BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES
Friday, March 8, 2019 Print Edition, Page B23
RUTH ELSIE CHRISTILAW (nee Gooding)
December 3, 1925 March 5, 2019
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Ruth passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband Thomas and their eldest daughter Heather. "Ruth E" is survived by her children, Jan (Warren Bourgeois), Jill (Kevin Conrad), Scott (Shelagh), Tim and Allison (Doug Emerson); and by her treasured grandchildren, David (Kim), Thomas (Kimmie), Ryan, Douglas, Erin, Timothy and Caleb.
Ruth is survived by her sister, Eileen Jones and brother, Vern Gooding and their families. She is also remembered by the families of her brothers and sisters who predeceased her, Eldon Gooding, Evelyn Milsted, Dorothy Winger, and Dorine Doner. On our father's side, Mom is remembered by nephew, Stephen Goudge (Reva Devins) and their family.
Ruth was born in Port Elgin and was raised in the Gormley/ Stouffville/ Markham area where she began her teaching career.
She and Tommy were married December 24, 1949. In 1952, Ruth, Tommy and daughter Heather moved to Blind River, and never left. Ruth's commitment to her beloved Blind River manifested itself in many ways: her work as a teacher in the elementary school system, as a stalwart of St.
Andrew's United Church, with Girl Guides as District Commissioner, as a leader of the Hospital Board and Auxiliary, as a leader of the Blind River Museum, among many other achievements.
Ruth was a faithful, caring friend and we are tremendously grateful for the richness that those friendships gave to our mother.
She loved full dining room tables and special event celebrations, she loved travelling and returning home, she loved reading and teaching, she loved her Lord and showed gratitude every day.
We would like to offer our special thanks to the wonderful caregivers who generously gave their love and support to our mother each and every day these past months - especially the staff of Blind River Hospital and Golden Birches, to our brother Tim for his dedication and Dr. Mary Shamas who has taken care of Mom for many years.
Family and friends are invited to visit at St. Andrew's United Church on Sunday, March 10th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Blind River Community Centre on Monday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Menard Funeral Home, Blind River.
Donations can be made to the Tribute Fund that has been set up in Ruth's honour at the North Shore Health Network Foundation - at the funeral home, in the Foundation office, by calling 705-356-2265 Ext.
2619, or through our website http://www.nshnfoundation.care.
CLIFFORD RUSSELL DEMARAY
Cliff was born on January 16, 1926 in the family farmhouse near Belmont, Ontario. He died peacefully at Oakville Memorial Hospital on March 1, 2019 after a brief illness, 6 weeks after his 93rd birthday.
Son of the late Earle and Myrtle Demaray nee Cole, Cliff is survived by his wife, of 68 years, Dorothy nee Hill; daughters, Jane and Ellen (Chris); son, Stephen (Dorothy); sister, Reta; brother-in-law, Edward; and grandchildren, Sarah (Aden) and Lisa (James).
Cliff was a lawyer, a fan of cowboy and hurtin' songs, and many other things, as well. He built his own houses, decks and fences, did his own landscaping and fixed his own cars. He put up his own chandeliers, too - and tested them by hanging from them.
When Cliff showed up with a roll of wire, a ground sheet, a propane torch and vice grips, he wouldn't leave until the problem was fixed. Correctly.
Cliff was the first student from his country schoolhouse to graduate from university UWO BA '46 and law degree, Osgoode Hall '50. He set up a legal practice in a secondfloor office on Avenue Rd, south of the newly-opened 401. He both witnessed and contributed to Toronto's great post-war expansion.
The family moved to Oakville in 1969 when Cliff was hired as the town's first in-house solicitor. His triumph in that capacity was his carriage of the Official Plan hearing in 1979, which lasted 6 months, with 36 opposing counsel. His last role was as COO of the Town of Dundas. It was a perfect fit: while he quarterbacked labour negotiations and construction projects, he also tuned the town fire engine and oversaw repair of the town's clocktower clock.
His kind aren't made anymore and he will be dearly missed.
Thank you, Cliff, for being such a wonderful husband and father and grandfather.
We hope your qualities and character live on in us.
According to his wishes, Cliff will be cremated, and there will be a family celebration of his life at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Belmont United Church, 245 College Street, Belmont On N0L 1B0 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
THE HONOURABLE GORDON FRANCIS OSBALDESTON PC,
CC April 29, 1930 March 6, 2019
Gordon Francis Osbaldeston, 88 of London, Ontario passed away peacefully on March 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He will be greatly missed by his children, Steve (Carol) of Atlanta, GA, Dave of Ottawa, ON, Rob (Gillian) of St. Thomas, ON, Cathy French (Doug) of Oakville, ON; and his six beautiful grandchildren, Morgan, Matthew, Jessica, Ryan, Michael and Jason.
He will also be dearly missed by his extended family members and his many lifelong friends.
He now rejoins his beloved wife of 52 years, Gerry (nee Keller of Kitchener); his beloved brothers, Bernard, John and George; and his daughter-in-law, Elaine.
Gordon was blessed with a wonderful life. Joining the Public Service of Canada in 1953, he was posted to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California as a Canadian Government Trade Commissioner. Returning to Ottawa in 1964, he quickly rose through the ranks at senior levels within the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Treasury Board, Industry Trade and Commerce, Economic Development and External Affairs.
Ultimately, he became Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, serving three Prime Ministers - The Right Honourables Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Brian Mulroney.
In 1986, he joined the faculty of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, London and in 1995 was appointed as a Professor Emeritus. During that period he authored two books - Keeping Deputy Ministers Accountable (1988) and Organizing to Govern (1992). As well, he served on numerous Corporate Boards including London Life Insurance Co., Bell Canada, DuPont Canada Ltd. and the Molson's Co. Ltd.
He was the proud recipient of numerous honours including the Queen Elizabeth Silver, Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and The Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. In 1981, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada and was elevated to its highest level of Companion in 1997.
His passion for Canada, being Canadian and serving Canadians was surpassed only by his love for his beloved wife, his children and grandchildren. When not enjoying that wonderful game called 'golf', Dad enjoyed road trips with Mom, in their RV licensed "FUN 420" Fun for Two 'O's! By far, his most successful and cherished role was that of husband, father and Grampa. Such, will forever, be his greatest legacy...
We would like to thank the medical teams of both University and Victoria Hospitals and the staff of Bayshore Home Healthcare.
Thank you to Windemere on the Mount and Arbour Trace Memory Care Centre for welcoming Dad into their communities, providing friendship and support. Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Walsh and her medical staff for their endless support.
Visitation to be held at John T.
Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo St., London, ON on Tuesday, March 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael's Church, 511 Cheapside St., London, ON., on Wednesday morning March 13, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
DR. RUTH PIKE PhD
April 8, 1932March 7, 2019 Courageously and peacefully passed away on March 7, 2019 with her family at her side. Loving mother and mother-in-law to Robert and Ellen, Stephen and Lori, Jeffrey and Alyson.
Grandmother to Brandon, Emily, Harrison, Ron, Matthew, Jordan, Daniel, Jonathan and Benjamin.
Great-grandmother to Jayla and Rory. Dear sister and sister- in-law of Dr. David Greyson and Janet.
Anita and the late Bernard Friedman.
Ruth will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her, including extended family, colleagues at the University of Toronto and wonderful friends.
Many thanks to her doctors and caregivers, Mariana, Gloria and Maggie for their compassion and support.
Interment will take place at the Temple Sinai section of the Pardes Shalom Cemetery on Friday, March 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
Shiva will be at 66 Old Park Rd.
Shiva begins immediately after interment until sundown and then will resume after Shabbat on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Evening services will be held at 7:30 p.m.
If you wish, donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, 416-946-6560.
THOMAS WS POPE
April 13, 1930 February 20, 2019 Tom passed away peacefully on February 20, 2019 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He will be missed and is survived by his second wife Sonia Pope (née Azcarraga) and five children from his first marriage to Wendy Pope (née Durban): Brad (Donna), Darlene (Murray), Brent (Donna), Burt (Helen) and Shelley (Craig). Missing Tom as well are his 12 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren.To send condolences visit https:// http://www.dignitymemorial.com/ en-ca/obituaries. Funeral service and reception will be held from 11a.m. - 2 p.m., April 6, 2019 at St. Matthew's Parish, Surrey, BC.