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Obituaries Countylive.ca – 2021

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JAMIE FERGUSON – Passed away as the result of a tragic accident on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, at the age of 24. Loving son of Anna Marie (John) and Kevin (Helga). Loving brother of Kelsey (Jeff). Best friend and loving partner of Sierra Bedford. Best uncle to Bentley and Brooklyn Hicks. Cherished grandson of Bruce Ferguson (late Barb) and late Mary and Joe Scott. Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins and his dogs Stella and Trigger. Jamie will be sadly missed by his many great friends in the community. Cremation has taken place and an outdoor Memorial Service will be announced and held at a later date in the spring when it is safe to do so. Due to Covid restrictions a limited visitation will be held on Friday, January 29th from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE. Please register to attend visitation by calling the funeral home at 613.399.3177. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. Condolence messages may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com Memorial Donations to the Loyalist Humane Society or Jumpstart (jumpstart.canadiantire.ca) would be appreciated by the family.

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CARRIE GERTRUDE OLIVER – August 13th, 1922 – January 23rd, 2021 – Peacefully at home with her family on Saturday January 23, 2021, Carrie Gertrude (nee Stoliker) passed away at the age of 98. Predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon in 2010. Loved mother of John (Shirley) of Squamish, BC, Judith of Bloomfield and Joel of Ottawa. Proud grandmother of Chad (Louise) and Chris (Bianca) and great grandmother of Jude. Dear sister of Allen, Norman, Jean and the late Frances, Nora, Irene, Jim, Jack, Harve and David. Family graveside interment service at Belleville Cemetery. Memorial donations to the PECMH Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Whattam – Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton. (613-476-2450)
Online condolences and donations at www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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SHIRLEY ROSE JEFFERY (THOMPSON) – July 5th, 1945 – January 22nd, 2021 – Peacefully entered into rest at her home on Friday, January 22nd, 2021, Shirley Jeffery (nee Thompson) of Picton, died at the age of 75. She was the daughter of the late Bryce & Ada Thompson (nee Cunningham) and loving wife for 54 years of H. Milton Jeffery. Shirley was the beloved mother of Stephanie Jeffery (Steve Kellar) of Picton and cherished ‘ma’ of Dalton (Bonnie) and Alexis. She is survived by her brother John Thompson (late Elaine) of Orillia and the late Donald Thompson. Shirley will be fondly remembered by her nephews Michael, Christopher, and Shawn and her niece Patricia and their families. Mrs. Jeffery is resting at the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to Diabetes Canada would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences and to share memories of Shirley, please visit: www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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LARRY ARTHUR ELSBURY – March 26th, 1954 – January 20th, 2021 – Larry Arthur Elsbury, of Picton, passed away peacefully at Hospice Prince Edward on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at the age of 66. Son of the late Joseph and Mabel Elsbury (nee Baverstock). Beloved husband of Teresa Elsbury (nee Barsley). Survived by siblings Cathy Jackson, Jerry Elsbury and Margaret Grenier. In keeping with Larry’s wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements entrusted to Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main St., W. Picton (613-476-2450). If desired, donations to Hospice Prince Edward in Larry’s memory would be greatly appreciated by the family. For online condolences, please visit www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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DONALD GEORGE ‘Don’ WILLIS – November 4th, 1957 – January 19th, 2021- Passed away peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. Don Willis, born in Picton was in his 64th year. Son of the late Bill & Gladys Willis. Beloved husband of the late Linda Willis (nee Newson). Loving father to Donald “Jeff” Willis (Chantele) and Jeniffer Willis (Doug Beckett) and pre-deceased by infant daughter. Don will be sadly missed by his grandchildren; Marcus, Austin, Logan, Phoenix, and Diamond. He is survived by siblings Bob (Kathy), Sheila, John, and Jimmy (Donna). He will forever be remembered as a Master (Gold Seal) Tool & Die Maker, Graduate of George Brown College, and will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues at Willis Manufacturing. Private visitation will be held at the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton (613-476-2450). Funeral service will be held immediately following. If you desire to attend the service via ZOOM, please contact the funeral home to be added to the list of attendees. Interment in the Spring at Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to the CNIB will be greatly appreciated in Don’s memory. For online condolences, please visit www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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BETTY JUNE ‘BETTS’ MCKENZIE – June 10th, 1922 – January 18th, 2021 – Betty June ‘Betts’ McKenzie, 98, beloved wife of the late Arthur LaVerne “Vern” McKenzie, loving mother of Gary McKenzie (Barbara) and Dale McKenzie (Paula); loving grandmother of Christopher McKenzie (Amy)and Scott McKenzie (Kristin) and the late Erin McKenzie; loving great grandmother of Connor McKenzie and Ian McKenzie; beloved daughter of the late John and Lillian Manning; cherished sister of the late Virginia Manning; beloved daughter-in-law of the late George and Leone McKenzie; dear sister-in-law of Geraldine Harrison (Percy), Wilma Rattray (Bill), Donald McKenzie (Marlene), Donna Vancott (Lawrence), and the late Gerald McKenzie (Carma) and Lorrain Ruttle (Bud) and David McKenzie (Judy);dear niece of the late Margaret Feiling (Mike) and George Polk (Ella) and Naomi Moore (Howard) and William Polk (Dorothy); treasured cousin of Nancy Brooks (Dan), Isabel Greenleaf, James Polk (Mary), William Polk (Debbie), Robert Polk (Alexis), and the late William Polk (Nancy) and Sandy Ogilvie (Kay) and Thomas Polk and Karen Martin (Chuck); and loved by her many great-cousins as well as her many wonderful friends. Betts met the love of her life, Vern, while on a fishing trip to Canada with her family when she was 12-years-old. They married nine years later during WWII living in Halifax, Nova Scotia while Vern served on a Canadian minesweeper in the North Atlantic. After the war, Betts and Vern settled in Cleveland and eventually North Olmsted, Ohio, where they raised their family. Betty’s legacy over a long, beautiful life was the spreading of her “joy” to everyone she met. Her laugh was infectious and will be remembered along with the kindness and love she gave to all. Most importantly, Betty loved her family with all her heart. Public viewing was held online only on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 1-2 and 7-8 pm at JenkinsFuneralChapel.com . Private interment in the spring at Rose Cemetery, Waupoos, Ontario. Please no flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Prince Edward or the Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward. Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held at a later date. Canadian Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). Online donations and condolences for the McKenzie family can be made at: www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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JOAN ELIZABETH YOUNG (MACAULAY) – February 13th, 1928 – January 17th, 2021 – Peacefully passed away at the H. J. McFarland Memorial Home, Picton on Sunday, January 17th, 2021. She was the daughter of the late R.V. (Bob) & Edith L. Macaulay (nee: Harley). Wife of the late Pierre C. de Serres and later T. Harry Young. Predeceased by her sister Mrs. Helen Loucks and her brother Mr. Donald (Don) Macaulay, both of Toronto. Joan was the loving mother of Ms. Jan de Serres of Richmond Hill, and estranged son Mr. Robert (Rod) L. de Serres. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. After attending public schools in Westmount (Town of Mount Royal) and MacDonald College graduating in Home Sciences, she met Pierre at McGill University and looked forward to becoming a ‘wife and mother’. Joan had fond memories of her first employer, a Montreal company specializing in Carrera Marble (when it was a 6 day work week). After marriage and adopting two children, and several transfers, the family settled in North York, enabling weekly family visits with her parents. She returned to the workforce coordinating Chaplaincy Services at the local hospital, later organizing blood donor clinics with the Red Cross, then Volunteer Services at old The Buttonwood Hospital in Weston for disabled residents. She met her second husband, Harry, while both were active members at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church in Weston/Islington. They honeymooned at Lake On The Mountain, and chose to retire to Picton and build a home. She was always involved with quietly providing services to the community – her churches, PTA, various Auxilliaries (including The Second TIme Around Shop), Meals on Wheels, supporting Service Club activities, PEC Yacht Club, even canvassing for charities while in her 80’s at the Westwinds complex or helping out her neighbours until she could no longer drive. A lifetime of Community Service. Mrs. Young is resting at the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a Private Family Graveside Service will be held at St. Phillip’s Anglican Cemetery, Etobicoke in the Spring. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Memoriam to any of the following – The Canadian Cancer Society, The Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), or other Charity of Choice. After a life of community service, any donations will be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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CARMAN LAVERNE ‘Mudcat’ BROWN – Peacefully entered into rest at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton on Saturday, January 16th, 2021, Carman Brown of Picton died at the age of 90. He was the son of the late Archie & Dora Brown (nee Clapp) and husband for 42 years to Beverly (nee Ferguson). Carman was the father of Wanda Seaborn (Steven) of Picton, Janice Jackson (Kevin) of Ameliasburg, Jon Brown, and Michelle Cole, both of Picton and is predeceased by son Colin Gorley, daughters Viriginia Kelusky and Deborah Spence (late Larry). He was the dearest grandfather to many grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. Carman is survived by his brother Wayne Brown, and his sisters Pat Beer, Dale Osmond and Sheila Sherman and will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Mr. Brown is resting at the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). Private Family Services will be held with A Graveside Service in the Spring at Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be made at: www.rushnellfamilyservices.com

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JOHN DOUGLAS ‘Doug’ YORK – March 28, 1944 – January 11, 2021 – At the Belleville General Hospital on Monday January 11, 2021 Doug York passed away at the age of 76. He was the beloved husband of Dona Ann (nee Baverstock) who predeceased him in 2015. Dear nephew of Mildred Johnston of Newmarket, cousin of Jackie Emsley of Newmarket and Faye Hotte of Lasalle, sister-in-law of Charlene Baverstock of Madoc and friend of Michael Calnan of Etobicoke. Doug will also be remembered by Dona’s family and his many friends at 14 Maple Ave. A family Memorial Service will take place with spring interment of cremated remains at Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, Picton, ON. Online condolences at www.whattamfuneralhome.com

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ROBERT DAVID ‘Bob’ YORK – September 24, 1927 – January 9, 2021 – At home with his family at Black River on Saturday January 9, 2021, Bob York passed away at the age of 93. Beloved husband of Patricia Ann (nee Minaker) of 60 years. Proud father of Walt and Val Miller, Tim and Kathy York, Randy and Trish York and Darrel and Chrystal York. Much loved grandfather of Stacey (Danny Hyatt), Scott, Brayden, Brittnie, Taylor, Dekoda and Montanah and great grandfather of Linkynn. Dear brother of the late Nora Kaiser, Eleanor McDowell, Joanne Mallen, Sheila Dean and Brian and Neil York. The York family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Monique, Julieta, Barb, Jeff and to all the health care team during the last several years. Mr. York rested at the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton, ON. A family service will take place in the Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Black River Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of Bob’s life will take place when circumstance permits. Memorial donations to South Bay United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences at www.whattamfuneralhome.com

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HENDRIKUS ‘Hank’ HIDDINK – October 24, 1948 – January 6, 2021 – Peacefully at Belleville General Hospital on Wednesday January 6, 2021, Hank Hiddink of Bloomfield passed away at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Tina (nee Bosma). Proud father of Suzanne Hiddink, Denman Island, B.C., Nicole Scott, Kingston and Brandon Hiddink, Bloomfield. He will be missed by his granddaughters Andrea (Cody), Jenna, Leah, ShyAnne, Thea and Nia. His dog Bizzy is lost without him. Dear son of the late John and Gerda Hiddink, brother of Wilma Bosma (Peter), Jack Hiddink (Marylou) and Andrew Hiddink (Tracy) and his many nieces and nephews. Hank was involved in the construction industry his entire adult life, a graduate of Loyalist College, Construction Engineering. For the past 30 years he enjoyed raising Simmental and Hereford beef cattle. He totally enjoyed attending cattle production sales and farm/ranch tours across Canada, making many friends along the way. He was a longtime member of the Prince Edward Cattlemen’s Association and a director of the Prince Edward Agricultural Society. Hank was involved with local hockey, softball and slow-pitch as a player and a youth coach. For many years he coached rep minor hockey teams in Wellington and Picton. He was so proud to see the youth he coached go on to play junior hockey. Cremation has taken place. Due to current government health restrictions a memorial service will take place in the spring. The family would appreciate memorial donations to Friendship United Church or the PECMH Foundation “Back the Build” Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton, Ontario. Online donations and condolences at www.whattamfuneralhome.com

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BRIAN ALBERT DAY – May 17, 1963 – January 4, 2021 – Brian died suddenly as a result of heart failure on January 4, 2021 at the age of 57 doing what he loved, driving the snow plow for Emcon. His last actions were to tell his loving partner, Karen, that he loved her and honked the horn of his snow plow as he drove by her work. Brian died the way he lived,…happy, driving the snow plow and loving Karen. Brian is survived by his loving partner, Karen Doucette, his devoted pets, Tigger and Gizmo, his sister Debbie Lahaie, his brother, Michael Day his daughter, Christina Backhaus (Kevin Thomas) and his grandchildren, Tavian Backhaus-Thomas and Jordynn Backhaus-Thomas. Brian is pre-deceased by his mother, Lorraine (nee Fox) and his father, Fred Day. Brian has been cremated as per his wishes. No funeral service will take place. No memorial service has been planned at this time. Those wishing to remember Brian, can donate to the gofundme campaign. Karen would like to extend her sincere appreciation to the following: • The OPP officers, paramedics and the medical team at BGH who worked so hard to bring Brian back. • EMCON Services Inc. for the outpouring of support and having the memorial decal put on the equipment in the Kingston AMC. • Richard McCullough for his dedicated friendship and for creating a memorial decal in his honour that has been placed not only on the snow plow that Brian drove but on the other equipment throughout the Kingston AMC. • Friends and family for their calls, texts, flowers, food, drop by’s and messages of support. Online condolences at www.hicksfuneralhome.ca

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