November 15, 2017



Ethel France, formerly of Ripley, passed away at Pinecrest Manor in Lucknow, on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in her 90th year. She was born in Bruce Township on March 4, 1928, to the late Cassie (Cameron) and David Anness. Beloved wife of the late Alvin France.Dear mother of Jim & Debbie France of Ripley. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Kevin (Terri) France of Ripley, Dean (Shaina) France of Plattsville and Corrine France (Brett Williamson) of Kincardine. Also missed by great-grandchildren Connor, Joshua, Braiden, Kinsley, Raelynn and Braxton and by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her siblings Donald Anness, Sadie McCulloch and Dorothy France.

Visitation will be held at the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, 12 Queen Street, Ripley on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon. Interment Douglas Hill Cemetery.Donations to St. Andrew’s United Church, Ripley Minor Sports or a charity of your own choice would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be made online at


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Stewart, beloved wife of the late Edwin Stewart, at Wingham & District Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the young age of 94. Mary was born in Beverly Township on Sept. 11, 1923, to the late Sadie (Coburn) and John (Jack) Stewart. Mary taught us the importance and value of investing in one’s family more than anything else and leaves to mourn her sons Doug (Elaine) Stewart of Cambridge and David (Linda) Stewart of Ripley.

Mary was a loving mom to the nieces she raised from infancy, after their mom passed at a very young age: Ann (John) Scheurwater of Teeswater and Sheila (Bill) Collins of Kincardine. Mary will also be greatly missed by her sister Helen Smith of Richmond Hill, whose mother died at childbirth; she was also raised by a very young Mary.

Mary knew all too well how important it was to step in and help as she was also left without a mom early on. She was very close to and will be greatly missed by her son-in-law Ted Clark of Flamborough and her daughter-in-law Faye Stewart of Brantford. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, who will greatly miss her puddings and ginger snaps! Mary was predeceased by her daughter Marilyn Clark, son Murray Stewart, great-granddaughter Pania Hussey, brothers Robert and Neil Stewart, brother-in-law Doug Smith and niece Maggie Smith.

Many thanks to Dr. Moores and his staff at the Wingham & District Hospital; to Nancy and her amazing staff at Nine Mile Villa for making Mary feel so at home and well cared for; and to Lorne and Dionne, Lucknow’s pharmacists extraordinaire!

Mary spent her life caring and cooking and welcoming so many into her home, and loved sharing her gift of music with all who would listen. She touched the hearts and souls of those who knew her - strangers and friends alike - and lived her life to the fullest, never venturing far out of her own backyard. Rare and genuine, inspiring and incredibly generous, Mary changed the world around her just by being the amazing woman that she was!

Visitation was held at the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home in Ripley from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The funeral service was conducted from the chapel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.Interment Ripley Cemetery. Donations to Sleeping Children Around the World or a charity of your own choice would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be made online at


Reverend James “Jim” Roy Weir, BA-MDiv, of Kincardine passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in his 85th year. Cherished spouse of Margaret Weir (née Fair) for 54 years. Beloved father of Malcolm (Leslie) Weir.Dear brother of Bill Weir of Thorndale. Missed by sister-in-law Marion (Bruce) Schmitt of Waterloo. Remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews and by many friends.Predeceased by his parents W. Roy and Mildred Weir and sister-in-law Barbara Weir.

Jim served in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. He was very active at numerous levels of the Presbytery and the Synod. He was nominated to be the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1998. Jim was one of the initiators of numerous community programs in Kincardine, such as Meals on Wheels and the Ecumenical Playschool. He served as a director and president for Russell Meadows Non-Profit Accommodations and was the Chaplain of the Kincardine Legion for 10 years. He was a member and past-president of the Kincardine Probus Club.Jim was a true defender of the faith and will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. The funeral service was held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 345 Durham Street, Kincardine at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, with Rev. James Dickey and Rev. Bob Geddes officiating. Interment Elora Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Knox Presbyterian Church-Kincardine (Organ Restoration Fund), Canadian Cancer Society (Leukemia Research AML), Pension Board Presbyterian Church in Canada (Retired Ministers) or a charity of choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial available online at