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In Loving Memory


Stuart McPhail of Durham passed away peacefully, after a valiant battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, at Chapman House Hospice in Owen Sound on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the age of 59. Stuart was a licensed funeral director and along with his wife Ruth, they established Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services in 2003. He was an avid beekeeper for 30 years and was in his glory when tending to his bees. Beloved husband and best friend of Ruth (née Bell) for 34 years. Loving and devoted father of Laura and her husband Travis Braeker and Julie McPhail. Cherished grandpa of Sophie. Son of Marion McPhail. Brother of John (Catherine) McPhail and family and Doug (Diane) McPhail and family. Also survived by his mother-in-law Catherine Bell, sister-in-law Heather (Bjorn) Andersen and family and brother-in-law Derek Bell. He will be sadly missed by his good friends, Wayne, Bruce, Marvin, Doug M “Cowboy” and Doug R and his beekeeping colleagues Murray and Jim. Predeceased by his father Jim McPhail and father-in-law John M. Bell. A Memorial Come and Go for Stuart will be held at the Homestead Resort, 263530 Southgate Township Road 26 (on Wilder Lake, Southeast of Durham) on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 1 – 4 p.m. with tributes and memories at 2 p.m. Interment in Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Durham. Special thanks to the CarePartners and VON Nurses, Dr. Susan Horsfall, Dr. Susan Batten and the staff at Chapman House for their excellent care and support of Stuart and his family. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Chapman House Hospice ( or the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter ( would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services,

Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services Inc. is a transfer service licensed by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

We are regulated by the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002. This Act regulates funerals, burials, cremation and related services.

We are a locally owned and operated family company dedicated to providing low cost direct cremation and direct burial services. We are independent and are not affiliated with any funeral homes.

Our goal is to provide you with the utmost dignity, care and compassion for your loved one, while providing our services at a price you can afford.

We will not pressure you into adding services or encourage you to purchase items that you do not request. We strive to give you and your family the peace of mind you deserve. You can be rest assured knowing that every detail will be handled with the utmost professionalism.

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For your comfort, convenience or privacy we'll gladly come to your home to discuss at need and pre-need arrangements or you can meet with us in our office.

No Embalming, No Visitation, No Expensive Casket, No Hidden Fees, No Pressure

Serving Grey, Bruce and surrounding areas since 2003.

Transfer Service Class 1 License # 742