SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP / October 28, 2015 – The Township of Springwater expresses its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late Mrs. Helen Coutts.
Helen Coutts had a distinguished political career that spanned 15 years. She served with the former Township of Vespra as a Councillor for three years and as the Reeve for three years, before becoming the inaugural Mayor of Springwater Township when it was amalgamated in 1994. Helen then continued to serve Springwater Township as the Mayor for nine years. She was elected as Warden of Simcoe County in 1999.
Helen was actively involved in the community and contributed to a number of boards, committees and organizations. Helen was elected to the Board at Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) as a Municipal/County Member in 1998, she was elected to the Board as a Director in 2003 and remained on the board until June 2013. Additionally, she was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the Café Royale.
As a member of Midhurst United Church, Helen sang in the choir and participated in the United Church Women’s Group. She was past president of the Crown Hill Women’s Institute and served on the Advisory Committee for the Simcoe County Museum.
Helen was actively involved in the agricultural community, volunteering her time to Junior Farmers and the International Plowing Match. During the 2014 International Plowing Match, Helen and her husband Ron, headed up the Beautification Committee, and were judges for all of Simcoe County.
“Helen put her heart and soul into the community,” says Mayor Bill French. “She helped shape Springwater into the place it is today and will be remembered fondly for her tremendous contributions to the community at large. She will be missed by all who knew her.”
Mrs. Coutts is survived by her husband Ron, her children Janice (Roger) and Gordon (Amy) and her six grandchildren.
Friends will be received at Adam’s Funeral Home (445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Midhurst United Church (91 Doran Road, Midhurst) on Tuesday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through the Adams Funeral Home website. To facilitate this, a computer has been set up at the Township Administration Centre.
The flags at the Administration Centre will remain at half-mast until Tuesday afternoon.