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POELS, Jacoba Johanna Poels - Obituary | Print |

POELS, Jacoba Johanna -

Poels_JacobaPeacefully passed away at the Leacock Care Centre, Orillia, on July 11, 2014, in her 95th year.

Jacoba, beloved wife of the late Martin. Loving mother of Tina Palmer (Douglas), Mary Fernandez (José), Ellen Rastas (Paul) and Ben Poels (Anne).

Cherished grandmother of Carolyne, Geoffrey (Tania), Kristina (Ryan), Daniel and Gregory (predeceased) and great grandmother of Owen, Jake, Grace and Tyler.

Predeceased by his 3 brothers and 1 sister in Holland.

Also survived by siblings, numerous nieces and nephews here and in Holland.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 18th in Barrie. Reception to follow. Interment will be in Barrie.

If desired, memorial donations made to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

THORNTON, Andrew Thornton - Obituary | Print |

THORNTON, Andrew -

Thornton_Andrew(Staff Sergeant, Retired- OPP)

Passed away peacefully at Hilltop Manor on Friday, July 11, 2014, joining his wife Lilian on their 61st wedding anniversary, at the age of 81.

Beloved husband of the late Lilian Thornton (2012).

Loving father of Morag Thornton (Victor Machado), Lesley Thornton-Raymond (Michel), Ken (Cathy) and Heather Sergeant. Cherished grandfather of Samantha, Darryk, Paisley, Michael, Ayla and Cara. Predeceased by his parents Mary and James and brothers James and Leonard.

Andrew was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Funeral Service will be held in Kitchener, on Wednesday, July 16th. Cremation to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

LONG, Beverley Winnifred (Rogers) Long - Obituary | Print |

LONG, Beverley Winnifred (nee Rogers) -

Lpong_BevPassed away peacefully on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Millcreek Care Centre in Barrie in her 77th year.

Beverley, loving wife to Edward, will be sadly missed by her children Edward, James (Gea), Dianne (Robert) McCabe, and Annette (Rev. Warren) Leibovitch.

Beverley’s memory will be cherished by her grandchildren Adam (Jessica) and William (Leah) McCabe, Karen & Sean Long, and Jamieson, Daniel, and Cameron Leibovitch.

Beverley volunteered at the Penetanguishene Georgian Manor for over 25 years, the Midland Trai Club “Bev’s Diner” for over 15 years, 4 H home club leader for many years, and member of Wyevale United Church for 42 years.

Friends will also be received at Wyevale United Church on Tuesday, July 15th from 10 am until time of service in the church at 11 o’clock.  Interment will take place in Beaverton.

If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Humaine Society, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

O’LEARY, Robert Patrick O'Leary - Obituary | Print |

O’LEARY, Robert Patrick -

OLeary_RobertPassed away on Friday, July 10th, 2014 at OSMH in Orillia.

Beloved husband and soulmate of Jocelyn O’Leary (Carrick) of 34 years. Loving father of son Sean O’Leary and fiancé Amy Holt.

First born son of Gladys and the late Robert Frederick O’Leary of Orillia. He leaves behind brothers and sisters; Roderick O’Leary, Debbie and Glen Mayowski, Susan , Colleen O’Leary and Neil McClelland, and Tim and Margie O’Leary. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Bob was Master Journeyman Carpenter and member of the United Carpenter and Jointers of America for 40 years. Bob loved fishing, travelling, gourmet food, and laughing with his many wonderful friends and family. All will remember him for his exuberant heartwarming laugh.

An Irish Wake and celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississauga Street W. in Orillia from 1:00-4:00 p.m. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers all donations to Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

SMITH, Laurence 'Larry' Howard Sidney Smith - Obituary | Print |

SMITH, Laurence 'Larry' Howard Sidney -

Smith_LarryPassed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on Thursday, July 10th 2014 at the age of 79.

Beloved husband of the late Delores. Dear father of Geoffrey and his wife Stacey of Barrie, Valerie Letham and her husband Brian of Barrie and Gord and his wife Melissa of Barrie.

Loving papa of Merydie McInnis (Paul), John (Cheyanne) and Tracey Smith, Jonathan (Shannon) and Mark (Miranda) Letham and Taryn Smith.

Great-grandfather of Ethan, Mayson and Maple.

Dear brother of Bruce and his wife Jeanne of Huntingdon, Quebec, Brian and his wife Helen of Ottawa and Barbara Laprade and her husband Roger of Huntingdon, Quebec.

A memorial service will be held in Barrie on Thursday, July 17th. Cremation has taken place.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

STEVENSON, Joyce Yvonne (Dale) Stevenson - Obituary | Print |

STEVENSON, Joyce Yvonne (Dale) -

In Loving Memory of Joyce Yvonne (Dale) Stevenson, 67 years, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at Newcastle, Ont.

Beloved wife of Clayton Stevenson of Newcastle. Loving mother of Jennifer Stevenson (Steven Sloan) of Toronto, Melissa Ali (Ismail) of Barrie and Lana Purdon (Joel) of Kingston. Cherished grandmother of Noah, Jabril and Jameelah.

Dear daughter of Ivan and Ruby Dale both predeceased. Dear sister of Rosemary Dale (John Sutherland) of Toronto and Lana Dale (Leo Blondin) of Kingston.

Born in Sudbury, she married Clayton in 1970. Joyce graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in the same year and served as a registered nurse for 34 years. She returned to university late in life completing her B.Sc.N., going on to teach nursing at Laurentian University and Georgian College.

She enjoyed volunteering with swimming, boating in the North Channel and spoiling her family.

At Joyce's request there will be no public visitation or service. Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Joyce Stevenson Bursary for Nursing at Laurentian University would be appreciated.

WRIGHT, Dr. William James Wright - Obituary | Print |

WRIGHT, Dr. William James -

Wright_BillPassed away peacefully at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre in Gravenhurst on Friday, July 10, 2014 in his 85th year.

Beloved husband of Joyce (nee Ackeroyd). Dear father of Barry, Fraser, David and Martha. Proud grandfather of Ted, Billy, Rosemary, Emily, Stephanie and Alexandra.

Dear brother of Frances Hayter and Louise Emmanuel. Son of the late William and Rena Wright.

Dr. Wright had a long history of service in Muskoka, opening his first medical practice in Port Carling, with a second office opening soon after in Bracebridge. 
In 1971, Dr. Wright was the first family physician in Muskoka to achieve certification in the field of family medicine.

Concerned that the sick and elderly would be able to remain in the comfort of their own homes, Dr. Wright was a firm believer in providing “old time” house calls, making his visits to his patients by boat or car as necessary. He retired in the early 2000’s.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial gifts to the OSPCA – Muskoka or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

BENNETT, Grace Bennett - Obituary | Print |

BENNETT, Grace -

Bennett_GraceAfter a full and active life, at age 93, a remarkably vibrant woman has passed away at Bob Rumball Centre in Barrie, Ontario, on July 9, 2014.

Married to the late Percival William Bennett of Thornhill, for 61 years, she leaves behind two sons, Paul W. (Dianne) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Stephen J. (Joanne) of Stroud, and four grandchildren Kelly of Halifax, Blair of Saskatoon, and Elaine of Barrie and Laurie of Newmarket.

Born in Toronto on March 15, 1921 to William Wallace (W.W.) MacPhee and Bessie Catherine MacLeod, two transplanted Prince Edward Islanders, Grace grew up in Toronto’s East End and graduated from Riverdale Collegiate Institute.

After marrying Perc on July 4, 1942, she followed her enlisted husband to Halifax, worked in the aircraft plant, then returned to Toronto after the war. While raising her two sons, first in Downsview and then in Grandview Estates, South Thornhill, she worked at part-time jobs and was proud to establish her own bank account.

Grace’s happiest years were spent presiding over the family home on Grandview Avenue, working at Thornhill United Church, then at York University’s Main Campus. She regaled us almost every day with fresh stories of life on “the 9th Floor” working for Vice-President William D. Farr.

After retiring from York, Grace enrolled as a mature B.A. student, achieving an ‘A’ in all of her Humanities courses, completed in her early 70s. Many happy summer days were spent at the family cottage on Lake Kawigamog, a favourite spot of her son Stephen.

Grace was a woman of indomitable spirit with a notable independence of mind. Always youthful in outlook and proud of her appearance, she was a great conversationalist. Whether welcoming family visitors, brewing a pot of tea, parading around a shopping mall, or intently reading The Globe and Mail, she was rarely short of words.

We will always remember her, as she was, sharp of mind, ready of tongue, and delighted to be the centre of attention. Into her nineties, Grace craved intellectual stimulation, boasted about her family, cut quite an elegant figure, and could match wits with anyone – and everyone. Grace shared with dear friends like Len Harper a zest for life and a positive outlook, especially while living at Delmanor in Richmond Hill.

In her final years, she was supported by Stephen, Joanne and family, who lived nearby, and comforted by Heleina Bobbitt, a true caring heart.

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Bob Rumball Centre for making a home for her over the past four years. To the family, Grace will always be our reigning matriarch, full of life, vitality and conversation.

A short service honouring Grace Bennett will be held in Barrie on Monday, July 14th.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf, 1 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie, or to Thornhill United Church, Thornhill, Ontario.

COPELAND, Kathleen Bernice 'Kay' (Robinson) Copeland - Obituary | Print |

COPELAND, Kathleen Bernice 'Kay' (nee Robinson) -

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in her 86th year.

Daughter of the late Elmvale Reeve Lawson Robinson, co-operator with her late mother, the indefatigable Rachel Robinson of Elmvale, of Robinson's Cottages (New Wasaga Beach) and Executive Secretary at Ontario Hydro.

Married for 57 years to Robert Copeland (deceased in 2012).

Kay was an avid championship curler, dedicated cottager, longtime Florida "Snow Bird", lifelong reader, mentor and unfailingly dependable guiding presence in the lives of her two children, David and Nancy. Pre-deceased by daughter Sandra Marianne.

Funeral Service will be held in Elmvale on Saturday, July 12th. Reception to follow at funeral home.

Memorial Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Arthritis Society would be appreciated.

DELORME, Michael John Howard Delorme - Obituary | Print |

DELORME, Michael John Howard -

Delorme_JohnDied peacefully at Huntsville Hospice on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in his 80th year.

Beloved husband of the late Kathleen Delorme. Dear father of Michelle Archer (Brian) of Bracebridge, Michael “Jack” Delorme (Richard Blair Smith) of Burnaby B.C. and Kathleen “Kiki” Delorme (Dominic Tete) of Toronto.

Loving grandfather of Amanda Archer, Jamie Vincent, Neil Archer, Ian Archer, Mitchell Tete, Billie Tete and great grandfather of 15.

Brother of the late Vi, Jack, Shirley, Terry, Frank, Skip, Reg and Emerson .

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends in Bracebridge on Monday, July 14th.

As your expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Chippewas of Nawash “Palliative Care Equipment Fund” 247 Prairie Road, Neyaashiinigmiing, On N0H 2T0.

HARRIS, James Harris - Obituary | Print |

HARRIS, James -

Passed away in his 79th year at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie on July 9, 2014.

He is survived by his two children, Gordon (Cathy) Harris and Sandra (Chad) Ballantyne, and their mother Marian Harris, along with five grandchildren, Matthew and Meghan Harris, and Connory, Caedda, and Keelan Ballantyne.

He is also survived by his brother, Edwin Harris, as well as his sisters Zella Bonin, Arlene Hallas, and Lorie Valovich. He will also be missed by good friend and “fishing buddy” Linda Hodgkinson.

Jim was born on October 21, 1936 in Beamsville, Ontario, the second of five children. He was a very energetic and adventuresome child and became an excellent athlete as a teenager. When he moved to Barrie in 1955 he became active in softball, bowling and began a scuba diving club. His love of sports led him to form Barrie Sports (on Collier Street) and two ski shops, one at Horseshoe Valley Ski Club, the second at what was then known as Medonte Mountain Ski Club.

In 1973 he changed careers and went on to become a well-known real estate agent in the city for 21 years. Jim’s favourite pursuits were hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. In his early years in Barrie he became vice-president of the Barrie and District Conservation Club. Several times he fought to stop housing development of key green spaces in the city. He was instrumental in the formation of Sunnidale Park and the preservation of the Minesing Wetlands.

Special thanks to the many, many people who have cared for Jim over the last few years, for their time and patience: Linda Hodgkinson, Dr. Levine, Dr. Rob Lea, Dr. Lalor, the RVH staff in Emerg and 3 GC, CCAC, ILS and Bayshore, and Hospice Simcoe (especially Yola).

A memorial service will be held in Barrie on Saturday, July 19th. A reception will follow.

Memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated by the family.

HOBBS, Karen Jane (Dempster) Hobbs - Obituary | Print |

HOBBS, Karen Jane (nee Dempster) -

Hobbs_KarenPassed away peacefully with family by her side, on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, in her 53rd year.

Karen, beloved wife of the late Wayne (2012). Loving mother of Bonnie (Terry) Green, Chris (Angela), and Steven (Lesley).

Devoted grandma of Zachery, Jaden, Bently, Gwendolyn, Maverick, Lily and Emma.

Dear sister of Gail (Don) Michalenko, Bob (Lorie) Dempster. Loving daughter of the late Arnold and Betty Dempster. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

We celebrate the reunion of Mom and Dad, her life time friend. The funeral service will be held in Collingwood, on Monday July 14th.

Donations made to South Lake Regional Hospital, Heart and Stroke, or Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

MARCHANT, George Henry Marchant - Obituary | Print |

MARCHANT, George Henry -

Entered into rest at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Penetanguishene on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in his 82nd year.

Beloved husband of Debbie. Dear father of Elizabeth, Charles and Brian Marchant.

He will be sadly missed by Debbie’s children; Lisa, David and Shawn Kelly (Stacey). George will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren and extended family.

By his request there will be no funeral service.

If desired, donations to Bonar Presbyterian Church, Port McNicoll would be appreciated.

OLIVET, Cesar Olivet - Obituary | Print |

OLIVET, Cesar -

Olivet_CesarMarch 4th, 1959 – July 9th, 2014

Former employee of the Township of Innisfil and Volunteer Fire Fighter. Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Care Centre, Newmarket on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in his 56th year.

Beloved best friend of Wendy White. Father of Troy Olivet.

Cesar is also survived by his mother Haydee Olivet, brother Nadir Olivet, sister Emilia Olivet-Greenwood and her husband Kimberley John Greenwood, nephews Nery, Christopher, Jonathan, and William. Grandfather of Kylie.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service may be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Liver Foundation or the O.S.P.C.A.

PLATER, Glynne Alverna Plater - Obituary | Print |

PLATER, Glynne Alverna -

Plater_GlynnePassed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Wood Park Nursing Home, Barrie in her 93rd year.

Glynne, beloved wife of the late Russell Plater.

Loving mother of Keith(Brenda) Plater, David (Patti), Plater, Marlene (Bob) Tizzard, Kathryn (Bill) Caskie, Lynne (John) West and Sandra (Peter) Mulholland.

Will be forever cherished by her 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and her sister in law Joy.

Predeceased by her son Alvin, brothers Ozz (Mary), Orman, Norman (Marion) and sister Fern (Duncan).

A Celebration of Glynne's life will be held on Friday, July, 18th in Collingwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Canadian Cancer Society in Mrs. Plater's memory.

WHITE, J. Douglas White - Obituary | Print |

WHITE, J. Douglas -

Born in Meaford, a son of the late Dan and Arley (nee Jay) White, John Douglas “Doug” White passed away in Owen Sound on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Doug, a longtime resident of Meaford, is survived by his beloved wife and companion Ruby M. (nee Sinclair) White. He is remembered as a dear brother of Emma Jean (late Lyle) Benedict of Meaford and Marion and her husband Blake Gieg of Grimsby. A brother Ralph White predeceased Doug.

He is also remembered by his sister-in-law Marian and her husband Keith Loucks of Meaford and brother-in-law John Sinclair of Stratford and will be fondly recalled by his several nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral and committal services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church, Trowbridge St. W. in Meaford on Saturday July 12th, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment will be conducted at a later date.

If so desired and as youexpression of sympathy donations to the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce or to the Lung Association would be appreciated.

BAYLEY, James Stanley Bayley - Obituary | Print |

BAYLEY, James Stanley -

Passed away peacefully at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on Tuesday, July 8th 2014 in his 62nd year.

Beloved husband of Kathie Kidd-Bayley. Dear father of Teddy. Loving son of Edward and the late Joyce. James will also be sadly missed by his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Friends may call in Barrie on Saturday, July 12th. Cremation to follow.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

EMES, Margaret 'Maggie' Emes - Obituary | Print |

EMES, Margaret 'Maggie' -

Emes_MargPeacefully at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 in her 62nd year.

Beloved wife and best friend of Chuck. Dear mother of Robyn, Brad and Cindy Rook (Chris). Predeceased by her parents Hank and Ginny Donniville. Proud Grandma of Charlee. Sadly missed by many other family members and friends.

Margaret will be remembered for selfless and countless donations to the Canadian Red Cross blood services.

A celebration of Margaret's life will take place in Barrie on Monday, July 14th.

The family would like to take this opportunity to especially thank the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre nurses and doctors of the I.C.U. and rehabilitation unit for their wonderful care of both our mother and our family.

If desired, in Margaret's memory and in keeping with one of Margaret's passions, a blood donation to the Canadian Red Cross blood services would be greatly appreciated.

FORGET, John Maurice Forget - Obituary | Print |

FORGET, John Maurice

Forget_JohnAge 82, formerly a resident at Fairview Lodge, Whitby, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 following a long series of health complications. 

John is survived by his most loyal wife Margaret (nee Mahoney). 

Born May 5, 1932 in Penetanguishene, Ontario to Edgar and Justine (Hamelin) Forget.  John grew up in Pentetanguishene, the youngest of four boys and moved to Ajax, Ontario in 1943.

He is predeceased by two siblings Julien and Joe and is survived by his brother Gil (Isabel) Forget of Lindsay.

John was the father of eight children: James (Pauline) Forget, Jay (Heather) Forget, Marianne (Bob) Malloy, Fr. Charles Forget, Mark (Sharon) Forget, Michael (d. 1962), David Forget and Paula (Paul) Podesta.  John was a Grandfather to 14 and a Great Grandfather to 17.  

John is remembered for his tremendous faith which saw him through the good times and storms in his life.  John will be remembered most for his big smile and friendly disposition.  He was known to many as “Papa John."  

John was also a proud and grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 53 years and was instrumental in helping numerous fellow alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety for many, many years.  While John will be missed by many, he will remain a cherished friend to so many.

A special note of recognition and gratitude goes to Fairview Lodge Nursing Home in Whitby for its exceptional care of both John and Margaret. 

Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation at BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 5295 Thickson Road, Whitby on Friday, July 11th from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 130 Watford Street, Brooklin, Ontario, on Saturday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Whitby to follow the funeral. 

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at


GRAY, Joyce (Fettes) Gray - Obituary | Print |

GRAY, Joyce (Fettes) -

Of Barrie, formerly of Midland, passed away quietly with her children by her side at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Tuesday July 8, 2014, in her 83rd year.

Wife of the late Bob Gray (Oro, Go Home Lake). Loving mother of Gwen Gray of Barrie, Brent (Jane) of Holland Landing and Paul of Penetang.

Dear Gramma of Sarah (Chris) Davidson of Toronto, Bobby of Holland Landing,  Rhonda Gray and Brandon Gray, and her precious 8 week old Twin Great Grandsons Charlie Gray and Jett Christopher Davidson.

Cremation has taken place. At Joyce's request there will be no visitation.

Donations can be made in Joyce's memory to the charity of your choice.

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