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MCKANNA ORR, Margaret Florence (Bossence) McKanna Orr - Obituary | Print |

MCKANNA ORR, Margaret Florence (nee Bossence) -

Passed away peacefully in Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood, Ontario on September 15, 2014, at the age of 93.

Margaret was predeceased by the late Alan G. McKanna and the late J. Colin Orr and by her brother, George Bossence.

Loving mother to her children Patty Ladell (David) and Stephen Lynn (Tara) and dear grandmother of Monique Lynn and Brenton Lynn.

Margaret’s family would like to acknowledge the outstanding care and kindness of the nurses at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

If desired, donations may be made to either the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital or Campbell House (Hospice Georgian Triangle).

RIMES, Arthur Rimes - Obituary | Print |

RIMES, Arthur -

Rimes_ArtPassed away Monday, September 15, 2014, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in his 106th year.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Foster). Loving father of Dorothy (David), Del (Karen), and Kate (Wayne).

Dear grandfather of Becky (Steve) , Laural (Michael), Andrew (Angie), Scott, Aimee, Emily (Justin) and Evan (Cassidy); and loving great-grandfather of Kyla, Paige, Matthew, Chloe, and Owen.

Art will be missed by family and friends in Whitby, Sudbury, Orillia and Mattawa.

The funeral service will take place in Orillia on Saturday, September 20th. Interment in Orillia. Reception to follow.

RUMBAKI, Thomas Nicholas 'Tom' Rumbaki - Obituary | Print |

RUMBAKI, Thomas Nicholas 'Tom' -

Rumbaki_TomAt Hospice Simcoe, Barrie Ontario on Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Tom Rumbaki of Orillia, beloved husband of Rose Marie Rumbaki (nee Meschino) of Orillia for 34 years. Dear father of Cynthia (Jerry Iwaskiw) and Susan (Jim Moulton).

Loving grandfather of Robyn, David and Andrew. Dear brother of Helen (Tom Strickland) and Bill Rumbaki (Carol).

Retired employee of Air Canada 31 years.

Private family services. Interment in Toronto on Friday, September 19th. (Friends and family welcome).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hospice Simcoe or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

SCHERRER, Alex Scherrer - Obituary | Print |


Scherrer_AlexPassed away peacefully at Sunset Manor, Collingwood, on Monday, September 15th, 2014, at the age of 85.

Alex, beloved husband of Fran (nee Hartle) for 50 years.

Dear brother of Bruno (Anna Rose) and the late Cecile and Markus.

Fondly remembered by brothers-in-law Bud Hartle, Edward Holtschi sister in-law Nelly Scherrer, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Batteau on Friday, September 19th, 2014, at 11am.

Donations made to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

STUBBINS, Dr. Robert 'Bob' Stubbins - Obituary | Print |

STUBBINS, Dr. Robert 'Bob' Sr. -

Stubbins_Bob(December 2, 1924 – September 15, 2014)

A wonderful father, proud Canadian, a gentle healer, and a man loved by many, passed away on September 15th, 2014.

Bob lived every single day to the fullest, and had a million stories to tell of all his adventures.

He will be greatly missed by all his friends, and especially his family. Carol (John), Rob (Marg), and Peter (Cheri). Grandchildren: Sean (Joanne), Andrew (Bronwywn), Katie (Blair), Lisette (Elyse), Spencer, and Taylor. Great grandchildren: Grayden, Bennett, Christian, and Riley.

The Stubbins family thanks Drs. Dolezel, Gaffney and Gannon, Bayfield House staff and the Georgian Village staff for their care over the past months.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, September 27th at 10:30 am. at St. Paul’s United Church, 308 King St., Midland. Luncheon Following Service at the church,

As expressions of sympathy, we would appreciate donations to Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, or the Heart Stroke Foundation.

WISMER, Ruth Wismer - Obituary | Print |

WISMER, Ruth -   "Express Condolences"

August 29 1926- September 8 2014

Ruth Wismer (formerly Wilson, nee Martin) died peacefully September 8, just ten days after her 88th birthday, at Bayhaven Senior Care Community, Collingwood Ontario.

Ruth was a delight to the end of life to family and health care staff with her wry sense of humour, intelligence, grace and interest in others.

Ruth met her first husband, Harry Wismer, at graduate school. During 53 years of marriage, they raised daughter Susan and son Don, enjoyed summer camping in Algonquin Park and across Canada visiting far-flung relatives, lived in Winnipeg, Cobourg, Toronto and eventually retired to Sidney B.C. Professionally, her years as Director of Counselling at York University's Glendon College were especially rewarding.

After Harry's passing, Mom was fortunate to marry Douglas Wilson. They shared 9 years of love, laughter and lively conversation until Doug's death in 2013. During the last year of her life, she returned to Ontario be closer to her children.

Ruth will be missed by family, friends, and the many people whose lives were touched by her compassionate ear, her creative mind, and her courageous optimism. As she desired, her cremation will be followed with a private family celebration.

For those of you who would like to celebrate Mom's life and honour her sustaining passions with us, we invite you to take a few moments for a quiet walk in a garden or the woods, listen to a favourite piece of music, give a small child your undivided attention, write a letter to a friend.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity.



YOUNG, Richard 'John' Young Obituary | Print |

YOUNG, Richard 'John' –

Young_Richard_JohnPassed away on Monday, September 15, 2014.

John was born May 25, 1925 to Isabelle and John in Toronto. They moved to a farm northwest of Toronto until he was 11 years old following the death of his mother at age 9. They lived with an aunt (Maud) until 1941.

John attended a one room school Toronto Gore SS#6, then Shirley St. Public School, Toronto Western Technical High School graduating with Draftsman Diploma.

He was employed at Cansfield Electric prior to operating a resort Hospitality Inn with a partner in Haliburton for 7 years. With his partner, they were in the Home construction business, building several in the Toronto area during the winter.

John retired from the De Vilbiss CO in Barrie after 30 years (1990).

He married Audrey (Jones) in 1950. They have 3 children, Deborah, Larry and Stephen, as well as 6 grandchildren Katie, Kieran, Gregory, Paul, Stephanie and Colleen.

John has enjoyed many hobbies; woodworking, boat building, model ship building, Ham Radio. He has been a hunter for many years and avid outdoorsman.

A celebration of John's life will be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, September 27th.

Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

BABCOCK, Beverley Diane Babcock - Obituary | Print |

BABCOCK, Beverley Diane -

Babcock_BarbPassed peacefully in her sleep at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the age of 69.

Beverley Babcock (nee Collins) was predeceased by her parents Frank and Olive Collins and by her brother Fred.

Much loved mother of Diana Thompson & her husband Danny and Bobby Babcock & his wife Kim. Cherished Nannie of Olivia, Gracie, Amy, Eryn and Georgia. Beverley will be lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Beth Holdsworth, Bob Babcock and many dear friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Wendy McComb and the Nurses at Soldiers' Oncology Dept. for all your care & compassion.

It was a hard five and a half year battle that mom handled with dignity, grace and as always a smile on her face.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Heritage United Church, 322 Muskoka St. Washago.

Donations in Beverley's name can be made to the Orillia S.P.C.A.

COKE, Hilda Lorraine (Churchill) Coke - Obituary | Print |

COKE, Hilda Lorraine (nee Churchill) -

Coke_HildaPeacefully with her family by her side on Sunday September 14, 2014 at Matthews House Hospice, Alliston.

Beloved wife of the late Cecil Coke, for 60 years. Much loved and cherished mother of Madeline Davies ( the late Kerry), Marilyn Druiett (the late Jack), Wes Coke (Pat) and Aretta Morgan (Mike).

Proud Grandmother of Karen Davies (Jason), Brad Williams (Suzie), Debbie Coke, Dennis Druiett, Dale Druiett and Dean Morgan.

Devoted great grandmother of Emma, Kyla, Jenna, Sydney, Charles, Tony and Kenneth.

A special aunt to Shirley Maclean, Hilda will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A private family service will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

If so desired, memorial donations in Hilda's memory to Matthews House Hospice, Alliston would be appreciated by her family.

JOHNSTON, Richardson ‘Ritchie’ Johnston - Obituary | Print |

JOHNSTON, Richardson ‘Ritchie’ -

Passed away peacefully September 14, 2014 at the Collingwood General & Marine hospital in his 92nd year.

Much loved husband to Betty. Survived by his sister Florence (Ken) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ritchie will be missed by his nieces, nephews and their families in both Canada and in Belfast.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Lung Association or Red Cross would be appreciated.

MICHELL, Judith Anne Michell - Obituary | Print |

MICHELL, Judith Anne -

Michell_JudyDied suddenly at Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at the age of 61 years.

Beloved wife of Bill Michell of Bracebridge. Loving mother of John Michell, Joni Cross (Shawn), Quinn Michell (Andrew Marshall) and her chihuahua Wilson.

Loving grandmother of Madison, Keira, Callie and Parker.

Dear sister of James Hughes (Nancy), Susan McIntosh (Brian Couperthwaite) and the late Mary –Ellen Rolleston. Predeceased by John Hughes and Joan Coleman .

After successful organ donations, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Bracebridge, on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

As your expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Auxiliary .

PICKERING, Grace Pickering - Obituary | Print |


Peacefully passed away at Villa Care Centre, in Midland on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Grace Pickering (nee Clark) of Zephyr at 89 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Ken Pickering.

Loving mom of Larry and Susan (Paul). Proud gramma of Ashley (Drew), Brett and Haley. Dear great gramma of Emerson.

Private family service will be held.

In Grace's memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

BUTTINEAU, Lyle Buttineau - Obituary | Print |


Buttineau_LylePassed away at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Saturday, September 13th at the age of 51.

Beloved son of Jackie and the late Lionel Buttineau.

Loving brother of Wanda Wise (Lorne), Frank and Ronald.

Dear uncle of Ryan Dusome, Melissa and Amber Wise.

Lyle will be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, extended family and many friends.

Cremation. The funeral service will take place at St Ann's Catholic Church on Saturday, Septembr 20th at 11:30 am.

If desired, memorial donations to The Comfie Cat Shelter in Orillia would be appreciated.

CLOUTIER, Rebeccah McKenzie 'Becky' Cloutier - Obituary | Print |

CLOUTIER, Rebeccah McKenzie 'Becky the Brave' -

(March 7, 2005 - September 13, 2014)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a heavenly spirit in the comfort of her own home. Rebeccah, "Becky," gained her angel wings at 8:23 pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Becky was surrounded by family at her bedside.

Becky was a hero to her family and friends; she braved a courageous battle against brain cancer with a smile, grace and a selfless nature. Rebeccah brought peace and understanding to those around her during her difficult struggle.

Becky is survived by her loving parents Roger & Tara Cloutier, her spirited sister, Madelynne, maternal grandparents Doug & Debbie Ayers of Orillia, and paternal grandparents, Ruth Cloutier & Benoit Pouliet of Weedon Quebec, preceded by her paternal grandfather, Yvan Cloutier.

Rebeccah enjoyed many things in life but nothing more than spending time with her family, and sharing her heart with the world- primarily her own supportive community of Victoria Harbour.

Rebeccah's service will be open to the public on Tuesday, September 23rd at Mapleview Community Church, at 300 Mapleview Drive W., Barrie, Ontario. There will be a viewing commencing at 11:00am followed by a service at 1:00pm and a balloon release. A small celebration of life will take place following the service.

Rebeccah's family wishes to request notes or letters be written for Madelynne about what her sister meant and about her strength so that she may have those warm reminding words to help her through this difficult time. There will be opportunity to write words of wisdom and inspiration at the reception.

Angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

DRAPER, Wallace 'Dick' Draper - Obituary | Print |

DRAPER, Wallace 'Dick' –

Draper_DickPassed away at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on Monday, September 13, 2014, in his 74th year.

Survived by his wife Joyce and sons; Robert (Tanya) and Steven (Cheryl), his sister Marjorie (Wilfred deceased) Herbert and brother John (Louis) Draper. Much loved son of the late Mydra Arksey and John Draper and predeceased by his sister Victereene Draper. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren; Aidan, Ronan, Ashlinn, Colton and many family members and friends.  

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and sports enthusiast, he enjoyed the outdoors immensely.

Dick began his work career at 17, when he struck out on his own and took a job with Northern Telecom. After he and Joyce were married in 1961, he worked for Mansfield Tire. Never being one to shy away from trying new things, his career path took him into Real Estate, Car Salesmanship, New home building and lastly the operator of Draper Coin Wash, until his passing.  

In accordance with his wishes, there will not be a funeral at this time. A private family celebration of life will be organized at a later date.

Donations can be made in memoriam to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  

Incredible gratitude must be given to his wife Joyce of 54 years whose immeasurable care and support following a near fatal medical issue allowed Dick to enjoy 8 more years with his family, grandchildren and friends.

HARRIS, Irving Carlyle Harris - Obituary | Print |

HARRIS, Irving Carlyle -

Born in Toronto on April 27, 1924. Died peacefully on September 13, 2014 at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto.

Son of the late Dr. R. I. Harris and Beatrice Ferguson. Predeceased by brothers Bob and Don Harris. Beloved husband of the late Peg Harris (nee Saunderson). Father to Christopher and wife Denise Werker, Julia Huycke and husband Graeme, and Douglas and wife Iris Sokoloff.

Grandfather, "Dandy", to Peter, Eli, Isaac, Peggy, Micah and Oliver.

A veteran of WW II, wounded while serving with the 48th Highlanders in Italy, Irving spent the rest of his life determined to make the world a better place. He is remembered for his teaching excellence in the classroom and for his skills as a leader and administrator.

He began his career as a teacher in New Liskeard and Newmarket, later becoming the Principal of Newmarket High School and then District Inspector. He was instrumental in making Geography a distinct subject in Ontario, and in recognizing the key role of parents in an inclusive public education system. He had a pivotal role in the newly created Simcoe County Board of Education as Superintendent, and later as the Director of Education.

He remained active in his retirement, volunteering with many organizations including the Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie and several First Nation communities across Ontario. Irving was an accomplished woodworker, carver and painter who loved teaching these skills to children over many summers at Go Home Bay.

Dad was a true gentleman who had a way with people of all ages and a positive outlook on life, even with the untimely loss of his beloved Peg and the progressive deterioration of his eyesight. He will be sadly missed by family and friends but his legacy of optimism, tenacity, compassion and courage has influenced many and will live on.

Special thanks to all the staff in K2W at Sunnybrook who provided such wonderful care for our dad over the last five months.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB or the Veterans Wing of the Sunnybrook Foundation.

Details of a Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

POLLOCK, Neil Pollock - Obituary | Print |


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Neil Pollock (June 23, 1937-Sept. 13, 2014).

He came to Canada from Glasgow as an 18 year old. Neil met his soulmate and wife, Rosemary, in the early 70s at George Brown College in Toronto, where they both worked.

It was odd to see one without the other and their personalities balanced each other out perfectly. A few years later their daughter, Alexis, was born. In her, many of Neil's strong personality traits continue to live on.

He went on to work and retire from OPSEU where, in his words, he was, "leading the workers to paradise". His brother and close friend, Graham (and family) and Rosemary's sister Sasha Wachta (and family) will also miss him dearly.

Although Neil had a small family, he thought of close friends as his 'chosen family' and the outpouring of support they have shown the past week and a half has been remarkable. Neil loved his family and friends, his dogs, his dram of scotch, reading, sailing and laughing, especially with his 'almost' grand kids Lily and Owen.

His gregarious personality, dry and witty sense of humour and kind heart are things we miss today and will continue to miss as the days pass.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring of 2015.

If desired, donations in memory of Neil may be made to your local SPCA or charity of your choice.

ROSS, Dorothy Ruth (Capson) Ross - Obituary | Print |

ROSS, Dorothy Ruth (Capson) -

Passed away on September 13, 2014.

A celebration of life will take place at New Hope Community Church on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00pm.

WILSON, Peter Hamilton Wilson - Obituary | Print |

WILSON, Peter Hamilton -

Wilson_PeterPassed away at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the age of 95.

Peter, survived by his wife Eleanor (nee Thompson) and her children Christine & Bryon.

Loved father of Keith (Sheila), Peter Jr., Andrew and Debbie.

Proud grandfather & great grandfather of many.

A Celebration of Peter's Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #34, Orillia at a later date.

If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

BARNES, Audrey Barnes - Obituary | Print |

BARNES, Audrey -

Passed away peacefully at Mill Creek Care Centre on September 12, 2014.

Born in England in 1932, Audrey emigrated to Canada in 1960, eventually settling in Lorraine, Quebec where she had a long and distinguished career in nursing.

Audrey moved to Barrie, Ontario in 2010. Audrey is predeceased by her husband, Brian Barnes and her brother Gordon Coulthard. Audrey is survived by sister, Barbara, her brothers Robin and Colin, her daughter Susan and granddaughters, Letitia and Danielle.

A celebration of Audrey's life will be held on Saturday, September 27th in Barrie. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army and are appreciated.

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