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Passed away peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 in his 62nd year. Peter was born in Calgary AB to the late Henry and Marlene Kiverago. Beloved husband of Barbara Dungey for 15 years. Dear stepfather of Roger Dungey. Much loved brother of Kathy Kiverago and Lisa Kiverago. Peter will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, family and friends. Cremation has taken place; following Peter’s wishes no services will be held. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James St E Orillia ON (705) 327-0221. Messages of condolence are welcomed www.simcoefuneralhome.ca
Betty Lou Lavoie (nee Jackson)
April 14, 1936 – December 20, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beautiful soul. Betty Lavoie, loving wife of Verne for 64 years, mother to Joe (Helen), Pennie (Mike), Chris (Kurt) and Rose (Peter). She will be missed by her many grandchildren whom she cherished. Tyler, Jordy, Cody, Cadence, Marshall, Grace, Harland, Rose, Ben and Alex.
Predeceased by her parents Grace and Herb Jackson and brother Edward. Betty was born in Parry Sound, Ontario on April 14, 1936. At the age of 20 she met and married Verne and later moved to Oakville. In 1970 when Kimberly Clark opened, they moved to Huntsville where she lived for 50 years. Betty loved children and her home was a safe space where you would always be welcomed with a hug. During her years in Huntsville she made many close friends, lots of fun dinner parties with the Potlukkers and weekend getaways with fellow quilters.
She loved spending time with family and would travel to Parry Sound often to visit her mother and her siblings, Bill (Gail), Gail (Calvin), Danny (Lois) and Paul (Sharon). She grew up on Georgian Bay and for years enjoyed boating with Verne to Copperhead Island.
Betty also loved to sew, she worked at Nina’s Sewing Centre for years and this interest led her to her favourite pastime, quilting. She was generous with her time and love and donated many quilts for fund raising raffles and the Salvation Army. Gratefully we are all blessed with having her beautiful quilts in our homes and cherish them.
Her love of quilting brought her much joy but sadly Alzheimer’s robbed her of her ability to continue the craft she loved. Verne was able to keep her safe at home and care for her while the disease continued to progress.
During the early hours of Sunday, December 20th, Betty was freed from the mind that failed her and suffers no more.
In keeping with Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will celebrate her life when family and friends can come together to do so. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka.
Passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge in her 91st year. Bernice is the beloved wife of the late Bernie Greenfield who predeceased her on March 21, 2014 after 66 years of marriage. She is the cherished mother of Janice Cornett and her husband Dan of British Columbia and Don Greenfield and his wife Darlene of Novar. Proud grandmother of Shirley and Johnathan Cornett and Glen, Linda and Doug Greenfield. Great-grandmother of Leah, Logan, Leo and Jacob. Dear sister of Thelma and her husband Michael. Bernice will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Christmas was Bernice’s favourite time of the year. She would spend many days decorating and was well known for her decorations and nativity scenes. Bernice also volunteered her time to many worthy organizations but most will remember her time organizing and selling poppies for the Legion. Both Bernie and Bernice were members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 and were proud to be apart of a organization that does so much for the community.
In keeping with Bernice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will celebrate her life when family and friends can come together to do so. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 Poppy fund or to Fairvern Nursing Home. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Donal Jack Nickalls
July 19, 1931 to December 25, 2020
Died peacefully on Christmas morning, at Fairvern Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Predeceased by wife Pat, and sons Gregg and Cam. Deeply loved and will be forever missed by daughter Ann (John) Eastmure, sister CarolAnn Theilman of Saskatoon, SK, his cherished grandchildren, his Nickalls cousins, and many friends.
Don was born and raised in Huntsville, Ontario. He attended Ryerson, majoring in Retail Management, and joined his family’s iconic Huntsville retail business Wardell & Company, which he and wife Pat operated for many years. He later went on to work for several more happy years for his cousin Bill Nickalls, at The Huntsville Planing Mill.
Don was known by a great many people as a happy-go-lucky, kind and friendly person. He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to share a joke or funny story (often about his grandkids’ shenanigans) and enjoy a good laugh whenever possible. He loved dogs and dogs loved him.
Once retired, Don enjoyed an active lifestyle which included many adventures travelling. He made new friends wherever he went. His favorite hobby was touring around, with co-pilot and companion Maureen, in his prized Miata, license plate number “FourFun.” He lived his life to the fullest.
Our family extends the deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all of Don’s wonderful, compassionate caregivers at Fairvern Nursing Home, as well as the entire staff, physicians, and Board who have all done a truly remarkable job, in such challenging times, to keep our loved ones safe at the most vulnerable stage of their lives. Thanks also to our local paramedics and the nurses, physicians, and staff at Huntsville Hospital who cared for Don during his recent visits. A special thank you to his beloved friend Kate.
Donations to Fairvern Nursing Home, The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka www.alzheimermuskoka.ca or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated. There will be no memorial service at this time. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
In memory of Don, please enjoy a buttertart, his favorite treat, which he would fondly say “would put hair on your chest.” Have a buttertart and think of Don – he would be “tickled pink!”
It is with great sadness that the family of Kathryn announces her passing at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville. Cremation has taken place as per her wishes, with internment to take place at a later date. Predeceased by her husband Bud (July 24,2014), parents Margaret and Frank Kavanagh of Toronto, and sister Mary Joan of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Will be forever missed by her children Sue (Gerry), Paul (Patti), and Peter as well as grandchildren Gillian (Sandy), Christopher and Cathryn. She also leaves behind brother Barry of Manitoba and many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States.
Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto, and met her future husband Bud while both were attending the University of Toronto. After their marriage, they moved back to Bud’s hometown of Huntsville where they raised their three children Kathryn later resumed her career in physiotherapy at the former Huntsville Hospital. Over the years, she enjoyed her bridge club, golfing, sailing Sundays and spending winters on Longboat Key in Florida.
A special thanks goes out to the entire staff at Fairvern for their exceptional care and empathy towards Kathryn. In her memory, donations to Fairvern Nursing Home or the Alzheimers Society would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2020 of Hendrikus “Henk” Janssen, at Algonquin Grace Huntsville Hospice. Henk was the devoted husband of Elizabeth Janssen “Poopsie”, and the loving father of Elly Janssen, MaryAnn Smith (Ian), Frank Janssen and Margaux Pyke (Scott). Opa will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Kristen (Shane), Adam, Crystal, Stephen and David as well as five great-grandchildren: Drew, Kyla, Carson, Harlow & Hendrix who lovingly referred to him as Opi.
Henk was born on June 2nd, 1926 in Wijchen, Holland. He will also be remembered by his sister, Annie, as well as many nieces and nephews. Henk is predeceased by his sister Door and brother Theo (Annie). Henk was so fortunate to have had two great loves in his life and is predeceased by his first wife, Mary.
Henk immigrated to Canada at the age of 31 and settled in Toronto. He worked as a carpenter in the maintenance department of MacLean Hunter, for many years. Henk and Elizabeth were married in 1993 and moved to Huntsville in 2010, where they quickly became active members of the Catholic community. Henk was an avid wood carver and spent many hours skillfully crafting a variety of birds and other objects. Above else, Henk enjoyed spending time with family, and for his family, his passing is truly the end of an era.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. M. Stephenson and all of the wonderful nurses and personal support workers at Algonquin Grace.
A Funeral Mass will be held for immediate family on Monday, December 28th, 2020 at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish in Huntsville. A Celebration of Life will occur at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Huntsville in lieu of flowers at www.hospicehuntsville.com Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Royden Horricks Gemmill
June 6, 1936 – December 10, 2020
With heartfelt sadness, we share with you the sudden crossing over of Royden Gemmill on December 10, 2020. He was the husband of Joan Gemmill, happily married for sixty-one years this past August. Beloved father to Heather (Bill Church), Chris (Karen Stuart) and Scott(Colleen). Pa to five grandchildren Maxwell Church (Michelle Sweeney), Hannah Church (Jared Foulds), Matthew Gemmill (Bernie Rau), Carson Gemmill and Brooklyn Gemmill, the very best Great Pa Gemmill to Collin Church (Maxwell and Michelle). Royden was also the older brother of Janet MacDonald (Gemmill). Royden was deeply loved and valued by his family and extended family, as well as he and Joan’s large community of friends. Everyone will dearly miss him.
Royden was born in South Porcupine in 1936, and his parents were Annie and Roy Gemmill. He lost his father when he was four years old, and a few years later, Annie married John Duff. When he was ten, they all moved to the Duff family farm outside of Thessalon, Ontario.
In high school, he met his true love in Joan Cooper. They dated in high school and were separated by work while they both trained for their future careers; Royden worked for the Ministry of Lands and Forests, Joan became a teacher.
Once it became clear to both of them that they were destined to spend life together, they married at the church in Rydal Bank, Ontario. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Dorset, where Royden completed his Ranger School Degree. They purchased a trailer as their first home in Thessalon, and Royden became part of Kirkwood Natural Resources. In early 1961, they welcomed their daughter, Heather, to the world. The New Year’s Baby.
Royden was an adventurous man from the very beginning. He loved all cars, any kind of trucks and machinery, and cared for them so well that others could enjoy them after he was finished with them. Royden began his career with Natural Resources; he was directed to discard some old dynamite. Unfortunately, it was more powerful than he imagined, and it destroyed all the windows of the office building! He had to replace every window. He became known as Dynamite Royden.
An opportunity presented itself in Sand Lake for the Lands and Forests as Fire Control Officer. Royden acceted this opportunity and moved his family to their second home, a cabin in Sand Lake. The only access was the Agawa Canyon train or a floatplane. Following that, Royden worked in Lake Superior Park during the winter months. Royden and Joan lived in their trailer at Montreal River, where their second child, Chris, was born in 1962. The opportunity to become Park Superintendent at Pancake Bay Provincial Park motivated the family to move to a community. Royden spent seven years in this position, and their third child, Scott, was born in 1965. During the winter months, the children had to travel by school bus for an hour on treacherous highways in snow blinding storms. The safety of his children led Royden to seek work further south. He successfully gained employment at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville. Arrowhead park became Royden’s pride and joy. He believed that his staff and students were the backbones of a successful Arrowhead park. When people needed Royden’s help, the staff would say, “listen for the sound of the biggest machine,” and you will find Royden. As a supervisor, he supported his staff through thick and thin. One student staff member in fun threw a wet toilet paper roll through a truck window, he very quickly went to Royden to confess the crime, and Royden turned back after laughing to tell him he would not be written up if he paid for the windshield. All of the students who worked summers for him appreciated his kindness and forgiveness.
As a father in the neighbourhood, all children received 100% of his attention whenever they requested it, no matter how tired or busy he was. One time when he had just come home from a long shift at the park, he got out of the truck; his children, along with the neighbourhood children, would call out that they needed one more person to play the game, and he would drop his lunch pail and join whatever game his kids and their friends were playing.
Hockey was one of Royden’s biggest loves; the Leaf’s and the Ryerson Rams have lost one of their most loyal fans. Arenas were Royden’s second home for so many years. Once when he was a convener for minor hockey, a young hockey player came running up to him yelling, “Mr. Gemmill, Mr. Gemmill, I scored my first goal today, and next week my coach told me to score one on the other team instead of our own goalie” with a great deal of pride. His love of hockey defined him; he played hockey in school and on the rink in the back yard with the same skates for most of his life. Chris and Scott played with travelling hockey teams. Many conversations happened on the way to and from hockey games in travel busses. His kids and their teammates always knew how proud he was of them after the game. Sometimes you wanted to hear it, and sometimes you did not. This was a tradition his son, Scott, carried forward with his children. He also was a big-time volunteer to help manage minor hockey teams in Huntsville, which he did tirelessly for the love of the game. Every winter from the time his children were small, Royden created a rink with lights in the back yard for all the kids in the neighbourhood. He took many hours to create the rinks, and it was worth every minute to see the enjoyment the kids were able to play into the night.
Here are a few of the many many memories of Royden in his role of Pa from his grandchildren. One by one each of his children brought home a special loved one who recalled their first visits to the Gemmill family and feeling guilty because they would fall asleep on the couch while visiting and the culprit would have been the heat in the living room from Royden’s roaring fires in the fireplace. Each of those loved ones found in Royden an amazing father-in-law to teach their children patience, perseverance, the value of time, the love of the outdoors, the love of nature, the love and care for a garden, the value of family, the love of hockey, and cannot forget the love of the Toronto Maple Leafs! The next generation is ready to take up the task.
Pa was a man looked up to by all of us. He was highly thought of by everyone; he was a perfect Pa in our eyes, someone who had no flaws, except the missing fingers, but that just added more character to the amazing man he was.
Pa was always willing to teach us something new, he let us help with his chores and tasks even if they made the job take much longer. This included giving rides in the back of the tractor, teaching how to drive the tractor and how to back up the tractor. When the electric fence came to the garden, we were very curious. The first time he caught us trying to touch it, he yelled, “What are you doing?” and told us not to touch it because our ears and toes might get tingly. After that, he would have us kids check if it was on by holding onto it to get a shock making a game out of it. Pa’s vegetable garden was the absolute best. It always had so much amazing produce. Of course, we would eat all his peas as fuel for riding the bike around the yard. They always tasted better straight out of the garden.
Pa loved his garden. He loved his potatoes, his peas in the pod (he loved sharing them), and always had a great big smile on his face. I remember him showing me the first time how to get the peas out. I spent all afternoon popping peas out of the pods that Pa had to tell me to stop; otherwise, I’d spoil my dinner.
The memories are so many and all of those memories are filled with happiness and love. The summers of camping in the trailer at Killbear Provincial Park or any of the other many places we camped are forever cherished. Pa indeed showed us all how to appreciate life and cherish all the moments. He showed us how to just love life. He was a light that always shone brightly. And we will try our best to keep that light shining bright.
My favourite memory of Pa would have to be the time when camping at Killbear, and two little bear cubs ran through the campsite and up a tree. Pa was so fearless, trying to figure out why so many people grouped around the trailer. Pa was curious about everything happening around the park. Pa was there to help us have the most fun. Fishing with pa, walks to the store to get treats and mail, roasting marshmallows, starting camp fires, paddling in the canoe, watching hockey games, working in the garden together, filling the water tanks for the gardens, getting rid of the dock spiders so we could swim, taking us tubing at Arrowhead, to making us sliding hills in the yard in Novar, splitting and stacking wood, fixing up old bikes for us to ride around all summer, letting us swim in the slimy garden ponds We always loved playing cribbage with him. He loved to help us when Nana was winning, and we needed a little of his support to succeed with a sparkle in his eye. Pa always made such delicious food and was the best for creating the perfect breakfast in the morning! Pa was frequently the last at the table at mealtime as he enjoyed it to the last bite. His granddaughters were often accompanying him, enjoying every last bit with him. While the others would clean up, they would just sit quietly eating. Oh, to have one last meal with Pa again. Pa was a man of so many skills, he could do anything and everything he put his mind to. When we were at Judge’s cottages, pa would look after it while they were gone. We decided to play on the dock for a little while Nana and Pa were busy attending other tasks. I must have been about seven or eight at the time, and I decided to brush the sand off the dock with my foot. I hadn’t really known what a silver was like until that moment, it must have been at least three inches long on the bottom of my foot. Nana and Pa rushed me home, and pa carried me from the truck to the house while I was screaming and wailing. He put me on the couch in the sunroom, and he sat at the other end of it and pulled out his pocket knife. He held my foot and looked like he was ready to cut into my foot, but all I could think of was what on earth is he going to do! I was completely hysterical, every time Pa would come close to my foot with the knife I would pull my foot away and cry louder. Pa kept looking at me, not defeated, but he would laugh and laugh, his big belly laughs. Pa put his pocket knife back were it belonged, and nana and pa took me to the hospital.
Royden stayed at Arrowhead until his retirement in 1989 and thoroughly enjoyed over thirty years of retirement with Joan. He loved his vegetable garden and begrudgingly helped Joan with her extensive flower gardens. He built tables, cupboards, wooden toys for grandchildren, helped take care of grandchildren every summer – all with love. His love for his family and grandchildren and great-grandchild overflowed from him every day, so proud to call them all his family and loved ones.
With the distance of living far away, facetime technology allowed for so many video calls making it feel like real visits. And every time upon saying goodbye Pa would sing I Love You a Bushel and a Peck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfnwhlywWjA
It is hard to write only a few words for such an amazing man, husband, father, Pa, and great Pa. Royden will always be remembered and his memories forever cherished by all that knew and loved him. In honour of Royden’s love for nature, hockey and need for mending his body here and there, we ask that if you wish to donate in his honour in lieu of flowers you might choose one of the following: Donate a tree through the link on the funeral home website or Hockey Canada Foundation www.hockeycanada.ca or Huntsville Hospital Foundation www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Dr. Robin Michael Mautner was born on March 21st, 1953 in Toronto. He died suddenly on December 16th, 2020 at his residence in Huntsville, Ontario. Survived by his wife Janice Lynne Parrott, their two children Alexandre Parrott-Mautner and Katerina Parrott-Mautner and his brother Peter Mautner. Predeceased by his mother Jean Shirley Mautner (Nee: Calverly) and his father, Lorenz Sebastian Mautner.
Robin will be lovingly remembered by Janice, his wife of 36 years, his son Alexandre and daughter Katerina, his dear brother Peter, his sisters-in-law Louise (Ken), Leslie (Michael), brother-in-law Stephen (Madrie), his nieces: Lauren, Stephanie, Emma, Holly, his nephews: Michael (Theresa), Christopher, his grandniece Violet and his grandnephew Bodhi, and his beloved cousins and friends.
Robin was an artist. He spent eight years of his life as a professional silk screen designer. His life was marked with endless doses of kindness, compassion, empathy and of course humour. He was a teacher for 25 years at the Adult & Alternate Education Centre in Huntsville. His passion for helping at risk students led him to do a Masters of Adult Education and subsequently a Doctorate of Philosophy, entitled: Reengaging “At-risk” youth in Secondary Education.
Robin was a cycling activist during the 1970’s and 80’s and preferred to travel by bicycle. As a young man he cycled all over Britain and Europe. He continued these cycling trips with his wife Janice in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the East and West coasts of Canada until the children were born.
Robins father was a refugee to Canada during World War II and as a result Robin felt moved to help Syrian refugees and was instrumental in bringing a family to Huntsville.
He was remembered by those close to him as a walking encyclopedia. He exemplified this during family games of Trivial Pursuit when Robin, on his own team, would win against everyone else.
He loved strong coffee, and stayed away from water – as it, “causes rust”. He loved classical music and languages. He was bilingual in French and dabbled in German, Spanish and Italian. He played the piano, and the viola. He also enjoyed acting in local plays and improv performances, being skilled with accents.
Right now, Robin is likely sitting in the sun, enjoying a nice espresso in heaven’s south of France. We love you more than anything.
So long and thanks for all the fish.
There will be no funeral service at this time.
Donations in Robin’s name can be made to the following organizations:
1) The Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
2) The Canadian Diabetes Foundation
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of David Phillips of Huntsville, ON, on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years Diane, his son Kevin (Terri) and daughter Kimberley Stephenson (Jay), his grandchildren Jessica and Nicolas Phillips, his sister Helen White (late Merl Bacon), his sister Dianne McKee (Brian), as well as many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Jessie, father Enoch Roy, and his brother James (Nancy).
He was born in Parry Sound on February 20th, 1940. He began his education in Parry Sound and completed it in Huntsville. In 1965, while working in Timmins, he met his wife Diane. In 1967 they were married and returned to Huntsville to raise their family in 1969. David will be remembered for his 33 years employment at Deerhurst Resort. He was also a Chartered member of the Knights of Columbus of Huntsville. One of his favourite pastimes was touring with the Miata Club of Muskoka.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.
A private family service is being held. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Graham John Tappin
April 20, 1930—December 15, 2020
We are sad to announce that Graham Tappin died suddenly on the morning of December 15th, 2020 at Rogers Cove Retirement Home in Huntsville with his wife of more than sixty-eight years by his side. Graham was predeceased by his parents Emily Tappin (nee Marshall) and James Tappin as well as by his youngest son Nigel Tappin (d. 2016). He was also predeceased by his elder brother David Tappin and his youngest niece Roweena Hanson-Abbott. Graham is survived by his loving wife Sheila Tappin (nee Falconer); eldest son Stephen Tappin (Pamela Morgan) who live in England and his daughter Sheena Tappin of Huntsville. Left to mourn him are his Grandsons; Alexander Tappin (Alina Ianovskaia); Karl Tappin (Amber); and, Alex Morgan. He will be dearly missed by his adored great-granddaughters; Etella Tappin and Silva Tappin who were the lights of his life. Graham also leaves behind four nieces in England, Vanessa Moriarty, Sandra Townsend (Paul), Patricia Liddell (Martin), Fiona Moore (Michael) along with numerous cousins, great nieces, great nephews and friends. Also left behind is his niece Moira Smith (Michael) in South Africa.
Graham was born in London, England and, during World War II, he and his elder brother were evacuated to the relative safety of a farm in northern England. After leaving school in his mid-teens Graham went to work for Thomas Cook and Sons travel agency where he worked (with the exception of two years national service) until he and Sheila emigrated to Canada with their three children at the end of 1966. In Canada he worked for Calladine & Baldry Travel Ltd for many years before branching out as a travel consultant. Over the years he visited almost every country in the world and thoroughly enjoyed travelling. He wrote a travel guide entitled “The Best Is Yet to Come” which gave many useful tips on how to travel enjoyably and safely.
Graham teamed up with his friend Ray Sonin who hosted the radio show “Calling All Britons” to promote and act as tour guides on group trips to England. He also was the host of the earliest episodes of the television program “Discover Your World” which he thoroughly enjoyed participating in. While working in Ottawa Graham appeared on “Good Morning Ottawa” which was hosted by Margaret Trudeau. In addition to travel Graham loved to read; do Sudoku puzzles; take walks; play chess and collect hundreds of VCR tapes which he catalogued meticulously over the years and enjoyed watching in the evenings.
Cremation has already taken place as per Graham’s wish and due to COVID-19 there will be no service or celebration of life. Our thanks to the staff at Chartwell Roger’s Cove for their professional and caring assistance and for their support of Graham and Sheila. We would also like to express our gratitude to the paramedics who tried so hard to restart Graham’s heart and to the staff at Huntsville Hospital for their valiant attempts to resuscitate him. Thanks also to Graham’s doctor Robert Whaley for his unsurpassed care over the years. We are extremely grateful for the care, kindness and professionalism of Mitchell Funeral Home in guiding us through all the arrangements and legalities. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Dinsmore, Heather Lynn (nee Lawson)
October 29th, 1938 – November 29th, 2020
In her 82nd year with family close at hand. Predeceased by her parents Harold and Hilda Lawson, and brother Robert. Married to Terry Dinsmore for 61 years. Lovingly remembered by her children Jeff (Lynne), John (Beth), and Lisa as well as her grandchildren, Jennifer (Josh), Anne, Dana (Mike), Scott, Victoria (Mikey), Brittany (Tim), Brooke (James), and Katee. Great Grandchildren Alivia, James and Jude.
Heather graduated in 1959 from Women’s College Hospital of Nursing (awarded the Highest Standard of Medical Nursing). She will be sadly missed by the graduating Class of ’59.
Talented Master Weaver and Fibre Artist and participated in many local Guilds. Heather was the Co-Founder and first President of the Gravenhurst Farmer’s Market. Heather believed in the good of the Salvation Army for those who would like to send a donation in her name. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and had the pleasure of her company. She had a great life full of adventure and had, as she said, no regrets. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
It is with heavy hearts that the Ruby family announces the passing of Murray Ruby. Beloved husband of Stella, father of Eric (predeceased), Paula (Martin), and Michael. Loving grandfather of Michaela and Stefan, and older brother of David Ruby (Shelley) and children. He died peacefully after a short stay at Huntsville Hospital on Mon. Dec. 14, 2020. He was 95.
Murray was born in North Bay in 1925. A star athlete in boxing and on championship high school football, hockey and basketball teams, he enlisted in the WW2 efforts at 17 and was stationed with the RCAF at Long Beach, BC patrolling the Pacific coast. Settling in Huntsville after the war, Murray’s shop Ruby’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear became a main street fixture for 47 years, where he actively involved himself with the downtown business improvement organization to vitalize Huntsville’s main street and supporting local sports teams.
He became a top ball player with the Huntsville Merchants famed for his long, straight throw from way back in left field and often later discussed these exploits with pitching great Bob McCulley. Murray eventually hung up the ball glove and followed his family to the slopes to begin another lifelong sport: skiing. He became a founding member of the Hidden Valley Ski Club and maintained a lifetime membership—a family tradition that now spans three generations.
He and Stella took up tennis in the 1970s and enjoyed the sport until the age of 89, playing doubles with the Huntsville Racqueteers. Murray was inducted into the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, joining an illustrious group of athletes, team builders, and coaches.
Murray was a consummate gentleman known to be a “good guy”. He also believed in giving back to the community, where he canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society up until the age of 94. He was a wonderful husband of 73 years, father and small business owner. He will be missed dearly, but we are comforted knowing he had a long and active life and left a great impression on many. The family wishes to thank with the deepest gratitude to Dr. Aoki and the caring staff at the Huntsville Hospital for the excellent care that Murray had in his stay.
A gathering will take place at a later date. If you wish, donations to Huntsville Hospital and/or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 of William (Bill) Thomas McNaughton. Bill was the beloved son of the late William McNaughton and the late Joan (Kerr) McNaughton of Scotland, the loving husband of the late Wilma McNaughton (Purdy) and devoted father of Karey and her husband Rick (Grisdale). Kyla Van Culin (Jason Benedict). He will be missed by his grandchildren Courtney (David Heinstein), Jourdan Van Culin (Alex Mithoefer) and Leah Van Culin, as well as 4 great grandchildren: Avi and Charlie Heinstein and Ama and Taya Mithoefer. His cuddles will be missed by Reason and Rhyme. Bill was born in Toronto on November 22, 1931 and was the middle child who will be dearly remembered by his sister Margaret (Marg) Taylor and brother John (Carol) McNaughton. Bill grew up on Shaw Street in Toronto, surrounded by family and had fond memories of playing with siblings and cousins in Christie Pitts. Bill had a long and interesting career with Bell Canada which allowed him to retire at a relatively young age in Huntsville, Ontario. Bill and Wilma were drawn to the tranquility of the Muskoka area and purchased a beautiful property they called Someday Farm. The farm continued to fuel Bill’s love of animals, gardening and the great outdoors. Following retirement, he became an avid volunteer, he was a lifetime member of the Huntsville District Agricultural Society as well as a judge at the local fall fairs. He became involved in local politics with the Township of the Lake of Bays. He was such an enthusiastic volunteer that there are too many places to list. Bill and his wife Wilma enjoyed showing and competing with their dogs and Bill was a valued member of the Muskoka District Kennel Club. At an age where some people slow down, Bill discovered a passion for the game of golf. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers in Huntsville – and every good day was meant for golf. Bill was a gregarious personality who made friends wherever he went – and a friend of Bill’s was a friend for life. He will be missed by his many coffee buddies, golf buddies and church friends. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, Ontario or the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 9th at 1:00 pm. We welcome you to safely join the family online at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred peacefully with Bev by his side on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville.
Ray, beloved husband of Beverley Porter (nee Burgin). Dear uncle of Nancy and her husband Keith Wilton and their children Adam and Megan. Survived by sisters-in-law Phoebe Porter and family and Joyce Porter and her family. Also missed by extended family, Marion Nickalls, Grant, his wife Debbie, Lee Anne, her husband Darrell Secord, Lori and her husband John MacEwen and Karen and Steve Coleman.
Ray will be remembered by many as a member of the Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville By-law Department, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Ray was a much-loved crossing for many years at Main and Centre Street, and later at the Huntsville High School. At a certain time of year Ray was adored by all in his other persona.
Due to restrictions, there will be no formal gathering at this time. You are encouraged to share a memory of this wonderful man on this website so that it may be cherished by Bev.
Future plans will be posted on this site as the become available.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Shriners Hospital for Children. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Thomas Forsyth announce his sudden passing on November 25th, 2020 shortly after his 88th birthday. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Christensen) and cherished father to daughters Kristine (Paul Swedak) and Sandy (George Nickerson). Papa loved and is loved by his 4 grandchildren: Duncan, Charlotte and Eric O’Brien, and Grant Swedak. He was known as Papa and Uncle Don to many nieces and nephews and family friends.
Don was born on October 16th, 1932 in Owen Sound, to Marguerite and Thomas Forsyth, where he grew up and spent many years in the Sauble Beach area. He is pre-deceased by both his sister Eileen (Jim Thomson) and brother Bob (Nancy). Stories of his early life were full of sports, mischievous adventures, entrepreneurship, and hard work.
Don led a life devoted to his family, friends, business and service to others.
All his grandchildren were lucky enough to spend all their childhood summers at the cottage with Mor Mor and Papa. Papa showed his love in his typical fashion, checking boat gas, teaching how to tie knots and how to fix anything with the vast amount of tools he collected for his many projects.
He entertained us with so many stories of his many early jobs, it is hard to fit them all in chronologically, but he knew the value of hard work and he served as a role model until his last days to his family. Don ran his own company producing corrugated containers for many years in St. Catharines and was a curler and golfer. He and Mary spent many winters with treasured friends and sometimes partners in crime in Stuart, Florida. However, most of his fondest memories were made from boating and cottage life at Lake of Bays.
Mary and Don eventually moved to Muskoka where he transitioned into new careers, helping many people start new businesses, and being part of the insurance industry in his senior years.
Don was a great friend to so many and an important part of his life was his service to his community. Don was a lifetime member of Rotary International, with over 30 years of service with the Bracebridge club, and he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by his club three times. What people remember most about Don is his fun and outgoing personality -always the life and often the host of many social events. We will miss his stories, energy and ability to fix anything.
He died from a sudden heart attack puttering around outside in the place he loved most. Appreciation goes out to the dedicated Baysville Volunteer Fire Department and the compassionate Paramedic and OPP teams.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy Memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
There will be a celebration of life at a later date posted on the same website.
On September 21, 1942 the world was blessed with one of the most amazing, generous, strong women and on November 27th with broken hearts we said goodbye to Rosemarie Diana Johnston. Beloved wife of the late John Johnston. The best mother in the world to Brenda Johnston, Kymberly (Kerry) Bice, Shelly (John) Nobile. Her grandchildren who were the light and pride of her life Christopher, Currie (Laura), Camille (Chuck), Cole (Chantal), Alessandro, Matteo (Bronwen). GG to the most adorable great grandchildren John, Ava, Charlie, Isaac, Jasper, River, Fisher and Shay.
Diana was also a surrogate mother and grandmother to many who she loved dearly.
Known by most of the town of Huntsville after 40 years of working on Main St. She loved and was loved by all the people she worked with and the customers she helped. Rarely a week went by in those 40 years where one of her daughters wouldn’t be approached by someone telling them what an amazing mother they had. None of that was ever news to them. They’ve always known how blessed they were to be born to the most amazing mother in the world.
Each and every family member and friend of Diana’s had eaten themselves into a diabetic coma from the amazing food she cooked and baked. Especially her beyond delicious butter-tarts which more many years will still cause arguments as to if coconut or raisin are best (BTW coconut are the best).
Diana was a bright and shining star that touched and guided so many and will live forever in our hearts, growing brighter throughout time.
Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life will be held at a future date. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Lawrence John Kruczek – a very unique and one-of-a-kind person.
Born in New York City, March 23, 1935, the only child of Leo and Edith Kruczek, both prominent musicians there, back in the day.
Larry was an active member of the electrician’s union in NYC and later worked in commercial contracting and carpentry. He was also a member of the US armed forces during the Korean war.
Larry passed away quietly at his home in Allensville, ON, on October 28, 2020, leaving behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Mary Jane Gooley-Kruczek as well as his much-loved extended family here. Larry will be greatly missed as he was a friend to all of those he met.
A special thank-you to Dr. Varieur and his staff as well as Abdu of Huntsville Place Mall Pharmacy for their patience and care of Larry over the years. Many thanks to all the support workers that came to our home and gave care, compassion and moral support, especially his nurse, Samantha who certainly went above and beyond her call of duty.
As per Larry’s wishes, there will be no service.
Arthur Clayton Rhiness
March 1, 1935 – Nov 10, 2020
It is with tear stained eyes the family of Arthur Rhiness announces the passing of a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. Born in Huntsville on March 1, 1935 to Art and Daisy Rhiness. Arthur leaves his loving wife of 52 years Betty, granddaughters Kayla & Natalie, great grandson Anthony, brothers Rocky of Lombardy, ON and Patrick of Haileybury, ON as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Arthur was predeceased by his only daughter Lisa in 2011 and brothers Norton, Jesse, Leonard, and sister Daisy. He was tethered to the land he loved and to the virtue of caring for others. Arthur lived his entire life on the family farm, in Chaffey Township, a fourth-generation co-custodian of the property. Arthur’s greatest qualities shone brightly when surrounded by family or when there was an opportunity to assist a family member, friend or neighbour with tasks including carpentry, mechanical or electrical problems for which he had a natural ability to understand and the patience to persevere until the problem was solved.
Arthur, your presence will be greatly missed.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the palliative care team at ParaMed for the amazing care given to Arthur to ensure he was in no pain. We would like to thank them for their helpfulness and kindness during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to a charity of your choice.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Please check this website for updates. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the family and loved ones of Scott Gordon Young announce his passing. Scotty passed away at his home on November 3, 2020. Beloved partner of Gloria Wood, loving father of Heather Brianne Young (Kyle), and proud Grampa of Joshua Michael Young. Scott also leaves behind Gloria’s daughter Rhonda Wood and granddaughter Paige and Gloria’s son Uwynn (Nicole) and grandchildren Brandon and Ava. Scott is the dear brother of Rosemary (Barry), Sharon (Dean), Brian “Cubby” (Sharon), and Colleen (Jim) and Uncle to Shelley, Whitney, Taylor, Tori, Georgie Rae, Teagan, and Kyra. Scott is pre-deceased by his parents Gordon and Frances “Gerry” and his brothers Doug and Wayne.
Forest, his beloved dog, as well as his newly adopted furry friend, Bear, miss him greatly. Scott’s kind heart was evident in his love for his dogs.
Scott was born November 15, 1966 in Huntsville. He loved his Toronto Maple Leafs and grew up playing hockey and lacrosse. Scott lived for fishing, Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Many summer nights were spent “picking” dew worms to use for the next fishing expedition.
Scott will be remembered for his “heart of gold” and the love he had for his friends and family. He always left a conversation with “love you”, “stay safe”.
He will be dearly missed by his many friends and his family. Scott, your soul was at peace while fishing. We picture you with your dad, Gordon, fishing poles in hand. We know you have “Just Gone….Fishing.”
A gathering will be held in the Spring to celebrate Scott’s life. Please revisit this website for further details as arranged.
If desired, donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville, would be appreciated
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend June Archer on October 19, 2020 at the age of 89 years.
June is survived by her son Stan (Kim) Archer, her grandson Jackson (Brettanie) Archer, her sisters Karen (Jerry) Druchok and Herbie (Larry) Chernoff, and brother-in-law George Chennette.
June was born in Kingston, Ontario on August 23rd, 1931. She moved to Toronto where she met her husband Stan. They lived in Willowdale until 1988, moving to Muskoka when their grandson was born.
She had an admirable ability to overcome adversities through all obstacles in life. Known for positive attitude, sense of humour, and tendency to spill coffee on herself in the car; to know June was to love her. She will be sincerely missed by all who knew her.
June was predeceased by her husband Stanley Archer, her parents Herbert Cronk and Clara Cronk and sister Joanne Chennette.
A private service will be held.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) in memory of June. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Patricia Ann Wilton, age 57, passed away peacfully at Huntsville DIstrict Memorial Hospital, on Sunday October 18, 2020, after a short battle against cancer.
Loving Wife to Jason Wilton, Loving Mother to Sandy Parr (Corey Bince), Chris Parr (Julie Parr) and Ryeleigh Wilton. Treasured Grandmother to Carson and Scarlett Bince.
Pat’s love for the Air Cadets made her a treasure to many, who lovingly referred to her as Mum. Pat’s love for the Air Cadets started when Sandy first joined, which lead her on an adventure to become the Hunstville squadron’s Commanding officer and Captain. In her role as Captain, Patti became a mentor and role model to many, whom she loved, treasured and often remembered with a smile. Pat considered all of her Cadets to be a part of her family.
Her passion, drive for perfection, sarcastic wit and dry sense of humour impacted everyone that crossed her path. Pat left her mark on the world and will be missed by many.
As per Pat’s wishes there will be no funeral service, details of a celebration of her life are to follow.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Huntsville Air Cadets. E-Transfers can be sent to email@example.com password: Pat
“Forever in our hearts, she will be missed by many.”
Beryl Frow passed away in the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, October 3rd, 2020. She was born on January 29, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. She is predeceased by her parents, Charles R. M. Roberts of Rotherham, England and Marjory Christie of Stanley, Scotland, and her loving husband of 63 years, William “Bill” Ernest Frow. Beryl is survived by her sister Carol , and her daughters and sons-in-law Caryl (William) and Judy (Gene). Beryl adored her four grandchildren Douglas, Camilla, Emma (Louis ) and Jennifer. She was very blessed and happy to welcome her great-granddaughter, Lorelei Beryl.
Beryl and Bill always loved the Huntsville area, coming here to ski in their younger days and bringing their two daughters camping and canoeing as the family grew. They decided to retire and move permanently to Huntsville in 1988, a decision neither of them ever regretted.
Beryl will be remembered in Toronto and Huntsville for her endless generosity, especially as a volunteer. As a prolific knitter, she has knitted baby sweaters, hats and blankets that were sent north and around the world. At age 91, she was still leading a knitting group at Fairvern for the residents, coaching the ladies to knit and crochet squares which she took home to sew together for afghans to be given to new babies; in 2019 one of these blankets won first prize at a local fair.
Over her lifetime Beryl baked thousands of mouth-watering cookies and other goodies for St. Patrick’s Anglican Church in Toronto and All Saints Anglican Church in Huntsville and for whoever needed a treat or a good meal. Mom lovingly shared all her skills with her daughters and granddaughters.
She was also an active volunteer at Cummer Lodge (Toronto) and at Fairvern Nursing Home (Huntsville), for the Anglican Women’s Auxiliary, and for Royal Canadian Legion Huntsville Branch 232. Beryl and Bill were also dedicated members of the Friends of Muskoka Pioneer Village executive team.
Her particular talent, though, was as a painter. She studied with Grant Johnson in Toronto as a young woman. Her subjects included farm houses and churches, forest and water scenes, exquisite still life arrangements, and the occasional abstract work. How wonderful to come home from school and smell turpentine – we girls knew instantly that it was a painting day for Mom! One of her paintings once hung in the old Toronto City Hall. Several were given away, for fundraising raffles at her daughters’ high school. Her artistic skills later evolved into painting stage sets (built by husband Bill) for the Yorkminstrels (Toronto) and several Huntsville theatre groups: the All Saints’ Players, the Rotary Club, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Trinity United Church and Stina Nyquist productions.
Beryl had the greenest thumb on the planet and a dry sense of humor even until the end. She loved watching and feeding the birds and chipmunks in their backyard and was pleased that she had finally outwitted the squirrels with her newest birdfeeder. She loved the outdoors, hiking and canoeing but mostly she loved her family, friends and especially her grandkids.
The family is eternally grateful to everyone in Huntsville who helped Beryl and Bill and welcomed them into your community, and especially to those who cared for our mother during these final months: The Palliative Care Team (HOPE Huntsville) of the Algonquin Family Health Team and the dedicated and caring staff of the East Wing of the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Site
Due to the limitations and restrictions of COVID-19 the family will hold a private service in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation (huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca) or to a charity of your choice.
Peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville, ON in her 98th year.
Grace was born May 28th, 1923 in Huntsville, Ontario to Sidney and Gladys Young. Predeceased by brothers Gordon, Raymond and Harold and sister Marion Purdy. She is also predeceased by her great-grandson Tyson. Survived by her dear brother Mervyn (. She is predeceased by husband Earl. Grace was the devoted and most cherished mother of Carol Markle (d.2012), Gayle Hall (d.2018), Marna Hunter, Marie Brown, Terry Nickason (Betty), Tim Nickason (Sharon) and Charlene Ketch (Rob). Loving and doting “Nan/Nanny” of Cindy (Dave), Angie (Fred), Candy (Marcel), Tammy (JP), Tricia, Troy, Wade, Michelle (Steve), Ryan (Sharon), Emily, Aimee (Bobby), Ashley, Zachary (Nicole) and Sydney. She was the proud great-grandmother “G.G.” of twenty-two and one more on the way.
Grace was a hardworking and ever devoted mother to her children. She stayed at home to raise her seven children taking good care of them and teaching them important values they still carry with them to this day. She had a love and great skill for gardening, playing board games with great joy at winning, listening to her favourite music, making preserves and knitting warm hats, mittens etc. for her family. Her family was her life and in everything that she did, she made sure they came first before anything. She is the definition of ‘Grace’ and to her family, she was their angel on earth. She will never be forgotten and will forever be loved.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 28th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Billinglsey Funeral Home with a private family service to follow. Interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitations are being held in half hour intervals with limited numbers in attendance. To reserve your time to meet with the family, please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982.
Donations in memory of Grace may be made to the Fairvern Nursing Home.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
Messages of condolence can be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Our dear father Barry Pickering passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Muskoka Landing at the age of 93.
Barry was born in Birmingham, England on September 3, 1927 to William Francis and Lily Smith Pickering. He married the love of his life Ruth Valerie in 1952 and they had a wonderful and long life together for 61 years before Ruth’s passing in 2013.
Barry leaves behind his sister Jean and brother-in-law Cedric in Sutton, England. Barry is survived by his loving children John, Kim and Brian, Diane, Lynn and Brian. He leaves behind his treasured grandchildren who brought him so much joy; Emily (Charlie), Barry, Julia (German), David (Mae), John, Valerie, Liam and Jenna. We will miss him beyond words. He is survived by dear sisters-in-law Eileen and Margaret, brother-in-law Don and many nieces and nephews in Canada, UK and New Zealand.
His family remembers him as a gentle and kind soul who always had a twinkle in his eye. He loved adventure and his family enjoys many memories of rambling the roads camping and cottaging, farming and boating. He had a zest for life we all admire and cherish. Whether he was speedway racing in England or riding his horse Sherry to check fence lines on the family farm, he did everything with gusto.
The family is so grateful to the kindness of the family at Muskoka Landing. A family graveside service will take place at Madill Church with a celebration of life in the spring. People wishing to honour dad’s life can make donations to Madill Church Preservation Society, Huntsville, Ontario.
Messages of condolence may be made through www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Died peacefully at Muskoka Landing Nursing Home in Huntsville, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of the late Audrey Patterson (nee Dawe). Loving father of Janice Jackson (Steve), Donna DiPardo (Nick), Lori Turner (George) and Doug (Jennifer). Proud grandfather of Kathryn, Shawn, Jackie & Erin, and great grandfather of Jaxon & Weston. Dear brother to Dr. Edmund Patterson (Diane) and the late Ruthann Bowler (James).
Paul will be remembered for his love of photography, his passion for painting and for achieving his certificate to become a scuba diving instructor and then becoming a partner in Float ‘n Flag Dive Shop in Burlington. Dad was lucky to have a lot of true friends over the years and caring and attentive neighbours on Lake Waseosa in Huntsville. Mom and Dad loved travelling and enjoyed many cruises in their retirement years. Dad also hiked the Chilkoot Trail in his 50s which was a huge accomplishment. He had a love of all animals and nature. He will be missed by many friends, colleagues and extended relatives.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Rea and the staff at Muskoka Landing for all their excellent care.
A private family service will be held to honour Paul. If desired, memorial donations to support the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Muskoka Landing would be appreciated by his family. Messages of condolence can be offered to the family at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Logan Jenkins (May 17, 1931 – September 30, 2020)
Of Burk’s Falls and formerly of Novar
Peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Logan Jenkins, beloved husband of the late Gwen Jenkins (nee Seaton) was in his 90th year.
Dear father of Warren (Marg), Arlene Goyea (Jim Ward), Nadine Chartrand (Kevin), Nancy Ennest-Nunn (David), Ruth Brown (Jim), Hugh (Wendy), Kelly (Janet), James (Cathy) and father-in-law of Barb Jenkins.
Loving grandfather to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Cherished brother-in-law of Anne Seaton (late Don).
Logan is predeceased by his sons Terry and Michael, son-in-laws Roland and John, daughter-in-law Karen and will be fondly remembered by many relatives and friends.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of the late Mr. Logan Jenkins will be conducted on Saturday October 3, 2020 commencing at 1:00 P.M. in St. Andrew’s United Cemetery, 33 Long Lake Road in Novar with Pastor Don Nicholson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Algonquin Grace Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Opatovsky Funeral Home-Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street, Burk’s Falls.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff and PSWs at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital and Algonquin Grace Hospice, Dr. Deb Harrold and the Palliative Care Team, Carol Ann, and especially Shannon for all their kindness and wonderful care.
Please note: Registration is required to attend the service. To register please call the funeral home at 705-382-3222 or RSVP on the obituary page at www.opatovksyfuneralhome.com
Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place and masks are mandatory.
John Donald MacKay
March 23 1941 – November 12 2020
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Don MacKay of Dorset. Don was born in St Catharines March 23 1941. He leaves behind his sons Andy (Carolynn) and Kevin (Rose), grandson Devon, sister Margaret Stroud (Alex), brothers Gordon (Linda), Wallace (Donna), Clinton (Jane) and as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and many business contacts. Don was predeceased by the love of his life Peggy (Cairns) and son Darrin as well as parents John and Eldred.
He will be missed by friend and companion Diane Burgess.
Don was able to spend most of his life right where he wanted to be, in Dorset. He ran his road construction company
or over forty years as well as owning a canoe company for some years. These took up most of his time, especially in the summers. When he could find time, he liked to go boating, snowmobiling and playing hockey. Don got his pilot’s license and purchased a plane and loved to fly. He and Peggy liked to go to dances and socialize and both liked to dance to almost anything but really liked 50s and 60s music. They also liked to travel and did so quite extensively going to places like England, Greece, Hawaii and many islands in the Caribbean. They both loved family gatherings with their large families as well as hosting parties, dinners and social events. Don was notorious for playing pranks, cracking jokes and loved to laugh and have a good time. He had a true zest for life.
A graveside service will be held at the Dorset Paint Lake Cemetery on Wednesday November 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm. In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, social distancing of 2 meters and facial coverings will be mandatory. We ask that if you plan on attending you call our office, 705-789-8982, to place your name on the visitors list. Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend, please contact our office for details. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.
Donald Alan Weston Patterson
August 14, 1932 to November 3, 2020
Alan passed away peacefully on November 3, 2020 at Muskoka Landing at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his wife Betty Ann (MacDonald) in 2002. Proud father to daughters Lesley (Tom) and Janet (Derek). Loving Grandfather to David (Katherine), Katherine (Dan), Michael, Charlotte and Isabella. Delighted Great grandfather to Adelaide and Samuel. Survived by his siblings Neil and Nancy and sister-in-law Verta.
Alan was the eldest child of Don and Mary (Benson) Patterson. Born in Winnipeg he lived in Victoria and Kenora before moving to Huntsville where he married Elizabeth (Betty Ann) MacDonald in 1957. Alan graduated from Queens as a Civil Engineer and his career took the family to Toronto, Sudbury and Sarnia. Alan’s first major project was building the Don Valley Parkway.
He enjoyed several sports including curling and down hill skiing. In his later years he took up Tai chi and became an instructor. He was a member of the Air Force club in Sarnia and Toastmasters where he honed his dry sense of humour. He was a generous supporter of several Community Organizations. Alan could be counted on to join any sing along and chance to indulge his sweet tooth.
Cremation will take place with a private family gathering to honour Alan held at a later date.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka, Huntsville Hospice or charity of choice.
Paul George Sampson (1945 –2020)
Paul passed peacefully on November 2 with family at his side. A man of principle and ethics. Mourned by his sister Anne Weeks, nieces Caitlin and Gwendolyn and nephew Stuart, missed by all those whose lives Paul touched. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held. In memory of Paul, his family welcomes donations to the Huntsville Hospital or Humane Society. https://muskokacremation.ca/
It is with great sadness that the family of Charley Leeder announce his peaceful passing at home on the family farm on November 7, 2020 at age 77. Loving husband of 55 years to Sylvia (Earl). Cherished father to Kathy Jockheck (Richard), Susan Leeder (Barry Worth), Pamela Leeder (Jarrett Martin) & Phillip Leeder (Rachel). Predeceased by sons Richard and Douglas. Grandfather to Hope, Faith, & Micheal Jockheck and Kyle Worth. Great grandfather to Carter & Toby Leeder and Bridget Jockheck. Will be greatly missed by Greg & Jen Earl, Earl & Johanna Earl, Roger Earl & Patty Chadwick, Jake Earl, Josie Robbins, Reta Stroud, Dianne Leeder, Linda Leeder, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and business contacts.
Charley, born and raised on the family farm in Ilfracombe, learned at an early age many different skills that followed him through his life and ultimately made him the extremely hardworking man he was until the day he passed away. At the age of 19 he left home to start his own life and married Sylvia whom he loved with all of his heart. Although Charley and Sylvia experienced significant tragedies with the loss of their sons and their home to fire twice, they continued their journey in life with love and caring for not only each other, but anyone who came into their lives. Charley and Sylvia purchased the Leeder family farm in 1983 and over time built a new barn and welcomed many different animals to the farm as well as cut and baled the hay from the fields. Although the animals on the farm became less as he grew older, Charley continued to cut and bale hay every year until his passing. Charley enjoyed logging and spending time in the bush and every year would cut many cords of wood to heat the farm house. He was a successful general contractor where he installed many septic systems & wells, built many roads, and dug foundations for many local homes and cottages. He loved his International trucks, Case bulldozer & backhoe and his Massy Ferguson tractors that he maintained himself. He also worked at Camp Tawingo as the Head of Maintenance for 7 years, however, he enjoyed being his own boss and returned to general contracting and maintaining the family farm. Charley loved hunting and the fall was the only time he ever took a break from working. He enjoyed getting together with his hunting gangs at the Hawkeye Hunt Camp and the family farm and found joy with being the ‘dog puncher’ with the many dogs he took hunting over the years. Although Charley was a man of few words, he loved his family dearly and was often making sure everyone was taken care of in some way. He cherished the time with his grandchildren and it was well known that grandpa had all the best treats. He was a good man who was always giving a helping hand to others. He lived a good life and did what he loved until the day he died and his family is comforted with the fact that he passed away peacefully in his sleep without pain or suffering. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka or complete a random act of kindness to a stranger in his memory.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation and viewing on November 10th at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario, 30% of our capacity may attend at one time. Visitation will be conducted in one hour increments, as follows; 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at 2:30 p.m. Please call 705-789-8982 to reserve a spot so you may pay your respects to the family. Cremation to follow.
KUNKEL, Ronald James “Ron”
It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of Ron James Kunkel on Nov. 5th, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband and companion to Cindi Kunkel (nee Strejch). Stepfather and friend to Amber Bennett. Cherished brother of Sandra and Calvin West, Steve and Shelley Kunkel, Cheryl James and Rick. Brother-in-law to Mark (Janie) Strejch, Jen and Greg Belland and Bev and Frank MacKay. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Including Stephanie, Lindsy, Ashley, Kelsie and Shaylin who shared a special bond with their “Uncle Buck”.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation and viewing on November 15th at Billingsley Funeral Home in Huntsville. In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario, 30% of our capacity may attend at one time. Visitation will be conducted in 45 minute increments, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., 3:00 – 3:45 p.m., 4:00 – 4:45 p.m., and 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Please call 705-789-8982 to reserve a spot so you may pay your respects to the family. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville www.hospicehuntsville.com or Diabetes Canada, www.diabetes.ca
Keith passed away peacefully at home, after a courageous battle with cancer, on October 30, 2020. Keith leaves behind his loving wife Beverly, his daughter Marlena Grace (Matthew Edwards) and step daughter Sheena Carter-Thompson (Tony Thompson). Cherished son of Douglas Millikin and the late Dorrie Millikin (Hughes). Survived by his sisters, Brenda Halliday and Colleen Millikin. Cherished grandfather of Oliver Thompson and Lachlan Edwards.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St. Guelph, on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00pm. Please RSVP online or by calling 519-821-5077 to attend the service. Masks are mandatory and social distancing practices will be observed. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the internet via ZOOM at this link: https://zoom.us/j/99364977421?pwd=aFRIaVE1WVhxa0NLb05YUHo1QzhJQT09. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Joe passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his home in Huntsville at the age of 88. He is the beloved husband of Isabel (nee Sluman) of 62 years. Loving father of Randy (Karen) Coulter, Rob (Barb) Coulter and Cathy Hale. Cherished Papa of Zachary (Christie) and Lucas Coulter, David, Alyxandra (Jon), Ryan, Kellie and Jordan Coulter and Ron (Sarah) Maddocks. In a few months, Joe would have been the very proud great-grandfather to Ron and Sarah’s child to be. He is the dear brother of June (Orland), Calvin (Donna dec.), Erston (Vivian) and Doris (Bill dec.). Pre-deceased by his brother Harvey, sisters Madealine (Orville dec.) and Jean (Norm dec.). Brother-in-law of Marnie (Carmen dec.), Marion (Paul), Pat (Ron) and pre-deceased by Brother-in-law George (Sally). Joe will be missed by his goddaughter, Judy James and dear friends Linda and Elmer Elliott.
Joe would work at Ontario Hydro for over 41 years as a Lineman and later as Property Easement. Joe loved sports, especially hockey and baseball, his favourite teams being the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. When not watching his two favourite teams play live or on TV, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, playing cards or darts at Club 55. Joe loved spending time with his family, he was patient and kind and would do anything for them. Friends and family will remember Joe’s storytelling, sometime spending hours regaling them with stories. He will be dearly missed by his many friends.
Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation being held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until time of funeral service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Reception to follow. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Closing the Gap www.closingthegap.ca or Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. The funeral service will be livestreamed through Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89840812130?pwd=YlMvQUxETXNTdDQ1cWtEREkzckNCZz09
Meeting ID: 898 4081 2130
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, October 26, 2020, at the age of 66, after a lengthy illness. Harry was born on October 3, 1954, in Parry Sound, to parents Harry and Louise, and grew up enjoying many days boating on Georgian Bay. He moved to Huntsville, Muskoka in 1986, married Donna (nee Pearce) and they built their home and started their family together.
Beloved husband to Donna, and much-loved father to his two children, Ryan (Ashley) and Julia (Eric). Proud grandfather of his first grandchild, Zander James Harry. Dear brother of Elizabeth and uncle to Melissa, Devon, and Zenon. Pre-deceased by father-in-law William Pearce and mother-in-law Julia Pearce. Dear brother-in-law to Ted Pearce (Deanna), Harry Pearce (Elizabeth). Harry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Harry enjoyed his time outside and creating beautiful landscape designs. He had many hobbies: fishing, HAM radio, cooking, inventing and creating. He loved reminiscing about his family memories, old television shows, and the history of Parry Sound. He had a wealth of knowledge of Georgian Bay, physics, and history. He could make anyone smile with his jokes and amazing sense of humour. He also had a love for music and singing, and valued sharing this with his family and friends.
In keeping with Harry’s wishes and the current restrictions due to Covid-19, a private celebration of his life will be held on the family island on Georgian Bay where he and his family loved to spend time every summer.
A special thank you to the palliative and homecare teams that supported Harry and family, and his wishes to remain at home.
Forever in our hearts. We will always cherish our memories.
Passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2020 at his home in Huntsville at the age of 83. Stig was born on November 2, 1936 to parents Karl and Elly (nee Svalander) Oborn in Stockaryd, Sweden. He is the beloved husband of Solveig Oborn (nee Nowen) of 58 years. Loving father (in-law) of Ragnar Oborn (Sue), Eivor Barrett (Michael) and Sven Oborn (Jocelyne). Cherished grandfather of David (Morgen), Stephen, Matthias, Jacob, Yannik and Annabelle. Dear brother of Kerstin Lidegran, Gosta Oborn and brother-in-law Thomas Falkman. Predeceased by brother Olle Oborn and sister Britta Falkman.
A funeral service will be held at Muskoka Bible Chapel, 8 Pioneer Avenue, Huntsville on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Riverside Baptist Church in Huntsville for overseas missions. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The funeral service will be livestreamed through the following link; https://www.
It is with great sadness that the family of Mel Taylor announces his passing. Mel passed away peacefully on October 25, 2020, at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care Centre at the age of 95. Beloved husband of the late Gladys Taylor (nee Beattie), loving father of Brent (DeVonna), Dale (Kathy), and Shelley. Cherished grandfather of Justin, Nick (Erin), Drew (Alison), and Holly. Great-grandfather of Nathanial, Ellery, Hadley, Marc, Justin, Jeremy, and Lola. Survived by his sibling, Wes (Carolyn). Mel will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Mel Taylor was born on October 13, 1925, to parents Thomas and Louise (nee Northcott) in Toronto, Ontario. After serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII, Mel and Gladys married in 1948. Mel and Gladys lived in various locations (St. Johns NB, Patterson NJ, Windsor, Sault St. Marie) before settling in Huntsville, Ontario, in 1967. Mel will be remembered as a prominent businessman in Huntsville. He first built and owned the Canadian Tire store and later building the Brendale Square Mall, IGA, and the Riverlocks subdivision. With all of Mel’s accomplishments, he will be most remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, as well as his kindness and generosity.
A private graveside service will occur on Monday, November 9, 2020, at Locks Cemetery in Huntsville at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will take place once Covid-19 restrictions have lifted, when all family, friends and acquaintances can gather and celebrate his life. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Compassion Canada (www.compassion.ca) or The Table Soup Kitchen (thetablefoundation.ca), both charities supported by Mel. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the Ontario Government and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario include social distancing within your own social bubble 2 meters, facial coverings are worn and registering your name and contact information upon arrival at the cemetery or calling the funeral home at 705-789-8982.
Dianne passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 20th in her 74th year at her residence in Katrine. She was born in Huntsville on September 14th, 1946. She was raised by her mother Bernice York together with her two sisters Elaine and Judy. She is survived by her beloved husband Richard and her children Charlene (Wayne), Troy, Glenna (Dan) and Gen (Michael). Dianne’s life was her family especially her 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Dianne not only prided herself on being an ultimate homemaker, she was also very dedicated to her job with the school board, often referred to as “Lady Di”. With her passions for gardening and the love for her home. She was always open to a long or short chat with her many friends and neighbours.
In keeping with restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, we are allowed thirty percent of our capacity during each visitation period. We ask friends to RSVP by choosing a time below to pay your respects.
Please join us on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville starting from 5 pm and every half hour thereafter until 8 p.m. to share stories, laughter and tears. The funeral service will be held on Monday, October 26th, 2020 in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. followed by the interment at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville, www.hospicehuntsville.com Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Deborah Ann Reid passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at her residence at the age of 62, with her family at her side. She is the beloved wife and best friend of Grant Rogers. Cherished mother of Genise (Bill) Prosser, Jamie-Lynn (Nick) Medeiros and Darren Reid. Proud grandmother of Jake, Jeffrey, Mikey and Benjamin Prosser, Jordan and Emma, lovingly referred to as Princess, Medeiros and Brayden Reid. Dear sister of Shawn (Sharron) Wilson, Mark (Vicky) Wilson, and Andy (Julie) Wilson, nieces and nephews; Christopher and Riley Wilson, John and Jason Wilson and Davon and Taylor Wilson. Deborah will be dearly missed by her best friend of 60 years, Laurie Zammit.
Deborah was born in Brampton on April 4, 1958 to parents Edmond and Violet (nee Brush) Wilson. She moved to Muskoka and attended high school at Bracebridge & Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. Her huge heart led her to a career carrying for others and attended Durham College and Georgian College, Muskoka Campus for her Health Care Aid Certificate and PSW training.
Family to Deborah was everything; however it was her grandchildren that brought her the greatest joy. She will be remembered for her baking and hosting family dinners. During down time she loved researching family history on Ancestry, reading and gardening.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville from 1 – 3 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Ann passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care Residence in her 76th year. Ann was born in Denmark on June 21, 1945 to parents Kristian & Karen Ostlund. At the age of 12, Ann along with her family immigrated to Canada, eventually residing in Toronto where she spent her formative years.
Ann met Carl Lupton, a mechanic at the time, while residing with her parents in Toronto. Carl was the love of Ann’s life who she would later marry and move to Huntsville to raise their children. Ann worked at Sears as the store manager and would later move on, alongside Carl, as owner and operator of Byways Cottages for the next decade. Ann spent her spare time with a group of ladies known as the K.C. Ladies where memorable and lifelong friendships were formed.
Ann was the beloved wife of Carl Lupton who predeceased her on December 12, 1998. Left to mourn her passing, yet comforted knowing she is now with Carl, are her children; David (Joanne), Kevin (Pam), Terry, Annette (Keith) and her former daughter-in-law, Laurie Lamont. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren; Meaghan, Melissa, Laura and Stephanie, Nicole, Kalene and Connor and Cooper and Carter. Great-grandmother of Roman. Dear sister of John (Gwen), Fred (Gretta) and Sue and her late husband Roly. She will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews who would refer to her as “Auntie Ann”, extended family and her many friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Muskoka Landing for the support and care given to their mother and to Dr. Mathies for the excellent care and kindness shown.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and Ann will be laid to rest beside Carl at Hutcheson Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Muskoka Landing. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at his home in Dorset on Saturday, October 17, 2020 with Esther by his side. Gino was born on February 17, 1934 in Northern Italy and was raised along side his four siblings who later immigrated to Australia. At the age of 18 Gino immigrated to Canada, first docking in Nova Scotia and later ventured to Montreal where he resided and worked as a labourer for the railroad which took him west to British Columbia and eventually to Muskoka. Gino met Esther Fortney in March of 1970 and would spend the next fifty years by her side. He worked in the construction industry working for others and eventually for himself constructing such buildings as his own home and the Lion’s Club building in Dorset.
Gino volunteered and dedicated his time to the Lion’s Club of Dorset spanning over 30 years as the past president from 1993-1994 and zone chairman from 1995 – 1996. Gino received the Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his commitment for the humanitarian services through the Lions Club. Friends would describe Gino as thoughtful and generous to a fault who enjoyed nascar, curling and loved to play chess when presented with the opportunity.
Gino leaves behind his beloved wife, Esther Fortney to mourn his passing. He will be dearly missed by his siblings, Esther’s siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and his many friends both near and far.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation being held at Billingsley Funeral Home on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 1:00 – 1:45 and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m with speeches being said at 2:30 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario has mandated that thirty percent of our occupancy may attend at one time. We ask that guests RSVP on Gino’s memorial page or call our office at 705-789-8982 to register. Gino will be laid to rest on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Beechwood Cemetery in Vaughn. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Charity of Choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Emma Winnifred Josephine Payne (nee Gaisford), of the town of Huntsville, passed away on October 15th at home after a long battle with cancer.
Emma was born in Baysville, Ontario to Sarah (nee Houston) and Charles Gaisford on April 23, 1933. She married Ross Payne on May 31, 1952 in Huntsville, Ontario. Together they had three sons, Brian, Dean and Mark and resided in both Burk’s Falls and Huntsville, Ontario. She worked for many years at Brant’s Flower Shop, the A&P and Shoppers Drug Mart. She spent many of her hours volunteering for the Cancer Society and other causes around town. She was also known for chasing her grandchildren around the hills at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Club where she and Ross were founding members and spent many memorable years with great friends and family there.
Emma is preceded in death by her husband Ross, brother Emery, sister Marie and son Dean.
Emma is survived by her sons Brian (Barbara) and Mark (Suphanni); she will ever be remembered as the most wonderful Nana by grandchildren Denise, Courtney (Matt) and Evan, Natasha and Richard; and great grandchild Rei.
Due to current restrictions there will not be a service at this time. Cremation has taken place. Emma’s family extends our sincere thank you’ to the doctors and nurses at the Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Hospital, to Closing the Gap – Huntsville, and to Billingsley Funeral Home for their time and care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local cancer charity of choice or Huntsville Hospice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Chris passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace in Huntsville on October 13th, 2020 at the age of 75 due to a very rare form of cancer. Beloved husband of Gladdie, and much loved father of Sarah (Jeremy) Geer and Craig (Shona). Very proud and loving grandad to Chase, Jack, and Lucas Geer, and to Claire and William Thomas. Remembered lovingly by his sister Patricia, and predeceased by brother Gerald, father Frederick, and mother Winnifred.
Chris had many talents and passions. He had a successful career in computers as a systems analyst for over 30 years. He was also a skilled craftsman who loved to build many things, from pine furniture to the family speedboat named the TNT. Together with Gladdie, he built a beautiful cottage which has been their home for over 20 years, and had many adventures travelling the world, including the untamed Antarctica. Chris was a former director and chairperson on the board of the Fairvern Nursing Home, and he greatly admired the dedication of the staff.
The family wishes to thank Dr. M. Stephenson, Dr. R. Kirkpatrick, and the medical teams at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital, the Huntsville Hospital, and Hospice Huntsville for their outstanding care and support.
Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering to honour Chris will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com. In memory of Chris, a donation to the Fairvern Nursing Home Huntsville, or to Hospice Huntsville would be appreciated.
Chris, we will always cherish the
Twinkle in your eyes.
Don passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital with his beloved wife, Patsy by his side. Born in Parry Sound to parents Norval and Edna Klingbeil. Don grew up in Windermere along side his two siblings, Marion and Aubrey. He attended school at Windermere Public School and later attended Bracebridge High School. On September 22, 1979, Don married Patricia Diane Tofflemire, celebrating 41 years together.
Don worked at Llanllar Estate as the Estate Manager along side Pasty for 40 years. In his spare time Don loved watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. When not watching his favourite teams, he loved to play the game himself. He was also know for his sense of humour and his friendly smile.
Don leaves behind his beloved wife, Patsy, his brother Aubrey (Tracy) Klingbeil. Dearly missed by Patsy’s mother Merle Tofflemire. He is the loving brother-in-law of Doug (Judy) Tofflemire and sister-in-law, Linda (Tom) Drever. Don will be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews; Kim (Tyler), Doug (Amy), Erin and Michael, Dan (Laurie), Jim and Gina (Jim) and great-nieces and nephews; Tseitel, Ari, Bo, Oz, Brynn, Brandon and Rebecca. Don also leaves behind his extended family and his many friends to mourn his passing. Predeceased by his parents Norval and Edna Klingbeil, sister Marion and brother-in-law Peter Dawson and father-in-law, Clifford Tofflemire.
Patsy would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Huntsville Hospital for the wonderful care and support given to Don and Patsy during his stay. A thank you also goes to Toronto Rehab for the wonderful care received.
Don will be laid to rest during a graveside service on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, www.
Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Fairvern Nursing Home in his 87th year. Jack was born in Huntsville on February 17, 1934 to parents Annette (nee Young) and James Wright. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Thorne who predeceased Jack in 1994. Jack leaves behind his daughters Jacquie Patcheson of Victoria, B.C. and Shirley Thorne of Huntsville to mourn his passing. Jack will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Jack was laid to rest on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
GROOMES, Constance Marie “Connie”
December 22, 1944 – October 10, 2020.
Passed peacefully at Algonquin Grace Huntsville Hospice. Beloved wife of Arthur Groomes Jr. Cherished mother of Ken (Shelley), Steve (Kim) and Jeff (Leona). Proud Nana to Kayla, Morgan, Austin, Tracey and Stacey. Proud Great Nana to Nixon, Abby, Deacon, Haydn and Logan. Connie is survived by siblings Bev Updike, Muriel Shortt, Doug Stone and Fred Stanyer. Predeceased by her parents Mel Stone, Vi Stanyer and stepfather Ken Stanyer. Predeceased also by her siblings Barb Worthen and Peter Stone.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hospice Huntsville for the care and comfort they provided to Connie and her family during a very difficult time.
In keeping with Connie’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville, www.hospicehuntsville.com. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Bent Bertelsen of Huntsville Ontario, Canada passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Bent was born in Vejle, Denmark on November 22, 1931. He is pre-deceased by his parents and his sister Tove Mikkelsen. He is survived by his brother Jens Bertelsen of Denmark, his beloved wife Annagrethe Bertelsen, his son Michael (Julia) Bertelsen, and his daughter Susanne (Bill) Payne and his grandchildren (Bree and Seanna, Leif and Erik) all of Huntsville.
Bent and Annagrethe met in Denmark and immigrated to Canada together in 1958. As an architect trained and Master Mason, Bent felt that there would be good opportunities for a business in Muskoka. When the young couple moved to Huntsville in 1960 there were some tears of despair from Annagrethe for the lack of development in this little northern town. Bent saw it as a diamond in the rough, and over several decades he and his wife built Muskoka Masonry into a successful contracting firm in the area. With talent, and strong work ethics, and desire to live a life of adventure Bent and Anna’s efforts paid off and business prospered.
They retired early to pursue Bent’s second passion and a life of adventure through sailing. He single handedly sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and over the next 10 years Bent and Anna explored the Mediterranean and beyond.
His continued love of sailing and generous spirit inspired Bent to create the not-for-profit Huntsville Sailing Club. In fact, Bent single handedly built 6 of the small optimist sail boats for the club.
It is not surprising that from Bent and Anna’s many travels and wild adventures Bent became a master storyteller. Often when you saw the twinkle in his eye you knew one of his great and true adventure stories where coming. He truly lived his dream!
Throughout his life, Bent held an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with those who surrounded him. His passion for life, his family, his practical jokes and his “Bertelsen Ingenuity” will be talked about for generations to come.
As per Bent’s wishes he has been cremated. No funeral service is planned. In lieu of flowers the family would ask for donations to be made in memory of Bent to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
DEMAINE James “Jim”
Jim lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on his way to a beloved place.
He was headed to see his family to enjoy something he loved a lot – the great outdoors.
We are deeply shocked and in mourning over this tragedy.
Jim was an amazing father to Jamie, Steve, Ben, Dave, Natalie and Jenny.
He was also a loving son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, godfather, grandpa and great-grandpa.
He was an especially wonderful husband to Cherryll.
Jim was loved by so many people and also loved so many: too many individuals to name.
Jim’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Algonquin Grace Hospice, Huntsville.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Details to follow. Please visit mitchellfuneralhome.ca for further information as it develops.
Thank you for reaching out to us with love and care.
Joann McDonnell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of Mike and the kids. She left us much too early at the age of 57 after the devastating effects of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Joann was born on January 2, 1963 and grew up in North Bay with her four siblings, Julie (Murray), Jim, George and Janis and her parents the late James & Shirley McDonnell. She is survived by her beloved life partner, Michael Frew and children, Joey McDonnell and Blake Frew. Joann will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Joann worked as an Administrative Clerk at the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and leaves many friends to mourn her passing. She will be remembered for her caring and bubbly personality, her love of reading and cooking but more importantly the love and devotion she had for her family.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Sunday, October 4th, 2020 from 1:00-1:45 p.m., 2:00-2:45 p.m., 3:00-3:45 p.m. and 4:00-4:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., reception to follow. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to ALS Society of Canada, www.als.ca. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Joann’s strength of spirit and will to live in the most difficult of circumstances will remain inspirational, unforgotten, and cherished by those who knew and loved her.
On Monday, September 28th, 2020, Jo-Anna Starr passed away at home surrounded by love from her family. Jo-Anna was strong as her journey with cancer came to an end.
Jo-Anna was born in Montreal on April 8, 1960. She grew up in Brantford and later made her home in Muskoka. Jo-Anna had a warm and kind spirit that could light up a room and her positive energy was infectious. She loved reading, travel, and spending time outdoors – hiking, birdwatching, cross country skiing, and kayaking. Jo-Anna loved her family deeply and she will be missed terribly. She will be forever remembered by her husband David Petersen, her daughters Willow and Lena Petersen, her extended family, and her dear friends. Jo-Anna was predeceased by her parents Margaret and Kenny Starr.
Jo-Anna was an educational assistant at Huntsville High School. She took great pride and joy in caring for her students. If you wish to help continue Jo-Anna’s support for students in the community, please donate to the student bursary being set up in her name. Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/joanna-starr-hhs-student-bursary.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Lyle Irwin Benton
April 3, 1937 – Sept 20th, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lyle Benton on Sunday Sept 20th, 2020.
Born to Vera and Harvey, and raised in the Brockville area, Lyle was the oldest of four siblings (Mel, Brenda and John).
He was a man who wore many hats. As a husband, father, and brother, he was also a farmer, a musician, and was active in local politics. Most will fondly remember him as a science teacher at Huntsville High School, where he worked until retirement.
It was early on in his teaching career when he met Margaret (nee Finkle). They bought a farm in Emsdale and raised three daughters (Lori, Andrea, and Shawna). The house was always full of good food, laughter, music andfour-legged friends. It was not uncommon to see new baby goats and lambs with the family dog on the hearth of the fireplace.
When grandchildren came along (Kody, Amanda, Vaughan, Waverleigh, Aidan, Charlie, Delson, and Lauren) Lyle (aka Papa) shared his love of farm life, music and family.
Lyle had a spiritual/religious/philosophical side, through which he would enjoy a lively debate with whoever was game.
Lyle loved creating music, and was very involved in the Muskoka Music Men, the Almaguin Choral Society, the Kearney Music Group, and various musicals throughout the Almaguin area. Generous with his time, he contributed to many causes. He was involved with Big Brother of Muskoka, he also volunteered his time in Central America on various projects to helped small communities.
Parkinson’s disease became Lyle’s kryptonite. Despite the degenerative nature of the disease, he continued to operate the farm, play music with friends, bicycle, and run for fitness. More than once, he won in his age category at Huntsville’s Band on the Run, often lapping his daughters.
A force to be reckoned with, he role modelled courage in the face of adversity, fueled by his strong will and determination. He touched the hearts of many and was larger than life to the very end.
We will miss him and remember him dearly.
A celebration of life will occur when we are able to gather in larger groups. For those who wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Muskoka, Parkinson’s Society, or contribute to a local musical organization. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Degazio, Florence Jeannette (nee Verrier)
August 14, 1929 – September 23, 2020
Passed peacefully at the Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario on September 23, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Degazio. Mother of Joanne Oke (Douglas), Donna Lynch (Patrick), Michael Degazio (Christina) and Joseph Degazio (Shelley). Proud grand mother to Tanya Maw (Darren), Carey-Anne Oke-Cook (Mark), Andrew Lynch, Matthew Lynch (Carissa), Brennan Lynch (Meghann), Alexis Degazio, Nicholas Degazio, Joshua Degazio, Jordan Degazio, Jessica Degazio. Favourite great-grandmother of Taylor, Katlyn, Joanna, Westan, Weldan, Jo Leeanne, Violet, Keegan and the late Zachari. Florence is survived by siblings Celine Ross &Shirley Elgie. She is predeceased by siblings Joseph Verrier & Lorraine Kantomer. Predeceased by her parents Alphonse & Kataryna Verrier. Florence is also predeceased by her second husband George Bruce.
Due to Covid-19, Provincial guidelines and restrictions enforced by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services allow for a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 or RSVP below to reserve a time to pay your respects.
Visitation will be held at the Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Rd Huntsville, on September 27, 2020 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please note there are 3 visitation times you may attend. You may RSVP below to any one of the visitation times. Attendance will be limited.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 12 Centre Street Huntsville, on September 28, 2020 at 2:00pm, with burial to follow at the Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery.
If Desired memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence can be offered to the family at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
With profound sadness we announce the passing at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville, Ontario, on September 10, 2020 of Jean Frances Earl (nee Childs) of Huntsville, Ontario (formerly of Bolton, Ontario). Born May 1937, Loving Daughter of Irene Childs (nee Jones) of Mattawa, Ontario and Ronald Childs of the Isle of Wight, Loving sister of Shirley Williams (and the late Stew), the late Bill Childs (Dianne, also deceased).
Wife of Donald Warren Earl, deceased, loving Mother to John (Debbie), Leslie (Dave), Keith (Joanne) and Mark; Grandma to Duncan, Justin, Mark, Jared, Rachel and Claire; Great Grandmother to Dorothy, Charles, Joey, Emmett and Oliver; as well as favoured Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews from coast to coast.
Born in Long Branch, Ontario, Jean was a dedicated mother, embracing all of her children’s accomplishments and radiated in the role of Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Jean was known to have a feisty personality and kept herself current on World affairs she was always up for a good discussion on many differing topics such as her trips to England with her sister Shirley which she enjoyed so very much and never forgot. Jean often said those trips “were the best trips of my life!”
Jean had many passions including reading, crafts and was an accomplished artist. Jean also mastered the technology world involving computers.
At this time a family get together is all that Jean wanted to mark her passing, we will raise a glass in cheers to her and include all of you in our thoughts.
“Moved up to Bolton in sixty-two
There were hockey games, poker and fishing too
Life was good oh life was sweet
For our family over on Henderson Street.”
Jean will rest at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bolton, Ontario.
Lynn Seely Smith died peacefully at home in Huntsville, Ontario, after a hard fought battle with breast cancer on Saturday September 12, 2020, with her family by her side.
Lynn was born in Huntsville on August 4, 1963. She was full of life and enjoyed spending time with others and supporting the community.
She will be sadly missed by her husband Brian, her son Justin, and her daughter Mariah; brothers Robert and Eric (Jen) Seely; nieces Sarah and Victoria; nephews Jason, Josh, Braeden and Bailey; and numerous friends and relatives. Lynn was pre-deceased by parents Hall and Mary Jane Seely.
Many thanks to all the marvellous doctors and nurses, and our everlasting gratitude to Dr. Harold and her team, Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Jindal, Dr. Johnstone, and Dr. De Roode.
Lynn was a Conference Service Manager at Hidden Valley Resort and was known to be hardworking, friendly, and an all-around wonderful human being.
She will be forever in our hearts.
If you wish to honour Lynn’s life please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
As per Lynn’s wishes, she will be cremated. Please stay tuned for additional details regarding a celebration of her life in the near-future at https://www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at The Pines Long Term Residential Care in Bracebridge in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Bill Earl who predeceased Ruby on October 2, 2004. Dearly loved mother of Wilma (Joe) Proulx of Orillia, Don Earl (Diane Coombes) of Novar and Bonnie Earl of Calgary. Proud grandmother of Cindy (Andrew), Shona (Chris), Wendy (John), Scott, deceased, (Mandy), Rob (Anne-Marie), Jamie (Dezarae), Jeff (Krista), Jennifer (Waseem) and Jacquelyn (Pat). Adored great-grandmother of Ashley (James), Ryan, Sholaine, Brett, Adam, Colin, Brandon, Jordan, Cole, Laura, Riley, Weston, Hudson, Corson, Waverley, Isaiah and Keziah. Proud great-great-grandmother of Dawson and Lauryn. Pre-deceased by her parents Lewis & Pearl Todd, brother Harold and his wife Ellen.
Ruby was raised on a farm in Novar ON where she was taught from a very young age how to take care of a home and do farm-life chores. She was taught the value of hard work along with other values of patience, perseverance, tolerance, kindness, caring and compassion. She lived these values every day of her life.
Ruby was a proud homemaker. She loved her home, her husband, her kids and celebrated the expanding of her family with each marriage and each birth. She was happiest when preparing food for family gatherings and friend drop-ins. No matter when you visited, there were always baked goodies. She was famous for her homemade bread, cinnamon buns, pies, cakes, cookies; and her butter tarts were to die for. Baking was one of the ways she showed her love. Everyone who entered her home was made to feel welcome.
She also had a soft spot in her heart for seniors. Her first out-of-the-home job was at Twilight Inn, Novar and then subsequently at Fairvern in Huntsville. The work was physically demanding but she seldom complained. In fact, she would often skip lunch breaks so that she could spend time with those seniors without family nearby, uplifting their spirits with a listening ear, while curling their hair or putting on nail polish. Ruby’s colleagues at Fairvern called her “mom.” This speaks volumes to who she was a woman.
After her husband’s death in 2004, Ruby said half of her died with him. Life was not the same. A diagnosis of dementia in 2009 led to a steady decline in quality of life. While she bravely soldiered on, her biggest fear was that she would forget her kids. She did not want to forget her kids. September 12, 2020 Ruby passed, knowing her kids were there with her and knowing she was loved. She got her wish. She did not forget.
Maybe our legacies aren’t so much about what we do, but how we make people feel.
Ruby leaves many hearts both enriched and saddened. Ruby made people feel loved.
Her earthly presence will be sorely missed.
Due to Covid-19, Provincial guidelines and restrictions enforced by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services allow for a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 or RSVP to pay your respects.
The funeral service will be held in the chapel at Billingsley Funeral Home, on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 1 p.m. The funeral service will be live streamed through Zoom for those unable to attend. Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery where Ruby will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband. A reception will follow the burial at Billingsley Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On September 10th, 2020 as the sun was beginning to rise, this world lost a patient, positive and compassionate man.
Daulton Fredric Victor Brooks, at the age of 92, passed peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville where he had spent the last days of his life being loved, cared for and doted on by the staff and his family.
Daulton’s consistent positive outlook on life will be missed immensely by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
His passing is bitter sweet in that although we want him here with us for our forevers, he is now with his Delta, his parents, his 3 older brothers and all of those he’s loved and lost in his 92 years of life.
We will miss him dearly as we continue on our life’s journeys with only our memories to comfort us.
The love and understanding he had for all of his family and friends was unwavering.
Daulton’s appreciation for the simplest of things in life and the courage he displayed, as he faced some of the most challenging years of his life, can be a gift to all of us who knew him.
We love you dad,
Bob and Jean, Tim, Brian and Brenda, Nadine and Steven, Debbie and Grant, Darcy and Stephanie.
We love you Grandpa,
Alicia and Chris, Curtis and Alyssa, Terrilynn and Craig, Brittany and Jim, David and Kerri, Kyle and Emily, Kayla, Tanner and Jack, Gracie and Yannick.
We love you Great Grandpa,
Rhea and Skye, Dahlia and Nova, Emily, Delta, Seth and Tye and Georgia and Jayden, Paisley-Mae.
And to all of those that called him Uncle, Brother and Friend, we know you loved him too.
At the request of Daulton, and taking into great consideration for restrictions due to COVID, there will be no public viewing or service.
Daulton’s life ended in a loving, caring environment where he experienced the upmost of professional care . We want to thank all of those staff members for the care and love they showed to him and to our family during his time at Hospice Huntsville.
If you wish to honour Daulton’s life, please make a donation to Hospice Huntsville at www.hospicehuntsville.com.
On September 5th, 2020, surrounded by family, Jonathan Dale Armstrong was called to his heavenly home at the age of sixty. The world has lost a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend.
Jon was born in Bancroft, Ontario, on October 26th, 1959. At the age of six his family moved to Toronto. Jon completed his high school education, went on to be as a certified Class A mechanic also completing his certification for truck and diesel. He married Nancy West in 1979. In 1988 he moved his family to Huntsville, where he started his own business as Twilight Automotive, later known as Armstrong Automotive. He sold Armstrong Automotive in 2007.
Jon could turn his hand to whatever he wanted to do. He built two family homes, worked in car sales, did renovations, built garages and other odd jobs. In 2007 Jon married Laurene Hicks (nee Harvey). In 2013 he and Laurene started Muskoka Clean Water where he furthered his education and became a certified water service technician and also well technician. In 2017, they sold Muskoka Clean Water and moved to Florida to start a similar business. When he wasn’t working, Jon was busy making new friends and fishing in the gulf.
Jon’s greatest gift was his ability to make everyone feel special. It didn’t matter if you were family, friend, acquaintance, customer or a stranger, Jon was always ready and willing to help. Jon would go out of his way to be a problem solver. His sense of fun and quick wit endeared him to all, and he will be deeply missed.
Jon is survived by his wife Laurene, his parents Lillian and Loynal (Bud), bothers Tim (Tammy) and Andrew (Avril), predeceased by brother Philip (2016). Also surviving are daughter Shannon (Jesse Jones), son Brent (Samantha), stepson William Hicks (Rachel), step- daughter Amanda (Scott Smith) and father-in-law Eldon Harvey. Jon adored his eleven grandchildren Wesley, Olivia, Brooklyn, Clara and Lewis Jones, Danae and Seth Armstrong, Kostas and Maddox Hicks, Frank and Zoe Smith.
Over the last year and a half, Jon and the family were so grateful to all those who came to visit, called, emailed, texted, sent cards and most of all, faithfully prayed. It is comforting when someone is honest enough to say or show, “We’re here, but we don’t understand why this is happening any more than you do, but we’re here to be with you through it. God is doing something that is beyond us and we cannot understand it.” Our heartfelt thanks to you all.
The family will host a meet and greet to celebrate Jon’s homegoing on Saturday September 19th from 1-4pm. The meet and greet will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 169 West Road. Huntsville, Ontario. Please RSVP to this event, indicating the time and number attending and to request further information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the funeral/visitation indoors is restricted to a maximum of 50 people or less at a time and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending.
People wishing to honor Jon’s lifelong commitment to his family and friends can make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Faith Baptist Church, 169 West Road, Huntsville Ontario. P1H1M7
It is with great sadness that the family of Matthew Bullock announces his sudden passing on Sunday, August 31, 2020 at his residence in Huntsville. Matthew was born on November 28, 1984 to Charles and Karen Bullock.
Matthew loved the outdoors whether it be in solitude fishing or playing golf with his buddies. Matthew is survived by parents Charles and Karen Bullock, sister Tara and her husband Neil Fougere, their children, Ethan, Bryden and Bella Fougere, and loving partner Liz Shortt. His greatest joy was being a father to Mylei Bullock and a step-father to Kaylynn and her sister Candace. He is the cherished grandson of maternal grandparents Ray and the late Jean McEown. Pre-deceased by his paternal grandparents Albert and Edith Bullock. Matthew will be dearly missed by his best buddies Barrett and Kaiden, his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
A private family gathering 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 condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com.
Myrna Helen Cotterchio (nee Gower) passed away peacefully in her 90th year with her children by her side on August 30th, 2020 at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 14, 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario to Alfred and Alice Gower. After Alice’s passing, Alfred married Ivy Lloyd.
Beloved wife of the late Louis Cotterchio and deeply loved mother of Deborah Cotterchio-Thomas (Jim), Sharon Young (Cubby), Brenda Van Haaster (Ken), Kevin Cotterchio (Michele), Brian Cotterchio (Shelley) and Sandra Farnsworth (Stan).
Treasured grandmother to Katrina Cotterchio (Drew Fenwick), Mike Van Haaster, Nicole Christian (Riley), Whitney Young (Blake Dietrich), Rob Van Haaster (Courtney Langstaff), Taylor Young (Jamie Wilton), Jessica Hymans (Rob), Shaylyn Cousintine (Travis), Bradley Cotterchio and Coby Cotterchio.
Cherished great-grandmother (Gigi) to Reed and Bren Fenwick, Owen, Miles and Lincoln Christian, Evelyn Hymans and Quinn and Rayna Cousintine.
Predeceased by her dear brothers Don Gower (Fran), Dennis Gower (Mary Ellen) (Jean) and Danny Gower.
Dearly loved sister-in-law to Mel Dyke (Roland Desjardin) (Norm Dyke), Moe Marcus (Bryan), Lynda McDonald (Fred) and to predeceased Joe Cotterchio (Doreen), Elsie Glass (Carl), Armundo Cotterchio (Elma) and Armenia Cotterchio.
Dearly loved aunt/great aunt/great great aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Myrna’s passions were first and foremost her family – always putting others first, and included golf (credited for 2 holes-in-one, possibly three – the jury is still out on that one), gardening and sewing (including her beautiful quilts and her daughters’ wedding dresses). She spent many of her younger years as a 4-H leader. She was incredibly creative – she made her children’s wedding cakes, loved to paint, and could put her hand to most any project. Her love for family functions allowed her culinary skills to shine through. Her unfailing optimism and cheerfulness continued to help her through her health challenges.
This amazing woman touched our lives in such wonderful ways. Loved and missed forever.
In respecting Myrna’s wishes there will not be a public service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
David Campbell Marsh
Formerly of Huntsville. Died on July 26, 2020 in Guelph, Ontario.
Shirley Dorothy Stamp (nee Burke)
September 2, 1927 – August 21, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Shirley just a few days short of her 93rd birthday. Shirley was born in Toronto to Hazel and Murray Burke on September 2nd, 1927. She was predeceased by her sister Eva Locken and is survived by her brother Murray Burke.
Shirley worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Federal Government until marrying the late Vern Stamp and moving to Kearney, Ontario in 1950. There, she joined the Women’s Institute and the Anglican Church Women’s group. She belonged to the United Church Married Couples Club and sang in the United Church choir. She started a “Brownie” pack in Kearney and lead a 4H group of girls, teaching them to sew and cook.
She was employed as a custodian at Huntsville High School after her children were grown, retiring after 15 years.
She leaves her five children, Stephen, Gerry (Debbie), Eric (Jo-Ann), Madelaine (John), and Brian (predeceased). She is also survived by grandchildren Vanessa, Jason, Cathy, Jeff, Janelle, Jamie, Steven, Lauralee and great grandchildren Troy, Dylan, Angelina, Kayla, Oliver, Zander, Noah, Shamis, and Ashtyn, as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
Shirley was a feisty, passionate, independent woman with a fierce love for her family, nature, crafts, bingo and budgies! You could almost monthly find her moving pictures and furniture within her home to perfect her “little corner of the world”. As much as she loved switching things up, she could always be counted on to provide a welcoming, safe place for all, particularly her loved ones. She will be deeply missed. What a treasure she was!
In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place on September 2nd. Due to Covid-19 there will be no Celebration of Life but a memorial slide show is being put together in order to honour her memory.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Norman Lawrence Hamilton
April 19, 1956 – August 15, 2020
Our dearest brother Norman was born in Huntsville to Alexander and Elsie Hamilton of Kearney who predeceased him. Norman was the second of eight brothers Henry (Kim deceased), Arnold, Randy (Tracy), Lorne, Michael, Murray (Barb) and William (Toni). Norman is also survived by his Aunt Alice Edsall of Clear Lake, ten nieces and nephews and their children. As well a great number of cousins.
During and after high school, Norman acquired a Culinary Arts passion, while employed at Deerhurst Resort.
In 1977 Norman met and married Caren Rider and moved to Napanee ON. In Napanee, Norman became Head Chef of a large restaurant in the area.
Norman and Caren were blessed with three children Daniel (Jennifer), Elishia (Tim deceased) and Sara- Mae. Norman was the proud grandfather to Benjamin, Ryan, Nicholas, Ashlei, Robert, Danyel, Emma-Lyne, Jessica, Elyssa and Darren. As well as a great-grandson Nathan.
After Norman and Caren’s marriage ended, he returned to Muskoka and became a carpenter, at the time of his death he was employed by Dan French of Bracebridge ON.
In 1996 Norman met Sharlene and her two daughters Cressida and Tia. They spent 24 years together and became proud grandparents to Evelyn and Robinson.
Our brother was equally proud of all five of his children and his grandchildren. Norman gloated to his brothers, that he was the first to have a great-grandchild, living in North Carolina, although due to distance, he never had a chance to meet him. Norman was admired and loved by all his nieces and nephews all who have stories to tell about him when they were growing up.
Our brother Norman, loved the outdoors. Norman’s idea of hunting, was to put the gun over his shoulder, shells in his pocket and walk through the bush. He and his brothers loved to go to the Trenton fishing derby every year when they were younger.
When Norman was single, he thought nothing of hopping on his motorcycle and travelling around Ontario to visit relatives as far away as Kingston for a day trip. It was not uncommon, for Norman to arrive at your door, just to say hello.
In his later years, Norman would drop Sharlene at work, and go visit one of his brothers. There they would happily work on a project or just sit and chat about growing up in the west end of Huntsville. One of Norman’s favourite topics, as young boys, was summers spent at our grandmother’s 285 acre farm near Cordova Mines ON.
Of all eight brothers, we believed Norman would last the longest. Norman was the biggest and strongest of the lot. Norman rarely smoked (occasionally he would pull out his pipe around a campfire) and would rarely indulge adult beverages. It is unbelievable that Norman is the first to join Mom and Dad.
Rest in peace our brother. Until we meet again.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, for caring for our dearly departed brother during his heart attack and stroke.
Memorial Celebration to be held at Murray Hamilton’s 55 Elliott St. W. Huntsville ON.
Saturday August 22nd at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Masks are required, social distancing will be observed.
PRASKEY, Gordon Robert (Gord)
Feb 13, 1931 – August 17, 2020 at Muskoka Landing, Huntsville at the age of 89.
He will be greatly missed by his loving partner Joyce Rostance. He was the beloved husband of Helen Risebrough Praskey (deceased 2009) for 59 years. Youngest son of Jim Praskey and Florence North, brother of the late Bill Praskey and Wilbert Praskey. Gord loved and was very proud of his son Joe Praskey (Cynthia Parsons) and grandson Jason Praskey (Kristen Praskey) and children Austin and Alison; grandson Ryan Praskey (Cari Vetere) and children Jackson and Dylan. He will be greatly missed by the children and grandchildren of Joyce Rostance. He was loved and appreciated by his sister-in laws Jean Praskey, Shirley Shier, Eleanor Frye and brother in-law Bruce Risebrough (deceased) and their families. He was a good and supportive friend to many people who will cherish his memory. He will be remembered as a fun and loving uncle by his many nieces and nephews. At age 62 he retired and he and Helen moved from Markham to Cheticamp, Cape Breton where they lived and entertained many visitors for over 20 years. Gord was a multi talented man, with a zest for life whose accomplishments included master plumber, builder, drummer/band leader (Imperials), Markham Lions Club member, percussionist (featured on TV show Going Down The Road) Markham scout leader (10 years) and Cheticamp CKJM Deejay. He worked hard and played hard and his enthusiasm and congeniality were appreciated by all who knew him. Thanks to all the staff at Muskoka Landing Long Term Care facility for all their compassionate care and support of Gord in his final years. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice are gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and obituary at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
During COVID-19, provincial guidelines allows funeral homes to operate at a 30 per cent capacity for visitations or funeral services, with social distancing measures being observed. Masks are mandatory within the funeral home. By invitation only, the visitation will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home on Monday, September 14th from 12-1 p.m. followed by the memorial service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
At the age of 88, Les Hughes passed away peacefully in Huntsville, on August 5, 2020. He worked for over 40 years with CP Express Transport Ltd as a long haul trucker with over 30 years of safe driving. Les was a very loving, supporting and caring husband to his wife Ruth for over 64 years. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time together with them. He was always there as the strength and the rock of the family; to listen and help in whatever way was needed, without judgement or criticism. He offered invaluable advice and guidance to all.
He had a strong passion for fishing, hunting, family and great knowledge for being a handy man with mechanics and home repairs. All traits and passions he has been able to pass along to his children and grandchildren. He had a very personal and special relationship with each individual member of the family. He was very much loved and will be missed by his wife Ruth Hughes (Roberts). His children Richard, Nancy (Rodger Wilson), Randy, Harvey (Hellen Chaka). Grandchildren Jeffery, Bradley, Amanda (Adrien Gendreau), Michelle (Joe Nicholls), Scott (Lorain De Koning), Brittany, Thomas and Keegan. Great grandfather to Lucas, Peyton, Stella and Elena.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Les’ wishes a family Gathering and celebration of life will take place at Billingsley Funeral home August 15, 2020 from 12:30 p.m – 2:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Parkinson’s Foundation or charity of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
May 19, 1976 to July 22, 2020
Brent passed away peacefully with his wife Becky by his side on July 22, 2020.
He was a true friend and devoted husband, son, brother and uncle.
Brent leaves behind his wife Becky (Stead) Morris, along with his parents Gary and Sharon Morris and sister Carolyn Morris. Also left to mourn are his in-laws Tom and Carolyn Stead, brother in-law Tom and Dawn Stead, sister in-law Margy and Jeremiah Tilstra. He will be greatly missed by his caring uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many great friends.
Brent lived life to the fullest – working hard and playing harder. Brent worked as a marine mechanic, diligently solving problems through his honest work ethic. He loved adventures, whether on snowmobiles, dirt bikes or boats. Brent found the greatest peace while out on the water enjoying the quiet on his boat “Beastie Bouys”.
Brent was a kind and generous friend with a smile bigger than life. His awesome group of friends would drop everything to help each other out or to engage in some shenanigans. Brent’s wife, Becky, has been his anchor throughout. Their love is unbreakable.
We would like to thank Dr. Harrold, the nurses of the palliative care team for all their help and support, and Dr. Emmenegger from Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center.
May we celebrate the many smiles and wish Brent “cheers” on his next adventure.
In memory of Brent Morris, donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville.
Celebration of life will take place in the near future.
Cope, William Henry
At 97 years young, Bill Cope passed away on July 29, 2020 at The Pines in Bracebridge Ontario. He was predeceased by Elisabeth, his beloved wife of 69 years, who passed away on January 24th, 2020. He will be lovingly missed by his children Dave (Sharon Orcutt), Katie (Bev MacWilliams), and Marg (Doug Bennett). He was the cherished grandpa of Alissa (Scott Baird), Shawn (Jen Brandt), Kim and Katy (Chris Divjak), and proud great grandpa to William and Nicholas Bennett.
Bill was an active, participating member of The Greatest Generation. As a child, he survived polio. As a young man, he served as an RCAF navigator during WWII. Following the war, he entered the workforce and advanced himself through various companies and locations in the field of high-end retail. Retiring early, at the age of 46, he moved his family to Huntsville. He then took a position with a Wall Street brokerage house as a management consultant on a part time basis.
An avid sportsman, Bill loved to hunt and fish and would go far afield to pursue these activities; he was a downhill skier, a golfer, an auto enthusiast, a sailor, a private pilot, a boat builder/restorer and a gunsmith among numerous other talents. He also had an incredible love for dogs, any dogs, all dogs and they always seemed to reciprocate.
Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Bill’s wishes there will be a small family gathering, where we will celebrate the legacy of Bill’s life.
Memorial Donations would be gratefully accepted by The Huntsville Hospital Foundation or any Dog/Animal Shelter near you.
On July 22, 2020, Bryan passed away peacefully at home after a year and a half struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family and close friends.
One of Bryan’s true loves was the game of golf which led him to the opportunity of receiving golf scholarships in the U.S. After university he returned to Toronto to acquire his law degree at Osgoode Hall and had a rewarding legal career, including receiving the recognition as Queen’s Counsel. Bryan was always ready to help when he saw a need, giving generously of his time, thoughtful counsel, and financial support. He was the founder and developer of Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, one of Canada’s premier golf courses.
Bryan had an insatiable zest for life which he and his wife Julie explored as private pilots, taking them on many great adventures. Their shared love of boating, skiing and cycling brought them much joy and many happy times together.
Bryan will be lovingly remembered by his wife Julie, his sons Jason and Christopher, his grandson Jackson, daughter-in-law Susie, his sister-in-law Jody, her husband Stephen and their 2 sons Benjamin and Tomas, his brother Jeff, and close friends Deb, Paul, Maddi and Karen.
We are very grateful for the amazing care and support of Dr. Marion Baechler, Bryan’s nurse, Megan, and his medical support team who looked after him at home with such compassion. He spent many weeks in Huntsville Hospital, and received incredible care from the medical team and support staff, as well as our community’s kind and professional paramedics who responded to his needs at home.
Neighbours and friends in the community were a vital support to both Bryan and Julie throughout his illness. In respecting Bryan’s wishes, there will not be a public service. Memorial donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Passed away suddenly on July 28, 2020 at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital in his 62nd year. Ray was born on October 11, 1958 in Huntsville to parents Jackie & the late Ted Watson. Ray will be dearly missed by his brothers and sister; Robert (Berna), Stephen (Carol), Karen (Bob) and the late Kathy. Loving uncle and great-uncle to many.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 208 Fowlers Road in Huntsville from 1-3 p.m. Please bring your own chair. Refreshments are available; however, BYOB. Please join us by raising a glass to Ray. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Della May Elizabeth (Nickason) Sawyer on June 28th , 1948 Dick and Helen Nickason welcomed a baby girl. They named her Della May Elizabeth – after her granny Elizabeth Stevenson and her nana May Nickason. She is a tribute to both of those women. Della was the second child. Her older brother is Leslie (Wilma) and her younger siblings are Eric (d) (Pat); Billy (Grace); Brenda (d) (Barry Ross); Lonnie; Norma (Bill Van Alstine); Cheryl (Ted Spalding); and Mary Ellen (Tim Wright).
Della was raised near Deer Lake on what is now known as Stephenson Road 1 East. When Della married Norm Sawyer on March 27th, 1965, they built a house next door to her mom and dad. They raised three children – David (Diane); Paul (Kelly) and Wendy (Rob Jung) – with plenty of love and laughter. Now they are proud and loving grandparents to 8 grands and 2 great-grands. The love flows in both directions, as the grandchildren love coming for sleepovers. Della’s life has always been fully entwined with family, and that gave her great joy.
Just like her mom, she loved the horses and dogs and chickens that were a part of her country life. From her first horse Chief to her last horse Ebony, she loved to be on and around horses. She looked forward to an annual long-standing tradition to go horseback riding with friends and family every summer. She also loved her German Shepherd dogs many of which she owned over the years . She enjoyed her chickens as well, although we hear that the chickens were more obedient for Norm than Della!
Other outdoors activities that made Della happy were as varied as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking as well as 4-wheeling and riding motor bikes – from her kids dirt bikes to street bikes. Through more recent years, Della also enjoyed “cousin caper” outings with her loving siblings and cousins. Full of energy and laughter, Della loved to be active outside. More recently, Della and Norm tried their hand at beekeeping and one year their hives produced 180 lbs of honey! They both enjoyed time together on their annual trips to Cuba where they formed lasting friendships with some of the locals there.
Della began working as a teenager at Divine Lake Lodge – lots of teens in the Port Sydney area got their first jobs there. Later, Brenda encouraged her to come to Hidden Hitch, where she started at an entry level job and worked her way up the Human Resource manager. During her 28 or so years at Hidden Hitch, she took many college and university courses that related to her job. During her learning process, Della also reached out to help adults learn to read and she got back a huge amount of enjoyment from helping them learn. After she finished at Hidden Hitch, Della went to work at FanoTech in Bracebridge until she “retired to stay active”.
Della and Norm built a few homes and moved around the Port Sydney and Huntsville area, but never out of it. Their first home was built beside her mom and dad. They built their current home on Stephenson 12 East where she also had the enjoyment of having her horse, her dog, her chickens and her bees there.
Talking about the joys in Della’s life would not be complete without celebrating the great peace she found in her relationship with the Lord. Della was saved in her early teens. Then a few years later she enjoyed many years of fellowship at Deer Lake Gospel Hall until she was no longer able to attend due to health implications . For many years she held a Wednesday afternoon Ladies Bible Study in her home right up until Covid-19 forced the disbanding of many social groups.
Three years ago, Della was diagnosed with PLS (a disease related to ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease) but instead of wading through details and arming herself with worry for the future, Della concentrated on enjoying every moment that she had, and relying on the Lord to help her through the coming days. She accepted and graciously faced the journey that would lie ahead.
During COVID-19, visitations and funeral services are conducted on a schedule and by appointment only. For those not wishing to attend the funeral service, there will be visitation on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Billingsley Funeral Home. Scheduled visiting times start at 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Following provincial guidelines the funeral service will allow a 30% capacity while social distancing measures are observed. The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a seat. The interment will take place following the funeral service at Stephenson Cemetery in Port Sydney. The family asks that any memorials be in the form of donations to Huntsville Hospice, where she and her family have received only the best of care from Norma and the palliative care teams. The family is also grateful to Dr. Varieur who even made house calls to Della during COVID-19; to the PSWs who gave such good care; and to Closing the Gap organization. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Many thanks to Billingsley Funeral Home for their support. No words can express the appreciation for all the prayers and kindnesses of her Christian family, and to all of her family and friends for their loving care during this difficult time.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Layne George Leonard born June 20th, 1953 in Lindsay Ontario. Layne passed away peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff at Algonquin Grace Hospice on July 18th 2020. Layne lived an adventurous life that touched so many people. He was uplifting, kind, and generous. Layne was born the youngest of five children to Alfred and Eleanor Leonard (predeceased.) Layne made many marks on this earth traveling around the world and utilizing his many tremendous talents. Not only did Layne work for the likes of Bob Dylan and other wealthy clients as a gourmet chef, bodyguard and driver. He was also a certified martial arts third-degree black belt, and an amazing artist. In addition, he became an entrepreneur running a few successful barber shops. On the side he was an entertainer as an accomplished piano player. Later in life, he met Heather Fraser who he married and they had a beautiful daughter Zoe, who was the apple of his eye. In the early days of Zoe’s life many people would remember Layne as the dad carrying “the little red head” in yellow rubber boots around Huntsville. Layne also had a huge love of motorcycling and the world of Harley Davidsons. After the birth of his daughter Zoe he retired from his many jobs to look after his vast property and raise his daughter as well to help with the family business. During that time he became increasingly interested in the sport of hunting both with rifles and bows. That led him to joining the Eagle Lake Gun Club where he developed some top level skills in competition shooting with the IDPA. As a direct result, Layne made some of the best friends in his life. He was a wonderful husband and father, a hero uncle, a solid brother, and a reliable friend. During Layne’s battle with cancer his strong faith in god kept him positive and happy. He was one of the strongest people anyone could ever meet and even during his final days he kept true to being this man as Layne refused to take any medication to keep him out of pain. Not a single day will pass where he won’t be remembered for his love of his family, his compassion for animals, his unique sense of humour, his crazy laugh, and his infectious smile.
As per Layne’s request there will be no service. If you wish, a donation in Layne’s memory to Algonquin Grace Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Godspeed Layne Leonard. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
It is with great sadness that the family of Steve Wagg announces his unexpected passing, on Thursday July 2, 2020, at the age of 62 years. Steve will be lovingly remembered by both his brothers, Owen and Miles and sister Carole, survived by children Stephanie and Eric. Steve had a great sense of humor, and was upbeat and loved people. He would talk to anyone. He was the type of person who would offer help in any situation. Steve will be fondly remembered for his passion of hunting and outdoors lifestyle. Steve was predeceased by his father George Wagg and mother Audrey Ashby. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in his 77th year. Ernie is survived by his son Paul (Scott) Denomme and stepson’s, Kevin (Ruth) Morgan, Rick (Myra) Morgan and Phillip (Vicky) Morgan. Also survived by his brother Ray (Trudy) Denomme. Ernie will be dearly missed by his friends Amanda and Michelle. Pre-deceased by his parents Kenneth and Doloris Denomme (nee Hiehn) and siblings, Rosanne and Richard.
A graveside service will take place on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Kearney. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Muskoka Seniors Home Assistance or the Table Food Bank Soup Kitchen. Messages of condolences can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Passed away, with family at her side, on Sunday, July 5th, 2020 at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in her 91st year. Beloved wife of Reginald Tipper who predeceased Eleanor in 2002. Loving mother of John (Joyce) Tipper, Barbra (Reed) Richardson and Gary (Diane) Tipper. Proud granny of Amy (Josh), Ann (Brandon), Keith (Soizic), Jared (Tanya), Joel, Bryan and Cheryl. Great-Granny to 7 great-grandchildren. Eleanor is survived by her siblings Norm, Bert and Mary. Pre-deceased by her parents Edward and Susan Cousins and siblings, Miriam, Beth and Bill.
In keeping with Eleanor’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Hospice Huntsville. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Oak Terrace in Orillia. Beloved wife of Tim (2010). Dear mother of Greg, Brenda, Reg (2016), Darrel,Terry, Tim Jr., Judy and Keith. She will be missed by her many grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. In keeping with mom’s wishes there will be no public service. 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
Gone too soon and missed by many, Heather passed away peacefully in the early hours of June 26th with her husband and children by her side. She was in her 67th year. She leaves behind her husband, Terry, children Elissa (Mike) McDowall and Brandon (Janis) Bennett as well as 5 grandchildren and her sister Caroline (Bob) St. Clair, and nieces and nephews.
Heather was an original member of the Huntsville Community Band where she expanded her horizons by learning to play the clarinet. She also joined the Muskoka Rock Choir in season 2. In addition Heather also enjoyed her weekly Majong socials. Those three activities provided her much pleasure and cherished new friendships.
Heather also had a love for nature, she loved going for scenic drives with her husband in an attempt to catch a glimpse of any wildlife, or spending time just looking out their kitchen window at the many birds at the feeders. They also spent many mornings together just relaxing on the front deck, enjoying a good book or just taking pleasure in each other’s company.
Fond memories were made over the years at Harp Lake with many friends and family. Game nights, Dinner Parties, and countless celebrations took place.
Born in Toronto, Heather spent her early years in Newmarket and moved to Huntsville in 1965. She attended Spruce Glen Public School and Huntsville High School. It was at H.H.S. that she met Terry and since then she was 1/2 of a perfectly matched couple.
People who knew her will remember Heather as headstrong, loyal, honest, creative, funny and a lover of animals.
The family would also like to express their sincere appreciation for the nurses in the Chemo lab at Huntsville Hospital who’s genuine compassion was truly felt by Heather. Appreciation also goes out to Doctor Sanjay Jindal, Doctor Megan Stephenson as well as the nurses and PSWs at Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville, for their compassionate care.
If you wish, donations would be greatly appreciated to Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville, or a Wing and a Prayer Muskoka’s Bird Rehabilitation Centre.
A celebration of life to be held at a later date, please keep an eye out on Mitchell Funeral Home website for further details. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
Robert passed away peacefully at his residence at Valley Stream Manor in Ottawa on June 23 after a long, fulfilling and accomplished life. Born on October 14, 1926 in Sprucedale, he was the son of Laurie and Rosalie Newman. He was predeceased in 2013 by his beloved wife, Dorothy Mary Thompson, daughter of John Alex and Elizabeth Alice Thompson of Lake of Bays. He will be dearly missed by son David and his wife Alice, daughter Susan and her husband Rob Fortin, grandchildren Samantha and Jason Corrigall, Jennifer Newman and Kier Martin, Alex Newman and Megan Sumiko Fulleringer, Dan Fortin and Zazu Myers, and Joe and Sarah Fortin. He was an adoring and adored Papapa to great-grandchildren Alistar Newman, Keiralese Martin and Evelyn Corrigall. He was very close to Dorothy’s family, especially Lil and Don Boothby, Jessie and Jim Allen, and Janet and Neil Bionda and their families. In his professional career, Bob was a pioneer in special education, having served as Superintendent of Education in Simcoe (Barrie), East Parry Sound (Sundridge), and Niagara (Welland), and Principal / Teacher in Richmond Hill, CFS Edgar, North Bay, Timmins and Huntsville. He earned a BA from University of Western Ontario, MEd from University of Toronto and Inspector’s and Superintendent’s Certificates from OISE. Retired since 1980, he was a skilled woodworker and well-loved resident of Haystack Bay, Lake of Bays for over thirty years. He and Dorothy spent happy years at Muskoka Traditions and he enjoyed his last several years in Ottawa. Bob and his family are profoundly grateful to his care-giving and medical teams in both Huntsville and Ottawa. Any donations can be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation or a charity or arts organization of your choice. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
REID, Wayne Douglas
March 17, 1949 ~ June 21, 2020
Wayne, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on Sunday, June 21st, 2020 on Father’s Day. We take great comfort in knowing that Wayne went to meet His Heavenly Father on Father’s Day. He leaves behind his wife Diane, two sons Andrew (Donnabel) and Timothy, his spiritual son Devin (Jenn) and two grandsons, Aaron, Daniel, spiritual Papa Wayne to Noah Wayne, brother to the late George, Gloria (Rod), Kenny (Anna) and Norma (Jim).
Wayne started searching for the meaning of life and God in Christ found him when he was 18 while visiting the New Tribes Mission Jungle Camp in Durham, Ontario (now called Ethnos). He grew and developed in his faith attending Waverly Road Baptist, Knox Presbyterian (where Wayne and Diane were married), Pinegrove Church in Bracebridge and lastly Faith Baptist Church in Huntsville. Wayne loved children in the church and out the church. Those in the church, he saw as the future of the church. He loved teaching sunday school and taught toddlers and upward. Wayne loved God’s word and read his Bible faithfully until the end. He will be missed.
The family invite friends to a visitation held on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church from 1 – 2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. The burial will follow the service at Baysville Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. A reception will not be held due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Wayne’s family encourage friends to wear bright and joyful colours and to dress casual in Wayne’s memory.
During COVID-19, visitations and funeral services are conducted on a schedule and by appointment only. For those not wishing to attend the funeral service, there will be scheduled visiting times. Following provincial guidelines the funeral service will allow a 30 per cent capacity while social distancing measures are observed. Please call Billingsley Funeral Home at 705-789-8982 to reserve a time to pay your respects.
Donations in Wayne’s memory can be made to Ethnos (New Tribe Mission) or Gideon’s International. Messages of condolence can be made to www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
For those unable to attend, Wayne’s funeral service will be live streamed using the following link http://faithmuskoka.ca/
Peace and Hope
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Edward “Jay” Bell
Jay passed away peacefully at home on May 22nd, 2020 with his loving wife Trish by his side. Jay was predeceased by his parents Ted and Bertha Bell and his brother Wayne. He will be deeply missed by his children Jennifer Bell (Tracey McKeen), Jason (Lisa), and Jordan, his siblings Kathy Earl, Bill (Lynn), Rosalie Wheeler (David), and Tim (Vicki), sister-in-law Carol, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many relatives, friends, and by his loving cat Shadney.
Jay was musically talented and taught himself to play guitar at an early age. He also learned the bagpipes and that gift took him to many places over the years including The Netherlands, where he was honoured to play at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery. As well as The Netherlands, Jay and Trish travelled to Ireland, Germany, and Spain. Jay absolutely loved the time he spent in Spain. He enjoyed being close to nature, loved hunting, fishing, and riding his ATV. He was a good friend to many and always was happy and he lived life with a smile on his face. We will miss his readiness to talk and tell a story or a joke.
Jay and his family were blessed to spend time together over the last few months as he prepared for his next journey. Trish and family would like to thank Allan, MJ, Nurses, Doctors and PSWs who helped and cared for Jay.
If so desired, memorial donations to Ducks Unlimited would be acknowledged as expressions of sympathy by the family. Online condolences may be made at muskokacremationandburial.ca.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Glen Osbern Murdy. He passed away peacefully in his 89th year on Sunday June 14th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the Algonquin Grace Hospice.
Glen was a devoted, loving husband of 67 years to Corinne (nee Aucoin). Proud father of Cheryl (Steve) Taylor, Colleen (Curtis) Gregson, Cynthia Murdy & Rodney (Leigh Anne) Murdy. Adoring grandfather of Jim, Sean, Samantha, Jessica, Abigail, Michelle, Christopher, Nicole & Jason. Great Grandfather of Carleigh & Alexis.
Predeceased by his parents Robert & Florence Murdy, brothers Lloyd
(Norma) Murdy, Ted (Ellen) Murdy & sister Dorothy Hall.
Glen was born and raised on a farm in Fern Glen, Ontario, which is just north of Huntsville. As a young man, Glen moved to the Toronto area where he took a job at the Canadian General Electric Company. It was at that time he met and married the love of his life, Corinne. They later moved to Mississauga where Glen and Corinne raised their family for the next number of years. Most weekends and holidays in the summer, the family would pack up the car and head north to their cottage on the Big East River, just north of Huntsville.
Glen retired in 1991 after 40 years with the General Electric Company and with Corinne, moved back to the Huntsville area that he loved so much.
Glen and Corinne spent their busy retirement years traveling in Canada as well as taking winter cruises or travelling to Florida for a southern holiday.
Glen was a kind, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was an outdoorsman at heart, who was happiest when he was spending time with his cherished wife and family, taking walks on a bush trail, or telling the grandchildren a story from his early years in the north.
“We will all miss our dear Papa Glen and Grandpa so much …. and you will always be in our hearts.”
It would be greatly appreciated that any donations made in Glen’s memory were directed to the Hospice Huntsville, 100 Frank Miller Dr, Huntsville, ON P1H 1H7. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca.
A proud Navy veteran of WWII, Bill passed away peacefully on June 12th, 2020 in his 96th year. Beloved husband to Marjorie; devoted Dad to Cathy (Brian), Paul (Marji) and Larry (Louise). Forever remembered as Poppa to Jordana, Brandon, Amy, Michael, Keri, Benjamin and Sidney. Affectionately known as Great Poppa to Sofia, Theo, Penny, Barrett, Carson, Valerie and Ivy.
Bill was born and raised in Huntsville by his parents, Arthur and Mae Blackburn with his brother Charlie. He grew up working with his Dad at Blackburns’ Marina, later taking over from his father. Bill loved boating and fishing and shared these interests and his love of the water with his children and grandchildren. Bill was a founding member the “Cripple Creek” Hunt Camp.
He was a kind-hearted man, with a great laugh and an infectious smile. He was known as Dad, Poppa and Pops to many but he was a great friend to all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that a memorial donation to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation be considered. Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
The death occurred on June 10, 2020 of Peter Eugene Zilney at the age of 76. Peter was born in Cloyne, Ontario to parents Tom Zilney and Helen Hartwick. He was one of 9 children. Surviving him are his brother Lorne (Diane) of Wellington, Ontario, sister Theressia Fox of Wellington and sister Ann (Larry) Guy of Ottawa and sister-in-law Dianne Zilney of Novar. He is predeceased by his brother John and sisters, Lillian Snider, Shirley Baumhour, Beverely Spencer and Elizabeth Zilney. Peter spent his younger years in Prince Edward County before coming to Huntsville.
Peter was a kind and gentle soul who will be remembered as the guy who was always walking around town. He had a route he would walk, sometimes twice a day. He was always ready with a smile and hello to all he met on his walks. He enjoyed breakfast at Family Place when he could, and church dinners a couple times a week.
Peter will be missed by all who knew him especially his many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to Canadian Mental Health Association Muskoka-Parry Sound, mps.cmha.ca or The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation, www.thetablefoundation.ca Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
Mary Margaret Bennett passed away June 6th, 2020 after battling breast & liver cancer. The following is an excerpt written by accomplished writer, Muskoka historian, and dear family friend Ted Currie:
“A dear friend of our family, former colleague at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, keen nature photographer, and celebrant of the good life here in Muskoka, Mary Bennett, the loving wife of Randy, and cherished mother of son Martin, passed away late Saturday afternoon. Peacefully, with family at her side, in the embrace of the natural surroundings she so loved to photograph, as a longtime hobby, comforted by the peacefulness of her country side home, near the Village of Utterson, Mary slipped gently into a deep sleep bringing an end to the suffering she had been experiencing in the last weeks of her life.
“Mary and I were longstanding admirers of the art work and mysterious life of Canadian artist, Tom Thomson, and she gave me a brand new copy of the Tom Thomson Mystery, written by John Little, which was a continuation of the work of his father Judge William Little, in the early 1970s, expounding on the likelihood that the artist had been murdered in that Canoe Lake community, of Mowat, in the heart of Algonquin Park. On that occasion we talked for hours about the circumstances known and unknown that had led up to the fateful evening in July 1917 when Thomson went missing, only to be found nearly a week later floating in Canoe Lake between Little and Big Wapameo Islands. I have researched Thomson’s death, and written about it since the mid 1990’s, and Mary had been fascinated by the mystery even longer, and profoundly moved by Thomson’s art work of Algonquin, Muskoka and Georgian Bay. It most likely influenced the framing of her photographs, which were so artistically presented and thoughtfully shared with her many hobbyist associates, friends and family over the years via Instagram and of course her greeting cards specially adorned with some of her most compelling images, most snapped at her Utterson farmstead, particularly of the birds that visited the beautifully treed property shared with husband Randy and son Martin.
“I got to know Mary during the six months I worked on the manuscript for the history of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, back in the spring of 1999, preparing for its publication in 2000, being released on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its founding on the top of Tanbark Hill, across the road from the Presbyterian Church. I had to clear my entrance into the school through Mary, who also had to answer about a billion and a half of my questions, as she was, after all, the pivotal individual in that school operation, of which she was in so many ways, the active, in-real-time historian of what was going on in that great old building; of which we were both once students. I don’t think the book would have been published without Mary’s assistance, because she facilitated so many of the requests for information and bookings for regular meetings with teachers having to sneak time for me, in between classes, and other academic meetings. I did thank Mary for her many kindnesses to a frazzled historian trying to make deadline. She was known for her kindnesses by the way, and she was greatly missed when she retired some years back, many teachers feeling the place would never be the same without her efficiencies and appreciated kindnesses shown to staff and students who got to know her over the decades.
“Our family knew Mary had taken ill earlier this spring, and was faring poorly as time went on, confining her to home when in heart and soul, she wanted to be moving about and enjoying the life and times of a retiree with a great deal of ambition and energy to expend. She had lots of plans and was never reluctant to push to get what she wanted, and visit the places she most enjoyed, and that included connecting with family and friends which made her days fulfilling and always fun. She was a bright spirit and had a positive outlook even when things seemed bleak to others. But she imprinted on life and will not be soon forgotten as a kind soul and a fighter for family and homestead, and promoter of the good life here in this beautiful region of Ontario.”
Mary is survived by her husband Randy of 42 years, their son Martin, her brothers & sisters including Libby, Colleen, Carmen, Joe, John, Brian, and Ed, and their mother Mary Charron.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family wishes in lieu of flowers that memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Nurses Foundation, to honour the hard work, dedication, comfort and support they give to struggling patients & families across the country.
Messages of condolence can be left at www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com
On Friday June 5th, surrounded by family, Russell Lavern Goold passed away at Huntsville Hospice. Russ was an avid hunter/outdoorsman, enjoyed gardening and birds. He was a member of the Southwold Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years, President of the Talbotville Optimist Club, played hockey for the Super Seniors Hockey League for 10 years as well as playing shinny hockey in the super seniors hockey league in Huntsville and was a member of Trinity United Church.
Russ and Connie travelled the world, their best trip was to South Africa with Australia and New Zealand a close second.
Russ worked at General Motors and General Dynamics as a draftsman. Russ leaves behind his wife Connie, his children, Tricia D’Amour, Trevor Goold (Jennifer), Todd Goold (Stephanie), his stepson Phil Adams (Kristin). His sister Beverley McFarland of Phoenix Arizona and eight grandchildren. Pre-deceased by wife Barbara Goold, parents Walter and Geraldine Goold. Donations in Russ’s memory to the Huntsville Hospice would be greatly appreciated. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca
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