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POT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-17 published
TAMMINGA, Gerrit
(January 26, 1924-April 15, 2008)
We receive our comfort from the words of the Lords, Day 1 Heidleberg catechism. "That I am not my own but belong with body and soul, both in life and death to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ." The Lord in His infinite wisdom, took unto Himself, His servant Gerrit TAMMINGA of Strathroy in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Bouwchiene TAMMINGA for 59 years. Dear father of Talo (Dina 2007,) Ann and John JONGBLOED, Mary and Rick LENTING, Janet and Rob VANDERVEEN, Grace and Jacob LENTING, George and Rolean TAMMINGA, Bill and Phyllis TAMMINGA, Fred and Jeanette TAMMINGA, Benita and Peter BOEREMA, Trudy and Dan DICKIESON, Adrian and Michele TAMMINGA, Geraldine and Bret VANLUIK and Lucy VIVEIROS. Grandfather to 53 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Brother of Trudy and Jake BOUWMAN of Burlington, Talo and Jik TAMMINGA of Chatham and several brothers, sisters and in-laws in Holland. Visitation will be held in the Providence United Reformed Church, 447 Second Street., Strathroy on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. R. POT officiating. Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by Gerrit's Family. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy entrusted with arrangements (519-245-1023) A tree will be planted at the Grace Canadian Reformed Church in Kerwood in remembrance of our Dad.

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POTEGAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-15 published
CONN, Leila
The family of Leila CONN sadly announce her passing on Sunday, January 13, 2008 after a long and full life. Beloved wife of the late Sydney D. CONN. She will be missed by son Gary and daughter-in-law Jean, by Melanie and son-in-law Bob POTEGAL, by her grandchildren Laurie CONN, Esther and Avi SINGER, Daniel and Pam CONN, Jess CONN- POTEGAL and Nadia PLUMMER. Lovingly remembered by her great-grandchildren Amanda and Ryan JELILYAN, Jonah, Zoe and Dylan SINGER, Samuel and Joshua CONN. Survived by her brother Paul SKUP in Cuba and sister-in-law Dolly TARSHIS and many nieces and nephews. Leila was born in London in 1914 and came to Toronto with her parents as an infant. When she was twenty she met Sydney, the love of her life with whom she enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage until his death in 1998. Always a great beauty, Leila also loved art and her colourful oil paintings grace the homes of her family and Friends. In recent years she found much pleasure in attending Lunch and Learn at the Holy Blossom Temple and greatly appreciated the warmth with which she was received there. Leila delighted most in her family, especially the accomplishments of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren who will miss their Nana, but have many good memories of her. Our thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Iris, Luz and Eva. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street for service on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment Holy Blossom Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 480 Queens Quay West, Suite 503 West. Donations in her memory may be made to the Conn Family Fund c/o The Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875 or Holy Blossom Temple Monday Seniors Program, 416-789-3291.

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POTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-13 published
FINEGAN, John L.
At Alexandra Marine and General Hospital on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. John L. FINEGAN of Goderich in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Donna (COOKE) FINEGAN. Dear father of Mary MURRAY of Mississauga, Shawn (Jennifer) FINEGAN of Goderich. Loving grandfather of John Neil POTTER, Joseph and Patrick FINEGAN. Predeceased by brother Bernard J. FINEGAN. Cremation. The family will receive Friends at the McCallum and Palla Funeral Home, Cambria Rd. at East St. Goderich on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service of remembrance will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11: 00 a.m. Donations to Royal Canadian Legion Br. #109 or Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation - Computed Tomography Fund gratefully acknowledged. Friends may sign the book of condolences at www.mccallumpalla.ca.

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POTTER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-14 published
POTTER, Margaret
At Sprucedale Care Centre, Strathroy, on Saturday, April 12, 2008, Margaret POTTER, formerly of London, Ontario, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold POTTER. Loving mother of Barbara BUELOW (Bruce), Diane ECKERT (Paul), Saundra ZIMMERMAN (Dave,) and Suzanne PARK (Jim.) Dear grandmother to ten grandchildren, twenty four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by two sisters and one brother. The funeral service will be conducted at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with visitation two hours prior to the service. Interment, Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Margaret are asked to consider the Children's Wish Foundation or The Smile Train. Online condolences accepted at condolences@westviewfuneralchapel.com

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POTTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-15 published
POTTER, Elene (née DARRAGH)
Peacefully at Bradford Valley Specialty Care on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in her 88th year. Elene (née DARRAGH,) beloved wife of the late Frank POTTER and dear mother of Edith RIDDELL of Toronto, Pamela (Mrs. Bill FRAMPTON) of Holland Landing, and the late Dorothy TRENHOLM, and step-mother of Nancy POTTER and Kathy BERRY, both of Barrie. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Martha McCORDICK of Mississauga. The Celebration of Elene's Life will be held at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. South, Newmarket on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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POTTINGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-15 published
SIM, Gordon Edward Royal
(October 4, 1952-March 9, 2008)
Our dear friend Gord passed away peacefully, at home, during his Sunday afternoon nap after a long, courageous and dignified fight against cancer. He was triumphant in the face of inevitable defeat for he valued Friendship above all else, and the value of his Friendships was never more unassailable than at his life's end. Kind, loving, fun, surprising, honest, dedicated, dependable, all those wonderful qualities bundled into one great person. Predeceased by his father and mother, Clarence and Dorothy SIM and nephew Richard REID. He is survived by his sister Patricia REID (Don,) nephew Rod REID (Heather) and their children Parker and Brooklyn; Uncle and Aunt, Ted and Celia GRIGG, cousins Janine LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH (Peter), Kenneth GRIGG (Sue) and Catherine FREIVOKH and their families, and his godchildren: Morgan McCONVILLE, Scott TINDLE, Willie SCOTT, Peter SEHMER, and Taylor JACKSON. Gord had an incredible circle of Friends from every spectrum of his rich life, but in particular his family would like to thank his oldest Friends for their support and care in the last year: John and Mary McCONVILLE, Blake and Dorie POTTINGER, Maud KILLAM, Cathy NOEL, Margaret ROBINSON, Robyn WOODWARD, and Peter ARMSTRONG. The support and love Gord has had from his many Friends in the class of 1970 at St. George's, colleagues from his years in federal politics, and from Friends at Rocky Mountaineer Vacations has been much appreciated. We would also like to thank Doctor John Sehmer, and the physicians and staff of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Gord's political career began with the Young Conservatives of Canada. He graduated from University of British Columbia - Class of 1974 and worked for many years for the Hon. John Fraser, P.C., O.C., OBC, Q.C. in Ottawa and Vancouver before joining the Rocky Mountaineer Vacations as a train manager for the last 14 years. Gord served on the boards of numerous community organizations and was a life long participant in the campaigns of many civic, provincial and federal candidates. Gord looked as great decked out in his kilt for the Sir John A. MacDonald Society as he did riding with Friends at Douglas Lake. A bit of a George Hamilton, our Gord liked to tan year round either in some exotic local or on the sunny shores of Savary and Gambier Islands. He enjoyed traveling, watching the Canucks, celebrating the achievements of loved ones, and cooking dinner for Friends. He has left us with amazing memories. 'How wonderful life is when you're in the world' surely was written for our Gord. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Gord's memory to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation. A service in memory of Gord will be held at Saint Mary's Anglican Church at 2490 W. 37th in Vancouver on March 25, 2008 at 3: 00 p.m.

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POTTOW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-11 published
PANOS, Helen Adele Edwards (née BAZOS)
(April 17th 1929-January 9th, 2008)
Passed away peacefully after a long illness in Toronto on a warm January afternoon with her children at her side. Helen was a loving and generous mother who always wanted the best for her three children, Ellen Jane, George and Frank. Mother-in-law to Kathleen and Tracy and grandmother to Alexandra and Frankie. Predeceased by her husband George P. PANOS. Daughter of the late Frank and Matilda BAZOS. Sister to Robert BAZOS, Constance POTTOW and the late James BAZOS. Thank you to everyone who cared for Mom, especially her friend Cheryl. A graduate from Bishop Strachan School and the University of Toronto, School of Nursing. Mom worked at the Toronto General Hospital after graduation. She spent the next few years travelling the world with her mother. One of Mom's great loves was travelling, especially spending time in London, England. In the early sixties Mom met the love of her life George, from Montreal, who would turn out to be her husband after a lengthy courtship. From Montreal they decided to move to Toronto. She was a terrific wife and a wonderful mother who always wanted the best for her family. Mom was determined to provide everything possible for her family's success and happiness. Helen was active in the Anglican Church and had an incredible business savvy and passion for the Stock Market. She enjoyed teaching her children tennis and skiing. Summers were filled with Ocean breezes on Cape Cod, while winters were spent on the snowy slopes of St. Sauveur in Quebec. Mom was the backbone of the family always making the correct decisions when necessary. In fact, her actions earned her the title 'Colonel' within the family. 'Mom we love you always and we will miss you dearly'. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th. Funeral service will be held in Grace Church on-the Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto on Monday, January 14th at 11 o'clock. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-02 published
FREETHY, Thomas " Harold" Guy
Passed away peacefully, at General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood, on Wednesday, December 26, 2007, in his 91st year. Born in Rob Roy, son of the late Joseph and Cicely. Beloved husband for 68 years of Isabelle (POTTS.) Loving father of Elaine and her husband Robert BUCHANAN of Clarksburg, Gail and her husband John PLATER of Sarnia. Sadly missed by grandchildren Tim (Jennifer) PLATER, Ian (Kelli) PLATER, Cindy (Jeff) GULMOR, Scott (Tammy) BUCHANAN and Lana (Matthew) COOK and nine great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Lloyd (Marie) FREETHY and sister-in-law Margery FREETHY and the late Helen SHARPE, Pearl McFADGEN, brother Kaye and two brothers in infancy. A funeral service was held at the Evangelical Missionary Church, 25 Cameron Street, Collingwood, on Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 1 p.m. Spring interment at Presbyterian Cemetery, Collingwood. Donations to the Parkinson Society or Charity of Choice would be appreciated by the family. www.chattersonfuneralhorne.com
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-09 published
POTTS, Phyllis (McLEOD)
Passed away peacefully in Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale on Sunday, January 6, 2008. Phyllis (McLEOD) POTTS in her 82nd year, beloved wife of the late Dean POTTS. Dear mother of Judy (Dan) WICKENS of R.R.#1 Badjeros and loving grandmother of Katie and Lori WICKENS. Dear sister of Hazel (Harry) ROWLEY of Dundalk, Don (Betty) McLEOD and Marion (Bill) GORDON both of Creemore, Mildred (Jim) WALKER of Barrie and Helen (Ron) WRIGHT of Maxwell; sister-in-law of Maureen McLEOD of Glen Huron and aunt to several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister Jean (Joe) YAGER and a brother Charles McLEOD. Resting at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk. Complete service in the chapel on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1 p.m. Spring interment in Badjeros Cemetery. Donations to Markdale Hospital Building Fund would be appreciated. Visitation on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-01-23 published
POTTS, Phyllis
Where do we begin to thank everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers during my mom's illness (the late Phyllis POTTS,) and since her passing. Your kind enquiries, visits, food, cards and words to comfort us during a very sad and difficult time is appreciated. To our very dear Friends and family, thank you for being there for us when we needed you most. To Norm Jack, thank you for your guidance. Badjeros United Church ladies, thank you for the lovely lunch. Everyone who made floral tributes and donations to various charities, thank you. Your kindness will always be remembered.
- Judy, Dan, Katie and Lori WICKENS.
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-03-26 published
POTTS, Phyllis Catharine (née McLEOD)
Phyllis Catharine POTTS, beloved wife of the late Dean POTTS, passed away after a brief illness on January 6, 2008 in Centre Grey Hospital, Markdale, Ontario in her 82nd year.
Phyllis was born on December 24, 1926 to Katie (CAMPBELL) and Marshall McLEOD, on Lot 11, Conc. 9 Nottawasaga Township, nestled between the hills of Glen Huron and Dunedin. She was the third of eight children, namely Hazel (Harry ROWLEY,) Don (Betty,) Jean (Joe YAGER,) Marion (William GORDON,) Charles (Maureen,) Mildred (James WALKER) and Helen (Ronald WRIGHT.)
Phyllis earned her education at S.S.#16 Nottawasaga, Glen Huron, Ontario, writing her entrance in Singhampton. After completing school she would go to work at Dunedin General Store. She worked in the homes of the Bowerman's and Sherlock METHERAL's before venturing off to Collingwood to work in Dominion Woolens Textiles Peerless factory which made denim products; and Woolworth Department Store. During that time she boarded at the homes of the Aikins', Hornsby's, Martin's and Wilson's.
Phyllis married Wallace Dean POTTS on October 15, 1955 in Dunedin Knox Presbyterian Church, with a reception in Stayner. A honeymoon was enjoyed in Niagara Falls and also a few days in Northern Ontario. Then returning to start a new life on the family farm on the third line of Osprey Township, between McIntyre and Badjeros. Phyllis continued to work in Collingwood for awhile, before coming home to help Dean on the farm and sawmill and preparing many meals for the hired men who helped in the fields and at the sawmill. No one ever left the table hungry.
Phyllis and Dean had two children, a stillborn son in 1961 and a daughter Judith Phyllis in 1965. Judy married Dan WICKENS on October 15, 1988 and lives close by. Phyllis enjoyed watching her two grandchildren Katie and Lori growing up next door, taking advantage of every opportunity to watch them in their activities. She was indeed a "proud" Grandma.
Phyllis and Dean celebrated 44 years of marriage at the time of Dean's passing in 2000. She was fortunate to live on the family farm until her time of passing.
Baking, flowerbeds, visiting and chatting with family and Friends, and the occasional bus trip, were some of the things that she enjoyed and that helped to pass the time for Phyllis.
Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Marshall in 1987 and Katie in 1989. Husband Dean (2000), sister Jean (1999) and brother-in-law Joe YAGER (1998,) brother Charles (2007.)
A Celebration of Life was held at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home in Dundalk on January 9, 2008 with Pastor Heather McCARREL officiating. Daughter Judy gave the eulogy and niece Mariane McLEOD played the organ and pallbearers were nephews Roger GORDON, Donald GORDON, Blair GORDON, Robert McLEOD, Alex McLEOD and David WRIGHT. Flowerbearers were granddaughters Katie and Lori WICKENS and nieces Sally STUHL and Dianne ELLIOT/ELLIOTT. Spring interment in Badjeros Southline Cemetery.
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-06-11 published
POTTS, Dean
In memory of a loving father and grandfather who passed away June 3, He had a loving nature
And a heart as pure as gold
He always had a smiling face
And a story to be told.
A special sense of humour
And a twinkle in his eyes.
A helping hand in time of need
On that you could rely.
Though his smile is gone forever
And his hand I cannot touch
Still I have so many memories
Of the Dad I loved so much.
His memory is my keepsake
with which I'll never part
God has him in His keeping
But I have him in my heart
- Sadly missed and loved, Judy, Dan, Katie and Lori
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POTTS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-03-29 published
WILLIAMS, Gordon Alexander " Grump"
At Grey Bruce Health Services-Owen Sound on Thursday March 27, 2008, Gordon Alexander WILLIAMS of Allenford, formerly of Markdale, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of the late Helen BRADSHAW. Dear father of Debbie REID (Dan LOVEDAY) and Gord WILLIAMS (Pam WARMINGTON) all of Owen Sound, Mary COLL (Dan GENIOLE) of Barrie, Shirley LATIMER of Allenford and Heather MISNER (Tim) of Owen Sound. Survived by brother of Leon WILLIAMS (Trudy) of Toronto and 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by sister Catherine POTTS. The family will receive Friends at the May Funeral Home, Markdale on Monday March 31st from 11: 30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1: 30 p.m. Spring Interment in Markdale Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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POTTS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-20 published
SMITH, Michael J.
Of Ingersoll in his 55th year. After a long and courageous battle with cancer. Surrounded by his family at the Woodstock General Hospital on Monday February 18, 2008. Loving husband of Diana L. (née PETTITT) SMITH for over 21 years. Devoted father of Kaitlyn and Kirsten. Much loved brother of Lila (Basir) KHAN, Norman (Marylynne) SMITH and Dawn SMITH. Dear son-in-law of Marian OGILVIE and Ron and Jane PETTITT, brother-in-law of Marsh (Dianne) PETTITT, David (Carla) PETTITT, Steve (Heather) POTTS, Geoff POTTS and Matt (Kim) POTTS. Loving uncle to Ryan (Emily,) Mitch, Adrienne, Helena (Sean), Nicole, Jessica, Jaimie, Megan, Christy, Bradley, Ben and Jack and great-uncle to Seth and Ander. Also survived by his cousin Helen WHAMOND of Scotland. He will be sadly missed by his good Friends Frances Mink of California, Ralph HEENEY of Ingersoll. Predeceased by his parents Irene (1961) and William (1974) SMITH, Uncle Norman WHAMOND and grandmother Agnes WHAMOND. Friends may call at the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on Saturday February 23, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. and again on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral home chapel on Monday at 11: 00 a.m. with Pastor Steve BOCTOR officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital or the London Regional Cancer Clinic would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com The family would like to extend a special thank you to Doctor BONNETT and staff of the 4th floor at Woodstock General Hospital, also to Doctor VINCENT, Connie MORRISON and all the support staff at the London Regional Cancer Clinic.

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POTTS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-09 published
GILRAY, John Stuart Alexander, D.V.M., V.S.
The family of horse lover and equine veterinarian Doctor John GILRAY is profoundly sad to announce that their husband/father/grandfather has succumbed to cancer at the age of 78. John died peacefully in his sleep on June 5, 2008. He was the beloved partner of Connie SANDERS, much-loved father of Stuart (Linda) GILRAY, Barbara (Tom) WIEBE, Ann GILRAY and Janet GILRAY (Rick LETESTU,) and much-loved brother of Barbara WILLIAMS. " Grampa John" will also be greatly missed by Vanessa, Paige and Jillian WIEBE, Dallas GILRAY and Mitchell POTTS.
Passionate about horses from age 13, John always considered himself lucky that his vocation was also his avocation. He graduated in 1954 from the Ontario Veterinary College and practiced equine medicine first in Ontario and then in British Columbia from 1959 to 2007. His accomplishments and contributions to the equine world were many and varied. In 2004, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Horse Council British Columbia for outstanding service to the horse industry of British Columbia, and that same year the Royal Horse Show in Toronto made him an Honorary Veterinarian in recognition of 50 years of volunteer service.
During his career, John was an Equine Canada judge and steward an FEI veterinarian; chairman of Zone 5 of the Canadian Horse Shows Association and a national vice president of its successor, the Canadian Equestrian Federation; founder of the Northwest International Horse show, which under his 15-year chairmanship was the premier all-breed indoor show in western Canada; founder and first master of the Fraser Valley Hunt; Visiting Commissioner of the Canadian Pony Club and co-founder of three British Columbia Pony Club branches. As an equine practitioner, "Dr. John" was universally respected for his professionalism, knowledge and integrity. As a friend, he will be remembered for his compassion, sociability and sense of humour. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
A celebration of John's life will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at Victory Memorial Gardens, Surrey, British Columbia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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POTVIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-16 published
HOLROYD, Selwyn
Peacefully at Afton Park Place, Sarnia, Ontario on Thursday, February 14, 2008, Selwyn HOLROYD, formerly of London in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Doreen (HARDEN) HOLROYD (1994). Dearly loved father of Heather and her husband Denis POTVIN of Sudbury and Beth-Ann and her husband Jay UNIAC of Brights Grove. Selwyn will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Rochelle and Melissa, Spencer, Mitchell and Elyse. Dear brother of Mildred SWANTON of Waterford. Predeceased by his brother-in-law Grant SWANTON. Survived by sisters-in-law Betty (Ben) HANNA and Roberta (Phillip) FINNEY. Friends may call at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth 519-652-2020 on Monday, February 18, 2008 from 12-2: 00 p.m. where the Celebration of Selwyn's Life will follow at 2: 00 p.m. Reverend Canon Janet LYNALL officiating. Reception to follow. Cremation with interment Saint Anne's Church Cemetery, Byron at a later date. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of choice gratefully acknowledged. On-line condolences and donations may be made through www.mcfarlaneroberts.ca

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POTVIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-22 published
SASSE, Doris Marie (née O'CONNELL)
In her 65th year passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 with her family at her side. Devoted mother of Arlene (Bob) POTVIN, Joanne TRENTON, Patty NETHERCOTT (Randy MIDDLETON), Jeff (Janette VERHEVEN) and Brenda MUNN (Chris GALLAGHER). Loving Nannie to Josh WILSON, Shayna WILSON and Eric POTVIN, Ryan TRENTON, Cara, Greg and Derrick NETHERCOTT and Brad, Reanna, Nathan and Rachel MUNN. Great Nannie to Landen, Jack and Liam. Predeceased by her parents William and Mary O'CONNELL of Brantford and brothers Jim and Bill O'CONNELL. Doris will be sadly missed by her brother Doug O'CONNELL and sister Beverly YOUNG. Forever in the hearts of Bill, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and father-in-law Eugene. Funeral arrangements made by Denning Bros. Funeral Home, 32 Metcalfe Street, Strathroy. Visitation Thursday May 22, 1-3 and 7-9 with funeral service on Friday May 23 at 1: 30 p.m. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Doris.

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POTVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-04 published
NOLAN, Irene Mary (née POTVIN)
Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, volunteer, woman of faith. Born November 6, 1915, in Manotick Station, Ontario Died December 27, 2007, in Mississauga of cardiac arrest following pneumonia, aged 92.
By Rita Mary NOLAN, Page L12
Irene Mary NOLAN didn't know her middle name was Mary until she was in her 50s.
She thought it was Laurencia, a name she vehemently disliked. But in 1969, her birth certificate revealed a surprise: Apparently, the elderly priest who had baptized her had secretly deviated from Laurencia when registering her birth. Irene figured he had deemed it inappropriate for a Roman Catholic to bear two pagan names.
When Irene was 8, her parents, Louis and Alma POTVIN, moved with their five children from the farm in Manotick Station to Bowesville, Ontario Irene completed eight grades in five years, then attended Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa.
Her desire to train as a nurse diminished when Jack NOLAN, a young man from a neighbouring farm, captured her heart. Irene and Jack married on June 12, 1937, and moved to a farm where Irene hauled water, chopped wood and cooked on a woodstove. She also seized axe, rock or stick to annihilate any marauding reptile or rodent that had the ill fortune to cross her path.
With prospects uncertain, Jack got a job at Inco in 1948. Irene and their two young sons, John and Dan, soon joined him in Sudbury. Two more children, Tim and Rita, were born later.
Irene was a devout Roman Catholic who prayed her rosary daily for more than 60 years. Her volunteerism benefited the hospital, church and charities.
With limited resources, she cooked, cleaned and created a home. Every day, just after 4 p.m., her fragrant baking would attract family and Friends to her kitchen.
She basked in the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her deep love for Jack proved an unbreakable bond, even through 15 years of widowhood.
Following Jack's death, she moved to Mississauga to live with Rita, embarking on new adventures. A highlight was dogsledding in Alaska at 90.
In her lifetime, Irene had escaped from a burning car; survived complications after childbirth, despite the declaration of nurses that she would not last the night; got up with help after tumbling down a flight of stairs in her mid-80s and fracturing her pelvis and ribs; and survived a pulmonary embolism in her 90s.
Last year, with her health declining, she moved to a nursing home. Her serenity was never more in evidence than in those days before Christmas leading up to her death. Irene herself quietly wondered why she was still alive. Her heart stopped beating just before midnight on Boxing Day. The lyric "Sleep in heavenly peace" forever took on new meaning.
Rita Mary NOLAN is Irene's daughter.

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