Deborah Mary Smith

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Deborah Mary Smith

With her mother and daughter by her side, Debbie passed peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital, on Friday, September 11, 2020. The perfect daughter to Betty Adams, beloved wife of Doug Smith, proud mother of Ryan (Tara Mackay), Alexis (Jeff Elliott) and the late Jonathan Smith, and adoring Nana of Jacob Elliott.

Debbie was a force of love and friendship for so many of us. She made a positive difference on thousands upon thousands of lives through her work as an Elementary School Teacher, as Director of Volunteers at a charity for adults with disabilities in Las Vegas, as owner of Curves in Cobourg, and through her wonderful friendships and charitable passions. Debbie radiated goodness and imparted it on everyone she met. To quote many “the world needs more Debbies”.

A private service will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11am. Family and friends are invited to live stream the service through a link available on the MacCoubrey website. A reception will follow from 2:00pm - 2:45pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Reception attendees must RSVP to the funeral home at 905-372-5132 between 9am-5pm. Memorial donations may be made to Northumberland Hills Hospital - Clay & Elaine Elliott Women’s Health Centre.

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Jay Kilburn - October 22, 2020

Dear Doug, Alexis, Ryan and Families; I just heard of Debbie's passing. Like so so many I am deeply saddened. She was, as anyone that knew her knew, an incredible human being. I was so fortunate to teach with her in the early years of Terry Fox P.S. She was an extraordinary educator and tireless, invaluable staff member. ( Not everyone knows that she was the one that spearheaded the fundraising for, and the eventual building of, the playground equipment at our then brand new school). I never tired of running into her around town and having a good old chat. She always "sported" her trademark smile and laugh. Deb was with all sincerity, one of those people that absolutely made her community and this world a much much better place. My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you.

Glenn and Emily Smith - October 5, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Larry and Charlene Spyrka - October 3, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Alison and Anatol von Hahn - October 2, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Ellen Woodward and family - September 29, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Linda Smith - September 27, 2020

My best of friends and sister-in-law, Debbie... "the Debster" the world has lost its brightest star. You personified optimism and kindness and we have all suffered an unimaginable loss and we cant imagine carrying on without you. But then I think of you now, I know that you are smiling on us from the heavens, encouraging us as you always do... "Onward...go on in kindness and goodness, do good for all mankind." And so we will sweet friend....and so we will. With Love, Linda

Linda Smith - September 27, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Ellen Woodward and family - September 26, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Ellen, Julian, Caroline and Liam Woodward - September 26, 2020

Dear Doug, Ryan and Alexis-- We were all so saddened to hear of Debbie's passing. She was a truly lovely lady and we know just how very much she will be missed by so many. Peace and love to you all. Ellen, Julian, Caroline and Liam Woodward

Janet Major and Stephanie Slack - September 24, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Debbie. She was a very kind and positive person. Our thoughts are with you Betty and family.

Lori Simpson - September 23, 2020

My sincerest condolences, she was a lovely lady.

Sharron and Wayne Smith - September 23, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Katie Burnham - September 22, 2020

I was so sorry to hear that Debbie has passed away. She was my first grade teacher in Terry Fox's first year and she was and is to this day my favourite teacher. She was so positive and encouraging and kind. She made every student feel special and still did every time I saw her as an adult. She seemed always the same to me, never aging or changing in her positivity and warmth. My thoughts and condolences go to her family who I am sure will miss her dearly.

Caroline and Brian McNamara - September 22, 2020

Doug, Alexis, and Ryan we are so, so sad and shocked to hear of your loss. Debbie was such a wonderful person in every way; always kind and thoughtful; always pleasant and positive; always helpful; just one of the nicest people we’ve known. We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person. Our thoughts arę with you.

Debbie Olson - September 22, 2020

Debbie was a kind, loving, compassionate women, always a pleasure to chat and workout with when I was in curves! My heart felt condolences go out to Debbie’s entire family, Debbie will be missed, but wonderful memories to keep close to our hearts.

Mayor John Henderson and Donna Tindale-Henderson - September 21, 2020

We'll always remember Debbie as a warm and caring Primary teacher at Burnham P.S. She also took part in many community initiatives to help others. Debbie always made working out at Curves a fun, friendly experience. She will indeed be missed by many.

Sheila Herrington - September 21, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. A wonderful lady who will not be forgotten.

Terry and Wendy Smith - September 21, 2020

To Doug and family . Although we had not seen Debbie in many years she is remembered for being kind and thoughtful by us. Our deepest sympathy to all of her family. Terry and Wendy

David Chiasson and Peggy Lyons - September 21, 2020

Dear Doug, Betty and Family, Debbie was a ray of sunshine and a wonderful neighbour. We are so sorry for your loss, we will miss her. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. In deepest sympathy, David and Peggy

Cary Harned - September 21, 2020

Debbie you are a wonderous person and will be remembered by many You touched so many lives and made them better You are loved❤️

Sharon Soundy - September 21, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Debbie's family and friends We meet few people in our lives that touch us the way Debbie did I feel extremely blessed like many many others to have known this beautiful person Sharon Soundy

Terry, Nancy Stopps and Family - September 21, 2020

To the Smith Family. Our family perhaps best remembers Debbie as a past primary teacher to each of our children. The impact of this first relationship, so important and enduring. Over the years, we've often thought about Debbie and just how successful her life was. Such a great teacher, wonderful parent, friend and so engaged in the communities of two countries. Truly, a role model for us all! From our family to yours, please accept our condolences and know that we share your sense of love and loss.

Michael Thomas - September 21, 2020

Debbie, Thank you so much for the love and light you shared with everybody you encountered. You always made sure that the people around you knew they were loved and appreciated. The world will miss you, but may your memory remind us all to be more kind and compassionate in all that we do.

Shirley Flindall - September 21, 2020

I will miss you dearly, You were a great friend and teacher ,you thought of everyone else before yourself. If anyone needed to talk you would always listen I will miss you so much I love you Debbie with all my heart Love Shirley Flindall 💞

Barbara Crumb - September 21, 2020

I feel blessed to have known Debbie, such a kind lovely lady she always had a smile to greet you to say hello. Debbie will be missed at Curves, my condolences and my thoughts and prayers to her family.

Anne Walter-Hammond - September 21, 2020

My condolences on the loss of an amazing wife mother nana friend....💔

Jenifer Jenkin - September 21, 2020

Debbie will be missed greatly, she touched everyone she knew.

Debra Isaac - September 21, 2020

I met Debbie just a few short years ago when I first returned to Curves. She was the heart and soul of this place and always made each member feel welcome and special. She was truly an amazing lady and I feel so blessed to have known her. My deepest condolences to her family as you deal with this tremendous loss. Take comfort in the many wonderful memories that you have and the knowledge that Debbie was loved by so many people. She will live on in all of our hearts.

Barry White - September 21, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Greg & Dee Smith - September 21, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Malynda McEwen - September 21, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Janet Fisher-Morris - September 21, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Barry White - September 21, 2020

Dear Doug & family, We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Debbie. A kind more thoughtful soul would be hard to find. Much love at this very difficult time. Barry, Gail & Alice White. xxx

Janet Fisher-Morris - September 21, 2020

Debbie was a beautiful lady who always had a smile even through her personal struggles, she was an inspiration for us all at Curves, you will always be in are hearts.❤️

Dan & Noel Besso - September 20, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Patricia Perkin - September 20, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

George & Cheryl Brackenbury - September 20, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Janice Boundy - September 20, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Kim and Tom Rudd - September 20, 2020

Dear Doug and family. We are so truly sad to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was such a wonderful and caring person who touched so many lives. We are thinking of you in this very difficult time. She will be dearly missed.

Vern Chase and Pat Stapley Chase - September 20, 2020

One would need to travel far and wide to find a nicer more genuine friendly person than Debbie. She and Doug have been wonderful friends and neighbours of ours for many years. Our sincere condolences to Doug, Alexis, Ryan, Betty, little Jacob and the extended family. May you keep fond memories of Debbie in your hearts forever.

Diane Camelford - September 19, 2020

To Alexis and Family, thinking of you all at this sad time, and hoping you can find some peace in the many happy memories you all share of your wonderful mother. I have fond memories of your mum's visits to the office and her Vegas Santa stories. My deepest condolences. Diane C

Glenn and Emily Smith and family - September 19, 2020

Debbie was a bright spot in so many people’s life. Everyone who knew her loved her. She dedicated her life to helping other people whether she was teaching children or doing philanthropic work for people with special needs. She will be greatly missed by everyone.

Glenn and Emily Smith and family - September 19, 2020

Debbie was a bright spot in so many people’s life. Everyone who knew her loved her. She dedicated her life to helping other people whether she was teaching children or doing philanthropic work for people with special needs. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Glenn Smith

Glenn and Emily Smith - September 19, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Dorothy Kessler - September 19, 2020

To Debbie’s family...I was so sad to hear of Debbie’s passing, as the owner of curves she was very friendly and always made time for a chat..she made you feel important and treated all her clients with respect...it is true. We need more Debbies in this world...she will definitely be missed not only by family and friends but her curves family also...my heart goes out to each and every family member and friend...RIP Debbie you won’t be forgotten...Dorothy...

Sherene Einarsson - September 19, 2020

Mrs. Smith will always be my favourite teacher! So sorry for your loss & prayers to family xo

Hailey Davis - September 19, 2020

The most amazing lady I ever met! Mrs. Smith was my grade 1 teacher, and was the best teacher I ever had. I always aspire to be like her when working with children. I will miss running into her, she was truly amazing!

Dorothy Noronha - September 19, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Dorothy Noronha - September 19, 2020

Absolutely heart-wrenching to hear the news of Debbie's passing. She was truly an exceptional human being, who radiated warmth and love to everyone without exception. Her ability to connect and care was so evidently genuine....as someone had written in another post, the world truly needs more Debbies. Condolences to her family - thank you for sharing her with us.

John & Judy Lawrence - September 19, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Greg Smith & Family - September 19, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Sue Stickley - September 18, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Sue Stickley - September 18, 2020

What a lovely, warm woman. Debbie, keep on inspiring us.

Sarah Greaves - September 18, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Emily Stopps & Brent Quigley - September 18, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Jerry & Joanne Dubeau - September 18, 2020

We feel privileged to have met this beautiful lady over the last few years. She made you feel part of the family. Our deepest condolences to her wonderful mother Betty, her adored husband Doug and her loving children Alexis & Ryan and of course her latest love little Jacob. Hope all the wonderful memories will help ease the pain you are all feeling. We will definitely keep Deb and her family in our prayers.

Donna Wootton - September 18, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Joy, Jenn (Hines), Mike, & Amanda Kitchen - September 18, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Smith family. Debbie was my kids favourite teacher. Always smiling and made learning fun. She will be sadly missed by all who knew you.

Christine Chapman - September 18, 2020

I am sad to hear of Debbie's passing. I met her several years ago at Curves. She was a very wonderful warm and supportive person. My sincere condolences to her family

Rick and Karen Stinson - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Tom Tester and Heidi Scheibmayr - September 17, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to you Doug and your family.

Valerie Mancktelow - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Cindy & Dennis Sherwin - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Craig and Peggy MacDonald - September 17, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Debbie. We only met her a few times but she was so friendly to talk to and taught at my former public school with my former grade 1 teacher Mrs Brown. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Dianne Plaskon - September 17, 2020

Doug & Family, Sending our heartfelt condolences. From the moment I met Debbie, I knew she was the sweetest, kindest lady possible. Sending strength to you all at this very sad time. Heaven has gained an experienced angel.

Donna Plester - September 17, 2020

I am sad to hear of Debbie's passing. I met her several years ago at Curves, and ran into her several times since then. She was a wonderful warm person whom I greatly admired. She will be deeply missed, by me and everyone else who crossed her path. My sincere condolences to her family and close friends.

Adriana and John Hayden - September 17, 2020

Dear Alexis, John and I were saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. We remember her fondly when we shared our teaching careers at Terry Fox School. We admired her for her vibrancy and her commitment to her students and to her colleagues. We know that you will hold your many memories of her close to your heart.

Marg Taylor - September 17, 2020

Debbie really did make a difference in so many lives. She was a very kind, caring and loving woman. We are going to miss her so much at Curves. My sincere condolences to her family.

Patrick and Vanessa Taylor - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Marg & Brian Clarkson - September 17, 2020

Dearest Doug and family: Debbie's life was a wonderful gift to so many. We first met Debbie when she and Brian served on the playground committee at Terry Fox school in the late 90s. You both have been warm and kind neighbours, always ready to have a friendly chat as we strolled by. Our memories will be of Debbie's smile, musical laughter, energy, courage and grace. We are so sorry for your loss. Marg & Brian Clarkson

Marg & Brian Clarkson - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Brian Smith - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Brian and Merrily - September 17, 2020

Dear Doug and family Although our paths did not cross very often, we remember Debbie for her bright smile, her welcoming nature and her effervescent, positive attitude. We mourn your loss.

Cathy Birney - September 17, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Rebecca (Bonner) Bodanis - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

MJ Slauko - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Bob & Faye Richards - September 16, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you Doug and family. Debbie was such a beautiful and caring friend to so many.

Jennifer - September 16, 2020

I was shocked to learn the passing of Debbie. I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie when I rejoined Curves. She also had a smile on her face and made you feel like family and at home while working out. RIP and fly high and free my friend.

Rodger and Bonnie Harp - September 16, 2020

We were shocked at the news of Deborah's passing. It is moments like this that make me realize how time passes by. I regret that our friendship has slipped away. A friendship that was so strong. We get lost in our daily work, family, and life expectations and loose track those precious friendships. Sorry to hear of your loss Doug. We are thinking of you.

Catherine Kerr - September 16, 2020

So saddened to hear of the loss of Debbie! She was such an inspiration to everyone she met. I was privileged to have worked with her at Terry Fox Public School when it opened. I always loved seeing her as Snow White at Halloween:) her students adored her! Thinking of her family and sending condolences at this time.

Lynda Booker and Larry Beck - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Bob and Carol Tomlin - September 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of the loss of Deborah. She shared love, kindness and laughter with everyone around her. Our love and thoughts go to Doug and family at this difficult time.

Ron & Joanne Bailey - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Beth Selby - September 16, 2020

Dear Doug and Family, I am very sad to hear about Debbie’s passing. She was a lovely, caring person who brought joy to many. I first met Debbie at Terry Fox Public School. She was an outstanding classroom teacher! I loved visiting her classroom and watching her interact with her students. Latterly, we stayed connected with her yearly donation of a Curves gift certificate to the Rotary Club of Cobourg. We always seemed to pick up where we left off. Take care. Thinking of you. Sincerely, Beth Selby

Lil & John Davie - September 16, 2020

Oh Betty how sad to hear this news, hard to believe, to loose your daughter so young. Thoughts and prayers are with you all....God Bless...

Gloria and Terry Ashcroft - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Susan & Dalt Spicer - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Lakefront Utility Services - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Tracy Lillico - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Sarah & Adam Giddings - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Dave and Dagmar - September 16, 2020

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts, Doug and family. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Dave and Dagmar

Ann Snowdon - September 16, 2020

Doug, Ryan, Alexis, Betty Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Debbie was the most loving and caring person; always willing to give a helping hand. May care and love of those around you comfort and give you peace. Ann, Russ, Tom, Kyle, and Robert Snowdon

Jan Stapleton - September 16, 2020

So sad to hear this news. I remember Debbie as caring, kind, full of fun, teacher and friend in our ‘primary’ hall at both The Burnham and Terry Fox schools. She did so much more than just the ‘classroom’...which was amazing. I’m sure the children she taught would have felt secure and surrounded in love and I know that the staff that worked with her felt well supported. Deb always worked to grow the good for the school community. She could band people together, focus them on a goal and lead them through to success being their number one cheer leader. She was a true example of positive love and light in the world. To all of her friends and family I offer my thoughts and prayers. J

Amanda Terry - September 16, 2020

Alexis, Ryan, Doug and Aunt Betty - I met Debbie through Betty Hagen. Debbie was a lovely, caring and wonderful person. She will be missed by many people. Take care, Amanda.

Amanda Terry - September 16, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Estelle Cortesis - September 16, 2020

Dear Doug and family, I am deeply sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing . A beautiful lady inside and out, always kind , considerate, generous with her love of knowledge and a beautiful inspiration to her students, colleagues, friends and family. The world lost a truly beautiful soul. May you take comfort knowing the beautiful love that Debbie gave so freely and purely and the indelible mark she left in the hearts that’s she so preciously touched.

Wendy Scott - September 16, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Debbie's passing. My thoughts are with her family and hundreds of friends. To know Debbie was to love Debbie. She was that special person that always brought a smile to your day. Many thanks for her fundraising over the years.

Gina McBride - September 16, 2020

I am deeply saddened by Debbie's passing. She was a ray of sunshine, always positive and encouraging. She will be missed.

Connie Davey - September 15, 2020

I send my deepest condolences to Doug and family. Debbie was a wonderful, caring and warm person. She touched the hearts of many and was an amazing mother teacher to her students. She always had a beautiful smile and positive outlook. Debbie will be greatly missed by all. Thinking of you.

Reg and Janice Buck - September 15, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Debbie was such a wonderful person and was definitely the best teacher our son Justin ever had. We owe her a debt of gratitude for everything she did for him. Not only was she an amazing teacher who went above and beyond, but she became a friend as well, and I loved seeing her and catching up. We pray that your memories and knowing how loved she was by all, will bring you comfort in the coming days.

Margi Watkins - September 15, 2020

Through my sadness, I send my deepest condolences to Debbie's family. Debbie was certainly one of a kind. She made my time at Curves both fun and rewarding. I always enjoyed the way she could tell a story and in return she loved to hear one. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

Joe and Pat Hawryszko and family - September 15, 2020

Debbie was always so good to Ben and Andy when they visited with your family. I am sure she will be greatly missed by so many. Thinking of you Doug and all your family at this sad time. Take good care of each other..From Joe,Pat, Ben , Andy and Matt

Josh Houston - September 15, 2020

Alexis and Ryan: Your mother was a very special lady. I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Nancy and Terry Stopps and Family - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Bryan and Cindy - September 15, 2020

Dear Alexis, Betty, Doug, and Ryan, I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie on a couple of occasions and I found her to be a very vibrant individual. Alexis was so proud of her mother. She was an excellent role model for Alexis! Throughout her teaching career she made a difference in the lives of many children. Debbie had a thriving business with her Curves franchise, also. She will be sorely missed by everyone she came in contact with. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincere condolences, Bryan and Cindy Rest In Peace, Debbie

Carol & Ron Johns - September 15, 2020

Doug, Ryan & Alexis, We were so sorry to hear about Debbie. She was a wonderful, caring and compassionate person. She always had a smile for everyone, whether they were old friends or someone she just met. It was a pleasure to have worked with her as a fellow teacher. She will surely be missed by everyone who knew her.

Ann & Scott Young - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Susan Rafuse - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

A Stewart - September 15, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our family will always remember "Mrs. Smith" fondly. She was such an inspiration and made such an impact on so many children she taught.

Robert Fair - September 15, 2020

Doug, Ryan, Alexis, Jacob and Betty, I am saddened and sorry to learn of the death of Debbie. My sincere condolences to each of you as you mourn the loss of a dear daughter, a beloved wife, a devoted mother and a loving grandmother. It was an honour for me to have known and worked with such a positive, warm and caring person. Along with her love, compassion and dedication Debbie was an inspiration, not only to her legion of pupils, but also to her many teaching cohorts. She will be missed by so many. In the weeks and months ahead as you mourn a most personal loss I pray the very best for each of you, Bob

Steve Veinot - September 15, 2020

Doug - I am sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. It was a pleasure to know her and always a joy to talk with her as she was always so positive and upbeat.

Dianne lee - September 15, 2020

To the family of Debbie Smith. I met Debbie briefly through curves, she welcomed me and made me feel at ease. When she found out that my son was a good friend of Jeff's she said such nice things about him. So very kind and was so engaging. She will be missed enjoy your precious memories. Hugs to all.

Dianne MacPhee - September 15, 2020

Doug Smith and family: so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing! She was always so bright and bubbly, and had a great concern for others. She will really be missed by her Curves family, and anyone who knew her. Thoughts and prayers for all of you at this sad time, keep her memories close!

Jim & Linda Robins - September 15, 2020

Doug, we send our sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. I tried to describe Debbie to a friend one day. I told her to think of the best person she had ever known and double it-that would be Debbie. I explained that she exceeded all the goodness you could ever perceive was possible in one person. Then I realized there was no explanation of Debbie- she was beyond normal description. What a profound loss but what a memorable legacy for the family.

Dave & Diana Hughes - September 15, 2020

Please accept our sincere condolences Alexis and family on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Francine Nesbitt - September 15, 2020

It was a privilege to know and love Debbie. Our hearts reach out to her beautiful family. May all your memories be happy thoughts. Francine and Ken Nesbitt

Susan Bickle - September 15, 2020

Dear Alexis and family There are no words...your mom was such a force to be reckoned with, always for good! I will be forever grateful to her in her capacity as a kind, caring and committed teacher at Burnham school❤️ Susan

Carol Anne Gray - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Carol Anne Gray - September 15, 2020

Debbie was a true force for good in the world. Anyone who knew her, even briefly, was encouraged by her example to be a better person. She was warm and caring and always finding ways to help other people. Encountering Debbie at Curves made one's day a little brighter. Doug, Alexis, Ryan and Betty I am so very, very sorry for your great loss.

Ruth Watson - September 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to Debbie’s family. She was a wonderful and giving person, always upbeat and always willing to listen and helping if necessary. I will miss her friendship so much.

Susan Eddy - September 15, 2020

Dear Doug: I was very saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing and wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. It was an honour to know Debbie and to have shared in her enthusiasm for life. Her smile and joy was infectious. I wish you peace in happy memories and the love Debbie surrounded all of you with. Sincerely, Susan

Jane McCrae - September 15, 2020

Although I only met Debbie briefly at Curves, I immediately fell “in love” with her kind and loving spirit. Truth be known, I can’t say that I have met many people like Debbie in my lifetime. She was truly one of a kind...Snow White as she was lovingly know at Terry Fox P.S. She was an angel on earth, and is now flying with the angels in heaven. Never forgotten.....

Susan Fraser - September 15, 2020

Sadly I had the privilege of only knowing Debbie for a few months since joining Curves in December 2019. I was immediately struck by her amazing personality, all-encompassing warmth, generosity and joie de vivre. My sincere condolences to her family – she will be sorely missed by many but not forgotten.

Adam, Linda and Alison Blodgett - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Evely Sine - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Lynne Sine - September 15, 2020

Debbie was an inspiration to us all with her positivity and great leadership. She cared deeply for each and every one she came in contact with. We will all remember her radiant smile and "You Can Do It" attitude.

John & Judy Lawrence - September 15, 2020

There are no words to describe the sorrow that we feel. We know how much Debbie is loved, and to the depths of how much she will be missed. Always a great friend and supporter of anyone's needs. We shared laughs, tears and stories of our mothers excursions. She supported us in our time of need and we will be forever thankful. To all of you, Betty, Doug, Ryan, Alexis, Jacob, our hearts feel your pain. We wish you strength.

Christine Harris - September 15, 2020

I have been truly saddened by the sudden passing of Debbie. Just think of a positive attribute and know that Debbie embodied it. One of a kind beautiful woman. She lived a joyful, authentic life. My sincere condolences to her family.

Constance Mealing - September 15, 2020

Debbie was a bright light in the lives of all who met her. Her compassion lifted our spirits. Her laughter brought joy. She made Curves a safe and happy place for us all where we could share our thoughts, problems,and of course recipes. She inspired and comforted us setting the perfect example of what a good person should be. A piece of my heart is with her.

Linda Laliberte - September 15, 2020

Debbie will always be remembered with a smile on her face and her genuine care she showed for others. Debbie made Curves a very special place to work out and she will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Lori Goodwin - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Lori Goodwin - September 15, 2020

Katrina and I are both blessed to have known Debbie for the past 3 years through Curves and memories of her beautiful personality will be cherished forever. Our hearts ache to think of how hard this must be on your family. Deepest sympathies to Debbie's family and friends.

Anne Downing - September 15, 2020

Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Special people leave large legacies of love. Live in that space and let it rebuild you while the memories flow. ❤

Anne and Paul Burnham - September 15, 2020

We want to share our sincere sympathy with the family of Debbie. She taught our daughter for one year but the effects of that will last forever. She was such a beautiful warm loving soul. She will be missed widely. We wish you , her family, much courage and strength in the upcoming days. Anne and Paul Burnham

Carol Stevens - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Sarah Archer - September 15, 2020

So sorry to hear about Debbie's passing. She was an amazing and wonderful friend who will truly be missed. Her laughter, hugs and kindness touched so many lives. She will not be forgotten. Thinking of you all, Sarah.

Sarah Archer - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Bev Archer - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Bev Archer - September 15, 2020

Doug, Ryan & Alexis and families - So sorry to hear about Debbie's passing. She was a true princess. Always looking to see where she could be a blessing to all those around her. Her years of teaching touched so many lives. Her legacy will live on through all those that knew her. Prayers and blessings on all of you Bev

Rosemarie Dale - September 15, 2020

The community has lost a wonderful friend.Debbie was creative and hard working to make Curves a special gym where woman could exercise safely and socialize by joining her fun games which motivated participants to exercise together. She headed up drives to to collect items and funds for the needy in Cobourg. I will miss her morning greeting at Curves. My sympathies go out to the Smith family. Rosemarie

Mike and Kelly Wood - September 15, 2020

Betty, Doug, Alexis and Ryan, we are truly saddened by Debbie's passing. Her passion for life was evident each and every time we had the pleasure of speaking with Debbie. A wonderlful lady, gone too soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Charlene Smith - September 15, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Kathy Sandham - September 15, 2020

My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. The world definitely 'needs more Debbies', and I am very sorry for your loss. Debbie always radiated warmth and positivity and always made my day a better one, when I had the pleasure of chatting with her. Her kind words and kind eyes and kind spirit will be very much missed by many.

Sue Shannon - September 15, 2020

What a beautiful lady. Debbie will surely be missed by many. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Family,Curves Gang, and all who loved her.

Patricia Holmes - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Pat Holmes - September 14, 2020

My friend I will miss you so, you brought strength and positivity to all you knew, a light has burned out, but you will forever be remembered. Rest in peace, your work is done. to your mother husband & family my sincere sympathy is yours.

Deb Schneider - September 14, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Nannie (Betty), Doug, Ryan & Alexis. Debbie was such a great, loving, caring person who was very beautiful inside and out. May loving memories of her help comfort you. Deb Schneider

Gill & Greg - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Cynthia Payne - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Holly Spoor - September 14, 2020

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller I will miss Debbie, but I will always keep her in my heart. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends who love her.

Sandra Dudley - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Patricia Perkin - September 14, 2020

I will always remember Debbie’s happy smile, her infectious laughter and her kindness. I am so sorry to hear this sad news and offer my deepest sympathy. Patricia Perkin

Patricia Perkin - September 14, 2020

I will always remember Debbie’s happy smile, her infectious laughter and her kindness. I am so sorry to hear this sad news and offer my deepest sympathy. Patricia Perkin

Audrey Molenaar - September 14, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Doug Alexas Ryan and Betty What a sad time for your family but Debbie is no longer in pain my thoughts and prayers are with you

Sharon Grandy - September 14, 2020

As so many have said, there are truly no words. Debbie was, beyond a doubt, the best person I know. Such a thoughtful and caring person. She made everyone feel important. She leaves behind many wonderful memories and many broken hearts. My love and thoughts are with you all.

Sandra Dudley & family - September 14, 2020

My condolences to Doug, Alexis , Ryan , Betty & families. Its hard to lose someone as special as Deb. She may have been small in stature but had a huge heart! Her compassion and caring was evident by her endless charity work. Her sense of humour was so refreshing and made each visit to Curves that much easier! How proud she was of her family & how important they were to her! Grandma was always ready to share a “Jacob” story or milestone . Memories of Deb will continue to enrich our lives and bring a tear or smile but one thing is for certain....we have been blessed to have known her!

Adrienne Kelly (Bell-Smith) - September 14, 2020

Alexis - I am terribly sorry to hear that your Mom has passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times in passing, and, although I didn’t know her well, was always left with the impression that she was a special woman - kind and smart and just the kind of person you want to be around. Although your Mom is no longer with us physically - you share her same light. Thoughts with you and your family at this time.

Shirley Walsh - September 14, 2020

I met Debbie through curves. She always had a smile for everyone as they came in and had a way about her that made you feel like you had known her your whole life. The world has lost another angel. Warmest condolences to her family.

Shirley Walsh - September 14, 2020

I met Debbie through curves. She always had a smile for everyone as they came in and had a way about her that made you feel like you had known her your whole life. The world has lost another angel. Warmest condolences to her family.

Noel Besso - September 14, 2020

Debbie was a shining light who brought goodness and laughter to all who knew her. She will be remembered with such fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Deb - September 14, 2020

Debbie was the kindest person I've ever met. She made me feel like part of her family, she was so welcoming and warm. This is such a devastating loss, my deepest condolences to Doug, Alexis, Ryan and Nanny.

Heather Hardie - September 14, 2020

I will always treasure my friendship with Debbie through Curves. She was a force for being the best we can be and I hold her memory and her family in my heart.

Brenda Panepinto - September 14, 2020

My condolences on the passing of your wife, mother & daughter... Debbie will be missed deeply. Kind and compassionate ! She brighten my mornings at Curves so many days.

Scott McCracken - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Elizabeth Muir - September 14, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Doug. Hope you will find some comfort in all the cherished memories you have of Deborah. My thoughts are with you.

Claire & Frank Morello - September 14, 2020

Our sincere condolences to everyone! Debbie will be so missed for so many reasons, always a ray of sunshine and always there when you needed her! Our thoughts are with you.

Andrea Shipton-DiDomizio - September 14, 2020

Absolutely heartbreaking. I am very sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady. She taught myself and my 3 siblings at Burnham School.

Forrest Rowden - September 14, 2020

Alexis you have lost a wonderful treasure, a wonderful lady that would light up a room when she entered, Give my condolences to your family, she will always be remember as the best Debbie in town

Lorie Reynolds-Stroud - September 14, 2020

Debbie was one of the first people who welcomed me to Cobourg Curves 5 years ago. She introduced me to many wonderful women and made me feel like we made a great choice to make Cobourg our forever home. Debbie was always there to help everybody, share laughs and tell stories. She was passionate about giving back to the community. Heartfelt condolences to her family and to everyone who knew her.

Jenny & Shaun Majer - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Cindy & Dennis Sherwin - September 14, 2020

Doug, Alexis, Ryan & Betty condolences to all of you. Debbie was a genuine, caring, compassionate lady who would do anything for anyone. Always went above and beyond. A great lady that has been taken way to soon. The world truely needs a lot more Debbies. Hugs to all the family. xoxo

Cynthia Payne - September 14, 2020

The world will never be the same. Words can not express the sorrow that follows the passing of a beautiful, caring lady. So very sorry for the whole family, my second family. We called each other sisters and I am so very thankful that I was able to spend time with my sister during the final hours. Taken far too soon. Debbie will be a first class angel watching her ever loving family from above.

Becki Walsh - September 14, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Matt & Becki Walsh

Lorie Reynolds-Stroud - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Roma Mac Kinnon & Cathy Spiers - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Brenda Malowney - September 14, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. She and I taught at Terry Fox School for many years...our classrooms side by side in the primary wing. Debbie will be remembered for her organizational skills for many activities at the school, her caring for children, and for her musical laugh in the primary wing at the school. Blessings to her and warm thoughts to the family.

Catherine Spiers - September 14, 2020

Doug , Alexis, Ryan & Betty A great lady taken way too soon, who will be missed deeply by many. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Marcia MacLeod - September 14, 2020

Yes ,”the world needs more Debbies” A great lady who will be so missed! My condolences to her family for their great loss. My condolences to Curves staff and members who are feeling gutted by the loss of Debbie. Sincerely, Marcia MacLeod

kay connolly - September 14, 2020

my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time .Cherish all your memories.

Carol Gutteridge - September 14, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this very sad time... Deb was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. Take care of each other and smile when you think of her. She would want you too. Xxoo. Will pray for everyone Love Carol Gutteridge

Larry & Mina - September 14, 2020

Doug, Alexis, Ryan and Betty. A beautiful person taken way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending our sincere condolences.

Rhonda Hobart - September 14, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Debbies passing she was a wonderful lady whose kindness and caring for others was always evident. She will so missed by many. My condolences to the family.

Cheryl Leblanc - September 14, 2020

There are no words that can express the Loss Debbie will be to so many.. Our heartfelt Condolences to All Debbie's Family ...her Memory will live on in so Many Ways... Mike Cheryl & Brett Leblanc

Lena Cutro - September 14, 2020

Alexis, I am so sorry for your loss, love to everyone in your family

Scott Fraser - September 14, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. A more friendly and caring person one will never encounter. My sincere condolences to Doug, Alexis and Ryan.

JoAnn Kropf-Hedley - September 14, 2020

You have my sorrows Doug and family ❤️

William and Shelley Netherton - September 14, 2020 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital - The Clay & Elaine Elliott Women's Health Centre

Janet and Grant Turner - September 14, 2020

Betty, Doug and family... You are all in our thoughts and prayers... Debbie was a lovely lady.. Cherish all your memories...

Ward & Penny Beebe - September 14, 2020

Alexis & Jeff - We're saddened to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your families at this difficult time.

Jennifer Keller-Nelson - September 14, 2020

Mr. Smith and Family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Debbie. She certainly was a firecracker and she will be missed by many. Going to the gym simply won't be the same!

Audrey and John Woolsey - September 14, 2020

John and I were saddened to hear of Debbie's passing... Please send condolences to Doug and the rest of the family. She was such a wonderful person....

Carol Farren - September 14, 2020

A bright light gone too soon. My deepest sympathy Alexis to you and your family Sincerely Carol Farren