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MARTIN, Edward Stuart 'Ted' Martin - Obituary | Print |

MARTIN, Edward Stuart 'Ted' -

Passed away peacefully December 13, 2013, age 83, at Community Nursing Home, Pickering, Ontario.

Ted was born on March 10, 1930 in Toronto.

He is survived and remembered by his brother Bob and his wife Myrna; also, his brother Don. He was beloved "Uncle Ted" to his nephew Bob (Kathryn) and niece Diane (Dave); great-uncle to Ryan (Jennifer), Rachel (Andrew), Brad and Steve; great-great-uncle to Ben, Jillian and Payslie. The whole of Ted's working life was at The University of Toronto, Wallberg Memorial Building, where he retired after more than 40 years of service.

He was a keen sports enthusiast closely following the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs; collecting their regalia, mementos and programs. He regularly attended their games and in later years avidly followed the play by play on radio, preferring this to TV coverage. His heroes were Foster Hewitt and Gerry Howarth.

Ted was a dedicated equipment manager for many years at Ted Reeve Arena. Come the summer, Ted turned his energies to the Beaches Baseball League at Kew Gardens and worked for decades in its organization. On his retirement from baseball at Kew Gardens, the championship trophy was dedicated in his name. Always a kind and gentle person, Ted made friends, and they were legion, wherever he went. In his retirement he particularly enjoyed and looked forward to visits with his extended family.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Community Nursing Home. Cremation has taken place.

A service will be held for family and friends at a date to be announced.

Donations in Ted's memory may be made to the Salvation Army.

MATTHEWS, James Joseph Mary St. John Matthews - Obituary | Print |

MATTHEWS, James Joseph Mary St. John -

April 26, 1952 - December 13, 2013

Suddenly at the age of 61, our brother Jim passed away from a stroke.

Jim was predeceased by his mother, Catherine O'Driscoll Matthews, his father, Benjamin Francis Matthews, and his youngest brother, Paul Lawrence Matthews. Jim leaves behind his sister, Mary (Jim Archer-Shee), brothers, Anthony, Ben, and Stephen (Margaret Lindsay), and nephews, Nick and Fraser Abe, and Ryan and Adam Matthews. Jim also leaves behind his girlfriend, Vanessa Humble and her children, Danny and Jordon.

Jim was born on a freighter boat off the coast of St. John in very stormy weather. His love affair with boating continued throughout his life, and he particularly enjoyed sailing and competing in the sport. Ironically, Jim suffered his massive stroke while out boating in stormy weather with friends. Jim had numerous interests but his most passionate was rebuilding the farmhouse in Ireland where his mother was born.

Located in the south of Ireland, Jim spent much of his retired life repairing, renovating, and generally upgrading the homestead.

It was a privilege to have him in our life, and we will treasure the memory of him in our hearts, forever.

A Memorial Service will be held in Toronto on Friday, December 20th at 3:00 p.m.

If desired and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Santa Comes to Bay Street, 121 King Street West, Suite 1820, Toronto.


McCARTHY, Thérèse (nee Hogg) McCarthy - Obituary | Print |

McCARTHY, Thérèse (nee Hogg) -

1917 - 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Alice Thérèse McCarthy (Terry), on December 13, 2013 at the age of 96, at North York General Hospital.

She was the loving wife for over 52 years of the late Group Captain (Ret'd) Joseph Porter McCarthy (1999). Terry was also widowed, after an all too brief marriage, from her first husband Jack O'Brien (1942) who was lost while valiantly serving his country during WWII.

After a long and eventful life Terry will be sadly missed by her children Michael O'Brien (Joan), Linda Gobbo (Albert), Paul (Karen), Brian (Janice) and her last remaining sibling, Joan. Cherished grandmother to Christine, Liam, Sean, Ryan, Tara, Meagan, Patrick and great- grandmother to Riley, Sloane, Oscar, Leeroy and Arlo.

Born to Jeanne and Russell Hogg in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Terry was considered the 'matriarch' by Joan and her predeceased siblings, Russell, Isabel and Marguerite. Terry and Joe built a loving and happy life together taking their growing family to live in many far flung places and she was the consummate Air Force spouse. Terry will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of friends. The family would like to recognize the caring assistance provided by Amica at Bayview and CCAC during her final years.

A visitation will be held in the Gathering Place at St. Gabriel's Passionist Parish (670 Sheppard Ave. E., North York) starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m.

A light reception will follow the Mass in the Gathering Place of the church followed by interment.

Terry was an avid and longtime supporter of ShareLife.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made at


McKAY, Donald Pratt McKay, Obituary | Print |

McKAY, Donald Pratt -

(1927 - 2013)

Passed away peacefully, on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Willowgrove Residence.

The family thanks the staff of Flamboro Wing for their compassionate care.

Donald was a 39 year employee of International Harvester and an officer in the R.H.L.I. Reserve.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna Lee (nee Batzold), his children, son Scott (grandsons Sean and Mark), daughter Leslie Thornley (John), brothers, Doug (Marilyn), Gordon (Maureen), David (Ginny) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has already taken place with interment in Hamilton.

For those who wish, Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Assistance Program, 569 Concession Street, Hamilton.

MILLER, Garton Stuart Miller - Obituary | Print |

MILLER, Garton Stuart -    "Express Condolences"

August 4, 1924 - December 13, 2013

Passed peacefully at his home on Friday, December 13, 2013 in his 90th year.

Son of the late Sarah and Thomas Miller. Brother of Robert Miller.

Predeceased by his brothers Austin and Raymond and his sister Grace.

"Gar" was a true "Cabbagetown Boy" and he thrilled us with many stories from his childhood.

At his request there will be no funeral service and cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hospital for Sick Children, Canadian Cancer Society or Beth Tzedec Synagogue would be appreciated.



NELSON, Lilian Elsie Nelson, Obituary | Print |

NELSON, Lilian Elsie -

(1913 - 2013)

After a long and happy life, Lilian passed away peacefully on December 13, 2013, in Hamilton surrounded by her family.

Lilian was known for her positive attitude and wonderful sense of humour, both of which she carried until the end.

Lilian will be deeply missed her children Cheryl and David (Cheryl). "Grandma" is fondly remembered by her grandchildren Jade, Joelle, Tanya, Josh, Todd and Kailey as well as her 11 great-grandchildren.

Lilian is predeceased by her husband William Nelson and her son-in-law Jim.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hamilton SPCA would be appreciated by the family.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"

NORTHEIM, Louis Northeim - Obituary | Print |


Louis passed away on December 13, 2013 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital at the age of 80.

Loving husband of Stella. Proud father of Patricia. Louis was the owner/operator of Louis Haulage Ltd.

Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with p

Private family arrangements in Fort Erie.

If so desired, donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


O'HANLON, Mairead O'Hanlon - Obituary | Print |

O'HANLON, Mairead -

(Whitby, ON)

December 13, 2013 Peacefully at home we regret the passing of Mairead O'Hanlon, age 47.

Beloved wife of Tim Willie, loving mother of Caleb and Sarah.

Daughter of James and the late Maureen.

Sadly missed by sisters Fiona and Siobhan, brother Seamus, step-mother Carol, step-sisters Alexandra and Katherine and step-brother Andrew, brother-in-law Conrad and sisters-in-law Ciara and Hannah, mother-in-law Barbara, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephew and large circle of relatives and friends in Canada and Ireland.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the ALS Society.

Service in Pickering, ON, on Tuesday, December 17th.


PIESKE-WOOD, Gertrud Pieske-Wood - Obituary | Print |

PIESKE-WOOD, Gertrud -

Quietly, in her sleep, angels came to accompany Gertrud Hellen Pieske-Wood nee Aderek to heaven.

She was born in Lyck, East Prussia, Germany on April 6, 1909 and died on December 13, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

She follows three good husbands, Hans Wittman, Thomas Wood and Erwin Pieske, her little daughter Traute Wittman and countless friends and family members. Gertrud leaves behind many dear friends, nieces and nephews, godchildren and step-children. She was also considered mother, Tante, church stalwart, social convener, party host, cottage host, match-maker, caregiver, chorister, traveller, helper to anyone in need, always with a friendly face, a blessed smile, a glad heart.

Her final celebration will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at St. George's Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.

It will include a worship service and lunch followed by interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Gertrud may be made to St. George's Lutheran Church.


SINKEVICIUS, Karen Sinkevicius Obituary | Print |


Sinkevicius_Karen(October 11, 1962 – December 13, 2013)

Passed away suddenly on December 13, 2013 at the age of 51.

Karen will be sadly missed by her loving husband John and daughters Amanda and Lindsay. Survived by her mother Agnes (Don) Kempen and predeceased by her father John Eden.

Lovingly remembered by sister Sandra (Don) Manning and brother David Eden. Dear daughter-in-law to Olga and the late Klemensas Sinkevicius. Sister-in-law to Ewald (Virgina). Loving aunt to Brad, Jeff, Chris, Lisa and Andrew.

Karen will be greatly missed by many other relatives, friends and co-workers at St. Joseph's Healthcare.

Special thanks to the staff of the St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton and the Hamilton General Hospital for all their care and compassion.

Funeral service will be held in Hamilton on Wednesday, December 18th. 

For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to the Kidney Dialysis Program at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton where Karen worked.

SKRZYPEK, Wanda Alvina (Nawrocki) Skrzypek - Obituary | Print |

SKRZYPEK, Wanda Alvina (nee Nawrocki) -

July 22, 1931 - December 13, 2013

Passed away while Sarah McLachlan sang quietly in the background and drew her final breath exactly at the line "You're in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here" with her son Rick and daughter-in-law Linda at her side.

Devoted wife to Augustin "Gus" Skrzypek (deceased), she was proud of her 3 sons, Stan (deceased), Rick (Linda nee Gottwald, Justin, Dean and Eric) and Michael (Lupita nee Morales Guzman, Miguel, Agustin and Victoria).

She was a proud grandmother of six who truly loved her daughters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church (186 Cowan Ave., Toronto) on Friday, December 20th at 11 a.m.


SMAUKSTELIS, Kazimirs Smaukstelis - Obituary | Print |


(September 18, 1923 – December 13, 2013)

The Visitation will take place at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 2Z7 on Tuesday,  December 17th from 10:00 AM  to 11:00 AM. 

The Funeral Service will take place in the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME Chapel 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax, ON, CANADA, L1T 2Z7 on Tuesday December 17th at 11:00 AM.

The Burial will follow and take place at Erskine Cemetery.


SPALTON, Ray Spalton - Obituary | Print |

SPALTON, Ray -   "Express Condolences"

Spalton_RaySeptember 4, 1931 - December 13, 2013

Peacefully at the Toronto East General Hospital on Friday, December 13, 2013 in his 82nd year.

Ray, beloved husband of Marlene.

Loving father of Shelly (Scott), Keith, Julie and her late husband Tom.

Dear Grandad of Denise, Shannon, Eric, Jennifer, Raymond, Steven, Lucas and Cooper.

Dear great-grandad of Carly and Jacob.

Friends and relatives will be received at the GIFFEN-MACK DANFORTH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. subway station), 416-698-3121, on Wednesday, December 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A service will follow in the Giffen-Mack Chapel at 5 p.m.

God saw Ray was getting tired
When a cure was not to be.

So He wrapped His arms around him
And whispered, "Come to Me".

In tears we saw him sinking,
We watched him fade away.
Our hearts were truly broken,
He fought so hard to stay.

But when we saw Ray sleeping
Peacefully and free from pain,
We could not wish him back
To suffer that again.

So keep Your arms around Ray, Lord,
And give him special care,
Make up for all he suffered,
That seemed to us unfair.

So many times we've needed him,
So many times we've cried.
If love could have saved him,
Ray never would have died



STONEHOUSE, Howard Stonehouse - Obituary | Print |


Passed away peacefully at Etobicoke General Hospital on Friday, December 13, 2013.

Beloved husband of Doris.

Will be lovingly remembered by his children Brian (Jayne) and Sharon (Steve).

Sadly missed by his grandchildren Karin, Andrew (June), Emily and Matthew and great-grandchildren Savannah, Hunter and Logan. 

Funeral service will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 17th.  Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your own choice.


SYMONDS, Wilfred (Fred) Symonds - Obituary | Print |

SYMONDS, Wilfred (Fred) -

Passed away peacefully in Aurora, Ontario on December 13, 2013 in his 78th year.

Loving husband to Louise.

Missed by the Burns family and his dear cousins Julie (Jim) and Marcia (Ed) and other family and friends.

Licensed Prospector, story teller, joyful and generous free spirit who touched many lives on his walk through life.

Many thanks to Willows Estate Staff.

Cremation has taken place. A service will take place in the spring.

Fondly Remembered.


TANAKA, Sawako Tanaka - Obituary | Print |

TANAKA, Sawako -

On December 13, 2013, Sawako Tanaka (nee Okada) passed away peacefully at the age of 96 surrounded by her loving family.

Beloved wife of 75 years to the late Kazuo and mother of Kay (Toru) Oda, May (Alan) Wilson, Bill (Jean) and Bob (Ann).

Loving Grandma of 9.

Proud Great-Grandma of 16.

Private family service/burial has already taken place.

She will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace, Mom.


TARREY, Christiane Barbara Tarrey - Obituary | Print |

TARREY, Christiane Barbara -

Tarrey_ChristianePassed away at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the age of 65.

Dearly loved wife of the late Hans Gunter Tarrey.

Loved daughter of Ursula Flechner of Germany and the late Paul.

Survived by her brother Bernhard also of Germany.

Christiane will be fondly remembered by her many friends and colleagues in Canada and overseas.

A celebration of Christiane’s life will be held in the near future.

Donations in Christiane’s memory may be made to the R.S. McLaughlin Cancer Center and would be appreciated.

Messages of condolence may be forwarded to

TAYLOR, Laura (nee Jehu) Taylor - Obituary | Print |

TAYLOR, Laura (nee Jehu) -

At Southlake Residential Care Village, 640 Grace Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2L1, on Friday, December 13, 2013 in her 104th year.

Loving mother of Phyllis Inch (the late Al), of Port Lambton, ON, and the late Graham Taylor (deceased April 10, 2013).

Survived by her daughter-in-law Lois Taylor of Newmarket. Cherished grandmother of Laurie Taylor of Newmarket; Bruce Taylor, his children Matthew and Joshua of Newmarket; Jill (Greg) Cumming, their children Tory, Sean and Sam of Barrie; and Kim (Chris) Walsh, their children Ryan, Jamie and Shannon of Barrie.

Laura worked as a school secretary at North Toronto Collegiate until she retired.

Cremation has taken place.


TOMLINSON, Jean Tomlinson - Obituary | Print |


Tomlinson_Jean(September 15, 1923 – December 13, 2013)

Peacefully at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital on Friday, December13, 2013 in her 91st year.

Jean Tomlinson, cherished Mother of Janet Massey and Terry and her husband John Laskey. Predeceased by her son Nelson and her husband Bill Tomlinson.

Loving Grandma to Jamie (Tina), Jonathon (DawnMichelle) and Allena. Great Grandma to Melanie and Megan.

Jean was an active member of the Pickering Village U.C.W. and the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Auxiliary. Jean will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Road, Pickering Village, (Ajax), 905 428-8488 on Wednesday, December 18th from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The Funeral Service will take place at Pickering Village United Church, 300 Church St N., Ajax, on Thursday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Donations to the Pickering Village United Church Women or the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be placed at


TORRANCE, Elsie Torrance, Obituary | Print |


Torrance_ElsiePassed away peacefully at Idlewyld Manor, Hamilton, on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the age of 98.

Elsie Torrance, beloved wife of the late Jim Torrance (1997). Dear mother of Norma Walker (Chris), John, and Nancy (Jud Burtis). Cherished grandmother of Christa, Laura, Craig, Jennifer, Peter and Kate. Adored great-grandmother of Cassandra, Daniel, Connor, Erin, Jack, Kyle, Matthew and Sammy.

Elsie is predeceased by her sister Verena Grisafi. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Burlington.  Cremation has taken place.

As an expression of sympathy, donations made to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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