Friday, June 14, 2019
Mary Christine ("Chris") Buckner (nee Matthews) died after an illness at the age of 88 at the Elisabeth Bruyère Residence in Ottawa.
She had suffered strokes and vascular dementia in recent years.
Christine was born in East York (Toronto) on November 7, 1930, received her primary education at Hartman Jones Memorial School, her secondary education at St.
Clement's School and graduated from Toronto Normal School (the forerunner of Teacher's College).
She received her Permanent First Class Certificate for teaching in 1953; she taught first grade in Toronto and Winnipeg.
Christine married Charles Henry ("Chuck") Buckner on April 4, 1953 in Toronto. They had two children, both born in Winnipeg: Wendy Louise Buckner, born in 1959, and Brent Charles Buckner, born in 1963. After the family relocated from Winnipeg to Ottawa, Christine along with Chuck was a leader of the local swimming community for many years; Christine was a Master Official and was the Executive Secretary of the Eastern Ontario Swimming Association for five years. After Chuck's retirement they enjoyed proctoring exams for Carleton University, and they were active political volunteers. Longtime residents of Nepean, Chuck and Chris spent many winters at their condo in Indian Shores, FL.
Wendy died in 2010; Chuck died in 2014. Christine is survived by her son Brent and her sister Anne Tetley (nee Matthews). A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 22 at Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.
1933 - 2019
Passed away peacefully June 9, 2019 from complications with pneumonia.
Maryon left this life as she would have wanted, listening to one of her favourite opera arias.
Born in Toronto to Bulgarian immigrants, she went to Riverdale Collegiate and studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1952, she entered the University of Toronto to study Art and Archaeology, graduating with Honours in 1957. The next year she left for England for post graduate studies in Archeology, Painting and Sculpture. She was also an expert fencer who may have made the Canadian Olympic team had she not suffered from a dislocated hip since birth.
In 1969, Maryon returned to Canada to pursue sculpture and discovered she was a feminist. She was a founding member of the Toronto New Feminists. Her passion for women's rights was unbounded. She gave lectures and appeared on national television to express her strong feminist opinions. Her powerful convictions were always lightened by her delightful sense of humour.
As a sculptor, Maryon was known worldwide and had solo exhibitions in London, Milan, Montreal and other major cities. In 1974, frustrated at the lack of a local foundry with capacity for casting her larger works, she purchased the Toronto Arts Foundry with the partnership of Al Green who remained a lifelong dear friend and patron. Some of Maryon's large outdoor bronze sculptures can be found in Munich, Milan, Washington, D.C. and at Canadian embassies in Mexico City and Tokyo. In Toronto and Windsor she has numerous works, most notably the Frederick G. Gans Memorial outside Osgoode Hall.
In all her convictions and activities, Maryon was always rooted by her relationship with her mother, Irene, who kept her grounded and whose passing 19 years ago left a gaping hole in Maryon's heart. Her many friendships included Johanna, Bonnie, Molly, Geneen, and Edwina.
Predeceased by her mother, Irene; her father, Kris; her brother, Karl; and sister-in-law, Pat. Survived by husband, Gerard; nephew, Karl; niece, Karen; great-nieces, Kayln and Emma, and devoted "little sister," Rafy. Thank you to caregivers, Rianne and Linda and Evangeline. Many thanks to Barry Green and siblings for their generous support of Maryon after Al's passing.
We will remember Maryon as a vibrant accomplished artist, and also as a compassionate, loving and inspiring spirit.
Visitation will be held at York Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft Road, on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at York Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Al Green Sculpture Studio and School.
Online condolences can be made at http://www.etouch.ca.
GERALD COHEN (Jerry)
Peacefully at home on June 12, 2019.
Beloved husband of Dianne Jones. Predeceased by his loving wife, Myrna Cohen. Proud father and father-in-law of Jay and Carolyn, Ellen, and Stephen, and Susan. Caring grandfather of Jessica and Casey, David and Marlie, Carly and Jordan, Jordan and Sami and Ryan. Greatgrandfather of Noah and Lily. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Sick Kids 416-813-8787. There will be a private family service. Shiva at 3 Rosemary Lane, Toronto. The Shiva is on Thursday, June 13th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Friday, June 14th from 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
AUDREY JEAN KERR (nee Wood)
July 21, 1925 - June 10, 2019
Audrey died peacefully at her home in Toronto on June 10, 2019 after a long illness.
Predeceased by her parents, James Willis Wood and Helen Wood (nee Porter); and her siblings, Shirley and Barbara.
She is survived by her loving husband, Donald; and her children, Michael (Susan), Margaret and Christine (Borys).
Audrey was born in Cavan County near Peterborough, graduated from University College in the University of Toronto, and went on to have a successful career as the Head of History at Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. There, she made many friends and worked tirelessly for the benefit of her students. She was a lifelong member of the University Women's Club, an accomplished pianist, an avid student of history, a world traveller and an antique collector.
The family is grateful for the compassion and dedication of Audrey's many caregivers, which allowed her to remain in her home with Donald and her beloved Dalmatian Gloria.
We would like to thank Dr.
Zysman and St. Elizabeth's Society. A private service will be followed by interment at St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathy McGregor (nee Murphy). She died peacefully after a short illness on Monday, June 10, 2019 in her 76th year, and spent her last days with her devoted husband John McGregor, her partner for over 40 years, her sons, dear family and friends.
Kathy was the cherished mother of Chris Watson (Meredith), Matthew Watson (Grace), and Kevin Watson, predeceased in 2012 (Christi). Kathy was a loving grandmother, or as she like to be called "MIMI", to Sadie, Kieran, Charlie, Owen, Francis, Olivia and Gwyneth. She was a beloved sister to Peggy, Maureen, Patrick and Dennis. Kathy was predeceased by her brother Kevin and her parents John and Peggy Murphy.
Born March 14, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Kathy spent her youth in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and attended Marymount Manhattan University and Marquette University. She moved from Lacrosse to Toronto in 1965. Kathy started selling real estate in 1977 and retired after spending a successful 30 years with Royal Lepage. Many of her former clients are close friends today. Kathy and her husband John travelled extensively and enjoyed memberships at The Lambton Golf Club, The Caledon Mountain Trout Cub and the Lost City Golf Club in Atlantis, Florida.
Kathy will always be remembered by family and her many friends for her unconditional love, loyalty, generosity, compassion and extreme zest to live life to the fullest. She was quick, funny, bold and would strike up a conversation with anybody. Kathy's intense love also extended to animals as well, especially her West Highland Terriers. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and any person lucky enough to meet her.
The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr.
Normand Laperriere, Dr. Warren Mason, Dr. John Bryson, Annie, Tharsika, Rebecca, Deborah, Lorna, Carolyn, Deven, Yaa, Kaitlin, Linda and the rest of the incredible staff at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. In lieu of flowers, please donate to https://thepmcf.ca/Home.
There will be a celebration of life at Lambton Golf Club, 100 Scarlett Road, Toronto, Ontario on Monday, June 24th from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m.
PETER HOWARD HUNTER RIDOUT
QC On Monday, June 10, 2019 Peter Howard Hunter Ridout died against his wishes. When told by his attending physician that death was imminent, at age 93 ½, his response was "SO SOON?" His wit, intelligence, and heart were intact to the end. He was incredulous that nothing else would cooperate! Predeceased by the love of his life and wife of over 50 years, Judith Jane Blackey and his sisters, Joan Bruce and Katharine Knier Kortright, he achieved a Ridout age benchmark through life balance, persistence, curiosity, and four walks a day with his best friend, Charlie. Peter is survived by two generations, Antoinette Ridout and Rob Armstrong of West Vancouver, Thomas and Jana Ridout of Toronto, Peter Ridout and Jacqueline Barron of Calgary, James and Megan Ridout of Toronto and grandchildren, Rebecca, Talia, Samuel, Matthew, Amelia, Charlie, Griffin, Brooke, Leo, Cormac, Jardine, and Blackey.
Peter survived boyhood as a citizen of the Republic of Rathnelly, where fingers in toasters, firecrackers in gas tanks, and the local toughs claimed numerous victims and warned future generations off all kinds of danger. Brown School, Oakwood Collegiate, and ultimately University of Toronto Schools instilled in Peter hard work, perseverance, knowledge, and inquisitiveness.
His summers were spent first as a caddie in 1942 and then a bellhop in 1946 and '47 at Banff Springs Hotel, all the while enjoying mountain hikes, motorcycle rides to Lake Louise, golfing, and camaraderie.
He formed lifelong friendships and an attachment to Western Canada and the mountain parks.
Peter attended Trinity College, U of T. After graduating, he spent a year in Abitibi and then enrolled at Osgoode Hall leading to a career in law. He started practice in 1953 with his friend and brother-inlaw Maxwell Bruce and practiced for 40 years, most recently as a partner at McMillan Binch. His legal career was eclectic and followed his interests. He was not a litigator but litigated complex matters to the Supreme Court of Canada with success. His practice touched numerous areas in which he excelled becoming a trusted advisor to many. He was always generous to his colleagues, especially those he mentored. His only bias was excellence.
Peter's interests were many and reflected the Canada of his generation. Canoe tripping, Collingwood, Muskoka, Georgian Bay were hallmarks of a life well lived. On a ski vacation at Tremblant he met the love of his life, Judith. In competition, he won her hand starting his favourite journey in life. Four children followed and a life full of adventure. When not a gentleman farmer, his devotion was to Grace Church on the Hill and its community although less so the 8am service. He served on numerous boards and gave his time generously to the needs of the community.
A lifelong student at University of Toronto he devoured books, current affairs and always connected to the world around him. He was also a lifelong student of French and dressed with flair and purpose. Travel was with intent, highlighted by many unique destinations, China in 1972 and most recently a multigenerational family trip to the Western Front to trace the WWI experience of Col. James Arthur Blackey, his father-in-law.
With a reduced range of athletic goals in his later years, golf, billiards, the sport of bridge and accompanying friendships brought constant joy to his calendar. In addition he relished his next doctors' appointments and humoured doctors and nurses alike always asking about their schooling and upbringing.
His loyalty to family and friends, spanned every part of his life and all generations.
Peter's final steps were taken at Pleasant Prospect, his farm of 50 years, in the Pretty River Valley on a beautiful day with Spring flowers, birds in abundance, and views into the middle distance.
From there he took his leave and we are poorer for his absence.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Church on the Hill at 3 p.m.
on Monday, June 17, 2019.
In Peter's memory, memorial donations may be made to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital or University of Toronto School (UTS).
DUNCAN ALEXANDER SCOTT B. Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P. (c)
The world has lost one of its brightest lights. Duncan Alexander Scott departed this world on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and has left a legacy of love and kindness behind. Duncan dedicated his career to helping the most vulnerable, marginalized and troubled of society - and in doing so transformed and improved the lives of many. However, this was true not just for his patients, Duncan is a true teacher and leader, he inspired, taught, and cared for his family, friends and students.
A mentor, a gentle advisor - he made everyone better by touching their lives. As such this loss is felt by too many to name here. He is most deeply mourned by his family. His 1st and 2nd wives, his daughters, grandchildren, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews and loving dogs. The family will receive friends at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston on Friday, June 14 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 a.m.
- 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Funeral service will be held from our Chapel on Sunday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Dr. Scott may be made to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre or The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. Online condolences may be directed to: http://www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com.