Dowling-James Francis of Aylmer, and formerly of Pt. Bruce, St. Thomas and Windsor, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 1st, 2013, at his late residence, in his 90th year. Loved partner of JoAnn (Will) Patterson and her family Lisa College (Lenny) of Stoney Point, Ginger Patterson of London and Kim MacArthur (Jason) of Welland and loved father of Margaret Hasset and her mother Patricia Dowling of Windsor. Dear grandfather of Andrew Clement (Amelia) and Matthew Clement (Jin) and their father John. Dear great grandfather or Declan and Bryan. Predeceased by 2 brothers Vincent and Brendan Dowling. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews. Jim was born in Ireland on September 23, 1923, the son of the late Charles and Mary (Curly) Dowling. He came to Canada in 1956 and was retired from Imermans of Detroit. He was a member of Holy Angels’ Church.
Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be recited at Holy Angels’ Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.
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.