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Ronald L. Merkley

Ronald Merkley, formerly of Chesterville, passed away at Totara Hospice in Auckland, New Zealand on Sun., Dec. 22, 2019, surrounded by his New Zealand family. He was 75.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret Macdonald (nee Bouthoorn); the much loved Dad of Chris Macdonald (Erin) of Auckland, and Ryan Merkley (Sarah Leblanc) of Ottawa; and dear Grandpa of Alexa and Isaac Macdonald. He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Annie Merkley (nee Windsor). He was a friend of Bill W.

Ron graduated from Chesterville High School and began work at Canada Starch in Cardinal. Realizing he needed a trade, he began an apprenticeship at C & M Texaco in Chesterville where he met his future wife. After obtaining his Class A Mechanics licence, he continued with C & M, then went on to work at George Petric Ford in Vernon, and eventually Speedy Muffler in Ottawa.

During their 43 years together, Ron and Marg travelled extensively. Among their trips was a journey in 1995, for the wedding of Chris Macdonald and Erin Whibley when they fell in love with New Zealand, subsequently taking up permanent residency there in 1999.

Those who knew Ron will remember his wicked sense of humour. He could deliver any line with a completely deadpan expression. Even after leaving Canada he maintained many longtime friendships with his Canadian friends, co-workers, and neighbours. He will be sadly missed.

A Celebration of Life was held at Totara Hospice on Fri., Dec. 27.

In Ron’s memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.



Eva Miltimore

It is with love and sadness that the McMillan and Miltimore families say goodbye to their beloved mother and stepmother, Eva Miltimore, who passed away at Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on Sat., Dec. 28, 2019 in her 99th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carl McMillan and the late Claire Miltimore, and the loving mother of Don McMillan (Barb) and Barry McMillan (Noreen). She was the loving stepmother of Graeme Miltimore (Joan), Bob Miltimore (Ruby), Doug Miltimore (Carole), and Linda Miltimore (Lorne Renwick). Eva will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Trevor McMillan (Donna), Marsha Foulk (Benn), Michelle McMillan (Blain Moran), Sean McMillan (Sueanne), Kim Miltimore (Kendal Maci), Jeffrey Miltimore (Mary), Gregg Miltimore (Cheryl), Joanne Bourbonnais, Bobby Bourbonnais (Kelly), and several great-grandchildren. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Lula Rupert (nee Hartwell); her sons, Reginald and Brian “Rocky” McMillan; and her brothers, George, Enos, and Lawrence Rupert. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.  Eva was a fantastic cook and loved it when her table was lined with family. She liked to keep up with the latest fashion trends as she always liked to look her best.

There will be a private family funeral with interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Gary Price
Feb. 28, 1941 – Dec. 25, 2019

At the Ottawa General Hospital on Wed., Dec.. 25, 2019, Gary Price of Winchester passed away a the age of 78 from complications of ARDS.

Gary was born in Chesterville on Feb., 28, 1941, to his parents Graham and Hazel Price.  He worked at Nestle’s, the Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology and, after becoming a Stationary Engineer, he went on to become the national head of Premises Management at The Bank of Canada.  When Gary retired in 2002, he and his wife Betty moved to Christie Lane in Winchester.  He was a member of Winchester Curling Club and Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain.

Gary was a devoted family man, who thrived on doing things for and with his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family or friends. An avid sports-lover his entire life, Gary was well-known in his community for many years as a softball player, coach or umpire, and a hockey referee. Later on, he became very active in curling and his family was always proud of his success in amateur competition.

Gary is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty, his daughter Kelly Price (Greg Stopay) of Stoney Creek, his son Hal (Vicki) of Smiths Falls, his grandson Ayden, his sisters Joan McIndoe of Victoria, BC and Cathy Price of Toronto, his brother Robert (Scott Williams) of Madoc and his very special young friends Tanya and Kyle Holmes of Winchester.  He was predeceased by his sister Wendy Brown and his brothers Raymond and Marty Price.  Also survived by nieces and nephews.   

A public graveside service was held at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston on Saturday, Dec., 28 at 2 pm.  Donations to the Lung Association or charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Betty Larmour (Nee Helmer)

Betty Larmour of Winchester passed away suddenly at the Longfields Manor on Tues., Dec. 24, 2019 at the age of 88.   

She was the beloved wife of the late Des Larmour. She was the loving Mother of Brian (Annette) and Donna Larmour. Betty was the cherished Grandma of Will (Stephanie), Margaret and Dan Larmour.

She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Lillian Helmer and her siblings Mabel, Lawrence, Ralph and Harlan Helmer. Cremation has taken place.

A visitation will be held at the Byers Funeral Home 2990 Church Street, in South Mountain (613-989-3836), on Sat., Jan., 11, 2020 from 1 pm until time of  the funeral service in the Chapel at 3 pm.

Spring Interment will take place at  Maple Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Ontario or The Ottawa Heart Institute.

The family would like to thank the staff of Parkview Terrace at Longfields Manor for their exceptional care of our mother.

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