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490 The Queensway S
Keswick, ON L4P 2E3
(905) 476-7711

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Irwin (nee Lawrence), Linda Christine, (Dec. 11, 2017) - Lambton Shield

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beloved wife of the late Keith Irwin. Loving mother of Robert (Leanne) Irwin and the late Kerry Anne Irwin (1990). Devoted Gramma to Jenna Irwin and Jason Irwin, both of Keswick, Ontario. Dear sister of Nancy Zenick of Wilkesport and Alan (Cindy) Lawrence of Point Edward. Remembered by sisters-in-law Bertha Lawrence and Phyllis Lawrence of Sarnia, Barry (Betty) Symington of Sarnia, John (Joyce) Irwin of Corunna, and Patsy (the late Alex) Irwin of British Columbia. Linda is survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Francis and Marjorie Lawrence (nee Hornblower), sister Donna (Nick) Carter, brothers James Lawrence, Jack (Joan) Lawrence, Peter Lawrence, and Neil (Joanne) Lawrence, brother-in-law Russ Zenick, niece Christy Lawrence, and nephew Brad Waite.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. with a visitation held one hour prior. A burial of ashes will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the London Regional Cancer Clinic (cheques only at the funeral home please).Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Funeral held for Ontario woman killed in Belize along with American boyfriend - Globalnews.ca

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pucci says the eulogies and messages that have been shared about Matus were a true testament of the “amazing human being” the woman was.Last weekend, friends and neighbours gathered at Matus’ home in Keswick, Ont., to lay flowers and cards at a makeshift memorial on her front lawn.“For the outpour of love and support from all over the world, including people we have never met, we appreciate your thoughtfulness,” Pucci said in a family statement.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3445393/funeral-held-for-ontario-woman-killed-in-belize-along-with-american-boyfriend/

Eileen Green (Richard)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bill Green (veteran of the Korean War) for nearly 50 years. Her greatest joy was her sons: Jack and his wife Sandie, of Bright; Jim and his wife Sheila, of Ayr; Bruce and his wife Jocelyn, of Keswick; and Paul and his wife Heather, of Guelph. She also leaves to mourn her beloved grandchildren Mallory (Travis), David, Mike, Alex, Andrew, Katherine (Clark), Jack, Olivia, Lucie and Sophie. She had a lifelong friend in Marg Oldfield, of Cambridge. Eileen was born in Preston on April 6, 1929, daughter of Bill and Della Murch. She was predeceased by her brothers, Doug and Jack, both World War II veterans. Eileen grew up as an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, President of the Ladies Aid, and president of the Women’s Evening. She was a member of the IODE and looked forward to her weekly Bridge Club group. Eileen cherished the cottage her father built in Penetanguishene and she and Bill moved there in 1975. She and Bill spent many winters in Mexico before buying a winter home in Port Charlotte. She returned to her beloved Preston in 2007. Eileen had many talents including cooking, knitting, sewing, and quilting. She will be proudly remembered as a true hockey mom and grandmom. Her keen sense of humour and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Krys...
http://www.wmkippfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/2899397/Green-Richard-Eileen/service-details.php

C. Joyce Nelan

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nelan, Joy (nee Bogue) Died peacefully on Sunday January 8, 2017 at the Cedarvale Lodge, Keswick at the age of 95. Joy, formerly of Hometown, Wasaga Beach, beloved wife of the late Norman Nelan. Loving mother of Terry Love, Gail Lavalley, Brian Nelan, Moira Dedrick, Rob Nelan and Laura (Brad Dempsey). She will also be missed by her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her extended family and her friends and neighbours. Private Cremation Services. If desired, a donation to vetscanada.org or The Salvation Army would be appreciated by Joy’s family.
http://www.carruthersdavidson.com/book-of-memories/2817440/Nelan-C-Joyce/service-details.php

Former Niagara Falls man killed fighting ISIS in Syria - St. Catharines Standard

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I was the typical younger sister,” she said. “We argued all the time but, at the end of the day, we loved each other.” Tassone was born in Keswick, Ont., and later moved with his family to Niagara Falls. He attended Saint Paul Catholic High School. After high school he was employed at Canadian National Railway and moved with his girlfriend and her child to Edmonton. Eager to “do something about the scourge of ISIL,” Tassone left Edmonton in late June and made his way to Syria to join Kurdish fighters on the frontlines against the terrorist group. In updates he sent to friends on Facebook, he spoke about the camaraderie he had found among the Kurds and international volunteers, and posted photos of himself in his battle gear. “He expressed great pride in what he was doing and said that no matter how tense things got, he was not going to leave his brothers,” said Mike Webster, a former Canadian reservist who was in regular contact with Tassone. “I spoke to him regularly while he was there and I can tell you that he was motivated by a desire to do something about the scourge of ISIL and was inspired by other Canadians who had done so.” Webster said Tassone was “basically functioning as a infantryman.” “He was equipped with an AK type of rifle and MARPAT (Marine pattern) camo gear. He was involved in the fight for Manbij and spoke of losing several friends to suicide bombers. He expressed great pride in becoming a sniper and, as of when we last spoke, had 20 confirmed kills.” Exactly what happened on Dec. 21 remains unclear. “As far as I understand it there was a large Daesh (ISIL) attack, he fought, and was killed,” one of Tassone’s acquaintances told The National Post. The statement from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, called Tassone and Lock heroes and martyrs. Hundreds of international volunteers, including dozens of Canadians, have made their way to Syria and Iraq to help Kurdish forces battle ISIL. Many are veterans frustrated over the West’s limited military response to the Syrian conflict.  Tassone and Lock are part of a new generation of volunteer fighters who have strong ideals but little military experience, said Guillaume Corneau, a Laval University Québec student who has been studying foreign fighters embedded with Kurdish forces. After training at the YPG academy, they had volunteered with a frontline combat unit. “The cause of their death is rather nebulous. They seemed to be on an advanced post on the frontline when they were attacked at night,” he said. “The Islamic State would have taken the position, which would explain why they were in possession of the bodies. Everything seems to indicate that the YPG have paid to get the bodies back,” he said, which would explain why it took the Kurdish forces two weeks to announce the deaths. — with files from Stewart Bell, National Post alan...
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/01/04/former-niagara-falls-man-killed-fighting-isis-in-syria

'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Australia.She described their life Down Under as "very comfortable," and admitted their new one in Kingston was a significant transition. She wants to work, but she's found that Ontario's social assistance has made it next to impossible. She said the problem is that if you earn more than $500 a month, the province starts taxing it dollar-for-dollar up to 50 per cent. After 50 per cent, a person loses social assistance and any benefits, she said."It makes it frightening. I know why people don't want to get off of it," Wiwchar said."I went to an employment agency and was told basically I'm unemployable to them … I went home and I cried. How am I unemployable? I worked as a medic, as a makeup artist, I managed retail, and I have office training."Kerry is also on disability due to severe arthritis and is diagnosed bipolar. Her life has not been an easy one. In the winter of 2016 she says police recommended she reach out to Interval House because her ex-boyfriend, who constantly assaulted and stole from Kerry, had been released on parole and hadn't attended his halfway house."He just came and went as he pleased," Kerry said of her relationship with the man. "His whole family for six years just totally took over my life … he would inject me [with hydromorphone] while I was sleeping."At one point, she said, he kept her overdosed for three days so that he could steal her medications. Her 10-year-old son and dog at the time waited for her to wake."My son just laid with me," Kerry said. "He should have called an ambulance but he was afraid he'd be taken away."Taking her medications left her mentally unstable and unable to fully care for herself. Eventually it hospitalized her for five months, forcing Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington to take her preteen son away.Kerry was once a successful medical secretary. She says she was good at her job, but she was addicted to crack cocaine. She was introduced to the drug by another former partner who was also abusive.When she learned that her former partner was being released and was on the run, she was scared that he'd kill her. She called Interval House, stayed in the shelter for six months, and then lived in one of Robin's Hope's accessible units for nearly a year and a half.Kerry has been clean for three and a half years and gives back to Interval House by running painting classes at Robin's Hope. Kerry has also done her best to separate herself from destructive people, and while her sister has custody of her son, she said that relationship is becoming stronger every visit.Kerry explains you have to want to get better."I wanted to do the programs. You don't realize about how naive you are about red flags [in relationships] and boundaries," Kerry said. "I didn't realize how much of a sucker I felt I was, but also how mentally unhealthy I felt that I was to let someone control my mind like that. Call you stupid, make you feel less than."Making Claire feel she was "less than" was her former spouse's strategy to control her. A highly educated woman with a doctorate, Claire was often invited to speak at conferences around the wo...
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/a-launching-pad-to-start-over-three-women-find-new-lives-with-support-of-kingston-interval-house

Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Park. He was preceded in death by a twin sister, Alberta Dorsey. Albert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed remote fly-fishing trips to Ontario, Canada, and golfing. He was a graduate of Westville High School, where he played football. He owned and operated Flip's Tavern for 35 years. He worked at Allied Chemical for 35 years and Thirion Glass for five years. He was on the Westville Fire Department and was former president of Westville-Belgium Sanitary District. Private services and entombment were held at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Danville, with Fr. Robert Hoffmann officiating. Memorials may be made to Westville Public Library. Rortvedt Funeral Services, Tilton, assisted the family. Online condolences at rortvedtfuneralservices.com. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/2019-02-04/albert-frank-czapski.html

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News Windsor

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:05PM EST BRAMPTON, Ont. -- An 11-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father in southern Ontario was a dreamer, a dancer and a singer who "always saw the good in every situation." It was standing room only at an Etobicoke funeral home as friends and family of Rajkumar gathered on Wednesday. In a eulogy delivered during the Hindu service, which was held at the Lotus Funeral and Cremation Centre on Wednesday morning, Riya was described as a "positive child" who loved life and "saw the good in every situation." On Tuesday night, about 100 mourners gathered to listen to speeches, poems and songs as the community remembered Riya Rajkumar in Brampton, Ont. "My daughter Riya was taken from me too early," Priya Ramdin, who did not attend the vigil, said in a statement read by Peel police Deputy Chief Chris McCord. "She never liked to be negative and always saw the good in every situation. If I'm ever upset, she would say 'Mama, don't be sad, look at the positives."' The day Riya died -- Valentine's Day -- was also her and her mother's birthdays. "Early that day, we went to do our nails and her choice of colour was red," Ramdin said. "She was so excited for her birthday, looking forward to having dinner later that evening. Never did I think that my daughter woul...
https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/11-year-old-riya-rajkumar-remembered-as-a-dreamer-1.4304744