Baker - At St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 9th, 2004. Douglas McCrae Baker of St. Thomas in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Betty Annette (Bartholomew) Baker (2003) and dearly loved father of Beverly Ann and her husband Jack Yurek and Sharon Lee and her husband Ben Kristensen all of St. Thomas. Predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Douglas is also lovingly remembered by six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Douglas was born January 17th, 1919 in St. Thomas to Elijah and Edith (Fairbrother) Baker. He was a well known musician and singer performing with numerous bands that had played throughout the area and also with his own band, Doug Baker and His Merrymen; he was a Veteran of World War II, a member of Christ Church Anglican in Port Stanley as well as their Breakfast Club; a member of the Lions Club in Port Stanley and the Masonic Lodge. Douglas has worked with the C & O Railroad, London Life Insurance, he was the owner and operator of Elgin Plastics and had also been a salesman with Dalmar Motors prior to his retirement. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. from Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas. Visitation will be prior to the service on Wednesday from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Cremation took place in London and a private interment of the ashes will be made at the Christ Church Anglican in Port Stanley. Remembrances may be made to the Cancer Society; Christ Church Anglican or the Rotary Music Festival.
Best - At her residence on Sunday, April 11, 2004. Donna (Surgent) Best of Lambeth and formerly of Aylmer in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Clifford Best (1990) and dearly loved mother of Bruce Best of London. Loved grandmother of Karen, Kelly and Kathy. Dear brother of Robert and his wife Ruth Surgent, St. Thomas. Predeceased by three brothers Douglas, Nyal and James "Sonny" Surgent and by a sister Maxine Tripp. Dear sister-in-law of Joyce Surgent of St. Thomas and Shirley Surgent of Nova Scotia. Also lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Donna was born in St. Thomas, August 21st, 1928 to Walter and Hazel (Steen) Surgent. A memorial service will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. from Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas. Cremation took place in London. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Forbes - At St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 9th, 2004. Russell Joseph Forbes of St. Thomas in his 75th year, after a courageous battle with cancer and lovingly surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Alice (Wilson) Forbes and dearly loved father of Ken Forbes, St. Thomas; Daniel Forbes and his wife Shelley Smith, Fingal and Russell Jr. and his wife Sharon Forbes, St. Thomas. Dear brother of Gordon and Louise Forbes, London and Edna and Frank Mozewsky, Stoney Creek. Predeceased by four brothers Kenneth, Albert, John and Lorne “Bill”, by a sister Dorothy and by a stepbrother Douglas Brown. Russell is also lovingly remembered by five grandchildren Erin, Joel, Ian, Casey and Angie and her husband Chris; by two great granddaughters Ainslea and Kahla and by several loving nieces and nephews. Russell was born in Windsor August 23rd, 1929 to Jim and Laura (Lavigne) Forbes. After retirement from the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital he enjoyed being with family, gardening and his carpentry work. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Cancer Society.
Milligan - At the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Monday, April 12, 2004. Mrs. Jean (Small) Milligan, formerly of R.R.#3, Shedden, in her 91st year. Wife of the late James C. Milligan (1973). Mother of Wayne Milligan of Acton, William "Willie" Milligan and his wife Barbara of Port Stanley and the late Walter Milligan (2004) (his wife Virginia of London). Grandmother of Dana Milligan and his wife Lori, Dara Morton and her husband Jim, all of London and the late Dwaine Milligan. Great-grandmother of Devin, Jesse and Dylan Milligan. Sister of the late Kenneth Small and late Lewis Small. Also survived by sister-in-law, Madeline Small of R.R.#5, St. Thomas and several nieces and nephews. Born in Dunwich Twp., Ontario, October 29, 1913, the daughter of the late Thomas R. and Janet (McLachlin) Small. She was a retired food supervisor at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. At the request of Mrs. Milligan, there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Following cremation, private interment in Cowal-McBride's Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas.
Wilson - Millicent (Gibson) of St. Thomas on Monday, April 12, 2004 at the Caressant Care Home on Bonnie Pl. in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late William L. Wilson (1983) and dearly loved mother of Prof. Roderic Leith Wilson and his wife Jennie, Miss Kathleen Rose Elizabeth and Dr. Karen Ann Wilson, and Dr. Roderic William Wilson. Great-grandmother of Simon, James, Ben and Emma Wilson - all of the above living in England. Also survived by a number of loved nephews, William George, William Edward and Kenneth Russell Gibson, and by dear friends Leo and Marguerite Cushman. She was predeceased by her parents William Edward and Sarah Elizabeth Gibson, brothers William and Albert Gibson and sister Mrs. Elsie Hayman. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Centre St. Baptist Church where she was active in various groups. At her request, there will be no visitations or funeral service. Cremation and private interment in the family plots in Elmdale Cemetery, St. Thomas. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.
Buhler, John - At the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 12, 2004, in his 69th year, John Buhler, of Cambridge, formerly of St. Thomas. Beloved husband of Susan, dear father of Diane Parry and Dwayne & his wife Tammy. He will be missed by his grandchildren Austin, Jordan, Stephanie, Lindsay and Dylan, and his sister Katie (Jake) Goretzen, his brother Frank and his brother-in-law John Braun. He was predeceased by his brother George and sister Ann Braun. Mr. Buhler is at the DALE LOUNSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 1766 Franklin Blvd. Cambridge, where the family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock with Rev. Jeff Veenstra of St. Andrew’s, Hespeler, Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.