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Obituaries

Alma Clare Maguire (Booth)

Clare Maguire, born April 18, 1946, passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Ont. on Monday, Jan. 18, 1999 with her family by her side.

Born in Fort Frances, Ont., she grew up in the family home in Burriss.

Clare moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1967 and was married on Aug. 16, 1969. She worked at various beauty salons in Thunder Bay, and had been employed at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital since 1986.

JOSEPH ERNEST OVIDE LAROCQUE

Ovide Larocque, 58, of 818 Wright Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Ovide was born May 31, 1940 in Pinewood, Ont. to the late “Tony” and “Sis” Larocque. He was raised in Pinewood until he moved with his family around 1950 to Snake Falls, Ont.

In 1956, they moved to Fort Frances, and on March 13, 1965, Ovide was united in marriage to Sharon Booth.

WILLIAM ALLAN ‘MICK’ CAMERON

William “Mick” Cameron, 81, of North Bay, Ont. and formerly of 928 Victoria Ave. N., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 in North Bay.

He was born Dec. 6, 1917 in Fort Frances to the late William and Alice Cameron, and had lived most of his life here.

Mick had served as a sergeant with R.C.A.F. during World War II. Following his discharge from the services, he returned to Fort Frances and on July 28, 1945 was united in marriage to the former Minnie “Winnie” Lowe.

REV. CANON WILLIAM JOHN CLINTON AYERS

With great sorrow we announce the peaceful passing away of Rev. “Jack” Ayers, beloved husband of Evelyn, at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, Man. on Jan. 7, 1999.

Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Frances-Ann; his father, William; his mother, Ann; his brother, Wilbur (”Jiggs”); and his brother-in-law, Tom.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Clinton and David; daughter, Susan; several grandchildren; as well as sisters, Margaret Kenny of Fort Frances, Ont. and Anita Brown of Dryden, Ont.; and brother, Howard of British Columbia.

PERCY ROBERT BROWN

Percy Robert Brown, 95, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Percy was born March 24, 1903 in Bulwell, England to the late William and Alice Brown. In 1917, he came to Canada as a “Home Boy” brought here by Oliver Hinds. He began working at age 14 at Dakeyne Farm in Falmouth, N.S.

EMIL NURMI

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Emil Nurmi, 59, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.

Born and raised on a farm near Emo, Ont., Emil was a lifetime resident of Northwestern Ontario. He was employed by a variety of companies during his life, where he used his considerable skill as a heavy equipment mechanic.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union and retired in 1994.

Emil is survived by his loving wife, Beverley; daughter, Lisa and husband, Jim Jack, and daughter, Marie and husband, David Fontaine, and grandson, Carter Fontaine.

MARYANN GOULIQUER

Maryann Gouliquer (nee Pollard), “Granny Fox,” 95, of Atikokan, Ont., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999 at the Atikokan General Hospital E.C.W.

She was born July 14, 1903 in Leroy, N.D. to the late Thomas and Mary Jane Pollard. Maryann had lived most of her life in Pinewood, Ont. but spent the last 10 years residing in Atikokan with her daughter, Stella Huntley.

She was a dedicated member of the Liberal party and loved a good debate. She also had served as the secretary of the school board for Nelles #1 and #2 Schools.

AGNES SPEAKER

Agnes Speaker, 92, of Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, Ont., passed away suddenly at her residence Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999.

She was born Feb. 16, 1906 in Little Fork, Ont. to the late Tom and Margaret Burns. Agnes lived in Manitou Rapids all of her life, and she taught her family her traditional way of life and values. She loved her family, relatives, and friends.

She was predeceased by the father of her children, John Speaker, on March 20, 1994; three sons; and by one brother, Harry Burns.

DOREEN EULALIE GEARY

Doreen Geary, 70, of 618 Second St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at her home Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999.

She was born July 28, 1928 in Fort Frances to the late Gordon and Inez Breckon. Doreen received her education in Fort Frances, and was a graduate of Fort Frances High School and Miss Leslie’s Business School.

On March 21, 1959, she was united in marriage to Thomas Earl Geary.

MARLENE RUBY GOULIQUER

After a courageous battle with cancer, Marlene Gouliquer (nee King) passed away at the Emo Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998 in her 60th year.

Marlene was born in the family home in Stratton, Ont. on Feb. 1, 1938, the second oldest daughter of Gwen and the late Allan King. She attended the Pattulo and Fort Frances High School.

She was married Nov. 2, 1956 and farmed in the Township of Nelles, where Marlene lived until April, 1998. She then moved to care for her mother until her own health failed.

FRANCIS JOHN GAILLING

Francis Gailling passed away peacefully Dec. 30, 1998 at his home in Edmonton, Alta. at the age of 74 years. He was born Nov. 4, 1924 in Bremen, Sask. to the late Rosa and Mathias Gailling.

He is survived by his wife, Galina; and also leaves to mourn his five daughters, Gayle (Mervin) Hyatt of Emo, Penny Benson (Dennis Logan) and Brenda (Jim) Marr of Fort Frances, Ruth (Deder) Kielczewski of Thunder Bay, and Stacey (Roger) Buck of Edmonton.

DONALD Y. BAMFORD

Mr. Donald Young Bamford, husband of Barbara Bamford, of Water Street, Miramichi, N.B., passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998 at the age of 68.

Born in Blissfield, N.B., he was the son of the late William and Jennie (Mersereau) Bamford. He was a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces and the former Royal Canadian Air Force.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, a writer, and a partner in Barb’s Flower Shop in Miramichi.

CLEMENT ‘KEN’ RUSSELL LeBLANC

Clement “Ken” Russell LeBlanc, 86, of Stratton, Ont., passed away suddenly Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Ken was born Jan. 7, 1912 in Chisholm, Mn. He moved to Dearlock, Ont. at the age of two with his family. The LeBlanc family homesteaded on what remains the family farm. Ken lived there all his life.

LILLIAN McTEAGUE

Lillian McTeague (nee Gushulak), beloved wife of the late John McTeague, entered into God’s rest at the Centenary Health Centre on Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 in her 56th year.

She was the loving mother of Janette and Jennifer (Karl Doose), and proud grandmother of Kurt Doose.

ARLINE C. WRIGHT

Arline C. Wright of Mt. Clemens, Mich., who will be remembered by her family and friends for her faith in God, devotion to family, and humble service to others, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Intensiva Hospital of Macomb County in Mt. Clemens.

THOMPSON ARTHUR ‘THOMPS’ McCOMB

Thompson Arthur “Thomps” McComb, 82, of Emo, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at the Emo Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1916 in Emo to the late Edward and Ella McComb.

In his younger years, “Thomps” had worked as a guide for hunters and fishermen. During the Second World War, he worked at the Canada Car and Foundry airplane plant in Thunder Bay.

He later returned to Emo and continued to guide and also do carpentry work. His main job was organizing and setting up the training plan for ARC Industries, where he worked for 13 years before retiring.

WALTER DOKUCHIE

Walter Dokuchie, 78, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998 at La Verendrye General hospital.

He was born Oct. 22, 1920 in Sundown, Man. to the late Maxime and Nellie Dokuchie.

Walter had worked for years as a logger and trucker in the Thunder Bay area, and for John Stewart in the Kenora area around Nestor Falls. He later drove taxi for a few years before starting his own towing service.

GAIL VIKLEN

Mrs. Gail Viklen (nee Black), 53, a resident of Jewel Street in Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998 after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Gail was very involved with her church work at the Shuniah Knox United Church. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Emergency at both St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Port Arthur General Hospital, and in Pediatrics in St. Joseph’s Care Group.

She enjoyed time with her family, the outdoors, camping, music, and curling at the Port Arthur Curling Club.

MICHAEL LIN BOILEAU

Michael Lin Boileau, 54, passed away peacefully at Moose Jaw Union Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask. on Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Lincolnshire, England on Oct. 31, 1944. Michael was the eldest child of Lin and Jean Boileau of Fort Frances, Ont.

Michael lived and worked most of his life in Northwestern Ontario up until 1996, when he took up residence in Moose Jaw. Although he lived in Saskatchewan, he continued to work during the summer months on Lake of the Woods.

MICHAEL LIN BOILEAU

Michael Lin Boileau, 54, passed away peacefully at Moose Jaw Union Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask. on Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Lincolnshire, England on Oct. 31, 1944. Michael was the eldest child of Lin and Jean Boileau of Fort Frances, Ont.

Michael lived and worked most of his life in Northwestern Ontario up until 1996, when he took up residence in Moose Jaw. Although he lived in Saskatchewan, he continued to work during the summer months on Lake of the Woods.

DOROTHY ‘DOT’ MAY RUECKER

Dorothy “Dot” May Ruecker, 75, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at Regina, Sask.

She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Mary; husband, Philip; and three brothers, Louis, Ernest, and Charles Goldamer.

Dot is survived by her loving family, daughter, Kathryn (Kim) Thomson of Regina; son, David (Edie) of Regina; six grandchildren, Jason and Sarah Thomson, and Daniel, Janalee, Kyle, and Robbie Ruecker; one sister, Lillian Phaklides of International Falls, Mn.; and numerous other family members and friends.

VERNA IRENE CLINK

After a long battle with cancer, Verna Irene Clink, 88, of 1301 Elizabeth St., Fort Frances, Ont., went to be with her Lord on Dec. 10, 1998.

Verna was born at her home in Shenston, Ont. on April 2, 1910.

After graduating from Western Pentecostal Bible College in 1937, Verna devoted most of her life to pastoring in a number of churches in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario. She was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and spent 50 years of her life in the ministry.

GLENDA MYRNA ROSE MAINVILLE

Glenda Myrna Rose Mainville, 56, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Glenda was born May 1, 1942 in Fort Frances to the late Wilfred and Rosalie Morrisseau. In 1960, she was united in marriage to Roger Mainville.

In the 1970s, Glenda worked as night staff at the Browndale Group Home in Thunder Bay, Ont. In the early 1980s, she moved to Kenora, Ont., where she lived until 1988 when she moved back to Fort Frances.

MARY GODIN

Mary Godin (nee Romanow), 86, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Care Centre in the Falls.

Mary was born June 6, 1912 in Gonor, Man, where she grew up. She then lived in Devlin, Ont. and later moved to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1949. She moved to International Falls in 1953, where she had lived since.

She was married Aug. 31, 1949 in Fort Frances to Bill Godin.

JEAN SMITH

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Smith, 84, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jean was born Feb. 9, 1914 in Devlin, Ont. to the late John and Olive Matheson, and lived all her life in Devlin and Fort Frances. She was a member of Knox United Church and the U.C.W. of Fort Frances. She also was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, and a member of the founding committee and past-president of the Fort Frances and District Association for Community Living.