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.


Remembering Brother Omer Guertin

Peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the age of 93. Omer, beloved husband of the late Edith (nee Chaput). Loving father of Raymond Guertin (Marie-France) of Cornwall, Paul Guertin (Suzanne) of Kingston and Carole McDonald (the late Mitch) of North Bay. Dear grandfather of Michelle Guertin-Cadieux (Daniel), Stephane Guertin (Tania), Christopher Guertin (Karen), Ryan McDonald (Jennifer), Renee McDonald and great-grandfather of Jocelyn and Christian Cadieux and Charlie Guertin. In accordance with Omer’s wishes, cremation will take place at the James Reid Crematorium. A celebration of Omer’s life, for family and friends, will be held at the Bonfield Cemetery, Bonfield, ON, at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Mr. Guertin’s memory.


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Remembering Brother John Hickey


HICKEY, John James – Formerly with CN for over 30 years.
Lifetime Member of the Knights Of Columbus #9652.

Suddenly passed away on Friday December 9, 2016 in his 88th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Annie for 55 years.

Dear brother of Mary Halligan, of Wexford, Ireland, Josie Codd, of Wexford, Ireland and the late Bridgette Cloney.

Cherished brother-in-law of Joan Petit – Clerc, Donna (Paul) Moran and James Ashworth.

He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews both in Canada and Ireland. John will be sadly missed by his niece, Amelia Marie Ashworth (Rod).

Visitation will be held at NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St. N., Bowmanville on Monday December 12th from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 pm. Parish Prayers will be held on Monday at 7:30 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JOSEPH’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 127 Liberty Street, Bowmanville, on Tuesday December 13th at 10 am.

Memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or The Canadian Cancer Society.

Remembering Brother Jake Oostrom

October 22, 1935 – October 4, 2016

Passed away peacefully on October 4, 2016 at the John Parrott Centre, Napanee. Jacobus “Jake” was born in the Netherlands and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1952. Predeceased by his parents Hendrika and Cornelius Oostrom, brothers Martin, Tony and sister Annie and sisters-in-law Benny and Peggy , brothers-in-law Warren Blakslee and William Flegg. Dear brother of John (Sigi), Adrian (Kathryn), Clare, twin Brother Henry, Marie Baker (Marvin), Rika Blakslee, Cornelius (Jean), Wim (Joanne), Karl (Anne), brother-in-law Sam Cadamuro, sister in law Judi Oostrom, many nieces and nephews and cousins in the Netherlands.

Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive (Centennial Dr and Taylor-Kidd Blvd) on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd on Saturday October 15 at 12 noon. Rite of Committal with prayers in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

For those wishing, donations to the John Parrott Centre, Napanee, would be appreciated by his family.

Remembering Brother Andrew Kearns

Br. A KearnsKEARNS, Andrew Alva Melvin – 38 year employee of Corrections Canada (retired) – Member of K of C council 9652 – Peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at St. Marys of the Lake Hospital, in his 86th year, with his devoted wife of over 65 years, Shirley, at his side. Loving Father of Loretta (Ken) Jarrell of Kingston, Monica (Randy) Hartwick of Toronto, Teresa (Brian) Deck of Calgary, Michael of Calgary, Thomas (Robin) of Calgary, Jacqueline (Dean) Shea of Kingston, Kathleen (Todd) Funston of Collingwood and Daniel (Dori-lyn) of Kingston. Dear Grandfather of 24 and Great Grandfather of 13. Predeceased by his father, Alva Kearns and his mother Violet Crowder and his grandson Michael Kearns. Survived by his sister Carol (Gordon) Baron, Balmertown, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Visitation will be held at JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME, 1900 John Counter Blvd. from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Friday, August 19, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd. at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Rite of Committal to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or UHKF (St. Mary’s of the Lake-Palliative Care). The family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood Retirement Home, Providence Manor (Sydenham 4) and St. Mary’s of the Lake, Palliative Care Unit for their excellent care and making Andy’s last days comfortable. We would also like to thank Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Dubin, Dr. Patey, Dr. Stone, Dr. Thompson, Dr. Goldie, Dr. Connidis, Dr. Fernandes and Dr. Truri for their compassionate care.

Volunteering Makes Us Happy, Reduces Stress.

We’ve all experienced this at one time or another where, after taking time out of our busy schedules to help out, we feel uplifted.

 Jesus knew this when he taught us to “Love God, and love our neighbour as ourself.

Research has confirmed that there are many benefits to volunteering, both personal – happiness, fulfillment, less stress – and to society.

Council 9652 offers many opportunities for you, and your family members, to volunteer.  One of the many benefits is the sense of community: making the world, or your piece of it, better.

Here are some events that are planned for this fraternal year, which require just 2-10 hours of time over the preceding month:

o Fish Fry                       – Sep 2015
o Spaghetti Supper      – Nov 2015
o Ladies Appreciation – Feb 2016
o Steak Barbecue         – May 2016
o Golf Tournament      – Jun 2016

Please consider helping with just one of these, maybe with your family, then send me a quick note to let me know.

God bless.

Scott Arnold, Grand Knight

Remembering Brother Tony Vella

Tony Vella



Peacefully, at home, on June 27th, 2015. Beloved husband of Connie. Beloved father of Mario (Doreen) and Gloria Vella-Bowry (Calvin). Cherished grandfather of Lauren Vella, Grace and Joshua Bowry. Dear brother of Mary (Paul) Buttigieg of London, ON, Agnes (Michael) Azzopardi, Margaret (Elia) Borg-Bonaci, Marion (Joe) Mallia, Lucy (Max) Farrugia, all from Malta and predeceased by his sister Josephine Falzon and brother Gaetan Vella Anastasi. Fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Mary Vella Anastasi, brother-in-law Joseph Falzon, and many nieces and nephews.

Tony was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He was well known in the community for his contributions of faith through his creation of a Nativity exhibition. He will be remembered fondly by many students and staff of the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Thank you Father Leo Byrne, Friar Edward Debono, and Friar David Collins, and his pastoral care team for all their support. Thank you to the doctors and nurses of the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Friends will be received at the church of St. Paul the Apostle, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 from 11:00a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. Interment of the urn in Ottawa, at a later date.

For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or towards the creation of the Saint George Preca award (in remembrance of Anthony Vella) to recognize aspiring secondary school trades students and their contributions to the community. Please make cheques payable to Holy Cross Secondary School.

Funeral Details

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Friday, 3 Jul 2015 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Friday, 3 Jul 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Friday, 3 Jul 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

A Special Announcement

Tony Vella

As most of you may have heard by now, our Council has, for the second time this year, suffered another loss amongst our group. Brother Tony Vella departed from this life on June 27, 2015.

As Grand Knight, I had the chance to meet and speak with Brother Tony on many occasions during my tenure including the evening before his passing. For those who are not aware Brother Tony had a Great Uncle (St. George Preca) who was Canonized a Saint on June 3, 2007. One evening early this June, Brother Ray Smith and I sat down with Brother Tony to discuss his Nativity Project. As he spoke about his story and vision, I paused and asked, should I be so worthy to sit here with what I believe is yet another Saint! You see, God calls all of us to be Saints and worthy servants. Some may reach the glory of Canonization, yet there are those amongst us who just humbly carry out God’s will without ever being recognized. In my eyes these are the special ones. There are so many of our past and recently departed that fit in this category; I am truly grateful for having met and shared a small part of my life with each of them.

All Brother Tony asked of our Council was to consider taking on his vision with the Nativity Project. What was his vision? To sum it up from my perspective, it was to engage and evangelize communities by using education and art through the Nativity. Two days before Brother Tony passed, he shared with me his two concerns and worries. The first was his wife Connie. You see, he did not want her to worry about his well-being; it was, in fact, his concern for her own strength and health to get through God’s will. His second concern was the Nativity project. He feared that when he passed on, so too would the Nativity project die. What was inspiring to me was that at no point did he express concern for himself. You see, in some small way I believe he knew he was in good hands.

After sharing these worries with me, I took a moment to express to Brother Tony, firstly that we, his brother Knights, will, in fact, keep in touch with Connie. As with all our widows and widowers it is our duty to take care and be a support when needs arise, whatever that may entail. The second reassurance I gave him was that our Council will adopt the Nativity project and see it carry on and through time expand. His vision will play out as God wills it.

In closing, although Brother Tony’s passing was untimely and an initial shock for me, I pause to reflect on all our departed Brothers whom I have met through their illness. I think of Brother Don Doherty, Brother Mel Kealy and Brother Tim Culletin in particular. I can humbly and honestly say that spending time with each of them gave me a renewed strength and peace to carry on.

Brothers, as your Grand Knight, I am now asking that we take up the challenge of the Nativity Project. I am seeking a volunteer base and would ask that you contact me directly at 613-217-8220 or to sign up for this worthy project. The work begins now!

Vivat Jesus,

Scott Arnold
Grand Knight