In Memoriam

Begun in 2011, this page commemorates members of Kingston Branch who have passed away. We were privileged to have shared in their genealogical journeys.

Mary Baker, a long-time member of our branch, passed away on April 30, 2018 in Kingston. Her obituary and photo can be found on the Your Life Moments website.

Art Beemer a former branch Treasurer (1995-1996), passed away on December 16, 2017. Art was a member of Kingston Branch for 24 years, joined for nine of those years by his wife Janet. His obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments website.

May Meeks was a long-time member of Kingston Branch, from 1976 to 2009. We are sorry to report May’s passing on November 19, 2017. Her obituary and photo can be found on the Your Life Moments website.

Elizabeth Lapointe and her husband Mario had just joined the Kingston Branch shortly before she passed away on March 13, 2017. Elizabeth was well known to genealogists as the editor of the OGS journal Families since 2010 and of Newsleaf from 2006 to 2010. Her popular blog Genealogy Canada covered genealogical events from coast to coast. Her obituary can be found on the website of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

Ron Lambert passed away in Kitchener on February 1, 2017 at age 80. Ron was a member of Kingston Branch since 1989. An obituary can be found on the Book of Memories website.

Roberta Sargeant was a member of Kingston Branch in 2007 and 2008 after the death of her husband Bob, who had been a long-time member. Both Roberta and her husband worked with Ernie Miller on numerous branch publications from the Lanark area. She received an Ontario Volunteer Service award in 2008 for her work with Bob and Ernie on Kingston branch publications. Roberta passed away on 19 July 2016. Her obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments site.

Edwin Haig Clark passed away on Friday May 27, 2016 in Gananoque. He had been a member of the Kingston Branch OGS for 28 years and was the father of Allan Clark, who is also a member. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. An obituary appeared on the website of the Tompkins Funeral Home website.

The Honourable Mr. Justice George Inrig passed away on May 21, 2016 in Picton. He had recently donated a memoir-family history to the Kingston Branch OGS Library. An obituary can be found on the website of Whattam Funeral Home. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his wife Elaine and to his family and friends.

Kingston Branch member Irwin M. Ruttle passed away on May 13, 2016. After serving several times on the Branch Executive and acting as the Branch auditor, computer advisor and overseer of membership data, he was made a life member of the branch in 1994. He was the father of Kingston Branch members Carol Abbey of Saskatoon and Brenda Ruttle of Kingston, and of their brother David. Our sympathy goes out to all of his family and friends. An obituary can be found on the Canadian Obituaries website.

Dawn Broughton passed away in the early hours of Monday, February 21st. She had been a member of the Kingston Branch for 38 years, and received her Honorary Branch membership in 2001. She served in many positions within the Branch, including Corresponding Secretary (1981, 1982 and 2001), chair of the Library Committee (1983), chair of the Program Committee (1984, 1986, 1998, 1999), chair of the Publications Committee (1987, 1988), and chair of the Cemeteries Committee (1989). For many years she was our newsletter editor (1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002-2005). She also served the Branch as Vice-Chair (1993, 1994), Chair (1995, 1996, 1997), Co-Chair with Barbara Aitken and Bob Billings (2000), and Past Chair (1998, 2001, 2002). Funeral service at Chalmers United Church, at 2:30 pm on Thursday March 10th. An obituary will be available soon.

Margaret Thompson was a Kingston Branch member for 22 years, from 1994 until 2015. She was an avid genealogist and presented a talk “From County Wicklow, Ireland to Hungerford, Hastings County, Ontario” at our March 2009 meeting. Marg passed away on 11 January 2016. Her obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments site.

Donald Faichney, who passed away on March 13, 2015, had been a branch member for 4 years. He first joined in 1986, and rejoined in 2013. His wife Vera has also been a member for 3 years. An obituary for Don can be found on the Canadian Obituaries website.

Henry Baker, who was a Kingston Branch member for 17 years, passed away on April 24th, 2015. An obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments website. Henry was chairman of our Welcome committee in 2000 and 2001. His wife Mary is also a Kingston Branch member.

Micheal Lawler, an avid genealogist and member of the OGS Kingston Branch since 2013, passed away on November 23, 2014 at his home in Gananoque. An obituary appeared in the Gananoque Reporter..

Barbara Vrooman passed away on January 22, 2015. Barbara, who joined the Kingston Branch in 2008, is survived by her husband Ransom, who has been a branch member since 1991. An obituary for Barbara can be found in the Book of Memories on the website of the Erb & Good Funeral Home.

Gayle Barrett, who had been a member of the OGS Kingston Branch since 1998, passed away on January 26th, 2014. She lived in Colborne, Ontario. Her obituary can be found on the website of MacCoubrey Funeral Home.

Ken Bird, who passed away in Burlington on September 22, 2014, had been a Kingston branch member for the past four years. He served as OGS President from 2000 – 2002, Executive Director from 2002 – 2005, and more recently as the Regional Director for Region IV. An obituary can be seen on the Canadian Obituaries website.

Marjorea Roblin served as OGS President from 1998 to 2000 and was a long term member of the Seminar Committee and of the York Region Branch where she served in many different roles. She was also a member of the Kingston Branch, and would have received her 20-year membership certificate in November 2014. She died on Thursday, August 7, 2014. An obituary can be viewed, and condolences extended, on the Toronto Starwebsite.

Hilda Manning joined Kingston Branch in 1982 and served in several different positions, including that of Corresponding Secretary (1988,1989), Mailing Chair (1993,1994), and Membership Chair (1990,1991). She was also the Welcome Chair in 1987, and served on the mailing committee and publications committee for many years. In 2013, Hilda received a 25 year Ontario Volunteer Service award for her work with the Kingston Branch. An obituary can be found on the Kingston Whig-Standard website.

Bob Crawford, OGS Secretary, died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, following a brief illness. Bob served as president of the Ontario Genealogical Society from 2006-2008, and has been a member of the Kingston Branch since 2001. He will be greatly missed. An obituary can be found on the Toronto Star website.

Gordon Smith died August 28, 2013 in Kingston. Gordon moved to Kingston following retirement, and over the last five years he assisted the Publications Committee by transcribing and proofreading several church and cemetery publications. He also assisted Susan Smart with other OGS publications such as the nine-volume series “Index to Upper Canada Land Books.”An obituary can be found on the Your Life Moments website.

Marjorie Simmons died April 3, 2013 in Kingston. Marjorie was one of the founding members of the Kingston Branch, and served as chair of both the Kingston Branch and the provincial society. She was also an Honorary Member. An obituary can be found on the memorials page of the James Reid funeral home.

Mary Becker died February 2, 2013 in Kingston. Mary had renewed her membership for 2013, her 20th year of membership in Kingston Branch. An obituary can be found at the Your Life Moments web site.

Fern Small died January 12, 2013. Fern joined Kingston Branch in its founding year, 1973. Although she lived in Ottawa, her roots were on Wolfe Island, and she and her late husband Darell were responsible for the first transcriptions of cemeteries on the island. Fern was also a co-founder of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

Bob Campbell died November 3, 2012. Bob joined Kingston Branch in 2002 and eagerly pursued his genealogical research — a tribute article by Patrick Kennedy in the Kingston Whig-Standard of November 13, 2012 (p1 col 1 and p7 col 1-3) stated that he had 52,000 people on his family tree. Bob had not renewed his membership during the last two years of his life as he was dealing with health issues but during his time with Kingston Branch he took an active part in the transcription of Princess Street United Church records, participating in the original photocopying of church registers that made the transcriptions possible.

Bob Billings
joined Kingston Branch and OGS in 1993. In 1997 he served as ViceChair, moving into the Chair in 1998. In 1999 he served as Recording Secretary, and in 2000 he agreed to be one-third of a triumvirate who shared the Chair’s position for the year. He was also Branch Treasurer from 2000 to 2002. While he was Chair, Bob arranged a highly successful Kingston Branch OGS 25th Anniversary Dinner at Fort Frontenac in 1998.
Bob served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 33 years, ending his career as Commandant of the Land Forces Staff College at Fort Frontenac, Kingston. Bob passed away on 24 February 2012 at Kingston General Hospital. A full obituary which appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard on February 27, 2012 may be found on-line at Your Life Moments.

Larry Fletcher
Long-time member E.L. “Larry” Fletcher died at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Larry’s working life included research at Dupont Canada in Kingston, and he carried that interest in research over to genealogy.

You can see a full obituary and photograph on the Kingston Whig-Standardwebsite here.

Peg McLean
Margaret E. (Peg) McLean, née Urquhart, died March 15, 2011 at Providence Manor in Kingston.
Peg joined the Branch in 2000, and immediately took on the role of Recording Secretary for two years, followed by two years as Welcome Chair and two as Publicity Chair. She also served for several years on the Programme Committee.
At our January, 2000 meeting Peg described her research into the lives of her two grandfathers, one a blacksmith and the other a minister. Those present thoroughly enjoyed “The Anvil and the Preacher”.

For a fuller obituary, including a recording of the memorial service held on March 20, 2011, see