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Vella MaryVELLA, Mary Patricia   - November 16, 1933 – April 25, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Mary Patricia Vella (nee Spiegelhalter) at the age of 87 at North York General Hospital on April 25, 2021 after a brief illness.

Daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Spiegelhalter. Sister to Helen (Peter) and the late William (Mary).

Beloved wife of loving husband Emanuel (Sam) Vella for almost 65 years, Mother to Catherine (Mark), Susan (Howard) and John (Elena).

Loving Grandmother to Melissa (Michael), Adam (Natasha) Andrew, Patrick, Julia, Emanuel and Eryka.

Great-Grandmother to Owen, Lucas, Brianna, Anthony and Ava.

Barber KatherineBARBER, Katherine Patricia Mary - (1959 - 2021) - Katherine Barber, aka "Canada’s Word Lady," died on April 24, 2021 at Bridgepoint Healthcare Centre in Toronto. It was a beautiful spring day with flowers beginning to bloom - as appropriate for such an avid gardener.

Katherine was diagnosed with a particularly virulent and rapid form of brain cancer that took her life a mere two weeks after its diagnosis.

A woman of prodigious intellect and achievement, she was a true Renaissance woman, deeply knowledgeable and in love with the English language, ballet, flowers, baking, Gilbert & Sullivan, international travel, choral church music, and most of all, her cats.

She was fluent in French and German and conversant in Italian. Her greatest achievement was being the inspiration and founding editor of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary - the first dictionary of its kind and a lasting contribution to the development of Canadian culture.

Almeida GlorianaALMEIDA, Gloriana - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Gloriana on April 24, 2021 at the age of 61 years.

Gloriana is now reunited in heaven with her dear parents Elisa De Graca and Marcelino Torres and brother Manuel Torres.

She was the loving wife of Joao. Cherished mother of Diane and her husband Vince Forgione, Brian Almeida and his wife Sara and Christopher Almeida and his girlfriend Michelle Lee. She will forever be the Avo of Mason and Jesse.

Duncan LindaDUNCAN, Linda Ann (nee Crocker) - Linda passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on Saturday, April 24th 2021 at the Etobicoke General Hospital, after a short but tough battle with Covid.

Beloved wife of John, for nearly 53 wonderful years. Loving mother of Andrew (Alison) and Courtney (Petar). Cherished grandmother to two adored grandchildren, Cole and Vivien. Linda will also be deeply missed by her brother Steve (Heather).

Linda was born October 26, 1942 in Weston, Ontario, a neighbourhood that held a special place in her heart for her entire life. Linda spent nearly 45 years working at Dominion and A&P in their head office.

Bodie LloydBODIE, Lloyd Leslie - Peacefully, in the comfort of his home at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Lloyd passed on from this earth on April 24th, 2021, in his 95th year.

Lloyd and his twin Allan were born in the depths of a Winnipeg winter in 1926. He spent his childhood summers swimming in the Red River with siblings and friends. He often spoke fondly of his father, who took them on adventures into the wilds of Manitoba to explore nature.

Winnipeg was his home until he joined the Army in 1944, when he moved to the Canadian Forces Base in Shilo, Manitoba for training, and there became an instructor in marksmanship. Following the end of the war, Lloyd attended the University of Manitoba, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. One of his summer jobs took him to Bissett, Manitoba, where he met his future wife, Janice.

Doria AnnaDORIA, Anna (nee Giovane) - It is with profound sadness that the family of Anna (nee Giovane) Doria announces her peaceful passing on April 24, 2021 in Maple, Ontario at the age of 82 years old.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 54 years, Antonio; Cherished mother of Raffaella (John), Frank (Enza) and Silvio (Cindy). Loving and devoted Nonna to Vanessa, Amanda, Anthony and Julianna.

Caring sister to Aurora and Luigi and predeceased by her brothers Emilio, Gemino, Ugo and Dino.

Pereira Fernando FrankPEREIRA, Fernando 'Frank' - It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Fernando (Frank) Pereira at the age of 91 on April 24th, 2021. Frank passed away peacefully at Peel Manor Long Term Care Centre with his family by his side.

He was a devoted husband to his late wife Maria, and he will be missed by his sons, daughters-in-law and his five grandchildren.

He will be remembered for his love of family, great sense of humour, green thumb, and amazing dance moves.

Hoy JeanHOY, Jean Scobbie Friel - Passed away on April 24th, 2021 at the age of 88 years.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter Anne, her son-in-law Rob, her two grandsons Colin and Connor Fyffe, her sisters Anna and Moira in Scotland, as well as her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Fitzgerald JohnFITZGERALD, John Jerry - John Jerry Fitzgerald, Loving father, Grandfather, husband and friend. Passed away on Saturday April 24, 2021 at the age of 87, after several months of declining health.

John was predeceased by his loving wife Rita, his parents Dominic and Margaret as well as his sister Ann.

John is survived by his son John and daughter-in-law Kristin, his daughter Madonna and son-in-law Tom. He will be remembered fondly by his cherished grandchildren Leia, Jade, Skyler, Lisa and Jason.

Karpinsky MaritaKARPINSKY, Marita - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marita on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Marita was the beloved wife of the late Leonid Karpinsky.

Mother and mother-in-law of Milena Karpinsky and Norm Byron.

Dear sister of Alexander Kaptsan and sister-in-law of Marina Karpinskaya.

 

 

Rash GoldieRASH, Goldie - On Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Goldie Rash, beloved wife of the late Harry Rash.

Loving mother and mother-in-law of Barbara Rusch and Donald Zaldin, and Mark Rash.

Devoted grandmother of Corinne and Brian, Adam, and Alex, and great-grandmother of Hayden, Mason, Dylan, and Danielle.

LADAS, Vasilios 'Bill' - It is with great sadness that we bid Vasilios Bill Ladas adieu. He passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning April 24, 2021.

For nearly 60 years he was part of the Davisville/Yonge street community where he operated his restaurant Ladas Bar and Grill.

Wright DougWRIGHT, Douglas Edward 'Doug' - Passed away suddenly in his own home in Unionville on April 24 2021.

He is predeceased by his parents Reba and Leonard Wright.

Doug was a fellow of many interests and talents and he will be greatly missed by his cousins Cathie and Arlene, as well as by his many friends and neighbours.

 

 

 

Whiting KenWHITING, Kenneth Lawrence - Passed away in Peterborough at PRHC on the morning of April 24 2021 after a short bout of  pneumonia at the age of 88.

Ken was born Sept 21 1932 in the Township of York and continued to reside in the City of Toronto for his entire life. 

Survived by his wife Marlene (nee Taylor), Daughters Bonnie Denton and her son’s Mark, Michael and Craig Thelander and Teri MacIntosh and her son’s Brian, Paul and Daniel MacIntosh.

 

 

Coke LenCOKE, Leonard 'Len' - Passed away peacefully on April 24, 2021 at 94, after a life well lived.

Beloved husband of Ivy (predeceased).

Devoted father of Wayne (Beverly), Wentworth (predeceased) and Angela (Val).

Cherished grandfather to Renic, Zara and Fuluke.

Great grandfather to Zuri.

MAVROUDIS, Mary   -  Loved by all, on April 24, 2021, Mary Mavroudis slipped away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.

She will be united with her beloved husband Mike Mavroudis, joining him in heaven's gate.

Duncan LindaDUNCAN, Linda Ann (nee CROCKER)   - Linda passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Etobicoke General Hospital, after a short but tough battle with COVID.

Beloved wife of John, for nearly 53 wonderful years.

Loving mother of Andrew (Alison) and Courtney (Petar).

Cherished grandmother to two adored grandchildren, Cole and Vivien.

Linda will also be deeply missed by her brother Steve (Heather).

Linda was born October 26, 1942, in Weston, Ontario, a neighbourhood that held a special place in her heart for her entire life.

Linda spent nearly 45 years working at Dominion and A and P in their head office.

Davis RickDAVIS, Rick - This world lost a truly wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend. 

Sadly, my Dad succumbed to a heart attack at Markham Stouffville Hospital on the evening of Saturday April 24, 2021. 

It was sudden and it was fast and it came as a shock to everyone.

He had been admitted to the hospital on April 19th and was diagnosed with cancer. 

My Mom and Dad faced his diagnosis and treatment plan with positivity and optimism.

He had a surgery on Thursday and his treatment plan was underway, things were looking up. 

Cleaver KathyCLEAVER, Katherine 'Kathy' Anne - Passed away peacefully and in the loving company of her daughter on April 24, 2021 in Toronto after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Lexy Fogel (Mark) and grandchildren, Hudson and Scout of Toronto; sisters, Christine Hourigan (Patrick) of Burlington and Gena Florio (Tony) of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; brother, Ted Badger (Carolann), Burlington; nieces, Jennie Bennink (Luke), Jess Florio, Kate Bolohan (Matt); and nephew, Andrew Hourigan (Jen). 

Kathy is predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Ida Badger, Burlington. 

 

 

Angus KentANGUS, Calvin Kent - July 31, 1952 - April 24, 2021 -

We are saying goodbye to Kent on behalf of the hundreds of us who shared a best friend, a loyal and loving man who made us all strive to be better human beings.

This is going to be a very long goodbye for many of us.

But Kent made sure we would find each other and find comfort in this time of sorrow because he led us to each other through his devotion to all he called family and friend.

 

 

Beard GregoryBEARD, Gregory Terrence  -  Tragically, Greg passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 in Toronto at the age of 29.

Loving son of Lianne Megarry (Norm Wilson) and Brent Beard (Shelley Marsland).

He will be loved and missed by his son Mason and Mason's Mom, Christina Ivy.

Greg will be remembered by his siblings Sterling, Prentice, Laura, Chelsea, Rachael, Olivia and Harrison.

Cherished grandson of Barbara and Roy Megarry, and Sharon and Richard Beard. Greg was a lover of family, animals and the great outdoors.

The fish in Twelve Mile Lake can rest easy now that the fanatical fisherman is gone.

Jones GordonJONES, Gordon Wesley   - 1922 - 2021 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Gordon Wesley Jones on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the age of 98 years.

Beloved husband of Annie (nee Parkin) Jones who died in 2012 after 68 years of marriage.

Father of Linda (Bill) Lumsden, Raymond (Lynn) Jones and Steven (Janice) Jones. 

Grandfather to Mecrina, Wesley, Curtis and Corrine and great- grandfather to 6.

He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Gord was blessed to spend his last few years in the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto and we wish to thank all the staff and caregivers who looked after him so well.

Micallef LinaMICALLEF, Lina (Nina)   - It comes with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lina Micallef (PACE) on April 24, 2021 at 80 years of age.

She died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving husband and children.

As Father Jim said, "The biggest gift we gave Mom was for her family to surround her as she passed".

She was a loving and devoted wife to Carmel (Karmenu) for 53 years, and devoted Mom to her daughter Sandra (Tony) and Marlene (Ahmed).

Cherished grandmother to Anthony, Matthew, Maya, Ciara and Nathan. 

Sister to may siblings and a respected aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Spearing MichaelSPEARING, Michael Peter Starr   - January 23, 1941 – April 24, 2021

Michael passed away peacefully, at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, with his family at his side.

He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Barbara and brother Chris.

He is survived by his sisters Diane and Lynne, beloved wife Mary Sue, sons Geoffrey (Natalie), Patrick, and Ian (Moira), daughters Ashley (Brendon) and Julia (Sean), and five loving grandchildren. Born in 1941, Michael grew up in Scarborough, Ontario.

He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1962 and Osgoode Hall Law School in 1965.

He established a successful law practice at a young age and specialized in corporate and commercial law.

THOROSKI, Nancy (nee HOLOTA)   - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy Thoroski (nee Holota) on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in her 98th year.

Predeceased by her loving husband Frank Thoroski, son John Thoroski and siblings Nadia, Dennis and Steve.

WORRELL, Mara (nee GRINBERGS) - Beloved wife of the late Colin Worrell, mother of Aimée (Nic) and Colmar, grandmother of Lucas, sister of the late Janis / Johnny (Silvija) Grinbergs, Ruta (Aare) Rammo and Liga (William) Hanley.

Died peacefully on April 24, 2021.