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June 10, 2022

The Lord called home His faithful servant, Irene (Farrell) Boyle, June 10, 2022, in her 94th year. Irene lived a long and productive life, always showing respect, care, and compassion for others. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Francis (2001); and son, Kevin (2010); as well as her parents, Edward and Alberta Farrell; and siblings, Glenn (Ina) Farrell, Anne (Ron) Alexander, Tom Farrell, and Ray (Sylvia) Farrell. After a short career as a dedicated teacher, Irene devoted most of her working life to being an active farming partner with Francis and a loving and dedicated mother to their six children. She leaves to mourn Bryan (Janet) Boyle, Bonnie Boyle, Kerry Boyle, Heather (Sam) Finnie, and Corinne (John) Louther. Loved and adored by 15 grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Butts, Brittany Boyle (Alan McKenzie), Matthew Boyle (Emily Kiddie), Shane Harrigan (Ping Lin), Mallory Harrigan, Skye Harrigan (River Kawa), Gabrielle (Greg) Smith, Spencer Finnie (Christina Fanone), Brandon Finnie (Sara Gossell), Joseph Finnie, Bo Louther, Colton Louther (Maddi Bishop), Chase Louther, Taylor (Chad) Nicholson and Madison (Kenny) McBride. Irene treasured her great-grandchildren and was “GG” to Cole and Avery Butts, Eleanor and Beatrice McKenzie, Enzo Harrigan, Hisaki Kawa, Benjamin, Julianna, Charlotte, and Alexander Smith, Harper and Sloane Nicholson, and Linleigh McBride. She will also be missed by her daughter-in-law, Tracey (Jamie) Matthews-Hodge; son-in-law, Kevin Harrigan; and sisters-in-law, Bessie Farrell, Marjory Armstrong and Mary Boyle. Irene’s strong organizational skills and positive attitude allowed her to provide support to all her children's interests, including sports, church, school, music, and 4-H activities. She was involved in many church and spiritual organizations over her lifetime. She was also engaged in, and provided leadership to, many community organizations, such as 4-H, Farm Forum, Folk School, Women's Institute, and the Purple Grove Community Centre. Irene has had a very positive impact on her community and many individuals over her lifetime. She truly valued her relationships with family and friends. All are invited to a Celebration of Life being held at the Kincardine Beach Pavilion, 156 Durham Street, Kincardine, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., and the service at 2 p.m., with refreshments and social time to follow. A private family committal service will be held Sunday morning. The family sincerely thanks the staff of Brucelea Haven in Walkerton for the excellent care over the eight years that Irene was a resident there. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Irene’s honour could direct it to Crossroads International (100 Huntley Street) or the Purple Grove Community Centre; arrangements entrusted to the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley. Condolences on-line at