Douglas George BLAKE (’62) passed away October 8, 2020.  A Chartered Accountant, Doug is survived by his siblings Margaret (’58), Elizabeth (’63), John (’67), Rose (’72) and Philip (’73), as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by older brother Ernest. During his life he worked with many charities including Boy Scouts of Canada, Huron Church Camp, and United Way and was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2002.

Barbara Ann (Ramsay) LEE (’54) passed away September 7, 2023, in her 92nd year, at the Village of Glendale Crossing. Predeceased by her husband B. Marks Lee (2006) and survived by her sister Margaret(Ramsay) Couse (’54), two daughters Teresa (Mike Van Esch) and Janet (Bob Koczwara), and a son Scott (Tina Venema) and her six grandchildren.

Thomas Patrick “Pat” FERRIS (’65) passed away September 25, 2023 in his 77th year. Survived by wife Gayle (Keys) (’68), son Wesley, daughter Heather and three grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Kathryn. He was predeceased by his siblings Michael (’59) and sister Kerry (’67). Pat taught history at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute for 30 years and also coached many sports at SDCI, with his main passion coaching the Senior Girls Basketball Team.

Eleanor Jean Smith (nee Brodrick) (’54) passed away September 27, 2023 at her home in Goderich in her 88th year. Survived by husband Ralph, 2 children, 4 step-children, 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Eleanor spent 3 years at South (1949 to 1952) before her family moved to Richmond Hill. The retired elementary school teacher/principal, who had a passion for history, served as volunteer archivist at St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich and authored a book on the families commemorated in its 29 stained glass windows. She and Ralph also donated half their 40-acre property near Bayfield to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and has become the Smith Heritage Trail at the Bannockburn Wildlife Centre.


Barbara CORBET (staff, 1958-61), a very popular languages teacher, taught English and French at South for three years (1958-61). She passed away on September 20, age 90, at McCormick Home, following a long illness. Predeceased by her husband Gene, survived by her sister Ruth (Paul), her children Heather (John), Ann and Geoffrey and three grandchildren. Barbara was a graduate of Western University in Honours French and Spanish.