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"McME" 2007 Obituary


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McMEANS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-08 published
BELT, Josephine (née NOURSE)
Josephine died on Friday, June 1, 2007 in her 97th year in Victoria, British Columbia. Beloved daughter of the late C.G.K. NOURSE of Winnipeg. Predeceased by her siblings Charlie, Lucy and Betty. Lovingly remembered in Ontario by her nephew Charles RUMSEY (Rosemary) great niece Sally REINERT (Bernie;) their children Amy and Eric REINERT; godson Terry McMEANS (Anna LEE,) and in British Columbia great nephew Charles RUMSEY (Phoebe.) Her passing is a loss to the Mark family of California, and to her many, many Canadian Friends, notably Laurelle Jones, Dorry Borgers, Edna Key and Wandra and Ian Ackhurst. Josephine was a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest. She had a keen interest in all around her and travelled the world extensively before retiring to Victoria after her years of working and living in California. She will be sadly missed by all. At Josephine's request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place.

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McMEEKIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-13 published
Celebration of Life Service
On Saturday afternoon, May 26 a Celebration of Life service was held for John Oliver RITCHIE in the Annesley United Church, Markdale when a large crowd of Friends and relatives attended.
Prior to the service Bill McMEEKIN provided bagpipe music as the people entered the church. He concluded with playing the hymn "O God of Bethel", a family favourite and the hymn which was played as the Ritchie forefathers boarded the ship to come to Canada.
The eulogy was given by his sister, Rosemary RITCHIE, who related about growing up on the Old Durham Road, Artemesia Township the son and daughter of John and Sadie (Sarah OLIVER) RITCHIE and attending the Old Durham Road School. She recalled many experiences of their young and teenage years and then of John Oliver going off to train for a nurse. She recalled how he graduated from the Owen Sound General and Marine Hospital then obtained his B.A. from Waterloo University before heading west in 1974.
He chose to live in Delta, British Columbia where his great-uncle and former British Columbia premier, John OLIVER, had settled. There he enjoyed nature, creating a wonderful garden and walking his dogs.
He completed a M.A. at Simon Fraser University and became a teacher at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Douglas College where he taught for 30 years. He was much loved and admired by colleagues and students alike.
He enjoyed music and sang with the Vancouver Bach Choir for several years in performances of Handel's Messiah, the Aida performance at British Columbia Place and subsequent travels to perform in Japan.
Rev. Mark WAUGH of Annesley United read scripture and gave the meditation.
George ACHESON and Marilyn GUY sang several solos and duets during the service.
Les MacKINNON, a cousin, recalled memories of John Oliver as did Katie HARRISON, a classmate.
Others taking part and recalling memories were Joe TAILOR/TAYLOR, Lynn MOREWOOD, Katherine HALL, and Mary HALL.
All classmates were presented with roses upon entering the church and at a specific time during the service went forward and placed them on the table at front of the church.
Following the service a time of fellowship was enjoyed in the church's Fellowship Hall.
John Oliver RITCHIE's ashes were interred in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery, South Line, former Artemesia Township.
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McMEEKIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-06-27 published
MARTYNIUK, Douglas George
Thank you to all family, neighbours and Friends for all the kindness and support, cards; floral tributes, memorial donations, visits and phone calls during the illness and the passing of my brother Doug on Monday June 1, 2007. Thank you to all the staff at Turner-Porter Funeral Home in Mississauga and to the Fawcett Funeral Home in Flesherton for assistance with visitation and funeral arrangement. Special appreciation to David FRIES for words of comfort, Bill McMEEKIN for the bagpipe tribute, pallbearers, honourary pallbearers, flower bearers and the Osprey Museum ladies for lunch provided after the service. My heartfelt appreciation to all.
- Helen M. HAGEN
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McMEEKIN o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2007-07-04 published
MARTYNIUK, Douglas George
Thank you to all family, neighbours and Friends for all the kindness and support, cards, floral tributes, memorial donations, visits and phone calls during the illness and the passing of my brother Doug on Monday June 11, 2007. Thank you to all the staff at Turner-Porter Funeral Home in Mississauga and to the Fawcett Funeral Home in Flesherton for assistance with visitation and funeral arrangement. Special appreciation to David FRIES for words of comfort Bill McMEEKIN for the bagpipe tribute, pallbearers, honourary pallbearers, flower bearers and the Osprey Museum ladies for lunch provided after the service. My heartfelt appreciation to all.
- Ellen M. HAGAN
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