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  • Reta Astles

    ASTLES, Reta Netanis…

    We are grateful for the life of Reta Netanis Astles (nee Mayberry), who passed away peacefully at her residence at Grand Wood Park in London on February 29, 2024, at the age of 103. A resident of Windsor for most of her life, Reta was predeceased by her husband George Astles and their son David Astles. She is survived by her daughter Karen Butt (Bill), four grandchildren, and nine beloved great grandchildren. Reta worked for many years at the Windsor office of what was then Ontario Hydro, and in her spare time enjoyed knitting, reading, her United Church, and warm-weather activities at her family cottage at Invercairn Beach on Lake Huron. Many will remember and miss her humour, kindness, loyalty, common sense and community spirit. Cremation has taken place and a family ceremony of interment will take place at a later date at Victoria Memorial Cemetery in Windsor. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Thomas Stephen

    STEPHEN, Tom

    Tom passed away suddenly of natural causes on Friday, February 23, 2024 in his 54th year. Loving father to his son Andrew Stephen.  Cherished son of LaVonne (the late Michael) and Robert (Marlene).  Dear brother of Lesile (Frank) Pinder.  Special uncle to Leah and Julia.  Tom will be lovingly remembered by his extended family and friends. Spending time with his family brought Tom great joy. Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Helena MacKinnon

    MacKINNON, Helena…

    Peacefully with her family by her side, Helena (nee Pippy) MacKinnon passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at University Hospital, London, in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Reverend Farquhar “Fred” MacKinnon (2008). Loving mother of Brian MacKinnon and his wife Cindy and Melody MacKinnon. Cherished grandmother “Nanny” of Timothy MacKinnon and his wife Mandi and Amy MacKinnon. Adored great-grandmother “Nanny” of Samuel and Olivia MacKinnon. Dear sister of Kathryn Pippy, Norman Pippy and his wife Donna and Nancy Pippy (all of PEI). Also missed by her sisters and brothers-in-law Greta Pippy (of PEI), Alex MacKinnon and his wife Mayrene (of Texas), Harvey MacKinnon and his wife Laura (of Cape Breton), Christine MacDonald (of Cape Breton), Mary Lyon (of Nova Scotia) and Carol Pippy (of PEI). Predeceased by her infant son Neil Willard MacKinnon, her brothers Aubrey Pippy and Bruce Pippy, her brothers-in-law Roger Fryer, Gordon MacDonald and Jim Lyon, and sister-in-law Florella MacKinnon. Helena is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

    Helena was a lifelong devoted member of the United Church of Canada. She was a kind and generous woman and loved to help all those in need. She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles in her spare time and spending time with her family.

    Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The memorial service will be held on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 2 pm at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London. In memory of Helena, sympathy donations may me made to Operation Smile Canada, 204-375 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2J5 or London Community Chaplaincy, P.O. Box 37085, 900 Adelaide Street, London, ON N6E 3T3. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • John Collins

    COLLINS, John Thomas

    John Thomas Collins, a kind soul known for his loving nature and friendly demeanor, passed away suddenly on February 26, 2024, in his 68th year. Born on July 23, 1956, in his hometown of London, Ontario, John’s life was a testament to the joy and warmth he brought to those around him. He is pre-deceased by his parents, David and Roberta Collins and his brother, James Robert Collins.

    John spent his entire life in London.  He was a beacon of light in the community, always ready with a helping hand or a friendly word. His presence was a constant source of happiness for everyone who knew him.

    Family was the cornerstone of John’s life. He is lovingly remembered by his nieces Sarah and Isabella, nephew Jake, sister-in-law Silvana and brother Mike (Olga). John’s legacy of love and kindness will live on through them and the many lives he touched.

    John’s passion for his model train collection was well-known among his friends and family. His eyes would light up with joy as he meticulously set up his miniature locomotives and carriages. This hobby was more than just a pastime; it was a reflection of John’s attention to detail and the simple pleasures he cherished.

    Those who had the privilege of knowing John would describe him as an embodiment of love, kindness, and friendship. He approached life with a gentle spirit and a generous heart, always seeing the best in people and situations. John’s positive outlook and amiable nature left a lasting impact on everyone he met. He will be sadly missed by staff members of Alice Saddy Association, Ruth, Nicole, Louis…and especially by his roommate Chester.

    John’s departure leaves a void in the hearts of those who loved him, but his spirit will continue to inspire and guide us.  John will be deeply missed, but his legacy of love and friendship will endure forever.

    The family wishes to express their eternal gratitude to the amazing counsellors at Alice Saddy for their love and support shown to John over more than thirty-five years!

    In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alice Saddy Association, 457 King Street,  London Ontario  N6B 1S8   www.alicesaddy.com/

    Cremation has taken place. A celebration of John’s life will occur at a later date to be announced. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • James Gladwish

    GLADWISH, James

    Peacefully at Earl’s Court Village, London on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, James passed away at the age of 89. Reunited with  his one true love and soul mate Margaret Gladwish (2023). Devoted and loving father of Alice Wiseman and her husband Michael and Heather Smith and her husband Gary. Proud grandpa of Matthew, Lucas, Mason, and Brooke.  Predeceased by his siblings, Charlotte (Johnny), Bob (Marlene) and Dave (Joyce). Survived by his sister-in-law Dorothy Smith (Doug) and Marlene Gladwish.  James was adored by many nieces and nephews.

    Family and friends are welcomed for visitation from 10:45 am- 11:45 am, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron), 1344 Commissioners Road West, London. A private masonic service will be held under the auspices of Ashlar Lodge No. 60 A.F. & A.M.  at 11:45 am in the chapel. The funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 pm in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in James’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society – Southwest Partners, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1 in honour of Margaret or to The St. Anne’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 1344 Commissioners Road West, London, ON N6K 1E1. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

     

  • Julien Joseph “Joe” Ferriggi

    FERRIGGI, Julien Joseph “Joe”…

    Julien Joseph “Joe” Ferriggi passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Shirley Ferriggi. They were lucky to share 30 beautiful years together. Loving father of Kerry Bailey (Jamie), and step-father of Andrea Dahl (Len) and Lee Finnigan (Jacqueline). Cherished grandfather of Cassandra Ferriggi, Jamie Lynn McCallum (Robbie), Dylan Dahl, Jessica Dahl and Josie Dahl. Great-grandfather of nine. Predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Claire Ferriggi, his sister Carmen Ferriggi, and his great-granddaughter Angel McCallum.

    Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1-2 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South. The memorial service will be held at 2 pm in the funeral home chapel. Future interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 500-55 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto ON M4V 2Y7. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Joan Cameron

    CAMERON, Joan

    Peacefully in her sleep, Martha Joan Cameron (nee MacGillivray) passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024 in London, Ontario. Joan was predeceased by her parents Annabel Bailey (nee Smith) and Lester Barclay MacGillivray. Beloved wife of the late Donald Malcolm Cameron (1995) . Joan was born in San Francisco on September 25, 1924. Joan is survived by her three children Martha (Robert) McLaughlin, Donald (Megan) and Drew (Darlene). Loving Grandy to Ryan (Kelly), Travis (Grace), Kelly (Ben) and Danielle (Matt). Great-grandmother to Clare, Scotti, Demi, Harrison, and Blake.
    Joan spent her youth living in Toronto prior to moving to London. She developed wonderful friendships at Central Collegiate and over the summers at Port Stanley . Subsequent to her marriage to Don, summers at Rondeau became a family tradition. Joan was a wonderful cook, enjoyed entertaining, time with friends, bridge, tennis and the Maycourt Club. A small family gathering will be held in a few weeks. Donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

  • Blanche Weber

    WEBER, Blanche (nee Westcott)

    Passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Westmount Gardens Long Term Care, London at the age of 90. Beloved wife of the late Gerald H. Weber (2022) for 64 years. Loving mother of Susan (the late Dennis) Weber and Andrea (Gerri-Lynn) Weber. Cherished sister of Clare (the late Virginia) Westcott.  Dear sister-in-law of Heidi (the late Peter) Pass. Predeceased by her sister Marguerite (the late John) Holland and sister-in-law Marlene (Ray) Bugry and Carmen. Blanche will be lovingly remembered by many extended family members and friends.

    Blanche was a very dedicated primary school teacher for many years with the Thames Valley Board of Education.  She was a devoted gardener, passionate environmental advocate and beloved organizer of the “Meat Pie Ladies” at Metropolitan United Church. Her gardens were more than just a hobby, they reflected her commitment to the beauty and preservation of our planet. In her church community, she was the driving force behind the Meat Pie Ladies, turning a simple act of baking into a powerful tool for fellowship and support. Her kindness, generosity, and unwavering spirit have left an indelible mark on those lucky enough to know her. 

    A private family celebration of Blanche’s life will be held.  Inurnment at a later date in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Our family would like to express our gratitude to the Westmount Gardens LTC staff for the care provided.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Health Care London Breast Care Program, The London Regional Cancer Program or Alzheimer’s Society Southwest Partners. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

     

     

  • Richard “Rick” Neglia

    NEGLIA, Richard “Rick”…

    October 10, 1952 – February 22, 2024

    Rick passed away gently and peacefully with his wife Marjorie by his side at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, Ontario. Rick was a musician, a Toronto Maple Leaf fan and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His wife, Marjorie will cherish their many years together. His children, Jamie (Erika) and Catey; grandchildren, Aislynn, Carter, Madison and Vada will miss his smile and teasing. His brother Bob (Maureen), nephews, Sean and Scott and brother-in-law Richard will have many memories to hold in their hearts.

    We will all remember him in the happy times we created together, so smile and think of the witty, funny, corny and brilliant person he was.

    Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Rick’s life will take place at a later date and will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 485 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1 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

    Goodbye my friends, maybe forever

    Goodbye my friends, the stars wait for me

    Time, flowing like a river, time, beckoning me

    Goodbye my love, maybe not for forever

    Goodbye my love, the tide waits for me

    Who knows when we shall meet again, If ever

    But time Keeps flowing like a river, to the sea, to the sea

    Taken from Alan Parsons lyrics

  • Ruth Bailie

    BAILIE, Ruth…

    Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on February 23, 2024, Ruth Margaret Bailie passed away at age 91. She was born on July 26, 1932, in Mitchell, Ontario, the eldest daughter of Harriet and Gorden Kraemer.

    Ruth graduated from teacher’s college in 1951, and was on the original staff of Byron Southwood Public School, where she taught for 4 years. She loved to garden and spent countless hours tending to her vegetables and beautiful flower beds. She was very proud of the awards they won from the London Horticultural Society. Ruth was an active member of the Byron United Church for over 60 years. Before Covid shut them down, her Hi-Neighbour Group made and sold nearly 100,000 meat pies, donating the proceeds to the Church and Teen Challenge. She was a long-time member of the Byron Opti-Mrs. and belonged to a ladies bowling league at Fleetway for many years. She enjoyed monthly euchre games and cheering on the London Knights.

    Ruth was married to her best friend, Harvey Bailie, for over 50 years, until his passing in 2007. She was also predeceased by her granddaughter-in-law, Kyla Quigley, and brother-in-law, Ivan Norris. She leaves four children to cherish her memory, Paul (Michelle) of Richmond Hill, Dave (Kathy) of California, Mark (Jennifer) of Napanee, and Julie (Dave) of Georgia; eight grandchildren, Scott, Ken (Vickie), Andrea (Andrew), Colin (Madeline), Shannon, Kevin, Natalie and Paisley; and two great-grandchildren, Wes and Jace. She will be missed by her brother Ron (Nancy) Kraemer, sister Betty Lou Norris, and many nieces and nephews.

    Family and friends are welcome to visitation on Monday, March 4, 2024 from 4:00-6:30 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 11:00 am at Byron United Church, 420 Boler Road, London, ON N6K 2K5. Spring interment in Bethel Munro Cemetery, Fullarton.

    In lieu of flowers, donations to Byron United Church would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com