Elsie Horsburgh

Elsie King (Horsburgh)

Sunday, September 18th, 1938 Thursday, December 19th, 2019

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Obituary for Elsie King (Horsburgh)

Elsie King (Horsburgh)
Sunday, September 18, 1938 - Thursday, December 19, 2019
Gentle falling snow, Christmas music and the love of family and friends marked Elsie’s peaceful passing at home after her second battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her strength and kindness and her “no nonsense”, down-to-earth outlook on life. She disliked being fussed over but never hesitated to help others. Her “zest for life” meant her hands and feet were never still. She loved to swim and teach others, and her passion for gardening, knitting, crafts and outdoor pursuits kept her young and active till the end.

God called your name so gently,
That only you could hear.
No one heard the footsteps,
Of the Angel drawing near.
Softly from the shadows,
There came a gentle call,
You closed your eyes and went to sleep
Leaving your love, inside us all.

A Memorial Visitation for friends and family will be held at Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

A tree will be planted in memory of Elsie in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 |
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020
  • Reception

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Caroline Tilley

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

With our love and thoughts
Caroline and Duncan
Comment | Posted at 10:19pm via Condolence

Kathryn Matzov

My Mum and Dad (Hilda and Weston Jacob) introduced me to Elsie many years ago when they were foster parents. Our paths have crossed in many ways since, through a shared love of swimming, CLD, Headwaters HCC. She will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 08:22pm via Condolence

Karen Murphy Fritz

On behalf of all of us at Community Living Dufferin we send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear friend Elsie. Elsie was a much loved and respected volunteer at CLD and the people she supported through swim lessons and craft classes loved & adored her. She has been missed and will leave a big void in the hearts & lives of all who knew her. Rest In Peace dear Elsie.
Comment | Posted at 10:19am via Condolence

The Bell Family

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Comment | Posted at 08:20pm via Floral Arrangements

Patrick D'Almada

Elsie's legacy will include the many children who she taught to swim and be safe in, on and around water. Many of those children are grownups now and, every time they enter a pool, go to the beach or play on recreational water equipment, they know that it was Elsie who made them comfortable and confident in this environment. Elsie will forever be our lifeguard, looking over us and keeping us safe. We will miss you. Patrick.
Comment | Posted at 07:10pm via Condolence

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