Monday, June 10, 2019
DUSAN BEZIC´ (Dick) Dusan (Dick) Bezic´
passed away the morning of May 22, 2019 in his home at the Russell Hill Retirement Residence, Toronto, several days shy of his 94th birthday.
Dusan's beloved wife of sixty-three years, Angeline, predeceased him by five years. His sister, Tomasina; brothers, Ivo and Tomislav; and brotherin-law, Richard Mateljan, have also predeceased him. Dusan is survived by his son, Val (Pamela); his daughter, Sandra (Kevin Albrecht) and his four cherished grandchildren, Shanda, Carlyn, McKenzie and Dean. His nieces and nephews, Niksa Bezic, ´ Rick, Brian and Maria Mateljan and Neda and Vesna Bezic´ were cherished by him. His sister-in-law, Mary Mateljan, was dear to him.
Dusan Bezic was born in Grohote on the island of Solta, Croatia on May 31, 1925. At the age of eleven, he left his home to attend school on the mainland and embarked on what became a remarkable life.
Dusan was drafted into the National Liberation Army in 1943 and he was wounded in battle on the island of Korsula.
c With the help of Allied Forces, he was transferred to a hospital in Italy. He lived in refugee camps in Italy, Egypt and Palestine from December 1943 until March 1950. During this time, he obtained a degree in Philosophy in Jerusalem in 1948.
In 1950, Dusan immigrated to Canada. Kajo and Ivanica Mateljan heard that a young man from their village, who only possessed a suitcase of books and a desire to learn English, had just arrived in Toronto. They took him in and one year later, he married their daughter, Angeline. She was born and raised in Huntsville, Ontario. Angie and Dusan loved Muskoka and Harp Lake became close to their hearts and a summer place for family and friends.
He embraced everything Canadian Angie could teach him - except skating.
Although his one attempt at skating ended badly, his son, Val, and daughter, Sandra, became five-time Canadian Figure Skating Pairs Champions. As busy as Dusan was running his own business, he never missed his children's many competitions and always made the effort to experience international culture with them. In 1972, when Sandra and Val represented Canada at the Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, Dusan arranged for an extended family trip throughout Japan.
From 1950 to 1952, he worked as a labourer in a meat-packing factory.
Fluent in Italian, this was of great benefit to him when he started his own development and construction firm, Bezic Developments Limited in 1957.
In 1983, he joined his son, Val, to form Glen Orchard Homes, which was recognized with eight industry awards and voted Best Builder in Oakville, Ontario. In 2004, the Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce awarded Dusan a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1963, Dusan successfully campaigned to support Liberal MP, Walter Gordon, Minister of Finance. He was asked to relocate to Ottawa to become a member of the staff, but Dusan declined in order to not uproot his family.
He also declined the honour of becoming the Ambassador to Canada for the newly formed country of Croatia because it would have required that he relinquish his Canadian citizenship. He always said that his first loyalty was to his country, Canada.
Dusan was a charismatic, determined, irrepressible force. With eternal optimism, he always saw the silver lining, even throughout many brushes with death. 'Dusko', or 'Dick' to his vast circle of friends, loved a good conversation over a glass of wine and his favourite Mediterranean seafood.
His closest friends were considered family. His grandchildren called him 'Dida' and family holiday gatherings revolved around his famous barbequed turkey. He nurtured life-long friendships and never hesitated to help when he could.
Dusan started his involvement in Croatian community affairs in the refugee camps in Italy and Egypt and continued upon arriving in Toronto. He was one of the founders of the Toronto Croatian Parish, Our Lady Queen of Croatia and served on the Parish Council for twelve years. He was also one of the founding members of the Toronto Croatian Credit Union and was elected to its board for fourteen years, serving as a board member, president, and as a member of the Union's audit committee. He was a founding member of the Croatian Studies Foundation, through whose auspices the Chair for the Study of Croatian Language and Culture was established at the University of Waterloo. He was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union from 1950 until 2012. He has been a member of the Almae Matris Croaticae Alumni Toronto Chapter, and the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, since their inception. In 1991, he served as president of the Canadian-Croatian National Fund. He has been a member of the International Committee of Know Thyself! Nosce te Ipsum! Croatian Section for Outward Bound, since 2006. Dusan assisted financially and materially in the development of the Croatian Centre in Norval, Ontario, and the building of the Croatian Church of the Holy Trinity in Oakville, Ontario.
For three years (1975-1978), he served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Metros-Croatia, culminating with their historic win of the North American Professional Soccer Championship in 1976. In 2010, the Club was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.
In 1991, by a decree of President Dr. Franjo Tudjman of the Republic of Croatia, Dusan was appointed as the first representative of the Republic of Croatia in Canada. He held this position, pro bono, until February 1994.
In 1995, President Tudjman bestowed upon him the Order of the Croatian Trefoil and the Homeland War Memorial Medal.
On June 28, 1994, Dusan received the Canada Birthday Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Toronto and District, Canada Day Committee for his volunteer work in the Canadian Croatian community. In 1991, and again in 1998, he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his humanitarian contribution to Croatia by the American humanitarian organization AmeriCares.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all those at The Russell Hill Retirement Residence for their kindness and care and to the dedicated medical staff and many doctors at St. Michael's Hospital who treated Dusan's many conditions, including Dr. Anthony Graham, Dr. Samir Grover, Dr.
Jason Lee, Haytham Sharar and Aracelie Caalim.
Visitations will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 13th and 14th from 6-9 pm at Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 9 am at Our Lady Queen of Croatia, 7 Croatia Street, Toronto followed by an entombment at the Park Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, 2845 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. Michael's Hospital Foundation for Robert McRea Heart Health Unit, or to: St. Stephen Parish Grohote, Croatia c/o Our Lady Queen of Croatia, Toronto.
KATHARINE BAULCH "Grace"
Grace Baulch passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Russell Hill Retirement Residence, aged 100.
She was the daughter of Katherine (McKenzie) and Herbert McClymont. Born and raised in Toronto, she attended Victoria College before marrying Frederick W.A. Baulch in 1941. Predeceased by her husband and greatgrandson, Jason Callaghan.
GG (Grandma Grace) as she was affectionately known, will be sorely missed by her surviving family: her children: Barbara (Yves) Larrue, Joan (Michael) Beck, Peter (Beverley) Baulch; her brother: Kenneth R. McClymont; eight grandchildren: Jennifer (Carl) Spiess; Suzanne (Norman) Callaghan; John (Liza) Armstrong; James (Paola) Larrue-Baulch; Patricia (Steven Schultz) Beck; Paul (Evelyn Kamiliotis) Beck; Samantha (Ian MacDonald) Baulch; Andrew (Rosalynn) Baulch; 18 great-grandchildren; and by two nieces and a nephew and their families.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th.
A service of remembrance will follow in the chapel.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (http://www.tlcpc.org) or The Great Trail (https://thegreattrail.ca).
Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.
LESLEY HELEN HARRIS (1948 - 2019)
On May 17, 2019 after a lengthy illness, Lesley passed away peacefully on Gabriola Island, BC with her husband, Glenn, and daughters, Amanda and Brooke, at her side.
Born in London, England, Lesley immigrated to Canada with her parents at the age of 7. She attended school in Toronto, moving to London, Ontario in 1975 upon marriage to Glenn. She worked in public relations for the Ontario government for a number of years. She was also an active volunteer, chairing London's Contact Crisis Centre and serving as a member of the Parkwood Hospital board. The family moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta in 1991 and to Gabriola Island, British Columbia in 2004.
Lesley loved Gabriola. She developed many dear friendships and became an active member of the community, pursuing her artistic interests including serving as board member of the Gabriola Arts Council. Wise, witty and full of life, she was an intensely loving mother and wife and a loyal, generous and compassionate friend. The family has been overwhelmed by expressions of love and support that attest to the extraordinary woman she was and to the powerful impact she had on so many people. It is difficult to find words to express adequately our appreciation.
Special thanks to Dr. Tracey Thorne and all the other members of the health care community on Gabriola who gave her comfort and support during her illness.
Donations can be made to Gabriola Island's People for a Healthy Community or to the animal welfare charity of your choice.
A celebration of Lesley's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 14 at the Surf Lodge on Gabriola Island.
MARGARET ELIZABETH ROBB (née Lightbody)
October 21, 1 935 May 24, 2019
The Robb family is sad to announce the death of Marg Robb, beloved wife of Gordon for the last 60 years; mother extraordinaire to her three daughters, Cathy (Rob Paterson), Sue (Paul Riedlinger), and Janet (Neil Craik); and nana to Annie, C.J., Lauren, Meg, Nick, Sarah and Will. She was the older sister to Robert Lightbody (deceased), sister-in-law to Margie and aunt to Deborah (Sandy Keay) and Tamara (Rick Murdock).
Visitation will be at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St W, Toronto, Thursday, June 13, 2019 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. A service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held at Kingsway Lambton United Church, 85 the Kingsway, Etobicoke on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada (https:// ovariancanada.org/).
LENORE ANNE THOMAN (nee Butters)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lenore Anne Thoman (nee Butters) of Brantford, ON on Monday, June 3, 2019. Loving and devoted wife to the late Russell Kenneth Thoman of Brantford, ON, loving stepmother and friend to Michael, Jennifer and Brian Thoman and their respective spouses, Sacha, Peter, and Nancy. Grandmother to Scott, Jamie, MacGregor and Colton Thoman. Sister of Catherine McLean (Bob McLean) of Nepean, ON, June Collins of Cobourg, ON, and Neil Butters (Beth Butters) of Cobourg, ON. Loving Aunt to Jocqueline and Jack Holmes of Toronto, ON, Richard and Michelle Haynes of Sault Ste.
Marie, ON, Rob and Jennifer McLean of Ottawa, ON, Heather and Paul Johnston of Vancouver, BC, Alyssa Butters of Cobourg, Michael and Courtney Butters of Peterborough, ON, and cousins, Lorna Dorland and Paul Macklin.
We will always remember Lenore for her unwavering loyalty, love and devotion to her late husband Russ, her siblings and immediate family and to her many sailing and golfing friends. Lenore had a deep love of animals, especially for her beautiful Siamese cats. Lenore was a primary school teacher for both the Scarborough and Peel boards of education for 20 years.
Lenore was a great skier and an experienced sailor and won many sailing championship races in the US and Canada racing out of the P.C.Y.C. An avid and active golfer too, she will be missed at the Brantford Golf & Country Club by her friends and fellow members.
We will always carry your memory on in our hearts Lenore, and have a great sense of love and warmth knowing that you are united in heaven with your loved ones.
Funeral Services will be held at the Toll Funeral Home - 55 Charing Cross St., Brantford, ON on Tuesday, June 18th at 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held afterwards at the Brantford Golf & Country Club, 60 Ava Rd., Brantford, ON.
May 22, 1942 - June 10, 2005
How can it be 14 years? We all miss you and think of you often.
Love Di, your kids and grands..
'Hanna' Our beautiful, talented and loving Hanna left us one year ago.
Time flies Suns rise and shadows fall Let it pass Love reigns forever over all John, Julia, Michael