Tuesday, October 9, 2018
LAWRENCE C. BOWEN COLONEL
Larry Bowen passed away suddenly but peacefully on September 28th at home in Oakville, Ontario. In his 76th year, Larry leaves behind his loving wife of over 50 years, Susan (nee Sinclair), son Michael Bowen (Mimi Grba) of Toronto; daughter Kirsten Jones (Aaron) and grandchildren Lucas and Dylan Jones of Seattle, Washington; brothers-in-law David (Pat) Sinclair of Ottawa and Ge Sinclair (deceased).
Larry served with the Royal Canadian Regiment from 1965 until his retirement in 1997, having risen to the rank of Colonel. He also served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton, Alberta. Larry's career took him all over North America and Europe. His exceptional life will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville, ON.
at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Larry's name to the JOY Foundation, in care of The Oakville Community Foundation, would be greatly appreciated. Visit our guestbook through http://www.koprivataylor.com
GORDON RALPH ELLIOT
In his home, on September 30, 2018, after a brief but fierce battle with cancer, Gordon Ralph Elliot passed away surrounded by loved ones and his extensive collections of Canadian art and Moorcroft pottery, while listening to his beloved jazz recordings. He was a good friend and a gracious gentleman to the end. He was generous to a fault, was kind and had a dry wit. He savoured life, and relished many of life's finer things and loved to share them.
Born in Toronto on April 13, 1944, Gordon studied in Canada and England, completing his doctorate in History and was proud to be a UTS old boy, class of '62. Gordon worked for Wood Gundy in Toronto and Montreal and then found his niche at the Bank of Nova Scotia. There he rose to the position of Vice President Equity Investments, Group Treasury. He had been enjoying his retirement since 2009. Gordon was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Eloise, also of Toronto.
Among many others who are missing him, Gordon leaves behind a group of bereaved lifelong friends. He was much loved and is sorely missed by Mark and Jamie Gerecke and their family, and by Geoffrey and Valerie French and their family.
Gordon was a very important uncle and great-uncle to these families, and a played a significant part in their lives. There will be a celebration of Gordon's Life at the Turner & Porter "Butler Chapel", 4933 Dundas Street W., Etobicoke (between Islington & Kipling Aves.), on Wednesday October 10th, 2018 at 11 a.m. All who wish to attend are welcome. In his memory, donations can be made to the Ken Page Memorial Trust, Massey College or University of Toronto Schools Class of '62 Bursary Fund. On-line condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca.
Georgia passed away at QE II VG site on Friday, October 5, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Stella and Carl Carlson and the beloved wife of David Peachey. Along with her husband she is survived by her children, all of whom she treasured without boundaries, Adam, Andrew (Karen), Piper (Nadine), Dana (Scott) and Brendan (Paula); and her grandchildren, all of whom she adored, Ethan, Oliver, Ashton, Ewan, Kenna, Tavish and Greer. Georgia is also survived by her siblings, Judy Butler (Kevin), Barbara Carlson (Jim), Dolores Carlson, Michael Carlson (France) and Brian Carlson (Sherry) as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents as well as her brother, Jack Carlson (Nichola).
She was the anchor and guiding light of all of us, and now, we will try to heal.Visitation will be held at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax on Wednesday, October 10 from 12-1 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Georgia's life at 1 p.m. A reception and burial will follow the service. To place online condolences, please visit: http://www.cruikshankhalifaxfunera lhome.com
ANN MARILYN HILLMER (nee Sweetman)
August 23, 1932 October 6, 2018 Daughter of Elizabeth Jean Fullerton and N. Allen Sweetman.
Ann has finally been reunited with her beloved Bob (Robert James Hillmer, 1960). Devoted Mother to "the team", daughters Bethy and Judy (Paul Wildeboer).
Always so proud of her Grandchildren, Alia (2015), Lindsay, James, Zachary and Natalie and her Great Granddaughter, Samara. Ann was so appreciative of her long standing relationship with classmates from North Toronto Collegiate and Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, 1954 and friendships formed through Royal York United Church, especially Bruce Avery.
She treasured her "dear old Friends" from elementary school, Dorothy Webber "Terry" and Pat Pope. She dearly loved the continuous support of the Hillmer family and the many glorious summers spent in Southampton.
For her love of animals, donation to the OSPCA would be appreciated. The family wish to thank the staff in the Topaz Wing at Chester Village for their kind and loving care. Visitation at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre- 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON. (East Gate Entrance, North of St. Clair., 416-485-5572) on Wednesday, October 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with service to follow in the Chapel.
Interment to follow.
ESME MAY SPILAR (Bartlett)
Died peacefully on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Scarborough Grace Hospital.
Devoted wife of 63 years to Oldrich (O.J.) Spilar and mum to Geoffrey, Pamela and Christopher, as well as, mother-in-law to Colleen, Mark and Debra-Lee. Proud grandmother to Ryan, Brandon, Andrew, Matthew and Harrison, and aunt to Evelyn Barrett.
Esme was born in Cheltenham, England, and moved to Canada in 1951, making Canada her new home. She had a career at CDSPI for 15 years and during her life she travelled extensively in both Canada and Europe.
After retirement she perfected her hobby - painting. Family members were provided with the fruits of her labour in the way of oils, watercolours and custom Christmas cards. By 93, she had spent a lifetime of making her dreams come true.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Canterbury Place for their diligent and caring service.
Our family would also to acknowledge and sincerely thank the nursing staff at Scarborough Grace Hospital for their excellent care during Esme's three - week hospitalization.
The family will have a private memorial at a later date.
JANE SIMPSON WELCH (Penny) (née Coyne)
Died in Toronto on October 5, 2018 after a fall. Lifelong partner and wife of the late Dr. Robert Hamilton Welch, beloved mother of Tom (Anne Lambert), Jim (Hélène Quesnel), the late Sarah (Ed Geller) and Margo and adored grandmother of Emily, Jackson, Brennen, Julia and Philippe. One must include among her "family" generations of Coyne cousins, Welch nieces and cousins and many, many dear friends.
Penny was born in Hamilton in 1922, the only child of Henry Everyll Bowes and Marjorie Simpson Coyne. She attended Strathallan School and later St.
Hilda's, Trinity College, U of T, where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree, class of 4T4.
Throughout her life she was devoted to family, engaged with community groups and causes and immersed in a rich social life. She loved history and was the family archivist. She loved poetry, art and theatre. She was a volunteer and leader with St. Michael's Hospital, Bond Street Nursery School, Solar Stage Theatre Company and the Museum of the History of Medicine, during which time she co-authored the book "Nurturing Yesterday's Child". Since 1958, summers were spent with family and friends in PEI at Arden Cottage, a home she cherished.
Wise, emotionally strong, insightful and wickedly funny, at 96 Penny was in possession of a better memory than all of us - which she used to add colour and meaning to every conversation. Engaging with Penny you experienced all of this and felt her warmth and sincere interest in you and what you were doing... there is someone you must meet, something you should know, a book you should read! Beautiful and stylish, a vibrant dresser, she loved parties - hosting and attending.
She enjoyed a daily cocktail of gin (on the rocks, no tonic, with a slice of lemon, please ... dear).
To the end she expressed optimism, confidence and verve.
She lived life to the fullest and inspired all who knew her to do the same. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday October 12, 2018 at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Dr, Toronto.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the International Conservation Fund of Canada icfcanada.org