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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.

MacDONALD, Nancy (Wright) MacDonald - Obituary | Print |

MacDONALD, Nancy (Wright) -

Passed away peacefully with the love of her family September 17, 2014 at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.

Predeceased by her husband Ray (2003).

Survived by daughter Linda Holland and family, son Doug (Janine) and family, daughter Sue Tessier (Mike) and family, daughter Janice Brooks (Don) and family and sister Edna Bradford.

Will be missed as well by many extended family and friends.


ROWLAND, Eleanor McHardy (nee Tyndall) Rowland - Obituary | Print |

ROWLAND, Eleanor McHardy (nee Tyndall) -

Passed away peacefully at the Leacock Care Centre, Orillia on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in her 99th year.

She was the loving daughter of the late Melvin and Jane Tyndall of Goderich, Ontario and beloved wife of the late Dr. William Arnold Rowland of Toronto.

Formerly, loving wife of the late Captain James Wallace of Toronto.

Dear sister to Kathleen Vincent (Norman) and predeceased by sisters Isabelle LeLiever (Roland) and Ruth Stevenson (James), all of Toronto, by brother Charles Tyndall (Patricia) of Goderich and by her niece Jane Vincent. Caring step-mother to Peter Rowland (Katherine Cruickshank) of Toronto and Gillian Rowland of Barrie. Aunt Eleanor will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews: John LeLiever, Dr. William LeLiever (Terry), Lynda Takieddin (Sherif), Michael Vincent, Dr. Marian Archibald (Graham) as well as by her great-nieces and nephews and extended family.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the caring and compassionate nursing staff in Home Area 3 at the Leacock Care Centre and to the outreach volunteers of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Toronto, who continued to remember Eleanor through her final months.

Following cremation, Eleanor's life will be celebrated at a private family gathering.

If desired, donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the if Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.


SHEPHERD, Helen Elizabeth Shepherd - Obituary | Print |

SHEPHERD, Helen Elizabeth -

Shepherd_HelenOf Brampton and Skeleton Lake, passed away peacefully, (with her family by her side) at Tall Pines Long Term Care Centre in Brampton on Wednesday, September, 17th 2014 in her 93rd year.

Beloved Wife of the late Roy Shepherd. Loving Mother of Debbie Casimiri and James Shepherd. Cherished Mother-in-law of Al Anderson.

Loved Grandmother of Julie, Shawn, Angus and Laurna. Dear Great-Grandmother of Michael, Lea, Maddison, Max, Sam, Tayo, Kayla and Jake. Dearest Great-Great Grandmother of Jace.

Predeceased by her Sister Evelyn and Brothers’ Ken, Bill and Don

Helen will be sadly missed by her many relatives and friends. “Auntie Helen” will be fondly remembered by her many “Skeleton Lake” family.

At Helen’s and the family’s request, Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Angus, ON on Saturday, October 4th. Luncheon to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion-Angus Branch #499. Interment is scheduled for a later date in Toronto.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family

SHORT, Ralph Edward Short - Obituary | Print |

SHORT, Ralph Edward -

Short_RalphPassed away with his family by his side, on Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in his 78th year.

Beloved husband of Margaret DeJong of Severn Bridge. Loving father of Clayton, Karleene Johnston and Ralph Jr. (Lori).

Loved step father of Robert Nicol (Denise). Dear brother of Hazel Cuddy, George, Arnold (Sherry), Mary (Jim Frank), Phylis (Bob Dillman), Charlie (Margaret), Jimmy (Tina) and predeceased by Clayton, Albert (Wanda), Ruth and Ellen.

Loving grandfather Mark, Chrystal, Kayla. Paul, Ryan, Ashley, Jordan, Braydon, Natalya and Shannon. Great grandfather of Janitta and Kay-lee.

Cremation has taken place and by Ralph's request no visitation or services will be held.

Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

MAYNARD, Ruth Annette Maynard - Obituary | Print |

MAYNARD, Ruth Annette -

Sadly, but comfortably, Ruth Annette Maynard passed away in her 93rd year in Bracebridge, Ontario on September 16, 2014.

Ruth and her husband William Godfrey (Bill) Maynard (deceased) were childhood sweethearts and longtime residents of Bass Lake, Orillia.

Ruth leaves behind her daughter Linda (Steadman) of Bracebridge and son Scott of Orillia. . . along with a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At Ruth's request, she will be cremated. A small gathering of immediate family only will celebrate Ruthie's life and times.

In place of flowers, an expression of gratitude to The Pines Long-Term Care facility in Bracebridge would be appreciated.

McKINNON, Margaret Elizabeth 'Beth' McKinnon - Obituary | Print |

McKINNON, Margaret Elizabeth 'Beth' - (Longtime Employee of the Bank of Montreal)

McKinnon_MargAfter a courageous fight with ALS, Beth passed away peacefully at the Leacock Care Centre on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in her 72nd year.

Predeceased by her loving partner Robert Ingram and furry companion Misty.

Survived by her siblings Bob McKinnon (Pat), Donna McLean (Bob), Janet St. Germaine (Henry) and Jack McKinnon (Helen).

Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

Sadly missed by Darja Morley.

As per Beth's wishes, a private family service and cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Beth's Life will be held at a later date.

If desired, memorial donations to the ALS Society or the Terry Fox Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.

QUATARONE, Assunta Quatarone - Obituary | Print |

QUATARONE, Assunta -    "Express Condolences"

February 28, 1929 - September 16, 2014

Passed away peacefully on September 16 2014 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario.

Beloved wife of the late Carmelo Quatarone.

Cherished mother of Rosario, Natale (Cristina) and Frances Tavares (Terry). Wonderful grandmother to Santina and an amazing aunt to many nieces, nephews and their friends and families.

Assunta loved her special furry friends Akina and Misha.

All of the family would like to give a big thank you to the staff at RVH for all of their support and hard work throughout Assunta's time there.

Family and friends will be received at GIFFEN-MACK DANFORTH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE 2570 DANFORTH AVE, TORONTO ONTARIO (At main subway station) on Friday, September 19th 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8.

A funeral service will be held at ST. BRIGID'S PARISH (300 Wolverleigh Blvd, Toronto, Ontario) on Saturday, September 20th at 11:00 am.




THOMAS, Reta Hazel Thomas - Obituary | Print |

THOMAS, Reta Hazel –

Passed away peacefully at the Mill Creek Care Centre in Barrie on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in her 89th year.

Loving sister of Arlene Gilkinson and her husband Ken of Barrie and the late Norma Seburn. Sister-in-law to Arthur Seburn of Niagara Falls. Reta will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews.

The service will take place in Barrie on Saturday, September 20th. Interment to take place in Stevensville on Monday, September 22nd.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Emmanuel Baptist Church, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

WILSON, Robert Harold Wilson - Obituary | Print |

WILSON, Robert Harold -

Passed away peacefully at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Age 79.

Loving husband of Edie Wilson (nee Wimbush). Dear father of Stephen Wilson (Cheryl) and special daughter Deborah Barnes (Terry Stec).

Grandchildren Kristin Wilson and Alexander, Michael and Paris Stec. Great grandchildren Stephen Jr. and Violet Wilson.

Also survived by his sister Elsie Thomas, neice Lynda Thomas and nephew Randall Thomas (Pat). Dear brother-in-law of Ruth Davidson Bowman, David and Debbie Wimbush and Marion and Rob Burns.

He will be missed by his many friends in the Early Ford V8, Wasaga Beach Cruisers and Barrie Thunder Classics car clubs.

Special thanks to our dear friends John and Mary Magill for all their kindness and support through Bob's journey with dementia. Many thanks to Dawn Wiggins, Barbara Moreau and Debi Vance at GBRH for providing loving care.

Funeral Service will take place in Elmvale on Saturday September 20th. Cremation to follow.

Memorial Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the OSPCA would be appreciated.

BUNTING, Captain (ret'd) L.A. 'Lynn' Bunting - Obituary | Print |

BUNTING, Captain (ret'd) L.A. 'Lynn' -

Passed away at the Georgian Bay General Hospital on September 15th at the age of 81.

Survived by his wife Doreen 'Helen' of 59 years of Barrie, and his children Karen (Brian) Ramsay of Exeter, Judy (Michael) Skochinski also of Exeter, Glenn (Bunny) Bunting of Ottawa, sister Marg (Dave) Allen of Sarnia, grandchildren Ken (Kristina) & Mark Ramsay, Craig, Jordan & Trevor Skochinski, Madison Bunting and Matteo Colombi, great-grandchildren Lea and Lily Ramsay and nephews Bruce and Bob Allen and families.

Pre-deceased by his parents George and Ruby Bunting, sister Jewell, brother Elwin and granddaughter Chelsea Ramsay.

Lynn served in the RCAF as a flight instructor from 1951 to 1958 and joined Air Canada (TCA) in 1958 until he retired in August of 1993 as Captain on the 767. He was fortunate to have a career that he loved so well.

He was an avid curler and boater, from which spawned numerous friendships.

We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the staff at RVH, Georgian Bay General Hospital and especially to those at Georgian Bay Retirement Manor Memory Care Unit, whose special care of Lynn (Dad) we will always remember.

A very special thank you to Robin and Mike McKeown and Velda and Gary Parmenter for their love and support and the time that they spent with Lynn (Dad). Words cannot express how much we appreciate all our friends, near and far (especially Barry and Sylvia Gard, Norm and Betty Campbell) who have been there for us whenever we needed them.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer's Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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