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Monday, December 11, 2017 – Page B14


Born in Montreal, January 22, 1919, Jessie passed away peacefully at Elgin Manor Nursing Home, Friday, December 8, 2017, in her 99th year. Raised in Montreal, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George F. Painter. Jessie was proud of her Scottish heritage, her long distance cycling adventures, her participation in WWII troop shows; and enjoyed a long career as a secretary in the days of the typewriter.

Predeceased by her brother, Alf; and sister, Isabel; and brotherin-law, John Scholes. Will always be remembered by her son, Ross and daughter-in-law, June; niece, Sandy (Scholes) Farr; and nephews, Stephen and Robert Scholes. Also survived by her many great-nieces and nephews in Whistler, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

A private family celebration will be planned at a later date. The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the staff at Queen's Square Terrace (Cambridge) and more recently Elgin Manor Nursing Home (St. Thomas) for all their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of one's choice would be greatly appreciated.

ESTHER BAKER (nee Bruner)

With great sadness we announce the passing of Esther Baker on Friday, December 8, 2017 in her 99th year. Cherished wife of the late Saul Baker; devoted mother of Michael and Barbara Baker, Nancy and the late Gerald Baker; very proud Nonny of Andrew Baker and Ayelet Kuper, Jason Baker and Ellie Morch, Jeffrey and Debra Baker, Suzanne Baker and Christian Begin, Jillian Baker and Victor Cellarius; greatgrandmother of 14.

Mother was an elegant lady to the end. Her devotion to family and friends was inspiring. She and the family shared a lifelong appreciation of music and the arts. Esther dedicated years of her life to teaching children with special needs. She will be greatly missed by all. The family is very grateful for the wonderful care received at Kensington Gardens.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Interment All For One Society Section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park.

Shiva will take place at 14 Wells Hill Avenue, Toronto.

In memory of Esther, donations may be made to the Esther and Saul Baker Fund in Geriatrics at the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, 416-340-3935,

JOHN TIMOTHY DILLON September 10, 1946 December 3, 2017

Tim passed away in Vancouver, BC after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Iona Keefe; brother, Patrick (Susie); sister, Andrea (Penelope); niece, Emma; mother-in-law, Evangeline; sisters-in-law, Lisa and Trula; cousin and friends, Jane and Vic.

The full obituary may be viewed, and condolences offered, at


Passed peacefully on December 5, 2017 at his home on St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto. He is survived by his four children Karen, Colleen and Robert, all living in British Columbia and David living in Ontario. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren living all across Canada and his companion Arlette Bolliger also living in Ontario. His wife Ruth Elizabeth of 61 years passed December 2008 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.

Bill was born and raised in Toronto where he attended Lawrence Park Collegiate and the University of Toronto. While a student at U of T, Bill was President of the Engineering society, won a senior football "T" and was winner of the 3T5 Second Mile award. At the same time, he graduated with honours in Engineering while holding down two part time jobs. This displayed energy would be the forbearer of a long and successful career.

He began his professional career as a Petroleum Engineer with Shell Oil Company, working in the USA, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Canada. He assumed increasing technical and managerial responsibilities, and in 1974, he became President and CEO of Shell Canada. During his career, he and his wife Ruth moved 29 times.

His business activities have included Directorships with Bank of Montreal, Bechtel Canada, Bell Canada, Montreal Life Assurance, Canfor Forest Products, Norgate Minerals and Peller Wines.

A man with a strong social conscience, he has participated in a broad range of community and "Second Mile" projects including chair of the annual Toronto United Way campaign, director of Wellesley hospital and chair of the first Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference initiated by Ed Schreyer.

His public acknowledgements include Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award (1974), APEO Citizens award (1975) and the Engineering Alumni Medal (1976). He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto (1980) and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (1982).

Although a very powerful business man having had a successful career, he was first a family man. He has been very generous with family members throughout his life. He regularly brought together over 30 family members on several reunions including Caribbean and Alaska cruises. The family bonds created will last forever. Bill was very respectful and generally concerned about people in all walks of life; anyone he met in both his personal and business life was treated with genuine integrity and sincerity. He was a rare breed of gentleman who never failed to have a kind or thoughtful word.

Friends may visit the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge St. (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.), on Thursday, December 14th from 4 until 8 p.m. A funeral will be held on Friday, December 15th at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Ave. W.) at 10 a.m.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario on behalf of Bill.

Online condolences may be made at


Gordon Sydney Fisher (formerly Fish) died on November 29, 2017.

He will be remembered with love and gratitude by his wife, Susan; and by his sons, Alaric (Robi) and Nick. He was Grandpa Gordon to his dear granddaughters, Maya and Nadia. He will also be remembered by Jeannette Fish and by his family in Australia: brothers, Peter (Elizabeth) and Geoffrey (Lynne) Fisher; and cousin, John (Jenny) Hodges.

Gordon was born in Australia. At the age of twenty, he travelled to New Zealand and the United States. Eventually, he came to Vancouver, where he worked for the CBC, skied and climbed, and earned his pilot's licence. He continued to travel: he studied in Mexico and worked at the Mayan archaeological site at Bonampak.

He also spent two years in Chile as a CUSO volunteer. He studied International Relations at UBC and became a freelance filmmaker and writer; among the many films he made was Wild in the City (1985).

Gordon finished his working years at the Open Learning Agency.

In retirement, he wrote a novel, gardened, cycled, walked, and sketched.

Gordon was a quiet man, preferring books to social events. He liked maps, cryptic crosswords, English comedy, Japanese gardens, and shorebirds. But above all, he was a lover of places: mountains, the high desert, pine forests, and sunny beaches. He will ultimately rest in one of the wild places he loved.

We are grateful to the nurses of the Cardiac Surgery ICU at St Paul's for their kindness in caring for Gordon.

There will be a celebration of life on the afternoon of January 6, 2018 at the family home.


Died on November 28, 2017 in St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver BC aged 74. Born in London on November 12, 1943, Mervyn was the eldest son of the late Oliver and Doris Gilbart-Smith and eldest brother of Brian (Bertie) and Denham, and uncle to seven nephews and nieces.

Mervyn attended Great Walstead Preparatory School (Sussex 1951 - 1958) and Monkton Combe Public School (near Bath 1958 1960). Before receiving a mining engineering degree from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England (1965 - 1968). He enjoyed cycling England, hiking the world, traveling the Amazon, planting Douglas firs on Vancouver Island when visiting the Humphrys relatives in BC. Afterward Mervyn worked for Libanon Gold Mine of Consolidated Goldfields, South Africa and Britannia Mine, Howe Sound.

In 1974, Mervyn established and operated a Duraclean franchise in Vancouver until his death. Mervyn loved motorcycling and mountain climbing, dog sledging and British sports cars, fine art and Shakespearian theatre, and stamp collecting. He was a keen supporter of Bard on the Beach, member of the Churchill Society of BC, Aston Martin Owner's Club and St .

John's Anglican Church.

Mervyn's memorial service will be held at St John's Anglican Church (5350 Baillie Street) on December 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Please make donation in memory of Mervyn to any of the aforementioned organizations.


Peacefully, in her 90th year, with family by her side, on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Beloved wife of the late George Russell Jenkins (1966), RCAF Flight Lieutenant; devoted mother of Paul (Theresa), Phillip (Linda), David (Paula), and Daniel (Lisa); she will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Sonya, Peter, Andrea, Sarah, Matthew, Emily, Elaine, Julie, Jessica, Russell, Mark and Dana and her great-grandchild Evelyn; loving sister of Ann Corker (Don), and predeceased by her brothers, Dan, Tom and Bob. Rosemary was a proud graduate in the class of 1950 at St. Michael's Hospital Toronto School of Nursing.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 1290 McBride Ave., Mississauga, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow. If desired, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Benevolent Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences available through


Peacefully passed away at Wexford Retirement Home on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the age of 81. Predeceased by her husband, John Williamson Long (1982). Loving mother of John (Susan), Steven (Jamie), Jeffrey (Sherry), and Anthony (Debbie). Dear grandmother of Jennifer, John, Sam, Zach, Michael, Matthew, and Katy.

Survived by her sister, Christine (Jack) Much.

Theo was an independent and strong willed person, devoted to her sons, who also loved to play duplicate bridge and spend time with her cat Lucy. At the age of 21, Theo immigrated to Canada from England to begin her new life. She was successful in her career as a psychometrist and real estate agent, after raising her 4 boys. She was a volunteer for many years in the Don Mills area.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St., at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Interment Highland Memory Gardens.

Special thanks to the staff of Wexford Retirement Home for their care and compassion.

Condolences R.S. Kane 416-221-1159


January 23, 1933 December 7, 2017 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dearly loved father, Lino. He was at peace when he died after a short battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed by his son, Mark; and daughter, Marina; his loving granddaughter, Sophie; and dear partner, Robbie Shaw. In Italy and New York, his dear brothers, Carlo (Giuliana), Paolo (Lucy) and Sandro (Ada) and many cousins, nieces and nephews will miss him very much. He will also be missed by Paul Shaw, Danielle Carter, Terry Shaw, and Bill Klimowych; dear friends the Flaim family; Ian Russell (Bruna Nota); the Bellissimo family; former wife, Rosemary (nee MacLean); former son-in-law, John; and many acquaintances too numerous to name.

Born in Revò, Trentino, Italy, our Dad arrived in Canada by ship on his own in 1952 with one small suitcase and not knowing a word of English. Four years after arriving in Canada, he went on to pursue his degrees as a top student at UBC and U of T. It was at UBC where he met his lifelong friend and English professor Gordon R. Elliott. In addition to a successful career at Ontario Hydro supervising the design of computer controls for Ontario's Nuclear Power Stations and moving into Finance before retirement, he also devoted his time and energy to volunteering because of his firm belief in social justice and his wish to help others.

In the late 60's he became friends and worked closely with The Right Honorable Charles Caccia, MP for Davenport. He then became the President of COSTIIIAS Immigrant Services for 10 years, the founder and first Vice President of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, and former Vice Chairman of the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism.

After 20 years on the Senate and the Board of Directors of York University, he remains an Honorary Member of its Board.

He was a Member of the Board of the United Way GTA, Ontario March of Dimes, and Member of the Ontario Council of University Affairs. In 1988, he became a Member of the Order of Canada and also received the Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

Dad also had a love for poetry and of the arts spending many days reading, attending music concerts, galleries, theatre and opera with Robbie. Having grown up in a valley of the Alps, this instilled a lifelong love of mountain hiking, hiking on the Bruce Trail and the beauty of nature.

In his memory, donations to Music Toronto or Anishnawbe Health would be appreciated. At our Dad's request there will be no service. Our thanks go out to the doctors and nurses at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga for their help, care and dedication.

Online condolences, memories and photos can be shared at


At Christie Gardens in Toronto, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, in her 93rd year, Margaret, beloved mother of Andrew Surray.

In honour of Margaret a Memorial Mass will be held at the Chapel of St. Joseph - Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home (211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON) on the morning of Saturday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated.


Born in Waterloo, Ontario on January 26, 1923 to Clarence and Helen Foreman, Nancy grew up with her younger brother, John, and her parents in London, Ontario, where her father was archdeacon of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. She graduated from Havergal College in Toronto and received her B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. At Western she was on the diving team and belonged to Pi Beta Phi sorority, a strong affiliation throughout her life.

Summers were spent in a handbuilt cottage in the Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, where she met Ben McKinney as a teenager.

Years later, a dramatic, whirlwind wartime courtship culminated in a 1944 marriage during a brief medical leave that Ben had while recovering from injuries sustained at Anzio.

After the war Ben and Nancy lived in Denison, Texas, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Little Rock, Arkansas while Ben pursued his engineering career and Nancy raised their children, Whitney, Heather and Mark. In 1952 Ben was called back to naval service for the Korean War and Nancy spent those years in San Diego with the children. After the war, Ben and Nancy moved to Toronto where Ben co-founded Beaver Engineering and Nancy had their last child, Munson. In all these places Nancy was a staunch member of the Junior League and made lifelong friends.

In 1957, they moved back to Denison when Ben was asked to be the President of the Munson Realty Company. A woman of tireless energy, Nancy was a leader in the community, a contributor on numerous boards and committees including (to name just a few) the Well Baby Clinic, The Bargain Box and The TMC Development Committee.

A 'cradle Episcopalian", she was an integral part of both St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denison and Christ Church Gregory in Muskoka where she served on their altar guilds for more than 50 years.

She and Ben were great companions and adventurers.

For two years they lived on a sailboat, cruising the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, the southern seaboard and the Caribbean. They traveled extensively but beelined for Muskoka every summer.

Everyone was drawn to Nancy's effervescence, her vitality and the ease with which she made true friends. She was beautiful, timeless and a marvel to both friends and acquaintances. Her presence always made the party - she was the first one on the dance floor and the last to leave. Her loyalty and succor to those she loved were beyond compare. Universally she was the mother/grandmother/ wife everyone wished they had had. Even in her last years which were full of pain, she rose above it to focus on others and take pleasure in their stories and accomplishments. She was rare and wondrous.

Nancy is survived by three of her children, Heather (John Pomeroy), Mark (Kris), and Munson (Elizabeth Petticrew); as well as thirteen grandchildren, Mei Mei Newsome, Alice Pomeroy, Whitney Rohrer, Rebecca Shores, Isabelle Corbett, Scott McKinney, Margot ShafferJohnson, Reid McKinney, Hilary Sadhoo, Harrison McKinney, Anne McKinney, Malcolm McKinney and Hannah McKinney; and nine greatgrandchildren, Molly Newsome, Riley Newsome, Miller McKinney, Lucas McKinney, Whitney Shaffer, Dugan Shaffer, Benjamin Sadhoo, John Henry Shores, and William Rohrer. To all of us she has been a valuable role model, confidante and the light in our lives.

The Family thanks Dr. Benson and Rebecca Hefton for their gentle care which kept Nancy independent to the end.

Memorial services will be held at eleven o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, December 12th at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denison, Texas and later next summer at Christ Church Gregory where Nancy's ashes will be interred next to Whitney and Ben. Rev. Don Perschall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will officiate. Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas, has charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Ben and Nancy McKinney Scholarship at Grayson College (Denison), Christ Church Gregory (Muskoka) or Reba's Ranch House (Denison). You may sign the online guestbook at

LINDA KAY PLOEGER (KREUGER) December 15, 1943 December 8, 2017

Born and raised in Nebraska, Linda graduated from high school in Orchard Park, New York, and received an honours degree in economics from the University of Ohio. A happy childhood and supportive parents gave Linda the freedom to pursue her educational and career dreams with confidence. After challenging and rewarding work as a fiscal analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank in both Boston and San Francisco, Linda moved to Toronto in 1969, joining the Ontario Ministry of Treasury and Economics as a Policy Director. Over the course of the next 27 years she moved through the Ministries of Culture and Recreation; Industry and Trade; and Energy and the Environment, developing highly respected policy on a broad range of successful initiatives such as corporate tax reform, Wintario, and government energy efficiency and conservation programs. Her career broke barriers for women in economics and government.

She was diagnosed with esophageal cancer a relatively short time ago. With characteristic determination and certainty, and after thorough research, Linda chose to take advantage of the Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD) program. She chose to proceed with this decision while she remained full of love and life.

As a firm believer in quality of life, she chose to spend the time that remained to her in the loving company of family and friends, in spirited celebration of life.

Her great and fulfilling joy was her life and marriage with Henk Ploeger. They shared forty wonderful years, enjoying travel, good books, music, golf - all the meaningful experiences that their good fortune allowed them to share. They never took it for granted - as Henk would often remind her "I love our life together"; and Linda remembered so many "Good times with a wonderful man". They spent the last 22 winters in their Florida "paradise"; and enjoyed many visits to the Netherlands over the years, to spend time with their Dutch family.

Nothing was more special than times spent with Henk's children and grandchildren, Albert (Anoush) grandchildren, Aris, Jivan and Remy; Lance (Karen) grandchildren, Ahsha and Declan; and Marina (Haig) grandchildren, Matthew and Zoie.

Linda was so very grateful for all the wonderful support and love of friends and family, and for the tremendous support she received from Sunnybrook Hospital, particularly the sensitive and expert care from Doctors Ung and Selby.

Private service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Donations to Sunnybrook or a charity of your choice.


Passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 9, 2017.

Beloved wife of the late Alexander; loving mother and mother-in-law of Ken and Evette, Sheldon and Ethel; dear sister of Jerry Gotlieb of Los Angeles; and sister-in-law of Marilyn Serota; devoted grandmother of Alana and David, Meredith and Jason, Marla and Gavin, Ian, Jeff and Esther, Adam and Tali; greatgrandmother of Sloane, Tanys, Everett, Ronan, Kallie, Lucas, Joshua, Ben, and Koby; will also be sadly missed by her loving and cherished caregiver Luz Rodriguez.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, Decemebr 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Interment Beth Sholom Synagogue Section of Mt.

Sinai Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue c/o The Serota Family.


It is with profound sadness that the family announces the death of Joyce Smee (nee Keefe) on December 8, 2017.

She was the beloved wife for 54 years of the late Martin Smee; devoted mother of Catherine, Michael, John (Glenda), Greg, and Jennifer (Michael Horan); and loving grandmother of Katie, Andrew, and Martina; Joyce is also survived by her sister, Molly Murch, and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and England. Joyce's strong faith and determination allowed her to overcome many challenges in her life, and for 40 years she was the driving force behind the family business, Hampstead House Books Ltd. She will be greatly missed by its staff, members of the book community, and everyone whose lives were strengthened by her example.

The family invites friends to pay their respects at R. S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St. (at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Monday, December 11th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gabriel's Parish, 670 Sheppard Ave. E. on Tuesday, December 12th at 10 a.m.

Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Condolences R.S. Kane 416-221-1159


On Sunday, December 10, 2017 at North York General Hospital.

Beloved wife of the late Irwin Stepak; loving mother and mother-in-law of Brian and Barbara, and Lorne Stepak and Rhonda Hayman; dear sister and sister-in-law of Maurice and Karen Stekel, and the late Benny Stackle, and Anne and Jerry Steiner; devoted grandmother of Paul and Marni, Jeremy, Robbie, and the late Jordana Stepak; and greatgrandmother of Brandon, and Jordan.

At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Shiva 1 Orchid Court.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ida Stepak Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 416-780-0324,

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