You are here

Obituaries

MELVYN 'RUSSELL' MacDONALD

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the tragic passing of Melvyn “Russell” MacDonald on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in Minnesota during one of his favourite hobbies: snowmobiling with his friends.

Russ was born on Aug. 11, 1983 to Melvin and Lucille (Allan) MacDonald in Yorkton, Sask. Russ shared his birthday with his grandfather, Russell Allan, for whom he was named. Aug. 11th was a popular birthday as he also shared it with his Auntie Brenda.

He was the oldest of three and role model to little brothers, Brodie and Neil.

ROBERT HOLBORN

With great sadness and broken hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Robert Holborn, 79, of Dance Township, Ont., at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Robert was born in Fort Frances to Robert and Elisabeth Holborn. He was predeceased by both parents and his sister, Margaret.

Robert worked in the bush and construction for most of his life before retirement. He worked driving truck for Ross Anderson.

CHRISTOPHER ROY GALUSHA

Christopher Roy Galusha (Chris) was born on July 16, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chris passed away, with his family by his side, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. Chris's passing was unexpected.

During his growing up years, Chris was raised on the farm north of Barwick by his parents, Roy and Joyce Galusha, along with his two brothers and three sisters. Chris attended Barwick public school and then went on to Fort Frances High School.

CHRISTOPHER GALUSHA

On Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Christopher Roy Galusha, 68, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away with his family by his side.

As per Chris's wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

A complete announcement to follow.

EDWARD JOSEPH ('JOE') GEORGE

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Edward Joseph (“Joe”) George, with family by his side, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Joe was born on Oct. 19, 1939 in Fort Frances to Edward and Agnes George (nee Calder).

From an early age, Joe was a hard-worker with a strong work ethic. He was never afraid to venture out and obtain new skills. He worked all over Ontario and had many different job experiences.

CECIL OGDEN

Cecil Laverne Ogden passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

ROBERT HOLBORN

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. Robert William Holborn, 79, of R.R.#1, Devlin, Ont. peacefully passed away.

A complete announcement to follow.

VERNA JOSEPHINE HANNA KING

It is with great sadness that the family of Verna Josephine Hanna King announces her passing on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1940 in Rainy River, Ont. to Wilfred and Arvilla Desserre. She grew up in on the family farm in Pinewood, Ont.

She worked at the Stratton Café and the sawmill at Foot Falls as a young woman.

EDWARD JOSEPH ('JOE') GEORGE

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Edward Joseph (“Joe”) George on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital with family by his side.

Joe was born on Oct. 19, 1939 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Edward and Agnes George (nee Calder).

From an early age, Joe was a hard-worker with a strong work ethic. He was never afraid to venture out and obtain new skills. He worked all over Ontario and had many different job experiences.

PETER JAMES LANDRY

Peter Landry, of Barwick, Ont., passed away suddenly, at the age of 76, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Peter was born on April 19, 1942 in Pinewood, Ont. to Hector and Irene (nee Gouliquer) Landry.

As a child, his family moved often because of work. Among the places he lived were Atikokan, Ont., Gimli, Man., and Alberni, B.C. As a youth, he helped build the South Saskatchewan Dam for a number of years.

TODD DUCHARME

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Todd Ducharme, 57, of Emo, Ont., at his residence on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Todd was born on May 29, 1961 to Laurel and Clarence Ducharme.

He worked in B.C. as a carpenter, and also was employed as a surveyor and draftsman over the years.

Todd had an artistic gift and enjoyed paper tole and poetry. He also took great interest in the quest and study of ghosts and other apparitions.

RAMONA JEAN SMITH

Ramona Jean Smith passed away, at the age of 87, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at La Verendre General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ramona was born to Gladys Eloise and Roy Smith, at home on the family farm north of Barwick, in Chapple Municipality, on June 6, 1931.

She walked or rode her bicycle for three miles to Shenston School, where she attended for eight years.

MARJORIE ELLEN McCOMBE

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Marjorie Ellen McCombe, 74, of Rainy River, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marjorie was born in Parry Sound, Ont. to Kathleen and Harold McCombe of Bracebridge, Ont.

Marjorie met Norman Spooner while she was working in Thunder Bay, Ont. They spent some time in Cornwall, Ont., then moved to Rainy River, Ont., where they have lived for about the past 10 years.

JEAN-PIERRE 'J.P.' DAIGLE

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and friend, Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Daigle.

He entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., with family by his side, after a short battle with heart disease. J.P.'s passing has been a sudden one.

Born on Jan. 14, 1959 in St. John, N.B., he was predeceased by his adoptive family, his brother, Gill Daigle; father, Gerard Daigle; and his mother, Aline Daigle.

WAYNE ALBERT CARLSON

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Wayne Albert Carlson, aka ‘Papa’ announce his sudden passing on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home in Fort Frances.

Wayne was born on August 28th, 1941 in Fort Frances, ON to Lennea Carlson and was the youngest of her two children. The oldest being his big brother Ken, whom he looked up to and loved very much.

Wayne was united in marriage to Judy (Wilson) on May 16th, 1959 and was the love of his life.

For 60 plus years they shared their love for one another.

DONALD ROY WILSON

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Donald (Don) Roy Wilson on February 8, 2019.

He was born on September 26, 1952 to the late Cleve and Julia Wilson.

He lived his life on the family farm and was a devoted farmer.

He continued many plants that were started on the family homestead. Don loved his animals and enjoyed stock car racing, hunting and fishing. He could build or fi x almost anything and liked to watch programs and videos on how to build or make things.

He worked at Witherspoons, the local mill, Acklands and Vissers.

TAATABAA GIIZHIGOOK AWASISII OTOOTEMAN (BULL-HEAD CLAN) KELLI (KYE) LEANNE MORRISON

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kelli Leanne Morrison, 29, from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation.

Kelli was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on July 9, 1989 and passed away on Feb. 2, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C.

Kelli will be deeply missed by her parents, Tammy Morrison, Dianne Kelly and Vincent Kelly Sr.; brothers, Vincent Jr. (Jenny), Clayton Kelly (Bonnie), Quinton Tom, and Isaiah Collins; and sisters, Vanessa Tom (Jamie), Summer Jim, and Kayla Morrison (Steve).

RAMONA JEAN SMITH

Ramona Jean Smith, 87, of Barwick, Ont., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral arrangements pending and a complete obituary will follow.

SAMANTHA DAWN PEARSON

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our fierce warrior, Samantha Dawn Pearson, on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in Ottawa, Ont.

Sam, as she was known by family and friends, was born on July 14, 1986 in Fort Frances, Ont.

From the moment she arrived in this world, it was clear that Sam was a bright, feisty, and independent soul. As a young child in Mine Centre, she unabashedly strutted through her parents' store, and loved to put her feet in her dad's big boots and stick her hands in his leech-flled bucket when he returned from bait trapping.

WILLIAM 'BILL' MOSBECK

William “Bill” Mosbeck of Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of Emo, Ont., passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the age of 81.

Bill was born on Aug. 21, 1937 in Rainy River, Ont. to Milton and Betty Mosbeck.

He was united in marriage to Armine Tompkins on June 19, 1956.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Armine; sons, Tom (Emily) and Chuck (Cathy); grandchildren, Scott (Michelle), Jay (Janene), Dallas (Kari), Eric (Hope), Cody, and Nicollette (Eric); and 12 great-grandchildren.