NOTES: Listed in chronological order of the date of death. Only basic information will be included here, but the full obituaries may be found online.
Grant WILSON (’59) passed away March 23, 2022, age 81. Survived by wife Anna, two sons, two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also survived by his brothers Douglas (’62) and David
(’68) (Les). Grant was a high school educator, an avid golfer and curler and a dedicated volunteer with his church.
William Lloyd (Bill) BARNETT (’60) passed away July 11, 2022 in his 82nd year. Survived by wife Gail, three children and four grandchildren. Dear brother of Robert A. Barnett (’56) (Doreen, ‘56) and Mary (Barnett) Spindler (’61) (Doug). Bill was very active in the Church of St. Jude, the Masonic Lodge, and the Rotary Club of London. He helped to establish the London Small Business Centre, supporting and serving the trades through extensive Board and Association involvement.
Dr. Thomas Leslie (Les) HOBBINS (’54), 87, of Temperance, Michigan, passed away Nov. 8, 2022. He graduated from London Teachers College in 1957, and from Columbia Bible College in 1961. Ordained to the ministry in 1963 at Bayfield Baptist Church in Bayfield, ON, he later earned his M.Div. at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. During his 37 years as pastor in Temperance, he started State Line Christian School and an inner-city ministry to the poor. In 1986 he received a Doctor of Divinity from Hyles-Anderson College. Described by a classmate as a former South football great, he apparently “tore up the turf at Labatt Park”.
Robert A. (Bob) BARNETT (’56), beloved husband of Doreen (Wood) Barnett (’56) for 64 years,
died peacefully at Victoria Hospital on April 13, 2023. Father of Thom (’82) (Susan) and the late
William (’78) (d. 2015) (Kelly). Brother of the late Bill Barnett (’60) and Mary (Barnett) Spindler
(’61). Bob was a dedicated Mason. He held many titles and was active on Supreme Counsel of Grand
Lodge of Canada, and served as church warden at St. James Westminster Anglican Church.
Betty (Walters) EBBS (’42) died April 19, 2023, age 98 on at the Chartwell Long-term Care Home in north London. Predeceased by her brothers Roscoe and Cecil, sister Norma O’Brien and former husband Tom Ebbs. Survived by her four sons Rob (Denyse), Tom Jr., Larry (Donna) and Dan.
Glenn MacDONALD (staff 1966-94) a long-serving and much-loved math teacher and coach, passed away on May 11, age 87, following a car accident. MacDonald, who was at South for 27 years (1967-94), was one of the teachers recognized in the Spring 2022 cover story “Celebrating South’s Many Multi-Year Teachers”. Predeceased by his wife Denise (2018), survived by his son, Todd, daughter, Kristin of Pembroke, 6 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A graduate of Michigan State, where he was drafted to play hockey, he was a member of the Huff and Puff men’s hockey league for many years.
Jay ZENDROWSKI (’75) passed away on April 30, 2023, in his 66th year. Survived by his wife Sandra Agnelli, son Nick (Jillian), grandson Elias, brothers Paul & Peter and sister Dana (’70). Predeceased by his sister Gay (’68). A building plan examiner, Jay was also a Chess Master, a novelist and a teacher who was one of the 150 alumni recognized with a profile for South’s 100th.
Neil Robert DARTCH (’80), age 62, of Stratford, passed away July 9, 2023 after being diagnosed with
a rare neurological disease. Survived by his wife Olga, six children, two step-children and 10 grandchildren. Neil was a well-respected respiratory therapist for 30 years at Stratford General Hospital & 20 years at the Brantford General Hospital. He also loved golf and riding his motorcycle.
Janet (Down) DUPLAN (’47) passed away Aug. 21, 2023, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Ted Duplan (’39) (d. 2014). Loving mother of three, Susan (’72), John and Gordon, grandma of six and great-grandma of seven. Janet always enjoyed sports, winning the single women’s WOSSA Championship in tennis when she attended South. She also played softball with the London Eagles. Janet was a member of the Highland Golf Club for 48 years and served as chairperson of the LPGA for Western Ontario for 3 years. A long-time member of St. Paul’s Cathedral, she served on the Altar’s Guild.
Tom WILDGUST (’61) passed away Aug. 27, 2023, age 80. Dear father, grandfather and brother (Julie (’61) Dragich). He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Victoria P.S. in 1955 and president of South’s graduating class in 1961. Tom started working at London Life in 1962, retiring after a 35-year career. Sports were a big part of his life. He played hockey and football for the South Lions, and caught fastball for London Life. He then played slo pitch for several years, after which he umpired for 25. He was a ranger/starter at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club for 20 years and played competitive racquetball until his knees had to be replaced in 2002.