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Gail Kathleen Byers Nee Hanna February 6, 1943 - September 12, 2015


February 6, 1943 — September 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Gail on Saturday, September 12th.

Gail passed away at the Winchester Hospital at the age of 72 years old after a two year battle with cancer. Gail was born in Cornwall, Ontario, to the late Kenneth and Della Hanna. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edsel Byers, and her four children, Laurie (Frank Scheepers), Randy Byers (Lisa St. Pierre), AJ Byers, and Dan (Crystal) Byers.

Grandma Gail will be greatly missed by her twelve grandchildren, Cassidy, Madison, Abbie, Dylan, Katie, Erica, Michael, Elliot, Jillian, Kurtis, Lauren and Charlotte. They all love her so very much. Dear sister of Dawn (late Gerry) Loveless, and Audrey (late Charles) Graziano. Predeceased by her brothers Fraser (Doris) Hanna, twin Garry (Kaye) Hanna, and Daryl (Doris) Hanna. She was a loving Aunt and cousin to many. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews, and the extended Byers family.

Gail was very proud of her children and grandchildren; she had pictures of them everywhere in her home. She loved nothing more than to cook and bake for her family when they came to visit.

Her cat, Bailey, was a constant companion who usually snuggled up beside Gail after her chemotherapy treatments.

The family would like to sincerely thank the 2nd floor staff at the WDMH for their care and compassion during this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Hamilton, and Dr. Naciuk, and the cancer team at the Ottawa General Hospital.


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The family will receive friends at the Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church Street, South Mountain, (613-989-3836) from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm, on Tuesday, September 15th.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Winchester United Church, 519 St. Lawrence St, on Wednesday, September 16th at 1:30pm.

Interment at the Maple Ridge Cemetery, County Road #43.

The family would be grateful for any donation made in memory of Gail to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital ( or the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (

Online condolences may be made at


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    David, Cathy, Tracy & Melody Cobey says

    Gail was a very warm and caring woman. She always had a big smile every time we saw her, and was excited to get caught up on what was going on in our lives. We will all miss her very much.

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    Maureen, Jeff Heuff & Family says

    Laurie, Frankie and the entire Byers family,

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. She was a special lady to alot of people. May all the memories you have of Gail last your life time. Our prayers are with the whole family as you say your final goodbyes. She is in no more pain. May she rest in peace.


    Maureen & Jeff

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    Koryn MacArthur says

    We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you during such a difficult time. Sending you lots of love and our sincere condolences from the families and teachers at Pique Dance Studio.

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    Kerry Kennedy says

    Dear Laurie and family….I am soooo sorry to read about this sad news. Laur, when I think of your mom, I can’t help but recall during High School all of the “tours of Winchester” we did together–with your mom at the wheel. Lots of laughs! I know you hold her deeply in your heart. Sending big hugs and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Danielle Byers says

    Sorry for your loss. May you all cherish the memories.

    Ken and Danielle Byers

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    The Grimes Family says

    Dear Dan(ny) and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I know she loved you and family so much.

    God is near to the broken-hearted and you are being “held” by those who love you as they lift your family up to God for healing, peace and strength…you have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be there ! Janie, Jay Jay and Katie

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    Lorraine Bell Wiles says

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and are sending you lots of love, Laurie, Frank, Casssidy, Madison and Abbey. Sincerely, Aunt Lorraine, Stephen, Danielle and Jason

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    Sarah, Elliot & Jillian Byers says

    Grandma Gail brought so much love and joy and excitement to our lives. She was an incredibly strong and courageous woman. Her grandchildren were her world and they loved her for it because they knew how special they were to her. She always made sure they knew it. She will be deeply missed by all of us.

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    Pam and Brian Como says

    To Frank, Laurie and Family.

    Our deepest sympathies to you and thinking of your family at this time.

    The Como Family

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    Glen Merkley says

    My condolences Laurie, to you and your family.

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    Ray & Kim Faith says

    So very sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. We will be making a donation to the Winchester District Memorial in her memory.

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    Randy & Cheryl Holmes says

    Sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time.

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    Fran Kelly says

    Dear Laurie, Randy, AJ and Danny,

    Most sincere condolences on the death of your mom, Gail. I have fond memories of you all from your NDDHS days and remember what a proud mom she was. May you be comforted by her legacy of love .

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    Larry Stevens says

    My deepest sympathies to you all

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