Monday, January 15, 2018
DAVID GEORGE CONWAY
Unexpectedly passed away from cardiac arrest at his home in Collingwood on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in his 76th year. Dave, as he was known by most, grew up in Toronto and Winnipeg, attended the University of Manitoba, and enjoyed a career as an entrepreneur and real estate developer. Collingwood, while a weekend retreat for many years, became Dave and his family's permanent residence in the mid-90s. Whether skiing the slopes, golfing the greens, or enjoying dinners with friends immersed in Sinatra and great conversation, Dave always enjoyed the moment.
As a loving father and husband, he will be forever loved and deeply missed by his wife, Judy; son, Damon (Jenna) Conway; daughter, Chelsea Conway (Hugh O'Connell); and grandson, Hudson. Born to parents the late George and Myrtle Conway, David is survived by his brother, Paul (Christine). His genuine nature and love of life will be fondly remembered by his cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Fawcett Funeral Home, 82 Pine St., Collingwood on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club, 706 Tenth Line, Collingwood on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with remembrances at 3:00 p.m.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of David, please consider the Georgian Triangle Humane Society or the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. Friends may visit Dave's online Book of Memories at http://www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
JOHN MICHAEL GULKA
August 9, 1958 January 12, 2018
Best friend and husband of Anne O'Regan. Adored, adoring and oh so very proud father of Rebecca Gulka and Kam, and Alana Shepherd and Lyle. Missed by his parents, Janice and Guido Filice; his sisters, Deanna (and Don) Lecuyer, and Tanya Filice Bento; his brothers, Joey Gulka, Gino Filice, and Jerry Gulka (Debbie). Also missed by his nephews, nieces and grandnephews, as well as his extended family: the O'Regans, Medlars, and O'Donnells in Ireland; and the O'Regan-McGradys in England.
Proprietor and sole employee of John Gulka Custom Furniture. John touched the lives of so many people many of whom will have some of the wonderful furniture he built over the last 25 years.
John always lived every moment to the fullest, and treated every day since his diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2005 as a special gift. For the last three years, he and Anne embarked on a great adventure, working in Korea and then in China where many friends will be sad to hear of his death. He took great delight in truly living (rather than just visiting) in different countries, learning new languages, meeting new people, learning something of the culture, the cuisine and how to shop in local markets.
But his prime focus and joy was his family, and he was heartbroken that he had to leave his daughters, Rebecca and Alana, and his wife, Anne.
He tried so hard to stay. He will be with them forever.
As John wanted, there will be no funeral service or visitation. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date, to be arranged, at his childhood home in Waterford, Ontario. Arrangements are entrusted with ThompsonMott Funeral Home, Waterford, 519-443-5332. http://www.thompsonmott funeralhome.com
Died on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Toronto General Hospital. He was 66. Throughout his life, he suffered from Alport's syndrome and its consequences including kidney failure and transplant, hearing and vision loss, openheart surgery as well as the amputation of both legs.
John was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. His deceased parents, Peter and Veronica Kass, were born in Latvia and immigrated to Sydney in 1950 before the family later settled in the greater Toronto area where they resided in Whitby.
John was employed as a news producer and writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for years before being disabled. His news broadcasts frequently focused on disability and human rights subjects. John took pride in not being limited by his physical disabilities and fought hard to live a full and complete life.
Visitation will take place at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street, in Toronto at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, followed by interment at 1 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Whitby.
DR. DONALD ROBERT KRAMER
B.Sc., D. D. S., M. S. D.
Don passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Sunnybrook Hospital due to a lengthy illness.
He was the beloved husband of Breda; father of Bryce, Heather and Andrew; and will be missed by his sisters, brother, extended family and friends in Canada, Ireland, Bermuda, Bahamas and Australia.
He will be fondly remembered by his "McGill Dental Classmates" for their kindness and support.
Don was born in Langenburg, Saskatchewan. He graduated from McGill University School of Dentistry, followed by completion of a Graduate Programme in Prosthodontics at Indiana University, School of Dentistry in Indianapolis.
Returning to Toronto he practiced on Bay Street until his retirement.
Don was active in choral music; Life Board Member of the Iseler Singers and sang in many choirs in Toronto. Don would simply be described as a "gentleman", a chivalrous, courteous and honorable man.
Breda wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Cheung, Dr. Mark Peteska, and Dr. Shannon Goddard at Sunnybrook Hospital, and especially Dr. Alison Moskowitz and colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York for all their support and kindness to Don.
Visitation at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday, January 17th from 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Ave. on Thursday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
"Buffy" Passed away on November 18, 2017.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Avenue on Saturday, January 20th at 1:30 p.m.
ALAN MIRABELLI 1 9 48 - 2 01 7 O t ta w a , O n ta r i o Alan Mirabelli left the dance floor and exited the ballroom with gentle grace, smiling goodbye to all who accompanied him on the dance of life on December 20, 2017.
Alan danced with cancer for the past 18 months. Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Lisette; survived by his sister, Marilyn; son, Michel (Alison); grandchildren, Ava, Ben, Tommy, Lucas, and Leah; and so many friendships that he considered family.
For him, life was not about accomplishments (although there were many) his life was about celebrating cherished moments with the ones who chose to accompany him on his journey, for "at the core there is love".
Alan arrived in Canada, the country he loved, as a young child with his parents, Robert and Lisette and his sister, Marilyn (Toronto), following a short time in the U.K. where he lived with his family after fleeing Egypt as refugees.
As a Communications and student at Loyola College in Montreal he worked at America Express including at the corporate pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Communication from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Alan becomes a professor at Loyola University in Montreal.
Relocating to Ottawa in the midseventies, Alan made a difference for families in Canada as coExecutive Director with Dr. Robert Glossop at the Vanier Institute of the Family more than 30 years.
Following his 1998 sabbatical, spent in BC, Alan discovered this county's beauty through new eyes and captured the nature of relationship in his powerful and evocative images. Alan's photographs can be found in homes and offices across Canada and at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
While his accomplishments were many, the one he was most proud of was his son, Michel, who with his wife, Alison, are raising his five amazing grandchildren, Ava, Ben, Tommy, Lucas and Leah.
Alan spent the past 40 years in the community of Almonte and village of Appleton where he found joy in his many friendships with neighbours and colleagues in the artist community. He was a mentor to many and to the end of his last chapter he continued to meet with budding artists, young people and children guiding them to become the best of themselves in their creative pursuits.
A Celebration of Alan's life will be held on January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church located at 30 Cleary Ave.
in Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alan Mirabelli Fund at the Vanier Institute, Almonte Hub Hospice or a charity of your choice that brings you joy and happiness.
JAMES REDMOND WHITTLE
"Jim" Of Chelsea, QC passed away as result of a cycling accident on tour in New Zealand on November 21, 2017. He was 63 years old. He will be fondly remembered by his three brothers and two sisters, Moira of Vancouver, BC, Michael (Beverley) of Calgary, AB, Dan (Jennifer) of Owen Sound, ON, Kathleen (Steve) of Ottawa, ON, and David (Cheryl) of Edmonton, AB. Jim will also be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins from across Canada and the USA. Jim joins his dearly departed father, Brian, and mother, Evelyn.
Jim recently retired as Program Coordinator of the esteemed Paramedic Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa where he taught for 34 years. He was an air ambulance attendant, a teacher, a traveller, a painter, an original chef, a hockey player and an outdoor enthusiast. He died doing what he loved, cycling the Haast Pass in the Southern Alps as part of an epic journey exploring the wilderness of New Zealand.
Jim was an avid adventurer, whether it was climbing the peaks of Nepal, Machu Picchu, Alps or Mount Rainier, hiking in the Gatineau and Laurentian Hills, scaling the glaciers of Alaska and Jasper, or kayaking on waterways as impressive as the Pacific Ocean and St. Lawrence Seaway or as simple as the Ottawa River in front of the cottage, he was always seeking out new horizons to discover.
He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. A memorial service for Jim will be held at Algonquin College in Ottawa on Friday, January 19, 2018 in Building D, Salon D. In memory of Jim, consider a donation to the Jim Whittle Award to support Paramedic students at Algonquin College. To donate online go to canadahelps.org (Algonquin College Foundation), mail cheque payable to the Algonquin College Foundation: Algonquin College Foundation, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., C211, Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8 or call 613-727-4723 ext. 7113.
Arrangements in care of the Murphy Funeral Home, Pembroke.
Always remembered and loved.
Your family and friends
This past year without you has felt empty like the chair we still set for you at the table in our minds. We think of you every day and cherish our memories of your wit and your appetite for living; remembering your smile and your passion for lively conversation, good food and art.
We miss hearing your voice, your wisdom and your advice. You loved us so much and you are so loved and missed by your family and your many friends.
Loving you always and forever.
From our hearts, Lisa Erica Mckenzie Cody Cameron JD
WILLIAM J. WITHROW C .M ., O. Ont. , C. D., M. A., M . Ed., F.M. C.A ., F.O.C .A .
Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1961 -1991
Bill Withrow died peacefully, with family at his side, on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.
Bill was born in Toronto on September 30, 1926 to Wilfred and Evelyn Withrow. Showing early artistic promise, he was selected to attend Saturday classes at the Art Gallery of Toronto, where Arthur Lismer was among his teachers. At 18, following the example of his father and grandfather, who had both served in France during WWI, Bill enlisted in the army. Upon his discharge, Bill's parents encouraged him to use his veterans' allowance to attend university. He agreed on one condition - that he could first marry his high school sweetheart, the beautiful and vivacious June Van Ostrom. After graduation from the University of Toronto, Bill became an art teacher and then department head at Earl Haig Collegiate. He also taught evening art classes, served in the intelligence unit of the army reserves, and obtained two Master's Degrees, one in Fine Art and another in Education.
In 1960, Bill joined the Art Gallery of Toronto as Associate Director and was appointed Director in 1961. Under his leadership, the AGT flourished. In 1966, he convinced the province that the institution should become the Art Gallery of Ontario, providing it with more prominence and funding. With the significant donation of European and Canadian modern art by Sam and Ayala Zacks, and the promise by Henry Moore of a major donation of his own works (the foundation of what is now the largest collection of Moore works in the world), Bill was able to obtain public and private funding to undertake an ambitious three-stage, twenty-year expansion of the AGO's building and its collection.
Bill introduced the blockbuster exhibition to Toronto by bringing the international touring exhibition, Treasures of Tutankhamun, to the AGO in 1979. Outstanding touring shows organized by the AGO followed, such as Vincent Van Gogh and the Birth of Cloisonnism and The Mystic North.
He was also active in the wider arts community, co-chairing an influential federal task force on policy-making for Canada's museums, serving on the committee to choose a Canadian war memorial for Green Park in London and as a founding board member of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
Bill leaves behind his wife, June, to whom he would have been married 70 years on January 24. June was his great love, nurturing presence and charming companion at AGO events, and their home was the gathering place for family birthdays, holiday celebrations and countless backyard barbecues. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his children, John (Laurel Murdoch), Stephen (Christine), Anne (John Trimble) and David (Chloe McIntosh); by grandchildren, Jennifer (Craig Whiteside) and Diana Withrow; Stephanie Eadie (Wayne) and Ryan Trimble; Jacqueline Cavalier-Withrow; and by great-grandson, James Whiteside. Fondly remembered by stepgrandson, Patrick Walsh. Predeceased by his youngest grandchild, Laura Withrow, on November 29, 2017.
The family wishes to acknowledge with deepest thanks his personal support workers, led over the past 5 years by the incomparable Mercy Flores. We are also most grateful to Dr. David Shergold and Dr. Maria Chang and the staff of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, who showed Bill and the family much kindness.
A celebration of life will be held in Walker Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4) on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, making a donation or taking out a membership to the AGO would be most fitting. Donations in Bill's name may be made at http://www.ago.ca or by calling 416-979-6660, ext. 816.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.