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Margaret Isobel House (nee Fraser)
February 25, 1921 to January 22, 2022
Isobel passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville on January 22, 2022 in her 101st year.
Predeceased by her husband Norman Ord House and her son-in-law Mack Capel. Loving mother of Ron (Lois) and Kathy House. Grandmother of Kris (Jocelyn), Kara (Andy), Lisa and Brant (Nicole). Great-grandmother of Justin, Bryce, Logan, Malique, Kendra and Audrey. Predeceased by her brother Douglas Fraser (Opal) and sister June Frazer (George).
Isobel was born and grew up in the village of Cheltenham. She was very active in the United Church where she played the organ, piano and sang in the choir. She was a school teacher in Caledon in a one-room school, and at the Duke of Connaught in Toronto. Her Grade 7 boys choir won the Toronto Championship and she accompanied their performance in Massey Hall. Isobel taught piano and tutored students for many years. She was the ultimate teacher of English grammar.
In the 80s she and Norm moved to Brampton. Isobel made many good friends wherever she went. She was a volunteer at Peel Memorial Hospital for 30 years and was active in the UCW, Probus and several bridge clubs. Isobel & Norm enjoyed cottage life in Muskoka and winters in Florida for many years. They traveled to several destinations abroad, in the Caribbean and the US. In 2012 she moved to Huntsville. In her 90s she embraced technology, having a cellphone and emailing friends on her computer.
She and her sister June shared a special friendship throughout their lives. Isobel will be remembered for her great musical talents and being a special friend to so many.
There will be a private family burial in Cheltenham in the spring. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
December 13, 1943 – January 20, 2022
Cathy passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side after a brief battle with cancer.
She will be greatly missed by her husband Jim of 58 years, and her three children: Hughie (Cathy), Ruthann (Glenn), Dale (Jim), and her cherished granddaughter Sara.
Cathy was the daughter of the late Ed and Pearl Kingshott of Bent River. She is survived by siblings; Eleanor Taylor, Terry Kingshott (Eileen), Brenda Hunt, Anne Reid, Carol Kingshott, Audrey Kingshott. Sister-in-law to Ellen (Milton) McPherson, Barb (Fred) Burrows and Anne Cragg all of Englehart. Cathy was predeceased by siblings, Verna, Syd, Ernie, Delbert, Rita, Maurice, Eddie, and Abby, in-laws Chester and Bernice Smith, brothers-in-law John Cragg, Harold and Neil Smith. She will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Cathy was a kind, compassionate, giving, and witty pillar in the community. She worked at the Windermere Garden Centre for close to 40 years and was active in the community. Earlier in life she was a brownie/girl guide and 4H leader and canvasser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cathy was also a proud member of Muskoka Pioneer Association, Raymond Country Ladies and Hall and the Women’s Institute.
We would like to thank Dr. Adams, Dr. Jones, and team along with her nurse practitioner Christine Fitchett. To the nurses, Ruth and Cheryl, who gave her exceptional care in the hospital until we could get her home. To the Paramed nurses who came out when the time had come. Special thanks to Ashley Loader and Jenna Peacock for helping us keep her comfortable and to Cheryl Kinghan for your comfort and support.
Cremation has taken place and she’s got her smokin’ hot body. A Celebration of Cathy’s Life will be held at a later date.
For those who wish, and in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cathy may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be shared through www.reynoldsfuneral.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan George Botham at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville, Ontario on January 18, 2022.
Born in Newmarket on December 24, 1940. Predeceased by parents Oscar George Botham and Evelyn Florence Botham. Survived by Frances, his wife of 51 years, and sister Janice Belfry, half-brother Bob Botham and half-sister Margaret Botham Breen.
Al worked in a supervisory position at Kimberly-Clark in Huntsville for over 25 years. He was one of the first seven hired at start up of the Huntsville Mill. He led an interesting life doing the things he loved such as fishing, feeding birds and deer and being in the outdoors. He made maple syrup with a small operation called B’s Trees and enjoyed it for a number of years. When he retired from Kimberly-Clark he joined his wife in the antique business “B’s Antiques” opening a shop for himself called the Man Cave. This proved very successful and satisfying for him. He evolved into appraising coins, drawing in collectors from all across Ontario. He had an extensive knowledge in primitives, antique tools, early decoys, oil lamps and many other things that he loved to talk about and share his knowledge with others. He leaves a big hole in the lives of those around him.
Al has been cremated. There will be no service according to his wishes. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated or the planting of a tree in his memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Larry (Lawrence Alfred) Carle died at St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto on January 9, 2022.
Larry was born on February 17, 1944 in North Bay, ON to parents Lawrence and Yvonne (deceased). He was a loving father to Kenny and Danny and a beloved brother to Brian Carle, Gail Stoneman and Brenda Kuczenski (deceased).
He attended high school in North Bay and upon graduating trained as a millwright in Sault Ste. Marie before relocating to Port Hope, continuing to work in the near-by steel industry.
In the 1970s he discovered a passion for building log homes and following his training launched a contracting business. Having become established, he relocated his business to Huntsville/Lake of Bays, where he continued until his retirement.
Larry liked to say, “I specialize in the unusual” and while that comment referred to building projects, it applied to many facets of his life. He made friends across the spectrum of age and circumstance: one of his clients was a woman approaching 90 for whom he’d built her late-in-life dream home. She came to love him like a son. Another friend was a young man he met in Cambodia as a single guy and re-connected with him as a family man in Costa Rica and back in Canada. Other friends were 30 somethings who were building a resort in CR and wanted Larry’s advice and assistance. They valued him as a friend and mentor despite the big difference in age; Larry somewhat transcended aging. He said, “Hanging out with young people keeps me young!” That was true but he never neglected his family or old friends either. They could count on a call every few weeks no matter where he was in the world.
Larry adored his family – his two sons, his sisters and his brother and he talked about them often with love and pride. It’s a sad but common aspect of human nature that many people ‘talk trash’ about past relationships but Larry always spoke about his ex-wife (the mother of his sons) with respect and affection; his many relationships were the same; if Larry loved someone, they stayed loved forever.
After his formal working life was over, Larry answered the call of his adventuresome nature. A two week sailing adventure in the Bahamas in 1987 seemed to intensify his desire to travel. He loved sunshine and hot weather and having a deep, year-round tan! While others his age were spending the winter in Florida and Arizona, Larry spent a few years bonding with a Cambodian family who welcomed him back en masse each year with a family picnic at the airport. He described in vivid detail the challenges of riding a motor-scooter in the busy and congested city streets of Vietnam and Cambodia. Nothing scared him – he looked at attempted robberies and muggings as an exciting adventure. Larry had an unrivaled zest for life and an eternally positive attitude. His cup wasn’t only half full, it was overflowing – through good times and bad.
If you drive around Huntsville/Lake of Bays to seek out structures Larry built over the years you would be amazed at the sheer number of them and how good everything still looks. Like Larry, log is timeless. It’s comforting to know that ‘his’ structures will be around long after he’s gone – just as our memories will be.
At Larry’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. But he might suggest that in memory of him, you call or visit a loved one just to say, “I love you.”
Condolences may be shared at Northcutt Funeral home in Bowmanville, ON https://northcuttelliott.com/
Passed away peacefully on January 13, 2022 at The Pines Long Term Care Home in Bracebridge at the age of 94. Des was born on June 6, 1927 in Toronto to parents Henry and Harriet Kerr. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Adelaide (nee Livingstone) Kerr. He is the cherished father of Cathy (Eric), Linda (John), Paul (Lynn), Dianne (Jim), David (Michelle) and Janet. Adored grandfather of Adam (Kim), Chris (Aura), Amy (Joel), Jonathon, Nicholas, Daniel, Meagan, Gabriel, Nathan, Priscilla and Madisyn. Great-Grandfather of Annaliese, Violet, Joshua, Hannah, Samuel, Benjamin, Robert, Grace, Jill, Audrey and Lucy. Predeceased by his son Joe (Nadine).
Des had a deep faith in God which was lived out each day in his love for his family and his kindness, generosity, honesty and hospitality toward friends and strangers alike. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. “Till we meet again”
A life celebration has been postponed to an undetermined future date due to Covid. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Operation Smile Canada Foundation or The Pines LTC Home. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge on Friday, January 14, 2022.
Karen Wainright, dearly missed by her husband Terry and daughters Cynthia (Rod) and Carolyn (Pete). Predeceased by her parents Frank and Annie Clarke. Loved by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Karen also leaves behind friends.
Karen was born and raised in Manitoulin Island. And then moved to Sudbury for a short duration, following that she lived in Toronto for many years and weekends in Port Sydney and trips to Manitoulin Island.
She worked at Eaton’s and Schwarzkopf as an accountant in her professional years.
She enjoyed getting together with family and friends. Always maintaining her relationships with everyone.
We will be having a celebration of life when it is appropriate, please revisit this website for further details as they are arranged.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Bracebridge Hospital Foundation.
JARVIS, Glenn Ray
At Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice, Huntsville on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the age of 92.
Glenn was born February 7, 1929 in Toronto to the late Ray and Mabel Jarvis. Husband to Marilyn (Nemerovsky) for 50 years. Father to Tina Boysen (Andre), John (Sue), and Ray. Grandfather to Bryson, Jenna, Samantha, Claire, Amelia, Jaimie, Raquel, and Elyse. Brother to Mona and Audrey. Uncle to Len, Val, Dan, Rob, Cindy, and Wayne. The most valued and important aspect of his life were his family and relatives.
Glenn grew up in Toronto on Fairbank Avenue and would spend summers with his father’s family in Madoc, Ontario. Madoc was a special place for him, and he continued to visit throughout his lifetime. Glenn’s last visit to Madoc was with the McBeath family touring around on a pontoon boat in Jarvis lake.
In his 20s, Glenn was hired by Bell Canada and worked on the Mid-Canada Line. He lived at a radar station running along the 55th parallel in Northern Manitoba. After working for the Bell, Glenn became an entrepreneur (as a youngster, he already had a few entrepreneurial jobs – selling newspapers, bulbs, golf balls and delivering for a bakery using his bicycle) and created many businesses throughout his life. After marrying Marilyn in 1964, they worked 40-plus years together as self-employed business owners, meeting and enjoying many people along the way as well as mentoring others in business. Glenn and Marilyn collaborated and worked passionately with a variety of businesses in Toronto and Huntsville; pools and supplies, moped sales, campground and cottages, taxi, bookstore, motel, and real estate. As Glenn and Marilyn created new and interesting businesses they always included the children and were involved in many of the children’s activities. Throughout his years Glenn was known for always doing something new and enterprising and with many new stories to hear. He especially loved sharing stories about his businesses, life on the radar line and history (especially indigenous history and sharing his stories about working in Northern Manitoba and living in the bush with first nation Cree). Glenn’s nickname was Red and his Cree name was mihkostikwân.
Glenn was a music lover, especially jazz. He loved to play different instruments by ear such as piano, clarinet, saxophone and harmonica as a hobby. Together with Marilyn in retirement, Glenn had many adventures and new friends in Florida as a snowbird for many years.
After Marilyn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, Glenn supported her as loving husband and caregiver until her passing in 2014.
Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service took place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the McConnell Funeral Home, Madoc at 11:00 a.m.
Spring interment of cremated remains will take place at O’Hara Cemetery. The family of Glenn wish to thank his caregivers and doctors at Muskoka Landing and hospice in Huntsville for their loving and compassionate care.
Ida Tonks, age 91, of Huntsville Ontario, passed peacefully on Sunday January 2, 2022 at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville.
Ida was born on September 27, 1930 to Abraham and Laura Lacombe in Whitney, Ontario. After living in various locations throughout Canada, Ida finally settled in Huntsville where she worked for 36 years at the local A&P.
Ida was a long-time member (50 years) of the Huntsville Legion Ladies Auxiliary as well as a member of Club 55.Ida loved to spend her leisure time at golf, darts, cards, bowling, travelling, and square dancing.
Ida was predeceased by husband James and siblings; Leah, Donald, and Channie. Ida is survived by siblings Theresa Robinson and Carl Lacombe. Ida is also survived by her children Richard Rankin, Pamela Rogers, and Jackie Orr, as well as 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Due to Covid, a memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2022. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Huntsville Hospital, and Hospice Huntsville for their compassion and assistance to Ida. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Huntsville. Please follow www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further details.
John (Jack) Walter BALL
November 26, 1926 – January 11, 2022
It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of John Walter Ball, at the age of 95, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Jack was the beloved husband of the late Shirley Ball. He will be dearly missed by his son Dr. John P. Ball of Umea Sweden, and his daughter Barbara (Bill) Coon of Huntsville. Jack absolutely cherished his time with his grandchildren, Brett (Kelli) Coon and Meghan (Benjamin) van der Staay, and this summer was delighted to meet his great-grandson Mason Coon.
Jack was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario and went on to graduate from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1952. When he and Shirley married, they moved to Aylmer, Ontario where Jack built a respected 48-year career as a pharmacist at his own business, John Ball Pharmacy Ltd. and then at Big V Pharmacy. In 2005, Jack and Shirley moved to Huntsville to be closer to their family. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh.
The family would like to acknowledge the dedication of the doctors and nurses at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, and also the staff at Traditions of Muskoka Retirement Residence.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, if desired. Alternatively, “Grandpa” as he was known by everyone, would appreciate the planting of a tree in his memory. Messages of condolence can be left at billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Post-COVID, a celebration of Jack’s life will be held.
Passed away suddenly at home on Janaury 10, 2022 at the age of 76. She is predeceased by her infant son Edward “Eddie” and her brothers David and Martin. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David Seely, her daughter Roseanne, her son Dave (Julianne), her daughter Sandy West (Michael) and her 4 grandchildren, Aizlyn, Brenna, Jaccob and Kassie, who where were the light of her life. She also leaves behind her siblings Loretta, Bob, Charles, Betty, Leonard, Lorraine and Mary-Anne as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends, too many to mention, which speaks to how well-loved she was.
Hazel was a strong, independent, determined woman with a heart of gold. Her absence will be felt each and every day and the good memories of her will always be with us.
She is in the care of Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. There will be cremation with no service at this time. A celebration of life is planned in the Spring. In Hazel’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to help with end of life expenses.
Robert P. Attfield
Thank you for the music!
It is with profound sadness that the family of Robert (Rob, Bob) Attfield announces his passing on January 6 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice, Huntsville at age 73 after a courageous fifteen month battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.
Rob was a devoted son of the late Dorothy and Ralph Attfield and was a loving, committed brother, uncle, father and husband. Words cannot describe the depth of loss felt by his cherished wife Lynn McGregor and his adoring daughter, Nicole. He will be greatly missed by brothers John (Ella May) and Peter, nieces Paula (Debashish) and Elizabeth (Tim), and great-nieces Shanti and Molly and great-nephew Sunil, extended family, and all of Lynn’s family in Australia. Rob was predeceased by his youngest brother Mark.
Rob was born in Toronto, grew up in the Beach area, attended Malvern Collegiate and graduated from the Uni. of Toronto. He was a dedicated elementary school teacher with the former East York and Toronto District School Boards but his real passion was music. He had his first piano lesson at age 7, formally trained through Trinity College of Music, London, England, and at age 18 was certified as a piano instructor. He was the 2019 winner of Huntsville’s Got Talent.
Rob was always actively involved within the community in which he lived, be it Toronto or Huntsville. In recent years he was a Rotarian with Rotary Club of North Muskoka, a member of the Muskoka Watershed Council, facilitator of the ‘Films That Make You Think’ library series, a member of the initial Syrian Refugee Resettlement committee, former supply organist/choir director at Trinity United Church, Huntsville, and he played piano for numerous community fundraisers. He enjoyed traveling, restoring wooden boats, gardening, playing shinny hockey with seniors, swimming, skating and kayaking.
Throughout Rob’s life, he looked for the best in others and supported people around him. He will be remembered for his genuine concern for others, his kindness, compassion and generosity, his wry sense of humour, and his love of the flavour French Vanilla and chocolate!!
Heartfelt thanks are extended to Trinity United Huntsville’s congregation and the community at large, and family and friends near and far, for support in so many ways:- cards, phone calls, emails, food, messages of comfort and encouragement, and even a beautiful handmade quilt.
Grateful thanks are extended to Dr. Matthew Follwell, Dr. Allison Small, Dr. Greg Stewart, Huntsville Hospice, Home and Community Palliative Care/Support Services and the nurses from Closing the Gap.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Trinity United Church, Huntsville, the Rotary Club of North Muskoka, the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Huntsville Hospice or brain cancer research.
As per Rob’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville.
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
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
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.