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Obituaries for the week of October 17

10/18/2022 12:45PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Erma Slaugh Lawrence, 

89 of Oxford.  Will be laid to rest with her family, onTuesday October 18 at 11:00 am at the Oxford cemetery. She is survived by her Husband Francis Lawrence, her 3 sisters and 2 children 

Edward Paul Cheslock

Edward Paul Cheslock, a resident of Delta who formerly lived in Oxford, passed away on Oct. 10, 2022 at Pro Medica in Exton. He was 82.

He was the husband of Ruth O’Gorman Cheslock, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

Born in Hazelton, he was the son of the late Edward Thomas and Betty Harkins Cheslock.

Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was retired from Lasko Fans in West Chester and was a self-employed industrial designer. He had several patented inventions in use in our everyday life.

Edward enjoyed carving birds, fly fishing, tying his own flies and 3D-Printing.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Rachel R. Carroll and her husband, Shawn of Avondale; and two grandchildren, Shawn T. Carroll and Mary R. Carroll.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Cheslock.   

Funeral services were held on Oct. 15 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment with full military honors will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

James LeRoy Bruce, Jr.

James LeRoy Bruce, Jr., 69, of Crozet, VA, passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2022 at his residence with Clarissa “Rissa” Gatmaitan-Bruce, the love his life, wife and best friend, by his side. 

He was born and raised on a farm at New Bolton Center in Chester County, PA.  Mr. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, James LeRoy Bruce, Sr. and Doris B. Odoski and Edward N. Odoski, Sr. 

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his mother Betty C. Bruce of Quarryville, one daughter, Ria Denise Scott (Drew) of Crozet, VA, and three sons, Christopher Bruce (Jenny) of Honey Brook, Raphael Quiazon (Tina) of Santa Clara, Calif., and Matthew Bruce of Coatesville.

He is also survived by three sisters, Kathleen Caudill (Eddie), Karen Scherer (Rick) and Linda Conway (Bobby), two brothers, Edward N. Odoski, Jr. and Bruce Akerley, one granddaughter, three grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews, and his furry princess, “Jenna.”  

James was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Odoski, and two sisters, Lisa Swenson and Gloria Brzeskiewicz.

He was the Infectious Disease Program Manager of Oxford Nanopore Technologies in Oxford, England.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Emily Couric Cancer Center of the University of Virginia and Hospice of the Piedmont for the care and kindness bestowed upon James.

In lieu of flowers, James’ family kindly requests that donations be sent in his memory to: UVA Health Foundation, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0773.  Donations may also be submitted online:

Services will be private.

Donald C. Scott

Donald C. Scott left Earth early on the morning of Oct. 7, 2022 to begin his ethereal journey. Very handsome and smart, possessing a courteous and generous disposition, as well as a strong dose of stubbornness and self-determination, he leaves behind many friends who cared deeply for Don and his wife of 55 years, Arleen Scott (nee Morris), along with daughter, Donna Scott, and granddaughter, Alexa Pharaoh. Other special family members include Arleen's niece, Lisa Keichline; nephew, John Woloson; and Don and Arleen's godson, Justin Campbell. Don's connections are far-reaching and extend internationally.

As a young man, he was a Boy Scout before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he served as an Infantryman from 1963 to 1966 and received the National Defense Service Medal and achieved Expert level with rifle. After military service, Don embarked on a long career in the transportation industry, starting with the airlines and moving to the railroad where he moved through the ranks from fireman to engineer to Engineman Training Instructor for what became known as Conrail. Then hired by Amtrak to work in passenger rail, Don became System General Road Foreman and later retired as Director Operating Performance Standards and Compliance.  He was subsequently hired by Parsons Brinkerhoff and worked two years in Taiwan with a team developing the driver training program for the country's High Speed Rail System. With two kittens and a stray dog they adopted overseas, Don and Arleen returned to their pet menagerie waiting at home for them in Landenberg.

Don and Arleen were inseparable almost from the time they met at the Soms Club in Crum Lynne, where she was a competitive diver and he a lifeguard. Don loved and fiercely protected

his best friend and the love of his life. She will need your positive energy and happy thoughts of friendship and support as she learns to navigate loss. They drove each other absolutely nuts and had no clue what to do without the other. Amazing memories span six decades of a love affair.

His interests included playing accordion, camping, motorcycling, boating the Maryland Eastern Shore, dancing with Arleen, and over 50 years as a Free Mason. 

Don will be cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), or the ASPCA. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at