Date of Death: July 16th 2003
BERZINS, Voldemars Passed away peacefully at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 16, 2003. He was 92 years old. Devoted husband of Ilze Henriete Beldavs, dear father of Ilze and Andrejs (Lorraine) and loving grandfather of Christopher and Mara Lisa, all of Ottawa. Uncle of Janis Berzins (Latvia), Mara Black (California) and Rita Gibson (Arizona). Predeceased by brothers Janis and Arturs.
Voldemars was born on July 6, 1911 in the township of Marupe, Latvia, the son of Jekabs Berzins and Olga Silins. He studied at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Agriculture, where he also met his beloved wife Ilze. They both graduated in 1939 as agronomists and were married on May 30, 1940. (This past spring they celebrated their 63 anniversary.)
From 1939 to 1944 he worked as a scientist inat the Latvian Central Seed Export Agency. With the invasion of Latvia by foreign forces he was forced to flee, with his young family, to Germany where they lived in refugee camps for five years. During that difficult period he worked at a number of different jobs including as a school teacher.
In 1949 the family immigrated to Canada and his first job was as a carpenter at the Montreal General Hospital. In 1951 he started working as a technician at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada which at that time was associated with McGill University but later became an independent institute in Pointe Claire, Quebec. By the time of his retirement in 1982 he was a senior technical specialist and directed the Institute's Chemical Analysis division.
He regularly participated in professional conferences and published numerous articles in scientific journals. He received awards for developing new methods of chemical analysis, several of which have become international standards. He is a life member of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (CPPA), the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, USA (TAPPI) and member of the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, USA (AOAC).
He was active in the Latvian community in Montreal, including in the Association of Latvian Student Fraternities, and as an executive in the Latvian Credit Union.
In 1989 Voldemars and Ilze moved to Nepean, Ontario where they lived happily and independently in their own home, traveled extensively in North America, and spent much time pursuing their lifetime passion of gardening. He was also a member of the Peace Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Ottawa Latvian Senior's Club. "Tetis" (Dad), as he was affectionately called by his family, will be greatly missed and remembered for his many endearing qualities, including his mischievous sense of humour.
No visitation at the funeral home is planned. At his request, his ashes will be brought to Latvia for interment in the family cemetery at "Beki" near Talsi. but tThe family invites friends to join them on Wednesday, July 23, 2003, for a memorial service honouring his life. The service will be held at the Peace Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (83 Main Street at Lees, Ottawa K1S 1B5) at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, a donation to the Peace Latvian Evangelical Lutheran church would be appreciated.
Date of Death: January 2nd 2004
BETTSON, Nancy (nee McLarty) WW II WREN, Graduate of Bishop Strachan School and Trinity College , long time Toronto resident.
Passed away peacefully at Woods Park Care Centre, Barrie, Ontario on January 2, 2004. Nancy Bettson in her 82nd year. Lovingly remembered by her husband George Bettson and children Rev. Bob (Coline) Bettson, Rev. Ann Camber and Barbara Penny. Beloved grandmother of Monica Bettson, Kimberly (Dave) Robinson, Steven Camber, Alexandra, Justin and Andrew Penny. Dear great grandmother of Josie Robinson. Pre-deceased by her parents Dr. Gordon and Margaret McLarty and siblings Margaret (Dr. Bill) Wallace and Alexander McLarty. She will be lovingly remembered by sister Virginia (Scott) Firstbrook and sister-in-law Sally McLarty. A memorial service and celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Road, Scarborough, Ontario, on Friday January 9, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Richard Newland officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the STECKLEY-GOODERHAM Funeral Homes, Barrie , Ontario , 707-739-7451. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Scarborough Children’s Aid Society would be appreciated by the family.
Bier: Horace George
Date of Death: April 23rd 2003
Bier: Horace George (Slim) Peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound in his 78th year. Loving husband of Florence . Loving father of Brenda and her husband David of Pike Bay, Karen and her husband Larry, George and his wife Penny and Hope and her friend Justin all of Owen Sound. Poppa will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Ashley, Tina, Rob, Goby, Angela, Michael, David and Hailey and nine great grandchildren. Also survived by two sisters Doreen Hyatt of Sarnia and Lynn ( Charlotte ) Berdkles of Lexington , Massachusetts , a niece Twila McCabe and a brother-in-law Wilfred Rowe. Predeceased by a sister Arvella. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home for visiting on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Friday morning at 11 o’clock with Dr. Brad Clark officiating. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Bill: Jonna D. M.
Date of Death: March 22nd 2003
BILL, Jonna D.M. Telesat Canada Employee Suddenly at home on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at age 52. Loving daughter of Laue and Jenny Bill. Dear sister of John (Susan), Ulla and Ruth (Byron). Special aunt of Stephen, Richard, Brian and Eric. Survived by aunts, uncles and cousins in Denmark. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean (between Bayshore Dr. and Baseline Rd.) on Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of service in the chapel at 3 p.m. For those wishing, a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Blevins: James Albert
Date of Death: December 28th 2003
BLEVINS, JAMES ALBERT (JIM) (Retired from Orillia, Water, Light & Power) suddenly at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, on Sunday, December 28th, 2003 in his 79th year. Jim Blevins of Orillia, beloved husband of Colette (nee Girard). Loving father of Susan Blevins & Kevin Plain of South River, Debra & Robert Perigo of Ardtrea, Colleen & Bert Fowler of Bracebridge, Karen & Vincent D'Souza of Orillia and David & Esther of Barrie. Loved grandfather of Amanda, Nathan, Tiffany, Patrick, Olivia, Evelyn, Jordan, Matthew and great grandchildren Mary Jane & Joseph. Dear brother of Jean Thompson of Port Dover, Ivan, Viola & Phyllis all predeceased. The late Mr. James Blevins will rest at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St.,N., from 11 o'clock until time of Funeral Service in the chapel Wednesday afternoon, December 31st at 1 o'clock. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Date of Death: August 19th 2003
Bohnenschuh: Thomas, 81 years passed away with his family by his side after a brief illness on Tuesday August 19, 2003 at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital – Hotel Dieu Site. Beloved husband to the late Anna (nee Wibral)(1984). Dear father to Joseph and his wife Judy of McGregor, Marion Bohnenschuh and her fiancé Scott Barkhouse of Amherstburg. Proud "Otta" to Ann Broulette, Barbara Better, Joseph Bohnenschuh Jr., Tracy Lesperance, Tracey Stiller, Laurie Gammon, Michael Gammon and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother to Marion Bender and Elizabeth Zetto both of Germany . Thomas farmed in McGregor for many years, was a retired employee of Dominion Forge Ltd. and was also a life member of the Teutonia Club. Visiting at the Stewart L. Kennedy Funeral Home 128 Talbot St. N. Essex (776-7378) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Friday August 22, 2003 at 9:45 a.m. to St. Clements Church in McGregor for Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Father William Kornacker celebrant. Interment St. Clements Church Cemetery. In kindness memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Bowles: G. Helena
Date of Death: October 26th 2003
BOWLES G. Helena (nee Paddison) (Life Member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #147, Ladies’ Auxiliary, and the Get-To-Gether Club of Barrie, also Past Member of the Grey & Simcoe Foresters Association) Helena Bowles, a life long resident of Barrie, passed away suddenly at the Royal Victoria Hospital, on Sunday, October 26th, 2003, in her 87th year. Loving wife and soul mate for 68 years of the late S. George Bowles ( February 8th, 2002 ). Helena was a devoted mother and best friend to her family and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her son Eric Bowles (Olive) of Nepean ; her daughter Joyce Diano (Sam) of Innisfil; her grandchildren Debra, Darlene, and Dwayne, and her cherished great-grandchildren Kevin, Keith, and Ryan. Relatives and friends will remember Helena for her kindness and warmth, she touched the hearts of everyone she met. The family invite you to celebrate Helena’s life and join them in remembering their mother at the STECKLEY-GOODERHAM FUNERAL HOME, Clapperton and Worsley Streets, Barrie, on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00, and on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Thursday, October 30th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Barrie Union Cemetery . Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Royal Victoria Hospital Fund, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Boyd: Helena Edith Marion
Date of Death: July 8th 2003
Boyd, Helena Edith Marion (nee Hobbs) Peacefully at Stoneridge Manor on Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at the age of 93 years. Dear wife of the late Laurace Ira Boyd. Loving sister of Patricia McCoy of Stittsville, and sister-in-law to Verna Hobbs, Hazel Hobbs and Vivian Healey. Predeceased by her brothers Henry, Elmer, Clarence and Kenneth and her sisters Jean Hughes, Irene Potter, Isobel Featherston, Lillian Stewart, Dorothy Argue and Zelma Conley. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of the Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore Dr. and Baseline Rd.), Nepean on Friday from 10 am until service time. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel Friday at 11 am. Interment, Capital Memorial Gardens. For those wishing, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation or a charity of ones choice would be appreciated.
Boyd: Robert John
Date of Death: January 1st 2004
BOYD, Robert John "RJ" (Longtime employee of Bell Canada, and member of the Bell Pioneers of America, the Army Navy, #400, and the Orillia Moose Lodge #1217).
Peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 1st, 2004, in his 69th year. Beloved companion of Sharon James. Loving father of Kimberly Anne DeBon(Jaime), of Vineland Station and Jeff(Cindy), of the Canadian Forces. Proud grandpa of Courtney, Elizabeth, Tyrel, Tyler, Jessica, Cameron, Raymond, and Dawn. Dear brother of Bill and wife Murla. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.
Date of Death: May 10th 2003
BREWSTER- Bernice (nee Knight) Peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday May 10, 2003 at the age of 76. Bernice was the loving wife of the late Howard Lynch and the late Norman Brewster.Dear mother of Richard, Jeannette, Robert, Lawrence, Margaret, Beverley, Harold, Glenn, Gerald, Lois, Eddie, Mary, Doug and Donna. Cherished grandmother of 34 and great-grandmother of 55. She will be dearly missed by all other family members as well as her friends. Visitation be be held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd (between Bayshore Dr and Baseline Rd), on Tuesday May 13th from 7-9 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Nepean Citadel of the Salvation Army Church, 28 Robertson Rd, Nepean, on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Burial to follow at Pinecrest Cemetery. For those wishing, memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.