Ernest Allen Hunt

Ernest Allen Hunt 1933-2018

With a heavy heart we announce the passing our father Ernie on January 23, 2018.  Ernie was predeceased by his wife Yvonne in 2000.  He leaves his loving children: Linda (Dick), Deb (Kerry), David (Kelley), Brenda (Jake), Colleen (Ken), Nancy (Marvin), Angela.  Proud grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Ernie is also survived by Gwen Hunt.  Dear brother of Art Hunt, Bill Huitema, Thea Huitema and Joe Huitema.  Ernie took great pride in his work, on the railroad, with CN, as an assistant Roadmaster. His later career was with Oxford County contributing as a Facility Manager. During his retirement he contributed to the town of Ingersoll by sitting on Town Council as a counsellor.  While on council he served on many boards including the Upper Thames Conservation Authority and the Ingersoll Police Services Board.  He loved to build things. He took great pride in designing and building Mill Valley Railroad.  This was a miniature community, with a working railroad, in the ravine beside his home. This community became a child’s delight during the holiday season and, this beautiful display, was enjoyed yearly by many of Ingersoll’s citizens.  Many will remember Ernie by his smile and warm handshake saying “Shake the hand that shook the World”. The family will receive friends at the McBeath Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S., Ingersoll, 519-425-1600, on Friday January 26, 2018 from 3-7pm.  A private family service will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, McGarrell Place Donation Account, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Oxford would be appreciated and may be arranged through the funeral home.

Naisbitt: Glenda Marie (nee: Freemantle)

Naisbitt: Glenda Marie (nee: Freemantle)

The “Unsinkable Molly Brown” has faced her final challenge.  After a lengthy battle with cancer, Glenda passed away surrounded by her family, at Alexandra Hospital on January 23, 2018.  Born June 18, 1955 in Ingersoll, she was predeceased by her brother Gary, sister Janis and mother- in- law Velma.    She is survived by her loving husband Scott, parents Jack and Helen Freemantle,  sister Michele (Ted) Gervais and beloved daughters  Anita ( Frank) Gielis and Kerri ( Vince) D’Ambrosio.  Her greatest treasures were her grandchildren Brett, Luca, Sofia and Mila. She also leaves father -in-law Wally Naisbitt, sister -in-law Jane (Dave) Metzak and brothers -in-law Norm ( Lynn Naisbitt) and Randy (Robin) Naisbitt, as well as many nieces and nephews.    Sometimes the strength within her was a fiery flame that all could see, sometimes it was just a tiny spark that whispered, “You’ve got this, keep going.”  And keep going she did.  She fought her disease like she lived her life, with organized determination, courage and tenacity.  During her life, she excelled at many things.  Whatever job or challenge she accepted she accomplished with great success.  She worked for Ingersoll Fasteners for many years and when it closed, she ran the Ingersoll Action Centre.  She was a Brownie leader when her daughters were young and a willing volunteer for many causes.  Most recently, she co-ordinated “Lunch Bunch” at St. James Anglican Church.  But by far, her most important role was that of the role of mother and grandmother.   Born with a smirk, she had a great sense of humor and shared the belief that most things in life have the potential to be funny.  Those who knew her well can relate to seeing her face across a crowded room and knowing exactly what she was thinking at the moment, usually something like “Even duct tape can’t fix ”stupid”, but it can muffle the sound.”  If you told Glenda she couldn’t do something, she would do it twice and take pictures.  Sometimes all she needed was “ a great friend and a full tank of gas.”  She believed that “true friendship isn’t about who you have known the longest, it’s about who walked into your life and said, “ I’m here for you” and proved it.  Her friends meant the world to her.  Among them are Jack and Jill Wilson, Vicki and Jim Hunt, Evelyn Webb, Susan and Jack Watmough, Phyllis and Joe Blancher, her Lunch Bunch friends and many more.   The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Drs. Jill Matsuo, Logan, Nelham, Moulin, Miller and all the staff at the London Regional Cancer Clinic and Alexandra Hospital.  At the family’s request donations may be made to the Lunch Bunch or the Possibilities Project at Parkwood Hospital.    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame with in us.”      Thanks Glenda for the love and inspiration you gave to all of us.  The family will receive friends at the McBeath Dynes Funeral Home, 246 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (519-42-1600) on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6-8pm.  The complete memorial service will be held Saturday January 27, 2018 at 4pm at the St. James Anglican Church, 184 Oxford St. Ingersoll.

BOURQUE, Helen Mae (Steed)

BOURQUE, Helen Mae (Steed) 82, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2018 after a lengthy illness with her daughters Michelle and Marlene by her side. Daughter Robin was there in spirit from North Bay.

Helen was born on February 6, 1935, in Essex, Ontario to Charles and Lily Steed.

Helen worked for the federal government for 30 years. After retirement she enjoyed volunteering, talking with neighbours, and her many friends from the Bridge Club. She moved to Ingersoll 5 years ago to be closer to her family.

Helen is survived by her 3 daughters; Michelle Rich, Robin Craig (Wayne Boucher), Marlene Pilkington (Mike), 9 grandchildren and 11 wonderful great grandchildren. She is survived by her brothers Arnold and William and predeceased by her brothers Ray and James.

At her request no services will be held.  Donations may be made to the Lung Association through the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.

KERR, Laura Irene (Mighton)

Almost in her 99th year passed away peacefully on Friday January 19, 2018, leaving behind her daughter Vina Kerr, her grandchildren Brent Allender and Eryn Cuthbert (Travis), and her great granddaughters Rebecca and Georgia Allender, and Kaylen and Kyra Cuthbert. Predeceased by her husband Donald F. Kerr (1996), and her seven siblings and their spouses.
In memory of Irene, hum a few bars of Good Night Irene, remember a friend, or call someone you haven’t seen for a while. No mourning please. Death in old age is a transition not a tragedy.
At Irene’s request, a private family burial service and interment will take place later at Harris Street Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (cheques accepted) would be appreciated and may be done through the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.

LAZENBY, Marion Ruth

It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Ruth Lazenby (nee Freeman) of Ingersoll, Ontario.
Beloved wife of the late Bill Lazenby (June 11, 2013). Loving mother of Carol Bartram, Ron (Hollie), and Marilyn Lazenby (Dick Butterworth). Cherished grandma of Issac, Simon, Krystal, Sadie, Luke, Oliver and great grandchildren Alice, Robyn, and Maisy. Predeceased by her parents Herbert and Rosemary (Daniel) Freeman, her brothers Reg, Fred and sisters Evelyn and Lorene.
She was born and raised in Mount Elgin, the youngest of five. As a teenager, she played basketball even though she was vertically challenged. Mom married our dad in August 1950. In her early days she was a devoted, caring mother, avid homemaker who loved flower and vegetable gardening. Every Saturday she went into town to get her hair done and most Saturday nights our dad and her went dancing.
Marion enjoyed entertaining family and friends, playing cards and being involved in the West Oxford community. She was an excellent cook and baker, her family thought her homemade macaroni and cheese was the best in the whole wide world.
In 2000 after 50 years on the farm near Centreville they moved to town. Here she was free to walk to her favourite coffee spots twice a day to meet her good friends. We are thankful to have had our feisty little Mom for so long and we will miss her dearly.
As per Mom’s request there will be no funeral service. Interment will happen in the Spring.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.