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Baldock Funeral Home

96 Norfolk Street North
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3N7
(519) 426-0291

Ferris Funeral Home

214 Norfolk Street South
Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W4
(519) 426-1314

Immanuel Christian Reformed Church

95 Oak Street
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3J8
(519) 426-0440

Jason Smith Funeral Home

689 Norfolk St N
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5E3
(519) 426-0199

Smith Funeral Home

Norfolk Street North
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3R3
(519) 426-0199

Simcoe ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News

Death Notices March 2018 - Port Dover Maple Leaf

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Graydon FieldFIELD, Graydon Gilbert – It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Graydon on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Cedarwood Village Nursing Home. Mr. Graydon Field of Simcoe in his 104th year. Graydon was the son of the late Freeman Field, late Grace Ponting and late Clara Hoover. Beloved husband for 74 years to the late Joy Field, nee Jolliffe (2017). Loving father of the late Kathryn (2012) Zimmer and her husband Hugh and the late Craig (1985) Field and his wife Janice. Cherished grandpa to 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Elmo (Alena) Field, Lea (Orpha) Field and sister Bessie (Neale) Hoover. Graydon will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. Graydon was a community leader and involved extensively with St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen, Port Dover Harbour Museum, City of Nanticoke Library Board as treasurer for many years. Graydon was a veteran of WWII, he taught pilot flying instructions in many locations. He taught school in Walsh, many other rural schools as well as Burtch Correctional Facility. He farmed in Nanticoke and then retired in Port Dover. At Graydon’s request,...

Why Barrie, Simcoe County seniors are more comfortable planning a funeral than end-of-life care -

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dan Leonard, owner of Home Instead’s Barrie office, which serves the Simcoe County area. “Unfortunately, many people do not consider that as we age, we need extra care. While the vast majority of seniors prefer to age at home, they may not realize the range of options available to them, and that this time in their lives requires planning, too.”Related ContentA vast majority of seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible. But only 74 per cent of seniors have shared that information with their adult children, he said. While these conversations are often uncomfortable, they are necessary. Children can begin by asking simple questions about end-of-life. These queries often lead to a broad and informative conversation, Leonard said.“It’s not until (seniors) have some form of crisis that they take any steps to move forward,” he said. “They also think their family members are going to step in and take care of them. There’s a perception we’ll always be cared for. They never thought they’d have to plan for this.”  The survey was released ahead of several key provincial budget announcements related to senior care. The province committed to a three-year, $1 billion Seniors' Healthy Home program, which is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and older, to help them offset the costs of living independently. An additional three-year, $650 million for improvements to home and community care services and an expansion of OHIP+ to make prescription drugs free for people 65 years of age and older were also included in the budget. These pl...

Egerton Ryerson doesn't deserve an anti-Indigenous label - The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cheechock” or “Chechalk.” The name meant “Bird on the Wing.”A decade later, Ryerson did his best to advance the studies of Henry Steinhauer or Shahwahnegizhik, an Ojibwa from the Lake Simcoe area, at the Methodist College that is now Victoria University in the University of Toronto. In the 1850s, Ryerson, as the superintendent of education for Canada West, welcomed Allen Salt, a Mississauga from the Rice Lake area near Peterborough to the Toronto Normal (teacher training) School, the predecessor of what is now Ryerson University.So grateful was Steinhauer for his assistance and encouragement that he named one of his sons Egerton Ryerson Steinhauer. At Rev. Salt’s last mission on Parry Island (Wasauksing) on Georgian Bay, the mission day school bore the name Ryerson. Only recently was the First Nations day school renamed, to Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik.As educational historian Robin Harris wrote in 1959: “Ryerson was Christian, first, last, and all the time; his religious principles were his first principles.” Yes, he had a Christian agenda, but he also supported the Credit Mississauga’s fight for a title deed to their Credit River reserve and their efforts to build a strong economic base for their community.Ryerson was not the creator of the Indian residential-school system. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, vol. 1. The History, Part 1. Origins to 1939 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), pp. 75-78, clarifies his outlook toward Indigenous education. In 1847, he did write a short report on Indian boarding schools where older male students could learn European-style agriculture.In preindustrial Ontario, farming was the motor of the economy. As his educational model, he favoured the respected Hofwyl School for the Poor near Berne, Switzerland.Jones and Ryerson were true friends, perhaps best described as “blood brothers.” Toronto’s Dundas Square borders Victoria Street. The site ofRyerson’s home 150 years ago is located toward the eastern end of the urban park. Its actual site is now under Dundas Street East.Ryerson welcomed Mr. Jones and his wife to stay with his family for a month in the spring of 1856 while Ryerson sought the best medical advice to restore Jones’s health. After the attempt to find a cure failed, Jones returned to his home in Brantford, where he died two weeks later. As Jones had requested while he stayed at the Ryerson’s that spring, Ryerson gave the eulogy at his funeral on July 1, 1856.To describe Egerton Ryerson, or Chechalk as the Mississauga called him, as anti-Indigenous misses the mark. Back to you, Ryerson Students’ Uni...

Simcoe County history - Bradford Times

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One of Simcoe County’s early politicians was a fireplug of a man, gifted athlete and admired lawyer.Angus Morrison was born Jan. 20, 1822, in Edinburgh, Scotland.His father, a discharged sergeant of the 82nd Royal Highland Regiment, and a widower, brought the family to Upper Canada in 1830, settling in Georgina Township. Farming didn’t fit his father’s personality and, a year later, Angus’s father opened the Golden Ball Tavern. He might have been inspired by his marriage to the daughter of famous Upper Canadian bar owner John Montgomery, of Montgomery Tavern fame, where the main battle of the 1837 Rebellion took place. (Montgomery was a Barrie resident and is buried there.)Angus joined the law firm of his brother, J.C. Morrison, in 1839 as a clerk and was called to the bar in 1845. He later opened his own firm at 110 King St. W., Toronto. It would become one of the leading firms in the province.But it wasn’t even law that made Angus’s name. He was famous in Toronto for his athletic abilities,...

Masons display more than 150 years of history - Simcoe Reformer

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The open house gave people an opportunity to learn more about the masons, their connection to Waterford and Norfolk.Originally from Perthshire, Scotland, Wilson came to Canada in 1832 and settled in Simcoe. He was the originator of the masons in Ontario. While masonic lodges existed back in the 1800s, they were ruled by the Grand Lodge in England. It was Wilson who thought lodges in Canada should rule themselves.By 1855, Ontario’s masons had their first governing body and Wilson was the first grand master.Wilson took on a lot of roles in the community including lawyer and reeve and also published a newspaper, Anderson said.When Wilson died in 1875, more than 1,000 masons from across the province came to Simcoe for the funeral.“He was an exceptional person from Simcoe who was a mover and shaker and a great Mason,” a note on the chair said.Wilson Lodge 113 celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009 and has been meeting at its home on Alice Street, Waterford since 1890. The lodge is one of the oldest in Ontario and continues to contribute to the community.“The lodge does a lot in the community but it’s all done quietly,” Anderson said.The open house attracted a few curious visitors including Bev Hicks and Helen Smith. They were there to see if Anderson could shed light on an old black and white men’s fraternity photo.Anderson couldn’t help them – it was a photograph of men who belonged to an Odd Fellows Lodge — but the three still enjoyed a lengthy conversation about local history.Wayne Turvey, of Villa Nova, also visited Lodge 113 during the open house.He was particularly interested in the photographs of the lodge members dating back to the 1800s.“It’s really interesting,” Turvey said. “There is a lot of history here.”Similar tours and open houses are being held in masonic lodges throughout Canada and around the world in...

Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal ( on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...

Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and Times

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Humboldt later this week. — City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...

'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Flyers and Marlboros.  (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...