Jubilee Campfire on the Labyrinth

Casual fun for all ages.  Tie-Dying, campfire, singing, marshmallows and s’mores for everyone.  Just a little bit of relaxed fun on a Saturday afternoon.  No Charge and No Preaching… just neighbours.

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Norma Audrey Taylor (nee Turner), age 95, died peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on July 12, 2023.

Norma was born on February 3, 1928 in Toronto. She lived in Toronto, Don Mills, Scarborough (Guildwood) and most recently in Barrie.

Norma was considered the matriarch of the Taylor/Turner clan and loved family gatherings.

She is predeceased by her husband Herb Taylor, daughter Julie Ashdown (Tony), brother Stan Turner and sister Violet Anderson. She is survived by her son John Taylor, daughter-in-law Shelley Taylor (nee Moisey), grandchildren James Taylor (Natasha), Robert Taylor and Shannon Taylor (Connor). She also leaves behind her nephews Gary Turner, David Turner (Barbara) and Steven Turner (Judy).

Cremation has taken place. The family will hold a graveside memorial at a later date.

In Norma’s own words, to her family and many friends, “Just raise a glass of cheer and remember me with a laugh and a smile”.

Words of condolence may be left for the family at www.peacefultransition.ca

BRIDE, Marianne

Marianne was born on the 20th of May 1934 in the hospital in Walkerton, Ontario. Her parents were Edna Somerville Butchart and Harold Lawson Doig. Their farm was located just outside Fordwich, Ontario. Marianne was raised there with her older brother Edward (b. 16 June 1930 – d. 25 November 2022). She attended schools in Fordwich and Listowel. Teaching was her profession of choice. She attended Normal School in Kitchener and had her first teaching job in Scarborough.

The love of her life was Harvey (b. 03/02/1930 – d. 09/08/2019), four years her senior. Harvey was raised on another farm outside Fordwich. From all accounts they were each other’s one and only. Married on April 20th 1957 they moved to Toronto where Harvey took a teaching position at R.H. King Collegiate. Their son Peter was born in June of 1958. Daughter Miriam was born in October of 1968. Granddaughter Emily was born in November of 1993.

Harvey taught high school French in the Scarborough educational system in Toronto. He enjoyed a truly productive and rewarding career as a well-respected and well-loved teacher. He retired in 1988. Marianne returned to work for several years after that as a teaching assistant also in the Scarborough system. From 1993 onward they enjoyed a wonderful retirement. They were very active members of Bethesda United Church. Bethesda merged it’s congregation with two others to form Jubilee United Church in 2001. Marianne and Harvey were stalwarts of both congregations. Marianne attended her last service on May 27th of this year. She attended all subsequent virtual services through June 25th.

Marianne received the sad news of her terminal diagnosis mid-October of 2022. She was given three to six months to live. Never one to give in easily she was a model patient. She fought the disease with discipline and determination. As was her wish, she passed peacefully at home with great dignity and serenity surrounded by loved ones. Not surprisingly it was on a Sunday and just after church. She leaves her granddaughter Emily, daughter Miriam, son Peter and sister-in-law Joyce Doig of Atlanta. Sisters-in-law Merle McIntosh and Rosada Bride and their families are much appreciated. Marianne enjoyed good, positive relationships with each and every one of you.

The family would like to extend our special thanks to her principal personal support worker Jesabel and her cousin Zenaida, dear friend Elda Scott and the Reverend Norm Seli. All of the excellent home care would not have been possible without her palliative care doctor, Sandy Buchman. He was her champion from the day they met. Under his supervision she had an unbroken boulevard of excellent therapists, a first class nurse practitioner (Dusanka) and the talents of superb support staff and clinicians at North York General Hospital. Marianne always liked to attend her appointments at the hospital. She was able to do so until two weeks before she passed. Recent visits from Dr. Buchman at home were unhurried and a huge comfort to her. Our sincere thanks to all the relatives, friends and neighbours who made time to call, write and visit in person during the last few months.

Any donations in her name would be appreciated and well deserved:




JUNE 23, 1932 – JUNE 22, 2023

Violet (Vi) Bradbury departed this earthly terrain one day short of her 91st birthday. She went home to celebrate with her family in heaven, her sister Iris, her mother Laura and father Bill Jones.

For Vi, all pain and suffering, fear and terror of the Alzheimer’s Disease had ended. She is at peace with Jesus. Praise God!

Vi was also predeceased by her uncle Bill Owens and her husband John Bradbury.

Survived by her well loved friend, life partner, and spouse, the Reverend Dale Young and her family, Douglas (Tracey), Barbara, Andrew(predeceased), 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Sandy (Dierk) Neugebauer and their 3 children and 7 grandsons.

Also survived by her beloved God-daughter Tammy (Arv) Senkus, Kaitlyn, Kristina, her husband Tyler (Deering) and their three children. Dearly remembered by Bryon Millar and Anthony Roberts.

Also left to mourn and celebrate her life are her many friends and acquaintances whom Violet gathered amongst the many organizations that she belonged to and usually lead over her many years of service to the Timmins-Porcupine and Northeastern Ontario communities.

Vi was presented with the National Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001 by Senator Isabelle Finnerty for her contributions and service to Northeastern Communities.

She was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of the Porcupine in 2002.

Huntington University, Sudbury (United Church of Canada) installed her as a Huntington Fellow for all her dedication, devotion, and care for the people of Northeastern Ontario in 2003.

Vi was a Life Member of the United Church Women, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Rebekah Lodge and the McIntyre Curling Club.

Violet was born in a humble miner’s home in Kirkland Lake, the second child of Bill and Laura Jones, who with baby Iris, had immigrated from North Wales. She began her early education in Kirkland Lake Public School and moved to the Dome Mine Property School in South Porcupine when she was about 9 years old, after her father ‘Big Bill’ took a position of Mine Supervisor with the Preston Dome Mine.

Her mother Laura saw to Vi’s spiritual education, first at Kirkland Lake United Church and later at South Porcupine United Church. At 11 years of age Vi attended Camp Waskesui as a camper. There, as she has told us many times, Vi began her lifelong career as a volunteer, helping the Cook in the kitchen. Every summer Vi returned to Camp Waskesui, as camper, Leader and eventually Camp Director for many years. Fondly known as “SKIPPER”, many northern Ontario adults would joyfully shout out her name and rush to give her a warm embrace at any gathering of people in the north.

Violet received her High School Graduation Diploma at Schumacher High School, and Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Timmins Business School. Her first position was in the Office of the Timmins Telephone Company when it was located on 6th Avenue and still had a plug-in board operation.

When Violet was asked to become the Manager at the McIntyre Curling Club in 1974 there was concern expressed by some lady friends about the male culture that dominated the place at that time. With the support of Rev. Sharp, an avid curler himself, Vi persevered. Bursting into tears at her first board meeting, she quietly objected to the language used by the men and cursing was banned.

Violet continued to serve as Manager for 26 years and is fondly remembered and missed by many folks.

As well as managing the day to day operations, Vi organized a crew of volunteers and hosted many important Bonspiels over the years, including several provincial Scotties Tournaments of Hearts and Men’s Briers. Hosting big banquets, cheering the Special Olympic Curlers, arranging accommodation and transportation for visiting teams and Governors-General alike, were all just part of her daily work and joy.

Somewhere along the way Vi found time to volunteer with the Cochrane/Timiskaming District of the Canadian Cancer Society, first in 1973 as Timmins Unit Campaign Chairperson. In 1978 she became Patient Services Chairperson, a roll she spoke frequently about over her later years. Vi became District President in 1986 and represented the northeast at several Provincial Annual Meetings. Vi organized the first and many Timmins Terry Fox Runs. She received a 35 year service award and later a Founder’s Recognition Certificate in 2013.

Vi was also an active member of the Order of The Eastern Star, holding many positions including Grand Matron of the Arbutus Chapter in Timmins until its closing in 2013. Transferring her membership to the Sudbury O.E.S. Chapter, Vi was presented with her mother’s pin for 60 years of service in 2014 by dear Brother Bryon Millar.

Vi was a founding member of the Rotary Club of the Porcupine that met for years at The Airport Hotel. She served as Club Service Facilitator, again organizing activities and speakers, eventually becoming President in 2001. When the Porcupine and Timmins clubs amalgamated, Vi continued her active participation for more years until the Club made her an Active Retired and then an Honourary Member.

At First United Church Vi led the Canadian Girls in Training in the ‘50’s to ‘70’s. She was a board member of the congregation and Property Chairperson as well as being active in the kitchen, eventually taking charge after Flora Osbourne retired. Vi was a Founding Member of the United Church Women in

1962 when two national women’s groups amalgamated. Vi served as local unit, local, and Presbyterial President many times over the years. Also active at the Conference and National levels, she attended many gatherings of the greatest women’s organization in the world. Most recently, she was a member of Trinity United UCW in Iroquois Falls.

When a group of folks decided to transform the abandoned Dome Hospital into a Transitional Living Centre in the “90’s, Vi joined into the work, scrubbing floors on her knees. Spruce Hill Lodge grew out of the hard work of many volunteers. Vi contributed her time and talents serving on the Board and becoming Chairperson for many of her later years, eventually being recognized as Honourary Board Member.

A Celebration of Life for Violet will be held Friday, June 30, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, Ontario M3A 2J5. A Service will also be held in Timmins at a later time to celebrate her life.

Contributions in Violet’s memory may be made to:

Alzheimer’s Society Timmins, 38 Pine St North , 101 Mall Suite 107 Top Floor, Timmins, Ontario P4N 6K6,

Spruce Hill Lodge, 200 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine, Ontario P0N 1H0; or

Canadian Cancer Society – Ontario, please use the link below.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kanejerrettnorthyork.ca for Violet’s family.

HOHS, Vera

Hohs, Vera May (nee Barber)

Peacefully in Collingwood on March 27th in her 96th year.  Vera beloved wife of the late Charles. Will be sadly missed by her sons Brian (Pat) and Ron (Sandy), her grandchildren Courtney (Mel), Caitlin (Adam), Colleen (Mathew)and predeceased by her grandson Colin. Also sadly missed by Pat’s children Marc (James) and Daniel (Matthew). Proud great-grandmother to Emma and Leah Quigley and Lachlan Charles Hohs -Tatner

Vera will be fondly remembered by her sister in-law Marion McIntyre, many nieces and nephews, especially by Lynne Zimmer and Laurie Westlake as well as dear friends Fern Lane, Beth McCall, Iris Harris Lilian Sutherland, Madeleine Clarke, Jeanette Brown, Liz Williamson, the Sturges Family in the USA and all those in the Barber and Hohs Clans.

A traditional funeral will be held for friends and family to celebrate Vera’s life at her visitation at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough on Monday April 10th, from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8pm. The service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, April 11th at 11 am with an hour visitation starting at 10 am prior to the service. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre or Hospice Georgian Triangle-Campbell House Hospice Georgian Triangle-Campbell House in memory of Vera.

Please visit Vera’s online memorial at www.ogdenfuneralhome.com

Let us not be sad but rejoice in a wonderful life lived.

Our Mother said hello to so many people in life, we invite you to take this opportunity to say goodbye.

MCLEOD, Audrey

Audrey Eleanor McLeod died peacefully on March 18, 2023, in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her parents William and Evelyn (nee Coole) Gibson.  Loving wife of Donald for 66 years, devoted mother of Robin McLeod and Andrea Pringle, proud grandmother of Austin and Evan Pringle.

Audrey was an artist, singer and pianist who sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Mendelssohn Choir at Carnegie Hall, directed the Westmoreland United Church Junior Choir in her early twenties, led the St John’s United Church Junior Choir for 17 years, was pianist and director of the Melody Makers for 17 years, and led the Serenata Singers seniors’ choir for 20 years.

Friends are invited to join the family on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, with a Celebration of Life at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to War Child Canada or Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund would be appreciated. Special thanks to her dear friends the Eisel family and the Palliative Care Team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

“Music was her life.”


JOHNSTON, TOM H. April 25, 1931 – February 19, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom H. Johnston of Don Mills, Ontario, on February 19, 2023, at the age of 91. Predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Louise Johnston (née Bradford). He is survived by his brother, Harry (Sue); his sons, Tommy (Bernie) and David (Belinda); and his grandchildren, Heather, Ryan and Taryn. Raised in Owen Sound, Tom moved to Kingston where he graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering. Following graduation, he and Louise moved to Don Mills, Ontario, and he began working for Metro Roads and Traffic, where he eventually became the Director of Operations. Tom built and maintained many of the roads you drive on. Tom and Louise had a beautiful life together and loved to travel. Together, they built a cottage where they enjoyed spending their summers and in the winter months, they spent their time skiing and travelling in their motorhome. Tom also enjoyed building radio-controlled airplanes and golfing with his colleagues from Metro Roads. Tom lived his life to the fullest, skiing in British Columbia until the age of 89, only to be stopped by travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be remembered by many for saving the City of Buffalo from the blizzard of ’77, and for inventing Unshrinkable Fill. His family, however, will remember him for his honesty and witty charm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto. The Johnston family would like to thank all of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Sunnybrook Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook.

Published by Toronto Star on Feb. 25, 2023.

Jubilee Market – December Update

[metaslider id=5178]The last market of 2022 has been completed, thus ending our 8-market series, with another full house of vendors with a wide variety of goods and services just right for the gift-giving season.  Many thanks to the vendors, volunteers and shoppers who made this event a success.  Looking forward to having you back with us in 2023!