Wednesday, January 4, 2017



Michael “Mike” James Brown of Kincardine passed away peacefully with family by his side at the London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at the age of 68.


Mike was a kind and gentle man who was passionate about the love for his children, grandchildren, family and friends. The love for his dogs was evident to all; he connected with them in a way that was truly amazing, and they equally loved him back.


Mike had a way of always seeing what was right or wrong in a very clear and passionate way, and it is how he dealt with everything in life.


To his wife of 48 years, he was her life; the flame started at an early age and will never end. Mike’s love was quiet and kind and defined the very soul of who he was.


Mike was the beloved husband and life-long love of Jennifer Brown (née Nowell).


Devoted father of Suzanne Weatherall (Paul) of Walkerton; Heather Cuyler (Cory) and Chris Brown, all of Kincardine. Cherished grandpa of Bailey Weatherall (fiancé Justin McGarrity), Taya Cuyler and Joshua Cuyler.


Dear brother of Bill Brown (Cindy) of Bethany.


Also survived by his mother-in-law Doreen Wardley-Nowell of Kincardine and in-laws Carol Brown of Peterborough, Stephen Nowell (Helen) of British Columbia, Teresa McNicol (Trent) of Brantford, Marlene Nowell-Keen (Tom) of Bowmanville and closest friend and cousin Ron Gray of Kincardine.


Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, former co-workers and friends.


Predeceased by his parents Noel and Margaret (née Gildner) Brown, brother Bob Brown and father-in-law Albert Nowell.


Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. A memorial service to celebrate Mike’s life was conducted from the Anglican Church of the Messiah in Kincardine at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, with Reverend Rob Hiscox officiating.


Memorial donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada - Canine Vision or the Anglican Church of the Messiah’s Building Fund were appreciated as an expression of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at






Jeffrey “Jeff” Stewart Byles, of Kincardine, passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in his 78th year.


Beloved husband of Mary White.


Dear father of Catherine (Grant) Frook of Kincardine, Andrew (Nancy) Byles of Toronto, Alison Byles (Mike Brindley) of Kincardine and Judith Byles (Andrew Wallace) of Kincardine.


Loved grandfather of Tyler and Ryan Frook, Tony Byles, and Jesse and Katie Byles.


Predeceased by his sister Josephine Majury.


Survived by his brothers-in-law Brian Majury of Exeter, and John White and his wife Lore of Kincardine; and by his sister-in-law Maise Palmer and her husband Tony and family, of Guelph.


Sadly missed by his niece Karyn (Bill) Beer of Sarnia and his nephew David White of Kincardine.


A celebration of life will be held at the Anglican Church of the Messiah, 415 Russell Street, Kincardine, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, with Rev. Rob Hiscox officiating.


Spring interment Church of the Messiah Memorial Garden.


Memorial donations to the Anglican Church of the Messiah, Kincardine Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at


Arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine; 519-396-2701.






Rae Evans Johnson of Ripley passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Dec. 22, 2016, at the age of 79.

Rae was born in Uxbridge, Ontario, on May 17, 1937, to the late Sadie (Evans) and Jack Johnson.

He was the beloved husband of Betty (Noble) for 53 years.

Dear dad of Lisa (Andrew) Gardiner of Cobourg, and Bill (Martina Aisenpreis), of Point Clark. Cherished Poppa of Madelene, Rebecca and Jackson.

Survived by his sister Donna Barkey and sister-in-law Carol Johnson. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his brother Lloyd and his brother-in-law Frank Barkey.

Rae was “one of those guys”.  He could fix and maintain just about anything - gardens, various buildings, tractors, gas engines, appliances, vehicles - and the list goes on. He also liked to share with all who would listen how to fix all of the above with a good measure of “advice” mixed in. Friends, neighbours and family will be repeating his sayings and relying on that advice for years to come.

An avid fisherman and hunter, Rae shared these passions with his son Bill and then continued with his grandchildren almost as a full-time position. Not that long ago, he reached one of his lifetime goals and bagged a turkey. There may have been a large celebration in Ripley at this time; he really felt he had made it. A good measure of respect from Rae would be whether or not you could start an outboard motor, bait your own hook and clean your own fish.

While he dispensed advice frequently to his children and grandchildren (and most frequently to Betty), he also loved to share with his son and daughter in law; they both learned to take that advice as he was usually right. Andrew quickly learned that Lisa usually needed to “ask my Dad first”.  Rae was also happy to welcome Martina into the family; she and Rae had a special kind of sparring relationship which they both equally enjoyed.

There is a large space left for us now in the place he has occupied in our hearts for many years.  Betty will miss her lumberjack, nature-loving, gardening and antique expert husband. We will remember him in all that we do and, most especially, when we “reel another one in" at the cottage.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation was held from 6-9 p.m. at the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home in Ripley on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

The memorial service was conducted at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ripley at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, with visiting for one hour prior. Rev. Ruth McLean officiated. Karen Martyn was organist.

Memorial information and condolences can be found online at



James “Jim” Pannell of Kincardine passed away peacefully at his home, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at the age of 80 years.


Beloved husband of Linda Pannell.


Dear father of Deborah Pannell (Wayne Burke) and Melissa (Anthony) Matthews, all of Kincardine.  Loving “Pops” to Jess Curry, Kylee Curry (Evan Koller), Lily, Kate James and Ella Matthews.


Survived by his brothers Roy Pannell of Toronto and Walter (Marion) Pannell of New Liskeard; his sisters Polly Ayotte of Brockville, Diane Paleczny of Alberta and Lola Boucher of St. Catharines; and his sister-in-law Susan Pannell of St. Catharines. Sadly missed by his nieces and nephews.


Predeceased by his brothers Jack, Russell and Dennis Pannell and his sister Alice Pannell.


Jim was a man who had a zest for life. He was a great entertainer and entrepreneur and his spirit will live on.


Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.


The funeral service was held at the Kincardine United Church on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, with Crystal Morais officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Burke, Anthony Matthews, Ken Davey, Dave Snook, Steve Pannell and Robert Pannell. Flower bearers were Jim’s granddaughters Jess and Kylee Curry, Lily, Kate James and Ella Matthews.


Spring interment Kincardine Cemetery.


Memorial donations to the Kincardine, Ainsdale, Somerhill or Blackhorse junior golf programs or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.  Portrait and memorial available online at


“Until next time ... walk on the sunny side.”