Bereavements since October 18, 2014 (updated April 9, 2015)

Obituary courtesy Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home – excerpts

BARTLETT, William George - Passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Pembroke Regional Hospital, on Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2015, at the age of 74 years.

William Bartlett, devoted husband of Marilyn Bartlett (nee Giesler). Outstanding and devoted father to David Bartlett (Rikki), and Kent William Bartlett (Tracy). Proud Grandpa of David Jr.; and Breanna, Eric & Gavin. Predeceased by parents Reginald and Rita Bartlett (nee Lace).

As an expression of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, SPCA, or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

Online condolences/donations are available at

William George Bartlett, Recruit # 1552, served with the 1st Bn   Canadian Guards.

Thanks to Ambrose Dwyer and Al Johnston for the info. (And Jas)

John Blatz

Born: September 24, 1935

Died: July 29, 2014
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Blatz, beloved husband of Margaret, on Tuesday,
July 29, 2014. John was born on September 24, 1935 on the Blatz family farm near Randolph, Manitoba. He was one of 12 children born to Cornelius and Agatha Blatz.

Some of the highlights of his life with his wife Margaret were the births of their children: Joanne (Kevin Hickling) and their children: Mackenzie and Alexandra; John (Audrey) and their children Sophia and Megan; and Jenny (Tim Plett) and their children Allison, Christopher and Rachael.

Other highlights included operating various restaurants in Steinbach, Inuvik, Landmark, Sioux Lookout and Whitehorse. One of his favourite pastimes was driving a taxi cab in Inuvik. He loved the interaction with all of the different types of people that he would come into contact with. In later years, he and Margaret donated their time and talents by cooking for Mennonite Disaster Services in various parts of Canada and the US.

John handled his illness with great courage and strength. He will be sorely missed as our counsellor, advice giver, gardener and barbecuer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Disaster Services.

The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to the health care staff at the Bethesda Hospital. They were so kind to John and the rest of the family.

Thanks to John’s daughter, Al Johnston and

Regimental Nominal Roll shows;

L/Sgt John Blatz ,  4th, 1st Bns and Regimental Depot (Thanks Jas) (April 4, 2015)

Morris (Dewie) DeWitt died at 11:10 hrs 22 March 2015. He will be buried at Pinecrest Cemetery but the funeral will be a private family service.

Condolences may be sent to Marlies and their daughter Christina at this email.

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....Gerry Wharton  (Mar 23 2015)

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 27, 2015

DE WITT, E. Morris, Captain C.D.(ret'd)  August 11, 1918 - March 22, 2015.
Born in Shediac NB, youngest of 10 children, Son of Mary and James De Witt. Enlisted 1938, Canadian Forces in St. Jean. Served in England and Italy during WWII and was severely wounded in Italy. Proud Korean vet, [1] served in Germany and with the UN in Palestine. Following retirement he began a successful career in insurance and started building his real estate holdings. Morris loved to travel and visited an amazing 64 countries! He enjoyed winters in Florida, cottage life, canoeing and tennis, playing well into his '80's. Survived by his wife Marlies, daughter Christina, 3 grandchildren; Melissa, Kimberly and Shawn, several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Gazeta for her loving care for Morris, also to the staff in G1N for their dedication and work. Private arrangements to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, Perley Veteran's Home or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.
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[1] served with 3rd Bn The Royal Canadian Regiment and 1st Bn Canadian Guards  (Thks Jas)

COGHILL, Irene (nee Bradley)Peacefully in her 90th year on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. Irene was the beloved wife "Peanut" of Jack for almost 68 years and the treasured mother of Allison Jamieson (John), Sheila Manhire (Robert), Jack (Donna), Laird (Janice) and Kirsty Hayward (the Rev. Daniel). Their Amma's memory will also be cherished by her eleven grandchildren, Brad (Amanda), Graeme (Ashley) and Meredith Nichols, Patrick, Ian (Sheila) and Arthur Manhire, Ainslie (Tom), Jackson, Erin, Greg and Lindsay Coghill and her precious wee great-granddaughter Edie Frances Manhire. Irene will also be remembered with love by her sister Lois Andree (Len) of Winnipeg, her brother David Bradley (Jean) of Winnipeg, her brother Maurice Bradley (Cheryl) of Vancouver and her many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her loving parents Sigrun Myrdal and Wilfred Bradley, her sister Ruth Fox and her son-in-law George Nichols.

Her family wishes to express our gratitude to Dr. Graham and the staff and volunteers of the PRVHC who treated our mother with such care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, the Heart Institute or a charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated by her family. Condolences/Donations/Tributes 613-233-1143 -

JOB, John Ronald It is with great sadness to announce the sudden passing of John Ronald Job, on February 28, 2015, at the age of 73, with his loving family at his side. Predeceased by wife Heidi, and son Paul. Father to Lorry (Doris) and Kelly. Opa to Cody, Stevie (Sam), Stephie and Heidi, and Great- Opa to Keira. Brother to Wayne (Donna), Glen (Nancy), Gary (Kim), and predeceased brother Mike. A much loved uncle to all his nephews and nieces. John will be greatly missed by his soulmate and best buds, Margaret Hipel, who he loved so dearly. Papa to her daughters, Rhonda (Keith) Bell, Barb (Rick) Esbaugh, Di-anne (Eston) Martin, and all their children. John will also be missed by family in England and Germany. John served proudly with the Canadian Guards of the Armed Forces, and the Hamilton Wentworth Police Department. He will always be remembered for his compassion and care for his patients at Cedar Haven, Home for Special Care. At John's request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at Royal Canadian Legion 163, located on 435 Limeridge Rd. East, Hamilton, on Saturday, March 7th from 2 -6 p.m. Thank you to ICU staff on the 5th floor of the Grand River Hospital for your compassion and care of John. In lieu of flowers, donations kindly requested to be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Royal Canadian Legion-Waterloo Branch 530. You will be forever in our hearts

Thks Hamilton Spectator and Terry Goss

THIESSEN, Henry - March 16, 1934 – February 12, 2015 – Passed away peacefully at Extendicare Health Centre, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of the late Jacqueline. Loving brother of Katharine “Kelly” Cain, John Thiessen, Elizabeth “Betty” Christie, Lora (Robert) Campbell, Patricia “Pat” Stafford, and Peter Thiessen. He will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Henry was a 32 year Veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces serving in the Korean War. He was also the recipient of the United Nations Service Medal, United Nations Medal (Cyprus), and Canadian Forces’ Decoration and Clasps. Henry also served as Commissioner in Windsor for numerous years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus – Windsor Chapter. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL , 75 Church. St. (905-684-6346). A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation, with inurnment at Victoria Lawn Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations made to Education Foundation of Niagara would be appreciated by the family. On-line tributes may be made at .

John Cecil Hughes

HUGHES, John Cecil - 1938 - 2015 1st Canadian Guards (1954-1966). Member ANAF Unit 400 Orillia. Born in Windsor NS, died unexpectedly at home January 14th 2015. Father of Scott (Amy) of Texas, brother of Annie Phillips (Les deceased) and family and Len Hughes (Carol) and family, sister Elizabeth and sister Nora, brother Billy (both predeceased), Hantsport, NS. Interment to take place at a later date (see below)at Beechwood Military Cemetery, Ottawa, ON. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice. Messages of condolence are welcomed at

HUGHES, John Cecil - 1938 - 2015 Internment Beechwood Military Cemetery 18Jun15



Interment to take place 1100hrs Thursday, 18June, 2015 at Beechwood Military Cemetery, Ottawa, ON.  Representatives from ANAF Unit 400 and the Royal Canadian Legion will be attending.


Rest In Peace, Don "Whip" Watson...Whip passed away this Morning in Thunder Bay...Good hockey player with the Canadian Guards & 3 RCR....(Feb 2, 2015)

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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 19, 2014

Pauline BAYNE
Peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Gordon; [1], married 62 years. Loving mother of the late Shawn (Laurie), Danny (Jennifer) and Paul. Devoted grandmother of Ashley; Jonathan, Emma and Samantha; Cory and Eric and great- grandmother of Riley. Loving sister of John (Jeannine) and Bert. Predeceased by her parents Herb and Nellie Smith. …… pay their respects at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery 3700 Prince of Wales Dr, .
. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Mission are appreciated. Messages of condolences can be made via;

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Gordon J. Bayne, C.D., 3rd Bn, The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1st Bn,
Canadian Guards

[2] Ottawa Mission 35 Waller Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7G4

OLINIK, Mervin George
On December 3, 2014, Mervin George Olinik passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife Joan of 49 years, surrounded by his loving family. Merv is survived by his son Mervin (Isla) and his daughter Catherine McLaughlin (Terry) and is Poppa to Collin, Tyler, Charlotte, Lindsey, Bryan and Emily. Merv is also survived by his sisters Janice Moorey (Richard), Marlene Dominick (Walter), Colleen Girard (Jacques) and his brother Colin (Lorraine). Merv is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews and Merv was predeceased by his parents Colin and Mary. Merv proudly served Canada, his country for 37 years as a dedicated member of the Canadian Armed Forces and 16 years 10 months at DND as a civilian employee. A Celebration of Merv's Life will be held on Thursday,
December 11, 2014 at Parkway Pentecostal Church, 7275 Parkway Road, Greely, Ont. Visitation is from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The Memorial Service is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a Reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Merv requested that donations be made to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus Colorectal Cancer Assessment Centre (CAC), Bethel Pentecostal Church, Box 815, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 4W7, Ottawa Humane Society of Ottawa, or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and entire staff at the Ottawa Cancer Clinic, the staff of the 5th Floor East Oncology Unit, and the staff of the 7th Floor West Surgery. Merv received the best and kindest care and treatment from the entire staff.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 8, 2014 - Guest Book

Obituary courtesy Murphy Funeral Home

James (Jim) Ryan
Retired, The Royal Canadian Regiment, 2nd Battalion Canadian Guards and Century 21 Real Estate
Peacefully at home in Liette’s arms and surrounded by his loving family on Friday November 21, 2014 in his 79TH year. Jim Ryan of Petawawa, beloved husband of Liette Fletcher (nee Lachance). Loved father of Jana Aubrey (Brent), Rona Smith (Dave) both of Petawawa and Dena Lundquist (Chuck), Stittsville and good friend to Christine Fletcher (Mark Whalley), Jason Fletcher (Laurie) and Tracey Grimard (Michael) Ottawa. Loving grandfather to Tanner, Brady, Mallory, Kyle, Avery, Ethan and Liette’s grandchildren Sarah, Paris, Spencer, Felicity, Sydney and Kylie. Son of the late William and Mary Agnes (nee McIntyre) Ryan. Jim is survived by his sisters Mary Milner (Denis), Barbara MacCormack (Michael), Elaine Kalm (late Jaan Lents),Annette Orthwein (Fred), Pointe Claire QC and brothers Frank (late Alice), Dartmouth NS, Patrick Ryan (Sylvia), Burlington, William Ryan (Vivian) Port Colborne, and Chuck, Cornwallis NS. Brother-in-law of Betty, Glace Bay NS. Predeceased by his brother Darcy and sisters June, Sr. Marcella and Carrie McNeil (late Charlie).

 Final Interment, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Lapasse. In memory of Jim, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Pembroke Regional Hospital MRI Fund [1] would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes, donations

[1] Pembroke Regional Hospital MRI Fund
705 Mackay Street
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 1G8

Thanks to Dennis Hyde for the information

CAIRNS, Michael William - Peacefully at University Hospital, I.C.U., on Sunday, October 19th, 2014, at the age of 32, with his Father Archie and sister Fiona by his side. Predeceased by his Mother Joy and sister Tara. He will be missed by many. Funeral was held on Wednesday 22nd October at Westview Funeral Home, Wonderland Road, London.

Pipe Major Archie Cairns served with the Second Battalion The Canadian Guards in Germany and Petawawa, Ont.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ian Turnbull.

Obituary courtesy Weaver Family Funeral Home Trenton – excerpts

Brumsey, Matthew Joseph - Retired Warrant Officer (Army) CD... After a long and courageous battle succumbed to illness on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Kingston General Hospital in his 70th year . . . Leaving to mourn his loving wife Karen.

He was the proud father of Melody (Kevin) Lance of Petawawa, Pamela (Larry) Cole of Pembroke and Matthew of Trenton. He lovingly embraced his step children; Kimberly Gabriel of Abbotsford, B.C., Dawn (Rodney) White of Kitchener, Randall (Rhonda) Skinner of Newfoundland, Tara Lynn Skinner of Oromocto, New Brunswick; his father and mother in law Herman and Stella Parsons of Newfoundland and his fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren were the light of his life.

He also leaves to mourn his brothers and sisters; Bill (Annie, Daisy (Everett) Alexander, Linda (Herman) Alexander, Lester (Leverne), Calvin (Gladys), Judy Brumsey, Peggy Power, Janice (Dave) Kane, Mary (Ray) Alexander, Joshlyn Brumsey, Brian, Diana (Brian) Smith and sisters and brothers in law; Judy (Derek) Luscombe, Cyril (Patsy) Parsons, Robert (Joyce) Parsons, Christopher Parsons, Arthur (Cecilia) Parsons, Derek (Judy) Parsons, Tony (Michelle) Parsons, Stephen (Mandy) Parsons, Herman (Loretta) Parsons. Also will be remembered by many relatives and friends . . Donations to the St. Peter's Catholic Church [1] or Belleville General Hospital Oncology Clinic [2] would be appreciated by the family. . . Online guest book and condolences at

[1] St Peter's Catholic Church

140 Dundas St W, Trenton, ON K8V 4Y2

[2] Belleville General Hospital Oncology Clinic

265 Dundas St E, Belleville, ON, K8N 5A9

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Matthew Joseph Brumsey served with the Canadian Guards 2nd Bn and The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Thanks to Terry Dexter for the information

My dad passed away this morning.  I know he will be very happy to be with my mum.  

His wishes are to be cremated and to be in our garden with my mum.  We are not planning a service or anything as he wanted no fanfare of any kind.  However, the immediate family are getting together on his birthday in December to remember him and celebrate his life.  

Maj Harold Graham Ball, CD, served with The Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Guards 2nd, 1st Bns and the Regimental Depot


(Nov 3, 2014)

Obituary courtesy V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford, NS – excerpts

Ronald Frederick 'Ronnie Dupe

It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of our brother and father Ronald Frederick Dupe on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 after a long illness at Taigh Solas Nursing Home, North Sydney. Ronnie was born on July 29, 1935.

Ronnie is survived by his siblings Doug (Ruth), Albert (Shirley), Margaret (Anthony) DeGiobbi and Anna; children Sharon Erb, Paula Oliver, Joey, Ronnie, Bradley Ransom and 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by daughter Maggie Currie, Sydney and his brother-in-law Greg McDougall, USA . . .

Ronnie was in the Army in 1958 [2nd Bn Canadian Guards] . . . Donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia 6331 Lady Hammond Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2S2 or the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, New Waterford, NS, B1H 1H7. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at:

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Obituary courtesy White Family Funeral Home – excerpts

Vincent Ernest MacDonald – 78, of Penticton, BC, passed away September 25, 2014 in Penticton Regional Hospital. Born June 8, 1936 in Millville . . . He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 47 years, Dyane; daughters, Kim and Anne-Marie (Darrell); sons, Ted (Rita) and Kerry (Eve); grandchildren, James, Jennifer, Darcy, Jack, Philip and Jessica; sister, Louise (Fred) Hockley, New Minas; brothers, Allan (Audrey), Lethbridge, AB; Laverne "Mac" (Karen), Bedford; Michael (Irene), Penticton; and John (Claudette), Kentville . . . A memorial service will be held November 1, 2014, in Penticton. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Vincent Ernest MacDonald served with the Canadian Guards 2nd Bn.

Thanks to Don MacKinnon and Terry Dexter for the information