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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
Norma Eunice Resmer (nee Hoelke)
The family of Norma Eunice Resmer (nee Hoelke) are saddened to announce that she passed away peacefully in South Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, Ontario on March 30th at the age of 85.
Loving mother to her daughter, Kim (Jeff) Mangaroff, of Huntsville. Proud Nana to Ryan (Tanya), Erin (Toby), Kellen (Pascalle), Bryne (Ashley), Lachlan and Ella, as well as beloved great Nana to Abby, Dillan, Collin and Harper. Norma is survived by her sisters Aileen (Edgar) Roesler, Sandra Resmer, Donna Cunliffe and Sheila (Brian) Baker. She is predeceased by her husbands, Mervin Risto and Bernard Resmer, her mother Christine (Art) Wendt and daughter Wanda (Paul) Dupras.
Norma was born on February 13th, 1935 in Maynooth, Ontario to Christine Gutall. Throughout her life she lived in a number of communities including Golden Lake, Pembroke, Kiosk, Wasaga Beach, Mattawa and finally Huntsville. Her life was dedicated to caring for people as a Beaver leader, a school yard/lunch supervisor, a PSW and most importantly a loving Mother, Nana and Aunt. Norma’s faith led her to become an active Anglican Church member in all the communities she lived throughout her life. An avid traveler throughout the province and beyond, she never missed an
opportunity to stop her car, smell the flowers, chat with a new friend and pick a pail of wild blueberries. She was happiest when her kitchen was full of family eating all the yummy baking she made for them.
The family is grateful for the compassionate nurses and Dr Gleason who cared for her in the Bracebridge hospital, we always knew she was in good hands. A special thank you to Dr. Branigan and the PSWs from Closing the Gap for their exceptional care of Mom in the past couple years.
A celebration of Norma’s life will be held at a later date for family and friends. As an expression of sympathy a donation in Norma’s name may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society or St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church in Mattawa which was dear to her heart (donations can be mailed to the Church at Box 205, Mattawa, ON P0H 1V0.0 Condolences or memories can be shared at www.muskokacremation.ca
Nana we will always love you more!
Passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his residence at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Marcia Hope (nee McKee). Loving father of Ron Hope. Dear brother of Bill, Fred, Glenda (dec. Darwin), Marlyn (Al), Anthony (Pat), Donna (dec. Bob), Doug (Nicki) and Shelley (dec. Dale). Survived by his sister-in-law Edna. Predeceased by his parents Ken and Julia (nee Raaflaub) and his brother Boyd. Vaughn leaves many nieces and nephews to mourn his passing.
As a teenager, Vaughn worked for K&A Motors pumping gas. Later on he was hired on at the Department of Highways where he earned his mechanic license including heavy equipment operator and others. During the 1970s, Vaughn became a pilot enjoying many hours in the air. He traveled while working with the Government to Moosonee and Polar Bear Island traveling on the Polar Bear Express. He also spent time on Pelee Island. He worked at the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resource Centre in Dorset in the maintenance department, retiring on March 31, 1995 after many years of loyal service. In 1982 Vaughn moved his family to the farm where everyone chipped in raising cows and harvesting the hay in summer along with good friend Harold. Vaughn joined his son, Ron, owner of Mary Lake Motors in Port Sydney as a parts and service manager and mechanic, also helping in many other aspects of the business.
He enjoyed meeting and talking to people, about anything, and helping people in so many great ways. He loved telling stories to all that listened. His passing has already brought tears to many eyes. Vaughn loved to deer hunt with his son and his buddies, later enjoying lunch at the farm, calling it their “Hunt Camp”. We will stay strong for him as he would want us to be. Vaughn will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank those individuals at 911 for dispatching the paramedics and OPP so quickly and for doing all they could, bringing comfort when needed.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19. 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.
Passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville at the age of 85. Barbara was born on May 6, 1935 to parents James and Annie Kirk in London, Ontario. She is the beloved mother of Dave and his wife Nancy Pringle and the late Kelly Pringle. Proud grandmother of Joshua ( Leanne), Justin (Bailey) and Jaylene (John). Great-grandmother of Jackson and Gavin. The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice Huntsville whose care and support provided great comfort to Barbara and her family.
A graveside service will take place on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario at 2:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Harvest Church Benovelence Fund. Messages of condolences may be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Algonquin Grace Hospice in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Clara and devoted father of John and Paul. Proud grandfather of Jonathan, Michael, Alex and Gregory. Great-grandfather of Matthew, Lyla, Benjamin and Luca. Dear brother of Barb. Pre-deceased by his parents Carl and Myrtle and his sister Betty.
A private family service has taken place. The family invite friends on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home for a scheduled visitation by appointment only. Due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, visitors must contact Billingsley Funeral Home to schedule a time to visit and offer your condolences to the family. Floral tributes gratefully declined, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or Charity of Choice.
Passed peacefully at the Muskoka Landing days after her 87th birthday.
Jean is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Elvin Williams and her beloved and cherished son Ken Williams. Jean is survived by her grandson Chad (Jennifer) and granddaughter Lori (Kevin), great grandchildren, Hannah, Zack, Mason, Kailey and Morgan and her great great granddaughters Aliyah and Nyah. Jean is also remembered fondly by her surviving sisters and brother.
Grandma was a soft and kind soul, she had a brilliant mind and at times, much to our delight, a wicked sense of humour. She will be greatly missed. May you rest in eternal peace GG with grandpa and dad. We love you and miss you forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The family of Marjorie Boucher are saddened to announce her passing at home on the evening of May 19, 2020, 3 days before her 88th birthday. Beloved wife for 70 yrs of Donald. Cherished Mom of Nancy, Rick (Kate) and Sandra (Bob). Loved Nanny/Grandma to Erin(David), Scott(Cori), Rebecca(Helen), Alison(Glen), Colin(Sarah), Robert (Sherry), Stacey(John) and Mandy(Pascal). Treasured Nanny to Eloise, Sawyer, Trystin, Makayla, Lily, Leo, Sarah and Echo. Marjorie was the last remaining Payne child of Silas and Ethel Payne of Huntsville. She was predeceased by her siblings Wesley, Howard, Clare, Vernon, Reta, Edgar, Norma, Bruce, Ross, Russel(Bud), Grace, Lyle, Barry, Barbara and Douglas. Marjorie is lovingly remembered by her sisters in law Marjorie, Emma, Margaret and Barbara. Also predeceased by her Boucher family, Robert(Jean), Austin(Marion), Leslie/Bud(Jean). Marjorie was a special aunt to many from the Payne and Boucher families.
Marjorie was an exceptional knitter and her talent was shared to all. Nieces, nephews, children, grand and greats were all gifted over the years with beautifully made sweaters, outfits, socks, hats and mitts.
Marjorie was also a wonderful baker with butter tarts, Christmas cakes and banana cake as her specialties-always made with love!! Don and Marj were fortunate enough to do lots of traveling in their trailer over the earlier years. Time spent with all the family squeezed together in the little house making memories was the most special of times!!
Thanks to all the medical professionals for their exceptional care of Mom over these past months.
A special Mom never to be forgotten!!
If so desired, please consider a donation to Algonquin Grace Hospice or Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in memory of Marjorie. Thank you! A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Doreen Agnes Cole
Born May 24, 1929 Died May 18, 2020 (Victoria Day)
Doreen was known by many names, Dor, Dodie, Queen Doreen but most lovingly, Mother and Nana. Doreen passed peacefully and lovingly, surrounded by her children in Huntsville, Ont. on May 18 – the Victoria Day holiday – at the age of 90.
The youngest of 10 children born to Frederick Phillip Bentley and Edna Simms (nee. Hatewig Marie Agnes Ziehm). Doreen grew up in Toronto’s east end attending school until the age of 16, when she left school to work at the Simpson Sears’ Department Store. Doreen was passionate about life and those passions ran hot when it came to music and dance. As a teenager she regularly attended dancehalls throughout Ontario, eventually meeting her soon-to-be husband, Kenneth Douglas Cole, Sr. at the Palais Royale in Toronto. The two were married shortly after.
Burgeoning with entrepreneurial spirit, Doreen and Doug went on to open George’s Spaghetti House and other restaurants that changed the fabric of the Toronto music scene for the better part of 40 years. She travelled the world, became an accomplished skier and tennis player and most of all embraced all that life offered her. She was fashionable, determined, conservative, adventurous, traditional and committed — all while putting her biting wit to good use. She was always ready with a joke, a punchline or snippet of sarcasm. It’s a gift she passed down to her family.
For it was in family that Doreen found the most joy. A mother of three to Brenda Lee, Kenneth Douglas, Jr. and Jeffrey Frederick, she became grandmother to a gaggle of grandchildren including Kim, Kara, Ryan, Amanda, Jesse, Sophia, Scott, Patrick and Sarah. She was great-grandmother to even more children including Graham, Heather, Spencer, Kate and Ella. All of whom lovingly knew her as ‘Nana’. On behalf of her family she was a powerful advocate, imbuing them with a love for life, food, family and music. Her family meals were legendary, drawing her large family from across Ontario and Canada. Doreen’s home was a gathering place for the Cole and Jones and Ferguson families, with her grandchildren regularly spending nights sleeping over at Nana’s where she would dote upon them with toys and her speciality egg breakfasts.
Later in life, Doreen moved to Peterborough, Ont. a place that became entrenched in her heart. There she discovered what would become one of her lifelong passions and lead her on adventures throughout Canada and abroad: hiking. Doreen became president of the Peterborough Hiking Club, making new friendships that nurtured and supported her throughout the rest of her life.
Fiercely independent, Doreen lived alone by choice, but always chose to live close to her family. She spent years in Peterborough before moving to Bowmanville to be closer to her daughter Brenda, her granddaughter Amanda and her granddaughter Kim who’s family helped in taking care of her during that time.
In her golden years, Doreen was challenged with Dementia. As the illness progressed, she realized that living independently was no longer an option and moved into an apartment attached to her son Kenneth’s home in Huntsville, Ont. There she would spend the last six-and-a-half years of her life. Huntsville became a new chapter in her life that was rich with laughter and experience. She was active in the community, making new friends and companions as she went along. An avid reader, she never went a day without her beloved Toronto Sun (formerly the Telegraph). She loved words and could always be found in the early morning hours with a cup of black coffee, fastidiously going over the daily crossword. On the days the Sun didn’t publish, Doreen would settle for the Toronto Star – which she lightheartedly called “a liberal rag” and it’s puzzle pages.
She attended senior’s programming and did so with the support of loving caregivers, each of whom became an integral part of her care and her friendships. Cindy, Jenna and then Christine, who spent her last four years as her PSW and whom she had great affection for.
Doreen became a part of the local tapestry in Huntsville from handing out candy to the ‘kiddos’ at the Tiny Tots parade on Halloween to soaking up the sun as she waited for her drive from Al’s Taxi to take her to her program with The Friends. Doreen’s later life was filled with the kindness and community of a small town. She was known and adored and kept safe. Her beloved daughter-in-law, Catherine Cole, provided immeasurable care that ensured her final days were filled with laughter, meaning and love.
On March 5, 2020, Doreen’s health declined. She spent two weeks in the Huntsville Hospital due to an infection before being discharged into a world turned pandemic. As her health failed her, her sense of humour never did. Eternally an optimist, she kept the jokes coming until the day she died, surrounded by family, in her own home, as she had wanted. Doreen lived life her own way and in her final weeks she was able to continue to do so with the incredible support of the caregivers from Carepartners, Paramed and the palliative care team at Hope Hospice. Dr. Adam McClure provided her family with incredible guidance and kindness. Doreen’s life was rich, full bodied and effervescent. She will be sorely missed and remembered. Her humour will live on.
Doreen requested no funeral service, instead asking that donations be made in her name to the Huntsville Hospice. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
David William Raine
Tuck Me Into a Corner of Your Heart and Carry On
Beloved father, brother, partner, and teacher, David William Raine passed away in Huntsville, Ontario on April 23rd, 2020, just shy of his 75th birthday. Son of George Stanley Raine and Mary Cochrane Laird Raine. David was born in 1945 and grew up in rural Alberta alongside his brothers Donald, Robert, Kenneth, and Edwin. The family settled near Innisfail, where they ran a small mixed farm and were devoted members of the Church of the Nazarene. David attended high school in Red Deer, where he played intramural basketball and began cultivating his lifelong passion for music and singing, activities he continued in college at Nampa, Idaho, where he was selected into an elite touring choral group called “The Madrigals”. In the 1980s, David bounced between the mid-west and Quebec with his first wife, Patricia, and completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. When he finally settled in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, he worked as a secondary school guidance counselor and was very active in musical theatre. So much so, that there was a period of time when David could not go into a café or restaurant without someone saying, “It’s Captain von Trapp!” David met and married his second wife, Christine, and they lived in North Hatley with their daughter Emily and stepdaughter, Melodie. The family moved to Huntsville, Ontario in 1982, where David began working for the Muskoka Board of Education. Over a long career at Huntsville High School, David was a tireless advocate for students in his role as a guidance counsellor. He took particular interest in students who struggled with academics, and there are many Huntsville High School graduates that can say that it was David who helped them to scrape together the last few credits for their diploma. He continued to be very active with his love of the arts, music, playing in school events, singing at garage jams with friends and neighbours, and writing ceaselessly. David was community-minded and generous, with a particular gift for making people feel recognized and acknowledged in all of their singularity. David was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2019, and he died at home surrounded by family.
David was predeceased by his parents, Stan and Mary Raine, an infant sister, Marjorie Ellen, his oldest brother, Donald and sisters-in-law, Doris and Laura. David leaves behind his loving partner of 18 years, Cindy Martin, son Jonah Martin Raine, daughter Emily Raine, stepson Tanner Martin and his beloved brothers, Robert (Elaine), Kenneth and Edwin (Sandy), nieces and nephews, and the generations of students whose lives he touched.
The family wants to extend special thanks to the compassionate and caring nurse practitioner, Tammy Payne, Jeanetta from Closing the Gap Home Service, and the drivers from Wheels of Hope, as well as the friends and family who offered support.
At a later time, there will be a gathering planned to celebrate David’s life at the Ravenscliffe Community Hall and in lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to be made to the Wheels of Hope.
David Raine will be missed enormously and forever in our hearts.
Janes, John “Jack” Gordon peacefully went to be with the Lord he loved and served on May 5th, 2020 in his 89th year at Muskoka Shores Care Community. Beloved husband of Shirley for over 63 years. Dearly loved Father of Allan (Corry), Jeffrey (Kim) and Janice (Scott) Hisey. He will be sadly missed by his cherished granddaughters Robin and Rebecca. He is survived by his sister Ruth. Predeceased by his parents Harvey and Audrey and his sister Shirley. Dad grew up on Salem Avenue off Bloor Street in Toronto. Various jobs filled his youth and he was an avid sports participant. He graduated from Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta after finishing up High School there. Upon his return to Ontario, he and Mom were married in 1956. Dad spent several years working for A.C. Nielsen. After this a short career of teaching High School in Listowel was followed by several administration positions. He then enjoyed working for many years in Christian Camping both at Fair Havens and Muskoka Baptist Conference. Many things brought Dad great joy such as his family, serving the Lord wherever needed, working with youth, reading and music – especially Jazz and Big Band. He enjoyed watching any and every sport on TV and was a terrific skater and bowler. Dad was well known and loved for his good sense of humour. Our special thanks are extended to the compassionate and caring staff at Muskoka Shores. A private family service was held. At a later date, we will gather for a celebration of life service with family and friends. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Gideons International-Canada or Faith Baptist Church. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Absent from the body…. present with the Lord.
Carol Fraser was Born in Huntsville to parents John and Vera Rand (nee Barrenger). Carol was raised in Fern Glenn with 7 brothers and sisters. In 1962 she married the love of her life Jim Fraser who predeceased Carol on September 13, 1997. Carol had 4 Children Lorri, Bill, Jamie, Chris (Emily) and too many children taken in to mention (you know who you are). She was so proud of all her wonderful grandchildren, Steven, Wendy, Brandi (Jason), Sabrina (Doug), Julie (Chad), Lindy (Matt), Ashley, Jessica (Michael), Jim (Cassidy), Taniesha, Brandon, Kelly and her beautiful great-granddaughter Lexi. Carol made sure that everyone knew they were welcome in her home and no one left her table hungry, her house was a safe place for all. Carol touched so many of our lives by taking the time to sit and listen, enjoy a hot meal or hear her funny sayings like – “hold on to her newt we’re headed for the rhubarb”. She will be missed everyday by all of us.
The family invite friends to call 705-789-8982 to schedule a time to pay their respects at Billingsley Funeral Home on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The scheduled visitation is in keeping with the Province of Ontario’s guidelines for visitation for 10 people and under. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to you local food bank or animal shelter. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
(Due to Covid-19, the Chief Coroner of Ontario along with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario have mandated that 10 people maximum may gather during funeral visitations, services and or burials. To help them keep everyone safe and healthy, Billingsley Funeral Home asks that extended family and friends call 705-789-8982 to schedule a time to pay their respects. Thank you for your consideration.)
GRIMES, Marguerite Mae
May 8, 1923-May 2, 2020
We are all sad to announce the passing of Marguerite Mae Grimes born in Huntsville, Ontario on May 8, 1923. Marguerite lead a full life and active life until 2011, when her health diminished some-what and she entered The Pines Long Term Healthcare facility.
Marguerite was a considerate and kind person to all she met and would go out of her way to help anyone she could. She played the piano during her younger years and liked to cook family meals and visit with friends.
She worked hard for much of her lifetime along with her husband Seth Grimes. She worked at running a motel business and supported her husband in the long-time garage and car business they worked at in Muskoka.
They lived in various locations such as Toronto, Port Sydney and Utterson, Huntsville and Aspdin during her lifetime. Marguerite was married to Seth Grimes on September 28, 1942. She travelled to Nanaimo Vancouver Island and stay there during her husband’s training in WW2. She then returned and started her family in Muskoka and had three children, Lynda Shultis (Dave), Leonard Grimes (Deceased) and Larry Grimes (Pauline). She was happy and glad to see her grandkids Brandy, Barbi, Karen, and Stephen and she had three great-grandchildren Tristan, Brock and Christian whom she was very proud of.
She was the daughter of Susie (Olan) and Charlie Chantler that lived most of their lifetime at 11 Princess Street in Huntsville. Marguerite has three younger siblings Norma Bennett (Ray); Ona Clark pre-deceased (Ran) and Elwood Chantler pre-deceased (Nata).
A private family service is taking place with interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville.
Please visit www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further information as it may develop.
JOYCE (KERR) RAAFLAUB
Peacefully at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville on Thursday April 23, 2020. Joyce Raaflaub, beloved wife of Willard, was in her 86th year.
Loving mother of Susan Raaflaub, Nancy Woodruff (Bill) and Karen Raaflaub.
Proud grandmother of Craig (Jessica), Darryl, Stacey (Abe), Nathan, Wesley (Brittany), Jesse (Megan), Jacob (Madison) and great grandmother of Lauren, Ethan, Luke, Owen and one more on the way.
Joyce is survived by her siblings: Allen (Betty), Marion (late Wilmer) Irene (late Alan), Ted (Chris), Bill (Helen), Bruce and predeceased by Frances (Roy), Marj (late Lawrence) and Jim (Barb). Sister-in-law to Ken (Sharon), Phil (Christine), late Robert “Bud” (Pat) and the late Howard (Marilyn).
Joyce will be remembered by a multitude of nieces, nephews and all of her dear family and friends. Joyce was rooted in a strong assurance of Christ’s love and mercy. She was a prayer warrior and was often called upon by friends and family for prayer support. Her faith was lived out in her church with teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and serving locally and internationally with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. In the community she volunteered with the Food Bank, Meals to Wheels and, until her own health deteriorated, had a passion for being a palliative care visitor.
Joyce loved music; the harp, fiddle and with her Scottish heritage the bagpipes spoke to her soul.
Joyce loved sports! She was known to occasionally give a chop to the shins in broomball, had a wicked fastball pitch, enjoyed league bowling and had several trophies for golfing. She curled competitively and really enjoyed the socialization.
She had a deep love for children and would focus on them in a gathering.
Joyce had a wonderful laugh and was willing to appear silly to bring joy to a gathering.
She loved the outdoors whether scouting out a new berry patch, running from a bear in said patch, landing a prize pickerel or being Willard’s camping and hunting buddy.
Our waistlines attest to her excellent abilities as a cook and baker.
The memory of her love and compassion will live on in the many lives she has touched. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mathies, Kate, and all the staff at Muskoka Landing for their amazing care of Joyce. To the staff of home area one: Your love for her was evident in your care. For that we are eternally grateful
Due to Covid-19 restrictions private family services have been entrusted to the Opatovsky Funeral Home-Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date.
If desired, memorial donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer Society Muskoka, Canadian Lutheran World Relief or Covenant House Toronto would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.opatovskyfuneralhome.com
Hayes, Jeanette (Jean) – Passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville, Ontario. Born in Toronto July 24, 1931. Loving wife of the late George ‘Bud’ Hayes. Dear mother of Blair (Deanna) Hayes. Predeceased by daughter Laura (Don) Peart. Grandmother of Karin (Chris) Choptiany and GG of Audryna and Adalyne. Forever in the hearts of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Jean worked for many years as Secretary to the President of Goodyear Canada in Etobicoke, Ontario.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Muskoka Landing Team who took such good care of Jean.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Jean’s Life will take place at a later date.
Those who wish may make memorial donations to Alzheimer Society of Ontario or the charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
MOUNT, GLENN ALBERT passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville, ON on Wednesday, April 22nd at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Marilyn (deceased) and loving father to Craig Mount (Luanne) of Victoria, BC, Colleen Valliere of Huntsville and Carolyn Mount (Christine) of Fort Frances, ON. Proud grandfather of Nathan, Lauren, Gareth and Claire. Dear brother-in-law to Betty Mitchell (Howard) of Listowel and Jack (deceased) and Karen Traviss of Huntsville. Will be deeply missed by several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
Glenn was born and raised as a farm boy in Medonte Township and then went on to study Engineering at Ryerson. Glenn and Marilyn started their young family while living in Fergus and then moved to Welland in 1975 to start a teaching career at Niagara College. The Construction Technology program and its students benefited greatly from Glenn’s professionalism, dedication and work ethic for the next 25 years. He was awarded the The Outstanding Educator Award by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists in 2003.
Glenn’s strong Christian faith was a cornerstone of his outgoing personality. He contributed generously and held numerous positions at Knox Presbyterian in Welland and St. Andrews Presbyterian in Huntsville, where he had moved in 2015. All who knew Glenn will know that he lived out his Christian faith, which sustained him until the end.
Glenn engaged enthusiastically in any community he found himself involved with. He never failed to volunteer when called upon and you could often find him riding his bike from one commitment to the next. Two of his favorite ‘jobs’ were porter at Fairvern Nursing Home and train conductor on The Portage Flyer Steam Engine. He will be remembered by everyone for his charming stories and the warm welcome he extended to all.
A memorial will be held at a later date at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, ON. A private family inurnment will follow at Molesworth Cemetery where he will join Marilyn. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Glenn can be made to Canadian Foodgrains Bank (foodgrainsbank.ca) or the Terry Fox Foundation (terryfox.org). Online condolences can be made at www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Jo-Anne Séguin in Huntsville on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at the age of 53. Beloved wife of Geoffrey Crawford, loving second-Mom to Gavin and Katie, and proud grandmother to Cooper.
Loving daughter of Gisèle Séguin (nee Larocque), beloved sister of Raymond Séguin (Ruth) Hamilton, Gilles Séguin (Bernie) Prince Albert, Suzanne Fortin (Claude) Timmins, and Natalie Séguin (Ronny Levasseur) Timmins. Loving daughter-in-law of Bruce and Anna Crawford Bracebridge, Sister-in-law to Alison Crawford (Stephen) Dartmouth and John Crawford (Maggie) Toronto.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom she loved as her own, aunts, uncles, as well as numerous cousins and dear friends.
Jo-Anne was predeceased by her father Germain Séguin (2008) and her sister Carole Séguin (1977).
She will be greatly missed for her radiant smile, her love and kindness, her fun and caring personality, her forgiving nature, her “joie de vivre” and her loyal friendship.
Jo-Anne’s spirit shined brightly with friends and family, she was supportive and often put the needs of others ahead of her own. Jo-Anne was an entrepreneur and whether running her own business or working for someone she was a leader who was determined to complete the work on schedule and to the expected quality. Jo-Anne took joy from loving and nurturing her pets all through her life.
n the wake of COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held in both Huntsville and Timmins at later dates. Dates and arrangements will follow.
Funeral services have been entrusted with Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville.
M. Gail Ivory Brown, age 67, of Huntsville, Muskoka, passed away Monday afternoon, April 6th 2020, after losing her battle with Pancreatic cancer.
She was born October 1st 1952, in North York, a daughter of the late William (Bill) and Margarete (Peggy) Ivory.
Gail leaves behind two sons, Dylan and Jesse McLean; one daughter, Brittany Khandoker; one son-in-law, Zahid Khandoker and two grandchildren, Naudia and Cayden Khandoker. She also leaves other extended family and good close friends, who will all sadly miss her bubbly, creative, joyous, Tinkerbell personality.
She enjoyed cooking, arts, crafts and loved being by the water and at her cottage on Lake Vernon. She was blessed with a wonderful group of friends who helped her greatly at the beginning of her fight against cancer. Her grandchildren were her world and she spent her last months with them. Gail was blessed to be surrounded by an amazing team of health care providers with VON Windsor-Essex and The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. The at home care and support provided was exceptional, going above and beyond to make her comfortable and never felt alone in her battle. The family has comfort in knowing she is not suffering anymore and that her spirit lives on, dancing away to Boot Scootin Boogie and driving her boat. They will forever think of her while getting a weather report and hear her tell them to “Watch out for changing road conditions” and to “drink more water”. She was taken too soon and will be greatly missed.
As a gesture of appreciation to the teams that provided exceptional support, should friends desire, contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Gail, at a later date after the current Covid-19 isolation period.
It is with deep sadness that the family of Arthur Elwin Walroth, B.Sc.F., of Huntsville announce his death on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 94.
Beloved husband of 69 years to Bernice (nee Stewart). Loving father of Robert (Janice) and Karen (Doug). Proud grandfather of Theresa, Laurie (Anthony), Craig, Jordan (Kaitlin), Joel (Aidan), five great-grandchildren and an extended family. Predeceased by parents Ralph and Evelyn of Fallbrook and brother John of Toronto.
Arthur was born in Perth and after graduating from Perth Collegiate, studied at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1948. This was followed by a long and distinguished career with the Ministry of Natural Resources, retiring in 1983 as a Deputy Regional Director.
In keeping with Arthur’s wishes cremation has taken place and a family service is planned for a later date. Please visit www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca for details as they become confirmed.
In Arthur’s memory please consider a gift to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
Haggart, Marion Elizabeth
January 5 1933 – March 28 2020
Marion Elizabeth Haggart, formerly Camburn, nee Gibbs, skilled accompanist, nature lover, former radio DJ and awesome tickler, died on Saturday 28th March 2020 after a short but fatal illness.
Born to Peg and Archie Gibbs in Victoria BC, she left to travel to London, aged 19, where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music and achieved her LRAM. Marion qualified in Accompaniment, where she was always happiest, rather than being at the centre stage as the main performer. She taught many, many pupils to become excellent performers in their own right, and this may be her greatest legacy, that she instilled in others the simple enjoyment of the music, whether listening or performing.
Married twice, first to John Camburn in England, and subsequently to Doug Haggart in Canada. Marion had four children from her first marriage; Simon (Phyllis), Jessica (Glen Auker), Philip (Angie), and Gregory, all of whom, with Marion’s beloved grandchildren (Chloe, Lois, Tabitha, Ben, Drew and Charlie), live in England, but regularly travelled to visit her at her beautiful home on Lake Menominee, Baysville.
In 1983 she returned to Canada and married Doug Haggart, from whom Marion inherited three further children in Laird, Leslie (Ken George) and Dougal (Marie Zernask), the latter two along with grandchildren (Aileen, Wyatt, Unika), who also survive her.
When the children were young, the house would be frequently filled with the haunting passion of Debussy or Rachmaninoff, and sometimes the discord of a new student over-reaching their talents, but there was always music and the appreciation of what music could do for your soul.
Aside from music, Marion instilled in her offspring a love of all things natural, and she surely had the best outlook from her front room that anyone could fairly expect to have.
Regular, excited exclamations of “deer tracks!” would accompany our forest excursions with our parents. The simple enjoyment of all things natural, that was her forte.
Once settled in Muskoka, Marion co-founded the Muskoka Musical Arts Society (MMAS), an organization which offered scholarships, co-founded the Huntsville Community Choir, and also The Muskoka-Parry Sound Music Festival (M-PSMF), a Kiwanis-like music festival which alternated annually between Huntsville and Parry Sound. The M-PSMF provided performance opportunities with accredited adjudication to students of all ages with any instrumentation. Marion was a pioneer in knowing what the community needed, musically, and providing it.
Early on, Marion offered a tasteful selection of music compositions with historical anecdotes in a radio program she created, called; “A Little Night Music”, featuring classical music. This radio program later evolved into a house concert series entitled; “A Little Night Music House Concert Series”, offered in different homes in the Huntsville area, hosting 3 live concerts a year, of mostly classical performers. The proceeds were donated to local valuable causes.
As the accompanist for solo performers, Marion was a founding member of the Huntsville Chamber Players, she being the integral link who brought together 4 other solo musicians to perform Baroque chamber music.
One of her projects, established more than thirty years ago, which continues to be enjoyed by Huntsville Festival of the Arts (HFA) patrons still today, started as a weekly program known as Mid-Week Music. This one hour concert at noon, held once a week, was appreciated by and requested by Huntsville Festival of the Arts (HFA) co-founders,
Attila Glatz and Susan Alberghini to become part of the HFA, and so Marion’s Mid-Week concerts became a daily offering during the Festival, re-naming the noon hour concert to be Music at Noon.
Much loved by her local community, kind, thoughtful, engaging, enthusiastic, and always inquisitive, Marion will be sadly missed by all who survive and remember her.
In keeping with Marion’s request, there will be no funeral or ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation, would be appreciated.
Rest in peace, Marion.
Helen Marea Dafoe Graham
March 31, 1927 – April 8, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Marea (Roberts) Dafoe Graham on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the age of 93. Helen died of natural causes at her home in Shepherd Village in Scarborough.
Helen was born in Toronto to Daniel and Bella Roberts, the youngest of three daughters. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children Linda (Doug), Laurie (John), Stephen (Darlene) and Lisa; her grandchildren David (Jen), Erin (Mat), Sarah, Kristin (Andrew), and Kaitlin (Alex); and her great-grandchildren Else, Sebastien, William and Oliver. Helen will also be dearly missed by her extended Dafoe family, as well as her nieces and nephew. Helen was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Margaret and Isabelle, her loving husband, Harold (1991), and her second husband, Max (2013).
Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, World Vision Canada, Covid-19 relief through your chosen charity, or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Due to government guidelines at this time, a service to remember Helen will be held at a later date.
McQuain, Viola Jane (Nee Coker) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Pines Long Term Care home in Bracebridge on Thursday, April 9th, 2020, in her 105th year.
Vi was the beloved wife of the late Alvin McQuain, mother of Beverly (June), Linda Sheehan (Michael) and Lanny (Marilyn). She was the eldest sister to Carl, Sharon, Edward, Donald, Alvin, Roy, and predeceased by brothers Norman, Lawrence, Robert, Ernest, Gordon, William and Arthur Coker. Cherished grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 26, and great, great grandmother of 10.
Vi was a member of the Trinity United Church U.C.W, a Sunday School teacher, and an active volunteer in the community. She was a leader in the Rebekah Lodge in Huntsville, an active member of Club “55”, and Manager of Sears for many years. She was known for her great sense of humour. She loved to laugh. Her zest for life and passion for helping others will be sorely missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street, East, Huntsville to celebrate Vi’s life when circumstances permit.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either Trinity United Church or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the Tynan family announces the sudden passing of KIRT TROY TYNAN on April 5, 2020 in Bracebridge, Ontario. Born November 11, 1978 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Kirt was welcomed by parents Stan Tynan and Christina (Faulkner) and adored by grandparents Marion and Abbie Tynan (deceased) and grandmother Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence (deceased). Kirt will be forever missed by his father Stan (Karen Dowey), mother Christina, brother Kyle Tynan and fiancé Franceska Downes. Also left to mourn this kind and loving soul are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Kirt was smart,creative, artistic, articulate and a talented athlete. He excelled in all sports like skiing, snowboarding, volleyball, golf, lacrosse and most importantly basketball topped the list. His passion, athletic ability and fitness allowed him to play and referee basketball to the present. In the spring of 1994, while under age, Kirt was invited to Laurier University to a shoot-out tournament .The following year he was recognized as the MVP and invited to try out for the same University team. Kirt’s prowess in basketball led to tryouts and/or positions in the Northern Ontario Basketball League and Laurier University. Coaches marvelled at Kirt’s natural talent to play the game. For many years, his scoring and assists record stood undefeated within the Sudbury region. Being awarded MVP at Naismith Basketball Camp was a highlight and testament to his skills as a humble team player! His interest in cooking and enjoying friends was matched by his love for the outdoors whether it was a long hike, walk with his dogs or a snowmobile ride. One winter, Kirt and Francie built two snowboarding hills on his father’s property. With creative juices flowing and some bulldozing by his Dad, a multi-jump snowboard park was created. Kirt was never short with ideas to entertain. He was caring, thoughtful and dedicated to his rescue dogs with a special place in his heart for the late Gryphon. Kirt, we will remember your infectious laugh, sense of humour, talent and integrity. We will carry your memory in our hearts forever.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts donated in Kirt’s name would be greatly appreciated by his family. Please contact: Carter’s Forever Rescue and Sanctuary, Bracebridge, Ontario www.cartersrescue.com. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
After a lengthy health battle, Pasquale “Tony” Asturi passed away peacefully on March 20th, 2020, at the Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville, Ontario.
Born in Maierato, Italy on April 12th, 1941, Tony emigrated to Canada in 1965, eventually settling in Barrie, Ontario. In 1976, he and his wife, Joan moved their family to Huntsville to open their first hair salon which remains a thriving business to this day.
Tony will be remembered for his commitment to his family, business and the thousands of people who had the opportunity to sit in his chair.
He is survived by his wife, his children and all his grandchildren. A celebration of life will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Dorothy adored her soap operas, old movies and watching golf for many hours not only enjoying the game but admiring the beautiful grounds of which they played upon. She loved the outdoors, fishing, playing bingo and spending time at the casino. Dorothy loved to cook and was quite talented at preparing dishes for family and friends. She loved all animals, large and small. But it was her selflessness that her family will remember most, always helping others at a time of need. Dorothy will be truly missed but never forgotten to all who knew her.
The family wish to thank those that cared for Dorothy during her final days. Your kindness and attentiveness will never be forgotten.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 87th year. Barbara is survived by her brother Ted and his wife Debbie Horton. Beloved mother of Randy (dec. Shirley) Kennedy, Richard (Lynn) Kennedy and Kathy (Doug) Whiting. Cherished and proud grandmother of Robert (Jennifer), Jennifer (Jason), Gary (Lynn) and Sharyl (Jeff). Great grandmother of 6. Left to mourn her passing is her dear loving friend, Bob Cripps. Pre-deceased by her sister Carol Young.
Barbara attended Highview Baptist Church in Huntsville on a regular basis and will be missed by her church family, but are comforted knowing she is with her Lord and Savour. She loved to knit in her spare time and would do so with gusto donating her finished pieces to charities, friends and family.
There will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers and as an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Highview Baptist Church, 411 Highview Drive, Huntsville http:\\highviewbaptistchurch.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at home on March 27, 2020 at 77 years of age. Born at Huntsville on May 25, 1942 to Gordon and Florence McFadyen (Clarke). Dear husband of 54 years to Barbara (Bullock), married at South Portage on September 10, 1966. Dear father of Cherie (Rob), John (Cindy) and Tracey who predeceased Jack in 1985. Very proud grandpa to Erin (Mike), Madison (Jon), Allison and Nicholas. Great-grandpa to Anna. Survived by sisters Joan (Mike) and Janice (Ed). Pre-deceased by his brothers Marvin (Eileen) and Bruce.
Special thanks to Deanna, Dominique and all the home care agencies that allowed Jack to stay at home and to Lorna, our rock. Many thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital who cared for him numerous times.
In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation in Jack’s memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
W Scott Latimer passed away peacefully March 29 at age 87 at Hospice Huntsville Algonquin Grace. Cherished husband of 62 years of Pat. Beloved brother of Mary Lee Latimer of Barrie. Much loved father of Gillian (Ron Hall), Andy (Charmaine) and Bruce (Trudy). Incredibly proud grandfather of Isaac (Kelly) and Alex (Lisa and children Mikayla and Andrew) Hall and great grandfather to Ruth, his little ray of sunshine.
Scott graduated from RMC and earned his Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, he then worked as an engineer in industry before teaching Chemistry and Physics at Oakville Trafalgar High School. Scott loved teaching and has left a legacy with all of the students’ lives he touched in over 25 years of teaching. However, his greatest legacy is his love for his children and grandchildren and the sense of responsibility and pride in the work they do that he has inspired in all of them.
Scott’s passions were playing golf and bridge and his greatest joy was time spent with his family. Scott was happy planning, constructing and building. He built his dream log home for he and Pat in 1979 and his family has spent many happy times enjoying the beauty of the Lake of Bays and the fun family times. The “Birthday Olympics” will not be the same without our master of ceremony and official score keeper.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In his memory please consider a gift to Hospice Huntsville or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Jeffrey Bauder Miller, an artist and an environmentalist, passed peacefully in Muskoka Landing Huntsville on March 24, 2020 at the age of 88.
He leaves behind his sons Jeff Jr. and Paul. Jeff Sr. is predeceased by his son John and the mother of his sons Janet Denise Miller. Loved brother of Francis Delos Miller, better known as Stub (predeceased) & his wife Bobbi also much loved by sister Judy Brookby & her husband Harry. He is predeceased by his parents Francis and Martha Miller and his long-time companion, Dr. Barbara Fallis, whose love and clear intelligence propelled and guided their life together.
Born in New York in 1931, Jeff always attributed his long life to the polio epidemic in the summer of 1943 where he and his brother Stub were shipped out of harm’s way to spend the summer at Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park Canada. It was here that Jeff connected deeply and fell in love with the beauty of Canadian wilderness, particularly Algonquin Park.
Inspired by adventure, teenage Jeff and Stub paddled the length of the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Manhattan in a rickety $15 canoe. Jeff graduated from Williams College and after serving in the US Airforce, moved to Toronto to work in the gas industry and to be closer to wilderness. He picked up a paintbrush after a visit to the Group of Seven Collection in the McMichael art gallery and his career as an artist began. For over 40 years, Jeff guided canoe trips which introduced people to the beauty and moods of nature. He inspired others to paint with intuition and spontaneity in the natural setting of Algonquin Park. Jeff started a program “Look, See, Paint” for groups and schoolchildren, which made them mindful of nature and gave permission to be an artist. Central to Jeff’s being was his dedication to the protection of our wilderness and ecosystem. Jeff was one of the founding members of the Algonquin Wildlands League, an organization dedicated to confronting the unchecked logging of Algonquin Park.
Jeff had a successful career as a landscape artist and his paintings have sold in prestigious galleries. He was part of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour and a founding member of the Artists of the Limberlost where people would visit his Limberlost Studio, experience his art and hear the stories of ramblings, wild territories and quiet contemplations in a canoe. Jeff’s farmhouse studio became a hub of open conversation, debate, laughter and good cheer where everyone was welcomed to have a martini at the bar.
A Celebration of Life for Jeff will be held in the future post-pandemic world.
In Memory of Jeff, Donations to the Couchiching Conservancy or the Nature Conservancy of Canada would be appreciated and can be made through the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia. Or since times are difficult for many at the moment consider something like the following – teach a child to paint, plant a tree, reduce your carbon footprint, sit quietly in the forest or at the edge of a river, or take time to discover the true colour of tree bark. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com.
The words of painter, Jeff Miller – “I would like to introduce you to a wild territory, as it looks to me, where I have spent my most enjoyable and important moments–where I learned about my freedom through self-sufficiency, where my brain absorbed the forlorn green-grey atmospheres and muted blue hazes, and where I learned about resourcefulness and essential humour.”
Ross Albert Taylor was born on March 29, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario to parents Carrol and Minnie (nee Smith) Taylor. Affectionately known as Sam to family and friends, passed away peacefully with Cheryl at his side on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Fairvern Nursing Home in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Cheryl Taylor (nee Collins) who he married on September 28, 1985. Survived by his first wife and loving friend, Jackie Taylor. Cherished father of Bonnie (Bob) Richardson, Darlene (Steve) Bennett and Ron Taylor. Stepfather of Shane (Annie) Oliver. Proud grandfather of Chad, Ryan, Tom, Sean and Jesse, great-grandfather of Aiden and step-great-grandfather of Noah. Sam will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Sam was a technical engineer of a printing and packaging firm for 37 years. His hobbies included boating, building pine furniture and traveling, especially taking cruises to the Caribbean. A celebration of life will take place at later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home.
Messages of condolence can be made at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
MacLeod, Kathryn Patricia
It is with profound sorrow, we mourn the passing of our beloved matriarch Kay, on Tuesday, March 24 at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville.
Kay was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth MacLeod and the cherished mother of Nadine (Donald Diplock) and Mary Pat (Elmer Fisher). Proud grandmother of Kenneth Diplock and Casey Fisher. Great-grandmother to the “kids” Owen and Brooke Diplock and Ethan Fisher.
Our mother would consider her family as her most important accomplishment, but she led a very active life. Born in North Bay to Martin and Myrtle Sullivan. She followed our father to Terrace Bay, Ontario and began a busy life including bowling, curling, golf, bridge, church and socializing. Moves to Huntsville and North Bay followed. With retirement came snowbird trips to Panama City Beach.
We are at a loss for words in processing how we will cope with losing the center of our family. What will life be like without her strength, guidance, humour and support?
The MacLeod family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Mathies, the nurses and marvelous personal service workers and administration of Muskoka Landing for their kindness, dedication and professionalism while Mom lived at the Landing.
Special thanks too: Mary Whittaker, Lynda West, Laila Etherington and Father Paul Hogan.
Due to the evolving status of COVID 19 we have chosen to have a memorial mass and ceremony at a later date. Please visit www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further information.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I`m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
My life’s been full, I savoured much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Lift up your heart and share with me:
God wanted me now.
He set me free.
Sheldon Eugene Bennett passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
To mourn his passing are his wife Helen (Reid), son Mark (partner Jacquie Jones), six grandchildren — Amber, Carla, Roxie, Rachel, Jake and Connor — and great granddaughter Fiona, sister Dianne (Dennis Hawker), brother Blaine and his wife Elizabeth, and sister-in-laws Arvina, Marlene, and Stella.
Sheldon was born in Huntsville on July 23, 1938 and was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Marjorie (Anderson), and three brothers Revis, Beverley, and Clebert.
Sheldon was employed by Canusa for 35 years. A true hockey fan he also loved to fish with his dad, brothers and son. He was a member of Huntsville Canadian Legion and for years enjoyed helping with their July barbecue.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Hospice Huntsville and Dr. DeRoode for their kindness and care. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Joyce passed away peacefully March 24th, 2020 at the Huntsville Hospital in her 90th year with her husband of 67 years and four children at her side. She is survived by her spouse Jack, children Sharon (Neil Audette), Robert, Becky (Steve Judges) and Steve (Cheri Villamont). Much loved grandmother to Jesse and Camille Audette, Melanie and Megan Judges, Tess and Jack Davis McKenzie.
Joyce was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba and graduated with the Governor General’s Medal from Minnedosa High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from University of Manitoba and taught Home Economics in Elmira, Ontario. After her four children were in school, she went back to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and also as a Teaching Assistant at Spruce Glen Public School. She was very active in the Trinity United Church community, leading UCW, teaching Sunday School and volunteering wherever there was a need.
Joyce was happiest at home with her large extended family, sharing family meals on the deck overlooking Fairy Lake. She could sew, knit, bake anything and kept a beautiful garden. She was most proud of all her grandchildren and their accomplishments, attending as many concerts, drama productions, graduation ceremonies, soccer, volleyball, hockey games as life would allow.
Joyce loved to learn, always reading, watching documentaries, meeting new people. She was the consummate listener, so interested in the lives of others, grilling them with question upon question. She was incredibly kind and wanted to make everyone at ease, introducing people to others; everyone was important to her. But most of all Joyce shared a vast amount of unconditional love for her family and friends.
A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at Trinity United Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Plan Canada or Trinity United Church, UCW, Huntsville, would be appreciated.
Denis Alfred Dingman
of Burk’s Falls
June 22, 1951 – March 22, 2020
Peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side on Sunday March 22, 2020 at the age of 68.
Denis Dingman, beloved husband of Pat Dingman (nee Murdy).
Loving dad of Elyssa Jenkins (Kyle) and Dylan Dingman (Rebecca).
Proud grandpa of Haileigh “Toad”, Alanah “Tater” and Deegan “Monkeybutt”.
Cherished brother of George (Barb), Freda Stephenson (Harry), Rick (Valerie), brother-in-law of Buck Ball and predeceased by sister June Ball, brother Lyle, parents Wilbert and Ruby Dingman and his in-laws Clyde and Irene Murdy.
Fondly remembered by the Murdy family, nieces, nephews, Mildred Brandt and family, other relatives and many friends.
Arrangements are being handled privately with the family and have been entrusted to the Opatovsky Funeral Home – Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls.
A public celebration of Denis’ life will be held at a later date.
If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would
be sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.opatovskyfuneralhome.com
Georgina Mabel Margaret Hayward (nee Skerritt) passed away peacefully at 92, at the Leacock Care Centre in Orillia, on March 22, 2020.
Georgina was born on Februrary 6, 1928, in Emsdale, Ontario. She was the first of two children born to Ed and Mabel Skerrit (nee Berlinghoff). Her future husband, Max, started working for her father at the age of 17, at Skerritts’ Garage. After Max and Georgina bought Huntsville Auto Electric from her parents, Georgina did the bookkeeping for the business which they ran successfully for over 25 years.
She loved summers spent at the cottage, playing games with family and friends, and travelling to many destinations around the world.
For over 40 years she volunteered for the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, and she was also an active member of the United Church Women for many years. She was well known for her cooking and baking skills, helping to stock many a bake sale with her delicious goodies. A very creative soul with an abundance of energy and a love of learning, she was game to try just about anything; she busied herself with leathercraft, copper tooling, woodworking, upholstering, bookbinding, ceramics, macrame, needlecraft, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and many other pursuits.
Georgina was predeceased by her husband, Max, and brother, Ted (Jane). She will be forever missed by her children Lynne, Doug (Cheryl), and Janet; grandchildren Glenn (Dayle), Kyle (Terri), Quinn (Becca), and Rhys; great-grandchildren Braeden and Ciara; and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her beloved chihuahuas Sancho, Amigo, and Chico.
A celebration of Georgina’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Georgina’s memory would be gratefully received by the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, the Alzheimer Society Ontario, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Camp Oochigeas, or a charity of your own choosing. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 78th year. Lloyd married Barbara Lupton (nee Smith) on June 4th, 1966 and predeceased him on February 12, 2018. Left to mourn his passing are his children, Sherri (Tony) Babb, Danielle (Sean) Cooper and the late Vanessa Lupton. Proud grandpa of Craig, Chelsea, Amethyst, Ashley, Abigail, Jesse, Josh and Chloe and great grandpa of Callie, Annabeth, Isabella and Julian. Lloyd was born on August 19, 1942 to parents George and Rose (nee Broadbent) Lupton. Lloyd is survived by his siblings Bernice (Dennis), Dan (Maryanne) and Barbara. Predeceased by his remaining siblings George (Madeline), Hilda (Graham), Harold (Jeanette) and Mary (Bill). Lloyd will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Lloyd enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling and reading but it was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren that gave him the greatest joy. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Lung Association, www.lunghealth.ca. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed peacefully with his children at his side on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at Hospice Huntsville in his 89th year. Stanley was born on October 19, 1931 to Arthur and Minnie Lupton of Huntsville, Ontario. Married to Sandra Lupton (nee Grozelle) who predeceased Stanley on March 8, 2011. beloved father of Shelley, Kevin and Wayne (Kimberly) Lupton. Proud grandfather of Evan, Mitchell, Holly and Bently. Dear brother of Lorna (dec. Ray) Knott. Pre-deceased by his siblings Bill (Bertha) and Jean (Doug). Stanley will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Stan had a great love for the outdoors where he spent time with friends especially at the Hunt Camp. Stan was always proud to have been apart of the innovative construction of the Avro Arrow prior to it being decommissioned in 1959. Stan would later work at Kimberly-Clark for 25 years.
In keeping with Stan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held in the summer and later laid to rest beside Sandra. 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
Thomas Marshall “Swampy” Hall
September 16, 1922 – March 12, 2020
Peacefully at his home in Sundridge on Thursday March 12, 2020 in his 98th year.
Marshall Hall, beloved husband of 67 years of the late Mary Hall (nee Bywaters).
Cherished brother of late Nick, late Reg, Blanche, Thelma, Ted, late Jean, Florence, late Vernon, late Edgar, late Joan and late Alan.
Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Marsh was the last surviving WWII Veteran in the area. He was an active member of the Sundridge Legion, the Strong Masonic Lodge and a very important community member who was involved in all facets of the Sundridge and greater Almaguin community.
Due to the ongoing pandemic visitation and service has been postponed until a later date.
Interment at the Strong Cemetery in Sundridge.
If desired, memorial donations to the Sundridge Royal Canadian Legion Branch #467 or the Strong Masonic Lodge would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.opatovskyfuneralhome.com
Anne Donkersgoed also known as Antje VanDonkersgoed, from Emsdale, Ontario, passed away last Tuesday afternoon, March 10, 2020, and is with her LORD, Saviour, and Friend.
My Momma reached a milestone of 80 years of age last summer and was so looking forward to Springtime as she loved the outdoors.
About 2.5 weeks ago she had a fall in her home, resulting in having to get her ankle reconstructed. During her hospital stay, they noticed some brain masses, calling for a biopsy at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Following her biopsy, she was getting used to her ankle cast, had started walking rehab, and last Tuesday morning was set to be returned to Huntsville Hospital for more rehab and healing. She was in good spirits, very lucid and clear, happy to chat with her children, and looking forward to returning to Huntsville to be closer to her friends and family. Just tired. However, the Lord had some other plans for my Mom, and that morning of March 10 the tumors caused an event, resulting in life-support measures to be needed. Jeanne Pelletier, Kathleen Upton-van Ham, Ronita Willeford, and others who loved her were around her as her body failed and she left us that same day. She passed peacefully.
As her children, we are working through her wishes at this time. Her body has been cremated per her wishes, and we are in process of planning a Celebration of Life Service for my Mom in the summer….as she loved outdoors, flowers, and that season most of all…and then you will have time as friends to remember her with us that day. So save Sunday, July 19th on your calendar.
A Graveside Committal service for family and close friends to be later that day at Fairview Cemetary, Listowel, Ontario, where Mom desired her remains to rest with my Opa and Oma, her Dad and her Mom, who pre-deceased her some years past.
Thanks to all of Mom’s friends and family that have loved and blessed her over the years…we value your love, friendship and support at this time of grief and processing.
I love you Mom and will see you again…
Gary John Van Donkersgoed
Passed away suddenly at her home in North Bay on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Young of Huntsville and cherished mother of Jay Young of North Bay.
A graveside service will be held in the Spring where she will be laid to rest beside her husband at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Huntsville. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
BENNETT, Ruth Eveleen (nee Munroe)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Ralph Bennett. Loving mother of Douglas (Lynne) Bennett, Catherine (Larry) Holditch and the late Gary (Glenda) Bennett. Cherished grandmother of Ian (Angela), Chris and Derek (Dallas). Proud great-grandmother of Kalen, Rowan, Lachlan and a new great-grandson on his way.
A descendent of the original settlers of Muskoka, Ruth was born on October 13, 1922 in Dwight, Ontario to parents Melville Munroe of Dwight, Ontario and Edith (nee Matthias) Munroe of Matthiasville, Ontario. As an active member of the community, Ruth volunteered with the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, was a member of Club 55 and the Muskoka Seniors. Ruth kept active by bowling on two separate leagues and enjoyed acting as host to many bingo nights with friends and family. While living at Roger’s Cove, Ruth was known to be the resident seamstress offering her skills to the many residents.
In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, 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 or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Beloved wife of 60 years to Vincent Pineau passed away peacefully at home in her 79th year with her family by her side.
Dear mother of Mark (Janet), she is survived by sisters Katherine, Yvonne (Nick), and brother Eloi (Yvette), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Clorist Bourque, Helene (Benoit), siblings, Eric, Gerard, Joey, Liza, Ladean, Fernand, and Berty.
Jeannita was born in Rosaireville, NB and will be interred with a graveside service there at a later date.
Funeral mass to be held at St Patricks Church Kearney Ontario April 4, 2020 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital would be much appreciated.
Patrick (Pat) Walter Fletcher
February 10, 1926 – February 29, 2020
Patrick (Pat) Walter Fletcher, a long-time resident of Huntsville, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville, Ontario, 2 weeks following his 94th birthday.
Predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Lynn (nee Bays), Pat is lovingly remembered by his children: Tim (Pam), Rob (Jo Ann), Patricia (Douglas), Angela (Tom); step-children: Sharon (Peter), Susan (Steve), Grant (Marie); grandchildren: Jennifer (Jason), Jason (Cara), Shannon (Nick), Charlene, Stephen (Donni), Christine (Adam), Sarah (Nick), Brock (Michelle), Victoria; and his seven great grandchildren: Sophia, Nicola, Anna, Arthur, Julia, Walter, and Andy.
Pat was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa, where he lived until the outbreak of WW2. At 16, using a forged birth certificate, he joined the Royal Navy, and performed many tours of duty as an officer on-board a minesweeper in the South Atlantic. Following the war, he attended university and graduated as a Chartered Accountant. He and his first wife, Joan (Lavin) emigrated to Canada in 1953, eventually settling in Scarborough, Ontario, where he established a successful insurance business, and raised 4 children.
In 1973, with his second wife Lynn, Pat relocated to Huntsville, Ontario, where they purchased The Big East River Motel. After several successful years the motel was sold and the couple took on their next entrepreneurial venture, opening the Heritage House Antiques store, at Main & Brunel Road, in Huntsville. The business prospered, which allowed Pat to eventually retire to pursue his great passion for golf.
Pat was a dedicated life-long Rotarian, a member and past President of both the Scarborough, and Huntsville chapters. He and Lynn were very active in the Huntsville community, and enjoyed many years supporting the annual Rotary musical, Probus, Club 55, and a great many bridge groups.
At his request, cremation has taken place, and a private ceremony will follow. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in his name to Fairvern Nursing Home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Forestell, Dr. Mar, and all the wonderful nurses and staff at Fairvern for their support, care, and great kindnesses.
He will forever be in our hearts.
ASHBY, Beverly Vernon
September 22, 1942 ~ February 24, 2020
Bev was born in the Township of Etwell to “Stevenson” Charles and “Lillian” Amy (Bombay) Ashby. Bev had a rather large family, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. He is predeceased by both parents, brothers; Harry, Don, Greg, Jack and sisters; Audrey, Shirley and Rhoda. Left to mourn Bev is his beloved wife Linda (Peterkin) of 54 years and his three sons, Stephen (Heather), Jeff (Kerri) and Kevin (Michelle). Bev also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; Darcie-Lynn Verhoeven (Jesse), Justin Lawrence (Ashby), Alyssa Ashby, Bradon Ashby (Emma), Zoei Ashby (Steve Smith), Jade Ashby, Ginny Ashby, Hailey Ashby, Teaghan Ashby (Tenecia), Keraghan Ashby as well as 6 great-grandchildren; Bryten, Keenen and Ryder Verhoeven, Octavia Brigsma, Cedar Lawrence and Braelynn Smith. Also mourning Bev’s passing is his brother Charlie, many extended families and his faithful four-legged friend Buddy.
At the tender age of 16, Bev started work at George Cook Lumber. In 1962 he would work for Muskoka Haying Co. He would work there for the next 47 years, although the company would change names several times. Bev would retire from Tembec as a millwright at the age of 64.
Bev was a person who believed in getting involved in his community. In his late teens, Bev joined the Huntsville Legion Pipe Band and would soon discover he had a God given talent as a bass drummer! He could wow many crowds with his flare of twirling his drumsticks. He would continue with the pipe band until his late 30s. Also, in his late 20s along with his wife Linda, he would sit on the Executive Committee for the Huntsville Figure Skating Club. During the 1980’s, Bev and Linda would discover they enjoyed the C.B. Club. Along with the three boys, plowboy and city slicker would visit many coffee breaks. The Ashby family have long enjoyed camping and fishing, which is a love they passed down to the grandchildren as well as the great grandkids. In fact, baby Ginny joined the family camping trip at the ripe age of six weeks! Bev and Linda instilled in their boys as well as the grandkids the joy of catching a fish and then releasing back to the water for another to experience the same thrill.
Bev and Linda settled in their family home on Elliott Street 50 years ago! Everyone who knew the west end knew that on Halloween Mr. Ashby would have some great yard decorations and goodies to hand out. Also, at Christmas, he would have the yard all decorated and on the roof was Santa, his sleigh and reindeer! Bev really was enthusiastic about getting the most he could out of life while making great memories with the ones he loved.
Upon his retirement in 2009, Bev discovered another God given talent, making dream catchers and other handmade crafts from wood. He would enter his creations in all our local fairs and did quite well. Throughout his entire life Bev was an A1 gardener. He would start all his plants from seed from the previous year’s harvest. This process would start in February and as each plant grew, he would transplant it lovingly to a larger pot until it could finally be planted outside in his garden where all the bed boxes were made by his hands. Bev also had a passion and tenderness for wildlife. He would make up feed for birds, squirrels and raccoons, yes raccoons. His garbage bags were never destroyed, they knew who fed them!
Eleven years ago, Bev received one of his greatest blessings, his four-legged pal, Buddy. Everywhere Bev went there was Buddy. Everyone who lives in a three-block radius of East Elliott Street knows Bev and his pal Buddy. All the ladies would pet Buddy and give him treats, all the while picking Bev’s brain for gardening hints.
We have lost one heck of a guy, but Heaven gained one! Bev you will always be sadly missed but lovingly remembered, until we meet again on those golden streets.
Cremation has already taken place as were Bev’s wishes. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On Monday March 2, 2020 Maria took her foot off the gas pedal and she passed peacefully in my arms. A private cremation service was held. An announcement will be made for a celebration of life, one in Port Sydney and the other in Sault Ste. Marie in the near future. Details to follow.
Maria wanted to thank her care team, family and friends that have assisted to get her this far and helped her adjust her sails when necessary.
Maria requested no donations but did request for all to find an area in their lives where the glass is not half full and to find a way to fill it.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
MRS HARRIET BEATRICE TESSIER (nee Quan) of Huntsville (and formerly of Burk’s Falls); peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville on Monday, February 24, 2020 in her 78th year, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her husband, Robert Tessier, dear mother of Robert (Nancy), Shirley, Kathy (Mark) and Tony. Proud grandmother of Jennifer, Stephanie, Bobby (Jody), Jessica, Heather (Corey), Evan, Kathryn, Zachery, Malik, and Adam. Great-grandmother to Evelyn. Beloved daughter of the late Clarence and Myrtle Quan (Golden). Harriet is survived by sisters Alice Alguire (Keith), Betty Lalonde, Helen St. Martin (Henry), Hilda Horton, Linda Horton, Judy Quan and brother Brian Quan (Easther). Predeceased by sisters Eileen Robins, Jean Brown, Mary Quan and brothers Frank Quan and William Quan. Dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit, Dr. Greg Stewart, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, and special thanks to Dr. Reuven Stott for his support and guidance to Mom and the family. The family will receive visitors at the Billingsley Funeral Home Friday February 28 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM with Vigil prayers in the Chapel at 8PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Huntsville commencing at 11AM on Saturday, February 29, 2020 with Fr. Paul Hogan officiating. If desired, memorial donations to the Algonquin Grace Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Mary Catherine (Love) Davies
Beloved wife of the late Ginger Davies, Mary passed away peacefully on February 21, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 98th year. Mary was born in Greenbank, Reach Township, Ontario to parents Oswald & Jean (Patterson) Love. Loving mother of Dwight (Jen) Davies of Edgewater, Florida and Dean (Lynne) Davies of Port Dover, Ontario. Cherished grandmother of Morgan (Natalie) Davies of Charlotte, NC, Tristan (Armando) Davies of Monroe, NC, Erin (Alfredo) Davies of Milton, Ontario and Tara (Dave) Ross of Milton, Ontario. Proud great-grandmother of Lailey and Adia Ross and Noah and Camila Tapia. Survived by her dear sisters, Betty Polito of Lindsay, Ontario and Frances (Fran) Yanchuk of Lindsay, Ontario. Predeceased by her sister, Anne Brennan. Mary will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Mary will be interred next to Ginger in the Spring. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Harold Gilbert Lemkay, 88, of Huntsville, passed away on February 16, 2020 at Muskoka Landing with family at his side. He was born on May 2, 1931 to Herman and Clara (Bennett) Lemkay. Harold worked as an Engineer for CP Rail. Harold is survived by his children, Dawn (Mike) Aubin, Dean Lemkay and Dale (Andy) Howse. Cherished grandfather of Erin, Heather, Andrew, Cara, Cooper, Ashley-Ann and Jordan. Proud great-grandfather of Amiee, Kayla, Austin, Alora, Jayci and Ryker. Dear brother of Brian (Lois) Lemkay. Pre-deceased by his sisters, Mildred (Johnny) and Doris (Mark). Harold will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at New Life Fellowship Church in MacTier from 1-2 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka or Heart & Stroke Foundation .Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Helen May (Carr) Prager died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Huntsville, Ontario.
She was born on January 27, 1932 in Glencairn, Ontario to William Carr & Ivy Holt. She is survived by her daughters Nicki Brazier Hagarty, Gail (Prager) Orr, & son Jerry Prager and predeceased by her husband Karl Prager Jr and son Karl. She has 6 grandchildren April (Orr) Sanderson, Amanda (Orr) Heidman, Darcy Hagarty, Karl Prager IV, and Jamie Campbell Prager. She also has 5 great grandchildren; Owen & Miller Sanderson, and Adelaide, Charlotte and Callie Heidman.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Club 55 (at the Town Hall), from 1-3pm. The presentation & remembrances will start at 1:30.
In lieu of flowers donations to Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary or Community Mental Health Association would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Doreen passed away peacefully, surrounded by love at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, on Feb. 15, 2020 at age 90. Doreen was born on August 27, 1929 in Galt, Ontario.
She was predeceased by parents Ernest & Vera (Purdy) Bass & husband Raymond Lewin. Beloved Mother of Terri Clarke (Bill), Gary Lewin (Diane), Danny Lewin (Allison), Richie Lewin (Deby), Jamie Lewin (Ruth) & Jaci Booth (Brady).
Cherished Grandmother of 17 grandchildren & treasured Great Nana to 33 more as well as the many others she welcomed with an open heart & loving smile. She will be missed.
A gathering for family & friends will be held for family and friends on April 4th, 1:00 at the Chaffey Hall, Huntsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville would be appreciated.
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 95th year. Max was born on April 3, 1925 to parents Clyde and Violet Filmore. Beloved husband of the late Betty (Orr) Filmore who predeceased Max on February 13, 2010. Loving father of Rob and Martin (Cindy) Filmore. Proud grandpa of Scott (Kelly), Doug (Brittany), Betty-Jean (Greg), Curt, Scott and David. Great-grandpa of Aubree, Alexis, Ava, Max, Kaylee, Emma, Mackenzie, Matthew and Grace.
Interment to take place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Hamilton. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Stirling “Claire” Paynter passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 85th year. Claire was born on October 26, 1935 to parents Everett & Eliza (Brown) Paynter. Formerly of Long River, Prince Edward Island, Claire lived in Ontario for 64 years, 46 of which were in Huntsville. He is predeceased by his brothers, Waldo (Mildred), Ivan (Gladys), sisters, Elva (Henry) Meek and Margaret (Edwin) Coles. Loving father of Karen (John) Sinclair and Kelly (Antony) Wohlgemuth. Proud grandfather of Craig (Alley). Brother-in-law to Bertha (Thomas) Tuplin. Claire will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Claire loved to travel taking him to many destinations across North America, Canada coast to coast. Claire worked as a transport driver further fulfilling his love of travel and later as a fork lift operator. He loved spending time outdoors watching and enjoying nature go by especially the birds, deer and chipmunks.
In keeping with Claire’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Claire will be laid to rest beside Lydia in the spring at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Maurice Wilmot Kingshott passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in his 83rd year. Maurice was born on April 2, 1937 in Bent River to parents Edward and Pearl (Huggard) Kingshott. Beloved husband of Audrey Kingshott (nee Todd) of 60 years. Loving father of Lori (Alan) Hugo, Janice (Paul) Pathak and Edward Kingshott. Cherished grandfather of Jacqueline, Kristin, Samantha, Peter, Rishi and Jyoti. Dear brother of Eleanor (Ken) Taylor, Cathy (Jim) Smith, Terry (Eileen) Kingshott, Brenda (Steve) Hunt and Anne (Ken) Reid. Predeceased by his parents and siblings, Verna (Bob) Jinkins, Sidney (Marie) Kimgshott, Ernie (Helen) Kingshott, Deb (Mary) Kingshott, Rita (Harvey) Taylor, Edwin (Carol) Kingshott and Abby (Diane) Kingshott.
Family and friends are invited to share memories during a visitation being held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville from 12 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence may be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
CARD, Morley “Glen”
The death occurred at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 of Glen Card.
Morley Glen Card was born on Jan 18, 1948 in Huntsville to Morley and Erma Card. He was the fourth of ten children. Betty (deceased) (Harvey), Shirley (Joe), Yvonne (deceased), (Glen), Morris (Diane), Leona, Neil (Pat), Kathy- (deceased) (Reg), Ken (deceased), and Charlene (Paul).
Glen leaves behind his wife Dale (they married October 15th, 1994), and their son Brent (Ashley); his step children – Dawn (Norm), Lesley Ann (Todd); his in-laws – Marie, Ken (Janine); his children: Khristine, Glenda, Lisa, Ian; and many grand-children and nieces and nephews who thought a lot of him. Glen was predeceased by his parents as well as his father & mother-in-law Melvin & Gertrude Stevenson.
Glens’ working life started with logging and farming, a stint at Ideal Algonquin (where he lost a finger!), and time as a janitor at V. K. Greer Public school, but it was spent mostly in the construction equipment industry as a labourer, driver, operator, and mechanic for employers including Aitkin & Parlett, and the Township of Haliburton Highlands (out of Dorset) where he started as a labourer and ended up as Roads Foreman. He worked for Bordie Boothby, Lake of Bays Township, and Barnharts Sand & Gravel. At one point, Glen had a backhoe and a truck, and worked for himself. He also drove a tow truck for Holotuk for a while.
It’s no surprise with this transportation background to hear that he loved riding his motorcycle and enjoyed welding, but his best times were being with his family and enjoying many family gatherings. He was also a great baker, so we know what he contributed to the pot lucks!
In January 2013, Glen went into hospital for a valve replacement and triple bypass. Before he could leave the hospital, he suffered a stroke that left him unable to work and changed his life dramatically. Dale and Glen moved in with Dale’s father (Mel Stevenson) in 2017 to help as he was aging and showing signs of dementia. Dale’s dad eventually had to move into Muskoka Shores, and Glen spent his last few months there as well. The family appreciates the care and compassion of their staff during this time.
While the latter years of his life were difficult Glen’s family will recall him through a treasury of earlier memories and happier days.
A Reception will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, reception centre on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 1 – 3 pm. At 2:30 everyone will be invited into the chapel for remembrances. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Ray Samuel Smith, 89 years of age, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Born on July 8, 1930 in Huntsville to parents Samuel and Annie Smith (nee Middlebrook). Predeceased by his beloved wife Wilma Smith (nee Northcott) on September 6, 2006. Ray is survived by his children, Garry Smith, Brenda (Garry) Sparling, Terry (Debbie) Smith, Shelley (Edd) Groomes, Virginia (Rob) Dempsey and Adam Smith. He is the proud grandfather of Sam, Cassandra, Michaela, Neil, Jaime, Kyle, Ashlea, Terry, Amy, Kelsey, Alex, Hannah, Patrick, Mason, Harper and the late Trinity. Cherished great-grandfather of 22. Ray is predeceased by 2 brothers and 5 sisters. He will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family will receive guests on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice Huntsville or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 of David Clarke. Beloved husband of Linda Clarke. Dear father of Scott and the late Jason Clarke. Loving grandfather of Megan and Brenden.
At David’s request there will be no public service.
Donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice in David’s memory would be appreciated.
Charlie Blackburn, a lifetime resident of Huntsville passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing surrounded by his family on February 9th, 2020 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Carol who predeceased Charles on November 25, 2015. Cherished father to Cheryl (Kelly) McCaw, Shawn (Chris Pirie) Blackburn, Wendy (Roy Hanley) Blackburn and Brian Blackburn. Loving Poppa to Kristen, Melanie (Derek), Ryan (Brittney), Kaitlin, Justin, Michael (Kiran) and Nicholas. Great grandfather to Christopher, Linzi, Jacob, Paisley, Jesse, Charlie and Leah. Dear brother to Bill Blackburn (Marge). Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Mae Blackburn.
A Visitation will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville, on Friday, Feb.14th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. & Saturday, Feb. 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. A live feed of the memorial service will be available for those unable to attend on Billingsley Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
TANNER, Donna Lynn
May 1, 1962 – January 13, 2020
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 15th, 2020 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home.
Messages of condolence may be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
William David Anderson
The Anderson family is sad to announce the passing of Bill Anderson (July 3, 1923 – January 20, 2020), husband of Elizabeth (Leech) Anderson; son of William Anderson and Helena (Wighton) Anderson; brother of Shirley Anderson-Kay; father of George and David Anderson (Lindsay), John Rivière-Anderson (Christine), and grandfather of Bill Anderson (Melissa), Chris Anderson (Kate), Lisa Riverin-Thomas, James Anderson (Sara), Nick Anderson, Cameron Anderson, Taliesine Rivière-Anderson (Pim), and Maxime Rivière-Anderson; great-grandfather of Sophie and River. In his youth, Bill attended Normal Model School and enjoyed summer work on Roy Robertson’s farm, Dunsford, Ontario. Later he spent summers as a camper, then sailing instructor, Kilcoo camp, Minden, Ontario. His high school days were interrupted by the declaration of war. Bill joined the Canadian Air Force, 1942, and served as Gunnery Instructor at Gander, Newfoundland. After the war he studied at the University of Toronto. Bill graduated with a B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering and married Beth in 1949. A Freemason, Bill’s varied career included Plant Superintendent, Canada Gypsum; Works Manager, Pilkington Glass; delegate to the Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference; Project Manager, Federal Business Development Bank. Bill immensely enjoyed his summer vacations at the cottage on Blue Chalk Lake, Near Dorset, and inspired in his children his life-long love of sailing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, woodcutting and wildlife photography. He travelled with Beth to the USA, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados, the UK and Arizona. In retirement, Bill enjoyed volunteering at St. John’s Convalescent Hospital and for the WWII POW association. Bill and Beth moved from Willowdale to Gravenhurst, Ontario, first to a new house, subsequently to James Street Place, Bracebridge, then upon Beth’s infirmity to Granite Ridge, Gravenhurst. After her passing Bill moved to the fine care of Roger’s Cove, Huntsville, and finally to The Pines, Bracebridge. Bill’s family and friends will remember him gratefully for his dedication and support, precise design ingenuity, good-humoured dances, and his remarkable perseverance and adaptability. Bill’s last months were graced by the deep kindness, patience, care and affection of the staff at The Pines, for which his family will always be grateful.
To leave an online condolence visit: www.torrancefuneralhome.com
January 26, 1939 ~ January 27, 2020
Ina died peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, early in the morning of January 27th with all of her close family by her side. She was the daughter of Kristine Christensen, widow of Carl Johansen. Mother to Ann-Marie Ouderkirk and Deborah Dixon. Grandmother to Jeremy Ouderkirk, Vera Ouderkirk, Evan Slater, Jennifer Nancekevil and Taylor Dixon. Great Grandmother to Austin and Tyler O’Neil, Ella and Keaton Ouderkirk, Keira and McKenna Nancekevil and Hunter and Madison Slater.
At Ina’s request, there will be no funeral held at this time but a celebration of life will take place in the spring at Stewart Memorial Church. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
VIRON, Elizabeth Lena (nee Antici)
Passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 88th year. Elizabeth was born on March 7, 1932 in Port Colborne, Ontario to John and Theresa Antici (nee Montenari) formerly of Italy. Beloved wife of Dr. Silvio Viron who predeceased Elizabeth on April 8, 2013, married 61 years. Elizabeth is the cherished mother of David (Ann), Karen (Jim) and Sandy (Darcy). Proud and devoted grandmother to John & Jada, Michael (Heather), Mark & Komal, Steven & Allison, and Chad & Ryan. Great-grandmother of Catherine, Caraline, Vikram and Sanjay, and the late Rohan.
Cremation has taken place. Elizabeth will be laid to rest beside Silvio at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery in the spring. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
LUTTRELL, Joseph Bernard
The passing of Joseph Bernard Luttrell (Bernie) occurred peacefully at Muskoka Shores Care Community in Gravenhurst, Ontario on January 22nd, 2020. Born in Roseville, Prince Edward Island on August 26th 1943, the son of Albert and Belle Luttrell. Predeceased by his beloved wife Lois Anne Luttrell (nee Leard). Much loved father to Scott (Laurie) and Paul (Victoria).
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his brothers; George, Frank (Marie) and Garry (Elaine), friends and family back home in Prince Edward Island, as well as friends in his home of Huntsville, Ontario.
Bernie’s greatest pride and immense joy came from his role as grandfather to his three granddaughters; Olivia, Charlotte (Scott and Laurie) and Brooklyn (Paul and Victoria). He will always be loved and remembered by his girls.
At Bernie’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
DALTON, Barbara Ann Blanche
September 1, 1932 – January 22, 2020
After a lengthy illness, Barb passed away peacefully on January 22, 2020 at the Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville, Ontario. Beloved wife of the late Donald. Cherished mom of the late Dawn (Joe) Dalton-Hodd, Douglas Dalton, Mary (Roy) Culley and Gina (Garry) West. Loving grandma of six grandchildren and proud great grandma of one. Barb is predeceased by her sister Jackie Macey.
In keeping with the wishes of the family, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barb’s name may be made to Fairvern Nursing Home. Messages of condolence may made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
HAY, Patricia Adeline
Passed away peacefully in the morning of January 27th, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital as result of chronic illnesses. The family wishes to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to the Palliative Care Team, all the doctors and all the nurses who took such good care of Patracia in her final days. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Loretta Patricia Bjerknes, family and close friends.
A Celebration of Patracia’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions in Patracia’s name may be made to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Elisabeth Frances Cope (nee Telfer)
Beth Cope, age 97, passed away at Algonquin Grace Hospice on January 24, 2020 surrounded by love, with her husband Bill and children, Dave (Sharon Orcutt), Katie (Bev MacWilliams) and Marg (Doug Bennett) by her side.
Cherished grandma of Alissa (Scott Baird), Shawn (Jen Brandt), Kim and Katy (Chris Divjak). Proud great grandma of William and Nicholas Bennett.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Beth’s wishes, a family gathering will take place later in the year.
Memorial donations would be gratefully accepted by Algonquin Grace/Hospice Huntsville.
SHAKESPEARE, Elizabeth Iona (nee MacDonald)
Passed away peacefully at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Friday, January 24, 2020 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Edward “Ted” Shakespeare (d. 2019) for 67 years. Proud mother of Gary (Kathy) Shakespeare, Terry (Andrea Meehan) Shakespeare, Troy (Sharon Fowler) Shakespeare and Shannon (Rob) Durnan. Cherished grandmother of Christopher (Carmen), Elizabeth (Bill), Byron, Vanessa, Terry Jr., Colin, Matthew, Emily, Carter and Jackson. Great-grandmother of 11.
In keeping with Iona’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A family gathering will take place at a later date.
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
BILZ, Edwin John
Peacefully passed at the Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital on Friday, January 17, 2020 in his 85th year. Beloved partner of Marilyn LaRose and loving father of Rodney (Brigitte) and Todd (Shelley). Proud Grandpa of Katie, Trevor, Riley and Devin (Jessica). Survived by his brother Harold (Jean) and his sister Ella. Predeceased by his sisters Mabel, Eva and Glady, his brother Howard and his niece Ann. Ed will be missed by his nieces and nephews, other extended family members, and dear friends. In keeping with Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with a celebration of life to occur in the future. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Longpre, Andre Alexander (September 11th, 1956 – January 19th, 2020)
On the evening of January 19th, 2020 after a long and courageous battle, Andy Longpre passed away surrounded by love, with all of his children at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
Born to the late Jean-Guy and Lola Longpre on September 11th, 1956 in Kapuskaking, Ontario, Andy spent his early childhood here before moving to Huntsville and graduating from Huntsville High School. Andy continued on to graduate from Guelph University and then to Mount Allison University to complete his teaching certificate.
Forever remembered for his endless charisma, humour and warmth; Andy impacted the lives of so many, as a loving father, dedicated teacher, avid volunteer and accomplished athlete.
Andy is survived by his five children, Ben, Jon, Kyle (Meghan), Laura (Kody) and Kristy. Beloved brother of Christine (Jim), Melinda (Dennis), Louise (Bob), Peter (Brenda) and Nelson (Pat). Fondly remembered by his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family and many friends.
A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232, 21 Veteran’s Way, Huntsville on Saturday, February 8 from 1pm – 4pm, remembrances to begin at 2:30pm. All are welcomed to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fairvern New Build Campaign would be greatly appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
HOUSE, Carolyn Jean (nee Hildreth)
Carolyn passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing surrounded by friends on January 7th, 2020. Forever with her Lord. Her beloved husband Don predeceased her in April 2015 and her son Doug passed in April 2016. An only child, Carolyn is survived by her daughter Debbie (Oriah Mountain Dreamer) and grandsons Nathan and Brandon.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Huntsville on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Andrews Benevolent Fund would be appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
BURGIE, Audrey Eileen (formerly Barrand) (nee: Chalmers)
(Member of Riverside Baptist Church, Huntsville)
Peacefully at Hospice Huntsville, on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 in her 85th year. Audrey Burgie, of Huntsville, formerly of Severn Bridge, beloved wife of Edward Burgie (predeceased 2003) and Gerald Raymond Barrand (predeceased 1990). Loving mother of Christina (Terry Roy) of Caronport, Sask. and Judy (Rick Parry) of Severn Bridge. Cherished grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 14. Step-mother of Marianne (Max Purkiss), Debbie (Les Rother), both of Orillia and Mike Burgie of Sweden. Dear sister of Darlene (Lorne White, predeceased) of Huntsville and William and Gordon, both predeceased. Predeceased by her parents William and Christina Chalmers. Friends and relatives will be received at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia on Monday, January 20th from 7-9 PM and on Tuesday, January 21st from 1 PM until the time of Funeral Service, in the chapel, at 2 PM. Spring interment: Bethel Cemetery, Kilworthy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Mariposa House Hospice would be gratefully appreciated. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.mundellfuneralhome.com.
TANNER, Donna Lynn
May 1, 1962 – January 13, 2020
Beloved partner to Barry Hineman. Loving mother to Jessica, Daniel and Sara. Cherished daughter of Rene and the late Paul Tanner. Dear sister to Patti Boothby and Kate Tanner. Aunt to Kris (Nancy) Boothby, Savannah and Kolton, Shannon (Don) McEachern, Travis and Ethan, Miles Brush, Shalena (Donald) Malloy and Dax. Dear friend to Penny Piersey.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Terry was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He joined the army at 17 and later served in the military police in Hong Kong. Moving to Canada in 1956 he joined the North York Police and then moved on to pursue a career in the insurance industry. He married Anne in 1958 and in 1970 moved his young family to Huntsville where he worked at Hutcheson & Reynolds Insurance and then had a successful business as a carpenter until he retired. He enjoyed the numerous trails on his 40 acre property, walking his beloved German Shepherd Maggie everyday. He loved canoeing, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and enjoyed many years with Anne hiking the trails in Algonquin Park.
Terry is survived by his wife Anne of 62 years, his son Terry Spratt and daughter Linda (Scott) Cartwright. Cherished grandfather to Mike Cartwright (Brooke) and Matt Cartwright (Brittany) and great grandfather to Riley Cartwright.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with his wishes there will be no funeral service.
If desired donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ron Martin of Huntsville, December 22, 2019, at the age of 75 years. He passed with his loving wife of 55 years, Juanita and his family by his side.
Ron was born July 21, 1944 in York Township, Toronto, Ont.
Predeceased by his parents Pearl and Wilford Martin of Huntsville.
Loving father of Jody (Kim), Judy (Len), Jason (Wendy), Jarrett (Pam). Grandchildren Laurie, Jamie, Melissa, Sam, Iris and Sydnei. Great grandchildren Christina and DJ. The love he had for his family had no bounds.
Predeceased by his sister Sandra Joy. Lovingly remembered by his sister Shirley D’Amore (Larry) and his brother Richard Fordham. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and many friends.
Ron was well known for his work as an Autobody and Paint Repairer for many years in the Muskoka area. He discovered his love of music when he received his first guitar at the age of 14. He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed many years of travelling and friendships in the motorcycle community. As a historical re-enactor, Ron participated in many events. After retiring Ron discovered the art of traditional wood carving. One of his favorite things to carve were Welsh Love spoons.
As per Ron’s wishes cremation has taken place.
Ron’s Celebration of Life has been postponed until late summer or early fall, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Kindly refer back to the Huntsville Doppler or Billingsley Funeral Home’s website for a confirmed date and time. In lieu of flowers and If desired memorial gifts to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Passed away suddenly at her home in Novar on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of Arvo Kauppi for 68 years. Loving mother of Brenda (Tom) Welsh, Bryan (Janyce Jordan) Kauppi and Doug (Sandra Gemmell) Kauppi. Pre-deceased by her son Don (Donna) Kauppi and daughter Janis (Jeff) Groom. Cherished grandmother of Karla (Rodney), Kristy (Rob), Taylor (Carissa), Kyle (Jodi), Jaclyn (Ben) and Shayne (Trisha). Great-grandmother of Keegan, Liam, Hannah, Katie, Braedon, Eva, Abby and Parker. Pre-deceased by her siblings Harry, Martha and Edward. Hazel will be dearly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
In keeping with Hazel’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at the Novar Community Centre on April 25, 2020 from 1 – 4 p.m. Hazel has requested that in lieu of purchasing flowers that you plant one in her memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Hester Timbers whom left us peacefully after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer on December 31, 2019 at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville ON.
Hester will be missed by her beloved husband Rob Timbers; her daughters Samantha Ellerington, Jacqueline Timbers (predeceased), Elizabeth Hayes (Benny) and her son William Ellerington. She will be fondly remembered by her three grandchildren Ryley Mckay, Izaac Timbers and Madison Mckay.
Her cherished memory will live on with her siblings Andrew Muller (Janis), Elizabeth Burton-Hudlin (Bert), Patricia Freedman (Stephen), Jeff Lambier (Melissa) and Brian Alden (predeceased). Hester will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews as well as her extended family and dearest friends.
At Hester’s request there will be no service at this time. Arrangements will be made to celebrate her life and all its glory in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville ON.
Armand Joseph Blanchette
October 1, 1938 – January 6, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Armand Blanchette who died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on January 6, 2020. He had a life well spent in love of his family, painting, carving, travelling, animals (particularly horses), outdoors and lending a helping hand to whoever needed it. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years Rose Blanchette. Loving and committed father to Sharon (Gary) Burgess, Tim (Cindy) Thompson, Debbie (Chris) Knobelsdorf, Judith Blanchette, Kim Tate and Pam Webster. Cherished grandfather of Mike Vollans, Amy (Joel) Jones, Cassandra (Jared) Thompson, Thai Green, Kira Henry, Sequoia Henry, Brian (Michelle) Tate, Crystal Tate, Amber Webster, Jasmine Webster, and predeceased by his dear grandson Kyle Knobelsdorf. Treasured great-grandfather to Bryn Vollans, Neveah Vollans, Hayley Tate, Tyler Tate and Wren Jones. Devoted son to his late parents Eugenie “Mimi” Martin and Joseph Blanchette. Brother to Loretta Welna, Romeo Blanchette (predeceased), Lee Bessie, Albert Blanchette, Janette Ostrogonnac and Diane Antaya (predeceased).
Every life Armand touched he made better. He will be dearly missed by his family, many cherished friends and Westside Fish & Chips community.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 11-12 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home at 12 p.m. Reception to follow. 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
After an extended period of declining health, Bruce passed away January 2nd, 2020 at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville.
Bruce was the son of the late Gordon and Florence McFadyen. He was predeceased by his wife Joan (Newman), brother Marvin, and son Barry.
Bruce is survived by siblings Jack, Joan, and Janice.
Bruce’s surviving children are Linda (Peter Bird) and Doug McFadyen (Janet); grand children Aimée-Lynn, Tyler, Jeremy, Morgan, Wade, Drew, and Nathan; and eight great-grandchildren.
Bruce was born and lived his whole life in Huntsville. His entire career was as an inspector of civil works, first with the Department of Highways Ontario, then, upon the creation of the District Municipality of Muskoka, with the Public Works Department of the District. For many years Bruce was a volunteer with the Huntsville Fire Department.
Bruce enjoyed hunting and fishing, most often in or near Algonquin Park.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Country Moments for their care during Bruce’s decline, and Hospice Huntsville for their outstanding care and compassion during his final weeks.
Memorial donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville would be appreciated by the family.
Marion Marguerite Lynch (nee Yantha)
April 9, 1944 – December 30, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our sister, Marion Lynch, who died peacefully at Huntsville Hospital on the morning of December 30, 2019. Now she will be reunited with her departed parents Frank and Stella Yantha of Whitney as well as her dear sisters Gladys Dubreuil, Rita Groomes and Vivian Fleetham. It is with deep sadness that her sister Alice MacKay, and brothers Patrick and Frank now mourn the loss of a devoted and caring sister. Marion will also be fondly remembered for her kindnesses and lively sense of humour by an extended family of many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service for Marion will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 12 Centre Street North, Huntsville on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12 noon, followed by a reception in the church hall. If desired, memorial donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Aug 9/1963 to Dec 23/2019
Parents Tom and Barb Searle were saddened to announce the passing of their 56-year-old son Glen at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville on December 23, 2019. Glen fought Cancer for 3 months but lost the battle a few days before Christmas and 7 days before his daughter Katherine turned 16. Glen had four children: Dylan, Cody, Jonathan and Katherine. He also had a step daughter Shannon. He had 3 siblings, Sharon, Stephen and Shelley. The Searle family have lived in Huntsville for 43 years on property on beautiful Skeleton Lake. Glen is predeceased by his oldest son Dylan who passed away in February 2019 in PEI. Glen graduated from Huntsville High School and went on to achieve a college degree from Canadore College in North Bay in the construction field. He suffered many physical injuries over the years in his chosen field but continued to work hard to support his children. The Huntsville Hospice is an amazing facility and should be supported to continue the care and personal touch of the staff. The Searle family want to extend their warmest appreciation to Glen’s doctors and the entire staff at Hospice for caring for our son. Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville are deserving of any donations.
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