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NIELEN, John G. Nielen - Obituary | Print |

NIELEN, John G. -

Nielen_JohnPeacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Tuesday November 18th, 2014, in his 87th year.

Dearly beloved husband of Marjory (nee Arbuckle). Loving father of Joyce Nielen-Tropf (Herbert), and Robert Nielen (Yvonne).

Proud grampa of Connor and Joshua. John is the last of 8 children, who were all born in Holland.

Sadly missed by many dear family members in both Canada and abroad.

The service will be held in Barrie on Monday, November 24th.

If desired donations in John's memory may be made to Hospice Simcoe and would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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RYKERT, Carol Stavert Hudson Rykert - Obituary | Print |


RYKERT, Carol Stavert Hudson -

Rykert_CarolDecember 24, 1931 – November 18, 2014

Died peacefully, after a short illness, as the snow storm raged in Collingwood.

Predeceased by her husband John Rykert, her daughter Pam, and sisters Ann Laing and Alan Riley. Survived by her daughters Liz (John Sewell) of Toronto and Serena (Andy Connelly) of Bancroft, her son John of Tofino, her daughter-in-law Aeron and her granddaughter Emily of Orangeville. Loving aunt to the Laing and Riley cousins.

Carol lived in Collingwood for more than 25 years after her husband died, and was devoted to books and the arts. She also loved golf, travel and her garden. She invested much energy in the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, the Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute, Beaver Valley Lifelong Learning, The Collingwood Ladies Book Club and the Raglan Book Club. She was a vivacious woman, full of ideas and fun. She was much loved and admired by many in Toronto and in Collingwood who found her a constant delight to be with. As one close friend said “She was a bright soul.”

Carol was an active supporter of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, especially her commitment to mental health services. The family wants to thank the staff of the hospital for their attentive care.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration for Collingwood friends of Carol will be held on Tuesday November 25, 2-4 pm with words at 2:30pm, at the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, 163 Hurontario Street at Third Street. For Toronto friends, a memorial celebration will be held on Thursday November 27, 2-4pm with words at 2:30pm, at the York Club, Bloor Avenue and St. George Street in Toronto. The York Club asks for business attire.

No flowers please.

Instead donations may be made in Carol’s memory to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation, www.cgmhf.com and/or to Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, www.bmfa.on.ca .

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AWDE, Helen Anne Awde - Obituary | Print |

AWDE, Helen Anne -

Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Health Centre, Barrie on Monday November 17, 2014 at the age of 73.

Loving wife of Gerald for 54 years. Loving mother to Sandra (Henry) Ramos, and Joanne (Raldy) Pineda.

Nana to Alyssa, Lauren, Lyanna, Hannah, Hailey, and Tristan. Sister to Mary Whinny and Lynn Montague.

A memorial service will take place in Barrie on Saturday November 22nd.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.

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ISAAC, Margaret Jean (Montgomery) Isaac - Obituary | Print |

ISAAC, Margaret Jean (nee Montgomery) -

Passed away peacefully at the Penetanguishene site of the Georgian Bay General Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2014, in her 85th year.

Beloved wife of John Isaac and predeceased by Graham Jones.

Lovingly remembered by her children Sheila (Rick) Thompson, Ruth (Gary) Sproule, Ellen (Mike) Gouett, Susan (Mitch) Zylski, Michael (Shauna) and Nancy (Steve) Kay as well as John's children David (Cathie), Elizabeth (Bill) Russell, Ken (Jane) and Paul (Kim).  Proud grandmother of 25 and great grandmother of 20.

Predeceased by her son Murray and will be missed by Kathy Marchand.

Dear sister of Aileen Wallace and loved aunt of Peggy and Fred Wallace. Predeceased by her parents Herb and Mae Montgomery and her brother Joe.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the palliative care team at Penetang hospital for their wonderful care and compassion during Mom's last weeks.

Funeral Service at St. Paul's United Church, Midland on Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Church. Spring interment in Midland.

In Lieu of flowers donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Fund would be appreciated
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JOHNSTONE, Jane Johnstone - Obituary | Print |

JOHNSTONE, Jane -

Johnstone_JaneSuddenly at her home in Orillia on Monday, November 17th, 2014 in her 68th year.

Jane Johnstone (nee LaPlante), beloved wife of Lanny Johnstone of 48 years.

Loving mother of Lisa and her husband Dan Tansley, Christine Johnstone and the late Tracy. Dear grandmother of Lucas and Morgan.

Dear sister of Dave LaPlante (predeceased) (Ann), Mike LaPlante (predeceased). Peter LaPlante (Betty), Tim LaPlante (Sandy) and Ann Mason

Funeral Service will be held in Orillia on Friday, November 21st. Cremation to follow.

Memorial donations to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

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MARTINKOWSKI, Jean 'Jeannie' Martinkowski - Obituary | Print |

MARTINKOWSKI, Jean 'Jeannie' -

Martinkowski_JeanPeacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday November 17, 2014 in her 77th year.

Pre-deceased by her beloved Ziggy.

Dear sister of Shirley Bested and Brenda Beetham, dear aunt of Randy, Alison, Brad, Sarah, Michelle, Eric, Todd, Pam, Kim, Debbie, Rob, Christie, Allyson, Andrew, Adam and grand nieces and nephews.

The service will be held in Barrie ON, on Saturday December 6th.

A reception will follow.

If desired donations in Jean's memory may be made to the Barrie Branch of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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MONTGOMERY, Lloyd Montgomery - Obituary | Print |

MONTGOMERY, Lloyd -

Montgomery_LloydPassed away peacefully on November 17,2014 in his 74th year.

Beloved husband of the late Betty. Dear father of Deborah Rowbotham(Andy)and Dianne Montgomery.

Loving Grandpa of Justin, Alyssa, Josie and Jacob.

Lloyd will always be lovingly remembered by his sisters Christina McGillivary and Grace McGillivray.

Predeceased by Brothers Albert Bob and Norman and his sister Elizabeth.

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

Service will be from Creemore on Saturday, November 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Creemore Union Cemetery would be appreciated.

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NINKOVIC, Luke Ninkovic - Obituary | Print |

NINKOVIC , Luke - 'Bearer of Light'

Ninkovic_LukeBorn on May 3rd, 2013 is now rejoicing in the loving arms of Jesus. Luke passed peacefully at home on the evening of November 17th, 2014 following an 11 month battle with Cancer.

His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched in some small way throughout his short yet very memorable life. Luke's life would seem too short to many but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

His gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around him and though he spoke few words, his expressive eyes said so much. Although the statistics were stacked against him, Luke possessed strength, perseverance and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage he led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Luke could spend hours watching his sister Hanna be silly, reading and singing together and watching his favourite Curious George movie.

Luke is survived by his loving parents, Aleks and Amy Ninkovic of Barrie; sister Hanna; grandparents Ruza Ninkovic of Toronto and Jerry Vestervelt of Picton and uncle Matthew Vestervelt of Toronto. Luke's love extends to Nanny No No and Poppa Henderson, Aunt Rosemary and an overwhelming number friends and family that provided prayer, encouragement, meals and practical support during Luke's journey.

With Luke's passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile, he will forever remain cherished in our hearts.

A private family burial will be held on Friday, November 21st in Barrie and a celebration of life 'Worship and Memorial' will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at Timothy Christian School, 750 Essa Road in Barrie at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate any donations be directed to the Harvest Bible Chapel Hope Fund so that other families in need may be blessed by Luke's journey. Harvest Bible Chapel, 258 Bayfield Street, Barrie (Office) 705-739-8613 www.harvestbarrie.ca

'The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.' Job 1:21b .

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THOMPSON, Maisie (Lewis) Thompson - Obituary | Print |

THOMPSON, Maisie (Lewis) -

Peacefully at Mill Creek Care Centre in Barrie, on November 17, 2014, in her 102nd year.

Predeceased by her husband, Gerry. Dear mother of Judy (Dave, deceased), Sandra (Dave); very proud gramma to Kelly and Paul (Lauren) and gigi to Todd and Camden. She lived her life to the fullest. She was a receptionist for Dr. Hollis and for Dr. Millar (26+ years).

Then at age 55 she took up golf. She was a member at many courses both in Florida and Ontario.

Watching the "Toronto Blue Jays" was her other passion. Cremation has taken place.

As per her wishes, there will be no service.

A private gathering will take place at a later date.

Many thanks to all the staff at Mill Creek, especially 3E. Mom/Gramma/GiGi, you will be in our hearts forever. Rest in peacedpuf.

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WADDELL, Walter William Waddell - Obituary | Print |

WADDELL, Walter William -

Waddell_WalterA Veteran of World War II, Squadron 432 Royal Canadian Air Force, passed away peacefully at his home in Collingwood on November 17th, 2014 in his 91st year.

Born in London, Ontario to the late Andrew and Charlotte (nee Wharram) Waddell.

Loving husband of Kathryn (nee Livingstone) Waddell for 65 years. Father of Lana and Jim Brinn, Brenda and Dirk Vanderstelt, Lamont and Hazel Waddell, Janine and Gord Howell, Leisha and Jim Eppinghaus and Pamela and Mike Strawn.

Cherished grandfather of Katherine and Dave Wieser, Andrew and Linda Thompson, Jonathan Thompson, Stephen and Amber Vanderstelt, Joshua and Erin Vanderstelt, Bethany Vanderstelt and her fiancé Dan Cho, Andrea Waddell and her fiancé Brad Moulton, Greg Waddell, Jeremy Howell, Bradley Howell and Michelle Heatherington, Corey Eppinghaus and Joel Eppinghaus. Great Grandfather of Daicia, Elijah, Sarah, Malakye and Avara.

Predeceased by great granddaughters Molley Wieser and Karolina Howell.

Dear brother of Madeline Lane, brother-in-law of Dorothy Baker, Lillian and Dan Wright, Jean Livingstone and Isabel Ashfield. Predeceased by siblings John Waddell, Alvin Waddell, Ross Waddell Rumney, Bill Waddell Spencer, Ruth Edwards, Violet Schmidt and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jim Lane, Walter Schmidt, Donald Livingstone, Robert (Lib) Livingstone, Cliff Ashfield, Marshall Baker, Karen Carey Livingstone, Marian Livingstone, Norma Gilchrist.

Walter will also be missed by many Nephews and Nieces and by his good friend and neighbour Mike Scott.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, November 23rd at New Life Church, 28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood. Spring interment.

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BUCHANAN, Susan Leah (Duffin) Buchanan - Obituary | Print |

BUCHANAN, Susan Leah (nee Duffin) -

Buchanan_SusanPassed away peacefully, at Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood, on Sunday November 16th, 2014, at the age of 62.

Predeceased by parents Gwen and Del Duffin. Beloved wife of William (Bill). Loving mother of Matthew Glasgow (Shauna), step-mother of Todd Buchanan (Crystal), and Jennifer (Scott Gaudun).

Dear grandmother of Teagon, and step grandchildren Spencer, Jamie, Trevor, Trenton, Tanner, Troy and Tessa.

Cherished sister of Judy (Fraser), John (Barb) Cindy (Tom), Bill (Cindy), and Mark (Jen).

Fondly remembered by Bert Glasgow, Laura Breadner, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Enright, CCAC, Grey County and Campbell House Hospice staff and volunteers, for all their care and compassion.

A Celebration of Life will take place at The Georgian Peaks Club, on Wednesday November 26, 2014 from 1-3pm. Following Susan’s wishes cremation has taken place.

In memory of Susan, donations may be made to Campbell House Hospice, Georgian Triangle in Collingwood.

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FORSYTH, Alexander James Forsyth Obituary | Print |

FORSYTH, Alexander James -

Peacefully, after a brief illness, on November 16, 2014, at 91 years of age.

Predeceased by his wife Doreen of 40 years this past July, Alex will be dearly missed by his children Roger (Deirdre), Gail (Mike), Scott (Brenda) and Bev (Peter) and step-children Kathy Bradbury and David Frid (Kim), his grandchildren Alexandra, Eric, Hilary, Scott, Kathryn, Jeff, Kent, Sarah, Lauren, Rob, Andrew and his great- grandchildren Charlie, Katelyn, Evan and Tegan.

Alex was born in Hamilton and was a long-time resident of Aldershot and Fergus, Ontario. After serving overseas in WWII, he started the Forsyth Brothers Ltd. construction business with his brothers Bob and Don (both predeceased) and built many homes in Aldershot.

In 1965, following his love of cars, he began a career as a car salesman that lasted until 1982. He then joined the Board of Education for five years until his retirement. Alex and Doreen had fond memories of the winters spent in Bradenton, Florida in their later years.

Many thanks to the staff at the Headwaters Healthcare Hospital and the Avalon Retirement Lodge, both in Orangeville.

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

A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

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HARRISON, Catherine 'Kay' Margaret Harrison - Obituary | Print |

HARRISON, Catherine 'Kay' Margaret –

Harrison_KayPassed away peacefully with her family by her side at the home of son and daughter-in-law Rod and Janice Harrison on November 16th, 2014, after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis at age 90.

Born June 4, 1924 to loving parents Harry and Margaret Stewart in Birtle, Manitoba.

Predeceased by husband Arthur Harrison, siblings Jack and Ronnie Stewart.

Survived by sisters Betty Gill and Molly Berry, devoted mother to Brian, Timothy (Kathy Mitchinson) Rodney (Janice), Joyce Goheen (Stewart Goheen) and close friends Regna Harrison and Gail Fitzmartyn.

Beloved grandmother of Erin, Kyle (Heather), Ryan (Vienna), Todd, Nicole (Shawnisty Budweg), Morgan (Dave Doimo), Kelly (Harrison White), Karey Goheen (Kevin Jacquemain), Katelin Goheen (Robert Cole). Proud great-grandmother (“GG”) of Meredith, Paisley, Georgia, Charlie, Chase, Emma, Hayden, Sebastian, Blake, Lincoln.

A special thankyou to the wonderful care Kay received from CCAC RN Annie, PSW Tanya and Dawn.

A celebration of life of Kay’s life will be held in Barrie on Saturday, November 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated.

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JOHNSTON, Harold Mervin Johnston - Obituary | Print |

JOHNSTON, Harold Mervin -

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in his 65th year at The Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood .

Beloved husband of Diane. Dear father of Steve and Brenda(Terry Crosby). Cherished son of Norma and the late Mervin Johnston.

Loving brother of Loreen Keith(late Sandy), Diane Doherty(late David), Mary Underhill(Ted), Brian(Debbie), Ruth Davidson(Howie), and Kevin.

Harold will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews and their families.

A service will take place in Creemore on Thursday, November 20th.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Campbell House Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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LINGARD, Loreen Eleanor (McKinlay) Lingard - Obituary | Print |

LINGARD, Loreen Eleanor (McKinlay) -

Lingard_LoreenPassed away suddenly at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland on Sunday November 16, 2014 at the age of 88, of Tiffin House, Midland and formerly of Waubaushene.

Beloved wife of the late George Lingard (June 2002). Loving mother of Marie & her husband Yves Houle, William Balmer and Russell Balmer. Dear stepmother of Karen & her husband Larry Nonis, Kim & her husband Gary McGuire, and Kevin Lingard.

Dearly loved by her grandchildren Julie, Tiffany, Jeremy, Joey, Amanda, Andrew, Holly, Michael, Jessica, Rachael, and Owen. Great grandmother of Loic, Maé, and Anaé.

Loreen was an active member of Christ Church, Waubaushene.

The funeral service will be held at Christ Church, Waubaushene on Saturday, November 29th. Spring Interment.

As an expression of sympathy donations in memory of Loreen may be made to Christ Church, Waubaushene.

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LOCKE, Christopher (Gagnon) Locke - Obituary | Print |

LOCKE, Christopher (Gagnon) -

Locke_ChrisSuddenly on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at the age of 26 years.

Loving son of Michele and Rob Locke. Cherished brother of Philip and Clinton.

Dear grandson of Brian and Carol Saville, Wayne Moreau, and Bob and Sandra Locke.

Will be sadly missed by Max Gagnon. Lifelong friend of Jessica Earles. Lovingly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

The funeral service will be held in Midland on Sunday, November 23rd. Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations to the N.S.L.O. (No Student Left Out) or to Music Programs for Various Schools (Simcoe County School Board) would be appreciated by the family.

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MCCARL, Donald William Malcolm McCarl - Obituary | Print |

MCCARL, Donald William Malcolm -

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Donald William Malcolm McCarl. Donald died of a massive heart attack in Costa Rica.

Donald was born in Collingwood, Ontario, the eldest child of 7, to John and Dorothy McCarl. Survived by his loving wife Bonnie McCarl of 16 years, step-sons Nathan (Jenna) children Silus and Anderson; Tyler (Jen) and son Austin; daughter Jennifer Ballard (Lee) and children Jessica, Michael, Taylor and Martin; daughter Janice McCarl.

Donald also leaves behind his mother Dorothy McCarl; siblings Robert, Dianne (Paul Rivers), David, Catherine (Shaun Mahoney); nephews Jason and Jonathan and nieces Denise, Lynn and Shawna and several great nephews and nieces.

Donald was predeceased by his father John McCarl, brothers Charles and Clarence McCarl; his mother-in-law, Rachelle Prichard, brother-in-law, Jerry Prichard; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donald was a very charismatic soul and loved people from all walks of life. He had a life-long passion for auctions whether buying or selling—and was a great auctioneer! His gift of the gab definitely was a gift. He was a member of CPPA (Canadian Personal Property Appraisers). Donald held the position of top 10 Electrolux salesman for 4 year’s running Canada-wide. He also worked as a mortgage consultant until his passing.

At heart, Donald was a farm boy. He had an amazing love for animals. He trained heavy horses and competed in horse pulls whenever he had an opportunity. And, Donald LOVED to travel. His travels took him down every County road in Canada and Costa Rica, probably more than once!

Donald met his soul mate Bonnie in Calgary. They traveled to Costa Rica many times. Donald stole the hearts of the ticos—and they the same to him. He extended his retirement to run a small hotel and restaurant.

But God needed him elsewhere. We’re sure going miss you Cowboy! Happy Trails until we meet again!

A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 24th in Collingwood. A Celebration of Life, Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm Millarville Christ Church, Hwy 549 – 6.4 kms. East of Hwy 22 south of Calgary.

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NEWTON, Shirley Anne Newton - Obituary | Print |

NEWTON, Shirley Anne -

Peacefully passed away at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  Shirley “Nanny” (nee Marshall) of Toronto and formerly of River Drive Park at 69 years of age.

Beloved wife of Ken. Loving mom of Lori Marshall (Joe Hutchinson), Lee Newton and Brenda (Terry) Rengger.

Proud Nanny of Cassandra, Morgan and Taylor. Dear Great Nanny of Oryan and Starlynn.

Dear sister of Gloria Hunt and Robert Marshall. Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews, and those who knew her as “Nanny”.

At Shirley’s request, cremation has taken place.

Donations to pancreaticcancercanada.ca would be appreciated.

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RUTTAN, Eric Milton Ruttan - Obituary | Print |

RUTTAN, Eric Milton -

Ruttan_DerekMarch 14, 1950 – November 16, 2014

Eric Milton Ruttan passed away peacefully, on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, following a brief battle with cancer. He was 64.

Loving husband of Donna (nee Longhurst). Dedicated father to Deric & his wife Margaret, Jason & his wife Tertia and Matthew & his wife Laura.

Proud grandfather of Megan (Sean), Jack, Sara, Paul, Gabe, Kiev, Liam, Sarah, Benjamin and Anna, and great grandfather of Sam and Rhys. Dear brother of Phillip (Lynn).

Also remembered warmly by his nieces, nephews and the members of the Ruttan and Longhurst families.

Eric was born in 1950 as the second of two sons to Milton and Grace Ruttan. He was raised at the Ruttan homestead on Stoneleigh Road. He grew up appreciating the outdoors, camping, playing hockey on frozen ponds with magazines as shin pads, and attending public school in the one room school house across from what is now Bracebridge Golf Course.

As he grew, Eric developed into a young man who enjoyed having fun, getting into a bit of trouble in Macaulay Township, driving his dad’s grey Epic car, and falling in love with a young Longhurst from across town named Donna.

Eric got a job with Ontario Hydro where he worked his whole career---starting as a forester and ending in management. He made many lifelong friends and gained a reputation for his sincere, fair and straightforward manner.

Eric and Donna built a house on Highway 117 and had three children, Deric, Jason and Matthew. He was a very dedicated and proud father, who was always there for his children, whether that be in following bands or hockey clubs across the province, or coaching his sons’ softball and hockey teams. This support extended to their families, in the best way: loyal, supportive and wise. He and Donna’s family grew to include three gracious daughters-in-law, Margaret, Tertia and Laura, and 10 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. As time goes on, the family will surely expand. There was nothing like Eric’s simple yet genuine smile in the presence of family. He was proud. He was blessed. And he knew it.

Eric always counted it a privilege to help care for his parents in their final years, and cherished his relationship with his brother, Phillip.

He loved travelling, the outdoors, and lived for camping and canoeing---whether with friends, the church, or family and grandchildren. Nature and glorious sunrises seemed to speak to his soul.

Eric’s faith developed as he grew older. He was never very outspoken about it; but especially toward the end of his life, he experienced God more and more. His prayer life developed, and he discovered God’s presence in increasingly profound ways. He had a special place in his heart for Psalm 23, which he personalized to reflect his own journey through life.

Eric liked to have a good time. Early in marriage, he enjoyed community dances and even a few twist competitions, Hydro baseball games at Jubilee Park, and various family-related kids’ experiences from across the province. He enjoyed a strong drink, Players Cigarettes, and later, a tasty cigar.

Perhaps most of all, Eric built a love, marriage and life with Donna. They built a home, raised a family, and lived a good life, full of gratitude. They were married for 45 years and had adventures that could fill a book. Of their relationship Eric said, “She was the only woman I ever loved.”

At the end of his life he was truly an inspiration: even though he was suffering greatly with cancer in a dozen parts of his body, he lived each day with a strength and perspective that was exemplary. As he would often say, “Each day is a new life – so live it like it is.” As a friend of Eric’s who recently walked through his own battle with cancer said, “It is truly a sad day and I will miss Eric very much. Knowing what I do about dealing with cancer I was in awe and humbled at how graciously and strong Eric handled the time he had left. I will attempt to follow his example.”
A memorial service will be held at the Bracebridge United Church, on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Rd, Bracebridge. Private interment at a later date.

Memorial donations can be directed to Knox Presbyterian Church of Bracebridge, Langford Cemetery or to the hospital of your choice.


A line from one of Deric’s songs spoke to him deeply in his final weeks:

“The space between the first breath that you breathe and the

last one that you seek 80 years down the line is a blink of an eye.”

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STIRLING, Roderick Hugh Austin 'Rod' Stirling - Obituary | Print |

STIRLING, Roderick Hugh Austin 'Rod' -

Stirling_RodWords cannot begin to express our sadness in announcing the passing of Rod Stirling on Sunday, November 16th in his 65th year.

Rod was born in Glasgow, Scotland and emigrated to Canada at age 2. In 1976, he and his wife Portland moved to Glencairn to raise their family.

He is greatly loved and will forever live in the hearts of Portland and children Rachel (Frank), Katrine (Chris) and Michael ,( Chrissie).

Cherished Papa to Isabella, Myla, Cameron, Avery, Jaedin, and Taylore, Sadly missed by his dad Henry, siblings Heather, Frank, Rebecca, Virginia, Margo, and Mark. Rod will be forever remembered as a kind and selfless man who was loyal and devoted, always putting family, friends and pets first.

Rod loved photography, celebrating Christmas, creating puns, playing horseshoes, watching birds, watching movies, listening to music and campfires.

A celebration of life will held at Station on the Green in Creemore on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 1 pm with refreshments following.

In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to the OSPCA or bring pet food / supplies to the Service and place under the tree for donation.

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