Monday, February 19, 2018
CLIFFORD RUSSEL EVANS
Born June 23, 1937 in Guelph, Ontario and passed away suddenly on February 14, 2018.
Cliff was in his 81st year and is survived by his beloved wife, Debra; and sons, Russel, John (and wife, Tracey Henry), Steve and Jack (and his partner, Charmaine Napier). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Dot Flannigan; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammie and Tom Dunnett, Trudy and Paul Laxdal; and mother-inlaw, June Young.
Cliff dedicated himself to improving the lives of working people. He was a passionate and tireless advocate and worked his way up from the shop floor to become the Canadian Director and International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He was a visionary and a pioneer in the labour movement in Canada.
Cliff was admitted to the Order of Ontario in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the labour movement in Ontario.
In his leisure, Cliff enjoyed spending time with his family and close friends, and playing golf.
Cliff will be dearly missed by his family and those who knew him.
He always put the interests of others ahead of his own.
A private service for immediate family to be held in the near future. A celebration of life event will follow later in the spring. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lounsbury Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Condolences/donations/ directions http://www.lounsburyfuneralhome.com 519-658-9366
JOHN WATSON GIBBONS "Gib" June15, 1920 February11, 2018
Passed away peacefully at Comox Valley Seniors Village in Courtenay at the amazing age of 97.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, John served with the Canadian Navy in the Pacific during World War II and went on to work for the Canadian Government for 35 years as an Electrical Inspector.
He had a passion for RVing and carpet bowling which he enjoyed as long as he was able.
He was predeceased by his wife Verna and son-in-law Eric and is survived by his daughters Margaret (Doug) and Lois, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
John's ashes will be joined with his beloved wife Verna at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar, B.C.
WILLIAM GLIED "Bill"
Unexpectedly, on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Toronto General Hospital. Devoted and loving husband of Marika.
Beloved father and father-in-law of Sherry Glied and Richard Briffault, Tammy Glied and Robert Beliak, and Michelle GliedGoldstein and Allan Goldstein.
Cherished papa of Olivia, Jonathan, Samantha and Rafi, Dexter, Joshua, Jeremy, Brandon, and Jennifer.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 162 Sandringham Drive, Toronto.
Memorial donations may be made to The Bill Glied Memorial Fund for Holocaust Education at The March of the Living and The Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre 416-398-6931 ext. 5358 or The Bill GliedMemorial Fund c/o Weizmann Institute of Science 416-733-9220.
It is with deep and overwhelming sadness we lost our cherished Howard on February 17, 2018.
The most loyal and loving husband to Shirley. Beloved and dedicated father to Davina and the late B. Jay Nathan. Best Papa in the world to his special one and only Paisley. Loved by a circle of close family and dear friends.
You will forever be in our hearts.
We love you and will honour your memory always.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Shiva visits following the service at 21 Burkebrook Place, Toronto until 8:00 p.m. in the reception room and Tuesday from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
in Apt# 109.
Memorial donations may be made to The Howard Nathan Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324.
THOMAS IAIN RONALD "Iain"
Iain died peacefully, surrounded by family, at Sunnybrook Hospital on Thursday, February 15, on the eve of his 85th birthday. Predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Newton Ronald; son, Douglas Ronald; sister-inlaw, Vicky Hudon; and brothers-in-law, Joe Belliveau, Albert Hudon, and Daniel (de Yturralde). Beloved husband of Cristina (de Yturralde); loving father of Christopher (Lindsay Ireland) and Isobel; grandfather to Caitlin and Stephanie; and brother to Jean (Belliveau).
Iain was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1933, and attended Hutchesons' Grammar School from 1945 to 1950. In 1950 he started articling with Peacock and Henry, Chartered Accountants. Three years later, he attended Glasgow University, earning a LL.B in 1956 and his C.A. designation the same year.
In September 1956 Iain joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman and was promoted to sub-lieutenant in February 1957. He joined H.M.S Cook in Portsmouth, England en route to Christmas Island where he witnessed the first and third hydrogen bomb tests. In October he joined H.M.S. Coniston as a navigating officer. He left the Royal Navy in August 1958.
On leaving the navy, Iain joined Alcan Industries (UK) as an accountant in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. In supporting him to attend Harvard University's MBA program, Alcan transferred Iain to Montreal (where he worked in the summer months). It was this fateful decision that led Iain to the love of his life, Cristina.
His good friend and colleague, Albert Hudon, introduced Iain to his sister-inlaw, Cristina, and their love story began. Married in Montreal in August 1962, the newlyweds moved to Boston while Iain finished his final year of Harvard, where he obtained his MBA in 1963.
Iain was immediately hired by Peat Marwick Mitchell for a future partnership in Paris, France following a six-month training period.
In January 1964, Iain and Cristina welcomed their first born, Douglas, followed by son, Christopher, in April 1965.
After working for 15 months in Paris, Iain returned to Canada to work for Indal Ltd (aluminum extruders) in Toronto as V.P. of Finance. He remained in this role for six years until he was recruited by Gamble Canada in Winnipeg as V.P. Finance. Following his time there, Iain went to Hudson's Bay Company as Treasurer. While in Winnipeg, Iain and Cristina's family grew when they adopted Isobel (age 4) in 1971.
Four years later Iain was transferred to Toronto as the V.P. Finance of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).
In May 1979, the Ronald's experienced the heartbreaking loss of their 15-yearold son, Douglas, as a result of a tragic accident.
In 1982, Iain became the President of Zellers, which HBC had just acquired.
The family then moved to Montreal. Three years later, he was made Co CEO of HBC in Toronto.
In 1988, Iain left HBC to join CIBC as President Administrative Bank and was then promoted to Vice Chairman in 1992. He retired from CIBC three years later.
Iain's list of professional accomplishments was the result of a strong work ethic, razor-sharp business acumen, and his reputation of a man of character, honesty and integrity. These values, along with a forthrightness that's increasingly hard to find, led Iain to be a sought after and respected board member for a long list of companies including: North West Co., Allied Properties, President's Choice Bank, Transalta Power Ltd, Holt Renfrew, Mobil Oil Canada, B.F.I., D.W.L., CIBC, Covington Capital, Leon's Furniture, Loblaws, Stronco Inc, Noma Industries, Smed Industries, Canada Life, Cambridge Shopping Centres, and HBC.
Iain was a philanthropist by nature and believed in giving back to the community. He gave extensive time and expertise to a variety of organizations including: Salvation Army (President Capital Campaign), Cystic Fibrosis (Director), Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Director), Toronto Symphony (Director-Treasurer), and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Chair of the Foundation). A Scotsman at heart, Iain loved his time spent at Hutchesons' Grammar School, and was a generous supporter. This included being past Chairman, and then Hon. President of the Hutchesons' G S Canadian Bursary Fund. Also, Iain was a past member of the Campaign for Scottish Studies at Guelph University.
In 2002, Iain was presented the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award and 10 years later, was again honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.
Iain's extraordinary fortitude and resilience as he endured various health problems over the past 14 years have been an inspiration to many. Always a gentleman, he maintained a love of life, sense of humour, and dignity as he continued to make the most of his days from a wheelchair. For over 55 years, Cristina and Iain's marriage was filled with love, support and strength through the happiest of times and in facing life's most difficult events.
Iain will be deeply missed by his family and wide circle of friends in Canada and around the world. The family would like to thank Lawrence Park Community Church for their thoughtful support over the years, and especially over the last six months while Iain was in hospital. The family is also very grateful to the nursing staff, many therapists, and doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital for the excellent care provided to Iain in his final months. Finally, a special thank you to Lucy Angeles for her daily long-term caring support given to Iain and the Ronald family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lawrence Park Community Church or Sunnybrook Foundation.
Visitation will be held at Lawrence Park Community Church (2180 Bayview Ave, Toronto) on Friday, February 23 from 5-8 p.m. A celebration of Iain's life will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Park Community Church with a reception to follow.
LOIS ELAINE WEIR
November 6, 1930 February 2, 2018 At home on Friday, February 2nd, 2018, Lois left us to head to her next musical adventure.
Born in Quebec, November 6th, 1930, Lois leaves to celebrate her life, her sons, Paul and Leonard Seppala; nephew, Raymond; numerous cousins, and more friends than most could ever hope to have.
Without formal University herself, she became highly knowledgeable and culturally wise above most of her peers, never at a loss and always finding new and unusual treasures in bookstores for her friends to relish, a lover of music, intrepid traveller, staunch Liberal supporter, gourmet cook, gracious hostess, a source of wisdom, anecdotes, and fun.
Just over 50 years ago, Lois lived with her two boys in Streetsville, Fortunately, as much for the benefit of the University as it was for the redoubtable Lois herself, land had been assembled by 1965 for the very rural Erindale College, (now the flourishing University of Toronto Mississauga). The plan was to open to the first full-time undergraduate class by the 1967-68 academic year. Planning and assembling both staff and professors, with among many priorities the need to find and appoint a suitable person to head and supervise the crucial work of the Office of its Deans; staffed initially by Dean S.J. (John) Colman and Associate Dean E. A. (Peter) Robinson.
Having advertised the post, interviews began and when starting to despair, the final first choice, Ms Lois Weir appeared as if by magic and, as very rarely happens, a philosopher and a chemist agreed immediately that they had discovered a real treasure, not necessarily meeting exact rigid criteria but with all the inestimable human qualities needed to join the team and, as they found, prove then to be entirely reliable, optimistic, and nice, both personally and in her human and technical skills.
Lois would continue on at Erindale working for Principal and Dean Dr. E.A. (Peter) Robinson and Principal Fox until transferring to the University's main St. George Campus, where working her magic there as the Associate Dean of Music, she was very much appreciated by students and professors for many years until her retirement.
At the time of her passing, Lois was the sole remaining member of the founding staff of Erindale College.
Following her retirement, Lois served for several years as the General Manager of the renowned Amici Chamber Ensemble and remained a subscriber and supporter for the rest of her life.
Surely, for all those that knew her, the rock that stood behind so many with unwavering support and kindness Lois' life and friendship will be much treasured and never forgotten.
A special thank you to Thornbrook Home Care Services.
To each caregiver and nurse who came to Riverview Gardens to sit with, sing with and care for our dear Lois, we are forever grateful.
As per Lois' wishes, cremation has taken place. The entertainer extraordinaire did not wish for a funeral for people to gather and mourn, rather a celebration with laughter and happiness. Please join us at the Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road, Friday March 2, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to share fond memories and Lolo anecdotes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Howard F. Andrews Memorial Prize at the University of Toronto by contacting Tyler Greenleaf, Alumni Development Officer email@example.com.
416.946.3580 or Amici Chamber Ensemble, amiciensemble.com 416.871.4275.
MELVIN HERBERT WOLFSON
After a lengthy illness, Herb Wolfson passed away on February 16, 2018, taking pieces of our hearts with him.
He leaves Joy, his beloved wife of more than 62 years; his children, Carol, Norman (Sandi), Steven (Hung), Laura (Tish); his brother, Bill (Dorothy); his treasured granddaughters, Daavi and Hannah; and step-grandsons, Tyler (Maria) and Christopher (Misti); and many nieces and nephews. We thank the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care for their wonderful care.
Shiva will be observed at 28 Lower Village Gate, Toronto, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., and between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., with shiva minyan services at 7:30 p.m., from Monday through Friday afternoon, and resuming on Saturday evening until Sunday evening. Shiva will also be observed on Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening at 22 McKay Court, Dundas, ON.
If you wish, donations to honour Herb's memory may be made to Holy Blossom Temple Renewal Fund (416) 789-3291 ext 265, or to Kensington Hospice (416) 963-9640.