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  • Stephen Wilson

    WILSON, Stephen

    Stephen Kenneth Wilson passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the age of 72.

    Loving partner of Qing Qing Wang and her daughter Fei Fei Peng. Dear father of Kayla Wilson (François), Bryan Hunter (Emma) and Lauren Mardlin Murphy (Cole). Grandfather of Samuel and Fèlix, Franklin, Winnifred, Louella and Ava. Survived by his sister Deb Wilson-MacLeod (Marianne Denkers). Predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Elizabeth Wilson.

    Stephen will be dearly missed by his friends in his new neighbourhood of St. Thomas. He will be remembered for his love of books, gardening, good walks, and a passion for writing.

    The funeral service will be conducted at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 10:00 am. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the AMG Funeral Home YouTube channel.  A private interment will follow Ebenezer United Church Cemetery, Milton. In lieu of flowers as an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Stephen may be made to Bladder Cancer Canada.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Constance “Connie” Chatterson

    CHATTERSON, Constance “Connie”…

    Peacefully at Southbridge London, on Monday, May 27, 2024, Constance “Connie” Chatterson passed away with family by her side at the age of 102. Beloved wife of the late James “Jim” Chatterson (1983). Predeceased by her son David Chatterson (2020). Loving grandma of Scott and his wife Sarah and Ted and his wife Betty. Cherished great-grandmother of Josh, Ashley, Graham and Isla. A private family graveside service will take place at Courtland United Cemetery, Courtland. In memory of Connie, donations may be made to The Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, ON N6J 1L9. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • John Leak

    LEAK, John…

    John passed away peacefully and quietly at Parkwood Institute, London, on Friday, May 24, 2024 at the age of 68 after a short battle with cancer. John was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend to many and will be dearly missed. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. In memory of John, donations made to the London Regional Cancer Program, c/o London Health Sciences Foundation, 747 Base Line Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6 would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Mary Phair

    PHAIR, Mary…

    Mary Phair passed away peacefully in London, Ontario, on May 21st, 2024, in her 94th year. Mary will be missed by her children Jim (Jean) Murray and Darlene Skinner. Sister of Olga Sholtanuk. Beloved “grandma great” of Jessica (Matt), Casey (Kim), Jason (Shanleigh). Proud great-grandmother of MacKenzie, Keirstin, Kayden, Christian, Bennett and Wyatt. Also missed by nieces and nephews.

    Mary was a long-time employee of Bell Canada. She delighted in playing bingo and euchre on Fridays, filling those days with laughter. Music was her constant companion, and she could often be found singing along to her favorite tunes. In her free time, Mary had a passion for playing badminton, a sport that brought her great joy. An avid traveler, she explored the world with a curious spirit and an open heart. Mary’s presence will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

    Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Jacquelyn “Lyn” Phillips

    PHILLIPS, Jacquelyn…

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Jacquelyn “Lyn” Phillips in her 84th year. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Riverview Gardens in Chatham on May 20, 2024. Loving mother of Carlene and Bob Gauthier, Shari and Mark O’Neil, and Mike Phillips. Grandmother of Alleighsha Gauthier, Aaron and Rita Gauthier, Ivy O’Neil and Ruby O’Neil. Great-grandmother of Matthew, Tori, Jack, Lucas and Ella. Also survived by loving sister Deryl May, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Jimmy & Betty Kerr, brother Jim Kerr, son Doug Phillips (2018) and loving partner Bubba (2019). Mom worked many years in the travel business and enjoyed her career. She will be dearly missed by us all. Thanks to the amazing staff of Riverview Gardens (6E) who took wonderful care of mom for the last four years. We truly appreciate all you do for our loved ones. Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date. In memory of Lyn, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners and would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Curtis “Curt” Sloan

    Curtis Charles Sloan
    February 24, 1939 – May 19, 2024

    It is with saddened hearts that the family of Curtis Charles Sloan announce his peaceful passing at London Health Sciences Centre on May 19, 2024, at the age of 85. Loving husband of Jenny Sloan. Dear father of Craig (Brenda), Brian, Tyson (1991), and Stacy. A proud grandfather and great grandfather to several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brother of Bill Urquhart (1994). Curt will be dearly missed by his sister and best friend Mary Lee Kahlke. He was a special brother-in-law to Frank Smeekens, the late Connie (2022) and Steve Marshall, Wilma and Leon Zerko, JoAnne and Scott Marshall, the late Marieta (2012) and Brian Smith, and Laurette and Ron Jones. Curt will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

    The family wishes to thank the staff of London Health Sciences Centre Medicine Unit.

    A private Celebration of Life will take place. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph Health Care Foundation for Ivey Eye Institute https://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/foundation. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com.

  • Mary Heppelle

    HEPPELLE, Mary Isabel…

    It is with gratitude for the love-filled and accomplished life of Mary Isabel Heppelle, that her children announce her passing on Friday, May 17, 2024, at University Hospital in London, Ontario, at the age of 87. She was the loving mother of Andy (Paul Young) and Heather Mary (Rob Dent) and grandmother of Bryce Alexander Dent. She is survived by her brothers Donald George, James Andrew (Phyllis Marilyn), William Kerr (Ina Beatrice) sister-in-law Annette Laidlaw, and by a multitude of nieces and nephews, of whom she was deeply proud. Also survived by Andy and Paul’s girls Kellie and Brienne (Jamie). Mary is predeceased by her parents John Kerr Laidlaw and Ina Elizabeth Flowers, her infant sister Helen Catherine, her brother John Leslie and sisters-in-law Sally Lillian and Anne Louise.

    Mary Isabel was born into the Laidlaw family on January 26, 1937, in London, Ontario. Her large Scottish Canadian dairy farm family were part of the early Scottish settlement in Canada. Mary spent her childhood on Elmdale Farm, Westminster Township, attended a one room school and then rode the London to Port Stanley Railway in to London to attend Central Collegiate High School. She met her lifelong friend May Izawa (née Watanabe) at Central. With her best friend May she attended the St. Joseph’s Hospital Training School for Nurses in London, at which time, all nursing superintendents were Sisters of St. Joseph. Mary graduated in 1957 and had over a 40 year career, keeping her Nurse’s Registration into her 80s. Through her career, she was a Charge Nurse, Nursing Director, Administrator, Nursing Instructor, and Board Member in the Ontario healthcare system. She prided herself on continuous top accreditation of the long-term care organizations that she managed.

    Mary was a doting mother and grandmother. She was kind, generous, fun loving and a social convener in her community. She loved to read and was a voracious consumer of books, reading many every week. She deeply loved her dog Willie and before him Bonnie. She was seen walking her dog in all seasons and all weather, well into her 80s. Mary had a lifelong relationship with nature. She loved walks in the woods, in all seasons, and most particularly in the spring, when the trilliums bloom. She and her family frequented Ontario’s Provincial Parks, particularly at The Pinery on Lake Huron and Killbear on Georgian Bay. In her 80th summer, she was seen kayaking on Georgian Bay and in earlier years loved parasailing on the Bay of Banderas, at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    She was particularly grateful for the love, support and kindness in recent years of Kevin and Valerie, Sheri and Lisa, Janice and Ken, Karen and Ed, Don and Louise, Barbara and Jim and her cousin Jean Elliott Johnson.

    Cremation has taken place. No funeral or visitation service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the dog rescue service that introduced her to her best buddy Willie: https://savemedogrescue.ca/. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

    “Love is space and time measured by the heart” – Marcel Proust

  • Edna Marek

    MAREK, Edna…

    Edna Marek passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London on Monday, May 13th, 2024 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of Emanual “Mike” Marek for 48 years. Sister of Catherine Mifflin (Whyte), the late Ivan Mifflin of Chatham, and the late John Whyte of London. Sister-in-law of Thaddäus Marek, Gunter Marek, Alfred Marek, Irmgard Cotton and, Krista Knolle. Loving daughter of the late John & Gladys (nee Moorehouse) Whyte. Edna will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

    Edna retired as a Medical Administrator in London after over 40 years of Service. She was an avid curler, and enjoyed traveling with her husband Mike on trips to Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, and Canada.

    Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2024 at 1:00 pm in the A. Millard George Funeral Home Chapel, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Private family interment to be held in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham at a later date. Donations in memory of Edna may be made to the Cardiac Fitness Institute or a charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

     

     

     

  • R. Wayne McRoberts

    MCROBERTS, R. Wayne

    1943-2024

    It is with heavy hearts and extreme sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of R. ‘Wayne’ McRoberts, in his 82nd year, on May 12, 2024, surrounded by his family.

    Wayne is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of 62 years Wendy (Griffith), their daughter Lee Butler, their daughter Jody McRoberts and her husband Dave Landrey and Grandsons Aaren and Ethan Butler.  Wayne was predeceased by his son Jeffrey Wayne (1964), his parents Clarence & Sabra McRoberts and his sister Donna McFadden (Lou).  He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and great friends.

    Wayne was an incredible hardworking family man, doing anything his family wanted.  You didn’t mention to him anything about wanting something or needing something done because he wouldn’t rest until that request had been taken care of.

    After many successful and enjoyable years at Parnell Foods Wayne began a second career with the London Police Service where he was respected by all and worked until he officially retired in 2006.  Since that time Wayne and Wendy had great retirement years, taking many, many trips and enjoying the incredible oasis of their backyard where they entertained  family and friends.  Everyone was welcome.

    Wayne was truly the most loving man you could ever meet and expressed to everyone, family or friend how much they meant to him, but none more so than that of his grandsons Aaren and Ethan, they were his world and the memories that Poppa made with them, and all that were close to him, will be cherished forever.

    Our family wants to thank the wonderful University Hospital 9th floor Orthopedics PSW and Nursing staff team for the care and support that they showed not only to Wayne, but to all of us during the past few weeks.

    Family and friends are welcomed to visitation on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. A funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 pm, with interment in Woodland Cemetery, London.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Humane Society London & Middlesex or Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or to a charity of your choice and would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

     

  • Ruthanne McLagan

    McLAGAN, Ruthanne…

    Mary Ruthanne McLagan (nee Dyer) of London passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Friday, May 10, 2024. Beloved wife of Ken McLagan. Adored mom of Karyn (Ryan) and Kaitlyn (Alex). She is survived by her brother Dennis (Gladys) and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Doug Dyer (Wendy).

    Ruthanne was at peace knowing that she had been given time to talk to and be with family and friends since her initial diagnosis last summer. She was in comfort as her soul was freed from her failing body. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. We will all take time to grieve her passing, but we’ll also find solace in remembering what a remarkable woman she was.

    Thank you to the oncology and palliative care staff and all the doctors and nurses who were a part of her care team at LHSC’s Victoria Hospital. A special thank you to Dr. Sanatani, Dr. Malik, and Dr. Mai.

    Cremation has taken place. A public celebration of Ruthanne’s life will be held at Calvary United Church, 290 Ridout Street South, London, on Sunday, May 19th, 2024, at 2 pm. Reverend Kerry Stover will be officiating. A private interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery, Glencoe, at a later date. In place of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society for colorectal cancer. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com