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LARRY W. BURTFebruary 8, 1929 January 16, 2019It is with profound sadness that his family announces that Larry Burt passed away peacefully on January 16, 2019.Larry lived an active and full life in his roles as a teacher, broadcaster, botanist, farmer, environmentalist, skier, football player, pilot, sailor, bridge champ, stonemason, coach and mentor to many, many young people. He will be remembered for his remarkable repertoire of practical skills and his unique capacity for sharing them with others. Larry was equally at home splicing a ski lift cable, lecturing on the environmental impact of urban growth, sailing the Great Lakes or the Atlantic, canoe racing or skiing the Rockies with his grandchildren. His quiet sense of humour and deep strength of character were apparent to all who knew him.
Born Feb. 20, 1924, in Toronto; died June 29, 2018, in Markham, Ont., of a poststroke illness; aged 94.Ken Croney would grimly joke that, like the rich, he ''toured'' Holland and Italy - although he was an 18-year-old infantryman in the Canadian Army engaged in the liberation of Europe. Subsequent bouts with combat post-traumatic stress - nightmares, startled awakenings and a determined avoidance of war movies and television - revealed the invisible wounds he carried. He hated all forms of violence, and he considered any romantic depiction of combat to be corrupt. But the worst of times also became the best of times. Life is like that, he would note.
A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S.diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film Argo, has died. He was 78.