Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Frank Abela, beloved husband of Stephanee Abela, of Ripley, passed away at Kincardine Hospital on Dec. 9, 2012, at the age of 60.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 7, 1952 to the late Alice and Lewis Abela.

Dear father of Vanessa (Aneez) Abela-Kanji, of England; and Iain (Melissa) Abela, of LaSalle.

Also greatly missed by grandson Isaac Kanji, brother Paul (Ann-Marie) Abela and nephew Anthony Abela, of Eastpointe, Michigan.

A celebration of Frank’s life was held for family and friends, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at the Bruce Steakhouse in Kincardine.

Donations to the Salvation Army were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley; 519-395-2969.  Condolences available on-line at



Trevor Lee Spencer Schell, of R.R. 1, Tiverton, died suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the age of 23 years.

Beloved son of George and Laurie and big brother to David.

Cherished grandson of Don and Carol Schell, of Kanata, Ontario.

Predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Bob and Dorothy Fletcher.

Lovingly remembered by his many aunts, uncles and cousins in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

Sadly missed by his girlfriend, Alexis and his many close friends.

Trevor was born in Kitchener and lived in Guelph. In 1997 the family moved to Kincardine where Trevor attended KTTPS and later KDSS, graduating in 2008. Trevor had a special soft spot for animals and had considered being a veterinary assistant before choosing to pursue a career in plumbing and pipe-fitting. He earned his plumbing fundamentals diploma at St. Clair College in 2010 and was gaining work experience in Kitchener and the Kincardine area.

Trevor had a big network of friends and stood by them through thick and thin. Amongst the passions he shared were his skills in rap, hip-hop and free-style, and his love of cooking, football and other sports and games. He kept himself fit through weight training wherever he lived and physical work around the family property. 

Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine (757 Princes Street,  519-396-2701) on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Kincardine United Church, 721 Princes Street, Kincardine, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 with Crystal Morais officiating.

Cremation has taken place. 

Trevor always wanted to support his brother David and would want to be remembered through donations to Kincardine Community Living's "Here at Home" Capital Campaign.

Portrait and memorial online at



Velma “Eileen” Johnston  (née Berlett), of Kincardine and formerly of Gorrie, passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in her 91st year. 

Beloved wife of the late Lionel “Benny” Johnston. 

Dear mother of Lynda (David) Gowing, of Point Clark; Bryan (Jane) Johnston, of R.R 2 Listowel; and Brent (Linda) Johnston, of Oakville.

Loved grandma of Amy Henderson, Matthew (Gillian) Gowing, Jeff Woods (Tanya Gowing), Keenan, Kenzie, Brooke and Brandon Johnston; and great-grandma of Charlotte, Olivia, Nadine and Dominic. 

Loved sister of Jack (Norma) Berlett, of Listowel. Missed by her special niece Shirley Johnstone-Hay (Vern Fry).

Predeceased by her brother Harris Berlett.

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.13, 2012 with Rev. Jeff Hawkins officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Gowing, Jeff Woods, Keenan, Kenzie and Brandon Johnston and Vern Fry.

Interment Gorrie Cemetery.

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


WILLIAM STANLEY June 15, 1930 

William “Ronald” Stanley, of Kincardine, passed away peacefully with his family at his side in his 83rd year at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

Ron was born June 15, 1930 in Kincardine Township, the eldest child of William and Hazel (Bannerman) Stanley.

He was the dear brother of Karl and Mildred Stanley, Mary and Mike Procyshen, and Betty and Bill Elliott. Ron’s in-laws were Tom and Fern (Larrett) Stewart; his sisters- and brothers-in-law were Ila and Arnold Wilkie, Ellen and Ken Rowe, John and Rosemary Stewart, Gerald and Una Stewart, Eva and Ian McPherson, Ernest (Bud) Stewart, Mabel and Ron Hudson, Alex and Laurena, Russell and Gloria Stewart, and Harold and Lyla Stewart.

Ron married Mildred Stewart on March 22, 1952 and they enjoyed over 59 wonderful years together.  Millie passed away Nov 1, 2011.  Ron and Millie raised six children: George Stanley, Shirley (Doug) Garniss, Bill (Valerie) Stanley, Bob (Adele Patrice) Stanley, Mary (Rick) Beitz and Debbie (Byron) Ballagh.

Grandpa Ron will be greatly missed by his 12 grandchildren: Ann Garniss, Adam Garniss, Jamie Brown, Matthew Stanley, Rachel Page, Hailey Patrice, Tony Beitz, Ricky Beitz, Kihya Beitz, Heather Vander Hoek, Mark Ballagh, and Blake Scott. Also sadly missed by nine great grandchildren: Ainsley and Evelyn Garniss; McKenna and Koledyn Brown; Blake, Ainsley, Kaidence and Avah Beitz; and Cayden Vander Hoek. 

Ron was a lifelong member of Kinloss United Church and an active member of the Loyal Orange Lodge.  Ron’s work pursuits began at the age of 13 selling baby chicks to farmers and included other endeavours such as the Ripley Feed Mill, Petrofina Fuel and a part owner in a sales barn. His main focus was Stanley Farm Supplies and farms that he owned and operated for over 60 years. During that time, he was an active member of the Ontario Retail Farm Equipment Dealers Association. 

Ron’s greatest passions were family, faith and farming. He loved playing cards, reading and following world economics. His favourite times were spent hosting family and community get-togethers. Ron will be sadly missed by his family friends and community. 

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012  from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held at the Kincardine United Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 with Rev. Don Harry officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Doug and Adam Garniss, Bryon Ballagh, Matthew Stanley, Rick Beitz and Blake Scott.  The flower bearers were Ron’s grandchildren: Ann Garniss, Jamie Brown, Rachel Pagé, Heather van der Hoek, Kihya Beitz and Hailey Patrice. 

Interment Kincardine Cemetery. 

Memorial donations can be made to Southwest CCAC (Grey-Bruce), Canadian Cancer Society (Bluewater Unit) or the Kincardine United Church. Portrait and memorial on-line at