Obituaries


MATTHEW SHEARD ’50

Died peacefully at Providence
HealthCare-Toronto, March 30,
2016.
Born to Charles Sheard and Ann
Sargent in Toronto, December
21, 1929. Survived by nieces, Pamela
Sheard McGuinness and Wendy
Sheard Geyer and family.
Remembered by John Sheard
and Michèle Harney. Matthew
was a lawyer and at one time a
citizenship judge.
Great-grandson of Toronto
mayor, Joseph Sheard and
grandson of former MP and Chief
Medical Officer of Health, Charles
Sheard.
Matthew was the lifelong
recipient of much generosity by
his brother, Charles and cousin,
Joseph Sheard.
Cremation has taken place and
interment at Mt. Pleasant
cemetery will be in late May.
In lieu of flowers, please
consider a donation to UNICEF.

 

Herbert R. Cook ‘53

Herb, age 81, died peacefully and unexpectedly in his own bed on April 21, 2016. Born in Toronto on September 30, 1934, Herb was the son of Herb and Phillis Cook. he is survived by four children (Sheila, Heather, James and Kathryn); eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. he was predeceased by his wife, Kay (McKenzie) of Port Elgin. His wisdom and humour will live on through those who love him.

 

REID, George Thomas (Tway) '43
1925 - 2016

Died at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, aged 91, after a fall at home. He was loved and will be missed by Brenda, his wife of 70 years; son, Douglas; daughter, Pamela; daughter-in-law, Barb Taylor; son-in-law, Jack Fell; 7 grandchildren; and 9 great- grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Ruth and George T. Reid Sr. and brothers, John and Marshall. Tway attended Upper Canada College before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII and then worked in the family lumber business. He will be remembered for his sense of humour and his incredible love of golf! 
A service for family and friends will be held in ROSEDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 129 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any donation made to Rosedale Presbyterian Church, or gifts to the charity of your choice would be gratefully accepted. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com

 

Dr. Joseph Gilbert SLADEN '48

SLADEN, Dr. Joseph Gilbert MD, FRCS(C)
December 17, 1929 - April 15, 2016
Our wonderful brother, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully from cancer on April 15, 2016, surrounded by family. He is survived by his sister Kathleen Gow, daughter Sarah (Crosland Doak), son Patrick (Anne Grant) and grandchildren Gilbert (Sladen), Lauren (Doak), and Fraser (Doak). Joe was predeceased by his loving wife Jill (2010) and son Rob (1983). Joseph was born to Gilbert & Kathleen Sladen in Toronto on December 17, 1929. He attended Baron Renfrew Public School and Upper Canada College. After graduating from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in 1954, he headed west in a car he and a friend constructed out of fiberglass. Interrupted by authorities for driving an impressive but incomplete vehicle, undeterred he persevered to residency at Shaughnessy Hospital (Vancouver) followed by a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital (London, England). His career as an accomplished teacher (Professor Emeritus, UBC), and an innovative and compassionate surgeon at St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver) spanned over 40 years, retiring in 1998. During his tenure at St. Paul's he was the long-time Head of the Division of Vascular Surgery and was the President of both the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery in the US. Joe's skill and creativity as a surgeon crossed over to his private life as a passionate and conservation- minded fisherman. He was an active member of the Totem Flyfishers and Steelhead Society since the late 1960s. In the early 1960s Joe saw the promise in a west coast ski resort (Whistler), investing both in shares of the Garibaldi Lift Company and buying a ski chalet for his family. Skiing last in 2015, his fervency for the sport was contagious. As with medicine, Joe was always willing to share his knowledge, technique and equipment with a fellow angler or skier. His love for the mountains, rivers and lakes of BC, surpassed only by his love for his family, was an inspiration to many, and lives on in our hearts. Joe and Jill's faith, as members of St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church led them through a dedicated life of giving and receiving support in the many challenges that they, friends and even strangers encountered along their journey. Our sincere thanks to the doctors and entire staff at the BC Cancer Institute and at St. John Hospice. A celebration of Joe's life will be held at St. Mary's Kerrisdale (2490 West 37th at Larch St.) Vancouver at 3 pm on Monday April 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the ALS Society of Canada or to a charity of your choosing.
Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006.

BUTLER, Andrew Gordon '85
August 22, 1966 - April 6, 2016 

Peacefully, while sleeping, Andrew, cherished elder son of Dr. David G. Butler and Marjorie Butler. Loving and loved brother of Ian L. Butler and his wife, Isabelle Bissonnette. Affectionate uncle to Sarah Alice, Charles Gordon and his namesake, one month old James Andrew Gregoire Butler. Andrew will also be missed by his uncles, John S. Butler, Dean H. Butler, Michael L. Schofield and their families.
In spite of the health challenges he faced, after graduation from Upper Canada College, Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and, later, a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University. For some years, Andrew was a primary school teacher with a keen interest in the education of children with special needs.
We will remember, with great affection, Andrew's kindness; his generosity, particularly to those whose need was greater than his, and to whom he would give his last dollar; his quick wit and sense of humour; and his ability to always find the correct words in any situation. Andrew's creativity found expression in the music he wrote and played on his many guitars, some of which he made; his wood and metal sculpture and painting; his many inventions, and in his poetry and prose. Andrew also had a more practical bent and was able to repair or build almost anything.
Andrew's fine mind enabled him to accomplish much, in spite of the challenge of mental illness that hampered his later life.
Andrew's ashes will be scattered in Granthams Landing, BC, a place with special meaning to Andrew and his family.
Our grateful thanks are given to the Southlake Assertive Community Treatment Team, Joyce Whitty and Lindsay McTaggart in particular, for their kind care and support of Andrew over the past few years.
A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Andrew's life will be held in ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 227 Bloor Street East, Toronto on Monday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m.
If you wish to make a gift of thanks for Andrew's life, donations to Healthy Minds Canada in his memory will be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com

 

 

In memory of John Ridsdel '66 

As graduates of Upper Canada College, you are all well-aware of the lifelong friendships and community networks that bind Old Boys to one another, near and far.

So it was, with absolute shock and sadness we learned about the senseless and violent death of your fellow Old Boy John Ridsdel, member of the 1966 Leaving Class, at the hands of his captors in the Philippines, on April 25.  

John is in our thoughts at what is surely an unspeakably painful time for his family and friends. By all accounts from friends and loved ones, he was warm, generous and had a wonderful taste for fun and adventure. Semi-retired, he was the former chief operating officer of mining company TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. If you wish to send a message of condolence to John’s family, please go to http://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/notable-deaths/article/john-ridsdel

Baird, Ronald W. J. '81
December 19, 1961 - March 22, 2016

Very suddenly from pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband of Alexandra (Hale) and dear father of Ronald and Nicholas. Beloved son of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Baird and dear brother to Fraser and Catherine. Uncle to Zoe and Ian Solomon-Baird. A private family service of remembrance will be held.

 

David Norman Greey '46

David passed away peacefully Sunday, February 28th, at the age of 87. He is survived by his partner, Elaine Landrie; sister, Ann Richmond; his children, Steve Greey (Ruth), Madeleine Greey (David Fleury), Jane Evans (John); his grandchildren, Leslie, Matthew and Michael Greey, Krystal and Nicholas Nausbaum, David, Philip (Tasha), Scott, Jessica and Caitlin Evans. Visitation from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m., to be held at St. Clement's Church, 70 St. Clements Ave., Toronto, on Thursday, March 10th.

 

Brian Edward Boxer '67
1949-2016

It is with sadness that we
announce the death of Brian
Edward Boxer. Brian died
suddenly of a massive heart
attack at his home in Chicago on
March 2, 2016.
   Brian was born February 12,
1949, to Rosemary Fennel Boxer
Chisholm Feick and Donald E
Boxer. He is survived by his
loving wife, Jan; his father, Don
and stepmother, Marian; his
loving sister, Gayle Duncanson
(Andrew); his brother-in-law,
John Grochowski (Dori) and his
nephews, Blakeley Willson
(Charissa), John Grochowski
(Nicole) and his nieces, Tiffany
Willson and Daisy Grochowski
Also his Boxer, Fennell and
Young cousins.
   'Radar' was a graduate of Upper
Canada College, St. Lawrence
University and Cornell
University. A remarkable athlete
Brian won a NCAA Division 1
hockey scholarship to St
Lawrence University. He was a
proud member of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon Fraternity, forming truly,
lifelong bonds.
   Brian's love of sport did not end
with hockey. He had a lifelong
interest in golf and Brian and his
father were the only father and
son life members of the
Rosedale Golf Club. Brian was
also proud of his father/son
memberships at Ballybunion Golf
Club and Tralee Golf Club in
Ireland. Brian so cherished
anything related to U.S. College
football that he became an inter-
generational source of
information for all those
interested. Not only was Brian
interested in sport he was also a
foodie. He always enjoyed
preparing new food experiences
for his friends and family.
   Brian started his business career
in the hospitality business where
he managed several restaurants
in New York and California until
he found his true calling where
he could use his charismatic
personality, his self confidence
and independence to become a
very successful municipal bond
salesman. He worked over the
course of his career for L.F
Rothschild, Prudential-Bache &
Co, Raymond James and retired
several years go as the Senior
Vice-President, Sales Manager of
the Fixed Income department at
Stephens Inc.
   Brian will be remembered by all
his many friends in Toronto, the
United States and Ireland for
always being a sincere friend
who was genuinely interested in
your life, your well-being, career
and family; not to mention for
being one of the most
charismatic and funny guys
anybody knew. All that knew
him basked in the warmth of
Brian's presence, his character,
his quick wit and his personality.
   Brian's boundless energy exiting
this world leaves Jan and all of
us with heavy hearts.
   A memorial service for Brian will
be held at Grace Church on the
Hill, April 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
   If desired, a donation can be
made in Brian's honor to PAWS
Chicago or the Wounded Warrior
Project.

 

Stephen Hugh Elliott Clarkson '54
1937-2016

Born in England in 1937 to Alice Helene Mannaberg and George Elliot Clarkson, Stephen came to Toronto with his family in 1939. He died, surrounded by family, on Sunday, February 28th, in Freiburg, Germany, from complications related to multiple myeloma. He was predeceased by his second wife, Christina McCall; his siblings, Max, John, Lilian and Geoffrey and his daughter, Chloe. He is mourned by his elder brothers, William (Nan) and Austin (Beverly). He will be greatly missed by his beloved daughters, Kyra (Chris), Blaise (Tim) and Ashley (Chris) and by his grandchildren, Mylo, Kai, Talia, Theo, Clare and Colin. He is also deeply mourned by his third wife, Nora Born; her children, Mona (Fabian), Stefan (Lea) and Ana (Mabe) and her grandchildren, Mathilda, Finja, Silas, Emil and Mio.

Stephen began his education at Upper Canada College. He went on to a B.A. in History and Modern Languages at the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a Doctorate at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, The Sorbonne, Paris.

Stephen was appointed to the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto in 1964 and promoted to Full Professor in 1980. In addition to being a passionate teacher widely admired for his connection and commitment to his students, he was a leading public intellectual, passionately engaged in issues of Canadian politics, free trade and North American integration. Over many decades he had pursued several areas of interest and specialization to become one of Canada's preeminent scholars in his field. His doctoral thesis and early work focused on the Soviet theory of development. His interest shifted to municipal and federal politics in Canada and in 1969 he ran for mayor of Toronto. In recent decades, Stephen was increasingly interested in international governance, globalization and continentalism. This work stemmed from his engagement in free trade issues related to Canada, the United States and Mexico and evolved to encompass how North America relates to the European Union, South America and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. His vision was for Canada to take a leading role in resolving the interests of transnational corporations and the rights of sovereign countries to protect the environment, human rights, social programs and health of their citizens.

Stephen was incredibly prolific in his publications and awards. His most influential books include: Trudeau and Our Times, co-authored with Christina McCall, which won the Governor General's Award, Canada and the Reagan Challenge, Uncle Sam and Us and Does North America Exist? He was invested with the Order of Canada (2011) and inducted as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013). In 2013, Stephen was awarded the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, sponsored by the von Humboldt Foundation. He remained active and engaged in his work until his death, when he was in the midst of a five-year project entitled, 'North America's Engagement in a World of Regions: Bilateralism vs. Regionalism in Foreign Investment Protection Regimes (1988-2018).' A funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 8th, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street, Toronto. Donations in Stephen's memory can be made to the Stephen Clarkson Scholarship in Political Economy at the University of Toronto, care of the Business Office, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3G3 or online at https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/64.

 

GILLESPIE, Jay ’74
(John Douglas Howland) 
June 11, 1955 - February 6, 2016

With boundless courage and fierce determination, Jay fought a long, hard battle with cancer for two and a half years. He passed away on 
February 6, 2016, at home with his family by his side.
  Jay was born June 11, 1955 in Toronto, son of John B. Gillespie Q. C. and the late Harriet Morton Gillespie. He was the devoted husband and soulmate of Lili Hofstader Gillespie. In their early years, Jay and Lili lived together in Hamburg and Paris, where they shared countless adventures. They continued to be partners in crime throughout their nearly 33-year marriage. Jay was the beloved and proud father of Sean and Jackie, adored brother of Joan, Jill, and Susan, cherished son-in-law of Emeric and Sophie Hofstader, and brother-in-law of Arlene Hofstader.
  Jay attended Upper Canada College (UCC), Trinity College (U of T), and U of T Faculty of Education. He developed a flair for languages, and spoke fluent English, French, German and Spanish. During his time at Trinity, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society, like his father and his uncle Rupert Oakley. He began his career in the brokerage industry but later found his calling as an elementary school teacher, affectionately known as 'Mr. G.'. As an educator, coach, and mentor, Jay had a special gift for connecting with and inspiring youth.
  Apart from his family, Jay's greatest passion was playing squash. He amassed a list of outstanding achievements, culminating in his 2015 induction into the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame. A lifetime member of the Toronto Cricket Club, he was most proud of winning the Canadian Open Singles Hardball title, Canadian and U.S. Open Doubles Championships, and World 40+ and 50+ Doubles Championships, among a myriad of other titles over four decades. He was also inducted into the U of T Sports Hall of Fame and the Toronto Cricket Club Wall of Fame.
  Jay was an enthusiastic member of the Cedarhurst Beach 'Hit and Giggle' tennis group. A lover of the outdoors, Jay adored spending his time on beautiful Helen Island in Muskoka and at his cottage on Cedarhurst Beach, Lake Simcoe.
  Those who knew Jay well could expect an impromptu reciting of Monty Python or a spontaneous song and dance. Jay will forever be remembered for his unique sense of humour, his incomparable ability to make friends with anyone, and his genuine love of life.
  A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3 PM at the Toronto Cricket Club, 141 Wilson Ave, North York. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay's memory to Pancreatic Cancer Canada (pancreaticcancercanada.ca) would be greatly appreciated.

 

Michael Charles Foulds ’64

 

After a sudden, sharp decline, in
hospital, following a lengthier
diminishing of health - but not
spirit - owing to Parkinson's
disease. Michael was born in
Toronto to Helen Margaret
'Peggy' and Kenneth Foulds
Attended Upper Canada College,
Camp Hurontario and spent time
every year at Go Home Bay, site
of the family cottage. A graduate
of Carleton University, Michael
met Salme Lind while working
together at the Metropolitan
Toronto Planning Board. Married
in 1972, they welcomed their
daughter, Inge, three years later
Michael was a gentle man, soft-
spoken and patient always. He
cherished his family and loved
the outdoors, whether hiking
through bush and over rock,
camping in provincial parks,
cross-country skiing, or sailing
the waters of Georgian Bay. He
delighted in jazz and folk music,
studying the guitar and piano for
his own pleasure and was
known to sing cowboy ballads
and sea shanties at the slightest
provocation. A devoted
husband, he would proceed
enthusiastically to the dance
floor every time he was invited
Michael leaves Salme; Inge
(Marcus); grandsons, Felix and
Maxim; brothers, John (Barbara)
and Peter (Maureen); nieces and
nephews, as well as an aunt,
uncles, cousins and many dear
friends. In lieu of flowers, in
memoriam donations can be
made to Parkinson Canada
Funeral services will be held at
Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre
on Friday, February 5th, from
noon (visitation) and 1:00 p.m
(memorial service), followed by
a reception.

 

 

 

MCCOMBE, Christopher Jeffares ’48

B. Comm., LLB, QC, 
Major (retired) RCSC 
June 15, 1930 – January 15, 2016

Peacefully in Toronto. Beloved
husband for 65 years of Effie
(MacLennan); adored father of
Ann (Cavan, Ireland), Mary
Louise Riley, Toronto, and
Kathleen Vanderlinden (Rob),
Waterloo.
   Much loved grandfather of Ian
Riley (Lisa) and Jessica Riley
(Sean Springer) (Toronto) and
Jeffrey and Emma Smith,
Kingston, Ontario, Matthew and
Colin Vanderlinden, Waterloo
Doting great-grandfather of
Sofia, Christopher and Ian. Much
loved uncle of Nan McIntyre
(London, Ontario) and Patricia
McIvor (Patrick) (Gravenhurst,
Ontario).
   Born in Cleveland, Ohio
Educated at Collegiate School,
NYC, Upper Canada College,
University of Toronto and
Osgoode Hall Law School
Retired Director of the Office of
Legal Services, Ministry of
Transportation, Ontario.
   A true gentle man, Jeff inherited
his Irish father's wonderful sense
of humour and sought the best
in every person and situation
We are comforted by the belief
that he has joined his parents
(Christopher Jeffares McCombe
Sr. and Effie); his sisters, Noreen
and Alyce; and the little brother
he never knew, Calvin. May they
be rejoicing at a great céili
amongst the stars.
   In lieu of flowers, donations to
the Canadian Cancer Society
would be gratefully appreciated.
   Private family arrangements
have been made.

 

 

 

Roy "R.T." HUNT ‘44

After a lengthy illness battling colorectal cancer and dementia, at Extendicare Oshawa, on January 8, 2016 at the age of 90. Cremated. Retired President and Managing Director (35 years) of Gestetner Canada Ltd., Gestetner Holdings Ltd., graduate of Upper Canada College, member of The Granite Club, The Briars Golf and Country Club, Jacksons Point, past Vice President and Second Generation Director of The St. George's Society of Toronto and The Rotary Club and past Commodore of Lefroy Yacht Club, Innisfil. Survived by his wife Violet Emily Hunt of 65 years. Loving father to Bryan Roy Hunt and Howie Thomas Hunt. Predeceased by his brother Lt. Howie A. Hunt, RCNVR WWII and brother to Edith "Babs" Fitzgerald. Loving uncle to John, Bob and Janice Fitzgerald. Predeceased by his parents Alfred "Bobby" Hunt, founder of Gestetner Inc. of North America and Ada Florance (nee Howard). Survived by sister-in-law Barbara Brooks-Rowan. Predeceased by his sisters-in-law Dorothy Wood and Connie Corbin and brother-in-law Kenneth. Beloved grandfather of Brittany Letticia Ada Hunt, Justin, Sean, Holly and Mitchell Hunt, daughters- in-law Katrina (nee Lafferty) and Mary (nee Accaputo). Special friend to George McCleary, Rolly Nichols, Pastor Patrick Burden Jr. and the entire Gestetner family clan of London, England. Memorial Service at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W. (at Thornton Rd.), Oshawa, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1 p.m. Donations kindly to The St. George's Society of Toronto Benevolent Fund and The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 614.

 

Fred McDonald Doner ’64

Fred unexpectedly passed away
while in Florida on January 4, 2016
He was the son of Frederick and
Pearl Doner.
   Fred was brought up in Toronto and
attended Upper Canada College,
York Mills Collegiate and Waterloo
Luthern University, where he played
football. He also enjoyed big game
fishing.
   Fred travelled the world and was an
independent free spirit.
   When in Africa he fell in love with the
wildlife. He went on to become a
wildlife photographer, studying
photography at Ryerson University.
   As a tour guide, Fred led many
Safaris to Kenya and Polar Bear
expeditions to Churchill, Manitoba.
   A true lover of the outdoors and a
unique character, he was always
found with a camera in his hand
Many thanks to his dear friend,
Karen Baker for all her kindness
Fred will be missed by his many
friends.
   A memorial service will be
announced at a later date to
remember his life.

 

Mark Huxtable ’82

Mark Huxtable died on Dec. 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

There is a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Trinity College Chapel at 2 p.m.

6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto.

 

CHRISTOPHER GEOFFREY RIGGS ’59

Christopher died in the Palliative Care Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, of lung cancer. Deeply bereaved by his death are his wife, Erica (nee Toews), his daughters, Julie Burn, Katie Riggs and Marion Riggs, his sons-in-law, Will Burn and Tom Bailey, and his grandchildren, Gavin, Simon, Thomas and Helena. Loved by many colleagues, friends and neighbours.
  Christopher was born in Hertford, England, during the Second World War, on March 21, 1942, the son of the late Joan and Geoffrey Riggs. He attended Highgate School until he immigrated to Canada in 1956, settling with his parents in Toronto. There he attended Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto (Trinity College). To help pay for his high school and university tuition, Christopher took a variety of jobs, including on the railway and in factories. Having seen labour strife first hand at work gave him insight into the world of labour relations in an organized environment and made his future career clear. He enrolled in Queen's University Law School with the intention of becoming a labour lawyer.
  Christopher was called to the bar in 1969. Early in his career, he became a founding member of Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie, now the leading labour, employment and administrative law firm in Canada. He was managing partner from 1994 to 2002, during which time he helped shape the direction of the firm. He loved all aspects of his practice at the firm. A skilled orator, he took particular interest in oral advocacy, appearing before numerous tribunals, all levels of court in Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He took great pride in his long-standing relationships with his colleagues, clients and fellow lawyers. Christopher was appointed Queen's Counsel, was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received an Honorary LL.D from the University of Guelph.
  Christopher enjoyed giving legal advice within the wider community where his skills were relevant. His legal expertise was often called upon within the community, for local charities, and among his friends and neighbours. Of particular note, he served his local Anglican parishes, the Church of the Redeemer (Toronto) and All Saints Anglican Church (Erin, Ontario). He also served as Vice Chancellor to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto (1992-2007) and as Chancellor of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario (2009-2015). In 2003, he was appointed an honorary lay canon of St. James Cathedral, Toronto.
  Over the last 30 years, he spent many weekends and vacations at a farm close to Orangeville. He loved to swim and play games with his family, read, garden, and repair the split-rail fences around the property.
  The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES - NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22. His funeral will be held Saturday, January 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, 162 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
  Flowers are gratefully declined, with thanks. Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in Christopher's memory might consider the Palliative Care Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to all of the staff there, who cared for him with expertise and compassion.

 

HEYD, Richard Arthur Norman ’72

Passed away peacefully at home on
Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the age
of 62. Richard had a distinguished
legal career as a trial lawyer from
1981-2015. Loving and cherished
husband of Deborah Heyd for 34
years. Loving father of Nigel Heyd
Cherished son of Beverley (the late
Gordon). Brother of Roger, Robert,
Randall (Cheryl) and Roderick
(Cynthia). A memorial service will be
held at ST.GEORGE'S ANGLICAN
CHURCH (9 Granville Street off of
Burton Avenue, Barrie) on Friday,
January 8, 2016 at 12:30 p.m
Reception to follow.

 

Thane Paul Woodside ’78

Passed away peacefully on January 3, 2016, at age 56, in hospital, surrounded by family. Thane had been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, a fatal neurological illness, in the spring of 2015, but faced this with great fortitude and his unfailing good humour before succumbing to complications of this illness over the holidays. Devoted husband of Tina; he is survived by their three children, Connor, Claire and Marshall; brothers, Blake and Scott; sisters-in-law, Anne, Kim and Raffi; nephews and niece, Malcolm, Fraser, Owen, Andie and Ethan and aunts, Eleanor and Elaine. Born and raised in Toronto, Thane completed his studies in law at Osgoode Hall and began practice with then Osler Hoskin & Harcourt before establishing his own practice in employment law. He met his match in Tina in 1989 and married shortly thereafter in 1990. Thane was very accomplished in his field of practice and deeply enjoyed helping those in crisis, continuing with work until his hospitalization. He was a man of great passion and an excellent athlete, indulging in many activities including skiing, windsurfing, scuba-diving and, most recently, stock-car racing. But most importantly he was a very devoted father and husband, unfailingly supportive, always encouraging and believing that there is nothing that they could not achieve. His family and all those who knew him remember him as a very charismatic man, with an irrepressible sense of humour and who enjoyed nothing more than to laugh with others. His children remember with fondness their time spent in Nova Scotia and Honey Harbour at family cottages and skiing each winter in Collingwood. The family wishes to thank his team of caregivers, especially Sol, who were devoted to his well-being following his diagnosis. The funeral service will be held at St. John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, North York on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at The Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue in the Regency Ballroom from 12:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Movement Disorders Clinic at the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation by calling 416-603-6278 or visiting www.tgwhf.ca.

 

HAMILTON, John ’58
February 25, 1937 - December 13, 2015 . 

John Aubrey Hamilton passed away with his beloved family at his side at North York General Hospital. 'Johny' was born in Timmins, Ontario and followed his father Roy Hamilton's footsteps into the mining business, staking claims across the country and founding successful mining companies Standford Mines, Medipak and Nearctic. He took his mining prowess to Bay Street in the 1970s and 1980s, where his path intersected with leading business and political figures. He could be found sharing stories and brokering deals at his favourite spot downtown, Hy's Steakhouse.
John and Annette raised their family in Mississauga and the Hamilton home was known for its lobster barbecues, pool parties and tennis matches. Everything about John's life was big; an avid boater, he preferred the ocean to a lake. His tales were tall (and often true). His charisma and keen humour commandeered every space he occupied, be it a boardroom, living room or dock.
His love for family was even bigger. John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Annette (Simard); his treasured children, John Jr. (Sue), Judy (Brian Howlett) and Sandra (Wayne Morrow) and grandchildren, Oliver, Frances, Rachel, Ethan and Malcolm.

He will be sorely missed, but will cast a big shadow to keep us company.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of North York General. There will be no funeral service, but as expressions of sympathy, donations to Canadian Blood Services or the Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated. 

 

 

COLE, Allister ’78 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Allister Cole on December 7, 2015 at the age of 57. He was kind and gentle and will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. He is survived by his parents, David and Cynthia Cole; and by his sister, Naida Cole. A service to commemorate his life will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Visitation Centre, 375 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto (east gate entrance north of St. Clair Ave., 416-485-5582) on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Visitation Centre.

 

 

Donald Hogarth Simpson ’41

Donald Hogarth Simpson died peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Toronto at age 94. Survived by his beloved wife, Mary Kincaid (nee Haldenby); beloved son of John Ross Simpson and Alice Gray Hogarth. Loving father of John (Maria), Bob (Patty) and Don (Gail). Adored grandfather of Cole, Taylor, Trevor and Alexandra. Loving master of Checkers, the miniature schnauzer. Born and raised in Toronto, Don attended Upper Canada College from 1933 to 1941 and excelled both in scholastics and sports, especially hockey and football. He attended the University of Toronto from 1941 to 1942 pursuing a degree in engineering. He interrupted his schooling to join the war effort, becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals where he served in three different regiments, the Winnipeg Grenadiers on Kiska in the Aleutian Islands, with the Fort Garry Horse Armoured Regt in France and Belgium and finally with the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regt (Kangaroos) in Holland and Germany. After the war he returned to his studies and received a degree in mechanical engineering from U of T. He also captained the Varsity Blues hockey team and after graduating joined Imperial Oil where he spent the next 37 years of his career building refineries across North America. Based in Sarnia, Ontario for most of his career, Don also coached minor hockey for a number of teams in the city.
  Don and his wife, Mary spent many happy years in Collingwood, Ontario entertaining a large group of friends and family. Don was a keen athlete throughout his life, playing tennis at the Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto until a knee replacement sidelined him at the age of 88. He was also a passionate and talented golfer and was a member over the years of the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club, the Cranberry Golf Resort and the Toronto Golf Club. After retiring from their respective careers Don and Mary spent the next twenty years seeing the world, travelling throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia. A special highlight was witnessing Canada's victory over Russia in Moscow in the 1972 Russia Canada Summit Series. Don's children and grandchildren will remember him fondly for his good-natured ribbing and some of his signature catch phrases, such as 'You've got to push yourself', 'Keep your head down' and 'Get in the game!' While Don accomplished much in both his military and work career, he always said that his sons were his greatest success story. Many happy stories and memories for years to come. You're at peace now, sleep well old soldier.

 

 

BONGARD, Ian Andrew ’45

Ian died peacefully, on Monday, November 23, 2015, in the arms of his family. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Nancy (nee Turville) for over 59 years. Deeply loved father of Rob and Trish, and her husband, John Godfrey; and the adored grandfather of Ian Godfrey. Predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Gordon Bongard. Survived by his brothers, Gordon and Blair; first cousins, Strachan Bongard and Elsie Falconer, all of Toronto. Lovingly remembered by Mary Ann and George Simpson, Bill and Sharon Turville and many nieces and nephews. Ian was born on May 25, 1928, in Toronto. He was a graduate of University of Toronto Schools, Royal Military College, Kingston, and the University of Toronto and earned his degrees in Civil Engineering. He worked in the investment business his grandfather started, Bongard, Leslie. Ian was a sailor, an athlete, and a sportsman and an early member of the Osler Bluff Ski Club, where he enjoyed skiing into his 81st year. The log cabin he and Nancy built ensured many years of fun and family memories. Ian was a gentleman and most importantly, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family in Toronto and Niagara on the Lake, where Ian and Nancy made their home for 35 years. Our family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Upper Canada Lodge, who were kind, caring and compassionate for the past 26 months, and exemplify what is great about our public health services. A service will be held at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, Niagara on the Lake, on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mark's Anglican Church, or to Upper Canada Lodge Long Term Care Home, PO Box 1390, 272 Wellington Street, Niagara on the Lake, L0S 1J0 would be greatly appreciated.
Memories, photos and condolences may be shared a twww.morganfuneral.com 

 

DONALD C. ROBERTSON '38

Our Father passed away peacefully, in his 97th year, at The Veterans Wing of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, November 1, 2015. He was predeceased by our Mother Hazel Edna Robertson in April 2001 and his younger Brother Graham David Robertson in October 1987. He is survived by his son David and daughter Elizabeth, as well as his six grandchildren: Michael; Ian; Margaret; Struan; Geoffrey; and Catherine.

During his long life he always made helping others, having a positive outlook, and embracing a passion for life-long learning as allowed him to make many friends and share happy memories with them.

Born in Toronto on July 28, 1918, Dad was primarily educated at Upper Canada College starting in 1930 at the Preparatory School and graduated from the Upper School in 1938 with honours. During the summers he usually spent July canoe tripping at Camp Temagami where he developed a love of the north woods and became an expert canoeist. This passion for the north led him, while at university, to join a number of friends on a substantial two month adventure down the Fraser River in British Columbia which he captured on film. The rest of his summers were spent at the family cottage on Ahmic Lake where he was an avid sailor.

Following his Father's and Mother's example of careers in medicine, Dad enrolled at the University of Toronto, and graduated in June 1943 from the Faculty of Medicine as a Medical Doctor. In August 1943 he was particularly pleased to be accepted at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Junior Resident and by May 1944 had completed his initial practical requirements.

In June 1944 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was commissioned aboard the Castle Class Corvette HMCS Tillsonburg as the Medical Officer as well as the Flotilla Medical Officer where he made many lifelong friends. Father was fond of recounting to us the story of how he and Allan Lambert, who was the Purser at the time, had spent many hours scotch-taping dollar bills together after the crew's payroll had somehow became shredded and Alan wanted to make payroll. While on leave in Halifax, he met our Mother who was serving at the time as a nurse in the naval base, and in November 1944 they were married.

At the end of the war in February 1946 Dad was accepted at the Toronto General Hospital and progressed through his interrupted residency and surgical training becoming qualified as a Senior Surgical Resident in 1949. In 1951 he took a leave of absence to train in London England in the relatively new field of Plastic Surgery and received his FRCS in 1952. Upon his return to Toronto he opened a private practice specializing in plastic surgery and in 1953 was a founding member of what became the Janes Surgical Society. Over the next 35 years as part of this unique Canadian surgical society, Father pioneered and was recognized for his contributions in such areas as facial and hand reconstructive surgery and his expert testimony in some landmark Canadian medical cases. One of his grandchildren, who was studying law at the time, was absolutely astounded when his class started to review a major case only to find that his grandfather was the primary witness and that the judge had made a lengthy referral in his summary to the excellence of his testimony.

In 1986 Father retired from his private medical practice but continued to serve well into the mid-1990's as a professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. At the time he also discovered personal computers and was so interested in what they could do that he became an expert in Microsoft DOS and then Windows. This new passion extended well beyond personal computing and while he was the President of the University of Toronto Medical Alumni, he had all of their manual records and accounting switched to electronic files and systems which was something that his predecessors had decided was impractical. Up until 2014, Father would spend hours on his desktop building complicated spreadsheets and surfing the internet, thereby giving the lie to individuals who pontificated to him that seniors did not understand or use personal computers.

A celebration of his life will be held at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the same location. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Foundation. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
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Robert 'Bob' Laird Borden ’50

Bob passed away peacefully in his home in Toronto on October 11, 2015. Bob was born in Toronto on February 12, 1931 and was named for his great-uncle. Predeceased by his wife, Jenny in 2008, his parents, Henry and Jean Borden and his brother-in-law, John Crawford. Bob will be sorely missed by his children, Michael (Laurie), Meg Johnston (Peter) and Julie Bullen (Chris), his grandchildren, Sarah (Ian), Alison, Laura, Trevor, Jeremy, Kaitlyn, Jenn and Kitch, his great-grandchild, Logan; his siblings, Ann Bull (Chuck), Perry, Mary Jean Potter (Frank) and Henry (Susan) as well as his many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his sisters-in-law, Joanna Wilson, Gill Fleming (Johnny) and Judy Merry (Julian) and by his companion, Lindsay Botsford.
Bob grew up in Toronto, graduated from Upper Canada College, attended McGill University and joined McLeod Young Weir in 1954. He spent a lifetime helping others invest their savings and ensuring that his clients were educated on the markets and well taken care of. Many of his clients became lifelong close friends. While he loved what he did for a living, investments were not his only passion. Bob loved to fish, from the days accompanying his father to Echo Beach Fishing Club and the salmon rivers in Quebec and New Brunswick to fishing trips on the Sandhill River in Labrador. Together with Jenny, he also enjoyed many relaxing vacations in Grand Cayman. His greatest love though was reserved for spending time with family and friends in Muskoka. He originally visited Muskoka as a teenager and was finally able to fulfill his dream of owning a cottage when he and Jenny purchased the island in Lake Muskoka in 1959. Many happy hours were spent tinkering and puttering at the cottage, as well as playing games of bridge and hearts with family and friends. This past summer was the first time he had missed the opportunity to be in Muskoka.

The family would like to thank Belmont House and his caregivers from Careable Inc, who helped make him comfortable in his final days.
The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES - NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th. A celebration of life service will be held in ST. JOHN'S YORK MILLS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto, on Thursday at 11 o'clock.
If desired, donations can be made to organization that were important to Bob including St. John's York Mills, The Seeing Eye Guide Dog School and the SPCA. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.

 

Victor Spencer ’43

22 January 1967-15 August 2015

After playing football at Toronto's Upper Canada College, where he was the team captain in 1942, and for a year with the Hamilton Tigers of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, Victor Spencer returned home to Vancouver (where he had also played two years of senior football) in 1947-48 and spearheaded a group that was seeking a B.C. franchise in the Western Interprovincial Football Union.

Spencer and John Davidson, elected Directors of the aspiring franchise, attended WIFU meetings in 1951 and 1952 before getting approval in 1953 from three of the league's four teams (Regina, Calgary and Edmonton; Winnipeg abstained) to grant Vancouver a franchise beginning in 1954. Spencer, team President Art Mercer and Director Bill Ralston recommended Annis Stukus to the Board of Directors as the B.C. Lions' first coach. The team played in brand-new Empire Stadium.

Spencer had served on the stadium committee and also joined a group that helped organize the 1954 British Empire Games inside the stadium. Because the team didn't have any players, Spencer enticed local rugby players to join the Lions. Spencer also attempted to establish an arrangement with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams to use their cuts, which was not agreed on. This resulted in the B.C. Lions having to sign NFL players such as Lauri Niemi and Arnie Weinmeister all Pro Tackles from Washington Redskins and New York Giants. This led to the owners of the New York team taking the Lions to court. As Weinmeister was from the state of Washington, the case was heard in Seattle. An American Judge ruled in favor of the B.C. Lions, which set the precedent for U.S. players to play in Canada. Spencer was one of three Directors in the courtroom.

Spencer, who was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Vancouver, spent nine years on the Lions executive and helped Vancouver attract the 1955 Grey Cup. He was nominated as a life member of the team's Board of Governors, which lasted until the team was no longer community-owned. Spencer also contributed a residential property, which the Lions used as a fraternity house. 

Being among the First Founders of Convocation of Simon Fraser University in 1965 there has also been a Victor V. Spencer Athletic Scholarship each year to offset a football players education costs. When the B.C. Lions were in financial trouble in 1976, he was awarded the inaugural Lionbacker Certificate to kick-start a franchise-saving bond drive. He was inducted into the Lions Wall of Fame in 2002.

 

John Viljoen ’86


22 January 1967-15 August 2015 

The College community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of John Viljoen '86. John was a talented artist whose UCC work includes well-known portraits of former principal Douglas Blakey and the late Gordon F. Cheesbrough '71, former chairman of the board of governors. Our sincerest condolences go out to John's family, friends and classmates.

 

Click here to read the obituary in the Globe and Mail

 

Edmond (Eddie) Martin Creed ’39


It is with profound sadness that
the family of Edmond (Eddie)
Martin Creed announces his
passing on August 13, 2015, at
the age of 94 years, peacefully at
home and with his family
surrounding him, after living a
full and extraordinary life.

Eddie will be lovingly missed and
forever remembered by his wife
of 67 years, Edie, and his
children, Simone, Jack, Tommy
Wendy, Dodie, and Donna and
their spouses, Beverly, Shari,
and Todd.

Eddie will be fondly
remembered by his 33
descendants: his 23
grandchildren, Jared, Caroline
and Samantha and her husband,
Matt; Jeremy, Jonah, Jenny and
Joanna and their spouses, Sue,
Ashlynn, Ryan and Thomas;
Brandon, Emily, Matthew and
Jesse and their spouses, Michael
and Mia; Lily; Dylan, Maxie, Skye
and Oliver; and his 10 great-
grandchildren, Mia, Makayla,
Sophie, Jules, Oscar, Olivia,
Jake, Cole, Brody and Taylor.

A memorial of Eddie's life will be
held at his favorite place,
Doneddy Farm, Sunday, August
16, 2015, at 11:00 am. 'The
Creed family will receive friends
immediately after the service
until 4:00 p.m.' 15045 8th
Concession, Schomberg,
Ontario, L0G 1T0.

For those who wish to make a
donation in memory of Eddie
Creed, the family asks that you
honour his example of
accomplishment by building an
even stronger loving bond with
your own family. 'Eddie would
consider this the greatest honour
of all.' 

 

Angus Baxter MacMillan '49


(1930-2015)

On August 8, 2015, at age 84,
Angus died at home, surrounded
by his loving family. Angus will
be forever remembered with
love and laughter by Beverley,
his wife of 59 years; his children,
Harriet, Jamie and Jean; his
sons-in-law, Tom and Mike; and
Maria, who was like a daughter-
in-law to him. Words cannot
convey the pride and joy he took
in his grandchildren, Megan and
Brendan. They will miss their
'Wacky Grandpa' and all the fun
they had together. Angus had a
real zest for life, which infused
all that he did, and loved sharing
experiences with his family,
from sailing and skiing to music
and theater. He grew up in
Grimsby, Ontario with his sister
Margie, where they shared their
love of animals before heading
off to Queen's University. Margie
gave her brother comfort and
support while he fought the
cancer that in the end took his
life. A Professor of Pediatrics at
McMaster University, and a
physician at McMaster Children's
Hospital, he devoted his career
to improving the lives of
children. Whether it was his
creative approach to helping
children with diabetes avoid
hospitalization or championing a
pediatric hospital in Hamilton, he
demonstrated an unfailing
commitment to providing the
best care for children, especially
those most vulnerable. Angus
developed a special interest in
Canada's Indigenous Peoples
and worked at the hospital in
Moose Factory for many years,
advocating passionately for the
health needs of Aboriginal
children and their families. He
also made time to enjoy wood
carving, cooking, cycling and his
family pets, who were so dear to
him. A Scotsman at heart, he
loved learning Gaelic and the
bagpipes. His family is so
grateful that he lived a long,
happy and fulfilled life. The
family would like to extend deep
gratitude to all who cared for
Angus during his illness. Special
thanks to Drs. Irwin Walker and
Barry Lumb, and their
colleagues, including the
Juravinski palliative care team,
as well as the wonderful
personal support workers who
made it possible for Angus to
remain in the home he loved so
much. In celebration of Angus'
life, a wake will be held at Bay
Gardens Funeral Home, 1010
Botanical Drive in Burlington on
Thursday, August 13th from
1:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
contributions can be made to the
Juravinski Cancer Centre or the
Ontario Veterinary College Pet
Trust at the University of Guelph.

 

William Harold Leak ’51


July 21, 1932 - July 29, 2015

It's with a heavy heart that we
announce the passing of our
wonderful father and husband
He died suddenly after a great
day at his favorite place, Rocklyn
Ranch. Dad leaves behind his
loving wife, Pam; his sons, Bill
(Kim) and Rob; his cherished
grandchildren, Emily and Will;
his stepchildren, Mike, Sue
(Dave); and their children, Sean
and Lindsay. Somehow he
managed to wrangle four 83rd
birthday dinners over the last 10
days, two with his family
overlooking his forever loved
Lake Joseph while enjoying two
of his favorite pastimes... telling
old stories and laughing... for
hours. At Dads request for family
and friends we will be having a
Celebration of Life at Rocklyn
Ranch, 77104 11th Line, Meaford
on August 7, 2015, between 4
p.m. and 7 p.m. If so desired, the
family would appreciate
donations to the Collingwood
General & Marine Hospital
Foundation as your expression
of sympathy.

 

T.A. PETER CHISHOLM '53

In loving memory of Peter, who died peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home in Toronto. Peter is survived by his daughter Sarah Chisholm Cressman and her husband Robert Cressman, his nephews Stephen (Jane), Andrew (Laurie) and David (Meredith) Chisholm, and his niece Barbara Chisholm (Tom). Peter was predeceased by his son Peter Chisholm and his brothers Timothy and Ronald. Peter was a graduate of Upper Canada College, and served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Peter made a career in advertising as owner, CEO of Chisholm Advertising Inc. from 1964-1977. In 1980 Peter and family moved to Hilton Head Island, SC where he opened and operated a Gallery of Shops along with two successful restaurants within. Upon his retirement, Peter worked independent operations providing creative advertising services to several Toronto based companies. Among his passions, Peter enjoyed family, painting, boating, an extraordinary love of dogs, was a fan of the blues and a self-taught pianist. There will be a celebration of Peter's life in September in Toronto. Friends and family will be notified.

 

LASH, Anthony Baldwin '58
and LASH, David Marshall Casey


Tony and David died Saturday July 11 in a car accident close to their family cottage on Lake Rosseau. David's daughter Samantha was travelling with them and is recovering from minor injuries. Tony, age 76, was an incredibly kind and hard-working man. The loving husband of Marion Marshall Lash (1941-2011), Tony is survived by his two sons Peter and John, daughters- in-law Geraldine and Susan, and his grandchildren Stefanie, Michael, Samantha, Tanis, and Thomas. Family and friends are welcome to stop by his home in Toronto on Saturday, July 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m. David, age 49, was the youngest of three brothers. An avid fisherman, hunter, golfer, and skier, Dave will be remembered as a kind and generous friend to all who loved him. He is survived by his daughter Samantha and her mother Paula and his brothers Peter and John. A celebration of Dave's life has been organized for Saturday evening, July 18. Please contact his closest friends and family for details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a fund for Samantha. Please contact samanthafund22@gmail.com

 

 

GEOFFREY THOMAS SOMERS ’48


August 1, 1929 - July 3, 2015

Geoff died peacefully at Mount
Sinai Hospital with his beloved
wife, Jamie (Joan Alice McIndoe)
and his family at his side. 

He was the son of Geoffrey
Somers Sr. and Margaret Parker
MacEwan. He was predeceased
by his step-sister, Barbara
Wilkins-Minton; and his nephew,
Peter Somers. 

Geoff was loved dearly by his
four children, and his four
grandchildren adored their Papa;
Geoff Jr., Chris (her daughter
Anna), Susan (her daughter
Jenn), and Michael (his wife Lucy
and their children Maxine and
Benjamin).

Geoff leaves his cherished
younger brother, William
Somers (wife Sally, deceased);
and William's sons, Sandy, Tony
and their families.

A rememberance service will be
held at 3 p.m., Thursday, July
16th at The Badminton and
Racquet Club, 25 St. Clair Avenue
West, Toronto.
   If desired a donation would be
gratefully accepted at Mount
Sinai Hospital Foundation, Dr
Andrea McCart Research Fund,
522 University Avenue, Suite
1001, Toronto, Ontario M5G
1W7 (416-586-8203).

 

Bruce Hudson Lloyd ’45


February 24, 1927 - June 25, 2015

Surrounded by family, Bruce H. Lloyd passed away at the Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital after a brief illness. He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years Helen (nee Forwood) Lloyd, sister Sandra Boyd, daughters Mary Lloyd and Wendy Lloyd (Karsten Riedel) sons Tom Lloyd (Margot Fairlie) and Peter Lloyd (predeceased by his wife Danielle Vandervliet), thirteen grandchildren, and eight great- grandchildren.

Bruce was born and raised in Toronto, the son of Lorne and Norma Lloyd (nee Shier) and predeceased by his sister Joan Mitchell.

After an interesting few years at Upper Canada College, Bruce left school to join the Royal Canadian Navy. After WWII Bruce began a sales career before joining his father and founding Trent Valley Sand and Stone in the early 1950's, one of his many companies which still exists today. For over 60 years Bruce was a leader in the aggregate business and served on many associations such as the APAO, where he served on the Board for over 35 years and was President in 1964. Bruce joined the National Aggregate Association in 1957, became a Director in 1960 and was the first Canadian to be named Chairman of the Board in 1990. In 2001 Bruce was named the Aggregate Producer of the year.

For over 20 years Bruce owned and operated Trent Valley Stables, which bred and raced many champion Standardbreds. For over 13 years he was a Director of the Ontario Jockey Club and was most proud of his work with the Equine Research Centre Guelph where he served as Chairman for over 10 years.

Bruce was a very caring and generous man, especially when it came to under-privileged children. He was passionate about the St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club where he served on the board for almost 50 years, including many as Chairman. Bruce was the current Chairman of the Advisory Committee.

In 1979 Bruce was a founding Director of the Nelson M Davis Scholarship, one of the largest scholarships of MBA funding at the Ivy Business School, University of Western Ontario. Bruce served as Chairman for over 6 years.

He adored his family, especially his wife Helen, and on May 31st they spent the day together celebrating their 63rd anniversary. They travelled and cruised the world together. He was an avid sportsman who excelled in hockey, water skiing and snow skiing. He was a lifetime member at Rosedale Golf Club. Bruce loved spending weekends with his family at Osler Bluff Ski Club in the winter and cottaging in Muskoka in the summer.

A funeral service will be held in ST. JOHN'S YORK MILLS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto on Tuesday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m.

The family wish to express their gratitude to the entire staff at Sunnybrook Veterans for all their kindness and assistance. In lieu of flowers, Bruce would be pleased if you made a donation to the St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club: http:// www.stalbansclub.ca/. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through 
www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.

 

 

WILLIAM ALEXANDER LECKIE '47

Passed away in Toronto on June 15, 2015 in his 88th year. Bill was a loving husband, grandfather, uncle and friend. Bill spent most of his formative years enjoyably at Upper Canada College and managed a well respected and happy career as an executive in the outdoor advertising industry. During his post retirement years, Bill gave generously of his time to various charitable organizations. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan (nee Nolan) and his children William Charles (Bill) and Julie Beatty. Dear grandfather of Christopher and Jessica Beatty and Nolan Leckie. Fondly remembered by his sister Patricia Sanderson and the late Elizabeth McMillan and niece Wendy Cadman and nephew David Sanderson. He was loved and respected by all members of his large family and many longtime friends. A visitation will be held at the MORLEY BEDFORD FUNERAL HOME, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (courtesy parking available across the street at the North Toronto Community Centre) on Wednesday, June 17th from 6-8 p.m. Service in the funeral home chapel on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow.

 

RONALD WHITE CHISHOLM Q. C. '49

Died on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in his 85th year, having given his family a year they didn't expect to have with him, and more great memories of his wit, courage, and love.

Ron was a graduate of Upper Canada College and maintained close ties with the school, becoming President of the UCC Old Boys' Association and a Member of the School's Board of Directors. He completed his education at the University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall, before embarking on a Law career in 1956. He loved his work and took pride in helping people during their most difficult days.

Between 1968 and 1982, Ron was a major shareholder and Director of Ronald A. Chisholm Limited Commodity Merchants in partnership with brothers Tim and Peter. The path set in those years enabled the Company to become a leader among agricultural trading firms across the globe.

Ron had a passion for hockey, co-founding the Don Valley Hockey Organization, overseeing development of the first arena at UCC, and becoming a member of the Board of Directors and investor in the Toronto Toros of the WHL. He was also an avid curler and developed lifelong friendships at the Granite Club, along with an unending supply of stories that he could embellish.

Ron had an abiding love of Muskoka and mahogany boats in particular. He and his brother, Tim, shared this passion, and occasionally shared a boat. Ron passed both loves down to his children and grandchildren, who will think of him every boat ride they take and every jump off of the boathouse or run into the water from the dock of the cottage he built on Lake Joseph.

Of all his life's work, 'Twink' cared most deeply for his family. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his children, Stephen (Jane), Andrew (Laurie), Barbara (Tom) and David (Meredith) who brought ten beautiful grandchildren into the clan, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Gillian, Thomas, Lauren, Fiona, Madeline, Sydney, Heidi and Elise. He is also survived by his brother Peter.

Ron was predeceased by his son, Robert, and brother, Timothy.

There will be a private family interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, after which the family will welcome friends and relatives at Rosedale Golf Club on Friday, June 19th, from 12:30 to 3:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gastrointestinal Clinic, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre or the Muskoka Conservancy.

 

Stephen Gould '80

Husband, Father, Brother, Friend and Mentor July 28, 1962 - June 3, 2015
Stephen Gould passed away suddenly in Edmonton, Alberta where his family currently resides. Stephen was loved deeply by his wife Lila, daughter Alison and sons Sean and Andrew. He was predeceased by his mother Barbara and father William Andrew, and lovingly remembered by his sister Cheryl (Paul Emerson), his brothers David (Liza) and Jeffrey (Kelly) and his many nieces nephews, cousins and in-laws. Also remembering him at this time are his countless friends and colleagues who shared in his life.

Funeral services will be held at the Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain Rd. in Edmonton on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of life and memorial will be held in Stephen's home town of Toronto in late July.

If desired, donations can be made to the Stephen A. Gould Upper Canada College Scholarship Fund (class of 1980)www.ucc.on.ca/makeagift2015 or The Huntington Societyhttp://huntingtonsociety.kintera.org/memoriam-tribute Westlawn Funeral Home (780) 484-5500

 

John Brian Kenny '61

John Brian Kenny, 73, passed away suddenly at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on April 22, 2015, in Huntsville, Ontario.Predeceased sixteen weeks by his much loved wife of forty years, Valerie; survived by his adoring children: daughter, Jennifer, and son, Bryan. Born April 25, 1941, in Kitchener, Ontario, to the late Melvin and Elizabeth (Betty) Kenny, John attended Upper Canada College (1955-1960) and was a graduate of Mount Allison University (BA, 1965), York University (MBA, 1967) and the University of Toronto (M.Ed, 1979). His career interests included adult learning (OISE), professional training and development (OSTD) and retirement financial planning (FICB). Throughout his life, he devoted his energies to the service of his community. A longtime Rotarian, following his retirement and relocation from Toronto to Huntsville, John was active with the Lake of Bays Association, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Lakes Council, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, the Huntsville Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Woodland Heights Association. Ever a forward-thinker, John demonstrated vision and passion in advancing the projects he committed himself to. He will be remembered for his quirky wit and as a devoted, nurturing and supportive family man whose memory, exemplified through his hard work and determination, will endure as an inspiration in the lives of the two children he has departed. A memorial service for John Kenny will be held at Trinity United Church, 33 Main St. E., Huntsville, on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church. www.mitchellfuneralhome.ca

 

Edward Winslow-Spragge '34

Lieut. (Ret'd) RCNVR
September 25, 1915 - April 14, 2015
in his 100th year.
Edward is remembered for his wisdom, guidance and "twinkle in his eye" sense of humour. He was loved by many and instilled in his family the values of loyalty and respect, honesty and fairness. He leaves us with a legacy of love and happy memories of a man who was hardworking, resourceful, artistic, musical, caring and always appreciative of the efforts of others. Beloved husband of Isobelle for 69 years, dear father of Susan, Joanne (Paul Akehurst), and Deborah. Edward is also survived by his sister Mary Duclos, and his grandchildren: Michael Antonucci (Lindsay) and great- grandsons Owen and Dylan; Gina van Waard (Christian Veillette) and great-granddaughter Maisie; Marjorie van Waard; and dear members of our extended family. Pre-deceased by his parents Edward and Lois Winslow-Spragge and sisters Alice Simons, Ruth Cobbett and Anne Byers. Edward was a veteran of WWII, serving on the North Atlantic from 1941-1945. Residing in Almonte since 1953, he was a businessman (Shell Oil, Winslow Fuels, The Crest Studio), and an active member of St. Paul's Anglican Church. Involved in supporting his Almonte community, he served on the Almonte Town Council, the Public Utilities Board and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 240). He was a faithful volunteer at Almonte General Hospital and piano player for celebrations at Fairview Manor and Country Haven care facilities. His pen and ink drawings and watercolour paintings hang in Almonte's public spaces and in private collections. The family extends a special thanks to all doctors, nurses and friends who have provided comfort, care and joy in Dad's final years. A private family funeral service will be held. Final arrangements are entrusted to Gamble Funeral Home, Almonte, ON. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Fairview Manor/ Almonte General Hospital or St. Paul's Anglican Church, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0 would be appreciated. 
Condolences & Tributes:www.crgamble.com 

 

E. Donald Gower Farncomb '44

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12th , 2015. He had lived a very full life and was keen to remind everyone that he was in his 90th year. Dad always joked about his custom licence plate bearing his initials 'EDGF' stating it was an acronym for 'Every Day Goes Faster' ...something we should all keep in mind!!!  Son of Eric Maulson Farncomb and Graeme Gower Farncomb, Father of Judith Farncomb (Eric Goode), Frederick Farncomb (Carol), John Farncomb (Erin) and Mary Farncomb (Peter Aziz -Deceased 2010) . Brother to Nan Whyte. Grandfather to Danielle, Andrew (Sarah), Jennifer, Emily, James (Stephanie), Jonathan (Hayley), Jeremy, Evan and Cameron. Great-grandfather to Nathan and Jackson. A private family celebration will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the Nature Conservancy or a charity of your choice would be warmly received.

 

David John Darker '58

Woodcutting in Heaven. Born February 26, 1938. Husband of Amy; father to James, Matt and families. Died peacefully Sunday April 12, 2015. Loved teaching Hospitality at Ryerson and Humber College. Avid seaplane pilot and hockey player. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, from 7-9 p.m., at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 16, at New Hope United Church 9100 Jane Street, Concord at 11 a.m. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Diabetes Assocation or the Humane Society International would be appreciated. Condolences www.rskane.ca. R.S. Kane 416-221-1159

 

Irving Carlyle Harris '43

Born in Toronto on April 27, 1924. Died peacefully on September 13, 2014 at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto. Son of the late Dr. R. I Harris and Beatrice Ferguson Predeceased by brothers Bob

and Don Harris. Beloved husband of the late Peg Harris (nee Saunderson). Father to Christopher and wife Denise Werker, Julia Huycke and husband Graeme, and Douglas and wife Iris Sokoloff Grandfather,  'Dandy,' to Peter, Eli, Isaac, Peggy, Micah and Oliver.   A veteran of WWII, wounded while serving with the 48th Highlanders in Italy, Irving spent the rest of his life determined to make the world a better place

He is remembered for his teaching excellence in the classroom and for his skills as a leader and administrator. He began his career as a teacher in New Liskeard and Newmarket, later becoming the Principal of Newmarket High School and then District Inspector. He was instrumental in making Geography a distinct subject in Ontario, and in recognizing the key role of parents in an inclusive public education system. He had a pivotal role in the newly created Simcoe County Board of Education as Superintendent, and later as the Director of Education.

He remained active in his retirement, volunteering with many organizations including the Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie and several First Nation communities across Ontario Irving was an accomplished woodworker, carver and painter who loved teaching these skills to children over many summers at Go Home Bay.

Dad was a true gentleman who had a way with people of all ages and a positive outlook on life, even with the untimely loss of his beloved Peg and the progressive deterioration of his eyesight. He will be sadly missed by family and friends but his legacy of optimism, tenacity, compassion and courage has influenced many and will live on.

Special thanks to all the staff in K2W at Sunnybrook who provided such wonderful care for our dad over the last five months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB or the Veterans Wing of the Sunnybrook Foundation. Details of a Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Dr. John (Jim) Patterson Mayberry '46

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, Brock University July 17, 1929 - September 8, 2014 

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, to John Sibbald Mayberry and Maude Aileen (Patterson) Mayberry (later, Roenigk). Grew up in Stratford, Ontario. Died in St. Catharines, Ontario. Loving husband of 60 years to Kerstin (Bengtsson) Mayberry; beloved father of John (Laurie Cumming), Kristina, and Elna; and much-missed grandfather of Mark and Anna Mayberry, and Stuart and Timothy Williamson.

Jim wore his school colours proudly: Upper Canada College 1946, University College, University of Toronto 1950, and Princeton University (PhD.) 1955, where his thesis was on Topology (Knot Theory), leading to his interest in Game Theory. Over his career he wrote many articles, chapters, and books at the highest level of theoretical inquiry, and had the distinction of co-authoring with five different Nobel Prize winners.

In 1958, Jim became an Operations Analyst with the United States 5th Air Force in Tokyo until 1961, when he moved to the Pentagon in Washington DC, where he was Senior Analyst and Chief, Research Group, until 1967. On leaving the Pentagon to become a consultant, Jim was awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by the U.S. Air Force. The citation reads, in part, 'Manifesting the highest ideals of public service, he has devised solutions to the most difficult problems in applied mathematics and computation, pioneered unique techniques that have impacted significantly on the national security decision process, provided an inspiring leadership and example for fellow analysts, and most ably represented the Air Force in scientific conferences both in the United States and abroad.'

Jim also received a Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Japan Air Self Defense Force, and was an honorary Member of Faculty of the United States Army Logistical Management Center. He taught at the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, the Institut für Höhere Studien in Vienna, and George Washington University in Washington DC.

Brock University was the beneficiary of Jim's experience and expertise in 1971 when he joined the Mathematics Department, where he taught thousands of students, served as Chair, sat on Senate, and was an active member of that community until retirement in 1995.

Those who knew Jim know that mathematics was only a part of the gallant, polite, imaginative, and curious person he was. A passionate student of languages, he delighted in learning enough of a new language to communicate with a new friend, or to find out the etymology of someone's name. His lifelong interest in the theatre started with school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, and he told stories of building scenery in Hart House Theatre as an undergrad. His love of building, and especially electrics, meant that he was always working on a house renovation project.

At heart, Jim was a dancer, and he and his treasured Swedish bride, Kerstin, first met on the dance floor and continued their dancing of many kinds until just a few years ago when failing health caused them to stop performing with the Toronto Swedish Folk Dancers. A singer too, Jim loved singing with his family on car trips, in church choirs, and with the Toronto Swedish Singers.

As Kerstin cared for Jim at home, the last few years saw him gradually succumbing to Alzheimer's disease, but even in that process his inquiring, puzzle-solving mind marveled in the changes he was experiencing, and he shared his observations as long as he could. He was especially interested in how his ability in languages seemed to ebb and flow.

Last Saturday, after months of fewer and fewer waking hours, Jim complained of some pain, and was admitted to hospital for the first time in his life. Palliative care was called for, and he slipped away peacefully and naturally two days later. His last words to Kerstin had been, 'Thanks for coming, Sweetheart.'

Donations in Jim's name may be made to two of his favourite charities, the John Howard Society and Médecins Sans Frontières, or to any other charity of your choice.

A Memorial Celebration of Jim's life will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 83 Church St., St Catharines, at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23. Arrangements entrusted to the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346). Online tributes may be made at www.hulseandenglish.com.

 

Bryce Hunter '64

Bryce McClelland Hunter died in Toronto on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

He leaves behind his wife, Connie Hunter (née Doelman), his companion, champion and his love. He also leaves his children Brooke Hunter, Scott Hunter, Todd Hunter and Carrie Hunter (Jonathan Black) who will continue to 'build people up' just as he guided them. Lukas Hunter, Ailish Gaynor and Aubrey Gaynor will miss fishing with their Grandad.

Born October 21, 1945 to Bryce Pepall Hunter (Pep) and Elizabeth Jane Hunter (née McClelland), Bryce came from 'old-school' Toronto, reveled in its history, but always had his eyes cast to the future. Bryce was intellectually adventurous which contributed to his unique way of expressing his opinions and his optimistic view of the world. He adored maintaining a wide group of dear friends and was the first to strike up a conversation making a new best friend along the way.

Educated at Upper Canada College and Western University, Bryce earned his BA in Economics starting out as a Chartered Accountant followed by a fulfilling career as an insurance broker with Hunter, Rowell and ultimately Hunters International. Bryce was a successful business builder through a combination of pointed acumen, intense discipline and a genuine desire to bring the best out in people.

Sportsmanship played a large part in Bryce's life. A top-notch golf and squash player through focus and grit, he was relentless yet gracious. Roon the Ben, the R&A, TGC, Mad River, Eastbourne and Old Memorial have lost a keener. Bryce had a visceral connection to 'Schoonesh', the property he and Connie shaped in Mulmur, founded on a deep mutual appreciation of nature and a desire to preserve as much as they could.

In lieu of flowers, may we suggest donations to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca) or Trails Youth Initiatives (www.trails.ca). A visitation will be held at Morley Bedford Funeral Home (159 Eglinton Ave W) on Thursday, September 11th from 7-9 p.m. The funeral will take place on Friday, September 12th at 11:30 a.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Ave), followed by a reception at the University Club of Toronto (380 University Ave).

 

Robert (Bob) Crosbie '48

Robert (Bob) Crosbie died August 22, 2014

Passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014. Bob Crosbie, beloved husband of Amy Grace Nesbitt.Loving father of Alexander (Mary), George, and Cynthia Routledge (Brent). Grandfather of James, Jon, Victoria, and Caroline. The funeral service will take place in Port Hope on Wednesday, August 27th. If desired, memorial donations may be sent to Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

 

Walter Massey '47

A veteran of television, radio and theatre, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal on Monday, August 4, 2014. Part of the New York Theatre scene, he played Brutus ('Julius Caesar') in the inaugural production of Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival. In Canada, he enjoyed many successes with the country's major theatres. Mr. Massey played in the ongoing series of the multi-award winning 'Lassie' as Doc Stewart. He co- founded the Kings Theatre in Prince Edward Island and the Piggery Theatre in Quebec. As a reward for his devotion and service to ACTRA and CAEA, Mr. Massey was awarded The Larry McCance Award (CAEA) and The Montreal ACTRA Award of Excellence. He is survived by his wife and best friend Sharman Yarnell, his sister Marilyn (MacKay-Smith) and many nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wilson Miller and Dr. Jennifer Freidmann of Oncology at the Jewish General Hospital and to the caring nurses on 7NW. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Actors Fund of Canada would be appreciated, 1000 Yonge Street, Suite 3001, Toronto, Ontario M4W2K2, www.actorsfund.ca. A public Memorial Service will be announced shortly.

'Good Night Sweet Prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'