The Milne/Smeed Connection

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Welcome, Kensleigh June!

Kensleigh June Wood

Proud parents Shawn and Jenny are pleased the announce the birth of their first child. Kensleigh was born 15 May 2016 in London, Ontario.

Shawn’s grandmother, Joan Rolph (nee Milne), is extremely happy to welcome her first great granddaughter.

Kensleigh June Wood



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A Trip Down Memory Lane

This week Elizabeth and I had a wonderful time on a nostalgic road trip to Southwestern Ontario.

In Listowel we visited with cousins, Wanda and Roy Bridge, Velma Hamilton, and Barb Smith who was accompanied by her lovely granddaughter, Joy. We also saw Sandie and George Arlein. Sandie was Elizabeth’s grade five teacher and George worked with Dad at Ontario Hydro.

While in Listowel we also did the rounds of our old haunts and some cemeteries as well.  On to Goderich to see the sun set into Lake Huron which we remember from camp and cottage days.  Of course we checked out the camp where the Listowel Recreation hosted Camp Aquatalah for many years. Some things seemed the same; some things were much changed. We were last there in 1965!

Last stop was Stratford where we made a brief stop at the Perth County Museum where a long standing mystery was solved. (More on that in another post.)  Before heading home we had lunch and a brief but enjoyable visit with cousins, Joan Rolph and Marg Illman.

The bell and cornerstone from the old school

The bell and cornerstone from the old school

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Getting There

… But I still need assistance to get all the names posted here. Please check the blank numbers to see if you can help me out. This is a lesson to me to remember to label photos at the time of the event.

1.Maureen Milne 2. Kathy Milne Duncan 3. Darrell Rolph 4. Frank Wheelihan 5. Noreen Cross Whyte

6. Velma Crowe Hamilton 7. Donna Crowe Turney 8. Marilyn Adams Fischer 9. Earl Illman 10. Vanessa Thomas

11. — 12. Elwood Milne 13. Barbara Smith 14. Jack Milne 15. Kenny Smith 16. — 17. — 18. Ray Elliott

19. Murray Milne 20. — 21. Tisyn Milne 22. — 23. — 24. — 25. Kevin Wood 26. — 27. Eric Petterson

28. — 29. Jeff Wood 30. — 31. — 32. — 33. Ingrid Petterson Levesque 34. — 35. — 36. —

37. Joyce Petterson Denison 38. Donna Sinko Wood 39. Sandra Weber Milne 40. Shestin Milne 41. Hunter Milne

42. Jeff Wood, Jr. 43. Jane Milne Taylor 44. Annie McMillan Milne 45. Marg Smith Illman 46. Shaina Wood

47. Doris (Betty) Smeed Milne 48. Joan Milne Rolph 49. Dorcas Hamilton Milne

Milne Family Reunion 2002

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Some Descendants of Charles Milne and Elspet Ross

Is it time for another family reunion? Here is a photo of some of the participants in the Descendants of Charles Milne and Elspet Ross Reunion of 15 July 2002. They are representatives of the family of William Milne and Catherine Johnson.

Milne Family Reunion 2002

How many of these people can you identify?

Check back later this week.

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Ross Milne 1913 – 1961

As a result of the story on Granddad’s birthday, Joan Rolph has commented on another event from this day:

“It was 54 years ago today, that my father (Ross Milne ) passed away after a long illness…… My father got see see my oldest son Chris, and would have been proud proud of my ‘3 Sons” They all have their PHD’s …….. Plumbing, Heating and Drainage” . I think it is time for another Milne Famliy Reunion….”


Thank you Joan for sharing this. I agree… time for another reunion.

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Darrell Rolph

Darrell Adolphus Rolph, age 74, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Wednesday July 4, 2012. Born in Logan Township, son of the late Adolphus (Dib) and Beatrice (Pride) Rolph. He was a long-time employee of Bell Canada, where he worked for 34 years until his retirement in 1990. Darrell volunteered much of his time to his community, where he was a very active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 8, Stratford, the Kinsmen Club and the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of Central United Church, Stratford, past president of Conestoga Council of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Mitchell Town Council and Stratford ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Group. Darrell also volunteered with the Special Olympics, drove for cancer patients, coached hockey and baseball. Most of all he enjoyed being part of his grandchildren’s lives.
Beloved husband of Joan (Milne-Wood) Rolph whom he married June 5, 1981. Loving father of Cindy McClure (Paul) of Mitchell, Jeff Rolph (Liz) of Guelph, Susan Rolph (Chris) of Stratford. Dear step father of Chris Wood (Laurie) of London, Kevin Wood (Sue) of Goderich, Jeff Wood (Donna) of Stratford. Cherished grandfather of Pat, Shayne and Eric McClure, Jon, Kenny, Carly Rolph, Shawn and Craig Wood, Rachel Wood, Shaina and Jeff Jr. Wood, and Averlee Sartori .
Also survived by brothers Ken (Helen), Clare (Joan), Barry (Doris), sister-in-law Norma Rolph, brothers and sisters-in-law Orlin and Helen Rose, Clare and Joanne French, Murray and Sandra Milne, Ron and Bev Milne. Lovingly remembered by special friend Martin.
Predeceased by his 1st wife Jane (Rose) 1979, brother Don Rolph (2011), grandson baby James Wood (1991), sisters -in-law Shirley, Helen and Joan.

Excerpted from W. G. Young Funeral Home Obituaries



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Darrell Rolph

Cousin Darrell, beloved husband of Joan, passed away today. He will be greatly missed by family and many friends.

The following is a poem posted on Facebook on behalf of her family by Donna, Darrell and Joan’s daughter-in-law:

With heavy hearts and tear filled eyes
family and friends bid you goodbye.
Gathered this day united in sorrow,
yet sure in faith of a brighter tomorrow.

Although you’ve gone, we feel you near.
You are so loved by everyone here.
You touched our lives in numerous ways.
and brightened many of our days.

Sharing memories of time with you
is something that we love to do.
We laugh, we cry, with joy and pain.
Goodbye for now, until we meet again.

July 4, 2012 we say goodbye to Grandpa Darrell Rolph. XOX.