VAN BOMMEL, Wilhelmus “William” Antonius

Born November 4, 1931 in Milheeze, Netherlands. Died peacefully at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock, ON. on August 29, 2018 in his 87th year. Cherished husband of 44 years and predeceased by Gertruda “Teresa” (nee Van Ryswyk) (1999). Loving father of predeceased sons John (2007), Peter (2013) and Danny (1969). Beloved father of Jane (Frank) Stevers of Stratford, Diana Van Bommel of London, Susan (Sean) Friedl-Logan of Windsor, Michael (Sherry) Van Bommel of Thamesford, Sheila (Mike) Boone of London and daughter-in-law Rose Van Bommel of Ingersoll. Honored grandfather of Ryan, Michael, Mark, Laura, Katherine, Jaclyn, Julia, Warren, Zachary, Sarah, Emily, Andrew, and Leah. Blessed with five great grandchildren. Special friend of Mary Van Ryswyk. Predeceased by his parents Wilhem and Martina Van Bommel. Dear brother of Toon (Toos) of Milheeze, Netherlands, Paula (Ted) Koolen of London, Martin (Tonie) of Dorchester, Joe (Joey) of London, and Wilma (late Joe) Goertz of Sarnia. Predeceased siblings, John (Annie) of London, Karel (Jaantje) of Someren-Eind, Netherlands, Aloysius (Anne) of Foldens, Frank of London and Maria (John) Boogaart of Chatham. Sadly, missed by several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws from Canada and the Netherlands. In 1953 William was the first of his family to immigrate to Canada. He assisted many family members to seek their fortunes in a new homeland. William began his career as a plasterer with Carlo (Anna) DiCarlo of Lambeth. With his wife Teresa raising a family of eight children, and his work ethic and perseverance, he was able to purchase farms in Ingersoll and Thamesford and raise livestock and grow crops. William was a devout Roman Catholic and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church in Ingersoll. And he was a good friend and neighbour who would always help anyone in need. A special thank you to all the wonderful PSW’s, RPN’s and RN’s of Woodingford Lodge (Pinecrest) in Woodstock.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm with prayers being held at 8:30 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church, 131 Thames Street N. Ingersoll at 10:30 am Fr. Gilbert Simard presider. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Ingersoll.

WARDROP,James Lewis (1935-2018)

Passed away with his family by his side at Woodstock Hospital on Monday, August 27, 2018 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Eleanore (nee Cuthbert) for 60 years. Dear father of Rick (Louise) and the late Roger (April 24, 2018) (Marie). Loving grandfather to Kris, Katie, Kevin, and great grandfather to Keira. Dear brother to Faye (Ralph) Miller. Predeceased by his parents Lewis and Eva, his brothers George, William, and John. Brother- in-law of George (Pat) Cuthbert, Gail (Bernd) Brant, Veronica (Martin) Jackson, and Verna (Claude) Normandeau. He is also survived by many caring nieces, and nephews. Friends are welcome to join the family at St. James Anglican Church, 184 Oxford Street, Ingersoll, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 12:15-1:45 pm with a Memorial Service at 2pm with Reverend Meghan Nicholls officiating. Memorial contributions to St. James Anglican Church or charity of your choice (cheques accepted) would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.

LUYBEN, John William

63 of Salford, passed away August 25, 2018 at Woodstock Hospital. Born in Sarnia, to Bert and Mary Luyben. John lived most of his life in Salford. John was a gentle giant with a heart of gold who loved his grandchildren, farming, and trains. In his spare time, John enjoyed watching the trains and playing with his tractor. John is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Diane (VanRyswyck). They built a beautiful family together, one son Eric (Amy), and two beautiful daughters Nicole (Jason) Fitzpatrick, and Karen (Will) Eby. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Jack, Hannah, Brandon, Charlotte, and Zoë They loved their Papa. He is also survived by his siblings Jo Anne and Ted Gariepy, Bob and Cathy Luyben, Marlene and Henry Spanjers, Anita and Greg D’Hulster, and extended family and his in-laws Astrid and Peter, Jane, Gene, Leroy and Karen Van Ryswyck, and their families. His smiling face will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents Bert and Mary, and his brother Bill and Margaret, and his brother-in-law Harry. John donated his eyes to Gift of Life.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church 131 Thames Street North, Ingersoll on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 11 am Fr Gilbert Simard presider. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, or Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario (cheques accepted) would be appreciated. NOTE Due to allergies please do not send roses.

GERRARD, Andrew (Drew)

Andrew (Drew) Gerrard, aged 80 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 21, 2018 in his family home in Ingersoll, ON Canada. <a

Drew was born on 6 Nov 1937 in Paisley, Scotland. He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Mary (nee McKenzie) and his younger brother Ian Gerrard. He married his beloved companion Joanne (nee Macpherson) on the 17 Sept 1960.

Drew proudly served in the Royal Air Force, based at Honnington Air Force Base in Bury St. Edmonds in England. Drew went on to graduate from the University of Glasgow with his engineering degree, and worked for the Scottish National Gas Board, before finally immigrating with his family to Calgary in 1974

He is survived by three adoring daughters Denise (Howie) Melesko of Calgary, AB., Diane (Chris) Mutton of Ingersoll, ON., Julie (Dale) Sawchuk of Calgary, AB, and his only son Andrew (Joseph) Gerrard of Sydney, Australia. Andrew was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Julie (Jermaine), Lauren (Derek), Christopher (Meagan) Michael (Whisper), Jordan (Treava), Morgan, Jessica, Nayla, Jacob and Sophie. He was also the proud great grandfather to 9 great-grandchildren Kingston, Kennedy, McKinley, Oliver, Fern, Preston, Peyton, Jackson, and Beckham.

Visitation will be Sunday August 26th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday August 27th at McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll at 1:30pm.

Memorial donations in Drew’s memory to the Arthritis Society Southwest Region (cheques accepted) would be appreciated.

Halford, Helen May

Halford, Helen May

On August 20th, 2018, in her 88th year, Helen May Halford (nee Willies) passed away peacefully at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  Affectionately known as ‘Elma’ to her family, she was a wonderful mother to Alan, Julie, and David (Stephanie) and a loving grandma and great-grandma to Korey (Angie) and their son Lukas; Michael Jacot and William Jacot; Christopher and Oliver. She was a beloved sister of Amy Ferguson (Alex), Ruth Stadele, Beth Baird, and David (Liz), all of whom reside ‘across the pond’ along with several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Ian and his wife Helen; brother-in-law Jim Baird; and is survived by her dear friend, Bob Henry, of Woodstock.

Helen was born on May 28th, 1931, in Ayr, Scotland to the late May and Ernest Willies. She immigrated to Canada with her former husband Richard, wee son Alan, and soon-to-be-born daughter Julie in 1957, crossing the rough Atlantic Ocean aboard a cargo ship. Always brave and determined, Helen worked tirelessly, building a home for her children, and supporting the family excavating business, all the while working as an RNA at Alexandra Hospital in Ingersoll – a career that spanned more than 30 years. She loved to travel and after her retirement, focused on volunteer work, most notably at Alexandra Hospital and the Breakfast Club at the former Princess Elizabeth Public School in Ingersoll. Helen devoted her life to her family and to helping others and will be remembered for her bright-eyed smile, soft-spoken greetings, gentle manner, and incredibly kind heart.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial is planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, 519-425-1600. Donations to a charity of your choice, in memory of Helen (cheques accepted) would be appreciated.