Obituary: Marnie Cammidge – October 24, 2021 – a revision

Marnie Cammidge, (nee Smith), passed away after a five month battle with cancer on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Robert F. ‘Bob’ Cammidge. Loving mother of Kate (Ray) Irwin and Cyndi (Paul Stephenson) Seifried. Cherished grandmother of Jayne (Ian Roberts) Ingram, Nicole (Glen) Camden and Sophia Seifried. Predeceased by her parents Larry and Elsie Smith and by her brother Douglas.

Marnie was born in Toronto and moved to Southampton in 1944 with her family when they bought the Southampton Hotel (now the Outlaw Brew Co.) and then in 1949 her parents bought the Breaker’s Lodge.

She spent many years at sick kids in Toronto, having contracted polio at 16 months old. She went to Alma college, and became a teacher where she taught primary grades first at Toronto, Guelph, and then Markham. Marnie and Bob took over the Breaker’s Lodge in 1969 which they owned until it was torn down in 1992.

Marnie was a strong volunteer in the community, serving on many boards and committees, she was passionate about Southampton.

She taught Sunday school at the Southampton United Church for 10 years, served for 18 years on the figure skating club executive, of which 12 of those years she served as President. She sat on the local recreation committee for 15 years and was chair for six of those years. Marnie was proud to be a board member of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital from 1990-98, the Owen Sound board from 1998-2000 and later joined the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation from 2000-2005.

In her retirement, you could find her for the last 25 years every Thursday evening at the flag selling tickets for Cruisers in the summers.

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Friends and family will be received at the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Friday October 29, 2021 from 3-6 p.m. A Funeral service to celebrate the life of Marnie Cammidge will be held at the Southampton United Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at the Southampton Cemetery.

(Please note as per Covid 19 protocols, United Church requires masks and proof of vaccination, there are currently no restrictions on numbers).

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital or to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Editor’s Note:  Marnie was a great gal!  Every time we took a photo of her she would say, “Oh, Sandy, will you stop it!!”  But it was always said with a laugh.

In September, 2018, she was honoured for her serving for 24 summers as a volunteer for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation at the annual Cruisers’ Night Car Show where she sold raffle tickets for the hospital fundraiser.

She will be MISSED!








In Southampton Church, as a member of the choir in the loft, I would watch Marnie come in and sit in her always usual pew and she would wave. She told me of her childhood and her early life of living with polio.  Polio may have made a (mild) difference with her physical(ness) but it didn’t stop her acerbic wit, her energy as a volunteer or her faith in the United Church.