Saturday, December 8, 2018
MARY JOAN AVERY (nee Candee)
Eighty-nine years of age, died in Toronto on December 7, 2018, ending a life well lived.
Predeceased by her parents, Charles Newton and Mary Doris (Wigglesworth) Candee; as well as her adored cats, Nibs, Violet, and Oliver. Joan is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Jim (Kerri), Anne (Jack) and Jane (John) Avery; grandchildren, Davis and Alice; as well as many friends.
Joan went to Branksome Hall and the University of Toronto and was a proud Alpha Phi Sorority member. After University, Joan spent time as an "Eyeball Girl" at the Hospital for Sick Children, later impressing her children with a glass eye in her jewelry box.
In 1956, Joan married Donald Kyle Avery and they raised three children together for 20 years.
She had a knack for real estate and decided to put it to use as a skilled agent and later Broker, spending thirty-five prosperous years in the industry working for Harry Bleasdale, Johnson and Daniel and Sadie Moranis.
Joan used her incredible style and love of colour as a talented decorator and needle-worker.
Her garden on Snowdon Avenue, the ultimate urban oasis, was featured on several garden tours and gave her years of pleasure and pride. A member of the Garden Club of Toronto, she cherished her time on the Archives Committee. Joan was an accomplished bridge player and loved her Duplicate Games at the Cricket Club. Travelling provided an opportunity to indulge these passions and see the wonders of the world.
Joaner, to her children and their friends, was a smart, strong, supportive woman with a great sense of fun and decided opinions.
She delighted in her two Famous Grouse scotches before dinner, and was happiest doing so in the company of her friends and family at the Nekabong Hunting and Fishing Club in Quebec, where she spent 75 years. There we shall celebrate Joan's life next summer and raise a glass in her honour.
We invite you to do the same.
PAMELA FOSTER BIGGS
Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in Toronto at the age of 99.
Predeceased by her loving husband, Richard Crawford.
Loving mother to her three sons, Richard (Ruth), Kenneth (the late Diane), and Jeffrey (Christine).
Proud Grammy to Stacey, Brooke, Sarah and Andrew. Cherished great-grandmother to Emma and Evin. Survived by her sister Christine Karn; predeceased by Eleanor "Bunty" Miller.
Pam enjoyed her tremendous network of friends, reveling in time spent with both family and friends. She had a rare gift of making others feel welcome and appreciated. An elegant, gracious woman with a delightful sense of humour, a master bridge player, artist and lover of crosswords and cryptic puzzles.
Our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude for the outstanding care at Amica Balmoral Club, Toronto throughout Pam's fourteen year residency.
A memorial service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.) on Thursday, December 13th, at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.
GILBERT STUART BENNETT
Gil Bennett died on November 29, 2018, he was 80 years old. He would not have been surprised. "I am not optimistic", he observed, when his doctors prescribed the course of treatment for the medical issue befalling him.
Gil is survived by his wife Audrey and their three children, Martha (Rob), Anne (Michael) and Jim (Lorna); grandchildren Erin, Myka, William, Lee and Kellen; sister Linda Fransen; sister-in-law Barb; brother-in-law Gordon; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and one rather badly trained Golden Retriever, whom Gil was lukewarm on at the best of times.
At the age of 13, this intelligent, yet decidedly mischievous northern Ontario boy decided he wanted to be a lawyer. There were some moments when that end seemed in doubt. Once, he was briefly expelled from high school.
At university, he was advised not to return to the University of Toronto's Victoria College residence for being a bit of a prankster. Fortunately, he found like-minded companions at a fraternity, and together they spent an evening filling Toronto's city hall fountain with laundry soap.
Gil's sister recalls her brother having just graduated in 1962 from Osgoode Hall Law School and grinning ear to ear as he announced he'd won an award for being the top student from Northern Ontario. "Of course, I was the only student from Northern Ontario," Gil told his family with his usual self-deprecating humour.
After practicing commercial law in Toronto from 1964 to 1979, Gil held senior management positions with a number of top corporations, including serving as CEO of Lundrigan's Comstock International, Canadair, Explosives Technologies International and Shieldings.
In the late 1980s, Gil was asked by the federal government of the day whether he had any interest in becoming head of Canada Post. He responded that he might consider the position if he could run the public institution like a business. After being told his common sense was perhaps too heavy a burden for Ottawa, Gil withdrew his candidacy.
Gil served as Chairman of the Board for Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd, FortisOntario Inc., Encal Energy Ltd., the Ontario Casino Corporation and Bracknell Corporation. He was a director on approximately 30 boards, including Discovery Air, Purolator Inc., The Consumers Gas Company, de Havilland Inc., Algoma Steel Inc., NAV CANADA, Air Nova Inc., Fortis Inc., Samuel Steel and Cablecasting Limited.
Early on, Gil judged that many corporate boards struggled with how directors could do their jobs properly. He saw it as his mission to help directors identify what their boards were legally and morally expected to do, and to make them more accountable in meeting their fiduciary obligations.
Gil also drafted board and committee job descriptions to explain better to directors exactly what their jobs were. He gradually found success in getting board job descriptions in place, including separate descriptions for board and committee chairs.
As his legacy, The Director's College, a corporate director education program from the Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, has handed out an annual Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award, presented to a graduate who, while coming near to the top of their class, also demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance.
Still, away from the boardroom, on squash and tennis courts, on golf courses or while fishing his favourite rivers in eastern Canada, Gil's friends and colleagues saw the bountiful generosity, kindness and sheer will that drove him forward. Of course, he could occasionally lose touch with his inner "Tiger," and launch a golf club or two into neighbouring forests.
Gil could always be counted on to be there and to give his best. He indelibly touched and influenced those around him, whether as a trusted and respected mentor, or just a friend. But most of all, as a father, Gil embodied integrity, and the notions of being content with being your own person, that any task was to be done to the best of your ability and that people are the most important part of life. Gil seemed genuinely surprised that his children wanted to spend most of their vacations with him. Modesty was a hallmark.
His family loved and adored him and will miss him greatly.
At Gil's request there will be no service. Should you wish to make a donation in his name, The Atlantic Salmon Federation (asf.ca) or the Alzheimer's Society of Canada (alzheimer.ca) would be potential options.
Arrangements entrusted to Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph, (519-824-0031). We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: http://www.gilchristchapel.com and they will be forwarded to the family.
BEVERLEY HELENE BRITZ
Age 89, surrounded by family peacefully passed away December 3, 2018. An exceptional woman leaves an indelible impression of how to live life. In Bev's own words she wrote: Thank you for all your love and support my darling daughters and superb sons.
Thank you for the special moments and precious memories my shining grandgirls and grandboys. To my dear brothers my deepest love and thanks for everything. To my extended family I was so lucky to have all of you and my marvellous in-laws and partners to my children. To my cherished and incomparable friends thanks for your wonderful company.
Good-bye to all the lucky men I've loved. My enduring love to that special man. How privileged I was to have been a citizen of two countries. Oh Canada glorious and free! God bless America! I enjoyed books, films, music, theatre and travel. And let's not forget the pleasures of wining and dining! I was a lifelong activist. My last words, Courage All! We can change the world! Don't lie, especially to yourself. "Tend your garden, Let it be, Love is all."
Heartfelt thanks from Bev's family to the Providence Manor staff in Kingston, ON who so tenderly cared for Bev. Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Shermont Condo Party Room at 650 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
ALDRED RALPH BIDINI "Fred"
The Bidini family wishes to acknowledge the passing of Alfred Ralph "Fred" Bidini this past Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Husband, father and devoted nonno, he was swept away peacefully with his family at his side, leaving behind a legacy of friendship, love, humour and stories from a seemingly endless well, told with a mile-wide smile.
In work, Fred was a Chartered Accountant before becoming a leading shopping centre developer across Ontario and around Canada, being the first to suggest developing Bayview Village into an enclosed mall.
In leisure, he was a righteous hunter of water-fowl and de facto environmentalist. He was a member of the Luther Marsh Hunting Retriever Club, and a Wolfe Island shooter, where he hunted with his grandsons alongside his dogs Claire and the two Gunners. His love of hunting was matched only by his love of sailing, leaving the shores of the Etobicoke Yacht Club every summer and into his 88th year in his longstanding CS-22. Fred made it his business, nay, his responsibility, to converse with whomever entered his orbit no matter the hour or circumstance, preserving a little bit from everyone he encountered. A selfconfessed "homer" sports fan, he attended the first ever Blue Jays game in April 1977, and was a voracious reader and curious traveler, flying around the country to hunt and returning to Italy several times to visit the Tuscan homeland. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; was predeceased by Ann Palermo; and leaves behind his daughter, Cathy; and son, Dave, as well as their partners and children. He believed in the idea of heaven on Earth, and would suggest we carry ourselves forward with this in mind.
Visitation will occur this Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m. at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel (2357 Bloor St W at Windermere, East of the Jane subway). Funeral celebration of life to be held in the Chapel on Monday, December 10th, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred's name to Swim Drink Fish at waterkeeper.ca/donate. Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
CAROLE JESSIE BOUZIDE (née Morrow)
We are heartbroken at the passing of our Mom, our Sito and Dad's biggest champion, Carole Jessie Bouzide. We are filled with gratitude to have shared a lifetime of love with her.
Carole passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on November 23, 2018, her daughter Michelle's birthday. Carole will be missed, more than she could ever know, by her husband Victor; her daughters Michelle and Cheryl; her grandsons Griffin and Jackson; and her sons-in-law Mitch Perkins and Mark McKee.
Carole was a positive force, with an immense flare for style. She was whip smart, unfailingly kind, gracious, generous, quietly elegant and curious about the world.
She was born in Winnipeg on April 8, 1938 and grew up in the west end as the only child of Molly and Dr. R.C. 'Doc' Morrow.
Carole trained as a Medical Laboratory Technician at St.
Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
She and Victor met in Toronto and moved to Windsor, where Carole worked at a private medical lab in Detroit's storied Fisher Building and the Medical Labs of Windsor.
She made many lifelong friends at 'the lab'. As with everything she did, Carole brought great integrity to her work.
Upon retirement, Carole started a new life in Vancouver with Victor and was the backbone behind the success of 'Nuba' restaurants'.
She spent her last years close to her daughters and grandsons in Toronto and was so happy to see the success of her daughter Michelle's restaurant, 'Little Sito'.
It's hard to conceive of life without Carole. She was a fundamental part of our lives.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Blondal, Dr.Hopfner, Nurse and the special team at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, for their extraordinary care and support for Carole and our family. Your kindness means more than you know.
At Carole's request, cremation has taken place and family and close friends gathered for a lovely dinner in her honour. Carole asked that if you care to make a donation to a charity of your choice, please do. We will host a Celebration of Carole's Life in Toronto, around the time of her birthday in early April. We will invite family and friends to join us.
We love you forever, Mom...Sito...
Carole. Sleep tight, sweet dreams.
HARVEY A. BUCKMASTER
April 8, 1929 November 28, 2018 BSc., MA, PhD, P.Phys., C.Phys., P.Eng.
Harvey was born in Calgary and died in Victoria. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his nephews Hunter (Connie), Peter; step-nephew Scott; step-nieces Michelle and Andrea, Judy; his cousins and their extended families. He was predeceased by his first wife, Pat Wood (1967).
Harvey received degrees at the University of Alberta, mathematics and physics (BSc. I Hon.50) and at the University of British Columbia, applied mathematics (MA 52) and experimental physics (Ph.D. 56).
His post doctoral fellowship took him to Cambridge University from where he returned to become a professor at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and an adjunct professor of the University of Victoria.
Gifted with a keen intellect and an endless sense of wonder and curiosity, he saw the natural world as full of mysteries to unravel and complex problems to be solved.
His combination of theoretical and experimental skills gave him a unique ability to function in both the academic and nonacademic worlds.
At the University of Calgary, he played leadership roles in TUCFA, academic pensions, salary negotiator, was an elected member of the Board of Governors, and received an induction into the Order of the University of Calgary. He was a founding member of Calgary CPAWS, and member and chair of Science Advisory Committee of the ECA which lead him to be a proponent for climate change long before it was fashionable. In his community he was President and played a leadership role in the Bankview redevelopment plan. He photographed and documented the graves of God's Acre Military Cemetery for Veteran's Affairs Canada, and was the compiler and editor of the 2014 edition of the Veterans Cemetery.
He also found time for the Arts and was a keen outdoorsman. Since he was 14, he spent as much time as possible hiking in his beloved Rocky and Purcell mountains.
He worked tirelessly for parks, particularly in the creation of Nose Hill Park. He shared a wonderful, loving, rich, fulfilling partnership with his wife Margaret for 50 years, particularly working together on their many projects.
The mountains have called and he has gone hiking.
A special thanks to his physicians, and the Victoria Hospice Palliative Care team and his caregiver and friend Roma.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society National Office, 506-250 City Centre Ave., Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7.
JOHN MILES FINCHAM
After an illness at The Scarborough Hospital Birchmount on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, John Miles Fincham, age 81 years, beloved husband of the late Bunny Fincham (Plunkie); devoted father of Lynda; brother of the late Herbert Fincham,; son of the late Harriet Miles Fincham and Fred Fincham.
Friends may call at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave E. at Midland, Scarborough. Visitation 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, December 9th. Funeral Service Monday, December 10th, 11a.m. followed by reception and interment at Highland Memory Gardens, North York. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bruce Trail Conservancy would be appreciated by the family.
ALICE JANE FORREST
87 of Alliston, Ontario,
passed away on November 26, 2018 peacefully in her sleep.
Alice was born February 1, 1931 in Toronto, Ontario to the loving parents of Norman and Margaret Chisholm. Alice had three sisters; Mary Oakes, Edith Birkett and Norma Chisholm (deceased), who shared a close bond with each other and cottage life on Gull Lake during childhood. That close sister bond never lessened.
Beloved wife to Donald Forrest who passed away on September 25, 2012. Loving mother to Bill (Heather), Susan (Ira), Jeff (Diana), Janis (Mark), Scott (Penny) and Sharon. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren: Matthew (Angela), Samantha (Layne), Ben, Liam, Rachel, Lauren, Jade, Maclaren, Lindsay, Jeff, Jillian and Jamie and great-grandmother to Stevie. Alice was a loving Aunt to the Birkett, Oakes and Kettle families.
Alice began her nursing career in 1952 at Sick Kids Hospital and met the love of her life, Don, at a youth group dance at Timothy Eaton. A week after meeting him she left to work as the sole nurse on Bella Bella island off the west coast. Don waited patiently for Alice, and when she returned home they married and raised six kids in Mississauga until they retired in Alliston and Florida.
Alice and Don were devoted parents and many of their fondest memories were with their children, siblings and their spouses and at the cottage with their extended family of nieces and nephews. Alice always had an aura of peace and contentment. Her greatest legacy is her strength, ease at which she laughed, compassion, kindness and unconditional love. She will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation
DAVID JOHN GEORGE FRENCH
A Life Well Lived We regret to announce the passing of David John George French. At age 75, David passed away peacefully in the presence of his children, sweetheart and a close friend on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Kingston General Hospital, following a long courageous battle with cancer.
Having grown up in Hamilton, David then studied as an electrical engineer and proceeded to become a patent lawyer. He went on to build a brilliant career in the world of inventions. He had an insatiable curiosity, a passionate intellect, a talent for challenging ideas, and never ceased to marvel at the world and it's science.
David enjoyed meeting people of all walks of life and will continue to inspire those he has touched.
He will lovingly be remembered by his children, Alexandre (Kate) and Geneviève (Alexandre); his grandchildren, Cléothilde, Simon, Élisa and Clovis; his sister, Sherry and her husband, Paul; his beloved Barbara, and so many wonderful friends, including his former wife, Michèle.
Your condolences can be shared online at http://www.cfo.coop.
KATHLEEN OLGA HALLER
Passed away at home in her 95th year on December 1, 2018. Born February 12, 1924 to Jean and Jim Wilson (deceased). Beloved wife of the late John (2000). Mother of Jim Haller (Kathy), Jeannie Haller and Joey Perry (late Grant 1990). Loving Gaga of Katie Reynolds (Darrin), Angie Hewick (Geoff), Jessica Gutowski (Adam), Kelly Stewart (Brent), Jacquelyne Hunt and Roberta Perry. Great Gaga of Matthew, Jack, Jayme, Ben, Diana, Noah, Sam, and Joey. Sister of the late Jim Wilson (Audrey) and sister-in-law to Hedy and Steve Haller.
Olga left a teaching career in Pickering to raise her three children. Mom was an avid reader, quilter and bridge player. She was a member of the Quilters Guild in King City, and the King Crafters for many years. As her eyesight failed she joined Probus, and the CNIB Book Club. To continue with her passion for reading, Mom switched to audio books, and could be found listening to them constantly. Mom and Dad spent many summers at their cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka for over 50 years.
A special thank you to her caregiver John D'Amata for his excellent care and friendship over the past eight years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at La Joie Restaurant at 15570 Yonge St., Aurora, Ontario, on Sunday February 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Spring Interment at Foot's Bay Cemetery, Muskoka.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation.
ROSE MARIE HARROP
We're sad to announce the death of Rose Marie Harrop, on November 29, 2018, in Calgary.
For more info re Toronto Celebration of Life, check rosemarieharrop.ca.
MARION WILSON HOLTON
February 3, 1944 December 6, 2018 It is with great sadness that the family of Marion announces her passing three short weeks after the loss of her soul mate Bill. She died of a broken heart.
Marion is survived by her children, Margie (Gord) Davidson, Bill (Anne) and Patsi (Mark) Hunter; her grandchildren, Emily (Brian), Elizabeth, Allie, James, Clare, Will, Kate, David, John, Thomas, Daniel and Laura; her sister, Bunnie (Don) Hunter; and her sister-in-law, Gail (Larry Miller) Thomson. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and good friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Bebe (nee Southam) and Jimmy Thomson; and her brother, Jim.
Marion was a rock in the family; always there, kind, supporting, loving and a great Mom. Georgian Bay was close to Mom's heart and a place she enjoyed with Dad, family and friends.
A celebration of Marion's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Tamahaac Club, 180 Filman Road, Ancaster. Marion will be laid to rest privately at Burlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marion's memory may be made to Diabetes Canada.
ELEANOR DOUGLAS MCDOUGALL
Peacefully on December 1, 2018 at Cawthra Gardens after suffering for a decade with Alzheimer's disease. Cherished wife of 58 years of Hugh and beloved mother of Elizabeth (Patrick Kay), Mary Anne (Mark Sucharda), Brian (Karie) and Peter (Wendy). Loving Nana to nine grandchildren: Stephanie and Lauren Kay, Erin and Paul Sucharda, Meghan, Kelsey and Greg McDougall, Hugh and Nolan McDougall.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Eleanor's life will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Weston Golf & CC, 50 St. Phillips Rd., Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto or to Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.
Please visit our Book of Memories at http://www.wardfuneralhome.com.
GLENYS (DEE) MCALPINE (née Gibson)
It is with great sadness that the family of Glenys McAlpine announce her passing on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Beloved and devoted wife and life partner of Charles Lockhart McAlpine. Loved mother to Lisa (Ron Schwass) and Andy (Carolyn Third). Proud Granny to Alex, Charlotte and Chloe. She loved each of the family's six Springer Spaniels over the years and more recently Foxy, in Grand Cayman.
Glenys was a beautiful and vibrant force of light and happiness to her many friends and extended family of cousins. She grew up in Stratford, Ontario and worked summers in Muskoka where she met her husband of 60 years, Charles.
They began their life together studying at the University of Western Ontario and moved to Toronto in 1960 where they were long-time residents in Hogg's Hollow. In 1966, they purchased a large tract of land on Lake Rosseau where they built a magnificent home on the shores of Skeleton Bay. Over the last 15 years they managed to live half the year on the Lake which was their cherished peaceful spot of nature and beauty.
An accomplished painter, Glenys was constantly sketching and painting nature as she observed it, whether it was in The Valley, Muskoka, Sandestin, or Grand Cayman, her favourite places to be. She leaves behind many groups of friends and family in each of these places where she would swim, golf and paint.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Kristy Wasson for her unbelievably compassionate care during the past year and Dr. Shady Ashamalla and all the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at Sunnybrook and the Odette Cancer Centre, who treated and cared for Glenys with compassion, affection and focus.
Private cremation has occurred and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. If desired and as an expression of sympathy, please consider making a donation to the Muskoka Conservancy, www.
muskokaconservancy.org, in Glenys McAlpine's name. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
EDWARD ALEC MCNEILL
September 30, 1941 November 21, 2018 Ed was predeceased by his parents, N. John and Mary (Ballachey) McNeill. Dearly loved brother of Gary (Pat), Bill (Brenda) and Margie (Peter Kelly). He will be missed by his companion Gene and loving friend for life Marilyn. Ed followed the lives of his nieces and nephews, Kristi (Oliver), Gord (Celeste), Katie (Ben), Tom (Lindsay), Sheila (Geoff) and Mary (Josh), with great interest and loved getting to know their children Addison, Ben, Fergus, Gracie May and Jack.
Ed loved history, especially family history, and was a wealth of information on any topic. We will all miss him.
Our family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and other staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Sunnybrook Campus) and Sunnybrook Veterans Centre ~ K-Wing for their outstanding care during Ed's illness. We greatly appreciate all of their kindness and concern.
In keeping with Ed's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of Ed's life will be held at a later date.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.
REVD. PETER A.H. MEGGS
1925 - 2018
The Revd. Peter A.H. Meggs completed the earthly part of his journey through eternal life in Montréal on December 2, 2018, at the age of 93. He was the loving husband of the late Kathleen Herron Meggs. Together they were parents of Geoff (Jan O'Brien), Anne Michèle (feu JeanGuy Gauvin), and Paul (Cathryn Clarke); grandparents of Caitlin, Claire, Alexandrine, Karine, Thomas, Lukas and Levi; and great-grandparents of Léa, Chloé, Matthew, Sabastien and Félix (born November 23, 2018).
Peter began his marriage to Kathleen and his broadcasting career in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, in 1948, and joined CBC in Toronto the following year. He left CBC in 1961 to study theology at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Québec.
In 1963, he was appointed Assistant Rector of St. Matthew's Church, Ottawa, where he was ordained priest on March 17, 1964.
In 1964, he moved to Toronto as Director of Communications for the Anglican Church of Canada.
During this time, he also served as priest at the convent of the Sisters of St. John the Divine, assisted in various parishes and hosted a weekly CBC network radio series called Concern. He eventually returned full-time to CBC as national director of English radio.
In 1976, he and Kay moved back to Ottawa where Peter took on the title of Vice-President of Audience Relations at CBC head office. Peter touched deeply the lives of every person he met, with his humour and his always attentive ear. He was a great ecumenist, fascinated by all forms of spirituality and their influence in the world, participating, with his beloved Kathleen, in Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim Dialogues. Their kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity were without limit and set the bar high for all who follow in their footsteps.
A memorial eucharist will be held at St. Matthew's Church, 217 First Avenue, Ottawa on January 26, at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.
Donations in Peter's memory may be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (http:// fo u n d a t i o n . o t t a w a h e a r t . c a / ways-give/donate-now), the Performing Arts Lodge, Vancouver (http://palvancouver.org), or the Sisters of St. John the Divine (http://www.ssjd.ca).
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CARL REGINALD MOREY
Toronto, July 14, 1934 Toronto, December 3, 2018 Son of Reginald and Julia Beatrice (Mabey) Morey; predeceased by younger brother, Paul (2000).
Carl Morey was educated in Toronto at McMurrich Public School, Oakwood Collegiate Institute, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the University of Toronto. He received a PhD from Indiana University, where he studied closely with Willi Apel and with Paul Nettl, whose assistant he was. He taught at Wayne State University and the University of Windsor, and, in summer, at Monteith College, the Colorado College of the Arts, and Indiana University. In 1970, he joined the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he remained until retirement in 2000; he held the Jean A.
Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music 1991-2000, and served as Dean 1984-90.
Remembered by his beloved daughter, Rachel and by Emma Whitehead; and by friends, colleagues and former students.
He passed away after a long illness and choosing MAiD.
There will be no ceremonies.
SARA HELEN MILLER
With heavy hearts we mourn the loss of our dear daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt and niece, Sara. She was gifted to us for only 32 years. She was the light of our lives. Sara loved the challenge of creating with words, dance and acting on stage or in film. She loved nature; a love that developed growing up outside Winnipeg, MB in a forest of Basswood trees. Nothing made her happier than hiking in the mountains with her friends.
Sara completed the Film Studies program at Ryerson and attended University of Toronto. She was an avid yoga practitioner and travelled to India to study the teaching of yoga.
Sara was predeceased by her father Arthur Miller in 1997. She is survived by her mother Donna Kuppers; stepdad Bruce Kuppers; brothers Michael Plunkett of Chatham, Ontario and Patrick (Lynne) Plunkett; nephew Seamus Plunkett of Winnipeg, Manitoba; niece Jane Bradbury; grandparents Inez and Irvine Striemer of Winnipeg, MB; "sister" Amy Striemer of Montreal; sister" Kate Zimmerman of Toronto and "brother" Mark Striemer of Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Sara loved animals, cared deeply about the environment and volunteered her time supporting underprivileged girls.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in London, Ontario.
The family greatly appreciates the help of Sara's friends and extended family in Vancouver and the help and support of Detective Raymond Payette of Vancouver.
Arrangements entrusted to Kearney Funeral Services, Vancouver, B.C.
ANGELA JANE PARKER
February 24, 1959 November 30, 2018 After a very short and particularly brutal second round with cancer Jane died November 30, 2018.
A talented and award-winning jewellery designer, Jane was known for her whimsical creations.
Her October 30, 2018, diagnosis of uterine cancer was a surprise, as was the speed at which the disease progressed. Surrounded by those she loved, and with her daughter Sarah by her side, Jane died peacefully on November 30, 2018. She is survived by Simon (husband), Sarah (daughter), Doris (mother), Reg (brother), in-laws, nieces, nephews, and innumerable friends.
A celebration of life will follow on Bowen Island on January 5, 2019, which would have been her 39th wedding anniversary.
In memory of Jane, a scholarship for Canadian jewellery design students will be established.
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BLAIR ROBERT BLAIKIE PATERSON
Died peacefully December 7, 2018 aged 87, in Nerja, Spain, his home for more almost 45 years. Beloved father of Andrew Savigny Paterson and Reed Alexander Donald Paterson. Fondly remembered younger brother of Norman Reed Paterson.
Predeceased by Nancy (Moscrop) Paterson. his adored wife for 62 years, and by brothers, Hugh Blaikie Paterson and Christopher Blaikie Paterson.
Successful advertising executive in Toronto and, later, founder/manager of the Club de Tenis Andaluz.
Known locally as a bon vivant, Blair will be remembered for his mischievness, his irreverence, his love of quality prose and his courage in adversity. An interment ceremony will be held in Nerja Sunday, December 9.
MILTON STANLEY ORRIS
October 10, 193 2 - November 28, 2018 It is with a strong sense of gratitude that we are recognizing the special impact that Milton Stanley Orris had on the world and the people around him. Milton passed away suddenly of a heart attack on November 28, 2018, after 86 years of living life to its fullest. Always active in his community and in causes important to him, he was driving himself to his Rotary Club meeting in Penticton, BC. His family and his friends are so grateful for the time we were privileged to spend with him and we will miss his enthusiasm, caring and intense desire to help and share himself with others. From his birth in Winnipeg on October 10, 1932 until his last days in 2018, he never stopped building connections with others, whether his family, his friends, a waiter in a restaurant or a homeless person on the street.
Milton had too many careers and impacted too many people to recount them all here, but he was a tremendous presence and influence on all manner of organizations and people. He spent his formative years in Grand Forks, BC, where his parents owned the local newspaper. This spawned his first career, working in the newspaper industry honing his lifelong skill as a great writer, crossword genius and Scrabble expert. It was also the site of his first marriage, to Olive Eek. Through his life he maintained his connections to Grand Forks, frequently visiting and being a big part of his sister Dawn's life and her family's, including his niece Kelly, and Kelly's children Spencer and Carley.
He followed his newspaper life by directing Camp Easter Seal for disabled kids and that began a lifelong pattern of helping those less fortunate than himself. That is where he met Yvonne MacKinnon, who became his second wife and mother of his first two boys. After starting graduate school in Saskatchewan, the birth of Loron in 1963, a year in Rasulia, India, and the birth of Jay in 1965, he moved to London, Ontario for a job at Fanshawe College.
From there it was on to the University of Toronto where he developed the midwifery course and taught health care administration, a passion that was a pillar of the rest of his life.
Toronto also was where he met his third wife, Diana Bennett and gained two more sons, Matthew and Cameron Scrivens. It was the site of his ten-year long tenure as a Dean at Ryerson, where he redefined what Continuing Education meant in an urban location. Under his tenure the department grew from a sleepy outpost of Ryerson Technical College to a central part of Ryerson University's mission and financial model. While in Toronto he also began his 40-year association with the Canadian Association Of University Continuing Education and began his Long Term Health Care certificate program and his course in Loss, Grief and Growth. During this time he reconnected with the Unitarian Church and became a Chaplain. Milton loved to be part of peoples' significant days, to "marry, bury and name", regardless of religious affiliation or gender. A highlight was to officiate for his son Cameron's wedding."
As his sons finished university and began to move around the world (Japan, Hong Kong, and two in New York), Milton moved on to the next phase of his life. He transitioned to consulting and into the life of Marilynn Booth and her children Kristen, Kylie and Rob.
With the birth of his grandchildren, Luke (2002), Ryan (2004) and Olivia and Matthew (2007), Milton found new people to share his love with. For Milton, being a grandparent was one of life's peak experiences. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, endeavouring to be the best grandfather that he could be. He enthusiastically embraced this new role and loved to talk about his grandchildren with any and all. Milton was always excited to see them, care for them and be a role model, sharing his spirit and wisdom with them.
In 2006, he welcomed Ruth Campbell and her daughter Allison into his life.
During these past twelve years in particular, Milton spent a good part of his time traveling around the globe to visit or travel with his sons, spending as much time as humanly possible with them and their families. His move back to the Okanagan Valley to be with Ruth gave him the opportunity to connect back to his roots and share his positive view on life with new communities.
We all have been incredibly blessed to be part of Milton's life over his 86 incredible years. His light will continue to guide us through the rest of our lives. He truly was a larger than life figure and it is impossible to overstate the impact he had on his family, his friends, his colleagues, and even the strangers around him. His genuine desire to make things better for all people, to help anyone and everyone around him, to have a positive impact on any issue or injustice he saw, will continue to inspire us for the rest of our lives.
There are more dimensions to Milton than can be expressed in any statement, so please remember him in whatever way he came to you, as a professor, a friend, a colleague, an athlete, a world traveler (more than 50 countries), a mentor, a community member, or a stranger. He will be missed by his complete extended family, but especially by his partner Ruth, his sons Loron, Jay, Matthew, Cameron, their wives Christy and Tracy, and his four grandchildren Luke, Ryan, Olivia and Matthew.
A Celebration of Milton's life will take place Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main St, Penticton, BC.
If you wish to offer a gift to honour Milton, please consider donating to the legacy endowment fund set up in his honour at the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Foundation. This fund will exist in perpetuity to support programs for youth mental wellness in our region. Donations will receive a tax receipt.
BARBARA JEAN PRITCHARD-FEAR
December 26, 1931November 30, 2018 In her 87th year, God called Barbara home on November 30, 2018 where she passed peacefully at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Devoted mother of Heather (Douglas) and his loving wife Janet, of Bath, ON, beloved Great-Grandmother of Victoria and Nicholas, whom she cherished; she was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Gladys Pritchard (nee Flanagan) of Newmarket; and her brother, Jack, of Burlington. Interment will be a private family service in Queensville, ON. The family wishes to specifically thank Deacon John Morrison for his gentle and loving spiritual care. Memorial donations may be made by cheque or credit card in her memory to Doctors Without Border (MSF) and Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. Online condolences at http://www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com.
ROBERT TUDOR PEMBERTON
September 20, 1937 December 2, 2018 Surrounded by family, Bob passed away peacefully and gently at Markham Stouffville Hospital, December 2, 2018. Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Colleague, Teacher, and Coach.
Bob is survived by, and lives on in, his children, A. Robert T.Pemberton (Lori A. Reeve) and Lori L. Tindall (Ted Tindall); his precious grandchildren, Megan M. Tindall (Spencer Scott) and Connor J. T. Pemberton; his brother, John T. Pemberton (Primrose Pemberton); sister, Deborah W. T. Law (Douglas Law); and their extended families. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carol Joyce Pemberton (nee Norton).
Bob will be remembered for his curiosity, sharp mind, integrity, warped sense of humour, big heart and home full of hospitality by his Earl Haig mates, colleagues from Griffiths Laboratories, former staff and students at St. Andrew's Junior High School, neighbours, friends and adoring family.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all the health care team members at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Markham Stouffville Hospital for the tremendous care they provided over the past several weeks.
A celebration of Bob's life will be hosted by the family at DixonGarland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North, Markham, on Friday, December 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. Please bring your best memories and stories to share. After a period of healing, the family will hold a private interment ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
With heavy hearts we announce the death of Joseph Polzer at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia on Saturday, November 17 2018. Joe died with his wife Kathleen and stepson Andy by his side.
Born to Mirrha (née Cheiffetz) and Karl Polzer in Vienna, Austria on May 7, 1929 Joe's childhood took a difficult turn in 1938 when Nazi Germany annexed Austria. Forced to flee Austria for their safety, Joe's family spent the next three years in France where they suffered great privation that ended with their escape to the United States. Their arrival in New York City occurred the week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
At the age of fifteen, Joe graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York. After that Joe attended two midwestern universities for his undergraduate studies and was awarded a doctorate in art history from New York University. Joe was also a Fulbright Scholar.
Joe taught as a professor of art history at the University of Louisville (Kentucky), Queen's University in Kingston and the University of Calgary, retiring in 2003. In his retirement Joe continued to publlsh scholarly papers, working diligently until the very last days of his life to add to the shared body of knowledge of late medieval Italian art. Until the end of his life, Joe was a passionate and committed art historian.
Joe is survived by his wife, Kathleen; and his five children and their spouses, Karl (Jane), Natalie, Ben (Karen), Melanie (Mark), and Jessica; as well as three step-children, Neil (Karen), Andy and Jane (Tim); seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Joe was predeceased by his first wife Julie in 1991.
JULIE MEGGAN SADLER
Peacefully with her family at her side, Julie Meggan Sadler (Clune), age 37, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018 in Indiana, Pennsylvania as a result of cancer.
Born July 14, 1981 in Toronto, ON Canada, Julie grew up in Orillia, Ontario and was a graduate of ODCVI. She later graduated from Elmira College in Elmira, NY where she met and fell in love with her husband, Ben.
Julie was a beloved member of the Elmira Soaring Eagles NCAA hockey team and the NCAA woman's field lacrosse team. She continued her love of sport in Indiana where she was a founding member and a beloved player of the Women's Flag Football League. It was her idea and passion that led to the creation of the Youth League. Julie put as much effort into her work as she did her sports - taking great pride throughout her career.
Julie's greatest gift was her dedication and enthusiasm for her children, Charlotte and James.
As precious as they were to Julie, so was she to them - they were loved and treasured - and they knew it. Julie brought her beautiful smile, caring and considerate nature, and boundless energy to every thing she did. She leaves good friends and teammates in so many communities in Canada and the United States. She will be sorely missed for her ability to bring family and friends together.
Julie was the darling daughter of Kelly Clune and Donald Clune (Peggy Hornell), and the beloved wife and college sweetheart of Ben, loving and devoted mother of Charlotte and James. She was a best friend and sister to Jacquie (Clune) Lang and her husband, Tim; Jeffrey Clune; and Jordon Clune and his fiancée, Grace Lassak. She was a devoted and magical aunt to Nathaniel, Bennett and Allie Lang; Brian, Paisley and Bradley Clune. Julie was the cherished granddaughter of Sally Blaney and Anne Clune, and remarkable niece of Karen Bell (larry), Brad Blaney, Patricia Clune, Beth Clune, Frances Fraumeni (Paul), Barb Cook (Brian), Tom Clune (Anne Marie) and Sarah Darroch (Rae Thurston). Julie was the treasured daughter-in-law of Debbie and James Sadler, loving sister-in-law to Jeremy Sadler and his wife, Kate Hamilton and special aunt of Miles Sadler.
Julie will be deeply missed by her many cousins, Duncan and Cameron McIlroy; Brian and Carly McCarthy; Glenna and Sam Fraumeni; Richard, Matthew and Ben Clune; William Darroch; Candace, Caroline and Kyle Blaney; and Andrew, Spencer and Evan Bell. She will be dearly missed by her loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Don Clune and Jim Blaney; her grandparentsin-law, James and Mariam Sadler; and her dear cousin, Nicholas Fraumeni.
Julies' family is extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the love and support they have been shown over the past months.
A celebration of her beautiful life will be held Saturday, January 12 in Indiana, PA at The Hilton Gardens at IUP and Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Toronto, ON at Maple Leaf Gardens (Alumni Lounge, Mattamy Athletic Centre). Bring your skates! There will also be an event at the Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street West, Sunday, December 9th, from 3- 6 p.m., an informal gathering of friends with music by her uncles and cousins, The Family Jewels.
MARY HARWOOD SHERWOOD
1921 - 2018
Mary passed away in Ottawa on December 3, 2018. She was born in Iquique, Chile, the second daughter of British expatriates Philip Harwood Clarke and Beatrice Mary (Jenkins) Clarke. Mary enjoyed a pleasant and carefree childhood in Iquique, where her father was manager of some nitrate mines. When she was ten, the family moved to Santiago, and Mary attended Santiago College.
In early 1942, Mary and her sister Estelle took a long, perilous sea journey to the United Kingdom to join the Royal Navy Wrens. Mary served in London and Dover after receiving her commission and then volunteered for overseas service in Colombo, Ceylon. It was there in June 1944 that she met the late Lt.Cdr. Fred Sherwood RCNVR of Ottawa, who was in command of an RN submarine. The relationship flourished, and they married in 1946. The couple eventually settled in Ottawa where they raised their family.
Mary was blessed with a warm, good-natured, and unpretentious personality.
She is remembered as a devoted and kind wife, a loving mother, a compassionate aunt, a doting grandmother, and a gentle great-grandmother.
Predeceased by her parents; her husband Fred; and her sisters Betty, Estelle, and Dorothy. Mary is survived by her children: Marion, Philip, and Tim (Mary Jane); grandchildren Toby (Zoe) and Susannah (Ben); and greatgrandchildren Rufus, Byron, Everly, and Clementine.
Our family is deeply grateful to the caregivers of Champlain LHIN and especially to the staff of The Edinburgh Retirement Residence for their consistent kindness and high level of care to Mary and Fred over the past fifteen years.
Memorial service to be held at The Church of St.
Bartholomew, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa, at 11.00 a.m.
on Friday, January 18. Light refreshments will be served in the Church hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.
Condolences/Tributes/ Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry http://www.hpmcgarry.ca 613-233- 1143
JOHN ROXBURGH SMITH
John was born November 10, 1936 in London Ontario to Mildred and Hector Smith. Predeceased by his brother Garnet (Betty Smith).
He died at the Hamilton General Hospital on December 6, 2018.
He attended Hillfield College, Hamilton Teacher's College, and McMaster University. He served as an alderman for Hamilton during two different periods in his life, and from 1967-1977 he was the Conservative MPP for Hamilton Mountain. He was also Minister of Correctional Services and Minister of Government Services. For four years he sat on the Immigration Refugee Board of Canada.
His last quest in life was to convince the Provincial Government to replace the statue of Chief Tecumseh in the lobby of Queen's Park.
During the exodus of refugees from Vietnam, he invited a small group of friends to form a federally registered charity known as The Mountain Fund To Help The Boat People. Over a period of fourteen years, the group brought hundreds of Vietnamese men, women, and children to Canada. In John's final days they came from everywhere to hold his hand.
Late in life John was Ordained into the Reformed Episcopal Church (Anglican). He served as Rector of St. George's Hamilton for ten years and remained as Archdeacon. He lived his life according to a firm belief in the Gospel message.
John leaves to mourn his wife of forty-two years, Judy (Pollard) Smith; their three children and four grandchildren: Hayley and Isaac Post and their children Edwina and Hamish of Alexandria Virginia, Drew and Elizabeth Smith and their children Charlotte and Lucia of Burlington, John (Jock) Smith and his wife Ashley Robinson of Hamilton. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, including Susan and Roy Smith of Kanata, and Murray and Maureen Smith of Constance Bay. Jan (Pollard) Rowe and Rob Rowe of Kingston will miss him, as will Brian and Gail Pollard of Spain.
Funeral services will be held at Apostolic Holiness Church, 40 Empress Ave, Hamilton, on Thursday December 13th, at 2:00 p.m. Thank you to our friends at Apostolic Holiness for lending us their sanctuary.
Our sincere thanks to the Rev'd.
Paul Luth and the Rev'd. Dr. John Ferns, and to the wonderful staff in Cardiac Care at the Hamilton General Hospital.
If you so wish, donations may be made to St. George's Church at 134 Emerson Street, Hamilton, ON, L8S 2X8, or to a charity of your choosing.
WYNDHAM A. STROVER
Passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on November 25, 2018 with his stepdaughter, Lynne-Marie Casgrain (Julius Grey) and his step-grandson, Alex Grey, by his side.
Wyndham was predeceased by his parents, Wyndham George Strover and Mildred (Evans) Strover; his first wife, Alice (Gillmor) Strover; his loving partner, Marie-Claire Kirkland; his siblings, Miles Strover and Elizabeth (Strover) Price; and his close cousins, Douglas Johnston and Phyllis (Johnston) Housez. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Annette Strover; his nephews, Jonathan Price, Miles Price, and Antony Strover; his nieces, Elizabeth (Price) McCrudden and Sally (Strover) N o r t h ; a s w e l l as his dear cousin, David Miles Johnston; stepgrandchildren, Charles Grey and Genevieve Grey; and many cousins and relatives.
Wyndham was a veteran of WWII, an accomplished lawyer, and worked tirelessly at the Department of Veteran's Affairs as a Pension Advocate in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was a gentle, intelligent and elegant man, a Mason, a sailor, a golfer, a private champion of Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and always a "veteran at heart."
ELIZABETH LAUREN TOON
A brilliant and complicated woman.
Born in St. Mary's Township, ON November 1, 1944. Died in Toronto December 5, 2018. Predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Toon (stepmother, Gayle) and Elizabeth (nee Hefford); stepfather, William G. Wilson; and her beloved brother, Garry Toon (Karyn).
Mother of Maryrose Coleman (Ross Halloran), Robert Coleman (Christie Sondergaard) and Emily Rea. Auntie to Robert, Joanne, Danny Mae and Geordie Toon.
Beloved Nan to James Rea, Chloe (Jonathan Marcella) and Rachel Verner, Riley, Rebecca and Jonathan Coleman. Nan had a special relationship with her stepdaughter, Kali Coleman (Andy Burston), their daughter, Lucy Burston and Kali's mother, Sarah Miller; as well as her "new" granddaughters, Jackie (Peek Freans) and Samantha Halloran Cooper.
Twice married, first to the poet Victor Coleman (Kate Van Dusen) with whom she had her three children, and then to engineer and musician David MacKenzie, who predeceased her. Elizabeth forged special bonds with Victor's sisters, Liz Amer, Alice Coleman, and especially Muriel Coleman (Ray Cooper) with whom she shared her love for sewing.
An artist, philosopher and poet, Liz (aka Nan) was involved in many artistic endeavours throughout her life. Graduating from Thistletown Collegiate and later George Brown, Liz worked at Canada Post for years before leaving due to health issues. She worked for a number of years at the Harbour Castle Hotel as a seamstress and as the supervisor of linens and uniforms. She spent many years helping her children raise their children and forging a special bond with all of her grandchildren who fondly recall "Stories with Nan".
Nan celebrated creativity and was a passionate watercolour artist and seamstress, creating doll clothes and costumes for her grandchildren, one of a kind dolls sold under the label "A Very Nice Doll" and wonderful needlepoint canvases of special places such as the family cottage on Belmont Lake. She was involved with the Workman Theatre Project at CAMH where she exhibited her watercolours and these were also shown at several galleries in Toronto over the years. Her watercolours were also featured in a group show at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
In her younger days, Elizabeth was actively involved with The Bohemian Embassy, part of the emerging Toronto poetry and art scene. Rekindling her love of poetry and the written word at the Salon at the Saloon, she would delight audiences with her spoken word poems. Liz touched many lives and left each person enriched for knowing her.
Liz had a special relationship with Jesus and it was through his spiritual leadership that she found salvation in the difficult times and joy in the happier ones. She would often sing gospel songs and recite the Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Special thanks to Kristal Lewis MSW, Dr. Yee Ung and the team at Odette Cancer Centre. Thank you to the Palliative Care Team at Sunnybrook Hospital, most especially the nurses who cared for mom with compassion, dignity and grace in her last weeks.
There will be a Celebration of Life held Saturday, December 15th from 1-4 p.m. at 111 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto main floor party room.
Paid parking available.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Workman Arts, Sunnybrook Palliative Care or Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated.
GARY VINCENT ALBERT TRAER
Died peacefully on December 6, 2018, two days before his 66th birthday. Beloved husband of Anna; adored father of Matthew (Casey Henderson), Stephanie (Ryan Amaral), Michael (Julia Kolesnik); cherished grandpa of Aiden and Emma; devoted son of Lillian Kane and Vincent (predeceased); proud brother of Robert (predeceased), Richard (Francine Langteigne), Joy (Chris Dooley) and Janet (Dale Dickson) and special uncle of nephews and nieces. Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Gary was born in Chatham (now Miramichi), New Brunswick on December 8, 1952. His family moved to Pembroke, Ontario when he was 6 years old where he formed lasting friendships.
He obtained his Bachelor of Business Management and Certified Management Accountant designations in Toronto where he met his future wife Anna. Gary and Anna recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary.
Together they enjoyed travelling, jogging, cottage living and golfing. Gary was an avid curler and received Curling Canada's 8 Ender Award. Gary loved spending time with his children and accompanied them to their various sports activities. Gary was enthusiastically involved as Manager for Matt's various hockey teams travelling throughout Ontario for tournaments. Gary derived great joy from his grandson Aiden, especially picking him up from day care and being greeted with overly enthusiastic screams of joy. Gary spent countless hours visiting with his grandchildren and they will always have fond memories of their grandpa reading to them, playing with them and entertaining them.
Gary will be remembered for his unique sense of humour, style and wit. His outstanding memory for detail was amazing and he spent countless hours recounting stories with family and friends.
He loved the small things in life while sharing his zest for living.
Gary spent many summers at the Traer family cottage along the Miramichi River and at their log cottage at Round Lake.
Friends may call at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2055 Bloor St. W. at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at Park Lawn Cemetery. A reception will follow immediately after at Lambton Golf & Country Club, 100 Scarlett Road.
JOAN K. SKELTON
December 10, 1998 Loving wife to Eddie, great mom to Don and Pam, wonderful friend to all who met her. Joan was a true example of her generation, kind and giving to the end.
GEORGE WILLIAM WATSON
May 31, 1947 - November 30, 2018
Watson, George William of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully at Foothills Medical Centre on the morning of November 30, 2018, at the age of 71.
The oldest child of Grant and Janke (Jenny) Watson, George was born on May 31, 1947, in Leamington, Ontario where he grew up on a 100-acre working dairy farm in Wheatley with his five surviving siblings: Howard, Dwight, Harold, Sonya and Roger. George always excelled with numbers and graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (1970) and an MBA (1972), an AMP from Harvard University, and completed the Stanford University's Director program.
While George's education and career were always at the forefront, his most important achievement at school was his courtship of Sheila at Queen's University, culminating in marriage on April 29, 1972. George and Sheila shared the last 48 years together, creating a family legacy George was immensely proud of, bringing three children, Eric (Kim - nee Sullivan), Tara (David) Ramsden-Wood, and Scott (Beth - nee Silliman); and seven grandchildren, Ella, Ben, Katelyn, Andrew, Georgia, Abigail and Rebecca into the world. In recent years, George took great joy in observing his grandchildren from his favourite chair, never missing an opportunity to tease them or capture one in the grip of his legs. George's distinct laugh, his slow walk hobbled by multiple hip replacements, his unfiltered honesty/ opinions, his generous 3 ft. personal gimmes on the golf course that allowed him to keep pace with Sheila, and his understated but ever-present love will be deeply missed and always treasured by his family.
In work as in life, George was fiercely driven and competitive, always striving to succeed. George started his career in banking with CIBC in Toronto, where amongst other duties, he had responsibility for the Dome Petroleum account. Liking what they saw in the talented young man, Dome hired George away from CIBC as the Vice President of Finance in 1981 where he assumed responsibility for Dome's restructuring effort, one of the largest in Canadian history at the time. In 1988, concurrent with Amoco's purchase of Dome, George assumed the role of Treasurer of Amoco Canada. Facing the prospect of moving his family away from Calgary, George left Amoco for the role of President and CEO of Intensity Resources. His tenure at Intensity was short-lived as George would accept the role of CFO for TransCanada Pipelines (June 1990) and later be promoted to President and CEO (March 1993 to July 1999) at only 45 years of age. The TransCanada role had an enduring impact on George's career, personal life and health, but with no regrets.
After TransCanada, George would go on to co-found a company with his oldest son Eric. The company was merged into what is now Critical Control Energy Services Corp. where George served as CEO from 2002 to 2007, and Chairman from 2007 to June 2018. Throughout the years, George served numerous directorship and advisory roles for a myriad of companies and non-profit associations. Some of the most prominent include: Conference Board of Canada, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Canadian Energy Pipelines Association, Queen's University, Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), TransCanada Pipelines, Teekay LNG Partners LP, Puget Energy and TD Bank.
George will be remembered as both giving and frugal. He was an active fundraiser and contributor to Queen's University and many other charitable causes. George was also extremely giving of his time, often spending hours at the Bow Valley Club chatting with/mentoring strangers seeking insight into his thoughts and experiences. George's impact on the energy industry in Canada, and to those who knew him, was broad and deep. His contributions to the many he mentored and influenced will live on forever. George also didn't miss a chance to save a buck (or two). Throughout his entire career, George would religiously pack and bring his own brown bagged lunch to work every day because he thought eating out was wasteful. Rooted in his upbringing, George always lived modestly and well within his means.
In his prominent years, George did everything with great ferocity and determination both in and out of work. He enjoyed battles on the squash court (until his hips began to fail him in his 40's) and was renowned for his daily 1-hour workout on the stair machine at the Bow Valley Club. Despite his unorthodox swing that he attributed to his bad hips, George enjoyed playing golf which he undertook almost exclusively with his family over the past 20 years at the Calgary Golf & CC, Fairmont Hot Springs and the South Okanagan. In recent years, George even started to enjoy leisure travel with Sheila, something he had little time for during his prime working years. Trips to New Zealand, South Africa and Hawaii were recent highlights.
Time softened George and he became more patient, giving and compassionate. While he was never one to express his feelings verbally, his love for his family was evident in his actions and his smile. His body may have failed him, but his spirit lives on through all of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. We love you George.
The family would like to thank the wonderful care provided by Home Care Assistance. A celebration of George's life will be held at 4 p.m. on January 2, 2019 at the Calgary Golf & Country Club. Given that George was well known for his colourful knee high socks that he adorned on (and regrettably off) the golf course, we ask that you consider honouring him by wearing something similar during the celebration. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, we also ask that you consider a donation to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation at https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate. Condolences can be posted online at http://www.cochranecountryfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Cochrane, AB Ph: 403-932-1039.