Coupland, George Kirk

George passed peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the Osgoode Care Centre, in his 87th year.

Loving husband of 62 years of Donna (nee Bassingthwaite), devoted father of Steven and his wife, Elecia Elliott of Osgoode, and Lori and her husband Ron Toews of Lethbridge. Proud grandfather of Chris Elliott (Aileen Gnov) of Burnaby, Collin Toews of Calgary, and Kevin (Michaela) Toews of Lethbridge. He will be deeply missed by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frank and Janet Bassingthwaite, and nephews Don (Ole), Mark (Alison) and niece Jeananne (Joel) and their families.

Predeceased by his parents Davina and Robert Coupland and in-laws Grace Harrop (1993), Harold Bassingthwaite (1943) and Roy Harrop (1976).

Born May 8, 1936, Kirkton, Dumfrieshire, Scotland.  As a teenager, George came to Canada but always remained immensely proud of his Scottish heritage.  It was here that he met the love of his life Donna.  They married in 1960 in Brampton where they raised their family until moving to Huntsville in 1972. In 1980, they returned to Brampton where they stayed until 1997 when they retired to Meaford.

An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, especially on his beloved Manitoulin Island. George loved nothing more than teaching his three grandsons how to fish and anyone else for that matter.  One of his greatest pleasures was seeing the thrill of excitement on his grandsons’ faces when they brought in their catch.  He was always ready and on hand with guidance and encouragement when they tried to land the big one.  George always took immense pleasure in retelling the stories of these great adventures.

George had a great capacity to make you laugh. Whether it was his daily coffee runs with his friends at Tim Horton’s in Meaford, or out and about, George had the ability to always make you feel welcome and loved.  He had the best sense of humour and loved to tease, even if it meant he receive same in return.

Special thanks to the staff at Osgoode Care Centre for their care and devotion to George and his family over the past five and half years.

A celebration of George’s life will take place in Meaford later in the Spring.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Osgoode Care Centre, 7650 Snake Island Road, Metcalfe ON K0A 2P0 would be most appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Celebration of George's life to take place in the Spring.

Donations: Osgoode Care Centre
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Shelly and Tyler Knight
    Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    Donna, so very sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our most sincere condolences to your and your family.

  2. Ken and Lilian Risk
    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Donna, Frank and Janet and Families,
    Sorry to read about George’s passing.
    Our sincere condolences to you all.

  3. Bill Walker
    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Dear Steve, Elicia and extended family,
    May it help to know that friends are thinking of you, and may fond memories provide you comfort.
    With condolence,
    Bill Walker

  4. Rick and Bonnie almas
    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Donna , Frank and families our deepest sympathy in the loss of George we had lots of conversations with him when Frank and Janet were away and he was house sitting (old 9th line neighbours) Your memories will help you through this difficult time

  5. Cherie Ron Murray
    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Donna’s and George’s family.
    Ron and I enjoyed having coffee, laughs, and stories told by George
    God bless all
    Rip George, till we see you again
    Cherie, Ron Murray

  6. Bev. and Marion Genoe
    Friday, January 27, 2023

    Donna I’m sorry to here of passing of George he was a lot of fun and loved to joke around.You were good friends with my Aunt Hattie in Brampton .I am Hattie niece Marion and we have moved to Meaford now.Love to see you in the spring hope at the service for George.In our prayers and thoughts.Bev and Marion Genoe


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