Barbara Plunkett

Barbara Jean Plunkett (Laidley)

Saturday, November 28th, 1942 - Monday, April 1st, 2019
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DEFALCO PLUNKETT (nee Laidley), Barbara - Barbara passed away peacefully, with friends and family at her side, at the Royal Brock Retirement Home on April 1, 2019. Mourned by sons Jeffrey and Matthew, along with step-children Stephen (deceased), Susan, Gerry (deceased), Connie (deceased), Jane, Tommy, Nancy, Tim and Mary. Also missed by numerous grandchildren, cousins, other extended family and dear friends. Barbara was pre-deceased by husbands Stephen Defalco Sr. and Harold Plunkett.

Barbara had a larger than life personality that is sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to cross her path. A retired Grade 3 teacher, Barbara enjoyed reading, entertaining family and friends and had a passion for travel.

Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visitors may call Thursday April 4, 2019, 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Irvine Funeral Home. A funeral mass is to be said for Barbara Friday April 5, 2019 at St Francis Xavier Church at 2pm. Reception to be held after the funeral at Irvine Reception Center.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all staff at the Royal Brock Retirement Home who made the final 2 months of life a real joy for Barbara! Barbara’s family and close friends are so grateful for all that Royal Brock staff did.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged. To make a donation, please, select "Brockville and District Hospital Foundation" at the bottom of this page and follow the steps to specify a donation to the palliative unit.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
    66 Church Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 3X6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Brian Price
  • Interment

    St. Columbas Cemetery
    Pembroke ON
  • Reception

    Irvine Funeral Home Reception Centre
    4 James Street East
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Gerry Brosso

Posted at 10:11pm
Gerry Brosso (Cousin)
I just learned this evening of Barbara's passing. This comes as a great shock and the unexpected news is deeply saddening. Our family spent many enjoyable summers visiting Barb, her Mom and Dad, Aunt Kay and Uncle Fred at their cottage on the Ottawa River. So many wonderful memories during our younger years. For her sons Jeffery and Matthew, her many stepchildren and extended family members our sincere condolences. Barbara will be remembered in my prayers.

Sally and Henry Smid

Posted at 01:48pm
Barb was a wonderful colleague and encouraging friend. So sorry that she had to be so sick. Her love for life and strong faith in God has been an inspiration to many. Will always remember the laughs and good times at ACS and HCCS. Her interest in kids and insights in and dedication to education are a real legacy. Will never forget this classy, unique lady! Many sympathies to all her family and friends! Our prayers are with you!

Mary Ashby

Posted at 10:02am
Jeff, Niki, Elizabeth and Family,
We met Barb just once - at your graduation day Lizzie - but what a lasting impression she made. Her love of life and people become obvious within moments.
As you mourn the loss of your mother and grandmother, we hope it will be a little bit easier knowing all the lives and hearts that Barb touched, and knowing all who are thinking of you, and sending healing and loving thoughts your way.
So sorry for your loss,
Shawn, Mary, & Family.

Kelly Hamilton

Posted at 02:30pm
Barb would light up a room, just by walking into it. What an amazing woman. I am truly saddened to hear this news. My thoughts go out to her family during this time. Thank you, Barb for allowing me the opportunity to know such a beautiful, caring and kind soul.

Paul & Suzanne Scott

Posted at 10:59am
Sincerest condolences. Cousin Barb was always a bright, shining light with her sharp mind, intelligence & wit. Her bright smile and great memory, especially of family history, will be missed. She was always special.

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