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Friday, April 19, 2019 – Page B18

MRS. LOUISE DÉCARIE (Racicot) 1941 - 2019 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Louise Racicot Décarie, on Sunday April 7, 2019, at the age of 77, at the palliative care unit of the Magog Hospital Center. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of almost 55 years, Raymond Décarie; her daughters, the pride and joys of her life - Catherine, Isabelle (Mauricio Bussab) and Alexandra (Emmanuel Proux); her beloved grandchildren, Maximilien, Violeta, Victoria and Pénélope; her dear sisters, Mireille (Harvey Campbell) and Monique (Don McIntyre); as well as her nieces, nephew, other relatives and numerous friends.

Louise, a nurse by training, worked in hospitals in her early adult life, and then later in the fields of communication and culture. Throughout her life, she volunteered for numerous causes because she was grateful for the blessings in her life. Louise will be remembered for her sparkling personality, her devotion to her family and her generous way with her friends. She was a caring mother, loving spouse and bighearted grandmother.

We wholeheartedly give thanks to the caring staff at the palliative care unit of the Magog Hospital Center. for their outstanding professionalism and immense empathy. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

A reception to celebrate Louise's life will take place on Saturday, April 27th. Family and friends are warmly invited. A private ceremony to lay her to rest will occur at a later date.

Reception: Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Montreal, Oval Room, 1228, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H3G 1H6, Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Complexe funéraire Ledoux, Situé au 155, rue Sherbrooke, Magog, QC. Tél. : (819) 843-4473 Téléc.: (819) 843-4563 Courriel: info@ Site internet:

MICHAEL DONALD MACDONALD Michael Donald MacDonald passed away on April 16, 2019. Mike was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, uncle, great-uncle and friend to many. He was a lawyer, passionate advocate, sports fanatic, world traveller and all-around lover of life. More importantly, he taught us by example, to always engage, be accepting and inclusive and try to make the best of all the opportunities we were lucky enough to have.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 17, 1933, Mike was the youngest of the six boys born to his beloved parents, Frederick (FRC) and Kathleen (Kay) MacDonald.

The deep ties he had to his clan of brothers, cousins and friends from childhood lasted his entire life. He graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School and went on to Dalhousie University where he played varsity basketball and football (and played hockey and rugby). Mike graduated from Dalhousie Law School (class of '57) and in the same year he married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Dobson (Dobbie).

Together they went on to a long and happy 51 years of marriage.

He started his long career in the law in Halifax where he practiced for 8 years with the firm Burchill, Smith and Jost. In 1966, Mike and Carolyn moved west for an opportunity to join the Edmonton law firm, Clement, Parlee, Irving, Henning, Mustard & Rodney (now Parlee McLaws LLP). He was a partner and litigator there for over 40 years. In Edmonton, Mike was an engaged member of the community: he was Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Board, Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca, an active member of the Legal Circle and the Alberta Bar Association, past director and active member of the Royal Glenora Club and held many other engagements. Mike had an intense love of politics and community building, and brought an unwavering dedication to the Liberal Party with him to Alberta, where he ran as a candidate in four federal elections during the 1970s and '80s. Mike moved to Victoria in 2015 and spent the past four years close to family on the west coast.

Mike was fiercely proud of his daughters and their families.

Nothing brought him more joy over the years than spending time watching, and loudly cheering for his daughters and then, in turn, their children in many and varied sporting events. Mike is survived by his daughters, Nancy, Sarah, Eve (Keith Tracey) and Barb (Ian Collombin); grandchildren, Justin Gouin, Andrew Jaycock (Rebecca Martin), Anna Gouin, Lauren Gouin, Isabelle Gouin, Luke Collombin, Taylor Collombin, Eve Collombin; great-grandson, Oliver Gouin; his brothers, Robert, Buddy (John) and Peter; sisters-in-law, Ruth, Eleanor and Rosemary; as well as a large and extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn; brother, Kirk; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty).

The family would like to add a special thank you to Ken Noble, the staff at Sunrise Victoria, especially those on the third floor, and Dr.

Fiona Manning for the care and attention over this past year.

In lieu of flowers, we know that Mike would prefer you to just 'Vote Liberal'. If desired, donations in his honour can be made to a community organization that promotes openness, inclusivity and belonging.

On June 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. there will be a celebration of Mike's life at All Saints Cathedral, Edmonton. A reception will follow.

Messages of condolence can be left at

THOMAS DONALD SMYTH August 15, 1926 April 12, 2019 (Retired CEO and Chairman, HJ Heinz Company of Canada Ltd) Passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019. Tom was born and raised on a farm in Trochu, Alberta, son of Tom and Margaret Smyth. He joined Heinz in 1946 and worked in several positions in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Leamington before coming to Toronto in 1969, where he retired as the CEO and chair of Heinz in 1995. He was passionate about agriculture and the food industry.

Tom chaired several related organizations - the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the Food and Consumers Products Manufacturers of Canada, and the National Institute of Nutrition.

He also served on the boards of the Food Institute of Canada, the Food Advisory committee for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Adaptation Council, Versacold Corporation, Griffith Laboratories, the University of Windsor and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Tom never lost his love of farming (shared with his son Dave), owning Saugeen Acres, a purebred Simmental cattle farm in Alberta. He was always physically active, participating in a wide variety of sports. He was a lifelong active member of the United Church of Canada.

Tom was by predeceased by his brothers, John and Eldon (Mae); and son-in-law, Blair McCulligh. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; brother, Tim (Shirley); sister-inlaw, Mic (Smyth) King; brotherin-law, Jim (Shannon) Carphin; children, Laurie McCulligh, Dave (Jane) Smyth; grandchildren, Brendan and Maureen McCulligh and Jessie and Keady Smyth.

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will take place on Monday, April 22nd from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at R.S. Kane Funeral Home at 6150 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario and funeral service will be held at Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive, North York, Ontario on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at

MARTHA VON HECZEY It saddens us to announce the death of our beloved Martha Von Heczey, who died peacefully on April 11, 2019.

We will be hosting a memorial to celebrate the life of Martha on April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish (432 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto). We will then go to Mount Pleasant Cemetery to say our final goodbye.

Imre, Anne, Alec

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