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Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Page B16


On January 14, 2019, in the winter of his 93rd year Blair Ashmore died peacefully in the home he loved surrounded by his family.

Blair's life began in Palmerston, ON, a railway town during the golden age of rail travel. In his youth, he was passionate about trains and aspired to become a train engineer. This did not transpire. He went on to graduate from Western University followed by the University of Toronto and became a teacher/vice principal. However, the love of trains never left him. On one occasion during a road trip out west he jumped aboard the Trans Canada in Banff, and with wife and daughter following by car went through to Golden, BC. If he could, he would have gone straight through to the coast.

He introduced his bride Kay to the transcontinental train from Washago to Vancouver. This passion for rail continued right up to his 90's with numerous family train trips on the Rocky Mountaineer.

Blair's father (Frederick Thomas) was a merchant, his mother (Annie Evelyn) a teacher. Predeceased by his only sibling, sister, Shirley Anne in 1945. From them he inherited the talents of entrepreneurship and lifelong learning.

His affinity for business began with operating an ice cream shop in Wasaga Beach for a few summers as a young teacher and continued when he purchased and operated Woodington House on Lake Rosseau during the 60's. He would finish teaching school in June, operate the "Lodge" until Labour Day weekend then, be back in class for the first day of school. He also enjoyed a long relationship with Santa's Village in Bracebridge as a director.

Dad's life was also one of community service and volunteering. He was a member of the Y's men, likely due to "Skid" Watson's mentorship when he first arrived in Orillia and boarded at the "Y".

He was a life long Mason/Shriner, also served as a school trustee, volunteered in minor hockey, was a church warden and president of Chi Rho.

In addition to all his other interests, he was a good athlete excelling in track & field, tennis, hockey and curling. In 1979 he received a Life Membership in the Orillia Minor Hockey Association.

He had a talent for raising money. Co-chairing with Dr. Tom Brandl he helped raise funds in support of the building of Brian Orser Arena in Orillia.

This achievement led both men to receive the Orillia Citizen of the Year in 1974.

In his late 80's, he was asked to chair a successful fundraising campaign to refurbish the steeple for St. James Anglican Church Orillia. He had a knack of getting the grandchildren to drive him by the project to monitor progress.

So much so the cheeky young people started to call him a steeple chaser! All this would not have been possible without the love and support of two women. Our mother Muriel Margaret Ashmore deceased 2010 and our stepmother, Kathleen Page Ashmore.

Life was "interesting" with this man's drive and as a neighbour commented during one of his birthdays - how did he find two such incredible women?

Blair leaves a family who derived strength and enjoyed full lives due to his work ethic: Left with great memories are daughters, Susanne Ashmore (Fred Achenbach-deceased), Nancy Pigden (Marty), Peter Ashmore (Marla); and loving grandchildren, Kristen, Brandon, Stacy, Jessica (John Robert) and Thomas.

Our family and our father have been blessed by the care of many. Dr.

Catford, Dr. Okafo, Grace, Ninette, Myrtle, Brian, Rexy, Aileen, Jonah, Elyza, Perlyn, Aleli, and Dana.

We thank all of the many friends who visited and supported Kay and Dad at home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Mariposa House Hospice.

Visitation at Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West Street North, Orillia Thursday, January 17th, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Members of the Equity Masonic Lodge #659 A.F. & A.M.; G.R.C. and sister lodges are asked to gather in the Chapel for service Thursday evening at 6:45. A funeral service will be held at St. James' Anglican Church, 58 Peter St. N., Orillia on Friday, January 18th 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.


January 10, 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and one of our founding partners, Graham Dutton.

Mr. Dutton was called to the Bar in 1960 and was a founding partner of the firm Dutton Brock LLP, formed in March of 1982. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1976 and certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada at the inception of that designation.

He was a well-respected member of the bar who was actively involved, and held key positions, in many associations including the Medical Legal Society of Toronto, Canadian Bar Association, Advocates' Society, County of York Law Association, Defense Research Institute and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was recognized by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and was a recipient of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Lee Samis Award of Excellence.

Graham Dutton was instrumental in building Dutton Brock LLP into one of Canada's premier insurance defence firms. The Partners and employees of the firm, many of whom worked closely with him and considered him a dear friend and colleague, remember a man with tremendous advocacy skills, a good sense of humour and strong family values.

His legacy will live on with family, friends and colleagues along with the legal community that he devoted much of his life to.

Thank you Graham, for all that you gave us. From your friends and colleagues at Dutton Brock LLP.


Peacefully and with family and friends by his side, at age 101, Bert passed away in his home at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto on Monday January 14, 2019. Eldest son of Anna and Jacob , born in Toronto, he spent the majority of his life there, with an interlude in Montreal while working for Van Kirk Chocolate.

Predeceased by his wife Lottie Garfield, sisters Lil Gordon, Ruth Joseph, brother Howard Garfield, sisters-in-law Shirley Banks, Eileen Appleby, brothers-in-law Bill Gordon, Ben Joseph, Murray Appleby, Syd Banks and nephews Mark Joseph and Bruce Gordon.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by a large extended family including his daughters Ellen and Louise Garfield, son-in-law Patrick Lee, brother Goody Garfield, sisters-in law Shirley Garfield, Margot Garfield and his many beloved nieces and nephews and devoted friends.

A Canadian Veteran, Bert served in WWII in the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on the west coast of Canada. For most of his professional life, Bert was the General Sales Manager of Van Kirk Chocolate (Chipits) and travelled extensively through Canada and the U.S. Bert was an avid sports aficionado and fine athlete, playing golf regularly at his beloved Westview Golf Club well into his 99th year.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their compassionate, skilled care and loving support while he made it his final home.

In keeping with Dad's wishes there will be a graveside service on Monday January 21, 2019, at 11a.m. at Pardes Chaim Cemetery, (Community Section), 11818 Bathurst Street, Vaughan (north of Gamble Rd). Shiva following the burial at 77 St. Clair Ave East, 3rd floor-code 9554. (Yonge and St.

Clair area) In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunnybrook Foundation (Veterans Comfort Fund) 2075 Bayview Ave, Suite KGW-01, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5 or the charity of your choice.


On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Frank passed away at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto, at the age of 98. Frank came with his parents, Mendel and Civy to Peterborough from Poland when he was six months old.

Peterborough would be his home for the next 94 years. He was joined by his bride, Ruth, after serving in World War II with the 404 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron. After working at Westclox, he established and was the proud owner of Peterborough Jewellers on George Street. He was a certified gemologist. He was a past president of Beth Israel Synagogue and a leader of the Peterborough business community. As a longstanding member of Rotary, he was recognized for never missing a meeting in over 33 years. He also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International for "furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of the world."

Frank was a quiet, loyal person committed to personal responsibility and always doing the right thing. Beloved husband of Ruth Cait Gishman for the past 73 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Anita and Val Rachlis, and Dana Colson and Brian Sackett. Dear brother of the late Francis Zakem. Devoted grandfather of Shari (Bill Horvath), Alisa (Yaron Blanc), Jeffrey, and Caitlin. Loving great-grandfather of Lexie, Michael, Matthew, Lily, Lyla and Benjamin.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Interment in the Beth Israel section of Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough. Much gratitude to his caregivers Mary, Virginia, Maryann, Margina, Michelle, Lyn and Hazel for all their excellent care over the years and to the compassionate and highly professional team at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Memorial donations may be made to Sunnybrook Veterans Foundation 416-480-4483.


It is with sadness that the family of Aileen Shirley Haggart announce that Shirley passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019, at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow NS after a short illness.

Shirley was the cherished sister of Joan Haggart (Winston Hetherington); Sandy Haggart (Alma); Susan Robinson (Stanley); Charles Haggart (Petty); and Ross Haggart (Diana). She was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Margaret Aileen (Dahr) and James Garfield Haggart; her sister, Margaret Dyane Haggart Ronin (Sebastian); her brother-inlaw, Bill Forsythe; and her grand-nephew, Thomas Guerette.

Shirley was born January 7, 1947, in New Glasgow, NS and moved with her family to Aylmer Quebec in 1955. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University and had a satisfying career in the Ontario Ministry of Economic Planning. Upon retirement, Shirley returned to Pictou County to live in Black Point and care for our mother.

Throughout her life, Shirley was active in her local community and applied her time and skills as a volunteer to many worthy causes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 19th, at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow, NS. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to St.

Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 37 Mountain Rd., New Glasgow, NS, B2H 3W4 or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent by visiting:


Charles Kelly passed away peacefully in his 87th year on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in K Wing Palliative Care at Sunnybrook Hospital with family by his side.

Charles leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Shirley (nee Denomy) and his four children, Charlene Richmond (Grant), Barb Ferlatte (John), Paul (Caroline) and Gerry (Leasa) and his 7 grandchildren Kelly, Carter, Meredith, Brooke, Mark, Heather and Brendan.

Educated at Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario.

Devoted family man, lover of life and all those he met, forever curious and a lifelong learner, taking up a paintbrush in his last years. A devoted volunteer at Blessed Sacrament Parish who helped initiate the Out of the Cold Program in 1996 with many other dedicated volunteers who shared his passion for helping those in need.

The family extend sincere thanks to the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital especially the Palliative Care Unit. Profound appreciation and gratitude to Ritche, Ed and Chona for their incredible devotion to Charles. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Vincent du Paul.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th. Funeral Mass well be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through


May 8, 1931 - January 12, 2019

After a life well lived, Ken passed away peacefully in one of his favourite places - Unionville, Ontario. Ken, beloved husband of Jeanne (Moir), the love of his life for over 64 years. Adoring father to Leanne, loving and proud father-in-law of George (Lewis), and adoring grandfather to Elliott and Julia (Christopher). Beloved son of the late Alice and Neville Page.

Loving oldest brother of the four Page boys, Gord (Kathy), Gary (Rotraud), and Ross (Colleen). Proud Uncle Kenny to his nieces and nephews.

A friend to many, Ken's legacy will live on in the many lives he touched throughout his active life.

Born during the Great Depression, Ken always exceeded expectations.

As a young child, he was struck down by polio, but went on to thrive.

He left high school early to join his father's plastering business, N. Page and Sons. As times changed and drywall increasingly replaced plaster, Ken entered the teaching profession in the late '60s. He juggled teaching full time while taking university courses, earning his B.A. at York University in just four years. Ken taught trowel trades, first at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute, then at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute. Inspired by his students Ken was ahead of his time, introducing integrated learning techniques into his classroom. As a trades teacher, many of his students were practical rather than academic students. To keep his students engaged in school and to broaden their learning, Ken designed complex construction projects that his students built in his large, two-story classroom shop.

His final and largest project had a "walk through history" theme.

Within his shop, students reconstructed a WWI trench, built a Tudor-style English pub, created a night-time forest with a waterfall traversed by a railroad trestle (for which Pierre Burton drove the last spike), built a¾ scale model of the first log school house in Scarborough (which local grade 3 classes took turns studying in over six weeks), and recreated a section of Pompeii.

The project took two years to complete. Many of his at-risk students stayed in school to see the project through to completion and they learned a variety of construction techniques while also learning something about history, art, math, and other subjects. His students enjoyed the project work so much they would regularly phone "Mr. Page" on Saturday mornings and over holidays asking if he would open the shop so they could come in and work on the project. Of course, he always did with enthusiasm. His projects and innovative teaching methods led to Ken's growing reputation at the Scarborough Board of Education. Eventually, Ken was asked to develop one of the first high school cooperative education programs in Canada.

He undertook the challenge with his usual creative gusto, first in a volunteer capacity over a summer, then in a full time role. Ken acquired the nickname "Captain Co-op" as the Scarborough co-op program grew exponentially and he received invitations from across the country and around the world to advise other boards as they developed now ubiquitous co-op programs.

In addition to teaching, Ken was an active community volunteer.

He served as President of the Unionville Skating Club where he also built carnival props for the annual ice show, enjoying the camaraderie of his fellow volunteers and developing deep friendships. Ken also helped lead the fund-raising committee that raised the money needed to replace the old Crosby Memorial Community Centre Arena. Ken was also active over the years in many other charities, including the Unionville Progress Club, the Unionville Home Society Board, and more recently, Pickering Rotary.

All in all, a life well lived.

Jeanne, Leanne, and George extend heartfelt thanks to friends, family, and neighbours for your visits, support, and prayers as Ken's health declined.

Your thoughtfulness has meant more than you know. We also thank Osmond for his compassionate, professional, and dedicated caregiving.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to McEachnie Funeral Home, Ajax, Ontario. Visitation - Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, ON.

Funeral Service - Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, Ontario. Preceding the funeral there will be visitation at the church from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Private burial.

In lieu of flowers, you might consider a donation in Ken's memory to: Rotary International's Polio Eradication Initiative via the Rotary Club of Pickering electronically on their web page ( and look for the payment tab, click on and then select the memorial Donation for Ken Page tab), or by cheque (P.O. Box 7, Pickering, Ontario L1V 2R2). HOPE - Helping Other Parents Everywhere via e-transfer to, by cheque (1740 Kingston Rd. P.O. Box 64, Pickering, Ontario L1V 2R2), or via the HOPE website - - to access the "Donate" tab.

Online condolences may be placed at


John Bruce Sutherland died peacefully in Newmarket on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in his 85th year. Beloved father of David (Karen) and Kate (Rob Doyle) and brother of Janet Stowell (Dexter d.) (Bethel, Maine). Uncle to Betsy Stowell (Tim MacLean), Judy Stalford (Rob), Nancy White (Bill).

Generous and always interested grandfather to Ben (Ashley) Sutherland, Terri Sutherland (Justin Majnarich), Meghan Koiter (David), Michael Lewkoski, Danika Sutherland and Sam Doyle. Dear friend to former wives Ildi Conner and Wendy Duncan.

Donations may be made to the Visual Performing Arts (Vpan.

ca) remembering his passion for music. A visitation/celebration of life will be held at Taylor Funeral Home, 524 Davis Drive E., Newmarket, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1 p.m.

until 4 p.m. Further information and condolences may be left at


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