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Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Page B16


May 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. A family burial service will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery followed at noon by a reception at the Visitation Centre to honour the life of Donald, former Legal Counsel of Coca Cola (Canada) Ltd., active member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Patron of Hart House, University of Toronto and a dedicated volunteer at the Gardiner Museum.

He is missed by his many friends and colleagues.


Peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at age 58. Beloved husband of 30 years to Susan Ripa. Loving father of Kristen (Ryan) and Ashley (Mitch). Dear son of Douglas (Ruth) and the late Frances. Brother to Kelli. Loving uncle to Jessica (Steve), Cassidy (Ryan), Jason, Jane, Michael, Amy. Brother-inlaw to Sherry, Janice (Larry) and John (Heather). Son-in-law to Louis (Anne) and Laura (Michael). Sean will be lovingly remembered by his extended family and many friends.

Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill from 5-8pm Wednesday. If desired, a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.


It is with great sadness that the family of Warren Frederick Beasley announces his passing, peacefully at his home in Schomberg, ON on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the age of 88 years. Noreen, his loving wife of 63 years, was by his side.

Warren attended Appleby College from the young age of four until his graduation.

He met his wife Noreen at Camp Kilcoo where she worked in the kitchen and he was a camp counsellor. It was not long before they knew they would spend their lives together. Along with Noreen, Warren was owner and trainer of Beasley Racing Stable, which won the Queen's Plate in 1969, operated Beasley Bingo at the CNE in Toronto and WaterFun Village in upstate New York. He was the proud founder and owner of Centreville Amusement Park on the Toronto Islands, which recently celebrated its 50th year of operation. He was a strong believer in community service, and served as a councillor for King Township in the 1970s. An avid hunter, Warren was the first Canadian to become Master of the Hunt in Sussex, England and was a member of several shooting clubs in Ontario such as Goodwood and Nicholson Island. In his later years, Warren enjoyed spending time golfing and playing tennis with his wife, friends and visiting family in Key Largo, Florida where he was a member of the Ocean Reef Club. Warren will be remembered for his sense of humour, his storytelling, his love of sport, horses, his complete dedication to his 'bride', Noreen, and his love for his large family.

Warren will be forever remembered and greatly missed by his wife Noreen, children Deb, Tamie, Bill, Renee, Tracey, Warren, Shane, their spouses and partners, 24 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, as well as his many friends. Sadly, he was predeceased by his daughter Kim in 2018.

Friends and family are welcome at the visitation at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Funeral Centre (375 Mt.

Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON) on Wednesday, April 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm, and funeral service at the same location on Thursday, April 25th at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.


October 10, 1935 April 12, 2019 Passed away on April 12, 2019 in Montreal.

Mr. André Bureau was the beloved husband of Thérèse Quessy. He leaves behind his sons, Yves-André (Françoise Bouglé), Jean (George Black), Bernard (Marie-Ève Langlais); and his grandchildren, Bruno-Olivier, Jean-Simon, Fanny, Guillaume, Ophélie, Estelle and Zoé. He is also survived by two sisters, Nicole (Edmund Tobin) and Louise (late Édouard Drzewiecki); and several nephews and nieces.

Born in Trois-Rivières in 1935, he received his Bachelor of Law degree from Université Laval in 1958, followed by a post graduate diploma from the University of Paris' Institut de droit compare - Panthéon Sorbonne. Member of the Quebec Bar since 1959, he was Executive Vice-President of La Presse (1968-72), and President of Télémédia Communications (1972-79), Cancom (1979-83), the CRTC (1983-89), as well as the Astral Broadcasting Group (19902008). He joined the legal firm of Heenan Blaikie where he was Counsel (1989-2014) and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Astral Media Inc. (1996-2013).

Through his vitality, entrepreneurship and skills, Mr.Bureau significantly shaped the Canadian audio-visual landscape.

He encouraged Quebec to take its rightful place in the communication industry while expressing its French identity. He was instrumental in the creation of both French and English specialty television services and promoted the growth of independent film and television production.

He supported Canadian and Quebec creators, producers and broadcasters to spread their native culture throughout the country and abroad.

Mr. Bureau was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France by the French government in 1992, and, in 1993, he received the title of Officer of the Order of Canada. In June 2012, he was named Officer of the Ordre National du Québec.

We would like to express our gratitude and thank the staff of the Geriatric and Palliative care units of the Jewish General Hospital.

Family will receive friends and colleagues on Thursday, May 2nd from 11am to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the: Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC H2V 2P9, 514-279-6540 Mr. Bureau's funeral service will be held on Friday, May 3rd at 11:00am at the St-Viateur Church located at 1175 Laurier West, Outremont, QC H2V 3R5 In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation or to the Fondation Jean Lapointe

MARILYN BURNETT (Rabow) With great sadness, the death of Marilyn Burnett (Rabow) on April18, 2019, is announced. She is survived by her husband, David Burnett; son, David Schiff; daughter, Jana Schiff and son-inlaw, Terry Davis; her sister, Judy and brother-in-law, Carl Ritchie and family; her stepson, Charles; granddaughters, Sabrina and Caitlin; and her extended Toronto family. Marilyn grew up in Toronto and lived there for most of her life, as well as a number of years in Halifax and Ottawa. She married David in Toronto and spent 37 loved-filled years together. After a career in teaching and the art world in Ontario, the couple moved to BC and spent nearly twenty wonderful years there together, enriched by their retrievers Truman and Brandy. She died in Langley, BC. Marilyn loved to travel and she and David were anticipating so much more when pulmonary fibrosis rapidly invaded her body and forced such a lively, intelligent and engaged person into a life of ever increasing restrictions. The family want to express their respect for and appreciation to the Palliative Care Services and to the staff of the Maple Ridge Hospice who looked after her with such positive warmth and dedication.

Marilyn's family misses her already - as must anyone who came within her orbit.

CETTINA CORNISH (née Giampapa)

The world became a sadder place on April 17, 2019 at 12 noon because Chet is no longer with us. Chet was born in Toronto on October 12, 1957, which was the happiest day of her husband James' life (even though he was not yet born). Chet's mother (Dina) and father (Vince) immigrated to Canada from Sicily and lived briefly in Toronto. They raised Chet and her two sisters (Francesca and Sandra) in Snelgrove, now part of Brampton.

Chet developed her natural gifts in fine arts at Mayfield High School and continued her passion for the arts throughout the rest of her life. Chet attended the University of Western Ontario where she exercised and expanded her considerable intellect attaining an Honours BA in philosophy, a Masters degree in aesthetics and her Bachelor of Law degree.

It is while she was studying law that James was fortunate enough to cross her path at the London Legal Clinic. It was at a Clinic outing to the Blyth Festival in July 1984 (to see A Spider In The House) and dancing at the Bavarian afterward to Time After Time that Chet and James struck up a friendship that quickly developed into a deep, profound and eternal love.

Chet followed James to Parry Sound to practice law there briefly and then James followed Chet to Kitchener to do the same thing.

Eventually settling in Burlington they purchased their first home (notwithstanding substantial student debt) and raised a family of three handsome, intelligent, fantastic boys - Mark, James and Sean. There has never been a more devoted, focused and loving mother than Chet and I doubt there ever will be. Moving to Caledonia to allow James' career to advance, Chet became a valuable and valued member of the Professional Development and Competency team at the Law Society of Upper Canada. She continued to be an exceptional lawyer while maintaining her priorities - to be the best wife a man could ever want and the most exceptional mother ever.

Chet had a passion for music. She was a gifted musician playing both the piano and violin (mostly fiddle music). She hosted soirées at her home to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. She organized contra dances in the community. She loved life and lived it to its fullest. She and James travelled extensively - Italy (twice in 2008); Ireland (2009); Italy (2010 - 25 anniversary); Japan (2011); Italy (2013 - where she studied art at the Florence Academy of Art); France (2015 30th anniversary); England, France, Germany and Italy (2016); England, France (100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge) and Spain (2017). In addition, they travelled to every province in Canada and extensively in the USA (most often to New York City where they would often see an opera at the Met).

Chet was a kind, caring, vivacious, compassionate, passionate, humble, smart, witty, loving and strikingly beautiful woman. A wonderful person who never lost her youthful zest for life. She wept with joy on hearing the sound of our new grand piano; she wept with joy at the beauty of the Bow River in Banff as she bicycled beside it with Mark and Sean. She rejoiced in the accomplishments of her family, never taking the credit she deserved for her support, encouragement and counsel.

Tragically, shortly after her return from Spain in 2017 Chet was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although she was told she only had 6-8 months to live, she battled this pernicious disease with grace. With the assistance of Dr. Juergens and the whole team at Juravinski Cancer Centre and through an immunotherapy clinical trial, she lived far longer than anyone predicted.

And Chet lived.

In that time she saw Mark marry his husband Mike; she saw James marry his wife Amy; she travelled to Cape Breton, drove the Cabot Trail and danced jigs and reels in Judique with James; she flew to Vancouver and rode the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff with James; she experienced the mantle of the earth and fjords in Gros Morne; she stood on the stage at Roy Thompson Hall in January 2019 and handed Mark his certificates upon his Call to the Bar; she saw James enter U of T's physiotherapist course; and she saw Sean develop into a skilled artist.

Near the end the family gathered to ensure her comfort. She frequently said, "Together" when she was asked what she wanted and that is what we were, together. Chet died surrounded by her family, James, Mark, James, Sean, Francesca, Sandy and Neil, and love. We thank the members of the nursing team at CBI (especially Lara, Dawn and Nicole) for their kindness and caring. We also thank the PSW's at VON and the devoted chemo nurses at Juravinski. We also thank the members of the Outreach Team from Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford (particularly Dr. Renn and RN J. Armstrong) for enabling us to have Chet at home until the end.

Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home "William J. Markey Chapel", 947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton (905.574.0405) on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. until the service to celebrate Chet's life at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada would be appreciated. Please sign the online Book of Condolences at

Chet has left a legacy of rich, joyful memories that will last an eternity as those of us who were close to Chet will pass them along through the generations.

Her kindness, concern, caring and love will ripple through the ages. She and James will reunite one day if that is possible but whatever may pass their love has a power greater than death and will endure. James frequently told her, "With you forever I will stay." He means to honour his vow.

Wheresoever Chet was, there was Eden.

We will miss you Chet


1941 - 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Louise Racicot Décarie, on Sunday April 7, 2019, at the age of 77, at the palliative care unit of the Magog Hospital Center. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of almost 55 years, Raymond Décarie; her daughters, the pride and joys of her life - Catherine, Isabelle (Mauricio Bussab) and Alexandra (Emmanuel Proux); her beloved grandchildren, Maximilien, Violeta, Victoria and Pénélope; her dear sisters, Mireille (Harvey Campbell) and Monique (Don McIntyre); as well as her nieces, nephew, other relatives and numerous friends.

Louise, a nurse by training, worked in hospitals in her early adult life, and then later in the fields of communication and culture. Throughout her life, she volunteered for numerous causes because she was grateful for the blessings in her life. Louise will be remembered for her sparkling personality, her devotion to her family and her generous way with her friends. She was a caring mother, loving spouse and bighearted grandmother.

We wholeheartedly give thanks to the caring staff at the palliative care unit of the Magog Hospital Center. for their outstanding professionalism and immense empathy. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

A reception to celebrate Louise's life will take place on Saturday, April 27th. Family and friends are warmly invited. A private ceremony to lay her to rest will occur at a later date.

Reception: Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Montreal, Oval Room, 1228, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H3G 1H6, Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Complexe funéraire Ledoux, Situé au 155, rue Sherbrooke, Magog, QC. Tél. : (819) 843-4473 Téléc.: (819) 843-4563 Courriel: info@ Site internet:

EVELYN GRACE DEMPSEY (Green, née Calvert)

Mom peacefully passed away on April 7, 2019 at the age of 99 years. She was born in Winnipeg on March 7, 1920 and grew up in Carberry, Manitoba. She married David Green, raised her family and spent most of her teaching career in Killarney, Manitoba.

After Dave's passing she married Bill Dempsey, lived in Toronto from 1974 to 2004, then back to Carberry from 2004 to 2016, and the last three years in Winnipeg.

She is survived by families of her children and Bill's children.

A longer obituary can be found in the April 13, 2019 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press and April 15, 2019 edition of the Carberry News Express or White's Funeral Home website. The funeral service was held at the United Church in Carberry, Manitoba on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please provide contributions to a charity of your choice.


August 11, 1930 - April 17, 2019 Mom passed away peacefully at The Westbury Nursing Home surrounded by her loving children and special caregivers. She was predeceased by parents Rosario Catino and Mary Petrolia (née Lucenti) of North Bay and loving husband Santé J. Sandy Falconi (June 2, 2005). After marrying Dad at a young age Mom left North Bay for Montreal and then Sault Ste.

Marie where she was a devoted stay-at-home mother. She offered Dad countless hours of help in his successful pharmacy. In 1966, Mom packed up the household and we all followed Dad to Toronto so he could pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. At this time, she became an office secretary at Richview Collegiate Institute to help support the family while Dad completed his studies. Mom was a consummate homemaker, an impeccable dresser and enjoyed shopping, cooking and knitting. She relished travelling with family and friends, whether it was to an international destination or a simple bus trip to Rama.

Left to celebrate her life are children Sandra (John Srigley), Michael (Silvana Piazza), Paul (Susan Dominelli) and Gregory (Rosemary Bianchi). Mom also leaves her doting grandchildren Jocelyn (Jonathan Polak), Justin (Hannah Drury) and Jillian Srigley; Angela (Jeff Ferrari), Sandy, Michelle (Kevin Linka), Adam and Jessica Falconi; Jordan, Laurel and Alexander Falconi; Natalie and Andrew Falconi. She was a proud great grandmother to Kiara, Melanie and Sophia Linka, Ayelet and Akiva Polak Srigley, and Mikayla Ferrari. Also mourning her passing are sister Jacqueline (Gerry Emond) and brother Louis (Lucille Lamothe predeceased), of North Bay. The family will be forever grateful for the tremendous care given to Mom in recent years by Rowena, Celeste, Nida, Lull and other members of the Thornbrook Home Health and CCAC Teams. Their devotion allowed her to stay comfortably in her home until almost one year ago. Dr. Wong and her CCAC Palliative Team were invaluable, offering their undivided attention and emotional support, not only to mom but also the family. When the move to long term care became necessary Mom was lucky to find herself at The Westbury. The caring, dedicated staff of the 8th Floor with their undivided attention and emotional support, not only to Mom but also the family, will be cherished forever.

There are no words to thank all of you enough. Your extraordinary care and dedication provided mom with comfort and dignity to the end.

Friends may call at Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St.W Etobicoke (between Islington & Kipling Aves.) on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Funeral Mass to take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. W Toronto. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Please consider a donation in Anita's memory to the Sunnybrook Foundation indicating Dementia and Neurodegenerative diseases. On line condolences may be made through


July 13, 1948 February 11, 2019 Frank passed away in Florence Italy after a brief illness, with his wife Daniela and daughter Beatrice at his side. He is also survived by his sister Teri and brother David (Elizabeth) and their children Julia, Cristina and Matthew, and many cousins in Canada and the US.

Frank moved to Italy to study art history and never returned to live in Canada. He met and married his beloved Daniela in Florence.

Their daughter Beatrice, of whom they were immensely proud, arrived 25 years ago. Frank spent most of his working years at the International School of Florence.

He never lost his passion for life in Florence, a city which he loved from the moment he first arrived.

Frank's funeral took place in Florence on February 13th.

If desired, donations in his memory may be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, 416-946-6560.


January 23, 1928 - April 7, 2019 With heavy hearts we announce the death of Geoffrey Richard Downing Fryer. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary, in 2017. He is much mourned by his children, Barbara (John), Elswyth (Andrew) and Alex (Claudia); and doted-upon grandchildren, Caleb (Monika), Andrew, Adam and Timothy.

Geoff was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, England to Richard and Dolly (Downing) Fryer. He grew up in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England where his dear brother, Ted, was born in 1933. In 1946, he began serving two years in the British Army's Corps of Royal Engineers, including eight months in the British Zone of Germany. He graduated from the Birmingham School of Architecture in 1951, attended the School of Planning and Research for Region Development in London, and went on to work in the Birmingham City Architect's Department.

In 1955, he moved to Canada, where he worked joyfully in the field of urban planning, both public and private, and established his own consulting practice in 1971.

He had colossal enthusiasm and love for his family, work, friends and life itself.

His funeral will take place Friday, April 26th, 1:00 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, North York Chapel, 6191 Yonge St., Toronto.


Formerly President of the University of Winnipeg, President of the Board of the Victoria Symphony, Professor of Philosophy & Dean of General Studies at the University of Calgary, died peacefully at home with family in Victoria, BC on Saturday, April 13, 2019 after living for an extended time with nonHodgkins lymphoma.

Born in Calgary in 1936, Marsha's life was influenced from the beginning by the theme of education connected to leadership, community, and culture. Her parents, both child immigrants (via Winnipeg) were instrumental in the founding and ongoing life of the I.L. Peretz School, a Jewish school that sought to keep alive a rich Yiddish culture alongside a modern education. Music also played a strong role in her early days, as she studied piano and later, as a student at Brown (AB, MA) and Brandeis (PhD), she set the habit of enjoying concerts in the midst of a busy academic and family life.

After a decade studying in the U.S.

and having two children, in 1966 she returned with her husband and daughters to her hometown and taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. In her long career there, she grew into leadership roles, last as Dean of the Faculty of General Studies which she'd co-founded. She also made lifelong friends, including during a research sabbatical in London, England and a Fellowship in Law and Philosophy at Harvard University. Her wide-ranging interests in higher education and social justice, from philosophy of law to feminist theory, brought her to lead many initiatives encouraging interdisciplinary studies and accessible educational opportunities. She published, and mentored colleagues and students, including many young women breaking career barriers.

In 1989, she moved to Winnipeg, with Robert (Bob) Weyant, after their "marriage of true minds", to take the position of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg. She was one of the first women in prominent leadership roles in higher education. She committed her decade there to the support of inclusive undergraduate arts and science education, to investment in a vibrant campus cultural life, and to preparing the community for a complex, collaborative future. In recognition of the lasting legacy of her leadership work, Spence Street, the pedestrian campus corridor she advocated for, was named Marsha Hanen Way in 2018. During her time at UW, her three grandchildren came into the world and became another great joy of her life and Bob's.

Her next move was to Victoria, and to the role of President of the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. From 1999-2006 she brought leaders, thinkers, and community members together to engage with challenging issues of civil society. She also became involved with the Victoria Symphony, as President of the Board, Chair of the musical director search committee, supporter of women in music, infusing her last years with lifeenriching music and relationships.

Honours included induction as a Member of the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University, and Honourary Life Member of the Victoria Symphony Society.

Every place she lived there was a piano, a colourful garden, CBC Music on the radio, something nice to drink, wonderful travel plans, and the delight of time with friends and close family.

Marsha is survived by her brother, Ron; her daughters, Amy and Sharon; her daughter-in-law, Shari; her stepsons, Stephen and David; and her grandchildren, Benson, Anna, and Austin. She was predeceased by her parents, Rowena and Ben Pearlman; by her first husband, Harold Hanen; and in 2017 by her husband, Robert (Bob) Weyant.

Burial will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park, http://www.robp.

ca, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All are welcome, and also invited to gather from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. to share memories at the Wedgewood Estates clubhouse, 2829 Arbutus Road, Victoria.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Marsha's memory to The Victoria Symphony Society,


Peacefully at her residence in the Sunshine Centre of Luther Village, on Friday, April 5, 2019 in her 102nd year. Left behind are her 3 sons, Franklin (Luella) of Kitchener, David (Nancy) of Mindemoya, and Robert (Lynn) of Victoria, BC.; her grandchildren, Joanna of Mississauga and Daniel of Toronto; and her great-grandchildren, Jadin and Theodore. Predeceased by her husband, Archie Kains (1991); and her siblings, Beatrice, Mildred, Alexina, Jack, and Helen.

Mom grew up on a farm near Banner, east of London. In 1943, she joined the navy and served as a WREN in Halifax, St. Hyacinthe and Victoria where she worked as a teletype operator, receiving and transmitting messages overseas. Many close friends were made which continued for the rest of her life. After the war, she returned to marry Archie and they operated a dairy farm outside of Byron (now part of London) until 1970. After retiring, they moved to Arva and after Dad's death, Mom moved to London and finally, in 2005 to Luther Village to be closer to her family. Perhaps from living through the depression, or her years in the WRENS, or spending much of her life on a dairy farm, Mom would often say during trying circumstances: "Just get on with it". That, and regular laughter proved to be good medicine for 101 years.

Many thanks to all those at Luther Village who came in contact with Josephine over the years, and particularly to the staff of the Memory Wing of Sunshine Centre for their kindness and exceptional care in her final days.

Condolences can be submitted on the Westview Funeral Chapel, London, Ontario website.


March 1, 1923 - April 10, 2019 The Rev'd Frere Kennedy died in the peace of Christ at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Pauline Kennedy; his brother, Gilbert; and sisters, Beatrice and Shelagh.

Fr. Frere served in the Second World War with the 48th Highlanders of Canada during the Italian and North West Europe campaigns, including the liberation of Holland.

He graduated from the School of Law of the University of Toronto, Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, and Montreal Diocesan Theological College and was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1956, in which capacity he served in a number of parishes in Quebec and Ontario. He was a Priest Associate of the Sisters of St. John the Divine, Toronto, for over 50 years, and in the early eighties he took vows as a monk with the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and entered the society's monastery at Bracebridge, Ontario. He was the Superior there for two years, before moving to the monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He left the monastery after a number of years and entered into another stage in his long and fruitful ministry as a monk in the world.

Fr. Frere was a godly, gentle man devoted to prayer and a respected spiritual director.

The funeral service will be held at St.

Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church, 152 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, Ontario, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, with the Rt. Rev. Charles Masters, Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada, as Celebrant.

Reception to follow in the church.

Visitation on Monday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Funeral Home, 315 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario.

In memoriam donations, if desired, to the Capital Campaign Fund of St.

Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church, to Billings Lodge Retirement Home, 1180 Belanger Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8N2, or the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5Z6.

Rest Eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

Condolences / Tributes / Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 613-233-1143


Michael Donald MacDonald passed away on April 16, 2019. Mike was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, uncle, great-uncle and friend to many. He was a lawyer, passionate advocate, sports fanatic, world traveller and all-around lover of life. More importantly, he taught us by example, to always engage, be accepting and inclusive and try to make the best of all the opportunities we were lucky enough to have.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 17, 1933, Mike was the youngest of the six boys born to his beloved parents, Frederick (FRC) and Kathleen (Kay) MacDonald.

The deep ties he had to his clan of brothers, cousins and friends from childhood lasted his entire life. He graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School and went on to Dalhousie University where he played varsity basketball and football (and played hockey and rugby). Mike graduated from Dalhousie Law School (class of '57) and in the same year he married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Dobson (Dobbie).

Together they went on to a long and happy 51 years of marriage.

He started his long career in the law in Halifax where he practiced for 8 years with the firm Burchill, Smith and Jost. In 1966, Mike and Carolyn moved west for an opportunity to join the Edmonton law firm, Clement, Parlee, Irving, Henning, Mustard & Rodney (now Parlee McLaws LLP). He was a partner and litigator there for over 40 years. In Edmonton, Mike was an engaged member of the community: he was Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Board, Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca, an active member of the Legal Circle and the Alberta Bar Association, past director and active member of the Royal Glenora Club and held many other engagements. Mike had an intense love of politics and community building, and brought an unwavering dedication to the Liberal Party with him to Alberta, where he ran as a candidate in four federal elections during the 1970s and '80s. Mike moved to Victoria in 2015 and spent the past four years close to family on the west coast.

Mike was fiercely proud of his daughters and their families.

Nothing brought him more joy over the years than spending time watching, and loudly cheering for his daughters and then, in turn, their children in many and varied sporting events. Mike is survived by his daughters, Nancy, Sarah, Eve (Keith Tracey) and Barb (Ian Collombin); grandchildren, Justin Gouin, Andrew Jaycock (Rebecca Martin), Anna Gouin, Lauren Gouin, Isabelle Gouin, Luke Collombin, Taylor Collombin, Eve Collombin; great-grandson, Oliver Gouin; his brothers, Robert, Buddy (John) and Peter; sisters-in-law, Ruth, Eleanor and Rosemary; as well as a large and extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn; brother, Kirk; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty).

The family would like to add a special thank you to Ken Noble, the staff at Sunrise Victoria, especially those on the third floor, and Dr.

Fiona Manning for the care and attention over this past year.

In lieu of flowers, we know that Mike would prefer you to just 'Vote Liberal'. If desired, donations in his honour can be made to a community organization that promotes openness, inclusivity and belonging.

On June 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. there will be a celebration of Mike's life at All Saints Cathedral, Edmonton. A reception will follow.

Messages of condolence can be left at


1936 - 2019 B.Arch., F.R.I.A.C., R.C.A.

After a short illness, Gar died peacefully on April 8, 2019, with his loving family by his side. Gar will be deeply missed by his wife of 60 years Janet (Macrae); his children; Iain (Sydney Monteith), Lindsay (Steve McConnell), Alex (Simon Davies) and Heather (John Pitblado); his grandchildren; Thomas, Harry, William and Michael MacInnis, Eamonn, Jordan and Niall McConnell, Jessica, Sophie and Thomas Davies, and Luke, Aiden, Ryder and Jake Pitblado and brothers Dr.

Joe MacInnis and John Creelman.

Predeceased by his first born son, Allister Macrae (1960-1962) and parents Beverley MacInnis Creelman, Allister James MacInnis and Edward Creelman.

Born and raised in Toronto, Gar was a gifted student, athlete and artist. He graduated with honours from Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto's School of Architecture.

As a design architect and partner at Adamson Associates he was recognized for his many awardwinning buildings. After 30 years of practice, he traded his drafting board for his easel and followed his passion, landscape painting. For the next 30 years "Van Gar" captured the beauty of some of his favourite sites, notably Georgian Bay and historic landmarks in southern Ontario.

His true love was his beautiful wife Janet, his beloved children and his legion of loyal grandchildren.

Gar was so enormously proud of his family in his own, quiet way and enjoyed the simple things in life; being at home surrounded by his brood or out on the course or court with his many lifelong friends. Fiercely independent and private, Gar was a principled man to the core. His love of mystery novels, crossword puzzles and sports was matched only by his penchant for warm beer.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Ave, Toronto. A celebration of Gar's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Laidlaw Hall at Upper Canada College, 220 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Intensive Care Unit at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Please visit or call 416-603-5300.



Andy passed away peacefully at Ian Anderson House on April 8, 2019. Andy was a shining example of Integrity and kindness to all who knew him, loving husband of Ivana; supportive father of Christina (Peter); adoring grandfather of Andrea (Andy) and Julia (Justin); doting greatgrandfather of Steffi, Katie, Kyra, Cameron and Emily.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary. In 1957, he escaped with his first wife and young daughter to start a new life in Canada.

Andy worked as an engineer and in 1958 he brought out his parents. In 1959, Andy and his father opened Meray Motors on Rebecca St. Oakville. They were one of the first Mercedes Benz car dealers in Canada. As the business grew, Volvo was added, and they relocated to South Service Rd.

where it still flourishes under a new name and ownership.

Andy always knew how to balance work and play. He was an avid sailor and skier. He was a Life member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where he was happiest racing, first in the Star, then Soling, Viking 28 fleet and later cruising his beloved CS 30 Northwind. Andy loved to work with his hands and he always had "projects". He was blessed with many wonderful friends.

According to his wish, private cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ian Anderson House or Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his physician Dr. Mohammed Viqar Khan and his assistant Linda.

A memorial service in Andy's honour will be held at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 Williams St., Oakville on Saturday, June 8 at 1p.m., with the reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


July 27, 193 4 April 12, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family must announce the sudden passing of Michael Reginald Courtney Pratt. Mike passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Born in Montreal, Michael began his banking career with Barclays Bank (Montreal) which later became CIBC. In 1972, Michael moved to Oakville with the bank. He eventually became CIBC's downtown Oakville Branch Manager and after a twoday retirement, he took over as Branch Manager at Royal Trust. Following his second retirement, Mike moved on to work at London Life.

Mike was an avid volunteer with a variety of organizations including the United Way of Oakville (Chair), Oakville Chamber of Commerce (President), Oakville Golf Club (President), Rotary Club of Port Credit and the Oakville Waterfront Festival.

Michael was predeceased in March 2019 by Ann, his loving wife of 61 years. Michael is survived by his two children, Bill (Teresa) Pratt and Andrea (Dave) Andison.

He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Jamie, Courtney, Chris and Robbie Andison, Diandra and Dan Pratt, and greatgranddaughter, Sloane.

A private celebration of life has taken place. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.


Doreen Robbins passed away peacefully at the age of 88 years, on March 20, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida, near her beloved snowbird destination of Siesta Key. Predeceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Jeffery (with whom she "ran away" to Canada from Coventry, England in 1954).

After marriage in Toronto, Jeff and Doreen lived in cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Montréal, but ultimately settled in Oakville. Together in retirement, Doreen and Jeff traveled the globe - their passion. They whitewater rafted on the Colorado River; climbed the steps of Machu Picchu, Peru; cruised the rivers of Europe and the coast of Chile; and explored the cuisines of Hong Kong and Istanbul.

Doreen is survived by her brother, John; her sons, Steven (Susan), Peter (Ann), and Mark (Linda); and her six grandchildren, Ashley, Sarah, Jaclyn, Scott, Helena and John.

The family will receive friends at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held there at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.


Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Thursday April 11, 2019, in her 97th year, after a short illness.

Daughter of the late Dr. M. C.

Roberts and the late Jeanette Simpson Roberts.

Beloved sister of the late John C. S. Roberts and sister-in-law to Mary. Generous and adored aunt to Ian (Kay and daughter Amy), Anne and Trevor (Tom Johnston).

A career woman before her time, Ros moved on a whim to Los Angeles in her twenties and returned to Toronto after several years with enough stories for a lifetime. Quickwitted and never one to hold back an opinion, she always had her family and friends laughing.

She was an avid golfer, bridge player and world traveler known to enjoy a Martini or a Scotch and the occasional cigarette until very recently.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no service. The Roberts family wish to express their gratitude to the kind and caring staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Donations to Peterborough Regional Health Centre or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


After a long and courageous battle Jim passed away on April 15, 2019 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Karin Nitsch for 23 years. Proud father of Robert (Heather) and Brian (Siobhan). Adored grandfather of Owen, Esther, and Vera. Dear brother of Clyde, Elossie, and Audrey. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jim's joy was his family, particularly his grandchildren he always treasured time spent with them.

James was a financial consultant with Investors Group for many years. In his retirement he enjoyed travelling with Karin and playing golf together. Jim was very proud of his Newfoundland roots.

Cremation has taken place; a celebration of Jim's life will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morgan Funeral Home, 415 Regent St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at

DEREK K. SHAVER L. Col (Ret'd), CD, PEng

April 9, 1926 April 14, 2019 Gracefully, and with tremendous inner strength, passed away at Kingston General Hospital of complications following a fall and under-lying kidney failure.

Derek was born in Edmonton to the late Edward Bruce Hartnoll Shaver and Dorothy Mary Shaver (née Kenwood). Loving husband of the late Betty Emily Shaver (née Smail; d. 2002) and the late Bea Ellis (née Ling; d. 2009). Dear father of Dorothy Shaver (Bart) of Parry Sound and Doug Shaver of Trenton. Loving grandfather of Christine (David) of Melbourne, Australia and Cindy (Chole) of Aurora, Ontario; proud greatgrandfather of Sebastian, Scarlett and Elizabeth. Brother of the late JEH "Ted" Shaver (Enid) of Barrie, and Rosemary Bolton (Lloyd) of Belleville. Dear friend of Marianne Bunt of Trenton.

Derek served in the infantry in the last year of WWII, and then attended University of Toronto, earning a BASc in electrical engineering in 1949. He then reenlisted in the Canadian Signals Corps, and served a further 33 years in various parts of the world.

Some of the highlights were: 195152 with the First Canadian Infantry Battalion in Hanover, Germany as part of the British occupation force; 1955-57 in Soest, Germany; 1961-62 with the International Truce Supervisory Commission in Vietnam; 1962-65 at the War Office in London, England; 196871 in Lahr, Germany; and Base Commander for a short period at CFB Downsview.

Derek retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981, and worked as a project engineer for Northern Telecom until 1986 when he retired completely.

In retirement, Derek was an active member of Belleville's Sagonaska Kiwanis Club for 19 years until it closed in 2006, when he transferred to the Kente Kiwanis Club. Derek was named volunteer of the year for 2005 by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Eastern Ontario. He was a leading participant in the repair of talking books for CNIB, Kiwanis' Terrific Kids program, Heart and Stroke's Jump Rope for Heart and VON's Meals on Wheels.

Derek was also active in his church, particularly at St. John's Anglican Church in Carrying Place (where he headed up a self-help hall building project), and subsequently at St. George's in Trenton.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Weaver Family Funeral Homes. Family and friends are invited to visit at Weaver Family Funeral Home - West, 170 Dundas St. West, Trenton on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place at St. George's Anglican Church, 9 Byron St, Trenton on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Family will be receiving guests at the church between 10-11 a.m.

on Friday. Reception to follow.

Keeping with Derek's wishes, cremation and a private interment will take place in the spring. If you wish to make an In Memoriam donation, Derek would particularly suggest St. Georges Anglican Church, Trenton.

Online guestbook and condolences at


"From dirt to the asphalt from dust to the heavens in death a hero, where the checkered flag ends" It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Robert Allan Slater on November 15, 2018. Robert was born on June 7, 1948; youngest child of Mary Ellen and Richard Slater. He grew up in Fort William and attended local schools. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at The Chanterelle on Park, 206 Park Avenue, in the Lounge, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

at Mountain View Cemetery with Rev. Gordon Holroyd officiating.

All are welcome.

Online condolences at:


1920 - 2019 Norm Smith died on April 5, 2019 in his 100th year. In his own words, time had finally caught up with him.

Norm was predeceased by his loving wife Charlotte Elizabeth (née Day) in 2009 and late in life sweetheart Lillian Maw in 2016.

He will be greatly missed by his children Sandra (Eldon), Edward (Anne) and Kenneth (Catherine), as well as his 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Born in Toronto the eldest of 10, Norm grew up during the Great Depression. At the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in The Queen's Own Rifles and in 1941 transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy where he was deployed as an Ordinary Seaman in The Battle of the Atlantic, serving on corvettes HMCS Trillium and HMCS Arrowhead, and the minesweeper HMCS Melville.

Norm and Charlotte were married in 1941 and lived after the war in a room off the back of Grampa Day's house while building by hand the family home down the street. He learned all the building trades from his father-in-law as he built the house, and he later transferred those skills to his sons.

Most importantly, he offered to all the wisdom gained in those formative years about confidence, patience and kindness.

Norm was a lineman for East York Hydro from 1945 until his retirement in 1980, in the latter years a Foreman. He had a wood shop in the basement and also became a serious amateur photographer, winning many prizes for his nature photography.

He and Charlotte were square dancers and enjoyed travelling after retirement. Their home was always open to their children and families, whom they helped with every project and supported through every challenge.

Many thanks to Donway Place for providing a friendly and loving environment during his latter years, and to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for very attentive and respectful support over his final few weeks.

Pursuant to his wishes, his body has been donated to the Anatomy Department of the University of Toronto.

A memorial service for Norm and Charlotte Smith will be held June 8th, 11:00 a.m. at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation to The Arthritis Society by calling 416-979-7228 x3656 or donating online at


August 15, 1926 April 12, 2019 (Retired CEO and Chairman, HJ Heinz Company of Canada Ltd) Passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019. Tom was born and raised on a farm in Trochu, Alberta, son of Tom and Margaret Smyth. He joined Heinz in 1946 and worked in several positions in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Leamington before coming to Toronto in 1969, where he retired as the CEO and chair of Heinz in 1995. He was passionate about agriculture and the food industry.

Tom chaired several related organizations - the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the Food and Consumers Products Manufacturers of Canada, and the National Institute of Nutrition.

He also served on the boards of the Food Institute of Canada, the Food Advisory committee for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Adaptation Council, Versacold Corporation, Griffith Laboratories, the University of Windsor and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Tom never lost his love of farming (shared with his son Dave), owning Saugeen Acres, a purebred Simmental cattle farm in Alberta. He was always physically active, participating in a wide variety of sports. He was a lifelong active member of the United Church of Canada.

Tom was by predeceased by his brothers, John and Eldon (Mae); and son-in-law, Blair McCulligh. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; brother, Tim (Shirley); sister-inlaw, Mic (Smyth) King; brotherin-law, Jim (Shannon) Carphin; children, Laurie McCulligh, Dave (Jane) Smyth; grandchildren, Brendan and Maureen McCulligh and Jessie and Keady Smyth.

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will take place on Monday, April 22nd from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at R.S. Kane Funeral Home at 6150 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario and funeral service will be held at Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive, North York, Ontario on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at


It saddens us to announce the death of our beloved Martha Von Heczey, who died peacefully on April 11, 2019.

We will be hosting a memorial to celebrate the life of Martha on April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish (432 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto). We will then go to Mount Pleasant Cemetery to say our final goodbye.

Imre, Anne, Alec


Rita (nee Hall) Vukasinovic was born on December 3, 1932, and passed away peacefully on April 15, 2019 from complications after a fall, and a subsequent stroke.

Beloved wife for 61 years to the late Bob Vukasinovic. Rita will be sadly missed by daughter, Cherryl (Rob); son, Zoran (Symantha); and grandsons, Evan and Liam.

Rita was born in Leeds, England and immigrated to Canada in 1957. Rita began her career with the CIBC as a teller, and rose through the ranks to become a Personnel Manager with the bank at their downtown headquarters in Toronto. A true success story, and quite an accomplishment for a woman at the time. Rita spent her retirement years travelling with her husband Bob. She loved to spend time reading, and watching her favourite British TV programs.

At Rita's request, a private cremation has already taken place with the family.


July 13, 1958 April 16, 2019 Ian is survived by his wife of 25 years, Janine Pearson; his daughter, Anik; his father, Douglas Watson of Edmonton, his sister Martha (Willie King) of Edmonton; his brother, Alick (Anne Watson) of Boston; his in-laws, Curtis and Elsie Pearson of Kipling, Saskatchewan; his sister-in-law, Ruth Spetz (James) of Calgary and his seven nieces and nephews, Emily (David Clanachan), Christopher, Maxwell, Fiona, Gillian, Joel and Aaron.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Winnipeg, the son of Douglas and Janet Watson (nee Ryder), Ian attended Grosvenor Public School and Lakefield College School in Peterborough, Ontario (an institution that his greatgrandfather founded). In 1977 he attended Queen's University for a year before beginning his studies at the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School (under the direction of David Latham). After leaving the school he joined the English acting company at the National Arts Centre for four seasons (under the direction of John Wood).

He was a member of Quebec's Carbone 14 and participated in the creation of the world-renowned Le Dortoir. In 1986 he was invited by John Hirsch to join the Stratford Festival acting company where he subsequently worked for four seasons. He also enjoyed many other opportunities to work in theatres across the country from Manitoba Theatre Centre to the Centaur.

In 1993 he married Janine Pearson in Kipling, Saskatchewan. Directly afterwards they made their home in Montreal where Ian obtained a B.A. Honours degree from McGill University in English and Mathematics. He was influenced and mentored by the great acting teacher Michael Mawson and his dear friend, Bernard Hopkins.

In 1996 Ian began teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada (under the direction of Perry Schneiderman). He spent the remainder of his career guiding young actors in the work of Shakespeare most notably at NTSC, Ryerson University and George Brown College. He also taught for the Stratford Festival's Conservatory Training Program and coached for the company.

He felt called to teach and coach and his passion for language was contagious.

In 2002, Ian and Janine moved to Stratford, Ontario. They became parents when they travelled to China to accept their longwished-for daughter, Anik. These were extraordinary years for Ian as he was immersed in his work and created a life with his wife and daughter.

Janine and Anik send their deepest thanks to all of the family and friends who have supported us throughout Ian's journey with cancer. A family funeral will take place at Christ Lutheran Church in Kipling, Saskatchewan and a Celebration of Life will take place at the Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St, Stratford on Sunday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to The Professional Development Program for Coaching at the Stratford Festival, or The Canadian Cancer Society through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario. 519.271.7411


May 23, 1933 - April 15, 2019

Roy Westwick died peacefully on April 15, 2019 at Rosewood Manor, Richmond, after an evening of visits from all his family members, when he was sung to rest by his wife and children. The eldest child of Roald and Astrid Vestvik, he was predeceased by his brother, Henry and sister, Irene, and is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Gwyneth; his children, David (Patricia), Paul, and Sarah (Troy); and two beloved grandsons, Gavin and Keith Topnik.

Born on May 23, 1933 in Vancouver, BC, he grew up in the Lake Cowichan area of Vancouver Island, where his parents nurtured his love of learning and of music. He was enabled by an H. R. McMillan scholarship to enter UBC, where he ultimately obtained a Ph.D. and after a short period of study abroad returned to the Department of Mathematics to begin a teaching career spanning 35 years. Music always brought him great pleasure; he was a season subscriber of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 1953, of Vancouver Opera from 1968, and more recently of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Friends of Chamber Music, and Early Music Vancouver.

Family was of great importance to him, and the accomplishments and personal qualities of his children and grandchildren gave him great satisfaction and occasional amazement. He will be remembered for his friendly smile, his great kindness and his deep interest in everyone he met. That kindness was repaid in his last month, when he was fortunate to be cared for by the thoughtful and compassionate staff of Rosewood Manor, to whom his family is very grateful.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m.

at Pacific Spirit (formerly Ryerson) United Church, 45th Ave. and Yew St., Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Opera Association, or to the University of British Columbia for the support of students in either the Department of Mathematics or the School of Music, would be most gratefully appreciated.


Barbara Ann Winfield (nee Keyes), a resident of Port Hope, Ontario passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at home in her 77th year.

A celebration of Barb's life will be held at St. Mark's Parish Hall, 51 King Street, Port Hope, Saturday, April 27 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope, ON L1A 2Y8, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 250 Dundas Street West, Suite 500, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5 or to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of friendship, photos and other remembrances may be forwarded to


December 5, 1936 - April 19, 2014 Loved Missed Remembered Margot Eric Inger Dominic Family and Friends

ROBERT LINDEGGER April 20, 2009 Greatly missed and forever loved.


It is with great sorrow that the family of Valerie Zellermeyer (née Syms) announces her passing on April 15, 2019 at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Valerie was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1944, but grew up near Mount Eden, in Auckland. Following in her big sister June's footsteps, Valerie trained in nursing. Like any good Kiwi, after graduating from nursing school she did extensive travelling through Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

In 1969, Valerie immigrated to Canada with her sister Beverley.

She married Victor Zellermeyer in 1973 and while their marriage would not last, their great friendship did. Valerie worked at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto for 43 years where she eventually retired as the Program Director of Perioperative Services. She was known for her distinct march up the hallways and her "eagle eyes." In her time at St. Michael's she earned the respect of her co-workers for her dedication to patient care and efficiency in OR practices. Through her work in various organizations she made lifelong friends around the world.

Valerie was a loving mother to Anthony (Brooke) Zellermeyer and Ashleigh (Mickey) Zellermeyer and a caring "Gamma" to Nathaniel and Elliott.

She will be dearly missed by her much-loved sister, June Sayers in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand; and she will be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Valerie was predeceased by her adored parents, Rita Mabel (née Warnock) and John Leonard Syms; step-mother, Margaret; brother, Athol Syms; sister, Beverley Syms; and brothers-in-law, Alan Sayers, Alex Zellermeyer and Herbert Harris.

Visitation will take place at Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON on Friday, April 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will take place at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 1513 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON on Saturday, April 27th at 11 a.m.

Flowers are welcome. Donations may be made to the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.


September 11, 193 7 April 19, 2014 We have missed your smile, your unique perspective and ability to see things that most people will never question or concern themselves with. Thank you for teaching us compassion for animals and the earth and for sharing the difficult realities of the world. The world is a better place because of your hard work - a life devoted to helping those who don't have a voice, or rights. Not many people would choose to work for the ethical treatment of animals, but it was your calling, your passion, your life work. We admire all that you did, the sacrifices you made, the challenges you faced. There is still much to be done, but you were a pioneer and made a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and for standing for something good.

"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem."

-A.A. Milne

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