After a short battle with cancer, Kay Overton of New Liskeard died January 21, 2004 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
She was born in Cobalt on April 24, 1935 to Delbert and Mary Peters.
She attended New Liskeard Secondary School and in 1955 married Stan Overton at St. John’s Anglican Church where she was also a member.
Mrs. Overton is survived by her sons Terry (Peggy), Brent (Yvonne), Steven (Patti) and Mark (Manon); grandchildren Kyle, Jessie, Gord, James, Kira, Ryan, Justin, Brittany and Emilie.
She was predeceased by her husband Stan in 1988, her parents and her sister Thelma.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted by Reverend Linda White at St. John’s Anglican Church.
Pallbearers were Terry, Brent, Steve, Mark and Kyle Overton and Delbert Peters.
Burial is in the spring at the New Liskeard Cemetery.
Relatives and friends attending the service came from British Columbia, Ottawa, Kitchener, Florida, Toronto, Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.
James Donald Smyth
James Donald Smyth died peacefully at home in Temiskaming Shores, Northern Ontario, on Monday, January 26, one week before his fortieth birthday, after a two year struggle with cancer.
James was the chief administrative officer of the recently created city which includes Haileybury, New Liskeard and Dymond and which was officially established on January 2, 2004.
Beloved husband of Karen and loving father of Liam and Mackenzie, he was born in Dublin, Ireland on February 3, 1964, the youngest son of Jim and the late Joan Smyth.
He came to Canada later the same year with his family and grew up in New Liskeard.
Educated at New Liskeard Secondary School and the University of Waterloo, he graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies in 1987.
During his subsequent service in municipalities in Kirkland Lake, Haileybury and Gravenhurst, he upgraded his qualifications by external examination but was forced, due to intermittent health problems, to abandon his postgraduate studies in public administration at the University of Western Ontario before graduation.
He had returned to Haileybury in 1991 and at the time of his death he had been Chief Administrative Officer since 1996.
He faced his ill-health, including two serious operations, with great courage and he continued to work diligently for the community until the end of 2003. On New Year’s Eve he was chosen “Personality of the Year” by The Temiskaming Speaker.
After the new city had been safely launched his health finally gave way, despite his own resolution and the unstinting care he received from his family and the physicians and nursing staff in the area.
Special thanks go to Doctors Brenda Hardie and Jake Jeffery, and to Mary Birtch without whom James and Karen would have been lost.
During his lifetime James participated in many extra-curricular activities, mainly sporting or family-oriented in nature. He played competitive hockey (which included a tour in Sweden) until leaving home for university. He was a low handicap golfer who was also a past president of the New Liskeard Golf Club and, during a business-related course in Oxford, he managed to squeeze in a visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Later, while on vacation, he returned as a spectator at the British Open and he made it to Rochester, New York, on the occasion of the hosting there of the Ryder Cup.
His dream of a visit to the Masters in Augusta this year was wiped out when he slipped out of this life on January 26.
But above all he loved to be with his family, especially when he could enjoy summer activities with them at the lake and cottage. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in Temiskaming Shores, and by the councillors and citizens of the city, many of whom have already expressed their thanks for his efforts on their behalf.
In addition to his immediate family he will be sadly missed by his sisters Susan of Burnaby, British Columbia and her husband Russell, and Pippa of Vancouver and her husband Rafael; brothers David of Cambridge and wife Jennifer, and Andrew of Toronto and his partner Bill; and by five nephews and nieces.
Since his mother died nearly 14 years ago and since his marriage, he has been devoted to his mother-in-law Gail Thompson. She will recall his life with fondness, as will his sisters-in-law Paula and Lorna and their families.
A service in memory of James’s life was held at St. Paul’s United Church in New Liskeard on January 31.
If thou shouldst never see my face again,
Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.
Dennis Longley of Charlton died January 24, 2004 at the Englehart and District Hospital. He had been ill with cancer for one year.
Mr. Longley was born in England on November 19, 1943. He moved north from Dunnville in 1975 and worked at Riverside Aggregates in Englehart for 21 years and was a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Longley belonged to the Swamp Rats 4x4 Club and the Golden Mile Motor Sports Car Club.
He is survived by his wife Verna, whom he married June 24, 2000 in Charlton; stepdaughter Tina Bond; and brother Arnold (Hamilton).
He was predeceased by his parents Arnold and Annie Mary Longley.
The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with the service conducted by Dennis Mortson on January 27 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
Pallbearers were Gary Staples, Edward Martin, Andy Harkness, Butch Mayhew, John Simmins and Marcel Denomme.
Burial is in the spring at the Charlton Cemetery.
In memory contributions to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.
Gloria Dawn Doyle
Gloria Dawn Doyle passed away peacefully at her home in Pictou County, Nova Scotia on Thursday, December 18, 2003 after a brief illness. Loving wife of Adrian F. Doyle, beloved mother of Leslie (Mrs. David Lloy), Michael, both of Pictou County, and Colleen (Mrs. Trevor Charles) of Mississauga. A much loved grandmother to Mark, Adam, Chance, Avery and Christopher. Predeceased by her parents, James (1979) and Dorothy (1994) McInall. She will be sadly missed by sisters Lynda and Sue, and brothers Jim, Dave, Craig, Rob, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family. Cremation followed.
Gloria and Adrian took up country life in Pictou in 1985 when Adrian retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, and her many interests included gardening, quilting, needlework, and genealogy. Though she had been a Maritimer for many, many years, part of her was still a Northerner, and she was thrilled to be able to attend the New Liskeard centennial celebrations and the high school reunion last summer, re-connecting with many old friends. Her siblings will be planting a tree on the Spur Line, in New Liskeard in her memory.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to your local food bank. Gloria donated her garden produce each year to her area food bank.
Larry L. Cook
Charlton area resident Larry L. Cook died suddenly in Englehart on January 19, 2004.
Mr. Cook was born in Logan Township on June 21, 1937 to George and Ella Cook.
Educated in Logan Township, he married his wife Ina in Mitchell, Ontario on April 1, 1978 and they moved to the Charlton area that same year.
Mr. Cook farmed his entire life, starting with pigs, then dairy and most recently as a beef cow/calf operation.
His family came first in all things and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Mr. Cook, a former Lions Club member, enjoyed boating and camping in his spare time away from his lifelong passion for farming.
He is survived by his mother Ella Cook of Mitchell; wife Ina Cook of the Charlton area; daughter Donna (John Knight); sons David (Amanda Smith), George (Mary), Barry (Shirley), Brian (Barb), Robert Cobean (Carole), and Roy (Monika) of Kitchener; brother Gerald (Alice) of Bornholm, Ontario; sister Edith (James Harper) of Mitchell; 21 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father George Cook in 1988.
The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with the service conducted January 23 at Crossroads Church by Pastor Jason Small.
Pallbearers were Mr. Cook’s son-in-law John Knight and sons George, Barry, Brian, Roy and Robert.
Burial is in the spring at the Charlton Cemetery.
Relatives and friends from Mitchell, St. Marys, Stratford and Kitchener attended the service.
In memory contributions were made to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Englehart and District Hospital.
Agnes (Eriksen) Tubman
Former Marter Township resident Agnes (Eriksen) Tubman died January 19, 2004 at the Providence Centre in Scarborough.
She was born in Nordre Land, Norway, in 1922. She immigrated to Canada in 1927 with her family, settling in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan. Mrs. Tubman was a long time resident of Marter Township, near Englehart, until 1991.
Mrs. Tubman was predeceased by her husband Wilmer (Tubby) Tubman and by her parents Ole and Karen Eriksen.
She is survived by her son Robert Fountain, daughter Linda (Fountain) Gileo, grandchildren Christine (Fountain) Scott, Richard Gileo, Daniel Gileo, and great-granddaughter Carlea Scott; a thoughtful grandson-in-law Shaun M. Scott, a very special friend Sharon Shrieve, a caring friend Shirley Boisvert, as well as several brothers and sisters of Western Canada.
Spring interment will be at the Englehart Cemetery with a graveside service in May.
In memory contributions to the Hospital for Sick Children will be greatly appreciated by the family.
“Now reunited with her dear Tubby, together they rest in peace with our load.”