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It’s with great sadness that we announce that Frances Louise Manson lost a 5 year battle with IPF on November 13, 2022. A loving mother to son, Harry Manson (Devon), daughter Johanna Manson, and grandmother to Michaela and Meyer Manson.
Survived by her sister Susan Leaver (Murray), brothers David Richards (Brenda), and Gordon Richards (Deborah), she is predeceased by her brother Douglas Richards (Debbie).
Born in Toronto, Fran grew up in Woodstock where she competed and taught swimming through the local Kiwanis Club prior to doing the same for Camp White Pine. Fran earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario before attending Teachers College and later earned an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Fran was a huge proponent of championing equity and women’s rights. While working in Nova Scotia for the department of social services, she contributed significantly to the creation and management of the Cape Breton Transition House whose mission was to provide a safe shelter for women with families escaping violence. After returning to Ontario in 1987, Fran spent most of her career at Wilfrid Laurier University first as a Career Counselor and later as a Senior HR Consultant focusing in areas of Equity and Discrimination. Fran created the University’s first official Harassment and Discrimination Policy and sat on numerous Boards and Action Committees advising Students, Faculty, and Staff on various matters of Employment Equity, Affirmative Action, and Employment Standards.
Outside of her professional career, Fran also held a Board Position with the Victim Services of Waterloo Region and, in retirement, was devoted to film and the visual arts while herself becoming an incredibly talented artist whose work was shown in various capacities across Ontario and Florida.
She will be remembered for her warmth, compassion and humour.
For all those who wish to join us in remembrance, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 27th, 2022 from 1 – 4 pm in the common room at 90 Broadview Avenue, Toronto Ontario.
Those wishing to donate may make donation to the Canadian Lung Association.
Passed away at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in his 77th year. Bartley was the beloved husband of Isabel (Graff). Loving father of Robin Hillman. Dear brother to Brenda and Cliff Dawson, and the late Iona and George Brodie. Bartley will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 1 – 3 pm at Cavill Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions to SMMH greatly appreciated.
Passed away of cancer at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto on November 11, 2022 at the age of 77. Born to the late James W.E. and Maudie A. Scott on March 2, 1945 in Kirkland Lake, ON. Don attended the Gravenhurst Public and High Schools, and briefly attended Osler School of Nursing.
His professional history included Toronto Dominion Bank in Gravenhurst (teller), worked for several different travel industry firms, Model/Actor (briefly Olsen Modelling Agency), retired from the Tourism industry with the Ontario Government in a data entry occupation.
In his spare time Don enjoyed walking, gardening, and spending time with his cats.
Don will be sadly missed by his siblings Robert J. Scott (Kirenia), and Ruth L. Scott; his nephew Adam C. S. Bellamy; very best friend – Julie Sibbit (like family); as well as many cousins in Canada, UK, & Australia.
Services will be held at Cavil Funeral Home, Gravenhurst on Thursday, November 17th at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cancer Society.
With broken hearts, we are announcing the death of our Dad, George Ewart Burgess, known to most of you as Hugh Burgess. He died at The Pines Long Term Care Home in the early hours of Tuesday November 8th, surrounded with love from his children, the staff members who have become part of his family over the past two years, and the spirit of our Mom, who has been waiting patiently (or maybe not so patiently) for him to join her. Dad lived in Ontario his entire life. He was born and raised on a 148 acre farm in Woodstock, in the area now known as Burgess Park, with his sisters Frances, Elgina, Gene and Eleanor, to his parents Frederick Erastus Burgess and Winnifred Muriel Foster. He had a standout athletic career at Woodstock Collegiate Institute, where he starred in football, basketball, volleyball and track and field. After a couple of detours in a meat packing plant, a tire rim production plant, and playing some fastball with the Woodstock Flat Tires, he finished high school and married Mary Lynne Smith. He followed his marriage with a move to Waterloo to attend university at Waterloo Lutheran (now Wilfred Laurier) in the Faculty of Education. He then took that education and moved to Parry Sound with his growing family to begin his lifelong work as a teacher and mentor. He began his career as a special education teacher. The students he saw in his program reminded him of himself when he was young and in the same position. He wanted his students to feel valued and that they could be successful, even if school wasn’t their strong point. He knew from experience that getting the best out of students who struggled required the same approach as getting the best out of people – coach them by setting expectations, offering support as they worked towards the expectations, and troubleshooting with different paths if the first approach wasn’t working. He continued to develop within his career, taking the courses to become an elementary school principal. His first principalship was at Whitestone Lake Public School, then he moved on to MacTier Public School. They were both places and teams of educators and staff that he spoke fondly of, despite some of the difficult circumstances that he walked into. He then made the jump to secondary school and became Vice-principal at Parry Sound High School, where he finished his career as an educator and mentor to the kids who were square pegs in round holes. Those who spent much time with him will remember his relaxed demeanour, his ability to see all sides of a story, and his unending capacity for kindness. He was a man ahead of his time, and it came from lessons he learned on the roads less travelled. The way he was away from school was much the same as you saw him at school – kind, relaxed, caring, and involved. He was an amazing cook – he loved to BBQ homemade burgers over charcoal, and was a huge resistor to converting to a propane BBQ – he felt it was somehow cheating. Every year we looked forward to his turkey soup after Thanksgiving, his ‘whatever is in the cupboards’ chili through the winter, and his fried egg sandwiches on weekend mornings. Despite his resistance to converting to propane to cook on a BBQ, he was an early adopter of technology in his classroom and at home – he brought the newest computer in his classroom home on weekends to introduce us to the future and we had the first CD player that we knew of on our street. He may have even been as good as the kids at the Atari games we had! When working was done, he and Mom retired to their dream home – a cottage on Ahmic Lake that they called Diamond Haven. Here, Dad tended the yard, danced with Mom, sat back in his beach chair and faced the sun, and loved to host his grandchildren – reading to them, cooking for them, taking them berry picking, and napping with them. Dad is survived by his 3 loving children and their partners: Jordan (Keri); Leslie; David (Lisa), his 6 grandchildren: Owen & Rhys; Kyle & Eva; Alden & Isla, who will miss Papa’s kind heart and big, long hugs. He has joined his soulmate and the rest of his sisters, whom have all passed before him, and are sure to be having a huge party right now. Words can’t describe the very deep thanks we feel towards the staff at The Pines Long Term Care Home. They have been his constant caregivers and his everyday companions for the last two years, and they felt pain just like we did when he left us. They were an unbelievable source of support during his palliative stage, and we can’t express enough gratitude towards them for what they offered to us and to our Dad in his final days. If desired, donations in Dad’s memory to The Pines Support Committee will go to help other families who require dementia and end of life care, and will be appreciated by all of us, and all of the staff at The Pines who provide such outstanding care for their residents, or www.thefriends.on.ca
Peacefully, in the early morning hours of Monday 14th November, Donna Marie Sale (Hindelang), aged 78, ended her battle with dementia at The Pines Long-Term Care Home where she had lived since June 2021. Predeceased by her parents Robert L. Hindelang and Vivian P. Hindelang (Varble) of Carrollton IL, and by her sister Holly A. Hindelang and brothers Michael and R. David Hindelang. Donna leaves her much loved husband, Peter, her perfect son, Darian, her loved daughter-in-law, Michelle, her baby brother, Tom (Theo), sisters-in-law, Freda Bailey (Sale) and Tyann Hindelang, brothers-in-law, David (Susan) and Michael (Tanya), and the bright young star of her later years, her granddaughter, Isabelle. As well, Donna leaves numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, second cousins and beyond, who are scattered across North America.
Donna was born in St. Louis MO, 19th January 1944, and grew up in the tiny town of Carrollton Il. She attended the parochial grade school, developing her abiding faith in the wrongness of organized religion, and graduated from the public Carrollton High School. During her undergraduate studies in biology at Eastern Illinois University, Donna took a summer course in marine biology at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Hooked on the ocean, she did an M.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Hawaii where she met her future husband. After three delightful years in Hawaii and back in Illinois working as a technician at University of Illinois, Champaign, Donna took the largest, most daring leap of her life, scraped her pennies together and jumped on a plane to the other side of the world to join Peter, now at University of Sydney. They were married on the shore, waves crashing behind them, 25th April 1970, and lived in Australia until the end of 1987.
During that time Donna worked at University of Sydney, in physiological research and then in teaching of introductory biology, before taking time out for the important work of producing and beginning to raise their son born in 1978. Somehow, she found time to earn a certificate in library science and was employed at the Sydney Morning Herald in a program bringing newspapers and real news to the schools when Peter’s career whisked the family back to North America, first to Durham NH in 1988, then to Windsor ON in 1994, and finally to Muskoka in 2006, where she lived with Peter until entering The Pines. During her time back in North America, Donna shunned paid work for the life of a volunteer, serving as a docent in the New Hampshire Maine Sea Grant Extension Program, working in an urban forestry program, and leading the Essex County Field Naturalists’ Natural Habitat Restoration Program which harvested seeds from Carolinian forest trees, delivering them to nurseries which grew them and put them into the market as a way of keeping the native flora in the environment. Once in Muskoka, Donna rested, loving this special part of the planet.
Donna had a wicked sense of humor, and the ability, with a quietly sardonic comment, to bring her husband quickly down to the ground, when he was flying too high on his own erudition. Such comments were always accompanied by a loving wink or smile. She also was one of the few outsiders to really understand the Sale sense of humor. Known to her many friends in Bracebridge as a pillar of her Probus Club, as one of the Latté Ladies, or just as a good friend and fun companion, Donna enjoyed the outdoors, Mah Jongg, cooking and sharing meals, and travel, especially cruising to places far away. She will be missed, but, more importantly, will be remembered fondly by her many friends and family as someone who lived life fully and found ways to make the good even better.
As Donna would have wanted, there will be a celebration of her life in the Spring, where the goal will be to gather, to tell stories, and to have fun. Please no flowers or cards, but condolences and memories may be shared through www.reynoldsfuneral.com. For those who wish, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to The Pines Long-Term Care Home, The Nature Conservancy, the Muskoka Community Foundation, or to another charity of your choosing.
It is with profound heartbreak and inconsolable sadness that we have to say goodbye to our beloved Peter, who died tragically on Monday afternoon. Peter was an amazing father, husband, brother, son, uncle, friend, community builder, athlete and sports enthusiast, arborist and small business owner. He loved nothing more than his family and Muskoka. He is survived by a large and loving family: his wife Stephanie; daughters Macaulay & Mallany; parents Michael and Jeannie; mother-in-law Karen; siblings Theresa, James, Sheila, Joseph, Marita, Thomas, Paul and Jacinta; Stephanie’s siblings Sarah, Scott and Kim, as well as a huge extended circle of family, friends, co-workers and teammates. Peter loved to talk, had a generous heart, a magnificent smile and the loudest laugh in every room. We will miss him terribly.
The following are dates and times to visit with family and friends to remember and celebrate a life that was taken far too soon:
Friday, November 18 – Festival Of Lights downtown Bracebridge. 6-8pm. Everyone welcome. Please come and show the girls our love for their Dad.
Open visitations at Reynolds Funeral Home
Sunday, November 20, 2022 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm
Thursday, November 24, 2022 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm
1 Mary Street, Bracebridge, ON P1L 2B6
Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 26th at Deerhurst Resort: 1-5pm
Mass dedicated to Peter
Sunday November 27th: Time To Be Determined.
Support and Expressions Of Remembrance:
Peter’s love and generosity touched so many people and many friends and family have asked how they can help support Stephanie and her daughters through this inexplicable tragedy. In response to these requests, the Cowan and Strang families have set up a GoFundMe page to help with both short-term including funeral expenses, and more distant financial support. On behalf of the Cowan and Strang families, thank you for supporting Peter’s family through this extremely difficult time (https://gofund.me/342cbd7b).
Other expressions of remembrance are warmly and equally welcome. Contributions may be made in Peter’s name to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Muskoka – Parry Sound Branch, CMHA (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/18314?v1=true) or to the Mark Preece Family House (https://markpreecehouse.ca/donate/). If you choose to send flowers, the family suggests supporting local Muskoka florists: CR Flowers & Balloons (https://www.crflowers.ca/) or Seasons in the Country (https://www.seasonsinthecountry.com/). Flowers may be directed to the Reynolds Funeral Home.
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it”
From Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Our beautiful, strong, adventurous, funny, trailblazing mother has left us to dance again with our father. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family at The Pines Long Term Care Home in Bracebridge.
Frances Zephy Hammond (Corrigan) was born in Wiarton, Ontario, July 4, 1929, the middle child of “Cork” Corrigan and Alice Swinton. A tomboy, sports fan and bookworm, “Frank” as she was known throughout her youth and by all her nephews and nieces, moved at an early age with her family to Manitoulin Island, where she worked at her father’s bakery, graduated high school and began her teaching career, even before attending Normal School (Teachers’ College) in North Bay, then venturing south to Muskoka in 1951 to pursue her profession.
There, she fell in love with the taxi driver who met her at the train and together they built several family businesses, while she taught full time at six Muskoka schools, raised four children, and took her family on wonderful adventures of fun and learning from Dinosaur Park in Utterson to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena! Her home was always chock-full – of people, photos, stuff, and love. Where everyone gathered, or were welcomed, if they needed a place to eat, stay or someone to provide guidance.
A beloved, and often unorthodox, primary school teacher and lifelong learner, she became a trailblazer in the field of special education, and a vocal advocate for improved conditions for children with special needs.
She was renowned for her poetry, with a composition for every occasion; and equally for her laughter and ability to make almost anything fun. To our mother, everything was an event or an occasion, and she approached them all with a joie de vivre that few could match. For her family she was the biggest cheerleader, reminding us in her own unique way that we could do and be anything, and supporting our attempts wholeheartedly no matter the outcome.
She was a constant source of adventure for her grandchildren, surrounding them with love, laughter and butter tarts. She threw the best parties, the biggest Christmases, and adored Halloween when she could spoil her grandkids with homemade fudge. She cherished time and travels with all of them and was the loudest voice at any hockey or baseball game. They have credited her with teaching them empathy and eloquence and described her simply as “the wind at their back.”
Swimming in Lake Muskoka was one of her favourite pastimes. She would be the first in the lake in the spring, and last out in the fall, usually with a grandchild in tow. She lived for her family, but led a life of service to her community, as a member of the Kinette Club of Bracebridge, The Bracebridge United Church Women, a founding member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Muskoka, a member of the Eastern Star and even the Red Hat Society. She sat on the Northern Shores District Health Council, among many other committees, led a community safety campaign, was a regular newspaper columnist, managed the Bracebridge Blades Precision Skating team and provided the TV colour commentary for the local Santa Claus Parade.
Her artistic pursuits were many but, at all times, she had at least two creative projects on the go. Following in her family tradition, she was known for her intricate and imaginative birthday cake designs.
After her retirement from teaching she took her love of exploration to the next level in the family travel business, guiding groups around the world, and bringing her teacher’s heart and creative spirit on every journey. She had regular chats with Honest Ed Mirvish; wore a bedsheet to haunt an already haunted Welsh castle; drank screech in Newfoundland; kissed the Blarney Stone; broke her ankle climbing Ayers Rock/Uluru and, after a quick return trip with the Australian Flying Doctor service, completed her tour directing duties in a walking cast.
She used impeccable grammar; always did well (never good). Likewise, she knew all her swears. She was a feminist before it was popular and a progressive thinker who was unafraid to promote and provoke matters of social justice and equality.
In 2005, at the age of 75, her life, and ours, changed when she suffered a brain aneurism and was dubbed the “miracle patient” beating the odds to survive then learning to breath, talk, walk and feed herself again. While she would never fully recover, our “new Mom” still brought us much laughter, adventure or even misadventure – cleverly attempting escape (and sometimes succeeding) from both seniors’ facilities where she lived.
Her last ten years were spent in the care of the wonderful staff at the Pines Long Term Care Home where she was the much loved “Frannie”, reputed for correcting grammar, making inappropriate jokes, and showing enthusiasm for anything to do with arts and crafts.
Predeceased by the love of her life, Orvil, her great-grandson Miles, her sister Joan, and best friend and sister-in-law Monica. She leaves her brother Jim Corrigan, her children Jim (Cheryl), Brad (Louise), Greg (Suzie) and Beverley (Gord Scott); her grandchildren Sean (Charlene), Gavin (Sarah), Kent (Kate), Greer, Corri (Mia Macdonald), John (Chantal), Ian, Alec and Henry (Allison), and the Scott family, Chris (Emily Swift), Cam (Ally Palmer) and Fiona (Tyler Kerr); and her great- grandchildren Adyline, Bennett, Eli, Finn, Zephy, Winston, Evelyn, Camille, Cadence, and Norah; brothers in-law Gary Hammond (Maurene) and Paul Hammond (Shirley), sister-in-law Pennie and many dear nephews and nieces. Fran would want to make special mention of her friend, caregiver and honorary daughter, Lorna Speicher.
A celebration of our mother’s life will be held at 12 PM, at Bracebridge United Church on Saturday, November 12 with reception to follow. Donations in her memory may be made to the Miles Philip Hammond Endowment at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Manna Food Bank or The Pines Support Committee and can be made by contacting Reynolds Funeral Home. Personal condolences and memories may be shared through www.reynoldsfuneral.com
Bob passed peacefully at Andy’s House on Friday, November 4th 2022, with his wife of 54 years, Carol, and children Kim and Wes by his side.
Born in Toronto, Ontario on December 14th, 1943 Bob is survived by his wife Carol (Burr) and children Kim (Kevin Swayze) and Wes (Kaitlynn Hensen) and brother John. He loved every moment with his grandchildren Adam and Jaxyn, and step-grandchildren Dallas, Theresa, Alison and Ben. Bob is predeceased by his parents, Grace (Lickorish) and David Foster, and sister Shirley.
Bob joined the Ontario Provincial Police in the 1960’s after trying out careers in construction and as a surveyor working for the Ministry of Transportation on the initial construction of the 401 Highway. Bob met Carol as an OPP on duty at Wasaga Beach in the summer of 1967 and they married in March of 1968. They first lived in Burlington, Ontario and then moved to Thessalon, Ontario in 1973, and to Bracebridge in 1987. Bob was retired for 29 years from the OPP and during this time enjoyed another career working at Cavalcade Ford, where he was affectionately known as “Bubbles”.
Bob was remarkable in his life-long friendships, his love of the outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, boating – and his constant readiness for the next adventure. Bob and Carol camped coast-to-coast several times and up to the arctic ocean – enjoying the best views in Canada. When life took a sad turn in 2008 and a motorcycle accident changed his life, his first and only concern was for Carol. However, nothing that came Bob’s way was going to defeat him, including his cancer diagnosis in 2020.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Andy’s House in Port Carling, for their exceptional kindness and care for Bob over the last few weeks of his life. Special thanks to all the friends and neighbours who have helped Bob and Carol. No funeral is planned. Friends wishing to honour Bob with a memorial donation are asked to consider Andy’s House or the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Peacefully in her 85th year on the 2nd day of November 2022, at The Pines in Bracebridge, Ontario.
Beloved wife of the late Thomas (Tom) Watt, Bette was the cherished mother of two daughters, Holly (David Britton) and Heidi (Craig Longden) and much-loved grandmother to Emily, Julia and Cate Lamb.
A sister-in-law to Ross and Betty Watt, she was predeceased by in-laws Jay Watt (Ruth) and Jack Watt (Brenda).
Bette Watt was born in Bracebridge on June 5th, 1938, the only child of the late G. Leslie Black and Florence J. (McEown) Black and granddaughter of early Muskoka settlers. Educated at Bracebridge, Bette completed her Commercial Diploma upon graduation and worked at the Lake Drive Dairy and the Bracebridge Town Hall.
In 1964, Bette accepted a ride to work from a good-looking police officer from Port Carling, reported to be driving a very nice blue convertible. Married the following year, and after a one year posting in Stayner, Ontario, Tom and Bette returned to Bracebridge to raise their family. While enjoying their annual holiday treks, often to Wasaga Beach, there seemed to be no place like home for them both.
After her marriage, Bette did bookwork for the family business, and later began a small business with her husband managing lottery tickets through local drugstores. When widowed at a young age, through hard work into the wee hours of the morning, she grew this business to support her family.
An avid gardener, Mrs. Watt could be seen gardening on her corner for some 60 years. She took great pleasure in the outdoors, whether on the verandah of her home, or on a picnic in a local park. She never ceased to enjoy the beauty of Muskoka’s rivers, lakes and woods. There was much laughter, many boat rides and great support from dear friends, in particular the late Gordon and Patricia Nudd.
She loved children, took great satisfaction from her cat companions over the years, her beloved dog Merry, and truly enjoyed a scenic drive especially when accompanied by an ice cream cone.
Most of all, she derived great delight in people. She had an amazing capacity to recall the interconnections of not only family, but it often seemed, of half the town. Her door was always open and the coffee always on. There was no hour too late, no problem too small. A wonderful listener, she made her home a place where all were welcome. Through her children’s teenage years, her house was always full – and she supported many through their tumultuous years with her patience and kindness; always a sandwich at the ready, tailored precisely to your specifications.
Bette took great satisfaction from helping others, and really did practice her “good deed for the day”, (even for wayward teenagers needing a ride at 1:00 am). Although she volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, the Presbyterian Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed filling out exhibit tags at the Bracebridge Fall Fair on occasion (a testament to her lovely penmanship), she was most at home with private acts of kindness. A quiet and reserved person, she most often showed her caring through doing; each granddaughter had their favourite lunch and every delicious picnic had crinkle-cut carrots. Her granddaughters were truly the apples of her eye.
The family will receive friends at Reynolds Funeral Home on Wednesday November 9th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday November 10th at 10:30 am also at Reynolds Funeral Home, Bracebridge, followed by interment at Bracebridge Municipal Cemetery. Honourary pallbearers: Wesley Banks, Rob McKeown, Kyle Richardson, Richard Dawson, Robert Dawson, Glen Dawson and Graeme Boon.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all those who assisted in her care with kindness, at The Pines and at James Street over the last few years. Friends wishing to honour Bette with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka or the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.
James Charles Lynch, 80, of Gravenhurst, Ontario passed away on Saturday October 29th, 2022 peacefully with family at his side.
He was born to parents James and Ann, on July 7th, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. James graduated from Amherst Central High School and received Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Buffalo State University. He worked for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board as a teacher, Student Services Coordinator and Principal.
He married Nancy, the love of his life, in 1965, who survives him. Jim is also survived by his brother Skip and wife Jill, by his son Michael and wife Kirstie, his daughter Krista and husband Mike, and grandchildren Andrew, Brett, Jake, Kyla and Hannah. Jim was predeceased by parents James and Ann, and sister Nancy.
Jim was known for his love of badminton, tennis, gardening, music, cooking, singing and spending time with his family. He is a member of the Canadian Badminton Hall of fame and was an International Umpire during several World Championships. His favourite accomplishment was umpiring at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games and having the opportunity to umpire the Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match in 1996.
The Family would like to thank the incredible Dr. Forrester, the staff of Granite Ridge Retirement Residence, the nurses and staff at Bracebridge Memorial Hospital and the truly amazing staff at Andy’s House for their compassion and making Jim comfortable in his final days.
The funeral will take place on Saturday November 5th at 1:00pm at the Trinity United Church 290 Muskoka Rd. N, Gravenhurst ON with a reception following the service.
In remembrance of Jim’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Andy’s House, Hospice Muskoka who operate primarily on donations.
Passed away at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital on Saturday, October 29, 2022 in her 93rd year. Edna was the beloved wife of the late Charles Frederick Lively. Loving mother of Aliceann Jennings (Ronald). Cherished grandmother of Teresa Simpson (Kirk), and Steven Jennings, great grandmother of Brayden Jennings, Jordan Simpson, Hunter Simpson, Quinto Jennings, and Avery Jennings, and great-great grandmother of Benson Jennings. Dear sister in law of Roseleen Weir (Jack). Predeceased by 9 siblings.
A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 10 – 11 am at Cavill Funeral Home, 215 Bay St., Gravenhurst where the funeral will take place a 11:00 am. Interment to follow at 2:00 pm at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Scarborough, ON.
Memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association greatly appreciated.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Victor Alfred Farr on October 27, 2022, at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Betty for 60 years. Proud father of Victor Jr. (Linda), Jo-Anne (Devon), Tom (Beth), and Anthony (Shelley). Cherished grandfather of Brandon, Brittany (Jake), Michelle (Garrett), Jessica (Jared), Max, and Gabby. He will be most missed as Nanu to his great granddaughters Violet and Millie. Also survived by his sisters Vivian, Isabelle, Eileen, and Daria, and cousin Marlene. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Joe, Gladys, Doris, and Tony.
Vic immigrated from Malta to Canada with his parents and 8 brothers and sisters in 1952. He soon established himself as a mogul in the lumber industry in Toronto. He later rebranded Victoriaville Hockey Sticks to Vic and it became a Global brand under his guidance. He dabbled in horse racing, but his passion was golf. Dad always said he didn’t have friends but he had lots of “acquaintances”. He will be missed by many at the National Golf Club, Port Carling Golf Club, and the Fox Club in Florida.
The family would especially like to thank Nurse Thera from Paramed, Susan Clark, Tammy, Vicky, and Cynthia for being Vic’s Team of Angels as well as Dr. Cole Krensky at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital for making the end of Vic’s life comfortable.
A private service was held at Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst. Memorial contributions in Vic’s memory may be made to Andy’s House Hospice in Port Carling, ON.
Passed away suddenly at her home in Gravenhurst, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. She was in her 62nd year. Sue was the beloved daughter of Barbara Dean and the late Edward Stubbs. Loving sister of Carolyne “Bunny” Tattersall (Kent Trottier), Russel Stubbs (Ruth Gillard), Allan Stubbs, Clifford Stubbs, and Rodney Stubbs. Aunt of Amy DeCaire (David), Adam Tattersall, Kayla Stubbs, and Brittany Stubbs.
A private memorial service is being held at Bracebridge Municipal Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to The Candian Mental Health Association greatly appreciated.
Passed away at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge on Saturday, October 22, 2022. She was in her 92nd year. Helen was the beloved wife of the late Aubrey Seehaver (1994). Loving mother of Ann Lamorie, Shirley Matthias, Bruce Seehaver, Brian Seehaver, Lawrence Seehaver, and the late Philip Seehaver. Cherished grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great gandmother. Dear sister of Jessie Schell, Edith Morgan, and James Mahon. Predeceased by her sisters Marjorie Smith and Pat Maxwell.
Visitations will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 26, at Cavill Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, Oct 27 at St. James Anglican Church.
Memorial contributions to Andy’s House Hospice, St. James Anglican Church, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation greatly appreciated.
Robert James Cheetham, at age 83, died of complications due to a stroke on October 23, 2022, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Robert is survived by his wife, Dianne Cheetham, of 32 years and his loving family.
Robert was born on April 5th 1939 in Waubaushene, Ontario to parents Charles and Lyla Cheetham. In 1982 he moved to Bracebridge and accepted a position as a Union Representative at Alcan Aluminum. Robert was a hard working devoted man. He married Dianne in 1990 and resided in Fraserburg, Ontario. After building his own home on the south branch of the Muskoka River.
Robert was a social, active man who was deeply involved in his community for the majority of his life. He enjoyed hockey, horseshoes, and working with his hands. His family and friends will always remember him as a generous, reliable person.
Robert Murdock will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert’s life.
The family would like to thank all their friends, community and those who helped with his care.
Donations will go to the Untited Church of Canada on behalf of Robert Cheetham and the Fraserburg United Church c/o Dianne Cheetham 1035 Sherwood Forest Road, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1X3
Passed away peacefully at the age of 75 with his loved ones by his side at Andy’s House Hospice in Port Carling on October 19, 2022.
Devoted husband of 44 years to Sharon, and loving father of David (Jen), and son-in-law Michael. He was predeceased by his precious daughter Amanda. His four grandchildren, Skye, Ethan, Rylan, and Allison brought him so much joy and many smiles.
His journey of sickness and pain was a long one, but the family is thankful for all the nurses who visited from Closing the Gap, as well as the care he received at Andy’s House in his final days. They are all angels and will never be forgotten.
Cremation has taken place and the family will gather at a future time to celebrate his life. If desired, memorial donations made to Andy’s House – Hospice Muskoka would be greatly appreciated and can be arranged through Reynolds Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared at www.reynoldsfuneral.com.
After enduring a long struggle with declining health, Ron found pain free rest the week after his 90th birthday. Though his time in nursing care was long, Ron never lost his humour or his positive, playful spirit. He loved what he referred to as “his girls” at Muskoka Shores and our family are indebted to the wonderful staff there. Ron was born on the family farm in Lewisham and spent nearly his entire life in Muskoka. He started working life in land clearing and road construction before his life as an entrepreneur, owning a transport company, a Supertest gas station, and finally Muskoka Car Sales in Huntsville. He was passionate about cars until his passing. He loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, boating, and golf. He particularly enjoyed winters spent in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as well as traveling in Europe and Great Britain. The love of music that runs through the Taverner family was with Ron throughout his life. Ron was the youngest child of a large and loving family. He is predeceased by his parents Pearl and Harold and his eight siblings; as well as his second wife Barbara Anne (Fielding). Ron is survived by his children Nancy (Glenn Sharpe) and Eric (Liisa) and his much beloved granddaughters Amelia and Cailin. A memorial service for Ron will be held at Reynolds Funeral Home at 1 Mary Street in Bracebridge on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM. A private interment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the cancer society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
born May 25, 1958, to parents Nikodems Plavinskis and Julija Plavinskis (Zvdris) Ivar was the youngest of three children Nellie Plavinskis, and Peter Plavinskis (Deceased). Ivar was a go getter and an amazing teacher (though he was not professionally trained). Ivar would always jump at the opportunity to pass on his wisdom, Ivar was after all the “Foremost authority in everything” his sister Nellie once had a shirt made that said exactly that. Ivar loved to teach his daughter Valentina all the wonders this world had to offer. When she was little Ivar would always enlist her little hands to turn a wrench in a tight spot on his latest project, because his big hand wouldn’t fit. Ivar was always willing to help out his neighbors with any type of work because this is what made him happiest. Ivar married his sweetheart Cathy (Broderick) in 1980 and they had their only child Valentina Plavinskis-Hurrell (Saxon) in 1981. Before the birth of Valentina Ivar was a bit of a wild child. Ivar was a music junkie and he worked security for Teenage Head, Supertramp, and the Guess Who just to mention a few. In his youth you could find Ivar tinkering with a car or dirt bike in the family home at Riseborough Ave. Ivar always enjoyed fast things. He may have been known to outrun the police a few times on his 750 Honda. However, once he became a family man his life changed, and he slowed down a little. Ivar decided at age 26 to return to school and attended George Brown College to obtain his Millwright ticket. Ivar loved to fix things and take a broken or failing machine and make it run like clockwork. His last project was in the summer of 2022 where he revived an antique milling machine pré-patent. It is unfortunate that his health began to fail just after that, and he wasn’t able to utilize this beautiful work of art.
Ivar was an amazing Grandfather to Taya-Lynn, Kaleb, and Freya.
He loved to spend time with them fishing, playing with play dough, playing in the shop, and at tea parties. His Grandchildren were the light of his life. He always had such a beautiful way with children. Ivar had a very long journey with his health. Starting in 1996 when he was diagnosed with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. This was a hard time for his family, but he never lost faith in his ability to recover. Ivar lived a very full life in between a laundry list of illness. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2021 the cancer came back, and he succumbed to it on October 15, 2022. Ivar passed peacefully at Andy’s House on his terms. As per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered, in a small private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a bank account for donations to be distributed to the two biggest supports through Ivar’s final weeks: Closing the Gap – Simcoe-Muskoka Branch, and Andy’s House Hospice. All donations can be sent via etransfer to [email protected]
God speed Poppa Bear.
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Brigadier General Canadian Armed Forces (Ret’d)
Passed away at Southlake Regional Health Sciences, Newmarket, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. He was in his 89th year. Paul was the beloved husband of Sheila Marion (Goodfellow). Loving father of Teresa Hannigan (Richard), Collette Yvonne (Peter McKeracher), John Argue (Elisa), and Gerry Argue (Melissa). Cherished grandfather of Scott Hannigan (Caitlin Dacey), Dylan Hannigan, Liam McKeracher (Kristen), Colleen McKeracher (Nicholas O’Gorman), Alexander McKeracher, Bryn Argue, Mitchell Argue, and Ethan Argue.
Great grandfather of Genevieve Hannigan, and Rory Hannigan. Dear brother of Peter Argue (Lorna).
The visitation will be held on Sunday, October 2, from 1 – 4 pm at Cavill Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held on October 3, at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Gravenhurst. Interment of cremated remains later at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, ON.
Memorial contributions to Air Cadet League of Canada greatly appreciated.
Tracy Marcella (Sunday) Decaire – June 20, 1961 ~ October 4, 2022 (age 61)
Passed away peacefully at Andy’s House Hospice Muskoka, Port Carling, with her loving sons by her side, on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tracy was the beloved wife of Wayne Decaire. Loving mother of Dan (Blair), and Justin (Bobby). Cherished grandmother of Destany, Chase, and Brienna. Dear sister of Margaret, Gilbert, Brenda, Cameron, Tony, Myra, Mervin, Annabel, Lisa, Phyllis, Calvin, and Vincent. Tracy was born on Christian Island, and she spent a lot of her life living in Wahta where she and her husband raised their kids. Tracy was a very proud Grandma to her 3 Grandbabies. There are no words to describe how greatly missed she will be.
A celebration of Tracy’s life will be held from 1-4 pm on October 30th at The Cultural Centre in Wahta Mohawks, ON.
Memorial contributions to Andy’s House Hospice greatly appreciated.
Passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospital on October 6, 2022, after a hard fought battle with urothelial carcinoma. She was in her 65th year. She leaves behind her caring husband John Balint, and daughters Nyssa (Cory) and Kara (Kyle). She was the loving and doting grandmother of Claire, Emmelia, Oliver, and Lucas. She was the beloved daughter of John and Verity Carrie, and dear sister to Peter, Douglas, and Michelle (Brian). She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Pat was known to her family and friends as a loving and caring person, who was always ready to lend a helping hand.
She enjoyed spending summers in Muskoka with her family, and winters at her home in Florida. Pat loved hiking and traveling with family. Exploring different restaurants and microbreweries with her husband John was another favourite pastime.
Her kind spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Service to be held at Cavill-Turner Funeral Home on October 22 at 1pm.
On Monday October 3rd, 2022, Matthew Steele suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
Matthew is survived by his loving family members: son, Bennett, mother, Danusia, father, Peter, step-mother, Luise, brother, Nicholas (Dinah), sister, Stefanie (Mark), nephews, Parker, Connor, Clarke and Charlie, and grandmother Walentyna Angove (Cliff, deceased). Predeceased by his brother Chris (2017).
Matthew was a larger than life character who would light up a room with his energy, stories and sarcastic humor. He loved the outdoors and was always up for an adventure whether getting out on the ski hills, riding his mountain bike or hiking and especially spending time with his Son, Ben.
He was a great craftsman, renovator and builder. Matthew had a very creative artistic eye which was evident in many of his works which were constructed in Muskoka. Muskoka was a place that was very near and dear to his heart.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Matthew will be held at the Port Carling Community Center, 3 Bailey Street, Port Carling on Thursday, October 13th beginning at 11 AM, at 1 PM a few memories and words about Matthew will be shared, followed by a luncheon and time to share our stories.
Please let us know if you will be able to join us on Thursday so we can plan accordingly, email [email protected]
Matthew, may you rest in peace. You will be dearly missed by your family and friends.
After a long battle with cancer, Laurel Edna Bauldry passed away peacefully on October 5, 2022 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital at the age of 75. She is survived by her dear husband Gordon, her loving son Chris (Jana) and grandchildren Kyle and Samantha. Memorial donations made to the OSPCA – Muskoka would be greatly appreciated. A memorial service to remember Laurel will be held at Reynolds Funeral Home on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm with a reception following. Condolences may be shared at www.reynoldsfuneral.com.
Passed away at Andy’s House Hospice, Port Carling, on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 with his loved ones by his side. Keith was married to his high school sweetheart, Jana (Mahon) for over 35 years. He was the loving father of Matthew (Tanya), Kevin (Sarah), and Mitchell (Alicia). Adoring gramps to Ellie, Eli, Edward and Annie. Beloved son of Linda and Ken Coulson. Dear brother of Donna Robinson (Ken), and Arnie Coulson (Lauri). Brother-in-law to Deana Shortt (Dan). Uncle of Coulson (Desiree), Holly, Kyler, Nathan (Amanda), Cassandra (Ben), and Chandra (Blaine).
Born in Hamilton and raised in Muskoka, Keith enjoyed life to the full. He took part in: leading Milford Bay Boy scouts, Fire Department Station 9, was an avid participant and organizer of Speed Way, Snowmobile Ovall, and Hydro Plane Racing. During his spare time Keith enjoyed many hobbies; fishing, working on his rat rod and vintage sleds, hunting/camping, annual fishing derby, scuba diving, mechanics, and helping friends whenever he could. His most precious times were spent with family; travelling, snowshoeing, cookouts and he loved being Gramps. He managed all this while maintaining a marriage, raising a family, and running a very successful family business with his siblings Donna and Arnie. Keith will be very sadly missed by so many.
A visitation will be held from 2 – 8 pm on Friday, October 14 at Reynolds Funeral Home. A celebration of Keith’s life will be held from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday, October 15 at Milford Bay Community Centre.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Andy’s House or South Muskoka Memorial Hospital greatly appreciated.
Beverley Fern Medley (nee Piper) passed away peacefully in Port Carling at Andy’s House at the at the age of 72. Beverley was born in Brampton, Ontario to parents Kenneth and Eva Piper.
Bev is survived by her loving husband Garry Medley of 51 years and two children Heather Medley Fernandez (Gabriel) and Norman Medley (Angie). She will be greatly missed by her five “grands” Alan, Drew, Antonio, Paige and Jordyn, her brother Don Piper (Sue) of Sarnia, her Aunt Mary and many nieces and nephews. Bev will also be missed by her many close friends through knitting, time at the cottage, Fort Myers, Florida, TLDSB co-workers, Bracebridge tennis club, SMMH Auxillary and neighbours.
Bev lived for gardening and maintaining a pristine lawn just like her father. Bev and Garry enjoyed many years of travelling throughout the East Coast and the states, The Rocky Mountaineer, an Alaskan Cruise, Disney Cruises with “her grands”, visiting her niece in Barbados and winters in Florida.
Bev found joy in being active in a variety of ways. You would often find her out walking with friends, downhill or cross-country skiing, show shoeing, partaking in water aerobics both in town and in Florida, exercise classes or learning to floss in front of the bathroom mirror at the cottage with “her grands” and especially active when putting on the “happy dance” show for each farewell.
Bev spent much of her time reading and knitting. She was really excited when grandchildren started arriving and she could graduate from mastering socks to more complex projects such as: vests, dresses, mitts, hats, sweaters and so much more.
Thank-you to her Oncology team both at RVH and Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Special gratitude to Dr. DiMaria and Dr. Cohen at RVH and the nursing staff, especially Nurse Rajni. Thank you to Dr. Lim and the nursing staff at Soldiers Memorial. Thank you to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital staff and particularly Rebecca Turner in the ER.
Thank you as well to the palliative care team at Andy’s House. You made Bev’s final day very peaceful and welcoming.
A celebration of Bev’s life will be held Saturday, October 15th from 2-5pm at Kerrie Glen Golf Course, Bracebridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that a memorial donation be made to Andy’s House, or consider donating blood through Canada Blood Services.
Daughter of the late Seth and Stella Hillman (Crockford). Beloved wife of Allan. Mother of Jason (Sarah), Christopher (Patricia). Daughter in law of the late Andy and Elda Tolton (Waite). Grandmother (Nana) of Ethan, Samuel and Abigail. Dear sister of Gary Hillman (Shirley), the late Ross Hillman (Anne Marie), Allan Hillman (the late Nancy), Rickey, (Anita), and sister in-law Dr. Tsuneko Iwai. Much beloved aunt of Kevin Hillman (Holly), Kenneth Hillman (Lisa), Michael Hillman (Stéphanie) and Willow Hillman. Great aunt to Wyatt, Ross, Jocelyn, Luke, Charlie and Emilia.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 12 noon until 3 PM at the South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club.
Mom would have wished for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made Bracebridge branch of the OSPCA.
Jacob Stewart Seguin passed away peacefully, in the early hours on Friday, September 16, 2022 after a battle with cancer at the age of 21. He passed away at his family home in Port Sydney, Ontario surrounded by those that loved him. Jacob was born on June 1st, 2001 in Peterborough, Ontario to parents Dianna Petrie (Rob) and Jason Seguin and moved to Muskoka in 2006 at the age of 5.
Jacob attended Gravenhurst PS, Macaulay PS and BMLSS. While at BMLSS, Jacob was diagnosed with Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma. Jacob enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, playing video games and hanging out with his friends. He also loved the arts including drawing, photography and artwork of a variety of mediums. He lived his life to the fullest and spent his time trying to make the lives of those he loved better, even through his difficult days of chemotherapy and radiation. He worked in different jobs including fast food and landscaping but ultimately it was the people in his life that he valued most.
Jacob is survived by his three brothers Darian, Adam and Noah as well as his stepsister Elizabeth. He will be greatly missed by his cousins, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles as well as his paternal grandparents. Jacob will also be missed by his many close friends and loved ones including Rose Nicholls. He is predeceased by his Grandma and Grandpa Keuhl.
Thank you to his oncology team both at Sick Kids and Princess Margaret, as well as the radiation team at Sick Kids for all their care. Thank you as well as the Palliative Care Team in Muskoka for all the support that allowed him to pass away comfortably at home as per his wishes.
Services are being held for Jacob on Saturday, September 24th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 995 Cedar Lane in Bracebridge. Visitation will be at 10:00 am followed by the funeral at 11:30 am. A private family interment will follow at Mainsville Cemetery near Cardinal, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to Campfire Circle (formerly Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium), an organization which provides the opportunity for families affected by childhood cancer with camp-inspired programs while in the hospital, in the community and with overnight camping opportunities.
Passed, peacefully at The Pines, Bracebridge, with her husband by her side, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. She was in her 87th year. Jean was the beloved wife of Leonard Currell. She will also be sadly missed by her friends and extended family. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society greatly appreciated.
Passed away peacefully, at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge, on Friday, September 23, 2022. She was in her 80th year. Betty was the beloved wife of Chester Coppin for almost 30 years. Loving mother of Stacey Latham (Denis Piquette), Janice Latham (Mike Traves), and Daniel Latham. Cherished grandmother of Dustin (Stacey), Chantelle, Erin, Dylan (Paige), Sarah, Claire, and Marc. Great grandmother of Bonnie and Beau. Dear sister of Suzanne (Jim), Florence, and Myles.
Predeceased by her first husband and father of their children, Morley Latham (1984), and siblings Minnie, Jerry, and Ken.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 1 – 3 pm at Cavill Funeral Home where the memorial service will be held in the chapel at 3 pm.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the South Muskoka Hospital, Dr. Richardson, and Dr. Tate for the wonderful care Betty received.
Memorial contributions to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation greatly appreciated
Celebration of Life and 80th birthday celebration will be held October 1, 2022 at the Port Carling Community Center from 2-7 PM. Pipes and Drums Legion Service, followed by funny story telling and “Billisms”. Also, followed by luncheon and a live band to play his favourites while we mingle.
——–It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Ruthven Snider on July 26, 2022. Bill passed peacefully with his family at his side, at Andy’s House Hospice in Port Carling, ON. He was trusted and loved by all that knew him.
Bill is survived by his adoring wife Sheri, his daughters Nancy, and Michelle, his sister Patricia (Michael) of B.C., as well as the Cleary family of Gravenhurst and B.C., the Robinson and Steele families of Florida and Burlington, and the Penwell family of Bracebridge.
Bill spent most of his career in the soft drink business, becoming co-owner and President of Brown’s Beverages and Muskoka Springs Water Company in Gravenhurst. He truly Loved every day he worked.
Bill and his kids enjoyed many years weekends at the beach near their home boating or spending time at the boathouse. He enjoyed 16 years wintering in St. Cloud, Florida with Sheri. Many memories with all their amazing neighbours and friends. Bill was constantly volunteering with park duties and helping others, as well as supporting the local VFW post and AMVETS, riding motorcycles to raise funds for charity.
Bill was known as the unofficial “Mayor” of wherever he was due to his fun loving and welcoming manner…offering to help wherever they landed, volunteering at the Legion Posts in the towns where he and Sheri stopped during their 5 years of RVing. His love of the outdoors grew with the many years he spent with fellow brothers of the 3 Ought Hunt Club, hunting and snowmobiling for over 40 years.
Bill is an honourary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion with over 50 years of dedication to both the Gravenhurst and Port Carling Legion branches. He is affectionately known as “the Lawn Boy”, “Uncle Billy”,or ” Sweet William” at the Port Carling Legion branch 529. He will be missed by the attendees at the weekly “Morrow” Board meeting in Gravenhurst.
He was a true gentleman and a genuine friend to all.
The Snider family would like to thank the nursing staff and Dr. Kensley at the MAHC site in Bracebridge. Andy’s House Hospice was especially thoughtful in caring for Bill’s needs and those of the family.
The family would also like to thank the Field of Greens family in Port Carling, for all their generosity, love, care, and support to the entire Snider family during this trying time.
An 80th birthday celebration of Bill’s life, his “Billism’s” and everything Bill, will be held October 1, 2022 at the Port Carling Community Center. Memorial donations to Andy’s House would greatly appreciated.
It is with heartfelt sadness, that we have come together to honor the life of an amazing man who was taken from us way to soon.
Victor was born in Barrie, Ontario to John Wood and Gwen Wood, and was a Big Brother to Christina.
Vic was a loving husband to Debbie for over 50 years and they shared 3 wonderful children John (Pam), Jennifer (Chris), and Jacqueline (Brent). Robert Hornung, was Vic’s Brother in law and Best Friend, and shared many years and memories together, especially when it came to fishing. Vic was a Grandfather to 9 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, Vic will be deeply missed, by all who knew him, he made an impact on everyone he met. His Muskoka Thunder Family will forever be grateful for the legacy he has left behind, and the Children of the Community, will remember him forever, for the amount of money that was raised, through MTMR, and Gravenhurst Charity Bike Night. Vic never wanted anything and would always want to give to others, His life was lived to the absolute fullest, and we know he would not change a thing.
A celebration of Life will be held at the Gravenhurst Legion on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 1-4 pm. Lunch will be provided
The fight is over, you stayed as long as you could for your family, and you are now resting, Rest easy Boogie, you will be greatly missed by all.
Walter Richard Edward Milbury, 90, of Gravenhurst, Ontario, passed away in his sleep at Castle Peak Retirement Residence, Bracebrige, Ontario, on 27 Aug 2022.
Born on 23 Mar 1932 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Walter was predeceased by his parents Wilfred Milbury Wine Harbor, NS) and Violet Stennett (Milbury-McDonald) (England.) He married Constance (Connie) Rae Provost in Kirkland Lake in 1953 and they enjoyed that marriage union until her death on 09 Jan 2009.
He was predeceased by his sister, Ruby McPhee and by his brother Stan Milbury. He is survived by his sister Barbara Mazzacato.
Fondly known as “Wally,” he is survived by his three daughters – Kim Baadsvik of Gravenhurst, Ontario: Leslie Milbury of Kingston, Ontario and Dawn White of Pembroke, Ontario, as well as his grandson Brian Sprunt of L’Orignal, Ontario, his granddaughter Rae Crawford of Surrey, British Columbia, and great-grandchildren Emma and Abby.
Walter was very proud of his roots in the north. He left the north as a teenager for Hamilton, hoping to advance his career as a hockey goalie. When that door closed, he returned to the north, married and moved back south to Bracebridge and eventually Gravenhurst with his wife Connie.
He had a strong work ethic where his working days were long hours behind the wheel of transport trucks, crisscrossing Canada and parts of the United States. This took him away from his family, causing him to miss two of the three births of his daughters. Yet he never complained.
Until it became too regulated and too expensive, Walter loved snowmobiling. Once the proud owner of three snowmobiles enabling the whole family to go out together, he would be out there in the snowiest, coldest weather ever, wondering why no one else was out running the trails.
He was a Mr. Fix-It with a perfectionist attitude, always looking for ways to modify or improve items for Connie and/or himself as they aged.
Perhaps his greatest joy was having a good old chinwag. Walter loved to talk to anyone, anywhere. If they happened to be from the north, well figure on at least an hour before they could get away. He could talk your ear off and then some.
Interment has taken place at Mickle Memorial Cemetery, Gravenhurst, Ontario. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Phyllis Ruth (Owens) Lindsay – July 30, 1923 ~ August 11, 2022 (age 99)
Phyllis Ruth Lindsay (Owens) passed away peacefully at the age of 99 from heart failure in Gravenhurst, Ontario on August 11,2022. Phyllis was born on July 30, 1923 in Drumheller, Alberta, the daughter of Wilfred and Clara Owens and the third youngest of twelve brothers and sisters. In her late teenage years Phyllis moved to Toronto and met the love of her life Edward (Ted) Graham Lindsay. They married in 1947 in Montreal and Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife to Ted for almost 74 years. Ted and Phyll were longtime residents of Oakville Ontario and despite societal norms of the day had a successful career in banking. She was also a loving, fun and devoted mother to daughter Linda and son in law Eric Potts. Linda and Phyllis share a lifetime of cherished memories. She was especially proud of Linda and was grateful for Eric and Linda’s love and support. Phyllis was a very special grandmother who loved her granddaughter Ashley, husband Joe and great grandson Owen Edward (named after his great grandparents) immensely. Phyllis was an excellent athlete. She travelled the continent playing baseball and was a competitive speed skater. She was a fantastic cook and baker and her family and friends always reaped the rewards. Phyllis had a very wide and extended family ; special mention has to be made of her nephew, Brian Owens, who always kept in touch.
Phyllis was strong, resilient, smart, kind and loving. Her family grieves her loss but they take comfort knowing that Ted and Phyll are reunited.
A special thank you to the staff at Muskoka Shores Care Community in Gravenhurst, Ontario who lovingly provided care and compassion over the last year. Phyllis has been cremated.
Passed away at Muskoka Shores, Gravenhurst on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in his 82nd year. Bruce was the beloved husband of Patricia. Loving father of Scott (Tracy), Trever (Debbie), Brent (Hope) Bradley (Jeannie). Cherished grandfather of Daniel, Hannah, Geneva, and Athena.
Dear brother of Gary (Marlene) and Brian (Shiela).
Predeceased by his parents Roy and Isobel Baker.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 11 – 12 pm at Cavill Funeral Home, Gravenhurst where the funeral will take place in the chapel at 12:00 pm.
Memorial contributions to OSPCA greatly appreciated.
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Passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was in her 63rd year. Rita was the beloved wife of Ken Malchuk. Loving Stepmom of Carlye Dash (Mike) of Gravenhurst, and Kendall Malchuk of Montreal. Cherished Oma of Olivia and Sydney Dash. Dear sister of Karen Derango (Adolfo). She will also be sadly missed by cousins Frank (Sabine), Phillip (Stefanie), Franziska, Susanna (Harod), Tante Christa, Sabine (Dieter) and David all in Germany, as well as her dear friend Pat of Niagara Falls and Pat’s daughter Shannon of Barrie
Predeceased by her parents Fred and Inga Muenzberg of Gravenhurst.
A funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 26, at 1:00 PM at Cavill Funeral Home, Gravenhurst, ON. Reception to follow at 183 Jones Rd, Gravenhurst.
Memorial contributions to the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital are greatly appreciated.
Passed away peacefully at Granite Ridge Retirement Residence on Sunday, August 21, 2022. He was in his 95th year. Wilfred, a devout man of faith, avid outdoorsman and gifted painter, was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie (Cunningham). Dear father of Paul Harbridge (Maribel), Karen Hammond (David), Doug Harbridge (Allison), and Linda Harbridge. He was predeceased by his son James in 2008.
Cherished grandfather of Daniel, Helena, Kimberly (Brad), Jordan (Shanoa), Chris, and Andy (Sarah), and loving great-grandfather of Lily, Felix, Addison, Alaina and Benjamin.
Dear brother of Evelyn Longhurst, Leonard Harbridge, Arnold Harbridge, Elsie Jarick, Ruth Doubleday (all predeceased).
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00 AM at Cavill-Turner Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Interment in Mickle Memorial Cemetery followed by a reception at Gateway Worship Centre, 460 Muskoka Road South, Gravenhurst.
Memorial contributions to the ShareWord Global formerly Gideon greatly appreciated.
George Passed away peacefully, in Georgian Bay, on Thursday, August 11, 2022. George sadly missed by his Spouse Mary Bowles (Waters), Daughter Heather Hall (Spouse Wayne), Son Clay Bowles (Spouse Carmen), Grand Son Ryan Morris (Megan), Great Grand Daughters Jayden, Leighton, Rowan; Grand Daughter Nicole Morris, Gr Grand Daughter Summer, Gr Grand Son Dexter, Gr Son Mason Morris (Kim), Gr Son Cooper Bowles, Brothers; Herb Bowles (Kathy), Rick Bowles (Angie).
Predeceased by Father Stan Bowles, Mother Eva Bowles (Akers), Sister Chris Colbeck (Fred), Marlene Gibbons.
George and Mary lived in their first House on Lambton Ave., Toronto where they had 2 Children Heather and Clay. George and Mary explored new Frontiers and started a Cottage in the 60’s with Mary’s Brother Bill (Arlene) Waters next door to each other for many years of Cottage life in Moon River, Ont. Then George and Mary sold their Cottage (late 60’s) and a New chapter starting Moon Basin Marina (which still exists today). George cut the path and put in the Road (early 70’s) now called Arnold Bay Rd. Which helped his and neighbours children go to school. He was a School Driver to meet/pick up/ drop off the kids by Boat, Dune Buggy and Snowmobile to meet the School Buses via Healy Lake from Moon River, then later by the Road he built to Twelve Bay Rd. He was an adventurous, inventive, brave, kind soul who always tried to help others. He learned to build, renovate many houses and buildings, Auto, Marine and Small engine Mechanics becoming a licensed Outboard/Inboard Mechanic, working on many Boats from afar. He caught Rattle snakes with a forked stick and we caged a few for the summer months to help show tourists what to look for in the bush, to hear the rattle as a warning. George and Mary didn’t always get time to go fishing after they started the Marina but they did catch many trophy’s still with family. They brought in George’s Sister and Brother-in-Law Chris and Fred Colbeck as Partners, as the winter months were lean financially. Eventually the business was over whelming for the Family and George had his first mental break ( being a perfectionist is hard on one’s self) which lead to the Sale of the Marina in the mid 70’s.
George and Mary then bought the property next door to the Marina and built another home, working near by MacTier until that became to difficult with seasonal work. They then sold this and bought a property on Shannon Rd., outside MacTier and George was a License Marine Mechanic for Gordan Bay Marina for many more years but again always seasonal work, making Winters hard financially. George got an offer to work at Boart Canada in Burlington as a Shipper/Receiver which eventually split off to Part Head Quarters Inc, also in Burlington. He retired in 1999 and set back to working on renovating his house in Burlington. They sold this house and moved to a Mobile Home Seniors Park in Grand Bend but that was too far away from Family, even though an enjoyable time for Carpet Bowling, Dominoes, dances and socializing. George was part of the Team or Ontario Champions for Carpet Bowling in the early 2000’s, travelling by Bus to different Venues.
Then George left Grand Bend and bought an older house/church on Southwood Rd., Gravenhurst in 2006 staying with his daughter Heather & Son In Law Wayne in Torrance, until he could move into his house. In 2012 he bought yet another house to renovate on Gravenhurst Pkwy, that was big enough for Mary and he to live in on separate floors but had to finish the Southwood house first to sell, which happened in 2015. George to the end, Nov. 2021 had renovated this 2 story house putting on a new roof in the summer of 2021, then siding didn’t get finished before Winter came. This is his last house to renovate as he never got back to work very much in 2022 where his illness was starting to affect him.
All of George’s Family and Friends have enjoyed Moon River Falls, Woods Bay, Georgian Bay over many decades and the 4th generation still does upon occasion. George has chosen to return to Moon River for his last moments over looking the Moon Basin as the most beautiful place they lived. He and Mary’s favourite song is “Moon River” sung by Andy Williams (originally sung by Audrey Hepburn) that will serenade him.
LOVE YOU DAD, Husband, Brother, Grampa & Great Grampa XO
Passed away peacefully with loved ones at his side, at Andy’s House Hospice on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in his 65th year. Daniel was the loving father of Emma and Holly O’Neil. Dear friend and mother of their children, Lisa Watterson. Loved brother of Jesse O’Neil, Cathy Moncur, Mary Filipchuk, and John O’Neil. Predeceased by his parents Maurice Henry Sr. and Francis O’Neil and his brother Maury O’Neil. A memorial service will be held at a later date, details to be posted here when available. Memorial contributions to Andy’s House greatly appreciated.
Peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2022 in Mississauga, Ontario, at the age of 67. Beloved son of Willimin Griffiths (nee Carrey). Cherished brother of Naomi Stephens and Lynn Murray, and brother-in-law to Gayle Griffiths. Incredible Uncle to many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Predeceased by his father, P.G. (Bill) Griffiths and his brother P.G. (Gerry) Griffiths, Jr. and brother-in-law Bill Stephens. John was involved in the Alderwood Softball Association for more than 20 years holding various executive positions, including President and Commissioner. The family extends a special thanks to Deborah-Rae Lalonde and Andrew Lalonde-Welby.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 16th from 7-9 pm at Cavill Funeral Home, 215 Bay Street, Gravenhurst. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, September 17th at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 235 John Street, Gravenhurst, a reception will follow in the church hall. Interment of cremated remains Mickle Cemetery, Gravenhurst. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sick Kids Hospital in memory of John would be appreciated by the family.
Personal Condolences and memories may be shared at www.cavillfuneralhome.com
It is with great sadness the Dzurus family announces the passing of Jill Suzanne Dzurus, nee MacDonald.
Jill passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at Muskoka Shores Care Community after a courageous battle with dementia.
She is survived by her husband Ron, of 50 years, daughter Dana (Nathan), son Ronnie (Denice) and sister Lori Nash (George). She was loving grandmother to five grandchildren Cruz Lee, Scarlett Lee, Aunika Dzurus, Freja Dzurus, Nadija Dzurus; and aunt to Matthew Nash.
Jill was very loving, caring and sympathetic. She loved children, nature and Muskoka.
Jill was born in Bracebridge to the late Alex and Shirley MacDonald.
Living in Gravenhurst her whole life, Jill worked at the Muskoka Centre and Gravenhurst IGA, where she made many friends and acquaintances.
A special thanks to the professional, kind and caring staff at Muskoka Shores.
Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation or charity of your choice.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Paul Rutledge.
Paul was born on Dec 15, 1947 – he was very proud of his Gravenhurst roots.
He always loved to say ‘Born and raised in West Gravenhurst, just off Musquash Rd.’ He was the youngest of five children born to William (Les) Rutledge and Viola (Vi) Rutledge (Schell) and brother to Marvin, Wayne, Keith & Carol.
His memories of growing up were good, often telling us about his fishing and hunting adventures. He loved living in the big house on James St, and how dad Les, an Engineer for CN, had a special horn blow when he was coming through town so the kids knew it was him.
A huge lifelong memory was his mom, Vi’s cooking. She was a wonderful cook and baker, you would rarely go into the Rutledge house without being offered a cup of tea and one of Vi’s buttertarts or delicious squares or cake of some sort. She would never give you her recipe as it was always ‘a little of this, a little of that’. Dinner was truly a treat.
There was also the time when mom decided the kids needed more refined education so put them all into piano lessons. Paul was miserable and it did not go over well for the boys or for the piano teacher. Sports were the big thing in the Rutledge family and Paul excelled at both hockey and baseball. Playing for local and Junior A Teams as he got older.
Paul held several jobs as he grew up in Gravenhurst including working at Sloans, delivering milk for Breyers Dairy to the local lodges with his brother Wayne and working in the pharmacy of the Rexall. The start of his full time Paramedic life began at Muskoka Ambulance when he was in his late teens.
After gaining experience there, he moved to Woodbridge and joined the York South Ambulance for several years and finally he moved to the Peel York Ambulance Service in Brampton where he stayed through the remainder of his career.
During his younger days, he was a member of the Oddfellows and belonged to the Rotary. For many years while in Bramalea, he kept connected to hockey and was manager of the Bramalea Blues Junior B hockey club.
Paul was married to the love of his life, Tanna for 43 years before she pre-deceased him in 2019. They lived in Bramalea during their working careers and moved to Bracebridge after retiring in 2001. They moved a few times, to Orangeville, then Burlington before settling back at Pineridge in Gravenhurst in 2015. We take comfort in knowing they are together again sharing their afternoon cocktail hour.
Paul was a wonderful step-dad to Cathy Koth (Tony) and Bernie Cowan (Natalie) and proud Papa to his beloved grandchildren Erin (Kerry), Jamie, Zachary & Ellie. He also loved all his nieces and nephews and family members who he stayed connected to. He was a huge part of our lives and we will all miss him terribly. Christmas dinners will never be the same as he always made the mashed potatoes, gravy and desserts consisting of squares and buttertarts – there was never a recipe to pass on, just a little of this, a little of that.
A Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 22 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Gravenhurst with reception to follow in the church hall.
Memorial contributions to OSPCA – Muskoka greatly appreciated.
It is with profound sadness and disbelief that the Family of Thomas Edward Gillan announces his sudden and unexpected passing on August 3, 2022.
First born son to Wilfred and Marie Gillan of Walkers Point, Tom was the ultimate Big Brother to Paul Gillan (Annette) and Ross Gillan. Uncle Tom cherished his only nephew Morgan Gillan and was thrilled when Morgan became old enough to start Dogging at their beloved Hunt Camp.
As an avid hunter and fisherman, Tom was most at peace when he was at the hunt camp. Although travelling to the hunt camp was an all day affair and hard on the back, he made sure it was solid comfort once he was there. In recent years Tom became an accomplished vegetable gardener and would spend all of his free time picking and sharing the spoils from his ever growing garden “Up on the hill.”
While owning and operating a successful construction company, Tom forged lifelong friendships with many of his clients. Endlessly patient and insisting on the highest quality made Tom a much sought after Contractor on Lake Muskoka for over 35 years.
At the young age of 63, Tom was just easing into his retirement years and looking forward to the hunting and fishing trips that he had been planning for years. Although he has left us way too soon, he will be missed forever but never forgotten.
Tom wished to be cremated and will be interned into the Family Plot at Mickle Memorial Cemetery. An Interment ceremony will take place at a later date when the family has had time to absorb their sudden loss.
If you wish, memorial donations may be made to the following organizations that Tom was passionate about:
Ontario Angler and Hunters Association, SMMH Foundation, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Profoundly missed by his wife Darlene, Mom Emmaline (Bill), predeceased by father Carl and Mother Aletta. Adored dad of Jonathan Knight (Carolynn), late Jordan, Sandy Gambell (Scott Phillips), Ward Westlake (Sherre), and Tammy Westlake. Treasured Poppa to Jarrett (Kayla), Tiffani (Kier), Bradley, Amanda, Kayliegh, and Damian. Great Grandad to Samantha, Jayden, Luca, Mckenna, Harlan, Brady, Zaylee, Jaxxon, Bentley, Laylah, Greyson, Laine and Skyla.
Beloved brother to Bobby (Nina), Kelly (Cheryl), Gwen (Ted), Melanie (Renee), predeceased by Barry.
Celebration of life to be held at Gateway Worship Centre, 460 Muskoka Rd. S, Gravenhurst @ 2:00pm August 6th.
We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Passed away at Andy’s House Hospice Muskoka, Port Carling on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 with loved ones by his side. He was in his 67th year. Dennis was the beloved husband of Helen Elizabeth (Kopp). Loving father of Ryan (Kate), and Justin (Taylor). Cherished grandfather of Gage, and Landen. Dear brother of Pat Thompson (Mike), and Mark Holmes. Uncle to Carey Peterkin (Kirk), Amanda Bunker (Tim), and Lance Kopp. Dennis will also be missed by his furry friend Brandy.
If desired, memorial contributions to Andy’s House greatly appreciated.
A special thanks to family, friends, and neighbours for their special care. Also, a special thank you to the awesome teams of paramedics, Closing the Gap, Andy’s House, NPs Susan and Donna, and Dr. Gail.
Passed away peacefully with loved ones at her side, at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge, on Monday, July 25, 2022. She was in her 86th year. Cynthia was predeceased by her loving husband Barry Dursley (2017). Loving mother of Laura, Adam (Cecelia), Stephen (Cheryl), and Emily (Robert). Cherished grandmother of Jake, Ben, Rafe, Jessie, Liam, Sam, Alex, Hanna, and Max. Great-grandmother of Bea. Cynthia is also survived by her only sibling, Nadine Peel (Robert).
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Church, Gravenhurst, ON.
If desired, memorial contributions to Trinity United Church Mission & Service Fund greatly appreciated.
The family sends thanks to the nursing staff at the Bracebridge hospital for their excellent care and kindness towards Cynthia and family in her final few days.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Harry Gerald Severin on Monday, July 11th, 2022. Predeceased by his long-time partner, Mary Hoffman, Harry died peacefully surrounded by his children and his beloved dog, Maggie. He was a devoted father to Gerald, Cheryl (Daryl), Penny (Martino), Corinne, and William. Harry was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, and will be sadly missed.
Born May 14th, 1942, in Sudbury, Ontario, Harry had many passions throughout his life, including his pets, travelling, fine arts, construction, and devoting his time to his trailer park in Muskoka. He is known for his heartfelt laughter, his quick-wit, and his ability to crack a joke regardless of where he was.
It was Harry’s wishes that there will be no funeral or service, but he will be laid to rest in Beachburg, Ontario. The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to his homecare nurses, and the Mariposa House, where he spent his final days.
In lieu of flowers contributions to Mariposa House Hospice greatly appreciated.
Harry will be greatly missed by all those who were touched by his infectious laughter and love, especially by his family who loved him dearly.
Died peacefully on July 11,2022 at Andy’s House in Port Carling.
Mom was the 6th of nine children born Sept. 21,1934 to Blanche and Adam Coulter of Novar, ON.
She was predeceased by siblings Madeline, Barbara, Calvin, Jean, Joseph, and Harvey. Survived by June (Orvill) and Erston (Vivian). She had nine children: Stephen (Terry), Christine (Larry), Milly (Bob), Wilma (Terry), Bill (Sandy), Dee (Les), Dan (Lori), Eva (Barney), and David (Sharron).
Proud grandmother to: Megan, Sara, Caitlyn, Carsen, Bobby, Lisa, Isabel, Alexander, Duane, Wade, Erin, Casey, Allie, Marcy, Chad, Cory, Shae, Janine, Cody, Emma, Maddie, Max, Cole, Chelan, and eight great-grandchildren.
Doris received her education in Novar and Huntsville High. She then moved to Toronto where she met and married the father of her children, Bill Cooke. After moving back to Muskoka, mom worked as a cook at various restaurants while raising 9 brats (her license plate) until she took upgrading at Georgian College and became a counsellor for the mentally challenged at the Muskoka Centre in Gravenhurst. A job she relished for 25 years. She was very proud of having gone back to school to do what she considered to be very worthwhile work. A few years after dad passed away, mom met a gentle giant named Russel Gravestone and they spent 18 wonderful years together, holidaying in Cuba, traveling out west, curling at the Gravenhurst Curling Club and playing bridge, poker and shuffleboard at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre. Her no-nonsense advice and feistiness will be missed by all of us. Dr. Mittal worked tirelessly to provide mom with dignity and comfort as the end neared.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Castle Peak Retirement Home and Andy’s House. Thanks also to the staff at Cavill-Turner Funeral Home for assisting with all arrangements.
As mom requested, there will be no Celebration of Life. A family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated.
Passed away peacefully at his home, on Thursday, July 7, 2022 with his son, Jamie, at his side. John was the beloved husband of the late Mary Mortimer (2017). Loving father John (Judy), Jamie (Catherine), and the late Cherry. Cherished grandfather Marianne, Dave, Chris, Rachael, Ian, Kayla, Grace, and great grandfather of Sierra, and Cheyenne. Dear brother of Gloria, Faye, and Charles. Predeceased by his siblings Bill, Bud, Bernice, Bob, and Gary.
If desired, memorial contributions to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital greatly appreciated.
It is with broken hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Marg Drake Barnes, on June 28, 2022. She leaves behind her partner Roger Berkeley, her sisters Mary, Willie, Trish, Lee, Jackie, and their families. A beloved Aunt to many and a cherished Grandmother to Sydney Rae, and Kennedy Neil Marschdorf.
Born in New Waterford, NS, to the late Elizabeth and Bill Tobin.
Predeceased by her brother-in-law Gary, and her nephew Shane.
Marg was well known for her kindness and generous spirit. She retired to Cape Breton for 13 years and was very active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Combined Christmas Giving for many years. Give her a charity or a way to help and she would work tirelessly.
The family will receive guests on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at Cavill funeral Home, Gravenhurst where the memorial service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 PM. Reception to follow at Beaver Ridge Hall, 1007 Racoon Road.
To honour Marg’s wishes, cremation has taken place and her cremated remains will be taken home to her beloved Cape Breton for burial in September.
If desired, memorial contributions to The Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation greatly appreciated.
assed away June 29,2022 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in his 74th year. John was the beloved husband of Yvonne Dixon, loving father of Jason and stepdad to Sherry (Chris), Erin (Darryl), Kristin (Scott) and Jill (Phil). Cherished Papa to Tyler, Taylor, Kaycee (Quinton), Kaylin (Malcolm), Andrew, Jordan, Gavin, and Riley. Dear brother of Billy, Barney, Jan, Joan, Beverley, Cathy, June, Darlene, and Jim. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews. John also leaves behind his 4-legged best friend Stella, she was his side kick, never leaving each others side. She will miss him.
John touched many lives and will deeply be missed by all…We love you papa….
Passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 in Kilworthy.
He was the beloved husband of the late Julie Talbot. Loving father of Michael Talbot (late Seung Ah Kim), the late Melissa Jenkins, and Kyle Talbot (Connie). Cherished grandfather of Curtis St. Pierre, Gina Talbot, and Carter Talbot. Loved brother of Russell Talbot (Maureen Andersen), Susand Ropp (Gerry), Dianne Walmsley (Paul), and Catherine Talbot Morris (Steve Thompson). Loving son of Bessie Talbot and the late Len Talbot.
Michael will also be missed by his friends especially Terri-Lynn Coakwell.
Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held.
It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. John ‘Jack’ McIrvine announce his passing at the age of 93 on June 12, 2022 in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Jack will be greatly missed by Britt-Marie McIrvine, his wife and best friend of 69 years. He was predeceased by his brother Edward (Ted) in 2019. He was much loved by cousins Barb Thatcher (and partner Bill), as well as John and Elsie Lindgren.
Born in Regina and raised in Winnipeg, Jack then went to the United States to complete a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. This is where he met Britt, the love of his life.
Jack’s career as a chemical engineer found him working in the explosives industry with CIL/ICI Canada, initially in Quebec and then in Ontario. He also spent many years as a consultant involved in hazardous materials clearing as well as composting.
Jack and Britt spent many years involved in activities that they loved doing together. Some of their favourites were square dancing, car rallying, as well as backpacking in Vermont. After they relocated to Ontario they also cottaged on Lake Muskoka. Once in Muskoka, Jack continued to make important contributions to several organizations as a volunteer. He gave his time and expertise to CPS (Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons) as an instructor and an officer. His technical skills and a passion for steamships also led him to support the engineering needs of the RMS Segwun and most recently the electrification of the Wanda III. After more than 20 years of volunteering Jack was recognized for his efforts by receiving an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2012.
Jack (and Britt) were also very active and long-term members of the Probus Club of Bracebridge. The club was a very important part of his life. He will be missed by his many friends at Probus.
A celebration of life honouring Jack will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre, 275 Steamship Bay Road, Gravenhurst.
Passed away on May 13th, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at Andy’s House, Port Carling. Phyllis was the beloved wife of 54 years to Wayne Trott and proud mom to Kevin and Craig. Cherished Noko (grandmother) of Kaisha, Magena, Katrina, Cole, and Lacey Trott. Dear sister of Jeanette Harrison, Gertie Blake, Doris Gropp, Laura Coleman, Eileen Kingshott, and Wilma Murphy. She will also be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins and her four legged best friend Petite.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 from
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Bala Legion. 1011 Maple Ave., Bala, ON P0C 1A0
If desired, memorial contributions to Andy’s House greatly appreciated.
Very sadly, Ted passed away peacefully at Muskoka Shores, in Gravenhurst, on January 7, 2022. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassionate care provided for Ted by the staff at Muskoka Shores for the past three and a half years.
Ted was the beloved husband of the late Joyce Anne (O’Hara), of 70 years, who predeceased Ted in 2020. Cherished father of Bruce, Brian, and Peter. Loving grandfather of Meghan, Kevin, Jennifer, Sarah, Daniel, and Juan Diego. Dear brother of Marjorie Cairns. Predeceased by his son Ron in 2005, and four of his siblings, Allan, Ken, David, and Evelyn.
Ted worked at Canada Packers for 39 years, after graduating from University of Toronto, in 1947 with a BASc in Chemical Engineering. He retired, in October of 1986, as a Vice-President and Director at Canada Packers.
Ted retired in 1986 and he, Joyce, and Peter made Gravenhurst their new year-round home, after spending summers at their cottage in Muskoka that Ted built in 1954. Ted spent many years as a member of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, being honoured with the Paul Harris Award and as an Honorary Member.
A Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 7 at 11 am, to honour Ted & Joyce as they will be re-united with their son Ron, in the family plot, in Mickle Memorial Cemetery, Gravenhurst, ON. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted’s memory, please consider a donation to the Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP). Messages of condolence and memories may be shared at www.cavillfuneralhome.com.
Passed away peacefully at Muskoka Shores Care Community, on Thursday, June 23, 2022. She was in her 85th year. Elizabeth was the beloved wife of Clifford David Brooks (2021). Loving mother of Kelvin Jarvi (Margaret), Gerald Jarvi (Laurie), Deborah Jarvi, and Loretta Newton (Terry). Stepmother of Debra John, and Joanne Taylor. Cherished grandmother of David, John, Suzanne, Roy, Jennifer, Michelle, Nicole, Ian, Taylor, Kyle, Mitchell, and great grandmother to many. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 13 St. James Anglican Church, with interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Reception to follow interment at St. James Reception hall.
Memorial contributions to St. James Anglican Church greatly appreciated.
The family of Cyril Fry is sad to announce his death at age 96. Dad lived a long, happy and very full life until his recent decline.
He is survived by Marion (Gofton), his wife of 74 years, three children: Jill (Jim Nantais), Gretta (Phil Bowman), and Alastair (JoAnne Agnew), four grandchildren: Emma (John Hopkins) and Alex (Iza Boinska) Johnston, Peri and Claudia (Sam Guise) Bowman and two great grandsons: Adrian Hopkins and Lenny Johnston. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Dick and Jim.
Born in Brantford, Ontario on February 14th 1926, Cyril was the youngest son of Wilfred and Edith Fry. His childhood and youth were spent in Brantford and Toronto. In 1947 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Metallurgical engineering and later added a Master of Education to his credentials.
While visiting the Huntsville area he met Marion and the couple were married on Sept. 9th 1948.
Following a year living and working in England during which time they cycled around Europe and much of Britain the couple’s love of Muskoka prompted their move to Gravenhurst when Cyril accepted a position with the Rubberset Brush Company. In the early 1960s he made the decision to switch careers and become a high school teacher, spending the remainder of his working life in the science department at Gravenhurst High School.
Cyril and Marion built their own house on Muskoka Beach Road which, with the exception of a few intervals abroad was to remain their lifelong home.
Teaching exchanges and their passion for travel took the couple and their children on many trips around the world.
Cyril’s interests and pursuits were varied and wide ranging. He was a part owner and founder of The Gravenhurst News where he also served as an occasional columnist. For decades he was a clown in the Gravenhurst Santa Claus parade. A love of airplanes led him to take up gliding and then to obtain his private pilot’s licence.
As a committed volunteer through his life Cyril held positions on the Muskoka Township School Board, Ontario Arthritis Society, Muskoka Community Concert Association, Leacock Awards Committee, and the Muskoka Field Naturalists amongst others. When Gravenhurst celebrated it’s centenary in 1976 he served as chairperson for the celebrations and was named citizen of the year.
The centenary prompted Cyril and Marion to initiate the founding of the Gravenhurst Archives and their continued involvement with the organization led to them jointly receiving the 2019 Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Ontario Heritage.
Most of all Cyril was grateful to the many good friends, neighbours, former students, caregivers and family for their kindness and friendship. And he was grateful to those who raised him, and fought in wars enabling him to live in freedom. Though he faced hurdles at times he always felt he had been lucky through life.
In keeping with Cyril’s wishes no funeral or celebration of life is planned but those who would like to remember him with a donation to their favourite charity are invited to do so in his name.
Or in his words: “Perhaps give to some individual you know who needs help”.
Passed away suddenly at home of heart failure, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was 37. John was the beloved husband of Karlie Larocque. Loving father of Brock, Emery Stepfather of CJ, and Harrison Bond. Loved son of Deyette and Howard Schell. Cherished grandson of Carole Foley (late Les). Dear brother of Maria Nelson (Trevor), and Matthew Foley (Chantal); stepbrother of Brandon Schell, and Cheryl Schell (Chad). Son-in-law Rick and Heidi Larocque, nephew of Leslie Barnes (Kirk), cousin of McKenzie Barnes (Aidan), uncle of Alexandra (Brett), Cole (Shelsea), Isabelle, Payton, and Jake (Sadie). John will also be missed by Brock’s mother Tara.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am Mickle Memorial Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Gravenhurst Legion on Monday, June 27 at 12:00pm.
Memorial contributions to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital greatly appreciated.
Born October 7th 1949. Passed away December 14th 2021 surrounded by loved ones at SMMH in Bracebridge.
Beloved Wife of 23 years to Jim Marr and Mother to Krista, Johnny, Eric, Jen and second mom to many more. Oma to Ayla, Carrick, Bailey, Oliver and Eloise and great Oma to Paige. Sister to Erica, Olaf, Joe, Ines and Rolf.
She was a true artist in every sense, from stained glass to macramé. No media was untouched by her hands. Renowned for her spectacular gardens. Anyone that has been blessed to have known her will remember her infamous garden tours and has probably received a handmade gift of a unique and heart felt piece.
Astrid was a woman that constantly improved herself and was not afraid to try something new, like getting a tattoo at 70 or taking Thai chi classes for over 20 years. Her sword skills were off the charts.
Her working years were spent doing what she loved. Hair. As a child she dreamed about working at a hair salon and when she was old enough she would live that dream for the next 50 years. Moving to Gravenhurst in 1984 she opened her first shop, ”Astrid’s Hair Design” in Gravenhurst where she perfected her craft while at the same time befriending everyone that walked in.
Her later years she spent exploring all forms of art. Mastering painting, encaustic, pottery, fibre and glasswork, her hands were never idle. Her studio was full of whatever medium she was currently working on as well as countless jars of random bits. Single minded when she was in her art zone, it was rare to find projects left unattended to.
Astrid was a world traveler. Her excitement was contagious when she spoke of her trips to Europe with her daughter Krista.
This woman was bad ass in life and will be just as bad ass in heaven.
Passed away suddenly after a very brief illness, at South Lake Hospital, Newmarket, on Thursday, March 31st, 2022. He was in his 57th year. Irvin was the Beloved father of Derrick, and William. Loving son of Margaret Morrison and the late Alvin Miller. Predeceased by his brother Travis Miller and his stepfather Bob Morrison.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Mickle Memorial Cemetery in early summer with Fred Schulz officiating.
Memorial contributions in Irvin’s memory to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital greatly appreciated.
Shirley passed away on June 3 2022 at 6:50pm at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, ON. She was in her 76th year.
GOD was ready to call you home but our hearts were not.
Shirley McAllister will be truly missed but now joins her brothers Danny, John, Michael, her sisters Karen, Sadie, June, cousin Helen. She was the dear sister of Dave McAllister (Jill) of Thunder Bay, and Garry McAllister of Peterburough. She was beloved “mother” to Colleen Habib, Jay (Louise) Holden, beloved “grandmother” to Daniel Holden of North Bay, Jamie (John) Miller, Aaden and Travis Miller of Gravenhurst, Tammy and Jamie Belanger of Gravenhurst. “Auntie” to Liberty and Little John, little Dave, Justin McAllister, and “great aunt” to Sidney, Conner, and Callie of Thunder Bay. She will also be missed by her many “nieces and nephews” in Thunder Bay and Peterborough. “Grandma” to Ethan Russell (Pallister), and Jada Dominic (Paris). Godmother to Nicole Pallister (Damian), Carl Pallister (Tonia), Carol Rowbottom, Lester Pallister all from Gravenhurst, and “sister” to Allen Morrow (Debbie) of Barrie, Jim Morrow Gravenhurst, “cousin” to Eugene of Thunderbay, close friends David MacDonald, Dalores Thomas, and Big Randy.
will be truly missed by Good friend who knew her and loved her.
A celebration of Shirley Ann McAlister’s life will be held on June 27th at 1 p.m. at Saint St.Paul’s Church 235 John’s street, Gravenhurst Ontario P1P 1H6
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bala’s beloved and last residing physician, Dr. Michael Krawetz. Doc or Dr. Mike as he was affectionately called was in his 89th year.
Survived by his loving partner Gail Bentley, and her sons Michael and David. Dear brother to Mary Tkachenko (Walter d.2012).
He will be remembered by his daughters-in-law Bonnie and Sharon. Michael was the cherished Grandfather of Steven Jr., Erin, Ben, and Addie.
Proud Great-Grandfather of Dylan, Cole, and Gage. Uncle to Ernest and Annie and Great Uncle to Ashton and Reid.
Predeceased by his first wife Helena Plens (d.1986); his sons Steven (d.2004) and Michael Jr. (d.2020), and his brother Eugene (d.1998).
Doctor Mike graduated Doctor of Medicine (cum laude) from Western University in 1957 and enjoyed a solo Family Practice for over 50 years.
He lived life to the fullest, loved unconditionally, was ALWAYS non-judgmental. He had no regrets.
Moving to Muskoka was a perfect fit. He loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed a good history book, and a cigar and bourbon. He was passionate about political issues. Mike had many wonderful trips over North America, Scotland, and Ukraine. His cabin at Lake Rufus was a favourite getaway with family and friends.
For many years, Doc took care of his community and the last little while Doc was taken care of by his community.
Mike had a Special “Angel Brigade” coordinated by his #1 Right Hand Girl Pam McDivitt. Mike loved his visits from Carol Geri, Diana, Lynn and Gay and was never disappointed with some amazing treats and meals from the Anglican Church women. He loved everyone and everyone loved him—such a Special Man and so dearly loved.
Dr. Mike also had a wonderful group of healthcare providers – that he enjoyed – shy as he was – he got over it – knowing that his comfort was paramount in his care by these truly gifted and caring people. PSW’s Cory, Laura and Amber, you brightened his day. Carmen and Sabrina – you helped him realize his wish (although brief) to return to his own bed and walk with his walker – he was one determined man – not to be denied.
Nurses Bobbi and Jason – Gail would not have coped as well without their continued support and genuine caring of Mike.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 1 – 4pm at the Bala Legion, 1011 Maple Ave, Bala, ON.
Memorial donations to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital where he was Chief of Staff for 15 years, or to the ACW of Bala (one special group of ladies), would be greatly appreciated.
“There is no separation in spirit from those we love – whether on the other side of the world or on the other side of life.”
As a PS – He will be deeply missed by his furry companion BELLO – who greeted everyone who came into our home – and you may have been blessed with a “Love Bite”
Ronald Stanley Whipp . Passed away at RVH in Barrie on April 26, 2022 at the age of 85. Ronald was born in Toronto, the eldest of four children to Hilda and Albert Whipp. Loving brother to Joan (late Frank) Forward, Robert (Carol) Whipp, and the late Margaret (Jack) Hunt. He met the love of his life at the age of 15, 14 year old Joyce (nee Keats). They were married October 20th, 1955 and lived in various locations around Toronto before settling in Muskoka, where he built their house. They raised five children: Mark (Shelby) Whipp, Karen (Dennis) Harbridge, Stephen (Joanne) Whipp, Denise (late Terry) Morrison, Tyler (Dawna) Whipp. He was a loving grandfather to Adam, Erin (Blake), Danielle (Joel), Nathan, Tiffany (Kenny), Ashley (John), Nathaniel (Lindsey), Crystal, Kaitlin (Dan), Brandie (Chris), Amber (Ricky), Coral (Mitch), Jennifer, Justin (Sara), and great grandfather to Leland, Mason, Addison, Chael, Finn, Wren, Tristan, Natalie, Austin, Emma, Morgan, Waylon, Dylan, Austin, Ethan, Owen, Chase, Luca, and Lexxi, Haidyn, Kaidence. At the age of 16, he started training as a steel-rule die maker, which became his career until he retired at the age of 59. Ron and Joyce enjoyed travelling to visit family in California, and wintering for many years in Florida. Family was very important to Ron, and he loved large family gatherings.
A Celebration of Life for Ronald Will be held on June 11, 2022 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Gravenhurst
Memorial contributions to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and the Royal Victoria Hospital greatly appreciated.
Passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022 at home in Gravenhurst. Beloved wife of Gordon Douglas Tanner. Loving mother of Cathy Tanner ( Frank Haslam), Bridget Child (John), Gord Tanner (Robin) and Douglas Tanner (Amy Freedman). Dear gramma of Tanner (Nicole), Tristan (Carly), Tyler, Jenna (Jake), Adam, Sam, Ryan, Ben, Nicole, and Hilary and great-gramma to Leon and Gracie. Ann had an extraordinary career teaching Family Studies in Elmira, Orangeville, Manitoulin Island, Kincardine and finally retiring in Walkerton in 1998. Ann had many passions foremost were her Grandchildren. Gramma would spend many hours teaching them the piano and was also known to host euchre tournaments at family gatherings encouraging everyone to mix and play with as many family members as possible.
Her other passions were her flowers, spending many hours each day in her garden, and singing in many church and community choirs mainly the Elderberries in Gravenhurst. Ann had an incredible spiritual faith and held strong beliefs in natural family planning and whole food plant based (WFPB) nutrition and would speak to anyone on these topics for hours just wanting to help anyone she could.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church or Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP) We all know the world was a kinder more loving place with Ann/Mom/Gramma/Great Gramma in it. Ann was always praying to saints for others. Rest In Peace to our wonderful saint.
Passed away at Andy’s House Hospice on Thursday, May 19, 2022 in his 89th year. Jimmy was the beloved husband of the late Christina
(Marr) and loving father of Brian Marr (Lianne Suggitt). Jimmy was a very much loved brother, uncle, and friend to many who will miss him and his spirited singing dearly.
A visitation will be held from 12 – 1 PM on Wednesday, June 1, at Cavill Funeral Home, Gravenhurst where the funeral will be held in the chapel at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions to Andy’s House Hospice greatly appreciated.
Personal condolences and memories may be shared at www.cavillfuneralhome.com
Hero of a husband to the love of his life, Pamela, of 64 years. Number one father, supporter, and rock to his daughters, Gail (late James) and Kimberly (William). The best Grandad to Matthew and Jennifer (Steve) and Grandy Grandad to Rachel (Jordan) and Ryan. Proud great “gan-dad” to his great granddaughters, Isla, Alice, and Harper. Adored big brother and trickster to Carol (Dave). Witty uncle to Alison (Justin) and great uncle to Darby.
Love and family were everything to David, an old vintage soul as cool, classic, and lovely as the opera he admired so dearly. He proposed to his cherished wife within six weeks of meeting her, knowing Pamela was the one as quick as “fascination turned to love”. David lit up at the addition of each new family member, his greatest accomplishments and fulfillment in life.
Always invested in the world around him, he was an engaging conversationalist and thoughtful listener. David was a gentle giant who spread warmth, humour, generosity, kindness, and wisdom to all he met, especially those he encountered on his determined daily walks around the neighbourhood. He loved a cold beer, playing cards, going for a boat ride, and Muskoka. While he will be deeply missed, we are immensely grateful for the beautiful life he lived and shared with us.
A private service is being held by the family. If desired, memorial contributions to Haven of the Heart, an animal sanctuary in Palgrave, Ontario, would be greatly appreciated.
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