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Bill Barclay

A longtime resident of the Morrisburg area, Bill Barclay passed away suddenly at home on Friday, January 31, 2014.  He was 69.

Bill was born in Morrisburg, on June 7, 1944, to his parents Alex and Mary Barclay (nee Murdock). During his school days, Bill was an avid football player.

Following some years away from the area, Bill returned to Morrisburg to start his family and build a successful business.

Bill was a proud member of the community. He was a man of strong faith and character, a kind-hearted man who touched the lives of all the people whom he encountered on his journey of life. 

Bill was always an optimist, always willing to pitch in and do whatever was needed, all the time truly believing that things would work out in the end. 

He was a guiding light. He set the example of what a good husband, father, pop, and friend should be. He always did his best to be patient, kind and loving with all those who crossed his path. He was a true gentleman.

Bill loved life and always wanted to see what was over the next hill. He enjoyed many of the pleasures that life had to offer. Whether it was playing with his grandchildren, enjoying a bottle of wine, travelling to new exciting locations, sharing a laugh at the lunch table with the boys, playing golf at mens night or spending time at the Indian River Hunting Camp, one could see that Bill lived life. 

This adventuresome spirit led him to many areas of the world with his beloved Karen. He never let the dust settle under his feet.

Bill is survived by his wife Karen, his son Will (Kristen) of Iroquois, and stepchildren Steve (Trish) Morrow of Morrisburg and Jen (Jamie) Carr of Cornwall.  

He was the much loved pop of Rory, Emma, Kai, Sammy, Charlotte and Mitchell and dear brother of Barbara (Alex) Cummings of Kemptville and Bob (Linda) of Morrisburg. 

Bill was dear son-in-law of May Jarvis of Morrisburg.  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 St. James Anglican Church, Morrisburg, on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.  

Pallbearers were Allan Bell, Sam Laurin, Gord Hawn, Gord Spearman, Mike Barclay and Jeff Barclay.  Honorary pallbearers were Ted Jarvis, Roy Brister, Doug Bush, Bob Steele, Bob Ruddock, Earl Hummell, John Bell, Gerry Crowder, Steve Crowder, Ron Latimer and Steve Penner.  

Donations to C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

 

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Marjorie Marie Gray

Marjorie Marie Gray (nee Hornblower) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester, at the age of 96.

Born in her family’s home, in Doon Village, now Kitchener, Ontario, on December 13th, 1917, Marge was the second youngest of seven children to William John and Edith Louisa Hornblower (nee Peacock). 

Marge moved to the area in 1964, after transferring between Best Foods Factories from Ayr to Cardinal and stayed a most valued employee at Casco-Best Foods, routinely in the Corn Starch section, until her full retirement in the early 1980’s.  

To remember her, the average observer might have been fooled by the stoicism or integral approach to avoid gossip and melodrama, in thinking she was a bit crusty or the type to put on airs. But to those who knew her best, it was Marge’s reserved sincerity, compassion and generosity for others that was truly under that stern exterior. 

Indeed, it was her sincere humanitarian nature, her continuous thirst for knowledge and the intense desire to travel the world that her family will remember of her best. 

Her splendid wit and humour, her tales of travel across Canada, the continental U.S. and Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, England, and her phenomenal memory for detail (especially Depression era song lyrics) were joys and experiences most prominently shared with friends and family.  

Whether it was during a healthy discussion of politics over the euchre table, or during passionate banter about some controversial move that the Toronto Blue Jay’s made to the starting line-up, Marge could be easily coaxed into adding her two cents (or anything upwards of 10 dollars) worth of ideas on a vast array of subjects at the drop of a hat.

And yet, over her lifetime, Marge’s proud, stubborn independent attitude saw her complain little about her tireless routine of (at times) three jobs a day to support the six children in her care.  Through those physically and emotionally draining decades, it was her easy-going, consistent attitude to the duty of motherhood and breadwinner, combined with a dedicated and reliable work ethic that continues to endear her to family, colleagues and friends. 

Indeed, her story evokes extreme pride from the women of her family in that she never burdened others with the discrimination and horrors endured for simply being that of a woman and wife, and particularly that of a single mother at a time when separating or divorce was a stigma hard to live down in any small community. 

Nannie, as her family called her, was an incredible role model, who instilled integrity, honesty, and respectful standards in all she met.  And although she hated losing control of her body these last few years, Nannie left a legacy to approach life, love, work, friends and family with the highest level of ethics, wisdom, respect and resilience.

Marjorie is fondly remembered by her children, Florence (Jim) Brennan of Perth, Ralph (Helen) of Cambridge, Gordon of Medicine Hat AB and by her granddaughter Lynn Runions (George) of Iroquois and her brother Jack of Detroit;.

Marjorie was predeceased by a daughter Marilyn Coulter, a son Ernest, a grandson James and several brothers and sisters.  

She will be sadly missed by 15 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Marge is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois on Saturday, January 11, from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Funeral service was held at the Funeral Home at 1 p.m.

Donations to Iroquois United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.

 

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Lorne McKeown

Lorne McKeown passed away at the Dundas Manor on Monday, January 27, 2014, at the age of 87.  

A kind, caring person with a twinkle in his eye, Lorne always had a quick joke or pun to try out on you – some better than others!

Lorne was born in Montreal, on May 10, 1926, to the late Ethel (nee Strong) and Richard McKeown of Verdun.  

He met his partner for life, Ellen Patterson of Gaspe in Montreal, through the youth group at the Anglican Church. They married and settled in Pointe Claire, where they built a house and made it a home for their three children for twenty-five years.

Lorne worked at CIL in the engineering department in Montreal for almost 25 years. He   transferred to Toronto for a few years, and finished his working career at the Cornwall CIL plant.

Ellen and Lorne had bought a farm in the Morrisburg area eight years earlier, and with retirement Lorne could finally putter to his heart’s content. 

Lorne had a “can do” approach to things, and liked a challenge. He went so far as to build a sail boat in his basement, having to dismantle it to get it outside! And yes it did sail well!

Lorne and Ellen always enjoyed travelling.  They took their young family travelling and camping for years.  After the kids left home they made annual trips south to Florida for the winter for some twenty-three years. With two of their children living in BC, they also crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada often to visit. 

With the onset of Alzheimer’s, Ellen and Lorne remained home in Morrisburg, year round. Lorne had lived at the Dundas Manor for the last two years of his life.

Lorne is survived by his wife Ellen of 63 years, and their children Valerie (Dave) Skjonsberg of Cranbrook BC, Karen McKeown (Dave Bustard) of Smithers BC, and Larry (Lori, and children Alan and Lisa) of Morrisburg. 

Lorne is grandfather of Denise Bustard (Ben Domaschenz) of Calgary AB, Patrick Bustard of Victoria BC, and Jesse McKeown of Morrisburg, and great-grandfather of Kai Domaschenz of Calgary.

A private funeral service was held at Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sue McCullough officiating. 

Memorial donations can be made in Lorne’s name to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences may be offered at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.

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Edward Mark

A resident of the Morrisburg area, Edward Mark passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  He was 82.

Edward was born in Cornwall, on April 15, 1931, to his parents David and Dorothy Mark (nee Hayes). He spent his childhood in Belleville, and Williamsburg.

Times being what they were, Edward left home by the time he was 14, traveling about doing various jobs, including working on the freight liners. 

It was in Toronto, having finished his employment on the St. Lawrence River that his brothers introduced him to the love of his life – Mary Clements and they were married August 25th, 1954.  

Together they had five children Darlene, Diana, Douglas, Dorothy and David. 

Edward worked at Ken Bell Signs until moving to Morrisburg in 1977, where he took a job as a labourer for Eckel Industries, building sound proof rooms. 

He enjoyed his retirement years with his wife and grandchildren doing the things he loved which were fishing and hunting, the occasional trip to Ottawa and spending time with the people he loved most, his family. 

Edward is survived by his wife Mary and his children Darlene (Rick Lascelle), Diana, Douglas, Dorothy (John Kooy) and David (Buff).

He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Cathleen, Douglas, Christa (Jeff), James, Tera (Richard), Ashley (Mark), Ryan (Sarah), Sarah (Stuart) and Alexandra, and by his great-grandchildren Austin, Emjay, Harrison, Ben, Lincoln and Jacob. 

He was dear brother to Dover–deceased (Sue), Eileen MacDonald (late Joe), Douglas-deceased (Peggy–deceased), William (Betty), Hilda Casselman–deceased (Clare), Joyce, James (Susan), Kenneth (Patricia), Archie (Evelyn), Ruth (Wellington) Casselman, Gloria Casselman-deceased (Stewart), Steven (Sherry), Robert and Allen.  

He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 25th at 2 p.m., with Edward’s granddaughter Pastor Cathleen Getchell officiating.  Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were Ryan Getchell, Doug MacDonald, Jeff Lott, Richard Lascelle, Stuart Staal and John Kooy.  

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com. 

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John Grant

John Grant, lifetime owner of Auto Trac, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on January 17, 2014. He was 73. 

John will be missed by his best friend and devoted wife of 53 years Ann and by his four adoring strong willed children, Ian (Myrla), Susan (Gary), Colin (Sue), and Joann (Gord). 

John was blessed to have three beautiful granddaughters, Miranda (Danny), Marcie (Matt), and Amber (Geoff) and four handsome great grandsons, Conlan, Owen, Hudson and Levi who loved him dearly and will miss their grandpa very much. He is remembered also by Melanie, Shelby, Holly and Joel.

John was predeceased by his parents William (Bill) and Marion (Brown). He is survived by his only sister Elizabeth and nieces Julie and Lisa, his Aunt Agnes in Toronto, cousin Linda in Ottawa along with several family members Scotland. 

John was born in Bo’ness Scotland, on December 7, 1940, and immigrated to Montreal in 1950, with his family. He grew up in Montreal, never missing out on fun (good and bad). 

John worked at Henry Birks & Sons in Montreal, where he learned the Silver Spinning trade. This enabled him to make beautiful candlesticks for his family in recent years. 

On September 15, 1961, in Longueuil, Quebec, John married Anne, the love of his life. They lived in St. Hubert, until they moved to Spencerville in 1967. 

John became a licensed mechanic and worked for the Canadian Tire Company. He opened his own business in Spencerville, in the late 1970’s until moving it close to home in Crystal Rock in 1988. He became a Belarus tractor dealer and served farmers throughout Eastern Ontario and Quebec.

John survived various injuries and illnesses from the early age of 14 when he was hit by a car, to breaking his back and various other bones later, to tonsil cancer in 2005. 

John’s health caught up to him. In later years he needed an artificial knee and hip and enteral feeds, but he took everything in stride. In his words he lived a lot longer than he had expected, and was able to see his children and grandchildren married and have great-grandchildren. 

John’s passion was cars, speed and singing. He enjoyed it all, from drag racing with his friend Bill to his obsession with Formula 1 and Indy car racing, to Cub Kars, and singing with the Spencerville Community Choir.

John lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by many friends and business associates, especially life-time friends Bill (Diane) Jones and Molly Faessen and her children Nancy (Vasko) and Adam who were always thought of as family. 

A special thank you to Papa Larry for all his friendship, support and special meals over the years. 

At John’s request there will be no visitation. A private service will be held and interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. 

The business will continue to operate and John would be honoured for any donations in his memory to the Spencerville Community Choir. 

Arrangements were entrusted to MacKay Funeral Home at www.mackayfuneralhome.com

 

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Marlene Casselman

A lifelong resident of the Morrisburg area, Marlene S.C. Casselman passed away peacefully at Woodland Villa, Long Sault on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. She was 76.  

Marlene was the beloved wife of the late Alton Casselman (2010), and cherished mother of Irene Cox (Wayne Crites) and Gail (Brian) Hamilton, both of Morrisburg.  

She was loving grandmother of Derek Douglas of Brockville, Dana (Chris) Breslin of Alberta, Shantel (Jeremy) Hamilton of Iroquois, Clinton (Jessica) Hamilton of Morrisburg, Elton (Crystal) Cox of Ottawa and Nathan Cox of Cornwall  and dear great-grandmother of Dillon, Logan, Jayda, Kamryn, Cassandra, Jared, Elijah, Haiden, Emily and Kendra.   She was special great-great-grandmother of Cole.  

Marlene was dear sister of James Prunner of Williamsburg and Verlene (Herbert) Froats of Ingleside.   She will be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

She was predeceased by sisters Kay Higham, Norlene Sloan, Arlene Stata and brother Jay Prunner.  

A private visitation and funeral service was held at Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg. Spring interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Riverside Heights.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Condolences may be made at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com

 

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Sharon Lewis

 

A lifetime resident of the area, Sharon Lewis (nee Reid) passed away suddenly at home in Williamsburg on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  She was 69.

Sharon is survived by her husband Cecil and her son Steve “Nig” Casselman (Bonnie Garlough) of R.R. # 2 Williamsburg.  

Nana will be fondly remembered by Linda (Jeff) O’Neil, Wayne Garlough, Brianna, Sierra and Aliesha O’Neil. 

She was predeceased by her infant sister Hilda, her infant brother Harold, her sister Evelyn Hunter and her brothers Hubert and Wilfred Reid.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.        

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. There was no formal funeral service.  Spring interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

 

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Leonard Enright

A resident of Boucks Hill for the past four years, Michael James “Leonard” Enright passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 9, 2013. He was 77.

Leonard was born in Douglas, on December 27, 1936, and raised on the family farm along with his sister Mary.  

Leonard was a humble man, who gave unconditional love and was very patient and understanding.  He was gentle, forgiving and generous. 

He had immense faith in God and was very well thought of by the parishioners at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg.  

Leonard is survived by his wife Suzanne Enright (nee Bordeleau), his sons Michael (Michelle) of Stratford, Danny of Vancouver and Shaun (Andrea) of Kanata and his sister Mary (Bob) Dazé of Arnprior.  

Len will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Liam, Riley, Stephanie, Michael and Georgia.  He was predeceased by his step-son Eric Bougie.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Morrisburg, on Monday, January 13th, at 11 a.m., with Father Chisholm officiating.  Cremation followed.   

Pallbearers were Michael Enright, Shaun Enright, Bill McSheffrey, Brian Dazé and Drew Dazé.

Spring interment of cremated remains will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Douglas.  

Donations to Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com. 

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George Holder

George Holder passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5 2014.

George was born in Montreal, and moved to Ontario, when he was 10 years old. He lived in Aultsville, until he married Patricia in 1956, and together they lived at Farran’s Point.  They were married 57 years. 

As a young man, George operated the snack bar at the Farran’s Point Pavilion above the Farran’s Point Locks. He later worked on the Great Lake ship, “The Mondoc”.  Following that, George worked for the Department of Highways He was also employed by the Department of Transport as a Lockman on the Farran’s Point Lock.

During the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, George and Patricia’s home was moved from Farran’s Point to Ingleside, where they lived for a few years. In 1958, they moved to Bowmanville where they were in the chicken/egg business.  

Their son, Shawn was born in Bowmanville and baptized in the Anglican Church where George was a member. Their daughter Coleen and son Kent were born in Winchester.

After a few years in Bowmanville, George and Patricia moved to Iroquois, where they continued their poultry business. Eventually George found employment at Caldwell Linen Mills. While working at Caldwell’s, George was President of the United Mine Workers and then President of the United Textile Workers.

In his youth, George played minor hockey for Morrisburg.  He was affiliated with the Aultsville Jets softball team. He later coached the Iroquois Women’s and Men’s softball teams. 

George was an excellent swimmer, and he enjoyed swimming at the Aultsville Dock.

After George had his leg amputated, Patricia encouraged him to lace up the skates, and he was still able to go skating and do forward crosscuts.  The entire family went public skating at the Morrisburg arena.  Patricia also taught George to jitter bug with an artificial leg.

George was an avid sports fan, and he loved the Montreal Canadiens, the Expos and the Alouettes. The entire Holder family went to a few Grey Cup games, one in Montreal and one in Ottawa and had a great time.  Attending baseball games at the Olympic stadium and watching the Canadiens play at the Montreal forum while we were on the catwalk, were memorable times that we all think about to this day.

George was a wonderful family man, and he travelled with the family on numerous trips to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to the car shows.  He also went down south with the family looking for classic cars.  

George loved to sing, and he sang in the Aultsville Anglican church choir for a number of years with his mother, aunt and cousin. He also loved animals, especially dogs, and enjoyed watching, through the window, the birds at the bird feeder.

We will all miss George and his easy-going personality. He was a genuine person and a friend to many.

George is survived by his wife Patricia, his children, Shawn (Heather) of Ingleside, Coleen and Kent of Iroquois.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Wednesday, January 8th from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, January 9th, from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. The service was conducted by Reverend Janet Evans. Robert Thompson sang eloquently. Spring interment will be at the Iroquois Point cemetery.

Donations to Iroquois United Church or the South Dundas Animal Shelter would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Delmer Patterson

A resident of Dundas Manor in Winchester, for the past seven years, Delmer Patterson passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on January 5, 2014.  He was 77.

Delmer was born at home on the Conroy Road in Ottawa, on January 10, 1936, to his parents Alexander and Margaret Patterson (nee Martin).

In 1961, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Vars, Delmer married Marjorie Jackson, and together they farmed and raised six children in the Greely, Vernon and Iroquois areas.

Delmer was a long-time employee of the Central Experimental Farm in the plot division doing the tractor work.

He loved anything about tractors (especially Farmall tractors), auction sales, the McHaffie Flea Market on Sundays, going to the C & L Feed Store and the Brinston General Store for the daily “coffee club”.  Delmer loved the plowing matches and tractor pulls, and you could often see him driving around the countryside in his red Chev truck.

Delmer is survived by his wife, Marjorie of 52 years and their children Don (Dawn) of Dalmeny, Debbie (Patrice) Fortier of Vars, Marlene Patterson of Navan, Meryl (Kathy) of Metcalfe, John (Wendy) of Russell and Bea (Lyndon) Stewart of Iroquois.

He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Alex, Ben, Alain, Benoit, Colin, Connor, Jessica, Melissa, Cameron and Sarah.  He is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

Delmer was the brother of Wilma (Lloyd) Sharp of Ottawa, brother-in-law of Jack Hanes of St. David’s and of Norma Dagenais (late Andre), Mary Jackson (late George) and Meryl and Cherie Jackson.

He was predeceased by his sister Myrlah Hanes.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg on Wednesday, January 8th, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Valerie Vande Wiele.  A eulogy was given by his daughter Bea Stewart.  Pallbearers were Delmer’s grandsons, Alex Patterson, Ben Patterson, Alain Fortier, Benoit Fortier, Colin Patterson, Connor Patterson and Cameron Stewart.

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the Dundas Manor Activity Fund would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. On-line condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

Delmer will be remembered by us all.

 

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