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Ursula Tuerk passed away on April 7, 2023, in Cobourg, Ontario. She is survived by her husband, David Coulter, of Lockport, NY/ Port Hope, her sister, Helene Green, grandniece, Kaitlyn Coutlee, and grandnephew, Joshua Coutlee, of Kamloops.
Ursula was born in Peterborough, GBR in 1952 to an English-Welsh mother and a German father. Emigrating to Canada as an infant; she grew up in Milton, Ontario.
For many years she travelled across Canada holding a diverse set of jobs from a teller in Churchill Falls, Labrador, to employment in western resorts, to running an equestrian program at a children’s camp near Perry Sound and working for a photography company doing school and business shoots throughout Canada and in the US. In Edmonton she worked at a Boys and Girls Club, ran a school program for a ski hill, and ran an English riding school. Always active she liked to run, hike, swim, ski, sail, canoe and ride horses.
With a lifetime desire for learning she attended Simon Fraser University, Ryerson and Thompson Rivers University before enrolling in Brock University. She had been a very bright student skipping a grade but generally disliked school. She wanted to go back to try to make education better for others. While studying for her teacher’s certificate, she worked nights in a donut shop to support her education until her graduation from Brock at age 35. She loved teaching and her students; she taught English and Law and Special Ed. Working first at Bowmanville, Ursula retired from teaching in 2016 from Courtice Secondary School.
Ursula had a lifelong involvement with and love of horses. Her father, Ludwig, was her earliest coach. When in Edmonton she became a certified horse trainer, training and showing several horses of her own. Later after a day of teaching she typically traveled to the stable to ride and care for her horse, returning home late up to 5 nights a week. Her last Hunter Jumper, Shakespeare, was her pride and joy. He raised him from a colt and trained him. An accomplished rider, Ursula competed with Shakespeare at top Ontario events. Following a serious fall, she retired from riding and retired Shakespeare in the early 2000’s. In 2017 Ursula’s passion for horses drew her back to Dressage and she later purchased her last horse, Darius, in 2018, At the end of 2019 her failing health forced her retirement.
Ursula married David in 2015 in Lockport, NY. After retiring from teaching in 2016, she and David bought a cottage near Bancroft. They incessantly traveled back and forth across the border between houses and horses. They enjoyed longer trips from Port Hope to Kamloops, Florida, New Orleans, Montreal, Omaha, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Ursula recently resided at Palisade Gardens Memory Unit, but Dave brought her home to Port Hope for two to three days each week.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Women’s charity of your choice, your local hospital or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Burial will be in David’s family cemetery in Lockport, NY on June 3, 2023. A Canadian celebration of life will be held on June 4th, 2023 from 2:00 -4:00 PM with a sharing of memories at 2:30PM at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, Cobourg, ON. Questions or remembrances to Ursula’s email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I met Ursula when she was a teacher at Courtice Secondary. Ursula was a fantastic teacher and an even better person. I always looked forward to her classes and enjoyed the many conversations we shared. One of the kindest people that has been in my life. She will be missed. My condolences.
Ms. Tuerk will be fondly remembered as the law teacher at CSS. She taught many of my friends in grades 11 and 12. She held a "mock trial" each year in the library for her students and I attended as a spectator. It was a neat opportunity for us as teenagers to see how a real trial might unfold and learn about the law terminology in a meaningful context. I know she was really proud of her mock trial debate teams. You will be missed, Ms. Tuerk. My condolences to your husband and family. Be at peace. -Stacey Taylor
I was deeply saddened to hear of Ursula's passing. We worked together for years at Courtice Secondary School and she rekindled my joy of running along the way. We ran together after school at least once a week for quite some time, and I dedicated numerous runs I did in Australia recently to her memory. She also piqued my interest in teaching law, a wonderful program that she had developed at CSS which I took over upon her retirement. I really enjoyed teaching law but my interest initially was generated by Ursula, who often told me about the program and some key cases she was teaching about in class. We also taught Civics and English together over the years. She was a wonderful friend and colleague with a positive outlook and was always willing to lend a hand or an ear when I had a question about something. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Dave and her whole family. She will be missed by many, a gentle soul who had to leave us too soon. Rest in peace, Ursula. Sincerely, Mike Strahl
I am so sorry to hear of Ursula's passing. Ursula (first known to me as Ms. Tuerk at Courtice Secondary School) made a large impact on me and many of my classmates, who also pursued teachers college after we graduated from grade 13. She was a wonderful woman and I will always fondly remember our chats at the end of the school day with all things to do with horses and literature. Thinking of you Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. Alison
David, I am so sorry for your loss. The love between you and Ursula was so apparent to us at palisade gardens. Her face lit up when she saw you. She will be deeply missed. Rest in peace beautiful lady.
I am so sorry for your loss David. I too had the pleasure of looking after Ursula. She was so sweet and loving and she had a beautiful laugh and a beautiful smile.
I was lucky enough to work at Palisades when Ursula first moved in. What a lovely lady. We shared many snacks, dances and smiles together. I’m so very sorry for your loss