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WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SAMUEL DUNSMORE

William “Bill” Samuel Dunsmore, 79, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 at his residence.

Bill was born July 23 1918 in Sifton Township, Ont. and lived there until he moved to Fort Frances in 1968. He worked briefly at Silver & Kercher before working at Hammond Landscaping Ltd., where he worked for more than 25 years until his retirement.

TALBOT PIERRE JOHNSON

Talbot Pierre Johnson, 30, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Talbot was born July 3, 1967 in Fort Frances. He lived all his life in the area, and had worked as a carpenter, seasonal firefighter, and was a dedicated trapper. His hobbies were snowmobiling, badminton, horseshoe pitching, fishing, and camping.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

KATIE MARGARET CAMPBELL

Katie Margaret Campbell, of Metcalfe, Ont., passed away Nov. 4, 1997 in her 88th year.

She was a former elementary school teacher in the Rainy River District.

Katie was predeceased by her husband, Rolla; a daughter, Irene Corkill; and four brothers.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.

Interment took place at the Spring Hill Cemetery on Nov. 8, 1997.

JEAN LEE ROSS

Jean Lee Ross (nee Cameron) passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 29 1997 after a lengthy illness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred.

She is survived by two sons, Gary and Wayne; five grandchildren; three brothers, Arden, Jack, and Terry; and two sisters, Betty and Connie.

NORMAN BLAKLEY MUNRO

Norman Munro, 78, of 725 Morrison Cr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Norman was born on Nov. 20, 1918 in Port Arthur, Ont. Following his schooling, Norman served in the Royal Canadian Medical Corp. and served overseas in England, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Following the war he worked as a park ranger and then in the local paper mill. Norman was united in marriage to Rita Bernardi on May 30, 1950. He enjoyed playing cards, the outdoors, camping and especially spending time and caring for family.

NEIL KEITH LEATHERDALE

Neil Keith Leatherdale of Olds, Alta., passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997 at the age of 79 years at Foothills Hospital Calgary, Alta. as a result of complications brought about by pneumonia.

Neil was born Feb. 28, 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Neil together with his two brothers, Dick and Lyall, and sister, Betty, grew up in Fort Frances, Ont. Following his discharge from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943, Neil moved to Olds, Alberta where he entered the newspaper field, publishing the Olds Gazette, a career that spanned 53 years.

IDA STEVENS

Saturday, Nov. 8, Ida Stevens mother and grandmother, died peacefully at the Middle Church Nursing Home where she has resided since 1995 to be closer to her family.

Born in Muskoka Township Oct. 16, 1909 to Frederick and Sarah Tolton, she moved to Stratton, and had lived most of her life in Fort Frances, independent in mind and spirit until the end.

GERTRUDE TIBOLD

It is with deep sorrow that our family announces the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Gertrude Tibold, on Nov. 5, 1997 after 88 active years.

GERTRUDE "GERTIE" MARY WOOD

Gertie Wood, 72, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born May 14, 1925 in Emo, Ont. to the late Milton and Mary Fischer. Gertie was united in marriage to Roy Wood on April 12, 1944.

IRENE AMELIA VILLENEUVE

Irene Villeneuve, 75, of 632 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Tuesday, October 28, 1997.

She was born April 1, 1922 in Bergland, Ont. to the late Norval and Alma Brusven. On Feb. 21, 1942 in Kenora, Ont., Irene was united in marriage to Leo Villeneuve.

From 1952 until 1953, she owned and operated the “Coffee Cup” Cafe in Fort Frances. Irene also worked for many years as a cook at several tourist camps throughout Rainy River District.

JOHN T. (JACK) EGAN

On Oct. 28, 1997, John T. (Jack) Egan passed away at Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 77 years.

He was the second-oldest in the family of Patrick Philbert Egan and Gertrude Rose Egan (nee Harrigan), and was born at Mazenod, Sask. on Nov. 17, 1919 “out on the bald-headed prairie,” to quote his father.

IRENE VIOLA ‘MOLLY’ MARTIN

Irene “Molly” Martin, 85, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 1997 at the C.C.U. in La Verendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont.

Molly was born June 6, 1912 in Fort Frances to the late Norman and Elizabeth (Linklater) Allan. She was raised and lived in Fort Frances all her life.

Molly was united in marriage to Reg Martin on Jan. 10, 1933 and together they raised their three sons in Fort Frances. She was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church for many years, as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 ladies’ auxiliary.

ELIZA GASPARINI

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Eliza Gasparini (Del Rizzo) at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997 at the age of 91 years.

Eliza was born Jan. 21, 1906 in Chions, Italy to the late Domenico and Antonia Del Rizzo. She emigrated to Canada in 1927 and married Vincent Lino Gasparini on Oct. 30, 1929.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Lino, in 1969; her daughter, Marina Howard, in 1976; her sister, Maria Coran, in 1975; and by her nephew, Dove Coran, in 1994.

LENA CONWAY

Lena Conway passed away at her home in Victoria, B.C. on Oct. 18, 1997. She was born June 12, 1928 in Chatham, Ont.

She resided in Devlin, Ont. from 1970 through 1989, and then Foymount, Ont. until 1995, when she moved to Victoria to reside with her son, Russell.

ALICE MAUDE CLARKE

Alice Maude Clarke, 91, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997.

She was born Sept. 16, 1906 in Wensley, Ont. to the late Frederick and Mary Wensley. In her earlier years, Alice taught elementary school throughout the Rainy River District.

On Nov. 10, 1934, she was united in marriage to Andrew Clarke. Following their marriage, together they were in partnership with David and Emily Crombie and operated Clarke and Crombie Tourist Camp in Nestor Falls, Ont. for many years.

ETHEL BERNICE QUINN-CSIK

Ethel Bernice Quinn-Csik, 96, of 554 Riverview Dr., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Monday, Oct. 13, 1997.

She was born Aug. 20, 1901 in Wilmur, Ont. to the late William Walter and Minnie Freeman.

Bernice taught school in southern Ontario before her marriage to Edward Quinn. In 1937, they moved to the Rainy River District. Following the death of her husband in 1953, she moved from the family farm north of Emo to Fort Frances, allowing her to pursue a life-long passion for music.

JOHN BARTON (JACK) SPEAKMAN

John Barton (Jack) Speakman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997.

He leaves his devoted wife, Gale; daughter, Carolyn Granewall; son-in-law, Nels Granewall; closest relatives, Tippi and Gerry Angell, and Sharen and Frank Butcher; Fairhurst cousins; and a host of friends of all ages.

All mourn the loss of his vivid and lively presence.

PHILIP GEORGE 'FLIP' PENNEY

Philip George (Flip) Penney, 65, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 1997 at his residence on Pender Island, B.C.

He was born to Marguerite and the late George Penney in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 2, 1932. He spent most of his life there, and was an ardent curler, having curled in many bonspiels with the Clarence Shrumm rink.

He worked for a number of years in the building trade with John Smits and in Atikokan at the mine. He moved to Edmonton in 1976, continuing in the building trade. After retiring, he worked for Tri-Line, where he met his wife to be.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

JAMES JOSEPH DESCHAMPS

James (Jimmy) Deschamps, formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 3, 1997 at the hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

Jimmy was born April 30, 1922 in Penetang, Ont. He served with the army during World War Two.

He married Norma Bujold in 1948, and they made their home in the area until moving to B.C. in 1983.

Jimmy worked at Mel Newman’s during the late 1940s and 1950s. He then worked for Canada Post, and was a mail carrier until his retirement.

GARY JAMES GRAHAM

Gary James Graham, 50, of 124 Fifth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997.

He was born Sept. 24, 1947 in Port Arthur, Ont. to Percy and Doris Graham. Gary received his education and grew up in Thunder Bay, and later worked for several years at the Provincial Mill and Palm Dairies. On Aug. 8, 1970, he was united in marriage to Diane Olinyk, and in 1972 moved to Rainy River, Ont.

GORDON EDGAR BURNELL

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Edgar Burnell on Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 at the age of 57.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Simone, of 31 years; his daughter, Robyn and husband, Marc Bourrier; his daughter, Evelyne and husband, Matt Parsons, and his two sons, Oscar and Donald; and his four-year-old grandson, Nicolas, who he adored and took great pleasure in spoiling.

Gordon was looking forward to the birth of Evelyne and Matt’s first-born, which is due in early December.