Wilma Adriana Overdijk of RR#1 New Liskeard died suddenly at home on January 27, 2005.
She was born in the Netherlands on December 13, 1926. She received her education in Naarden, Netherlands and on November 1, 1958 married John Overdijk in Trenton, Ontario. She moved north to this area from Wiarton in 1967. Mrs. Overdijk was a seamstress and homemaker. A dedicated wife to John and mother to her sons Herman and Norman, her passions were clothes-making and music. Mrs. Overdijk enjoyed being an organist in the Cobalt United Church for seven years and was a faithful member of the Haileybury Pentecostal Assembly for 34 years. She was a real Proverbs 31 woman who loved the Lord, Jesus Christ passionately and has now gone to be with Him in heaven. We thank our Lord for the opportunity to have her as a part of our lives and look forward to meeting her again one day.
Mrs. Overdijk is survived by eight brothers and sisters; her husband John; sons Herman and Norman; and eight grandchildren. The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted at the Haileybury Pentecostal Assembly by Reverend Dan Thompson on February 1.
The burial will be in Trenton.
Brethour Township resident Therese Loney died suddenly at the Sudbury Memorial Hospital on January 23, 2005. She was born to Paul and Mavis Lajoie on January 28, 1943 in New Liskeard where she received her education. Mrs. Loney was a farmer who enjoyed reading, her family and outdoor activities. She loved her grandchildren, she was always happy and enjoyed being with people. Mrs. Loney is survived by her husband Grant, children David and Jeffrey, grandchildren Eric and Brianne, mother Mavis, two brothers, four sisters and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel where the service was conducted by Wally Wood. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Haileybury.
Yvette Rivard of Earlton died January 21, 2005 at the Englehart and District Hospital. She was born in Earlton on January 10, 1923 to Télesphore and Régina (Labrèche) Perron. A member of St. Jean-Baptiste Parish, Mrs. Rivard is survived by Gisèle of Montreal, Nicole of Earlton, Jean-Maurice (Nicole Filiatrault) of Gatineau, Martial (Sylvie Pineault) of Ville Marie; grandchildren Mathieu, Olivier, Jessie-Anne and Janick; sisters Rollande Huppé, Jeannette Guilbeault, Thérèse Gauthier and Cécile Garand; brothers Fernand (Gabrielle) and Lucien (Jeanne-d’Arc), all of Earlton; sister Gilberte Guilbeault of Sorel; brother Marcel (Norma) of Timmins; and sister-in-law Carmen Rivard of Earlton. She was predeceased by her husband Albert, son Maurice, brothers Gérard and Maurice and many brothers- and sisters-in-law. The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with the service conducted by Father Gilles Leblanc at Église St. Jean-Baptiste in Earlton on January 29. Pallbearers were nephews Ernest Beauchamp, Luc Garand, Jacques Guilbeault, Jacques Huppé, Jean-Marc Rivard and Mario Rivard. Burial will be at the Earlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends attending the service came from the Tri-Towns, Timmins, Hearst, Hanmer, Chelmsford, Ottawa, Gatineau, Fabre, Montreal, Boucherville, Sorel, Oshawa and Toronto. In memory donations to the CAT Scan fund or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. The family thanked the staff of the Englehart and District Hospital, Dr. Primrose and all the people who have given support during this time of grief.
Marcel Arthur Abel Verstraeten
After a short battle with cancer, Marcel Verstraetan of South River died February 4, 2005 at the North Bay General Hospital-Scollard Site. He was in his sixty-seventh year. Mr. Verstraetan is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Ginny; mother Blanche Matthynssens of Courtland; children Dan Verstraeten (Liz) of Claremont, Marc Verstraeten (Liz Ross) of Otterville, Bonnie Gagnon (Billy) of Essex and Tammy Godden (Roger Leveille) of Thornloe; grandchildren Ashley, Kevin, Emma, Ty, Jennifer, Bill, Kristelle, Brittney and Matthew; sisters Diana Ghesquiere (Noel) and Anita Hillner (David), both of Tillsonburg; and special brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Roger Verstraetan and stepfather Albert Matthynssens. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend Paul Snow at Moore’s Funeral Chapel in Sundridge on February 8. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the North Bay General Hospital Building Fund would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Cobalt resident Edgar Coe died January 30, 2005 in Cobalt. He was born in Haileybury on February 10, 1928 to Joseph and Elizabeth Coe and moved to Cobalt in 1947. He married Edith Moore on March 2, 1950 at the Cobalt United Church and worked as a miner. Mr. Moore was predeceased by his brothers Howard, Arthur, Joseph, Lawrence and Percy; sisters Alice and Mary; sons Richard, Robert and Michael; and daughter Mary. He is survived by his brothers Gilbert (wife Joan) and Reginald (wife Christina); sister Evelyne; children Russell Coe, Betty Joyal (husband Fern), Gayle Matton, Billy Coe (friend Monique), Darlene Cyr (husband Michael), Cheryl Meilleur (husband Ron), Debbie Jean-Louis (husband Michael) and Sherry Briscoe (husband Reeves); 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 3 at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army in New Liskeard. In memory contributions to the Salvation Army or the CAT Scan Fund would be appreciated by the family.
Arthur 'Joe' Gilbert
Joe Gilbert died peacefully at his home on January 23, 2005 surrounded by his loving family. He had been fighting cancer for the past two years. Mr. Gilbert was born December 25, 1944 to Charles and Esther Gilbert in Englehart. As his father worked on road construction, Mr. Gilbert lived in many areas all over Ontario. As they lived in remote areas he told others of excellent fishing and swimming sites. In addition to attending school, Mr. Gilbert began operating and repairing heavy equipment which later became a full-time occupation. His joy was building and racing a stock car. On May 11, 1968 he married Bonnie and although their home was in Chamberlain, Mr. Gilbert worked as ditch rock foreman for various pipe line companies, taking them all over Ontario for approximately six years. In addition to his occupation, a farm in Beauchamp was purchased and raising beef became the new family challenge. Over the past ten years working locally as a heavy equipment mechanic allowed him time to spend with his family, do special things with grandchildren, travel and build a new home. Mr. Gilbert was predeceased by his parents Charles in 1990 and Esther in 2001. He is survived by his wife Bonnie; sons Bradley (Mandy) of Englehart and Joe (Sheryl) of New Liskeard; grandchildren Alyssa, Austin, Jenna and Sam; and brother Brian (Carolyn) of Hilliard Township. The funeral service was held January 27 at the Englehart Community Hall, conducted by Pastor Joel Kuhl, Zion Lutheran Church. The organist was Sharon Okum with solos and special music provided by Nancy Packham and Roy Borgford. Lunch was provided by the Chamberlain Recreation Committee, Darlene Bowen and special friends from New Liskeard. Pallbearers were Ed Martin, Dan Gilbert, Ranold Digulla, Richard Walker, Claude Bowen and Bob Connelly. The family expressed their gratitude to Dr. Rahn, Dr. Vera and caregivers Kerry, Donna, Judy, Marion and Nancy. Spring interment will take place at the Zion Cemetery in Chamberlain Township.
Cyril Malcolm 'Mac' Lapointe
Cyril Malcolm “Mac” Lapointe, former Chief Librarian of The Montreal Star, died peacefully on January 25, 2005 at the age of 96. He was born on December 12, 1908 at Webwood, Ontario, the eldest son of the late Joseph Leo Lapointe and the late Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Bray. On November 22, 1927 he joined the editorial department of John Dougall and Son, Montreal, publishers of Witness and Canadian Homestead,World Wide and Northern Messenger, on which he served until all but the latter ceased publication at the end of April 1938. In this period he was a member of the Montreal Branch of the Canadian Authors Association and the Newspaper Guild. For two years he was secretary of the Montreal Branch of the League for Social Reconstruction (LSR) and, in 1938, briefly National Secretary of the LSR. In 1925, during an emergency in the federal election campaign, he was Chairman of the Interim Executive Committee of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) in the province of Quebec. On June 6, 1938 he became Assistant to the News Editor of The Family Herald and Weekly Star and continued in various editorial responsibilities until July 12, l949 when he was transferred to the Library of The Montreal Star. He retired from that work at the end of 1973. Mr. Lapointe was predeceased by his brother, George Milton and sister-in-law, Kathleen (Sangster) Lapointe and is survived by his brother, Jean-Paul Lapointe of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, his sister, Soeur Kathleen Lapointe, M.A., Franciscaines Missionnaires de Marie, Montreal, his nieces Betty (Mrs. Robert Taylor) of Perth, Ontario, Babs (Barbara Lapointe) of Gloucester, Ontario, and Danielle Lapointe of Ste. Foy, Quebec, nephews “Bobby” Robert Lapointe of Trois Rivières and Michel Lapointe of Montreal, Quebec.
Mr. Lapointe had been a member of the Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Elbeetian Legion of old time Lone Scouts of America. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of First Memorial Funeral Services in Ottawa.
Thérèse F. Loranger
On January 21, 2005 Thérèse F. Loranger of Earlton died at the Englehart and District Hospital. She had been ill since suffering from pancreatitis last July. She was born in Montréal on December 9, 1922 to Joseph and Anna (Goyette) Végiard. A member of Église St-Jean Baptiste in Earlton, she married François (Frank) Loranger in Earlton on April 14, 1942. Mme Loranger was an active member of the community. In past years she did volunteer work with the Earlton Majorettes; she was known for her coleslaw salads at the Church events; and was a loving foster mother to many children (especially Fernande, Francine and Claudette). Mme Loranger was best known as “Maman” and “Memère,” a loving and giving mother and a dedicated grandmother. She was often seen pushing her walker down main street with her precious little Princesse sitting in the carrier. She had a great love of animals, children and especially her family. She enjoyed going to the casino, being seen on “Les Démons du Midi,” gardening and feeding the stray cats. Mme Loranger is survived by her relatives: Jeannine Végiard of Longueuil, Diane (Garry) Shortt of Englehart, Isabelle Loranger of Longueuil, André Loranger of Earlton, Gilbert (Nancy Stevenson) Loranger of Englehart, Denis “Ti-Jos” (Sue Gaboury) Loranger of Earlton, and Élise (Rick) Juliff of Englehart; grandchildren Steve and Michel Landry, Jody, Jamie and Jason Shortt, Jennifer, Neil, Randy and Angela Loranger, CindySue and Brian Loranger, Charmaine and Ricky Juliff; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Athénaïs Végiard, Monique Bouchard, Thérèse Daigle, Madeleine Giroux, Eugénie Gauthier, Gertrude Loranger and Aurore (Jean-Paul) Gauthier; and her brother Gabriel. She was predeceased by her husband Frank on December 9, 2004; siblings Lorette (1911-1913), Roland (1912-1959), Éliane (1917-2002), Conrad (1920-1921), Conrad (1921-1969), Madeleine (1924), Maurice (1925-1999), Jean-Paul (1926-2001), and Doris and Éveline (1933).
The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with the service conducted January 25 by Père Gilles Leblanc at Église St-Jean Baptiste in Earlton. Honorary pallbearers were her children Diane, Isabelle, Élise, André, Gilbert, Denis “Ti-Jos” and Jeannine (bearing the flowers). Assistants were grandsons Brian Loranger, Steve Landry and Jody Shortt. Burial to take place in the spring at St-Jean Baptiste Cemetery in Earlton. Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Longueuil, Rouyn-Noranda, Manitouwadge, Sudbury, Mississauga, Iroquois Falls, North Bay, London,Toronto and the surrounding areas (Temiskaming Shores, Englehart). The family thanked the staff at Temiskaming Hospital as well as at the Englehart and District Hospital for the excellent care given to Mme Loranger.
New Liskeard resident Fernand Tourigny died January 26, 2005 at the Temiskaming Hospital at the age of 92. He was born in Nicolet, Quebec and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Mr. Tourigny was predeceased by his wife Gloria in 2000; infant sons Ludger and Maurice and son Armand; daughter Fleur de mai Fecteau; grandson Jarrod Hurley; and siblings Theresa Haskett, Lucille Paquin, Roger Tourigny and Bernard Tourigny. He is survived by his son Ludger (Mariette); daughters Marie-Ange Hurley (Daniel), Liliane Savoie (Raymond) and Alice Fawcett (Wayne); sisters Magella Finley and Marie Desjardins; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the funeral held January 29 at Sacred Heart Church. Pallbearers were Ludger Tourigny, Raymond Tourigny, Legh Sipprell, Marc Tourigny, Bart Hurley and Terry Shaw.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Sudbury, Burlington, Oshawa, Kirkland Lake and Lavigne.
Jack Alfred Francis Evans
After a short illness, Jack Evans of Coleman Township died at the age of 71 on January 15, 2005.
Best known for his love of music, he shared his talents of song and guitar for many local events, seniors and nursing homes, as well as many happy hours of playing music with family and friends. Mr. Evans was born July 10, 1933 to Zella (Michener) Evans and Harvey Evans. Born and raised on the West Road of Haileybury on a farm he lovingly referred to as “the old town line.” He joined the army at the age of 19 and served with the Black Watch Regiment in Korea and Oakville. He and his wife Fran lived outside Cobalt for many years and moved to Gilles (Coleman Township) where they have resided for the past 27 years. Mr. Evans worked for the railroad, as a miner, the pipeline and for the latter part of his life for the Township of Coleman as a heavy equipment operator. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed woodworking whereby he created many cribbage boards and beautiful keepsake boxes, though his greatest love was that of his music. He also loved visiting with family and friends and so enjoyed playing cribbage, especially when he won. He is survived by his wife Fran; children Lloyd (wife Danielle) Evans of Sudbury, Chris (wife Anita) Evans of Angus, Tami (husband Derrick) Buffam of Haileybury, Kevin (wife Trudy) Evans of Lorraine Valley and John (wife Lori-Ann) Evans of Bass Lake; grandchildren Jason and Morgan Evans, Holly and Shane Evans, Tyler and Megan Buffam, Emily, Elisia and Ethan Evans, Jacob and Jarryd Evans; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Zella and Harvey; brothers Edward and Elmore Evans; sisters Ida Evans, Eveline Follick and Phyllis Morin; nephews Norman and Gordon Evans; and beloved niece Brenda Plaunt-Brunet. The Evans family received friends and family at the Buffam Leveille Funeral Home in Haileybury on January 19, 2005 where a memorial service was held by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 with Piper Dave Robson and Warren Cambridge conducting the service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A luncheon followed in Haileybury at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, catered by the Relief Society of the church. Contributions to the Canadian Lung Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind are gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Joseph Rodolphe (Rody) Morin, 77, passed away on January 23, 2005 at the Temiskaming Hospital in New Liskeard after a brief illness. The long-time Cobalt resident had lived at the Island View Apartments in Haileybury for more than a decade, where he enjoyed the close-knit community.
Rody was predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Monaco) in 1995 and by his eldest daughter Catherine (Ken Varcoe) in 1983. He is survived by his sons Stephen (Diane) of Port Perry; David (Anna) of Toronto; and his daughter Ruth of Haileybury. He is also survived by his companion Marg Uttley of New Liskeard; his brother Herb (Diane) of New Liskeard; and his sisters Frances (Nat) of Wasaga Beach; Diana (Jim) of Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Donna (Bernie) of Sault Ste. Marie and Sharon also of the Sault. Rody will be missed by eight grandchildren: Anna, Ryan, Traci, Cosimo, Michela, Alessia, Matthew and John. In his working life, Rody was a miner, taxi driver, mill worker, welder, bartender, railway brakeman, truck driver, factory worker and machinist. He often referred to himself as a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. A proud and long-time member of Canadian Legion, Branch 44, Rody loved life and was at home in this Northern Ontario community. He loved to tell stories and make people laugh with his unapologetically “old school” humour. In his retirement years, Rody made socializing an art form. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and acquaintances, especially the residents at the Island View Apartments and the staff of the New Liskeard Canada Trust. His innate, quick wit and indomitable spirit helped him through all the challenges in his life — even when faced with declining health. Rody’s only regret was that his lottery winnings were nothing greater than the odd ten dollars and free tickets. Funeral arrangements and services were in care of Buffam-Léveillé Funeral Home of Haileybury. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Haileybury. The family would like to express their gratitude to Doctor Don Davies, Doctor Rahn, community nurse Mary Birtch and the supportive staff of The Temiskaming Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Temiskaming Lung Association would be gratefully appreciated.
Ernest Albert Saindon
New Liskeard resident Ernest Saindon died January 12, 2005 at the Temiskaming Hospital. He had been ill with cancer. Mr. Saindon was born in Cobalt on August 1, 1929 and worked as a scaler and a miner. He is survived by his two daughters Joanne Boucher (Michel) from Notre Dame du Nord and Jocelyne Carter (Wayne) from Kitchener, and grandchildren Patrick, David, AJ, Cassandra and Merrisa.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel with the service conducted by Father Richard Ngoy on January 19 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Cremation will take place.
Scott Wilson died suddenly at his home on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at the age of 78. He was a long-time resident of New Liskeard where he grew up and received his education. Mr. Wilson served in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. After the war he met and married his wife of 57 years, Ruby (Knowles). He was predeceased by his parents Margaret and John Wilson, brothers Neil and Andy and sisters Agnes Gray, Jessie Coull and Anne Lasalle. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife Ruby; daughters Linda (Allan) Knight of New Liskeard and Crystal (Roderick) Young of New Liskeard; brothers Jack of Carleton Place and Robert (Pat) of Haileybury; grandsons Kristen Young of Kingston, Graeme (Dawn) Knight of Bolton, Kirk Young of London and Grant (Brigitte) of Mississauga; great-grandson Hayden Knight; as well as many nieces and nephews. Grandsons and nephews Shaun Wilson and Kevin Chinchen were pallbearers. Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard provided funeral arrangements. Reverend Kitty Miller conducted the service in celebration of his life. Spring interment will take place at the New Liskeard Cemetery.