- In Memoriam
Welcome to the RWTO South Bruce Branch
South Bruce Branch has approximately 50 members which includes four life members. Although small in number, we continue to care and share while having fun. We invite retired women teachers from Kincardine, Walkerton, Hanover, Port Elgin, Southampton, Paisley and Ripley or surrounding areas to join our branch.
We generally meet five times each year. Two lunches and a Christmas tea at different venues throughout the area involve a business meeting conducted before the meal followed by some form of program: an inspirational speaker, a healthcare specialist or perhaps a craft making session. We also enjoy gathering informally for a back-to-school breakfast in early September and a year-end potluck meal in June.
At each of our meetings we have a raffle, book exchange and/or we accept donations to local food banks. We support the Kincardine and Saugeen Shores food banks, the Grey Bruce United Way, the Women’s House of Grey Bruce and the Huron Shores Hospice.
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South Bruce Retired Women Teachers Make Merry at Christmas Tea
The Christmas season is in full swing (literally and figuratively) for members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) following their November 24th luncheon at the Kinloss Community Centre.
No one knows how to dress for a holiday like an elementary school teacher so instructions to dress in Christmas finery resulted in a riot of colours, bells, flashing lights and outrageous head wear reminiscent of a certain Dr. Seuss story.
Always generous and considerate of families in need, Kristy Andre of the United Way Bruce Grey stopped by to accept a donation from the group to a fund that supports disadvantaged children.
Joyce Scammell (two-time winner of most festive sweater competition) thanked caterer Jody Rothmaier for a delicious lunch which was followed by a program of games and singing.
Barb Ross organized two games: a brain teaser using visual clues to decipher titles of carols and Christmas charades.
No South Bruce Christmas gathering is complete without a carol sing led once again by Dianne Simpson and Jean MacDonald. This year the pair took it up a notch by providing instruments to the ladies to accompany the singing and even added a line dance to add aerobics and amusement to “Jingle Bells”.
The event ended with the ladies feeling jolly and appreciative of the efforts to keep them connected.
The next gathering will be in the spring and has yet to be scheduled. Details will be posted on the South Bruce branch page of rwto.org.
Photo captions: (all photos by Christine Roberts)
South Bruce RWTO Show Their Caring and Sharing in October
President Lynda Cerson welcomed over 20 members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) October 20 at the Kinloss Community Centre for the fall meeting.
The South Bruce branch has grown by four members this year. Shirley Bieman and Mary Kay MacKenzie were formally welcomed by Treasurer Carole Machan with RWTO/OERO cards, pins, pens and roses.
Sadly, the branch lost four members in 2022. Audrey MacDonald, in a very moving In Memoriam presentation, offered tribute sharing career highlights and RWTO/OERO involvement of deceased members: Lois Davey, Christina Weylie, Isabelle Parker and Leslie Uttley.
Pat Emmerton and Frances Nixon reported on the annual RWTO/OERO convention held in early June in London. They shared the business decisions and highlighted the entertainment and educational experiences. The 2023 convention will be held in Kingston.
Emmerton, in her role as Area 1 Director, also brought greetings and updates from the provincial office.
Following a delicious lunch catered by Jody Rothmaier, the group welcomed Rose Morrison representing the Kincardine Food Bank.
Morrison, a long time volunteer, gave a very informative presentation about the work of the food bank which helps people experiencing difficulty putting food on the table. Currently 23 volunteers check expiry dates on donations, stock the store, re-pack shelves and make up bags for the clients. In addition to food, items such as dish soap, feminine products, tooth brushes and Boost are appreciated.
As a powerful visual reinforcement, Morrison unpacked a typical bag which contains enough products to provide meals for a week. Her behind-the-scenes perspective gave the ladies food for thought and appreciation for the many blessings they enjoy.
She also encouraged interested members to learn more by visiting on Thursdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Anglican Church of the Messiah Hall , 421 Russell Street to see the food bank in action.
The retired women teachers of South Bruce have supported the food banks in Kincardine and Saugeen Shores for many years through regular donations of food and money. They were pleased to show their appreciation to Rose by presenting a cheque and items for the food bank.
The next meeting will be a Christmas luncheon November 24 at noon. Details will be communicated to members and will be posted on the branch webpage, https://rwto.org/branch/south-bruce/#events. Retired women teachers living in the Kincardine, Walkerton, Lucknow, Ripley and Saugeen Shores areas are welcome to learn more about the branch through the provincial website, https://rwto.org/branch/south-bruce/.
Top-New members – (photo by Pat Emmerton) (left-right) New South Bruce RWTO/OERO members Shirley Bieman and Mary Kay MacKenzie, are welcomed by Treasurer Carole Machon at the October 20th meeting.
Bottom Right-In Memoriam: (P Emmerton photo) – South Bruce RWTO/OERO member Audrey MacDonald delivered a moving In Memoriam tribute to Lois Davey, Isabelle Parker, Leslie Uttley and Christina Weylie.
Bottom Left-Food Bank: (Frances Nixon photo) Kincardine Food Bank volunteer Rose Morrison explains the workings of the food bank and unpacks a typical bag of groceries.
South Bruce Retired Women Teachers Celebrate the Joys of Retirement
The South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) celebrated the start of the new school year and the joy of retirement by gathering for breakfast at Ainsdale Golf Course Tuesday, September 6th.
Like any teacher after a summer break, the ladies enjoyed the chance to catch up and exchange news and reminisce. Of the twenty-seven retirees in attendance, five were guests and two became members.
Branch Vice President Frances Nixon warmly welcomed everyone and invited members to make suggestions for future speakers and topics on sticky notes provided at each place setting.
Although happy to be out of the classroom, South Bruce members still care about students and made generous donations of snack foods to be provided to schools by the Kincardine Food Bank. Dianne Simpson looked after organization and delivery after the meeting.
Although suspended during COVID restrictions, this gathering has become an eagerly anticipated branch tradition that marks the start of a new year of gatherings and meetings.
The next meeting of the local RWTO branch will take place at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine October 20th. Beginning at 10 am the meeting will include time for socializing, business and lunch followed by a presentation by a guest speaker.
(photos by Pat Emmerton)
South Bruce RWTO/OERO ends year with picnic and convention.
A bright, sunny day in late June is the perfect time for retired teachers to celebrate their freedom and connect with colleagues. Accordingly, fourteen members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des enseignantes retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) met in the enchanted gardens of Vice President Frances Nixon June 22nd with their lunches and lawn chairs.
President Lynda Cerson welcomed everyone and introduced the newest member, Rosie Neilson of Point Clark. Neilson was presented with a rose and RWTO pin.
Cerson continued with a tribute to Christina Weylie, a very accomplished member who died in April and whose celebration of life service was held that day in Kitchener.
The annual RWTO/OERO AGM Convention was held in London June 7-9th. South Bruce Branch delegates Frances Nixon and Pat Emmerton were joined by members Audrey MacDonald and Betty Johnson, dedicated yearly attendees. They enjoyed three days of workshops, meetings, tours, amazing meals and talented evening entertainers. More than two hundred RWTO/OERO members from across the province were in attendance. Everyone was in great spirits because the conference was being conducted in person once again!
During the course of the convention Pat Emmerton was installed as RWTO Area 1 Director. She is past president of the South Bruce branch and in her new role will act as liaison between the five Area 1 branches and provincial leadership.
The casual picnic gathering ended with members wishing each other happy summer adventures. The South Bruce group will not meet again until early September for a back-to-school brunch. Details will be communicated to members and posted on the branch news page at www.rwto.org .
Retired women teachers in the Kincardine/Port Elgin/Walkerton/Ripley/Lucknow area who are not RWTO members are invited to learn more about the local branch by contacting Lynda Cerson; firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Bruce RWTO – Members of the South Bruce RWTO Branch met at the home of Frances Nixon June 22nd for a friendly gathering. (P. Emmerton photo)
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New member – Rosie Neilson (left) is welcomed to the South Bruce RWTO/OERO Branch by president Lynda Cerson. (Roberts photo)
Sandra MacDonald/Robert Nixon – Sandra MacDonald rides in style with host Robert Nixon. (Roberts photo)
RWTO Area 1 delegates – Members of Area 1 RWTO/OERO branches pose for a photo at the annual convention in London in early June. Pat Emmerton (front row, third from left) is the new Area 1 Director.
South Bruce delegates – (l-r, back) Pat Emmerton and Frances Nixon, South Bruce RWTO delegates join members and dedicated convention-goers (l-r) Audrey MacDonald and Betty Johnson. (P. Emmerton photo)
South Bruce RWTO/OERO Celebrates
Spring and Cora Bailey Award
The decidedly unspring-like weather was an annoyance but did not dampen the spirits of the twenty-two members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) who gathered at Camp Kintail Tuesday, April 19th for a Spring Luncheon.
Mindful of health concerns, the ladies found the spacious dining hall well suited and arranged for social-distancing and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal served by the friendly staff. The snow and wind outdoors was counterbalanced by the cozy atmosphere inside with a crackling fire in the stone fireplace.
Following the meal, member Christine Roberts made a presentation to the group detailing her personal experiences and growth as a gardener. Since retirement and a permanent move to Blair’s Grove in 2012, Roberts has volunteered with various national, provincial and local conservation groups. These experiences led to a fundamental shift in her attitude toward gardening. She and her husband now eschew well-known non-native ornamental plants in favour of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers that provide food and habitat for insects and birds. Their goal is to bring better balance to their gardens and property by creating a haven for nature in all its many forms.
Betty Johnson proudly announced that Dianne Simpson is the 2021-2022 recipient of the Cora Bailey Award for outstanding service to her branch. Johnson read from the nomination letter that gave an overview of Simpson’s life and teaching career in Bruce County ending with retirement in 2015 from the Ripley-Huron Community School. This was quickly followed by her embrace of the South Bruce RWTO branch and her involvement on the executive as Goodwill Convenor where her irrepressible good nature brings cheer to members through calls, notes and cards. Johnson, herself a Cora Bailey recipient, presented Simpson with the certificate and a pot of flowers. The nomination letter and a photo will appear in the RWTO/OERO Area 1 Cora Bailey book at the provincial convention in June.
In the treasurer’s report Carole Machan identified the Grey Bruce United Way Backpack Program and the Huron Shores Hospice as the two charities to be supported by year-end donations from the branch.
Betty Johnson, Insurance Convenor, explained recent changes to the supplemental insurance program and Dianne Simpson, Goodwill Convenor, relayed updates on members experiencing challenges.
Throughout the gathering many memories were shared of good times in the classroom and special relationships with colleagues. Individual members expressed gratitude for support offered during difficult times and all look forward to continuing to forge and strengthen collegial bonds at future branch events. The next gathering will be al fresco at the Kincardine home of Vice President Frances Nixon June 22nd for lunch.
Top Row: Dianne Simpson (left) receives the Cora Bailey Award certificate from Betty Johnson.
Bottom Left: Betty Johnson (left) offers biographical and career details of Cora Bailey Award winner Dianne Simpson at the South Bruce RWTO/OERO Spring Luncheon.
Bottom Right: Dianne Simpson is the South Bruce RWTO/OERO Cora Bailey Award winner for outstanding contribution to the branch. She received her award April 19th at the branch’s spring meeting.
South Bruce Retired Women Teachers Meet at Camp Kintail
A year ago the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) made the move to virtual get-togethers via Zoom and held several meetings with interesting speakers and topics in the succeeding months. However, nothing can compare with the pleasure of personal contact so when the possibility of an in-person luncheon was suggested, 24 members enthusiastically answered the call to meet November 4th at Camp Kintail.
Public health safety protocols did little to dampen the ladies’ delight in visiting with friends and former colleagues to the point that it was almost difficult to settle them for lunch. The spacious dining hall was well suited and arranged for social-distancing and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal served by the friendly staff. The cozy atmosphere was complemented by a crackling fire in the stone fireplace.
After lunch President Lynda Cerson conducted a brief business meeting which included a motion to renew the branch Zoom subscription in order to continue to hold virtual meetings. She remarked that they have been very successful and actually have allowed members to meet more frequently.
Carole Machan welcomed new member Ann Ellis presenting her with an RWTO/OERO pin and a red rose.
An In Memoriam service was provided by Christine Roberts for Joan Kirkham, Verlie Sherk and Peggy MacCharles, South Bruce members who passed away in 2021.
Dianne Simpson, Goodwill Director, relayed updates and encouraged outreach to some colleagues who are experiencing difficulties. This prompted some storytelling and a lot of smiles reminiscing about the early days of the branch.
The next few gatherings will be conducted online but everyone left with the hope for a return to in-person meetings in the months to come.
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Ann Ellis is welcomed to the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario.
South Bruce RWTO/OERO Meeting September 10, 2021
It was a perfect day for a picnic in Pat Emmerton’s yard where sixteen members of the South Bruce RWTO/OERO branch gathered with their folding chairs and lunches to visit and catch up with friends and former colleagues. They also made donations to the food bank and stocked up on books and jigsaw puzzles.
New President Lynda Cerson welcomed everyone and thanked Past President Pat Emmerton for her hospitality in providing such a lovely meeting space.
Ann Collins addressed the group thanking everyone for their good wishes, calls and visits during her health crises last year. She was particularly grateful to Betty Johnson for her assistance in making insurance claims.
Discussion ensued regarding various South Bruce members, their challenges and current situations and how members might reach out to offer comfort and company. In particular we are keeping Eva Wilken, Pam Agnew, Lois Davey and Eleanor Thompson in our thoughts.
Lynda initiated a discussion of how to attract new members and how we need younger retirees in the group. Any ideas beyond the exposure we currently receive through local media reports would be welcome. Ann Ellis is interested in joining.
Lynda reported that Provincial President, Nancy Bell, has accepted our invitation to address the branch at the October 21st Zoom meeting. The meeting will start at 12:30 with Nancy joining at 1 pm.
Bev Harris reported on her proposal from last spring in which she offered to organize retired teachers to volunteer in public schools this year to help support teachers and students after a difficult past year of largely online education. Bev and Linda Werstine met to work on the project but have had second thoughts as they wonder if the school environment will be a safe one for our members. They have since decided to discontinue and leave it as an individual choice and not an organized branch initiative.
Carole Machan made the motion to make a branch policy that ladies automatically become Life Members when they celebrate their 90th birthday. Dianne Simpson seconded the motion all present voted in favour. The remaining members will be asked to vote on the motion in order to achieve quorum.
Pat Emmerton and Cathy Ellis have received several submissions for the branch directory and will report on this project at the October meeting. They encourage members to take the time to write and send them some biographical information regarding their lives and careers.
South Bruce RWTO December 2020 News
Every teacher hopes to inspire her students to become lifelong learners and if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the ability to adapt and learn new skills is essential to living well. Through a special funding grant from the provincial executive, the members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) are embracing technology and becoming “Zoomers”.
Fifteen members attended the inaugural virtual meeting November 19th to learn about the Huron Shores Hospice; its history, future plans and community programs from co-chair Cheryl Cottrill. Participants were very interested in End-of-Life planning and the many ways the hospice supports the entire family in the final days of life. In thanks for an inspiring presentation, the branch made a donation of $300 to the Huron Shores Hospice.
The second meeting took place Thursday, December 10th with 16 members logging in for a virtual Christmas Tea.
It is customary in the South Bruce branch to take up a collection for the Bruce Grey United Way’s children’s programs at the Christmas meeting. This year members sent in or dropped off their donations to treasurer Carole Machan in advance. Bruce Grey United Way Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn gave members an update of the agency’s work in 2020 highlighting some of the challenges of operating during a pandemic. With a significant increase in demand for food assistance and an anticipated increased need for winter heating fuel, Dobbyn, on behalf of the non-profit organization, was happy to accept a donation of $520 from Carole Machan.
Leslie Uttley and Betty Johnson shared reminiscences and amusing anecdotes of Christmas Concerts Past. Barb Ross read, “The Month Before Christmas”; a tongue-in-cheek pandemic take on the beloved verse, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Pat Emmerton read a heart-warming story of the spirit of Santa Claus that lives within all who give generously and care for those less fortunate.
Before the Christmas carol singalong, Christine Roberts tested everyone’s knowledge of Christmas carol titles and lyrics with two rounds of Christmas Carol Bingo.
Jean MacDonald provided musical accompaniment for several popular Christmas songs as members sang along in their bubbles with microphones muted.
Treasurer Carol Machan updated the finances highlighting the many donations made to area charities since the start of the health crisis including those mentioned previously and ending with donations to the Kincardine and Ripley Christmas Hamper programs and the Port Elgin Salvation Army.
Following a brief discussion of provincial news and initiatives, the South Bruce Zoomers enjoyed sharing personal news, Christmas plans and stories about school – past and present. All agreed they were thankful to be retired during these unprecedented times!
Looking forward to 2021, the branch is making plans to use the Zoom license to stay in touch with members. President Pat Emmerton wished everyone in attendance and members throughout southern Bruce County a healthy, safe and merry Christmas.
RWTO Christmas Zoom 2020 :
Jean MacDonald (first square on left, second row) plays piano while members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organization des Enseignantes Retraitées de l’Ontario sing Christmas carols.
South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario Christmas Tea 2019
The wintry weather was in contrast to the warmth and cheer of the 30 members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) branch who gathered at the Kincardine Baptist Church November 14th for their annual Christmas Tea.
Adorned in festive holiday fashion, the ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch of soups, sandwiches and squares followed by presentations and a carol sing.
Francesca Dobbyn, on behalf of the Grey Bruce United Way, accepted a $400 donation from Treasurer Carole Machan for the Hope for Our Kids fund. In thanking the group, she reaffirmed the need for financial support that in 2018 provided winter coats and outerwear to 801 children, emergency food supplies to 360 families and sent 177 kids to summer camp.
After lunch, President Pat Emmerton welcomed another new member, Cathy Ellis, with a rose and RWTO pin.
She then turned to floor over the Linda Somerville to introduce the 2019 RWTO/OERO Cora Bailey Award winner, Christine Roberts, in recognition of her service to the branch. Somerville outlined Roberts’ teaching career, her contributions to the South Bruce branch and her volunteerism since moving to the area in 2012. Christine was presented with the Cora Bailey certificate and pin.
The perfect ending to an enjoyable Christmas gathering was a carol sing directed by Dianne Simpson and Janet Browne, accompanied on piano by Jean MacDonald.
President Pat Emmerton wished everyone a safe and happy holiday season and winter. The next RWTO meeting will take place in May. Details will be posted on the RWTO website: rwto.org; look for South Bruce in the Branches and Branch News menu.
Fall Meeting 2019
After an enjoyable “back-to-school” breakfast in early September, the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/ Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) followed up with a capacity crowd of 35 members to the meeting October 16th at the Ripley Legion.
Four new members were welcomed and recognized with roses and RWTO pins: Jacqueline McGillivray, Marilyn Preston, Linda Werstine and JoAnn Ruetz.
Audrey MacDonald and Betty Johnson reported on their experiences as branch delegates at the annual provincial convention held in June and details of the 2020 convention were discussed.
Nancy Campbell performed a memorial service for Eileen Morris and Mary Fleming highlighting details of their lives and accomplishments before reading a moving poem, The Next Place.
Karen Mussen, Provincial Assistant Insurance Convenor, presented members with updates on RWTO’s supplemental insurance program and explained the different benefits in detail.
Following a delicious turkey dinner expertly prepared by the Ripley Legion Ladies Auxiliary, guest speaker, Patt Lowry, was introduced.
Patt shared memories of an itinerant childhood with frequent moves in which music helped break the ice and make new friends. When she eventually settled in Huron-Kinloss she taught piano and became a fixture at the Pine River United Church. In 1992 she took over directorship of the Kincardine Community Singers, a Kincardine and area choral group which performs annual spring and Christmas concerts. In the intervening years the choir has grown from roughly 30 members to 100.
Lowry explained that the concert themes serve to generate interest and to give boundaries to the program. Suggestions come from choir members, friends, family or are sometimes a reflection of broader cultural moods. Some, such as the Canada 150 concert, are celebratory but in each program some songs are chosen for their familiarity which is comforting to audiences, especially at Christmas. Patt is always open to new ideas and welcomes suggestions.
To end her presentation, Patt performed a cleverly written song which had the audience’s rapt attention.
As the meeting adjourned, members were reminded of the next gathering, the Christmas Tea November 14th at the Kincardine Baptist Church. As pre-registration is required, interested members or any retired woman teacher in southern Bruce County should contact Pat Emmerton at 519-396-1120.
South Bruce RWTO Makes Donation to Huron Shores Hospice
At their final meeting in June members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario voted to make a substantial donation to the Huron Shores Hospice. On Thursday, July 25th, executive members Pat Emmerton, Carole Machan and Christine Roberts traveled to Tiverton Park Manor to meet with hospice board co-chairs Cheryl Cottrill and Carol Rencheck for a tour of the facility.
With great passion and enthusiasm Cheryl Cottrill described the holistic philosophy and background of the non-profit, community-based hospice which provides quality end-of-life care to residents of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Saugeen Shores.
Following many years of consultation, research and fundraising, the single suite opened in Tiverton Park Manor in May 2018.
With a focus on the whole family the suite provides a homey, comfortable space which includes a kitchenette, an adjoining bedroom and even activities for visiting youngsters. Much of the furnishings, décor and many of the renovation services were donated by businesses and members of the highly supportive surrounding communities.
Government funding falls far short of the cost of maintaining the service making sustainability of paramount concern to the board. Handbags for Hospice is the premier fundraising event raising $187,000 in 2018. This year’s event takes place September 19 with tickets available August 7th. A new promotion is a Catch the Ace raffle lottery in partnership with the Tiverton Lions.
Huron Shores Hospice also has plans to provide education and support for people experiencing loss or needing counseling on how to prepare for death or plan their legacy. Many interesting programs will be introduced in the coming year. To learn more visit the Huron Shores Hospice Facebook page or their website www.huronshoreshospice.ca.
South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario June Meeting
A soggy day did little to dampen the spirits of 17 members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) who gathered at President Pat Emmerton’s home June 20th for the final meeting of the 2018/19 season.
After visiting and enjoying a delicious communal meal, the group turned its attention to branch business.
All agreed that it was a good year with an interesting mix of events, speakers and outings. The theme of the October meeting was wellness and featured 3 speakers. In November while celebrating the Christmas season the group learned about a local initiative to help girls in Haiti gain access to reusable feminine hygiene products. A bus tour of the Bruce Power site was the highlight of April’s gathering. Throughout the year a small group attended movies in various locations and 3 theatre outings are planned for the summer months.
As evidence of RWTO’s commitment to caring and sharing, a great deal of time and discussion was dedicated to choosing charitable organizations to support in the coming year with emphasis given to benefiting local youth, women and seniors.
Committee reports were received and the finances were reviewed. Member Ann Collins was congratulated for receiving the Bluewater District School Board’s Award of Excellence.
As the meeting adjourned, members wished each other a safe and happy summer and marked Thursday, September 5th, 9:30 am in their calendars for the back to school breakfast at the Ainsdale Golf Course. Retired women teachers in the area who are not RWTO members but are interested in learning more about the local branch are invited to attend free of charge. Please contact South Bruce RWTO President Pat Emmerton at 519-396-1120.
South Bruce RWTO Christmas Tea 2018
The weather outside was frightful but the company was delightful as 20 members of the South Bruce RWTO branch gathered at the Kincardine Baptist Church November 15th for their annual Christmas Tea.
Adorned in their most festive holiday headgear and gloves, the ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch of soups, sandwiches and squares followed by presentations, gift exchange and a carol sing.
Francesca Dobbyn, on behalf of the Grey Bruce United Way, accepted a $400 donation from Treasurer Carole Machan. In thanking the group, she reaffirmed the need for financial support that in 2017 provided winter coats and outerwear to 800 children and sent approximately 150 kids to summer camp.
Karen McLelland, June Slessor and Lori Alexander did double duty preparing and serving lunch and afterward presenting their humanitarian project to the gathered RWTO members. On service trips to Haiti, these ladies noticed the periodic absence of girls at school. When they discovered that a lack access to feminine hygiene products was preventing girls from fulfilling their academic potential, they resolved to work on a solution. After a period of learning about similar initiatives and experimenting with designs, they were confident in their model and began producing menstrual care kits in drawstring bags containing reusable fabric pads, liners and panties.
The academic success of girls is an issue that really resonated with the retired teachers who responded with generous donations of fabric and $100 for other necessary supplies.
In the final presentation President Pat Emmerton was given the RWTO/OERO Cora Bailey Award in recognition of outstanding service to her branch. Long-time friend and colleague Barb Ross outlined Pat’s teaching career and her dedication to the RWTO ideals of caring and sharing as demonstrated in her work as branch president and in other volunteer organizations. Barb presented Pat with the Cora Bailey certificate and pin.
With business and lunch taken care of, the ladies enjoyed a raucous gift exchange game followed by a carol sing directed by Dianne Simpson and Jean MacDonald.
South Bruce RWTO Health and Wellness Meeting
Have you ever heard someone joke that if they’d known they would live so long they would have taken better care of themselves? Living well in retirement is about more than having enough money; good health is also a critical factor.
With that in mind, twenty-six members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/ Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l’Ontario (RWTO/OERO) met in Southampton October 25th to socialize, conduct business and enjoy a mini wellness fair.
South Bruce branch President Pat Emmerton welcomed the ladies including visiting RWTO/OERO Provincial President Sharron Colter.
In her address to the group, Colter emphasized the benefits of belonging to RWTO which include maintaining social connections, community outreach opportunities and additional health insurance benefits.
Retired teachers know that social interaction and personal relationships are very important to a happy retirement. That’s why each meeting of the South Bruce branch incorporates ample time for casual visiting to give members a chance to catch up on personal news.
In the business portion of the meeting, Betty Johnson was recognized and thanked for her many years of service as the branch’s insurance convenor. Christina Weylie was welcomed as the new convenor.
Another warm welcome was extended to new member Gail Hughes.
Lynda Cerson and Christine Roberts reported on their experiences at the RWTO/OERO 2018 convention held in early June in Alliston. Roberts highlighted the vital roles performed by members of the branch which was one of seven who organized and hosted the annual provincial gathering.
In a touching memorial service, Audrey MacDonald paid tribute to the lives of two South Bruce members who died in the past months: Leona Cavanaugh of Southampton and Margaret Ferguson of Ripley.
After taking care of business, there was more social time and a delicious lunch served by the staff of the Walker House Restaurant.
The program following the meal consisted of three short wellness presentations on the topics of nutrition, falls prevention and pain relief through acupuncture.
Nicole Ruff, a registered dietician with the Grey Bruce Health Services, stressed measures to prevent loss of independence by maintaining muscle mass through exercise and proper nutrition. She explained the changing nutritional requirements of older adults and provided handouts to help plan meals that contain enough vital protein.
Emily Powell, a Health Promoter with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, focussed on risk factors that lead to falls, ensuing loss of independence and often, hospitalization. In her address, dehydration was identified as one of many common and easily remedied risk factors. She also provided many useful materials including safety checklists for the home and exercises that can easily be done at the kitchen sink.
Tessa Shier is a self-employed registered acupuncturist in Kincardine. She chronicled her personal and professional journey from massage therapist to her embrace of Chinese medicine and subsequent training and accreditation to become an acupuncturist. Although pain relief is the most common treatment application, Shier outlined many other conditions that can be alleviated through acupuncture.
With instructions for the November 15th Christmas Tea at the Kincardine Baptist Church and inspired by the passion of the presenters, the ladies of the South Bruce RWTO left the meeting armed with new knowledge and tools to make improvements in their healthy and happy retirement.
Retired women teachers throughout South Bruce County whether newly retired, new to their community or new to RWTO, are always welcome as a guest or new member. Interested ladies should contact President Pat Emmerton, 519-396-1120 or Treasurer Carole Machan, 519-395-6589.
April Meeting 2018
After a long winter apart, the members of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) enjoyed gathering Thursday, April 26th at the Lucknow United Church for socializing, business and fun.
President Pat Emmerton promised to maximize social time by keeping the business portion short. Items included updates on insurance, finances, goodwill and the provincial convention jointly organized by RWTO branches in Grey-Bruce being held June 5th – 7th. In the break between business and lunch, members were encouraged to sign up for interest groups, browse the photo albums and patronize the raffle.
After enjoying soups, sandwiches and more social time, the group was ready for some fun. Past President Leslie Uttley introduced the guest presenter, Anne Cameron, former teacher with the Waterloo Region School Board and belly dancing instructor.
Cameron was introduced to the ancient expressive dance form in her youth but became more devoted as life allowed her more time. She offers dance workshops in the Waterloo/Wellington area as a fundraiser for the non-profit group, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (www.CW4WAfghan.ca) . Her particular interest lies in supporting teachers’ salaries which in Afghanistan averages approximately $750 every six months. She will host a belly dancing workshop at the 2018 RWTO convention in June.
Following a brief explanation of the origins of the dance form and Hollywood’s influence on the costume pieces, Cameron had the group on its feet and dressed to move in gaily coloured coin belts and veils.
Hand and hip movements were explained using evocative and familiar Canadian descriptors such as waterfall, snake, hip check, wrist shot and washer agitator. Against the backdrop of a rhythmic soundtrack, Cameron led the South Bruce teachers in a joyful, flowing celebration of movement and a surprisingly vigorous workout.
Judging by the smiles and enthusiasm, the ladies thoroughly enjoyed the experience; the unfamiliar moves, hypnotic music and the beauty of the colours and all in support of a cause near to a teacher’s heart.
Cora Bailey and Past President Pins
Joyce Scammel of Port Elgin proudly displays her Cora Bailey and Past President pins.
November 16, 2017
South Bruce RWTO Christmas Tea
A blustery day outside only served to enhance the collegial warmth inside as the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario met for their Christmas Tea November 16th. Area 1 Director Shirley Greenwood joined 26 South Bruce members at the Kincardine Baptist Church for a delicious lunch and entertaining program.
Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director for the United Way of Grey Bruce, was on hand to accept a sizable donation to the “For Our Kids” fund which endeavours to mitigate poverty related issues for children in Grey and Bruce counties.
Two new members, Cheryl Wilken and Janet Browne, were welcomed to the group.
Canadian trivia knowledge was tested in a team competition and then several members shared their talents with poetry readings, stories and musical accompaniment and direction for a carol sing.
Chair of the event, Barb Ross, wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year until the next meeting April 26, 2018.
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Fall Meeting; October 20, 2022
10 am – 2:30 pm
601 Durham St.,
Contact Lynda Cerson 519-389-8965 or email@example.com
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Bring your lunch and lawn chair
Contact Lynda Cerson 518-389-8965
October 21, 2021 at 12:30 pm via Zoom.
Provincial President Nancy Bell will be our guest speaker.
November 4, 2021 at 11:30 am. Luncheon at Camp Kintail. Cost $25. Contact Lynda Cerson 518-389-8965
Tuesday, September 29 (Sept 30 rain date) @ 12:30 p.m.; BYOE (Bring Your Own EVERYTHING) lunch – Bring your own chair, food, drink, cutlery, plate, etc for an outdoor lunch and socially distanced gathering. Location: 48 Boiler Beach Road, Kincardine. RSVP to Christine Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Emmerton, email@example.com
Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m., Zoom meeting with guest speaker Cheryl Cottrill, co-founder of the Huron Shores Hospice. RSVP to Pat Emmerton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 5th – Back to School Breakfast
Celebrate the start on another year of retirement at Ainsdale Golf Club, 2264 Huron Township Concession 12, Kincardine, ON
Arrive at 9:30 am, meal at 10:00.
Cost is $15, gratuity extra
Potential new members enjoy a complementary meal.
Bring donations of peanut-free school snacks for the Kincardine food bank’s school “grub tubs”.
Fall Meeting – October 17, 2019. Guest speaker Patt Lowry, director of Kincardine Community Singers.
Location and details to be determined.
Christmas Tea – November 14 at Kincardine Baptist Church, Kincardine.
Registration: at 11:30,
Lunch: at noon. Cost is $13.
Wear your best ugly Christmas sweater.
Contact: Carole Machan 519-396-6589
May 9, 2019 – Tour of the Bruce Nuclear Power site
You will need to bring with you a piece of identification that includes your picture (passport, driver’s licence, or any other government document that includes your picture). When registering for this event you must include your complete name as it is written on the ID you are bringing with you. You will also need to give your complete address. This information is used by Bruce Power for a security check and must be submitted two weeks before the tour. It is vitally important that we receive this information by April 23rd.
Cost: $12 for cold lunch of sandwich fixings, buns, cheese, vegetables and fruit, dessert, tea and juices.
Meet at the Bruce Power Visitors Centre (3394 Bruce County Rd 20, Tiverton, ON) at 11:30 am. We will eat lunch and view a short film before beginning the tour at 1 pm to 3 pm.
Contact: Pat Emmerton, 48 Boiler Beach Rd, Kincardine, On., N2Z 0B3; 519-396-1120; email@example.com by April 23.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – Pot Luck Dinner at the home of Pat Emmerton, 48 Boiler Beach Rd., Kincardine. Happy Hour (BYOB) – 4:30-5:30 pm followed by dinner.
Bring: plate, cutlery, lawn chair and something to share
A short business meeting will follow dinner.
Place: Kincardine Baptist Church,
559 Queen St, Kincardine
Registration – 11:30 Lunch-12:00 pm.
Menu – Soup, sandwiches, dessert, tea & coffee.
There will be an opportunity to donate to United Way (Christmas projects) .
Bring a wrapped gift worth $10 for a fun game.
Wear your best Christmas hat or fascinator and gloves. There will be a carol sing.
October 25, 2018 – Fall Meeting
For more information contact:
Carol Machan – 519-396-6589 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 12th, 1939 – Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
It is with great sadness that the family of Christina Mary Weylie nee MacLean, 83, announce her passing that took place on 20th April 2022 in Weston-super-Mare England while visiting her daughter. Christina passed away with dignity, acceptance and humour with the support of her family and friends (both in England and virtually through the magic of Facetime). She was diagnosed with a brain tumour on February 8th 2022 and was treated with the miracle of Steroids that gave her a few weeks of well deserved respite from her symptoms. This also gave time for her Son and family to visit and friends to visit her in England and engage with tales of memories virtually.
Thoughts and prayers from Montana, Magnolia, Daniela and Donald are with Grammy.
A fond family memory shared by Donald occurred twenty three years ago, following “the storm of the century” in Ontario when we surprised Christina with a surprise sixtieth birthday party. Mom was surprised that so many of her close friends had braved the weather to celebrate her. She was truly grateful to all of us for making the effort.
Around 5 AM the next morning, we woke up Christina and Catherine who had decided to spend the night at our home after the late night party finally ended to let them know the second surprise of the night with the announcement: “looks like we are having a baby today”. This was two weeks ahead of the expected date. In our typical family tradition, we were all together for the birth of our first child, niece and grandchild. So appropriate for all of us to share the wonderful addition of Montana joining our family.
Twenty years ago and not to be over shadowed by her big sister on memorable occasions, our second child, niece and grandchild Magnolia was born on Grammy’s birthday. Just as I was born on my Grandmother’s birthday – Christina’s mother Bertha Lilly. For the past 20 years we have enjoyed joint birthday celebrations on January 12th. Another special and important occasion for our family.
The last 10 years Christina spent winters with her daughter Catherine in England.
The thing that stands out the most in Catherine’s memory was her willingness to try new things and the way she accepted people for who they were. One time she got off a 5 star cruise in England, Catherine picked her up and took her camping at a music festival. Christina slept in a tent on a blow-up mattress for 3 days. It rained that year and we still had a wonderful time. She was just as happy having a wonderful meal at The Savoy, sitting in a rainy field eating baked potatoes from the camp fire, or meeting the locals in the pub. She always made the most of any opportunity that was presented to her.
Her favourite thing was talking to and learning from people from all walks of life. Although she could make speeches to many people. She loved speaking one on one with individuals. She would listen, value and share common ground with all that met her.
Christina was a long awaited child, born on 12th January, 1939, to a Scottish Father, Donald MacLean, and a Canadian Mother, Bertha Lillie MacLean nee Rutherford in Fort William, Ontario, now Thunder Bay.
Christina was very proud of her Scottish heritage and she would visit her father’s relatives in his birthplace of Altandhu in the Highlands of Scotland on many occasions.
Christina went to Fort William High school where it is documents that she was a quiet, smart and pretty student with good prospects for the future. She worked at the library, while maintaining good marks. She was involved with the church and enjoyed skiing, curling and bowling among other hobbies and clubs. Her love of playing cards began at this early age and continued throughout her life.
When she graduated from high school she went to teacher’s college in Hamilton while living with her mother’s relatives in Galt, now Cambridge. This is where she met law student Wallace Weylie. When she graduated she began teaching elementary school in Toronto sharing an apartment with her friend from home, Mary Loney. When Wallace graduated they married and set up home in Fort William. Donald, their first child was born 1964 and at that time she became a full time mother.
Christina, Wallace and Donald moved to Bridgeport, Kitchener in 1965. Catherine was born in 1967 in Bridgeport and at the end of the year the family moved to Glasgow Street in Kitchener where Christina would reside for more than 45 years.
During those early years as a young mother, Christina was involved in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, not only teaching Sunday school but organised volunteers for various tasks within the church. Her Christian faith was important to her and gave her great strength. For more than 40 years she was a member and elder at St. Andrew’s and latterly Christina was a member and elder at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. While a young mother, she looked after her aging parents who had moved in with Christina and her family. She also welcomed a young relative who was studying Engineering at the University of Waterloo who became part of her extended family, Don McQueen.
It was in the late 70s and early 80s that Christina became more involved in politics. She was one of the founding members of the Confederation Club in Kitchener and the president of both the Federal and Provincial PC Parties in Kitchener.
When Christina found herself a single mother, she became an Insurance agent, then, with the encouragement of her friends and supporters, she went on to run for the Kitchener Council. Jeanne Foster was not only a great friend, she was her strongest supporter and campaign manager throughout her political career.
Christina was first elected to the City of Kitchener Council in 1984 and continued to serve through 9 consecutive elections for a total of 27 years. Throughout those years she kept in close touch with her constituents. She believed it was vital to knock on every door in her Ward every election to ensure she was able to directly connect with people in her ward to hear their views and concerns. Christina Weylie believed in the humanity and equality of every member of her community.
Christina was instrumental in developing the Belmont Village concept working closely with small business owners and proprietors as well as City Staff.
An important and impactful accomplishment was working with the Victoria Hills Neighbourhood Association culminating in the sod turning for the Victoria Hills Community Centre on Westmount Road. Christina also continued active support for the many community activities provided by the staff and community volunteers, attending as many of their celebrations as possible.
Another accomplishment was her active engagement with the development of a Community Garden on a vacant lot on Victoria Street. She contacted the owner to arrange for the use of his land and arranged with the City to provide water for irrigation for the gardens. Many new Canadians first met their neighbours while tending their garden plots and the fall corn roast was a wonderful celebration of Community which Councillor Weylie never missed!
Christina was instrumental in setting up the first Environment Committee on City council which she also Chaired.
She was a leader in collaborating with both University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier professors and departments to be aware of the latest research and innovations in the Environment and in
Christina was a Member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and attended their conferences where she became aware of leading programs in other North American cities. This helped the
Council to be informed and forward looking. During her time on both City and Regional Council, she supported future planning decisions that the people of the Municipality continue to benefit from
today including downtown redevelopment; the Business Improvement Association; improved transit and a $10 million Economic Development fund.
She worked closely with Staff on all of the Committees she Chaired in the City and at the Region in order to benefit from their expertise and for them to fully understand the scope of Council’s decisions.
She was a master of working behind the scenes to get things done. People were motivated because they felt that she listened and understood.
On December 17, 2010 Councillor Christina Weylie of the City of Kitchener was the recipient of a 25-year Long-Standing Service Award from the Province of Ontario presented by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing who said:
“Christina Weylie has been committed to serving the people of Kitchener since first elected in 1984. The Long-Standing Service Award is a fitting tribute to recognize the hard work and commitment of our locally elected officials. I would like to thank Councillor Weylie for her ongoing dedication to public service.”
Christina was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Metal in 2012 to honour her selfless dedication to Waterloo Region and Canada.
The Oktoberfest Women of the Year was awarded to her in 1988 for her community involvement.
She has had a lasting influence on the growth of a feeling of Community in the City and the Region.
Many of her colleagues and friends have commented on the great impact she had not only during her time on City and Regional Council but also on the future as we are now experiencing it.
During her political career Christina met and married her second husband Donald MacLeod. She continued her love of travel with Don that she had embraced throughout her life in her travels to many exotic locations around the world. She is predeceased by her husband.
As an acknowledgement of the many significant and important friends and family who are too many to list in this forum, please know of how special you were to Christina and continue to be for her immediate family. Christina’s varied life experiences are too many to mention. “Energy” defines her life as anyone who met her understands.
The Visitation will be held Monday 20th June, 2022 from 7-9 pm and 4-7 pm on Tuesday 21st June at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo. Gifts will be greatly received through the Funeral Home. Suggested Charities are the Canadian Cancer Society and the Brain Tumour Foundation Canada.
The celebration of Christina’s life and Memorial will be held at 11am on Wednesday, 22nd of June, 2022 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St N, entrance via Queen St N. With an abundance of caution St Andrew’s requires the wearing of Masks.
The service will be live streamed, Please visit https://www.standrewskw.com/ and click on the live streaming tab on the right hand side.
Parker, Isabelle Jean
Isabelle passed away peacefully at Hilltop Manor, Cambridge, ON, on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the age of 94, Isabelle was predeceased by h er husband, Jim (James) Parker, and sister Elizabeth (Beth) Perry, She is remembered and loved by her six children,Rob (Barb) of Dorchester, Louis of Dobbinton, Bonnie (Charles) of Cambridge, Susan (Lawson) of Swift Current, SK. Peter (Lesley) of Port Elgin, and Paul (Susan) of Paisley.
Isabelle was a wonderful Gramma, and was very loved by her ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was a very selfless and involved mother and grandmother, supporting her children in all their activities. Many hours were spent in arenas across Ontario. Isabelle moved from Zorra Township to Paisley to begin her teaching career in 1947 where she taught for almost 35 years. She fondly remembered many of her students and often share little anecdotes about their personalities and accomplishments. The friendship of her teaching colleagues was a joy to Isabelle. While raising her six children and working full-time, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfred Laurier University.
After her retirement in 1985, she continued to volunteer in many community activities including judging children’s Fall Fair work and public speaking contests. Sh e also played a key role in the Paisley Reunions. Along with her community volunteering. she worked tirelessly with The Retired Women Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.
She enjoyed reading. live theatre and concerts, knitting. quilting, line dancing, and taking long walks. She and Jim enjoyed their cottage in Lion’s Head.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will he no visitation o r funeral service. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to an organization of your choice.
Lois Jean Davey (née Hunter) of Kincardine, passed away at Huron Shores Hospice, Tiverton on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Reginald “June” Davey (2015). Loving mother of Julie Davey of Kincardine and Janis Davey of Barrie. Fondly remembered by her brother-in-law, Ron (Betty) Davey of London, several nieces and nephews and Eskrick and Hunter cousins. Predeceased by her parents, Stewart and Mabelle (née Eskrick) Hunter, infant son Jamie, and in-laws, Lawrence (Effie) Davey, Helen (Jack) Slesser, Leslie Davey, Phyllis (Herb) Shelton, Bert (Ruth) Davey and Owen Davey.
A graveside service to honour Lois’ life will be held at the Kincardine Cemetery in May, with Pastor Kenneth Craig officiating.
Memorial donations to Huron Shore Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.Online condolences at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com
Published on March 31, 2022
Margaret “Peggy” Elizabeth MacCharles
“Peggy” Elizabeth MacCharles (nee Bowers), beloved wife of the late Alexander “Sandy” MacCharles (2004) passed away on Tuesday October 12, 2021in Kincardine Hospital just a month before her 99th birthday. Peggy was born on November 20, 1922 in Huron Township, daughter of the late Kate & Shirl Bowers. Dear Mother of Pat (Paul) Downing and Mary (Steve) Donaldson. Cherished by her grandchildren: Meaghan (Jason) Higgins, Cory Downing, Curt (Janine) Donaldson and Mike (Carley) Donaldson and great grandchildren; Ethan, Bain, Kale and Reid Higgins and Paige, Brandt, Blake and Myer Donaldson. Much loved by her many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter Laurie MacCharles, grandson Scott Donaldson, siblings; Annie (Watt) Culbert, Hetty (George) McLeod and Jack (Betty) Bowers and in-laws; Marie Darrah, Isabel Gaunt, Sadie Knott, John MacCharles, Jessie Avery, Donalda Slater, Rod MacCharles and Margaret Taylor and their spouses. A private celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley with interment to follow at the Ripley Cemetery.
Verlie Maisie Sherk (nee Mervyn)
Verlie Maisie Sherk (nee Mervyn), of Hanover, passed away peacefully at The Village Seniors Community, Hanover on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She was 95.
Verlie was born at home in Bentinck Township (Lot 19, Con 14) to the late George and Susan (nee Mighton) Mervyn on November 9, 1925. Verlie attended several schools including Lamlash Public School, Hanover High School and Stratford Teachers College where she found her love for teaching. Her career took her to numerous rural areas which is where she loved to teach — Crawford, Bunessan, No# 12 Brant, and Ceylon (where she became good friends with Agnes McPhail). She enjoyed teaching Kindergarten from 1967-1984, and will be remembered by many past students and staff from James A. Magee Public School. She married the love of her life, Murray, on July 5, 1947, at Lamlash Church and was excited to figure this life out together with nothing but love and faith in God. Murray and Verlie made their home on the Sherk Farm on Con 12 Bentinck, where they raised their family. They loved to travel and spent 12 winters in Lakeland, Florida. Verlie’s greatest accomplishment was learning to play the piano and organ by ear. She was a woman that was faithful and giving, always practicing what she preached. She also was a faithful and devoted member of Victory Fellowship Baptist Church. She made herself available for service in any committee and would also help out with Sunday School. Many relationships will be treasured and remembered. She enjoyed God’s work and faithfully went to the Villa every Thursday, to provide a time of music, Bible thoughts and friendship with other residents and staff. With the eventual decline of her health, she and Murray soon took up residence at the Village and they were happy to be “home” amongst many friends and staff there.
Survived by her devoted husband, Murray Sherk, who gave support and encouragement throughout their married life of 73 years. Devoted mother of Lorraine (Ken) Helwig, Carol (Keith) McDougall and Colleen (Brad) Yenssen. The gift of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren growing up in Christian homes filled her heart with joy. Always treasured grandmother of Nancy (John) Ball, Lorretta (Helwig) Fisher, Michael (Leslie) Helwig, Kattie (Quest) Hallman, Bonnie McDougall, Brent (Nicole) McDougall, John (Ashley) Yenssen, Rashelle (Jeff) Dennison; great-grandmother of 19; and great-great-grandmother of 4. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her beloved son, John Lyle Sherk, brother, Gordon (Lillian) Mervyn, sister, Edith (Fred) Schmidt and sisters-in-law, Helen (Charlie) Campbell and Margaret (Keith) Robinson.
To honour her wishes, a private graveside funeral service will be held in Chesley Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial donations to Victory Fellowship Baptist Church or to the Gideon Bible Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mighton Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca
God gives every person their own unique song — it’s one that will play their entire lifelong. Through the love that they give and the gifts that they share — through the memories they make and the dreams that they dare… it’s a song filled with beauty and day-to-day grace, that plays through until they see God face to face. A song that is heard in the heart, loud and clear — A song, if we listen, we’ll always still hear.
Joan Lillian (Shier) Kirkham
Joan Lillian (Shier) Kirkham of Kincardine died peacefully at Huron Shores Hospice, Tiverton, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in her 79th year. Loving wife of Clarence Hehn and the late Stan Kirkham.
Dear Mom of Tom Siegel and his wife, Tresa; Shawn Siegel and his wife, Nancy; Tessa Shier; Sandra Kirkham; and Shawn Kirkham and his wife, Anna.
Proud Grandma of Courtney, Caleb, Catlin, Cassie, Stephanie, and Austin.
Joan taught for 35 years – 33 of them in the Kincardine area, including Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School. She was well-liked by her students and after retirement, she was always eager to lend a helping hand to children in need.
She loved the time she spent with children she could assist, including those in the local Amish community. And she was a member of the South Bruce branch of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO), serving on the executive and winning the Cora Bailey Award for outstanding service to her branch.
RWTO provincial president Lois Lockhart (right) presents Joan Kirkham with her past-president pin and Cora Bailey pin, in 2017
Joan had a love of flowers and enjoyed spending time growing and cultivating them, and watching the results of her work. She would invite people over to watch her Moon flowers bloom – at dusk, the flowers started to open up. She loved sharing this beauty with others.
She and Clarence travelled to Alaska and all through the United States.
Not only did Joan’s loving care extend to people but she loved to feed the birds in the off-season and watch them come to her feeders.
Simply put, to know Joan was to know love.
A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date when family and friends, from near and far, can attend.
Memorial donations to Huron Shores Hospice or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joan, visit the Huron Shores Cremation tribute store.
Joan Kirkham (second from left) with former Kincardine Township-Tiverton
Mary Fleming (nee Ferguson)
Mary Fleming (nee Ferguson) passed away peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in her 105th year with her family by her side.
Loving aunt of Marg (Dave) O’Reilly, Mary (Ray) Mercey, Kathleen (Allan) Fox, Helen (Jim) McGrath, Hugh (Darlene) Ferguson and Tom (Terry) Ferguson. Mary is also survived by her nephew-in-law John Wallace as well as 28 grand nieces and nephews and 36 great-grand nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her husband James Fleming, parents Hugh and Alice (nee Sweeney) Ferguson, brother and sister-in-law Hugh and Mary Ferguson, nieces Theresa Ferguson and Ann Wallace, nephew Michael Ferguson and grandnephew Mark Ferguson.
Family will receive friends and relatives for visitation on Friday at the Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 3:45 p.m.
The funeral mass to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Les Szczygiel officiating.
Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Walkerton & District Hospital Foundation – CT Scan or WES For Youth Online would be appreciated. www.cameronfuneralhomes.com
Friday, February 8, 2019
The family of Gladys Eileen Morris is saddened to announce her passing on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Trillium Court, Kincardine.
Wife of the late Andrew Morris. Beloved mother of Jim (Josie) Morris of Glammis, Helen (Steve Crossley) Tovey of Kincardine Township, and Lorna (Clayton Lemay) Carston of Bolton. Grandma to Lauren, Katie, Michael (Samantha Bester), Heather, Andrew, Kailey, John, and Rachel. Great-grandma of Darren, Bentley, and Cian. Eileen will be remembered by her sisters; Teeny Garland of Pinkerton and Shirley (Bob) Bourgeois of Walkerton, in-laws; Shirley Thompson of Glammis, Eleanor Thompson of Kincardine, and Felix Brockway of Brampton. Eileen is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Anne Brockway and Anne-Marie in-infancy. Brothers; Howard, Ron, Lloyd and Stewart (Vina) Thompson, and sister Belva (Bob) Agar. Brother-in-law Arthur Garland.
At 17, Eileen finished high school in Walkerton and moved to her sister, Belva’s in Stratford to attend Normal School to obtain her teaching certification. By 19 she was teaching in a one room schoolhouse back in Glammis. She taught until retirement 40 years later, much of that in the Bruce Central School, and Kincardine Township School. In 1956, she married Andrew Morris and moved to the farm on the 10th concession of Kincardine. Teaching, farming, raising 4 children and obtaining her university degree occupied the next 25 years. Mom put her heart into everything she did. We were repeatedly reminded, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.”
She loved teaching and in return she was loved by many children she taught. One of these children that she taught in the late 50’s, Sandy Bill Henderson, called mom every year on her birthday. How she loved to get that call. After retirement, Eileen kept every bit as busy as before caring for her grandchildren, volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Association, and helping write the history of Glammis.
When her health declined, Eileen moved into Tiverton Park Manor where she reconnected with old friends and made new ones. For the past 2 years, as her Alzheimers significantly progressed, Eileen was blessed by being cared for by the staff at Trillium Court. Our family is so appreciative of the love and respect that mom was treated with by all members of the long term care staff. And we marvel at the kindness of those palliative care volunteers who are so generous with their time and love .
We also want to express our gratitude to those friends and relatives who continued to visit Mom even as those visits became increasingly difficult. Marg McKinnon, a dear neighbour and old friend, visited regularly until the end. Ever gentle and kind, the last words I heard Mom say after months of silence were “Thank You” when one of her caregivers made her more comfortable last week.
Friends and relatives are invited for a casual memorial visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton.
A service celebrating Eileen’s life will be held at later date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation and Alzheimer Society, would be appreciated by the family. Cards available at the funeral home (519-881-1273) Donations and condolences may also be made online at www.cameronfuneralhomes.com
MARGARET J. FERGUSON
October 15, 2018
Margaret J. Ferguson (MacMurchy) died peacefully, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at the Kincardine hospital, in her 95th year.Survived by children, Glen (Doreen), Grant (Diann), Wayne (Diane), Mary Lynne (Murray), Kevin, and Carol (Bill). Also greatly missed by grandchildren, Doug, Julie, Kerry, Sarah and Jenna; great-grandson, Everest; sister, Audrey; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, William; sons, Ron and Roy; and sister, Norma. Margaret was an avid reader, gardener, and a retired teacher who had a life-long joy of learning. She was a member of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016. At that time, she told the South Bruce branch that she was teaching in Kingsbridge in 1956 and remembered being storm-stayed at the school. “It was so cold, we took the heavy curtains off the windows and rolled them up like blankets. I enjoyed teaching, and I still meet some of my pupils which is a real joy.” She will be missed by her family and many friends. A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at the Pine River United Church, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation two hours prior. Interment Lochalsh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, the Pine River United Church or a charity of your own choice, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
Service Summary: Visitation at the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Friday July 27, 2018 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Leona Cavanaugh will be held at St. Joseph Church, 920 Wellington St., Port Elgin on Saturday July 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Followed by luncheon in the Parish Hall.
Jean Hargrave, of R #1 Hanover, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham Site, on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was in her 92nd year. Born in Walkerton on March 24, 1926 to the late Harvey and Emma (nee Loughleen) Grice. Jean was a beloved public school teacher in rural Ontario for many years. She was a devoted member of Crawford United Church. She will be remembered as their organist. Survived by daughter Emilie Whitefield of R #1 Hanover, step children Russ (Darlene) Hargrave of Humphrey, Shirley Neff of Oakville, Dene (Bryan) Forrest of Vancouver, Bob (Barbara) Hargrave of Utopia and Donna (Garry) Kuehl of Kitchener. She will be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Carman A. (2000) and sister Elsie Grice. Visitation was at Knox United Church, Durham, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 10 am – 11 am, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 am. Rev. Tessica Hackshaw officiated. Interment in Durham Cemetery. Memorial donations to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Durham are appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to MIGHTON FUNERAL HOME , Hanover. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca
DEVITT, Althea Of Tiverton , passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in her 98th year. She was born on October 18, 1919 to the late Melvina Shantz and Emerson Bock. Beloved wife of the late Homer Devitt who predeceased her in 1991. Greatly missed by her children Sylvia (Erv)Nixdorf of Vancouver Island, Graham (Carol) Devitt of Waterloo, Blake (Patty) Devitt of Ripley, Brad (Marla) Devitt of Florida and Lavonne (Brian) Robinson of London. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Grace Bock of Toronto and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Dennis in 1957 and siblings Ronald Bock, Cameron Bock and Marjorie Sherk. Althea had a deep faith that sustained her throughout her life. She was a gentle and caring person who made everyone she met feel special. She was a gifted artist and writer who took pleasure in sharing her artwork and memoirs with family and friends. A Funeral Service will be held at the MACKENZIE & MCCREATH FUNERAL HOME, Ripley, on Thursday January 19, 2017 at 2 PM with visitation 2 hours prior. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. The family wishes to thank the staff at Tiverton Park Manor for their support and compassionate care given to Althea. Donations to the Alzheimer Society, Heart & Stroke or the charity of your own choice are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Memorial online at www.mackenzieandmccreath.com
McFARLAN, Betty Thelma (née Elliott)
Betty Thelma McFarlan (née Elliott) of Kincardine, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at the age of 83. Born in Huron Township on October 20th, 1933 to the late Earl and Margaret (née Byers). Beloved wife of Ken McFarlan. Dear Mother of Andy McFarlan of Stittsville and Steve (Joanne) McFarlan of Kincardine. Missed by grandchildren, John, Amanda, Anna, David and Scott McFarlan. Survived by her brother Bill (Betty) Elliott and sister-in-law Donna Elliott all of Kincardine. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, friends and members of the McFarlan family. Predeceased by her brothers, Joe Elliott, Jim Elliott, Bert Elliott (Marjorie) and sister Edith Simpson (Donald). Betty’s focus was always family and friends. She loved entertaining, cooking and baking for the numerous people she welcomed to her home over the years. She was a notoriously great cook and her butter tarts are remembered by many. Betty also enjoyed music, gardening, spending time at the cottage, and a good game of cards. The funeral service to celebrate Betty’s life was conducted from the Kincardine United Church on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Betty Elliott and Pastor Judy Zarubick officiating. Serving as pallbearers were John, David and Scott McFarlan, Brent and Jim Holroyd and Robert Elliott. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kincardine Hospital Foundation appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Portrait and memorial online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com
ELLIOTT, June E.
ELLIOTT, June E.–Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. Elliott, passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor, Lucknow on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in her 92nd year. She was born in Kincardine on June 2, 1925 to the late Emma (Wilson) and Jim Farrell. Greatly missed by sons Rick (Susan) Elliott of Point Clark and Terry (Mary Ann) of Alberta, grandchildren Kristen, Erin, Mark, Josh and Diane (Chris) and great-grandchildren Connor, Tyler, Dean, Kent, Kaylan, Miles and Nyla. Also survived by sister Marion McLeod of Lucknow. Predeceased by daughter Jill, granddaughter Melissa and brothers Wilson, Gordon and Murray Farrell. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of June’s life will be held at a later date. Interment Lurgan Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MacKENZIE & McCREATH