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KENNY, Valerie Anne Kenny - Obituary | Print |

KENNY, Valerie Anne -

Valerie Anne Kenny (née Greene), 71, passed peacefully in the company of family on December 31, 2014, in Huntsville, Ontario.

Survived by her loving family: husband of forty years, John; brother Godfrey Greene; daughter Jennifer and son Bryan.

A longtime resident of Toronto, Valerie was born in Ottawa to the late Lt.-Col. Judge Godfrey and Eileen Greene on February 16, 1943.

Diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, Valerie fought her illness with great strength. Not one to complain, she maintained instead a brave, cheerful and optimistic outlook.

She continued to travel and busy herself with activities she enjoyed in her community with a characteristic positivity.

Valerie easily made friends and kept in close touch with many.

She was an enthusiastic volunteer, most notably with the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary.

The family wishes to convey to Hospice Huntsville their most sincere gratitude and blessings for the attentiveness, care and invaluable support they provided to both Valerie and family in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Huntsville or the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary.


PICANCO, Jose Picanco - Obituary | Print |


Passed away at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 66 years of age.

Beloved husband of the late Lucilia. Jose will be sadly missed by the Dias and Braga families.

Funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, 167 Essa St., Bradford on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment in Bradford.

SIMPSON, Frederick 'Smiley' Simpson - Obituary | Print |

SIMPSON, Frederick 'Smiley' -

Simpson_SmilelyPassed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 in his 90th year.

Beloved husband of Joan and the late Bernice. Loving father of Doug (Beverley), Brenda, Sharon Shortall, Vickie Tapley (Scott), Pam Christie (Tim) Sandra, Debbie Forbes and Dale Barillari.

Grandfather of Melissa, Chantal, Spencer, Domenic, Samantha, Crystal, Shawna-Lee and Alicia. Great grandfather of 2.

Brother of Bea Mummery, Doug, Barb Hinchley and predeceased by Hank.

He will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends.

The funeral service will be held in Midland on Saturday, January 3rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

SMITH, Lyn Peter Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Lyn Peter -

Smith_LynPassed away suddenly Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Royal Victoria Hospital  in his 71st year, with his family by his side.

Beloved husband of Judy Smith, and Dad to Corry (Roger), Tim (Paula), Todd Smith and Poppa to his 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Brother of Marilyn Leigh, Judy Mandley, Donna Boyd, and Ken Smith (Shirley), Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held January 17th, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Sheba Shrine Hall, 142 John Street, Barrie.

The family has requested no flowers.

Donations in Lyn’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

SPERLING, Margaret Elsie Sperling - Obituary | Print |

SPERLING, Margaret Elsie -

Passed away peacefully at the Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf on Wednesday December 31st, 2014 in her 82nd year.

Beloved wife of the late Bob Sperling. Margaret was the sister—in—law of Wynn and John Mostoway, Jack and Shirley Coulton, Hazel Dundas, Stan and Esther Sperling.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Ivy Anglican Cemetery.

THOROGOOD, James Norman Thorogood - Obituary | Print |

THOROGOOD, James Norman -

Passed away peacefully with family at Hospice Simcoe on Wednesday, December 31st.

Jim will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Internment will be in spring 2015 and as per Jim's wishes, donations would be appreciated to Barrie Hospice Simcoe.

Jim and family want to thank Simcoe Hospice Barrie.

WYLIE, Don Wylie - Obituary | Print |

WYLIE, Don - Retired Sales Manager of Miles Pharmaceutical (Bayer)

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Simcoe Manor, Beeton, in his 87th year on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Loving Husband of almost 65 years to his wife June (nee Brooks). Much loved Father of Diane Kleinsteiber (George), David, Karen Sharpe (Ron), Kevin (Alison), Lynda and predeceased by Bobby.

Beloved Grandpa of 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Beloved Son of late James Hilliard Wylie and the late Irene Irish.

Beloved Brother of the late Douglas Wylie.

Don was a long time member of God's family and attended Heritage Baptist Church in Barrie and Victory Baptist Church in Newmarket.

The family gives thanks to the remarkable care provided to Don by all the staff at Simcoe Manor where his wife June still resides.

Don was proud of starting up a newsletter at the Manor called “Simcoe Matters” and was the Assistant Editor. Don was Vice President of the resident’s council and started a weekly bible study group at Simcoe Manor. Don loved his weekly shopping outings to Walmart in Alliston, where he will be fondly remembered.

Friends may call at Victory Baptist Church, 18408 Yonge St., East Gwillimbury (Newmarket) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment in Toronto.

In Don’s memory, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society or the Alzheimer Society.

CARRUTHERS, Audrey Mae (McLean) Carruthers - Obituary | Print |

CARRUTHERS, Audrey Mae (nee McLean) -

Carruthers_AudreyPeacefully at Grove Park Home, Barrie with her family by her side on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimers.

Audrey age 85 years, beloved wife of Walter Carruthers for 65 years.

Loving mother of Wendy Booey (Hal) and Scott (Catherine).

Loving grandmother of Amber, Sarah, Preston, Troy and one great grandchild yet to be born.

Dear sister of Orma Trask (Emmy), Shirley Norman (Barry), the late Ron McLean (the late Joyce), Gary McLean (the late Margaret). Also loved by many nieces and nephews.

A family celebration of life will take place in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society or St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Barrie.

Special thank you for everyone involved in Audrey’s care.

DURKAN, Bernard 'Brian' Durkan - Obituary | Print |

DURKAN, Bernard 'Brian' -

Durkan_BrianWith heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Brian on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Matthews House Hospice, Alliston.

Beloved husband of Erma. Loved father of Mark (Sandy), Deirdre (Steve) and Moira (Brian).

Loving poppa of Brian, Alanna, Garrett, Mitchell, Shannon and Kaitlyn. Dear brother of Walter and sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral Mass will take place at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 190 King St.S. Alliston on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

If so desired memorial donations to Matthews House Hospice, Alliston would be appreciated by the family.

FLOOK, Glenn Murray Flook - Obituary | Print |

FLOOK, Glenn Murray -

Suddenly at home in Barrie on Tuesday, December 30th 2014 in his 64th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Theresa. Much loved Dad of Jennifer Hinde (Gary), Christine Powell (Devin),and Mike Flook (Courtney).

Proud Grampa of Jack, Evan, Claire, Lily, Mitchell, Addison, and Alexis.

Survived by sister Judy Srigley. Sadly missed by many other dear family members and good friends.

A celebration of life will take place in Barrie, Ontario on Saturday, January 3rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army and are gratefully appreciated by the family.

HRCHAK, Carolyn Hrchak - Obituary | Print |

HRCHAK, Carolyn -

Passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Barrie with her husband Andy at her side on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the age of 70.

Loving mother of Susan Hall (Steve) of Barrie and the late Ronald (December 1993).

Loved grandmother of Ella and Aiden. Dear sister of Jim Ireland and Ken Ireland both of Owen Sound.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place.

As an expression of sympathy donations in memory of Carolyn may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

HUDSON, Doris Kate (Broadbent) Hudson - Obituary | Print |

HUDSON, Doris Kate (nee Broadbent) -

Peacefully at Spencer House, Orillia, on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in her 93rd year.

Doris Hudson of Orillia, beloved wife of the late Orval Hudson. Loving mother of John Hudson & wife Helen of Penticton, Marilyn Vollick & husband Harry of Orillia, Angela Sanderson & husband Clive of British Columbia and Kenneth Hudson of Orillia.

Loved by 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Dear sister of Mavis Parker in England.

At the request of Doris, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service.

If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

MARSHALL, Anthony Guy Ridley 'Tony' Marshall - Obituary | Print |

MARSHALL, Anthony Guy Ridley 'Tony' -

Died suddenly surrounded by love at Toronto Western Hospital on Tuesday December 30th, 2014.

Dearly loved husband of 28 years of Dawn Marshall of Midhurst.

Loving and devoted father of Vanessa and Paul.

Survived and loved greatly by brother David (Catherine), sister-in-law Gail Dickey (Jim), and mother-in law Jean Lawton. Cherished by nieces and nephews; Sheldon (Melisa), Angela, Colin (Melissa), Ian and Blakely. Great uncle Dakota, Devon and the late Owen.

The Service was held on January 5th at the Barrie Legion, 410 St. Vincent Street, Barrie, L4M 4A6 at 1:30 pm.

MOORE-WESTERBY, Ruby Moore-Westerby - Obituary | Print |


Westerby_RudyAt Summit Place, Owen Sound on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 in her 84th year.

Ruby Westerby (nee Ainsley), beloved wife of the late Gerald Moore. Loving mother of Stephen Kitchener of Sarnia, Frederick Kitchener-predeceased, Bertram Kitchener (Gayle) of Thornhill, Randy Kitchener (Donna) of Woodbridge, Robert Kitchener (Cindy) of Gravenhurst and Dellene Kitchener (Jamie Johnston) of Owen Sound.

Dear grandmother of ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Predeceased by her brothers Bertram and Frank Ainsley.

Funeral Services will be held in Orillia on Sunday, January 11th.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

NELSON, Mark Ronald Nelson - Obituary | Print |

NELSON, Mark Ronald -

April 3, 1923 – December 30, 2014

Passed away suddenly at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston. Mark was able to spend a very enjoyable Christmas surrounded by his family.

Predeceased by his loving wife Audrey (Penelton). Mark is survived by his son Terry (Marlene), granddaughter Darlene (Curt Wheeler) and grandson Brad (Kelly). Very proud great grandfather to Emma Grace, Julia, Mark and Elizabeth.

Son of the late Irene (Noble) and Wilfred Nelson. Dear brother of Allan (Audrey) and the late Marion Mc Kibbon and the late Isobel Bowman. Good friend to Hilda Smith.

Mark served in the Royal Canadian Army from 1941 to 1945. After his service, he farmed on the Mono Adjala Townline for 68 years before leaving the farm a year ago.

Thanks to the staff and residents of the Kingsmere Retirement Residences for making this past year an enjoyable one.

Mark was very actively involved in many community and local organizations including the Hockley Euchre Club, the Adjala-Tosorontio-West Gwillimbury Conservation Club, Tottenham Legion and the Ivy Hunt Club. He was very active in organizing the annual Town Line picnic.

A Funeral service will be held in Alliston on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Followed by a reception at Alliston Legion. Interment to take place in the spring.

If desired, donations made to the Adjala United Church or Stevenson Memorial Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

PILKEY, Everett Henry Wilfred Pilkey - Obituary | Print |

PILKEY, Everett Henry Wilfred -

Pilkey_EverettDied suddenly on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 83rd year.

Everett of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Leona for over 60 years. Loving father of Sherry (Blair Holland), Dwight (Debbie Ward), Laurie (Brady Robertson), Shelly (Jack Joclin) and Michael (Betty Jane).

Everett was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Marie (the late John Simo), Marsh (the late Bev), Pete (Joan), the late Jimmy (Audrey), the late Bill (Ruby), the late Betty and the late Dorothy.

He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Everett was the long time animal control officer and a well respected resource for our communities. He loved the outdoors, his hobbies and his family. He will be missed.

The Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 6, 20145 at the Clearview Community Church, 1070 County Road 42 (airport Rd) at 1 o’clock.

If desired, remembrances to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by Everett’s family.

WRIGHT, Mary Grace 'Gracie' (nee Rolph) Wright - Obituary | Print |

WRIGHT, Mary Grace 'Gracie' (nee Rolph) -

Wright_GracieMay 21, 1926 – December 30, 2014

Mum (Gracie, Granny, GG) died peacefully in Barrie on Tuesday, December 30th, surrounded by her girls.

Predeceased by her loving husband and best friend Harp (Robert P. Wright), she was the loving mother of Margie (Margaret Knox), Susie (Susan Wright Gooderham) and Tats (Cathy Southey), sister of Frank Rolph (Kathy) and daughter of the late Margaret and Grenville Rolph of Toronto.

She will be greatly missed by her “buddy” and beloved caregiver, Sally Mendoza, sons-in-law Tony Knox, Michael Gooderham and Ted Southey, and her grandchildren Heather Corbett (Wesley), Patrick (Emily), Bitsy and Charlie Knox, Fraser (Claire) and Carolyn Gooderham, and Mackenzie and James Southey. G

racie was blessed with great grandchildren Jonathan and Christopher Corbett and Theo Knox and was also much loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends across the globe.

Gracie was the “eternal optimist” who shared her love of life with all and looked for the best in everyone and every situation. She dedicated her life to volunteering for many causes including, but not limited to, Women’s College Hospital, The Junior League of Toronto, The Garden Club of Toronto, and her beloved Havergal College.

Gracie loved bridge, cryptic crosswords, puzzles, solitaire, golf, boating and sailing, but most of all being at “The Cottage” at Shanty Bay with family and friends.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Tuesday, January 6th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (at Heath St.), with a reception to follow at the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto (25 St. Clair Ave West).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Havergal College Foundation (1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, M5N 2H9), Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (201 Georgian Drive Barrie, ON L4M 6M2), Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (120 Bayview Parkway, Box 282, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4X1) or the charity of your choice.

ATKINSON, Isabel Florence Atkinson - Obituary | Print |

ATKINSON, Isabel Florence -

Passed away peacefully at Barrie Manor on December 29, 2014 in her 84th year.

Daughter of the late Lorne and Florence Atkinson. Dear sister of Noreen (late Norm) Howcroft, Helen Gourlay, Joan (late Ken) Ryan, Keith (Val) Atkinson, and Brian (Holly) Atkinson.

Predeceased by her brothers James, Gordon, Eldon, Ivan and Elwood.

A celebration of life will be held in Barrie on Thursday, January 8th.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Isabel's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and are greatly appreciated.

BLACKSTOCK, George Allan Blackstock - Obituary | Print |

BLACKSTOCK, George Allan -

Blackstock_GeorgePassed away on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood surrounded by his family in his 84th year.

George of Stayner, is survived by Margaret, his wife of 61 years, his children Judy (Paul Hawton), Beatrice (Dave McKee), Bruce Blackstock (Sue), Brain Blackstock (Heather), Wayne Blackstock (Charlene), Sandra (Gabe VanderHayden), Lorraine Cook, Betty Blackstock (Carl Lackey) and Barb Blackstock (Shelley Holden) his twelve grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He is also survived by sisters Beatrice (Wes Oliver), Isobel McMahon and Irene (Jim Zilid).

The family would like to express their appreciation for the efforts of Dr. Wells and the nursing staff of the G & M Hospital and their patience with the Clan during this time.

Friends will be received at the Jubilee Presbyterian Church, 7320 Highway 26, Stayner on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 1 p.m. for the Memorial Service in the Sanctuary at 2 o’clock. Reception to follow.

If desired, remembrances to Sick Kids Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by George’s family.

PARKER, Jack Parker - Obituary | Print |

PARKER, Jack -

Parker_JackPassed at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland on Monday, December 29th, 2014, in his 83rd year.

Gone to join his wife of 60 years, late Edna Parker (nee Quinlan) and dearly remembered by his son John, his wife Jo-Anne and their children Andrew, Matthew and Jennifer.

Predeceased by his brother Lloyd. Lawrence (Audrey), sister Edna (Wray Faint) and niece Betty.

Also remembered by sister-in-law Velma Parker, niece Mary-Lynn Crow (Ken), nephew Doug Faint (Bonnie) and niece Dale Roberts (Rob).

A memorial service will be held in Midland on Saturday, January 10th.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation - Palliative Care Program or Ebenezer United Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Helt and all those who were involved with Jack's Care while in the hospital.

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