Funeral Notices

Barbara Sebben March 13, 1928 ~ February 08, 2018

It is with deep sadness the Sebben family announces their Mom passed away on February 08, 2018 in Parry Sound ON in her 90th year Beloved wife of the late Richard Whyte. Dear daughter of the late Charlie and Olive Clarke.   Dearly loved Mother to Richard (deceased), John (Beth), Stephen (Karen), Allan (Rebecca) & Christopher (Lily). Very loving grandmother to Jeffrey, Jeremy, Michael, Daniel, Nash, Patrick, Samantha, Makena & Great Grandmother to Austin.   Sister to Robert (Gwen, deceased), and Bruce, deceased (Marlene).   Born in Toronto, Barbara attended Earl Haig SS, she then worked as a Junior Secretary to Mr. White (President of Imperial Oil). Married to Richard on June 11, 1949 and resided in Willowdale ON for 40+ years. She dedicated volunteer time to St. John’s Church auxiliary, PC party of ON, the CARD program for riders with disabilities. The other love of her life was visiting and then living in her Muskoka home-cottage for the last 25 years. She enjoyed swimming, boating, golf & family gatherings. Many of her ham-operator friends will remember her “VE3 ZVG” handle. She loved her travels across Canada, down south to the Carolina’s (golf) & Florida, and her many car trips with brother Bruce. Barb lived a great long active-life with pride & joy, and will be missed dearly. A special thank you to the staff at The Gardens of Parry Sound for their wonderful care & support over the past couple of years. A private service will be held.

Andre Thorsen December 25, 1958 ~ February 03, 2018

Andre Scheffler Thorsen Esq. age 59 passed away from complications of cancer, surrounded by loved ones. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Law School he was a respected Parry Sound Barrister and Solicitor and an international expert on Rule of Law. Prior to settling in Parry Sound he had contributed to developing the justice systems of Afghanistan, Nunavut, Bosnia and more.  He was appointed to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission as well as numerous UN and NATO expert’s rosters. His loss is keenly felt by his mother Barbara, brother Bart and his wife Jane, sister Isabel and her husband John, as well as his nieces Nicole, Samantha and Amanda and nephew Ryan, who were very dear to him.  He leaves his best friend Dr. Edward ”Sonny” Keatings and innumerable other friends all over the world whose lives he impacted. He is mourned by the love of his life, Dr. Wendy Wilson and her daughter Quinlan.

 

Andre was a citizen of the world. As a hyperpolyglot and sesquipedalian, he was a member of Mensa. An international man of mystery, he had lived and served with the British Armed Forces and as a civilian on six continents, but fell in love with Georgian Bay. With his eidetic memory he could always be counted on to correct people on song lyrics, jingles or quotes from TV and movies.  A champion of justice, he was generous with all; even in death donating his remains to Trillium Gift of Life to help those in need. He was “The most interesting man in the world”.

 

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes St. Parry Sound). A Celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Donna Greenwood July 17, 1940 ~ February 02, 2018

Donna Jean Greenwood (nee Wren) passed away Friday, February 2nd, surrounded by family at The West Parry Sound Health Centre, in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Clifford for 62 years, and loving mother of Ted (Karen) and Susan (Randy). Proud grandmother of Kyle, Clinton, Alison, and Bradley (Brittany). Survived by sister Joan Hewson (Martin) and Lawrence Wren (Eileen). Predeceased by her parents Christopher and Ena Wren (Farley), sisters Freida Hardy, Mary van Ry, Naida Reynolds & Audrey Hollard, brothers Rod, Norris, Doug and Lloyd Wren.

Donna was born at home on July 17, 1940, during a time when her father ran the General Store in Dunchurch. At age 4, the youngest of 11, her family moved to Bradford, where Donna eventually met and married Cliff, and together, built several homes in Holland Landing, before deciding to move and build a home in Dunchurch on Whitestone Lake. Donna enjoyed all the outdoors offered and loved to camp, fish, snowmobile and Atv with her children, grandchildren and many friends. She played Woman’s Softball in Parry Sound with her daughter Sue, and loved Curling with her friend and neighbour Agnes Brumpton. Besides acting as bookkeeper for Cliff’s construction business, Donna worked as an Education Assistant at the Whitestone Lake Central School; later as a Home Support Worker; and finally helping Cliff run the Ontario Teachers Federation Campgrounds on Quinn Lake. She enjoyed when her sisters Mary, Joan and Naida became neighbours and was most happy when surrounded by children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and of course good friends. She loved a good laugh, playing games at her kitchen table and sharing stories. Donna had a great heart and a strong resolve, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Celebration of Life for family & friends, will be announced at a later date. Spring internment at Fairholme Cemetery. If desired, donations can be made to The West Parry Sound Hospital or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

David Owen Specht January 27, 1944 ~ January 30, 2018

Peacefully at The West Parry Sound Health Centre on January 30, 2018 at the age of 74.  Beloved husband of Mary.  Lovingly remembered by his extended family and many friends.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound).

A Celebration of David’s  Life will be held at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall (103 Smith Cres. Parry Sound) on Saturday February 3, 2018 at 2 PM. If desired as an expression of sympathy donations to the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society would be appreciated by the family.

Douglas Lewis August 18, 1937 ~ January 28, 2018

Peacefully with his family by his side at The West Parry Sound Health Centre on January 28, 2018 at the age of 80.  Beloved husband of Maria.  Dear Father of Jay (Kendra) and Jim.  Loving step father of Lisa and Marnie Ritchie.  Grampa Doug to Kaitlyn, Sarah and Quinn.  Brother in law to Rosanna Salerno and Linda Wilder.  Lovingly remembered by his extended family and many friends.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound).

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church (6 Church Street Parry Sound) on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 1 PM. If desired as expression of sympathy donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Ron Jacklin October 5, 1938 ~ January 22, 2018

Memorial Service - January 27, 2018 - 11:00 am

Ron passed away unexpectedly with his family by his side at the age of 79. Devoted father to Jann (Treacy) Harris, Tim (Lisa) Jacklin, and Sheri-Lyn Jacklin. Loving Grandfather to Andrew (Marianne), Dustin, Kristian and Christopher. Proud Great Grandfather to baby Sam. Survived by his siblings Allison, Bill and John (Gail). Predeceased by his brother Bob (Gwen). Many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family will dearly miss him. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Torrance Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life will be held at Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound) on Saturday January 27th, 2018 at 11 AM with visitation starting at 10 AM.   If desired, donations to the Northern Cancer society would be appreciated by the family.

 

John “Jack” Hugh Smith February 15, 1937 ~ January 20, 2018

Peacefully at his residence in McKellar, Ontario on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Vivian Smith (nee Bedini). Loving father of Janet Beacroft (Dave), Sherry Holmes (Keith) and Susan Coleman (Steve). Cherished grandfather of Ryan, Julia and Tyler. Jack is survived by his siblings George, Marge, Wayne and Debbie.  Cremation has taken place. Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12 noon until the time of a celebration of Jack’s life in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. Private family interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jack are asked to please consider Diabetes Canada or the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation.

Arthur Stoehr September 4, 1937 ~ January 11, 2018

Memorial Service - January 17, 2018 - 11:00 am

Suddenly at home on Thursday January 11, 2018 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of the late Hilda. Loving father of Douglas (Jolyn), David (Lesley). Dear grandfather of Klarice and Natalie. Cherished brother of Eric, Erika, Jimmy, and Peter. The Celebration of Life will be held at Torrance Funeral Home (89 Bowes Street, Parry Sound) on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 11 AM. If desired, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.

Tammy Todd May 15, 1969 ~ January 10, 2018

Memorial Service - January 15, 2018 - 11:00 am

Peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday January 10, 2018 in her 49th year.  Dear daughter of Marilyn and the late John.  Loving daughter in law of Nancy.  Loving wife and soul mate of Kelly. Cherished mother of Kelsie (John), and Jenna (Peter).  Dear sister of Debbie, Peggy (Pat), and Amanda (Rob).  Also remembered by her brothers in law Tom (late Glenda), and Dwayne (Cathy).  Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and school family.  Friends will be received at the Torrance Funeral Home on Sunday January 14, 2018 from 2 – 4 PM and 7 – 9 PM.  The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday January 15, 2018 at 11 AM.   Interment Sylvan Acres Cemetery in the Spring.   If desired, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation – Cancer treatment or the Nobel School Breakfast club.  Thank you to the wonderful and caring staff at the WPSHC especially in Ambulatory care, Dr. Higgins, and special thank you to Sue.