DURNO, Bessie Winona Lillian

Passed away peacefully at Extendicare Oshawa with her family at her side on Sunday June 5th, 2022 at the age of 90.  Beloved partner of the late Bill Locke.  Predeceased by 1st husband Charlie Durno.  Loving mother of Bob (Jane), Sandy (Roy) and Jim (Izzy). Lovingly Grams remembered by her grandchildren Rhonda (Gerry), Heather (Rowe), Brent (Jennifer), Jenny (John), Amanda (Stallone) Meaghan (Craig) and her great grandchildren Abby, Paige, Bayly, Danielle, Marcus ,Grace, Colin, Ella ,Zane ,Kate and Emily.  Predeceased by her siblings Josie, Irene, Edie, Blackie and Betty. The beloved matriarch of our family will be fondly remembered and missed as the Grams who was the best baker in the world and happily taught her grandchildren the secret to her craft yet never indulged herself in any of her sweet squares and incredible pies. She did however sample her cinnamon raisin buns and her carrot cake. Bob, Sandy and Jim were blessed with a Mom who loved to entertain her family with home cooked meals made with love in her kitchen where her little TV was always on as she cheered for her Jays, Leafs and Tiger Woods.  Bess enjoyed going to Bob and Jane's, Sandy's trailer and Jim's cottage on Skootamatta Lake playing euchre, fishing and cooking her famous barbeque chicken.Bess was a true music lover who adored Tina Turner, Jersey Boys and saw her favourite Kim Mitchell in concert more times than we can count. The cook, the baker, the comforter and our biggest cheerleader. Forever loved and missed. May we all dance under the patio lanterns and make Bess smile.  Fondly remembered by the Locke family, Gordon, Sandy and Billy.  Loved by many nieces, nephews and friends.  Family would like to thank the kind and dedicated staff at Extendicare Nursing Home.  A private family service will take place.  Arrangements entrusted to McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558).  Donations in memory of Bessie to Alzheimer Society of Durham Region or Humane Society of Durham Region would be appreciated. 


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  • Jun 8, 2022

    Debbie Brady
    My most sincere sympathies to Bessie’s wonderful family and friends. I worked with Bessie at Extendicare years ago,she was a very caring and kind health care aide.I will miss laughing and joking with this lady.We also liked to rock and roll together many times.See you again my dearest Bessie in another world and another time. Love Deb.
  • Jun 9, 2022

    Ruth and Bill Locke
    Bob, Sandy, Jim and family,  our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Bessie was very special to Bill and I. We loved having them up for dinners every week and playing cards.  Bessie would always bring one of those special pies and of course a purse full of treats for the dogs. We will miss your smiles Bessie.  Love Bill and Ruth xoxo
  • Jun 10, 2022

    Karen Lewis
    Many memories of my Auntie Bessie
    Having fun times at the cottage when we were little  Going to her house or ours for Hockey Night in Canada ( when the Leafs were winning ) 
    Making salads for mine and Garys wedding   Going for a spin on the back of Garys motorcycle  and of course her famous cinnamon buns 
    A special lady  R.I.P.
  • Jun 10, 2022

    Dave Venning & Family
    Dear Bill & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know your many wonderful memories will bring you all comfort in the times ahead. A life well lived!
    Great memories from Cromwell Avenue.
    In sympathy,
    Venning Family
  • Jun 11, 2022

    Phil Allison
    Sincerest Condolences Sandy (your whole Family). On the passing of your Mother. 
    May she RIP
  • Jun 12, 2022

    Penny Knapp
    Auntie Bessie will always be fondly remembered for her laugh and joy she brought to all the family functions. I remember being allowed to see the process of how she made those famous cinnamon buns! I have fond memories of house parties at her house and ours where ferocious games of Euchre were played. Great barbecues, and games of hide and go seek that lasted hours and late into the night on Baldwin. Great friend to my mum whom I know loved her dearly. Sending love to the family and to Auntie Bess on the next step of her journey. May she meet up with all her sisters and Grandma Barrow and Dusty for more great get togethers. 
    Love Penny
  • Jun 13, 2022

    Cassie & Peter Mullins
    Thinking of you all. Sending our condolences. So sorry for your loss. May Grams now rest in peace.
  • Jun 14, 2022

    Leslie, and the girls
    Bessie was such a warm and caring soul and will be missed, yet remembered by our family.  
    Sending love in this difficult time.
    Love Leslie, Anabelle, Ainslie, and Ada

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