Monday, July 22, 2019
MARY JANE BARRACK
A fierce and loving matriarch, a pragmatist to her core, a loyal friend, a steadfast wife and daughter, a compassionate caregiver and a life-long learner. Mary Elizabeth Jane Radey was born on July 16, 1928 in Toronto to Jack Radey and Rita Young. Jack developed a Parkinson type syndrome when Mary Jane was two and convalesced for the rest of his short life in the flat on the second floor of what is now Rebel House at Yonge and Roxborough. Her father passed when she was nine. The rest of her childhood, with her single working mom in the 30s and 40s, was formative. Her strength in those years and for the balance of her life came from a strong Catholic faith.
In 1947, as she was about to enter the nursing program at St. Joseph's Hospital, she met the love of her life - Bill Barrack. They long distance courted during her nursing training. He hosted a radio program in Niagara Falls and she worked six and a half days a week in nursing training. She graduated at the top of her class and turned down a graduate scholarship to devote herself to raising a family.
Two children followed in short order, Lynne then Mike. Eleven years later, John arrived as a joyful surprise.
Bill and Mary Jane loved intensely. They were committed to their faith and their family and shared their passion for films and long, spontaneous road trips. Tragically, at age 49 Bill succumbed to a sudden heart attack. Mary Jane was now the single mom who was forced to return to the nursing profession that she had never fully engaged in. Astutely observing that geriatrics would be the wave of the future in health care, she retrained and worked her way to University Avenue. She had a seventeen-year outstanding career as a compassionate nurse administering a broad range of care and continued following her retirement to serve as a volunteer in palliative care settings, seeing it as a privilege to be present at the end of life.
Her retirement years were among her best. She had time to spend with her six grandsons, to deepen her faith and to volunteer assisting the most vulnerable, including working to put an end to human trafficking.
She will be greatly missed by Lynne St. David and Norman Jewison, Michael and Andrea Barrack and John Barrack and Julia Schatz, together with Mike's sons, Radey, Tyler and Brendan and John's sons, Liam, Michael and Luke.
A special thanks to those that supported her - her parish family at Our Lady of Lourdes, especially the late Father Bill Addley, the numerous caregivers who assisted her at home in her later years, Dr. Claire Murphy, an outstanding family physician, several physicians at St. Michael's Hospital together with the ACE Unit, especially nurse practitioner Lee Barrett and the outstanding palliative care team - Sheila, Slav, Brigitte and Penny - you are remarkable.
Please honour her in your own way but if you feel compelled to donate, she would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Food Bank or the hospice of your choice.
Visitation will be on Monday, July 22th from 7-9 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglington Ave. W. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne St. at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23rd.
Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.
H. JOAN CUMMING (née Russell)
April 20, 1933 - July 18, 2019 Joan passed peacefully in her 87th year with her family by her side in the afternoon of July 18, 2019. She and her brother John, who passed away in April 2012, were raised in Arthur, Ontario by their parents: father, Dr. Jack (John) Russell and mother, Peg (Margaret). She was the loving mother to Allison, Andy (Hillary), Tom (Jennifer) and Suze, and "Daddo" to Ali, Owen, Holly, Sydney, Travis and AJ (Alexandra Joan).
Joan was an extraordinary person. Loved by all who knew her, friends for a lifetime or new acquaintances from just last week. She had an authenticity about her which was perceived immediately by all. Joan endured many challenges including some major health issues with a couple of her children, and later on in life struggles with her own health. She dealt with all of these with a peaceful almost superhuman inner strength coupled with a deep and abiding pragmatism. She was unwavering in her support of all of her children, even as she almost certainly had reservations from time to time about what path they had embarked upon. In the end, they all turned out fine and that is a testament to her intellect, integrity and grace in the way they were reared. She will be missed by all.
There will be a celebration of Joan's life held at Tom and Jennifer's house at 26 Butternut St., Toronto, ON M4K 1T7 on Saturday, October 5th from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dying With Dignity Canada in Joan's honour.
On Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Castleview Wychwood Towers.
Beloved son of Saul and Elaine Fox, and Sonya Fox. Loving brother of Brandon Fox of British Columbia. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Section of Pardes Chaim Cemetery, 11818 Bathurst Street, Vaughan. Memorial donations may be made to the B'nai Brith Canada, 416-633-6224.
ANNA GWENDOLYN GRAY (née Johnston)
October 27, 1922 - July 17, 2019 Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in her 96th year. Beloved wife of John Alastair Gray (1987), she will be greatly missed by her daughter Heather, son Robin and daughter-in-law Judith (née Quigg). "Gwennie" will be fondly remembered by her granddaughter Gillian (Remil Colozo) and baby son, Makaio and by her grandson Geoffrey (Thanh Tran). Sincere thanks to Lolita, Lilibeth and Maya for their wonderful care of Gwen in her final years. The family also wishes to thank Four Elms Retirement Residence for their support.
A private family service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Newbigging Chapel on Wednesday, July 24th.
Interment will take place at St.
Peters Cemetery, Port Talbot.
In memory of Gwen, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2300 Yonge St., Suite 1300, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4 or http://www.heartandstroke.ca.
Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.
Harry Levine died peacefully at Bethell Hospice, Caledon, Ontario at the age of 99 years old, on July 9, 2019.
Harry was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1920, and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick.
He is predeceased by his wife, Mary (McCarthy) Levine. He is survived by his brother, Edward Levine (Nora), niece, Elise Levine (David), nephews, Alan Levine (Patricia) Joel Levine (Kerri), Daniel (Sharon), Robert, and Patrick Van Tassel and several grandnieces and nephews.
Harry served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945.
He served on the HMCS Gatineau on D-Day. Harry was proud of his service to Canada and loved to talk about his adventures.
Following the War, Harry worked as a shoe salesman in Saint John.
In the 1960's, Harry moved to Bramalea, Ontario and worked at the Three Little Pigs children's shoe store near Lawrence and Yonge Street in Toronto, which he eventually purchased and operated until his retirement.
Harry was a figure skater and gave performances throughout New Brunswick. He continued to skate well into his '90s, several times each week.
Harry was always a charmer, who had a great sense of humour. He will be lovingly remembered with great affection by all whose lives he touched.
His interment will take place in the Field of Honour at Cedar Hill-Greenwood Cemetery, Saint John, New Brunswick at 11:00 a.m. on July 24, 2019, with a graveside service.
In memory of Harry, donations to Bethell Hospice, Caledon, Ontario, or the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum would be greatly appreciated.
SANDRA CATHARINE MATTHEWS (née Alstad)
Sandy died peacefully July 19, 2019 in Cobourg after a period in the Palliative Care unit, surrounded by family, and an abundance of love.
Proud and loving mother of Rick, Scott and Craig. Devoted Nana to Duncan, Kirsten, Calum, Hayley, Rena, Gillian and Danny. Remembered with love by her sister Gail and daughters-in-law, Sue, Ellen and Laura.
The family will be celebrating her life in the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, 30 King Street East, Cobourg, Ontario, on Thursday, July 25th, from 7-9 p.m., with memories shared at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation, Northumberland Hills Hospital - Palliative Care Unit or PARN (Peterborough Aids Resource Network).
Condolences received at http://www.maccoubrey.com (905)372-5132
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Sunnybrook Hospital. Beloved husband of Lillian for 69 years.
Loving father and father- in-law of Richard and Robin Roebuck, Alyssa Roebuck and the late Stewart Roebuck. Dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Sidney and Rose Roebuck, Phyllis and the late Jerry Friedman.
Devoted grandfather of Ryan and Sarah, Samantha, Cayley, and Seth. He was greatly loved by all.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Adath Israel Congregation Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery, 10953 Dufferin Street, Maple. Shiva 3600 Yonge Street #830, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to the Seymour Roebuck Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324, http://www.benjamins.ca
BARBARA ANN STEWART
March 5, 1927 July 17, 2019 The family of Barbara Ann Stewart announce her passing at the age of 92 after a life of fun and travel.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert H. Stewart (2008).
She leaves behind her daughter Alison, granddaughter Sara (Richard) Kennedy and darling great-grandchildren Brayden and Kristianne. Also her son Peter (Karen), and adored grandchildren Cameron (Natalie), Julie and Daniel, and great-grandchildren Peter and David.
Barbara graduated first in her class in nursing at Toronto General Hospital. She was an avid reader, tennis player, and bridge player, and involved in the Voice of Women movement. Along with her husband, she was a member of the Caledon Mountain Trout Club.
Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Runnymede Health Centre. Cards are available at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home (519821-5077) or online at www.
November 21, 1928 - July 21, 2019 We have lost a remarkable man.
Hank Rosen passed away at 90 years old having enjoyed a full and long life.
Husband of the late Ruth Rosen for 64 years. He is surrounded and survived by his children, Cheryl Rosen (Daniel Drucker), Susan Rosen Speigel (David Speigel) and Michael Rosen, his grandchildren, Aaron Drucker (Nikki), Jeremy Drucker (Amy), Mitchell Drucker (Melissa), Laura, Eli and Ethan Speigel, Dean and Jonathan Rosen, and two great-grandchildren, Ben and Miles Drucker.
Hank was born in Toronto, Ontario. He was the second child of Moshe and Dobra Rosenbaum. Hank was a well-known Toronto athlete -- a baseball star in the 40's and 50's and a great tennis player.
Hank was loved and respected by a large group of friends and family. He carried with him a kind of spark that charmed and enamoured. He was unwavering in his principles of loyalty and friendship. His memory will be cherished forever.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Blossom Synagogue, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019. Burial following at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park, 6033 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Shiva to be held at 136 Dewbourne Aveune, Toronto, Monday, July 22nd to Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shiva services to be held at 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25, 2019.
DAVID L. TORREY
1931 - 2019
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest - W.H. Auden David Torrey died peacefully on July 16, 2019 in the Montreal General Hospital surrounded by his family.
David was the loving father of Heather, John (Tanya), Bruce (JoAnn), David (Kerri), grandfather of Kate Murphy (Tony), Celia, Owen, Julia and Reid, and greatgrandfather to Quinn and Bridget.
He was predeceased by his sister Barbara, brother and best friend Bill, mother of his children Maggie and his beloved daughter Diana. He is survived by his younger sister Jane.
Born in Ottawa in 1931, to New England transplants Arthur S.
Torrey and Josephine Torrey (née Leonard), the family moved to Montreal and David grew up a stone's throw from the old Forum.
His siblings formed a merry band of brothers and sisters. His education took him from Roslyn School to Vermont Academy to St. Lawrence University to the University of Western Ontario.
This most unpedantic of teachers remained a lifelong student.
David had an outstanding career as an investment banker at Pitfield McKay Ross, Dominion Securities and RBC Dominion Securities.
The hallmarks of his career were trusted advice and longstanding relationships.
Always exceptionally generous with his time and resources, he took particular pride in his decades long relationships with the MS Society of Canada and St. Lawrence University. David was one whose acts of kindness, large and small, went unnamed.
Helping others and giving back were natural reflexes that he exercised his entire life.
Discreet, elegant, charming and successful, what defined him most was his dedication to his family, the true center of his life.
He was the most dedicated son, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. To all that knew him he was engaged, loyal and caring. David was a man of great intellect and curiosity. About the past. About your present and future. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to sit around a dinner table with family and friends.
The family's much loved childhood home. Poole, Jeroy and Tar Islands. Angler. Lake Champlain. His bespoke but well-worn running attire. His newspapers. His cribbage board.
His eyeglasses. He was a man of constants. And he was a constant.
At hockey arenas, school plays, concerts, graduations, piano recitals and ballet performances.
No distance was too far for any event involving family.
David was a pumper of tires. Over the decades, he repaired more than his fair share of flats. He counted himself lucky. We count our blessings.
If the spirit moves you, a donation in his name can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
David's family would like to thank the capable and caring staff at the MGH, caregivers Jilma, Chris, Sushmita, Marrie May and his long-term doctors/friends Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith and Dr. Colin Chalk.
A celebration of his long and full life will be held in the early Fall.
JUDITH WAALEN "Judy" / (née Kelly)
Predeceased by her parents (Ed and Sally Kelly), Judy is survived by her husband David, her sisters Alice MacMurdo and Linda Kelly-Hassett, her nieces Melissa Ross and Erin Kelly-Hassett, and her cousins Carol TaylorChabot and Conrad Helmlinger.
She grew up on the East side of Detroit and attended Dominican High School. She kept in touch with her many friends from that time of her life often attending Dominican class reunions. Judy's university education began at Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario in large part because her father felt that it was important to have an out-of-country educational experience. She went on to complete her Master's Degree in Psychology at the University of Windsor.
Judy met her husband Dave when lecturing at the University of Saskatchewan. They married in August, 1969. Dave was working in Toronto at the Addiction Research Foundation (now CAMH) so Judy applied for a teaching job at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (now Ryerson University) in order to join him in Toronto.
Dave returned to school at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and after he graduated and became licensed, began practicing in Romeo, Michigan (near Detroit). At the same time, Judy began work on her Ph.D. in Sociology at Wayne State University graduating in 1982. When they returned to Toronto in 1980, they purchased an apartment known as "21 Dale" where they became involved in Board governance and Committee work.
For many years, Judy taught Psychology courses at Ryerson to students in the professional programs and interacted with a great many faculty members in these departments in various capacities. In the mid-1980, for example, the Dean of Business Bonnie Patterson asked Judy to provide some research training to interested faculty since she felt developing the intellectual capital of her faculty was a good investment. Thus, Judy became the first Research Associate at Ryerson and over the ensuing years, a number of Ryerson faculty members advanced their education and their professional positions partly due to this research training and mentoring.
In 2000, Judy took advantage of an early retirement incentive program to leave the Psychology Department and went to manage Ryerson's Centre for Quality Service Research and to join CMCC to teach research methods and statistics in their graduate residency programs. During this time with her husband David, she published articles on chiropractic education, and with other colleagues, she co-authored a number of articles for scientific and scholarly journals.
In 2005, Judy returned to Ryerson to work as a research analyst for The Chang School - Canada's largest provider of continuing education. She taught staff members to conduct, analyze, and publish their research inhouse, did competitive research, and conducted annual student satisfaction surveys until she left in 2011.
Friends may visit at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St. (south of Wellesley) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 12:30pm until the time of the funeral service in the chapel at 1pm. Private burial at Toronto Necropolis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Ryerson University, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College or St. Michael's Hospital.