Dorothy Elizabeth “Betty” Lillow

February 20, 1940 - May 10, 2024

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

Dorothy Elizabeth “Betty” Lillow, passed away at Hospice Simcoe at the age of 84, on May 10, 2024. Betty was born February 20, 1940, in Toronto.

Betty lived in Barrie and worked as a devoted and enthusiastic teacher at King Edward and Hillcrest Public schools as well at Barrie Central Collegiate for 25 years as a beloved math teacher.

Betty was an avid clarinet player and music lover, she played in the Barrie Concert Band, Base Borden Band and the Orillia Band.  As President of the Barrie Concert Band for 10 years, she acted as the spark that was realised as the Performance Center in Barrie Memorial Square.

In retirement, Betty and her husband of 42 years, Don, had many amazing travels, she tutored math for over 10 years.  Betty was a lover of people, had a big heart and beautiful smile - always engaging others with her friendly ways.  Betty has touched the lives of many, she will be sadly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her.

We send our deep appreciation to Hospice Simcoe for the beauty and dignity they lovingly gave Betty in her final time.

Survivors include her bereaved husband Don Lillow, daughter Wendy Weir, and son, John McEvoy, step-children Lindsey Taylor, Jonathan Lillow, 5 grandchildren, and her sister Pat Rowe.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Elizabeth Stafford and father Harold Stafford, as well sister Anne and stepson, Scott Lillow.

Information about further arrangements will be forthcoming.

Memorial contributions are welcome at

Barrie Concert Band ( info@barrieconcertband.org )

and Hospice Simcoe ( https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/2595 )

CONDOLENCES

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  • Andrea Hook
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Reply

    It was great fun playing with Betty at the Barrie Concert Band in the 1990s after having had Mrs. Lillow as a math teacher for 3 years and Mr. Lillow as a chemistry teacher for 2 years at Barrie Central. I went on to become a high school math and chemistry teacher myself.

    Betty and her kids are fondly remembered by my dad, too, from when the McEvoys lived next door to my grandparents.

    It was wonderful to play in the band with her again at Central’s big 2016 reunion. She made a big fuss over meeting my baby daughter.

    Warmest greetings and sincere condolences from the Hook family to the Lillow & McEvoy family.

    ~ Andrea Louis-Jean, daughter of Dave & Gail Hook, granddaughter of Kay & Harold Hook

  • Ginny Samson
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Reply

    My sincere condolences, Wendy, to you and your entire family. May your Mom live on forever in your heart.

  • BRIAN FITZGERALD
    Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2024 Reply

    Diane and I really appreciated having Don and Betty as neighbors out in Big Bay Point and appreciated it even more when could bring our kids back to Betty for help getting through high school. We loved Betty’s sense of humour, her unlimited energy and her no nonsense attitude. She was a wonderful person and we are grateful we got to know her.

    Condolences from all the FitzGeralds – Brian, Diane, Meagan, Brendan & Garrett

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