Paul (Doc) Thomas

THOMAS, Paul Ernest “DOC”
April 14, 1926 – November 2, 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Dr. Paul “DOC” Thomas on November 2, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Paul is survived by his loving wife Kerri, three children Scott, Misty and Brett, brother Jack (Lynn) and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Wayne Strong and Lisa Hamilton for their continuous compassion and support throughout Paul’s final journey. Paul was born in Saint John New Brunswick and moved to Niagara Falls as a young boy. Niagara Falls quickly became the place he fondly remembers as his home and where he will be returning to rest. DOC had a way of making everyone in his life feel important. He was inspirational and a true legend and motivator, full of life and spirit. His positive outlook on life was unparalleled and the impact he made on the lives of others is immeasurable.

David Boudreau

BOUDREAU, David, “The Barber”
January 5, 1935 – November 1, 2017
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Arlene and devoted father of his three children, Brent Boudreau, Lisa Niziolek (Paul) and Krista Gillies-Brown (Brad). Cherished grandpa to Brendan Boudreau, Lane and Tess Gillies, Kayla Myers, Nate, Cooper and Chase Niziolek. Dear brother of the late Victor Boudreau (Shirley), the late Dell LaBranche (Leo), Rose Bourdeau (Ray) and May Belanger (the late Joseph). Brother-in-law to Gerry and Art French, Ted and Betty Flood. Uncle to many nieces and nephews, especially Dave Papp for all the special memories. Dave was a proud business owner in the Sandwich Towne community for over 30 years. He played slow pitch for WECSSO and volleyball for WRSA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army or the Downtown Mission would be appreciated.

Joseph (Joe) Murtagh

MURTAGH, Joseph “Joe”
82 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Beloved husband of Marguerite (Quenneville). Dear father of Carolyn Sylvestre (Paul), Brian (Michelle), John (Karen), and Dan. Loving grandpa of Megan, Tate, Joey, Cohen and Max. Loving brother of the late Rose Reaume, late Pat Killen and Jack Murtagh. Devoted son of the late John and Mary (Boyle). Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus #9793 and active in many charities throughout his life including the St. Vincent de Paul and as a driver for the Alzheimer Society. Retired from Chrysler Canada after 41 years of service, ending his career in production control. Joe was an active member of the Office & Clerical Union #1498. Special thanks to the amazing staff at Heron Terrace nursing home for their outstanding care. If you so desire, donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation would be appreciated.

Theriault, Emile “Emmer” “Milou”

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 10, 2017 at 80 years of age. Beloved husband of 57 years to Carol (nee Awad). Loving father of Mark (Helen), Jeff (Lori), Denise (Chris) Gignac, Chris (Lori), Matt (Sonia), and Dan (Cherie). He will be lovingly missed by his 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by parents Arthur (1959) and Evangeline (1975) and siblings Mike (1988), Dolores (1985), Annette (2004), Art (2012). Survived by sisters Rita Georgeff (Larry, 1977) and Lilly Nowicki (Bernard, 2012). He will be fondly remembered by his many niece, nephews, brother in laws and sister in laws. Emmer retired from Chrysler Local 1498 after 37 years of service. Pip was very passionate about his baseball career, which spanned over 60 years. He was inducted into the Windsor-Essex Slo Pitch Hall of Fame 2015. He was one of the founders of Windsor Chiefs Slo Pitch Club. His latest passion was shooting pool, especially with Jack and Ziggy. Milou was a diehard Habs and Blue Jay fan. If you so desire, donations to Autism Services of Windsor & Essex County or Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation (Organ Donation) would be appreciated by the family.

Walter Block

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Walter Block on March 19, 2017 at the age of 74. Loving father of Sarah Block, Windsor, Jessica Barlow, LaSalle. Beloved grandpa of Brandon and Emily. Also lovingly remembered by Kathie Block. Dear brother Bill Block, Harrow, Alfred Chaly, Windsor and the late Freida Janzen. Walt was a Millwright for 43 ½ years at Seagram’s and retired in 2004.

Memorial donations may be made by cheque to Meals on Wheels, Harrow or Harrow Mennonite Church.

James (Jim) Kalman Schroll

obit portraitIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jim on March 16, 2017 at the age of 91. Jim has now been reunited with his beloved Liisa (2011). Dear son of the late James Elsworth and Susan “Suie” Schroll. Loving father of Liisa Ryan (Don), Sheila Lockhart (David) and Jim (Bonnie). Adored grandpa to Scott, Jennifer, Dana, Sarah, and Jarrod. Dear great-grandpa to Emma, Victoria, Khye, Maeve, Audrey and Adelaide. Jim was a proud retired firefighter for the City of Windsor for 30 years. At the time of his retirement in 1986, he was District Fire Chief for the City. Jim was also a founding member of the City of Windsor Senior Slo-Pitch Baseball League (WECSSO). He was a key organizer of the Windsor Firefighters’ Field Day Festival held for many years at Jackson Park and a longtime Royal Canadian Legion member. Jim will always be remembered as a hardworking, kind, generous man. He lived his life with integrity, honesty and commitment to service for others. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the EMS workers for their professional assistance and support. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Windsor Professional Firefighter Benefit Fund.

Thomas (Tommy) Simpson

SIMPSON, Thomas (Tommy) Joseph
Nov 06 1921 – Jan 28 2017

Peacefully in his 96th year after a short illness, surrounded by family. Tommy was predeceased by his wife of close to 60 years, Florence Lemieux. They are dancing the jitterbug together now. Tommy is survived by his children Judy, Wayne (Patti), Janet and Tommie. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and twelve great- grandchildren. Tommy was a Naval War Veteran and one of only 116 to receive the Distinguished Service Medal, he spoke often about his times in the war and made sure the history was passed down for the generations. Tom served for many years as the Navy Club President on University and Bruce in Windsor. Tommy’s career outside of the service took many turns beginning with his first career as a TV technician which lasted for over thirty years. Just a few short years later he began working as a Border Control guard for Customs and Immigration, doing both jobs at the same time in order to provide for his family. While at Customs and Immigration he worked as the Union President at one point in his long 23 year career at the border. He retired in 1987 and spent the next years dancing, playing baseball, cards and golf with his many friends and family. Tommy will likely be best remembered as one of the founding members of the Windsor Essex County Seniors Softball league, which he played well into his eighties before finally hanging up his glove. The league is still in place today. The family would like to express gratitude to the Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus Emergency and 5th floor nursing staff for your care and compassion in our father’s final hours. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to VETS Canada or the PTSD Association of Canada to assist Veterans who are returning from war with PTSD, which was a cause near to our father’s heart.

John Stein

obit portraitSTEIN, John Anthony
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of John at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 31, 2016 at the age of 71. John leaves behind his two sons John Jr. and Bob (Teresa) as well as his beautiful granddaughter Gabriella “Sweetpea”. Former husband and friend of Mary Ellen Stein (nee McMahon) and brother- in-law of John E. McMahon and family. Predeceased by his parents John and Rosalie Stein. Sadly missed by his cousins Mark, Wayne and Marty. He will be always remembered by his loving friends Maria and Tony Frangione, his best friends Paul and Sandy Carter, Fred and Elyse Maindonald, Judy Thibert and the many friends that he has met through the car business, sports and his path throughout life. John was the proud owner of John Stein Auto and had a passion in the auto industry for over 50 years. A deep heartfelt thank you to all the Doctors, Nurses and Support Staff who took such great care of our father and assisted us through this difficult time. If you so desire, donations to Windsor Essex Cancer Centre or Canadian Spinal Research Organization would be appreciated.

Gordon Waffle

WAFFLE, Gordon Allen Douglas
91 years. Passed away peacefully at WRH Metropolitan Campus on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Jeanne Waffle (2013). Dear father of Cathy Missel and husband Dave, Linda Gates and husband Jim, Connie Dennis and husband Rick, Margaret Allen and husband Ron and Allen Waffle. Loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Gordon retired from the Bendix Corporation and was a former caretaker at Lincoln Road United Church. If desired, memorial donations made to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Don Stockwell

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 8, 2016 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Olga for 57 years. Loving father of Shari Baron and Jim Spiers, Laurie and Rob Fisher and Chris and Tina Stockwell. Proud and loving grandfather of Katie, Trevor, Laura, Ryan, Alicia, Brandon, Chase and Emma. Survived by his dear sister Irene. Predeceased by his siblings Gord, Mary and Glenn. Dear brother-in-law of Jennie. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Don worked at Bell Canada for 38 years and was the recipient of a Bell Innovation Award. He played slow-pitch and volleyball with WECSSO as recently as this past summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transition to Betterness.