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Sydney Jay Schram, 83

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, Sydney Jay Schram on December 28, 2001 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Syd was a life long resident of Pattullo Township, north of Stratton, Ontario. He was born November 14, 1918 in Blenheim, Ontario and grew up on the family farm in Pattullo. Syd attended Pattullo #8 school to grade 8.

As a young man, Syd worked for Ruban Bang in North Branch, helped build Steeles Store in Blackhawk, worked on farms during harvesting out west, and worked in Atikokan in the early stages of the iron mine. In 1940, he joined the Canadian Army with the 2nd Bn. The Lake Superior Regiment. Syd also worked at the “Peat Moss” in North Branch, where he met his sweetheart Violet Lauzon. They were married October 9, 1944 in Rainy River, Ontario. They made the old Lock Bowman farm their home, where they raised their family. Syd farmed.

Neighouring farmers would call on him for help with various “veterinarian jobs”. Syd also logged, drove the municipal grader, taught the hunters safety course, and worked away from home on construction for George Armstrong as a driller and a powder man. He was a 4-H leader, a beekeeper, a school board trustee, a municipal councillor. He was an avid hunter and an excellent marksman. He was also a trapper.

In Syds later years he raised beef cattle. His horses were his pride and joy.

Mourning his passing are his wife of 57 years, Violet, and his children Sharon (George) Halley, Valerie (Carl) Bolen, Norma (Harvey) Ossachuk, Dennis (Lavina) Schram, Donald (Dianne) Schram, Leslie Schram, Philip (Sharon) Schram, Faye (Albert) Gouliquer, Betty (Morley) Bolen, Wendy Cyr, and son in law Tim Nordin. Sisters Jean (Roy) Legaree, Francis Bahniuk, Irene (Stan) Olson and brother Lawrence (Grace) Schram.

Also mourning the loss of “grandpa farmer” are Sherri (Dave) Zroback, Carlabreak(Dean) Gerrie, Corina Bolen, Dale (Fern) Ossachuk, Shawn (Kim) Ossachuk, Brent (Bobbie) Schram, Mark Schram, Cheryl Schram, Darwin, Darcy, and Jeff Schram, Kevin Schram, Jason (Heather) Schram, Dwayne Schram, Travis Schram, Trevor (Caroline) Gouliquer, Sheldon (Lorraine) Bolen, Shane (Evange) Bolen, Justin Bolen, Lindsey Nordin, Alicia Nordin, Kayla Nordin, Carling Nordin, Michael Cyr, Amanda Cyr and Dean St. Pierre, Lisa Cyr.

Great grandchildren are Chase Halley, Colton and Samantha Zroback, Graesen and Keighan Gerrie, Cody Ossachuck, Meagan and Dylan Ossachuck, Andrea Schram, Aaron Gouliquer, Christen, Randee, Kara and Dustin Schram, and Braeden Bolen.

Syd was predeceased by his daughter Dianne Nordin, infant daughter Andra, granddaughter Susan Halley, brother Harry, sister Thelma and her husband Art Olson, brother Harold and wife Jackie Schram, father Peter Jay Schram, mother Gladys (nee Foe), stepmother Florence (nee Jolicour), and brother in law Bill Bahniuk.

Visitation was held at the Rainy River Funeral Home, Sunday, December 30, from 7;00 to 9:00 in the evening.

Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 31, 2001 at the Stratton Hallbreakin Stratton, Ontario, at 11:00 in the morning. Interment followed at the Pattullo Cemetery. pallbearers were grandsons Dale Ossachuck, Mark Schram, Trevor Gouliquer, Kevin Schram, Michael Cyr, and Sheldon Bolen. Honour Guards were granddaughters Sherri Zroback, Carla-Rae Gerrie and Lindsey Nordin. Honorary pallbearers were all of Syds grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sydney’s memory to the Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ontario, or to the Pattullo Cemetery Fund, c/o the Township of Morley, Stratton, Ontario, for the repair and upkeep of the grounds, and the purchase of a commemorative plaque.

Daddy, we love you, Rest in Peace