Herbert Sidney Day

January 6, 1953 - April 16, 2020

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

After a lengthy illness Bert passed away peacefully on April 16,2020 at the Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf, Barrie at the age of 67. He was the son of Enid (Hoover)  Day-2003 and Cyril John Day –1999  also of Barrie. His surviving family, sister Andrea (Ernie), older brother Tim (Bev), cousins Brian (Elaine), Doug (Eileen) of Winnipeg, Richard (Jan) of Cardiff, Wales, nephew Gordon Day and his 2 children of Toronto will all miss him dearly.  This gifted athlete went to the Deaf Olympics in Malmo, Sweden in the early 1970’s. He even had his football jersey retired when he graduated from the E.C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario. During those years he was spotted by the Toronto Argos talent scout as a possible recruit which would have fulfilled his dream of playing professional football.  Graduating from George Brown College as a fine draftsman, Bert worked for Devilbiss Canada Ltd. in Barrie for many years. Later he worked for The City of Barrie as a Parking and Traffic Technician ,for example, switching all of the old parking meters to digital format. His passion was building projects around the house and cottage  and his dog. He had a wide range of interests including scuba diving at night on the Barrier Reef in Australia, all sports, his group of friends and assisting at Deaf Access Simcoe. This real leader approached any challenge with enthusiasm and precision. He was both a gentle-man and a gentleman whom we will all fondly remember. Bert is at peace now in heaven with God and his family. Many thanks to the staff and Dr. Wright of the Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf for taking exceptional care and sharing their love and encouragement with him   over these last 8 months. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bert’s name would be appreciated to Bob Rumball home for the Deaf,1 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie L4M 0C4 or Deaf Access Simcoe at 11 Victoria Street, Unit 214, Barrie Ont.  Cremation has already occurred as per his instructions. PEACEFUL TRANSITION is taking care of all of the details. A “Celebration of Life” will be celebrated at a future date, post Covid 19.The interment will be done by the minister at St. Mark’s Anglican Lutheran Midland. It will be at a future date for immediate family.


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18 Condolences
  • Kath & Nik FINNEY
    Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2020 Reply


    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother, Bert. We didn’t have the honour of knowing him personally. But from your stories and the list of his achievements; he certainly was a dedicated, special man.

    Kath & Nik Finney

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Kathy + Nik,

      Many thanks for your comforting words.It is OK to know that he is with his family in heaven now. His friends left some messages on facebook .Search for Robert Denny.Note I did NOT write the first obit, only his wanna-be fiance brat. I wrote the official obit at PeacefulTransition as u have read.Thanks again.


  • Cecil & lynne Marchand
    Posted on: Friday, April 24, 2020 Reply

    We were sorrow of his death and we will miss real friend Bert …we will looking forward to celebrate of life…..

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Cecil + Lynn,

      Thank you so much for your condolences.I am looking forward to his celebration of life after Covid 19.

      Warm regards, Andrea (Day) Millward

  • Patti Lyons
    Posted on: Friday, April 24, 2020 Reply

    Dear Andrea, Your brother Bert was my good friend. We hanged around & had a wonderful time for many years. Sad to see him to go but glad no more stuffer for him.
    My condolences to you & your family.
    Patti Lyons
    Windsor, Ontario

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Patti,

      Thank you for your condolences,I hope to meet you at Bert’s celebration of life after covid 19.

      Warm regards, Andrea (Day) Millward

  • Mary Lamont
    Posted on: Friday, April 24, 2020 Reply

    I remember Bert at ECD and in Barrie when my aunt and uncle were in Thornbury. A wonderful guy. Rest in Peace, Bert. My condolences to Andrea and the rest of his family.

  • Debbie McEwan
    Posted on: Friday, April 24, 2020 Reply

    totally shocked to hear Bert had passed away. way too soon. Miss him so much as he is my soulmate and great friend in milton. I cant describe him because he is too good for other deaf friend .. and we chatted periodly on skype. He was so funny and always make me laugh.. Good sense of Humours.. Great to get to know Bert at school. He will be missed by lots of deaf friends….. I missed him.. I am so sorry for your loss of Bert,,,, too soon to leave this earth!! Rest in Peace Bert. he will never be forgotten love you as a great friend Bert

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Debbie,
      I really appreciate your touching condolences.I hope you can attend his Celebration if Life after Covid 19.I want too meet you if I can.The 2 strokes he had June 1oth ,June 16 changed his life forever….so quickly.He lost the ability to use his cell phone and computer shortly after the strokes.We had lunch once a week when I visited him in Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf nursing home.They took such wonderful care of him–physically as well as spiritually.

      Warm regards,Andrea Millward

  • Robert Denny
    Posted on: Friday, April 24, 2020 Reply

    Dear Andrea,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Brother. It doesn’t matter how old or how sick they are. It is hard to let them go. Our deepest condolences go to you and your family.
    Grazyna and Robert Denny,
    Toronto, Ontario

  • Christine Palmer
    Posted on: Saturday, April 25, 2020 Reply

    Dearest Andrea,
    I thank God, for you & Bert being my forever extended Family!
    Always in my SOUL!💫😇

  • Jennifer Arebalo
    Posted on: Saturday, April 25, 2020 Reply

    Dear Andrea,
    I am sorry for your loss wonderful brother. Bert shares his fondest childhood memories with you. You have always been there for him over the years by going his Dr’s appts to interpreter for him. He couldn’t ask for a better sister. He’s so blessed to have a caring and wonderful sister in his life. He devoted you. You both have a very special brother and sister bonding.
    May God be with you at this time.
    Jennifer Arebalo

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Jennifer,

      Thankyou for the kind words and condolences.I really appreciate.Also condolences back to you for your broken heart.You took such good care of him for months when I was useless.

      Warm regards, Andrea Millward

  • Richard, Jan and Family
    Posted on: Sunday, April 26, 2020 Reply

    Dear Andrea and Family. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your sad loss. RIP Bert

  • Helen Doyle
    Posted on: Friday, May 1, 2020 Reply

    Dear Andrea,
    My sincere sympathy in the death of your brother. What an interesting life he has had with so many interests and talents. Bless you for all your care and assistance with him when he needed you. I hope your good memories give you comfort and peace. God Bless.
    Helen Doyle

  • Deb Flynn (Crowe)
    Posted on: Friday, May 1, 2020 Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of Bert’s passing at such a young age. Bert went to Milton with my brother Don Crowe (deceased June 10. 2004). I have many fun memories of them, all Don’s friends from school, many of them have passed now and I can see them now playing football the sport they had fun playing in school together.

    Deb Flynn (Crowe)

    • Andrea Millward
      Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2020 Reply

      Dear Deb,

      Thank you for your condolences.I didn’t know that Don had passed.Do u happen to have a pix of Don + Bert playing football.Why have a lot of the team died? Any idea.I look forward to meeting you sometime-celebration of life perhaps.

      Regards,Andrea (Day) Millward

  • Donald Catania
    Posted on: Thursday, August 13, 2020 Reply

    hello Andrea sorry about ur Brother Bert Day he used to be with me for Car pool from 1970 to 1974 andrea u know me long time ago pls let me about his celebration of life in the future
    God Bless .
    Donald Catania

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