Wednesday, October 10, 2018
MICHAEL JOHN BRADY
Passed away peacefully at home on October 5, 2018, with his beloved husband and partner, Donald Scott by his side. Side by side for 40 years, they shared a multitude of adventures travelling the globe together and enjoying their family and friends at home in Toronto. Michael's quick wit, inquisitive intellect, sardonic humour, culinary talents, reflective and articulate travel blogs and partiality for finding the perfect purchase will be missed by the many people in his large and eclectic circle of loyal friends.
He was a man of many talents, interests and accomplishments.
During his years building the Harbourfront Camps, Michael introduced Toronto to Circus Camp and demonstrated the unique benefits of teaching circus skills to all ages. He spent many years working for the YMCA, both in administrative roles and direct work with youth. His passions were travelling, writing, reading, cooking, cycling, new discoveries and then expounding and reflecting on all of these. He was a fascinating combination of the intense intellectual with the jovial jokester. He was a dedicated reader of the likes of Marcel Proust, Wittgenstein and Emily Dickinson.
Michael grew up in the east end of Toronto with a large and rambunctious family who had more fun than money. As a result, he loved the finer things in life and was a proud collector of fine art, vintage books, antique toys and other treasures, but most of all finding any of these at a yard sale or thrift shop at half the price.
He was the devoted son of the late Mel and Dorothy Brady, dear brother of Allen (Violet), Susan (Louie), Sheila, Norine, Jim (Kim), Diane and (the late) Nadine, a proud father to Georgia and Harper and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Being a friend of Michael's ensured that life would never be boring. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to either Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at thepmcf.ca or YMCA of Greater Toronto at ymcagta.akaraisin.com, would be appreciated.
A Memorial Tribute for Michael will be held at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto (east gate entrance, north of St. Clair) 416-485-5572, on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The Chapel opens at 11:30 a.m., with the service starting at 12:30 p.m. sharp. A reception will follow. For online condolences, please visit http://www.etouch.ca "Because I could not stop for Death- He kindly stopped for me- The Carriage held but just Ourselves - And Immortality."
Emily Dickinson MAUREEN ELIZABETH FISHER
February 4, 1931 October 6, 2018 Maureen passed away peacefully and comfortably at Margaret Bahen Hospice, in Newmarket, ON, with her family at her side.
Born in Windsor, ON, to Honorah and Dr. Terrence Robert, Maureen trained at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, ON, in Nursing.
In 1958, Maureen and Richard began their long and wonderful marriage in Toronto, ON. Much loved Mother to Shannon (Peter), Susan, Terry (Tammy), Martha (Bill) and Matthew (Maria). Adored Grandmother of Alexis, Geoffrey, Kate, Eliza, Rachel, Sheila, Liam, Kieran, Anthony, Alaina, Charlotte, Christian, Olivia, James, Daniel, Michael, Madeleine and Jack.
Maureen loved life! She was passionate about her family and her beloved friends. Her varied interests included gardening, travel, curling, tennis, playing any and all games and many types of crafts. She volunteered tirelessly for years for Canadian Cancer Society and Sunnybrook Hospital.
The Fisher family is very grateful for the wonderful and compassionate care provided by the doctors, nurses and caregivers involved, during Maureen's illness.
Maureen's visitation, funeral and reception will all be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON. The visitation will take place Friday, October 12th from 2-4 p.m.
and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 12 noon, followed by a reception for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to Margaret Bahen Hospice, Covenant House or Canadian Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.chapelridgefh.com
GEORGE JACKSON MCKIEE (Jay)
Peacefully, and surrounded by family, at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home on October 8, 2018, Jay McKiee of Simcoe in his 88th year. Survived by Jocelyn McKiee, mother of Jane McKiee Cowan (Scott) and Jackson McKiee. Loving husband of the late Irene McKiee (2014) mother of Janet Pepper (John Frederick) and Jim Pepper (Veronica). Cherished grandfather of Nick Cowan and Morgan Cowan. Jay is survived by his brothers, Reid McKiee (Janiss) and Nelles McKiee (Carole), for whom he was much more than just an elder brother. He was predeceased by his parents, Marian and Jack McKiee; and sister, Christie Jackson. He leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Although Jay and Irene enjoyed extensive travels together, Simcoe and Norfolk County were his heart and home. In 1995, McKiee & Farrar Limited celebrated 100 years of insurance service to the community, 35 of those years under Jay's leadership. Jay felt an intense sense of gratitude for the support he received from the community and in turn felt an obligation to give back. A man both generous and practical, he was never hesitant to support a worthy cause. Jay saw value in leading by example for the benefit of others. Some of his many contributions include Lighthouse Theatre, rebuilding Simcoe Composite School gymnasium after a crippling fire, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Lynn Valley Trail Association and preservation and restoration of Simcoe Courthouse. Of all of his philanthropic endeavours, perhaps the most important to him was establishing the Marian McKiee Memorial Scholarship Fund in honour of his mother to reward and support academic excellence as well as the Irene McKiee Bursary Fund to both honour Irene's contribution to McKiee & Farrar and promote business skills development for qualifying students at Simcoe Composite School.
Throughout his life, Jay was equally generous with his time.
Scout Master, Treasurer of Oakwood Cemetery, lifetime member of Rotary including past president and Paul Harris Fellow, member and past president of the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce, Probus, past president Norfolk Community Foundation, and lifetime member Norfolk Historical Society, to name a few.
Jay was honoured by the Norfolk Community Foundation and awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, both in 2012. Jay had many personal interests. He was a fount of knowledge about the history of Simcoe and Norfolk County. Largely self-taught, he loved to engage in conversation about local, provincial and international affairs. Jay was a keen card player, especially cribbage and bridge, an avid golfer in earlier years and always an ardent fan of the Raptors and the Blue Jays (in fact, of any kind of birds).
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314) where Jay's memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Reverend Mikal Schomburg officiating. Private family interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home who provided Jay with extraordinary care and compassion during what turned out to be the last few weeks of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Marian McKiee Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Irene McKiee Bursary Fund (administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation) or to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.ferrisfuneral.com.
RICHARD GEORG E MEECH
April 23, 1954 - September 29, 2018
There are no words that can capture the heartache of watching a starlit person slip through your fingers.
Richard George Meech was a humble, handsome, Harvardeducated man, full to the brim with heart, humour and grace.
Driven by passion for wisdom, for the inner spirit, and for the elevation of the soul, Richard was enraptured with the great mysteries of the universe, the wonder of its garden planet and the sacred nature of all beings.
Blue eyes twinkled when he woke and never stopped. In every moment and every encounter there was curiosity and joy. His mastery was the art of living.
Richard's colleagues couldn't wait to embark on new projects, new adventures with him. He led bike trips through Europe decades ago that participants are still talking about - how can one forget gleeful, madcap, toga-clad dips in the Trevi Fountain?
Three years ago, after many successful years as a cuttingedge producer/director of documentary films, Richard moved from Toronto to Salt Spring Island, B.C., with his loving partner of 24 years, Kathryn Jill Rigby.
They started new lives. Changed their priorities. Conceived passion projects that ranged from saving orcas to healing the planet. Between them, there were no limits to what could be accomplished.
But a routine prostate biopsy on Wednesday, September 26, resulted in urosepsis and within 48 hours, the light of many people's lives was extinguished.
Immediate family, Susan Meech and Craig Miller of Toronto; Sarah/ Sally Meech and Kurt Hanzlik, Dubai; Peter Meech, Los Angeles; and Nan Meech and Sava Tatic´ in Prague are all in disbelief.
Adored nieces, nephews and in-laws, Maddy and Nathalie ´ Hanzlik-Meech; Rade Meech-Tatic; Tom, Wendy, Kenzie, Olivia and Keegan Rigby of Toronto; Penny, Peter, Tom and Anna Lydon of Winchester, U.K.; Sally Rigby, Katie and Stephanie Donaldson of West Vancouver, B.C., will never forget their playful uncle and cherished brother-in-law.
Joan Stewart Rigby Clarke, 89, lived for laughter-filled visits with her treasured son-in-law. Richard's own beloved mother Carol Meech suddenly passed away just weeks ago on September 12th.
Decades-old friends are bereft.
New island friends are at a loss.
A fuller obituary will be published at a later date.
A Celebration of Richard's life will be held in Toronto in December.
Details will follow.
Condolences, photographs, memories may be forwarded to family members at email@example.com.
JAMES STEPHEN MERRETT (Steve)
Aged 86 of Burnaby, BC passed away peacefully after a 5-year struggle with Congestive Heart Failure on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Steve was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 15, 1931 and was preceded by his wife of 48 years, Victoria Ludmilla (Jakimowich). He was a loving father to his daughter, Anne (Carol); son, Joe (Kimberly); and his grandsons, Oliver, Justin, and Connor.
He had a wonderful career as an economist in the transportation, oil and gas industries. He loved the fine arts and was a renaissance man who was always socially ahead of his time.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the George Derby Centre for their loving care and support.
DONALD WILLIAM PATERSON
August 30, 1932 October 8, 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don.
Don's warm and kind personality and beautiful smile will be greatly missed. Don will be forever loved and missed by his loving wife Marilyn (Terry) and his children.
Kimberley Winger and dear son in law Timothy Winger, Timothy Paterson, Stephanie Paterson, Michael Ferriman, and Matthew Conboy. His dear grandchildren Thomas Baker, Roberta Baker, Emma Paterson, Ryan Paterson and William Conboy. Dear brother Joe and sister in law Barb and brother in law Fred and Sharon Conboy.
Don's love of sports included in the early days playing for the Leaside Lions. Then to St Andrews where he played basketball with a passion. He was also the head cadet of his school leading his squad to top spot.
Western Business School was his choice for his very successful future. Sunset cruises in the Hacker Craft was a daily event. Family and friends, BBQ's and his beloved dogs filled his days.
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 p.m. on Friday, October 12th. If desired, donations to Hospice, Huntsville in Don's name would be greatly appreciated. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.
RUTH BERNICE REYNOLDS
Peacefully, on October 5, 2018 in her 91st year.
Predeceased by her loving husband, Douglas (2005). Will be sadly missed by her daughters, Sue Lattik and Marianne Highwood (Charles); her sons, William (Mary Jane) and Richard (Paula); her grandchildren, Kate, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Louisa, Shannon, Hayley, Emily, Adam and Joshua; and greatgrandchildren, Lincoln, Leon, Kendall, and Beckett.
Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Ave) Weston on Tuesday, October 16th from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Please visit our Book of Memories at http://www.wardfuneralhome.com.
DR. JAMES CUNNINGHAM RITCHIE
July 20, 1929 - October 3, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr.
James Cunningham Ritchie on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Goderich, Ontario surrounded by family. Dr. Ritchie was predeceased by father, Alfred; mother, Mary; sister, Margaret; and wife, June. He leaves behind three children, Ian (Claudia), Grant (Donna), and Joyce (Rudie); as well as three grandchildren, Derek (Anita), Jennifer (Trevor), and Logan (Renée).
Professor Ritchie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1929 and was educated at the University of Aberdeen. He received his Doctorate in Botany from the University of Sheffield in 1955. In 1954, he immigrated to Canada to pursue postdoctoral work at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal and the University of Manitoba where he was subsequently given his first academic posting.
His fieldwork saw him immersed in boreal ecology; literally, as his canoe broke up in the Caribou River and he was marooned in the Arctic with graduate student, Gordon Johnston, for four weeks prior to being rescued. Indeed, Professor Ritchie's career was marked by high adventure and research in a multitude of locations including the Soviet Union, Sahara Desert, New Guinea, Australia, and, most predominantly, the Canadian Arctic.
Following his time at Manitoba, Professor Ritchie moved to Professorships at Trent University, Dalhousie University, and, finally, at the University of Toronto. It was here, in 1999, that he was awarded the W.A. Johnston Medal of Honour in recognition of his extraordinary career in Quaternary Research. He was the first Canadian paleoecologist to receive the Honour.
In retirement, Professor Ritchie and June moved to Somerset County in England where they shared a life of leisure, hill walking, and travel with family and close friends. They enjoyed many vacations back in Canada to visit family and former colleagues, of particular fondness was rising early to help Joyce with chores on the farm and walking the dogs.
In light of his passing, family and friends lose a great father, a wonderful friend, and a giant of the scientific community.
However, it is certain Professor Ritchie lived a life full of adventure and laughter and left all those who knew him better off.
SUSAN BEATTIE STEVENS
September 28, 1940 October 7, 2018 Born to Cora and Newell Beattie of Arnprior, Ontario, where she lived with her beloved, sister, Jane, until her education took her to the University of Toronto. There she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in History. Susan was a passionate artist; painting scenes of life and portraits of those she loved; a founding member of the Pineau Painters; a creative cook who hosted the most fun and festive family dinners; and a talented seamstress who crafted award-winning Halloween costumes and prom dresses.
Loving and devoted mother of Kate, Tom, Caroline, and Elizabeth, she so appreciated the love and support of her sons and daughter-in-law, Dana, David, and Cindy. Her greatest joys later in life were her eight grandchildren: Penelope, Oliver, Lucas, Imogen, Addison, Sebastien, Sophie and Rebecca.
Deepest thanks to the dedicated and kind women who cared for Susan during the most difficult years of her long illness: Lola, Tina, Jackie, Carmen, Miss Delta and Miss Joyce. Susan passed away at home in Montreal with those who loved her at her side. Her strong spirit and dry sense of humour will be deeply and eternally missed. Visitation will be at Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd., Montreal, QC, on Saturday October 13th, 2:00 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Covenant House, https:// http://www.covenanthouse toronto.ca/homelessyouth/Home.aspx.
Condolences at http://www.kanefetterly.com
JOAN AGNES TRUDEAU (nee Shannon)
Surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, October 7, 2018, in her 83rd year. Beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Carmelita Shannon (nee Walsh). Devoted wife of 56 years to John. Dear mother to Liz Knuude (Mike), Joanne (Mark Hamill) and John.
Cherished Nana to her greatest legacy, Carolyn. Dear sister to Sr. Theresa Shannon RHSJ, Sr.
Rosemary Shannon CND, Eleanor Shannon, Ken Shannon (Lorraine), Tom Shannon (Mary Catherine); predeceased by brother, John Shannon, (survived by his wife, Mary). Also loved by the Trudeau Family, Jeanne O'Connor (Michael), Cecilia Loubert, Mary Dinan (David), Jamie (Marilyn); and predeceased by Cletus and Edward Plata and Doris and Albert Bunton. Loved by many nieces and nephews.
Joan was born on the farm in Plainfield, Ontario on September 30, 1935. Her education lead her to an early career with the Ontario School for the Deaf and the opportunity to meet her husband, John. Joan was down to earth, gracious, generous and caring, with innate wisdom and good taste and an infectious sense of fun that attracted hosts of lifelong friends. Together, John and Joan created a life filled with world travel, adventure and an undying commitment to family and their community. Joan was ever generous and compassionate, volunteering her time and passion to many, as evidenced by her commitment to St. Michael The Archangel Parish and The Catholic Women's League. In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of the warm and compassionate care provided by the staff of the BGH Emergency Department, ICU and Sills Wing 3rd Floor, kindly support the BGH Foundation or the St. Michael's Building Fund.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Burke Funeral Home (613-968-6968), 150 Church Street, Belleville on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.
until 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
until 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic Church on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow the Mass at St. Michael's Parish Center. Online condolences welcomed at http://www.burkefuneral.ca.
JANE SIMPSON W ELCH (Penny) (née Coyne)
Died in Toronto on October 5, 2018 after a fall. Lifelong partner and wife of the late Dr. Robert Hamilton Welch, beloved mother of Tom (Anne Lambert), Jim (Hélène Quesnel), the late Sarah (Ed Geller) and Margo and adored grandmother of Emily, Jackson, Brennen, Julia and Philippe. One must include among her "family" generations of Coyne cousins, Welch nieces and cousins and many, many dear friends.
Penny was born in Hamilton in 1922, the only child of Henry Everyll Bowes and Marjorie Simpson Coyne. She attended Strathallan School and later St.
Hilda's, Trinity College, U of T, where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree, class of 4T4.
Throughout her life she was devoted to family, engaged with community groups and causes and immersed in a rich social life. She loved history and was the family archivist. She loved poetry, art and theatre. She was a volunteer and leader with St. Michael's Hospital, Bond Street Nursery School, Solar Stage Theatre Company and the Museum of the History of Medicine, during which time she co-authored the book "Nurturing Yesterday's Child". Since 1958, summers were spent with family and friends in PEI at Arden Cottage, a home she cherished.
Wise, emotionally strong, insightful and wickedly funny, at 96 Penny was in possession of a better memory than all of us - which she used to add colour and meaning to every conversation. Engaging with Penny you experienced all of this and felt her warmth and sincere interest in you and what you were doing... there is someone you must meet, something you should know, a book you should read! Beautiful and stylish, a vibrant dresser, she loved parties - hosting and attending.
She enjoyed a daily cocktail of gin (on the rocks, no tonic, with a slice of lemon, please ... dear).
To the end she expressed optimism, confidence and verve.
She lived life to the fullest and inspired all who knew her to do the same. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday October 12, 2018 at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Dr, Toronto.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the International Conservation Fund of Canada icfcanada.org