In loving memory of Eileen Mary Newman (nee: Sparling) who passed away peacefully at the Royal Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie, Ontario on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, a week before her 87th birthday.  Eileen is the beloved wife of Cyril Newman and devoted mother to her daughter, Kim Merchant and her son, Kevin Newman (predeceased in 2012).  She is the cherished Grandmother of Julia Merchant, plus the Great Grandmother of Josiah Merchant.  Eileen is the dear Grandmother of siblings, Chad Newman (Edmonton) and Jessica Falcioni (Newmarket).

Eileen Newman was born on February 4, 1937 in North Bay, ON and welcomed by her parents Henry (Harry) and Margaret (Jennie) Sparling of Temiscaming, Quebec.  Eileen was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings; her dear sisters, Lila Harrison (George) of Edmonton, Margaret Wilkin (Paul) of North Bay, and her beloved brother Ross Sparling (Laurette) of Temiscaming.  Eileen enjoyed many visits to the cottage to visit her sister Margaret and brother Ross and their families with plenty of laughter and BBQ's.  She cherished her nephews, Glen Harrison and Dean Sparling (Rhondi).

Eileen always thought highly of her many nieces and nephews in the Newman, Whillans, Chellew and Geiger families. We made many visits to the Newman family farm in Athens, ON where all the families were welcomed to gather at Grandma's for the best picnics and enjoy fun activities among the many cousins.    Eileen was good friends with her sisters-in law; Marjorie Newman (deceased) and John (deceased), Gwen Whillans and Alan (deceased), Dorothy Chellew and Wayne (deceased), and Sylvia Geiger (deceased) and Jim (deceased).

Eileen grew up in Temiscaming, Quebec where she worked at the local restaurant, the Mill and at the local bank, before leaving to graduate as a Registered Nursing Assistant from Grace Hospital in Toronto, ON.  She left the nursing profession to get married in July of 1963 to her love, Cyril Newman and raise her two children, Kim and Kevin in North Bay, ON, then the family moved to Capreol, ON, later Eileen and Cyril retired in Barrie, ON.  Eileen enjoyed, skating, curling, bible studies, bowling (belonged to leagues in Capreol and Barrie), and did many crafts.  She was a stay-at-home mother that volunteered and worked occasionally, plus did a road trip to Texas with family, and took a flight to Florida with a friend. Her attributes that set her apart were her kindness and her courage.  When terminally ill, she sang "Jesus Loves Me" and prayed for everyone.  She was generous and contributed financially to many organizations such as Princess Margaret (where her husband beat cancer), MS, Diabetes, CNIB, the Mercy Ships, Salvation Army, Canadian Bible Society, Covenant House and others.   There were many special moments over the years and we celebrate Eileen as the wife, mother, grandmother and friend that she was.

If desired, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.


3 Condolences
  • Tammy, shane, Jon & kayla
    Posted on: Monday, March 18, 2024 Reply

    Eileen as her usual self, so happy & enjoying every day with a smile & the best sense of humor. Always there to give that perfect hug. Fond memories of knowing her the last 34 years. Will be sadly missed & never forgotten . 🩷🧡

  • Carole Humphreys
    Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 Reply

    Although I never knew her, she raised a beautiful and gentle daughter named Kim whom I met at The Barrie Christian Singles group.

  • Gloria Pike McLuckie
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    Condolences to Kim, her Dad and Family. Although I only had the pleasure of meeting Eileen once, from Kim’s accounts of her, and the tribute, she lived a beautiful and meaningful life surrounded by a large loving family. Continued prayers of healing through God and those precious memories to the Family. ❤️

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