Friday, June 15, 2018
SIGRID INGEBORG ADES (nee Scheel)
Loved by all that met her, Sigrid was born in Lubeck, Germany on August 19, 1951. She passed away peacefully on June 12, 2018.
Sigrid came to Canada at the age of 24, and went on to become a successful business woman in the Canadian mining industry. She loved the outdoors, and became an accomplished Mountain Hiker, canoeist and swimmer. She leaves behind her heartbroken husband, David. She has two loving brothers, Bernd with his wife, Uschi and their son, Philip; and Jens with his wife, Wiebke; and two loving sisters, Edith and Karin, and their many children and grandchildren. She dearly loved her stepson, Ralph and his wife, Susan and their children, Raphael and Camille; as well as her stepdaughter, Shelly and her husband, Clive Merritt.
Her fight with cancer was long and hard. Sigrid will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Very special thanks to Dr. Andy Smith for his moral support, Dr. Calvin Law and Dr. Eric Leung at the Odette Centre, including Dr. Toupin and Nurse Laura DAlimonte as well as Dr. Kirshen at Home Care and the Palliative Care team. The doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook Emergency at the Intensive Care unit were angels of compassion.
They tried so hard for her. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to The Sunnybrook Foundation Odette Centre. May God Bless her Soul.
Services will be held at Jerrett Funeral Home, on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3 p.m. with visitation one half hour prior.
Jerrett Funeral Home "North York Chapel" 6191 Yonge St, North York, ON M2M 4K4.
HELEN MARGARET CRAIG
Helen left our world on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 with grace, dignity and strength of spirit. Helen Margaret Reid was born in 1930, growing up in Ottawa with her parents, William and Margaret Reid; brother, Donald; and sister, Marion. At a young age, she lost two siblings, Gordon and Doris. She attended Glebe Collegiate. Helen met Jim, the love of her life, at Glebe - but didn't realize it until graduating from Queen's University with a BA/BPHE and attending Teachers College in Toronto. Jim and Helen married in 1956. Partners in life, travel (trekking on five continents), adventure, and bridge, they created a cherished world for their family and friends.
Helen was a strong woman who followed and shared her passion and commitment to a full life through her work, family and friends. She obtained a second degree in horticulture and became a horticulturist at the Civic Garden Centre. After retirement, she remained engaged in the horticultural community as a judge and volunteer. Helen founded a bridge club with her friends in 1955 and they shared their lives for over sixty years. Helen expressed her care and love through doing. She volunteered throughout her life at the Bloorview MacMillian Centre; Lawrence Park Community Church; Toronto Garden Club; and Canada Blooms.
Over 50 summers were spent at Camelot, on Lake Simcoe. Helen brought her competitive spirit to badminton, shuffleboard, and many rousing card games. Helen welcomed all with graciousness, humour, and a warm thoughtful presence. Some of her happiest times were with Jimbo in their sailboat. She made Camelot a happy destination for all.
She was our centre, supporting and grounding us throughout our lives. Her thoughtful spirit, keen intellect, and encompassing love will be deeply missed by her family. Her husband, Jim; children, Shelley (Jeff), Geoffrey (Susan), and Wendy; grandchildren, Emma (Chris), Gillian (Andrew), Nicola, Leah, Marcus, and Sophie; and step-grandchildren, Megan (Todd), Melinda (Adam), and Finn, will carry her in our hearts always.
We are deeply grateful to her caregivers: Mina, Dolly, Sarah, and the Temmy Latner Centre.
Please join us in a celebration of Helen's life at The Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue, Toronto on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate in Helen's memory to the Toronto Botanical Garden (Garden Club of Toronto).
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel 416-745-7555.
Online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com
NEIL RICHARD FINKELSTEIN
Neil Richard Finkelstein, age 66, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the arms of his family. He was born September 5, 1951 at in Montreal.
Neil met and married Marie Alison Helfield at McGill Law School. They have loved, supported, and cared for each other for 40 years. He leaves behind his cherished wife, Marie; his children, Jonathan and Natasha, Emily and Rocky, and Sara; his grandchildren, Ty and Jacob Neil; as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Karen. He was predeceased by his brother, Eric; and his parents, Edward Lawrence Finkelstein and Helene Grossman.
After becoming a Chartered Accountant, Neil attended McGill Law School, where he graduated in 1979 with six prizes and two scholarships.
He completed a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School and clerked for the Right Honourable Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada, from 1980-81. He was called to the bar in 1982 and practiced law at Blake Cassels, Davies Ward, and McCarthy Tetrault. In 1984-5, Neil was Senior Policy Advisor to Ian Scott, Attorney General of Ontario.
He was also the Constitutional Advisor to Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells on the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords. Throughout his 35-year law career, Neil argued many of Canada's landmark cases on Charter rights, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contracts Law, Competition Law, Securities Law, Class Actions, and Aboriginal Law. He argued 30 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, 58 appeals in 9 courts of appeal, 102 trials and hearings in 8 provinces, two Commissions of Inquiry, and two international arbitrations.
Neil was co-counsel to the Gomery Commission into Sponsorships and Advertising by the Government of Canada in 200405. When he examined Prime Minister Paul Martin, it was the first time a sitting prime minister of Canada had been examined at a public inquiry since Sir John A.
MacDonald at the Canadian Pacific Railway Commission in 1873. Neil took on many pro-bono cases.
He was elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1991 to 2007, and served as a Life Bencher. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an honorary fellow of COMBAR (UK).
He also organized, with Justice Patrick Monahan, the Raoul Wallenberg International Human Rights Symposium. He authored, co-authored, or edited 7 books and 32 articles and cases comments on a wide variety of legal subjects. Of particular note, Neil authored the 5th edition of Laskin's Canadian Constitutional Law at the specific request of Chief Justice Bora Laskin to the publisher.
Neil always said law was a mentoring profession. He invested much time and energy in his role as mentor to young lawyers at Blakes, Davies, and McCarthys, as well as others with potential who came across his path.
Neil enjoyed teaching law as Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto and taught two courses at the University of Ottawa Law School. On June 20, 2017, Neil received his Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Service was held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Interment in the Habonim section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery.
Shiva at 515 Vesta Drive, Toronto.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Trust Fund c/o Princess Margaret Foundation 416-946-6560.
BETTY JANTINA FRASER (nee Veenstra)
Born July 25, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. Passed away at her home on May 29, 2018 in her 89th year. Betty is survived by her sister, Hilda Veenstra; nephews, Tim Beattie (Laura) and Leslie Beattie; greatnephew, Kenneth; and greatniece, Janine. Predeceased by husband, Russell; sister, Dora; and parents, Miendert and Hilsje Veenstra.
As per Betty's wishes, cremation and private family service has taken place in Brampton. A celebration of life will take place Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2-4 p.m. at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club where Betty was an active member for many decades. In lieu of flowers, Betty has requested donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
ANNE CATHARINE McNEVIN
Passed away at her residence on June 13, 2018. Anne McNevin, daughter of the late Dr. Frank P. McNevin and the late Kathleen McNevin and Agnes F. McNevin. Loving sister of the late Maureen McNevin and the late Helen Murphy. Dear Aunt of James Murphy of Calgary, the late Mrs. Kathleen Stewart of Ft.
Lauderdale and Theresa Stewart of Toronto.
Friends may call at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Ave. Toronto, on Monday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in the Church at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.
MICHAEL ARTHUR SOLBY
Michael Arthur Solby died peacefully at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto on June 11, 2018, at the age of 80.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverlee; and his three sons, Paul (Geni), Marc (Carolyn), and Bruno (Sheila); as well as grandchildren, Robert, Maggie, Kalli, Hannah, Jackson, and Sienna.
Michael was born in New York on August 19, 1938 as the only child of Austrian immigrants, Dr. J. Bruno Solby and Gertrude (Trudy) Konigstein. He attended the elite Manhattan public school Bronx High School of Science in anticipation of becoming a physician like his father. Instead, he found his passion in an acting class at the University of Vermont and went on to study drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Later in life, he returned to his original desire to contribute as a healthcare practitioner and attended the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where earned a Doctor of Education Psychology Counselling (Ed.D).
He was also a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress & The National Centre for Crisis Management.
He went on to a long second career as a psychotherapist and counselled many grateful clients until his recent illness.
Michael, known as 'Fluffy' to friends and family as a result of his signature beard, was an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan from yesteryear, loved to garden, spend time with family and friends - especially his grandchildren, and relished his daily Double Doubles from Tim Horton's. We shall all miss his broad smile, hearty laugh and warm hugs.
Our family invites those who wish to join us in celebrating Michael's life to drop in on Monday June 18 between 4:006:30 pm at the Solby residence (Kingsway Condominiums, 2855 Bloor Street West, Toronto - event room main floor). Donations may be made to St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, Toronto Pack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make online condolences, please visit basicfunerals.ca.
SHIRLEY RUTH KUIPERS (Martin)
A Celebration to Honour the Life of Shirley Kuipers, who died on February 10, 2018, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at St. James United Church, Dartmouth, NS.