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West, Edward Gerald “Ed” “Mr. West”

November 25, 1932 – October 13, 2019

Ed West passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in his 87th year. Ed was born in Woodstock on November 25, 1932, where he grew up with his four brothers, Jim, Sherman (predeceased), William (predeceased) and Bernard (predeceased). He is survived by his sister-in-law Carol and several nieces and nephews. After graduating from St. Jerome’s College in Kitchener, Ed attended St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario after which he taught school for several years on St. Vincent Island in the Caribbean. On his return to Canada, Ed had a very successful career as a Supervisor for over 25 years with the Canadian National Railway. On his retirement Ed went on to serve his church, St. Augustine’s, in many ways including instructing and scheduling the altar servers for 20 years. For over 50 years Mr. West served his church and community in his adopted Town of Dundas, Ontario. He was on the executive and participated on many community organizations including the Dundas Public Library, St. Augustine’s Basketball League, Dundas Little League Baseball, Dundas Minor Baseball League, Dundas Minor Hockey Association and the Dundas Blues Jr. C Hockey Team. He was also a friend to those who needed a friend and a strong supporter of anyone he knew that was in distress or need. As a result of his contributions to the community, Mr. West was voted Dundas Citizen of the Year in 1982. Ed enjoyed studying Latin and Irish Gaelic, music, The CBC and travelling both here in Ontario and abroad to Rome, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. Visitation to celebrate Mr. West’s life will be held at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas on Wednesday, October 16, from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. A special thanks to George, George and Art and to the Nurses and Staff on Oak Grove at St. Joseph’s Villa. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation, or the charity of your choice is appreciated.

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Davison, Sabine Helen (née Busing)

December 3, 1940 – October 11, 2019

Suddenly, on October 11th, 2019, at home. Second daughter of the late Fr. Paul and Erika Busing. Beloved wife of Reverend Canon Peter Davison and mother of Christopher (Petra Schennach), Justin (Irene Robinson-Davison) and Timothy (Lori Davison). Loving grandmother of Ainsley, Samuel, Nicholas, Mikayla, Matthew and Lauren, and devoted aunt to many members of the extended Busing and Birkett families. Loving sister of Susanne Davidson (Jim), Thomas Busing (Diane), Monica Patten (John), Nicholas Busing (Cathy), Barbara Busing (Norman Read) and sister-in-law to Barbara and Richard Birkett. Affectionately known by many as ‘Bini’, Sabine was born in Oxford, England, during the “blitz” of World War II. With her parents and siblings she immigrated to Canada in 1949. As Peter’s devoted wife, she lived, worked, volunteered, raised and supported their family in St-Jean-Iberville, Quebec; Aylmer, Quebec; Vancouver, British Columbia; London, Ontario; and, Vernon, British Columbia. She and Peter moved to Dundas, Ontario, in 2012. Sabine was a gifted cook, an ardent gardener, a gracious host, a lover of her family, and a devoted friend. May she rest in peace. Service and Celebration of Life will take place at St. James Anglican Church, 137 Melville Street. Dundas, Ontario at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18th, with visitation at the church from 12:30 p.m. and a reception following. Memorial donations may be made to the Peter and Sabine Davison Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation; St. James Church, Dundas, Ontario; All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon, British Columbia; or to a charity of your choice. Flowers gratefully declined.

Stanway, Elma

At age 98, died at Wentworth Lodge in Dundas, Ontario on August 27, 2019. Elma was born in Rosebush, Michigan, to George House and Grace Wiley House. A graduate of Central Michigan University with a BA in Education, Elma was a dedicated teacher who received numerous awards for her work – including the Jennings Scholar Award and the Valley Forge Teacher’s Medal.

She met and married her husband Ted Stanway from Toronto, Ontario, while he was working for the British Air Commission during WWII. Elma and Ted lived in both the US and Canada throughout their lives. The majority of their working careers were spent in Wadsworth, Ohio where they raised two children, Linda and Edward, and Elma pursued her education career with love and dedication. After her retirement she enjoyed sewing, collecting Royal Doulton figurines and glassware, and writing. Elma believed strongly that learning and teaching should continue throughout your lifetime and she never stopped reading and learning.

Elma will be greatly missed by her daughter, Linda Stanway, her grandchildren Rhiannon Maton, Timothy Maton and Kathryn Grace Maton (Eric Seguin) as well as her darling great-grandchildren Cedric and Felix. Her greatest love was her family. She was preceded in death by: her beloved husband Ted, son Edward Stanway, her sister Florence Van Buskirk and brother in law Gerald Van Buskirk.

Thank you to the staff at Wentworth Lodge for their care and compassion. At Elma’s request, cremation has already taken place. There will be a memorial service on November 8, 2019 at St Paul’s United Church in Dundas at 2 p.m. to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Food4Kids.

Breitmaier, Elfriede

February 27, 1924 – October 6, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Elfriede Breitmaier (Klinger). She was a beautiful person both inside and out. Mom always put her family first and loved her family dearly. Elfriede had a number of accomplishments. She worked as a seamstress in a sewing factory before dedicating herself to being a homemaker and taking care of all of us. She was an accomplished gardener, baker, pastry chef, and prided herself on cooking everything from scratch. Elfriede also enjoyed swimming, biking, walking, and of course, dancing. She loved living in Point Clark in the summer and spending winters in Florida. She is predeceased by her husband (Gordon Breitmaier). Loving mother to Janet Breitmaier and Rein (Char) Breitmaier, and loving Oma to two generations Robyn (Luigi) Bruni and their children, Keele, Tiziano and Idina, and Taryn Breitmaier and son Dexter, sister to Ed Klinger. Predeceased by her parents Samuel and Emma Klinger. A celebration of life will take place at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St. in Dundas, ON, October 16, 2019 with visitation at 1pm, and a service at 2pm.

Cruickshanks, Robert Bruce

August 20, 1934 – September 25, 2019

It is with much sadness that the family of Bob Cruickshanks announces his passing, Wednesday October 25, 2019. Bob died peacefully after a very short illness. He and Kathleen (Johnstone) were married for almost 63 years. Together they enjoyed a busy life with family and friends travelling to parts near and far until his memories and abilities were sadly and slowly taken away by vascular dementia.

Family was everything to Bob. He will be sorely missed by his brother Paul (Rosemary) and was predeceased by his sister Claudene Stafford (Richard). He was the loving father of Sandra (Tom McCauley), Donald (Sharon), Steven (Kathryn Smithyman), Craig (Marianne) and Timothy (Heather). His grandchildren always enjoyed adventures with him: Iain (Krista Schneider) and Lauren McCauley, Jay (Shawna) Irvine, Tracy (John) McKinnon, Kevin (Sarah) Cruickshanks, Erinn (Mark) Honeycutt, David (Allie) Kanters, Devan and Brody Cruickshanks. Loved grandson Joel Cruickshanks predeceased his grandfather. He was Great Grandpa to Ethan DiSciullo, Alec McKinnon, Emma Honeycutt, Eli Honeycutt, Quinn Cruickshanks and Rose McCauley Schneider.

He started his working life at the Federal Income Tax Department and then to sales with Westinghouse Canada. He was called to teaching where his contributions were honoured throughout the years. During his 32-year career he positively affected the lives of thousands of Hamilton public school students – in the classroom, as a Phys Ed teacher and, finally, as a Guidance Counsellor. He was also a teacher and Co-ordinator of the Hamilton Summer Skills program.

Bob was the life of any party, the spark in so many events, the person who took every opportunity to bring people together. He regularly took the whole family for overnights at hotels for swimming, eating, games and birthday cake. He and Kathleen packed up their three parents (Claude and Verna Cruickshanks and Kathleen Johnstone) to Barbados and driving trips to both Canadian coasts. He oversaw the Cruickshanks Family Reunions for years. He played basketball and volleyball until his knees finally said “stop”.

He was born into the Binkley United Church family, was a loyal member of the Landmark/Doric Lodge for more than 50 years, a 10-year volunteer with Ronald McDonald House, and a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Alumni Association due to his career with the Brantford Tigers B football team. A McMaster graduate, he was an active member of the McMaster Alumni Gallery Committee. He volunteered with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Archives and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Archives. He supported local events by volunteering at track and swim meets as well as the Ford World Curling Championships and the Grey Cup both of which took place in 1996.

The family is grateful for the care he received from the staff of Valley Trail at St. Joseph’s Villa since early 2015. They are also thankful to those who supported Bob and Kathleen as his health declined.

Friends and family are invited to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 2-4p.m. & 7-9p.m.. A funeral service will be held at Binkley United Church, 1570 Main St. W., Hamilton, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00a.m.

In honour of Bob’s life, you are welcome to consider a donation to the Cruickshanks and Johnstone Family Social Sciences Award at McMaster University, the Michael Johnstone Collection at the Hamilton Public Library or the charity of your choice.

Wilcox, Gordon L.

February 15, 1921 – September 24, 2019

Predeceased by his dear wife Madeline Judd Gadson and friends Violet Emslic and Bernadette Bolton and sister Irene Greyory. Loved father of Dr. David Wilcox (Elizabeth) and Marilyn Jordon. Grandchildren, Heather Rubio (Mipzon), Julie Clark (Aaron), Krystal Jordon, Jason (Scott), Jordon and great-grandchildren Nathaniel and Eli. Missed by nieces and nephews and Stickle family, McMillan family and McKrigin family. A special thank you to the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for their excellent care of Gordon. Cremation and a private interment have taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Assistance Program would be greatly appreciated.

Hall, Edna Irene (nee Austin)

Passed away on Monday September 16, 2019 at Juravinski Hospital in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Harold (2009). Loving mother to Donald and Judy (Rob). Caring grandmother to Emily, Angela (Ben), Tommy (Stephanie) and great-grandmother to Mycah. Edna was a long-time member of the Legion, where she played darts and pool. She and Harold shared a passion for golfing. Edna also bowled at the University Lanes in Dundas for many years. A Celebration of Life will be held at the R.C.L Br#36, 280 King St. W., Dundas on October 6, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Hodd, Mildred Clark (nee Riddell)

July 15, 1921 – August 24, 2019

Mildred’s remarkable life came to a close this summer. She was in her own home, surrounded by the love or her family, as was her wish for her final departure. Mildred was born to Edith Muriel Riddell (nee Clark) of Montreal and Arthur Gourlay Riddell of Hamilton. She and her younger sister, Douglas Clark Hodge (d. 2019), shared the closest of sibling bonds for their entire lives. Friday evenings were spent with great howls of laughter shared with the Riddell cousins at their grandparent’s home in Hamilton. Mildred and Douglas spent their childhood summers with the Clark family in Manitou, Quebec and attended Camp Oconto, where Mildred gained her life-long love of the great outdoors. She was educated in Hamilton at Adelaide Hoodless Central Collegiate and attended business school after which she worked for a time in the offices of Canada Crushed Stone. Mildred became a Girl Guide leader in her effort to inspire and share with others, her love of nature. At age 14 she met Kenneth Baker Hodd at a Girl Guide–Boy Scout event celebrating a Royal visit. They became fast friends and sweethearts. When war was declared, Kenn enlisted as part of the Royal Corps of Signals. He asked Mildred to wait for him and so it was that they became engaged at age 18. Having earlier earned her St John’s Ambulance Certificate, Mildred was a volunteer ambulance driver during the war, while Kenn served in the Italian theatre. Following their long wartime separation, Mildred and Kenn were married in August 1945. They had four children; Jane (Paul Reble), Patricia (Henry Krukowski), John (Karen Siggs) and Elizabeth (Arlie Katzman). Mildred was the ultimate homemaker, her family being the fortunate recipients of her skills in sewing, gardening and particularly cooking. Her pies and butter tarts were The Best! Mildred’s life motto could well have been “fidelity and service to others”. She was a loyal wife and mother and a steadfast friend, keeping many of her schoolgirl friendships until death. The organizations she belonged to include, Red Cross, Big Sisters, Women’s Canadian Club and the IODE, of which she was a charter member (75 years).Through these and others, she actively supported many charities. Mildred was a life-long learner, always interested in current events, geography, history, theatre, the world of nature and politics (Question Period). Her broad interests encompassed preserving her garden harvest, knitting, sewing, antiques, cycling, hiking, badminton, bridge, water sports, boating, picnics and book club. She was a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction, including subscriptions to Majesty and Royalty magazines. In later years she used an electronic reader as her sight began to fail. Mildred enjoyed sharing digital photos and keeping in touch daily with her children and friends on FaceTime. One of her greatest passions was travelling. She was fortunate to have visited over 50 countries, often with her best friend Gerrie Warner, with Kenn and their friends and with her children up until her last year. Her atlas was well thumbed. However, her favourite place in the world was at the cottage that she and Kenn built on Georgian Bay, where the family spent the summers playing and working together with friends and neighbours. There Mildred would spend most of her time outdoors sharing her enthusiasm for swimming, canoeing, wildflowers, forest creatures and especially birds. Binoculars were always close at hand. Kind, loving, generous and fair, Mildred was always a lady whether in elegant outfits and pearls or bug suit and rubber duckies. Her genuine interest in the lives of others made her a very good listener. She had an acute memory, often choosing to remember the good things over the bad and was blessed with a mind sharp as a tack to the very end. In 2005, Mildred and Kenn celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the cottage. Mildred was a model of strength in the face of adversity, when in 2006, a rare disease suddenly took the life of our beloved Patricia, followed by the passing in 2008 at the family home of her dear husband Kenn. Mildred and Kenn both learned to fly small planes, on one occasion flying cross country together, from Hamilton to Inuvik, above the Arctic Circle. She was a member of the “Ninety Nines”, International Organization of Women’s Pilots. Is it a coincidence that in her 99th year, Mildred got her angel’s wings after a life so well lived? Family was everything to Mildred and she was everything to us. Mildred will be fondly remembered by Peter and Martha Hodge, Sandi McCormack Snively, Philipp Weinschrod, Erin, Henry and Mathew Kolodziej. Mildred’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful caregivers from St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Care and Home Sweet Home for Seniors in Dundas. In lieu of flowers, Mildred’s family greatly appreciates donations to the charity of your choice or to the M. Patricia Krukowski memorial fund at St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Hamilton, Ontario, in memory of Mildred C. Hodd. A Pictorial Celebration of Mildred’s Life will be held at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club, on Sunday October 6, 2019 between the hours of 2-5pm. Cremation has taken place.

Pyle, Doreen Francis (nee Eves)

May 25, 1928 – September 7, 2019

Pyle, Doreen Francis “Skip” (nee Eves) – Passed away peacefully at Wentworth Lodge on Saturday September 7, 2019 in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her beloved husband David (1994). Loving mother to David (Linda), Pat Lawrence, Jackie (Blair) Irvine. Caring grandmother to Heather (Marcus), Eric, Kariann (David), Jodilynn (Kevin) and great-grandmother to 5. A special thank you to Wentworth Lodge for their excellent care and support for 10 years. A private family service has taken place.

Veldhuis, Martje (Martha)

August 29, 1919 – September 5, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Martha Veldhuis in her 101st year. She passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, Ontario. Martha will be welcomed into heaven by her Lord and Saviour, her late brothers Ben, Keith, and Hans, and their late wives, Marika, Jesse, Lucille, and Eleanor. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Martha was born on August 29, 1919 in Almelo, Holland to parents Maria and Jan Veldhuis. At the age of seven, Martha and her family immigrated to Canada and settled in Ontario. When World War II began, Martha joined the Dutch Military, where she drove an ambulance in Indonesia. Upon returning to Canada, Martha attended Bible College. After receiving her degree, she moved to Northern Ontario where she worked in children’s missions. In 1959, Martha returned to Hamilton and took up a post at her brother’s greenhouse in Dundas. Here, she headed up the retail sales branch of the family business, where she worked until her retirement. Martha was always blessed with “the gift of gab” and had the incredible ability to meld her love of scripture and her love of plants. She spent many years spreading the good word throughout Ontario to countless audiences. Martha was a long-time member of Philpott Memorial Church in Hamilton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas where visitation will take place Tuesday, Sept 10th at 11am, with the funeral service directly following at 12pm. Many, many thanks to the PSW’s, nurses, support staff, and doctors on the 2nd floor of Maple Grove, St. Joseph’s Villa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Philpott Memorial Church.

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