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Wingham Obituaries – October 17, 2012

Geraldine White

Geraldine “Gerry” Rosella White of RR 2 Teeswater passed away at Wingham & District Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at the age of 82. Born in Dawn Township in Lambton County, Ontario on June 27, 1930 to the late J. Clancy and Mary (MacIntyre) Butler.

Beloved wife of Norman White of RR 2 Teeswater. Loving mother of Joseph Clancy White and his wife Cecilia of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Mary O’Malley her husband Terry of Elmwood, Jane Langeraap and her husband Allan of Mount Forest, Tom White and his wife Donna of Simcoe and Laura Kennedy and her husband Philip Kennedy of Chesley Lake.

Missed by grandchildren Thomas, Caitlin, Max and Leah White, Clancy O’Malley, Sam and Abby White, Calum, Lillian and Natalie Kennedy, step-grandchildren Kristyn Langeraap, Robin Croft (John) and Adam Langeraap and step-great-grandchildren Ben and Eric Croft.

Also survived by her siblings Betty and Wallace Annett of Bothwell, Jim and Beverley Butler of Oakdale and Mary Kathryn and Jim Winder of Sarnia. Fondly remembered by brother-in-law Edward and Nora White of London and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her sister Laura McGuire and her husband Bill.

Visitation was held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was conducted at Teeswater United Church on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Hannah Lee officiating. Interment in Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Remembrances were given by family friend Jane McQuarrie and daughter Jane Langeraap. Laurie and Neil Aitken accompanied by Marg Carswell provided special music. Carrying floral tributes were grandchildren Calum, Lily and Natalie Kennedy and Sam and Abby White. Pallbearers were Tom White, Caitlin White, Max White, Leah White, Philip Kennedy and Tim McGuire.

Memorial donations to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at www.tiffinfuneralhome.ca.

 John Pennington

John D. Pennington of Brussels passed away suddenly at Wingham & District Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at the age of 66.

Born in Brussels on Jan. 17, 1946, John served his community as a volunteer firefighter for 35 years (retiring two years ago) and operated John D. Pennington Heating and Cooling since 1976.

John was the beloved husband of Bonnie (Workman) for 43 years and will be sadly missed by his children Mark Pennington of Brussels and Lisa Pennington and her friend Paul of Lucknow, and his grandchildren Daniel, Darian, Dustin, Raelyn, Christopher, Wyatt and Wade.

Dear brother of Bonnie Jacklin and partner Mike Storozuk of Bluevale and Marlene Richmond Betts and husband Stephen of Kingston. Also loved by his mother-in-law Isobel Workman of Brussels, brother-in-law Brian and Jo-Anne Workman of Brussels, sisters-in-law Donna and John Prtenjaca of Melrose and Jacquie and Paul Gowing of Bluevale and his many nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents Jack and Mary (McLean) Pennington, his father-in-law Gordon Workman, his sister Beth McCauley and her husband Gerry, his brother Bruce in infancy and his brother-in-law Gary Richmond.

Friends were received by the family on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Schimanski Family Funeral Home, Brussels. The funeral service will be conducted at St. John’s Anglican Church, Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. officiated by Rev. Perry Chuipka. Interment in Brussels Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ross Somers, Don McNeil, Jim Bosman, Carl Graber, Kyle Stephenson, Bill McGavin and Dave Wheeler.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. John’s Anglican Church, the Brussels Fire Department or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.schimanskifamilyfuneralhome.com.

Norman Conkey

Harold Norman Conkey, 83, of London, Ontario, was the son of the late Ella Catherine (Quick) and the late Harold Norman Conkey of Kerwod, Ontario. Norm was predeceased by his sisters Elva Twiddy and Glenna Robinson, and his brothers Glen and Ronald Conkey.

His is survived by Barbara Joan (nee Foxton), to whom he was married for 51 years, and his children Elizabeth (who is married to Jay Armstrong) of St. Marys, and Norm “Sandy” (who is married to Jennifer Moore) of Chatham. He adored his four grandchildren, James and Jessica Armstrong and Ethan and Leah Conkey, and was forever amazed by their brightness and love.

Also survived by his sister-in-law Shirley (Foxton ) Donahue.

Norm’s second greatest love was his horses. He was one of the founding members of the London Horsemanship Club, and for many years rode with the London Hunt. He raised and trained hunter and jumper horses. He studied the blood books diligently and sold two champions, one of which was Grand Champion at the Royal Winter Fair, and the second, which was champion of the Ontario Dressage Young Rider Championship. His most memorable days were those spent riding cross-country, fox hunting, and helping Liz and Sandy at show jumping. When Norm and Barb moved from the countryside to the city, his hobby became patio gardening.

Norm became ill with cancer four years ago. He fought the battle with patience and grace. He spent his palliative care months at home and passed quickly and quietly on the evening of Oct. 11, in his own living room with Barb holding his hand.
A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at a later date.

We wish to thank most sincerely Dr. J. I. Izawa, Dr. P. Blake and nurse Lisa, Dr. Kirk Hamilton, Dr. Lazlow, Norm’s outstanding nurse Joana and the good people at Saint Elizabeth Health Care for their fine professional and compassionate care.

If you wish to make a charitable donation in memory of Norm, we would be grateful if you would choose Saint Elizabeth Health Care, at CCAC, 356 Oxford St. W., London, Ontario, N6H 1T3 or the London Humane Society, 624 Clarke Road., London, Ontario N5V 3K5. London Cremation Services.

“Wherever I am, God is.

And all is well.”

– James Diller Freeman

Shirley Donaldson

At Gilbert Hall, Wingham on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, Shirley Annabelle Donaldson of Wingham, age 92 years.

The former Shirley MacLean, beloved wife of the late John Donaldson who predeceased her in 1993. Loving mother of John Donaldson of Wingham, and Nancy and Ralph Campbell of RR 3 Blyth. Dear grandmother of Heather and Daniel Snell of RR 3 Blyth, Cheryl Campbell and friend Jeff Lanning of Byron, and Kevin Campbell and friend Lindsay Steinback of Blyth. Cherished great-grandmother of Rachael, Joel and Jonathan Snell and Morgan. Wyatt, and Jackson Campbell.

Sister of Bruce MacLean of Wingham and Vivian Westlake of Clinton. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Predeceased by her parents Albert and Bessie (Jackson) MacLean, sister-in-law Marie MacLean, and brother-in-law Gordon Westlake.

Visitation was at McBurney Funeral Home Ltd., Wingham on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Bernard Skelding officiating. Interment in Wingham Cemetery.

Memorial donations to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church or the Wingham and District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Online condolences at www.mcburneyfuneralhome.com.

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