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Over the past 40 years, she has significantly contributed to the vitality of the arts through personal support of musicians, opera singers, symphonies and organizations such as the Opéra de Montréal and the Montréal Opera Guild, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain, Domaine Forget, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Concours musical international de Montréal, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, Jeunesses musicales Canada and the Festival d'opéra de Québec.

She sponsored "Live from the Metropolitan Opera" thereby making available live opera broadcasts in theaters across Canada. Jacqueline took a close interest in the career of many young artists, welcoming them into her home and giving them the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their talent.

Jacqueline believed in the importance of education, community development and health. She supported many community organizations including La rue des Femmes, Centraide du Grand Montréal, Fondation Jasmin Roy, the Université de Montréal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, which inaugurated in 2016 the Jacqueline Desmarais Pavilion in her honour.

She was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1998, a Chevalier of the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in 2011, a Grande Officière of the Ordre National du Québec in 2011, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 and a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2017. She was inducted into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame in 1996. She received an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal in 2011.

She will be sorely missed by her loving family and her many friends, but forever in their hearts and memories.

The Desmarais family would like to thank all of Mme Desmarais' caregivers, in particular Dr. Jean-Luc Dupuis and Martine Richer, as well as Dr. Patrick Cossette, Dr. Jean Rouleau, Esther Desjarlais, Carole Drolet, Méliza Dupuis and Johanne Labbé for their excellent care and assistance.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully received in Jacqueline Desmarais' memory by La rue des Femmes, Jeunesses musicales Canada or a charity of your choice.


Passed away peacefully on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Irmelind for 57 years. Loving father of Daniel, Oliver, and Natalie (Keith Pace-Asciak). Dear grandfather of Sophie. Ayres will be lovingly remembered by his brothers, sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Ayres was the first Indian Queens Council and he practiced law in Toronto for 25 years. He was appointed a Provincial Court Judge on November 15, 1984.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St.

W., Toronto (at Windermere, east of the Jane subway) on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fay Elder in Toronto on Monday, March 5, 2018. Fay was predeceased by her loving husband, Stan; and her sister, Bunty. She will be fondly remembered by her children, Susan (Mike Dabarno), Doug, Carol (Chris Couse) and Ken (Nancy Thompson); her seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Allison (Eric Sacks), Jamie (Rama Zuñiga), Jeffery, Maddie, Margot and Kate; her great-granddaughters, Lily and Rose; and her sister, Joy.

The family gives its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor and to caregivers Pearl, Azieb, Asmait and Rama for the love, the attention, and the care they extended to Mom.

A celebration of Fay's life for family and friends will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Friday, March 9th, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army are appreciated.


On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Morris Ladenheim passed away in Montreal at the age of 90. Born in Poland, Morris was an extremely generous, loving and determined man, always bringing a smile to the faces of his family members he loved so deeply. A deep void has been left in the lives of his family.

He was a loving husband to Sheila.

An adored father and father-inlaw to Jo-Ann Ladenheim, Nancy Ladenheim, and Brian Kaplansky.

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