Monday, October 22, 2018
WILLIAM EDWIN BECKEL B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Died peacefully, at home at Maison Senior Living in West Vancouver, BC, October 15, 2018 at the age of 92. William lived a long, adventure-filled life.
His journey as lifelong learner, scientist, educator, leader, husband, father and grandfather influenced those who came to know him for his loving, generous nature, his profound curiosity and his wit. Predeceased by his brothers, John and Robert; he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; his son, John (and his daughter-in-law Carol and grand daughter Molly); and three daughters, Margaret (son-in-law Stan), Julia and Millie.
William, a.k.a., Bill, was born April 11, 1926 in Kingston, Ontario. He was the son of Elmer Ernest Beckel of Oshawa, Ontario and Beatrice Mary (Driver) Beckel of Kingston, Ontario. His early years were spent in Branford, Ontario, where his father owned a Chevrolet Oldsmobile dealership. With the Great Depression of the 1930s, people stopped buying cars. William's father paid all his debts and the family moved back to Kingston, his father finding work as Quartermaster at Collins Bay Institution "Preferred Class Penitentiary".
His mother, Beatrice, earned extra money in the summers for the family by operating a tea room from their home in Collins Bay with Bill and his brother Rob acting as servers.
William's education was extensive. He began his education at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. From there, he attended Queen's University, graduating in 1949 with a B.A. He gained his master's degree at the State University of Iowa in 1953. Two years later, he received his Ph.D from Cornell University.
William was a Research Scientist for the Defence Research Board, Ottawa and Department National Defence in Fort Churchill, Manitoba, from 1948-1955. It was here that he met his life partner and scientist, Dorothy. He then worked at the Canadian Department of Agriculture before becoming Assistant, then Associate, Professor at the University of Toronto from 1956-64. He was Full Professor and Dean at Scarborough College at the U of T from 1964-68, then Vice-President, University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, from 1968-72 and President, University of Lethbridge from 1972-79. William finished his career as President of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario from 1979-89. From there, he and his wife, Dorothy, retired in Vancouver, BC.
Along the way Bill was a member of numerous scientific, professional and education societies and the author of over forty scientific and educational publications in juried national and international journals.
Dr. Beckel was a zoologist and an early proponent of the use of television as a teaching medium. In 1964 he became the first dean of the University of Toronto-affiliated Scarborough College, which led an experiment in teaching half the courses using TV-only lectures.
At the University of Lethbridge as an approachable and interested President, he was often seen chatting with students in the concourse. There he oversaw the construction of the new campus and the implementation of Management Arts, Native American Studies, and the expanded Cooperative Education program. Under Dean Russell Leskiw, the Education program became one of the best in Canada. A highlight during Dr. Beckel's presidency was the provincial government's approval of the Centre for the Arts, a building that allowed for the creation of the U of L's art collection.
Like many Ontario universities at the time, Carleton was in financial trouble when Dr. Beckel took the helm in 1979. That year it was running a $1.5-million deficit. He oversaw several controversial faculty buyouts, and in 1980, the school had to dip into academic scholarship funds to help cover its debts.
Dr. Beckel's efforts during the 1980's eventually pulled Carleton out of the red and into a building period that resulted in a new student residence, a new library, a Life Sciences Research Building, an Art Gallery, a Social Sciences Research Building, a Day Care Centre and the beginning of a new engineering complex.
Unlike Carleton's rival universities, most of whom were raising admissions standards to compete for better students, Dr. Beckel decided to keep Carleton open to high-school graduates with averages as low as 60 per cent on the premise that "every student should have the right to fail". The benefit of this philosophy was that first year enrolment increased bringing with it increased tuition revenue that more than offset the impact of a lower retention rate. This egalitarian philosophy combined with tough financial controls resulted in a strong financial position for the university and made it a "rare chance" university. For many students, Carleton offered a rare chance at a university education.
On July 1, 1989, the same year he received an honorary degree of Legum Doctoris from Carleton. Previously that same year Dr. Beckel received an Honorary Degree from Ottawa University. In 1995, Dr. Beckel was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge.
William enthusiastically enjoyed his family, his friends, cooking, wine, cheese, music, hunting, and skiing.
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Celebration of life will be held in North Vancouver on November 24, 2018.
Time and Location to be announced. For up to date details and sending condolences please go to: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/ funeral-homes/north-vancouver-bc/first-memorial-funeral-services/3801
PAMELA JANE BELL
Despite being born tiny and premature, five minutes after identical twin Penelope Bell, on May 7, 1949, in Hamilton, Ontario to parents Edna Gertrude and Thomas Johnston Bell, Pam developed a huge and unforgettable personality.
Pam died at home in Toronto on Oct 19, 2018, encircled with love by her husband Colin Rabnett, daughters Chloe Leonard, Julie and Gigi Rabnett (Max Kubiak), sisters Jennifer (Michael Wills) and Penny Bell, brother in law (more like husband-in-law) Jack Pasht, and loyal Jack Russell, Tommy.
Aunt (and actual second mother) to Jonas, Caley (Mark Linder), Kyra, and Aimee Bell-Pasht. Sister to T.A.C. (Tom) and Mark Bell. Aunt to Swith Bell (Geordie Dalglish), Cecily Eaton (James), and Sydney Berchtold (Marc), Sacha (Thomas Yuill), Spenser Bell (Annie), and Alexander, David and Aiden Bell.
Step mom to Tim and Richard Rabnett.
Pam had a gigantic and complex personality. Earth mother, hippie, progressive, and traditionalist. Outspoken and strongly opinionated. Lover of a good argument. Remarkably talented landscape architect. Lover of trees, native plants and wildflowers. An impeccable and tasteful eye for design of all types, beauty, and colour. A passion to shop for unique and beautiful items for those she loved. Elegant, courageous, and quirky in her own unmistakable style.
Bruce Trail hiker. Art connoisseur and collector with Colin. Lover of books, history, poetry, movies, tribal rugs, great comedians, fine coffee, good scotch, good pot, ice cream, and firemen (actually all men) in uniform.
Hilarious and profane. Intrepidly aggressive driver. Grammar enforcer. No puller of punches or mincer of words. Dispenser of sage advice.
Outstanding golfer, with legendary drives from the back tees, and the ability to routinely rattle off rounds in the 70's.
Preparing huge and wonderfully exotic family feasts for days in advance, her delight. Sharing this task, her kitchen, and recipes with countless others, her joy. Sharing a glass of wine or Hendricks gin or two, and much, much laughter, even better. True dat.
Fiercely loving mother, who adored her daughters and was adored in return by them and their countless friends. Her mantra, which she instilled in her young daughters every morning, consisted of three words: "loving, caring, sharing." Unforgettable volunteer lunch lady, storyteller, Boggle player and ingenious craft lady at her daughters' John Fisher Public School.
Tireless producer of gourmet meals for her family. Ski mother and volunteer gatekeeper for years on many frigid racecourses in support of Julie and Gigi's ski careers across Canada. Lover of babies and children, always keeping a basket full of fanciful items, exceptional childrens' books, bracelets, broken watches, wooden spoons and keys, for children to explore.
Astute editor of Penny's stories, and lifelong half to her whole.
How incredibly lucky she was during her last two years, stuggling with a glioblastoma brain tumour, to have the unfailing love and kindness of her husband Colin, faithful sisters, and extraordinary daughters.
A huge thank you to sweet and kind Dr. Paolo Mazzotta and staff from the Toronto Temmy Latner Centre For Palliative Care. And a heartfelt thankyou to the indispensible Tess Mujar, who took care of Pam, her family, and Pam's Jack Russell dog Tommy for the last year and a half.
A celebration of Pam's life will take place at Massey College, University of Toronto, Fri. Oct. 26, 2018, at 1:30 pm. Arrangements under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto (416-487-4523).
RO BERT ALBERT GIVEN O. Ont.
Eaton Retiree 1924 - 2018 Passed away peacefully at Streetsville Care Community on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of Joyce (nee Blackie). Loving father of John, Wayne and the late Craig, and Craig's late wife, Linda Fillier. He will be greatly missed by all his extended family, friends and colleagues. Bob was deeply involved in local history and was on the board of the Etobicoke Historical Society and the James Shaver Woodsworth Homestead. Bob enjoyed writing historical columns in the local paper and going with Joyce to the Concerts in the Park. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel at 4933 Dundas St.
W., (between Kipling & Islington Aves.) Etobicoke for a Memorial Visitation on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. On-line condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
MUNGO DAVID HENDERSON
Passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018 at the age of 83. Beloved husband to Phyllis (nee Radford) for 32 years.
Loving father to Rebecca (Jim) and Caspar (Christina). Cherished grandfather to Harry and Lara.
Step-father to Lisa (Gizelle), Lori (Tony) and step-grandfather to Ethan and Abigail. Predeceased by his step-grandson Zachary.
Family and friends will be received at George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton Street on Saturday, October 27, 2018 between 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Cremation has taken place.
Memorial donations may be made to Parkinsons or Alzheimers Society in Mungo's honour.
Online condolences can be made at http://www.dartefuneralhome.com
CHRISTOPHER MARK SZYBBO
April 11, 1963 October 19, 2018
Passed away peacefully due to complications from a brain aneurysm. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Brigitte (nee Lacroix) and his children, Alexandra and Michaela. He will also be missed by his mother Maria (nee Steciuk), his brother Mark, sister Barbara (Guidolin), and niece, Elise (Vero).
Chris graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, followed by an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. As president and CEO of CBI Health Group, Chris brought his unique leadership style, creativity, and passion for the Canadian health care space, to grow the company into an industry leader.
Chris was known for being a dedicated entrepreneur and an enthusiast of skiing, mountain biking, hiking, cooking, food, and wine, always sharing the enjoyment of these activities with others. Above all, he was a trusted friend and loyal and caring family man.
Our family is grateful for the support and compassion shown to Chris by the ICU and Palliative teams at Trillium Hospital in Mississauga.
Visitation will take place at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W.
Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th. A celebration of Chris' life will be held at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 25th with a reception to follow.
A gift in his memory can be made to the Chris Szybbo Memorial Fund in trust to assist families in need to access specialized treatment and care for individuals with developmental delays and disabilities. Furtherinformationcan be found at cbi.ca/ChrisFund or by calling 416-234-3057. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.
humphreymilesnewbigging.com MIRIAM VENIS On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at home. Miriam Venis beloved wife of Stanley Venis.
Loving mother and mother-inlaw of Marc, Glenn and Judy, Janie Venis and Danny Fedder. Dear sister and sisterin-law of Esther and Louis Bartfield, Sylvia and the late Mac Stanley, and the late Rae and Harry Rotman, and Ruth and Percy Koretsky. Devoted Bubbie of Alex, Dan, Eric, Adam, Samuel, Rachel, Sarah, Evan, and Leah.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Interment Temple Sinai Section at Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 1 Troon Court, Toronto.
Memorial donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre, 416-586- 8203, or to a charity of your choice.
TIBOR M. VERTESI
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Tibor Vertesi, who died on Saturday, October 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving daughters Eva and Victoria. Born December 2, 1928, he was just shy of his 90th.
Tibor and his main squeeze Eva created a beautiful life full of laughter, friends and family.
Tibor was a brilliant engineer, whose work inspired the steel industry. He loved sports, current affairs and creating laughter with his dry humour.
Celebration of Tibor Vertesi's life held at the Mclean House Sunnybrook Estates (2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto). Visitation on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 p.m. -8 p.m. and memorial service and reception will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3 p.m. -7 p.m.