In the sanctity of her beloved home, our dear Mother and Grandmother, Fortunata Barresi (nee Coppolino) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 21. Nata would have celebrated her 95th birthday on Easter Sunday, April 12. Born in Toronto in 1925, Nata is the daughter of Concetta (nee Scime) and Gabriel Coppolino. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Dominic Barresi who passed away in 1995. She is also predeceased by her sisters and best friends, Anne (Annie), her husband Joseph Altilia and Yolanda (Yolie) Coppolino. Survived by her dear brother Andrew Coppolino and his wife Anne. Nata was the most wonderful and loving Mother to her 5 children: Jamie, JoAnne (Mark Clem) Connie Verhaeghe, Teresa (Steve Wunder) and Michele (Ralph May). She was a caring and inspiring Grandmother and step Grandmother to Ashleigh, James, Nicola (Zak), Briana, Taylor (Andrew), Christopher, Emily, Rachelle, Paul and Jacob. Cherished Great Grandmother to a beautiful boy, Dominic Bannerman, named after his Grandfather. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews including Andrew, Nancy, Carol, Andrew, Michael, Marc and Laura and their families. Our Mother’s life and legacy can only be described as truly remarkable, inspired by unwavering love for her family, friends and God. As the oldest in her family, Mom became a ‘Mom’ at the young age of 10 when her father passed away suddenly, and her own dear Mother had to work long hours to support her young family. The work ethic and frugality that she learned at that time carried on through a lifetime of giving, caring, creativity and selfless love. In 1955, she married our dear Father and together they had 5 kids in quick succession, including twins – a ‘surprise’ to both of them at the time. Our home was filled with love, laughter – and, of course, food. There was always a pot on the stove, some baked goods to be delivered to a neighbour or donated to the church bazaar, some clothing in need of mending for her family, from a kid in the neighbourhood or a child at the school where she worked as a secretary. She was known as B or simply as a second Mom to many. Nata volunteered with many charitable organizations and was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for years. She loved being part of her church community and even in her last few months she would count the days and hours until it was time to attend mass again. To her 5 kids and their families she was an amazing, selfless, inspiring woman who taught us the meaning of courage and resilience. To her grandchildren she was the ‘Queen’. She taught all of us the true meaning of family – always at our side, organizing a gathering and cooking a fabulous Italian meal. She truly embodied the spirit that we were put on this earth to ‘make something better, or to make someone better”. She will be sadly missed by many, but we will continue to feel her love and spirit in everything we do. To honour our Mother and knowing that she had so many friends and family who would want to pay their respects we would love to have Funeral visitations and a Church mass. But, given the current circumstances, we will have a private ceremony on Tuesday, March 24 followed by a burial at St Augustine’s Cemetery. We sincerely regret that we have to limit the visitation to invitation only. A celebration of life, including a mass, is planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local food bank or charitable organization that supports families in need.
March 30, 1933 – March 6, 2020 – UPDATE
Peacefully, surrounded by those she loved, in her 87th year, on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Amica Retirement Home. Liz was the beloved wife of Richard Carson Newman (died 23 June1995) and the dear mother of Michael (Kendra), Toni, Mark (Patty) and Cathy (Tom). The Newman family, out of concern for family and friends due to the COVID-19 virus, have decided to postpone our mother’s Celebration of Life that was scheduled for March 28th at St. Paul’s United Church in Dundas. There will indeed be a Celebration of Life in the weeks to come and we will inform you of the new date and time.
Peacefully, surrounded by those she loved, in her 87th year, on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Amica Retirement Home. Liz was the beloved wife of Richard Carson Newman (died 23 June1995) and the dear mother of Michael (Kendra), Toni, Mark (Patty) and Cathy (Tom). Cherished grandmother of Michaela (Bradley), Quinn (Kim), Kyle (Ashley), Emma, Christina (Mike), Stephenie (Gabe), Tori (Tenzin), Cameron (Renata), Josh (Candace), Jordan (Myla). In her last year, Liz also shared love and companionship with Ron Arner. Liz worked tirelessly for the causes near and dear to her heart. She believed in serving her community as evidenced by her work with the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (HHSC; Director of Volunteers), the HHSC Foundation, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), the Zonta Club of Hamilton, the Probus Club of Dundas, the Dundas Figure Skating Club and many federal, provincial and local elections. Over the years, she found both solace and a place to serve at St. Mark’s United Church in Dundas, Marshall United Church in Ancaster and St. Paul’s United Church in Dundas. Recipient of the Lady Ishbel Aberdeen Award from the VON, a Cornerstone award from HHSC, the Paul Harris award from Rotary and a nominee for Woman of the Year in Hamilton. The family welcomes all who knew Liz to a Celebration of Life on March 28, 2020 at ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH in Dundas, ON, 29 Park Street West (corner of Cross and Park St.), at 1:00 followed by a reception at the Church until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Juravinski ICU via the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, to the Victorian Order of Nurses or to the SPCA.
Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday, March 9, 2020 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Joan Ann (2006). Loving father to Blair (Bev) and Jason (Shelley). Caring grandfather to Taylor and Jamie. Bob is survived by his brother Jim and missed by many nieces and nephews. He worked as an Engineer Physicist at the Ontario Cancer Foundation for over 30 years. He also volunteered with St. Mark’s United Church and Meals on Wheels. Friends and family are invited to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas, on Thursday, March 12 from 2-4p.m. & 6-8p.m. for a visitation. A Memorial Service will take place at St. Mark’s United Church, 1 Lynndale Drive, Dundas, on Friday, March 13 at 11:00a.m. Donations, in memory, can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Veronica Elizabeth Walker, cherished wife of the late John (2013) on March 5, 2020 in her 92nd year. Loving mother to Vera (Terry) Litzen, Cathy (Alex Guthro), Janice (Joe) Emberson, Marj and Bob (Lori Carmichael), as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Vera was a gentle, grateful and loving soul who never said an unkind word. Always ready with a warm smile and hug. She was a wonderful role model to many, especially her family who she loved dearly. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Funeral prayers will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas. Interment to follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Juravinski Cancer Centre, Heart & Stroke, or Good Shepherd would be appreciated.
LADNIAK, Eugene Alfred (Gene) On Sunday, March 1, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas, Ontario in his 76th year. Gene was the husband of Lesley Russell and dear father of Kate Lambacher (Christopher) and Chris Ladniak (Tara) and was the loving grandfather of Amara, Ben, Connor, Avery and Jacob.Gene was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Anna Ladniak and his nephew Gregory Habros. He is survived by his brother Emil (Rose) and sisters Irene (Art) and Adele (Ron). He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews in Canada and Arizona. Gene was a skilled photographer who saw beauty in simple things and in unusual places. To honour Gene’s love of animals, memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue or the charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place arranged by Turner Family Funeral Home, Dundas with a private memorial planned for a later date.
Connell, Robert Bruce
1925 – 2020
Passed away on March 2, 2020 in his 95th year after a month of hospitalization at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. Beloved husband of Verna (nee Laidman) of 68 years. Father of Shana (Ian) Barnard, Melia Bennett, Fiona (Ray) Behr, Clive Connell, Darce (Susan) Connell. Grandfather to Robert (Kristin) Barnard, Christopher (Shawna) Barnard, Callista Bennett (Leavon), Travis Bennett, Katrina Behr, Jeffray Behr, Emma Connell, Adam Connell and Grant Connell. Predeceased by parents Franklin and Maud Connell and siblings Roy, William, Basil, and Lois Crickmore. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and dear friends. Employed at the Dundas Star as a linotype operator for 25 years and then worked in the shipping department at Buntin-Gillies until his retirement in 1989. He was active in church life from a young age serving as the first President of Presbyterian Young People’s Society of the Hamilton London Synod, as Sunday School Superintendent, a member of the church choir, an Elder at West Flamboro Presbyterian Church and later an Elder at MacNab Street Presbyterian Church. Special thanks to the staff, which cared for him, on CTU Central and Complex Care at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. Visitation at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St. Dundas, on Friday, March 6 from 2 to 4pm and 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Funeral Service at West Flamboro Presbyterian Church, 262 Middletown Road, on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 2:00pm.
July 16, 1933 – February 27, 2020
Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Villa on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in her 87th year. Predeceased by her husband Pieter and 2 sons, Mel and Alex. Loving mother of Roy (Sandy) and Wendy (late Norman). Beloved grandmother of Jeanette, Johanna, Melanie, Rebecca, Jennifer and Kevin and great grandmother to Benjamin, David and Emily. Sadly missed by her brother Henry, and predeceased by her brothers Pete, Tom, Dirk, Louis, Jan, Alex, Wijbren and Nanning and her sisters Anne Idzinga, Frances Terpstra and Trijntje Schiphof. Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 2-4 & 6-8 at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, where the Service for Agnes will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Cremation to follow. Expressions of Sympathy to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Margaret’s Place Hospice would be appreciated.
July 9, 1930 – Februrary 26, 2020
With broken hearts we announce the passing of Lois Ella McGee in her 90th year, on February 26, 2020. Peacefully and surrounded by her loving family, she went on her way to be in the embracing arms of her angels. Predeceased by her husband Robert, daughter Colleen, son Patrick, mother Winnifred Heslop, father William Marchant, and step-father Caven Heslop. Dearly loved and missed by sons Ronald, Daniel (Greg), grandsons Connor and Riley, and special cousin Bernice Brown. She was a beloved Mom, Nana, and friend. She will be missed by many extended family. Lois was a devoted Avon lady for nearly 70 years, and would like to thank her ladies for friendship, community, and empowerment. She loved to do crafts, flower arranging, colouring, and organizing and hosting family social events of all sorts. She was happiest surrounded by family and friends. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, March 5th, from 12:00 until the time of Lois’ Service at 1:00 at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas, followed by Interment at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Living Hamilton, or to McMaster Childrens’ Hospital would be appreciated for saving her grandson’s life. Many thanks to the wonderful support care teams at Bayshore Home Health, with a special thank-you to Geraldine and Miroslav for helping keep Ron and Lois in their home. Thanks also to St Joseph’s Hospital Medical Step-Down unit for providing compassionate final care. Please sign Lois’ online book of condolence at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.ca
“Good-bye my family, my life is passed.
I loved you all to the very last.
Weep not for me, but courage take.
Love each other, for my sake.
For those you love don’t go away
They walk beside you every day.”
August 2, 1945 – February 24, 2020
Suddenly at his home on Monday, February 24, 2020, in his 75th year. Tom, beloved husband of the late Jane (nee Halliday), and son-in-law of Thelma Halliday. Beloved father of Rob (Yuko), Janice Binkley, Tim (Tracy), Kim Binkley (Mike) and Greg. Beloved grandfather of Amanda, Kyle, Britany, Carter, Emily, Becca, Ryan and Darcy. Tom will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters Mike, Charlie, Teresa and Susan and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Pat. Tom was a longtime member of Hamilton Plumber’s Local 67. Friends will be received by the family on Friday afternoon and evening from 2-4 & 7-9 at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. In Tom’s words, he has already been torched and a private family service and interment of ashes will take place. Expressions of sympathy to the SPCA would be appreciated by the family.
March 8, 1940 – February 22, 2020
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Roland (2006). Loving mother to Roger (Debbie), Roland (predeceased-2007), and Barb (Shawn) Lewis. Caring grandmother to Elizabeth and Stephanie. Survived by her brother Larry Anderson (Trish). We would like to thank the staff at Blackadar Continuing Care for their excellent care of mom. Friends and family are invited to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. for a visitation with a service immediately following.