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When she married Don Clarke (d. 2004), a handsome young Canadian navy veteran getting his doctorate at CalTech, the event garnered a mention in Walter Winchell's column.
After moving to Toronto, where Don had obtained a position as professor at the University of Toronto, Pat began working at the United Church Observer in 1965 as the Women's Editor, eventually serving as Associate Editor and then interim Editor/Publisher.
Pat retired from full-time work at the Observer in 1980, and in the mid-1990s began editing the Letters section. There, she transformed the sometimes rambling missives that landed on her desk into succinct and sharply pointed contributions to issues of the day. This work, which she continued until just a month before her passing, won the Associated Church Press Award of Excellence in the Letters category in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Pat was engaged throughout her life with the world around her. Her travels both before and after retirement took her to five continents. Just in the last decade of her life, she visited places as diverse as China, Cambodia, the Galapagos (for the second time), and Iran, and went zip-lining in Costa Rica. She remained an avid reader and book club organizer and participant into the last month of her life.
Pat was a wise and generous mentor to junior colleagues, a resourceful and unflappable partner to those who worked with her, and a caring and openminded listener to her friends.
All will miss the spirit of practical open-mindedness that she brought to everything she did and her sharp sense of humour.
Friends are invited to a memorial service followed by a reception on Saturday, September 29, at 4 p.m., at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daily Bread Food Bank (dailybread.ca).
Passed away in Toronto on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the age of 92. Loving wife of the late Michael Lipa. Much loved mother of Timothy (Rhonda) and the late Christine. Proud grandmother of Malerie and Russell.
A service will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W.
Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Wednesday, September 12th at 4:30 p.m.
If desired, donations may be made to Community Living Toronto, 20 Spadina Avenue, Toronto M5R 2S7 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 55 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 500, Toronto M4V 2Y7. Condolences may be forwarded through humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
LAWRENCE LO PRESTI
Peacefully in Toronto on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in his 75th year. Loving and devoted son of Tony and Frances; husband to Kathy; father to Janine (John); brother to Nick (Gloria); brotherin-law to Marilyn (Peter); uncle to Anthony (Kate), Frances (Colin), Margery (Mike), Debbie (Jim) and Corinne; great-uncle to Nicole (Aaron), Michelle (Andrew), Kristin and Bryan, Cameron, Kieran and Kai, Mackenzie and Ryan, and Evelyn and Nicholas. He will be sadly missed by many cousins and friends.
Larry is most commonly described as honest and trustworthy, loyal to a fault, and the life of the party! Friends and family call him "Larry the Legend." During his last few days, Larry fought the good fight in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - and, in the end, he drifted away peacefully after saying he had "75 years of fun."
It is heartbreaking to lose him, but comforting that he did not suffer for long. His family wishes to thank Toronto Paramedics Rob and Chris, Dr. Steven Shadowitz, Dr. Alexei Savtchenko and all other doctors, nurses and staff at Sunnybrook for their remarkable care and kindness.
Larry was a true gentleman, a protector and provider, and extremely kind and generous. His happiness stemmed from working hard every day to give those he loved the best he could, without ever looking for recognition.
When his father passed away at a young age, Larry became the man of the household and devoted his life to looking after his mother for the next 42 years. He had a strong sense of community and faith, anchored by his deep roots in St. Anselm's Parish and Leaside, where he lived for most of his life. Larry had a successful career in the produce and horse racing business, and later as a restaurateur. While he called himself an amateur chef, he was in fact a culinary master. He never thought of himself as creative or artistic, but his cuisines were works of art. However, his talents did not stop in the kitchen. He was the ultimate prankster, with a contagious laugh enjoyed by his friends and family. As well, Larry was a Jack of all trades with extraordinary wisdom; his advice and counsel will be missed, but his legacy will carry on.