March 25, 2009

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Obituary

BERTHA BECKSMITH

 

Bertha Irene Becksmith, formerly of Tiverton and Kincardine from 2001-2004, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Windsor Regional Hospital, in her 65th year.

Beloved wife of Thomas. Loving mother of Mechele (John); Lee (Tawnya), Diane (David), Wade (Heather), Calvin (Tammy) and Marshal (Tammy).

Daughter of Rhoda, and daughter-in-law to Claire. Loving sister to Evelyn, Judy, Gail and Larry. Sister-in-law to Florence and Brian Lloyd, of Windsor and formerly of Kincardine.

Loving grandmother to 25 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her father Lester; her father-in-law Fred; and son Dayle.

The funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Atonement Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, on Friday, March 13, 2009, with Father Bob Remark as celebrant.

Interment followed at Windsor Memorial Gardens.

 

GWENETH BUCKINGHAM

Gweneth Buckingham (née Gwyneth Tucker) passed away peacefully in her sleep, with her cats Mayo and Panda watching over her, on one of her favourite days of the year - the first day of spring, March 20, 2009.

She is survived by her sister Margaret Wall, of Kincardine; son Barry Combes (Carol), of Scarborough; daughters Pamela (Lorne) Mulholland, of St. Marys, and Jane and her partner Steven Pritchard, of London; and Nancy, of Parkhill. Also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Steven Trimm-Combes, of Kelowna B.C., and Leigh Trimm-Combes, of Scarborough.

Gwen was predeceased by her husband Goldie, three brothers: Tommy, Harry and Peter; one sister, Betty; and by her daughter, Elizabeth.

Gwen was born in Kincardine on Aug. 27, 1921, to Albert and Rosetta Tucker. She was the eldest daughter in a family of three brothers (Tommy, Harry and Peter) and two sisters (Margaret Wall and Betty Lampman).

Her family endured tough times during the Depression, which she never forgot. Her fondest memory as a girl was learning music and songs with her best friends Mary Poynter (Baker) and Alva Storm Mackenzie (Poynter), as Gwen’s brother had saved up for a radio for the family. Nothing was allowed to proceed on Christmas Day until the King’s message on the radio was heard, and she continued to listen to this message throughout her life.

She married Gordon Combes in 1941. Following his career in the RAF, they settled in London to raise their children: Barry, Pamela and Elizabeth. She worked at several jobs during this time, including the Bank of Montreal and the Fisheries Research Station.

After her marriage dissolved, she returned to her home town of Kincardine, marrying Ralph Goldwin (Goldie) Buckingham, editor of the Kincardine News. While raising their two daughters, Jane and Nancy, Gwen wrote many articles and editorials for paper using her formidable English skills. When Goldie retired and sold the newspaper, Gwen worked at the Kincardine library, then after retiring, she continued her staunch support, serving on the Library Board for many years.

Gwen loved her cottage at Stoney Island, just north of Kincardine. While there, it was mandatory that every sunset be observed from her bench on the beach. She was also devoted to her animals, fondly remembering from childhood her Newfoundland dog, Teddy. Abandoned and abused cats gravitated to her door for rescue, and one even found her as she picked up her mail in the lobby of the Kincardine post office.

Gwen was taken out of school in grade 11, as girls were not expected to get an education. However she had a lifelong love of learning and used her knowledge of English and geography to complete difficult crossword puzzles. She could be found on the phone every weekend comparing her answers with her daughter Jane.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine.

Internment Kincardine Cemetery.

Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com

 

HEDLEY GORDON

1922-2009

H.G. (Hedley Goodyear)“Doc” Gordon passed away suddenly on March 15, 2009, after a brief illness.

Doc was a long time resident of Kincardine, and was the owner of Gordon's Pharmacy from the early 1950s until he sold the business in the mid 1970s. For the following three decades, Doc divided his time between Kincardine and Manitoulin Island. All his life, Doc was an avid fisherman and sports fan. No trout was too cunning nor a hockey player too clever to outwit the trolling line or arm chair coaching.

Doc lived life large, and with his wife Ann, travelled the Caribbean before it was developed, toured the Far East, experienced the Olympics in Japan, travelled along the Aegean Coast, drove around the British Isles and enjoyed a cruise around South America. He worked a few other excursions into the mix including Grey Cup adventures, Arctic fishing, obtaining a last minute ticket to the first Canada Russia Hockey tournament in 1972 and trips around North America on his motorcycle.

But his adventures truly began in Second World War. Doc was a navigator in the Ferry Command, delivering planes to destinations in England, Africa and many numerous and obscure destinations in between. The stories of these adventures were endless and endlessly funny.

Doc will be missed by his wife Ann; four daughters: Joanne (David McCallum), Mary Helen (Steve Musselman), Carol (Tony Piggin) and Heather (Mark Herron); and grandchildren: Sarah, Tanner, Dayna, Grace and James.

Doc was predeceased by his son John in 1960.

Cremation has taken place.

At Doc’s request, a private family gathering will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine. Memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Kincardine Branch #183 or the Kincardine United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

LILA MUNRO

1917-2009

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Lila Marion Munro (née Tennian), who passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2009, at the age of 91.

Dearly missed by her daughters: Heather Smith, Jackie Clermont and Barbara Rastow; by her sons-in-law: Mike Smith, Jamie Young and Steve Rastow; by her grandchildren: Andrew, Cindy, Christopher, Kelly, Chantelle, Jamie, Kristina and Peter; and by 14 great-grandchildren.

Lila was born on May 3, 1917, the eldest of two children of Charles and Nellie Tennian, at Black Donald Mines, Renfrew County, Ontario. She grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, completing her bachelor's degree in French at Sacred Heart College. In 1937 she travelled to France where she earned a Degree in Civilization at Sorbonne University in Paris. While travelling across the Atlantic on the Cunard White Star "Ausonia", she met her future husband, Murray Munro of Kincardine, who was travelling with friends in order to play hockey in Bristol, England. After graduating, she returned to Canada where she taught at a rural school in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan.

Lila and Murray Munro were married in 1942 and resided in Brampton, Ontario. Both spent many weekends and summers in Kincardine at their cottage at Cedar Terraces. Lila was a beautiful, caring, intelligent woman who cared deeply for her family, who loved to read, paint, and in later years travel. At the age of 69 she travelled around the world with her daughter Heather. She always said one of the favourite places she visited was Inner Mongolia.

Lila was predeceased by her brother Jack Tennian in 1942, and by her husband Murray on July 18, 1999.

Lila's family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Don Smith; Kate Kincaid, director of patient care; and the palliative care nurses of Kincardine Hospital, for their wonderful care. Special thanks also to Diane Cameron and the staff of Tiverton Park Manor.

A memorial service for family and friends to celebrate Lila's life will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009, with Pastor Kenneth Craig officiating.

Interment Kincardine Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Paddy Walker Heritage Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available on-line at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.