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COCKBURN, Ona Alberta (Beach) Cockburn - Obituary | Print |

COCKBURN, Ona Alberta (Beach) -

Cockburn_OnaAt the milestone age of 100 years, Ona Cockburn passed peacefully at Hyland Crest, Minden, Ontario on Sunday, December 28th, 2014.

Predeceased by husband Douglas Stephenson Cockburn in 1959 and her siblings Mary Louisa McMichael, Allan Inman Beach, Hope Lois Baldwin, Laurence Irwin Beach and Mahlon Franklin Beach.

Born in Iroquois, Ontario on August 23, 1914, Ona enjoyed a full and successful career as a Dietician for the T. Eaton Company in Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, London.

Ona enjoyed extensive world travel and winters in Florida after her retirement in 1974.

Internment in Shanty Bay in the Spring of 2015.

COLLINS, Nancy Jane Collins - Obituary | Print |

COLLINS, Nancy Jane -

Collins_NancyPassed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Sunday December 28, 2014 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife of Bill Collins for 55 years, of Sebright.

Loving mother of Scott (Brenda), and Terri Lynn Trew ( Brad).

Dear grandmother of Brendan, Evan, Daniel, Nicole, James, Amber, Cooper, Jenna, Amber, and Troy.

Cremation has taken place and at the Nancy’s request there will not be any visitation or services at this time.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada, Canadian

Cancer Society or Hospice Simcoe.

FISHER, Harvey Fisher - Obituary | Print |

FISHER, Harvey -

December 15, 1931 - December 28, 2014

Passed away peacefully in his 84th year on Sunday December 28, 2014 at the Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Alice Fisher. Dear father of Gordon and April.

The funeral service will take place in Alliston on Friday January 2nd at St. Andrew Anglican Church. Interment in Alliston.

If desired, donations made to the Campbell House Hospice would be appreciated.

GADSDEN, Elaine Carrette Gadsden - Obituary | Print |

GADSDEN, Elaine Carrette -

Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket on Monday, December 28, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late William Frederick Gadsden. Dear mother of Jeff (Wendy), Stephen (Lee), Victoria (James), Elizabeth (Michael) Valerie and Jennifer (Scott).

Dear grandmother of Jeffrey, David, Bradley, Tricia, Christian, Domenique, Andrew, Alexis, Jacob, Lauren and Jadyn. Loved great-grandmother of 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Cookstown on Wednesday, December 31, at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will also be held at the church Wednesday morning from 10:30a.m. until the time of the service. Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Community Living Association of South Simcoe (C.L.A.S.S.) would be appreciated by the family.

KEERS, James 'Jim' Keers - Obituary | Print |

KEERS, James 'Jim' -

Keers_JimPassed away at his home on Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Jim of Wasaga Beach, beloved husband of Rachel “Raye”.

Loving father of Andria and Trevor (Amy).

Dear grandfather of Amanda, Brandon, Rachel, Shane and Alora.

Jim was the Treasurer of the Bayshore Seniors Club and Prime Time.

A memorial service will take place in Wasaga Beach on Sunday, January 4th.

Reception to follow.

If desired, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

LONGLADE, Lori Longlade - Obituary | Print |


Longlade_LoriIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lori Longlade after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the age of 74 years.

Lori was the loving wife of Bill Longlade of Penetanguishine and Sturgeon Falls, a dedicated mother of Michelle (Pierre), Dan (Andrea) and Charles (Sandra) and a doting grandmother to Jesse, Danielle, Marcella-Andrée, Alex and Lauren. She will be remembered by her many friends and family as a most remarkable individual - a generous person with a fierce love of life and a deep faith.

An avid gardener, she was happiest when puttering in her flowers or reading the latest organic gardening catalogue. She also loved the cottage in Georgian Bay and spent many hours playing with the grandchildren on the beach.

Lori moved to Sturgeon in 1964 when her husband Bill was hired as a secondary school teacher. Lori having just graduated from university of Toronto in Physical and Occupational Therapy wanted to work in her field. Lori founded the first department at l'hopital St. Jean de Brebeuf, now West Nipissing General Hospital. Over the years, the small space grew to a full service rehabilitation department.

Lori was a change agent and her contributions to the community have been innumerable. She received one of the highest recognition bestowed on citizens. As the recipient of the lieutenant governors award, she was recognized for the countless hours of volunteer service she gave so freely. Lori worked to improve the world around her.

As a Special Education Advisory committee member, with the Near North School Board and le conseil scolaire Franco-Nord, Lori advocated for students with special needs challenged by the system. She also worked tirelessly to have an integrated daycare for all children regardless of abilities. When the recreational complex was built, Lori helped ensure that the facility was accessible to people with disabilities. She was ahead of her time, and we were fortunate to have known and loved her.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11 am in Ste Thérèse d’Avila Church, Cache Bay. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at Eglise Ste Croix, Lafontaine, Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in Lafontaine.

The family is deeply grateful for the exceptional care given to Lori by Dr. Behamdouni, Dr. Bourgault, and the nursing staff at the West Nipissing General Hospital as well as the staff at the Community Care Access Centre.

Donations can be made to the West Nipissing General Hospital foundation.

MCLEOD, Malcolm Bruce 'Sandy' McLeod - Obituary | Print |

MCLEOD, Malcolm Bruce 'Sandy' -

Born in Owen Sound on May 20, 1920, Malcolm Bruce McLeod, son of the late James Pryor and Myra Prudence (nee Harris) McLeod, died peacefully at Maple View Long Term Care in Owen Sound on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the age of 94.

Sandy was predeceased by his beloved wife M. Helen McLeod (nee Robertson) on February 6, 2012 and he is remembered with love by their children Margaret and her husband Michael Atkins of  Meaford, Nancy Walker and her partner Alain Lafleche of Navan, Marion Maddeaux of Welland and Ken McLeod and his wife Ji Yeon Ko of South Korea.

Sandy was predeceased by a son Bruce McLeod of the former St. Vincent Township and is remembered by his daughter-in-law Pam of Likely, BC. Sandy will be sadly missed by his 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased also by an infant sister Margaret in India, brother Norman McLeod (late Gert), and sister Mabel (late Bob) McLeod and by sister-in-law Ruth (late Duncan) Kingsbury, and brother-in-law Bert (late Grace) Robertson. Sandy will be fondly remembered by his several nieces and nephews and their families.

Cremation has taken place and a memoria funeral service will be conducted at Grace United Church in Thornbury on Friday, January 2nd at 11 a.m. Family will receive friends in the lower fellowship hall following the service for a time of refreshments and sharing of further remembrances of Sandy. A family service of interment of Sandy’s ashes will be conducted at a later date.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy donations to Grace United Church would be appreciated.

MORTON, Shirley Anne Morton - Obituary | Print |

MORTON, Shirley Anne -

Passed peacefully at Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Orillia on Sunday, December 28, 2014 in her 65th year.

Shirley, beloved wife of 45 years of Stuart Ross Morton, will be sadly missed by her sons Michael (Christine), Brian (Jennifer), and Kevin (Jennifer), by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and by her siblings Peggy, Jim, Marilyn, Sandra, John, and Allen.

Shirley is the loving daughter of Alvin Adams, and was predeceased by her mother Audrey.

Cremation has taken place.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation – Physiotherapy Department.

BACON, Albert Henry Bacon - Obituary | Print |

BACON, Albert Henry -

Bacon_AlbertDied peacefully at his home in Bracebridge on Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at the age of 85.

Loving husband of Helen Bacon (nee Warling). Beloved father of Brad and his wife, Millie; Glen and his wife Angela; Jeff and his wife Sheri; Kevin and the late Greg.

Proud grandfather of Joshua, Robin, Matthew, Jonathan, Jamen and Gentry, and great grandfather of Adelina and Ellie.

Dear brother of Molly, Barbara, Elizabeth, David, Florence, Bette, Donna (and husband Tony Hoffman).

Predeceased by his siblings Bill, Jim, Ron, Dorothy and Joe.

The service will be held in Bracebridge on Wednesday, January 7th.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. .

BROUGHTON, Jean Agnes (Burgess) Broughton - Obituary | Print |

BROUGHTON, Jean Agnes (nee Burgess) -

(Member of the Moose Lodge #1217, Orillia)

Passed away peacefully at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the age of 71.

Beloved wife of Ivan Broughton. Loving mother of Cindy Cleaveley (Ross), Tim (Pauline), Sherry (Derek Dowling) and Kevin (Isabel).

Cherished grandmother of David (Becky), James, Brianna, Hannah, Micheal (Geneva), Christina, Bo (Catherine), Darrien and Davidson. Proud great grandmother of 9 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Jack (predeceased), Bill (Barbara predeceased) and Suzanne.

As per Jean's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Lodge, Orillia in the spring.

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

BROWNRIDGE, Mary Brownridge - Obituary | Print |


Of Angus passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, December 27th 2014 in her 70th year.

Beloved Wife of Dennis. Loving Mother of Tracey Geddes (Rob) and Eric Olsen (Alexandra).

Cherished Grandmother of Anthony Rhude and Jake Geddes. Dear Sister of Margaret Jamison (Ray), Robert MacKinnon, Rosie Junkert (Charlie), Laurie D’Angelo (Johnny) and Diane Reid (Lloyd).

Sadly missed by Special friend Kim O’Brien.

Predeceased by her Son Jamie, Brother Ronald MacKinnon and Grandson Tylor Rhude. Mary will be sadly missed and always remembered by her many relatives and friends.

The funeral service will take place in Angus on Sunday, January 4th. Cremation to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

CALDER, Calvin Clark Calder - Obituary | Print |

CALDER, Calvin Clark -

At Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Orillia on Saturday, December 27, 2014. Calvin Calder of Beaverton.

Survived by his daughters Helen, Jennifer, Dana, Trish, their mother Margaret and their grandchildren. Son of the late Clarke Calder (1970) and Vera (Williams) Calder (1976).

Calvin practiced law for many years in Beaverton and Creemore. He was a sports enthusiast enjoying swimming, curling and tennis in later years. He always lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Memorial Service will be held in Beaverton on Tuesday, December 30th.

If so desired, donations in memory of Calvin to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.

CLARK, Laurie Jean Clark - Obituary | Print |

CLARK, Laurie Jean -

Clark_LauriePassed away at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland on December 27th, 2014 at the age of 56.

Cherished wife of Marcel Desjardine.

Beloved mother of Jeremy Walker (Jessica) and Pamela Walker.

Devoted grandmother of Samantha.

Loving daughter of Patricia Simpson and the late Glenn Clark.

Dear sister of Terry Clark (Janice) and Marnie Clark (Ken Garth). Aunt of Zac, Liam, Ethan, Katie and Jamie. She will be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends.

Cremation has taken place. Spring interment in Midland

DANBY, Linda J. Danby - Obituary | Print |

DANBY, Linda J. -

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, a daughter of the late Benson and Lorraine (née Pinkerton) Webber, Lynda Juanita Danby passed away at her residence in Meaford and surrounded by family on Saturday, December 27th 2014 at the age of 68.

She is remembered as the dearly loved wife of James ‘Jim’ Danby of Meaford and formerly of Alliston and loving mother of Kirk and Sean.

Lynda was the proud grandmother of Ben, Aisling and Kyla and loving mother-in-law to Mari and Stephanie.

She is survived by sisters Joanne, Janice, Judy, and Kathryn and by brothers Larry and Steve and will be fondly recalled by their families.

Sincere thanks are extended to all Lynda’s friends and family and to the people who helped care for her in her last weeks at her home.

Forever in our hearts.

In accordance with Lynda’s wishes there will be no public visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a family memorial celebration will take place at a later date with inurnment of her ashes in Meaford.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy donations to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Oncology Unit or Owen Sound Animal Shelter would be appreciate.

KENNINGTON, Iris Genevieve Ruth (Webb) Kennington - Obituary | Print |

KENNINGTON, Iris Genevieve Ruth (nee Webb) -

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 27, 2014 in her 73rd year at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie, ON after a short battle with a stroke and lung cancer.

Survived by her loving husband of 53 years, George Kennington. Dear mother of Kim Archer (Craig), Janet Kennington-Sharma (Nuresh Sharma).

Loving grandmother of Kyle and Troy Archer, Ocean and Salina Kennington-Sharma.

Sister of Vera McLeod (the late Wally), Hilton Webb (Barb), Doris Mills (Ed), Bruce Webb (Joyce). Also survived by mant Nieces and Nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Harold and Elsie Webb. Predeceased siblings Robert Webb (Mary), June Robinson (Alvin), Mavis Jackson (Hugh), Gwen Shanahan (Jim), Mary Viney (John), Ross Webb (Jane).

Many thanks to Dr. Shaver, Hospice Simcoe, RVH ICU and Rehab staff.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Dr. W.C.Little(Bill) little M.M. Branch 147, 410 St. Vincent St., Barrie, Ontario.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Simcoe, Barrie.

MCARTHUR, Joan McArthur - Obituary | Print |


McArthur_JoanPassed away at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 27th, 2014 in her 82nd year.

Predeceased by her parents Jean (nee Loukes) and William Burtch. Beloved wife of the late Ernest McArthur. Joan is survived by her partner Francis Sova.

Loving mother of Debbie Allison (Ken), and Robert (Joanne). Dear grandmother of Tyler, Kelsey, and Janessa.

Sister of Helen, Wayne, William; predeceased by her sisters Dolores, Florine, Carole, Donna and by her brother Beverley. Joan will be fondly remembered by many family and friends.

Joan’s family wish to extend a special thank you to the staff at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in the Emergency, Soldiers 1, and ICU especially Lydia and Jacqueline for their compassionate care. Also a sincere thank you to Dr. Peter Deimling and staff for their constant and dedicated care over the years.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Joan’s life will take place in Orillia on Saturday, January 3rd.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

PRICE, Joan Marie (Church) Price - Obituary | Print |

PRICE, Joan Marie (nee Church) -

Price_JoanWith deep sadness, we announce the passing of Joan Marie Price of Barrie, formerly of Sudbury, Agincourt, North Bay and Englehart, on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie. After a short battle with cancer, Joan passed peacefully in her 85th year, with family at her side.

Joan is remembered lovingly by her husband Bob Price, life partner and best friend for 61 years and also by her children Tom Price, Tamela Price-Fry (Harry) and Cindy Santos (Rob).

Joan was pre-deceased by daughter Jody and brother Renialdo.

Also remembered by her grandchildren Alison and Courtney Ross, Shay-Anne and Sarah Santos. She is survived by her sister, Arlie Smith and brother Don both  of Englehart.

Cremation has already taken place and a memorial service to celebrate Joan's life is planned for Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 the Northridge Community Church, Newmarket. Interment will take place in Englehart in the spring of 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Simcoe in Barrie or Northridge Community Church in Newmarket would be appreciated.

RICHARDSON, Joyce Richardson - Obituary | Print |


Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Collingwood and General Marine Hospital in her 87th year.

Private family services.  Interment Alliston.

If desired, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

RICHARDSON, Kent Newman Richardson - Obituary | Print |

RICHARDSON, Kent Newman - P.Eng.

Passed away peacefully on December 27, 2014 in Barrie, ON.

Kent was born on July 7, 1926 in Montreal, QC, the only child of Mildred (Herrick Kent) and Lyle Dun Richardson. He attended West Hill High School and graduated from Engineering (Mech) at McGill University in 1948. Kent worked for Ingersoll-Rand in Montreal and Toronto (1948-64) and the Noranda Group of Companies (1964-71).

In 1972 Kent started his own tax recovery business known as Kent N Richardson & Associates. He proudly ran this company until retiring in 2012.

He served in the R.A.F. Ferry Command, as Director, Toronto District Purchasing Management Association of Canada, member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Professional Engineers of Ontario and The Engineers Club of Toronto. He had been a member of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and Phi Kai Fraternity.

Kent was a Queen’s Scout and volunteer with Scouts Canada and Hospice Simcoe. He had been an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed his hobbies of hunting, fishing, sailing, skiing and collecting stamps.

Kent is predeceased by his daughter Jocelyn, and survived by his wife Charlotte (Shaw), former wife Janet (Nicholson) Stovel, his children Gail, Gavin (Isabella), Ian (Pat), Keith (Carolyn), Heather (Dave) and Bruce (Maureen), his ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At Kent’s request a funeral will not be held but a memorial service will be held later in the year.

In lieu of flowers donations to Emmanuel Church, Barrie would be appreciated.

WATSON, Wallace Richard 'Wally' Watson - Obituary | Print |

WATSON, Wallace Richard 'Wally' -

Peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on December 27, 2014 at age 90.

A WWII D-Day veteran who fought for freedom with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Highlanders out of Cornwall, On. Wally took great pride for his contribution in the liberation of Holland and Victory Europe. He was recognized for heroism by the Government of Belgium for saving a family under enemy attack.

Wally was a 42 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 147 and a 25 year member of the Barrie Unit 365 Army Navy & Air Force Veterans of Canada. A true patriot who loved our country, he attended many parades and events in support of and out of respect for fellow and fallen soldiers.

Wally, and his late wife Esther (nee Liddle), were married 64 years. He leaves behind two beloved daughters, Katherine Campbell and Karen Dixon. He was a loving grandfather to Andrew and Carrie Dixon, and step grandfather to Ryan and Michael Campbell along with their wives and children.

He will be sadly missed by Paul Dixon, surviving siblings, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Wally was a humble hero who greeted every day with passion and enthusiasm. His big personality made people smile. He was engaging, charismatic, funny, and would help anyone in need.

Funeral service will be held in Barrie on Sunday, January 11th. Reception to follow. As a display of Wally’s love of Canada and for our troops, please wear something red.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County would be gratefully appreciated.

Throughout his life Wally had an angel on his shoulder on many occasions. Now he is amongst them. God bless you Wally, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend…until we meet again.

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