Remembering Brother Michele “Mike” Boffa



April 15, 1940 –  
August 9, 2021




In Loving Memory

BOFFA, Michele (Mike)
1940 – 2021

At his home in Kingston, on Monday, August 9, 2021 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Teresa (nee Russo) Boffa and dear father of Luigi Boffa (Angela) and Adam Boffa. Affectionately known as “Nonno” to his grandchildren, Olivia, Liana and Anna Boffa. Dear brother to Lucia (Tony) Garofalo of Kingston, and Giuseppina (Antonio) Stelluto and Adamo (Maria Grazia) Boffa, both residing in Italy. Predeceased by brother Antonio (Costanza) Boffa and sister Filomena (Donato) Minicozzi. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mike’s wishes, cremation at James Reid Crematorium will be followed by the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (1111 Taylor-Kidd Boulevard) on Tuesday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m., with Reverend Leo Byrne celebrating. Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Covid-19 protocols are as follows. For those wishing to attend the Funeral Mass, please call the James Reid Funeral Home at 613-544-3411 daily between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attendance is limited therefore pre-registration is mandatory. Those unregistered guests who arrive at the church are not guaranteed a seat. Please wear a mask. Physical distancing will be monitored. The family and the funeral home thank you for your co-operation.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Children’s Wish Foundation in Mr. Boffa’s memory. Online condolences may be shared at


Remembering Brother Lionel Byrne

Lionel Byrne

In Loving Memory

On the morning of July 7th, 2021, in his 81st year, Joseph Lionel Byrne (Lionel) passed away at home in Kingston Ontario, with his loving and devoted wife Judith (Judi), of nearly 48 years, by his side.

His extraordinary life started on April 1st, 1941, in Bobcaygeon Ontario. Born to Zeta (Simpson) Byrne and (Thomas)Leo Byrne he was oldest of 13 children. Lionel spent much of his youth in Fenelon Falls Ontario doing his best to keep his 7 brothers out of trouble. He graduated from high school and then entered, in good Irish Catholic tradition, St. Augustine’s seminary in Toronto. He also studied at Loyola University Chicago. Lionel was ordained in 1965 and was a pastor for 7 years in the Peterborough diocese.

Lionel left the priesthood and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Upon returning to Canada, he found employment in Orillia Ontario. He worked here while he waited to begin his Master of Social Work at Carleton University. It was while working at the Huronia Regional Institute that he fell in love with a feisty redhead that would become his partner in life. Lionel and Judi (Clements) were married on October 5th, 1973 in Ottawa Ontario.

Lionel and Judi began their nomadic style life with their move to Halifax. Upon graduating with his Masters of Social Work, they moved to Fort Smith, North West Territories, with their young son Sean. Here they lived and worked until Lionel made the decision to join the Canadian Forces as a Military Social Worker. At 35, he was the oldest cadet, but graduated top cadet after 16 weeks of basic training in Chilliwack British Columbia. Their family grew in 1977 with the birth of their daughter Erin, in Victoria B.C.

The military moved them to Ottawa, Kingston (RMC), Lahr West Germany, Ottawa, and finally Trenton. Lionel officially retired from the Military in 1995, but quickly returned to work for the military as a civilian. Lionel took on the role of Director of the Military Family Resource Centre for a few years, but eventually returned to his true vocation of counselling. Lionel continued to work in this role until the age of 75. By this point he and Judi returned to Kingston to live close to their four grandchildren Anna, Claire, Simon and Luna. Lionel’s most cherished times were always those spent with his family, in particular those moments when was he was cheering on his grandchildren at the hockey rink or taking advantage of naptime with Luna.

Lionel will be deeply missed by his wife and soulmate Judi, his son Sean and his wife Laura, his daughter Erin and her husband Jonnie Walker and their children Luna, Anna, Claire and Simon respectively; He leaves behind his brothers and sisters, Mike and wife Nancy; Gary and his partner Carol; Greg and his wife Carol; Paul and his wife Joan; Stephen and his partner Marilyn; and his sisters Linda; AnnMarie and her husband Richard White; Philomena and her husband Marty Childs; Ruth Ann and her husband Roger McInnis; and Sister-in-law Pat. He is predeceased by his parents Zeta and Leo and his brothers Kevin and John, and his sister Janice. He will be missed by his mother-in-law Florence Clements of Orillia; his sisters and brothers in laws Joanne and Peter Ward, Joyce and Earl Giffen, Janice and Ken Laing. His many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews will miss their Uncle Lionel. Lionel’s life’s vocation was motivated by faith, family and a genuine care for others. He held many titles over his lifetime and his impact was far reaching. Aside from ‘Dad’, his favorite title, by far, was ‘Grandpa’.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday July 14th from 2-4pm at The Gordon F. Thompkins Funeral Home on 435 Davis Drive, Kingston. Visitors must call the funeral home in advance at 613-546-5150 to reserve their attendance. There will be a private family funeral with interment to follow at Cataraqui Cemetery.

A special thank you to Dr. Sladic, Dr. Peters, Dr. Thomas, the staff on Davis 5, and the PSWs who supported Judi in caring for Lionel at home. Not to be forgotten are the many friends and neighbors of the Emerald St. community.

Please consider making a donation, in his name, to the Parkinson’s Society or a charity of your choice.


(With thanks to G.F. Tompkins Funeral Home -Township Chapel)

Remembering Brother Paul Michiels



10-Sep-1935 – 03-Jun-2021





In Loving Memory

1935 – 2021

Paul went home to heaven, peacefully at 7 p.m. on June 3 in his 86th year. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Joanne and all his family. We will always cherish those final hours and are forever thankful to have had that time with him at home. (Special thank-you to the amazing palliative care team for making his journey easier.)

Paul was a lover of music and a soloist in his church choir, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a very active member at his parish. Singing and gardening were his passions and his amazing tenor voice will always be etched in our souls.

He leaves behind his wife Joanne, sisters Ingrid (John), and Paula, son Robert (Karen), daughter Wanda (Paul), granddaughters Kacey and Jessi (Jeff), great-grandchildren Evely, Colton and Cooper and his many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and brother Bill.

During the Covid restrictions, the family will have a mass celebrated and the urn placed at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Kidney Foundation of Canada” or the Kingston Humane Society.Online condolences at

Remembering Brother Tom Penning

11-Apr-1931 – 30-Apr-2019




PENNING, Thomas Richard –
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas on April 30, 2019 at West Park Healthcare Centre, at the age of 88.

Beloved husband of Joan for 61 years.

Loving father of Donald (Hillary), Joanne (Andie), Barbara (Peter), and Paula (Alfred).

Devoted grandfather of Marion, Alison, Simon, Carolyn, Danielle, Emily, and Tom.

Cherished brother of Doreen (Lloyd) and brother in law of Lucy (Ralph) and Dorothy.

Predeceased by Ruth (Ralph), Jimmy (Gertrude), George (Shirley), Don, and Jim (Lee).

Tom will be deeply missed by his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will take place at the Brampton Funeral Home & Cemetery, Brampton on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1-5pm. A funeral service will take on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel, burial to follow.

If desired, donations in Thomas Richard’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Remembering Brother Larry Raycroft


Larry John William Raycroft

1952 – 2019




Larry John William Raycroft, born October 7, 1952 in Toronto, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on the evening of June 14 in his 67th year. Larry will be greatly missed by Anita, his loving wife of 20 years, and his children Caylee (Scott), Joey, Jeannie (Dan), Andrew, Glenna (Jordan), Sally (Braydon), Holly (Brandon), Paige (Bryn), Katy, and Layne, as well as his granddaughter Jovanna (and Punim the cat). Sisters Wendy (Mark), Nancy, and Heather (Jon), and all of his nieces and nephews deeply mourn the sudden loss of their big brother and uncle. He will be greeted in Heaven by his mother, Jeanne Booth, his father Glenn Raycroft, and his infant son Robbie. Larry was a man of many talents – a gifted musician, a pilot, motorcyclist, and an avid traveler. Of all of his accomplishments, the one Larry treasured most was his family. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses in the cardiac intensive care unit at KGH, who went above and beyond to provide compassionate support. A special thank you to Cathy MacGillivary and Tim DeJonge for their emotional assistance during our difficult time.

Visitations will be at James Reid Funeral Home (1900 John Counter Blvd.,) on Wednesday, June 19 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Paul the Apostle Parish (1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd.,) on Thursday, June 20 at 11:00am.  Rite of Committal at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Reception to follow the burial at James Reid Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Ride for Dad to further prostate cancer research.

Remembering Brother Michael Beeman


9/21/1936 – 5/29/2019



In Loving Memory Of
Michael Carruthers Beeman, U.E., died on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, aged 82, at Providence Manor in Kingston.

Born on September 21, 1936, he was the youngest of four children of Brigadier William Gilbert Beeman and Kathleen Burpee Carruthers of Kingston. His three older siblings passed away before him: Patricia Carruthers “Patsy” Beeman Fleming (survived by Robert John “Bob” Fleming of Kingston); William John Milton “Bill” Beeman (married to the late Nancy Jane Logan Beeman of London); and Peter Carruthers Henault Beeman (survived by Elizabeth “Betty” Fleming Beeman of Whitby).

He leaves a niece, Kathleen Louise Beeman of Kingston, his primary caregiver for many years. He also leaves three nephews, Christopher Douglas Beeman of Brandon, William Logan “Sandy” Beeman of Ottawa, and Robert John Carruthers Fleming of Montreal, married to Claudine Roy, whose children are Nicolas (Saada El-Akhrass), Philippe (Kat Cadegan) and Amélie (Simon Larose).

A proud member of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Michael was one of the youngest of Kingston’s extended Carruthers clan, and was closest to his cousin Elizabeth “Lizzy” Panet Fairbairn, who now also resides in Providence Manor. Michael’s cousins from this family include the Baynes, Campbells, Chowns, Constantines, Cookes, Cowies, Danbys, Fairbairns, Forgies, Formans, Frenches, Fyons, Garcias, Ginns, Hamiltons, Hansons, MacDuffs, Mackays, Marins, Massies, Panets, Percivals, Ruddicks, Sculthorpes, Shirreffs, Silcotts, Simsons, Smiths, Sullivans, Tobers, Wards and their descendants.

Further afield, Michael was close to his Ross cousins – David (married to Heather Anderson-Ross, of Toronto, with sons Jamie and Cam), Czashka (married to Gary Roth, of Pennsylvania and Panama, with sons Ivan, Nicholas and Peter), Cory (married to Greg Conaway, of Oregon, with her daughters Shane and Jil), and Ali (with daughters Robin and Leah). Michael is also survived by his cousin William “Bill” Little and partner Joy Dexter of Perth, Ontario.

Michael’s life was enriched by his friends, and he continued to make them throughout his life. With Kevin Kittner he explored every corner of the city; Pat Kittner was a friend, nurse and host of delicious dinners. Travis Docteur, whose family were neighbours, formed a decades-long bond, and Anna Docteur showed many kindnesses.

Michael was an adventurer, a musician, and a seeker all his life. He learned how to fly at age 19, and piloted his friends from Kingston airport to New York City, a feat meriting coverage in the Whig Standard. This in turn led to his career as a NORAD air traffic controller, and other military work, ending as an internal auditor at the Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

He loved outdoor sports and won a trophy for cross-country running at Lakefield College School. The younger members of his family remember skiing and snowmobiling expeditions with him. A crowning achievement resulted from his rescuing one of the Royal Military College’s heavy oak iceboats, in which he and his crew raced across the ice of Lake Ontario and nearby waterways during several winters. He enjoyed sailing, cruising, and relaxing with his family at the idyllic beach at Carruthers Point.

Early in life Michael passed rigorous selections to sing with two of the most demanding choirs in Canada, at St. George’s in Kingston and St. Mary Magdalene’s in Toronto. His Steinway was the pride of his living room, he proctored examinations for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and he enjoyed his front-row balcony seats at the Kingston Symphony. He had a discerning ear, and before Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot achieved stardom, he took his nephew John to their concerts.

As Michael began his retirement he increased his work in the community, ranging from volunteering as a member of the board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, serving on the Citizen Advisory Committee for Correctional Services Canada, to driving for Meals on Wheels.

Later in life Michael began a new life in the Catholic faith, and joined a welcoming church family at St. Paul the Apostle, with its priest Father Leo Byrne,succeeded by Father Sebastian Amato. His spirit of service saw him participating as a greeter and lay reader, and he was welcomed into the brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus, where he rose to the fourth degree. An admirer of the Sisters of Providence, Michael entered one of their foundations, Providence Manor, as his life drew to its close, and benefited from the kindly attendants, the caring nurses, and the moving spiritual life.

Michael’s family will receive his friends and acquaintances at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive in Kingston on Friday, June 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. His funeral mass as a Knight will take place at St. Paul the Apostle church, 1111 Taylor Kidd Boulevard, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. His remains will be buried in his family plot at Newburgh United Church cemetery, 2157 Camden Road, outside Newburgh, later the same day.

Michael recognised for 19 years of service in KofCMichael being recognized by GK. Terry Finn for 19 years of service with KofC.

Remembering Brother Terry Finn

Obituary for Terrence James Patrick “Terry” Finn

Finn; Terrence James “Terry” – Son of the late Helen and Jim, brother of Larry Finn (Judith) and Jeanne Finn-Allen (Ed), husband of Janet Wotten-Finn, father of Erica Ginham (Rob), grandfather of Lola, Poppy and Finn, brother-in-law of Pat Chase (Robert) and Art Osmond (Ruby). Fondly remembered by our nieces, nephews and friends.

Well done our Terry! You did a great job while you blessed us with your presence. You can rest in God’s care now.


Everyone’s life has its time of sadness but if we are blessed, we receive moments of happiness and seconds of great joy. To our family and many friends who stayed in touch and kept us in your prayers, you were the moments of happiness and a constant source of great joy. Your strength was and is still with us.

Please join us at the Wartman Funeral Home – Kingston Chapel for visitation on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 7-9 pm and from 10-11am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (1111 Taylor Kidd Boulevard) on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will follow in the Church at 11: 00 am. Friends desiring may contribute by cheque to St. Paul the Apostle – Knights of Columbus. On-line condolences at


First Visitation


Monday, January 14th, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Wartman Funeral Home “Kingston Chapel”


980 Collins Bay Rd

Kingston, ON K7M 5H2

Second Visitation


Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 10:00am – 11:00am


St Paul The Apostle Catholic Church


1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd

Kingston, Ontario K7M 8G8

Mass Information


Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 11:00am


St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church


1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd

Kingston, Ontario K7M 8G8

Remembering Brother Gord Costello

COSTELLO, Gordon Edward
October 13th, 1929 – May 4th, 2018

We are heartbroken at the passing of our much loved husband, father and poppa on May 4, 2018 in his 89th year. Gordon will be missed every day by his wife of 56 years, Beatrice (Murray) and his daughters, Ann Marie, Cathy (Paul) and Laura (Andrew) and his grandchildren, Katharine, Patrick, Claire, Colin, Lauren, Rudy, Jonah and Clara.  Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Theresa and Daniel Costello, his brothers, Bill, Joe, Bernard, Daniel, Father Jack and his sisters, Mary, Jean, Margaret, Dorothy. He will be dearly missed by his sisters Bridget Malone and Patricia (Doug) McGilvery and sisters-in law, Rose, Erma and Marion and many nieces and nephews.

Gordon was born on October 13, 1929 in Dublin, Ontario. He worked for 38 years with the Ministry of Transportation. Gordon was a natural storyteller, gifted athlete, active gardener, skillful carpenter and competitive bridge player. He was an involved and active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Paul the Apostle Church and most recently St. Joseph’s Church. We have lost a kind, gentle, devoted family man and friend.

Family and friends may call at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, 435 Davis Drive, Kingston on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Palace Road, Kingston on Wednesday, May 9th at 10:00 am. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations to Right to Life and Partners in Mission Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Kidd 2 ICU of KGH. You were caring and compassionate and we will be forever grateful.

Remembering Brother Tom Lodge

Thomas Lodge

April 17th, 1946 – November 30th, 2017

At the age of 71 years, Tom passed into the Arms of his Lord, peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. A kind man whose generosity and care for others was his guiding light in life. He will be lovingly remembered by all for his grace, dignity and generous spirit.

Tom will be remembered forever in the hearts and minds of his wife Ann (nee McConnell); daughter Christina and his Grand Daughter Olivia; his sister Marion Soady and her husband Bill; his brothers and sisters-in-law: David and Norma McConnell, John and Cheryl McConnell, Allan and Brenda McConnell and Gordon and Sandy McConnell; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

Visitation at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive (Centennial Drive and Taylor-Kidd Blvd) on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd. on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

For those wishing donations to the UHKF Cancer Centre or Ongwanada would be appreciated by his family.

On line condolences at

Remembering Brother John Golemiec

GOLEMIEC, John Thomas –

A proud member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Paul the Apostle Parish.

Born in Glace Bay Nova Scotia on April 16, 1935. John was in the Military for 24 years, a proud member of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment). He was a graduate of the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. Following his military career he worked for Correctional Services Canada as a Living Unit Officer (Joyceville Institution), instructor (Staff College) and Correctional Supervisor (Frontenac Institution).

John was loved by all that knew him, especially his family. He will be sadly missed by his children, grandchildren and siblings. A family Graveside Service will take place at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens.

A special thank you to the all the staff and care team at Providence Manor for their dedication and compassion.

Sharing memories, online condolences at www.gftompkinstownship.ca13191173

John 30yrs a Knight!John was recognized for 30 Years of service
with the
Knights of Columbus in May 2013.