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MERGLIANO, Ruth (Gertrude) Mergliano - Obituary | Print |

MERGLIANO, Ruth (Gertrude) -    "View Family Photos & Express Condolences"

Mergliano_RuthJuly 17, 1920 - November 23, 2014

It is with great sorrow that the family of Ruth (Gertrude) Mergliano announce her passing on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Ruth was a woman for whom family and friends were first and always the most important part of her life.

Beloved wife of the late Frank Mergliano and mother of Linda and Frank (Rachel). Beloved daughter of Tommaso and Christina Collini. Nana Ruth was a loving grandmother to Amie (Charlie), Taylor (Mohammad) and Samantha (Massimo).

Ruth derived great joy late in life becoming the great-grandmother of Ava and Ella. Cherished sister of Stan, Carmen, Peter and Rose. She will be greatly missed and always be remembered as the loving mom, nana, sister and friend she was to us all.

Friends and relatives will be received at DELMORO FUNERAL HOME, 61 Beverly Hills Dr. (one light south of Wilson Ave., west of Jane St., 416-249-4499), on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Ruth may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to a charity close to your heart.



MONTGOMERY, Albert 'Scott' Montgomery - Obituary | Print |

MONTGOMERY, (Albert) Scott -

Montgomery_ScottIn his 101st year, (Albert) Scott Montgomery left this world peacefully on November 23, 2014 in Peterborough, Ontario.

He lives on in the memories of his family and friends.

Predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years Molly, (nee Dorland), his sister, Eunice Bell, and his dear friend, Peggy O’Brien.

He is the loving father of Eleanor Stillman (Fowler), Terry Montgomery (Florence Guy), Jim Montgomery (Catherine) and Rose Montgomery-Whicher (Ian).

As a grandfather who never forgot a birthday, and who always took an interest in each of their lives, he will be missed by Terry (Adriana), Anne (Jeremy), David (Nicole), Anthony (Yawen), Madeleine (Mike), Justine (Jesse), Thomas, Sophia and Christopher. He will also be missed by his great grandchildren: Mary, Rodrigo, Priscilla, Owen and Emma as well as his nieces and nephews.

Scott grew up in Toronto when cars shared the road with horses and airplanes were uncommon. He attended St. Andrew’s College in Aurora and the University of Western Ontario. He had a successful career in the insurance business. After graduation, he joined his father at A.H. Montgomery and Co. where he later assumed ownership. When the company was merged with Lukis Stewart, a large UK firm, he became a director.

During WWII Scott worked to support international relief with the Save the Children Fund, a commitment he maintained throughout his life. In retirement Scott and Molly spent happy days entertaining family as well as gardening at their summer home in Cape Cod. Their travels included England, Ireland and Switzerland. In October, the family gathered with him for a grand celebration of his 100th birthday.

On Friday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m. a Memorial Service will be held at the Wellington United Church, Wellington, ON (where Molly is buried). A reception at the church will follow the graveside farewell.

Those wishing to make a donation in Scott's memory are asked to consider the Save the Children Fund or the Canadian Friends Service Committee.

NORENA, Mery (CASTRILLON) Norena - Obituary | Print |


Died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Born and married in Columbia, Mery is predeceased by her husband Marco, who joined her in her vision to build a new life in Canada.

It's here she followed her dreams, raising her five successful children and opening her home (and kitchen) to countless family members and friends.

Mery is survived by her children Trudy Duque (Carlos), Mark, Rodrigo, Helen Frederickson (Dave) and Nancy Harrison (Patrick). She was also a dynamic, loving Mita (grandmother) to Tiffany, Ashleigh, Shay-Marie, Camille, Lucas, Marco, Philip and Oscar and shared with them her pioneering spirit, great love for music and playing piano, cooking for her family and surrounding herself with the people most important to her.

Mery's children and grandchildren find comfort in her memory and will keep her legacy alive.

A Funeral Service will be held in Toronto, on Thursday, November 27th, followed by burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations to either St. Michael's or Bridgepoint's Palliative Care Units would be appreciated.


OIKAWA, Tokio Oikawa - Obituary | Print |

OIKAWA, Tokio -

Peacefully, after a lengthy illness on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Kensington Gardens.

Lovingly remembered by sisters Yoko and Mitsuko Matsumoto and the late Toyoko Kobayashi, Taeko Kumamoto and brother Shig Oikawa.

He will be sorrily missed by all of his family and friends.

Funeral Service will be held in Toronto, on Thursday, November 27th.  Cremation to follow.

If so desired, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

A special thanks to the staff at Kensington Gardens.


ORMEROD, Ethel Agness (Walker) Ormerod - Obituary | Print |

ORMEROD, Ethel Agness (nee Walker) -

Passed away at home to be reunited in heaven with her beloved husband the late Don Ormerod on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 86 years.

Dear mother to Heather Jamieson (Craig Goody) of Trenton and Donna Paterson of Toronto. Loving Granny to Ariel, Hope, Hannah and Great-Granny to Jude and Tanner.

Survived by her sister Virginia Fletcher and predeceased by siblings; Kay, Peggy, Bobby, Pat and Laura. Will be sadly missed by her dog Pal.

A special thanks to all the caregivers over the past few years, your care and compassion will be treasured.

Service will be held in Scarborough, on Thursday, November 7th.

In memory of Ethel, donations to the March of Dimes Home Modification Program would be appreciated by the family.


PAROCZAI, Herta Paroczai - Obituary | Print |


Passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home in her 87th year.

Predeceased by her cherished husband Josef in 1992.

Loving Mother and best friend to her children…sons Joe (Aila) and Peter (Pat) and daughters Marianne (George) and Melinda (John). Beloved Oma to grandchildren Lisa (Charles) and Michelle (Cassandra) and Jane.

Lovingly remembered by family in Austria and Germany.

Herta will be forever in our hearts and greatly missed by family and friends.

Visitation to be held at the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Wednesday, November 26th from 10:30 to 11:30 am., followed by a Funeral Mass at 12pm at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church 373 Simcoe Street S., Oshawa.

Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Whitby.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Durham Region in Whitby by visiting

PARWICKI, Ida Parwicki - Obituary | Print |


Peacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.

Beloved wife of the late Stanley.

Loving mother of Peter (Connie), Leo (Marilyn) and Hugo (Susan).

Much loved grandmother of Katherine, Michael, Jennifer, Lisa, Jaime and Julie.

Proud great-grandmother of 10 great-grandchildren.

Dear sister of Karl Hagendorn and Wanda Drossman. 

Funeral Service will be held in Etobicoke, on Friday, November 28th.


PAVAN, Johnny Pavan - Obituary | Print |

PAVAN, Johnny -

After an evening with family, Johnny quietly left us to join his brothers Sigfrido and Ruggiero.

Johnny arrived from Italy to fulfill his dreams of a wonderful life with his wife Helen and children: Lawrence (Janet), Roseanne (Joe Boorany), Steven (Beverly) and Michael (Deanna).

His greatest joys then realized with his grandchildren: Jacqueline, Nicole, Lindsay, Andrea, Matthew, Nikolas, Ryan, Lacey, Stephanie and Jonathan. Johnny is survived by his brother Ezio and sister Miriam.

Many thanks to the genuine love and respectful care of staff at The Village of Humber Heights. 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Borromeo Church (811 Lawrence Ave. W., at Dufferin St.) on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will follow.

In memory of Johnny, donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the SickKids Hospital Foundation.


PREST, Stanley Vincent Prest Obituary | Print |

PREST, Stanley Vincent -

Prest_StanleyPassed away peacefully on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at West Oak Village, Oakville, at the age of 87 years.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen (nee Vaughan).

Loving father of Carole Prest and Joan Johannson and father-in-law to Sven Johannson. Proud and devoted grandfather of Kristin, Laura and Karen Trethewey and of Eric and Katherine (Katie) Johannson.

He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held in Oakville on Friday, November 28th.

If desired, please consider a donation in his memory to the Wellington County Museum, as Stanley was an avid historian and loved the pretty town of Elora, Ontario, where he grew up. Donations can be mailed directly to the Wellington County Museum, 0536 Wellington Road 18, Elora, ON N1M 2W3.

SEDGWICK, John Scott Sedgwick - Obituary | Print |

SEDGWICK, John Scott

P.Eng, WWII Navy Veteran

Of Thornhill, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2014 at the age of 89.

Beloved husband of Nancy Sedgwick (Smith). Devoted father to Gordon (Alicia), Laura (Glynn Uhlman), Beth (Rob Hubbard), Bruce (Erin), and Nancy's children, Linda Smith (Alec Lindsay) and Lawrence Smith (Lois). Predeceased by his first wife, June Lenore Davis.

Loving grandfather to Tyler, Kara, Meghan, Kate, Scott, Derek, Victoria, Ben, Claire, Sybille, Martha and Carter. John worked many years as a Civil Engineer for Standard Paving and Ontario Hydro. He had a large variety of interests including photography (member of the Toronto Camera Club), cross country skiing, golfing, biking, woodworking, sailing, travel and bird watching (Richmond Hill Naturalist Club).

He was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Out of the Cold program.

A visitation on Friday, November 28th from 7-9 p.m. and a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 29th at 1 p.m., will be both held at Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin Street, Thornhill.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold Program or a charity of your choice.


STEELE, Isobel (Kelly) Steele - Obituary | Print |

STEELE, Isobel (nee Kelly) -   "Express Condolences"

Steele_IsobelAugust 11, 1945 - November 23, 2014

Peacefully at her residence in Lakeland, Florida on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the age of 69.

Beloved wife of Bill for 49 years.  Loving mother of Andrew (Karen), Carol (Mark), Graham (Milena), and James (Maja).

Dear sister of Jim, Tom (Pat), Anne (John deceased), and Jane (Mike).

Cherished Nana of 13 grandchildren and Auntie Belle to many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday, November 28th from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 29th from 1:30 p.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 2:30 p.m.

Reception at Whisky Johns to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Lakeridge Health Foundation would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be made at


STEFOFF, Evdokia Stefoff - Obituary | Print |

STEFOFF, Evdokia -

Passed away on November 21, 2014 at Leisureworld O'Connor Gate in her 95th year.

Loving wife of the late Vasil.

Cherished mother of Olga and Jimmy (Donna).

Beloved grandmother and great-grandmother.

At her request, funeral arrangements will be held privately.

Donations in her memory may be made to Sts. Cyril and Methody Cathedral, 237 Sackville St., Toronto.


SZCZECINSKI, Elizabeth Szczecinski - Obituary | Print |


Peacefully, at St. Joseph's Health Centre on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 98.

Beloved wife of the late Mieczyslaw.

Loving mother of George. Dear sister of Stefania.

Elizabeth will be fondly remembered by her nephew Lech (Wanda) and family in Poland.

Funeral Mass to be held at St. Casimir's Polish Catholic Church (156 Roncesvalles Ave.) on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.


TANG-CHANG, Ronald Tang-Chang - Obituary | Print |

TANG-CHANG, Ronald -   "Express Condolences"

Tang-Chang_RonaldJanuary 4, 1927 - November 23, 2014

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 87.

Loving husband of Agnes.

He will be sadly missed by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 9-11am.

Followed by a Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11am. Interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

If desired, in lieu of flowers donations to Mon Sheong Home For The Aged, 36 D'Arcy St, Toronto, M5T 1J7 would be appreciated.



VAISEY, Doug Vaisey Obituary | Print |

VAISEY, Doug -    "Express Condolences"

(January 15, 1920 - November 23, 2014)

Born and raised in Toronto, Doug Vaisey was the son of Albert George and Alice Jane (nee Harrison) Vaisey. Following schooling in commercial arts (punctuated by sports and music), he joined the Toronto Star in its editorial room.

When World War broke out, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent a good part of his time in England with the Judge Advocate General's division as a court reporter. During that service, he met, wooed and wed Myrtle Eileen Boreham, a Peterborough girl. After VE Day, they returned to this city to work first for the Peterborough Examiner. Doug then worked for the county court system as court reporter and secretary to local county court judges, and later as an administration of justice officer.

When he retired, Doug jumped with both feet into studies at Trent University and into travel, with summers spent in Paignton and other areas in South England. In his early years in Peterborough, he was active in youth work ("It is better to build boys than to mend men."). Later life saw him active in church work, community action, and volunteer work with school libraries, children's breakfast programs, and shelters for the dispossessed.

Doug Vaisey was predeceased by his parents (Albert and Alice) and by his elder brother, Stuart. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor ("Skip") Stiles of Edmonton, and by brother William ("Bill"), recently of Peterborough. His two sons, Doug Vaisey jr. (Cynthia) and Bob Taylor-Vaisey (Anne), granddaughter Miranda (Joe), grandsons Brad, Bryce and Nick, and great-granddaughter Savannah will miss the football bets, the witty anecdotes, and his enthusiasm for their achievements and travels.

The family wishes to thank Doug's many friends, with whom he enjoyed sports, the out-of-doors, piquant observations on politics and the exploration of faith. Gratitude is also due to Dr. David Van Loon and to the staff at Royal Gardens and Empress Gardens who took on his care following his near-death encounter with acute diabetes and his later recovery. We put too little emphasis nowadays on caring professionalism, but the Gardens of Peterborough kept him warm, safe and comfortable.

There will be a visitation at   COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough on Wednesday, November 26th, between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 27th at Trinity United Church, 360 Reid Street, Peterborough.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, Trinity United Church or to the charity of your choosing.

Online condolences may be made at


VASSIL, Lennie Helinka Vassil - Obituary | Print |

VASSIL, Lennie Helinka -

September 25, 1924 - November 23, 2014

On Sunday, November 23, 2014 in her 90th year, Lennie Vassil lost her short battle with pneumonia surrounded by her loving family.

Predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Peter Vassil, she leaves behind her daughters Denise (Don) Phelps and Janice Long, grandchildren Jennifer (Stu) Thompson and Jeremy (Joanne) Long, and the lights of her life, her 3 great-granddaughters, Lauren and Sophie Thompson and Emily Long. Lennie is a lifetime honorary member of Sts. Cyril and Methody Church, recognized for her service by Bishop Metropolian Joseph.

She partnered with Peter in their many restaurants, first the Avenue Rd. Coffee Shop and finally Squires Tavern on Lawrence Ave. E.

Funeral Service will be held in North York, on Monday, December 1st.

Private Interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

She will be forever remembered as "The Commander in Chief".


WARD, Geoffrey Ward - Obituary | Print |

WARD, Geoffrey -

Passed away peacefully at ReachView Village on November 23, 2014 at the age of 83. 

Geoffrey was married 57 years to his beloved wife Jean Ward.  Cherished father to Peter (Leslie) Ward, Julie Ward, and Chris Ward (Kaleena Lawless). 

Dearest grandfather to Ryan (Mandie) Ward, Patrick Ward, Shannon Ward, Kim (Chris) Reid.  Great grandfather to Laila Ward and Baby Reid (soon to arrive). 

The family would like to extend a very big thank you to the nurses, PSW’s and doctors for their excellent care. 

A private family service will take place at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society.

WELLWOOD, Erna 'Carol' Wellwood - Obituary | Print |

WELLWOOD, Erna 'Carol' -

Wellwood_Erna(February 25, 1941 – November 23, 2014)

Surrounded by her family Erna passed peacefully on November 23, 2014, at Hospice Wellington.

After eight years and much heartache she is reunited with her soulmate Keith. 

She was the loving mother to Debbie Curtis and Cathy (Ralph) Vanderleest. Proud “Grammy” to Laura (Jeff) Gauthier and Matt Vanderleest.  Adoring “Great Grammy” to Lily and Gracie Gauthier.

Lovingly remembered by her son-in-law John Curtis and her nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Alma and Leo Zachris, sister Lea Blaser and aunt Irene. 

Funeral service will be held in Acton on November 26th.

Remembrances to Hospice Wellington would be appreciated by the family.

WOOD, Paul MacLean 'WOODY' Wood - Obituary | Print |

WOOD, Paul MacLean aka 'WOODY' -

(March 31, 1958 – November 23, 2014)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Brother, Paul MacLean Wood, of Uxbridge, Ontario, on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 56.

Paul has been surrounded by family and friends during his tough battle with cancer. Paul faced cancer with amazing strength and courage but lost the battle on Sunday.

Paul is survived by his sister, Anne Marie Wood, his brother, William Barry Wood, and wife, Mary Wood and his sister, Carol Grace Adeline (Wood) McLean and husband, Douglas McLean and his nieces Andrea Marie Wood, Kathryn Anne Wood, Janet Lynn (Wood) Domotor (Ryan), Christina Grace Adeline McLean and his nephews, Barry Iain Ray McLean (Courtney), Nairn Paul McLean and great-nephew, Austin Martin Jordan.

Paul was predeceased by his parents, Alda Grace Adeline (Moore) Wood and William Ray Wood.

Paul had a variety talents and employment and always worked extremely hard at anything he did. For the greatest portion of his life, Paul found work in the outdoors most fulfilling – and loved all opportunities to work with his hands. 

Paul had the kindest heart, amazing spirit, his selflessness knew no bounds, his unique laugh could be recognized by all who knew him. He brought joy to everyone around him and was the first person to offer help to friends, family or strangers. Paul was blessed with many, many friends who loved and adored him, many of which have been friends for more than 50 years. Paul was very involved in volunteering in the community and with the legion.

Paul loved his sports – football, baseball, hockey etc. He loved to golf, fish, party, play cards and spend time visiting his family in Calgary. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his family, extended family and exceptional friends.

Many thanks to Homecare nurses Rita, Val, Valerie and a special nurse and sister Anne. A very special thank you to Dr. H. Solow and Dr. Brian St. John for your care and support during Paul’s illness.

A CELEBRATION of Paul “WOODY” Wood’s life will take place at Royal Canadian Uxbridge Legion, 109 Franklin Street, Uxbridge on Sunday, November 30th from 1 - 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations on Paul’s behalf can be made to the Stouffville Lions Club; the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 170 Uxbridge or a charity of your choosing.

YOUNG, Donald Patrick Young - Obituary | Print |

YOUNG, Donald Patrick -

Peacefully on November 23, 2014 at age 76. Beloved father of Tricia (Jimmy).

Proud grandfather of Conor.

Lovingly remembered by brothers Roy and Alvin and sisters Maisie, Joyce and Fay. A Funeral

Service will be held in Markham, on Sunday, November 30th.  Private Cremation.

If desired, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.


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