Phyllis Mennell

MENNELL, Phyllis - Peacefully, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Victoria Hospital, London, Phyllis passed away in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Harry Elmer Mennell. Dear mother of Robert Mennell (Francine) and Karen Mennell both of London. Grandma of Jackie and Christine (Tim Knoop). Sister of Norma Barr (late James) of London, Geraldine Davis (Robert) of Ridgetown, Sheila Stafford (Lawrence) of London, Helen Johnson (late Leonard) of London and Carol Hawkins (Donald) of London. Predeceased by her parents George and Constance Walker and brothers William, George and David. Friends and family are welcomed for visiting on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 12:00 -1:00 pm at the A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will take place in the chapel at 1:00 pm. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis' memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 640 STN K, Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9 or Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, ON N6J 1L9. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com1327

Evelyn Sweet

SWEET, EVELYN Uretta  -

With sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of Evelyn Uretta Sweet, nee Gardener March 27 2018. She will be missed by her daughter Vicki Comfort, nee Sweet, and sons Stephen Sweet and Susan, Scott Sweet and Karen and Jason Sweet, her Grandchildren Jeremy Comfort, Dayna Comfort, Colleen Scott and Joel Sweet and her great grandchildren. Thank you to the nurses and doctors at Victoria Hospital who made her final days comfortable. A memorial service was held at The Church of the Epiphany, Friday March 30 at 1:00PM.

Joyce Gillan

Here's a note from Joyce's daughter

Today, my inspiring mother passed away. I have always wanted to be as brave, adaptable and empathetic as Joyce Gillan. She faced extreme health problems particularly in the last year. Today, as per her wishes, nature was allowed to run its course. Mom's close family will always treasure their memories of her and try to live up to her example. We know friends, particularly those at Elmwood Long Term Care will miss her humour, understanding and baking! Thanks Mom for all of your heart for so long. Will miss you forever.

 

Willis Earl Lonsdale

LONSDALE, Willis Earl… Peacefully, in his 93rd year on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Willis served our country with honour with the Royal Canadian Artillery in Canada, United Kingdom and Continental Europe from January 1944 until May 1946, being awarded the France and Germany Star and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. He was loving husband to Winnifred “Bunny”. Dear father of Wayne (Liza), Susan Hodgins, Barry (Isobel), Joan Cresswell (Mike) and Linda (John). Much loved grandfather of Sean (Melany), Kevin (Jennifer), Brett (Brooke), Andrea, Jaclyn (Charlie), Graeme (Jessica), Evan (Ashley) and Russell. Treasured great-grandfather of Madison, Maddux, Selena, Caleb, Oliver, Lena and Scarlett. Predeceased by his siblings Norval (Marjorie) and Jean (Res).

He will be missed by family and friends; words seem inadequate in conveying our sense of loss. Friends will be received by the family from 12:00-1:00pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1:00pm. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London, ON N6A 3A1 or St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation - Parkwood Institute, 550 Wellington Road, London, ON N6C 0A7. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Allister Nesbitt 1960 – 2017

It is with a great deal of sadness we mourn the loss of Carole Fleet's son Allister.

Nesbitt - Allister John Terrance formerly of Ipperwash passed away on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at University Hospital in London. Loved and missed by his mother Carole and stepfather Ralph Fleet. Loved brother of Kimmerly (Kimberly) Nesbitt, Cheryl Blancher, Valerie Nesbitt (Brian), Christina (Chad) Davidson, Kelly Sonke (John), many nieces, nephews, friends and best friend Duke. Predeceased by his father Albert, his sister Theresa and brother Phillip. A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 12pm at The Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe St W, in London. Reverend Teresa Corrigan officiating. A visitation will take place 1 hour prior to the service. A spring Interment at Ward Cemetery. Memorial donations appreciated to The Church of the Epiphany. Please leave a memory or condolence online at www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com

Manor Park New Years Eve at Epiphany

A step back in time to 2001

 

Florence Ball 1927-2017

Florence went up to join the love of her life last Wednesday Dec 13

 

Last Dance

 

Carol Service 2017

Think tank says religious group spending pays off nearly five-fold

A recent article in the London Free Press reports that for every dollar spent by churches on outreach programming, the community reaps $4.77 worth of benefit

Check out the link below

   

http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/14/think-tank-says-religious-group-spending-pays-off-nearly-five-fold

 

Here's the article:

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press

A new tool by a Hamilton-based think tank is letting Canadians coast to coast see how money from church collection plates in their community translates to social good on the street.

For every dollar congregations spend on programming, the community reaps $4.77 worth of benefit, according to Cardus estimates. Researchers call this divine social and economic spin-off a halo – and now the public can search for their town or city using the think tank’s tool.

“These communities are generating good beyond themselves and that means everybody is kind of benefitting,” said Milton Friesen, senior fellow and program director at Cardus.

“If they disappeared and you had to cover the common good benefits that they’re giving to the community, what would that cost you in a dollar figure?… Who would pick up that slack?”

The interactive online tool is an expansion of study published last year that focused 10 Christian and non-Christian Toronto congregations.

The Cardus team assigned market prices to the services each group provided – including daycares, recreation space, alcohol and drug addiction programming, family counselling, housing developments and helping refugees settle in Canada. Researchers interviewed church leaders and handed out detailed questionnaires for them to complete. The study was based on a similar project conducted in Philadelphia and was funded by the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, World Vision Canada, The Salvation Army and several other religious organizations.

When the project leads tallied up all the programs, assessed their monetary worth and compared the final sum to the 10 churches’ overall operating budget, they found that for every dollar the congregations spent on initiatives, the community receives nearly $4.77 in benefits.

“They’re not producing widgets or cars or things that can be directly linked to GDP…. But if they disappeared and the municipality or somebody had to put back all the stuff that’s missing, how much would that cost,” said Friesen.

The newly-released Halo Calculator applies the figure uncovered in Cardus’ 2016 study to Canada Revenue Agency data for church groups across the country. St. Thomas’ 16 listed congregations had a combined operating budget of $2,546,336 in 2013. By Cardus estimates, the total dollar value of the services they provide totals more than $12 million.

“This is all still very experimental,” said Friesen, adding the Halo Calculator numbers are only meant to be estimates.

“We’re hoping to generate more research. We’re pretty sure this is not the end of the story.”

Friesen wants the findings and the new online tool to spark conversations about the role religious institutions play in community development – especially at a time when some are facing an aging congregation and declining membership.

“This will hopefully generate discussion between municipalities and faith communities,” said Friesen.

“They are part of the social ecology of their communities. The look to be generative, they’re adding something, they’re not extracting. Let’s talk about what that means in terms of the long-term wellbeing of our communities.”

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Halo Effect in Southwestern Ontario

Dollar value of community impact

London – 351 organizations – $811,032,649

Sarnia – 77 organizations – $143,333,940

Chatham – 67 organizations – $97,430,622

Woodstock – 56 organizations – $77,840,471

Aylmer – 22 organizations – $19,320,647

St. Thomas – 16 organizations – $12,146,023

Dutton – 11 organizations – $2,560,670

West Lorne – 5 organizations – $2,146,438

Source: Cardus calculation based on 2013 Canada Revenue Agency T3010 data

Willis John Ball

BALL, Willis John - Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Florence (Williams) for nearly 68 years. Loving father of Richard and Lori. Predeceased by his parents John and Gertrude (Stewart), sister Dorothy (Bert) Donnlley, and brother Stewart (June) Ball. Willis will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 12- 1 PM with a funeral service to follow in the chapel at 1 PM. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery following the service. A special thank you to Dr. Dulay and staff LHSC Victoria Campus. Willis was a member of Masonic Temple Lodge No. 597 for almost 60 years and an honorary member of Morton's Point Fishing Camp. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Willis are asked to consider the London Humane Society, Parkinson's Society or a charity of their choice. Online condolences may be accepted atforestlawnmemorial.ca