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Funeral Notices

Allan Helmkay February 9, 1950 ~ October 29, 2020

Passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on October 29, 2020 at the age of 70.  Cremation has taken place.

Heather Anne Borden May 9, 1947 ~ October 21, 2020

Heather Anne Borden who loved to be called “Mama” by Carrie, departed her loving family on October 21, 2020.

Heather was born in Parry Sound on May 9, 1947 to Carmel and Ed Salai. She resided in Scarborough and spent many weekends at the family cottage on Stewart Lake in Mactier.  Heather was a precious, dedicated and loving Mother to Carrie and was married to her devoted loving husband Jim of 50 years.

Heather was known to us all as the “crossword queen” and for her admiration for her birds, ducks, groundhogs and gardening.

Heather will be remembered and missed by Carol, Gareth, Erin, Rick, Bob, Greg, Aunts: Marg, Edna, Iris, Helen, Hazel, Margaret, Irene, Trudy, Uncle Dave, cousins and other relatives.

She will be forever missed by Fran, especially for her one liners, her kind gentle heart and that extra shoulder to always lean on. “Sweet dreams … Night night … sleep tight, God bless … I love u … Love to …”

Fondly remembered by her loving  life-long friends Nancy, Adina, Joe, Mark, Helen, Donna, Heather, Al, Joyce and her faithful companions  Molly and Maggie.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound).  A celebration of Heather’s life will be held at a later date.

“Mama, Nobody else held me so tight

Or made me feel so right,

No one’s eyes shined so bright with love

as my Mama who is now high above”

I love you Mom – Carrie xoxoxoxoxoxoxo



Mary Elizabeth Wilson July 16, 1941 ~ October 18, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Elizabeth Wilson on October 18, 2020 at the age of 79.  Her energy, sense of humour and loving nature will be missed.  Dear daughter of the late John and Emma Wilson.  Predeceased by her brothers Lloyd (Bessie) and Karl (Mildred).  Cherished sister to Dale (George) Wark, dear aunt to nieces and nephews and special friend to Glen.  Cremation has taken place and Mary will be returned home to Meaghers Grant, NS to be with her parents.  Special thanks to the staff of Community Living, especially Donna and Kimberly, and the staff of Lakeland LTC, Georgian Bay and Rosseau units.

Keatha Kennedy April 23, 1926 ~ October 15, 2020

Keatha Kennedy passed away peacefully in Parry Sound on October 15th, 2020.

In her own words, Keatha had a “wonderful and complete” life.  Wherever she lived, she was deeply involved in her community. She loved hiking, sailing, skiing – anything she could do outdoors – especially if there was a dog involved.  But mainly, Keatha’s life revolved around her love of people. She loved to talk with others and more than anything, to offer her help, whether to a family member, a friend, or to someone she had just met.  She had a gift for knowing how she could make a difference and, as a result, touched countless lives and made many lifelong friends along the way.

 Keatha will be dearly remembered by her family, including her children, David (Kathy), Michael (Barb) and Susan; her grandchildren, Fawn, Matt, Thomas and Suzy; and her two great-grandchildren, Venice and Elliott.  She also leaves her dear sister, Shirley, her nieces Marilyn, Pam and Carol and her nephew Brian.

The family plans to hold a celebration of Keatha’s life in the Parry Sound /Seguin area, probably in the early spring.  We would like to thank all the friends who helped make it possible for her to maintain a happy, independent life for all these years, all the staff and residents at The Gardens of Parry Sound, and all those who have contributed to her health care.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).  As expressions of sympathy, donations to either the Stephen Lewis Foundation or Hospice West Parry Sound would be appreciated.

Fredrick Levens September 21, 1940 ~ October 06, 2020

Passed away at Ross Memorial Hospital on October 6, 2020 at the age of 80.  Cremation has taken place.

Leslie Donald Morgan May 16, 1972 ~ October 11, 2020

Suddenly at Health Sciences North on Sunday October 11, 2020 at the age of 48.  Dear son of Ruby and the late Jerry.  Loving father of Josh, Justin and Jessie-Leigh.  Step father of Dillon and Anthony.  Loving grandfather of Ryder, Porsche, Alex, Aria, Rivven.  Also remembered by his extended family and friends.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).  As expressions of sympathy, donations to a Charity of you choice would be appreciated by the family.



David Stuart January 23, 1946 ~ October 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Stuart on Saturday October 10, 2020.  Dave was born in Waterford Ontario January 23, 1946.  Loved son of the late Fred and Josephine Stuart, nephew of the late Jim Ryan.  He migrated to McKellar, and area he loved for its quietness, outdoors and lakes.  He was a devoted husband to Maria.  Cherished brother to Jean (Don) Kitchen, Robert, Harry (Carol) and Heather (Charlie) McEwen.  Loved uncle to Craig and Robbie Kitchen, Rebecca and Owen McEwen, Ryan Stuart and Carrie Rawson.  Adored great uncle to Duncan McEwen.  Fondly remembered by Danny, Natalie, Nicholas, Andrew and Victoria Fedchak.  Dave worked at Martin Lumber and after retiring he worked part time as caretaker for the Ontario Teachers Federation Campground.  Dave affectionately nicknamed as “Griz”.  He will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Eric Adolphe Cormier July 4, 1933 ~ October 10, 2020

Memorial Service - October 17, 2020 - 2:00 pm

Eric passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Saturday October 10, 2020  surrounded by his daughter Kim, grandson Jacob (Kai) and his partner Pat Gimera. He will be sadly missed by his son in law Jim Marshall, and his other grandsons Benjamin (Abby) and Cameron (Hayley).  Remembered by his sisters Rita, Lorraine, Janet (Ron), Loretta, Corinne (Jerry), Barbara (Jim).  Predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Ellen (nee Sorensen) and his brother Roger.  His kindness will always be remembered by his family and friends.

Born and raised in Minto New Brunswick.  He travelled throughout the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec for work.  After meeting Ellen, they eventually settled in Hamilton, and then later moved to Parry Sound to spend their final years with family.

Cremation has taken place.  Visitation will be held at the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St.) on Saturday October 17, 2020 starting at 2 PM.  Due to covd-19 restrictions, please call the Funeral Home to book a time (705-746-4664).  As expressions of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre would be appreciated by the family.



Linda May Shawarski August 3, 1962 ~ October 01, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Linda on October 1st, 2020 at the West Parry Sound Health Centre at the age of 58 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Linda passed away with family by her side leaving her loved ones to remember and cherish her unquestionably beautiful soul.

She was the daughter of the late Helen and Zonnie Shawarski. Linda will be deeply missed by her loving husband Ron Bennett who will hold her in his heart until he can hold her in his arms again, sister Diane Shawarski, sister-in-law Joanne and her husband Rob, other family and friends.

Linda and Ron shared 36 years together experiencing love, adventure, marriage and most importantly, friendship. She was an incredible friend and sister and absolutely irreplaceable. She touched the lives of many with her compassion, loyalty, empathy, wisdom and strength.

Linda will be remembered for her amazing talents of knitting, crocheting, quilting, crafts and her most incredible gift of chatting up a storm! She also enjoyed playing games, exploring the country while making plans for their next steps in life. Linda had a very big heart and a special compassion for animals. She volunteered at the local animal shelter and fell in love with many four legged friends, some of which became members of her family.

As an expression of sympathy, donations to The World Wildlife Federation or any other animal charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

As per Linda’s wishes, cremation has taken place and arrangements have been entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).

“Her wings were ready but our hearts were not.”

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