Notice of Passing

We would like to recognize and remember the following Vincentians who have passed on during the past twelve months.
They blessed so many with their lives.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Our brother John McMahon, St Francis Xavier Conference in Tilbury
John will be sorely missed by his family and his community family where he exemplified the Vincentian spirit
Monday, January 15, 2018

Our brother John Nordholt, St Michaels Conference, Cobourg
Our conference was deeply saddened by the sudden passing of John Nordholt a member of St. Michael`s Conference, Cobourg, Ontario on January 15/18. Patricia Gash
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Our sister Florence Homeniuk, Past president of St. Mary`s Conference, Brantford
She was also a long time member of the CWL and teacher with the Catholic school board. She also served as a trustee on the board. She was an active parishioner at St. Mary`s Parish for over 40 years. During that time she was a member of the C.W.L. , St. Vincent de Paul Society and a regular participant in teaching of Catechism for children making their first communion. She was also involved in alter serving in the parish.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Our sister Margaret Harrison, St. Theresa conference, Sault Ste. Marie
Margaret was 68 when she passed away. She was a long time volunteer at our food bank at St. Vincent Place in the Soo
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Our brother Nick Volk, Past National Vice-president, Past Ontario Regional President
Born in Teaneck, NJ, graduate of Harvard University, employed by the US Consulate in Toronto, retired as Director of Communications at the CBC. Nick was a tireless advocate for affordable housing and social justice. His involvements included Habitat for Humanity Canada (Chair), St. Vincent de Paul (Provincial Chair), Gower Park Place (founder), Toronto Community Housing Corporation (Chair), Harvard Club Toronto (President), member of the Ontario Non- Profit Housing Association, Habitat International Coalition, Roof Tops Canada- Abri International Board, Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Parish.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Our sister Jane Major, Saint Andrew the Apostle Conference, London
Jane has touched so many lives, and I know her children have been consoled already by messages from those who had Jane`s influence in their life. Jane was a remarkable, extremely humble woman, who has left huge positive footprints on many lives. She also had many special creative talents and the family plan a display of some of her beautiful artistic creations following the funeral mass at the church.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Our brother Fr. Edward Joseph Hughes, Prison ministry in the Prairies and Ontario
..As a priest, his heart was always on the outlook for, and sensitive to, the most needy which found a ready reception during 10 years of prison ministry in the Prairies and Ontario. Fr. Ted`s ready smile and quick wit allowed him to minister effectively outside the parish walls to all. All these relationships of love and care were the centre of his own personal encounter with Jesus. Fr. Ted`s priestly ministry and desire to serve was recognized by Bishop Crosby and Pope Francis when he was chosen and mandated as a `Missionary of Mercy`, capping a life of mercy received and generously given..
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Our brother Conrad Viau, St Mary Conference, Brant
Conrad worked for over 32 years at Ford Motor Company. He was a very active member of Le Club Canadien Français as well as being a faithful volunteer for St Vincent de Paul. Conrad was also active in St Mary`s church for a number of years. His love of music was pleasantly heard and shared from his fiddle every chance he could and also loved gardening. He always kept active but most times he was helping out anyone who was in need.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our sister Denise Orton, Past Particular Council president
After a long battle with ALS, Denise passed away peacefully, with family by her side at St. Joseph`s Continuing Care Centre on Tuesday, March 21, 2017; age 84 years.
Denise was past Particular Council President

Monday, March 20, 2017

Our sister Dorothy Auclair, St. Basil Conference, Brant
AUCLAIR, Dorothy - It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Dorothy on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Park Lane Terrace, Paris in her 89th year. Beloved wife of 63 years to Marcel.
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Our sister Jean Marie Smith CSJ, Past Spiritual Advisor, Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Sister Jean entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough in February, 1949. During her religious life she had a varied life of ministry. She began teaching in Ottawa and for 28 years taught in numerous schools in Ontario (Almonte, Port Hope, Lindsay, Campbellford and Peterborough as Principal at St. Pius).
From 2005 onward she was a volunteer on the Board with Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our sister Soeur Lucille Nantel C.S.C, Saint-Laurent parish, Montreal
We are sorry to announce the passing of Sister Lucille Nantel, from the Holy Cross Congregation, in Montreal, on February 2, 2017, at the age of 97. Sister Lucille worked for near 50 years at the SSVP outlet of the Saint-Laurent parish. Sister Lucille came to many of our National AGAs and was well appreciated by Vincentians across Canada, who lovingly nicknamed her ``Little Sister Yahoo``.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our brother William `Bill` John Nolden, St Pius X Conference, Brant
NOLDEN, William John - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Bill Nolden at the Brantford General Hospital on January 25, 2017 at the age of 76.
He was surrounded by those who love him and took his last breath with the hands of his wife, children and grandchildren upon him.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Our sister Gail French, President of Simcoe County Particular Council
Gail was the President of Simcoe County Particular Council the last 2 years, and before that she was President of St. John Vianney Conference in Barrie.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our brother Mike Matteis, President of St. Joseph - St. Ursula Conference in Chatham
Mike was a teacher with St. Clair Catholic District School Board and was a principal from 1982 until his retirement. He was actively involved in the community as President of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Junior Achievement, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and as a Lay Reader at St. Joseph`s and St. Ursula`s Churches.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Our brother Robert (Bob) Martineau, St Ann Conference, Penetanguishene
Brother Bob was an active member of the Society for many years.
He served as the President of Ontario Region for two terms, 1971 - 1982, and was National President for two terms, 1983 - 1995.
Brother Bob also served as PC President for Scarborough and served on the Toronto Central Council Board.
Toronto`s home for adults with developmental disabilities, Martineau House, was named after Brother Bob, an honour he graciously accepted and a work he generously supported.

He was a gracious, humble and intelligent man who loved the Society and as a Vincentian truly committed to the vocation of service to others.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our brother Glendon Lawrence `Glen` Lecour, St. Peter, Peterborough
Retired after 36 years Dominion Stores Supervisor and Manager, Retired Sales Representative for Golden Gate Margarine, Member of Knights of Columbus for 69 years, Ernest J. Wolff Knights of Columbus Council 798 and the Bishop Marrocco 4th Degree Assembly, Papal Knight of St. Gregory, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator and long-time parishioner of CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER-IN-CHAINS . Passed away peacefully at Extendicare, Peterborough on Friday, October 21, 2016 in his 90th year.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Our sister Caroline Annett, Divine Mercy Food Bank, Windsor
We said our tearful goodbyes to our beloved Caroline after a fierce battle with cancer at the age of 61. Caroline was very family oriented, using strong family values, encouraging each person to grow and find their path in life. Her nurturing personality provided much comfort to those who needed an open ear or a helping hand. She was an active and loyal member of the CWL, the Divine Mercy Food Bank and Al Hambra #230 McGregor for many years. Caroline was a bright light to anyone who was blessed to know her.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Our brother Dane Parent, Youth Conference, Windsor
Peacefully with his loving family by his side on September 9, 2016 at 19 years of age. Cherished Son of Sharon and Rick. Loving Brother of Carly. Adored Grandson of Len and Jeannine Parent and the late Winston and Rosalind Eagen. Dane will be missed by all his loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Our sister Virginia Friedl, Our Lady of Atonement, Windsor
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 4, 2016 at the age of 81. Beloved wife to Walter, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage. Cherished mother to Linda McCallum (David), Walter (Brenda), Michael (Jennifer), Mary Dowell (Doug), and Paul (Bin).Virginia was a dedicated secretary with the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board up until her retirement. She was a member of the Catholic Women`s League at Our Lady of Atonement Church and a volunteer at Hotel Dieu Hospital in the gift shop.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Our brother Brian Smith, North Particular Council President
Brian taught at BMLSS in Bracebridge for many years. Brian and wife Bernice then retired to Orillia, where they were both dedicated volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank, and joined the congregation at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Our sister Clemence Fynbo,, Holy Name conference
Clemence died of a massive stroke caused by a blood clot, peacefully, surrounded by family. She was a member of Holy Name conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic Women`s League. She was the wife of of Ib Fynbo, President of Windsor Essex Central Council. She will be missed.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Our sister Anne Bryan (nee Ormond), Hamilton Particular Council Store Manager
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of our Stores Manager, Anne Bryan (nee Ormond) on Friday June 24th. She had been our Manager for over 25 years. She was an extremely dedicated worker and Manager and will be missed by all here that rubbed shoulders with her. She put on a workshop on Stores at the SSVP AGA2015 in Hamilton and both of her presentations were very well attended and very well received.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our brother Gary Goddard, Holy Family Conference, London ON
Gary George Goddard at the age of 69 is now resting in the arms of the Lord. Beloved husband of Laurie Goddard. Loving father of Jeffrey and his wife Joy, Andrea Goddard and her partner Scott Ford, Selena Walmsley and her husband Shane and Carol Kinsella and her partner Ben McCauley. Gary will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews, loving friends, members of the London Myeloma support group and by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family Parish.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our sister Margaret Herbert, St. John Vianney Windsor
She leaves behind her children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren and her brother Robert Hebert. She was a Life Member of the May Court Club of Windsor and participated in their child development centre outreach, their store operations, and as co-coordinator of their designer house project. It was the designer house that she was proudest of, since the project raised a record amount for the Club`s charitable activities. She lost the use of her right leg and her activities were restricted. That did not stop her from volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver, or as a helper for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in their food distribution and store activities.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our brother Fr. Marc Barron, Prison Chaplin, Windsor
Fr. Mark was born in Cushing, Oklahoma, brought up in Pueblo, Colorado and joined the Trappist Community, as a Monk, studied in Lafayette, Oregon and was ordained a Trappist Priest on June 11, 1960. Bishop Sherlock engaged him to work in Pastoral Ministry in Windsor and Essex County in weekend work, retreats, missions and counselling. He retired from active priestly ministry in 2005. Fr. Mark died after a long illness in Chatham.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Our sister Barbara Hartnett, wife of Jere, St. Patrick`s Burlington
Barbara`s love of children shone as an elementary school teacher for 2 years in Peterborough, and for 17 years in Burlington and Oakville. Her dedication to teaching made a difference in many children`s lives. Barbara`s strong faith was demonstrated with her involvement at St. Patrick`s Parish teaching Liturgy of the Word, the CWL, singing in the choir, visiting the sick and helping those in need. As a volunteer at Wellwood for 15 years, Barbara was cherished by many of the staff and clients for her humour which uplifted them. She inspired hope, leading by example to show that a diagnosis does not determine your fate. Barbara was referred to as a miracle by many. Barbara was instrumental in helping to create, and participate in a team of `Square Ladies`, whose ongoing efforts have made thousands of knitted afghan quilts for cancer patients.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Our sister Catarina Tavares, Holy Family Conference, London ON
Catarina proudly spent her life taking care of her four wonderful children as well as others during her 35 years as a loving and caring nurse. In her 63 years, Catarina touched the lives of countless people through her endless strength, her kind words, actions and natural ability to heal others. Through her infectious smile and laugh, her listening ear, her words of wisdom and faith and her natural touch of love and care she was able to impact the lives of so many. Catarina was a selfless woman who made many contributions and shared her endless gifts without expectations in return. Catarina was an active Vincentian and also volunteered at the SSVP Store.