Remembering Brother Marcel Picard

July 26, 1947 – August 15, 2022

Passed away peacefully at KGH after a short illness with his wife and sons by his side. He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years 

Claudette, his sons Sylvain (Kimberly McGlynn) and André (Melanie Moore), and his four grandchildren Brynnon, Rowan, Christopher and Michel. Son of the late Julien Picard and the late Cécile Tessier, he is survived by sisters Noëlla (late Raymond Groulx), Anita (late Wilfred Harrigan), Andréa (late Robert Séguin), Agathe (Gérald Séguin), and brother Michel (France Hogue). Predeceased by brothers Léopold (late Raymonde Sauvé), Conrad (late Pauline Maisonneuve) and Yvon (Francine Desjardins); and sisters Anna (late Al Benny), Colombe (late Harry McCarthy) and brother-in-law Michael Murray (Anne Parker).

One of eleven children, Marcel was born in Plantagenet, Ontario, where his fondest memories were of growing up on a farm in nearby Treadwell. As a young man, he lived in Montréal before moving on to Kingston with his young family. A long-time employee at Northern Telecom (later Belden), Marcel worked his way up from machine operator to become the Director of Human Resources. For many years, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Paul the Apostle church.

Founder of The Violin Workshop, Marcel was a skilled luthier who made exceptional violins and lovingly repaired and restored stringed instruments from around the world. Well-known in the city’s music community, Marcel played fiddle in the Kingston Ceili Band and the Musical Knights for several years. Along with writing original music, he possessed a recognized talent for arrangements which was a local resource for fellow musicians and teachers who regularly sought out his help.

Active in sports, in his younger years Marcel took judo with his sons. He played in hockey, broomball and softball leagues, and coached softball as well, but his love of golf lasted into his golden years. As a twenty-one-year summer resident at Ashton Park Estates campground in Napanee, Marcel was the park’s tireless volunteer handyman, aiding his neighbors and making many improvements to the grounds.

Marcel was a talented, generous, hardworking man devoted to his wife, his family, and his community. His absence will be keenly felt by all, but his instruments, his music and his legacy will go on.

There will be a public visitation on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 10:30-12:30 at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, 435 Davis Drive in Kingston (Centennial at Taylor-Kidd), followed by Liturgy of the Word Services in the chapel at 12:30 p.m. Father Mark Chockrek officiating. Rite of Committal prayers will be said at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens at 1:30 p.m. with a reception following back at the funeral home.

Those who wish to make a memorial donation are encouraged to contribute to Partners in Mission Food Bank or a cause of their choice.
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Remembering Brother Fred Happy

17-Jan-1935 – 31-Jul-2022

In Loving Memory

HAPPY, Frederick W. “Fred”

After a lengthy illness at the Kingston General Hospital on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (April 19, 2022). Loving father of Frederick J. Happy (Carol) of West Falls NY. Cherished by his grandchildren: Frederick S. Happy and Sofia G. Happy. Fondly remembered by his many friends at Corrections Canada, RCAF and the Knights of Columbus in Kingston. We will miss his photos.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Fred and Margaret will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd. on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.

For those wishing donations to St. Paul the Apostle Church Fund would be appreciated.

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Remembering Brother John Hayes

John Philip Hayes
March 19, 1939 – October 29, 2021

Peacefully passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital’s palliative care unit. Beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth (Betty) for 60 years. Devoted father to Joanne (Paul), Matthew David, and Dianne (deceased). John was passionate about cars, with a career in vehicle finance and sales management. He was the winner of numerous awards from Ford Canada. He enjoyed sports, particularly NASCAR, as well as curling and basketball which he played in his younger days. John was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and was proud to be a Third and Fourth degree Knight. He and Betty were very active members of their church community in Bath, ON. During his retirement years, he was an avid bridge player, joined by his wife and the bridge mascot, their dog Zach. John was the son of Leonard Hayes and Margaret Cheevers of Brantford, ON. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters Michael, Carol, Donna, and Bill, as well as by his five grandchildren. His sister Marilyn passed away shortly before him. A private celebration of life will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice.

Published on November 15, 2021
Kingston Whig Standard

Remembering Brother Armand Bedard

March 13, 1930 – November 6, 2021

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Armand passed peacefully in his bed at Providence Manor, to join his beloved wife of 66 years Cecile Bedard. Armand was a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Air Force for 35 years, greatly involved in the Kingston community after his retirement.  He was an active, respected and influential member of the Kingston Senior’s Centre, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 and a proud Knight of Columbus: St. Paul the Apostle Council and Archbishop J.V. Cleary Assembly.

Loving father of Bernie Bedard, Mimi Rogers (James), Jacques Bedard (Janet), and Lynne Morin (Jean-Pierre).  Cherished Grandfather of Jennifer Arcand (Jamie), Paul Rogers (Stacey), Nicole Doan (Jonathan), Michael Bedard, Kaila Morin (Ivan Sabourin), Daniel Morin (Midori Kaga), Andre Bedard (Aaryn Normand) and Bradley Bedard. Loving great grandfather of 12 and great great grandfather of 2. 

He is survived by his sisters: Aline Bedard, Solange Bedard (George Tousignant), Lise Bedard (Claude Pilon), Jocelynne Bedard; his brother Gilles Bedard (Aline Bourget) and his sister-in-law Aline Juneau (Raymond Bedard). 
Predeceased by 6 brothers and 3 sisters.  Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.

Visitation at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive (Centennial Dr. and Taylor-Kidd Blvd) on Friday, November 12th from 2 pm until 5 pm. With Covid Restrictions all attending the visitation will have to show proof of their double vaccination and wear a mask at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul the Apostle Church 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd on Saturday, November 13th at 10:00 am. you must phone to register for attending the mass to 613-546-5150, face masks will be worn and guests will be spaced for seating.

For those wishing, donations to UHKF Providence Manor would be appreciated by his family.

Per Ardua Ad Astra (Through Adversity to the Stars)

Remembering Brother Jim Lawrence

Jim Lawrence James J. Lawrence
December 28, 1930 – November 1, 2021

Peacefully in Ottawa on Monday November 1, 2021 in his 91st year

Jim Lawrence beloved husband and best friend of the late Mary Wowk. Loving father to Debra (Johnny), Denise (Tim), David (Katherine), and Joseph (Anne). Grandfather to Kyle (Natasha), Ashley (Barrie), Lauren (Desi), Timothy (Trish), Katie (Dave), Christopher, Justin, Michael (Amei), and Kiera .

Great grandfather to Finn, Charlie and Winnie (Kyle and Natasha), Indie, Leo (Katie and Dave), Olivia, Tiana (Barrie and Ashley), Scotlyn (Lauren and Desi).

Predeceased by his parents Roland and Helena (Rose), 3 younger brothers: Bob (Shirley deceased), Jack and Frank, Brother in law of Harriet and Nancy Lawrence, Raymond Wowk and his wife Janet, Nestor (deceased) and Cressa (deceased). Jim is fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Tompkins Funeral Home Township Chapel 435 Davis Dr. Kingston on Saturday November 27th from 12 noon until Liturgy of the Word in the chapel at 1:00 pm. Inurnment will be held in Cataraqui cemetery where Jim and his beloved wife Mary will be placed to rest together.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice Centre, 110 McCurdy Dr., Kanata, On K2L 2Z6 or to U.H.K.F. (Cancer Centre) would be appreciated by the family.

Jim was a life long member of the Kiwanis Club and a Grand Knight of The Knights of Columbus.  He was a well respected and accomplished executive at BP Canada/ Petro Canada in the Oil and Gas industry.  He finished his career with the Business Development Bank in Kingston as a business Councillor.

Special mention goes to his “Oily Birds” BP fishing buddies club, where he was fisherman, chief cook and bottle washer at the Hay Bay cabin. He had a wicked sense of humor.

Please note:  Proof of double vaccination and photo identification are required for the family to greet as many guests as possible. 
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12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Tompkins Funeral Home
435 Davis Dr.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Liturgy of the Word
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Tompkins Funeral Home
435 Davis Dr.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Placing of Jim and Mary’s urns will take place at Cataraqui cemetery following Liturgy of the word.

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.

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