Family Stories & Testimonials

Charles “Moore” Smalley

Born in Toronto, Charles “Moore” Smalley began his professional life as an educator in London, holding various teaching and administrative positions for twenty three years. He was always a teacher, guiding others through the steps of a process, which generally meant doing it Moore’s way.

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Sandy Orr

Meet Sandy & Rick

In May, 2019, Sandy and Rick Orr celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary in an unusual way. Rick is brought to tears when telling the story of how he and his beloved wife, Sandy, shared a specially catered dinner, with their favourite music, and candlelight.

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Darryl Perry

The Perry Family Story

“He was my Dad. He was a brother, son, husband, friend, high school sweetheart, cousin, and grandfather. His name was and will always be Darryl Perry. I told you I would get your story out one day and that it would be used to help others. You still inspire me.”
–  Love Jay.

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Dot Van Wieren

Meet Dot

The day that Dot Van Wieren came to McNally House Hospice in late September 2019, her bright eyes were wide and twinkling expressing the wonder and inner happiness that she has held within her all of her life. Since that day, she has spread that happiness to all the staff and volunteers with whom she has interacted.

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Ashley De Foa

Meet Ashley

Ashley De Foa was the first girl to be born on the De Foa side of the family in sixty-five years! Such was the joy and surprise, that for her whole life, Ashley was loved, almost revered by all members of the family. In return, Ashley loved deeply, always making decisions for the best of the family to make them happy.

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Ernie & Shirley

Meet Ernie & Shirley

Ernie Brunet knew the importance of family. He was a loving husband to his wife Shirley for sixty-one years and father to four children, Tony, Joanne, Alex and Gerald. Ernie took his role as father seriously, working hard to ensure that his family had a roof over their heads, food on the table, an education and participation in sports and clubs.

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Connie Elford

Connie’s Story

Connie Elford lived precisely in each moment and took the time to really appreciate what was beautiful or unusual. Where others saw the norm, Connie always experienced the exceptional.

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Todd & Amanda Pyper

The Pyper Family Story

Mention the name Todd Pyper in Grimsby and it’s likely many people will have a story to share. Outgoing, friendly and giving, Todd’s energy touched the entire community and community in turn was very important to Todd.

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Frank & Anne's Wedding

Meet Frank & Anne

Champagne and romance are not what someone might expect to find at McNally House, but Frank Huskins, named the “most romantic man on the planet” by his partner Anne Kravchenko, made that happen.

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