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SWITZER, Gloria Switzer - Obituary | Print |

SWITZER, Gloria -

Switzer_GloriaPassed away peacefully at Woods Park Care Centre, Barrie, Ontario on March 1, 2015 at the age of 93.

Gloria is survived by her brothers William (Helen) and John (Margaret) and by her sisters Norma Switzer and Faye McLeod.

Gloria is predeceased by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Gloria will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Woods Park Care Centre on 3A.

The service will take place in Midland on Thursday, March 5th. Burial in the spring.

Memorial donations to the Church of the Good Sheppard would be appreciated by the family if desired.

BURGIE, Kevin James Burgie - obituary | Print |

BURGIE, Kevin James -

Of Barrie, passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, after a short but courageous battle with Cancer, on Saturday, February 28th 2015 in his 55th year.

Loved Son of the late Frank James Burgie of Angus. Dear friend of Gordon and Anne Conroy. Kevin will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues.

At Kevin’s request Cremation has taken place. A private interment in Angus will take place at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Oncology Department at RVH or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

CUFFE, Cathryn Cuffe - Obituary | Print |

CUFFE, Cathryn -

Cuffe_CathrynOf Angus, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 in her 58th year.

Loving Mother of Steven Cuffe.

Cherished Grandmother of Liem Cuffe.

Lovingly remembered by Sisters Lyn Everingham (Chris) and Shirley Wood (Dave) and Brother Ron Armstrong (Kelly).

Cathryn will be sadly missed and always remembered by her relatives and friends.

At Cathryn's and the family's request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Angus, ON on Tuesday, March 10th.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

FRANS, Peter Frans - obituary | Print |

FRANS, Peter -

The family of Pieter Frans, 71 of Barrie Ontario is deeply saddened to announce his sudden passing at 2:45 am Saturday, February, 28th, 2015.

Pieter was born January 28, 1944 in Dirkshoorn, The Netherlands to the late Jacob and Aagje Frans. He married the love of his life Catherine (Liscomb) September 3rd, 1966.

Pieter was a beloved member of the community and was a past president of the Barrie Optimus Club, Ontario Lumber Building Association, Ontario Wood Council, Barrie Curling Club and the Probus Club.

He loved to garden, golf and was an avid curler.Pieter’s involvement in his church provided him with great faith and gave him much strength.

Even though he was retired, he kept busy by building homes and continued with his many construction projects.

What brought Pieter the most joy was his family. He loved spending time with Catherine and loved and was so proud of his children, Dwayne (Tanya) and Tracy (Colin Botta). He absolutely adored his grandchildren Jennifer, Christina, Jessica, Gregory and Stephanie.

He will be missed by his 7 brothers & 3 sisters, in-laws & their families. Spending time with his loved ones brought the best out of Pieter.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5th at First Christian Reform Church, 33 Shirley Ave., Barrie.

Donations in memory of Pieter to World Renew or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

HALL, Alfred Hall - Obituary | Print |

HALL, Alfred -

(Veteran of W.W. II, Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regt.)

Passed away peacefully at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, in his 93rd year.

Beloved husband of Audrey Hall nee Rice. Dear father of Linda Moffatt (Ayton) and the late Jane Golisky (Bruno).

Loving grandfather of Jeffrey (Erin), Ayton (Diana), Sherri and Aaron (Melissa). Great grandfather of Brock, Mason, Payton, Jackson, Nathan, Jackson and Sarah. f

Alfred was the former manager of Sandy Cove Acres, Innisfil; and Vice President of the former Landers Company, Toronto.

The funeral service will be held in Midland on Friday, March 6th. Spring interment in Waubaushene.

If desired, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund or the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

KNOWLES, Noel 'Hugh' Knowles - Obituary | Print |

KNOWLES, Noel 'Hugh' -

Knowles_HughIn his 84th year, passed away on February 28 2015 at Victoria Village in Barrie On. with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

Loving husband of Marlene for 56 years. Hugh was predeceased by his parents Noel Hugh and Gladys Everest (nee Cooper), brother William and daughter Kimberley Ann.

Hugh is forever remembered by his sister Augusta Ann, daughter Karen (John) Hugh Jr. (Andrea) Steven (Michelle) Grandpa will be deeply missed by Shannon & Mike, Chad & Katie, Scott and Jana, Cooper, Cameron, Zachary and great grandchildren, Stella, Emerson, Ava, Tessa and Jack, as well as many nieces and nephews.

To the staff of Victoria Village the family wants to thank you for all your unwavering support and dedication to dads care.

To the many friends of the Knowles Woolsey family, thank you for all your compassion and support that you have shown to Hugh and our families all these years.

His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren play sports, golfing and spending time with family and friends. Hugh also spent many years enjoying boating on Lake Simcoe, the Trent Severn waterway and Georgian Bay.

Hugh attended Upper Canada College and later joined the RCAF. Upon leaving the Air Force, Hugh secured his Real Estate Brokers license and was instrumental in the Sales and Marketing of many local residential construction projects throughout the Central Ontario region. Hugh was also inspired by the late Sam Shopsowitz (Shopsys Deli) and started the Mister Corned Beef Franchise in Barrie in the 1970's.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that in memoriam donations be made to the Alzheimer Society

A celebration of life to be held in Bear Creek Golf Club on Friday, March 6th, 8545 County Rd 56, Utopia, ON from 2 - 5. Service at 3pm.

KOCH, George Koch - Obituary | Print |

KOCH, George -

Peacefully at home in Huntsville on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

George Koch, formerly of Willowdale.

Dearly loved husband of Betty and dear father of Margaret of Bradford and Joanne of South River.

Loving grandfather of Andrew, Bethany and Alex. Predeceased by brother Stanley.

At George's request there will be no public service.

A celebration of his life will be held at the family home at a later date.

If desired, memorial donations to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

MYERS, Thomas Richard Myers - Obituary | Print |

MYERS, Thomas Richard -

Myers_TomWe are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Thomas Richard Myers, of Orillia ON, on February 28, 2015 at the age of 64.

Beloved and loving husband to Jeanie (Sproston) Myers and brother to Janet Hansson, he was pre-deceased by his brother David (Barb) and by his parents Bert and Laura Myers. Cherished brother in Law of Brian Sproston (Linda) and David Sproston (Donna).

Tom was stepfather to Corrie Groom (Rich), Megan Page (David Blumer), and Hattie Page (Justin Binks), grandfather to their children - Sydney, Winn, Piper, Sullivan, Edie, and Ben and loving uncle to Jenn Myers, Rob Myers, Luc Hansson, Emily Lentinello, Jennifer Sproston and Tiffany Casarin.

Graduating with a varsity letter in squash, a bachelors degree from Western Ontario, and then a teaching certificate in 1978, Tom began a career in special education that spanned over 30 years. Mr. Myers poured his heart into his classroom. He cared passionately about his students. Never without a silly joke or a stash of food and candy, it is understandable why so many considered him their favourite teacher.

Tom was retired from the Simcoe Board of Education, but continued to do occasional teaching until the present time. He inspired his nieces, nephews and grandchildren's love of music by teaching and sharing his talent for playing the drums, flute and piano.

A dear friend and colleague, Tommy will be sadly missed for his sense of humour, kindness, and loyalty.

The service will take place in Orillia on Saturday, March 7th.

If desired, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario ( or the Eat Well to Excel Student Nutrition Program (cheques are to be made payable to United Way of Greater Simcoe County - Eat Well to Excel).

SEDERQUEST, Hayes Sederquest - Obituary | Print |


Sederquest_HayesPassed away surrounded by his family at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie on Saturday February 28, 2015 in his 67th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Lorraine for 42 years. Sadly missed and forever remembered by his children Kurt, Brett and Krista.

Proud and loving Grandpa of Lucas and Mattea. Sadly missed by extended family and many dear friends.

A celebration of Hayes' life will take place in Barrie on Wednesday, March 4th. Burial in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hayes' memory may be made to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Hearts and Minds Campaign and are greatly appreciated.

SINGER, Kathleen Maud (nee Fuller) Singer - Obituary | Print |

SINGER, Kathleen Maud (nee Fuller) -

Singer_KathleenKathleen M Singer, died February 28, 2015 at the age of 89 at the Caressant Care Nursing Home in Marmora after a battle with ALS.

Kathleen is survived by her sister Joyce Robinson (Ron) of Hollywood, Florida and her sister-in-law Jill Fuller of Wasaga Beach, Ontario and her four children, nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband of 52 years George Evan Singer, her siblings Alfred Fuller and Doreen Bartlett and brother-in-law Dave Bartlett.

Kathleen was born in London, immigrated to Canada in 1957, a longtime resident of Ajax, then retired to Penetang and returned to Lynde Creek Village in Whitby in 1999.

She was a World War ll veteran, serving with the Army Territorial Service, Royal Army Ordnance Corp.  After raising her family, Kathleen sewed for many years at the former Chrysler Trim plant in Ajax.  She was fond of travel, shrimp and wine, not necessarily in that order. But her treasures were her family and many friends.

Much loved Mother of Carol MacMillan (late Iain) of Marmora, Geoffrey Singer and his wife Wendy of Ajax, Christina Harrod (Ron) of Marmora, Paul Singer (Brenda) of Ajax. Grandmother of Sean and Amanda, Angie and Mark, Danielle, Michael and Rachel, Sean and Lori, Bethany, Nikki, Alan and Luke. Great-grandmother of Victoria, Kyle, Hayden, Jamie, Brittany, Tristan, Braiden, Lexi, Logan, Alyson, William, Matthew and Andrew.

The family wishes to thank the staff of both Lynde Creek Manor and Carresant Care Nursing Home for their professional, yet warm and caring support.

Visitation at BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 5295 Thickson Rd. N., Whitby from 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7th until time of celebration service in the Barnes Chapel at 2:00 p.m.

In memory of Kathleen, memorial donations to the ALS Society would be appreciated.

Messages of condolence may be forwarded to


AUSTIN, Dorothy Marie Austin - Obituary | Print |

AUSTIN, Dorothy Marie -

Austin_DorothyDied peacefully at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge on Friday, February 27th, 2015 in her 78th year.

Beloved wife of the late Fredric Austin.

Dear mother of Susan Smith (Rodney) and Fred Austin (Karen).

Loving grandmother of Jennifer Payne (Erik), Jason and Megan Austin and great grandmother of Carson And Brooklyn Payne.

Dear sister of Esther Skinner.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Donations may be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation or Hospice Muskoka.

FINCH, Robert Steven 'Steve' Finch - Obituary | Print |

FINCH, Robert Steven 'Steve' -

Steven passed away suddenly at his home in Brampton on Friday, February 27, 2015 in his 59th year.

Steve will be lovingly missed by their mother Jean of Orillia and survived by brothers Gordon of Brampton and Murray of Orillia. Steve will be sadly missed by their many nieces, nephews and one great niece.

Predeceased by their father William Finch, step-father Jim Beavis, step-brother Pat and step-sister Ronda.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place in Orillia on Sunday, March 8th.

If desired, memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

JONES, M. Carole (McGee) Jones - Obituary | Print |

JONES, M. Carole (nee McGee) -

Jones_Carole(April 9, 1939 - February 27, 2015)

Carole went peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on February 27, 2015.

She is survived by her loving husband, for 54 years, Ralph; her wonderful children, Douglas (Julie) and Louise; her treasured grandchildren Emily, Austin, Victoria, Abby and Hunter; and her “McGee siblings” Ian (Dawna), Bob (Dorothy), Heather (John LaShell) and Janet MacDowell.

Carole was born in Toronto and graduated from Mimico High School and Toronto Teachers’ College, Many of her schoolmates remained close friends.
After moving to Scarborough, and her children were older, Carole returned to the work force as Manager of The Gift Gallery at Cullen Country Barns, where she made many lasting friendships

Always generous in volunteering to help others, she organized and taught the first ESL class for adults in Scarborough. She provided teaching and leadership in all churches where she was a member, notably as the current Moderator of First Baptist Church, Barrie.

Carole has been actively involved in Rotary since 1996. In 2006, Carole and Ralph went to India to participate in a Rotary International “National Immunization Day”, when more than 100 million children were immunized against polio. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Arch Klumph Society.

Many thanks to the management and staff of Matthews House Residential Hospice for their caring attention during her last days.

Arrangements out of Alliston. Visitation on Saturday, March 7th at First Baptist Church, 550 Grove Street East, Barrie, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, followed by the funeral service at 3 pm.

For those who wish, donations in Carole’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church, or The Rotary Foundation Canada

MORROW, Donald Kenneth 'Don' Morrow - Obituary | Print |

MORROW, Donald Kenneth 'Don' -

Morrow_DonPassed away peacefully on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge in his 80th year.

Beloved husband of Judy Morrow (nee Walbridge). Loving father of Deborah Dufton (Greg) of Norwich, Glen Morrow (Anne) of Bracebridge, Ken Morrow (Colleen) of Hamilton and Lisa Weekes (Dan Robson) of Gravenhurst.

Cherished grandfather of Holly, Stephen, Ashley, Aric (Kait), Ryan (Ashley), Lucas, Nicholas, Brooke and Jared. Great grandfather of Lukas, Ronin and Dominic.

Dear brother of Bill Cairns (June). Pre-deceased by his granddaughter Sonja and brother Bobby.

The funeral service will be held at the Salvation Army, Bracebridge on Tuesday, March 3rd at 11 a.m. Interment to take place in the Spring.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army or to the OSPCA Muskoka.

PRYCE, Thomas H. Pryce - Obituary | Print |

PRYCE, Thomas H. -

Passed away at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, on Friday, February 27, 2015 in his 65th year.

Loving son of Thomas Sr. and the late Jane.

Dear brother of Karen and predeceased by brother Michael. Father of Robert and Christine. Grandfather of 4 grandchildren and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. At Tom's request, there will be no visitation or service. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 410 St. Vincent Street, Barrie, on Saturday, March 21st.

PRYCE, Thomas H. Pryce - Obituary | Print |

PRYCE, Thomas H. -

Passed away at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie on Friday, February 27th, 2015 in his 65th year.

Loving son of Thomas Sr. and the late Jane. Dear brother of Karen and predeceased by brother Michael.

Father of Robert and Christine. Grandfather of 4 grandchildren and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. At Tom's request there will be no visitation or service.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 410 St. Vincent Street, Barrie on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 1-5 p.m. Arrangements out of Cookstown.

SMITH, Phil Lawlor Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Phil Lawlor -

Passed away at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2015 in his 76th year.

Beloved husband of Christena Smith of Orillia. Predeceased by his son Shawn Smith of Milton.

Loving Father of Bud & his wife Cheryl Smith, Lauri & her husband Ron Good all of Milton, Michael & his wife Stephanie McFadden of Midland, Michelle & her husband Evan Morgan of Orillia.

Cherished Grandfather of Dustin, Michael, Ashton, Megan, Lindsay, Blake, Ella, Isabelle, Abigail and Chase. Dear great grandfather of Isabelle.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, March 14 at the Anishnaabe Ballroom at Casino Rama from 2 - 5pm.

In Memoriam Donations to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada would be appreciated

ALLAN, Gloria Josephine Allan - Obituary | Print |

ALLAN, Gloria Josephine -

Died peacefully at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 in her 90th year.

Beloved wife of the late Dr. David Allan.

Dear mother of Andrew Allan and his wife Jo of England and the late Layle Allan. Loving grandmother of Jessica, Lily and Olivia.

Predeceased by her parents Andrew and Margaret Giaschi. Dear sister Joyce Peters and the late Richard Giaschi and Larry Giaschi. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside interment of cremated remains will take place in the summer in Huntsville.

As your expressions of sympathy memorial donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

BEST, Pearl Watt (Meikle) Best - Obituary | Print |

BEST, Pearl Watt (nee Meikle) -

Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in her 88th year.

Beloved wife of late John Best.

Loving mother of Ian (Elizabeth) and John (Georgina).

Cherished grandmother of Keri, Tara, Maegan, Gordon and Hannah. Dear great-grandmother of Eva and Lana. Dear sister of Irene Stewart.

Pearl will also be missed by other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held in Orangeville, on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Memorial donations to SickKids Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

BRILLINGER, Ruth Marie Brillinger - Obituary | Print |

BRILLINGER, Ruth Marie -

Ruth passed away with her husband by her side at Leisure world Creedan Valley, on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, in her 88th year.

Ruth (nee Bradbury), beloved wife of Murray for 57 years. Loving mother of Paul, John and his wife Cathie and Bonnie-Joy.

Dear grandma of Diana, Wayne, Gary and great-grandma of Kaleb, Hanna, Lukas, and Gavyn.

Predeceased by her sister Doris Arthur. Fondly remembered by her Newfoundland family and many friends.

Visitation will be at the Sixth Line Brethren In Christ Church, Clearview Township, on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, from noon until 1 pm followed by a funeral service at 1 pm. Spring interment.

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