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
October 2, 1932 – February 4, 2020
Loving wife of 65 years to Lyle Miller, mother to Bryan, Raymond, and Donald, grandmother to Elora, Lauren and Lindsay. Bev was also close to her sons’ partners; Antonia, Andrew, and Wendy and was a much loved sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend.
Bev was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, and grew up on a pioneer homestead near Aylsham, Saskatchewan. Photographs of her pioneering youth, such as heading to school on a horse drawn toboggan, or riding bareback on her horse Scottie, are much cherished. She left the farm in 1952 for secretarial school in Saskatoon, returning to Aylsham to work in the bank.
While in Saskatoon she met Lyle and they were married in 1954. They moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 1956, started a family and made lasting friendships. In 1968 Montreal became home, where again many friends were made and Bev added downhill skiing to other pastimes such as bridge and hosting fun-filled parties. Since 1977 Bev and Lyle have lived in Don Mills where they were active in Jubilee United Church, North York Newcomers, and several bridge groups.
Above all, Bev always valued family and friends. Her freezer was always full of the best cookies for anyone that dropped in. She had the best laugh, warmest hugs, kindest heart, and softest hands to rub her granddaughters’ backs. Bev’s life was active and full up until the end. A sudden stroke took her from us and the family is very grateful to the staff of Sunnybrook hospital for their attentive care.
The family will remember and honour Bev’s life in a memorial service on March 14th at 2 p.m. to be held at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in her memory are most welcome.