It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our little angel of 5 years, Olivia Marie Formosa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Olivia was an old soul, loving, smiling and singing Frozen and Frozen 2 songs through her biggest battles. ‘Liv’ was the cherished daughter of Brooke Formosa and Zachary Mayer and adoring sister of Paisley. Precious granddaughter of Lino & Kari Formosa, Mary Mayer and Robert Cubrt and great granddaughter of Mary & the late Arthur Formosa, Donald & the late Patricia Moore, Phillip & the late Sue Mayer. Treasured niece of Sarah and Katie Formosa and Brandon Mayer. She was a feisty, unforgettable and magical beacon to her family, friends and community. A private family visiting will be held with a proper celebration of Olivia’s life to be announced at a later date. The HAYCOCK-CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. If desired, remembrances to Childcan, The Childhood Cancer Research Association may be left at the funeral home 519.627.3231. Online tributes may be left at www.CavanaghFuneralHome.ca The family would like to thank the community and especially the angels of the Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre, Sick Kids Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Holland Bloorview Rehab Centre and Ronald McDonald House for their outpouring of love and support.
Published on May 2, 2020
The community came together on Tuesday for a touching tribute and celebration for a brave local girl, who has received her angel wings.
Olivia Formosa passed away at her home in Wallaceburg on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
She was five-years-old.
Olivia inspired many, was a fighter and showed tremendous courage during a three year battle with brain cancer.
Shortly after Olivia turned two years old, doctors found a mass that surrounded her cerebellum, her brain stem and down into her spinal cord.
Over the past few years, Olivia underwent multiple procedures.
She returned home from the hospital on Monday.
To honour Olivia and support her family, a special celebration of life cruise took place in Wallaceburg on Tuesday evening.
Over 450 vehicles packed the parking lot outside of the former Sobey’s building on McNaughton Avenue. Bicycles, ATV’s, cars, trucks and emergency service vehicles drove in a parade down Albert Street and by the Wallaceburg Christian School, where the Formosa family gathered.
Some of Olivia’s favourite characters, Princess Elsa, Anna and Cinderella were present and waving as the cruise drove by Olivia’s family.
Honking horns could be heard throughout the entire neighborhood as the parade participants tried to make the parade a fitting tribute to Olivia.
Wallaceburg resident Madison Bembridge, a friend of the Formosa family, told the Sydenham Current she has known Brooke Formosa, Olivia’s mother, for a few years, as her child Scarlett used to have play dates with Olivia, as they were only a few months apart in age.
“When I heard about Livie getting sick, I was heartbroken,” Bembridge said.
“I’ve followed her journey and prayed that she would fight this. After three long years of battling, God decided that it was time for Livie to gain her angel wings and go up to heaven.”
Bembridge added: “Olivia has touched many hearts and Brooke is a strong will-powered mom, who did the best she could through this hard battle. Livie is a warrior. She was a strong, beautiful little girl. She fought her battle till the very end. Fly high sweet angel.”
The Chatham-Kent Police Service traffic unit was supportive of the event, helping to organize the blockades and direct traffic during the celebration cruise.
Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services Station #3 Wallaceburg firefighters and Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics were also present to show their support.
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Friday, February 21, 2020, Margarete Haussner of London in her 85th year.
Wife of the late Roland Haussner (2004). Loving mother of Birgit Price (late Randall) and Rainer Haussner. Cherished Oma of Wendy and Michael, great Oma of Zackery, Jade, Tristan, Taylar, Draven, Savannah, Kyra, Zander and Liley and great great Oma of Audrey. Predeceased by her brother Helmut.
A celebration of Margarete”s life will be held at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St., London, Ontario (between Colborne & Waterloo St.), on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Margarete are asked to consider the charity of your choice.
Peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Middlesex Terrace, Monneen (nee Irving) Elliott in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Elliott (2016). Dear mother of dawna elliott of Alberta, Lorraine Elliott of St. Thomas, and Ted Elliott of London. Much loved grandmother of Rob (Stephanie) and Jon Cook. Loving GG of Morgan and Harry. Loving MOM-MO of Lindsay and Megan. Chosen son Michael Swift. Cremation has taken place. At Monneen’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Her final resting place will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe, ON. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 180-633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted with A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME, 519-433-5184. Online condolences and memories shared at www.amgfh.com
At the firehall three bells indicates all safe home. At Epiphany on all saints day we ring our bell as each name on our All Saints list is read. When everyone’s name has been read we ring the bell three times to indicate all safe home.
The family of Lisa wishes to thank our relatives, friends, neighbours and co-workers for the thoughtful acts of kindness through cards, floral arrangements, food and memorial donations in memory of a wonderful daughter, niece, cousin and friend. A special thanks to all paramedics, firefighters, doctors and nurses for their compassionate care. A special thanks to Rev. Teresa Corrigan and our church family for their support and beautiful lunch.
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our daughter Lisa on May 11, 2019 after a brief illness. Survived by parents Bob and Linda and sister Christine, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will be received at the Church of the Epiphany, 11 Bristol St. West, London, ON, N6J 1L9 on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service to celebrate Lisa’s life at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the memorial fund of the Church of the Epiphany would be appreciated.
On Friday May 17 a service of remembrance was held at the Church of the Epiphany. Our little church was full to the rafters with friends, relatives and co-workers. Rev Teresa led us through a beautiful memorial much appreciated by all. It was a very appropriate and proper send off for our friend Lisa.
Joe Bowman was a long time parishioner at the Church of the Epiphany. He was known in the area as the Mayor of Manor Park. He owned a Variety Store on the corner of Wharncliffe Rd and Emery St. Joe was a very generous man. If someone needed food, but couldn’t afford to pay just then – no problem. Joe would give him what he needed. In reality Joe was the first food bank in the area, long before our church food bank. Joe was also a decorated war veteran. He was instrumental in forming the Manor and Highland Park War Restoration Committee when the cenotaph was vandalized beyond repair and had to be replaced. Back in 2011 Adam, Teresa’s son Adam interviewed Joe for a school project. Here is an audio file of that interview.
WHITTINGTON, Elizabeth Marie (Haskell)…
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Monday, July 9, 2018, Elizabeth “Betty” Whittington of London, Ontario, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Glenn (1990). Cherished mother of Debra and Frank Rastin of Belmont, Nancy and Rick Killby of St. Catharines, and Mary-Liz and Joe Whalls of London. Predeceased by her daughter Susan (2006). Special Grandma to 11 grandchildren and their spouses, and 3 great-grandchildren. Dear sister to Donna McRitchie, Patricia Noftle, and Ruth Demaiter. Predeceased by her sister Isabelle Flight and brother Lloyd Haskell. She will also be forever remembered and missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends. Betty worked for Bell Canada for over 40 years. Following her retirement, Betty enjoyed many years of playing bridge with her friends. The family would like to thank the many teams at Victoria Hospital that cared for her with such compassion and kindness over the past 3 weeks. Family and friends will be received at A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11 am at the Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, ON N6J 1L8. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Epiphany Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com