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Thursday, July 11, 2019 – Page B17

CO LLEEN CARMICHAEL

July 11, 2017 Dear Mum, Two years, too long. Miss you. xo

ARTHUR LUNDY

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at North York General Hospital. Arthur Lundy, beloved husband of Loretta of 66 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Karen Lundy and Joe Laufer, Ellen Lundy, and James Lundy. Cherished Zaidy of Benjamin and Kristin, David, Trevor, Matthew, and Joshua.

At Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave., W., on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Interment Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Community section. Shiva 215 Burbank Drive. Memorial donations may be made to Dr. Solomon Jacob and Kate Woolfson Foundation c/o The Baycrest Foundation at 416-785-2875, or the North York General Hospital Foundation at 416-756-6944, or the charity of your choice.

JACK MARTYN MCLAREN

Age 77, son of Betty and Jack, died of cancer in Hamilton.

on July 9, 2019, at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.

Jack was born in Maidstone, SK, and raised in Victoria, BC. He graduated from four universities, receiving his Ed.D from the at University of British Columbia.

Jack taught and coached football in Leamington, ON, until returning to BC where he taught at Vancouver Community College and Fraser Valley College while he studying for his Ed.D. He was a Director for the Ministry of Skills Development, for Centennial College, and Director of the Learning Centre for LIUNA.

He played rugby from college until his 30s, when he became a referee. He played the baritone sax and bass clarinet in three bands. He loved to talk and always had stories to tell.

Left to celebrate his life are his wife, Sylvia; their daughter, Shannon McLaren and her husband, Phil Rohtla; his grandchildren, Jack and Jessica Rohtla of Ottawa; and his uncle and aunt, Bruce and Lida Paxton of St. Catharines.

We have honored Jack's wishes for cremation and no funeral.

A reception for family and friends will be held Friday, July 12th, the 50th anniversary of the day Jack and Sylvia met in 1969. Please come celebrate his life with us from 2-4 p.m. at the Legion Branch 163, 435 Limeridge Road E., Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts made in Jack's honor to either the Cancer Assistance Program, or to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.

SYLVIA JEAN LI (née Douglas)

Systems analyst, daughter, sister, wife, mother, reader, creator, tech and role-playing game aficionado.

Died peacefully as dawn broke on July 5, 2019, at age 75. Born January 3, 1944 to Donald George Douglas (nuclear physicist, storyteller), and Anna Catherine Fife (teacher, mother, caregiver, maker of pies). She spent her early childhood in Montreal, before the family moved to Winnipeg.

Sylvia read voraciously, studied violin. The first thing she did when she got to the University of Manitoba was join CUCND (Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament).

She marched in Ban the Bomb demonstrations, graduated with a double-major in Math and Physics - with some music and history courses squeezed in - and got her first job programming computers, which turned into a lifelong career of programming and systems analysis. This was back in 1965, when very few universities in the world offered degrees in computer science.

On September 18, 1965, she married Robert Shiu-Ki Li scholar, musician, engineer, a multi-talented adventurous spirit who can construct anything you might want with only cardboard, masking tape, and a quick trip to the dollar store.

Sylvia was a tireless mother, raising two children with Robert: caringly soothing their physical and emotional hurts, patiently helping with homework, and implicitly demonstrating the importance of a career outside the home. As an early programmer, she had a front-row seat to the industry's rapid development, from punched cards through to IBM mainframes, to early languages such as COBOL and RPG - experience which came in handy in the late 1990s, when she came out of retirement to work for Telcordia in New Jersey, to help save the world from an imminent Y2K-bug meltdown.

She had an extraordinarily rich life of the mind and impressive catholic tastes, gulping down novels by the cartful. Raised on the classics, she fell hard for speculative / science fiction and fantasy, discovering SF&F fandom in her mid-40s. And she tried her hand at it, too, joining the Better Than Hockey writing group in Winnipeg, and, later in life, completing the not-yet-published SF novel, High City.

In her 40s and 50s, she found a group of like-minded creative spirits in the Big House, enjoying their company through the year and especially during the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she was a charter member of BaggieCon. With Robert and the kids, Sylvia enjoyed road trips to many of Canada's provinces and nearly all of the U.S. states. And she thrilled at the trip of a lifetime to China, as Robert proudly shared his homeland with her.

But not all of her travel involved going somewhere in the physical world. In her late 30s, Sylvia shared many Saturdays with her son, running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign at the University of Manitoba as Dungeon Master. In the last decade of her life, Sylvia became an integral member of the Improbable Island online community, first as a player and soon thereafter being appointed a Moderator. She loved the challenge and sense of humour, helping to guide the tone. If she learned wisdom late in life, she said, it was there.

Sylvia spent the last five weeks of her life at Toronto's Kensington Hospice, lovingly cared for by the staff, whose team of experts and volunteers allowed family and friends to provide her with emotional support rather than exhaust themselves as caregivers.

There, she continued with her creative outlets, taking whimsical still-lifes with her iPhone that she shared with family.

Sylvia was predeceased by her parents and her youngest brother, Donnie. She leaves her husband, Robert Li; her brother, Rob Douglas, and his wife, Marie D'Iorio, of Ottawa; her children, Rosemary Li-Houpt and Christopher Li and their respective spouses, Simon Houpt and Jamie McDaniel; and her adoring grandchildren, Sascha, Michal, and Zoe Houpt, and Cybil Li. Family and friends are invited to gather in Sunderland Hall of Toronto's First Unitarian Church, 175 St. Clair Ave. W., on Saturday, July 13th at 3 pm for a celebration of Sylvia's unique life. Donations may be made in her memory to the Kensington Hospice at the Kensington Health Foundation.

MAXWELL MILLER

Peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2019, Maxwell John Miller, FRIBA, FRAIC, Past President, Ontario Association of Architects and longtime chief architect for Simpsons and Sears. Happily married to Evelyn Miller (nee Lamb) for over 59 years before her death in 2012. Much loved father of Henry (Lynn) and Avarina and loving grandfather of Sebastian (Lauren), Victoria, Emily and Juliana.

Friends may visit at RosarMorrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St.

on Thursday, July 11 from 2 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne Street, on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation. Heartfelt thanks to Sabrina and all at Integracare. Condolences http://www.rosar-morrison.com.

BARON FLORIS VAN WASSENAER

Peacefully, in his 87th year, surrounded by family, at North York General Hospital on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Beloved husband for 59 years of Wanda van Wassenaer (Sulkowska).

Proud father of Nicole van Wassenaer (Glenn Elliott) of Toronto, Philip van Wassenaer (Violet) of Mississauga and Valerie van Wassenaer of Collingwood.

Cherished grandfather of Erik, Lucas, Julia, Jacob and Philip.

Floris will be sadly missed by extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 20th at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W.

Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Floris' name to the North York General Hospital (7 North) or the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance would be gratefully appreciated.

Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.


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