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Emma Winnifred Josephine Payne (nee Gaisford), of the town of Huntsville, passed away on October 15th at home after a long battle with cancer.
Emma was born in Baysville, Ontario to Sarah (nee Houston) and Charles Gaisford on April 23, 1933. She married Ross Payne on May 31, 1952 in Huntsville, Ontario. Together they had three sons, Brian, Dean and Mark and resided in both Burk’s Falls and Huntsville, Ontario. She worked for many years at Brant’s Flower Shop, the A&P and Shoppers Drug Mart. She spent many of her hours volunteering for the Cancer Society and other causes around town. She was also known for chasing her grandchildren around the hills at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Club where she and Ross were founding members and spent many memorable years with great friends and family there.
Emma is preceded in death by her husband Ross, brother Emery, sister Marie and son Dean.
Emma is survived by her sons Brian (Barbara) and Mark (Suphanni); she will ever be remembered as the most wonderful Nana by grandchildren Denise, Courtney (Matt) and Evan, Natasha and Richard; and great grandchild Rei.
Due to current restrictions there will not be a service at this time. Cremation has taken place. Emma’s family extends our sincere thank you’ to the doctors and nurses at the Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Hospital, to Closing the Gap – Huntsville, and to Billingsley Funeral Home for their time and care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local cancer charity of choice or Huntsville Hospice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Chris passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace in Huntsville on October 13th, 2020 at the age of 75 due to a very rare form of cancer. Beloved husband of Gladdie, and much loved father of Sarah (Jeremy) Geer and Craig (Shona). Very proud and loving grandad to Chase, Jack, and Lucas Geer, and to Claire and William Thomas. Remembered lovingly by his sister Patricia, and predeceased by brother Gerald, father Frederick, and mother Winnifred.
Chris had many talents and passions. He had a successful career in computers as a systems analyst for over 30 years. He was also a skilled craftsman who loved to build many things, from pine furniture to the family speedboat named the TNT. Together with Gladdie, he built a beautiful cottage which has been their home for over 20 years, and had many adventures travelling the world, including the untamed Antarctica. Chris was a former director and chairperson on the board of the Fairvern Nursing Home, and he greatly admired the dedication of the staff.
The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Stephenson, Dr. R. Kirkpatrick, and the medical teams at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital, the Huntsville Hospital, and Hospice Huntsville for their outstanding care and support.
Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering to honour Chris will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. In memory of Chris, a donation to the Fairvern Nursing Home Huntsville, or to Hospice Huntsville would be appreciated.
Chris, we will always cherish the
Twinkle in your eyes.
Don passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital with his beloved wife, Patsy by his side. Born in Parry Sound to parents Norval and Edna Klingbeil. Don grew up in Windermere along side his two siblings, Marion and Aubrey. He attended school at Windermere Public School and later attended Bracebridge High School. On September 22, 1979, Don married Patricia Diane Tofflemire, celebrating 41 years together.
Don worked at Llanllar Estate as the Estate Manager along side Pasty for 40 years. In his spare time Don loved watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. When not watching his favourite teams, he loved to play the game himself. He was also know for his sense of humour and his friendly smile.
Don leaves behind his beloved wife, Patsy, his brother Aubrey (Tracy) Klingbeil. Dearly missed by Patsy’s mother Merle Tofflemire. He is the loving brother-in-law of Doug (Judy) Tofflemire and sister-in-law, Linda (Tom) Drever. Don will be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews; Kim (Tyler), Doug (Amy), Erin and Michael, Dan (Laurie), Jim and Gina (Jim) and great-nieces and nephews; Tseitel, Ari, Bo, Oz, Brynn, Brandon and Rebecca. Don also leaves behind his extended family and his many friends to mourn his passing. Predeceased by his parents Norval and Edna Klingbeil, sister Marion and brother-in-law Peter Dawson and father-in-law, Clifford Tofflemire.
Patsy would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Huntsville Hospital for the wonderful care and support given to Don and Patsy during his stay. A thank you also goes to Toronto Rehab for the wonderful care received.
Don will be laid to rest during a graveside service on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, www.
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Fairvern Nursing Home in his 87th year. Jack was born in Huntsville on February 17, 1934 to parents Annette (nee Young) and James Wright. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Thorne who predeceased Jack in 1994. Jack leaves behind his daughters Jacquie Patcheson of Victoria, B.C. and Shirley Thorne of Huntsville to mourn his passing. Jack will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Jack was laid to rest on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
GROOMES, Constance Marie “Connie”
December 22, 1944 – October 10, 2020.
Passed peacefully at Algonquin Grace Huntsville Hospice. Beloved wife of Arthur Groomes Jr. Cherished mother of Ken (Shelley), Steve (Kim) and Jeff (Leona). Proud Nana to Kayla, Morgan, Austin, Tracey and Stacey. Proud Great Nana to Nixon, Abby, Deacon, Haydn and Logan. Connie is survived by siblings Bev Updike, Muriel Shortt, Doug Stone and Fred Stanyer. Predeceased by her parents Mel Stone, Vi Stanyer and stepfather Ken Stanyer. Predeceased also by her siblings Barb Worthen and Peter Stone.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hospice Huntsville for the care and comfort they provided to Connie and her family during a very difficult time.
In keeping with Connie’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville, www.hospicehuntsville.com. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Bent Bertelsen of Huntsville Ontario, Canada passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Bent was born in Vejle, Denmark on November 22, 1931. He is pre-deceased by his parents and his sister Tove Mikkelsen. He is survived by his brother Jens Bertelsen of Denmark, his beloved wife Annagrethe Bertelsen, his son Michael (Julia) Bertelsen, and his daughter Susanne (Bill) Payne and his grandchildren (Bree and Seanna, Leif and Erik) all of Huntsville.
Bent and Annagrethe met in Denmark and immigrated to Canada together in 1958. As an architect trained and Master Mason, Bent felt that there would be good opportunities for a business in Muskoka. When the young couple moved to Huntsville in 1960 there were some tears of despair from Annagrethe for the lack of development in this little northern town. Bent saw it as a diamond in the rough, and over several decades he and his wife built Muskoka Masonry into a successful contracting firm in the area. With talent, and strong work ethics, and desire to live a life of adventure Bent and Anna’s efforts paid off and business prospered.
They retired early to pursue Bent’s second passion and a life of adventure through sailing. He single handedly sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and over the next 10 years Bent and Anna explored the Mediterranean and beyond.
His continued love of sailing and generous spirit inspired Bent to create the not-for-profit Huntsville Sailing Club. In fact, Bent single handedly built 6 of the small optimist sail boats for the club.
It is not surprising that from Bent and Anna’s many travels and wild adventures Bent became a master storyteller. Often when you saw the twinkle in his eye you knew one of his great and true adventure stories where coming. He truly lived his dream!
Throughout his life, Bent held an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with those who surrounded him. His passion for life, his family, his practical jokes and his “Bertelsen Ingenuity” will be talked about for generations to come.
As per Bent’s wishes he has been cremated. No funeral service is planned. In lieu of flowers the family would ask for donations to be made in memory of Bent to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
DEMAINE James “Jim”
Jim lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on his way to a beloved place.
He was headed to see his family to enjoy something he loved a lot – the great outdoors.
We are deeply shocked and in mourning over this tragedy.
Jim was an amazing father to Jamie, Steve, Ben, Dave, Natalie and Jenny.
He was also a loving son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, godfather, grandpa and great-grandpa.
He was an especially wonderful husband to Cherryll.
Jim was loved by so many people and also loved so many: too many individuals to name.
Jim’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Details to follow. Please visit mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further information as it develops.
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Joann McDonnell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of Mike and the kids. She left us much too early at the age of 57 after the devastating effects of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Joann was born on January 2, 1963 and grew up in North Bay with her four siblings, Julie (Murray), Jim, George and Janis and her parents the late James & Shirley McDonnell. She is survived by her beloved life partner, Michael Frew and children, Joey McDonnell and Blake Frew. Joann will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Joann worked as an Administrative Clerk at the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and leaves many friends to mourn her passing. She will be remembered for her caring and bubbly personality, her love of reading and cooking but more importantly the love and devotion she had for her family.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Sunday, October 4th, 2020 from 1:00-1:45 p.m., 2:00-2:45 p.m., 3:00-3:45 p.m. and 4:00-4:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., reception to follow. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to ALS Society of Canada, www.als.ca. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Joann’s strength of spirit and will to live in the most difficult of circumstances will remain inspirational, unforgotten, and cherished by those who knew and loved her.
On Monday, September 28th, 2020, Jo-Anna Starr passed away at home surrounded by love from her family. Jo-Anna was strong as her journey with cancer came to an end.
Jo-Anna was born in Montreal on April 8, 1960. She grew up in Brantford and later made her home in Muskoka. Jo-Anna had a warm and kind spirit that could light up a room and her positive energy was infectious. She loved reading, travel, and spending time outdoors – hiking, birdwatching, cross country skiing, and kayaking. Jo-Anna loved her family deeply and she will be missed terribly. She will be forever remembered by her husband David Petersen, her daughters Willow and Lena Petersen, her extended family, and her dear friends. Jo-Anna was predeceased by her parents Margaret and Kenny Starr.
Jo-Anna was an educational assistant at Huntsville High School. She took great pride and joy in caring for her students. If you wish to help continue Jo-Anna’s support for students in the community, please donate to the student bursary being set up in her name. Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/joanna-starr-hhs-student-bursary.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Lyle Irwin Benton
April 3, 1937 – Sept 20th, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lyle Benton on Sunday Sept 20th, 2020.
Born to Vera and Harvey, and raised in the Brockville area, Lyle was the oldest of four siblings (Mel, Brenda and John).
He was a man who wore many hats. As a husband, father, and brother, he was also a farmer, a musician, and was active in local politics. Most will fondly remember him as a science teacher at Huntsville High School, where he worked until retirement.
It was early on in his teaching career when he met Margaret (nee Finkle). They bought a farm in Emsdale and raised three daughters (Lori, Andrea, and Shawna). The house was always full of good food, laughter, music andfour-legged friends. It was not uncommon to see new baby goats and lambs with the family dog on the hearth of the fireplace.
When grandchildren came along (Kody, Amanda, Vaughan, Waverleigh, Aidan, Charlie, Delson, and Lauren) Lyle (aka Papa) shared his love of farm life, music and family.
Lyle had a spiritual/religious/philosophical side, through which he would enjoy a lively debate with whoever was game.
Lyle loved creating music, and was very involved in the Muskoka Music Men, the Almaguin Choral Society, the Kearney Music Group, and various musicals throughout the Almaguin area. Generous with his time, he contributed to many causes. He was involved with Big Brother of Muskoka, he also volunteered his time in Central America on various projects to helped small communities.
Parkinson’s disease became Lyle’s kryptonite. Despite the degenerative nature of the disease, he continued to operate the farm, play music with friends, bicycle, and run for fitness. More than once, he won in his age category at Huntsville’s Band on the Run, often lapping his daughters.
A force to be reckoned with, he role modelled courage in the face of adversity, fueled by his strong will and determination. He touched the hearts of many and was larger than life to the very end.
We will miss him and remember him dearly.
A celebration of life will occur when we are able to gather in larger groups. For those who wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Muskoka, Parkinson’s Society, or contribute to a local musical organization. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Degazio, Florence Jeannette (nee Verrier)
August 14, 1929 – September 23, 2020
Passed peacefully at the Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario on September 23, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Degazio. Mother of Joanne Oke (Douglas), Donna Lynch (Patrick), Michael Degazio (Christina) and Joseph Degazio (Shelley). Proud grand mother to Tanya Maw (Darren), Carey-Anne Oke-Cook (Mark), Andrew Lynch, Matthew Lynch (Carissa), Brennan Lynch (Meghann), Alexis Degazio, Nicholas Degazio, Joshua Degazio, Jordan Degazio, Jessica Degazio. Favourite great-grandmother of Taylor, Katlyn, Joanna, Westan, Weldan, Jo Leeanne, Violet, Keegan and the late Zachari. Florence is survived by siblings Celine Ross &Shirley Elgie. She is predeceased by siblings Joseph Verrier & Lorraine Kantomer. Predeceased by her parents Alphonse & Kataryna Verrier. Florence is also predeceased by her second husband George Bruce.
Due to Covid-19, Provincial guidelines and restrictions enforced by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services allow for a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 or RSVP below to reserve a time to pay your respects.
Visitation will be held at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Rd Huntsville, on September 27, 2020 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please note there are 3 visitation times you may attend. You may RSVP below to any one of the visitation times. Attendance will be limited.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 12 Centre Street Huntsville, on September 28, 2020 at 2:00pm, with burial to follow at the Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery.
If Desired memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be offered to the family at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
With profound sadness we announce the passing at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville, Ontario, on September 10, 2020 of Jean Frances Earl (nee Childs) of Huntsville, Ontario (formerly of Bolton, Ontario). Born May 1937, Loving Daughter of Irene Childs (nee Jones) of Mattawa, Ontario and Ronald Childs of the Isle of Wight, Loving sister of Shirley Williams (and the late Stew), the late Bill Childs (Dianne, also deceased).
Wife of Donald Warren Earl, deceased, loving Mother to John (Debbie), Leslie (Dave), Keith (Joanne) and Mark; Grandma to Duncan, Justin, Mark, Jared, Rachel and Claire; Great Grandmother to Dorothy, Charles, Joey, Emmett and Oliver; as well as favoured Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews from coast to coast.
Born in Long Branch, Ontario, Jean was a dedicated mother, embracing all of her children’s accomplishments and radiated in the role of Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Jean was known to have a feisty personality and kept herself current on World affairs she was always up for a good discussion on many differing topics such as her trips to England with her sister Shirley which she enjoyed so very much and never forgot. Jean often said those trips “were the best trips of my life!”
Jean had many passions including reading, crafts and was an accomplished artist. Jean also mastered the technology world involving computers.
At this time a family get together is all that Jean wanted to mark her passing, we will raise a glass in cheers to her and include all of you in our thoughts.
“Moved up to Bolton in sixty-two
There were hockey games, poker and fishing too
Life was good oh life was sweet
For our family over on Henderson Street.”
Jean will rest at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bolton, Ontario.
Lynn Seely Smith died peacefully at home in Huntsville, Ontario, after a hard fought battle with breast cancer on Saturday September 12, 2020, with her family by her side.
Lynn was born in Huntsville on August 4, 1963. She was full of life and enjoyed spending time with others and supporting the community.
She will be sadly missed by her husband Brian, her son Justin, and her daughter Mariah; brothers Robert and Eric (Jen) Seely; nieces Sarah and Victoria; nephews Jason, Josh, Braeden and Bailey; and numerous friends and relatives. Lynn was pre-deceased by parents Hall and Mary Jane Seely.
Many thanks to all the marvellous doctors and nurses, and our everlasting gratitude to Dr. Harold and her team, Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Jindal, Dr. Johnstone, and Dr. De Roode.
Lynn was a Conference Service Manager at Hidden Valley Resort and was known to be hardworking, friendly, and an all-around wonderful human being.
She will be forever in our hearts.
If you wish to honour Lynn’s life please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
As per Lynn’s wishes, she will be cremated. Please stay tuned for additional details regarding a celebration of her life in the near-future at https://www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at The Pines Long Term Residential Care in Bracebridge in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Bill Earl who predeceased Ruby on October 2, 2004. Dearly loved mother of Wilma (Joe) Proulx of Orillia, Don Earl (Diane Coombes) of Novar and Bonnie Earl of Calgary. Proud grandmother of Cindy (Andrew), Shona (Chris), Wendy (John), Scott, deceased, (Mandy), Rob (Anne-Marie), Jamie (Dezarae), Jeff (Krista), Jennifer (Waseem) and Jacquelyn (Pat). Adored great-grandmother of Ashley (James), Ryan, Sholaine, Brett, Adam, Colin, Brandon, Jordan, Cole, Laura, Riley, Weston, Hudson, Corson, Waverley, Isaiah and Keziah. Proud great-great-grandmother of Dawson and Lauryn. Pre-deceased by her parents Lewis & Pearl Todd, brother Harold and his wife Ellen.
Ruby was raised on a farm in Novar ON where she was taught from a very young age how to take care of a home and do farm-life chores. She was taught the value of hard work along with other values of patience, perseverance, tolerance, kindness, caring and compassion. She lived these values every day of her life.
Ruby was a proud homemaker. She loved her home, her husband, her kids and celebrated the expanding of her family with each marriage and each birth. She was happiest when preparing food for family gatherings and friend drop-ins. No matter when you visited, there were always baked goodies. She was famous for her homemade bread, cinnamon buns, pies, cakes, cookies; and her butter tarts were to die for. Baking was one of the ways she showed her love. Everyone who entered her home was made to feel welcome.
She also had a soft spot in her heart for seniors. Her first out-of-the-home job was at Twilight Inn, Novar and then subsequently at Fairvern in Huntsville. The work was physically demanding but she seldom complained. In fact, she would often skip lunch breaks so that she could spend time with those seniors without family nearby, uplifting their spirits with a listening ear, while curling their hair or putting on nail polish. Ruby’s colleagues at Fairvern called her “mom.” This speaks volumes to who she was a woman.
After her husband’s death in 2004, Ruby said half of her died with him. Life was not the same. A diagnosis of dementia in 2009 led to a steady decline in quality of life. While she bravely soldiered on, her biggest fear was that she would forget her kids. She did not want to forget her kids. September 12, 2020 Ruby passed, knowing her kids were there with her and knowing she was loved. She got her wish. She did not forget.
Maybe our legacies aren’t so much about what we do, but how we make people feel.
Ruby leaves many hearts both enriched and saddened. Ruby made people feel loved.
Her earthly presence will be sorely missed.
Due to Covid-19, Provincial guidelines and restrictions enforced by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services allow for a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 or RSVP to pay your respects.
The funeral service will be held in the chapel at Billingsley Funeral Home, on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 1 p.m. The funeral service will be live streamed through Zoom for those unable to attend. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery where Ruby will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband. A reception will follow the burial at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On September 10th, 2020 as the sun was beginning to rise, this world lost a patient, positive and compassionate man.
Daulton Fredric Victor Brooks, at the age of 92, passed peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville where he had spent the last days of his life being loved, cared for and doted on by the staff and his family.
Daulton’s consistent positive outlook on life will be missed immensely by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
His passing is bitter sweet in that although we want him here with us for our forevers, he is now with his Delta, his parents, his 3 older brothers and all of those he’s loved and lost in his 92 years of life.
We will miss him dearly as we continue on our life’s journeys with only our memories to comfort us.
The love and understanding he had for all of his family and friends was unwavering.
Daulton’s appreciation for the simplest of things in life and the courage he displayed, as he faced some of the most challenging years of his life, can be a gift to all of us who knew him.
We love you dad,
Bob and Jean, Tim, Brian and Brenda, Nadine and Steven, Debbie and Grant, Darcy and Stephanie.
We love you Grandpa,
Alicia and Chris, Curtis and Alyssa, Terrilynn and Craig, Brittany and Jim, David and Kerri, Kyle and Emily, Kayla, Tanner and Jack, Gracie and Yannick.
We love you Great Grandpa,
Rhea and Skye, Dahlia and Nova, Emily, Delta, Seth and Tye and Georgia and Jayden, Paisley-Mae.
And to all of those that called him Uncle, Brother and Friend, we know you loved him too.
At the request of Daulton, and taking into great consideration for restrictions due to COVID, there will be no public viewing or service.
Daulton’s life ended in a loving, caring environment where he experienced the upmost of professional care . We want to thank all of those staff members for the care and love they showed to him and to our family during his time at Hospice Huntsville.
If you wish to honour Daulton’s life, please make a donation to Hospice Huntsville at www.hospicehuntsville.com.
On September 5th, 2020, surrounded by family, Jonathan Dale Armstrong was called to his heavenly home at the age of sixty. The world has lost a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend.
Jon was born in Bancroft, Ontario, on October 26th, 1959. At the age of six his family moved to Toronto. Jon completed his high school education, went on to be as a certified Class A mechanic also completing his certification for truck and diesel. He married Nancy West in 1979. In 1988 he moved his family to Huntsville, where he started his own business as Twilight Automotive, later known as Armstrong Automotive. He sold Armstrong Automotive in 2007.
Jon could turn his hand to whatever he wanted to do. He built two family homes, worked in car sales, did renovations, built garages and other odd jobs. In 2007 Jon married Laurene Hicks (nee Harvey). In 2013 he and Laurene started Muskoka Clean Water where he furthered his education and became a certified water service technician and also well technician. In 2017, they sold Muskoka Clean Water and moved to Florida to start a similar business. When he wasn’t working, Jon was busy making new friends and fishing in the gulf.
Jon’s greatest gift was his ability to make everyone feel special. It didn’t matter if you were family, friend, acquaintance, customer or a stranger, Jon was always ready and willing to help. Jon would go out of his way to be a problem solver. His sense of fun and quick wit endeared him to all, and he will be deeply missed.
Jon is survived by his wife Laurene, his parents Lillian and Loynal (Bud), bothers Tim (Tammy) and Andrew (Avril), predeceased by brother Philip (2016). Also surviving are daughter Shannon (Jesse Jones), son Brent (Samantha), stepson William Hicks (Rachel), step- daughter Amanda (Scott Smith) and father-in-law Eldon Harvey. Jon adored his eleven grandchildren Wesley, Olivia, Brooklyn, Clara and Lewis Jones, Danae and Seth Armstrong, Kostas and Maddox Hicks, Frank and Zoe Smith.
Over the last year and a half, Jon and the family were so grateful to all those who came to visit, called, emailed, texted, sent cards and most of all, faithfully prayed. It is comforting when someone is honest enough to say or show, “We’re here, but we don’t understand why this is happening any more than you do, but we’re here to be with you through it. God is doing something that is beyond us and we cannot understand it.” Our heartfelt thanks to you all.
The family will host a meet and greet to celebrate Jon’s homegoing on Saturday September 19th from 1-4pm. The meet and greet will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 169 West Road. Huntsville, Ontario. Please RSVP to this event, indicating the time and number attending and to request further information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the funeral/visitation indoors is restricted to a maximum of 50 people or less at a time and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending.
People wishing to honor Jon’s lifelong commitment to his family and friends can make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Faith Baptist Church, 169 West Road, Huntsville Ontario. P1H1M7
It is with great sadness that the family of Matthew Bullock announces his sudden passing on Sunday, August 31, 2020 at his residence in Huntsville. Matthew was born on November 28, 1984 to Charles and Karen Bullock.
Matthew loved the outdoors whether it be in solitude fishing or playing golf with his buddies. Matthew is survived by parents Charles and Karen Bullock, sister Tara and her husband Neil Fougere, their children, Ethan, Bryden and Bella Fougere, and loving partner Liz Shortt. His greatest joy was being a father to Mylei Bullock and a step-father to Kaylynn and her sister Candace. He is the cherished grandson of maternal grandparents Ray and the late Jean McEown. Pre-deceased by his paternal grandparents Albert and Edith Bullock. Matthew will be dearly missed by his best buddies Barrett and Kaiden, his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
A private family gathering has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Myrna Helen Cotterchio (nee Gower) passed away peacefully in her 90th year with her children by her side on August 30th, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 14, 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario to Alfred and Alice Gower. After Alice’s passing, Alfred married Ivy Lloyd.
Beloved wife of the late Louis Cotterchio and deeply loved mother of Deborah Cotterchio-Thomas (Jim), Sharon Young (Cubby), Brenda Van Haaster (Ken), Kevin Cotterchio (Michele), Brian Cotterchio (Shelley) and Sandra Farnsworth (Stan).
Treasured grandmother to Katrina Cotterchio (Drew Fenwick), Mike Van Haaster, Nicole Christian (Riley), Whitney Young (Blake Dietrich), Rob Van Haaster (Courtney Langstaff), Taylor Young (Jamie Wilton), Jessica Hymans (Rob), Shaylyn Cousintine (Travis), Bradley Cotterchio and Coby Cotterchio.
Cherished great-grandmother (Gigi) to Reed and Bren Fenwick, Owen, Miles and Lincoln Christian, Evelyn Hymans and Quinn and Rayna Cousintine.
Predeceased by her dear brothers Don Gower (Fran), Dennis Gower (Mary Ellen) (Jean) and Danny Gower.
Dearly loved sister-in-law to Mel Dyke (Roland Desjardin) (Norm Dyke), Moe Marcus (Bryan), Lynda McDonald (Fred) and to predeceased Joe Cotterchio (Doreen), Elsie Glass (Carl), Armundo Cotterchio (Elma) and Armenia Cotterchio.
Dearly loved aunt/great aunt/great great aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Myrna’s passions were first and foremost her family – always putting others first, and included golf (credited for 2 holes-in-one, possibly three – the jury is still out on that one), gardening and sewing (including her beautiful quilts and her daughters’ wedding dresses). She spent many of her younger years as a 4-H leader. She was incredibly creative – she made her children’s wedding cakes, loved to paint, and could put her hand to most any project. Her love for family functions allowed her culinary skills to shine through. Her unfailing optimism and cheerfulness continued to help her through her health challenges.
This amazing woman touched our lives in such wonderful ways. Loved and missed forever.
In respecting Myrna’s wishes there will not be a public service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
David Campbell Marsh
Formerly of Huntsville. Died on July 26, 2020 in Guelph, Ontario.
Shirley Dorothy Stamp (nee Burke)
September 2, 1927 – August 21, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Shirley just a few days short of her 93rd birthday. Shirley was born in Toronto to Hazel and Murray Burke on September 2nd, 1927. She was predeceased by her sister Eva Locken and is survived by her brother Murray Burke.
Shirley worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Federal Government until marrying the late Vern Stamp and moving to Kearney, Ontario in 1950. There, she joined the Women’s Institute and the Anglican Church Women’s group. She belonged to the United Church Married Couples Club and sang in the United Church choir. She started a “Brownie” pack in Kearney and lead a 4H group of girls, teaching them to sew and cook.
She was employed as a custodian at Huntsville High School after her children were grown, retiring after 15 years.
She leaves her five children, Stephen, Gerry (Debbie), Eric (Jo-Ann), Madelaine (John), and Brian (predeceased). She is also survived by grandchildren Vanessa, Jason, Cathy, Jeff, Janelle, Jamie, Steven, Lauralee and great grandchildren Troy, Dylan, Angelina, Kayla, Oliver, Zander, Noah, Shamis, and Ashtyn, as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
Shirley was a feisty, passionate, independent woman with a fierce love for her family, nature, crafts, bingo and budgies! You could almost monthly find her moving pictures and furniture within her home to perfect her “little corner of the world”. As much as she loved switching things up, she could always be counted on to provide a welcoming, safe place for all, particularly her loved ones. She will be deeply missed. What a treasure she was!
In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place on September 2nd. Due to Covid-19 there will be no Celebration of Life but a memorial slide show is being put together in order to honour her memory.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Norman Lawrence Hamilton
April 19, 1956 – August 15, 2020
Our dearest brother Norman was born in Huntsville to Alexander and Elsie Hamilton of Kearney who predeceased him. Norman was the second of eight brothers Henry (Kim deceased), Arnold, Randy (Tracy), Lorne, Michael, Murray (Barb) and William (Toni). Norman is also survived by his Aunt Alice Edsall of Clear Lake, ten nieces and nephews and their children. As well a great number of cousins.
During and after high school, Norman acquired a Culinary Arts passion, while employed at Deerhurst Resort.
In 1977 Norman met and married Caren Rider and moved to Napanee ON. In Napanee, Norman became Head Chef of a large restaurant in the area.
Norman and Caren were blessed with three children Daniel (Jennifer), Elishia (Tim deceased) and Sara- Mae. Norman was the proud grandfather to Benjamin, Ryan, Nicholas, Ashlei, Robert, Danyel, Emma-Lyne, Jessica, Elyssa and Darren. As well as a great-grandson Nathan.
After Norman and Caren’s marriage ended, he returned to Muskoka and became a carpenter, at the time of his death he was employed by Dan French of Bracebridge ON.
In 1996 Norman met Sharlene and her two daughters Cressida and Tia. They spent 24 years together and became proud grandparents to Evelyn and Robinson.
Our brother was equally proud of all five of his children and his grandchildren. Norman gloated to his brothers, that he was the first to have a great-grandchild, living in North Carolina, although due to distance, he never had a chance to meet him. Norman was admired and loved by all his nieces and nephews all who have stories to tell about him when they were growing up.
Our brother Norman, loved the outdoors. Norman’s idea of hunting, was to put the gun over his shoulder, shells in his pocket and walk through the bush. He and his brothers loved to go to the Trenton fishing derby every year when they were younger.
When Norman was single, he thought nothing of hopping on his motorcycle and travelling around Ontario to visit relatives as far away as Kingston for a day trip. It was not uncommon, for Norman to arrive at your door, just to say hello.
In his later years, Norman would drop Sharlene at work, and go visit one of his brothers. There they would happily work on a project or just sit and chat about growing up in the west end of Huntsville. One of Norman’s favourite topics, as young boys, was summers spent at our grandmother’s 285 acre farm near Cordova Mines ON.
Of all eight brothers, we believed Norman would last the longest. Norman was the biggest and strongest of the lot. Norman rarely smoked (occasionally he would pull out his pipe around a campfire) and would rarely indulge adult beverages. It is unbelievable that Norman is the first to join Mom and Dad.
Rest in peace our brother. Until we meet again.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, for caring for our dearly departed brother during his heart attack and stroke.
Memorial Celebration to be held at Murray Hamilton’s 55 Elliott St. W. Huntsville ON.
Saturday August 22nd at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Masks are required, social distancing will be observed.
PRASKEY, Gordon Robert (Gord)
Feb 13, 1931 – August 17, 2020 at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville at the age of 89.
He will be greatly missed by his loving partner Joyce Rostance. He was the beloved husband of Helen Risebrough Praskey (deceased 2009) for 59 years. Youngest son of Jim Praskey and Florence North, brother of the late Bill Praskey and Wilbert Praskey. Gord loved and was very proud of his son Joe Praskey (Cynthia Parsons) and grandson Jason Praskey (Kristen Praskey) and children Austin and Alison; grandson Ryan Praskey (Cari Vetere) and children Jackson and Dylan. He will be greatly missed by the children and grandchildren of Joyce Rostance. He was loved and appreciated by his sister-in laws Jean Praskey, Shirley Shier, Eleanor Frye and brother in-law Bruce Risebrough (deceased) and their families. He was a good and supportive friend to many people who will cherish his memory. He will be remembered as a fun and loving uncle by his many nieces and nephews. At age 62 he retired and he and Helen moved from Markham to Cheticamp, Cape Breton where they lived and entertained many visitors for over 20 years. Gord was a multi talented man, with a zest for life whose accomplishments included master plumber, builder, drummer/band leader (Imperials), Markham Lions Club member, percussionist (featured on TV show Going Down The Road) Markham scout leader (10 years) and Cheticamp CKJM Deejay. He worked hard and played hard and his enthusiasm and congeniality were appreciated by all who knew him. Thanks to all the staff at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care facility for all their compassionate care and support of Gord in his final years. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice are gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and obituary at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
During COVID-19, provincial guidelines allows funeral homes to operate at a 30 per cent capacity for visitations or funeral services, with social distancing measures being observed. Masks are mandatory within the funeral home. By invitation only, the visitation will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home on Monday, September 14th from 12-1 p.m. followed by the memorial service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
At the age of 88, Les Hughes passed away peacefully in Huntsville, on August 5, 2020. He worked for over 40 years with CP Express Transport Ltd as a long haul trucker with over 30 years of safe driving. Les was a very loving, supporting and caring husband to his wife Ruth for over 64 years. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time together with them. He was always there as the strength and the rock of the family; to listen and help in whatever way was needed, without judgement or criticism. He offered invaluable advice and guidance to all.
He had a strong passion for fishing, hunting, family and great knowledge for being a handy man with mechanics and home repairs. All traits and passions he has been able to pass along to his children and grandchildren. He had a very personal and special relationship with each individual member of the family. He was very much loved and will be missed by his wife Ruth Hughes (Roberts). His children Richard, Nancy (Rodger Wilson), Randy, Harvey (Hellen Chaka). Grandchildren Jeffery, Bradley, Amanda (Adrien Gendreau), Michelle (Joe Nicholls), Scott (Lorain De Koning), Brittany, Thomas and Keegan. Great grandfather to Lucas, Peyton, Stella and Elena.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Les’ wishes a family Gathering and celebration of life will take place at Billingsley Funeral home August 15, 2020 from 12:30 p.m – 2:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Parkinson’s Foundation or charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
May 19, 1976 to July 22, 2020
Brent passed away peacefully with his wife Becky by his side on July 22, 2020.
He was a true friend and devoted husband, son, brother and uncle.
Brent leaves behind his wife Becky (Stead) Morris, along with his parents Gary and Sharon Morris and sister Carolyn Morris. Also left to mourn are his in-laws Tom and Carolyn Stead, brother in-law Tom and Dawn Stead, sister in-law Margy and Jeremiah Tilstra. He will be greatly missed by his caring uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many great friends.
Brent lived life to the fullest – working hard and playing harder. Brent worked as a marine mechanic, diligently solving problems through his honest work ethic. He loved adventures, whether on snowmobiles, dirt bikes or boats. Brent found the greatest peace while out on the water enjoying the quiet on his boat “Beastie Bouys”.
Brent was a kind and generous friend with a smile bigger than life. His awesome group of friends would drop everything to help each other out or to engage in some shenanigans. Brent’s wife, Becky, has been his anchor throughout. Their love is unbreakable.
We would like to thank Dr. Harrold, the nurses of the palliative care team for all their help and support, and Dr. Emmenegger from Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center.
May we celebrate the many smiles and wish Brent “cheers” on his next adventure.
In memory of Brent Morris, donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville.
Celebration of life will take place in the near future.
Cope, William Henry
At 97 years young, Bill Cope passed away on July 29, 2020 at The Pines in Bracebridge Ontario. He was predeceased by Elisabeth, his beloved wife of 69 years, who passed away on January 24th, 2020. He will be lovingly missed by his children Dave (Sharon Orcutt), Katie (Bev MacWilliams), and Marg (Doug Bennett). He was the cherished grandpa of Alissa (Scott Baird), Shawn (Jen Brandt), Kim and Katy (Chris Divjak), and proud great grandpa to William and Nicholas Bennett.
Bill was an active, participating member of The Greatest Generation. As a child, he survived polio. As a young man, he served as an RCAF navigator during WWII. Following the war, he entered the workforce and advanced himself through various companies and locations in the field of high-end retail. Retiring early, at the age of 46, he moved his family to Huntsville. He then took a position with a Wall Street brokerage house as a management consultant on a part time basis.
An avid sportsman, Bill loved to hunt and fish and would go far afield to pursue these activities; he was a downhill skier, a golfer, an auto enthusiast, a sailor, a private pilot, a boat builder/restorer and a gunsmith among numerous other talents. He also had an incredible love for dogs, any dogs, all dogs and they always seemed to reciprocate.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Bill’s wishes there will be a small family gathering, where we will celebrate the legacy of Bill’s life.
Memorial Donations would be gratefully accepted by The Huntsville Hospital Foundation or any Dog/Animal Shelter near you.
On July 22, 2020, Bryan passed away peacefully at home after a year and a half struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family and close friends.
One of Bryan’s true loves was the game of golf which led him to the opportunity of receiving golf scholarships in the U.S. After university he returned to Toronto to acquire his law degree at Osgoode Hall and had a rewarding legal career, including receiving the recognition as Queen’s Counsel. Bryan was always ready to help when he saw a need, giving generously of his time, thoughtful counsel, and financial support. He was the founder and developer of Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, one of Canada’s premier golf courses.
Bryan had an insatiable zest for life which he and his wife Julie explored as private pilots, taking them on many great adventures. Their shared love of boating, skiing and cycling brought them much joy and many happy times together.
Bryan will be lovingly remembered by his wife Julie, his sons Jason and Christopher, his grandson Jackson, daughter-in-law Susie, his sister-in-law Jody, her husband Stephen and their 2 sons Benjamin and Tomas, his brother Jeff, and close friends Deb, Paul, Maddi and Karen.
We are very grateful for the amazing care and support of Dr. Marion Baechler, Bryan’s nurse, Megan, and his medical support team who looked after him at home with such compassion. He spent many weeks in Huntsville Hospital, and received incredible care from the medical team and support staff, as well as our community’s kind and professional paramedics who responded to his needs at home.
Neighbours and friends in the community were a vital support to both Bryan and Julie throughout his illness. In respecting Bryan’s wishes, there will not be a public service. Memorial donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away suddenly on July 28, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 62nd year. Ray was born on October 11, 1958 in Huntsville to parents Jackie & the late Ted Watson. Ray will be dearly missed by his brothers and sister; Robert (Berna), Stephen (Carol), Karen (Bob) and the late Kathy. Loving uncle and great-uncle to many.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 208 Fowlers Road in Huntsville from 1-3 p.m. Please bring your own chair. Refreshments are available; however, BYOB. Please join us by raising a glass to Ray. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Della May Elizabeth (Nickason) Sawyer on June 28th , 1948 Dick and Helen Nickason welcomed a baby girl. They named her Della May Elizabeth – after her granny Elizabeth Stevenson and her nana May Nickason. She is a tribute to both of those women. Della was the second child. Her older brother is Leslie (Wilma) and her younger siblings are Eric (d) (Pat); Billy (Grace); Brenda (d) (Barry Ross); Lonnie; Norma (Bill Van Alstine); Cheryl (Ted Spalding); and Mary Ellen (Tim Wright).
Della was raised near Deer Lake on what is now known as Stephenson Road 1 East. When Della married Norm Sawyer on March 27th, 1965, they built a house next door to her mom and dad. They raised three children – David (Diane); Paul (Kelly) and Wendy (Rob Jung) – with plenty of love and laughter. Now they are proud and loving grandparents to 8 grands and 2 great-grands. The love flows in both directions, as the grandchildren love coming for sleepovers. Della’s life has always been fully entwined with family, and that gave her great joy.
Just like her mom, she loved the horses and dogs and chickens that were a part of her country life. From her first horse Chief to her last horse Ebony, she loved to be on and around horses. She looked forward to an annual long-standing tradition to go horseback riding with friends and family every summer. She also loved her German Shepherd dogs many of which she owned over the years . She enjoyed her chickens as well, although we hear that the chickens were more obedient for Norm than Della!
Other outdoors activities that made Della happy were as varied as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking as well as 4-wheeling and riding motor bikes – from her kids dirt bikes to street bikes. Through more recent years, Della also enjoyed “cousin caper” outings with her loving siblings and cousins. Full of energy and laughter, Della loved to be active outside. More recently, Della and Norm tried their hand at beekeeping and one year their hives produced 180 lbs of honey! They both enjoyed time together on their annual trips to Cuba where they formed lasting friendships with some of the locals there.
Della began working as a teenager at Divine Lake Lodge – lots of teens in the Port Sydney area got their first jobs there. Later, Brenda encouraged her to come to Hidden Hitch, where she started at an entry level job and worked her way up the Human Resource manager. During her 28 or so years at Hidden Hitch, she took many college and university courses that related to her job. During her learning process, Della also reached out to help adults learn to read and she got back a huge amount of enjoyment from helping them learn. After she finished at Hidden Hitch, Della went to work at FanoTech in Bracebridge until she “retired to stay active”.
Della and Norm built a few homes and moved around the Port Sydney and Huntsville area, but never out of it. Their first home was built beside her mom and dad. They built their current home on Stephenson 12 East where she also had the enjoyment of having her horse, her dog, her chickens and her bees there.
Talking about the joys in Della’s life would not be complete without celebrating the great peace she found in her relationship with the Lord. Della was saved in her early teens. Then a few years later she enjoyed many years of fellowship at Deer Lake Gospel Hall until she was no longer able to attend due to health implications . For many years she held a Wednesday afternoon Ladies Bible Study in her home right up until Covid-19 forced the disbanding of many social groups.
Three years ago, Della was diagnosed with PLS (a disease related to ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease) but instead of wading through details and arming herself with worry for the future, Della concentrated on enjoying every moment that she had, and relying on the Lord to help her through the coming days. She accepted and graciously faced the journey that would lie ahead.
During COVID-19, visitations and funeral services are conducted on a schedule and by appointment only. For those not wishing to attend the funeral service, there will be visitation on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home. Scheduled visiting times start at 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Following provincial guidelines the funeral service will allow a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a seat. The interment will take place following the funeral service at Stephenson Cemetery in Port Sydney. The family asks that any memorials be in the form of donations to Huntsville Hospice, where she and her family have received only the best of care from Norma and the palliative care teams. The family is also grateful to Dr. Varieur who even made house calls to Della during COVID-19; to the PSWs who gave such good care; and to Closing the Gap organization. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Many thanks to Billingsley Funeral Home for their support. No words can express the appreciation for all the prayers and kindnesses of her Christian family, and to all of her family and friends for their loving care during this difficult time.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Layne George Leonard born June 20th, 1953 in Lindsay Ontario. Layne passed away peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff at Algonquin Grace Hospice on July 18th 2020. Layne lived an adventurous life that touched so many people. He was uplifting, kind, and generous. Layne was born the youngest of five children to Alfred and Eleanor Leonard (predeceased.) Layne made many marks on this earth traveling around the world and utilizing his many tremendous talents. Not only did Layne work for the likes of Bob Dylan and other wealthy clients as a gourmet chef, bodyguard and driver. He was also a certified martial arts third-degree black belt, and an amazing artist. In addition, he became an entrepreneur running a few successful barber shops. On the side he was an entertainer as an accomplished piano player. Later in life, he met Heather Fraser who he married and they had a beautiful daughter Zoe, who was the apple of his eye. In the early days of Zoe’s life many people would remember Layne as the dad carrying “the little red head” in yellow rubber boots around Huntsville. Layne also had a huge love of motorcycling and the world of Harley Davidsons. After the birth of his daughter Zoe he retired from his many jobs to look after his vast property and raise his daughter as well to help with the family business. During that time he became increasingly interested in the sport of hunting both with rifles and bows. That led him to joining the Eagle Lake Gun Club where he developed some top level skills in competition shooting with the IDPA. As a direct result, Layne made some of the best friends in his life. He was a wonderful husband and father, a hero uncle, a solid brother, and a reliable friend. During Layne’s battle with cancer his strong faith in god kept him positive and happy. He was one of the strongest people anyone could ever meet and even during his final days he kept true to being this man as Layne refused to take any medication to keep him out of pain. Not a single day will pass where he won’t be remembered for his love of his family, his compassion for animals, his unique sense of humour, his crazy laugh, and his infectious smile.
As per Layne’s request there will be no service. If you wish, a donation in Layne’s memory to Algonquin Grace Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Godspeed Layne Leonard. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the family of Steve Wagg announces his unexpected passing, on Thursday July 2, 2020, at the age of 62 years. Steve will be lovingly remembered by both his brothers, Owen and Miles and sister Carole, survived by children Stephanie and Eric. Steve had a great sense of humor, and was upbeat and loved people. He would talk to anyone. He was the type of person who would offer help in any situation. Steve will be fondly remembered for his passion of hunting and outdoors lifestyle. Steve was predeceased by his father George Wagg and mother Audrey Ashby. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in his 77th year. Ernie is survived by his son Paul (Scott) Denomme and stepson’s, Kevin (Ruth) Morgan, Rick (Myra) Morgan and Phillip (Vicky) Morgan. Also survived by his brother Ray (Trudy) Denomme. Ernie will be dearly missed by his friends Amanda and Michelle. Pre-deceased by his parents Kenneth and Doloris Denomme (nee Hiehn) and siblings, Rosanne and Richard.
A graveside service will take place on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Kearney. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Muskoka Seniors Home Assistance or the Table Food Bank Soup Kitchen. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away, with family at her side, on Sunday, July 5th, 2020 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in her 91st year. Beloved wife of Reginald Tipper who predeceased Eleanor in 2002. Loving mother of John (Joyce) Tipper, Barbra (Reed) Richardson and Gary (Diane) Tipper. Proud granny of Amy (Josh), Ann (Brandon), Keith (Soizic), Jared (Tanya), Joel, Bryan and Cheryl. Great-Granny to 7 great-grandchildren. Eleanor is survived by her siblings Norm, Bert and Mary. Pre-deceased by her parents Edward and Susan Cousins and siblings, Miriam, Beth and Bill.
In keeping with Eleanor’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Oak Terrace in Orillia. Beloved wife of Tim (2010). Dear mother of Greg, Brenda, Reg (2016), Darrel,Terry, Tim Jr., Judy and Keith. She will be missed by her many grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. In keeping with mom’s wishes there will be no public service. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Gone too soon and missed by many, Heather passed away peacefully in the early hours of June 26th with her husband and children by her side. She was in her 67th year. She leaves behind her husband, Terry, children Elissa (Mike) McDowall and Brandon (Janis) Bennett as well as 5 grandchildren and her sister Caroline (Bob) St. Clair, and nieces and nephews.
Heather was an original member of the Huntsville Community Band where she expanded her horizons by learning to play the clarinet. She also joined the Muskoka Rock Choir in season 2. In addition Heather also enjoyed her weekly Majong socials. Those three activities provided her much pleasure and cherished new friendships.
Heather also had a love for nature, she loved going for scenic drives with her husband in an attempt to catch a glimpse of any wildlife, or spending time just looking out their kitchen window at the many birds at the feeders. They also spent many mornings together just relaxing on the front deck, enjoying a good book or just taking pleasure in each other’s company.
Fond memories were made over the years at Harp Lake with many friends and family. Game nights, Dinner Parties, and countless celebrations took place.
Born in Toronto, Heather spent her early years in Newmarket and moved to Huntsville in 1965. She attended Spruce Glen Public School and Huntsville High School. It was at H.H.S. that she met Terry and since then she was 1/2 of a perfectly matched couple.
People who knew her will remember Heather as headstrong, loyal, honest, creative, funny and a lover of animals.
The family would also like to express their sincere appreciation for the nurses in the Chemo lab at Huntsville Hospital who’s genuine compassion was truly felt by Heather. Appreciation also goes out to Doctor Sanjay Jindal, Doctor Megan Stephenson as well as the nurses and PSWs at Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville, for their compassionate care.
If you wish, donations would be greatly appreciated to Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville, or a Wing and a Prayer Muskoka’s Bird Rehabilitation Centre.
A celebration of life to be held at a later date, please keep an eye out on Mitchell Funeral Home website for further details. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Robert passed away peacefully at his residence at Valley Stream Manor in Ottawa on June 23 after a long, fulfilling and accomplished life. Born on October 14, 1926 in Sprucedale, he was the son of Laurie and Rosalie Newman. He was predeceased in 2013 by his beloved wife, Dorothy Mary Thompson, daughter of John Alex and Elizabeth Alice Thompson of Lake of Bays. He will be dearly missed by son David and his wife Alice, daughter Susan and her husband Rob Fortin, grandchildren Samantha and Jason Corrigall, Jennifer Newman and Kier Martin, Alex Newman and Megan Sumiko Fulleringer, Dan Fortin and Zazu Myers, and Joe and Sarah Fortin. He was an adoring and adored Papapa to great-grandchildren Alistar Newman, Keiralese Martin and Evelyn Corrigall. He was very close to Dorothy’s family, especially Lil and Don Boothby, Jessie and Jim Allen, and Janet and Neil Bionda and their families. In his professional career, Bob was a pioneer in special education, having served as Superintendent of Education in Simcoe (Barrie), East Parry Sound (Sundridge), and Niagara (Welland), and Principal / Teacher in Richmond Hill, CFS Edgar, North Bay, Timmins and Huntsville. He earned a BA from University of Western Ontario, MEd from University of Toronto and Inspector’s and Superintendent’s Certificates from OISE. Retired since 1980, he was a skilled woodworker and well-loved resident of Haystack Bay, Lake of Bays for over thirty years. He and Dorothy spent happy years at Muskoka Traditions and he enjoyed his last several years in Ottawa. Bob and his family are profoundly grateful to his care-giving and medical teams in both Huntsville and Ottawa. Any donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or a charity or arts organization of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
REID, Wayne Douglas
March 17, 1949 ~ June 21, 2020
Wayne, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on Sunday, June 21st, 2020 on Father’s Day. We take great comfort in knowing that Wayne went to meet His Heavenly Father on Father’s Day. He leaves behind his wife Diane, two sons Andrew (Donnabel) and Timothy, his spiritual son Devin (Jenn) and two grandsons, Aaron, Daniel, spiritual Papa Wayne to Noah Wayne, brother to the late George, Gloria (Rod), Kenny (Anna) and Norma (Jim).
Wayne started searching for the meaning of life and God in Christ found him when he was 18 while visiting the New Tribes Mission Jungle Camp in Durham, Ontario (now called Ethnos). He grew and developed in his faith attending Waverly Road Baptist, Knox Presbyterian (where Wayne and Diane were married), Pinegrove Church in Bracebridge and lastly Faith Baptist Church in Huntsville. Wayne loved children in the church and out the church. Those in the church, he saw as the future of the church. He loved teaching sunday school and taught toddlers and upward. Wayne loved God’s word and read his Bible faithfully until the end. He will be missed.
The family invite friends to a visitation held on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church from 1 – 2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. The burial will follow the service at Baysville Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. A reception will not be held due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Wayne’s family encourage friends to wear bright and joyful colours and to dress casual in Wayne’s memory.
During COVID-19, visitations and funeral services are conducted on a schedule and by appointment only. For those not wishing to attend the funeral service, there will be scheduled visiting times. Following provincial guidelines the funeral service will allow a 30 per cent capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time to pay your respects.
Donations in Wayne’s memory can be made to Ethnos (New Tribe Mission) or Gideon’s International. Messages of condolence can be made to www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
For those unable to attend, Wayne’s funeral service will be live streamed using the following link http://faithmuskoka.ca/
Peace and Hope
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Edward “Jay” Bell
Jay passed away peacefully at home on May 22nd, 2020 with his loving wife Trish by his side. Jay was predeceased by his parents Ted and Bertha Bell and his brother Wayne. He will be deeply missed by his children Jennifer Bell (Tracey McKeen), Jason (Lisa), and Jordan, his siblings Kathy Earl, Bill (Lynn), Rosalie Wheeler (David), and Tim (Vicki), sister-in-law Carol, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many relatives, friends, and by his loving cat Shadney.
Jay was musically talented and taught himself to play guitar at an early age. He also learned the bagpipes and that gift took him to many places over the years including The Netherlands, where he was honoured to play at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery. As well as The Netherlands, Jay and Trish travelled to Ireland, Germany, and Spain. Jay absolutely loved the time he spent in Spain. He enjoyed being close to nature, loved hunting, fishing, and riding his ATV. He was a good friend to many and always was happy and he lived life with a smile on his face. We will miss his readiness to talk and tell a story or a joke.
Jay and his family were blessed to spend time together over the last few months as he prepared for his next journey. Trish and family would like to thank Allan, MJ, Nurses, Doctors and PSWs who helped and cared for Jay.
If so desired, memorial donations to Ducks Unlimited would be acknowledged as expressions of sympathy by the family. Online condolences may be made at muskokacremationandburial.ca.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Glen Osbern Murdy. He passed away peacefully in his 89th year on Sunday June 14th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the Algonquin Grace Hospice.
Glen was a devoted, loving husband of 67 years to Corinne (nee Aucoin). Proud father of Cheryl (Steve) Taylor, Colleen (Curtis) Gregson, Cynthia Murdy & Rodney (Leigh Anne) Murdy. Adoring grandfather of Jim, Sean, Samantha, Jessica, Abigail, Michelle, Christopher, Nicole & Jason. Great Grandfather of Carleigh & Alexis.
Predeceased by his parents Robert & Florence Murdy, brothers Lloyd
(Norma) Murdy, Ted (Ellen) Murdy & sister Dorothy Hall.
Glen was born and raised on a farm in Fern Glen, Ontario, which is just north of Huntsville. As a young man, Glen moved to the Toronto area where he took a job at the Canadian General Electric Company. It was at that time he met and married the love of his life, Corinne. They later moved to Mississauga where Glen and Corinne raised their family for the next number of years. Most weekends and holidays in the summer, the family would pack up the car and head north to their cottage on the Big East River, just north of Huntsville.
Glen retired in 1991 after 40 years with the General Electric Company and with Corinne, moved back to the Huntsville area that he loved so much.
Glen and Corinne spent their busy retirement years traveling in Canada as well as taking winter cruises or travelling to Florida for a southern holiday.
Glen was a kind, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was an outdoorsman at heart, who was happiest when he was spending time with his cherished wife and family, taking walks on a bush trail, or telling the grandchildren a story from his early years in the north.
“We will all miss our dear Papa Glen and Grandpa so much …. and you will always be in our hearts.”
It would be greatly appreciated that any donations made in Glen’s memory were directed to the Hospice Huntsville, 100 Frank Miller Dr, Huntsville, ON P1H 1H7. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca.
A proud Navy veteran of WWII, Bill passed away peacefully on June 12th, 2020 in his 96th year. Beloved husband to Marjorie; devoted Dad to Cathy (Brian), Paul (Marji) and Larry (Louise). Forever remembered as Poppa to Jordana, Brandon, Amy, Michael, Keri, Benjamin and Sidney. Affectionately known as Great Poppa to Sofia, Theo, Penny, Barrett, Carson, Valerie and Ivy.
Bill was born and raised in Huntsville by his parents, Arthur and Mae Blackburn with his brother Charlie. He grew up working with his Dad at Blackburns’ Marina, later taking over from his father. Bill loved boating and fishing and shared these interests and his love of the water with his children and grandchildren. Bill was a founding member the “Cripple Creek” Hunt Camp.
He was a kind-hearted man, with a great laugh and an infectious smile. He was known as Dad, Poppa and Pops to many but he was a great friend to all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that a memorial donation to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation be considered. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred on June 10, 2020 of Peter Eugene Zilney at the age of 76. Peter was born in Cloyne, Ontario to parents Tom Zilney and Helen Hartwick. He was one of 9 children. Surviving him are his brother Lorne (Diane) of Wellington, Ontario, sister Theressia Fox of Wellington and sister Ann (Larry) Guy of Ottawa and sister-in-law Dianne Zilney of Novar. He is predeceased by his brother John and sisters, Lillian Snider, Shirley Baumhour, Beverely Spencer and Elizabeth Zilney. Peter spent his younger years in Prince Edward County before coming to Huntsville.
Peter was a kind and gentle soul who will be remembered as the guy who was always walking around town. He had a route he would walk, sometimes twice a day. He was always ready with a smile and hello to all he met on his walks. He enjoyed breakfast at Family Place when he could, and church dinners a couple times a week.
Peter will be missed by all who knew him especially his many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Canadian Mental Health Association Muskoka-Parry Sound, mps.cmha.ca or The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation, www.thetablefoundation.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Mary Margaret Bennett passed away June 6th, 2020 after battling breast & liver cancer. The following is an excerpt written by accomplished writer, Muskoka historian, and dear family friend Ted Currie:
“A dear friend of our family, former colleague at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, keen nature photographer, and celebrant of the good life here in Muskoka, Mary Bennett, the loving wife of Randy, and cherished mother of son Martin, passed away late Saturday afternoon. Peacefully, with family at her side, in the embrace of the natural surroundings she so loved to photograph, as a longtime hobby, comforted by the peacefulness of her country side home, near the Village of Utterson, Mary slipped gently into a deep sleep bringing an end to the suffering she had been experiencing in the last weeks of her life.
“Mary and I were longstanding admirers of the art work and mysterious life of Canadian artist, Tom Thomson, and she gave me a brand new copy of the Tom Thomson Mystery, written by John Little, which was a continuation of the work of his father Judge William Little, in the early 1970s, expounding on the likelihood that the artist had been murdered in that Canoe Lake community, of Mowat, in the heart of Algonquin Park. On that occasion we talked for hours about the circumstances known and unknown that had led up to the fateful evening in July 1917 when Thomson went missing, only to be found nearly a week later floating in Canoe Lake between Little and Big Wapameo Islands. I have researched Thomson’s death, and written about it since the mid 1990’s, and Mary had been fascinated by the mystery even longer, and profoundly moved by Thomson’s art work of Algonquin, Muskoka and Georgian Bay. It most likely influenced the framing of her photographs, which were so artistically presented and thoughtfully shared with her many hobbyist associates, friends and family over the years via Instagram and of course her greeting cards specially adorned with some of her most compelling images, most snapped at her Utterson farmstead, particularly of the birds that visited the beautifully treed property shared with husband Randy and son Martin.
“I got to know Mary during the six months I worked on the manuscript for the history of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, back in the spring of 1999, preparing for its publication in 2000, being released on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its founding on the top of Tanbark Hill, across the road from the Presbyterian Church. I had to clear my entrance into the school through Mary, who also had to answer about a billion and a half of my questions, as she was, after all, the pivotal individual in that school operation, of which she was in so many ways, the active, in-real-time historian of what was going on in that great old building; of which we were both once students. I don’t think the book would have been published without Mary’s assistance, because she facilitated so many of the requests for information and bookings for regular meetings with teachers having to sneak time for me, in between classes, and other academic meetings. I did thank Mary for her many kindnesses to a frazzled historian trying to make deadline. She was known for her kindnesses by the way, and she was greatly missed when she retired some years back, many teachers feeling the place would never be the same without her efficiencies and appreciated kindnesses shown to staff and students who got to know her over the decades.
“Our family knew Mary had taken ill earlier this spring, and was faring poorly as time went on, confining her to home when in heart and soul, she wanted to be moving about and enjoying the life and times of a retiree with a great deal of ambition and energy to expend. She had lots of plans and was never reluctant to push to get what she wanted, and visit the places she most enjoyed, and that included connecting with family and friends which made her days fulfilling and always fun. She was a bright spirit and had a positive outlook even when things seemed bleak to others. But she imprinted on life and will not be soon forgotten as a kind soul and a fighter for family and homestead, and promoter of the good life here in this beautiful region of Ontario.”
Mary is survived by her husband Randy of 42 years, their son Martin, her brothers & sisters including Libby, Colleen, Carmen, Joe, John, Brian, and Ed, and their mother Mary Charron.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family wishes in lieu of flowers that memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Nurses Foundation, to honour the hard work, dedication, comfort and support they give to struggling patients & families across the country.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On Friday June 5th, surrounded by family, Russell Lavern Goold passed away at Huntsville Hospice. Russ was an avid hunter/outdoorsman, enjoyed gardening and birds. He was a member of the Southwold Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years, President of the Talbotville Optimist Club, played hockey for the Super Seniors Hockey League for 10 years as well as playing shinny hockey in the super seniors hockey league in Huntsville and was a member of Trinity United Church.
Russ and Connie travelled the world, their best trip was to South Africa with Australia and New Zealand a close second.
Russ worked at General Motors and General Dynamics as a draftsman. Russ leaves behind his wife Connie, his children, Tricia D’Amour, Trevor Goold (Jennifer), Todd Goold (Stephanie), his stepson Phil Adams (Kristin). His sister Beverley McFarland of Phoenix Arizona and eight grandchildren. Pre-deceased by wife Barbara Goold, parents Walter and Geraldine Goold. Donations in Russ’s memory to the Huntsville Hospice would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
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