Barbara Runeckles

Barbara Runeckles

Thursday, November 26th, 1936 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara Runeckles at 83 years of age. She will be remembered by her sister Peg, her children Matthew and Joanne along with their spouses Rita and Bhyrn, her grandchildren Kyle, Jake and Brittany, as well as her extended family and friends.

Barbara was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, to Leslie and Ivy Wilson. In Barbara’s early life, she worked as a comptometer operator, before moving to Canada to settle in Montreal. Barbara raised two generations of Runeckles, and passed her sharp sense of humour on to all of them. She was always able to laugh, even when she was having a bad day.

She was a talented artist, able to turn anything into a painting on her easel. Barbara always enjoyed a fresh cup of tea with a crossword, trips with her sister to the Canary Islands, or taking on a jigsaw puzzle. She also loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and British detective series while cuddling up with the many pets she cared for throughout the years.

The family would like to thank the Southlake Residential Care Village for caring for Barbara over the past two years. A private funeral will be held and there will be a livestream available ( In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to Nellie’s, a women's shelter in Toronto (
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    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
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Debra Loughlin

Posted at 04:09pm
I remember Barbara walking with great purpose to pick her grandchildren up from school. She did indeed have a sharp sense of humour. She was a strong, opinionated woman and has had the honour of leaving this world around the same time as Ruth Bader Ginsberg who made the world a better place, as well. We are thinking of you all. Debra and Liana

Lesley Orr

Posted at 04:44pm
I met Barbara in Pointe Claire many years ago, and was immediately drawn to her warm, welcoming personality. She moved to Alexandria, where she worked as a volunteer in the Glengarry Hospital for a short time, a few years before I resettled here. We continued to see each other there, till she went to live with her beloved son Matthew and his family in Newmarket. Barbara’s sense of humour and down-to-earth manner endeared her to many. She was a real salt-of-the-earth type of person, always sincere and kindly. The world has too few people in it like Barbara, and she will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to Matthew and Joanne, their partners, and to the grandchildren who were so loved by their Grandma, who helped raise them and who were her pride and joy. If they take after her at all, and I’m sure they do, Barbara’s legacy of compassion, encouragement and loyalty will live on.

Jen and Ron Harmison

Posted at 03:26pm
Barbara was one of our first friends in Canada when we arrived in Pointe Claire, Quebec from Scotland in 1975. She was wonderful company with a great sense of humour and we enjoyed some very happy times together. Although we left Quebec in 1984 we continued to meet up over the years and always enjoyed our reunions as seeing Barbara each time made us appreciate her friendship all over again.
Sincere condolences to Matthew, Joanne, their spouses and her grandchildren of whom she was so proud. We know it doesn't help today but she has left you with precious memories of your time with her which you will always treasure . We too will never forget such a dear friend and will always think of her with a smile.

Jen and Ron Harmison and family.


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