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Barbara Ayres

Barbara Elizabeth Ayres (Davis)

Monday, August 14th, 1939 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Obituary

In Loving Memory of Barbara Elizabeth Ayres (nee Davis)
Born 14 August 1939 – Died December 17, 2019 (age 80)

Growing up on Carey Road in Toronto and Marydon Crescent in Agincourt – and with summers spent at the cottage on Lake Kushog since 1947 - Barb Ayres graduated from the University of Toronto (Economics) in 1961. While spending her school breaks working in Banff she met and fell in love with Reg. They married in May of 1962 and started a family. During the 1970’s Barb’s volunteer work culminated with her serving a 3 year term as President of Big Brothers of Metro Toronto. Following this she moved into a successful 18 year career as a Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage in North York. Reg and Barb retired to the cottage on Lake Kushog in 2003 and became active members of the local community as members of the Minden curling club, Hospital Auxiliary as well as various golf and bridge groups. She will be missed by many.

Daughter of the late Dewitt and Mildred Davis of Agincourt and sister of the late Dr. Tait Davis of Kushog Lake, Algonquin Highlands, Barb is survived by Reg, her loving husband of 57 years; daughter Anita (Toronto) and son Stephen, devoted daughter-in-law Kim and grandson’s Oliver and Lachlan (all of Sydney, Australia). Although she has many friends, Barb wished to single out Elizabeth Hogle with whom she has shared many adventures since they first met at the age of 6; and Marg Kus of British Columbia for their support, love and friendship over the decades.

Kim and Stephen have been so inspiring in putting their own busy lives in Australia on hold in order to be at Barb’s side over her final months and weeks. And having her adoring grandchildren also fly all the way from Australia gave Barb incredible joy and comfort in her final moments as did having her daughter Annie at her side.

The family wishes to thank the Kingston Cancer Centre – where Barb had recently started a new cancer trial - for their care over the last 12 months, as well as Beth Archibald and the palliative care unit at Haliburton Highlands Health Services (in Haliburton Village). It was Beth and her team who provided the support which made possible Barb’s wish to spend her final days at the cottage overlooking her beloved Lake Kushog – a place she has called home since playing along its beautiful shores as a young child and which now flies the Canadian flag at half-mast in her honour.

In accordance with Barb’s wishes there will be no funeral or memorial service. And in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (Kingston Cancer Centre) or the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (HHHSF) and can be arranged be through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Bobcaygeon Rd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.
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Patti Prentice

Posted at 08:05pm
I had a great time with Barb as my Skip!! She was a very supportive Vice for me and encouraged my crazy curling shot decisions as a new skip in the ladies league. A wonderful and fun lady!!
Deepest sympathy Reg and family.
Paul and Patti Prentice
HM

Heather Mepham

Posted at 01:14pm
Ray, I just learnt of Barb's passing today. I am so sorry for your loss. I met Barb 8 years ago on the curling ice.
She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed her company. I send my condolences to you and your family Ray.
LK

Lois and Norwood Kavanagh

Posted at 12:05pm
Norwood and Lois Kavanagh
We first met Barb and Reg in PEI and Keltic Lodge and our deep friendship seemed to really "hit it off".
Since then we have had wonderful visits in many places, Hawaii, Arizona but especially in their homes in Toronto and at Lake Kushog.
Barb was so cheerful, caring and welcoming and Reg was so hospitable.
We have followed her courageous battle with sadness. We are so sorry for your loss Reg, we could always see the love between you.
Barb will always be in our hearts, most sincerely Reg, Lois and Norwood
A

Ayres1967@yahoo.com.au

Posted at 07:56pm
Barb was a beautiful soul and will be sadly missed by everyone she touched. Reg & Barb are a beautiful couple and always will be. I will always remember the first time we met and she was so excited to show me the lake house and the magnificent lakes that surround - she was so proud to show off such a beautiful part of the world and I will be forever thankful for such a wonderful experience luv Pete Campbell and family. Sydney
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Peggy Hogle

Posted at 03:14pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Barb, Reg and their family. Knowing Barb as my mom's oldest and dearest friend throughout the years was an amazing testament to their friendship and lifelong bond. What a gift to cherish. Barb was always so down to earth, practical and wise. I recall fondly spending a lot of time with Barb and Reg at my brother's wedding in Nipigon. Always full of laughter and stories, such a pleasure! Specifically, I remember chatting
with Barb about her fondness and significance of Lady Gaga. What an inspiration. I am so very sad for Reg and the children's loss. Your obituary was beautiful!
Sincerely, Peggy Hogle (and Terry)

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