Deborah Austin

Deborah Lynn Austin

Wednesday, March 13th, 1957 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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Deborah L. Austin, age 63, passed away peacefully on Friday November 6, 2020. She was born on March 13, 1957 in Scarborough, Ontario. Debbie is lovingly remembered by her husband, Peter, her children, Janice (Craig), Bradley (Ashley), Brian (Lisa), Mark, and Danielle (Will). She will also be greatly missed by her eight grandchildren Zachary, Hailey, Evan, Trevor, Elizabeth, Rachel, Chloe, and Benjamin. Debbie was predeceased by her loving parents Leonard and Norma Pawlett and is survived by her caring brother David Pawlett.

Debbie grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and married her high school sweetheart. She raised her family in Pickering, Ontario. Her family will remember her as a loving mother who put all of her energy into her family’s happiness and children’s success. She spent much of her time helping others and was an active volunteer in schools and charities. She had a great tenacity for life and loved traveling the world, dragon boating, Scouting and Friday night dinners with her friends. She has had a long struggle after suffering from a cerebral aneurysm and her family takes comfort in knowing she has found peace.

A celebration and visitation will be held on Saturday November 14, 2020 at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd, Whitby, from 2:00 – 4:00pm

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    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    IF you intend to visit the family, you must call our office before 4 pm to reserve your time for visitation. Reservations are mandatory. Covid 19 protocols are closely monitored inside and outside the building. All guests are required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance.


Donations are being accepted for: HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO.


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Private Condolence

Arlene Meyer

Posted at 02:53pm
Dear Peter and Family,
I am sad to hear about Debbie's passing. We were good friends when I lived in Pickering. Our New Comers Club provided a social gathering for Moms and Tots, couples activities etc.
Debbie's devotion of her time and talents to school and other charities were immense. I remember when she asked me to make a very large size beaver out of brown fabric for her Beaver pack.
We had good times on our ladies trips to Buffalo New York. I especially remember when she was my room mate on one of those trips. It was always a great time.
God Bless you Debbie. You are in a better place.
Friend forever,
Arlene Meyer

Elly Ellis

Posted at 12:50pm
Debbie and I met at St. Monica's where my three children were in the same classes as Janice, Bradley and Mark. Debbie was always so generous with her time, energy and friendship. We spent hours together in her kitchen preparing for school craft club, a monthly endeavor that provided lunch time fun for hundreds of children. Every child's well being was extremely important to Debbie and she never hesitated to step up and provide the necessary support. My sincere condolences to the entire Austin family, love from Elly Ellis.

June Pawlett

Posted at 09:19pm
As Debbie's aunt I watched her grow up and become the woman who was so involved in her family's welfare. A caring person who organized a party for her Aunt Hilda and Uncle Bill's anniversary because they had no children to do that for them. Always busy with her own kids she still had time for others. A lovely lady gone from us too soon. Our best wishes to Peter and family love from Ron and June Pawlett

Brenda Stanbury

Posted at 06:14pm
Debbie and I were cousins who didn't see each other a lot but when we did boy did we have a lot of fun! We had family Christmas dinners at our grandparent's house where 17 -20 grandchildren stormed the house; slid down the banister, hid under the bed and watched the boarder cook his meal on a hotplate, pretended to ride a big stuffed collie dog and ran rampant everywhere. My poor grandmother!
Later as teenagers we went snowmobiling together. I drove the snowmobile with Debbie riding behind me. As a bit of a speed-demon I misjudged where the trail was and Debbie and I flew over the edge of a gravel pit into a deep pile of snow. Unbeknownst to our frantic parents who tried to hurriedly run to our rescue, Debbie rolled off the snowmobile laughing her head off. I was terrified I had injured her and/or the snowmobile but all were OK. Her sense of fun relieved me of my sense of guilt.
As a wife and mother Debbie often hosted showers, birthday or anniversary parties. Family was one of the most important things in her life and I am so happy to have had her as part of my extended family. She lives on in my memory as an energetic, fun-loving, thoughtful person. Sending much love to you Peter, your children and grandchildren. May your cherished memories be a comfort to you all.
Sincerely Brenda Stanbury

bob bracht

Posted at 10:16am
Hi Peter & Kids,

I met Debbie when I was a Beaver leader with 5 Th Pickering Scouts. We went through Beavers and Cub together. I can remember sharing many a campfire and singing Kumbaya with Debbie. Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky, All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. RIP Debbie & condolences to Austin family.

Bob Bracht (Baloo of the North)

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