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MCMASTER, George Leroy

April 16, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of George McMaster in his 84th year on Sunday April 7, 2024 at Stedman Hospice in  Brantford.  He was predeceased  by his parents George Sr. and Blanche McMaster.  He left us on a bright and sunny day surrounded by his sister Margaret, brother in law Harold, his beloved cousin Marybelle Leach and much loved niece Tammy Gordon. George was born in Markdale, Ontario and later the family moved to the Harris farm in Onondaga.  He was a dairy farmer with Mom and Dad  until 1980.  He was always visiting people that needed comforting in some way.  He touched a lot of people and there are many in the community that could write a book on him. After selling the farm, he lived on the Fourth Line in Caledonia for over 40 years.  As George’s health began to fail he sold his home and moved to Cayuga for a year before returning to the community of Caledonia that he loved so much.  He was a member of Onondaga Masonic Lodge A.F.& A.M.519 for 61 years. George was presented with his 60 year pin in February 2023.  George was an active member of Onondaga Fire Dept. from 1958 – 1988  and continued as associate member and was secretary and treasurer of the Lottery account up until 2022.  He retired as secretary but was still treasurer until 2023.  George and Norma Arms wrote two books for the fire  department, one for the 40th anniversary and one for the 50th.  He was a mentor to all of the members and he especially embraced the younger members and made them feel like part of the family.  George was a walking encyclopedia for all.  He was an avid sports fan and hockey was his passion.  He gave the Corvairs more than 30 years of service as Assistant Coach, director and General Manager.  In previous  years he was involved with Onondaga baseball association playing coaching and sometimes umpire. George is also survived by his cousin Danny & Terre Lawrence whose kindness & Helpfulness I could never repay.  He trusted and loved them dearly.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews Stacey Grieve/Andrew Obrien, Tammy and Colin Gordon and Jason Grieve and Susan Chan as well as Great nieces and nephews. My brother was escorted from Stedman Hospice by the warm and caring staff to Frank SINATRA’S ‘My Way” and then serenaded by a beautiful cardinal singing loudly in the trees. Our family would like to thank the staff of Stedman Hospice and especially Tara who spent so much time not only looking after my brother with warmth, compassion and dedication but also making sure that we as a family were looked after as well. In keeping with George’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday June 2, 2024 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Exhibition Centre in the Mutual Room.  Memorial donations can be made to
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EVERETS, Gordon Glen

April 16, 2024

Peacefully at home on Monday April 15, 2024 at the age of 72 years.  He is survived by his children Tammy West (Mick), Mike (Catharine), their mother Linda; grandchildren, Jenna, Caitlin, Connor, Ian, and Maelle; brothers, Lyle (Debbie), and Brent (Lynda), and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Predeceased by son Steven; and parents Glen and Irma.  Gord retired from Stelco Hilton Works after 30 plus years, and after retirement worked at Lowes in Brantford. The family will honour his life with visitation at Hyde & Mott Chapel of R.H.B. Anderson Funeral Homes Ltd., Hagersville on Thursday from 7-9 pm. where funeral service will be held on Friday April 19, 2024 at 2pm.  Interment Cayuga Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the charity of your choice.  www.rhbanderson.com
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WATTS, Raymond Jacob

April 15, 2024

It is with heartfelt sorrow that the family of Raymond Jacob Watts announces his sudden passing at home on Saturday April 13, 2024, in his 60th year.  Ray will be forever missed by his wife and best friend Diane Watts (nee. Patterson).  His three loving children Jessica (Michael) Bucci, Cameron (Deanna Zimmerman) and Lisa Watts.  Proud grandpa of Sophia Watts.  Son of Sally Vanderstelt.  Dear brother in-law to Edward and Steven Patterson.  Ray will be fondly remembered by close friends Derrick Taylor, Larry Howe, Gary Fujihara, Simon, Tin, Rob Gravelle, Rohan Persuad and all those who knew him.  Ray is predeceased by his father Raymond Watts Sr. and his in-laws Edward and Nancy Patterson.In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private family service will be held in the future.  Arrangements entrusted to Ballard Minor Funeral Home, Dunnville, Ontario, (905- 774-7277).  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at www.ballardminorfh.ca
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STAFFORD, William “Bill” Milner

April 15, 2024

Surrounded by his loving and loud family, William ‘Bill’ Milner Stafford passed peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at West Haldimand General Hospital in his 100th year.Bill was born on January 22, 1925 in Birmingham, England.  He was the son of the late William and Dorcas Stafford (nee. Millman), brother to the late John Woodman Stafford (1936).  Bill was a veteran of the Second World War his station was of a Chief Petty Officer (Head of the Lower Deck) he joined His Majesty’s Navy in 1943 and after basic training in 1944 came to Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  He flew Cornels and Harvards, he left the service after the war in 1946 and immigrated to Canada in 1947.  He continued his interest in aviation in all its many forms from watching planes, to being on them for leisure or travel.  Bill had many interests that covered many areas, he was a great believer in education and enjoyed correspondence with his relations and to his acquaintances’. He had a knack for tinkering with his European vehicles as he had a love for MGB’s and the occasional Jaguar.  He was a solitary man in his woodworking and had a fascination for English antiques, which included far to many clocks.  The most important interest to him was his family, a bit of Tea, and a little something sweet (chocolate).  After working in the field as an Architectural technologist, he joined Mohawk College as an instructor from 1968 to 1990.  In retirement he remained a life member of The Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO). Bill is predeceased by his first wife Verna Jean Stafford (nee. McGregor)(1975), and his second wife Shirley Anne Stafford (nee. Roser)(2023).  Bill was a loving father to the late John Stafford (Sharlene), Heather Fountaine (James), Will (Greg) Stafford (Genevieve) and step daughter’s Joanne Halkyard, and the late Janice Savoia.  Proud (Papa) Grandfather to Amanda (Scott), James (Erin), Joseph (Deana), Donna (Jodie), Krystal (Daryl), Brandie (Cameron), Kaelum, Athena.  Great Grandfather to Taylene (Calvin), Jacob, Jared, Aurora, Saige, Kira, Tyler, John, Shane, Michael, Sarah, Charlie, John, and James.  Great Great Grandfather (GGPa) to Jonathan, Danika, Gavin.  Great Great Great Grandfather to Fisher. Grandfather to step daughter’s Joanne and Janice’s children, Amanda, Adam, Andrew, Rebecca (Brent), Kyle (Natasha), Jared, and Christina.  Great Great Grandfather to Alex and Branden. Family and friends are welcome to pay greetings and respects at MILLER FUNERAL CHAPEL in Caledonia on Saturday April 20, 2024 from 12 – 1p.m. time of service in the chapel, with interment of cremated remains for both Bill and Shirley at the Caledonia Cemetery to follow.  A special thank you to the staff at RVilla Caledonia Retirement Living for the last several years for both Bill and Shirley Stafford.   Also a very special thank you for the West Haldimand General Hospital and Norfolk General Hospital for the care and compassion Bill received in his final days.  In memory of Bill donations to the Alzheimer’s

WALTON, William E.

April 15, 2024

March 16, 1933 – April 9, 2024 Passed away peacefully at Dunnville Hospital at the age of 91 after a short illness.  Bill will be sadly missed by his wife Rena of 43 years.  Loving father of Bill (Donna), Denna, Sara (Ivan Cairncross), George Hoffman (Carol), Steve Millard (the late Lisa), the late Jack Hoffman, and Rick Hoffman (the late Kim). Survived by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill worked in construction for many years.  He loved country life, and as a little boy he followed his father on the farm with a shovel in hand ready to work.  A special thankyou to Dunnville Hospital for their wonderful care. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Keith Ovington Funeral Home, Burford.  As expressions of sympathy donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. Keith Ovington 519-449-1112 www.keithovington.ca As we remember Bill with his sense of humour he often said: “I’m not going to their Funeral because they aren’t coming to mine.”
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STEWART, Lynn Joanne (nee Motley)

April 15, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lynn Joanne Stewart (nee Motley), of Collingwood, Ontario on April 5, 2024, at age 79, following a brief battle with cancer. Lynn died peacefully at home with her family by her side. Lynn was born in Alliston, Ontario on October 31, 1944, and raised in Hagersville, Ontario, where she began her nursing career and met her husband, Bob. They finally settled in Collingwood in the early 1970’s, where Lynn continued as a Registered Nurse at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, eventually becoming the night shift supervisor. After retiring from nursing, she worked at the Alcoa plant. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and creating greeting cards. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Stewart (2009), parents James and Mary Motley, and brother Jim. She will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Laura Wilson (Richard) and Jennifer Stewart (Paul Thomsen), grandsons Jeremy (Brooke) and Alex, and siblings Sharron Dilly (Al), Mary Jayne Westaway (Frank) and Ken (Deb). She will be lovingly remembered by her crew of “adopted” daughters Cheryl, Joanne, Donna, and Sherri, and her precious group of “Bridgies,” who had been dear friends for years. At Lynn’s request, cremation has taken place, and a family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lynn, to either the Collingwood Public Library or to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, would be greatly appreciated by the family. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of the doctors and healthcare workers at the RVH Cancer Centre, the transfusion clinic and the rest of the team at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Dr. Matthew Weisbrod, the nurses from St. Elizabeth’s, the palliative care team and her caregivers, Hilda and Rachelle for their compassionate care. Friends may visit Lynn’s online Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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ARNOLD, Raymond

April 8, 2024

September 3, 1939 – April 5, 2024 It is with great sadness that the family share of Raymond’s passing on Friday April 5, 2024 at the age of 84 at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville after a short battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife Sandra (Featherstone) of 60 years. Predeceased by his son Bob.  Survived by his children Dave (Christina), Joanne (RJ), and his grandkids Zack (Carley), Nick (Sydney), and Kelsey.  Raymond will be missed by his sister Jean. Predeceased by brothers Ross and Neil, and sisters Helen and Mildred. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and their families.  Special thanks to Dr. Ayoob for the great care over the last couple of months, the ER doctors, nurses as well as Jenna, our home care nurse who always brought a cheery smile with her. Raymond worked on a farm and Werner milk route for 11 yrs, IMC for 20 yrs, and HNR/Town of Haldimand for 20 yrs as a truck driver.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, mowing his lawn and talking with his cottage neighbours at Featherstone Point.  His grandchildren were the light of his life whether it was cooking breakfast, playing Sorry and Crokinole or watching the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. A service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisherville on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisherville or Jennie Deagle Dream Fund at Community Living Haldimand, 2256 River Road, Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0  https://clhaldimand.com/donate-now/.  Arrangements by Hyde & Mott Chapel, Hagersville.  www.rhbanderson.com
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MCEACHERN, Alistair Malcolm Orr

April 8, 2024

The world just lost a truly unique man. Alistair Malcolm Orr McEachern was larger than life. From the time he entered this world to the time he left it, he touched so many lives in so many different ways.From a young age he worked on the family farm in Eldon Station, Kawartha Lakes, attended a one room school where his mother was the teacher, entered high school at the age of 12 ( and then failed a few times!) witched and dug wells, worked at the Brewers Retail, finished school, went to teachers college and then taught at a one room school house of his own.  By this time he had married his wife, Diane and was teaching in Lindsay.  They had a daughter Donna Lee, and then moved to Caledonia and had Heather and Mark.  He taught at Cayuga Secondary School for 25 years and finished there as vice principal before he moved on to Jarvis Elementary where he was principal.  Alistair was that truly special teacher who helped so many students to become successful.  He never went anywhere where he wasn’t recognized and revered.  “Hello Mr. McEachern, do you remember me?” was heard over and over, wherever he went.  And he never tired of it. He gave endlessly to his community and never turned down an opportunity to help improve it.  He was the first Captain of the Grand River Dinner Cruises, served on town council, was a fair board member, church custodian and absolutely enjoyed his Saturday mornings working with the men on the Special Projects Committee of Caledonia. He loved poetry (The Cremation of Sam McGee), crossword puzzles, dancing with Diane, coaching and managing baseball, cooking Chinese food for family and friends, and could put on amazing roast beef and turkey dinners for a crowd.  He prided himself on being an all around handyman.  Some of those projects may not have turned out quite as well as he thought, however, no one dared tell him!  But he gave it his all! Later on in life, a cottage was purchased back where he began and it was such a source of pride.  But nothing came close to the pride he had for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is hard for those left behind to comprehend a life without this legend, but we will go on and try to make him proud. Diane left us in 2019, Donna Lee in 2020 and he greatly missed them. Left to carry on are Heather and Ken and their family, Tyler, Gillian and Jett, Mark, Meagan and Quinn and Holly, Austin and Brody, Mark and Sara, and their family, Olivia and Avery, Ava, Sofie and Mac and son in-law Bill. To quote Dr. Seuss,  “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened”. He made us laugh a lot and had the best giggle. Goodbye Big Al.  Try to behave up there! Arrangements entrusted to Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, On. (905-765-2712).  In memory of Alistair, donations to the Donna

NIE, James Elgin “Jim”

April 2, 2024

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Hamilton General Hospital on Saturday March 30, 2024 at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of 54 years to Carolyn. Loving father of Karen and Greg Bacher, Darren and Dana Elton-Nie. Dear Papa/Grandpa of Emma, Brianna, Rachael, Cole, Nathan and Carson. Son of the late Claude and Ulea Nie. Brother of Dorothy and Ken Burchill. Son-In-law of Doris and the late Floyd Held. Brother-In-Law of Deb Held, and Randy and Judy Held. Jim was a well-respected Heavy Equipment Operator for many years. Private family arrangements. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Hamilton General Hospital, West Haldimand General Hospital or the Charity of your choice. Arrangements by Hyde & Mott Chapel, Hagersville.   www.rhbanderson.com
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NAGEL, Gerald

April 1, 2024

Passed away peacefully at Edgewater Gardens, Dunnville on Sunday March 31, 2024 in his 90th year.  Beloved husband of Carol for 66 years.  Loving father of Dennis (Cindy), Lyle (Marla), Susan Mummery, Paul (Charlene), Marlene (Kevin) Boyington. Cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  Will be missed by his brother Larry. Predeceased by his parents Elson and Aleatha, his brothers Grant, Craig and Keith,  and his sister Joyce Johnston. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Edgewater Gardens LTC for their dedication, and loving care over the past three years. Friends are invited to visit the family at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, 315 Broad Street East, Dunnville on Wednesday April 3, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 1308 Hwy 3 East, Dunnville, on Thursday April 4, 2024 at 11 am.  If so desired, donations to the Faith Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences to the family and sign the Book of Memories at www.ballardminorfh.ca.