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​June Daniel of Kincardine devoted time, energy to community she proudly called home

October 3, 2023

June Isabelle Daniel of Kincardine died, with her family by her side, at Trillium Court Long-Term Care, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, at the age of 91.

Predeceased by her loving husband, Charles Daniel (2011); and cherished daughter, Laurie Daniel (2010).

Dear mother of Tom Daniel (Joan Kenny) of Whitby and James Daniel (Cindy Weidelich) of Kincardine. Beloved grandmother of Tawny Robinson (Andrew McFadyen) and Shannon Robinson (Evan Hoover).

June’s parents, Thomas and Isabelle Kilty, moved to Kincardine in 1932 to operate the Royal Hotel and shortly after, the Windsor Hotel. June’s first jobs were spent tending to the hotel's guests, waiting tables and delivering fresh fish from the boats at the harbour to the hotel kitchen for her mother to prepare. Growing up in Kincardine, gave June a sense of community involvement and a passion for local history.

She attended public and high school in Kincardine. She continued her education at the Teacher’s College in Stratford, eventually joining the teaching staff at W.E. Thompson Public School in 1964. Remembered for her innovative and creative approach to teaching, June inspired her students to find answers their own way while fostering a classroom that often ventured outside the conventional curriculum. She retired from teaching in 1983.

Motivated by her love for the arts, June became one of the founding members of the Kincardine Theatre Guild. Along with her directing credits and elaborate costume designs, she will be remembered for creating “Kincardine Calls” with Ian Burbidge for the 1990 Old Boys Reunion. The iconic musical celebrated the history of Kincardine and the events that have shaped the town. “Kincardine Calls” has become a mainstay event of the Kincardine Reunion.

After a disastrous fire nearly destroyed the Paddy Walker House in 1995, June and other like-minded members of the community worked together with the goal of restoring the local landmark. As a founding board member of the Paddy Walker Heritage Society, she took great pride in creating memorable exhibits and organizing the annual Heritage Dinner to raise funds for the various restoration projects.

June’s historical accomplishments also include the Restoration of the Colours of the 32nd Battalion of Bruce Militia and chronicling the life of Dr. Solomon Secord, a Kincardine-based doctor turned Civil War surgeon.

For her service to the Kincardine community, June was recognized as both the Citizen of the Year in 2002 and Senior of the Year in 2007.

Through her volunteer work, teaching and life on the farm, June devoted her time and energy to the community she proudly called home. Along the way, she surrounded herself with interesting and creative people, often sharing stories, songs and a glass of red wine. She will be fondly remembered by her family, friends and all those who knew her.

Service details will be published once finalized.

Interment, Kincardine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Paddy Walker Heritage Society, Kincardine Legion, or the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy; arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine;

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