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FUNDrive at Epiphany

You know, one of the best things of being a part of Epiphany is all the fun we have. Even when we’re working we have fun. Wednesday November 17, our assigned delivery date finally arrived, the culmination of a year’s collection of Garage Sale items. As you know Epiphany usually has a couple of Garage sales each year. The Covid pandemic put an end to that. One of our members saw an ad from Value Village called FUNDrive. When she checked into it she discovered that we could save then deliver our usual Garage Sale items to VV and get paid for it. What a great idea!!!. So we started collecting, and collecting, and collecting. The Hall basement filled up and still items were arriving. The Church basement filled up and still more items. Then, just as it seemed Epiphany’s walls were going to burst we got together, safely masked and loaded 2 large UHaul trucks and took everything to Value Village on Wellington Road South. The accumulated bagged and boxed items (clothing, footwear, linens, pots and pans and other small household items – you know, everything but the kitchen sink) weighed in at over 5000 pounds. A big thank you to everyone who contributed. It was a lot of work, but as you can see in the pictures, many hands make work light – and fun. I heard many laughs, giggles and happy noises as we worked delivering these things to VV (Another huge thank you to our volunteer loaders – way to go Epiphanites!!!) By the way, did I tell you, Value Village paid us for these things. A win win as I see it.

Green Gators Remember

Several years ago after our annual Service of Remembrance we noticed children’s artwork attached to the fence around the cenotaph courtyard. After a little sleuthing we discovered that the Western Daycare “Orange Owls” had visited and left a Remembrance Day inspired piece of art. We contacted Western Day Care and found that one of the teachers, Julia had been bringing her class over each Remembrance Day. We got in touch with Julia and from that day the Orange Owls, and this year, the Green Gators have been sharing Remembrance Day with us.
Unfortunately, during the last two Remembrance Days the children have not been able to walk over to the cenotaph,
so we have been visiting them at the school instead.







NESBITT, Valerie Jean Lenore

NESBITT, Valerie Jean Lenore

Val passed over into paradise on Sunday October 24, 2021 surrounded by her family at University Hospital, at the age of 65.

She is survived by her (Bubby) Alyssa, and daughter-in-law Cadet. Her partner of 35 years, Brian. Her incredible granddaughter, Kennedy. Her mother, Carole, brothers and sisters, Cheryl, Kimmerly, Christina and Kelly. Val will be loved and missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She would say her greatest accomplishment was the arrival of her daughter at 38 years old! And anyone who knew her knew of her love of Phil Collins!

Val was predeceased by her father; Albert, and 3 of her siblings; Phillip, Theresa and Allister. A private service will be held at Needham Funeral Home on Friday, October 29, 2021. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Valerie’s name to the Canadian Lung Association.

Fred Holowitz

Holowitz, Fred

Mr. Fred Holowitz passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Born in Fort William, ON on February 27, 1925 he was a lifelong resident, attending local schools. He served in the Canadian Navy during WWII as a sailor on the HMCS St. Catherines and was a long time employee of the intercity location of Sears, retiring in 1982.

Predeceased by his wife Esther Holowitz (Silvestri), father and mother Stephen and Ahafia Holowaty, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Dan Mozel (Fort William), brother Joseph Holowitz (Fort William) and nephew-in-law Bill Makiw (Thunder Bay).

He is survived by his son Stephen (Teresa), London ON, daughter Cathy (Doug), Thornbury ON, grandchildren Adam (London ON), Elena (New Westminster BC) and niece Jean Makiw.

Special thanks to Thunder Bay cousins Joanne Walters and Robert Sylvester.

A member of St. Agnes RC Church, the Royal Canadian Legion (Slovak Branch), the Knights of Columbus, and longtime member of the Fort William Country Club and Go-Slow Curling at Fort William Curling Club and the Men’s Bowling League at the Galaxy and Big M Bowl.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

If friends desire, donations in memoriam, may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation of Canada.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing – Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate and thoughtful care of Fred, particularly since the passing of Esther last December. The kindness and support of this wonderful team of caregivers will always be remembered by the immediate family.

Condolences may be made through www.nwfainc.com

Mildred A McColl


Mildred McColl (nee Bell)

Peacefully at Parkwood Institute on Monday, August 23, 2021, Mildred A. McColl in her 97th year. Beloved wife to the late Donald K. McColl (2008). Loving mother of Janet Stewart (Ron), Wendy MacSween (Rod) of Kincardine, and Donna McColl. Dear Grandma of Sara and Cait Stewart, Suzanne Hallay (Peter) and Scott MacSween (Carmen), and special “Gram” to Lindsay Hall (Nathan). Loving Great Grandma to Mason, Max, Ivy, Carter and Bazil. Cremation has taken place. Guests will be received for visitation at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas Street East, London on Monday, August 30 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Following physical distance restrictions, 40 people are allowed for visiting at any given time. We apologize in advance for any delays in entering the funeral home based on the numbers attending. A private Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Please contact the family, if you wish to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Thames Valley Education Foundation or to the Church of the Epiphany.


Our Prayers go out to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters



The Church of the Epiphany the Little Church that Cares has lowered the flag in our Cenotaph in honour of our Muslim brothers and sisters who were so senselessly attacked recently in our great city.

Our Prayers go out for you



Our prayers

Our prayers are for the young and the innocent.

Our prayers are for the souls leaving us too soon

                                                way to early.

Our prayers are for the lonely

                                    for the souls left behind.

Our prayers are for the grief, for the tears

                                    for the sadness.

Our prayers are for time

                                    time to heal

                                    time to love

                                    time to remember all that is good.

Our prayers are for you

                                    for the laughter

                                    for the happiness

                                    for the joy yet to come.

Our prayers are for you.


Jeanne Heighway


With deep sadness the family of Jeanne L. Heighway (nee Hunt) announce her passing on Thursday, April 1, 2021, due to complications from a stroke, in her 92nd year. Beloved mother of Catherine (Wally MacKinnon) and Steve (Kim) Heighway. Devoted Nana of Mitchell (Meg) Heighway, Brent Heighway and Emily MacKinnon. Survived by her sister Betty (Bud) Bathgate, brothers-in-law Bob (Midge) Heighway and Don Winterton, sister-in-law Kit Hunt as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her loving husband Bruce (2016), brother George Hunt, sister-in-law Mary Jane Winterton and brother-in-law Don Heighway. Jeanne was born and raised in London, Ontario. She attended Central High School, and it was at a school dance where she met Bruce who would become her beloved husband. The couple married in 1951, built their home and raised their family in London. At 16 years of age, she began working at “The Bell” telephone company as a switchboard operator. Jeanne stayed at home to care for her young family and in 1968 joined Canada Trust – University Branch as a teller. Over the span of her 25 year career with the bank, she also worked at head office accounting and real estate administration. Jeanne poured her heart and soul into all aspects of her family. Among her many passions she was a superb gardener, a fantastic cook, an excellent seamstress and an avid birdwatcher. Jeanne and Bruce shared a love of travel that took them on many world-wide adventures. Closer to home, they both enjoyed activities with the Ilderton Curling Club, Huff n’ Puff biking group and the London Centre Branch YMCA. They owned a cottage near St Joseph on Lake Huron for several years, which was the hub of family get-togethers. It was here that Jeanne nurtured her spectacular gardens and opened the wonders of nature to her young grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren and always felt so blessed to have been able to take an active role in their lives. Jeanne was a resilient, determined, creative, generous, and loving woman and we will miss her terribly. We would like to thank the staff at Fox Hollow Assisted Living for their care and compassion over the past several months. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held when Covid restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre, PO Box 601, Mt Brydges, ON N0L 1W0, Wellspring London and Region Cancer Support Centre, 382 Waterloo Street (Inside the YMCA), London, ON N6B 2N8 or the London Centre Branch YMCA – Strong Kids campaign, 382 Waterloo Street, London, ON N6B 2N8 in memory of Jeanne. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com”The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”

Published on April 10, 2021

Barb turns 80


Junne Boucher


At University Hospital, London on Monday, March 15, 2021, Junne (Winslow) Boucher in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Bill Boucher (1981). Dear mother-in-law of Wayne Parker (Connie). Cherished grandmother of Janice Wiersma (Jim), Bob Parker (Sue), and great-grandmother of Laryssa Parker and Michelle Wiersma. Dearly missed by Allan Cross (Barbara). Predeceased by her stepdaughter Dorothy Parker, her parents William and Clara Winslow, her sisters Clara, Audrey and Phyllis. A private graveside service was held at Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Humane Society of London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Esther Holowitz

Mrs. Esther Holowitz

(nee Sylvester) passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Born in Fort William, ON on July 3, 1924, she was a lifelong resident attending local schools and retiring from the National Film Board in 1989. Predeceased by her father and mother Beniamino and Giovanna Silvestri, sisters and brothers-in-law Mella and Tony Zanni (Thunder Bay), Ada and Joseph Dlhoucky (Thunder Bay), Joseph and Elsa Sylvester (Sudbury), Bruno and Lena Sylvester (Thunder Bay), sister Mary Sylvester (Toronto and Thunder Bay), brother John Sylvester (Ottawa), sister-in-law Gina Sylvester (Toronto). She is survived by Fred, her husband of 67 years, son Stephen (Teresa), London, ON, daughter Cathy (Doug) Thornbury, ON, grandchildren Adam (London, ON), Elena (New Westminster, BC), brother Leonard Sylvester (Toronto), sister-in-law Evelyn Sylvester, (Ottawa), special walking partner and niece Jean Makiw, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay. A member of the St. Agnes’ CWL and a charter member of TOPS ON 502. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. If friends desire donations in memoriam may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Toys for Tots, Thunder Bay.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing-Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate care of Esther, particularly in her final days.

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Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Dec. 16, 2020.

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