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Monday, May 13, 2019 – Page B15


July 30, 1958 - May 8, 2019

After a life lived fully with much laughter and joy, Margot passed away surrounded by her family in their home on May 8, 2019 in her 61st year. Margot leaves behind her beloved soul mate and best friend Peter, adoring sons Luke (Sara), Zachary (Stephanie), loving siblings Bob Birtch (Dyann), Susie Reid (Jason), Sandra Bogdon, nephews Joshua (Laya), Matthew (Leena) and Nathan (Paula), nieces Rachel and Laura, and her cherished granddaughter Brynn.

She will be sorely missed by her extended family - the countless friends whose lives she impacted so positively.

Born in Woodstock to The Venerable Robert Birtch and Yvonne Birtch (nee Potter).

Margot enjoyed her rural Ontario upbringing in homes filled with happiness and love. She studied to become a teacher at Huron College at Western University, where she found her true life calling as a beacon of love and positivity for so many. A creative mind, she also ran a successful interior decorating business with her sister for several years. Margot and her life partner Peter married in 1987, spending the next 32 years building a beautiful home, family, and successful business together.

They travelled extensively and often held celebrations with their friends, sharing their joy and their home with open arms. She was a genuine and thoughtful friend to so many. Mom loved unconditionally and was known for putting an extra place at the table for anyone who might show up. She will be sorely missed by many of the boys' friends who she welcomed into her home over the years, as well as her book clubs, rug hooking groups, knitting circles, and scrapbooking friends. She had a beautiful soul and a contagious smile that will not be forgotten. Now she is resting with the angels...and joy in the morning.

A celebration of life will be held in early June. Please contact a member of the family via email at bogdoncelebration@gmail.

com or the Barthel Funeral Home in Cambridge (519-653-3251) for further information. In lieu of flowers, please spend time being present with a friend or contribute generously to a charity of your choice.


January 16, 1933 May 7, 2019 Of Halifax passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 86 to the great sadness of his daughter Janice, granddaughter Dalyce, sons Mark (Dan), and Paul from his first marriage to Molly (née Janet May MacMillan). He was predeceased by his loving wife of 32 years, Mary, whom he had married on May 7th, as well as his sister Jean Rankin.

Born in Kincardine to Charles Kennedy "CK" and Vera, both Royal Bankers, he soon moved around southern Ontario, as bankers did then, ending up in high school in Dutton, where he excelled at basketball. Always a great singer, he sang in the Don Large Youth Chorus for WJM Detroit, as well as at weddings and other events. To the end, if a piano was playing, George was singing along, or even joining bands on-stage with his own gutbucket. He worked hard and he played hard. Always gregarious, George was forever teasing those he liked, in a way that had them laughing too, and giving it back in kind. He was liked and respected by both staff and friends.

He followed his father, starting in the Royal Bank in the July 1951 in Kingsville, ON, working from Vancouver to Halifax, ending as Senior Vice President after 39 years. He retired to Halifax, where he and Mary already had great friends, and made new ones.

George had held 3 positions in Halifax: Main Branch Manager, District Manager Branch Banking, and upon his return, Senior Vice President and General Manager--Atlantic Provinces. This was also when he became enamoured of Barbados, where he and Mary returned annually for over 30 years. He was later a member of a select team to deal with businesses across the country, restructuring them to try to keep them going.

His long and distinguished career included senior responsibilities in market management and policy development for retail banking in Head Office Montreal that entailed independent business and agricultural markets, as well as deposit and retail services.

George was very much a contributor to the communities in which he worked such as sitting on boards and supporting charities IWK, CNIB, Northwood, and Economic Development commissions for Bedford and on amalgamation, all Halifax.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16th, in St.

Andrews United Church, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the QE II Hospital Foundation, or St Andrews United Church.


88, passed peacefully on May 10, 2019 in Ajax Ontario.

Christine was born September 17, 1930 in Yorkshire, England. She met her soul mate, David in Southport in 1947 where they were married on April 1st, 1955. Together, they came to Canada and built a life full of successes.

She was first and foremost a wife and a partner to David through all they accomplished in their wonderful life together. She was a mother beyond compare to Carolyn, Christopher and Michael, and supported them in all they did. Robert, Thomas, Maria, Ally and Alex will miss the gentle loving nature that was their Nana. She was a welcoming and inclusive mother- inlaw to Luisa, Richard and Delia.

She loved her sports. She was a bowler, a tennis player, a golfer, and an avid curler. Her passion showed through in many other areas. She was a volunteer at the Ajax Hospital where her kind and loving nature shone through. She was an entrepreneur, as co-owner of 'The Welsh Dresser' a fine ladies clothing store in Pickering.

She was a librarian, working for many years in the Village branch and becoming the go to expert on every author anybody ever heard of. If you wanted to know about a book, you just asked Chris.

Special thanks to the Ajax Pickering Hospital for their supportive care, and to Arcelie and Naomi for their kind work in helping Christine stay in her home with David and her little dog Amber.

David will miss her forever, as will her children Carolyn, Chris and Mike, and her grandchildren Thomas Robert, Maria, Ally and Alex.

Visitation will be 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the McEachnie Funeral Home (28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, Ontario) 905-428-8488. Funeral Services will be held at St. Paul's- on- the- Hill Anglican Church 882 Kingston Road at Fairport, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15th, with visitation in the church prior to the service beginning at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Rotary Foundation of Canada would be most appreciated.

SHARON CLAVIR On Saturday, May 11, 2019 at North York General Hospital.

Beloved wife of the late Stanley Clavir. Devoted mother and mother-in-law of Robin Mirsky, and Laurie and the late David Balick. Loving daughter of the late Harry and Esther Hands. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Dr. Brian and Cynthia Hands. Adoring grandmother of Jonah, Hannah, Harrison, Monica, Monique, and Jesse. Loving aunt of Jeffrey, and Stuart and Desiree. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street for service on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Temple Section at Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 20 Lawnhurst Blvd. Memorial donations may be made to the Sharon Clavir Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324,

MORAG ISABEL IRVINE (née Fotheringham)

March 19, 1932 May 2, 2019 It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden death of Morag, just 2 1/2 weeks after the passing of her husband of over 61 years, Hugh Irvine. Morag was born in Motherwell, Scotland to William and Sarah (nee Turner).

She is survived by her sister Jean, her children Lorraine (Mike Upton) and Alan (Maggie) and her much loved grandchildren Nicole and Kyle.

Morag emigrated to Canada with Hugh in 1957 and proceeded to create a wonderful life for her family here. They began in Niagara Falls, then progressed to Peterborough and finally moved to Ajax in 1970. She made good friends all along the way, many of whom have reached out to the family and for which we are grateful. Morag and Hugh made a strong and loving couple, which has sometimes been described as the "immoveable object and the irresistible force." They threw wonderful parties, including many Burns Suppers for which Morag prepared haggis, steak pies and the most amazing shortbread and meringues. She takes her shortbread recipe to the grave for none could duplicate it. Morag was also a life-long swimmer. She swam competitively in Scotland and did lengths throughout her life in pools and along the ocean shore. She was a lifeguard and taught many Ajax babies to swim.

She played bridge for most of her life. She was devoted to her children as well, driving them to swimming lessons, hockey games, piano lessons and Cub/ Girl Guide meetings and many other activities. For the past 17 years Morag was the loving and vigilant caregiver to Hugh who suffered an accident which left him severely physically handicapped.

Morag was a survivor in other ways, having defeated breast cancer twice, having both knees replaced and recovering from a broken hip. Not much could slow her down.

As her family we are grateful for all the dedication and devotion she gave to us and we will miss both her and Dad terribly. We want to thank Stephen and Shauna from the Ajax Hospital for their expert and kind care of Morag during her last day. In lieu of flowers we ask that you consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Red Cross. A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 1 p.m.

at the Hilton Garden Inn, 500 Beck Crescent, Ajax.


On May 11 2019, Evelyn Lax aged96 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

Evie was predecreased by her husband Allan and survived by her brother and sister-in-law Cecil and Miriam Charron and sister Ethel Gerson. Much loved mother and mother in law of Cliff and Kim, Roz and Steve Cohen and Myron and Shirly. Devoted Nonie to her grandchildren Jonathan and Tegan, Eric and Filomena, Laurie and Sam, Jessica and Jeremy and Daniel and Deb and her 9 great-grandchildren Noah, Benjamin, Jonah, Sarah, Ella, Oliver, Amelia, Talia and Maya. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Community section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at 10 Torresdale Avenue, Apt 409, Toronto, following the interment as well as on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Evelyn Lax Memorial Fund c/o Benjamin Foundation 416780-0324


70, passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Friday May 10 after being diagnosed a week earlier with an aggressive cancer. Her suffering was limited.

Peggy was born on February 5, 1949 in Toronto to John and Anne MacIver. She lived in Ottawa, Ontario on Phillip Drive and Newmarket, Ontario on Park Avenue where she was an excellent student and supporter of all things Newmarket High School. Her earlier experience in Ottawa took her to Carleton University where she graduated with a BA in English. This lead the way to many years of teaching, most of which were done in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she also became a pillar of the community and a lover of most things Winnipeg! It was here she became a mother, as a single parent, to Dallas John and was an exceptionally loving grandmother to Damian and Aleah. Despite retiring from the classroom and moving back to Newmarket, Peg did take on a role at the TDSB and was quite proud to show younger educators how to interact with students on the Autistic spectrum.

Margaret was good at what she did because she was passionate about her role. Peggy was a wonderful mother to Dallas, aunt to Andy, Kathryn, Rachel, Nicole, Kelly and Todd and grandmother to Damian and Aleah. She was a good sister who was always in the corner for her siblings, Bill and Jane.

Services will be held on Friday May 17th, at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St.

S., Newmarket, starting with a visitation at 10 a.m.. A short service will follow at 11. Please join us in celebrating the life of Margaret Anne MacIver. Donations would be appreciated to Southlake's Palliative Care facility. On-line condolences may be made at

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