With sadness and heartache, we share the news that Stewart Ernest Goheen, age 72, of Barrie, Ontario, has died on March 4th, 2024 in hospital at Merida, Mexico. His sudden passing has left a wave of shock and sorrow with the family, who remember his warmth, dependability and charisma as a foundational part of their lives.

Stewart was born on May 18th, 1951 in Barrie, Ontario and raised by his parents Ernest and Myra Goheen in Stroud, Ontario. He continued to hold small town values of community, cooperation, and duty to family throughout his life. It would be these values he would employ in spades to build a successful property maintenance business that he would end his career running.

As a husband, he is remembered fondly and with ever-lasting love as a true gentleman to Joyce Harrison, who Stewart married on February 4th, 1978. They had 3 strong and beautiful daughters, Kelly, Karey, and Katelin who remember their loving father with admiration for his dutiful and unwavering support.

An avid sports fan, Stewart loved playing golf, watching his beloved Green Bay Packers, and enjoyed playing fantasy football with his family and friends all of whom feel the great void left by Stewart’s passing, the strong handshakes he gave now just a cherished memory to hold onto.

As “Papa”, Stewart loved above all spending time with his grandchildren, who all speak of their love for “Papa’s bear hugs” and how they’ll miss his “silliness”. For them especially he is gone much too soon. Whether at the cottage in the summer, or at their winter home in Progreso, Mexico, Papa always valued spending time with family.

Stewart is survived by his wife Joyce, children Jason Gault, Kelly (Harrison White), Karey (Kevin Jacquemain) and Katelin (Robert Cole), grandchildren Hayden White, Lincoln Cole, Sebastian White, Blake Jacquemain, Quinn Jacquemain, Huxley Cole, Sloane White and Juneau Cole, siblings Sheila (Ernie Goebel), Steven (Susan Brocklebank), and Paul, and brothers in-law Rod Harrison (Janice Taylor) and Tim Harrison (Kathy Mitchinson), many nieces and nephews as well as honorary family members Fred and Rosie Rodgers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Myra Goheen, father and mother in-law Arthur and Catherine Harrison, and brother in-law Brian Harrison.

Stewart’s family would like to acknowledge the Mexican community whose warm welcoming nature and endless assistance helped to reaffirm their faith in humanity.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 21st, 2024 from 1pm-4pm at the Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Dr., Barrie, Ontario. This event will honour Stewart’s memory through shared love, storytelling, and remembrance of how he touched our lives.

Please consider making a donation to Hospice Simcoe at www.hospicesimcoe.ca in honour of Stewart’s memory.

Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.peacefultransition.ca.


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12 Condolences
  • Lois Scott
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    Very familiar with the Goheen family thro Warnica….wonderful girls & parents.
    So sorry for your loss…so sudden and heartbreaking for all of you.
    May the memories of your happy times together comfort you at this difficult moment……

  • Gabrielle Koopmans
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    Joyce, I was truly saddened to read the news about your husband Stewart. I am wishing you, your entire family and circle of friends, much strength and support as you go through some very tough days ahead. Thinking of you and again, so sorry for your loss.

  • Carol McLuhan
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    Most sincere condolences to Joyce, Kelly, Karey, & Kaitlin. I knew Joyce through Georgian College & my kids went to school with her girls. May all your wonderful memories of your husband, Dad, & Papa help heal your pain at this most difficult time. Hugs to all of you. Carol McLuhan & family.

  • Kathy French
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    As someone who grew up on Stroud with the Goheen’s and a neighbour on Hambly Court, I can only imagine the pain you are all feeling over this sudden loss of a kind and caring man. Ken and I send out deepest condolences.
    Ken & Kathy French and family.

  • Carolyn Cameron (Ovell)
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    To the Goheens – I can’t think about my childhood and not think of your family. You all hold a special place in my heart. Sending you love through this awful time. I’m so sorry.

  • Vic and Chris Powers
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    To Joyce and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss of Stewart. Such a great person to be around and to have enjoyed as a neighbor. We will remember him fondly.

  • Michel (Mike) Dupuis
    Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2024 Reply

    Joyce and the whole family, our deepest sympathies to you, the family. There is no words that I can express to comfort you in these difficult times. I remember and often look back at the memories of Stu &Joyce sitting on their deck by the water at Bonnie Lake as I was going by with the wagon rides or ony rounds and Stu always had a smile and a wave. R.I.P. Stu!!!

  • Katherine Mayer
    Posted on: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Reply

    Dear Joyce, deepest condolences to you and your family for your sudden loss. May your family find comfort by holding on to those precious and cherished memories.
    Take care Katherine and Bernie Mayer xo

  • Norm & Jane Levesque
    Posted on: Saturday, March 30, 2024 Reply

    Joyce & Family, we were so saddened to hear of Stewart’s passing.
    Our condolences to you and your family, sending prayers for all.
    Jane & Norm (Bonnie Lake)

  • Kathryn and Whitney
    Posted on: Sunday, March 31, 2024 Reply

    We’re very sad, but we’re grateful to have known Steward, a big man with a quiet manner who worked hard, loved his family, and had goodwill for all. He will be remember by family and friends with love.

  • Jason Gault
    Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2024 Reply

    Rest Easy Dad,

    Until we meet again………

    Love Always

    Your Son Jason

  • Shelly Mills
    Posted on: Sunday, April 14, 2024 Reply

    Dear Joyce and family
    So sorry to hear about Stewart. I know what a strong presence he was in your lives.
    My deepest condolences, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Shelly Mills

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