Mary Margaret Sirrs (nee Lucas) passed away peacefully at home in Whitby, ON. She had celebrated her 82nd birthday three days earlier.
She was a devoted wife of Robert Douglas Sirrs, a retired Canadian Foreign Service Officer and former Ambassador.
Loving mother Laurel (late Bruce) of Rye, New York, Reid (Diane) of Ottawa/Afghanistan and Owen (Julie) of Missoula, Montana. Margaret has nine cherished grandchildren, Natalie, Lucas, Matthew, Kori, Gillian, Meredith, Jonah, Lucy and Susan.
Predeceased by her parents, Alexander Burton Lucas, former director of education in London ON and Alfreda Cowan Lucas (Mitchell). She is survived by her brother Kenneth Burton Lucas (Isobel) and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Margaret earned a BA from the University of Western Ontario in 1954. Her early life in Chatham, London and Toronto had been sheltered and stable. However, all that changed as her marriage led to an exciting and fulfilling life abroad. As a dedicated partner she served along side her husband through many diplomatic assignments, several of which took place during turbulent times of unrest and warfare. Starting with the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela, there were postings to Consulates in New York, Chicago and Atlanta, the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan, and Embassies in Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica (Panama, Honduras, Salvador and Nicaragua).
She faced the challenges of raising a family under difficult conditions. In addition to entertaining foreign Dignitaries with charm and grace, she immersed herself in new cultures, new languages and local organizations.
After retirement in Whitby, Margaret became active in the Lakeridge Health Organization. Starting out as a volunteer, she became President of Lakeridge Health Volunteer Services in Whitby and then Chair of the Board of Lakeridge Health Volunteer Council in Oshawa. She was involved in the Food Bank at All Saints Anglican Church in Whitby. She was a long-standing member and President of her Chapter of P.E.O., an International Woman’s Organization, whose primary focus is providing educational opportunities for female students world wide.
In her spare time she was a voracious reader and avid gardener. An animal lover with a huge heart, she had many dogs and cats over the years, many being rescued from harms way.
Her final resting place will be at her beloved Sand Lake where she has spent summers since her early childhood.
Margaret was much loved by family and friends. She will be remembered for her lasting contributions, her strength, devotion, grit and incredible grace. She will be missed by those whose lives she has touched.
Visitation will take place at All Saints Anglican Church, 300 Dundas Street W., Whitby on Saturday, January 24th from 12:00 Noon until time of funeral service in the church at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Humane Society of Canada – A gift of life in Memoriam.
Of Hamilton, passed away suddenly in his sleep on Friday, January 16, 2015, in his 78th year.
Loving father of Michael (Lisa) of Guelph, Mark of Ajax and Miles (Liza) of Ottawa.
Friends and family will be received at the building he worked and lived in for the last 13 years at 555 Queenston Road, Hamilton on Saturday, January 24th from 1 – 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. For location and parking details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
Beloved wife of Jerome “Jerry” Dias. Loving mother of Donna (David) Endicott, Rosemarie Dias, Jacqueline (Harvey) Curl and Jerry (Leslie) Dias. Cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Dear sister of Iris Dias. Juliet will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hillsdale Terraces and Lakeridge Health Oshawa for their loving and compassionate care of Juliet.
Visitation will be held at the DESTEFANO FUNERAL HOME, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road) 905-440-4595 on Tuesday, January 20th from 2:00-4:00pm & from 7:00-9:00pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 130 Watford Street, Brooklin on Wednesday, January 21st at 11:00am.
The Funeral Service will take place at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 2Z7 on Monday, January 19th at 1:00p.m., followed by the burial at Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens, 541 Taunton Rd. West, (S.E. corner of Church St. N. and Taunton Rd.) Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 4T2
Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health-Oshawa on January 16, 2015 at the age of 81 years.
Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) for 64 years. Loving father of Linda (Steve), Robert, David(Norma), Ann Marie(Dave) and Vicky(Dave).
Cherished grampa of Kerri-Lynn, David, Bobby, Miranda, Helena, Christine, John, Lindsay, Kevin, Katherine and Steven and great grampa of Joey, Justin, Kylea, Charlie, Lincoln, Allysen, Kieran, Anastasia and Liam.
John will be fondly remembered by his many family and friends.
Visitation will be held at the DESTEFANO FUNERAL HOME, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road) 905-440-3595 on Monday, January 19th from 6:00-9:00pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of the People Catholic Church, 570 Marion Avenue on Tuesday, January 20th at 11:00am. Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
Devoted mother to Blake and Dylan. Beloved companion of Paul Collins.
Cherished sister of Dan (Donna), Carol (Fred), Rick(Kathy), Pat (Lori), Michelle(Darrin) and Mike. She will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Norma was a longtime volunteer at the YMCA, and she will be fondly remembered by the staff there, as well as all of those who took her Aquafit classes.
Friends may call for visitation on Thursday, January 22nd at ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME(124 King St. E., Oshawa) from 10 - 11am, with a memorial service to be held at 11am. Interment of cremated remains to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
If desired, memorial donations to the YMCA or CHARITY of choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Peacefully with family at her side at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Thursday , January 15, 2015 in her 90th year.
Theresa, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Predeceased by her husband Paul and daughter Marina.
Loving mother of Jennifer Fukusaka (Rick). Cherished Oma to Michael, Raymond (Niloofar), Lisa (Ken), Christopher (Summer), Andrew (Jen). Beloved Great grandmother to Jacob, Derek, Brynn and Emery. Dear sister to Vastel (Seffe) of Germany.
Oma, as she was known to everyone, will be lovingly remembered by extended family and many friends in Canada and Germany.
Friends may call at , 21 Garrard Road Whitby (north of Dundas) 905-443-3376 on Sunday January 18th from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by service in the chapel at 4 p.m. MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME
In memory of Theresa, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at The Tony Stacey Nursing Home, in his 70th year.
Beloved partner of Donna Lane.
Son of the late Herb and Audrey Moodie. Brother to Gerry and the late David Brittain. Dear uncle to Joel and Carolyn Brittain, Steve Brittain and Paul and Cindy Brittain. Great-uncle and proud Poppa to many.
In memory of Joe, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Ajax-Pickering Hospital would be appreciated.
After a long battle with heart disease, Bruce passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Bayshore Village, Brechin, Ontario, on Janaury 14, 2015.
Bruce leaves his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara (nee: Carl) and his 3 devoted daughters: Anne Bird (Tim), Cathie Whyte (Rick), Nancy Whyte (Brian). Bruce was predeceased by his brother John (Mary) and cousin Ian Pirrie (Evelyn).
Very proud grandpa of his six grandchildren, Graham (Monique), Jessey (Jeremy), Steven, Andrew (Alison), Geoffrey (Amanda) and Darcy (Anna) as well as his 3 great grandchildren, Beatrice, Bruce, Lucy and another great grandson on the way.
Bruce successfully developed and guided Bauckham Construction, in the Toronto area for over 40 years.
Barbara and the family wish to thank Dr. David Collins and his wife Sheila, Veterans Affairs, CCAC, the nurses from Bayshore Home Health and the PSWs from Revera for their exceptional care and loving-kindness during Bruce's last several months.
Bruce's smiling face and genuine, thoughtful, interest toward others will be truly missed.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Orillia on Thursday, January 22nd.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bruce may be made to The Salvation Army 157 Coldwater Road West, Orillia, Ontario L3V 7W1 or email@example.com or the Orillia SPCA, 47 West Street, Orillia, Ontario L3V 5G1.
Born in Ottawa on September 25, 1954. He grew up in Gatineau, Quebec, where he attended St. Aloysius School and then St. Patrick’s Private School in Ottawa. In 1972, he started a B.A. (Honours) in English and Classics at the University of Ottawa, completing an M.A. in 1977. He then attended the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1982.
As a university student, he frequently represented Canada in international debating and public speaking competitions, placing as high as fourth in the world in impromptu speaking and top debater in Canada. He began his teaching career at Rothesay Collegiate School in Rothesay, New Brunswick, where he taught for two years.
He then came to Trinity College School in 1984. He taught English and was Assistant Housemaster of Burns House. In 1987, he became Housemaster of Brent, where he served until 1998. The students called him ‘the ninja’ owing to his uncanny ability to appear and disappear unexpectedly.
In subsequent years, he edited The TCS News, developed the School’s first computerized, on-line report card and detention system, served as Head of English, worked for a term as Acting Assistant Head of Student Life, supervised a CESI evaluation, hosted the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Tournament twice, and did a two-year term as Director of Residence. He also established the first travel education courses offered by the English Department where he taught grade twelve three times in Banff and twice in Cambridge, England. During the regular school year, he continued to teach senior English and Classical Civilizations. For over twenty years, he was the School’s public speaking and debating coach.
In 2009, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer and took early retirement in 2011.
He was predeceased by his father, Francis (1996) and his mother Marcelle (2001). He is survived by his sisters Marie Louise and Frances and his brother William.
A Funeral Service will be held at Trinity College School, Memorial Chapel, Port Hope, Ontario on January 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial donations to The Trinity College School Foundation or to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation directed to the work of the Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated.
Special thanks to Father Don Aitchison, Dr. David Moorsom, all of the wonderful nurses and staff in the Palliative Care Unit, Community Care Northumberland, and Saint Elizabeth.
Peacefully, surrounded by her family at Orchard Villa Retirement Residence on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, in her 94th year.
Beloved wife of the late Tom Houghton.
Loving mother of John and his wife Sara, Ruth Wolff and her husband Gary. Cherished grandmother of Geoff (Karen), Heather (Trevor), Jessica (Jeff) and Robert (Brenda). Dear great grandmother of Alistair and Thomas.
Predeceased by her brother Ted Callard. She will be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Ruth Grindlay, her cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was Past Queen of The Daughters of the Nile, Oronto Temple #69.
Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday, January 16th from 7 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, January 17th at All Saints' Anglican Church, 300 Dundas Street West, Whitby from 11:00 a.m., until the time of Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Anglican Church or The Supreme Temple Daughters of the Nile Canadian Foundation Convalescent Endowment Fund.
(Retired teacher serving for 35 years at Msgr. Cleary in Courtice, St. Anthony’s in Port Hope, and St. Stephen’s in Bowmanville; life-long member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and the C.W.L.; active volunteer for many organizations)
Pat, loving wife of Peter Landers for 45 years.
Loving and devoted mother of Paul (Jenn), Michael (Heather), and the late Julia. Grannie to Marlee and Taylor. Step-grandmother to Hannah and Abby.
Sister of Bill (Margaret), Pete (Ursula), Anne (the late Edward), Mary (the late Richard), Alex (Sharon), Deb (Ray),and the late Eileen and Bence, Jack and Jeanette, and Bryan. Sister-in-law of Terri Bergman. Daughter of the late Ernest and Willietta Morris. Sadly missed by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, January 17th, at 11:00 a.m. Spring interment at Orono Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Passed away suddenly at Port Orange, Florida on Monday January 12, 2015 at the age of 73.
Loving and devoted father of Jonathan (Jenny), Sarah (Rob), and Robert (Melanie). Adored Grandpa of Tyler, Nolan, Alyssa, A.J., Madeline, Danielle, Joshua, and Zachary.
Predeceased by his sister, Sue Varga and parents Bernard and Beatrice Lounds. He will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Ted Varga, nephew David (Dianne) and niece Krista (Walter) and grandnieces Madeline, Sophia, Rebecca and Grace.
Don spent his working years with the IBEW and in retirement split his time between Haliburton, Ontario and Port Orange, Florida. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and entertaining family and friends.
Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, Oshawa (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, January 20th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m.
The Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Get RecD Charity Events.
(Retired 33-year employee of General Motors of Canada)
Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the age of 68 surrounded by his family.
Dear son of the late Mary (May) Partridge.
Beloved husband of Julia for 47 years. Dear father of Lori and Gord; Robin; Scott and Terri-Lynn; Sean and Paula.
Loving “Grandid” of Evan, Zachary and Grace; Alyssa, Michaela and Daniel; Austin, Jordyn and Cameron. Brother of the late Dennis Meisner. Brother-in-law of Linda and Paul Edmondson, and Dawn Sanders (late Bob). David will be lovingly remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Sunday, January 18th from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.
Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial donations to the Palliative Care Unit at Peterborough Regional Hospital or Tandem Eyes Peterborough would be appreciated.
Peacefully with his family by his side at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in his 90th year.
George, beloved husband of the late Ruby Romanuk (nee Martin). Predeceased by his first wife Isabelle Romanuk.
Loving father of Barry and Robert Romanuk and stepfather of Lyn McLaughlin, Fay (Jim) Hadler and Bill (Barb) Kilpatrick. Proud grandpa of Martin, Ben, Carrie, Matthew, Ashley and Rebecca.
Dear brother of William (Helen) and sister in law Anne and the late Nettie (Nick), John, Walter (Vera) and Tina (Mike). Cherished uncle of Edna and Dan Kornylo. George will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A special thanks to the staff at Hillsdale Terraces for their wonderful care.
Family and friends will be received at MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY, 21 Garrard Road, Whitby (North of Hwy 2) 905-443-3376 on Monday, January 19th from 1 pm until the time of the Memorial Service in the chapel at 2:30 pm.
It is with great sadness we announce that Elvira Stirpe (née Vitali), our beloved Nonna, died on January 14, 2015, after a brief illness.
Elvira was born in Torrice, Italy, July 24, 1915. A survivor of two world wars, she immigrated to Canada to be closer to her children, who had preceded her arrival here.
Predeceased by her husband, Enrico, her son Umberto, her daughter Elena (the late Sante) and her daughter Iolanda (the late Ermete). Elvira's unwavering passions were family, food and friends, all of which were reflected in her daily life. Her great affection and compassion for animals defined her gentle demeanor. Elvira was known for her amazing crocheting and knitting skills, and many of us were lucky to be the recipients of her beautiful creations.
Elvira will be dearly missed by her son Frank, grandchildren Bruno (Marisa), Paul, Ezio (Sue), Marina (Bryan) and Lisa (Tom). Elvira was loved by many great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Also mourning her death are the residents and staff at Villa Colombo, where Elvira was a resident during the last months of her life.
Mass will be held on Monday January 19th at 10:30 am at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (21 Bayly Street East, Ajax). Entombment will follow.
Passed away peacefully at the Community Nursing Home in Port Hope on January 14, 2015 in his 89th year.
Loving husband of 63 years to Gwyneth (nee Gregory). Beloved father of Anne and her husband Ron, Michael and his wife Lynne, Andrew and his wife Dale, Kathryn and Nick and his wife Susan.
He was the proud grandfather of Renee, Adrienne, Juliet, Ryan, Cara, Jocelyn, Drew, David and Taryn. He was a great grandfather to Lucas and Benjamin.
Peter was born on November 4, 1926 in Mumbles, South Wales. He immigrated to Canada in 1956.
After spending a number of years in the weighing industry he established Gravity Weighing Scales Ltd., a family business and a legacy to his family that continues to serve the GTA today. Peter was a gifted carpenter and woodworker in his spare time.
Funeral service will be held in Newcastle on Monday, January 19th.
If desired, donations in Peter's memory may be made to Parkinson Society Canada or the Alzheimer Society.
Special thanks to the caring staff at Port Hope Community Nursing Home.