Dr. KILBORN, Robert
Robert McClure Kilborn died peacefully at Sunnyside Home on February 6, 2018 at the age of 94. Bob (Killy) was born in Chengdu, China and was the son of medical missionaries of the United Church of Canada. He spent much of his childhood in China, moving back to Canada at the age of 18. He served in the Canadian Air Force in Brandon, Manitoba during WW2 and then graduated from medical school at University of Toronto. Bob began his career as a family physician in North Bay and later practiced as an anesthetist in Kitchener. He served as the Medical Director of KW Hospital, and also ran a clinic for chronic pain. He was married to Lois Simpson (mother of Ian) who was lost to cancer in 1980. When grief began to recede, a new partnership with Mary Glen Calder Bender brought a beauty to living and loving for the maturing years. Bob enjoyed spending time on Joe Island, Trout Lake, North Bay; and on the Flying Chief (Mary’s boat) on Georgian Bay. He is survived by his partner Mary Bender, his son Ian (partner Robin), and grandchildren Amber and Mia. We thank the staff at Sunnyside Home, Briarfield Gardens, and Home Care Assistance for their kindness and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Doris Elizabeth RUNDLE (nee Hibbard)
RUNDLE, Doris Elizabeth Peacefully at the Carpenter Hospice on Monday, August 14 in her 95th year. Predeceased by her husband Francis. Loving mother of Judy Freeman (deceased), Jim (Betsy), Alan (Jo-Anne), Robert (Faith), Gwen Lapell (John) and Mary Haigh (Tony). She is also survived by her brother Bill Hibbard and her sisters-in-law Margaret and Laurel. Predeceased by her brothers Dave and Bob. She will be remembered by her 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 1831 King Street East, Hamilton followed by the service at 11 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Carpenter Hospice, Anglican Church of the Nativity or a charity of your choice.
Nolan, Ona “Noreen” (nee Anderson)
Peacefully, at Park Lane Terrace, Paris, formerly of Mississauga, in her 94th year. Beloved wife to the late Wilf (2000); loved mother to Jim (Wella), and Bob; cherished grandma to Joshua. Also survived several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Roy and Jenny Anderson; sisters, Vivian (Vee) Wilson and Jean Chittick and brothers, Ryerson Anderson and George Anderson. Cremation has taken place, The Family will greet friends at Assumption Cemetery in the Cemetery Chapel from 1:00pm to 2:00pm after which the graveside gathering will take place for interment. Donations to Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated Online condolences or donations may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting Wm. Kipp 519 442 3061. Special Thanks to the Nurses, Staff and Management at Park Lane Terrace for their constant care of Noreen during her stay, especially Heritage Court. We know that Noreen was well loved.
Reverend J. Newton Reed
The Reverend J. Newton Reed, in his 93rd year, died Saturday. November 12th in the comfort of his home, leaving behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Pauline (nee Scully), his five children Susan (Gary Faulkner), Paul (Eleanor), Mark (Karen), David (Chrystal), Arleane (Tim Ralph) and nine grandchildren, Daniel (Miriam), Sarah and Jonathon, Richelle, Samantha, Katrina, and Liam, Benjamin and Erin, who mourn his loss but admire, and try to emulate, the love and generosity he showed to everyone all his life. He was predeceased by his China missionary parents, the Rev. Fred and Anne Reed, his sister Dorothy and brother Donald. He leaves a sister Elinor in Oregon and brother Malcolm (Toronto). Born and having lived his childhood in China, he finished his high school education in Oshawa, then enlisted with the Ontario Regiment for the remainder of WW II. At the University of Toronto he graduated from Victoria College and Emmanuel College and was ordained in 1953. During his ministry in Preeceville, Saskatchewan (3 years) and Sunderland, Ontario (15 years), his activity in the Bay of Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada (, his teaching in Uxbridge Secondary School, and his numerous sport activities (himself and with youth), and as padre of the Uxbridge Legion, he has touched so many lives. His interests were sports of all varieties that he played, coached, managed and refereed but especially soccer and badminton; the outdoors – gardening, camping and cottage; canoeing; writing stories and poetry; travel – especially in Canada coast to coast to coast; music; and conversation. He played in many Canadian Masters Badminton tournaments winning a roomful of medals and awards and continuing with recreational play until age 90. There will be a Service of Celebration of his life on Saturday, November 26th at Cambridge Street United Church, Lindsay with visitation at 10:00 a.m and service at 11:00 in the sanctuary, followed by refreshments downstairs. If he could he would thank the CCAC ladies who took such tender care of him in his last weeks, and his doctor, Sara Ahmed. In memory of Newton donations may be made to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, Doctors without Borders, or the Uxbridge Loaves and Fishes food bank. Online condolences and information through Low and Low Limited funeral directors in Uxbridge.
Ruth Elizabeth VOGT
VOGT, Ruth Elizabeth (née Johns) On August 26, 2016, Ruth Elizabeth Vogt (née Johns), loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, social worker, beloved friend to many, virtuoso scrabble player, dedicated bridge player, died in her sleep. Ruth was born on May 24, 1920 in Chengdu, China, where her parents were teachers and United Church missionaries. There she spent the first five years of her life. She was 11 when the family moved to Hamilton, Ontario where she survived the lively ordeal of living with three older brothers – Martin, Harold and Paul – and her twin brother Edward. And it was there, at the age of 12, where she first had her eye on young Arthur Vogt, the man who would become the love of her life and her husband for almost 65 years. They were married on December 6, 1941 Ruth was a dedicated mother and wife but she was not content to be a stay-at-home mom. She had graduated in the year of her marriage with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, but her goal was to become a social worker. In the mid-50s she began taking courses while continuing to run a lively household. In 1964 she graduated with a social work degree from McMaster and for the next 21 years she worked for various agencies in various cities until her retirement in 1985. Ruth was truly a people person, always keenly interested in the lives of her family, an interest that extended outwards to her many nephews and nieces. Ruth and Art’s involvement with the United Church ensured a larger community. People easily confided in her and she offered a genuine warmth to all she met. The house – and the summer cottage that was Ruth and Art’s pride and joy – were often filled with an eclectic mixture of people of all ages and backgrounds. It was very important to her that they felt welcome, and she brought a grace and easy generosity which ensured they did so. Ruth’s retirement brought a terrible blow, as her second son, Gordon, succumbed to cancer at the age of 37. For a time, she became more involved in the church and its discussions around changing attitudes to marriage, sexuality, and the church’s proper role in society. In 2002, when she and Art moved into a seniors’ residence in Toronto, their church-life waned and yet their values of compassion, and warmth towards others remained. When Arthur died in 2006 and Ruth was suddenly alone, she was able to feel blessed at having had such a long and beautiful marriage. And yet she was not to remain alone for long. One year later she began to socialize with a lovely man named Fred Kahn. It was a late unexpected blessing. They had four years together before Fred’s health declined and he died in 2012. For the last four years of her life Ruth suffered from dementia: a time of frustration, sadness and more suffering for her, as her memory faded rapidly. And yet even in this compromised state, her fundamental grace remained. She was no longer able to recognize most visitors, and yet she always tried to have a courteous word of greeting and a word of thanks as they left. Whether family, friends, or strangers, to her they remained important and to be honoured. In this way she was true to herself to the end. Ruth will be missed by her three surviving children, David, Bruce and Lynn and their families, by her grandchildren, her great-grand-children, her many nephews and nieces – and by many others whose lives she touched over the years. There will be a celebration of her life this coming autumn to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Born in Sichuan, China, October 1914, died April 16, 2015 in Toronto. Daughter of Dr. C.B. Kelly and Mrs. Kelly, Canadian Missionaries to Sichuan, China from 1912-1927. Predeceased by siblings Charlie (2004) and Ricky (1968) Beloved aunt of Maggie and Ted, Nora and Audley, Fred and Marion, Peter and Marg, Tom and Susan and John and Margaret. Graduate of Victoria University. For many years a children’s librarian with the Toronto Public Library. Long time resident of Port Hope, where she was deeply involved in community life. Elinor will be remembered as a world traveller, cottager extraordinaire, conversationalist and avid reader. No funeral or visitation.
Vivian (Anderson) Wilson
Vivian May Wilson (nee Anderson) wife of the late Ronald Wilson. Mother of Geraldine Morrison (Larry), Princeton ON; Christopher Wilson (Carolyne), Ottawa; Michael Wilson (Joan), Kingston; Patricia Brown (Gerry), Ottawa; and Angela Robichaud (Gerald), Meteghan River NS. Beloved grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Sister of Noreen Nolan (late Wilfred), Toronto. Predeceased by her parents Roy and Jennie Anderson (nee Cole), sister Jean Chittick and brothers George and Ryerson Anderson. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Respecting Vivian’s wishes there will be no visitation. However, a memorial service will be held at the Petawawa Presbyterian Church, 24 Ethel St., Petawawa, on Saturday, January 24 at 11:00am.
Born in Shanghai, China to missionary parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Anderson, Vivian spent her first 10 years nourished by the United Church mission community of West China. Her formative years were in Toronto, where she met her husband Ron and had five children. After moving to Petawawa in the mid ‘70s, Vivian remained devoted to her children and grandchildren, and became very active in her Church, especially in the choir. She attended the Women’s Group and Bible study class, and never missed an opportunity to donate her time and talents to Church fundraisers.
At home in Petawawa, she loved the sound of the roaring river and never tired of what Mother Nature presented on the property, from rare birds to bears and herds of deer on the front lawn. But by far her greatest passion was her family, and her love for them will forever be her legacy.
She will be laid to rest with her husband, Ronald, at the Ramsayville Cemetery in south Ottawa at a future date. As an expression of sympathy, donations on her behalf to her Church (Petawawa Presbyterian) would be appreciated. Online condolences/ donations are available at www.mdbfuneralhome.com.
Mary Irene Patricia Jolliffe C.M
November 11, 1923 – October 29, 2014
Following a tempestuous struggle with Alzheimer’s, Mary passed away at Kipling Acres Long Term Care Home, Rexdale, Ontario. She is predeceased by her parents, Reverend Richard Orlando and Lena Matilda as well as her 5 elder siblings, John, Alice, Charles, Grace and William. Mary was born and raised by her missionary parents in and around Chengdu, China. Eventually, she returned to Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with a teaching degree in English and History. In 1953 she joined the Stratford Festival, Ontario to become the first theatrical press agent and arts publicist in Canada. She parlayed this initial experience into a lifelong career, heading the communications responsibilities for many of the largest cultural institutions in North America such as, the Metropolitan Opera NY, the National Arts Centre Ottawa and the National Ballet of Canada. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to our theatre arts industry, Mary was awarded the Order of Canada in 1985 and the Silver Ticket Award in 1988. The fact she was a Founding Member of PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) and one of its first tenants, Mary succeeded in staying close to the community she so enjoyed for most of her remaining years. In accordance with her wishes, Mary was cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Performance Arts Lodge (Green Room), 100 The Esplanade, Toronto M5E 1X9 on Tuesday, November 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Dr. Edward John Wilford
Dr. John Wilford passed away after a short illness on July 5th, 2014 in Chilliwack at the age of 92. Dad was born November 7, 1921 and raised in Chengtu, China as a missionary kid along with his two sisters. Their parents were Edward Corry and Florence Claudia Mae (Gaviller) Wilford. Dad and Mum (Agatha) met in medical school at University of Toronto, and married December 22, 1945. Following graduation they settled in Chilliwack in 1946. Dad was a loving and generous husband and father, good friend to many, and a respected doctor retiring at the age of 80 following Mum’s stroke.
He committed much time to his community most notably through Rotary which he joined in 1950 serving twice as president, Sixth Chilliwack Cub and Scout Group committee as chair for many years, and long-time United church choir member and barber shopper. Never resisting a chance to be with family and friends, Dad was loved by many. He had a positive outlook, always a humorous quip, and seemed able to talk with anyone about anything. For the past twelve years until she passed away January 18 of this year, Dad was by our Mum’s side as she coped with a debilitating stroke. He is a role model for us all. With great love he is survived by his daughter, Susan (Gerry) Morrison of Kelowna, his sons, David (Kathy) of Smithers, Ted (Ann Campbell) of Nanaimo, and Rob of Vernon; grandchildren, Tim Morrison, Chris (Rachel) Morrison, Michael Wilford, Jordan Wilford, Jessica (Brody Guy) Wilford, James (Ayami) Campbell, Nikki Wilford and Max Wilford as well as his great grandsons Kieran Morrison and Carwyn Guy. John is also survived by his niece Diana (Bill), his nephew Art (Dena), his cousin Edwin (Darlene) and their families. Besides Agatha his wife of 68 years he is also predeceased by his grandson Johnny Wilford and his two sisters Muriel and Patsy. A huge thank you to the staff at 4South at Chilliwack General Hospital. The celebration of Dad’s life will be held Friday, August 22nd at 2:30 pm at Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack. Flowers gratefully declined. Random acts of kindness in Dad’s name would be appreciated.
GOOD, Barbara M. (Jones)
A loving, compassionate and generous mother and friend has passed away. Barbara died peacefully at home on the evening of Wednesday, March 19th in her 94th year. Her last day was a gift to the entire family, filled with her children, grandchildren, and friends surrounding her with music and love. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold Good; her loving sister, Eleanor Macgregor; and her brother, Stephen Jones. Her rich legacy continues through her children, Mary Surman (late Steve), Jean Zamin (Mohammed), Anne Flindall-Cross (Bill Cross), and Allen Good; and in her grandchildren, Mark Surman (Tonya), Dan Surman (D), Amira Zamin, Tara Zamin, Christy Flindall (Geoff Struthers), Sandy Flindall (Katie), Steven Flindall (Meghan) and Jennifer Flindall (Arthur Herbert), as well as her eight great grandchildren and many other caring relatives and friends. She was born in Chungking, China, to missionary parents, Gordon and Clara Jones, and spent much of her first 14 years embraced by the warmth of the missionary community. She spoke fondly of her subsequent years at Ontario Ladies College and then later at Victoria College at the University of Toronto where she developed caring, lifelong friendships. Harold and Barbara were married in 1945, ultimately settling in Kingston, where they lived for 34 years before retiring to a farm in Centreville. A music graduate, Barbara continued her love and involvement with music throughout her life. She sang in church choirs and the Kingston Choral Society, taught piano and theory, and was secretary of the Kiwanis Music Festival for many years. Church was always an important part of her life. A founding member of St. Margaret’s United Church in Kingston, she sang in the choir and started the “Homemaker’s” group. In Centreville, she became involved in every aspect of the Centreville Memorial United Church, playing the organ there until she was 93. A Celebration of Barbara’s life was held in the Napanee on Saturday, March 29th. She will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Harold, at the ParisCemetery at a future date.
Dr. William Bruce (Bill) Arnup
ARNUP, Dr. William Bruce (Bill) – Peacefully, on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario in his 90th year. Doctor of medicine for over 40 years, including time as a medical missionary in China. He was a man of unwavering faith, unafraid, and clear in purpose. He had a pioneering spirit with an abiding love of nature, and was a true sportsman. Predeceased by his first wife Barbara Anne (nee McGonegal) (1987), his daughter Patricia Anne, and four brothers. Beloved husband of Barbara Rowsell-Arnup. Cherished father of Ian, Donna McMullen (Rob Littlejohn) and Rob, and stepfather of Brian Rowsell (Patty), Jim Rowsell (Karen) and Jane O’Brien (Stewart). Proud grandfather of Joe, Will, Valerie, Bill, Corrie, Karen, Scott, Jessica, Lisa, Kristi, Kevin and Lynn. Great grandfather of six. Loving brother of Mary and Ruth. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay (705.328.2721) on Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday April 2nd at the Cambridge Street United Church, 61 Cambridge Street North, Lindsay from 10:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations to the Cambridge Street United Church, or the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.