Obituaries

James Woodcock
B: 1942-03-25
D: 2018-11-01
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Woodcock, James
Margaritha Josefina Kidston
B: 1943-03-28
D: 2018-10-26
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Kidston, Margaritha Josefina
Margaret Ann O'Donnell
B: 1944-10-26
D: 2018-10-21
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O'Donnell, Margaret Ann
Edna Kennedy
B: 1926-03-18
D: 2018-10-19
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Kennedy, Edna
Cpl Derek Wright
B: 1969-09-14
D: 2018-10-14
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Wright, Cpl Derek
Terrence Bissonnette
B: 1937-03-11
D: 2018-10-13
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Bissonnette, Terrence
Philip Clouthier
B: 1927-11-19
D: 2018-10-12
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Clouthier, Philip
Harold Smallpiece
B: 1937-12-01
D: 2018-10-09
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Smallpiece, Harold
Alice Harriett Raymond
B: 1935-12-10
D: 2018-10-08
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Raymond, Alice Harriett
Mary Joyce Ramsay
B: 1933-05-19
D: 2018-10-01
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Ramsay, Mary Joyce
Marjorie Marilyn Reiche
B: 1940-03-10
D: 2018-09-25
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Reiche, Marjorie Marilyn
Evelyn Criger
B: 1932-02-25
D: 2018-09-25
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Criger, Evelyn
Paisley Jodi Scanes-McLeod
B: 2018-09-12
D: 2018-09-12
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Scanes-McLeod, Paisley Jodi
Freida Gombocz
B: 1939-11-17
D: 2018-09-10
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Gombocz, Freida
Sister Helen Dunnigan GSIC
B: 1922-08-13
D: 2018-09-08
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Dunnigan GSIC, Sister Helen
Mary Joan Perrin
B: 1932-12-16
D: 2018-09-05
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Perrin, Mary Joan
Susan Stewart
B: 1951-03-22
D: 2018-08-25
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Stewart, Susan
Patricia Gardner
B: 1947-03-16
D: 2018-08-20
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Gardner, Patricia
Peter Wilhelmus Vanderzon
B: 1938-12-11
D: 2018-08-18
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Vanderzon, Peter Wilhelmus
Earl Wallace Stewart
B: 1924-12-30
D: 2018-08-15
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Stewart, Earl Wallace
Margaret Helen Fanning
B: 1937-01-28
D: 2018-08-12
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Fanning, Margaret Helen

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Writing an Obituary

What Is An Obituary?

More than merely a 'good-bye' to the deceased, this is a farewell which can, in chronological order, detail the life of the deceased. An obituary also serves as notification that an individual has passed away and details of the services that are to take place. An obituary's length may be somewhat dictated by the space available in the newspaper it is to appear in. Therefore it's best to check how much room you have before you begin your composition. Remember that the obituary needs to appear in print a few days prior to the memorial service. There are some cases where this may not be possible, therefore give some consideration to the guidelines below when composing the obituary.

What To Include?

Naturally, it is vital that the full name, along with the location and date of passing is included so that there is no confusion over whom has died. You may wish to consider placing a photograph (which can appear as black & white or in color depending on the newspaper's layout) with the text. There are usually extra charges applied if you are thinking of using a photograph. If you wish, mention where the deceased resided. This will normally only include the street, city and region/state/province/county. The street number is not normally included for reasons of security.

In a concise manner, write about the significant events in the life of the deceased. This may include the schools he or she attended and any degrees attained; you may also include any vocations or interests that the deceased was involved with.

Survivors

It is common to include a list of those who have survived the deceased. The list should include (where applicable):

  • Parents
  • Spouse and children
  • Adopted children
  • Half & step children
  • Siblings
  • Half & step siblings
  • Grandparents

The surviving relatives listed above may be listed by name. Other relatives will not be mentioned by name but may be included in terms of their relationship to the deceased. In other words, the obituary may mention that the deceased had 5 grandchildren; 7 nieces etc. However, exceptions to the above rule can be made if, for example, the deceased only had one grandchild or a nephew who was the only person living in the newspaper's distribution area. These exceptions are obviously made based on each individual case.

Also, anyone listed as a special friend or companion is not normally included amongst the list of survivors unless the deceased's blood relatives request that it be so. The obituary's traditional purpose is to list survivors either related through the bloodline or marriage.

Additional information such as where the body will be laid to rest and any pallbearer's names or names of honorary pallbearer's may be mentioned.

At this point list the details of the time and location of any services for the deceased: these may include the funeral, burial, wake and memorial service where appropriate.

Some Do's & Don'ts

If you don't know where to start, do read other obituaries to gain an idea of how personal and touching an obituary may be.

Do use such terms as "visitation will be from" or "friends may call from". Do not utilize the phrase "lie in state" as that only applies to a head of state such as the prime minister or president.

Don't use the phrase "in lieu of flowers