Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON


Irene Ella May Zilio

September 20, 1935August 30, 2020

Irene Zilio of Cambridge, passed away peacefully, in the presence of her loving family at Wellington Hospice, Guelph on Sunday, August 30, 2020 in her 85th year. She is survived by her loving husband; Jim Zilio of Cambridge, son; Dean Zilio and his wife Janet of Newcastle, granddaughters; Michelle (Graeme) Carbert of Ottawa and Becca (Steve) Orban of Newcastle. She will also be remembered by her sisters; Beatrice Oliver of Acton and Isabelle McMahon of Richmond, B.C. She will also be missed by her beloved grand dogs; Murphy, Lucy and Bruno. She was predeceased by her brothers; Donald and George Blackstock.

In accordance with Irene’s wishes cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Wellington Hospice, Alzheimer’s Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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Irene Ella May Zilio

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Pauline Jamieson

September 14, 2020

Dear Dean and Janet,
My family and I were so sorry to learn of your mother's death, especially Brian and I, who knew you best. We also send our sympathies to your daughters. I had just last week shared stories with Gail and Reed about how fond Jim was of you and proud of your golfing ability. I did not know you had moved to Newcastle. Should you ever be back to Georgetown I am still at 24 James, at least until Covid 19 is over, and would be pleased to see you. My best to all of you. Pauline Jamieson

Karen & Phil Atkin/Jones

September 8, 2020

Sending our deepest condolences to Dean, Janet, Michelle (Graeme), Becca (Steve) and Jim on the loss of Irene, May your many happy memories comfort you at this difficult time. Irene was a wonderful lady who we enjoyed spending Christmas Eves with! Her smile brightened up the room!! Much love to you all,

Karen & Phil xoxox

Janet Zilio

September 4, 2020

I couldn't have asked for a nicer mother in law. Irene was the sweetest lady with the warmest heart. I will always remember her stories about working at Smith and Stone, Johnson & Carney Real Estate and the Bell. Irene had fond memories of her early years in Stayner and then working in Toronto, going to Maple Leaf Gardens with her Uncle Norman to watch a Leaf game. From that time on she was an avid Toronto Maple Leaf fan. Besides loving her family and especially her grand daughters, Michelle and Becca, Irene had a love for coats and purses. I have never known anyone to have as many coats as Irene. Whenever we would visit she would take our hand, guide us to her closet, to show us her newest purchase.

Irene didn't have a lot, need a lot but she always gave a lot. Irene will forever hold a special spot in my heart!

Janet Zilio

September 2, 2020

I couldn't have asked for a sweeter lady to call my mother in law. I will miss Irene and her big smile. She loved to talk about her past, working at Smith and Stone, The Bell, Johnson and Carney Real Estate and going to hockey games at Maple Leaf Gardens with her Uncle in Toronto as a young adult. From that time on she was always a Toronto Maple Leaf fan, win or lose! I will always remember Irene's love for coats, she had so many. Every time we would visit she would always have a new coat to show us. Irene loved her family and especially her grand daughters Michelle and Becca. When she passed I was sorting through some of her belongings. She had photos of the girls every where, in her purses, in her dresser drawers, in her pockets and on the walls. She didn't need a lot, want a lot but most certainly gave a lot of love.

I will miss you Irene. You will be forever in my heart!

Love Janet

Shawnna Brown

September 1, 2020

Our hearts and prayers go out to Jim and family with the loss of Aunt Irene. She will be missed dearly.

Rob, Shawnna Brown & family ❤️


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