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WHY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-11-12 published
WADE--In memory of my son Brent WADE who was killed on the job at the age of 22.
Also in memory of all those parents who have lost a child, please know my
thoughts and prayers are with you.
Oh how the past nine years have flown.
I think of the self I was and no longer am,
And the different self that now has grown.
November 9, 1999, is when Brent's life ceased and this new life of mine
In so many ways it seems like yesterday, the pain of losing him was so
With pain so unimaginable, my body had no means of self defense.
My heart ached, my stomach pained, thoughts of blackness, helplessness
and hopelessness filled me.
Our family circle now broken, a life without him I could not see.
SURVIVE! I asked how can anyone survive when your child dies and is gone
I felt broken and beaten like an uprooted tree.
Feelings of envy, anger, resentment and the question " WHY," always on my
Our children are an extension of ourselves, so much a part of us, part of
our dreams. They are the future.
Nine years later I now say, " YES," to taking the reins to reclaim my life
and now feeling so very, very blessed.
How did I endure this never ending journey of grief, through the maze of
emotions and the dark valleys so deep, to find this new meaning, new hope
and see light?
The success of my journey has been dependent on many.
1) My daughters and I always there for one another through this
rollercoaster ride.
2) My very special close Friends, you know who you are. Uncle Wayne and
Anna, Marg and Roy, Dan and Auntie Jen like family you are. You have all
been there, never ceasing to understand and to care. You would listen in
non judgemental ways to my stories as over and over I would share.
Sometimes family, because of their closeness to Brent and because each of
us are unique with our own grief and possibly are afraid of causing pain
and tears, cannot understand how important sharing memories, sharing
stories, acknowledging him on special occasions, helps us as Brent's
immediate family to travel this journey of grief to come to a point of
It is not to get over it as some people say, it is to learn to cope and
move on in a positive way.
3) The first couple of years the letters and calls from his Friends
sharing their stories, their memories of Brent, showed how they cared and
how Brent had touched their lives. Never underestimate the healing power
of your child's Friends.
4) A big part of my journey to healing has come from my involvement with
The Threads of Life, a national not for profit organization which came
into existence 5 years ago. Our mission is to provide peer support for
those who have suffered losses in the workplace and to increase awareness
of safety within the workplace. I am a volunteer family guide in this
We are available to make presentations to schools, to companies large or
small. We share our story about how losing our child to a workplace
tragedy, injury or occupational disease affects every aspect of our life.
By sharing my story not only does it validate Brent's life but if it
makes even one person more conscientious of workplace safety and
increases awareness of their responsibilities and rights as an employee
and co-worker and one life is saved, then Brent's death has not been for
nothing. We want to make a difference. One thread alone is weak, when
woven together it is strong. I raise my glass in a toast to you Brent, of
whom I love so dearly and miss so very much each day. I love you my son.
Love always into eternity Mom, Chrissy, and Laura. Xoxo

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WHYARD 2008-05-09 published
WHYARD, Angela
Family lives have changed Memories never fade You live within our hearts Your sweet love forever we hold Never to let go May 9th/2003. Love Your Family

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WHYNOT 2008-07-19 published
JOLLY, James " Jim" William
Peacefully and with great sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of James "Jim" William JOLLY in his 75th year at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Father of Kelly and Kirby. Loving son of the late Mabel and Harry JOLLY. Cherished brother of Joan HANCOCK and the late Jacqueline "Din" WHITE/WHYTE. Forever remembered by his brother-in-laws Ron WHITE/WHYTE and the late Jerry HANCOCK. Beloved and special "Uncle Jim" of Michele, Melissa, Scott, Patti, Melynda, John, Stephen and Julie. Dear great uncle of Matthew, Paul, Lucas, Catherine, Lauren and Alana. Jim enjoyed playing euchre, bridge and bingo and watching the travel movies of Bill and Trudie NIEUWLAND at the Country Manor in Thedford, Ontario where he resided for the past few years. Jim touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered by his Friends in Parkhill and Thedford. The family will receive Friends one hour prior to a memorial service which will be held in the chapel of the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Greg LITTLE officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Saint_James Anglican Church, 155 Broadway Street, P.O. Box 481, Parkhill, Ontario, N0M 2K0 or to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation, 395 Carrie Street, Strathroy, Ontario, N7G 3C9. Our heartfelt thanks to Doctor Andrew WHYNOT for his compassionate care to Jim over the years. Special thanks to the nursing staff at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and to the Country Manor Staff for all their wonderful care and kindness. Online condolences accepted at

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WHYNOTT 2008-03-23 published
KOMINEK, Catherine Maureen (née TURNER)
After a courageous battle with cancer, on Friday, March 21, 2008 at Woodstock General Hospital. Born March 28, 1957 in Woodstock, Ontario. Survived by her loving and devoted husband Gerry and wonderful daughter Alexandria. Also survived by her father, Gordon TURNER of Woodstock and her sister Dianne MANSHIP (Ron) of Saint Marys. Also survived by her in-laws, Joseph Sr. and Anne KOMINEK of Dresden, brother-in-law Joseph Jr. KOMINEK (Liz) of Dresden, and sister-in-law Mary Ann WHYNOTT (Chris) of Kincardine. Also survived by her cousins, nieces and nephews. Cathy was predeceased by her mother Blanche TURNER (2007) and her sister-in-law Helen FOSTER (née KOMINEK) (2005.) In 1975 Cathy became a Registered Practical Nurse. Her first 10 years she served in various hospitals in Ontario. She worked tirelessly as a community nurse for almost 20 years. She provided nursing care in both Woodstock north and Oxford County. Cathy specialized in palliative care and was part of the CAPSCE program and contributor to the Oxford Hospice Palliative Care Committee. As well, Cathy served as President of the Helen Foster Foundation to further the education and practice of nursing to persons in palliative care. Cathy was known to offer extended support to her clients. Cathy's professionalism was recognized by her peers when she was nominated for the prestigious 2008 Toronto Star Nightingale Award. Cathy's family would like to offer special thanks to Deb Hatt, Cathy MacGregor, Deb Kovachik and Joan Palmer, and thanks to all her partners in the community C.C.A.C., Red Cross, St. Elizabeth, Oxford Hospice, and London Health Sciences Centre - Cancer Clinic, for all their support and kindness during Cathy's illness. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Charles SEED officiating. Interment to follow at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Helen Foster Foundation would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at

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