Bates, Alfreda Amoret (Begbie). Born in Brockville, Ont., August 31st, 1909, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, after a short illness, in St. Thomas in her 103rd year, at Caressant Care on Mary Bucke long term care home. Predeceased by her husband (of more than 58 years), Sidney and by her son Bruce. Also predeceased by her brother Kendall (WWII) and recently, her sister Mary. Loved mother of Lyle, Bruce and Brenda. Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother fondly remembered. Her wide circle of dear friends were always in her prayers. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A public memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 25th at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), 451 Wellington St. Cremation will be private. A donation to a charity of your choice would be welcomed. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Williams Funeral Home was founded in 1893 by P.R. Williams and is one of the oldest Funeral businesses in the province. Over the next seven decades the business was passed down through several generations in the Williams Family. In the eariler years they occupied a number of different buildings along Talbot Street and in 1929 they purchased the building at 45 Elgin Street, from which they still operate.
In 1966, Gordon Hughson, who had operated the Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for the previous twenty one years, purchased the funeral home and continued the long tradition of dedication and service. Currently, the funeral home is operated by his sons, Allan and Gary Hughson.