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Ivan Thomas Funnell

FUNNELL, Ivan Thomas - May 4, 1940 - May 2, 2019 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ivan Thomas Funnell at the age of 78 at North Bay Regional Hospital. Ivan is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Theresa (Trahan), daughter Daintry (Bob), son John (Francine) and daughter Cathy (Rod). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Martin Funnell (Derica), Christina Goode, Christopher (Stephanie), Celina and Angela Chitaroni. Ivan grew up in Cobalt, the son of Thomas and Aurore (Lauzon) and brother to Shirley Giroux (predeceased). He is survived by his sister Eleonor Cole. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Ivan retired in 1992 from the ONR after 35 years and decided to build a house in Nipissing Village along HWY 534. Once settled into the village, he took on a leading role in the construction of the Nipissing Township Fire Station and volunteered in the construction of an addition to the Nipissing Township Museum. He was an avid curler with the Powassan Curling Club. As a long time member of the Menís Railway Club of North Bay his love of trains inspired him to lead a team in the construction of a scale model of the CPR engine No 9 Lucy Dalton steam engine, a flatbed car and caboose for the 50th Anniversary of North Bay as a city. Built on a tractor, the Lucy Dalton was driven in the 1975 parade after a trial run at the 1974 Grey Cup parade in Vancouver. The float made several appearances over the years including the Cobalt Minersí Festival before being retired to Santaís Village. A second ONTC model train float was constructed for the 100 Years of Rail Parade in 1982. After retirement his love of working with wood continued with his business Fun Woodcraft where he and his wife Theresa travelled as vendors to craft shows in Northern Ontario. His quality of workmanship and attention to detail were treasured and his creations continue to reside in northern homes as he supplied cupboards, shelves, trunks, furniture and wooden toys to his many customers before hanging up his tools after 25 years in business. Ivan loved to travel with his wife and friends, and every year would find them on the road again- from the East Coast to the West Coast, to the U.S. and as far as Portugal. Bus trips, road trips and camping trips were the norm for the family growing up. His enthusiasm for cards, darts and games never waned. We were so fortunate to have him in our lives. He will be missed but never forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 665 Oak Street East in North Bay (ONR Apartments) at the 8th floor hall from 2pm to 4pm.13336046
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Posted by Wanda (friend) On Saturday, May 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed my visit when Butch would join us for a cup of coffee. Long time friend. Will think of him every time I look at all the things he built for me over the years. He shall me missed
Posted by Bert & Charlene (Friend) On Thursday, May 16, 2019
So sorry for you Theresa and the family . He is in better place I understand. Take care . xoxoxo
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Posted by Tracy Butler (friend) On Monday, May 13, 2019
I am so sorry to see Ivan passed away. I remember working with them at the Nipissing Museum and loved seeing them at different craft shows. He will be missed.
Theresa and family
Posted by Ann Staines (Friend) On Saturday, May 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I have many great memories from serving on the Nipissing Museum Board with you both.
Good bye
Posted by Linda Lancaster (Friend) On Friday, May 10, 2019
My condolences to all your family. I knew Butch, Theresa, & Cathy back in the 70’s & 80’s. They were very kind to my daughter Holly Driehuis who went to school together with Cathy & walking to school. I know Holly enjoyed the time she spent on Laurier Ave. and going camping with your family.

Then I ended up reuniting at the ONR apartment building with the Funnell ‘s. Butch helped out in our coffee shop. We enjoyed him and appreciate all he did. I will miss you Butch.

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