August 25, 2010



It is with great sadness that  the family of Richard Dalgarno sends news of Richard’s passing  to the friends of the Dalgarno family.


Richard died suddenly of a heart attack on July 23, 2010, in Abuja, Nigeria, having just turned 64 years of age. At the time of his death, Richard was coming to the end of a two-year contract as the Kano State Team Leader for ESSPIN (Education Sector Support Program in Nigeria), a British-Nigerian government  initiative to transform basic education in Nigeria. 


Richard is survived by wife Avis; sons Garth, Adam, Mark and Sebastian; daughters-in-law Kate, Grace and Anne; and grandsons Nigel, Gabriel and newly arrived Richard Rowan (born Aug. 21, 2010), all of whom currently live and work in Canada. 


He is also survived by his sister, Pat Nicholas, from the Canary Islands; and sisters and brothers-in-law in Canada; and three generations of nieces and nephews in Canada, Singapore and the UK. 


Richard, born and raised in England, was also happy to be a citizen of Canada, considering Canada his home base for the past 35 years. His favourite t-shirt said “Learn by Doing”, a motto from St. Dominic’s Rural Training Centre and Vanaga Teachers’ College in the Solomon Islands. Throughout his career he worked to help people understand the need to make education relevant to society’s needs. He knew, sadly, that hands-on learning was undervalued throughout the world, and worked to encourage its development alongside established values placed on more academic learning. Throughout his life, those who worked with Richard knew him as a “do-er”, someone who got things done. Just as he was a creative and passionate gardener, developing and nurturing his beautiful gardens around the world, so too did he develop, through his hard work and understanding ways, education projects in several areas of the world. The recipients of these education programs with whom Richard was always concerned were school children, because quality education has always been the most important need in Richard’s mind, no matter where in the world he was working - whether in Canadian First Nations communities or in Nigeria where he worked in the 1970s, the 1980s and again for the two years prior to his death. He worked with government towards the vision of  Universal Primary Education, and most recently Basic Education  in northern Nigeria. During the many years spent in Zambia, as the social action co-ordinator, he tried to lessen the drastic affects of World Bank and IMF structural adjustment programs, and in the Solomon Islands he worked tirelessly to make education workable, reachable and relevant in the many large and small islands of that nation.

Richard and his wife Avis, worked hand in hand to raise their own four sons, but also to be part of the global village working together to raise the children of the world. Though his work is now done on this planet, Richard will live on through his sons and his grandchildren and through the many children  throughout the world whose lives were touched by him professionally and personally. Help us remember Richard Dalgarno



Memories in the Heart
Feel no guilt in laughter, he knows how much you care
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he’s not here to share
You cannot grieve forever, he would not want you to
He’d hope that you can carry on, the way you always do
So talk about the good times and the ways you showed you cared
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared
Let memories surround you.


A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day
That brings him back as clearly as though he  were still here
And fills you with the feelings that he is always near
For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safe within your heart


Jim Elliott, passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in his 86th year. 

Beloved husband of Donna Elliott (Huston), of Kincardine.


Greatly missed by daughter Karen (Dave) Neilipovitz, of Kincardine; and by grandchildren Whitney and Dylan. 


Also survived by siblings Edith Simpson, of Lucknow; Betty (Kenneth) McFarlane, and Bill (Betty) Elliott, and sister-in-law Marjorie Elliott, all of Kincardine. Also by family friend Sally Martin, of Tillsonburg, as well as several nieces and nephews. 


Predeceased by his brothers Joe and Bert. 


Visitation was held at the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. The funeral service was conducted from the chapel at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.18, 2010, with Betty Elliott officiating. 


Pallbearers were nephews Robert Elliott, Steve Simpson, Rod Simpson, Steve McFarlane, Andy McFarlane and Ken Elliott. 


Flower bearers were Sally Martin, Pam and Delaney Elliott and granddaughter Whitney Neilipovitz.

Interment Ripley Cemetery


Donations to a charity of choice were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Condolences can be made on-line at




Stewart Plantinga, of Kincardine, passed peacefully on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, age 63.


Born in Dokkum, The Netherlands, he was the son of Ann Plantinga and the late George Plantinga.

He leaves behind his wife of 32 wonderful years, Anna B. Veenman.


Grieving his passing are his brothers and sisters: Minnie Hoogstra (Henk), of Langley; Elly Vandervliet (Mark), of Simcoe; Gerri Vandermey (John), of Beamsville; Henry Plantinga (Titia), of Guelph; and Norman Plantinga (Grace), of Burlington.


Predeceased by his sister, Ann Slofstra, and her husband, Bill.


Also grieving are his in-laws: Gary Veenman (Alice), of Elora; Shawnie Wildeboer (Bill), of Markdale; Margaret Spithoff (Klaas), of Burlington; Kees Veenman (Bonnie), of Abbotsford; Mary Veenman (Ken Kennedy), of London; and Pauline Trudell (Marc), of London.


He was a favourite uncle to dozens of nieces and nephews, who knew him as Atu, "Uncle", Uncle Stew, and as plain 'ole Stew.


Stewart had a 10-year career as a police officer in the Halton region, followed by a private security job. He then enjoyed a successful construction business and left a little piece of his heart in each of the homes he built. During his l4-year struggle with cancer he never complained, despite engaging in many debilitating life-or-death battles. He was always pleasant to health care staff and he had the inner strength to get through the tough times. Stewart could be boisterous, full of fun, and was the life of a party. He will be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends, for his protective nature, his integrity and his innocent faith in God.


Stewart benefited greatly from all areas of our health system, especially the Regional Cancer Clinic at London's Health Sciences Centre. Recently, the support given by Community Care Access, Care Partner Nurses, his surgeon Doctor Fung, Doctor Wiebe, Doctor Spithoff and Doctor Yip allowed Stewart to finish his journey in dignity, at home, beside his lake.


Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine (519-396-2701) on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


A private family interment took place at the Kincardine Cemetery.


The memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 345 Durham Street Avenue, Kincardine, with Rev. Ray Luinstra officiating. 


Serving as pallbearers were: Sheryl Spithoff, Madeleine Trudell, Matthew and Jesse Veenman, Henry Plantinga and Gerri Vandermey. 


Contributions to the Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Society were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at