Tag Archives: February 15 2023

OBITUARY: Sandra QUINN (1950-2023)

OBITUARY: Sandra QUINN (1950-2023)

The family of Sandra Quinn are sad to announce the peaceful death of their dearest sister and aunt on February 6 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont., following a long illness. Born in Quebec City, Sandra was the daughter of Patrick Sarsfield and Nora Lyons Quinn. She was predeceased by two older brothers, Terry (Micheline Godbout) and Donald, and an infant sister, Alana. She is survived by her brothers Cass Quinn (Michelle Crevier) of Burlington and Kevin Quinn (Gail Addie) of Sillery.

She was the beloved aunt of Michael and Paul Quinn and Natalie Penz, Jennifer and David Quinn, Candice Merendina Quinn and Faye Quinn. Special thanks to Park Avenue Manor in Burlington for their kind and compassionate care these last five years. A private cremation has taken place. Her burial will take place in the spring in Quebec City.

The family would request that any memorial donations be made to Parkinson Canada.

OBITUARY: Hugh Blake BIGNELL (1930-2023)

OBITUARY: Hugh Blake BIGNELL (1930-2023)

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, Queen’s Civil Engineer, insurance broker, tenor, piano player, musical theatre patron, runner, football player and coach, canoeist, skier and avid hiker Hugh Bignell died peacefully on February 6, 2023 in Quebec City.

Hugh Blake Bignell was born on March 20, 1930 in Quebec City to Cyril Blake Bignell and Frances Stevens. He had a very special bond with his Gaga after the sudden passing of his dear mother when he was only two. As Hugh himself stated, he’s had a wonderful life! Hugh met Barbara “Babs” O’Halloran in Quebec City through good friends and they were married in 1958.

Hugh leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Babs; his children Ted (Dominique), Joan (Greg) and Mary (George); his grandchildren Alyssa, Kylie, Erika and Charlie; and his great-grandchildren Sloane, Wallis and Sunny, as well as many nieces, nephews and countless friends made throughout his long life. Hugh is predeceased by his sisters Joan and Judy and his brothers Brian and John, and survived by his sister Di.

To his four grandchildren, Hugh was a great “Bampa,” with one of his favourite tricks being … to lift them up by their ears, giggling and shrieking with laughter.

He was blessed with a beautiful voice, and at the early age of 7, he sang in the choir at Chalmers-Wesley United Church. Hugh went on to sing as a tenor with several choirs in Quebec City, at numerous weddings as well as at Trinity Church and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. He was also an active member of the congregation and board at the Cathedral, with a devout faith in God, and he believed strongly in helping the community in any way possible. He and Babs both shared a love of helping others, and as a testament to this dedication, they were honoured with the Moe & Regina Rosenhek Volunteer Award – the first time the award had been jointly given to a couple.

Hugh’s love of singing and piano playing was the impetus for countless parties, with good friends and often their children at their treasured home on Oak Avenue, with a garden lovingly tended by Hugh. Babs and Hugh put together song sheets for everyone to follow along and enjoy the singing.

As a young man, Hugh played and coached football and later went on to coach the football team at Quebec High School, where his son Ted and several of his classmates played. Many of those classmates have endured as good friends to Hugh over the decades since.

Hugh’s love of nature and the outdoors began at an early age. When he was just a teenager, he had the vision to recommend to the YMCA that they acquire a camp at Lac des Chicots, near Lac-Beauport, which they soon acted on, to be used as a summer camp for young people.

This love of nature went on to fuel frequent ski trips to Stoneham with Babs and their children, meeting other families. There were many treasured canoe trips with good friends and their children, countless memorable hiking trips to the Appalachians, White Mountains and Canadian Rockies. Hugh was an avid skier into his eighties, with frequent outings to nearby hills and a wonderful trip to Austria.

Thanks for the care provided by the staff of Saint Brigid’s Home and the team at Hôpital Saint-Sacrement.

A celebration of Hugh’s life will be held on June 3, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City. The family will be at the church at 1 p.m. to greet family and friends.

In lieu of any flowers, please consider a donation in Hugh’s name to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Foundation (canadahelps.org/en/charities/fondation-de-la-cathedrale-de-la-sainte-trinitecathedral-of).

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OBITUARY: James Graham CARRUTHERS (1956-2023)

OBITUARY: James Graham CARRUTHERS (1956-2023)

James Graham Carruthers passed away on January 27, 2023, in Quebec City, after a courageous fight with cancer. James was predeceased by his parents, Eleanor Mary (Cameron) Carruthers and Graham Robertson Carruthers, his sister Barbara, his brother John, and his spouse Anne St-Louis.

He is remembered by his sister Anne and his many friends as a man of sharp intellect, a silly joker, a kind companion, a keen conversationalist and a bit of a rascal. He loved cats, art, a good turn of phrase, his mother’s chicken pies and a nice Bordeaux. He also loved Quebec City, devoting years of his life to the Quebec tourism sector and bringing knowledge, charm and humour to his work as a tour guide and to other roles, where he took great pleasure in introducing visitors to the history and culture of the city.

James left this world peacefully and surrounded by the love of friends and family. He is profoundly missed.

Funeral arrangements will be private.

Your sympathy to the family may be expressed through a donation to the Maison Michel-Sarrazin, where James received compassionate care during his final days.