Kay Smylie (Connelly)
For many years, Kay was affectionately called “Chairman of the Board” by her siblings.
It is with regret the Connelly family of South Porcupine accepts the resignation of Kay Smylie as Chairman of the Board, effective July 24, 2004.
Kathleen Pearl Morrison Connelly was born August 31, 1923 to Robert John and Eliza Jane (Jennie), in the small farming community of Shawville, Quebec, in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.
The remaining Board Members include her sisters Florence Wintemute of Calgary, Mary DeFelice of Sudbury, Margaret Braddock of Imperial, Saskatchewan, Roberta Eli of California and her brother Jim Connelly of Hanover.
Kay will be remembered as a loving sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Rodney Smylie, and is survived by her children Sandra and Dave; grandchildren Amy, Brad, Lindsay and Lauren; and stepmother Pearl Connelly of Timmins.
After leaving home, Kay studied in Ottawa to become a Registered Nurse. She was a member of the Ottawa Civic graduating class of 1947. In 1948, she married a young doctor from New Liskeard named Rod Smylie and they moved to Saskatchewan to start their first practice. During this time Kay and Rod were blessed with two children, Sandra Lee and Rodney David. The time spent in Imperial, Saskatchewan was among the happiest of her life.
In 1955 the Smylie family moved to Burnaby, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, where Rod practiced family medicine. In 1966 the Smylie family moved to the Harris Township farm, due to Rod’s father’s failing health. There Kay nursed her father-in-law through his last days. Rod and Kay had a family practice in New Liskeard until Rod’s death in 1980. Kay worked as her husband’s office nurse and manager throughout his entire working life, and also provided medical office services to several other physicians.
Following her husband’s death, Kay re-established herself in another career as a financial advisor with the Investors Group. She worked in this capacity until her retirement at the age of 75.
It was during her time in Burnaby that Kay became involved with the Arthritis Society. Kay is one of the founding members of the Society and is their longest serving volunteer — more than half a century.
At this year’s Tri-Town and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in May, the Arthritis Society announced the creation of the Kay Smylie award to be given annually. Also that evening, Kay was named the 2003 CJTT FM Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her service to south Temiskaming.
Many will remember Kay’s love of curling. She was one of the leading curlers in the greater Vancouver area and was instrumental in the creation of the Burnaby Winter Club. After moving to the Tri-Towns, she and Ev Sargeant won the zone many times, also winning the Northern Ontario championships, losing out at the Provincials.
Kay has been an active member of the Lioness Club since the 1950s, as well as many other local service groups and organizations.
Kay will be remembered for her ability to inspire others to follow their dreams. She often said “If you dream it, you can do it.” Kay admired those who showed strength through difficult times. She exemplified this quality many times in her own life. Kay is a person who realized the value of community and the potential to make things happen by working together. She has always had a perpetual focus on what could be accomplished.
Kay’s commitment to her community is surpassed only by her commitment to her family. She dedicated herself to encourage and support her family members in every way possible, in every aspect of their lives.
A celebration of her life will be held at Riverside Place in New Liskeard on Thursday, July 29 beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone attending will have the opportunity to share their memories of Kay and is encouraged to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated by the family.
She has truly set an example for us all to follow. We love you!
Haileybury resident Paul Morin died July 23, 2004 at the Temiskaming Hospital.
He was born September 15, 1923 in Notre Dame du Laus, Quebec and moved to this area in 1969.
Mr. Morin was a yard foreman for Northern Pinewood from 1974 to 1990.
He is survived by his wife Noella (Lauzon) whom he married July 7, 1947 in Notre Dame du Laus; sons Jean Paul, Roger and Claude; daughter Gisèle Plouffe; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was arranged by Buffam Léveillé Funeral Home in Haileybury with the service conducted by Father Firmin Lafond at Holy Cross Church on July 26.
Pallbearers were Eric Plouffe, Pascal Boucher, Gérald Caron, André Morin, Jean-Marie Tauvette and Marcel Morin.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Notre Dame du Laus, Gatineau, Val D’Or, Aylmer, Oxford Mills, Ontario, Brampton, Kirkland Lake, Sudbury and Montreal.
After a lengthy illness, Barb Batkin of Bayfield died on July 23, 2004. She was two weeks short of her sixty-fifth birthday.
Mrs. Batkin is survived by her husband of 42 years, Doug Batkin Sr.; children Eunice and Gerry Bainbridge of Newmarket, Doug Batkin Jr. and his friend Monika of Clinton and Diane and Phil Birchall of London; grandchildren Jessie and Sydney Bainbridge, Josh, Jordan, Jaime and Jenna Batkin, and Eva Birchall; her father Arnold Beach of Zurich; siblings Vernon and Lucille Beach of Arizona, Dave and Helen Beach of Clinton, Christine Graham of Toronto and Ray and Dianne Beach of Goderich; sisters-in-law Irene and George Simpson of Hanover, Janet and Dave McCutcheon of Brussels; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother Jessie Beach, parents-in-law Lloyd and Isabel Batkin, brother John, sister Jane and daughter Sherry.
A private family service will be held at the Clinton Cemetery. Following that the family invites friends to join them in a celebration of Mrs. Batkin’s life at the Ontario Street United Church in Clinton on July 31 at 1 p.m.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada would be appreciated by the family.
Margaret Jean Haddow
Former Haileybury resident Margaret Jean Haddow (née Lusk) of Calgary died July 20, 2004 at the age of 78 of cancer.
She was born in Harley Township on May 2, 1926 to Henry and Margaret Isabel Lusk. In October, 2003 she moved to Calgary to be near her family.
She will be sadly missed by her children Lawrence, Bonnie (Terry) Pascall and Terry; grandchildren Darcy, Dawn, Stephanie, Kim, Trevor, Jessie, Kate, Dana, Marshall and Skye; and great-grandchildren Mathew, Madison, Sophia and Michael.
Mrs. Haddow was predeceased by her son Dale in October 2003 and her husband Roy in March 2004.
A memorial service and burial will take place in the fall in Haileybury.
Memorial donations to the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary would be appreciated by the family.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 2723 Chalice Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2L 1C7.
Jean Eleanor Thomson
Jean Eleanor Thomson died July 21, 2004 with her family by her side.
She was born in New Liskeard on April 25, 1939.
Ms. Thomson is survived by her children Alison Hunt (Victoria, British Columbia), Douglas Hunt and Ian Hunt; grandchildren Zoe and Caileighe; sisters Grace Walker of Oshawa and Margaret Nicholas of Toronto.
She was predeceased by her brother Bill Thomson of North Bay.
Cremation has taken place.
In memory donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Donat Garand died July 12, 2004 at Extendicare Nursing Home in Haileybury.
Mr. Garand was born in Woburn, Quebec, to Phillipe Garand and Emilia Allard on September 24, 1931.
Educated in Woburn, he moved to Ontario in 1952 and on December 1, 1956 married Cécile Perron at St. Jean Baptiste Church in Earlton. He worked for Northern Ontario Milk Transport as a truck driver. Mr. Garand was predeceased by his daughter Ginette and her husband Moheed. He is survived by his wife Cécile, daughters Micheline, Linda (Moustapha), sons Serge, Claude, Gilles (Sue) and Luc.
The funeral was held at St. Jean Baptiste Church in Earlton on July 15, conducted by Father Rolland Lapalme. Arrangements were made by Buffam Léveillé Funeral Home in Haileybury. Pallbearers were Serge, Claude, Gilles, Luc and Dominic Garand and Omar Khan.
Burial is at the Earlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Toronto, Oshawa, Sherbrooke, Maine, Arizona, Timmins and Kapuskasing. In memory contributions were made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
J. Allen Francis
Allen Francis died July 14, 2004 at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. He was in his eightieth year. Mr. Francis is survived by his wife Shirley (née Stanley); children Joan (Ken White), John (Jill), Gwen and Stanley (Wendy); grandchildren Jenny (Darren), Sarah, Latisha and Jerret; great-grandchildren Sam, Kelsey, Curtis, Ryan and Hailey; sisters Joyce Fricker and Margaret Francis (David). Mr. Francis was owner and operator of Lorrain Farms Ltd. from 1964-1975 and was instructor at the New Liskeard College of Agricultural Technology from 1965-1985. He retired in 1985 and with his wife Shirley relocated to the family farm in Renfrew. In retirement he enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming the family homestead. He will be dearly missed. Funeral arrangements were made by Anderson Funeral Home in Renfrew.
Thomas Duncan Hoyle
Thomas Duncan Hoyle died July 15, 2004 at the Temiskaming Hospital. He was born on May 22, 1916 in Bucke Township to Emma Generoux and John Hoyle. Mr. Hoyle served during World War II from March 21, 1941 to July 12, 1945 and was a decorated war veteran. He married his wife Carmel on May 11, 1946. Mr. Hoyle, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and St. John’s Anglican Church, worked at Hill Clark Francis for 25 years and then at Rexwood prior to his retirement. He lived a good life and was an avid golfer whose golf score matched his age at 86. Mr. Hoyle is survived by his wife Carmel; son Ken Hoyle; daughter Sharon Hoyle; daughter-in-law Jane Hoyle; grandchildren Bobby and Bill; sister Margaret Ames (Fred); sister-in-law Phyllis Hoyle-Mood; and many loving relatives. He was predeceased by his brothers John, Ken and Chris and sister Violet. A celebration of his life will be held at an open house luncheon on Friday, July 23 at the New Liskeard Golf Club from noon hour to 2 p.m. Please RSVP to the Pro Shop at 647-6651 if you plan to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.
Mary Patricia Schaefer
The death occurred at Cranbrook, British Columbia, on Friday, June 25, 2004 of Mrs. Mary Patricia Schaefer at the age of 79 years.
Pat was best known as the Secretary to the Dean of the Haileybury School of Mines where she served for 33 years and was a lifetime Honorary Member of the Alumni.
The daughter of an Ontario Provincial Policeman, she lived in several Ontario communities as a child and young woman before returning to Haileybury where she lived most of her life. In recent years she moved west to be closer to her children.
She is predeceased by her husband Kurt Schaefer of Haileybury, sister Kathy (Alf) Holmes of New Liskeard and brothers Rick and Peter Simpson of Haileybury.
Pat is survived by her son Bob of Edmonton, Alberta, daughter Patricia of Cranbrook, B.C.; three grandchildren: Heather and Chris Gilroy, Cassandra Buch and two great-grandchildren: Freya and Noah Buch. Also left to mourn is her sister Florrie (Jack) Dewson of Barrie.
The Schaefer Family will receive friends at the Buffam Leveille Funeral Home on Friday, July 16, 2004 beginning at 12 o’clock. A memorial service will follow in the funeral home at 2 p.m. with Reverend Kitty Miller officiating.
Interment of the ashes will take place in the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Haileybury. There will be a reception and a time of fellowship immediately following the interment at the Buffam Leveille Funeral Home.