November 28, 2012

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Obituary

GAIL GINGRAS

Barbara "Gail" Gingras died on Nov. 24, 2012, at the age of 68, in Kincardine, Ontario.

Born to Hugo and Florence Holland in Sarnia, Ontario, Gail moved with her family to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1957. Gail loved Saskatchewan for many reasons: it is where she made many close friends, developed a life-long passion for curling and for the “Roughies”, and met her adored husband Roger Gingras.

Gail married Roger soon after she graduated with a degree in physical education from the University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon. She gave birth to two of their three children in Saskatoon before the family moved to Deep River and then to Kincardine, where Roger, a control technician, was employed by the nuclear power industry. Tragically Roger died in 1992 after a long fight with leukemia.

For the next 20 years, Gail was an invaluable volunteer driver and organizer for the Canadian Cancer Society. She was a dedicated and active member of the Kincardine community for 40 years. She helped establish the first co-operative nursery school in Kincardine, coached minor softball, and for many years ran the junior curling program at the Kincardine Curling Club where she also participated in organizing community events and many, many meals.

Most of all, Gail was a loving and compassionate mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to her immediate family and to legions of others in the community. To all who knew and loved her, Gail was beyond selfless and would help anyone with anything.

Gail is survived by her three wonderful children and their families: Rob Gingras, his wife Audrey and two children: Justin and Brett; Renée Gingras and her partner Dan O'Brien; Lori Morris, her husband Steve and two children: Austin and Kayla.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who tirelessly offered her love, wisdom, advice, and assistance to her family. Her siblings Mike, Sue, twin brother Geoff, Chris and their families will deeply miss her friendship and counsel. 

Throughout her life, Gail's capacity to listen to and empathize with others earned her the respect and love of her large extended family. For someone as kind and wise as she was, the challenges Gail had to face in her life seemed, to others, completely unfair -but not to her. She set a sterling example of the importance of living life one day at a time and philosophically accepting what cannot be changed.

Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

A casual celebration of Gail's life - sharing stories, food and drink - will be held at the Kincardine Curling Club on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1-5 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Gail's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Grey-Bruce Palliative Care-Kincardine Hospice or Cozy Cat Kennels in Kincardine. Portrait and memorial on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

JEFFREY LEITH

Jeffrey “Jeff” David Leith, of Kincardine, died suddenly at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the age of 38 years.

Beloved husband of Timothy Crawford.

Much loved son of Bill and Delores Leith, of Hanover.

Dear brother of John Leith (Rosie Spoenlein), of Hanover.

Cherished son-in-law of Chris Stevenson and Myrna Crawford, of Kincardine; and Kevin Crawford, of Kincardine. Lovingly remembered by his brother-in-law Travis (Becky) Crawford, of Kincardine; and sister-in-law Jackie (Greg) Pawlikowski, of Tiverton. Loved uncle of Rylee and Hadley Pawlikowski; and Edwin and Grant Crawford.

Grandson of Mildred Griffith, of Kincardine.

Fondly remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sadly missed by Jack, Bailey and Abby.

Predeceased by his grandparents: Norman and Pearl Dietz, and George and Helen Leith.

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home (757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 1Z5, 519-396-2701) on Sunday, Nov.  25, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held at the Kincardine United Church, 721 Princes Street, Kincardine, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Crystal Morais officiating.

Interment Kincardine Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ontario or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

JAMES SANJANA

James “Jim” Sanjana, of Kincardine, died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in his 88th year.

Beloved husband of Elisabeth “Betty” Sanjana (née Shaw).

Dear father of Jane (Rolf) Willich, of R.R. 2, Tiverton; Lesley (David) Ribner, of Andover, Massachusetts; and Victoria Sanjana (Mark Liddall), of Toronto.

Cherished grandfather of Max (Jessica) Willich and Oliver Willich (Jessie Weitman), and Simon and Elliott Ribner.

Loved brother-in-law of June Sanjana, of Scotland; and Helen Giejgo, of London, England.

Predeceased by his brother Andrew Sanjana.

Jim was born in Scotland on March 13, 1925. He was educated at Edinburgh University (B.Sc.) and served in the Royal Airforce. Jim immigrated to Canada in 1955 and worked as a Professional Engineer.

Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home (757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 1Z5, 519-396-2701) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m., with Crystal Morais officiating.

Memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

GEORGE MESSENGER

George Howard Messenger, of Point Clark, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in his 82nd year.

Beloved husband of Barbara Messenger (née Mapes).

Dear father of Gail (Roger) Farrell, of R.R. 4, Ripley; Linda Mason, of Caledon; and Jane (John) Elliott, of R.R. 8, Kincardine.

Loved grandpa of Amy (Dwight) Irwin, Janine (Curt) Donaldson, Greg Farrell (Robyn Thompson), Stacy Elliott, Becky (Evan) Cohoon, Troy (Samantha) Elliott; and great-grandpa of Layne, Jack, Jace, Easton, Kennedy and Paige.

Predeceased by his brothers, Fred and Norris Messenger; and by his sister-in-law, Gloria Messenger.

George was born in Quebec and moved to the Dundas area as a child. In 1955, the family moved to Huron Township where, along with his father and brother, he developed a renowned registered Holstein herd. In retirement he enjoyed many activities, including travelling, making maple syrup and woodworking.

Visitation was held at Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

The funeral service was held at Pine River United Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, with Rev. Vicki Johnson officiating. Eulogies were given by granddaughter Amy Irwin and niece Christie MacGregor. Flower bearers were George's grandchildren: Amy Irwin, Janine Donaldson, Greg Farrell, Stacy Elliott, Becky Cohoon and Troy Elliott.  The urn bearer was his nephew, Doug Messenger.

Interment Pine River United Church Cemetery, Lurgan.

Memorial donations to the Ontario Lung Association or the Pine River United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

MARGARET WALSH

Margaret “Margie” Walsh (née Bieman), of London and formerly of Kincardine, died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at People Care Oakcrossing in London, in her 89th year.

Beloved wife of the late Hamilton “Hammy” Walsh.

Dear mother of David (Joyce) Walsh, of Kincardine; Mary Jane (Mac) MacDougall, of London; and Michael Walsh (Amanda Farrell), of Kincardine.

Proud grandmother of Mikala (Jeff) Collins, Reagan (Brent) Johnston, Sean Walsh (Jenny Hewitt), Lindsay (Bill) Shewfelt, Christian (Jen) Walsh and Kian (Robyn) MacDougall.  Cherished great grandmother of Ty, Tori, Tate, Liam, Jack, Carson, Lacie, Sam, Sully, Declan, Connor and Emma.

Also survived by her brother Bill (Marian) Bieman and by her brother-in-law Jim MacGregor, both of London. Lovingly remembered by her nephews.

Predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Jean (Currie) Bieman; and her sister Mary Helen MacGregor.

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home (757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 1Z5,  519-396-2701) from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 from where the funeral took place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, with Rev. Canon Michael Farr officiating.

Interment Kincardine Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.