In Memoriam

This page commemorates deceased members of Kingston Branch (beginning from 2011).

Hilda Manning joined Kingston Branch in 1982 and served in several different positions, including that of Corresponding Secretary (1988,1989), Mailing Chair (1993,1994), and Membership Chair (1990,1991). She was also the Welcome Chair in 1987, and served on the mailing committee and publications committee for many years. In 2013, Hilda received a 25 year Ontario Volunteer Service award for her work with the Kingston Branch. An obituary can be found on the Kingston Whig-Standard website.
 

Bob Crawford, OGS Secretary, died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, following a brief illness. Bob served as president of the Ontario Genealogical Society from 2006-2008, and has been a member of the Kingston Branch since 2001. He will be greatly missed. An obituary can be found on the Toronto Star website.
 

Gordon Smith died August 28, 2013 in Kingston. Gordon moved to Kingston following retirement, and over the last five years he assisted the Publications Committee by transcribing and proofreading several church and cemetery publications. He also assisted Susan Smart with other OGS publications such as the nine-volume series "Index to Upper Canada Land Books."An obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments website.
 

Marjorie Simmons died April 3, 2013 in Kingston. Marjorie was one of the founding members of the Kingston Branch, and served as chair of both the Kingston Branch and the provincial society. She was also an Honorary Member. An obituary can be found on the memorials page of the James Reid funeral home.
 

Mary Becker died February 2, 2013 in Kingston. Mary had renewed her membership for 2013, her 20th year of membership in Kingston Branch. An obituary can be found at the Your Life Moments web site.
 

Fern Small died January 12, 2013. Fern joined Kingston Branch in its founding year, 1973. Although she lived in Ottawa, her roots were on Wolfe Island, and she and her late husband Darell were responsible for the first transcriptions of cemeteries on the island. Fern was also a co-founder of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).
 

Bob Campbell died November 3, 2012. Bob joined Kingston Branch in 2002 and eagerly pursued his genealogical research -- a tribute article by Patrick Kennedy in the Kingston Whig-Standard of November 13, 2012 (p1 col 1 and p7 col 1-3) stated that he had 52,000 people on his family tree. Bob had not renewed his membership during the last two years of his life as he was dealing with health issues but during his time with Kingston Branch he took an active part in the transcription of Princess Street United Church records, participating in the original photocopying of church registers that made the transcriptions possible.
 

photo of Bob Billings

photo courtesy YourLifeMoments.ca
Bob Billings joined Kingston Branch and OGS in 1993. In 1997 he served as ViceChair, moving into the Chair in 1998. In 1999 he served as Recording Secretary, and in 2000 he agreed to be one-third of a triumvirate who shared the Chair's position for the year. He was also Branch Treasurer from 2000 to 2002. While he was Chair, Bob arranged a highly successful Kingston Branch OGS 25th Anniversary Dinner at Fort Frontenac in 1998.

Bob served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 33 years, ending his career as Commandant of the Land Forces Staff College at Fort Frontenac, Kingston. Bob passed away on 24 February 2012 at Kingston General Hospital. A full obituary which appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard on February 27, 2012 may be found on-line at Your Life Moments.
 


Larry Fletcher
Long-time member E.L. "Larry" Fletcher died at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Larry's working life included research at Dupont Canada in Kingston, and he carried that interest in research over to genealogy.

You can see a full obituary and photograph on the Kingston Whig-Standard website here.

photo of Peg McLean Peg McLean
Margaret E. (Peg) McLean, née Urquhart, died March 15, 2011 at Providence Manor in Kingston.

Peg joined the Branch in 2000, and immediately took on the role of Recording Secretary for two years, followed by two years as Welcome Chair and two as Publicity Chair. She also served for several years on the Programme Committee.

At our January, 2000 meeting Peg described her research into the lives of her two grandfathers, one a blacksmith and the other a minister. Those present thoroughly enjoyed "The Anvil and the Preacher".

For a fuller obituary, including a recording of the memorial service held on March 20, 2011, see www.matrixlinks.ca/peg