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BARBARA IRENE GYLES (published on January 02, 2010)

BARBARA IRENE GYLES (nee MARTIN) May 26, 1927 - December 27, 2009 Passed away peacefully at her home in Blue Mountains surrounded by family after a valiant battle with liver disease. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Cedric Gyles; their children Cedric (Sue-Anne) Gyles of Toronto, Patricia (Brent) Miller of Winnipeg, Marti (Michael) Williams of Collingwood, Edward Gyles of Toronto, John (Jane) Gyles of Blue Mountains, Peter Gyles of Toronto; her grandchildren Brice, Jason, Richelle (Darrell), Steven, Alexander, Thomas, Lisa, William, Sarah, Jessica, Brier, Kailey; and great-grandchildren Kylee, Matthew, Jarek, Kenna. She is also survived by her brothers Jack (Anne) Martin and Mervin (Doreen) Martin, both of Abbotsford, BC, as well as many nephews and nieces and special friends Gloria Andrews and Brian Cartwright of Toronto. She is preceded in death by her brother Thomas Edward Martin. Barb dedicated her life to her family and friends, loved to travel, was an avid reader and lawn bowler, enjoyed cooking and was greatly involved in community activities. Barb had a big heart and throughout her life was a volunteer to many organizations including the Ontario Meals-on-Wheels where her lifework was acknowledged with the receipt of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 1994 from the Premier and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Education was important to Barb and she attained her Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in 1987. We would like to extend our many thanks to Dr. H. O'Halloran and the medical staff at Collingwood General Marine Hospital and the personal care workers and nurses associated with the Community Care Access Centre for their dedication, kindness, compassion and caring support provided to Barbara. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 4, 2010, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Chatterson Funeral Home, Collingwood (705-445-4700), followed by a funeral mass on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 63 Elgin Street, Collingwood, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals-on-Wheels, the Collingwood General Marine Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at

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