Danika McKnight

March 10, 2000 - September 11, 2021

Funeral Details:

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces her passing on September 11th, 2021 in Barrie at the very young age of 21 years. Cherished daughter of Patrick McKnight and Lesley McKnight, loving sister of Madison McKnight. Beloved granddaughter of Bill (Opa) and Linda (Oma) McKnight, Donald (Grampa) and Margaret (Grandma) Barger.  Danika will sadly be missed by many friends and extended family members.

Danika was very proud of accomplishing her high school education then her acceptance into Georgian College hairstyling studies to further herself and build a future in what she was most passionate about. Her artistic and creative skill was a perfect fit for this next stage of her journey.

In her pastime, Danika enjoyed & was passionate about cooking, baking, drawing and painting, again highlighting her creative side.

Throughout her life, she had a true love of nature, camping, boating, fishing and all living things, especially at Beausoleil Island on Georgian Bay.

Danika was the type of person whom would do anything for you, especially seeking out and befriending those who would otherwise not be accepted. She impacted everyone around her with her outgoing, quirky and humorous demeanour, never making judgements.

There will be a celebration of life at Ferndale Banquet Hall, October 24th from 1pm – 4pm:

  • 24 Ferndale Industrial Dr. Barrie,
  • Ontario, L4N – 9W2;
  • 705.721.4255

Please be advised with COVID restriction’s everyone entering the hall will have to show proof of double vaccination.


19 Condolences
  • Patrick McKnight
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    In lieu of flowers or donations to a charity, in Danika’s honor, when we are given the chance take a moment to pay it forward, do something for someone for no reason other than to spread love, happiness and kindness. Dani will be dearly missed and never be forgotten.
    Thank you all for your love and support, Patrick.

  • Christian Schmid
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    I am extremely saddened to hear of this. My condolences to the family ❤️

  • Patrick Kropman
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Brittany lindsay
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    When I met Danika in 2019, I didn’t know how being her best friend would change my life. She was my soul mate. Partners in crime. We had been thru 2 different friend groups when when they all dropped us it was her that continued to stick by my side and vise versa. I’m so blessed to have been apart of her life. She made life worth living.

  • Jenna May Wyles
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    I love you Danika, thankyou for always being there for me when no one else was. You always made me feel so accepted, and valued as your friend. I still don’t want to believe you’re gone, but I will always make you proud and that’s a promise.

  • Trish Logan
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    I miss you so much.

    You were such a beautiful and kind soul. The connection and friendship that we developed in college is something that i will never forget.

    Rest In Peace gorgeous❤️

  • Julia Bussey
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    I had the pleasure of meeting Danika at Georgian College hair dressing
    She was so creative and kind.
    I am so sorry for your loss
    I’m so glad I was able to know Danika.


  • Kira Nursoo
    Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2021 Reply

    May you Rest In Peace beautiful. I hope that you get to do all the things you love up there. You’ll be missed very much Angel. ❤️

  • Hannah Stephenson barrans
    Posted on: Sunday, September 26, 2021 Reply

    Danika I knew you since grade 2 or 3 I can’t even begin to understand why such a beautiful girl would leave this earth so soon… I’m sad to say we didn’t talk over the years after I left innisfil I’m so sorry for loss rest happily in peace Danny

  • Carol McLuhan
    Posted on: Sunday, September 26, 2021 Reply

    My sincere condolences to all the family. So very sad & tragic. May time help heal your pain. Remember Danika with loving thoughts. Sending loving thoughts & prayers.

  • Ashley Dronfield
    Posted on: Monday, September 27, 2021 Reply

    Danika I’m so sorry that you are gone far too soon. It was always a pleasure to talk with you during and before and after classes. You where a huge advocate for mental health, SA awareness and supports and had a huge heart. I hope you are able to Rest In Peace and know you made an impact for the better for those around you with the short time you have been here on the earth. ❤️

  • Tracey J Leathers
    Posted on: Monday, September 27, 2021 Reply

    Patrick and family,
    We send infinite hugs and prayers for your loss. We will remember Dani when we were fortunate to celebrate Christmas Eve with her. Dani was so fun and loving and such a pleasure to be around. Her light will continue to shine in our home.
    Much love, Tracey, Steve, Cassie, Tyler and Iris.

  • Madeline Morencie
    Posted on: Monday, September 27, 2021 Reply

    it still feels surreal, i’m so sorry we fell out these past few months. you helped me a lot through high school and i’m thankful i had the opportunity to know you. i hope you’re finding the peace you deserve. ❤️

  • Paul Bird
    Posted on: Monday, September 27, 2021 Reply

    Pat, Lesley and Madison, the extended McKnight & Barger families as well as Danika’s friends. I can only imagine how you are feeling. My heartfelt condolences are with you.

    The news of Danika’s passing was truly heartbreaking.

    If there is anything I can do as you grieve and begin to heal, please let me know.

    Rest in peace, Danika. While your time with us was tragically short, you will live in our memories, and thoughts forever.

  • maddy vanderlinde
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Reply

    meeting you this year was a very special moment to me.
    it was so spontaneous, so full of love and laughter.
    i was just a stranger biking past you & it turned into us talking for hours, truly opening our minds and hearts to each other and developing a friendship out of it.
    from the moment i met you and brit you guys made me feel loved. i remember thinking you were so beautiful and had a smile that lit up my heart. you opened up to me about some very troubling things and i can only hope that my love reached you when you needed it. you deserved a whole lot better than the hardships you faced danika. thank you for touching my soul this summer, you won’t be forgotten.
    Rest in peace Dani.

  • Michelle (Swan) Maurice
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of your devastating loss. You are in my thoughts and I pray for you to have the strength you will need in the days, months and years ahead.

  • David Genier
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Reply

    Patrick, my deepest condolences to you and you family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Jeremy Sukhnandan
    Posted on: Friday, October 8, 2021 Reply

    My childhood best friend, we did so much together and i cherish all the memories that we have shared together, my condolences to the McKnight Family. 🖤

  • Jacob martinslane
    Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2021 Reply

    I miss u so much danika, it blows my mind i cant see you or message u again ill never forget the times we had u were so awesome… thank you for being apart of my life not a day goes by u dont pass my mind u will always be in my heart and memories forever❤❤😔😔

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