Monday, March 12, 2018
PEARL BADER January 20, 1947 - March 10, 2018
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our mother, Pearl Bader, on Saturday, March 10, 2018. She was 71 years young, and passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Pearl was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March 2016 and following chemotherapy treatment made a full recovery. For several months she became healthy and strong again, pursuing her passions with enthusiasm and energy. She went on two ski trips in the Rockies, was back running, and as always, spent time playing piano on her treasured Steinway.
In May of this year, she had a relapse. Several months of treatment yielded no response.
Pearl faced her illness and treatment with tenacity and an undaunted spirit.
Cherished and lovingly remembered by her children, Russ and his wife, Jen, Jeff and his partner, Arlee; and granddaughters, Maya, Hailey and Amelia. She will also be missed by her sister, Linda, and husband, Efraim; her best friends, Ronda and Kert; and five nephews, a niece, their partners and children.
She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Michael Grunfeld; and her brother, Harold Grunfeld.
Pearl was born in Bergen-Belsen, the concentration camp her parents were in when they were liberated by the British. It became a "DP" (displaced persons) camp and they were there for two years. Having survived the camps and devastating losses of most of their family, they found each other and started a new family.
They immigrated to Vancouver when Pearl was 21 months old.
Pearl was an independent woman with a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. She was committed to her family, friends, work and passions. She spent her entire career devoted to helping those with alcohol and drug abuse problems. She began as a clinician at the Addiction Research Foundation, continuing as they amalgamated into the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. For the past ten years, she had her own consulting practice, conducting research in tobacco control and giving workshops on health behaviour change to health practitioners.
Pearl received her BA in psychology at the University of British Columbia, moved to Toronto to complete her MSW (Masters in Social Work) at the University of Toronto. Several years later she completed a second Masters in Health Sciences (MHSc), also at the University of Toronto.
Her passion was playing the piano. While an amateur pianist, she played at a high level, taking private lessons, master classes at U of T, and belonged to an amateur piano group. She led a healthy and active lifestyle, running on a regular basis (completed 14 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons) and skiing. She loved attending concerts, plays, dining out or having a nice dinner at home with family and friends.
Most of all, she cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. Her sons, "daughters," and granddaughters were the joy of her life. Even in her darkest moments, they could put a smile on her face and melt her heart.
We would like to thank the many people who have been involved in Mom's care, with an especial appreciation to Dr. Sarah Ingber (her hematologist) and Dr.
Desmond Leung (her palliative care physician).
Funeral services to be held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel -- see website for details at http://www.benjamins.ca.
ISOBEL LORRAINE DAVIE (Nee Purvis)
One who smiled when she saw you, regardless if she knew you or not; One who knew that life was better loved, rather than fought; One who held your hand when your heart ached; And One who thought that tea was nice with cookies, but better with cake.
As the matriarch of the family, Lorraine drew direct comparisons with Queen Elizabeth II. Not only did she influence the people around her through her love and compassion, but she shared her years of wisdom with anyone who was lucky enough to ask. An amazing mother, grandmother, partner, and friend, Lorraine always made you feel like you were the only person in the room. Although she has left us here, we know that she is wearing something with sequins up there! It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lorraine Davie in Toronto on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, Orvil Davie; and her sister, Dorothy Adams. She will forever be remembered as the steadfast cheerful mother by her children, Jeffrey (Margaret), Deborah (Carl Attwood) and Melinda; as their wonderful Grammy by her seven grandchildren, Thomas and William Davie, Ashton, Clayton and Nathan (Davie Attwood), and Ben and Emily (Shilletto).
The family is forever grateful to the loving and supportive community she found at the Claremont Retirement Home in her twilight, and in her last years the wonderful minute to minute care from her Home Instead caregivers.
A funeral service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Friday, March 16th at 11 a.m.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
WILLIAM ERNEST LARDNER "Bill"
91, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Marco Island, Florida while walking joyfully in the sun admiring antique cars with his daughter, Janice; and companion, Wendy.
Bill and his late wife, Ruth, met in 1945 at a dance while they were both serving in the British Army.
They immigrated to Canada from England in 1952, starting in Ottawa where he and Ruth began their family. They moved to Toronto in 1953. An accomplished engineer graduating from the University of Birmingham in 1952, Bill cofounded Deep Foundations Contractors Inc in 1971 with Dave Miller Sr. (deceased).
He was a prominent figure in the engineering community, and was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society's G.
Geoffrey Meyerhof Award for his outstanding contribution to soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Throughout his career and retirement, Bill pioneered advancements in the field and supported the next generation of engineers through grant programs at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Birmingham, England. Bill was a curious, driven, generous family man who enjoyed rousing his family in song and engaging them in debates.
He has left behind an incredible legacy and will be sorely missed by his community, his friends, and his family, sister, Margaret (late Phillip); children, Rychard (Janet), Janice (late Jack), Ande (late Marlene), Claire (Cris); grandchildren, Thomas (Katie), William (Cindy), Michael (Emily), Alex (Chad), Samantha, Leane, Sage, late Jae; and greatgrandchildren, Ewan, Benjamin, Elias, and Theodore.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd., (east gate entrance), Toronto, ON. Celebration of Life will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at the Donalda Club, 12 Bushbury Dr., Toronto, ON. In lieu of flowers, Bill would like you to support the Scott Mission of Toronto, The Salvation Army of Toronto, The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and the North York General Hospital in his name.
"Lawrie" At Victoria Hospital, London on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Buddy Lawrence (2002). Dear father of Tim and his wife, Connie, of Baden, Rod of London and Joyce of Edmonton.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service.
LESLIE E. MARTIN
It is with great sorrow that our family announces the sudden passing of Les Martin, on March 2, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 88.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sheryl; and was the cherished father of daughter, Jackie. He was predeceased by son, Randy; his wife of 59 years, Kae; his sister, Shirley; and grandson, Stephen. Les was the loving Pop to grandchildren, Ryan, Cheryl, Chelsea, Troy, Cody; and greatgrandson, Randy. He was the treasured uncle of Christine, Patrice, Maria and of godchildren, Thom and Cathy. He will be dearly missed by all extended family and friends.
Les was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. He began his business career working for Eaton's Department Store, but it wasn't long before his true entrepreneurial spirit emerged and he left Eaton's to open his own chain of ladies' wig shops and men's hair replacement centres across Canada. From there he expanded the men's business into the United States and soon became a leader in the hair industry throughout North America.
Les had a knack for knowing when a product would be successful. He was a visionary and as a result, the business kept growing. He soon moved into other markets, such as Professional Salon Products and the Health and Wellness industry. Work was his passion, family and people were his true love. He was kind and generous, and his abundance of energy, enthusiasm and zest for life inspired all those around him. He was a friend to many and well respected all over the world.
Les was very grateful for the success he had achieved and wanted to share it with those who were less fortunate. Philanthropy was a major part of his life. He supported several charitable organizations, but Autism was closest to his heart.
When he took time away from the office, he loved golf; bridge; travelling the world; walking his dog, Louie; but most of all, time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed and will remain forever in our hearts.
There will be a gathering for family and friends to celebrate his life on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Kingsway Baptist Church, 41 Birchview Blvd., Etobicoke M8X 1H7 (Parking will be permitted on side streets near the church).
In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Haven Learning Centre will be greatly appreciated by the family. (http://www.newhavencentre.com)
Surrounded by her loving family, Garie Seymour (nee Hay) died on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, from gallbladder cancer.
Garie was born on May 19, 1942 in Chatham, New Brunswick to Edith (nee Keating) and Gara Hay, who was killed in World War II, four months later. Christened Loretta, Garie chose to adopt her father's first name as her own as a young girl. She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ronald James Seymour; her three children, Jeff (Tracy), Rhea (Kirk) and David (Dani); her granddaughter, Sophie Gara; siblings, Kate (Doug) Wray, Kim (Mike) Gebara, Norie (Terry) MacDonald, Paula (Harshad) MacDonald, Scott MacDonald; and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
Garie treasured all of her friendships, including those with Mary Lynn and Jim Williams, Cathy and Paul Standring, Art Devlin and the "Oakville Golf Gang," Annie Walsh and Alan, the Millcroft Ladies Club, and childhood friends Ellen Marie Currie and Sally Caty.
Mum lived a charmed life, which in recent years included spending winters with RJ at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida. She was a wonderful mother to her three children and a doting GG to her only grandchild, Sophie.
A fantastic cook and the ultimate hostess, she loved entertaining friends and family and could always be counted on to get the dancing started in the kitchen.
A private family mass will take place at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, 2261 Parkway Dr., Burlington, Ontario. Visitation will be held at Smith's Funeral Home (1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ontario) on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at Smith's Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow.
Peacefully, on the evening of Friday, March 9, 2018, in her 98th year. She was the beloved partner of the late Ted. She will be sadly missed by her devoted daughters, Anne Goldman and Susie Waldman and son-in-law Todd Goldsbie. Loved by her grandchildren, Elana Davis and her family, and Jake Goldsbie.
She was motivated by a passionate desire to volunteer in her Jewish community, especially at Baycrest. She will be missed by the Abbott and Geller families, and all who knew her. We are forever grateful to her loving caregivers, Edna and Vilma, and all the staff at Baycrest Apotex. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Interment Shaarei Shomayim Congregation Section at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park. If desired, donations may be made to the Alma and Ted Waldman Hospital Recreation Fund c/o Baycrest Foundation, 416-785-2875.
MEI YUH WANG
December 28, 1952 March 1, 2018 Most loving and caring mother, survived by her two sons, Yuting and Xiaoting Chu. Enjoyed a happy life and passed peacefully.