Wednesday, December 5, 2018
WILFRED A. BOYCE
Wilfred A. Boyce died peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; children, Jeffrey, Martha (David) and Roger (Marianne); and grandchildren, Matthew, Emma, Brett, Campbell and Jack.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Avenue United Church, 28 Fairlawn Avenue, Toronto with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the church prior to the service.
Reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fairlawn Walk-in Support Program by cheque to Fairlawn Avenue United Church.
Please note "Walk-in Support" on the cheque.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles newbigging.com.
WILLIAM NEVILLE DUNCAN "Bill"
B.A. Sc., P. Eng
Peacefully at Canterbury Gardens in Peterborough on Thursday November 29, 2018 at the age of 98. Predeceased by his wife, Marion (nee Lowe). Bill will be sadly missed by his daughter, Kyle (Lloyd Gray); son, Sam (Grace Dittrich); and grandsons, Andrew Duncan-McWilliams, George Gray and Daniel Dittrich-Duncan. Brother of Doris Wightman (Jack deceased) and the late Kenneth (Rosemary deceased) and the late Donald (Carol). Son of the late William and Mary Duncan. Also survived by cousins John and Paul, and many nieces and nephews.
Born at home on Pickering Street in the east end of Toronto, he was a Beaches boy. He attended Adam Beck P.S., and Malvern Collegiate.
He served overseas in Europe in the Corps. of Royal Canadian Engineers during the Second World War.
After the war, he graduated in Mining Engineering from the University of Toronto. His career in mining and construction spanned 35 years concluding with his role as a Councilor Specialist for the Construction Safety Association of Ontario.
A gifted athlete, he played football for the U. of T Varsity team and for the Toronto "Balmy Beach" Beachers. He played hockey. During the war, he was the catcher for the Canadian Army baseball team in Italy. In retirement, he was a member of the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, where he shot his age 51 times.
Bill was an enthusiastic member and several times president of the Class of 5T0 Mining Engineers who travelled widely together. He was past president of the Eels Lake Cottagers Association, and also served as a member of the executive of the Federation of Cottagers' Associations. He played bridge and over the years was a member of the Peterborough Duplicate Bridge Club, Queen of Clubs Bridge Club and The Saturday Night Bridge Club.
He said he had married a special woman and lived a fortunate life.
Family will receive friends and relatives at Canterbury Gardens, 1414 Sherbrooke St, Peterborough ON, on Monday, December 10, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
with eulogies at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.highland parkfuneralcentre.com
AILEEN GIFFEN "Mike"
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mike Giffen on Sunday December 2, 2018. Mike passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 81, surrounded by her family, her best friend for over 70 years, Joan Knowles and her beloved dog, Ossie.
Mike was predeaceased by her parents, Doris and Harry McEwan; her sister, Barbara; and her nephew, Cameron Fraser.
Proud and loving mother to Heather (Lorna), James (Maria) and Julia Atthill (Paul). Nana "Goose" to Sam and Emmy Giffen and Paige and Ainsley Atthill. Cherished aunt to Laurie, Kim and Tracey.
Mike grew up in Leaside and was an avid and accomplished figure skater. She loved her summers on Georgian Bay. Mike graduated in physiotherapy from the University of Toronto where she was a varsity cheerleader for 3 years.
Mike moved with her then husband, Peter Giffen to Kitchener in 1965 where she raised her family and spent the next 50 years.
Wanting to be closer to her kids, Mike moved back to her home town of Toronto in 2015. She retained her fierce independence living on her own until her death.
During her life, Mike volunteered for many organizations including: federal, provincial and municipal elections, Waterloo Seniors' Recreation Centre, I.O.D.E. and the K-W Art Gallery.
Mike enjoyed being a member of the KW and Leaside Probus clubs, DuPont Dollies from T.C.S.C.C.
and Westmount G &CC.
Mike's children are thankful for the wonderful care from Dr. Debbie Selby at Sunnybrook Hospital allowing our mom to die at home with the dignity she so wanted.
The family will receive friends at the Toronto Cricket Club, 141 Wilson Ave., Toronto on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 2 - 4 p.m.
If desired and as an expression of sympathy, donations to the Toronto Humane Society would be appreciated by her family.
Hetty's journey began in Utrecht, The Netherlands on June 28, 1929, as Hendrika Johanna Theresia Harmsen, the second child of Johannes Harmsen and Maria Buiting. Together with siblings, To, Bram, and Ria, she navigated childhood into the Nazi occupation of her homeland, enduring five years of extreme hardship.
With the war behind her, a young Hetty was introduced to Theodorus Holtzheuser in 1950. Their eyes met and an eternal bond was forged. Theo moved to Toronto to reunite with his brothers and their new business. In 1952, determined that the ocean would not separate her from her love, she followed Theo to Toronto, where in 1954 they would marry.
Together, they worked hard to build an ever expanding Holtzheuser Brothers Ltd. In 1957, pregnant, Hetty and Theo decided to return to Nederland in order that their child would be born on Dutch soil. That summer they were rewarded with the birth of a son, Theodoor "Bob".
The following 39 years, Hetty, Theo, and Bob, would divide their time between Canada, their land of opportunity, and Nederland, their land of belonging. Oma and Opa became their cherished title with the arrival of kleinkinderen, Shantelle, Sierra and Sheree.
In 1996, Theo was no longer able to continue their journey together. From that day forward, Hetty continued in her role as Mom and Oma, expanding that role as Great Oma with the addition of great-grandchildren, Wesley, Everley, and Kingsley.
She spent her days watching over her flock, making sure that they knew her love. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 89 1/2 years of age, she too was not able to continue in that journey, and whilst in her sleep, she knew not, that tomorrow was not in her.
To be reunited with her beloved Theo was her most desired wish.
At Hetty's request a private family reunification and burial.
MARJORIE MILLIGAN (nee Kitchen)
Passed away peacefully with family by her side, at the Village of Tansley Woods Retirement Home in Burlington, on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the age of 91. The loving wife of the late John Milligan, Marjorie was the eldest of the 9 children of Percy and Marion Kitchen. Dear sister to Bruce (Claudette), Carl (Patti), John (Lee), Don (Gail), and Lynda Crickett (James). Predeceased by brothers Jim (late Shirley), Ken (Jean), and Bill (Jean). She will be missed by her nieces and nephews, as well as her many friends in Flesherton, Schomberg and Burlington, and particularly by her dear friends and neighbours, Craig and Helen Pritchard and Sue Wickett.
A dedicated educator, she began her teaching career in the one room "North" school in Tecumseth, ON. She then taught at Islington Public School in Toronto for 15 years until she and John moved, as newlyweds to Burlington. In Burlington, she taught at both Wellington Square Public School and Burlington Central Public School. Her interest in education continued after retirement as she closely followed the progress of the younger generations. She was the hub of her large extended family that was spread throughout Canada and enjoyed hearing of their exploits. In retirement, Marjorie and John enjoyed their summers in Flesherton and their winters in Burlington, while engaging in their lifelong interest in travel.
They involved themselves in many clubs and organizations.
John and Marjorie enjoyed the conviviality of all they met.
Always kind, caring and gracious, she enjoyed a life well lived. She will be sadly missed by many.
As per Marjorie's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private interment will be held for family and friends in Schomberg at a later date. If desired, donations in Marjorie's memory to Friday Night Community at Wellington Square United Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, (905-632-3333).
DR. HELENA NISKALA "Helen"
Passed away peacefully on November 30, 2018 at Three Links Care Centre in Vancouver. Helen is survived by her loving niece Marlene Niskala, her great-nephew Aaron Fogelman (Saralyn) and her great-great-nephews Jacob and Finn. Helen will be fondly remembered by relatives in Northern Ontario and Finland and by many friends, colleagues and former students world wide.
Helen was predeceased by her mother Annie Heikkila (Verner), her father Seth Niskala and her brother Leo Niskala (Ethel).
Helen graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and Tuberculosis Nursing from TW in 1951. She was a lifelong learner and went on to receive her Certificate of Clinical Supervision and Administration from U of T in 1954, her Diploma in Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing for Nervous Diseases in London, England in 1958, her Bachelor of Nursing in 1964 from McGill University, Montreal, her Master of Sciences in 1968 from the University of California and her Doctor of Education from the UBC in 1976.
Helen achieved great success in her career working as a Nurse, Nursing Instructor, researcher, Administrator and she retired as an Associate Professor Emerita from UBC.
Helen was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Nursing Education from RNABC.
Helen loved her family, her Northern Ontario roots, her Finnish heritage and her life long and newer friendships.
She enjoyed studying and working with Nurses dedicated to improving the health of clients and patients. She was a proud supporter of Nursing history. Helen loved to travel and thoroughly enjoyed conversations with others. She will be dearly missed.
As a family we want to thank the teams at Three Links Care Centre for the excellent standard of care they provided to Helen over the last 6 years.
At Helen's request there will be no funeral service.
June 28, 1953 December 5, 2014 Artist, free spirit.
At home in nature.
Beloved mother, cherished wife, dear sister.
Always Max, Jacob, Shona, Sven, Aviva and Mark
FRANCIS OLIVER OXLEY
February 16, 1925 November 30, 2018 Affectionately known to his friends as FOO, died peacefully, surrounded by family at 93. WWII D-Day Veteran, husband, father and friend, Frank lived a life full of adventure and laughter. He is survived by his wife, Beryl (Rosher); seven children; 16 grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren.
Funeral service 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 6, at Rosedale United Church, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank Oxley's name to the Scott Mission.
NANCY EVELYN PATERSON
It is with great sorrow that the family of Nancy Evelyn Paterson announces her passing on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the age of 60 years old. Nancy's battle with cancer ended peacefully.
Nancy is remembered by two brothers, Doug and David; a nephew, Matthew; a niece, Amanda; and her immensely loved great-nephew, Shannon.
Nancy was an electronic media artist and professor.
She completed her undergrad at the University of Toronto and her PhD at York University in 2009, researching internet infrastructure and visualization.
We are pleased to honor Nancy's request that her passing be marked by a 5 day remembrance - "I'd like to show a video which I made around cancer. It is both funny and serious." Please join us at the George Brown House, 186 Beverly St., December 8th through 12th in the Morning Drawing Room.
Hours on the weekend will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekday hours will be 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Born in Scotland in 1938 and passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 at her home in Toronto.
Beloved wife of Roger W. Warren for 52 years. Predeceased by her parents and brother Stewart.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Friday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m.
As she was an animal lover, donations to the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, ovcpet@ uoguelph.ca, 1-519-824-4210 would be appreciated. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.