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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-28 published
SYKES, Harold Joseph John
Peacefully in his sleep, as he wished, at his home in London, Ontario, on February 23, 2006 in his 88th year. Harold was the devoted husband and friend for 54 years of Fern SYKES (née MERRITT,) who passed away in 2000. Cherished father and father-in-law of Gail and Joe McCARTY (London) and Stephanie SYKES (Montreal.) Dear grandfather of Scott McCARTY (Dorchester) and Dr. Tracey McCARTY and her husband, Rick RIGBY (Carlisle.) Several great grandchildren will miss Grandpa Harold's warm smile, his unwavering kindness, his wit and sense of humor: Nicole McCARTY (Dorchester,) Lauren, Ryan and Erin RIGBY (Carlisle.) Harold leaves two brothers, Vern SYKES (Dundas) and Stanley SYKES (Burlington,) who, with nieces Elaine MacMILLAN (Hamilton) and Diane NICKS (Stoney Creek) and nephews Bill MacMILLAN (Hamilton,) Vern MacMILLAN (Stokes Bay,) Ross SYKES and Neil SYKES (Burlington) will mourn the passing of a fine and decent man. Harold is predeceased by his mother, Eliza and father, Harold Richard; his sisters Marion TOWNER (California) and Eileen MURRAY (Hamilton;) his son-in-law, Chuck McCARTY (London.) Harold and Fern leave many Friends and extended family in the Hamilton-Stoney Creek area where they lived for several years. A veteran of World War 2, Harold served his country overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He donated his log book to the National Archives, the contents of which document a harrowing tale of a Sunderland aircraft downed in high seas off the coast of West Africa in July, 1944. A quiet hero, Harold rarely spoke of his accomplishments. When he met his lifelong love, Fern, she mentioned a friend of hers, a veteran, who was a member of "The Gold Fish Club" (fliers who had survived ditched aircrafts on the high seas). It was not until years later, after they married, that Fern learned Harold, himself, was a "Gold Fish"! He lived his life simply, with honor, truth and dignity, caring most for those near him who needed a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, a word of encouragement, a strong but warm heart. He spread light, but as Edith Wharton wrote "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it". Harold most often reflected the light of those he loved and who loved him. The world is less light today without that mirror. As he wished, Harold's remains have been cremated. His family will gather for a private and simple interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Home and Gardens, 2001 Dundas Street, London on Saturday March 4 at 10: 00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 4, Friends and family are invited to join together for an informal reception to remember Harold and Fern: Reception area of the Forest Lawn Memorial Home at the same address. In lieu of flowers, Harold would have suggested two appropriate tributes: donation to the charity of your choice and take a few extra hours today to spend with those you love.

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
LAUR, Colin
With sadness, the family of Colin LAUR formerly of Mossley announces his passing at Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll with his family at his side on Thursday April 13, 2006 in his 88th year. Beloved husband for over 62 years to his devoted wife Verna LAUR (nee: ANGER.) Dear father of Judy (Fred) BARTH of Springfield; Lynda (Wayne) SYKES of Brownsville; Bill LAUR and his wife Camille RIGGS of London. Devoted grandfather to Deanna BARTH; Derek (Amanda) BARTH; Ronnee SYKES; Donna and her fiancée Rob Thompson SYKES. Dear brother of Maude and her late husband Bill MARTYN of Saint Thomas Blanche WHITE/WHYTE and her late husband Vaughn of Saint Thomas; Irene (Leighton) ROBINSON of Saint Thomas; George (Bea) LAUR of Saint Thomas Lee LAUR of Elliott Lake; Harry LAUR and his late wife Jeanette of Sault Saint Marie. Also, survive by numerous nieces and nephews. Colin was predeceased by his twin brother Solon LAUR; brother Leo LAUR; sisters Mable LUCAN; May DONALDSON; Ella WOLFE; Stella REDMAN. Colin was a member of the Kettle Valley Pioneer antique steam engine club in Saint Thomas, and involved in Patterson Conservation where he showed engines, and antique tractors. He farmed in the Mossley area as a dairy farmer, and cash crop farmer until his retirement. The family will receive Friends at Ostranders Funeral Home 43 Bidwell St. Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service for Colin will be held in Ostranders Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday April 19, 2006 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow in Dorchester Union Cemetery. Memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to Alexandra Hospital. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-04 published
LAUR, Clifton Russell " Kip"
"Our loving dad, husband and friend" Clifton Russell (Kip) LAUR, lifelong resident of the Tillsonburg area, passed away, peacefully at the London Health Sciences Centre, on July 2nd, 2006 in his 83rd year. He leaves behind his dear wife, best friend of 60 years Lydia (née STANAT) and his children: Sharon DEMEYERE and her partner Jim THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Catherine BENNETT and David LAUR, all of Tillsonburg. He will be fondly remembered by his loving grandchildren: Carrie SHOLDICE and husband Craig, Paul DEMEYERE and his partner Kerri HUDSON, Alison BENNETT, Brett BENNETT and his partner Christina MEEATS, Michael and Karly LAUR. Kip was also the adoring great-grandfather of: Dustin and Clint WALKER and Callie SHOLDICE. He will also be missed by his sister Doris HOOKER and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Murray and Josephine LAUR and by his sister Irene SYKES and by his brother Sheldon LAUR. Following his retirement after 26 dedicated years at Gilvesy Construction, Tillsonburg, in 1982, Kip enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Long Point where he loved to fish and golf. The family will receive Friends at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg 519-842-4238 Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Clifton Russell (Kip) LAUR Wednesday at 1: 30 p.m by Rev. W.D. JARVIS in the Verhoeve Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations (by cheque) payable to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated by the LAUR family.

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-19 published
SYKES, Margaret " Joan"
Of Saint Thomas, on Monday, September 18, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, peacefully, in her 78th year. Dearly loved wife of 51 years of Alvin R. SYKES and loved mother of Janet WALTON of Saint Thomas and Judy and her husband Phil BAILEY of Windsor. Dear sister of Howard and his wife Isabelle KEW of Kitchener and the late Audrey MEEK (2002.) Loved grandmother of Melanie DRAKE, Aaron KELLAR, Rebecca and Matthew WALTON and Brandon BAILEY and great-grandmother of Aylssa and Aurille. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews and cousins. Joan was born in Toronto on November 18th, 1928. She has lived in Saint Thomas since 1995. She was retired after working many years with the Canadian Baptist Ministry in Toronto. Joan was a member of Centre Street Baptist Church and served in numerous committees in the Church. She also was a volunteer with Pastoral Services at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas until Saturday afternoon and then to Centre Street Baptist Church for service at 1: 00 p.m. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4: 30 and 7-9 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, with remembrances to Centre Street Baptist Church, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation (Palliative Care), or the charity of choice.

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-13 published
BROWNLEE, William " Bill"
Suddenly at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital on Thursday, October 12th, 2006, Mr. William "Bill" BROWNLEE of London in his 80th year. Cherished husband and best friend of Olivia. Loving father of Cathy ATTFIELD (Neal), Vicki LABELLE (Jack,) Dale DEFASIO (Tony) and Gail SYKES. Dear grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Much loved brother of Margaret and Charles ELSON, Marilyn PATON and Kay and the late Patrick LAVERTY. Sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Sunday, October 15th, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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SYKES o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-14 published
KEWLEY, Sheena (née SYKES)
Of Saint Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley and Georgetown, passed away at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, October 12, 2006, in her 74th year. Wife of the late George Herbert "Herb" KEWLEY (2002.) Mother of Ted and his wife Cheryl of Cambridge, Beth STRONG of Port Stanley, and Herb and his partner Charity DUCKWORTH of Saint Thomas. Grandmother of Kristin, Edward, Sheena, William, Steven, Wesley and Renee. Sister of Alice LAINO and her husband Tony of Ohio, late Joe SYKES and late Eddie SYKES (his wife Nancy of London). Also survived by several in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. Born in Ayr, Scotland, February 8, 1933, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (NEILL) SYKES. Mrs. KEWLEY formerly taught mathematics and coached various sports at Georgetown District High School. Friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, Saint Thomas on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Following cremation, interment in Christ Churchyard (Anglican), Port Stanley. Memorial donations to the charity of one's choice gratefully acknowledged.

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SYKES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-16 published
DE VILLE, Herbert H.
(Retired longtime employee of Goodyear Tire)
Suddenly, yet peacefully, with family at his side on Friday, December 15th, 2006 at North York General Hospital, in his 96th year. Predeceased by his first wife Winnifred (née JEWELL) and survived by his second wife Margaret DE VILLE. Loving father of Doug and his wife Mary, Pat and her husband Don GILLIS, and Bruce and his wife Eunice. Cherished "Grampa" to Cheryl (Fred GALLAGHER), Brian (Janet EASTWOOD), Chris, Dawn (Nigel REESOR), Brenda, Brad, Greg, Tamra (Matt HIRES) and "Great-Grampa" to Cayla, and the late Rebecca DE VILLE- SYKES. Herb will be lovingly remembered by his step-son Michael MALLETT and his wife Donna and their children Michelle, Teresa, Richard and Steven and their families. A memorial service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Scott Mission. Condolences - www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

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SYKETA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-15 published
WOLFE, Vera B. (SCHMETZER)
Peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock, on Friday October 13, 2006, with her family by her side, Vera B. (SCHMETZER) WOLFE formerly of Thamesford, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Ernest WOLFE (February 2, 1973.) Dear mother of Wallace "Wally" and Lucy WOLFE of Thamesford, Ruth and Peter SYKETA of Ingersoll, and George and Joan WOLFE of Thamesford. Also sadly missed by ten grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand_son. Predeceased by one sister and four brothers. Friends may call at the Harland B. Betzner Funeral Home 177 Dundas Street Thamesford on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be given to the charity of one's choice.

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