BREMNER, Jack

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John “Jack” Bremner on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the Palliative Care Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Beloved husband to the late Joyce for 68 years. Loving father to Karen and Lori and father-in-law to Michael.

A service will take place at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) on Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

MAGEE, Marion

It is with deep sorrow that we announce Marion’s passing on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Scarborough General Hospital after a courageous battle with vascular disease. The family celebrates 94 years of a life well lived & one to be proud of! Lovingly remembered by sons Grant David, Graham John & Rosemarie and daughter, Laura Anne. Proud grandmother of David & Michael Magee, Danielle and Christian Alexander; great grandmother of Oscar and Henry; loving Aunt of Brent & Vicky Rombough, Garth & Julie Rombough, and Lynn & Michael Evans. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Ernie, with whom she enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.

Born on July 17, 1928, Marion grew up and went to school in Winnipeg graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1949. She was on the student council as well as a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She spent a year as a Home Economist with Manitoba Hydro & in 1951 moved to Toronto as a Food Editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 3 years.

Marion met John Ernest (Ernie) Magee in her University days and on September 12, 1953, they were married in their hometown in Winnipeg. In their first year of marriage, Ernie was transferred to Moose Jaw where Marion then took on the challenge of social work with the wards of the government for two years. They had another transfer back to Winnipeg before finally moving to Toronto where they purchased a home in the O’Connor Hills area of Toronto, raised their three children, and lived happily ever since. In those days, Marion & Ernie loved to entertain & attend popular live theatre productions.

Both Marion & Ernie grew up enjoying their respective family cottages, so in 1963, when the children were still young, they bought a small cottage in Haliburton. For over 60 years, they loved cottage life with their summers at the lake, swimming, boating & waterskiing. They entertained their cottage friends as well as city friends who came for the weekend.

As travelling was a big part of their lives, she and Ernie planned a trip to another part of the world each year. The Taj Mahal in India was the shining star for them. Marion wrote articles about their trips for the Canadian magazine called “Travel Scoop” for over 20 years. She was a Charter member of Donminster United, later to be Jubilee United. She was an active member of the University Canada West, her beloved Bridge Club and the Milne House Garden Club for nearly 30 years.

Marion’s special hobby was designing hasty notes and place cards with her pressed flowers. If you have been fortunate to receive one as a thank-you or in recognition of a special occasion, you will treasure it as a keepsake from this fine lady who always showed a genuine interest in all of her family and friends and their activities. Marion cared for them deeply and always thought the best of people. She was a special lady who loved life and was always there for others. She touched the lives of all she knew; She will be greatly missed by many.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at https://www.jerrettlife.com/

WARD, Bettyann

BETTYANN (ELIZABETH) WARD It is with sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Bettyann Ward at her residence on July 29, 2022, rejoining her loving husband, Bob, in a very special place. Bettyann was in the company of her caring daughter, Susan, and in the thoughts of all the family. Born December 8, 1932, to Bill and Dorothy Bagshaw in Haileybury, Ontario, nurturing fond childhood memories. Bettyann cared deeply for the family and friends that brought so much joy to her life. Bettyann will be forever missed but fondly remembered by her cherished big brother, Bill (Boo) of Key Biscayne; daughter, Susan and husband, Bob; son, John and wife, Carol; along with her three grandchildren and their partners, Josh and Mercedes, Blake and Jess, Kacie and Logan and great-grandson, Myles. Bettyann graduated with a nursing degree from Sick Children’s Hospital in 1954 that provided a long fulfilling career. She was also actively involved with Jubilee United Church in Don Mills for decades, both created long lasting friendships. Through many adventures with her loving husband, Bob, Bettyann filled her life with traveling, curling, playing bridge, hiking, photography outings, gardening, cottage life and especially enjoyed time with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who helped make Bettyann’s journey through life such a full and happy 90 years. A celebration of life is contemplated for the fall. Donations may be made to Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto. Condolences may be left at www.smithfh.com.

BRUNDAGE, Kay

It is with sadness that the family announce the peaceful passing of their mother Kay (Kathleen) on Thursday, May 5, 2022 in her 99th year. She was predeceased by Don, her loving husband of 66 years. She leaves to mourn her children and grandchildren Mark and Denise Brundage (Cole), Michael and Kristy Brundage (Harry, Carter  (Caitlin Farquharson), Anna and Emmett), Anne and Terry Pruner (Lauren (Oscar  Alba), Brendan, and Cameron).

Kay grew up in Alberta, and while still in her teens achieved the Toronto Conservatory A.R.T.C. in piano performance.  She later acquired double degrees from the University of Alberta, and in mid-life, the Business Administration degree at Ryerson College.  For 50 years she was an active member of the United Church Women, PEO Chapter B, and the University Women’s Club of North York.

While at the University of Alberta she was privileged to be the first accompanist of the newly-formed University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, where she met Don. They returned many times for anniversaries, along with three life-long friends (also “originals” from the Chorus).  Kay attended the 73rd annual concert in 2016.  She and Don treasured the more than 60 years they sang together in church choirs in Calgary and Don Mills.

Kay was an enthusiastic swimmer and skater, writer of letters and emails and a voracious reader of books and newspapers. She enjoyed a lively discussion, as well as using her musical talents playing for soloists and various choirs. She enjoyed camping and travel, and sharing her home and cottage with family and friends, always with warmth and laughter. She was a cottager on Skootamatta Lake since 1979 and was a resident of the lake for the last 18 months of her life at Skootaway the home of Mark, Denise and Cole.

Heartfelt thanks to the compassionate doctors and nurses at the Lennox and Addington Country General Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their excellent care in Kay’s final days.

A small family celebration will take place at a later date in her beloved Land O’ Lakes area.

If you would like to make a donation in Kay’s memory please consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation – Inpatient Services.

Thanks Mom for everything.  You will never be forgotten.

Kay’s love of family and her sense of greater good will live on.

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.

MANCHUL, Marion

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!

SMEATON, Donald

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.

PHALP, Jean

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 (mcccanada.ca) or Chester Village Retirement Home (chestervillage.ca) by visiting the tab above.