It is with sadness that the family announce the peaceful passing of their mother Kay (Kathleen) on Thursday, May 5, 2022 in her 99th year. She was predeceased by Don, her loving husband of 66 years. She leaves to mourn her children and grandchildren Mark and Denise Brundage (Cole), Michael and Kristy Brundage (Harry, Carter  (Caitlin Farquharson), Anna and Emmett), Anne and Terry Pruner (Lauren (Oscar  Alba), Brendan, and Cameron).

Kay grew up in Alberta, and while still in her teens achieved the Toronto Conservatory A.R.T.C. in piano performance.  She later acquired double degrees from the University of Alberta, and in mid-life, the Business Administration degree at Ryerson College.  For 50 years she was an active member of the United Church Women, PEO Chapter B, and the University Women’s Club of North York.

While at the University of Alberta she was privileged to be the first accompanist of the newly-formed University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, where she met Don. They returned many times for anniversaries, along with three life-long friends (also “originals” from the Chorus).  Kay attended the 73rd annual concert in 2016.  She and Don treasured the more than 60 years they sang together in church choirs in Calgary and Don Mills.

Kay was an enthusiastic swimmer and skater, writer of letters and emails and a voracious reader of books and newspapers. She enjoyed a lively discussion, as well as using her musical talents playing for soloists and various choirs. She enjoyed camping and travel, and sharing her home and cottage with family and friends, always with warmth and laughter. She was a cottager on Skootamatta Lake since 1979 and was a resident of the lake for the last 18 months of her life at Skootaway the home of Mark, Denise and Cole.

Heartfelt thanks to the compassionate doctors and nurses at the Lennox and Addington Country General Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their excellent care in Kay’s final days.

A small family celebration will take place at a later date in her beloved Land O’ Lakes area.

If you would like to make a donation in Kay’s memory please consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation – Inpatient Services.

Thanks Mom for everything.  You will never be forgotten.

Kay’s love of family and her sense of greater good will live on.

Jubilee Market – May Update

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Jubilee held its second market on the sunny Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.  In addition to the Jubilee tables (Baked Goods, Plants, Information / Silent Auction, and Refreshments), we welcomed 13 vendors, six of whom were returning.

Click HERE to see a listing of all the vendors registered so far for all the markets.  You’ll also find the products each has to offer.  The fall is already nearly completely booked with vendors!

We made a few changes since our inaugural market.  A new floor plan was needed to accommodate the large number of vendors, and the flow worked well.  Our Refreshments menu saw the addition of barbeque items.  Paintings were swapped out for plants, but will return at a later date.

Join us on June 11 for the first of our summer offerings!


Jubilee Market Grand Opening


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The inaugural Jubilee Market was held on Saturday, April 9, to great acclaim. This recurring market is an opportunity for independent vendors to get back into the community after being so restricted by the pandemic for longer than two years. Fifteen vendors, including five in direct support of Jubilee United Church, shared their wares, which included skincare products, jewelry, quilts and blankets, paintings, pine art, greeting cards, baked goods, and a silent auction. COVID masking and distancing protocols were in place. Thanks to the vendors, the shoppers, and the volunteers.

Each month, we will welcome some returning vendors and say hello to some new vendors.

Join us for our next market event on Saturday, May 7, from 10am – 4pm!

BOYD, Robert

BOYD, ROBERT DAVID January 29, 1933 – April 7, 2022 Passed away peacefully, at Mon Sheong Stouffville Long Term Care Centre, at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth; son, David; brother, Douglas; and parents, David Wilfred and Phyllis Marie (Lamont) Boyd. Will be sadly missed by children, Catherine (David) Tubb and Douglas (Vera Leung). Cherished grandfather to Carolyn (Nathan), Jennifer (Adam) and Frederick. Beloved great-grandfather to Braden, Amy, Clara, Brooke and Cole. Robert was born in Galt, Ontario, and grew up in Smiths Falls, Ontario. He graduated from Queen’s University (1955) with a Bachelor of Science. Robert worked at Crown Life Insurance Company for 27 years in Data Management. He was a resident of Don Mills for 63 years. Robert was an avid bridge player, patron of the Stratford Festival, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company, Kiwanis member, and was a longtime member of the Jubilee United Church. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Dr., Toronto), on Monday, April 18th, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will take place 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jubilee United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Tylee Manchul, peacefully on February 20, 2022 at the age of 94, at the Avalon Retirement Lodge in Orangeville. She was born in Virden, Manitoba in 1927, daughter of the owner of the local hardware store. While attending the University of Manitoba, she met engineering student Edward Manchul, the love of her life, and beloved husband of 68 years. Marion has lived in many cities across the country but always called Toronto home. Marion enjoyed bridge, curling, sewing, knitting and tailoring, and spending winters in Florida. She will be remembered fondly for her fabulous shortbread cookies, her famous back ribs and chili con carne. She is cherished by her two daughters, Lee Ann Manchul and Lynn Manchul-Davey. Her two grandchildren, Megan Devlin and Edward Davey will always remember her as their advocate and friend and she loved them to the moon and back. Marion will be fondly remembered by her nieces Nancy, Tylee, and Mardi, nephews Dick and Bill, son-in-law Michael Devlin, and many grand nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at the Avalon Retirement Lodge, Comfort Keepers, the palliative care team, Kristine and Dr. Bhamber. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the charity of your choice in her honour is appreciated. We will miss you, mom. We will miss you Nana. You were our inspiration!


It is with great sadness that the family of Donald (Don) Smeaton announce his passing on January 20, 2022 at the age of 82. He will be deeply missed by Linda, his loving wife of 31 years, his son Drew, daughter Lara, and stepson Jared. Don was a proud grandpa and “Poppi” to Claire, Haley, Emerald, Stephan, Calla and Isabella. He is survived by his brothers Bill and Wally, and will be missed by his many nieces and nephews in Kamloops, BC, where he was born. Don was a gift, a kind and loving man, with a love of life, and family.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Phalp, née Brubacher. She passed away peacefully in hospital on January 13, 2022. Until the end she continued to think of others, sharing a laugh and enjoying familiar stories.

Jean was the loving wife of husband Brian Trevor Phalp; beloved mother of Daniel (Leah Yu), Rosemary and David; grandmother to Chloe and Ethan; sister to Sheldon Brubacher (Barb); and predeceased by her parents Ralph and Bella Brubacher, her brothers Claude and Harold Brubacher (late Isabelle) and Gerald Brubacher (Lola), sisters Pauline Graham (James), Grace Waters (late Don), Alice McDonald (late Robert and Jack), Frances Clappison (Philip) and Beatrice Stephenson (Glen).

Jean was born on June 1, 1931 at her home in the community of Sunnyside, now Kitchener. She grew up with her brothers and sisters on the family market garden farm.

After graduating from Galt High School, she moved to Toronto where she attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology Early Childhood Education program, the first of its kind program in Canada, in its inaugural year, where she excelled, winning a scholarship in her second year.

She began her career as a teacher at the Victoria Day Nursery on Jarvis Street in Toronto. The first day care in Ontario (1890), was recognized for the promotion of mental health, and supporting children’s development. Her time there was fondly remembered, and co-workers became life-long friends.

She met her future husband Brian when he came to play badminton at Deer Park Church, where she was involved in social activities. Brian, born in Yorkshire, had graduated from Cambridge, and had worked for several years in London, England as an engineer before immigrating to Toronto, Canada. They were married on June 23, 1962.

The couple moved to Don Mills and raised the family of three. Jean and Brian loved to travel, including annual trips to England to visit his family. Jean returned to teaching nursery school in Don Mills and continued to take great joy in working with children in their formative years. Together they were active members of the Bethesda United Church community where they made many friends.

Sadly, her husband passed away in 1997. Jean did volunteer work and remained active in the Jubilee United Church and in the lives of her family and friends. The birth of her first grandchild Chloe brought her great joy, which was enhanced when her grandson Ethan was born.

She took great pride in her family’s Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and many the links to the Waterloo Region. She had great love and concern for her brothers and sisters and their families. She was a woman who cared deeply for others throughout her life and the family thanks all those who supported and cared for Jean in her final years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to the Red Door Shelter.

PALMER, Ruth Anne

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Ruth Anne Palmer at the age of 82, at Chester Village Retirement Home in Toronto. Ruth was born in Wheatley Ontario, the middle child of Henry and Mary Kornelsen, (nee Enns). She is predeceased by her parents, sister Marlene (Ron) Dumouchelle, brothers John (Sherry) and Herb (Clara) Kornelsen. She will be missed by her sister Margreta (Stan) Gronski, nephews and nieces, Deanne and John, David and Wasif, Wayne and Wendy, Doug and Trish, Andrea and Sam, Drew and Deanna.
Ruth started her working career in Wheatley Ontario as a Bell telephone operator. After graduation from London Teacher’s College she taught in a rural schoolhouse in Mersea Township. One of her duties was to keep the pot bellied stove burning. She decided this career was not for her and took a job with North American Life in Toronto becoming a group pension supervisor. Later she graduated from the Honeywell Institute and took a job as a computer programmer with CIBC.
Ruth loved to read, was an avid card player, loved crosswords and in her later years did lots of Fillin word puzzles.
There will be a visitation at 1pm followed by a memorial service at 2pm on Sunday December 12, 2021, at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, M1M1N5. Only double vaccinated people may attend. Due to covid there will not be a reception. Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada ( or Chester Village Retirement Home ( by visiting the tab above.

GAITSKELL, Gloria Joyce

23 July 1937 – 22 October 2021

Gloria Joyce Gaitskell, age 84, of Toronto, Ontario passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021. Gloria was born July 23, 1937 in Toronto, ON.


CONQUER, Marilyn Marie

It is with enormous sadness, that Marilyn Marie Conquer (nee MacLeod), 87, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. Our mother fought courageously and optimistically for a number of years, managing her many health issues. Marilyn was the beloved wife of the late Derek John Conquer. She was the dear mother of Jane (Steve Boehmer), Jeff (Judy Conquer) and Jennifer (Don Hill). She was the loving grandmother to Courtney (Bobby Caughey), Jonathan Boehmer (Ashley), and Andrew Boehmer (Ruthanne); Brittney (Ryan Fitzgerald), Brennen, Shelby and Kyle Conquer; Brodie, Madeline, and Henry Hill. She was the great-grandmother to Reese Caughey, Aria Fitzgerald, Graham Caughey, and Oaklynn Boehmer. The family acknowledges and thanks, with deep appreciation and gratitude, the many doctors who took exceptional care of our mother over the years, as well as more recently, her Palliative care team and her caregivers. Marilyn will be missed by her brother-in-law, Phillip Conquer, extended family of nieces and nephews, her church family and many others who knew and loved her. Visitation to be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON L3R 5G1), on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Private interment to follow. Online condolences and donations to Diabetes Canada or the Kidney Foundation of Canada may be made at