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GOMES, Mary 'Ursula' Gomes Obituary | Print |

GOMES, Mary 'Ursula' -

Gomes_Ursula(1918 - 1014)

Born in Nooten Zuil, British Guiana (Guyana), passed away peacefully at the Waterford Long Term Care Residence in Oakville, Ontario on November 17, 2014.

Predeceased in September 2014 by her loving husband of 74 years, Nick Gomes.

Ursula wil be deeply missed by her six children, Joan, (Andre), Anne (Ernie), Carole, Michael (Valerie), Patrick (Louise), and Marilyn (Bill). Ursula (Sugar, Mom, Granny, GG) will be forever remembered by all of those family and friends whose lives she touched and supported.

Her children will be eternally grateful for a loving mother on whom they could always rely. She leaves behind children

Our deepest gratitude goes to the staff at the Waterford facility in Oakville for their constant compassionate care.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 21st at 10 am at St. Matthew's Parish, 1150 Monks Passage, Oakville, followed by burial.

GUDDAT, Guenther Guddat Obituary | Print |

GUDDAT, Guenther -

Guddat_GuentherPassed away peacefully on November 17, 2014 at Milton Hospital, at the age of 88.

Beloved husband of Margaret, with whom he was married for 52 years. Loving father of Sonja and Monica and proud grandfather of Eric, Xander, Mira and Marlon.

Guenther was born in Seckenburg, Germany and served in the German Army as a teenager, seeing many countries as a prisoner of war.

He moved to Canada in 1953 to start a new life as a watchmaker, met Margaret (Rapp) and together they opened Plaza Jewellers in Burlington in 1962, which they ran for 27 years.

Guenther's life was enhanced by his love of music, poetry and his beautiful property, riding his lawnmower until a few weeks before he left us. His family gave him his greatest joy, and he will be missed and fondly remembered in our hearts.

The family will receive friends at home during this time and a formal service will be held in the Spring.

HALL, Robert John 'Bob' Hall Obituary | Print |

HALL, Robert John 'Bob' -

Hall_BobSuddenly, at his Oakville home with his family by his side, Bob passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the age of 58.

Beloved husband of Franci Carr, loving father of Kenton and Evan Carr-Hall and much missed brother of Doug (sister-in-law Barb and family of Fruitvale BC) and Jim (sister-in-law Sharon and family of Chatham ON); sisters and brothers-in-law Glenna Carr and Alan Gordon and Cassie Carr-Harris and Robert Harris and family (Toronto); and Welsh family of Niagara-on-the Lake.

Bob is predeceased by his parents Bertha and Stewart Hall (Burlington).

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm, at Maple Grove United Church, 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville ON L6J 4V5. A reception and celebration of Bob's life will follow afterwards. No visitation prior to service.

Bob grew up in St. Catharines, attended high school in Montreal and studied civil engineering at University of New Brunswick before earning his Masters in transportation engineering and planning. He returned to Burlington where he turned his creative mind into a career that successfully merged transportation, logistics and his love of computers. Bob transitioned his start-up IT consulting business into a lengthy career full of innovative accomplishments as Chief Information Officer with Speedy Transport in Brampton.

As a young man Bob’s zest for active participation in hockey, baseball, football, golf and curling, gradually transformed into coaching peewee baseball in Burlington and later supporting his own his sons’ soccer and football teams in Oakville. He launched the Oakville Titans Football Team in 2009 and led them to the South Central Ontario Football League “AAA” Jr. Varsity Championship in their inaugural year.

Bob was a man of many talents and interests from playing piano sonatas to guitar hero, from creating a state of the art transportation dispatch system to a news-worthy Lego replica structure of Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium. He was an avid golfer and joined the Burlington Golf and Country Club as a junior member. He always found time to head down the road to root for his beloved Buffalo Bills football team where he was a season ticket holder since the 70’s.

Bob was a wonderful family man with a kind and generous heart he will be missed by all he touched. Go Bills Go!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association at

HALL, Stephen Edward Hall - Obituary | Print |

HALL, Stephen Edward -

Suddenly at Scarborough General Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2014. Stephen Hall was in his 58th year.

Loving father of Shawn (Jasmine) and proud grandfather of Brook.

Beloved son of Emmeline and the late Leonard Hall Senior.

Cherished brother of Leonard (Rosalind) and Dawn. Uncle to Brandon. Lovingly remembered by Anne.

Service will be held in Burk's Falls, on Friday, November 21st.

If desired, memorial donations to the Burk's Falls Food Bank would be sincerely be appreciated by the family.


HODGE, Alice Hodge - Obituary | Print |

HODGE, Alice -

March 4, 1922 - November 17, 2014

Peacefully on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Union Villa in her 93rd year.

Beloved wife of the late Jim Hodge.

Much loved mother of Gloria Andersen and Jim Hodge. Dear mother-in-law of Bob Andersen and Linda Hodge.

Proud Nana of Jeff Andersen and Christine Geldart, Stacey Andersen, Dave and Gill Andersen, Carrie Britton, Jason Hodge; and great- grandchildren, Chris Renda, Briana Renda, Geoffrey Britton, Justin Britton, Katrina Andersen, Krysta Andersen, David Geldart, Olivia Andersen and Meghan Andersen. She will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews.

Service will be held in Markham, on Saturday, November 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Union Villa, the Alzheimer Society, or Central United Church would be appreciated.


HUGHES, Sherlie Hughes - Obituary | Print |

HUGHES, Sherlie

Peacefully at home on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the age of 82.

Beloved wife of Leonard for 53 years.

Loving mother of Adelle and Lenora Hopkins and her husband Michael.

Cherished grandmother of Ryan. Sherlie will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Service will be held in in Mississauga, on Friday, November 21st.


KEAST, George A.F. Keast - Obituary | Print |

KEAST, George A.F. -

Passed away at the age of 68, on Monday, November 17, 2014, after a lengthy battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

He passed away peacefully at Chartwell Aurora Nursing Home with his wife and sister-in-law by his side.

He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend Marjorie of 40 years.

The wonderful memories of boating on Georgian Bay, skiing, travelling, and their cats will be theirs forever. He was the son of the late Marion Keast (Wilcox) and the late Hermann Keast.

He will be greatly missed by his many family members and friends who provided much love, care and support.

Special thanks to the staff at Chartwell Aurora Nursing Home for the wonderful care, kindness and respect shown to George over the past two years.

As per George's wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life in the spring.


LA POSTA, Luigi La Posta - Obituary | Print |

LA POSTA, Luigi -

God called Luigi peacefully on November 17, 2014 at the age of 89.

He will be cherished by his loving wife Luisa and dear children Peter (Margaret) and Eliana (Michael Di Biase).

Proud grandfather of Stephen Di Biase (Nancy), Adrian Di Biase (Stella), Kristina (Gabriel Seca), Erika (Steve Soscia) and Andrew La Posta (fiancée Melissa).

He will be forever missed by all nine of his great- grandchildren. Luigi will rejoin his sisters in Heaven and be remembered by his sister Anna. He will be held dear in the hearts of his nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends. 

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church (8500 Islington Ave., south of Langstaff Rd.).

If so desired, donations in memory of Luigi may be made to the SickKids Foundation.


Le MARQUAND, Donald Albert Le Marquand - Obituary | Print |

Le MARQUAND, Donald Albert -

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Don, who passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 78, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Loving and devoted husband of Pat and caring father to sons Brant (Debra) and Dean (predeceased) (Melissa). Cherished brother of Dianne and Ian (Laura) and brother-in-law Garth. Very proud grandfather of Erik and Megan. Step-grandfather of Grace and Eden, step-great-grandfather of Emilia.

Predeceased by his parents Albert and Irene.

Don will be held in the hearts of his many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Memorial service to be held in Scarborough, on Saturday, November 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Children's Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice.


LOUCAS, Telemahos 'Mike' Loucas - Obituary | Print |

LOUCAS, Telemahos 'Mike' -

With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Mike on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the age of 83.

Beloved husband of Fanny "Nina" for 62 years.

Loving father to John and Paul.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service will take place at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.


MARKSON, Joseph Edward (Markowski) Markson - Obituary | Print |

MARKSON, Joseph Edward (Markowski) -

December 11, 1932 - November 17, 2014

We celebrate the loving and faithful life of Joe Markson, who passed away after a valiant battle with cancer at St. Michael's Hospital, on Monday, November 17, 2014, in his 82nd year.

Brother to Edward and the late Jenny; dear husband of Margaret for 54 years; loving and kind father of Joseph (Alicia), James (Carol), Maureen Lamb (Patrick), Anne and Catherine McGovern (Damian) ; and joyful, proud and greatly loved grandpa to his eight grandchildren, Matthew, Christian, James, Andrew, Amelia, Jack, Julia and Leah. Joe was the devoted son of Polish immigrants, Boleslaw and Amelia Markowski. He was born in Calgary and raised in Hamilton.

Joe attended and played football for Cathedral High School. The Cathedral Gaels were the Ontario Red Feather Champions and Joe won the most valuable player award in 1951.

Joe became the first Canadian to receive a full football scholarship to play for Notre Dame. Wearing No. 43, Joe played on the 1953 Notre Dame undefeated football team coached by Frank Lahey. Joe graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1962.

Joe and Margaret raised their growing family in Mississauga where he practiced law for most of his career in the firm of Weir & Markson. Joe lit up dark rooms and our hearts with his irresistible smile and a voice that carried through walls. He was happiest when he was with his family.

We love and thank him for countless treasured memories and priceless gifts, among them: Walt Disney World, jazz singers, old movies, the cottage years, education and the eternal gifts of faith, family, unconditional love and teaching us how to pray. 

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 11 Peter St. S., Mississauga, on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Joe was a devout Catholic and he had an affection for the homeless.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Toronto Central Council.


McCARTHY, Patrick James McCarthy Obituary | Print |

McCARTHY, Patrick James -

McCarthy_PatrickPeacefully, our loving husband, father, grandfather passed away Monday, November 17th, 2014 in his 93rd year.

Husband of 59 years to Dorothy (Fritz), Father of Thomas (Lori), James (Michele), John (Karen), and Eugene (Debbie), and inspirational Grandfather to Trevor, Joshua, Brendan, Ryan, Jacqueline, Melissa, Nathan, Jeremy, Justin, Christian, Jonathan, and Stephen.

Patrick was born in Mountsberg, Ont. to Charles and Mary McCarthy (Mooney) and is survived by brother Edward and sister Margaret.  Predeceased by brothers Charles, Jack, Bernard and Paul, and sisters, Mary, Anne, Loretta, Dorothy, and Sarah.

Patrick retired after 38 years at Dofasco and returned to his farming roots. His incredible work ethic was surpassed only by his Catholic Faith and Love for his Family.

Special thanks to the staff at Billings Court Manor for their compassionate care.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 2016 Blairholm Avenue, Burlington on Friday at 11 am.

For those who wish, as an expression of sympathy, a donation to the charity of their choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

“God needed a field cleared of stones and called on Patrick."

McNEIL, Eileen Rosemary McNeil - Obituary | Print |

McNEIL, Eileen Rosemary -

Of Toronto, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2014 at the age of 87.

Predeceased by her parents William and Christina (nee Fraser) McNeil and her sister Jean.

Will forever be loved and remembered by her sister Helen, niece Sylvia, nephews Brian and John, grandnieces: Geneviève, Heather, Joelle and Lisa and grandnephew Benjamin.

As a child growing up in Toronto, Eileen and her family lived on Sellers Avenue and later on Harvie Avenue. She and her two older sisters attended Earlscourt Public School. Although Jean and Helen attended Oakwood Collegiate, Eileen insisted on entering the new Northern Secondary School where she was an excellent student, earning prizes for her proficiency in typing and shorthand.

Eileen will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched and brightened. Her family and friends meant everything to her.

Service will be held in Toronto, on Tuesday, December 16th.

If desired, donations in Eileen's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


MILNER, James H. Milner - Obituary | Print |

MILNER, James H. -

Mr. Jim passed away on November 17, 2014.

Loving husband of Joan Baer, dear father of Sheridan Nakai (deceased), Lynne Milner, Melanie Pon (Malcolm), Rhys Milner and Michelle Milner (Jason).

Doting Grandpa of Celeste, James, Katja, Eric, Alexandra and C.J. Great friend of Peter, Cindy and Allison Varcoe. Born in 1931, Jim came to Canada from York, England, in 1951 with eight dollars in his pocket.

He worked at whatever he could find, eventually ending up at the CBC where he retired as a Lighting Director.

Jim and Joan travelled extensively, most notably to Belize, Nepal and Australia.

He loved spending time at his cottage on Loon Lake and was known to raise a glass or two. Mr. Jim was a very generous person, especially to those he loved. He had a larger than life personality and we will all miss him. Oh God, yes!

A celebration to follow in the new year.


MIRANDA, Manuel Mairanda - Obituary | Print |


Passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 70 years.

Beloved husband of Maria for 47 years.

Loving father of Joe (Kim), Nelson (Carol-Anne), Steve (Kristianne).

Avó of Alex, Carter, Aidan and Jaxson. Manuel will also be dearly missed by his large extended family and many friends.

Resting at the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME, 124 King Street East, Oshawa on Friday November 21, 2014 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 11 am. Interment Thornton Cemetery, Oshawa.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated, and may be made by visiting

MOHAN, Rita Mary Mohan - Obituary | Print |

MOHAN, Rita Mary -

Passed away at the Toronto East General Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2014 in her 57th year.

Predeceased by her parents Florence and Jay (John).

Beloved wife of Wayne Windebank.

Loving mother of Ashley. Dear sister of Michael (Angie), June (the late Jack) and Patsy (Martin). She will be greatly missed by cousin Daniel, her aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.

Rita worked at the Heritage Nursing Home and Chester Village as a personal support worker.

Memorial will be held in Scarborough, on Saturday, November 22nd.


OLYMPIOS, Menelaus Michael Olympios - Obituary | Print |

OLYMPIOS, Menelaus Michael -

Passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Scarborough General Hospital.

Beloved husband of Violet. Dear brother-in-law to Joeannah Morrison.

Cherished uncle to James and Linda Morrison and Lori Gaetano and great-uncle to Kerry, Andrew, Jeffrey, Emily and Jennifer.

Mike will by fondly remembered by extended family and friends.

Memorial visitation will be held in Scarborough, on Saturday, November 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses.


PALMER, Iola Palmer - Obituary | Print |

PALMER, Iola -

Retired clerk, Bolton Post Office; member of Humberdale Rebekah Lodge, No. 163, Bolton for 72 years; member of Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 371, Bolton

Peacefully at Eden Villa Retirement Centre, Chatham, on Monday, November 17, 2014, Iola Gordon, born August 13, 1924, at Bolton.

Beloved wife of the late Norman Palmer, Bolton. Dear mother of Barry and his wife Suzanne Palmer, Chatham; Robert (deceased) and his wife Laura Palmer, Caledon. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Tracey, Jessica and Norman.

Loving great- grandmother of Kennedy and Logan.

Funeral service will be held in Bolton, on Monday morning, November 24th.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, Peel Region, 40 Finchgate Blvd., Suite 214, Brampton L6T 3J1 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.


ROSATI, Rosalina Rosati - Obituary | Print |

ROSATI, Rosalina -

Born in the town of Roccamorice, Abruzzo on February 6, 1933.

Passed away suddenly at her home on November 17, 2014.

She is reunited with her late husband Angiolino.

She will be missed dearly by her sons Graziano and Mario and his wife Luisa. Dear Nonna to Alicia and Nicholas.

She will be sadly missed by her longtime caregivers Beda, Vicky and Purry.

Funeral Mass on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Roch's Church (2889 Islington Ave.) with entombment to follow.


SANSANO, Michael Sansano - Obituary | Print |

SANSANO, Michael -

Owner and Operator of Nino's Auto Service, Toronto Suddenly at his home on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the age of 61.

Beloved husband of 33 years to Maureen Sansano (nee Croken).

Loving father to Michelle (Michael Bertolini), Brian and Sean. Cherished son of Colomba Sansano and the late Antonio. Dear brother of Nino (Nancy) and Anna DeLuca (Vince). Michael will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, family and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health would be appreciated.


STONEBURGH, Daniel 'Dan' Stoneburgh - Obituary | Print |

STONEBURGH, Daniel 'Dan' -

Dan passed away at home on November 27, 2014.

Beloved son of Norman and Dolores.

Loving Dad of Tyler, Ariadne, Quinn and Eden.

Brother to Blake, Cheryl, Terri-Lynn and Jim. Nephew of Norma.

Dan will be deeply missed by his many friends and family.

Service will held in Mississauga, on Thursday, December 4th.


SUDDICK, Paul Patrick - Obituary | Print |

SUDDICK, Paul Patrick -

Passed away suddenly but peacefully on November 17, 2014 at his home with Cindy by his side.

Paul is survived by his wife, best friend, and soul mate Cindy Rumney. Dearly beloved son of Patrick Joseph Suddick and Mary (nee) Walsh (predeceased), loving brother of Peter (Deborah), Michael (Mary), Jane (Paul), and Mark.

Sadly missed by mother-in-law Mary, Becky, Paul and Mary, his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and by his two loyal companions BB King and Lucille.

Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of life for Paul, on November 29th from 1-4 p.m. in the apartment common room at 1680 Ellesmere Ave. E.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.


SYLVESTER, David Joseph Sylvester - Obituary | Print |

SYLVESTER, David Joseph -

Sylvester_Dave(February 2, 1965 - November 17, 2014)

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, David peacefully succumbed to his illness at Credit Valley Hospital on the evening of November 17, 2014.

This is truly a terrible loss for Dave’s friends and family, the Mircom family, and the Fire and Life Safety industry at large. As many of you are aware, Dave was diagnosed with the return of Stage-4 cancer approximately one year ago. Over time, this terrible disease wracked his body, but it did not take his brilliant mind and unbreakable spirit until the very last day.

Dave’s positive outlook on life, even during the most difficult of times, was inspirational – even contagious.  He was infectious in his enthusiasm, future thinking in his approach to safety, and was genuinely engaged in making the world a better and safer place. He was a truly unique and irreplaceable human being.

Dave has always been very passionate about his work, enjoying an impressive career. In the early 1980s, Dave started out installing fire alarm systems as an apprentice electrician, later becoming a Master Electrician/Electronic Technician. Dave gained over 22 years of engineering experience, within fire protection and life safety systems and with related services, as a designer, building systems manager and consultant.

Additionally, Dave was a working member of multiple ULC committees and provided instruction for Seneca College’s Fire Protection Engineering Program and George Brown College’s Electrical Pre-exam training program. Dave’s work has been published and he has written countless on-line and in-class courses for the fire alarm industry.

Mircom was very lucky to employ an individual such as Dave. In the short two years he has been with the
company, Dave set in motion countless positive changes that have helped Mircom and our team grow, improve and expand. We are a better place to work and learn as a result of his impact.

He leaves behind his loving wife Lucia, his two daughters Samantha and Madison, parents Gina and Len Sylvester, brother Paul (Audra), mother-in-law Wanda Wiszniewski, brothers-in-law John Wiszniewski (Cristina and Andrei Belcin) and Peter Wiszniewski (Ursula and Maxwell). Predeceased by father-in-law Feliks Wiszniewski. David will be greatly missed by family, friends and associates.

Dave will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. We will no doubt always remember Dave – our close friend, colleague, and mentor – with heartfelt fondness and a smile on our faces.
Thoughts and prayers, Mark Falbo.

Arrangements out of Oakville. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Merciful Redeemer Church, 2775 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga on Tuesday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Trillium Centre Health Partners or the Dave Sylvester Wishing Well Fund (through any CIBC Transit No. 09232010, Account No. 1017314).

Sincere appreciation is extended to Drs. Sauls, Kagan, Myers, Hayter, Woolfson, Hason and all the nurses and staff that provided such loving care and exceptional attention to David.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


THOMPSON, Maisie (Lewis) Thompson - Obituary | Print |

THOMPSON, Maisie (Lewis) -

Peacefully at Mill Creek Care Centre in Barrie, on November 17, 2014, in her 102nd year.

Predeceased by her husband, Gerry. Dear mother of Judy (Dave, deceased), Sandra (Dave); very proud gramma to Kelly and Paul (Lauren) and gigi to Todd and Camden. She lived her life to the fullest. She was a receptionist for Dr. Hollis and for Dr. Millar (26+ years).

Then at age 55 she took up golf. She was a member at many courses both in Florida and Ontario.

Watching the "Toronto Blue Jays" was her other passion. Cremation has taken place.

As per her wishes, there will be no service.

A private gathering will take place at a later date.

Many thanks to all the staff at Mill Creek, especially 3E. Mom/Gramma/GiGi, you will be in our hearts forever. Rest in peacedpuf.


TRIMBLE, Dorothy Irene (nee Robertson) Trimble - Obituary | Print |

TRIMBLE, Dorothy Irene (nee Robertson) -   "Express Condolences"

Trimble_DorothyMay 10, 1923 - November 16, 2014

(written by the late William Burbage Smyth Trimble)

Dorothy died peacefully in Aurora on Sunday November 16, 2014 at the age of 91 years.

The name Dorothy means "Gift from God" and her life fulfilled the promise of her name.

Her life was one of love and service. During World War II she was on the staff of the Toronto Branch of the Red Cross Society. She was a member of the Margaret Scott Circle of the Big Sister Association. Her volunteer work included the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Hospital Auxiliary of York Central Hospital, and she was co-founder of HELP, which later became the Vaughan Community Information Service from which CHATS of York Region evolved. In 1975 her husband Bill took a three-year educational assignment in Lesotho, Africa, through the Canadian International Development Agency.

While in Lesotho, Dorothy did volunteer work as Field Director for Save The Children Fund, Lesotho, and administered sponsorships for Unitarian Service Committee Canada and Oxfam England.

But first and foremost was her devotion to her family – her husband of sixty-three years, the late William Burbage Smyth Trimble; daughters Catherine Rennie Wolfe, Dorothy Virginia Walsh (Frederick Michael Walsh), Margaret Elizabeth Norrie, son Alan Ross Trimble (Andrea Margaret Kirsten Roth); grandchildren Martin Vinton Wolfe (Karen Anne Hislop), Heather Jerrine Wolfe, Thomas Philip Walsh (Elizabeth Chen), Alan Michael Walsh, Mira Anne Grace Trimble, Joshua Mackay, Oliver Mackay, Rebecca Samara Norrie Alton (Eric Leroy Thomas Alton), Hannah Elissa Norrie; and great grandsons Henry John Wolfe, Alexander William Martin Wolfe, Jonah William Wolfe, Frederick William Walsh, Simon Benjamin Alton and Gabriel Nathan Alton.

Dorothy was the sister of the late Margaret Jean Carruthers. Dorothy and her family very much appreciated the many kindnesses and care shown to Dorothy by friends and staff of Sunrise Aurora and to Dr. Norman Kalyniuk. Dorothy was a member of Yonge Street Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers).

She believed that each person is endowed with a touch of divinity and treated everyone accordingly.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Quaker Meeting House, 17030 Yonge Street, Newmarket.

Arrangements entrusted to THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora 905 727-5421 L4G 6W8.

If desired, donations may be made in memory of Dorothy to The Religious Society of Friends, Yonge Street Meeting, P.O. Box 71625, Newmarket Ontario L4G 6S9 or Canadian Friends Service Committee, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto Ontario M5R 1C7.



WATSON, John (Jack) Mathew Watson - Obituary | Print |

WATSON, John (Jack) Mathew - 

Watson_JohnWorld War II Veteran, Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather

(January 22, 1924 – November 17, 2014)

After a full and much loved life, Dad was sadly taken from us to be reunited with his loving wife of 49 years, Leonora Joyce Watson.

For the last 16 years, Dad lived with his youngest son Randy, wife Karen, and his grandchildren Erin (Riccardo), Kyla (Bryon), and Brett in one big happy household. Dad will also be dearly missed by his eldest son Gary and grandson Logan. Dad will be forever remembered by his four grandchildren as their beloved “Poppa”.

Dad was a World War II Veteran with the Air Force as a Private from 1934 - 1936 and worked overseas as an engineer on fighter planes, and other war aircraft, joining the Army from 1936-1937 in the rank of Sergeant.

Dad returned home to meet the love of his life, and raised two beautiful sons, enjoying weekends at the cottage with Joyce on Long Island, Rice Lake. Dad worked for the Toronto Board of Education up to his retirement, and devoted his years to the Royal Canadian Legion as Member and Officer. 

Jack enjoyed watching golf finals every Sunday, followed by a Prime Rib and Yorkshire pudding dinner, and in recent years watching the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays, and enjoying life with his dear companion, Agnes Ward.

At Dad’s request, we will have a celebration of life in his honour with his dearest friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, we ask kindly ask that donations be made in his name to Cancer Care at the Lakeridge Health Foundation.

Our family extends very special thanks to Dr. Stephen and Marnie Stern for their loving care and support - it was above and beyond! Our family is also very appreciative of those who helped to keep Dad safe and comfortable – thank you to Nurse Nancy, the Central East CCAC and Personal Support Workers, and also Veterans Affairs.

A very heartfelt thank you to the team at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, including the nurses and doctors of the sixth floor and palliative care for their tender care, and to his very own "Special K" who was alongside him til’ the end.

Legends never die. You will live on in our hearts forever. Until we meet again.


WILCOX, Lena May (Jackson) Wilcox - Obituary | Print |

WILCOX, Lena May (née Jackson) -    "View Family Photos & Express Condolences"

Wilcox_LenaMarch 3, 1928 - November 17, 2014

It is with a deep sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of a wonderful woman, Lena May Wilcox, in her 87th year at Toronto East General Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2014.

Born in South River, ON, on March 3, 1928, she spent most of her life raising children in Toronto.

Much- loved wife of 64 years of Fred, inspirational mother of Terry Brannigan (Gus), Jill Genno (friend Rocco) and Glenn Wilcox (Karin), cherished grandma of Charlene May Genno and Darren and Jennifer Wilcox. She is survived by her sisters Sarah Edwards and Jean Jackson, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and good friends, including Mary and Richard.

Sadly predeceased by her father and mother Herbert and Ethel Jackson, siblings Mary and Mabel and son-in-law Stanley Genno.

She will be fondly remembered as an independent, strong-willed woman who cared for many others and had great love for, and pride in, her family. She was an incredible homemaker and especially enjoyed baking, sewing, knitting, quilting and visits to the farms.

The family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and nurses of H7 at Toronto East General Hospital and CCAC for the amazing care and compassion offered Lena and her family.

Visitation will be held at GIFFEN-MACK DANFORTH FUNERAL HOME Interment will be in South River Cemetery at a later date.

Lena would be delighted if a donation were made to the Grace Anglican Church, PO Box 662, South River, ON, P0A 1X0.

Messages of condolence may be placed at .

She will be enormously missed.



WRIGHT, Samuel Lewis Wright - Obituary | Print |

WRIGHT, Samuel Lewis -

August 19, 1920 - November 17, 2014

Lew passed away peacefully on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Humber Heights Retirement Home in Etobicoke.

He was 94 years of age. Born and raised in the Humber Bay area of Toronto, Lew attained the rank of sergeant during the Second World War and served in Ireland with the RCAF for 4 years. He returned from war and graduated from Victoria College and briefly taught high school English and Physical Education.

He built his home in Etobicoke and started a family. He built several flourishing businesses over the years, continuing to work past 90.

Predeceased by his parents Samuel Lindley and Lila Edna and sisters Marjorie and Lila, he is survived by his sister Emma. His younger brother Joe was killed in Europe soon after D-Day in WWII.

Lew was an enduring fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a season ticket holder of each team for many years.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jean and his much loved sons Guy (Rizwana) and Joe. He was the proud grandfather of Asher, Arman, Celeste and Max.

In view of Lew's indifference to funerals, a memorial event will be held.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his name to Save the Children.


AHERNE, Elizabeth Ann 'Lillie' (Blake) Aherne Obituary | Print |

AHERNE, Elizabeth Ann 'Lillie' (Blake) -

Aherne_LillieLillie Aherne was an active, going concern until Sunday, November 16, 2014, when she passed away at her home in Guelph at age 91.

Elizabeth Ann "Lillie" (Blake) Aherne, wife of the late Brendan Aherne, formerly of Acton.

Loving mother of Brenda Aherne of Guelph and Sean and Cindi Aherne of Acton. Dear Gramma of Brendan and Jen, Tessa and Ryan and Eilish and John. Great Gramma of Charlie and Isla.

Survived by sister, Josie and brothers, Thomas, Dennis, Geoffrey and Brendan. Predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Sean, and two sisters, Maimie and Angela.

Lillie was a long-time employee of St. Joseph's Hospital, Guelph. She will be remembered for her welcoming hospitality, her world wide circle of friends and her dedication to family. She was an advocate for the environment, nature and animal welfare.

Arrangements out of Acton. Family and friends will gather for Parish Prayers on Friday at 4 p.m. at St. John's. The Christian funeral mass will be at St. John's Catholic Church, 45 Victoria Rd. N., Guelph, Saturday, November 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to an animal welfare charity or a charity of your choice.

BETTS, Stephanie Jean Betts Obituary | Print |

BETTS, Stephanie Jean -

Betts_StephanieAfter a courageous battle with brain cancer, Stephanie passed away peacefully in Oakville surrounded by her family on November 16, 2014 at the age of 23.

Stephanie was the precious daughter of Barbara and Robert (Bob) and dear older sister to Brian.

She is survived by her maternal grandparents, Hella and Klaus Stahl (London, ON); paternal grandmother, Jean Betts (Jemseg, NB); aunts and uncles Michael and Diana Stahl (London, ON) and Bruce Betts (Maugerville, NB).

Stephanie was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Donald Betts (Jemseg, NB). Stephanie will be deeply missed by her extended family and friends.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Guelph in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science, Honours Program. An avid equestrian, Stephanie enjoyed the camaraderie, friendship and competition on the Ontario Hunter-Jumper Association Circuit.

Palgrave was her happy place. As an animal lover, Steph collected many animal friends over the years including her current mount Balou (horse), companion Bridgeport (dog), and Oliver and Ophelia (cats).

Stephanie’s family wishes to thank the passionate teams of physicians and nurses at the University Health Network (Dr. Warren Mason, Dr. Catherine Maurice, Dr. Caroline Chung, Dr. Coleman Rotstein, and Dr. Eugene Chang) for their professional care. In particular, they wish to acknowledge Dr. Gregory Thompson for his diligence, advocacy, and stand in as uncle during her in-patient treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital, Lorna Brown for her compassion at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and family physician Dr. Petra Tziougras for her care over many years, particularly in the palliative stage.

Funeral Service to be held in Oakville on Thursday, November 20th. Private interment to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations in Stephanie’s name to the Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre (Princess Margaret Hospital), the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre (SickKids Foundation), The Dog Rescuers, Inc., or a charity of your choosing.

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