Oshawa Funeral Home

847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON


Effie Kimmerly

August 3, 1921November 28, 2017

KIMMERLY, Effie Amelia

After a long life, Effie Amelia Kimmerly (née Brown) died peacefully after a short illness at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Tuesday, November 28, surrounded by her children.

Born in Toronto in 1921, Effie, daughter to Archibald Smellie and Minnie Estelle Brown, was the eldest of six children. As a child, she enjoyed the unique experience of travelling overseas during the Depression with her father to Scotland three times.

Growing up in Montreal, she first developed her lifelong love of music first by singing in church choirs, then as a member of Montreal’s Gilbert and Sullivan operatic society. Effie graduated from Montreal General Hospital Nursing School in 1943, and then entered the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as a nursing sister in 1944. She spent her years in Army service at a military hospital in Montreal, looking after service members returning from overseas during their rehabilitation.

Effie and Ralph John Kimmerly (deceased January 8, 2014) were married on May 11, 1946 in Montreal, and moved to Oshawa in 1951 to establish his medical practice there. In Oshawa, she was an active member of Northminster United Church, including 32 years as part of their choir. Later she spent 14 years as a member of the choir at St. John’s United Church in Tweed, Ontario.

Over her 96 years, the times Effie enjoyed most was when she was surrounded by family including her six children, fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. She took an active interest in each of their lives, and was a tremendous source of support and encouragement, never once forgetting to send a birthday card on time.

Effie was also a talented knitter, avid reader, and a tremendous fan of all Canadian sports teams, right up until this past Sunday’s Grey Cup game. A fan of the Toronto Argos, Maple Leafs and Blue Jays, she also enjoyed taking in all of her children and grandchildren’s football and rugby games.

Effie is survived by her children Ruth Lynch (Brian), Barbara Vessey (Chuck), David Kimmerly (Carol), Megan Heap (Bill Palmer), and Alan Kimmerly (Karen) and siblings Muriel Groome (George), Lesley McNutt and John Brown (Shirley). She was pre deceased by her daughter Sheila Denys (Alec) and siblings Tom Brown and Grace Harris.

Special thanks to Doctor Andrew Steele for his many years of excellent care, and to Drs. Gaschler and Graham and the nurses on floor 7-C at Lakeridge Health for their compassionate end of life care.

Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234). Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 5th, at NORTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH at 676 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, Ontario, to be followed by interment in Union Cemetery, and then a reception in the church hall.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, March of Dimes or Diabetes Canada. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com.


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Effie Kimmerly

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December 31, 2017

Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11

December 5, 2017

Dave, Carlol, John, Paul, & Eric, Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, mother in-law, and your grandmother. Regards, The Ford Family

Stephen Harris

December 4, 2017

To the Kimmerly's

Deepest sympathies on the death of your Mom, my Aunt Effie.

I have some early memories spent at your cottage when I visited one summer with Grandy (I think it was 1966), and have always felt close to you since then.

I know that she will be deeply missed.

My thoughts are with you.

Steve Harris & Family

Sarah Cunningham-Scharf

December 4, 2017

Sending deepest condolences about the loss of Effie, who sounds like an incredible woman. My love and thoughts are with my best friend Emma, Victoria, and the rest of the family.

Bill Brown

December 2, 2017

To our Kimmerly cousins:

Please accept our most sincere condolences on the death of your mom, our Aunt Effie. As time passes, I hope that your sadness can turn to warm and comforting memories of the life she lived. I know that the six Brown siblings always shared a special closeness, even though the times they were all able to get together were too few and far between. This photo was taken during one of those rare moments in 2005.

With love, Bill Brown

December 1, 2017

My dear Barb an family

My deepest sympathy on the death of your mom. I had the pleasure of meeting Effie,(Barb's mom to me), on a couple of occasions. On reading her obituary I realized that she must have touched many lives through her nursing career and love of music. Memories of your mom will always live in your heart.

I pray that God grants you all strength and comfort at this time.

God Bless

Brigid Flynn

Jack Haze

December 1, 2017


Like your mother, mine was a child as she grew up during the depression. I wonder if that gave them some extra wisdom?

I know you will miss her greatly and I hope that the hurt you have in your heart will change to fond recollections of a life enjoyed and well used.

Jack, Chris, John and the rest of the Haze Family

Elissa McB

November 30, 2017

Cynthia: I was sorry to hear about your grandmother. Sounds like she was an amazing woman...

Phulmatie Allen

November 30, 2017

My deepest condolences to your family. I had the pleasure of working with Effie when I was a Personal Support Worker. She was a kind and gentle person. Sorry for your loss.

Rick Mazza

November 30, 2017

Cynthia and family: so sorry to hear of your loss. Will be thinking of you and your family. Although I have never met your grandmother she seems really great and had excellent taste in sports teams.


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