In Memoriam

We have been advised of the passing of the following members: Judy Cond, John Dunning, James Korrey, Wayne Viita, Paula Dunning, Elizabeth Winter, Dorothy Taylor, Judith Smail, Phyllis Rancier, Leona Paulson, Patricia Leahy, Norman Hannigan, Marilyn Fulton, Gayle Evans, Helen Brown, Claude Paradis, David Walsh, Lillian McFarling, Murray Campbell, Elizabeth Carscadden, John Ferguson, Clement Giovanatti, Marie Arcangeletti, Ida MacKinnon, Richard McCutcheon, Willard Smith, Muriel Hornby, Dan Krysa, Joyce Mackay,
Leona Galloway, Elizabeth Heywood, Albert Laderoute, Jean Speller, Patrick Bentley, Ola Meawasige, Joanne Cameletti, Elsie Frenette, Lucille Laderoute, Gabriel Tremblay, Bette Kaarlela and Marion Giles.  

We are grateful for their memory, their service and their friendship.  We extend our sympathy to their family and friends.

Maurice Upper says, “Thanks!”, in an amusing way!


Deepest sympathy to all the families who have lost a loved one since our March newsletter. It is with empathy that District 3 extends its condolences upon the loss of the following:

Marie Arcangeletti (husband Jim), Jean Speller (member and mother of Judith Pratt), William Latham (husband of Patti Latham and brother of Mary Madonna), Albert Laderoute, Michael Figures (husband of Lisa Figures) Maurice Lucyk (Brother of Stephania Hattie),Leona Galloway, Muriel Hornby (Member and mother of  Margaret Mackay) Geraldine Kirby (Mother of Marilu Horton), Irene Mantha (Mother-in-law of Donald McConnell), Maria Narducci (Mother of Joanne Mancuso), George Snook (husband of Mercedes Snook), Elizabeth Heywood, Joyce Mackay, Stu Harris (Father of Nancy Kinney), Willard Smith, Richard (Dick) McCutcheon, Elizabeth Laity (spouse of Donald Laity), Dan Krysa, Frank Czop (brother of Pat Pateman), Betty Carascaden (husband Alan), Norman Lyons (husband of Sandra Lyons), Murray Campbell, John Ferguson (member and brother-in-law to Maj-Liisa Donaghue), Mary Proulx (sister-in-law to Sharon Cameron), Clement Giovanatti, Harry Lapish (husband of Verna Lapish), Elaine McFarling , Shaun Hughes (brother of Moyra O’Pallie and Loretta McKay), Winnifred “Joan” Rous (mother of Chris Rous ), David Walsh and Pat Leahy.

Donations to the RTO Foundation were made in memory of members and immediate family and cards were sent expressing the condolences of District 3.

On behalf of our members six sympathy cards were also sent. Twenty-eight “thinking of you cards” accompanied a beautiful tin of Bavarian cookies or a Tim’s card. These were delivered to those experiencing health challenges.  It is our way of reaching out we to those experiencing health issues.  Thank you so much to each of you to keeping us informed. We depend upon all of you, regardless of geographical area, to keep me informed. It truly takes a team effort to effectively accomplish this goal!

One hundred and forty-eight birthday cards were sent to those 80+ since our last newsletter.

Special thanks to the members who assisted me with the birthday cards this year. Many thanks to the hours put in by Goodwill Committee members who have responded to “Help Needed”: “Barbara Perry, Cathy Pirrie, Rose-Marie Valade, Pat Pateman, Joanne Mancuso and Joan Ortiz.” These team-mates have been working with me to ensure that birthday cards are sent to all members 80+ in District 3. Also added to the team is Eileen Mitchell who will work with Barbara Perry-Seeber and myself to prepare the Christmas cards for those 85+ in the Sault area.

Meanwhile our out of town card writing team have been diligently working throughout the hot weather to prepare winter greetings. Marion Avery, Joyce Nicolson, Audrey Comeau and Patricia Pateman are once again preparing materials to keep us connected with our large geographical area.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is a pleasure to serve in such a caring district!

The pandemic offered an additional challenge this year as suitable cards became scarce in the stores. So many people took time to drop off sympathy, birthday, get well and Christmas cards to my house. A special thank you also goes out to Judy Gooderham for designing beautiful sympathy and birthday cards to fill in the gap. Your kindness Judy was appreciated! We have enough Christmas cards for 2020 and 2021 but birthday cards, sympathy cards, get well or thinking of you cards are still needed.

Please note: If you have moved please, please send your new address to RTO provincial membership or call or e-mail me, otherwise you may miss out on some special acknowledgements from your executive team.

Call 705-945-1074 or e-mail

Together we make a difference!

Please let us know if a member is in need of our local Goodwill services by contacting,

Bernice Whalen, RTOERO District 3 Goodwill

Note:  Many Funeral Homes have “In Memory” Donation cards, should family wish to designate the RTOERO Foundation as a recipient.

Information: The Passing of a Member

The passing of a family member is a difficult time for all concerned. The best advice for a prospective Estate Executor is to consult with, and accept the advice of, a qualified lawyer. Provincial laws are subject to change and may contain subtle phrasing beyond the knowledge of the average person. 

It is important that all members of RTOERO be aware of the following, in the event that they need to provide assistance to the surviving family. 

If the survivors themselves are not full members of RTOERO, they may not be aware that they may continue their coverage within the RTOERO Health Plans.

If their existing policy indicates Couple or Family coverage, then the survivors could be eligible for Membership, and therefore continued RTOERO Health Plan Coverage. 

This seamless transfer of membership would enable them to continue their existing coverage without the need for evidence of medical insurability. This request should be made within sixty days of the passing of the member.

• In order for survivors to continue with RTO-ERO Health Plan Benefits, the Executor needs to contact our Plan Administrator, Johnson Inc 1-877-406-9007 and request that a document entitled “Continuation of Benefits Form” be mailed to him/her. This form will require the name of the new Member.

• For this membership, a single fee is paid once a year in December (prorated during applications at any other time of the year). This form will also require the choice of the Health Plan(s) desired for continuation of coverage. Premiums are paid monthly. This form along with a death certificate would then be mailed as per the instructions on the form.

• If further information would be of assistance, then contact the RTOERO office at 1-800-361-9888 or 1-416-962-9463. You may also visit the Provincial website at