Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints – Psalm 116:15
Our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those grieving.
It is with mixed feelings that we announce the peaceful passing of a faithful and well loved servant of God, Rev. Ken MacGowan on November 28th. Ken served as a PAOC pastor and missionary for many years in Quebec, Ontario, Kenya and Uganda. He has left a great legacy behind in the lives of his family members, parishioners, students and friends. He will be deeply missed, but there is great hope and joy in knowing that his longing to be with Jesus has finally come to pass.
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Please pray for the MacGowan, Quesnel and Conrad families during this time.
With deep gratitude for a life well lived, coupled with sadness at the loss, we announce the passing of our dear dad, Horst Doberstein. Dad went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday November 22, 2023 at the age of 89.
He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters Elaine (Gerry) Tonn, Denise (Stan) Kroeker and Miriam (Marlo) Jenkins and grandchildren: Alyssa (Jonathan) Meyer, Sheryce (Micah) Nguyen, Karyssa (Cody) Donnan , Jenna (Joel) Faszer , Lauren (Joel) Tompkins, Marriya (Scott) Bamber, Hudson (Alisha) Kroeker, Brennan (Heather) Jenkins and more recently Sophie Byun as well as 10 great grandchildren and one on the way.
He was born July 9 1934 in Julianov, near Lutzk, which was Polish territory at that time. He lost his dad at a young age but his Heavenly Father provided miraculous interventions through difficult experiences in his life. Dad would tell us about the vision of an angel, which led to a supernatural protection. The family eventually immigrated to Canada where they settled in Kelowna BC.
At Western Pentecostal Bible College (now Summit) he met Elvine Michailyk and they were married June 15 1957 and God blessed them with three daughters: Elaine, Denise and Miriam. Elvine went to be with Jesus in 2008 and Horst missed her dearly as they were partners in life and ministry for nearly 51 years.
Together they pastored in Moosehorn, MB, then spent 10 years as global workers in Argentina, planting 3 churches there. After returning to Canada, they pastored in Chilliwack, BC and then Edmonton, AB.
After serving as Superintendent of the German Branch for a season, they then pastored in Port Colborne, ON. Dad, in his retirement took on the challenge of planting a church in Edmonton (Christian Life Centre) and then assisted in laying the groundwork for planting of Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont.
Dad left a legacy of love for God, his family and building the Kingdom of God.
Funeral will be held December 1 2023 at Hope City Church, Edmonton at 1 pm.
Horst’s daughter Elaine Tonn and son-in-law Gerry Tonn are credential holders with the Western Ontario District.
Pastor Rob Moore
04.13.1964 – 11.05.2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert Alexander Moore, beloved husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and friend. Robert went to be with Jesus on November 5, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and faith that will forever be cherished by those who knew him.
Born on April 13,1964, Robert was the son of Edmund and Joyce Moore. He grew up in Ottawa in a close-knit family alongside his siblings, Brenda, Steven and Eileen. He shared many happy moments playing football, hockey and riding his motorcycles. He grew up with close friends and Robert’s kindness and compassion shone brightly, influencing those around him.
Robert Moore was a loving husband to his closest and most cherished friend, his wife, Jana, with whom he shared a beautiful journey of more than three decades. Together, they raised three strong, gentle children: Jared, Madison and Chelsea. Robert’s role as a father was filled with love, guidance, and wisdom, and his children carry his legacy of love and faith forward.
As a faithful pastor, Robert dedicated his life to building the kingdom of God. An alumni of Eastern Bible College, Robert graduated in 1986 and has served as a dedicated member of the board for years. Following his graduation, he went on to pastor in Carleton Place and Orangeville before joining Reality Ministries, serving in itinerant ministry with his family for 15 years. In 2009, God called Robert and his family to Thailand, where he served and discipled others in Chiang Mai for 6 years.
In 2016, Robert and Jana relocated to Montreal, where Robert has served for the last 7 years as Executive Pastor at Evangel Pentecostal Church. Robert’s wisdom, spiritual guidance and management capabilities provided a beacon of hope for the congregation, and his commitment to both faith and community made a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals.
In addition to his immediate family, Robert’s legacy is carried on through his beloved grandchildren, Vivienne and Jude, and their mother Elizabeth who brought immeasurable joy into his life. He was a doting Pops who cherished every moment spent with them, passing on his love and faith to the next generation.
Robert’s memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him. His gentle spirit, compassionate nature, and unwavering faith have left an unmistakable mark on the world. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the life he lived and the love he shared.
A visitation will be held at Voluntas Commemoration Inc in Montreal, Quebec on November 10 from 5-9 pm. A memorial service to honour Robert will be held on November 11, 2023 at 2pm at Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal (Live streamed). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Centre Thailand or Agape Home Ministries in Thailand in honour of Robert’s dedication to his faith and ministry there.
Robert will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The Moore family is incredibly grateful for your prayers and support during this challenging time.
Pastor Dan Rogge
Pastor Dan Rogge, born October 7, 1966 in Kitchener, ON, was peacefully welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2023, at his home in Milton, ON. He leaves behind a profound legacy of love, Christian faith, and unwavering service to his Lord, his family, and the community of Milton.
An exceptionally caring, selfless, and devoted husband of almost 33 years, Dan has gone ahead of his beautiful wife, Natalie, whom he loved, treasured and built countless memories with in their many years together. For the last year, Dan and Natalie were blessed to care for Dan’s 90-year-old mother, Maria Rogge, affectionately known to so many as “Mutti”, in their family home. Dan loved and honoured her for the gift of life she chose to give him at his time of birth. With Pastor Dan’s unexpected and immediate transition into the presence of the Lord, he is now reunited with “Vati”, his father, Ernie Rogge, who has gone on before (June 11, 2019). Dan will be greatly missed by his brother Ron Rogge (Marie) and family and his sister Verena Lanoue (Serge) and family. He is deeply cherished by Hank and Carrolle Golow, Natalie’s parents, and Natalie’s brother Steve (Nancy) and family. Although Pastor Dan and Natalie were not blessed with children of their own, they poured their lives into the many families, youth, and “spiritual children” who eagerly and wholeheartedly loved them in return. Lifelong “friends-like-family” include Esther and Raymond Kessler and their children.
In April 1992, Pastor Dan and Natalie came to Milton to a small church congregation surrounded by farmland. As New Life Church grew, so did the town of Milton around it, and Pastor Dan became a fixture in the lives of everyone who came to know him.
Whether you knew Pastor Dan as a neighbour, at the gym, in the grocery store, the bank, or throughout the community – in every interaction, no matter how small, he met each individual with a genuine and captivating smile. He took a personal interest in their lives and in learning the small details of who they were – including their name and what it meant. He was truly one of a kind. The high-fives, fist bumps, and cologne hugs will never be forgotten. Pastor Dan was always available to lend wisdom and a helping hand. He was a man of his word.
Pastor Dan’s life and ministry was characterized by his deep faith in Christ, his kind-hearted spirit, and selfless dedication to the Lord and His people both locally and globally. Even when on vacation, he and Natalie would always be found in a church on a Sunday morning, and often in the front row. He pursued his calling with unwavering determination and served as the spiritual anchor of the New Life Church family in Milton, ON where he made a profound impact on lives for over three decades – a lasting legacy of compassion and service that will be felt for generations still to come.
Pastor Dan left his mark on every inch of the church – whether managing a building project, plowing snow, cutting grass, painting, planning large banquets, cooking fabulous food, shaping the vision of the ministry, teaching, preaching, or praying with the last individual present on a Sunday – his love for the church was evident in every corner, every program, every service, every seat.
His impact and ministry extended far beyond the town of Milton. Most recently, Natalie and Dan and the New Life Church family have been passionately engaged in building churches in remote communities in Liberia, including New Life Flumpa and Barlorplay, where the message of Jesus is changing hearts and bringing purpose for living.
On good days, and difficult ones, Pastor Dan never let anyone or anything take away his Hallelujah – a testament to his unwavering faith and trust in Jesus.
“While I’m sitting in this chair, I’m dancing on the inside. I’m jumping on the inside! And there is going to be a time that comes, and it’s gonna come soon, I’m believing, that I will be jumping on the outside as well.”
(Excerpt from Pastor Dan’s Final Sermon on Sunday, October 8, 2023)
Today, he is.
Pastor Dan Rogge’s legacy lives on through the countless lives he touched, and his memory will forever inspire those who were privileged to be part of his journey. As people of faith, we await a move of the Lord where God will be glorified. And so we choose to praise Him in and through this time of sorrow and grief.
Pastor Dan is now home. And, we celebrate the hope of resurrection that is available to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at New Life Church (824 Thompson Road South, Milton, ON).
We invite you to join us for a Homegoing Service which will be held to honour Pastor Dan’s life and legacy on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time at New Life Church, with an offsite reception to follow. Details to come. For those unable to join us in person, we welcome you to join via livestream at https://www.youtube.com/@newlifemilton.
Interment will take place on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Milton Evergreen Cemetery (230 Ontario Street South, Milton, ON).
In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to New Life Church in memory of Pastor Dan Rogge, which will be used for the furthering of God’s work in Liberia. Donations can be made at https://newlifemilton.churchcenter.com/giving/to/in-memory-of-pastor-dan-rogge
An online Tribute Wall will be available on the McKersie & Early Funeral Home website on Sunday, October 22, 2023 to share memories, reflections, and photos.
Rev. Kenneth D H Gloade
Jan 19, 1948 – Sept 8, 2023
From fleeing the threat of an Indian residential school, to being the stepson of a bank robber, to being a pastor, to being a beloved prison chaplain, Ken Gloade experienced wide diversity in his secular and spiritual life. Ken was a Mi’kmaw native of the Shubenacadie Reserve in Nova Scotia. In 1953, his mother, Christina, fled illegally with Ken from the reserve to Boston. In this way, he escaped forced attendance at one of the worst residential schools in Canada. Many years later, she met and married William, a former bank robber for the Boston mob. Ken’s step-grandmother invited him to Maine to give him a chance for a normal life. Ken quickly took advantage of the opportunity. He graduated from high school in Kennebunk, Maine in 1966. He then attended New Hampshire College in Accounting and Commerce for one year. There, he met his future wife, Joanna.
Around age 16, Ken felt God’s call to the ministry. He returned to Canada in 1968 to begin studies in history and pre-theology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In 1969, in his own words, he fled God’s call for 16 years. He worked for the Federal government, building a career with Parks Canada.
During those years, he developed his love of photography. Ken became an accomplished photographer through the tutelage of professionals in the government field. He enjoyed taking pictures at official functions of politicians, VIPs, and other wildlife. He shared his breathtaking wildlife photos with many – including the youth he led at Timmins Pentecostal Church for many years. Ken was nothing if not well educated. In 1989, he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (Master’s College & Seminary) in Peterborough. He received a Master of Divinity from Acadia University in 1992, then years later, a Master of Theology. Ken’s career passion was preaching and teaching the Bible. He was preparing sermons right up to a month before his passing. He was a counselor and mentor to many.
From 1987 to 1997, Ken served as assistant or senior pastor to churches in the Maritimes, Quebec, and Ontario. He then moved west to teach for one year at Central Pentecostal College (Horizon College & Seminary) in Saskatchewan. In 1998, he moved to Timmins to be the assistant pastor at Timmins Pentecostal Church. All his experiences came together to prepare him to become the Duty Chaplain at Monteith Correctional Complex in 1999. He carried out regular pastoral duties in the corrections division and jail. He also provided five mandatory treatment counselling programs for the inmates. Ken served at Monteith until March 2023 when health prevented his attendance.
Ken was not just a pastor – he was a servant. He was comfortable in all aspects of the church. Wherever he was, he attended and served every time the church doors opened. He was just as comfortable with children and youth as with adults. Ken used his dry sense of humour and his leading answers to get through to people. He would answer a question with just enough information to make those who were inclined to learn, ask more questions.
Ken’s love was his family. His wife of 55 years, Joanna, daughter Heather (Dwayne) and son Christian (Jennifer) gave him much joy. This love and joy extended to his grandchildren (Sarah, Kelsey, Allison, and Molly) and great-grandchildren (Sophia and James). Ken leaves behind half-sister Arlene and half-brother Mark, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Christina Herney Gloade Clark and stepfather, William Clark.
Rev. Ken Gloade has been loved too much to ever be forgotten. He has graduated to be with his Lord, whom he served faithfully.
Celebration of Life will take place October 14, 2023 at 11:00 am, at the Timmins Pentecostal Church, 850 Airport Rd.
We lost a remarkably wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend when James Fader (born June 22, 1953) went home to be with Jesus, August 27, 2023.
Missing him already, Jim left us too soon.
He was the loving husband of Marilyn (nee Jones) Fader. He was the much loved father of his daughters Cathy-Jo (Dan) Mihalic, Angela (James) Burnell and Amanda (Leo) Schellenberg, as well as his step son and daughter, Steve (Heather) Jackson and Sue (Dave) Lotton. All of whom he loved dearly! He was the proud grampa/poppa to Nick (Jocelyn), Julia (Richard), Emma, Hannah (Sebastian), Brady, Hope, Cooper and Tyson. Also Great grampa to Marcel and Aubrey.
He was predeceased by his parents Bernice and Claude Fader; and was the beloved brother of Janice Dejager, Dave Fader, and brother-in-law of Betty (Tom) Russell. Hope Heaven has a golf course!
In Jim’s memory, donations may be made to War Amps. For more information or online condolences please visit here
Marie Yvonne Kjiersdam and Ejvind Ivan Kjiersdam
Marie passed away peacefully in her 89th year at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre with family by her side on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, just one day after her beloved husband and best friend Ivan passed away by her side.
Born in Meaford on June 3, 1935, she was a daughter of the late George and Eva (nee Smith) Fitzsimmons.
Marie was predeceased by her first husband Thomas Kennaway and by her second husband Ivan Kjiersdam.
She was the much-loved mother of Robert (Guy) Kennaway of Chatham, Rodney (Debbie) Kennaway of Meaford, Roxanne (Mike) Elka of Cambridge, Randy (Ginger) Kennaway of Owen Sound, Rosemary Hughes of Cambridge, stepson Benny Kjiersdam (Thelma), and was predeceased by her stepdaughter Brenda Kjiersdam. Marie was a very proud grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
Marie is survived by her brother Jim Fitzsimmons (Carol) and was predeceased by her siblings; Abraham Fitzsimmons, Joan Murray (late Wayne), and Alice Lougheed (late Glen). She will be remembered fondly by her sister-in-law Shirley Fitzsimmons and was predeceased by her sister-in-law Joyce Fitzsimmons.
Marie absolutely loved going to church. That was her calling and her church family was very important to her. She looked forward to time with her family and adored her grandchildren. Marie was the best pie marker and loved making everybody’s favorite pie. She was extremely kind hearted. One of her favourite pastimes was time spent camping with family and friends. She really loved life and always made the best of any situation. Marie’s family very much appreciates the spiritual influence that Ivan, Benny, and Thelma have shared since the day Marie married Ivan and they have been a blessing to our family for 20 years.
He was predeceased by his first wife Ella (nee Christensen) in 1997 and by his second wife Marie (nee Fitzsimmons) on August 8th, 2023, just one day after he passed.
Ivan was the much-loved father of Benny Kjiersdam and his wife Thelma, and was predeceased by his daughter Brenda Kjiersdam (Katherine). He was the proud grandfather of Ian, Hannah, Owen, Brogan and Kenzie.
Ivan was the cherished stepfather of Robert Kennaway, Rodney Kennaway, Roxanne Elka, Randy Kennaway, Rosemary Kitchen and their families.
He is survived by his brother Villy Kjiersdam., and was predeceased by his siblings; Evald, Gunnar, Dagny, Anny, Kjeld, and his twin brother Erling Kjiersdam.
Born in Denmark on February 20th, 1928, Ivan was a son of the late Hans and Emelie (nee Nielsen) Kjiersdam. Ivan immigrated to Canada in 1957, where he worked at Inco in Sudbury for 30 years. He had a deep faith in God and was heavily involved in ministry into his retirement. He enjoyed all types of sports, especially track, weightlifting, boxing and bowling. Ivan’s family express their appreciation for the love and support he received from the Kennaway family over their 20 years of marriage.
A funeral service celebrating Marie and Ivan’s life will be conducted at the Cook Street Pentecostal Church in Meaford on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 12 noon, with visiting the hour prior to service.
Benny Kjiersdam, son of Marie and Ivan, is a credential holder with Western Ontario District and is lead pastor of Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle in Sault Ste. Marie.
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Peacefully on Wednesday, July 25, 2023, at Parkview Meadows in Townsend, Nida Kerychuk went to be with her Lord and Saviour at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late Paul Kerychuk (2008). Loving mother of Margaret Gibb, Larry Kerychuk (Wendy) and Mike Kerychuk. Cherished grandmother to Kenny, Shannon, Tatiana, Matthew, Tim, Tricia, Tara and Tammy. Proud great-grandmother to Danika, Patrick, Cayden, Bryanna, Cedric, Malia, Landon, Piper, and Dylan. Treasured great-great-grandmother to Aurielle, Kai and Ezariah. Dear sister to Elsie Myhal, Mildred Tkatchuk, Mary Krawchuk and Anne Dichun. Predeceased by her parents Karp and Anna Hrychuk, son-in-law Robert Gibb, and siblings John Hrychuk, Peter Piper, David Piper, and Cornel Piper.
Born in Ukraine in 1927, Nida was miraculously healed of diphtheria at the age of 2. She immigrated to Canada as a child with her parents and older brother, John. At 16, Nida received a letter from 18 year old Paul Kerychuk, of Bonnyville Alberta, which contained a marriage proposal. With the encouragement of both parents, Nida accepted Paul’s proposal and took a train from Toronto to marry him, becoming the wife of a young farmer. A year later, another miracle, when pregnant with Margaret, Nida almost died in labour due to extreme high blood pressure. Paul & Nida would add two sons, Larry & Mike, to their family. With the untimely death of Paul’s father, they would relocate to Edmonton along with two sisters and Paul’s mother. To make ends meet, Paul would drive a delivery truck with Nida working in a Dairy plant. In addition, they would rent room in their home for as many as 10 boarders – and only one bathroom! Paul would later find success as a salesman at Sears stores as well as in Pastoral Ministry. Nida was a supportive wife, mother and also actively involved in church ministry. Later on, Nida would take a leadership role in Women’s Aglow for her area, and was a frequent speaker for Catholic Charismatic gatherings, sharing her testimony and teaching on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In her 80’s, Nida would travel on two Missions Trips to Africa and Thailand.
Nida was a lover of God’s Word. For many years, she would read through the Bible twice a year. She loved strong Bible preaching and singing the hymns of the church. She had a very witty sense of humour and was very bold in her faith. She had no problem speaking her mind on any topic or issue.
She lived on her own until the age of 95. Two months later suffering a debilitating stroke which left her without the ability to walk or see. Even in this most difficult season, Nida’s faith never wavered and her desire was to go to heaven to be with her Saviour, Jesus Christ. She has left an enduring legacy of faith for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to follow.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 29th at McCleister Funeral Home at 1:00PM with a Funeral service to follow at 2PM. Service will be live-streamed.
Claudio Octavio Zeledon
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Clodomiro on July 16th, 2023. A visitation in his memory will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Friday July 21st from 5-8pm. A Funeral Service will be held the following day on Saturday July 22nd at 11am, with visiting one hour prior. Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery to follow. Donations in memory of Clodomiro may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Clodomiro is father to Mrs. Mayra Rayo and the father in law of Rev. Walter Rayo. More Information can be found HERE
Arlene passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at Chapman House Hospice on Thursday, July 6th, 2023. Born on September 22, 1936, Arlene Marie Kingwell (née Dippel) of Owen Sound, was in her 87th year.
Loving mother of Murray Kingwell (Sharon) of Brantford and Paul Kingwell (Evelyn), of Chatsworth. Proud grandmother of Christalyn (Daniel), Angela (Brock), Brad (Kirsten), Kevin (Stephanie) and great-grandmother of Gabby, Theo, Nevaeh, Beau, Abigail, Owen, Kayleigh, Clara, Allison and Jacob. Dear sister of Elmer Dippel (Margaret) and sister-in-law of Freida Dippel and Diane Dippel. Predeceased by her parents, Nelson and Verna Dippel (née Eydt) and her siblings, Orland Dippel, Eunice Dippel and Raymond Dippel.
Arlene loved gardening, painting and woodworking. She also taught music lessons. She was a bookkeeper for the family business “Kingwell Lawn and Power Equipment” until her retirement.
A funeral service to celebrate Arlene’s life will be held at the Rockcliffe Pentecostal Church, 10 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Phil Smith officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements entrusted to the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 14th St. W., Owen Sound, 519-376-7492.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chapman House Hospice or the Rockcliffe Pentecostal Church would be appreciated.
Condolences can be sent to Arlene’s family by visiting her memorial HERE.
Arlene is mother to Murray Kingwell (Sharon) and grandmother to Christalyn Weigert (Daniel) who are all credential holders with the Western Ontario District.
My Mom was one of the hardest working and Godly women I have known. One of my first heroes. ~ Murray Kingwell
On Tuesday, May 30, Rev. Ernest Baumgartner passed away after suffering with dementia for many years Rev. Baumgartner immigrated from Germany as a young boy following World War II .
His years of ministry included: Youth Pastor and later Assistant Pastor in Windsor, Ontario, Senior Pastor in Leamington, Ontario, Senior Pastor in Barrhead, Alberta, Senior Pastor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Chaplain at Shepherd’s Care Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. In addition to spending many summers running Kid’s and Youth Camps at Alberta Beach Camp, he served on the German Branch Executive Board and was the treasurer for the Alberta District of the German Branch of Alberta.
In 50 years of ministry, Ernest touched countless lives and accomplished not only the construction of buildings, but building hopes, dreams, and eternal foundations in many people’s lives.
One of Ernst’s daughters, Beverlie Stewart is married to Rev. John Stewart, an ordained credential holder from the Western Ontario District.
His funeral will be on Friday, June 16, at 11:00 am at Bethel Pentecostal Church, in Barrhead, Alberta
Norman Vaters has gone home to be with his Saviour (Dec 31/22). Norman worked at EPBC and worked at KRT before retiring. Celebration of Life is Saturday, May 6th in Brantford at Beckett-Glaves Funeral Home.
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Leendert “Leo” Jacob Duister
MARCH 5TH, 1936 – APRIL 29TH, 2023
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Leo Duister. Leo was a faithful man who loved the Lord, his family and his church. He had a heart big enough to love every person that he crossed paths with. His unconditional love was unfailing and his faith unwavering. On Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Afton Park Place, Leo Duister went to his heavenly home and is face to face with his Savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 87.
Beloved husband of the late (2021) Cora Duister. Loving father of Johanna (Doug) Morgan, Len Duister, Linda (Micheal) Smiley, Helen (Paul) Dunn, David (Michelle) Duister. Cherished grandfather of many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Dear brother to Lena (the late Henk) Brand, Walt Duister, Jenny Flynn, Bert (Marlene) Duister, and brother-in-law of Kathy Duister. Predeceased by his parents Leendert and Elisabeth Duister, Ann (Bert) Doek, Diane (Reg) Westgate, and Jake Duister.
Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Lakeshore Community Church, Bright’s Grove, on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 1:00 p.m., with a visitation held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Lakeshore Community Church.
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Mom Middlebrook has fought the good fight, she has finished her race, she has kept the faith. She has moved on to the better country, the heavenly country, where faith has become sight in the eternal presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom she faithfully and fruitfully served for almost the entirety of her life. Dad and Mom met at the Evangel Temple in downtown Toronto when Dad was 13 and Mom was 12.
Thank you friends for your prayers for our family as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. We fear no evil knowing that the Lord is our shepherd. As committed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we know that we will see Mom again in Father’s eternal heavenly home where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Mom was promoted to glory on Wednesday April 5, 2023 with family by her side.
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Surrounded by his wife and children on March 31st, 2023, Brian Steed peacefully entered his heavenly home at the age of 82 after an extended battle with cancer.
After graduating from EPBC in 1962 and marrying Norah Stewart, the couple moved north with Brian flying for Northland Missions. Brian’s life was miraculously spared when he lost his right arm, and he was able to witness God power personally. Continuing to answer God’s call, Brian pastored churches in Wawa, Timmins, and Elmira for over 35 years. Credentialed by the PAOC for 59 years, Brian’s heart for God and love for people are remembered by all who met him.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023 at Elmira Pentecostal Assembly, 290 Arthur St. S., Elmira with a Celebration of Life to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Elmira Pentecostal Assembly.
Further details at Dreisinger Funeral Home
Louise Sloos was 87 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer. Louise and her husband served as lay workers at Liberty Street Pentecostal in Bowmanville and helped pioneer Cobden Pentecostal Church with Pastor Bob Johnson and Pastor David Blakely. She is the mother of Pastor Will Sloos who is Lead Pastor at Richmond Hill Pentecostal Church.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held:
Friday, March 31 at Shepherd Village Chapel
3760 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough
Private interment to follow in Bowmanville.
I am saddened to share the news of the passing of my beloved wife and ministry partner of 58 years, Connie Shepherd. She dedicated herself to the Lord and His work and is now enjoying her eternal reward. The choir of heaven has received another member. From the beginning, God knit us together in unity inspired by Ephesians 6:6, “…servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023, passing away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in her 85th year after an unexpected but brief health challenge.
On behalf of my four children and eleven grandchildren, I would like to invite you to join us for a visitation at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Hamilton, on Friday, March 17, from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A celebration of her life will take place at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Hamilton (1355 Upper Wellington St.) on Saturday, March 18th, 2023, at 1 PM (the service will be streamed online). Private family Interment at Glanbrook Cemetery. Condolences and memorial donation information may be found here.
If you wish to encourage the family with a story, memory moment or tribute, please send it to email@example.com
Connie held deaconess credentials with the PAOC since 1965 and partnered with Pastor Shepherd leading four churches over 30 years. Connie supported David as he served on the District Executive for 29 years and led as the District Superintendent for 12 years.
Rev. R. Douglas Lindsay
Promoted to Glory on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Innisfree House, Kitchener after a courageous battle with cancer. Doug of Kitchener, formerly of Truro, Scarborough, Thunder Bay, Flin Flon, Winnipeg, Maple Creek, Toronto and many places in between, was 81 years of age.
Beloved husband of the late Sandra Lindsay (nee Keddy) for 57 years. Dear father of Ian (Kelley) of Andover, MN, Bruce (Dana) of Peterborough, ON, Dawn (Phillip Dykeman) of Truro, NS, and Heather (Derek Whitehouse) of Bradenton, FL.
Proud Grandpa of Eleanor, Isabel, Clifford, Emma, Sarah, Thomas, Samuel, Lianna (Nathaniel Singer), Elijah, Victoria, Connor (Kelly), Adrianna, Laura Grace and Carson.
Much loved brother-in-law of Jim Keddy (Carol) and the late Robert Keddy (surviving wife Eva) and Carol Simunic (Emil). Son of the late Dorothy Martin.
A memorial service will be held at Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly, 395 King Street, Waterloo, ON on Wednesday, March 15th, at 11 am. Visiting will be one hour prior (10-11 am).
Those unable to attend may view Doug’s service on Wednesday via the following live stream link: at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming
It is with great sadness to share the passing of my dad(Paul Vaters) but he is no longer suffering and has entered into his eternal home with our Lord and Saviour.
Paul Vaters is the father of Kendra Watterworth who is a WOD Credential Holder and the Lead Pastor of Generations Church in Brantford.
On February 4, 2023, Ruth Malott went to be with her Lord and Saviour. Please remember the Malott family in your prayers during this time.
Ruth is the mother of Rev. Paul Malott, Lead Pastor of HiWay Church, Barrie.
Rev. Charles Benn
Rev. Charles Kenneth Benn died peacefully with his loving family by his side at Matthew’s House in Alliston on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at the age of 88. He will be missed by his loving wife Esther, of 62 years and by their children Debra (Barry), Daniel (Trish), and Denise (Dave). A proud grandfather to Brandon, Cameron, Stephanie, Haillie, Stephen and Sharleigh. Visitation hours will be on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 4-7pm at Peel Pentecostal Tabernacle, 2005 Countryside Drive, Brampton, Ontario. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 23 at 12:00 noon with visitation at 11:00 am before the service at the same location. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory made to Matthew House would be greatly appreciated.
Charles’s wife Esther and daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Barry Risto are credential holders with the Western Ontario District. Barry serves as the lead Pastor of Peel Pentecostal Church in Brampton.
Mr. LaVerne Hurst
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mr. LaVerne Hurst
who passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at the age of 91 years
Beloved husband of Stella (née Bewick) Hurst for 71 years. Dear father of Linda Gibson (Graham), Debbie Carter (Andrew), and Renée MacDonald (Mark). Loved grandfather of David (Rylee) and Matt (Tianna). Also remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Arlene Horst (Dennis) and Helen Pfeiffer (Harold), and his parents John and Margaret Hurst. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful caregivers attending our Dad while he was at home, especially Dwayne from C.B.I. Also, a special thank you to our neighbours Raj and Lisa who have been so supportive during this time.
LaVerne’s family will receive relatives and friends at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900), on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., where the funeral service will be held in the chapel at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Tracy Dunham officiating. Interment in Doon Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to Freedom in Christ Pentecostal Assembly – Missions Fund, 1643 Bleams Rd., Kitchener, ON N2E 3X8.
Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com
Mrs. Mary Ann Pearson
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mrs. Mary Ann
Pearson, who went home to be with her Saviour following an exceptional
18 year journey with brain cancer. Mary Ann is the beloved mother of Terri
(Nathan) Granville. Terri serves as Campus Pastor at Parkview Church in
A visitation will take place on Tuesday December 13th, from 6-8pm, and
the funeral service will be held on December 14th at 11am, both will be at
the Brock & Visser Funeral home located at 845 Devonshire Ave, in
Woodstock, ON. If desired, memorial contributions to the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain
Tumour Research Centre through the SickKids Foundation would be appreciated.
It is with heavy hearts that we write to share the news of the sudden passing of one of our credential holders, David (Dave) Wood, on September 22, 2022. Dave ministered in B.C., Alberta, and Western Ontario, and deployed to Vanuatu as a PAOC global worker with Julie, his wife and life partner, in the summer of 2015. His passion for both Jesus and Vanuatu was contagious. Dave and Julie’s leadership of the International Christian Church in Vanuatu in the South Pacific has led to impact around the world.
We are walking this journey with Julie, their daughter, Chelsea, and son-in-law, Armin, who are also global workers in Vanuatu. Their son, David, and his wife, Cay, who live in Edmonton, are travelling to Vanuatu for the funeral.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 25, and live streamed at 9 a.m. (VUT) local time in Vanuatu through International Christian Church Port Vila Vanuatu. (For more information click International Christian Church Port Vila Vanuatu | Facebook). Dave will be laid to rest in his place of ministry. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for support of the Port Vila Church Project that is under construction and which Dave was so passionate about (giving information here). We invite you to pray with us for Julie and the family.
Surrounded by the love of his family, Vincenzo passed into the arms of Jesus, on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 in his 90th year, at the Welland Hospital. Most beloved husband of Maria for 70 wonderful years. Loving father of Betty (Kevin) Boyd and father in law of Ted Toth. Cherished Nonno of Stephen (Krista-Lee), Michael (Lisa) and Lisa (Greg) Zalewksi. Nonno to great grandchildren Tobie, Logan, Lucas and Ella. Predeceased by daughter Antonietta Toth. Vincenzo will be lovingly remembered by family, friends and all who knew him, including those who shared a tomato from the Laguda garden. The family will receive their friends at the H. L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland on Friday, September 23rd from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Faith Welland, 380 South Pelham Road, Welland on Saturday, September 24th at 11 o’clock. Entombment to follow in Pleasantview Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed via the Faith Welland (Faith Tabernacle) Facebook page. If desired, donations in Vincenzo’s memory can be made to Faith Welland Church and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Vincenzo’s daughter, Betty Boyd, is a credential holder with WOD and is on staff at Faith Welland.
Online condolences available at www.cudneyfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Glendon Lee Adams
On September 19th, 2022, in his 84th year, Rev. Glendon Lee Adams made the transition from his earthly home to his heavenly home with His Lord and Saviour. He spent many years in the service on the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, pastoring churches in Moosonee, Charlton, Manitoulin, Kirkland Lake and Midland. He is survived by his loving wife, Grace, of 61 years, his children Barb, Dawn (Tom), Joy Josiah (Caitlin), Lara (Wes), Sophia, Emma, Gabriella, Annalia, and Savannah.
Please join the family for visitation at River of Life Pentecostal Church, Midland, Ontario, Thursday, September 22nd from 7-9pm and also the celebration of life on Friday, September 23rd at 11am at River of Life, with a reception to follow.
Rev. Evelyn Meekis
On September 13, 2022 Pastor Evelyn Meekis passed into the Presence of her Lord while in Sioux Lookout where she spent the past two years. Her funeral will be Saturday September 17.
Evelyn was a widow for many years having lost her husband at a young age. She served faithfully as the Church Treasurer at Pentecostal Harvest Church in Deer Lake for years before becoming the senior pastor where she faithfully served the Lord until 2020 when, due to health reasons, she was unable to continue to fulfill her pastoral duties. Evelyn was elected as Chief of Deer Lake First Nation community in the mid 2000’s and served as the Chief with integrity and strength of character. She often traveled to neighbouring communities to assist other churches with weddings and funerals. She was often heard fearlessly proclaiming the Gospel on the local radio station in Red Lake.
She was known and respected in the community of Deer Lake as a leader who was honest and someone who could be trusted. She was a woman of her word who led both her church and her community with a strong sense of right and wrong.
She leaves behind a number of children, grandchildren and many friends.
Brenda Price (Pinder)
January 16, 1971 ~ September 9, 2022
Brenda Price passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on Sept. 9th, 2022, at home at the age of 51. She was predeceased by her Dad Gerald Pinder, sister Kimberly and Nana Jesse Merle Hale.
She leaves to mourn in her passing, her loving husband Dwight of 24 years, cherished children Jonathan (Jessica), David, Joshua, Michael (Kelsey) and Lindsey (Gabriel), Her Mom Yvonne (Michael), Her parents in law, David and Emily Price, sister and brother-in-law Karen and Steve McNamara, brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Wendy Jaeger. brother and sister-in-law Darryl and Cathy Price, and sister-in-law Natasha. Also left to mourn are her nieces and nephews Kathleen (Matthew), Jesse (Marissa), Victoria (Jerome), Her great nieces and nephews James, Theodore, Brielle and Isaiah.
Brenda was a loving Mom and wife, she lived life with the fullest joy, always laughing and smiling. She served alongside her husband Dwight for many years in ministry and it’s hard to fathom how many lives she has impacted. She was an encourager of the highest regard, she never quit in spite of her many health challenges. Always loving and caring unconditionally.
Special thanks to the Pastors, staff, and congregation of Hiway Church where Brenda and Dwight faithfully served for the last 5 years. Your love and support will never be forgotten! She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.
The wake at 7pm on Wednesday Sept. 14th and the celebration of life at 2pm on Thursday Sept. 15th, will be held at Hiway Church 50 Anne St. N., Barrie, ON L4N 2B6, followed by an interment at Barrie Union Cemetery, 338 Sunnidale Rd., Barrie, ON, L4M 4S4
If you are unable to join us for service time, please feel welcomed to watch via livestream at hiwaychurch.org/live or on Hiway Church’s Facebook page.
Janet Roberta Rosati (Duncan)
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at St. Joseph’s Hospital, on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the age of 68. Born in Winnipeg Manitoba to loving parents Gerald and Roberta Duncan. Janet has been reunited with the love of her life, Vincenzo ‘Vince’ Rosati, whom she was lovingly married to for 34 years before his passing in 2019.
Forever in the hearts of her children Marie (Rick)Ranalli, and Carlo (Madison) Rosati. Beloved sister of Susan (Tony) Szelei, Richard Duncan (predeceased), Robert (Allison) Duncan, and Laurie (Fernando Pinho) Duncan. Sister-in-law of Gioia (Mario) DeRenzis and Cherubina (Enzo) Russo. Cherished niece of Doreen Valente. Always remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Janet may have left us, but she lives on in the stories and memories of all those she touched in life.
As per Janet’s wishes and that of her family, a private service will take place on Monday, July 25, 2022. If desired, memorial contributions to St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333.
Janet is the mother of Carlo Rosati, Assistant Pastor at Bethel Church in Stratford and a Western Ontario District credential holder.
Gwendolyn May Bronson
It is with sorrow and joy that we share the news that our mother/ grandmother Gwendolyn May Bronson has gone to be with her Lord. Diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s nearly 8 years ago she trusted the Lord to carry her through. She lived a life of kindness, love and compassion to all who knew her.
Gwen is the Grandmother of Jayson Bronson, lead pastor of Longlac Pentecostal Assembly.
Bruce William Fess
It is with sadness mixed with much joy that we share the news that our father / grandfather Bruce William Fess passed from this life to the next. We rejoice in the blessed hope of eternal life and the certainty that one day we will all be reunited in heaven.
Bruce is the father of Garry Fess, lead pastor of Royal View Church London. He is also the grandfather of Andrew, Michael and Laura (Young), who are all credential holders with the Western Ontario District.
It is with joy and sadness that Muriel Sykes has died. Along with her husband Rev. Edward(Ted) S. Oakey, she ministered in numerous churches: The early days of Abundant Life Assembly, Toronto, when located on Lippencott St., Blenheim, Calvary Assembly on Dundas, in Toronto, Ingersoll, Morristown Tennessee, & Walkerton. In retirement, she loved being part of Strathroy, Calvary Pentecostal Church and the early days of Glad Tidings Assembly, London, then assisting her son in the early days New Hamburg. After being widowed, and then marrying Arthur Sykes, of Hamilton, she loved serving at Bethe Gospel Tabernacle. Throughout the years she was a faithful Braeside Camp supporter, there every year in a cottage or trailer, loving every minute. Her cheerful disposition and Christ-like spirit endeared her to everyone she met. She had given her life to Jesus at 15 years old, in Birmingham England and never looked back. Eighty five years she served her Lord! Click here for Obituary
Rev. Dr. Garry Eugene Milley
I’m deeply saddened to share that, Garry, the love of my life for over 47 years passed away in his sleep on Friday morning May 13, 2022. Garry and I met at Camp Emmanuel Newfoundland in the summer of 1973, where Garry was volunteering at the boy’s dorm. Garry saw me at the tuck shop and asked me to go for a walk. Garry always said that he told his mom he knew I was the girl he was going to marry once he put his hand in mine. We were together ever since.
Garry came to Bible College at EPBC in Peterborough 1973 for the second semester. Garry left Bible College when I graduated and was asked to serve as the first full-time Chaplin at Memorial University in St. John’s, and we marred in 1976.
MILLEY – Rev. Dr. Garry Eugene of St Thomas passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Christine Louise Milley (nee Tilley). Garry is survived by his children Erika Dawn Massimi (Jonathan) of Kitchener, Andrew Augustus Clarke Milley (Crystal) of St John’s, NL, and Philip Alexander Seth Milley (Gwenyth) of Elmira; grandchildren Samuel, Silas and Eloise Massimi, Sophia and Ethan Milley and Adelaide Milley. Sadly missed by his mother Aletha Ricketts (late Herbert) and siblings David Milley (late Donna), Graham Milley (Karen) and Elaina Jones (late Michael) and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his father Eric Reginald Milley.
Rev. Lynn and Rev. Ruth Pinkston
Lynn and Ruth joyfully laboured together here on earth. Ministering side by side. Whether in official positions or as volunteers they invested in people and therefore into the kingdom of God. Even when Ruth was struggling with dementia she would often be found sitting with her eyes closed hands raised praying in tongues. Lynn was always quick to share God’s love to those who cared for them in the nursing home.
Lynn, less than 48 hours before his death, prioritized the spiritual need of his care giver over his own physical needs, and prayed with her. Sunday, before he died he told the nurse “I am going home.” When the nurse returned minutes later on May 8, 2022 he had entered the presence of the Lord.
Ruth joined Lynn, the love of her life, and entered the presence of the Lord on May 11, 2022, surrounded by her daughters, as they sang her into the kingdom.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pinkston family.
PINKSTON, Rev Lynn Wesley –
On May 8th, 2022 Lynn died peacefully and entered the presence of his Saviour. Predeceasing Ruth (nee Blair) his wife of 68 years, leaving behind his children Sharon (Arlen) Molyneaux, John (Linda) Pinkston, Mary Pinkston, his grandchildren David (Dana) Molyneaux, Jonathan (Lauren) Molyneaux, Benjamin Molyneaux, Nathan (Jasmine) Molyneaux, Stephen Molyneaux, Joshua (Hiesha) Pinkston, Katie Pinkston and his great grandchildren Wesley, Selah, Joseph, Ezra, Micah, Rose, Wyatt, and Braxton.
At age 6 he committed his life to Christ and that became his life passion. Following graduation from Central Bible college in Springfield Missouri, he immigrated to Canada. He pastored churches in Walkerton, Collingwood, Woodstock, Midland, Guelph, and Brantford. In addition, he was administrator of Shepherd Lodge in Agincourt, worked in the Stewardship department for Every Home for Christ and iterant pastoring in several churches.
His love for people was evident with everyone he met. His kind, compassionate pastoral heart impacted many people. He had a special skill in ministering to individuals in their time of need. The family would like to recognize the staff at Riverside Glen Eramosa neighbourhood for the care given to Lynn and the family.
Visitation will be held Monday May 16th 2-4pm & 6-8pm and Tuesday May 17th from 10-11am at Parkview Church, 89 Speedvale Avenue East, Guelph.
Day of celebration of a life well lived, will be held on T uesday May 17th at 11:00am at Parkview Church. Guests may attend remotely by using this link. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 519-822-0051 / www.wallcustance.com.
Please email your story of the impact Lynn has made on your life to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made in their memory to Teen Challenge.
A tree will be planted in memory of Lynn W. Pinkston in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.
Rev. Ruth Pinkston (Blair)
On May 11,2022 Ruth died peacefully with her daughters at her side just three days after her beloved husband Lynn of 68 years died, entering the presence of the Lord. She leaves behind children Sharon (Arlen) Molyneaux, John (Linda) Pinkston and Mary Pinkston. Grandchildren David (Dana) Molyneaux, Jonathan (Lauren), Molyneaux, Benjamin Molyneaux, Nathan (Jasmine) Molyneaux and Stephen Molyneaux, Josh (Hiesha) Pinkston and Katie Pinkston. Great Grandchildren Wesley, Selah, Joseph, Ezra, Micah, Rose, Wyatt and Braxton.
As a young child Ruth accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. Her burden to minister to women was a catalyst to begin Women’s Day for God and she was actively involved with Women’s Aglow and Women’s Ministry of the PAOC. She worked along side her husband as they ministered to their congregations and in the community. Ruth touched many lives with a message of hope and encouragement. She was a woman of faith and vision, as well as a skilled expositor of the scripture. She will always be remembered for her love for God, her family and infectious laugh.
Special thanks to the staff at Riverside Glen Eramosa neighbourhood for their care they gave to Ruth and her family.
Visitation Monday May 16, 2022 from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm and Tuesday May 17 from 10-11 am at Parkview Church, 89 Speedvale Avenue East, Guelph.
Day of celebration of a life well lived, will be held at Parkview Church on Tuesday May 17 at 11 am. Guests may attend remotely by using this link. Arrangements entrusted to WALL_CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 519-822-0051/www.wallcustance.com.
Please email your story of the impact Ruth has made on your life to: email@example.com
Donations can be made in their memory to Teen Challenge.
A tree will be planted in memory of Ruth L. Pinkston in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.
REV. BRUCE DOUGLAS SCHWINDT
Rev. Bruce Schwindt went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the age of 80.
Bruce was a faithful and loved pastor for over 36 years in the Western Ontario District, pastoring at Faith Tabernacle, Welland and Evangel Church, Brantford.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Pentecostal Assembly
85 Clench Avenue, Brantford, ON with visitation preceding at 1:00 p.m. The service will also be live-streamed.
Donations in Pastor Schwindt’s memory can be made to either:
or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Bruce’s obituary and more information can be found by clicking HERE.
Please pray that the Lord’s peace and strength will be with the family during this time.