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TRUDGEON: Barbara Ann (Rea) of Thorndale

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On June 18, 2021 @ 5:06 PM In Lucan,Obituary | 50 Comments

TRUDGEON: Barbara Ann (Rea) of Thorndale

Barbara Ann (Rea) Trudgeon, at the proud age of 70 (gifted 10 extra years), of Thorndale, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 and was taken home. Loving, and caring wife and best friend of Donald Trudgeon for 48 years. Proud mother of Michelle Easden (Andrew), twins Dayna Comfort (Jeremy) and Donald Trudgeon (Nicole), and Kimberly Trudgeon (Bernard Bukala). Adored and treasured grandma and best friend of Victoria, Dylan, Matthew, Madison, Breanna, Haden, Samara, Hannah, Zuzanna, Julia, and Alexander. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Betty Jean Mendham (Andrew), Beverly Taylor (Robert), Doug Trudgeon (Janice), and Darlene Tompkins (Robert). Cherished by her special nieces and nephews.

Barb was a loving, caring and devoted wife, supportive and selfless mother, extraordinarily fun grandmother, thoughtful sister, strong believer and a gracious  friend. She was a beyond generous kind soul exuding love and light. She had a giving and genuine heart, gifting spirit and gracious soul. She was most proud of her beloved husband and her big family always putting others before herself. She was a best friend and cheerleader always knowing just what to say to soothe the heart. She was a pet whisperer and lived her life to the fullest. She met everyone with a warm heart, smile and contagious laughter. She was a strong woman of faith and lived life by example with a sparkle in her eye. She was a gifted teacher and nurturing mother.

Her oven was always on with a meal, cookies, apple pie or cinnabon’s waiting. She shared her endless life skills of faith, friendship, cooking, baking, sewing, generously gifting and spoiling loved ones, thoughtful conversations, extraordinary intuition and love for the farm and nature. She was an admirable animal lover and always took time with each and every beloved pet. A favourite place of Barb’s was sitting by the water where it brought her peace enjoying it with the love of her life.

The best gift she gave each of us was the time we were blessed to share together. She will be remembered with a coffee in hand, surrounded by all of her family sharing her big, bold, and beautiful laugh. Most importantly, she taught us to value time with loved ones and there is always room for more fun and laughter.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Tuesday evening from 5-8PM. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, each person must RSVP for the visitation. Please click “Register Now” below to register.

A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd at 11 AM with Dr. Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Interment Birr United Cemetery. Thought the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.

In memory of Barb, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.  

We are so thankful for the love and endless lessons we were privileged for her to share with us. Barb was surrounded by loved ones who cherished her and will carry on her legacy of thoughtfulness and meaning. Barb lived each day to the fullest with no regrets and always living life by leading with an example of love. 

Condolences for the family of “TRUDGEON: Barbara Ann (Rea) of Thorndale”

Condolence from Emily on June 18th, 2021 6:11 PM


I’ll always remember your contagious laugh and beautiful energy. You were so kind, fun, and loving. You will be missed by all who knew you.


Condolence from Ron Johnson on June 18th, 2021 6:28 PM

Sending love from deep in the heart of Texas. You will be missed. It was so good to see you at the reunion a few years ago and at your farm about two years ago thank you for making our life better From all of us to yours thank you for your love

Condolence from Michelle, Corey and Liam McKay on June 18th, 2021 8:22 PM

A beautiful description of a beautiful lady. We are honoured to have known Barb and her infectious laughter, humour and love she demonstrated so freely to everyone who knew her.

Sending our deepest sympathies, prayers and love.

Condolence from Sarah Auger on June 18th, 2021 8:26 PM

Aunt Barb you will be missed! I will forever remember your contagious laugh and your warm smile. You were a beautiful person who left this earth too soon.
My condolences to you Uncle Don, Michelle, Dayna, Donald and Kim and all your families. We love you and are praying for comfort, peace and strength during this time.

Condolence from Shannon O’Shea Ross on June 18th, 2021 8:40 PM

Sending my most sincere condolences to the entire Trudgeon family. May God guide you all in the days ahead.

Condolence from Bev Dayman on June 18th, 2021 9:04 PM

Dayna, Jeremy and family
I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Bev Dayman (Dauncey)

Condolence from Dwight & Karen Honsinger on June 18th, 2021 9:15 PM

Dear Don & family,
We are sorry for your loss. Such good memories we have of our times together growing up in LGT. Barb always had such an infectious laugh and was a joy to be around. We pray for all of the family as you journey through this grieving time..

Condolence from George and Bev Brown on June 18th, 2021 9:50 PM

Don and family
So sorry to hear about Barb . Our thoughts and prayer are with you all

Condolence from Tammy on June 18th, 2021 10:12 PM

Barbie. you lit up any room you were in. I will always treasure your laughter and warm heart and soul. Make sure you and my dad don’t get into too much trouble up there !! ❤️

Condolence from Rachel Wichman Thomas on June 18th, 2021 10:34 PM

What a beautiful tribute to her and what a beautiful tribute of God’s love she was to us.

There are no words to express how much she will be missed but you made a very fine effort!

Love to all of you, and big “Barbie” style hugs when we finally see each other again.

Condolence from Heather Christie on June 19th, 2021 12:10 AM

I’ll never forget your wonderful laugh, caring and sweet personality and always being there to help family and friends. I have so many happy memories of you that I will always be able to re play them for myself and others. ♥️♥️😢

Condolence from Tim & Paige van den Dam on June 19th, 2021 1:39 AM

You will be greatly missed Aunt Barb. You brightened up a room when you walked into it. Your laugh was contagious and you made everyone around you feel appreciated and loved.

Our condolences to the whole family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ron and Marlene Craig on June 19th, 2021 8:10 AM

Sorry for your loss. Have many memories with our kids growing up.

Condolence from Don & Patty Dickert on June 19th, 2021 8:53 AM

Over the years you have been a treasured and special friend. From the trips away with our combined mob of 8 kids you were full of grace and humour. You were inflatable!
In the hospital we had hours of special times as we shared, reminisced, and prayed.
When Don had his accident although scared you were a rock and never lost faith.
I will never forget your laugh.

Don – keep strong and lean on your faith. Even though your kids have lost their mother, they will be a source of strength and comfort for you.

Finally – Don – “Been there, Done that”! Seemingly trite words but I know what you are experiencing. When you need to talk I’m here for you.

Condolence from NIcole Dobinson on June 19th, 2021 9:17 AM

My heart goes out to Dayna and the rest of the Trudgeon family over the loss of your beloved mother. She was a wellspring of kindness, joy and care and I can only imagine the extent to which she will be missed. My sincerest condolences to you all.

Condolence from Janelle Damen Cowl on June 19th, 2021 9:50 AM

What beautiful words to describe a beautiful woman! Her spirit and her love shine on and live strong in you, Kim. Sending much love, prayers, and condolences to you and your entire family.

xoxo Janelle, Tim, Trent, Holden & Camden

Condolence from Jayne and Greg Tinney on June 19th, 2021 10:21 AM

We are saddened by the news of the loss of Barb. Barb was always present, caring and positive. She had a great smile and laugh. Barb always made you feel welcome. When in Don and Barbs presents you could feel their love for each other and the love for their family. They had faith that many of us could learn from. It is a great loss our prayers are with you all at this time.

Condolence from Sheley on June 19th, 2021 11:27 AM

Barb your bright smile and joy you bring to so many lives will be greatly missed.
I remember many times you came to our home with your sisters and how much fun we always had.
You have raised and influenced so many beautiful children your own and many others. I will never forget your gifts and your kindness.
Rest in peace in the arms of Jesus ~Shelley

Condolence from Kelly Hack on June 19th, 2021 12:10 PM

Dear Don and Family,

Sending our condolences for the loss of Barb. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and had a wonderful laugh. She has earned her Angel wings and was always kind to everyone she crossed paths with. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Scott and Kelly Hack and Family.

Condolence from Erin Bradley on June 19th, 2021 12:15 PM

Sending so much love and hugs from the West Coast! So many amazing memories of Barb at all of our field hockey games. I will always remember her infectious smile. A mother and cheerleader to all of us girls, she always had extra love to share. Her spirit lives on in all of her friends and family, and I wish you all lots of love and strength during this difficult time.
Lots of love,
Aka “Bradster”

Condolence from Roxanne Helbling on June 19th, 2021 1:18 PM

Sending our Love & Prayers for God’s Strength & Comfort for Don & his entire family during this difficult time!
I Thess 4:13-18❤️🙏
Thankful for fond memories over the years of family trips to Canada & such fun times w/ cousin Barb! (Our last big hug & laughing-together-time was Oct. 2019 at Aunt Pearl Emeny’s 89th Birthday Party)
Appreciate the very beautiful obituary/ tribute! Barbie’s Caring nature, Love, and Joy were all gifts for all who knew her !
She will be greatly missed ! ❤️
Roxanne & Dave Helbling
Moreno Valley, California

Condolence from Paul Francoeur on June 19th, 2021 4:19 PM

Please accept our warmest condolences. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Always enjoyed our chats about our children at the Hutton Transport christmas parties
Your mom was a great lady!
Paul and Mary Francoeur

Condolence from Karen and Scott Sweet on June 19th, 2021 4:36 PM

We hear so many strong words, loving, laughing, generous, intuitive, supportive, giving, selfless, devoted, many more.
When Barb arrived you were not allowed to be alone, the room changed and it was magic. Our deepest thoughts to the family, stay strong, you are not alone. Love Scott and Karen and family.

Condolence from Vicki and Tom Comfort on June 19th, 2021 6:33 PM

She was an amazing lady Tom and I will miss her and remember the times we shared with her.

Condolence from Bill Meinen on June 19th, 2021 7:14 PM

Dear Don & Family,
Our sincere sympathy to you all. Such an amazing impression she has left on all who knew her. You will, know doubt, have memories that you will cherish forever. Don, we will remember you in our prayers and God will grant you peace that passes all understanding.
Darlene & Bill Meinen.

Condolence from Tim Johnson on June 19th, 2021 8:19 PM

Dear Don and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Barb was a awesome woman. She had a Great love for her family and friends. She was a joy to be with. She loved the Lord and put her faith in Him. As I was thinking about Barb’s life well lived, I remembered getting a call from my family several years ago saying my mom was dying and I needed to hurry back to the States. I flew back and rushed to see her. I got to spend a few special days with my mom before she went to be with the Lord. She told me her greatest concern and request to God that all of her family and friends would have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and spend eternity in heaven. I believe Barb had the same prayer and request to God for all her family and friends would know Christ and spend eternity with her in heaven.

Condolence from Norah and Don Rows on June 19th, 2021 9:44 PM

We are thinking of your family and hope that happy memories will help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Mr Larry Herr on June 19th, 2021 11:29 PM

Don and family,

So sorry to learn of Barb’s passing. My wife Cathy and I send our sincere condolences. I wish you well as you begin the difficult adjustment to life without your wife and mother of your children.

Cousin, Larry Herr & Cathy
Barrie, ON

Condolence from Don and Kit Sheldon on June 20th, 2021 12:51 AM

RIP Barb, soar with the other angels ,sweet one. Don, so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweetheart. She was a treasure. We will never forget her laughter and how wonderful she could make one feel.
Our Deepest Condolences,
Don and Kit Sheldon

Condolence from Barbara Butler on June 20th, 2021 6:08 AM

Sending my condolences to all of Barb’s family and friends for the loss of such a precious, loving woman.

Condolence from Beth Miller on June 20th, 2021 9:45 AM

Barb… AKA my second mom! I have vivid memories of taking many trips to Toronto with Donald driving, Barb in passenger seat, and Kim am I sprawled out in the back of the truck. Barb would always say, “Oh Kimmy!”… as a playful way to express her love, support, (sometimes worry), or amusement of Kim’s stories.

Barb had the biggest heart for all humans and animals. Welcoming anyone into her home.

She treated me like a daughter, taking care of me… and always making sure I was never hungry (lol). And Swiss Chalet! How she loved going for dinner there.

Her love of life was contagious. She had a special way of making everything feel ok. Barb would empathize with what you’re going through, but then spin it so you felt better.

I will miss her! And I’ll so thankful for the memories of time & conversations with her. Xoxo

Condolence from Maxine Morrison on June 20th, 2021 9:56 AM

You will be sorely missed, Barb. Sending loving thoughts and condolences to all this family. Much love, Aunt Maxine and daughter Lori.

Condolence from Sharon & Roland Sterling on June 20th, 2021 9:21 PM

Don and family,

We are so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. A wonderful tribute to a remarkable person. She will be missed by so many folks. May lovely memories help ease your sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Laurie Corneil on June 21st, 2021 8:46 AM

Sending love, prayers and strength. Barb was such a beautiful person inside and out. She loved with all her heart and everyone around her felt more loved and special in her presence. She was one of the most warm, caring and generous person I’ve ever met. She always welcomed me into her home, at her table and in her mini van like I was her 5th child. Rest in peace Barb in your castle in heaven!
Thinking of you Don, Kim, Dayna, Donald and Michelle and all your families.

Love: Laurie, Stephen, Ethan & Owen

Condolence from Steve, Sue and Family on June 21st, 2021 9:06 AM

Deepest condolences Dayna and family. Your Mother was a precious woman, who led by example and touched so many lives. Cherish your special memories. Our thoughts are with you and your family .

Condolence from Marlene Elliot on June 21st, 2021 9:25 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Barb and family several years ago. Oddly enough, last week I had memories of our visits. Barb you must have been speaking to me.

My condolences to Don and family.

Condolence from connie ramsay on June 21st, 2021 11:13 AM

Don and family,sorry for your loss Barb will be missed .I went to Medway with Barb. Memeries last forever. your cousin Connie. Jim and myself send our condolence.

Condolence from Pat Durnford on June 21st, 2021 11:49 AM

My sincere sympathy to your family. Barb’s wonderful spirit and infectious laugh will be missed by all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Paul & Debbie Jackson on June 21st, 2021 2:00 PM

May memories of Barb’s love, smiles and positivity give you strength and love in this difficult time.
Condolences to Don, your children and the Trudgeon and Rea families.

Condolence from Nicole & Evan Londry on June 21st, 2021 5:57 PM

Our deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful woman. Our thoughts are with you Kim, and the rest of your family.

Condolence from Susan and John Wolnik on June 21st, 2021 7:36 PM

Dear Don and family
It is so hard to believe that Barb is gone. The world has lost a kind and caring soul whose mighty heart matched her joyous spirit. Her full and generous laughter and happy ways touched everyone around her. Our sincere sympathy to you Don and your children and to all of your family. Barb will truly be missed by all those she touched with her constant gift of selfless happiness; she is leaving huge memories of her joyfulness in living life for all of us to remember.

Condolence from Lindsay Blashill on June 21st, 2021 10:32 PM

Sending love and condolences to Kim and the family.
I have happy memories of Barb cheering for Kim and the UW field hockey team.
Rest in peace.

Condolence from Regan on June 22nd, 2021 7:30 AM

Kim and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom’s warmth, smile and laugh was beautiful and the importance of family to her so evident. May her love continue to surround you in the days to come.


Condolence from Gerald and Brenda Nordemann on June 22nd, 2021 3:05 PM

We were so saddened by the news of Barb. She was a courageous woman. We have so many fond memories of the many years of Field Hockey that the girls played. The many early morning trips to Toronto with Kim. The four of us watching and cheering as Beth and Kim played the sport that they so loved. Barb’s laughter was contagious and she could always find something positive in any situation. We really enjoyed our last get together a few years ago. We wish we had done it more often.

Sending our deepest sympathies, prayers and love to you, Don and the family

Condolence from Paula and Dave on June 22nd, 2021 5:02 PM

My family and I are heartbroken. Your kindness, love of life and determination will always be remembered. There will never be another “BARBIE”. Loving you forever. Paula, Dave and family.

Condolence from Gary Herr on June 22nd, 2021 6:44 PM

Our sincere condolences to Don and family as well as the Rea family. We were saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. I will always remember Barb’s infectious laugh. Our thoughts and prayers to Don and family. Cousin Gary& Carol Herr

Condolence from Jan and Mark Davidson on June 22nd, 2021 7:24 PM

Dear Don and family, our hearts are breaking over the loss of a beautiful Wife ,Mom and Grandma !!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time, we will miss her laughter that can light up any room. ♥️

Condolence from Jason & Shelby Elliott on June 22nd, 2021 7:28 PM

We send our deepest condolences to Don and the entire family. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Bob & Marlene Stephen on June 23rd, 2021 10:55 PM

We were so sorry to hear about Barb’s sudden passing. She was always happy with an infectious smile and laughter. She always had time to have a chat. Don & all your family you are in our prayers. RIP

Condolence from Barb. Fleet on June 29th, 2021 1:30 PM

So sorry to learn of Barb’s passing . Sending heartfelt condolences to all the family.

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