MILNE: Douglas James (1942-2017)

Passed away on September 8th, 2017 at the Woodstock Hospital.
Doug was predeceased by his parents Jack & Lois. He was the father of Doug (LeeAnn) & Roy (Cynthia Saucier) as well as grandfather to Andrew, Katherine, Austin & Keithan.
Cremation has taken place, a private family service will be held at a later date at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery.

THOMASSON: Joyce Margaret

Passed peacefully in her sleep on September 14, 2017. She was in her 97th year.
Predeceased by her husband Trueman John Williams Thomasson, she was cherished mother to Laurie (Clarke), Barbara, Bruce (Betty), Mary Beth (Scott). With love, she helped nurture her 9 grandchildren to adulthood who in turn provided her with 13 adorable great grandchildren. Siblings David, Ruth and Gilbert predeceased her.
Born in PEI, she spent most of her formative years as a child of missionaries Frances (Compton) and Archibald Russel Graham in India, returning to Canada for her post-secondary education. Completing her public health nurse designation, she traveled north to Cochrane where she met her life partner “Tommy”. Together they raised their family in southwestern Ontario following his career in education and hers in nursing. Mother, nurse, wife she was guided by her strong religious convictions. Deeply saddened by the premature loss of her husband, she regrouped and divided her time between family, extensive travel, and volunteer work particularly with youth and with adult rehabilitation.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll, Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2:30-3:15 pm, with a family service at 3:30 pm to recognize a life well lived and a strong woman well appreciated.
If you wish to contribute in Joyce’s memory please consider the Youth for Christ Upper Deck program or Teen Challenge.

DUNHAM: Agnes (nee Sturdik)

A long-time resident of Oxford County, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock.
Born in February of 1932 in River Hebert, Nova Scotia to emigrants from Slovakia and Poland, Agnes spent the formative years of her life living in both River Hebert, Nova Scotia and New Waterford, Nova Scotia before permanently settling in Ontario during her teenage years.
Agnes was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ingersoll for many years. Besides being an active member of the Catholic Women’s League, Agnes also volunteered countless hours of her life to preparing breakfast for schoolchildren. When Agnes was not in church, she was busy going for long drives, visiting relatives, and getting herself into trouble. It should be noted that there was never a conundrum she couldn’t get herself out of.
Agnes is survived by her children; Deborah (Al) Rylance of Black Creek, British Columbia, Cathy (Ed) Curtis of Woodstock, and Denise Burden of Tillsonburg. Six grandchildren also survive her; Shannon, Andrea, Nicole, Chad (Rachael), Jessica (Mitch), Stevie; and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her life partner Burt Blashill. Agnes and Burt met in the 1970s and have been devoted ever since. We can all only wish to experience a love like they shared.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 246 Thames Street South, Ingersoll on Sunday from 2-5 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church 131 Thames Street North, Ingersoll on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Gilbert Simard presider. Interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario would be appreciated.

St.Pierre: Arnold James

It is with great sadness that my husband and our father passed away September 5, 2017.
Loving husband of Diane Dustin; father of Gordon (Terri Jo), Shawn (Robyn), Jack (Holly), Angel (John) and Jeff. Grandpa of five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques accepted) would be appreciated and may be place through the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.

CUMMINGS: Suzanne Marian

Mom was our constant. She taught us that having a sense of humour and treating others with respect and kindness were significant keys to handling any situation with ease. Sue was an avid reader and a fantastic baker. She enjoyed spirited phone conversations with friend Helen, Sister Beth and sharing a tea with Cheryl. Most of all she loved spending time with her family with which she was so proud. Anyone who knew our Mom will have a funny anecdote of their time with her. This fact is critical to understanding our Mom. She wanted everyone to feel loved and accepted at all times, yet never fully grasped how important she was to so many others. She remained humble and kind into her final hours. She didn’t want anyone to fuss over her even when she needed it most. We will miss her in ways we have not comprehended yet. We will carry on the values that she demonstrated during her fulfilled life.
Born November 15, 1932, Sue passed away at Woodstock General Hospital on Friday, September 1st, 2017 in the presence of her children Peter, Kathy Rylett (Matt) and Heather (Graham Cochrane). Cherished Grandma of Ryan, Brett, Brock and Mya Jenken and Jamie and Nolan Cochrane. Dear sister of Beth Kales (Joe, 2011), and Bob Purton (Laurette). Predeceased by her husband George (2010), father Charles Purton (1979) and mother Marian Purton (2006). Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends but especially Helen Ferguson, her best friend for over 40 years.
Friends will be received at the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 246 Thames Street South Ingersoll on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 10 -11:15 am with the funeral service at 11:30 am. Interment later in Duart Cemetery. Memorial donations to Oxford County Library, Ingersoll Branch would be appreciated.