Peacefully passed away on her 84th birthday on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Loving mother to Jennifer Azzano (Vanni) and Jocelyn Osborne (Michael). She was the cherished Nana to Bradley (Samantha), Mark, and Joel Azzano, and Mitchell and Allison Jones. Special “extra” grandma and GG to the Collins family. She will be missed by her brother-in-law Bernard Lacey, as well as several nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

Gail was predeceased by her husband of 46 years Peter Jones, son Scott, brother Rodney, and parents George and Ellen (Hancock) Rickards. She was also predeceased by brothers- and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Evelyn Jones, Helen Lacey, Ronald Jones, and Barbara (Rickards) Firth.

Gail was a devoted member of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church. She was well known for her sense of humour, love of her family, and good company.

If desired, donations to St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, the RVH Foundation, or the Stroke Recovery Association of Barrie and District would be gratefully appreciated by the family


10 Condolences
  • Michelle Van Loon
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jennifer & Vanni and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grand-mother. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones at this difficult time.

    Michelle Van Loon

  • Joan Tabbert
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jennifer, Vanni, Brad, Mark and Joel,

    I wanted to express my condolence and heart felt concern for the loss you are experiencing. I had an opportunity to meet Gail and can understand how special she is to the whole family. I hold you in my prayers as you grieve and hope that you can find comfort in the peace that passes understanding in life and in loss. Take good care of each other.

    Joan Tabbert

  • Mikhaila Bevan
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Reply

    Im heartbroken to hear of the passing of Gail. Gail was a longtime client of mine while I worked at the BSO in Barrie and I looked forward to seeing her every Saturday morning. She was a force to be rekoned with with her sassy personality and always had the girls and I laughing. She will be missed dearly and my condolences go out to her family. ❤️

  • Loris Azzano
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jennifer, Vanni and families our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a wonderful and will be missed.
    Love Carol and Loris

  • Bob & Joan Hill
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Reply

    In a world of politically correctness, Gail was a breath of fresh air. A great sense of humour which cut to the chase and you knew where she stood! We helped her with Peter’s chair and later on Gail’s walker to enable her to attend church. Through this, we got to know her and appreciate her thoughtfulness and kind heart. We miss our hugs after “The Peace” part of the service. The world needs more people like Gail who can encourage, appreciate and leave you with a smile. Well done Gail!

  • Lillian Paul
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Reply

    Jennifer & Jocelyn I lived on the same street in Westboro as your grandparents and went to school with Gail. Over the years we kept track through the Birminghams. I hope you can take comfort in knowing she is no longer suffering & is with your father. My deepest condolences to you & your families.

  • Heather Becker
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Reply

    Jennifer, Vanni and Family – my thoughts are with you as you prepare to say farewell and celebrate the life of such a special person. Deepest sympathies…

  • Douglas Freer
    Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jocelyn:
    My deepest thoughts on the death of your mom. She had many struggles noted in our discussions over the years but she always managed them with dignity & humour.

    I will miss our many discussions and laughs.

    She now can visit every day with her long-lasting friendship with Marg.

  • Mark Allen
    Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jennifer and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Barbie Lloyd
    Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jocelyn and Jennifer:

    I always looked forward to my visits when I would be in Barrie visiting my family “The Collins Clan”. Gail always placed a smile on my face, and we had many great laughs and times together.
    Gail will be so missed by all of us that were honoured to know her and love her.
    My heart and thoughts are with you!

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