Joy and family
So sorry for your loss! Love and Prayers!
Aubrey Eugene Ayer
We are sad to announce that Aubrey Ayer, 83, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 13, 2020. Aubrey was born August 31, 1937 to John and Laurine (Bannister) Ayer in Elgin, NB.
He graduated from Elgin Rural High School in 1955 and attended Teacher’s College in Fredericton, NB. His first teaching position was in Tabusintac, NB, 1956-58, where Edith Joy Beattie was one of his Grade 12 grade students. They were married on July 3, 1959, and settled in Boom Road, NB. Aubrey taught English and history at North and South Esk Regional High School from 1959 to 1973, and served as principal also. He took summer classes at the University of New Brunswick to earn a Bachelor of Arts.
In 1973, Aubrey and Joy moved to Wakefield, Quebec, where they became the administrators of Brookdale Farm, a Christian children’s home. Always a country man at heart, Aubrey enjoyed running the dairy farm as well as caring for the children.
When Brookdale closed in 1975, Aubrey became a Special Education teacher of the Ottawa-Carleton Separate School Board, working at Frank Ryan Intermediate School and then St. Paul High School. Special Education was a new field at the time, but Aubrey’s previous teaching experience and his patience stood him in good stead. Through summer and night classes at the University of Ottawa, he completed his Bachelor and Master of Education and Special Education Certification. Aubrey retired from teaching in 1993.
Aubrey was a founding member of the Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church, and served as an elder for decades until his health declined due to Parkinson’s Disease. He was a member of the Board for Ottawa Theological Hall (OTH), and enjoyed working in the OTH library.
Aubrey and Joy recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. He will be deeply missed by Joy, his children Shelley (Brian Bond), David (Jacqueline) and Steven (Joanna Lynn), and his grandchildren Laura, Julianna, Andrew, Matthew, Peter, Nathaniel, Zachary, Anneke, Jared, Seth, Simon, Emily Jayne, Hannah, Noah, Molly, Levi, Bronwyn and Ellianna. He delighted in his great-grandchildren Jude, Grant, Simon, Fiona, Keegan, Emma, Elliott, Reilly, Eleanor, Phoebe, Juliet, Ralph, Brielle, Liam, Tannis, Venice, Tiberius, Owen, James, Everley, Silas, James, Mark, and Hope, and was excited to hear of 4 more unborn great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Hope Mariposa Ayer.
Aubrey is also mourned by his brother Barton (Barbara) Ayer, his sisters, Laura (late Vernon) Lewis and Arlene (late Bill) Mercer, and many nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graveside service and burial will be limited to the family.
A memorial service will be held at Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church, 466 Woodland Avenue, Ottawa, on Saturday, August 29th, at 13:00. COVID-19 considerations require that attendance be limited, with mandatory pre-registration. The service will also be live-streamed at
In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada (parkinson.ca), or Ottawa Theological Hall (OTH) are requested. Donations for OTH may be done by e-transfer to ORPC with “OTH in memory of Aubrey Ayer” in the memo line. Email address is email@example.com
Cheques with “OTH in memory of Aubrey Ayer” in the memo line may be mailed to the church address,
Ottawa R.P. Church
P.O. Box 23139,
Ottawa, ON. K2A 4E2.