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1996 – 2021
You’ll never be forgotten that simply cannot be.
As long as I am living I’ll carry you with me.
Safely tucked within my heart your light will always be.
A glowing ember never stilled, throughout the end of time.
No matter what the future brings, or what may lie ahead,
I know that you will walk with me along the path I tread.
So rest my angel be at peace and let your soul fly free.
One day I’ll join your glorious flight for all eternity.
Forever missed and in our hearts, Dad, Mom, Keeley, Holly, Nana & Boppa.
A very special thank you for your care and compassion Kim Doughty, Jen Nicholson, Amy Simpson, Dr. Dmitry Guller, Dr. Gerry Forestell, Ken Biggs.
PHYLLIS MARIE FERGUSON (née Wilson)
November 11, 1950 – March 12, 2021
Neebinaquay “Summer Girl”, the Indigenous name given to her by artist Carl Ray
Heartbroken, we announce the death of Phyllis Ferguson on Friday, March 12 at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital from heart failure. Beloved wife and creative partner of IMAX co-founder Graeme Ferguson, together for nearly 50 years. Graeme, Phyllis and Toni Myers led the IMAX Space Team in its pioneering achievement in chronicling the space shuttle era. Says Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, “A rarity for astronauts to trust anyone outside of our own orbit, we believed in the IMAX folks, not only as respected movie-makers but as trusted members of our own space team, integral to the success of our missions – the storytelling that would survive any of us.”
Phyllis was one-of-a-kind, an alpha female, fiercely loving, loyal, inventive and brave. Her inquiring mind and razor-sharp wit, combined with her resilience and compassion, carried her through 70 years of a magnificent adventure. Born in Quetico, Ontario, she overcame a turbulent and challenging early childhood. As a pre-teenager, she arrived on her own on a Greyhound bus from Edmonton into the home of her grandmother, Phyllis Tenniscoe, in Thunder Bay. She loved her Granny who had 19 children of her own and a warm and welcoming heart. Phyllis, a status member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan (Golden Lake) First Nation, was raised to be self-sufficient amongst a vibrant family, her “cousins” who were really her aunts and uncles. Phyllis’s love for her family was a strong thread throughout her life.
At Port Arthur Collegiate, Phyllis was a good athlete, excelling at basketball and volleyball, and a keen student. She bonded with people who remained friends for life, one of whom said, “I felt so out of place there and meeting and connecting with you, another Indigenous girl, helped me greatly. You became my best friend.” Phyllis always said that the second family who shaped her were Lindsay and the late David Morgan, who invited her in her final year of high school to come and live with them and their children. Phyllis had been thinking about becoming a teacher but at that point her guidance counsellor said, “you’re always playing around with video equipment, you should pursue a career you enjoy.”
She enrolled in Confederation College, which offered a new course in radio and television. She was front and centre as host when the NFB came to Thunder Bay and launched Challenge for Change’s weekly slot on the local TV station.
Her early career included being an announce operator for CBC Radio in Whitehorse, alone in the studio, doing the whole show by herself, and then working on a community Indigenous newspaper in Ottawa. From assistant production manager on the CBC’s Fifth Estate, she became production manager at CTV’s W5, a turning point in her career. Next, after freelancing as a sought-after location manager for feature and made-for-TV films, she became immersed in the IMAX world. Her IMAX credits include Hail Columbia! The Dream is Alive, Blue Planet and Destiny in Space. Throughout her career, Phyllis was the “connector,” laying the foundation for key relationships, based on straight talk, an unerring feel for what makes people tick and her talent for listening and getting people to talk.
That instinct had been evident when she directed her first short documentary – the NFB’s Nishnawbe-Aski: The People and the Land, which was made pro bono as a tool for Indigenous community members to make the case for their opposition to clear-cutting in northwestern Ontario.
Phyllis’s inimitable low-key style was evident in her regular routine of going to the Johnson Space Centre cafeteria every day, finding an empty table and waiting, quietly and confidently, as astronauts and flight directors would come by to share news and opinions. Sometimes an astronaut who had just been named to command a flight would ask her if there was any chance to get an IMAX camera on board. “To me she was the glue that held the IMAX Space Team and the NASA ‘extended family’ together,” says Bill Readdy, former astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Space Flight office.
When Graeme and Phyllis retired at Lake of Bays, she became immersed in community life, supporting campaigns and organizations that matched her values and actively raising funds for hospitals. She also found new passions: returning to her love of sports, she took up golf which led to a whole new circle of deep friendships. She loved her black Labs, Naiad and Pixie, playing Scrabble and baking for neighbours. Norway Point became a chosen destination for widespread family and friends, relationships nurtured over many years.
Forever remembered by the Tenniscoe family, especially Ruth Martinsen (the late Bent), Sandra Pehkonen (Allan Davis), Margaret Tenniscoe (Gary Ross) and all their families. Lovingly remembered by Graeme Ferguson, his children Munro Ferguson and Allison Ferguson and their families: grandchildren Ivan Ferguson, Joyce Ferguson (Pedro Cerna), Samuel Ferguson-Sharp (Melanie) and Lucas Ferguson-Sharp; their mother Eo Sharp (Charles); great-grandson Leo Cerna-Ferguson; and her sisters- and brother-in-law Janet Kroitor (the late Roman), Mary Hooper (Bob) and Bill Ferguson (Millie). Her life is celebrated as well by Lindsay Morgan and family, countless friends across the country and the IMAX family here and around the world.
A private cremation, handled by Cardinal Funeral Home in Toronto, has taken place. Her interment, conducted by the Everest Funeral Home, will take place at St Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Thunder Bay, where she will rest near her grandmother and relatives.
Please consider a donation in her name to the Beendigen Anishinaabe Women’s Crisis Home & Family Healing Agency in Thunder Bay or the South Muskoka Hospital in Bracebridge or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the OSPCA. A film on Phyllis’s life is being created and will be shared soon.
Please buy yourself some tulips and remember Phyllis.
STELLA RUBY (née Polojko)
June 1, 1927 – March 29, 2021
The family of Stella (Polojko) Ruby sadly announces that Stella passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 29th. Stella leaves behind her children Michael and Paula (Martin), and grandchildren Michaela and Stefan. She was recently pre-deceased by her loving husband of 73 years Murray (in Dec.) and son Eric, as well as siblings Mary, Bill, Sophie, and Diana.
Stella was born in Espanola, a strong Ukrainian community 70 km west of Sudbury. In her late teenage years, she met Murray in Parry Sound upon his return from the air force during WWII. They married, moved to Huntsville, and later raised their 3 children in the town. Learning English at 5, Stella became a lifelong reader and supporter of the local library. She would take her 5 cents to the library every week to pick out a book. She remained a lover of books for the rest of her life. An enjoyer of the arts, she would attend both the local church plays/musicals, as well as jaunts to Toronto to the Royal Alexandra and O’Keefe Centre with her friends. Both Stella and Murray thoroughly enjoyed attending Huntsville’s wonderful Algonquin Theatre.
Stella was athletic since childhood. Starting off with softball, she eventually started skiing in the early ’60s along with her children at Tally Ho, and later to Hidden Valley as a charter member along with Murray. Murray and Stella were also very into tennis, where she thrived in the competitive scene. She played in many tournaments in both doubles and mixed doubles, where she and Murray won numerous trophies. Many winter holidays were spent either playing tennis in a warmer destination or skiing in the mountains with good friends. Friends were an important part of her life—she enjoyed an annual bridge getaway for many years, and met twice weekly at “the table of knowledge” for coffee for over 60 years.
Stella could always be seen out for her daily walks across town, and if weather did not permit, she would head to the Summit Centre or The Independent to put in her steps for the day. She thoroughly enjoyed annual autumn hikes/picnics with Murray and friends to Algonquin and Arrowhead Parks to view the fall colours. She also enjoyed lunch on the dock at the cottage and swimming with the grandkids in her later years.
Stella will be greatly missed by family, friends and many in the community, and she and Murray were a big part of the fabric of Huntsville. She ended her 93 years with a song, her lipstick on and a “toodle-oo”. Her family would like to thank the staff at Huntsville and District Memorial Hospital and Hospice Huntsville for their tremendous care. A gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to: Hospice Huntsville, 100 Frank Miller Dr., Huntsville ON, P1H 1H7
GWENDOLYN DARLINE MURDY (Wilson)
February 27, 1934 – March 22, 2021
Gwen passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Anne Wilson of Burk’s Falls, brother John (Gloria) and loving husband Deane. Loving mother of Deane (Wendy), Dana (Brett) and Jason (Michele), and proud Grammie of Emily (Nick), Brock, the late Gabriel, Kelsi, Christopher, Lucas and Ethan. Gwen’s family and friends missed her brilliant smile and companionship these last years.
Gwen graduated from X-ray Technician College in the late 1950s and took a position with Huntsville Hospital. Meeting Deane in Huntsville they were married September 5, 1959 and resided on Hunters Bay Drive for 50 years. Many friends of their children and grandchildren spent countless hours in their home and on the waterfront. The doors were always open.
Gwen had many interests. In the early years Gwen was a talented softball pitcher in Burk’s Falls. She enjoyed skiing and picked up tennis having a standing morning game at Grandview. She had the “Birthday Girls” who celebrated together and the “Bridge Girls” who played together for close to 50 years in her circle of friends. Gwen and Deane played couples bridge for years and the group extended their activities to ski trips, curling bonspiels and general shenanigans. She was an avid gardener, seen forever digging in their many gardens. Over the years many brides stood in front of those gardens for their photos.
As an active community member Gwen volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Pioneer Village, and Meals on Wheels. Gwen contributed many hours to the fundraising initiatives for the new Huntsville Hospital and for the conversion of the old hospital into Fairvern Nursing Home. She and Deane were members of the All Saints Anglican Church family.
Gwen was dedicated to the Order of the Eastern Star, holding the offices of Worthy Matron, District Deputy, Grand Representative to Kentucky, Grand Officer and escort to Deane while he served in the Ontario Grand Chapter. She cherished their Grand Family and all the memories. Gwen saw almost every inch of Ontario as they criss-crossed the province travelling for the Eastern Star.
Grandchildren brought that twinkle to Gwen’s eyes. Never missing an opportunity to be part of their lives, she was often seen in the stands at sporting events, building sand castles on beaches or hosting sleepovers. They were the source of her greatest joy. It is of note that Grammie was the best KD maker out there.
All who were touched by her life were fortunate to have known her. A precious gift who will forever be remembered in our hearts.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the caregivers at the Muskoka Landing who cared for her with such kindness and dedication through the last chapter of her life.
An intimate immediate family service is planned. We thank all for their kind words, strength and support at this time.
In Memoriam Gwen Murdy, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Libor Frances Drabek
January 25, 1930 ~ March 22, 2021 (age 91)
Libor Frances Drabek passed away peacefully at Hospice Huntsville on Monday, March 22, 2021 in his 91st year. Libor was born in Czechoslovakia in 1930 and emigrated to Canada to freedom and new life. He was an Electrical Engineer for Ontario Power Generation/Ontario Hydro for the entirety of his career. He was a beloved husband of Jaroslava Drabek, who passed Christmas Day 2016. Father to Katerina Drabkova, Hana Cadova and Suzana Drabkova and step-father to Irene Greenburg. Grandfather to Martina Kasparcova and Jiri Kasperek and Lauren and Jason Greenburg. Libor will be fondly remembered by all who knew him as a Gentleman, ready with a compliment and always made people smile. Libor will be missed dearly by those who got to know him and by those to whom Libor became like family.
Cremation has taken place and a service will not be held at this time. 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
Robert Donald (Don) Ward
July 22, 1926 – March 6, 2021
It is with great sadness our family announces the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather.
Don passed to rejoin the love of his life Shirley on March 6, 2021 at the High River hospital with his family present at his side.
Don was born in Huntsville, Ontario on July 22, 1926 to Oliver McKenzie and Ethel May Ward and had four siblings, Jim, Roy, Allen and Mae. The little stone school at Williamsport is where he met his soul mate and partner for life Shirley Edna Birtch. They married on May 22, 1948 and had three children, Robert Douglas, Cheryl Ann and Susan Diane. Don was predeceased by his parents, siblings, son Robert Douglas, daughter Cheryl Ann, and soulmate of 61 years Shirley.
Lovingly remembered by his daughter Susan Cooper, son in law Brian Cooper, Grandson Eli Cooper, Grandson Isaac Cooper (Jenn Cooper), Great Grandchildren, Madison, Lilia, Caiden and Kylie. Don and/or Uncle Don will be missed by his Brother in Law, Sisters in law and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins all who thought of him as a kind and gentle man. He always wanted to know how everyone was.
Don owned his The Variety Mart in Huntsville and retired when he was only 52. Dad and Mom loved to travel and had pretty well covered the continent of North America. They camped, fished, explored and had many adventures year round. Through their travels they met wonderful friends many of who Dad was still in touch with. They moved from Ontario to Vernon BC to be closer to their children and Grandchildren, then to Nanton, AB. When Mom passed Dad moved to Okotoks where he had many friends and neighbours that visited and played cards. He got his little buddy Benji for company and they spent 9 years together as constant companions.
Special thanks to the following people and organizations for your compassion and care: High River Hospital Third Floor Unit, Dr. Adam Vyse, Dr. C Hoggard and Veteran’s Affairs Canada. You made his life so much more comfortable.
If you wish to honour Don’s memory the family has chosen the Royal Canadian Legion Nanton Branch #80 as the recipient. P.O. Box 299 Nanton, Alberta, T0L 0R0 Where Dad has been a member for 17 years.
Due to COVID restrictions, we will be having a small private family service for internment with a Celebration of Life when able to later in the Spring. To email condolences, please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River. (403-652-2222)
Passed away suddenly at her home in Utterson on March 6, 2021 at the age of 82. Shirley was born in Huntsville to the late George & Helen (née Hanes) Snowden. Pre-deceased by sibling Harry. She was a loving mother to Donald, predeceased (Eileen), Kevin (Janice) and grandmother to Jennifer (Robert) and Samantha (Darren). Shirley split her career in the dental field between Huntsville and Toronto. Upon retirement she returned to the Huntsville area. She owned several pets over the years and enjoyed feeding and watching the wildlife that frequented her property. Shirley enjoyed the churches and social groups she participated in and the many trips with Hammond Bus Lines with her friends. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching her Toronto Bluejays and made yearly trips to Toronto to see them. She was a strong independent women which helped her even when a debilitating stroke set her back. She will be sadly missed by family, friends and neighbours.
Due to COVID restrictions there will be no formal service – a private family gathering will take place upon the interment of her ashes at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, where she will rest with her parents and brother.
The family welcomes donations in Shirley’s name to your charity of choice.
Messages of condolences may be left at mitchellfuneralhome.ca.
LANGILLE, John Edward – of Huntsville, Ontario, died on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Orillia, Ontario after an incredible battle to live. Dubbed Johnny to his closest friends, he was born August 5, 1964 in Middleton, NS. He was the beloved son of Harold and Mary Ann (Wentzell) Langille of Bridgewater.
Growing up John enjoyed such competitive sports as tennis, badminton and swimming where he was a five-time provincial under 16 champion in the butterfly stroke. John graduated from Bridgetown High School in 1984 after which he attended Mount St. Vincent University graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in history. Starting piano lessons at the age of 6 and clarinet through his entire secondary school years, it became clearly obvious that music was John’s first best love. Largely self-taught, John completed his formal piano training with the Toronto Conservatory of music during which time he found his true calling as an extraordinary church organist. Beginning at Nictaux Baptist Church he also worked at the West End Baptist Church in Halifax, Iona Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth finally settling in Trinity United Church in Huntsville Ontario where he was the music and choir director for 22 years. He had previously worked as a fine dining server at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville for many years. While there, he was the Supervisor of Staff housing, overseeing and influencing young adults from all over the world.
A talented and gifted soul, his challenging cantatas, anthems and piano solos at Trinity United Church were John’s way of sharing his love of music and God’s message in a way that touched the lives of all the souls he encountered. A true Christian in every sense of the word, he gave continually of himself. If he knew of someone who was sick or lonely, he would call them and play music for them as well as pray with them. He also played at many nursing homes. John’s story of leadership and charity was twice written and published in the local paper, The Doppler for his work, compassion and sense of humour. He was very much beloved and respected by everyone in his church family and the community of Huntsville. Before his health crisis, Johnny was anxiously looking forward to his return to his beloved Nova Scotia after his scheduled hip surgery in January, sadly this was not to happen.
Surviving are his parents, Harold and MaryAnn Langille; brother David (Darlene); sister, Cheryl (Darren) Pryde; aunt, Gayle Veinot, uncle Gary Langille, niece Emily Langille, nephews, Shane Langille, Brice Veinot, Anthony Durling, Tyler Gehue; many cousins and his dear friends, Les and Christina of Huntsville. He was predeceased by grandparents, Laurie and Ruth Wentzell and Harold and Helen Langille.
No visitation at the funeral home by request. Memorial service will be held 2 p.m, Saturday, March 13, in Bridgewater Baptist Church, Rev. Richard Moore officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Trinity United Church (33 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON, P1H 2B8). Interment will take place at a later date in Parkdale – Maplewood Community Cemetery, Parkdale.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the ICU staff of Huntsville Hospital and Orillia Hospital for the exceptional care he received. The attention and care provided by Doctors Chan and Bailey and the entire ICU staff, as well as the time they took to keep John’s family informed and reassured was truly a blessing. The family would also like to thank Allister and Johanna Dunlop for all they have done in helping us through this difficult time. We could not have managed without you.
Johnny will be remembered passionately by anyone and everyone who met him.
November 17, 1945 – March 7, 2021
We wanted to share with the community the passing of Clarence Jenkins in his 76th year. Clarence was a well-recognized figure around Huntsville for many years. He and his walker were often seen around town, and people would look forward to the nice weather when Clarence would sit outside Shoppers Drug Mart to watch the traffic go by and wave to those who would honk their horns to say hello. Thank you to those who did honk – it made him very happy.
Clarence and everyone who knew him was incredibly proud that he was able to complete the 5k walk for Band on the Run…more than once…and with two replacement hips. He was an inspiration to many.
This past year was a struggle for Clarence, but with incredibly compassionate and caring assistance from Community Living, he was able to retain his independence in his apartment. His last days were spent resting comfortably in the caring hands and beautiful surroundings of Hospice Huntsville.
His family, including brothers Bill and Bobbie, and his good friends Kelly Petman and Cheryl Stamper, would like to extend their thanks to the paramedics, the hospital and Hospice staff, and the members of Community Living who worked so hard to keep Clarence safe and well and independent over the years.
Due to Covid-19 considerations, there will be no funeral home visitation. Clarence will be laid to rest at Hutcheson Cemetery in May.
Joseph (Ross) Rosaire Gilbert
October 5, 1930 – March 6, 2021
It is with heavy hearts and sadness, the Gilbert family announces the passing of Ross Gilbert on March 6, 2021 following a short stay at the Huntsville Hospital. He was 90 years old. Ross was the beloved husband of (Nona) Ruth Gilbert (previously deceased on June 24, 2015) for over 51 years. Ross was the loved and cherished father, friend and mentor to his son Jeff Gilbert.
Ross was born in Whitton, Frontenac (Eastern Townships) Quebec on October 5, 1930 to Cyrille Gilbert and Amanda Garand. His siblings were Armand, Robert, Lionel, Leo, Fernand, Grace, Aurelien and Roland.
Ross was deeply loved and cherished by his family, Ruth’s family, nieces and nephews, as well as Ross and Ruth’s community of friends. Everyone will dearly miss him, but we are comforted knowing he had a long and active life and left a great impression on many.
Ross met Ruth at the Kapuskasing Curling Club in 1959 and they were married on November 9, 1963 in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
Ross attended the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre in Dorset for Ontario Forest Technical School and Lands Certificate training and education. He had a rewarding and successful career of over 38 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (formerly the Department of Lands and Forests), working in Kapuskasing, Parry Sound, Lindsay and Huntsville. From 1973 until his retirement in 1989, Ross was the Algonquin Region Lands Administration Manager responsible for Crown Land, working out of the Huntsville location.
Ross enjoyed and was passionate about sports, particularly hockey (a lifetime Montreal Canadiens fan), curling, golf, lacrosse and baseball. Ross had four career holes-in-one in golf and tremendously enjoyed golfing with friends following his retirement in 1989 and up to and including the 2020 golf season. An avid member of the Huntsville Curling Club from 1973 to 2018, he completed a term as Club President, won the 1978 Muskoka Lakes Men’s Bonspiel, helped develop and participated in the Muskoka Masters (curlers over 60 years of age) and Muskoka Grand Masters (curlers over 70 years of age) Curling Leagues, participated at the Ontario Grand Masters Provincial Curling Championships in 2009 and 2011 (winning the Second Event), skipped the 2017 Muskoka Lakes Mixed Bonspiel champions and won the 2018 South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club Competitive Mixed Club Championship at the age of 87 with his son Jeff.
Ross was a proud hockey, curling and lacrosse Dad, supporting and cheering on Jeff and his teammates. He completed a term as the President of the Huntsville Minor Lacrosse Association, was the Team Manager of the 1980 Huntsville Bantam “C” Hawks Canadian Lacrosse Champions, Team Manager of the 1982 Huntsville Midget “B” Hawks Ontario and Canadian Lacrosse Champions and the Team Manager of the 1987 Huntsville Junior “B” Hawks Founder’s Cup Canadian Championship Bronze Medalists who were inducted into the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Ross also believed in community involvement and was a member of the Kinsmen Club, volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Table Soup Kitchen and was a Huntsville Trinity United Church Trustee and Treasurer of Council.
Ross was the consummate family man, providing for and spending much quality time with Ruth and Jeff, loving his family and enjoying many wonderful family holidays, vacations and trips.
In his own words, Ross had a wonderful life. He always had a positive outlook and was proud of and loved his family. He was known for his smile, kindness and being a true gentleman. The world would be a kinder and better place if there were more people like Ross.
We wish to thank with the deepest gratitude Dr. Aoki, Dr. MacMillan and the caring nursing staff at the Huntsville Hospital for the excellent care that Ross had during his stay.
The family are planning a service to be held at Trinity United Church in Huntsville at a time when we are all able to gather and celebrate Ross. Rest in peace beloved one!
In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Raise a glass to the Milky Way, that’s where I’ll be
Joyce Christina Laver passed away peacefully in Huntsville with her husband Rob at her side Thursday February 25 after losing her 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Chris is survived by her husband Rob; siblings Bill (Deb), Linda (Nigel) and Tim (Kelly). Cherished nieces and nephews Scott, Kristie, Jodie, Christopher, Nathan, Chelsea, Kelly, William, Jack and Andrew, as well as her many great-nieces and nephews. Godmother to Jesse and Shelby. Deeply missed by her lifelong buddy Susan.
Chris was born in Hawkesbury Ontario on October 22, 1954, daughter of the late Ronald and Joyce Seay (née Hammond). Her early days were spent at the family farm, Seay’s Folly, in Grenville, Quebec visiting family and friends, riding horses, doing hay, swimming, BBQ’s and cross country skiing.
Despite humble beginnings, Chris took modest pride in her career as a sales representative in the railcar leasing business. 20 years at General Electric Railcar, followed by 17 years at Dallas-based Trinity Rail, retiring in 2020 as Senior Vice President of Sales. Chris broke many boundaries over those years, initially as one of the only women in the business and with Trinity Rail she established its first Canadian office and developed a nationwide customer base. She will be remembered for her mentorship, professionalism and friendship by clients and colleagues alike.
Chris lived a full life. Her interests were vast and varied and took her on some amazing journeys around the world. Whether skiing in the Rockies, exploring France, Spain, Africa, touring the markets of Southeast Asia, or riding on the Orient Express, she was always up for adventure, and a glass of chardonnay!
Above all, Chris was a people person. She loved to entertain at their beautiful home, Chickadee Pines on the shores of Lake Vernon. Witty, fun-loving, and generous, Chris was a wonderful hostess and a great friend. The memories she and Rob created for so many won’t soon be forgotten.
Chris’ greatest love of all, though, was for her husband of 35 years. To be with Chris and Rob was to be in the company of two people who were meant to be together. They loved and supported each other so beautifully that it was easy just to bask in their glow.
Appreciation to the great care Chris received from Huntsville Drs. Lindsay Macmillan, Murat, Jindal, and Small. RVH Drs. Ng and Kamra. Jaime and the team at Closing the Gap as well as the entire team in the chemo unit in Huntsville Hospital.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
Messages of condolence may be left at mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will occur when we can all give each other a hug.
Gone too soon, she will be missed by many.
Betty Ellen Swanson, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
“Not one sparrow is forgotten, and we are so much more than sparrows to our heavenly Father,” to paraphrase Matthew 10:29-31 and one of Mom’s many favourite hymns, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
Beloved Mother of Gillian, Julia, and Darrel (deceased), and also a very special Grandmother, Sister and Sister-in-law, Aunt and Great-Aunt, Cousin, Friend, and Neighbour, is reunited in heaven with many loved ones, and fully healed. She passed away in Calgary, so near the Rocky Mountains that beckoned her westward on that first move sixty years ago.
Her love, faith, prayers, resilience and actions carried so many of us. She reached out to help so many people over the years, without regard to status or colour, some with medical needs, others struggling with addiction and recovery, some new to the country, and others with records and homeless. She enjoyed us all, and with such an openness and faithful compassion! She exhibited and shared an extraordinary grace, faith, humour, and dignity in dealing with so much, including her own losses and a lifetime with rheumatoid arthritis. In God’s loving kindness His mercies never end….
Mom was a long-standing member of Westview Baptist Church, and while family is separated not only by distance, but also by these Covid drenched times, family has decided to not make any participatory funeral or memorial plans at this time.
If friends and family so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319, www.theseed.ca.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Betty’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Betty Swanson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.
The death of Frances Morrison (née Ritza) occurred on February 22, 2021 in Huntsville, Ontario, at the age of 94. Fran was born May 21, 1926 in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. Fran was predeceased by husband George Morrison, whom she married on April 7, 1951. Fran was an active member of the community, having volunteered for many years at the Huntsville Hospital and Fairvern Nursing Home. Fran was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 50 years. She had a green thumb, evidenced by her many house plants that were constantly in bloom, and she enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, knitting, sewing, cake decorating and gathering with family.
Fran is survived by her children Mary (Dave) Brown, Joe (Leslie) Morrison, Rob (Lori White) Morrison and Karen (Trevor) Docherty. Fran is also survived by her grandchildren Lindsay Brown, Amy (Rich) Gargal, Tyler (Kari) Morrison, Mike Festing, Krissy (Kris) Goodman and great-grandchildren Tegan, Hadley, Claire, Brody and Lillian. Predeceased by grandson Shaun and great-grandson Hudson. She is survived by siblings Joan Aeling, Donald (Donene) Ritza and Marlene (Gerry) Keyes. Predeceased by siblings Bill, Roy, Tom & Violet.
The family offers a special thanks to all the staff at Fairvern Nursing Home, who provided Mom with such loving care and to Billingsley Funeral Home for their assistance at this time.
A private funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Huntsville on February 25, 2021. Internment will take place in the spring. If desired, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fairvern Nursing Home. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Patricia Power (Symes)
October 29, 1930 to February 17, 2021
On February 17, 2021, Patricia Power (Symes), age 90, peacefully passed away at Muskoka Shores Community Care, Gravenhurst, Ontario. She was a loving mother to Christine (Cameron) Enders, Martha (Allan) Johnston, and John (Melanie) Power & grandmother to Kristen, Melissa, Ben and Sam.
Patricia was born in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1930, to Lucy and James Symes. Her father passed away when she was 2 years old and her mom passed when she was 14 years old. She went to live with her Aunty Pearl and Uncle John Brown in Burlington. They provided her love, comfort, and wonderful opportunities, including their vacation time in Muskoka, Ontario. They encouraged her to pursue her education and desire to become a nurse.
Patricia was predeceased by her first husband, Hartley G. Holmberg, who passed away in 1965, resulting from an accident, and her second husband, John (Jack) R. Power, who passed away in 2013. Patricia lived in Algonquin Park and Richmond Hill, Ontario, with Hartley, until he passed away. A couple of years later, she married Jack and the family moved to southern New York State. Patricia’s nursing career spanned four decades. She worked in many areas of nursing: obstetrics, surgery, The Red Cross, health inspection, geriatrics, and ultimately became the Director of Nursing in a Healthcare Facility. After retiring, Pat and Jack moved to Ramseur, North Carolina and continued to enjoy Muskoka summers, at their cottage on Lake of Bays, with family and friends.
Pat was very social and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, throughout her life. She took great pleasure involving herself in many activities and volunteer projects. Her interests were: agility training dogs, gardening, knitting, sewing, quilting, playing piano, reading, educating herself on food and nutrition, doing crossword puzzles, watching her TV shows (NCIS, HGTV, and movies), and being active in the Anglican Church Community. Pat enjoyed music, concerts, ice hockey, and figure skating. She liked cooking/baking and made the best Sunday dinners for her family. Pat learned computer skills and used her cell phone and texting technology, until 2020. She signed her text messages, “Love, Mom or Grandma”, but later just signed off –’G’. With a nickname like ‘G’, she was forever young at heart. Her family has fond memories of her living aboard the ‘C2C’ 44-foot trawler, while exploring Lake Nipigon, Beardmore; campfires at the edge of Mary Lake, Port Sydney; and drives along Lake Ontario in Kingston & Prince Edward County.
In October 2020, her family was grateful to be able to celebrate her 90th birthday and her well-lived life. Pat was proud, strong-willed, and brave. She offered her children encouragement and was a ‘cheerleader’ to her grandchildren, whether it be sports, education, or travel adventures. Pat taught her family the importance of having empathy and being kind. She was a survivor. Pat was ‘spirited’, which may be attributed to her red hair!
Pat was many things to many people. She will be forever in our hearts and deeply missed by her family and friends, especially her dear friend of 68 years, June Trayes.
Sincere gratitude is extended to staff and associated resource personnel of Rogers Cove Retirement Home, Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Muskoka Algonquin Health Care, South, Bracebridge, North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network, and Muskoka Shores Community Care. Thank you to her Muskoka Shores Community Care Physician, Dr. K.V. Dechert and staff for Pat’s ongoing, supportive medical care. This collective, compassionate, collaborative care supported Patricia during the past couple of years. Covid-19 has made the last year so difficult on so many levels. Fortunately, during the pandemic, Muskoka Shores Community Care designated her son as an essential caregiver, which allowed him to visit her face to face, so that they could FaceTime family members, on a regular basis.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, a celebration of Patricia’s life will be arranged at a later date.
In Patricia’s memory, the family welcomes donations to Muskoka Algonquin Health Care or a charity of your choice.
Janet passed away at home in Huntsville on February 17, 2021, age 72. She was the daughter of Ernest Sanger and Jean Tracey of Toronto and the daughter-in-law of Vera and Arden Townsend (all deceased). Totally dedicated to family, she was the beloved wife of Wayne Cooper for 51 years and the loving mother of Michael (Theresa) of Lower Hutt, New Zealand and Patrick (Shaina Orr) of Etobicoke, and the proud Nana of Liam and Ronan Cooper, Lower Hutt. Also surviving Janet are her brother John Sanger, nephew Christopher Sanger (Simrit), niece Leigh Sanger (Kevin), sister-in-law Kay Weir, grandnieces Megan Larochelle and Ria Sanger, and grandnephew Jacob Steeper.
Janet was born and raised in Toronto, attended North Toronto Collegiate, worked for a decade in banking, and then became a full time stay-at-home mother in Etobicoke and Alliston. She was very active in various home and school events. Janet drove her boys to games and always provided loud vocal support.
For 30 years, she co-hosted family members (including the entire extended clan from New Zealand), long-time friends, and neighbours at the Cooper’s Clear Lake cottage. Janet is well remembered dispensing orders and quips from her easy chair. Her hobbies included reading and knitting – a local member of Knitters for Global Warmth.
Her ashes will be interred at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville. The family welcomes donations in Janet’s name to your charity of choice. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The family of Brian Douglas Maynard are sad to announce his passing on February 17, 2021 at his home in Huntsville, Ontario.
Brian was born in Huntsville on November 19,1945 to Verna and the late Stan Maynard. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy, son Doug (Jody) and daughter Debi (Walter) Coker. Proud grandfather of Scott (Jessica) Coker, Jeff (Olivia Jardine) Coker and Brittney and Matthew Maynard, great grandfather of Kyden, Brielle and William.
Also survived by siblings Edward (Barbara), Diane (Don) Moorhouse, Michael (Linda), Janice Trotter and Bette (Rod) Roberts.
Brian was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying and cutting wood. Spending time with his grandchildren was one of his greatest pleasures.
Brian was a proud volunteer fireman for 22 years with Huntsville Fire Department, Station #2.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Andy MacMillan for his professional, compassionate care for many years, Closing the Gap for providing experienced and reliable PSW care, notably Deanna and Allana and most recently The Algonquin Family Health Team for their support.
Following Brian’s wishes there will be no formal gathering. If desired, donations to Huntsville Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Brian enjoyed a life well lived.
The death occurred peacefully at home on Thursday, February 11, 2021 of George Snooks.
Loved by Georgie and dear father of Carrie, her husband Ray Oakley and their girls; Alyssa and Leigha Oakley, Andy Snooks and his wife Nancy and Andy’s son Brandon Snooks. Also survived by Mike Stuart and his wife Susan and their children; Alex and Maya Stuart. Brother of Marg Pelland (Homer- deceased), Barbara McQueen (Wayne- deceased), Carol Gunn (Bill), Des Snooks (Sue), Robert Snooks (deceased) and Doreen Snooks. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at Sand Lake, please revisit the website below as details become arranged.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 90th year. Ross is the beloved husband of Stephanie Rabjohn (née Shiner) of 70 years. Cherished father of Chris, Jeff and Jane. Proud grandfather of Scott, Melissa, Alex, Grayson, Chrissy and Alicia. Great-grandfather of Charlotte, Madeline, Sophie, Paul John and Mackenzie. Ross will be dearly missed by his extended family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at Knox United Church in Dorset once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. Interment to follow at Paint Lake Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The family of Derek Mathews is saddened to announce his passing on February 6th 2021 in his 87th year at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Derek was born in Croydon, England. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Mathews and his younger brother David ,also his son-in-law, Terry. He was a kind and loving man who always made his family the first priority in his life. He will be forever missed by his wife of 62 years, Chris, his two daughters Helen (Tony), Tracy, and grandchildren Tyler (Carly), Kristen and Anthony and sister-in-law, June and her family in England.
Derek was always mechanically minded. He joined the British Army at 17 for a 3 year stint and went into the R.E.M.E., where he received his mechanic’s training. He served two years in what was then Malaya in support of the Somerset Light Infantry and the Gurkha Rifles by being responsible for the maintenance of trucks, generators and on the odd occasion an airplane. He took great pride in the military for the rest of his life.
Derek and his wife and baby daughter immigrated to Canada in 1967 where, for the rest of his working life, he was employed in various positions with the same electric fork lift truck company originally from Britain. He took great pride in our family cottage doing most of the work in and around it and where we had and have great friends and happy memories with much laughter. The family are also thankful to and for the great neighbours and friends in Huntsville who did much to enrich Derek’s life and continue to in support of his wife.
If desired, donations would be appreciated to Wounded Warriors of Canada, www.woundedwarriors.ca or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
LeBlanc, Raymond Patrick
The family of Raymond Patrick LeBlanc of Huntsville are sad to announce his passing at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Raymond was born in Huntsville on October 1, 1958 to Patrick and Marguerite LeBlanc (both deceased), and was one of seven children. He was predeceased by his brother Robert and will be missed by siblings: Margaret and her husband Marcel Chiasson of Mississauga; Tom and his wife Nancy of Huntsville; Jim (Dorothy, deceased) of Huntsville; Gerald and his wife Karen of Huntsville; Kathy and her husband Jim Roussel of Port McNicoll, as well as 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 5 great-nieces and 7 great-nephews.
Raymond enjoyed a happy childhood at Buck Lake Dairy Farm, Ilfracombe and had many wonderful times with his siblings throughout the years. As a young boy he loved the outdoors – hiking, fishing, snow-shoeing and raising pet rabbits. As an adult he worked in retail positions in Huntsville and lived on a small portion of the family farm. The family take comfort that a family reunion was held in October 2019, the last time they were able to all gather.
Due to COVID restrictions there will be no formal service – a private family gathering will take place upon the interment of his ashes at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, where he will rest with his parents and brother. Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of memorial gifts to The Huntsville Hospital Foundation. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Walter Peter Tarasick, 92, surrounded by his family, at his home in Kearney, Ontario, on February 5, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born October 16, 1928, in Windsor, Ontario, and predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anna Tarasick, and wife Anne (1996).
Walter graduated in 1951 with a degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto and went on to become an Ontario Land Surveyor, establishing Starr and Tarasick Surveying and Engineering, in Port Credit, Ontario, which prospered for many decades. His legacy is reflected today in many of the landmarks surveyed by his company in the Greater Toronto area and the offspring company which still includes his name.
Walter leaves behind his beloved wife Margaret Tarasick, and her children Susan, Lisa (Peter), Marianne, and Andrea (Paolo) and Maggie’s nine grand-children and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by children David (Susan), Catherine, Steven (Madeliene), Leslie, and their mother, Audrey, as well as grandchildren Nicole, Michael (Jacki), Dara (Gordon), Lauren (Shawn), Jordana (Baruch), Alex, Meaghan, Rebecca, Kate, Daniel (Rachel), Alicia (Ian), Nathan, Rachel, Matthew, and Ian, and great-grandchildren, namesake Walter, and Sullivan.
Walter’s passion for cottage life came to fruition when he single-handedly built the beloved family cottage on Big Hawk Lake in 1959. The legacy of the cottage carries on today remaining a favorite destination for children and grandchildren who will treasure memories of many gatherings there with grandpa and Maggie. Wally joined the annual ritual of the cottage closing this past September. As was tradition, he worked the hardest of all!
Wally always enjoyed life to the fullest, an avid golfer, canoeist, water-skier, reader, theatre patron, garlic gardener, and a world traveller over many years, with trips to almost every continent including the Arctic and Antarctica. And while Wally always savoured the richness of life, he never failed to think of others and was a benefactor to a wide range of charities, making annual donations over many decades. His last major project, at the age of 89, was building, with Maggie, his dream home on Lynx Lake, Kearney, where he has been able to enjoy a beautiful vista and a wonderful community of family and friends. Above all, Wally was a family man much beloved by the whole clan.
Great appreciation is expressed to Dr. Whaley (called “my hero” by Wally), Norma Connolly, Stephanie Holtz and many other medical professionals for their excellent care and compassion. Thank you also to the wonderful neighbours and family members for endless support and acts of kindness.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, via the website: huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca. or to a charity of your choice. Donations and online condolences may also be made through the Billingsley Funeral Home website: www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
With the heaviest of hearts, we must announce the passing of Carlos who lost his courageous battle with cancer on January 27th, with his family at his side. Husband, best friend and soulmate of Kelly (Gates) beloved father of Joshua, Devon and Peyton, son of Klaus Burmeister and Eva Ledesma, brother to Carmen (Roland) and Claus (Helene). Carlos will be remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as many close friends. His genuine laugh and outgoing nature endeared him to everyone he touched. While Carlos enjoyed a long and successful career with Opentext, his first loves were his family, soccer and his community. Although very humble, Carlos was a pillar of minor sports for Huntsville and served for many years not only as a trainer/coach in minor hockey but was also a driving force within the Huntsville Soccer Club. Carlos found true joy in working with and teaching young REP soccer players, both boys and girls. His calm, inspirational leadership, skills and love for the game made him a role model favourite with both his players and their families. Carlos believed that
“every kid should have their own soccer ball”. It is for this reason we have set up the TEAM CARLOS FOUNDATION to provide kids in need with their own soccer ball. The Huntsville Soccer Club is naming an annual tournament in Carlos’ name and will also assist the foundation in distributing soccer balls to children internationally.
Expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers donations can be forwarded to the Team Carlos Foundation at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/team-carols-every-kid-needs-a-soccer-ball
Arrangements have been entrusted to Billingsley Funeral Home where cremation has taken place as per Carlos’s wishes. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a Celebration of Life is planned for this summer on the McCulley-Robertson Soccer field in Huntsville (date to follow). We will celebrate his life, his love and his need to make the world a better place.
It is with the deepest of regret that we share the news that Valerie McMullan, aged 63, has died suddenly in her beloved home on Bella Lake outside of Huntsville on January 25th, 2021.
Val leaves behind Peter Ham, her cherished partner and caregiver of over 25 years along with their much-loved dog Fergus.
Val also leaves behind her brother Lawrence and his wife Denise, and Val’s sister Denise all of Ottawa. In Toronto she leaves her cousin and honourary sister Allyson (Dean) and many more family members back in Belfast including her dear Aunt Jean. She was an amazing aunt to her many nieces: Ashley, Rachel, Hilary and Grace and nephews: Bayley, Alex, Vincent and Oliver, all of whom loved her dearly and are devastated by this loss.
Val is predeceased by her parents Rita and Harry McMullan and her cherished niece Sydney.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Val grew up in Ottawa before moving to Toronto and then ultimately landing in the beautiful Muskokas. Having started out to be a nurse she pivoted to a successful career in finance that lasted many years and at which she excelled. In fact, Val was the first female branch manager of Central Guaranty Trust before moving on to Adelaide Capital Corp. Val was a wonderful cook and host. She loved her food, good wine, her books, movies, documentaries, and most of all, her family and friends.
She had a quick wit, a great sense of humour and impeccable style. She also had a beautiful singing voice which was one of the many things taken by Parkinson’s. Despite her incredible zest for life, she had a body that was inflicted by many challenges and in the end, it was her strongest feature, her heart, that failed her.
As requested, Val’s body will be cremated and a service will be held at a time when we are all able to gather and celebrate the wonder that was Val. Rest in peace beloved one!
If desired, donations can be made in her honour to the charity of your choice. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mom and nana, Beatrice Mary Goodwin (Campbell) at the age of 93.
Bea will be forever remembered by her daughter Kathi (Kate) Oben and her husband Ken, her grandson, Keith Oben, her niece Elizabeth (Liza) and family and extended family and friends. Beatrice was predeceased by her parents, Catherine and Michael Campbell, her brother Michael and her sister, Sadie, her first husband, David and second husband, Norman. Bea will be forever remembered by her loving family.
Bea was born in Toronto and later moved to Huntsville, Ontario along with her first husband David A. Hollingshead. She retired as head secretary at Huntsville High School. Bea lived and travelled extensively with her family living in Brazil and Fort McMurray and Calgary and travelling to New Zealand, Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, England, Scotland, Belgium and France and also toured throughout Canada and the United States extensively with her husband Norman Goodwin. She was devout in her faith and loved and cherished her family. Her grandson, Keith was the apple of her eye for the last 24 years and she was very proud of his strength of character and his accomplishments. Bea was fiercely proud of her Scottish heritage. Bea was kind, gentle and generous and a true lady. She was active in politics and loved poetry and music and was the first to admit she was tone-deaf.
Bea recently developed dementia and happily remembered all family members and family dogs (generations past and present) being together with her in her present moment. Bea resided at Scenic Acres Retirement Residence in Calgary at the time of her death and after five or six heart attacks, five stents and numerous cardiovascular episodes her big and generous heart finally gave out. Beatrice, Kathi, Ken and Keith greatly appreciated the warmth, compassion and amazing care shown by the staff of Scenic Acres. We are truly and forever grateful.
A private, family service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookcemetery.ca.
Passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2021 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Carol (née Mason). Survived by his brother Ron (Peggy) and his sister Victoria. Loving father of Christine (Justin) and Myles. Cherished grandfather of Ryan. Predeceased by his mother Lillian (Sue) and father William (Howie) Schmidt. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, extended family, countless friends and his beloved dog.
Jay was born in Montreal, Quebec and while living there Jay worked in the photography and floral businesses until he moved to Ontario when he began his career as a contractor and helped many people with his skilled craftsmanship.
Jay and his family had a love of cottage life creating treasured memories together at Lac Gaumond in the Laurentians. Jay’s love for this life continued with his wife Carol and their children at their family cottage on Loon Lake where so many gatherings, celebrations and unforgettable memories were made together with friends and family.
Jay enjoyed sailing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, music, and building things just for the sheer pleasure of creating. He also enjoyed boating and spent endless hours on the lake creating the best rollers for the ultimate tubing experience for those brave enough to try. He will be fondly remembered for his bright smile, outstanding sense of humour, ingenuity, passion for life, and his incredible love for his family, friends and animals.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Jay’s care team of doctors and staff at Royal Victoria Hospital, Huntsville District Memorial Hospital and a special thank you to Dr. Stewart, Norma Connolly of the Hope Huntsville Palliative Care Team, Cathy Hockey and the nurses and PSWs of ParaMed. Together you each contributed significantly to Jay’s comfort and care over the last year.
In light of the current restriction due to the global pandemic and for the well-being of everyone, a private service with immediate family will take place on January 29th at 3:00 pm which will be available to live stream via Jay’s memorial page located on the Billingsley Funeral Home website.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in memory of Jay can be made to Enliven Muskoka www.enlivenmuskoka.ca or the SPCA Bracebridge. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
A private family service will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home. Live streaming will be available to family and friends unable to attend due to Covid-19. 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
Janet Lynn Gambrell (Porter) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on Lake of Bays in Muskoka, on Thursday January 14th, 2021.
Daughter of the late Jack and Anna Porter. Beloved wife of Bill Gambrell. Cherished mother of David (Linda) and Sarah (Zak). Adored Nana of Ryan, Alex, Anna, Jake, Knowl and Hugh. Treasured big sister to Bruce and David Porter.
Janet was more then a mentor and a role model. She was a trailblazer. Janet was a tenacious advocate for educators, administrators and newcomers to Canada. The footprint she has left is extraordinary.
Janet loved her family more than anything. She was happiest at the cottage, on the golf course or traveling the world.
Her infectious smile will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, any donations made to the Palliative Team through the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janetgambrell
A private service will be held for the family, with a celebration of life at a later date.
Yvonne Cowan, October 17, 1947 to January 13, 2021
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Yvonne. She left us peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 73rd year. Yvonne is remembered and survived by her husband of 36 years William (“Bill”), sons Justin and Michael (Marina), sisters Patricia (Doug, predeceased) and Anne (Ron), nieces Keri-Ann (daughter Caitlyn), Lesley (Verne, daughters Lexia and Larissa) and nephew Derek (son Liam, daughter Molly).
Yvonne was born in Belfast Northern Ireland, coming to Canada in her sixth year by way of ocean liner with parents Elizabeth and Robert (both predeceased) and her sisters. She and her family settled in downtown Toronto where she spent most of her young and adult life.
She was such a driven woman, and when entering her working career, she undoubtedly flourished. Starting with Sears Canada in her 20s in administration, quickly moving on to in-store management, head office in the buying department and finally rising to her pinnacle as National Marketing Manager. Her job gave her great joy and opportunity entailing frequent travel allowing her to explore, be adventurous and meet new people along the way.
Upon retirement she and Bill moved to Huntsville allowing her to spend time doing the things she loved most; volunteering with local Christian and charitable organizations, gardening, hiking, swimming, spending time by the lake and most importantly entertaining and spending time with loved ones and friends. Amongst her many passions travel ranked near the top. Her curiosity to learn and experience life took her to many destinations in Canada, the United States and Europe. She would often remark that when she was in Destin, Florida she felt as if she was home. Her many years in Destin and Northern Florida gave her countless fond memories and provided her with warmth, sandy beach walks, shopping and endless sunsets that would sink into the Gulf.
Yvonne was a deeply caring, loving and dedicated woman, who enjoyed life to the fullest, with her family, her friends and her many interests. She had an impact on all the people she met and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. With her outgoing personality and kind ways, she made everyone’s lives she touched better and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Yvonne, you left the world a better place for being in it.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
SOLLMAN, Leatrice “Joy” (née Thompson) passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Fairvern Nursing Home at the age of 90. Joy is predeceased by husband Stanley and daughter Carol Oke. She is loved and cherished by her daughter Sherry and her husband Neil Markle. Proud grandmother of Heather Baker (Paul), Christopher Oke, Greg Oke, Brad Oke, Carmen Yeo (Jeff) and Ryan Markle (Brandi). Great-grandmother of Matthew and Ethan Baker, Zachery Oke, Paige and J.J. Oke, Hailey and Cameron Oke, Cameron and Jenna Yeo and Mikayla and Regan Markle.
Mom was a devoted mother and friend. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with family and helping others. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and often did just that.
“To Those I Love”
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness
I thank you for the love you have shown
but now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It’s only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories with your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near
and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone
I’ll greet you with a smile, and welcome you home.
A funeral service will not be held at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers donations to Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at Oak Terrace in Orillia on Monday, January 11th, 2021 in her 87th year. Nora Wilcox (née Sansall), loving mother of Phyllis Fockler (Gord), Karen Lacey (Terry), Donna Calina (John), Mary Ann Van Arem, Norine Malloy (Dorian) and Daniel Wilcox. Cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 7 greatgrand children. Nora will be dearly missed and remembered by her family and friends. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services at this time. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society may be made through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street East, Orillia, L3V 1L1, 705 327-0221. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca
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