Obituaries & Tributes


Passed away on Friday, February 27th, 2015.

John Burnham Nickels 1938-2015 We are saddened to announce the death of John (Nick) Burnham Nickels on February 27, 2015. Dear husband of Louise, loving father of Carrie (Kerry) Cashabeck and Greg (Cathy) Nickels. Proud grandfather of Katie (Jeff) Steadman, Michelle Cashabeck, Zachary, Jacob and Cameron Nickels. Adoring great grandfather of Hailey Steadman.

HOCHU, Joseph Alphonse Roland

Passed away on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.

HOCHU, J.A. ROLAND (RON) Passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Surrounded by his loving family at Northumberalnd Hills Hospital in his 92nd year. Roland leaves behind to celebrate his life, his loving wife of 65 years, Joan (Stothart), daughters Susan (Alfred) Dunphy, Jane Powell (Gary Belore), sons Peter (Sue) Hochu and Dean (Debbie) Stothart, and “special nieces and nephews” Joanne Hochu (Jeff Sommers), Carol Hochu-Trupke (Helmut Trupke), Jean-Marie Hochu (Steve Glover), John Hochu (Josee Chalut), and brother Jim (Linda) Wilshire. Predeceased by mother, Mamie, father, Pierre, and brother Eugene. Very proud Papa of Shannon Evans, Sharleen Dunphy (Mark Lamey), Brad Dunphy (Meg MacNeill), Philip Hochu, Patrick Hochu, Kerri Fertuck (Jake Krahn), Traci (Randy) Mulligan, Rob (Lisa) Belore, Tanya (Joe) Richie, Bryton Stothart, Nick Stothart, Justin Macauley, Gabrielle and Stephanie Hochu, Maria and Madelaine Sommers. Great Papa of fourteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Roland, who was a Motorcycle Dispatch Rider in the Signal Corps during World War II, faithfully honoured our Canadian veterans and servicemen. After returning from the war and marrying Joan, Roland became an accomplished Electrician, retiring from General Motors, Oshawa in 1982. Our fondest memories included his joy of gardening, supporting the Blue Jays, and his “Happy Hour” with cherished friends and family. Our sincerest thanks to all who touched him and our overwhelming thanks to God for his long life which touched many. A heartfelt thank you to all of our many friends and extended family for your loving support.

SHEPPARD nee: Burningham, Gail Dianne

Passed away on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.

Sheppard, Gail Diane Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville after a long and courageous battle with cancer on February 25 2015 at the age of 74.Beloved wife of John. Loving mother of Kevin(Darlene)Jane(Ron)Much loved Grandmother of Zoey, Hailey and Miranda.

HARRIS, Maurice George

Passed away on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015.

HARRIS, Maurice George – WW II Veteran - peacefully at the Veterans Wing of Sunnybrook Health Centre Toronto, on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Sandy (Shirley) (2012). Dear father of Penny (Michael), Judy (Joe) and Neil (Erika). Proud grandfather of Colin, Stephanie, Megan, Vanessa, Jessica and Courtenay. Maurice will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held in the Benson Funeral Home (35 King Street West, Millbrook) on Thursday February 26 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Memorial donations to the Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Wing may be made in person at the service or along with condolences by visiting

BRUSH nee: Doucette, Yvette

Passed away on Monday, February 16th, 2015.

BRUSH, “Yvette” nee: Doucette – peacefully in her 94th year at PRHC on Monday, February 16, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Ed Brush (1997). Dear mother of Eddy Brush and the late Deanna Young and Anita Philips both nee: Brush. Loving grandmother of Kate, Mike, Eddy, Stephan, Patrick, John, David, Krystal, Christopher and Samantha. She was a proud great grandmother and great great grandmother. Yvette will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and friends.

BABICH, Steven "Val"

Passed away on Friday, February 13th, 2015.

BABICH, Steven “Val”, peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Friday, February 13, 2015. Beloved husband to Darlene for 55 years. Dearly loved father of Chuck (Donnamarie) and Terri (Terry) Shirk. Very proud grandfather of T.J. (Carman), Ashley (Cris), Andrew (Tara) and Colbie. Great grandfather of Sophie. Step grandfather of Jenell (Jimmy) and Candace (Joe). Great step grandfather of Austin and Addison. Dear brother of Gladys (Coke) and Fran (Marty). Predeceased by siblings Ruthie (Bill) and Lucille. Survived by sister in law Nancy, brother in laws Don (Gail), Paul and Jim. Val will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, family and many friends.

MACDONALD, Shelley Elizabeth "Smed"

Passed away on Sunday, February 8th, 2015.

MacDonald, Shelley Elizabeth “ Smed” -predeceased by her mother Joan Blay and father Fraser Ross MacDonald, peacefully at her residence in Oshawa on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the age of 53. Survived by her brothers Ross (Darlene) of Oshawa Doug (Dianna) of Carrying Place, Bill Blay and sisters Lori MacDonald of Angus and Kelli (Keith) of Regina Sask. She leaves numerous nieces & nephews and great nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by her dear friend Yasmin White.

TAYLOR, James Alvin

Passed away on Friday, February 6th, 2015.

TAYLOR, James Alvin “Jim” - Peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Friday, February 6, 201 in his 74th year. Beloved husband to Milly for 51 years. Loving father of Marilyn, Maureen, Colleen and James. Cherished grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 9.

ARCHER, Rodney Keith

Passed away on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015.

ARCHER, Rodney Keith...passed away after a long hard battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at the age of 61. Loving husband of Beckie Cole. Cherished father of Nadine Archer (Kamloops), Brooklyn and Summer Archer (Brighton). Predeceased by his mother - Fran Bingham, his father William Archer and little sister Leslie. Brother to Diane (Gary) Trochymchuk of Barrie, Jimmy Archer of Barrie, Edith (Tom) Ross of Belleville, Chuck Archer of Hinton, Gayle Archer of Hinton, Lori (Bruce) Kramb of Merritt, Gordon Archer of Red Deer, Wayne Archer of Edmonton, Grant Binghman of Knight Injunction and Tracey Bingham of Hornpayne. Fondly remembered by many, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Passed away on Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

In the warm embrace of the caring nursing staff and management of Royal Gardens and his family, John Arnold “Jack” Murray made his final journey to re-join the “love – of – his – life” Lillian (2004) on Monday night, February 2, 2015. Jack leaves behind to celebrate his life, his son John (Julie) Murray and his daughter Joan (Graham) Irwin and his grandchildren Aaron (Natalie) Murray, April (Christian) Melis, Craig Polyschuk and Stacey (Lorne) Little as well as his great grandchildren, Jack, Charlotte and Avery Murray, Ashton and Noelle Melis, and Jack and Abigail Little. Jack’s final years in Peterborough in Royal Gardens were but the final chapter in a career of self -motivated managements. Along that path he met the most wonderful staff members, nurses, doctors and friends who truly made such a profound difference in his life. He, in life, was so very grateful of those friendships and bonds as are we, as his family, at his passing. Our sincerest thanks to all who touched him and our overwhelming thanks to God for his life which touched us all.

REID, Christopher Wayne

Passed away on Thursday, January 29th, 2015.

REID (Petherick) Christopher Wayne – passed away peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital Cobourg on Thursday January 29, 2015. Chris was in his 50th year. Beloved son of Pauline. He is predeceased by his sister Cathy and father Ray Petherick. Chris will be missed by his aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Benson Funeral Home.

DesRoche, Clarence

Passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.

obituary to be posted shortly

SNIDER, Robert Edward "Bob"

Passed away on Sunday, January 25th, 2015.

SNIDER, Robert Edward “Bob” – Retired Teacher from Fleming College – after a brief illness at PRHC on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in his 86th year. Dear husband of Jean for 56 years. Loving father of Scott (Joan) and Neil (Louise). Proud grandfather of Andrew, Alex, Benjamin and Meghan. Survived by his brother Hugh (Jean). Bob will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Passed away on Sunday, January 18th, 2015.

Peacefully at Hillsdale Estates, Oshawa on Sunday January 18, 2015. Obituary details to be posted shortly..

REESBY, Margaret Rose

Passed away on Thursday, January 15th, 2015.

REESBY-Margaret Rose – peacefully on her birthday after a lengthy illness at PRHC on Thursday January 15, 2015 at the age of 77. Beloved wife of John Norman for 58 years. Loving mother of Randy (Bonnie), Douglas (Tammy), Kevin, Cary Reesby, Michael Phillips, Andrea (Grant) Toms and the late Stephen (2006). Dear sister of Norma Clark. Much loved grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of 13. Margaret will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Passed away on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015.

Peter Barnes passed away suddenly with family by his side on Tuesday January 13th, 2015 in his 61st year. Beloved son of Wanda Barnes (nee Ogden), missed by brothers John (Gwen) and Jamie (Tamara) and sister Betsy Beatty (Brian); pre-deceased by father Ralph E. Barnes, Jr. Peter will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews Christina and Wesley Barnes, Taylor, Connor and Bayleigh Beatty, and Katrina Barnes. Cremation with interment Port Hope Union Cemetery in the spring.

DAVIS, Evelyn

Passed away on Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

Peacefully at Streamway Villa Cobourg on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Evelyn in her 75th year will be fondly remembered by her family and friends.

HINDLE nee: Jubb, Kathleen

Passed away on Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

Peacefully at Extendicare Cobourg on Saturday January 10, 2015. Beloved mother of Gillian and her husband Roger and Graham. Dear grandmother of 5 and great grandmother to 9. Kathleen will be fondly remembered by family over seas and by friends and family.

TURRIFF, Shona Margaret

Passed away on Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

obituary details to be posted

BELL, Darrell Keith

Passed away on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

In Loving Memory of Darrell Keith Bell born November 4, 1954 died suddenly at home Thursday January 8, 2014. Survived by his loving wife Beverly, Sons Ryan and Derek[Karli], Grandchildren, The late Mackenzie, Victoria, Lauren and Baby Rose, Sister's Karen[Rene] Wendy[Scott] Mother Dorothy and Father the late Bertram, and nieces and nephews.

JONES, Ronald

Passed away on Sunday, January 4th, 2015.

JONES, Ronald Geoffrey –peacefully with his family by his side at the Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 83. Beloved husband to the late June (2011). Dear father of Barbara and Ron Harvey of Belleville and Peter and Janice Jones of Port Hope. Loving Granddad of Allison and Kevin Wilson, Stacey and Ian Waldram, Christopher and Rebecca Jones and Emily Jones. Great grandfather of Liam Wilson Predeceased by Peg, David, May and Elsie. Ron will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends.

O'HARA, Margaret

Passed away on Sunday, January 4th, 2015.

O’Hara, Margaret Dorothy –Born March 30, 1925 - peacefully at Hillsdale Estates in Oshawa at the age of 89 on Sunday, January 4th, 2015. Beloved sister of Allan, Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Roland and Winifreda and by siblings Harold, Francis, Felix, Veronica, Florence, Bernice, Jean. Dorothy will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Passed away on Sunday, January 4th, 2015.

SEGGIE, Mary nee: Halls – peacefully at the Golden Plough Lodge, Cobourg on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late William Seggie (2002). Predeceased by her son Robert Seggie (1983). Survived by her daughter in law Jillian and grandsons, Darren and Graham. Mary was a war bride and has siblings still residing in England.

HOGG, Edward Stewart Jr.

Passed away on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

HOGG, Edward Stewart Jr. “Eddie” – long time truck driver with Hammond Trucking – Dear son of Elsie and the late Edward Hogg Sr. (2012). At PRHC on Friday January 2, 2015 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of the late Karen (2013). Loving father of Troy (Sarah), Craig (Tanya) and Adam. Proud grandfather of Thomas, Riley and Sianna. Dear brother of Donna, Larry, Brenda, Randy, Gregory, Bonnie, Michael, Vern, Kimberly and Sean. Eddie will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, his extended family and many friends.

POND, John Francis

Passed away on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

Pond, John Francis Jack Pond died peacefully at Princess Gardens, Peterborough, on 2nd of January 2015 (on his Dad’s birthday) at the age of 98. He and his wife Evelyn, who predeceased him by 13 years, made a wonderful home for their children, Bruce and Joan and for Jack’s parents, as well for cousins, nieces, nephews and of course many friends. They instilled a sense of fun and inquisitiveness, especially in young people. They were dedicated to their children and spouses, Lisa and Myles, and to 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Jack, who was a Merchant Navy Radio Officer during World War II, faithfully honoured our Canadian veterans. He loved swimming, and 3m board diving, often with family at Prudhomme’s. He was an avid runner, running his best 10k time of 49:22 in the “Post-Express 10k Run” at the age of 71. He continued his interest in fitness and is remembered fondly by his Tai Chi friends. Jack and Ev were active and enthusiastic members of St. John’s Church, Jordan, Ontario for almost 43 years. Lion Jack, a member of the Jordan Lion’s Club, contributed his time and effort particularly to the Lion’s Eyecare program, the swimming pool project and the Winter Carnivals. He was so appreciative of the attention and care he received from his friends at Princess Gardens. Professionally, Jack was a life-long learner, becoming an accomplished electro-mechanical engineer, particularly intrigued with problem solving and design. After returning from World War II he continued his career in radio. In 1958 he joined Moyer Diebel Metalcrafts, a family business in Jordan Ontario, until his retirement in 1981. We will all miss his optimism, his keen mind and ready use of puns, his quick smile and his quiet, generous and friendly spirit. He would have us continue in all those good things.


Passed away on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014.

RETALLICK, Edwin “Reid” – Member of the Millbrook O.F.A. Lodge, peacefully after complications from a brief illness at PRHC on Wednesday December 31, 2014 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband to Eileen nee: Gainer for 64 years. Loving father of David and Wayne. Proud grandfather of Amanda (Cary) and Crystal (Jeff). Great grandfather of 4. Reid will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends.

EDGERTON nee: Bryne, Margaret

Passed away on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014.

EDGERTON, Margaret (Maggie) nee: Bryne – long time Real Estate Agent Remax Bridgenorth - passed away suddenly at her home in Millbrook on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Maggie at the age of 70, is predeceased by her parents Stanley and Agnes Bryne (nee: Gunn), sisters Sandi Adamson and Elizabeth (Liz) Dixon. Loving mother of Stephen and his wife Sheena (nee: McCulloch) and Margaret Reid and her husband Grant. Loved grandmother of Nicole, Adam, Lucas and Jeffery. She will be fondly remembered by her brother Stanley (Helen) Bryne, brother in laws, Peter Adamson and Roy Dixon, nieces, nephews and friends.

WHITE, Douglas Garland

Passed away on Sunday, December 28th, 2014.

WHITE, Douglas Garland – peacefully after a brief illness at the Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg on Sunday December 28, 2014 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara White nee: Parsons (1996). Loving father of Eric (Sandy) and Claude (Betty). Proud grandfather of Keith, Heather (Matt), Trevor, and Chris (Amy). Great grandfather of Jason and Justin. Survived by sister Gertie Burton. Step grandfather to Steve and Deanna. Douglas will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

BALSON, David "Bryce" "Boomer"

Passed away on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014.

BALSON, David “Bryce” “Boomer” – peacefully after a brief illness at PRHC on Wednesday December 24, 2014 at the age of 66. Loving husband to Lis for 43 years. Bryce was everything to his children, Chardel (Rick) Fleming, Bruce (Laurie) Balson and James Balson. Fun- loving grandfather to Blaine, Aaron, Rain, Sky, Victoria, Sage and great grandfather to Damien and also special mention to his “adopted granddaughter” Audrey. Bryce will be sadly missed by his extended family, friends and volunteer co- workers with the V.O.N. and St. Joseph’s at Fleming with his sidekick Kodi.

McMANAMAN, John Carl "Big John"

Passed away on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014.

McManaman, John “Big John” – peacefully at PRHC on Christmas Eve 2014 at the age of 80. Beloved husband to Jackie for 57 years. Loving father of Joan (Wade), Dale (Laurie), Laura (Dave) and Cathy (Mike). Dear papa of Rachelle, Ryan, Ashley, Kaela and Catrina. Great papa of Jaxon, Liam, Logan and Zackary. Survived by his sister Joan (Don) Towers. Predeceased by brother and sisters. John will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

GILES, Alan "Al"

Passed away on Monday, December 22nd, 2014.

GILES, Alan Glen “Al” – peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Monday December 22, 2014 at the much too early age of 51. Loving father of Ashley, Austin and Jake. Dear brother of Carol Carmichael and the late George Sr. Uncle of Jason, Jimmy, Crystal, Shannyn, Amber and George Jr. Sadly missed by his best friend Joe, girlfriend Linda, nieces, nephews, family and friends. Al was a huge Montreal Canadiens fan.

SMITH, Robert Edgar

Passed away on Monday, December 22nd, 2014.

Smith, Robert (Bob) Edgar, in his 71st year, current resident of Buckhorn, formerly of Scarborough. Passed away December 22, 2014 at PRHC (Peterborough Regional Health Centre). Beloved husband of Jean Milne. Dear brother of David (Peggy) Smith of Whitby, predeceased by sister Carol Morgan of Scarborough, brothers in law Ralph (Marita) Milne of London and Garry Milne of Burlington, numerous nieces and nephews.

HENLEY, Caroline Rosalie

Passed away on Monday, December 15th, 2014.

Henley, Carol Passed away Monday December 15, 2014 At home, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, Carol Henley left us peacefully to join the “Singing Angels Choir” just as she had lent her beautiful voice to the Northumberland Orchestra Choir for more than 30 years. During a long but brave battle with cancer, Carol stayed strong and determined to live every moment to the fullest, the same way she had embraced her life with her “Golden Girls” friends for the last decade. A loving and devoted mother, Carol worked in the home as a full time homemaker until her mid 50’s when she rejoined the workforce. This transition opened up a whole new world for Carol. She made new friends and blossomed into the social butterfly that we all knew and loved. After forced retirement at 65, Carol, not one to stay idle long, began seeking out activities and organizations that would keep her body strong and her mind young. 20 years later, Carol could include on her social and community resume: • 15 years of Tai Chi and exercise classes with the Seniors Group, most recently the Encore Club, which of course also included such things as birthday luncheons, pool parties and walking the catwalk in fashion shows • 10 years with the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary at Petticoat Lane where she was not only a volunteer but also their biggest customer, not being able to resist a good bargain on her trademark jackets that she so loved to wear to complete her ensemble • Carol and Friends, her musical group which performed and entertained at local nursing and retirement homes. Playing the piano, singing the “Golden Oldies” and quite often dressing up in crazy hats or costumes, Carol loved to bring a little bit of joy into the residents lives. Aside from being a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Carol was a loved and respected member of this community and enhanced the lives of so many people. 2 of her many accomplishments include being spotlighted in an “Everyday Hero” article published in the Fall 2010 edition of GO Magazine and most significantly, being recognized and honoured with the Town of Cobourg “Outstanding Senior” award in 2010. Carol felt undeserving...that was her way, very modest...but the community knew that she was highly deserving. But for Carol, nothing could compare with her friendships which kept her young and vibrant through laughter. These friendships brought her such joy and she cherished every moment she spent with them at dinners including “cocktail hour”, themed dress up potluck luncheons, New Years Eve Pajama Parties, and the everyday ups and downs of life. Carol will be fondly remembered by everyone as being a fun, whacky, loving soul who always put others before herself. Carol will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her, most notably her daughters, Lisa Henley (Tom Forcier), Sue White (Henley), her granddaughter Jesse McLellan, Brother, Alan Bateman and Sister, Sheila Stefanik (Bateman)

WIGMORE, William Roger

Passed away on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014.

WIGMORE, William Roger “Bill” – unexpectedly at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Tuesday December 9, 2014 at the age of 52. Loved son of Gerald and the late Margaret Wigmore. Loving husband to Heather. Dear father of Roger and Elizabeth. Proud grandfather of Damien. Brother of David (Brenda), Richard (Lesley) Bob (Nancy) and Debbi (Bob). Bill will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews family and friends.

DeLONG, Ada Lorraine

Passed away on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

Ada Lorraine (Miller) DeLong December 05, 1948 – December 05, 2014 Port Hope, ON Lorraine DeLong, cigarette totin’, conservative votin’, potty-mouthed rule breaker, has gone to meet her maker. And probably have it out with him over a few things. She was survived by her beloved daughters Nonie and Billie Jo, who will do their level best to continue the family tradition of sh** disturbing in their mother’s honour. Note: Walmart tellers in Cobourg can all breath a sigh of relief. Lorraine will no longer be stopping in to monitor and admonish you for speed and the correct cashier attitude. Also, Ontario Lottery and Gaming will need to invest heavily in marketing to replace her investment in their cause. Born of humble beginnings to Selma (Wilson) and (William) Robert Miller, Lorraine was married too young to know better (her words, not ours) to Henry (Hank) DeLong, and, when not the social epicentre of their respective circles, the two proceeded to drive one another to drink, a habit both liked so much they continued long after the marriage dissolved. Their two daughters survived the fallout and the guerilla custody warfare that ensued, largely by the grace of a dear friend, Roberta Grogan, and Lorraine’s mother and arch nemesis, Selma (Nanny) Miller. Lorraine remained her daddy’s girl her entire life through. Lorraine was a licensed hair stylist from her teens on, and worked at Nonie’s Hairdressing in Cobourg under her mentor and friend, Nonie Porter, for years. She also worked later in stereotypically male fields at Newcastle Cement and on construction crews outside Edmonton, Alberta. Lorraine was held in high esteem as a cashier for Shoppers in Regina, where she got the job the morning she rolled into town, after driving 3 days straight, with no sleep, because the person who had the interview lined up was not in and she happened to answer the phone. The manager was so impressed he hired her on the spot! Her quick humour and serious work ethic made her popular with coworkers, management, and her community alike. She grew particularly close to the family of Pat and Terry Poag of Regina, who lovingly took her, her daughter, and her grandson as family for the duration of their stay in that neck of the woods. A bit of a gypsy, her life took her to British Columbia, then Alberta, back to rural Ontario, out to Saskatchewan, back to London, Ontario, and finally home to Port Hope again. Some of those travels were accompanied by her soul mate, Art MacDonald, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1985. Intensely loyal, Lorraine did not love again. Other times she traveled and lived with her oldest daughter, Nonie. Together they attended the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, after Lorraine systematically finished her high school credits in her 30’s. Both mother and daughter enrolled in the School of Human Justice where they thoroughly enjoyed heckling professors conjointly. On one such occasion, a student unwittingly remarked as they exited class, “You two could be related, the way you think!” After her 3rd attempt at introductory German, Lorraine, by sheer attrition, eked out a passing grade! Few of her peers know that when Lorraine returned home she held a BA from the prestigious School of Human Justice, University of Regina, Saskatchewan. She worked for 15 years as a waitress at the Ganaraska Hotel in Port Hope, where she met her Best Friend Forever, Carol Stata. The two were true bosom buddies. Sisters, even. At the end of Lorraine’s battle with cancer, Carol’s son, Derek, lovingly visited Lorraine often 3 times a day to run errands and walk her beloved little dog, Cleo. Her daughters have considered initiating him into the Miller-DeLong family, but that requires more alcohol and time spent recovering than either can afford this close to Christmas. Derek, accept our heartfelt thank you, instead. What else can we say? Lorraine loved music, the countryside, cheesecake, and pretty much every cop show ever made. She didn’t do institutionalized religion, but she taught her children and grandchildren how to pray. Martha Stewart she wasn’t! Her hands were made for books, not brooms, and paper plates are recyclable, so what’s the problem? She would have stopped smoking, but hey, they had to put something down as the cause of death! Lorraine beat cancer 6 times, spanning 30 years before she succumbed to it. When it metastasized, it ravaged her body, but she kept her wit. In her hospital bed, in one of her last moments of lucidity, Lorraine opened her eyes to a room full of loved ones and quickly quipped, “Ugh! This looks like an intervention!” Lorraine is survived by 6 of 8 sisters and brothers, her two daughters Nonie and Billie Jo, as well as Billie’s partner and Lorraine’s adopted son, Jason Gray. Lorraine has two grandsons, Sabian and Cody, whom she loved proudly and ferociously. She also leaves behind her best friends, Carol and Derek, her dear little Cleo, and her lifelong friend, Const. (retired) Doug Shortreed. Her humor, steadfast and selfless love, extravagant giving, and wit will be missed by everyone who was privileged enough to get past the gruff exterior to know the heart of the woman that was Lorraine DeLong.

PIERCEY, Bradley

Passed away on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014.

PIERCEY, Bradley James Passed away on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. PIERCEY, Bradley James ‘Brad’ passed away peacefully at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital at the age of 34. Beloved husband of Christina Piercey (nee Martin) and loving son of Richard and Beverley Piercey (nee Goldthorpe). Bradley will be sadly missed by his cats Storm and Mystique, his sisters Dawne Piercey-Fasken (Kevin) and Krystal Vallis (Michael) and his nieces and nephews Hayden, Natalie, Jessica, Nathan, and Lily. He will also be fondly remembered by his mother-in law Brigitte Martin and sisters-in-law Angela Skora (Mac) and Shannon Skora as well as his best friend Mike Vasilakeris. Bradley was a nephew to Ed and Fred Piercey and Gordon Goldthorpe.

HARVEY, Edward

Passed away on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.

HARVEY, Edward Keenon (Ed) - Born in Mossblown, Scotland, on April 12, 1933. Died peacefully in Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, on December 2, 2014 with his family by his side. Survived by loving wife Margaret, sons Brian (Grace), Robert and predeceased by son Stephen. Will be greatly missed by grandchildren Nicholas and Amanda. Loved by many nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom. Predeceased by parents, four brothers, two sisters. Retired to Omemee after serving 33 years with the Toronto Police Service.

STRONG, Donald George

Passed away on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.

STRONG, Donald George “Donny” – peacefully at his home in Cobourg with his family by his side on Sunday November 30, 2014 at the age of 57. Dear son of George (Effie). Predeceased by his mother Joyce. Beloved husband of Carol. Dear father of Brandon and the late Chad (2009). Brother of Craig (Karen). Brother in law of Randy (Judy), Ramon and the late Jan. Donny will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and many many friends. Special thanks to Judy Elliott, Wendy and Brian Skinner , and Billy Gilmour for your support and loving prayers during Don’s sickness. A heartfelt thank you to all of our friends and extended family for your loving support also. Special thanks to Dr. Essak the C.C.A.C. and loving nursing care by Cindy Black.

DUNCAN, Norman Martin

Passed away on Saturday, November 29th, 2014.

DUNCAN, Norman Martin – passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Norman was a wonderful husband to Sheila, father to Ann, Jim, Rob and Kevin, grandfather, great grandfather, friend to many and loved by all.

HORGAN, Donald John

Passed away on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.

Donald John Horgan (Horgy) passed away suddenly at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Tuesday November 18 in his 70th year. Beloved husband of 48 years to Lois Horgan nee Vout, father of Deanna Horgan Arenovich(Jeff) and Tim Horgan(Meagan).Predeceased by his sister Kathy Soenen and his father John and mother Phyllis and stepfather Alex Ramsey. Loving grandfather of Stefan and Markus Arenovich, Gavynn Brent,Elliott Horgan, and Finnigan Horgan. Don was a proud supporter of the Northumberland Humane Society where he met the other love of his life Taffy the cat, he was also a long time supporter of Legion minor softball,Whiskey Jacks baseball, and the Kawartha Kavaliers drum corps.

CUMMINS , Moya Kathleen

Passed away on Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Moya Cummins Harp (Feb 10/1948 – Nov 13/2014) Moya Cummins Harp was born in Kells Ireland county Mead on Feb 10/ 1948 and She started to grow up in a small farm house with only the basics. Her Mom and Dad met during the war effort in England and after they married they returned to Ireland, but it was hard for them because the War effort had taken all heavy equipment from their gravel business. Sebastian Cummins “Sam” was very familiar with heavy equipment and pursued an opportunity to immigrate to Canada as a heavy equipment operator. I think Moya said one of his first jobs had to do with cleaning up after Hurricane Haze. He later went on to build a successful earth moving business, during those years Moya became familiar with his work. She was often recruited to round up parts in the middle of the night from Crothers, she could count loads and always knew the size classification of bulldozers. Moya had a go at many jobs, even a season of chasing a singing career. She met many people back in the day of the Blue Note, while she was discretely singing with a band that frequented Buffalo. She is even on two of Bob Seger tracks, as a back ground singer “That's her story and she always stuck to it”. That Album was laid down in Toronto – kind of a last minute production but is most famous today. One day some one close to her asked her if she wanted to starve or have a career and those words finally nudged her in to normal work, but she always had a real love and interest for music. Eventually she answered an add for an Accountant Jack Bloomberg and after an old school interview; she was hired and thrown in to swim, lucky for her, it fit like a glove and she spent the next 40 yrs or so in the industry. One of the more memorable moments was when her client David Allen was shut down and the RCMP showed up with a warrant for the books “The Day of The Black Out” – It appeared they were expecting two sets of books with foreign bank accounts, but they found a very clean and tight set of books. It was suggested she pursue a job with them in the forensic accounting department, maybe she should of. Moya actually has an interesting family back ground, her Cousin Fr. Walsh, who held a high position in the Catholic Church and was the God Driven force behind operation Pedro Pan. She also had a colourful grandfather who severed a year in an Australia Prison for treason, after he wrote an article about the common wealth state, in particular THE HOKITIKA ELECTION ,while being left in charge of the local news paper “West Coast Times”. Over her life she overcame Lung Cancer and dodged several other health tragedies, as well as accident related events.

BALL, Leonard

Passed away on Thursday, November 13th, 2014.

BALL, Leonard, peacefully at Reachview Village Uxbridge on Thursday November 13, 2014 in his 99th year. Predeceased by his wife Fern Bremmel. Loving father of Jean, Kenneth, Pat, and Kathy. Predeceased by his son Roland. Sadly missed by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends.

FITZGERALD - Dunford, Carol

Passed away on Monday, November 10th, 2014.

FITZGERALD, Carol (Dunford) – peacefully after a lengthy illness on Monday November 10, 2014 at the age of 67. Beloved wife of the late Paul Fitzgerald. Dear mother of Susan and Greg. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sister of Pat (Bob), Randy (Debbie) and Tim (Brenda). Sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and all who knew her.

STACEY, Robert Bruce

Passed away on Friday, November 7th, 2014.

STACEY, Robert Bruce - of Kirkfield, went home to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ on Friday, November 7th, 2014. He passed away peacefully at home on Balsam Lake with his two children, Erika Underhill of Crescent City, Florida and Bob Stacey of Columbia, South Carolina. He was the beloved of husband of Jane Stacey (predeceased); the blessed father of Erika Underhill and father-in-law of Frank Underhill, and father of Bob Stacey and father-in-law of Laurel Stacey; the son of Ernie and May Stacey of Oshawa, (predeceased); brother (and brother-in-law) of Barb Copes (Nick) of Thornhill; Jan (Gail) Stacey of Oshawa, Bren (Betty-Anne) Stacey of Caledonia, Glen Stacey of Toronto and Jill (George) Bartosik of Uxbridge. He was also the wonderful grandpa of 10 grandchildren: Frank, John, Anna, Leah, Jessica and Noah Underhill of Crescent City, Florida, and Clayton, Jackson, Charissa and Katie Stacey of Columbia, South Carolina. Bruce served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for two years and had a 31 year career in General Motors in Oshawa. When God saved him, Bruce became actively involved in the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa before using his talents to serve his brothers and sisters in Christ at Pioneer Baptist Church in Norland, Ontario when he and Jane moved to Balsam Lake in 1994. Bruce loved his family, was a dedicated saxophone player and avid follower of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, but most of all, he wants you all to know how much he loved his Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom he is with now in Glory!


Passed away on Thursday, November 6th, 2014.

FALLIS, May W. nee: Fickling – peacefully at PRHC on Thursday November 6, 2014 after a brief illness with cancer. May, aged 72 years was the beloved wife of the late Lloyd (1983). Dear mother to Art (Annette) and the late Craig (1979). Loving grandmother of Tammy and Robert. Sister of Elsie Anderson (Ken), Les Fickling (Marg) and the late Richard, Grace and Art. May will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and friends.

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