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Passed away peacefully at Oak Terrace in Orillia on Monday, January 11th, 2021 in her 87th year. Nora Wilcox (nee 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
Passed away peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 in his 62nd year. Peter was born in Calgary AB to the late Henry and Marlene Kiverago. Beloved husband of Barbara Dungey for 15 years. Dear stepfather of Roger Dungey. Much loved brother of Kathy Kiverago and Lisa Kiverago. Peter will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends. Cremation has taken place; following Peter’s wishes no services will be held. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James St E Orillia ON (705) 327-0221. Messages of condolence are welcomed www.simcoefuneralhome.ca
Betty Lou Lavoie (nee Jackson)
April 14, 1936 – December 20, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beautiful soul. Betty Lavoie, loving wife of Verne for 64 years, mother to Joe (Helen), Pennie (Mike), Chris (Kurt) and Rose (Peter). She will be missed by her many grandchildren whom she cherished. Tyler, Jordy, Cody, Cadence, Marshall, Grace, Harland, Rose, Ben and Alex.
Predeceased by her parents Grace and Herb Jackson and brother Edward. Betty was born in Parry Sound, Ontario on April 14, 1936. At the age of 20 she met and married Verne and later moved to Oakville. In 1970 when Kimberly Clark opened, they moved to Huntsville where she lived for 50 years. Betty loved children and her home was a safe space where you would always be welcomed with a hug. During her years in Huntsville she made many close friends, lots of fun dinner parties with the Potlukkers and weekend getaways with fellow quilters.
She loved spending time with family and would travel to Parry Sound often to visit her mother and her siblings, Bill (Gail), Gail (Calvin), Danny (Lois) and Paul (Sharon). She grew up on Georgian Bay and for years enjoyed boating with Verne to Copperhead Island.
Betty also loved to sew, she worked at Nina’s Sewing Centre for years and this interest led her to her favourite pastime, quilting. She was generous with her time and love and donated many quilts for fund raising raffles and the Salvation Army. Gratefully we are all blessed with having her beautiful quilts in our homes and cherish them.
Her love of quilting brought her much joy but sadly Alzheimer’s robbed her of her ability to continue the craft she loved. Verne was able to keep her safe at home and care for her while the disease continued to progress.
During the early hours of Sunday, December 20th, Betty was freed from the mind that failed her and suffers no more.
In keeping with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will celebrate her life when family and friends can come together to do so. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka.
Passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge in her 91st year. Bernice is the beloved wife of the late Bernie Greenfield who predeceased her on March 21, 2014 after 66 years of marriage. She is the cherished mother of Janice Cornett and her husband Dan of British Columbia and Don Greenfield and his wife Darlene of Novar. Proud grandmother of Shirley and Johnathan Cornett and Glen, Linda and Doug Greenfield. Great-grandmother of Leah, Logan, Leo and Jacob. Dear sister of Thelma and her husband Michael. Bernice will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Christmas was Bernice’s favourite time of the year. She would spend many days decorating and was well known for her decorations and nativity scenes. Bernice also volunteered her time to many worthy organizations but most will remember her time organizing and selling poppies for the Legion. Both Bernie and Bernice were members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 and were proud to be apart of a organization that does so much for the community.
In keeping with Bernice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will celebrate her life when family and friends can come together to do so. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 Poppy fund or to Fairvern Nursing Home. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Donal Jack Nickalls
July 19, 1931 to December 25, 2020
Died peacefully on Christmas morning, at Fairvern Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Predeceased by wife Pat, and sons Gregg and Cam. Deeply loved and will be forever missed by daughter Ann (John) Eastmure, sister CarolAnn Theilman of Saskatoon, SK, his cherished grandchildren, his Nickalls cousins, and many friends.
Don was born and raised in Huntsville, Ontario. He attended Ryerson, majoring in Retail Management, and joined his family’s iconic Huntsville retail business Wardell & Company, which he and wife Pat operated for many years. He later went on to work for several more happy years for his cousin Bill Nickalls, at The Huntsville Planing Mill.
Don was known by a great many people as a happy-go-lucky, kind and friendly person. He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to share a joke or funny story (often about his grandkids’ shenanigans) and enjoy a good laugh whenever possible. He loved dogs and dogs loved him.
Once retired, Don enjoyed an active lifestyle which included many adventures travelling. He made new friends wherever he went. His favorite hobby was touring around, with co-pilot and companion Maureen, in his prized Miata, license plate number “FourFun.” He lived his life to the fullest.
Our family extends the deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all of Don’s wonderful, compassionate caregivers at Fairvern Nursing Home, as well as the entire staff, physicians, and Board who have all done a truly remarkable job, in such challenging times, to keep our loved ones safe at the most vulnerable stage of their lives. Thanks also to our local paramedics and the nurses, physicians, and staff at Huntsville Hospital who cared for Don during his recent visits. A special thank you to his beloved friend Kate.
Donations to Fairvern Nursing Home, The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka www.alzheimermuskoka.ca or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated. There will be no memorial service at this time. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In memory of Don, please enjoy a buttertart, his favorite treat, which he would fondly say “would put hair on your chest.” Have a buttertart and think of Don – he would be “tickled pink!”
It is with great sadness that the family of Kathryn announces her passing at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville. Cremation has taken place as per her wishes, with internment to take place at a later date. Predeceased by her husband Bud (July 24,2014), parents Margaret and Frank Kavanagh of Toronto, and sister Mary Joan of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Will be forever missed by her children Sue (Gerry), Paul (Patti), and Peter as well as grandchildren Gillian (Sandy), Christopher and Cathryn. She also leaves behind brother Barry of Manitoba and many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States.
Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto, and met her future husband Bud while both were attending the University of Toronto. After their marriage, they moved back to Bud’s hometown of Huntsville where they raised their three children Kathryn later resumed her career in physiotherapy at the former Huntsville Hospital. Over the years, she enjoyed her bridge club, golfing, sailing Sundays and spending winters on Longboat Key in Florida.
A special thanks goes out to the entire staff at Fairvern for their exceptional care and empathy towards Kathryn. In her memory, donations to Fairvern Nursing Home or the Alzheimers Society would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2020 of Hendrikus “Henk” Janssen, at Algonquin Grace Huntsville Hospice. Henk was the devoted husband of Elizabeth Janssen “Poopsie”, and the loving father of Elly Janssen, MaryAnn Smith (Ian), Frank Janssen and Margaux Pyke (Scott). Opa will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Kristen (Shane), Adam, Crystal, Stephen and David as well as five great-grandchildren: Drew, Kyla, Carson, Harlow & Hendrix who lovingly referred to him as Opi.
Henk was born on June 2nd, 1926 in Wijchen, Holland. He will also be remembered by his sister, Annie, as well as many nieces and nephews. Henk is predeceased by his sister Door and brother Theo (Annie). Henk was so fortunate to have had two great loves in his life and is predeceased by his first wife, Mary.
Henk immigrated to Canada at the age of 31 and settled in Toronto. He worked as a carpenter in the maintenance department of MacLean Hunter, for many years. Henk and Elizabeth were married in 1993 and moved to Huntsville in 2010, where they quickly became active members of the Catholic community. Henk was an avid wood carver and spent many hours skillfully crafting a variety of birds and other objects. Above else, Henk enjoyed spending time with family, and for his family, his passing is truly the end of an era.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. M. Stephenson and all of the wonderful nurses and personal support workers at Algonquin Grace.
A Funeral Mass will be held for immediate family on Monday, December 28th, 2020 at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish in Huntsville. A Celebration of Life will occur at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Huntsville in lieu of flowers at www.hospicehuntsville.com Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Royden Horricks Gemmill
June 6, 1936 – December 10, 2020
With heartfelt sadness, we share with you the sudden crossing over of Royden Gemmill on December 10, 2020. He was the husband of Joan Gemmill, happily married for sixty-one years this past August. Beloved father to Heather (Bill Church), Chris (Karen Stuart) and Scott(Colleen). Pa to five grandchildren Maxwell Church (Michelle Sweeney), Hannah Church (Jared Foulds), Matthew Gemmill (Bernie Rau), Carson Gemmill and Brooklyn Gemmill, the very best Great Pa Gemmill to Collin Church (Maxwell and Michelle). Royden was also the older brother of Janet MacDonald (Gemmill). Royden was deeply loved and valued by his family and extended family, as well as he and Joan’s large community of friends. Everyone will dearly miss him.
Royden was born in South Porcupine in 1936, and his parents were Annie and Roy Gemmill. He lost his father when he was four years old, and a few years later, Annie married John Duff. When he was ten, they all moved to the Duff family farm outside of Thessalon, Ontario.
In high school, he met his true love in Joan Cooper. They dated in high school and were separated by work while they both trained for their future careers; Royden worked for the Ministry of Lands and Forests, Joan became a teacher.
Once it became clear to both of them that they were destined to spend life together, they married at the church in Rydal Bank, Ontario. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Dorset, where Royden completed his Ranger School Degree. They purchased a trailer as their first home in Thessalon, and Royden became part of Kirkwood Natural Resources. In early 1961, they welcomed their daughter, Heather, to the world. The New Year’s Baby.
Royden was an adventurous man from the very beginning. He loved all cars, any kind of trucks and machinery, and cared for them so well that others could enjoy them after he was finished with them. Royden began his career with Natural Resources; he was directed to discard some old dynamite. Unfortunately, it was more powerful than he imagined, and it destroyed all the windows of the office building! He had to replace every window. He became known as Dynamite Royden.
An opportunity presented itself in Sand Lake for the Lands and Forests as Fire Control Officer. Royden acceted this opportunity and moved his family to their second home, a cabin in Sand Lake. The only access was the Agawa Canyon train or a floatplane. Following that, Royden worked in Lake Superior Park during the winter months. Royden and Joan lived in their trailer at Montreal River, where their second child, Chris, was born in 1962. The opportunity to become Park Superintendent at Pancake Bay Provincial Park motivated the family to move to a community. Royden spent seven years in this position, and their third child, Scott, was born in 1965. During the winter months, the children had to travel by school bus for an hour on treacherous highways in snow blinding storms. The safety of his children led Royden to seek work further south. He successfully gained employment at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville. Arrowhead park became Royden’s pride and joy. He believed that his staff and students were the backbones of a successful Arrowhead park. When people needed Royden’s help, the staff would say, “listen for the sound of the biggest machine,” and you will find Royden. As a supervisor, he supported his staff through thick and thin. One student staff member in fun threw a wet toilet paper roll through a truck window, he very quickly went to Royden to confess the crime, and Royden turned back after laughing to tell him he would not be written up if he paid for the windshield. All of the students who worked summers for him appreciated his kindness and forgiveness.
As a father in the neighbourhood, all children received 100% of his attention whenever they requested it, no matter how tired or busy he was. One time when he had just come home from a long shift at the park, he got out of the truck; his children, along with the neighbourhood children, would call out that they needed one more person to play the game, and he would drop his lunch pail and join whatever game his kids and their friends were playing.
Hockey was one of Royden’s biggest loves; the Leaf’s and the Ryerson Rams have lost one of their most loyal fans. Arenas were Royden’s second home for so many years. Once when he was a convener for minor hockey, a young hockey player came running up to him yelling, “Mr. Gemmill, Mr. Gemmill, I scored my first goal today, and next week my coach told me to score one on the other team instead of our own goalie” with a great deal of pride. His love of hockey defined him; he played hockey in school and on the rink in the back yard with the same skates for most of his life. Chris and Scott played with travelling hockey teams. Many conversations happened on the way to and from hockey games in travel busses. His kids and their teammates always knew how proud he was of them after the game. Sometimes you wanted to hear it, and sometimes you did not. This was a tradition his son, Scott, carried forward with his children. He also was a big-time volunteer to help manage minor hockey teams in Huntsville, which he did tirelessly for the love of the game. Every winter from the time his children were small, Royden created a rink with lights in the back yard for all the kids in the neighbourhood. He took many hours to create the rinks, and it was worth every minute to see the enjoyment the kids were able to play into the night.
Here are a few of the many many memories of Royden in his role of Pa from his grandchildren. One by one each of his children brought home a special loved one who recalled their first visits to the Gemmill family and feeling guilty because they would fall asleep on the couch while visiting and the culprit would have been the heat in the living room from Royden’s roaring fires in the fireplace. Each of those loved ones found in Royden an amazing father-in-law to teach their children patience, perseverance, the value of time, the love of the outdoors, the love of nature, the love and care for a garden, the value of family, the love of hockey, and cannot forget the love of the Toronto Maple Leafs! The next generation is ready to take up the task.
Pa was a man looked up to by all of us. He was highly thought of by everyone; he was a perfect Pa in our eyes, someone who had no flaws, except the missing fingers, but that just added more character to the amazing man he was.
Pa was always willing to teach us something new, he let us help with his chores and tasks even if they made the job take much longer. This included giving rides in the back of the tractor, teaching how to drive the tractor and how to back up the tractor. When the electric fence came to the garden, we were very curious. The first time he caught us trying to touch it, he yelled, “What are you doing?” and told us not to touch it because our ears and toes might get tingly. After that, he would have us kids check if it was on by holding onto it to get a shock making a game out of it. Pa’s vegetable garden was the absolute best. It always had so much amazing produce. Of course, we would eat all his peas as fuel for riding the bike around the yard. They always tasted better straight out of the garden.
Pa loved his garden. He loved his potatoes, his peas in the pod (he loved sharing them), and always had a great big smile on his face. I remember him showing me the first time how to get the peas out. I spent all afternoon popping peas out of the pods that Pa had to tell me to stop; otherwise, I’d spoil my dinner.
The memories are so many and all of those memories are filled with happiness and love. The summers of camping in the trailer at Killbear Provincial Park or any of the other many places we camped are forever cherished. Pa indeed showed us all how to appreciate life and cherish all the moments. He showed us how to just love life. He was a light that always shone brightly. And we will try our best to keep that light shining bright.
My favourite memory of Pa would have to be the time when camping at Killbear, and two little bear cubs ran through the campsite and up a tree. Pa was so fearless, trying to figure out why so many people grouped around the trailer. Pa was curious about everything happening around the park. Pa was there to help us have the most fun. Fishing with pa, walks to the store to get treats and mail, roasting marshmallows, starting camp fires, paddling in the canoe, watching hockey games, working in the garden together, filling the water tanks for the gardens, getting rid of the dock spiders so we could swim, taking us tubing at Arrowhead, to making us sliding hills in the yard in Novar, splitting and stacking wood, fixing up old bikes for us to ride around all summer, letting us swim in the slimy garden ponds We always loved playing cribbage with him. He loved to help us when Nana was winning, and we needed a little of his support to succeed with a sparkle in his eye. Pa always made such delicious food and was the best for creating the perfect breakfast in the morning! Pa was frequently the last at the table at mealtime as he enjoyed it to the last bite. His granddaughters were often accompanying him, enjoying every last bit with him. While the others would clean up, they would just sit quietly eating. Oh, to have one last meal with Pa again. Pa was a man of so many skills, he could do anything and everything he put his mind to. When we were at Judge’s cottages, pa would look after it while they were gone. We decided to play on the dock for a little while Nana and Pa were busy attending other tasks. I must have been about seven or eight at the time, and I decided to brush the sand off the dock with my foot. I hadn’t really known what a silver was like until that moment, it must have been at least three inches long on the bottom of my foot. Nana and Pa rushed me home, and pa carried me from the truck to the house while I was screaming and wailing. He put me on the couch in the sunroom, and he sat at the other end of it and pulled out his pocket knife. He held my foot and looked like he was ready to cut into my foot, but all I could think of was what on earth is he going to do! I was completely hysterical, every time Pa would come close to my foot with the knife I would pull my foot away and cry louder. Pa kept looking at me, not defeated, but he would laugh and laugh, his big belly laughs. Pa put his pocket knife back were it belonged, and nana and pa took me to the hospital.
Royden stayed at Arrowhead until his retirement in 1989 and thoroughly enjoyed over thirty years of retirement with Joan. He loved his vegetable garden and begrudgingly helped Joan with her extensive flower gardens. He built tables, cupboards, wooden toys for grandchildren, helped take care of grandchildren every summer – all with love. His love for his family and grandchildren and great-grandchild overflowed from him every day, so proud to call them all his family and loved ones.
With the distance of living far away, facetime technology allowed for so many video calls making it feel like real visits. And every time upon saying goodbye Pa would sing I Love You a Bushel and a Peck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfnwhlywWjA
It is hard to write only a few words for such an amazing man, husband, father, Pa, and great Pa. Royden will always be remembered and his memories forever cherished by all that knew and loved him. In honour of Royden’s love for nature, hockey and need for mending his body here and there, we ask that if you wish to donate in his honour in lieu of flowers you might choose one of the following: Donate a tree through the link on the funeral home website or Hockey Canada Foundation www.hockeycanada.ca or Huntsville Hospital Foundation www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Dr. Robin Michael Mautner was born on March 21st, 1953 in Toronto. He died suddenly on December 16th, 2020 at his residence in Huntsville, Ontario. Survived by his wife Janice Lynne Parrott, their two children Alexandre Parrott-Mautner and Katerina Parrott-Mautner and his brother Peter Mautner. Predeceased by his mother Jean Shirley Mautner (Nee: Calverly) and his father, Lorenz Sebastian Mautner.
Robin will be lovingly remembered by Janice, his wife of 36 years, his son Alexandre and daughter Katerina, his dear brother Peter, his sisters-in-law Louise (Ken), Leslie (Michael), brother-in-law Stephen (Madrie), his nieces: Lauren, Stephanie, Emma, Holly, his nephews: Michael (Theresa), Christopher, his grandniece Violet and his grandnephew Bodhi, and his beloved cousins and friends.
Robin was an artist. He spent eight years of his life as a professional silk screen designer. His life was marked with endless doses of kindness, compassion, empathy and of course humour. He was a teacher for 25 years at the Adult & Alternate Education Centre in Huntsville. His passion for helping at risk students led him to do a Masters of Adult Education and subsequently a Doctorate of Philosophy, entitled: Reengaging “At-risk” youth in Secondary Education.
Robin was a cycling activist during the 1970’s and 80’s and preferred to travel by bicycle. As a young man he cycled all over Britain and Europe. He continued these cycling trips with his wife Janice in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the East and West coasts of Canada until the children were born.
Robins father was a refugee to Canada during World War II and as a result Robin felt moved to help Syrian refugees and was instrumental in bringing a family to Huntsville.
He was remembered by those close to him as a walking encyclopedia. He exemplified this during family games of Trivial Pursuit when Robin, on his own team, would win against everyone else.
He loved strong coffee, and stayed away from water – as it, “causes rust”. He loved classical music and languages. He was bilingual in French and dabbled in German, Spanish and Italian. He played the piano, and the viola. He also enjoyed acting in local plays and improv performances, being skilled with accents.
Right now, Robin is likely sitting in the sun, enjoying a nice espresso in heaven’s south of France. We love you more than anything.
So long and thanks for all the fish.
There will be no funeral service at this time.
Donations in Robin’s name can be made to the following organizations:
1) The Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
2) The Canadian Diabetes Foundation
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of David Phillips of Huntsville, ON, on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years Diane, his son Kevin (Terri) and daughter Kimberley Stephenson (Jay), his grandchildren Jessica and Nicolas Phillips, his sister Helen White (late Merl Bacon), his sister Dianne McKee (Brian), as well as many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Jessie, father Enoch Roy, and his brother James (Nancy).
He was born in Parry Sound on February 20th, 1940. He began his education in Parry Sound and completed it in Huntsville. In 1965, while working in Timmins, he met his wife Diane. In 1967 they were married and returned to Huntsville to raise their family in 1969. David will be remembered for his 33 years employment at Deerhurst Resort. He was also a Chartered member of the Knights of Columbus of Huntsville. One of his favourite pastimes was touring with the Miata Club of Muskoka.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.
A private family service is being held. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Graham John Tappin
April 20, 1930—December 15, 2020
We are sad to announce that Graham Tappin died suddenly on the morning of December 15th, 2020 at Rogers Cove Retirement Home in Huntsville with his wife of more than sixty-eight years by his side. Graham was predeceased by his parents Emily Tappin (nee Marshall) and James Tappin as well as by his youngest son Nigel Tappin (d. 2016). He was also predeceased by his elder brother David Tappin and his youngest niece Roweena Hanson-Abbott. Graham is survived by his loving wife Sheila Tappin (nee Falconer); eldest son Stephen Tappin (Pamela Morgan) who live in England and his daughter Sheena Tappin of Huntsville. Left to mourn him are his Grandsons; Alexander Tappin (Alina Ianovskaia); Karl Tappin (Amber); and, Alex Morgan. He will be dearly missed by his adored great-granddaughters; Etella Tappin and Silva Tappin who were the lights of his life. Graham also leaves behind four nieces in England, Vanessa Moriarty, Sandra Townsend (Paul), Patricia Liddell (Martin), Fiona Moore (Michael) along with numerous cousins, great nieces, great nephews and friends. Also left behind is his niece Moira Smith (Michael) in South Africa.
Graham was born in London, England and, during World War II, he and his elder brother were evacuated to the relative safety of a farm in northern England. After leaving school in his mid-teens Graham went to work for Thomas Cook and Sons travel agency where he worked (with the exception of two years national service) until he and Sheila emigrated to Canada with their three children at the end of 1966. In Canada he worked for Calladine & Baldry Travel Ltd for many years before branching out as a travel consultant. Over the years he visited almost every country in the world and thoroughly enjoyed travelling. He wrote a travel guide entitled “The Best Is Yet to Come” which gave many useful tips on how to travel enjoyably and safely.
Graham teamed up with his friend Ray Sonin who hosted the radio show “Calling All Britons” to promote and act as tour guides on group trips to England. He also was the host of the earliest episodes of the television program “Discover Your World” which he thoroughly enjoyed participating in. While working in Ottawa Graham appeared on “Good Morning Ottawa” which was hosted by Margaret Trudeau. In addition to travel Graham loved to read; do Sudoku puzzles; take walks; play chess and collect hundreds of VCR tapes which he catalogued meticulously over the years and enjoyed watching in the evenings.
Cremation has already taken place as per Graham’s wish and due to COVID-19 there will be no service or celebration of life. Our thanks to the staff at Chartwell Roger’s Cove for their professional and caring assistance and for their support of Graham and Sheila. We would also like to express our gratitude to the paramedics who tried so hard to restart Graham’s heart and to the staff at Huntsville Hospital for their valiant attempts to resuscitate him. Thanks also to Graham’s doctor Robert Whaley for his unsurpassed care over the years. We are extremely grateful for the care, kindness and professionalism of Mitchell Funeral Home in guiding us through all the arrangements and legalities. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Dinsmore, Heather Lynn (nee Lawson)
October 29th, 1938 – November 29th, 2020
In her 82nd year with family close at hand. Predeceased by her parents Harold and Hilda Lawson, and brother Robert. Married to Terry Dinsmore for 61 years. Lovingly remembered by her children Jeff (Lynne), John (Beth), and Lisa as well as her grandchildren, Jennifer (Josh), Anne, Dana (Mike), Scott, Victoria (Mikey), Brittany (Tim), Brooke (James), and Katee. Great Grandchildren Alivia, James and Jude.
Heather graduated in 1959 from Women’s College Hospital of Nursing (awarded the Highest Standard of Medical Nursing). She will be sadly missed by the graduating Class of ’59.
Talented Master Weaver and Fibre Artist and participated in many local Guilds. Heather was the Co-Founder and first President of the Gravenhurst Farmer’s Market. Heather believed in the good of the Salvation Army for those who would like to send a donation in her name. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and had the pleasure of her company. She had a great life full of adventure and had, as she said, no regrets. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with heavy hearts that the Ruby family announces the passing of Murray Ruby. Beloved husband of Stella, father of Eric (predeceased), Paula (Martin), and Michael. Loving grandfather of Michaela and Stefan, and older brother of David Ruby (Shelley) and children. He died peacefully after a short stay at Huntsville Hospital on Mon. Dec. 14, 2020. He was 95.
Murray was born in North Bay in 1925. A star athlete in boxing and on championship high school football, hockey and basketball teams, he enlisted in the WW2 efforts at 17 and was stationed with the RCAF at Long Beach, BC patrolling the Pacific coast. Settling in Huntsville after the war, Murray’s shop Ruby’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear became a main street fixture for 47 years, where he actively involved himself with the downtown business improvement organization to vitalize Huntsville’s main street and supporting local sports teams.
He became a top ball player with the Huntsville Merchants famed for his long, straight throw from way back in left field and often later discussed these exploits with pitching great Bob McCulley. Murray eventually hung up the ball glove and followed his family to the slopes to begin another lifelong sport: skiing. He became a founding member of the Hidden Valley Ski Club and maintained a lifetime membership—a family tradition that now spans three generations.
He and Stella took up tennis in the 1970s and enjoyed the sport until the age of 89, playing doubles with the Huntsville Racqueteers. Murray was inducted into the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, joining an illustrious group of athletes, team builders, and coaches.
Murray was a consummate gentleman known to be a “good guy”. He also believed in giving back to the community, where he canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society up until the age of 94. He was a wonderful husband of 73 years, father and small business owner. He will be missed dearly, but we are comforted knowing he had a long and active life and left a great impression on many. The family wishes to thank with the deepest gratitude to Dr. Aoki and the caring staff at the Huntsville Hospital for the excellent care that Murray had in his stay.
A gathering will take place at a later date. If you wish, donations to Huntsville Hospital and/or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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