John Louis Phillips
John Louis Phillips of Kerns Township died at the Temiskaming Hospital, surrounded by family, on July 3, 2004 after a short stay there.
He was born in Uno Park on March 2, 1918 to Lawrence and Annie Phillips.
Educated at Uno Park and Milberta Public Schools, he married Jean Hillcoat in Uno Park on June 11, 1946.
Mr. Phillips was a farmer and pedigreed seed grower since 1946. A general contractor (loader and truck) he was also chairman of the Kerns Central School in 1961 and champion seed exhibitor (Northeastern soil and crop, the Royal Winter Fair). He was also a member of the Alexander Memorial Church in Milberta.
Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Joan (Roger), Barb (Al), Beth (Jamie), sons Jack (Alyson), Terry (Julie), 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, sisters Lena Kuchar, Florella Leduc and Doris Willard (Pearlie).
He was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Annie Phillips, sisters Artchmase, Olive, Josephine, Mary and Amelia, and brothers Lawrence and Edward.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted by Reverend Wally Wood at St. Paul’s United Church. Organist was Doriel Poupore.
Pallbearers were grandsons Lance Males, Peter Kinch, Chase Phillips, John Phillips, David Hawken and Philip Hawken.
Burial is at the Milberta Pioneer Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Mr. Phillips were made to the Temiskaming Hospital Cat Scan Fund, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Northeastern Cancer Centre.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Timmins, North Bay, Pembroke, Toronto , Ottawa and Kapuskasing.
Temiskaming Lodge resident Alma Mercier died June 21, 2004.
She was born in Trout Creek on November 29, 1921 to Jacob and Caroline Eckensviller.
Educated in Trout Creek, she married Ernest R. Mercier of Cobalt in Trout Creek on October 5, 1942.
Mrs. Mercier was a store clerk and a homemaker. She was a member of the church, she loved to bowl and played bingo and she also enjoyed the Blue Jays.
Mrs. Mercier was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Ernest.
One of 13 children, she is survived by three sisters and two brothers; daughters Sandra (Joe) Tresidder of Cobalt, Vivian Dalley of Cobalt, Barbara (Richard) Robitaille of Capreol; son Brian (Donna) Mercier of Cobalt; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was arranged by Buffam Léveillé Funeral Home in Haileybury with the service conducted June 26 by Fathers John Lemire and M.J. Scully at St. Patrick’s Parish in Cobalt.
Burial is at St. Thérèse Cemetery in Cobalt.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Barrie, Burlington, Callander, Capreol, the Tri-Towns and North Bay.
In memory contributions went to the Canadian Cancer Society, the CNIB and Camp Quality.
Blanche Victoria May Dettman
Blanche Victoria May (Campbell) Dettman died peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home in Lindsay on July 1, 2004. She was in her one-hundredth year.
Mrs. Dettman attended public and high schools in Haileybury, then took training to be a Registered Nurse and finished her studies at the Red Cross Hospital in Cobalt. She did her obstetrical training in New York. She continued her career as a Registered Nurse until her marriage to Eldon C. Dettman on August 15, 1935.
Mrs. Dettman was predeceased by her husband of over 56 years, Eldon, sisters Merle and Louise, brothers Elmer and Charles, nieces and nephews Gilbert, Raymond, Muriel, Nadine and Joanne.
She is survived by her daughter Glenda Morden (husband Douglas), granddaughter Cynthia McEwan (husband Tyler), grandson Jeffery Morden and his best friend Melissa Burgess, and by several nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held July 5 at the Mackey Funeral Home in Lindsay. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Lindsay.
If desired, memorial donations to St. Paul’s Anglican Church or Palliative Care Victoria would be appreciated by the family.
Samuel David Knott
Samuel David Knott, of RR#3 Thornloe, died June 14, 2004 at the Englehart and District Hospital. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour on July 7, 2003.
He was born in Hilliard Township on March 22, 1935 to Christopher and Lena Knott.
Educated at SS #1 B Hilliard School, he married Mary Ella E. Dickinson in Thornloe on July 6, 1957.
Mr. Knott worked at Kerr Addison Mine, as a truck driver for West Trucking, Jacksic Brothers, Concrete Construction and LaCarte. He also worked at Wabi Iron and Steel and was an avid farmer.
Mr. Knott loved his family and friends and he also had a love of horses, going to horse pulls and plowing matches, fun days at Powassan and he also loved the farm.
Mr. Knott is survived by his wife Mary; daughters Cathy, Sharon (husband Rick) and Pam (husband Eugene); sons Michael (wife Thérèse) and Sam Jr.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers Earl, Victor, Robert, Bruce and families; sisters Gert, Berna, Lillian, Sheila, Carol, Linda and families.
He was predeceased by his father Christopher and mother Lena, brother Dale and grandson James.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted by minister Bill Scott of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Pallbearers were James Dickinson, James Connolly, Guy Carleton, John Burns, Stephen Burns and Pat Kilroy.
Burial is at the Thornloe Cemetery.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Belle River, St. Catharines, Powassan, Field, Stoney Point, St. Joachim, Woodslee, Whitby, Iroquois Falls, Larder Lake, Kirkland Lake and Temiskaming Shores.
Mary Patricia Schaefer
Mary Patricia Schaefer (née Simpson), born in Haileybury, Ontario on November 13, 1924 to Fred and Mary Simpson, died in Cranbrook, British Columbia on June 25, 2004 at the age of 79 years.
Predeceased by her husband Kurt Schaefer of Haileybury, sister Kathy Holmes of New Liskeard and brothers Rick and Peter of Haileybury.
Survived by sister Florrie Dewson (Jack) of Barrie, son Bob of Edmonton, daughter Patricia of Cranbrook, BC, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pat was best known as the Secretary to the Dean of the School of Mines in Haileybury where she served for many years and was a lifetime honourary member of the Alumni. The daughter of an Ontario Provincial Policeman, she lived in several Ontario communities as a child and young woman before returning to Haileybury where she lived most her life. In recent years, she moved west to be closer to her children.
She will be laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Haileybury.
John Jacob Veldhuis
After a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer, John Jacob Veldhuis of Hudson Township died May 24, 2004 at the Temiskaming Hospital.
He was born in Appeldoorn, Holland, on October 16, 1937 to Frederick and Hendrika Veldhuis.
Educated in Holland and Canada, he married Margaret Carleton in New Liskeard on May 22, 1965.
Mr. Veldhuis worked as a laboratory tech at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph until the veterinary lab opened in New Liskeard in 1961. He retired when the lab closed in 1993.
Mr. Veldhuis loved fishing, cooking, and singing with the Overtones. He attended Hillview United Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.
Mr. Veldhuis is survived by his wife Margaret, sons Lincoln (Lori) and Jared and by his sister Ricky.
He was predeceased by his parents, twin brother Henry and older brothers Fred and Ed.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with the service conducted by Kitty Miller at Hillview United Church.
Cremation has taken place with burial at the Harley Cemetery.
In memory contributions were made to various charitable organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Also, a memorial scholarship is being established through Northern College to assist students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program.
Norman Alexis Giroux
Norman Alexis Giroux died at the family residence on June 29, 2004. He was in his seventy-third year.
Mr. Giroux is survived by his wife Doreen; children Michael and Lydia, Kathy and her husband Doug Truant, grandchildren Rachel, Joseph and Isabelle, Rebecca, Sean and Eric. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
The funeral mass was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Pickering Village (Ajax) on July 3.
Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kearney, Ontario on July 6.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Durben H. Goddard
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Durben H. Goddard of New Liskeard died at the Temiskaming Hospital on June 18, 2004.
He was born in Brethour Township June 9, 1917 to John and Harriet Goddard.
Mr. Goddard married Evelyn M. Wilson in Thornloe on November 24, 1942 and he served overseas during World War II from 1942-46.
Mr. Goddard worked at Wabi Iron and Steel from 1948-1982. He enjoyed bowling, dancing and music in his spare time.
Mr. Goddard was predeceased by his wife in New Liskeard on September 28, 1995, by his father, mother, 10 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 great-grandchild.
He is survived by his son Durben (Ted) and daughters Dianne MacDonell and Debbi Johnston Young (John Young), eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was arranged by Perrin Funeral Chapel in New Liskeard with a memorial gathering of friends and family on June 20. Cremation has occurred with burial in the New Liskeard Cemetery.
Relatives and friends attending the service from out of town came from Capreol, Kirkland Lake, Hamilton, St. Williams, Timmins and Ottawa.