Wednesday, May 10, 2017



Gilberte Marie Cecile Joly passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, at the age of 68.


Daughter of the late Wilfrid and DesNeiges Joly.


She is survived by her two sons Dean (Jami) and Jayson (Alda), by her daughter Lorelle (Mark) and by her five grandchildren: Sara, James-Dean, Bria, Brooke and Vivian.


Loving sister of Arnel Joly of North Bay, Marcel Joly of Callander and Jeannine Ladd of London.

Predeceased by her brothers Jean-Paul and Theodore and by her sisters Marguerite, Aurore and Therese.


Gilberte loved to garden, cook and bake. She loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren meant everything to her and were her pride and joy. She will be sadly missed by all who loved and knew her.


Visitation was held from 7-9 p.m. in the Mattawa Chapel (530 McConnell Street, Mattawa) of the Martyn & Sloan Funeral Home on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church (231 Second Street, Mattawa) on Friday, May 5, 2017, with Father Cyril Okebanama officiating.


Interment Ste. Anne's Parish Cemetery, Mattawa.


If desired, memorial donations to the Ontario Lung Association would be appreciated by her family. Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements entrusted to the Martyn Funeral Home, 464 Wyld Street, North Bay ON P1B 1Z5; 705-472-8810.






Dugald Knox MacKenzie of R.R. #2, Tiverton passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in his 86th year.


Beloved husband of June MacKenzie (née Duke).


Dear father of Bob (Elaine) MacKenzie of R.R. #2, Tiverton, Andy (Sandy) MacKenzie of Inverhuron, Mary June (Brian) Clancy of London and Linda (Trevor) Bright of Waterloo.


Cherished grandfather of Katie, Tara, Steve, Mitch, Corey, Jessie and Brooke.


Also missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Predeceased by his parents Ivan and Mary, brothers Robert and Ronnie and sister Jessie McLelland.


Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The funeral service was held at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, with Rev. David Chang officiating.


Interment Tiverton Cemetery.


Memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation or Tiverton Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at




Marianne Ruth Matheson (née McDougall) of Elgin Lodge in Port Elgin, and formerly of Spry Lake and Tiverton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Grey Bruce Health Services in Wiarton on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in her 89th year.


Beloved wife of the late Donald Matheson, who predeceased her in 2011.


Ruth is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dan and Kym Matheson of Wiarton, Ken Matheson and Shane St. George of Toronto, Lorna and John Freeburn of Port Elgin and Anne and Rob Roy of Beaverton, Michigan.


Missed by her 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


Fondly remembered by sister-in-law Ruth E. Matheson of Tiverton and brother-in-law Keith Surridge of Penticton, B.C., and their families.


Predeceased by her parents Coll and Mayne (née McDonald) McDougall, much loved sister Grace Surridge, grandson Jordan Freeburn and brother-in-law Johnny Matheson.


Visitation was held from 2-4 and 7- 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine from where the funeral service to celebrate Ruth’s life was also held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017.


Final resting place: Tiverton Cemetery.


Memorial donations to the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation or a charity of choice were appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at





Ida Louise O’Neil (née Slack) of Inverhuron passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in her 88th year.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1929, in Windsor, Ontario - the youngest of four children of Henri and Myrtle Slack (née Hendra).

Ida was the combination of intelligence, wit, charm and kindness. As the baby of the family, she was a favourite of many. Her involvement in the Young People’s group at church led to the relationship that would define her life story. She met her groom and husband of 65 years, Gary Holden O’Neil, at the young age of 16, giving them a lifetime of 70 years together.

Following high school, Ida worked in the insurance industry until she and Gary started their family. Later in life she worked at the Ontario Research Centre, testing air quality samples which came with the title of Professional Smeller; in this role she was featured on the front page of the Globe and Mail business section, an accomplishment she was proud of.

Gary and Ida married in 1951, but waited a good 10 years to have their children. That time was spent with dear friends at baseball games, basketball games, bonfires and bowling - building memories and relationships to last a lifetime.

As a mum, she attended field trips, assisted on projects, encouraged the interests of her kids and drove a 1969 Mustang like it should be driven. She was a key success factor in her husband’s career as his partner in entertaining. Her food was amazing, her jokes were funny and she welcomed many to her home and at her table. She worried about others, but embraced her own life with her realism and matter of fact approach. At 40-years-old, she faced a fear of water with swimming lessons.

Travel was a big part of Ida’s life whether it was the Caribbean or a weekend away with girlfriends. There were no secrets with Ides, it was clear where she stood. She believed in the Ten Commandments, practised the power of prayer regularly but was also one to throw a whammy curse on a golfer if she didn’t want him to win. She loved deep and was loyal to the core. She was a wonderful wife, amazing mum and gramma but perhaps her greatest role was that of friend.

She is survived by her son Keith O’Neil, her friend and favourite daughter-in-law Coral Milne, her two grandsons Spence and Reid and the most recent addition her granddaughter-in-law Breanne. She leaves a daughter Martha Jane O’Neil (Marnie), her sister Mary Rice, many beloved nieces and nephews, and a slew of dear friends - many more like family - and their children.

Ida was predeceased by her husband, Gary O’Neil, her big brother Edward Slack and big sister Bernice Fletcher.

Gary and Ida spent 70 years as partners and companions and the past five months since Gary passed was the longest they had ever been separated. They truly did complete each other. Cocktail hour will never be the same without Ides and her family and friends will honour her by facing life head-on with laughter.

A memorial service to celebrate Ida’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Anglican Church of the Messiah, 421 Russell Street, Kincardine on Saturday, May 13, 2017, with Rev. Rob Hiscox officiating.

Memorial donations to the Anglican Church of the Messiah would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at; 519- 396-2701.