North Cobalt resident Alice Kergan died July 22, 2004 at the Temiskaming Hospital.
She was born at home in Dymond Township on February 14, 1938 to Gaudious Desrosiers and Florence Leroux. She married Elgin (Chuck) Kergan in Sudbury on August 6, 1957.
Mrs. Kergan was the owner of the Northway Restaurant in Hearst and was a waitress and cook at Hearst Husky. She moved to the Tri-Towns after retiring in 1993.
Mrs. Kergan enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, cross stitching and going for coffee at the Country Kitchen.
Mrs. Kergan was predeceased by her husband on July 11, 1983 in Hearst, her son Charlie Kergan, brothers Fred and Lawrence Desrosiers, one niece, one nephew, in-laws Mac and Mary Hall of Owen Sound and James Hamilton of Owen Sound.
She is survived by her sons Kerry (Carol Smythe and their daughter Keely Rose), Darcy and Stacy; daughter Lecinda (Andrew Hardy and his children Adam and Shawn) and Lecinda’s children Danita Dugas (Josh Randle), Sylvie, Charelle and Alexandre Dugas and their father André Dugas (Chantal Miron); siblings Beatrice Desrosiers of Montreal, Paul (Violet Veley) of Englehart, Claire (Jack) Novak of Neepawa, Manitoba, Clifford (Ruth Marriott) of Haileybury, Roger (Myra Walters) of Clarenvilla, Newfoundland, Theresa (Mel) Jibb of Englehart, Laura (Ed) Gagne of New Liskeard, Simone (Andy) LaFerriere of Timmins, Frances (Barry) McNair of New Liskeard and Louise (Gordan) Pyle of Calgary; uncle Ernest Leroux of Englehart; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and sisters-in-law Evelyn Hamilton of Owen Sound, Eileen (née Jelly) Desrosiers of New Liskeard and Delia (née Leduc) Desrosiers of Sudbury.
A gathering in memory of Mrs. Kergan will be held at the Olde Village Abbey in Thornloe on Sunday, August 8 at 3 p.m. Family and friends are welcome.
Larry Liautaud died suddenly in Mississauga on July 25, 2004. He was in his sixtieth year.
Mr. Liautaud is survived by his wife Mary Levesque, children Tracey McVittie (Doug), Tammy Small (Brian), Lori Labelle (Kevin), Chris Flannigan and Lori Pilatzke (Marty), grandchildren Jessica, Shelby, James, Taylor, Brooke, Kristopher and Jonah, parent Merle Traynor of Owen Sound and nephew Trevor Delgarno.
Mr. Liautaud will be greatly missed on the golf course by his many friends.
Memorial donations to the Trillium Gift of Life Network would be appreciated by the family.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.steckleygooderham.com
John William (Bill) Elliot
Bill Elliott died July 21, 2004 at the Extendicare Nursing Home in Haileybury.
Mr. Elliott was born in Telkwa, British Columbia on November 18, 1928 to John William and Nina Elliott.
Mr. Elliott worked in construction all of his life, most of the time as a superintendent for the general contractor. Some projects he accomplished were the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in 1956, the German Pavillion at Expo 67, the Moosonee Education Center in 1968, the Agricultural College in New Liskeard in 1969, Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marie high school in 1972-74, English Catholic Central School, the Timmins Square Mall 1975-76 and many other jobs too numerous to list.
Mr. Elliott’s pastimes in his earlier years were market gardening and hobby farming. He loved to read and write poetry and he was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Timmins for several years.
Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife Ilean, sons Kevin (Caroline) and Terry (Marlene), grandchildren Sharron (John), Shannon (Travas), Geraldine and Thereasa, and great-grandchildren Kay-lyne, Terrace, Payton and Hayleigh.
Interment to follow at Harley Township Cemetery.
Eileen “Thelma” Perks
Eileen “Thelma” Perks died peacefully at Vista Park Lodge Personal Care Home in Winnipeg on July 28, 2004 due to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Birmingham, England, on November 29, 1925. She married Stan Perks in 1947 and immigrated to Canada in 1961. She lived in New Liskeard from 1961 to 1974 working as a clerk at Northern Telephone.
In 1974 she moved, with her husband and children, to Fergus where she lived for 10 years working at ITT as well as Sears. In 1984 she and her husband moved to Milton where they lived until she moved to Vista Park Lodge in August of 2002.
Mrs. Perks will be remembered for her sense of humour and her love of animals.
Mrs. Perks is survived by her loving husband Stan of Winnipeg (and cat Simba), son David of Ottawa and daughter Susan (Paul) Ash of Winnipeg; brother Dennis (Pat) Hall of Greensville, Ontario, sister Brenda Hall of Telford, England, and their children and grandchildren; her longtime friends Jean Knight and Kay Rolfe, both of England.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a local humane society or to the Residents Fund at Vista Park Lodge would be appreciated by the family.
Audrey May Paquette
Audrey May Paquette was born on October 1, 1924 to Gordon and Annie MacDonald of Elk Lake.
At the age of 15 she met the love of her life, Albert Paquette. She married Albert at the age of 20. They remained happily married until 1986 when he passed away suddenly. Nevertheless, Albert remained Audrey’s soulmate until her passing.
They were the proud parents of four children — Dianne, Jeannie, Butch (Albert Jr.) and Lolly (Collette).
Audrey was not only a wonderful mother and grandmother, but a comedian and confidante.
The women who carry on Audrey’s legacy hope one day they will become the extraordinary woman she was. The men who have been lucky enough to know Audrey hope that one day they will find a woman with the heart and determination Audrey possessed.
Audrey passed away at the Temiskaming Hospital on August 1.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband Albert; daughter Jeannie; and brothers Bobby and Merritt (Mutt).
Audrey’s memory will always be in the hearts of: sister Eileen; brother Glenn (Winnie); son Butch (Josyane); daughters Dianne and Lolly (Derrell); 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will take place at the Buffam Leveille Funeral Home in Haileybury on August 5. Services will take place from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
To recognize Audrey’s daughter Jeannie’s courageous battle with cancer, in memoriam donations to the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
Audrey will not only be remembered as a loving sister, mother and grandmother, but as an unselfish person who always put others before herself. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Roy Frederick Hughes
Roy Frederick Hughes of RR#2 Englehart died July 21, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Hughes was born in Bryce Township in March of 1936 to Geoffrey and Gertrude Hughes.
Mr. Hughes, a farmer, married his wife Karen in Haileybury on February 13, 1987.
He is survived by his wife Karen and daughter Pamela Hughes; sister Betty Edwards, brother-in-law Ivan Edwards and their daughter Lori Edwards; and various aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother and father.
The funeral was arranged by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with the service conducted by Reverend White.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Brampton, Bancroft and Manitoulin Island.
Burial will follow at the Charlton Cemetery.
Kay Smylie (Connelly)
For many years, Kay was affectionately called “Chairman of the Board” by her siblings.
It is with regret the Connelly family of South Porcupine accepts the resignation of Kay Smylie as Chairman of the Board, effective July 24, 2004.
Kathleen Pearl Morrison Connelly was born August 31, 1923 to Robert John and Eliza Jane (Jennie), in the small farming community of Shawville, Quebec, in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.
The remaining Board Members include her sisters Florence Wintemute of Calgary, Mary DeFelice of Sudbury, Margaret Braddock of Imperial, Saskatchewan, Roberta Eli of California and her brother Jim Connelly of Hanover.
Kay will be remembered as a loving sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Rodney Smylie, and is survived by her children Sandra and Dave; grandchildren Amy, Brad, Lindsay and Lauren; and stepmother Pearl Connelly of Timmins.
After leaving home, Kay studied in Ottawa to become a Registered Nurse. She was a member of the Ottawa Civic graduating class of 1947. In 1948, she married a young doctor from New Liskeard named Rod Smylie and they moved to Saskatchewan to start their first practice. During this time Kay and Rod were blessed with two children, Sandra Lee and Rodney David. The time spent in Imperial, Saskatchewan was among the happiest of her life.
In 1955 the Smylie family moved to Burnaby, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, where Rod practiced family medicine. In 1966 the Smylie family moved to the Harris Township farm, due to Rod’s father’s failing health. There Kay nursed her father-in-law through his last days. Rod and Kay had a family practice in New Liskeard until Rod’s death in 1980. Kay worked as her husband’s office nurse and manager throughout his entire working life, and also provided medical office services to several other physicians.
Following her husband’s death, Kay re-established herself in another career as a financial advisor with the Investors Group. She worked in this capacity until her retirement at the age of 75.
It was during her time in Burnaby that Kay became involved with the Arthritis Society. Kay is one of the founding members of the Society and is their longest serving volunteer — more than half a century.
At this year’s Tri-Town and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in May, the Arthritis Society announced the creation of the Kay Smylie award to be given annually. Also that evening, Kay was named the 2003 CJTT FM Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her service to south Temiskaming.
Many will remember Kay’s love of curling. She was one of the leading curlers in the greater Vancouver area and was instrumental in the creation of the Burnaby Winter Club. After moving to the Tri-Towns, she and Ev Sargeant won the zone many times, also winning the Northern Ontario championships, losing out at the Provincials.
Kay has been an active member of the Lioness Club since the 1950s, as well as many other local service groups and organizations.
Kay will be remembered for her ability to inspire others to follow their dreams. She often said “If you dream it, you can do it.” Kay admired those who showed strength through difficult times. She exemplified this quality many times in her own life. Kay is a person who realized the value of community and the potential to make things happen by working together. She has always had a perpetual focus on what could be accomplished.
Kay’s commitment to her community is surpassed only by her commitment to her family. She dedicated herself to encourage and support her family members in every way possible, in every aspect of their lives.
A celebration of her life will be held at Riverside Place in New Liskeard on Thursday, July 29 beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone attending will have the opportunity to share their memories of Kay and is encouraged to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated by the family.
She has truly set an example for us all to follow. We love you!