Tuesday, February 20, 2018
RUTH DOREEN BROWN
On February 6, 2018, in hospital, surrounded by family. Ruth was the mother of David Johnson (the late Nancy Chong), Andrew Johnson (Jane French), and the late Marc Johnson (Roselyn); and proud Bubby of Gemma Johnson and Joshua Johnson (Tierza).
Born in Toronto, in 1931, she grew up in Cabbagetown with her beloved parents, Anne and Abbey Brown; her sister, the late Marilee Weisman; and a large extended family. A graduate of Jarvis CI, University of Toronto (BPHE, B.Ed), Toronto Teachers College and OISE (M.Ed), Ruth spent 30 years teaching in Toronto public schools, including Rose Ave., Old Orchard & Sprucecourt. She was devoted to kids in inner city schools where she used folktales from Italy, West Africa and China (Pinocchio, Anansi & Monkey King) to highlight the value of stories from global cultures. Her dedication to education was channeled into many projects the school reader CORE about the people and history of Cabbagetown, an award-winning film, hand-made cloth books, and booklets about Torontonians from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Ruth loved films, jazz, her cats and dogs, collecting art and antiques, reading, traveling, and debating political and social issues, including women's rights.
She was a fighter, a visionary and a force of nature.
At her request, funeral arrangements were private. There will be no shiva. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Women's Art Association (23 Prince Arthur, Toronto). If desired, donations to L.E.A.F. or the Native Women's Resource Centre are welcome.
NENA CHARLOTTE MARSDEN (nee Sedgwick)
Peacefully, at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Nena is now together with her much loved husband, Kenny. Nena is survived by her children, Kathleen, Linda and Ron; her daughter-in-law, Stephanie; her grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Dena, Sarah and Lauren; as well as her nine great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all of her family and many, many friends.
Nena's passion was history.
The result of that passion and hard work is evident to all in the Georgina Pioneer Village.
The family will receive friends at the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 20916 Dalton Road, Sutton on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow.
Memorial donations to the Georgina Pioneer Village would be appreciated by the family.
Memorial condolences may be made at forrestandtaylor.com
HEATHER PATRICIA DALE MCKENZIE
Heather McKenzie, aged 67, died suddenly and tragically on February 15, 2018 while on vacation in Australia with the love of her life and husband of almost 46 years, Jim McKenzie.
Heather was born on May 25, 1950 to William and Sarah Gordon.
She grew up in Toronto with her two sisters Barbara and Karen.
Heather married her husband Jim on July 7, 1972. They welcomed daughters, Sarah and Kirsty in 1979 and 1982 and Heather considered Sarah's husband, Dana Stringer like a son, rather than a son-inlaw. Dana and Sarah blessed Jim and Heather with two cherished grandchildren, Violet, in 2011 and Henry, in 2013.
Heather was luminous. She lit up every room with her natural warmth, beauty, winning personality and signature laugh.
She was always looking for the silver lining and inspiring others to do the same. Heather lived a genuine, authentic and deeply generous life. She was passionate about philanthropy, travel, film, and Scrabble at which she was virtually unmatched. She was a gifted teacher, the friend who created a circle of acceptance wide enough for all, the nurturing and loving mother, the doting grandmother and above all the best friend to Jim. He is devastated by the loss of his soulmate.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018. A private graveside service for immediate family members will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Ave., Toronto, M5S 2H1. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
PAUL JEFFERY MESBUR
Canadian chef with a dream September 16, 1970 February 20, 2005 Our memories are filled with Love for all he was, Admiration for all he achieved, Pride for his dreams fulfilled, And regret for a life cut short.
Ellen Sue, David, Naomi, James and Emi
THOMAS IAIN RONALD "Iain"
Iain died peacefully, surrounded by family, at Sunnybrook Hospital on Thursday, February 15, on the eve of his 85th birthday. Predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Newton Ronald; son, Douglas Ronald; sister-inlaw, Vicky Hudon; and brothers-in-law, Joe Belliveau, Albert Hudon, and Daniel (de Yturralde). Beloved husband of Cristina (de Yturralde); loving father of Christopher (Lindsay Ireland) and Isobel; grandfather to Caitlin and Stephanie; and brother to Jean (Belliveau).
Iain was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1933, and attended Hutchesons' Grammar School from 1945 to 1950. In 1950 he started articling with Peacock and Henry, Chartered Accountants. Three years later, he attended Glasgow University, earning a LL.B in 1956 and his C.A. designation the same year.
In September 1956 Iain joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman and was promoted to sub-lieutenant in February 1957. He joined H.M.S Cook in Portsmouth, England en route to Christmas Island where he witnessed the first and third hydrogen bomb tests. In October he joined H.M.S. Coniston as a navigating officer. He left the Royal Navy in August 1958.
On leaving the navy, Iain joined Alcan Industries (UK) as an accountant in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. In supporting him to attend Harvard University's MBA program, Alcan transferred Iain to Montreal (where he worked in the summer months). It was this fateful decision that led Iain to the love of his life, Cristina.
His good friend and colleague, Albert Hudon, introduced Iain to his sister-inlaw, Cristina, and their love story began. Married in Montreal in August 1962, the newlyweds moved to Boston while Iain finished his final year of Harvard, where he obtained his MBA in 1963.
Iain was immediately hired by Peat Marwick Mitchell for a future partnership in Paris, France following a six-month training period.
In January 1964, Iain and Cristina welcomed their first born, Douglas, followed by son, Christopher, in April 1965.
After working for 15 months in Paris, Iain returned to Canada to work for Indal Ltd (aluminum extruders) in Toronto as V.P. of Finance. He remained in this role for six years until he was recruited by Gamble Canada in Winnipeg as V.P. Finance. Following his time there, Iain went to Hudson's Bay Company as Treasurer. While in Winnipeg, Iain and Cristina's family grew when they adopted Isobel (age 4) in 1971.
Four years later Iain was transferred to Toronto as the V.P. Finance of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).
In May 1979, the Ronald's experienced the heartbreaking loss of their 15-yearold son, Douglas, as a result of a tragic accident.
In 1982, Iain became the President of Zellers, which HBC had just acquired.
The family then moved to Montreal. Three years later, he was made Co CEO of HBC in Toronto.
In 1988, Iain left HBC to join CIBC as President Administrative Bank and was then promoted to Vice Chairman in 1992. He retired from CIBC three years later.
Iain's list of professional accomplishments was the result of a strong work ethic, razor-sharp business acumen, and his reputation of a man of character, honesty and integrity. These values, along with a forthrightness that's increasingly hard to find, led Iain to be a sought after and respected board member for a long list of companies including: North West Co., Allied Properties, President's Choice Bank, Transalta Power Ltd, Holt Renfrew, Mobil Oil Canada, B.F.I., D.W.L., CIBC, Covington Capital, Leon's Furniture, Loblaws, Stronco Inc, Noma Industries, Smed Industries, Canada Life, Cambridge Shopping Centres, and HBC.
Iain was a philanthropist by nature and believed in giving back to the community. He gave extensive time and expertise to a variety of organizations including: Salvation Army (President Capital Campaign), Cystic Fibrosis (Director), Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Director), Toronto Symphony (Director-Treasurer), and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Chair of the Foundation). A Scotsman at heart, Iain loved his time spent at Hutchesons' Grammar School, and was a generous supporter. This included being past Chairman, and then Hon. President of the Hutchesons' G S Canadian Bursary Fund. Also, Iain was a past member of the Campaign for Scottish Studies at Guelph University.
In 2002, Iain was presented the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award and 10 years later, was again honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.
Iain's extraordinary fortitude and resilience as he endured various health problems over the past 14 years have been an inspiration to many. Always a gentleman, he maintained a love of life, sense of humour, and dignity as he continued to make the most of his days from a wheelchair. For over 55 years, Cristina and Iain's marriage was filled with love, support and strength through the happiest of times and in facing life's most difficult events.
Iain will be deeply missed by his family and wide circle of friends in Canada and around the world. The family would like to thank Lawrence Park Community Church for their thoughtful support over the years, and especially over the last six months while Iain was in hospital. The family is also very grateful to the nursing staff, many therapists, and doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital for the excellent care provided to Iain in his final months. Finally, a special thank you to Lucy Angeles for her daily long-term caring support given to Iain and the Ronald family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Lawrence Park Community Church or Sunnybrook Foundation.
Visitation will be held at Lawrence Park Community Church (2180 Bayview Ave, Toronto) on Friday, February 23 from 5-8 p.m. A celebration of Iain's life will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Park Community Church with a reception to follow.