Stacey Louise LePage (née Duff) – beloved mother, wife, teacher, and friend – passed away on March 11th, 2023, leaving a legacy of love and joy.
Born on July 27th, 1963, to William and Paula Duff, Stacey embarked on a life-long pursuit to advocate for social justice and impart profound life lessons to all those around her. She possessed an unwavering commitment to make the world a better place.
She was passionate about her community, volunteering countless hours with the RVRHC, fundraising for Gilda’s Club, running multiple Ovarian Cancer Walks of Hope, and Culture of Peace events, and fostering international relationships, especially focused on Cuba for whose people she had so much passion and compassion.
Stacey's love for her husband, Kevin, and their three children, Ben, Katya and David, was the cornerstone of her life. Her commitment to their children’s happiness and well-being was fierce – a mother whose love was infinite.
As a wife, Stacey was the embodiment of love and dedication. She and Kevin were true partners, supporting each other through chaos and calm. Their love for each other was singular – the kind that gets noticed, the kind that inspires others, and the kind that is generous. Together they welcomed anyone in need of love and support into their lives and home – with open arms and open hearts.
As an educator, Stacey went above and beyond to inspire her students to discover their true potential, pursue their passions, and advocate for themselves. She had a unique ability to connect personally with each student, imbuing their lives and the classroom with compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of the human experience.
Stacey created new adventures and experiences while living life to the fullest. Whether she was gardening, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature, Stacey embodied joie de vivre.
Stacey was a breath of fresh air, a beacon of light, a safe harbour – our safe harbour.
We welcome family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, students, and acquaintances to join us to toast Stacey’s legacy on April 1st from 1-1:30 pm and 1:30-4 pm, at Liberty North Banquet Hall (100 Caplan Ave Unit 1, Barrie, ON, L4N 9J2).
1-1:30 pm. We are reserving the first half-hour for those who may be immunocompromised – a minimum attendance, “mask on” time where you can be safe.
1:30-4 pm. All other guests.
We kindly ask that, in lieu of flowers, you consider making a donation to support our cherished family friends in Cuba with whom we maintain a close connection. Your generous contribution will not only honour Stacey's memory but also make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. If you wish to donate, please use the following e-transfer address: email@example.com.
Thank you for your kindness and support.
Alaister McTurkPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Stacey was my teacher at the BLC for a few years and was a profound influence on me she told me to not be help back and always try my best at everything I do, I was very troubled and her advice helped me move across the country and prove to everyone and myself I can do anything I set my mind to, I’m now a single father of two with a striving successful business and career! Thank you Stacey for all you’re help when I really needed some guidance, rest in peace
Rachel KeanPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
I had the absolute pleasure of co-chairing RVH’s Corporate PFAC with Stacey. Stacey was passionate about improving health care for patients and families. Her enthusiasm and her ensuring patient’s voices were heard was palpable.
I shall miss Stacey very much and will remember her fondly for her commitment and partnership. Her voice will remain with me, particularly her steadfast determination that we listen to patients and do the right thing for them.
To her family – she spoke so fondly of you all. I know you have lost a great wife and mom. I will hold you all close in my thoughts and prayers.
Marilyn CoadPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
I volunteered with Stacey with the Patient and Family Advisory Committee. Stacey took on her role with sensitivity and passion. She was an exceptional leader. I remember we were in a meeting with doctors and she thanked them for not only taking care of her but others and her words brought one of them to tears. There are not enough words to describe Stacey as a truly beautiful human being. I too have a passion for Cuba and we have had a family we help for the past 11 years. We talked about that a lot. I never got to say good bye but she is someone I will never forget. Now rest in peace with the Lord Stacey, your work is done.
Gail CornfieldPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Kevin and the three of you, I’m so sorry to hear of Stacy’s passing,but you are right to say that she was a rare woman.
I loved the glint of mischief in her eyes.
She will be missed.
Chris & Lorraine SproulePosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Stacey was a beautiful person, always spreading love and joy with anyone in her life and especially her family. Her true love for her family was always evident. She will be missed by so many. Wishing her family all the very best in the days ahead.
Chris & Lorraine
Deb Van NatterPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Kevin, Ben, Katya and David,
What a beautiful snapshot of Stacey…’leaving a legacy of love and joy’. My heart is heavy knowing how fiercely she fought and how unfair her passing is. Life is indeed fragile.
Stacey will live on through each person she impacted, hugged, cheered and cared for including myself. I wish I had hugged her a little tighter last time we saw each other. Peace be with you as you grieve your incredibly special and loved wife and mother.
Gary CartyPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Stacey we love you – you are gone but will never be forgotten. Your spirit is way too big to be forgotten. We have spent so long living with you in our lives. We took that for granted – something that would always be there. That all changed six years ago. Good bye my friend – you touched so many so deeply you did make a difference in this world
Karyn CartyPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
My dear cherished Stacey ( my sister from another Mister)I miss you and will forever. I am a better person for having had you in my life and as a sister. I am grateful for all of our memories and for our families and hearts being forever intertwined.
Rest in peace my dear friend.
Kevin, Ben, Katya and David
Our love is with you all.
Ann Van SchubertPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
I only met Stacey once when I visited her home to see my friend Ben. She could not have been more lovely or welcoming. I only really knew her through the stories Ben related and it was clear that she was a role model for all of us. May your family and friends feel comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Lorna AucoinPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Kevin, Benjamin, Katya and David! I’m so sorry to see this post! My heart goes out to all of you! Your mom was certainly an inspiration to all and a beautiful woman! Sending you all our love and sending big hugs to you during this this very difficult time! 🥰🥰
Tracy Luiz Medeiros and familyPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Dear Kevin, Benjamin, Katya and David.
We are so sadden to hear of Stacey’s passing. She was such a caring, special, and beautiful person. She had been such a help to us many times and the best neighbour and friend anyone could ask for. She will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts and love go out to you.
Love the Medeiros family
Greg TaylorPosted on: Thursday, March 16, 2023
My deepest condolences. Stacey and I worked together back in 1987 at the Canada Employment Centre for Students in Barrie. She was such a special person… such a great spirit… and fun to be around! I’m sure that she will be truly missed. ❤️🙏
Chris St-JeanPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
I remember the days at BLC working with Stacey well. Always even-tempered and ready for a good laugh, but incredibly compassionate with endless patience. Her passing is a shock and a huge loss. Thinking of you, Kevin, Ben, Katya and David.
Maddalena AlbergaPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
Lives are forever changed because of the beautiful ways in which yours was lived. You are so cherished, and will be so missed.
Sending all my love to those who’s hearts you crafted with your own hands, your son and daughter may they find healing, for grief is sadness with no place to go, but you Stacey… have left behind an entire garden of beauty for us to lay out grief.
Because you always made sure everyone had a safe space to feel, to heal, and to be exactly who they are.
Rest easy Angel.
Jo & Michael ProwsePosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
What a wonderful woman!
What a life well lived!
Stacey fought so hard and now she can rest. She has earned it. Stacey will be greatly missed by the many people that were fortunate enough to have her in their lives. Our hearts are broken for your family We are here for you Kevin.
Courtney WillisPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
I feel so fortunate to have met Stacey through the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Barrie. I felt her warmth and infectious positivity from the moment we met. She was an inspiration to many. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family and the community she so wonderfully connected with. She will be fondly remembered.
– Courtney Willis
Alex KeizerPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
Stacey was an amazing teacher and person. She was so excited to see different ways the people learned. I still have all of my songs and verses that I wrote for classes. She was an inspiration outside of the classroom, doing more for me and other students than anyone could have asked for. She will be missed incredibly by a lot of people. My deepest condolences to her beautiful family.
Rest in Paradise, Stacey.
Jane DewarPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
Thinking of you all at this very tough time. -j
Darlene LepagePosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
I was so very sad to hear of Stacey’s passing. I only knew her for a very short time but knew right away she was beautiful soul. She welcomed and embraced my Mom and I like she knew us her whole life. She was a big last puzzle piece of bringing together my Mom with her long lost twin sisters. We will forever be grateful. Such a beautiful obituary written. It says all. She will truly be missed by many people who were blessed to have met her. My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin, Ben , Katya and David. Fly high beautiful angel.
Lee DoylePosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
Dear Kevin I’m so sorry to be reading this notice. I’m sending sincere condolences to you , your family.
Karen BerthelotPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
Stacey was truly an incredible soul, loving, giving, talented, uplifting and so inspirational. She loved unconditionally with no reservation. Her writing was exceptionally beautiful, raw and emotional and would tug at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how many lives Stacey enriched and touched. She was a natural teacher and truly cared about her students.
Lunch hour workouts at Expressfit with Vandie and Stacey were not to be missed! The laughter, encouragement and companionship are fondly remembered.
To her family, my sincere condolences. May you find comfort in knowing there are many that grieve with you. Stacey’s love for you remains steadfast and she will remain in your hearts forever.
Miranda HunnisettPosted on: Friday, March 17, 2023
I’m so sorry to hear of Stacey’s passing. She was such a compassionate and kind force of nature at the BLC. She showed us all how it could be done, and for that I am forever grateful. My deepest condolences to her family.
Mike HardiePosted on: Saturday, March 18, 2023
I also had the pleasure of knowing Stacey as a member of the PFAC at RVH. Most of our members are survivors or caregivers to those who have had significant health issues; and can bring perspective to the treatment and ways to improve our local health care services.
Stacey was “unforgettable.” Her quiet presence, encouragement and action was quite remarkable in the face of her own challenges; as she fought the good fight. I have no doubt that Stacey is at peace with God in his heavenly Kingdom.
Charlotte van BerloPosted on: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Kevin and children and extended family,
Our entire family sends our deepest and heartfelt condolences. We were all lucky enough to meet Stacey and enjoy her lovely presence while she was here.
Dwayne ChambersPosted on: Sunday, March 19, 2023
To kevin and family our deepest sympathies and condolences. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Sue LePagePosted on: Sunday, March 19, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss. Stacey will live on in all your hearts and memories. She certainly knew how to live life to the fullest. I will carry with me the great memories of our trip to Qatar. Take care of each other. Sue xo
John and Dawna SpeersPosted on: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Stacy’s path here on earth never wavered. She always showed compassion, support, and love. We read the messages of gratefulness within her blog, we see it on the faces of her students and we hear it from the many people that have been touched by her kindness.
Our hearts go out to you and your family as you journey along the road of grief. May you find courage and comfort in some small way knowing that loving thoughts and memories of her will forever stay within your mind’s eye.
Sincerely Dawna and John Speers
Sheena CarriganPosted on: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Kevin and family,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Stacey. I met her only a few times, and every time she was the embodiment of a ray of sunshine. Her aura made you want to make the world a better place, which she did with every fibre of her being. I am so sorry for your loss.