Our candle will always shine brightly
as we remember those who are no longer with us...

Tributes can be found on this page for:
Stompin' Tom Connors
Jen Jones
Bonnie Franklin
Miss Biddlesworth -Nancy's cat
Scaredy Cat - Pat & Joe's cat
Robin Gibb
Donna Summer
Dick Clark
Gary -Megan & Andy's Dragon Lizard
Harvey Townsend
Davy Jones
Charlie -Pam's dog
Whitney Houston
Andy Rooney
Teenah Lahweez (Tim Tosato)
George Summers
Steve Jobs
Vivian Campbell
Dave Doggett
Jack Layton
Gwen "Gee Gee" Sandham
Flipper -Merry's cat
Alysha - My cat
Irene Miller
Precious -Merry's dog
Betty Breen
Ken Kostick 
Gary Nugent
Ed Eldred
Paula Charles - MacArthur

Brave Jen Leaves Us

It is with a deep heart that I tell you our friend Jen's battle with cancer has ended. She passed away on Sept. 19th.

You may not have known Jen personally but you should know she was a wonderful woman with a heart of gold. Jackie met Jen sometime in 2005 or 2006 and it was love at first sight. The two soon wed, shared a home in Toronto and added the pitter patter of little feet in the form of Rasmus the cat.

You may remember seeing Rasmus many times in Scribbles. He's the black and white kitty that we saw reading a book, hanging out on the mantle and looking out a window waiting for his mommys to come home.

Jen had duel citizenship and when she was diagnosed with cancer she discovered she did not qualify for medical coverage in Canada. As a result, Jackie and Jen went to the States where Jen has family and where she could get the treatments she needed. Rasmus moved too. He lives in Ottawa with friends of J and J and we understand he is now reading at a grade 12 level (he's such a smart kitty.)

One of the most memorable moments I shared with Jen and Jackie was in 2007 when Rob and I joined the lovebirds to take in Toronto's annual Pride parade. We had so many laughs that day and I couldn't think of two better people to have shared that with.

Jackie, I am so sorry for your loss. You were indeed Jen''s Knight in Shining Armour. Take comfort in knowing Jen is no longer suffering and your Lady in Waiting has gone forward where she waits until one day you are united again.

Love Kenny


Jones, Jennifer A. 50, of Toronto, Canada peacefully passed away surrounded by family, after a year long battle with cancer on September 19, 2012.

Jen was born in Portland, the daughter of John and Alice Jones and attended Portland schools. She graduated as a teacher of special education from the University of Farmington and taught locally for many years. Many wonderful summers were spent at the family’s home on Long Island, Maine or working with her brother in the family business on the island. In 2005 Jen moved to Toronto, Canada where she married the love of her life, Jackie Hughes. They resided there until her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer last year. To pursue treatment at the Emory Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, they were taken in by her sister and her family in Jasper, Georgia.

Jen’s love of life, her intense and loving personality will be missed by her many friends on Long Island and in her new home in Canada. She is survived by her wife Jackie Hughes, her parents John and Alice Jones, her sister Elizabeth Rowe and her husband Nelson, her brother Bob and his wife Cindy, her nieces Hannah Garland and her husband Chase, Sailor, Genevieve and her nephew Ty.

A Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength,and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says," There she goes! "
Gone where?

Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says," There she goes! "there are other eyes watching her coming . . .

And other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .

" Here she comes! "

~Henry Van Dyke

 Remembering Jen in Photos...

 Enjoying the Mackie's Annual Pride BBQ -2006

Birthday Foolishness

Shopping at L.L. Bean

Celebrating Pride 2006 with friends

Enjoying Pride parade

Jackie and Jen used to joke that Jackie was Jen's "Knight in Shining Armour" and Jen was her "Lady in Waiting". With that in mind, Jackie asked me to come up with this photoshopped pix, shortly before Jen left us.


Phyllis Diller
 1917 - 2012

Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Mond. Aug. 20, 2012 in her Los Angeles home at age 95.

"She was a true pioneer," Fred Wostbrock said. "The first female stand-up comedian. She paved the way for everybody. She paved the way for Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler. Phyllis was the first of the first. The first female to play Vegas ... she was on Broadway, she made movies. She did it all."

Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press, "She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face."

She is also survived by two daughters. Diller suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999. The cause of her death has not been released.

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, in 1917, she married Sherwood Diller right out of school (Bluffton College) and was a housewife for several years before getting outside work.

She was working as an advertising writer for a radio station when a comedy turn at San Francisco's Purple Onion nightclub launched her toward stardom.

She made her network TV debut as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show, "You Bet Your Life." (Diller, asked if she was married: "Yes, I've worn a wedding ring for 18 years." Marx: "Really? Well, two more payments and it'll be all yours.")

She credited the self-help book, "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol, with giving her the courage to enter the business. For decades she would recommend it to aspiring entertainers, even buying it for them sometimes.

"Don't get me wrong, though," she said in a 1982 interview that threatened to turn serious. "I'm a comic. I don't deal with problems when I'm working."
"I want people to laugh."

Miss Biddlesworth

Our deepest sympathy to Nancy Erskine on the loss of her beloved friend Miss Biddlesworth (aka "Biddy Kitty") who passed away July 12th.  We know only too well how much losing a pet can be Nancy and may you find some comfort in knowing we are thinking of you at this sad time.

Scaredy Cat
1992 - 2012

My deepest heartfelt condolences to Pat and Joe Fenerty on the loss of their dear friend Scaredy Cat who passed away in early June. Twenty years certainly would have brought you many fond moments with your beloved Scaredy and those treasured memories will always be a part of you.

Little Cat

I said goodbye to you today, little cat.
Fingers caught on bones when I stroked your fur.
You could scarcely raise your head to drink,
yet still you calmed me with your purr.

Were you comfortable curled on the rug?
And did you know your time drew near?
Your wide green eyes held gentle love,
and quiet pain, but showed no fear.

You slipped away so quietly
that we weren't sure that you were gone.
Our bouncy little cat is stilled
but your spirit lingers on.

Little ghostcat, where are you?
Are you happy, are you strong?
I feel your warmth, your life, your love
and still can hear your purring song.

Copyright ©1993, MJ Falango

Robin Gibb
Dec. 22, 1949 - May 20, 2012

LONDON - Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era with their falsetto harmonies and funky beats, has died. He was 62.
The singer had been battling colon and liver cancer and, despite brief improvements in his health in recent months, passed away on Sunday May 20.

“The family of Robin Gibb ... announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” a statement posted on his official website said.

“The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Hundreds of tributes poured on to the Twitter micro-blogging site, including from record labels and fellow musicians.

Gibb spent much of a career spanning six decades pursuing solo projects. But it was his part in one of pop’s most successful brother acts, the Bee Gees, that earned him fame and fortune.

Born in 1949 on the Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland, Robin and his family moved to Manchester where the brothers performed in local cinemas.
Here are a few facts about the Bee Gees: * The three Gibb brothers made their earliest performances at local movie theatres in Manchester in 1955, singing between shows.

* After emigrating to Australia with their parents, the Gibb brothers returned to England in the mid-1960s to further their singing careers. Their early recordings, including dramatic hits such as “Massachusetts” (1967), drew comparisons with the Beatles.

* The trio reached the Top Ten with “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” and “I Started a Joke” (both 1968) but split briefly after the relative failure of their concept album “Odessa” (1969)

* They reunited in 1970 and had hits with “Lonely Days“ (1970) and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (1971), but there were several hitless years before they returned to the charts with “Main Course” in 1975 - in which they produced a new sound - the emphasis being on dance rhythms, high harmonies, and a funk beat.

*Spearheading the new sound was Barry Gibb, who, for the first time, sang falsetto and discovered that he could delight audiences in that register.

* “Jive Talkin’,” the first single off the album, became their second American number one single, and was followed up with “Nights on Broadway” and then the album “Children of the World”, which yielded the hits “You Should Be Dancing” and “Love So Right.”

* Recorded in Miami, it put the Bee Gees at the forefront of the disco movement, which their work on the sound track album of the film “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) would popularise and define.

* The trio’s contributions to the “Saturday Night Fever“ soundtrack album pushed sales past the 40 million mark. It also reigned as the top-selling album in history until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” - an album that Jackson acknowledged was inspired by Saturday Night Fever - surpassed it in the 1980s.

* “Saturday Night Fever” and 1979’s “Spirits Having Flown“ combined to yield six number one hits, making the Bee Gees the only group in pop history to write, produce and record that many consecutive chart-topping singles. 
* In 1997 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this led to a resurgence of interest, which heralded the release of the live album “One Night Only” (1998), cut at their first American concert in almost a decade.

* Their success was not limited to recordings issued under their own name. Individually and together they’ve written and produced major hits for artists including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, as well as Frankie Valli.

* The Bee Gees remained active until the death of Maurice in January 2003, from cardiac arrest during surgery. Following his death, Robin and Barry decided to cease performing as the Bee Gees.

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters

Donna Summer
1948 - 2012

When I was in my late teens, in the 70's there were very few legitimate support groups that you could use to help you "come out" or find others who could identify with the feelings you had . There was no internet and it was easy to feel like you were the only gay person on the planet -and what they showed on TV was so damn negative, you didn't want to identify yourself with being "that". One of my greatest comforts came in form of music....and in particular disco. The infectious beat, groove and lyrics became close companions to run to when the world outside made you feel like a freak.

Leading the pack with the disco movement was the one and only Donna Summer. I loved did many in the gay community at the time. Her songs spoke to us as she seemed to take us under her wing. I had all her albums (and still do, pops, scratches, skips and all.)

I transformed my bedroom at my family's home into "Wimps' Disco Room" (Wimp being my nickname at the time.) On weekends my sisters and I would dance to the sounds of Donna Summer and other disco faves, on my masking taped dance floor, as disco lights transformed us to a make-believe dance club. That room would have been nothing if it weren't for the music of Donna Summer.

Ms. Summer turned her back on disco and her followers in the early 80's when she proclaimed she was "born again". It would be a few years later when Summer would find the perfect balance between her disco queen persona and her faith.

Sadly, Summer passed away on Thurs. May 17 at the age of 63. She may be gone but her music remains. And the last dance will forever be saved for Donna Summer..the original and only Disco Queen.

Dick Clark
Nov. 30, 1929 - Apr. 18, 2012

May 22, 2006 - April 15, 2012

Our condolences to our Ottawa pals Megan and Andy on the loss of their bearded dragon lizard, Gary. Gary passed away April 15th,  He was almost 6 years old and a dear companion to Megan and Andy.

Gary is survived by his brothers Larry the snake and Floyd the cat, who I'm sure will also miss their special scaley sibling.


Gary's Final Place of Rest

A decorative rock marks Gary the Dragon Lizard's final place of rest, under a lilac tree at Jeanne and Peter Prince's rural home in Renfrew ON - in this photo obtained exclusively by Scribbles.


"I just saw Gary's feature in Scribbles from yesterday.... thank you so, so, soo much. I really really appreciate it.. I couldn't go to work yesterday because I was such a mess, so I went home to Renfrew and we had a nice little burial for him in the backyard. It's hard losing your reptile pets too because you always think you're being a little silly or that people will think you're overreacting because they weren't a dog or a cat... but your feature in Scribbles for him made me feel a lot less silly. :)"

[KEN REPLIES: Never EVER let anyone make you feel silly for mourning the loss of your pet. Sure more people can identify with the loss of a dog or cat because there's so many of us who share our home with those critters, but that doesn't mean you can't bond with other types of pets. And Gary was certainly a great example of that.]

Harvey Townsend
1930 - Mar. 20, 2012

TOWNSEND, Harvey (Tex) - Passed away suddenly on March 20, 2012 in his 82nd year. Beloved wife of Barbara Ann for 43 years. Loving father of Bobbie-Jo Bond (Tom) and Shirley Townsend-Holak (Russ). Dear grandpa of Felicia-Lyn, Caitlin and Britney, and great grandpa of Codie. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Levi and Elva Townsend and by his brother Jerry.

Harvey's family received friends at the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne on Thursday March 23.  The Funeral Service was held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Brethren in Christ Church 895 Empire Road (at the corner of Sherkston Road)  Pastor Dan Nickless officiated. Interment followed  at Overholt Cemetery, Bethel.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences available at

'Daydream Believer' Davy Jones Passes Away

Best known as the cute one from the TV show The Monkees, singer and actor Davy Jones died February 29, 2012 after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Davy was one of four groovy young stars of The Monkees - a campy Saturday morning sitcom revolving around the fictious band's crazy antics. The show's success soon brought the boys together as an actual group, and although rumours swoared that they didn't play their own instruments, the Monkees went on to sell many albums with chart-topping singles such as "I'm a Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville", "Stepping Stone" and "Daydream Believer".

The Monkees TV show quickly became a cult classic and still plays in syndication across the globe. The band The Monkees parted company in the early 70's and throughout the years Davy Jones would reunite periodically with band mates Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith.

Born in Manchester, England, one of Jones first acting roles was as the Artful Dodger in the hit play Oliver.

Following the success of The Monkees, Davy became a teen heartthrob and in his later years appeared on the British. soap opera Coronation Street. Davy is survived by his wife Jessica. He was 66.

courtesy GLOBAL TV

2000 - 2011

Nov. 14th our pal Pam Hopkins said goodbye to her beloved dog Charlie.

Here is Pam's facebook post...

"My heart is broken right now. We had to say our goodbyes to Charlie this afternoon. It all happened so fast, I just pray that he didn't suffer too much. We will miss him so much, he loved us unconditionally for 11 1/2 years as we did him, but I'm sure now he is reunited with [our other dog] Max and free from any discomfort."
Pam my friend, I know what you are going through and my heart goes out to you and your family. Many of our scribbles friends can also identify with your pain and loss and I just know they too send their sympathy.

"Samantha", treasure each and every fond memory you have of Charlie and kknow that no one can ever take those away.

Love "Uncle Arthur"

Andy Rooney

1919 - 2011

To millions he was that old guy who gave an interesting commentary at the end of each weeks edition of "60 Minutes". His amusing take on everyday life, delivered in deadpan voice is what made him a star.

 "Have you ever wondered why they say 'lather, rinse, repeat' on shampoo bottles?"

 "Why do they put child-proof caps on arthritis pill bottles?"

It was this kind of stuff, that we all could identify with, that made Rooney and his trademark bushy eyebrow a staple in our homes for many years until he retired earlier this year.

Andy Rooney was 92.

Tim Tosato
 (aka "Teenah Lahweez")
1959 - 2011

Tragically Hip

When it comes to the art of being a successful female impersonator, there’s several aspects one usually masters in order to make it big. For many it’s creating the perfect illusion, skillfully enduring lengthy preparations, to create the appearance of a “genuine woman”.

For others, it’s their ability to choreograph sensational song and dance routines, complete with spot-on lip-synching and elaborate stage productions.

And then there was Teenah Lahweez.

Teenah was neither the most convincing looking “woman” nor were her routines well-polished and intricate. In fact, her fumbling and bumbling and "colourful" appearance is what set Lahweez apart from her peers and made her such a hit amongst her loyal followers.

When Teenha took to the stage you never knew quite what to expect, except to know it would be hilarious and memorable. Her wavy wigs and brash make-up were as off as her impromptu and ludicrous performances and that’s exactly what we grew to love the most about her.

Whether masterfully planned or by happy coincidence, Teenah Lahweez’s carefree antics brought joy and hope to those around her. She encouraged others to follow their dreams and be true to themselves. “If this offbeat drag queen can do it, then perhaps so can I”. This was the inspiration many took with them after watching her perform or following a chat with her when she was not in the spotlight.

Sadly Tim Tosato – the man beneath Teenah Laweez’s persona – passed away on October 21st.

In his youth Tim has been described as a beautiful person who was admired and sought after by many. Home for Tim was Merriton, where he was close to his neighbours and in later years volunteered at the Thorold Community Centre.

Call him Tim or call her Teenha, the talent and magic of this remarkable individual has sadly been silenced. But the legend, ideals and amusing memories will remain with us forever.

A heartfelt and fitting farewell “TAH DAH” to the incomparable Ms.Teenha Lahweez. Rest in Peace and know we will never forget you.


TOSATO, Timothy David “Tim”  (December 7, 1959 - October 21, 2011)

After a short illness, with his family by his side, Tim passed away at the St. Catharines General Hospital, on Friday, October 21, 2011 at the age of 51...

Tim stayed in the same neighbourhood where he grew up in Merritton. Three years ago he took the plunge and moved across the tracks to Thorold – literally across the street. He had close ties with many of the neighbours and was always watching out for them. Over the past few years, Tim volunteered at the Thorold Community Care, where he also touched many with his generosity and hard work.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery, Thorold on Monday, October 31st at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Tim to the Thorold Community Care and Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.

George Summers

I was shocked to recently discover that only one day before the passing of Tim Tosato (aka Teenah Lahweez), our community lost another gentle soul the day before.

It had been several years since I last seen George, but a trip down memory lane quickly conjured up images of days gone by, when Summers was someone I saw regularly socializing with friends at some of the local LGBT bars I once worked at. Although we're talking several long years and several long-gone bars ago, I remember George as being someone who lit up the room when he arrived.

Unlike "teenah Lahweez", George wasn't a local performer, but definitely a friend to many and will be missed.


SUMMERS, George - Peacefully with his family by his side at Hospice Niagara Stabler Centre on Thursday, October 20, 2011 in his 52nd year. Loving son of Ada and the late Charles Summers, dear brother of Charles, Pearl Burey, Ronald (Carolyn), Kevin and Ada Sheppard (Allen Gregory). He will be missed by his nieces, nephews and dear friends Norman, Debbie, and Carol. George was an avid Orchid enthusiast. A special thank you to Dr. Schurr and staff at Douglas Hospital, Dr. Kerley and Hospice Niagara for their wonderful care. At George's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Niagara or the BME Church would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the NIAGARA ST. CHAPEL of BUTLER FUNERAL HOME. On-line condolences available at BUTLER (905) 646-6322.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me …
Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…
that’s what matters to me.”

-Steve Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who changed the daily habits of millions by reinventing computing, music and mobile phones, died on Wednesday October 5 at the age of 56.

Apple loses a visionary leader who inspired personal computing and iconic products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, which made Jobs one of the most significant industry leaders of his generation.

His death after a long battle with pancreatic cancer sparked an outpouring of tributes as world leaders, business rivals and fans alike lamented his premature passing and celebrated his monumental achievements.

“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement.

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor,” said Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who once triumphed over Jobs but has seen his legendary status overtaken by the Apple co-founder in recent years.

Jobs stepped down as CEO in August and handed the reins to long-time operations chief Tim Cook. With a passion for minimalist design and a genius for marketing, Jobs laid the groundwork for the company to continue to flourish after his death, most analysts and investors say.

A college drop-out and the son of adoptive parents, Jobs changed the technology world in the late 1970s, when the Apple II became the first personal computer to gain a wide following. He did it again in 1984 with the Macintosh, which built on the breakthrough technologies developed at Xerox Parc and elsewhere to create the personal computing experience as we know it today.

The rebel streak that was central to his persona got him tossed out of the company in 1985, but he returned in 1997 and after a few years began the rollout of a troika of products — the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad — that again upended the established order in major industries.

A diagnosis of a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 initially cast only a mild shadow over Jobs and Apple, with the CEO asserting that the disease was treatable. But his health deteriorated rapidly over the past several years, and after two temporary leaves of absence he stepped down as chief executive and became Apple’s chairman in August.

Jobs’ death came just one day after Cook presented a new iPhone at the kind of gala event that became Jobs’ trademark. Perhaps coincidentally, the new device got lukewarm reviews, with many saying it wasn’t a big enough improvement over the existing version of one of the most successful consumer products in history.

Jobs, a Buddhist, was born in San Francisco. He started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage in 1976.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.“ -Steve Jobs

Vivian Campbell
Feb. 22, 1933 - Sept. 28, 2011

Wife, Mother, Grandmother,
Friend and Neighbour...

....Vivan Campbell was the Best of Each

My mother Joan would probably be able to tell you the exact date, but to the best of my recollection, it was probably about 40 years ago that my family moved to Rebecca Street in St Catharines. Living next door to us were the Campbells. There was Lorne, his wife Vivian and their kids Kenzie, Karin, Kelly and Kirby.  I became friends with the "Campbell Kids", was in the same grade as Kelly and buddies with Kirby.

Because I hung out with Kirby (and our "entourage"), I was at the Campbell's home a lot in those days and it was then that I would first meet Vivian Campbell. "Mrs Campbell" as I always addressed her as back then, was such a nice lady. Someone I always thought of as being very strong and level-headed.

Throughout the years there would be many changes at those neighbouring homes on Rebecca Street. Both my parents and Lorne and Vivian would watch as their children would eventually each leave the nest and start families of their own.  The Campbell's mourned the passing of eldest son Kenzie, who left us far too young. As the years rolled on, both my mom and Mrs Campbell would become widows, with the passing of Lorne and my dad Don.

My mom and Vivian were always the best of neighbours. They'd check the mail for each other when one of them was away and in recent years, Vivian and I shared cat-feeding duty when my mom went on vacations. I visit my mom rather frequently and it was not unusual to see Vivian and exchange greetings. 

Sadly that would change, as Vivian began her battle with cancer. Soon, instead of seeing Vivian out and about when I'd visit mom, I'd see various vehicles parked in her driveway belonging to caregivers and family.

Now even that has become history.

Although Kirby, Kelly, Karin and I all went our own ways over the years and lost touch, I'd sometimes see Kirby when he was visiting his mom and reconnected with Karin and Kelly thanks to facebook. To each of you I offer my sincerest sympathy. Your mother was a wonderful person, just like your dad and she will be dearly missed.


CAMPBELL, Vivian Jean - Of St. Catharines on Wednesday September 28, 2011 at the age of 78 after a courageous battle at home with her family at her side. Loving wife of the late Lorne Campbell, mother of the late Ken (1994), (Janice), Karin (Gerald), Kelly and Kirby (Cindy). Sadly missed by her 13 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild and Tom. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service was held at the Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul Street on Saturday October 1st, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Hospice Niagara would be greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Yellamachelli and extreme gratitude for all the compassion, care and support to Darrell Nutbrown of Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

From the facebook album:
"Day Out with Mom"
by Karin Campbell-Gadd

Vivian and granddaughter Keri

"Hi Ken, this was beautiful. How thoughtful of you to honor my mother on your website. I'm sure we will run into you soon as we will be spending still alot more time at the house as we prepare it to put on market. That will be a very hard day for us when we leave our home for the last time. There are alot of wonderful memories on Rebecca St. Believe me we have shared alot of them over the last little while. Kick the Can, and water fights. Nicky nicky nine doors...etc. Mom's passing was expected of course, but we never expected her to struggle so hard at the end. I have to believe she is at peace now. We just wanted her pain to stop. Hers has stopped and ours will continue. Thanks again for honoring mom like this. It means the world to me. Love your childhood friend Kelly xoxo"

-Kelly Campbell-Lostracco

[Ken replies: Kelly it was my honour to feature a memorial to your mom on scribbles. I agree, your mom is now at peace, no doubt reunited with your dad and brother (Where you dad is probably serenading her with his rendition of Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre"). And no matter who someday moves into your mom's house, it will forever be known to me as "The Campbell's place".]

"Hi Ken: I just read your tribute to mom and all I can think to say is God bless you and thank you. Your life long friend and neighbour, Kirby."

-Kirby Campbell

[Ken replies: Kirby, I must admit your mother's memorial was one of the most moving services I have ever attended. To see you standing with your sisters as Karin spoke really choked me up, my heart went out to each of you. You showed tremondous strength and your mother would be so proud of you.

When you and I spoke prior to the memorial, you on the Campbell's side of the big wooden fence and me in my mom's backyard (just like we have done so many times over the past 40 years) it was a very special moment. Someday in the not-to-distant future, there will be new faces on the other side of that fence and our neighbourly chats will cease. The memories will however last forever. How was it that 40 years ago our families would meet and you and I would become friends?  As you would say, "It was meant to be". You are an amazing man Kirby and someone I will always consider the dearest of friends.]

"Thank you Ken for your very kind words"

-Karin Campbell-Gadd

[Ken replies: Karin, hearing you speak so openly about your mother and your family really was touching. It was extremely courageous of you to be so candid about your past - the good times and the not-so-good. I will never forget that moment and the wise life lessons you shared with everyone, lessons we can all learn from. God bless you for doing that.]

"Hi Ken, It was really nice seeing you again too. It is always sad to think it takes a funeral to bring forgotten friends together. I just read again your beautiful memorial tribute to Aunt Viv. You have a real gift of writing. I know the 3k's must really appreciate your tribute at this sad time. Take care"

-Kim Nicol

[Ken replies: Indeed funerals are a bittersweet way of people reuniting and realizing how long it has been since we last saw each other. To see you and your sister again after all these years was indeed a treat and naturally brought back a flood of memories from way back, when we were all crazy kids and neighbours. All the best to you and your family.]



Remembering Dave Doggett

DOGGETT, David Vincent - It is with broken hearts that the family announce David's passing. After a short illness, David left us September 19, 2011 where he had been cared for at University Hospital in London. David's renowned sense of humour and kindness endeared him to all that met him. David was the loved and cherished son of Janet and the late Ralph Doggett (2010); adored brother to Karan (Doggett) and Pat Gardiner; proud uncle to Sean and Sarah and caring keeper of Maxine. David was a loyal and devoted friend to so many people. Since September 18, 1963, our world has been a better place because David was here. He made us smile and chuckle constantly, he taught us to be non- judgmental and kind to all; he showed his love to family and friends in so many special (and sometimes crazy) ways. David will live in our hearts forever.

Jack Layton
1950 - 2011


It was never a secret that I was always a big fan of the down-to-earth politician and in 2004 I even had an opportunity to meet him. Jack was making his rounds at Toronto's annual Pride festivities -an event he supported for many years - he was just finishing a live TV interview and was about to do a walk with his supporters. As he left the venue the interview was at and was set to hit the streets, he walked right past where I (and many others) were lined up.

"Happy Pride" he said to me, as he shook my hand and proceeded down the line. My pal Jackie Hughes also got to meet Jack at that moment and the two of us were ecstatic as we followed the sea of orange placards that surrounded Layton as he made his way down Church Street to loud cheers of approval.Jack Layton was truly one-of-a-kind. He was perhaps the only modern-day Canadian politician that literally rolled up his sleeves and spoke up for those who felt they had no voice. He talked the talk and he walked the walk, even when he needed a little assistance from his trusty cane. He never forgot the people he represented and was never afraid to speak out against political agendas that didn't have everyone's best interests in mind.

When the NDP's became the official opposition earlier this year, it was Jack they had to thank. He worked around the clock from coast to coast bringing his message of hope to the masses and forming a party of believers. No one would argue that without Jack Layton, the NDP would not be where they are today and I sincerely hope they move forward with Jack's ideals firmly in place.

Rest in Peace Jack. You will always be remembered fondly as one on Canada's most influential and genuine politicians. A gentle man with a heart of gold who made our country a better place to live in.

Excerpt from Jack Layton's
Final Message to Canadians
Released Aug. 22, 2011

"Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and asociety that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level wherethere are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change.

In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us
be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best"

Remembering "GeeGee"

Scribbles sends condolences to the Eckert family on the loss of their Grandma Gwen Sandham, who passed away Sat. Aug. 27th.

In their own words here is what Ginny and Julia Eckert (pictured above with Gwen) posted on facebook:

"For those who knew her; Grandma, left this world quietly and in peace this morning. For those that loved her, our hearts join yours as we celebrate the life of our Friend, Grandmother, Mother, GeeGee, Aunt or Sister. In what ever way her life touched yours remember her today and celebrate a long life well lived and well loved.

To celebrate Geegee's life we are going to go to the lake Manitoba. We will have happy hour at 3pm, play rumoli, cribbage and yatzee. I am going to stop and get butter tarts (that will never be as good as her's were) I am going to pack the car till the kids can't move as a tribute to the journey to Starlake; and we'll share all the greatest times we spent with Grandma"

Ginny Eckert -Winnipeg MB

"[I think] that we were so very lucky to have...Gwen Sandham, in our lives. A wonderful woman, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, hostess, UCW member, baker, gardener, community leader and so much more....She passed away this morning, and she will be so missed."

Julia Eckert - Niagara Falls, ON

[KEN REPLIES: I remember your Grandma Sandham and she was indeed a wonderful woman. Her values, talents and goodwill will definitely live on, as it is obvious she was a great role model to many in the Eckert/Sandham family. My sincerest sympathy]

Farewell Flipper
1995 - June 30, 2011

It's been a sad year for our Welland friend Merry Proulx. In February, she said goodbye to her dog Precious and on June 30th had to do same to her beloved cat Flipper.

I first met Flipper about 4 years ago, when Rob and I first starting seeing each other. Back then, Rob was living with his mom (Merry) in a townhouse, which they shared with Flipper and Precious. As seems to be the case with most cats I encounter, we bonded right away. He came over to where I was sitting and jumped right up to say hello. Whenever I slept over, Flipper insisted on sleeping close to my head, where we "shared" a pillow. Flipper usually got more of the pillow than I did, but after all, this WAS where he slept when I wasn't there, so I didn't mind at all.

When Timmi met Flipper, he liked him a lot, in fact even though we joked that Merry's dog Precious was Timmi's "girlfriend", Timmi seemed more interested in Flipper. I guess he could just tell he was the cat's meow!

Merry I am so sorry for your loss. Your home must seem very quiet without the pitter patter of little paws. Take comfort in knowing Flipper had a great life with you and is now in Pet Heaven reunited with his "sister" Precious.

Love Ken

Apr. 1997 -Jun. 20, 2011

Based upon what you have seen and read on scribbles over the years, no one could blame you for thinking I have one dog (Timmi) and one cat (J.R.) That's because they are featured regularly on scribbles doing one silly thing or another.

But there was another cat who shared my home and her name was Alysha (named after the actress Alysha Silverstone -go figure). You rarely saw Alysha in scribbles because in real life even I rarely saw her (with the exception of feeding time). I jokingly referred to her as my "invisible cat" because of this.

When people came to visit, Timmi and J.R, were front and centre, hamming it up and socializing with guests. Meanwhile Alysha would do what she did best, hide under my bed. "I thought you said you had two cats?" people would ask. "I do" was my reply as I'd show them a photo of her, knowing that this was about as close to "seeing" her as they would ever get.

Alysha was a stray who kept showing up at my patio door in the Spring of 1997. Back then I lived on the first floor of this apartment building and when I'd open the door, she'd race in, gobble down a bowl of cat food and run back out. This went on for about a week before I figured out she had no home and took her in.

Over the years, only a privileged few were allowed the honour of her presence. For those special people, she would remain laying casually on top of the bed, allowing them to pet her, before returning to her spot under the bed. Most of the time she got along with J.R. -I figure it was because she knew he could whip her ass in a fight and sometimes did just that. Her arch enemy was Timmi. She absolutely loathed him and many was the time I had to break up their hissy fits.

Within the past few months, Alysha went from being a robust reclusive kitty to a thin, frail version of her former self. Her fights with Timmi were more frequent and fierce, she became deaf, drank water 24/7, pissed like a race horse and meowed loudly and eerily every day. I believe she was trying to tell me "Daddy I don't feel well".

Today (Mon. June 20, 2011) Alysha was humanely put to rest. I guess I could have let her continue to exhibit more signs of being distressed or invested in heroic measures to figure out what was going on within her riddled body. But somehow I feel the outcome would have still have been the same.

Rest in peace my anti-social "Invisible Cat". I will miss you.

Our Deepest Sympathy to Ginger Blythin on the loss of her Mother

Scribbles sends our condolences to Ginger Blythin and her family on the passing of her mother Irene Miller.

Here is Irene's obituary as seen in the Niagara Falls Review:

MILLER, Irene - Passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Sunday July 10, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Richard Miller (April 1998). Dearly loved mother of Ginger Blythin (Neil), Dave Miller and Stephanie Miller all of Niagara Falls. Cherished Mama mai of William, and Keira Blythin. Mrs. Miller was a long time Parishioner of St. Thomas More Church and a member of the Niagara Falls Horticultural Society. She will be sadly missed by her many close friends.... In memory of Mrs. Miller, donations the Mission of Mercy Canada would be appreciated by her family. On-line condolences at 10331424

1995 - Feb. 18, 2011

Our sympathy to our friend Merry Proulx on the recent passing of her dog Precious. Precious first came into Merry and her family's lives when Merry was with Ted Masters. Precious was his dog and when Ted passed away a few years ago, Precious became Merry's dog. Although she was pretty frail when she left us on Feb. 18th in her 16th year, Precious was spunky in her early days. She shared her home with Flipper the cat, who is also feeling a bit blue now that his canine gal no longer shares the sofa with him.

Merry you were a great mommy to Precious, you sure shared lots of years together and although you are sad she is not there, your special memories of her will remain with you forever.

Remembering our friend Betty Breen

[OBITUARY] BREEN, Elizabeth Margaret (Betty) - Passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at Extendicare, at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Bertrum (1945). Loving mother of Mervyn (Darlene), Terry (Patti), Bert (Denise) and Bonnie (Clark) Killborne.
Adored Nanna of Brenda, Darren, Michelle (Jason), Nancy (Mike), Wendy (Jason), Becky, Heather (Chris) and great grandma of Jade, Brett, Jason, Bretton, Jayme, Triston, Kassidy, Karly, Colton, Mitchel and Owen.

Betty will be lovingly remembered by her many brothers and sisters, extended family and friends. Special thanks to the staff at Extendicare for their care, compassion and card playing.

Back in the glory days, Betty always made everyone laugh, with her dry wit and amusing ways. It had been many years since I last saw Betty, but will always remember her with great fondness.

TV chef Ken Kostick dies

Canadian TV personality chef Ken Kostick died Apr. 21, 2011.
Kostick was best known as a cooking host on the show What’s for Dinner? on CBC and most recently, He Said, She Said with Ken and Mary Jo.

He was 58.

Kostick published 15 cookbooks and appeared on the Shopping Channel to represent gourmet cooking products. He also worked in radio.

In February, Kostick battled acute pancreatitis. After returning home, he fell ill again earlier this month and died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto Thursday afternoon, according to the statement.
“Ken lived a full and wonderful life, with many passions including, food, pets and people,” the statement said.

..and then there was that time I met Ken Kostick....

On a personal note, I once met Ken Kostick when he appeared at our local mall, The Pen Centre. He prepared a chili and after we got to sample it. It was of course delicious. Afterwards he signed autographs and chuckled when he asked me my name, "that's an easy one to remember" he laughed, when I said my name was Ken.

And who couldn't enjoy cooking when he hooked up with Mary Jo for What's for Dinner? He made me laugh and made me interested in cooking, which is no easy task, I'm still not a fan. Food, yes. Cooking, no.

Hard to believe he passed away at 58, that really isn't very old.

But then we recently said goodbye to our pal Ricky who was only 26. So once again, we are reminded, when it's time to crossover who's to say how much time any of us have.

Here's to Ken Kostick, the amusing TV chef that made cooking fun. You were one of a kind and the world was a little brighter with you in it.

Remembering Garrie Nugent
by his Life Partner Trudy O'Neill

Garrie Nugent was born Feb 27/47 in Toronto, where he grew up. He started driving tractor trailers in his late teens and hauled anything from food to oil. He was one of the first drivers to haul a train and give input as to how they handled and any problems with them.

He has 2 boys David and Patrick and one grandchild Ashley, he was very dedicated to working and making sure his family was taken care of.
We met in the spring of 2000. He was my "old man" and I was his "kid". Garrie was most happy when he was driving especially when showing me parts of Canada I had not even heard of. We especially enjoyed going to Forks of the Credit Rd and Sauble Beach. We would spend every Sunday going shopping and watching Nascar. We would bet on who's driver would win.

About 2 years after we met Garries health started to fail and his license to drive big trucks was taken away.

He took great pleasure in being with our dog Teddy. Teddy was his little man and even though Garrie had a lot of trouble walking, he took a few minutes each day to get on the floor and play with Teddy. Teddy in turn curled up beside Garrie when he laid down.

After several years of suffering, he passed away Aug 31/10. He was 63. I miss my "old man" very much.


We will always remember our friend
Ed Eldred

Ed and his amazing radio announcer voice left us in July 2008.

Forever Paula

It has been a few years ago now, since our dear friend Paula MacArthur left us and yet for many of us (myself included) it feels like a part of her is still here.

Paula faced illness as she had most things in her life, with tremendous courage and determination. Duting better times, Paula was always the life of the party, a spirited individual, who was always a treat to be around.

click on the three thumbnails below to view full screen version
of our original Tributes to Paula MacArthur...