Friday, January 12, 2018
DAVID J. BEESLEY
October 2, 1948 January 6, 2018
It is with great sadness that David's family announces his passing after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife and partner of 35 years, Mary Opper; his three children and their spouses, Simon (Monica), Matthew (Lesia) and Dan (Lynda); his three grandchildren, Emily, Madeline and Isabella; his two brothers and their spouses, Michael (Margaret) and Mark (Margaret); his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom (Jennifer), Carol and Jane; as well as his many nieces and nephews.
David was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada 41 years ago to build a better life for his family.
After working many years in advertising, sales and marketing he hit his stride at The St. Clair Group where he embraced the sport of curling, eventually taking over the sponsorship sales and marketing. In 1996, David and his partner, John Dunlop formed the Canadian Sponsorship Group, fulfilling a 25 year association with Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation. David was widely respected and loved by the many colleagues and friends he made along the way.
David remained remarkably optimistic throughout his illness, maintaining his usual positive attitude, good humor and generous spirit. He had great enthusiasm for life, including his cars, fine wines and leisurely meals, his time at the family cottage on Lake Muskoka, playing golf with his friends and years as a member of the Metro Toronto Dart League. David loved his life and spending time with family and his many friends. Those who know him well will raise a glass of Macallan in his honour.
There will be a private family service: a celebration of life for friends and colleagues will be announced later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where David was very grateful to the nurses, doctors and staff that took care of him as well as UHN.
JUNE BENNETT BRAMALL (nee Smith)
Born Toronto, August 29 1922, died January 7, 2018.
Predeceased by husband, David Gurth Bramall. Loving mother of Richard (Nola), Christopher (Thy) and Amanda. Grandmother to Matthew, Katherine, Michael (Avery), Andrea (Joe) and Thomas. Great-grandmother to Payton, Holden, Klea, Marissa and Burkley. A talented lady, blessed with many friends, missed by all.
Private family service to be held.
Celebration of life, in her garden, come the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellspring Birmingham/Gilgan House in Oakville would be appreciated.
Please visit the Book of Memories at http://www.wardfuneralhome.com
NATHALIE HELOISE DOIRON
Passed away at the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland (Montreal) on December 31, 2017 at only 53.
She will be sorely missed by her loving husband, Don Stroub; her parents, (Henri and Joan Doiron); aunt, Leona Graham-Elen; uncles, Robert and Ralph Graham; cousins, Laura, John, Bruce, Lila, Alex, Lara, Daniel and Kim-Ellen Hurst; as well as Doiron relatives. Her many friends from across North America and the world will miss her regular phone calls, emails and Christmas cards.
She was born in Ottawa, raised in Toronto, and spent many years in and around Montreal. She studied history and social work at McGill University, law at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and received her Masters and PhD in social work from the University of Toronto. She loved her work and her colleagues at the Centre francophone de Toronto, and later was an instructor for Dalhousie University.
She had struggled with multiple chemical sensitivities for years before her cancer diagnosis in 2014. On June 27, 2015, she married the love of her life, Don Stroub. He was her best friend, her confident, her staunch supporter and her unfailing caregiver. She could not have lived so long and so well without Don and he was with her until the end.
If desired, donations in memory of Nathalie can be made to the West Island Palliative Care Residence.
RUTH ISOBEL EMERY
Ruth Isobel Emery, 103 years.
January 1, 2018. North York, Ontario. Born July 22, 1914, Toronto, Ontario; daughter of William Mark and Isobel Ettie Jackson. She was the beloved wife of the late Roy W. Emery; predeceased also by their beloved son, John R. Emery.
She will be greatly missed by her many friends and large family; son, Alan Emery and his wife, Frances; daughter, Nancy Geisler and her husband, Hans; daughter-in-law, Nina Emery; six grandchildren, Kitty Emery-Keller (Kyle Keller), Timothy Emery (Dian Emery), Matthew Geisler (Jane Geisler-Lee), James Emery (Julie Han-Emery), Robert Emery, and Gwen Geisler (Alex); and by her four great-grandchildren, Sarah Emery, Alec Emery, Alana Keller, and Jayden Han Emery.
Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Society of Canada may be made. The family extends our grateful thanks to the management and staff of the Gibson Nursing Home, who cared so kindly for Ruth during the many happy years when she called it home.
Ruth was first a loving wife and mother, but also a talented artisan, recognized especially for her beautiful pottery, as well as for her prodigious output of knitted items, with new sweaters for every family member for birthdays and Christmas. She was athletic when she was younger, but loved swimming most of all, and swam every day well into her 80s and even her 90s. She and Roy travelled the world together on business. She was a busy volunteer, chairing the board of the local branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses for several years.
PROF. DONALD DWIGHT EVANS
September 21, 1927 January 5, 2018
Prof. Donald Dwight Evans was a gifted philosopher, educator, mystic humanist, social activist, spiritual counsellor and mentor.
Born, September 21, 1927 to Ira Dwight Evans and Jesse Milliken Evans in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. He lived a rich life, full of diverse intellectual pursuits. Married to Ruth Blenkinsop (1952-1976) and Frances Smith (1983-1997) and predeceased by brother, John; he was the father of Steve (Joan), Greg (Ronda), Luke (Guylaine), Nick (Sue) and Gareth (Susannah); beloved grandfather of Drew (Andrea), Cass (Juliana), Tom, Ryan, Philippe, Luke, Ben and Isobel; and great-grandfather to Aidan and Felix.
Prof. Evans received his B.A. in Philosophy and English (University of Toronto, 1950) followed by a Bachelor of Philosophy (Oxford University, 1953), Bachelor of Divinity in theological studies (McGill University, 1955) and his PhD in Philosophy (Oxford University, 1960). He was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada in 1955 and served as Pastor in Grand Forks, British Columbia from 1955 to 1958. He went on to serve as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion at McGill University (196064), before joining Victoria College at the University of Toronto as a Professor of Philosophy in 1964, where he taught for 44 years until 2008 with much appreciation from his students.
In his early scholarly works such as The Logic of Self-Involvement (1969), Prof. Evans explored the meaning of religion through language. In the same period, he advocated for more independent Canadian foreign policy in Peace, Power and Protest (1967).
In his middle-career works such as Faith, Authenticity and Morality (1980) and Struggle and Fulfillment (1981), he explored attitude-virtues, constituents of religion and morality that unify our being, experiences and environments. His Spirituality and Human Nature (1993) brought together religion, psychology, spiritualism and mysticism to explore our nature and experiences. Finally, his online book Grateful Reflection (2013) provided an intimate exploration of his life's spirituality, sexuality, healing and search for community (see http://donevans.ca).
During the late 1960s he was a leader in the protest movement against Canadian involvement in the Vietnam war, serving as a spokesperson at the first demonstration on Parliament Hill in 1965 and co-organizing of the first International TeachIn at Varsity Arena, Toronto. He later initiated and organized a protest march of 400 University of Toronto professors. In 1985 he initiated an observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace in Metro Toronto: a minute of silence and a moment of sound for peace. Over the next three years this observance spread across Canada, growing to an estimated one million Canadians taking part with broadcasts over 60 radio stations.
Prof. Evans' exceptional contributions were recognised when he was elected President, Canadian Theological Society and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Huntington University in 1982. He was also awarded a Commemorative Medal by the United Nations for his work during the International Year of Peace. Prof. Evans passed away peacefully in his sleep and he will be dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. His family have said farewell in a private gathering but will welcome memories or condolences via condolences @ donevans. ca .
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organisations promoting world peace.
MAUREEN KATHERINE GIBBS (nee Connolly)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of our cherished mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the St.
Joseph's Health Centre in her 88th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, Edward Sr. Wonderful; mother to Gerry (Flo), Cathy (Dale), Dan (Lancy), Chris (Nancy), Patricia (Albert), Joe (Katherine) and Edward (Colleen); loving grandmother to 16 grandchildren; and 17 greatgrandchildren. Dear sister of Lally (Michael) Foxwell.
Maureen will be fondly remembered by her many friends at Weston Golf and Country Club, Victoria Harbour and Florida.
Mom was very passionate about her family times spent at Georgian Bay and Florida and her vast world travels.
Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave. W.) Weston, on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road on Tuesday, January 16 at 10 a.m. Interment will take place in the spring at St. Michael's Cemetery in Orillia.
Please visit our Book of Memories at http://www.wardfuneralhome.com
WHARTON FREDERICK RIDOUT HOOD 1920 - 2018
Wharton (Tony) passed away peacefully at the Toronto General Hospital on Thursday, January 4, 2018 with his family in attendance, shortly after an enjoyable lunch and bridge game. Loving father of Ginny, Adrienne (Edward Cole) and the late Douglas. Husband of the late Mary (nee Emmett).
Stationed in England during World War II, he returned to Canada and joined the Independent Order of Foresters, ultimately assuming the role of Vice President and Executive Secretary. Retirement brought the joys of country living and travels around the world on a variety of extended voyages as a passenger on cargo ships.
Most recently, Wharton lived at retirement home, Bradgate Arms, where he developed many new friends; the family would like to thank all the Bradgate staff for their compassionate care over the years. We owe particular gratitude to our friend, Mary Musgrave, for her warm and kind assistance in ensuring that he got out to his various appointments and sharing a laugh or two with him over many coffees. Also, special thanks to Veterans Affairs for their support over the years and to the wonderful staff at Toronto General Hospital during his last hours.
Cremation has taken place and we will hold a small gathering for family and friends later in the summer to celebrate what would have been his 98th birthday. If so desired, a memorial donation can be made to the Canadian Hearing Society (271 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V3) https://chssco4294. thankyou4caring.org/donationform-in-memory, or to a charity of your choice. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
NANCY MCCABE (nee O'Reilly)
Suddenly, yet peacefully, with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Toronto at the age of 87. Predeceased by her loving husband, Frank. Devoted mother of Anne (Stephen) Carey, Theresa (Gordon) Mein, and John (Angela). Cherished grandmother of Eamon (Nicole), Samantha (Joseph), Stuart, Myles; and Molly and great-grandmother of Patrick.
Dear sister of Seamus, Maureen, Edward, Tony, Myles, Roisin, Phyllis, Kathleen, Stella, Carmel, and Stephanie. Nancy will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
Nancy came to Canada from Belfast, Ireland with her sister, Maureen in 1954. She was a kind, caring, and generous lady who devoted her life to her children and helping others.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St., at Goulding, south of Steeles).
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church (24 Cheritan Ave.). Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Good Shepherd Centre.
"We will miss your cups of tea, but know you are enjoying many with Daddy."
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RONALD WILLIAM PARK "Ron " FCPA , FCA, CPA (Hon)
Ron passed away on January 1, 2018 at the age of 87. Loving husband of Marjean for 62 years; wonderful father to Randy (Nora Cullen) and Eileen MacDonald (George); proud grandfather to Peter and Cameron MacDonald; special friend to John and Sharan Clark and their children, Ashley and Harrison. Predeceased by brother, Alan.
Ron began his distinguished accounting career as a Chartered Accountant at public accounting firm McIntosh, McVicar and Dinsley in 1949. Next he joined Finning Tractor, quickly rising to the rank of corporate secretary, and forming an integral part of the leadership team as Finning grew from a regional, family owned business to a publicly traded international success. After years involved as a volunteer on the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants research committees, and as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (often as the first or only industry representative), he culminated his career as Executive Vice-President of the ICABC (now CPABC) where he remained until his retirement in 1990. Ron was also a longtime, active member of the Financial Executives Institute in Vancouver.
Ron lived most of his life in his beloved West Vancouver. He will be remembered as a genuinely devoted husband, father, grandfather, dog lover, co-worker, neighbour and friend. Ron was an accomplished baritone, and his hobbies included sailing at Hollyburn Sailing Club, gardening, and woodworking. His motto was "there are no problems, only projects".
Thank you to the staff at Evergreen House for making his last few months as comfortable as possible.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's name to the BC SPCA or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
A celebration of life will be held on February 3, 2018 2:00 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church. Details will be posted at http://www.hollyburnfunerals.com.
Passed away peacefully at Baycrest on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in her 92nd year.
Devoted wife of the late Leo Plener. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Jeff Plener and Sharon Baker, Steve and Catherine Plener, and Maydie Plener. Proud bubbie to Rebecca, and Sam. Dear sister and sister-inlaw of George and Frances Dankevy, Ruthie and the late Marty Berman, and the late Moishe and Faye Dankevy, Itch Dankevy, Lil and Marty Winter, and Sofie and Lenny Klein. Dear sister-in-law of Frances and the late Carl Goodman, Ellen and the late Gerry Plener, Marg and the late David Plener, and the late Babe Plener, Adel and Art Brown, Herbie and Sarah Plener, and Morton and Sheila Plener. Dear daughter-in-law of the late Bubbie Belle. Cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews, especially Judy.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Interment Shedlover Young Mens Section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park.
Shiva 3600 Yonge Street with visits Sunday and Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Special thanks to the staff at Baycrest and Humber River Hospital who cared for Goldie. Donations may be made to Participation House, Markham 905-513-2756 or a charity of your choice.
MARY AGATHA ANNE O'GRADY SAVAGE
June 20, 1934 January 8, 2018
Mary Agatha Anne O'Grady Savage, aged 83, passed away peacefully January 8, 2018 at the O'Neill Centre in Toronto. She was born in Kinvara, Ireland on June 20, 1934 and was predeceased by her parents, John Peter and Anne Bridget O'Grady; and her brother, Martin; as well as her loving husband of 43 years, Patrick John Savage.
Remembered for her feistiness and devotion to her students and family, Mary Agatha will be fondly missed by her sons, Grady (Julia) and Francis (Cagla former spouse); grandsons, Declan, Ronan, Efe and Spencer; as well as many dear friends and relatives.
Special thanks to all the staff at the O'Neill Centre, particularly the 5th Floor, for their wonderful care and kindness over the years.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (east of the Jane subway) on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church the following day, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences available at http://www.turnerporter.ca
ALLAN HARVIE WAISMAN
January 24, 1928 - December 20, 2017
Allan Harvie Waisman was born in Winnipeg, the only child of immigrants Rubin and Bessie Waisman. He went to school in the city's North End and took his turn behind the counter of his parents' corner store, mostly, he later reported, to eat candy bars and read comics. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1950, and soon after married Joyce Faigie Sedletsky, after a romance that began when they noticed each other on a bus on their way to work. In 1953, he founded an architectural practice with Jack Ross and they started by designing several small rural hospitals. Waisman Ross also designed Winnipeg's New York Life building, a landmark modernist two-storey glass and steel office structure, which is currently being restored. The firm won two silver Massey medals, one for Allan's family cottage in Husavik, an open glass and wood structure built entirely around a large fireplace. Allan applied his original sense of design to his family homes, all of which were unusual.
In the 1960s the firm designed a unique office at 10 Donald St., and merged with another firm to become Waisman, Ross, Blankstein, Coop, Gillmore, Hanna, later changing their name to Number TEN Architects. They designed the Manitoba Theatre Centre (now a National Historic Site), and Allan was active on its board. As well, he was on the board of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The Winnipeg community's embrace of the arts, culture and design, was a wonderful environment for Allan's formative years as a young architect. As the sixties drew to a close, he was ready to spread his wings and move west.
Allan moved to Vancouver in 1971. He had already formed a business relationship with R.C. Baxter, a prominent developer. Allan designed one of their projects, a group of three office towers on Hastings. The new Waisman Architectural Group re-purposed an old barge (known as the WAG barge) for an office and moored it in Coal Harbour. The firm became Waisman Dewar Grout Carter Architects and later Architectura. Al was known as somewhat of a maverick employer. He was extremely generous to his employees and enthusiastically shared his many new-age ideas. His firm had many noteworthy projects including the Vancouver International Airport Expansion, six pavilions for Expo 86 including the permanent BC pavilion and Whistler Town Centre. Over the years, he received many architectural awards including an Urban Development Institute Award, Governor General Award, Canadian Architect Award and the Royal Architectural Institute Award.
After retirement, Al focused on his entrepreneurial skills, becoming involved in several start-ups. He loved his morning walk through Vancouver's downtown to his office, greeting many acquaintances and planning his day.
Spending most summers exploring the coast on his boat, the Flying Jenny, he also enjoyed international travel with the family, and, never a stickler for rules, would lead them on many harrowing adventures.
In his later years, as a respected community figure, Al still radiated vitality and leadership, mentoring many young people in his profession. He was an astute collector of contemporary Canadian Art and generous patron to many organizations, including the Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University, and Britannia Mine Museum. In 2009, he endowed a fund at the University of Manitoba to support a graduate scholarship for Aboriginal students in the Faculty of Architecture.
Devoted to his family, Allan was always available for advice and support, providing educational opportunities to all. He lived a very full life, always looking for new experiences and fun. Loved and remembered by his wife, Faigie (Joyce); children, Sheera, Yail, Tully, Dean, (daughter-in-law TC); and grandchildren, Aidan, Adlai, Kelsey, Oren, Dylan, Cameron and Brynn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Manitoba, Allan Waisman Aboriginal Architecture Scholarship, 200 - 137 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 6B6.
Condolences can be sent to the Waisman Family at email@example.com.
"So come, my friends, be not afraid We are so lightly here It is in love that we are made In love we disappear" (Leonard Cohen)
CYRIL GRANT WILCOX WWII Veteran
Passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the age of 94 years.
Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Bess). Loving father of Larry and his wife, Delphine; Barbara and her husband, Glenn Crawford. Proud grandfather of Kelly Wilcox and her husband, Alex Lara; Heather Belajac and her husband, Mark; James and Jennifer Crawford. Much loved great-grandfather of Eva Sofia, Daniel, Aubrey and Laylah.
Predeceased by his brothers, Rae, William and Loyal.
Cyril was the co-founder of Electrostatic Coating Equipment (Canada) Limited and a WWII Veteran with the Canadian Forces, Perth Regiment, serving four years overseas. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Qew) on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Cyril's memory, please do so to SickKids Foundation or United Way of Peel Region. Online condolences and donations may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
DR E. JOHN WYLIE "Jack " OD, FAAO
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Jack passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Jack was born June 27, 1931 in Toronto to Ernest William and Margaret Kathleen (Sweeney). He will be forever remembered by his wife, Lynn of 64 years; daughters, Karen, Jill and Ann; grandchildren, Rebecca (Nick), Kim (Hector), Diana, Jasper (Kenny) and Dustin (Laura); greatgrandchildren, Maia and Maeve; brother, Bill (Jane); brother-in-law to Wendy and Don; and uncle to many nieces and nephews, as well as lots of friends and colleagues.
Jack was predeceased by brother Don and sister Margaret.
Jack graduated from the College of Optometry in 1953 and continued with a long and successful career.
He volunteered with numerous organizations including Outreach Programs with the University of Waterloo through CIDA, Ministry of Transportation, as well as serving on many boards including Kennedy House Youth Services and Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Jack was the president of the North Scarborough Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, as well as being an honourary member. Besides being hard working, Jack also loved to travel both with the family and with Lynn within Canada and many places around the world. He especially enjoyed trips in the "old car", his vintage MG with Lynn and the car club members.
Jack had a competitive side with his hobbies of sailboat racing in his younger days, before moving on to sports cars and pit crews.
He built furniture for their home and was involved with many renovations as well. Jack also showed quite the artistic side in his painting, woodcarving and pottery creations. He also shared in Lynn's love of the Toronto Zoo and spent many an hour there with her.
A very special thank you from the family to the staff at the Scarborough Retirement Residence and Scarborough Centenary Hospital for your kindness and compassion.
Jack, as well, appreciated your thoughtful care.
A funeral will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at McDougall & Brown, Scarborough Chapel at 2900 Kingston Road. There will be a family receiving line and gathering at 11:00 a.m., service at 12:00 p.m., followed by a reception. Inurnment will take place at Resthaven Memorial Gardens at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, Kennedy House Youth Services, The Toronto Zoo, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra or the organization of your choosing.