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Solomon, Merle Francis (nee Oakes)

In loving memory of Mrs. Merle Francis Solomon (nee Oakes), 94 years who passed away at Pioneer Manor Cedar Place on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Merle was born in Providence Bay, ON April 11, 1922 to the late Albert and Martha (nee Sloan) Oakes. Beloved wife of the late Ferdinand Solomon who passed away in 1979. Loving mother of James (Carolyn) of Garson, Edward (Dianne) of Kingston, Leonard (Marie) of Kitchener, Gregory (Laurie) of Millbrook and the late Terry, Gerard and Cheryl. Cherished grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 8. Merle is also predeceased by her grandson Kevin Solomon who passed away in 1997. Predeceased by all her 9 siblings, Laura (George) Warren 1971, Alex Oakes 1974, Robert (Grace) Oakes 1968, Hazel (Len) Ferguson 1974, Thomas Oakes 1907, Doran Oakes 1979, Tena (Ted) Pitfield 1990, Mary (Harvey) Cress 1995 and Grant (Nelda) Oakes 2010. Merle and Ferdinand married August 2, 1941 in Parry Sound, ON. Merle moved to Mulgrave, NS to be closer to Ferdy who was in the Navy on a Mine Sweeper Esquimalt. Merle and Ferdy moved with family to Gatchel, ON then on to Badgley Island where Ferdy worked as a Light House Keeper. Their son Terry drowned there and they decided to move to Killarney, ON in 1950. Merle’s family were so thankful she had so many friends in Killarney that looked out for her when in need of help. She loved to socialize, dance and play cards. Thank you to Dr. Bill McMullen and the nursing staff over the years at the Killarney Health Centre for all the care and kindness, as well as Dr. St. Martin and the nursing staff at Pioneer Manor’s Cedar Place. Thank you as well to Killarney CWL that Merle was so proud to be a part of. As per Merle’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will take place Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Church followed by interment in the family plot in Killarney. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Bonaventure Church or Killarney Health Centre in Merle’s honour would be appreciated.

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  1. Sending my sympathy to Merle’s family. I am a very good friend of the Solomon family in Kitchener. Shannon (grand-daughter) and I have wonderful memories with Merle at her home (lots of great laughs and lovely meals together.) Such a wonderful lady… full of humour and great wit!
    May all the special memories of Merle bring the family peace, strength and courage during this difficult time.

    Posted by:Sharon Foran
    February 2, 2017
  2. I send my deepest sympathy to all of Merle’s family. She was my Mother’s very best friend and a very special lady. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this but good memories and funny stories will get you through it. With deepest sympathy. Jeannie ( Roque) Joy

    Posted by:Jean Joy
    January 21, 2017
  3. To all my cousins who shared your mother Aunt Merle with us, our heart felt condolences and love. Aunt Merle’s sense of humor with her beautiful smile will live on in our hearts forever.
    Floreen & Chris

    Posted by:Floreen & Chris Shortt
    January 20, 2017

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