Dec. 2, 2009



Murray Alexander, of Glammis, passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Chesley on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in his 74th year.


Dear brother of Jim and his wife Eileen; and brother-in-law of Clement Fisher and Anne Alexander.


Predeceased by his parents Roy and Irene; his brother Ronald; and his sister Gladys Fisher.


Following an hour of visitation, the funeral service was held at the W. Kent Milroy Funeral Home, Paisley chapel, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, with Rev. Shelly Butterfield-Kocis officiating.


Pallbearers were Chris Thorpe, Terry McLaughlen, Keith Alexander, Dale Alexander, Randy Alexander and Ricky Alexander.


Flower bearers were Pam Thorpe, Karen Leudke, Jennifer Goetz, Sandra Stewart, Nancy Alexander and Pat Alexander.


Interment Purdy Cemetery.


Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.




Elizabeth “Beth” Findlay (MacTavish), beloved wife of the late John Findlay and formerly of Walkerton and Hanover, passed away at Trillium Court, Kincardine on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, in her 88th year. 


She was born in Huron Township on Feb. 27, 1922, to the late Alex and Minnie (Colling) MacTavish. 


Greatly missed by brother Don (Anna) MacTavish, of Ripley; brother-in-law Stuart Schierholtz, of Kitchener; sister-in-law Betty Rayworth, of Hanover; as well as by several nieces and nephews. 


Predeceased by sister Louise Schierholtz, and niece Barb Liddle. 


The funeral service was held at the St. Andrew’s United Church, Ripley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, with visitation for one hour prior. Rev. Diane Dier officiated.


Pallbearers were Ian MacDonald, Sandy Pollock, Charles Liddle, Ron Findlay, Jim MacTavish and Glenn Ahrens. 


Flower bearers were Kim Liddle, Jennie Sautner and Melissa MacDonald. 


Interment Walkerton Cemetery


Donations to the St. Andrew’s United Church were greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley.  Portrait and memorial available on-line at




Joan Ellen Maureen Finlayson (Peard) died at the Kincardine hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the age of 72.


A long-time resident of Ripley and recently of Kincardine, she was born in Toronto on Feb. 9, 1937 to the late Jean (Hunter) and Jack Peard.


Survived by her two sons: Ted Finlayson Jr. and Rob Finlayson, both of Ripley;as well as four brothers and their wives: William (Naomi), of Scarborough; Jack (Marg), of Port Robinson; George (Yvonne), of Trenton; and David (Carla) of Kitchener.


She will be lovingly remembered by her four grandchildren: Andrea Finlayson, Natasha Austin, and Scott and Craig Harrison; and by five great grandchildren.


Predeceased by brothers Robert and James; and long-time companion Jerry Platts, of Ripley.


Also saddened by her loss, she will be fondly remembered by Ann and Ted Finlayson Sr., and Kelly O’Grady, all of Ripley; and by special friends Jack Hyden and Laura Dahmer. Thank you both for the companionship, kindness and support you lovingly gave through the years.


Joan was well taken care of by Dr. Smith, Mary McEnnes; Judy, Liz McDonald and Rose; we thank them and all the other health care professionals at Home Care, the Kincardine Medical Clinic and the Kincardine Hospital.


Joan was a member of the Kinlough Pentecostal Church since 1985. She will be missed by Pastor Leo and Cora Duister, Laura Dahmer, Mary Lou Richardson and all the r members of the congregation.


Joan will be remembered for her love of and loyalty to her family and friends, and the strength she received through them and the love of the Lord.


Everyone is invited to remember Joan at 11 a.m. at the Kinlough Pentecostal Church, 18 Paxton Street, Kinlough, on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley. For more information, visit the website


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.






Mary Ruth Strathdee (Guest) passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on Nov. 22, 2009, at the age of 82.


She was born May 25, 1927 in Kinloss Township to the late Noble and Lily (Thompson) Guest.


Ruth is survived her children: Shirley (Len) Gessner, Saskatoon, SK; Roy (Maureen) Strathdee, Prince Albert, SK; Wilma (Sydney) Chan, Seattle, WA; John (Lynn) Strathdee, Victoria, B.C.; Susan (Ken) Varley,

Sherwood Park, AB; Carole (Sivy) Covenden, Debbie Blais, and Sharon (Ken) Kobzey, all of Edmonton, AB; as well as by 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.


She is also survived by two brothers: Edgar (Lois) Guest, Nipawin, SK; and John (Jane) Guest, Kincardine, ON; and sister Mabel Hewitt, Kincardine ON; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.


Predeceased by her husband Roy Strathdee (1992), grandson Anthony Malan (1978), brother Harold Guest (2008) and her parents.


Cremation and a private family memorial have taken place.


If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the Lung Association or the SPCA.




Louis Joseph Tusz, of Kincardine, passed away suddenly in Owen Sound at Lee Manor Home for the Aged on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in his 72nd year.

Lou was the beloved husband of Bette (née Bolton), his wife of 51 years.

Dr. Tusz was a family physician in Kincardine from 1973.  He was diagnosed with Pick's Disease five years ago, and moved to Lee Manor two years ago.

He is sadly missed by his three children: Terry (Harv Whitmell), Margaret (Eric Tusz-King) and Louis (Gail Tusz); and by his grandchildren: Simon and Emma Whitmell, Sam and Michael Ginther; and Roland, Carl, Claire and Marina Tusz.

Also survived by his brothers: Ken Tusz, of Calgary, Alberta; and Delworth Tusz, of Victoria, B.C.

Louis was predeceased by his parents, Lajos and Erma Tusz; and by his sister, Irma Tusz.

A memorial service will be held at the Kincardine United Church, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, with a reception to follow. 

Interment Kincardine Cemetery

Memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Centre or to the Kincardine United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine. Portrait and memorial available on-line at