BOYD, Robert

BOYD, ROBERT DAVID January 29, 1933 – April 7, 2022 Passed away peacefully, at Mon Sheong Stouffville Long Term Care Centre, at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth; son, David; brother, Douglas; and parents, David Wilfred and Phyllis Marie (Lamont) Boyd. Will be sadly missed by children, Catherine (David) Tubb and Douglas (Vera Leung). Cherished grandfather to Carolyn (Nathan), Jennifer (Adam) and Frederick. Beloved great-grandfather to Braden, Amy, Clara, Brooke and Cole. Robert was born in Galt, Ontario, and grew up in Smiths Falls, Ontario. He graduated from Queen’s University (1955) with a Bachelor of Science. Robert worked at Crown Life Insurance Company for 27 years in Data Management. He was a resident of Don Mills for 63 years. Robert was an avid bridge player, patron of the Stratford Festival, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company, Kiwanis member, and was a longtime member of the Jubilee United Church. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Dr., Toronto), on Monday, April 18th, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will take place 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jubilee United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Tylee Manchul, peacefully on February 20, 2022 at the age of 94, at the Avalon Retirement Lodge in Orangeville. She was born in Virden, Manitoba in 1927, daughter of the owner of the local hardware store. While attending the University of Manitoba, she met engineering student Edward Manchul, the love of her life, and beloved husband of 68 years. Marion has lived in many cities across the country but always called Toronto home. Marion enjoyed bridge, curling, sewing, knitting and tailoring, and spending winters in Florida. She will be remembered fondly for her fabulous shortbread cookies, her famous back ribs and chili con carne. She is cherished by her two daughters, Lee Ann Manchul and Lynn Manchul-Davey. Her two grandchildren, Megan Devlin and Edward Davey will always remember her as their advocate and friend and she loved them to the moon and back. Marion will be fondly remembered by her nieces Nancy, Tylee, and Mardi, nephews Dick and Bill, son-in-law Michael Devlin, and many grand nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at the Avalon Retirement Lodge, Comfort Keepers, the palliative care team, Kristine and Dr. Bhamber. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the charity of your choice in her honour is appreciated. We will miss you, mom. We will miss you Nana. You were our inspiration!


It is with great sadness that the family of Donald (Don) Smeaton announce his passing on January 20, 2022 at the age of 82. He will be deeply missed by Linda, his loving wife of 31 years, his son Drew, daughter Lara, and stepson Jared. Don was a proud grandpa and “Poppi” to Claire, Haley, Emerald, Stephan, Calla and Isabella. He is survived by his brothers Bill and Wally, and will be missed by his many nieces and nephews in Kamloops, BC, where he was born. Don was a gift, a kind and loving man, with a love of life, and family.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Phalp, née Brubacher. She passed away peacefully in hospital on January 13, 2022. Until the end she continued to think of others, sharing a laugh and enjoying familiar stories.

Jean was the loving wife of husband Brian Trevor Phalp; beloved mother of Daniel (Leah Yu), Rosemary and David; grandmother to Chloe and Ethan; sister to Sheldon Brubacher (Barb); and predeceased by her parents Ralph and Bella Brubacher, her brothers Claude and Harold Brubacher (late Isabelle) and Gerald Brubacher (Lola), sisters Pauline Graham (James), Grace Waters (late Don), Alice McDonald (late Robert and Jack), Frances Clappison (Philip) and Beatrice Stephenson (Glen).

Jean was born on June 1, 1931 at her home in the community of Sunnyside, now Kitchener. She grew up with her brothers and sisters on the family market garden farm.

After graduating from Galt High School, she moved to Toronto where she attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology Early Childhood Education program, the first of its kind program in Canada, in its inaugural year, where she excelled, winning a scholarship in her second year.

She began her career as a teacher at the Victoria Day Nursery on Jarvis Street in Toronto. The first day care in Ontario (1890), was recognized for the promotion of mental health, and supporting children’s development. Her time there was fondly remembered, and co-workers became life-long friends.

She met her future husband Brian when he came to play badminton at Deer Park Church, where she was involved in social activities. Brian, born in Yorkshire, had graduated from Cambridge, and had worked for several years in London, England as an engineer before immigrating to Toronto, Canada. They were married on June 23, 1962.

The couple moved to Don Mills and raised the family of three. Jean and Brian loved to travel, including annual trips to England to visit his family. Jean returned to teaching nursery school in Don Mills and continued to take great joy in working with children in their formative years. Together they were active members of the Bethesda United Church community where they made many friends.

Sadly, her husband passed away in 1997. Jean did volunteer work and remained active in the Jubilee United Church and in the lives of her family and friends. The birth of her first grandchild Chloe brought her great joy, which was enhanced when her grandson Ethan was born.

She took great pride in her family’s Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and many the links to the Waterloo Region. She had great love and concern for her brothers and sisters and their families. She was a woman who cared deeply for others throughout her life and the family thanks all those who supported and cared for Jean in her final years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to the Red Door Shelter.

PALMER, Ruth Anne

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Ruth Anne Palmer at the age of 82, at Chester Village Retirement Home in Toronto. Ruth was born in Wheatley Ontario, the middle child of Henry and Mary Kornelsen, (nee Enns). She is predeceased by her parents, sister Marlene (Ron) Dumouchelle, brothers John (Sherry) and Herb (Clara) Kornelsen. She will be missed by her sister Margreta (Stan) Gronski, nephews and nieces, Deanne and John, David and Wasif, Wayne and Wendy, Doug and Trish, Andrea and Sam, Drew and Deanna.
Ruth started her working career in Wheatley Ontario as a Bell telephone operator. After graduation from London Teacher’s College she taught in a rural schoolhouse in Mersea Township. One of her duties was to keep the pot bellied stove burning. She decided this career was not for her and took a job with North American Life in Toronto becoming a group pension supervisor. Later she graduated from the Honeywell Institute and took a job as a computer programmer with CIBC.
Ruth loved to read, was an avid card player, loved crosswords and in her later years did lots of Fillin word puzzles.
There will be a visitation at 1pm followed by a memorial service at 2pm on Sunday December 12, 2021, at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, M1M1N5. Only double vaccinated people may attend. Due to covid there will not be a reception. Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada ( or Chester Village Retirement Home ( by visiting the tab above.

GAITSKELL, Gloria Joyce

23 July 1937 – 22 October 2021

Gloria Joyce Gaitskell, age 84, of Toronto, Ontario passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021. Gloria was born July 23, 1937 in Toronto, ON.


CONQUER, Marilyn Marie

It is with enormous sadness, that Marilyn Marie Conquer (nee MacLeod), 87, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. Our mother fought courageously and optimistically for a number of years, managing her many health issues. Marilyn was the beloved wife of the late Derek John Conquer. She was the dear mother of Jane (Steve Boehmer), Jeff (Judy Conquer) and Jennifer (Don Hill). She was the loving grandmother to Courtney (Bobby Caughey), Jonathan Boehmer (Ashley), and Andrew Boehmer (Ruthanne); Brittney (Ryan Fitzgerald), Brennen, Shelby and Kyle Conquer; Brodie, Madeline, and Henry Hill. She was the great-grandmother to Reese Caughey, Aria Fitzgerald, Graham Caughey, and Oaklynn Boehmer. The family acknowledges and thanks, with deep appreciation and gratitude, the many doctors who took exceptional care of our mother over the years, as well as more recently, her Palliative care team and her caregivers. Marilyn will be missed by her brother-in-law, Phillip Conquer, extended family of nieces and nephews, her church family and many others who knew and loved her. Visitation to be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON L3R 5G1), on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Private interment to follow. Online condolences and donations to Diabetes Canada or the Kidney Foundation of Canada may be made at

TEMPLETON, Dorothy(Porter) Dorothy (Doe)

93, passed away on October 9, 2021, at Providence Unity with her daughter Linda at her side, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and more recently cancer. Dorothy was born December 28, 1927 to Elizabeth and George Porter in Holywood, Ireland. She immigrated to Canada in 1952. She is survived by her son and daughter, Colin and Linda and by her nephew Dermot O’Brien. A Celebration of Life service will be held on October 27th at Jubilee United Church.


SEYMOUR, William (Bill)   –  July 17, 1929 – September 7, 2021

Peacefully at home on September 7, surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, June and his sons David (Melanie) and Robert (Pam) and Wendy, and his grandchildren Daniel, Mia, Andrew, Scott, Maggie, and Jessie.

Bill was an incredible husband, dad, brother, grandpa, and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was a big sports fan who loved playing and watching baseball, golf, and fishing.

Bill also enjoyed a good game of bridge or cribbage and going to the horse races with his friends.

His main passion was spending time with his family and especially his grandkids, either at home or at his favourite spot at the family cottage on Buckhorn Lake.

Cremation has taken place.

COULL, John Robert

Bathed in the warm hues of the rising sun, our beloved John Coull slipped peacefully from this life into the next, following a stroke.

John was born on February 17th, 1951 to parents Margaret and Robert Coull. He grew up in Scarborough, along with his two younger siblings, Doug and Sandra. John discovered a love for music and golf early on, and both passions stayed with him his whole life. In particular, it was jazz and big band that captured his heart strongest; John’s “working music” at home was usually Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, or Dizzy Gillespie, at maximum volume.

While John was often busy with work or playing trumpet with Toronto big band The Skyliners, he found time for golf as often as he could. Son Colin shared John’s love for golf, and the two played together as often as they could. John loved the annual “Guys’ Golf Trip to Myrtle” with Colin, Doug, and a few of their friends, spending a week golfing in autumnal Myrtle Beach.

John and Brenda (nee Burke) married in 1974, and had two children: Colin (Tori; Kingston and Kenzie) and Cheryl (Jasen; William). John always made time for his children’s activities, including Colin’s Scouting activities and Cheryl’s many dance competitions; he was always an enthusiastic cheering section! When his grandchildren came along John was just as excited, taking them to playgroups and parks, out for Timbits, and learning everything he could about what they enjoyed. He learned a great deal about superheroes (Kingston), princesses (Kenzie), and Star Wars (William), listening happily to everything they taught him.

After a career with the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Fire Marshalls office, John spent the final years of work with Origin and Cause, Inc. Always eager to solve the mystery, John’s police skills and fire investigation skills kept him curious and determined, eager to apply what he knew to the pursuit of justice and answers. John retired in 2016, making even more time for his greatest passions: his family, his trumpet, and his golf.

While we are all brokenhearted to say goodbye, we are thankful for the time we had together, and all the beautiful memories. Ever in favour of a morning round of golf, John no doubt had an early tee time the sunny morning he left. Hit ‘em straight! We love you.