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Sudbury nurse remembered as ‘inspiration to all who knew her’

Heather Lockwood died after her snowmobile went through the ice on a lake near Parry Sound on Jan. 25

A 29-year-old Sudbury woman who died after her snowmobile went through the ice on a lake near Parry Sound on Jan. 25 is described in her obituary as an “inspiration to all who knew her.”

Heather Lockwood’s obituary said she was a “bright and passionate learner” who earned her master’s degree in nursing, as well as her nurse practitioner graduate diploma. 

Employed at the Britt Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, the obituary states that Lockwood had achieved her goal of “being a practicing health care provider.”

Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, Lockwood also worked at the COVID testing site in Sudbury. Her work there was highlighted in our Essential Worker of the Day feature in 2020.

"I would like to nominate Heather for her hard work in the blistering heat," friend Taylor Zanutto wrote. "She's such a hard worker and deserves to be celebrated. We would also like her to know how proud we all are of her."

Lockwood’s obituary said she was a scholar, pianist and caregiver who loved the outdoors. 

“This highly intelligent, beautiful, fun-loving creature enriched all who knew her,” the obituary reads. “Heather loved spending time outdoors. Camp with her family, friends and dog was her perfect day.”

The obituary also said “Heather was an inspiration to all who knew her.”

Lockwood is survived by her parents, Jim and Christine Lockwood, and brother Eric, as well as extended family. “She is sadly missed by her soulmate, Curtis Payerl and devoted dog Charlie,” the obituary said.

A funeral service for Lockwood takes place at the Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home on Feb. 1.