Two prominent Muskoka residents have passed away this week. In Bracebridge, residents are mourning the death of a long-time Bracebridge businessman. Al Beverley, who owned the Al Beverley Paint and Decorating Centre on Manitoba Street for many years passed away on Wednesday. The Town’s Deputy Mayor Rick Maloney conveyed the Town’s sadness at his passing on Twitter.  A notice on Reynold’s Funeral.com lists his age as 73.

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Area hockey fans are also saddened this week after one of the area’s beloved referees passed away. Referee Winston Watson died Wednesday night at the Summit Centre where he was attending a Huntsville Minor Hockey Board Meeting. Jeff Davis, a former coach with the Huntsville Sting Girls team shares his memories…

Many tributes to Watson are pouring in on Facebook with many calling him ‘a true hockey gentleman’. Watson was also the principal at the Almaguin Highlands High School for many years and was loved by his former students. (Photo of Al Beverley via reynoldsfuneral.com and photo of Watson via Rob Durnan on Facebook)