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Died peacefully on October 10, 2018. The son of Beth (Shannon) and Frank Tossell, Bill was born in 1926 on a heritage farm in Glanbrook Township, Ont. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Over a long career at the University of Guelph, he was Chair of Crop Science and the first Dean of Research. Bill was deeply involved in work to improve the food supply in developing countries, serving as Chair of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture headquartered in Cali, Colombia. He also held major posts at centres sponsored by the World Bank and the UN, where he led the establishment of Bioversity International, devoted to collecting and storing plant genetic resources in gene banks for future use by all humankind. In his own community Bill provided leadership for many years as a board member of the Guelph General Hospital.

Bill deeply loved and was loved by his family - his red-headed contralto wife of 62 years, Jean (Callander), who died in 2009; their children Kerry Vandergrift, David Tossell (Barbara) and John Tossell (Victor Dwyer); and their grandchildren, Theo, Christiaan (Kristen), Kyle (Julie), Cory (Jordanne), and Marijke (St. John O'Connor); and greatgrandchildren, Will, Maggie, Eliza, Madeline and Thea, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his brother, Harold (Margorie) of Binbrook, and was a much-loved brotherin-law of Jean's sisters, Marnie Sillers (Don), Bonnie McFarlane (Hugh) and Diana Woolley (Max).

He was especially fond of his OAC '47 friends and of his cottage neighbours in Port Elgin. A true citizen of the world, Bill was a champion of scientific values and liberal social ideals. He was also a fierce defender of those he loved, and was never happier than when he was with his family.

Friends may call at Gilchrist Chapel - McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, 1 Delhi Street, Guelph on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1 - 3 and 7 - 9 p.m. A memorial service will take place at First Baptist Church, 255 Woolwich St., Guelph on Saturday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. Reception following service. If desired, memorial contributions to Guelph General Hospital or Beginnings Family Services would be appreciated.

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Born in Belgium on November 30, 1936 and died in Toronto on October 8, 2018 at the Belmont House, at the age of 81 years.

Luke was the Chief Director of Sabeena World Airlines. He is survived by his companion Paul Henry of Toronto and Jacques Boizeau of Paris, France.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St.

Basil's Roman Catholic Parish, 50 St. Joseph's Street, Toronto (416926-7110) on Saturday October 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A private interment will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belmont House would be appreciated.


Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at age 40. Cherished wife of Pablo.

Beloved daughter of Tafflyn and the late Michael.

After University, she worked and traveled in Europe for a few years before returning to Canada to open and manage the Hilton Garden Inn in Niagara. She joined LRA Worldwide in 2006 where she met her husband Pablo.

Together they traveled the world, spent many wonderful times in Argentina with his family and enjoyed establishing their new home in Mississauga last year.

An avid sports aficionado, tennis and golf player, and supporter of Manchester United team.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (East of the Jane subway) on Saturday, October 13th from 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held immediately afterwards at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel. If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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