Frank and Ann married in 1963 in Hinton, Alberta, where Frank taught high school for almost 20 years.During this time he also pursued his love of pottery.Those people could not have done more for mom or those of us who stayed with mom. A very special thank you goes to the nurses Erin and Lauren who helped Jean and her family during Jean’s final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Sarnia-Lambton Chapter ( Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation ( or The Sarnia and District Humane Society ( would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Gord delighted in summer days spent at the family cottage at Hardwick Cove on the shores of Lake Huron laughing with family and friends.
He loved nothing better then to get in the car, by himself or with his family, and explore Canada. Missed by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Olive Zinn of Wingham, and brother Kenneth Purdon of Dorchester.
He was the dear husband of the late Ruth (Noack) Swetlishnoff and loving father of Dale Swetlishnoff (Donna), Glenn West (Shelley) and Grant Swetlishnoff (Shanon), grandfather of Kyle, Andrew, Haley and Hannah. Thank you very much, to the many staff members at Lambton Meadowview Villa where mom first resided in 2008 and to the staff at Marshall Gowland Manor where mom resided from 2009. Cyntha, Bruce and Arlene especially wish to thank their brother David for taking such loving care of their mom for the last 16 years and for also making it possible for Jean to always live in her own home. Victoria St., Sarnia) on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from noon until the service begins at pm.
We would be remiss if we did not, on mom’s behalf, thank specifically, the staff on “Poppy” during the bedside vigil from October 5, 2017. Messages of condolence may be sent through For more information about this obituary visit She was the loving wife of the late John Struthers (1982), dear mother of David (Lisa Evers), Cyntha (Don Mc Leish), Bruce (Karen), Arlene (Ron La Pier) and proud Grandma Jean of William, Kenzie, Aidan and Heather. The family wishes to thank Jean’s many caregivers from Care Partners especially Miriam, Jana, and Lydia, as well as her “granny sitters” Brenda, Esmine, and Marie. Private interment has taken place earlier at Lakeview Cemetery.
He sold his red Carmen Ghia sportscar in 1964 to fund a year of studying and apprenticing in Kyoto, Japan and then set up a studio and shops in Jasper and in Hinton in the years to follow. The prairie boy in Frank never forgot the feeling of the wide open spaces.
At 48, he left his job and built a home on 75 acres west of the Rockies near Valemount, B. Boldly going on faith he’d find work, he took labourer jobs at the mill and CN Rail, then was fortunate to get a position at the elementary school, where he taught for another 15 years. Frank had great respect for and a way of connecting with people that left them feeling truly seen.
During most of this service to Canada, wife Carol raised 2 boys and 2 girls. Gordon Keith Arblaster, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Windermere on the Mount in London, Ontario on October 11th in his 88th year.
He was “old school” about duty, ethics, doing the right thing and helping those in need. For 59 years, the beloved husband of Jean (nee Laithwaite).
He held a special spot in his heart for his brothers-in-law and their many political debates and jokes. Funeral services will take place in the Malcolm, Deavitt and Binhammer Funeral Home Chapel, 141 Renfrew St., Pembroke on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at p.m. Dear father of Bryan and Jan Purdon of Goderich, Milton and Diane Purdon of Alberta, Thelma Dougherty of B. A graveside service to celebrate Russell’s life will take place at Culross-Teeswater Cemetery on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at a.m. , 2017 Bernadette Monaghan age 84, passed away, peacefully, and in the caring hands of the wonderful staff at “the Manor.”Mom was the wife of the late Donald James Monaghan (1995) and she was predeceased by grandson Brian Scott Monaghan (2012), and son Bryce Patrick Donald Monaghan (2016).