Category Archives: In Memorium

In Memoriam

Alan Whiteley

December 11, 1945 – September 1, 2020

With great sadness at his death.

A champion for justice whose service, talents and gentle ways touched so many. He gave of himself without condition. He is already missed.

Obituary can be found at Countylive

Alan Whiteley presenting to Fair Hydro Plan

IN MEMORIUM- Stephana Johnston

Wind Warrior- Stephana Johnston

CLEAR CREEK, Ont. (20/11/14) -Stephana Johnston looks out her window at the wind turbines surrounding her home in Clear Creek, a hamlet on the shores of Lake Erie.  Johnston has been a fierce opponent of wind farms and believes they have plagued her with an array of heath problems.  When asked why many of her neighbours did not suffer from the symptoms she described, Johnston replied, “When a ship hits rough waters there’s always a few passengers that get sick, but no one doubts or ridicules them…All I’m asking for is that same respect.” Photo by Zachary Prong.

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A Good Life- A Life Remembered- Bill Wightman


That there isn’t an industrial wind turbine spinning over Prince Edward County is largely attributable to Bill’s ability to coalesce like-minded folks and work with them, patiently, diligently toward a political end. While others believed economics or better understanding of physics and nature would eventually topple a parasitic industry built on subsidies and delivering marginal value, Bill knew that government ideology would prevail—that only a shift in political will would end bad policy. But that would take time.

A Good Life: 

An Evening with Bill Wightman: 

Bill Wightman: A Life Rembembered:

In Memorium- Harvey Wrightman

Harvey Wrightman

Harvey Wrightman peacefully passed away  on December 9th 2016.  He will be missed by so many.   Read a tribute to his life:

Wrightman’s Alpines Nursery

With the planting of seeds, hope and the good things in life keep growing.

A Tribute to Mothers

“Tell Us About Your Mother”

Request for written tributes, poems, art, photos, videos to mothers.


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This is not a contest.  No prizes will be awarded.   This is a simple opportunity to tell us about your mother, being a mother, becoming a mother, missing your mother, your family and sharing that story.

In the rush of the day a simple request is being made to stop and a take a moment for celebration and reflection.  Soon it will be Mother’s day and the push will be on to demonstrate and honour her with a showering of flowers, cards and gifts.  Trinkets and treasures to show appreciation for the person who helped make you the person you are today.

Our life experiences and realities come in many different versions and are as varied and unique as each one of us.  The relationship with your mother may be sweet or even bitter, but shaped all of us into the person we are today.  You are held by the hands of your mother all through the many stages of your life.   Whether that person gave birth to you or not, or life circumstances created your family beyond the stereotypical image of the nuclear family, your Mother plays a pivotal role.  A time also comes for many woman when you become a mother and your primary focus is now that life you hold in your hands as another generation grows and matures.

Protecting children and family is a universal desire that binds all communities.  This group came together to protect our families, and our children born and yet to be.  The mothers have always been the protectors of families and the land which we need to survive, and where we live our lives.   We are real and the voices are strong.

Please write us telling us about your family and the person who helped make you and your family, and is your Mother.

In Memorium – Patricia Anne Vaughan

This morning, I lost a dearly loved friend,  and a staunch ally, in the war on the injustice of the greenscam.

   A stronger, more competent woman, I’ve never seen.  Tricia was an excellent mother, to her 12 year-old son, Marcus, and a hardworking member of the Fair Board.  She looked after her farm, tended to her cattle.  Made time to teach Marcus to be self-reliant, and responsible, and all the while, hold down a full time job.  While doing all of this, she also made time to help our community fight the threat of wind turbines, as well as being active in events at the Elcho Church.
               To say that Tricia will be missed, is an understatement.  She leaves behind her son, Marcus, her mom and dad, her sister and brother, many more members of her extended family, as well as many, many friends.  Needless to say, we are all heartbroken.
         I was told by Tricia’s Dad, that there will be visitation, on Sunday, and Monday, at the Merritt Funeral Home, in Smithville.  Hours are from 2-4, and 7-9pm.  The funeral is at the Elcho Church, in Wellandport, at 11:00 pm, and Tricia will be laid to rest, beside the church.
     Rest well, my friend, we will soon meet again.
Shellie Correia
VAUGHAN, PATRICIA ANNE:  May 6, 1972 – November 8, 2013 – Peacefully at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  Dearly loved mother of Marcus Tuck, she is also survived by parents Norman and Catharine Vaughan, and siblings Douglas Vaughan of Fergus, Caroline Robins (Ross) of Smithville, and Jonathan Vaughan of Waterloo.  Loving aunt to Alanna Vaughan, Owen Vaughan and Aiden Robins.  Survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Patricia was very active in 4H first as a member and then as a Leader.  Also involved in Junior Farmers, West Niagara Agricultural Society and many other community organizations.  Visitation Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11 both days from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Merritt Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville.  The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 11 am at Elcho Church, 6432 Elcho Road West, Wellandport (corner Port Davidson Road) with interment at Elcho Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations to Elcho Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary would be appreciated and can be made through the funeral home.