Eleanor May Whitehead

May 10, 1939January 8, 2021

Passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021, at her home in beaches area of Toronto. Eleanor was in her 82nd year and was the beloved wife of the late Bruce for 47 years. Born Eleanor May Pugsley in Toronto to parents Harold and Muriel Pugsley (nee Nichols), Eleanor grew up in Toronto and spent much of her youth at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe in Hawkstone, Ontario. She also attended Ryde Lake CGIT camp in Gravenhurst. Eleanor graduated East York Collegiate and went on to work for Abitibi Paper Products. After meeting Bruce, the love of her life, they moved to the Beaches area and never left. Long time members of the Balmy Beach Club, they spent many a day lawn bowling, socializing and enjoying a glass of wine with friends at the Club. Eleanor and Bruce travelled extensively, and enjoyed yearly trips to Las Vegas and spending winters in Sun City Florida. Eleanor will always be remembered for her kindness, caring and quick wit. She was a strong arm for younger brother Bill and his wife to lean on over the years. Eleanor’s love for her Yorkie’s was evident and she could often be seen walking her dog Pugsley in the upper beach neighbourhood where she lived. Eleanor will be dearly missed by her brother Bill and her nieces and nephews Pam, Krista, Chris and David and her countless friends. The family requests no flowers be sent. Donations may be made to the Balmy Beach Club (Lawn Bowling Section) at the foot of Beech Ave.

Due to Covid 19, a private family service will be held at Giffen Mack and a virtual service will be available on the web Thursday January 28th, at 1PM. Please see the Giffen Mack website for a link to the online service details.


28 January

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Giffen-Mack Funeral Home

2570 Danforth Ave.


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Charlotte Byrnes

January 21, 2021

We were so saddened to hear of Eleanor's sudden passing. She was a life long friend to the Byrnes family and she will be missed very much. She probably has a euchre game already organized.
Our deepest sympathies to Ellie's family and dear friends.
In friendship and much love!
Cathie, Charlotte and Glen Byrnes xo

Josephine Waites

January 17, 2021

Bruce and Ellie where good friends of mine and my husband Ralph Waites and also my brother Ron MacInnis. I knew Brucie long before he met Ellie. I believe they met at the Church on Wineve at the Couple Club. Not sure though. Ellie and I lawn bowled together and Bruce, Ellie and I went on a trip with Dave Bain over seas to England, Scotland, and other places, What a great trip.

Ellie you are going to be missed. Rest in Peace my friend. Love Jo

Thomas Pugsley

January 16, 2021

My sympathy goes out to Bill, his family and her husbands family for their loss of Eleanor!

I remember fondly pleasant memories of our youth together like riding in the rumble seat of Eleanor's father car. Her father (my Uncle Harold) and my father were the only ones who built cottages on lots on Lake Simcoe sequestered off from the farm which was eventually sold. We roamed the land before it was sold and had a lot of fun. We spent many pleasant days swimming, boating, fishing and whatever with our cousins Eleanor, her brother Bill, my twin brother Bob (deceased), and John (deceased), Barbara and Marilyn.
Alas many memories!

Elaine Ramsden

January 16, 2021

it was always to kind of Ellie to save me a seat on the " bus " to Fallsview and she will be missed. We had 2 excellent trips to Las Vegas for our favourite sport - curling - and I will always remember them and her fondly Rest In Peace

Charlene Rathgeb

January 14, 2021

I will miss Ellie at the BBC, lawn bowling, playing euchre. So glad to have known her.

elaine acton

January 13, 2021

So sorry for the loss of Eleanor (Ellie)
She had been a wonderful Friend for the last 55 years. Joining Bruce and her pug Gus.
Beautiful Soul I will miss you old friend.
Love Elayne Acton