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Carman Ruth Laurie (Nee Mathews) July 4,1928-Dec 29,2022

With sadness, we share the passing of Carman, one of the all-time characters and a true force of nature!

Daughter of the late Edward Stanley Mathews and Ruth (Reynolds) Mathews and sister of the late Donald Mathews, Bliss Mathews and Wendy (Mathews) Hale.

Predeceased by her husband of 67 years, James (Jim) Laurie, she will be dearly missed by her devoted children John (Nancy), Heather (Paul), Jo-Anne (Gerald, recently passed) and David (Louise), grandchildren Morgan, Erin, John, Eric, Juliana, Trevor and Sarah as well as great-grandchildren Henry, Arthur, Caffrey, Esme, Jack and Angus and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Always so full of life and seemingly in constant motion, Carman was a unique person and progressive thinker; high-spirited, irreverent…a “firecracker” with boundless energy, while also a gifted (and always competitive!) athlete.

Carman’s unabashed honesty and candid humour endeared her to a large circle of friends of quite varied ages and backgrounds. Likeminded rebels seemed to gravitate towards her, creating many close & life-long friendships. Above all, an original, she lived a vibrant life on her own terms and embedded this philosophy into her family. Independence, resourcefulness, authenticity and a “get on with it” approach, always being her trademarks.

Referring to herself as a “town & country”, Carman spent the early part of her life in Westmount and Ville de Lery (Woodlands) before meeting Jim and spending the rest of her life in Hemmingford surrounded by apples and dogs on the family farm.

A graduate of Roslyn School, Westmount High and the Royal Victoria Hospital Nursing program, mom enjoyed nursing before raising a family but she was happiest when she was doing sports and competing. An avid skier (a proud Penguin!), tennis player, yogi and golfer (Club Champion), she played fiercely! Gardening, partying and knitting being her other past-times.

A life well-lived, we are all smiling through our tears in celebrating you and your special life. You will be missed!

Special thanks to team J&C for the care enabling her to stay at home until the end.

As per her wishes, no funeral will be planned. A celebration of life with family and friends will be held in the spring.

Serre & Finnegan

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Toutes nos condoléances

Our deepest sympathies

Diane & Jim Lawrence

Toutes nos condoléances

My deepest sympathie to the Laurie family , she was a wounderfull lady .

Suzie Serre

May peace be with you

My Deepest Sympathy to the Laurie Family.

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Our condolences

A beautiful friend and neighbour who is missed . My condolences to the family . We will remember all the fun & laughter over many a dinner , golf & travel.

Marlene Wilson

Toutes nos condoléances

Sincères condoléances à la famille Laurie et à mes amies d’hier Heather et Jo-Anne.

François Lussier

We share your sorrow

My deepest sympathy to the Laurie family. I got to know Carman years ago when l helped her with housecleaning in her large & beautiful home.
I soon found her to be a fun & interesting lady, she could repair & create almost anything. I recall her herb garden & the well groomed flowerbeds including brewing homemade wine. She will be missed in our community.
Rest in peace Carman.


Toutes nos condoléances

Nos sympathies à David et à la famille Laurie. Nos pensées vous accompagnent . Quel bel hommage à votre mère. Qu’elle repose en paix.

Paule, Catherine et Arnaud Samson

Paule Bégin

Our condolences

Sharing in your sadness, our thoughts are with you and the family. Your Mom will always be in your heart and memories. She sounded like a lot of fun!! Wishing you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time.
Janice and Brian

Janice and Brian

Our condolences

Sincere condolences to Laurie family , especially her children who were so devoted to her.
It was a privilege to know Carman and a joy spending time with her. I will always remember her fondly.

Joan Garnett

Our condolences

We are very sorry for your loss.

Sharon & Dan Mark

Toutes nos condoléances

Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

Ruth and Fernand Chalifoux

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Nos sincères condoléances à la famille de Laurent et Francine

Laurent fortin