Vanstone, Velma Marian

(nee Somerville)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Velma Vanstone, peacefully in her own home, at Christie Beach, Thornbury on Monday, September 27, 2021. Velma would have been 97 on December 16th.

Predeceased by her cherished husband Vinton Vanstone (2012), Velma will be deeply missed as the loving Mom of Bob and Claudette Vanstone, of Buckhorn, Linda Vanstone of North Bay, Nancy and Lorne Faubert of Sarnia and Ron and Marlene Vanstone of Hilton Head.  She will be fondly remembered as the devoted Grandma to Jennifer Faubert, Sandra and Bryan Chumko, Christopher and Kristen Blahey, Kim and Jeff McGirr, Ashley and Jun Vanstone Hashiwaki, Amanda Vanstone and Derek Mudd.  Best Great-Grandma ever to her only Great-Grandson, Finley, and as a dear Aunt to her several nieces and nephews and their families.  Predeceased by her younger sisters Jean (Ed) Armstong, Mary (Jack) Crawford, Muriel (Graham) Crawford and Joyce (surviving Grant) Redshaw and baby brother Stanley Somerville.

Velma was born on the farm, in Malton (Mississauga), to parents Jim and Verna Somerville. Velma and Vinton were married on September 24, 1949.  They were inseparable and happily married for 62 years.  They built their first home on the corner of the farm and raised 4 children in a home filled with love and laughter.  Upon Dad’s retirement they moved to the “cottage” where, over the years many family gatherings and special occasions were celebrated.  Life-long friendships were enjoyed with wonderful neighbours. Mom’s whole world was family and of course food; famous for her butter tarts, and hosted family parties which often included over 50 people. Her flower gardens were beautiful.  Velma and Vinton enjoyed many ocean cruises and automobile trips together and as a family, throughout Canada and the USA.  Velma held leadership roles within the Brampton East Woman’s Institute, The Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and various church groups. Mom was very active her entire life.

A graveside service will take place Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Brampton Cemetery.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or Grace United Church may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Private Graveside Service at Brampton Cemetery

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Grace United Church (cheques only please)
Make a donation in memory of Velma Marian Vanstone

Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Barry Moore
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    My condolences to the family. My parents (Vernon and Betty Moore) often spoke of how nice Velma and Vinton were. My parents delivered firewood to them for many years at Christie Beach and enjoyed there visits and admired their home and gardens.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.

  2. Norine and Garth Baron
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    I had no idea that Velma was that far into her 90’s. Wasn’t she great for that age?! We have good memories through Grace United of Velma and Vinton. Both were such warm and friendly people. I regret that I didn’t get to taste any of the butter tarts! Condolences to all the family members.

    1. Ron
      Wednesday, October 13, 2021

      Dear Friend, thank you so much for your kind words. Knowing Mom and the rest of our family had a positive impact on other people like yourself is truly inspiring and makes life all that more precious. I only wish someday I could thank you in person.

  3. Dan and Shelly Harrison
    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of Velma’s passing.
    She was one of the best long time neighbor’s at Christie beach.
    She was always smiling and laughing and called Dan ” Danny” . She will be missed.
    Dan and Shelly Harrison and family

  4. Stacey McLean
    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    My deepest sympathies. Aunt Velma was a great lady I will always remember her lively spirt that great laugh and the best butter tarts in the world.
    I have many fond memories of the cottage which I know she loved.
    Rest In Peace Aunt Velma.
    Stacey Redshaw McLean

  5. George and Lynn Cornfield
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    To the family of Velma, and especially to Linda,
    We have wonderful memories of chats with Velma and Linda at Grace United. What a great lady Velma was! She will certainly be missed by her family and friends. We too would love to have tasted those famous butter tarts!
    Rest in Peace, Velma. We are making a donation to Grace United in Velma’s name.
    George & Lynn Cornfield.

  6. sylvia bell
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    Because our church has been closed for over a year it has been a long time since I have seen Velma. I am sorry that she is no longer with us. I will always remember her warm greeting and smile.

  7. Bonnie Hammond
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    Linda & family – I am going to miss your Mom! Her smile & laugh would ‘light up’ any day! She was a ‘lady’ and she will be missed by many. I will think of her as we return to in-person services at Grace on Thanksgiving Sunday! I will miss seeing her at the back of the church. Enjoy the wonderful memories that you have of her – I know that I will!
    Take Care, Stay Safe & God Bless! Bonnie Hammond

  8. Bob & Irene Lansdell
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Velma’s passing. Our sympathies to the family.
    Mom (Norma Archdekin) had many great memories of the Somerville girls.

  9. A Friend
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    I met Velma many years ago when I was in my early 20’s, old enough to recognize a special person, but still too young to appreciate how rare such special people are. Velma always struck me as having a special light around her that came from within. It was reflected in her beautiful laughter that made her face and eyes light up, and her calm and peaceful demeanor that made you feel that everything would always be ok. To Bob, Ron, Linda and Nancy – thank you for sharing your beautiful mom with the rest of the world. All the wonderful qualities she had are also in you, and that keeps her with you and in your hearts forever. I’m so thankful I had the privilege of spending some time with her so many years ago. It was a gift to have met her, for which I will always be grateful. My deepest sympathies are with you.

  10. Charlene Ryan
    Friday, October 1, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Velmas passing. She was such a smiling, cheerful person and always enjoyed a conversation with people. She will be missed at Christie Beach. Sincere sympathy to the family.

  11. Mary Poulin
    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    It was a beautiful graveside service. i was honoured to attend. Velma was a most beautiful person and I will miss her warm hugs. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  12. Ann Aldridge
    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Velma’s passing . I will always remember her welcoming smile and great sense of humour. I know Don had many fond memories of your Mom and Dad growing up. May your memories help you through this difficult time. I wish I could have made it to the graveside service .


    Love Ann


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