Thursday, November 15, 2018
NORMA JEAN CALLUM (nee Berry)
Died peacefully on November 11, 2018 in Toronto. Born in Big River, Saskatchewan on December 11, 1920, raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and the Soo, Ontario. Norma was the youngest daughter of the late Jack and Margaret Berry of Thessalon, Ontario.
Predeceased by her sisters, Nan Vincent and Margaret St.
James. Beloved wife of the late Jack Callum (1914 - 1998).
Loving mother of John (Sheryl), Bruce (Marion), Anna Lee, and mother-in-law of Susan Callum (Stephen Risk).
Devoted grandmother to Andrew (Ingrid, the late Kristi Ludig), Jeannie (John Risk), David (Martha) and Jack (Kristy Holmes). Indulgent great-grandmother to Kati, Duncan, Elli, Lachlan, Ann and Grace Callum, and Clara and Malcolm Risk.
Norma was a strong and loving matriarch whose life revolved around her family.
She leaves us with a wealth of rich memories of a life well lived. She pursued a wide range of artistic hobbies including knitting, chair caning, woodworking, and gardening.
Special thank you to Briton House, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre staff, and especially her caregivers from Selectacare.
Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life is planned.
ANTONY JOHN DARLING "Tony"
Peacefully at Lakeridge Oshawa Hospital on Monday November 12, 2018. Tony Darling, of Oshawa, formerly of Prince Edward County, at the age of 89.
Beloved husband of the late Marjorie. Dear father of Catherine Hilge of Oshawa, Timothy Darling of Toronto and Jamie and his wife Karen of Toronto. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Conan (Khala), Devin (Diana), Oliver, Isabel and great-grandchildren Alex and Brianna and Jake.
Mr. Darling is resting at the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton, ON.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church on Friday November 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. Reverend Father Robert Chisholm to officiate.
Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care would be appreciated.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
PETER A. MILLIGAN
Peter A. Milligan left us suddenly on November 7, 2018 to begin a new afterlife journey. He was born in New York in 1949 and settled in Canada where he began his law career. Dorene, his "bride" as he so affectionately called her and his son Jeremy are devastated for a life that ended too soon.
Deeply saddened are his brother, Stephen Milligan (Gisela); sister, Anne Verhagen (Richard); nephews, Tristan, Lars and Angus; niece, Maura Skates (Rob); and grandnieces, Samantha and Veronica. His family and friends will miss his larger than life personality that took over any room he walked into.
He was a loyal, supportive, loving husband, father and friend. He adored his joint birthday celebrations with Dorene as they were born on the same day, month and year! Peter had an extraordinary life that included an exhilarating, successful law career, recognition as a world class sailor, success as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and art connoisseur. Over the years, he purchased many works of art that filled his Toronto loft "art" gallery. He loved to listen to music while enjoying the sea of creative artistry that surrounds every room in his home.
One of his proudest personal achievements was to rebuild the sailing yacht Red Jacket designed by George Cuthbertson in May 1966. It was the first Canadian boat to win an offshore ocean race against a fleet of about 85 others, many who were top U.S. racers. Red Jacket won 11 of her first 13 races. Peter purchased the boat over a decade ago and restored her to its original glory. The boat proudly sits at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where she continues to win races today.
Peter was a compelling spirit with a relentless appetite to learn and explore new horizons. He and Dorene have one of the most inspiring private art collections. He vigorously supported Dorene's art career for decades. Peter was so proud of her success when one of her works was showcased on the global stage at the international Imago Mundi exhibition in Venice.
Peter had a strong drive to give back to the community. Peter and Dorene donated time, money and significant works of art to Casey House and other charitable organizations. Peter had a level of compassion that made him champion many causes.
He and Dorene made financial donations to OCAD over the years including bursaries, student assistance and other programs. Peter was especially proud of the University's Project 31 fundraising event, where he purchased many works of art, now in his home. He didn't like the term "art collector".
He always thought of himself as a "custodian" as he felt art should be accessible to all. To quote Peter "I may acquire art, but over time it has to come into the public domain."
Peter's fierce dedication and passion for his work spanned decades. He was one of Canada's preeminent lawyers specializing in Property Tax and Assessment. Peter was President of the Legal and Literary Society at Osgoode Law School where he graduated in 1975. He had a reputation for presenting his cases in an exemplary fashion winning praise and respect from the judges and other counsels.
He was a trusted advisor to many clients and worked tirelessly on their behalf. He took on many complex, challenging cases with a strong oratory in court that was spellbinding. He loved the law and was tenaciously working right up to the day he left us. Peter joined the firm of Walker Longo LLP in 2017 resisting the temptation to retire. Peter wasn't quite ready to leave the love of law and the love of the "fight". A special thanks to Jamie Walker, Counsel, who worked closely with Peter over the last few years. Peter felt great pride in their mentoring relationship.
Dorene and Jeremy invite you to bid a farewell to their beloved Peter at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, Sunday, November 18th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
There will be a private family interment. A Celebration of Life for Peter will be held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Island Clubhouse in the Spring.
As expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation to any of the following charitable funds. Peter Milligan Fund at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The Fund is being set up as a bursary to students in financial need who have an interest in advocacy. More details will be available on the Turner & Porter site. Casey House https://www.caseyhouse.com (a specialty HIV/ AIDS hospital with community programs including home nursing care and outreach). OCAD University https://www.ocadu.ca/alumni (founded in 1876, OCAD is dedicated to art and design education).
Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
KAREN ELIZABETH NEILSON
Passed away on November 10, 2018 at the age of 64. Loving and beloved mother of Julia Neilson and Claire Neilson. Survived by her brother, Peter Neilson; sister, Suzanne Neilson (Charles Allister) and her nieces, Leah Allister and Hilary Allister. A private family service will take place. A memorial service will follow at a later date. May she rest in peace.
Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
RAFE JAMES PLANT "Jamie"
Our dearest Jamie passed away peacefully in Sutton, Quebec on November 11, 2018, at the age of 81, following a long and brave battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He never forgot his loved ones.
Jamie was born in Montreal on March 20, 1937, to Henry (Harry) and Barbara (Wilbraham) Plant, the youngest of five children.
He married Gael Eakin in 1961 and they had four daughters. In 1990, he married Diane Mullins and they were devoted to one another until his death. Jamie attended LCC, Bishop's University (BA, 1957) and McGill (BCL, 1960).
Jamie loved practicing Corporate Law, firstly with the firm McMaster Meighen for 37 years and latterly with Fraser & Beatty (Dentons) in Toronto. Always a gentleman and possessing a dry wit, Jamie lived a full life. He liked simple pleasures such as a fine meal with plenty of red wine, and found time to enjoy a host of activities including gardening, beekeeping, racquet sports, skiing, curling, music and amateur operatics, but his love and keen interest in all his family gave him the most pleasure of all.
In his retirement in the Eastern Townships, he took particularly well to being a gentleman farmer, putt-putting around on his late tractor, Tina! Jamie was predeceased by his siblings Bryony, Hugh and Patrick and is survived by his dearly loved sister Cynthia (Spain). Also survived by his cherished wife Di; his beloved daughters Fay (Tom White), Lorna (Paul St. Louis), Brenda, and Margo (Sevak Manjikian); and his precious grandsons Charles and Christian St. Louis, Aiden and Gregory Burgess; his much loved stepsons Matthew Leggett (Felice Bisby) and Martin Leggett (Lisa Rutherford); and their sons Nathan and Koshiro. Jamie will be greatly missed by his sisters- and brother-in-law in England, and his extensive family and friends in Canada, Spain, the UK and USA.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Anglican Church, 52 rue Principal South, Sutton, Quebec. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada at http://www.parkinson.ca. Arrangement entrusted to Désourdy Funeral Home 101, rue Jean-Besré Cowansville J2K 0L3 http://www.desourdy.ca
ELIZABETH LOUNSBURY KELLY VOLKER
On November 10, 2018 a bright flame was extinguished. Elizabeth Mary Lounsbury Kelly Volker, child of Martha Byrne Lounsbury of Brooklyn and Darrell Lounsbury of Fredericton, was born October 19, 1936 at Long Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. She proudly joined the Byrne clan of firstgeneration Irish-Americans. After an idyllic infancy in Kingston, Jamaica, the family moved to Toronto, then Saint John, then returned to Jamaica, and then settled permanently in Toronto.
Elizabeth was educated at Immaculate Conception School in Constant Spring, Jamaica; Loretto Abbey in Toronto; and then St.
Michael's College at the University of Toronto, for which she won the Mary Ward scholarship from Loretto Abbey in 1954. Graduating in English in 1957, she embarked on a teaching career. In 1960 she married Yale grad Lawrence Sebastian Kelly, Jr, of Manhasset, New York, and left then-demure Toronto for the glamour of New York. Her beloved children, Eugenia and Larry, were born there in 1962 and 1964.
Elizabeth was versatile and enthusiastic in her career choices, which ranged from physician's assistant, to volunteer with Head Start, to social secretary, to her favourite, longest and most successful career with the Berkely Insurance Group.
In 1985 Elizabeth met her soul mate, Joseph Volker, and his three charming daughters. Thus began a very rewarding and more laidback, beach-walking period of her life. Elizabeth "walked in beauty" in an era when few women could combine glamour with brains and wacky humour. She was a character, a lover of people and of good times. She could even find fun in choosing wigs after chemotherapy for breast cancer in 1997. Unfortunately, a few other bouts of ill health followed.
Her fatal fall came after a period of great contentment in her life from which all her loved ones and friends can take solace.
She is survived by her bereaved husband, Joseph Volker, PhD, of Point Lookout, NY; her devoted children, Eugenia Kelly Viner (together with her loving husband, Brian Viner) of Manhasset, NY, and Lawrence Sebastian Kelly III of Los Angeles, CA; her "little" sister, Alice Lounsbury Burton of Toronto (together with her husband, Grant Burton; son, Christopher; daughter-in-law, Ming Tiampo; and granddaughter, Augustine); Joseph's three loyal daughters, Jennifer, Amanda, and Catherine; his grandchildren, Carol, Joseph, Julia, and Logan; her many Lounsbury cousins in Toronto and San Diego, especially Robert and Norma; the children of her much loved cousin, Edward Heiskell (Elaine, Ned, Peter, and Mary Beth and their families); and her many special friends acquired throughout a long life, including Rose Marie Wolff Reilly of Portland, OR, from her Jamaica and Toronto days; Belinda Burry Morin, a fellow student at Loretto Abbey and St. Michael's and Cynthia McGrath Teeter and Ann Mogan Vashilash from St. Michael's.
Visitations will be 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, November 16th at Cicere Family Funeral Home, 2283 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510 (Tel. 516-223-4200). Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17th at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Parkside Avenue in Point Lookout, NY 11569.
Donations may be sent to the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University (https://advancement.shu.edu/ support/sister-rose-thering-fund).