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Friday, February 16, 2018 – Page B22

DEATHS

DR. JUDY BEN-ISRAEL

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Judy Ben-Israel on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the age of 62. Judy was a cherished wife and mother of four, beloved doctor, and world traveler. Judy's was a story of overcoming adversity.

She is survived by husband, Yaacov; daughter, Karen; son, David; son, Jonathan and his wife Mengru; son, Michael; and brother and sister in-law, Itzhak and Inbal.

Funeral service at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec memorial Park. Shiva at 125 Stathearn Road.

Memorial donations may be made to United Jewish Appeal, (416) 631-5685.

ANDREW MacPHERSON CRAWFORD "Sandy" April 17, 1954 February 11, 2018

Peacefully and surrounded by his family, Sandy passed away after a hard fought and brave battle with Huntington's Disease.

Predeceased by his parents, Donald and Joan; Sandy is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Fitzgibbons); his children, Ryan, Andrew, and Megan (Matthew McGuinness); and siblings, Judy Rawley (Kim), Donald (Shelley), Cameron (Dijana) and Angus (Laurel).

He will be sadly missed by his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West on Tuesday, February 20th from 5-8 p.m.

Funeral Services to be held at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive, on Wednesday, February 21st at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Huntington's Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.

MARDI JANE FALCONER (nee Saunders) B.A.,M.S.W. 1933-2018 This feisty and lively woman passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 27 months after the death of her much-loved husband, Bob.

The two had met at the University of Toronto in the early 1950s and began, soon after, a marriage of more than 60 years.

Born to Marjorie and Robert Hood Saunders, Mardi came from a privileged background her father, a prominent criminal lawyer was mayor of Toronto from 1945 to 1948, then Chairman of Ontario Hydro and the St Lawrence Seaway.

Mardi went to Bishop Strachan School and Lawrence Park Collegiate. As a 20-year-old student at U of T's Victoria College, she attended with her parents the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and cherished the velvet stools the three were given as seats in the choir loft -- "the best seats in the house," Mardi always said.

Newly married, Mardi taught at a primary school in North York when first she graduated, but wanted to do more. She got her Masters of Social Work from U of T and took on some hard cases, first in Warrendale, an experimental facility for troubled teens, then at the Children's Aid Society in downtown Toronto. It wasn't easy. More than once she came home shaken at the end of the day after someone had pulled a knife or otherwise threatened her.

Mardi and Bob lived most of their lives in the confines of the genteel Lawrence Park neighbourhood in Toronto, a city she never stopped loving and, to the very end, marveled at its tall buildings and the diversity of new arrivals.

Mardi and Bob never had children. Her great loves were her husband, their dogs - three Labrador Retrievers that spanned a period of almost 50 years --their cottage on Lake Joseph next to the Crawfords and her goddaughter, Mardi Witzel, their numerous and exotic travels to more than 50 countries about which she compiled enormous photo albums, her school friends Denyse Crawford, Marg Perkins and Pat Dalton with whom she stayed close all her life, and quiet holiday celebrations with family members Mardi and Bob were inspirations to more than two generations of Falconer descendants. She leaves behind Bob's two sisters, Adele Martin and June Polack; as well as their seven children, Patrick Martin and Mardi Wheeler, David Polack, Brenda Jenkins, Robert (Polack) Falconer, Russell Polack and Andrew Polack.

Then a host of great-nieces and nephews, Gabriel, Samuel, Ella, Eden, Meaghan, Christopher, Amanda, Emily, Meaghan, Nicole, Braighton, Kenzi, Rory, and their young children.

Mardi received wonderful care from people at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Special thanks go to Dr. Andrea David and the team of doctors and nurses in Sunnybrook's family medical practice, as well as to Dr. Dov Gandell, her geriatrician and Dr. Robert Maggisano, her cardiologist. With their guidance Mardi was able to live out her last months at home, thanks also to the fine care provided by her caregivers Aida Asuncion, Carmelita Audencial, Remy Matias, and palliative-care nurse Beth and Dr. Jennifer Arvanitis.

Friends may visit at the Humphrey Miles Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue, on Tuesday, February 20th, from 12:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with interment at Mt.

Pleasant Cemetery.

It would make Mardi enormously happy if contributions could be made in her memory to the Children's Aid Society of Toronto or to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.

BETTY FINER

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at her home. Beloved wife of Nathan Finer.Loving mother and mother-in-law of Brian and Laurie.

Dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Shirley and Harold Gladstone, and Gordon and the late Lea Levy. Devoted grandmother of David, and Marissa.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Temple Sinai section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 4 Hammok Crescent, Thornhill.

Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 905-294-7645, http://www.cpff.ca or Temmy Latner Centre, 416-586-8203.

ROBERT ALLAN HAMILTON

Peacefully went to be with the Lord, at the Veterans Centre - Sunnybrook Hospital on Friday, February 9, 2018, three days before his 97th birthday. Predeceased in 1999 by his wife of 53 years Annettie (Reid), for whom he cared daily through her long journey with early-onset Alzheimer's, and in 2014 by his wife of twelve years Loreen (Wilson).

Allan has left a legacy of faith for his family to follow and has modeled a character of faithfulness in support of his family, friends and church.

Loving father of Anne Crawford (Robert) and Robert Hamilton (Cathy). Proud grandfather of Andrea Bax (Timothy), Jonathan Crawford (Candace), Austin Hamilton (Marianne), and Catherine Gillis (David). Great-grandfather of Riley, Ethan, Jackson, Ayden, Lachlan, Adelaide, Niall, Harriet, and Mae.

Predeceased by his four sisters, Ruby White (Herb), Elsie Rickard (Les), Winnie Peat (Alec), Evelyn Miller (Bill); and by his five brothers-in-law, Jim (Gladys), Ted (Ruth), Bill (Audrey), Art (Doris), and Ken (Doreen).

He studied Engineering at the University of Toronto, served in the Navy until the end of World War II, and spent the majority of his career with Bell Canada, living and working for many years in Montreal.

A special thank-you to all of the caregivers at the Veterans Centre - Sunnybrook Hospital who were so helpful to him over the final years of his life.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association of Canada and the Veterans Centre - Sunnybrook Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

A private service to honour Allan's memory is being held by the family at a later date.

ELLEN PATRICIA JOHN (nee Roberts) August 9, 1924 February 11, 2018

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, Patricia John, in her home surrounded by family on February 11, 2018 in her 94th year.

Beloved wife of the late Edwin Paul John, cherished mother of Sunit (Lyn), Prakash (Gail), Ajit (Margaret), Nirmala (Richard), Edwina (Don), adored "Grandma John" to 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, loved by her sole surviving sister, Mavis Vats.

With an unwavering faith in God, Patricia lived a life of selfless devotion to her family and friends who will miss her grace, gentleness, humour and infinite kindness.

Deepest gratitude to Petra, Jordie and all the staff at St Matthew's Bracondale House for their incomparable care. "Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her."

Visitation on Monday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, 416-489-8733. Funeral service on Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Bloor Street Anglican Church, 227 Bloor St E, Toronto. Private interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Bible Society: biblescanada.com, World Vision Canada: worldvision.ca or St Matthew's Bracondale House: http://www.smbh.ca would be appreciated.

ANTHONY EUGENE ST. MARIE September 19, 1922 February 12, 2018

Gene (age 95), passed away peacefully, at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Predeceased by his parents, John and Mary (Armstrong) St. Marie; his sister, Helen Enright (Jack); and his third daughter, Dawn St. Marie. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 70 years, Kathleen (Kay Tomlinson); his daughters, Judy Keefe (Michael, deceased), Patty Sloggett (Paul), and Michelle Ste Marie; and his son, Stephen (Keiko) St. Marie. Gene also leaves his grandchildren, Cassandra and Alexis Keefe, Andrea Sloggett (Ryan Glenn), Aimee Roy (Brendan), Nicolas, James and Thomas St. Marie; and greatgrandsons, Jack and Sam Glenn.

Gene joined the RCAF and was stationed in England during WWII. Upon his return home, he wasted no time in marrying his sweetheart, Kay, and starting a family. He joined the CIBC and then worked for many of the firms on Bay St. as a bond trader. On his retirement, Gene did not slow down, working for many more years selling Canada Savings Bonds and playing badminton and tennis.

Gene was a devout Catholic, and long-time member at St. John's Church, serving as a lector and usher. He was also a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Veterans Centre for their loving care of Gene. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Foundation (Veterans Care) or St. John's Catholic Church.

Family and friends will be received at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd., M1M 1N5 on Friday, February 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mass will be held at St. John's Church, 794 Kingston Rd., Toronto, M4E 1R7, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

MARY STRANGWAYS

Passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital, on February 10, 2018, at the age of 82. Beloved wife of William "Bill". Loving mother of Paul (Roberta Grosland), Chris (Yumiko Huang) and Anne (Cade Thomson). Doting grandmother to Megan (Carlos) Ribeiro, Adrienne (Kevin Innes), Patrick and Ava Lovell. Greatgrandmother to Devin Ribeiro.

Loving Aunt to Brad, Jeff and Terry Anthony.

Mary cherished her family and friends more than anything else.

She also was passionate about education: she graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto and then went on to teach high school, elementary school, adult education and even continued this passion in retirement by being a Docent at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The family would like to thank Heidi from Nurse Next Door for her care in mom's last year and Dr. Harpal Singh and his staff for all of the superb care they have provided my mom over the last several years.

Visitation at Smith's Funereal Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), Burlington (905-632-3333), on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 12 p.m.

until the start of the Celebration of Life Service in the Chapel at 1 p.m.

Reception to follow. Cremation has taken place. For those who wish, donations in memory of Mary to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family. http://www.smithsfh.com

JOHN THORNTON

"Thunder" John passed away peacefully amongst his family on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Toronto. Born October 31, 1930 in Montreal, John grew up in Westmount before attending St. Lawrence University in Canton New York. He started his career in the investment business in Montreal before moving to Toronto in 1965 to continue his career with Harris and Partners, Pitfield Mackay and LOM. In 1967 he would meet his beloved wife Diane with whom he would spend the next 50 wonderful years. John always looked forward to his summer months in Kennebunk, Maine, where he enjoyed his happiest days with friends and family at the cottage on the beach.

John was well known for his sense of humour, quick wit and joie de vie. He loved spending time with friends and family playing golf, tennis, skiing, having a glass of wine, listening to jazz, and travelling the world.

John's greatest passion later in life was spending quality time with his 6 grandchildren. He was a devoted father to Tara (Turnbull) and Matthew; fatherin-law to Jonathan Turnbull and Katie Shaw; and "Big John" to grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas, Oliver, Max, Charlie and Honor.

He is survived by his sister, Margo Savard; niece, Diana Tabak; and nephew, John Savard.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20th. A celebration of John's life will be held in St. John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto, on Wednesday, February 21st at 11:00 a.m. Donations in John's name would be gratefully accepted by his favorite charity, The Salvation Army. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.

JONATHAN WOLFE

On Wednesday, February 14,2018 at his home. Beloved husband of Amal. Loving father of Rachel and Michael. Dear brother of Elizabeth Wolfe; and brother-in-law of Maria and Steve Dawson, Katia Andary, Liliane and David Glass, Sila and Pierre Bou-Mansour, and Juliana and Steve Morris. Loving uncle of Ryan, Jaimie, Zac, and Niki.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Park, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, (416) 489-7100.


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