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Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Page B17



The Honourable Justice John. A.

Agrios passed away in his 86th year on September 12, 2019.

John is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; daughter, Elaine (Brian Monaghan); son, Andrew Agrios (Jenafor) and four grandchildren, Aidan, Lily, Connor, and Owen Monaghan.

He will be dearly missed by his brother, Jack Agrios; sister-in-law, Jeannie; nieces, Janice Agrios and Susan Agrios, and great-nieces, Caitlin and Lauren Smith. Also mourning his loss are his brotherin-law, Jack Brown (Joyce); sisterin-law, Elaine Walker (Lionel); nieces and nephews, Kevin, Bob, Kathy, Aron, Brad, Allison and their families.

John was born in Edmonton on October 30, 1932 to Andrew and Krinio Agrios. Graduating with a B.A. and then a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1957, he went on to practice with the law firm Emery Jamieson.

In 1980 John was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench which he proudly served until his retirement in 2008.

During John's distinguished career as a lawyer, he represented many national and international clients. In recognition of his legal skills he was chosen as the Alberta representative to the Canadian Bar Association's special committee to review Canada's constitution. Other members of that committee subsequently became Provincial Premiers and one was elected to the Security Council of the United Nations.

John was an innovator who was intent on simplifying judicial procedures. He was involved with the creation of mediation and mini trial procedures for the court, which were adopted by both national and international jurisdictions. He was also devoted to assisting new appointees to the court and was one of the four founding members of the Friends of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.

John loved being a judge and was deeply devoted to his family.

Nothing made him happier than fine wine and lively debates with family, cherished friends and his discussion groups.

Edmonton was always John's home and favorite place in the world. He felt strongly about supporting the community including the arts, education and health care. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the "Honourable Justice John Agrios Distinguished Student Achievement Fund" for law students at the University of Alberta. Please send donation payable to the "University of Alberta" to the Faculty of Law 474 Law Centre, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H5.

A Celebration of John's Life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Road NW, Edmonton.

To send condolences, please visit: Foster & McGarvey DWT Edmonton (780) 428-6666


Peacefully, after a short illness, on September 13, 2019 at the age of 90. Jim is remembered by his beloved wife of 64 years, Elisabeth (née Marani); his children, Susan (Simon), Catherine (Alan), Ben (Christy) and Andrew (Gemma); his ten grandchildren; and his two great-grandchildren. He loved his family, his home on Heath Street East, delighted in his friends, the Georgian Bay, music, Elisabeth's paintings, the Bahamas, canoeing, sailing and playing tennis with the 'Sunshine boys' at the Badminton and Racquet Club. During his long literary career he was a journalist, editor (MacMillan of Canada), publisher (newpress), author of history, fiction, biography, plays and poetry, and was a founding member of the Writers' Union of Canada. Jim had an unsurpassed and infectious joi de vivre.

A gathering will be held at St. James on-the-lines Church Hall, 200 Church Street, Penetanguishene on Saturday, September 28, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

In his memory: raise a glass, plant a tree, sing a song, write a poem, make a gift, have a laugh.

Donations to Hospice Huronia ( would be greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to the staff at the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

"By words the mind is winged" Aristophanes


94, passed on peacefully on September 13, 2019 in Victoria, BC, with his loved ones at his side. Predeceased by parents Ernest and Hilda, siblings Arthur, Tom, Dorothy and Lilla. Survived by wife Diana, sons Ian (Heather) and Robert (Erin) and four grandchildren. Born 1925 and raised on the family homestead near Berwyn, Alberta, Alan served as a nurse to returning soldiers in Halifax during WWII. He studied at UBC where he met Diana. In '52, he traveled to London then signed up to teach in Sudan from '56-60 where he married Diana ('56). He returned to teach in Zaria (64-67) and Jos, Nigeria (8084) at universities and teachers' colleges. In Canada, he taught English at Haney Correctional before moving to Kelowna where he taught and was Librarian at Springvalley. He and Diana retired to the Sunshine Coast where he volunteered at the Roberts Creek Library for many years.

In 2016, he and Diana moved to Victoria. In younger years, he loved fishing and camping with his sons. A great lover of stories and literature, he was a voracious reader and a wonderful teller of tales. He is dearly missed. Deep thanks to caregivers that tended him in his final months. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Roberts Creek Library, Kelowna Friends of Library or Federal NDP.


1954 - 2019

Eric passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14th surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Saint Sheila Moore, his three perfect children, Brian, Sara and Emma, his adored dog, Luna and loved brother, Paul (Judy).

Eric will be remembered as a loving and loyal husband, proud father, accomplished teacher and mentor to many.

Our deepest gratitude to his team of doctors and the family and friends that have supported him over the years.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) for a reception on Sunday, September 22nd from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Donations can be made in Eric's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through


Deirdre died peacefully at home on September 13, 2019, at age 86 after a full and wonderful life.

Beloved and darling wife of Dick for 61 years. Loving mother of Sally, Jackie, Dianne and Alison.

Cherished Nana of Renee and Brandon. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

A private family service has been held. Friends are invited to gather to remember her life from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, at McLean House at the Estates of Sunnybrook, 2075 Bayview Avenue.

Flowers gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in her memory may be made to the Sunnybrook Foundation.


August 9, 1934 - September 18, 2019 Graeme Gibson died peacefully in the University College Hospital in London, England, with friends and family beside him, as the result of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was in his 86th year.

Graeme Gibson was the son of a Canadian Army Brigadier General and an Australian musician, and grew up in London, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, New Brunswick, Halifax, and Australia. He was a well-known novelist, essayist, authors' rights advocate, and bird conservation activist. His novels were Five Legs (1969), Communion (1971), Perpetual Motion (1983), and Gentleman Death (1995). His fictions, whether set in and around Stratford in the fifties and sixties, in rural nineteenth century Ontario, or in wartime Toronto, combine humanity and compassion with irony and the darker sides of human nature, and have been said to belong to "Southern Ontario Gothic." He also wrote for film, television, and radio.

Eleven Canadian Novelists (1973) was the first book of interviews of Canadian novelists to be published; it tells us much about the earlier days of Canadian fiction writing, through the voices of Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence, Mordecai Richler and Matt Cohen, among others. His two highly popular nature works, The Bedside Book of Birds, An Avian Miscellany (2005) and The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany (2009) combine artwork from around the world and texts from many places and ages with personal anecdotes as a way of celebrating humanity's interaction with Earth's other intelligent forms of life.

Graeme was the driving force behind the formation of The Writers' Union of Canada, which advocated for the fair treatment of writers, and then The Writers' Trust, in the 1970s, which now supports writers and their writing at many different levels. He then went on to act as the President of the newly-formed PEN Canada for two years in the 1980s, pulling together the most diverse Congress that institution had ever held, and working with International PEN to protect free speech and assist writers imprisoned for their writings.

He then turned his attention to the natural world, chairing The Pelee Island Bird Observatory beginning in 2002, and acting as Honourary CoPresident of BirdLife International's Rare Bird Club for ten years. He also organized the first bird-watching trips in Cuba, and helped naturalists and scientists there set up the Museum of Nature in Havana. He loved the Arctic and the Canadian Boreal Forest, and was at one time an ardent canoeist and hiker. He was a magnificent cook, an enthusiastic host, a singer of songs and a teller of tales.

His key contributions to both Canadian society and the international world were recognized with many honours, including the Toronto Arts Award, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, an Order of Canada, a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal, and an "environmental champion" honourary degree from Cape Breton University in 2019, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Farley Mowat Chair in Environmental Studies.

Graeme had a wide circle of friends from many parts of the world and all walks of life. He was an excellent father and an adoring and adored spouse.

He will be greatly missed.

Graeme Gibson is survived by his children Matthew and his wife Petrina Andonova, Graeme the Younger and his wife Sumiko Onishi, Jess and her husband Alec Bemis; by grandchildren Maddy, Rowan, and Alder; by the members of his extended family Sarah Gibson, Jessica Gibson, Ruth Atwood and Ralph Siferd, and Harold and Lenore Atwood; and by his partner of fortyeight years, writer Margaret Atwood.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory, to Nature Canada, or to Dying With Dignity.

AURORA H. H. DURNAN (Becker, Thompson, Gow)

August 2, 1921 September 12, 2019 Aurora's family is saddened by her passing in London, Ontario after a full and rich life of 98 years.

She will be greatly missed. Loving mother to Trent Thompson Gow (Jacqueline), Bill Gow, Susan Gow, and Marg Morrison (Larry) with great affection for ten grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild. Aurora is also survived by two sisters, Marie Stolar and Billie Bem (Derek), and many nephews and nieces who live across Canada and the US.

Aurora was predeceased by her parents, August and Emilie Becker of Yorkton, Saskatchewan; three sisters, Diane Snider, Audrey Scott, and Shirley Becker; her daughter-in-law, Anne McMillan Gow; and her grandson, William Gow; and three husbands, F/O Raymond Thompson, F/O Lorne Gow, DFC, and Edward Durnan.

Aurora retired from the Ontario Government as a Tax Auditor after a successful career that included duties as a bookkeeper and supervisor of Ontario's first-time home buyers' grant program.

Throughout the years, Aurora showed a flair for fashion and home décor, excelled as an artist in oils and watercolours, was an avid bridge player, golfer, sports fan, and loved to sing and play piano at social gatherings with friends and family.

Cremation has already taken place. A family gathering will occur later.

One door gently closes while another welcomes.


Peacefully passed away in the presence of her family on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the age of 91.

Predeceased by her husband, Bruce and her daughter, MaryEllen. Loving mother of John (Cindy) and Colleen (Glenn). Cherished grandmother of Emma (Charlie), Wesley (Megan), Owen, Will, Meghan, Thomas and Erik. Great-grandmother of Jamie.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Bradford Valley Care Community for the great care they provided to Ellen.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, Newmarket on Sunday, September 29th from 1-3 p.m. Online condolences can be made at


On this day we celebrate and remember Heather Rose Haidle (née Morrison) on her 73rd Birthday, who passed away peacefully from this world on Monday, June 24, 2019, at home surrounded by those who loved her most. Loving daughter of the late Eleanor & Robert McLaughlin (Samuel R. Morrison), she is deeply missed and will be forever remembered by her husband Robert Haidle, her daughter Robyn (Steven) her two beloved grandchildren, Alexandra Eleanor and William Stuart and her loyal grand dog Prince.

Born and raised in Toronto, Heather grew up spending summers at her cherished family cottage on Lake Muskoka where she loved bringing generations together. Heather's past few decades were spent with her steadfast Robert. Together they shared a wonderful life in Orillia and at their home in Horseshoe Valley. As a young woman, Heather enjoyed a successful career in the fashion and cosmetics industry where she travelled the world. Travelling would become a lifelong passion that she would share with her grandchildren who were her greatest joy and blessing.

Her intrinsic gift was her love and boundless compassion for people. A gracious entertainer and incredible listener, Heather found the beauty in all of those around her. In later life, she devoted herself to helping others, calling on her unwavering faith.

Heather loved beautiful things and bringing beauty into the lives of others. A great beauty herself, she lived life with zest and heart.

She was captivating and forever glamorous, always elegant. She epitomized simple abundance.

Our family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to her incredible doctors and health care professionals at Princess Margret Hospital. A very special thanks to Dr. A. Facy, Dr. F. Shepherd and Dr. A. Bezjak for their ongoing support and commitment as well as her devoted caregivers Margarita and Joy.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be scheduled in the Spring.


February 24, 1926 September 18, 2019 Barbara was born in Edam, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Isobel and William MacAskill.

She attended UBC in Vancouver, and then travelled east to St.

Catharines, Ontario to work in the accounting department of Comstock Canada. It was there that she met her future husband, Eric Thomas Blake Heathcote.

Barbara and Blake married in April 1951 and eventually settled in Don Mills, Ontario. Barbara led an active life, working with Anglican care homes, volunteering with the church, playing bridge, and travelling the world with Blake.

They enjoyed a busy social life with their large circle of friends and summers spent at the cottage in Bracebridge, Muskoka.

Barbara was predeceased by Blake and her two sisters, Jean Specht and Joan Groh, and brother Bill MacAskill. She will be missed and fondly remembered by her daughter, Isobel (Bill Ruttan); son, Blake; grandchildren, Elspeth Evans (Angelo Mangiardi), Zoë Belk (Eli Benedict), Elizabeth Heathcote (Steph Mottola), Edward Belk (Dalia Shalabi), and Maggie Heathcote; and great-grandchildren, Max and Lucy Mangiardi.

Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.


It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Dr. Richard Hasselback announce his passing on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the age of 90. Dick, as he was known by all, was one of Canada's pioneers in cancer treatment and patient care. A graduate of Saskatchewan and McGill universities, Dick spent most of his career at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto where he was a strong advocate for cancer research and improving quality of care and decision-making for patients. He delivered hundreds of talks over his career and fought tirelessly against all forms of 'quackery' and patient misinformation. Through his compassionate and intelligent care, Dick helped save many lives. One of his greatest joys was reading letters from former patients about their lives after treatment.

A strong believer in the power of a teaching hospital to train the best in medicine, Dick taught countless interns and residents over the years. He also taught at the University of Toronto medical school and, following his work at PMH, treated patients at St. Michael's, Women's College, Mount Sinai and Sunnybrook hospitals. He was a founding member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and wrote a book about cancer for patients. Upon retirement, Dick was honoured with the Commemorative Medal of Canadian Confederation and appointed to the Ontario Health Services Review Board. As everyone who knew him would attest, Dick was proud of his early and long-lived anti-smoking position as well as riding his bicycle to work into his late 60s.

Everyone who met Dick found a man who was straightforward with a love of knowledge, but who was also funny, deeply gentle, kind and possessed a huge heart. Born on the Prairies just before the Depression, he had compassion for the suffering of all people, and a quiet but profound love for his family and friends. He never spoke of his accomplishments and would greet compliments with a shrug and change of subject. He loved to travel and spent a year in Norway doing research and served five years as a Medical Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force Auxiliary. In his later years he was an avid reader, walked daily, played bridge with a passion, and enjoyed family meals, especially pancakes. He was also a huge curling fan, swam and played tennis.

Dick is pre-deceased by the love of his life, Betty-Jane, whom he missed dearly.

A devoted father and grandfather he leaves behind his children and stepchildren: Mark (Fran), Paul (Rosa), Angela (Derek), Martin, Michael (Bella) and Alexandra, and his grandchildren Sean, Jasmine, Tristan, Danielle, Alexandra, Mary Ann, Angela, Jessica and Lillian. He will be missed by his brothers Bob (Ollie) and Bruce (Jennie) and their children Brian, Pam, Garth, Leah, and Drew (Carolyn) and his very best friend from the age of nine, Earl Drake (Monica). Thank you to everyone at Avondale and Michael Garron Hospital.

According to Dick's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial event and, as he so wanted, his body is now part of the University of Toronto, Department of Anatomy willed body program. Dick made certain that, even after death, he could contribute to the medical education and research of tomorrow. Interment will follow at a later date in the University of Toronto plot at St. James Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (


May 5, 1937 September 11, 2019 It is with great sorrow to announce the death of Robert Holcomb. He passed peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, September 11, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gertrude; children, Elizabeth and Andrew; grandchildren, Samuel and Jasmine; their mother, Suzanna; and siblings, Elizabeth (Greg) and Ann (Rene). He is also survived by his lifelong friends, John Warren, Harold Rich, and Tibor Krantz.

He was a loving husband, wonderful father, incredible grandfather and adored brother.

He was a beloved father figure to family and friends. He was loved by all for his delightful wit, kind spirit and generous soul...he was a real mensch. Bob loved music (especially jazz), sports, playing cards and his home. He received degrees from McGill University and MIT. He had a fulfilling career in metallurgical science.

We are grateful for the kindness and support of the staff and volunteers at the Kensington Hospice.


Passed away at her home in Toronto, on September 18, 2019 at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas Albert Cosford and Marjory Lena (Pateman) Cosford, their infant son, Robert Thomas, and by her beloved husband, John Simpson Holley (2011). Marion was educated at Branksome Hall (19381943) and at Trinity College, U. of T.

(class of 4T7). Her business career spanned many years most of which were in the pharmaceutical and mining industries. A native of Toronto, she enjoyed travel at home and abroad before and during her 36-year marriage to John. She had a passion for photography, paper things, flowers, and being organized.

Special thanks go to Ines and Ken, wonderful assistants since 2008 to her and her husband. Thanks also to the women and men who helped her live a longer, healthier and happier life.

On Saturday, October 5th at 11 a.m.

a memorial service will be held in the chapel of Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4R 1A8 (2 lights west of Yonge St.)

with reception to follow. Private interment of ashes will take place at a later date in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

In Marion's memory, donations to the CNIB Donor Services, 1929 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4G 3E8, or to Deer Park United Church, 26 Delisle Ave., Toronto, ON M4V 1S5, would be greatly appreciated.


December 7, 1931 - July 23, 2019 Peacefully, in Toronto, holding the hand of the woman he adored for nearly seventy years. Predeceased by his parents, Henry E. Langford, Q.C and Helen Langford. Treasured by his wife of sixty-two years, Marion Grace (Barker) Langford. Cherished by his children Mary (Langford) and J. Michael Rolland, Sarah Langford, Anne Langford Dotsikas and Peter Dotsikas, John and Eva (Kowalski) Langford, Jane A. Langford and Blair Freeman. Adored and revered by his grandchildren: Megan Rolland, Alexandra and Hollie Rolland, John Rolland, Caileigh Langford, Rhiannon Langford, Kate Dotsikas, Emily Dotsikas, Ben Langford, Ana Langford, Henry Freeman and Charlotte Freeman. Loved by his only sibling, Elizabeth (Langford) Julian (Larry Lundy).

Celebrated by steadfast friends.

Alex was a life-long scholar. He loved his high school years spent at the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and won yearly academic prizes through graduation (1950). He was very proud of the liberal arts education he received from Victoria College, University of Toronto (Vic 5T4, Honours B.A. History), the 4th generation in his family to be educated on the 'old Ontario strand'. Deeply felt was that connection to his many ancestors who studied and taught there. He then studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School (LSUC 1958) and remained a tenured law student, reading the evolution of the law into his 80s. Even in retirement, Alex was an engaged participant in both the Economist Readers with the Academy of Life Long Learning and Learning in Retirement at Glendon College. He never travelled without a suitcase full of books, always reading several volumes simultaneously. For Alex, to learn was to live. For those who loved him, feeding his voracious appetite for knowledge with stacks of books was our regular habit until days before his passing.

Following his call to the bar, Alex joined the then new firm Miller Thomson where he practiced corporate law for more than thirty years. He was a longtime director of E-L Financial Corporation, Magna International Inc., Victoria & Grey Trust Company, National Trust Company and many other private and closely held companies. As a scholar and historian, Alex had a deep appreciation of the law as the "cement of society" and its role in public affairs. This alone motivated his active involvement in the profession.

In his first year of practice, he was Chair of the Junior Bar of the Ontario Bar Association (predecessor of the Young Lawyers section) and member of the Association's Executive Committee, on which he served continuously for over fifty years, acting as its President in 1985-1986. Over the years, he penned advocacy positions for the CBAO on provincial and national legislative initiatives and acted as counsel to civic leaders. In 2012, he received the Award for Distinguished Service from the Ontario Bar Association. Alex pursued all his briefs with honour and integrity in the finest tradition of the profession.

Alex was a gentleman and a man of principle; influenced neither by popular opinion nor convention. Deeply loyal to the foundational institutions in his life, Alex was a committed volunteer. He served on Victoria University's Board of Regents for over a decade, as well as the Chancellor's Council at the University of Toronto. His service also extended to our democratic institutions. He was proud of his country and served as Honorary Solicitor to the Canadian Institute of International Affairs for thirty-years (creator and leader of its international briefing tours from 1963-1980). He volunteered in every provincial and federal election from the time he could vote until recently and welcomed a feisty conversation about the politics of the day.

A proud member of the United Church of Canada, Alex had faith both spiritual and academic: he could and would engage with theologians on the history of the Protestant church and historical references in the Bible.

He attended church weekly throughout his adult life and served on the executive of both Lawrence Park Community Church (1957 to 2006) and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (2006-2016), acting as lay Presbytery representative for over fifty years. Alex received a Distinguished Service Award from the United Church for his leadership.

Of all his stations, certainly his favourite was the tallest seat at the family table. He loved his large clan; delighting in (and occasionally egging on) their boisterous antics. He had a profound sense of occasion, the more pomp and circumstance the better! Every grandchild knew his distinctive wink.

Always up for a rigorous debate, it pleased him to see his family members passionately advocating a position, even if it differed from his own (provided it was well-informed!). He patiently acted as the family Google to the end.

At his core, Alex was a man in love with his wife and all the musical notes she brought to his life. His devotion to her was as pure as it was legendary.

Seared in his memory until his final days was the story of his first meeting with Marion and throughout their long marriage, his love for her underscored his every action. Together, they created a dynasty defined by decency, joy, and service to others. For those of us blessed to travel within their orbit, their love made all things possible: the ripples continue in ways known and yet undiscovered. Theirs was an uncommon example for our modern age.

A celebration of Alex's life will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Ave W., in Toronto). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the J. Alexander & Marion G.

Barker Langford Scholarship at Victoria University (Office of Alumni Affairs & Advancement, 150 Charles Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K9; http:// Alex and Marion met as "freshies" at Vic in September 1950. In their golden years, they established this scholarship fund. For Alex, it reflected two things he loved: Vic and his beloved wife!


McMaster Susie passed away peacefully but unexpectedly on September 13, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Walter Holmes (2017). Much loved mother to her two sons, Jonathan (Jenny) and Ross; adored Gammy to Daisy and Jake; sister to Marjorie Dennis, Joan McMaster, and Michael McMaster (Peggy); missed by many cousins, nephews, and nieces in Canada, US, and The UK. Born in Montreal in 1942, Susie was predeceased by her parents, Ross and Betty McMaster and brother, David.

A private family service will be held at St. Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, Vancouver.

If you so wish, a donation would be gratefully acknowledged by the VGH/ UBC Hospital Foundation ( or the BC Cancer Foundation (

If I should go before the rest of you, Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone, Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday Service, But be the usual selves that I have known, Weep if you must Parting is hell But life goes on So sing as well.

- Joyce Grenfell Walkey & Company 604 738-0006


1961 - 2019

Ken passed away unexpectedly but peacefully September 3, 2019 on the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Going on safari with his beloved daughter Sarah to see the animals of Africa was on Ken's bucket list, and he saw many of the majestic creatures on his last day. Predeceased by his parents, Betty and Malcolm Kidd; Ken leaves his daughter, Sarah Kidd; wife, Ellen Moorhouse; sister, Kirstin Kidd; cousins, Kim Grasso and Karen Jackson; and aunt Shirley Eglite.

Ken had an illustrious 30-year career in journalism that included the Globe and Mail, where he took home a National Magazine Award, and Toronto Star, where he was a reporter, feature writer (he won a National Newspaper Award) and editor of the business section and Sunday Star. He played violin and viola, taking part in annual family Christmas concerts; loved British satire, committing much of Gilbert & Sullivan, Monty Python and Beyond the Fringe to memory; was a student of politics with a penchant for referencing pioneering political economy texts; and was fascinated by the hidden narratives of history. He was proud of his dry-walling expertise, enjoyed gardening, took up fly-fishing and, after abandoning the Maple Buds and Argonauts, became a devoted Arsenal fan.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 19 at 9 Neepawa Ave. in Roncesvalles from 5:30 p.m.


1943 - 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of David Leslie announce his passing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Monday, September 16, 2019, surrounded by family.

David has been reunited with the love of his life, Susan Marie Leslie (née Ward). Loving father of Daniel and Janey, and Roger and Carolyn. Adored grandfather of Alexandra, Victoria, Ava, and Olivia. Loving brother of Margaret Falkenhagen (Dale) and Roger A.

Leslie. He is remembered fondly by his many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Most recently, he will be remembered for his unlikely, but deeply special relationship with the family canine, Fletcher D.

Leslie. David is predeceased by his mother Donalda Leslie, his father Francis ("Frank") Leslie, and baby daughter Jennifer.

Born in Ironwood, Michigan, David was very proud of his long career starting with Clarkson Gordon and culminating as Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young LLP in Canada.

Known for supporting many of the communities he lived in, he was particularly very proud of his time and involvement with the Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he served as Chairman from 2007 -2014.

David's family is deeply grateful to the nurses, doctors, and the rest of the Sunnybrook team for the exceptional care he has received over the past number of weeks.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) on Sunday, September 22nd from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Monday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Susan Leslie Neuro-Endocrine Cancer Fund at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Friends and family can make their donation via Sunnybrook Foundation by phone (416-480-4483), web tribute or by mail, c/o Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, KGW-01, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5. Condolences may be forwarded through


May 22, 1931 September 18, 2019

Peacefully, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness in her 89th year. Barbara had a long and joyful life filled with love, laughter and family. Mother of Pat (Hugh Middleton), Sandy (Mike Fitzgibbon), Cathryn (Steve Mantione), and Scott (Marilou Roth). Grandmother of nine: Alex, Torey (Marc Hersh), and Jake Middleton, Caitlin (Chris Dewar), Hilary (Matt Van Dyck) FitzGibbon, Andrew (Alannah Bruns), Carly and Jane Mantione and Jack Lewis.

Barbara was born in Mississauga and grew up in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. She graduated from St. Clements School and married the love of her life, Jim Lewis in 1952. Following his death in 1984, Barbara lived independently and was actively involved with the IODE (she was a founding member of the Dr. Healy Willan Chapter), the Canadian Club, French lessons and her walking and bridge group friends. Her stroke in 2012 left her with profound aphasia and apraxia, the inability to speak, read or write coherently as well as the loss of her driving license. She met these challenges with optimism and grace and amazingly overall good cheer, often overlooking that all she was saying was "yesterday", "today" or "absolutely wonderful." Her favourite place on earth was the cottage on Raven Lake where she summered with family, friends and dogs since 1963. She will be sorely missed.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter's Erindale Anglican Church, 3141 Mississauga Rd. (at Dundas St. W., on the hill) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. A Following the service a Celebration of Life will follow at the Toronto Golf Club, 1305 Dixie Road, Mississauga, from 1 - 4 p.m. Private Interment.

For those who wish, donations may be made to IODE, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the Humane Society. Online condolences may be made through


November 25, 1932 September 12, 2019 On September 12 at home, Ken peacefully concluded his outstanding life in his 86th year.

He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Winnifred; brothers, Bruce and Trevor; a legion of loyal cats; and three dogs named Paddy. Ken was a husband to Helen, a father to Catherine (Richard Thomas), Elizabeth and Thomas (Liis-Ann Klein), and a grandpa to Lucy, Grace, and Anneli.

Throughout Ken's early childhood in small-town Manitoba, books by Ransome, Haggard and Kipling filled his imagination with vivid fantasies of adventure and faraway lands. By the time of his death, Ken had managed to fulfill many of his wildest dreams by travelling the globe and bearing witness to extraordinary events. His adventures included unmapped Jamaican caves, Napoleonic battlefields, abandoned Coptic churches, Haiti in the 1960s, rural Afghanistan, Canadian history, and viewing all the bones of St. Francis Xavier. His interest in the world and its people was boundless and will always be inspiring.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


Peacefully, after a long and full life, on September 10, 2019, in Hamilton, at the age of 91.

Predeceased by her parents, Edward and Dorothy (Longworth) Waterston; her siblings, Joan (Ross Ritchie), Douglas (Elizabeth), Thomas (Patricia), and John (Dodie); and by her beloved daughter, Ann Lyons Greenwald. Loving mother of Joan Heavenrich, Jill Lyons, Tom Lyons, and Jim Lyons; mother-inlaw of Barry Greenwald and Alan Heavenrich; and devoted and proud grandmother of Max and Zoë Greenwald and Miriam, Sam, and Ben Heavenrich. She will be missed by extended family, many nieces and nephews, friends, neighbours, and former colleagues. Affectionately known as Tria by family, Patricia also answered to Trish, Pat, and Granny.

Born April 15, 1928 in Montreal and raised in Westmount, she worked summers as a farmerette in the Ontario Farm Service Force during the Second World War, graduated from McGill University's MacDonald College in 1949 with a B.Sc. in agriculture, and became an active and long-standing member of the University Women's Club. She married Leslie Lyons (deceased) in 1951 and raised her family in Sault Ste. Marie (with summers in Clova, Quebec and Chalk River and Chatsworth, Ontario). The Lyons family was part of the original group of Soo "bug lab" people who developed the Broken Quarter cottage property on the north channel of Lake Huron; the cottage and its community of neighbours and old and new friends were a continuing source of peace and cheer for her.

In 1971, a year after moving to Dundas, Ontario, Patricia joined the McMaster University Medical Centre's cytogenetics lab, where she worked until 1993 with colleagues who treasured her kindness and diligence. After retiring, she travelled with friends, summered at the cottage, played bridge and hiked and crosscountry skiied with the McMaster University Women's Club, and adored being a granny to her five grandchildren. She was tireless in caring for her sister Joan in Joan's last years, and for her daughter Ann in Ann's last years. She took great pleasure in being part of a family, whether immediate or ancestral, far-flung or nearby; she glowed with pride at everyone's paths in life, as if she walked with them, applauded their achievements, and grieved for their stumbles and turnings. Her warmth, gentleness, and honesty were inspiring and will not be forgotten.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust, HWT Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.


April 28, 1923 September 13, 2019 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Born on the farm at Main Centre Saskatchewan to Abram and Susanna (nee Schellenberg) Martens. She was a sister to eleven siblings: Arnold, Leander, Eugene, Ernest, Jacob, Arthur, Edgar, Cornelius, Donald, Lorne and Colleen. Terry is survived by Edgar, Donald and Colleen.

Needless to say, she is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom, at one time or another, have enjoyed her hospitality, kindness and her curiosity in all their doings. All of her life her family has been the source of great joy to her and always has been a part of her prayers.

Terry graduated from nursing school in Saskatoon in 1948 and worked in nursing until 1953 when she joined the staff of Nurses Christian Fellowship, which was a part of the larger Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.

Terry relocated to Toronto in 1956 in connection with this work and remained there until 1977.

Her work at NCF lasted until 1972 when, tiring of the administrative work that came with the job, she left to work as the hospital visitor for The Presbyterian Church of Canada. She grew dissatisfied with the relative lack of engagement open to her in this role and decided to return to Saskatchewan settling in Regina.

In respect of her time spent in Toronto, Terry did valuable work touching many lives with her faith, kindness, compassion and, as has been mentioned, her curiosity in the lives of the various people she encountered. She ran a sort of commune/boarding house at 105 Bernard Avenue from 1968 to 1977 that fostered careers and relationships that continue on today. She never sought the spotlight but was content to facilitate and animate the lives of her housemates and the many, many visitors that crossed the threshold of the home known as "Friendship House."

Arriving in Regina Terry settled in and resolved to establish a private-duty nursing service that she named "Total Care Nursing Services." Part of the impetus to establish a service that sought the welfare of the whole patient was brought about by Terry spending every day for ten weeks at the bedside of her brother Lorne who had been horribly burned in a truck accident. Lorne did not survive his injuries but Terry did her best to minister to his suffering. She brought this resolve to her company.

She remained in business until 2001 when Revenue Canada changed the rules governing its operation, which had the dual effect of increasing the time spent managing the operation, as well as increasing the rates charged to patients. These prospects were unacceptable to Terry, so at age 78 she retired. In retirement, Terry continued her Christian and charitable work despite her health becoming an increasing problem, having been diagnosed while still working with the autoimmune disease, scleroderma. Recently, just before Christmas, Terry suffered a severe stroke.

Funeral Service will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, SK on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. A viewing for friends and family will take place a half hour prior. Interment in Main Centre, SK at a later date.

To leave an online message of condolence, please visit


May 11, 1990 August 19, 2019

We struggle to find words to describe the essence of our brilliant, beautiful Gillian, and the depth of our sorrow for her loss.

Gillian Claire Murschell died August 19, 2019, on Salt Spring Island.

Gillian was an artist; from an early age she revealed an extraordinary artistic eye and sensibility. Her remarkable capacity to "see" was manifest in everything she did, whether it be drawing, painting and photography, or writing essays, poetry, and clever scripts.

Gillian brought joy to those around her with her artwork, cards, poems, improvised on-thejob skits, and irreverent Facebook posts. She viewed the world from a fresh perspective and found the extraordinary in the mundane.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Gillian attended York House School and Prince of Wales Mini School, garnering academic awards and serving as PW Class Valedictorian, 2008. She loved literature and philosophy, and graduated with an honours degree in English from Queen's University in 2012 before enrolling in University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program in 2016. An outstanding scholar across a range of disciplines, we were never sure what path Gillian would take.

Gillian loved to travel and to immerse herself in nature.

Galiano Island was her home in latter years, and she was most herself when hiking in the forest, spending time on its scenic beaches and swimming in its waters year round. Here, she reflected carefully on the meaning of life and bravely sought inner peace and clarity.

Gillian had a quick wit, dry and often cutting. Many of her writings are droll, with touches of sarcasm, pathos and the absurd. Despite her many talents and accomplishments, Gillian was plagued with self-doubt and profound sadness. She ended her life, peacefully, on her own terms.

Gillian is lovingly remembered by her parents, Elizabeth Watts and Warren Murschell of Vancouver; her sister, Amy Phinney (Gavin) of Calgary; her family; and many close friends. A kind, empathetic and generous young woman, she cared deeply for her family and friends, and touched the lives of so many. We are grateful to her Galiano friends who recently celebrated their quirky, talented friend with an exhibit of her art and a spirited memorial celebration.

A service in Vancouver is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to suggest donations to Galiano's vibrant community association, The Galiano Club, a registered charity which stewards Gillian's beloved Mount Galiano and The Bluffs, and delivers community arts and service programs.

Dearest Gillian, we miss you. Your light will live in our hearts forever.

Rest in peace.


July 7, 1937 September 11, 2019

Bernard Robert Oliver, husband, father, grandfather, physician, cottager, avid skier, cyclist, hockey player, Neil Diamond and loyal LEAF fan, passed away on Wednesday September 11, 2019 with his wife of 57 years, Sandra Joanne Harnett Oliver, by his side. He valued family as a husband and father and living with kindness while he enjoyed the everyday things in life. Always framing life in a positive way, offering simple solutions to life's challenges, he will be missed for his gift for guidance and sharing.

He often mentioned how he was "lucky he got to do all the things he wanted to" in his life before his health declined. Bernie was born on July 17, 1937 to parents Margaret and Joseph Oliver in the east end of Toronto.

Known as a brilliant man to everyone close to him, he attended high school on full scholarship at De La Salle College graduating in 1955. He chose to attend University of Toronto Medical School then pursued a fellowship in pathology with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He had a medical career spanning 50+ years and valued the contributions he was able to make with his chosen career.

Over the past almost two years, he rallied and worked hard through several serious illnesses to give us, his family and friends, the gift of extra time to be loved by us and to love us back. He was his brave quiet self and never waivered from who he was during this time. He looked forward to the many visits from his lifelong high school friends supporting him as well. He will be missed by his wife, Sandra; and his children, Stephen, David (Cyndy), Jennifer and Sandra (John); and by his grandchildren, William, James, Scott, Sean, Jessica, Britney, Amanda, Jack and Josh; as well as his lifelong friends, Dennis, Larry, Joe and Paul. Thank you for making our lives so great with you and Mom. A special thank you to all the staff at Carefree Lodge.

Friends and family are welcomed to join us celebrating his life.

Visitation will be held at the R.S.

Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street, North York, on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1-4 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Parish, 3220 Bayview Avenue, North York. Donations can be made to Parkinson Canada and the Carefree Lodge.


Died peacefully in her sleep at Southlake Regional Health Centre on September 13, 2019, just a few weeks short of her 94th birthday.

Gone to join her beloved husband, Russell Pearson. Predeceased by her brother, Jack Sabin (Joan).

Devoted mother of Lynn Pelly (Brian) and Jane Pearson. Adored and loving Grandma to Heather Pelly, Kyle Pelly (Katie), Colleen Pelly (Brian Forbes) and Matthew Pearson. Much loved GG of Hudson and Sarah Pelly.

Friends of all ages were drawn to Dorothy, by her welcoming smile, ready wit, caring warm nature and willingness to make time for anyone. Many will miss Dorothy's company, whether relaxing at the cottage, playing cards, or on the golf course.

Dorothy spent her last few years at Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence in Aurora. Hollandview quickly became home, as she grew her circle of wonderful friends and received exceptional care from the dedicated staff.

Friends and family are invited to drop in to an informal gathering to celebrate Dorothy's life to be held at Hollandview Trail (200 John West Way, Aurora) on Saturday, October 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in honour of Dorothy's memory.


Sadly on Sunday, September 8, 2019 we lost Bill to a brave and prolonged battle with cancer at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ontario. Bill was a devoted husband to Jill (Merry), loving father to William (Emma Wakim) and Heather (David MacDonald), and grandfather to Scott, Brynn, Graham, Reese, Alison, and William. Bill charmed everyone he met and was known for his gentle character, contrarian wit, and his deep love for his family and friends. Educated at UTS and U of T, Bill worked his entire life as an Ontario Land Surveyor. Without a doubt, he was a devoted supporter of the varied activities of Granji, Bill, and Heather, as well as his six active grandchildren. Bill never missed a sporting event at UCC or Havergal, and he took great pride in every gathering of friends and family, convocation, homecoming, or equestrian event on the family calendar. Dad was happiest on the farm in Puslinch, and he took pride in a meticulously maintained lawn, happy family dogs, and well-attended horses.

In his later years, Bill cherished cards, phone calls, and visits from everyone - and especially with his old friends Jimmy, Rumble, Gerry, and Bob who shared great laughs and memories! Enormous thanks to so many people who provided excellent care and company to him including the staff at Grand River Hospital, Luther Village, Lisaard House, and Parkwood Mennonite Home. A celebration of Bill's life will take place at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, on October 1st at 12 o'clock.


Pamela Politeski, incredible mother, wife, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2019. Pam was surrounded by her family and left us all with her messages of encouragement to live a great life and to smile and laugh every day. This was the Pam that we all knew and loved.

Pam is survived by her loving husband, Dan; her children, James (and Laura), Adam (and Ingrid), Krista (and Trevor) and Mark (and Allie); as well as her most cherished grandchildren, Megan, Emily, Eckhart, William, Mitchell, Jacob, Brandon, Matthew and Abby; and her beloved sister, Shelley (and David) in Australia.

Pam moved to Canada in 1966 with her new husband, Dan, and began her family in Montreal.

After four children and a sparse knowledge of French, Pam and her family moved to a farm in Ontario to change things up something that anyone who knew her would recognize as a true Pam move. Many beautiful family homes followed, and all have a special place in our hearts and memories. Pam was well known for her infectious ability to draw people together to celebrate almost any occasion, including the sun setting. Pam was also equally well known for pulling out all the stops for family and friends and any social occasion - everything would be perfectly focused on her guests and nothing was too much. For those who knew her, her laugh would fill a room and you could not resist joining in with a laugh of your own. Pam brought sunshine to every gathering and you could not help but fall in love with her.

We will miss her dearly and although she made it clear that she wanted no tears and only smiles, we reminded her that any tears she saw were tears of laughter and love. Pam was so very proud of her children and their partners, as well as her grandchildren. She brimmed with pride at any mention of her family and she was never shy to offer up the latest achievement of any one of us, no matter how big or small.

Even her dog Gucci was a source of pride, because of course, she had the best dog in the world.

Pam collected a truly amazing number of friends, from her neighbours to those in all corners of the world. She loved all of them dearly and she drew power from these amazing relationships and paid it forward.

Pam had many wishes that she wanted us to fulfill and one of them was to arrange a celebration of her life where family and friends could come together and laugh and enjoy each others company. We would invite any friends to join us at The Villages of Brantwell Clubhouse, (283-2120 Itabashi Way, Burlington, Ontario) on October 18 from 12-4 p.m. for a celebration of Pam's incredible life and to laugh and smile while remembering the beautiful memories she shared with all of us. In lieu of flowers, Pam would have wanted a donation to any Cancer cause to be made in her name, with a special note about Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga who provided Pam with compassionate care during her courageous battle (please see Trillium Health Partners Foundation at

Our family wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this very difficult time.

Please sign the Tribute Wall at


May 5, 1928 - September 14, 2019 Kathleen Margaret Richardson passed away peacefully at 91 years of age with family and friends by her side on September 14, 2019 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.

Kathleen was born in Winnipeg on May 5, 1928, daughter of the late James and Muriel Richardson. She was a much beloved younger sister to Agnes M.

Benidickson, the Hon. James A. Richardson and George T. Richardson, all of whom predeceased Kathleen. She will be fondly remembered by her sistersin-law, Shirley Richardson (James) and Tannis Richardson (George). Kathleen was adored by twelve nieces and nephews, twenty-nine great nieces and nephews, all their spouses and partners, and eighteen great-great nieces and nephews. Known simply as "Aunt", Kathleen was a confidante, counsellor, travel companion, storyteller, and picnic partner to all.

Educated at Riverbend School, Bishop Strachan School and the University of Manitoba, Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1949) and received her Honorary Doctorate of Laws (1989). She was appointed: an Officer of the Order of Canada (1973); a Companion of the Order of Canada (1994); as well as a Member of the Order of Manitoba (2005). Kathleen also received: the University of Manitoba Jubilee Award (1975); the Edmund C. Bovey Award, Council for Business and the Arts in Canada (1991); Arts Champions Award for Arts Patronage, Winnipeg Arts Council (2007); and the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists Medal for outstanding contribution to the Arts (2007).

Kathleen served as a Director of James Richardson & Sons, Limited from 1954 to 1998. Following her retirement, she was appointed Director Emeritus in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Firm. In addition to her lifelong engagement with JRSL, she held numerous other corporate Board appointments including: Director, Sun Life Assurance Company from 1978 to 1998; Director, Barclays Bank of Canada from 1984 to 1994 and Director, Gulf Canada Limited from 1977 to 1987. While in the vanguard of women serving on major corporate boards, it is for Kathleen's unwavering commitment to the Arts in Winnipeg and across Canada that she is most fondly remembered.

A longtime champion of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kathleen's volunteer support and service are credited with helping elevate the RWB to its worldclass status. She served as President of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1957 to 1961 and Honorary President of the RWB from 1963 to the time of her passing. Among the numerous successes achieved on behalf of the RWB, Kathleen chaired the fundraising campaign for the Ballet's permanent home, which officially opened in downtown Winnipeg in 1988.

Kathleen's other community involvement included: National Executive Committee Pan-Am Games Society 1964-1970; Canada Council 19641970; Manitoba Arts Council 1969-1973; Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Public Policy 1972-1978; Advisory Board, The Winnipeg Foundation 1971-1982; Co-Chair, Furnishings Committee, Dalnavert (Manitoba Historical Society's Macdonald House) 1970-1974 and subsequently, Dalnavert's Visitors' Centre Committee 2003-2007; Governor, Stratford Festival 1983-1986; Governor, Winnipeg Art Gallery 1983-1991; Manitoba Government's Education Review Commission in 1992; and Chair of Manitoba Foundations' Council 1999-2001.

Throughout her life, Kathleen remained a quiet philanthropist. She contributed to numerous worthwhile causes both personally and through her Foundation. Always preferring to remain anonymous, Kathleen's extraordinary generosity improved outcomes for individuals, organizations and communities across Canada. She believed strongly in the words often quoted by her mother, Muriel Richardson, "Unto whom much is given, much is also required."

To all her encounters and endeavours, she brought an abundance of common sense, infinite patience and a remarkable sense of humour. Businesswoman, community volunteer, champion of the Arts, proud Canadian, and much loved friend, Kathleen Margaret Richardson will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Kathleen's family wish to express their deep appreciation to Francis Opina and Team KMR, the devoted caregivers who made it possible for Kathleen to enjoy her final years with grace and comfort; and to Joan Richardson whose affection and support for Aunt has been legendary and long-standing.

A celebration of Kathleen Richardson's life will be announced at a later date.


March 29, 1956 - Deloraine, Manitoba September 16, 2019 - Calgary, Alberta Mary-Anne Robinson beloved wife of Donald Robinson of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the age of 63 years.

In 1974 Mary-Anne entered the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of Manitoba graduating in 1978. In later years she completed her Masters of Science in Administration with Central Michigan University. Over the 40 years that followed her graduation Mary-Anne promoted change in the Canadian and international health care environments eventually becoming a senior health care executive. In 2006, she became Chief Executive Officer of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).

Mary-Anne was a recognized leader in nursing in Canada: founding member and director of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators; board chair and founding director of the National Nursing Assessment Service; an advisor to the board of the Canadian Nurses Association. Mary-Anne will be deeply missed by her family, friends and colleagues.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband Don, son Thomas "Charles", daughter Zhi-Anne, brother Patrick Beernaert his wife Kathy and family, sister Theresa Gillespie husband Alan and family; brother Dennis Beernaert wife Cyndy and family, father-in-law Robert Robinson and wife Mavis, brother-inlaw Jim Robinson wife Arlene and family, brother-in-law Les Robinson and wife Shalene. Mary-Anne is predeceased by parents George and Kathleen Beernaert as well as younger brother Anthony.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (5340 - 4th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Parish hall. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Mary-Anne may be made directly to the Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET) at 11120-178 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1P2. Proceeds will be used to promote public health and nursing leadership. Follow the link to: Mary-Anne Robinson Memorial Fund In living memory of Mary-Anne Robinson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


Peacefully, at home in his wife's arms, on September 17, 2019.

Born in Greece in 1936, he lost his mother at the age of two and his father at the age of seventeen.

With his studies and aspirations upended, he immigrated to Canada in 1954, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax and settling in Owen Sound. He began to work in restaurants, learning all aspects of the trade in Toronto. Over several years he selflessly assisted family members in also finding a better life in Canada. Through hard work, determination and an engaging personality, he succeeded in becoming a restaurateur himself, owning and operating several establishments from Toronto's financial core to the city's suburbs and beyond. Intellectually curious, he kept reading and learning all his life, and became engaged as a community leader in the prime of his working years. Above all, he provided for his family, including his beloved wife of fiftytwo years and their two sons and daughter. He instilled in his home the values of faith, love, respect, responsibility and honour and the importance of family cohesion, education and good citizenship.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sister and extended family in Canada, the United States and Greece.

Visitation at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) on Sunday, September 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Trisagion Prayers at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Service at Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 136 Sorauren Ave., Toronto, on Monday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Interment at St. John's Dixie Cemetery, Mississauga.


On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at her home. Beloved wife ofSHIRLEY ANNE TAIT

1930 - 2019

Shirley Anne (Flemington) Tait died on August 30 as she had hoped she could, peacefully and at home in the care of the children who loved her, almost a year after she'd decided to accept palliative care. She remained gracious, patient, supportive and good fun throughout.

Shirl was married for nearly 67 years to Don Tait, who died this January as he helped care for her in their apartment. They were the devoted parents of Karen, David (Darlene Gunther) and Richard (Suzanne Bullock), grandparents of Sean and Ally Crighton (Karen, Iain Crighton parents), and greatgrandparents of RoseHarmony, born to Ally this July 1st. Shirl's dear brother Peter Flemington (Jean) lives in Toronto, and her sister-inlaw Patricia (Bob MacDonald, deceased) lives in Dartmouth, N.S. Her many nieces, nephews and cousins remained so important to Shirl, and made her feel loved in return.

Shirley Flemington was raised in Toronto, born there to Carl and Jessie (Jamer) Flemington, who'd come from New Brunswick. She attended Forest Hill Collegiate and St. Columba United Church. Shirl was close to her many uncles, aunts and cousins, and a lifelong sadness was the loss of her uncle Allen Flemington, killed in action with the RCAF in April 1943.

Shirl enrolled in Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., in 1947, played varsity basketball in her first two years, and was elected secretary and then president of the Women's Council in her final two. Her senior yearbook cites "her calm efficiency, gay personality and friendly charm" - plus "excellent marks."

Shirl returned early to campus in the fall of 1950 to prepare a welcome for arriving "Freshettes" and just as she was leaving a dining hall, in came an acquaintance who'd also returned early: Don Tait of Dartmouth, N.S., who'd come back for an extra year to add a B.Ed. to his BA. Don loved recounting how in that moment he simply thought, "There she is." They graduated together in 1951.

Don warned Shirl his school teacher's pay would be paltry, and it meant the world to him she'd replied, "What difference would it make if we have to live in a tent?" Don decided the navy offered better prospects, and they wed in Toronto in August 1952.

Shirl moved her navy family through seven postings and 12 homes, including in England. Karen was born at Annapolis Royal, N.S.; David in Victoria, B.C.; and Richard back in Dartmouth, N.S. Don left the navy in 1974 in Ottawa for Revenue Canada Taxation and retired in 1983. Their best times after that included trips to Scotland and quiet Augusts at the cottage.

Shirl's main joys were time with her children and grandchildren, volunteer work with literacy, tai chi and book club with dear friend Marilyn Sylvester, and just being with her dearest friend, Don. They were good, quiet, kind people who were a world of their own but always welcoming, and now they are together again and for always.

The family is deeply grateful to the Champlain LHIN and Carefor, whose skilled and kind staff made Shirl's choice possible. No service at Shirl and Don's request. A joint interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa this fall. In lieu of flowers, their family encourages donations to wherever they may help others.


August 21, 1925 September 12, 2019 Valerie was predeceased by her dear husband Russell in 2015, after nearly seventy years of marriage.

The daughter of Louise and Charles Roots, she grew up in Fairbank, York Township with her siblings Allan, Marjorie and Ronald.

She will be deeply missed and forever in the hearts of her son Allan and his wife, Nancy Cobban.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the staff at The Village of Taunton Mills who provided the support that allowed her to live independently for the last ten years. We also give thanks to her neighbours for their companionship.

Special mention must be made of Edith Delas Alas from Saint Elizabeth who provided her with many years of loving care and to neighbour Jaye Dagenais who was such a comfort in the last few months.

Valerie taught us not to judge people by their religion, race, place of origin, or sexual orientation. She merely looked for the goodness in everyone.

Whenever family or friends needed a home she always opened her door to them.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation in her memory may do so to the charity of their choice.

Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting


Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years John "Dear Heart". Loving mother of Julie Smith (Bill), John, and Jeff. Proud grandmother of Justin and Ryan Smith, and Jacob Wright. She is survived by her sister Wendy MacSorley (Clare), her niece Sandy, and her nephew Mike. She will be forever remembered by extended family and many friends who knew and loved her. Barbara was born in Vancouver, BC where she married her high school "Fly Boy" sweetheart John and later moved to Montreal with her young family where they became avid Habs fans. The family settled in Oakville many years later where she loved playing bridge, golfing and socializing with her friends at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, entertaining, travelling with John and also spending time with her family.

Barbara's family invites you to join them in a Celebration of Life at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, 2500 Old Carriage Road, Mississauga on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. with memories being shared at 1:30 p.m. If desired, please consider a donation in her memory in lieu of flowers to The Lung Association or to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society.

A special heartfelt thank you to her Amica Bronte Harbour friends and care team and to the LHIN Community and their care partners for their care and compassion.

Online condolences can be shared through the late Edward. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Judi Stransman and Brian Amos, and Anne Rogers and the late John Stransman. Dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Lillian and Morris Goldenberg, and Leonard and Lena Charndoff.

Devoted grandmother of Stephen and Ashley, Peter, and Lindsay Stransman. Lovingly remembered by her many nieces nephews.

Sylvia always strove for excellence and encouraged the same in us all. Our deepest thanks for the wonderful care and support provided by Melanie, the staff at Forest Hill Place and the team of care-givers and professionals at CCAC. Memorial donations may be made to: Canadian Cancer Society 416-961-7223.

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