Francis Lee Newland
Francis Lee Newland

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Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, a properly worn mask is required, physical distancing will be followed, and attendance numbers will be limited.

Obituary of Francis Lee Newland

Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, February 10, 2022, in his 99th year.  Beloved husband of Mary (née Verbonac) Newland.  Loving father of Arnold Newland (Sonja), Robert Newland (Flo), Sherry Benenati (Guy), Ronald Newland (Carmen), Larry Newland, and the late Linda Newland (1971).  Also survived by grandchildren, Scott, Erik, Chris, Connor, Mackenzie, Sarah, Jessica, Cassandra, and Christian, as well as 6 great grandchildren.  He was the twin brother of the late Charles H. Newland.  Born December 6, 1923 and raised in Fingal, ON, he was the son of the late Russell (1978) and Florence (née Burgar) Newland (1985).  Francis was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas. During the Second World War, Francis served overseas with the Canadian Army.  He was part of the 1st Canadian Corps that saw action in Italy from Sicily to Ortona, to Monte Cassino, Ravena, and Rimini.  A retired registered nursing assistant at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, Francis also farmed for many years and took great pride in his garden. Every year his neighbours, family and friends enjoyed the fruits of his labour.  Upon retirement, Mom and Dad loved to travel and spent many winters in Mexico and always came back with treasured memories. He loved his family unconditionally.  A special thank you for the care provided by the staff at Metcalfe Gardens during the past years.

 

Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, a properly worn mask is required, physical distancing will be followed, and attendance numbers will be limited.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation will be appreciated.

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