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LOCKWOOD, Doreen Virginia (nee Card)
Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Muskoka Shores Long Term Care in Gravenhurst in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Frank Lockwood. Mother of Linda (Sandy) Gabris, Gail Lockwood, Ray (Betty) Lockwood and Joan (Dave) Lee. Loving grandmother and great-grandmother to many. Survived by her sister Flossie. Pre-deceased by her brothers Bruce, Oscar and Morley.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 1-2 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2 p.m., followed by cremation. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to your local OSPCA. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Edward Merle Lehman passed away at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Oct 13th, 2022. Beloved husband of Alice Ruth Lehman. Dear father of Debra and her husband Gordon Casperd of Calgary, Stephen and Karen Lehman of Huntsville, Michael Lehman and his wife Johanne Johnson of Edmonton, Lynn and her husband Mark Sutherland of Toronto, father-in-law of Janice Lehman and step father of Michael Friend and David Friend. Loved by grandchildren Drew and his wife Niki Lehman of Barrie, Spencer Lehman of Huntsville, Cole Lehman and his wife Gina of Orillia, Alexandre Lehman of Edmonton, Lauren Lehman of Vancouver, Megan Jones of Barrie, Mitchell Friend of Huntsville and Megan and Mitchell’s mom Patricia Armour of Huntsville.
The family invite friends to a visitation on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Pioneer Memorial United Church, Hillside on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be conducted in 30-minute intervals beginning at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and ending at 7:30 p.m. Please visit Ted’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com to reserve a time to pay your respects or you may call the funeral home at 705-789-8982 to do the same. As spacing is limited at the church, livestreaming will be available for those unable to attend and can be accessed again through Ted’s memorial page. Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario will be strictly adhered to and include facial coverings, social distancing and contact tracing.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Pioneer Memorial United Church or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Born on March 13, 1983 to parents Shaun & Sue (nee Hundt) Billingsley in North Bay, Ontario.
Taken away at a far too young age of 38, Daniel passed away tragically on October 3, 2021. He will be forever missed and thought of every day by his parents and siblings, Mark Billingsley and Brittany Mechefske. Daniel is the loving uncle to Robbie Feeney and Dex Mechefske and beloved grandson to Barbara and Anno Hundt and Doug and Wendy Billingsley. He is predeceased in death by his grandmother Patricia-Hunter Phillips and uncle Rob Billingsley. He will be missed by many extended family members and friends that were fortunate enough to have known him.
In school Daniel won the provincial math award and went on to win other awards in high school including math and business. He was also third in Canada in the science fair (before high school). Daniel would fall in love with everything with a motor by the age of 10 and was building snow machines and at 12 building his first motorbike. Near the same age he discovered the joy of music, winning numerous trophies from sound completions. There are many cars traveling today from Hondas to Lamborghinis and Ferraris that have been touched and improved upon by Daniel. Many special memories were made canoe fishing with his dad and riding his horse with his mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 1-5 p.m. at Davedi Club, 313 Airport Rd, North Bay. A service will be held and followed by speeches at 2:00 p.m. where much laughter and some tears will be shed. Live streaming will be available to those unable to attend the Celebration of Life and can be accessed through Daniel’s memorial page located at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario; facial coverings, social distancing up to 2 metres, contact tracing and proof of vaccine with one piece of identification will be strictly adhered to, to attend. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 240 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1W5, https://rmhctoronto.ca/ Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Ford, Katharine Dorothy (nee Kern), March 29, 1930 to October 5, 2021.
In the early hours of October 5th, 2021 in her 92nd year, Katharine passed away peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her home in Hidden Valley, Huntsville Ontario. Daughter of the late Thomas John Kern (Jack) and Jerrine Kern (Ferris). Katharine was the loving and devoted mother to Brian Douglas (Cynthia), David Alan and Gail Elizabeth; proud and beloved Grandma of Ryan Ford (Dana), Saxon Guptill, Kyle Ford, Hailey Guptill and Megan Ford; and Great Grandma to Cole and Clayton Ford (sons of Kyle).
Katharine was predeceased by her siblings and their spouses, brother John Ferris Kern (Joan), twin sister Barbara Mann (Larry). Predeceased by J. Eric Ford (divorced) Katharine enjoyed the love and support from Alan Ford (deceased) (Nancy), Ron Ford (Faye) and Lynn Berdekles (Ted). Katharine will be remembered as loving Aunt to all her nieces and nephews.
Katharine will be lovingly remembered for her endless commitment to serving all her communities with graciousness, generosity and joy. After graduating from Lawrence Park Collegiate and then Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in the class of 1952 she stayed on at Wellesley Hospital for two years before heading to England and Europe to travel with classmates. In London Katharine stayed on to study and work at the renowned Neurological Institute, Queen’s Square. Returning to Toronto in 1956, Katharine joined the nursing staff at Toronto General Hospital’s general and neurological units. During this time she met J. Eric Ford and left nursing in 1958 to start a family.
Keeping her close ties to nursing, Katharine joined the Wellesley Hospital Alumni and was active for many years in several annual fundraising activities. As her young family grew she extended her volunteering to include Sunnybrook Hospital’s Veterans Centre, the Public School PTA, Meals on Wheels, and fundraising committees for Crescent School and Havergal College. While serving on these committees she volunteered for Cubs and Brownies, school team support, even sewing costumes for school plays.
In 1975, Katharine began University part time at York University’s Glendon College and earned a BA in Political and Social Science while the volunteering continued. She volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society in Adoption Disclosures and joined the board of directors from 1982 to 1989. She completed her service to Children’s Aid in Adoption Disclosures until retirement in 1995.
One of Katharine’s deepest commitments was to the Love and Service of God through the Anglican Church. Beginning in her youth, Katharine was active volunteering in Sunday School at St Clements Church. When her young family began regular attendance at St Patrick’s Church, Katharine joined the Ladies Guild and helped lead dances, concerts, yard sales and Church Bazaars for many years. When she moved to Ajax, Katharine joined Holy Trinity Anglican Church and worked tirelessly on the campaign to rebuild the aging building. In 2004, Katharine decided to make the family ski chalet in Hidden Valley her permanent home and joined All Saints Church in Huntsville. She was highly active at All Saints participating in fundraising, Church business affairs, and hours of charitable work from knitting countless sweaters for Global Warmth to collecting as many used warm winter garments as she could for the Mission to Seafarers – Port of Thunder Bay. Another of her favourite activities was to provide rides for non-driving parishioners to Church, doctors appointments, hairdressers and even Christmas shopping. During much of this time she volunteered as a Steward to coordinate the collection and counting of the weekly offering.
In addition to Katharine’s commitment to Church, charity and community service, she also found time to enjoy the many activities that she loved. From a young age she loved camping, canoeing, swimming, tennis, skiing, traveling, sewing, knitting and embroidery and had a special love for all the family dogs – often offering to look after her children’s pets for extended periods.
While Katharine’s community presence was extensive, her most heartfelt devotion was to her family and friends – especially her children. As a role model, if any friend, family member, neighbour or sometimes even strangers were in need, there was only one possible answer – “What can I do to help?” As a mother, Katharine’s home was a favourite place for kids to gather and play, shoot hoops, or just hang out – and there were always cold drinks and snacks. Many of the children’s ski friends recall numerous times when there were suddenly 4 or more extra mouths welcomed at the lunch table or nights when extra beds were needed. Katharine was not only welcoming to the kids’ friends, she also supported her children through countless school and extracurricular activities including art lessons, sports, swimming, cubs and brownies, all while passing on her sound values.
Katharine leaves us with so many sentimental memories and has been an inspiration and support throughout all her communities in all aspects of her life, her inspiration and love live on.
In keeping with Katharine’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Visitation will be held in increments of 30 minutes. We ask that you please RSVP on Katharine’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions; facial coverings, contact tracing and distancing of 2 metres will be strictly adhered to. A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church in Huntsville. The funeral service will be live streamed; again, we ask that you visit Katharine’s memorial page to access this event. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.
It is with heavy hearts the family of Una “Ginger” Gareau announce her passing on September 20th, 2021, at the age of 81. Una was the cherished daughter of the late Maud and Rene Gareau. Beloved sister of Marjorie (Blake predeceased) Thibault, Vivian (George “Chum” predeceased) Lane, and brother Blaine (Elaine) Gareau. Predeceased by her brother Gary. Loving Aunt to Tammie, Myles (Linda predeceased), Tim (Stacey), Allan (Evelyn), Scott (Jody), Melanie (Peter), and Aaron (Julie). She will be greatly missed by daughter Heather, granddaughter Stephanie and great grandchildren Aspen, Maddox and Bentley. She will be sadly missed by her great nieces and nephews Paul (Jennifer), Natalie (Dave), Todd (predeceased), Dylan, Mackenzie, Benjamin, Joshua, Mia, Trent, and great-great nieces and nephews Lee, Alison, and Jack; as well as her many cousins, “Deerhurst family” and friends. Her selflessness, generosity, kindness and strength were inspiring and admirable to everyone she touched. She volunteered in her local community helping out at the local animal shelter by walking dogs, raising money and donating. She was always the first to welcome new neighbours in her local neighborhood of the Huntsville area where she lived and offered to help show them around or look after their pets while away. Those of you who knew Una know she had a passion for life and never slowed down. She was the longest-serving staff member at the Deerhurst Resort retiring not that long ago and they have shared their stories and antics of this wonderful character. A life lived to the fullest and such a vibrant lady!
A Celebration of her Life is to be held on October 16th, 2021 between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion at 21 Veterans Way in Huntsville. Due to Covid-19 health restrictions, attendees must provide proof of Covid-19 double dose vaccination and photo ID prior to entering the facility. Capacity is limited to 100 people at any one time. Social distancing, masks and all other public health guidelines will also apply.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Beckford) Gowland who predeceased Harley on September 18, 2015. Harley was born on September 27, 1928 in Brampton, Ontario to parents George & Estelle (nee Nickson) Gowland. He is the loving father of son, Glenn (Joan) Gowland and daughters Susan Gowland and the late Trudy Fox. Proud grandfather of Fraser (Ashley) Gowland, Colleen (Chris) Bennett, Julie (Larry) Peyton, Cindy (John) McFadyen, Robyn MacDonald, and Michael MacDonald. Great-grandfather of 8 and great-great-grandfather of 2. Dear brother of Rosalyn (Barry) Cooper. Predeceased by his siblings Dawn, Ralph, Gary, Glenn, Dean. Harley will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In keeping with Harley’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. As an expression of sympathy memorial donation can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
John Stuart Park
(1940 – 2021)
On Saturday September 25, in hospital, John Stuart Park passed away from complications of congestive heart failure, after 82 years of a good life. Survived by his beloved life partner and wife Sheila Marguerite Givens and his sister Alison Ann Park Black. Also survived by cousin Peter Sampson and cousins in Scotland, England and Canada. Predeceased by his parents Jessie Marie (Lowther) from Ingersoll and William Patterson Park born in Scotland and emigrating to Canada as a young man.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, John graduated from Ryerson University in metallurgical technology. For most of his career he worked as a technical consultant for Ford Motor Company in Windsor & General Motors in London Ontario. In later years he also provided young driver training in Muskoka.
As a teenager John worked in the summers at Billie Bear Lodge in Muskoka, and fell in love with the area. This led him to eventually buying a log cabin on Dotty Lake Huntsville just north of Billie Bear. He spent his weekends there while working in London, and eventually retired to live there for many good years. When maintaining the property became too difficult, he moved to their lovely home in Settler’s Ridge in Huntsville.
John loved nature and boating, enjoying all that Muskoka had to offer, swimming off his dock, canoeing Dotty Lake as well as lakes in Algonquin Park. He was an avid cross-country skier for many years, often skiing down frozen lakes and roads in the area. John also loved collecting antiques, barbequing, and spending time with good friends.
For many years he was a member of the Lake of Bays fire department at the Interlaken Station, serving as a community member and assisting with fighting house and forest fires in that area of Muskoka.
John’s interest in scuba diving led him to become an ACUC certified scuba diver, after taking many courses. He especially enjoyed scuba diving in places like Cozumel and Cayman Islands. John and Sheila usually took winter vacations down south in the sun, to places like the Bahamas, Aruba, Cuba, and Mexico.
As a member of the Huntsville Pistol Club, he enjoyed target shooting, as well as occasional grouse and turkey hunting.
Gregarious and big-hearted, John enjoyed socializing and making friends. He loved good food, especially seafood, steak and desserts. He was a good dancer, and an avid reader. One of his hobbies was ham radio.
He treasured the company of his beloved dog Boo, who is forever his companion in spirit.
In his later years, he and his wife Sheila were active birders, making holiday trips to Point Pelee and Long Point bird migration paths.
Over the many years, John was an active member of the St. Paul’s Pioneer Anglican Church, involved as a parishioner and other roles and fellowship. Although the church has been moved, he will be interred in the St. Paul’s Anglican cemetery.
After stages of diabetes and heart failure, his health deteriorated to the point of not being able to be active, other than trips to their treasured cottage near Powassan from time to time. He died of complications of congestive heart failure on September 25.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in 30 minute increments beginning at 11:00 a.m until time of service in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Please RSVP on John’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, social distancing of 2 meters, fascial covering and contact tracing will be strictley adhered to.
April 11th, 1930 – September 23rd, 2021
On September 23rd, 2021, Mathilde Stoeger passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 91 years of age. She was the wife of Leo Stoeger and the sister of Marianne Feuge and Ursula Kuhn. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Monika Stoeger and her granddaughters Madeleine and Anneliese Stoeger.
Born in Trier Germany, Mathilde was a childhood World War II survivor who worked hard all of her life. In her early adulthood, she worked as an international telephone operator and later as a secretary in Toronto. In 1969, Mathilda and her husband Leo had their daughter Monika. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Leo and Mathilda moved to their cottage on 101 acres of Kearney Wilderness and built it into their family home.
Mathilde was close to nature and greatly enjoyed outdoor activities such as alpine skiing, horseback riding and camping. She was athletic and particularly talented in track sprinting and running long-jump. The Olympic Champion Jesse Owens was someone who inspired her throughout her life. Mathilde was also a fierce protector of wildlife. She shared a special bond with the moose, racoons, birds, foxes and rabbits living on her property. She also kept a wonderful garden full of the most delicious organic vegetables you could ever eat. Occasionally, Mathilda could be seen driving in her 1974 red Volkswagen Beetle.
Mathilde was a caring mother and grandmother. She was incredibly intuitive and wise. She could always be counted on to give sound advice. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mathilde’s name to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or to Hospice Huntsville. A service to celebrate Mathilda’s beautiful life will be held on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 3:00 pm at St-Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Kearney where friends and family are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by visiting Mathilde’s memorial Page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In his 98th year, passed away peacefully at Fairvern Care Home in Huntsville, Ontario on Monday, September 20, 2021. Philip is survived by his wife Madeline “Joyce” (nee Healey), loving wife of nearly 68 years. Father of Jean (Ivars), Keith (Lee), Dalton Mark, Bruce, Kathryn (Brian) and James (Susi). Grandfather of Christian, Jesse, Eva, Erin, Tyler, Sean, Gabriel, Meghan, Joel, Lexi, Pam, Bailey and Dylan. Great-grandfather of Vizma, Levon, Adreianna, Blake, Bennet, Liam, Quinn, Desiree, Willow, Arianna, Hunter and William. Philip was predeceased by brothers George and Jack and is survived by sister Connie Stephenson.
Philip was the eldest son of Dalton and Violet (nee Butcher) Rumney, he was born on the family farm in Vasey, Ontario. Philip married Joyce in 1953, raising their 6 children in Victoria Square, Ontario in a house he built on the family dairy farm. Philip worked as a carpenter/cabinet maker, passing his skills on to his sons who have taken up his love of building and construction. His daughters have appreciated his back to basic approach to life, always trying to fix or mend and never cast aside. Philip was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the Air Force as a bomb aimer/bombardier for 4 years. Philip spent most of his summer months since birth at his second home in Port Sydney. He retired to Huntsville in January 2013. Philip was a quiet, introspective man. If he wasn’t playing scrabble or watching Jeopardy, he was happiest if he had a book or 2 by his side along with a cup of black coffee and a pair of Joyce’s hand knit socks. He will be greatly missed but we are all thankful for the time we spent with him.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 11:30 a.m. until time of the memorial service in the funeral home chapel at 12:30 p.m. For those wishing to attend the visitation or memorial service we ask that you contact Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time or seat. Visitation will be held in half hour increments beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The memorial service will be live streamed and can be accessed through Mr. Rumney’s memorial page at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com In keeping with Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, distancing of 2 meters, fascial coverings and contact tracing will be adhered to.
Sheila Byrnes Prince
On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Leawood, Kansas, Sheila Byrnes Prince, loving and adored mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family. She was 90 years old.
Sheila was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on April 4, 1931 to Helen Higgins Byrnes and John T. Byrnes. Sheila grew up in Hamilton while spending summers at her favorite place in the world – Lake of Bays in Muskoka, Ontario.
Sheila also spent many summers as a camper and counsellor plying the beautiful northern lakes in her canoe at her beloved Camp Onawa in Muskoka. Sheila attended Dunbarton College in Washington, D.C. where she met Carroll T. Prince, Jr. at neighboring Georgetown University. They married in 1951 in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. During the first 10 years of marriage, they lived in Chevy Chase, Md., where children Carla (1952), Carroll III (1954) and Jean (1958) were born. The family moved to Kingston, N.Y., when Sheila’s husband joined IBM’s legal department in 1960. Sheila spent the next 14 years in Kingston, with Terry being born in 1962 and Connie in 1964.
While being a full-time mother of five and homemaker, Sheila worked part-time at Welcome Wagon, earning the wherewithal to take a family vacation to Ireland, England, France and Switzerland in the summer of 1970.
In 1974, the family relocated to Chappaqua, N.Y., where Sheila sold real estate throughout Westchester County, NY, earning the Million Dollar Sales Award, among other accolades.
In 1983, Sheila and the family moved back to the Washington, DC area where she continued to sell real estate in the Great Falls, VA area. After her husband’s retirement in 1989, Sheila and Carroll spent time in North Carolina and Virginia.
After her husband’s death in 2000 (after nearly 50 years of marriage), Sheila relocated to Leawood, KS to be with daughter Connie and her wonderful grandchildren. Sheila volunteered her time the local community, which included teaching Religious Education at the Catholic parish of St. Michael the Archangel.
Sheila loved to travel and explore the world (Paris was her favorite city!). She travelled extensively through Europe, as well as Australia and Asia.
Sheila loved to write, which led her to authoring The Lake of Bays Murders, the first printing of which completely sold out. Plus, Sheila was a master Bridge player and always willing to take on all challengers for a good game of Boggle.
But above all else (except for family and friends), Sheila treasured Lake of Bays. The one constant in her long and wonderful life was Lake of Bays – her absolute favorite place in the world. For 90 consecutive years, she never missed spending at least part of a summer on Lake of Bays.
Sheila “adored” – her word – all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was a devout Catholic with unwavering faith. She never failed to appreciate all of the beauty and majesty of God’s earth.
In the notes about her obituary that she left behind, Sheila said, “I thank God for my rich and full life.”
Sheila is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and her beloved nieces and nephews. And Sheila treasured all of the wonderful friends she had throughout her life.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, 2627 Muskoka District Road 117, Baysville, Ontario on Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m., to be followed by a private burial at the Baysville Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sheila’s name to St. Jude Research Hospital.
Celebration of life for Ronald Earl Martin
July 21, 1944 – December 22, 2019
A celebration of life will be held for Ronald Earl Martin on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 21 Veterans Way, Huntsville, Ontario.
Please join us to celebrate the life of a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A light luncheon will be served.
Due to government regulations, proof of double vaccinations and photo ID will be required.
If you are unable to attend, feel free to contact the family. We would appreciate hearing from you.
Betty Fulton, daughter of Bruce and Frances (née Capell) Hunter, passed away peacefully at Heatherwood Retirement Residence with family at her bedside on April 26 in her 89th year. Betty was born in St. Catharines and raised on her parents’ farm on Linwell Road, attending Maplewood Elementary School and St. Catharines Collegiate.
Betty is predeceased by her husband Chesley and son Larry. She will be greatly missed by her four surviving children. Clyde (Judith) Fulton, Brian (Lisa Mucciante) Fulton, Donna White (Brian), Scott (Cindy Fallon) Fulton, Daughter-In-Law Donna Fulton and their chosen Bequian Canadian son Amos and his wife Alice and children. Also mourning her passing are grandchildren Lisa (Ryan) Pepperall, David (Lani Paterson) Fulton, Craig and Kim Fulton, Trish (Shane Cowlishaw) Merz, Allison Merz, Michael (Laura Sharkley) Fulton, Stephen (Chelsea) Fulton and their chosen Bequian granddaughter Gaynor Kydd. Her six great grandchildren Ethan and Alexa Pepperall, Lucas and Alexander Fulton and Sebastian and Elijah Cowlishaw Merz will miss her dearly.
Betty married Chesley on August 26, 1950 and they were blessed with five children. Chesley opened his own business in 1969 and Betty supported her husband by handling the office functions at Fulton Manufacturing Ltd. The business was sold to their son Larry in 1988 and upon retirement they moved to Huntsville. It was there that they met Ken and Karen Hewitt who became good friends and their Huntsville family. They made many friends in the Huntsville community including members of All Saints Church and Parish of the Good Shepherd, Emsdale. In early 2016, due to Chesley’s health, they moved back to St. Catharines to be closer to family. Betty had a generous heart and found joy in helping others. She enjoyed playing bridge with her fellow Heatherwood residents and participating in social activities. Betty was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, where she felt most at home. She loved the atmosphere provided by the church and Reverend Martha Tatarnic, for whom she had endless admiration.
A private memorial service will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church by invitation only due to current Covid-19 restrictions. A livestream of the service will be available on the Hulse & English website. A private burial will take place at Victoria Lawn Cemetery.
Long-time Dwight summer resident Nancy Vichert died Saturday, September 4th.
Nancy first visited Dwight in the 1950s and bought the Barnaby cottage by the Stewart church in 1970.
A high-school English teacher most of her life, Nancy taught in Hamilton, Dundas, and Scarborough.
Nancy was happiest in Dwight, and would spend as much of the season as she could at Barnaby. Many times teaching summer school she would wake up early and drive to Newmarket or Thornhill for class Monday morning.
She is survived by her three children, who grew up spending part of the year in Dwight and will continue to do so.
Nancy was 88.
It is with deep sorrow and much love that the family of George Robert McCormick announce his tragic and unexpected passing on September 4, 2021. George was in his 61st year.
He will be lovingly missed by Cindy, his wife of 30 years and his 3 sons Travis (Sarah), Brad and Darryl, his sister Karen (Brian) and his Mother-in-Law Gail Archibald. He is pre-deceased by his parents Christian and John McCormick and his Father-in-Law Bill Archibald. He will also be greatly missed by his 3 grandchildren Johnathan, William and Gracie.
He was a mentor to many. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, ATVing, FORD trucks, Coke not Pepsi and most importantly he loved his “Happy Place” up north. He also left behind a mountain of tools to his 3 sons the identification of which is yet to be determined.
His message to all would be: One of these Nights you will be able to embrace that Peaceful Easy Feeling, there will be no Wasted Time as in the Long Run you all have had the Best of My Love.
There will not be a service as George “hated” funerals but we encourage you to write a note of farewell or share a story of George. Donations may be made to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters in his memory. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Christopher Thomas Vernon
October 30, 1956-August 29, 2021
Christopher Thomas Vernon passed away on August 29th, 2021 at the age of 64 in his beloved Lake of Bays cottage. Chris is survived by his beautiful wife Dianne. He was a proud Grampa to Adelaide, father to Jessica, Sarah and Taylor, and brother to Peter. Chris was predeceased by parents Tom and Sally and brother Timothy.
A fierce Canadian who loved the Florida sun and the opportunity to play golf year-round,
Chris was a man full of funny stories and endless knowledge. He was a life-long lover of music and avid concert-goer. He relished spending time in nature and had a real love of animals, especially his cherished French bull dogs, Remy and Macie.
Chris will be deeply missed and thought of anytime classic rock is played, Kraft Dinner is made, or when looking out at the lake.
A private memorial will be held for close family and friends. If so desired, donations may be made in Chris’s memory to the Princess Margaret Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
June 23, 1942 – August 28, 2021
Beautiful Donna Janet Stephens (nee Scott) passed away peacefully on August 28th 2021 at the age of 79. She was the beloved wife of Barry for 56 years and is survived by her children Leanne Damas (Alex) and Keri Burgess (Jordan), all of Ottawa. Fondly remembered by her four grandchildren, Talia and Jackson Damas & Owen and Rhys Burgess. Loving sister of Lynda MacMahon (David) of Mexico. Predeceased by her parents Charles and Norma of Leaside.
Donna attended Northlea Public School and Leaside High School. She earned her BA and MA in psychology from the University of Toronto, after which she worked as a school psychologist for the Toronto Board of Education. She continued her love of learning by earning a diploma as a Library and Information Technician when her children were teenagers.
Donna spent many years taking Lea and Keri to swimming practices both morning and afternoon. She always had a dog and loved to walk. As decades-long subscribers to Toronto theatre, Donna and Barry enjoyed many excellent productions. In her senior years, she developed a passion for Tai Chi. Travel was always important to Donna. She enjoyed trips all over the world with Barry, family and friends, learning extensively about each place she visited. Some of her favourites were Europe (on a number of occasions), South Africa and Vietnam. After each trip she created a history and photo album to help remember the special time.
Retirement at the cottage on Lake of Bays allowed for a true gathering place. It was the perfect location for family holidays in all seasons. She treated her family and friends to wonderful meals, setting the bar very high. “It’s not as good as Grandma’s” is a frequent refrain. Reading, particularly non-fiction, correcting our grammar and gardening remained favourite activities. Donna had a special knack for picking the perfect card for every occasion.
A celebration of Donna’s life will follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
WEST, John Hamilton
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Sturgeon) for 61 years. Loving father of David (Susan) and Debbie (Jeff). Proud grandfather of Mark, Luke, Brittany and Cameron.
John retired from Eaton’s after 43 years of exceptional service and spent the next 28 years enjoying woodworking, hunting and fishing. His years at the Little Beaver Hunting Camp at Crown Lake to his fishing trips in Temagami and Kipiwa were stories and memories he treasured. He loved playing and watching lacrosse and was so proud that the tradition was carried on by his son and four grandchildren. When Chaffey Fire Station #2 was opened and looking for volunteers, he began another chapter in his life. Throughout the many years of service he formed lifelong friendships.
Special thanks to Dr. Trenholm, Huntsville Closing the Gap Healthcare, Hospital East Wing staff and Algonquin Grace for their dedicated care to John.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation being held at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. In keeping with Step 3 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, visitation will be held in 30-minute increments starting at 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and ending at 7:30. Please call the funeral home, 705-789-8982, to schedule a time for the visitation and funeral service. For those unable to attend the funeral service, live streaming will be available which can be located on John’s memorial page on Billingsley Funeral Home web site. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
June 6, 1925 to August 24, 2021
Ritsu Clark (nee Kameda) passed away peacefully on August 24 at Rogers Cove retirement residence in Huntsville, Ontario. She was predeceased by husband Don in 2017. She will be fondly remembered by her 7 children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ritsuko was born in Port Essington, British Columbia, to Hichisaburo and Shimo Kameda. After the Japanese evacuation, she moved east and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 1949. After her marriage in 1951 to Don Clark, they moved to Texas, where Don was an Episcopal minister at a number of churches. They returned to Canada in 1965 and served at Anglican churches in southern Ontario and Fort McMurray. In 1991 they retired to Bella Lake near Huntsville, where they had had a summer home since 1967. In 1999 they moved to a condo in town. Ritsu’s last move was to nearby Rogers Cove, where she spent the last four years of her life surrounded by new friends. In her memoirs, written at age 80, she recalled the 17 homes she had known since leaving B.C.!
Ritsu had many interests and activities throughout her years, as wife, mother to seven children, and devout Christian. She was always involved in church and parish activities, taking on roles such as organist, choir director, Sunday school teacher and parish secretary. As the children grew older, she had more time for herself, to travel and do gardening, drawing, painting, pottery and flower arranging. In her senior years, she especially enjoyed get-togethers with family at Bella Lake, watching the visiting grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow older.
The family is grateful to the staff of Rogers Cove for the patience and loving care shown to Ritsu in her final months, and particularly thanks son Thomas, Angie and Heather for their care and compassion in her final hours.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service to honour and celebrate Ritsu’s life will take place at 2 pm on Friday, September 10 at Grassmere Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Ritsu’s memory to the Memorial Fund at All Saints’ Church or to the charity of your choice.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Chais Clowater. He leaves behind his precious son, Isaac. Predeceased by his brother and best friend Troy McIntosh. Dearly missed by his stepsisters, Brandi MacTavish and Tiffany Quinn. Beloved son of Robin and Carl Scriven. Remembered by Isaac’s mom, Miranda Thorton, and he will be missed by Nora Carnegie and Larry Thorton, Billie Joe Thorton and all our extended families and friends.
Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice through gofundme.com would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be shared through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
HUMPHREYS-HICKS, Barbara Hilda
October 14th,1929 to August 20, 2021
We are celebrating the life of Barbara Humphreys-Hicks. She passed into the next life surrounded by family and close friends who loved and admired her.
Barbara lived a happy full life and still controlled her final moments. We as her flock are so very proud of her good humour and dignity right to the very end.
Barbara was married 57 years to Robert Humphreys (Bob), they were a loving devoted couple to whom she is excited to see again. She was also predeceased by her second husband Harold Hicks who gave her five happy years.
She was proud of her children, son Martin and his wife Karen and her daughter Madeline. She loved her five grandchildren Paul (Debbie), Jason, Jeanette (Bob), Hillary (Vache) and Jeffrey (Robyn), and her seven great grandchildren Jacob, Dylan, Catherine, Skylar, Riley, Dillan and Lyall.
Many many thanks to Kimberly at Care Partners for her gentle kindness to our mother and to Dr. Alison Small who supported and guided our family through mom’s death. We are grateful.
There is a gathering at home August 22nd from 2-4pm, remembrances will be shared at 2:30pm
With broken hearts, we announce that our beloved son, brother and best friend Kaedin Daniel Peter Campbell passed away suddenly at his home in Huntsville, on August 9, 2021, just 2 weeks before his 21st birthday. Those who knew Kaedin, knew he lived for the moment, made everyone laugh with his adventurous spirit, willingness to try anything and lived life to the fullest every single day! He never took a moment for granted and lived his life to his wildest dreams. Kaedin deeply loved his family and friends and would go out of his way to make sure everyone was smiling. Kaedin’s big laugh and beautiful smile will be sadly missed everyday by all who loved him especially his parents, Dan and Jen, sister Tegan, brother Gabriel and his huge Campbell, Crewson and Hayes Families. Kado lived an active life riding and racing motocross, swimming at the green, hiking, and doing back flips off every ledge possible! We know Kaedin is still smiling that big, beautiful smile above us as he reunites with family and friends in heaven!
Viewing will be held at Billingsley Funeral home on Friday August 20 from 3-5pm followed by a celebration of his wild, beautiful, crazy life from 5-9pm at Spiller Family Lakeside Property. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
LINGER, Erica Rosita (nee Gebhardt)
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Linger who predeceased Erica on February 15, 2006. Born in Germany on April 22, 1929 to parents George and Rosita Gebhardt and would later immigrate to Canada. Erica married Harvey on June 6, 1954 and would celebrate 51 years of marriage before Harvey’s passing. She is the loving mother of George and his wife Colleen and her late son John. Grandmother of TJ (Kirsten), Tyler (Katie) and Kristina; great-grandmother of Gabriel, Violet, Lincoln, Alyssa, Brianna, Alexis and Skylar. She is survived by her brothers Ludwig and Sebastian and sisters Lisa and Wilma. Predeceased by siblings, Josef, Robert, Hans and Marie. Erica will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family near and far.
Erica lived a full life as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker and also worked in the manufacturing industry. She was a wonderful cook and baker and would hold many family gatherings when given the opportunity. Gardening was a passion as was volunteering with the United Church Ladies Auxiliary and the Lions Club. It was her grandchildren and great-children that gave her the most joy and will be dearly missed by each of them.
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. A public service to remember Erica will be held at the Windermere United Church at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
With heavy hearts and lowered heads we announce the sudden passing on August 3rd, 2021 of our beloved mother, sister, daughter and friend, Marna Hunter (Nickason). Beloved mother of Troy and Wade. Proud grandmother of Ethan, Tristan, Brayden, Mason, Stevie-Ray, Avery, Waylon and Nolan. Loving sister to Marie (Brown), Tim Nickason (Sharon), Terry Nickason (Betty) and Charlene Ketch (Rob). Pre-deceased by her father Earl (Nickason) and mother Grace (Young), sisters Carol (Markle) and Gayle (Hall) and grandson Tyson (Hunter). Loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
My memories of you
will linger on long after
your footprints in the sand
There will be a celebration of Marna’s life at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville on Saturday, August 28th, from 1-3pm. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations made to Fairvern Nursing Home or Hospice Huntsville would be greatly appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital in her 89th year after a long battle with cancer with her daughter Tammy and her dog Abby by her bedside. Beloved wife of the late Fergus Joseph Miller. Loving and devoted Mother of Tammy Miller. Born on April 2, 1932 in Orillia to Robert and Helen Mills (deceased). Younger sister to Marion Mills (deceased). Ruth worked in the accounts department at OSMH until she married in 1955 and moved with her husband to Huntsville Ontario where they started a furniture business. Ruth worked in the accounts department for Ontario Hydro until she gave birth to her daughter Tammy. After which she then worked with her husband in various local businesses until he retired. She then went back to work for Huntsville Hydro until she retired. Ruth enjoyed travelling with her best friend Lois Thompson to many exotic locations. She shared a passion for animals and birds and was famous for her special chilli sauce and raspberry pies. After the passing of her husband in 2016 Ruth returned to her parents house in Washago where she loved sitting on the back porch watching the Green River and feeding the birds. After cremation, Ruth will be laid to rest in the Saint Georges Lake Union Cemetery with her husband, mother, father and sister. If desired, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the OSPCA or any animal rescue association and are greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia (705) 326-3595.
Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.CarsonFuneralHomes.com
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Edwin Charles Houser on August 2nd, 2021 at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (Huntsville) with loved ones at his side.
Edwin will be deeply missed by his sisters Marion (Bill) Nickalls and Angela (Paul) Graves. Uncle Ed was a loved uncle to LeeAnne, Lori, Karen, Grant and Lisa and a special great-uncle to Brendan, Megan, Tanner, Jack, Tyler, Brayden, Lexie and Brooke. He will also be remembered by his extended family, many cousins and friends.
Ed was born in Huntsville on September 12th, 1941. He attended school in Haileybury and Huntsville. While attending Huntsville High School, Edwin worked at Boyd’s Grocery Store. He later worked as an orderly at the Huntsville Hospital and was taught to operate the x-ray machine.
Edwin continued his career in various departments in hospitals in Toronto and Montreal.
Although Edwin enjoyed his life in the big cities, his return to Huntsville brought him joy as he was surrounded by his extended family. Ed lived at the Legion Manor and then moved to Muskoka Landing in 2015. Many thanks to the staff at Muskoka Landing for their care and support over the years. Edwin’s family appreciated the excellent care and compassion received from the staff at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (Huntsville) during this difficult time.
A private family service will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home.
As Edwin’s career revolved around helping others in various hospital settings, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
The day has come for us to say “see you later.”
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Super Hero, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew. Blaine David Maw at the age of 57 left us far too soon in the arms of his girls on July 26, 2021. After the most courageous 8 year battle against his cancer. Blaine was always quick to get started with any and every type of ammunition to fight his cancer. He wasn’t a quitter and had such a strength and sense of humour which got us through the toughest times. He had his boxing gloves on until the end. Blaine was born in Huntsville to the late Sam and Hilda Maw. He was the 2nd youngest of 11 children. Blaine leaves behind the love of his life and wife Kathy of 30 years (September). His pride and joy, daughter Kiley, soon to be son-in-law Ryan Harris, and his best buddy Bentley.
Siblings Linda Smith (predeceased), Sandy (Julien) Pelletier, Gary (Carol) Maw, Heather (Doug) Spiers, Darlene (Don) Rogers, Darrell (Rhonda) Maw, Bonnie (Rick) Jylha, Cheryl (John) Ranger, Leon (Lauretta) Maw, Lori (Mike) Welsh.
In-laws Isabel (Don) Watson, Robert (Sharon, predeceased) Dickson, Roxanne Vollans, Dan Dickson (Ashley), Shane Watson (Jen), Candace (Matt) Johnson and Angela Watson. A huge number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews-too many to name. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Blaine loved life, he was one of the most dedicated and loyal people we have ever known. Blaine took great pride and joy in his long career with the Town, working in many departments. But caring for the cemeteries and helping many families during the most difficult times was closest to his heart. He was a wealth of information, if ever you were trying to find a loved one in the cemetery. He always worked hard and perfected anything he put his mind to.
He was our life of the party always and made sure he was the last to leave. There were many visits over the years at our home where Blaine loved to have a beer and entertain us all with his crazy stories and antics.
We are forever grateful for the love and support we have received from family and friends throughout this journey and for an amazing medical team. A huge thank you to the “chemo” girls who were like extended family, Dr. Jindal, Dr. Small, Dr. Jennifer Macmillan, the palliative team, Dr. Erven, Dr. Stewart, Dr. NG, Dr. Sahgal, Meghan our homecare nurse, and so many more. You allowed us to do things our way and always gave the very best care and advice. Blaine loved the time he spent with each and everyone of you during some of the most difficult times in our lives. We are forever grateful for you Blaine Maw, you have left a huge hole in our hearts. We will forever miss you but never forget.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital (chemo unit) or Hospice Huntsville.
Please recheck for details. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness the family announce the passing of Eric Bionda on July 23, 2021 at the Algonquin Nursing Home in Mattawa, Ontario. He was the son of Norma Bionda (deceased 1998) and brother to Ted (Susan), uncle to Stephanie, Paul (Laura), and great-uncle to Avery Bionda.
Eric was raised by St. Clair and Mary Wright (deceased) along with Jim (Janine) Wright, Brenda (Verdie – deceased) Sawyer, Betty (Michael – deceased) Skien, Jean (Ron – deceased) Clarke, Karen (Ron) Wright and Willie along with many nieces and nephews.
Eric attended All Saints Anglican Church where he was an alter boy and sang in the church choir. He also showed off his great singing voice at the Nursing Home by entertaining the residents. He was employed at the Empire Hotel as a Bell Hop. Eric was also an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs and well known for his knowledge of all statistics in sports. He was a Boy Scout and helped out with the Huntsville Hawks Lacrosse Teams.
In Lieu of flowers donations to the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary or the Algonquin Nursing Home, 217 Turcotte Park Road, P.O. Box 70, Mattawa, Ontario P0H 1V0
Sean David Bagshaw, (1979-2021), 42, passed away suddenly from an unexpected cardiac event in his home July 19, 2021 in Cobourg, Ontario.
Sean was born in Huntsville, Ontario to Jean and Ross. Growing up, he spent most of his time with family and two best friends Ryan and Andrew, outside, on the lake, and in and around hockey rinks. In 1998 Sean attended Queen’s University to become a civil engineer where he met Jodi and a group of lifelong buddies. In 2006, Sean and Jodi got married and began their family.
Sean will be remembered for his kind and generous nature, his infectious smile, his love of the outdoors and all things sports. His love of the lake and sailing was matched only by his hatred of dock spiders. Sean was always willing to lend a hand and would otherwise be tinkering in his workshop – fixing, building and chopping anything that needed to be fixed, built or chopped. For instance, he just finished building a stunning cedar strip canoe from wood harvested off his property. He loved spending time with his friends, family and especially his children, and was always ready for the next adventure.
Sean will be remembered by his children Ben, Maddy & Andrew, wife Jodi, mother Jean, father Ross, sister Cindy, grandma Lillian, Aunt Ruth, Uncle Jim and family. He will also be remembered by his in-laws Paul & Cathy Hazell, their daughters Megan, Martha & Emily, sons-in-law Anil, Adam & Andrew, and his nieces and nephews, Rose, Foster, and India.
Sean’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the attending paramedics, firefighters and police.
A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Northumberland Nemesis Lacrosse, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, or Huntsville Minor Hockey Association, PO Box 5044, Huntsville, ON, P1H 1A0.
Murray Alfred Cole
Passed away peacefully on July 12, 2021. Murray was born on July 16, 1954 in Huntsville to parents James and Helen (nee Robinson) Cole.
Murray will be sadly missed. He was a loving brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend. If Murray touched your life you knew and will agree he will be a hard person to forget. Murray’s life story was about a man that pushed past boundaries and limits. He was intelligent, resourceful and creative in his approach in life. He was a lineman, a hunter, a fisherman, a racer, a legion member, a trail blazer and a character. As a big brother, I will always love him and miss his big personality, his words of wisdom, his laughter and his bright blue eyes.
We will have a celebration of life in the early fall of 2021 and we invite anyone that would like to share their Murray stories with us by sending them to the tribute wall. I will print these memories and create a book dedicated to “Murray’s Life Journey”. This book will be available for his celebration of life, pictures are also welcome, so please send your story’s and pictures and help me create his legacy book. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
McLaughlin, Valerie Phyllis (nee Green)
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Valerie McLaughlin at home In Huntsville on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Valerie was born on July 13, 1955 in Huntsville to Ivan & Shirley Green. She grew up in a family of 10 brothers and sisters. She attended Humber and Georgian College. She is survived by her husband, Jim McLaughlin and Children Nigel (Kelly) and Cole Boothby, Christopher (Michelle), Sarah (Allison), and Kate (Ian) McLaughlin, and grandchildren. Val will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews.
Val was committed to excellence in every aspect of her life, personal and professional. The last 10 years of her career were spent at HPS in kindergarten as the ECE with Kate McNaughton. They were, she felt, the most rewarding years of her career. Her patience & care for each and every child was always on display. She made a significant difference in hundreds of young minds that will be felt for years to come.
Val loved to travel, all across Canada, Paris, Rome & Amsterdam along with a 6-month stay in India.
The family wishes to thank the Cancer Care Team at RVH, Dr Harold and the Huntsville Hope Palliative Care Team, as well as the home care specialists who came to our home. A special thanks and appreciation for the legions of friends and acquaintances who were committed to prayer on her behalf, during her struggle.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville would be encouraged in Val’s memory.
A Memorial Service will be held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1 High Street, Huntsville on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Attendance is limited due to Covid restrictions. Attendance must be pre-registered at this link.
Please revisit this website for further information as it becomes available. A livestreaming link may be added to www.mitchellfunetralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully from kidney failure on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Lynne (nee Bullock) Wright of 55 years. Loving father of David and Bob. Predeceased by his children Willie and Kim. Proud granddad of Saleen and her husband Jay and great-granddad of April, Geoffrey, Tanisha and Johnathan. Brother-in-law to Sharon, Gwen and Millie. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Jim retired from the Metropolitan Toronto Works Department after 35 years of service. Jim was always laughing and making others laugh with his wonderful sense of humour. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed being with his hunting buddies.
Thanks to all the wonderful people at Hospice Huntsville, family and all the friends and neighbours who have been so caring to Jim and Lynne. In keeping with Jim’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 Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
COCKWELL, James Charles
Born December 10, 1947 – Deceased July 14, 2021
Jim passed away peacefully at the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville in his 74th year. Jim will be remembered and sadly missed by his brother Ralph (Joanne), his close companion for the past six years Janice Sanger, close friends and his adopted family Allan, Kim, Cameron (Yassi) and Kaitlyn (Kasper). Predeceased by his parents James and Hazel, and his beloved cat Tigger.
Jim will be remembered for his valiant effort to not give in to his cancer diagnosis. His firm belief that he was going to beat the disease kept him going well beyond the expected timelines he was provided by the medical community, and was admired by his close friends and family. He left this world the way he lived his life. A scrapper to the very end.
Special thanks to the palliative care team and nursing staff at Huntsville Hospital, Hospice Huntsville, and the staff and nursing team at Home & Community Care for the care and compassion they provided Jim in his final months. Donations in Jim’s memory in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice Huntsville https://www.hospicehuntsville.com/donate-2/ or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation https://huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca/ways-to-give/ Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In loving memory of Rhonda Shail who passed away on July 7, 2021 at Hospice Huntsville in her 68th year after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Rhonda is the beloved wife of Rick Shail. Dear mother of Teri (Adam) Barber, stepmother of Chandra (Tony) Juurlink, Kristy Shail and TJ (Shannon) Shail. Caring grandma/oma of Trevor, Noah, Griffin, Avery, Fletcher, Lily-Anna, Kayla, Parker, Cohen and Keegan. Cherished sister of Shirley Reid and Brian (Gaynor) Taggart, sister-in-law of Anne (Bill) Cudney and Kim (Kenneth) Proulx. An angel that will forever be riding along with the love of her life, Rick and her Muskoka Thunder Motorcycle Riders family. Many thanks for the care and support from Dr. Greg Stewart, Dr. Tony Yang, the caring staff at the Huntsville Chemo Clinic, the nurses at Paramed and the palliative care team.
Cremation has taken place with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away unexpectedly in Barrie on July 2, 2021 at the age of 66. Robert was born on February 7, 1955 to parents Arnold and Violet (nee Campbell) Hodgson. Dear father of Rob (Sharon), Rick (Betty) and Rachel (Keith). Grandfather of Elanda, Christopher, Amber, Hayden, Marlee and Spencer. Step-grandfather of Mary, Frank, Billy and Brian. Dear brother of Diane (dec. Al), Kathy (dec. John), Faye (Pat), Brenda, Bonnie and Debbie (Mike). Rob will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cremation has taken place. 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
Bob once said, “Algonquin Park is the closest to heaven I’ll ever be.” He lived his life spending every spare moment in his heaven. Bob passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 1, 2021 watching the birds and holding the hand of his soulmate. He is survived by his beloved wife Pat Kuiack (nee Jenkins) and daughter Tasha (Bradley) Norman. He is the dear son of John “Jack” Kuiack and the late Gennaline “Gen” Leaven and brother to James Kuiack. Favorite Uncle, Cousin, Friend to many.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., with speeches being said at 2:00 p.m. For those unable to attend, speeches will be live streamed and recorded. In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, scheduled visitation will take place every 30 minutes. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation – Dialysis Unit or Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Passed away peacefully on July 1, 2021 at Muskoka Landing in his 75th year. Mel was born on April 11, 1947 in Huntsville to parents Vern and Ruby (nee Crooks) Wilkinson. He is survived by his children Shannon Richardson and Shelly (Dave) Sheldrake. Grandfather of Ryan, Lauren, Noah and Ella. Loving brother of Carol (Bob), Bruce (Anne), Judy (Larry) and the late Mike (Dyllis). Mel will be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Mel was known for his passion for rebuilding and restoring classic cars. He was a regular attendee at car shows in the local area and will be missed by his many friends.
In keeping with Mel’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 Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada.
“But don’t call me Hazel”
An amazing lady has earned her wings and joined her beloved husband Jack who predeceased Aleita in 2010 and enfant son Dick in 1948. She is the loving mother of Elaine (Alan) Boxwell and Tom Bye. Fun loving grandma of Lorelee (Derek) Egeberg and John (Alice) Boxwell. Proud great-grandma of Sydney, Austin and Jaimee Egeberg and Larissa Boxwell. Predeceased by parents Sarah (nee Booth) and Melville Phillips (Blanche) and brother Lesley (Annie) Phillips. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and extended family to mourn her passing.
Aleita was happiest cooking and baking in her kitchen making everyone’s favourite food. She was an avid card player for years and later with grandkids and great grandkids. Always up for a car ride, yard saleing, praticle jokes, family gatherings or a good laugh.
Thank you to the very caring and compassionate health care workers in Huntsville and Barrie.
In keeping with Aleita’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolences may be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In Loving Memory of Ian Walsh
August 19, 1979 – June 30, 2021
Ian passed away suddenly on June 30, 2021. Son of Doug and Robynn Walsh. Brother of Amy (Bill) Napholc. Loving Uncle to Cadence and Jaxon.
Ian was known for his huge heart and big hugs. Ian will be missed dearly by his many friends, who he loved as his family. His warm heart and generous spirit will be deeply missed, and will forever leave a hole in the hearts of so many.
Ian struggled for many years but sadly could never overcome them. His family finds comfort in knowing that he is finally at peace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Mental Health and Addictions Services are welcome in Ian’s memory.
Barbara Helen Birtch
It is with great sadness that we announce that Barbara Helen Birtch (just 6 days short of her 85th birthday), of Huntsville passed away suddenly on June 28, 2021 after a brief illness. Barbara is predeceased by her parents Edith Blundell and Donald Hanes of Huntsville. She is survived by her children; Ken (Line), Lori (Tim Bennison), Dawn Michelle (Dennis Sylvia), Sean (Janet), Shari (Ron Churchill), Chris (Angela), Tim (Margaret) as well as 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Barbara who graduated from teachers college taught for one year at Huntsville Public School before raising her family. Upon her return to Huntsville in 1989 she became an active member of the community working as Director of Music at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church as organist and choir director. She also taught piano and vocal lessons to young and old alike in the community. She was active in various other musical endeavours, including the singing group the Step Sisters and the Huntsville Community Choir.
Mom was a passionate musician, writing and arranging various pieces of music for her various interests. She loved architecture, painting, playing cards, watching movies, cheering on her Toronto Blue Jays, and the occasional glass of Sherry. When she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found at her piano practicing and playing for her own enjoyment.
We will miss her greatly.
We would like to thank Audrey McGillivray and the staff at Country Moments Retirement Home for mom’s care over the past 3-plus years particularly in these Covid times.
Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka. Interment and a Celebration of Life to take place once Covid restrictions allow large gatherings. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
With broken hearts we said good-bye to Ron on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:05 a.m.
Leaving to mourn him: his wife Betty of 31 years, stepdaughter Kim (Barry), and step-granddaughters Courtney (Travis) and Megan, Uncle Robert Oakley (Norma) and nephews, brother-in-law Bert Pitcher and sister-in-law Joan Pitcher. Ron was predeceased by his parents Ken and Helen Hawman, sister Lynne Greer, brother-in-law Harold Pitcher (Julia), Harry Pitcher and sister-in-law Gloria Pitcher.
Ron served 30 years with the North York Fire Department, retiring as Captain in 1992.
Honouring Ron’s wishes, there will be no service; cremation has already taken place.
Sincere gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses and support staff at Algonquin Grace Hospice.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville and would greatly be appreciated by the family. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
“But O for the touch
Of a vanished hand
And the sound of a
Voice that is still”
Sunrise: January 27, 1948
Sunset: June 26, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Wilma Kemp: Born in Huntsville, Ontario, resided in Toronto and Chatham. Wilma is survived by her brother Robert Bartlett; children Samantha Aldridge, Allan Kemp, Christina James; her grandchildren Rebecca Aldridge, Alexander Aldridge, Teagan Kemp-Smith, Shenika Kemp and Joshua James.
Wilma will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, cousins and many close friends. She will be remembered for her larger than life kind heart, contagious smile, love for the community and her beautiful garden.
We thank everyone for their kind words, support and prayers throughout this difficult time. We would also like to thank Dr. Harrold and the nurses and volunteers at Hospice Huntsville for the excellent care they provided.
Cremation will take place. Wilma will be laid to rest at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. 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
Betty Marie Feather
Betty Marie Feather peacefully passed to the next life on June 18, 2021 at the Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville. Betty was cared for by the nurses and personal support workers who truly are angels of mercy. On the days leading up to her death she was surrounded by her children, and had window goodbyes from grandchildren and great grandchildren. She passed with the book of Baha’i Prayers in her hands and a grateful heart. Betty was 91.
Betty was born to Arthur and Viola Otis in December of 1929 in the small town of Middleton, Southern Ontario in tobacco country. Betty was predeceased by her sister, Doreen Tunbridge.
Beloved mother of Max, Ted, Mike and Una, and former wife of the late Frederick James Feather. Betty is Grandma to Alicia, Adam, Sean, Alexandra, Mark and Elliot, and proud Great Grandma to William and Wesley.
Betty was a daughter of the depression and it informed her adult life. Her greatest blessing was her love of play: knitting, dancing, swimming, cards, theatre, travel, roller skating, and lastly, in her senior years, her extensive collection of dolls for which she custom-knitted haute couture wardrobes. Betty would delight her grandchildren by doing headstands on neighbours’ lawns when she was 72.
Joanne Robinson was Betty’s caregiver and friend and a blessing to Betty and her family.
A private family gathering will take place after the internment of her ashes at Tillsonburg Cemetery, where she will rest beside her parents and sister.
CAMPBELL, Ivy Eileen (nee Appleyard)
Passed away peacefully at her home in Huntsville on Monday, June 21st, 2021 in her 86th year. Ivy was born on August 27th, 1935 to parents Sydney and Amy (nee Rand) Appleyard and raised along side her siblings at Fern Glen. Ivy married Robert Campbell on March 16, 1957 in Parry Sound and would raise their 9 children until Roberts death on November 15, 1966. She is the beloved mother to daughters, Jude, Joyce, Alice, Ruby and sons, Lee, Roy, Harold and Gord. Predeceased by her daughters Ruth, Dolly and son Douglas. She will be missed by her daughters-in-law Lila and Naline and sons-in-law Doug and Don. Ivy is the proud grandmother to Scott, Tyler, Robert, John, Travis, Tonia, John, Grace, Moriah, Joel, Daniel and Jim. Ivy will be dearly missed by her extended family and those that became dear to her over the years.
The funeral service, attended by her immediate family, will be held on Friday, June 25th, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home at 1:00 pm. Live streaming will be available for those that are unable to attend due to Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and Bereavement Authority of Ontario, through a link located on Ivy’s memorial page in the service section. Ivy will be laid to rest beside her husband following the funeral service at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. 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
HAMPSON, Wilma (nee Parish)
On Saturday, June 19, 2021 Wilma Hampson passed away peacefully with grace at Fairvern Nursing Home with the love of her family at her side. Wilma was born in Bracebridge to parents William and Olive Parish and raised in Utterson. She attended V.K. Greer Public School back when it was a one room schoolhouse and later attended High School in Bracebridge. On June 20, 1959 Wilma married Harold Hampson and together raised their five children.
A loving mother and homemaker, Wilma was a remarkable cook and baker and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She loved to camp, square dance with Harold, quilt and play games with her grandchildren or she could be found sitting quietly working on her puzzles.
Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Harold on December 5, 2016. She is the loving mother of Debbie (Gary), Jim (Bev), Dave (Lydia), Mike (Filipa) and Joe (Jenn). She is the adored grandmother of 10, great-grandma of 7 and great-great grandma of 2. She is predeceased by her sister Hope and her husband (George). Wilma will be dearly remembered by her sisters-in-law, Diane Chatillon, Cindy Lawrence, Ruth Hampson and her 7 nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fairvern Nursing Home who lovingly cared for Wilma throughout her stay and for the love, compassion and support given to her and her family during her final days.
Cremation has taken place. A family graveside service will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Fairvern Nursing Home or to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Shelter. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
“We are born of love; love is our mother.”
Doug passed away on June 17, 2021 in Huntsville in his 82nd year. He was the eldest of 12 children born to Beatrice “Bet” and Douglas “Duke” Potter of London Ontario.
He is the brother of Judith, Bryan (dec.), Larry (dec.), Nick (dec.), Linda, Mike, Kim, Don, Jill, Terry and Betty Jane. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years Arlene (nee Sipprell) and his brother-in-law Bill Sipprell (Suzanne dec.) and their children. Also surviving him are many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews from the Potter family and the Sipprell family.
Doug was a long time teacher with the Scarborough Board of Education. He was an avid skier. Shortly after their marriage, Doug built a pan-abode in Hidden Valley. The skills he learned there were beneficial when they moved to their cottage on Peninsula Lake. In addition to dock and deck building and repairs, Doug was an avid reader. He was a member of the Probus Club of Muskoka. His interests over the years included photography, wine making, bird feeding and especially wood working. Upon retirement, the cottage became our home.
For the last number of years, Doug suffered with Dementia and for the last three months of his life Doug was cared for by the kind staff at Fairvern Nursing Home. As per Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family will have an occasion to remember Doug at a future time. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
It is with heavy hearts that we share our loss and heaven’s gain, with the passing of Jane Barkey at Algonquin Grace Hospice on June 8, 2021.
Jane left behind her husband of 59 years and love of her life, Gord Barkey, children Martin (Ginger), Graham, Christine (Mike); grandchildren Amanda (Travis), Josh (Nicole), Jacob (Katelin), Derek (Jasmin), Krista, Griffin and sweet Sofia; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Wesley, Scarlet, Bethy, Jude, Bella, Joe and Max. Jane is predeceased by her brothers, Don and Fred Hensler, and survived by her sister Carmen Laidley and brother Philip Maynard.
Jane and Gord moved their family from the metropolis of Queensville to the solitude of the north, hand-building their family home from logs from the property. Family was very important to Jane, especially her ‘babies’, celebrating each special birthday, graduation, anniversary, and holiday together, which brought her immeasurable joy. Jane had a heart for Jesus and lived her life loving on others; using a batch of muffins, a book, or simply listening to someone share their story as an opportunity to share the hope in Jesus. In addition to the family above, Jane had special relationships with so many other people, some lasting several decades and we recognize that they, too, will share in the grief of her passing.
Jane’s family wishes to thank Dr Sheena Branigan & Dr Jen MacMillan with their excellent care of her this spring and to the team of angels at Hospice for loving so kindly on her in her final days. The family will have a private service at Faith Baptist church due to the current restrictions. In lieu of flowers, Jane requested that donations be made to The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation supporting the hurting, homeless, and hungry in Huntsville and area communities.
With deepest sorrow, we announce that Sean Preston, our beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville after a short battle with cancer at the age of 40. Sean was born on July 24, 1980, in Huntsville to parents David and Gail Preston.
Humourous, athletic, artistic, hard working and intelligent, are just some of the words that evoke memories in those who knew Sean. He could build and program computers as well as repair anything with an engine; testing the speed of his cars was one of his many passions.
Sean had a deep love of family and faith, values that came naturally to Sean. Those who knew Sean, even just a little, can attest to this and have lost a shining light in their lives. He loved being around family and those he called friends. Sean had an energy that with even just one encounter, you would remember him for life.
Love will light the way for his family as they mourn his passing. He is the beloved son of David and Gail Preston, friend and brother to Andrea (Brad), Carlin (Brandon), Brett (Eva) and the best funcle to Gabriel, Arya, Kieran, Kassandra and Kinley. Sean will be remembered by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family far and wide. He is predeceased in death by his Grandfathers Jack and Eugene, Grandmothers Betty and Pauline. Survived by Grandmother Edna Preston. Your memory will forever be with us.
A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville at 2 p.m. The funeral service will be live streamed for those unable to attend due to Covid-19 restrictions. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice or the Charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.”
Colette (Demers) Beaupre
December 5, 1938 ~ June 7, 2021 (age 82)
Colette Beaupre, 82, of Port Sydney, ON, passed away peacefully and quickly with family by her side at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on June 7th, 2021. Colette was born in North Bay to the late Roland Demers and Jeanne Lebel. Growing up in the city of Pembroke with her beloved older brother Maurice Demers.
Colette graduated from the Lorraine School of Nursing in 1960. Nursing and therefore caring was in her blood and spoke about how during Covid there was a plea for retired nurses to help out, but she would say “I’m a little too old to go back”. We are pretty sure she would have if she could. Colette was passionate of her accomplishments in the field of nursing and mentioned to us on Sunday that June 6th was her 61st anniversary. After graduation, Colette began her career as a Nurse at Pembroke Regional Hospital in the maternity ward for 10 years before taking a position at Miramichi Lodge Nursing home. She married the late John Beaupre and they had 4 children: David, Suzanne (her little angel in heaven) ,Michael and Judy. Colette and family decided to move to Muskoka in 1980. She immediately fell in love with the area and worked as a nurse with the Greig Medical Group with Dr. Black, Dr. Eaton, Dr. Moran and Dr. Cross until her retirement.
Colette met her beloved and loving partner John Somerset in 1990 and they have been together ever since, residing in the beautiful village of Port Sydney, ON. She purchased a home on the same street as her daughter Judy and son-in- law Jamie Vanderveer and John’s two children Amanda and Trevor Somerset. Colette was immensely proud of her entire family and leaves behind beautiful memories. She loved spending time and with her two grandchildren: Cameron Vanderveer and Melanie Healey now married to Curtis Healey. She has 4 great grandchildren: Olivia Vanderveer age 5 twin to Nolan Vanderveer (our little angel in heaven) , Zayden Healey age 2 and newborn Everly Vanderveer born May 27th, 2021. Colette loved being with them, watching them explore, play and grow. Colette was Aunt Colette & great Aunt Colette by many: The Forini, Demers, Beaupre and Harmer Families.
Colette had a lot of hobbies and interests: camping with John and all of their friends at their trailer every summer. She was quite the party and event planner at the park. Everyone loved her creativity & shenanigans. Colette was an avid gardener and always had the most beautiful perennial gardens. She loved a glass of wine or two, playing a variety of cards, dancing, socializing, reminiscing about the good old days, talking politics, but the most important thing to Colette was her family! Each and every one of us are extremely blessed to have this amazing caring, strong, loving person in our lives. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her professionally, as a friend and mostly anyone who was her family. We all love you and Miss You each and every day!
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please RVSP to Judy ASAP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 705-349-3303. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital or the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Her Journey’s Just Begun (by an Unknown Author)
Don’t think of her as gone away
her journey’s just begun
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
Frank passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Loving husband of the late Glenna Supple (nee Hibberd). Frank was born in Saskatchewan to Richard and Katherine, one of 12 siblings and moved to Ontario when he was 15. He moved with Glenna to Huntsville in 1975. He was “A Jack of All Trades” turning his hand at anything. He enjoyed coffee and conversations with friends, restoring old cars, playing guitar, country music and watching his favorite sports, baseball and Nascar races. He will be missed by his brother-in-law John, sister-in-law Colleen, many nieces, and nephews and many long-time wonderful friends.
A Visitation will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Billingsley Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. In keeping with guidelines mandated by the Province of Ontario, the visitation will be scheduled in 25 minutes increments with a maximum of 10 people allowed. We ask that you contact our funeral home to schedule a time to pay your respects at 705-789-8982. The private funeral service will take place following the visitation in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
We lost our beloved mother Laurie Ann White (née Jimmy) on May 31st, 2021, at 55 years of age. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was Kaska Dena descent, born into the wolf clan of Francis Lake, Yukon liardfirstnation.ca
Laurie was a loving mother to Carrie (Jon) and Justin (Jessie). She was predeceased by her son Charles Stephen. Survived by her grandchildren; Cadance (10), Alinna (5), Octavia (1.5) and Annila (6 months). Life loving soulmate to Rob Morrison. She was a loving sister to Joey Doctor Mitchell and Miranda Lane. Predeceased by her brother Glen Jimmy. Beloved niece to her Aunt Nora Ladue and daughter of Margaret Mitchell/Helen Scott. She was predeceased by her father Howard Ladue, Grandfather Little Jimmy Doctor, Great Grandfather Old Chief Doctor and Grandmothers Ella Ladue and Anna Jimmy. She was a loving aunt and great aunt to Ken (Martha); Diego and Brianna. Dorthey, David and extended families. To all her friends who became family to her, may we all remember her, as she rests in everlasting peace. She will be greatly missed by her children, Baby and Bud. She will always be remembered as a loving caregiver to her grandchildren, Baby Boo, Baby Smiles, Baby love and Baby kisses.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, June 5th, 2021, from 11 am until 1 pm at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville. In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, the visitation will be scheduled in 20-minute increments. We ask that you please call the office at 705-789-8982 to schedule a time or RSVP below. A private family funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, www.bcsc.ca. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
“As evening draws its curtain back and pins it with a star, remember me”
Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 76th year. Ted is the beloved husband of 54 years to Paulette Davis (nee Cooper) of Huntsville. Cherished and much-loved father of John, Shelley (Chris) and Tammy (Mike). Proud papa of Lynsey (Rob), Natasha, Karlie (Chris), Frank (Kelsey), Aron, Ashly, Marilyn and Victoria. Great Papa of Gage, Jackson, Cooper, Max and Scarlette. Ted will be dearly missed by his extended family and friends.
The family would like to thank the palliative care team, the doctors and nurses at the Huntsville Hospital Dialysis Unit for the exceptional care and support given to Ted and family. A private family graveside service will take place on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Locks Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation – Dialysis Unit. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully on May 9, 2021 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in her 67th year. Karen is the loving daughter of the late Clarence and Jean (nee Groat) Martin who was born in Toronto on August 26, 1954. Beloved wife of Stuart Henderson of Kearney. Mother to Joel Best and Tamara Best. She will be missed by her sister Pam (Rudy) Roth, brothers, John (Sandra) Martin, Steven Martin and sister Teresa Martin-Hughes. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her close friends Cathy Arnold and Janice Therrien.
In keeping with Karen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Addison Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Al went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2021. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home with his family at the bedside. Al was a beloved husband to Elizabeth for 61 years, a devoted father to Grant, Tracy (Carl Nelson) and Jillian (David McDougall). He was also a very proud grandfather to Emily, Carlie and Eli McDougall.
Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Pheobe Clarke and his brother Wilbert. Mourning his loss are his brothers Ian and Ynyr and his sister Audrey Gaythwaite.
Al was born in 1935 in Northern Ireland. His passions and pursuits included soccer, track cycling and music. He enjoyed playing piano and accordion. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 to join his brother Ian in Toronto. As a young man he had many adventures travelling in the western provinces and playing soccer for Calgary. Al and Elizabeth were married in 1960. He began a successful pharmaceutical sales career in 1962 and later transitioned to the furniture industry, representing companies in Ontario, Quebec and U.S.A. After retirement in 2009, he and Elizabeth moved to Muskoka to be near family. Al’s faith and trust in God has been the foundation to his life. He was a joyful person, always optimistic, friendly, welcoming and caring. He had a kind and encouraging word for each and anyone and showed compassion to all he met. Al loved his family well and will be sorely missed.
In keeping with Al’s eternally grateful spirit, the family wishes to thank Dr. Hudson, Dr. Lam and team, also the wonderful Hope Huntsville Palliative Care team. Thank you to our thoughtful neighbours in Port Sydney, whose kindness has meant so much to the family.
Due to Covid restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
June passed away peacefully, in her 81st year, with her family by her side, on May 14, 2021 at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, after a lengthy illness.
Beloved wife of Melvyn Carr Harris for 58 years. Dear mother to Carolee, Wray (Christine) and Glen (Gorete). Loved grandmother to Chloe, Raehanna, Holton, Gwenyth, Grace and special grandmother to Kyle. Cherished sister of Max Shepherd of Windsor, daughter of Agnes and Elmer Shepherd (both deceased) of Parkhill. Dear niece of George (deceased) and Betty Prest of Brinsley and Marwood and Marjorie Prest (both deceased) of Exeter. June was aunt to Barry, Brandi and Justin Shepherd. In addition, she was aunt and sister-in-law to many in the Harris family. June had numerous cousins, special mention to Jim, Wayne, Bev (deceased) and Brian Prest, Cindy Davidson (Prest) and Bill Prest (deceased). She had many dear friends, especially Irene, April (deceased), Margriet, Phyllis (Joe, deceased) and Pat.
June was born in Lieury, Ontario near Parkhill and married Mel in 1963. She lived in London, Nobleton, Ufford and Baysville. June was born a farm girl and later had her own farm in Ufford, focusing on her goats and horses. She had a fierce love for her dogs, kitties and all other animals. She welcomed all to her home, with a warm heart and welcome smile. She loved to serve as hostess, preparing her specialty roast beef, followed by a great game of euchre. She adored her country music, her flower garden, her television programs but above all else, she loved her family.
Sincere gratitude to the staff of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare at Bracebridge and Huntsville locations, as well as to the physicians, nurses, and support workers at the Algonquin Grace Hospice.
In keeping with June’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be scheduled when provincial assembly restrictions permit.
The time has come to say goodbye to a wonderful man and amazing husband, father and friend who passed away last evening.
Those who were lucky enough to know Cameron, felt the unconditional love that he gave to his family, friends and extended family who he treated as though they were his own. We are forever grateful for the kindness and integrity, he instilled in us through the example of his life.
Cameron was born in Mar, Ontario, the second oldest of six children born to Oliver and Evelyn White. Cameron spent his childhood on the family farm surrounded by a large, close knit family.
After high school, Cameron moved to the ‘big city’ starting his professional career at Bell Canada, which soon brought him to St. Catharines where he met the love of his life Barbara Brooks. Dubbed the “new fella”, Cameron found himself part of the social and fun-loving Brooks family. A big adjustment from his life on the farm but one that he embraced whether he liked it or not. Cameron and Barbara were married, June 23, 1962 and never looked back. Their adventures together involved many moves, to Ottawa, Mississauga and Brantford, eventually settling back in St. Catharines where they would raise their three children Kate, Julia and Chris.
Though Cameron worked hard and traveled often, during his time with John Deere, he was always there for his family. Coaching Chris’ baseball teams when he could and being there to encourage his daughters when they needed him. One thing we always knew is our Dad had our backs and would do anything for us.
When grandchildren came along, Cameron flourished in his new role. He spent hours loving them as infants and entertaining them as toddlers, encouraging them as they grew. Grandpa was their go-to for walks in the woods and fishing off the dock. And he loved nothing more than to welcome his growing family into his home and watching as the action unfolded around him. Grandpa was always there to send his grandchildren off with a handshake and warm hug.
The community remembers him for his time as a proud member and past president of the Rotary Club of Huntsville. Cameron loved his Muskoka community, volunteering and giving back to those who enriched his life and the lives of others.
Without a doubt, the greatest gift that Cameron gave to his family was the gift of his time and his unconditional love. He will be missed immeasurably.
He requests that donations be made to the Rotary Club of Huntsville so they may continue to serve others.
A Celebration of Cameron’s life will take place when possible at his favorite place, on the dock, with the sun dipping below the horizon and surrounded by friends and laughter.
The family would like to thank the wonderful medical staff at Huntsville District Hospital and special gratitude to the staff at Hospice Huntsville for making his last days graceful.
Cameron is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, three children, Kate, Julia and Chris (Heather). Seven grandchildren, Cameron, Carlyn, Olivia, Graydon, Carmen, Trevor and Jake. He is further survived by his siblings, Irvine, Henry (Marlene), Patricia (Forbes), Charles (Jan) and Margaret. Cameron also leaves behind life-long friends and family Ron and Sally Brooks, Judy Brooks and Chris Brennan.
He was welcomed to heaven by his granddaughter Carmen Leolani, as they surely took their place on the dock with fishing rod in the water and enjoying a huge bowl of ice cream.