Gail Adell Scott died peacefully at the Temiskaming Lodge on February 13, 2004. She was 67 years old.
She was predeceased by her parents Bill and Flora Scott of Englehart.
She will be sadly missed by her brothers Howard (Elsie) of New Liskeard, Layton (Gwen) of New Liskeard and Brian (Kathy) of Tomstown and by her nieces and nephews Don, Sharon, Terry, Cindy, Jennifer, Sheena and Lee.
Ms. Scott’s loving heart enveloped all of those who knew her. Despite her own limitations she did not complain throughout her entire life. She cared more for her family and those people around her than she did for herself. Her kind soul united her family into a close-knit group. She will also be remembered for her love of animals, music, dancing, singing, knitting and crocheting. Many people are proud owners of her hand crocheted slippers and doilies.
Ms. Scott’s family thanked Northdale Manor for providing her with a safe and loving home after the death of her mom and to Phyllis, who became her surrogate mom when she missed and needed her own mother. They also expressed their deep gratitude to the Temiskaming Lodge where Ms. Scott spent the last five months of her life and was able to leave this world with dignity and surrounded by love.
The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart. A service was held Feb. 14 with Reverend Peter W. Dahlin officiating.
Interment will be in the spring at the Englehart Cemetery.
Robert (Bob) Thomas Burns
Robert Thomas Burns died peacefully on February 2, 2004 at the Temiskaming Lodge in Haileybury. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in 1997.
Mr. Burns was born January 3, 1937 in New Liskeard to Claude and Mary (Brown) Burns of Thornloe. He was educated at the Red School and Whitewood School.
After leaving school he worked in his father’s sawmill, then went to Cornwall to work on the seaway where he became a hoisting engineer. He then worked in construction in Ontario and many parts of western Canada, returning to this area after he became ill.
Mr. Burns enjoyed hunting and trapping and spending summers in the Yukon panning for gold.
He arm-wrestled here and in western Canada and was Canadian champion. He coached the Blue Bombers broomball team from 1969 until 1974. He amazed all at the Lodge with his paintings of scenes remembered from his travels.
In 1963 Mr. Burns married Velma Goddard in New Liskeard.
He is survived by his sons Mike (Frieda) of Richmond Hill, Clwedd (Claude) of Barrie and daughter Marilynn Sinamen (Brad) of Stratford; grandchildren Kaitlen, Victoria, Jacob and Geldof; sisters Helen Liscumb of Prescott, Marion Desjardins of New Liskeard, Janet Farella (Dominico) of Windsor, Elaine Perrier (Rod) of Kitchener, Linda Lonsdale of Spencerville, Iris Burns of Edmonton and Joann Alexander (Tom) of Thornloe; aunts Evelyn Burns and Nancy Brown as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Burns was predeceased by his father Claude in 1960, mother Mary in 1997, brother Walter in 2003 as well as three brothers-in-law.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with interment of ashes to take place in Englehart in the spring.
A memorial was held for family and friends at Thornloe Town Hall.
Relatives and friends attended from Prescott, Windsor, Kitchener, Spencerville, New Liskeard and Thornloe.
Muriel M. Graham
Muriel M. Graham (née Piché) died February 15, 2004 in Toronto surrounded by her family. She was in her ninety-first year.
Mrs. Graham was a true lover of the North and spent the summers at her cottage in Haileybury, the town in which she was born and raised, on the shores of Lake Temiskaming.
Mrs. Graham was predeceased by her husband Forrest and daughter Muriel Ann.
She is survived by her son Peter (Leslie), grandchildren Michael and Ashleigh, many nieces and nephews and close friends.
A service will be held February 20 at 1 p.m. at the Humphrey Funeral Home-A.W. Miles Chapel in Toronto.
Interment is at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
The family asks that as expressions of sympathy, please do one small thing to make the world a better place.
Haileybury resident Agnes Bourassa died suddenly on February 5, 2004 at the Temiskaming Hospital.
She was born in Remigny, Quebec, on Feb. 18, 1935 to Gerasime Vendette and Rose Anna Martel.
Educated in Remigny, she married Albert Bourassa in Haileybury on July 28, 1956.
Mrs. Bourassa was a homemaker who moved from New Liskeard to Haileybury in 2002.
She was known as a loving and caring person who loved to pick blueberries and strawberries during the summer months.
Mrs. Bourassa was predeceased by her husband Albert in 1988 and daughter Germaine in 1958.
She is survived by her children Jacqueline (friend Robert), Aurel (wife Aline), Raymond (wife Julie), Pauline (friend Omer), Roger (wife Lana), Yvonne (husband Larry) and Nicole (friend Lucien); and sisters Pauline of New Liskeard, Yvette of Montreal, Gilberte (Aurel Roy) of St. Catharines and Claire (Gaetan Charbonneau) of Lorrainville, Quebec.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted by Father Firmin Lafond.
Pallbearers were Alain, Chris, Mario and Eric Bourassa, Marc Peddie and Patrick Peddie.
Burial is in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery in Haileybury.
Relatives and friends attending the service came from Timmins, Cambridge, Rouyn, Belleterre, Guigues, Remigny and the Tri-Towns.
Geraldine “Jeri” Theresa Armstrong of St. Thomas died Feb. 14, 2004.
Mrs. Armstrong is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, J. Gordon Armstrong; children F. Gordon Armstrong of Windsor, Shirley (Rob) VanLeeuwen of St. Thomas and Melissa (Carl) Sault of Hagersville; grandchildren Rob, Michelle, Jesse, Jamie and Alex; great-grandchildren Ella and Eric; siblings Fern (Bruce) Jones and Dorothy (Wilf) Bailey; sister-in-law Cecile Austin and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother Norman Austin.
Mrs. Armstrong was actively involved in many community organizations. She was a member of Eastern Star, Central Star Chapter, St. Thomas, the Alzheimer’s Society and the First United Church, St. Thomas.
Cremation has taken place.
A remembrance service will be held in celebration of her life on February 18 at First United Church in St. Thomas with Reverend Roger Landell officiating.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.
The family also thanked the palliative care team, doctors and nurses on the fourth floor of St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital as well as the staff of Valleyview who so tenderly cared for Mrs. Armstrong.
Sandra Waugh died suddenly on February 6, 2004 at the age of 49.
She had wished no service to be held but that her family and friends remember her fondly for her wit, her smile and great sense of humour.
“We will miss her and remember her with love in our hearts.”
Ms. Waugh is survived by her mother Margaret Waugh, sisters Susan Waugh, Kearin Caverly and Jan Woods, brother Lockie Waugh, nephews James Pansino, Rob Woods, Bill, Trevor and Cody Caverly, and brothers-in-law Bob Woods and Paul Caverly.
She was predeceased by her father Bill Waugh.
Betty L. Humphries
Betty L. Humphries (née Josefowich) died in New Liskeard on January 29, 2004 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in 1957 and spent her first seven years on the family farm in Brethour Township where she developed her great love of animals.
With her parents Tom and Edie, and sister Connie, the family moved to New Liskeard in 1964 and for the next decade Mrs. Humphries was an active member of the Temiskaming Pleasure Horse Club, participating in the Hunter and Jumper classes with her beloved pony Brandy, then larger steed Who’s Who, often bringing home a prized ribbon. Her interest in the equine community also drew her to study riding in southern Ontario at Concordia Riding Academy on the Niagara escarpment.
After graduating from New Liskeard Secondary School, she studied photography at Sheridan College. Her entrepreneurial spirit and sense of adventure drew her back to Northern Ontario when the opportunity presented itself to go into business for herself with the purchase of her first truck, a 1979 Mack cabover tractor.
Mrs. Humphries was a pioneer and mentor to women in an industry at a time when women were not encouraged to choose a career on the open road. It was here that she met her soulmate and future husband “Hound.” She married Tom Humphries on July 26, 1986 and hence began a love that lasted 18 years and a business partnership that logged a million miles of trucking and adventure throughout North America.
Mrs. Humphries first became ill with ovarian cancer in 1996. Again in 1999 her strong will and positive attitude helped her to conquer bone cancer. She tackled her illness with strength and dignity, as well as counseling and consoling others who were waging the same battle.
Mrs. Humphries is survived by her husband Tom Humphries, parents Tom and Edie Josefowich of New Liskeard, sister Connie and husband Jim Conlin of Calgary, mother in-law Sadie Humphries of Arnprior, brothers- and sisters-in-law Rod and Sue Humphries of London, Jim and Margaret Whyte of Arnprior, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends near and far.
She was predeceased by her father-in-law Regg Humphries of Arnprior in 1988.
Mrs. Humphries was a strong believer in The Power Attitude and lead her life with her heart and the following verse:
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.