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M. W. Becker Funeral Home

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 -

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?)...

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...

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 or The Salvation Army would be appreciated by Joy’s family.

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...

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...

'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...

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...