Venetia Mary Beatrice was born to George and Jessie Stapleford on August 20, 1939, in Down Patrick, Northern Ireland, and took her final breath in the Algonquin Grace Hospice on Wednesday May 30, 2018.
She spent the war years in London with her mother, uncle and grandmother. Her father spent those same years walking from one German POW camp to another, 7 years in all. Around 1950, the Staplefords moved to Canada. For the first short while they remained in the Toronto area but never felt at ease there.
In 1954, they found their true heart home in Muskoka, and Venetia became a dedicated Muskoka girl. In the early 1960s her father George brought a Muskoka boy home from work. In 1963, Venetia married Jack Woodruff in All Saints’ Church and lived in Huntsville for the rest of her life. Together they raised their three children, Douglas, Kenneth, and Mary.
Even during her child rearing years Venetia became deeply involved in community affairs, both through her job and also through her life as “The Terminal Volunteer” a title given her by Huntsville’s local newspaper. The Police Force, who knew her as Constable Vee, Canadian Red Cross, Operation Red Nose, Hospice Huntsville, Community Policing, The Royal Canadian Legion, Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, and The Town of Huntsville, all profited from her efforts on their behalf. Perhaps ,though, her greatest influence was on many of the women living in Muskoka today. Venetia’s personal interest in Girl Guides turned her into an extraordinary leader of Guide Companies and Brownie Packs, she even became District Commissioner. So many girls learned both their moral values and many practical skills through Venetia’s efforts. Over time, ill health forced her to back away from these commitments, and her final years saw many trips to the hospital, often by ambulance.
Venetia was predeceased by her parents, her son Ken, and her brother Chris. She is survived by her husband Jack, her son Douglas (Kimberley Colhoun), and Doug’s daughter Lisa. By her daughter Mary, and Mary’s daughters Kaitlyn and Kayley. Also by her youngest brother Norm, who lives in Huntsville. As well as by many nieces and nephews living in Ontario, and cousins in England.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville. A Legion service will commence at 7 p.m at Billingsley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Huntsville on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Reception to follow in the church hall. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, 100 Frank Miller Drive, Huntsville, ON P1H 1H7. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On Friday, June 1st, 2018 Ted Graham died suddenly at his home in Utterson at the much too early age of 62. Ted married the love of his life, Gail Graham (nee Keffer) and was a very proud father of Julie Graham (Kevin Babcock) and Mike Graham (Colleen). Ted adored his grandchildren Logan, Teron, Dylan, Owen, Austin, Kyria and Lilea, who were his constant joy. Sharing the path into adulthood were his siblings, Linda Bowman-MacBrien, Bruce Graham (Judy) and Terri Graham.
Ted seemed to understand the reality that every moment matters. There were lots of activities that gave him enjoyment, watching his grandsons play hockey and cheering them on. Many adventures were found being Gail’s Captain while boating on Lake Rosseau and trips on the Trent Water System. He loved tinkering and restoring vehicles and being outdoors especially playing a good game of golf. (mostly in the bush) He played hockey with the Brew Bellies for many years, made great friends. Life will not be the same without his love for life and his adoring family.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by Gail and his children. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away suddenly at his home in Huntsville on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Barb Puddy (nee Hickey). Loving brother of Kate (Howard), Pat (Ralph), Jackie (Perry), Jim (Jan), Beth and Bill (Shari). Rob will be dearly missed by his 14 nieces and nephews and their families. Pre-deceased by his parents John and Phyllis Puddy and nephew David.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at the Rosseau Memorial Community Hall on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Association. The family wishes to thank Justin and Todd of the OPP, Firefighters, Paramedics and Victim Services for their help and support. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Surrounded by the love of her family, Christine’s heavenly journey began peacefully on May 29, 2018 at the age of 61. Beloved wife of Robert Frank. Loving mother of Carina, the late Shellaine, Kristina and Jezzica. Cherished grandmother of Skylena, Shyanne, Taiylor, Miley-Jo, Maylia, Ryley, Isabella and Adelleina. Dear sister of Peter, Nicholas, Rod and Sharon. Christine will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family both here and abroad. Christine was a former employee of Ontario Hydro for 30 years.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 11-1 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Reception to follow in the lounge. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Maureen Hunt died peacefully at Fairvern Nursing Home on May 23rd, 2018, one day before her 91st birthday. Beloved wife of the late Norris Edmund Hunt. Loving mother of Fraser, Jane and the late Geoff Hunt. Dear Nana to Robert (Susan) and Sarah Near. Proud great grandmother to Khalim, Malcolm and Evelyn.
Maureen lived a full life of joy, sorrow and service. She graduated from the first class of physiotherapy from McGill University in Montreal. While raising her three children, she worked part time at a number of hospitals throughout her career, as well as providing home care in her latter years. Her contribution to the community of Huntsville was exemplary. She was the founder of the volunteer group, Friends of Muskoka Pioneer Village; President of the Friends of the MPV for 3 years; continued to chair, be a member of various committees and volunteer at the Village for many years. She was chairman of the Huntsville Local Architectural Conservation Advisory committee and of the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital board; member of the Ontario Historical Society board. She chaired the committee that published two local history books: Huntsville Pictures from the Past and Huntsville More Pictures from the Past. Her awards for volunteerism are too numerous to list. She was the first recipient of the Patrick Boyer award for Cultural and Built Heritage. She also received the prestigious lifetime achievement Ontario Historical Society’s Carnochan Award in 1997.
Maureen was a devoted wife, mother, nana, friend; keen bridge player, swimmer, skier, golfer, seamstress, entertainer. She enjoyed travels far and wide with her husband. She will be deeply missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street East, Huntsville on Monday, June 25, 2018 at noon followed by a reception at Grandview Golf Club, 245 Grandview Dr., North, Huntsville. Many thanks to Dr. Stephenson and the excellent, caring staff at Fairvern Nursing Home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka and the Fairvern Nursing Home new build program.
Heather passed away on May 27, 2018 at Muskoka Shores Long Term Care, Gravenhurst. She was born in England, the daughter of Lewis and Laura Dittrich, on January 26, 1935.
Heather and her family lived for most of her school-aged years in Long Branch (now Southwest Toronto) where she participated actively in Girl Guides and school activities. She was a summer camp counsellor and swimming instructor. As a young adult her sporting interests included figure skating and riding the horse she owned for a number of years. She enjoyed canoe trips with family and in later years was an avid fan of figure skating on TV.
After graduating from Toronto Teachers’ College in 1955, she began a life that revolved around education. She taught public school, first in small one and two-room schools in Lount (South River), Dorset and Browns Brae. She returned to teach at the then new Dorset school, became the Principal of Lutterworth school and then taught at Archie Stouffer Public School in Minden.
In 1968 she began working hard at becoming bilingual and teaching French as an itinerant specialty and later became the full-time French teacher in Burk’s Falls. A three-year appointment as a French Language consultant for the Muskoka Board of Education followed, and she retired after finishing her teaching career in Huntsville and Dwight.
Over her years of teaching, through extension classes and summer school, she earned her BA from Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfred Laurier) and completed her MA at McGill University.
Heather is survived by her husband Roy, brother Douglas (Jean) and families, son Sandy (Lori), daughter Adrienne (Andrew), and grandchildren Caleb (CJ) and Ethan.
Thank you to the 2nd floor (south) staff at Muskoka Shores for their wonderful care of Heather.
Visitation for Mrs. Heather MacKay will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 6-8pm. Memorial Service will be held at the Knox United Church, 1012 Harvey Ave., Dorset on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11am. Burial to follow at Paint Lake Cemetery. Reception will follow at the Dorset Recreation Centre, 1049 Main St., Dorset.
Donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Muskoka or Dorset Heritage Museum (Special Project Funds). www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Doug passed away peacefully at the Algonquin Grace – Huntsville Hospice on May 21, 2018. He was 89.
Beloved husband of the late Ann Davis. Cherished father of Margaret (Jeff) Weir, Kathy (the late Jack) Davis-Verzyden and Mary (Steve) Wilson. Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Loving brother of Velma, June (predeceased), Russell (predeceased), Betty and Eleanor (predeceased).
The family will receive friends at the Billingsley Funeral Home on Friday June 1, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm. The funeral will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00am. Interment at Baysville Community Cemetery.
As your expression of sympathy, memorial donations to support Huntsville Hospice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Born March 23, 1982 in Huntsville, passed away May 10, 2018 in Barrie.
Survived by her children, Talon Branch and Summer Best, and stepson, Joey Branch. Predeceased by husband Paul Branch.
Daughter of Pat and Garry Best and sister to Evan Trapp (Roz) and Keith Ryan (Chris) She will be missed by her nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Maggi was kind, caring and a bright light who deeply loved her children and her dogs but was unable to escape her demons. She will remain forever in our hearts.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment at Hutcheson Cemetery to take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to The Table Soup Kitchen or Chrysalis Women’s Shelter.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.mitchellfuneralhome.com
Rest in peace, Mags.
Murray, John Robert “Wayne”
April 21, 1947 – May 20, 2018
The death occurred at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Sunday, May 20, 2018 of John Robert “Wayne” Murray in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of 35 years of Sandy Earl. Predeceased by his mother, Anne Paris (Murray) and brother, Andrew Paris (the late Joan). Wayne is survived by his sister, Shirley Anne Hall (the late Art) and their children, Butch and Alanna, and aunts Joyce Noble (Lloyd Sr.) and Janice Hares (Ted). Also survived by Sandy’s family, who welcomed him and treated him as one of their own.
Wayne was born in Toronto and raised in the Toronto/ Etobicoke area. He worked in telecommunications for the Canadian Coast Guard for nearly 35 years, first in Toronto and then in Sarnia, taking early retirement in 2006 when he and Sandy moved to Barrie to be closer to their families.
Wayne loved technology. His credo was, “The more processing power, the better.” He was always up to date on the latest technology and interested in upcoming innovations in computers, telephones and vehicle electronics. Wayne ensured his clocks and watches, of which there were many, were always synchronized with Greenwich Mean Time and didn’t hesitate to tell you if your clock was not exact. While his family owned a cottage at South Portage, Wayne spent many weekends each year sitting at the “social centre” (the kitchen table), where everything under the sun was discussed and debated. Laughter and fun were always present at the South Portage. There were several barbeques a year in Bill Earl’s backyard. Never a dull moment at one of those, and Wayne enjoyed every minute of them. Wayne was an avid television watcher. He was passionate about world events and had strong political views, which he was not shy about sharing. He and Sandy, while living in Sarnia, enjoyed cross-border shopping on a regular basis and he liked to tell the family how much less expensive gas was in Port Huron compared to what others were paying in Ontario.
Visitation for Mr. Wayne Murray will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville on Thursday May 24th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home on Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 2 pm. Interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville. Pallbearers are his brothers-in-law, Rob, Jim and Paul Earl, his nephew Jeremy Earl and his cousins, Lee Noble and Kim Peters. Honourary Pallbearers are his brother-in-law, Fred Earl, and his cousin Lloyd Noble Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fairvern Building Fund, the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Boothby. Loving mother of the late Rhona Bailey (John), Larry Boothby (Brenda), the late Melanie Boothby, Krista Lisk (Bruce) and Brian Boothby (Lee). Cherished grandmother of Trina, Christine, Ruth, Thomas, Derek, Byron, James, Mathew, Ryan, Yvonne and Emily. Great grandmother of 15. Survived by her sister Marilyn. Pre-deceased her parents Fergus & Annette McGuire and siblings Norman, Dean, Gwen, Dora, Larry, Mick, Keith and Ann.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The memorial service will take place in the chapel at 12:30 p.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. Reception to follow at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
EARL, William “Bill” Cecil
December 14, 1922 – May 8, 2018
Passed away peacefully at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville, Ontario, on May 8, 2018, in his 96th year. He is survived by his wife of 21 years Vera McGirr (Morrison). He was predeceased by his wife Betty in 1993. Father to Bill Jr. (predeceased) (Geri), Sandra (Wayne), Rob (Terry), Fred (Bev), Jim (Arlene) and Paul. Step-father to Myrna (the late Doug) and Ivan (Shirley). Grandfather to Melony (Randy), Joe (Keri), Tammy (Trevor), Katherine, Anthony, Edward, Christine (Frankie), Jeremy (Jami) and the late Jason. Great grandfather to Riley, Taylor, Owen, Olivea, Matthew, William, Trinity, Raina, Ian, Travis, Curtis and Patrick. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Ethel Earl and his siblings Bert, Fred, Mary, Stan, Elsie and Syd.
Bill was raised in Aspdin, Ontario. He served in the Royal Canadian Signal Corps. during World War II. After the war, he was self-employed as a trucker and then as a painter & decorator. He was a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge, the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, Club 55 and Centennial Seniors. He loved music. Wherever there was a dance, you would find Bill. He called square dances throughout Muskoka & Parry Sound regions from the time he was young, until shortly before his death.
The family will receive friends at the Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville, on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville.
Pall bearers are sons Fred, Jim, Paul, Grandsons Jeremy & Frankie and Stepson Ivan. Honourary Pall bearers are son Rob, son-in-law Wayne, grandsons Randy, Joe, Trevor, Edward, Anthony and great grandsons Matthew & William.
In memory donations to Fairvern Nursing Home or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Passed away peacefully with family at her side on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Peterborough General Hospital at the age of 52. Beloved mother of Emma Melick. Cherished daughter of Marjorie and the late Donald Melick. Loving sister of Peter and Gordon Melick. Anne will be dearly missed by her best friend Diane Ayles.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service in the chapel at 1 p.m.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made in Anne’s memory to any local Mental Health Organization.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away, surrounded by love, on Monday, May 14th, 2018 at the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville at the age of 55. Beloved wife of Ron Robbins of Kearney. Loving mother of Carrie Defraeye (Tim), Bev Robbins (Jake Brush) and Amy Robbins (Ryan Comer).
Cherished grandmother of Riley and Avery Defraeye, and Olivia Robbins. Dear sister of Shirley Chaffey (Aubrey dec.), Dorothy Jennings (Raymond), Melvin Jennings, the late Evelyn Swan, Sheila Limet (John), Joyce Nicholls (Terry dec.), Don Jennings, Ron Jennings (Yvonne dec.), Marion McClintock (Bob) and Joan Bradley (Fred.).
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 18th, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care in Huntsville at the age of 97. Beloved wife of the late Gerald Osmond. Dear mother of Mary and her husband Glenn Watson of Utterson, Dwight Osmond of Huntsville, Florence Osmond of Novar and Sheldon Osmond of Toronto. Beloved grandmother of Kurtis and Benjamin. Pre-deceased by her sisters Violet Carr, Iva Ennest and Elva Wood.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will take place at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery following the visitation, reception to follow at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Comfort Kits for Chemo Patients, contact the funeral home for details.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Ramon George Sneyd
1932 – 2018
Ray passed away March 13, 2018 after a series of prolonged illnesses.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Port Hardy British Columbia, his two sons, Patrick of Huntsville Ontario and Michael of Bracebridge Ontario, one step-son, Brian of Huntsville Ontario and his daughter, Jennifer of Port Hardy British Columbia. Ray is also survived by his five grandsons, Wyatt of Bracebridge, Kevin and Kyle of Toronto, and Cooper and Lucas of Port Hardy British Columbia and his two great grandchildren, William and Avery of Port Hardy British Columbia.
Ray served with the Toronto Police Department for 28 years. He retired in 1982 when he moved to Huntsville Ontario.
Ray will be greatly missed by all.
Beloved wife of the late Lloyd Payne of Huntsville. Daughter of the late Gideon & Mary Irvine of Turriff, Aberdeenshire who passed away at the age of 91 at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville, Ontario, May 3, 2018. Born March 13, 1927 in Aberdeen Scotland. Anniebella was the eldest of six: The late Mary (Bunty) & Peter Clarke of Fraserburgh, Beatrice & the late David Main of Eglin, Scotland, the late James & Marina Irvine of Australia, the late Gideon (Ian) & Pat Irvine of Nairn, Betty & the late Tom Donald of Elgin and Lilias & Jim Donald of Ellon, Scotland. Beloved Mother of five: Irvine Payne of Walkers Lake , Anna (John) Wesolowski, Mississauga, Bradley (Ginny) Payne, Emsdale, Gary (Christine) Payne, Huntsville and the late Andy (Tammy), Novar. Grandmother of 9: Wendy (John) Forward, Norman Payne, Kirsten (Andrew) Reddeman, Nicole (Phil) Nickerson, David (Jennifer), Justan (Chelsea) , Mitchell, Cameron & Lucas Payne. Great-Grandmother of 10: Janelle, Brittany, Jack Forward, Aiden, Owen Reddeman, Phoenix, Piper, Brody, Ben & Brynn Payne. Anniebella had many Cousins, Nieces & Nephews & Their Children in Scotland that she loved. Anne was also a cherished Sister-in-law, Aunt & Great Aunt to so many more in Huntsville.
In keeping with Anne’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Huntsville on May 19, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On May 6, 2018 at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville, Ontario, Ethel went to join her beloved husband Robin, who predeceased her in August 2006. She will be greatly missed by her children Susan Hicks and husband Doug of Huntsville and Chris Sharp and wife Nina of Toronto. She was the much-loved grandma of Sandra Martin and husband Don of Winnipeg, Ian Jane and wife Alison of New York City, Nathaniel Sharp of Vancouver, Cameron and Miranda Sharp of Toronto, Tim Hicks and wife Amanda of St. Catharines and Eric Hicks and partner Jenn Franks of Niagara Falls. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren Patrick, Brenden, Audra, Deklen, Annaleigh, Jackson, Justin, and honorary great-grandson Gavin. Ethel lived a life full of love and faith. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday May 15 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church in Huntsville. If you wish to honour Ethel, please consider making a donation to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, or Trinity United Church in Huntsville in her memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville on Friday, May 4, 2018 of Jack Wall. Beloved husband of Elsie Wall who were married July 5, 1952.
Loving father of Steven and his wife Penny, Sharon and her husband Wayne Brant and Kim Hamel. Loving Poppa of 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Stewart Memorial Church, Dwight on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Dwight Seniors’ Hall.
The death occurred of Mrs. Joan Beverley Boles (nee Cooke) on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Loving wife of Mr. Clarence Boles. Dear mother of Wendy, Sheri and Robert Boles all of Huntsville, Ontario. Unforgettable Nana of Chantal and Jeramy Leason and John-Michael and Aydin Leclerc. Pre-deceased by her daughter Beverley and granddaughter Brittney.
At 73 years of age, Joan had fought a long hard battle with numerous diseases (you name it, mom had it). Joan was a hard worker and always gave 110% of herself to all she did. She loved all with whom she knew dearly and had such compassion for those she had just met. We will miss mom’s great ability to make something from nothing whether it be cooking, baking, making preserves, sewing or quilting – Mom was always busy. She enjoyed working and working for a cause, playing cards with her friends at Club 55 and the Aspdin Community Centre, socializing with the Aspdin seniors, her monthly trips to the casino on the bus and sitting in the sun on her deck at their lake home. God be with you, love always, until we meet again Momma XXXOOO.
Please join us in a celebration of life at the Aspdin Community Centre on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. Donations to the charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Born in London, Ontario on February 21,1927, passed away April 30, 2018 in Kanata, Ontario. Wife of the late Donald Minaker. Cherished mother of Debra (Larry), Brenda (George), Susan (Gerry), Lorraine (Maurice), Nancy, and Anne Marie (Tony). Fond grandmother of Shawna (deceased), Brian (Laurie), Taylor (Martha), Miles (Sarah), Clark, Steven, Wade and Erin Lee; and great grandmother of Eva, Elizabeth, Avery, Nina and Sierra.
Over the years June was a member of the Ontario Nurses Association as well as many church and community groups. In keeping with June’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A remembrance reception will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Special gratitude to the wonderful nurses and staff at Forest Hill in Kanata for their amazing care, love and compassion given to June and the family during her short stay, especially in her final days. Donations in June’s memory can be made to Forest Hill, Kanata, Ontario and the Muskoka Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
RICHARD ALEXANDER HARRIS (b. Dec. 1, 1933), passed away peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday May 2, 2018. He is predeceased by his wife Beverley (Summers) and will be sadly missed by his wife Helen (Williamson), his daughter Anne Barron (Garth), his son Richard Harris (Susan), his grandsons Michael and James, his sister Elizabeth (Antcliffe) Battram, Helen’s children and grandchildren and many friends.
A service of memorial will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Jean was born in Fort William, ON (now Thunder Bay), the only daughter of Fraser and Doris Dupuis. Her parents and twin brothers (Frank & Ernest) have pre-deceased her.
In her teen-age years she became a very active member of the parish of St. Mary’s, Vickers Heights where she worked with the W.A. Altar Guild, and was also pianist for the Sunday worship.
In 1952, she married the Revd. George Sutherland and joined him in ministry at St Paul’s, Wawa, where she continued to be involved with the W.A. and was also organist. In 1953 they took a leave of absence from the Diocese of Algoma and Moved to New York, N.Y. While her husband was enrolled in Graduate School, she worked in the Office of the World Council of Christian Education. They returned to Wawa the next year and saw the completion of the Church and Rectory of St. Paul’s.
In November of 1954 they moved to Huntsville to All Saints’ Church. For the next 36 years they were involved in parish life and the Huntsville community. She was a life member of the A.C.W. In 1965 she was a founding member of the All Saints’ Players and for the next 30 years was involved in many theatre productions which entertained Huntsville audiences. She was also Assistant to the Director of many of the Rotary Club’s Broadway Musicals.
Together she and her husband raised a family of seven; Mark (Lynn), Greg (Michelle), Marion (Tom), Anne, Janet (John), Robert, Catherine (Jimmy). She was the beloved Nanna to 15 grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held at All Saints’ Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in Sutherland Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, would be appreciated by the family.
In loving memory of Murray Alcock who was born September 5, 1932 and passed away April 27, 2018 at Moira Place in Tweed, Ontario in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Madeleine who passed away February 2017. Loving father to Jeanne (Mike), Janis (Nicholas), Elizabeth (Thomas). Murray will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Laura, Bryce, Adam, Natalie, Trent and Colin. Great grandfather to Beatrice.
Murray was a long time member of the Rotary Club of Brampton and Huntsville. He began his career in Brampton as a teacher/vice principal and moved on to manage the family business – Knight’s Glass. He later moved his family north to Huntsville and will be remembered for owning both Pro Hardware and Huntsville Lock Smith.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses at Moira Place. We can not say enough for the amazing care they gave Murray during his whole stay and especially during his last hours.
The interment will take place at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery in Huntsville on May 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Murray’s memory can be made to Moira Place, Tweed Ontario. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred at Muskoka Shores, Gravenhurst on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 of Ken Everest of Dorset.
March 12, 1935 to April 24, 2018. Son of the late Sidney and Clara Everest of Toronto. Ken was born in Toronto, March 12, 1935 and died Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Muskoka Shores, Gravenhurst.
Ken is survived by his wife Mildred (nee Reed), his daughter Dawna and her husband Jim Whitehead and their children Michael and Anna. Son Dana Everest and his wife Elizabeth Everest-Rendall and their daughter Evelyn Everest-Rendall. Ken was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy (nee Hamilton), brother-in-law Doug and his wife Bunny Hamilton, sister-in-law Hazel Reid and nephew David Reid. Ken will be missed by nieces Cathy and her husband Will McConnell, Monica and her husband Stuart Elliott and Teresa and her husband David Kerr and their families as well as nephews and nieces; Barry Reid, Annette Winter, John Reid, Jane Reid and their families.
Ken’s career spanned work with the Town of Leaside, C.I.L., the North York Board of Education and the Waterloo County Board of Education. His enjoyment included; reading, travel and Paint Lake, Dorset.
Thank you to the 2nd floor (south) staff at Muskoka Shores for your wonderful care of Ken.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Ken Everest will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Knox United Church, 1012 Harvey Avenue, Dorset, ON. Following the service, a reception and time for fellowship will be held at the Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main Street, Dorset. A private family interment will take place at Paint Lake Cemetery over the summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Dorset Heritage Museum – Special Projects or the Parkinson Society.
The death occurred at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville on Monday, April 23, 2018 of Michael Desborough. December 4, 1938 to April 23, 2018. Michael Desborough is survived by his loving family, his wife, Shirley, of 30 years, his daughters, Karen and her husband Gordon and their children, Megan and Rachel, Laura and her husband Anthony and their children Gregory and Evie, Michael’s stepdaughters, Adrienne and her husband Christopher and their children, Grayson and Madeleine and Gwenith and her husband Kevin and their daughter, Luna, and Michael’s sister, Diane and her family and his brothers, David and his wife Barbara and their family and Stephen and his wife Arlene and their family.
Michael was owner of Michael Desborough Purveyor of Fine Foods at Davenport Road and Avenue Road in Toronto for many years. He retired to Colborne Ontario in 1989 and enjoyed the challenges of tending to his apple orchard until he and Shirley moved to Cobourg in 2001 where they were members of St. Peter’s Anglican Church until their move to Huntsville in September 2017. Besides his loving family, one of his greatest joys was joining with his long-time friends at their hunt camp every fall, and he held fond memories of his boyhood summers spent in Prince Edward Island with his family and friends which included his lifelong friend, Clarence and his dearly loved cousin, Sandi.
Michael was a teller of tall tales, and a lover of the good things in life. He had an uncanny ability to recall diverse song lyrics, one of his favorite’s being Barrett’s Privateers by Stan Rogers.
The family wishes to express heart-felt and sincere appreciation for the exceptional care provided to Michael by Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick, Dr. Gerald Forestell, Dr. Hunter Cape, and their staff, Dr. Deb Harrold and the Palliative Care Team, the Home and Community Care nursing staff, and the Algonquin Grace Hospice nurses and personal support workers.
A special thank you is extended for the prayers and service of the Venerable Dawn Henderson of All Saints Church and our dear friend Wally whose daily presence and continuous prayers supported Michael and our family throughout his last week of life.
At Michael’s request, a private family memorial gathering will be held at a future date. If desired, donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville, would be appreciated by the family.
“Live each day as if it were your first and last.” ~ Mike
Passed away at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the age of 92. Beloved husband of Mary Arsenijevic (nee Gertner).
Cherished father of George Arsenijevic (Monique), Helen Luvison (Louis) and the late Mary Mercer. Proud grandfather of Francis (Linda), Julie (Patrick), Carolyn, Christine (Rob), Greg, Stephanie (Louis) and Anne (Jordon). Great grandfather of Cedric, Alec, Jessica, Amelie and Maxime. Son of Radojko and Radojka Arsenijevic.
The family will receive friends at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Hutcheson Cemetery, Huntsville. The reception will take place at Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 100 Howland Drive, Huntsville following the burial.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home, 14 Mill Street, Huntsville, ON P1H 2A4. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
A very special thanks to the staff at Fairvern for their kindness, their support and excellent care.
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 17th, 2018 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Born in 1954 he was predeceased by his mother Opal Morrison and was her only child. Beloved soul mate and best friend to Diane MacKinnon of 28 years. Mentor and friend to Diane’s children: Jameson MacKinnon, Roger MacKinnon and Darryl MacKinnon (Amber) and grandson Jacob. Richard also leaves behind his fur-baby Rowdy.
Rick worked for many years at Chrysler then returned to Huntsville to drive a truck for construction. Rick was a long-time member of the McCann Lake Hunt Camp. In his 33 years as a member of the camp he was a hardworking, safe and avid hunter. After a couple of rum toddies, Ranger Rick as he was also known, would keep everyone laughing with his dry wit, sense of humor and antics. Rick will be greatly missed by all who have had a privilege to know him.
In keeping with Richard’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at his “happy place” the McCann Lake Hunt Camp. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 of Leona Knight.
Daughter of the Late Pastor Earl Walsh and Elaine Walsh (nee Terry). Beloved wife of Wayne Knight of Utterson and mother of Mark and David and his wife Tasha.
Sister of Douglas (Robyn), Donnalee (Neil Harris), Margaret (John Dalby), Stephen (Maryke), Lois (Fred Robinson) and Diane (Kyle Cousineau-Walsh).
Sister in-law to Paul Knight (Marj), Colleen (Larry Mitchell) and Jennifer (Mark Stuart).
Missed by nieces and nephews.
At Leona’s request a private family service will take place.
Miss Olive Robinson passed peacefully at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville on Tuesday April 10, 2018 in her 96th year. Olive was the third daughter of Christopher and Grace Robinson. She was born and raised on the farm in Ravenscliffe. Survived by her sister Amy and Duncan’s family out west. Loving and loved aunt of Donna, Carolyn, Doug, June and Cathy. Great aunt of many. Predeceased by sisters Miriam, Florence and Barbara and by her brother Dennis and 3 infant brothers.
Visitation for Olive will be on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Service in the Addison Chapel of the Mitchell Funeral Home at 2:00, followed by refreshment. As per Olive’s wishes, she will then be cremated and her remains will be interred in the family plot at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Ravenscliffe.
Very special thanks to Carolyn for being there above and beyond always. Also, special mention to Dr. Melanie Mar, the staff at Muskoka Traditions and the staff and doctors at Muskoka Landing for their excellent care of Olive over the years. If desired, memorial donations to St. John’s Anglican Ravenscliffe Cemetery Fund or to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The death occurred at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Sunday April 8, 2018 of Mr. Carl Hawthorne of Huntsville and formerly of Newmarket and South River.
Loving Husband of Vera and the late Viola Hawthorne. Dear father of Wilda Hawthorne, Wendy Mason, Gary Hawthorne, Andy Cooke and Leslie Anne Morrison. Dear grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 8. Brother of Allan Hawthorne and the late Keith Hawthorne.
Visitation was held on Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at All Saints Anglican Church, Huntsville on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. followed by refreshments at Sutherland Hall. Masonic service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
If desired, donations to the Shrine Hospital Montreal would be appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Born May 22, 1932 Gloria passed away on April 11, 2018 at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville at the age of 85.
Beloved wife of Ernie Crooks. Loving mother of David Crooks (Leona). Cherished grandmother of Jenna Crooks (Nick) and great-grandmother of Kaylynn. Dear sister of Goldwyn and Marla Campbell and Wilford and Davena Campbell. Sister-in-law of Andrea Campbell. Pre-deceased by her parents Roy and Matilda Campbell, brothers Robert, Alfred, John Campbell and sister Jane Locke.
In keeping with Gloria’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Hospice Huntsville or to the Alzheimer’s Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at her home in Huntsville in her 68th year.
Beloved wife of Edward Boyd. Loving mother of Ed (Jan), Debbi (Scott), Marley (Theresa) and the late Robin. Cherished grandmother of Sarah (Steve), Eddie, Paul, Megan (Dean), Mathew (Jessica), Aurora, Cameron, Jerith (Brianna) and Jewel. Great-grandmother of Christopher, Thomas, Scarlett, Libby and Autumn. Dear sister of William (Susan), Linda and the late Verna (Bob). Dear sister-in-law of Lee, Chuck (Elaine), David (Cory) and Ricky, pre-deceased by Debbie and George.
In keeping with Janet’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at Hyland Crest Retirement Home in Minden in her 81st year.
Beloved wife of Donald Shortreed. Loving mother of George (Holly), Dawn (Jack), Allison (Mike), Sheana (Sean) and the late Scott. Cherished grandmother of Thera, Ryan, Carla, Michele, Machenzie, Emily, Stewart, Megan and Madison. Marlene is survived by three beautiful great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Norm, Bob, Dianne, Linda and a wonderful aunt to many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by her siblings Bill and Connie.
In keeping with Marlene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9 Park Street, Haliburton on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 11 a.m.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Lorne Shannon Briggs – April 25, 1928 – April 1, 2018
Lorne Shannon Briggs, born April 25, 1928, passed away peacefully at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, April 1st, 2018.
Lorne was predeceased by his wife, Anne (Greene) Briggs in 2005, and his parents, Arthur and Mildred (Fraser) Briggs. Lorne will be remembered by his daughter, Kathy Graham; son, Owen Briggs; and granddaughter, Laurel Graham.
After spending his early life in and around Algonquin Park and Huntsville, Ontario, Lorne moved his young family to Oshawa, Ontario in 1964. He worked for many years at LASCO, and retired in 1990 to Qualicum Beach, BC with Anne.
At Lorne’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. If you wish, donations can be made in Lorne’s honour to the charity of your choice.
To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesmemorial.ca
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 61.
Penny leaves her beloved husband and best friend Glen Hale to mourn her passing. Cherished sister of Margy, Chris and Ralph. Penny will be missed by her nieces, nephews and extended family.
In keeping with Penny’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. 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
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 61.
Beloved husband of Linda Scott. Loving father of Karen Sovereign (Joe), Jennifer Sovereign (Dominic), Tim Cooper (Allison), Amanda Cooper and Michael Stone. Cherished grandfather of Taylor, Kaden, Niah, MacIssac, Brandon, Kayley and Larissa. Great-grandfather of Braelyn. Dear brother of Cindy (Gary), Carson (Yvonne), Peter (Sherry) and the late James.
In keeping with Tim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville at the age of 75.
Beloved husband of Shirley Coulas (nee Moorhouse). Loving father of Shane (Johanne) Coulas and Tracy Coulas. Beloved grandfather of Tanner, Kassandra and Jamie. Dear brother of Fred (Annette), Agnes (d. Ken) and Bernice (Neil). Pre-deceased by his siblings Alec, Lester and Maxie.
In keeping with Russell’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Huntsville District Hospital Foundation or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Janice Cotterchio, wife of Peter Cotterchio, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.
Dear mother to son Wade Cotterchio and daughter Andrea Cotterchio (Nick). Sister of Bob Quantrell (Sherry). Sister-in-law to Barbara Cotterchio-Milligan (Bill pre-deceased). Dear Aunt to Mike Quantrell (Tammy), Jaime Reynolds (Graham) and Joe Cotterchio-Milligan (Deidre). Great Nephews Dylan and Blake Quantrell, Mitchell Reynolds and Great Niece Audrey Reynolds.
Janice and her family would like to thank all of her caregivers, and in particular Algonquin Family Health Care Palliative team, all of the wonderful staff of the Chemo unit and Doctors at Huntsville Hospital and all of the wonderful staff and Doctors of Royal Victoria Hospital Cancer Centre. Thank you to the staff and volunteers of Hospice Huntsville. Huntsville is truly blessed to have this in our community. Donations greatly appreciated to Hospice Huntsville in lieu of flowers.
Janice wanted a Celebration of Life with friends and family. Please join us on Sunday, April 8th 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. in the Active Living Centre at the Summit Centre (rear of building), Huntsville, Ontario.
After a brief battle with cancer, that was fought with courage and grace, it is with broken hearts that we announce that our beloved mother, Gayle, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville, at the age of 69. Beloved daughter of Grace Nickason. Loving mother of Candy (Marcel) Carpenter, Tammy (Jean-Paul) Lefrancois, both of Huntsville and Tricia Hall of Orillia. Cherished grandmother of Gabrielle, Nicholas, Hayley, Quinton and Shaelynn. Dear sister of Marna, Marie, Terry, Tim and Charlene. Pre-deceased by her father, Earl Nickason, and sister Carol.
Gayle was born and raised in Huntsville and worked in retail most of her career. She was well known in the community and her sparkling smile will be missed by many. She loved the outdoors and gardening was her passion. Her true love was her grandchildren, who were her world. We will miss you everyday but part of you is with us forever and always. Heaven has another angel.
In keeping with Gayle’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully at home, March 23rd 2018, surrounded by love in the arms of her soul mate, supported by friends and family.
March 10th 1972 – March 23rd 2018. Taken too soon, one of earths angels, soft and kind hearted a true love of people and life. Everyone was drawn to her smile, never a harsh word with an eternal positive attitude.
Nicole had many loves, her love for all animals big or small, she loved the birds singing and would fill the bird feeder daily, bird feed always made it on the grocery list. Sky and Echo, her two huskies were her kids.
Nicole had so much pride in her job and love for her teammates at Fedex at numerous stations throughout her full time career of 24yrs.
Nicole also owned Muskoka shores cottages on Three Mile lake and enjoyed life at the lake, kayaking, hiking and photography of the plentiful wildlife. Guests often became friends. Travel was important to Nicole experiencing culture, food, great wine and beer with her wife.
We would like to welcome family and friends to celebrate a wonderful person and her life at Billingsley Funeral home,430 Ravenscliffe Rd, Huntsville, on April 5th anytime between 3pm and 7pm. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Aspdin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Monday, March 26th, 2018 at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville at the age of 89.
Beloved husband of Marion Austin (nee Sedore). Loving father of Lana Lee Austin and Daryl (Debbi) Austin. Cherished grandfather of Jacob (Samantha), Dylan, Amanda, Jessica and Allan. Pre-deceased by his siblings Helen, Betty and Ron.
In keeping with Keith’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1 High Street, Huntsville from 12 – 2 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.
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
The death occurred at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville on Sunday, March 25, 2018 of Rolly Sawyer.
Beloved husband of Janet Sawyer (nee Humphrey) and dear father of Jason and his wife Kathleen and their children; Meagan and Melissa-Lynn and Jamie and his wife Tricia and their children; Tristen, Jess-Anne, Tanner and Kayson.
A Funeral Service for Mr. Rolly Sawyer will be held in the Addison Chapel of the Mitchell Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1 0’clock, visitation will be from 12 to 1p.m.
Spring Interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville, would be appreciated by the family.
Passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Huntsville Memorial Hospital at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late Leslie Stewart who predeceased Mary in 2001.
Loving mother of Mark (Jeannette) Stewart and Brett (Kathy) Stewart. Cherished grandmother of Alisia (Craig), Tyler (Ashley), Derek, Dana, Laura, Jennifer (Daron), Bradley (Julie) and Natalie (Mark). Great grandmother of Logan, Rowynn, Dexter, Roxanne, Michael and Alice. Dear sister of Marylyn (Paul) and Billie. Pre-deceased by her siblings Margaret (Ron), Robert (Lynn) and brother-in-law Barry.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville at 1:00 p.m, reception to follow. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations, in the name of Mary Leona Stewart, can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. The family requests bright colours be worn to honour Mary. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Southlake Regional Health Science Centre in Newmarket at the age of 93.
Beloved wife of the late Ben Bragg who predeceased Lillian in 2012. Loving mother of Daniel (Vicki) Bragg and Peter (Anne) Bragg. Cherished grandmother of Derek (Melanie), Andrea (Paul) and Jason (Jen). Great-grandmother of Emma and Kinsley. Lillian will be dearly missed by her brother Butch. Pre-deceased by her remaining siblings.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravencliffe Road, Huntsville from 12:00 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. 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
Passed away suddenly at her home in Ingersoll surrounded by family on Sunday March 4, 2018.
Beloved wife of Bob McDonald. Loving mother of Alan McDonald (Linda) and Bethanne McLeod (Jim). Cherished grandmother of Delcinea, Eliesha, and Rogan of Alan, and Saxxon and Gabriel McLeod of Bethanne. Barbara will be deeply missed by her twin sister Beverly Rattray. Predeceased by her siblings Kevin Gaughan and Gerard Gaughan, Robert Beattie and Elizabeth Goodwin. Barbara is remembered by many, as an aunt, a friend, and a valued community member.
The visitation for all who wish to visit her in eternal rest will be on Friday March 9, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravensciffe Road Huntsville, P1H 1L7. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday March 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish church located 12 Center Street North Huntsville, P1H 2C2. A reception will follow at the church facility. Our beloved mother succumbed to the ravages of dementia. Any whom wish to donate on her behalf, to a worthy cause, please bear this in mind. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billinsleyfuneralhome.com or emailed to [email protected].
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Fairvern Nursing Home at the age of 85.
Beloved wife of Basil Coote of Huntsville. Loving mother of Doug and Paul Coote. Cherished grandmother of Ashley (Dillon) Norrie, Kyle, Abigail and the late Clayton Coote. Great-grandmother of Corey Norrie. Dear sister of Joyce White, Joe (Shirley) Spiers, Allan (Sandra) Spiers, Lois Spiers (Keith Abbott), Janice (Lyle) McIntyre, Lynne Brandt and Connie Spiers. Pre-deceased by her brother-in-laws Don White and Aubrey Brandt and sister-in-law Dorelle Spiers. Rae will be missed deeply by her family and many of her nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Wednesday, March 7 at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. Cremation will occur and interment to take place in the spring.
As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home or Huntsville Hospital Auxillary. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at Hospice Huntsville at the age of 86.
Beloved husband of Merle Tofflemire (nee Hopcraft). Dear father of Douglas (Judy), Patsy (Don) and Linda (Tom). Beloved grandfather of Kim (Tyler), Doug (Amy), Erin and Michael. Great-grandfather of Tsitel, Ari, Oz, Bo and Brynn. Dear brother of Peggy (Hank), Lois (George), Lorna, Mae (Clark), Pat (Larry), Bruce (Helena) and Alyce (Murray). Predeceased by his brother Merle and his sister Dyllis. Lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life took place on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Trinity United Church. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away at Huntsville on Saturday, February 24th.
Beloved partner and best friend of Eugene Kittmer. Candice will be missed by her cousins; Doug Thomson (Linda), Marie Thomson (Doug Barnard), Heather Bell (Sandy), Doreen, Don Forsey and their families. Dear friend of Carol Corry. Pre-deceased by her mother Dorothy Thomson and father James Thomson.
In keeping with Candice’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
A celebration of life will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville on Saturday, March 10, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Reflections to begin at 3 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Bracebridge Hospital Foundation, or charity of choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Died peacefully on Wednesday February 21st at the Ottawa Heart Institute after a long courageous battle. She lived the nomadic lifestyle of a soldier’s wife organizing the family’s new surroundings in Lemgo West Germany, Montreal, Kingston, Calgary, Lahr West Germany, Rome Italy, Calgary, Toronto, Carlisle Pennsylvania, Ottawa, Oromocto, Tegucigalpa Honduras, Toronto, Ottawa, and Toronto in that order while carrying on her banking career whenever it was possible.
Dora leaves behind her beloved husband of 51 years Major General (Ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie and their daughter Kimm. Loving sister to brothers William McKinnon (Barb) of Whitby and Stan MacKinnon (Sherry) and treasured sister Irene Alldred (Kevin) all of Baysville, Ontario. Sister in-law to Katheryn (Donald) of Nova Scotia and fondly remembered by nieces and nephews Brent (Kelly), Sarah Beth, Trudi (Jenn), Scott (Stacey), Christopher (Erin), Patricia, Sandy Chisolm (Cathy), pre-deceased Connie Weinberg(Mike) and many great nieces and nephews Spencer, Charlotte, Miles, Nate, Owen, Emma, Matthew, Olivia, Bennett, Simon, Adrianna, Foster, Maria Weinberg, Andrew Chisholm and Leesa Charpentier (Ben).
Dora was predeceased by parents Kenneth and Sarah MacKinnon of Baysville, mother and father in-law Shirley and Eugene MacKenzie of Truro, Nova Scotia.
A celebration of her life will be held in at the United Church, Thomas Hall in Baysville, Ontario on Saturday March 24th at 1.00 p.m.
As your expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Lupus foundation of Canada www.lupuscanada.org/waystodonate or a charity of your choice.
Born at Grassmere, Ontario on December 5, 1929. Passed away at Huntsville, Ontario on February 24, 2018.
Beloved wife of the late Claude. Cherished mother of Judy Barager, John (Darleen) Ballantine, Jimmy (Lula) Ballantine and Cheryl Ballantine. Predeceased by her daughter Yvonne Ballantine. Mother in law of Ron Jennings. Stepmother of Kevin ( Sherry) Stroud, Ronica (Dale ) Lewis, Darryl Stroud. Loving grandmother of Justin, Matthew, Samantha, Diane, Debbie (Johnathon) Jessica, Byron, Joseph and Brandy. Great grandmother of Alex, Seth, Chase, Michelle, Sophie. Ava, Emma, Harmony, Melody, Logan and Kassandra. Dear sister of Tom Barager, Doris England, Carl (Marge ) Barager and Ken Barager. Predeceased by her sister Ilean Lloyd.
Visitation – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario on Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The Venerable Dawn Henderson officiating.
Memorial Gifts to the Huntsville Agricultural Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
In Loving Memory of Mrs. Yvonne Borbely (nee Maxwell)
Born in Huntsville, Ontario on January 4, 1954. Passed away at Huntsville Memorial Hospital on February 20, 2018.
Beloved wife Paul Borbely. Dear mother of Nicole, Crystal (Howard), Amanda (Keith) and Rodney (Connie). Loving Grandmother of Catlyn, Tanya, Chantal, Alexander, Skylar, Harper, Aliviyah and Kaylee. Dear sister of Nancy (Doug) Cutler and Robert Maxwell.
Celebration of Life: Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravensccliffe Road, Huntsville on Monday, February 26, 2018. Friends will be received from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reflections at 6:30 p.m.
Memorial Gifts: Charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd
Born in Fort William, Ontario on January 30, 1927. Passed away at Markham Stouffville Hospital on February 15, 2018.
Beloved husband of the late Marcia Wilkes (nee Grigg). Dear father of Christopher (Heather Keffer) Wilkes, Jennifer (Kevin) Slaney, Catherine (Raines) Koby, John (Anita) Wilkes, Susan (Dean) MacMurtry and Bill (Susan) Wilkes.
Loving Grandfather of Jason, Spencer, Brittany, Morgan, Laura, Robin, Lillian, Madeline, Ben, Cameron, Kristy, McKenna, Megan, Tommy and Ethan. Great-Grandfather of Penny, Lucy and Ellia.
Dear brother of Debbi (Bruce) Wilkes.
Service Celebrating the Life of Robert at Christ Church Port Sydney, 45 Christ Church Lane, Port Sydney, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Gifts: Christ Church Port Sydney
Arrangments entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
It has been a week now and we still are waiting for the home phone to ring. Mom was old school in her ways. She regularly called people, using her dog eared address book to look up numbers. Since her passing this month, at Huntsville Hospice, we have had time to reflect not only on her life but her time spent with us.
Jacqueline Hatkoski (nee Vanclief) was born in Huntsville on September 5th, 1940. She was raised in Dwight and was the oldest of four siblings. After completing Huntsville High School, she attended Teacher’s College and began her teaching career in a one room school house in Bent River. She met her future husband, Jack Hatkoski, (deceased 30/11/2016) while catching rides with him back to Dwight from his teaching position at Parry Sound High School. Marriage led to a family with the birth of Richard and then Janice and a Kindergarten teaching position at Irwin Memorial Public School in Dwight. Somehow, in addition to being a teacher, mother, friend of many and local volunteer, she attended Laurentian University to earn her B.A. It was a very proud moment for our family when mom received her degree in 1980 after 10 years of correspondence and part time studies. Jacqueline continued to teach Kindergarten at Irwin until she retired. Very happy to have more time to spend with her grandchildren, Taylor, Dana and Sophia, she also became involved with Stewart Memorial Church in Dwight and began travelling abroad with Jack or with friends. At times, it seemed Jacqueline was busier in retirement than when she was working. We couldn’t keep track of where she was going next. One of their southern trips brought them to Tucson AZ where they discovered a wonderful retirement community and at which they purchased a retirement unit. She and Jack would spend winters there, enjoying their friends, warmer climate and air that was good for her asthma. After a successful battle with breast cancer, mom seemed to be just getting back into her groove after the death of Jack, organizing renovations to the Dwight home, planning trips abroad and preparing for the winter in Tucson. Unfortunately, her cancer returned this winter which was inoperable and terminal. Bravely, calmly and with inspiring confidence, she accepted her situation and almost immediately, began planning her final arrangements. She was fortunate to move into Huntsville Hospice on February 5th. For the next 6 days, we were privileged to host visitors, friends and relatives in a sometimes raucous, sing song, story telling, food sharing homage to Jacqueline’s life. With her extended family by her side and under the care of the Hospice’s knowledgeable, compassionate staff, she passed away peacefully at 5:15pm on the 12th of February.
A private family ceremony will take place on the morning of Saturday May 26, 2018 followed by a public Celebration of Life at the Dwight Community Centre in the afternoon (time to be confirmed) Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice Huntsville.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
Passed away suddenly at her home in Huntsville on February 12, 2018. Mrs Barbara Lupton in her 73rd year.
Born in Huntsville to parents Harry and Grace Smith, Barbara was married to Lloyd Lupton on June 4, 1966 at the Locks United Church, Huntsville . Beloved wife of Lloyd. Cherished mother of Sherri (Tony), Danielle (Sean), Predeceased by her daughter Vanessa.
Loving grandmother of Craig, Chelsea, Amethyst, Ashley, Abigail, Jesse, Josh and Chloe. Great grandmother of Callie, Annabeth and Isabella.
Some of Barbara’s favourtie past times were to play radio bingo on Mondays and Pogo games.
A Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be held at 357 Britannia Road, Huntsville on Saturday March 3, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Gifts to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
Shirley Anne Ungard (nee Tournay), May 11, 1927 – February 7, 2018
Anne passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing in Huntsville, Ontario on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Anne was born in Hamilton, Ontario, May 11, 1927. She has lived all over Canada and the United States, spending her final few years in Huntsville, happy to be home in Canada.
Predeceased by her parents, Rev. Charles Robert and Pansy Louella May Tournay, her husband, Robert (Bob) Ungard, and her sister Joan Grace Hudgins. She is survived by her sister, Audrey Irene Tournay. Mother to Patricia (Howard Brush) of Hekkla, Ontario, Dean (Fran Keevil) of Etwell, Ontario, Bryan (Beatrice) of Los Angeles, Calif., and Bethanne of Newbury, Ohio. Grandmother to Grant (Jennifer), Charles (Allison) and Colin (Coral) Brush, Robert (Sashaina) and Kathryn Ungard, and Wolfgang and Isadora Ungard; and Great Grandmother to Nick, Caden, Caledon, Julia, Hilary, Logan and Jared.
Anne was a scholar of languages and a lover of the natural world and its animals. A graduate of the University of Alberta, she did post-graduate work at Wheaton College in Illinois and completed her Master’s degree at John Carroll University in Ohio. A teacher and a mother, she devoted her time to her children, her church, and several missions throughout the world. A devoted naturalist, she was honoured for the more than 35 years she spent as an interpreter and volunteer with the Geauga Park District in Ohio.
A special thanks to the friends and staff at Muskoka Landing for the care and attention that Anne received in the last two years of her life. She will be interred in Rosseau, Ont. with her parents. A private family memorial will be held following interment. For those wishing to honour Anne with a memorial donation, please consider the Nature Conservancy of Canada, or Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
MARKLE, GARY (HILTON LOYAL GARFIELD)
The family of Gary Markle are overwhelmingly saddened to announce his sudden passing at his home in Huntsville on February 5, 2018. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife, Jan Austin, children Kristin, Emily, Jason and Matthew, and siblings Lorraine Ball, Shirley (Eldon) Lyngseth and Rick (Jodi) Markle.
Gary was born on February 23, 1956 in Huntsville to parents Ruth (nee Hall) and Lloyd Markle who both predeceased him. Gary lived out his life in Huntsville with the exception of brief periods in Chitek Lake, Saskatchewan and Timmins, Ontario. His zest for life, his sense of humour and his wonderful story-telling ability will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Huntsville Legion, 21 Veterans Way, Huntsville on Saturday March 31, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
If desired, Memorial Donations to Heart and Stroke or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
Passed away February 8th, 2018 at Victoria Village Manor in Barrie in her 74th year. She is survived by her daughter Wendy Massarotto (Darrin Debrusk) and son David Oke, husband George and his children Duane, Wendy, Tracey, and Angela. Also survived by her grandchildren Mitchell, Dalton, Tyler, Alexis and Sierra and great granddaughter Luna and George’s grandchildren Justin, Kyle, Sophie, Jacob, Nathan, Matthew, Shanda, Robin, Sarah, Emma, Abby, Erin and great granddaughter Matilda. Pat grew up in Huntsville, the daughter of Ivan and Mae Knight. Sister to Philip (Bonnie) predeceased.
She married Ted Oke in 1963 and they moved to Barrie where she raised her family and began teaching at Minesing and Prince of Wales schools, she completed her 33-year career at King Edward Public School.
She later married George in 1997 and the following year they returned to Huntsville where they resided in the home her brother built, for nearly 20 years.
Her passion for teaching children carried over into her church life as she enjoyed volunteering her time at the annual vacation bible school at Riverside Baptist Church in Huntsville.
In 2007 Pat was diagnosed with dementia and fought the disease with strength and courage. She moved in to Victoria Village Manor in 2013 and resided there until her passing. Everyone commented of her kind and gentle demeanour.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Victoria Village Manor for their exceptional care, especially during her final days. They went above and beyond as they made Pat’s life as comfortable as possible and helped her go through this final transition of her journey with dignity and love.
Pat was a member at Riverside Baptist Church and had received many cherished thoughts and prayers.
A Memorial Service will be held at Riverside Baptist Church, 11 Riverside Drive, Huntsville on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Donations in Pat’s memory would be greatly appreciated for Victoria Village Manor Recreational Projects, 78 Ross Street, Barrie, ON L4N 1G3 or a charity of your choice.
TAPLIN, Peter Evan
June 17, 1943 – January 30, 2018
Peter died unexpectedly on January 30,2018 in Huntsville. He was predeceased by his parents Doris(Olan) and Joe Taplin. Peter attended school at SS6A Franklin at Port Cunnington. Following in his father’s footsteps, he later graduated from the Plumbers Course at the Provincial Institute of Trade in Toronto in 1963. He continued to operate the family plumbing business for several years after his father’s death in 1987.
He served as a Volunteer Fireman in Port Cunnington Station #20 for many years.
After retirement he stayed at Port Cunnington and sold the family home in 1999 when he then moved to an apartment in Huntsville.
He enjoyed traveling and took his most recent trip to Florida before Christmas, 2017. In his younger years he loved to ski at Hidden Valley and was a very good skier.He also enjoyed going to the mall regularly for a meal and visiting with friends. Special thanks to the staff of The Bear’s Den Restaurant for their friendly service and for being attentive to his needs. Also special thanks to Coast and Closing the Gap for their support and daily care.
Left to mourn are many cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Port Cunnington in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Mental Health Association Muskoka/Parry Sound, Coast Program or the Port Cunnington Lake of Bays Fire Department Station#20.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
Born in Huntsville, Ontario on May 5, 1940. Passed away at Huntsville, Ontario on February 9, 2018. Beloved husband of Phyllis. Loving father of Ken (Debbie), Don (Geraldine), Glen (Susie). Cherished grandfather of Mitch, Kendra, Spencer, Cody, Tyler, Corbyn, Kennedy, Sean, Amanda & Matt, and Richard. Dear brother of Dorothy (Victor) Keitch. Predeceased by his parents Elmer & Frances Jones.
Celebration of Life: Royal Canadian Legion (downstairs), 21 Veterans Way, Huntsville, Ontario on Sunday February 25, 2018 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Memorial Gifts: Movember Foundation
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
Born in Montreal, Quebec on September 11, 1943. Passed away at Midland, Ontario on February 8, 2018.
Beloved husband of Debra. Cherished father of Graeme, Melissa, Candice, Emily, Hilary, Jennifer, Ken and Barbara. Loving grandfather of Sharon and Peter and Leslie. Great grandfather of Elle and Isaac. Dear brother of Judy (George) Hudson, Gail (Doug) Lister. Predeceased by his parents, Ainsley Sr. and Marion, and his brother Warner.
Visitation – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario, on Monday February 12, 2018 at 2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Service – Riverside Baptist Church, 11 Riverside Drive on Huntsville, Ontario on Tuesday February 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
Memorial Gifts – Riverside Missions or the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka
Born in Blackpool, England on August 14, 1943. Passed away at Novar, Ontario on January 27, 2018.
Beloved wife of the late David. Cherished mother of Sally and her husband Terry Moore, Leisa and her husband Carey Shenfield, Tracey and her husband Iain Brannan. Loving grandmother of Amanda, Tristan, Hailey, Carson, Ethan, Tanner, Jack, Rachel, Holden and Opal.
Visitation – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service – Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, 35 Silverwood Drive, Huntsville, Ontario on Friday February 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Adam Powell officiating.
Memorial Gifts – Charity of one’s choice
Doug passed away peacefully at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville on January 25, 2018.
Doug leaves behind his daughter, Susan and husband Bob Scott, grandchildren Chris and Bonnie, Lindsay and Rob, and Heather and Paul. Also two great granddaughters, Morgan and Marley Scott. He also leaves behind sister and brother in law, Mary Anne and Jack Liddy, brother in law, Jim Shuttleworth, cousins, Chuck, Margaret, and Susan Dingman and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Millie, and daughter Margaret.
Doug was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1929, and lived in Northeast, Pennsylvania until he was 14 years old. After his father died, he and his mother moved to Canada – taking up residence in Stratford, Ontario. At that time, he had dual citizenship, but one of his proudest moments was when he relinquished his American citizenship and became a Canadian citizen.
He attended the University of Toronto and became a Chemical Engineer, graduating in 1951. Upon graduation, he took a job with Kimberly Clark at the mill in Kapuskasing where he met his soon to be wife, Millie. Doug spent all of his working life with Kimberly Clark in a variety of positions and locations. In 1978 an opportunity arose to return to Canada and become mill manager at the Kimberly Clark plant in Huntsville, Ontario. He stayed in that position until his retirement in 1992.
Throughout his working career Doug travelled extensively – both on business and for pleasure. He and Millie, and Margie (until her death in 1992) travelled the world, and always had amazing stories to tell. He loved reminiscing with friends and family about both his work life and his travels.
Special thanks to the staff at Muskoka Landing for their excellent care, compassion and concern. At Doug’s request there will be no funeral. Spring Interment Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery, Huntsville.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
Born in Schafstede, Germany on February 18, 1927. Passed away at Huntsville, Ontario on January 23, 2018.
Beloved wife of the late Hans. Cherished mother of David and the late Shari-Lee. Loving grandmother of Robyn-Lee. Great grandmother of Shandell. Sister-in-law of Karlheinz and Annamarie. Cherished friend. Predeceased by her brothers Heinz and Wilhelm Kroger.
Memorial Service – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road
Huntsville, Ontario on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Gifts – to the Huntsville Animal Shelter.
Born in Sundridge, Ontario on June 20, 1943. Passed away at Huntsville, Ontario on January 23, 2018.
Beloved husband of Yvonne. Dear father of Delwin (Donna), Jodi, Pam (Rob), Heather (Kristen). Loving grandfather of Scarlett, Sam, Krista, Josh, Cora, Bryan, Aleasha and Megan. Great grandfather of Mea. Dear brother of JoAnn McAvoy. Lovingly remembered by his niece and nephews.
Visitation – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road in Huntsville, Ontario on Thursday January 25, 2018 from 12:00 noon ~ 1:00 p.m.
Funeral Service – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road in Huntsville, Ontario on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reverend Donna Bowman-Woodall officiating.
Memorial Gifts to The Canadian Diabetes Association or The Canadian Cancer Society.
In loving memory of Brenda Wainman Goulet
Beloved local artist Brenda Wainman Goulet has passed away suddenly at her home in Huntsville on January 18, 2018.
Brenda is predeceased by husband Paul. She is survived by her three loving daughters Halley Clover (Adam Clover), Mallory Goulet (Trevor Clancy), and Danielle Goulet (Casey Noble). And her cherished grandson Paul. Her mother Joyce Trafford. Brother Mike Wainman,
sister-in-law Pennie Wainman. Nieces Grace and Rose Wainman, nephew Harland Wainman. Uncle and aunt Gord and Helen Wainman. Predeceased by her father David Wainman.
Brenda was well known in the area through her active contributions to the art community.
Those close to her will remember her as a dedicated mother and grandmother, a loving daughter, sister, and devoted friend. To everyone who knew her she was a bright, beautiful spirit who loved life and those dearest to her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Algonquin Theatre Saturday February 17, 2018 at 2 pm. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations in Brenda’s honour can be made to the Huntsville Art Society.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home Ltd.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario on July 5, 1943. Passed away at Toronto, Ontario on January 19, 2018.
Cherished husband of Charlene. Beloved father of Nancy (Richard), Jayne (Todd), Ron (Jen). Loving grandfather of Zack, Caleb, Mitchell, Danielle, Ryan, Lauren and Henry. Predeceased by his brother Terry.
Celebration of Life Reception – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road in Huntsville, Ontario on Saturday February 17, 2018. Friends will be received from 2:00 ~ 4:00 pm.
Memorial Gifts – Hospice Huntsville or Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
Passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville Ontario on January 12, 2018.
Predeceased by his parents Gord & Belle Cunnington and his brother Henry. Survived by his twin sister Betty (Rod) and his children Kara, Chris (Sandra), Kent (Karen) grandsons Macissac & Justin.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Dwight Community Centre, Dwight on Saturday February 3, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Dwight Lion’s Club or Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.
Thanks to all at Algonquin Grace!
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
Tyler Roy of Huntsville, ON passed away suddenly on January 13, 2018 in Toronto, ON.
Tyler was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario on September 23, 1992. He lived in Huntsville for the past 12 years where he graduated from Huntsville High School. He loved the game of hockey. In 2008 he was the captain of the Huntsville Otters in which they went on to win the silver stick. He was well liked and loved by many people. His smile and laugh lit up a room. He had a great sense of humour and liked to make people laugh or shock them with his choice of wardrobe. He will always be loved and never forgotten.
Tyler will be sadly missed by his Mom and Dad (Lisa and Martin), brother and sister (Linden and Rochelle), grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Gathering will be held for Tyler at the Active Living Centre, 7 Camp Kitchen Rd, Huntsville, Ontario on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1-3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and the Table Soup Kitchen, Huntsville or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Born in Montreal, Quebec on March 1, 1956. Passed away at Huntsville, Ontario on January 12, 2018.
Cherished husband of Candi. Beloved husband of Lindsey (Mario) Papizzo, Kimberly (Scott) Kammonen. Loving grandfather of Owen, Caleb, Lily and Hunter. Cherished son of Hele and her husband Mihkel. Predeceased by his father Boris. Dear brother of Heli and Tom Beale.
Celebration of Life Reception – Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville, Ontario on Wednesday January 17, 2018. Friends will be received from 1:00 ~ 3:00 p.m. Reflections at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Bob Galashan officiating.
Memorial Gifts – The charity of one’s choice.
Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie Ontario on January 10, 2018. Mrs. Sharon Merkley (nee Malloy ) of Burks Falls, Ontario in her 71st year.
Beloved wife of the late Jim. Loving aunt of Kerri ( Jeremiah) and Amber. Great aunt of Kris, Kirklen, Jedidiah and Quinton. Predeceased by her mother Marget Chevalier, her sisters Joan Malloy and Brenda Richards.
A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road Huntsville on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.
If desired Memorial Gifts to The Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville on January 6, 2018.
Pauline Fisher-Prudhomme of Emsdale (born in St. Catharines, Ontario) in her 60th year. Cherished wife of Kelly Prudhomme. Beloved mother of Sherie(Curtis), Duhaime, Shaun (Natasha) Fisher, Shane (Andrea) Fisher. Loving grandmother of Josh, Baby Duhaime, Braiden, Emily, Grant and Will. Predeceased by her granddaughter Julia. Dear daughter of Robert and Patricia McKay of Dorset. Beloved of sister of Adrienne (Brian) MacKinnon of Baysville, Lee White (Dan Scott) of Bracebridge, Scott (Wendy) of Emsdale, Sister-in-Law to Wendy of Kitimat BC, Predeceased by her brother Bill and her sister Gillian. Missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Novar Community Centre, Novar Ontario on Friday January 19, 2018 from 4:00 ~ 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers Memorial Gifts to Hospice Huntsville or the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
The death occurred at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 of Sharron McConnell of Huntsville.
Sister of; Randy McConnell, Susan Casselman, Bonnie Wreggitt (deceased), Peggy Campese and Gary Wreggitt. Mother of Shawna McConnell, Norman Newton, Paul Struyk and Teri Verch. Grandmother of; Jake-Lyn, Mitchell, Shinara, Nickolia, Faithe, Carson, Johan, Baarn, Candice and Dominick. Great-grandmother of; Leylynd, Kaysun and Chayze. Aunt of; Shane, Sabrina, Jason, Carrie, Dianna, Ryan, Sara, Colleen, Alison and Garnet.
Sharron worked at Al’s Taxi for 20 years as a dispatcher and loved playing baseball barefoot. Her family was her life.
Sharron’s family would like to thank all of the staff and nurses at the Huntsville Hospital who had been with her throughout her last days with us.
At Sharron’s direction, there will be no visitation or service.
If desired, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, would be appreciated by her family.
Betty passed away peacefully at her home in Huntsville on January 10, 2018 in her 88th year.
Betty was the beloved wife for 70 years of James (Jim) MacDonald. Loving mother of Rick (Lynne), Randy, Mark (Susan) and Robynn (Doug) Walsh. Cherished grandmother to Kevin, Scott, Lisa, Adam, Ian, Amy, Kari, Pam, Debbie, Donna, Tracy and Tammy. Great Grandmother to eleven and Great Great Grandmother to one.
To honour Betty’s wishes there will be no funeral service.
If so desired, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
Edith Emily Pringle (nee Neal), born Monday, May 3, 1926 and died peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville.
Edith was born in Gananoque and grew up in Katrine. She spent 70 years living in Belleville. She was married to Gordon Charles Pringle in 1947 for 70 years until his death in 1989. They raised three children; Ron Pringle (Margie Cain) of Ottawa, Nancy (Joe Huttenlochner) of Huntsville and Sandy (Pat Sneyd ) of Huntsville. Edith enjoyed spending time with her 8 granchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Edith is survived by her sister Berna (Skip Pringle) and brother Clifford Neal whose wife Mary died in 2017. She was predeceased by brothers Ted and Bill. Edith was loved by many neices and nephews and friends.
Edith had a passion for enjoying life. She enjoyed gardening, travelling, skiing, playing bridge and spening summers in Katrine. This all lead her to many wonderful friendships and adventures. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
A Memorial service will take place on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Saints’ Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, would be appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
GORMAN, William ‘Bill’ Ronald Wesley
Bill Gorman passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville on Saturday January 6, 2018. Cherished husband of Donna, Beloved father of Kelly (Andy) Smith, Kim (Steven) Groomes, Karen Sparling (Al Hodgson). Loving grandfather of Jessica, Austin, Chloe and Hunter. Dear brother in law of Jeannine Gorman. Lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Virtue Black, Mary Pollet, brothers Frank and Allan ‘Gus’ Gorman.
A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Freinds will be recieved from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Gifts to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.
WHITCHER, TERRANCE ‘TERRY’ WAYNE
The death occured peacefully at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville on January 3, 2018. Terry was the beloved son of the late Fred and Helen May Middleton. Loving brother of Douglas Allan Middleton. Dear uncle of Darcy (Cara Dawn) Gilchrist, and nephew of Fred Bolton of Bracebridge, Edgar Bolton of Burks Falls. Fondly remembered by his cousins Mr. and Mrs. William Walters of North Bay. Terry will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial Gifts to Fairvern Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
November 21, 1927 – January 4, 2018. With heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the passing of Austin Allison Cronk, 90, of Huntsville, Ontario on January 4, 2018 in Bracebridge, Ontario. Born in Parham, Ontario on November 21, 1927, to parents Lawson Burton Cronk and Janett Emily Allison, Austin was predeceased by siblings Lyle Cronk and Isabella Smith. Austin was lucky enough to meet and fall in love with his partner in crime, Loretta Cronk (nee Ruxton), they were married in 1953. He was a loving father to his sons, Alan (Linda), Lyle (Byrna), Bryan (Diane), and Mike (Gayle), fiercely proud grandfather to Ezra, Sani, Brianne, Julianna and Rebecca, doting great-grandfather to 6 beautiful great-grandchildren, a caring and supportive uncle to many and a generous friend.
An avid learner and ambitious student, Austin was a great collector of educational paperwork, graduating from Teachers College in Peterborough, Industrial Arts School in Toronto and then receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a Master of Education from University of Ottawa. His love for learning fueled his love for teaching and guidance, a career he pursued with vigour. As the much respected guidance counsellor at Huntsville High School before retiring after 33 years, Austin was a surrogate father and fierce advocate for his students, lending a warm shoulder, a compassionate ear or sage advice for whoever needed it most. He was an active community member as a Boy Scout leader, volunteer with the Heart & Stroke Society and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He and his sons shared a love for the great outdoors and he spent a great deal of time out at the bush property.
Austin, Dad, Uncle Austin, Grandpa, Da, Great Grandpa, G-Da – as you leave this world, please know how much you are loved and that we will forever miss your warm smile, often repeated but always much-enjoyed tales of times past, your “punny” jokes, bedtime stories, love and constant support. There was no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store for Austin, as he couldn’t make it through without exchanging a fond memory or kind word with a former student or friend, and that is truly a testament to his character and legacy. For those wishing to honour Austin with a Memorial Donation, please make donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. As an alternative, in celebration of this kind and gentle soul, consider passing on an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness knowing it would bring a smile to his face.
Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home
In his 81st year, John Rooney of Huntsville passed away peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on January 2, 2018.
Beloved husband of Ivy for almost 60 years. Loving Dad of Karen (Dave) Frame and Lynn Rooney (Bill Faulkner). Cherished Grandpa of Alyson and Leigha. Dear brother of Joy Baker-Griffin.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1 High Street Huntsville on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Church hall.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts to the Huntsville Table Men’s Shelter and the Huntsville Food Bank would be appreciated. A special thank you from the family is extended to the wonderful caring staff at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Billingsley Funeral Home.
May 2, 1921 to January 1, 2018
Doris Stepped over Heaven’s threshold in the early hours of January 1, 2018 at the age of 96. She had been a resident of Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville as a result of a stroke in April 2017.
She is now with the lord she loved, her husband Lloyd Stevens, her sister Reta Knight (Myrle), Brothers Wesley (Elsie) and Douglas. Left to miss her is her daughter Joy Reid (Sherwood) and sister in law Elsie Carter, along with many nieces and nephews.
Doris was born on her family farm in Brunel Township and lived there until she moved into a new home just down the road. She was a mother, wife and a friend to many. She was a homemaker.
In her teens she worked as a domestic helper at several places and enjoyed an active social life with her friends. She met Lloyd Stevens, who had many things in common with her, and they married on November 14, 1941. They were married for 73 years. They lived on her family farm taking care of her mother and farming. She loved to garden and could hardly wait to get digging and planting, she had a large garden, both vegetables and flowers. She won many prizes at the fair. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She was always busy and if someone needed her shed be there.
Her church, Riverside Baptist (formerly Locks Baptist) was the centre of her life. She and Lloyd were charter members and part of the group who built the Locks Baptist Church. She served in many capacities and was the last charter member.
Life cares are not even a memory now as she has begun eternity with the lord she loved.
Thank you to the amazing and loving care workers at Fairvern and Dr. Bastedo for making her remaining time comfortable.
A memorial service will take place on May 2nd, 2018 at Riverside Baptist Church at 2pm.
Donations can be made to The Gideon’s in her memory.
Dr. Geoffrey Moody Ascah
April 4, 1921 – Jan 2, 2018, aged 96
Geoff’s family announces his peaceful passing on Jan 2, 2018 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Harper) who predeceased him and survived by his loving children John (Donna Ascah), Catharine, Jane, and Estelle (Dave O’Haire), and grandchildren Colin and Kate Mackinnon, Rebecca and Victoria Ascah.
Geoff was born and raised in Farnham, Quebec and obtained his Medical Degree from McGill University in Montreal. He is a veteran of World War 2 having joined the Canadian Army Medical Corp in 1939 and served his country for the duration. After further training in Internal Medicine he decided that urban life was not for him and more adventure was required so he headed up to Moose Factory in northern Ontario and started his first practice. There he met Mary and eventually together they settled and started a family in Wainwright, Alberta. In 1954 they made Huntsville, Ontario their permanent home. Geoff was a true old fashioned General Practitioner who did Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Anesthesiology, and Surgery and he finally retired with grace in his early 70s. In his latter years he often joked that he had seen so many changes in Medicine that he had become a living dinosaur.
Geoff will be remembered for his many contributions to the community of Huntsville. He was very active in the All Saints Anglican Congregation and attended services faithfully. He was an accomplished pianist and trombonist, playing in the Muskoka District Band and Muskoka Dance Band from their inception in the 1950s. As he got older, Geoff would joke that he was the mascot for the District Band. He will also be remembered for all that he did for amateur theatre and musicals in Huntsville from the late 1950s and onwards. He took on many different acting roles, both starring, big and small, in theatre and the first Huntsville Rotary Club Musicals.
Geoff will be remembered for his passion and active participation in the Huntsville tennis, golf and curling communities. He first started curling in Alberta and was a continuous curler for over 60 years. When tennis became a rage in the 1970s he took it up with enthusiasm. Golfing became his most favourite activity and after retirement he played as much as he could as a faithful member at the Huntsville Downs golf course. He loved the water and having excellent carpentry skills he made many wooden boats, both sail and power. He was always game for fishing trips and spent countless hours on the Tim River in Algonquin Park. He also enjoyed duck hunting on the Naiscoot River north of Parry Sound surrounded by good friends.
Geoff was a renaissance man who made a rich contribution to arts, music, sports, and recreation. He had boundless energy, always a smile, and so many stories to tell. He had no desire to retire in the south or elsewhere as he thought Muskoka was paradise. He lived a long and good life.
Geoff’s family would like to thank all who have taken care of him and helped him in his final days. There are so many of you, and thanks to you all. No flowers; donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Visitation For Dr. Geoffrey Ascah will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1-3pm.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at All Saints Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville at 10:30am. Reception to follow at Sutherland Hall.
Irene Mary (nee Cooke) Winchester
Mrs. Irene Winchester passed away peacefully in her 91st year at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on December 31, 2017.
Irene was born February 12, 1926 in Niagara Falls, NY.
She grew up with her brothers in Toronto, Ontario and had a long career in the insurance industry where she met the love of her life. Howard and Irene spent many weekends and holidays at their cottage in Muskoka and retired in Huntsville in the 1980s.
She married Howard Winchester in Toronto, Ontario in February of 1978. Howard pre-deceased Irene in 2005.
She is survived by her brother, Paul Cooke and sister-in law Cheré Cooke, of Oakville Ontario and many nephews and nieces across Canada.
Irene, an accomplished bridge player, was active through the years in the Huntsville Curling Club and Huntsville Downs Golf Club as well as the Canadian Cancer Society.
A Remembrance Celebration Reception will take place on Saturday, January 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Rd., Huntsville, Ontario.
Donations can be made in Irene’s name to Hospice Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Cancer Society Wheels of Hope Transportation Service or a charity of choice.
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