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Leal, Lavern Robert passed away at Spencer House in Orillia on Wednesday January 5, 2022, in his 83rd year. Lavern married the late Sandra (nee Fraser) in 1960 and together they had five children: James (deceased), Doug (Lynn), Susan (Doug) Whitfield, Mike (Donna) and Jason (Krista). He was blessed to have met and married the late Anne Allen, whom he shared many happy years with until her death in 2016 and was stepfather to her sons Michael (Kelvin) and the late Paul (Christine). Lavern will be forever cherished by his grandchildren Shawn, Kaitlynn, Lauren (Patrick), Ashley, Joseph, Stephen, Tiffany, Blake, Zachary and Quinton and great grandchildren Christian, Jackson, Aaron and London. Born in Collingwood to parents Robert & Gladys Leal, Lavern was predeceased by his sister Louise (Don) Parkes. He will be remembered by nieces, nephews, and many friends. Lavern will be buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Collingwood in the spring. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville would be appreciated by the family. Friends may visit Lavern’s online Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
REUVEKAMP, Penelope Joan (nee Vanclieaf)
Penny Reuvekamp was born in Perron, Quebec on December 27th, 1938, the daughter of Norman and Mary Vanclieaf. Her family moved to Huntsville, ON when she was very young and she grew up there, spending summers in MacTier. In her 20’s she met her husband Peter Reuvekamp, and after some time living in Ridgeville, ON, they moved back to Huntsville with their two young sons. Penny worked as a receptionist for various local businesses, and had a very successful later career working at Deerhurst resort.
Penny’s great loves in her life were horses, and her very strong Catholic faith. She was greatly involved in St. Mary’s Church, as a member of the Catholic Women’s League, choir member, and volunteer for countless church events. She was known around the town for her very friendly smile, and welcoming attitude towards newcomers and visitors.
Penny is survived by her loving sons Gregory (Kim), Joseph, and by grandsons Reagan and Miles. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. Cremation has occurred, and interment will happen later this spring.
Penny’s family wishes to express their great appreciation to the staff at Fairvern Nursing Home who provided such wonderful care to her over the past number of years.
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ken Thompson on December 30th, at the age of 76.
A lifelong resident of Huntsville, Ken will be remembered for his passion for sports and public service, and was a four-time Canadian Lacrosse Champion including three Minto Cups with the Oshawa Green Gaels lacrosse club, and played hockey with the Weyburn Red Wings. These accomplishments led to him being inducted to the Huntsville and Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Ken is survived by his wife Chris, his brother Don (Marion), his son Geoff (Nicole), his daughter Tara (Bob), his stepson Brent (Tascha) and his stepson Brad, and his grandchildren Ashley, Kayla, Brandon and Alyssa, and great grandchild Lyla.
Predeceased by his parents Enid and Frank and his sister Pat.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Hospice Huntsville or Huntsville Minor Lacrosse. A kind, gentle soul, Ken will be remembered for his quick wit and smile. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Katharine W. (Townsend) Swift, (Wendy), 93, of West Simsbury and formerly of Rochester, NY, and longtime seasonal resident of Oxtongue Lake, ON, wife of the late William V. Swift, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, daughter of the late Wendell and Daisy (Wright) Townsend, she was raised in Bronxville, NY, and Rumney, NH. She attended Sanford Prep, earned her BA from Elmira College Class of 1950, and her career started as an editor with Popular Science. With an adventurous spirit, she and her late husband started Algonquin Outfitters in 1961, now owned and operated by their son Richard and his wife Susan, as a Wilderness Canoe Trip Outfitter. Wendy and Bill were also co-owners of Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park, Ontario from 1962-75. Wendy, fondly known to many as Skinny, loved to travel, visiting 128 countries throughout her life. An accomplished artist, she painted in watercolor and oil mediums, she also created copper enameled pieces. Wendy loved the outdoors, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and skiing. Wendy was known and loved by many in countless ways, she will be dearly missed.
The family is eternally grateful for the care she was given for four years at Seabury Meadows and Cedar at Duncaster.
She is survived by her four children, Katharine W. Swift of Denali Park, Alaska, Richard B. Swift (Susan) of Huntsville, Ontario, William B. Swift of Algonquin Highlands, Ontario, and Susan S. Warner (Jonathan) of West Simsbury with whom she made her home. She also leaves her grandchildren Jess Swift, (Jamie Garland), Tanner Swift (Hannah), Katie Warner, Jack Warner, Ben Warner, and great-grandchild Riley Garland. As well as a sister, Polly Townsend (Perry Pitt), and brother David Townsend.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband William V. Swift. Celebration of her life will be held in Rochester in the spring and Algonquin Park, Canada in late summer. The burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Wendy may be made to Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester NY 14607 https://mag.rochester.edu/join/giving/ or the Friends of Algonquin Park, Box 248, Whitney, Ontario Canada K0J 2M0. https://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/foap/donate/
To share a memory or photo of Wendy, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Katharine-W-Swift.
Phyllis Mary was born on November 8, 1927, the daughter of Charles Allen and Bessie Cox. She lived and schooled in Toronto, Ontario.
Phyllis married Bill Legerton on June 19, 1954 at St. Johns Norway Church in Toronto. They lived in the United States for two years and moved to Toronto in 1956. They lived in Toronto until 2015 when they again moved to Huntsville, Ontario to be closer to their lakeside cottage on Skeleton Lake in Muskoka. They were married for 69 wonderful years.
Phyllis was very active in local craft shows displaying her sewing, knitting and many other crafts that she was proficient with. Bill also donated some other crafts as well.
They have two children, Scott, born in 1960 and Lisa Ellen, born in 1964. Scott lives full time at the cottage since it has been completely winterized and Lisa now lives in Huntsville.
Bill and Phyllis traveled to England and Europe many times with great enjoyment visiting their parents and relatives in their hometowns.
Phyllis passed away on December 26, 2021 with her loving and devoted life partner holding her hand as she slipped away in her sleep from complications of dementia. She enjoyed a very happy and pleasant journey through life with their travels, family and cottage. We all and I shall miss her deeply and forever at age 94 plus.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka in lieu of flowers.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved Son, Brother, Nephew, Father, Uncle, Papa and Friend. Mark is survived by his wife Maggie; mother Ethel; brother Dana; and sister Nadine; children Samantha (David) Guest and new grandchild Noah and Evan (Gabrielle) Sweet. Mark will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Joshua and Chad Rivet; Alyssa (Mike) Van Leeuwen; and Ashley Sweet. Mark will also be missed by an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mark was Predeceased by his Father Maurice. Mark was a die hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and spent his spare time playing and watching a multitude of sports. It breaks our hearts that you were taken so unexpectedly. You left us far too soon, but your memory will live on in our hearts forever. Please raise a glass and cheers to Mark to celebrate the memories you made with him.
A celebration of life will be held at 136 Main St, Novar, on January 8th, 2021 from 1-4pm. Anyone who knew Mark or would like to pay respects and share good memories of Mark is welcome. Some food and drinks will also be available. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Betty Churchill (Reynolds) on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, in her 91st year. Beloved wife to David Churchill for over 50 years. Dearly loved and missed by her daughters Suzanne Elizabeth Churchill (Peter Andrin) and their children Evan, Hunter and Hart, Alison Lynn Churchill-Cook and her children Graham and Eric, Diana Jane Churchill (Don Maclean) and their children Matt, Rachel, and Erika and Stephanie Jill Churchill (Chris Schweitzer) and their children Sterling, Calder and Summer. Betty is survived by her dear sisters Vera MacMillan and Marjorie Wickman (Lawrence Wickman), predeceased by her brother Bill Reynolds and sister-in-law Velma. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Betty began her working life as a retail clerk at Eaton’s department store in Huntsville. She went on to graduate from Canada Business College in Toronto and became a bank stenographer, working in both Huntsville and later in West Hamilton. After marrying Dr. David Churchill, Betty worked as his secretary at his Chiropractic office in Dundas Ontario, where he maintained a practice for over fifty years. Betty was a beautiful person both inside and out who raised her four daughters in a kind and loving home. Betty canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Society, proudly receiving a fifty year pin. Betty had fun with fashion and had a subtle yet witty sense of humour. Over the years she displayed her artistic talent through ceramics, sewing and knitting. Betty loved to curl and along with her husband, was a long time member of the Granite Curling Club in Dundas where she rose to the position of Skip and led her team to numerous victories.
Betty will be laid to rest in the spring at Madill Cemetery and at this time, family and friends will gather in the sun to celebrate Betty’s life. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzherimer Society of Muskoka or Madill Church Preservation Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
She will be remembered by all she met for her beautiful smile and graceful beauty.
Linda Mae McEachern
August 5, 1952 – December 14, 2021
Linda Mae McEachern passed away peacefully at home on December 14, 2021 at the age of 69.
Linda, who moved to Huntsville in 1978, was well known for her passion for community, volunteering, and advocacy.
She had a very caring and compassionate personality, a great sense of humour, and was wonderfully creative. She loved arts and crafts, and also wrote a poem published by Community Living Ontario. She cherished spending time with family and friends, or catching up with them by phone. She liked to travel, too, and was twice able to visit the Dominican Republic.
She valued her independence, and enjoyed working and volunteering in her community. She loved her job at Hunters Bay Radio and looked forward to it each week. And she was an avid volunteer for many community causes and organizations. She always gave her time to support Community Living Huntsville events and activities, including the children’s Christmas toy drive, fundraisers, and annual Remembering Friends memorial tributes, as just one example.
Linda was also a determined self-advocate and knew when to use her strong voice to speak up for herself and others. She was a member of People First, and served on the Community Living Huntsville board of directors for a number of terms, too. She made a difference not only in her life, but in the lives of those around her.
The depth of loss we feel in parting with this wonderful community member and friend is indescribable. Our hearts are with her friends and family in this difficult time.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until time of the funeral service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. Linda will be laid to rest at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery in the spring. For those unable to attend the funeral service, live-streaming will be available.
PLEASE NOTE: As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, COVID-19 protocols are in place; masks and social distancing are mandatory. Registration for the visitation, service and live-stream is required, please RSVP at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
As per Linda’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Huntsville Salvation Army Food Bank or CNIB are greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away suddenly at his home in Huntsville on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at the age of 34. He is the dear son of Gordon Cleveland of Huntsville. Loving fiance of Samantha. Dear nephew of Garry (Laura) Cleveland and cousin Tyler Cleveland. Peter will be missed by his many friends.
The funeral service will take place on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the service. In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions, facial coverings, contact tracing and social distancing of two meters will be strictly adhered to. Please RSVP your attendance below. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to CMHA Muskoka-Parry Sound. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
PLEASE NOTE: As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, COVID-19 protocols are in place; masks and social distancing are mandatory. Registration for the service and livestream is required, please RSVP at billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
LESLIE, Eileen Anna (née McTurk) died on December 18th, 2021, in Toronto. Born at home on the family farm near Keppel, Saskatchewan on February 15th,1925 Eileen was the last surviving member of her great generation, on both sides of the family. She is survived by sons Marshall (Kate Murray) and Craig (Penny Cutler) and grandchildren Kade, Erin, Dave and Maura. Eileen was predeceased by her parents Agnes and Bill, sisters Molly and Sheila, and brother Jack. Her husband of almost 50 years – Rupert – died in 1999. Eileen was a child of the Depression and the Prairie Dust Bowl. Educated in a one room schoolhouse, she left that school at 16 to work in a Toronto factory, as did so many other young women who helped mobilize a nation at war. She met Rupe on a Huntsville-bound ski train in 1947, and they wed in 1949, in Toronto, where they lived until moving to Huntsville, in 1968. Townspeople might have crossed paths with Eileen in one of the retail settings where she worked, but more likely at church, for Eileen bore witness to and lived her faith. Eileen was a wonderful and dedicated daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, for whom family was everything. A visitation with the family will take place at 12:00PM on Tuesday, December 21st at Faith Baptist Church, 169 West Road, Huntsville immediately preceding a service there at 1:00PM. Interment will occur at the historic Madill Cemetery when spring arrives.
PLEASE NOTE: As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, COVID-19 protocols are in place; masks and social distancing are mandatory. Registration for the visitation, service and livestream is required, please RSVP/register at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. Our family wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, and a safe New Year.
David Alexander Franks, philosopher, philanthropist, scientist, artist & author, was born in Toronto on July 23, 1959 to parents Alex & Vivian Franks (deceased). David was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in 1963 at the age of 4 & was using a chemistry set to check his blood sugars before he started kindergarten. David passed away at home in Huntsville, in the early hours of December 16, 2021.
David grew up in a loving home in Cooksville, where he made lifelong friends. He was an accomplished artist & won awards for painting & sculpture. He was proud & humbled to be accepted into the Polar Bear Dream Circle. He held many jobs, including makeup artistry for theatre & film and teaching physically disabled children. He also had a number of successful small businesses.
David always enjoyed live theatre & concerts & shares many happy memories with Craig of shows at Rama & most recently the Rolling Stones at Oro-Medonte (last show before Covid). He was a student of film & could point out details others never noticed & quote dialogue. His extensive movie collection boasts many autographs including Sir Edmund Hillary, Jane Goodall & the original Star Trek crew (except McCoy).
David married his soul-mate Susan September 28, 1991 & continued to live in Mississauga where they ran a video store. They later moved to Amaranth where David became a Master Gardener, having built an exceptional Zen garden & flower-lined pathways through their forest. David was elected a Councillor & ran Parks & Rec. He introduced soccer, coached T-Ball and Table Tennis & built a skating rink for the kids in winter. It was the 1st time Parks & Rec aver turned a profit. In 2002 he took a team to the Ontario Winter Games to compete in Table Tennis. He had a special kid’s handshake which endeared him & made him memorable to each child he met. Anywhere he went in town, he was greeted with “Hi Coach” by laughing kids wanting a shake. When Susan injured her arm in 2004, they sold their home, packed their Jeep & drove to Central America with their faithful black Lab Joy & were negotiating the purchase of a property in Panama when they learned Sue’s mom had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. They immediately drove the almost 7,000 km back to Canada & nursed her during her final 9 months. During that time they searched for their new home & were delighted to buy property in Huntsville in July 2005. David’s extraordinary capacity for learning led him to study building methods & in 2006 designed & built his straw bale home. He most recently became interested in Quantum Physics & has a stack of “light” reading on that subject on his night stand.
David always made an effort to learn people’s names & is well-known to the staff at the Independent, WalMart, Tims, McDonalds & Deerhurst for his uncanny memory, chivalry & politeness. He always waved to cars passing on the road when he was out walking his 3 Labs.
In 2011 following open heart surgery, he began writing & published his 1st book “Son of a Diabetic”. He had a love for story-telling, joined local writing groups & the Canadian Authors Association. He eventually started his own group in Huntsville & Dwight & was revered as a writing coach. Recognizing & embarrassed by the flaws in his 1st book attempt, he honed his craft & undertook a journey to a fly-in native reserve, writing a journal of his emotional time there. He published his book “30 Days in Attawapiskat” & was invited to share his experience at numerous presentations. He successfully raised awareness of the overwhelming issues facing indigenous communities. His one regret was not completing the geodesic dome greenhouse (partially constructed), meant to address food sovereignty on reserves & elsewhere. He also published a book of short stories, “D Tales” and was preparing to publish Volume 2.
David passionately loved his life & lived it – skydiving, scuba diving, whitewater rafting, whale-watching, performed in 3 operas with the Canadian Opera Company, celebrated one New Year in Venezuela & another in Iceland, Oktoberfest in Munich, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, rode a gondola in Venice, climbed 1000-year old Mayan ruins & the Eiffel Tower, swam with the dolphins in Mexico and slept at the foot of a live volcano in Costa Rica. He was thrilled meeting new people, experiencing new languages & cultures. David always tried to find the good in every situation & strived to help others do the same. He lived to bring light & cheer to his friends & at least a smile to everyone he met. He endeared himself to Susan’s Swiss & German cousins & they have already expressed their shock & heartfelt sorrow at his passing. David is survived by his one true love Susan – forever grateful for the time they shared. He will be missed by his sister Wendy Price (John), his brother Steven Franks (Dale) & will be fondly remembered by his niece, nephews, extended family & many friends. A veritable lifetime of memories will remain with his best friends Craig, Barry, Udo, Doug, Gary, LJ, Tony and so many more.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Barry Brear for his contribution of materials & Chris Smith for his generous time & expertise installing a 2nd handrail to allow David access to the house following the 5 days on life support & 3 week Orillia ICU stay in June. We’d also like to thank Dr. D. Johnstone for his many years of compassionate care & support, as well as the nephrologist team in Orillia. A heartfelt thank you to Megan, Virginia, Stacy, tall Cathy & the other nurses from ParaMed for their care this past year, Mufaro from Care Partners, the ProResp team, the Huntsville & Orillia ICU & Dialysis teams, the Huntsville Paramedics & Larry & Bill Mitchell for their calm & professional support.
At his request, David has been laid to rest in the Franks family plot in Streetsville Public Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is planned for the spring – please refer to mitchellfuneralhome.ca for updates.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to “People’s Food Institute” to support food sovereignty, “Water First” to support safe drinking water, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation for the Dialysis unit.
Miigwetch and Thank you. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Bennett, William James
June 13, 1939-November 29,2021
Bill passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice in his 82nd year. Loving father of Carrie, Tom and John. Grandfather to Ruby and Collin. Beloved companion for the past 14 years to Diane Norman. He will be forever missed by his family and friends. According to his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Special thanks to the nursing and PSW team at Hospice Huntsville for the compassion shown to Bill in his final days. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville.
It is with great sadness that the Knappett family says good-bye to their beloved son and brother Brent (November 25, 1970-December 9, 2021). He is survived by his mother Bonnie, father David (Ruth), siblings Graydon (Karin), Bryan (Kerri-Lynne), Kristen (Dwight), Bethany, and Peter (Kelly). He will be missed greatly by many nieces and nephews, his dogs Abby and Charlie, many aunts, uncles and cousins, his longtime friends Marion and John MacTavish (& family), and many, many others, including his caregivers and Dr. McLinden.
Brent loved to drive his scooter to town and socialize with many friends at Tim Hortons. He is remembered by his huge smile and kindness to everyone.
So long E.T. we love you.
The celebration of life has been postponed. Please refer back to this site for further details.
In Lieu of flowers please consider giving to the Ontario SPCA Humane Society, Muskoka Christian School or Huntsville Hospital. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Of Huntsville, formerly of Tottenham, passed away at her residence in Huntsville on Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Much loved daughter of the late Marguerite and Vincent Cain. Dear sister of Mary of Harriston; Margaret-Ann Roger of Windsor; Alice of Toronto and John of Palmerston.
Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews, and great niece and nephews. Crystal Deniet will be speaking on behalf of the family.
Sharon volunteered at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232, Huntsville in different capacities including helping the Legion Ladies Auxiliary with their dinners. Sharon also volunteered at The Table Food Bank. She will be dearly missed by her many friends.
Cremation has taken place. No services will be held at this time. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 232. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Marion Elizabeth (Betty) Laver (nee Beresford) passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years, in Huntsville Ontario on December 8th 2021, with her children by her side.
Elizabeth is predeceased by Bruce, her high school sweetheart and husband of 66 years. She is also predeceased by her parents John and Marion Beresford (nee McCrory), her siblings Jean, Sheila, Jack and Wilson and her daughter-in-law Chris Laver.
She is survived by her three beloved children; Rob of Huntsville, Stewart (Liz) of Canmore, Alberta and Wendy of Huntsville as well has her four grandchildren Kelly Self (Doug) of Boise, Idaho, Jack Laver of Canmore, William Laver of Montreal, Andrew Laver of Canmore and her great-granddaughter Caroline Self.
Born on November 6th, 1931 in Richmond Hill Ontario, Elizabeth grew up surrounded by gardens and an appreciation for all things beautiful.
Family, friends and having fun were always priorities for Elizabeth. High School brought Bruce into her life and together, they built strong and life-long friendships everywhere they went.
Elizabeth graduated from nursing school at the Toronto General Hospital and had a short career there while Bruce finished his Engineering Degree at the University of Toronto. As soon as Bruce graduated they were married and soon settled in Rosemere, Quebec with all three of her children born in Montreal over the next few years.
In 1962 the young family moved to Toronto and settled in Don Mills. Great and lifelong friends for the whole family were made on Overbank Crescent. Most weekends and holidays were spent at the family cottage on Lake of Bays.
In 1972 the family moved to Huntsville, Ontario and their dream home at Echo Bay on Fairy Lake, where they lived until very recently.
For many years Elizabeth was the manager of The Bookcase; a local bookstore on the main street of Huntsville. She was an avid reader and this was something that she truly enjoyed.
The property on Echo Bay was filled with beautiful gardens that were Elizabeth’s passion. She was also a very talented and active artist, she was involved with local painting groups and she participated in local art shows where her work proved to be quite popular.
Elizabeth and Bruce had an abundance of strong friendships that they made throughout their lives together. They always made an effort to stay in touch and enjoyed a very active social life, Bruce was always her trusted wing-man. The ladies from the “coffee klatch” in Huntsville met regularly and that kept her up to date on the local news; she always enjoyed a good round of tennis, even well into her later years. She was a good friend to many people.
Certainly the most important thing in Elizabeth’s life was her family. To us, she was completely devoted. She always wanted a report and would light up hearing stories about her children, her grandchildren and of course her great-granddaughter.
Throughout their lives, Elizabeth and Bruce took care of each other. The strength of their love for each other has been an inspiration to us all.
Elizabeth was beautiful both inside and out.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Lindsay MacMillan, Dr. Kirkpatrick and Dr. McDermott for their compassionate care and to her daily caregivers that kept her laughing, Janice and Jessica.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. (huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca)
Cremation has taken place and a small family celebration has occurred.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca.
BEDARD, Lise (nee Benoit)
May 23, 1947 ~ December 2, 2021
Loving wife of Ivan (Yves) Bedard. Lise passed away early in the morning, at home, with her daughter Lisa and sister Therese at her side. Left to mourn her passing is her daughter Lisa and her husband Andy Anderson, grandson Mathieu Anderson and his partner Crystal, her sister Therese, brothers Jerome, Don, Gilles and Paul Benoit, brothers-in-law Gaston and Luke Bedard add sister-in-law Liette as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Michel Bedard.
Lise and Ivan and their children lived in Hamilton for many years until 2006 when they retired to North and South Portage, Huntsville. Lise was a remarkable woman, many who were happy to call friend. She was independent, kind,, thoughtful, humorous, resourceful, sympathetic, cheerful, friendly and helpful, just a few words to describe Lise. She loved to read and to learn new things, such as pen and ink drawings which she really enjoyed and was quite good at. She had a questioning mind and discovered that Google could answer may of her questions, but not all, which really excited Lise. No description of Lise is complete without including stubborn. When Lise made up her mind to do something very little would change her mind, not even Cancer. She, who was ready to help anyone else, was not willing to ask others for help. Lise felt she had to be as independent as possible. Thank God for her sister Therese, who was with Lise throughout these last couple of years and worked and played at her side – they were a great team. I will miss her phone calls when she would say “just called to shoot the sh– with you”. She was fun seeking and her spirit was larger than life. Lise will be sadly missed.
In keeping with Lise’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A service and interment will take place later in Ramore, Ontario. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Research. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Warren Clark Fisher 1982 – 2021
Our hearts are in pieces at the sudden passing of Warren.
He was a wonderful son to Paulette and Fred (predeceased), a good brother to his sisters Meaghan and Erinn, and loved Uncle of Matthew, Cameron and Amelia. He will be missed by his extended family and many friends.
He is gone
There are other eyes watching him coming
And other voices ready to shout Here He Comes
At this time there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetic Society of Canada or the Salvation Army.
May 5, 1953 – November 21, 2021
On Sunday, November 21st in his 68th year, Phil passed away in his loving wife’s (Sheila) arms, along with family beside him at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Whoever Phil met in his life was touched by his courageous, loving, inspiring spirit and sense of humour. He dealt with so many obstacles in his life and persevered through each one with strength, optimism, courage and a positive attitude. He never gave up and made sure he lived his life in the best way possible to enjoy his loving family who meant everything to him.
Phil will be so dearly missed by his beloved (hunny bunch) wife, Sheila (Luther); his loving step children – Tim (Lucy), Philip (Miranda), Kerrie (Thomas); his most precious grandchildren – Philip, Lauren, Reech; his furry companion Jasper; Brothers – Chris(Anne), Tom(Brenda) and Sister Ferne; very special nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Phil was predeceased by his Father, Henry Ramshaw and Mother, Jean (Coulson)
We welcome you to join the family in a Celebration of Life for Phil being held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Huntsville on Saturday, December 11, 2021 between 2 – 5 pm. Proof of double vaccination will be required. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation (Stroke Unit). Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The family wishes to send special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses who took excellent care of him both at Huntsville District Memorial and RVH. A special thank you to his family Physician, Dr. Robert Whaley for all the care he gave to Phil for many years.
Terrance John Terziano
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Terrance John (Big T) Terziano on 18 November 2021 at Huntsville Hospice/Algonquin Grace.
Predeceased by his parents, Eleanor and Lou Terziano and sister, Jane Terziano Syme. Survived by his sister, Susan (Terziano) Simpson, brother in law, Terry Simpson, nephews, TJ Simpson, Marcus Simpson (Cassandra), and great nephew, Teddy Simpson. Brother-in-law, Don Syme, nephew Paul Syme (Donna), niece Hedi Syme (Gemma) and great nieces and nephew, Ian Syme, Yael Syme and Emma Syme. He is sadly missed by his long-time fur companion, Sammy and lovingly remembered by three generations of cousins.
Born and raised in Huntsville, Terry is best known for the all the years spent at Hidden Valley Ski Club. It began as family members, a member of the Hidden Valley Ski Team, moving into many years in the pro shop until his retirement in 2016. The connections made during his time there extended outside the ski club into longtime clients and friendships. His generosity afforded opportunities to many local kids to work and ski at Hidden Valley.
Terry was a hockey fan and a football fan but in the off-season his first passion was the game of golf. He was an avid player which led to a love for the game and the many friendships on and off the course. Terry was a private person but he never minded sharing his long record of tournament wins. The handicaps of his teammates will surely rise without Big T’s magic around the greens.
We miss you Uncle Terry.
“Where ever you are, may the breathing be easy and the greens and fairways be well kept.”
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville/Algonquin Grace.
A gathering to honour Terry is being planned for 29 January 2022 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Huntsville.
Merle passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Muskoka Landing with her daughter Patsy at her side. She was in her 86th year. Beloved wife of 63 years to the late Clifford Tofflemire. She was born in Sprucedale to parents Agnes and Victor Hopcraft. Dear sister of the late Grace (Donald dec.) Peddie and William (Mary) Hopcraft. Cherished Mother of Doug (Judy) Tofflemire, Patsy (Don dec.) Klingbeil and Lynda (Tom) Drever. Predeceased by infant son Dennis. Loving Granny of Kim (Tyler), Doug (Amy), Erin and Michael (Alie). Proud GG of Tseitel, Ari, Oz, Bo and Brynn. Merle also leaves behind her extended family and many friends to mourn her passing.
Merle worked as a Bell operator and later at Llanllar Estate.
Family was most important to Merle. She enjoyed spending time with them and loved family gatherings. Merle and Cliff were active members of Trinity United Church for many years. Merle will be dearly missed. She will be forever in our hearts.
The family would like to thank the staff at Country Moments, Muskoka Landing, Dr. Mathies and Dr. O’Halloran for their wonderful care and support.
Merle will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Cliff in the Spring at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. The celebration of life will be held in the spring with details to follow at that time. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Ross Percy Mulveney, 93, of Huntsville Ontario, passed away on November 29, 2021 in Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard, Ontario after a brief battle with cancer, with his beloved daughters Diane and Gail by his side.
Ross was born in Toronto, Ontario to Percy and Margaret on January 11, 1928. He married Dorothy Shortt on September 1, 1945. He worked as a grocery manager at A & P for 43 years and was involved in their baseball and bowling leagues.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Dorothy, infant son Michael, sister Shirley Lalonde, sons-in-law Ray Peddie and Dave Creighton.
He is survived by his daughters Diane (Ken) Snell, Gail Peddie, Lynn (Ron) Banford and Lee. His sister Jean Goddard and brother Ken. Grandchildren Denise, Cathy, Steven, Julie, Jeffery, Shawn, Heather, Ryan and Teresa, and 17 great-grandchildren.
A private family funeral will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at All Saints Anglican Church, Huntsville with spring interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Temiskaming Hospital, The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation (Huntsville), or charity of choice.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Gordon “Darrel” Lawson
April 29, 1938 – November 29, 2021
The family of Gordon “Darrel” Lawson is sad to announce his passing on Monday November 29, 2021 at Muskoka Landing after a brief illness with pneumonia. Darrel is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy, daughter Catherine (Andrew), grandchildren Ashley (Peter), and Drew (Cassandra). As well as three lovely great granddaughters. His son Darwin predeceased him.
Darrel was born in Bass River, Nova Scotia and never lost his desire to return. He came to Ontario with his brother-in-law and found work in Sudbury. There he met and married Peggy in 1961. Soon Bell Canada transferred Darrel temporarily to Huntsville where it eventually became permanent. During those years he helped coach minor hockey, and the first girls’ baseball team. He was also a very involved and dedicated member of Rebeccah and Oddfellows as well as all the various branches. After retirement, Darrel volunteered around the community helping with the Salvation Army Kettles at Christmas and collecting the money from the dogs for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Darrel was an extrovert and always loved to stop for a chat, joke and a laugh. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. When it became apparent that he was suffering from dementia it was very difficult for his family to watch him slowly disappear. He was in the end stages of his disease when he developed pneumonia.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Due to covid restrictions a small family get together for remembrance was held. Donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Diabetes Society would be appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The family of Rebecca (Becky) Muzzi is saddened to announce her passing on November 26, 2021, at Fairvern Nursing Home.
Rebecca was born February 24, 1920 in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario to George and Helen Hastings. She was pre-deceased by her 5 siblings, Margaret, Mary, Joe, Monica and Cecile.
In 1939, Rebecca married Andre Laflamme from Masson, Quebec. Andre’s job as a construction contractor required him to work in remote locations and Rebecca would travel with him to all the new areas being opened up and roads being built in the northern part of Ontario. After the birth of their first daughter Janine (Jim), they decided to settle down in Huntsville as he was working for Muskoka Construction, and she was expecting her second daughter Diana (John). Andre continued to work up north, but Rebecca kept herself very busy with raising her daughters and keeping an immaculate home. She knit, crocheted, did pickling (any kind of pickle) and preserves (any kind of fruit). Always in crisply ironed neat dress and apron she worked tirelessly for her girls. She oversaw their participation in piano, bag pipes, ballet, tap and skating, with the costumes always made ahead of time. She took her Catholic faith seriously and instilled the power of prayer in her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed Mass on Sunday at the old church on the hill, or evening devotions. Each night prayers and rosary were said at home.
Rebecca was very active at St Mary’s of the Assumption parish in Huntsville. She was one of the founding daughters of the Catholic Woman’s League over 65 years ago, attending her last meeting at age 98. She would be the first to offer to assist with any task or special occasion, always being the first to be arrive and the last to leave.
Rebecca took up curling and enjoyed it immensely until a back injury prevented her from continuing. She was always asked to go on bonspiels because she was so easy to get along with and was always on time, often arriving early for any event.
After Andre’s passing in 1974, Rebecca began to travel to see family and friends and was able to stay for long periods of time. She would always lend a helping hand and financial support to anyone in need. She was the favorite of so many and is remembered as “Aunt Becky” or “Tante Becky” on the French-Canadian side.
As Nan, Nana, Nanny or Nanny Muzzi (as she was later called), the matriarch of 5 generations, she was blessed with an ever-growing extended family of 5 grandchildren (Michael (Michaelia), Michelle (Edward), Candia (George), Jean-Andre (Alana) and Joel (deceased)), 8 great grandchildren (Chantelle, Danielle (Bob), Rachelle, Kristen, Melanie, Mark, Kennedy and Jade) and 10 great-great grandchildren (Owen, Charlee, Axl, Savannah, Olivia, Nicholas, Christopher, Linzi, Paisley and Cruz). This large group kept Rebecca very busy, and they all loved her dearly. She was always invited to any event and until recently, travelled as far as Hanover, North Bay, Collingwood, Timmins and Masson, Quebec to attend as many as she could.
In 1986, Rebecca would marry Sam Muzzi, who was welcomed into the family and became Grandpa Sam to all the great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. They continued to reside in Huntsville with Rebecca traveling with Sam until he retired. Sam was instrumental in ensuring that she was able to attend so many of the family events.
For the past two years, Rebecca has resided at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville. There she was able to attend mass once a month and other events as she was able such as bingo and sing-songs. She loved when the bands would come and play for the residents and true to her nature, she was always making others there know that they were loved. She received regular visits from her family and friends and was very popular among the staff and residents. In February 2020, family and friends gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday! She truly was queen for the day and those able to attend were blessed to have been able to celebrate this significant milestone with her. The family is extremely grateful for the care and attentiveness shown to Rebecca and her family during her time at Fairvern.
So many memories which will be cherished forever, Rebecca, Mom, Nan, Nanny, Nanny Muzzi, you are loved deeply always.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 3, 2021 at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Huntsville. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The family of Rhonda Francine Oakley Case is heartbroken to announce her passing on November 21, 2021 at Hospice Huntsville following a reoccurring battle with cancer. With her husband Don and children Stephen (Rosanne), Jenny-Nicole (Neil), and Chad (Tera), by her side, Rhonda passed as she wanted, surrounded by family.
Rhonda was a devoted mom who did everything she could for her family and opened her home to everyone. She was lovingly called “Mom” by many of her children’s friends. In addition to being a devoted mother, Rhonda was an amazing grandmother who was loved and adored by her six grandchildren, Bailey, Rachel, Olivia, Calvin, Charlotte, and Christine.
The cherished daughter of Frank and Winifred Oakley, she was proud to be born and raised in the Leaside area of Toronto where she also worked at the Imperial Oil head office and was a part time model. In 1967 she met the love of her life, Don Case, at the YMCA ski club. They became engaged four months later and were married in Leaside in September of 1968. A self declared city girl, Rhonda moved to Huntsville reluctantly in 1969 when Don purchased a business. She quickly came to call Huntsville home and said she would never move back to Toronto. She became an active member of the Kinsmen women’s club, the Hidden Valley Ski Club and a local ladies poker club.
In 1988, Rhonda joined Don in a new venture as the owners of Bradley Furniture where she had a knack for interior design and enjoyed helping others furnish their homes.
For someone who had never camped before, Rhonda found that she loved it and traveled from East to West in Canada and to 42 US states in a pop-up trailer and three different motor homes. She spent her winters as a snowbird in Florida where she was surrounded by a fun loving group of friends.
Rhonda faced her first battle with cancer in 2005 and determined to watch her grandchildren grow, she endured treatment with a determination and bravery that can only be admired. She won the battle that time. She embraced being a grandma and always put the needs of her grandchildren first. She was always available, always listened and always insisted on a hug. When the cancer returned in 2020, she bravely faced treatment again during the COVID pandemic. Although she beat it again, it returned once more in 2021.
Through everything, nothing stopped her from cooking and playing cards and crokinole with her family and grandchildren in particular. These memories will be cherished forever.
We will love you always.
A private service will be held by the family. Anyone wishing to commemorate Rhonda’s life is asked to donate in her honour to a charity of their choosing. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Beloved wife of the late Calvin Carr who predeceased Betty on August 28, 2017. Loving mother of Stephanie (Peter) Moriarity and Jeff (Dara) Carr. Proud grandmother of Caitlin and Evan Moriarity and Erika and Caleb Carr. Betty will be dearly missed by her sister Sandra (Bill) Patey.
In keeping with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Thomas George (Tom) Paris passed peacefully in his 86th year on November 17, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville, ON. As per Tom’s wishes, there will be no funeral nor internment. There will however be a private celebration of life held in the future.
Memorial gifts to Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Our family appreciates your continued support and love during this difficult time and wish that you all find peace and comfort and forever cherish family memories of happy times. Namaste.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Harry Brown in Barrie on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the age of 87. Loving son of the late Dora (nee Dalglish) and the late Harry Brown. Beloved husband of the late Luella (Lu) Brown (nee Heise). Proud father of Tom (Cathy Hull) and Merrilu (Darran Helmer). Dear brother of Robert (Elaine) Brown and the late Isobel (Bill) Dickie. Cherished by grandsons Christopher and Nicholas Beckett-Brown (Sabine Bouchard) and in recent years, bonus granddaughter Brittany (Ryan) Baker (nee Helmer).
An avid outdoorsman all his life, Harry instilled a love of the outdoors in his children and subsequently, his grandchildren, as well as mentoring many other colleagues and students. He began his teaching career in Ottawa where he met Lu when she was the school nurse at the same school. In the summer, they worked at summer camps, which led to a career shift and a move to Huntsville in 1970 to work full time at Camp Tawingo, where his contributions have become legendary. Harry went back into teaching at Spruce Glen School in 1973, where he remained until he retired in 1989. Many of his students fondly remember trips to the sugarbush at the Brown’s property, as well as rocket launches and camping trips, both winter and summer. There were many parents begging him to teach just one more year so their children could have the benefit of being his students.
Harry was a long-time member of the Huntsville Nature Club and the Huntsville and District Agricultural Society, assisting with the judging of children’s literary entries. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and with the Hospital Auxillary, both unofficially and officially, and helped to maintain the Lu Brown Memorial Garden at the front of the hospital.
Through Muskoka Seniors for Nature, Harry presented various slide shows at local retirement homes and was a part of the Muskoka Conservancy, receiving the Wayland Drew Award for his contributions to the preservation of natural areas. He was also instrumental in the development of the nature trail system at the Ontario Teacher Federation’s Campground near Dunchurch, where the Browns, the Tripps and the Shaws have camped together for close to 50 years. His campfire stories, complete with nature calls, and his star gazing sessions will not be forgotten. Nor will the many years of making award winning maple syrup, at the Huntsville Fall Fair and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, with the help of good friends, particularly the Stickland family, Hall Seely and Elmer Dobson. There were a few sugarbush parties over the years that lived up to The Rover’s ‘Wasn’t That A Party’.
His recent years were much more low key but he still loved to watch the birds and comment on cloud formations and their potential for precipitation.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 26th at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. Friends can gather at 1:00pm with the live streamed celebration of life starting at 2:00pm. A light lunch will follow. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required. Please RSVP your attendance by contacting Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982. All Covid restrictions mandated by the by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario will be strictly adhered to.
Due to scent sensitivities of members of the family, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and heavily scented lotions if attending in person.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Muskoka Conservancy or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Edward Ray Townsend, beloved husband of Barbara Townsend (nee Geddes), passed away peacefully on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the amazing age of 96 after experiencing some health complications. Loving father to Howard Townsend (Val), Roselyn Knox (Bill), Deborah Fraser (David), Gary Townsend (Vera), and Martin Townsend. Affectionate stepfather to Robert Orr (Jen), Stephen Orr (Lindsay), and Wendy Wygergangs (David). Favourite Grandpa to Jeremiah Townsend (Trina), Brent Fraser, Breanne Robertson, Laurie Fraser (Jordan), Jamie Robertson (Megumi), Madelaine Townsend (Mirnes), Sam Townsend, Angus Townsend, and Emma Townsend. Special Great-Grandpa to Griffin, Lyle, Trent, Myles, Portia, Emery, Adler, Alice, Julia, and Ella. Cherished big brother to Jean Uzumeri. Pre-deceased by parents Wilbert and Margaret (nee Colbeck), siblings Edith, Arden, and Gordon, grandson Gordon Fraser, and the late Leone Townsend (nee Waugh). Admired by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Ray was born at home in Monticello, Ontario on September 15, 1925, during the Great Depression. He spent his early years on the family farm with his parents and siblings. After graduating high school in 1943, Ray enlisted in the Canadian Army and was sent oversees where he became a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada. Private E.R. Townsend was wounded at the Twente Canal during the liberation of Holland. Upon returning home, Ray attended and graduated the University of New Brunswick, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. In 1946 Ray married his first wife Leone Lillian Waugh in Douglas, New Brunswick. They were married for 57 years until Leone’s passing in 2003.
During his early working years, Ray worked as a Forest Engineer; he spent 20 years with the Canadian International Paper Company in Maniwaki, Quebec. During this time his five children were born. In 1975 he accepted a position as Operations Superintendent with the Algonquin Forestry Authority in Algonquin Park—which Ray claimed was the best job of his career. After 15 years, he retired at the age of 65. In 2006 Ray married his wife Barb in Port Sydney, Ontario. He enjoyed attending Knox United Church, gardening, walking the dog, trekking through Algonquin Park, spending time with his grandchildren, volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the Canadian Cancer Society, singing in a barbershop choir, travelling, dancing, and writing 3 books. Ray was a proud long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The family invites friends to a visitation on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A Royal Canadian Legion Service will be held at 1:00 PM followed by the memorial service in the funeral home chapel. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232. Messages of condolence can be left at: www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. Please RSVP your attendance by calling Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982.
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. Sandra is the loving wife of Chris Davis of Baysville. Cherished mother of Kevin (Maria) Harvey and Lynne Harvey (Jim Willis). Proud grandmother of Sara Harvey, Ryan (Jodi) Harvey and Brooke Willis. Great-grandmother of Amelia, Oliver and Addison. Dear sister of Pat and her late brother-in-law Ken Fox. Dear aunt of Scott (Andrea) Fox and the late Terry Fox. Predeceased by her parents Victor and Helen (nee Hendry) Standen and her brother Gordon.
Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Mark Chapman, age 74, died at Muskoka Landing on November 12, 2021, of a rare neurodegenerative disease.
He grew up in Aldershot with his parents, Len and Betty Chapman (both deceased) and his sister, Lynn Watson. Mark was a family doctor in Oshawa, Kirkland Lake and, finally, Huntsville. Here in this supportive and beautiful community he and Dr. Susan Mitchell raised their two children, daughter Megan (Chapman) Saunders, son Matthew, and their chosen daughter, Joycelyn.
In 1999 he married Dr. Pam McDermott, embracing into his life Pam’s step-children: Alex Dussault with his wife, Danielle Pirso, and John Dussault. Mark was devoted to all his grandchildren (Andrew, Ella, and Max Dussault, Sloane and Griffin Saunders, Karine and Nic Dussault).
Mark was generous, kind and reserved, a man who tended to understate his many accomplishments. As an example of his many interests and talents, during a gap in his medical career, he, along with his friend, Bill Adams, started Sandhill Nursery.
Mark loved his grown children, his “chosen family” of friends, his many dogs, the Blues, trout streams, all the natural world and, almost above all else, small children.
The family thanks the many people who cared for, befriended and helped Mark in their own special ways. Muskoka Landing staff on Home Area 3 and Dr. Matt O’Halloran extended themselves in their care of him.
The family will gather to say goodbye at some future date. Should you wish, Mark would value donations to Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Algonquin Grace Hospice or Muskoka Nature Conservancy.
We remember Mark’s love of quoting his favourite poet, Wendell Berry:
Though you have considered all the facts!”
Passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at Southlake Regional Health Centre at the age of 66. Anita was born on April 28, 1955, in Huntsville to parents Albert & Elsie Denny. She is the youngest of six children and will be dearly missed by Garnet, Edward and Okal Denny. She is predeceased by her sister Hazel Denny and brother Jack Denny. Anita will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Anita spent many hours giving back to others through her volunteer work within the community. She volunteered with Friends of Fairvern, become a Legion executive member for the Manor and a member of the Huntsville Agricultural Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family helping where she could in and around the home. Anita also enjoyed spending time with her friends at Club 55 playing cards and other activities. She also loved her TV Bingo on Tuesday nights. Anita was highly skilled with knitting needles, entering her projects in the Fall Fair. Anita will always be remembered for her kind heart and passion to help others in moments of need. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is forever in our hearts.
The family invite friends to a visitation being held on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 232 or Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Please RSVP by calling Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982. Facial coverings, contact tracing and social distancing are mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and will be strictly adhered to.
June 12, 1949 ~ November 4, 2021
Passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville with his wife by his side after a short but brave battle with cancer. He was in his 73rd year.
Beloved husband of 46 years to Catharine R. Petch (nee Sellers).
Trevor is predeceased by his father Arthur J. Petch and in-laws Robert and Iris Sellers.
Survived by his mother Aileen Petch (nee Keating, 103 years old), sister Deborah Petch (Ross) and sister-in-law Shannon Smillie (Bryan).
Remembered lovingly by his childhood friend William Macklem (Chris). Trevor will also be sadly missed by his furry companions, Marmie, Goldie, Silver, Coalie and Charlotte.
Trevor was infamously known for his worldly knowledge, vivid memory and enthusiastic story telling that will sadly be missed by family and friends. He was especially passionate about flying, cars, fast boats and the years he spent on Lake of Bays.
A private family service and interment has taken place at Baysville Community Cemetery on November 11th, 2021.
Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life will take place next summer.
Memorial contributions to: The Cats of Paint Lake, 1028 Paint Lake Rd., P.O. Box 344, Dorset, ON P0A 1E0 or Hospice Huntsville, 100 Frank Miller Drive, Huntsville, ON P1H 1H7, would be greatly appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
24 June 1927-4 November 2021
The family of Kim Lambert is heartbroken to announce that Covid took our beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend on the afternoon of November 4, 2021 at the Huntsville Hospital. His illness was short and his death was sudden. Although he was double vaccinated and took all precautions, he tested positive for Covid three days before he died. Due to Covid precautions at the hospital, his wife Nadya could not be by his side and could only communicate with him by phone throughout his illness. She is thankful for the many calls she had with Kim in those final 4 days, where he was upbeat and lucid, and when we all thought he would beat the odds again. His sudden passing a few hours after the last phone call came as a shock. Amongst his final words to her on that final call were, “We’ll get through this together.” Those words are especially dear to Nadya as she strives to recover from Covid herself.
Born to Mary Candiano and Camille Lambert Sr June 24, 1927 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Kim was raised by his loving Flemish and Sicilian parents and enjoyed a childhood with younger siblings Vincent and Grace. At the age of 17, towards the end of the Second World War, he enthusiastically enlisted with the US Army and, after basic training, travelled by ship to Europe where he undertook various roles including a chauffeur, an administrative assistant, and a paratrooper-in-training. He never saw active duty and when he left the army three years later he turned his attention to school, marriage and his career. He received his PhD in Social Research from Brandeis University in 1962 and after moving to Pittsburgh to work, he became distraught at the social unrest and conservatism in the United States. In 1968 he emigrated with new wife, Leah, and her two children, Lisa and Phil, to Canada, where he became Director of Research at the University of Toronto’s School of Social Work.
Kim was proud of his work at the University, and especially enjoyed supervising and mentoring PhD candidates. He was well-loved by his students, who appreciated his curiosity, intellect and availability. He was also a pioneer in his field of research and took an early interest in the use of computers to help with social planning. It was this interest that led him to meet Nadya, who would be his partner – “attached at the hip” – for the last 40 years of his life. Nadya in the early 1980s was Director of Research for the Social Planning Council in Ottawa; also forward-thinking and interested in how technology could assist researchers, she facilitated the first ever hands-on workshops with Dr Kim Lambert on the use of personal computers in social research. From the time they met there was a special chemistry between them. Kim enjoyed how Nad challenged him – he called it “verbal swordplay” – and their relationship blossomed quickly, with Nad moving to Toronto to be close to him.
In 1987 Kim took early retirement from the University of Toronto and both he and Nad moved to their beloved cottage on Menominee Lake, their Sanctus Spiritus, a place where they would make a warm and welcoming home together for the rest of their lives. Over the years as Kim and Nad’s relationship grew, so did their lakeside home, which expanded little by little with the help of local contractors and their own hard work. Kim became a well-loved and engaged member of the community, sitting on numerous committees, boards and local church councils, and together with Nad actively participating in the Muskoka Field Naturalists, the Probus Club, square and round dancing clubs and the local improv group. He made many friends along the way, and he and Nad loved to welcome friends and family to their home for their many gatherings and celebrations over the years.
Even after retiring Kim stayed active professionally and intellectually, working with Nadya to conduct social research and consultations until he was 75. He and Nadya also completed the 3-year Lay Preachers’ course after which they did pulpit supply at United Churches across Muskoka. Kim continued his daily reflections until his death.
Kim deeply valued his continuing relationship with children Lisa and Phil, and took care to stay connected over the years. He also forged strong bonds with Nadya’s children Lev and Tamara, their partners and his four grandchildren. Grampa Kim especially loved sharing his skills in tractor driving and tree felling, activities he enjoyed into his final months.
Although Kim’s time in hospital was short, we know that the staff did everything they could for him, treating him like the vibrant person he was despite his advanced age. Nadya heard that he charmed the staff and was appreciative and engaging with them, and Kim told her he was receiving excellent care. We’d like to say a special thank you to the nurses, doctors (Dr Correia) and staff of the Huntsville Hospital for the care they took with Kim. We’d also like to thank Larry and Bill Mitchell who have been so helpful in comforting us and making the final arrangements, and Rev. Dianne Knowles and Karen Hamra who have been supportive through this difficult time.
We know that Kim would want to thank Nadya for all the attentive care and love she gave him, especially as he faced numerous health issues in recent years. In one of his last emails to his nephew Vincent Jr, he expressed his deep appreciation beautifully: “I am truly lucky to have Nadya by my side, planning and working and being a real partner. Without her, I would be completely lost and would have no idea what to do with myself.”
Kim is missed profoundly by his dear wife and life partner of over 35 years Nadya Tarasoff, his adoring children Lisa, Phil (Hannah), Lev (Dorothee) and Tamara (John), his grandchildren Jaspar, Nicholas, Katya and Elena, and his furry four-legged companions Pushi and Ensi. He is also remembered fondly by family and friends throughout Canada and the United States, as well as by his many dear close friends in the Menominee Lake and Huntsville area.
A celebration of life is planned to take place on June 24, 2022, Kim’s 95th birthday. Details to follow but we are all hopeful conditions will allow us to hug one another as we honour and share happy memories of Kim. In the meantime donations in Kim’s memory to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, the Muskoka Conservancy or Trinity United Church would be welcome if you so wish.
Kim lived a long and full life and although we are all reeling now, we know he would not want us to be sad for long. We found a notebook of his where he shared the lessons that he learned during his life with Nad in their Spiritus Sanctus. We know he’d like it if we thought of him – and his happy and hopeful words – in the days and weeks ahead:
“Live each exciting moment to the fullest – first snowfall, whether it’s October or December, last ice-out on the lake anytime from March to May; and enjoy the delicate winter fern and spring flowers peeping through the last of the winter snow.” www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Brenda Irene Webb passed away peacefully at her residence on November 5th, 2021 at the age of 60. She was surrounded by her daughter Trisha Vrenjak-Read, grandson, Kaeleb Vrenjak and close friends Dan Baker, Crystal Banks-Brown and Jane Graham-Tanner. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends as well as the staff and residents at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care.
Predeceased by her father, Judson Webb.
Brenda was a caring, dedicated PSW at Muskoka Landing for over 19 years. Brenda’s grandchildren, Kaeleb and CJ meant the world to her. She had a great sense of humour and frankness that everyone around her grew to love and expect from her. She also had a great love for nature and loved her animals.
As expression of sympathy, donations to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Friday, November 5, 2021 in her 87th year.
Jessie was greatly loved and is survived by her husband of 67 years, James Allen. She is also survived by her daughters Kathy (Dan) Patterson, Karen (Matt) Crozier, 6 grandchildren Jason (Karen) Crozier, Ben (Mel) Anthony, Nick (Kim) Anthony, Russ (Crissy) Crozier, Erin (Jeff) Fawcett and Wade (Erica) Crozier and 11 great-grandchildren Garrett (Sara), Kalvin, Logan, Jake, Mya, Emma, Abby, Wyatt, Austin, Ava and Josie. Jessie’s family were her pride and joy and in recent years visits with the grands and great-grands were the highlight of each week and the source of great joy.
Jessie was born at the Portage, daughter of Alice and Alex Thompson. She is predeceased by sisters Dorothy (Bob) Newman, Lillian (Don) Boothby, and twin sister Janet (Neil) Bionda and will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Jessie loved to reminisce about the time spent and memories made with her extended family over the many years.
A private family gathering will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Charity of Choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In her 93rd year, passed away peacefully at the Huntsville Hospice, Ontario on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021.
Joyce is survived by her six children Jean (Ivars), Keith (Lee), Dalton Mark, Bruce, Kathryn (Brian) and James (Susi). Grandmother of Christian, Jesse, Eva, Erin, Tyler, Sean, Gabriel, Meghan, Joel, Lexi, Pam, Bailey and Dylan. Great-grandmother of Vizma, Levon, Adreianna, Blake, Bennet, Liam, Quinn, Arianna, Hunter, Dezeray, Willow, and William. Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband Philip Rumney on September 20th 2021. Also by sisters Kathleen, Marion and brother Ron. She is survived by sister Jean in Australia. Joyce was the youngest daughter of Roland and Eva (nee Davies) Healey.
She was born in Toronto, Ontario and married Philip in 1953, raising their 6 children in Victoria Square, Ontario in the house that Philip built on the family dairy farm. Joyce worked as a graphic artist in downtown Toronto upon her graduation from Northern Vocational. She passed her artistic skills and love of design onto her children. Many life long friendships were created with people of all ages. She lived life with a fierce spirit and a will to do and make. Her love language was hand crafted treasures and letters. She had great organizational skills and was involved in a variety of groups and organizations over the years (e.g. Girl Guides of Canada, was one of the founding members of the Markham Guild of Village Crafts, and was active in the Victoria Square and Port Sydney UCW). Joyce and Phil moved to Huntsville in January of 2013, and split their time between their beloved condo and the Rumney heritage homestead in Port Sydney. Joyce’s passing occurred 4 days prior to what would have been Joyce and Phil’s 68th wedding anniversary. As Joyce and Phil are eternally reunited their loving family have been picturing them splitting their time between scrabble games and “dancing with the stars”. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Huntsville medical community and staff of the Huntsville Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion. In Joyce’s memory donations may be made to the Hospice Huntsville/Algonquin Grace organization.
Family invite friends to a visitation being held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11:30 a.m. until time of the funeral service in the chapel at 12:30 p,m. Please RSVP through Joyce’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com or contact us 705-789-8982, for those wishing to attend the visitation or memorial service. Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario include distancing of 2 meters, facial coverings and contact tracing will be adhered to. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on November 2, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville at the age of 67. Gord was born on January 26, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario to parents David and Teresa (nee Curtis-Weston) Williams. Beloved husband of Joanne (nee Crawford) Williams who were married on June 30, 1973. Loving father of Darryl (Julie) Williams, Ian (Kim) Williams and Greg (Amanda) Williams. Proud grandfather of Dryden, Gavin, Gabrielle, Madison, Mason, Jaiden and Ashton. Survived by his brothers Gerald (Sue) Williams and Don Williams. Pre-deceased by his parents David and Teresa Williams, stepmother Irene Williams and brother Mike Williams. Gord will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Gord lived an incredibly full life and leaves wonderful memories with everyone who knew him. He was a skilled athlete growing up – especially his time as an all star goalie and hardball pitcher with many Georgetown rep teams. He married his High School sweetheart Joanne in 1973 and together their lives were a non stop adventure. Gord became a Master Electrician (working with Dad), he served as a Volunteer Firefighter and Officer with The Georgetown Fire Dept., became owner/operator of Penbrook Resort , built and sold houses, and more. His sense of humour was legendary and he could tell a joke almost as good as his Dad – but his legacy will always be his devotion to his family. He was a loving and devoted husband to his “Janny”, a great dad to their 3 boys, and beloved papa to his grandchildren. Truly a life well lived. and a reminder to us all to be grateful for our health, our families, our loved ones and to live each day to its fullest.
Gord enjoyed fishing, golfing, baseball and of course his beloved Maple Leafs but it was his family that gave him the most joy out of life. Gord was deeply loved by his family and will be missed and always cherished.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 2-5 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario. Please visit Gord’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com to place your name on the visitation list. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Barbara Louise Solman (nee Crawford)
Passed away peacefully at Huntsville Memorial Hospital on November 1, 2021 in her 93rd year.
Beloved wife of Melvin Solman, and loving mother of Harley (Brenda), Armand (Noreen), Kathryn (Manny) and the late Monica. Beloved Grandma to Sonya, Sondra, Suzanne (Greg), Brad (Sue), Dan (Melissa), Paul (Jen), Jeff, Ryan (Nicole), Lindsay (Phil), and Zachary. Proud Great Grandmother to Christopher, Paige, Mackenzie, Carson, Ava, Isaac, Bella, Noella, Keera, Brody, Jordan, Brennan, Hailey, Jase, and Rhiannon and Great Great Grandma to Mason. Barb is also survived by her brother Aubrey Crawford, the last of her siblings.
Born in Rosseau, Ontario on April 4, 1929 to Alexander and Eleanor Crawford. Barbara (Barb) was one of 14 children and many others to grow up on their family’s farm. At a young age Barb moved to Gravenhurst to work at the Rubber Set, where she met her loving husband of 75 years, Mel. Mel and Barb were married November 23rd 1946, and lovingly raised four children together. After moving from their home in Gravenhurst, they purchased and ran a little general store in Baysville for a few years, after which they moved to Huntsville, where they resided in their beautiful home until spring of 2021.
One of Barb’s most favourite things was to host many of their good friends to dinner, which more often than not, resulted in a serious game of euchre. Anyone who knew Barb, knows that she was one heck of a card player and she loved to win!
Square dancing together became another one of Barb’s favourite evening events with her husband. Mel and Barb met many good friends over the years dancing, some with whom they still to this day cherish wonderful friendships with.
Family was her life, Barb loved to share pictures and tell everyone about her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was so proud of her big beautiful family. Barb spent many hours knitting sweaters, mitts, socks, afghans and toques for her grandkids. A smile to her face seeing them don them, and of course lots of hugs and kisses to be shared.
Barbara will be dearly missed, her big beautiful smile, and kind-heartedness will be forever cherished by those who knew and loved her. A beautiful soul both inside and out.
As per Barbara’s request cremation has taken place, interment to be determined at a later date. In memorial, donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the wonderful nurses who cared for her. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
July 28, 1941 – October 29, 2021
The family of Don McCormick is heartbroken to announce his passing on the evening of October 29th, 2021, at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, Ontario. With his beloved wife, Diana (Radesch), holding his hand, daughter, Kelly, and son, Jamie, holding the other, Don completed his incredible life journey in the arms of his family, exactly as he had hoped. Adored by his grandchildren — Simon and Kieran (Joseph Day), Spencer and Kyla (JoAnne McCormick) — they shared extremely close relationships with their Poppa and are devastated by the loss.
Don is also missed by cousins, Roy MacGregor, Jim and Stephanie MacGregor, Tom MacGregor, whom he considered siblings. He is also missed by sister and lifelong friend, Bonnie Barry. He is also remembered by: the wonderful high school friends he continued close relationships with to this day; his 4 Davidson friends from Queen’s; Cawesco friends from Hamilton; Huntsville High School teaching friends; Scotch Club; his hockey and lacrosse teammates; his golf buddies; his triathlon community and fellow swimmers; his close community of wonderful friends in Huntsville; dear friends in Australia; and close family friends, the Tick’s, Dryden’s and Riley’s.
Born Donald Irvine McCormick, July 28th, 1941, in Whitney, Ontario, he was pre-deceased by his parents, Irvine and Gertrude (Heintzman) McCormick, brother Andrew and his wife Kathleen. An extremely proud descendant of Algonquin Park lineage, Don and his cousins regaled in their shared experiences growing up together in Huntsville and around Algonquin Park. Amongst his final outings, Don returned to his childhood cottage site at Lake of Two Rivers with his grandkids to share their history with the land, and their ancestors, one last time.
Don was raised in Whitney until he left to attend the closest high school, Huntsville High School, one month after his 13th birthday. After graduating high school just before his 17th birthday, he attended Queen’s University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, followed by a teaching certificate. He started his teaching career at Barton Secondary School in Hamilton and it was here that he met Diana, who was attending nurses college at the time.
Married in January of 1966, Don and Diana had daughter, Kelly, and moved to Huntsville for a teaching position, where he was Science Department Head at Huntsville High School until his retirement in 1997. With the birth of son, Jamie, the roots of family were established at Ravenscliffe Rd. where they have remained to this day. Don began a long history of community involvement and presence, leaving only when the family moved to California in order for him to obtain his Masters in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and later, taking a year off to travel around the world.
Based on a desire to help shape and protect the future of Huntsville, he entered into local politics as a Town Councillor in the early 1970s, serving as councillor for Chaffey Township. This political involvement eventually led to, amongst others, his work with the Parks and Recreation Committee, an involvement that would continue for the duration of his life, culminating in his work for the Trans Canada Trail, the Economic Development Committee and his efforts to secure and promote the multiple versions of the Muskoka Triathlon races that continue to this day.
Don lived his life in the pursuit of excellence — professionally, athletically, intellectually, socially, interpersonally, and personally. This pursuit would lead him to successes that included: membership on the Canadian National Triathlon Team representing Canada at the World Championships on multiple occasions; a Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame inductee; recipient of the Jan Glenn Award; a celebrated catalyst for dozens of local activity-based facilities and events, and a leader within the community for ensuring that future generations had the best quality opportunities to pursue their own excellence.
A born teacher and leader, Don was known throughout the region for being a coach/instructor (hockey, tennis, cross-country skiing, swimming, downhill skiing), professional photographer, and writer/journalist. He received numerous awards and recognition for his tireless work. He always pursued a vast array of interests. He joined several local choirs and participated in numerous local theatre productions, both on stage and off. He also served on the Algonquin Forestry Authority for 10 years.
Despite these successes, if you asked him the most rewarding aspect of all of these endeavours, he would tell you it was a chance to build relationships with the people he participated with in the process. The visits on decks, docks, boats, golf courses and while he was in hospice meant so much to him and his family, and they are forever grateful for the connections maintained throughout his life, including the past few months.
Don and his family are incredibly grateful for the care and support he received by Dr. John Rea, Dr. Deb Harrold, Dr. Rich Trenholm, Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick, Chaplain Russ Buckerfield, Social Worker Lesley Patterson; the wonderful staff at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital (Oncology Clinic, Emergency Department), and Home and Community Care (RN Samantha). His end of life care at Algonquin Grace Hospice was outstanding. Both Don and his family were cared for with compassion, dignity and attention to every detail. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Algonquin Grace Hospice.
A Celebration of Life will be held in 2022 when all in attendance can, as was so perfectly captured by the MacGregor family, “give and receive the hugs we all need”. Details will be available on the Mitchell Funeral Home website, www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Don was above all a father, husband, Poppa, son, brother, cousin and friend. He was a proud Canadian, Algonquin Park ancestor, and Huntsville ambassador. It is now up to us to share in his legacy — try a triathlon, walk on the Hunter’s Bay Trail, go for a paddle, look for ways to get involved in your community, and cherish your family and friends.
Mason, Ronald Arthur, “Ron” age 86, formerly of Collingwood, passed on October 13, 2021, in Ottawa. Ron was a licensed auto mechanic, electrician, teacher, sports coach, and accomplished scuba diver.
Born 14 April 1935 in Brantford, Ontario, to Ronald and Edna Mason. Survived by his sister Joan Prior (Brantford), sons; Jeff (Heather) Mason (of Ottawa ON) and Chris (Riva) Mason (of Abbotsford BC). Grandfather to Ryan, Krista, Cole, and Sean Mason; and nephew, Alan Prior (Angela) and niece Leslie Dawson.
Ron spent his teenage years around cars at his father’s gas station with auto shop allowing him to hone his mechanical skills and foster his fascination with vehicles. He was involved with the Brantford Piston Pushers in their early years. As a teenager he enjoyed a noisy drag down the streets of Brantford with buddies until the authorities told them to make their own track. This was the raw beginning of the Cayuga Speedway.
Ron was an automotive teacher in Huntsville High School for a few decades. He taught for the Peel Region in Ontario and numerous years at the college level with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in disciplines of electrical and mechanical. He was a licensed auto mechanic and electrician in Alberta and Ontario. He ran his own businesses as an electrician and a small auto shop to keep cars on the road. He also contracted himself out to Chrysler Canada as an electronics quality control specialist.
Ron had a full busy life, anchored by his love of physical activity, hockey, downhill skiing, a trek to Everest Base camp, numerous international excursions as a master scuba diver. Anchored also by his dedication to helping youth reach their highest capabilities through his coaching ability. He coached within the High School sports programs, within the Huntsville Minor hockey association and winning at the All-Ontario minor hockey championships.
He was a perfectionist in everything he did and lead by example. When working in his trades, his answer to the question “Why do you do things that way” was “because it has my name on it.”
A funeral service and/or public celebration of life will be held later.
Hitchen, Dorothy Christine (nee Blacow)
March 16, 1937 – October 23, 2021
With great sadness we announce the passing of Dorothy at The Pines in Bracebridge, at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late William Trevor. Loving mother of Anthony (Elinor) & Jane (Candace),
She will be greatly missed by her grandson Trevor.
Survived by her dear sister Winifred, predeceased by sisters Elizabeth and Kathleen, and brother-in-laws Alan, Leonard & Trevor.
Survived by brother-in-law Graham (Ann) and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was born and raised in Denton, England, and pursued a career in nursing. She first trained as a specialized children’s nurse, then branched into caring for seniors and the elderly. Dorothy practiced nursing for 30 years in England.
In 1984 Dorothy and her husband Trevor and their children emigrated to Canada. The family ran Cottage Country Store in Uffington. Upon selling the store Dorothy went on to work at Macaulay Tree House daycare and Seniors for Seniors. She moved to Richmond, BC in 2002 and worked as a live-in caregiver. In 2007, she returned to Ontario and retired in Huntsville. She enjoyed attending services at All Saints Anglican Church and developed many friendships. Dorothy enjoyed writing poetry, travel, and collecting owl knickknacks.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Cross and the compassionate caregivers at The Pines. A special thank you to Rev. Dawn Henderson, Katie & William McCann, and Alice & Stefan Meinecke for all their support.
Born on July 8, 1953 in Huntsville, Ontario to parents Cecil and Verna Reid. After a lengthy illness, Bernadette left us peacefully on October 23, 2021 with her husband by her side. Married 27 years to her best friend and soul mate Wayne Preston residing in Alexandra, Ontario. She enjoyed the simple things in life and she always made someone smile. Bernadette was a dedicated mother first and foremost to son, Jeffery (Tina) Markle and beautiful daughter Roxanne Markle. She especially loved her role of grandma to her grandson Riley Markle. Growing up in Huntsville she was the eldest of 9 siblings, Richard Reid (dec.), Larry (Virginia) Reid, Jennifer (Glen) Groomes, Paul (Ann) Reid, Murray (Maggie) Reid, Michael (Candace) Reid, Judy (Bryan) Smith and Jody (Scott) McIntyre.
A limb has fallen from our family tree that says: grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the good life I lived when I was strong.
Bernie’s favorite saying … “ No Worries Everyone “
Rest In Peace, Heaven has a new angel.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
LOCKWOOD, Doreen Virginia (nee Card)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Muskoka Shores Long Term Care in Gravenhurst in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Frank Lockwood. Mother of Linda (Sandy) Gabris, Gail Lockwood, Ray (Betty) Lockwood and Joan (Dave) Lee. Loving grandmother and great-grandmother to many. Survived by her sister Flossie. Pre-deceased by her brothers Bruce, Oscar and Morley.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 1-2 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2 p.m., followed by cremation. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to your local OSPCA. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Edward Merle Lehman passed away at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Oct 13th, 2022. Beloved husband of Alice Ruth Lehman. Dear father of Debra and her husband Gordon Casperd of Calgary, Stephen and Karen Lehman of Huntsville, Michael Lehman and his wife Johanne Johnson of Edmonton, Lynn and her husband Mark Sutherland of Toronto, father-in-law of Janice Lehman and step father of Michael Friend and David Friend. Loved by grandchildren Drew and his wife Niki Lehman of Barrie, Spencer Lehman of Huntsville, Cole Lehman and his wife Gina of Orillia, Alexandre Lehman of Edmonton, Lauren Lehman of Vancouver, Megan Jones of Barrie, Mitchell Friend of Huntsville and Megan and Mitchell’s mom Patricia Armour of Huntsville.
The family invite friends to a visitation on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Pioneer Memorial United Church, Hillside on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be conducted in 30-minute intervals beginning at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and ending at 7:30 p.m. Please visit Ted’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com to reserve a time to pay your respects or you may call the funeral home at 705-789-8982 to do the same. As spacing is limited at the church, livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend and can be accessed again through Ted’s memorial page. Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario will be strictly adhered to and include facial coverings, social distancing and contact tracing.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Pioneer Memorial United Church or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Born on March 13, 1983 to parents Shaun & Sue (nee Hundt) Billingsley in North Bay, Ontario.
Taken away at a far too young age of 38, Daniel passed away tragically on October 3, 2021. He will be forever missed and thought of every day by his parents and siblings, Mark Billingsley and Brittany Mechefske. Daniel is the loving uncle to Robbie Feeney and Dex Mechefske and beloved grandson to Barbara and Anno Hundt and Doug and Wendy Billingsley. He is predeceased in death by his grandmother Patricia-Hunter Phillips and uncle Rob Billingsley. He will be missed by many extended family members and friends that were fortunate enough to have known him.
In school Daniel won the provincial math award and went on to win other awards in high school including math and business. He was also third in Canada in the science fair (before high school). Daniel would fall in love with everything with a motor by the age of 10 and was building snow machines and at 12 building his first motorbike. Near the same age he discovered the joy of music, winning numerous trophies from sound completions. There are many cars traveling today from Hondas to Lamborghinis and Ferraris that have been touched and improved upon by Daniel. Many special memories were made canoe fishing with his dad and riding his horse with his mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 1-5 p.m. at Davedi Club, 313 Airport Rd, North Bay. A service will be held and followed by speeches at 2:00 p.m. where much laughter and some tears will be shed. Live streaming will be available to those unable to attend the Celebration of Life and can be accessed through Daniel’s memorial page located at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario; facial coverings, social distancing up to 2 metres, contact tracing and proof of vaccine with one piece of identification will be strictly adhered to, to attend. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 240 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1W5, https://rmhctoronto.ca/ Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Ford, Katharine Dorothy (nee Kern), March 29, 1930 to October 5, 2021.
In the early hours of October 5th, 2021 in her 92nd year, Katharine passed away peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her home in Hidden Valley, Huntsville Ontario. Daughter of the late Thomas John Kern (Jack) and Jerrine Kern (Ferris). Katharine was the loving and devoted mother to Brian Douglas (Cynthia), David Alan and Gail Elizabeth; proud and beloved Grandma of Ryan Ford (Dana), Saxon Guptill, Kyle Ford, Hailey Guptill and Megan Ford; and Great Grandma to Cole and Clayton Ford (sons of Kyle).
Katharine was predeceased by her siblings and their spouses, brother John Ferris Kern (Joan), twin sister Barbara Mann (Larry). Predeceased by J. Eric Ford (divorced) Katharine enjoyed the love and support from Alan Ford (deceased) (Nancy), Ron Ford (Faye) and Lynn Berdekles (Ted). Katharine will be remembered as loving Aunt to all her nieces and nephews.
Katharine will be lovingly remembered for her endless commitment to serving all her communities with graciousness, generosity and joy. After graduating from Lawrence Park Collegiate and then Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in the class of 1952 she stayed on at Wellesley Hospital for two years before heading to England and Europe to travel with classmates. In London Katharine stayed on to study and work at the renowned Neurological Institute, Queen’s Square. Returning to Toronto in 1956, Katharine joined the nursing staff at Toronto General Hospital’s general and neurological units. During this time she met J. Eric Ford and left nursing in 1958 to start a family.
Keeping her close ties to nursing, Katharine joined the Wellesley Hospital Alumni and was active for many years in several annual fundraising activities. As her young family grew she extended her volunteering to include Sunnybrook Hospital’s Veterans Centre, the Public School PTA, Meals on Wheels, and fundraising committees for Crescent School and Havergal College. While serving on these committees she volunteered for Cubs and Brownies, school team support, even sewing costumes for school plays.
In 1975, Katharine began University part time at York University’s Glendon College and earned a BA in Political and Social Science while the volunteering continued. She volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society in Adoption Disclosures and joined the board of directors from 1982 to 1989. She completed her service to Children’s Aid in Adoption Disclosures until retirement in 1995.
One of Katharine’s deepest commitments was to the Love and Service of God through the Anglican Church. Beginning in her youth, Katharine was active volunteering in Sunday School at St Clements Church. When her young family began regular attendance at St Patrick’s Church, Katharine joined the Ladies Guild and helped lead dances, concerts, yard sales and Church Bazaars for many years. When she moved to Ajax, Katharine joined Holy Trinity Anglican Church and worked tirelessly on the campaign to rebuild the aging building. In 2004, Katharine decided to make the family ski chalet in Hidden Valley her permanent home and joined All Saints Church in Huntsville. She was highly active at All Saints participating in fundraising, Church business affairs, and hours of charitable work from knitting countless sweaters for Global Warmth to collecting as many used warm winter garments as she could for the Mission to Seafarers – Port of Thunder Bay. Another of her favourite activities was to provide rides for non-driving parishioners to Church, doctors appointments, hairdressers and even Christmas shopping. During much of this time she volunteered as a Steward to coordinate the collection and counting of the weekly offering.
In addition to Katharine’s commitment to Church, charity and community service, she also found time to enjoy the many activities that she loved. From a young age she loved camping, canoeing, swimming, tennis, skiing, traveling, sewing, knitting and embroidery and had a special love for all the family dogs – often offering to look after her children’s pets for extended periods.
While Katharine’s community presence was extensive, her most heartfelt devotion was to her family and friends – especially her children. As a role model, if any friend, family member, neighbour or sometimes even strangers were in need, there was only one possible answer – “What can I do to help?” As a mother, Katharine’s home was a favourite place for kids to gather and play, shoot hoops, or just hang out – and there were always cold drinks and snacks. Many of the children’s ski friends recall numerous times when there were suddenly 4 or more extra mouths welcomed at the lunch table or nights when extra beds were needed. Katharine was not only welcoming to the kids’ friends, she also supported her children through countless school and extracurricular activities including art lessons, sports, swimming, cubs and brownies, all while passing on her sound values.
Katharine leaves us with so many sentimental memories and has been an inspiration and support throughout all her communities in all aspects of her life, her inspiration and love live on.
In keeping with Katharine’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Visitation will be held in increments of 30 minutes. We ask that you please RSVP on Katharine’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions; facial coverings, contact tracing and distancing of 2 metres will be strictly adhered to. A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church in Huntsville. The funeral service will be live streamed; again, we ask that you visit Katharine’s memorial page to access this event. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.
It is with heavy hearts the family of Una “Ginger” Gareau announce her passing on September 20th, 2021, at the age of 81. Una was the cherished daughter of the late Maud and Rene Gareau. Beloved sister of Marjorie (Blake predeceased) Thibault, Vivian (George “Chum” predeceased) Lane, and brother Blaine (Elaine) Gareau. Predeceased by her brother Gary. Loving Aunt to Tammie, Myles (Linda predeceased), Tim (Stacey), Allan (Evelyn), Scott (Jody), Melanie (Peter), and Aaron (Julie). She will be greatly missed by daughter Heather, granddaughter Stephanie and great grandchildren Aspen, Maddox and Bentley. She will be sadly missed by her great nieces and nephews Paul (Jennifer), Natalie (Dave), Todd (predeceased), Dylan, Mackenzie, Benjamin, Joshua, Mia, Trent, and great-great nieces and nephews Lee, Alison, and Jack; as well as her many cousins, “Deerhurst family” and friends. Her selflessness, generosity, kindness and strength were inspiring and admirable to everyone she touched. She volunteered in her local community helping out at the local animal shelter by walking dogs, raising money and donating. She was always the first to welcome new neighbours in her local neighborhood of the Huntsville area where she lived and offered to help show them around or look after their pets while away. Those of you who knew Una know she had a passion for life and never slowed down. She was the longest-serving staff member at the Deerhurst Resort retiring not that long ago and they have shared their stories and antics of this wonderful character. A life lived to the fullest and such a vibrant lady!
A Celebration of her Life is to be held on October 16th, 2021 between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion at 21 Veterans Way in Huntsville. Due to Covid-19 health restrictions, attendees must provide proof of Covid-19 double dose vaccination and photo ID prior to entering the facility. Capacity is limited to 100 people at any one time. Social distancing, masks and all other public health guidelines will also apply.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Beckford) Gowland who predeceased Harley on September 18, 2015. Harley was born on September 27, 1928 in Brampton, Ontario to parents George & Estelle (nee Nickson) Gowland. He is the loving father of son, Glenn (Joan) Gowland and daughters Susan Gowland and the late Trudy Fox. Proud grandfather of Fraser (Ashley) Gowland, Colleen (Chris) Bennett, Julie (Larry) Peyton, Cindy (John) McFadyen, Robyn MacDonald, and Michael MacDonald. Great-grandfather of 8 and great-great-grandfather of 2. Dear brother of Rosalyn (Barry) Cooper. Predeceased by his siblings Dawn, Ralph, Gary, Glenn, Dean. Harley will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In keeping with Harley’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. As an expression of sympathy memorial donation can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
John Stuart Park
(1940 – 2021)
On Saturday September 25, in hospital, John Stuart Park passed away from complications of congestive heart failure, after 82 years of a good life. Survived by his beloved life partner and wife Sheila Marguerite Givens and his sister Alison Ann Park Black. Also survived by cousin Peter Sampson and cousins in Scotland, England and Canada. Predeceased by his parents Jessie Marie (Lowther) from Ingersoll and William Patterson Park born in Scotland and emigrating to Canada as a young man.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, John graduated from Ryerson University in metallurgical technology. For most of his career he worked as a technical consultant for Ford Motor Company in Windsor & General Motors in London Ontario. In later years he also provided young driver training in Muskoka.
As a teenager John worked in the summers at Billie Bear Lodge in Muskoka, and fell in love with the area. This led him to eventually buying a log cabin on Dotty Lake Huntsville just north of Billie Bear. He spent his weekends there while working in London, and eventually retired to live there for many good years. When maintaining the property became too difficult, he moved to their lovely home in Settler’s Ridge in Huntsville.
John loved nature and boating, enjoying all that Muskoka had to offer, swimming off his dock, canoeing Dotty Lake as well as lakes in Algonquin Park. He was an avid cross-country skier for many years, often skiing down frozen lakes and roads in the area. John also loved collecting antiques, barbequing, and spending time with good friends.
For many years he was a member of the Lake of Bays fire department at the Interlaken Station, serving as a community member and assisting with fighting house and forest fires in that area of Muskoka.
John’s interest in scuba diving led him to become an ACUC certified scuba diver, after taking many courses. He especially enjoyed scuba diving in places like Cozumel and Cayman Islands. John and Sheila usually took winter vacations down south in the sun, to places like the Bahamas, Aruba, Cuba, and Mexico.
As a member of the Huntsville Pistol Club, he enjoyed target shooting, as well as occasional grouse and turkey hunting.
Gregarious and big-hearted, John enjoyed socializing and making friends. He loved good food, especially seafood, steak and desserts. He was a good dancer, and an avid reader. One of his hobbies was ham radio.
He treasured the company of his beloved dog Boo, who is forever his companion in spirit.
In his later years, he and his wife Sheila were active birders, making holiday trips to Point Pelee and Long Point bird migration paths.
Over the many years, John was an active member of the St. Paul’s Pioneer Anglican Church, involved as a parishioner and other roles and fellowship. Although the church has been moved, he will be interred in the St. Paul’s Anglican cemetery.
After stages of diabetes and heart failure, his health deteriorated to the point of not being able to be active, other than trips to their treasured cottage near Powassan from time to time. He died of complications of congestive heart failure on September 25.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in 30 minute increments beginning at 11:00 a.m until time of service in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Please RSVP on John’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, social distancing of 2 meters, fascial covering and contact tracing will be strictley adhered to.
April 11th, 1930 – September 23rd, 2021
On September 23rd, 2021, Mathilde Stoeger passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 91 years of age. She was the wife of Leo Stoeger and the sister of Marianne Feuge and Ursula Kuhn. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Monika Stoeger and her granddaughters Madeleine and Anneliese Stoeger.
Born in Trier Germany, Mathilde was a childhood World War II survivor who worked hard all of her life. In her early adulthood, she worked as an international telephone operator and later as a secretary in Toronto. In 1969, Mathilda and her husband Leo had their daughter Monika. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Leo and Mathilda moved to their cottage on 101 acres of Kearney Wilderness and built it into their family home.
Mathilde was close to nature and greatly enjoyed outdoor activities such as alpine skiing, horseback riding and camping. She was athletic and particularly talented in track sprinting and running long-jump. The Olympic Champion Jesse Owens was someone who inspired her throughout her life. Mathilde was also a fierce protector of wildlife. She shared a special bond with the moose, racoons, birds, foxes and rabbits living on her property. She also kept a wonderful garden full of the most delicious organic vegetables you could ever eat. Occasionally, Mathilda could be seen driving in her 1974 red Volkswagen Beetle.
Mathilde was a caring mother and grandmother. She was incredibly intuitive and wise. She could always be counted on to give sound advice. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mathilde’s name to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or to Hospice Huntsville. A service to celebrate Mathilda’s beautiful life will be held on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 3:00 pm at St-Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Kearney where friends and family are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by visiting Mathilde’s memorial Page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In his 98th year, passed away peacefully at Fairvern Care Home in Huntsville, Ontario on Monday, September 20, 2021. Philip is survived by his wife Madeline “Joyce” (nee Healey), loving wife of nearly 68 years. Father of Jean (Ivars), Keith (Lee), Dalton Mark, Bruce, Kathryn (Brian) and James (Susi). Grandfather of Christian, Jesse, Eva, Erin, Tyler, Sean, Gabriel, Meghan, Joel, Lexi, Pam, Bailey and Dylan. Great-grandfather of Vizma, Levon, Adreianna, Blake, Bennet, Liam, Quinn, Desiree, Willow, Arianna, Hunter and William. Philip was predeceased by brothers George and Jack and is survived by sister Connie Stephenson.
Philip was the eldest son of Dalton and Violet (nee Butcher) Rumney, he was born on the family farm in Vasey, Ontario. Philip married Joyce in 1953, raising their 6 children in Victoria Square, Ontario in a house he built on the family dairy farm. Philip worked as a carpenter/cabinet maker, passing his skills on to his sons who have taken up his love of building and construction. His daughters have appreciated his back to basic approach to life, always trying to fix or mend and never cast aside. Philip was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the Air Force as a bomb aimer/bombardier for 4 years. Philip spent most of his summer months since birth at his second home in Port Sydney. He retired to Huntsville in January 2013. Philip was a quiet, introspective man. If he wasn’t playing scrabble or watching Jeopardy, he was happiest if he had a book or 2 by his side along with a cup of black coffee and a pair of Joyce’s hand knit socks. He will be greatly missed but we are all thankful for the time we spent with him.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 11:30 a.m. until time of the memorial service in the funeral home chapel at 12:30 p.m. For those wishing to attend the visitation or memorial service we ask that you contact Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time or seat. Visitation will be held in half hour increments beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The memorial service will be live streamed and can be accessed through Mr. Rumney’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, distancing of 2 meters, fascial coverings and contact tracing will be adhered to.
Sheila Byrnes Prince
On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Leawood, Kansas, Sheila Byrnes Prince, loving and adored mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family. She was 90 years old.
Sheila was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on April 4, 1931 to Helen Higgins Byrnes and John T. Byrnes. Sheila grew up in Hamilton while spending summers at her favorite place in the world – Lake of Bays in Muskoka, Ontario.
Sheila also spent many summers as a camper and counsellor plying the beautiful northern lakes in her canoe at her beloved Camp Onawa in Muskoka. Sheila attended Dunbarton College in Washington, D.C. where she met Carroll T. Prince, Jr. at neighboring Georgetown University. They married in 1951 in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. During the first 10 years of marriage, they lived in Chevy Chase, Md., where children Carla (1952), Carroll III (1954) and Jean (1958) were born. The family moved to Kingston, N.Y., when Sheila’s husband joined IBM’s legal department in 1960. Sheila spent the next 14 years in Kingston, with Terry being born in 1962 and Connie in 1964.
While being a full-time mother of five and homemaker, Sheila worked part-time at Welcome Wagon, earning the wherewithal to take a family vacation to Ireland, England, France and Switzerland in the summer of 1970.
In 1974, the family relocated to Chappaqua, N.Y., where Sheila sold real estate throughout Westchester County, NY, earning the Million Dollar Sales Award, among other accolades.
In 1983, Sheila and the family moved back to the Washington, DC area where she continued to sell real estate in the Great Falls, VA area. After her husband’s retirement in 1989, Sheila and Carroll spent time in North Carolina and Virginia.
After her husband’s death in 2000 (after nearly 50 years of marriage), Sheila relocated to Leawood, KS to be with daughter Connie and her wonderful grandchildren. Sheila volunteered her time the local community, which included teaching Religious Education at the Catholic parish of St. Michael the Archangel.
Sheila loved to travel and explore the world (Paris was her favorite city!). She travelled extensively through Europe, as well as Australia and Asia.
Sheila loved to write, which led her to authoring The Lake of Bays Murders, the first printing of which completely sold out. Plus, Sheila was a master Bridge player and always willing to take on all challengers for a good game of Boggle.
But above all else (except for family and friends), Sheila treasured Lake of Bays. The one constant in her long and wonderful life was Lake of Bays – her absolute favorite place in the world. For 90 consecutive years, she never missed spending at least part of a summer on Lake of Bays.
Sheila “adored” – her word – all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was a devout Catholic with unwavering faith. She never failed to appreciate all of the beauty and majesty of God’s earth.
In the notes about her obituary that she left behind, Sheila said, “I thank God for my rich and full life.”
Sheila is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and her beloved nieces and nephews. And Sheila treasured all of the wonderful friends she had throughout her life.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, 2627 Muskoka District Road 117, Baysville, Ontario on Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m., to be followed by a private burial at the Baysville Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sheila’s name to St. Jude Research Hospital.
Celebration of life for Ronald Earl Martin
July 21, 1944 – December 22, 2019
A celebration of life will be held for Ronald Earl Martin on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 21 Veterans Way, Huntsville, Ontario.
Please join us to celebrate the life of a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A light luncheon will be served.
Due to government regulations, proof of double vaccinations and photo ID will be required.
If you are unable to attend, feel free to contact the family. We would appreciate hearing from you.
Betty Fulton, daughter of Bruce and Frances (née Capell) Hunter, passed away peacefully at Heatherwood Retirement Residence with family at her bedside on April 26 in her 89th year. Betty was born in St. Catharines and raised on her parents’ farm on Linwell Road, attending Maplewood Elementary School and St. Catharines Collegiate.
Betty is predeceased by her husband Chesley and son Larry. She will be greatly missed by her four surviving children. Clyde (Judith) Fulton, Brian (Lisa Mucciante) Fulton, Donna White (Brian), Scott (Cindy Fallon) Fulton, Daughter-In-Law Donna Fulton and their chosen Bequian Canadian son Amos and his wife Alice and children. Also mourning her passing are grandchildren Lisa (Ryan) Pepperall, David (Lani Paterson) Fulton, Craig and Kim Fulton, Trish (Shane Cowlishaw) Merz, Allison Merz, Michael (Laura Sharkley) Fulton, Stephen (Chelsea) Fulton and their chosen Bequian granddaughter Gaynor Kydd. Her six great grandchildren Ethan and Alexa Pepperall, Lucas and Alexander Fulton and Sebastian and Elijah Cowlishaw Merz will miss her dearly.
Betty married Chesley on August 26, 1950 and they were blessed with five children. Chesley opened his own business in 1969 and Betty supported her husband by handling the office functions at Fulton Manufacturing Ltd. The business was sold to their son Larry in 1988 and upon retirement they moved to Huntsville. It was there that they met Ken and Karen Hewitt who became good friends and their Huntsville family. They made many friends in the Huntsville community including members of All Saints Church and Parish of the Good Shepherd, Emsdale. In early 2016, due to Chesley’s health, they moved back to St. Catharines to be closer to family. Betty had a generous heart and found joy in helping others. She enjoyed playing bridge with her fellow Heatherwood residents and participating in social activities. Betty was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, where she felt most at home. She loved the atmosphere provided by the church and Reverend Martha Tatarnic, for whom she had endless admiration.
A private memorial service will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church by invitation only due to current Covid-19 restrictions. A livestream of the service will be available on the Hulse & English website. A private burial will take place at Victoria Lawn Cemetery.
Long-time Dwight summer resident Nancy Vichert died Saturday, September 4th.
Nancy first visited Dwight in the 1950s and bought the Barnaby cottage by the Stewart church in 1970.
A high-school English teacher most of her life, Nancy taught in Hamilton, Dundas, and Scarborough.
Nancy was happiest in Dwight, and would spend as much of the season as she could at Barnaby. Many times teaching summer school she would wake up early and drive to Newmarket or Thornhill for class Monday morning.
She is survived by her three children, who grew up spending part of the year in Dwight and will continue to do so.
Nancy was 88.
It is with deep sorrow and much love that the family of George Robert McCormick announce his tragic and unexpected passing on September 4, 2021. George was in his 61st year.
He will be lovingly missed by Cindy, his wife of 30 years and his 3 sons Travis (Sarah), Brad and Darryl, his sister Karen (Brian) and his Mother-in-Law Gail Archibald. He is pre-deceased by his parents Christian and John McCormick and his Father-in-Law Bill Archibald. He will also be greatly missed by his 3 grandchildren Johnathan, William and Gracie.
He was a mentor to many. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, ATVing, FORD trucks, Coke not Pepsi and most importantly he loved his “Happy Place” up north. He also left behind a mountain of tools to his 3 sons the identification of which is yet to be determined.
His message to all would be: One of these Nights you will be able to embrace that Peaceful Easy Feeling, there will be no Wasted Time as in the Long Run you all have had the Best of My Love.
There will not be a service as George “hated” funerals but we encourage you to write a note of farewell or share a story of George. Donations may be made to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters in his memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Christopher Thomas Vernon
October 30, 1956-August 29, 2021
Christopher Thomas Vernon passed away on August 29th, 2021 at the age of 64 in his beloved Lake of Bays cottage. Chris is survived by his beautiful wife Dianne. He was a proud Grampa to Adelaide, father to Jessica, Sarah and Taylor, and brother to Peter. Chris was predeceased by parents Tom and Sally and brother Timothy.
A fierce Canadian who loved the Florida sun and the opportunity to play golf year-round,
Chris was a man full of funny stories and endless knowledge. He was a life-long lover of music and avid concert-goer. He relished spending time in nature and had a real love of animals, especially his cherished French bull dogs, Remy and Macie.
Chris will be deeply missed and thought of anytime classic rock is played, Kraft Dinner is made, or when looking out at the lake.
A private memorial will be held for close family and friends. If so desired, donations may be made in Chris’s memory to the Princess Margaret Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
June 23, 1942 – August 28, 2021
Beautiful Donna Janet Stephens (nee Scott) passed away peacefully on August 28th 2021 at the age of 79. She was the beloved wife of Barry for 56 years and is survived by her children Leanne Damas (Alex) and Keri Burgess (Jordan), all of Ottawa. Fondly remembered by her four grandchildren, Talia and Jackson Damas & Owen and Rhys Burgess. Loving sister of Lynda MacMahon (David) of Mexico. Predeceased by her parents Charles and Norma of Leaside.
Donna attended Northlea Public School and Leaside High School. She earned her BA and MA in psychology from the University of Toronto, after which she worked as a school psychologist for the Toronto Board of Education. She continued her love of learning by earning a diploma as a Library and Information Technician when her children were teenagers.
Donna spent many years taking Lea and Keri to swimming practices both morning and afternoon. She always had a dog and loved to walk. As decades-long subscribers to Toronto theatre, Donna and Barry enjoyed many excellent productions. In her senior years, she developed a passion for Tai Chi. Travel was always important to Donna. She enjoyed trips all over the world with Barry, family and friends, learning extensively about each place she visited. Some of her favourites were Europe (on a number of occasions), South Africa and Vietnam. After each trip she created a history and photo album to help remember the special time.
Retirement at the cottage on Lake of Bays allowed for a true gathering place. It was the perfect location for family holidays in all seasons. She treated her family and friends to wonderful meals, setting the bar very high. “It’s not as good as Grandma’s” is a frequent refrain. Reading, particularly non-fiction, correcting our grammar and gardening remained favourite activities. Donna had a special knack for picking the perfect card for every occasion.
A celebration of Donna’s life will follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
WEST, John Hamilton
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Sturgeon) for 61 years. Loving father of David (Susan) and Debbie (Jeff). Proud grandfather of Mark, Luke, Brittany and Cameron.
John retired from Eaton’s after 43 years of exceptional service and spent the next 28 years enjoying woodworking, hunting and fishing. His years at the Little Beaver Hunting Camp at Crown Lake to his fishing trips in Temagami and Kipiwa were stories and memories he treasured. He loved playing and watching lacrosse and was so proud that the tradition was carried on by his son and four grandchildren. When Chaffey Fire Station #2 was opened and looking for volunteers, he began another chapter in his life. Throughout the many years of service he formed lifelong friendships.
Special thanks to Dr. Trenholm, Huntsville Closing the Gap Healthcare, Hospital East Wing staff and Algonquin Grace for their dedicated care to John.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation being held at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. In keeping with Step 3 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, visitation will be held in 30-minute increments starting at 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and ending at 7:30. Please call the funeral home, 705-789-8982, to schedule a time for the visitation and funeral service. For those unable to attend the funeral service, live streaming will be available which can be located on John’s memorial page on Billingsley Funeral Home web site. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
June 6, 1925 to August 24, 2021
Ritsu Clark (nee Kameda) passed away peacefully on August 24 at Rogers Cove retirement residence in Huntsville, Ontario. She was predeceased by husband Don in 2017. She will be fondly remembered by her 7 children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ritsuko was born in Port Essington, British Columbia, to Hichisaburo and Shimo Kameda. After the Japanese evacuation, she moved east and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 1949. After her marriage in 1951 to Don Clark, they moved to Texas, where Don was an Episcopal minister at a number of churches. They returned to Canada in 1965 and served at Anglican churches in southern Ontario and Fort McMurray. In 1991 they retired to Bella Lake near Huntsville, where they had had a summer home since 1967. In 1999 they moved to a condo in town. Ritsu’s last move was to nearby Rogers Cove, where she spent the last four years of her life surrounded by new friends. In her memoirs, written at age 80, she recalled the 17 homes she had known since leaving B.C.!
Ritsu had many interests and activities throughout her years, as wife, mother to seven children, and devout Christian. She was always involved in church and parish activities, taking on roles such as organist, choir director, Sunday school teacher and parish secretary. As the children grew older, she had more time for herself, to travel and do gardening, drawing, painting, pottery and flower arranging. In her senior years, she especially enjoyed get-togethers with family at Bella Lake, watching the visiting grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow older.
The family is grateful to the staff of Rogers Cove for the patience and loving care shown to Ritsu in her final months, and particularly thanks son Thomas, Angie and Heather for their care and compassion in her final hours.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service to honour and celebrate Ritsu’s life will take place at 2 pm on Friday, September 10 at Grassmere Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Ritsu’s memory to the Memorial Fund at All Saints’ Church or to the charity of your choice.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Chais Clowater. He leaves behind his precious son, Isaac. Predeceased by his brother and best friend Troy McIntosh. Dearly missed by his stepsisters, Brandi MacTavish and Tiffany Quinn. Beloved son of Robin and Carl Scriven. Remembered by Isaac’s mom, Miranda Thorton, and he will be missed by Nora Carnegie and Larry Thorton, Billie Joe Thorton and all our extended families and friends.
Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice through gofundme.com would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be shared through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
HUMPHREYS-HICKS, Barbara Hilda
October 14th,1929 to August 20, 2021
We are celebrating the life of Barbara Humphreys-Hicks. She passed into the next life surrounded by family and close friends who loved and admired her.
Barbara lived a happy full life and still controlled her final moments. We as her flock are so very proud of her good humour and dignity right to the very end.
Barbara was married 57 years to Robert Humphreys (Bob), they were a loving devoted couple to whom she is excited to see again. She was also predeceased by her second husband Harold Hicks who gave her five happy years.
She was proud of her children, son Martin and his wife Karen and her daughter Madeline. She loved her five grandchildren Paul (Debbie), Jason, Jeanette (Bob), Hillary (Vache) and Jeffrey (Robyn), and her seven great grandchildren Jacob, Dylan, Catherine, Skylar, Riley, Dillan and Lyall.
Many many thanks to Kimberly at Care Partners for her gentle kindness to our mother and to Dr. Alison Small who supported and guided our family through mom’s death. We are grateful.
There is a gathering at home August 22nd from 2-4pm, remembrances will be shared at 2:30pm
With broken hearts, we announce that our beloved son, brother and best friend Kaedin Daniel Peter Campbell passed away suddenly at his home in Huntsville, on August 9, 2021, just 2 weeks before his 21st birthday. Those who knew Kaedin, knew he lived for the moment, made everyone laugh with his adventurous spirit, willingness to try anything and lived life to the fullest every single day! He never took a moment for granted and lived his life to his wildest dreams. Kaedin deeply loved his family and friends and would go out of his way to make sure everyone was smiling. Kaedin’s big laugh and beautiful smile will be sadly missed everyday by all who loved him especially his parents, Dan and Jen, sister Tegan, brother Gabriel and his huge Campbell, Crewson and Hayes Families. Kado lived an active life riding and racing motocross, swimming at the green, hiking, and doing back flips off every ledge possible! We know Kaedin is still smiling that big, beautiful smile above us as he reunites with family and friends in heaven!
Viewing will be held at Billingsley Funeral home on Friday August 20 from 3-5pm followed by a celebration of his wild, beautiful, crazy life from 5-9pm at Spiller Family Lakeside Property. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
LINGER, Erica Rosita (nee Gebhardt)
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Linger who predeceased Erica on February 15, 2006. Born in Germany on April 22, 1929 to parents George and Rosita Gebhardt and would later immigrate to Canada. Erica married Harvey on June 6, 1954 and would celebrate 51 years of marriage before Harvey’s passing. She is the loving mother of George and his wife Colleen and her late son John. Grandmother of TJ (Kirsten), Tyler (Katie) and Kristina; great-grandmother of Gabriel, Violet, Lincoln, Alyssa, Brianna, Alexis and Skylar. She is survived by her brothers Ludwig and Sebastian and sisters Lisa and Wilma. Predeceased by siblings, Josef, Robert, Hans and Marie. Erica will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family near and far.
Erica lived a full life as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker and also worked in the manufacturing industry. She was a wonderful cook and baker and would hold many family gatherings when given the opportunity. Gardening was a passion as was volunteering with the United Church Ladies Auxiliary and the Lions Club. It was her grandchildren and great-children that gave her the most joy and will be dearly missed by each of them.
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. A public service to remember Erica will be held at the Windermere United Church at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
With heavy hearts and lowered heads we announce the sudden passing on August 3rd, 2021 of our beloved mother, sister, daughter and friend, Marna Hunter (Nickason). Beloved mother of Troy and Wade. Proud grandmother of Ethan, Tristan, Brayden, Mason, Stevie-Ray, Avery, Waylon and Nolan. Loving sister to Marie (Brown), Tim Nickason (Sharon), Terry Nickason (Betty) and Charlene Ketch (Rob). Pre-deceased by her father Earl (Nickason) and mother Grace (Young), sisters Carol (Markle) and Gayle (Hall) and grandson Tyson (Hunter). Loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
My memories of you
will linger on long after
your footprints in the sand
There will be a celebration of Marna’s life at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville on Saturday, August 28th, from 1-3pm. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations made to Fairvern Nursing Home or Hospice Huntsville would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital in her 89th year after a long battle with cancer with her daughter Tammy and her dog Abby by her bedside. Beloved wife of the late Fergus Joseph Miller. Loving and devoted Mother of Tammy Miller. Born on April 2, 1932 in Orillia to Robert and Helen Mills (deceased). Younger sister to Marion Mills (deceased). Ruth worked in the accounts department at OSMH until she married in 1955 and moved with her husband to Huntsville Ontario where they started a furniture business. Ruth worked in the accounts department for Ontario Hydro until she gave birth to her daughter Tammy. After which she then worked with her husband in various local businesses until he retired. She then went back to work for Huntsville Hydro until she retired. Ruth enjoyed travelling with her best friend Lois Thompson to many exotic locations. She shared a passion for animals and birds and was famous for her special chilli sauce and raspberry pies. After the passing of her husband in 2016 Ruth returned to her parents house in Washago where she loved sitting on the back porch watching the Green River and feeding the birds. After cremation, Ruth will be laid to rest in the Saint Georges Lake Union Cemetery with her husband, mother, father and sister. If desired, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the OSPCA or any animal rescue association and are greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia (705) 326-3595.
Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.CarsonFuneralHomes.com
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Edwin Charles Houser on August 2nd, 2021 at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (Huntsville) with loved ones at his side.
Edwin will be deeply missed by his sisters Marion (Bill) Nickalls and Angela (Paul) Graves. Uncle Ed was a loved uncle to LeeAnne, Lori, Karen, Grant and Lisa and a special great-uncle to Brendan, Megan, Tanner, Jack, Tyler, Brayden, Lexie and Brooke. He will also be remembered by his extended family, many cousins and friends.
Ed was born in Huntsville on September 12th, 1941. He attended school in Haileybury and Huntsville. While attending Huntsville High School, Edwin worked at Boyd’s Grocery Store. He later worked as an orderly at the Huntsville Hospital and was taught to operate the x-ray machine.
Edwin continued his career in various departments in hospitals in Toronto and Montreal.
Although Edwin enjoyed his life in the big cities, his return to Huntsville brought him joy as he was surrounded by his extended family. Ed lived at the Legion Manor and then moved to Muskoka Landing in 2015. Many thanks to the staff at Muskoka Landing for their care and support over the years. Edwin’s family appreciated the excellent care and compassion received from the staff at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (Huntsville) during this difficult time.
A private family service will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home.
As Edwin’s career revolved around helping others in various hospital settings, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The day has come for us to say “see you later.”
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Super Hero, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew. Blaine David Maw at the age of 57 left us far too soon in the arms of his girls on July 26, 2021. After the most courageous 8 year battle against his cancer. Blaine was always quick to get started with any and every type of ammunition to fight his cancer. He wasn’t a quitter and had such a strength and sense of humour which got us through the toughest times. He had his boxing gloves on until the end. Blaine was born in Huntsville to the late Sam and Hilda Maw. He was the 2nd youngest of 11 children. Blaine leaves behind the love of his life and wife Kathy of 30 years (September). His pride and joy, daughter Kiley, soon to be son-in-law Ryan Harris, and his best buddy Bentley.
Siblings Linda Smith (predeceased), Sandy (Julien) Pelletier, Gary (Carol) Maw, Heather (Doug) Spiers, Darlene (Don) Rogers, Darrell (Rhonda) Maw, Bonnie (Rick) Jylha, Cheryl (John) Ranger, Leon (Lauretta) Maw, Lori (Mike) Welsh.
In-laws Isabel (Don) Watson, Robert (Sharon, predeceased) Dickson, Roxanne Vollans, Dan Dickson (Ashley), Shane Watson (Jen), Candace (Matt) Johnson and Angela Watson. A huge number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews-too many to name. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Blaine loved life, he was one of the most dedicated and loyal people we have ever known. Blaine took great pride and joy in his long career with the Town, working in many departments. But caring for the cemeteries and helping many families during the most difficult times was closest to his heart. He was a wealth of information, if ever you were trying to find a loved one in the cemetery. He always worked hard and perfected anything he put his mind to.
He was our life of the party always and made sure he was the last to leave. There were many visits over the years at our home where Blaine loved to have a beer and entertain us all with his crazy stories and antics.
We are forever grateful for the love and support we have received from family and friends throughout this journey and for an amazing medical team. A huge thank you to the “chemo” girls who were like extended family, Dr. Jindal, Dr. Small, Dr. Jennifer Macmillan, the palliative team, Dr. Erven, Dr. Stewart, Dr. NG, Dr. Sahgal, Meghan our homecare nurse, and so many more. You allowed us to do things our way and always gave the very best care and advice. Blaine loved the time he spent with each and everyone of you during some of the most difficult times in our lives. We are forever grateful for you Blaine Maw, you have left a huge hole in our hearts. We will forever miss you but never forget.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital (chemo unit) or Hospice Huntsville.
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It is with great sadness the family announce the passing of Eric Bionda on July 23, 2021 at the Algonquin Nursing Home in Mattawa, Ontario. He was the son of Norma Bionda (deceased 1998) and brother to Ted (Susan), uncle to Stephanie, Paul (Laura), and great-uncle to Avery Bionda.
Eric was raised by St. Clair and Mary Wright (deceased) along with Jim (Janine) Wright, Brenda (Verdie – deceased) Sawyer, Betty (Michael – deceased) Skien, Jean (Ron – deceased) Clarke, Karen (Ron) Wright and Willie along with many nieces and nephews.
Eric attended All Saints Anglican Church where he was an alter boy and sang in the church choir. He also showed off his great singing voice at the Nursing Home by entertaining the residents. He was employed at the Empire Hotel as a Bell Hop. Eric was also an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs and well known for his knowledge of all statistics in sports. He was a Boy Scout and helped out with the Huntsville Hawks Lacrosse Teams.
In Lieu of flowers donations to the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary or the Algonquin Nursing Home, 217 Turcotte Park Road, P.O. Box 70, Mattawa, Ontario P0H 1V0
Sean David Bagshaw, (1979-2021), 42, passed away suddenly from an unexpected cardiac event in his home July 19, 2021 in Cobourg, Ontario.
Sean was born in Huntsville, Ontario to Jean and Ross. Growing up, he spent most of his time with family and two best friends Ryan and Andrew, outside, on the lake, and in and around hockey rinks. In 1998 Sean attended Queen’s University to become a civil engineer where he met Jodi and a group of lifelong buddies. In 2006, Sean and Jodi got married and began their family.
Sean will be remembered for his kind and generous nature, his infectious smile, his love of the outdoors and all things sports. His love of the lake and sailing was matched only by his hatred of dock spiders. Sean was always willing to lend a hand and would otherwise be tinkering in his workshop – fixing, building and chopping anything that needed to be fixed, built or chopped. For instance, he just finished building a stunning cedar strip canoe from wood harvested off his property. He loved spending time with his friends, family and especially his children, and was always ready for the next adventure.
Sean will be remembered by his children Ben, Maddy & Andrew, wife Jodi, mother Jean, father Ross, sister Cindy, grandma Lillian, Aunt Ruth, Uncle Jim and family. He will also be remembered by his in-laws Paul & Cathy Hazell, their daughters Megan, Martha & Emily, sons-in-law Anil, Adam & Andrew, and his nieces and nephews, Rose, Foster, and India.
Sean’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the attending paramedics, firefighters and police.
A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Northumberland Nemesis Lacrosse, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, or Huntsville Minor Hockey Association, PO Box 5044, Huntsville, ON, P1H 1A0.
Murray Alfred Cole
Passed away peacefully on July 12, 2021. Murray was born on July 16, 1954 in Huntsville to parents James and Helen (nee Robinson) Cole.
Murray will be sadly missed. He was a loving brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend. If Murray touched your life you knew and will agree he will be a hard person to forget. Murray’s life story was about a man that pushed past boundaries and limits. He was intelligent, resourceful and creative in his approach in life. He was a lineman, a hunter, a fisherman, a racer, a legion member, a trail blazer and a character. As a big brother, I will always love him and miss his big personality, his words of wisdom, his laughter and his bright blue eyes.
We will have a celebration of life in the early fall of 2021 and we invite anyone that would like to share their Murray stories with us by sending them to the tribute wall. I will print these memories and create a book dedicated to “Murray’s Life Journey”. This book will be available for his celebration of life, pictures are also welcome, so please send your story’s and pictures and help me create his legacy book. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
McLaughlin, Valerie Phyllis (nee Green)
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Valerie McLaughlin at home In Huntsville on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Valerie was born on July 13, 1955 in Huntsville to Ivan & Shirley Green. She grew up in a family of 10 brothers and sisters. She attended Humber and Georgian College. She is survived by her husband, Jim McLaughlin and Children Nigel (Kelly) and Cole Boothby, Christopher (Michelle), Sarah (Allison), and Kate (Ian) McLaughlin, and grandchildren. Val will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews.
Val was committed to excellence in every aspect of her life, personal and professional. The last 10 years of her career were spent at HPS in kindergarten as the ECE with Kate McNaughton. They were, she felt, the most rewarding years of her career. Her patience & care for each and every child was always on display. She made a significant difference in hundreds of young minds that will be felt for years to come.
Val loved to travel, all across Canada, Paris, Rome & Amsterdam along with a 6-month stay in India.
The family wishes to thank the Cancer Care Team at RVH, Dr Harold and the Huntsville Hope Palliative Care Team, as well as the home care specialists who came to our home. A special thanks and appreciation for the legions of friends and acquaintances who were committed to prayer on her behalf, during her struggle.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville would be encouraged in Val’s memory.
A Memorial Service will be held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1 High Street, Huntsville on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Attendance is limited due to Covid restrictions. Attendance must be pre-registered at this link.
Please revisit this website for further information as it becomes available. A livestreaming link may be added to www.mitchellfunetralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully from kidney failure on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Lynne (nee Bullock) Wright of 55 years. Loving father of David and Bob. Predeceased by his children Willie and Kim. Proud granddad of Saleen and her husband Jay and great-granddad of April, Geoffrey, Tanisha and Johnathan. Brother-in-law to Sharon, Gwen and Millie. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Jim retired from the Metropolitan Toronto Works Department after 35 years of service. Jim was always laughing and making others laugh with his wonderful sense of humour. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed being with his hunting buddies.
Thanks to all the wonderful people at Hospice Huntsville, family and all the friends and neighbours who have been so caring to Jim and Lynne. In keeping with Jim’s wishes cremation has taken place, a celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
COCKWELL, James Charles
Born December 10, 1947 – Deceased July 14, 2021
Jim passed away peacefully at the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville in his 74th year. Jim will be remembered and sadly missed by his brother Ralph (Joanne), his close companion for the past six years Janice Sanger, close friends and his adopted family Allan, Kim, Cameron (Yassi) and Kaitlyn (Kasper). Predeceased by his parents James and Hazel, and his beloved cat Tigger.
Jim will be remembered for his valiant effort to not give in to his cancer diagnosis. His firm belief that he was going to beat the disease kept him going well beyond the expected timelines he was provided by the medical community, and was admired by his close friends and family. He left this world the way he lived his life. A scrapper to the very end.
Special thanks to the palliative care team and nursing staff at Huntsville Hospital, Hospice Huntsville, and the staff and nursing team at Home & Community Care for the care and compassion they provided Jim in his final months. Donations in Jim’s memory in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice Huntsville https://www.hospicehuntsville.com/donate-2/ or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation https://huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca/ways-to-give/ Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In loving memory of Rhonda Shail who passed away on July 7, 2021 at Hospice Huntsville in her 68th year after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Rhonda is the beloved wife of Rick Shail. Dear mother of Teri (Adam) Barber, stepmother of Chandra (Tony) Juurlink, Kristy Shail and TJ (Shannon) Shail. Caring grandma/oma of Trevor, Noah, Griffin, Avery, Fletcher, Lily-Anna, Kayla, Parker, Cohen and Keegan. Cherished sister of Shirley Reid and Brian (Gaynor) Taggart, sister-in-law of Anne (Bill) Cudney and Kim (Kenneth) Proulx. An angel that will forever be riding along with the love of her life, Rick and her Muskoka Thunder Motorcycle Riders family. Many thanks for the care and support from Dr. Greg Stewart, Dr. Tony Yang, the caring staff at the Huntsville Chemo Clinic, the nurses at Paramed and the palliative care team.
Cremation has taken place with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away unexpectedly in Barrie on July 2, 2021 at the age of 66. Robert was born on February 7, 1955 to parents Arnold and Violet (nee Campbell) Hodgson. Dear father of Rob (Sharon), Rick (Betty) and Rachel (Keith). Grandfather of Elanda, Christopher, Amber, Hayden, Marlee and Spencer. Step-grandfather of Mary, Frank, Billy and Brian. Dear brother of Diane (dec. Al), Kathy (dec. John), Faye (Pat), Brenda, Bonnie and Debbie (Mike). Rob will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Bob once said, “Algonquin Park is the closest to heaven I’ll ever be.” He lived his life spending every spare moment in his heaven. Bob passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 1, 2021 watching the birds and holding the hand of his soulmate. He is survived by his beloved wife Pat Kuiack (nee Jenkins) and daughter Tasha (Bradley) Norman. He is the dear son of John “Jack” Kuiack and the late Gennaline “Gen” Leaven and brother to James Kuiack. Favorite Uncle, Cousin, Friend to many.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., with speeches being said at 2:00 p.m. For those unable to attend, speeches will be live streamed and recorded. In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, scheduled visitation will take place every 30 minutes. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation – Dialysis Unit or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Passed away peacefully on July 1, 2021 at Muskoka Landing in his 75th year. Mel was born on April 11, 1947 in Huntsville to parents Vern and Ruby (nee Crooks) Wilkinson. He is survived by his children Shannon Richardson and Shelly (Dave) Sheldrake. Grandfather of Ryan, Lauren, Noah and Ella. Loving brother of Carol (Bob), Bruce (Anne), Judy (Larry) and the late Mike (Dyllis). Mel will be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Mel was known for his passion for rebuilding and restoring classic cars. He was a regular attendee at car shows in the local area and will be missed by his many friends.
In keeping with Mel’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada.
“But don’t call me Hazel”
An amazing lady has earned her wings and joined her beloved husband Jack who predeceased Aleita in 2010 and enfant son Dick in 1948. She is the loving mother of Elaine (Alan) Boxwell and Tom Bye. Fun loving grandma of Lorelee (Derek) Egeberg and John (Alice) Boxwell. Proud great-grandma of Sydney, Austin and Jaimee Egeberg and Larissa Boxwell. Predeceased by parents Sarah (nee Booth) and Melville Phillips (Blanche) and brother Lesley (Annie) Phillips. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and extended family to mourn her passing.
Aleita was happiest cooking and baking in her kitchen making everyone’s favourite food. She was an avid card player for years and later with grandkids and great grandkids. Always up for a car ride, yard saleing, praticle jokes, family gatherings or a good laugh.
Thank you to the very caring and compassionate health care workers in Huntsville and Barrie.
In keeping with Aleita’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolences may be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In Loving Memory of Ian Walsh
August 19, 1979 – June 30, 2021
Ian passed away suddenly on June 30, 2021. Son of Doug and Robynn Walsh. Brother of Amy (Bill) Napholc. Loving Uncle to Cadence and Jaxon.
Ian was known for his huge heart and big hugs. Ian will be missed dearly by his many friends, who he loved as his family. His warm heart and generous spirit will be deeply missed, and will forever leave a hole in the hearts of so many.
Ian struggled for many years but sadly could never overcome them. His family finds comfort in knowing that he is finally at peace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Mental Health and Addictions Services are welcome in Ian’s memory.
Barbara Helen Birtch
It is with great sadness that we announce that Barbara Helen Birtch (just 6 days short of her 85th birthday), of Huntsville passed away suddenly on June 28, 2021 after a brief illness. Barbara is predeceased by her parents Edith Blundell and Donald Hanes of Huntsville. She is survived by her children; Ken (Line), Lori (Tim Bennison), Dawn Michelle (Dennis Sylvia), Sean (Janet), Shari (Ron Churchill), Chris (Angela), Tim (Margaret) as well as 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Barbara who graduated from teachers college taught for one year at Huntsville Public School before raising her family. Upon her return to Huntsville in 1989 she became an active member of the community working as Director of Music at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church as organist and choir director. She also taught piano and vocal lessons to young and old alike in the community. She was active in various other musical endeavours, including the singing group the Step Sisters and the Huntsville Community Choir.
Mom was a passionate musician, writing and arranging various pieces of music for her various interests. She loved architecture, painting, playing cards, watching movies, cheering on her Toronto Blue Jays, and the occasional glass of Sherry. When she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found at her piano practicing and playing for her own enjoyment.
We will miss her greatly.
We would like to thank Audrey McGillivray and the staff at Country Moments Retirement Home for mom’s care over the past 3-plus years particularly in these Covid times.
Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka. Interment and a Celebration of Life to take place once Covid restrictions allow large gatherings. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
With broken hearts we said good-bye to Ron on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:05 a.m.
Leaving to mourn him: his wife Betty of 31 years, stepdaughter Kim (Barry), and step-granddaughters Courtney (Travis) and Megan, Uncle Robert Oakley (Norma) and nephews, brother-in-law Bert Pitcher and sister-in-law Joan Pitcher. Ron was predeceased by his parents Ken and Helen Hawman, sister Lynne Greer, brother-in-law Harold Pitcher (Julia), Harry Pitcher and sister-in-law Gloria Pitcher.
Ron served 30 years with the North York Fire Department, retiring as Captain in 1992.
Honouring Ron’s wishes, there will be no service; cremation has already taken place.
Sincere gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses and support staff at Algonquin Grace Hospice.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville and would greatly be appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
“But O for the touch
Of a vanished hand
And the sound of a
Voice that is still”
Sunrise: January 27, 1948
Sunset: June 26, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Wilma Kemp: Born in Huntsville, Ontario, resided in Toronto and Chatham. Wilma is survived by her brother Robert Bartlett; children Samantha Aldridge, Allan Kemp, Christina James; her grandchildren Rebecca Aldridge, Alexander Aldridge, Teagan Kemp-Smith, Shenika Kemp and Joshua James.
Wilma will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, cousins and many close friends. She will be remembered for her larger than life kind heart, contagious smile, love for the community and her beautiful garden.
We thank everyone for their kind words, support and prayers throughout this difficult time. We would also like to thank Dr. Harrold and the nurses and volunteers at Hospice Huntsville for the excellent care they provided.
Cremation will take place. Wilma will be laid to rest at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Betty Marie Feather
Betty Marie Feather peacefully passed to the next life on June 18, 2021 at the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville. Betty was cared for by the nurses and personal support workers who truly are angels of mercy. On the days leading up to her death she was surrounded by her children, and had window goodbyes from grandchildren and great grandchildren. She passed with the book of Baha’i Prayers in her hands and a grateful heart. Betty was 91.
Betty was born to Arthur and Viola Otis in December of 1929 in the small town of Middleton, Southern Ontario in tobacco country. Betty was predeceased by her sister, Doreen Tunbridge.
Beloved mother of Max, Ted, Mike and Una, and former wife of the late Frederick James Feather. Betty is Grandma to Alicia, Adam, Sean, Alexandra, Mark and Elliot, and proud Great Grandma to William and Wesley.
Betty was a daughter of the depression and it informed her adult life. Her greatest blessing was her love of play: knitting, dancing, swimming, cards, theatre, travel, roller skating, and lastly, in her senior years, her extensive collection of dolls for which she custom-knitted haute couture wardrobes. Betty would delight her grandchildren by doing headstands on neighbours’ lawns when she was 72.
Joanne Robinson was Betty’s caregiver and friend and a blessing to Betty and her family.
A private family gathering will take place after the internment of her ashes at Tillsonburg Cemetery, where she will rest beside her parents and sister.
CAMPBELL, Ivy Eileen (nee Appleyard)
Passed away peacefully at her home in Huntsville on Monday, June 21st, 2021 in her 86th year. Ivy was born on August 27th, 1935 to parents Sydney and Amy (nee Rand) Appleyard and raised along side her siblings at Fern Glen. Ivy married Robert Campbell on March 16, 1957 in Parry Sound and would raise their 9 children until Roberts death on November 15, 1966. She is the beloved mother to daughters, Jude, Joyce, Alice, Ruby and sons, Lee, Roy, Harold and Gord. Predeceased by her daughters Ruth, Dolly and son Douglas. She will be missed by her daughters-in-law Lila and Naline and sons-in-law Doug and Don. Ivy is the proud grandmother to Scott, Tyler, Robert, John, Travis, Tonia, John, Grace, Moriah, Joel, Daniel and Jim. Ivy will be dearly missed by her extended family and those that became dear to her over the years.
The funeral service, attended by her immediate family, will be held on Friday, June 25th, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home at 1:00 pm. Live streaming will be available for those that are unable to attend due to Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and Bereavement Authority of Ontario, through a link located on Ivy’s memorial page in the service section. Ivy will be laid to rest beside her husband following the funeral service at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
HAMPSON, Wilma (nee Parish)
On Saturday, June 19, 2021 Wilma Hampson passed away peacefully with grace at Fairvern Nursing Home with the love of her family at her side. Wilma was born in Bracebridge to parents William and Olive Parish and raised in Utterson. She attended V.K. Greer Public School back when it was a one room schoolhouse and later attended High School in Bracebridge. On June 20, 1959 Wilma married Harold Hampson and together raised their five children.
A loving mother and homemaker, Wilma was a remarkable cook and baker and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She loved to camp, square dance with Harold, quilt and play games with her grandchildren or she could be found sitting quietly working on her puzzles.
Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Harold on December 5, 2016. She is the loving mother of Debbie (Gary), Jim (Bev), Dave (Lydia), Mike (Filipa) and Joe (Jenn). She is the adored grandmother of 10, great-grandma of 7 and great-great grandma of 2. She is predeceased by her sister Hope and her husband (George). Wilma will be dearly remembered by her sisters-in-law, Diane Chatillon, Cindy Lawrence, Ruth Hampson and her 7 nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fairvern Nursing Home who lovingly cared for Wilma throughout her stay and for the love, compassion and support given to her and her family during her final days.
Cremation has taken place. A family graveside service will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home or to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Shelter. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
“We are born of love; love is our mother.”
Doug passed away on June 17, 2021 in Huntsville in his 82nd year. He was the eldest of 12 children born to Beatrice “Bet” and Douglas “Duke” Potter of London Ontario.
He is the brother of Judith, Bryan (dec.), Larry (dec.), Nick (dec.), Linda, Mike, Kim, Don, Jill, Terry and Betty Jane. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years Arlene (nee Sipprell) and his brother-in-law Bill Sipprell (Suzanne dec.) and their children. Also surviving him are many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews from the Potter family and the Sipprell family.
Doug was a long time teacher with the Scarborough Board of Education. He was an avid skier. Shortly after their marriage, Doug built a pan-abode in Hidden Valley. The skills he learned there were beneficial when they moved to their cottage on Peninsula Lake. In addition to dock and deck building and repairs, Doug was an avid reader. He was a member of the Probus Club of Muskoka. His interests over the years included photography, wine making, bird feeding and especially wood working. Upon retirement, the cottage became our home.
For the last number of years, Doug suffered with Dementia and for the last three months of his life Doug was cared for by the kind staff at Fairvern Nursing Home. As per Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family will have an occasion to remember Doug at a future time. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
It is with heavy hearts that we share our loss and heaven’s gain, with the passing of Jane Barkey at Algonquin Grace Hospice on June 8, 2021.
Jane left behind her husband of 59 years and love of her life, Gord Barkey, children Martin (Ginger), Graham, Christine (Mike); grandchildren Amanda (Travis), Josh (Nicole), Jacob (Katelin), Derek (Jasmin), Krista, Griffin and sweet Sofia; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Wesley, Scarlet, Bethy, Jude, Bella, Joe and Max. Jane is predeceased by her brothers, Don and Fred Hensler, and survived by her sister Carmen Laidley and brother Philip Maynard.
Jane and Gord moved their family from the metropolis of Queensville to the solitude of the north, hand-building their family home from logs from the property. Family was very important to Jane, especially her ‘babies’, celebrating each special birthday, graduation, anniversary, and holiday together, which brought her immeasurable joy. Jane had a heart for Jesus and lived her life loving on others; using a batch of muffins, a book, or simply listening to someone share their story as an opportunity to share the hope in Jesus. In addition to the family above, Jane had special relationships with so many other people, some lasting several decades and we recognize that they, too, will share in the grief of her passing.
Jane’s family wishes to thank Dr Sheena Branigan & Dr Jen MacMillan with their excellent care of her this spring and to the team of angels at Hospice for loving so kindly on her in her final days. The family will have a private service at Faith Baptist church due to the current restrictions. In lieu of flowers, Jane requested that donations be made to The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation supporting the hurting, homeless, and hungry in Huntsville and area communities.
With deepest sorrow, we announce that Sean Preston, our beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville after a short battle with cancer at the age of 40. Sean was born on July 24, 1980, in Huntsville to parents David and Gail Preston.
Humourous, athletic, artistic, hard working and intelligent, are just some of the words that evoke memories in those who knew Sean. He could build and program computers as well as repair anything with an engine; testing the speed of his cars was one of his many passions.
Sean had a deep love of family and faith, values that came naturally to Sean. Those who knew Sean, even just a little, can attest to this and have lost a shining light in their lives. He loved being around family and those he called friends. Sean had an energy that with even just one encounter, you would remember him for life.
Love will light the way for his family as they mourn his passing. He is the beloved son of David and Gail Preston, friend and brother to Andrea (Brad), Carlin (Brandon), Brett (Eva) and the best funcle to Gabriel, Arya, Kieran, Kassandra and Kinley. Sean will be remembered by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family far and wide. He is predeceased in death by his Grandfathers Jack and Eugene, Grandmothers Betty and Pauline. Survived by Grandmother Edna Preston. Your memory will forever be with us.
A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville at 2 p.m. The funeral service will be live streamed for those unable to attend due to Covid-19 restrictions. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice or the Charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.”
Colette (Demers) Beaupre
December 5, 1938 ~ June 7, 2021 (age 82)
Colette Beaupre, 82, of Port Sydney, ON, passed away peacefully and quickly with family by her side at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on June 7th, 2021. Colette was born in North Bay to the late Roland Demers and Jeanne Lebel. Growing up in the city of Pembroke with her beloved older brother Maurice Demers.
Colette graduated from the Lorraine School of Nursing in 1960. Nursing and therefore caring was in her blood and spoke about how during Covid there was a plea for retired nurses to help out, but she would say “I’m a little too old to go back”. We are pretty sure she would have if she could. Colette was passionate of her accomplishments in the field of nursing and mentioned to us on Sunday that June 6th was her 61st anniversary. After graduation, Colette began her career as a Nurse at Pembroke Regional Hospital in the maternity ward for 10 years before taking a position at Miramichi Lodge Nursing home. She married the late John Beaupre and they had 4 children: David, Suzanne (her little angel in heaven) ,Michael and Judy. Colette and family decided to move to Muskoka in 1980. She immediately fell in love with the area and worked as a nurse with the Greig Medical Group with Dr. Black, Dr. Eaton, Dr. Moran and Dr. Cross until her retirement.
Colette met her beloved and loving partner John Somerset in 1990 and they have been together ever since, residing in the beautiful village of Port Sydney, ON. She purchased a home on the same street as her daughter Judy and son-in- law Jamie Vanderveer and John’s two children Amanda and Trevor Somerset. Colette was immensely proud of her entire family and leaves behind beautiful memories. She loved spending time and with her two grandchildren: Cameron Vanderveer and Melanie Healey now married to Curtis Healey. She has 4 great grandchildren: Olivia Vanderveer age 5 twin to Nolan Vanderveer (our little angel in heaven) , Zayden Healey age 2 and newborn Everly Vanderveer born May 27th, 2021. Colette loved being with them, watching them explore, play and grow. Colette was Aunt Colette & great Aunt Colette by many: The Forini, Demers, Beaupre and Harmer Families.
Colette had a lot of hobbies and interests: camping with John and all of their friends at their trailer every summer. She was quite the party and event planner at the park. Everyone loved her creativity & shenanigans. Colette was an avid gardener and always had the most beautiful perennial gardens. She loved a glass of wine or two, playing a variety of cards, dancing, socializing, reminiscing about the good old days, talking politics, but the most important thing to Colette was her family! Each and every one of us are extremely blessed to have this amazing caring, strong, loving person in our lives. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her professionally, as a friend and mostly anyone who was her family. We all love you and Miss You each and every day!
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please RVSP to Judy ASAP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 705-349-3303. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital or the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Her Journey’s Just Begun (by an Unknown Author)
Don’t think of her as gone away
her journey’s just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
Frank passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Loving husband of the late Glenna Supple (nee Hibberd). Frank was born in Saskatchewan to Richard and Katherine, one of 12 siblings and moved to Ontario when he was 15. He moved with Glenna to Huntsville in 1975. He was “A Jack of All Trades” turning his hand at anything. He enjoyed coffee and conversations with friends, restoring old cars, playing guitar, country music and watching his favorite sports, baseball and Nascar races. He will be missed by his brother-in-law John, sister-in-law Colleen, many nieces, and nephews and many long-time wonderful friends.
A Visitation will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Billingsley Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. In keeping with guidelines mandated by the Province of Ontario, the visitation will be scheduled in 25 minutes increments with a maximum of 10 people allowed. We ask that you contact our funeral home to schedule a time to pay your respects at 705-789-8982. The private funeral service will take place following the visitation in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
We lost our beloved mother Laurie Ann White (née Jimmy) on May 31st, 2021, at 55 years of age. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was Kaska Dena descent, born into the wolf clan of Francis Lake, Yukon liardfirstnation.ca
Laurie was a loving mother to Carrie (Jon) and Justin (Jessie). She was predeceased by her son Charles Stephen. Survived by her grandchildren; Cadance (10), Alinna (5), Octavia (1.5) and Annila (6 months). Life loving soulmate to Rob Morrison. She was a loving sister to Joey Doctor Mitchell and Miranda Lane. Predeceased by her brother Glen Jimmy. Beloved niece to her Aunt Nora Ladue and daughter of Margaret Mitchell/Helen Scott. She was predeceased by her father Howard Ladue, Grandfather Little Jimmy Doctor, Great Grandfather Old Chief Doctor and Grandmothers Ella Ladue and Anna Jimmy. She was a loving aunt and great aunt to Ken (Martha); Diego and Brianna. Dorthey, David and extended families. To all her friends who became family to her, may we all remember her, as she rests in everlasting peace. She will be greatly missed by her children, Baby and Bud. She will always be remembered as a loving caregiver to her grandchildren, Baby Boo, Baby Smiles, Baby love and Baby kisses.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, June 5th, 2021, from 11 am until 1 pm at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville. In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, the visitation will be scheduled in 20-minute increments. We ask that you please call the office at 705-789-8982 to schedule a time or RSVP below. A private family funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, www.bcsc.ca. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
“As evening draws its curtain back and pins it with a star, remember me”
Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 76th year. Ted is the beloved husband of 54 years to Paulette Davis (nee Cooper) of Huntsville. Cherished and much-loved father of John, Shelley (Chris) and Tammy (Mike). Proud papa of Lynsey (Rob), Natasha, Karlie (Chris), Frank (Kelsey), Aron, Ashly, Marilyn and Victoria. Great Papa of Gage, Jackson, Cooper, Max and Scarlette. Ted will be dearly missed by his extended family and friends.
The family would like to thank the palliative care team, the doctors and nurses at the Huntsville Hospital Dialysis Unit for the exceptional care and support given to Ted and family. A private family graveside service will take place on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Locks Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation – Dialysis Unit. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on May 9, 2021 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 67th year. Karen is the loving daughter of the late Clarence and Jean (nee Groat) Martin who was born in Toronto on August 26, 1954. Beloved wife of Stuart Henderson of Kearney. Mother to Joel Best and Tamara Best. She will be missed by her sister Pam (Rudy) Roth, brothers, John (Sandra) Martin, Steven Martin and sister Teresa Martin-Hughes. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her close friends Cathy Arnold and Janice Therrien.
In keeping with Karen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Addison Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Al went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2021. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home with his family at the bedside. Al was a beloved husband to Elizabeth for 61 years, a devoted father to Grant, Tracy (Carl Nelson) and Jillian (David McDougall). He was also a very proud grandfather to Emily, Carlie and Eli McDougall.
Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Pheobe Clarke and his brother Wilbert. Mourning his loss are his brothers Ian and Ynyr and his sister Audrey Gaythwaite.
Al was born in 1935 in Northern Ireland. His passions and pursuits included soccer, track cycling and music. He enjoyed playing piano and accordion. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 to join his brother Ian in Toronto. As a young man he had many adventures travelling in the western provinces and playing soccer for Calgary. Al and Elizabeth were married in 1960. He began a successful pharmaceutical sales career in 1962 and later transitioned to the furniture industry, representing companies in Ontario, Quebec and U.S.A. After retirement in 2009, he and Elizabeth moved to Muskoka to be near family. Al’s faith and trust in God has been the foundation to his life. He was a joyful person, always optimistic, friendly, welcoming and caring. He had a kind and encouraging word for each and anyone and showed compassion to all he met. Al loved his family well and will be sorely missed.
In keeping with Al’s eternally grateful spirit, the family wishes to thank Dr. Hudson, Dr. Lam and team, also the wonderful Hope Huntsville Palliative Care team. Thank you to our thoughtful neighbours in Port Sydney, whose kindness has meant so much to the family.
Due to Covid restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
June passed away peacefully, in her 81st year, with her family by her side, on May 14, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, after a lengthy illness.
Beloved wife of Melvyn Carr Harris for 58 years. Dear mother to Carolee, Wray (Christine) and Glen (Gorete). Loved grandmother to Chloe, Raehanna, Holton, Gwenyth, Grace and special grandmother to Kyle. Cherished sister of Max Shepherd of Windsor, daughter of Agnes and Elmer Shepherd (both deceased) of Parkhill. Dear niece of George (deceased) and Betty Prest of Brinsley and Marwood and Marjorie Prest (both deceased) of Exeter. June was aunt to Barry, Brandi and Justin Shepherd. In addition, she was aunt and sister-in-law to many in the Harris family. June had numerous cousins, special mention to Jim, Wayne, Bev (deceased) and Brian Prest, Cindy Davidson (Prest) and Bill Prest (deceased). She had many dear friends, especially Irene, April (deceased), Margriet, Phyllis (Joe, deceased) and Pat.
June was born in Lieury, Ontario near Parkhill and married Mel in 1963. She lived in London, Nobleton, Ufford and Baysville. June was born a farm girl and later had her own farm in Ufford, focusing on her goats and horses. She had a fierce love for her dogs, kitties and all other animals. She welcomed all to her home, with a warm heart and welcome smile. She loved to serve as hostess, preparing her specialty roast beef, followed by a great game of euchre. She adored her country music, her flower garden, her television programs but above all else, she loved her family.
Sincere gratitude to the staff of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare at Bracebridge and Huntsville locations, as well as to the physicians, nurses, and support workers at the Algonquin Grace Hospice.
In keeping with June’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be scheduled when provincial assembly restrictions permit.
The time has come to say goodbye to a wonderful man and amazing husband, father and friend who passed away last evening.
Those who were lucky enough to know Cameron, felt the unconditional love that he gave to his family, friends and extended family who he treated as though they were his own. We are forever grateful for the kindness and integrity, he instilled in us through the example of his life.
Cameron was born in Mar, Ontario, the second oldest of six children born to Oliver and Evelyn White. Cameron spent his childhood on the family farm surrounded by a large, close knit family.
After high school, Cameron moved to the ‘big city’ starting his professional career at Bell Canada, which soon brought him to St. Catharines where he met the love of his life Barbara Brooks. Dubbed the “new fella”, Cameron found himself part of the social and fun-loving Brooks family. A big adjustment from his life on the farm but one that he embraced whether he liked it or not. Cameron and Barbara were married, June 23, 1962 and never looked back. Their adventures together involved many moves, to Ottawa, Mississauga and Brantford, eventually settling back in St. Catharines where they would raise their three children Kate, Julia and Chris.
Though Cameron worked hard and traveled often, during his time with John Deere, he was always there for his family. Coaching Chris’ baseball teams when he could and being there to encourage his daughters when they needed him. One thing we always knew is our Dad had our backs and would do anything for us.
When grandchildren came along, Cameron flourished in his new role. He spent hours loving them as infants and entertaining them as toddlers, encouraging them as they grew. Grandpa was their go-to for walks in the woods and fishing off the dock. And he loved nothing more than to welcome his growing family into his home and watching as the action unfolded around him. Grandpa was always there to send his grandchildren off with a handshake and warm hug.
The community remembers him for his time as a proud member and past president of the Rotary Club of Huntsville. Cameron loved his Muskoka community, volunteering and giving back to those who enriched his life and the lives of others.
Without a doubt, the greatest gift that Cameron gave to his family was the gift of his time and his unconditional love. He will be missed immeasurably.
He requests that donations be made to the Rotary Club of Huntsville so they may continue to serve others.
A Celebration of Cameron’s life will take place when possible at his favorite place, on the dock, with the sun dipping below the horizon and surrounded by friends and laughter.
The family would like to thank the wonderful medical staff at Huntsville District Hospital and special gratitude to the staff at Hospice Huntsville for making his last days graceful.
Cameron is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, three children, Kate, Julia and Chris (Heather). Seven grandchildren, Cameron, Carlyn, Olivia, Graydon, Carmen, Trevor and Jake. He is further survived by his siblings, Irvine, Henry (Marlene), Patricia (Forbes), Charles (Jan) and Margaret. Cameron also leaves behind life-long friends and family Ron and Sally Brooks, Judy Brooks and Chris Brennan.
He was welcomed to heaven by his granddaughter Carmen Leolani, as they surely took their place on the dock with fishing rod in the water and enjoying a huge bowl of ice cream.