

He was raised and educated in Maxville, in his early years before his family moved back to Iroquois. 

He worked for Jack Kerr as an apprentice then for Esso Home heating after which he retired  at the age of 53 years.  

Carl married Hilda Mustard on July 24, 1943, in Iroquois.  They had two children Joanne Banford of Iroquois, and Eric and his wife Alice of Perth.  

Carl served during the Second World War. He enlisted at the age of 20, was captured on the fifth day and was a POW for 11 months. He was released in May 1945.  

Carl was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 370 in Iroquois. He served 28 years on the Iroquois Fire Department and two years as a Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Anglican Church.  

For many years Carl was an avid carpenter and painter.  After retiring, he worked at Upper Canada Village as a tinsmith and taught many students his trade.

Carl leaves to mourn his wife Hilda Banford, his daughter Joanne, his son Eric and his wife Alice and his sister Frances Andrew of Peterborough.

He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Joshua (Amanda) and Erica (Rob) Hodgson Shane and Pat Dawson and by his great-grandchildren Liam Thomas and Alexandria Li. 

He was predeceased by his parents and  his infant brother Gordon.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Wednesday, February 6, from 4-7 p.m.  A Legion Service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.  

Funeral service was held at St. John`s Anglican Church in Iroquois, on Thursday, February 7 at 11 a.m.  Donations to St. John`s Anglican Church in Iroquois or the charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at


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Earl Stanley Brown


A lifetime resident of the area, Earl Brown passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Thursday, February 28, 2013. He was 73.

Earl was born at home in Morewood, on April 23, 1939, to his parents Stanley and Violet Brown (nee James). As a child, he worked on the family farm while attending Morewood School.

In 1958, the family relocated to Glenn Becker where they ran the Brown’s Service Station.

Earl and Carole (McHaffie of Glen Becker) were married on September 3, 1960, and moved down the road to Froatburn. During this time, Earl worked for The Department of Highways (Iroquois). 

In 1966, Earl and Carole, and one-year-old son Andrew, moved to Nudell Bush. Shortly after the move, Earl started work at the Rohm and Haas Plant in Morrisburg where he remained until his retirement in 1994.

Earl started playing hockey when he was 16, not knowing then that his passion for the sport would become the foundation of his existence. He started playing organized hockey in 1955, at age 16. He played with the Morrisburg Juveniles in 1955 and 1956, and then with the Winchester Juniors from 1956-1960. From there, he played Intermediate hockey with Winchester from 1960-69. He led the team in scoring in 1965-66-67 and won the St Lawrence scoring title in 1965-66.

Earl loved his hockey and hockey took him to many places, Nashville, the Yukon, Las Vegas, Florida and many cities in Ontario. 

One of his highlights was playing in a gold medal game for the Cornwall Hubs at the old Montreal Forum in 1987.

Earl enjoyed many sports activities such as broomball, baseball, golf, fishing, hunting and cheering for his Detroit Red Wings.

Earl is survived by his wife Carole, his son Andy (Cindy) Brown of R.R. # 1 Morrisburg, his grandson Ryan Brown and his siblings Ralph Brown of Morrisburg and Mildred Brown of Windsor. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Violet Brown (nee James). 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 6th, at 11a.m., with Rev. Geoff Howard officiating. Interment will be held in the spring at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.

Pallbearers were Ryan Brown, Brodey Casselman, Len Bellamy, and Pete Clement.

Donations to Winchester Hospital or Carefor Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at



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Margaret Irene Harriman

Margaret Harriman passed away peacefully on Monday, February 18, 2113. She was in her 92nd year. 

The first-born child of William Swartz and Mary Irene Midforth, Margaret was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, on May 4th, 1921. 

She was a sister to Edna of London, Ontario, and was predeceased by three brothers. Donald, Clark, and Floyd. 

Margaret moved to Toronto, where she met and married her husband Dwane Harriman on May 29, 1946. 

Margaret and Dwane soon moved to a farm east of Morrisburg, and lived there until 1955. At that time, they moved to a farm north of Williamsburg where they raised their seven children. 

After Dwane died in 1990, Margaret continued to live on the farm until November of 2008, when she entered Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault.

Margaret is survived by her seven children: Allan and his wife Angie; Deanna and her husband John; Anne; Marlene and her husband Larry; Donna, David, and Glenn.

She will be fondly remembered by six grandchildren: Eric; Andrew and his wife Sherry; Jo-Anna and her husband Jesse; Brian; Kelly; Adam and his wife Amanda. 

There are 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand daughter. Auntie Margaret was much loved to many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a loving and hard working wife and mother. She was tireless in caring for the responsibilities of raising children, managing a farm, gardening, and sewing. Many people remember her as an excellent cook.

Margaret began to study the bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1967, and was baptized in 1977. She was a deeply devoted and faithful servant of Jehovah.

It was her goal in life to prove herself loyal to him. Margaret had a strong belief in the promise of resurrection and this is what she always took comfort in. 

In God’s due time, she knew she will return to life on a paradise earth. She will be remembered and miss by all who knew her. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg, A memorial service will be held on March 2nd, 2013 at 2 p.m, at the Kingdom Hall 20077 Pitt Street, Cornwall, Ontario. 

Interment will be in the spring. Online condolences may be made at


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Eileen Baker

A lifetime resident of the Iroquois area, Eileen Baker passed away at the Wellington House Nursing Home in Prescott, on Saturday, February 16, 2013. She was 93.

The daughter of Mason and Winnifred Shaver (nee Workman), Eileen Beatrice was born September 1, 1919, at the family home west of Iroquois.

She grew up with her twin sister Ila and younger sister Vera. She attended elementary school a short distance from her home.

On September 11, 1942, she married Curtis Baker and together they raised six children Donna, Carolyn, Winston, Allan, Sandra and Diane.

Eileen worked many years at the Caldwell Linen Mill. She retired in 1984 as floor lady.

After retiring, Eileen enjoyed life on the farm, gardening, having family gatherings, and the many visits from family, especially her grandchildren. To Eileen, family meant everything.

As Eileen’s health began to fail, she took residence at the Wellington House in 2011.

Eileen is survived by her children Donna (Neville) Johnston of Carp, Carolyn (Wayne) Barkley of Iroquois, Winston (Bernie) of Iroquois, Allan of Iroquois, Sandra (Albert) Tatton of Brockville and Diane of St. Lazare, P.Q. 

Eileen will be fondly remembered by nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her husband Curtis, her grandson Steven Payne, her son-in-law Pierre Drolet, her daughter-in-law Heather Baker and her sisters Ila Abrams and Vera McInnis.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service was held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 19th at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tracey Smith officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Maitland. Pallbearers were Wesley Baker, Carrie Gilmour, Dale Gilmour, Chris Drolet, Ryan Held, and Kendra Held.

The family extends their utmost appreciation to David Lapier and staff of the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home for their compassion, kindness and professional guidance for the funeral arrangements.