June Porter

June Carolyn Porter

Sunday, June 6th, 1954 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Porter, June Carolyn - It is with a heavy heart that the family of June Carolyn Porter (née MacRae) announces her passing on the 19th of February, 2021.

June was a true daughter of the north. Born and raised in North Cobalt, her wild, free spirit led her to Toronto in the 1970s where she met her soulmate and love of her life, Donavon Porter. June and Donavon were married in Haileybury in 1974. After their marriage, they embarked on an epic journey across America in a beat up Dodge Dart before returning to the north to build a log house in the woods outside of Haileybury and start a family.

June was a dedicated and creative mother who inspired in her children her own deep love of nature and respect for the land. She used the woods and fields as her classroom and taught her children the names of the plants and animals, the patterns of the seasons, and the stories of first peoples who called this place home. She was a devoted mother who wanted the world for her children, believed in their endless potential, and drove them to believe in themselves and to fight for and achieve their goals.

June was an artist who used textiles and glass to create works of striking beauty with exacting detail. Always a perfectionist and humble to the core, she struggled to acknowledge the scope of her talent and impressive skill. Any visitors to the Porter family home can attest to her artistic prowess.

June was a free spirit who lived life on her own terms and refused to be swayed by either convention or tradition. She inspired her family with her passionate belief in living fearlessly and being true to oneself. Like the wild places that she loved so much, she was at her core a force of nature.

June is predeceased by her mother, Edith MacRae (née Högberg); her father, Gordon MacRae; and her brother, William Rice. She is survived by her husband, Donavon Porter; her daughter, Lydia Porter (husband: David Schatzker) and her granddaughter, Mariner Porter; her son, Harrison Porter; and her brothers, Ronald Rice (wife: Kathleen), Donald MacRae, and Bryan MacRae.

In keeping with June’s wishes, cremation has taken place at Lakeview Crematorium, Haileybury. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Condolences and contributions may be left at
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Gavin Date

Posted at 01:58pm
We know how close your relationship with June was, Donovan. The wonderful memories you have made together will carry you through this tough time. Thinking of you and your family,
Gavin, Monica, Cameron and Alex Date

Gayle Hanniman

Posted at 08:20pm
Donavon, Lydia, Harrison and family,

We were saddened to hear of June’s passing and offer our deepest sympathy to all of you. Although it has been many many years since our paths have crossed, we always remember how kind you were to our daughter, Jennifer. She always was welcomed and enjoyed her visits at your home including the adventures in the woods with Lydia. You are all in our thoughts.

Kevin and Gayle Hanniman

Rick & Carol Heaslip

Posted at 01:31am
Donovon, Lydia, Harrison and family: Please accept condolences from Carol and I. June was a lovely person and she will be missed. Hang onto those great memories: may they sustain you in this time of sorrow. Hugs.

Lynda Beedham

Posted at 10:57pm
Don, my heartfelt condolences. I'm so sorry to learn about June's passing. May memories of your life together bring you peace.
Hugs, cousin.

Shirley Morin

Posted at 09:05pm
Sorry to of your loss Donovon & family. I am so happy to have had the little visit with you guys at the store .. Remember all the good times !!

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