BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES
Friday, January 11, 2019 Print Edition, Page B16
WILLIAM DOUGLAS CHAMBERS "Bill"
Bill passed away January 2, 2019. Despite the ravages of polio in 1953, Bill excelled academically, gold medalist at Queen's, a graduate of Osgoode Hall and practised with Fraser/Beatty - Dentons.
A fellow lawyer from Chicago described him as a "lawyer's lawyer, someone who had the ability to combine the scholarly with the practical and who recognized that a lawyer's responsibility is to solve problems rather than create them."
Bill loved good food, good wine and vigorous discussion with family and friends. He will be missed by colleagues, brothers and extended family because he was caring, generous, honest and a lot of fun to be with.
A celebration of life will be planned for close family and friends in the spring.
PATRICIA ANN CIPRICK
On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Patricia Ann Ciprick of Toronto passed away of heart failure at the age of 80 years. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Pat was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Bill; and is survived by her two daughters, Karen (Greg) Watson of Toronto and Lynn (Derek) Schreurs of Kamloops; two sons, Mike (Carolyn) of Edmonton and Bill (Christy) of Montreal; and nine grandchildren, Matt, David, Jennifer, Ashley, Charlie, Jack, Anna, Thomas, and Grace.
Pat was born in Cornwall, Ontario on May 26, 1938. She was a registered nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal where she met Bill. They spent sixteen years in Oakville, Ontario and then moved their family to Kamloops, BC in 1979 before Pat returned to Ontario in 2007. Pat enjoyed golfing, travelling and spending time with her good friends. She loved, and was very proud of her family.
A Celebration of Pat's life will be held at Kilgour Estates, 20 Burkebrook Place, Toronto on Saturday, January 12th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with everyone welcome to share stories starting at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Patricia Ciprick be directed to the 'Schulich Heart Centre' in care of the Sunnybrook Foundation, KGW01-2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5, 416-480-4483.
An additional Celebration of Life will be held in Kamloops, BC on Saturday March 2nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the home of Lynn and Derek Schreurs.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
LORRAINE MARY CROUSE (née Bennett)
Passed away with her family by her side at the Village of Tansley Woods on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Will be deeply missed by her husband, Robert. Will also be missed by her children, Barbara (Greg), Diane (Oliver), Bruce (Elizabeth), and Alison (Andrew); sister Nancy (Paul); grandchildren Kathryn (Sean), Caroline (Tyler), Hannah and Venus; great-grandchildren, Addison and Sawyer.
Predeceased by her brother Dave and granddaughter Christine.
If wished, donations in Lorraine's memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders or World Vision.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Beloved wife of the late Marvin Holzman. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Rebecca Holzman and Nigel Sharfe. Proud grandmother of Eva and Joshua.
Service at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W.
on Friday, January 11th at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Sons of Jacob Cemetery, Belleville, 1:15 p.m. A gathering will be held following at Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Belleville.
Shiva begins Sunday at 37 McMurray Ave. from 4:00-8:00 p.m. daily, evening services daily, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Hadassah-WIZO, 416-630-8373.
HELEN HUBER (nee Wolkowicz)
October 21, 1934 January 6, 2019 Helen lived a long, full life. She was raised on a small farm in Beeton, Ontario and moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to begin her career as a public school teacher. She earned a BA and eventually became a principal.
At her last posting, Sheppard Public School, she founded a steel band for all interested children and, in her typical playon-words style, enlisted the active support of Moe Koffman (Swingin' Shepherd Blues) to inspire them.
After retirement she mentored gifted students.
Helen had a restless energy, a rapier wit and no tolerance for boredom, fuss and nonsense.
She loved to cook and entertain.
She was generous with her friends. She travelled the world with a light suitcase and many companions, and volunteered for several years at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Other passions included cats, needlework, cryptic crosswords and butterflies. And interesting parties.
When various afflictions forced a move to Long Term Care four years ago, Helen accepted the radical change in her life with unexpected grace and pragmatism, yet never relinquished her right to shape her life. Unable to read much, she devoured American political TV news and was often primed for a spirited discussion.
The Jazz Lady (a.k.a. 'H') will be acutely missed by her brother Michael and his wife Patricia (Victoria BC), and by her devoted and loving friends, Sonny and Nadia Fertile (Etobicoke). She is predeceased by her bosom buddy and co-conspirator of longest standing, Marilyn O'Hagan, who left in advance last summer to light tiki torches for Helen's final journey.
Private arrangements have been made through York Funeral Centre. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice or to Helen's chosen charities (MusiCounts, The Canadian Children's Book Centre and the Humane Society) are deeply appreciated.
ZUHAIR KASH KASHMERI
Our brother, our best friend, kindest human being, passed away suddenly on December 21, 2018.
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass of glory in the flower, let me grieve not but rather find strength in what remains behind.
You will be missed very much by your cousin's sister, Ishrat and husband, Glenn; cousin Vic's wife, Naugul; your nephew, Farhan; niece, Zeba and husband, Will; your grandnephew, Viquar; grandniece, Veronica; couisn, Najma and husband, Aziz; cousin, Laila and husband, Haroon; oldest couisn, Zaki; and family.
THOMAS GERALD LAKE
Gerald passed peacefully at Humber River Hospital December 26, 2018 at the age of 97. Predeceased by his dear wife, Isabelle (Hunter); by his parents, Thomas and Beatrice Lake; by his siblings, Patricia (George Codner), Betty (Arne Ottersen), Helen (Victor Westall) and Kenneth Lake; and by nephews, Paul and Wayne. This proud veteran, skilled mechanic, high school teacher, Port Severn cottager, singer, dancer, world traveler will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews over two generations and greatly missed by surviving sisters-inlaw, Elaine Lake and Marlene Amonsen.
A service of celebration to be held at The Village of Humber Heights, 2245 Lawrence Ave.
W., Etobicoke, Saturday, January 19th, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Humber River Hospital Foundation in honour of Thomas Gerald Lake would be appreciated. Family and friends may make donations online at http://www.hrhfoundation.ca or by calling 416-242-1000 ext.
ELIZABETH A. BONNIE McPHIE (née Jack)
Born in Toronto to J. Gordon and Mary (MacDougall) Jack.
Loving and beloved wife of the late Donald Stewart McPhie (1992). Loving mother of Robert J. McKelvey (Edna) of Sydney, Australia, and stepchildren Lynn McConkey (Jim) of Mississauga and Peter McPhie (Nancy) of Minden.
Much loved grandma to Sean (Janet), Louise (Nigel), Susan (Frank), Amanda (Damian), Kate (Kevin), and Iain. Great grandmother of 8 great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Gordon H. Jack (Carol) and sister Margaret M.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of Jane subway on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca DOUGLAS WILLIAM MAHAFFY March 15, 1945 January 6, 2019 We are devastated to announce that Douglas William Mahaffy lost his short but valiant fight against metastatic melanoma. His adoring family was with him to provide support and comfort to him in his final days.
Shakespeare could not have been more wrong when his Soothsayer warned "Beware the Ides of March", as an incredibly loving man was born on March 15, 1945 to Howard and Kirby Mahaffy.
He is survived by the love of his life and his wife of 50 years, Adrienne (née Faust).
He will be forever loved and never forgotten by his children, Kirsten, Scott (Kathleen), Roy, Nicole and Michelle and his kind and thoughtful grandchildren, Nicholas, Lauren, Logan, Beatrice and Neveah.
Doug had a profound influence on countless people throughout the years. His legacy will be one of kindness, respect, generosity and philanthropy. These traits are well known to his family and friends who would all agree that Doug made the world a better place.
He was an avid traveler and, from Baffin Island to Mozambique, it would be difficult to find a place on the map on which Doug had not stepped foot with his constant travel companion Adrienne at his side. His love for playing hockey and baseball as a youth evolved into a passion for skiing, golf and racquet sports. He read voraciously to the point where it was difficult to recommend a book that he had not already read. Every friend was the beneficiary of his love of fine wine as he delighted in finding just the right bottle to share.
Doug would not want his many accomplishments highlighted but they are worth noting as evidence that a good, kindhearted person can achieve great success. He attended East York Collegiate and would go on to earn both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from York University. In between degrees, he achieved the Chartered Accountant designation.
He went on to have a successful career in business including senior executive positions at Hudson's Bay Company and Merrill Lynch and a long and impactful tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of McLean Budden Limited. He proudly served on the Investment Committee of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of Stelco Inc., Methanex Corporation and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
The business world is not known as a place of great compassion but Doug proved that a strong leader need not be a tyrant. He established a warm atmosphere in which kindness was seen as an asset and in which the birth of a colleague's child was as important as winning a new account. As a result, it has been no surprise to hear such incredibly warm words of kindness and support from those with whom he has worked over the years. Many of those messages were shared with him and gave him encouragement during treatment.
His family would like to pass along their most sincere thanks to his friends, as the support provided has been immeasurable. Many thanks also to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Odette Cancer Centre for their efforts. The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and technicians with the Local Health Integration Network for enabling him to find peace in the comfort of his own home. The compassion and advice of Dr. Peter Goldfarb will also not be forgotten. The family is deeply grateful for the incredible dedication and warmth shown by the staff of The Florian who made sure that his every need was met with a smile.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Melanoma Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Friends and family can make their donation via Sunnybrook Foundation by phone (416-4804483), web https://donate.
sunnybrook.ca/tribute or mail c/o Sunnybrook Foundation 2075 Bayview Avenue, KGW-01 Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 There will be a celebration of Doug's life in the Spring.
We are heartbroken because the world has lost not only a great man, but it has lost a profoundly good man.
NORMAN SIM REID (1938-2019)
Passed away surrounded by family at the age of 80 on January 5, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred; and his three daughters, Fiona, Alison (Karl Braunstein), and Catriona (Mark Dryza); and his seven granddaughters, Lauren, Breanne, Catherine, Caroline, Hayley, Liv, and Eloise.
A. GEORGE RIGG
His family, friends, and students acknowledge with deep sadness the death in Toronto of Professor A.G. Rigg on Monday, January 7, 2019. George, as he was known universally to those who knew him personally, died peacefully at home, in the presence of his beloved wife Jennifer, after a period of declining health.
George was born on February 17, 1937 at Wigan, Lancashire, where he received his secondary education at Wigan Grammar School, which was known for its strong reputation in Classics. As an undergraduate he attended Pembroke College, Oxford from 1955 to 1959. Concurrently with his doctoral work at Oxford, he taught at Merton College, when he first met Jennifer, and later at Balliol College, before two years as Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University from 1966 to 1968. In 1968 he took the position of Assistant Professor in the newly formed Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where he taught until his reluctant retirement (then still mandated by law at 65) in 2002.
As an emeritus, his generous and energetic mentorship of graduate students continued for many years thereafter.
His exacting philological standards secured his international reputation as a scholar of medieval Latin as well as of Middle English. His magisterial survey, Anglo-Latin Literature, 1066-1422, published in 1992, will remain the definitive reference work for decades to come. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998.
Throughout his career, his students experienced his rare combination of extraordinary erudition, good humour, genuine humility, and quiet empathy.
George's brilliant academic achievements distinguished but hardly defined him. A lover of cats, of gardening, of good beer, of hand-rolled cigarettes, and of long walks in the country, he was as happy digging potatoes, combing the beaches of Nova Scotia, or potting up bulbs for winter forcing as he was sitting in the Bodleian Library with a fourteenth-century manuscript of Latin poetry.
We are all of us the poorer for the loss of this kind, good, and brilliant man. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Rigg; sistersin-law, Joanne Hope and Ann Nicholson; and by his nephew, Rupert Hope. Warmest thanks to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care for their unfailing kindness and support.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) for the funeral service on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Rosedale Room.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal rescue shelter or a charity of your choice. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.
RICHARD BURKE VAN VALKENBURG
Passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 in Cobourg, Ontario, age 85. He is survived by his son, Burke Jr. (Stefanie); daughter, Tanya (Penny); grandchildren, Taylor, Emily, Owen and Luca; great-grandchild, Anastasia; and sister, Greta.
Burke was a broadcasting pioneer who worked at CFTO and CHFI before starting communications companies Trans Media Services and Van Valkenburg Communications. He was warm, generous, charismatic, and well known for lightning-fast quips and puns. His loyalty to his friends resulted in countless lifelong friendships.
Memorial to be held in the spring.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated.
Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15, 1970 January 8, 2019 Passed away unexpectedly at the age of 48 at home. Loving wife of David. Proud mother of Cody, Lila and Conner.
Beloved daughter of Roslyn and Allen Katz and Lydia Robertson. Cherished sister of Michael Katz , Michael and Vanessa Robertson. Miriam will be greatly missed by many relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Liver Foundation. Visitation to be held at York Cemetery & Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft Rd. North York on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service at York Funeral Centre, Chapel Monday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Interment to follow at York Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at http://www.etouch.ca
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden but peaceful death of Aurea Williams (née Maxwell Scott) at the age of 92 on December 31, 2018. Beloved mother of Mike (Janet), Anne (Jan Rzyzora), Andy (Mary Jo), and Sheila (Andries Van Der Merwe). Dearest Grannie of Deborah (Kevin), Andrea, Matthew, Simon, Christopher (Amanda), Trevor (Anna), Pamela (Shaun), Jake (Erin), Kathleen (Mike), Stephanie (Rory), and Megan (Braeden).
Dearest sister to David Maxwell Scott (Isabel) and sister-in-law Moyna Maxwell Scott. Beloved Aunt and Great Cousin to many relatives from around the world.
Predeceased by her husband, Peter; her children, Deborah, Pamela, Ian and Joanna; sisters, Mamo and Susan; and brother, Simon. Aurea lived a life full of grace, generosity, love, faith and courage and was an inspiration to all who knew her, especially her family.
Visitation will be held at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St.,Toronto) on Thursday, January 24th from 6-9 p.m. The Memorial Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Parish (3220 Bayview Ave., North York) on Saturday, January 26th at 11 a.m.
Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be left at http://www.rskane.ca.
R.S. Kane 416-221-1159
ART WRIGHT 1939 - 2019
Died January 1, 2019 of Alzheimer's disease in Victoria, B.C. Survived by his beloved artist wife of 48 years, Sylvia Bews-Wright; sister, Marie Smith (Earl); and many nieces, nephews, surrogate daughters and honorary granddaughters.
Educated in Political Science, Public Administration and Economic and Social Development, Art excelled in a 35 year span of Canadian public service as a Foreign Service Officer in Nigeria, Malaysia, Thailand, Tanzania and India, followed by serving as Ambassador/High Commissioner in Bangladesh, Barbados and Zimbabwe. His interdisciplinary skills in encouraging citizen participation and leadership in sustainable development were broadly admired in these diverse and challenging settings.
Art reflected: "I had this incredible privilege to work for over three decades at the delivery end of foreign policy and development in highly diverse urban and rural environments on three continents - incredibly, I was paid to learn from and work with amazingly industrious people in fascinatingly different and rich cultures." Art's broader interests in regional development issues coincided with those of the Canadian International Agency (CIDA) where he was appointed as Vice-President of CIDA's Asia Branch. Following his posting to Barbados/Eastern Caribbean he returned to CIDA as Vice President of Multilateral Branch followed by his final posting to Zimbabwe.
By 1997, Foreign Service/ CIDA retirement beckoned and Art served as a director of the Foundation for International Training (Toronto), as Senior Associate of UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute and as a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Peace and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University. When Art and Sylvia moved to Victoria, UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) was avidly awaiting to recruit Art as an associate. He successfully chaired a number of "hot topic" items, using his legendary deep commitment to inclusive and participatory approaches, the importance of listening, an unflagging respect for the value of human life and a deep appreciation for the diversity and interconnectedness of the human species. Art's fondest retirement endeavor centred on his creation of a course in Sustainable Development for the Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program.
The hands-on course attracted Canadian university students to travel in old army vehicles across Kenya and Uganda under Art's tutelage for a semester of living and learning in tents, often surrounded by curious wildlife.
For seven years (2000-2007), this annual interdisciplinary 'safari' was the highlight of Art's restless retirement years. Before he passed away, Art willed his body to UBC for its continuing research into Alzheimer's disease. Donations toward the eradication of the terrible affliction may be made in Art's name to http://www.alz.soc.ca.
A celebration of Art's life will be held at the at Uplands Golf Course, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road at 1 p.m. on February 2. Sylvia is deeply grateful to the Carr West staff at the Heights of Mountain View for the gentle, loving care given to Art during his time there.