BALDWIN: Michael Nash

BALDWIN: Michael Nash (Oct 5, 1940 – December 10, 2018) after a long struggle with melanoma, at home, peacefully, in his wife’s arms.  He is survived by Colleen, his wife of 54 years, siblings Peter (Penny), Melody (Bill), and Tom (Diane), his sons John (Elizabeth) and Andrew (Sally). His heart was broken to lose his daughter Robin (Paul) in March of this year.  His beloved grandchildren include Kate, Teskey, James, Mairin, Isabel, Zoe, and Paige.

Mike grew up in London and his family summered in Port Stanley, which is where he met and fell in love with Colleen.  They married in 1964.  Mike graduated in 1962 from the Ontario College of Art in Industrial Design, which was a perfect match for his passions of the technical and the artistic.  These passions led his career in many diverse directions.  He worked at Electrohome designing detached lighting, winning several awards for his designs.  He taught Industrial Design at Conestoga College for a time, but his desire to create inspired him to leave the classroom.  He and Colleen moved to New Dundee, into a house that he had designed. They started Second Century Furniture, where they sold custom furniture that Mike had designed and built by hand himself.  Changing course yet again, they started Treen in 1980, building carved wood signs.  Mike ran this business until son John took it over, and Mike was then free to pursue his other passions of building mahogany boats and later, model airplanes. As he often said, he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he grew up.

Mike lived a life full of joy, creativity, and service.  He was the Charter President of the New Dundee Optimist Club in 1976, to which he belonged and served for the rest of his life.  His circle of friends was vast and deep, and just how many people Mike knew never failed to surprise his children and friends.  His creativity and generosity were shared with everyone, and the thousands of things he built were given freely to those he cared about. Everything Mike built was a piece of art, his attention to detail was exquisite, and his spirit will live on through everything he created.

Mike’s love of his family was also his passion, and he was fiercely devoted and committed to Colleen, his kids, and his grandchildren.  He always helped and guided them – building a myriad of projects, construction and home renovations, starting businesses, flying model airplanes, and playing silly games.  His curiosity about everything was infectious, and his loyalty was unfailing.  His sense of humour and laughter lifted us all, and he was a teacher and inspiration in so many ways.  We will miss him.

At his request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Mike’s Life will take place at the New Dundee Community Center on Saturday January 26, 2019 from 2 – 5 p.m.  Words of Remembrance will be shared at 3:30pm.  Donations in memoriam can be made to Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.

BAKER: Florence Mable (nee Syms)

BAKER: Florence Mable (nee Syms) – passed away peacefully on Friday January 10, 2019 at the Woodstock General Hospital. Florence Baker of RR#1 Bright in her 89th year.

Beloved wife of the late James W. Baker who predeceased her November 12, 2008.  Loving mother of Shirley Goff and Chuck Lanto, Sharon Ziegler and the late Hans Zwaag (December 29, 2018) all of New Hamburg and Gary Baker of RR# 1 Bright.  Sadly missed by her grandchildren Cody Lanto and Joe Ziegler (Christina).  Survived by her sister Marion Capling of Woodstock and sisters-in-law Joyce Gilchrist of Woodstock and Anne Baker of Woodstock.

Predeceased by her parents Tom & Alice (Lyons) Syms, by her sister Ruby & husband Harry Carter and brother-in-law Henry Capling.

A private family graveside service will take place in Chesterfield Cemetery.    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home 40 William St. Plattsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chesterfield Cemetery or the Humane Society (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.

BUTLER: Foster Dawn

BUTLER: Foster Dawn – passed away peacefully with family at her side on Tuesday January 1, 2019 at McMaster Children’s Hospital following a tragic accident on Christmas Day, Foster Butler of Innerkip at the age of 2 and half years.

Cherished daughter of Katie Clark & Jason Butler.  Loving little sister of Walker.  Special granddaughter of David & Judy Clark of Innerkip and Nancy & Bill Butler of Innerkip.  She will be fondly remembered by her aunts and uncles Christopher & Jen Clark, Jenny & Kyle Bichan, Michael & Catrina Clark, Jon & Steph Clark, Robert & Michelle Clark, Jackie & Dave Steinman, John & Tracey Butler, Jeff & Amy Butler and by her many, many special cousins.

Relatives and friends may call at the Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William Street, Plattsville on Saturday January 5, 2018 for a Celebration of Foster’s life from 1-4 pm with Words of Remembrance at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.


ZWAAG: Hans – passed away peacefully on Saturday December 29, 2018 at Sakura House, Woodstock.  Hans was born 76 years ago in Holland and was a son of the late Dennis van-der Zwaag and the former Wyske Bakker.

Loving partner of Sharon (Baker) Ziegler.  Dear father of Robert Zwaag of Kitchener and Step-father of Joey Ziegler (Christina).  Hans will be dearly missed by his brother Albert van-der Zwaag of Kitchener and sisters Pat (Floyd) Gerber of Wellesley and Greta Zehr of Dryden.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by sister Hillie van-der Zwaag, sister-in-law Helen van-der Zwaag and brother-in-law Glen Zehr.

Hans had worked for Hybrid Turkeys.  He also worked for Erb Transport retiring after 24 years.  He loved to travel. He was always happy – had a smile on his face and never asked for anything.

Cremation has taken place. As per Hans wishes there will be no service.  The family would like to thank Dr. Graczyk & Dr. Rangaswamy for all their care of Hans the last few years.  A special thanks to Sakura House for making the final journey a little easier.

In Hans memory, donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, the Parkinson Foundation or the Children’s Wish Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home 40 William St., Plattsville 519-684-7409.

MEYER: Bonnie Germaine

Meyer: Bonnie Germaine – passed away peacefully on Sunday December 9, 2018 at the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Bonnie Meyer of Bright in her 76th year.

Loving mother of Jennifer (David) Gillingham of Goulais River, Michael of Kitchener, James (Tammi) of Paris and David (Kayleen) of Plattsville. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Jeffrey (Tiffany) Gillingham, Andrew (Katelle) Gillingham, Zackary Meyer, Molly Meyer, Aidan Meyer, Lexi Meyer and great grandchildren Myles and Weston Gillingham.  Companion of Larry Engel of Bright.  Survived by her brother Lorne Ray, sisters Colene Hutchison, Randi (Manning) Mugford, Karen (Ray) Hauser.  Dear friend Norma Gale, Sue Beilstein, Dale Buller and Cathy Thompson.  She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Bonnie’s Life will take place at the Edelweiss Tavern,  600 Doon Village Rd., Kitchener on Sunday December 16, 2018 from 2-5 pm.   Donations in memory of Bonnie may be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, 835 King St. W., Kitchener, ON.  N2G 1G3.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.