Judith Gillespie

Judith Carolyn Gillespie

Monday, June 15th, 1942 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Judith Carolyn Gillespie (nee Merkley) passed away peacefully surrounded by love on October 29th, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Laurence Andrew Gillespie and mother Margaret Sebire (nee Whitehead). Cherished mother to Shaun Gillespie (Leslie) and Catherine Lopes (Brian). Adored grandmother to Roland, Carmen-Mae, and Alexandra. Doting cat mom to Missy. Judy is lovingly remembered by her siblings Barry (Marilyn), Jim (Lynette), Greg (Naoko), and Peggy.

Judy was born and raised in Muskoka, Ontario. She is a graduate of Gravenhurst high school, Centennial College (ECE), and Trent University (BA, Sociology). She was a dedicated volunteer throughout her life, giving back to the community through organizations such as Emperor Street Centre, Hospice (VON), St. Vincent’s Kitchen, the United Church, and refugee sponsorship programs. Judy had a 30-year career in social services dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

Judy enjoyed travelling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Her favourite memories were those spent with her husband, Laurie, in their home on Lake Couchiching in Orillia and cottage gatherings at the family farm on the shores of Lake Muskoka.

Judy wanted to let her friends and family know that it was because of you that she had such a good life. She extends her deepest thanks and love to all of you for everything you have done to support her.
A visitation will be held on November 5th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home. A private service will follow directly after. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brooklin United Church would be appreciated by the family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations can be made directly thru this website rather than at the funeral home.
  • Service

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 2:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Family Service
    Rev. Anne Meredith


Donations are being accepted for: BROOKLIN UNITED CHURCH.


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Posted at 10:05pm
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Christina Cupelli

Posted at 01:46pm
I was saddened to hear of Judith's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Judith was always very kind, she will be missed but not forgotten
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Toula Di Leo

Posted at 04:36pm
Catherine, with my deepest sympathy and my warmest condolences, I'm thinking of you and sending you strength during this difficult time.
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Posted at 03:54pm
Many good memories and laughs with Judy on holidays with a glass of white wine and always werther's candy in her purse. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers to her children, grandchildren and siblings. Cherish your memories. xo

Marilyn Jamernik

Posted at 01:26pm
I got to know Judy through my sister and we travelled together for a very special trip to Malta. Judy was fun, kind, thoughtful, and I admired her wisdom and reflections on life. My sincerest condolences to all the family.

Marilyn Jamernik

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