Holroyd, John Peter “Pete”

August 31, 1937 – December 1, 2022

Dad – There was never a day that you were not within my reach for comfort, guidance and love. Today, my first time alone as a child, I know your spirit and your soul has reunited with mom’s and you and she and Tracy are together again. My dad started his career in the RCAF as a special Weapons Technician. As a family we travelled to Germany, France, Belgium, Sardinia, Ottawa and Alberta and Mississauga. Dad declined promotions and postings in order to keep our family close so my sister could be near medical care and grow up with family nearby. After 25 years of service he went back to school and became a Stationary Engineer. He sacrificed his career and his goals for our happiness and I am forever grateful for my childhood and his example of integrity and perseverance. John is predeceased by the love of his life Angela Holroyd (October 2022). Together they shared over 63 years of marriage and friendship. John is also predeceased by eldest daughter Tracy and parents Leo and Norah Holroyd (Midgley) and brother Michael Holroyd. He is survived by sister Valerie Henderson. He will be missed at Sunday dinners with conversations about WWII and weaponry with my husband Roger as well as missed by grandchildren Leah and Scott Duck and great-grandson Nolan. Dog Batch ensured Dad felt loved and cuddled and he looked forward to seeing her daily in all her goofiness. Dad affectionately referred to her as the “big hairy nit”. John will be deeply missed by Joe and Antoinette Speziale (Nicole Speziale (Harrison and Atticus) and Leslie and Kevin Bernardo (Ewan and Adrienne) and Frank and Joan Fama (Mark and Family), Michael and Brett and pre deceased by nephew Kevin (2017). A lifelong member and RCAF veteran of the Royal Canadian Legion in Dundas John (Peter) Holroyd spent time with lifelong friend Ken Alkerton (2021) playing pool and discussing the issues of the world. Kelly and Roger would like to sincerely thank the nurses from Bayshore Nursing, the nurses and PSWs at Stedman Community Hospice (Hankinson House) for their attentive and loving care for dad and Dr. McNeil and Shelley Groombridge for their guidance and support. John has been cremated and will be laid to rest in St. Augustine’s Cemetery in Dundas, Ontario alongside his soulmate and best friend Angela Holroyd. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or to The Stedman Community Hospice would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in the spring.

Zwerver, Roy Arthur

It is with heavy hearts that we announce his sudden passing, at his home in Dundas, November 26, 2022. Much loved husband of Sandy, stepdad and friend to Jennifer Lavigne (Jeff) and Kevin Townsend (Christine). Proud Grumpy to Emily Banks. Brother of Wendy (late Norm). Predeceased by his parents, Peter and Agnes and brothers Mel and Al. Roy was an uncle, cousin, and friend to many. He had been retired from Stelco for over 13 years after 30 years of service. There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, December 11, 2022, upstairs at the Dundas Legion, Branch 36, 280 King Street West from 1-4 pm. A time is dedicated at 2 p.m. to share stories and memories. Cremation has taken place.

Forster, Tashme (“Tash”)

September 19, 1942 – November 26, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Tash passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2022 at Markham Stouffville Hospital with loved ones by her side. Beloved wife of 56 years to Norman Forster. Loving mother to Greg, Steve and Cindy. Dearest grandmother to Brittany, Sierra, Tennyson, Ryerson, Ian, Quinn, and Amy. Predeceased by her parents Sumi and Sahei Nishikawa.

Tash was a devoted and caring mother and wife who spent many years as a Homemaker. She kept the household running smoothly and always made sure that her loved ones were taken care of. Once all of her children had entered high school, Tash returned to the workforce where she proudly worked as a secretary in the Math Department at Mohawk College. Tash and Norm raised their family in Pleasant Valley (Dundas), then moved to a condominium in Ancaster when it was time to downsize. Earlier this year, Tash moved into a retirement residence in Stouffville, Ontario. She enjoyed the prepared meals, exercise classes, and numerous social activities. She also continued to enjoy the foods of her heritage (Japanese Canadian). Tash will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces/nephews, friends, and anyone who had the privilege to know her.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday December 4, 2022 at 1pm at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas. with a visitation to follow from 2-4pm. Please refer to website for directions. Cremation has taken place. If you so wish, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers.

Griffin, Robert Cowan

September 12, 1935 – November 21, 2022

Passed away in the early morning hours of November 21, 2022 at St. Peter’s Hospital at the age of 87. Loving father to Terry DeCola and Patricia Parkinson (Adrian). Dearest grandfather (Papa) to Andy DeCola (Leanne Chalecki) and Cindy DeCola (Sean Fallon) and very proud great-grandfather to Ben, Chloe, Max and Charlotte. Predeceased by his parents John and Margaret Griffin, his wife Emma, son-in-law Joe, and siblings David, Jack and Shirley. Bob was a machinist by trade and obtained his apprenticeship at Bertrams in Dundas and then went to work at Stelco in Hamilton and retired after 40 years of service. Anyone who knew Dad was well aware that he loved to talk ‘shop’ and said he was lucky to have a job that he enjoyed. He kept active in his retirement meeting up for coffee with his fellow retirees and continued to attend Union meetings. He always kept himself busy and was given the nickname “Beaver” early in his working career which suited him well. Despite many health issues over the years, he remained positive until the end. Dad spent the last year at Bertram Retirement Home and was very happy there especially having all his meals prepared for him! Thank you to Cyndi Maracle and all the staff for doing such a wonderful job in caring for our Dad. A special thank you to Dr. L. Coren for her care and compassion over the years. Thanks to Dr. Hira Mian at the Juravinski Cancer Centre for your care. Lastly, thanks to the staff in the Palliative Care Unit, 3East at St. Peter’s hospital. The staff in this unit are special people that show patience and kindness with each and every patient. We thank you for caring for our father during his last days. Friends will be received by the family on Friday, November 25, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas. The family requests that masks be worn to the visitation. Cremation has taken place. If you so wish, donations to Hamilton Health Sciences (St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation) would be appreciated by the family.

Brown, Ernie Bedford

It is with great sadness that another WWII Vet, peacefully passed at the Juravinski Hospital on Friday, November 18, 2022 in his 98th year. Beloved husband of 58 years to the late Doris Brown. Father of Randi (and the late Mitch), David (Anne), and Cliff (Jim). Cherished grandfather of Sean, Aletha, Lori (Jessie) and Kyle (Cassandra). Loved great-grandfather of Emma, Cole, Griffin, Madison, Jack, Declan, Rhys and Hannah. Predeceased by his siblings, Jack, Irene and Anita. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, friends and comrades at the Dundas Legion. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Village of Wentworth Heights Retirement Home and the Juravinski Hospital for their loving care and compassion. Celebration of Life will take place at the Dundas Legion Branch #36, 280 King St. W., Dundas, on Friday, December 2 from 1-4p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent to the Dundas Legion Poppy Fund. Dad, Ernie will always be in our hearts.

Mandryk, Donald William “Don”

It is with heavy hearts that we share that Don passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones by his side. He is predeceased by his loved and loving wife Jo-Ann (2003) and son Mark (1995). Dearly loved and remembered always by his daughter and son-in-law Meredith and Colin Kelly; grandchildren Breanne and Grant; and partner Kathryn Burton. Don will be deeply missed by his sisters Vicki Onusko (John) and Stephanie Nestegard and is predeceased by sisters Mary Griffin (Al) and Liz Houle (Norbert/Bert). Many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends and neighbours will remember him with love. Don was a long-time employee of the City of Hamilton, and active member of the Dundas Granite Curling Club; the Dundas Cactus Golf Club and a Tuesday golfing group at Knollwood. Don was also the Past President of the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists; Past President of the Canadian Association of Speech Language and Audiologists and a member of the Westdale United Church. The family extends their thanks to the doctors and staff at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the McMaster Family Practice for their care and compassion. Friends will be received on Monday afternoon and evening from 2-5 and 7-9 at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Don’s Service will be held at Westdale United Church, 99 North Oval, Hamilton on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. If you so wish, donations to the Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) or the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated by family.

Vedell, Sarah Louise

Passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital on November 16, 2022 in her 36th year. Beloved daughter to Barbara and Sean Vedell. Caring sister and best friend to Rebecca (Paul) Bovbel and Patrick (Sonja) Vedell. Loving partner to Peter Harris. Cat mom to Gord and Winnie. Niece to Patrick (Jennifer) Adams, Colin Vedell and Alexandra Vedell. Granddaughter to John (Barbara – predeceased) Vedell. Predeceased by doting grandparents Charlie and Mavis Adams and her Great Aunt Barbara Snip. Will also be sadly missed by her niece and nephews Arthur, Lucy and Oliver and her aunt Denise Vedell. A special thanks to the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for their excellent care of Sarah. A Celebration of Sarah’s Life will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 2-4p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory to the Canadian Cancer Society – Ovarian Cancer or St. Peter’s Hospital.

Raynsford, Robert “Bob” Allan

May 6, 1938 – November 16, 2022

Passed away peacefully at Bertram Place Retirement Home surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Westoby). Father of Michael (Wilma), Mark (Nadine), and Leisa (Tim). Devoted grandfather of Ashley (Corey), Bill (Sylvia), Emily, Marissa, Tricia (Bruce) and Tracy. Brother of Shirley (Philip) Morris and Len (Marie). Predeceased by Gloria (Ron) Hamilton. Brother-in-law of Bonnie (John) Barrett-Hamilton and the late Gordon Westoby (Carolyn). Uncle to many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Brenda Glass for being such a loving and caring neighbour and to all the doctors and nurses throughout the years. Thank you to the staff at Bertram Place. Proud member of the I.O.O.F, Valley City Lodge 117 for over 60 years. Employee of JI Case/Harvester. Proud member of U.S.W. 2868. Very proudly was an executive member and chief steward for many years. President of Dundas Jr. C Hockey and a member of the McDonald’s old-timers coffee club. Friends and family are invited to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas on Friday, November 18 from 2-4 & 7-9p.m. for a visitation. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11a.m. in the chapel. Donations can be made, in memory, to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the Dundas Legion Branch #36 from 1-4p.m. on Sunday, December 4th.

Gregoroff, Susan, RN, BHSA, MHA

August 26th, 1956 – November 14th, 2022

On November 14th, Susan Gregoroff passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer, which she fought with courage, dignity, and grace. She was a loving mother to Matthew and Emmeline and a devoted wife of 42 years to Tim. She was an adored sister of John and Bill, treasured daughter of Jim and the late Beatrice, and was loved and cherished by many family and friends. Susan worked in healthcare for 38 years, beginning as an RN at Hamilton General Hospital and retiring from Cambridge Memorial Hospital as Vice-President, Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive. When she wasn’t working, and in her retirement, she was an avid seamstress and she created many beautiful items of clothing for her family, as well as beautiful quilts. She will be fondly remembered and missed by all who were privileged to know her. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 17th from 2-4 p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Margaret’s Place Hospice.

Johnston, Marjorie Norma (nee Hartwell)

Of Dundas, born November 18th, 1927 peacefully passed on the 1st of November 2022. Its with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, Fredrick Johnston, sister Helene Burnie, brothers Joel Hartwell and Ken Hartwell. Survived by her sister Phyllis Murphy; children Jim Johnston (Dale), Kenneth Johnston (Cheryl), Terry Johnston (Kathy); grandchildren Asha, Travis (Monika), Chad, Nicole (Justin), Melissa (Justin), Cody, Rebecca (Brian), Rachael (Sloan); and great-grandchildren Patrick, Ella, Alitheia, Lincoln, Laikyn, Lacey and Gibson. A resident of Dundas her entire life, Marjorie was a member of the Dundas Baptist Church and participated in water aerobics at St. Joseph’s Villa for many years. Marjorie was a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army and Mission Services, always taking the time to think about the less fortunate especially around the holidays. Marjorie will always be remembered as being a devoted sports fan, always cheering on the hometown teams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays and Team Canada. The time, love and devotion she showered her family with was especially apparent with her great-grandchildren; they were truly so very special to her. May you rest in peace – you will be dearly missed.