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Drury Funeral Centre

519 Victoria Street East
Alliston, ON L9R 1K1
(705) 435-3535

W. John Thomas Funeral Home

244 Victoria St E.
Alliston, ON L9R 1V6
(705) 435-5101

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Stratford Festival at its inception in 1953. He would eventually appear in over one hundred roles with the company. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and was 97 when he died in Alliston, Ontario on January 12.Two days later the man who first guided the career of Céline Dion and then won her heart died. René Angélil had first been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1991 but following treatment he had made a full recovery. When the cancer returned he underwent surgery in 2013. In September of 2015 it was announced that he would not beat the disease this time and he died two days short of his 74th birthday on January 14.Things remained quiet until the month was almost over. Then on January 26, Montreal-born filmmaker Martin Lavut died. He didn’t have a huge body of work despite his 81 years. He had directed 19 projects all but three for television. He is usually remembered for his documentary on the life of the late National Film Board animator Arthur Lipsett in a film titled Remembering Arthur. Martin Lavut had lived in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto for many years before he died.Image supplied by the National Film Board There were only three passings in February, the singer and actor born Denise Matthews who grew up to become Vanity and two men who can be considered pioneers of a distinctive Canadian film industry. Vanity was 57 when she died of kidney failure on February 15 in hospital in California. As we have extensive notes on both men we urge you to read more about director Don Owen who was 84 when he died on February 21st and Colin Low, a filmmaker with a remarkable contribution to the industry who was 89 when he died on February 24.There are only two names worth noting in March and both men died late in the month. Radio personality Wally Crouter, known for his decades-long run on Toronto’s CFRB was 92 when he died on March 28. Conductor, composer and arranger Howard Cable was 95 when he died on March 30. ??Cable composed and arranged the very first theme for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast which was used from 1952 until 1968. He then arranged “The Hockey Theme” by Dolores Claman, which replaced his own composition in 1968. His Royal Conservatory arrangement of “The Hockey Theme” for piano is one of the best selling pieces of sheet music in Canada. Cable was also a conductor for early CBC-TV variety programs like General Electric Showtime and Mr. Show Business. He conducted and arranged music for various CBC radio and TV programs in the 1960s. From 1971 to 1985 he was host of the highly-rated program Howard Cable Presents heard on St. Catharines radio station CHRE-FM.??Don Francks lived an odd life. His early acting career had taken him to Hollywood and he contributed a strong screen performance in the musical Finian’s Rainbow. But something else was calling him and he went to live on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan with his wife Lili Francks. He was adopted as a Cree, and given the name Iron Buffalo. Francks was 84 when he died of cancer in Toronto on April 3.??Marcel Dubé was a playwright with over 300 t...

U of Guelph community mourns the death of a student - Guelph Mercury

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We must reach out and come together as a community to support the family and friends of this student and one another in this time of sorrow.” Kyle, who hailed from Alliston, was a member of the New Tecumseth Ball Hockey League and, along with his entire family, had been involved in the sport from an early age. He completed his minor league playing career over the summer by sharing a Junior Provincial Championship, according to a post on the NTBHL website. "All losses are painful and tragic but nothing can be more painful than losing a child. We (NTBHL) are in complete shock at the tragic loss of Kyle Coleman," reads the post. "We want to send our deepest condolences to the whole Coleman family as well as their loved ones and friends." The university’s Counselling Services is working with Student Housing Services to provide support for the residence community, the release said. The university is also reminding people of the counselling and support services available to help students and employees. A funeral service for Coleman will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Drury Funeral Centre, 519 Victoria St. E., Alliston. Memories and condolences can also be shared through the funeral home’s website. Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Community shocked over Alliston teen's sudden death -

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The sudden death of an Alliston teen over the weekend has left many in the community stunned and deeply saddened. Kyle Coleman, 18, who was studying at the University of Guelph, died Saturday. The Guelph Police Service confirmed the death occurred at the campus and that no foul play is suspected. The family declined to comment when contacted Tuesday by Kyle leaves behind his parents, Scott and Brenda, his brother Nicholas and many other family members. "He was known as the life of the party, and overall just an amazing person." Messages of condolences flooded social media over the weekend after news spread about the tragedy. The New Tecumseth Ball Hockey League (NTBHL) posted a tribute to Kyle — who was an avid player — on its website. “All losses are painful and tragic, but nothing can be more painful than losing a child. We are in complete shock at the tragic loss of Kyle Coleman,” read the statement. “Scott, Brenda, Kyle and Nicholas are all deeply involved in the league and we are completely...

Paramedics make sales of little poppy pins go a long way - BarrieToday

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Collingwood for the Victoria Order of Nurses. The second year they sold even more pins and were able to donate $800 to the Orillia Legion. Last year there was a $1,000 donation to the Alliston Legion. "We give money wherever we march as a Paramedic Honour Guard," explains Spiegelberg. "We give back to the Legion wherever we're marching.  This year we'll be marching in Barrie so we'll give money to the Barrie Legion." A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) - Central Ontario Chapter in support of Peacekeeper Park in Essa Township, the National Paramedic Memorial in Ottawa and the Provincial Paramedic Memorial in Toronto. "On top of that, one of our paramedics passed away just last month and the Legion in Everett donated the space for his reception at his funeral, so we'll be giving back to them as well," said Spiegelberg. The Honour Guard has purchased five-thousand pins to sell and might have to order more due to high demand. The public can buy the pins at County of Simcoe Customer Service, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, or send an e-mail to Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Florence Clayton

Friday, September 30, 2016

LTC on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in her 99th year, after a long life well lived of which 63 years in Markham. Beloved wife of the late Tom (2004). Loving mother of Bill (London), Richard (Alliston), Vic (Calgary) and Chuck (Toronto). Also remembered by her daughters-in-law Janet, Merry, Sherry and Ivana; her grandchildren Barb (Scott), Tom, Heather (Jeff) Becky (Will), Allen (Kristy), Julie (Stephen), Lesley (Dave), Bill, Michael and Sarah; her great grandchildren Taylor, Lindsay, Liam, Lexi, Viktor, Sam, Lauren, Nova, Isla, Everly and John. Predeceased by her sister Margaret Parker, her brothers Bill and Steve Mugford. Resting at the DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main St. N. (Markham Road) Markham on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 10:00 am until time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 11:00 am. Interment Elmwood Cemetery.

Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal ( on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...

'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Flyers and Marlboros.  (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...

Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and Times

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Humboldt later this week. — City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...