Martin JohnMARTIN, John Andrew - (1962 - 2017) - Sadly we announce the sudden passing of John on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the age of 55.

Beloved husband of Cathy and cherished father to James and Julie. Dear brother to Thomas, Douglas (Gina), Helen (Terry McDonald), James (Patricia) and brother-in-law, Bill Milani and Cathy’s Zio Giovanni. Much loved uncle to Mathew, Steven, Ashley, Tess, Aiden, Kaily and Victoria.

Predeceased by his parents James and Sarah Martin.

John will be greatly missed by his family at Niagara Emergency Medical Service and Hamilton Central Ambulance Centre.


Ferguson BarbFERGUSON, Barbara Joan (nee Bennett) - Comfortably at GNGH surrounded by her family on July 15th, 2017 at the age of 75.

Predeceased by her husband Clayton (2012).

Sadly missed by her children; Terri (Shayne) Desilets, Lori Hessler, Daniel Ferguson & Kristy (Vince) Fargnoli. Beloved nana to George, Anne, Mary, Tannleigh, & Vinny.

A special thank-you to her sister Linda Thorne for her love & support and also to Eventide Home for their care & compassion.


Fawcett EvanFAWCETT, Evan Sr. -

“To be out of the body is to be present with the Lord.” Hallelujah.

Evan went to heaven on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer.

Beloved husband of Laurie McKnight for 30 years and loving father to Evan Jr., Nathan and Jason (predeceased in 2010). Grandpa to Hannah, Ethan, Aeriel, Nathan Jr. and Jason. Greatly missed by his beloved dog Finnegan.


Lane WillardLANE, Willard Wilson - Suddenly at home on Saturday, July 15, 2017, Willard Wilson Lane passed away at the age of 80.

Willard was the beloved husband of Margaret Sarah Lane (nee Harper) for 58 years, and a loving father to Cheryl Mojeski (John), Sandra Daniels (Doug), Sharon Carrier (Jacques), Rob Lane (Joanna), Marsha Tufford (Hussein Mahmut), and the late Michelle Lane (1974).


Garnham RonaldGARNHAM, Ronald 'Guv' - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ronald (Guv), on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, at the age of 85.

Beloved husband of Yvonne for 60 years. Loving father of Colin (Anna) of Newmarket. Cherished and proud grandfather of Brian, Richard and Craig, all of Newmarket.

Dear brother of Mildred Garnham, Roger and David (Jill), all of England. Predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Charles (Kath).


ECKSTEIN, Gustave - (1925 - 2017) - Peacefully at Garden City Manor on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Beloved husband of Johanna for 56 years. Loving father of John & Sherrill VanLaar.

Opa will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Shannon & David Black and Scott VanLaar. Gust was a loving great-Opa to Ryan, Jason and Devon Godfrey.

He is survived by his sister Lydia Kerber and predeceased by siblings Hilda, Lena, Bill, John, Henry, Anne and Phyllis.


Tootell Jean SwayzeTOOTELL, Jean Victoria (Reid) (Madigan) (nee Swayze) - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jean Victoria Tootell (Reid) (Madigan) (nee Swayze) on July 15th, 2017 at the age of 102.

Jean’s loving family shared her last moments in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Born on July 1st, 1915, Jean was the cherished daughter of Laura Jane Myrtle Swayze (nee Claus) and Norval Fletcher Swayze. The third female born of eight children, Jean was the last surviving sibling of her family.

Predeceased by sisters Ola Dorothy Eugenia Lloyd (2006), Ina May Swayze (1936), Mary Myrtle Hopcraft (2013), brothers Joseph Ira Swayze (2004), Charles Henry Swayze (1993), Neil Albert Swayze (2000) and her last remaining sister, Laura Doris Bagley (2014).

Jean's early years were spent enjoying life on the Swayze family farm in Pelham, Ontario. This farm is now the Short Hills Provincial Park.


ORR, John Douglas - Peacefully, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Catharines Hospital at 79 years of age.

Amazing husband of Carol (nee Timbrell) for 58 years. Loving Dad of Lynn & Peter, Carol & Marty and David & Darla. Proud Papa of Natalie, Elysia, Sean, Dréa, Gina, Isaac & Arwyn and great-Grandpa of Steven & Abby.

Dear brother of Shirley, Marjorie, James, Barbara and the late Archibald and Robert and their families.


Lauzon RayLAUZON, Raymond A. Joseph Rheal - Passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Niagara Falls at 68 years of age.

Beloved husband of Leona (nee Bertrand) for 47 years. Cherished Dad of Raymond (partner Rabih Halaby Nagi) of Brampton, Julie (partner Mario Cloutier) of Longlac, Rox-anne (partner Cory White) of Sudbury.

Proud grandfather, “Tipapa” of Danielle & Catherine Cloutier and Maya Wood.

Dear brother of Sue Arseneau of New Liskeard, Joanne Lauzon of Ottawa and Michel Lauzon of Los Angeles.


Clark BarbaraCLARK, Barbara - Passed away at her residence on July 14, 2017 in her 65th year.

Beloved wife of Jack. Loving mother of Melinda, John Jr., Ann-Marie and Cherri (Dan). She will be missed by her grandchildren Felicia, Kirsten, Jordan (Michael), Jessica, Emily, William Jacob, Raven and great grandson Dallas.

Dear sister of Linda MacDougall (Norm), Debbie Cruden, Patricia Moffat (Doug), Darlene Clement and David Brandt.


Lens MariaLENS, Maria Elisabeth - Peacefully passed away on July 14, 2017 at Crescent Park Lodge in her 93rd year.

Beloved wife of the late Leo Lens – 2015.

Loving mother of Gilberta and Fred Corey, Irene and Larry Czinege, August Lens, and Brenda and Jim Vittie

She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Leah (Morgan) Roesch, Christopher Corey, Tara (Seth) Corey-Ebersole, Kyle Lens, Ashley (Jonathan), Larry Jr. Czinege (Mary-Jean),  Jessy (Kyle) Walsh, Dylan, Jenny Vittie (Richard) and her great-grandchildren Andrew Roesch, Jacob Corey, Aiden Walsh, Leo Czinege and William Maracle. Also survived by her sister Matilda and many nieces and nephews.


Rockwell GageROCKWELL, Gage Matthew - Tragically, as a result of an accident on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the age of 18.

Gage had recently graduated from Welland Centennial Secondary School, and also attended Notre Dame College School, both in Welland.

Treasured and beloved son of Wayne and Jessica. Adored brother of Caitlind. Precious Grandson of Mike & Rebecca Meloche; Dianne Bilodeau; Wayne and Judith Rockwell, and Great Grandson of Claudette Meloche. Loving God Son of Christine Meloche and Adam Coles. Inseparable boyfriend of Ryleigh Neal.


Topp KeithTOPP, Keith Nathan  - (December 31, 1937 - July 14, 2017)

It is with great sadness that we, the Topp family, announce the peaceful passing of our father.

Lovingly remembered by his children Anne and Paul, grandchildren Justin, Kadeem, Allison and Bryan, and great-grandson Maliq.


Pecchia SamPECCHIA, Saverio 'Sam' – Passed peacefully, with his family by his side, on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the NHS- St. Catharines Site shortly after his 85th birthday.

Sam emigrated from Terelle, Italy and was a longtime resident of Thorold.

Beloved husband for 64 years of Felicia (Gazzellone). Dear father of Dolores (Robert) Costantini and Antonio. Nonno to Jennifer (David) Ali and Brian Costantini. Bisnonno to Noah and Keaton Ali.

Brother of Antoniella (the late Luigi), Domenico and Nazzarena (Mario) Trelle.


BROWN, Betty - Peacefully with her loved ones by her side at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls on Friday, July 14th, 2017 in her 89th year.

Beloved wife of the late Donald Brown (2007). Loving mother of Donna (Edward) Skubel and Doug (Debi) Brown. Loved grandma of Bradley (Tammy), Pamela (Shaun), Cindy (Grant), Barb (Dan), Danny (Vanessa) and great-grandma of Alexis, Alexzander, Zoe and Triston.

Dear sister of Peggy Dickson, Charlotte Bechkos, Caroline "Carrie" Sodtke and the late Jack and Bill Lutz. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.


Natte Johan JoopNATTE, Johan Christiaan 'Joop' 'John” 'Joe' - Multiple Myeloma claimed Joop’s life after 5 years of fighting and 4 months of suffering. He passed away at home in the arms of his Lover, Wife, and BFF Uta on July 14th, 2017 at 12:58 am.

Predeceased by his parents Gerrit and E.C.C.A. Natte, brothers Leo (Betty), Ernst (Johanna), Gerrit (Jossy), inlaws Kurt and Annita Spiller.

Joop will be dearly missed by his sister Janny Oele (Frank), their children Wendy Roberts (Michael), granddaughter Haley and Nicole, Franky Oele (Carol) all of California.


Klimczuk LucyKLIMCZUK, Lucy - Passed away peacefully at Tabor Manor in St. Catharines on Friday July 14, 2017 at the age of 93.

Beloved wife of the late Stefan Klimczuk (2004).  Dearly loved mother of Hania Wojtowicz and Steve (Stacy) Klimczuk.  Caring grandmother of Zachary and Rylee.

Predeceased by her brothers Edward and Roman Dylawerski.


Risi DebbieRISI, Deborah 'Debbie' – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear wife and mother, Debbie, at home on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the young age of 57, due to ovarian cancer.

Beloved wife of Joe. Loving mother of Michael (Aileen), Matthew and Alex (Lillian).

Daughter of the late Lawrence “Buck” and Stella Johnston. Dear sister of Bonnie, David, and the late Sandra. Sister-in-law of John, Dan (Sandi) and Tom (Kim). Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Also sadly missed by Linda and Kim.


Givens DorothyGIVENS, Dorothy Frances 'Dot' (Jeffery) (nee Moore) - Died with family by her side in London, Ontario on July 14, 2017  at the age of 95.

Born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan to Colena and Frank Moore on June 5, 1922, Dorothy was the youngest of eight children. Armed with her adventurous spirit, Dorothy moved across the country to Barrie, Ontario, to train for her career in nursing.

While there, she met and fell in love with a young, ambitious Doug Jeffery (1988). They married and raised three sons, Paul (2016), Peter and Perry (Darlene). They lived in Nottawa, Palmerston, Fort William, and Dartmouth, eventually settling in Beamsville, Ontario. Dorothy was an amazing wife and mother, and expertly nursed Doug in his final years.

The next stage of her life began with her marriage to Delbert Givens (2006). They enjoyed a beautiful retirement together, and when Del’s time came, Dorothy cared for him with tenderness and love.


MILLS, Fred - Peacefully on July 14th, 2017 at GNGH at the age of 88.

Survived by his loving spouse Norma and stepchildren Hope (Chuck) Goodyear, Judy (Paul) White, Mel, Richard (Deborah) Gibson. His siblings Alma Mango, Dorothy Fortune & Nancy (Don) Trusdale.

Fred worked for CN Rail for 40 years as a train car inspector. He had a passion for model trains and donated many to museums.


Prentice ShirleyPRENTICE, Shirley Lucille - Following a brief illness at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Friday July 14, 2017. Shirley Prentice in her 96th year.

Predeceased by her husband Don Prentice (2012). Beloved mother of Deborah Lynn Prentice of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Shirley was predeceased by her 9 brothers and sisters. She will be sadly missed by her brother in law Robert (Maxine) Prentice of Peterborough, her nephew Dennis (Heather) McAuley of Michigan and her niece Lee (Gary) Jasmann of Belleville.


BURD, Mary Lou (nee Teal) - Mary Lou passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017 at Maple Park Lodge in her 91st year. Mary Lou (née Teal) lived her whole life in the Ridgeway area.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Burd (1998) and dear mother of the late Keith Burd (2016).

Mary Lou is survived by her sister Betty Teal of Stoney Creek, her nephew Brian (Shirley-Ann) of Stoney Creek and her daughter-in-law Heather Burd of Norwich.


Van Herwynen JohnVAN HERWYNEN, John - Suddenly at Hamilton General Hospital on Thursday, July 13, 2017, Jan Pieter Van Herwynen was called Home to be with his Lord and Saviour at the age of 71.

Beloved husband of Denysa Van Herwynen (nee Bolduc).  John and Denysa would have been married for 48 years this Wednesday, July 19. Loving father of Jason Van Herwynen (Kristen).

Cherished grampa of Savannah, Jordan, Amber and Sydney. Also survived by brother Peter Van Herwynen (Janneke) and will be missed by his nieces and nephews.


COWAN, George Norman – At the United Mennonite Home in Vineland on Thursday, July 13, 2017, George Cowan of Grimsby aged 82 years.

Beloved husband of Daryl for 52 years. Dear father of Donald of Beamsville and Robert (Pamela) of Lexington, Kentucky.  Predeceased by daughter Beverley. Loving grandfather of Kyle Miller, Shannon Cowden, James Cowan and Cassie Cowan.

Predeceased by his sister Peggy Hutchinson. Uncle of John (Deborah) Hutchinson, Danielle (Sandy) Kligman and Drew (Danielle) Warkentin. Brother-in-law of George and Donna Warkentin. Also survived by 3 great grandchildren.


Zuidersma HenryZUIDERSMA, Hendrik 'Henry' – Peacefully, to be with his Lord and Savior, at Albright Manor on Thursday July 13, 2017, aged 88 years.

Beloved husband of Elly for 63 years and dear father of the late Henry (1979), Dorothy (Brian) Rutgers, John (Linda), Annette (Chuck) Drost, Melvin and Dianne (Nick) Smirnow.

Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a sister Henny (Kees) Rhoorda, and in-laws Mel Rozema, Ann (Ben) Koersen and John Rozema. Predeceased by eight siblings.


Aranda AmiraBALLESTEROS ARANDA, Amira - It is with great sadness that the family of Amira announces her passing after a long battle with cancer, on Thursday July 13, 2017 at the tender age of 45 years.

Amira will be lovingly remembered by her husband and companion of 23 years Rene, and her children Erika and Luz.

Amira 'la guera' will also be fondly remembered by her family Ana Maria, Ana Lilia, Mario, Rosario, Luis, Oscar, Cynthia, Yollimar, Claudio y Sophia.