Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Fred Kowalski
2017-03-29
KOWALSKI, Fred- It is with great sadness the family of Fred Kowalski announce his sudden, but peaceful passing on Wednesday March 29, 2017. Predeceased by his parents Ziggy and Helen; first wife Wanda; and second wife Sally Kowalski, he is survived by his children Stan (Kim), of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Mike (Shari),of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Linda (Jim) Saari-Randall, of Niagara Falls, Ont.; Terry (Margaret) Runka, of St. Catharines; Kathy (Len) Wall, of Fort Erie; and Karen Audet (Tim Marazzo), of Fort Erie. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many wonderful friends and neighbours. Fred served as a member of the U.S. Airforce Reserves and later worked for many years at Carborundum, in Niagara Falls, NY. Funeral services are entrusted to Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie where the family will receive friends on Thursday March 30th from 6 to 9 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday March 31st at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church (Fort Erie) at 11 a.m. If so desired, donations to the Douglas Memorial Hospital Palliative Care unit would be appreciated by the family. Many thanks to Dr. Kim Scher and nurses at DMH who provided much care and concern.
Erik Eriksen
2017-03-26
Eriksen, Erik Thorvald Erik passed away peacefully at the Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie on Saturday, March 26th at the age of 86. Caring partner of Linda Wagg. Loving father to Marianne Eriksen (Ian Mitchell), Annette Galea (Charlie), Rose Holz (Dave), Brian Eriksen (Wendy Parsons) and Linda Eriksen (Norbert Amediku) Cherished grandfather of Melanie (Art), Shane (Dee), Maggie (Ryan), Nicole (Brian), Katelyn, and David. Great grandfather to Hayley and Adam, Ariana and Ava, Carter and Braden, and Isabelle. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Private family services have taken place. Family and Friends are invited to gather at Br. 71 of the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday April 1st from 12 noon until 3 pm to celebrate Erik's life. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Brent Gallaugher
2017-03-23
GALLAUGHER, Brent Alexander It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Brent Gallaugher on March 23, 2017. Brent was born in 1949 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and lived throughout Canada and Europe, eventually settling in Fort Erie, Ontario. Brent began his career as a Customs Broker in Manitoba and Saskatchewan before he accepted a position with Revenue Canada Customs and Excise (Canada Customs). His career with Canada Customs spanned 24 years, during which time he held such positions as Inspector, Superintendent, Manager of Drug Intelligence, and, finally, Manager of the Rainbow and Whirlpool Rapids Bridges. In 1997, Brent left Canada Customs to accept a position with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission as Chief of Operations. After 2001, Brent was appointed to the position of Agency Relations & Security Manager where he was responsible for facilitating communication between the border enforcement agencies of Canada and the United States and for implementing security measures for all of the Bridge Commission's facilities, including the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids, and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges. In 2014, Brent retired from a successful career. Outside of work, Brent had many interests and passions. He was a loyal fan of the Montreal Canadiens. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Bridgewater Country Club in Fort Erie, Ontario. He also enjoyed playing many PGA Tour courses, including his favourites Pebble Beach Golf Links and Torrey Pines in California. A devoted husband who wholeheartedly embraced family life, Brent is survived by his loving wife Teresa (nee Borghese), his stepsons John (Joanna) and Mark (Lindsay), and his beloved grandchildren Kate, Maddie, and Oliver. Brent's family and many friends will greatly miss him and always remember his conviviality, his youthful exuberance, and his generosity of spirit. Brent was predeceased by his father Alexander Gallaugher and his mother Stella Gallaugher (nee Winzinowich). A visitation will be held at Benner Funeral Home located at 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 4N8, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. A private family service has taken place. Donations in memory of Brent may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Leah Sheppard-Slute
2017-03-20
Sheppard-Slute, Leah Carolyn - It is with deep sadness that Leah's family announces her passing at McMaster Children's Hospital on Monday, March 20, 2017. Much loved infant daughter of Darryl Sheppard and Emerlee Slute. Dear baby sister of Kallie-Marie, Bodhi and Owen. She leaves special memories for her grandparents Aaron Mueller, Karen Hawkins and Nadine Sheppard; aunts Jenn Slute, Jessie Maffei and Jessica Hawkins (Brenden Mullen); uncle Chris Sheppard and cousin Wynter. She was predeceased by her grandfather Tim Sheppard. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie, entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 27th from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services in the chapel at 11 o'clock. Interment in McAffee Cemetery to follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the McMaster Children's Hospital.
Jeremy Martin
2017-03-14
Jeremy E. Martin passed away suddenly in Thailand on March 14, 2017 in his 45th year. Beloved son of Ray and Rosanne Martin of Ridgeway, brother of Tina (Shawn) Cunningham and uncle to Justin and Ashley Cunningham all of Cambridge. Also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends. Predeceased by grandparents Harry and Mavis Martin and Andy and Tina Canazzi. Cremation has already taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date with Father Brian Bevan officiating . Arrangements have been entrusted to Benner Funeral Home.
Chuck Allen
2017-03-12
Allen: Alvin Austin "Chuck" Chuck passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love and presence of his family on Sunday March 12, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Backshall). Proud father of Annette (Ralph) Lutley, Charles (Madeleine Plouffe) Allen, Adrienne Allen, Arlene (Mike) Mileni and Christine (Ryan) Lavallee. He leaves wonderful memories with his 8 adoring grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Also survived by his brother Robert (Vi) Allen and his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by 6 siblings and his parents Alvin and Hilda. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday March 13th from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Services in the Chapel on Tuesday morning at 11 am. Cremation to follow. If so desired, donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Stephen Cameron
2017-03-11
Cameron: Stephen Stephen passed away unexpectedly on Saturday March 11th, 2017 at the age of 58. Loving father of Kiersten and Christopher. Stepfather to Jonathan Chiera. Always in the heart of Connie. Sadly missed brother of Colin Jr., Derek and Allison. Stephen was a hard worker in all aspects of his life, loved by many and will be missed so dearly. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Wednesday March 15th from 10 am until the time of funeral services in the chapel at 11 o'clock. Cremation to follow. If so desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Eileen Reynolds
2017-03-09
Reynolds: R. Eileen Eileen passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Thursday March 9th, 2017 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Harry. Proud mother of Lisa (Robert) Scheffler, Elaine (Colin) Brown, Ian (Carol) Smith, Keith Smith and Trevor (Julie) Smith. Also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A service to celebrate Eileen's life will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday March 15th at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. The family extend their appreciation to the staff at Garrison Place, Douglas Memorial Hospital and GNGH for the care provided for Mom.