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Friday, April 12, 2019 – Page B18


Catherine Ann O'Brien Astle, originally from Montreal, died peacefully on April 2, 2019, with her loving husband John Claude Astle at her side, at the age of 84 at their winter home in the south of Spain. Catherine and John lived in England for all of their lives together, most recently in the town of Bury St Edmunds. She is survived by her husband, and by their children, Tiffany (Stephen Docking) of Bury St Edmunds, and Julian (Matilda Clode) of London, as well as by their six beloved grandchildren, Theo, Hannah, Sophie and Ned Docking and Herbie and Alice Astle.

Catherine was the daughter of John L. O'Brien Q.C. and Ethel Cox O'Brien of Montreal. She was the sister of the late Robert (Julian Armstrong), Elizabeth (the late Ilay Ferrier), the late John (Patricia Archibald), David (Gail Corneil) and Peter (Lorna Telfer).

She was born, raised and educated in Montreal, where she was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Convent and of McGill University. She and John lived in London for many years, operating a successful business together until retirement, which took them to Dorset and then to Bury St Edmunds, as well as to their winter retreat in Almuñécar, Spain.

Cathy was a loving wife and mother, doting grandmother, energetic organizer and successful professional as well as an enthusiastic cook and was always fun to be with and around.

Condolences can be sent to


After a brief illness, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at North York General Hospital in Toronto. Devoted wife of the late Stephen Starr and daughter of the late Evelyn and Edward Danson. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Jeffrey and Myrna Danson of Montreal. Loving aunt of Steven, and Brian. Isobel will be sorely missed by her closest friends, Hugh and Birgit Johnston.

Special thanks to the staff of North York General Hospital, ICU.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery.Shiva in Toronto at 27 Riderwood Drive on Sunday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

and Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to North York General Hospital Foundation 416-756-6944.


It is with great sadness but thanksgiving for a life well lived, that we announce the peaceful passing of Hugh Morrison on April 6, 2019, one day shy of his 90th birthday at Villiage of Tansley Woods in Burlington, Ontario. Loving husband to Maureen. Cherished Dad to Keith and Lee-Ann and Kerry and Paul.

Grandfather to Brendon, Nikki and Lachlan. Predeceased by his brother, Rowland.

Respecting Hugh's wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will honour him privately at this time. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Pleasantview Funeral Home (905-892-1699).

The interment of Hugh's urn will take place at a later date in Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Fonthill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Doctor's Without Borders in Hugh's memory. Share memories, photos and condolences online at


After a full life, our beloved Evelyn passed away at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto on April 7, 2019, due to complications from cancer. She was in her 87th year. Predeceased by her two sisters, Elsie (Campbell) and Eileen (Parsons).

She will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews, Melissa Campbell, Darragh Hunter (Steve), Scott Parsons (Anne Marie), and Alex Parsons (Katherine). She also leaves five adoring grandnieces, one grandnephew, and two great-grandnieces.

Evelyn was raised in Glanworth, Ontario before moving to Niagara on the Lake and then to Port Credit. She worked most of her life at Dunn and Levack, Ontario Stockyards in Toronto, which she loved.

She inspired us all with her love and support of the arts. Evelyn's energy knew no bounds when it came to giving time to the Opera or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. She will be remembered for her love of family, and her compassionate non-stop caring for the sick, elderly, and the lonely. She was an example to us all and we will cherish the memories she has given us.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Andrew MacMillan Scholarship Fund, 416-946-3580.

Friends will be received for a Memorial Service at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church on Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m.

Reception to follow.


August 11, 1929 April 9, 2019 Josephine (Joey) passed away peacefully, in her 90th year, with her family by her side. Joey leaves behind her loving husband of 65 years, Bruce Burns of Mississauga, Marten (Vanessa), Jane (David) and Trevor. Devoted and caring grandmother of Meghan, Jamie, Jason and Stefanie.

Josephine was predeceased by her brother, Ken Campbell; and was proud Aunty Jo to Arlene, David and the late Larry Campbell.

The family, grandchildren, relatives and friends all have fond memories of the summers and Joey's meals at Varasdin on McLean's Bay (Sparrow Lake).

Joey and Bruce both met in their teens at Jarvis Collegiate where Joey excelled in languages, poetry and writing. Growing up in a musical household with ties to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra through her mother (Aglaia) and grandfather, (Luigi von Kunits), Joey was a 25-year member of the symphony's Women's Committee. Prior to raising her family, Joey was secretary at Mooredale House Community Centre, Rosedale.

Josephine was a talented interior designer, writer, alpine skier (Craigleith Ski Club), cheerleader for all her children's and grandchildren's sports and arts activities, gardener, chef extraordinaire and a wonderful organizer and host to numerous social and fundraising events.

In keeping with her wish, cremation has taken place with a private family service. Friends are invited to share a Celebration of Life for Josephine on Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, 1725 Mississauga Road.

Should you wish to honour Joey's memory, the family graciously appreciates donations in her name to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at tso.

ca (donation link at bottom of web page) or contact the TSO office directly at (416) 598-5311.

Josephine wanted to share the many things that she cherished and that were important to her in her poem below: To my friends and family, A little farewell note from me, Josephine Campbell Burns The time has come for me to leave Miss me, please, but do not grieve.

There are many things to do and see That should remind you all of me.

Light a candle - or a fire, Choose some flowers to admire Perhaps my daisies in a vase, Then sit, and take the time to pause With fresh brewed coffee in your hand, And realize it is so grand To wake each morning to a day That's filled with things to do and say.

Take a walk - Go on a hike, Enjoy the scenery on your bike.

When winter comes ski downhill I wish that I could do it still! Play good music - Read a book, And other's needs don't overlook! Take time to visit with your friends, And, if need be, to make amends.

Enjoy a social glass of wine, And dining that is really fine.

Go to a concert, or a play A lovely way to end a day! All these things were dear to me With family top priority! And so, I will miss all of you, But it is time to say "Adieu".


It is with sadness that we announce the graceful and dignified passing of Brenda June Pergantes on April 7, 2019 after a swift and courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 36 years, Barry Robinson. Together they shared a lifetime of love and happiness with friends and family at the core. A vibrant city girl from the beginning, Brenda grew up in bustling Montreal, the daughter of Harry and Rena Pergantes. She was a unique blend of her Greek and Scottish heritage - - you might say a wee bit of a Greek goddess with a passion for the world of business and networking.

Brenda was predeceased by her parents and her sister Lorna and is survived by her sister Linda, nieces Charlene, Trica and Melissa, the joys of her life. An extended network of caring cousins and long time friends also mourn Brenda's passing.

Brenda began her career in journalism before moving to Toronto where she quickly established herself as a leader in public relations and communications. Working with blue-chip clients and international communications agencies, Brenda traveled the world and established her brand as a strategic communicator, straight shooter and respected business leader.

Brenda had an uncanny ability to cut to the chase, framing every situation with positivity before concisely laying out a simple solution. She was a champion of women in business, mentoring many to become leaders in their respective fields and communities. Brenda led by example, encouraging everyone to recognize a level playing field of equality and human rights.

Community service was important to Brenda and over her lifetime she gave of her time and talents to countless causes and community organizations. She was highly regarded as an expert in healthcare governance and served as a valued board member for Toronto Rehab before moving to Belleville where she continued her community leadership on the boards of Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre, Three Oaks Foundation, United Way and Quinte Healthcare Centre, among other community commitments.

She was respected, loved and revered by all whose lives she touched in both small and large ways.

Brenda enjoyed many interests including completing crossword puzzles daily, reading, especially good mystery novels, traveling near and far, gardening, good food, good friends, good music, good fashion and the colour red.

If desired, a donation in Brenda's name would be appreciated to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Brenda's Life will be held in Belleville on April 17, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m. at Capers, 272 Front Street, Belleville, ON.

A second celebration for her many Toronto friends, business colleagues and family will be held at a later date in the fall in Toronto, details to follow.

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home (613968-6968) 150 Church Street, Belleville. Online condolences at REIN POLLI April 4, 1942 - April 8, 2019 Beloved husband for 35 years of Maie Liiv. Private cremation arrangements. A Celebration of Rein's life will be held at a later date.


Berwick, NS Diane MacPhail Prosser, wife of Donald Enslow Prosser who predeceased her, died peacefully on March 25, 2019 at Grand View Manor in Berwick, NS. Born on October 7, 1935 in Perth-Andover, N.B., her parents were Dorothy Olmstead and Normal MacPhail.

Her children, Craig (Erin McCarty), Susan (Peter Stockholder) and Andrew (Barb Sheppard); and grandchildren, Aisha and Malaika Stockholder Prosser and nieces, Lee (John) Dickie and Barbara Wendell, and Gail and Jane Prosser, survive her. She was predeceased by her sister, Margery Wendell.

For such a lover of life, teller of stories, singer of songs, light footed dancer of anything that had a beat, and cook and baker extraordinaire, Alzheimer's was a long and cruel demise. Diane was a liberated and lively mom who always had a gleam in her eye and a project up her sleeve.

She and our dad loved the written and spoken word and a good argument and gifted us that love.

Diane followed her passion and studied history and English lit at Acadia, then moved to Montreal.

There she worked at Dupont, met Donald, also a graduate of Acadia, and saw the jazz piano greats such as Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck They were married in Perth-Andover in 1959, lived in Montreal as a couple for 3 years, then moved to Fredericton where Donald went into partnership with his engineering buddy Eric Wright. In 1966, the family moved to Halifax and Diane commenced her career as an administrator with Dalhousie University (in about 1968). She began in the School of Medicine and then moved to head up what is now the School of Health and Human Performance, until she retired.

May there be jazz and gin, stories to tell and gardens to tend where the next life takes you Momma Di.

We will miss you, always.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Diane's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., toll free 1-855-825-3448. Condolences may be made online by visiting:


Alexander Vervoorn, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Sunnybrook Hospital (ALC) with family.

Dad was born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, graduated Delft University and enjoyed a career as a Professional Chemical Engineer with Shell Canada and Stone and Webster.

Alex is lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret, with whom he shared a happy life for 62 years. He was a fantastic dad to daughters, Lisa (Bill), Joanne (Pete), and Shirley (Jim) and a very proud and loving Grandpa to Michael, (Jenn) Cameron (Lauren), Jennifer, Cassie, and Grant.

Happy days were spent with family and friends, sharing his love of the outdoors at the lake.

Dad's sense of humour, wisdom, guiding nature and support will be truly missed.

In keeping with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place. A family celebration of his life will be held at a future time.

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