Alix Whalen (Hall) passed away on Thursday February 18th, 2021, at the age of 58, after a two year long battle with cancer. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband David, sons Mackenzie and Connor, and soon to be daughter-in-law, Sara.
Alix was born on November 1st, 1962 in Toronto to parents Hugh and Betty Hall (Joy), and was the youngest sibling to Doug, Betsy, Hugh, Harry and Martha. She spent her early years growing up in the Forest Hill and York Mills neighbourhoods, attending the Toronto French School. At the age of 11, along with her mother Betty and siblings Martha and Harry, she moved to Thornbury where she spent the remainder of her adolescent years. It is also where she would meet and marry her soulmate, David, before settling down and starting a family at their home on Grey Road 13, right across from Slabtown.
Alix became a teacher, a job she truly loved, and spent the majority of her career at Connaught Public School in Collingwood. She was a naturally amazing educator and left her impression on countless students that passed through her classroom over the years.
She was a rock to all that had the pleasure of being close to her; always someone to go to for counsel, who truly listened and made you feel like the only person in the room. Alix genuinely cared for all of those around her and would be the first to reach out and check in, regardless of her tribulations. Her optimism and positivity were contagious and will last long beyond her years.
Alix was a lover of all things outdoors and took full advantage of the area she lived in, from many winter days spent at the Georgian Peaks Club with her family, to exploring new sections of the Bruce Trail in the summer. That love of the outdoors was in no doubt established at the Hall family cottage in Pointe au Baril – a place that Alix affectionately referred to as “the constant home in her life”. More recently, she and Dave fell in love with backpacking hiking trips and completed many memorable routes in the last several years.
Although a certain pandemic brought challenges, Alix was able to spend her last year with an abundance of family time. This was something for which she, Dave and her boys felt the utmost gratitude having been able to cherish lasting memories.
As an expression of your condolences, we ask that you donate to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Center at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie – a place where Alix received unparalleled care from an amazing staff who constantly displayed an astounding level of attention for each person, not patient, that came through their doors. https://foundation.rvh.on.ca/supporting-rvh/memorial-giving
A celebration of life will be held locally at a later date once health conditions allow us to gather appropriately. Arrangements entrusted to the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford.