Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Obituary

FRANK CAIGER-WATSON

In the early hours of Thursday, May 11, 2017, we lost the most wonderful husband and father a family could ask for. Frank Caiger-Watson (1927-2017) had a goal to make it to 90 years of age and at least we can say he was in his 90th year.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn Caiger-Watson (2014).

Father of Kim (Tim) Bolger of Calgary, Alberta.

Predeceased by daughter Susan Caiger-Watson (2008), infant daughter Jane Caiger-Watson (1955) and his brother Ross Caiger-Watson.

He will be sadly missed by his only granddaughter Sophie Fraser, son-in-law Chris Fraser, niece Rosslyn (David) Biernaskie and nephew Philip (Betsy) Caiger-Watson.

Dad had a long career at Ontario Hydro and enjoyed a fabulous retirement that started at age 59. Mom and Dad travelled all over the world over the last thirty years, but still loved to come back home to Kincardine. Dad loved to drive his golf cart out of the backyard and start a game on the second fairway. He would have done so every day if Mom would have let him.

At age 69, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and, instead of letting it get the best of him, Dad started the first Parkinson’s support group in the Kincardine area and was one of the first organizers for the Parkinson’s SuperWalk in Kincardine. I believe that Dad was the top fundraiser for these walks up until about 2011 when he was no longer able to participate. Trillium Court held their own Parkinson Superwalk which Dad participated in every year - rollator or wheelchair, it didn’t matter, he made it work. And of course, it goes without saying that he didn’t let Parkinson’s stop his love of golf as he enjoyed the game until the summer of 2010.

Dad was my mentor and my rock, carrying me through tough times and cheering me on in good times. I could not have imagined the sadness that has filled my heart today as it is broken into a million pieces but I know he is now with my Mom and my sister. I can only hope to be as strong, as kind, as gentle and as loved by all as he was.

We would like to thank the most amazing staff at the Lodge in Trillium Court for care that was constantly over and above. My Dad was always treated with the best care, love and respect; to the staff members who spent countless hours with me sitting at Dad’s bedside over the past two plus weeks, I love you all. Dr. Gurbin, you hold a special place in our hearts; your kindness and compassion was evident in every visit. And to my friends who also sat with me day in and day out, I feel eternally blessed to have you in my life and I thank you for your caring.

There will be a funeral service and a Celebration of Life held later this summer; date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Parkinson Society-Southwestern Ontario or the Anglican Church of the Messiah would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine N2Z 1Z5; 519-396-2701.

 

 

SUZANNE McKITTERICK

Margaret “Suzanne” McKitterick (née Pettit) of Kincardine passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Kincardine, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in her 82nd year.

Beloved wife of the late Charles Michael “Mike” McKitterick (2016).

Dear mother of Mary-Jane McKitterick of Toronto, Robert Gordon McKitterick of London and John Michael McKitterick of Kincardine. Cherished grandmother of Daniella Marie McKitterick, Jacob Michael McKitterick and Charles Joseph James McKitterick.

Loved sister of Claude (Anne) Pettit of Owen Sound, Alex (Bernice) Pettit of Brights Grove, Derek (Janet) Pettit of Wilkesport and Wendy (Norm) Vent of Port Hope. Missed by brother-in-law Patrick (Heljo) McKitterick of Brampton and also by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Predeceased by her parents Claude and Nylene.

Suzanne was a dedicated elementary school teacher in Brampton and then at W.E Thompson school in Kincardine. As a grades one and two teacher, Suzanne taught hundreds of children to read, write, count, have confidence and love learning. A gifted educator, she had extra time and energy for those who found school more challenging and was committed to making learning a positive experience for all children. Former students and their parents have expressed gratitude over the years for giving them that important start.

Suzanne was an avid gardener, bridge player, volunteer and walker. It was common to see her taking her morning constitutional on the boardwalk, rail trail or beach. Suzanne loved the song birds in her yard, the Stratford Festival and continental road trips with her beloved husband Mike. She was happiest when organizing events to bring her extended family and friends together. She had a big smile and time for everyone who needed it.

A devoted wife and mother, she had a special place in her expansive heart for her three grandchildren Dani, Jacob and Charlie. She was a big part of their early lives and they were the centre of her universe. Her passing has left a huge hole in the lives of her family, but we know Suzanne and Mike are waving at us all from the car window on that eternal road trip in the sky. “Second star to the right and straight on till morning.”

Thank you to the kind neighbours, friends and local business owners who dropped by, ran errands, went that extra mile and supported her as her health failed. Thank you to Dr. Roth and the Kincardine medical staff at the hospital and clinic. We will never be able to thank all of you enough. You showed the highest level of care, expertise and dedication possible. Thank you to the caring staff at RVilla and Trillium Court for showing her the kindness and care that she showed others.

Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Ray Luinstra officiating.

Final resting place: Kincardine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.

 

 

JAMES COOPER

 

James Edward Cooper passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at Kincardine Hospital on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in his 70th year.

 

Survived by his wife Janet Cooper (Cormier), son Jason (Jennifer) and his sister Meg (Wayne) Pestill, all of Kincardine.

 

Survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins in Toronto, Peterborough, Kincardine, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

 

Predeceased by his mother Mary Gwendolyn Cooper (Gaines) in 1974, and father Edward Nicholas (Ted) Cooper in 2009.

 

Jim served with the Canadian Forces (Air and Land) for 25 years and attained the rank of Warrant Officer. He was stationed in Ottawa, Toronto, Egypt and Germany. Jim worked in Logistics and as Traffic Tech/ Loadmaster on helicopters at 450 Squadron Ottawa for many years.

 

An avid golfer and goalie, he enjoyed his sports wherever he went. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile and great humour, especially on the golf course with his many friends. Cremation has taken place.

 

In accordance with Jim’s wishes, there will be no service or celebration of life.

 

If so desired, donations to the Wounded Warriors Fund at www.woundedwarriors.ca would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to www.greybrucecremation.com.

 

 

JAMES COOPER

 

James Edward Cooper passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at Kincardine Hospital on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in his 70th year.

 

Survived by his wife Janet Cooper (Cormier), son Jason (Jennifer) and his sister Meg (Wayne) Pestill, all of Kincardine.

 

Survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins in Toronto, Peterborough, Kincardine, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

 

Predeceased by his mother Mary Gwendolyn Cooper (Gaines) in 1974, and father Edward Nicholas (Ted) Cooper in 2009.

 

Jim served with the Canadian Forces (Air and Land) for 25 years and attained the rank of Warrant Officer. He was stationed in Ottawa, Toronto, Egypt and Germany. Jim worked in Logistics and as Traffic Tech/ Loadmaster on helicopters at 450 Squadron Ottawa for many years.

 

An avid golfer and goalie, he enjoyed his sports wherever he went. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile and great humour, especially on the golf course with his many friends. Cremation has taken place.

 

In accordance with Jim’s wishes, there will be no service or celebration of life.

 

If so desired, donations to the Wounded Warriors Fund at www.woundedwarriors.ca would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to www.greybrucecremation.com.

 

 

ELMER SMELTZER

Elmer Smeltzer, of R.R. #1, Ripley, passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the age of 81.

 

He was born in Kincardine Township on Aug. 16, 1935, son of the late Elva (Hooey) and Arthur Smeltzer.

eloved husband of Marianne Smeltzer (West).

 

Dear father of Dan (Darlene) Smeltzer of R.R. #1, Ripley; Jean Anne Smeltzer of London; and Liz (Fred) Durnin of Kingsbridge. Greatly missed by his grandchildren Jennelle, Kurtis, Kyle, Emma, Maggie and Sarah.

 

Also survived by his sisters Mary (Jim) Mills of Muskoka, Iva Smeltzer (Peter Kiourelis) of Mississauga and Arla (John) Dahmer of Ripley, brother-in-law Jim (Hope) West of Ashfield and sister-in-law Sharon MacDougall of Goderich.

 

Elmer farmed all his life and served for a number of years as councillor of Huron Township, prior to its amalgamation with Lucknow and Kinloss Township in 1999.

 

Visitation was held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pine River United Church on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017, with Rev. Vicki Johnson officiating.

 

nterment Pine River United Church Cemetery.

 

Donations to the Pine River United Church or the Kincardine Hospital Foundation were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be made online at www.mackenzieandmccreath.com.