Friday, September 20, 2019
THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE JOHN ANDREW AGRIOS
The Honourable Justice John. A.Agrios passed away in his 86th year on September 12, 2019.
John is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; daughter, Elaine (Brian Monaghan); son, Andrew Agrios (Jenafor) and four grandchildren, Aidan, Lily, Connor, and Owen Monaghan.
He will be dearly missed by his brother, Jack Agrios; sister-in-law, Jeannie; nieces, Janice Agrios and Susan Agrios, and great-nieces, Caitlin and Lauren Smith. Also mourning his loss are his brotherin-law, Jack Brown (Joyce); sisterin-law, Elaine Walker (Lionel); nieces and nephews, Kevin, Bob, Kathy, Aron, Brad, Allison and their families.
John was born in Edmonton on October 30, 1932 to Andrew and Krinio Agrios. Graduating with a B.A. and then a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1957, he went on to practice with the law firm Emery Jamieson.
In 1980 John was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench which he proudly served until his retirement in 2008.
During John's distinguished career as a lawyer, he represented many national and international clients. In recognition of his legal skills he was chosen as the Alberta representative to the Canadian Bar Association's special committee to review Canada's constitution. Other members of that committee subsequently became Provincial Premiers and one was elected to the Security Council of the United Nations.
John was an innovator who was intent on simplifying judicial procedures. He was involved with the creation of mediation and mini trial procedures for the court, which were adopted by both national and international jurisdictions. He was also devoted to assisting new appointees to the court and was one of the four founding members of the Friends of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.
John loved being a judge and was deeply devoted to his family.
Nothing made him happier than fine wine and lively debates with family, cherished friends and his discussion groups.
Edmonton was always John's home and favorite place in the world. He felt strongly about supporting the community including the arts, education and health care. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the "Honourable Justice John Agrios Distinguished Student Achievement Fund" for law students at the University of Alberta. Please send donation payable to the "University of Alberta" to the Faculty of Law 474 Law Centre, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H5.
A Celebration of John's Life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Road NW, Edmonton.
To send condolences, please visit: http://www.fostermcgarvey.com Foster & McGarvey DWT Edmonton (780) 428-6666
ERIC CHARLES COUSINEAU
1954 - 2019
Eric passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14th surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Saint Sheila Moore, his three perfect children, Brian, Sara and Emma, his adored dog, Luna and loved brother, Paul (Judy).
Eric will be remembered as a loving and loyal husband, proud father, accomplished teacher and mentor to many.
Our deepest gratitude to his team of doctors and the family and friends that have supported him over the years.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) for a reception on Sunday, September 22nd from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Donations can be made in Eric's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.
MADELEINE JESSIE GOSNELL (nee Lascelles)
February 10, 1927 September 1, 2019
After a long full life, it is with deep sadness our family announces the passing of an extraordinary woman and mother, Madeleine Gosnell. She died at home, as she wished with courage, grace and dignity, surrounded by family. Predeceased by her loving husband Bruce Harold Gosnell.
Loving mother to Jill and Don Kowalchuk, Lesley Gosnell and Dale Mowat, Beth Gosnell and Gren-Erich Zwicker. Amazing Gramma to Jesse and Jamie Gosnell-Mowat and Leah Zwicker.
Dear Aunt to Nancy Hall, Diane Venner, Donna Macrae, Pam Ullock and Geoffrey Lascelles.
Madeleine was a very strong, intelligent, quick witted, warm, thoughtful mother and grandmother. Full of grit, she passed on many wonderful characteristics to her children and grandchildren. She had a gift for connecting and maintaining friendships. Once she was your friend she was a friend for life.
From her endless cherished tennis group friends to her immense group of developed friendships over a long lifetime and her very special close knit neighbour friendships who helped her over so many years. Bayview Golf & Country Club was a second home to Madeleine, providing many fond years of tennis, to the age of 90 and an immense social life with special close relationships with many of the staff.
A proud Alpha Gamma Delta from the University of Toronto, who studied history and classical languages, having impressively translated Homer's "The Odyssey" from Greek to English and worked at the same with The Iliad.
Always a flower gardener Madeleine was, with an aesthetic talent that came naturally as a floral arranger. Madeleine had a love of travel and was a fabulous cook, who made endless meals inspired by cuisine from her around the world travels.
There will be a celebration of life held on October 1, 2019, Bayview Golf & Country Club at 12:30 p.m.
Thank you to all of her friends and her doctor, Janet Morse, who supported her over so many years and at the end of her life.
She will be fondly remembered and missed by all whose lives she touched.
R.S. Kane 416-221-1159
GORDON ROBERT DONALDSON
August 28, 1934 - August 29, 2019
I was born in born in Vancouver, B.C. to Jessie and Dave Donaldson, my wonderful parents. My father, born in 1904, arrived in Vancouver as a very young "new Canadian" and always insisted he was Canadian - ignoring the fact that he was born in Scotland. My mother Jessie was also a Scot, arriving in Vancouver at the end of the WWI. We had a small family, consisting of my parents and my younger brother, Wally, who being a pest when he was younger, became my closest friend in the twilight of our lives.
I have been blessed with a GREAT life. As I recently told one of my granddaughters, my only regret is that I was never invited to a party at the Playboy Mansion. Other than that life has been better than I could have hoped for.
Mae and I were married in 1958 and went on to become a family of five, with one son, Doug; and two daughters, Edna and Corry, who then went on to produce the most fabulous group of Grand Children a man could ask for, as well as the finest group of "mystery trippers" a Grand-father could dream of.
On the other side of my life, I graduated from Britannia High in 1952 with a superb group of East Enders, who to this day, 67 years later still have regular reunion luncheons... I guess by the time you read this I have had my last one, but I really appreciate the wonderful friendships I have had with them over the decades.
After graduating from University of British Columbia in Commerce, I worked at a few places before joining WAJAX, a very small mining equipment company. Starting as an accounting clerk, in over 3 decades I was able to grow with the firm, to sales, general sales manager and finally I became VP and Gen. Manager for Western Canada, as Wajax grew to become the largest mining equipment supplier in Canada. I had a great career there, working with many outstanding people, both within the company and the industry. I will forever be grateful for the friendships I made with them.
While I appreciate the numerous friends I have been blessed with over the years, it is the years I have enjoyed at our summer home on Murphy Lake with many of the Grandchildren, some of whom have gone on to build their own summer homes on the "Donaldson compound." They have, and continue to make life a truly wonderful thing, and I hope they continue to enjoy the lake for many years to come, as I plan on spending eternity there with my parents who have been waiting for me for the past 20+ years. I expect that "Lexie' the latest of a long line of wonderful dogs I have been blessed with, will be joining me soon.
In closing, to all those who have always insisted on having the last word... it won't work this time because, at long last the last word is mine... My closing comment is I hope you can have as wonderful and satisfying life as I have enjoyed.
Bye for now Gord.
At Gord's request there will be no celebration of life, as he feels that his life has been one long celebration with his family and friends.
GRAEME CAMERON GIBSON
August 9, 1934 - September 18, 2019
Graeme Gibson died peacefully in the University College Hospital in London, England, with friends and family beside him, as the result of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was in his 86th year.
Graeme Gibson was the son of a Canadian Army Brigadier General and an Australian musician, and grew up in London, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, New Brunswick, Halifax, and Australia. He was a well-known novelist, essayist, authors' rights advocate, and bird conservation activist. His novels were Five Legs (1969), Communion (1971), Perpetual Motion (1983), and Gentleman Death (1995). His fictions, whether set in and around Stratford in the fifties and sixties, in rural nineteenth century Ontario, or in wartime Toronto, combine humanity and compassion with irony and the darker sides of human nature, and have been said to belong to "Southern Ontario Gothic." He also wrote for film, television, and radio.
Eleven Canadian Novelists (1973) was the first book of interviews of Canadian novelists to be published; it tells us much about the earlier days of Canadian fiction writing, through the voices of Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence, Mordecai Richler and Matt Cohen, among others. His two highly popular nature works, The Bedside Book of Birds, An Avian Miscellany (2005) and The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany (2009) combine artwork from around the world and texts from many places and ages with personal anecdotes as a way of celebrating humanity's interaction with Earth's other intelligent forms of life.
Graeme was the driving force behind the formation of The Writers' Union of Canada, which advocated for the fair treatment of writers, and then The Writers' Trust, in the 1970s, which now supports writers and their writing at many different levels. He then went on to act as the President of the newly-formed PEN Canada for two years in the 1980s, pulling together the most diverse Congress that institution had ever held, and working with International PEN to protect free speech and assist writers imprisoned for their writings.
He then turned his attention to the natural world, chairing The Pelee Island Bird Observatory beginning in 2002, and acting as Honourary CoPresident of BirdLife International's Rare Bird Club for ten years. He also organized the first bird-watching trips in Cuba, and helped naturalists and scientists there set up the Museum of Nature in Havana. He loved the Arctic and the Canadian Boreal Forest, and was at one time an ardent canoeist and hiker. He was a magnificent cook, an enthusiastic host, a singer of songs and a teller of tales.
His key contributions to both Canadian society and the international world were recognized with many honours, including the Toronto Arts Award, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, an Order of Canada, a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal, and an "environmental champion" honourary degree from Cape Breton University in 2019, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Farley Mowat Chair in Environmental Studies.
Graeme had a wide circle of friends from many parts of the world and all walks of life. He was an excellent father and an adoring and adored spouse.
He will be greatly missed.
Graeme Gibson is survived by his children Matthew and his wife Petrina Andonova, Graeme the Younger and his wife Sumiko Onishi, Jess and her husband Alec Bemis; by grandchildren Maddy, Rowan, and Alder; by the members of his extended family Sarah Gibson, Jessica Gibson, Ruth Atwood and Ralph Siferd, and Harold and Lenore Atwood; and by his partner of fortyeight years, writer Margaret Atwood.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory, to Nature Canada, or to Dying With Dignity.
DAVID ARTHUR LESLIE
1943 - 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of David Leslie announce his passing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Monday, September 16, 2019, surrounded by family.
David has been reunited with the love of his life, Susan Marie Leslie (née Ward). Loving father of Daniel and Janey, and Roger and Carolyn. Adored grandfather of Alexandra, Victoria, Ava, and Olivia. Loving brother of Margaret Falkenhagen (Dale) and Roger A.
Leslie. He is remembered fondly by his many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Most recently, he will be remembered for his unlikely, but deeply special relationship with the family canine, Fletcher D.
Leslie. David is predeceased by his mother Donalda Leslie, his father Francis ("Frank") Leslie, and baby daughter Jennifer.
Born in Ironwood, Michigan, David was very proud of his long career starting with Clarkson Gordon and culminating as Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young LLP in Canada.
Known for supporting many of the communities he lived in, he was particularly very proud of his time and involvement with the Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he served as Chairman from 2007 -2014.
David's family is deeply grateful to the nurses, doctors, and the rest of the Sunnybrook team for the exceptional care he has received over the past number of weeks.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) on Sunday, September 22nd from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on Monday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Susan Leslie Neuro-Endocrine Cancer Fund at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Friends and family can make their donation via Sunnybrook Foundation by phone (416-480-4483), web https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/ tribute or by mail, c/o Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, KGW-01, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.
DOROTHY MCLEOD (nee Browne)
December 26, 1924 August 26, 2019
After a brief battle with pneumonia, the Family is sad to announce the passing of Dorothy in her 95th year. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Bruce and leaves behind daughter, Pamela (Peter); son, James (Jo-Ann); and grandchildren, Jessica (Jesse), Meghan, Kelly and Nicholas, to whom she provided tremendous support and unconditional love over the years. Dorothy is also survived by her siblings, Eleanor, Harold, and Bob; her many nieces and nephews; and several greatnieces and nephews.
Dorothy was born in Toronto and was raised in a family of five children during the Great Depression. Dorothy worked as a legal assistant for many years.
Dorothy loved animals and upon her retirement she worked for many years as a volunteer at the Toronto Zoo. Her father was a tailor, and he passed on to Dorothy a love for sewing, knitting, quilting and crocheting.
Dorothy was very active and gained many friends from her bowling leagues and her card groups. Dorothy established very strong roots in Haliburton, Ontario, first as a teenager at her parents' cottage on Lake Kashagawigamog and later at the cottage she and Bruce built on Eagle Lake in 1967. The Eagle Lake cottage became a yearround centre of activity for the McLeod family and many lasting traditions were established there, including swimming, boating, fireside singalongs and picking raspberries. Dorothy was an avid baker and cook, and anyone assisting with the raspberry picking was assured that great raspberry pie or jam would follow. Dorothy was full of life and enjoyed cribbage, rummoli and card games at the cottage which were filled with lots of laughter and fun. Dorothy also loved the considerable amount of time she spent in Sarnia with Pam, Peter and Jessica as well as her many trips to visit sister Eleanor and family in New Hampshire.
Dorothy was a loving, kind and loyal person and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She will always be in our hearts.
Our thanks and appreciation to the staff at Vision Nursing Home, Dr. Uppal and the nurses at Bluewater Health.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, 141 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, ON M5M 3A3. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in Dorothy's memory to Sarnia & District Humane Society (sarniahumanesociety.
com). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.
GILLIAN CLAIRE MURSCHELL
May 11, 1990 August 19, 2019
We struggle to find words to describe the essence of our brilliant, beautiful Gillian, and the depth of our sorrow for her loss.
Gillian Claire Murschell died August 19, 2019, on Salt Spring Island.
Gillian was an artist; from an early age she revealed an extraordinary artistic eye and sensibility. Her remarkable capacity to "see" was manifest in everything she did, whether it be drawing, painting and photography, or writing essays, poetry, and clever scripts.
Gillian brought joy to those around her with her artwork, cards, poems, improvised on-thejob skits, and irreverent Facebook posts. She viewed the world from a fresh perspective and found the extraordinary in the mundane.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Gillian attended York House School and Prince of Wales Mini School, garnering academic awards and serving as PW Class Valedictorian, 2008. She loved literature and philosophy, and graduated with an honours degree in English from Queen's University in 2012 before enrolling in University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program in 2016. An outstanding scholar across a range of disciplines, we were never sure what path Gillian would take.
Gillian loved to travel and to immerse herself in nature.
Galiano Island was her home in latter years, and she was most herself when hiking in the forest, spending time on its scenic beaches and swimming in its waters year round. Here, she reflected carefully on the meaning of life and bravely sought inner peace and clarity.
Gillian had a quick wit, dry and often cutting. Many of her writings are droll, with touches of sarcasm, pathos and the absurd. Despite her many talents and accomplishments, Gillian was plagued with self-doubt and profound sadness. She ended her life, peacefully, on her own terms.
Gillian is lovingly remembered by her parents, Elizabeth Watts and Warren Murschell of Vancouver; her sister, Amy Phinney (Gavin) of Calgary; her family; and many close friends. A kind, empathetic and generous young woman, she cared deeply for her family and friends, and touched the lives of so many. We are grateful to her Galiano friends who recently celebrated their quirky, talented friend with an exhibit of her art and a spirited memorial celebration.
A service in Vancouver is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to suggest donations to Galiano's vibrant community association, The Galiano Club, a registered charity which stewards Gillian's beloved Mount Galiano and The Bluffs, and delivers community arts and service programs.
Dearest Gillian, we miss you. Your light will live in our hearts forever.
Rest in peace.
WILLIAM JAMES PLAXTON
Sadly on Sunday, September 8, 2019 we lost Bill to a brave and prolonged battle with cancer at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ontario. Bill was a devoted husband to Jill (Merry), loving father to William (Emma Wakim) and Heather (David MacDonald), and grandfather to Scott, Brynn, Graham, Reese, Alison, and William. Bill charmed everyone he met and was known for his gentle character, contrarian wit, and his deep love for his family and friends. Educated at UTS and U of T, Bill worked his entire life as an Ontario Land Surveyor. Without a doubt, he was a devoted supporter of the varied activities of Granji, Bill, and Heather, as well as his six active grandchildren. Bill never missed a sporting event at UCC or Havergal, and he took great pride in every gathering of friends and family, convocation, homecoming, or equestrian event on the family calendar. Dad was happiest on the farm in Puslinch, and he took pride in a meticulously maintained lawn, happy family dogs, and well-attended horses.
In his later years, Bill cherished cards, phone calls, and visits from everyone - and especially with his old friends Jimmy, Rumble, Gerry, and Bob who shared great laughs and memories! Enormous thanks to so many people who provided excellent care and company to him including the staff at Grand River Hospital, Luther Village, Lisaard House, and Parkwood Mennonite Home. A celebration of Bill's life will take place at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, on October 1st at 12 o'clock.
MARGARET INA ROBERTSON (nee Taylor)
1925 - 2018
The family of Margaret Robertson remembers and misses their mother, who passed away one year ago on September 19, 2018, after a long illness.
She was predeceased in 1989 by her husband and best friend, Jack Robertson. She is survived by her children, Ann, Paul and Mary; her son-inlaw, Jeff; her granddaughter, Hadley; her sister, Fran; and many nieces and nephews.
Mom was born on December 12, 1925 on the family farm, Meadow Grange, near Parkhill, Ontario.
She was the oldest of four girls (including Isabel, Alice and Frances) born to Edna Walper and Lloyd Taylor.
Our mother lived a long and full life. At thirteen, she moved with her sister, Tish, from the farm to nearby Exeter, boarding with a family in order to attend high school. In 1942, the farm was appropriated by the Canadian government for an airport, an event that was as difficult for Mom's family as it was critical for the war effort. While Mom yearned to be a singer in a swing band (and took singing, piano and violin lessons), she went on to attend London Normal School, study at the University of Western Ontario and teach primary school in Exeter, Toronto and Preston. It was in what is now Cambridge that she met our father, who declared to a friend after meeting her: "That's the girl I'm going to marry."
Mom enjoyed reading, gardening, playing bridge, rug hooking and travelling. She especially treasured her summers on Lake Huron - whether it was at Grand Bend as a child and young woman, or as a wife, mother and partner in a family summer business at Sauble Beach.
Mom will be remembered as a beautiful, kind, gracious, smart, independent and self-sufficient woman. The family misses her pumpkin pies, pickled beets and piano playing.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, doctors, community healthcare providers, friends, neighbours and all the many people who supported Mom and enabled her to continue to live in her own home until her passing.
A private family service was held on September 22, 2018 on a sunny day on the Sunny Side of the Street.
KATHLEEN MARGARET RICHARDSON C.C., O.M.
May 5, 1928 - September 14, 2019
Kathleen Margaret Richardson passed away peacefully at 91 years of age with family and friends by her side on September 14, 2019 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Kathleen was born in Winnipeg on May 5, 1928, daughter of the late James and Muriel Richardson. She was a much beloved younger sister to Agnes M.
Benidickson, the Hon. James A. Richardson and George T. Richardson, all of whom predeceased Kathleen. She will be fondly remembered by her sistersin-law, Shirley Richardson (James) and Tannis Richardson (George). Kathleen was adored by twelve nieces and nephews, twenty-nine great nieces and nephews, all their spouses and partners, and eighteen great-great nieces and nephews. Known simply as "Aunt", Kathleen was a confidante, counsellor, travel companion, storyteller, and picnic partner to all.
Educated at Riverbend School, Bishop Strachan School and the University of Manitoba, Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1949) and received her Honorary Doctorate of Laws (1989). She was appointed: an Officer of the Order of Canada (1973); a Companion of the Order of Canada (1994); as well as a Member of the Order of Manitoba (2005). Kathleen also received: the University of Manitoba Jubilee Award (1975); the Edmund C. Bovey Award, Council for Business and the Arts in Canada (1991); Arts Champions Award for Arts Patronage, Winnipeg Arts Council (2007); and the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists Medal for outstanding contribution to the Arts (2007).
Kathleen served as a Director of James Richardson & Sons, Limited from 1954 to 1998. Following her retirement, she was appointed Director Emeritus in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Firm. In addition to her lifelong engagement with JRSL, she held numerous other corporate Board appointments including: Director, Sun Life Assurance Company from 1978 to 1998; Director, Barclays Bank of Canada from 1984 to 1994 and Director, Gulf Canada Limited from 1977 to 1987. While in the vanguard of women serving on major corporate boards, it is for Kathleen's unwavering commitment to the Arts in Winnipeg and across Canada that she is most fondly remembered.
A longtime champion of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kathleen's volunteer support and service are credited with helping elevate the RWB to its worldclass status. She served as President of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1957 to 1961 and Honorary President of the RWB from 1963 to the time of her passing. Among the numerous successes achieved on behalf of the RWB, Kathleen chaired the fundraising campaign for the Ballet's permanent home, which officially opened in downtown Winnipeg in 1988.
Kathleen's other community involvement included: National Executive Committee Pan-Am Games Society 1964-1970; Canada Council 19641970; Manitoba Arts Council 1969-1973; Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Public Policy 1972-1978; Advisory Board, The Winnipeg Foundation 1971-1982; Co-Chair, Furnishings Committee, Dalnavert (Manitoba Historical Society's Macdonald House) 1970-1974 and subsequently, Dalnavert's Visitors' Centre Committee 2003-2007; Governor, Stratford Festival 1983-1986; Governor, Winnipeg Art Gallery 1983-1991; Manitoba Government's Education Review Commission in 1992; and Chair of Manitoba Foundations' Council 1999-2001.
Throughout her life, Kathleen remained a quiet philanthropist. She contributed to numerous worthwhile causes both personally and through her Foundation. Always preferring to remain anonymous, Kathleen's extraordinary generosity improved outcomes for individuals, organizations and communities across Canada. She believed strongly in the words often quoted by her mother, Muriel Richardson, "Unto whom much is given, much is also required."
To all her encounters and endeavours, she brought an abundance of common sense, infinite patience and a remarkable sense of humour. Businesswoman, community volunteer, champion of the Arts, proud Canadian, and much loved friend, Kathleen Margaret Richardson will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Kathleen's family wish to express their deep appreciation to Francis Opina and Team KMR, the devoted caregivers who made it possible for Kathleen to enjoy her final years with grace and comfort; and to Joan Richardson whose affection and support for Aunt has been legendary and long-standing.
A celebration of Kathleen Richardson's life will be announced at a later date.
DAVID RAE SEALY "Dave"
(former Vice President of Borden Metal Products in Beeton)
At the age of 83 years, on September 15, 2019 we said goodbye to a man who loved skiing with friends, the rocks and trees of Georgian Bay, art, playing hockey, being involved in the community, and being connected to friends and family. Dave's smile and gentle laughter will remain in the hearts of his children, Beth (Craig), Michele (Martin), and Craig (Garth); his cherished grandchildren, Natalie (Jessey), Neil and Ian; and his joyful greatgrandchildren, Jaxon and Emmett. He is deeply loved by Jean and Jim Small and Diana Sealy, and his sense of fun will be missed by Jim and Darlene Sealy, all his extended family, and his many friends. Dave is predeceased by his loving wife Joan Sealy (McQuay), and his brother Paul.
Visitation will be held at Rod Abrams Funeral Home Tottenham on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Trinity Cemetery Beeton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to a local charity of your choice.
To view Dave's full Obituary please visit http://www.RodAbrams FuneralHome.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Stupp on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father and fatherin-law of Sydney Stupp, Teri McMahon, Marcela and the late Danny Stupp, Perry and Elaine Stupp, and the late Tina Stupp.
Proud and devoted Papa of Andrée and Brad, Sebastian, Marco, Ashley, and Taylor.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Interment in Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva at 7300 Yonge Street, Thornhill. Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Canada 416-227-9700.
DONALD JAMES JOSEPH STRUPAT
April 20, 1925 - August 31, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don (Strupe) in his 95th year on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Don was predeceased by his wife, Edith Louise (nee Thistle) Strupat, his mother, Rose Mary (nee Chittick) Strupat, his father, Ronald Julius Strupat, brothers, George, Ron and John, sisters, Helen (Caston) and Anna (Bruce). Don is survived by his spouse, Patricia Ann Spear. Don was a devoted uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews who have been special to him. Don will be greatly missed by all of his family and his many close friends. He was loved and respected by everyone that he met.
Don encouraged everyone to strive to do their best, as he did all of his life.
Don will be fondly remembered for his intelligence, sense of humour, good nature, love of his family, generous and strong spirit, and for being a true gentleman. Don was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he spent his first two years with his family, up to his father's death. Don's mother Rose Mary (nee Chittick) moved the family to London, Ontario. Don attended the De La Salle Catholic Boys School while working at Labatt's and Central Aircraft, London, Ontario. He joined the navy at age 18 from 1943 to 1945. Don graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1950 with a business degree. Don cherished all of his family and in particular his dear mother Rose who was the matriarch of the Strupat clan.
Don moved to Toronto after university and had a very distinguished career in the automobile industry. He was the past owner and President of Lawrence Park Motors in Toronto; the President of the Toronto Automobile Dealership Association for 1986 and 1987; and member of the Board of Directors; and was the past President of the Canadian International Automobile Show.
Don and his first wife founded the Edith and Donald Strupat Charitable Foundation. This foundation has provided financial support to various charitable organizations over many years.
An important part of Don's life was the 35 years of living as much of the year as possible at John's Island Club, Vero Beach, Florida. Don made many strong friendships in Florida, while enjoying the weather and variety of sports activities.
Don was a sports enthusiast all of his life. He was an honorary member of the Toronto Granite Club; member of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club; Beacon Hall Golf Club; John's Island Golf Club, Vero Beach, Florida; and the loyal ancient Honourable Order of the Unicorn. At these clubs, Don shared his knowledge of sports by teaching others. He also developed strong friendships while demonstrating his ability and passion for all types of sports.
Special thank you to the LFSW 1st floor team at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre who have taken exceptional care of Don since he moved there on April 21, 2015. Thank you to Dr. Hung, the LFSE 1st floor team and the pastors who helped Don through the last two days of his life. Sunnybrook Veterans Centre provided Don with a safe, comfortable environment for four and one half years. The activities, entertainment, garden, and every team member provided Don with contentment.
Special thank you to Cecily Baker, who was Don's devoted caregiver during his time at the Veterans Centre. Cecily and Don had a special relationship and shared many laughs, walks and chats. Cecily ensured that Don was involved in the activities that Don loved, such as the sing-along groups and countless walks in the garden.
A Celebration of Don's Life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30th at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville). Reception to follow. Interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, London, ON at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Don's wish is for donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Ontario, 20 Eglinton Avenue west, 16th Floor, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com We will miss his smile, laugh, wisdom, compassion, strength, will, and most of all his love.
We will cherish our memories in our hearts forever.
Happily together forever with his dear mother Rose, wife Edith, his brothers and sisters Love lasts forever
HIDEKO UYEDE (Nakata)
Peacefully in her 94th year on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Sam. Loving mother of Joseph (Joanne), David, Louise (Art) and Elaine (Rob).
Devoted grandmother of Michael (Gabrielle), Jessica, Lisa (Charles), Kimberly, Bryan (Christine) and Graeme. Proud great-grandmother to Claire, Chloe, Ella, Tyson, Lux, Coco, Eli and Theo. Cremation has taken place and the family will hold a private gathering to honour her memory.