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Obituaries

JAMES PETER RYAN

It is with great sadness that the family of James Peter Ryan announces his passing on Monday, April 9, 2018 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born on July 29, 1941 in Fort Frances to Edward and Ann Ryan. He grew up in Fort Frances, moving away as a young man to travel and work. He took several trips across Europe, learning about his Irish and Ukrainian heritage.

Jim also loved to read and this passion led him to work in the library in both Thunder Bay, Ont. and Calgary, Alta.

MELVIN PETKAU

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24 NKJV)

In loving memory of Melvin Petkau, 47, who passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at his home in Emo, Ont.

JAMES SOLOMON

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, James Solomon, who passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 53 years, Joan Solomon (nee Johnson); daughters, Rebecca Solomon (Jerry Merk), Gillian Solomon, and Sarah Solomon (Cameron McEwan); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Interment to be at a later date.

Although cards and flowers are deeply appreciated, they are respectfully declined.

MYRON JOSEPH DEMITRO HAWRYLAK

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, the leader of the band grew tired and passed on to play his final gig.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1944 in Kenora, Ont. to the late Ann and Kasemer Hawrylak.

Myron completed his high school education in Sioux Lookout, Ont., enjoying curling (achieving an eight-ender), playing basketball, and compeing in track and field. He held a long-time OFSAA record for Intermediate Boys High Jump.

The Hot Spots was his high school band.

WILL ANDERSON

Our precious son and brother, Will Anderson, passed away suddenly on March 26, 2018.

Born Jan. 15, 1995, he was a kind, intelligent and funny person. He always wanted to make a difference in the world and he succeeded in bettering the lives of many who he met.

JACKIE (JACKO) RAY McLEOD

Jackie (Jacko) Ray McLeod passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jacko was born on April 29, 1957 in Fort Frances. He was the fifth of six children.

He lived his entire life in Fort Frances, with many years at Sybil Russel Hall and then later independently until such time as he moved to Rainycrest.

He was very involved in sports his whole life; playing baseball and bowling, and watching wrestling. He was an avid fan of the Fort Frances Muskie hockey team and went to as many games as possible.

JAMES EDWARD MAJOR

James Edward Major passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

He was born in Winnipeg, Man. and would have celebrated his 90th birthday on May 20, 2018.

Jim attended school in Dryden, Ont. and began working for Ontario Hydro at Red Lake in 1947. After working in Red Lake and the surrounding area for 25 years, he transferred to Fort Frances, Ont. to work on the line crew and in the stores until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of the Ontario Hydro 25-year club.

JEAN VIVIAN DUSTIN

Sadly, with heavy hearts, the family of Jean Vivian Dustin (nee Odahl) announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the age of 64 at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in Dryden, Ont.

Jean was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on June 1, 1953, the youngest of three daughters to Stella and Oscar Odahl.

She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and Fort Frances High School.

RAYMOND SHEPAKEGET (OZHO-WASH-KO-TE GIIZHIK) Lynx Clan

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Raymond (Ozho-wash-ko-te giizhik) Shepakeget of the Lynx Clan on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

He was born on March 31, 1949 to the late Thomas Sr. and Rose Shebagegit (nee Derosier).

Raymond loved guiding and fishing . . . and most of all his fancy boat. He also coached baseball teams, played pool, golf, and Bingo, and enjoyed being with his family and friends, always laughing.

He took pride in being an active member in any event or activity at Onigaming.

YVONNE SMELT

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Yvonne Smelt (nee DeGagne), 62, of Nipawin, Sask., on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Yvonne was born on Feb. 17, 1956 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ulysses and Emelia DeGagne.

As per Yvonne's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral.

PATRICIA GAIL WOWCHUK

Patricia Gail Wowchuk, 78, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Thunder Bay.

Born Jan. 15, 1940, in Winnipeg, Man., Pat moved to Fort Frances, Ont. as a small child with her parents, Malcolm and Winnifred MacLeod.

Following graduation from Fort Frances High School, she began employment in the mill office. She then worked for Wilkins Flower Shop, Indian Affairs, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

After leaving the RCMP, she moved to Jamaica for several years. Following retirement, she moved back to Canada.

PATRICIA GAIL WOWCHUK

Patricia Gail Wowchuk, 78, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Thunder Bay.

Born Jan. 15, 1940, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pat moved to Fort Frances, Ontario, as a small child with her parents, Malcolm and Winnifred MacLeod.

Following graduation from Fort Frances High School, she began employment in the mill office. She then worked for Wilkins Flower Shop, Indian Affairs, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

After leaving the RCMP, she moved to Jamaica for several years.

Following retirement, she moved back to Canada.

MYRON HAWRYLAK

Myron Hawrylak, 73, of Fort Frances, ON passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

WILL ANDERSON

Our precious son and brother, Will Anderson, passed away suddenly on March 26, 2018.

Born Jan. 15, 1995, he was a kind, intelligent and funny person. He always wanted to make a difference in the world and he succeeded in bettering the lives of many who he met.

IDJA COUMBASSA

Idja Coumbassa passed through this world on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Calgary, Alta.

She leaves behind her parents, Ibrahima Coumbassa and Candice Brown; brother, Mamuch; grandparents, LeeAnn Brown, M'Bemba Coumbassa, and Mariame Diallo; as well as a large extended family.

A traditional wake was held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 4 p.m. at the Rainy River First Nation gymnasium.

Elder Harry Windego officiated at the funeral ceremony on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Interment took place in the Rainy River First Nation Cemetery.

MARCEL CARON

The family of Marcel Joseph Caron sadly announces his passing on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marcel was born on Feb. 22, 1936 in Cabano, Quebec to Paul and Alma Caron. He grew up in Quebec before moving to Hearst, Ont. as a young man.  There he worked at his Uncle JD Levesque's sawmill earning both his Motor Vehicle Ticket and Truck/Coach Ticket. 

During the next several years, he worked for numerous organizations between Hearst and Kapuskasing, Ont. 

WILL ANDERSON

Will Anderson, 23, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Winnipeg, Man.

A celebration of Will's life will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont. with Pastor Diane Clifford officiating.

A complete obituary will follow.

SUSAN RAE HAGEN

We sadly announce the sudden passing of our mother, Susan Hagen (nee Kotyk), of Fort Frances, Ont. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at her residence.

Susan was born in Fort Frances to the late Nestor and Shirley Kotyk on Feb. 12, 1951.

She was the second of four children.

As a child she jumped over the pine trees planted at Sixth Street School and then attended Fort Frances High School as a teen.

JAMES (JIM) ADOLF MEEK

With his Loving family at his side, Jim passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Jim was born on June 30, 1931 to the late Anna and John Meek of Sprague, Man., where he was raised.

He met the love of his life, Marjorie Hunter, and they married on April 27, 1954.

He was employed by CN until his retirement in 1987. They lived and raised their family in Rainy River, Ont., then moved after retirement to the Morson, Ont. area before again moving in 2009 to Fort Frances.

WILLIAM RENZO LONEY

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Renzo Loney, 77, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Emo, Ont., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

A celebration of Bill's life will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

JOHN JOSEPH LANDRY

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of John Landry, 62, of Fort Frances Ont., on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

John was born on Jan. 16, 1956 to Leo and Thelma Landry and raised in Campbell's Bay, Que.

John drove pulp truck for most of his life. In 2008, he met Karen Helder and began a loving relationship.

KEVIN WILFRED MORRISSEAU

A funeral service and interment for Kevin Morrisseau was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church at Couchiching First Nation, Ont. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11 a.m., with Fr. Ben Hadrich officiating.

Kevin passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Grand Marais, Mn. at 47 years of age.

He was born on Oct. 15, 1970 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Wilf and Linda Morrisseau.

Holding dearly onto his memory are his brothers, Darren, Cody (Desiree), and Eric; niece, Emily; nephews, Keenan, Austin, and Lennox; and his best friend, Uncle Don.

BRENDA JOYCE RICHARDSON

With profound sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Brenda Joyce Richardson (nee Sisco), 77, of Alberton Township, Ont. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

Brenda was born on Oct. 20, 1940 in Emo, Ont. to Paul and Bernice (nee Nielson) Sisco and was raised in North Branch, Ont. She was united in marriage to Lynn Richardson in 1957.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Kim (Raymond), Kathy (Rick), Jamie (Karen), Mike (Lucie), and Bob (Anne); eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.