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Friday, November 9, 2018 – Page B23

WILLIAM BADKE

Peacefully at Westmount Long Term Care, Kitchener, on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his parents Emil and Margaret Badke and his first wife Katherine (2000).

Beloved husband of Jean Badke.

Bill Badke of Toronto and formerly Montreal will be missed by his family, Linda, Sue Martin (Bob), Sara Milks (Bill), David Smolyn (Randy Hodgson); brother Don (Anne), and many relatives and friends. Grandfather of Tyler, Laura, Jonathon and Gillian. He worked in personnel for Sun Life for many years, first in Montreal and then in Toronto.

Funeral Service will be at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Toronto, on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Visitation at church from 10 - 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humber Valley United Church Foundation or a charity of your choice.

THOMAS HALLDOR BJARNASON

January 3, 1943 - November 6, 2018

Tom Bjarnason has died. Tom lived his contented last days at Kensington Hospice in Toronto, all the while attending to the wellbeing of his chosen family. He left this world surrounded by the people and things that he loved: some of his collected artworks, his friends, his pup Eddie, and his partner of 17 years, Woody Wells.

During his time at Kensington, Tom brought together, as one community, so many different groups of friends. They were drawn from the worlds of law, museums, artists, arts-supporters, foundations, and food - a diversity that attests to the breadth of Tom's personality, and to the many people he touched in his 75 years.

Tom began life in northern Ontario. He was the sole child of Mabel Brownlee of Port Arthur and Otto Bjarnason of Winnipeg.

He was born on January 3, 1943 in Geraldton, near where his father was a mining engineer. Life soon took the family to Peterborough, which Tom always thought of as his home town. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto's Trinity College before going on to the Faculty of Law, from which he graduated in the class of 1968.

After his articles at McCarthy and McCarthy, as the firm was then known, he remained at McCarthy Tétrault in the commercial real estate section his entire working life, retiring from the practice of law in 2008. Remarkably, Tom worked with one administrative assistant, Ms. Emily Lee, for forty years. Emily remained a good friend until the end. Many of Tom's closest friendships were formed in those four decades of his first professional life. Tom was the honorary uncle to the children of many of those friends, relationships that transformed into adult friendships in their own right.

While at McCarthy's, Tom found his true passion and a sustaining force in his life: contemporary art. Art, knowledge about art, and art collecting became Tom's second professional career, and one from which he derived immense joy. Through his early role on the art advisory committee of McCarthy's, and the mentorship of Ms. Jeanne Parkin, the committee's consultant, Tom developed a deep, broad, and discerning knowledge of art and artists. This led to a large expansion in his circle of friends and mentors, and to his relationships with two institutions that he loved: The Art Gallery of Ontario, of which he was a long-time supporter, and the Power Plant, where he chaired the board. Tom was additionally the president of the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, a granting agency aligned with the AGO, which supports Canadian artists in the middle of their careers.

He also became an advisor to other emergent art collectors.

All of these roles brought Tom into contact with imagination, creativity, philanthropy, and community, and into deep, abiding friendships. In this he was a truly fortunate man.

In early 2018 Tom was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. This caused some alarm among those who loved him. We feared the loss of cognitive function in a man who lived for his intellect, and the degradation of his singular personality. Tom never let this happen, and virtually to the end he retained his often-acerbic wit, an insistence on correct form and precision in language, and that smile which was the delight to all those around him. In the face of a fearsome and often relentless disease, Tom was given a true gift - a relaxation of his characteristic formality and froideur, which allowed him to share like never before his feelings and deepest thoughts with friends and family.

They shared back, like long-lost cousins coming together at a Tom reunion.

The last chapter of Tom's life was spent at Kensington Hospice, a true sanctuary in every sense of the word. Tom's family would like to thank this remarkable organization of dedicated professionals and caring people.

Those interested in honouring Tom's life with a donation are invited to contribute to the Kensington Foundation. Tom leaves behind his dog Eddie, his partner Woody, and a very large family of friends.

Cremation has occurred as Tom wished, and a celebration of his life will be held at a date to be announced in the future. All who knew Tom are invited to leave a reminiscence or a story on the humprehymiles website humphreymilesnewbigging.com.

MARY VIRGINIA BOECKH

Peacefully, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Mackenzie Health. Mary Boeckh, in her 99th year, soldiered on for many years after losing her beloved husband and partner, James Boeckh. Missed and loved by her daughters Susan, Mary Anne (Don MacLeod) and Sandy Boeckh. Mom adored and humoured her grandchildren, Matthew (wife Theresa) and Emily MacLeod, Harrison and Spencer Wyatt and Conor Smith.

Predeceased by siblings Bill Clarke, Margaret Tafts and Mardy Fisk and by six spoiled boxer dogs.

An accomplished golfer and curler, she spent summers in Georgian Bay where she enjoyed rowing, fishing and swimming. Many thanks to Kay Cohen, the staff on the 2nd floor at Amica Thornhill and the staff at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, on Sunday, November 11th from 2 - 4 p.m. and on Monday, November 12th from 12:00 2:00 p.m. with family remembrances at 1:00 p.m.

Private interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetary. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Toronto Humane Society or the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com

HARRY CURETON

Passed away surrounded by family on October 4, 2018. Born in Liverpool, England on May 21, 1935, Harry immigrated to Canada in 1957. He met and married Isabelle Elliott. The two lived in Toronto and Orangeville before settling more permanently in Peterborough where he taught at Fleming College and maintained an accounting practice. Harry and Isabelle retired to the Kootenay mountains and spent many happy years together. A maverick and original thinker, Harry never looked for the obvious or predictable path in life. A loyal, loving father and husband, predeceased by his wife Isabelle, he is survived by his children David (Hannah), Margaret (Geza), Michael (Trudy) and Jacqueline (Michael); grandchildren Ashley, Morgan, Melissa, Keryll, Jessica, Heather, Greg, Cormac and Evan and great grandchildren Carson, Isabelle, Payton, Landon, Gioseppi, and Kohen.

A celebration of life will be held on November 10 at Nisbett Funeral Home in Peterborough Ontario.

JAMES FREDERICK KINDER

May 8, 1922 - November 4, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jim has passed away in his 97th year, having lived a full and giving life. He was greatly loved and admired for his integrity, decency and his sharp and quick mind. He was predeceased by his beloved Bernice. They were married for 68 years. He was also predeceased by his six older sisters.

He was a proud veteran who served as a navigator with the RCAF Bomber Command in World War II. His family and friends were most important to him and he displayed a profound love and dedication to them, earning the same in return.

He was the respected and loved father of David (Julie), Nancy (Dan) Tregunno, Tom (Robin), and Kathy (Kevin) Percival. His grandchildren knew that Grandpa would have the answer to any question asked. Jennifer (Joel), Beth (Dan), James (Pam), Alex, Victoria (Marc), Andrew (Kristina), Nick, and Aaron (Shannon). He was "Grandpa the Great" to Ewan, Isaac, Elliot, Leo, Eric, Nolan and Claire.

Visitation at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville Sunday, November 11th 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville Monday, November 12th at 12:00 p.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign or Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"Stand down good and faithful servant and be at peace"

AL SANDLER

On November 7, 2018 at Humber River Hospital. Al Sandler, beloved husband of Fay. Loving father and father-in-law of Shelle Sandler and Marvin Kalchman, Lori Sandler and Mark Wulfand, and Vida Hamilton-Sandler and the late Gary Sandler. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jerry Sandler and Ann MacNaughton.

Devoted "Zaid" of Stacey, Marissa and Will, Hayley and Matt, Joshua, Zachary, Emily, Laurie, Avi, Justin, Kayla, Daniel and Michelle, and Randy and Krystal.

Devoted great-grandfather of Jacob, Sarah, Benjamin, Mikayla, Madelyn, and Conner.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Interment in the community section of Pardes Shalom cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Albert Sandler Memorial Fund c/o Baycrest Foundation 416-785-2875.

FRIDA STERN

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Toronto. Beloved wife of the late Benjamin Stern. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Bella and Mark Greene, Anne and Charles Marmar, Norman Stern, and Susan Stern and Yankee Levinson. Devoted grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 13; Frida cherished and took great pride in her family. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, and will be remembered for her strength, genorisity, grace and wit.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment Community Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 11 Townsgate Drive, #911, Thornhill.

Memorial donations may be made to Beit Halochem Canada, 905-695-0611 or to Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.

GINGER CROSSIN ALLAN TAFEL "Mary Ruth"

Great Scott! November 7, 2018 Ginger sashayed forth on her final trip.

Born June 26, 1930 daughter of Maud Elizabeth Macpherson (d.

July 28, 1951) and Harry Wilfred Crossin (d. November 14, 1973), sister of Bill Macpherson Crossin (Linda May Keyser).

Mary Ruth was a proud graduate of Branksome Hall School, a Brown Owl in the Girl Guide Association and a graduate of Macdonald Hall, Guelph. Ginger was a member of the Junior League of Toronto, Regent of the Edward Johnson Chapter of the I.O.D.E, Guelph and proudly served as an elected trustee on the Wellington County Board of Education.

Dear wife of Theodore Tafel (d.

June 22, 2015) for 34 years and proud 'Nana of Nine' Aimee and Alexandra Puthon, Gwynne and Maeve Allanford, Abigail and Katie Allan, Marlisa (Joao), Kalli and Steffi Ringelberg, Mother of John (Kelly South), Betsy (Andy Puthon), Kathy (Patrick Ford), and Bill (Suzi Chick d. November 14, 2013) lived 20 years in Guelph with Max Allan (d. August 4, 2004) to raise their four red heads. Loving stepmom of Lisa (Maarten Ringelberg), Tedi and Carl Tafel.

In March 1981, Ginger accompanied Bev Thring to her daughter Mary's wedding in London, England, where she met the brides godfather, Theodore Tafel. They married September 26, 1981, she moved to Toronto, where her life took a new exciting course.

With the children of both families taking their steps away from home, Ted and Ginger took off too. Following a one-month trip across Asia, they agreed that flying every other day was not for them. In 1983, they began their fabulous exploration of the world with a 6-month trip, in a truck, from London to Nairobi. Over 34 years and more than 100 trips together, they explored over 140 countries preferring the slower longer routes that took them into people's homes.

Ted and Ginger loved their snowbird home and friends in Sandestin, Florida. They shared a love of golf and for many years playing six months in Florida and at their Toronto "golf homes" Ladies Golf Club of Toronto and Mississauga Golf and Country Club.

Friends will be welcomed by family on Saturday, November 10th 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West. No flowers please. To celebrate Ginger's life; raise a glass, mind your manners, be good company and te-da-te-da-te-da-te-da. Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca.


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