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Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Page B17

DONALD EDWARD BARTON March 10, 1935 March 9, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Donald (Don) Edward Barton. He passed away peacefully, in the arms of his family, on Friday, March 9, 2018, just a day before his 83rd birthday.

Beloved husband to Joan, the love of his life for 60 years. Loving father of Cheryl, Nancy (Dean Martin) and Lisa (Paul Hickey) and beloved grandfather of Quinlan, Will, Evan, Tim, and Sara. He will be lovingly remembered by his remaining siblings, Roger and Joan, large extended family and many friends.

Don was born in Toronto on March 10, 1935 to Edward and Agnes Barton, the fourth of five children and eldest boy. Don was a lifelong sportsman who played football for De La Salle College and for the University of Western Mustangs.

He later took up squash and golf and was a longtime member of the Toronto Cricket Club and Meadowbrook Golf Club.

Don had a 35-year successful career with the Canada Life Assurance Company, working in Toronto with brief stints in Winnipeg and Atlanta. With his vibrant generous spirit and hearty laugh, former co-workers, friends and family will fondly remember Don and his storytelling.

Don's sharp sense of humour and optimism lasted through his life, despite his declining mental and physical health in his later years. We are so thankful for the caregivers who assisted him with kindness and dignity, allowing him to remain at home with Joan until the end of his life.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 22nd in Blessed Sacrament Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue, (Yonge Street south of Lawrence). Reception to follow.

In memoriam donations may be made to Hill House Hospice, www. or to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, about/Canada. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through

I rene Patricia Fletcher November 28, 1926 - March 4, 2018

Irene Fletcher died peacefully at age 91 with family members at her side.

Irene lived a vibrant and independent life. She was a remarkable individual who worked fulltime for well over 60 years, retiring at age 84. She was a talented dressmaker, an avid walker, and held lifelong interests in fashion and current events. Irene was always happy to get together with family members or spend time chatting over the phone, discussing family history or the latest happenings on the political scene.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Joseph; her brothers, David and Bill; her sisters, Hazel, Florence; and special Aunt Evelyne Pearl. Irene will be greatly missed by her surviving sibling, Margaret, and by her many nieces and nephews across Canada and the U.S.

A funeral service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W.

Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th followed by interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. If desired, a donation to Sprint Senior Care ( would be appreciated.

Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through


Died peacefully at home on March 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Frank Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Queen's University, was born on January 23, 1947 in Montreal, the eldest son of Miriam and Alfred Lewis.

A graduate of Westmount High, McGill University, and Rochester University, where he earned a doctorate in Economics, Frank spent his 45-year career at Queen's. His research focused on Canadian Economic History.

A devoted teacher and mentor to generations of young economists, Frank was recognized in 2016 by the Economic History Association with the Jonathan Hughes Prize for excellence in teaching.

Frank and his family enjoyed annual winter holidays in Florida and summer vacations in the Laurentians, a Lewis tradition dating back three generations. He was an avid tennis player and an aspiring low handicap golfer. A life-long musician, Frank studied piano under Lubka Kolessa, devoted hours to his children's musical training and later performed classical music with a local ensemble. Frank was deeply involved in the Reform Jewish Congregation, Iyr HaMelech, serving on the board for decades. He and his wife Donna (Lounsbury) enjoyed adventurous holidays to destinations including Hawaii, Chile, the Galapagos, Japan and Africa.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2017, Frank continued to lead a full life. He published two academic articles, provided expert assistance to the Indigenous and Crown parties in a significant case involving 1850 treaties, and played golf and tennis until the end of December. Some of his tennis partners (you know who you are!) mistakenly believed that this was finally their chance to beat him.

Throughout, Frank maintained an unwavering positive outlook, surrounded by family and a large circle of friends.

Frank Lewis is survived by Donna, his wife of 38 years; his children, Joshua (Maggie), Michelle (Jean François), and Benjamin (Azi); his sister, Elizabeth (Paul); and brother, Jonathan (Stacy); his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Ingrid Harle and Dr. Jim Biagi of the Cancer Centre, and the kindness and support of the palliative community care team.

Frank will be buried next to his beloved parents and grandson, Aaron David Thibault, in a private service at Cataraqui Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on May 3, 2018 in Grant Hall, Queen's University, with reception to follow. Donations in Frank's memory may be made to the UHKF Foundation (Cancer Centre) or Queen's University (Economics Department).


Catherine passed away peacefully at home, on March 14, 2018, with her beloved husband and life partner of 32 years, Anthony Lysak, at her side, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Catherine was the daughter of and predeceased by Gladys (nee Ullett) and Gerald MacEwen of Ottawa and the sister of Thomas MacEwen who died at a young age in 1976. Catherine is survived by her sister-in-law and brotherin-law, Sandra and Mike Prokopiw of Edmonton; their children, Sera and her partner, Anne, and Sean and his wife, Jess, and baby daughter, Eira, of Cumbria, England. She is also survived by and will be missed by many cousins from the MacEwen and Ullett Clans and Anthony's aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. She is dearly missed by her many friends and neighbors old and new, including Karen Thompson, Harvey Aitchison, Dana and David Clemens, Laura Clemens and Ian Conway, Adele Freeman and Geoff Kettel, Jim Bebko and Patty Osborne, Ed Blackstock and Irina Valentin, Dan Shand, Zoltan Harsanyi and Pat Antliff, Sylvie Lavoie and Bill King, Mardi and Robert Schuler, Moira and John Coull, The Gurr family, Carolyn, George, and Sam Graziani, Doug and Donna Patterson, Donna LePan, Marsha Contway, Carole Dandurand and Cindy D. Larocque.

Catherine was born on October 2, 1950 in Ottawa. Her father worked for Bell Telephone so they moved around Eastern Ontario. Catherine ended up at Queens University after high school and completed an arts degree there followed by a degree in Psychology from Carleton. After university in Ottawa she followed in her father's footsteps and began a long and successful career at Bell.

In 1975, she transferred to Toronto where she commenced her climb up the management ladder. During her time at Bell and Stentor, she met the love of her life, Anthony, and they married in 1985.Catherine strived for excellence and completed her MBA at York University in 1985, while working full time.

In 2000, Bell decided Catherine needed another challenge and released her. Never one to miss an opportunity, she enrolled in a Human Resources course at the university of Toronto.

Following that, she accepted a position at TRCA, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, and spent the happiest 14 years of her working life in an environment that nurtured her lively, creative, and generous spirit. Her friendships at TRCA lasted after her retirement in 2015.

Catherine loved life, laughs and The Party Shop. She loved a chunky Chardonnay, great cheese and her and Anthony's cottage and dear neighbors at Buck Lake.

She was a quick wit and always had a hug and smile for the world.

One of her greatest joys in the last year was her grand-niece, Eira, a charming little girl who stole her heart with mushy kisses.

Catherine and Anthony travelled the world, enjoying great museums, sights and adventures.

In every aspect of her life, she was kind and generous.

Anthony and Catherine's family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Humber River Hospital both in the Cancer Care Clinic and the 13th floor, as well as her physicians Drs. Wilson and Dr.

Sagman. Also, many thanks to the palliative team who assisted Catherine and Anthony in the last week, providing excellent care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 11:30 a.m. in Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, Toronto Region Conservation Authority or a charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit

RENATE WERA PRATT (née Hecht) February 8, 1929 - March 10, 2018

Renate Pratt passed away peacefully on Saturday evening after a 15 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was surrounded by her close family and caregivers. Renate shared a marriage for over 60 years with her husband, Cran, who passed away 18 months ago. Renate is lovingly remembered by her sisters, Nore Bückle (Hecht) and Kristiana Gessl Hecht; her children, Anna, Marcus and Gerhard and their partners, Brian Vasoff, Philippa Davies and Bernadette Pratt; her five grandsons, Lucas, Zachary, Simon, Nicolas and his wife, Morgan Rose, and Francis and his partner, Carol Ann Apilado.

Renate was born and grew up in Wuppertal, Germany. Her experiences living through the rise of fascism, and witnessing the ravages of war brought on by Nazi Germany, would forever shape her political views and commitments.

In the early 1950s, after working as an emergency care nurse in Hamburg Germany, she secured a position in Kampala working with Ugandan mothers and families to improve nutrional care for newborn children. Her work in Uganda began a life-long commitment to African development, and an abiding love for young children.

While in Kampala, she met Cran and they married in Wuppertal in 1956. The young couple lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Oxford. In 1960 they returned to Africa, this time to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Renate's commitment to the dismantling of apartheid began during these years in Tanzania, at that time home to many exiled members of southern Africa's liberation movements.

After her return to Canada in 1964, Renate's work in social justice grew in influence and stature. She was an active member of the "Voice of Women", a group dedicated to promoting peace and disarmament. She was a leading contributor to the 1973 YWCA of Canada study of Canadian economic links with South Africa, "Investment in Oppression". Two years later she began an eleven-year stint as the first coordinator of the newly formed Taskforce on Churches and Corporate Responsibility, an ecumenical coalition of Canadian churches and religious organizations. The Taskforce rose to prominence as a major voice among activists calling for companies to disinvest from the Apartheid regime, and for shareholders to bring pressure to bear on those companies. Many credit this activism for the progressive stance eventually taken by the Canadian government as apartheid crumbled. The Taskforce under Renate pioneered shareholder action in Canada as a tool of responsible investment.

In May 1991, in honour of her work in social justice and anti-apartheid activism, Renate was a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University.

In 1997, Renate published "In Good Faith: Canadian Churches against Apartheid", documenting the work of Canadian churches in mobilizing support against apartheid. Bishop Desmond Tutu provided a preface to the book recognizing the work of Renate, the Taskforce and other Canadian non-governmental organizations and individuals in bringing down apartheid. In Bishop Tutu's words, these were all names that "must be written in letters of gold".

In her retirement, Renate continued her commitment to social justice by acting as a volunteer for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, and by serving for many years on the board of the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa.

Through all the years of deep political activism, Renate remained a singularly dedicated mother and grandmother, always attending with loving care and with wise advice to the needs of all her offspring. She was passionate about swimming, gardening, and annual holidays at the Lake of Bays. She never lost her nursing instincts as she cared for many friends and loved ones over the years. She was always open to new cultural experiences, learning Swahili while in Tanzania, and French after settling in Canada.

The family would like to thank the many involved in Renate's care at Belmont House, and especially Vione Thomas and Pearlene Leslie whose love and daily care provided mum with comfort and peace over the past 8 years.

Renate indicated that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture ( Details of a memorial for Renate to be held in the next few weeks will be announced soon.


Lester Wayne Zehr passed away peacefully, at his residence in Waterloo, Ontario on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in his 92nd year with his devoted and loving wife of 67 years, Elva (née Shantz), by his side. Proud father of Brenda Eudoxie (Peter), Don Zehr (Tracey), and Gregory Zehr (Cassandra). Les was born in Imlay City, Michigan, to Emory and Selena Zehr on September 21, 1926, was raised in Ayr, Ontario and was the eldest of three children.

"Papa" was dearly loved by his seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, Jennifer Frayne (Paul), Lauren Eudoxie (Rorey La Puente), Zac Zehr (Cheryl), JD Zehr (Georgina), Colton Zehr, Calvin Zehr, Mitchell Zehr, Hudson La Puente, and Liam Frayne.

He leaves his sister, Marjorie Witzel of Waterloo; and was predeceased by his brother, Clifford Zehr; his wife, Jean; and his brother-in-law, Doug Witzel.

Lester was always a believer in people and their ideas and invested in numerous business startups. He was considered by many to be the "Humble Entrepreneur." He helped build many companies, most notably, as a cofounder of Zehrs Markets, but he was always the first to say that it was the great people he worked with who made the company a success.

He was a lifetime member of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, originally a member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener, then became a charter member of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club and was an avid golfer in his retirement. He was passionate about organizations such as MEDA, MCC and Conrad Grebel University College.

Although Lester lead a full life with a successful career, travels to exotic locales, and great community involvement, he always put his family first.

Whether it was filling every square inch of the cottage with family members or providing an open invitation to their home in Atlantis, FL, he was always happiest surrounded by family.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Lester at a memorial visitation to be held at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. At the family's request, a private funeral will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Grand River Hospital Foundation in Kitchener would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the funeral home at, 519-745-8445, or at


Mom passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 at the young age of 99. A uniquely generous, smart, kind and witty person, there was no one like her. Always upbeat, she lived life to the fullest.

A giving person, she donated thousands of hours to charities near to her heart. When with her, you became a hero, even if you were just telling her you passed a math test.

Pat was a wonderful Mom to Doug (Sandy) Plummer, Wendy (Mel) Hinde, Lynn (Paul) Morse and David (Rosalind) Plummer; an exceptional Grandma to Eric, Ted, Adam, Gillian, Katherine and Nicola Plummer, Christy Hinde, Jeff, Julia, Peter and Sam Morse; and a joyful Great-Gran to Eva Plummer. Her loving husband, George, passed away many years ago and was dearly missed by Pat. She was a second Mom to all of her children's friends and her nieces and nephews growing up. She loved nothing more than entertaining family and friends on her deck in Muskoka. Mom, we will miss you forever.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 17th 11:00 a.m. at St. John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive. If desired, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through

JAMES HALE STRONG "Jim" May 3, 1927 March 6, 2018

After a long and full life, Jim passed away peacefully, in Victoria on March 6. He was born in Portage La Prairie, MB, and raised in Picton, ON. He graduated from Albert College in Belleville, ON in 1945. In 1953, everything changed on a blind date when he met the love of his life, Jean. After marrying in 1954, they shared 63 years of adventure together, finally settling in Sidney, BC.

Jim's great pride was his distinguished 42 year career with the Bank of Nova Scotia, starting in 1946. He and his family moved throughout Canada with his work for the bank and made an extensive network of friends. He was an avid golfer and curler and an active member of Probus for many years. He and Jean loved to travel the world, but their favourite place was at home with each other and their family.

Jim was predeceased by his beloved Jean; his mother, Isobel; brother, Doug; and nephew, Stephen. Fondly remembered by his son, Doug (Susan Bigelow); daughter, Patricia Humme; grandchildren, James Humme (Acacia Grisdale), Jean Strong, and Laura Strong; and cousin, Ed Strong (Gloria).

A celebration of Jim's life will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, Sidney, BC are appreciated.

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