Friday, March 16, 2018
DR. PETER MATTHEW BECK DDS 1925 - 2018
Peter passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 at Greenview Lodge in Don Mills, Ontario, comforted by his family. He had a full, happy life of family, friends and a forty year career in dentistry. Loving husband of 65 years to Brenda (Yates); devoted father to Randy (Chrisanna), Ron (Noreen) and Graham (Donna); wonderful grandfather to Jennifer (Bryan), Alison (Hamish), Claire and Caroline. Great-grandfather of Cameron, James, Liam and Megan.
Peter is survived by sister, Jean Ham; and sisters-in-law, Verna Ainsworth and Barbara Yates; and many nieces and nephews. Peter is pre-deceased by his parents, Anne and Matthew Beck, sisters Margaret Bonasco, Marion Bates; and granddaughter Megan Anne.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Peter attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto and University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry '49. Married to Brenda in 1952, they shared a cherished love for each other from their early courtship to holding hands at Peter's passing.
Peter travelled extensively, lecturing in Canada, the U.S., Japan and Australia; travelling with the Toronto Board of Trade to Europe and South America; and with Brenda and the family to China, Europe, and winters in the Caribbean and Florida. Peter loved to fly and enjoyed his twin engine Beachcraft.
Peter had a very successful dental practice at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto.
He was a patent-holding pioneer in implant dentistry and electrosurgery; a founding member of the American Academy of Electrosurgery; and a long time member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He also served for 30 years on the editorial board of Oral Health Magazine and served on the staff of University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry.
In the summertime, Peter spent his time close to the water on Maple Lake, Lake Ontario or his favourite, Stoney Lake where he cottaged with family and friends for many years.
Peter was an active member of the Fitness Institute for forty years, played bridge, loved to golf and was a Toronto sports enthusiast, particularly for the Argos, the Blue Jays and the Leafs. However, his greatest pride was his wife and three boys and he cherished his time surrounded by family.
Peter will be missed by his devoted family and friends and will forever be in our hearts. A private family funeral was held at St. Margaret's Cemetery in West Hill. The Beck family would like to thank Greenview Lodge for their loving support and comfort over the past 18 months. Peter supported many charities in his lifetime. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
PATRICIA ANNE DOWNER
Patricia Anne Downer at Vermont Square Long Term Care in Toronto on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Loving sister of Hansen Downer and his wife, Kathryn of Kingston, ON; and loving aunt of Karissa Downer of Toronto, ON, Michael Downer and his wife, Lauren of Atlanta, GA.
Predeceased by her father, John Henry Downer and mother, Edna Sybil Downer.
Patricia moved from Port Colborne to Toronto when she was 17 years old and worked at several different legal firms as a paralegal during her career. She lived for many years near Yonge and Saint Clair in Toronto and loved that area of the city. Most recently she has been lovingly cared for by the staff at Vermont Square Long Term Care home as she courageously fought a battle with supranuclear opthalmoplegia.
Arrangements entrusted to Davidson Funeral Home, 135 Clarence St., Port Colborne. A brief ceremony to celebrate Patricia's life will be held at St.
Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Port Colborne, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Scott Mission, Toronto, ON (https://www.scottmission.com/donate/) or the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Toronto, ON (http://alzheimer.ca/ en/on/Get-involved/Donate).
Online guest register and condolences available at davidsonfuneralhome.com
ANDREW GROSMAN On Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Andrew Grosman, beloved son of Jeanette and Harvey. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jordan and Alexandra. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Interment in the Keltzer Society section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. Shiva at 14 Glen Cedar Road, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to Beit Halochem Canada Aid to Disabled Vetrans of Israel 905-695-0611.
CATHERINE ADA MacEWEN 1950 - 2018
Catherine passed away peacefully at home, on March 14, 2018, with her beloved husband and life partner of 32 years, Anthony Lysak, at her side, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Catherine was the daughter of and predeceased by Gladys (nee Ullett) and Gerald MacEwen of Ottawa and the sister of Thomas MacEwen who died at a young age in 1976. Catherine is survived by her sister-in-law and brotherin-law, Sandra and Mike Prokopiw of Edmonton; their children, Sera and her partner, Anne, and Sean and his wife, Jess, and baby daughter, Eira, of Cumbria, England. She is also survived by and will be missed by many cousins from the MacEwen and Ullett Clans and Anthony's aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. She is dearly missed by her many friends and neighbors old and new, including Karen Thompson, Harvey Aitchison, Dana and David Clemens, Laura Clemens and Ian Conway, Adele Freeman and Geoff Kettel, Jim Bebko and Patty Osborne, Ed Blackstock and Irina Valentin, Dan Shand, Zoltan Harsanyi and Pat Antliff, Sylvie Lavoie and Bill King, Mardi and Robert Schuler, Moira and John Coull, The Gurr family, Carolyn, George, and Sam Graziani, Doug and Donna Patterson, Donna LePan, Marsha Contway, Carole Dandurand and Cindy D. Larocque.
Catherine was born on October 2, 1950 in Ottawa. Her father worked for Bell Telephone so they moved around Eastern Ontario. Catherine ended up at Queens University after high school and completed an arts degree there followed by a degree in Psychology from Carleton. After university in Ottawa she followed in her father's footsteps and began a long and successful career at Bell.
In 1975, she transferred to Toronto where she commenced her climb up the management ladder. During her time at Bell and Stentor, she met the love of her life, Anthony, and they married in 1985.Catherine strived for excellence and completed her MBA at York University in 1985, while working full time.
In 2000, Bell decided Catherine needed another challenge and released her. Never one to miss an opportunity, she enrolled in a Human Resources course at the university of Toronto.
Following that, she accepted a position at TRCA, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, and spent the happiest 14 years of her working life in an environment that nurtured her lively, creative, and generous spirit. Her friendships at TRCA lasted after her retirement in 2015.
Catherine loved life, laughs and The Party Shop. She loved a chunky Chardonnay, great cheese and her and Anthony's cottage and dear neighbors at Buck Lake.
She was a quick wit and always had a hug and smile for the world.
One of her greatest joys in the last year was her grand-niece, Eira, a charming little girl who stole her heart with mushy kisses.
Catherine and Anthony travelled the world, enjoying great museums, sights and adventures.
In every aspect of her life, she was kind and generous.
Anthony and Catherine's family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Humber River Hospital both in the Cancer Care Clinic and the 13th floor, as well as her physicians Drs. Wilson and Dr. Sagman. Also, many thanks to the palliative team who assisted Catherine and Anthony in the last week, providing excellent care and support.
A visitation will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, Toronto Region Conservation Authority or a charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit http://www.etouch.ca.
ADELENE LIPSETT PLUMMER "Pat" 1919 - 2018
Mom passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 at the young age of 99. A uniquely generous, smart, kind and witty person, there was no one like her. Always upbeat, she lived life to the fullest.
A giving person, she donated thousands of hours to charities near to her heart. When with her, you became a hero, even if you were just telling her you passed a math test.
Pat was a wonderful Mom to Doug (Sandy) Plummer, Wendy (Mel) Hinde, Lynn (Paul) Morse and David (Rosalind) Plummer; an exceptional Grandma to Eric, Ted, Adam, Gillian, Katherine and Nicola Plummer, Christy Hinde, Jeff, Julia, Peter and Sam Morse; and a joyful Great-Gran to Eva Plummer. Her loving husband, George, passed away many years ago and was dearly missed by Pat. She was a second Mom to all of her children's friends and her nieces and nephews growing up. She loved nothing more than entertaining family and friends on her deck in Muskoka. Mom, we will miss you forever.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 17th 11:00 a.m. at St. John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive. If desired, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
DONALD COCKFIELD SAVAGE
In Ottawa, on March 13, 2018, former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, after a lengthy illness.
Son of the late George Felton Savage and Helen Reid Cockfield of Montréal. Much loved husband of Ann Kerby of Montreal. Father figure and mentor to both Matthew Kerby (Marina) and Nick Edgar (Eileen). Grandfather to Eoin and Ailis Kerby and godfather to Sarah and Brian Edgar. Loved uncle of Andrea and Justin, David, Jack, and Rana; and great uncle to Aiden and Amelia. Special thanks to Eileen for all her devotion.
Private family arrangements entrusted to Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9 613-731-1255.
In memory of Don, donations to the Medicines Sans Frontiers or your local food bank would be appreciated by the family.
JAMES HALE STRONG "Jim" May 3, 1927 March 6, 2018
After a long and full life, Jim passed away peacefully, in Victoria on March 6. He was born in Portage La Prairie, MB, and raised in Picton, ON. He graduated from Albert College in Belleville, ON in 1945. In 1953, everything changed on a blind date when he met the love of his life, Jean. After marrying in 1954, they shared 63 years of adventure together, finally settling in Sidney, BC.
Jim's great pride was his distinguished 42 year career with the Bank of Nova Scotia, starting in 1946. He and his family moved throughout Canada with his work for the bank and made an extensive network of friends. He was an avid golfer and curler and an active member of Probus for many years. He and Jean loved to travel the world, but their favourite place was at home with each other and their family.
Jim was predeceased by his beloved Jean; his mother, Isobel; brother, Doug; and nephew, Stephen. Fondly remembered by his son, Doug (Susan Bigelow); daughter, Patricia Humme; grandchildren, James Humme (Acacia Grisdale), Jean Strong, and Laura Strong; and cousin, Ed Strong (Gloria).
A celebration of Jim's life will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, Sidney, BC are appreciated.
LYNN SYMONS 1963 - 2018
We are sad to announce that our beloved Lynn died on Monday, March 12,2018 after a short illness.
She will be dearly missed by her parents, John and Margaret; her siblings, Robert, Katrina and David; and their partners, Julie, Ron and Marie.
She will also be deeply missed by her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and the U.K.
Lynn lived a full, joyous and fiercely independent life. She participated in many sports, notably as a Special Olympics swimmer. She was also supported by Best Buddies, Community Living, Common Ground, Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, and the North York Seniors Centre.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lynn's name to any of these or to Christ Church Deer Park.
The family would like to thank the health care team at Sunnybrook Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (at Heath St.) on Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 p.m.
COLIN J. WILLIAMS
Colin passed away peacefully, on March 5, 2018 at the Brockville General Hospital at the age of 93.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Ruth Williams; his sons, Edward (aka Ted) and Gordon, and their spouses, Marta and MarieClaude; and his grandchildren, Colin, Elin, Laura, and Stephanie.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Peter and Alec. He will also be missed by his other relatives in Canada, England, and Romania; and numerous friends.
All will remember this English gentleman as an engaged individual that always had a sparkle in his eyes. Colin was clearly fiscally conservative and socially progressive, interested in social justice, a better health care system, and education for all. This computer pioneer and entrepreneur continued to share this passion all his life. For Colin, having a good time also meant traveling, hiking, sailing, running a boy scout troop and being a pain to politicians at all levels of government.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Colin's memory to one of the following charities would be appreciated: TVO, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, or The Council of Canadians.
In addition, you can send condolences or share special thoughts online at barclayfuneralhome.com.
A reception for friends and family in Colin's honour will take place at the Brockville Country Club on April 22, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m.