In Memory of Connie Allan

Helen Constance Allan (Connie Allan) 

February 12, 1922 – January 9, 2023

Connie passed away early in the morning on January 9, 2023 at the North York General Hospital at the age of 100, after suffering a stroke.

She will be dearly missed by her loving daughter, Barbara and by her beloved grandson, Cooper.  Connie (nee McKelvie) is predeceased by her husband Gordon, her mother, (Minnie), father (Frank) and dear brothers Clark (Betty), Frank and Bill (Faye).

Connie was kind and thoughtful, always leaving the fruits of her gardening endeavours on the doorsteps of friends.  She loved spending time with family.  She was always up for fun or a new adventure.  She and Gord had many wonderful memories of the people they met and the experiences they had while living in Newfoundland, Honduras, Toronto and Sturgeon Point.  She loved to travel. England, Iceland, Turkey and Egypt were some of her favourite trips.

Connie went to McMaster University for her teaching degree and taught home economics and “English as a Second Language” in schools across Ontario.  She loved to read and maintained a keen interest in nutrition and health throughout her life.  An excellent swimmer, in her twenties, Connie joined an ornamental swimming group in Peterborough that toured throughout Canada.  Connie had a life-long love of the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, walking, swimming, golfing and skiing.

In recent years she lived in a retirement home in Toronto where she was affectionately known as “Sparkles” and loved to walk each day, sing songs, (You Are my Sunshine) and join in exercise programs.  She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, if desired a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the CNIB would be appreciated by the family.

Please join the celebration of life, honouring Connie, on Sunday, February, 26th at 2pm in person at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 89 Colborne St, Fenelon Falls or remotely via Zoom.

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID:  874 8049 1411

Passcode:  246967


Myrtle “Suzi” passed away peacefully on Friday, September 16th, 2022 at Bradford Valley Care, after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s. Myrtle is survived by her husband Dr. Erik Langenholt, her three sons; D’arcy (Tess), Daryl (Sonja), and Derek (Heather), and her brothers Tom (Betty), and Robert. Predeceased by her parents Lorne and Hazel Duff, her brother Ross (Alma), and her sisters Helen (Chuck Randall), and Ruth (Lloyd Short). She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren; Tyler, Brent, Renee, and Kyle, her great grandchildren; Dexter, Tanner, and Brooklyn, and her many nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was born and raised on the family farm near Port Perry where she had a joyful and active start to life with her three brothers and two sisters. In her late teens Myrtle moved to Toronto, where she attended Business College, and started a career in Advertising. About the same time, she met her first husband Donald Banks, and together they raised their three boys. After starting out in Oakville, where all three boys were born, they soon, moved to Don Mills where she lived the remaining majority of her life. Myrtle put her business career on hold for several years while she raised their three boys. Once the boys were off and running, she went back to work at a second career in real estate sales, which she did successfully for more than 20 years, until she retired in her early 60s. Mom and Erik were married in 1993. This would continue to be an active time of her life. Well into their 80’s, they both enjoyed a good part of their time travelling the world together, and the rest of the year was spent skiing, golfing or simply enjoying life at either Erik’s cottage on Georgian Bay, or Myrtle’s cottage at her beloved Sturgeon Point. She and Erik both enjoyed spending lots of time with family and grandchildren from both families. Myrtle was a woman of strong faith and was involved in bible study and the Church community throughout her life.

In Memory of Jennifer Ritchie (Barrett)

1950 – 2022

SPA is sad to announce the passing of Jennifer Ritchie.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Michael, Kellen, Taylor & Dom and their children.

Her obituary from the Globe and Mail is below.

Jennifer Ritchie, our lovely lady, wife, mother, and grandmother died suddenly but peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the age of 72. Michael Barrett (husband), Taylor Michaud (daughter) and Dominique Michaud (son-in-law), were by her side when she passed. She adored and will be missed by her son, Kellen Barrett and her grandchildren, Louie and Frances Michaud. Jennifer was the life of every party and loved to dance and be merry. Her exuberance was infections to all who knew her. She loved her summers at Sturgeon Point, golfing, being on the water and spending time with her many friends. Otherwise, you could find her on the tennis courts at the Badminton and Racquet Club where she was equally loved. From a young age, she’s loved to travel, absorbing various cultures and history like a student. Since retiring, she was able to travel extensively with Michael and friends, living life to the fullest. Her sudden passing is heart breaking but our joyous memories will see us all through. In lieu of gifts, please feel free to donate to a charity close her Jennifer’s heart; March of Dimes Canada which empowers people with disabilities.

In Memory of Ted Graham

James E. (Ted) Graham

December 24, 1933 to August 13, 2022

Our family is profoundly sad to announce Ted’s passing, but we are grateful for his legacy and gratified that he can be reunited with his beloved wife Lorna (d. November 11, 2020).

Ted was born in Coboconk, Ontario on Dec 24th, 1933. His extended families had pioneered the area, especially in the hospitality and tourism industries . In 1870, they built the locally famous hotel which is still in operation as the Pattie House. They then expanded into every business needed by cottagers, bought a second hotel, opened the first gasoline station and managed various other retail and service outlets. Eventually, Ted’s extended family developed hundreds of cottages on 2500 acres of cottage land on Balsam and Shadow Lakes and additionally provided land for the provincial parks on Balsam Lake.

Ted’s parents, Roy Graham and Etta Isobel Jackson moved to Lindsay in 1934, where Ted excelled in sports on his way through the educational system. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Lorna Margaret Christian. They then moved to Toronto, where Ted started his business career sweeping floors for Northern Electric. 25 years later, after sales management roles at Procter and Gamble and at Lever’s, Ted became President and CEO of Versa Services.

In 1995, Ted and Lorna bought the historic waterfront property at 6 Second Street and proceeded to restore, update, and enhance the property. It was built in 1896 by Sir Joseph Flavelle’s father-in-law and was in terrible shape. It had sat for 100 years on four stumps, one of which was rotted. The whole residence was sliding towards the backyard, so Ted and Lorna had the cottage lifted to install a basement. They restored the old finishes and Lorna did a magical job of restoring the décor and acquiring period pieces. Truly a labour of love. Ted loved to wander around the Point, chatting with everyone he met.

He led a large Sunday school in Toronto for 28 years and then became a touring lay preacher conducting hundreds of services in the Kawartha Lakes area, and in Toronto. His sermons were recorded and distributed widely. Both Lorna and Ted were dedicated songsters, singing in church choirs and choral groups. Ted took a co-leadership role of a gospel group which performed for thousands in Clarington and area. His booming voice will be missed at the Sturgeon Point Union Church on Sunday mornings.

The family is planning on having a celebration of life in the fall.