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KNIGHT, James Raymond 'Ray' Knight - Obituary | Print |

KNIGHT, James Raymond 'Ray' -

Knight_JamesPassed away peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the age of 85.  Ray Knight, of Orillia.

Beloved husband of Betty Knight (nee Dyball). Loving father of Terry and Kent (Alana) all of Orillia.  Cherished grandfather of Tyler, Kelsey, Ryan & Curtis.

Survived by his sister Eloise and predeceased by his siblings Mary and Horace.

Ray was Owner/Operator - Ray Knight Construction for over 50 years, Owner - McNabbs Dominion Hardware, Past President - Canadian Hardware Association, Longtime Member - Orillia Masonic Lodge #192 A.F. & A. M.; G.R.C., Longtime Member of the Orillia Lions Club and an Avid Sponsor - Orillia Majors Baseball Team.

A Private Family Funeral Service has taken place. Friends and relatives are invited to meet with the family at the Best Western - Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Ave., Orillia on Thursday, July 31st from 4 - 7 p.m. with words of remembrance to be shared at 5 p.m.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the charity of one's choice would be gratefully appreciated.

KUCH, Thea Kuch - Obituary | Print |

KUCH, Thea -

Peacefully passed away at Hospice Simcoe, surrounded by family, on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 90 years of age.

Beloved wife of late Fred Kuch. Loving mother of son Gunter and daughter-in-law Joy and predeceased by sons Erich Harry and Manfred Michael Kuch.

Proud grandmother of Karin (Jeff) Simpson and Lisa (Dustin) Sampson. Cherished great grandmother of Sarah and Matthew Simpson; Alex and Kaiden Sampson. She was loved and respected by all who knew her.

Funeral service will be held in Bradford on Thursday, July 31st. Interment in Bradford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe, Barrie or St. Elizabeth Health Care.

LANGILLE, Gordon Langille - Obituary | Print |

LANGILLE, Gordon Jr. -

Langille_GordOf Oro Station, passed away suddenly as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident on Friday, July 25th 2014, in his 44th year.

Beloved Husband of Lara.

Dearest son of Gordon and Wendy Langille, and son-in-law of Ashford and Zdenka Pedwell.

Lovingly remembered by his brothers Jason (Amy), and Bryan (Ashlee), and sister-in-law Lenka Pedwell-Chapman (Aaron). Loving Uncle of Aidan and Nate. Dear nephew of Gary and Joanne Lumsden.

A valued and exceptional employee of Northern Uniform Service.

Gordie will be will be sadly missed and always remembered in the hearts of his many relatives and friends.

At the family’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Gordie will be held at a later date.

LUFFMAN, Glen Bernard Luffman - Obituary | Print |

LUFFMAN, Glen Bernard -

Luffman_GlenPassed away at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 25, 2014 in his 84th year.

Beloved husband of the late Joan Luffman. Loving father of Jane Levesque (Norm), Cathy Wingrove (Gerry), Karen Luffman (Marty Hamilton), and Shelley Squire.

Dear gramps of Kristi (Steve), Colin, Greg, Chad, Kyle, and Mitch; great grandfather of Aiden, Ava, Lana, and Maylynne.

Glen is survived by his sisters Fern Baker, and Audrey Cameron; predeceased by Jessie, Murney, Robert, Wilson (Spike), Jerry, and Dave. Glen will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family wish to extend a special thank you to the caring nurses and staff of C4 at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Glen’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street E. Orillia on Friday, August 8th, 2014 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

MACKERACHER, James Wilkie MacKeracher - Obituary | Print |

MACKERACHER, James Wilkie, P.Eng. -

MacKeracher_James(November 1, 1948 - July 25, 2014)

Loved husband of Pat (McCormick), devoted father to Kate and Anson, brother of Don (Janet) and Eric, uncle of Ian and Heather, friend of many.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo mechanical engineering program, Jim took pride and satisfaction in his work with McClaren Engineering, Ainleys, Burnside & Associates, and Runge & Associates, as well as his own company MacKeracher Engineering.

He could savour a fine single malt scotch, don a kilt and red high heels for the local women's shelter, guide a Grumman through treacherous rapids, become a mentor for co-op students and new Engineering grads, bake the world's best butter tarts (even while camping), build and drive a Porsche (or two), debate philosophy over a beer at the Collingwood Ski Club.

He had a generous nature, a knack for appreciating the skill of others, and a quiet commitment to social responsibility.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 28th from 7 - 9 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Elgin St, Collingwood. A memorial service will take place at the church on Tuesday, July 29th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to All Saints Anglican Church or Hospice Georgian Triangle.

PHILLIPS, Irene (Doucette) Phillips - Obituary | Print |

PHILLIPS, Irene (nee Doucette) -

Phillips_IrenePassed away peacefully at the Coleman Care Centre, Barrie, on Friday July 25th, 2014 in her 100th year.

Irene Phillips, beloved wife of the late Harry Phillips. Loving mother of Gladys (Ralph predeceased) Campbell of Minesing, twins, Hazel (Fred predeceased) Knight of North Orillia and Helen (John) Stanton of Port Stanton.

Also loved by her grandchildren Anthony (predeceased), Lance (Barb), Julie (Bob), Rick (Margaret), Tracy (Shane), Jim (Tara), Harry (Tamara), Marjorie (Fred), Chester (Karen), Gwen (Doug), Angela (Rene), Bryan (Tanya), her 30 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.

A Private Family Service was held in Orillia. Interment in Orillia.

If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimers Society of the Charity of Ones Choice would be appreciated.

POWELL, Martha Heather (Beswick) Powell - Obituary | Print |

POWELL, Martha Heather (nee Beswick) -

Died peacefully at Trillium Manor Orillia, on Friday, July 25th, in her 98th year. Her beloved granddaughter Elizabeth Powell was by her side, holding her hand and singing her on her journey.

Martha was married for 63 years to William Howard Powell who predeceased her in 2004.

Together they have a daughter, Heather Thomas, married to Wayne, and a son Jamie, married to Valerie.  They have 4 grandchildren, Laurie Smith Nanninga (Jim), Sanders Smith (Christine), Gray Powell (Molly), and Elizabeth Powell plus 2 great grandsons Holden and Tennyson Powell.

The funeral service will be held in Orillia on Monday, August 4t. Interment.

Memorial donations to Sick Kids' Hospital or the Humane Society would be gratefully appreciated.

SMITH, Ian Matthew Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Ian Matthew -

Smith_IanOctober 5, 1936 - July 25, 2014

Son of the late Augustus Smith and Helen (McLean) Smith passed away July 25, 2014.

Ian is survived by his wife and best friend Pat, stepsons Mark (Crystal), David (Kerri), Robert (Sharin). He was a loving Papa to 7 beautiful step grandchildren, Grant, Ryder, Reid, Aja, Kai, Taidg and Nico. He is also survived by his cousin Margaret Tocher and family and cousin Sheila Smith and family.

Ian was born and raised and educated in Toronto and attended UTS and later graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Ian’s professional life began with Burns Brothers, where he developed his life-long skill and interest in the stock market.He then entered into the educational field, teaching at Bathurst Heights in Toronto and Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

It was in Collingwood that Ian started his business – Ian Smith Log Homes – building around 200 high-end log homes and chalets throughout Ontario. At the same time he was Ski School Director (Level 3 CSIA) at Osler Bluff Ski Club for 20 years, running a successful ski school. Ian served his community as a member and chair of the North Simcoe and Orillia Housing Authority between 1986 and 1992.

Ian made a significant contribution to the skiing industry. His strength as the Osler Ski School Director was in his ability to attract significant talent and to delegate, empowering his pros to create and develop successful programs. With his “arms-length” managerial style, ski pros of all levels felt engaged, appreciated and proud to be associated with one of the top private club ski schools. In honour of his significant contribution of 28 years of outstanding service, the OBSC Ski School Bell is dedicated to Ian.

Ian’s intellectual curiosity gave rise to a breadth of diverse interests including politics, cars (owner of a 1969 Silver Spirit Rolls Royce), sports (hockey, baseball, curling, football, skiing, sailing and flying) and the arts, with a passion for opera. This curiosity also extended to a passion for travel, with Ian having visited 6 of the 7 continents by plane, train, car, motorbike and ship.

Well-travelled and well-read, intellectual, pragmatic, with down-to-earth wit and strong common sense, Ian attracted many people from all generations and backgrounds into his life. A friend who was ‘like family, Ian’s personality and kindness are part of his legacy. He will be deeply missed and well-remembered by his many friends and loving family.

There will be a celebration of life at the Osler Bluff Ski Cub on Sunday October 5, 2014 from 1 – 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice Georgian Triangle Campbell House or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

THOR, Norma Jane Thor - Obituary | Print |

THOR, Norma Jane - (Employee - Thor Motors, Orillia)

Thor_NormaSurrounded by her family at home on Friday, July 25, 2014, at the age of 64.

Norma Thor (nee Mawdsley) of Orillia beloved wife of Kristian Thor.

Loving mother of Veronica of Toronto and Robert & wife Alanna of Orillia.

Predeceased by her parents Jack & Olive Mawdsley.

Lovingly remembered by her brothers, sisters, brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, the Memorial Service will be held in Orillia on Saturday, August 2nd.

If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

VAILLANCOURT, Paul Vaillancourt - Obituary | Print |


Vaillancourt_PaulPassed away peacefully at the Georgian Bay General Hospital Penetanguishene on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the age of 67.

Beloved husband of Lillian Vaillancourt (nee Robillard). Loving father of Jeanne Carriere (Randy), Richard (Robin) and Anne Wright (Trevor).

Pepere of Bethany, Zoey, Hayden, Hayley, Katelyn and Reilley. Brother of Rita Marcot (Rick), Pierre (Belinda), Joseph (Cindy), Michel (Simone), Monique Robitaille (Adrian), Pauline Zanin, Robert (Eunice), Louis and predeceased by John, Louise Lesperance, Theresa Cusson and Jeanne Vaillancourt.

Son of the late Gerard Vaillancourt and Valentine Beausoleil. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Ann's Church on Tuesday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m. Cremation to follow with interment.

If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

WALSH, Francis James Walsh - Obituary | Print |

WALSH, Francis James -


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Frank Walsh, 61, on Friday July 25th, 2014 at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

Frank was the devoted and loving husband of Carol and the dedicated and caring father of his two beautiful daughters Lisa and Stacey. He will also be missed by his best friend Buddy the dog.

Along with his wife and daughters, Frank is survived by his sister Penny-Lynne and husband Charlie. He is predeceased by his mother Elizabeth (Betty) and father Edward and his sisters Patricia and Sharron.

Frank will always be remembered for his love of music, photography, karate and overwhelming love for his family. He was very generous and kind and lived his life to the fullest.

He will always be remembered in our hearts 

Relatives and friends are invited to drop-in the family home between 4pm and 8pm on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for a celebration of Frank's life.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

ANDREWS, Leonard Everard Andrews - Obituary | Print |

ANDREWS, Leonard  Everard -

Passed peacefully at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in his 83rd year.

Leonard, loving husband to Philomena, will be sadly missed by his children Bradley, Floyd (Pamela), and Eugene, by his grandchildren Zachary, Victoria, Emily, Rachel, Isabelle, and Chloe, and by his sisters Thelma Stark and Shirley-Ann Evans.

Leonard is predeceased by his brothers Derrick and Wilfred.

He was a Member of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Deacon at St. Martin of Tours and St. Catherine of Sienna in Mississauga, assisted Fr. Galia bringing communion to seniors’ residences in Orillia, OPP member for 31 years, member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, avid in field hockey, and former Naval signalman for the Indian Navy.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church (4993 Hwy 12 in Uptergrove (Rama) Ontario) on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 am. Cremation to follow.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation Palliative Care and would be appreciated by the family.

FELL, James 'Jim' Alexander Fell - Obituary | Print |

FELL, James 'Jim' Alexander -

Fell_JimPeacefully passed away at home in Orillia, with his family by his side on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in his 90th year.

James, beloved husband for over 50 years to Phyllis (nee Perry). Loving father of Wayne (predeceased) (Pat) Fell, Anne Fell Cooper (Mike Francis) and Perry Fell.

Cherished Grandfather of Mark Fell, Adam (Julie) Fell, Tara (Ryan) Leith, Carmen (Morgan) Fell and Lana Fell. A Great Grandfather of Alex & Samantha Fell, Kailyn, Kenzie, Taeden, and Cameron Leith and Annabelle Gray.

Dear brother of William, Alan (Alene), Jean (Duncan) Cameron, Marion (Harold) Woodward all predeceased, John predeceased (Martha), Charles (Eva). Predeceased by his sister-in-law Laurene Fell.

Jim was a Member Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years; Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M.C.S. York - 1945; Canadian Army - 1946.

A Funeral Service will be held in Orillia on Wednesday, July 30th. Following the service a Celebration of Life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga St.,E., Orillia (Normandy Room) from 2 - 4 pm. Cremation to follow.

If desired, memorial donations to the Forest Home United Church and or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

HEIDMAN, Robert Andrew 'Bob Heidman - Obituary | Print |

HEIDMAN, Robert Andrew 'Bob' - (Longtime Employee Stewart Wholesales)

Passed away peacefully at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Friday, July 25th, 2014.

Age 65 years. Beloved husband of Brenda (nee: Rand). Loving father of Jason Robert Heidman; and Tammy Lynn Heidman.

Dear brother of June Howell; Allan and his wife Judy; Clarence and his wife Donna; Sandford and his wife Sharon; Terrence; Ruth and her husband Jim Kanold; Rita (Brousseau) Titus; and the late Thomas, Lee, Don, and Edwin.

Fondly remembered by his special friend Dennis, other relatives, and friends.

The funeral service will take place in Parry Sound on Monday, July 28th. Cremation to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lung Association, Humane Society, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

HESTER, Jean Evelyn (Junke) Hester - Obituary | Print |

HESTER, Jean Evelyn (Junke) -

Jean's family is deeply saddened to announce her death on July 24, 2014 at the age of 94. Cherished wife of Edgar Hester (deceased).

Beloved daughter of the late William Junke and survived by step-mother Marjorie Junke (Voss). Loving mother to her adored triplets "The Boys", Bill and his wife Sue, Glen and his wife Mary, Neil and his wife Vicky.

Very proud Grandma of Ian (Kealey), Barry (Bailey), Ken (Liane,) Brian (Jenn), Robert and Kim. Great-grandmother of Ashley and Hannah. Jean grew up in Toronto (Parkdale) and together with Edgar raised her three sons in Etobicoke (Alderwood).

Jean enjoyed dancing, "Big Band Music", travel, camping with her family and visits with lifelong friends.

She will be missed by her new friends at the Waterford Retirement Residence in Barrie, where she has lived for the past six years.

A private family burial service will be held in Brantford.

Jean's life will be celebrated at a family and friends gathering to be held in Toronto at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (Palliative Care) in Barrie.


MILLER, Douglas William Miller - Obituary | Print |

MILLER, Douglas William -

Miller_DougOf Innisfil, Ontario, formerly of Inglewood, Ontario, and Whiteway, Newfoundland. Douglas passed away quietly on July 24, 2014 in his 71st year, with his wife and children by his side.

Loving husband of Irma. Loving father of Nadine Strick (Ross), Jackie Bala (Craig), and Kendra Miller (Paul). Dear Grandpa and Papa of Kyle, Emily, Julia, Douglas, John, Keith and Ava. Loving brother of Mike Miller.

Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Janet Miller. Doug will be sadly missed by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as being fondly remembered by many friends.

A Funeral service will be held in Barriel on Thursday, July 31st. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe in memory of Doug would be appreciated by the family.

WHITE, Lorna Mae White - Obituary | Print |

WHITE, Lorna Mae -

White_LornaFebruary 25, 1943 – July 24, 2014

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at RVH, Barrie after an 8 ½ year battle with cancer.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband Bill and their children, Bill (Tracy), Debbie (Pat), and Brad (Anita); and her grandchildren, Kyle, Miranda, Nikki, Joseph, Austin, Janine, Ashley, Kyle, Brieonna, Alexandra. Also her great grandson Shea.

Lorna is also survived by her siblings, Harold (Candyce) Chipchase (Calgary), Brian (Joanne) Chipchase (High River), Bonnie (Hugh English) Blakely (Medicine Hat) and Bev (Sue) Chipchase (Calgary).

Lorna was predeceased by her parents, Ross & Betty Chipchase, Bill’s parents, Osborne & Eunice White and her (adopted) parents Ab & Hilda Coxhead, as well as numerous other family members.

Lorna was born in RVH Barrie, Ontario and lived on the farm at Everrett, On. Until Ross & Betty purchased the farm near Thornton. She attended school at SS#6 Essa and then Barrie Central Collegiate. She worked at Lufkin Rule and then for 391/2 years at Kolmar before retiring in 2007.

The service will take place in Barrie on Wednesday July 30th, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to New Life Community Christian Church, 32 Robert St. Thornton, On., L0L 2N0 or The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

FISHER, David Mark Fisher - Obituary | Print |

FISHER, David Mark -

It is with profound sorrow we announce the sudden passing of David on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in his fiftieth year.

He is the loving father of Michael and Jordan, and former husband of Donna. He is survived by his sister Melody, and parents, Glady and Harry.

Dave will be lovingly remembered by all family and friends. Always and forever in our hearts.

A Funeral Service will be held in Barrie on Friday, August 1st. Cremation to follow.

ROBINSON, Phyllis Rowena Robinson - Obituary | Print |

ROBINSON, Phyllis Rowena -

August 25, 1920 - July 23, 2014

On July 23, Rowena Robinson, wife of the late Earl Roy Robinson, died peacefully at Soldier's Memorial Hospital with family at her side.

She will be sadly missed by daughter Laurel (Marcel), son Scott (Marilyn) and granddaughters Melanie (Rob) and Melissa (Jason) and 6 great grandchildren (Devin, Brendon, Talia, Calla, Tovah, and Asher).

Though born in South Porcupine Aug 25, 1920, a move to Toronto in a couple of years by Rowena and her mother soon presented the opportunity to begin piano lessons with Boris Berlin at the Toronto Conservatory (now the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto). After finishing high school, having obtained her Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Schools, London England, she began teaching piano in Noranda, Quebec.

By the age of twenty, she was Organist and Choir Director for Noranda United Church. Through the ensuing 45 years of teaching, Rowena continuously groomed scores of young people for music exams, music festival experiences, annual piano recitals, and encouraged those same young people to share their talents singing or playing in church, at teas, bazaars, school events, whatever would enrich their growth and others' pleasure.

In 1983, retirement brought Rowena and Earl to Orillia, where together they embraced volunteer activities (Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis Music Festival) while enjoying swimming, golfing, travelling, bridge, church membership at St. Paul's United Church and for Rowena, activities with the church's UCW.

Over many years, Rowena was involved playing piano for The Little Big Band, numerous musicals at Orillia's Opera House, and doing supply organ work in the region until finally she was 'back in the saddle' fulltime as Music Leader at St. Luke's Anglican, Price's Corners, up to the time of her passing.

To her last days, and in her own proud fashion, she fulfilled her dream to remain totally independent in her own home following Earl's death 3 years ago. Even at the age of ninety-three, she was recalled to play with the Little Big Band yet again, and was still active with instrumentalists and singers at multiple seniors' homes in Orillia, including playing for Mundells' 100th Anniversary Open House Celebration this past May.

A service will take place in Orillia on Wednesday Aug. 6th, reception to follow.

If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

COOK, Norman Leslie 'Les' Cook - Obituary | Print |

COOK, Norman Leslie 'Les' -

Cook_LesPassed away at Matthews House Residential Hospice on July 22, 2014, in his 86th year.

Beloved husband of the late Bernice Cook. Dear father of Patricia Peloso (John) and Susan Cook (Tom Davidson). Loving brother of Elizabeth Taylor (Roy) and Marion Martin (the late William Martin).

Predeceased by his brothers William Cook (the late Jean and Trish Cook) and Donald Cook (Glenna Stephens).

Cherished grandfather of Alison Golding (Ken), Matthew Peloso, and Cherylyn Perry. Great grandfather to Ashton and Mackenzie Golding and Eva Perry.

Special friend of Donna Newell.

The funeral service will be held in Alliston on Monday, July 28th.

If desired, memorial donations to Matthews House Residential Hospice, Stevenson Memorial Hospital, The Rotary Foundation, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Beeton would be appreciated.

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