RIP Aunt Iola - Iola Beryle Curran (Stafford)


CURRAN, Iola Beryle (Stafford)

Much loved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt, daughter and friend to many, Iola passed away in her 89th year, Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Hamilton General Hospital, the same Hospital where she completed her nursing training with the Class of '45.

Iola was predeceased by her husband John Curran (1985), her son Gary (1991), and her parents Neta Stafford (Watterworth) and Harvey Stafford. She will be sadly missed by her sister and lifelong friend Ilene Ford (Stafford, predeceased by husband Jack Ford) (St. Thomas), sons Dave Curran (Toronto) and Steve Curran (and wife Claudette, of Vancouver), grandson Shane Curran, nieces Donna Butcher (Ford, St. Thomas), and Janice Hurst (Ford, London), and their families, surviving sister in law Norma Curran (Burlington), surviving brother in law Archie Curran (Oakville), Iola's St. Thomas cousins, many nieces and nephews, and her long time friends and nursing classmates.

Iola was born in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1923 and moved to Hamilton to pursue her nursing training in 1943. She met her husband Jack on his return from England following his service in the R.C.A.F., and they married in Port Stanley, Ontario in 1947. Gary was their first son, followed by Dave and Steve, and they settled in Dundas where Iola lived for the rest of her life. Their home on Wilmar Court remained a welcoming constant until recent years. Iola had a warm sense of humour and connected with people around her, throughout her life. She was active in the Dundas community with the Home and School Association, and founded the first library at Yorkview School. She was a longtime fan and driver to numerous school and sporting events for her sons. Iola worked for many years with the Hamilton Nurses Registry and later in life enjoyed world travel.

Friends will be received by the family on Monday, February 13th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, Ontario, where a Service and reception will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Special thanks to the staff at Blackadar Continuing Care in Dundas and the Hamilton General Hospital Stroke Unit.


Sharon Stewart 1942-2009


STEWART, Sharon Elizabeth (nee Ritchie)

Passed peacefully in her 67th year with her loving family by her side on Friday October 23rd, 2009. Beloved wife of Brian Stewart of 48 years. Left behind to eternally treasure her memory are her children Nancy Kavuk (George) and Steve (Lorna). Proud Grandma of Kristina Giusti (Marco), Katelyn, Michael, Jessica and Sarah and Great Grandma of Luca and Alessia. Dear sister of Robert Ritchie (Betty), Nancy Quigley (Don), Sandra Lawton and Kim Waring (Ray). Favorite sister-in-law of Peter and Ann Stewart. She will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews and by her life long friend, Fran Dorey. Sharon was a lifetime resident of ”The East end” and filled her life with family, learning and dancing with many groups. She especially loved entertaining big family parties where several birthday cakes were the norm. She will be greatly missed by all those fortunate to have known her or worked with her at Eaton’s Eastgate.  Donations may be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre or a charity of choice. Online tributes can be made at “Last Dance”

Rest In Peace, Jeff Healey


Jeff Healey, the Toronto blues guitarist, broadcaster, and music historian, died Sunday, March  2nd, 2008 of cancer. Healey was most widely known for his appearance as the blind guitar player in Roadhouse, and for his distinctive way of playing his guitar laid flat across his lap. \ Jeff Healey in 2007.jpg, by Cmccarten at Wikimedia Commons

Robert Anton Wilson RIP

Robert Anton Wilson (RIP)

Robert Anton Wilson--philosopher, author, visionary, Discordian, Fortean, and bOING bOING patron saint--died early this morning. From his final blog post on January 6:

Raw200610021323-1 Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.

Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.


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Goodbye to a friend


MOORE, Michael Christopher - It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Chris (aka Mickey, Skippy, Seymor), age 54, peacefully at home on December 19, 2006. He will be forever missed by his wife, Jane, and his children Matt and Kate. Chris was proud to be the son of Verna and the late Stewart Moore and the brother of Nancy and Robert Meehan and Lorne and Allana Moore. He was the beloved brother-in-law of Daniel and Deborah Peace, Michael Peace and his fiancee Judy Nigro, and Maggie and Ed Williams. Chris leaves behind many, much loved nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He drew great strength and support from special friends, neighbours and co-workers. The internet will be a little quieter. A special thanks to Wendy, Cathy and Dr. T. McCarty and to Wendy and Cathy, our VON's for their outstanding care and warmth. We would also like to thank Dr. S. Muhkerjee and the staff of the Juravinski Centre for their endless compassion. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday afternoon and evening from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Cattel, Eaton and Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. A Celebration of Chris' Life will take place on Saturday at ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH, 29 Park Street, Dundas, at 1 p.m. A private family interment will take place Saturday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris' memory to the VON or the Community Care Access Centre who facilitated his journey of choice. Condolences can be made online at Cremation has taken place.

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