Obituaries & Tributes

VAN DAM, Faye Margaret

Passed away on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016.

Van Dam; Faye Margaret (nee Buck) ~ Peacefully surrounded by her family, Faye has gone to be with her Lord on February, 2, 2016 at the Lakeridge Health Centre, Oshawa at the age of 68. Faye Van Dam was the beloved wife of the late George Van Dam. Loving mother of Chad (Adrianne), Lydia (Clare Teel) and Adam (Dallas). Devoted and proud grandmother of Harley, Brody, Austin, Kailyn and Nathan. Faye will be greatly missed by her siblings and the extended Buck and Van Dam families.

Smith, Gerald Arthur

Passed away on Sunday, January 31st, 2016.

SMITH; Gerald Arthur (A long standing member of the Alliston Community and will be remembered for his years of service at Len’s Barbershop) ~ Peacefully at the Golden Plough Lodge, Cobourg on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the age of 80. Gerald Smith was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine Smith (nee Cummings). Loving father of Gerry (Mimi), Michael (Sofia), Cheryl Chamberlain (Tom) and Robert (Laurie Ann). Cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Herb (the late Betty), Gord (the late Mary) and predeceased by Helen McIntee (the late Walt), Dorothy Reid (the late Walter) and Len (the late Kay). Remembered by his sister in law Dorreen MacDonald (Julio).

ROBBINS, William K. "Barrel"

Passed away on Friday, January 22nd, 2016.

ROBBINS; William Keith "Barrel" ~ Suddenly on January 22, 2016 at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, ON at the age of 57. Barrel Robbins was the beloved husband of Dianna Tidd. Loving Dad of Theresa Derks (Jonas), Jason Collins and Victoria Collins (Adam Stevenson). Loving "Barrow" of Braeden and Sierra. Beloved son of Audrey Fisher (the late John) and the late William Robbins. Predeceased by his brothers Jim Robbins and Bob Robbins. Loved uncle of Brittany Robbins and great uncle of James Stymes. Barrel will be sadly missed by his aunt Linda "Deeda" Scarborough (Bernie) as well as many other relatives and friends.

JONES, Joyce

Passed away on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, in her 76th year. JONES; Joyce Marilyne (nee McDowell) ~ Peacefully, surrounded by her family, Joyce Jones, was the beloved wife of Murray Jones. Loving mother to daughters, Debby Jones (Faz Hosein) and Terry Anne Ewing (Craig) and best friend to loving son Jerry. Beloved grandmother of Chris (Frances), Allana, Denise (Ismail), John, Mitchell and 9 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her sister Gloria (survived by Ken), her brother Pat (survived by Blythe) and her parents. Joyce long time employee of Doughty Agg. will remembered by many family and friends. The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brown and Anna.

WALSH, James

Passed away on Thursday, January 14th, 2016.

WALSH; James C. ~ Jim found peace on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit. Jim Walsh, was the beloved husband of Anne Walsh (nee Fallis). Loving father of Greg (Mandy). Dear step brother of Rodney, Brenda and Jim.

BIRD, Leonard Allan

Passed away on Friday, December 25th, 2015.

BIRD; Leonard Allan ~ Entered into rest on Friday, December 25, 2015 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Leonard Bird was the beloved husband of Barbara Bird (nee Eason). Loving father of George (Alicia) and Andrew (Sara). Loved grandfather of Abbygale and Cooper. Dear brother of Barbara Hubbs (Sonny deceased), Gloria Brebant (Willard), Shirley Kellar, Marie McGregor (Don), Linda O’Shaughnessy (Mike), Robert Bird (Marlene) and the late Frances Black (Jim deceased) and Delbert Bird (Linda). Predeceased by his parents George and Gertrude Bird (nee Trenear). A long-time decorated scout leader and instructor for Scouts Canada.

Wright, Doris

Passed away on Thursday, December 24th, 2015.

"so until the next we see you, close to our hearts you will stay" WRIGHT; Doris Audrey ~ Born January 6, 1927 and passed away peacefully at her home in Cobourg on Thursday, December 24, 2015. Audrey Wright (nee Ferguson) was the wife of Gordon Wright. Loving mother of Brenda Cochrane (Warren), Larry (Sandy), Debbie Martin (Jack), Rick (Brenda), Shelley Miezlaiskis (Tony), Kim Wright (Rob Whitefield), and Craig (Michelle Diminie). Loved, and will be sadly missed by 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Audrey was predeceased by an infant son David Allan Wright (October 1950) and her grandson Brian Warren Cochrane. Dear sister of Jean Knight.

Doyle, John Joseph

Passed away on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015.

DOYLE, John Joseph passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa December 22, 2015 in his 72nd year. He is predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Linda Doyle. He is also predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary Doyle of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. He will be sadly missed by his son James Doyle (Kamalia) of Port Perry and his daughter Tanya Greeley (Sean) of Oshawa as well as the apples of his eyes his grandchildren Mykenzie, Shelby, Layla, Jamieson and Dylan. He leaves behind his sister Marie (predeceased Melvin Sellars), Jerry (Janie), Francis (Jane), Stan (Linda), Gary(Marian), Joe (Patsy) as well as lots of nieces and nephews.

SKUCE, Richard James

Passed away on Friday, December 18th, 2015.

SKUCE, Richard James – passed away on Friday December 18, 2015 in his 98th year at Brantford General Hospital. Survived by his beloved wife of 70 years Hilda (nee: Howden), his son Roy Skuce, daughter in law Ann Geary and his grandson Andrew Skuce all of Paris ON. Also survived by his sisters Barbara Peel and Margaret Ruth. Predeceased by his siblings, Ira, Neil, Norma and Hertha. He survived his brother Robert, 91 by one week. Also survived by his sister in law Edna Howden. Dick served with Princess Patricia Light Infantry during WWII during the Italian campaign and the liberation of Holland. He was the owner of Frazerville Elevators for many years. He and Hilda moved to a retirement home in Paris, ON in 2007 from Peterborough. A long Loving life!

HALL, Robert Stewart "Bob"

Passed away on Thursday, December 17th, 2015.

HALL, Robert Stewart “Bob” – Past Master J.B. Hall Lodge #145, Millbrook, Life Member of the Millbrook Agricultural Society – peacefully surrounded by his family at PRHC on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at the age of 76. Beloved husband to Holly for 50 years. Loving father of Helen Burgomaster (Steven) and Robert Jr. Hall (Renee). Proud grandfather of Trent, Tyler, Meghan and Jacob. Dear brother of Gordon Hall (Wendy) and brother in law of Earl Stadder (Janette). Bob will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and extended family.

HOLMES, Joyce Anne

Passed away on Sunday, December 13th, 2015.

Holmes, Joyce Anne – at home on Rice Lake, Shearer Point Road, December 13, 2015 at the age of 74. Adored and very precious wife of William Holmes of which they recently celebrated 56 loving years of marriage. Cherished mother of Bonnie Holmes, Lynn Curley (Mike), David Holmes (Donna), and Dan Holmes (Robyn). Loving grandmother of Benjamin May, Spencer (Heather), Dan, Michele & Charlotte Curley, Chris Holmes, and Tori & Kurt Holmes. Sister to Ila (Glen) Dawson.

Madge, Margaret Anne

Passed away on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015.

MADGE; Margaret Anne (nee Duncan) ~ Peacefully surrounded by her family at the Northumberland Hills Hospital – Cobourg on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the age of 79. Loving and much loved wife of the late Anthony Madge. Dear mother of Judy (David), Brenda, Bryon, and Greg. Proud grandmother of Luke, Sarah, Brianna, Rebbecca, and Cohen. Great grandmother of Miley. Dear sister of Jane Duncan, Robert Duncan (Sally), Elizabeth Csanig (Bill) and the late Matthew Duncan (survived by Joyce). Margaret will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. A private family service will be held at the Benson Funeral Home, 35 King St W., Millbrook (705-932-5300) with interment to take place in Macklin Cemetery. In memory of Margaret, memorial donations to the Northumberland Humane Society or the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at

GILMOUR, Nellie Jean Irene

Passed away on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015.

GILMOUR; Nellie Irene (nee Toms) ~ Peacefully after a brief illness at the Northumberland Hills Hospital – Palliative Care Unit – Cobourg on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the age of 85. Nellie Gilmour was the beloved wife of Ray Mercer. Loving mother of Evelyn Hudson (Al), Bonnie Reesby (Randy) and Christine Gilmour. Loved grandmother of Graham, Garry, Dawn, Riley, Troy, Jarrett, Brennan and Melony. Great grandmother of Erika, Dawson, Callee, Damon, Cassie, John, Shannon, Jesse, Kodey, Olivia, Brianna, Alexis, Faith, Matthew, Joshua, and Emma. Predeceased by her brothers Edwin, Harry, Wesley, George, Bob “Orbie”, and Joe Toms and her sister Marjorie Foster. Nellie will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

FENTON, Donald

Passed away on Saturday, November 28th, 2015.

FENTON, Donald – 1926-2015 – peacefully at PRHC on November 28, 2015. Dearly loved husband to Dorothy for 61 years. Dear father of Darleen and her husband Joe and the late Donna and her husband Mike. Don will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, family and many friends.

MAXWELL, Stanley James

Passed away on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

Stanley James Maxwell, age 91 years passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on November 3, 2015. Survived by his loving wife June of 68 years. Wonderful father of Ruth, Vicki , Keith and Dawn (Don). Proud Grandfather of Jennifer and David, Nathan and Cameron, James, Chris and Kate, Cory and Lisa. Great-grandfather to Austin, Aidan, Ashley, Lena, Jackson and Emily. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by his many friends. Stan immigrated from England in 1950. He loved Canada and always called this great country of ours home. Stan was a member of the IBEW local 353 for 60 years. The celebration of Stan's life will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 2pm. Donations to Millbrook Community Care in memory of Stan would be appreciated by the family. Stan was thankful for the compassionate care given to him by the Personal Care Workers and Nurses from Nightingale Nursing and We Care Partners.

BURNS, Robert Kingsley

Passed away on Monday, November 2nd, 2015.

Burns, Robert Kingsley (November 3, 1940 - November 2, 2015) Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the Northumberland Hills hospital. Beloved husband of 48 years to Rowena, loving father to Steven Burns (Angela) and Fiona Wood (Spencer), devoted grandfather to Rhianna and Tristan Wood and caring brother of Judith Rees-Thomas. After a career as a Chemical Technologist at Outboard Marine and Zircatec, Bob enjoyed his retirement years running Burns Water Gardens with his wife. He will be remembered for his love of nature, adventurous spirit and his ability to fix or build anything. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

SANGSTER, Robert Patrick

Passed away on Monday, November 2nd, 2015.

Peacefully at his home in Port Colborne


Passed away on Sunday, November 1st, 2015.

PAQUETTE, Paul Douglas passed away peacefully November 9,2015.Son of the late Roger Joseph Paquette and Grace Ann Byrd. Paul leaves behind his children Paul, Sean, Jade and Brandon. His brother Roger, sister-in-law Joy, His niece Alexandra and nephew Gary.

CORLEY, Nancy Jane

Passed away on Sunday, October 25th, 2015.

Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Peterborough Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the age of 62. Beloved best friend to Louis Quesnelle. Loving mother to Merisa (Brent) Bateman and Darrin Corley. Special grandmother to Scott Yeoman, Aidin Corley and Benjamin “B” Bateman “her boy”. Sister of Don (Pat) Barton. Nancy volunteered at Bailieboro Public Library for 20 years, where she was the co-ordinator of the Clothing Boutique for the last 16 years. Nancy will also be missed by dear friends Steve and Michelle McNaughton and their family. Thank you to all the Nurses and Doctors at PRHC Palliative Care, Nurses Sherri and Sam and Dr. Whiting, the volunteers at PRHC especially Sister Eileen, also V.O.N. and We Care, for your wonderful home care, Hospice for your guidance and to Jackie for your time with our mom.

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