Monday, April 15, 2019
DR. GRANT BIRD
March 13, 1927 April 12, 2019 Grant Sutton Bird passed on Friday April 12, 2019 at the age of 92 at Wyndham Manor in Oakville Ontario.
Grant was born on March 13, 1927 in Oshawa, Ontario, later pursuing a career as a medical doctor (Radiologist) at the former Wellesley Hospital in Toronto.
Although he loved his role as doctor, his real passion was his family: He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Barbara.
He was a terrific and loving Dad to his five children, Diana, Grant (late), Susan (Willmott), David (Lesley Ryan), Ian (late).
Grant adored being 'Grandpa' to Brian, Shannon, Kelly, Morgan and Lindsey.
A special thank you to the staff at Wyndham Manor for their compassionate care during this difficult time.
Please join Grant's family for a funeral service on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Road W. (1 block east of Kerr St.) in Oakville, Ontario.
A private family burial has taken place. Donations in memory of Grant to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada (The Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership Study) would be appreciated. Please see oakviewfuneral.ca to offer online condolences, and to find a link for donations.
TERRANCE EDWARD BROOKS LLB, QC
July 17, 1934 - April 13, 2019 Terry passed away peacefully at the Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth, Ontario on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Loving husband of the late Loretta Brooks (Masterson) and cherished father of John (Elizabeth Rush), Patrick (Allison Presley), Martha, Terry (Nora FitzGerald), Sarah (David Burtnick), Edward (Kate McIntyre), and Matthew (Laura McNulty). He leaves twenty grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. He also leaves his brothers Bill (Joan) and Michael.
Terry was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Edward F. and Isobel (Noonan) Brooks, his brother D'Arcy, and his four sisters, Mary, Patsy, Betty, and Susan.
After graduating from Queen's Law School, Terry joined the firm Fasken & Calvin, where he practiced until 1985. He later went on to practice law for the Ontario Government. Terry enjoyed time with family and friends, especially his many summers and then his years living at Christie Lake. His last years were spent in comfort, surrounded by friends at Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth.
The family would like to thank the residents, staff and volunteers at the Carolina Residence for the respect, love and care with which they treated Terry. The family is also grateful to the staff of nurses and doctors at the Great War Memorial Hospital for their gentle care and guidance.
Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore Street W., Perth on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John's Catholic Church, 38 Wilson Street E., Perth on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m.
A reception for family and friends will follow. In remembrance of Terry, donations to The Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville would be appreciated. No flowers please. For condolences or further information, visit our website at http://www.blairandson.com
THE REV. DR. ARTHUR LEONARD GRIFFITH B.A., M.Div., D.D.
Leonard passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Toronto. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anne Merelie Cayford, who holds degrees from McGill and Toronto Universities and who, for sixteen years until retirement, taught High School Biology in Toronto. He is also survived by their two daughters, Anne Rutherford (Douglas) in Ottawa, Mary Griffith in Toronto; four grandchildren, Jane Rutherford and Ian Rutherford (Shannon), Megan Fife (Chris Brand) and Jessica Munro (Chris); and three great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jillian Rutherford and Harrison Brand.
Leonard Griffith was born in England in 1920. He emigrated with his parents in 1929 and settled in Brockville, receiving his education in the public and high schools of that city. He graduated from McGill University in 1942 and from the United Theological College, Montreal, in 1945. In that year he was ordained a minister of the United Church of Canada.
After brief pastorates at Arden and Grimsby he became Senior Minister at Chalmers United Church (now Dominion-Chalmers), Ottawa, where he remained for eleven years. In 1960 he was called to the historic pulpit of the City Temple in London, England. In 1966, he returned to Canada and became Minister of Deer Park United Church, Toronto.
Leonard held degrees from McGill and Queen's Universities and did post-graduate study at Mansfield College, Oxford where he completed a dissertation on Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation. He was profoundly influenced in his ministry by Barth's theology. In 1962, the United Theological College awarded him an honorary D.D. In 1961, he was made a Freeman of the City of London.
Leonard travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Britain as a preacher and lecturer at clergy and lay conferences. In 1965 he conducted a preaching tour of Australia. On three occasions he was one of the principal speakers at the Maramon Convention in South India, each of the services attended by more than 100,000 people. He was the author of twenty-one books, including his autobiography, From Sunday to Sunday: Fifty Years in the Pulpit.
In 1975, Leonard was received into the ministry of the Anglican Church, serving as Associate Priest of St. Paul's Bloor Street Church, Toronto, where he did much of the preaching and from which he retired in 1986. During those years he taught Preaching at Wycliffe College in the Toronto School of Theology. In 1985, Wycliffe awarded him an honorary D.D.
In retirement Leonard continued to preach most Sundays and conducted several interim pulpit ministries. He and Merelie travelled abroad and engaged in volunteer work at home. They loved the cottage community on Bay Lake near Bancroft where they and their family spent time during the summer and the Parish of North Hastings where Leonard often took charge of Sunday services. In the city he remained an Honorary Assistant at St. Paul's Bloor Street. Friends in the parish observed his 90th birthday by making it possible for him to film a DVD of fifteen sermons on the theme Questions Christians Ask.
There will be a Memorial Service of Thanksgiving to God for a life lived and the hope of life to come. It will be held at St. Paul's Bloor Street Church on Friday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations, either to the Heritage Fund of St. Paul's Bloor Street Church, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto M4W 1C8 or the Dorothy Ley Hospice, 220 Sherway Drive, Toronto M9C 5N6.
Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymiles.com.
TOBY LEVINSON COLE (née Greenbloom)
1924 - 2 019
Died on April 12, 2019 age 94.
She was predeceased by husband James F. Cole, beloved sister Lena Winesanker and brother Murray Greenbloom. Toby leaves her daughter Wendy (husband Jim), son Jeffrey (wife Claudette), stepchildren Monica, Jamie, Laurie and Brian, and 6 grandchildren who adored their Bubie- Dara, Lauren, Toby, Daniel, Rose and Joel.
Toby will be remembered by her friends and family as a generous, charming, loving, elegant woman.
She was an engaged listener and many people were fortunate to receive guidance or a sympathetic ear from her. She had a fulfilling career as a psychologist and took great joy and pride in her family.
The family plans a private burial.
We will have a "party" to celebrate her. If you wish to attend, email email@example.com.
Donations in her honour, if desired, to westtorontokeys.com.
EDGAR R. GOLDSTEIN
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, at the age of eightyseven. Edgar was born on October 18, 1931 in Montreal, to Caesar and Rose Goldstein.
He had the privilege of creating two families: he married Audrey Lowitz in 1954 and had three children, Tara, Richard and Carl; he married Louise Roskies in 1994 and became a stepfather to Jennifer and Jaime.
Edgar will be sorely missed by his wife Louise; his children and their spouses, Tara and Margot, Richard and Cindy, Carl and Susie, Jennifer, Jaime and Kelley; his grandchildren, Melissa and Michael, Jake, Julian, EvynRose, Gabriel, Aviva and Guy, Ben and Michal, Liam, and Aidan; his greatgrandchildren, Orie, Yahli and Aviya; brother and sister-inlaw, Marc and Ellen; and by his nieces and nephews, Andrew, Erin, Rob, and Jodi, and great-nieces and greatnephews, Lea, Ethan, Alex, and Emily.
Edgar was a pharmacist in the Oncology Department at the Jewish General Hospital where he was well-known and loved for his compassion, care and expertise. He enjoyed playing tennis, loved music, and spending time with friends and family, and travelling.
Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 JeanTalon St. W., Montreal, on Monday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. Burial at the Beit Abraham Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Shiva at his home in Montreal, continuing in Toronto at 411 Cranbrooke Ave. on Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Contributions in Edgar's memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit or to the Cancer Research Department c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, (514) 340-8251.
MAJOR JOHN STUART HERMON
1915 - 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stuart Hermon on April 10, 2019 at the age of 103, at the Veteran's Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
Husband of the late Margaret Elizabeth Patton, father of the late Richard (Susan), and Janet (Peter). Devoted grandfather of Julia (Byron), Katie (Loic), Brian (Alex), James (Arlyne), and Sara (Daniel), and great grandfather of Léona, Ethan, and Billy, survived by niece Mary Patton Lapointe and nephew John Patton. He will be dearly missed by friends and family alike.
Stuart was born and grew up in Ottawa, where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife Elizabeth. Married in war time in Sussex New Brunswick. In 1941, he went overseas and trained as a forward observer. He advanced through the ranks in the Canadian Army, serving with distinction to become a Major in charge of the 7th Artillery Regiment, and landed successfully on the beaches of Normandy in 1944. He was a decorated soldier and in 2015 received the French Legion of Honor medal.
Stuart was very proud to be able to attend the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland with his son Richard, in 2005.
Stuart began his career in Buckingham at age 18, and learned the paper business from the bottom up. He became manager of the Dolbeau Paper Mill, and served as president for Domtar, as well as MacLaren Pulp and Paper, and ended his career at age 90, as Vice Chairman and CEO of Kruger Pulp & Paper.
Stuart sat on many boards of directors for different corporations.
He was the oldest member of the Mount Royal Club and the MAA. He excelled at all sports, especially swimming, golf and jogging, running the New York Marathon at age 78. He was a philanthropist and helped many people during his lifetime.
A special thanks to all the staff of 3-A, particularly his caregivers Johanne and Sylvie, as well as his primary nurse Bonnie. Also to his long-time volunteer David Peterson and his son in law Peter Kreil.
A Memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Institute at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, would be appreciated.
On Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Stephen Levinson, beloved husband of Marcy. Loving father of Megan Levinson and partner Jesse Friedland, and Adam Levinson and partner Sam Fairbloom. Beloved son of the late Bernard and Bernice Levinson and loved son-in-law of Harry Finewax. Dear brother and brother- in-law of Robert and Bethann Levinson, Noreen and Marty Goodman, and the late Richard Levinson. Dear nephew of Jack and Susan Levinson. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the Pride Of Israel section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva at 632 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to The Stephen Levinson Memorial Fund c/o Benjamin Foundation 416-780-0324 http://www.benjamins.ca
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2019, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Olga. Survived by his loving daughters Olga (Jonathan Bennett), Elizabeth (Frank Archibald) and Irene (Bryn Owen). Adored by his grandchildren Kristina, Joey, Sara, Joanne, Adrienne, Craig, Ethan and Abby and cherished by his great-grandchildren Alexander, Sebastian, Angelina, Aiden and Jacob.
Julius arrived in Canada in May, 1948, with only a small suitcase and big ambitions. He was successful in life and respected by all. An avid fisherman, card player, and proud family man, Julius loved singing, dancing and sharing good Hungarian food with his church community. Papa will be dearly missed and forever loved by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the R.S.
Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St, Toronto on Monday, April 15th from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, April 16th at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 432 Sheppard Ave. E.
Toronto. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at http://www.rskane.com.
MARY SPITZ (née Kyryluk)
Great-grandmother,grandmother, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend to every person she met, Mary passed away on April 12, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She rejoins her love and husband of seventy-one years, Peter, her son, Ken, and her daughter, Patricia. She is survived by her sons Jerry, Grant, Murray and Warren. She will be dearly missed by her daughtersin-law, her thirteen grandchildren, her ten great-grandchildren, her extended family and the many people she touched with her kindness, warmth and humour.
Mary was born in the Rural Municipality of Ethelbert, Manitoba on December 16, 1921, the eldest child of Pauline (Hlady) and Frederick Kyryluk, later the step-daughter of Max Melnyk.
She was sister to Leon, Ernie, Wilfred and Adele, all of whom she now joins.
As Mary said at the celebration of Peter's life, "we danced the whole floor." They lived a life of constant adventure. From Dad's promising baseball career as a teen to Mom venturing out to work in Chicago to a quick stint in Toronto, they eventually set sail to British Columbia. Forever partners, Dad joined the legion of "gyppo" logging entrepreneurs and Mom took charge of everything back in the city, including finances, operations, and raising five boys. In the 1970's, they picked up stakes and moved to Texas, where they adopted an entirely new lifestyle manufacturing boats in San Antonio and running concessions in Texas State parks.
Never a dull moment.
Mary will be remembered as a progressive woman with enormous grace and compassion.
She was ahead of her time; infinitely tolerant and accepting, she was a comfort to all as they always knew that their choices would be respected. That said, she never hesitated to throw a perfectly timed jab with a wry smile - wit was definitely in her arsenal.
Mom embraced every aspect of life. From music to baseball, hockey, soccer and every sport available, Mom made sure her boys got to do it all, with a good measure of Ukrainian culture food, music, language - included throughout. An avid curler, Mary scored a very rare "eightender" in her forties at the Pacific Curling Club in Vancouver and proudly wore her pin well into her nineties.
No one could spend time with Mary without feeling the bonds of friendship form. Her warmth, open-heartedness, honesty and genuine caring were known to all. Conversations were always flavoured with memorable and witty one-liners and wry observations that often left people in stitches. Her memory lives on in the lives of all she touched and the wisdom she shared; wisdom we will continue to live by.
Her legacy of three succeeding generations is a testament to her and Peter's example of loving relationships and parenting.
The Spitz Family would like to acknowledge and extend our sincere gratitude to the nurses and care aides at Crofton Manor and Evergreen Nursing.
The wonderful care and affection they showed to Mom throughout her time as a resident at Crofton Manor, and in particular during these last weeks, will forever be remembered by our family.
The genuine friendships that we developed with the staff are something that we will always cherish as a family.
A funeral mass will be held at St. John the Apostle Parish (5457 Trafalgar St. Vancouver) at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 17th. An internment and reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Spitz Family Award and Fellows Program for Indigenous Women via the Warren & Maureen Spitz Family Foundation (https://www.easydonate.com/ SpitzFamily). We love you, Mom.
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Brian Stark on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Devoted and beloved husband of Bibi, loving father of J Cameron and Jayni, and the late Andrea Stark. Cherished grandfather of Jonah, Oliver and Charlie and dear brother of Alan.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Memorial donations to The Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, 416-586-8203 would be greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Dr. Vincent Chien and his team for their excellent care and support.
JOHN F. WEGENER
December 21, 1939 April 11, 2019
John passed away peacefully in his 80th year with his family by his side. He leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend Aniko Vargha Wegener; his children Debbie (Jim), John, Robert (Jennifer), Nancy (Dave) and Chris (Kristy); grandchildren Andrew (Brandi), Adam (Emily), Amy (Matthew), Cole, Rachel, Katie, Carly, Jake and Paige; great-grandchildren David, Evelyn, (Madeline) and Jack; and niece Sue (Sylivie).
John grew up in Chambly, Quebec, later moving to Toronto to build a distinguished career as an executive at Pratt & Whitney, RJ Reynolds, and CIBC Wood Gundy, before forming the Gordian Group, a successful facilities management company.
He will be lovingly remembered as an engaging storyteller whose wit and warmth could melt hearts.
He treasured Aniko and the great love story they shared. He also cherished time spent with family, especially the grandkids and great grandkids. A life-long golfer, John embraced the camaraderie of the game and the many friendships made on the links. He also loved to travel, cooking classes in Tuscany being a highlight.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Sunnybrook Hospital's trauma centre for their compassionate care. Very special thanks to dear neighbours and friends Melissa, Heather, Madolyn and Michele and cousin Debbie.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street W. Etobicoke (between Islington & Kipling Aves.). A Celebration of Life will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made to the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital or to Camp Oochigeas. Online condolences available through http://www.turnerporter.ca To the world he was just one To us he was the world