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BRIAN BEACHAM

With heavy hearts, our family wishes to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa, brother, and uncle.

With his family by his side, Brian passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife, Margaret; son, Bruce (Michelle); daughters, Jackie (Rene) and Kathie; grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Meagan, Bradley, Tyler, Ashley, Riley, Robbie, Julie, Brendan, Jonathan, and Kaylie; and great-grandchildren, Brian and Keira.

MARION LAURA BAZYLEWSKI

With great sorrow, the family announces the sudden passing of Marion Laura Bazylewski, 69, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Marion was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Stonewall, Man. to Harry and Inga Bazylewski.

She is survived by her mother, Inga; siblings, Fred Bazylewski (Charlene), Walter Bazylewski, Joyce Hall (Alan), Doug Bazylewski (Kelly), Debbie Bazylewski, and Donna Patenaude; brother-in-law, Keith Munro; sister-in-law, Margaret Bazylewski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

FLORENCE LYONS

Mrs. Florence Lyons (Bartush), 77, a long-time resident of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hospice Unit, on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 with her family by her side.

Flo was born in 1938 in Fort Frances, Ont., the youngest of Max and Leonilla Bartush’s 10 children.

It was there she met and married the love of her life, Timothy Lyons. They later moved to Fort William, Ont., where they raised their daughters, Cathie and Corrie.

EDITH MAE NEWMAN

Edith Mae Newman (nee Scott) passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the grand age of 101.

She was born on May 31, 1915 in Toronto, Ont. to the late Walter and Mae Scott.

She grew up in the Beaches area, on Greenwood Avenue across from the Greenwood Brickyard. She attended Duke of Connaught Elementary School and Riverdale High School.

After graduating from high school, she worked as an office clerk for Eaton’s in the flagship store on Yonge Street in Toronto.

SHIRLEY GEIL

Shirley Geil, 90, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She was born in Fort Frances, Ont. in 1925, a daughter of Howard and Mabel Wees.

She grew up in Fort Frances, spending her summers at the family cabin on Rainy Lake, fishing and swimming, and her winters playing hockey and ice skating.

Shirley married Earl M. Geil in 1944 and moved to the United States, living in California since 1959.

She was hard-working, loving, and devoted to her family. Friends and family always were welcome in her home and at her dinner table.  

ALBERT HOGUE

Albert Hogue, 103, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at his home at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Albert was born on June 30, 1913 in Bluff Creek, Man.

He left the family farm in Silver Ridge, Man. to work in Ontario, where he met and married Aline St. Onge in Sault Ste. Marie. They then moved to Caramat, Ont., where Albert was employed as a mechanic in the woodlands department of the Marathon Pulp Mill for many years.

After retiring in 1974, they relocated to Thunder Bay, Ont.

EILA ELLEN MARTIN

Eila Ellen Martin (nee Sammalisto) passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 at the Riverside health care facility in Emo, Ont.

Eila was born in Tarmola, Ont., near Thunder Bay, on May 4, 1924. There she attended the SS #3 Gorham School.

In later years, her family moved to Intola, a Finnish community on Dawson Road.

In 1952, she married John Martin and they raised their family on their Townline Road home. When her parents died, Eila and her family moved back to Dawson Road in Intola.

CARL JOSEPH PERREAULT (JAKE)

Carl Joseph Perreault, 82, of St. Helens, Ore., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 in his home in St. Helens.

He was born June 7, 1934 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Amos and Laura Perreault.

His wife, Jane, whom he was with for 57 years, passed away in June, 2015.

In his youth, Carl worked as a trapper, fishing guide, and sawmill worker in Ontario until 1964. Then in 1965, he started at Pope and Talbot (later Boise Cascade Veneer) in St. Helens, where he worked for 32 years until retiring in 1997.

JOHN MALVERNE STEELE

With deep sorrow, the loving family announces the passing of John Malverne (“Mal”) Steele, age 100, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 at Hogarth Riverview Manor in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Mal was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Aug. 7, 1916 to John and Nellie Steele.

He met Hazel Harnett and they were married in 1941, building a life and family in Fort Frances.

DOUGLAS BIG GEORGE “Migizi”

Sadly the family announces the passing of Douglas Big George, 59, of Winnipeg, MB and formerly of Big Island First Nation, Morson, ON, on July 24, 2016.

Douglas was born in Rainy River, Ontario on June 22, 1957 to Mike and Jane Big George. He was raised in Big Island First Nation along with his siblings Melvin, Kenneth, Margaret, Fred, Alex and Thomas.

In his younger years he worked as a guide and was an avid outdoors man enjoying fishing and hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

MEGAN ALEXANDRIA JOHNSON

It is with great sadness that the family of Megan Alexandria Johnson announces that she has left us to join the spirit world and to join all her family who awaits her with all their love.

Megan was born December 5, 1989 in Fort Frances, Ont. where she lived the first 17 years of her life.

She lived in numerous places as a young adult, from Minneapolis to Toronto, where she lived for the last 12 months. Megan was drawn to the city and loved the life it offered her.

MARGARET KATHLEEN LEVERIDGE

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Leveridge announces her passing on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

Margaret was born on May 16, 1918 in Winnipeg, MB to William and Harriet Harcus and spent her early years in Stonewall, Manitoba.

Margaret graduated as a registered nurse from Winnipeg General Hospital in 1941 and nursed in Victoria, BC until her marriage to Alfred Leveridge on June 7, 1945.

In 1966, she returned to nursing at the Emo Red Cross Hospital where she remained as an administrator until her retirement in 1978.

ROBERT ‘BOB’ LaFRENIERE

The family wishes to announce the passing of Bob LaFreniere, 82, on Aug. 1, 2016 at his home in Fort Frances with his wife by his side peacefully.

Bob was born on June 18, 1934 and spent his whole life in Fort Frances. He worked for nine years on the C.N.R. and 28 years in the paper mill, retiring in 1992.

He also ran a janitorial service for 12 years and built his home at 1008 River Road West and was an avid hunter, camper, snowbird, and a real Mr. Fix It.

AUNE IRENE DePIERO

It is great sadness that the family of Aune Irene DePiero announces her passing on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Rainycrest Long Term Care at the age of 95.

Aune was born on March 11, 1921 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ivar and Maria Boind. She spent all of her life in Fort Frances.

She was united in marriage to Emidio (Bronc) DePiero in 1943 and she settled into their home making a life for them and their son Jim.

MARY MARGARET McTAGGART

Mary Margaret McTaggart, age 75, of Stratford, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at University Hospital, London. Born in Alloa, Scotland.

She was the daughter of the late Hugh And Mary Clare (Fletcher) Short, and the beloved wife of 55 years to Ross McTaggart.

Mary also was the proud mother of Ian and wife, Jo-ann, Glenn and wife, Kim, and Andrew and wife, Celia.

She is survived by her wonderful grandchildren, Allison, Gillian and Cameron.

WILLIAM (BILL) CAUL

One of the hardest things I have ever done is write your obituary because then I have to admit we are never going to see you again. To find the right words ... You were the BEST, the most loving, kind, good hearted man with eyes that twinkled every time you smiled. And that was often!

You were my team mate, my husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, and a friend.

You were strong—you gave us strength to have you home during your fight and for that we are blessed.

ANNE GILLINGHAM

Anne Gillingham (nee Kolynchuk), of Newport, N.S., passed peacefully, in her 87th year, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Windsor Elms Village in Falmouth, N.S. after a very brief illness.

Mrs. Gillingham is survived by her loving family, husband of 62 years, Donald E. Gillingham; daughter, Donna Lynn Hewitt; son, Don Gillingham; granddaughters, Jackie and Cathy; and son-in-law, Brittany Hewitt.

She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Polly Kolynchuk; brothers, John and Frank Kolynchuk; sister, Lily Hromek; and her beloved son, Clark Allan Gillingham.

ETHEL (PENNY) McFARLAND

Ethel (Penny) McFarland passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ethel (Penny) was born Jan. 10, 1924 in Edinburgh, Scotland to William and Jemima Brown.

She married Canadian serviceman Claude McFarland in Edinburgh on March 10, 1943.

ROBERT ‘LYNN’ CAIN

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of Robert Lynn Cain announces his peaceful passing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Lynn was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Jan. 30, 1947 to Lorraine and Clifford Cain. He was raised down Cain Road, on the family farm in Devlin, Ont., and always considered that home.

Over the past 30 years, Lynn had many an entertaining story to tell, about the “good ol’days” growing up as a “country boy” in the back 40. Many long-time friendships were made and remain to this day.

KENNETH RUSSELL FISHER

Ken Fisher, 69, of Emo, Ont., entered into eternal peace after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, July 21, 2016 with his family by his side.

Ken was born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Russell and Mary Fisher. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Alexander on April 26, 1969.

At an early age, Ken started his farming career down east, where he worked at a feedlot. After a year, he returned to Emo, purchased some property along the river, and started to farm Charolais cattle.

ROBERT JAMES (MIKE) PEARSON

In Loving Memory

May 29, 1935 - July 13, 2016

Out of respect for our father’s wishes, there will be no public service or traditional obituary.

A private family dinner has been held in his honour. Special thanks to all of dad’s family and friends for your love and support.

DELORES ELIZABETH JORDAN

Delores Elizabeth Jordan, 69, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She leaves behind her sons, Travis and his children, Jared, Trinity, and Skyler, Eric, and Julius (April) and their son, Jake, and their father, George; brothers, Clarence (Audrey) LeForte, Brian (Lynn) LeForte, Dennis LeForte, and Ron (Gail) LeForte; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

JOHN GEORGE KING

Tragically, the family of John King, 38, of Lake of the Wood Township, Ont., announces his sudden passing on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Rainy River, Ont.

Funeral arrangements pending and a complete obituary will follow.

ROBERT GORDON (BOB) COTTAM

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Robert Gordon (Bob) Cottam, 93, of Emo, Ont., on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo.

Bob was born March 20, 1923 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late Harvey and Elsie Cottam.

On Oct. 11, 1943, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Eve, and the couple spent the next 50-plus years working side by side running Red Deer Lodge and raising their family in Nestor Falls, Ont.

Bob served his country during WWII and was one of the last remaining vets from WWII in the area.