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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – Page B15

DR. GORDON JOSEPH CHONG October 28, 1943 - July 13, 2018

Dr. Gordon Chong, father, politician, grandfather, dentist, community builder, committed public servant, newspaper contributor, athlete, runner and all around outspoken and opinionated character, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Toronto, this past Friday, July 13, 2018.

He will be missed by all who knew him, but particularly by Shirley Hoy, his wife and partner of 18 years, and his loving children, Russell, Jeffrey (Tara), Wendy (Andrew) and his grandchildren Samantha, Evan, Joseph and Melanie. Gord loved his children dearly and cherished every moment he spent with his four grandchildren.

Gord was in the vanguard of Chinese Canadian participation in politics and community activism. He was a successful dentist who decided to heed the siren call of politics. He was fiercely proud of his heritage, and he became one of the pioneers in electoral politics for the Chinese Canadian community. In 1979, in his first election attempt, he successfully became an Alderman (City Councilor) of the downtown Toronto Ward (Ward 6 at the time), that housed his childhood neighbourhood and where he was practicing dentistry. His City Council seat from 1979-1982 was the launching point for a political career that would span decades, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to Toronto. He went on to hold seats on Metro Council, serving a Ward in North York, and the amalgamated Toronto Council from 1994-2000.

Beyond electoral politics, Gord's focus on transit, housing, and municipal affairs led to a myriad of directorships and chairmanships including, among others, the Toronto Transit Commission (Vice-Chairman), GoTransit (Chairman), Metro Toronto Housing Authority (Chairman), Social Housing Services Corporation (Founding Chairman and CEO), Toronto Police Services Board (Member), ParticipACTION (Board Member), and the Greater Toronto Services Board (Chairman). These positions are emblematic of his pride for Toronto; he had a great desire to serve the public in ways to make his home a better place.

Gord was also very passionate about Chinese Canadian concerns as well as other civic-minded and race relations activities. He served on the Board of Governors for the Mon Sheong Foundation, he was a Founding Director of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals and was a Charter Member of the Toronto Cathay Lions Club, the first Chinese Lions Club in Toronto. He was also a founding member of the North York Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations. Finally, he was also proud to serve as a Citizenship Judge in the Canadian Court of Citizenship. In 2012, in recognition of his significant contributions to public service and leadership, Gord was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Office of the Governor General of Canada.

Born to a father of Chinese ethnicity and a mother of British ancestry, he was an island unto himself in a way. In the mid-1940s, very few children looked like him, so he had to learn how to be resilient, tough and tenacious in a world that was not always so accommodating. He bootstrapped his way out of his conditions on the back of a strong work ethic and the support of family, including Joseph Chong, his hard working father, and his cousins and close friends Harry and Susan Chong. Gord also relied on another institution throughout his life for support and community; the Central YMCA in downtown Toronto. If Gord had a place of refuge and happiness throughout his life, this Y was it. He worked tirelessly to support the Y as an institution throughout his adult life, culminating in his privilege to serve the YMCA of Greater Toronto as Chairman of the Board.

After graduating from Jarvis Collegiate as an accomplished student and standout athlete ("All City" basketball and football player), he went on to University of Toronto and became a dentist. He then began a family in North York while continuing to work downtown. Later, he met his kindred spirit in Shirley Hoy, another dedicated public servant who rose to the position of City Manager for the City of Toronto. They shared a love for public service, political issues, golf and quiet reading time, to name a few. They spent the better part of the last two decades in a loving relationship with each other.

Gord was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2011. The last few months he persisted courageously despite rapid deterioration. Despite the failure of his physical body, his mind continued to work as he penned columns for the Toronto Sun whenever an issue so moved him (and there were many).

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Toronto General Hospital, spearheaded by Dr. Heather Ross, whose excellent care and personal counsel to Gord enabled him to enjoy these last seven precious years, and the wonderful and compassionate team at Baycrest Hospital, where he spent his final days. He was with his family and close friends most of the last few weeks, and while his health was fading, his mind found peace.

There will be a small, family-only funeral, to accede to Gord's wishes. A broader memorial service to celebrate Gord's life will be announced later, to take place in the month of September.

In lieu of flowers, we would humbly request and appreciate donations, if desired, to the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Test Your Limits at Toronto General Hospital (committed to heart disease and failure research), or Baycrest Hospital.

Condolences, photographs and memories are welcomed and may be forwarded to

JAMES W. DESHAYE S.J. Jesuit Brother 1943 - 2018

Brother James (Jim) Deshaye, of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) died on July 13, 2018 in Scarborough General Hospital. He was born in Melville SK, son of Patrick Deshaye and Florence Ottem.

He was in religious life for 55 years and was 75 years old.

Jim joined the Jesuits in 1963 and took a number of educational and training courses. He served the work among the Aboriginal peoples in Northern Ontario, in Longlac, Thunder Bay, and later at Gull Bay, Armstrong, and Anderson Lake and Cape Croker. At other periods of his life he supported the work of the Jesuits in Guelph, Toronto and in Pickering, Ontario. He was a gentle man of a prayerful temperament. He was appreciated by all. Missed by his family and his Jesuit companions, particularly the Jesuit Brothers.

Wake will be held at Manresa Chapel Tuesday, July 17th 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., 2325 Liverpool Rd., Pickering.

Funeral at Manresa Chapel Wednesday, July 18th 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at Guelph Jesuit Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

In memory of Brother Jim, donations may be made to Jesuit Development Office, 43 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3.


On July 16, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. Cherished husband of Elaine. Loving father and father-in-law of Dan and Sonia, Aaron and Karen, Leah and Jeff, and Naomi. Dear brother and brother-in-law of David and Alene, Jeffrey and Anna Mae, and Heather and Harold. Devoted Zadie to Adina, Tziporah, Meira, Asher, Ayala, and Samara Ray.

Beloved uncle, great-uncle and friend. His warmth and boundless energy will be missed. Service at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the First Narayever section of Bathurst Lawn Cemetery. Shiva at 150 Walmer Road, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care 416-586-4800 or First Narayever Synagogue 416-927-0546.


Blessed with a loving family and many close friends, Alasdair will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, infectious enthusiasm for life and his unwavering love of family and friends. Alasdair possessed a tremendous capacity to love and inspire all of those around him. A gifted and natural leader, he was innately inclusive and deeply valued his relationships with family and friends. His home and heart were always open and Alasdair's generosity of spirit will continue through his family and all those who loved him.

Alasdair died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at age 63. He was an incredibly loving husband to Katherine Postle Hayes, beloved father of Elizabeth Erskine Hayes and cherished brother of Heather Sherk, Renée Hayes and Fiona Hand. He was born in Toronto, Ontario to the late Barry and Jane Hayes.

Alasdair attended Hildersham School in Broadstairs, England and Trinity College School (TCS) in Port Hope, Ontario. He graduated from Queen's University (BA, 1976) and Tulane University (MBA, 1987). As an outstanding athlete, he was captain of the TCS cricket team and member of the Canadian national cricket team. In 1973, Alasdair was the opening fast bowler for the Canadian National Junior Team on tour to England and Denmark and in 1976 he was the opening fast bowler for the Canadian National Senior Team on tour to Ireland. He also played on the varsity squash team at Queen's University. After graduating from Queen's, Alasdair put on a backpack and set out to see the world. His desire to travel and explore never ended and he loved nothing more than to share his passion for both travel and sport with Katherine and Elizabeth. Together they went on countless world trips, and when they couldn't travel, he enjoyed exploring Toronto's food scene with his family.

He cherished time spent with his wife and daughter, and taught them both how to play every sport imaginable, his favourites being golf and tennis. Alasdair was a highly successful sales and marketing executive, first leading the rapid growth of the 20/20 Mutual Fund Company until it was sold to AGF in 1995.

He then opened and led Brandes Investment & Co's successful entry into the Canadian market.

He planned early on to retire young so that he could spend as much time as possible with his wife and daughter. He was always in the front row of Elizabeth's soccer or tennis matches and adored his time coaching Katherine and Elizabeth on sports, school and life. He was incredibly excited about the new adventure he and Katherine had embarked on - moving from Toronto to Naples, Florida. He was delighted and happy when old friends, new friends and family members, a short time later, all moved to the same community.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, July 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC) in Muskoka, where he served as Chairman of the Golf Committee, spending time at the place he loved most. Alasdair wanted a celebration of life with the many people that meant so much to him during his lifetime.

If desired, a donation to the Alasdair Hayes Memorial Fund which will be established at the Toronto Foundation, would be appreciated. Address: Toronto Foundation, 33 Bloor St. E #1603 Toronto, ON, M4W 3H1.

Alasdair will be in our hearts everyday, every minute and everywhere. We love him, miss him and will adore him forever.


Dorothy was born in London, England on March 28, 1926; she died in Guelph on July 4, 2018 of a sudden heart attack.

She came to Canada in 1958 and lived in Montreal and then Toronto. In 1960, she worked in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto, where she met her husband, Gabriel Karl.

They were married in 1965 and moved to Oxford, England. There, Dorothy was delivered of a daughter (Dr. Alexandra 'GB' Karl, of Salt Lake City, Utah) in 1969. They moved to Guelph, Ontario later that year.

Remaining family includes her granddaughters, Hannah and Zoe Slind (of Salt Lake City, Utah); her brother, Raymond Searle (of Essex, England); and his family, Barbro Biringer, Dr. Anne Biringer and Monica Biringer of Toronto and their families.

Dorothy was a loving and loyal wife and mother. Her life was also filled with many enduring friendships. She maintained 80-year old weekly conversations with her childhood pals Eileen Withrington, Doris Mary Tanter and Pat Kahl. In Guelph, she belonged to a 'Physics Ladies Lunch Club' which included Elizabeth Black, Helen Campbell, Jane Law, and Marianne Simpson.

Equal in stature were her feline friends Tommy, Smokey and Kicsi. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dorothy's life will take place at 2 p.m. on August 12, 2018 at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Guelph Humane Society (P.O. Box 684, Guelph, N1H 6Z3) in memory of Dorothy Karl. Donation cards available at the funeral home (519-821-5077) or donations and condolences may be made online at http://www.gilbertmacintyre


On July 15, 2018, Margaret Leon passed away peacefully in her 99th year with her family by her side. Margaret lived comfortably most of her life in her home for over 65 years on the peaceful northern shores of Lake Erie.

She is survived by her children, John, Peter, LouAnn, Mark, Beth, their families; her sister, Ruby; her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband , Lewie; her sisters, Vada, Steve, Jenny; and her brother, George.

She will be fondly remembered for her kindness, hospitality and for always setting a place at the table for many friends and relatives.

Family and friends will be received at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merrittville Hwy., Fonthill (corner of Hwy. 20, 905-892-1699) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St.

Therese of Lisieux Church, 379 Fares Street, Port Colborne (905-834-4645) on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation of your choice or to Welland Humane Society, St.

Vincent de Paul Society, Covenant House or the Salvation Army-Welland.

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Died peacefully in Toronto, on July 14, 2018. She was born in Baillieston, Scotland, in 1923, and came to Canada in 1957, living for many years in Nova Scotia until moving to Toronto in 2011. She was predeceased by her husband, John in 2001, and is survived by her sister, Mary Reid; her children, John (Susan), Elizabeth (Geoff), William (Carol), Mary, Andrew (Debby) and Thomas; grandchildren, Krystle, Ryan, Marnie, Christine, and Rachel; greatgrandchildren, Stacey-Jane, Steven, Stuart, Isaac, Malcolm, and Philip. She was dearly loved by all, and will be greatly missed.

The funeral service will be in St. John's Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018.


On Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home. Barrie Rose, beloved partner of Karen Solomon, and husband of the late Amelia (Mimi) Rose and Carol Rose. Loving father and father-in-law of John and Susan, Robert, Paul Rose and Jenn Law. Brother of the late Audrey Short. Devoted grandfather of Alex, Jamie, Melanie, Isaac, Harry, Mimi, and Kate. Remembered by Lisa, Jennifer, and Jonathon. Service at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva at 165 Old Forest Hill Road, Toronto.

Memorial donations may be made to The Rose Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Complex Care at UHN 416-340-3935.


Waddell passed away at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, July 14, 2018, three months after her 100th birthday.

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Robb, and daughter, Deborah; her son, Christopher (Anne), their children, Matthew (Maria) and Kerry, her relatives and friends will miss her greatly.

She will also be missed by all she touched both personally and through her life as a writer and storyteller.

A pioneering Canadian children's author from the 1950s to 2004, Lyn wrote 23 books for children of all ages but will be best remembered for her historical novels for those ages 10-14. As she described it, "I was fascinated with times past - what motivated people" and hoped that through her writing "I helped someone who was discouraged about life."

Born in Islington, ON on May 4, 1918, she graduated from the University of Toronto before serving as a meteorologist in the RCAF based at Centralia and Trenton during World War Two.

She moved to Sudbury as a children's librarian after the war, completing her first children's novel. She returned to Toronto, hosting a story hour on CBC radio as well as becoming involved with the New Play Society and Dora Mavor Moore. Her writing career blossomed with each new book. The plots are historically accurate and the characters are children interacting within the community of the time. In later years she broadened her writing to include picture story books for pre-school readers. Her books remain in wide circulation and the Toronto Public Library graciously retains her papers as part of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

We thank the staff at the Perley for their wonderful care during her time there. There will be no funeral. Donations in memory may be made to your local public library or the Writers Trust of Canada, 600 - 460 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Y1. We continue to be inspired by her legacy.

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