Death Notices and Obituaries


STEWART, Mary Leona (nee Aitkenhead)

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

BRAGG, Lillian May (nee Jansen)

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

McDONALD, Barbara Ann (nee Gaughan)

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 or emailed to [email protected].

Mrs. Rae Coote (nee Spiers)

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

TOFFLEMIRE, Clifford Charles

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

THOMSON, Candice Margo

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

Dora Rosealie MacKenzie (MacKinnon)

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 or a charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Olive Stroud

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

In Loving Memory of Mr. Robert Wilkes

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.

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.

Patricia (Pat) Ann Young-Oke (Knight )

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.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Ray Jones

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.


In Loving Memory of Mr. Ains Norman

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

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Norma Hillier

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

Riefstahl, Douglas Lloyd

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.

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Lee Opper

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.


In Loving Memory of Mr. Del Sedore

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.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Wayne Pratt

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.


CUNNINGTON, William Percy (“Bill”)

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 Martin Roy

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.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Mati Paas

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.


MERKLEY, Sharon Carol

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.


FISHER-PRUDHOMME, Pauline Margaret

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.

McCONNELL, Sharron Marie

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.

MACDONALD, Betty Mary( nee Thompson) 1930-2018

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.


PRINGLE, Edith Emily

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.

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.

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.

CRONK, Austin Allison

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

Rooney, John David

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.


Doris Irene Stevens (Carter)

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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