On July 6th, Audrie sustained a massive stroke from which there would be no recovery. She died peacefully one day after her 91st birthday at the Hamilton General having received compassionate care.
Audrie was born to Molly and Arthur Robbins on July 8,1930 in Toronto ON. She attended Danforth Technical Secondary School and studied to become a hair dresser. She went on to start her career at Holt Renfrew’s beauty salon. Audrie met Robert, a navy veteran, and they had a fun-filled courtship and married on June 30,1951.
Robert was a working partner in the H. Sherlock and Son Plumbing and Heating business and soon Mom became the secretary and bookkeeper of the business.
Mom and Dad grew their family together over the next six years. Bonnie (Rev. Dr. Don) Donaghey, Kenneth (Jane) Sherlock, Barbara (Don) Moreau. As the years passed five grandchildren were added to our family tree Robb, Amy, Lil, Christopher and Leeann and then seven great -grandchildren.
She enjoyed the game of golf especially with her Dad and friends in Myrtle Beach, her winter home. She and Dad were married for 54 years and had a good retirement together.
Mom was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining friends in her home. Hospitality was important to both Mom and Dad. Mom even wrote a recipe column in a weekly newspaper and Dad fell victim to the Sherlock “test kitchen”.
Mom volunteered for CAS as a driver, made gallons of soup for the “Blessings” dinners at Knox Dundas, and enjoyed photography and cardmaking hobbies. Her home on Newcombe Road became too much for her and she craved the companionship of other active seniors. She moved to the Meadowlands Retirement in Ancaster. Mom loved it there so much! She jumped in with two feet and participated to the max. She became the resident photographer and storyteller for the Sunday morning worship services, and was a very opinionated representative on various committees. Our sincere thanks for the love and care shown to our Mom from ALL Meadowlands staff.
A private family graveside service will be held on July 29, 2021.
Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in her 99th year. Beloved wife of the late Edward William Hopkins (1993). Loving mother to Bill (Brenda), Kirk (Gerry), Karen (Garry) Condon, Jim (Jan), Liz (Ted) Biros, David (Pam), Hilary (Gerard) Rozon. Caring grandmother to Jackie, Jane, Cindy, Jenn, Andrea, Sonya, Shawn (predeceased), Maggie, Tyler, Jordan, Robin, Jean Luc, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Margaret was a life-long learner, avid reader, golfer, bridge player, volunteer and she loved to travel. She was a committed mom and spouse. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society, CNIB, or St. Joseph’s Villa.
Helen passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning with both daughters by her side. Helen was predeceased by husband William (2005) and her parents Ruth Emily Andrus Putt and Leslie Thomas Dart. She will be very much missed by daughters Rosemary (Paul) and Lois (Frank) and grandsons Joshua and Zachary who were a great joy in her life. Helen was born and grew up on Hamilton’s East Mountain. After high school, Helen became a switchboard operator with The Bell. She enjoyed her time at The Bell as a “Bell Girl” and made some lifelong friends there. Helen eventually returned to the switchboard at Eaton’s, McMaster University Medical Centre , and retired from the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. One of Helen’s favourite adventures in her twenties was the 1952 bicycle trip she made with the Hamilton Hostel Association from Jasper to Banff. Her trip through the Rockies was one of the highlights of her life and from that trip she developed a lifelong love of the Rockies. After a time of travel, Helen was ready to settle down on the West Mountain in the family home where she lived for 58 years. Helen was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church where she was a member of the UCW and taught Sunday School. Helen’s life was filled with hobbies. She loved to sew and do needlework. She took classes at Mohawk College and through the Embroiderers Guild to develop those skills. Genealogy was Helen’s passion. She spent many hours researching and meticulously documenting the family tree. Every story had to be backed with documented evidence. Helen and Bill spent many hours in Canada, the United States and Britain seeking out family connections. Helen’s legacy to the family is her record of centuries of family history. Helen was a fiercely, independent person and that personality trait was strong till the end. During the last couple of months of Helen’s life, she lived out the words, “eat the chocolate, drink the wine”, as those two treats kept her going as she lost interest in eating. The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring Nursing and PSW staff in the Cedar Grove home area of St. Joseph’s Villa for taking such good care of Helen during her final year of life. The family would especially like to extend our gratitude to Nurse Alison for her ongoing care and support throughout this Covid time. Helen said that she would like to help local children with limited resources because she was one once. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations to Food4Kids Hamilton or City Kidz would be appreciated by the family.
Tragically, after a brief illness, we are saddened to announce Bill’s passing on Thursday, July 8, 2021. He was a devoted and loving husband to Lorraine for 46 years; a loving father to Leanne Fraser (Ryan Crossman) and loving grandfather to Aubree Noonan, Owyn Noonan, Grayson Noonan and Cooper Fraser-Crossman. Predeceased by his parents George and Grace and brother Donald. He will be sadly missed by many family and relatives who knew him well and by many friends and neighbours in St. George. He was Lorraine’s and Leanne’s strength, he knew how to do everything. He loved the outdoors, loved his hobbies and the cottage which was his “happy place”. At this time Bill will be cremated and we will bring him back home to rest with Lorraine, Leanne and the family until the time of burial at a later date. If you so wish, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family.
Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Villa on Friday, July 9, 2021. Predeceased by his loving wife Gladys (2017). Loved and missed dearly by children Michael, Gary (Barbara), Charmaine (Ray Campbell) and Rodney (Sherry); eight grandchildren and two great-grandaughters. Predeceased by his brother George. Special thanks to St. Joseph’s Villa for their care and compassion. A Graveside Service will be held at Grove Cemetery.
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Bob in his 79th year. Loving husband of Chris of 58 years. Dear father to Jody (Jamie), Tom and Samantha. Loving Grampy to Kalee (Spike), Bailey (Pickles), Austin (Doorknob) and their mother Karen as well as Dillon, Travis, Ty (Chumlee) and Jayden (Princess). Grampy loved his grandkids. Stepmother Marilyn (Arie), half brothers Steve, Kevin (Heather). Predeceased by his son Bobby, parents Tom and Ruth and sister Bonnie Robertson. Bob had 40 plus years of trucking, finally retiring in 2011 from Harris Rebar. In his early years he enjoyed motor cross and demolition derby making a lasting impact along the way. He will be missed dearly by his family and many many friends. Friends will be received by the family on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Wearing masks and social distancing is mandatory while in the visitation room and while outside waiting to enter for visitation. A private interment to take place at Mt. Zion Cemetery by invitation only. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Due to covid-19 and the current restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date for all to attend.
Please note, due to limited numbers permitted in the visitation room, there may be a wait period before entering. Social distancing and wearing masks inside and outside the building is mandatory.
Passed away peacefully at 92 years, leaving his beloved wife, Barbara (Vail) of 67 years. Sadly missed by daughters, Norma (Dennis Button), Nancy (Dave Turple), Sharon (Stephen Harding), grandchildren; Jeff, Dan, Meg, Greg, Lindsey, Lauren, Charlotte, Michael, and Thomas and great-grandchildren; Aria, Keaton, Kendrick, and Nora. Fondly remembered by sisters-in law, Deena Ford and Sheila Huxley as well as many extended family and friends. Norm attended Prince of Wales Public School, Delta High School, and Parks Business School. He trained with the 8th Field Regiment RCA from 1944-1951. At 16 years old, he went to work in northern Ontario, where he bought a small island on Lake Temagami. He built a family cottage and many treasured memories. He worked at Colgate, National Cash Register, opened a dairy bar on King St. E, Hamilton (Stoney Creek Dairy) in the 60’s, Prudential Insurance, Vernon Directories, and finally retiring from his “favourite” job at the Dundas LCBO at 70 years old. Norm had known Dundas as a young boy visiting his grandparents on Hatt St. He and Barbara (married in 1954) bought a ravine lot in Highland Hills in 1956 and built their dream house where they lived for over 30 years. He loved this community and generously devoted time, most proudly as co-founder of Kids for Kaga, past President of Rotary Club (1979-80) a Paul Harris Fellow and served for 6 years on the Dundas Hydro Commission. Norm was a life long Ti-Cat supporter, dog lover (especially his 5 wire haired terriers), and wonderful story teller. He had a colourful sense of humour and some memorable jokes that will likely live on. He was so grateful for his loving wife, Barb, who was a supportive, guiding partner in life and the center of his universe. Family meant everything. As he often said, “I am the luckiest guy in the world.” A private celebration of Norm’s well lived life will be held by his immediate family. If wished, memorial donations may be made to the Hamilton Airforce Club in Dundas, ON.
Passed away peacefully at Wentworth Lodge on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Loving and dedicated husband of Pat for 65 years. Fred will be remembered and loved dearly by his daughter Lisa (David Burton); sons Mark (Sue) and Scott (Christine); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Peter (Peter); sister-in-law Kay Laurie and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents George and Stella and brothers-in-law James and William Reader. Fred was a long time resident of Dundas who was involved in the Police Minor Hockey League, Little League Baseball, Dundas Figure Skating Club, Hydro Bowling League, dundas parades, just to mention a few. He was a member of the RCL, Branch #36 and the Hamilton Air Force Club. He retired from Hydro One in Dundas in 1988. Special thank you to all the staff on Liliac Lane at Wentworth Lodge. At this time, cremation has taken place and a celebration of Fred’s life will be held when all those who knew and cared for him can gather to remember him. If you so wish, donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by Fred’s family.
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 24th, 2021 at the age of 89. Bill will be missed dearly by his daughter Rene and son Bill (Carol). He also leaves behind his brothers Max and Reen and sisters Rita and Ann. Bill was born in the Netherlands in 1932. After World War II, the family moved to Suriname and then eventually settled in Dundas. He worked at Jackson’s Bakery and Bertram’s in his twenties, before opening his grocery store “Bill’s Quality Foods”. He continued to run his grocery store until his retirement in 1994. Bill and Gwen enjoyed their retirement spending time in Florida and travelling around the world. They made friends on every cruise they went on and knew so many people in the Garth Trails community and Dundas. He experienced an emotional struggle after losing Gwen, his wife of 62 years, in 2019. Though in his last year he bounced back to his usual happy and positive self living at Highgate Residence in Ancaster. Heartfelt gratitude for the compassionate care and kindness Bill received from the wonderful staff at Highgate, who made him feel like family during a difficult year. Cremation has already taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Art has concluded his decade long struggle with Alzheimer Disease, in his home at the Ridgeview Long Term Care, on June 25th, 2021. Art is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn (nee McCartney) and by his son Kevin (Paulette) James of Rockton, as well as daughters Janice (Paul) Mitchell of Uniondale Ontario, Joanne (Barry) Dawson of Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan and Kristine (George) Leach of Mount Hope Ontario. Also survived by grandchildren Vicky and Kirk James; Effie (Mathew) Koshy, Russ, Keith and Natalie (Mauro) Mitchell; Justin and Ryan (Makayla) Dawson, Amanda (Shad) Gulbranson and Ashlee (Kyle) Gurr; Branden and Tyler (Cortney) Leach plus 8 great-grandchildren. Art was the youngest and last surviving child of Vera and Gordon James. He was predeceased by brothers Bert (Dorothy), Carl “Rusty” James and sisters Marion (Ken) Hood and Dorothy (Alec) Mackenzie. He is survived by his in-laws Myrna James, Ken (Chris) McCartney and Karen (Mike) Landers, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Born on the family farm, during a blizzard, Art lived most of his adult life in the village of Rockton. As a general contractor, Art worked on hundreds of new construction and renovation projects, eventually partnering with his son to form KevArt Construction. Art and Carolyn were very active in their community, as members of Rockton United Church and filling many positions in support of the Rockton’s World Fair which included Art serving a term as President of the fair board. Art had a 40 year career as a volunteer firefighter which saw Art rise to the rank of Fire Chief at the Rockton Fire Station. A real life “Red Green”, Art was known for his innovative repair jobs and inventions, most of which invariably included duct tape. He leaves behind a large collection of miscellaneous items and half finished projects, many of which are of unknown origin, value or purpose. His outgoing personality along with his spontaneous approach to life plus genuine interest in other people, allowed Art to make friends easily and permanently. He could always be relied on for a warm greeting and helping hand. A testimony to his character is this; “Art James is a man who gave more than he took and leaves this world a better place because he was here.” The family wish to thank the staff at Ridgeview LTC Home, especially Rev. Lola and nurse Kenroy. Due to COVID restrictions, a private family funeral will be held on June 30th. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations, in Art’s memory, to: Friends of St. Alban’s Church and the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton