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In Memoriam


Ruth Dodson – June 13, 2021. Ruth played an instrumental role in creating the Lambeth Horticultural Society to what it is today. She was the secretary of the board of Directors in 1981, and from 1993 to 2003, editor of the Hortigram for many years, headed up and/or was part of the activities committee (flower arranging courses), organized many bus trips, convened the Rose and Flower Show several times, was part of the Plant Sale Committee Western Fair Displays, Garden Tour Committee, Civic Plantings (and watering), and distributed the poinsettias to the local churches.  She was on the District 10 for 2 years and received the District Service Award in 2004. Ruth also volunteered with the Ontario Farm Show, Western Fair Show Committee. She was a truly amazing lady and valued member.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Helen-Wilde--150x150.jpg Helen Wilde – March5, 2021.  Helen had been a member of Lambeth Hort. Society for many years.  At times she was a quiet soul but when anyone spoke to her, she would smile the biggest smile and chat away.  She enjoyed the hort. meetings and helped whenever she was able.  We will miss her bright smile.
Murray Weld – February 16, 2020.  Husband of Audrey, and always willing to help with set ups and tear downs of our Hort. activities (and whatever else was needed to be done).  A great man that you could always count on.
Stephanie Taylor – January 18, 2020.  She was a quiet soul but also enjoyed the bus trips. No matter where or when we travelled, she was eager to share the experience with everyone on the trips.  Stephanie and her mom, Liz, never missed a bus trip.  Two smiling faces that we will certainly miss on our next trip.
Almut Carroll – January 9, 2020. Up until 15 years ago, Almut was an active member of our Society.  She always kept busy doing he behind the scene’s tasks.  She didn’t drive but rode her bicycle around the village to the hort. meetings – in the daylight, to the Plant Sales, Rose Show and to the grocery store.  She taught many of us how to pleat the draping on the table skirts for the Rose and Flower Show. Truly an inspiration.
Elizabeth Taylor “Liz” – March 10, 2019. Liz was an active member with Lambeth Hort. She participated in many Rose & Flower shows, submitting her favourite roses (she was also a member of the W. Saunders Rose Society). Liz went on every bus trip with her daughter Stephanie, helped at all the Plant Sales and also helped with auditing the treasurers books. We will miss her kind and friendly nature.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is KenPhoto1-150x150.jpg Ken Dimson – August 12, 2018. Husband of Gail, Ken was Treasurer for Lambeth Hort Society for six years. Ken will be missed by all the directors for his easy going personality and kindness.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Peter-Calvert-150x150.jpg Peter Calvert – February 27, 2018.  Peter was a devoted gardener. At our Lambeth Hort meetings, you could find him contributing sound advice on any gardening related issues. We will always remember and be most grateful for his many plant contributions (lovingly grown in his greenhouse) to our Plant Sale.
Alexander, William “Bill” June 5, 1922 – January 27, 2018, At the age of 95. Beloved husband of Mildred Alexander.  Bill was a thoughtful and kind person with a cheery disposition. He was the president of the Brampton Horticultural Society. He planted many trees in Brampton and London. He and his wife Mildred, were famous for the many roses that they grew and helping with the admission table at the Rose and Flower Show.
Alexander, Mildred. January 10, 2018. Her passion was gardening and she won awards for the perfect specimens that she grew. She was an active member of the Lambeth Horticultural Society.
Myrtle Campion-Smith – November 3, 2017
Myrtle peacefully passed away on November 3 at the age of 85.  She attended Lambeth Hort meetings, giving her husband Stan (for 53 years) a great deal of support in all of his activities.  We will miss her quiet and easy going personality.
  Stan Campion-Smith – October 16, 2017
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 80.
Stan was an active Lambeth Hort member.  He was on the board of Directors and was the Convenor of the Rose and Flower Show for two years.
He will be fondly remembered for his amusing top hat while selling the 50/50 tickets and also giving his demonstration of how to grow his beloved canna’s.  We won’t ever forget his big smile and friendly disposition.
Charlotte Isabel deLagran – January 25, 2017
Peacefully at home, Charlotte passed away in her 103rd year.
Charlotte was a founding member of the Lambeth Horticultural Society.
She has presented The Charlotte & Harold deLagran Award for the Best Climbing Rose every year.
Charlotte was a dedicated long time member of the Lambeth United Church and a devoted Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  She was famous for her impressive collection of hats. We will greatly miss her lively spirit and her positive influences to our Society.
Marian Elizabeth Weldon – January 12, 2017
Peacefully at her home with her loving family, Marian passed away at the age of 91. She was an amazing lady who was always lending a helping hand, showing up to help – just because.  She was a life member of Lambeth Hort, where she was President from 1989-1991, helped at the setting up and putting away of many Plant Sales, Rose Shows, November Pot Luck Dinners, and at the General Meetings. She was a master at calculating the points for awards and recipients at the Rose Shows.  Marian was also a captain for the Canadian Cancer Society, very involved in the Lambeth Historical Society, the Lambeth United Church and Lambeth Community activities.  Her beautiful smile and gentle demeanor will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
132991 Alois Lloyd Megerle – February 27, 2016
Lloyd passed away on February 27, 2016 at Victoria Hospital in his 88th year.  He has always been an avid gardener. After apprenticing in Germany, he moved to Canada and worked in one of the large Greenhouses in Niagara.  Later, he moved to London and worked for a greenhouse in Strathroy before retiring.
Jim_Marshall Jim Marshall – August 3, 2015
Jim passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 at the age of 79.  He joined the Lambeth Horticultural Society in 2005 and became a very active member.  During his 10 years with us he was a director for 6 years and our treasurer for 2 years.  Jim actively participated in the Program, Plant Sale, Silent Auction, and Bus Trip, committees. Always willing to help, you would find him setting up and taking down the chairs, and last spring, handling the 50/50 draw tickets.  We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his wife Doreen and their families. He will be greatly missed.
Melvin Jenkinson Melvin (Mel) Jenkinson – 1924-2015
Melvin Jenkinson was well known to members of the Lambeth Horticultural Society because he was there to support the many things his wife Evelyn did for the Society.  They lived in Lambeth, reared a large family, and grew everything from sweet potato vines to roses.  He probably set up more chairs and tables than any other male because he lived to the age of 90.  Most significantly, he and Evelyn donated a trophy to the Society for the best shrub rose in its Annual Rose and Flower Show.  We send our sincere condolences to all his family.
Elmer JorgensenPicture Elmer Jorgensen – January 28, 2015
Our dear friend and fellow gardener, Elmer passed in his 82nd year.
We remember Elmer as an avid Master Gardener who delighted us with his wisdom and his humour.  His horticultural knowledge and extensive experience were an inspiration to us all.  Whether it was growing garlic or heirloom tomatoes, Elmer worked diligently to attain the best results possible.  We will miss him dearly, and we know that he will be smiling as we plant our seeds, sprinkle our lime and dig in our compost.
John Watson John B. Watson – January 12, 2015
Long time member John Watson passed in his 87th year. John really loved nature and gardening. He took pride in learning all he could to become very knowledgeable about anything that was important to him.  He enjoyed entering roses in the Rose & Flower show and participating in the bus trips where he could learn more about Ontario and gardening. The general meetings were special to him where he met so many wonderful people who shared the same interests as he did.
George Rae Dec.21,1929 – May 21, 2014
Born in Scotland, George immigrated to Canada in 1956, where he met and married his wife, Eva.  He was a charter member and Past President of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society which began in 1962 and serve don the board for over 30 years.  In 2010 he was honoured with a life membership.  In2009 he proudly received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.  As a avid showman in Gladiolus, Dahlias, and Roses, George soon made a name for himself in southwestern Ontario as a top competitor and garnered many championships for his prize winning entries.  Many of George’s prize winning roses will be donated to Sakura House in Woodstock for the creation of a rose garden in his memory.
George will be missed by his many friends in the William Saunders Rose Society, the Hamilton Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, many Horticultural Societies and the Canadian Gladiolus Council.
Ruth Kristoff October 10, 1928 – March 20, 2014
Ruth (86 years) was a wife, mother, grandmother and an avid rose gardener.  She and her husband, Fred, lived in Aylmer where they were active in community and gardening events.  Ruth was a frequent presenter in Lambeth’s Rose and Flower Show for many years, winning many awards for the lovely flower.  Our condolences go to the Kristoff family.