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Celebration of Life for Ken Thompson
(Feb. 16, 1945-Dec. 30, 2021)
Please join us on Saturday, May 28 from 1-4 pm, as we celebrate and remember the life of Ken “Wheels” Thompson, a man who was the kindest soul to friends and strangers alike and always lived life to the fullest.. We can think of no better gathering place to raise a glass and toast his memory than the Huntsville Legion, a place that Ken proudly supported and where he shared many laughs and tall tales about his golf game with friends and family. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
October 12, 1948 – April 14, 2022
In the early morning of April 14, Ross slipped away from us at the young age of 73. He leaves behind his wife Debbie (nee Liddle), who he was “smitten” with in 1972 while working at Cleveland House Resort in Minett, his remarkable sons of whom he was immensely proud, Jay (Heather), and Andrew (Amy), and his much loved grandchildren William and Abigail. He will be dearly missed by the entire “Liddle” clan. He was predeceased by his parents John & Gladys Kirwin & his big brother David.
Ross was born October 12, 1948 in Toronto and spent his childhood on Bowood Ave. in North Toronto, attending Bedford Park P.S. and Lawrence Park Collegiate. After graduation he travelled and worked in various European countries. during troubled times in the late sixties, finding work where he could. A year later he returned home penniless, but had had the time of his life.
Ross made cherished lifelong friends at school, and during his summers working over a span of 9 years at Cleveland House. Annual events such as the Filet & Asti party, Le Gang motorcycle trip, the Whiskey Nosing Weekend, Father & Son camping trip, trip to the Abacos, golf trip to South Carolina, golf weekend in Muskoka, Old timer’s Hockey Tournament and Boys’ Christmas lunch were all part of staying in touch and celebrating those friendships.
He lived for today and every tomorrow was a bonus.
One couldn’t have a conversation with him without breaking into a smile or a laugh. He had a way of storytelling with embellishment and always with a humorous twist. No one ever got tired of listening. He was a character extraordinaire. His sense of humour was like no other.
In 1992, when the family’s life was rocked by tragedy he became a care giver. Yet, he was the support Debbie needed to become independent again, allowing him to retire from that role.
Ross started out in sales working for a manufacturing company, then morphed to become the V.P. of Manufacturing for Kinetics, a contract furniture company. He had found his calling, creating, constructing and building making sure it met the standards he set. In 1991, he founded Spec Furniture (Specialized Product for Contract use). His personal goal was to make a success of the business, retire in 10 years and that is exactly what he did, retiring at 55.
In 2003 we left Toronto and moved to Huntsville, where Ross quickly became immersed in volunteer work. He sat on the Festival of the Arts Board, the Huntsville Economic Development Committee, and joined the Rotary Club of Huntsville. We believe that he sat on pretty darn near all event organizing committees such as Dockfest, Rotary Silent Auction, May Marche, and Ontario Winter Parasport Games, to name a few, and most recently the Maple Leaf’s Alumni Game set for this fall.
Ross was most happy building sets for the annual Rotary/Festival play, items like Muskoka chairs, wooden toys for the silent auction, but the one he was most proud of was the River Mill Bandshell.
In the eighteen years that we have lived in Huntsville, Ross had amassed a multitude of new friends from this wonderful community. Moose & deer hunting and fishing trips were his new norm.
His zest for life was evident. Every person he met along his life’s journey became a friend.
We believe Ross had made an impact on the lives of all who were fortunate to know him.
A special thank you to the nurses and doctors at the Huntsville Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion they had for Ross and the family. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of the life and times of Ross will take place on Saturday June 11, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Active Living Centre, 20 Park Dr., Huntsville. Should you wish, donations may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or to the Rotary International Foundation. Further information can be found at www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
LAURA BERNICE STEILER
Mrs. Laura Bernice Stieler (nee Hall), wife of Keith Douglas Adam Stieler, was born to Leslie and Christine Hall on November 22nd, 1936, in Windsor Ontario.
Bernice passed away peacefully on Sunday May 9, 2022, at the Huntsville Hospice after a brave battle.
Bernice was a loving mother to her late son Derry Stieler, and leaves with us: daughter Debbie Renton (Bill), son Mark Stieler (Lise), and daughter Jackie Reville (Doug). Along with her eight grandchildren: Kyle Stieler (Sara), Jeremy Wernham, Brent Stieler (Tracy), Bryan Wernham (Nicole), Drew Stieler (Madeline), Adam Renton (Juliana), Laura Wernham (Bradley), Ned Wernham (Lori). As well as her six great grandchildren: Kole, Greyson, Chloe, Wyatt, Shay, and Greta.
Islands in the stream, That is what we are, No one in between. How can we be wrong? Sail away with me To another world. – Until we meet again.
A memorial to celebrate the life of Laura Bernice Stieler will be held on Saturday June 25, 2022, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Port Sydney Community Hall. A short service will be held – at 1:30. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Huntsville would be greatly appreciated www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
February 21, 1966 – May 9, 2022
It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Jason Bionda on Monday May 9, 2022, at the age of 56. He was a kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and loving man who always had a sparkle in his eye and the slightest smile on his face. Jason’s place in this world can never be filled.
Jason was born in Portland, Oregon on February 21, 1966, and lived a full life as an adored son, brother, husband, father, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, Hawks teammate and business partner.
He found his true love with his wife Janet and was blessed to be a father to Lindsay (Jimmy) and his pets Abby and Rocket. Jason was the beloved brother to his “brums” James (Jennifer), Jonathon (Jenn), Jordan (Marcia) and Joel (Wendy) and was the best “brum” to his sisters Cathy (Gord) and Jocelyn (Kevin). He was the #1 cheerleader for all his nieces and nephews: Jessica (Tyler), Caitlin, Hannah (Harrison), Lynsey (Luis), Natalie, Devon (Dominique), Erin (Dan), Jackson, Ryan, Dalton, Elsa, Lucas, Duke, Jason, Riley, Jesse, and Jeremy. Jason was predeceased by his father Jack and his mother Joanne. His family was his happiness.
Jason’s work ethic was unprecedented and as a result he established himself as an extremely respected and knowledgeable member within the telecommunications industry. As the founder of Netspectrum Internet Solutions co-owner of Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd., he has been revered as one of the pioneers of northern telecommunications. His work was his passion, and he felt fortunate to work with his partners and his staff every day; he will be deeply missed by the entire Spectrum Telecom Group team, vendors, contractors, and partners.
Visitations will be held at Martyn Funeral Home in North Bay on Wednesday, May 18 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm and on Thursday, May 19 from 2 – 4 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at the Best Western hotel. For family and friends in Huntsville unable to make it to North Bay, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Active Living Centre (behind the arena) June 8 from 6-9 pm.
As Jason was an avid animal lover and supporter of the Humane Society, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the North Bay Humane Society in his name.
Jason will forever be missed, everlastingly loved, and never forgotten.
Online condolences may be made at www.martynfh.com
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Muskoka Landing at the age of 92. Patricia was born on June 18, 1929 in Dunbarton, Ontario to parents George & Nellie (nee Boulter) Hodge. After graduating high school, Patricia married Hugh James Cooper on May 21, 1949 in Huntsville, Ontario, they had 4 children together. Patricia returned to high school in 1969 to complete grade 13 French to better her ability to provide for her family, later enrolling in teacher’s college in North Bay for two years. In 1973 she would begin her teaching career teaching at the elementary level for 20 years before retiring in her sixties. Retirement would find Patricia at home gardening, knitting, reading, the occasional trip away, square dancing and spending time with her family. Patricia volunteered with the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary for many years and would also collect for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Patricia is the wife of the late Hugh Cooper who predeceased her in 1978. She is survived by her loving children James Cooper and Barbara (Louis) Perentesis. Predeceased by her sons John (Anne) Cooper and Charles Cooper. She is the adored grandmother of Chuck (Jenn) Cooper, Kevin (Sarah) Cooper, Timothy (Ryoko) Cooper, Amanda (Marc) Ally, Megan Verhey (Dave), Peter Perentesis, Dimitra Perentesis, and Nicholas Perentesis. Great Grandmother of Seth, Shay, Thomas, Eli, Ivy, Ronin, Sullivan, Maverick, Colt, Jaxon, Kiera, Mei-Ann and Lilly.
The family would like to thank Muskoka Landing and its staff for their exemplary care Patricia received.
The visitation will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. Reception to follow the funeral service. Patricia will be laid to rest during a private family service at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery following the reception. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Muskoka or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Jean Marie Hobson (Cummings, McCammon), 1925 – 2022
It is with great sadness that we share our mother’s passing in her 97th year at Campbell House Hospice, in Collingwood.
Predeceased by Russel McCammon, her first husband of 32 years, and Murray Hobson, her second husband of 28 years, and dear friend, Ralph Jones. As well her sisters, Muriel McCammon, Leone Love and her granddaughter Colleen Vivian.
Loving mother of: Lynn Duncan (Bill) – New Zealand; Patrice McCammon – Wasaga Beach; Renee Stead – Barrie; Jamie McCammon (Jane) – Burlington; Jeff McCammon – Burlington; Peggy Peterson – Huntsville; John Hobson (Donna Lee) – Meaford; and Heather Sheptanko – Arthur. 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Jean enjoyed an extended circle of friends from her time in Millgrove, Huntsville, Scarborough, Bowmanville, Fort Myers, Florida, Barrie, Huntsville again, and lastly Wasaga Beach. The whole extended family enjoyed the family reunions held annually in Huntsville in the 1970s which were carried on since by the rest of the
Mom’s love of music started early with choir and piano and continued with a Sweet Adeline chorus singing in a registered quartet in Florida. She was very active in the United Church, from early years as Sunday school superintendent, and joining choirs and even president of United Church Women. She took great joy in being welcomed to Wasaga Beach United Church by Rev. Werner and the congregation.
On her 90th birthday, Jean was presented with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship from her family, and a United Empire loyalist certificate.
Jean and Russ had a very successful agriculture business in Millgrove before semi retirement brought them to Huntsville. Mom then started a new career as a social worker with Muskoka Children’s Aid where she worked until retirement.
Jean enjoyed travelling, entertaining, gardening, skiing, dancing, music, bridge and golf. She actually got a hole in one once in Florida. She and Murray enjoyed 19 years in Florida making new friends and having lots of fun. Returning to Huntsville in 2012 was a great joy as she reconnected with friends and acquaintances from years before.
Mom was an avid volunteer everywhere she lived. Jean was also a regular member of Probus clubs in Barrie, Huntsville, and Wasaga Beach.
Mom’s move to Chartwell Huntsville retirement home in 2017 was a great move at the right time and, as usual, Mom made many new friends. Then COVID hit which made getting together very difficult. In 2020 Jean moved to Waterside in Wasaga Beach to be near her family, where she quickly joined Wasaga Beachcombers Probus. In the spring of 2021, Jean suffered a stroke and with her usual verve, worked her heart out to recover to about 90 per cent. Then, in the early fall of 2021, she received her diagnosis of terminal cancer. She remained very positive as she reflected on what would have been much worse, a debilitating stroke and losing the ability to communicate, or Alzheimer’s and not knowing family and friends. Now she had 6 months to say her goodbyes and give her treasures away. She had many wonderful visits with family and friends during this time. Her one wish was to spend her last days at Campbell House Hospice being pampered and having friends and family close by. COVID, of course spoiled the visiting but the care she received was exceptional. She passed peacefully with family at her side.
A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH A BIG HEART!
In lieu of flowers, donations will gladly be accepted by: Hospice Georgian Triangle, Wasaga Beach United Church. Jean’s celebration of life (as fully planned by Jean and as you know, she always had her ducks in a row), will take place at the Wasaga Beach United Church on Sunday June 5, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will be held directly after the service. Please join us and bring along a memory that you would like to share. If you prefer, we will provide cards for you to write down your memory and we will share it for you.
Peacefully, at Jessica’s House Residential Hospice, Exeter, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Dean Gerald Hancock of Grand Bend, formerly of Lindsay and Dwight, age 81. Beloved husband of Sharon Patricia (Young) Hancock of Grand Bend. Dear brother-in-law of Rosemary Hall of Phelpston, Brian and Sharon Young of Novar, Colleen and Jim Meredith, of Huntsville. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents William H. and Evelyn (Walls) Hancock, brother Barry Hancock, and sister-in-law Jackie, parents-in-law Gordon and Frances (Furlong) Young, brothers-in-law Doug Young, Wayne Young (Nikki Novielli), Scott Young (Gloria Wood) and Barry Mills (Rosemary Hall). Dean’s family owned and operated Spring Lake Motel and Restaurant, just outside of Dwight, Ontario. In Dean’s retirement he thoroughly enjoyed preparing and baking wonderful meals for family and friends. Sharon and Dean would like to express the loving and thoughtful attention given to them by their niece, Shelley Nobes. At Dean’s request cremation will take place and no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations (payable directly) to Jessica’s House Residential Hospice, Exeter or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com
Eric Edward Arthur Hutley passed away at Huntsville Hospital with his family by his side on April 28th, 2022.
Eric was born in Southend-on-Sea, England on March 5th 1931 to Edward and Margaret. Fondly remembered by his family in England: sister Jean Irvine and her children Roy (Tracey), Colin, and Alan, and nephews and niece Michael, Sharon, and Stuart. He was sixteen when he met the love of his life, Ann.
Eric and Ann married in 1953 and moved to Canada in 1955. They spent many happy years together in Hamilton where they began their family and welcomed their three children. They moved to Huntsville in 1972. Together as a family they built their house, enjoyed canoeing and camping in Algonquin Park, and sailboat racing. Eric worked as an instrument technician for Kimberly-Clark, and with Ann they owned and operated first, The Stovehouse and Decor and secondly, Hutley’s Treasures and Trophies.
Eric had a love of life and was endlessly curious. You would often find him reading a book or researching one of his many interests on the computer. Not only was he intelligent, he was extremely handy and proficient at repair and construction. A true Renaissance man. He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him for his unique character and many particular habits. There was truly no one else like him.
Family was everything to Eric and he gave his love easily. He will be greatly missed by his wife Ann and children Peter (Janet), Lynn Peddie (Mike), and Mark (Nancy). He was the most wonderful Granddad to Jennifer Gray (Jason), Julie Rogers (Brett), Jaclynn Wilson (Rob), Evan (Sara), John Peddie (Meggie), Jennifer Peddie (Hans), Laura Peddie (Danny), Catherine Peddie (Eric), Nicholas, Madilyn, and Hannah. Big Granddad to great grandchildren Taylor, Carson, Sydney, Mitchell, Ryleigh, Morgan, Mackenzie, Mya, Myles, Winston, Margaret, Juni, and Gudbrand.
It was his choice that his body be donated to science. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Huntsville Public Library or the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary.
Peacefully passed away in her 99th year on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Cassellholme for the Aged in North Bay. Jean was the beloved wife of the late Wilbert (Pete) Conroy for 52 years and the loving devoted mother to Ellen (Len), David (Judi), Gerald (Susan), Ralph and Paul (Jackie). Cherished “Grandma” to Carl, Andria, Janice, Morgan, Jaimie, Bryan, Brent and Chad. Special “Great Grandma Jean” to Owen, Gregory, Olivia, Jillian, Eric, Marlie, Felix, Josephine, Aaron, and Andrew. Jean is predeceased by her parents William and Myrtle Farnsworth, brothers Clifford, Ross, Ronald, Fred and sisters Marjorie, Gladys, Mildred and Ellen. Survived by her brother Melvin. A devoted Christian, she was well known for her delicious cooking, love of gardening and her good company. Jean was a very special person and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The family will be receiving visitors at the Billingsley Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 p.m., reception to follow, followed by the interment at Locks Cemetery. If desired, donations to a charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences can be made at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Celebration of Life
Don McCormick (July 28, 1941 – October 29, 2021)
Please join us Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 3 – 7 p.m. to celebrate the life of Don.
It is fitting for such an active community member and athlete that it will be held at the Active Living Centre, 20 Park Drive in Huntsville.
Please bring your memories. Refreshments, food and Scotch will be served.
March 29, 1931 – April 20, 2022
Marcella, Mom, Nana (as she was called by many children beyond her own family) passed away peacefully on April 20, 2022 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. She will be deeply missed by her children, Michael (and Emila), Laura (and Paul) and Peter (and Victoria) and by her grandchildren, Melanie (and Brad), Gillian (and Dallas), Stephen (and Aubrey), Madeleine (and Chris) and Elaina. She was proud as punch of her four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Hannah, Benjamin and little Eleanor. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Zdenek (Stephen), her loving brother Peter, and her parents, James and Laura Williamson (nee Marcellus … not a coincidence). Marcella will also be missed by a legion of extended family and many friends, especially her lifelong BFF Marlene Kocvar and dear sister-in-law Maureen Williamson.
Never one to back down from life’s challenges, Marcella could best be described as a firecracker. From being widowed at the young age of 42, to gradually losing her eyesight in her later years, she bore adversity with practical determination. (Don’t tell her she can’t walk her dog independently, go bowling, or manage her own disbursement of meds that would baffle a pharmacist just because she couldn’t see!) And God forbid her lipstick didn’t match her very co-ordinated outfits.
Her working years were spent as a devoted registered nurse with a true passion for labour and delivery, which she called ‘the happiest place in the hospital.’ Hundreds if not thousands of babies owe their safe passage into the world to Marcella, with the gratitude of the mothers she cared for in the process.
Although not particularly outdoorsy, she nevertheless embraced cottage life in Bala. Multiple generations of family and friends fondly remember her cottage as an important part of their childhoods. As one of them said fondly on her passing, “I want to be at the cottage hearing her yell at me to shut the damn door.”
Nana, you were truly a force of nature and have left us with an abundance of little life lessons, sayings and swear words to carry us through the years to come.
We are stronger for your strength. And warmer for your love. Not to mention the warmth provided by all those afghans that you continued to knit, without the benefit of sight, right up to your last day. Rest in peace, Marcella.
Her family wishes to thank the caring staff at Muskoka Traditions who went above and beyond especially during her last months and for a 91st birthday celebration that put her over the moon. A celebration of life is being planned for early May. (Details will be shared here as soon as available.) In lieu of flowers, donations to the CNIB or Canadian Lung Association would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
A Celebration of Life will be held May 7, 2022 one p.m., at Lakeview Senior’s Centre, Dwight ON. We will tell stories, joke, pray and listen to Doug’s music and share Doug’s favourite comfort foods. Please feel free to let others know of this event and join us if you are able.
Doug, or Rob as he preferred to be called later years, left us, after a brief but devastating illness, at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.
Doug has left behind his beloved wife, Gloria, his cherished children and grandchildren from his first marriage, Creed, Thea (André) and Silka; his grandchildren Cleéante and LacCoste. Gloria’s family of five and grandchildren who called him Dad, Doug and Grandpa, Gebrielle (Ken), Kristopher (Claire), David, Searse and Dale: grandchildren Adrian (Jordan) Alex, Leah, Caden, Kris, Connor, Emily and great-granddaughter Kyrie.
Professionally, Doug was associated with several engineering firms, designing highway interchanges, and water catchment systems, latterly with the District of Muskoka. He was well respected and sought after in his field.
Doug was the ultimate sports fan, theatre lover and arts supporter. He was intensely involved in Ontarians with Disabilities Assoc. Parry Sound Muskoka Mental Health, seconded to assist in revising the section of the Ontario Building Code which focused on accessibility for all. He was part of many volunteer Boards which focused on Human Rights and needs. He was social justice activist and ardent Letter to the Editor Writer, (Liz, did you have to publish ALL of them?)
As Doug’s wife, I will speak personally to thank the Emerg Staff at Huntsville Hospital for their care and concern when he first fell ill. To the ICU staff and the step down staff on Surg Three at RVH, you have my gratitude forever for the care and love you showed to my husband. Doug’s eyes were accepted by Trillium for medical research.
Arrangements have been left to Mitchell’s Funeral Home in Huntsville. Doug has been cremated and his ashes will be placed in a place he loved to be.
I still do not believe that I will never again see your face. My Love, I am sharing a poem which is giving me comfort and hope: may it help others as well.
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying…
December 12, 1959 ~ April 21, 2022
After a brief but courageous fight with liver cancer, Sue died peacefully in her sleep, in the loving embrace of Brian and her cherished niece Stephanie. Sue is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Brian. She was predeceased by her parents John and Judith “Judy” Piccione. Sue will be missed by her siblings, Joseph “Joe” Piccione, Donna (Chris) Kerfoot, Nicholas (Lynda) Piccione and her dear sister and best friend, Linda Fearon. Crossing the Rainbow Bridge before Sue were her beloved family Labradors, Filly, Jake, and Salem. Left to mourn are Sue’s many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, many of whom she had close personal relationships with. They will remember Sue fondly as their “Cool Aunt”.
Sue was born and raised in Toronto. She was a proud resident of Scarborough and attended elementary and high school there. Her work life ranged from bank employee to telephone operator, but for the majority of her career she was a 33-year veteran of Toronto EMS working as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Sue was highly thought of by her colleagues and was regarded as a “good dispatcher”, the highest praise one can receive in that stressful and demanding profession. While at Toronto EMS, Sue met Brian, the love of her life and the feeling on Brian’s part was very mutual. What followed was 31 years of happily ever after. Brian would often tell people that these were the happiest years of his life. Upon retirement in 2015, Sue and Brian relocated to their paradise in the forest outside Huntsville, Ontario.
One of Sue’s great loves was travel – Paris, London, Italy, throughout much of Canada, seeing and experiencing new places brought her great joy. Many trips involved whale watching in the waters of Cape Cod, NFLD., Tadoussac, P.Q., British Columbia and Mexico. Her personal favourites were humpback and orca whales. One of Sue’s most memorable trips was to Churchill, Manitoba to see the magnificent polar bears. Closer to home was Algonquin Park with its lakes, trails, moose, bear, and wolves.
“Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best, when things are worst.” (Jeff Bridges, Starman)
Thank you to our neighbours on Lynx Lake Road. Special thanks to Paul and Sandy. To our dear friends, particularly our Toronto EMS pals, for being there when we needed them most. Special thanks to our palliative care support group, Para Med nurses Megan, Brittany, Cathy, Jessica and Ashleigh, RNs Norma and Debbie, Doctors S. Rask, R. Kent, D. Harrold, S. Erven, and A. Small. Many thanks to our family physician Dr. M. Mason. We were treated with such patience, kindness and compassion. There are angels on earth and not all superheroes wear capes. From the bottom our hearts, thank you to our families for their love and support. Without you, we wouldn’t have had the strength and courage to endure this awful time.
In keeping with Sue’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at Grandview Golf Club on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 2-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers and if so inclined a donation in Sue’s memory to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Rosseau, Ontario would be greatly appreciated. www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with heavy hearts that the family of William George Muckler Sr. announce his passing on April, 21, 2022, in Huntsville.
What do you say about a man who lived a full 90 years devoting his life to his family and community? You’d say things like, “he was larger than life”, “man of character”, “absolute legend”, “a man who treated people with respect”, and “one of the most genuine, caring, funniest guys out there”.
Bill or Big Muck (as he was affectionately called by everyone) was a devoted husband to Barbara (Gibson) and were in their 65th year of marriage. Loving father to Laurie (predeceased), Bill Jr. (Tracy), and Jamie. Grandfather to Lauren (Scott), Ben (Nicole), and Brodie. Great-grandfather to Brooks, Dawson, and Isla. Predeceased by his parents George and Rhoda and brother John. “Over the hill with a hell-of-a-noise, who should it be but the Muckler boys”. Born in Midland, Ontario on September 5, 1931, his family moved several times before settling in Paris, Ontario. This is where Big Muck became involved with his community joining the Masonic Lodge, coaching minor baseball and hockey as well as playing.
He was a project supervisor for the Ministry of Transportation which brought he and his family to Huntsville. They loaded up Laurie (15), Billie (12), Jamie (3 wks.), a dog and a cat. Bill retired after 38 years with the MTO and started his 2nd career, his true calling, at Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course.
This is where he was happiest, meeting people from all over the world, even celebrities and not knowing it. His true colours would shine, picking on their terrible golf attire and suggesting they go into the Pro Shop to buy adequate golf wear. Calling “a spade, a spade” was Big Muck (which landed him in hot water more than once).
His true love was sports. Whether watching, playing or coaching he touched generations of kids’ hearts. He even came out of retirement in his 70s to coach his grandson, Ben. He expressed over the years that his greatest highlights were coaching minor hockey, coaching and managing junior hockey in Huntsville, working the G8 and the Canadian’s Women’s Hockey Championship, and travelling all over with his incredibly close buddy and son, Jamie.
He will be incredibly missed.
“Skate hard, just don’t rip the jersey.”
“Say goodnight Dick.”
Visitation will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville on Monday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Visitation will again be held at Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, Paris, Ontario on Wednesday, April 27 from 1-2 p.m., with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at either www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com or www.wmkippfuneralhome.com.
HALL, Muriel Carrie
September 11, 1918 – April 18, 2022
Peacefully at Bradford Valley Community Care home, on Easter Monday, April 18, 2022 in her 104th year. Predeceased by her parents, John “Jack” and Emily (nee Mellor) Hall originally of Ravenscliffe and then Huntsville and by her sisters, Patricia Johnson (Bill) of Maple , Marjorie Steele (Ken) of Toronto, and Marie Lupton of Huntsville. Very much loved by her nieces and nephews, Maureen and Ken Blakelock, Richard and Lynn Johnson, Helen Johnson, Ruth and Dave Griepsma, Roger Steele, Pam McClary and Mike, Craig Dollimore and Sharon, Eric and Hayley Dollimore, Brian Dollimore, Elliot and Tracey Dollimore and Regan Dollimore.
Muriel lived her long life in Ravenscliffe and then Huntsville. Muriel worked her summers for Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park. I believe she was the longest employee working there for a total of 39 years and worked for all 4 camp owners! She worked a number of her winters at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. A large part of her life was being a member of the All Saints’ Anglican Church in Huntsville. The church was a very large part of her life.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Muriel at a visitation on Sunday, May 8, 2022, from 1-2 p.m. at All Saints’ Anglican Church, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at All Saints’ Anglican Cemetery in Huntsville.
Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the funeral service and can be located on Muriel’s memorial page in the service section. Online condolences, memories and photographs can also be shared on Muriel’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to All Saints’ Anglican Church, Huntsville.
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Marda Charlebois (nee Paris) announces her passing on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the age of 53. She peacefully passed with her husband Steve Charlebois by her side, after a year long battle with cancer.
She leaves behind the love of her life Steve, her three children Cassandra (Devin), Samantha (Barry), Cori (Connor) and two grandsons Eli and Logan. Daughter of the late Peggy Poulton and Dave Crossen. Survived by her brothers Bruce (Louise), Derrick (Donna), late Ken, and Issac (Wanda), and her sisters Tina Tackore (Peter), Sis (Julias), Nicole (Chris), late Patsy. Will be loved and missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends and family may visit the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street East 705-759-2522) on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Memorial Service to be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with inurnment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. In memory of Marda, donations can be made, payable by cheque or online, to the Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice, Huntsville, Ontario. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.arthurfuneralhome.com
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Georgina (“Gina”) Victoria Baum, 85, of Dorset, Ontario, who passed away peacefully with family at her side in the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on April 1, 2022, from cancer.
Gina was born on December 3, 1936, in Hungary. Gina, her parents and sister fled the horrors of WWII and lived in Germany and England before moving to Toronto, Ontario in the early 1950s. She married Fred Baum and had two sons, Bobby and Mike, and later bought a marina on Kawagama Lake in Dorset. She became a realtor alongside Fred in a very successful real estate business, the legacy of which is presently carried on by her son, Mike, and granddaughter, Sabrina. Gina and Fred travelled often throughout past winters and came to love the Island of Kauai, in Hawaii. After the passing of Fred, Gina met Phil Poyntz at a Lions Club Christmas dinner and were married on Oct. 10, 2010.
Phil’s wonderful family consists of his daughters, Kim, Karen and Cindy, and two sons, Larry and Guy, each with their own families. Gina and Phil travelled often and enjoyed a beautiful, loving marriage together in Dorset.
Gina was predeceased by her former husband, Fred Baum, and her parents Etelka and Arpad Tiborc, and her sister, Ildiko Francais, and son, Robert Baum. She is survived by her husband, Philip Poyntz, and her son, Mike, and granddaughter, Sabrina Baum, and her niece, Francais Mitchell, and nephews, David Mitchell, Arpad and Tristan Francais, and Oliver and Volker Lange.
Gina lived for her family and friends. She gave 100 per cent from her heart and soul to all those who were around her. She will be dearly missed, but lives on within all of those she touched with her wonderfully giving, loving, and warm personality.
Rest in peace Gina (aka Mom & Granny), we love you and your memories will live on in us forever.
Burial services will be held in May 2022 at the Paint Lake Cemetery, Dorset, with a reception to follow. A summertime ‘22 Celebration of Life will be held, date to be announced. Please revisit mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further details as they are arranged.
It is with shattered hearts that we announce the passing of Christina Perentesis. On April 9, 2022, Christina passed away peacefully at home with family by her side after battling cancer with grace and positivity for 18 months.
Christina has left a void in the hearts of many people, especially her mom, Angie Perentesis, her siblings Gina (her twin), Maria (Grigoris) and Steve (Vicky), and her “6 Little People”: Evangeline, Peter, John, Pano, Niko and George. She is predeceased by her dad, Peter Perentesis.
Christina was an extraordinary person: strong-willed, but respectful of opposing points-of-view. She enjoyed a good debate, but could defuse a situation with calm and logic. Her dark, often inappropriate sense of humour and willingness to laugh at herself were infectious. She could comfort people with an attentive ear, a hug, or her beautiful smile. She was generous of heart, and those who had the privilege of meeting her loved her dearly. Christina adored all animals, but had a particularly soft spot for her cats, Patch and O-ee.
Christina lived life as an adventure. She loved great food and drink, road trips, games (especially while winning), the outdoors, bonfires and fireworks. She relished family celebrations: birthdays, barbeques, baptisms. Her niece and nephews looked forward to spending time with Thea Ti Ti. She spoiled them, but was adamant that they be respectful and polite.
After receiving diplomas in the fields of Dental Assisting and Broadcast Journalism, Christina built a photography business. She excelled at telling stories through her photographs, whether they were landscapes, portraits or “selfies”. When it came to her photography, she was a perfectionist. Christina worked long hours to satisfy her passion for travel. She immersed herself in the local art, culture, language and food wherever she went. It is often said that Christina could take others with her through her stories and pictures.
Christina had a strong work ethic; whether serving you at Metro or the Family Place, she took pride in a job well done and it showed. Having spent much of her life in the food industry, Christina was a favourite of customers. She will be truly missed by her “second families”.
After her diagnosis, Christina received support and encouragement not only from her family, but the community of Huntsville and beyond. The family would like to thank the following people who were instrumental in Christina’s care: Sunnybrook Hospital’s Oncologist, Dr. Stephanie Chang, and their amazing nurses on 5D; the wonderful nurses at Huntsville’s Closing the Gap; and especially Huntsville’s Palliative Care Team led by Dr. Deborah Harrold, whose compassion and honesty meant a great deal to Christina.
The family welcomed visitors at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville on Wednesday, April 13 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Masks had to be worn.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. A luncheon to follow at the Active Living Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville or the Muskoka Animal Rescue. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Celebration of Life
Ken Thompson (Feb. 16, 1945 – Dec. 30, 2021)
Please join us on Saturday May 28th from 1-4 pm, as we celebrate and remember the life of Ken “Wheels” Thompson, a man who was the kindest soul to friends and strangers alike and always lived life to the fullest.
We can think of no better gathering place to raise a glass and toast his memory than the Huntsville Legion, a place that Ken proudly supported and where he shared many laughs and tall tales about his golf game with friends and family.
Refreshments and snacks will be served.
Madeline (Maddie) Miller passed away peacefully at her Huntsville home surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 3, 2022. She was predeceased by Frank, her beloved husband for more than 50 years. Cherished mother to Laurie (Ron), Lisa (Gary), Art (Bonnie), and Jimmy. Loving grandmother of Adam (Rebecca), Matthew (Natalie), Carrie-Anne (Jay), Jason (Tara), Alex (Fernanda), Jamie (Kelsey), and Brittany (Matt). Cherished great-grandmother to Cody, Tyler, Katie, Chase, Maverix and Adeline. Maddie was predeceased by her brother John Martin and sisters Nita McKeown, Ethel Melton, Elva Rowe, Lavina Snowden, and Orka MacLean.
Maddie was born in Huntsville on September 13, 1928 and was the sixth child of Walter and Laura Martin. She grew up in a farmhouse and attended elementary school at the one-room school house on Ravenscliffe Road. As a young teen, Maddie moved to Toronto to live with her brother John and his wife Mary where she helped them take care of their children and was a willing hand with household chores. Maddie always had an affinity for kids.
She met Frank at a dance in Huntsville and married him in 1954. They bought their first home in East York, then in 1968 and four children later they moved their family to Markham. Maddie returned to the workforce in 1977 working for SDS Securities until her retirement in December 1985. In January 1986, Frank and Maddie retired to Huntsville to live in the house they built beside her sister Ine and her husband Turner. They enjoyed walking together twice a day, every day for over 15 years. Playing pool or an evening of cards was never out of the question.
Retirement living also meant the beginning of the ever-loved 11:30am and 4:30pm clubs. The 11:30 club was spent with her sister Ine and Turner. It was a daily tradition of getting together for some chitchat and a pre-afternoon beverage. The Friday 4:30pm club was a bigger deal. They always had the best snacks on the table and it was a come one, call all invitation to friends and family and zero judgement as to who came through the door. Sometimes the 4:30pm club was quiet and lasted only an hour but, more often than not, the Miller home was abuzz every Friday with folks stopping in, well into the evening and everyone coming together over good food, drinks and laughter.
For many years, the Miller residence was the hot spot for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party. No one will ever forget the good old days. There were so many highlights of Maddie’s life: family time at the cottage, a trip she won to Hawaii, visiting Scotland, and England and a road trip out to the East coast.
The simple things in life brought Maddie joy. She collected elephants as she saw them as a symbol of good luck. She loved gardening and baking and made the best hot cross buns. Her bread and butter pickles were as undeniably delicious as her famous chili sauce. Oil of Olay was the secret to her youthful glow even though she may have been a witch at heart. Of course, Halloween was Maddie’s favourite annual tradition to embrace. Her house was almost as decked out as it was at Christmas.
Her devotion to her family was apparent and Maddie adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren just as much as they adored her. She had the best sense of humour and her wit remained sharp and intact until the very end.
4:30pm will never be the same again. Maddie lived her best life every day and her glass was always full. Her nursery rhymes and stories of yesteryear will continue to be told and cherished.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 11-1 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the funeral service and can be located on Maddie’s memorial page in the service section. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or charity of choice in lieu of flowers.
“You can always tell where a beautiful soul has been by the tears and smiles left behind.”
Passed away peacefully on Saturday March 19, 2022, at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care home in Huntsville in her 88th year.
Barbara (Barb) was born on April 12, 1934 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to parents Stewart and Alexis Zinck. She is the beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Smith of 64 years. Barb is the cherished mother of Charles and Peter and proud grandmother of Justin. Barb was a devoted wife and mother. She worked part time on the Federal census, then full-time at the Hudson’s Bay Company to help pay for orthodontics for Charles and Peter. She and Bob enjoyed international and domestic travel for 45 years. Barb loved the outdoors with family canoe trips around Algonquin Park, the family cottage on Toad Lake, as well as knitting, crafting, square dancing, Probus and of course her church. When not caring for her family, Barb volunteered in the community with the Huntsville Animal Shelter and Meals on Wheels. Our family would like to thank Dr. Forestell for his decades of care for our Mom, Dr Taylor, and more recently Dr. O’Halloran and the dedicated nurses and staff at The PInes, Muskoka Landing and Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Trinity United Church in Huntsville from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in remembrance of Barb can be made to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be given to www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The family of Agnes Howe, full of fond memories and love, regret to announce her passing. The sun rose on Agnes’ life on September 17, 1923 in Harrogate, England and continued to shine brightly until it set on March 24, 2022 in Huntsville, Ontario. During this time Agnes filled the world with light. She married the love of her life, the late Allan Howe, at Christ Church in Harrogate on November 4, 1944 while he was stationed in England during World War 2. They were able to see the world together, and lovingly raised a beautiful family. Agnes has now rejoined her late husband Allan, son Michael, and grandson Keith Spratt (Connie) who had passed before her. While the sun may have set on Agnes, her loving glow is fondly remembered by her brother John Charlesworth, daughter Patricia Spratt (late Dave Spratt), son Lynn (Janice), grandchildren Matthew Howe and Kristy Hubens (Stewart), great-grandchildren Rielly-Mae Spratt (Ryley Taylor), Tate and Lyla Hubens, and great-great-grandchildren Jaylyn-Rose Spratt, Bryson and Cleo-Mae Taylor.
The family will be celebrating Agnes’ life privately and asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to Hospice Huntsville hospicehuntsville.com
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred peacefully on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, of Mildred McEachern (nee Keown) at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville. She was 96 and was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Murray McEachern. They are survived by their three children: Andy McEachern (Valerie), Ruth McEachern-Ross (Charles) and Penny McEachern; five grandchildren, Robbie Drebitt, Anna Haley (David), Amy Aubin (Stephen), Murray Ross (Lee), Grace McEachern, Donald McEachern (Shannon); and six great-grandchildren: Travis and Ethan McEachern, Myla and Harper Haley, Hallie and Elijah Aubin.
Known locally as Grandma Millie, she was born and raised in Dwight and helped her mother and siblings run Gouldie House.
Her life, apart from raising her family and spending time at the family cottage on Red Chalk Lake, was busy doing extensive volunteer work. A member of Knox United Church and the UCW, member of Dorset Lifeliners, Brownie Leader, camp cook for local Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders patrols at Doe Lake and Adelaide camps. A member of the Tall Pines Snowmobile Club, member of the Order of the Eastern Star and canvasser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society for over 35 years. She also served with the Wrens during World War 2, joining up when she was 18. Her expertise at making butter tarts was legendary in Dorset and beyond.
Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Muskoka Landing who took such excellent care of Mom during her last years. We also appreciate the kind condolences expressed by family and friends.
Burial and service at Paint Lake Cemetery will take place in May. Further details may be found on Mitchell Funeral Home’s website when arranged.
Passed away peacefully on August 21, 1938 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in her 84th year. Violet was born on August 21, 1938 in Brunel Township to parents Emmitt & Mary (nee Smith) Markle. On January 30, 2004 Violet married Gordon Bullock at Hillside United Church. She is survived by her beloved husband Gordon. Cherished mother of Jack (Sharon), Jill, Judy (Steve), Jim (Kelly) and step-son Gordie (Kathy) Proud grandmother of Crissy (Russell), Jennifer (Doug), Carmen (Karen), Travis (Kalli), Jessica (Corey), Steven (Alyssa), Joey (Christine), Michelle, Brooklyn and David. Great grandmother of 17. Dear sister of Murial (Howard).
Violet worked at Canadian Tire for 30 years as warehouse manager. She travelled with Gord and any family member who would like to join. She enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing and hosting family events.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 11 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 12 p.m. Reception to follow. Violet will be laid to rest in the Spring at Locks Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Muskoka SPCA Animal Care Centre in Bracebridge. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the funeral service and can be located on Violet’s memorial page in the service section.
Nevins, John Mark
(A photo of Mark Nevins appears within this beautiful painting that was created by him.)
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Mark Nevins on Thursday March 24, 2022, at the age of 57.
Mark was a proud and devoted father to Alexander, beloved son of Jack Nevins (Susan) and the late Mary (Bonnie) Nevins and dear brother of Matt and Mike Nevins. He is lovingly remembered by his former wife Cindy Nevins and her children Jesse and Amanda, as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In keeping with Mark’s wishes, no service will be held.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James St E, Orillia (705)327-0221. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca.
Thelma, born August 15, 1930, in Whitby, Ontario to Stella (née Ford) and Reginald Parrott, passed peacefully at the age of 91 with family by her side at Fairvern Nursing Home in the late hours of March 23, 2022, in Huntsville, Ontario. She was a feminist, an artist, an entrepreneur, an avid reader, and a wonderful (great, grand)/mother. She was before her time in so many ways.
After attending Huntsville High School, Thelma studied at New York School of Design and then Letchford Studio of Fashion Careers in Toronto. Thelma met her husband, Howard Brock Jr., through her work at Raubar Granite Co Inc, Detroit, Michigan. They were married May 29, 1953, in Indiana and raised three children together. Thelma followed her dream to design clothes, opening the Muskodeer Post Retail and Manufacturing outlet, selling custom leather clothing and goods of her own creation. She was a registered international porcelain artist, an instructor of china painting and later manufactured and taught ceramics. Thelma was community minded as a Stephenson Ward Councillor, a Town of Huntsville planning board committee member and Trinity United Church choir member.
Pre-deceased by her husband Howard, brothers Ralph, Frank, George and her sister Violet.
Dearly missed by her sisters Marilyn (Keith) and Evelyn (Tom) and her children, Dennis (Wanda), Donna (Eric), and Deena (Andrew). Loved boundlessly by her grandchildren Terri, Michael, Rebecca, Jason, Bernadette, Rory (deceased), Hino, Keelin, Quentin, and Chaney; great-grandchildren Andrea, Jessica, Alaina, Marissa, Cameron, Brock, Alexis, Cole, Jonathan, Brett, Lucas and Callum; great-great grandchildren Isabelle, CJ, Gabriella, and Olivia. She will be missed by countless friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will take place on Friday, April 8th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 9th at 11:00am with visitation prior to the service and a light lunch to follow, all at Billingsley Funeral Home. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend and can be accessed on Thelma’s memorial page in the service section entitled “click here to access the video”, to follow directions. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Fairvern Nursing Home or to CNIB would be appreciated. The family would like to thank Dr. Kent, Dr. Stephenson and the staff at Fairvern Nursing Home for their dedicated and loving care at the end of her journey.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Gandhi
Passed peacefully at 78 years in Huntsville, ON on Thursday, March 24, 2022, after a long illness. She was at home until her last hours, cared for with attentiveness, love and affection by her lifetime partner and husband, Stan Dronseika.
Linda was born on October 24, 1943 in Toronto to loving parents Elva and Norman Ludlow, eagerly awaited by her big sister, June Elendt. Linda and June were not only sisters, but close friends, whose friendship grew over time. They rarely missed their daily calls over the last few years.
Linda married Stan Dronseika on January 2, 1971 – celebrating over 50 years together this year. Together, they shared similar values – a strong sense of community, a lifelong passion for learning, and commitment to each other and their families. Linda had a good head for numbers and she loved puzzles that challenged her. She was one of the first women to work as an actuary in insurance in her early career. She always enjoyed cards, cribbage, jigsaw puzzles and became an expert poker player later in life, finding enjoyment playing everyday online. For decades, Stan and Linda together ran a successful business in Huntsville – Blackburn’s Marina.
Linda is known for her lifelong passion for learning, caring for the community and the environment. She became a Master Gardener. Gardens were her passion. Hers was spectacular and was often featured on garden tours. Enthusiasts were invited back for cuttings or seeds. She shared her knowledge with others, in person and on her radio show. She beautified gardens throughout the Huntsville area – from Main Street, to the local hospices. She is fondly known by friends and family as the “Flower Lady”. She was also known for her leadership and competition in the annual Fall Fair. She regularly contributed her time in the community for special events, such as painting scenery for the local theatre. In 2007, Linda received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award from the town of Huntsville.
In addition, she practiced Reiki and loved when she had a breakthrough helping someone heal. She will be remembered by all for her beautiful crafts – handmade quilts, crocheted clothes and blankets, and Christmas wreaths that are cherished and fondly displayed every year.
She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephew (Leslie Elendt, Jennifer O’Brien, Mark Elendt) and their families. She will be remembered by them for her generosity – inviting them to spend time at their homes in Mississauga (what a pool!) and Huntsville (boat trips, water skiing!) and taking them on vacations (Disney World). She was always thinking of ways she could bring them together, for instance, buying them a canoe that they used together. Her incredible baking is a reason that all three children enjoy experimenting in the kitchen to this day – memories of her festive meals, seasonal cakes and loaves with zucchini from her own garden, and Christmas treats and gingerbread houses are an inspiration.
Her Thanksgiving and Christmas feast were shared by many friends and family and created beautiful memories for all of us.
She had a big heart, and together Stan and Linda rescued many cats, giving them a loving home. She rarely spent a moment without a cat beside, or on, her – her constant companions in the garden and in the house. She was a comfort to them, and they to her.
Linda is survived by her husband, Stan Dronseika, by her sister June Elendt (and family) and by her cats, Thunder and Lady. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their care over the last few years.
Family invite friends to a visitation being held on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service in the funeral home chapel at 12:00 p.m. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend and can be accessed on Linda’s memorial page in the service section entitled, “click here to access video”, follow directions. Reception to follow. Burial to take place at Pine Hills Cemetery in Toronto. As an expression of sympathy flowers are requested in lieu of donations to honour Linda’s love of the many blooms she tenderly cared for throughout her life. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Karel (Charlie) van den Heuvel, at the age of 72, passed suddenly on Sunday, March 20, 2022. He was doing what he loved, where he loved to do it, on Lake Vernon just outside of Huntsville, ON.
Survived by his former wife and mother of his children: Carolyn van den Heuvel; his beloved children: Jeremy (Stephanie), Terri-Lynn (Sam), Kristopher, Amy (Tim); his precious grandchildren: Georgia, Victoria and Ryker, Ash and James, Hunter and Olivia; his sister and brothers: Toni, John, Leo, Jerry, Joe, Bill and Bernie; and his many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents: Karel and Helen van den Heuvel; and his brother, Martin van den Heuvel.
To know Charlie, was a great privilege. His take it or leave it attitude was balanced by his genuine heart. His stubbornness and determination complimented his constant drive and work ethic. He loved to hear a good story but loved even more to tell one, (sometimes more than once). He loved adventures and the simple things in life. His favourites being a clear sky, bright moon, sunsets, and the sounds of the outdoors. He was a true family man who welcomed everyone with open arms and always lent an ear. He wasn’t just a father figure to his own children but to many others who needed his comfort. He would light up in the presence of his grandchildren and they would do the same when he entered the room. He had many friends, old and new, who will be eternally impacted by his love, humour, loyalty, and tough exterior. He was a staple, a reliable fixture, a constant, the glue…our hero. He will be forever loved and remembered.
Charlie’s family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Friday April 1, 2022, at The Hepworth Room located in the Marritt Hall building located at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road South, Jerseyville, Ontario from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a memorial at 6:00 p.m. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
JANKE, Lynnette (Lynne) Irene
March 17, 1946 ~ March 18, 2022
Lynne fought pancreatic cancer with a brave fight of two-and-a-half years. Our family is devastated by the loss of her never-ending smile, positivity, and kindness for others. She came by this naturally in her nursing career spanning over 45 years at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and for most of her life at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville. She volunteered tirelessly at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 232) in the women’s auxiliary, ceremonial marching and preparing meals. The Huntsville Presbyterian Church was also a well known place to find her on Sundays and volunteering. Lynne would assist anyone asking for help, needing support or just an ear to listen. She always made time for her family and friends, no matter the calling. She was well known for breaking out dancing if a good song was heard (“Footloose” was a fave), exercising, cross-country skiing or walking her heart out at the Community Centre and track. In fact she would most likely run rings around anyone else she was around. In saying this, she took the announcement of her illness with valiant efforts and got to know staff no matter which hospital, Huntsville, RVH in Barrie, and Princess Margaret in Toronto. She truly put other people first before herself. Lynne loved to travel. She gallivanted whenever she could get away. She grew up with her father in the military and started with travel at Base Borden, North Bay, Manitoba and France. Finally settling in Toronto and later Huntsville. However, her thirst for travel continued where she always found time to trot the globe with her Mother and sisters wherever she could get vacation time or settle at her family cottage since childhood in Innisfil.
With her final travel date of March 18, 2022, Lynne left behind her loving husband Ed (Janke) her daughter Dana Cuff and son-in-law Mark, and her grandchildren Tyler and Mackenzie. Her son, Dennis Cuff as well as her sisters Lee and Georgina and extended family of nephews, nieces and cousins who were so much a part of her life. Predeceased by parents Betty (nee Jewison) and John (Jack) Robertson. Lynne also leaves a hole in the Janke family whom she was a part of for the last 25 years. Mark, Mike and Karen, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be missing her tremendously. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Any who are wishing to donate on her behalf, can be made to: Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Hospice Huntsville or the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with much sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Robert Gilbert, of Moncton, on Wednesday, March 16th, at the age of 88 years.
“Papa”, born in Reading, England, served four brief but memorable years as an aviation electrician with the RAF before immigrating to Canada in 1958. He had a long career with CP Express, and then spent a few years with the Toronto District School Board until finally retiring and moving to Huntsville, Ontario, followed by five years in Moncton.
A highly disciplined yet gentle and playful soul, when he wasn’t puttering in his work room or garden, he could be found enjoying time with his grandchildren, or relaxing by the pool on one of his cruises, always with a beer or ice cream in hand and definitely a smile on his face.
He is survived by his step-children, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, their families, his extended family and friends, their pets and of course his soul mate and best friend, his wife, Marian. All of whom loved him and will miss him dearly. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings.
Thanks to the staff at Hillside View Special Care Home and especially the Palliative Care staff at Moncton Hospital. Your special care of Papa has been amazing and words of thanks just don’t seem enough.
According to his wishes there will be no funeral and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hillside View Special Care Home Inc., 560 Front Mountain Road, Moncton, New Brunswick, E1G 3H3 or Friends of the Moncton Hospital.
If you would like to honour “Papa”, raise a glass of your favourite beer and say “here’s to the girl that lives on the hill…”
Arrangements are in the care of Salisbury Funeral Home (372-4800). www.keirsteads.ca
The beautiful and generous Sylvia Kathleen Wakelin was born in Solihull, West Midlands County, England on October 27, 1944. She passed away on March 10, 2022 at home in Huntsville. She was blessed with many loved ones who will miss her warm heart and infectious smile.
She is survived by her loving husband Richard Wakelin, daughter Nicole Edwards, sister Marie Devlin and her partner Michael Fish, and brother Trevor Price and his spouse Jenny. Stepmother to Jonathan Wakelin and his spouse Caroline, and Matthew Wakelin and his partner Bonnie.
Grandmother to Adam Wakelin and spouse Yoko, Alysia Fox and spouse Aaron, Bethany Wakelin, Brittany Wood and spouse Chris, Chantalle Pitter and spouse Antwon, and Nicki Wakelin and partner Mwangi Benjamin.
Great grandmother to Aiden, Annie, Anthony James, Benjamin, Diana, Isabella, Jolene, Kevon, Laila, Makenzie, Raphael, Tobias, and Xavier.
The family invite friends to a visitation at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Huntsville on Monday, March 21, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow the funeral service. Live streaming will be available for family and friends unable to attend and can be accessed below in the service section.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the following charity was Sylvia’s final wish: The Hope Children’s Home for Sepana and Nepal and can be made by mail or via phone to Action International Ministries, 3015A 21st Street, North East Calgary, T2E 7T1, 1-888-443-2221. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
CLARKE, Christopher Edward, February 20, 1938 – March 11, 2022
Born in Weston, Ontario to David and Freda Clarke, brother to Marlene (Mike). Beloved husband of (the late) Marlene Clarke, cherished father of Kelly, Karen (Brian) and Christopher Guy (Stephanie). Papa to Brandon, Taylor, Sarah and Katelyn, passed away peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
Chris joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1964 and graduated from the Ontario Policing College in 1966. He spent the first 10 years of his service with the Oak Ridges Detachment before moving in 1974 to Downsview Detachment, Criminal Investigation Unit as Detective Constable. After 29 years of policing service, he retired in January 1993.
Realizing one of his life-long dreams, he moved to Muskoka near the town of Dorset where he spent many years as a bus driver and guide for the Dorset Tower and sharing his knowledge and love of the area. In keeping with his commitment to community service, he also volunteered with the Dorset Community Policing and Haliburton Highlands O.P.P.
He was a lifelong hockey enthusiast and player. He was drafted by the NHL in 1959 but left to pursue a career in policing, however, he continued to play hockey well into his 50s.
Memorial service to be held Wednesday, March 23 at 1:00pm at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Rd., Huntsville. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the The War Amps of Canada or Huntsville District Memorial Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Chris was born March 20, 1943, in England and passed away at Muskoka Landing on March 12, 2022. Chris was loved and will be fondly remembered by Debourah and Owen Cradduck, Susan and Ken Wadeson, Debbie & Dave Boynton and Tony, and Sam Wall, along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, all of England. And many lifelong friends and acquaintances around the world.
Chris had several careers both in Canada and the UK. In Canada, many years working with animals at Vet Clinics and her grooming animals business. And in the UK, until she retired, a health care worker.
Chris moved back to Canada in 2008 and became an active member of Trinity United Church and also worked with a group providing Therapeutic Touch to many people and to the local nursing homes.
At Chris’s request, there will not be any formal services. She asks you to listen to Eva Cassidy or Norah Jones and think of her.
The family would like to thank Muskoka Landing for the wonderful and compassionate care she received from all the staff on Home Area One and all the Home Administrative staff. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away suddenly but peacefully on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care Home at the age of 85. Robert was born on January 22nd, 1937, to parents Charles and Edna Greig in Toronto, Ontario. On November 29th, 1958, Robert married Barbara Louise Spencley in Toronto and would spend 58 years together before her passing on March 2, 2016. Robert is survived by his children Kimberley (Tim) Trusz, Robbie (Tracey) Greig, Shelley Recoskie and Karen (George) Schamehorn. Cherished grandfather of Tanya, Matthew, Crystal, Natasha, Ambrose, Sebastian, Amelia, Heather and Michelle. Great grandfather of Hudson, Atlas, Thaddeus, Anastasia, Arabella, Calder, Braxton, Adeline, Emerson and Paisley.
As a Toronto Police Constable with 55 Division, Robert proudly served and protected his community for 40 years before retiring. He loved playing euchre with family and friends, riding his Valkyrie motorcycle, listening to Elvis Presley, catching up on local and world events through any news program, traveling to Cuba with Barbara for many years are just a few memories his family will treasure through the days and years to come.
The family invite friends to a visitation on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11:00 am until time of service in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. Robert will be laid to rest beside Barbara at St. Mark’s Cemetery, Emsdale in the spring. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the funeral service and can be located on Robert’s memorial page below the service section. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Jill was born in London, England on 6th March 1931. She was the eldest of three children with one sister Shirley who lives in the UK and one brother Graham living in New Brunswick.
Growing up in prewar England, Jill was a good student, and excelled at everything (well except for gym).
In 1939 things changed for Jill’s family dramatically when war broke out. Her dad William went off to serve in the army while her mum Eleanor, who was a nurse, kept her family safe by evacuating her children down to Cornwall away from the bombs in London. Jill can tell some fascinating stories about living with rationing such as when her Mum saved up months of rationing coupons to bake a wedding cake for her cousin Barbara.
With the war over, Jill focused on her studies and graduated from Kings College Medical school in 1956, one of only a few female graduates in her class. She went on to specialize in Ophthalmology becoming a world-renowned specialist in Glaucoma. Together with her first husband Gavin who was a pharmacologist, Jill was instrumental in the research and development of Timoptic, a drug to assist with the treatment of Glaucoma that is still in use today.
Jill married Gavin in 1956 and they had two children Ian and Fiona. Ian still lives in England with his lovely wife Maggie and their three dogs Martha, Jessie, and Elsi.
In the 70s, while heading up the Glaucoma unit at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Jill was approached by the CNIB to do research and treatment for Glaucoma amongst the Inuit in Labrador and she visited many isolated communities in Northern Labrador regularly such as Nain and Black Tickle. Some of the artwork pieces in Jill’s room at Fairvern were gifts from Inuit artists that she treated.
Jill moved to Canada to work in Goose Bay in 1977. It was here that she met and later married her second husband Keith. Jill and Keith worked together in Goose Bay for many years until they decided to move to PEI. They bought a hobby farm, and raised cows, chickens and geese. Jill loved gardening and her flower and vegetable gardens were a sight to behold. Sadly, Keith passed away from cancer in 1990.
During her time in PEI, Jill worked as an ophthalmic consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jill and Keith loved to travel and over the years, visited the Far East, the Caribbean and of course Europe and the UK. On her retirement from DVA, Jill moved to Kingston, Ontario to be closer to friends and family and after a few years moved up to Huntsville to be closer to her daughter Fiona.
Jill loved to read, watch tennis, and do crosswords! She was often found doing crosswords and showing her competitive spirit in word games around Fairvern. Jill passed away peacefully at Fairvern on Monday 7th March 2022, one day after her 91st birthday. She will be missed beyond belief. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the CNIB. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in her 79th year. Jannette was born on January 9, 1944, to Frank and Ella (nee Smith) May. She is the beloved wife of the late Graham Douglas Brown who predeceased Jannette in 2003 after celebrating 60 years of marriage. Jannette is survived by five sons and one daughter, Ian (Erika), Mark (Susan), Pam (Kevin) Lupton, Keith (Annette), Neal (Karen) and Glenn (Molly). Predeceased by her son Ted and daughter-in-law Debbie. Cherished grandmother of Nicole, Bradly, Jordan, Scott, Kristen, Cooper, Carter, Amy, Cara, Gryphon, Xena, Zoe, Sami and Cody. Dear sister of Allan (Bev), Lorraine (Steve) Best, predeceased by her brother Stevie.
Jannette dedicated her life to her family and community. She had a passion for all animals. She will truly be missed by her many extended family members and friends.
Family invite friends to a visitation being held on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Jannette will be laid to rest in the spring at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville or Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
FORREST, Dorothy Ivadell (Dot) passed away at Cooksville Care Centre in Mississauga on March 6, 2022 in her 97th year. Daughter of the late Verna Dales and Lorne Jelly of Grand Valley, Woodstock and Hamilton. Dorothy is predeceased by her beloved husband William (Bill) who passed away in 2019. They were married for 71 years. Dorothy will be forever missed and loved by her three daughters, Pat vanHalm (Robert), Karen Witkowski (Henry) and Sandy Gordon (Dale) and by her grandchildren, Ryan (Kayla), Kevin and Megan (Kyle) and by her great grandson, Travis. Dorothy is leaving behind many extended family members including her sisters-in-law Billie Forrest (Murray) and Joan Adamson (Don). Dorothy and Bill were lifelong members of the United Church and they will be missed by many friends in Bracebridge and at Trading Bay on Lake of Bays.
The family would like to acknowledge and extend their appreciation for the wonderful care that was provided at Rogers Cove, at The Regency Retirement Residence, and Cooksville Care Centre.
A family celebration will be held for Dorothy and Bill sometime in the future. Dorothy and Bill will be interred together in the Paint Lake Cemetery near their beloved cottage in Dorset.
‘… Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was…all is well’. (Poet, Henry Scott Holland)
Peacefully at Muskoka Landing on Sunday, March 6, 2022, Ernie passed away just short of his 91st birthday. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 69 years, Jeanette June (nee Smusiak). Loving father of Donna (Rick) Sidey, Debbie (Steve) Bradley and Dianne (John) Terry. Cherished grandfather of Pamela (Patrick), Alexandra, Richard, Stefanie, Dustin (Nicole), Chris (Chelsey), Caitlin and great grandfather to Teddy, Willa, Riley, Leah, Mya and Brooks. Dear brother of Donald, Gordon and Patricia, and predeceased by his siblings Bill, Jack, Lillian and Edith.
Ernie was active in the community and nothing made him happier than to make people laugh with his jokes. He spent many years active in stock car racing and announcing (CNE, Pinecrest, Sunset and Barrie Speedways), snowmobiling, and restoring his prized ’56 Meteor Niagara. Over the years Ernie also came to love watching his grandchildren play hockey and cheering them on in the rinks.
Ernie had a long career at The Toronto Star, retiring after 25 years as a Circulation Manager.
Formerly of Brampton, Ernie was involved in the community, serving as Alderman in the inaugural years of the City of Brampton council and also on the Brampton Hydro Commission. Ernie was proud of his active involvement over many years with Big Brothers of Peel.
After spending 25 years at the family cottage on Lake of Bays in Dwight, Ernie retired there and continued with extensive involvement in the community. He continued to be an active driver for the Canadian Cancer Society. He was passionate about running snowmobile drag races and Kitty Kat rides at the local Dwight and Dorset Winter Carnivals. He was delighted to have his grandchildren play for Martin’s Meteors in the Dwight Minor Baseball League. Ernie was a member of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Royal Canadian Legion and Doric Masonic Lodge.
The family would like to thank the staff at Muskoka Landing for the exceptional and loving care provided.
Friends and family will be received at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 1 p.m. Reception following service. Live stream will also be available for those unable to attend. Please visit Ernie’s memorial page to register for the live streaming in the service section.
For those who wish to remember Ernie in a special way, donations can be made to Muskoka Seniors (www.muskokaseniors.org/donate).
Passed away peacefully at his residence on Monday, February 28, 2022, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Marguerite (nee McGugan) Willows who predeceased Daniel on November 26, 2019. Cherished father of Debbie Louis Willows, Sharon Elizabeth (Ian) Mason, Daniel Scott (Grace) Willows and Terry (Michelle) Willows. Proud grandpa of Kristal (Aaron), David, Danielle, Duncan, Lochlan, Malcom, Ainsley, Marshall (Madeline), Sean and Meredith (Eric). Great grandpa of Joseph and Michael.
The family invite friends to a Funeral Service on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Huntsville. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Michaels – Renal Transplant Program. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
COOK, William Peter “Billy/Willy”
April 15, 1955 – February 20, 2022
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Billy on Sunday, February, 20th, 2022. A beloved brother of Marilyn (Rick), Fred, Shirley, Byron, Karen and Lorrie (Gerard). Grandfather of Liam, Adrien, Chloe and Quintin and dear uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Father of Willy Jr., and father figure to Carle-Joe and Conner and grandpa status to their children. He will be deeply missed by his dearest and best friend Norma.
Billy loved life with his many passions of cooking, painting, cars, music and the oasis of wildlife in his own backyard. He will be most remembered by his family and friends for his wildly huge and imaginative storytelling.
The family would like to thank the medical professionals; nurses and personal support workers for their dedication and care over the many years. A huge thank you to all the volunteer drivers with the CAPS organization, making it possible for Billy to travel to his treatments at different locations, no matter the weather.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 163, 435 Limeridge Road E., Hamilton. Donations are welcomed to be made to: CAPS (cancer assistance program) and the Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Always in our hearts.
Peacefully in his 93rd year, Bruce Werry of Huntsville on 23 February 2022, “building his stairway to paradise…”
Dearly missed by his three daughters, Lisa of Haliburton, Pam of Barrie and Celia (Perry) of Forest. Always adored by his grandchildren, Jessica (Kris), Christopher, Stephanie (Daniel), Patrick, Lauren (Eric), Meghan (Matt) and Nathan, Devin (Andrew) and Taylor. A special twinkle in the eyes of his great-grandchildren, Ellie, Isla, Frankie, Violet, Harriet, Blake and Hazel. Predeceased by his travel companion and better-half of 67 years, Lenore Werry, his parents, Ethel (Brien) and Stanley Werry of Toronto, and his son-in-law, Steve Copeland of Barrie.
Bruce Werry (University of Toronto, Victoria College 1950) will be remembered for his inquisitive spirit, relentless pursuit of new horizons and storytelling prowess. Equal parts stubborn and sweet, when he wasn’t teaching band or mathematics at Huntsville High School, he could be found paddling on Fairy Lake, or, in time, getting walloped by his wife on the golf course near their home-away-from-home in Montserrat, West Indies. In the early 1960s, Bruce packed up his family and headed to Ghana, West Africa where he assumed his post at the Teacher’s College in Kumasi. In no time, he had made his way into the local drumming band. Fast forward to jaunts across Europe, the Middle East and China, Bruce was also well-versed in Canadian landscapes having captained an RV bound for the Yukon, with Lenore by his side. His observations, both mundane and marvellous, will live on in his many travel journals, photographs and collection of curiosities.
While his suitcase was always ready to be packed with his colourful collection of polyester pants, Bruce found equal enjoyment in his time at home on Lake Drive. From Rotary plays and barbershop quartet performances to Trinity Choir rehearsals and well-planned rounds to find all the bargains to be had at Huntsville’s neighborhood grocery stores, Bruce was a familiar face in the community and will be missed.
Friends will be invited to celebrate the life of one of Glenn Miller and George Gershwin’s biggest fans at a future date this spring. Memorial donations may be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Trinity United Church, Huntsville.
Roberta passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on February 23, 2022 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 81st year. Born on December 21, 1941 in Huntsville, Ontario to parents Robert & Olive (nee May) Field. Roberta married Robert Holmes and would spend the majority of her life in Acton, Ontario where she would raise her family and become a member and volunteer at her church, Royal Canadian Legion and many businesses in the Acton area.
Roberta is the beloved wife of the late Robert Holmes. Cherished mother of Connie (Craig) Salter, Kevin Bath, Laurie (Bruce) Rudneski, Scott (Liz) Holmes and Garnet (Katherine) Holmes. Proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Shirley Collins and Pauline Diamond. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Olive Field and sister Evelyn Gildemeester and brother Irwin Field.
Roberta was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for her kindness and commitment to her family. The family would like to thank the staff at Rogers Cove and Huntsville Hospital for the excellent care she received.
Cremation has taken place. 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 the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Hospice Huntsville, Madill Church Preservation Society, or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
After a fulsome 93 years, Eleanor Gortmaker passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital, early on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Mom to Gail, Kent and Paul, and sister to Bryan and Lenora (predeceased by Gordon).
Eleanor met life with a sense of adventure, a ready smile and always a kind word. From her early beginnings near Shawville (Pontiac County), Quebec, Eleanor Alexander pursued a teaching career at schools in Quebec and Ontario before transitioning into being at home with her family after her June 1956 marriage to Al Gortmaker (deceased 2006).
Caring for her family was paramount for Eleanor, whether it was reading, sewing, baking or cooking, and she encouraged all three children to pursue their educational careers. Eleanor was also fortunate to enjoy trips to Toronto and Stratford theatre productions with the Centennial Seniors, and enjoy weekly lunch outings with the Muskoka Seniors, making many friends along the way.
Eleanor was fortunate to be able to spend the past few years safe at home, surrounded by family and engaging with friends. She will be missed by her children — Gail (Ken, deceased 2009), Kent (Cathie), and Paul; her siblings, Bryan (Gracey), and Lenora, as well as Gordon’s wife Nancy and their respective families; and her special friends Roz, Sandy and Mardi.
A private celebration of life will occur later in the spring/summer. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away suddenly on February 17, 2022 at her home in Huntsville at the age of 68. Jean was born on January 18, 1954, in Windsor, Ontario to parents Douglas and Neva Barr. She is the beloved mother of Aaron Hall (Jesse) and Megan Sartor (Ryan). She will be dearly missed by her precious grandchildren, Elizabeth and Amelia Hall and her brothers Wayne (Flor) Barr and James Barr.
The majority of her working years were spent in hospitality and most will remember Jean as the Assistant Banquet Manager at Deerhurst Resort. When not working, Jean loved boating on Lake of Bays, gardening, baking for her family and soaking in the sun. She loved to volunteer and would do so on many committees.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place May 14th at the Huntsville Legion from 2-4pm. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospice or Huntsville Legion, Branch 232. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Nancy Bell (nee Morrison) on Friday, February 18, 2022.
Nancy always kept a level head no matter what situations she encountered. She loved to sing. She loved to read. She was kind to people and made everyone feel comfortable around her. Nancy was a gracious host at Beauview Cottage Resort for many years and was active in both the Huntsville and Baysville communities.
Nancy is lovingly remembered by her husband Gord and her daughter Suzanne (Jeremy). She is predeceased by her parents, Bill and Grace Morrison, and her brother Bill. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, and personal support staff who have taken good care of Nancy. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the MS Society, Alzheimer Society of Muskoka, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, or Canadian Cancer Society.
Following Nancy’s wishes there will be no public visitation or service. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Margaret Meredith (Sanderson) announce her passing in her 93rd year on February 20th, 2022 at Hospice Huntsville. Mary had been struggling the past few months with congestive heart failure, and her death ended that suffering.
Mary is survived by her sister, Betty (Don) Walker. Predeceased by her husband, David Meredith in 1994. Mary leaves behind her daughter, Lynda Melnyk, and sons, Lloyd (Jan) and Jim (Colleen) Meredith. Predeceased by son-in-law Bernie Melnyk. Mary was blessed with 10 grandchildren, all of whom will miss her greatly: Chris (Amanda), Mark (Amanda), Katryna (John), Jay (Steve), Bobbi (Todd), Brooke (Matt), Tori, Georgie (Graeme), Teagan (Madi), and Kyra, in addition to 6 great-grandchildren: Mykola, MaryAnn, Arwyn, Mackenzie, Griffin, and Maeve. Predeceased by great grandson, Gavin. Mary also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins, who will remember Auntie Mary’s love, sense of humour and laughter.
Mary was born in Toronto on December 16, 1929 to Percy & Babe Sanderson. She married Dave in July of 1952 in Toronto, and raised their 3 children in Rexdale. Mary founded the Rexdale lacrosse Women’s Auxiliary and often talked of her neighbours on the street and their morning coffee dates.
In 1968, Mary and Dave bought Walker’s Lake Lodge and moved their family to Huntsville.
Mary was an extremely hard worker. After her retirement, she had more time for her many hobbies and participation in organizations close to her heart. It was often difficult to keep track of what Mary was doing on any given day, as she seemed more busy during retirement than in her working years. She was a member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, where she styled the hair of patients. Mary received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2011 in honour of her dedication to the Auxiliary, and was granted a Lifetime Membership in the Hospital Auxiliary Association of Ontario in 2010. Mary was also an active member of the Pioneer Memorial United Church in Hillside, where she was a member of the community and UCC.
Mary also tore up the lanes in her Seniors’ Bowling League and was an accomplished card player. She loved her Euchre games with her friends Marilyn, Bea, and Kay. Over the years, Mary enjoyed her long-lasting friendship with Orma as well. Even during her last weeks, she was out-scoring some of her grandchildren in Scrabble and jokingly asked one for “some better competition”. She was an accomplished story teller with an impeccable memory, who loved to recall the antics of her sister, Betty, or recall fond memories of her nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family. Mary was the keeper of the history of her family.
Mary also loved to craft, and was gifted in her ability to create knitted and crocheted heirlooms for her family and friends. Mary made many keepsake pieces for her family to mark important life events that will be forever cherished. Soon after the birth of her first grandchild, Mary began the family tradition of crafting a handmade Christmas ornament each year for each of her grandchildren. This continued for the next 43 years. Once Mary reached her ninetieth year, she attempted to discontinue the tradition, stating that she was “too old” to carry on, however new ornaments continued to be given for the next two years.
Mary passed from this life surrounded by the love of her family, with her children and grandchildren at her side. We would like to express our gratitude for the care provided by her son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Colleen during Mary’s later years. We would like to thank her
neighbours, especially Linda & Pat Russell. Lynda, Lloyd and Jim would also like to give a special thank you to Georgie for opening her home and taking such loving and compassionate care of Mary over the last 2 months until her passing. They are also greatly appreciative of the support Georgie received from Bobbi, Kyra and Jay in assisting with Mom’s care. Appreciation is also extended to Lynda West for providing Mary with such warmth and compassion in her later years and while in hospital. Many thanks also to the LHIN HCC palliative care team, including Norma, Sarah, Paula and Dr. Mathies and Harrold. We would like to thank the team at Hospice Huntsville for making the last few moments of her life peaceful and graceful, we appreciate the care and compassion you showed her during her final moments.
Visitation will be held on Thursday February 24, 2022 between 2-4pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary or the Pioneer Memorial United Church.
Masks must be worn to enter the funeral home. A receiving line will be formed to speak with the family without physical contact and long delays.
Born on July 28th, 1934, in Willowdale, Ontario, Marilyn passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 12th, 2022, at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 88th year. Marilyn married Bruce Colin Liddle on December 11, 1979, in Huntsville and would celebrate 42 years together. Her beloved husband Bruce and her children, Bill Scharman (Carman), Steve Scharman (Judy), Derrick Scharman (Sue) and step-children, David Liddle, Charles Liddle, Steven Liddle, Brenda Latulippe and Terri Liddle will deeply mourn her passing. Marilyn was a proud grandmother to Crissy Cravier (Russell), Carmen Scharman (Karen), Steve Scharman (Alyssa), Joey Scharman (Christine), Jessa Scharman, Fabio Guglielmi (Jennifer), Ashely Brinston (Charlie) and the late Jamie-Lynne. Marilyn is survived by 15 great-grandchildren.
Marilyn worked as a Law Clerk, working for Mr. Ireland and Mr. Cochram. As much as she loved her job, Marilyn loved caring for her family and doting on her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When not caring for her family, Marilyn loved to knit sweaters, travel and afternoon drives.
In keeping with Marilyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Michael Jake Vollans on Friday, February 18, 2022, a few short days after his 37th birthday. Mike was born on February 15, 1985, in Kitchener, Ontario. Son of John Vollans Jr. (Predeceased) and Sharon Burgess (Gary). He loved his two children Kai, 14 and Nevaeh, 12 more than anything. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Mike had a contagious spark for life with an innate talent for entertainment and humour. As a child he found a lot of joy in acting and was even featured in several commercials and movies. Whatever Mike set his mind to, he succeeded in with exuberance, enticing people to his charismatic talent for magic, bagpipes and deliciously prepared meals. He had a kind soul with a true love for his friends and family. The world around those who knew him will be forever changed.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated.
There will be a celebration of life for Mike on June 11, 2022, at 120 Hutcheson Beach Rd, Huntsville, beginning at 12 p.m. Please see his Facebook page, “For the Love of Mike” for ongoing discussions, laughs and pictures. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 85th year. Born in Hamilton, Ontario on May 8, 1937, to Onufry and Sarah Hunt. Beloved wife of the late Christopher David Robinson-Cooke who predeceased Deanna on October 15, 2016. Loving mother of Susan, Sylvia, David and his wife Debbie. Cherished grandmother of Andrew (Amanda), Sarah (Matt), Stephanie (Charles), Harry (Melanie), Tanya, Destiny, Ryan, Harley, Dearanna, Chris (Colleen), Bradley (Chelsea), Ashley (Adam), April (Alisha), Adam, Luke and the late Davida. Great-grandmother of Abigail, Alexander, Grace, Claire, Violet, Ivy, Max, Charlie, Lily, Bryan, Sierra and Chevy.
Deanna from an early age had a love for music which began at the Salvation Army Church. She was an accomplished pianist, organist and was proud of playing many historic pipe organs in Hamilton. She was a volunteer at the Muskoka Seniors and enjoyed spending time with her family and close circle of friends. She loved to travel, play cribbage/dominos and drive her golf cart around Palette Lake.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario from 12:00pm until the service at 2:00pm. Spring interment will take place at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Muskoka Seniors or St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence may be left at www.billingslyfuneralhome.com.
Friedrich Hermann Schroll passed away suddenly on February 10, 2022, at his home in Huntsville, Ontario, he had just turned 88 years old. Friedrich was born in Traunstein, Germany on February 01, 1934. Cherished husband of 54 years to the late Helda Schroll (nee Nigu) whom he missed everyday (1940-2013). Beloved father of Mark Schroll and his wife Lynn and Richard Schroll and his wife Karen Corey and children Phil, Chris and Caitlyn. Cherished Opa of Colette (Schroll) and Erin (Schroll). Uncle to Erika Arabel (Schroll) and Katie Porretta (Rowland). Survived by his half-sister Annelies Linder. Predeceased by his father Friedrich Christian Schroll (1902-1960), his mother Berta Franziska Cacillia Linder (Schroll) (1906-1997), his sister Helga, his brother Walter Franz Albert “Wally” Schroll (1943-2008). He will be missed by all his family and many friends.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Evalyn Perrier (nee MacDonald)
With sad hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Evalyn Perrier (nee MacDonald) on Sunday February 13, 2022 at the age of 97.
Born on March 13, 1924, in Huntsville Ontario, daughter of Mildred (MacKay) and Collins MacDonald. Evalyn was the oldest of 10 children; survived by her sister Ruth (Ray) Vowels. She had 7 children with her first husband Fred Broadbent: Sam (Marg) Broadbent, Debbie (Bob) Oke, Myrrl (Nancy) Broadbent, Jim (Susan) Broadbent, Doug (Anna-Mary) Broadbent, Carole Broadbent, and Violet (Abbie) Desjardins. With the marriage of her husband Orville Perrier, Evalyn’s family grew with the addition of 5 step-children: Mary Nedrofsky, Marcelle Perrier, Roberta (Ray) Dobson, Paulette (Bill) Quinn, and Lorrette (Brian) Bartlett. She was the proud grandmother of many many grandchildren. Evalyn fiercely loved all her family, and believed that family was gained by love, not just blood.
Evalyn was a faithful Christian, hard working, independent, sharp, and very generous. In retirement she and her husband Orville joined the Salvation Army Church where they spent several years volunteer coordinating and operating the thrift store and food program. She was a sponsor for Teen Challenge Canada for over 20 years and believed strongly in supporting troubled youth. She grew up through the Depression, and was determined that her family would never go without; she consistently helped family members when they fell on hard times. Evalyn was very social and loved playing cards, Yahtzee or any game where she could connect with friends. She was known for her crochet skills, making socks and an afghan blanket for every family member, as well as for fundraisers and events. She gave her grandchildren many memories of “Gramma Camp”, sleepovers and beach time.
She will be missed by all her family, her friends at the Rocky View Lodge in Crossfield, Alberta where she lived the last 8 years, and by everyone who knew her. A Celebration of life is scheduled to be held June 18, 2022 at 1098 Windermere Road, Utterson Ontario.
Passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville in her 82nd year. Alice was born on September 8, 1940 in Sault Ste. Marie to parents Walter and Anna (nee Prudhomne) Williamson and raised alongside her 8 siblings.
Alice is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years William “Bill” Allen whom she married on July 5, 1969 in Bolsover, Ontario. She is the loving mother of Tom Allen (Deb Witmer-Allen) and Tamara Smith (Brad). Cherished and proud grandmother of Glen, Kyle (Theresa), Jonathan and Miranda (Tyler). Great-grandmother of Kaleb and Briar. Dear sister of Terry (Anna). Predeceased by her parents Walter and Anna Williamson and siblings Mel, Phyllis, Stan, Don, Lawrence, Harvey and Marilyn. Alice will be lovingly remembered by her dearest friend since preschool, Irene (Ken) Frier and by close family friend Pat (Grant) Mason-Graham. She will be dearly remembered by her many friends and extended family and, of course, the women from her quilting groups in Huntsville and Burk’s Falls.
Alice earned her B.A. in English Literature at Queens University in Kingston, B. Ed. at Nipissing University in North Bay and Library Science Specialist at the University of Toronto. When thinking of Alice, family and friends will remember her love of cats, her feistiness, her competitive nature when curling or playing word games, the many hours and days she would spend quilting and perfecting the quilts she made or her strong sense of women’s rights. Some would say it was the joy Alice felt and emanated when she would bring life to the characters she read to children and seeing the delight on their faces. She enjoyed quiet times at the family cottage on Georgian Bay and snowshoeing, rustling through the leaves or making maple syrup at Goodwill Heights, the family woodlot in Armour Township. In addition to traveling from coast to coast in Canada and to multiple American states, Alice and Bill traveled to international destinations such as Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Tobago, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany and Greece. Alice thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at gardening.
The family would like to thank the nurses, physicians and support staff for the excellent and heartfelt care she received during her stay at Huntsville Hospital and Hospice Huntsville.
The family invites friends to a visitation being held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 1-2 p.m. The memorial service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville or Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Sadly, Orvo passed away at Muskoka Shores Care Community in Gravenhurst after a long and difficult illness at 93 years old. He is deeply missed by his wife Colleen, the love of his life for more than 68 years. He was the much loved Dad of Brock (Marlane), John (Patricia) and Bette. He will always be Grandpa to Daniel (Sandra) and Thomas (Candace), Uncle Orv to niece Connie (Vince) and great niece Emily (Mark).
Orv was born in Nipigon, Ontario and was predeceased by his parents Hemmi and Impi Ranta. As a boy, he worked in his father’s logging camp, saw mill and farm. He explored the forests surrounding Nipigon and was as comfortable there as in his won home. When his father, Hemmi, went hunting he would take Orv along and give him a rifle with a single bullet, which helped Orv become an exceptional marksman.
Over the years, Orv was employed as a forest ranger, firefighter, hotel security officer and retail loss prevention officer. Later in life he became a mechanic for air-cooled, marine and small engines, as usual with great skill. He also possessed a private pilot’s license and often flew out of Buttonville Airport.
Retiring to Huntsville in 1990, Orv fished, hunted, cross-country skied, snowshoed, canoed, camped and took up archery. He tied his own fishing flies and indulged his love of woodworking and pyrography.
It’s very difficult to refer to our Dad in the past tense, but he will always be remembered for his courage, which helped him face down many hardships, dangers, and bouts of serious illness. We’ll always cherish his big smile and bright blue eyes.
Donations in Orv’s memory to Muskoka Seniors, or, to Huntsville Public Library would be greatly appreciated by his family.
It was Orv’s wish that there not be a funeral. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Dad, we love you, we’re so proud of you, and we miss you.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of (Margaret) Anita Verzyden announce her passing on February 9th, 2022 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto with her family by her side.
Anita was born August 28th, 1947 in Peterborough Ontario to Leigh and Anna Hunt. She graduated from St. Peter’s Secondary School before following in her mother’s footsteps to become a registered nurse, later graduating from St Michael’s School of Nursing in Toronto. She dedicated her life to helping others, having spent time as an emergency room nurse, a member of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and as a dialysis nurse. Anita retired from the profession in 2013 providing care through Camp Dorset and Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia.
Her lifelong care for others was felt by her family especially. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Leendert (Lane) Verzyden, children; Christopher (Catherine), Leigh-Anne (Ben) and Stephen (Jessica), as well as her grandchildren; Heidi, Carson, Gus, Finn, Levi, Meril and one more expected in April. Anita will also be deeply missed by her extended family and friends.
Anita met her husband Lane in 1977 while on a ski trip to Huntsville where their love for each other blossomed into a marriage lasting 44 years. They started their life together in Toronto, before moving to Ennismore, Ontario where they raised their three children. Anita was an avid reader and loved to spend her time skiing and curling in the winter, and tending to her beautiful gardens in the summer. She was a dog lover, enjoying the companionship of Holly, Belle, Bailey and Suki. She also looked forward to time spent on weekends and during the summer on Echo Lake in Baysville. She created fond memories with her friends, family, children and grandchildren on the beach. Anita eventually retired in Baysville on Echo Lake, and for the past two years resided in her home located in Burk’s Falls.
Anita worked tirelessly for her children. She made sure they had everything they needed to succeed in life and was regularly involved in their education, volunteering to support school events and creating opportunities for her children. She later extended this devotion to her grandchildren. Throughout their lives, Anita and Lane devoted themselves to one another. The love they shared was immeasurable and resonated with every member of her family.
Anita will be remembered for the love she had for both her immediate and extended family, the compassion she had for others, her kindness and the strong friendships she established during her life.
Visitation times are scheduled for Tuesday February 15th, 2022 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville, Ontario. Masks must be worn.
A service will be held in her name on Wednesday February 16th, 2022 at 2pm at S.t Mary of the Assumption parish, 12 Centre Street, South Huntsville. Those attending may arrive after 1:30pm. Please be advised, standard Covid-19 protocols will be in place. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Lyla passed away at home with family by her side on Monday, February 7, 2022, just shy of her 91st birthday. Lyla was born in Huntsville on February 11, 1931, to parents Clarence and Winnie (nee Tryon) Smith. Lyla married Edward Storey in 1961 in Huntsville and had 49 years with him before his passing in 2010. She will be dearly missed by her children Brett (Cathy) Storey and Gail (Carl) Terreberry, and her cherished grandchildren Pamela Terreberry, Dana Terreberry and Sarah Storey. Lyla was predeceased by her parents Clarence (1975) and Winnie (1990) and by infant brothers Harold (1929) and Theodore (1930).
Lyla spent her childhood in Etwell where she attended S.S. No. 4 school which is now at Huntsville Heritage Place. She graduated from Huntsville High School in 1948 then attended business school in Toronto. After raising Brett and Gail in Downsview, she returned to the workforce as a legal secretary for Gulf Canada and then Metropolitan Life. She retired in 1993 back to Huntsville.
Lyla was an avid bowler both in Toronto and Huntsville. She loved getting together with friends to play cards. In her younger years, Lyla and the family were often camping. She loved spending time by the pool or lakeside relaxing and enjoying a swim. She travelled to many Caribbean locations and Mexico over the years to escape the cold winter weather. Lyla loved cats and always had one or more in her care. More recently she liked watching her shows on TV, especially Jeopardy, doing crossword puzzles and chatting with friends on the phone.
We take comfort knowing that now she’s back playing cards with her lifelong friend Verna. We miss you and we love you mom and grandma.
The family invites friends to a visitation scheduled on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 1 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to to Hospice Huntsville or Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and Bereavement Authority of Ontario, social distancing, facial covering, and contact tracing will be strictly adhered to. To attend the Visitation or Memorial Service, please RSVP on Lyla’s memorial page on Billingsley Funeral Home website or call 705-789-8982. Livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend the Memorial Service and can be accessed on Lyla’s memorial page. It is also recommended to register for the livestreaming in advance.
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 30th, 2022, at Huntsville Memorial Hospital with family and a wonderful care team by his side. Norman was born on January 4th, 1934 in Toronto to Douglas and Irene Newman. At approximately 4 years of age, Norman moved to Huntsville with his mother and younger sister Joan, when his father went overseas during the Second World War, where he was raised and spent most of his adult life. Norman was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Grace Margarite (nee Rickward), the love of his life, in August of 2019, whom he missed terribly. Left to mourn him are his 3 children, Brenda Greer, Karen Woroch (Chris), Dale Newman (Susan). Cherished grandchildren, Bethany, Jamie (Christina), Karissa, Carly (Paul) and Jordan. Great-grandfather of Alyssa, Jacob, Brooklyn, Isaac, Lucas, Ella and Aria. Pre-deceased by his sisters, Norma Jean and Joan (nee McFadyen). Norman will be sadly missed by his dear friends John and Brenda West, Scott and Andrea Chatterson, and Lori Gray.
Norm (Dad) was a doer. If he saw something that needed to be done, he did it. He was a lover of so many things including sports, travel, camping, fishing, photography and woodworking. And he loved his church family, his neighbours and the wider Huntsville community. He has left his touch of love on the hearts of so many.
We wish to thank Dr. Megan Stephenson, Russ Buckerfield (Hospital Chaplain), and all the ICU nurses at the Huntsville Hospital, in particular Brad, Sam, Matt, Shannon, Kathy, Cathy, Esther, Irene, Laura, and Karen. As well, we would like to thank Dr. Johnstone, Dr. Ryan, RTs Andrew and Krista, and Dietician Trish. You all cared for Dad in such a professional and compassionate way and in caring for him as you did, you ministered to us as well.
A Celebration of Life/Open House will take place on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 from 1-4 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Huntsville. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Friends of Fairvern. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, contact tracing, social distancing and facial coverings will be strictly adhered to. To attend the Celebration of Life please call the funeral home at 705-789-8982 or RSVP at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of James Kevin Wagg who, at the age of 61, passed peacefully early in the morning of January 28th, 2022 at Algonquin Grace, Hospice Huntsville.
James (or Jim or Jamie depending on how and when you knew him) was born and raised in Huntsville by his late parents, Percy Wagg and Theresa Rose. A licenced Optician of 42 years, James will be remembered by many as the smiling, friendly face at Precision Optical in the Huntsville Place Mall and later at the office of Stager, Stager and Lutyk Optometrists.
James loved the outdoors. Whether it was hunting in the backwoods of Ullswater, getting in a round of 9-holes at the local golf course, or pitching a tent in the middle of Algonquin Park, James was always the happiest outside, experiencing life and seeking new adventures with his friends and family.
The most important thing to James though, was his family. James was a devoted, loving husband of 41years to Jean Creasor, and proud father of Courtney and Tyler (Brittany). Although “too young” to be a grandfather, James’ greatest joy in the past few years has been that of being ‘Grampy’ to Wyatt and Adelyn.
Predeceased by his brothers, Larry (Cheryl) and Peter, James is survived by his brothers, Ernie (Evelyn), Ray (Diane), Roger (Shannon), and Chris (Antoinette) and siblings-in-law, Brian (Carol), Darryl, and Charlene (Dave). James will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Huntsville would be appreciated for the peace and comfort they provided James and his family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully on January 28th, 2022 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 82. Born on May 28th, 1939 in Dwight, Ontario to parents William and Dorothy (nee Robertson) Sluman. Marion married Paul Jensen in Dwight, Ontario on September 30th, 1961 and would spend the next 60 years together filled with much love, a lot of laughter and some tears. She is the cherished mother of Stephen and Suzanne (Shawn) Graham. Proud grandmother of Scott (Natasha) Graham, Cameron (Brittany) Graham and Hunter Graham. Great grandmother to Elijah and Hadley Graham. Marion will be dearly missed by her sisters Marnie (dec. Carmen), Isabel (dec. Joe) and Pat (Ron), sister-in-law Sally Suman and predeceased by her brother George Sluman, as well as sister-in-law Janet (Ken) Maw, sister-in-law Myrna (dec Ken) Jensen and predeceased by brother-in-law Tor.
Born and raised in Dwight, Ontario provided Marion with a strong sense of family and community, while ensuring her love and appreciation for the area and numerous friends in this small town. She loved spending her summer days, swimming and socializing on the Jensen (Sluman) corner of Dwight Beach, camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park and vacationing for many years in Cuba. Marion lived a full and remarkable life as a wonderful mother (both natural and adopted by many as such), homemaker, friend and co-worker before leaving the workforce to raise her children. She cherished each moment with her extended family and myriad of friends from all around the world. If one trait were used to describe Marion, it would be that she absolutely loved to entertain, whether small, or large groups of people. She had a magical quality of making others feel welcome, loved and cared for, within moments of meeting. We would be remiss in not mentioning her love of shopping, especially the years of marathon, week-long “retail therapy” sessions at Christmas time with her sisters.
The family invite friends to a visitation on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 1-2 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville. The funeral will follow in the chapel at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with the restrictions mandated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, limited attendance, contact tracing, social distancing and facial coverings will be strictly adhered to. To attend the visitation or funeral service, please call the funeral home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time or through Marion’s memorial page located at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
We think about you always
We talk about you still
You will never be forgotten
And we never will
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain
To walk and guide us through our lives
Until we meet again.
Your wife Julia Misera, son Christopher Sticker
Daughter-in-law Elizabeth and grandaughters Skye and Luna,
God-daughter Charlessa, Linda and Norris
and all your friends and family.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic loss of Koen. Koen (Koko) Schmidtke was a bright spirit and has left holes in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to know him. He passed away at home on January 22, 2022 at the tender age of 22. He was the beloved son of Kevin and Tara (Marcus) and a cherished brother to Kelton and Taea and step-brother to Lara. He will be greatly missed by his grandparents Phyllis Fraser (Barrie), Doug Fraser, and Helen and Norm Schmidtke. Family gatherings will never be the same for his many aunts and uncles and cousins who loved him so deeply and are devastated by his loss.
Often heard before seen, Koko’s infectious laugh will never be forgotten. He was an adorable scallywag who brought joy to whoever he was with and had a gift for making everyone feel special. He will always be remembered for his kind, generous spirit, and his exuberant nature. He made everyone laugh and could be relied upon to bring life to any occasion. He had all the time in the world for anyone who needed him. Koen was a true friend to all and his absence will be greatly felt.
Koen was happiest in the outdoors and was always up for an adventure. Whether it was scuba diving or climbing a mountain, Koko was always keen to get amongst it. He loved hunting and fishing, and Killarney will always be a special place for him. He was a generous soul who loved all living things. He was gifted with plants and gained pride from his gardens. He was employed as a landscaper when he lived in Australia and was a natural when working with his hands. So witty and cheeky, Koen was a great co-worker to have. No matter what job he was doing, he made every workplace a fun place to be.
His love of animals was immense. Archie will miss Koen’s love and affection.
This world will never be the same without Koen’s brilliant spark. A Celebration of Life will take place when we can all gather together to honour such a beautiful person in the manner he most deserves.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, The Friends of Algonquin Park and Muskoka Mental Health Association in Lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
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.