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MEPHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-07 published
TAILOR/TAYLOR, Hilda (ROBINS)
Suddenly, at her late residence on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 Hilda (ROBINS) TAILOR/TAYLOR of Exeter in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold (Larry) TAILOR/TAYLOR (1988.) Dear mother and mother-in-law of Beth and Bob MEPHAM of London and California and Mary Jane TAILOR/TAYLOR of Exeter and the late Jack TAILOR/TAYLOR (2003.) Loving grandmother of Judy MADDEN of California, Leanne KRIPP and Bradley MEPHAM both of Vancouver; Deborah TAILOR/TAYLOR of Toronto and Jeffrey TAILOR/TAYLOR of Exeter and special greatgrandmother to Jamie, Josh and Jack and Jordan, Riley, Sean, Madison and Cameron. Dear sister of Dorothy BELL of Exeter and Mildred FOSTER of Goderich. Predeceased by her brother Bill ROBINS and a sister Elsie WESTCOTT. Hilda was a life member of the South Huron Hospital Auxiliary, over 50 year Sister of Pride of Huron Rebekah Lodge and an active member of Exeter United Church. She was an amazing lady and will be truly missed. Friends may call at the Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, 370 William Street, 1 west of Main, Exeter on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Paul ROSS officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. There will be a Rebekah service in the funeral home Friday evening at 6: 45 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hopperhockeyfh.com

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MEPHAM o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-23 published
EVETTS, Mrs. Kathleen (née McCARTHY)
Passed away at her residence, Valleyview Home for the Aged, St. Thomas on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, in her 81st year. Wife of the late Arthur EVETTS (1992.) Mother of Michael EVETTS and his wife Nicole of Innisfil, Doug EVETTS and his partner Kevin of London, Jane BLACK and her husband Dave, and Nancy HILDER and her husband Cam, all of Saint Thomas. Grandmother of Christopher, Candace, Katie, David, Michael, Andrew, Jessica and Ali and great-grandmother of Dayshaun. Sister of Harold McCARTHY and his wife Dorothy of England. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born in the District of Fulham, London, England, December 18, 1924, daughter of the late Patrick and Ethel Maud (MEPHAM) McCARTHY. Mrs. EVETTS came to Canada in 1952 and to Saint Thomas in 1987. She was an Anglican by faith. There will be no public visitation at the funeral home. A public funeral service will be conducted at Trinity Anglican Church (Wellington and Southwick Streets), Saint Thomas on Saturday at 1 p.m. Following cremation, private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Trinity Anglican Church Building Renewal Fund gratefully acknowledged. The Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.

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MEPSTEAD o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2005-03-17 published
Founder of local street ministry dies
Funeral Saturday for Bill CHERRY, who started Anchor Christian Ministries in Owen Sound
By Jim ALGIE, Thursday, March 17, 2005, Page A1
A funeral service is to be held in Niagara Falls, New York Saturday for a man best known in this area for feeding free Christmas dinners to hundreds of people in Owen Sound over 20 years.
Rev. Bill CHERRY died suddenly after a heart attack and stroke last Thursday. He was 62.
He and his wife, Reverend Edith CHERRY, moved to Niagara Falls from Owen Sound five years ago.
“It was extremely sudden, that's what made it so hard,” Edith CHERRY said in an interview from her Niagara Falls home Wednesday.
“He had a massive heart attack Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock and just as they were putting in the angioplasty he had a stroke.&rdquo
In recent years the clergy couple had become involved with Rainbow House, a community ministry in Niagara Falls, where they originally met. The married in 1999 and moved to Niagara Falls in early 2000, where Mr. CHERRY had taken up graduate studies in theology and counselling.
Mr. CHERRY was a former U.S. military medic and hospital orderly. He had begun working as a chaplain for veterans and members of the American Legion, Edith CHERRY said.
Mr. CHERRY was also the founder of Owen Sound's Anchor Christian Ministries, a street charity that provided free turkey dinners to all comers on Christmas Day.
“He was always giving, always loving,” Edith CHERRY said. “He would give to his own detriment; he would give anything and everything and not think about his own needs.&rdquo
Mr. CHERRY's selflessness was a consistent observation by his Owen Sound contacts. Ruth MEPSTEAD and members of her family helped prepare and serve Anchor Christian Ministries dinners.
“He didn't really think about himself, he thought about everybody else,” MEPSTEAD said.
“He would go without so somebody else could have something. He often would come to our place for a sandwich because he wouldn't have anything for himself.&rdquo
There were as many as 200 people for dinner in 2000, when the CHERRYs last returned to Owen Sound as participants. MEPSTEAD recalls dinners with as many as 375 people.
“He was a man with a big heart and sometimes too big,” said Rev. Bill HARRIS, who has carried on Anchor Christian Ministries at local nursing homes.
“It was not only street people, but people at Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter who weren't going to have anybody to celebrate with,&rdquo HARRIS said.
The memory of his own lonely Christmases during military service in Germany provided Mr. CHERRY's original motivation. The tradition began in the early 1980s when Mr. CHERRY, his first wife, Sandra, and their two children, Andrew and Beth Ann, held Christmas at the New Horizon Coffee House, which in the 900 block of 2nd Avenue East.
Mr. CHERRY grew up in the Salvation Army in downtown Detroit. He was commissioned in the Salvation Army but later resigned and eventually became ordained by correspondence through an independent American church.
In Owen Sound, his was a ministry of the streets.
“I have found it the greatest ministry going because there is so much need,” he once told a Sun Times reporter.
“Some guys are walking the streets for three or four days and because they are the rough drunks, nobody wants them. They have a hard time keeping out of trouble.&rdquo
Asked why he bothered, Mr. CHERRY referred to the Bible.
“When you do it unto the least of these my Friends you do it unto me,” he said paraphrasing Matthew.
“We don't thump the Gospel at them, we give them the message that Jesus is the reason for the season and we offer the hope of the Gospel.&rdquo
A funeral service is to be held Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at Zajac Funeral Home at 319 24th Street, Niagara Falls, New York. Mr. CHERRY is to be interred Monday, March 21, at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, New York.

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MEPSTED o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-11-17 published
MEPSTED, Lydia Sophia (née SMALE) (WALDECK)
A resident of Wallaceburg, on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 in her 93rd year. Lydia is the daughter of the late Norman and Olive May (PHILIPS) SMALE. Beloved wife of the late Edward MEPSTED. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Laurena FALCONER and Ada and Fred DUBUQUE. Stepmother of Joy and Tony Pavia and Wayne MEPSTED. Sister-in-law of Rita WELLS. Dear Grandmother of 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren Friends may call at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. The interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrance to the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home 519-627-3231.

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