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.

In Memory of Donna Claire Steen

August 30, 1939 – May 27, 2022

Donna Steen, 82, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital surrounded by family and friends on May 27, 2022. Donna was born in Orillia, Ontario to Mary and Ernie Collinson. She was the loving mother to Michelle Marlin (Dennis Callahan) and Chris Marlin (Maria) and grandmother of Ryan, Jacqueline, Gregory and Parker.

Donna was a Sturgeon Pointer since 1964 when her mother bought the little cottage on Second Street.  The cottage was her beloved place for the remainder of her life; long after she couldn’t remember the names of her children and grandchildren, she remembered her cottage. The last half century she could be found walking and swimming with friends, gardening, and introducing her four grandchildren to the many charms of Sturgeon Point. A lifelong learner and educator, she was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Toronto and Loyola University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in Chicago before moving back to Toronto where she taught elementary grades and French at the Scarborough Board of Education.

She had many interests – reading, languages, music, art and travelling.  She travelled the world and made lifelong friends in France and Japan but her happy place was always at Sturgeon Point. A celebration of life for family and friends is planned at the Point over Civic weekend.