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Debra Susan Tinney


June 20, 1955

Mason City, Iowa


May 22, 2022

Brights Grove, Ontario


Tinney, Debra Susan
With immense sadness our family announces the passing of Debra Susan Tinney at her Brights Grove home in the arms of her family on May 22, 2022. She was the wife, best friend and confidant to her husband of 44 years James Tinney. Loving Mother of Jamie/Sean Rea and Brian/Claire. Proud Gramma to Violet, Lola and Lincoln Rea. Deb was born on June 20, 1955 in Mason City, Iowa. She was predeceased by her Father Henry, Mother Darlene and Brother David Fenzlein. She is survived by numerous family members in Iowa, Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Ontario. Debs Father was a lifetime Military man in the United States Army. She lived the majority of her life in El Paso Texas with stops in Iowa, Germany, Italy, Michigan, New York and Canada. Her last move was the 22nd in her life. She knew how to pack and unpack a house in quick order. Deb enjoyed living in this area and loved this Country. She graduated high school in El Paso Texas and then moved back to Iowa to further her education at the University of Iowa where she attained her Bachelor of Science degree on May 13, 1978, her wedding day. It was in her Senior year in 1977 during a bus trip to Daytona Beach, Florida for spring break with friends that she met her future husband. After seeing each other five times over a period of thirteen months they married in Iowa City, she then moved to Sarnia. Deb worked different types of employment but her most favourite position was staying home to raise her children. She loved being a Mother and through her coaching ensured both went to University and graduated with Degrees. Today they are successful in their chosen fields. She loved to look after her Grandchildren, play piano, cook, decorate, shop, entertain, go walking, jogging and bicycling. One year she rode over fifteen hundred miles on her bike in a single summer. Ride with the wind my dearest, in my dreams I will catch up to you in time on another beach somewhere. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Debra’s Guestbook” at Arrangements have been entrusted to McCormack Funeral Home. In honouring Debs wishes, there will be a private family service only.

Visitation & Services

No Visitation

Private Family Service


Lakeview Cemetery


Masks are requested for entry to McCormack Funeral Home.


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Our deepest sympathies Jim and family. We were grateful to know Debbie and share a lot of good memories. She sure enjoyed making the best of her day and we will really miss her and her laughter we shared. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your loving family.
John and Cathy Petronski

Jim, Brian, Jamie, Shawn and Claire - we wanted to extend our condolences + hugs and kisses to the kids. There aren't really any words that I can give that will make this current time any easier for you, but I just wanted to say that your mom (and family) have made a huge impact on my life. Your mom was always happy, cracking jokes, and was someone to rely on. I will really miss her. We are here for anything if you need it. Love, Dane, Dagmara, Tobias and Mathilde
Dane Aloe (plus Dagmara, Tobias and Mathilde)

Our deepest condolences to you Jim and your family
Ken Dionne

Jim, our prayers and condolences for you and your family, stay strong and may many happy memories see you through this tough time. RIP Debra. Michael and Patricia Carlton
Michael Carlton

We were sorry to hear of Deb’s passing.Her presence was missed at all the events she missed while fighting her illness, but her loving and generous spirit will be missed by even more. God bless and comfort Jim,Brian,Jamie and her family during their time of sorrow now and in the future.
Ron and Marian Thompson

Dear Jim and family, The news of Debs death was very sad. My heart goes out to you, your children and grandchildren. Deb was a very special lady and we enjoyed being around her. Nothing heals a broken heart but beautiful memories give us strength. Rest in peace Deb. Love to all, Mickey and Cathy
Mick and Cathy Cataford

Jim and family, we send our love and you are definitely in our prayers
Matt &Sandy Carrothers

Our deepest sympathies Jim to you and your family. Deb will be truly missed by all of us who knew her. Deb was so full of life and always enjoyed everything she was involved in. Patty and Gordon Craig
Gordon Craig

Our hearts are sadden by the news of Deb’s passing. We are sorry for your loss.
Dale & Kim Quinn

We send our deep condolences to the family.
Dianne and Peter Gillin

My sincerest condolences to you Jim, and your family.
Anne Brown

Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. We have made a donation to the Sarnia Humane Society in Debs memory
Raymond and Deb Armstrong

Deepest sympathies to you Jim and your family.
Andre Dion

Our deepest condolences sympathies and prayers go out to Jim and your family. Deb was a fun loving, kind, and caring person whom we were privileged to know. You will be missed greatly sweet Deb . Jim may you find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories You have of such a beautiful lady. All our love and prayers
Grant and Janice Jacobs

My deepest condolences to Jim, their children, Grandchildren and her entire family. My thoughts and prayers go to you all. In this time of deep sorrow, be together, remember Deb for the wonderful, bright ray of sunshine she was.
Audrey Tompkins

Our deepest condolences Jim Brian,Jamie and family.Our sympathy goes out to you all,you are in our thoughts and prayers.Those we love don,t go away they walk beside us everyday Brian & Karen Shearer.
brian & karen shearer

Debbie could light up any room just by entering it. A vibrant and very special woman. An inspiration. A joy. A comedian. A friend. A sister. Debbie was probably the strongest woman I have known and she loved you so much. The world needs more of her.
Laurie Russell Huseman

You were a bright light and such a beautiful soul,I going to miss you laugh and your smile but most of all your sense of family and friendship Love you.
Cheryl and Rick Edwards

Jim, so sorry to hear about Debs passing. Dan and Joy
Dan Anderson

Deb was the most interesting, intelligent and loving person I have ever had the pleasure to spend so many years with. She had her wings long before she left. My condolences to Jim, Jamie and Brian as well as their families. She loved you all without borders. I will miss her dearly
Dawn Dewar

Our deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful woman Our thoughts are with you and the family at this difficult time
Kyle and Patti Pembleton

I’m so sorry to hear of Deb‘s passing you are in our prayers
Lillian Lepore (Hicks)

We have lost a beautiful lady mother in law to our son Sean God bless you Deb
Paddy Rea

Jim and family, So sorry to hear of Deb passing. Condolences to you all. We had fun at The Roach's backyard bbq's...Deb was always a fun lady with a fantastic laugh. Rest Easy...
Ron & Tammy Ferguson