Meghan LeDuc

August 2018 - Meghan didn't let her cancer define her. Instead, she ensured that she lived every moment, always laughing and making jokes until the very day she died. She chose labels like Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife; not Sick or Selfish. She chose to live, even when her body had other ideas, and in her short life, she set out to care for others. Meghan celebrated her 37th birthday at Matthew's House, surrounded by her children, parents, and sister. In her final days, she shared life secrets, talked about her life goals, which mostly revolved around being a mom. That's where her legacy continues: through Meghan's son and daughter, she lives.

 

Amarjit Chana

October 2018 - One resident Amarjit, allowed MHH to be a part of her family by providing a space for them all to come together for a 66th birthday.  The Great Room was filed with laughter, tears, conversations, traditions and mostly a full spectrum of generations from age 1 to 94 watching their loved one in Kathy’s kitchen in her bed blowing out the candles.  Our volunteer photographer was able to capture some of the expression through the lens of her camera as seen below. Special thanks to Aimee for giving of her time.


Jacques (Jack) Levac

October 2018 - Jack asked his loved ones to gather photos of his family and friends to take with him as part of the completion of his life time guarantee. Both he and his family would like you all to enjoy the life of Jacques (Jack) Levac.


Edith Melhuish

October 2018 - Born in London, England on May 17, 1925, passed away peacefully in her 94th year. She was predeceased by her loving husband Philip William Melhuish. Beloved mother of Martin Melhuish and Christine (Melhuish) Broster (husband Peter Broster), devoted grandmother of Heather Broster (husband Mathieu Gasquet) and Nicholas Broster and dear sister of Irene Thorndike, Shirley Comber and Linda Clouder. She was a pillar of strength and an inspiration to her children and grandchildren, dedicating her life to her family even as she spent more than 25 years as Executive Assistant to the President of a leading Toronto-based distributor of construction supplies. These are just some of the people in Edith’s life.


Norma Brotherson

December 2018 - Norma was at Matthews House Hospice to celebrate her 87th birthday with family, friends and all of us at MHH. As part of her birthday present she was presented with a collection of photographs of some of the times and people of her life and she would like to share them as part of her Legacy.


Dorothy Powell

January 2019 - The story of Dorothy, or Dot as she preferred, is shared below with family photos and her beautiful art work. Dot married a beautiful sole name, Don who encouraged the release of these creative art pieces. This art work is just a small part of Dot’s legacy and they will adorn the walls of generation to come.


Sybil Bickerton

Sybil Bickerton - MHH’s LIve on Legacy Story Telling Program went out into the community and visited, 101 year old Sybil Bickerton at our community partners location of Kingsmere Retirement Residence, This aspiring poet shared some of her lifetime legacy stories as seen in the video below. Please also enjoy reading her signed February poem. Click here.

 
 

Erika and Alex- A love story

Erika Wiesner- February 2019 - We had the chance to sit down with Erika’s husband Alex to hear a beautiful story of love to add to our Love Locks, celebrations in February. Please take a moment to listen to this love story it will warm your heart.

 
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Robert (Bob) Nicholls

Robert (Bob) Nicholls - February 2019 - Robert NIcholls, Bob, was a proud father, Grandpa Bobby, husband, uncle, brother, son, twin and friend. When you speak with Bob’s family and friends you do not have to listen very hard to hear that Bob has touched the lives of those he knew and left with them love, and a life time of wonderful memories and stories. Enjoy seeing some of these memories through the pictures below with Bob’s Eulogy, Words from Tara, or Words from Peyton & Sarah.


James (Jim) Madill

James Madill – March 2019   as seen in Standardbred Canada  Jim was born at Mrs. McVanel's Nursing home in Shelburne, ON on Feb. 20, 1942 to parents Manson Maurice Madill and Ethel Bernice Madill (Rutledge). He was raised on a family farm in Melancthon, ON. Here he learned the strong work ethic that he carried throughout his life and developed his passion for animal husbandry and responsible stewardship of agricultural land.    Jim met his wife and best friend Ina Mae Hillis at a Junior Farmers dance in Shelburne when he was 19 years old. They were married two years later on June 29, 1963-the same month and day as his parents. Jim and Ina started their life together working on a dairy farm in Shelburne, milking a large herd morning and night. While continuing to farm, Jim began his career in 1964 with United Cooperatives of Ontario (UCO) as a fuel-truck driver in the Shelburne area    Through the years Jim continued to advance in his career with UCO specializing in feed, fertilizer and crop management in Shelburne, Hanover and Orangeville districts. In 1984 Jim was hired as CEO of Simcoe District Coop in Barrie and the family moved to Stroud, ON. While in the role he grew the organization both in number of store fronts and profitably with his vision, determination, integrity and dedication to farmers.    Upon retirement in 2002, Jim and Ina continued to farm in Stroud. At that time they also decided to follow in the footsteps of two of Jim's uncles, Bill and Bert Madill, and pursue Jim's passion for training, breeding, and racing Standardbred Horses. Together they made many trips to the winner's circle, most notably with their beloved horse Andreios Kardia. Jim joined the team of Georgian Downs Raceway as Paddock Judge in 2003 and was deeply respected by the Standardbred Horse community.    Jim has his beautiful wife Ina, and children Nancy (Pat Peny), Rob (Adria), Tammy and James (Leigh). Grandchildren Ryan Peny, Rhiannon, Kieran, Aidan, Ashton and Amelia Madill, Meghan Heshka and brand new baby Paige Madill. Jim’s siblings are, Jeanette (Bob Wakem), and sisters and brothers in law Lois and Dean Strutt, Doreen McKitrick, Gary and Darlene Hillis and Cindy Storey as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim’s best friend, horse partner and 'honourary' little brother is Clare Hayes. Jim predeceased’s his parents and his ever cherished granddaughter Raena Peny

James Madill – March 2019
as seen in Standardbred Canada
Jim was born at Mrs. McVanel's Nursing home in Shelburne, ON on Feb. 20, 1942 to parents Manson Maurice Madill and Ethel Bernice Madill (Rutledge). He was raised on a family farm in Melancthon, ON. Here he learned the strong work ethic that he carried throughout his life and developed his passion for animal husbandry and responsible stewardship of agricultural land.

Jim met his wife and best friend Ina Mae Hillis at a Junior Farmers dance in Shelburne when he was 19 years old. They were married two years later on June 29, 1963-the same month and day as his parents. Jim and Ina started their life together working on a dairy farm in Shelburne, milking a large herd morning and night. While continuing to farm, Jim began his career in 1964 with United Cooperatives of Ontario (UCO) as a fuel-truck driver in the Shelburne area

Through the years Jim continued to advance in his career with UCO specializing in feed, fertilizer and crop management in Shelburne, Hanover and Orangeville districts. In 1984 Jim was hired as CEO of Simcoe District Coop in Barrie and the family moved to Stroud, ON. While in the role he grew the organization both in number of store fronts and profitably with his vision, determination, integrity and dedication to farmers.

Upon retirement in 2002, Jim and Ina continued to farm in Stroud. At that time they also decided to follow in the footsteps of two of Jim's uncles, Bill and Bert Madill, and pursue Jim's passion for training, breeding, and racing Standardbred Horses. Together they made many trips to the winner's circle, most notably with their beloved horse Andreios Kardia. Jim joined the team of Georgian Downs Raceway as Paddock Judge in 2003 and was deeply respected by the Standardbred Horse community.

Jim has his beautiful wife Ina, and children Nancy (Pat Peny), Rob (Adria), Tammy and James (Leigh). Grandchildren Ryan Peny, Rhiannon, Kieran, Aidan, Ashton and Amelia Madill, Meghan Heshka and brand new baby Paige Madill. Jim’s siblings are, Jeanette (Bob Wakem), and sisters and brothers in law Lois and Dean Strutt, Doreen McKitrick, Gary and Darlene Hillis and Cindy Storey as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim’s best friend, horse partner and 'honourary' little brother is Clare Hayes. Jim predeceased’s his parents and his ever cherished granddaughter Raena Peny

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Live on Legacy Story Tellers Program announced!

Matthews House Hospice in Alliston is receiving $72,700 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its new Live on Legacy Storytelling Program.The hospice held an open house Oct. 19 to kick off the launch of the new program. See more details