In loving memory of the best mom ever. Born July 24, 1951 in Luanda, Angola. Passed away on September 18, 2018 in Kitchener, Ontario. In accordance with Ana’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service. Messages and condolences may be left at tricitycremations.com or 519-267-7199.
Of Nithview Home in New Hamburg, formerly of Baden, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 15, 2018 at the age of 86 years.
Born in Kitchener, on August 26, 1932 to the late Noah and Minnie (nee Witmer) Hunsberger. Attended Rockway Mennonite High School, and Ontario Mennonite Bible Institute, graduated in 1956. Grace worked at a variety of places, KW hospital as a receptionist, Mutual Life, Goudies, Angie’s Country Kitchen. She was an entrepreneur, and opened Progressive Equipment selling Mobile phones and operated it out of Gingerich’s of Baden Ltd. Then the Progressive Equipment Inc. selling cellular phones out of her home and later in downtown Baden.
Dear mother of Susan Gingerich of Alberta, Robert (Shelly) Gingerich of Tavistock, Andrew (Jeanne) Gingerich of Kitchener.
Grandmother of Daniel Gingerich (deceased), Kristopher Gingerich, Kaytlin Gingerich, Jacob Gingerich, Grace Gingerich, Gabriel Gingerich. Great-grandmother of Jamie Gingerich, Logan Gingerich, Madelyn Sippel and Amara Gingerich.
Predeceased by brothers; David L & (Katherine d.), John (Gladys d.) and Paul Hunsberger.
Survived by Sister in law Edna Hunsberger of Indiana. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.
A celebration of life to will be held at Wilmot Mennonite Church, 2995 Bleams Rd, New Hamburg, ON N3A 3J3 on Sunday October 21st at 2 pm. with refreshments to follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Messages and condolences may be left at tricitycremations.com or 519-772-1237.
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Born March 15, 1938 in McNeills Mills, Prince Edward Island peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on September 13, 2018. She is predeceased by her son Michael.
She leaves behind her children Debbie, (Dwight), Monica, (Randy), Bill, (Connie), Ann Marie, (Ed). Her grandchildren, Shelly, Chris, Danielle, Jessica, Vaughn and her seven beloved great grandchildren.
Celebration of Life to be held September 22, 2018 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Homewood Suites, 800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, Ontario N3C 4N6. Messages and condolences may be made through tricitycremations.com or 519-772-1237.
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1941 – 2018
Passed away suddenly and peacefully at home on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Beloved husband of Gaye Cooper. Father of Doug (Patti), Rick (Val), Kim (Dave) and Kelli (Ferdi). Grandfather of Tiffany, Zac, Spencer, Eden, Josh, Sarah, Ryan and Julia. Eleven great-grandchildren. Brother to David (Liz), Marlene (predeceased), Nancy (Jimmy) and Bill.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Passed away on Thursday September 6, 2018 at Grand River Hospital surrounded in love and grief by his wife and steadfast partner Jane, with his son Jesse and wife Erika and his adoring daughter Sarah. His passing has left a fathomless crater in our lives. He will be missed beyond words could say. Randy’s stoic and kind nature has been a source of admiration and gratitude for him just being there. Always humble and fair minded he commanded a sort of presence in a group without even talking. A perennial source of strength for all of us and we are each better people for knowing him.
He leaves behind his wife, his daughter, his son and wife and a baby grandson who looks startlingly like Randy.
Also grieving are his cousins Michael, Debbie and Sandra whose childhoods intertwined very closely with his.
God bless you Randy, sleep now with the Angels and we will meet again.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will happen at a later date. Messages and condolences can be made through tricitycremations.com.
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Janice Morrow, 69, of Kitchener , passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from cancer.
She was a mother to Katy and Dan and wife of Kenneth. Sister to Kelly, Rick and Norm.
She will also be sadly missed by her friends Sally and Val.
Now she will be “Dancing with the Stars”.
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Passed away peacefully at Lisaard House on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the age of 71 years.
Dear brother of Rachel (Anicet), Richard (Geri), Claude (Dian), Eleonore, Connie (Jim), Andy (Sheila), Suzanne (Bruce), Lucille, Vincent (Janet), and Carmen (Todd). Cherished lifelong friend to Gerry and Marlene Voyer. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Germaine, brother Robert, and brother in law George.
A special thank you to the staff at Lisaard House for the kindness and care given to Louis.
Cremation and internment have taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church, Cambridge, on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Donations may be made to Lisaard House, as expressions of sympathy. Messages and condolences may be left at tricitycremations.com or 519-267-7199.
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Tragically passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 47.
Andy will be sadly missed by his children Jasmine and Jesse and by their mother Nelita, all of Kitchener. Dear son of Nicholaas and Hannelore Branje, little brother to Raymond and Rick, uncle to Devon, Janine, Chris and Emily.
Andy worked for Royce Air Tooling in Cambridge, Ontario for close to twenty years as a CNC Programmer.
Although quiet and reserved by nature, Andy liked to joke around, often playing pranks on family and friends. Andy enjoyed anything outdoors. He loved camping, hunting, fishing, etc. Although his illness prevented him in engaging in these activities over the last few years.
Cremation has taken place as well as a private family service. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Messages and condolences can be made through tricitycremations.com or 519-772-1237.
Ever Close in Mind and Heart
No further away than a picture
A smile or remembered phrase,
Our loved ones live in memory…
So close in so many ways.
For how often does a sunset
Bring nostalgic thoughts to mind,
Of moments that our loved ones shared
In days now left behind.
How often has a flower
Or a crystal autumn sky,
Brought golden recollections
Of happy days gone by!
Yes, memory has a magic way
Of keeping loved ones near…
Ever close in mind and heart
Are the ones we hold most dear.
-Marjorie Frances Ames
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Rob Henry’s Story
In the end, Mother Nature and family history proved too much, and the warrior stood down from his fight. On August 26th, 2018, Rob Henry passed away from cancer at his home in Waterloo, Ontario.
"I found a mass".
"Hello, I am Dr. x".
"You have stage 4 rectal cancer"....
How does a person hear those words and figure out what to do next?
Rob did somehow. In his words, “by getting up each day and putting one foot down and then the other”. He faced each new day with an unbelievable level of bravery and courage; never losing his sense of humour or his positivity. He fought this battle fiercely to the end with the unwavering support of his amazing wife Heather, his children Tom and Maureen, and his sister Laurie at his side.
A lover of quotes, Rob’s mantras became - “Illegitimi non carborundum” (Never let the bastards grind you down) and “It’s my story to write”.
Rob’s story began in Shawinigan, Quebec on February 27th, 1961. His father, Walter Henry and mother, Mary Joan, along with his brother, David, moved to Renforth, New Brunswick in 1964. His sister Laurie was born in 1970; and there his family roots remain. Rob’s mother Joan passed from cancer in 1971; his brother David died from a heart attack in 1999.
Rob grew up in Renforth, reveling in the "charms" of the Kennebecasis River, playing basketball and creating the kind of friendships that only strengthened throughout the years no matter the time nor the distance. How perfectly fitting that lifelong friends Bill Mayberry, Chris Magee and Krisan Palmer joined Rob’s family in his final days to ensure this great man left the world with a “great send off of love and comradery”.
Rob’s accomplishments are too many to list. He undertook everything he did with a level of excellence…and a well-thought out plan. He graduated first in his class from Kennebecasis Valley High School in 1979. He served as a reserve communications operator in the Canadian Forces, and graduated with distinction in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton in 1983.
At UNB, lifelong friendships- too dear to single out here - continued to grow out of those brought from KV down the highway near Saint John. He played three intramural sports, was President of Aitken House, and won the Lieutenant Governor’s medal (first in his faculty) from the Faculty of Administration.
After a call-out to the communication center at the Canadian Air Force Base in Lahr, Germany, Rob returned to Saint John to start his business career, earning his Chartered Professional Accounting designation with KPMG in 1987.
Rob considered himself so lucky to be married to his best friend Heather (Atkinson) for 32 years, and unbelievably blessed to have had two beautiful children. Their son, Tom was born in 1989, and their daughter, Laurie Maureen (Mo) was born in 1990. Hours were many in hockey arenas, dance studios, gyms and running shoes.
In Saint John and the “Valley” and the “Soo”, Rob would build the skills and the contacts that would see him spend over 20 years in the wood panels industry; a career that would take him and his family to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, back to New Brunswick, to Markham, Ontario, and ultimately to Atlanta, Georgia as V-P of Finance for Arauco North America.
Rob’s legacy will live on through all the lives he has touched. He was a brilliant, genuine, kind man who has left a tremendous hole in the hearts of his wife and children, their partners, Alex McCaul (Mo) and Heather Mann (Tom), his sister, Laurie, his mother in-law, Sandra Atkinson, his brothers in-law, David Young (Laurie), Norman (Chantal) and Mike (Andrea) Atkinson and sister-in-law Paula (Martin-Henry) Cullinan. He will be forever missed especially by his niece Ali Krieger (Jon) and his nephews Greg Henry (Courtney), Dominic, Peter, William, Ben and Michael Young.
If there was a set of personal values that carried through, it was that Balance - athletics with academics, career with family, flexible operations with tough financial standards - would earn you the relationships you needed. Success might come, not by promotions or material gains, but by treating others the way you would want to be treated, never losing your positivity or sense of humor or compassion. And of course, you can never spend too much time in a canoe on trips with your family (which Rob and Heather did from the time Tom and Mo were three).
All these values - together with a lifelong commitment to physical fitness - gave Rob the grounding he needed to hear those difficult words in 2016. These values deepened his love for his family - and his love for a little piece of heaven they had found on Otter Lake, near Parry Sound, Ontario. You’ll find him there now - at Henry’s Hollow - sitting in the sauna or sipping a scotch by the fire.
Rob did not wish to have a funeral service. Instead, in true Aitken Animal fashion, we will celebrate a life well-lived and a battle valiantly-fought, sharing stories of this great man with food, drink and song in his hometown of Saint John, NB in October. Details will be shared in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice; spend some time with someone you love; or celebrate Rob in a way that feels right to you.
Rob and his family would like to thank Kelly Shotbolt and Rob’s colleagues at Arauco North America; Dr. Wolff and the exceptional care staff of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Grand River Hospital and Paramed who offered tremendous support, compassion and care throughout this journey.
Cancer sucks. No one fights alone.
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February 5, 1953 – August 24, 2018
On August 24, in the early hours of the morning, our Father, Husband, Opa, Brother, Nephew, and Uncle slipped peacefully away in his sleep, freeing him from the pain of his cancer. In his last days, he was surrounded by family and friends, reveling, reminiscing and cherishing their moments together.
He had a full and busy family life. He had 24 grandchildren and 9 children: Lisa, Tammy (Mike), Daniel (Karen), Teresa (Dan), Kristy (Dave), Cherie, Melissa (Matt), Richard (Jessica), and Stefanie (Eric). He will also be remembered by his wife, Marina Bruinsma and by Joanne Euler.
He influenced many young people through scouting and took great joy in being outdoors. Some of his favourite times were spent camping with family at his brother’s property.
Jake was a handyman: a “Jake-of-all-trades”. He was generous with his time and helped those who were in need. He was outgoing and sociable; often strangers quickly became friends. He was quick with a joke and loved to make people laugh.
He had many careers throughout his life where his talents were never wasted; these included small business owner, property manager, landscaper and welder. Tools in hand, he was excited for each new project, his tools were his prized possessions. He leaves his work ethic as a legacy to his children and grandchildren. We can never know just how many people Jake influenced, but recognize that his ripples are far reaching.
He lived his last few weeks at Innisfree House in Kitchener, in peace and comfort. We are grateful to the staff and volunteers for their care of our father.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Innisfree House or the Grand River Hospital Cancer Center.
There will be a Celebration of Life on September 2, 2018 from 6-8pm at Elevation Church, 22 Willow Street, Waterloo, Ontario, N2G 1V5.
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