September 3, 2008


Gladys Arnold has passion for local history
Long-time teacher was in 104th year
Gladys Arnold
Gladys Arnold (McCosh) beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Arnold of Ripley passed away at Trillium Court, Kincardine on Sunday, August 17, 2008, in her 104th year.
Born on March 8, 1905 in Huron Township to the late Matilda "Tillie" (Orr) and Robert McCosh, she is survived by daughter Joyce (Jim) McEwan of Kincardine, three grandsons, James (Barbara) McEwan of Etobicoke, Kenneth (Marian) McEwan of Chatham and Alexander McEwan of Calgary; five great grandchildren, Ian, Colin, Sarah, Brett and James McEwan; one niece and three nephews. Predeceased by son Gordon (1962) and two siblings, Donald McCosh and Olive Knight.
She lived most of her life in Huron and Kincardine Townships after becoming a teacher in 1924. She used these teaching and organizing skills repeatedly in teaching Sunday School and Bible Study, 4H, Women's Institute courses, Farm Forum, United Church Women, the Ripley Agricultural Society and the Ripley Happy Hearts Club.
Her greatest passion was local history and genealogy. She was a member of the Grey Bruce Genealogical Society and the Ontario Genealogical Society; also Historical Society of Bruce. She was research co-ordinator for the Bruce Branch of the Genealogical Society for over 20 years. Many people from far and wide came to her home to search through her vast resources for their "roots". She had researched the local municipal records of weddings and the census and recorded numerous local cemeteries. She wrote histories of the Cullen, Geddes, Orr and McCosh families as well as aiding in the books, Ripley the Hub of Huron 1985; and History of Ripley 1975-1992; History of St. Andrew's United Church where she was an active member as that church celebrated its centenary in 1986.
Gladys was an avid gardener, still keeping her garden into her nineties. She was honoured as Citizen of the Year in 1995.
Living over a century she saw tremendous changes in modes of transportation and communication. Her great love of the people in this community and their betterment led to a long life well lived.
Visitation was held from MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, August 19, 2008.
Funeral service was conducted from St. Andrew's United Church, Ripley on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, with Rev. Diane Dier officiating, Doris Bradley organist and Bob Rutledge soloist.
Pallbearers were grandsons James, Kenneth and Alexander McEwan, great grandson Ian McEwan, Douglas Knight and Shane Arnold.
Flower bearers were great grandchildren Colin, Sarah, Brett and James.
Interment Ripley Cemetery.
Donations to St. Andrew's United Church or charity of choice were great appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Portrait and memorial online at


Susan Ruth Caiger-Watson
Susan Ruth Caiger-Watson passed peacefully Aug. 24, 2008 after a two-year battle with acute leukemia. She was in her 49th year. Beloved wife of Chris Fraser, loving mother of Sophie Fraser,
daughter of Frank and Marilyn Caiger-Watson of Kincardine, and dear sister of Kim (Tim Bolger), Calgary.
All the love and support from SusanÀ$Às friends and the York School family was instrumental to Susan throughout her journey. Dr. Lorri Puil and Alan Hobson provided tremendous emotional support to Susan from her illness. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Minden, Dr. Anna Rydlewsky and Dr.
Joseph Brandwein for the tremendous care Susan received at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). And heartfelt thanks to the incredible nursing staff at PMH. A celebration of Susan' s life for family and friends will be held at St. Clement's Anglican Church, 59 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto on Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made in Susan's name to Chris Fraser's 2009 Conquer Cancer ride at The Ride to Conquer Cancer, Benefitting the Princess Margaret Hospital, 1605-100 Yonge St.,
Toronto, ON M5C 2W1, or to Families for Children at

Eric Arthur Cowan, of Inverhuron, long time resident of Brampton and long time employee of Armbro Transport and Armbro Construction, died at Brampton Civic Hospital, on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, in his 82nd year.
Beloved husband of the late Shirley Cowan (nee Seiffert). Dear father of Craig (Trudy) Cowan of Brampton, Tracy (Kingston) Patterson of Erin, David (Fiona) Cowan of Port Elgin, and Shelley (Lajos) Kellner of Tottenham. Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Melissa, Daniel, Eric, Blake, Aaron, Bryanna, Samantha, Raechel and Logan. Loved brother of Caroline Cowan of Toronto and Phyllis Cranley of Thornhill.
Predeceased by six brothers and three sisters.
Visitation at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, ON N2Z 1Z5 519‑396‑2701, on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service was be held on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jim Weir officiating.
Interment, Tiverton Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.       
Portrait and memorial online at


Norman Rule MacGregor Mitchison of Southampton died at Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound on Friday, August 22, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Beloved husband of the former Thelma Moyer for 62 years.
Father of Ron and his wife Adele of Kincardine, and Tim and his wife Evi of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Grandfather of Derek, and Steven of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Brother of Donald and his companion Amy Bell of Niagara Falls, Harry of St. Catharines, Jack and his wife Helen of Paincourt, Annabelle and her husband Tom of Niagara Falls, and his sister-in-law Anna Moyer of Victoria. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents James and Margaret Mitchinson, his sister-in-law Gloria Mitchinson and his brother-in-law K.O. Moyer.
Norm served in the Royal Canadian Navy 1939‑1945 and was one of the first volunteers in the first Draft for the Combined Operations Raid on Dieppe, where he was mentioned in dispatches for actions there. Norm was one of only a few Canadians to have  participated in six major invasions of the Second World War - Dieppe, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, D-Day (Normandy) and Southern France. Norm was presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth and was one of the first recipients of the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. In the 1960s, Norm co-founded The Committee of One Thousand, believed to be North America's first Anti Pollution Group.
A memorial service will be held at the Bruce County Museum on Sunday, September 14, 2008, at 1 p.m.
Interment at Sea.
Memorial contributions to the War Amps or the ICU of Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Arrangements in care of the W. Kent Milroy Port Elgin Chapel. Portrait and memorial online at