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MCDOUGALL, Alexander 'Alex' McDougall - Obituary | Print |

MCDOUGALL, Alexander 'Alex' -

Peacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, in his 84th year.

Alex McDougall of Barrie, beloved husband of Rita McCullough, and the late Eunice (nee Geensen). Loving father of Jo-Ellen Jones and grandaughter of Cristine (predeceased) and Jacqueline and Michael of Holland.

Dear brother of Marvin of Oro Station and Myrna Scott Parker of Hillsdale. Will be sadly missed by Rita's 8 children, his nieces, nephews and their families.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Interment in Oro Medonte.

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

SEIFERT, Darko Seifert - Obituary | Print |

SEIFERT, Darko, P.Eng. -

October 30, 1938 - September 20, 2014

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his three girls.

Beloved husband of 49 years of Mirjana.

Loving father of Mirna (Mark Hansen) and Irena. Cherished Dedo of Ella and Jack.

Adored brother of Vlasta (Mladen Seidl). Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass at St. Gabriel's Parish, 670 Sheppard Ave. E., on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Opera Company would be appreciated.

SIMPSON, Carol Susan (Saunders) Simpson - Obituary | Print |

SIMPSON, Carol Susan (nee Saunders) -

Simpson_Carol(Longtime member of the Orillia Quota Club)

Passed peacefully with family by her side at the Ottawa Heart Institute on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the age of 65.

Predeceased by her husbands Roland Weiser and Richard Simpson and her parents William and Hazel Everett.

Loving sister of Glen Everett of London, Ontario and Todd (Kathleen) Everett of Ottawa. Cherished aunt of Jason, Victoria and Ashley.  Sadly missed by Aunt Guffy Pidd of Windsor, Ontario and many cousins.

The service will be held in Orillia on Wednesday, September 24th. Cremation to follow. Inurnment at a later date.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Orillia Quota Club or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

DUNLOP, Blair Belford Everett Dunlop - Obituary | Print |

DUNLOP, Blair Belford Everett -

Born in Owen Sound on September 30, 1960, a son of the late Nolan and Wilda (née Boyle) Dunlop, Blair passed away peacefully while unexpectedly at his residence in Bognor on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the age of 53.

Blair will be remembered as the loved father of Cory Dunlop, at home in Bognor, and Marina Dunlop of Owen Sound, and as the devoted grandfather to her children Aubrey and Kobe. He will be remembered also by the children’s mother Marion of Virginia.

Blair was a brother of Kirby Dunlop and Pat of Woodford and Karen Gibbons of Owen Sound. He was predeceased also by his brothers Ricky Dunlop and Brian ‘Joe’ Dunlop and will be remembered as a special uncle by his nieces and nephews Sasha, Sheena, and Jed and by his grand niece Shy-Ann.

Blair will also be recalled fondly by his several aunts and uncles and by their families.

Funeral services will be held in Meaford on Wednesday, September 24th with interment and committal to follow.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

HUNT, Muriel Catherine (Hurst) Hunt - Obituary | Print |

HUNT, Muriel Catherine (nee Hurst) -

Hunt_MurielBorn in Charlottetown in 1934 left this life peacefully on Friday, September 19th, 2014 with her family about her.


At her request a private family interment was held.


To the nurses at Stevenson Memorial of which, she always considered herself a part, our sincere thanks.


If so desired, donations made in her memory to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, would be appreciated.


We celebrate a life given to the care of others.

JOHNSTON, Maurice Johnston - Obituary | Print |

JOHNSTON, Maurice - (31 years Canadian General Electric)

Johnston_MauricePassed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie at the age of 83.

Predeceased by six brothers and one sister. Husband of Patricia Johnston. Father of Donald (Kathryn) and Sean (Heather).Grandfather of Timothy and Derek.

Member of the Barrie Toastmasters Club, Barrie Camera Club, Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Former member of the Barrie Airport Development Committee.

Maurice enjoyed family, friends & neighbors, computers, flying and photography.

A memorial service will take place in Barrie on Saturday, September 27th.

Special thanks to Dr Michael McConvey & Hospice Simcoe.

Donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Scholarship Fund.

LEX, Erna Lex - Obituary | Print |

LEX, Erna -

Passed away suddenly on September 19, 2014 of a heart attack at the age of 81, surrounded by friends.

Predeceased by her husband Fritz Lex of 25 years (1982) and Udo Modl, her long-time companion of 25 years (2008).

She will be sadly missed by her children; Rick Lex and Petra Lex-Berube and their spouses, Anke and Shamus and her grandchildren; Nina, Bowie and Sale.

Erna will be remembered dearly by many extended relatives and friends in Canada and Germany, who’s lives she touched by her generosity and kindness.

The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Church, North Adjala

Donations if desired may be made to Immaculate Conception Parish.

RANSOME, Thomas James Ransome - Obituary | Print |

RANSOME, Thomas James -

After a long, hard battle, passed away peacefully at Spencer House, Orillia on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Tom (T.J.) Ransome, formerly of Stouffville, was in his 69th year.

Survived by his wife Jo-Anne. Father of Jennifer De Jesus and her husband Ralph of Markham and Lisa Kavanagh and her husband Rod of Innisfil. Poppa of Connor, Kieran, Luke and Renee.

Cremation has taken place.

ROACH, Harold Dickson Roach - Obituary | Print |

ROACH, Harold Dickson -

March 7, 1949 - September 19, 2014.

With great sadness we announce the passing of Harold (Hal) Dickson Roach, at the age of 65.

Raised in Toronto and Barrie, a graduate of Queen's University, Hal had a brilliant mind and tenacious spirit. Hal enjoyed satisfying careers in financial services, federal corrections, and municipal government.

The proud father of three sons Jonathan (married to Elisa), Christopher (Angela), Andrew (Janet) with former spouses Mariane (nee Yorga) and Ginny (nee Boutelier). Hal was a supportive and loving brother to sisters Patricia Saso and Susan Fenlon (Banush).

Hal enjoyed his grandchildren Aurora, Thomas, and Isaac and was cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Hal enjoyed swimming skiing fishing as well as hunting and camping of which he shared many memories. Hal will be missed by long-standing friends and extended family. Hal is predeceased by parents, Madeleine and Harold Roach.

A memorial service to be announced.

STONE, Erma Loverda Stone - Obituary | Print |

STONE, Erma Loverda -

Passed away peacefully September 19, 2014 at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie.

Loving wife of 68 1/2 years to the late John Stone. Sadly missed by her daughters Jan Stone-Young (Ron) of Innisfil and Jackie Stone-Gofton (Bill) of Sharon.

Erma was the head of five generations; she was a proud grandmother of Rick (Kate), Laurie and Kim, great grandmother of Holly (Rich), Ashley (Ryan) and Chris (mother Lorna) and great great grandmother of Bayleigh and Mitchell.

At Erma's request cremation has taken place and a celebration of both mom and dad's lives will be held at a later date.

If so desired donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe or to the RVH Cancer Care Centre.

TEMOLDER, Antoon 'Tony' Temolder - Obituary | Print |

TEMOLDER, Antoon 'Tony' -

Passed away suddenly at the Farm, September 19, 2014, in his 88th year.

Beloved husband of the late Engelina (Hummelink) Temolder.

Cherished father of Murray & Lynda, the late Henry & Pauline (Joe), Nancy & Mike all of Elmvale.  Lovingly remembered by Bryan (Olivia), Angela (David), Heather (Brad), Michael (Kelsey), Kevin (Jessica), Amanda, Joey, Sarah and Jeffrey (Shelby). Great gradfather of Jack & Braelynn.

Survived by sister Anne of the Netherlands. Predeceased by Bernard, Herman, Riek, John and Marie.

Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Elmvale on Wednesday, September 24th at 11 a.m.

Memorial Donations to the Diabetes Association or the Elmvale Life Labs would be appreciated.

THORN, Robert Gordon Thorn - Obituary | Print |

THORN, Robert Gordon -

Of Pefferlaw, Ontario died peacefully at home on September 19, 2014 in his 94th year.

Born March 31, 1921 in Millbrook to George and Annabelle (Nicholson) Thorn, he was the first child of 10 children. Raised on the home farm, Gordon left to work at neighbouring farms and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force #R187978 in 1942, serving in Prince Rupert and Langara Island, BC.

Gordon and Hilda married in 1946 and raised their four children in Unionville, Ontario. Gordon was self-made man. He started delivering milk and groceries in Toronto and then he purchased a mobile feed mixer and built the business to five grinders. He then brought the feed mill in Newmarket and Stroud to formulate feed for animals. This is where his talents grew. Without any formal training, Gordon began custom formulation of feeds, based on the unique needs of the farm and herd. His knowledge has grown into a legacy of feed formulation that is on the edge of new approaches to animal health.

Upon his retirement Gordon put his knowledge of health into counselling people in the use of vitamin and mineral supplements for health challenges and terminal illness. It was one of his last tasks to create a handout on “Your Health is in your Hands."

Gordon will be missed by his family and friends as well as many others for his independence of thought and life and his willingness to help nature and people wherever he could.

“What is the terror of death, That we die our work incomplete.
What is the joy of life, To die knowing our task is done”.

Survived by wife Hilda (Smith) and his children Gwen Turner (Ed Joseph) of Minden, Arlene Thorn (Joe O’Hearn) of Thunder Bay, Carson Thorn (Margaret Thorn) of Woodville and Christine Smith of Oakwood. Also 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren pre-deceased by one great grandchild.

Survived by his sisters Helen (George) Gaerttner, Ruth (Charles) Hodges, pre-deceased by Marion (Percy) Bothwell, Harold (Dorothy) Thorn, Edwin (Willamean) Thorne, Evelyn (Russell) Clark, John (June) Thorn, Allan Thorn, Margaret (Donald) Dunford.

Funeral service, September 27th at Beacan Presbyterian Church, 413 Simcoe St., Beaverton with visitation from 12 noon until time of service at 1 P.M., with a light lunch following till 3 P.M.  Family only interment to follow.

If so desired memorial donations to Beacan Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

WILLIAMSON, Murray John Williamson - Obituary | Print |

WILLIAMSON, Murray John - P. Ag.

Williamson_MurrayPassed away peacefully on September 19, 2014 with family by his side.

Survived by devoted and loving wife Carol. Proud father of David, Diane (Steve), Mary and Chris (Victoria).

Grandpa of Tonia, Lee, Katie, Andrea, Emily and Adelynn. A very special great grandpa and uncle to many.

Brother of Tom Williamson and predeceased by his sister June MacMillan.

Murray will be fondly remembered by family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held in Alliston on Wednesday, September 24th. Reception to follow. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial donations in Murray's memory to the Alzheimer's Society of Simcoe County would be appreciated by the family.

CASTON, Lorne M. 'Bud' Caston - Obituary | Print |

CASTON, Lorne M. 'Bud' -

Passed away peacefully at the Sara Vista Nursing Centre, Elmvale on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Bud Caston of Wyevale, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Leslie Ann Avis. Dear father of Jenny (Hubert) Schwartz of Scarborough, Jeffrey (Cathy) Caston of Wyevale, Darren (Lori) Caston of Barrie, Mike (Kim) Caston of Wyevale and Doug (Jessica) Caston of Wyevale.

oved grandfather of Gloria, Xuyen, Joy, Reuben, Ashley, Travis, Rebecca, James, Gracie, Jason, Jon, Jamie and the late Andrew and the late Dennis Lamoureux and his wife Linda.

Funeral Service will be held in Elmvale on Saturday, September 20yh. Interment in Wyevale.

Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Gideon Bibles would be appreciated.

ELLIOTT, Sean Douglas Elliott - Obituary | Print |

ELLIOTT, Sean Douglas -

Lost his courageous battle with cancer at the Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, Ontario, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Brandy, father of Sean and Ryan.

Son of Bev and Jim (predeceased), brother of Kim, Randy and Billy (predeceased), mother in law Wilma and father in law Charles (predeceased).

Brother in law of Charlie and Jeff, he also leaves behind a large extended family and many dear friends.

Special thanks to all the beautiful people at the Hospice Simcoe and the Cancer Centre at RVH Hospital and all friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held for Sean at the New Lowell Legion on Sunday, September 21st at 2:00 pm.

LEDGER, William 'Bill' Ledger - Obituary | Print |

LEDGER, William 'Bill' -

Ledger_BillPassed away peacefully on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood at the age of 74.

Bill of Wasaga Beach, very loving husband of Margaret.

Beloved father of Bill and David. Cherished grandfather of Riley.

Dear brother of Joe (Sharon).

Cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements out of Wasaga Beach.

If desired, donations in Bill’s memory to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by his family.

QUESNELLE, Prima Alice (Charlebois) Quesnelle - Obituary | Print |

QUESNELLE, Prima Alice (nee Charlebois) -

Passed away peacefully at the Georgian Bay General Hospital Penetanguishene on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 in her 71st year.

Beloved wife of the late Anthony "Tony" Quesnelle.

Loving Mother of Michael (Lisa) and Kevin (Darlene). Cherished Grandmother of Madison, Katrina, Ryan and Mackenzie.

She will be sadly missed by her extended family, friends and her companion Len Archer.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Ann's Church on Monday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. Interment to follow.

If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

COX, Alvin Sidney Cox - Obituary | Print |

COX, Alvin Sidney -

Passed away peacefully at the Hillcrest Village, Midland on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, in his 90th year.

Beloved husband of the late Erma Beardsall and Livina Shackleton. Dear father of the late Douglas Cox (Ann), Donald Cox (Kathleen) of Penetang, William Cox of Elmvale, Bruce Edgar Cox (the late Terry) of Nobleton and Elizabeth (Robert) of Elmvale.

Dear friend of Audrey Hall. Lovingly remembered by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Brother of Arthur J. Cox, Edith Hook and pre-deceased by sisters Gwendolyn and Marion and brother George. Brother-in-law of Kathleen McCormick and Allan Beardsall.

Funeral Service will be held in Elmvale on Monday, September 22nd. Interment will be followed by a reception.

Memorial Donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated.

HAMILL, Irene Gladys (Chisholm) Hamill - Obituary | Print |

HAMILL, Irene Gladys (nee Chisholm) -

Hamill_IreneIrene Chisholm, beloved wife of the late Charles Hamill, at the age of 97 years.

Survived by daughters Barbara (Roy) Leighton, and Ferne (Bob) Osborne, grandchildren Scott (Nicola) Osborne, Jan (Ken) Janisse, Mark (Tarrah) Leighton, Susan Leighton (fiancé Michael), great grandchildren Peter and Erin Osborne.

Remembered by sister Ethel Gilchrist (Archie predeceased), brother George Chisholm (Joan) and their families.

Predeceased by brother Thomas, his wife Eva and brother Wallace Chisholm. She will be missed by good friends Bill and Joan Osborne, much loved “Nana” of Jim Osborne, his wife Jill and children Matthew and Brooke Osborne.  Predeceased by Bill and Edna Hamill, Anne & Doug Morrison.

Especially Remembered by niece Jean Morrison and Alison Mac Criminon.

The funeral service will take place in Orillia on Monday, September 22nd. Reception to follow at the Old Rectory Reception Centre. Interment following the reception.

Donations may be made to the Dog Guides Lion Foundation of Canada, to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation, or to the charity of your choice and would be appreciated by the family.

HUNTER, Gwendolyn Isobel (Fullerton) Hunter - Obituary | Print |

HUNTER, Gwendolyn Isobel (nee Fullerton) -

Hunter_GwenDied peacefully after a brief illness in her 105th year on September 17th, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late E. Norval Hunter, mother of Nancy (Duncan Edmonds) and Margaret (Michael Michalski), grandmother of Robert Edmonds (Wendy), Lorrie Edmonds, David Michalski (Tiffany Moore) and Peter Michalski (Andrea Wheaton), and great grandmother to Pierson, Corine, Logan and Dylan.

Predeceased by her sisters Frances and Dorothy and her brother Bill.

Gwen was born in Winnipeg on March 12, 1910. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1930 and married Norval on Christmas Eve day 1932.

Wonderful years were spent in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Espanola and Toronto before she moved to Bracebridge in 1990.  In the early years, she was a caring and supportive wife to Norval as he helped to rejuvenate the paper mill in Espanola and later established the Canadian corporate head office in Toronto. Her loving support continued throughout Norval’s long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Charity was fundamental to Gwen, who was a dedicated volunteer (over 30 years) for the Auxiliary of the Hospital for Sick Children (life member) and for the United Church (in the Espanola, Kingsway-Lambton and Bracebridge congregations).

Gwen loved to travel (Jamaica, Europe, UK), taking many international trips with Norval. After his death, she continued to enjoy many journeys (Russia, USA) with Nancy and Margaret, often accompanied by her God-child Barbara Fallis (predeceased)

Any life that spans the last century has seen tremendous change, both in terms of hardship and advances. Gwen was remarkable in her ability to keep abreast of these changes in countless ways. Whether confirming her love of basketball that she avidly played as a student by accompanying three grandsons to a Raptors game, going to the theatre with her daughters, eating with her great-grandson from Africa at a Japanese restaurant in Bracebridge, or keeping up to date by reading the Globe and Mail on a daily basis, she embraced new experiences and changing times.

Her primary focus has always been her family, particularly the time she spent at the Lake Panache cottage. She summered there yearly from 1945 until 2 months ago. An avid competitor, she would challenge her daughters and sons-in-law in bridge, her grandkids in ping pong and badminton and her great grandkids in Lego, Chinese checkers and cards. At Sunday dinners and family celebrations, she quietly reinforced her values by being a loving, giving and supportive matriarch, often making her point with a wry sense of humour. Gwen will be well remembered.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bracebridge United Church on Monday, September 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

As your expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation or Bracebridge United Church.

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