Barbara Diana Coyle

Thursday, 09 November 1950 - Monday, 11 September 2017

Death Notice

Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at Bluewater Health, on Monday, September 11, 2017, Barbara Diana Coyle passed away. Barb was born November 9, 1950 in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick and is survived by her loving husband Tom of 48 years along with her sons Thomas Jr. (Coleen) and Christopher (Tanya) and granddaughters Alexandra, Emily and Chelsea. Barb is the daughter of Harold Johnston Sr. and the late Elva Johnston and siblings, the late Joyce Cassista, Harold Jr., Darlene (Doug) Wiwcharuk, Steve and Gerald. Barb also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Many thanks to her most trusted and longtime friend Edith-Ann Jolly for all of the wonderful memories and adventures, along with longtime friends, Ron and Betty Allison, and Ken and Lynn MacKenzie for their great support over the years. The family wishes to thank Dr. Yoshida, Dr. Dostaler, Dr. Lilly, Rhona Schaefer, and Carolyn McFadden as well as the Palliative and Oncology nurses for their compassion during Barb’s recent illness. A special thanks to Taf Lounsbury, Sandra Perkins, Colleen Lapier, and everyone at London Road School. Barb spent many bi-monthly nights out with the TWP girls for the last 37 years (Edith-Ann, Betty, Joan and Jacquie). Barb worked at Sears, Sarnia Township and the City of Sarnia and was known as a co-worker to count on and a dedicated employee. Barb always loved helping her two sons and their families and, in particular, she adored her three granddaughters. Barbara loved to travel abroad and her passion for cruising took her to 48 different countries. As Barb’s wish, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Corunna Minor Baseball Association (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at


As Barb’s wish, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Corunna Minor Baseball Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).

26 Condolences

  • Pauline Anderson September 21, 2017 11:47am

    Shocked to read of Barb's passing! She was a sweetheart. Always great to deal with at city hall. Her love of family was so apparent. My condolences to Tommy and her family. Gone way too soon.

  • Kathy Foubister September 16, 2017 04:48pm

    Tom, Tom Jr, Chris and your families.
    My heartfelt condolences in honour of Barb. She was a true beauty and an absolute blessing many years ago in Sarnia Township to me, and I've never forgotten her kindness and support.

    Kathy Foubister

  • Jeanine Connolly September 16, 2017 04:00pm

    So sad to see that Barb has passed. She was such a beautiful person inside and out! Been a few years since I have seen her but she always had a big smile and wave when I drove by her walking on my way to work! Family was #1 to her and she talked so lovingly about them. My condolences to Tom and Family.

    Jeanine Connolly, RMT
    Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland

  • Lynn Le Faive September 15, 2017 12:23pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Tom and family.
    True family lady.

    Lynn Le Faive

  • Bill Seymour September 15, 2017 09:22am

    Tom and family - have just been advised of Barb's passing. My sincere (late) condolences. I always remember Barb's infectious smile and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • MICHAEL Hitchcock September 15, 2017 08:16am

    I am your cousin Barb we grew up together when we were young like brother and sister. you moved away to sarnia with your parents and JOYCE. ater me and my folks moved to ontario we renewed our friendship. j remember like yesterday the trips we made to your parents ee were in our teens then.although we have drifted apart over the years I have never forgotten those wonderful days.GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS

  • Brenda Haslip September 15, 2017 08:13am

    Dear Tom, Tom Jr. & Chris

    I am so sorry to hear about Barb's passing. Such a wonderful lady! We had some great conversations during the years we worked at City Hall. Always there to help and lend an ear when needed. Saw and talked to her many times on her walks on Exmouth St. She will be truly missed by all who were blessed to know her. Please take care. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Brenda Haslip

  • Sandy Cassista-Beaulieu September 14, 2017 06:42pm

    I am so sorry for all you loosing a sister, mother, wife, grandmother and Aunt. I know she was a loved person and now she will go on to be with her family in heaven. Take care of yourselves, you will need each other during this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you all! We will meet one say again Aunt Barb. Lots of hugs and kisses - Sandy, Michel, Tabitha, Joey and Abigayle xox

  • Gerry Young September 14, 2017 11:31am

    Sorry Tom to hear of Barb's passing. Although we haven't kept in touch in recent years I do remember all the good times we use to have at various get togethers and scavenger hunts. In time your memories and faith will help you deal with your loss.

  • Shelley Kern September 14, 2017 09:45am

    Tom, Tom Jr, Chris & Family...I am so sorry to hear about Barb's passing. She will be missed. She was always a class act...she treated everyone with such respect and concern. She was the first face for many new city hall employees and she ensured they felt welcomed. She always spoke so highly of her family and it was clear how much she loved all of you. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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