Birthand death notice
Monday, January 14, 2019 Print Edition, Page B14
February 9, 1928 - January 11, 2019 Our beloved patriarch, George, died quickly and painlessly at home on January 11, 2019.
To say that George squeezed out every drop of life is a grand understatement - from surviving the horrors of the Holocaust and losing his entire family, to restarting a new life in Canada. Blessed with 4 children (or as he would say, 3 kids and a girl) he pursued life with great vigour.
World renowned for his tenacity and generosity, for George there were no problems, only challenges for which he could always find solutions.
He helped hundreds of new Canadians find jobs, homes, and pursue their dreams. He had no time for naysayers or laziness. Our father lived larger than life - from using dynamite to blast rocks at the cottage, to igniting Czech democratic protests in 2016.
George's early years are well known through the story of Hana's Suitcase, which follows George and his sister Hana's journey from their Czech home to Terezin and finally to Auschwitz. In George's case - he believed that he survived due to his perseverance and a little bit of luck. He was liberated from the Death March in January of 1945 and returned home to find out that he was the sole survivor of his family.
George felt that he should not dwell on the past and chose to make a new life in Canada honouring the legacy of his parents. Three years later, he met a fellow survivor, Joe Seidner, and together they founded Brady & Seidner.
As he established the business, George began a busy family life with his first wife Carol and their 3 boys, Douglas, Paul and David. He impressed upon his boys the values he had grown up with, including a spirited appreciation for cottage life and family time. Guests were frequently lulled into a false sense of relaxation with weekend invites to a "Rock Festival" or "Woodstock", neither of which had anything to do with music, but rather the literal translation. When he was no longer able to swing a chainsaw, his favourite pastime was to direct others including his kids and grandkids as they cut trees, used the leaf blower, and moved rocks.
At 54, George expanded the family by marrying a second time and together with Teresa had a daughter, Lara Hana. The family continued to grow with badly trained but much loved dogs.
The arrival of Fumiko Ishioka into George's life in 2000 heralded the next chapter, sharing the story of his sister, and that of his own as a member of the underground magazine at Terezin called Vedem. George believed that these stories transcended faith and belief; encouraging kids and adults alike to explore history and learn more about the consequences of hatred and intolerance. Having, impacted many lives, his story continues to touch people in every corner of the world.
George's proudest achievement was his family and their success. He often commented that his parents would have been so proud to see how the Brady clan had expanded after suffering such hardship during the war. Not one to hold a grudge, this was his vindication; that he won out in the end.
George was a member of the Order of Ontario, and received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal, keys to Prague and Nove Mesto (his home town), the highest German civilian Order of Merit: the "Verdienstkreuz am Bande", the Masaryk Society award, the Czech House of Commons award, Post Bellum award, honour from Palace University, and various other honours.
He was also very proud of achieving 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (in the same race) for the over 80 category at the Devil's Glen Ski Club Championships.
George's legacy is carried on by his wife Teresa; children Douglas (Carol), Paul (Joyce), David (Robin), Lara (Mark) and his grandchildren; Adam, Daniel, Cameron, Everest, Sierra, Nirvana, Khoi, Grace, Isaiah, Elijah, Aaron and Theodore. Special thanks to Teresa for her miracles in keeping George healthy, despite his best efforts to do otherwise and to Marty for those weekly lunches. Forever with a twinkle in his eye, George will be deeply missed. George was the world's biggest optimist - always seeing the glass more than half full.
At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Wednesday January 16, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Shiva to be observed privately. In George's honour, and to continue the important cause he believed in - please consider a donation to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Centre in lieu of flowers.
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LILA TROTT CHAMBERS
April 1, 1915 - January 8, 2019
Loving mother, step-mother, grandmother, great grandmother.
Born in Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ontario, Lila trained as a teacher in Ottawa in 1936 and worked in Temiskaming and Graham Ontario until her marriage to J.R. (Jack) Trott (CPR Investigation Department). They moved to Winnipeg in 1939, Vancouver in 1950 and Montreal in 1966.
They retired to Gibson's Landing, B.C. in 1973. After Jack's death in 1976, she met and married William (AB) Chambers (Air Canada). They moved to Richmond, B.C. in 1989. AB died in 1990 and she moved to Toronto to be near her children.
She is predeceased by her beloved son David Trott and step- daughter, Carol (Gary Troll). She is survived by her step- daughters: Margaret called Peggy (Henry Daubaras) and Pam (Moe Hays) and her daughter Jocelyn (Leonard Schwartz).
She was a lifetime member of the P.E.O. belonging to chapters in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. She was a member of the South Arm United Church in Richmond for many years.
She was an accomplished pianist and her interest in tap dancing led to her performance with a group of ladies from The Minaru Centre, Richmond, well into her eighties. She was a member of golf clubs in Gibson's and Richmond until lifting her golf cart in and out of the trunk of her car became an issue. This was also well into her eighties. She was an avid traveller and was afforded ample opportunity with husbands both in the CPR and Air Canada.
She engaged, actively, in every experience that life presented which led to her ski- dooing on Lake Simcoe and flying in a twin engine, float plane over Muskoka in her nineties. She loved life and lived it well. She will be missed but never forgotten as she left an indelible mark on all the hearts she touched.
A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Amica at Bayview, her home for the last ten years, 15 Barberry Place, 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.
DAVID ROBERT FEINMAN
Passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 90.
Survived by his loving wife Trudy, daughter Ellen and grandchildren Jesse, and Becca Moss. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Dr. S. Victor Feinman and the late Felicia Feinman.
Cherished by nieces and nephews Joyce and Zion Sasson, Rena and David Siegel and their devoted families. A Holocaust survivor, David was a successful yet always honourable and modest businessman; multilingual, but a man of few words.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. in the Shaarei Shomayim Congregation Section at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 6033 Bathurst Street. Shiva at 18 Lower Village Gate, #412. Memorial donations may be made to Beit Halochem Canada, 905-695-0611, or Association For Soldiers Of Israel Canada, 416-783-3053.
Unexpectedly passed away, peacefully, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at the age of 81. Beloved father to Jackie (Henrik), Doug (Mary), and Ted. Loving and devoted grandfather to Andrew, Ben, Katie, Robin, and Samantha.
He was a wonderful father and grandfather, who will be dearly missed.
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
~Robert Burns A memorial will be held in the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Friday, January 18th, at 1:00 p.m.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
MARGARET K. LOVE "Peggy"
September 1, 1923 January 6, 2019 Peggy Love, beloved wife of the late Len Love, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the age of 95 years.
Peggy was the devoted mother of Judy Rice and Tom Love and the dedicated mother-in-law of Bill Rice and Dianne Love. She was an extremely proud grandmother to Tiffany (Kevin Shaw) and Todd (April) Rice and to Michael (Mallory) and Jaimie Love, as well as great-grandmother to Calia and Jaiden Rice in Singapore and to Tova Love in Calgary.
Having lived most of their lives in Montreal, Peggy and Len moved to Calgary in 1990, to join their family.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Garrison Greens Seniors Community for their much appreciated care over the last four years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Alberta Region, 2nd Floor, 1305 - 11 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 3P6, Telephone: (403) 541-6100, http://www.redcross.ca.
In living memory of Margaret Love a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.
It is with great sadness that we announce Gordon's passing after his courageous battle with cancer, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and best friend on Skeleton Lake, Huntsville, Ontario on January 10, 2019.
Husband of the late Barbara; father of Paul (Suzanne) and David (Michele); grandfather of Stacey, Jason, Krista, Laura and Christopher; great-grandfather of Ryane, Gavin, Max, Ayla, Lowen, Peyton, Evan, Connor. Loving companion Sheila Patterson. Best friend of Paul Sinclair for 25 years.
Loved by all who knew him.
Gordon was a successful stock broker rising through the ranks of Bunting and Company to Director and Chairman of the Board for both Bunting and UBS Canada, as a reflection of the 40 plus years in the financial services industry.
Family and friends are welcome at a visitation on Saturday January 19th, from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 20th, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Highland Funeral Home, Scarborough Chapel, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East, at Warden, 416-773-0933.
Funeral Service Sunday, January 20th, 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
Reception to follow.
Memorial donations to: Huntsville Hospice, Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Sunnybrook Hospital Odette Cancer Center would be appreciated by the family.
Special thanks to all the care givers; Theresa, Kathy, Jill, Dr. Deb Harold and Dr. Stacey Erven.
For online condolences please visit http://www.highlandfuneralhome.ca
Passed away peacefully at home in her 95th year on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Predeceased by husbands Barnett Berris and Sydney Rosen. Loving mother and mother- in-law of David and Marg Rosen, Paul and Evy Rosen. Dear sister and sisterin-law of Gerry and Stella Freedman, and Joyce Zweig.
Devoted grandmother of Michael, Laura, Jesse, and Ashley. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street for service on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Interment Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva following the service on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Dunfield Retirement Residence, 77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to the Sydney I. Rosen Memorial Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children, 416-813-6166.
GEOFFREY REGINALD SHARRON
On January 6, 2019, at the age of 30, as a result of a skiing accident in British Columbia. Geoff will be dearly missed by his parents, Teresa Cooney and Bruce Sharron, and by his brothers Thomas and James (Laurenne). He is survived by his grandmothers, Audrey Sharron and June Cooney, as well as his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Geoff was born in Toronto on November 23, 1988. He was raised in Newmarket, Ontario.
In 2009, he began spending his time between Alberta and B.C., where he enjoyed his passion for the outdoors. Known to all of his friends for his kind and gentle approach to life, and a wonderful sense of humour, Geoff was most recently living in Golden, where he worked as a builder of log homes. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or, to reflect Geoff's love of animals, to your local Animal Shelter.
A celebration of Geoff's life will be held on Thursday January 17th, at 2:00 p.m. Taylor Funeral Home, 524 Davis Drive, Newmarket.
Online condolences may be left at http://www.taylorfh.ca
THOMAS ALLEN SLOANE JEAN MARIE SLOANE (nee Glen)
Both passed away peacefully in Toronto during the first week of 2019, Tommy on January 2nd at age 94 and Jean on January 6th at age 92.
Tommy and Jean were married in Toronto on June 19, 1948 at St. John's Presbyterian Church and spent a long and happy life together. They shared their combined love with their four children, Carol Anne MacInnes (Brian), Gail Gaikis (Gunars), David (Evelyn), and Lorna Kingsland (Grant). They will be lovingly remembered by ten grandchildren - Scott MacInnes (Corynne), Bentley Gaikis (Sarah Jones), Andrew MacInnes (Charlene Love), Erik Sloane (Candice de Saldanha), Lija Obermaier (Eddie), Kelly Sloane, Inta Gaikis (Thanasi Lampropoulos), Graeme MacInnes, Caroline Gaikis, and Jennifer Kingsland; and three great-grandchildren Lincoln and Welland Gaikis, and Remington Obermaier.
Tommy was born in Toronto on March 1, 1924 to Mary Jane (nee Mathers) and Thomas Sloane.
He was predeceased by all his siblings, William T., Margaret, Isabell, William G., Samuel J., and Norman H. Following wartime service, he returned to Toronto to work with his father, Thomas, Sr., from their residence on Withrow Ave. to deliver to customers their family brand of tea and coffee.
Throughout most of his life he was known as Tommy The Tea Man. He was a lifelong member and Elder of St. John's Church.
Jean was born in Halifax, NS, on September 29, 1926, to Mary Frances (nee Lehman) and Lorne Glen. She was predeceased by her brother, Don. Jean was a loving and caring homemaker to her children and husband. She appreciated music very much and loved to sing. Her trained contralto voice was shared for many years in the choir of St. John's.
Cremations have taken place.
A celebration of life will be held at St. John's Church, 415 Broadview Ave., Toronto on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.
with a memorial service at 11:30.
A reception will follow.
If desired, donations may be made in their memory to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Parkinson Canada or St. John's Presbyterian Church.
Born March 19, 1948 in the town of Schettens, Friesland, The Netherlands to Peter and Anna Vonsolkema. Passed away suddenly yet peacefully in Toronto, January 10, 2019. Handyman extraordinaire, hockey and baseball player, golfer, fisherman, wine aficionado, and all around the greatest guy there ever was.
Adored and beloved father to Olivier and Claudine, and cherished Pake to granddaughter Kalista and a grandson to follow.
Loving partner and companion to Sue Swaine. Predeceased by his sister, Shirley; he leaves behind sisters, Anne, Rita, Helen and Evelyn; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and a legion of friends.
Cremation to follow. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
We Love You.
PETER WEBB 1928 - 2019
Died in Toronto on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Married to Eugenia in 1954 who died in 1997. Survived by his children Elizabeth and Stewart, their respective spouses Sean Speakman and Kristina Webb and their children William and Andrew Webb and Justin Speakman. Predeceased by his brother Tom, and survived by his niece Vanessa (Webb) Barr.
Survived by Joan York, whom he married in 1998, by her children Marion, David and Edward, their spouses Robert Speer, Judy Ruyzlo and Fiona Whalley and by their children Fred Speer, Declan, Nora, Eleanor and Wallis York.
Following cremation, the family will arrange a reception on a date to be decided.
Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through http://www.humphreymilesnewbig ging.com.