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Funeral Notices

Laura Harasymuk August 14, 1961 ~ May 29, 2020

At the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Friday May 29, 2020 at the age of 58.  Loving wife of Steven Godfrey.  Dear sister of Debbie (Pete) and Karen (Joe).  Predeceased by her brother Alex.  Loving aunt of Corey and Jeff.  Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Anthony (Tony) Victor Solomon June 13, 1954 ~ May 28, 2020

“An Eagle flew into my dreams last night, on mighty wings we took a flight. Higher and higher we did soar, freedom and peace was mine once more. We flew once more around the sun, a bright new journey now begun.” (D.A. Claudio)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Anthony (Tony) Victor Solomon on Thursday May 28, 2020.
Born June 13,1954 in Killarney, loving son of Ernest Solomon and Joyce Solomon-Roque (both predeceased) and step son of Tony Roque.

Tony shared his life with his soul mate Darlene who he affectionately called his Mama Bear They built their dreams and life together, sharing in many adventures and special moments that will forever be cherished.

He was a proud father to Melissa, Jason and Jamie who Tony considered to be his greatest gifts in life along with his grandchildren Tyler and Alivia, who he loved and adored. He will also be fondly remembered by the mother of his children Liette and his son in law J.T.

Tony also was a loving stepfather to Darlene’s children Natasha (Roger) of Garson, Adam (Nathalie) of Elliot Lake, Matthew of Elliot Lake and Eric (Meagan) and cherished Papa to Claudia, Bradley, Ruby, Ray-anne, Kiara, Sarina, Colin, Zoey and Joseph

Beloved brother of Sandy (Terry) of Sudbury, Richard of Newmarket, Bob (predeceased) Darlene of Cleveland, Genny (Allan), Kathy (Francis) both predeceased, Cyril (Michelle) of Sudbury, Kristy (Gary) of Killarney, Darren of Killarney, Lynn (Mark), Lori of Killarney, Lisa (Sheldon) of Sudbury. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews

Lovingly remembered by his in-laws, Judy and Ross, Joe (predeceased) Cathy Also his brothers in law, Dwayne, James (Margy) and Nick and sister in law Shelley (John) Godfather to Brooke and missed by his extended family.

Tony had a special bond with his fur babies Musky (predeceased), Pike and Minnow, who provided him with unconditional love and companionship.

Tony was a respected Elder and counselor of Henvey Inlet First Nation and is sadly missed by Chief, Council and Henvey Inlet Community Members. Tony’s countless efforts and input led to the development of the wind farm and many other achievements for his beloved community and was very proud of his role as Councillor for the last 3 terms.

Over the years, Tony worked mainly in the Tire Industry. In recent years, he worked within his community of Henvey Inlet as one of their Building and Maintenance supervisors and well as his counselling duties.  Tony was a hard worker who is respected among the many peers and friends he worked with along the years.  He has also been a member of the Britt Legion over the last couple of years where he enjoyed taking part of Legion activities and getting know fellow comrades and members of the Britt community.

Tony loved the outdoors.  He and Darlene built their rugged dream home on Key River and pioneered their way for many years.  Tony loved sitting on his deck overlooking the Key surrounded by his love Dar and their dogs. He was very proud of what he built there and enjoyed having family and friends over.  Tony loved to hunt and fish and was happy to teach his children and grandchildren a few tricks. He had many hunting and fishing stories of his
adventures over the years.

Everywhere he went, everyone he met, he left a lasting impression.  He was a very well respected, kind, gentle, unassuming man who always cared and put others first.  He made many friends along the way and is going to be missed by many, many people. We are all truly heartbroken over the sudden loss of Tony and we are very proud of the way he battled through his illness and pain. He will live on in our hearts and we will continue to live each day honouring his memory. May your journey be the peace you deserve, watch over us until we meet again.

We love you Tony xo

A Celebration of Life for Tony will be announced in the future when restrictions ease.

Robert “Bert” Mathewson January 12, 1939 ~ May 27, 2020

At the West Parry Sound Health Centre on May 27, 2020 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Carol.  Loving father of Amanda Mathewson (Robert) and Christopher.  Cherished grandfather of Keiran and Emily.  Predeceased by his brother Earl.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to The Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound).  As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kidney Association of Canada or Canadian Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.



Judith Swan April 29, 1938 ~ May 12, 2020

Passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday May 12, 2020 at the age of 82.  Beloved wife of Bill.  Loving mother of Bradley, Lynn, Stacey, and Cory (Karen).  Cherished grandmother of Jesse, Jamie, and Blake.  Dear sister of Cathy, Tom and Jimmy.  Remembered by nephews Stephen and Brian and cousins Johnny and Billy.  She will be missed by her friends and extended family.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St., Parry Sound). As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

Wayne Barry April 30, 1956 ~ May 19, 2020

Wayne passed away peacefully at home with his loving family on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at the age of 64 after his courageous battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife Lynn.  Proud father to Melissa and Sarah.  Beloved grandfather to Scott, Nash and Lily.  Survived by his loving mother Margaret.  Dear brother to Brian (Miriam), Shawn, and Lisa.  Fondly remembered by his nephews Daniel (Jerica), Aaron (Melissa), and Alex (Erinn).  Wayne was a charismatic person and very talented drummer (who taught himself to play) had the privilege to play with so many great musicians in his life.  Wayne worked at the YMCA employment services.  He enjoyed working with people and helping the community.  He had a way of making people feel important and special.  He was a beautiful loving, generous, soul.  He will be sadly missed by so many.  We can all be thankful that he is now at peace and is playing music in the heavens.  A private family funeral will take place at the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St., Parry Sound) at a later time.  As expressions of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation – Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family.

Mark Tims January 13, 1964 ~ May 18, 2020

After a long illness on Monday May 18, 2020 at the age of 56.  Loving husband of Francesca.  Dear son of Tom and Sylvia, and son in law of Caterina (late Pasquale).  Cherished brother of David and Debbie (Cyril). Also remembered by his sister in law Vicky (Rino).  Remembered by his niece and nephews; Ashley, Matthew, Mitchell, Alex, Christian, and Nicholas.  Cremation has taken place.  A private family funeral will take place at the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St., Parry Sound). As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Hank Buurman July 12, 1949 ~ May 16, 2020

Passed away suddenly on Saturday May 16, 2020 at the age of 70.  Loving husband of Gail.  Cherished father to Chris (April) Andy and Bj.  Dear Papa to Taylor, Tanner, Emma, Trustin, and Brooke.  He was loved as a brother, adored as an uncle and a friend to so many.  Hank and his family moved to MacTier 36 years ago and owned and operated Buurman Motors.  He recently enjoyed his 2 years of retirement.  He had a big personality and was adored by all who knew him.  He loved to joke and tease.  Hank was always willing to help anyone in need.  He was a huge supporter in the community and so in his memory the family encourages donations to the MacTier Lions club (EMT or cheque mailed to MacTier Lions Box 71, MacTier, ON, P0C 1H0). Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Jim VanSickle December 7, 1930 ~ May 10, 2020

It is with very heavy hearts that the family announce the peaceful passing of Jim on Sunday May 10, 2020 at the West Parry Sound Health Centre.
Jim was a kind, caring, generous man. He treasured his family and loved them more than life itself. He was enriched by the many friendships he made during his lifetime of 89 years.
Jim and his beloved wife, Bev, lived in the family built home in Burlington and had very close ties with neighbour’s and community. Many occasions were celebrated at their home and in their meticulously groomed back yard around the pool.
Jim took over from his father and became co-owner of Superior Engravers Limited located in Hamilton, Ontario.  He was a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington and was co-chairman for the Operation Heartbeat fundraiser. He eagerly helped raise money for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. Jim was an avid golfer and curler and belonged to the Burlington Golf and Country Club for many years.
In the fall of 1977, Jim and Bev partnered with his Dad and Mom, Bill and Marion, and purchased an island cottage resort in Parry Sound. They had vacationed there with friends many times and he loved the property. They called it Vans.  Countless friendships and memories were cultivated over the 22 summers. He would greet you with a huge smile and a handshake or hug, usually with a paintbrush in his back pocket.
Jim was passionate about his gardens and would say how grateful he had been, as a young boy, to have been mentored by the Cockshutt and Walker families of Burlington on flowers, vegetables and market gardens. He often said how privileged he felt to have grown up in the “best of times”.
But his favourite hobby was fishing. He could be seen at his favourite red or green marker waiting for the next feisty bass to hit. He loved how scrappy they could fight. And of course bass was his favourite meal. Together Jim and Bev hosted many fish fries over the years.
In 2013, when Bev, the love of his life for nearly 54 years, passed away Jim moved to Parry Sound to be close to his family and his beloved and magical Georgian Bay. He continued his gardening and grew beautiful flowers and vegetables. He was dubbed “The Cucumber King”.  He loved his home and enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife from his window. Time at the cottage spent with family and friends brought him so much enjoyment. He drove his boat 7 miles to get to the island cottage with perhaps a few stops to cast a line. Many stories, laughter and memorable times were had at the cottage.
His fundraising continued as he created his pine cone Christmas tree decorations. He donated them to the hospital gift shop and fundraisers for Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
As his life journey with us is complete, take comfort knowing that Jim and Bev are reunited and they can dance together once again.
He has left us with some wonderful memories and life lessons.
Share a story, Be a friend, Laugh a lot, Love unconditionally, Be kind to one another!

Jim leaves behind his adored daughter Patti and her husband Fergus Smith; his grandson Tyler, who he was so proud of and his wife Jessica; his sister Sylvia Ritchie and the many extended family and dear friends who will miss him greatly.
Cremation has taken place.  Due to the current Covid-19 situation, a celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Many thanks for the extraordinary care provided by Dr. Dan Moquin, Dr. Fargher, Dr. Gibson, palliative care nurses; Karen, Jess, Kelly, Bev and Julie.  Also we wish to thank Torrance Funeral Home for their assistance during a very difficult time.  Donations would be appreciated to the West Parry Sound Health Center or Aspen Valley Wildlife Center.

Jamie Courriere February 21, 1962 ~ May 08, 2020

Passed away at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Friday May 8, 2020 at the age of 58.  Cremation has taken place. If desired dontations to Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated by the family.