John (Janek) Ochman, 75, died Sept. 10, 2008 at his home with his family by his side. Born in Kochanowice, Poland, he was a son of Agnes Ochman. He came to Canada in 1961 to start a new life with his wife, Jadwiga (Vicky). “Big John” was an employee of Riverside Brass and Aluminum for 18 years and FAG Bearings for the same length of time. He loved his wife’s cooking, the vegetables in his garden and playing cards with his relatives and sons-in-law. Even though he was a man of few words, everyone knew he was proud of his family. Deddy enjoyed sitting outside on his porch and watching his 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren run and play at his home. Married 54 years, he was the father of seven girls: Janine Johnson and her husband Rick of Stratford; Barb Littel and her husband Bob of Stratford; Steph Wallace and her husband Tim of Kokomo, Ind.; Irene Simons of Stratford; Mary Talbot and her husband Joe of Clearwater, B.C.; Cathy McCormick and her husband Rob of Rochester, Mich.; and Sue O’Hagan and her husband Paul of Cambridge. He was predeceased by his mother and a daughter, Teresa, in Poland. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church
John Andrew Shivas, 92, died at Parkwood Veterans Hospital, London, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008. He enjoyed a long active career, mostly in the pulp and paper industry, both in Canada and other countries. Following retirement in Victoria, B.C., he volunteered for CESO assignments in China and Indonesia. He was a graduate of Guelph University, and a Gryphon Hall of Fame inductee. He was a Second World War veteran, having served with the 5th Div. Signals in Britain, Belgium, Italy and Holland and he had received an M.I.D. He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Stratford, his sons Bill and his wife Janet of Shakespeare, Dave and his wife Liz and Jim and his wife Nancy all of Alberta. Visitation was at the Heinbuck Funeral Home on Thursday evening, where the funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. Interment in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford.
Harry Joseph Betts
Harry Joseph Betts, 92, died Aug. 13, 2008 in Penticton, B.C. He was born in Stratford, a son of the late Louisa Smith and Joseph (Harry) Betts. He had been a lineman with Ontario Hydro until his retirement. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8 Stratford and the Masonic Order A.F and A.M. He was also an officer in the Canadian Air Force and served in the Second World War. He is survived by his wife Anne Betts and daughter Charlette (Mel) Knoll of Penticton, son David Betts of Rona, Australia, stepsons in Penticton, and sisters Nel Green and Rose Billo of Stratford. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Thelma (Calcott) Betts. Burial has taken place in Penticton, B.C. Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice through the W.G. Young Funeral Home. Stratford.
Gregor Campbell, 60, of Seaforth died Aug. 28, 2008 with his wife by his side. He is survived by his wife Sheila Mullin-Campbell, his son Michael Mullin and his sister Sharon O’Carroll and her husband Doug of Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents Gord and Glad Campbell. A celebration of life service was planned at the Box and Smith Funeral Chapel, Seaforth, on Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.
Mima Martha Farr
Mima Martha Farr, 94, died Aug. 25, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. She was born in Mitchell, a daughter of the late George and Lillian Riley. She was a member of St. Stephens Anglican Church, Stratford. She was the wife of William T. Farr who predeceased her in 1988. She is survived by her sons Harold and Gail Farr, Belleville and Paul Farr, Stratford. Besides her parents and her husband she was predeceased by a son Ronald Farr and two daughters Lois Lewis and Linda Deem. A funeral service was held at W.G. Young Funeral Home. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
Paul Joseph McNamara
Paul Joseph McNamara, 51, of Toronto, died Aug. 26, 2008 as a result of an accident. Born in Belleville, he was a son of the late Rae McNamara. He is survived by his mother Marjorie (Murray) Skinner and stepfather Vernon Skinner, brothers Jesse McNamara of Vancouver, and Basil McNamara of Toronto, and sister Susan Du Bray of Toronto. His life was his music. He was a founding member of the rhythm and blues band “The Nationals” of Toronto. There will be no funeral home visitation. Interment in Avondale Cemetery at a later date. Final arrangements by the W.G. Young Funeral Home.
Bernd “Ben” Muller, 65, of Stratford, died Aug. 24, 2008 while waiting for a liver transplant at the Kingston General Hospital. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, he was a son of Trudl (Ziegler) Frank and the late Richard Muller. He was employed with the Stratford Public Health Unit for many years. He is survived by his wife Valerie (Gribble) Muller whom he married in 1965 and by his children Kristine Muller and her partner Richard Carr, and Paul Muller and his partner Courtney Graham. A memorial service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home
Inez Evelyn Solomon, 88, a resident of Mitchell Nursing Home and formerly of Elgin Crescent, Stratford, died Aug. 28, 2008. She was born in Ellice Township, the daughter of the late John H. Doell and the former Lydia Schneider and had lived most of her life in Stratford. She was a member of St. John’s United Church. In 1984 she was predeceased by her husband Elmer Clayton Solomon. She is survived by her children Sharon and her husband Wayne Ische, Mitchell; Phyllis and her husband Jim Robertson, Stratford; Fred Solomon and his wife Sue, London; and Sheila and her husband John Daneluzzi, Dresden. A funeral service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
Robert “Bob” Boon
Robert “Bob” Boon, 66, of Stratford, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. He was a son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Smith) Boon. He had been employed at Spartech (formerly Korlans) for 41 years, retiring in December 2004. He enjoyed coaching girls softball and ringette and played hockey and ball for many years. He was an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #8, Stratford. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Madeline (Watkinson) and his daughters Cheryl and her husband Dale Shean, and Heather and her husband Tom Sutherland. A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at the W.G. Young Funeral Home
Gloria Lida Hicks, 59, of Crystal Lake, RR 5 Stratford, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Elk Lake, Ontario, she was a daughter of the late Paul Bastien and the former Jacqueline (Major) Huddleston. She was predeceased by her husband Earnest Hicks in 2001. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Stackhouse. A memorial service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home
Gordon Robert Lince, 88, of Stratford, died Aug. 1, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Stratford, he was a son of the late William Lince and the former Jessie Hawes. He was a veteran of the Second World War and served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons as a radio controller from 1941-1946. He owned and operated Perth TV Clinic for over 20 years then worked at Saftronics from 1975 until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife Evelyn (Bridges) Lince whom he married in 1959 and by his children Denise and Robin. A funeral service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home.
Reginald Samuel Richardson died at home Aug. 1, 2008 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Stratford, a son of the late Karl and Margaret (Douglas) Richardson. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Delphine (Burnett) Richardson in 1968 and by an infant daughter Sara in 1971. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Carol (Russell) Richardson and his children Greg and Connie Richardson of Lucan, Tammy and Kevin Gettler of Fullarton and Jason and Erin Richardson of Mitchell. A funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the W.G. Young Funeral Home.
Linda Jean Karkheck, 54, of 489 Brunswick St., Stratford, died Aug. 7, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Stratford, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Marie (Place) Karkheck. She is survived by her husband Bruce Dolson and her children Angela Steckley of Mitchell and Kristy Dolson of Motherwell. At Linda’s request, there was no funeral home visitation or service. Final arrangments by the Heinbuck Funeral Home.