Roy William Jones
1961 - 2006
JONES, ROY: With great sadness, the family of Roy William Jones announces his passing on Sunday, July 2, 2006, in his 45th year. Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Turpin), and loving father of Katlyn and Ian. Loving son of Raymond and Phyllis Jones, and brother of Karen and Dave Leslie, Ray and Kathy Jones, Rick and Bernadette Jones, and Linda and Mark McNulty. Dear son-in-law of Nancy and Mike Stack and the late Mickey Turpin, and dear brother-in-law of Brenda and John Van Stralen, and Michelle and Pete Zaloba. He will also be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Roy proudly served with the Hamilton Police Services. The funeral service was held at Calvary Gospel Church, Beamsville on Thursday, July 6 at 11 am with Pastor Kevin Schular and Pastor Dana Brown officiating. The organist was Fred Grey. The Hamilton Police Choir and Chorus sang "Amazing Grace" and "I Will Always Be With You" accompanied by pianist Glenn Fabe. Brittany Van Stralen, Shannon Van Stralen and Ashley Zaloba sang "Here I Am Lord". Scripture was read by Monica Leslie and Kathy Jones. Remembrances were spoken by Ryan Van Stralen, Dave Farrington, Katlyn Jones and Ian Jones. Sharon Jones delivered the eulogy. Interment Mount Osborne Cemetery, Beamsville. Pallbearers were Gordon McIntyre, Ryan Van Stralen, Brandon Van Stralen, Alex Leslie, Tyler Zaloba and Joe McNulty. Honorary bearers were Dylan Jones and Brendan Jones. Flower bearers were Richard Jones, Chris Zaloba, Raelyn Jones, Cherylee Jones and Rachael McNulty. If desired, memorial contributions to Gideons International would be appreciated by the family.
Stanley Wilfred Earl Jones
1944 - 2006
JONES, STANLEY: Suddenly, at Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, Stanley Wilfred Earl Jones of Hamilton, in his 63rd year. Beloved husband of Linda Kennedy. Loving father of Wendy and John Smith and grandfather of Jamie, Ashley, Lauren, Tessa, Trevor and Kevin Smith. Dear step-father of Scott and Joanne Battersby, step-grandfather of Dylan Battersby and Jeff and Tricia DeBoer, and step-great-grandfather of Stephanie and Ryan DeBoer. Stan will also be deeply missed by his feline friends Simon and Tabitha. Predeceased by his parents Ronald Jones and Alice Luhtala. A memorial service was held at Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 11 am. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions to the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA or the Hamilton Health Sciences Cornerstone of Care Campaign would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Sherwood Chester Erb Joslin
1927 - 2006
JOSLIN, SHERWOOD CHESTER ERB: A hard working dairy farmer in Smithville for many years, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Joseph Brant Hospital. Sherwood fought valliantly with cancer, at the age of 78. Son of the late Edwin and Mae (Erb) Joslin. Leaving behind his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Lewis Staff of Jordan Station, and brother Lyman Joslin of Hamilton. He was brother-in-law to Lois Joslin of Grimsby, Henry Wegman of Fenwick and Wray Lymburner of Grimsby. Predeceased by brothers Orland, Ralph and Maurice Joslin and sisters Marjorie Risbridger, Betty Lymburner and Shirley Wegman. Friends may call at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 18 at 11 am. Interment Union Cemetery, Smithville. If desired, memorial contributions to McNally House (Niagara West Community Hospice) would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Thelma Evelyn Killins
1919 - 2006
KILLINS, THELMA (October 31, 1919 - October 29, 2006): Peacefully, at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Thelma Evelyn Killins (nee Fawcett), a lifelong resident of Caistor. Beloved wife of the late Arnold Killins (1979). Devoted mother of Wayne (Ilene), Bernice Beaty (Ralph), Verna Sisler (Ben), Lyle (Janet), Neil (Jane) and Ellen Gibson (Lyle). Cherished grandmother to Dale (Holly), Lynn, Kelly (Victor), Janice, Kevin (Vicki), Vickie (Pete), Brent, Deanna (Glen), Ian (Tanya), Brad (Kim), Tanya, Laurie, Robert, Darren (Sandra), Dean, Davin and 14 great-grandchildren. Loving sister to Doreen Merritt and Harold (Louise) Fawcett. Predeceased by brothers Keith and Verne. Scuther was a legend whose home and heart was always open to friends and family. Friends may call at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Merritt's United Church on Tuesday, October 31 at 11 am with interment at the church's adjoining cemetery. Special thanks to Dr. Taylor, Dr. Volz and the staff at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. If desired, memorial contributions to Merritt's United Church (or the charity of your choice) would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Dorothy Gertrude Abrams
1917 - 2006
ABRAMS, GERTRUDE: Peacefully at home with loved ones present, Dorothy Gertrude Abrams (nee Lyman) in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Earl Frederick Abrams. Loving mother of Minnie Sobotka and Ziggman, Stewart Abrams and Dorothy, Arnold Abrams and Sandy, Donald Abrams and Edith, Carol Chilcott and Jim, and Eleanor Robertson. Cherished grandmother of 29 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild (and one on the way). Dear sister-in-law of Pat Abrams. Predeceased by her sons Frederick Abrams and Richard Abrams, four brothers and two sisters. The family received friends at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Thursday from 7-9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, March 31st at 1:30 pm. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Wellandport. If desired, memorial contributions to Hospice Niagara would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Anastasio (Tasso) Apostolakos
1929 - 2006
APOSTOLAKOS, ANASTASIOS: Surrounded by his family, on Friday, March 17, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Anastasios (Tasso) Apostolakos of Smithville, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Filanthi (Phyllis) Panagakos. Loving father of Peter Apostolakos and his fiancé Nelly, and of Maria and her husband Sergio Bianchin. Cherished grandfather of Gianni, Thomas and Melina. Dear brother of Angela Vassilakos of Smithville (and the late Peter Vassilakos), and of Panagiotis and Meni Apostolakos and Sarantos and Maria Apostolakos of Greece. Predeceased by sisters Georgia Giannakos and Potitsa Georgiadou. Prayers were held on Sunday evening at Merritt Funeral Home in Smithville. The funeral service was held at 11 am on Monday, March 20, 2006 at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in St. Catharines. Interment Smithville United Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (for the church building fund) would be appreciated by the family.
1940 - 2006
ARMSTRONG, ERNEST: After a courageous battle with cancer, at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, on Tuesday, August 1, 2006, Ernest Armstrong of St. Anns, in his 66th year. Beloved husband of Susan Elizabeth Armstrong (nee Payne). Loving father of Paul and Vicki Armstrong, and of Karen Armstrong. Dear brother of George and Kathleen Armstrong, uncle of Marian and Brand Whitlock and great-uncle of Taylor; uncle of Bill and Leslie Armstrong and great-uncle of Megan, Katie and William; uncle of Patrick and Janice Armstrong and great-uncle of Sean; and uncle of Joan and Jim Tobin and great-uncle of James, Erin and Matthew. Ernie owned and operated Ernie's Garage at Bismark for many years. Friends may call at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, with Prayers for the deceased at 7:30 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 11 am at St. Martin of Tours' Roman Catholic Church, 166 West Street (Regional Road 20) in Smithville. Interment at the church's adjoining cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to Niagara West Community Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Barbara Jean Aveline
1934 - 2006
AVELINE, Barbara "Jean" - September 26, 1934 - September 17, 2006 Today, we were forced to say good-bye to a wonderful mother and dear friend, Jean Aveline. Jean lost a short, hard battle to cancer and now has gone to join her own mother, Marjorie Raeburn, stepfather, Cecil Raeburn, and her namesake Aunt Jean Book, as well as all of the dogs and cats which she took care of during her life. Mom was a model of perseverance, determination through all the challenges she faced in life from the time she was an infant and was not expected to survive to her first birthday. She worked numerous jobs to "pay the bills," including bookkeeper, expediter for Eaton's, house-cleaning, restaurant owner and operator and home support worker. She lived in a number of communities in Southern Ontario; Burlington, Harristion, Beeton and Toronto Island, but she found her true home in Smithville, where she came to live in 1981. Mom had a wife range of interests and enjoyed the symphony, baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays, hockey, football, bridge, cross-word puzzles and lawn-bowling, for which she had just received her 25 year pin. She was a stalwart member of the Smithville United Church where her grandfather, Lincoln Small, had preached in the 1930's. She practiced self-reliance, but with a selfless willingness to help and never turned down a request during the 22 years she was an elder and the 14 years she was the envelope secretary. Mom will live in the hearts and minds of all the people whose lives she touched during her lifetime, especially her son Dr. John Aveline, Ph.D, daughter-in-law Cathie Cleveland and granddaughter Laurel Marjorie of Vancouver. She now can watch over and be with us all, every day. Matre cum sua, laete et tranquilla. A Memorial Service will be held at the Smithville United Church on Thursday, September 21 at 11 a.m. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to your local Humane Society.
1940 - 2006
BAARDA, ANN (July 7, 1940 – July 9, 2006): After a courageous eight week battle with complications following acute pancreatitis, the Lord took unto Himself our daughter, sister and aunt. Survived by her mother, Barbara Baarda; her siblings, Chester (Agnes) Baarda, George (Katie) Baarda, Cor (Ann) Baarda, Eb (Dick) Bokma, Frank (Nellie) Baarda, Dorothy (Ralph) Janssens, Tina (Dave) VanderWier, Gerty Baarda, Ron Baarda, Dan (Valerie) Baarda, Richard (Sabie) Baarda; 66 nieces and nephews and 56 great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by her father, George Baarda (1996), sister-in-law Terrie Baarda (1993) and nephew Murray Baarda (1968). Visitation at Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Providence Christian Reformed Church, 4845 King Street, Beamsville on Thursday, July 13 at 11 am. Interment Union Cemetery, Smithville. If desired, memorial contributions to the Bible League would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
1935 - 2006
BABALOS, NICOLAS: At West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, on Sunday, November 19, 2006, Nicolas Babalos of Stoney Creek, in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Mary Babalos (nee Philippeos). Loving father of Penny and Steve Zorbas. Cherished grandfather of twin grandchildren Eric Nicholas and Alexa Marie. Dear brother of Dimitrios, Evangelos and Spyros Babalos and Ourania Flamboura, all of Greece. Friends may call at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, with Prayers of the Rosary at 8 pm. The funeral procession will leave from the funeral home at 10 am on Thursday, November 23 for the funeral service at 11 am at St. Katherine Greek Orothodox Church, 585 Niagara Street (at the corner of Linwell), St. Catharines. Interment Smithville United Church Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church or West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
William Ross Bain
1924 - 2006
BAIN, WILLIAM ROSS: At the United Mennonite Home in Vineland on Monday, December 11, 2006, William Ross Bain of Smithville in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Rebecca Anna Bain (nee Forsyth). Loving father of David Bain of Yellowknife, Diane and Mark French of Seattle, Washington, Peter and Anne Bain of Huntsville, and Susan White of Grimsby. Grandfather of Geoffrey, Laura, Melissa, Steven and Christina. Dear brother of Esther and the late Bob Button of Grimsby, Mary and Ralph Hillgartner of Binbrook, the late Douglas Bain, brother-in-law of Ada Bain of Grimsby, and brother of Catherine and Sheila. Also survived by his loved brother-in-law Hugh Forsyth (and the late Irene) of Caledonia. Predeceased by his sister Dorothy Brady and her husband Jack, and brother Lindsay. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. William served overseas with the RCAF. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11am, Saturday February 10, 2007 at the Smithville United Church, 116 West Street, Smithville. A special thanks to Dr. J. Woodland and the kind staff at the United Mennonite Home, Vineland, also to Joanne Battersby of the Palliative Care Team and to Merritt Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family and can be made through Merritt Funeral Home.
Gwendolyn Fern Bannon
1932 - 2006
BANNON, GWEN: Suddenly, on Friday, March 3, 2006 at the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, Gwendolyn Fern Bannon (nee March) of Mount Hope, in her 74th year. Beloved wife of the late Ralph McLane Bannon (1998). Loving mother of Bonnie and her husband Ken Beamer, Linda Bach, Ken Bannon and his wife Shelly, and Sam Bannon and his wife Leona. Cherished grandmother of Andy, Nick, Brian, Krista, Rishell, Matthew, Leah, Elizabeth, Kenneth, Alexander and Victoria. Dear sister of Keith March. Also predeceased by her grandson Jeremy McLane Bach (2004) and brother Dale March. The funeral service was led by Rev. Dale Massender at Merritt Funeral Home, Smithville on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 11 am. Ruth Griffin was the organist. Gwen's son Sam spoke of cherished memories, and all of her children sang the lullaby Gwen had so often sang to them. Interment Union Cemetery, Smithville. Pallbearers were Rick Hotrum, Andy Mundell, Nick Rosart, Brian Beamer, Gary Bannon and Collin McLeod. If desired, memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.
Ronald Peter Belcot
1959 - 2006
BELCOT, RON: Suddenly, on Sunday, October 15, 2006, Ronald Peter Belcot of Oakville in his 48th year. Beloved son of Joe and the late Jessie Belcot (nee Malaryk) of Smithville. Loving twin brother of Randy Belcot and his wife Sue of Cambridge, and of Cheryl and her husband Philip Drake of Smithville. Much loved uncle of Katelynn, Billy, Darcy and Olivia Drake, and Joe and Jill Belcot. Ron will also be forever remembered and sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues. A graduate of Devry Institute of Technology, Ron attained his EET degree in 1980, and his CSC, CPH, PDO and CTA designations in later years. Ron was the Chief Investment Officer of Counsel Group of Funds Inc. in Mississauga and was responsible for the strategic direction of its investment funds and portfolios, and the management of the portfolio analytics team. Friends may call at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Wednesday from 7-9 pm, and on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with with Prayers for the Deceased at 7:30 pm Thursday evening. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Martin of Tours' Roman Catholic Church, 166 West Street (Regional Road 20, across from the arena), Smithville, on Friday, October 20 at 11 am. Interment at the church's adjoining cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Children's Wish Foundation (Ontario Chapter) would be appreciated by the family.
Styntje (Shirley) Bethlehem
1913 - 2006
BETHLEHEM, SHIRLEY: Passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday, September 8, 2006, at Shalom Manor in Grimsby, Styntje (Shirley) Bethlehem (nee Van der Velde) in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Alle Bethlehem (1976). Loving mother of Joan (John) Laven, William (Sjanie), Theresa Schulenberg (Everet), Beatrix Lof (and the late Dirk), Alida Mans (John), and Harry (Ina). Cherished by her 24 grandchildren and 77 great-grandchildren. Also predeceased by her sister Hiltje Dewitt. Visitation will be held at the Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street in Smithville on Sunday from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Smithville Canadian Reformed Church, 330 Station Street, Smithville, on Monday, September 11 at 11 am. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Geziena Jantena (Sientje) Bos
1921 - 2006
BOS, GEZIENA (Sientje) nee Doornbos: The Lord in His infinite wisdom took unto Himself His child and our dearly beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Sientje Bos on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in her 85th year. We thank God for what He gave us in her. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children; Don and Liz Bos, Fred and Ricki Bos, Jake and Winnie Bos; John and Diane Bos; Jenny and John Henry Haveman; Ralph and Anita Bos; Wilma and Ed Salomons. She was also dearly loved by her 24 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Ytze (Ivan) Bos (1983) and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by one brother, Eppo Doornbos in Holland. Visitation was held on Friday, March 31, 2006 D.V. from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at the Canadian Reformed Church, 330 Station Street, Smithville. The funeral service was held on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 am at the Canadian Reformed Church, Smithville with Rev. C. Bosch officiating. Private family interment was held before the service.
A sincere thank you to all the doctors and nurses at the ICU, Henderson Hospital for their dedicated care and sincere concern. As an expression of sympathy, if desired donations may be made to Anchor Home through Merritt Funeral Home.