It is with deep sorrow that we announce Ernie’s passing on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Sunnybrook Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. The family celebrates 92 years of a life well lived and one to be proud of! Lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 wonderful years, Marion Lorraine, sons Grant David, Graham John and Rosemarie, and daughter, Laura Anne. Proud grandfather of David Magee, Danielle and Christian Alexander; great grandfather of Oscar and Henry; loving uncle of Brent and Vicky Rombough, Garth and Julie Rombough, and Lynn and Michael Evans. Pre-deceased by his sister Edith Rombough. Ernie was born in Winnipeg on June 10, 1928. He was a leader in High School, Scouts and Cadets, and graduated with an Arts Degree from Manitoba University. It was in Winnipeg that Ernie and Marion met and then married in 1953. He and Marion purchased a home in the O’Connor Hills area of Toronto in the late 1950’s, where they raised their three children, and happily lived ever since. He and Marion loved traveling and visited many countries around the world on their annual trips. His other passion was their Haliburton cottage where he and his family spent more than 55 summers. At 65 years of age, Ernie still loved to waterski and did a “decent slalom” on the lake much to the amazement of all! Ernie had a 34-year career at Procter and Gamble which saw him posted in London, Winnipeg, Moose Jaw and finally Toronto, primarily in Traffic Management and Special Projects roles. After his career at Procter & Gamble, Ernie joined the Ontario Highway Transport Board for 10 years and retired as Chairman. Along the way, Ernie was Director of the Canadian Manufacturers Association; Director of the Canadian Industrial Traffic League; Chair of Transportation and Customs at The Toronto Board of Trade; President of The Toronto Transportation Club; President of the Don Mills Kiwanis. In addition, both Ernie and Marion were Charter Members of the Jubilee United Church. A consummate gentleman who enjoyed life and people. He loved a challenge and “always” had a project on the go! Ernie was someone you could rely on, and many did. He was always willing to lend a hand. Here was a man who also had opinions and was always up to cheerfully share and debate them. He had a positive impact everywhere he went. We cherished his smile and his cheeky winks. Ernie will be greatly missed but we will all remember his motto “take one day at a time”. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated.
November 12, 2020
Passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020 at North York General Hospital, just two days shy of her 95th birthday. She was the daughter of World War I Veteran Robert McGuffin and his wife, Margaret (née Sloane), both of whom had emigrated from Co. Down, Ireland. Beloved and survived by children Robert Barclay (Barbara) of Harriston, Sharon Barclay of Richmond Hill, and William Barclay of Port Perry; granddaughter Megan Barclay; sister-in-law Joyce Ogden (John); brother-in-law Stewart Coxford; nieces and nephew Susan Busby (Bob), Stephen Coxford (Kathy), and Nancy Coxford. Also survived by step-sons Hugh Westwood (Trish), John Westwood (Ella) and step-daughter Pat Westwood. Special step-aunt to Wendy McCormick. Fondly remembered by extended members of the Coxford and Westwood families. Predeceased by husbands George Warren Barclay (1984) and John Robert Westwood (2001), much-loved sister Ruth Coxford, step-daughter Joan Westwood, close friends (and later sister-in-law and brother-in-law) Lois and Richard Westwood, and dear companion Cyril Walton.
Eileen was born and raised in the east end of Toronto and met her future husband Warren at North Broadview United Church. After graduating at age 16 from what is now Northern Secondary School, where her father was head receiver, Eileen worked as a stenographer at Lumberman’s Life Insurance, becoming the supervisor of the steno pool by age 21. Having taken time out to raise her family, she worked for many years as a receptionist in the Family Health Clinic at Sunnybrook Hospital. In retirement, she enjoyed trips to Europe, Alaska, and the Panama Canal, spending winters at Siesta Key, concerts and the theatre, as well as the fellowship of Jubilee United Church.
We would like to extend our thanks to Amica Bayview Gardens for the care that they have given our mother over recent years, as well as to the doctors and staff of 8 West wing of North York General Hospital for their care during her final weeks. Private visitation and cremation have taken place; a Celebration of Life will be held in 2021. Donations in memory of Eileen can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
February 10, 1925 – November 03, 2020
Ruth passed away peacefully at Greenview Seniors Residence. She was the wife of the recently deceased husband John Gorsline. She is survived by her sons, Bob (Darlene) and Bruce (Kathleen); grandchildren, Amberli and Yaro (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Malakai and Theo; sister, Doris Carr and brother, Jim Henderson. She was predeceased by her sister Betty (Stan) Whitehead; and brother-in-law, Bill Carr. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Ruth was born in Toronto and was the second daughter to Elizabeth Parker Kennedy and Joseph Percy Henderson of Scarborough. She took Dressmaking & Design at Danforth Technical School. As a teenager she joined The Beach’s Youth Choir and the group sang at various venues including military camps around the city. She worked for Eaton’s and participated in fashion shows. She was working for Kent’s Jewellers on Yonge St. when she met John Gorsline at Kew Beach Bible Class shortly after the war. They were married May 26, 1951. John’s career had Ruth moving from Toronto, Guelph and Calgary before returning to Don Mills. They both enjoyed curling and won the Imperial Life Mixed Trophy two years in a row 1982 and 1983, the first team to do so. She also curled with her sister Doris Carr and in 1981 won “C” event at the Ontario Senior Competition. John and Ruth joined The Senior for Nature canoe club and enjoyed cross country skiing with their Kew Beach friends. They also enjoyed travelling after retirement. Ruth’s number one enjoyment in life was her family. Our thanks to Yvonne Jones and the caring staff at Greenview Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Association of Canada was Ruth’s wish.
Tuesday, July 13th, 1937 – Thursday, October 1st, 2020
It is with profound sadness to announce the passing of David Neylan on October 1st in Waterloo, Ontario. He was 83 years old and had a rich life. He was born in Toronto but at a young age moved to Hamilton. He spent his youth there with his parents Ethel Maude Beasley and Lawrence Neylan and his younger sister Lynda. He was intelligent, sporty, kind and a strong moral sense. He met his wife Joan while attending St. Christopher’s United Church in Hamilton. Joan and her parents were particularly impressed with this young man who attended church on his own. Joan’s friends referred to him as ‘the Professor’ since he was so knowledgeable and worldly. While at McMaster, he continued to participate in long distance running races. Here he was given another nickname, being known as Dave “the horse” Neylan. He galloped along serving as the pacer for his team, tiring the others out and allowing his team’s sprinters to take the lead near the close. Working hard for his team but not needing the glory is a trait that continued his entire life as evident in his many voluntary efforts. Studying Geography married many of his interests: the outdoors, maps, urban landscapes and humans’ impact on the environment. He returned to Toronto for his professional career as a high school geography and history teacher. He began teaching at Runnymeade Collegiate Institute, but the rapid expansion of Scarborough meant that just three years into his career he took up a department headship at Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate institute. He remained at Mac for the remainder of his career – always proud to be a Black Scot. He retired with over a year’s worth of sick days accumulated which is a testament to the way in which he approached his work. He was a popular teacher both because he taught wonderful lessons, based on his wide knowledge base but also because he was fair and kind. He also dedicated many windy afternoons to coaching girls’ soccer teams while at Mac. He and Joan had three kids which became their focus. Dave, spent many hours driving Susan, Dan & Chris to various games, practices, rehearsals. Dave and Joan provide so many opportunities for their children and to their grandchildren.
Joan and Dave were married for 56 years and thankfully were able to stay living together until the end. After Dave had a stroke, they moved from Toronto to Waterloo and made their home the Westhill Retirement Residence. Near to daughter Susan & grandchildren Dawson & Riley. Dave enjoyed time spent watching his grandchildren grow. Dave was also lucky to have his son Dan nearby for support right until the end. Although far away in Malaysia, he was truly loved by Chris and his wife Jen Hardie and their children Liam and Finley. Dave enjoyed the opportunities afforded by the Westhill, particularly the trivia sessions. The staff at the Westhill took great care of Dave and Joan as things got harder. They are particularly thankful for the dedication of all the PSWs who live and breathe compassion and care.
His memory will also be cherished by David’s sister Lynn Volzke & husband Fred; niece Lysa & her children Alyssa, Kianna, Kiarra & Adejah; and nephews Jeff & Jodee; and by his brother-in-law David Harrison & wife Heather. His loss is also felt at Jubilee United Church in Don Mills, where Dave volunteered his time freely in a variety of positions helping steward the amalgamation and growth of merging of many churches into one. He enjoyed summers travelling, especially across Canada and there are the slides to prove it. In the beginning it was camping, but gradually they became hotel stops. Dave did all the driving until the final few, but he relished it as a wonderful way to see the country that he loved. When not visiting their timeshare in Banff, time was spent relaxing at his cottage in Harcourt Park – swimming, canoeing and quiet reading. It also included the occasional loud breakfast prep, when Dave the early riser was tired of waiting for the rest of the family to awake. Whether with basketball friends, work colleagues or others, weekly pub visits with his friends, sharing trivia and sports’ talk were also important to Dave. He will be remembered as a generous, intelligent and loving man. He will be missed by so many.
Friends and Family may join the service via livestream 11 am Thursday, October 8 at the following link: https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming
Please feel free to share memories and photos on this forum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jubilee United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Marjorie passed away at home on September 24, 2020, surrounded by love. Born August 13, 1930 in Toronto to Reverend John and Margaret Anderson Loving wife for 66 years to her predeceased husband, Howard. Loving mother to Robert (Vicki), John (Kathryn), Brian and Carol (Marc). Devoted grandmother to Graeme (Sarah), Megan, Robyn, Heather and Brett Beloved Aunt to Brian, Susan, Mark, Terry, Deborah, Lisa, Pat and John Predeceased by her brother, Norm Anderson (Margaret) Marjorie had an extensive career as Chief Dietician and award-winning diabetes educator at Tridec Women’s College Hospital, Chair of the CDA National Nutrition Committee, MSc. Nutrition and in her retirement co-authored Choice Menus cookbooks and travelled the world visiting her many friends. She was highly respected amongst her peers and mentor to many. She always had an extra place at her table as she felt no one should be alone. A life well lived and a life so well loved. Donations in her honour may be made to Diabetes Canada or Jubilee United Church.
January 14, 1930 – August 14, 2020
Rev. Lindsay George King , 7th child of Eleazor King and Maude Kelloway was born on Bell Island Newfoundland January 14th 1930 and died 6:30 am Friday August 14th 2020 at BayCrest Palliative Care Unit in Toronto.
A very intelligent and gifted person from the beginning Rev. Lindsay King had a natural artistic flare and started drawing and painting at a very early age. The Bell Island school allowed him to advance two grades as he showed great intellectual capacity in all subjects.He completed high school at age 16. At this same age he left Bell Island to begin studying at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick paying his way through university by training in the navy each summer. It was at Mount Allison that he met Emily Jean Turner who became his devoted wife of 67 years. Lindsay was well liked by all his peers at Mount Allison and was active in sports and drama . He was in fact asked if he wanted to act professionally and received many accolades at the Simpsons drama festival in 1947. His heart however was committed to becoming a clergyman in the United Church of Canada. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Mount Allison in 1950 he went on to do his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Pine Hill College in Nova Scotia in 1951.From there in 1952 he took his first post as a Minister in the United Church in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Labrador after marrying Jean in Truro Nova Scotia on Sept. 6th that same year. Many adventures came with the post in Happy Valley including rescuing a man from being eaten by Huskies, surviving the winter in a tar paper shack , being the one responsible to turn the generator on for power in the hospital when a midnight birth was about to take place and saving a Fuller Brush Salesman from losing his ears to frostbite. After having done an excellent job in that post for over a year in 1953 he was offered a scholarship to do his Masters of Divinity at Boston University. He did exceedingly well in his studies there and graduated not only with a Masters of Divinity but also with an honourary STM(Sacred Theology Masters Degree). From there he continued in his ministry and was placed in Tide Head New Brunswick in 1955. His daughter Catherine Jean King was born there April 1st 1956. While at Tide Head he not only increased the congregation size but used his architectural and drafting skills to build a much needed new church. Becoming known for his dynamic sermons and public speaking abilities Lindsay was then given the opportunity to advance to the big city of Montreal where in 1958 he became assistant minister at Cedar Park United Church. That same year his son Lindsay Turner King was born there.
After 2 and a half years enjoyed at this post he was then called to Iondale Heights United Church in Scarborough Ontario in 1961. Here due to his desire to help ill Catherine he studied hypnosis and developed Pneumatology a body, mind, spirit awareness system that helped many find peace, health and balance in their lives. Interest in Pneumatology opened doors that led to Lindsay writing in the Toronto Star and being featured on TV programs that addressed religion and spirituality. In 1966 he was offered to continue his ministry at Willowdale United Church. Here his reputation for a broad minded theology,development of a barter system called LETS, belief in social equality, kindness to those in need, and ease in relating to young and old became well known. Willowdale was also where he became part of a team that began the Family Life Foundation, an organization created to reach out and provide aid to all , ran for local politics in the early 1970’s and wrote a regular article in the local newspaper called the Mirror. Even though his expanded theology and out spoken nature brought controversy at times the Willowdale church congregation grew under his influence and became alive with a wide variety of community functions that benefited all in the Willowdale area. As a result Lindsay’s ministry there thrived and continued for 25 years until he retired at age 65. While Lindsay had retired from the ministry he had not at all retired from life. He continued private counselling , still taught Pneumatology, maintained writing in the paper, and carried on involvement in the Family Life Foundation. For a time period he jointly owned a radio station. As well he enjoyed more time for painting and periodically sold his work, sustained a regular bible study group and helped develop Pathways a church with broad vision. He was actively involved in these functions until the age of 85 when bladder/ prostate cancer slowed him down. At age 87 he developed Dementia and remained under the care of his wife, son Turner and his wife Farah until having to go for his final month of life into palliative care.
Lindsay is survived and will be forever loved , remembered and greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years Emily Jean King, his daughter Catherine King (Wayne),his son Turner King and wife (Farah), grandchildren Neda King(Christian), Sahar Narlidis(Yiannis), Tyler King, step grandchildren Shauna Adams(Emilio), Shane Adams , great grandchildren Dienekes Narlidis, Carter King Grafen and Odyssea Narlidis and step great grandchildren Tuva Englund, Ruben Englund, Ronja Perez Iznaga and Tilde Perez Iznaga.
The Memorial Service for Rev. Lindsay George King will be held at Jubilee United Church on Saturday August 22nd 2020 at 1:00 pm. Due to Covid 19 attendance for the service is by invitation only.
November 27, 1925 – July 24, 2020
Passed away peacefully at the Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre on Friday, July 24, 2020, in his 95th year. Proud veteran of WWII. Loving father of Karen. Predeceased by wife Shirley (1978) and son Stephen (2003). Grandfather of Ashley and Michelle. Ken truly appreciated his visits from JoAnne, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all of whom will fondly remember him. Ken had a long and prosperous career as a Chartered Accountant. He also loved spending time at his cottage on Balsam Lake, which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions, a private memorial service will take place on Thursday, July 30th (invitation only). Many thanks to the staff at K2C for their kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunnybrook K Wing (Veteran’s Wing) or a charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit www.etouch.ca
Peacefully while summering at Camp Inn, Duck Lake, in the Kawarthas, with her beloved husband Ralph of 52 years by her side, on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the age of 75 years. Loving mother of Ralph Snook jr. and his wife Carol of Pefferlaw, Ronda and her husband Peter Simmons of Belleville, and William Snook and his wife Susan of Queensville. Cherished grandmother of Courtney (Alex Choo Chung), Ethan, Kara and Ryan Simmons (Melissa), and great grandmother of Anastasia, Kai, Olivia and Saphira Choo Chung, Makala Simmons and Elisha DeJardine. Dear sister of Patricia (Late Leo Cornick), Madeline Foley (Gerard Meyers), Stella (late Walter Hodder), Rhoda (Bram Hodder), Carolyn (Fred Foley), Brian Hannon (Leslie), Harold Hannon, Cynthia (late Bryant MacDonald) all of the Scarborough area, Betty (Don McLean), Nina (Lloyd Lynch), both of Newfoundland, and the late Robert Hannon. The family will receive friends (Covid capacity 40 people at any time, social distancing please) for visitation on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service (40 people) in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. In memory of Anna, donations to Stronach Cancer Centre c/o Southlake Regional Health Centre would be appreciated.
After a long and rich life, died peacefully in his 98th year, on April 20, 2020. Born in Fredericton in 1922, he completed a BSc degree in his native New Brunswick in 1947, after his studies were interrupted by wartime service in the Canadian Navy. After spending 1948-1949 studying economic geology as a graduate student and Beaverbrook scholar at the Royal School of Mines in London, England, he earned a PhD degree at the University of Toronto in 1957 and launched his teaching career. Digger was a renowned geologist and professor who taught for more than 40 years at the University of Toronto. He was a popular lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Walker Mineralogical Club, the oldest mineral club in Canada, which named him its Honourary President in 1981. In 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and had a mineral (Gormanite) named in his honour. He was a lifelong member of The United Church of Canada and an active member of the Masonic Lodge. He was predeceased by his loving wife Reta (nee Hill) and was a proud father of Lana (predeceased), Bill (Terry), Tom (Jane), Kathy (Mike) and Liz (Bart). Fondly remembered by his ten grandchildren Wendy, Doug, David (predeceased), Jennifer, Dan, Emma, Matthew, Michelle, Kait and Maggie and by his eleven great-grandchildren Rachel, Brayden, Tyler, Dylan, Anna, Calvin, Owen, Eleanor, Luke, Kendra and Makaela. Digger leaves behind an enviable legacy of kindness, generosity, compassion, an inquisitive mind and a love of life. His extraordinary curiosity and love of learning filled his world. With a breadth of knowledge on a staggeringly large number of topics, he was the original Google before it existed for his family and all who knew him. At 97, he played the harmonica in a Hillbilly band, wrote short stories, composed a collection of limericks, participated enthusiastically in a mental aerobics group, was a member of the board of directors for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and was an executive on the Sunnybrook Veterans Council. A heartfelt thanks to all of the compassionate and incredible caregivers at Sunnybrook Hospital’s Veterans’ K Wing, whom he adored and respected so much. The family will be holding a private interment service and a memorial service will be planned in the future when current restrictions are lifted. Online condolences may be left for the family at https://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/highland-scarborough/obituaries