In Memorium

DEPAEPE, Betty Lou (Anderson)

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Betty Lou announce her passing at the V.O.N Sakura House, Woodstock, with her loving family by her side, on October 23rd, 2019, in her 76th year. Born October 28th, 1943 in Simcoe, Ontario to her late parents Godfrey and Marion (Green) Anderson. Beloved wife and best friend of Michael DePaepe for 57 years. Married July 28th, 1962. They worked alongside one another for 18 years farming in the Langton area. Michael and Betty moved to the Tillsonburg area in 1990. Betty continued working in Tillsonburg area factories until 2003. Betty was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Betty and Michael provided a great life for each other and their growing family. Loving mother of Annette (Jim), Michael (Jocelyne), Kim (Wes). Cherished grandmother of Jayme (Ali), Jenna (Andy), Michael (Carol-Lynn), Melissa, Brody and Zak. She very much adored her great-grandchildren Mason and Toryn. Betty is survived by her siblings: Gordon, Alex, Bea, Gilbert (Debbie), Sandie (Mike), Keith, Murray (Paul), Dennis (Debbie), Linda (Mike). Predeceased by her sister Diane. Survived by her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Theresa (Jeff), Janet and Kim. Predeceased by father and mother-in-law Michael and Angela (Poppe) DePaepe. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with confidence to the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc., 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg. Friends neighbours and relatives will be received by Michael and family on Friday, October 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes Chapel, Tillsonburg. A Complete Funeral Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrate Betty’s Life and Legacy will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 51 Venison St. W., by Rev. Fr. John Pirt. Parish prayers will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Rev. Fr. John Pirt. Private family inurnment in the Tillsonburg Cemetery Columbarium at a later date. Memorial donations to the “L.H.S.C. Cancer Clinic” or “V.O.N. Oxford” (Sakura House) or “St. Mary’s Church- Building Fund” would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Condolences and favourite memories can be shared at

“Special thanks to mom’s support circle of family, friends, V.O.N. Sakura House staff, Dr. Cheng for all of his compassion, the Care Partners Team – Nurses and PSW’s, Dr. Blanchette and his nurse Jennifer, Dr. Yaremko, from the London Health Science Centre – London Regional Cancer Program, Dr. Dhaliwal from London Health Sciences Centre, O.T., Palliative Care Team. Your excellent care and compassion for our special wife and mother will never be forgotten.”

ELLIS – Mervin “Paul”

Suddenly, at his home on Tuesday August 13, 2019, Melvin “Paul” Ellis, formerly of the Tillsonburg area passed away at the age of 61 years.  Loving son of Ernest Ellis, brother of Roger (Iva) Ellis, Dorothy Weeks, and Evelyn Ellis.   Wonderful uncle to many,  nieces and nephews.  Paul also had great nieces and a great nephew.  Predeceased by his mother Helen, and brother in laws Earl and Lloyd.  Paul was an avid toy collector for many years and especially loved John Deere tractors.  The Ellis family welcomes friends and family to attend visitation for Paul at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Limited, 43 Bidwell St., Tillsonburg, ON, (519) 842-5221 on Friday  August 16, 2019 from 10- 11 a.m. with the funeral service to follow.  Pastor Lola Mather-Dyer officiating.  Inurnment in Delmer Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial donations (payable by cheque)  may be made at Ostranders Funeral Home to the University Hospital, or the Springford Baptist Church.  Personal condolences may be sent to

MOFFAT – Robert “John” Harold

Peacefully at the Victoria Hospital in London on July 30, 2019, Robert “John” Harold Moffat passed away in his 78th year.   He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mae (Doubledee).  Loving father to Sandy Livermore (Jim), Shelley Moffat (Peter Lilley) and Rick Moffat (Cheryl).  Adoring grandfather to Ellie (Cole), Trevor (Birkley), Brooke (Mitch), Megan (Mitch), Ryan, Jackie (Paul), Courtney (Adam), Jake, and Luke.  John is also a great grandfather to Quinton and Adelina.  John was survived by his sisters Dawn White (Ken) and Marjory Ahudja as well as sister in law Irene Bridge (Ev).  Predeceased by his sister June Haylow and his parents Harold and Ruby Moffat.  John enjoyed a lengthy career at EllisDon Construction for 43 years specializing in Hospital Construction.  He also trained and drove standardbred horses for over 20 years.  John had a passion for horse racing, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He was best known for his unique ability to make people laugh.  A special thank you to the medical staff of Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital especially the Dialysis Unit as well as the staff of Victoria Hospital.  In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Karlene Palmer Brown officiating at The Carriage Hall 25 Brock St W, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2A3 on Friday, August 2, 2019 and a Celebration of Life to follow from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Memorial donations to the Dialysis Unit at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital or the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the Moffat family.  Personal condolences may be sent to

PEARSON – Corbin

PEARSON, Corbin Melville of Kintore- Passed away surrounded by his loving family, at the Woodstock Hospital, on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Mary Helene Pearson (2016). Cherished father to Ken (Linda) and Barry (Lois), cherished grandfather to Marnie Holloway (Danny), Drew Pearson (Abbey), and Todd Pearson (Candice), great-grandfather to Grace, Nash, Brett, and Brody. Predeceased by his brother Roy Pearson. Born and raised in the Kintore region and a life long member of Chalmers United Church, Kintore. Corbin will always be remembered by his nieces, nephews and extended family. A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Brock & Visser Funeral Home, Thamesford Chapel, 177 Dundas St., Thamesford, ON where the funeral service will be held in the Funeral home chapel on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 11:00. Rev. Richard Hryniw officiating. Interment in the Kintore Presbyterian Cemetery with Reception to follow at the Chalmers United Church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Parkinson’s Society and may be arranged through the funeral home. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at

CRONE – Maurice

Passed away peacefully at LHSC- Victoria Hospital, London, with family by his side, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 of RR 4 Denfield, at the age of 85. Loving and devoted husband of Marjorie (Leis) Crone for 51 years. Dear brother-in-law of Mabel Wagler, and Marcella and Dennis Alles. Proud uncle of Pauline Baumbach, Judy and Lyle Schultz, and great-uncle of Sarah, Isaiah, and Aaron. Loved by special friends Dianne Dawson, and Heather and Greg Moffatt. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Jean Crone, sister Norma and Bill Sherritt, and in-laws, Dorothy and Harold Baumbach, Roy Leis, Earl Dietz, and Melvin Wagler. Maurice’s true passion was farming. He loved airplanes and fixing anything mechanical. He could often be found lending a hand to a family member or neighbour. The family wishes to thank the kind staff at St. Marys Memorial Hospital and the surgical team and nurses at LHSC- Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion. Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Thursday, July 11th from 6 – 8 PM, and again on Friday, July 12th from 10 until the time of the funeral service, which will be held at 11 AM. Interment St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be forwarded at


Peacefully at Terrace Lodge Nursing Home, Aylmer on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 John “Jack” Henry Fleming  Whitmore of Tillsonburg.  Predeceased by his loving wife Ruth (2013).  Survived by nieces Sandra (Fred) Gallant, Jane Pine, Mary Anne (Ian) Marshall, and nephews Dr. William (Barbara) Pine, and James (Susan) Pine, and by goddaughter, Barbara Gibbs. Predeceased by his parents George and Nellie.  Jack graduated from the College of Pharmacy at University of Toronto in 1952.  He married Ruth Muddiman in 1962 and they moved to Tillsonburg in 1965.  They bought an independent pharmacy from R.A. Hillburg and it became Whitmore Pharmacy on Broadway with his partner Gord Reynolds.  Jack was very active in the community and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award.  Jack was a member of the Tillsonburg Lions for many years.  He was a member of VON Canada and Avondale United Church, Tillsonburg.  A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at AVONDALE UNITED CHURCH, 60 Harvey St., Tillsonburg.  The family will receive visitors before the service from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Avondale United Church.  A private family interment will be held at the Tillsonburg Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to Avondale United Church; Port Perry District Memorial Hospital Foundation, or VON-Canada would be appreciated by Jack’s family.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED, 43 Bidwell St., Tillsonburg (519) 842-5221. Personal condolence and favourite memories of Jack may be made at


Peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, June 27, 2019, Nita “June” (Underhill) Warren, formerly of Port Burwell, passed away at the age of 91 years.  Beloved wife of the Late John Warren (2008).  Proud mother of Jim Warren (Judy) of London and Ted Warren (Marie) of Port Burwell.  Cherished grandmother of Tammy McCord (Dennis), Tracey Millard (Bob) and Crystal Bartlett (Jason) and great-grandmother of Kristen McCord, Cole Millard, Kaylee Millard, Samantha Bartlett and Abigail Bartlett.  June was predeceased by her sister Myrtle Brown.  Friends and relatives will be received at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm & 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  The Funeral Service for June will be held in Ostrander’s Chapel on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Bill Wiebe officiating.  Interment will follow at the Straffordville Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the Warren family.  Personal condolences and favourite memories can be made at