Time cannot steal the treasure
that we carry in our hearts,
nor ever dim the shining thought
our cherished past imparts.
For memories of the one we love
still cast a gentle glow,
to grace our days and light our paths
wherever we may go.
~ Excerpt from Linda Anderson’s First Tears
Unifor Local 1285 mourns the passing of our Retiree, Brother Dick Thyssen 1939 – 2019, former Chrysler Benefits Reps & past Local 1285 Financial Secretary – family wishes are to hold a private service at a later date, no further details will be provided.
It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of
Passed away earlier on the week of October 15th. A celebration of life will be held on October 21, 2018 at the Shelburne Legion from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In memory of Josip Grubesic
November 3, 1933 – February 26, 2018
Passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the age of 84. Loving husband of Danica. Beloved father of Branka Lund (Murray). Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Katarina and Stephanie. Friends may call at Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Prayers to be held at 8:15 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Croatia, 7 Croatia Street , Toronto, on Friday March 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Assumption Mausoleum.
In memory of Mary Jean (Hill) Holm – Laursen
June 7, 1962 ~ February 22, 2018
Mary Jean Holm-Laursen passed away peacefully at home in Shelburne, surrounded by her family, on February 22, 2018 in her 56th year. Beloved wife of Robert Holm-Laursen for 30 years, and loving mother of Kayla and Justin. Youngest of the 5 “Hill Girls”, Sharon (Dennis) Middlehurst of Ingoldsby; Mavis (Bruce) Wilson of Toronto, formerly of Redickville; Bonnie (Graham) MacDermott of Dartmouth, NS; and Marilyn Hill (Bud Adams) of Waterloo. She will be sadly missed by the Holm-Laursen family: mother-in-law Olive MacPherson (nee Strong) of Matawatchan; and Rob’s siblings Brian (Marjorie) of Lower Sackville, NS; Ken (Pat) of Griffith; Darlene McIntyre (Steve Zaks) of Scarborough; and Rick (Rosemary) of Oshawa. Predeceased by her parents Jean (nee Little) (1993) and Elwood Hill (1995) and fathers-in-law James Holm-Laursen (1999) and Floyd MacPherson (2016). Mary will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle, friends, and co-workers.
Mary was known as Mary Jean and MJ in her childhood, Mary as an adult, and Mare to many of those close to her. She grew up working and playing at her family’s campground, Rock Hill Park, a popular venue for both country and rock music events. Mary attended Georgian and Humber Colleges and then worked for the Toronto Transit Commission. After marriage, Rob and Mary moved to Rob’s home area of Matawatchan, then in 1992 moved to Mary’s home town of Shelburne. Mary was extremely proud of her 20-year career and the enduring friendships she made at Chrysler Canada in Brampton.
Mary was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in June 2016. A special thank you to Mary’s compassionate caregivers. This definitely was a team effort of more than 40 professionals and so many family and friends who visited, helped out, provided meals, listened, laughed and laughed some more. Rob spent the last 9 months as Mary’s 24/7 caregiver, becoming competent and confident as he lovingly cared for Mary. Kayla and Justin were integral to their mother’s care as well. Thank you to the whole community for supporting Mary at the fundraiser in October 2016 and the ALS walk in June 2017. Mary will be remembered for her cheerful disposition, sparkling smile, infectious laugh and especially her dignity and grace throughout her journey with ALS.
Cremation has taken place. All friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life Service in honour of Mary at the Shelburne Legion, 203 William St., Shelburne on Saturday, March 10, 2018, visitation 1:00-2:00 p.m., service at 2:00 p.m., reception following. Rev. Stephanie Pellow officiating.
The ALS Society was a tremendous help in providing equipment and support. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the ALS Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.
In memory of Rita Pedersen
In memory of Krzysztof Cywinski 1961-2018
Krzysztof Cywinski passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 57.
Krzysztof is survived by his wife, Aldona Cywinski and his daughter, Marlene. He worked as a Millwright for the FCA Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, and he was a union member of Local 1285.
From his birth on May 5, 1961 to his death, he had enjoyed being an avid hiker and bicyclist. Despite his illness last year, he managed to go on an outdoor adventure trip in Australia.
Services for Krzysztof will be held at Meadowvale Funeral Centre, 7732 Mavis Rd., Brampton, on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The mass will take place at St. Eugene de Mazenod Church, 1252 Steeles Ave., Brampton on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Krzysztof’s family would like to honour him with a memorial bench at a park where he enjoyed going on hikes and bike rides. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for his memorial bench at the visitation.