Obituaries & Condolences

  • William “Bill” Pargeter

    PARGETER, William “Bill”…

    William “Bill” Pargeter passed away on Saturday May 4, 2024 at University Hospital at the age of 60 after several months of health challenges. Bill was born February 24,1964 in London, Ontario. Beloved son of Marilyn Makarich (nee Penalagan) and the late George Pargeter. Stepson of Joyce Pargeter. Best friend and loved “bro” of Terry Pargeter. Much loved brother of Bonnie Lancaster (Dave), Dan Pargeter (Deb), Carl Pargeter, Al Pargeter (Laurie) and Tammy Rogozynski (Mike). Bill leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

    Bill was a long time employee of Sofina Foods. He had a good sense of humor, and he loved animals, music and the Montreal Canadiens. He is now reunited with his beloved dog Tasha.

    The family would like to thank Dr. S. Valiquet, staff at Victoria and University Hospitals and SE Health nurses for their excellent care.

    Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life and scattering of ashes will take place at a later date. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the Humane Society London and Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, Ontario, N5V 3K5. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London and Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Catherine Lang

    LANG, Catherine…

    Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, in her 68th year. Beloved mother of Nicole (Jason) and Jesse. Loving grandmother of Devin. Dear sister of Karen (Paul) Morrison, Gwen (Wayne) Kivell), Brian Crawford and the late Janet Crawford. Dear aunt of Michelle, Robbie, Allan, Angela, Andrew, and Connor. Predeceased by her parents Allan and Lois Crawford.
    Catherine leaves behind a legacy of kindness, artistry, and unwavering love for all those who were fortunate enough to know her.
    Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at


  • William “Bill” Hefferton

    HEFFERTON, William “Bill”…

    On Monday, May 6, 2024, William (“Bill”) Conrad Hefferton of London passed away suddenly at the age of 77 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be forever remembered by his wife of 53 years, Donna; daughter Shelly (Don Baker), son Mark; grandchildren: Magnolia and Ryder Baker. Bill is survived by three siblings, sister Barbara, sister Bernice (Jim Love), brother Harold (Barbara Nugent). Bill was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Growing up he was active in sports playing hockey, football, wrestling, track and field, swimming, rowing, and golfing. Bill had a 30-year career as a Physical Education teacher before moving to London, ON in 2003. Bill became an active member of St. James Westminster Anglican Church and served as church Warden and volunteer cook with the Children’s Breakfast Club program. He enjoyed several other activities including amateur acting in several local plays, creative writing and was working on his third book. Bill was also active in the community as a Shriner and a Mason. Bill will also be dearly missed by his friends at St. James Church and the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of London. He will be fondly remembered by lifelong friends Bruce, George, Nose and Frank. He was memorable, known for his sense of humour and wit that endeared him to many. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024 at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, London, ON, N6C 1E7. Memorial Donations in Bill’s name may be made to Unicef Canada. ( Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Andrew Bieber

    BIEBER, Andrew…

    Andrew Bieber passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, April 25, 2024 in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Alexandra Goodrich. Loving father of Joshua Bieber (Molly Grigaitis) and Hallie Bieber. Dear brother of Frederick Bieber (Jane), Susan Kennedy and Thomas Bieber (Brigid). Andrew will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and his adored Blue Heeler Matilda. Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In his memory, sympathy donations may be made to The London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, 505 Dundas Street, London, ON N6B 1W4. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

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    Robert “Bob” Hiltz

    HILTZ, Robert Maxwell “Bob”…

    Bob Hiltz passed away peacefully in London, Ontario, on April 9th, 2024, in his 62nd year. Beloved father to Sarah Hiltz and Jessica Hiltz (Aaron Croft). Loving grandfather of Jordyn Michelle Savannah Hiltz, Trixie G. Croft, Kaeleb William Nicholas Croft, and Quinton Theodore Kerwin Croft. Dear friend and former husband of Sherry Hiltz. Dear brother of Dirk Hiltz, Rick Hiltz, Randy Hiltz (Mary-Theresa Hiltz), Perry Hiltz (Anita Hiltz) and Uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Kerwin and Karola Hiltz, and his sister Jude Zutz.

    Bob’s love of music was a central focus of his life from early adulthood. He was a supporting member of many Chatham-Kent bands and artists, including his eldest daughter Sarah Hiltz, New Wine, Eileen O’Toole, Two Tonnes of Fun, Julie Ross, The Tom Lockwood Band, the Chatham-Kent Mountaineers, Mike Gorman, and many other groups his daughters can’t recall the names of.

    Aside from performing, Bob also worked at Frank’s Music Centre with Steve Eyres for many years, eventually taking over Eyrespace Studio to help capture the original music of countless CK bands and artists. Often most comfortable in a behind-the-scenes role, Bob encouraged local artists young-and-old to pursue their craft and turn their creative dreams into realities. He was generous to a fault with his time, energy, and resources, and he remained an active member of the Chatham-Kent music community as long as his health allowed.

    Above all, Bob cherished his family. As a young father, he would sing his daughters to sleep at bedtime. His love for his grandchildren was profound and unwavering and he was a guiding light in their lives. Bob’s legacy will live on in the beautiful memories he created with his loved ones and the positive impact he had on his community.

    As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Celebration of life will be held at Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario on Sunday, April 21st at 4pm. Online condolences shared at

  • Christiane “Chris” McGarrity

    McGARRITY, Christiane…

    It is with great sadness to announce the peaceful passing of Christiane McGarrity on April 4th, 2024. She was a loving grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, friend and cousin. Remembered by her daughter Sarah (Neil), sons Lance (Katya), and Mark, and grandchildren Janelle, Tatyana, Sophie, Zoey, and Hannah. Best friend of Tammy Schiestel. Missed by siblings Rachel (Wes), Roxanne (John), Chris (Edith), Mark, Carl (Joanne), Gerry (Amanda). Chris is joining her daughter Katie, mother Charlotte and father Jeremie in the warm embrace of God. Chris was a fun loving, joyous, and sometimes stubborn person and she will be greatly missed by all those who have had the chance to meet and love her. In her memory, donations may be made to Huron Hospice, 37857 Huron Road, Clinton, ON N0M 1L0. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Francis “Frank” Holecek

    HOLECEK, Francis “Frank”

    Francis Holecek passed away peacefully at peopleCare in London, Ontario, the 1st of April, 2024, in his 81st year. Frank will be so dearly missed by the entire Sullivan and Deyell family, he became an honorary family member and was called Grandpa Frank by all. His life long friends from Niagara Falls, where Frank was born on Christmas Day, will also miss him. He is predeceased by his father Peter Holecek, mother Mary (Horacek) Holecek and sister Vlasta Holecek, and his wife Janine Gadek. Frank worked as a customs agent for many years, helping grow the company. Living his adult life in London, Ontario, he loved gardening, photography, traveling, fishing, cooking and especially his desserts. In his late years he was known as the quiet observer in the long term care home he was in, with dementia. We are so very thankful for all of Grandpa Frank’s teachings and blessings, and for all of our memories and pictures. Frank, you are so very missed. We love you. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Frank may be made to Diabetes Canada. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex Inc. Online condolences shared at


  • Shirley Kemp

    Shirley Kemp

    KEMP, Shirley…

    Shirley Joan Kemp (nee Whitlock) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in London, Ontario, on March 13th, 2024, in her 91st year.  Predeceased by her husband John Douglas Kemp (1980) and her brother Leonard Whitlock (2011). Shirley will be missed by her children Richard Kemp (Margaret Anne White), Dianne Mather and Alan Kemp (Barbara Mancuso) all of London. Loving grandmother to Chad Kemp (Michelle), Charity Moniz (Kevin), Shelby Kemp (Angie), Nick Mather (Cora), Nathan Mather (Danielle), Brynn Kemp (Jeff), Brenton Kemp (Whitney), Lukas Kemp, Sam Kemp, Krystal McNaughton, Devon McNaughton, and Dustin McNaughton (Angie). Cherished great-grandmother of Adyson, Kole, Cooper, Emersyn, Aubrey, Maverick, Donelle, Hazel, Jack, Myla, Dallas, Autumn, Allie, Abby, Bryson, Trinity, Selena, Skylar, and Graydon.

    With a career spanning 30 years with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Shirley dedicated herself to serving her community with unwavering dedication and integrity. Beyond her professional life, Shirley found joy in the simple pleasures of life. She cherished moments watching her grandchildren play hockey, baseball, soccer and figure skating. Her greatest source of happiness came from the time spent with her family, whose laughter filled her heart with immeasurable joy. Shirley will also be remembered for her culinary talents, particularly her renowned angel food cake and turkey stuffing which brought comfort and delight to countless gatherings. She also had the most beautiful penmanship with her cursive writing adorning many a birthday and christmas card.  Shirley’s warm smile, generous spirit, and loving nature will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

    The family would like to thank Dr. Ziada, the nurses and PSW’s on the 5th floor cardiac unit at University Hospital and Glendale Crossing for their care and compassion.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners or a charity of your choosing.  Cremation and private family interment has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 28th, 2024, at Boler Mountain, 689 Griffith Street, London, ON, from 2-6pm.  Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Andrzej Wawrzyniak

    Andrzej Wawrzyniak

    WAWRZYNIAK, Andrzej…

    Andrzej passed away suddenly at University Hospital, London, Ontario, on March 17th, 2024, in his 67th year. Andrzej will be missed by his wife Danuta. Dear father of Ola and Tomek. Loving brother of Grazyna and Malgosia. He joins his granddaughter Ashley and his parents Eugene and Helena in heaven.

    Andrzej’s life was a testament to his vibrant spirit and unwavering dedication to his passions. He found solace and joy on the tennis court, in the tranquil waters of the swimming pool, in the gym and soccer field. Yet, amidst these pursuits, his greatest joy stemmed from the cherished moments spent with his beloved daughter, whom he adored beyond measure. Andrzej was not only a loving and caring father and husband but also a pillar of strength within his community and his work mates, known as “Omega” and renowned for his hard work and generosity. His presence will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched, leaving behind cherished memories that will forever remain in our hearts.

    As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Andrzej may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Humane Society London & Middlesex, or a charity of your choosing. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. As per his wishes, a private family celebration of life will take place at a later date. Online condolences shared at

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    Donna Bryce

    BRYCE, Donna

    Suddenly, as a result of a stroke, Donna Marie Bryce (nee Park) passed away in her 86th year. Predeceased by her son Dale. Survived by the love of her life David (Dusty), her children Dean Bryce, Dawn Bryce-Smith (Mike), Joanna Bryce (nee DeVincenzo), her grandkids Ryli, Kodi, David, Jeremy, and her sister Doris Murray (nee Park). Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Wesley Knox United Church, 91 Askin St, London, on Thursday, March 14th, 2024 from 10:30 am followed by service at 11:00 am and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wesley Knox United Church. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

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