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BROWN, Ralph C.
DeVRIES, Daniel James
HAWKINS, Edward James
MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus
RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy)
STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler)
WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess)
WITZEL, Mildred
WOODS, Margaret


BROWN, Ralph C.

BROWN, Ralph C.  1957 - 2017 In deepest sadness, the family of Ralph Brown announce his passing at The Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus on Sunday November 12th in his 61st year. Ralph will be sadly missed by his loving wife Kim and sons Michael and Kollin. He is also survived by his sister Sandra of Mount Forest and predeceased by his parents Marion and Carman Brown. Ralph was a happy man who loved listening to and playing music. He found it easy to pick up almost any instrument and play it with ease. His spare time was filled laughing with his boys, family and friends. Visitation will be held at The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus on Friday November 17th, 2017 from 11am-1pm followed by a Celebration of Life being held in the funeral home chapel at 1pm that same day. The family has requested that donations be directed towards the Groves Memorial Hospital.  519-843-3100

DeVRIES, Daniel James

DeVRIES, Daniel James 1989-2017 Passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Allie and loving father of Rowan and Eli. Dear son of Rob and Marian and grandson of Harold and Grace Jonker. He was brother of Alida (Ryan), Glen (Amanda) and Marli (James). Special son-in-law of Lorraine and Chris. Brother-in-law to Keenan. He was Uncle Dan to Craig, Lucy, Zachary, Levi, Celia and Burke. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and a very big dog, Jackson. Family and friends visited on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus. A Funeral Service was held at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 35 Farley Road, Fergus ON on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 11:00am. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home.  519-843-3100


HAMMOND, Helen of Moorefield passed peacefully at Barnswallow Place, Elmira on Friday, November 10, 2017 in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Keith Hammond (1998). Cherished mother of Greg and Shirley Hammond of Moorefield. Predeceased by her parents George and Margaret Murray and brother Gordon Murray and his wife Fran. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and friends. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service of Remembrance at the Moorefield United Church on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Bethesda Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donation to the Moorefield United Church or the Palmerston Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton.

HAWKINS, Edward James

HAWKINS, Edward James On November 5th, 2017 at Groves Hospital, Edward (Ted) Hawkins, 83, passed away due to complications after hip surgery. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean Connor, his brother-in-law Jon Murray, of Fergus, his daughter Lesli Schelling, her husband Hank, Ted’s two grandsons Chris (Tasha) and Dylan, all of Thunder Bay. Ted’s sister and her family in California, along with other relatives and friends will miss Ted. Ted was predeceased by his parents, a nephew, sister and brother-in-law. Ted loved his family, gardening, woodworking, bird watching, dancing, playing pool and darts. Ted served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a member of the Fergus Legion. Ted was very clever (he was 11yrs old in gr 9), witty (“Whatever”!), dependable, friendly, honest, sincere and strong-willed. Ted was deeply devoted to Jean. For the last 16 years of his life, Ted was Jean’s caregiver. Special thanks to friends Shawn Bursey, Kim Lesperance and Nancy Manzer. Thanks to Ted’s surgeon Dr. Hoey and the nurses at Guelph General, GP Dr. Westendorp and the nurses at Groves Hospital. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Incitti, she and Kim were with Ted at the time of his passing. According to Ted’s wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Rest in peace my love, Jean.

MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus

MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus  1928-2017 Passed away on November 14, 2017 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Joan Evelyn (nee Cantlon/Booker) and the late Bonita (nee Bleich) MacGregor (1991). Loving stepfather of Kent (Doreen), Rob (Christine), Randy (Karen) and Becky (Jason). Loving step-grandfather of Aaron, Serena (Joe), Danny (Holly), Jody (Jason), Jesse (Alison), Julie, Tim, Jessica, Jenna, Bryce (Jess) and step-great grandfather to Braden, Riley, Brinley, Isla, Bria, Xavier, Alyssa and Michael. Survived by sister-in-law Faye MacGregor, nieces Becky (Brad) and Robin (Philip) and nephews Stephen and Christopher. Predeceased by his parents James and Elva MacGregor, brothers Robert, Alan and sisters Gwen (Bob) and Elizabeth. Family and friends may visit at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 325 George St. West, Fergus. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Wellington Terrace or the Alzheimer’s Society.  519-843-3100


MacLACHLAN, David - David John MacLachlan, of Mount Forest, passed away at his home on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 in his 69th year. Son of the late Ivan MacLachlan and the late Vera Charter. Brother of the late Don MacLachlan, Terry Charter, Diane Charter, Robert Charter and the late Gordon Charter. David is remembered by his sister-in-law Marcy MacLachlan, his cousin Doug MacLachlan and his wife Margie and by his many nieces and nephews. A private service was held at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest. Interment was held at Mount Forest Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to March of Dimes or Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by contacting the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.

RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy)

RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy) Passed away on Wednesday November 8th, 2017 at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 79. She was a teacher at GCVI in Guelph and has had a long retirement in which she enjoyed many world wide trips with her loving friends and family. She is predeceased by her mother and father Wilson and Laura Ransom, sister Janice Ronald and niece Kim Dudley. She will be sadly missed by her sister and brother in law Yvonne and Fred Mueller. Judy adored her niece Laurie and nephew Jay Mueller and Jay’s wife Kim and Kim’s mother Verna Ouellette and Laurie’s friend Samantha Jones. Judy always treasured the youngest in the family so Kasey Mueller and Kyle Dudley were always the ones she doted on. Kyle and Kasey will also miss Aunt Judy greatly and treasured all the wonderful trips she took them on. All of Judy’s multitude of friends considered her one of their own family and are devastated by her death, Judy did not want a funeral so we are following her wishes. A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in her name would be much appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home – Fergus Chapel.

STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler)

STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler) Peacefully on Thursday November 9, 2017 at the Owen Sound Hospital. Shirley, at the age of 71 was the beloved wife of the late John Stamper (1992), loving mother of George Stamper (Scheri), Doug Stamper (Brooke) and Sherri Stamper, adoring grandma of Sean (Melissa), Justin (Nicole), Cal, Katie, Jake, Hugh, Gwen, Neve and Christopher and great-grandma of Skylynn and Teigan. Shirley will be remembered by her sisters Mary Marshall (Reg) and Lorna Hayes (the late Ralph) and is predeceased by her sister Brenda Keeler and brothers Jim Keeler (Cathy) and George Keeler (Reta). Shirley will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Butcher Family Funeral Home, 5399 Main Street, South, on Saturday November 18. 2017 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Donations in Shirley’s memory can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Cards available at the funeral home or you may send the family a condolence at  Butcher Family Funeral Home  519-833-2231

WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess)

WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess) January 7, 1935 - November 9, 2017 - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear and cherished Mom and Oma, Edith Lydia Wagner (nee Jess) of Minto Township. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Heinz, her daughter Anne, her parents, Lydia (Meier) and Ernest Jess, her brother Sigismund (Bramsche, Germany) and sister Lilly Hoefner (Toronto). Edith was a loving mother to Karen, Rosemary (Sandeep) and Julie. She was an affectionate and devoted Oma to Ashwin, Maya and Sophia. Fondly remembered by her sister Anita and brother Siegfried, their extended families and many family friends. Edith was born with a sense of adventure and caring for others. She attended the nursing school at the University of Goettingen (Germany). When she immigrated to Canada in 1960 she worked as a nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. She met the love of her life, Heinz and they married on June 1, 1963. They lived in Hamilton where they started their family, and subsequently purchased a farm in Wellington County in 1972. Edith worked together with Heinz from one season to another in order to have a successful family farm. Mom was a strong, generous woman who always had a kind word for everyone. She devoted her life to her family and always put others ahead of herself. Mom had a remarkable memory for names and dates. She was the first to call family, friends and neighbours to congratulate them on their special day. She enjoyed the simple things in life – spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Sunday afternoon drives throughout the countryside, taking walks to the hut in the back 50 and watching the birds come to the feeder during the winter months. At Edith’s request, a private family service will take place. As an expression of sympathy the family would appreciate memorial donations to your local Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. Interment at Lauderbach Cemetery, Normanby Township, Grey County.

WITZEL, Mildred

WITZEL, Mildred 1930-2017 Passed away on November 7, 2017 at the age of 86. Beloved wife and farm partner of the late Maurice Witzel (1992). Proud mother of Linda Lankin (Don) of Wiarton, Lisa Goodwin (Steve) of Waterloo, Laurie Hale (2001) and Peter Witzel (Karen) of Elora. Loving Nana of Caelen (Natalie), Lindsey (Neil), Jessica, Mackenzie, Sarah (Artem), Justin (Kasey), Jeffrey, Taylor (Emily) and Brianne. She was Great Nana to 3 great grandchildren. Mildred was special “Aunt Mimi” to nineteen wonderful nieces and nephews, their spouses and children. She will be remembered by her brother Grant (Evelyn). Predeceased by her parents Bruce and Ellen Gammie, sister Marian (Gordon) and brother Robert (Jean). Mildred’s life included her faith, family and friends. Her fondest memories depicted everyday life on the farm, family trips to the west coast and Florida, fifty plus years of brief holidays at the Sauble cottage. Her favourite activities included gardening, dancing, playing bridge, singing in the Elora United Church choir and with “the Singing Seniors.” Following husband Maurice’s death, Mildred joined the Elora Memoir Writing Group and wrote many wonderful stories of family memories. Family and friends visited on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Elora United Church, 75 Geddes St. Elora, ON. A Funeral Service was held at 1:00pm at the church with Rev. Greg Smith-Young presiding. Donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to Groves Memorial Community Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home.

WOODS, Margaret

WOODS, Margaret of Palmerston passed away peacefully at the Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Herbert Woods (2006). Cherished mother of Wesley and Marilyn Woods of Belwood, Shelley and Trent Stultz of Flesherton, and Ruth and Jim Banas of Brampton. Grandmother of Kelly Woods of London, Dale Woods of Fergus, Candice Stultz (Jim) of Angus, Brody Banas and Jade Banas both of Brampton. Great Grandmother of Ethan. Sister-in-law of Christine Genik of Windsor. A Memorial Service of Remembrance was held in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Palmerston on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.



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