BOURNS, Lorna Wood (Johnson)
Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 22, 2017 in Fairview Lodge, Whitby Ontario. She was in her 96th year. Lorna was born May 21, 1921 in Vancouver BC to Ernest and Agnes Johnson. During the war she held various jobs from inspecting plywood to riveting Canso wings. It was at this time that she met William Bourns (RCAF) and they were married on August 5, 1944.
The young family moved to Deep River in 1949 where she immediately joined the Deep River Players and the Deep River Choral Group. Over the years she acted and sang in, as well as wrote or directed various productions, including “Mame”, “Jackpot”, and all but one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. As a member of the Deep River Players she won her first drama award in 1954, as Best Actress in the production of “Sunday Costs Five Pesos” for a City of Ottawa festival. This was followed in 1971 by a Best Actress award from the Eastern Ontario Drama League for her role in “I Spy”. As well as the Deep River Players and the Deep River Choral Group, she belonged to several other local musical groups. She was a member of the Community Church Choir for over 50 years until she left Deep River.
While Lorna and Bill raised their four children, she worked as the managing editor of the NRT, a stringer for the Ottawa Journal, a photographer, and in the office at the community center. She served a term on the Deep River council starting in 1977.
Lorna loved to swim and in the 1980s, they built an enclosed pool so they could have a longer swimming season.
In 2006 Lorna and Bill moved to an Oshawa retirement residence, where Bill passed away later that year. In 2014 she entered Fairview Lodge in Whitby.
She is survived by her children Maureen, Brian (Donna), Keith (Jackie) and Shannon (Richard) Lafrance, grandchildren Owen (Theo), Evan, Ola, Justus, Laura, Michelle (Greg) Dionne and great grandchildren Naomi and Avery Bourns and Will Dionne. She was predeceased by husband Bill and grandson Eric.
A memorial service will be held at the Deep River Community Church on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm to be followed by a reception at the Christian Education Centre immediately afterward. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Lorna Bourns Vocal Scholarship Fund made payable to the Deep River & District Community Fund, PO Box 1171, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0.