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  • "Although I only knew Barbara a short time at the end of her..."
    - PAULETTE Godin
  • "I just heard of Barb's passing from a friend in Toronto...."
    - judy howard
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BARBARA JOAN STERNE Born on June 22, 1922, Barbara Joan unexpectedly left us at Southlake Regional Health Centre on November 15, 2012. She was the extraordinary mother of Ronald, John (Carole Lynn), Sandy (Pat Smerek) and Robert (Sandy) and the loving Nana to Ronnie Jr. and Christina; Sarah, Stephanie, Johnny, J.D. and Tye; Chris; and Maddie and Alex. Barbara was predeceased by her brothers Bruce and Donald MCClelland. It is not possible to summarize in words the vibrant, driven, loving, complex, incredibly courageous woman who is Barbara Joan. Always on her own terms, in her own way, she engaged readily, inspired generations and nothing escaped her notice or... her judgment. Barb's sense of humour was legendary, whatever the circumstances and especially so in her last days. She was a very accomplished amateur actress from a young age and, in truth, Barb never left the stage. The family is having a private ceremony and asks that you remember Barb in whatever way her unique personality holds the most meaning to you. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice or to Southlake Regional Health Centre through the website Condolences may be sent to

Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 20, 2012
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