Glennis Krupa Avery (nee Smith)

December 12, 1936 - January 7, 2020

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life to be held early this summer at Big Bay Point

Glennis Krupa Avery (nee Smith), 83, died peacefully, of cancer, at her home at Big Bay Point on January 8th, surrounded by her loving family.


Born December 12th, 1936, in Moorefield, Ontario, she later lived in Toronto, Thornhill and Innisfil and worked for the York Region Catholic School Board, as an outstanding school teacher, being brought back from retirement on more than one occasion.    


Glennis was very devoted to her family and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. She was a keen tennis player at the Thornhill Tennis Club and an avid golfer and bridge player at Big Bay Point and at the Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, Florida.  She also enjoyed gardening wherever she was.  Glennis had a great affection for Lake Simcoe and was a young governess and later a cottager and homeowner there for many years.


Survivors include her husband Don, daughters Lesley (Robert), Camille (Greg) and sons Michael and Jason (Andrea) and grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Danica, Xavier, Eliana and Octavia.  She is also survived by her sister Shirley and brother Bill (Sharon), as well as five stepchildren and nine step grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alexander, her sister, Beverley and her brothers Jim, Ted and Sonny.


A Celebration of Life will be held early this summer, at Big Bay Point. Details to follow.


Memorial contributions are welcome to The Sunnybrook Foundation


10 Condolences
  • Robert Johnston
    Posted on: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Reply

    Don: So sorry to read the news about Glennis in today’s Globe and Mail. I wanted you to know I am thinking of you and hope to attend the Celebration of her Life this summer. Bob

  • Karen Rallis
    Posted on: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Reply

    On behalf of my sisters and myself, our sincere condolences to Don and the Krupa/Avery families. Our parents Bob and Faye Weiss were long time friends of Glennis, Alex and Don. We remember Glennis as a kind, warm and wonderful woman. We know how much you will miss her.
    Karen Rallis, Wendy Bridgeman, Sue Singerling, Mary Weiss

  • Kelly Antoine
    Posted on: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Reply

    My sincere condolences on the passing of “Mrs.Krupa”, as I knew her. We first met each other when I was allowed to “help” as an intermediate student in her kindergarten class, and she later became good friends with my mother, Gail. Mrs Krupa was such a kind soul, and had the most wonderful, from-the-heart laugh. I’m sure she and my mother are enjoying a cup of tea together in heaven. Thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this tough time.

  • stephen gerry
    Posted on: Sunday, January 12, 2020 Reply

    Don and Family: Brenda and I are thinking of you. We will miss Glennis very much.

  • Jane, Jerry, Allan, and David Easton
    Posted on: Sunday, January 12, 2020 Reply

    All the Easton express their deepest sympathy at this sad time. We have know Glennis since the time her son and our son entered kindergarten. A wonderful loving person with a great smile, always extremely proud of her family. Please let us know the day of her Celebration of Life in the summer.

  • Kathleen Smith
    Posted on: Sunday, January 12, 2020 Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of Glennis’ passing. She was always so joyful. I will remember her as one of my favourite people to golf with at Friday Night Scramble. Thinking of you at this sad time Don.
    Kathleen Smith

  • The Brasseur Family
    Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2020 Reply

    Dear Don and Family,
    We are deeply saddened by the passing of the amazing and wonderful Glennis. We are thinking of you and have such fond memories of Glennis and her beautiful smile. We are here for you if you need anything and look forward to celebrating her life with you at Big Bay Point this summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Murray, Nicole, Jeremy and Andreana Brasseur

  • Elaine Sammeroff
    Posted on: Friday, January 17, 2020 Reply


    Elaine and I send our deepest condolences and wish you and the extended family long life. We remember good neighbours, good times and many smiles and laughs.

    Frank and Elaine

  • Sondra Jernigan
    Posted on: Saturday, January 18, 2020 Reply

    Doug and I are so very sorry to hear about Glennis. We send our sincere condolences to Don and all the Krupa family.
    Soni & Doug Jernigan

  • The Spivak family
    Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2020 Reply

    We only just heard of Glennis’s passing and we want to send our sincere condolences to all the Krupa family. We have so many fond memories of her and although we have only stayed in touch occasionally over the years she has always been part of our family – we are the children she looked after on Lake Simcoe. Brian Spivak, Sonya Koch and Nancy Jarnick

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