Funeral Notices

Amanda Chisholm September 9, 1982 ~ January 19, 2019

Memorial Visitaton

Saturday January 26th, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Amanda at Health Sciences North Sudbury on Saturday January 19, 2019 at the age of 36.  Beloved and precious daughter of Marilyn and the late John Chisholm.  Loving wife to Rob.  Fun and loving mother to Christopher, Colby, Lily and Grace.  Step mom to Riley.  Treasured sister to Debbie, and Peggy (Patrick) and the late Tammy (Kelly).  She will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews as the fun and loving aunt Amanda.   

Amanda’s family meant the world to her.  She was a spirited and fun mom who’s laughter was infectious.  It was a distinct laugh that you could hear rooms away and it made you laugh just hearing it.  Amanda was an animal lover too.  Any and all animals, she would of rescued them all if she could. 

 Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Amanda’s life will be held at the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) on Saturday January 26th, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM.  As an expression of sympathy donations to Hands the family help network or the Muskoka SPCA would be appreciated.  A trust fund has been set up for donations for the children at the Scotiabank in Parry Sound. (etransfers to 

Pamela Avis – Pollock May 4, 1953 ~ January 17, 2019

Memorial Visitation

Celebration of Pam’s Life

Tuesday January 29th, 2019, from 2 – 5 PM

After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Pam passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Thursday January 17, 2019 at the age of 65.  Loving daughter of Esme and the late Norman Avis.  Loving partner (Soulmate) and best friend of Gordon of 44 wonderful years.  Beloved mother to Alexander and his wife Lorna, and Ian and his fiancée Germaine.  Cherished Nana to Kayleigh, Avery and Allyson.  Survived by her brothers John and his wife Barbara and Russell and his wife Martine. Cremation has taken place.   Friends and Family will be received at the Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) on Tuesday January 29th, 2019, from 2 – 5 PM for a Celebration of Pam’s Life.

Pam started her career with the Ontario Medical Association as a Librarian in Toronto. After moving to Dryden and starting a family she decided to stay home and be a full-time mum.  Moving to Parry Sound in 1984 she began volunteering at the school library and Rainbow Theatre. She then began working for the West Parry Sound School Board as their Librarian until accepting a position at McDougall Public school as the Administrative assistant.  She was at McDougall school for over 20 years!  Encouraging the young minds of students to read and love literature.  Pam enjoyed teaching her granddaughters to read, sew and knit. Books were very near and dear to her heart along with knitting, family gatherings and the many vacations she and Gord enjoyed together around the globe.  She will be missed by many, many co-workers, students and friends and extended family.  As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Canada would be appreciated by the family.

Garry Dowe March 14, 1954 ~ December 10, 2018

Memorial Service - January 13, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Garry Dowe, also known as “banjo” by many, passed away peacefully on December 10th at the West Parry Sound Health Centre at the age of 64. His partner Thirley Schell was by his side.  Loving father to Raymond and Brenda, step father to Brandy and Chassie, grandfather to Holden, Kennedy, Mitchell and Hannah. Remembered by his siblings Nancy, Bruce, Barb, Brian, Joe and Ian and many nieces and nephews.Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) as per Garry’s wishes.   A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday January 13th, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Legion Mactier Branch 507 beginning at 1pm. There is an open invitation to anyone who knew or played with Garry over the years, or who wishes to celebrate his musical life. It is requested to please bring your instruments.  If desired as an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation – Palliative Unit.

June Taylor June 17, 1929 ~ December 25, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, peacefully at West Parry Sound Health Centre on Tuesday December 25, 2018.  Beloved wife of the late Donald Taylor. Will be forever remembered by her children Bryanne (Martin), Peter, Joree, Scott, Rebecca, Evan. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren Brendan, Garrett, Rogan, Keelan.

A heartfelt thank you to the Drs. and staff at West Parry Sound Health Centre for their compassionate care.

Born in Port Arthur, Ont. (Thunder Bay) she moved to Parry Sound as a child. She was a long time English teacher in both elementary and secondary schools for the West Parry Sound District School Board. Education was important to her, and while raising 6 children and teaching full time, she pulled all-nighters to receive a Master’s Degree in Sociology. She was always happy to meet and talk with former students.

Mom loved solving crossword puzzles and even tried her hand at video games. She loved to read and watch her beloved Jeopardy nightly. She has gone, but we will always remain thankful that she was ours.

As was her wish, cremation arrangements are entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home and Chapel (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound) with a private family service at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, donations to West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation, Parry Sound Public Library (Donate a book in her memory) or our local food bank would be appreciated.

James Richard Gosse October 16, 1945 ~ December 22, 2018

Passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on Saturday December 22, 2018.  He lived 73 wonderful years. This Quintessential family man is lovingly remembered by his sons Michael and Colby Gosse and their families, stepson John Bell and his family, sister Lorna Fraser and her family, and his partner of many years Jan Howe. Jim’s zest for life and
unwavering support to his family and lifelong friends is an inspiration to all who knew him. A Celebration of life will take place in the spring. A very heartfelt thank you goes to the outstanding care and support provided by the Parry Sound LHIN team and the West Parry Sound Heath Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Dan Honsinger. Any donations can be made to the West
Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation.

Everton CLARE Penrose October 17, 1925 ~ December 21, 2018

Peacefully on Friday December 21, 2018 at the West Parry Sound Health Centre at the age of 93. Beloved husband of Carola.  Loving father of Stephen and his wife Annabelle and Brian and his wife Judith.  Cherished grandfather of Michaela and her husband Ari, Kristine and her husband Richard, Michael and his wife Stephanie, Matthew and his wife Heidi and Katherine. Fondly remembered by his great grandchildren Henry, Clare, Ezra, Arlo, Jackson and Gigi.   Predeceased by his brother Harry and sisters Nora and Doris and daughter-in-law Isabel.  Remembered by his brother Murry and his wife Vera and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.  If desired, donations to Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged – residence would be appreciated by the family.

George Wark May 22, 1929 ~ December 19, 2018

With much sadness, but gratitude for a life well lived, the family announces the peaceful passing of George Stanley Wark, on Wednesday December 19, 2018, at the age of 89. Most recently of Nobel Ontario, and formerly of Carling Township and Hamilton Ontario, Arcadia Florida, and Truro Nova Scotia.  George leaves his devoted and loving wife of 66 years, Dale, sons George (Dawna), Michael (Karen), John (Kim), and daughter, Colleen (Phil), his grandchildren, Cindy, Miranda, Jessica, Dylan and Clare, and special niece Bonnie (Roy).

Predeceased by his brother Don, sister Bea, and parents Stanley and Myrtle. He also leaves behind sisters Lois and Polly and many other special nieces and nephews.

George loved life and was happiest working at G.S. Wark Ltd., the family construction company he founded with Dale in 1955 in Hamilton, Ontario. The business eventually grew to involve his sons and daughter. He retired in 1994, after 39 years in the business. The company continues to thrive under his name.

George was lucky to travel extensively with Dale, RV’ing across North America, trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  He loved working on “a project” (there were many), wintering in Florida, golfing and tending his vegetable garden, reading, and boating on Georgian Bay. While he never out-foxed the chipmunks and deer who made off with his crops, he fared much better living his life fully in his 89 years with us. Described as a “character” by many, the George stories abound.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of West Parry Sound Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Torrance Funeral Home.  Donations directed to the Palliative Care Unit care of the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation ( or the charity of your choice would greatly be appreciated.

      An informal Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date.

     I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, 

     To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

     And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

      And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.”

 J. Masefield

James (Jim) Albert Cole April 18, 1927 ~ November 28, 2018

Memorial Service - December 14, 2018 - 11:30 am

We lost our wonderful Patriarch, Jim Cole Sr., on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at Lakeland Long Term Care, Parry Sound, in his 92nd year.  Beloved husband of Catherine (Cay) nee Herron for more than 70 years.  Respected father of sons Jim Jr. (Gloria), Richard (Margaret), Terrence (Susan), Ronald (Renée), and the late Mark.  Loving grandfather of Rick Jr. (Kristine), Tracey (Lars), Amanda (David), Leanne (Jamie), Adam (Susan), Brian (Nikki), Ryan (Kyra), Andrew (Megan), Pamela (Greg), Jordan (Jenna), James (Kate) and Nicholas (Bailey). Great Grandfather of Eleanor, Parker, Isaac, Eli, Henry, Clare, Brontë, Elliotte Grace and Beckitt.  Predeceased by his brothers Edmond, Victor, Sydney, William, Robert and sisters Viola, Eileen, and Barbara.  Jim is fondly remembered by his brothers Stan (Sandy), Ray (Anne Marie) and Harry (Marilyn), and his sister Sharon (George) Fenton, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Orrville, on Friday December 14th at 11:30 AM, followed by a Reception at the Orrville Community Centre on Hwy 518.  As an expression of sympathy, donations to the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Orrville would be appreciated by the family.


Kenneth Deyette March 26, 1941 ~ December 12, 2018

After a lengthy illness at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on December 12, 2018 in his 78th year.  Beloved husband of Beverley.  Proud father of Kimberly (Rob), Karen (Mathew) and step father of Tom, Neal (Shirley), Daniel (Zoe).  Cherished grandfather of Sarah, Laura, Tabitha, Molly and Norah.  Dear brother of Morley (Marilyn)  Proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 394 and IBEW Local 353 since 1965.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home & Chapel (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound).  As an expression of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation or the McKellar United Church.