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Jacoba ‘Coby’ Bouwman


A longtime resident of Iroquois and one year in Morrisburg, Coby Bouwman passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. She was 84.

Coby was born in Emmen, The Netherlands, on March 24, 1928, to her parents Hilliginus and Jantje Heuving (nee Hugen).   In July of 1953, she married Roelof (Ralph) Bouwman and three weeks later, immigrated to Canada.  Together they raised five boys and one girl.

Coby was a lifelong member of the Williamsburg Christian Church and was also a member of the Ladies Society and the senior’s group, Helping Hands at the Matilda Hall.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Coby was dear mother of Ralph (Wilma) of Morrisburg, Henry (Elsie) of R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Bill (Wendy) of Merrickville, John (Amani) of Williamsburg, Andrew (Lori Ann) of Ingleside and Dorean (Garnet) DeVries of Smiths Falls.

She is survived by her siblings Gerda Joldersma of Williamsburg, Wick (Grace) Heuving of St. Catharines, Klaas (Elly) Heuving of Strathroy, Ginus (Grace) Heuving of Belleville, Frans Heuving of London and Hennie (Walter) Heuvel of Iroquois and also by her sister-in-law Hennie of Prescott.  Coby will be fondly remembered by 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and her brothers Fred, Walter and John Heuving.   

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

Funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pallbearers were Ralph Bouwman, Henry Bouwman, Bill Bouwman, John Bouwman, Andrew Bouwman and Garnet DeVries.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.



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Ruth Eleanor Kirkwood

A lifelong resident of Morrisburg, Ruth Eleanor Kirkwood, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 17, 2012, following an illness of one week. She was 86 years old.

Ruth was the daughter of the late William J. and Electa Maud (nee Steed) Mullin. She was born on Monday, June 8, 1925, at Morrisburg.

On August 21, 1948, at the Whitechurch in Matilda Township, she married Robert ‘Keith’ Kirkwood who predeceased her in 1989. For more than 45 years, Ruth lived at 16 Augusta Street in the house that Keith built.

For the past nine months, she lived at the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg.

Ruth was a well-loved elementary school teacher. She began her career at Toyes Hill and later taught at Hallville and Iroquois before coming to Morrisburg Public School. After retiring, Ruth continued to provide home schooling for a number of years.

Ruth was a very active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Morrisburg, and was particularly active in the Knox Women’s Missionary Society. She served the local Society as secretary for many years, was treasurer in the WMS at the Presbyterial level and participated in Synodical meetings. 

She was involved in Prayer Group, Seekers, Children’s Group and for a number of years the local Vacation Bible School programs, and anywhere else she could serve her God.

While her health permitted, she was active in the Legion Ladies Branch 48 Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Morrisburg Order of the Eastern Star #83.

Ruth excelled at cooking and baking and was famous for her homemade buns. At the Craft Fair, people reserved them ahead to make sure they would not be disappointed.

Ruth was also quite fussy about her lawn, in which there was not a weed to be found. Any time a dandelion dared to grow, Ruth would be seen trying to eradicate it. Gardening and her flowers were two favorite hobbies in addition to watching her beloved birds. She read the Ottawa Citizen daily and faithfully followed her team, the Ottawa Senators. She enjoyed dining out and days spent shopping with her daughter.

Ruth was the cherished mother of Christine (Ray Norton) Kirkwood of Morrisburg, and loving grandmother of Jeffery and Jennifer Hess, both of Winchester Springs. She will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother Donald Mullin, sisters-in-law Dorine Mullin, Beulah Gamble and Inez Davidson (in life they were as close as sisters).

Friends were received at Knox Presbyterian Church, Morrisburg, on Tuesday, March 20, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service performed at 2 p.m. by Rev. Janine Dekker.

Organist, Gary Postma, played while the congregation sang How Great Thou Art, Blessed Assurance and Ruth’s favorite, Amazing Grace.

As per Ruth’s request, the scripture was John 15:5-17.

Even in death, Ruth ministered to her family and friends that they would feel the warmth of Christ’s love when they obeyed His commandment to love and serve others. This was how Ruth lived her life and now she is basking in the warmth of God’s love.

Interment will be in the spring, when Ruth will be placed beside her beloved husband Keith in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wayde Roles, Bruce Mullin, Mike Domanko, Charles Farlinger, Jeffery Hess and Chris Brisbois.


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Robert ‘Bob’ St. Pierre

A lifetime resident of the Winchester area, Robert (Bob) St. Pierre, passed away early in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. He was 64 years young.

Robert was born in Winchester on September 7th, 1947, to his parents Leo Paul and Cecile St. Pierre (nee Gagnon). He was one of five children; Yvonne, Robert, Suzie, Roger and Bernard. 

On April 25th, 1970, Robert was blissfully wed to Suzanne (nee Johnston). He was a farmer by trade and an avid curler and golfer at heart. 

In his retirement he added “Chef” to his list of attributes, much to the satisfaction of his family.

Robert’s memory will live on in his wife Sue, his sons Jason and Mark, their wives Cathy and Karen, and his much cherished grandchildren Aleisha, Bryce, Sebastien and Chloe. 

He is survived by his father Leo Paul of Embrun, his siblings Yvonne (Ken) Lavigne of Bowmanville, Suzanne St. Pierre of Ottawa and Roger St. Pierre of Ottawa, as well as by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his mother Cecile and his brother Bernard.

In tribute to the way Robert lived, a celebration of life was held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sunday, March 25th at 2 p.m. followed by a luncheon at his second home, the Cedar Glen Golf Course.  

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be made at 

Robert’s family expressed their gratitude to everyone who assisted with his rehabilitation after his surgery and to the caring staff at WDMH who made his last days as meaningful and comfortable as possible.


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John S. ‘Jack’ Gibson

December 15, 1932 – March 9, 2012

 “He has slipped the surly bonds of earth … and touched the face of God”

At rest in the arms of God, Jack was welcomed home at heaven’s gate on March 9, 2012. 

He leaves on earth the grieving and broken hearts of June (nee Mullin), his devoted wife of 57 years, and children John (Mary-Anne), Jo-Anne, Paul (Karen), Steven (Ann Bray), Ron (Lisa), Angela (Tony Gagnon), Janice Peters (Kevin), and Jerry (Tanya).  

Jack was the cherished grandpa and papa of Virginia, Allison, Ian, Adam, Shayne, Cassandra, Chris, Veronica, Jared, Martina, Jonah, Abigail, Kathryn, Aiden, Paige and Lily.  He was beloved great-grandpa to Aurora, Peyton, Ariannah and Marie-Eve and special step-grandpa to Ryan, Loxley, Brayden and Devyn. 

Jack will be grieved and dearly missed by brother Bill (Ruth), sister Joan Hewitt, sister-in-law Jan Gibson and many nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by parents Herb and Annie, brothers Reg and Bob, and granddaughters Christina and Cynthia.

Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word and lived life to the fullest with integrity and honour.  His life was devoted to his sizable family and shared with a multitude of friends, all of whom will miss him deeply.  He was a man of many interests, a motorcyclist, custom framer, animal lover, innovator, Lion’s Club member, woodworker, camper and, above all, Jack enjoyed a lifelong passion for flying aircraft of any kind, big or small.   

Jack was employed by Ontario Hydro for 40 years as a lineman and customer serviceman, and spent many years as Divisional Chairperson for CUPE Local 1000. After his career with Hydro, Jack turned his considerable talents to volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, hobbies, and giving to others.  

As his health started to fail him, Jack’s quiet determination and “never give up” attitude carried him through, but unfortunately it could not conquer his final battle with liver cancer.  

He will be missed by all, but leaves many cherished memories.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Lions Club service was held on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. 

Funeral Service was held at the Winchester Wesleyan Church on Wednesday, March 14th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Thurland Brown officiating.  Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.  

Pallbearers were John Gibson, Paul Gibson, Steven Gibson, Ron Gibson, Jerry Gibson, Tony Gagnon, Kevin Peters and Rob Horton.  

In memoriam donations to the Winchester Wesleyan Church Building Fund and the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.  

Online condolences may be made at



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Ernie Schuck

Ernie Schuck of Iroquois passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  He was in his 84th year. 

Ernie was the dearly beloved husband of Helen Schuck.  He was loving father of Gary and his wife Elsie of RR3 Kemptville and Susan Pope of Ottawa and dear brother to Art of Burnaby, British Columbia, and Ruth Smishek (Walter) and Dolly Heebner (Ray) both of Regina, Saskatchewan.

He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Ryan, Tara, Richard and Steven and by his great grandson Cohen. 

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Ernie was predeceased by his grandson Garth and by his brothers Otto, Eddie and Arnold.   

Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  

A memorial service will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church in Iroquois on March 21, 2012, at 1 p.m.  

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Clarence ‘Clancy’ Warren

A lifetime resident of the area, Clancy Warren, following a lengthy illness, passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital with his daughters and son in law by his side on March 1, 2012.  He was 69.

Clancy was born in Brinston on July 26, 1942, to his parents Harry and Marion Warren (nee Coons).  

As a child he lived in Osgoode and while still young moved to Glen Stewart where he lived with his grandfather and grandmother, George and Margaret (nee Gilmer) Warren until his parents purchased their own farm in Glen Stewart.  

Clarence purchased his first home from his grandparents and lived his whole life at this property.

Clarence was not afraid of hard work.  In his early years, he worked at Caldwell Linen Mill and then worked for Clint and Doris Stewart as a driver for Esso Gas driving the Oil Truck.  While driving for Esso he obtained his Oil Burner Mechanic Certification.  

Following Esso, he worked for Belhaven Sod Farms before settling into Prescott Machine and Welding until his retirement. Clarence was very proud of his work at Prescott Machine and Welding (PMW).  The earlier years at PMW saw Clarence working on lake and ocean freighters that travelled the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Many times he was seen off by his family as he boarded a ship as it was going through the Iroquois Locks. 

Clancy was interested in all sports but can be remembered playing hockey and baseball. His interest sparked interest in sports for his daughters. Many a weekend was spent at the Brinston ball park.  He played the position of catcher.  

He also was involved with Moon’s Maroons and the Iroquois Old Timers hockey team.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing and hunting with his friends and family.  

Clancy is survived by his daughters Cindy (Jim) Bennis, Leisa (Ernie) Beckstead, Melanie Warren (Patrick Burke) and Sara Warren (Nathan Myers), all of Morrisburg and by his grandchildren Quinn, Jonah and Lucas Bennis, Marc and Cole Beckstead and Hannah Warren and Harrison Burke. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Gwen Bosma of Hanesville and his sister-in-law Bea Warren of Winchester. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

Clancy was predeceased by his parents Harry and Marion Warren (nee Coons), his brother Clifford Warren and his brother-in-law Eppie Bosma.

There was no visitation or funeral service.  Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois.  Online condolences may be made at


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Sydney Wade (Pat) Leightizer


Sydney Wade (Pat) Leightizer B.Sc. (Acadia), M. Ed. (University of Windsor), passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, at St. Andrews Terrace, Cambridge, after a long illness. He was in his 89th year.

Pat was the much loved father and father-in–law of Audrey and Ron Vrooman of Waterloo, Ontario, with whom he lived for most of his later years. 

Pat will be missed by his son Brooke and daughter-in-law Nelly Leightizer of Iroquois, Ontario, and daughter Vicki and son-in-law Colin Hine of Ottawa Ontario. He is also survived by sisters Patricia of Elliot Lake, Ontario and Joyce of Edmonton Alberta, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Josephine (nee Morrison) Leightizer of Prince Edward Island; sisters Mary, Connie, Rae, Nell and Bette; and brothers George, Jack, Jim and Karl. 

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Pat was a World War II veteran who served as a Flying Officer with the RCAF, stationed in Scotland and Ireland. 

Following the war, Pat returned to complete his education, then joined the Canadian Forces (Army). He was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons for 10 years, serving in Germany with the NATO Occupation Forces in 1951.  

After his retirement from the army, Pat pursued his true calling as an educator. He was an admired and respected teacher who taught at Morrisburg High School, Woodstock High School and then joined the Essex County School Board.  After serving at several schools in Essex County, he retired in 1982 as Principal, Essex District High School.  

In retirement, Pat was an avid and accomplished woodworker and his family has many of his beautiful works to help keep his memory alive in our hearts.

Following Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or service.  A private family celebration of Pat’s life will be held and he will return to rest in his birthplace.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S. Waterloo. 



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Mary ‘Maxine’ Feeley


A lifetime resident of the Chesterville area, Maxine Feeley passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  She was in her 80th year. 

Maxine was born in Dunbar, on July 11, 1932, the second youngest of 15 children to her parents Edsel and Bessie Merkley (nee Wallace).       

Maxine is survived by her husband of 60 years Henry; by her children Barry (Patsy) of Chesterville, Cathy (Ronnie) Carbino of Finch, Tom (Mary) of Ottawa and Lori (Graham) Ball of Chesterville; and by her siblings Audrey Casselman of Williamsburg, Lois (Jack) McCaughey of Cornwall, Lorna Bolster of Brushton, New York and Joan Beckstead of Chesterville.  

Maxine will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Michelle (Mark), Mallory (Trevor), Michael, Lindsay, Alyssa, Warren and Lauren and by one great-grandson Colby Morozuk.  

She was predeceased by sisters Vera Smith, Dorothy Price, Emma Hess and brothers Walter, Irwin, Lee, Carl, Clifton, Audeen and Lyle Merkley.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Chesterville, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 3rd at 11 a.m., with Rev. Lois Gaudet officiating.  

Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.

Pallbearers were grandchildren Michelle Doll, Mallory Morozuk, Michael Carbino, Lindsay Feeley, Alyssa  Ball, Warren Ball and Lauren Feeley.

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



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Frank Mullen


A lifetime resident of the area, Frank Mullen passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Saturday, February 11, 2012, following a 14 year battle with cancer. He was 83.

Born in Inkerman, Ontario, on April 12, 1929, to his parents John and Mary Mullen (nee Kelly), Frank married Dolores Hess in July of 1958, and resided in Ottawa, where he gained employment with Voyageur Colonial Bus lines. Frank drove bus for this company for 35 years. 

Frank and Dolores relocated to the Morrisburg area in 1963, and acquired their first home  in 1965, in Williamsburg, where Dolores taught at the local school.  

With lifelong friends Rae and Betty Casselman, they built and opened The Charcoal Pit, a place where you could grab a burger or a shake and sit and visit with friends.

Frank continued to drive bus and decided to venture into the tour industry. He owned and operated Frank’s Tours taking many country music fans from the area to Nashville Tenn., sun seekers to Florida and many other destinations. 

Frank was always very personable, and he always made sure every trip was memorable.

Frank is survived by his son Darrin Mullen of Morrisburg, daughter Devon Wells of Williamsburg, and by his grandchildren Konnor Mullen, Cobie Wells and Robert Bird.  

He was predeceased by brothers Kevin and Leo and sisters Rita Kaufman, Honora Spurrell and Bernadette Hogan. 

He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg Ontario, on Saturday April 14th from noon until the time of a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Donations to Carefor Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.



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John Alexander ‘Jack’ Shaver


John Alexander “Jack” Shaver died peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the age of 94 years.  

Born in Matilda Township, on June 28, 1917, to Frank and Clair Shaver, Jack is a lifelong resident of South Dundas.  

Jack worked on the family apple farm just outside of Iroquois, and for Caldwell Linen Mill before going to work for Ontario Hydro during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. He worked for Hydro One until he retired. 

Jack married Elsie Millard on June 13, 1942, and together they raised three boys Ed, Art and Robbie.

Jack cared deeply for his family especially his wife who he cared for after her arthritis became too much for her.

Jack was a member of the Iroquois United Church Cemetery Board for over 52 years and the Iroquois Masonic lodge for over 60 years, holding various positions.  

He loved cars, fishing, playing euchre in Morrisburg and Iroquois, shuffle board twice a week at the Matilda Hall and golf.  Jack was seen playing daily at the Iroquois Golf Club during the summer.

Jack is survived by his sons Ed and his wife Debbie of Morrisburg, Art of Iroquois and Robbie and his wife Cindy of Iroquois. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Ashli, Christina, Jessica, Sheri and Stacey and by eight great-grandchildren. 

He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Perdue of Winnipeg and sister-in-law Ruth Shaver of Ottawa.  

Jack was predeceased by his wife Elsie and brother Allen.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 11 a.m. until time of the service at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Janet Evans officiated.  

Donations to the Arthritis Society are gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Spring Interment will at the Iroquois Point Cemetery.