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JOHN ANTHONY McCLUSKEY – May 23, 1946 – February 18, 2024 – Suddenly entered into rest at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, on Sunday, February 18, 2024, John McCluskey of Picton, died at the age of 77. Son of the late John McCluskey and Marjorie (nee Dilworth) and husband for 26 years of Beverly. Father of Angela Mays (Jim) of Millersville, Pennsylvania, Racheal Breese of Guelph, Aaron Thompson of Kitchener, and step-father of Sherry Elliott (Jason Bark) of Kingston, Candy Robidoux (Jason Herr) of Amherstview, Chris Elliott (Caitlyn) of Greater Napanee. Grandfather of Cody (Kaylea), Alicia, Damien, Casey (Brianna), Teaghan (Timmy), Xavier, Ashley, Aiden, Selena, Noah, Liam, and Graesyn and great grandfather of Emersyn and Eastyn. Survived by his siblings, Margaret Walker (Al), Linda Carter, Emily Dee (Bernard), Greg McCluskey (Rhonda), Rose Watson-McCluskey, all of Kingston, and Colleen Dobie (Jim) of Port Hope. Remembered by his 8 nephews, 6 nieces and his many great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his nephew Paul Watson. The family wish to send a special heartfelt thank you to all of the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Belleville General Hospital for their consideration, help and care provided to John and his family. Mr. McCluskey rested at the Rushnell Funeral Homes – Picton Chapel, 33 Main Street (613-476-2450). Cremation has taken place. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Spring at Glenwood Cemetery, Picton. If desired, donations to Diabetes Canada, C.N.I.B., or the Prince Edward County Public Library, Picton would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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KEITH DOUGLAS ALDER – Suddenly on Thursday, February 8th, 2024 he succumbed to a heart attack, in his 86th year. Beloved son of the late Harry and Gertrude Alder of Bethel. Loving husband of 62 years of Diane (Byford) of Belleville. Loved father of Tim, Roberta of Osoyoos BC, David of Toronto, Candi Sue Bramfitt of Belleville. Loving grandfather to Emma Alder of Vancouver BC, Alex Alder of Edmonton, AB Heidi Bramfitt of Toronto, Carlee Bramfitt of Belleville, Grace Pruner of Nova Scotia and Spencer Bramfitt of Belleville
Proud great grandfather to Beatrice and Griffin. Keith was an avid collector of many things but the closest to his heart was military and airplane memorabilia. He had his military museum at our home for many years outside of Picton. Many people visited from around the world while visiting Prince Edward County during tourist season. A Jet T-33 trainer sat in our dooryard which attracted the many visitors. He belonged to several clubs including the Quint Flywheels, which he was one of four who started it. His homemade tractor which Morley Friar put together was in many parades in many towns. His most beloved toy was his Yamaha Road Star with sidecar, he drove for 350,00 kilometres.  Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of his life at Demorestville Church Hall on Saturday, February 17th from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Memorial Donations to the Loyalist Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in the care of the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE, WELLINGTON. Online condolences may be shared at www.ainworthfuneralhome.com

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PAULINE VALENTINE DEMPSEY (nee BURR) – Pauline Dempsey was called home to be with her Lord on February 6th, 2024 at PEC Memorial Hospital, Picton in her 94th year. She was predeceased by her parents, the Rev. Lorne and May Burr (Squire), her husband William K. Dempsey, infant son Christopher, grandchild Michael Drummond and her sister and brother in-law Carol and William Soble. She is survived by her brother, Rodney Burr (Ellen) of Consecon, her sons, Terry (Deborah) Brantford, Kenton (Gail) Ameliasburg, Peter (Olive) Dunnville, Jeffery (Laura) Consecon, and daughters Eraine Preston (Rick) and Sherri Wheeler (Lloyd) Belleville. She will be sadly missed by 9 grandchildren, Marshall (Cheryl), and Connor Dempsey, Grace Bayliss (Jon), Christopher Dempsey, P.C. Dempsey (Angela), Lyle and Brodie Preston, Shannon and Colene Wheeler. She will be greatly missed by her 5 great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Kalyn Dempsey, Elizabeth and William Dempsey, and Laszlo Bayliss. Pauline loved working with children. She was a stay-at-home Mom on the family farm fostering babies and then caring for numerous grandchildren. She served many years as Secretary/ Treasurer of Burr’s Cemetery. She was active in the churches she attended (Crofton, Fairway Ave. Sunday School, Victoria Avenue Baptist, First Baptist in Kingston and Emmanuel Baptist Belleville). The family would like to thank the PSWs that assisted Mom at home especially Stacy, Hope, Santos and Kaitlyn, thanks to the Hospice personnel and the nurses and doctors at PECM Hospital. Special thanks to her Nurse Practitioner David Manchester. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Prince Edward, PECMH Foundation Back the Build or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Service of Remembrance will be held at Eastside Community Baptist Church, Belleville on May 9th, 2024. Service details to be provided in a later announcement. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE, WELLINGTON. Memorial Donations to Hospice Prince Edward may be made by cheque and mailed to Hospice Prince Edward, 40 Downes Avenue, Picton, ON. K0K 2T0 or online through www.canadahelps.org Memorial Donations to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Back the Build may be made by cheque and mailed to 403 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0 or online at www.pecmhf.ca or www.backthebuild.ca Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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TANDY MAY WALKER – July 3, 1950 – February 5, 2024 – Entered into rest at the Carrington Retirement Residence, Bayside, on Monday, February 5, 2024, Tandy Walker of Bayside, formerly of Picton, died at the age of 73. Daughter of the late Alan Walker and Eileen (nee Tandy). Sister of the late John Walker, late Richard Walker, late Bruce Walker, and the step-sister of Lorraine Sallans of Picton. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends. Ms. Walker rested at Rushnell Funeral Homes – Picton Chapel, 33 Main Street, (613-476-2450). Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 1 pm with visitation for 1 hour before the Service followed by cremation. Spring Interment Glenwood Cemetery, Picton. If desired, donations to Loyalist Humane Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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ROBIN JANELLE GALES – November 16, 1965 – February 4, 2024 – Peacefully entered into rest at her home after a hard fought battle with cancer, on Sunday, February 4, 2024, Robin Gales of Carrying Place, formerly of Picton, died at the age of 58. Loving daughter of Arlene Gales (nee Matthews) and the late Gerald Gales, step-daughter of Mona Gales (Jason Goodall), and Thomas Dodd (Arlene). Beloved mother of Jannelle Hooey (James), David Ostroskie (Brittany), and Jerri-Lynn Ostroskie and grandmother of Taz, Kaesha, Dannyelle, Kamryhon, Heleneh, Jase, Jayden, Vic, Glen, and Elizabeth. Sister of Tammy Riemer, Justin Gales, Justine Martin (Herb), Robbie Carey, Brandi Hutchings, and ‘sista’ Cathy Van Skiver and will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and friends that became family. Robin rested at Rushnell Funeral Homes – Picton Chapel, 33 Main Street, (613-476-2450). Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Robin’s Life will be held at a later date. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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AILEEN CORY – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Aileen Cory (nee Hineman) on January 26th, 2024 at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton. At the age of 85. Aileen was the eldest daughter of Lawrence & Adelene Hineman. Loving and dedicated wife to Melvin for 66 years. Best Momma Bear to her children, Yvonne, Kathy (Barry), Trish (Randy), Doug and Darlene (Bill). Proud grandmother to Melissa, Matt, Brooke (Steve) , Kaitlyn (Brad), Ian,  D.J., Mitchell (Hannah), Maria and the late Tyler. Cherished Great Grandma to Alyssia, Denver and Deakon. Loving Sister to Rhonda Bradley, Susan (Floyd) Hudgin and the late Laverne (Helen). Special Sister in Law to Audrey and Don Hackett and the late Gladys, Vernon, Freeburn, Irene, Doreen, Brad. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Aileen worked for Bell Canada in Picton until she met and married the love of her life Melvin and became a farmer’s wife. She always thought of others before herself and made the best chocolate macaroons and lemon meringue pie. Her family was her # 1. Flowers and birds were her enjoyment. To know Aileen was to love her dearly. The family would like to thank the truly wonderful staff at Hallowell House for the past five years.  Thanks for your kindness and care to make Mom feel as close to her own home as possible. We would also like to thank the staff at the Picton Hospital for their compassionate care received for mom during her final days. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Hall, 21 Elks Street, Picton on Friday, February 2nd from 1 – 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aileen’s memory to the PEC Memorial Hospital Back the Build Fund or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by her family. Arrangements entrusted to the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE, WELLINGTON. Online condolences at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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RICK GORUS … aka Mr. Diva … Passed away peacefully Wednesday January 24th, 2024 in Hospice Quinte at 79 years old. Rick was born in Germany to George & Charlotte. They moved to Belgium soon after and for Rick, Belgium was his ancestry, a fact of which he was most proud. He later made roots in The County where he and his late wife Celine made a home for over 25 years. They were so proud to be part of this community surrounded by loving friends, family and their livelihood. He is survived by His three brothers, Warren, Walter and Peter, his wife Evelyn and their boys Brad, Brent and Bryan. His daughter Michelle, her husband Joseph & their girls Sacha & Chloe and his son Jason, his partner Edit & their boys Escher & Vaughan. Rick was an extraordinarily talented artist and designer and left an indelible imprint on everyone he knew and everything he touched. He was generous with the gifts of his passionate eye for art and seeing beauty in all things. He was an avid traveller, a collector, a voracious reader and a true renaissance man. His stories told with his humorous flair would captivate the listener and turn sunsets to sunrises on many occasions. And of course, his incredible legacy of imagining and then creating the most stunningly aesthetic spaces possible. He will be forever loved and so greatly missed !! A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 1st at 1:30 p.m. at Bloomfield United Church, 272 Main Street, Bloomfield followed by a reception.  Arrangements in the care of the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE, WELLINGTON. Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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SHIRLEY BEAUDRIE – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Shirley Mearce Beaudrie at the Hallowell House Nursing home on Friday, January 20th, 2024, at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Beaudrie. Loving companion of the late Don Hedger. Loving mother of Linda Pegan (Doug Clarke), Mary Lou Ostroskie (Dennis), June Beaudrie Whitman (late Ron), John Beaudrie, Bill Beaudrie (Ann), Peter Beaudrie (Joanne) and predeceased by her son Jack. Predeceased by her parents Kate and Lester Baumhour. She is survived by her sisters Flossie Genereaux (Val), Patti Ostroskie (Basil) and Bessie Spilek (Eugene). Predeceased by her siblings Mary, Clifford, Lester, Ronald, Elmer, Dorothy, Martin, Anita, Sheila and Tom. Fondly remembered by her many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Shirley was a caring and loving person. Her kindness will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stirling Manor and Hallowell House Nursing Homes. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 10th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wellington United Church, 243 Main Street, Wellington. Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Wellington Legion, Branch #160, 364 Main Street, Wellington. Memorial Donations to the Storehouse Foodbank (wellingtonfoodbank.org) would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington. Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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KATHERINE ANN McCONNELL – June 28, 1965 – January 20, 2024 – Entered into rest at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton, on Saturday, January 20, 2024, Katherine McConnell of Picton, died at the age of 58. Daughter of the late Roger McConnell & Beverley (nee Quaiff) and partner of the late Laverne McKee. Loving mother of Melissa (Travis Rand) of Picton, and grandmother of Caddence, Hayden, Titan, and Mila. Sister of OJ and the late Paul. Special friend to Peter and sadly missed by her pet cat Stirling. Miss McConnell rested at Rushnell Funeral Homes – Picton Chapel, 33 Main Street, (613-476-2450). Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Katherine’s Life will be held at the Picton Elks Hall, 21 Elks Street on Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 1 – 4 pm with A Time of Memories at 2 pm. Spring Interment Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation “Back the Build” would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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CHARLES EDWARD COLE – March 2nd, 1949 – January 12th, 2024 – With heavy hearts the family of Charlie Cole announce that he died peacefully in the early hours of January 12th, 2024, aged 74. A lifelong County boy, Charlie was born in Picton and was the eldest son of his predeceased parents Laverne and Rose Cole. He was the much loved older brother to Robert, Lynda (Larry), and Susan (Larry). Uncle Charlie will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Charlie’s fun and loving way will be greatly missed by his cherished wife of 37 years Penny, and his children Bruce (Teresa), Adam, Wade (Chris), Sara, TJ (Julia). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Isabella, Scarlett, Macauley, Jaidyn, and Charlie. Charlie enjoyed the great outdoors, having spent many enjoyable hours with his wide circle of loving friends and family making great memories on the lake or at the trailer. These memories we will all hold close to our hearts as we remember all the great times. Many will remember Charlie at Canadian Tire, where he had the reputation of being everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ guy for many years. He loved following his grandchildren’s many achievements and took great pride in them. A Leafs fan for life, he always loved watching the game to see if this was finally the year. Up at dawn on a still morning to watch the deer at the salt lick or the songbirds at the many feeders he kept topped up, were a source of joy for him. We are all appreciative of the many things that he taught us. As per Charlie’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be announced and take place later this summer at Quinte’s Isle Campark. The family would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the many people who have reached out since his passing to offer condolences and fond memories.  In lieu of flowers, Charlie would have appreciated memorial donations to Hospice Prince Edward. Arrangements in the care of the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 NOXON AVENUE, WELLINGTON. Online condolences at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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WILLIAM ‘Carl’ FERGUSON  – March 18, 1944 – January 12, 2024 – Owner/Operator – Carl’s Auto Repair, Milford – Entered into rest at the Belleville General Hospital, on Friday, January 12, 2024, Carl Ferguson of R R #2, Milford, died at the age of 79. Son of the late Earl Ferguson and Hope (nee Kendal) and beloved husband of Frances (nee Jeffery). Loving Dad of Robert (Belinda Jackson) of Napanee, and Angela Paris (Chris) of Belleville and Grandpa of Lindsay (Riley Allen), Weston (Georgia), Danielle (Kyle Stacey), and Vanessa (Randy Beauchamp). Survived by his brothers Leland of Picton & Gerald (Helen) of Prescott and predeceased by his brother Ronald. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Mr. Ferguson rested at Rushnell Funeral Homes – Picton Chapel, 33 Main Street, (613-476-2450). Cremation has taken place. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Cherry Valley Cemetery in the spring. If desired, donations to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation “Back the Build” would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at: www.rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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RAYMOND LLOYD ELLIS – With saddened hearts, we announce the passing of my dear father, Raymond Lloyd, Ellis, age 92, who left us peacefully, surrounded by family on January 1st, 2024 at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton, ON. Ray was born on May 17th, 1931 to Clifton and Clarice Ellis. He is survived by his daughter Sharon (Jim) of Onslow Mtn NS. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Halisha, Christopher, Kailey (Rob), Mekenzie (Ron), Jared (Sol) and his 13 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Laura and son Randy. Ray moved to Wellington in 1965 from the farm to continue his truck driving dream. He transported cement for Triad then Trimac until he retired. During his retirement years he dabbled in all types of woodworking, and gifting his projects to family and friends. He enjoyed his summer days casting a line or two and a few games of pool with his son-in-law. Until recently, you could find him at the kitchen table for hours involved in completing his diamond paintings. His family would like to thank our community care program who supplied PSW’s during his fracture time and to Stephanie for her continued assistance when dealing with his care while in hospital. Also, to humbly thank the professionalism of those in the hospital during the last two days of his life. Cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service will be announced and take place at the Wellington Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements in the care of the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington. Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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PETER BLAIND – Passed away peacefully at Hospice Prince Edward, Picton, on Sunday, December 31st, 2023, at the age of 59. Dear son of Barry and the late Betty Blaind. Loving husband of the late Rose. Supportive father of Nick (Aleesha Morton) and Jake (Courtney Lane) and his late dog Tubby. Poppa to Jayden, Logan and Jaxson. Survived by his sisters Janice Mikel (late Kenneth), Brenda Hope (Keith), Lisa Hennessy (Randy) and Rebecca Damaren. Predeceased by sister Cindy Blaind. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Peter was a caring, loyal man who enjoyed hosting and entertaining family and friends. He will be sadly missed. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service or visitation. Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in the care of the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington. Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com

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