VanWylick - Sylvia Lee of St. Thomas, formerly of Sarnia, on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 57th year. Beloved wife of Wayne and dearly loved mother of Rick and his wife Jeanette Martin of St. Thomas, Timothy Martin and partner Angela of St. Thomas, Dan and his wife Tonii Martin of St. Thomas, Traci and her husband Derrick Morris of London, Johnny VanWylick of North Bay and Amy-Lynn and Jeffrey VanWylick, both of St. Thomas. Dear sister of Sue and her husband Henk Brouwer of St. Kitts, Ont., Brian and his wife Judy Skam of Sarnia and the late Bill Skam and his wife Velma Skam of Wyoming. Sadly missed by 9 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. Cremation to follow, with burial of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Burghardt - Surrounded and loved father by his four children, Jack Burghardt passed away yesterday afternoon at University Hospital in London, ON. Jack died following complications arising from surgery. He was 73. Jack celebrated life everyday with enthusiasm, diligence and integrity. He encourages us to do the same. Born in Port Colborne Ontario, Jack was Hamilton TV Station CHCH’s first newscaster. In 1971 he was hired as London’s CFPL-TV’s chief newscaster. He served as Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of London West from 1981 to 1984. In 1985 he was elected Deputy Mayor and Controller of London and served three terms In recent years he returned to his roots in the pulpit as full time pastor and minister to Melville and Vanneck United Churches north of London. Jack embraced public service devoting energy and dedication to many charitable efforts over the years. Jack is survived by his four children; Anne, Jeff, Cathy and David and his sister Marguerite. He is also loved by his grandchildren Jamie and Joanna; Laura and Hilary; Andrew, Luke, Brandon and Noah and his many nieces and nephews. Jack’s wife Mary died in 1975. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to all of the people at University Hospital for their complete and considerate care. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street, London. Funeral service will be conducted at Wesley-Know United Church, 91 Askin Street London on Wednesday, October 2 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Doug Ross and Rev. Tom Hiscox officiating. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or to the charity of your choice.
Esseltine - Ralph Charles of St. Thomas, on Saturday, September 28, 2002, at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, in his 76th year. He was born in St. Thomas, on March 5, 1927, the son of the late Charles and Florence (Kew) Esseltine. Dearly loved father of Linda Marie and her husband Rick Gilmore of St. Thomas. Barbara Ann and her husband Jerry Easton of London and Brenda Lee and her husband Ronald Langille of St. Thomas. Predeceased by 2 sisters Ruby and Marion, a granddaughter Tammy Lynn Gilmore and 2 great grandsons Charles Langille and Robert Beecroft. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Ralph worked at Brass Craft and was a member of Branch 41 of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was associated with Central United Church. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Interment Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 24 & 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. A Memorial Service will be held Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. by Officers and members of Branch 41 of the Royal Canadian Legion at the funeral home.
Upstone - Donald of St. Thomas, peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, on Saturday, September 28, 2002, in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Helen Upstone and loving father to David and Carole Upstone, Robert Upstone, the late Raymond Upstone, the late Sandra Upstone Walsh, Brend and Mike Trapp, Donna Upstone and Carol Upstone. Loving grandfather to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Don will be fondly remembered by many friends and relatives in St. Thomas and Montreal. He was retired from Bell Canada. A private family service will be held. No visitation. In memoriam donations may be made to the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Sincere thanks to the nurses on Unit C at the Continuing Care Centre and Dr. Paradis for their loving care. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.
Fleming - It is with great sadness we announce the passing on of our “Mother”, Dorothy Lillian (Hardcastle) Fleming of St. Thomas on Sunday, September 29, 2002 at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 82nd year. Born on February 22, 1921 in Fort Erie, Ontario. Predeceased by her loving husband Donald C. (1998). Cherished “Mother” of Sherry (Harold) Paton and Sandy (Keith) Orchard. Loving and proud “Grandma” of Anita and Geof Shaw, Sherri-Lynn and Glenn Graham, Don and Beth Orchard, Kevin and Melissa Paton, Jennifer and Martin Burwell and Rob Paton. Special “Great Grandma” to Bailey, Morgan, Brian, Andrew, Mitchell, Cody, Kelsey, Alexandria, Evitt, Aurora and Greyson. Dear sister of Jim Hardcastle and wife Donna, Irene Sinitsin and husband Wilf and the late Pauline Winger. Also loved by many nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation at the funeral home. A private family service will be conducted at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas. Interment Union Cemetery. Dorothy’s memory lives on through donations to the Continuing Care Unit of the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation.
Breen - Beatrice A. (Bloye) Breen. Age 94. Resident of Speedway, In. (Born 6-29-08 St. Thomas, Ont., Canada) passed away 8-29-02 at Spring Mill Meadows HC Indpls, In. Registered Nurse with Linde Air & Presto Lite in Speedway, In and also a private duty nurse. Charter Member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway, In. Past President of St. Vincent Hospital Nursing Guild in Indianapolis, In. Graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing London, Ontario in 1926. Service to be held 12:30 p.m. Wed (10-2-02) Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel & 1 p.m. Wed St. Christopher Catholic Church. Calling 4 to 8 p.m. Tue (10-1-02) at funeral home. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery Indpls, In. Predeceased by husband James Joseph Breen. Survived by sons James Breen, Milford, Ohio, Edward Ted Breen, Speedway, In., 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.
Clarke - At her home, surrounded by her family on Monday, September 30, 2002. Mrs. Lois (Wilson) Clarke of St. Thomas, beloved wife and best friend of George E. Clarke, in her 75th year. Born in St. Thomas, August 8, 1928, daughter of the late Lawrence R. and Madeline (Platten) Wilson. Mrs. Clarke was a former employee of Sears, Eaton’s and Bell. Loving mother of Linda Newell and her husband Gregory of London and Laurie Miller of St. Thomas. Cherished grandmother of Summer and Amber Newell, both of London. Also survived by two nieces and a nephew. Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas on Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas. Memorial donations to The Arthritis Association gratefully acknowledged.