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Wallie (Frances) McCurdy

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Wallie (Frances) McCurdy

Frances Joan was born in Barrie, Ontario on May 17, 1929 to parents Frank and Annie (Gilchrist) Livingston. She was the youngest of five children, joining older siblings Ray, George, Howard and Helen. Frances spent her youth growing up in the Barrie area, enjoying her childhood. She was also a very talented vocalist and enjoyed participating in the local variety and talent shows, singing in the Hanover Choir, and often sang at many weddings. 

At the age of 19 Wallie left home to attend Owen Sound Business School. One evening, while skating, she ran into a classmate by the name of George “Ross” McCurdy. The two hit it off immediately and were married the following year, September 28, 1949 at Wallie’s home church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Barrie.

Ross’ family owned McCurdy’s Tire Shop in Chesley and sadly Ross’s dad passed away earlier that year, so Ross was responsible for taking over the family business. As newly weds, Ross and Wallie immediately moved into the apartment above the store. In 1950 they welcomed their first daughter Wendy, with Ann completing the family in 1953. With their growing family space was tight so the McCurdy’s soon moved to the McCurdy home on 2nd Ave S.W. When not caring for and raising her young daughters Wallie usually could be found at the store helping customers find exactly what they were looking for. By this time they had expanded the business from just bicycles and tires to radios, batteries, appliances and sporting goods. When not at home or work, Wallie could often be found helping, supporting and enjoying a good laugh with her mother-in-law, Jane. 

In her spare time, Wallie enjoyed sewing. She was very gifted and spent hours on end cross-stitching. Wallie was also active in her church, Trinity Anglican Church, regularly singing in the choir and volunteering with the Guild. She enjoyed her fair share of time at the hockey rink where she was either cheering Ross on as a player or coach. She was always there to support him and help out wherever needed, washing countless jerseys throughout the years and also assisting with the odd parent issue here and there! 🙂 Wallie loved the outdoors, spending time in her gardens, or just a good old fashioned bike ride! Something she continued into her 80’s. Every summer, the McCurdy’s headed for the cottage in Port Elgin on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday evenings. Countless memories were made there throughout the years as they enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Most evenings included a toast, while sitting by the front window, watching the sunset.

Sporting events in the winter months were a favourite pastime. Wallie was a skater who loved to skate faster than everyone else. She spent countless hours at the arena skating with the family and assisting the figure skating committee. She sewed many, many skating costumes. She loved to cross country ski. Sunday was ski day and with Ross and their co-operative dog Asker, they would head to the local ski trails. The most time Wallie spent on the ice was at the old, and new Chesley Curling Clubs. If she was not curling in competitions (4, ten end games in a day, with a straw broom!), she was playing in bonspiels, perfecting her out turn, raising money for the club, and hosting her friends for the Boxing Day Spiels.   

Wallie’s family was extremely important to her throughout her life. She loved returning to Barrie, when possible, to visit members of the Livingston family. Her love for her husband and daughters was ever-present, but a new twinkle appeared in her eye when she became a grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and took every opportunity to maximize the time spent with them. Wallie was their biggest supporter and always wanted what was best for them. When time allowed it, Wallie and Ross enjoyed traveling and together they enjoyed exploring Canada, Florida and the Carribean.

Sadly life forever changed for Wallie in 2010 when her beloved Ross died. She surrounded herself with the love and support of her family and friends and continued into the next chapter of her life. In 2013, Wallie sold her home and moved to The Village in Hanover. Here she loved playing bingo, or the occasional game of cards, and always enjoyed celebrating birthdays with her friends. Wallie’s final move came in 2017 when she called McVean Lodge home. It didn’t take long for her to settle in here as well and the staff and fellow residents soon became an extension of her family. As recently as last year, Wallie was still singing in their small choir. 

On Friday, October 16, 2020, in the 92nd Season of her life, after many wonderful, fulfilling years, Wallie has decided to rest. We admire her zest for life, family and loving others.

Mom will be loved forever by her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren, Wendy and Terry O’Neill; Ann and Saul Mimran;  Shannon and Kevin Rankka, Brody & Parker; Jordin Mimran and Mira Singh; Tamara and David Lubotta, Jake, Aston, and baby brother on the way; Zoe and Ira Jelinek, Seleste and Sunny. She will reunite with her amazing husband Ross who left her 10 Seasons ago. Predeceased by her parents from Barrie, Annie and Frank Livingston and her siblings Ray (Mary); George (Alma); Howard (Pat & Nancy); Helen (Bruce); and mother-in-law Jane McCurdy.

Wallie’s family will be celebrating her life privately as we all continue to be safe. Interment will follow, beside her beloved Ross, in Chesley Cemetery.

Sadly 2020 has been difficult for our charities and our seniors. Wallie would be honoured if you donated to a charity of your choice. She would also be smiling if you were able to reach out to a lonely senior friend or family member and share your memories.

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Karen Lycklama
December 9, 2020

What a wonderful legacy; zest for life, family and loving others. Wallie’s look of engagement, love and concern in one of the photos, looking into the face of a granddaughter is something I remember feeling during our little chats on the deck. Even as a neighbour, I could feel the warmth and genuine interest that Wallie had in me. It was a deep pleasure having both Ross and Wallie next door. Thank you for sharing these treasured family photos and for highlighting Wallie’s life journey. What a rich, love-filled life. You have a beautiful family. I am sorry for your loss.

Roy Brown
November 15, 2020

Wendy, Ann and Families,

Mom just told me Walke passed in October, was very sorry to here. Please accept our condolences, she was a lovely lady and a great match for Ross. I am sure she will be missed, the cottage won’t ever be the same without them.

Roy and Laurie Brown

Paul and Barb (Patterson) Sinclair
November 8, 2020

Wendy, Ann and family please accept our sincerest condolences . Your Mom was such a warm and caring person. It was always a pleasure to chat.
Wallie loved to sing and she enjoyed singing for a few sessions in the Paisley Concert Choir. Such a beautiful person will be missed by many. May the sharing of your many wonderful memories and knowing that she and your Dad are reunited be of some comfort at this most difficult time.

Jack and Ellen Cavill
October 23, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to Wendy and Ann in the loss of your mother, she was a wonderful person and always was ready to enjoy a visit and exchange pleasantries. She will be very much missed, we are thinking of you.

Carol (Kingston) Grieve
October 22, 2020

Wendy, Ann and families,
So sorry to hear about Wallie. Someone so special can never be forgotten.
Hugs to all.

Nancy Spencer
October 21, 2020

Ann, Wendy and families,

I’m sorry to hear of Wallie’s passing. She was a lovely lady, a great friend to Norm and Ruth, and a wonderful neighbour. My sincere condolences to you all. She will truly be missed!

Lori and Kevin Woods
October 21, 2020

Sending our deepest sympathy to the family

Gary & Carole Rahn
October 20, 2020

Our deepest condolences with the passing of your Mom. I am the guy who fixed your Dad’s TV sets and knew your Mother when she brought the TV’s to our shop.

Gord and Ann Gottscheu
October 20, 2020

Wendy, Terry, Ann and Saul and families. Our deepest sympathy to your families on the loss of Wallie. She will be missed by all.

Ann Legge
October 20, 2020

Ann, Wendy and families, my sincerest condolences. Your mom was so good to our mom in the village , it was always good to see her and she always took time to ask what was going on in our lives. Mom and dad enjoyed your parents company and mom always talked of the Chesley group who went swimming in Hanover each week (whalers?).
Your mom had a beautiful voice, great listening to her both in church and the Grey Bruce Singers. My thoughts are with you.

Jayne (Thomson) Tibbo
October 20, 2020

Wendy , Ann & families
I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a nice lady and I always enjoyed being in her company. There will be one heck of a party in heaven as the group
is all together again ❤️❤️

James Woods Tooter
October 20, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to You All at This Time.

Shelagh, Sergey & Family
October 20, 2020

Another Angel sings ❤️

Deb Emke
October 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss she was an amazing lady ..will be missed by many ..

Judy Noble
October 19, 2020

And they were beautiful skaters. Condolences.

Terry Lawson
October 19, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Wallie’s passing. I have fond memories of her kindness and sense of humour when I moved to Chesley. She was a lovely lady.

George and Nancy Maxwell
October 19, 2020

Wendy, Ann and families, our deepest sympathies. We will always cherish the times and memories we shared with our family get togethers. Wally was a kind, heart warming person who will dearly be missed.

Bob & Diane Murphy
October 19, 2020

Deepest sympathy Ann, Wendy & families. Your mom was special – always smiling with a sparkle in her eye. May the void in your lives be filled with fond memories.

Carl and Gwen Marklevitz Terry and Lynne
October 19, 2020

Wendy and Anne, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a kind and very friendly lady. We have good memories of our neighbours on McGaw St. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families.

Stanley, Mimi & Elliott Fienberg
October 19, 2020

Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your wonderful Mother. We were very fortunate to have known her all these years. Our loving thoughts are with your family at this time.

Janet (Spencer) Currie
October 19, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time, Ross and Wally were such good friends of my parents and family. i have many memories of the gatherings to share an evening together, or stopping in to the store for a chat while downtown. they were such good people, i feel honored to have known them.

Leona Hutton
October 18, 2020

My condolences Wendy and Ann on the passing of your mother. I became her Grace United Church phone buddy during covid and enjoyed our telephone visits over those days. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Larry, MarySusan, Taylor and Cory Snow
October 18, 2020

Wendy, Ann, and family…Your Mom was such a kind, welcoming, and wise lady. We will cherish our memories of her and think of her often when the sun goes down over Lake Huron

Rod and Carol Calhoun
October 18, 2020

Dear Wendy and Ann. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May all your cherished memories of such a wonderful lady help ease the pain of her loss in the days ahead. Sincere sympathy to both of you and your families. Rod and Carol Calhoun

Ron and Marlene Calhoun
October 18, 2020

Wendy , Ann, and families.
Deepest sympathy in the passing of Wally. What a wonderful
lady, and such a pleasure to be in her company.
Cherish the wonderful memories.

Mary Lou Orned (Schuett)
October 18, 2020

Wendy and Anne
You have my heartfelt condolence in losing your Mother. Mothers are forever special people. She was gentle, gracious and a kind lady and I can see her clearly standing in your kitchen on McGaw St. Good memories. Take care of yourselves.

Donna McKeag
October 18, 2020

Wendy and Ann, I am so sorry for the passing of your mom. You had such great parents, everyone enjoyed their company, Ann I remember going to your house after school and having peanut butter and honey sandwiches then go home and not being hungry for supper. Your mom had such a great personally. I remember her singing in the choir at church her voice was so strong. again I am so sorry to hear the passing of this wonderful woman.. Thinking of you and Wendy ..

Meg O'Neill
October 18, 2020

Dear Wendy and Ann. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. It is so hard to lose your Mom. My condolences to you both and your families.

Gail Fritsch
October 17, 2020

Oh Wendy, I am so sorry to see that your mom passed away. My condolences to you and Ann and your families. She was such a kind lady. It’s too bad we can’t pay our respects in person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Linda & Jim Murray
October 17, 2020

A wonderful neighbour for many years. We are very sorry for your loss.

Leverne Larry Misch
October 17, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mum. Deepest sympathy is extended to u all.

Tim and Mary Lou Smailes
October 17, 2020

Wendy, Ann and families. Wallie was one of a kind. She will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to all.❤️

Doug and Brenda Calhoun
October 17, 2020

Oh my dear Wally. Loved your visits. You will be missed by everyone who knew you. Wish we could say a final farewell.

Elaine Pevcevicius
October 17, 2020

Anne and Wendy and extended families. Walter and I so sorry to hear about your Mom. A Mom’s love is irreplaceable. Wallie was such a lady, beautiful and sweet inside and out. I have such fond memories of her as my second Mom in my youth. Wish we could be there for you. Big hugs

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