January 7.2009


Weir Sheane was former warden of Bruce



Long-time Kincardine Township politician Weir Alexander Sheane died Dec. 30, 2008, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Kincardine. He was in his 77th year.

Born Oct. 12, 1932 on the South Line, he was the son of Wilbert and Mary (MacKenzie) Sheane.

After graduating from Kincardine High School, Weir moved to Hamilton, working as a paroll clerk for a construction company from Pittsburgh. After Hamilton, his company had a contract with Sydney Steel in Nova Scotia where he met his wife to be, Evelyn Kerr.

He later worked for Northern Telecom, based in Toronto. With a young family and being on the road  a great deal, he returned home to Kincardine in 1958, working as a technician with Waterloo Cattle Breeders, now known as Gencor.

The Sheanes rented a 100 acres in the late 1960s and bought a couple of farms in Kincardine Township in the l970s and he was still farming one of those properties .

He was first elected to Kincardine Township council in 1975, serving three years as a councillor, three years as deputy reeve and 12 years as reeve. He served as Bruce County Warden in 1992. 

Mr. Sheane is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughters Kim Sheane (Steve Cameron) and Karen (Donald ) Fair; grandchildren Michqel, Nicole and Sheane Fair; sister Betty Jean (Ron) Finlay of Kincardine; sister-in-law Yvonne Sheane, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by  his parents and brother Carle.

Visitation was Sunday at the Davey-Linklater funeral Home, Kincardine. Rev. Eric Watson conducted the funeral Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at the Kincardine Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Michael Fair, Bill Johnson, Klaas Zondervan, Richard Pym, Jim MQuaid and Rod Finlay.

Interment Kincardine Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Camp Hermosa or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Portrait and memorial on line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com




Norma Dunsmoor (née Haist) of Kincardine, died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in her 82nd year. 

Beloved wife of Norman Dunsmoor. 

Dear mother of Sally (Roger) Troke, of Kincardine; David (Val) Dunsmoor, of Kincardine; and Paul (Carol Ann) Dunsmoor, of Edmonton. Cherished grandmother of Shawn (Krista) Troke, Jason (Tina) Troke and Nicole Dunsmoor; and great grandmother of Nathan, Jordan and Jaydon Troke. 

Predeceased by an infant son Shawn. Also predeceased by her brother Gerald Haist, her sister Ruth (Don) Carew and an infant sister Marguerite. 

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. 

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. at the Kincardine United Church on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, with Rev. Don Harry officiating. 

Spring interment Kincardine Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the Kincardine United Church-Brick Pointing Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.




Leonard John Easton, of Kincardine, died at his residence, on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, in his 77th year. 

Dear father of John Easton (Rejeanne Drolet), of Quebec City; David (Anita) Easton, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Rick Easton, of Melfort, Saskatchewan; Sharon (Ralph) Hutchings, of Victoria, B.C.; Diane (Doug) Barker, of Victoria, B.C.; and Jamie (Nancy) Easton, of Kincardine. Sadly missed by his grandchildren: Sandra, Jessica, Abby, Kayli, Jason, Ryan, Josh, Joel, and Jenna; and four great-grandchildren. 

Loved brother of Ron (Trudy) Easton, of Ottawa; and Lillian (Ted) Gemmel, of Innisfil. 

Predeceased by his brother Jack Easton, and his sister Marcia Switzer.  

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Kenneth Craig officiating. 

Interment Kincardine Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.



Dorothy Marguerite Hartley (née Magwood), of Kincardine,  passed away after a determined year-long battle with cancer, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in her 90th year.  

Loved mother of D. Ann (Jim) McClure and Jim (Deb) Hartley. Loving grandmother of John and Peter Hartley.  Predeceased by her beloved husband Bert, her cherished grandson Jamie McClure and her brother Burdett Magwood.  Good friend of Albrecht Ebener. Aunt, great aunt and great-great aunt to many in Canada and England. 

Dorothy was able to remain in her own home until ten days before her death, thanks to the generosity and support of her special friends Elaine and Glen Holmes, Susan Zettler and Nancy Connell; palliative care volunteers; her Home Care/ParaMed team and her many friends in the Forbes-Lambton apartments and from the United Church. Special thanks to the caring medical staff at the hospital for easing her way. 

In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, cremation has taken place. 

A memorial service was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Don Harry officiated.  

Spring interment  Kincardine Cemetery. 

Memorial donations  to the Kincardine United Church, Kincardine Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.



Gordon Wilton Hyde, of Teeswater, passed away at the Wingham and District Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, in his 69th year.

Gordon was born in Kincardine, Ontario, on June 17, 1940 to the late Harold and Lorraine (Mock) Hyde.

Beloved husband of Marlene (Hodgins) Hyde. Dear father of Caroline Schill, of Listowel; and Rob Hyde and Ken Hyde, both of Teeswater. Sadly missed by 12 grandchildren.

Brother of Joan Brooks, and her husband Jim, of Edmonton; and Terry Hyde, of  Wasaga Beach. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, and members of Marlene's family: Betty McTaggart, and her husband Gary, of R.R. 2, Holyrood; Howard Hodgins, and his wife Susan, of Bailiboro; and Bob Hodgins, of Walkerton.

Predeceased by his brother Harold Hyde, and sister-in-law Carol Hyde.

Visitation was held at the Tiffin Funeral Home (Box 279, 4 Clinton St. S., Teeswater, ON N0G 2S0, 519-392-6011) on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was conducted from the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30. 2008, with Marilyn Robertson officiating.

Pallbearers were Jim Yorke, Darrel Hyde, Donnie Page, Doug Schiestel, Richard Cronin and George Young.

Cremation with spring interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Wingham and District Hospital Foundation were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.



Sheila Isobel Shisko died at North Bay General Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at the age of 74 years.  

Sheila (née McLeod) was the beloved wife of Stephen Shisko, and the proud and loving mother of John (Mary-lu Spinney), Alan (Georgie Donais) and Ann (David Stevens), all of Toronto. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Emory, Sophia, Quinn, Jack and Emily.  

Also survived by her brothers: Donald "Doc" McLeod (Johanna), of Kincardine; and John McLeod (Maureen), of Florida.

Born and raised in Kincardine, Sheila earned a Public Health nursing diploma at the University of Toronto and graduated with her Registered Nursing degree from the Stratford General Hospital. An accomplished student of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Sheila was a very active and dedicated member of the music community in North Bay for many years. She served as the accompanist for the North Bay Choral Society for over 12 years. A long-time piano and organ teacher, she will be fondly remembered by her many students. For several years she served as church organist and choir director at St. Andrews United Church, then in 1983 began as organist and choir director at Trinity United Church until 1996. While at Trinity, she was instrumental in fundraising for, and installation of, the congregation's first pipe organ - a project that she willingly dedicated many hours to.  

A community minded person, Sheila was very active with the CNIB, having served as chairman of the local board. In recent years, she enjoyed playing as the accompanist for the theatre group Dreamcoat Productions.   

Funeral services to celebrate Sheila’s life were held at Trinity United Church, North Bay, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. Arrangements entrusted to Martyn Funeral Home, 464 Wyld Street, North Bay, 705-472-8810.

Cremation followed.

Donations to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation were gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy. On-line condolences may be offered at www.martynfh.com.





Robert (Bob) Dore Thompson died at the Kincardine Hospital, on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, after a short battle with cancer.

Bob was born May 28, 1948, in Kincardine Hospital, second child to R. Harvey Thompson and Wilda (Dore) Thompson. 

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judy (Storgard); and two sons: Rob (Jennifer), of Purple Grove; and Todd (Tammy Adams), of Ripley.

Brother of Don, of Purple Grove; Wray (Linda), of Mississauga; and Joan (Carman) Locke, of South Porcupine. Dearly missed by brother and sister-in-law Lorna (Storgard) (John) Parsons, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan; and Dixie (Carter) Storgard, of Kelowna B.C.; as well as by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his father Harvey (2002); mother Wilda (2007); father-in-law Jack (1970); mother-in-law Julie (2007); and brother-in-law Carter (2002).

After attending Purple Grove School and Ripley District High School to grade 10, he spent the next 10 years working as a hired hand for neighbours and farming his own 100 acres. Bob and Judy were married in March, 1970. In March, 1971, after the birth of Rob, the need for a more stable income became necessary, and he spent the summer and fall working for Sam McGregor, clearing bush at BNPD. That winter, an opportunity arose at the Kincardine Hospital, and he spent the next several years driving ambulance. Bob thoroughly enjoyed recounting the tales from this part of his life; tales that centred on Dr. Tyndall, Dr. Gurbin, Sylvia Stepnow, Marie Harman, Norm Dunsmoor, Eugene Harrison, George Dahmer, Berwick Bell, and the many others that made his employment there memorable. The family still has the lovely crocheted baby shawl given when Todd was born in 1974.

The year 1975 brought the opportunity to work in his life-long passion -  agriculture, and Bob worked until 1981with Don Morrison at Bluewater Agromart. Always a quick learner, Bob soon mastered the art of mixing fertilizer and was instrumental in Bluewater adding “Provimi” feeds to its inventory. With ownership on the horizon in November, 1981, Bob went to work with Ron Stanley at the Ripley Chopping Mill, and on Jan. 2, 1982, Thompson Feed and Supply was born.  In 1986, the former Ripley elevator was added to the company and within a few years the Surge Dairy Sq. franchise was also purchased. Bob worked hard, because he did not know how to work any other way, increasing and expanding the business and his own farm to 500 acres. During this time he was a staunch member of the community, a 4-H leader, and president of the Ripley Agricultural Society for their 125th fair.

Early in the 2000’s, Bob stepped back from the day-to-day operation of the feed mill, allowing his sons to carry on. But he wasn't idle for long, taking on the new job of buying, selling and trucking cattle to the Brussels sales barn. Even in his last weeks of life, he waited for the phone to ring to provide him with the opportunity to buy, sell, or arrange transportation of cattle or goods.

The funeral service was held at the St. Andrew’s United Church, in Ripley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

Cremation has taken place. Spring interment Ripley Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were: brother-in-law John Parsons; cousins Allen Rhody and Ron Dore; and friends and neighbours, Don Reid, Paul Murray, Dick McCosh and Dave Stewart.

Donations to the Purple Grove Community Centre or the Ripley Agricultural Society were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Box 248, Ripley ON NOG 2RO.




William Donald "Don" Young, of Kincardine, died at his residence, on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in his 80th year.

Beloved father of Judy (Norm) Ross, of Kincardine; Jim Young (Judy Vatcher), of London; Doug Young (Debbie Pearson), of Vancouver; and Ed (Nancy) Young, of Whitby. 

Cherished grandfather of Mike (Sarah) Ross, Erin (Terry) Dietrich, Jaime Ross (Brian), Ashley Ross (Greg), Jeff (Gill) Young, Crystal Young (Josh), Dustin Young (Julie), Debbie Young, Kyle (Jacky) Young and Jeffrey Tanas; and great-grandfather of Brayden, Meghan, Alanna, Logan and Gus. 

Sadly missed by his sisters: Helen (Bob) Farrell, of Sarnia; Mary (John) Helm, of Kitchener; Eleanor Small (Willie), of Hamilton; and Agnes Gillick, of Kitchener; and by his brothers: Gordon (Rita), of Thorndale; and Ed (Mae), of Toronto. 

Predeceased by his brothers: John and Jim; and by brothers-in-law: Fred Lipskie, Glen Small and Joe Gillick.  Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009,  from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, with Rev. Dennis Cluley officiating. 

Interment Kincardine Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.