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PAMELA OLIVER

It is with profound sadness that the children of Pamela Mary Oliver announce her sudden passing, at the age of 91, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Pam was born on June 7, 1926 to the late Fred and Decima Parsons in Clydach, Wales, where she spent her teenage years during World War II serving in the Women's Land Army.

It was here she met the love of her life, Bert Oliver, while he was on leave from the army visiting relatives.

MARY BIDDESON

Mary Elizabeth Biddeson passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1927, in Fort Frances, Ont. She was the fourth born of seven children but the first to be born in Canada. Her parents had moved to Canada from Wantage, Berkshire, England in 1924.

Following high school graduation, Mary travelled to North Bay, Ont. for a year of “Normal School” to receive her teaching qualifications. She then agreed to teach in Stratton, Ont. for three years and then in Fort Frances for two years.

CHRISTOPHER BLAIR RENAUD

It is with great memories and much love that we remember Chris Renaud, who passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1952.

Chris was a well-respected real estate professional, talented bartender, and world traveller, as well as a self-appointed “Second Most Interesting Man in the World.” His sense of humour was evident even in his final days.

MARY DuCHARME

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary DuCharme announces her passing on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Mary was born on Feb. 13, 1934 in Rennie, Man. to Doinese and Anastasia Shankowsky.

She was united in marriage to Jim DuCharme on Feb. 4, 1956 and they moved to Sioux Lookout, Ont. and then Reddit, Ont. for a short time. In 1960, they came to Fort Frances.

CHARLES ('CHUCK') HARRISON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Charles (“Chuck”) Harrison, 83, a former longtime resident of Barwick, Ont., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence in Fort Frances, Ont.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held on Friday May 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Barwick Community Hall.

Interment to follow in the Barwick Cemetery.

JASON TODD OGIER

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Jason Ogier, 43, of Devlin Ont., on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at his residence.

Jason was born on May 22, 1974 to Ronald and Sandra (Loveday) Ogier.

He worked at varies jobs over the years, including Burts Sawmill in Sioux Narrows, Ont. and his last employment with the Township of La Vallee.

Jason enjoyed fishing, video games, and four-wheeling in his spare time.

MARJORIE McTAGGART

Marjorie May McTaggart, 91, left us in her sleep in the early morning of Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the peace of the palliative care room at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marjorie was born on April 14, 1927 to William and Mae Davidson in Winnipeg, Man., where she lived for most of her school years, except for the short adventure of life in Wabigoon, Ont.

She married her brother's school chum, Gordon McTaggart, on March 21, 1947 and shortly after moved to Fort Frances, which quickly became her home.

MARJORIE McTAGGART

Marjorie May McTaggart, 91, left us in her sleep in the early morning of Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the peace of the palliative care room at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Marjorie was born on April 14, 1927 to William and Mae Davidson in Winnipeg, Man., where she lived for most of her school years, except for the short adventure of life in Wabigoon, Ont.

She married her brother's school chum, Gordon McTaggart, on March 21, 1947 and shortly after moved to Fort Frances, which quickly became her home.

MARY BIDDESON

Mary Elizabeth Biddeson passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Frances, with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.

A graveside service directly will follow the funeral service at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

MARY DuCHARME

Mary DuCharme, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A complete obituary will follow.

DAVID CONRAD LEMIEUX

It is with great sadness that the family of David Conrad Lemieux announces his passing on Friday, May 11, 2018 in Edmonton, Alta.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1967 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Dave is survived by his special friend, Kathy Tracy; mother, Dolly Lemieux; sisters, Gail Lemieux and Diane Pattison (Rod); and nephews, Brian Johnstone, and Gary and Jason Pattison and their families.

He was predeceased by his father, Conrad, in 2012 and his brother, Gary, in 1976.

Our family will miss him dearly but we have lots of great memories.

KAYLA LYNN BRUYERE

With her parents by her side, Kayla Lynn peacefully walked through the Gates of Heaven on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Kayla was born on Oct. 16, 1985 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. Though faced with many challenges, she always endured with the most beautiful smile and positive attitude.

She is our inspiration to never give up.

Kayla was adamant on keeping a routine, which included playing solitaire, board games, listening to Shania, and watching her daily episodes of the “Young and the Restless," "Days of Our Lives," and the "Golden Girls.”

ALPHONSE LaROCHE

It is with great sadness that the family of Alphonse LaRoche announces his peaceful passing, at the age of 101, with his family by his side.

Alphonse was born on April 15 ,1917 in the little town of Otterburne, Man. to Alphonsine and Joseph LaRoche. He was the eldest of nine children.

He married his true love, Laurence (Vien), on June 22 ,1939. Together they had five children—four in Manitoba and a fifth in Fort Frances, Ont. 10 years after their move here.

LEONIS YVONNE GILLIES

With great sadness, the Woolsey families mourn the peaceful passing of Leonis Yvonne (Woolsey) Gillies, at the age of 104, on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont.

Leonis was born in Dorchester, N.B. on Nov. 23, 1913. She came to the Rainy River District in 1926, where she spent the next 92 years.

She married Harold Forrest Woolsey on Dec. 27, 1930. They had 11 children before Harold passed in 1954.

ROBERT ('BOB') DWIGHT JOHNSTON

Sadly, the family announces the passing of Robert (“Bob”) Dwight Johnston on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Bob was born, attended school, and worked in Thunder Bay, Ont. He worked for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) his whole career, starting as a Surveyors Assistant and finishing as Project Supervisor.

He built roads and airport runways all over Northern Ontario. He was especially proud of supervising the building of Bending Lake Road right from walking the bush to completion.

LESLIE EDWARD JENSSON

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Leslie Edward Jensson on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home in McInnes Creek, Ont.

Leslie was born in Rainy River, Ont. on Oct. 18, 1937.

He will be greatly missed by his brother, Stanford (Maxine) of Dryden, Ont.; sisters, Grace Pearson of Smithers, B.C. and Judy (Gary) Cwiak of Winnipeg, Man.; and his many nieces and nephews and special cousin, Hugh Jensson.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Stella, and brother, Clarence.

WARREN LOVEDAY

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Warren Loveday, 54, of Emo Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A graveside service will be held at the Emo Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2 p.m., with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.

A reception to follow at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo.

WILLIAM KENNETH GRATTON

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our brother, husband, and father, William Kenneth Gratton, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Ken was born on Nov. 12, 1947 in Kenora, Ont. In early childhood, he moved with his parents, Bill and Rene Gratton, and sister, Sandy, to Fort Frances, Ont., where his father operated the North Star/Shell service station at the corner of Scott Street and Portage Avenue.

SHIRLEY MARGARET AVIS

Shirley Margaret Avis passed away peacefully on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 88.

Shirley was born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ruth and Fred Williams on July 30, 1929.

She was preceded by her parents; husband, Walter Avis; and siblings and their spouses, Dorothy and Jim Mitchell, Marion and Bill Gow, Frank and Donna Williams, and brother, Lloyd.

ALPHONSE LaROCHE

It is with great sadness that the family of Alphonse LaRoche announces his passing on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, Ont.

A complete obituary will follow.

SHIRLEY MAE GADD

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Shirley Gadd, 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Shirley was born in Shenston Township on Dec. 21, 1943 to Henry and Violet Ahrens.

She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Gadd on Aug. 25, 1982.

Shirley enjoyed her flower beds, bowling, travelling, and spending time with family. She was a member of the T.O.P.S. Club and the Birthday Club.

WILLIAM JAMES ('JIM') INKSTER

William James (“Jim”) Inkster passed away on April 26, 2018 at the age of 93.

He was born on April 12, 1925 in Selkirk, Man.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maxine Inkster (nee Gadd), and his six children, Barrie Inkster (Debbie), Shelley Toninato (Robert), David Inkster (Cathy), Wendy Calder, Dale Inkster, and Chiney Inkster.

He was a proud “Papa” to 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was well-known in his younger years as one of the best fastball pitchers in the area.

Jim has requested that there be no funeral.