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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-07 published
Carol Anna LANE
In loving memory of Carol Anna LANE, December 25, 1913 to January 1, 2004.
Carol LANE, a resident of Barrie Island, died at the Sudbury Regional Hospital, Saint Joseph's Site on Thursday, January 1, 2004 at the age of 90 years.
She was born in Mills Township, daughter of the late John L. and Amelia BAKER.
Carol was very active in her community. She was a member of the Ice Lake Church of Christ,
past member of the Gore Bay Horticultural Society, Barrie Island Women's Institute, Western Manitoulin Cancer Society all of which she served with passion, Postmistress of Barrie Island Post Office for 26 years and delivered mail with her husband Harold for many years. The Post Office was in their home on Barrie Island.
As a farmer's wife, Carol milked cows, grew a garden, picked strawberries, canned meat, knit socks, sewed dresses, scrubbed the schoolhouse floor, hand-quilted voraciously for every wedding, baby and Friendship. She loved to visit and share a cup of tea and a good laugh. She was an independent thinker and a capable community member. Senior Citizen of the Year 2003 of Barrie Island - she accepted the award with pride that she had belonged to such a supportive community all of her life. Her family and Friends celebrated her 90th birthday with her on August 30, 2003. She turned 90 on December 25, 2003, a week before her death.
Carol and Harold sent five children off to higher education and professions in the caring fields, Julia - Home Economist, Ted - Policeman, Gloria - Registered Nurse, Carolyn - High School Principal, Gracie - Registered Lab Technologist. She loved to read, to welcome the seasons, to watch the birds and to garden and grow flowers. Predeceased by husband Harold in 1980. Loving and loved mother of Julia and Rudy HILLMAN of Raleigh, North Carolina, Ted LANE and Lorraine WANE of Lucan, Gloria and Bruce TUCK of Ottawa, Carolyn LANE- ROCK and Bill ROCK of Sudbury and Manitoulin, and Grace and Bryan TURNER of Sault Ste. Marie.
Grandmother extraordinaire to Benjamin, Randall, and David HILLMAN of North Carolina, Stephen and Ian TUCK of Ottawa, Matthew and Carrie LANE of Lucan, Sara and Laurie TURNER of Sault Ste. Marie and Christopher and Jeffrey ROCK of Sudbury.
Great Grandmother of Gabriel, Timothy and Kevin HILLMANN, James LANE and Akira LANE Chaita, Jacob and Nathan TUCK and Zoe SMITH. They were Grandma Lane's greatest joy. Dear sister of Ted BAKER (Edith) of Iron Bridge and Joe BAKER (June) of Blind River and brother-in-law Mervin WHITFIELD of Sault Ste. Marie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by infant son Thomas and sisters Mary RUNNALLS, Susie RUNNALLS, Jean WHITFIELD and brothers Charles BAKER, Kerwood BAKER and ASCHSA Baker.
Friends called the Culgin Funeral Home on Saturday, January 3, 2003. The funeral service was held in the William G. Turner Chapel on Sunday, January 4, 2003 with Pastor Les Cramp officiating. Spring interment in Gordon Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-07 published
Clarence Howard " Smitty" SMITH
In loving memory of Clarence Howard "Smitty" SMITH who passed away peacefully at Manitoulin
Health Centre on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at the age of 80 years.
Worked as a "Hydro Captain" March 1965 to September 1983. Beloved husband of Marion
(née BICKELL,) celebrating 50 years of marriage. Dear brother of Arnold J. and wife Irene, Austin and wife Nola, Elmer and wife Norine, all predeceased, Orvile "Bid" of Little Current. Will be missed by brother-in-law Ralph BICKELL of Little Current. Loved by many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Thursday, January 1, 2004 at Island Funeral Home. Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 2, 2004 at Grace Bible Church, Little Current. Island Funeral Home.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-07 published
Hannah BLACK
In loving memory of Hannah BLACK of Hanover who passed away at Hanover Care Centre, on Sunday, December 21, 2003. She was 92.
Hannah was born in Bidwell, Manitoulin Island in 1911 to the late Eli and Margaret (LOCKYER) CHATWELL. She was a long time resident of the farming community north of Neustadt.
Survived by sons and daughters-in-law Dr. Hugh BLACK and Shirley (SCHENK) of Sparta, New Jersey and Dr. Bill BLACK and Sharon (Thompson) of Drayton, her grandchildren Kathy and Ken READ, Krista Black, Bill and Sonya BLACK, Hugh and Ian BLACK and her great grandchild Victoria READ.
Predeceased by husband Hugh Elmer BLACK. Predeceased by sisters and brothers Essie and Bob STEEN, Emma and Charles WHITE/WHYTE, Will and Jennie CHATWELL, Hattie CHATWELL, Lyle and Pearl CHATWELL, Mary and Bob McMULLEN, Lydia and Cliff ROWE, Eva and Coye WILKIN, Margaret and Jack REED, Bessie and Fred SMITH.
Visitation was held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 until the time of the funeral service. Rev. Douglas KAUFMAN officiated. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-28 published
SMITH, John
-In loving memory of John SMITH, who passed away January 21, 1996.
Years go by,
Memories stay
As near and dear as yesterday.
Always remembered lovingly by wife, Wilhelmina SMITH

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-01-28 published
SMITH, John
-In loving memory of John SMITH who passed away January 21, 1996.
Down a road that's calm and peaceful
Guided by God's loving hand.
He has gone upon a journey
To a distant, brighter land
And although our hearts are heavy
With sorrow we still bear
It helps to bring us comfort
Knowing he is happy there.
Lovingly remembered by children Marilyn, Doug, Billy, Connie and many grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-02-04 published
Thomas Ronald " Ronnie" NEVILLS
In loving memory of Thomas Ronald NEVILLS " Ronnie" who passed away at the Mindemoya Hospital on February 1, 2004 at the age of 64 years.
Best friend of June GILCHRIST of Mindemoya, father of Norman of B.C., brother of Helen (husband Rod predeceased) MacLean of Etobicoke, Harry (predeceased) and wife Jean of Mindemoya, Jim and Donna of Mindemoya, Irene (husband Bill predeceased) MONTGOMERY of Spring Bay, Bob (predeceased) and wife Lois of Oakville, Florence (husband Keith predeceased) CALLAGHAN of Nepean, and Charlie and wife Faye of Whitby. Predeceased by parents Earle and Agnes (SMITH) NEVILLS. Visitation from 1: 00 until funeral service at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at Island Funeral Home in Little Current. Burial in the spring in Mindemoya Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-02-18 published
Gilbert Arthur PELTIER (ZHAA_BAA_DEH)
In loving memory of Gilbert Arthur PELTIER (ZHAA_BAA_DEH,) 67 years, who passed away Wednesday afternoon February 4th, 2004 at the Manitoulin Health Centre.
Mr. PELTIER was a farmer, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his horses.
He loved going to church and hosted prayer meetings in his home. Beloved husband of Lavina
(RECOLLET) of Rabbit Island. Loving father of Dennis PELTIER of
Wikwemikong, Rhonda PELTIER- CHIBLOW (husband Bob) of Mississauga
First Nation, Liz MAKADEBIN (husband Leo) of Manitowaning and Gary
PELTIER (predeceased.) Cherished mishomiss of Amanda, Keegan, Kayla,
Dylan and Mackenzie. Dear son of Leo and Sophie PELTIER (both
predeceased.) Loving brother of Yvonne (husband Jerry SMITH) of
Magnetawan, Joe PELTIER (wife Linda) of Wikwemikong, Norman and Shawn
PELTIER (both predeceased,) Loretta OKIMOW and Violet FLAMAND (also
both predeceased.) Dear brother-in-law of Annie PELTIER of
Wikwemikong. Special nephew of Georgina FOX. Dear godfather of
Cindy MANDAMIN and Carie-Lee PELTIER- GRANVILLE. Rested at the Rabbit
Island Community Centre, Rabbit Island. A funeral mass was held at
the Holy Cross Mission Church, Wikwemikong. Saturday February 7th, 2004. Lougheed Funeral Home.
also linked as linked as PELLETIER

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-03 published
Ernest Clifford SMITH " Ernie"
In loving memory of Ernest Clifford SMITH " Ernie," who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health centre on Friday, February 27, 2004 at the age of 88 years.
Beloved husband of the late Ella (née GARBUTT.) Cherished father of Charles (Laurine) SMITH of Sheguiandah, Carolyn (Wayne) COSBY of Espanola/Sheguiandah, Dianne (Mike) LECUYER of Little Current. Predeceased by son Ernest Ellwood (Pete) SMITH (1969.) Dear grandfather of Charline (Rob) GUITARD, Angie, Dwayne, Jason (friend Diane BAKER), Lisa, David, Tina and great grandchildren Nathan and Katie. Will be missed by sister Norine COLLINS (Walter predeceased,) predeceased by sister Betty and Herb BARKER. Remembered by Ella's family, Cora and Elridge MYERS, Emma GARBUTT (Marshall, predeceased,) Mary GARBUTT (Percy and Dini predeceased). Loved by many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held on Monday, March 1st at Island Funeral Home. A burial will be held in Elmview Cemetery in the spring.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-03 published
Marion Evangeline SMITH
In loving memory of Marion Evangeline SMITH who died peacefully at the Manitoulin Health Centre on Tuesday, February 28, 2003 at the age of 90 years.
Beloved wife of Clarence "Smitty" SMITH (predeceased December 30, 2003.)
They celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Born to Gordon and Ida (née CONNER) BICKELL in Nova Scotia on January 3, 1915.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-24 published
Brayden James Denis SMITH
In Loving Memory of Brayden James Denis SMITH who passed away Thursday, March 18th, 2004 at his home, age 2 months 25 days old.
Brayden will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered always. Precious son of Christy VEAUDRY and Robert SMITH of Little Current.
He will be deeply missed by his big sister Alexia SMITH. Treasured grand_son of Denis and Cindy BERNETCHEZ of Nairn Centre, Shirley SMITH and Stanley EDWARDS of Nairn Centre, Bob SMITH of Nairn Centre, and Rick and Cindy GAUDREAU of Espanola. Great grand_son of Albert and Mari BIDAL of Massey, Norman and Annette BERNETCHEZ of Sudbury, and Pauline GAUDREAU of McKerrow. Great great grand_son of Irene BALANCE of Sudbury.
Godson of Pamela MARTEL of Los Angeles, California and Jeff HEATON of Cambridge. Brayden will be also greatly missed by many uncles, aunts, cousins and family Friends. Visitation, followed directly by funeral service was held Saturday,
March 20, 2004 at Island Funeral Home. Burial in Whitefish Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-03-31 published
Geraldine BURNETT
In loving memory of Geraldine BURNETT who died peacefully on March 26, 2004 at Manitoulin Health Centre at the age of 78 years.
Predeceased by husband Stanley (1978). Predeceased by her parents George and Grace (LOCKYER) SMITH. Dear mother of Mary Ellen and Doug BAILEY of Little Current, Barbara and Robert EADIE of Honora Bay. Will be remembered by grandchildren, Amanda EADIE, Marty BAILEY, Connie Lynn BAILEY (predeceased.) Also remembered by Hilda, Patsy, Amy, Marie, Vera, Clifford, Gordon (Shorty). A funeral service was held Monday, March 30th, 2004 at Island Funeral Home, Little Current, Ontario. Burial in the spring in Mountain View Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-04-28 published
Mary Ann (née LUKIE) GARDNER
In loving memory of Mary Ann (née LUKIE) GARDNER who passed away peacefully Friday, April 23, 2004 at her home, surrounded by family.
Beloved wife of George GARDNER of Sudbury, predeceased by Fred HUSKA and John YASUIK. Loving mother of Helen (husband Bill SMITH) and Molly (husband Michael GUYAN) both of Sudbury. Predeceased by Anthony "Tony" (wife Anita of Sudbury). Cherished grandmother of Brian, Bill Jr., Wayne, Jeff, Michael, Karen, Susan, Mark, 12 great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Dear daughter of Mike and Anastasia LUKIE, both predeceased. Dear sister of Matt of Dauphin, predeceased by Sophie, Ann, Helen, Annie, John, Bill and Peter.
She rested at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held in St. Patrick's Church, 39 Walford Road. Cremation at the Parklawn Crematorium. Memorial mass in St. Barnard's Church, Little Current, Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 11 am (friends may gather at the church after 10: 45 am, Wednesday. Interment of remains at the Civic Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-05-19 published
Norma Helen WAJDA
In loving memory of Norma Helen WAJDA who passed away at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya, on Monday May 10, 2004 at the age of 73 years.
She was born in Campbell Township, daughter of the late Milton and Kate (BOWSER) BUIE. Norma had a variety of interests which included knitting, crocheting and hairdressing. Norma was predeceased by husband Joseph WAJDA. She is survived by best friend Jack HILTON. Loved mother of Gloria and husband Donald SMITH of Welland, proud grandmother of Shaun and Liana SMITH of Mississauga and Tracey and Darrell KRYSA of Welland and great grandchildren Geoffrey and Jordan SMITH and Colin and Gregory KRYSA. Dear sister of Wendell and his wife Nan BUIE of Perivale Road and Bill BUIE (wife Nell predeceased) of Sudbury. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son Terry and sister Ruth. Cremation took place followed by a private family service at Providence Bay Cemetery.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-07-14 published
John Arthur HUGHSON
In loving memory of John Arthur HUGHSON, January 16, 1917 - July 8, 2004.
John HUGHSON, a resident of Manitowaning, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current, on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the age of 87 years.
He was born in Sheguiandah Township, son of the late George Lawrence and Dorothy Anne (HOLMAN) HUGHSON. John had farmed all his life and had many other interests, including hunting and fishing, curling, cards and euchre and gardening. He was a member of the United Church. John is survived by a special friend Verna SMITH of Gore Bay. Dear brother of Ivy DOUGLAS/DOUGLASS (Lloyd) of Sudbury and Raymond HUGHSON of Little Current. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Lawrence, Norman and Eric and sisters Carrie MOOGY and Eunice THIRD. Friends called at the Knox United Church, Manitowaning from 12 - 2 pm on Saturday, July 10, 2004. The funeral service was conducted at 2 pm with Pastor Larry SAYERS officiating. Cremation to follow with interment of ashes in the family plot.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-09-08 published
Verna Francis SMITH
In loving memory of Verna Francis SMITH, July 2, 1913 - September 1, 2004, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay and formerly of Manitowaning who died at the Lodge at the age of 91 years. She was born at Meldrum Bay, daughter of the late Frank and Bridget ( Matheson) Morrison. Verna had been married twice, her first husband Main Bryant predeceased. She then married Robert Smith who also has predeceased. She was a member of the United Church and enjoyed gardening. She spent many years working with her husband on the farm and enjoyed being able to do this work. Verna is survived by Step-children Charles Smith, wife Denise of Windsor, Bruce Smith, wife Darith of Pelee Island, Bill Smith, wife Marilyn of Manitowaning and Lawrence Smith, wife Sarah of Toronto. Dear sister of Helen Everett of Manitoulin Lodge (husband George, predeceased). Predeceased by friend John Hughson in July of 2004, sister Willimean McDonald and her husband Neil and Edna McDougall and her first husband Sidney Dinsmore and second husband Andrew McDougall. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Culgin Funeral Home on Saturday, September 4, and the funeral service was held at the Wm. G. Turner Chapel at 1 pm with Pastor Erwin Thompson officiating. Interment in Elmview Cemetery, Sheguiandah.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-10-13 published
SMITH, Peter
--In loving memory of a dear son and brother Peter, October 19, 2003.
There is a bridge of memories
From here to heaven above
That keeps you very close to us
It's called the bridge of love
As time goes by without you
And the days turn into years
We hold a million memories
And a thousand silent tears.
To us you were so special
What more is there to say
Except we wish with all our hearts
That you were here today.
Loved and missed by Fred, Beulah Evelyn, Barbara, and Keith

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-10-20 published
SMITH, N. Peter
--In memory of N. Peter SMITH who went home to be with the Lord on October 19, 2003.
I go not to the grave to weep
But to my heart, wherein I keep
A hidden manna that hath fed
Alike the living and the dead.
We gathered it as, day by day,
It fell from heaven upon our way,
To be, if haply one were gone,
The bread for both to feed upon.
Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Esther, Brian, Scott and Val, Wendy and Chris.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-01 published
Austin STEVENS
Austin STEVENS of Espanola passed away at the Espanola Nursing Home on Friday, November 26th, 2004 in his 97th year.
Beloved husband of Ella (née COLLINS) STEVENS of Espanola. Dear son of the late William and Bertha (née BASSINGTHWAITE) STEVENS. Loving father of Bill (wife Myrtle) of Garson, Jean (Mrs.
Raymond McLEAN) of Sudbury, Joyce (Mrs. Charles TOBIN) of Xenia, Ohio and the late James STEVENS
(predeceased 1990) (wife Beverley) of Little Current and Max (predeceased 1998) wife Sue of Garson. Will be sadly missed by 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-granddaughters. Very dear brother of Stan of Richard’s Landing, Vera (Mrs. Bruce SMITH) of Hanover and the late Archie, Henry, Leonard, Harold, and Fred STEVENS, Edna BATMAN, Rena SKIPPEN and Eunice LANKTREE. A Memorial Service will be held at the United Church of Espanola on Friday, December 3rd at 1: 0.0 p.m. with the Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating. Interment of ashes in the Garson Cemetery. Arrangements by Bourcier Funeral Home Espanola.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-15 published
Hazel Elizabeth McMULLEN
In loving memory of Hazel Elizabeth McMullen, November 13, 1916 - December 7, 2004.
Hazel McMULLEN, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay and formerly of Little Current, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya, on Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at the age of 88 years.
She was born in Assiginack Township, daughter of the late Henry and Mabel (COULTIS) CHATWELL. Hazel was a member of the Little Current United Church, the United Church Women of the church, the Little Current Drop-In Centre and had a variety of interests such as gardening, knitting and volunteer work at both the Manor and the Hospital. Having been an active lady in her community, she will be sadly missed. Many fond memories will be cherished by her family and Friends.
Hazel was predeceased by her beloved husband William McMULLEN. Loving and loved mother of Carolyn ELLIOT/ELLIOTT of Almonte, Victoria WATSON, husabnd Mike, of Petawawa, Jean WHITE/WHYTE, husband Terry of Little Current, Barbara Ellis, husband Jim of Wiarton, Sally SMITH, husband Steven of Little Current and Delbert of Espanola. Special Grandma to Kim and Jacqueline and 5 other grand children and special Great Grandma to Robin and Cole and 7 other great grandchildren. Dear sister of Raymond CHATWELL, wife Faye of The Slash. Predeceased by sister Muriel and brothers Lyman and Delbert. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Little Current United Church, on Saturday, December 11, 2004 from 1 - 2 pm. The funeral service was conducted at the church at 2 pm with Reverend Faye STEVENS officiating. Interment in Hilly Grove Cemetery. Culgin Funeral Home.

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SMITH o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-12-22 published
Sarah Jane WATSON (née IRVINE)
In loving memory of Sarah Jane WATSON (née IRVINE) Age 67 years. It is with heavy hearts her family announces her death on Saturday, the 18th of December, 2004 at the West Nipissing General Hospital.
Sarah Jane had been suffering with cancer for the past year. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, her beloved husband and best friend of forty five years, Donald McDOWELL WATSON and their children Donald IRVINE WATSON (wife Helene), Donna Kathleen FOSTER (husband Bob), Gail MONTRIE (husband Bill) and chosen daughter Jackie BURTNYK (fiancee Rick SMITH.) She was predeceased by her oldest son Alexander McDOWELL WATSON (Age 7 years) in 1966 and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her brothers Bobby and Billy IRVINE both of England. Sister Joan IRWIN of Northern Ireland and sister Sandra McILWRAITH of Scotland. Also survived by her grandhchildren Meagan, Samantha and Steven WATSON, Kathleen and Christine FOSTER, Katlyn MONTRIE and Angela and Tanya BURTNYK. Sarah Jane will be best remembered for her wonderful singing, her quick smile and her sense of humour. She loved to spend time at her camp on Manitoulin Island and especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. “Mamma Jane” to many of her children’s Friends, her hugs and kisses will be missed. She served in the British Army and was a life member of Branch 225 of the Royal Canadian Legion. She was the Zone Poppy Chairperson and an avid supporter of our veterans. A memorial service was held at the Royal Canadian Legion upstairs hall in Sturgeon Falls on Wednesday the 22nd of December, 2004 at 3 pm.

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SMITH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2004-12-31 published
Man freezes to death
The family of Millar CAMPBELL wants answers to why he was left in the cold.
By Marissa NELSON, Free Press Reporter
An 87-year-old London man, who overcame a brain injury to live a productive life, froze to death outside a closed seniors' centre on Boxing Day night after he was dropped off there by a cab driver. And while police say a criminal act was not committed in the death of Millar CAMPBELL and a cab company insists its driver did nothing wrong, grieving family members are left wondering how an elderly person could be left in the cold at night, outside an empty building on Hamilton Road in the dead of winter.
Temperatures that night dipped to -21°C, with windchill values as low as -28°C.
London police Det.-Insp. Buzz BEZAIRE called CAMPBELL's death "an unfortunate comedy of errors."
CAMPBELL was to return home from Christmas celebrations at his granddaughter's home on December 26 about 7 p.m., but instead got out of an Aboutown cab at the Hamilton Road Seniors' Centre just a few blocks from his retirement home, Maple Village.
Police found his body outside the community centre's back door the next day.
CAMPBELL had spent the last day of his life with his granddaughter, Danielle BARRINGTON of London.
As she left a funeral home yesterday after visitation, she said she didn't understand how the tragedy could occur.
"I just held his hand now and it was cold. I just said, 'I'm so sorry. You're as cold now as you probably were outside that night,' BARRINGTON said.
BEZAIRE said this is how the tragedy unfolded:
- CAMPBELL was picked up by a cab at BARRINGTON's Dundas Street home about 7 p.m. and asked to be taken to a Hamilton Road address.
- When the cab arrived at that address, CAMPBELL told the cabbie it wasn't the right place. He asked the driver to head farther east on Hamilton Road.
- When the taxi got to the seniors' centre, CAMPBELL told the driver it was the right place.
- The driver asked CAMPBELL if he was sure -- because the centre was dark -- but CAMPBELL reassured the driver and got out.
- The next day, staff at Maple Village retirement home -- where residents are free to come and go as they please -- called police to report CAMPBELL missing. Police later found his body.
BEZAIRE said although he's awaiting the autopsy report, it's believed CAMPBELL died of exposure and no foul play is suspected.
"It is sad," BEZAIRE said. "Nothing criminal happened. He wasn't kicked out of somewhere or turned away by the cab."
Jim DONNELLY, president of Aboutown, said he's satisfied the driver did what he should have.
"This is a terrible tragedy, particularly around Christmas... Our sympathies go to the family.
"With the elderly, there should be more information," DONNELLY said, noting some family members even ride with their relatives or give specific instructions to drivers.
But BARRINGTON said the taxi driver was told where to take CAMPBELL and that she put $10 in her grandfather's pocket for the ride.
"What the hell was (the taxi driver) doing?" she asked, tears streaming down her face. "Why would you let him go? I don't understand why any of this happened."
CAMPBELL's nephew, Robert SMITH, from Collingwood, questioned why anyone would leave an elderly man at a closed centre in frigid weather.
"Seniors fall between the cracks too often," he said. "It can just take a series of carelessness and it costs someone his life... There are a number of people who need to answer some questions."
CAMPBELL suffered a serious head injury when he was a young man, SMITH said. A truck tire exploded and part of the metal rim went into his head. But CAMPBELL worked hard to recover and went on to work for the postal service.
CAMPBELL's wife died several years ago. He also was predeceased by his wife's son, whom he helped raise.
BARRINGTON said the last day she spent with her grandfather was a joyous one.
"He was very funny and very caring. He loved me large," she said. "He wouldn't let go of my hand."

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