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, January 15, 2023

Our brother Terry Cassidy, St. James Minor, Stirling / Belleville Thrift Store
Passed away peacefully, in his 74th year, on January 15, 2023, at Hospice Quinte with family at his side. Terry will be deeply missed Terry was a champion of his community and the environment, devoting his life to working for others through his career in community development and local politics. He cared deeply about others, always fighting for those most in need, and making service to others a cornerstone of his life. As a politician, Terry served as City Councillor for Sidney Ward in Quinte West for more than two decades and was both a member of the executive and federal candidate (2015) for the Bay of Quinte NDP. Terry was an active volunteer, contributing many hours to various charities and non-profit organizations, most recently as the president of the local St. Vincent de Paul.
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Our brother Michael R. Burns, Past President, Toronto Central Council

Friday, November 11, 2022

Our brother William (Bill) Hanlon, St. Patrick’s Conference, Schomberg - York Simcoe Particular Council
Bill was a dedicated Veterinarian (retired) who served communities in both the Chicago and Southern Ontario regions. Countless animals big and small have benefited from his compassionate care. He devoted his time to serve his community in Schomberg Lion`s Club, St. Vincent de Paul, and Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong devoted parishioner of St. Patrick`s parish in Schomberg, Ontario. Bill`s family was the pride and joy of his life.
Monday, October 3, 2022

Our brother Kenneth J. Trudel, Saint Bernard Conference, Ottawa
He was a dedicated Vincentian from St. Bernard Church. Ken was the face of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Bernard for many years and he will be missed.
He worked tirelessly to help the needy. He was happy to haggle with others for donations to church causes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Our sister Mary McGurk, St. Catherine of Siena Conference, Mississauga
In 1957 Mary travelled to Kent in England to commence her nursing career, when she qualified, she returned to Ireland to work for a few years before embarking on her journey to her beloved Canada in 1965. Mary first worked in Kingston, Ontario where she made lifelong friends before travelling throughout Canada. Beginning in British Columbia, Mary worked in Vancouver before journeying to Quebec and from there she returned to Ontario, settling in Mississauga. Mary worked for many years specialising in palliative care. There she met many wonderful people who stood by her through all the years and who were with her to the very end.
She also joined the choir at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, and did volunteer work with St Vincent de Paul.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Our brother Dudley Merritt, St Patrick Conference, London
Dudley was born on October 10th 1931 in Nagpur, India and came to Canada with his family in 1968. St Patrick`s parish was a central part of Dudley`s life and he happily spent many hours greeting parishioners as an usher as well as performing a wide range of charitable activities as an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the St Vincent de Paul Society. He died peacefully in his 91st year.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Our brother Melvin Melnike, St. Dominic’s Conference, Mississauga, Peel Particular Council
Melvin Melnike passed away at the age of 85 about two weeks after his wife Patricia.
After working for the City of Toronto Forestry Department for over 30 years he took an early retirement.Both Melvin and Patricia (see below, April 24) were very active volunteers in the church, they golfed, dined out with friends, went to dances and traveled together.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Our sister Michelle Jenkinson, St. Kevin`s Conference, Val Thérèse, Rainbow Spirit Particular Council
Michelle was very involved in her community with both the church and spiritual care. She was a 10-year volunteer with VCARS and worked at the Hospital as the chaplain for 10 years. Michelle volunteered at the food bank, the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and was a diocesan order of women mandated in 1989. She loved meeting her extended family, les Trepanier at golf tournaments and family gatherings. She enjoyed camping at Providence Bay with our Island Friends. Michelle always enjoyed the company of our church family at St. Kevin`s.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Our brother Lawrence Fournier, St. Simon and St. Jude Conference, Belle River, Windsor East Particular Council
Larry passed away peacefully following surgery. Larry was a member of St. Simon & St. Jude Parish, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Belle River Lions Club and the Good Neighbour Club. Larry retired from Ford Motor Co. as a millwright after 30 years of service.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Our brother John (Jake) Fortier, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Conference, Windsor West Particular Council
Passed away peacefully on May 4, 2022 at 91 years of age.Jake worked with the City of Windsor at the police garage, as well as the Traffic Engineering Department for over 30 years. He was an avid golfer, bowler and loved to travel.
He will be remembered for his dedication and time volunteering at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Windsor Goodfellows, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Our sister Patricia Melnike, St. Dominic`s Conference, Mississauga, Peel Particular Council
A longtime member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Patricia passed away in her 86th year. She will be missed.
Friday, April 8, 2022

Our brother Ib Fynbo, Holy Name of Jesus Conference, Essex Ontario, Essex East Particular Council
In his 84th year, Ib Fynbo went peacefully, and was surrounded by the entire family. He was a member of the St. Vincent de-Paul Society and Knights Of Columbus. He will be missed dearly.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Our brother Terrance `Terry` McHugh, Good Shepherd Conference, Tecumseh , Windsor East PC
Terry passed away peacefully at 85 years of age with his daughters by his side. He was a teacher, principal and mentor to many students, teachers and families for over 35 years, working with the Windsor Essex Separate School Board. After retirement, he was an active member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Prison Ministry and Knights of Columbus.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Our sister Kate Hudson, Holy Family Conference, Whitby
Kate treasured her faith, family and friends. She worked for the Durham Catholic District School Board and was also a Trustee. An active volunteer with the church, RCIA and St. Vincent De Paul Society, she had been living at Amica Whitby and cherished leading ``Rosary with Kate`` for the residents in the retirement home library. She will be remembered at the St. Vincent`s Kitchen and Adventure Place where she worked for many years.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Our brother Jim Garbutt, St. Patrick’s Conference York Simcoe Particular Council
GARBUTT, JAMES ALBERT `JIM` passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the age of 83 years.
Monday, February 28, 2022

Our sister Shirley Moulton, St. Peter’s Conference, Peterborough Particular Council
while surrounded by her loving family, Shirley passed away peacefully at Hospice Peterborough on Monday, February 28, 2022 at the age of 86
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Our sister Diane Cranor, St. Dominic’s Conference, Peel Particular Council
while surrounded by her loving family, Diane passed away on February 20, 2022 at the age of 83.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Our sister Valena Hansford Bertram, St. Anne’s Conference, Peterborough Particular Council
While surrounded by her loving family,passed away peacefully in her 99th year at PRHC.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Our sister Alice Heffernan, Sacred Heart Conference, Peterborough Particular Council
Passed away peacefully with family by her side, at Rubidge Retirement Residence, on Friday, January 14, 2022 in her 90th year.
Alice was fiercely interested in political issues and always ready for a good debate. Alice was a long term serving member and held many roles within the CWL. She was deeply devoted to her faith, her family and the need for others as was demonstrated by her works of charity and volunteerism, especially her devotion to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Our sister Hannah Mary (Maureen) Donaghy, St. Edward the Confessor Conference, Toronto North Particular Council
Her absence will be sorely felt in her parish, where she was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic Women’s League; and among her former colleagues at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, many of whom have been treasured friends.
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Our brother Ron Monk, St. Edward the Confessor Conference, Toronto North Particular Council
He has such an admiration for this group of dedicated members. He joined and fit right in and loved every moment of it. In many ways, Ron was an old soul. When you did something for him, he always said `thank you kindly.`
Monday, November 29, 2021

Our sister Anna (Ann) Frederika Brouwer, Saint Vincent de Paul Store, London
Ann was 87 years old when an aggressive cancer took hold of her. In retirement Anna volunteered at St Vincent de Paul for 15 years. She cherished all the friendships she made there, and worked relentlessly sorting thousands of items. It gave her such joy to go twice a week until Covid hit.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Our brother Jack Stewart Palmer, Our Lady of the Atonement Conference, Windsor
Jack retired from Chrysler in 1993, after 30 years of dedicated service. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent De Paul Society, and many programs at his parishes. He cherished his many friends at Church. He readily opened his heart to his friends and considered many of them family.
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Our brother Fernando Sales De Frias (Fred), St. John de Brebeuf Conference, Kingsville
Fred died in his 80th year. He contributed many years of service at the C.O.R Retreats. Fred volunteered at Franklin Gardens, and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Kingsville for many years. He was a man of great faith and service to the Lord. He attended to his beautiful rose gardens in his Rose`s memory.
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Our sister Marguerite Gilberte (Jill) Losier , St. Jerome Conference Windsor

Monday, October 11, 2021

Our brother William Joseph (Bill) Arbour, St. Anne’s conference Peterborough
Bill was a 16-year employee of Labatt`s Brewing Company and a retired nine-year Service Advisor at Canadian Tire Corporation and a lifelong fan of the Montreal Canadians Hockey Club. He was a long time member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Peterborough
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Our sister Anita Renaud, Most Precious Blood Conference, Windsor
After retiring from teaching in 2006, Anita continued to help those who were in need through her volunteer work with Most Precious Blood and St. Joseph the Worker parishes. Anita was a passionate gardener and will be remembered for her generous spirt, always putting others first. As she would say ``Remember me loving and serving you as you continue to love and serve others.
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Our brother Ken Baird, St. Clement Conference
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kenneth Baird on in his sixty-seventh year of life after a lengthy battle.
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Our brother Leon Noel Joseph Bouvier, St Patrick Conference, London
Leon was born and raised in Cochrane, Ontario. He started his life long career with Canada Post at the post office in Cochrane, and then moved to Stratford in 1988. In 1989 Leon accepted a position with CUPW as Union Rep and the family moved to London where they have lived for the past 30 years. He was a man of strong faith and volunteered with the Knights of Columbus and The Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Our brother Fred Susi, Hamilton West Particular Council
Fred passed away peacefully in his 78th year. He had a profound impact on many lives throughout his teaching career beginning at Holy Family, and his administrative years as Principal at several Catholic schools. In his retirement years, he devoted much of his time to serve at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in a variety of capacities, including Treasurer.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Our brother Jack Schroeder, St. John the Baptist Conference, Amherstburg
Jack was born May 6, 1942, and he passed away peacefully on June 11, 2021, with family at his side. Jack found his passion after he bought his first boat, which led to buying Holiday Harbour Marina, ultimately piloting his craft to establish Clearwater Boat Sales. Jack also loved his hobby of carpentry.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Our sister Marian Priamo, St. George Conference, London
Surrounded by loving family, Marian left this world peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in her 63rd year, to be embraced by her Lord, Jesus, and by His Blessed Mother, Mary.
She loved her profession as a nutrition assistant at London Health Sciences Centre and managed with enthusiasm the salad bar at Remark Fresh Markets.
Marian will be missed by her Vincentian brothers and sisters at St. George.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Our brother Alan ``Dean`` Egeto, Holy Name Conference, Windsor
Passed away peacefully after a valiant battle on June 6, 2021, at 69 years of age. Dean was a long-time member of the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Essex. He was also a Past Grand Knight and Past District Deputy with the Knights of Columbus in Essex. Dean was active in the St. Vincent de Paul for many years. He retired from Chrysler Canada with over 25 years of service.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Our brother Tom Critelli, St.Julia Conference, St. Catharines
Tom died peacefully in his 95th year. He will be remembered as a generous man whose faith and family were most important in his life. He was always in good spirits and quick to smile, even during this last year of isolation imposed by the pandemic.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Our sister Elsa Doucette, St.Mary of the Assumption Conference, St. Catharines
Elsa passed away unexpectedly. For 25 years she was Finance Administrator at Denis Morris Catholic High School. Elsa was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption, CWL and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in St. Catharines.
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Our sister Jean Taylor, founding member of Our Lady of the Scapular Conference, Niagara Falls
Jean passed away in her 91st year. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Scapular Church, Out of the Cold, St. Vincent dePaul Society and a member of the CWL.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Our sister Cindy Rovinelli, Central Store, Windsor
Cindy will be missed by her colleagues at the Saint Vincent de Paul Store, but God called her home at the age of 34.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Our brother David Jewell, St. Ambrose Conference, Cambridge
David passed in his 96th year..
When the war started he joined the Canadian Navy and proudly went overseas to help serve his country.
He worked for 56 years at Taylor Tool
David was a life long member of St. Ambose Church. Delivering for the St. Vincent De Paul until he was ninety. He was a proud member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 121

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Our brother Edmond Sickles, Saint Vincent de Paul Store, London
Edmond ``Ed`` Sickles of Oneida Nation of the Thames in his 58th year. Eddy was a most gentle soul who was ready to help anywhere he was needed. He will be missed.
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Our sister Jessie Kozachenko, St Denis Conference - St Catharines
Jessie (1927-2021) loved walking, especially with her grand-dog Brodie. She enjoyed volunteering for Saint Vincent de Paul Society at St. Denis Church. She walked in the 5km Rankin Cancer Run and raised thousands of dollars for them over the years, completing the full 5km until her 90th year. She was proud of her faith in God and spent much of her time praying for those in need who crossed her path.