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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
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Mazel "Fay" Corkal (Young)

Monday, May 19th, 1930 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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Mazel Fay Corkal (nee Young), May 19, 1930 to January 16, 2021
“We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile.”

Fay was born in Toronto and grew up in Copper Cliff, Ontario. She was the oldest daughter of James Arthur Young and Mazel Pauline Young, (both predeceased). Sister of Dale (predeceased) (Michelle) and Rosalee Martel (Larry, predeceased). In 1949, her father reluctantly drove her out to Levack for her first teaching job. He let Fay out, looked around, and insisted she did not have to stay. But we are certainly glad she did because through her 70 years in Levack, she touched many lives. She met her husband Frank (predeceased) and they had three children, Jim (Linda), Jane (Andy McMullen) and Tom (Janice). Fay was an amazing mother and grandmother to Amanda, Jamie, Richard (predeceased), Chris and Andrea. She will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Helen Corkal and many nieces and nephews and extended family. After Frank’s death, Fay spent much of her time with her companion Ron Roberts (predeceased) and his children and grandchildren, often at her camp on Geneva Lake.

Throughout her life, Fay definitely had moxie, in other words, courage, nerve and determination. Sometimes her children and grandchildren would call this Fay’s stubbornness, but this passed on trait serves all of them well.

Fay was a passionate teacher. Her field trips and involvement of the miners in Levack in her students’ education were a trademark long before the terms outdoor or experiential education came to be. Many a student thanked her years later for her guidance and encouragement, even those who didn’t recognize it at the time.
Fay’s travels took her to Canada’s Far North to visit Jim and Jane, throughout the world with Frank, then Ron, and even on her own ignoring the unpopularity of a being a single woman travelling alone. Her adventures ranged from riding a camel in Morocco, hot air ballooning in Australia and watching polar bears in the wild. She was definitely an explorer and lifelong learner.

There is no doubt Fay enjoyed her days in Levack, from bridge with the ladies and curling in her younger days, to reading and spending time at camp. Her teaching colleagues were also great friends; they knew how to party. Her home was always open for visits or a listening ear. She was lucky to have Tom and his family close by for most of her years, and a great bunch of neighbours that looked out for her. She stayed independently in her home and at camp until early 2019 when after a stroke, she reluctantly moved to Extendicare York. Even there she touched some lives with her eyes and smile, always willing to accept a lonely hand.

Many will miss Fay in her roles of Mom, Gramma, Sister, Sister-in-Law, Aunt, and most importantly friend.

Rest in peace.

The family would like to thank the staff on 6th floor of Extendicare York for their kindness during her time there, and especially Tiffany and Sue (PSWs) and Derek (RN) for their support during her final days.
At this time where will be no visitation or service. Cremation at the Park Lawn Crematorium. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations to the Maison McCulloch Hospice or Sick Kids would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home. For donations or messages of condolence
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Margaret Rabson

Posted at 11:07am
Fay was a very special friend. She taught me more in the 2 years we taught Grade 6 together at Levack Public School than I can possibly share. Her positive attitude, her bright eyes and enthusiasm and her ongoing support for new teachers brought joy to every day. And what a great memory for students, she had. Always could be counted on to express her opinions. Although I had seen far less of her in recent years, she will always remain in my heart. Sincere condolences to all her family and friends. We will miss that smile!
Margaret (Sorensen) Rabson

Jim Sutherland

Posted at 04:49pm
I remember Fay very well from my days teaching with her on the top floor of Levack P.S.
Fay was always an intelligent, vivacious conversationalist in the staff room as well as an
outstanding teacher.
I often sought her wide counsel and appreciated her great advice.
Deepest sympathy to her family.

Ken and Pat Hartrick

Posted at 09:45am
Our deepest sympathies to all of the Corkal and extended family may all the wonderful memories of a life that touched many people and generation's bring you peace at this difficult time

Debra Crane

Posted at 07:52pm
our thoughts go out to the family of Mrs. Corkal. Both Phil and I were fortunate to have had her as a teacher.She was always clear,strict but always fair. She always had time to chat when we met downtown at the post office,and always with a smile. Enjoy the many memories. Phil and Debbie Crane


Posted at 01:52pm
Lots of great memories of Mrs. Corkal. From my elementary school teacher to my neighbour of over 50 years at Geneva Lake.
I remember watching her drive in the parking lot at Geneva all by herself and start to unload supplies and wait for Mr. Roberts to pick her up at the dock. As we gave her a hand and got caught up she needled me for never coming over to visit. Even well into her 80’s she was still independent and never shy to express her point of view. She will be missed.
Sincere condolences to the entire family.
Gord & Brigitte Rowe

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