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Donalda Jean Banford


Donalda Jean Banford passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, on Monday, September 17, 2012. She was in her 96th year.  

Donalda was born on June 5, 1916, in Williamsburg Township to the late Clarence  Beckstead and the former Hattie Fader.  She was educated in Morrisburg.  

In 1937, she married Donald Coleron who died in December of 1944.  Donalda moved to Iroquois where she raised her three girls Marilyn, Carole and Judy, and worked at Saver`s Store. 

Donalda loved travel and lawn bowling and was an avid bingo player.  

On September 1, 1957, Donalda married Arthur Banford at St. John`s Anglican Church in Iroquois.  She and Art enjoyed many years together.  After Art’s death, Donalda moved to the Roma Apartments in Iroquois where she live for 10 years. She then moved to the Hartford Home in Morrisburg where she lived until her passing.  

Donald leaves to mourn two daughters, Marilyn Coir and her husband Neil of Canton, N.Y., and Carole Brouse of Iroquois.   

She is survived by her son-in-law David Barton of Sorrento, BC, and was cherished grandmother to Jennifer and Doug Collins of Beston, Mass; Greg and Alex Coir of Newbury Port, Mass; Marc and Melanie Price of Kelowna BC; Monica and Mike Hammerton of Abbotsford BC. She will be fondly remembered by eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Donald will always be remembered and loved by her family and many friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, her daughter Judy Barton, her brother Denzil Beckstead and her son-in-law Fred Brouse. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois on Tuesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Iroquois on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.  

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or St. John’s Anglican Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  

Interment was at Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Iroquois.  Online condolences may be made at



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Richard Hess


A resident of the Williamsburg area for the past 55 years, Richard Hess passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Thursday, October 4, 2012. He was 64. 

Richard was born on March 21st, 1948, to his parents Graham and Emma Hess (nee Merkley).  They were living in Cornwall at the time, but a few years after Richard’s birth they moved to a farm along the St. Lawrence River where the train now sits at Upper Canada Village. 

Richard started school there and this is where his sister, Judy was born in 1953. 

With the advent of the Seaway, Graham’s farm was expropriated, and that’s when the family moved to the Sixth Concession farm north of Williamsburg. 

In 1968, the family purchased the Don and Mary Hess farm immediately west of their family farm. There they converted the barn to suit their milking cows and rented the house. This farm eventually became Richard’s well-known ‘Hesshill Farms’.   

In 1968, Richard met Jane Casselman, and six years later, on March 29th, 1974, they were married. 

Jill, his daughter was born on March 6th, 1975, and Ricky, his son, was born on July 14th,1978.  Richard was also the proud grandpa of Dougie and Bobby Robinson and Emma Jane Hess.

In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, Richard had many other interests. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. in Williamsburg and sat on the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board. 

He enjoyed hockey and ball, both as a player and as a spectator, and was involved with minor hockey in Morrisburg. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a real outdoorsman.  

Richard had many wonderful friends who will remember his big smile and that twinkle in his eye. He spent countless hours with Jane along with their children and grandchildren and has left them many precious memories to cherish over the years.

Richard is survived by his wife Jane Hess (nee Casselman), his children Jill (Doug) Robinson of Finch and Rick (Suzanne) of Williamsburg, his father Graham Hess (Jean Sheldrick) of Williamsburg and his sister Judy Raistrick of Greely.  He was the proud grandpa of Doug, Bob and Emma Jane. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

Richard was predeceased by his mother Emma Hess (nee Merkley) on November 29, 1996.    

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. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, on Wednesday, October 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Casselman, Hubert Barkley, John Dickey and Roger Morrell.  Honorary pallbearers were Garry Whitteker, Donnie Whitteker, Bruce Kerry, Rene Morin, Gaeten Perreault and Rheal Perreault.  

Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Gladys Shaver


A lifelong resident of the community, Gladys Alice Shaver died peacefully at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester on Friday, September 21, 2012, at the age of 85 years.  

Gladys was born on July 29, 1927, in Williamsburg Township to Wilburn Hall and the former Minnie Robertson. 

She was raised and educated in the Iroquois area and on June 22, 1945, in Iroquois, Gladys married Dwayne Shaver.  

Together Gladys and Dwayne raised four children; Norma (Steve) McMillan of Morrisburg, Danny (Laura) of Brinston, Tim (Suzanne) of Cardinal and the late Larry Shaver.  

Gladys was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She lived for her offspring.  Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.  

Gladys was an avid gardener, and she won a prize for the best garden in Iroquois.  She loved to knit and made beautiful sweaters for her family. She was also a great cook and loved to bake. 

Gladys and Dwayne loved to travel and they had a real fondness for Tim Horton’s where they spent many mornings for coffee.

Gladys is survived by her children Norma (Steve) McMillan of Morrisburg, Danny (Laura) of Brinston and Tim (Susan) of Cardinal.  

She was dear sister of Eleanor Duff of Morrisburg, Lloyd (Jennie) Hall of Iroquois, Viola (Jim) Fawcett of Iroquois and Garry Hall of Morrisburg and she will be sadly missed by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Gladys was predeceased by her son Larry, her sister Doris Storey and her brothers Clifford and Clayton.  

Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was at the funeral home on Monday, September 24, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. 

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Dundas Manor in Winchester would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Interment was at Spruce Haven in Brinston.  

Online condolences may be made at



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Charles Lee


A former resident of R.R.#1 Williamsburg, Charles Lee passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, September 22, 2012. He was 88.  

Charles was the beloved husband of the late Billie Lee (nee Moulds).  

He was dear stepfather of John Arseneault of Morrisburg, Lynda Gridgeman of South Mountain and Jim Arseneault of Kanata, and dear brother of Hazel Wilkinson of Ottawa and Norma Kingsbury of Sebring, Florida.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Charles was predeceased by his stepson Dick Arseneault, his sister Lillian Cowie and his brother Frank Lee.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service.  

The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Sunday, September 30th at 3 p.m., with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.  Cremation followed. 

Interment of cremated remains will be at Capital Memorial Gardens, Manotick.   

Donations to C.N.I.B. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Donald S. Thompson


Donald S. Thompson passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on August 31st, 2012, with family by his side.  He was in his 90th year.  

Don was the much loved husband for 66 years to Anne Hodge. He was very proud father to Vicki (Ken), Janis (Dale) and Jamie (Karen). He was pre-deceased by a son Randy (Valerie).

Don enjoyed visits with his eight grandchildren Melanie and Travis Thompson, Mathew (Kinga) Charbot, Sarah (Brandon) Stone, Scott (Nathalie) and Dana Hasson and Courtney and Jessica Thompson.  

He will be fondly remembered by six great-grandchildren Dylan, Alyssa and Brody Charbot, Hannah and Jack Stone and Amelia Hasson.   He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Don was born to Stewart and Edith Thompson in Iroquois, and lived there his entire life until he and his wife moved to the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg, in 2010.  

After graduating from high school, Don joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He came home from England in February, 1946, and he and Anne were married in July, 1946.  Don then joined his father working at the family building products store which had been founded by his grandfather Thomas Allan Thompson in 1864.  Now known as Thompson Tim-BR-Mart, it continues in operation to this day.

After retirement, Don and Anne travelled extensively, enjoying many cruises, bus tours and car trips.  Don was an avid fisherman and boater. He and his family enjoyed many years of boating adventures on the St. Lawrence River and in the Thousand Islands.

Friends and family paid their respects at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 4. A Legion service was held by Iroquois Legion Branch 370 on Tuesday evening.

Funeral service was Wednesday, September 5 at Knox Presbyterian Church with Rev. G. Howard and Rev. Marion Johnston presiding.

Don will be sadly missed.

Memorial Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church and the Heart and Stroke Society will be greatly appreciated by the family.  

A private burial service will be held at a later date.


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Ina Claxton


A lifetime resident of the Iroquois area, Ina Claxton passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Friday, September 14, 2012. She was 90.

Ina was born in Iroquois on December 2, 1921, to her parents William and Edith Roberts (nee Dobbie). She married Albert G. Claxton on September 27, 1947. Albert passed away on September 14, 1995.

Ina is survived by her children Albert Jr. (Madeline) of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg, Allen (Dianne) of Morrisburg, Sharon Marion of Marionville, Bruce of R.R.# 1 Iroquois and Linda (Ian) Adams of Trenton.

She will be fondly remembered by 10 grandchildren, ninegreat-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  

She was predeceased by her husband Albert, by her sisters Winnie Dunlevy, Jessie Goudreau, Mary Roberts, and by her brothers Dan, Charlie, Ted, Percy, Joe, Leonard and William Roberts.  

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service.  

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, September 17th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Geoff Howard officiating.

Interment followed at Iroquois Point Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were grandsons Brent Claxton, Keith Claxton, Steven Claxton, Derek Claxton, Matthew Adams and Jacob Adams. 

Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Stacey Gore, Jennifer Marion and Kate Adams.

Donations to Winchester  District Memorial Hospital or C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

Online condolences may be made at



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Jose Goncalves


Jose Goncalves of Morrisburg passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 2, 2012. He was 83.  

Jose was the loving husband of Marion Goncalves (nee McConnell) and loving father of Patty (Tim) Bilmer of Morrisburg, Tom (Shannon) Goncalves of Cornwall and Heather Goncalves of Morrisburg. 

 Jose will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Victor, Vincent, Brooke, Austin and Joseph.  

He was predeceased by his brother Victor Goncalves.  

There was no visitation at the funeral home.  

A graveside service was held at the Morewood United Cemetery on Monday, September 10th at 11 a.m with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating.  

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

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


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Margo vander Poel

r the past 42 years, Margo vander Poel passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 30, 2012.  She was 79.

Margo was born in Wormerveer, in the Netherlands to her parents Dora and Kees Hoek.  After enduring the hardships of World War II, her family immigrated to Canada in the spring of 1949, their ship landing in Montreal.

They lived for a short time in Magog, Quebec before moving to Macdonald College in St. Anne de Bellevue. While there, Margo trained as a Registered Nursing Assistant at the Royal Victoria Hospital. For a brief period she worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Montreal. She spent many years working at Lakeshore General Hospital. 

While living at Macdonald College, she met Job and following a short courtship, they married on July 3, 1954. Their first child, Jackie, arrived in 1955, with Kathy, Peter and Brenda following over the next nine years.

In the winter of 1970, Margo and Job decided to move their family to a farm in Ontario. From field work to the birthing of a calf, Margo supported Job in all aspects of the farm. Through their hard work and dedication, they made the farm flourish. 

Upon retirement, Margo and Job spent many winters in Florida, ever widening their group of friends and enjoying the Florida sunshine, a real break from our Canadian winters.  

Her dedication to family made her an exemplary role model. The quality of character and the trueness of the hearts of her children, Jackie, Kathy, Peter and Brenda are proof of that.  She was dedicated to them.  

Margo was blessed with 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one on the way. She loved them all dearly and was proud of each one of them. 

Margo and Job had a wide circle of friends. Over the years, they’ve managed to keep in contact with many fellow immigrants and have met others since moving to this area. 

Enjoying an active social life, Margo and Job have spent countless hours with their bowling group and card playing friends.  Margo was also part of a ladies club called the “Stitch and Bitch”. She enjoyed these ladies’ fellowship and creativity for more than 30 years.

Coming from an artistic family, Margo was a true artisan herself.  Margo did quilting, rug hooking, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch, and bobbin lace. In the last few years she spent much of her time creating beautiful pieces and leaving the family with wonderful mementos they will continue to cherish.

Margo’s efforts were not only to be enjoyed by her family.  She has made baby quilts that have been sent to Kenya. She has knitted countless toques for premature babies.  She has crocheted plastic sleep mats from milk bags for the needy in other countries.  She has knitted bed jackets and lap blankets for seniors in our area.

She had a wide variety of interests. She loved nature, the garden, and the beach. She enjoyed all classical music. She was an avid bird watcher. Her home was never without a pet to spoil.  She liked various types of puzzles.  She enjoyed watching golf and curling on TV.

Margo and Job were also well travelled. They have been to the east and west coast of Canada, Florida, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Margo frequently marvelled at all the opportunity this country had given her and was so grateful for it. She was very proud to be a Canadian.

Margo is survived by her husband of 58 years, Job, her children Jackie (Glenn) Merkley of Cardinal, Kathy (Dean) Parlee of Kanata, Peter (Karen) vander Poel of Iroquois and Brenda (Bob) Seely of Kemptville.  

She was much loved Oma to David Merkley (Terra), Robyn Delaney (Ian), Erin Merkley (Tory), Thomas and Laura Parlee, Benjamin, Colin, Evan and Jill vander Poel, Matthew and Lindsey Seely and her darling great-grandson Nicholas Merkley.  

She is survived by her sisters Dora Zwart and Corie Robinson and sister-in-law Monica Hoek.  and will be fondly remembered by many sisters and brothers-in-law in Holland and by many nieces and nephews

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Wybrand Hoek.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Iroquois, on Monday, September 3rd at 11 a.m. with Father Chisholm officiating.  Internment followed at Iroquois Point Cemetery.  

Pallbearers were grandsons David Merkley, Colin vander Poel, Matthew Seely and Thomas Parlee. 

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


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A resident of Iroquois for the past 37 years, Jean Douma passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, September 1, 2012. She was 83.

Jean was born in Eestrum, The Netherlands, on July 18, 1929, to her parents Wopke and Janke Oldenburger (nee Westerhof).  

On May 31, 1951, she married Wytze Douma and they immigrated to Canada.  On July 21, 1951, they arrived in Maxville, Ontario.  They raised 10 children on the farm in the Crysler/Chesterville area before moving to Church Street in Iroquois in 1975 with six of their children. 

Jean could be found gardening or early in the morning going for her daily walk.  Other hobbies were cross stitching, reading or playing cards.  

After her husband’s passing in 2001, Jean’s great joy in life was visiting with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren; the last of which was born on her birthday, July 18, 2012. 

She gave selflessly throughout her life to her family, her church and her school community.  As a Christian wife and mother, her faith was very evident in her life.  This continued until her final day.  

Jean is survived by her children Jeannie (John) Luimes of Oshawa, Harold (Mary) of Ingleside, Dorothy (Bob) Wierdsma of Peterborough, Oscar (Karen) of Pittsburgh, Abe (Janet) of Chesterville, Joanna (Sim) Wierdsma of Peterborough, Rick (Ellen) of Iroquois, George (Darlene) of Whitby and Wes (Wanda) of Iroquois and by her daughter-in-law Alice Douma (friend Dean Howland) of Ingleside. 

She is also suvived by her siblings Baukje (Bram) VanderVeen of Morewood, Halbe (Joanne) Oldenburger of Wellesley and Wobbina (Gerrit) Sluiskes of Iroquois. 

Beppe will be fondly remembered by 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Wytze Douma, her son John Douma and her daughter-in-law Karen Douma.   

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 Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, September 5th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were her sons Harold, Oscar, Abe, Rick, George and Wes. Honorary pallbearers were her daughters Jeannie Luimes, Dorothy Wierdsma and Joanna Wierdsma.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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Walter Bruce Allan

A naval veteran of WWII, Walter Bruce Allan passed away peacefully at the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg on Saturday, August 11, 2012. He was in his 88th year.

Bruce is survived by his wife Addie, and by his children, Paula (Walter), Pattie (Ed), Susan (Geoffrey) and Steve (Liana). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Nick, Scott (Carolyn), Karen (John), Kelly (Brian), Kevin (Ariel), Andrew (Lindsay), Graham (Stacey), Spencer (Jess), Victoria and Julia.

He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren, and by his extended family and friends.

Born in 1925, Bruce worked for 30 years with Canada Post beginning in the mail room in Winnipeg, working his way up to the position of Director in Ottawa.

His early life was dominated by his love for all sports. Bruce was an avid hockey player (Winnipeg Monarch Jrs.) and was offered a tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He loved football and played for two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He also participated in track and field, where he held more than one Manitoba provincial record.

Bruce was a three-letter man in high school and continued his athletic endeavors while serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Peters, Dr. Grewal and Dr. Ingram-Crooke for their excellent care and to Kim and Sylvia, and their staff at the Hartford Retirement Centre for their remarkable care and compassion for both Bruce and Addie during Bruce’s time there.

Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, on Thursday, August 16, from 6-8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel on Friday, August 17, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

For those wishing, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at