Wilfred Francis Laverty
Wilfred Francis Laverty, 86, formerly of RR 1, Sebringville, died Aug. 6, 2008 at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton. He was born in Ellice Township, a son of the late Peter Laverty and the former Bridget Hourigan and had farmed all his life at the family farm, RR 1 Sebringville, until he moved to Knollcrest. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Stratford. He was predeceased by his wife Teresa (Givlin) in 1995 and by his daughter Bernadine Nicholson in 2001. He is survived by his sister Sister Mary Laverty, IBVM, Toronto, and a son-in-law Ron Nicholson, RR 1 Sebringville, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and their families. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
Darryl Van Den Tempel
Darryl Arthur Van Den Tempel, 21, of Poole, died suddenly on Aug. 7, 2008. He was born in Stratford and had lived all of his life on the family farm in Poole. He attended Mornington Central Public School, Milverton Public School, Stratford Northwestern Secondary School and in 2007 graduated from Funeral Service Education at Humber College, Toronto. He was a funeral director with the W.G. Young Funeral Home. He was a member of the Poole Mennonite Church family, a member of the Stratford Black Swan Rugby Team, and had played baseball in Millbank and hockey in Stratford and Milverton. He is survived by his parents Ted and Liz Van Den Tempel, and his siblings David and his friend Lauren McBride, Thea, Sofia, Derek and Benjamin. Special friend of Katie Roth. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at Poole Mennonite Church. Burial in Poole Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Shirley Rose Brocklebank, 77, formerly of Stratford, died at the People Care Centre, Tavistock, on Aug. 15. Born in North York Township, York County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rose (Andrews) Smith. She is survived by her daughters Wendy Partridge and her husband Randy of St. Marys and Wanda Brocklebank of Waterloo. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. Visitation was at the Heinbuck Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Andrew Leonard Laverty
Andrew Leonard Laverty, 18, died of cancer Aug. 15. He lived in Stratford area until the age of 12. He participated in the Stratford Rotary Hockey League, Stratford Youth Soccer League, and Milverton Royal Hockey League and played baseball in Rostock. He had a “Big Brother” during instrumental years and out of this came the opportunity for him to attend many summer camps including Tatamagouche in Nova Scotia through the Tim Horton’s Foundation. Andrew and his mother lived in Kitchener and Waterloo from 2001 to 2007 when Andrew returned to the Stratford area and enrolled in the COPE Program at Northwestern Secondary School. He enjoyed country living on his aunt and uncle’s dairy goat farm for the past year year. In May of 2007 he was diagnosed with colon cancer, signet ring cell adenocarcenoma which is rare and difficult to treat. He is survived by his mother Laura Laverty and partner Sue Bain as well as his grandparents Bernard and Linda Laverty, great grandmother Celena Kocher., aunts and uncles, Janet Laverty and her children Justin, Morgan and Lucas; Suzanne Laverty; Kevin Laverty (Kalynn Tyshenko) and their son MacKenzie; Jamie Laverty (Jenine) and their children Nicholas and Grace; Sean Laverty. He was predeceased by his great grandparents Leonard and Grace Laverty, and Alban Kocher. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial in Avondale Cemetery.
Guy Edward Nelson, 51, of 75 Borden St., Stratford, died Aug. 18 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Stratford he was a son of the late James A. Nelson and Sylvia E. (McGhee) Nelson of 34 Laurier St., Stratford. He had been employed at A.O. Smith in Stratford for several years. Surviving besides his mother is a brother Garth Nelson of London. At his request, there was no visitation or funeral service. Final arrangements by the Heinbuck Funeral Home.
Marion Theresa Nicholson (Judge)
Marion Theresa Nicholson, the last surviving member of the family of Alexander and Mabel Judge, was born in London on June 24, 1930. She was predeceased by her husband Don in 2005. She and her husband enjoyed the company of family and friends at their home in Stratford, their cottage at Point Clarke and their vacation home in Plant City, Fla. She enjoyed dancing at Lakeside and the Knights of Columbus in Stratford, playing cards with friends and summers at the cottage with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her six children, Pauline Allen (Bill) of London; Barbara Nicholson of Newington, Conn.; Joan Southam (Charles) of Burlington; Ron Nicholson (Cathy) of Stratford; Janet Berendsen (John) of Thorndale; and Vern Nicholson (June) of Erin. Visitation was at the W.G Young Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
(Published August 21, 2008)
Virgil (Vern) Schier PHMB
Virgil (Vern) Schier, 95, died Aug. 13, 2008 at his home at RR 2, Gadshill. He was the son of the late Charles and Mabel Schier. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, in 1939. He then served four years overseas with R.A.F. Radar Division. He opened Schier Pharmacy in Belmont Plaza in 1953 and operated it for 25 years. He was a member of Zion United Church, Rostock, Ellice Optimist Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8, Stratford, Retired Business Men’s Club, Waterloo, Mother Lodge, Fidelity Lodge AF and AM 575, Toronto, and a charter member of Temple Lodge 690, Waterloo. He was also a member of Mocha Temple Shrine Club, Legion of Honour, London, and Stratford on the Avon Shrine Club. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Hamilton) and by his sons Ronald of RR 2, Gadshill, and Robert of New Dundee. A memorial service was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home.
Jean Frances Baker
Jean Baker, 84, of Stratford died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. She was born in Stratford to parents Ted Lightfoot and Ada May Bartrop. In 2000 she was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Baker whom she married in 1948. She was a lifelong member of St. James Anglican Church. She enjoyed golfing at the “Muni”, and her years spent playing on the Ladies Cribbage League. She is survived by her children Charlotte (Murray) Neumeister McTavish of Shakespeare and Janice K Baker of Stratford. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A celebration of her life was held at St. James Anglican Church on Thursday. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
Ida Winnifred Carr, 94, died Aug. 16, 2008 at the Hillside Manor, RR 5, Stratford. Born in New Hamburg, she was a daughter of the late Alfred Moulton and the former Agnus Knott. She was a member of the Stratford General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, the Festival City Kiwins Club and Central United Church. In 1997 she was predeceased by her husband Wilfred G. Carr. She is survived by her son Wilfred T. Carr and his wife Jutta of Kitchener. Ida was the last surviving member of her family. A private graveside service was held at Avondale Cemetery.
Joan Dench, 85, of Stratford, died Aug. 24, 2008 at PeopleCare in Tavistock surrounded by her family. Born in Charlottenburgh, Ont., she was a daughter of the late Ephrem Aubin and the former Roseanna Bedard. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. In 1976 she was predeceased by her husband Herbert John Dench whom she married in Stratford in 1946. She is survived by her children Sharon Twamley and her husband Lorne, Stratford; Rod Dench and his friend Donna, Ingersoll; Deborah Jeffery and her husband Paul, Bayfield; Shirley McCorquodale, Stratford; and Linda Dench and her friend Matt, Stratford. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by her son Gary Dench. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. Interment in Avondale Cemetery.
Bernd (Ben) Muller
Bernd (Ben) Muller of Stratford died suddenly at Kingston General Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. His is survived by his wife Valerie. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time and were to be announced by the W.G. Young Funeral Home.
Eleanor Murray, 79, of Stratford, died suddenly on Aug. 19, 2008. Born in Stratford, she was a daughter of the late Francis Jordan and the former Mary McCarty. Along with her husband Jim, she farmed at Lot 30, Con. 10, of Ellice Township for 49 years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Kinkora. She graduated as a registered nurse from St. Joseph’s Hospital, London, in 1950 and had nursed at Stratford General Hospital for many years. In 2000 she wsa predeceased by her husband James (Jim) Murray whom she married in 1951. She is survived by her children Patricia Riehl (Steve Riehl), Janet Weir (Andy Brown), Kenneth Murray (Debra), Peter Murray, Jamie Murray (Diane), Marlene Kelly (Jim Kelly) and Leanne Murray. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by her daughter Dianne Murray. Visitation was at the W.G. Young Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Patrick's Church. Interment in the church cemetery.
Hilda Bernice Nickerson, 57, of RR 5, Stratford, died Aug. 20, 2008 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Fannie Voutour. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Nickerson. She is survived by her daughter Dawn Armstrong and her friend Jason Cousins. There was no funeral service. Burial in New Brunswick. Final arrangements by the W.G. Young Funeral Home.