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Funeral Notices

William “Bill” Topping July 21, 1928 ~ August 22, 2020

Peacefully at Lakeland Long Term at the age of 92.  Our hero and “Good Guy” passed away surrounded by his family.  He was predeceased by his wife Gloria in 2009.  He is survived by his beautiful children Lyn Gallagher and Judy (Dave) Topping.  He will be greatly missed by his beloved granddaughters Erin (Ryan) and Heather.  Great-grandpa to Paul “Pauly-wog”.  Lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephew, Gray, Debbie, Kim, Anne, Gail and Kelly.  He will be fondly remembered by his Son in law Gord Gallagher.  Bill is predeceased by his brother Bob (Eve).  Our sincere thanks to Dr. Leigh Davis and all the staff at Lakeland Long Term Care (Parry Sound) for taking such wonderful care of our Dad/Grampa and being with him when we couldn’t be.   If desired as an expression of sympathy, donations to Lakeland Long Term Care would be appreciated by the family.



Jim Metzler April 22, 1944 ~ August 20, 2020

Peacefully passed away at his favorite place on earth, Horseshoe Lake, Seguin Ontario, on Thursday August 20, 2020 at the age of 76.  Beloved husband of Glenda.  Loving father of Jimmy (Jennifer), Christopher (Joyce) and Michael (Laura).  Cherished grandfather of Leah, Austin, Emma, and Claire.  Remembered by his brother-in law Terry Allen (Irene).  Fondly remembered by his nephew Todd Allen (Kelly) and their daughter Quincy.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  If desired, donations to The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.



Janet Richer October 17, 1932 ~ August 15, 2020

Peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Saturday August 17, 2020 at the age of 87.  Beloved wife of Don.  Cremation has taken place.

Georgina Fraser June 20, 1931 ~ August 06, 2020

Peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on August 6, 2020 at the age of 89.  Cremation has taken place.

Hermann Zettl October 17, 1929 ~ August 11, 2020

Succumbed to his illness at the West Parry Sound Health Centre. He will be sadly missed by his wife Brigitte of 64 years. Cremation has taken place. According to his wishes, there will not be a Celebration of Life. If desired, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated.

Grace Miller – Watkinson September 9, 1928 ~ August 03, 2020

Passed away peacefully at Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged on Monday August 3, 2020 at the age of 91.  Beloved wife of the late Joe Watkinson.  Loving mother to Linda, Mike (late Jan), Charlie (Karen), Anna (Dave) Salt, George, John, Bev (Jim) Prudden, Valerie (Larry) Cane, Gary and Susan.  Predeceased by her children Willard, Wayne and Larry.  Predeceased by her siblings Lucy Aggowissa, Frank Beaucage, Julie Mosses, Christine Sopher, Hazel Hunt, Marion Curruthers and Joseph Beaucage.  Loving Grandmother and Great grandmother to many, many grandchildren/great-grandchildren.  Grace will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.  Friends and Family will be received for a private family funeral service at Torrance Funeral Home by invitation only due to COVID – 19 attendance restrictions.  Cremation to follow.  If desired, donations to Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged would be appreciated by the family.

Earl Terry Watts June 22, 1957 ~ July 31, 2020

Passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Friday July 31, 2020. Son of the late Nancy Bannan and Earl Watts. Sometimes the road you travel does not lead to the destination you had hoped for, But if you can look back on the trip and still smile…then it was worth it. Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).

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Raymond S. Bauman September 6, 1943 ~ July 30, 2020

Please click the following link to access the service live online, the video will be available at 1PM Wednesday August 5, 2020.

Peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday July 30, 2020 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Gayle. Loving father of Raymond Jr. (Cynthia), and Scott (Julia). Cherished grandfather of Chloe, Alyssa, Owen, Liam, Aiden and Sophie. Remembered by his siblings; Rena Gault, Elly Emmerton (Terry), Noreen Hicks (Phil). Predeceased by his brother Lloyd.   Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). Due to current Covid – 19 restrictions attendance at the funeral is by invitation only. In lieu of flowers, donations to Threefold Ministries or St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Parry Sound would be appreciated by the family.


Isabelle Ford (nee Aitken) March 24, 1931 ~ July 28, 2020


Beloved Mother and Grandmother peacefully passed away on July 28, 2020 at her cottage in Seguin, Ontario following a spirited battle with cancer. As she said shortly before she died, she “had a good run”.

Isabelle was born in London, Ontario and followed her late husband, Richard (Dick) Ford to Kingston, Hamilton, and Deep River as he pursued graduate studies. They settled in Sarnia in 1958 and the young couple began to build a family, that soon grew to include Douglas, Sharon, and Don. Although she trained as an X-Ray technician and worked to support Dick through graduate school, she dedicated her life in Sarnia to her children. Once her children were all through elementary school, Isabelle began working at a local hobby shop. She ended up buying the place and ran it for several years.

Summers were spent at a cottage south of Parry Sound that they shared with Dick’s brother, Bob and his family. Dick and Isabelle built their own cottage on Three Legged Lake in 1978. This was Isabelle’s happy place to fish, canoe, watch the birds, and enjoy time with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Sharon (Jay Parsons) and Don (Jean Ford). She was predeceased by her eldest son, Douglas, and Dick, with whom she shared more than 63 years of marriage.  Her five grandchildren, Chris and Michael Parsons and Brian (Jess), Eric, and Allison Ford will miss her smiles and kindness.  Predeceased by her siblings; Christina Benson (Benny), Jim Aitken (Rene), Peggy Aitken, Bill Aitken, Jean Milne (Sandy), Allan Ford (Audrey), and Robert Ford.  Deeply missed by sisters-in-law June Aitken and Virginia Ford.

Never one to sit still, she had a profound love of the outdoors and northern Canada. Over her long life, she hiked the Chilkoot Trail, rafted the Coppermine River to the Arctic Ocean, canoed the Mountain River, and hiked both Baffin and Ellesmere Islands.   Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral Home. (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).

In lieu of flowers the family would suggest donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation.