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Patricia “Pat” Aijo May 29, 1947 ~ September 25, 2020

Always the first to give a hand up to those in need, whether it was a hot, home-cooked meal, a joke to brighten a gloomy day, and even the chance for a fresh start in life, Patricia Mary Aijo (nee Hanlon) could be counted on to be there.  Patsy, as she was affectionately known to her many family members and friends, died peacefully at home in Barrie, ON, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, after a long journey with cancer. She was 73.  Born on May 29, 1947, in Grand Fall-Windsor, Newfoundland, one of 11 children in a large and loving family, Patsy married Jim Champion in 1966 and they had two daughters, Kim and Brandy (Ruby). That family later grew to include grandchildren Hope, Haley, Julian, and great-grandson Harlan.  After moving to Toronto in 1970, Patsy worked in a variety of fields and her strong communication and people skills, and commitment to always doing her best, allowed her to rise in ranks, on many occasions, to leadership positions.

But it was Patsy’s marriage to the late Pentti Aijo in 1997 that laid the foundation for beautiful memories, particularly of times spent as a family at the cottage on Nine Mile Lake. All of Patsy’s grandchildren learned to swim at the lake, and try as they might, it was tough to beat her in a game of crib, euchre, or her favourite card game of 120s.  Patsy leaves a legacy of caring for strangers as you would your dearest friends, and making the most of every day by finding the silver lining.   For her grandchildren, there wasn’t anything Patsy wouldn’t do to ensure their happiness. Granddaughter Haley’s most memorable moment with her “Nan” occurred on the night of a big storm in Parry Sound.   Just eight years old at the time, Haley called her nan at 3 a.m. to ask if she could come and sleep with her because she woke up afraid in the middle of the night. Nan pulled on a bathrobe, hopped aboard her vehicle, and drove across town in a raging storm to snuggle in with Haley until the sun came up.  Granddaughter Hope spent her summers growing up with Patsy and Pops at the cottage just north of Parry Sound. Evening boat rides, saunas, and swimming under the stars are forever seared in her memory.  Nieces Shirley and Cathy, and brother Tom, took a trip with Patsy to Las Vegas one year. Shirley recalls with much amusement how she and sister Cathy lost their dad and Aunt Patsy in a casino one evening.  They searched high and low into the early morning hours and began to get worried as to their whereabouts, even though the pair were well into their 60s. Shirley laughs as she recalls the siblings strolling in late into the night after “having a ball together” and much fun playing poker and tripping the light fandango.  Daughter Kim will never forget the family’s first cross-border shopping trip to the U.S. during Black Friday in which their mom Patsy insisted on hooking a U-Haul trailer onto the back of their vehicle to hold the purchases.  “If we’re going to the states to shop, we’re going to shop, and the trunk of the car won’t do,” Patsy said to laughter from her daughters. The border agents were impressed as the family explained the reason for the U-Haul, and remarked that their wives, too, would approve of the girls’ approach to shopping.  Daughter Brandy loved dancing with her mom, and they often tore up the kitchen floor during family gatherings doing the jive. Their favourite song to dance to was Simona by James Blunt.  For grandson Julian, Patsy taught him how to play darts and eventually, after the two practised together, Julian got his first bull’s eye. Even great-grandson Harlan, 2, would squeal with delight when he learned he would be going to Parry Sound to have a visit with Nan.

As an active community volunteer in Parry Sound, ON, where she lived for more than 20 years, Patsy put her passion for cooking to good use and was well-known for her skills at the stove.   She volunteered for several years as a chef preparing meals for the community’s most vulnerable, who often noted her food to be five-star and dressed up for the occasion.  Not one to sit still for very long, Patsy owned and operated Julian’s Bistro in the Parry Sound harbour during the mid- to late-2000s. If a customer didn’t have quite the right amount of money for the food, Patsy dipped into her tip jar and no one went away hungry.  She also went back to work part-time in her late 60s and worked as a cashier at the local Wal-Mart, where customers would wait extra time in line to be served by her. She would greet you by name, ask how your day was going, and was genuinely interested in how those around her were doing.  Patsy made her mark in the world through her kindness, and her tight-knit family was her pride and joy. There was always room in the pot for one more potato, another chair around the table, a hug for anyone who needed it.   Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Pentti. She is survived by her two children (Kim and Brandy), three grandchildren (Hope, Haley, and Julian), and great-grandson Harlan. She is preceded in death by sisters Shirley, Annie, and Betty. Patsy is survived by sisters Fran, Barbie, and Marion, and brothers Tom, Raymond, Mickey, and Bill. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and a large circle of friends.  Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Terry Fox Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Elizabeth Moore March 28, 1921 ~ September 22, 2020

Peacefully at Lakeland Long Term Care on Tuesday September 22, 2020.  Cremation has taken place.

Marian Packham C.M., Ph.D., DSc, F.R.S.C. University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto December 13, 1927 ~ September 20, 2020

After having enjoyed ten weeks at the family cottage on Lake Joseph, our cherished mother died peacefully with her children by her side.  Loving and beloved wife for 68 years of the late James Lennox Packham (2017).  Survived by her son Neil and his wife Dale Wilson, daughter Janet and her husband John McCann, and her sister Helen Oldham.   Predeceased by her sister Edith McClelland of North Vancouver (2009).  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families and special family friends.


Born in Toronto, Marian lived in Weston and attended Weston Collegiate.  She graduated from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in Physiology and Biochemistry.  B.A. 1949 , with the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal. Her Ph.D. was in Biochemistry in 1954.  Following nine years of part-time teaching biochemistry at the University of Toronto, she began her research career at the Research Station of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph and then at the Blood and Vascular Disease Research Centre Unit at the University of Toronto.


In 1967 Marian rejoined the Department of Biochemistry, rose through the ranks and became a University Professor in 1989.  She also held an appointment as a Visiting Professor  part-time at McMaster University.  Her research involved the study of blood platelets, their role in arterial thrombosis, and inhibition of their function by drugs such as aspirin.  She became a highly cited scientist at a time when there were few women in biomedicine.  In 1988 she shared the J. Allyn Taylor International Award in Medicine with J. Fraser Mustard.  In 2012 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, an unexpected and much appreciated honour.


Marian served on a number of departmental, faculty and university committees.  Her scholarly responsibilities included membership on the editorial board of six journals in her field, and review committees of numerous institutions such as the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Institutes of Health of the U.S.A. and the Ontario Heart Foundation.


In “retirement” she continued her teaching and research for six years, and then wrote books, articles and biographies about major figures and events in Canadian medical history.  She received an Arbor Award for Voluntary Service to the University of Toronto.


Marian skied for seventy years and enjoyed the activities at the cottage frequently joined by friends and extended family.  In retirement, she and Jim travelled extensively.


Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). The family hopes to be able to arrange a celebration of life once pandemic restrictions make it possible.  If desired memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or to the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto would be appreciated.

Bruce Clarke May 4, 1954 ~ September 04, 2020

Passed away peacefully on Friday September 4, 2020 at the age of 66 surrounded by family after his battle with brain cancer.  He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Karen.  Predeceased by his father Ronald Clarke.  Survived by loving mother Dorothy McArthur (Alex).  Remembered by his brother Jeff (Dianna), and sisters Sally (Marty), and Sandra.  Sadly missed by his children Ben (Lyndsay), Dan (Candice), Samantha and stepchildren Bobbi-Jo (Troy), Don (Julie) and Joe.  Cherished grandfather of Dominic, Madisyn, Owen, Cooper, Marshall, Nola, Joshua, Kira and Skye.  Bruce will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends and colleagues.  A public visitation will be held at the Torrance Funeral Home on Thursday September 10, 2020.  Due to Covid-19 guidelines, please call or email the funeral home for a visitation time.  A private Funeral will take place.  Cremation to follow.  Later in the Fall, there will be a Celebration of Life held outdoors.  As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.  A special thank you to all the wonderful people who had helped and supported us during his illness.


Doreen Swan

Peacefully at Lakeland Long Term Care on Sunday September 6, 2020.  Beloved wife of Jim.  Cremation has taken place.

Robert L. Draker October 5, 1942 ~ September 06, 2020

After a valiant battle with cancer, Bob passed away with the love of his life by his side.  Loving, devoted husband and best friend of Ewa.  Cherished father of Sherri (Dave) and Tanya (Sandy).  Beloved Step Dad of Les and Nicki Kuta.  Amazing Grampa to Shawn (Darlene), Daniel (Lindsay) and Andrew (Dustin).  Irreplaceable Papa to Aniela and Uncle Bob to Josie.  He will be lovingly remembered by his brother David (Lillian) and their children Stephanie, Jessica, Diana and David Jr.  He will be dearly missed by the entire Bernacki, MacDonald, Draker and Side families.

Bob was a long time Stelco/Stelwire employee.  He was a generous, kind and thoughtful man; Loved and respected by all who knew him.  He was a true gentleman.  He will be missed by many friends and extended family.  The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff and Drs at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Hamilton General Hospital 6W ward for their care and compassion during his stay.

As per his wishes, cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) Due to Covid 19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all be together to celebrate this amazing man the way he wanted us to.  As an expression of sympathy donations to The Juravinski Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely”


Edward Salai November 9, 1924 ~ August 28, 2020

Ed passed peacefully accompanied by his grand-daughter Carrie and Fran at the West Parry Sound Health Centre in his 96th year. Born to Austro-Prussian immigrants Sophia (Russin) and Johann;  beloved husband of Carmel Boyd (2006); cherished father of Heather Borden (James), Gloria Sillech (2018) (Bob),  Richard Kirk (Cathy); fond “Poppy” to Carrie and family friend Fran Whittaker; brother of Stanley (2000) (Idella) and uncle of Gregory (Katrina); dearest friend of Rev Donna Kerrigan.

Ed began his career with CPR at age 17, delivering telegraphs in Hamilton ON. In the 1940s he operated Mactier’s telegraph office, marrying Carmel in 1946. Together they ran Mactier Radio and Appliance until the 1960s, when Ed accepted an executive position with CPR Telecommunications, until retiring in the 1970s.  Ed’s curiosity and love of learning inspired us all. In his late 80s he enrolled in sailing lessons on Georgian Bay and undergrad studies at Nipissing University, which awarded him as an honoured student in 2016. Though he loved travel, the centre of Ed’s universe was Lake Stewart, and he cared deeply for its water and wildlife.

The family acknowledges and thanks so many of those who supported Edward: Chris, Bob(s), Corrie, Bev, Robin, Nancy, Katherine, Rudolph, Heidi, his faithful companions Molly and Maggie, the United Church, Life Line, Meals on Wheels and Closing the Gap.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home, Parry Sound, with a Celebration of Life at Mactier Cemetery at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, dontations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation would be appriciated by the family.


Marshall Roy Culp October 12, 1925 ~ August 30, 2020

Passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Sunday August 30, 2020 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Orla and Edith, and companion of the late Marjorie.   Dear father of Gary (late Laura), and Phyllis Shoebottom (Peter). Loving grandpa of Troy Culp (Rose), Joe Culp, Jeff Culp, Ben Culp (Tracy), Shannon Shoebottom-Dale (Jamie) and Patrick Shoebottom (Peggy). Great grandpa and great great grandpa to many. Fondly remembered by his extended families. Cremation Arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Audrey Brickman October 2, 1936 ~ August 27, 2020

Passed away peacefully at the Gardens of Parry Sound Retirement Community on Thursday August 27, 2020 at the age of 83. Beloved wife of Glen Brickman of 64 wonderful years. Loving mother of Barry Brickman (Gary Lynn), Greenville North Carolina, Tamara Brickman, Parry Sound Ontario and Terry Brickman (Kim), Denver Colorado. Cherished grandmother of Cliff, Brittany Lynn (Rusty), Justin (Sammi), Andrew (fiancé Hailey), Angela (Benjamin), James, & Jazmine. Loving great-grandmother of Jacob and Aubrey Lee. Fondly remembered by her niece Sharman Adams, Kitchener Ontario, Deborah Brickman, Denver Colorado and her dear friends in the Parry Sound area and Southwestern Ontario. Predeceased by her parents Dalton & Frida Hinz, brother Kenneth Hinz, sister Betty Jean Adams. Predeceased by Clarence (Martha) Brickman, Carl (Ruby) Brickman, Almeda (Delmar) Smythe, Cecil (Merle) Brickman, Mildred (Harry) Youngblut, Dan Brickman. Survived by brother Gerald Hinz, Joan Brickman, Shirley (Roy) Feltz and several nieces and nephews. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bayside Family Church (4 Parry Sound Dr.) Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited so we ask that you call and reserve your attendance with Torrance Funeral Home (Ph# 705-746-4664) for the Celebration of Life event at the church. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Bayside Family Church or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.