Wednesday, September 5, 2018
AARON TOBIAS BICK
Aaron Bick died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Aaron Bick was an extraordinary man and an unforgettable presence to all those around him. Aaron loved and cared for his children, Hannah, Izzy and Althea with a larger-than-life devotion. Aaron was a passionate and dynamic partner to Laurel whom he considered "his much better half". Their generous table was a gathering place for so many people - all devouring Aaron's trademark barbeque meals and his choice of exceptional wines.
Aaron was a precious and valued presence in the lives of his friends and colleagues. They talked to him often just to get their regular dose of Aaron - uncanny with his insights and knowledge. He had a magnetism that pulled so many exceptional people into his circle.
Unpredictably outrageous, it was hard to know what Aaron would do next. He would often joke, "You can't say I don't make life exciting." That he did! Aaron was also a major presence to thousands who never met him - the clients of WineOnline, the company he founded. Every day Aaron would send out emails with passionate recommendations of his favourite wines.
Intertwined with it all was Aaron's generosity - story after story of people receiving Aaron's openhanded assistance. Aaron was on the West Park Fundraising Board to build a new healthcare centre.
It is a sad, sad day without Aaron.
Laurel and the children, his brothers Daniel and Jonny (his partners in WineOnline) and their families, his two younger siblings Nomi and Noah, his parents Marion and Robert and his many, many friends and colleagues throughout the world are all wondering how life will be without Aaron's incandescent presence.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. September 16th at City Shul, 300 Bloor Street West.
Donations to support Aaron's children's education are being gratefully accepted at gofundme.
DOCTOR ANDRÉ CRÉPEAU
The family of Doctor André Crépeau, F.R.C.S. (C) is sorry to announce his passing away on Monday, August 13, 2018.
Son of Louis de Gonzague and Marie Laure Crépeau (Brochu), he leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Yolande (deCelles); his sons, Françoys (Xuong) and Yves; as well as the sunshine of his heart, his beloved grandson Vincent. He also leaves his brothers and sisters, Maurice (Suzanne), Jacques (Mary), Louise (Ken), and Robert (Suzanne); and in-laws Léandre (Andrée) and Pauline. His dear sisters, Flore and Françoise predeceased him.
After graduating in 1950 from Université Sainte Anne, in Nova Scotia, he received his doctorate in medicine in 1955 from the Université Laval. He continued his studies by doing a residency in general surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, Michigan, as well as a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Good Samaritan and Olive View hospitals, in Los Angeles, California. He then returned to Canada in 1963 to establish himself in Ottawa, where he practiced in many hospitals in the area. But he worked more than half of his life at the Ottawa General Hospital, pursuing his true passion: surgery, all the while training other surgeons who are now practicing in many countries.
His family wishes to thank doctors Atkins, Fitzgibbons, and nurse Wendy Petrie. Special thanks to Doctor Louise Coulombe. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the health care professionals of the Ottawa General Hospital's 6 South East wing.
Visitations will take place at the Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home, at 180 Montréal Road, in Ottawa, on Friday, September 7th, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service will take place at the Sainte Geneviève Church, at 825 Canterbury Avenue, Ottawa, on Saturday, September 8th, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall downstairs.
We would be grateful for donations to be made to the Myeloma Canada society, so that it may continue to assist in research to fight this disease.
MARIANNE ELIZABETH GIRLING (nee Featherstonhaugh)
February 15, 1927 - August 24, 2018 Peacefully at home in Toronto.
Beloved wife of the late Robert (2012). Loving mother and best friend to Karen Girling. Great admirer of loved son-in-law, Bruce MacLellan. Proud and adoring Meemee to granddaughters, Sara and Ally MacLellan.
Predeceased by her siblings, Joan (1974) and Denny (2006). Survived also by Andrea, Jane, Ann and her favourite cousin, Bill.
Marianne was a champion of living life. She attributed her spirit of adventure to her father, Murray (1964), whom she always remembered fondly. He instilled in her a lifelong love of Lake of Bays, paddling and especially swimming. Her independent escapades expanded with a four-month trip to Europe in 1948. She and her friend lived in the aftermath of World War II - quite an eye opener for two young women from Windsor, Ontario. Shortly after her return, she and Bob were engaged. Marriage, home ownership and two daughters followed. Marianne practised the fine arts of plumbing, carpentry, use of an axe, and all other household arts necessary to maintain home and cottage. The adventures continued throughout their lives together. Around 1970, Marianne arrived at their Tecumseh home with a motorcycle. Not to be outdone, Bob purchased his own and that established years of trailering their bikes or snowmobile to explore all regions of Ontario.
Marianne excelled creatively with sewing, knitting, and millinery; her standards were high. She was in demand as a young woman to sew formal dresses for her friends as together they attended big-band dances at HMCS Hunter in Windsor and at Bigwin Inn. She and Bob loved to dance.
Always a non-conformist, she was a woman ahead of her time. Decades before it was understood or fashionable, she ate impeccably and exercised regularly, and continued to do so throughout her life. Until a few years ago, she would attend neighbourhood exercise classes and easily swam more than 100 lengths of her pool each day. Her credo was "keep your body moving."
At an early age, she learned from her mother Helen (1979) the importance of giving back. Marianne spent decades as a professional volunteer, in her church, hospital, and grass roots communities. With those organizations and as family cheerleader-in-chief, her focus was almost always outward. She was notoriously frugal about herself, but quietly generous to those in need. Children and nature and those less fortunate than she have benefited from her giving.
After she and Bob moved to Toronto in 1974, and until her legs let her down, she would walk and bicycle miles each day. She took advantage of everything the city had to offer from hikes, to concerts, to lectures, to baseball games and every festival and parade. Her favourite outing was one that had a destination.
Marianne's love of words made her a formidable Scrabble player and a prodigious reader. Her spreadsheet of library books that she read during the last few years contained more than 1000 entries. If you are so inclined, please remember her with a donation to Toronto Public Library Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) for a reception on Wednesday, September 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
Private interment at St. John's Cemetery on the Humber.
M3: you are always in our hearts.
It is with the deepest sorrow and grief that we must announce the passing on Sunday, September 2, 2018 of our incredible and wonderful, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, with her family by her side. Beloved wife and best friend for 67 years of the late David Dale.
Everyone who knew them admired their truly remarkable and precious love.
They had been in love, devoted and inseparable since childhood. A rare, exceptional and remarkable love, one to be greatly admired and emulated by all. Mary was the most adored and treasured mother, friend, mentor and first love to daughters, Betsy Fruitman and Lynda Wine, and a most admired and loved mother-in-law and friend to the late Lou Fruitman and Fred Wine.
Exceptionally caring and loving grandmother of Pamela and Howie Gould, Lisa and Daniel Belzowski, Marla and Ronald Struminger, Paul and Risa Wine, Robyn and Brian Wilks, and Bryan and Stephanie Wine. She will be cherished and lovingly remembered as their beloved "Nanny" to all the wonderful "Little People" in her life: Amanda and Joshua Belzowski, Jeffrey and Jason Gould, Jarod and Phoebe Struminger, Matthew, Jeremy and Marlee Wilks, Chelsea and Holden Wine, Lyndsey and Ashley Wine.
Mary was filled with love, compassion and integrity. She touched everyone in her life with her kindness. She was admired and loved by all who knew her. She was a dedicated and devoted matriarch. We loved her so very much and we were so proud of her, that to describe our loss and to express how much we will miss her is just not possible. As our family's guiding light, she will truly shine in our hearts and memories forever.
Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, on Monday, September 3, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Interment Workman's Circle Section of Roselawn Cemetery. Shivas will take place at 7071 Bayview Ave., Thornhill (Betsy) and at 120 Torresdale Avenue #1107 (Lynda).
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1-888-939-3333.
ROGER JOHN ESDON
1954-2018 Peacefully, with family by his side, at Credit Valley Hospital, on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
Beloved husband of Denise for 37 years. Loving brother to Norman S.D., Bill, Marjorie Smith (Doug); loving stepbrother to Judy Voth (Harry) and Margaret Merizzi (Nelson). Much loved uncle to Greg and Kim; much loved stepuncle to Christopher, Ashley, Lisa, Nadia, Dashia; and many greatnieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by his mother-inlaw, Fleur-Ange Bertrand; and sister-in-law, Lucie Bertrand (Denis Turgeon). Predeceased by his parents, Norman John and Betty Jean (nee Vallance); and stepfather, Wendel MacDermid.
Friends may call at Turner & Porter 'Neweduk-Erin -Mills' Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (east of Erin Mills Pkwy), on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at Streetsville United Church, 274 Queen St. S., Mississauga, on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. Reverend John Tapscott officiating. The family would like to thank Toronto General and Credit Valley Hospitals' doctors, nurses, and staff for their professional and compassionate care.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Streetsville United Church. Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
LYNNE DOREEN HAMILTON (née Wadge)
February 19, 1948 September 3, 2018 "It was a wonderful life filled with happiness and love. A life well lived!"
Lynne passed away on a sunny Vancouver morning, September 3, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. Lynne was born in northern Ontario and raised in Copper Cliff, until 1965 when she moved to Toronto to attend Branksome Hall. In Toronto Lynne began teaching and met her husband, Peter. In 1979 Lynne and Peter moved to Vancouver where they raised their daughters and built an incredible network of friends, and Lynne continued to build her remarkable teaching career, which was her true passion.
Lynne loved adventures, travel, gardening, entertaining, crafts, a committed community volunteer and was truly inspiring.
Lynne was predeceased by her parents, Doreen and Norman Wadge. She is survived by her loving husband, Peter; daughters, Lindsay (Paul De Luca) and Erin; grandchildren who she loved beyond words Emily, Grace and William De Luca; sisters, Allison and Janice Wadge (Pat Pape).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 12 p.m. with reception following at the Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lynne to Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, details to be available at the service.
She flies on to her next adventure.
Margaret Hooton, retired associate professor of nursing, McGill University, died peacefully and with great dignity on August 25, 2018 in the Palliative Care Unit at the Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre.
Throughout her career she had a consummate commitment to university education as the future of the profession. This orientation was intertwined with the development of supportive curricula and reshaping clinical practice. Her expertise in integrating these disparate perspectives resulted in her being in demand as a teacher, visiting professor and consultant provincially, nationally and internationally.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Lloyd and Ethel; her brother, Lorne; her sister, Dorothy; and her brother-in-law, Roger Northey. She is survived by her sister, Marie Lord (George); sister-in-law, Marion Hooton; nephew, Rob Hooton (Mary Ann); nieces, Lana Tisdale (Stuart), Saundra Gellatly (Doug), Judith Ainge (Jason); and several greatnieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. James United Church, 463 Saint-Catherine St. West, in Montreal on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. The family will receive condolences prior to the service at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made to Friends of McGill University Library (Nursing), Parkinson Canada, and the Palliative Care Unit of the McGill University Health Centre or a charity of one's choice.
CANON DONNA CLAIRE HUNTER (nee Dawson)
1931 - 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce Donna Hunter passed away peacefully on August 31, 2018 in Toronto at the age of 87.
Donna was born in Stratford, the daughter of the late Denver Dawson and the late Myrl Smith. She married the love of her life, Fred, on August 12, 1950 and they enjoyed 64 years of marriage together, dancing the light fantastic wherever and whenever possible, until Fred's passing in 2014.
Donna also leaves behind her loving children, Karen, Stephen (Victoria), Michael and Susanne (Daniel Johnson); her beloved grandchildren, Karen Johnson (Valdemar Anglin), Cheryl Johnson (Floyd Lawrence), Sarah, Zachary, Adam (Lauren), Julia, Heather and Jerome; great-grandchildren, Arielle, Summer and Leighton; and her cherished sisters, Barbara Riley and Mardi Dawson and brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, Bill and Heather Hunter.
Donna's career had many phases starting with raising four children and then returning to school to earn her Sociology degree in 1977.
Her professional life started with YWCA Canada, followed by her role as Executive Director, Women's Interchurch Council of Canada. Donna's final position was Director of Resources for Congregations, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, first woman and first non-clergy person to hold this position, until her retirement in 1994.
As well, Donna was a Board Member on the International World Day of Prayer Committee.
Throughout her life, Donna demonstrated passion for social justice, especially with regard to women's issues and the Anglican LGBTQ community. In the Anglican Church, her faith was framed by constantly questioning dogma. In her career working with Anglican congregations, Donna was a skilled facilitator and mediator. In her own words, "How we act within our own staff and how we relate co-operatively with parishes and then how we act responsibly in the wider society are all central components for me. I believe God loves us and loves the totality of humanity and my actions need to proclaim that." Donna enjoyed conversations about ideas; a passion she encouraged in her children and grandchildren.
Donna's family wish to thank staff at Humber River Hospital ICU, Humber Heights Retirement Home and Bayshore private care, for their care and support of Donna.
A celebration of her life will take place at St. Philip's Anglican Church (31 St. Phillips Road, Etobicoke) on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Family and friends will be welcomed at the Ward Funeral Home Weston Chapel (2035 Weston Rd., Toronto), on Thursday, September 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (https://pwrdf.org), Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (https://wicc.org) or a charity of your choice.
RICHARD McFADYEN KNIGHT "Richie" It is with heavy heart and great sadness that Harry Knight and Donna McAvinue announce the passing of their beloved son, Richard "Richie" McFadyen Knight, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the age of 15 years, in his sleep. Born in New York City on April 27, 2003, he and his family relocated to Sarasota in 2015. Richie's appreciation for music and the Baritone Horn, led to his dedication, passion and enthusiastic participation in the esteemed Riverview High School Kiltie Band. He was well thought of by the many friends he made across a wide range of circles in school and in his community.
Richie's capacity for compassion was obvious in his volunteer work at Humane Society of Sarasota, where he and his younger brother, Harry Jr., spent time together helping creatures of lesser fortune and reinforcing their strong bond of brotherhood, which will live on forever.
He is survived by his loving parents, Harry and Donna; his brother and best friend, Harry Jr.; grandparents, Susan and David Knight of Toronto, Shirley and Richard McAvinue of New Zealand; Uncle John and Aunt Nancy McFadyen as well as his other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Richie's life is being held on Wednesday, September 5 at Cobblestone Amenity Center on Palmer Ranch, 8749 Amaretto Drive in Sarasota, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sarasota.
2331 15th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34237. Tel: 941-955-4131 x105.
BRIAN BRUCE MORRISON
March 27, 1961 - August 31, 2018 Following a 20-year medical battle,
Brian passed away peacefully on August 31, 2018.
A consummate host and storyteller with a gregarious personality, Brian will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, infectious personality and his unwavering love of family and friends. Brian was born in Cambridge, Ontario and attended Wilfrid Laurier University. Upon graduation Brian joined TD Bank and was posted to several small communities in southern Ontario before moving to head office in Toronto in 1990.
A promising career path was cut short however, when in 1999 he was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. The subsequent bone marrow transplant led to a permanent medical leave. Brian never let his medical challenges get him down though. He faced one setback after another with the determination, bravery and class we've all come to expect.
He always took the time to learn the names and thank each of the doctors, nurses and technicians on his "team" at Princess Margaret and Toronto General Hospitals.
A special note of appreciation to Dr. Jeff Lipton, who was at Brian's side for the entire journey.
Through a life well-lived, but nowhere near full-length, Brian put his unique accent on collecting, a hobby he embraced with enthusiasm. His collections included 19th century English china, rare garden specimens, books and vintage clothing. But the collection of which he was most proud, and which stood him in good stead these past few months, were his many friendships. Brian possessed a tremendous capacity to connect with and inspire those around him. Missed by a loving family and his wide circle of friends, Brian is survived by his partner of 23 years Lyle Hall; his loving parents, Marilyn and Bruce; brother, Craig (Angela); sisters, Lynn Schwartzentruber (Terry) and Ann Pennington (Murray); as well as seven nephews, five grand-nieces and a grand-nephew.
In keeping with Brian's wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Niagara where Brian spent his last few weeks surrounded by care and affection. Arrangements entrusted to Morgan Funeral Home, 415 Regent St., Niagara-onthe-Lake. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at http://www.morganfuneral.com.
PHYLLIS LYDIA PETERS Aged 85 of Toronto, passed away peacefully on Sunday,
September 2, 2018 after a long battle with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. She was born in Ringwood, Ontario on September 26, 1932 to the late Frank and Thelma Breuls, and was predeceased by her brother, Ross; and sisters, Gwendolyn and Arlene.
In 1954, Phyllis married the love of her life, Louis F. Peters, and after living several years in Toronto they found their 'true home' on the lake in Cobourg, Ontario at a place called "Ravensworth". It was there that Phyllis loved to host and entertain her family and friends in spectacular fashion. Many fond memories of these fabulous and fun family gatherings are shared by her sons, Brian (Cathy) and Frank (Rita); and her daughters, Diane (Alan) and Donna (John); as well as her 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Geoff), Melissa (Peter), Courtney, Samantha, Grant (Allia), Derek, Bradley, Brock, Sabrina, Aaron and Andrew; and first greatgrandchild, Theo. The Christmas and Easter celebrations were always eagerly anticipated given the attention to detail that Phyllis gave to the festive decorations and meal planning.
It is obvious that Phyllis has left a legacy of loved ones and a devoted husband that will miss her dearly.
Phyllis requested that an intimate and private family gathering be held in her honour at later date.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her illness at the Bickle Centre in Toronto and the dialysis unit at St.
Joseph's Hospital. Special thanks also goes out to Claudette Foo for her care and compassion.
Condolences can be sent to MacCoubrey Funeral Home (http://www.maccoubrey.com) and if desired, and those wishing can make donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association in honour of Phyllis. We will always carry her memory in our hearts.
SUZANNE SIKLOS Suzanne Siklos (Rosner).
Born in Budapest, Hungary, November 14, 1937, died Toronto, September 1, 2018.
Mourned by children, Eugene and Richard, their spouses, Jacquelyn and Laine, and adored grandchildren, Alexandra, Juliana, Henry, Vivien and Anabelle.
She grew up an only child across the street from the Budapest Opera House, escaping to Vienna during the 1956 revolution, evading armed border patrols. There, she and another refugee, Sandor Alex Siklos, soon married and started a new life in Montreal arriving penniless, not speaking the language, or knowing a soul.
They moved to Toronto in 1965 and were together until Alex's death in 2000.
Suzanne was a dedicated mother who at various points worked in textiles, medical lab work, business planning, and tax preparation. She particularly loved reading, cooking, and travel, but had many passions along the way: collecting cookbooks, porcelain, stamps, coins, and Hungarian records; gardening, sewing, needlepoint, music and opera (singing when she was happy). She was unbeatable at Scrabble or Boggle, an expert at backgammon, and, after her husband passed away, took up bridge with zeal, becoming an ACBL Life Master.
Suzanne was one of a kind stylish, worldly, biting, a fan of cheeky jokes, strongminded, contrarian and rarely content (always rearranging furniture!). A hard early life and other setbacks could form a tough exterior that made her not always easy to deal with or to get to know.
But with astonishing energy and will she overcame adversity time and again, living independently well into her seventies despite increasingly serious ailments.
She truly loved her family (including Charlie, the family's departed retriever mix), and was proud of her children and the grandkids who were the source of her greatest joy.
She spent her last few days with her sons by her side.
The family thanks the dedicated staffs of Meighen Manor and Revera Donway, and Dr. Hannah Zuckerman.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Salvation Army or Toronto Humane Society. A gathering celebrating her life will be held Friday September 7. For details please email email@example.com.
Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the age of 96. Beloved husband of 43 years to Helen (nee Popowich).
Loving father of John (the late Margaret) and William (Faith).
Proud grandfather of Christopher, Adam, Tina, Alexa and Wills. Dear brother-in-law of Nick (Colene) Popowich. John will also be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his first wife, Tina; his sister, Kalyna; brothers-in-law, Peter, Michael and William.
John worked for Domtar fine papers for over 30 years. He often travelled for work, managing branches in St. Catharines, Don Valley and Beauhornois, Quebec.
Every summer, John made sure that students from Waterloo University would be hired in various parts of the industry. He was an avid reader, with a special interest in history. John was the past national president of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation, the past president of The Probus Club of St. Catharines and was an active director of the Canadian Foundations for Ukrainian Studies.
He was a longtime parishioner of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, and a KnightOfficer of the Byzantine Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Family and friends will be received at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines on Thursday, September 6 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Panachyda will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 14 Rolls Ave., St. Catharines. Interment to follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery.
A reception will follow at Sts.
Cyril & Methodius Church parish hall. On-Line Guest Book - www.
georgedartefuneralhome.com DEREK WEST 1934 - 2018
The West family sadly announces the passing of Derek West, peacefully at home on August 30, 2018. Born in Eastbourne, England, Derek sailed to Montreal in 1952 with father Jock and mother Margaret (Peggy) and brother Colin. In Montreal he studied and became certified as a Chartered Accountant and started his career at Hyde Houghton, where he served as Executive Committee Chair, as well as Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Derek has been a lifetime member of the Boulevard Club since 1971, serving as Club President from 1982 - 83 and 2003 - 06. Amongst his passions were tennis, bridge and baseball.
He was an active member of the Conservative Party and his local riding association. Derek married his first wife, Barbara in 1957, having three children: Michael (Carol Ann), Sandra CravenGriffiths (Guy) and Christopher (Maureen); four grandchildren: Selena, Laura, Katie and James and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Juan Michael. He married his second wife, Anne in 1971 and had sons, Simon (Jordan) and Robin and two granddaughters, Rowan and Raven. Derek was predeceased by his brother, Colin (Bonnie). Derek was also predeceased by life partner and soul mate, Joan Hart, who enriched his life with travel, theatre, music and nature. A private memorial for family is being planned for a later date.
Donations in honour of Derek can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.