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Andrew Durnford

August 21, 2019

Obituary

Andrew Villiers William Durnford

 

 

Andy passed away peacefully at Georgian Bay General Hospital on August 21st at the age of 84, following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his wife Barb and close friends.

 

Born, September 7, 1934 in London, Ontario

 

Son of Dr. William Durnford and Mary Durnford of London, Ontario

 

Survived by his spouse of 62 years, Barbara, brothers David (Barbara) and Paul (Barbara) and his sister Barbara Crawford, son Bill (Valerie) and daughter Anne Burrows (Paul), grandchildren, Erin, Lisa, Andrew (Frankie) and Paula (Cole) and great grandson, Jaron. Predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Crawford. Also survived by his dog Savanna who he rescued 9 years ago and who has now found a good home in Ottawa. The goldfish have also found a good home.

 

Following the completion of a science degree in geology from the University of Western Ontario, Andy followed his passion to the northern parts of Canada, working in exploration for various mining companies.

 

Andy and Barb were married on October 12, 1957 in Stratford, Ontario. Barb was a nursing student at Victoria Hospital in London.

 

Andy returned to Western a few years later to pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree and a career as a small businessman and entrepreneur.

 

In 1959, Andy and Barb became parents. Born in London, Bill followed his parents to Copper Cliff, Ontario, where Andy landed a job with INCO in their purchasing department. Anne came along in 1961 while the family was living in Sudbury and stayed there for 14 years while Andy was a co-owner, Vice President & General Manager of Carrington’s Building Centre.

 

In 1975, Andy sold his interest in Carrington’s and relocated to Sault Ste. Marie to influence young business minds at Sault College. (many years later, while working in the Soo, Bill ran into many of Andy’s former students who spoke very highly of him as a teacher and mentor).

 

In 1980, Andy got the itch to get back into small business, so he and Barb returned to London. Andy became a partner in a farm parts distributorship, Canadian Farm Supply. The timing could not have been better. The economy headed into a major recession and interest rates were in double digits. Andy became very close friends with his banker at RBC. Andy sold his share of the business a few years later.

 

Andy’s career moved to business consulting and home base moved from London to Bayfield, Ontario. This is around the time Andy met Jay Roszell. Jay was Vice President of Sales at Champion Road Machinery in Goderich. Jay hired Andy as a consultant and the two have been good friends ever since.

 

Andy had been very active in politics for most of his life, supporting local candidates during federal, provincial and municipal elections. He was never short of an opinion regarding the issues of the day, which led to the occasional debate with family and friends.

 

Andy and Barb moved to their final home in Victoria Harbour in 1993. This is where Andy could pursue his passion for painting, and even the odd hooked rug, in his new loft style studio overlooking Georgian Bay. The house on Albert Street played host to numerous art shows over the years. Andy’s final show was on June 30th.  Attendees were able to take home selected paintings and proceeds were gifted to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre in Barrie.

 

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends who have supported Andy since the cancer diagnosis, also caring for Barb during this difficult time. A very special thank you to Jay, who has been by Andy’s side since his initial diagnosis and has been a tremendous support to Barb, Anne and Bill.

 

Thank you as well to the staff in the palliative care unit at Georgian Bay General Hospital who provided compassionate care to Andy during his final weeks.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for consideration of a donation to the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

 

In keeping with Andy’s wishes, there will not be a funeral. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1pm-4pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 134 William Street, Victoria Harbour.  

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Villiers William Durnford

 

 

Andy passed away peacefully at Georgian Bay General Hospital on August 21st at the age of 84, following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his wife Barb and close friends.

 

Born, September 7, 1934 in London, Ontario

 

Son of Dr. William Durnford and Mary Durnford of London, Ontario

 

Survived by his spouse of 62 years, Barbara, brothers David (Barbara) and Paul (Barbara) and his sister Barbara Crawford, son Bill (Valerie) and daughter Anne Burrows (Paul), grandchildren, Erin, Lisa, Andrew (Frankie) and Paula (Cole) and great grandson, Jaron. Predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Crawford. Also survived by his dog Savanna who he rescued 9 years ago and who has now found a good home in Ottawa. The goldfish have also found a good home.

 

Following the completion of a science degree in geology from the University of Western Ontario, Andy followed his passion to the northern parts of Canada, working in exploration for various mining companies.

 

Andy and Barb were married on October 12, 1957 in Stratford, Ontario. Barb was a nursing student at Victoria Hospital in London.

 

Andy returned to Western a few years later to pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree and a career as a small businessman and entrepreneur.

 

In 1959, Andy and Barb became parents. Born in London, Bill followed his parents to Copper Cliff, Ontario, where Andy landed a job with INCO in their purchasing department. Anne came along in 1961 while the family was living in Sudbury and stayed there for 14 years while Andy was a co-owner, Vice President & General Manager of Carrington’s Building Centre.

 

In 1975, Andy sold his interest in Carrington’s and relocated to Sault Ste. Marie to influence young business minds at Sault College. (many years later, while working in the Soo, Bill ran into many of Andy’s former students who spoke very highly of him as a teacher and mentor).

 

In 1980, Andy got the itch to get back into small business, so he and Barb returned to London. Andy became a partner in a farm parts distributorship, Canadian Farm Supply. The timing could not have been better. The economy headed into a major recession and interest rates were in double digits. Andy became very close friends with his banker at RBC. Andy sold his share of the business a few years later.

 

Andy’s career moved to business consulting and home base moved from London to Bayfield, Ontario. This is around the time Andy met Jay Roszell. Jay was Vice President of Sales at Champion Road Machinery in Goderich. Jay hired Andy as a consultant and the two have been good friends ever since.

 

Andy had been very active in politics for most of his life, supporting local candidates during federal, provincial and municipal elections. He was never short of an opinion regarding the issues of the day, which led to the occasional debate with family and friends.

 

Andy and Barb moved to their final home in Victoria Harbour in 1993. This is where Andy could pursue his passion for painting, and even the odd hooked rug, in his new loft style studio overlooking Georgian Bay. The house on Albert Street played host to numerous art shows over the years. Andy’s final show was on June 30th.  Attendees were able to take home selected paintings and proceeds were gifted to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre in Barrie.

 

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends who have supported Andy since the cancer diagnosis, also caring for Barb during this difficult time. A very special thank you to Jay, who has been by Andy’s side since his initial diagnosis and has been a tremendous support to Barb, Anne and Bill.

 

Thank you as well to the staff in the palliative care unit at Georgian Bay General Hospital who provided compassionate care to Andy during his final weeks.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for consideration of a donation to the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

 

In keeping with Andy’s wishes, there will not be a funeral. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1pm-4pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 134 William Street, Victoria Harbour.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
September 28, 2019

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion (William Street)
134 William Street
Victoria Harbour, ON L0K 2A0

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