Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive | Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2J5 | 416.447.6846

Celebrations of Life

NEYLAN, DAVID LAWRENCE  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.

HOLLANDS, MARJORIE HELEN  (nee Anderson) 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.

KING, REV. LINDSAY GEORGE  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.

LINN, KENNETH GEORGE  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

SNOOK, ANNA MAY 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.

GORMAN, DONALD “DIGGER” HERBERT 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

MILLER, BEVERLEY (nee WALLACE) 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.

 

CARVETH, WILLIAM (BILL) November 3, 1933 – January 25, 2020 on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in his 87th year, at home where he belonged, embraced in the love of his family. Beloved husband and friend of Wendy, dear Dad to Shirley (Ric) Baird, Nancy Crabb, Peggy (Ted) Masters, John and Howie (Loriann), loving Grandad to 14 grandchildren and proud GG to 5.5 great-grandchildren. Loving brother of Shirley Marescaux, the late Douglas and the late Muriel Palmer. Dear brother-in-law of Marilyn O’Hare, Reeta Boivin, Bruce Crocker and the late Ron. Nurturing uncle to many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at Jubilee United Church on Monday, February 3rd, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. If so desired, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada or the Cancer Society.

 

DAY, ELAINE (nee SINCLAIR) was born September 16, 1928 in New Richmond, Quebec; Elaine passed peacefully on January 7, 2020 with her family by her side. She lived a wonderful life in Don Mills since 1968, enjoying a successful career at the Bank of Nova Scotia and Ingram and Bell for many years. Daughter of the late Winifred and Henry Sinclair, sister to (late Shirley and Allan), Clare and Jean. Beloved wife of Bob (deceased 1997). Devoted mother to Linda (Rich) and Michael (Karen). Grandmother to Adam, Paige and Ted, great-grandmother to William and Madison. Special thank you to Vicki, her dedicated caregiver of 8 years, Jollee for the past year, and to the amazing, caring staff at Greenview Seniors Residence. These wonderful people enabled Elaine to remain in her home and at Greenview, living a happy, fulfilled life. She will be truly missed. Private family burial has taken place. Please join us for a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., North York. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Jubilee United, or the Temmey Latner Centre for Palliative Care, who made it possible for Elaine to die peacefully in her own home. Take the time to visit someone with Alzheimer’s, they will appreciate it.

 

TANDY, CHRIS   It is with incredible pain and sadness that we announce the sudden death by cardiac arrest of Chris Tandy on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at the age of 57.  A smart, kind, and loving human being, Chris’s love extended from his family to many in his community in his desire to be of service. Chris was the recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, a Scout Leader, a blood donor for over 25 years, and an active member of Jubilee United Church. 

Chris started at IBM as a co-op student in the late 1980’s and held many different roles during his 33-year career. Most recently he was team lead of the IBM COBOL for AIX and Linux compiler projects. He also chaired INCITS/PL22, Programming Languages, and OWG2, the ISO Standards working group creating the next COBOL standard.

Chris also loved to experience nature in all its forms: puttering in his garden, leading the Scouts on camping trips and travelling with his family across Canada and Europe. Chris will be missed every day by his beloved wife Ann-Marie, his sons Joshua and Liam, his mother Ann, his siblings Carol (Derek), Debbie (Peter) and Keith (Andrea), his father-in-law Stephen, his brother-in-law Laurence (Sandi), sisters-in-law Moara Sarah (Shaun) and Marsha (Mike) and by his nieces Madison and Vanessa, his nephew Noah and his many, many friends. He is predeceased by his father, James, and his mother-in-law Millicent.

We know Chris is now playing footy (soccer) with Dad, portaging with his best friend Wayne and drinking more than one pint of Guinness.

Visitation will be held at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Toronto, on Thursday, November 28 from 2pm-4pm and 6pm–9pm. Chris’s funeral service will take place at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto on Friday, November 29 at 2pm.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in memory of Chris to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. A Meal Train, including a fund for the Barrett-Tandy Family has been created.CLICK HERE to follow this link and use the instructions provided at site to learn how you can participate.

 

AYLES, BEVERLY ANN (nee GARLICK) Peacefully, on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Scarborough Grace Hospital at the age of 86. Bev was the beloved wife of the late Leon (2017). Loving mother of Paul, Pete (Diane) and Mark (Lisa). Cherished Nana to Tyler, Peter and Olivia. Dear sister of Murray (Susan) and the late Ross. Treasured aunt to her nieces and nephews. Bev had a lifelong love of music and had a passion for singing. She was involved in many choirs throughout her life, most notably, The Jack and Jills, Seranata Singers and St. John’s United Church. She was very generous with her time in the community and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years. Bev had fond memories of summers spent at Geneva Park with family and friends. Although Bev had many health challenges, she always maintained a positive attitude and was an inspiration for everyone she met. Bev had a great devotion to her family, always supporting all of their endeavors and “never wanting to be a burden”. Bev enjoyed many friendships over the years, some she still maintains from her childhood days growing up in Guelph, On. A memorial Service in honour of Bev will be held on Tuesday, November 12th, 11 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Living Toronto Warden Woods SWACA Program, 50 Fairfax Cres., Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 1Z8.

 

PALMER, ELEANOR  A Celebration of Life was held at Jubilee on October 18, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eleanor’s friends and family.

 

YOUNG, FLORENCE ELIZABETH (nee LEATHAM) The family of Florence Young is saddened to share the news of her peaceful passing, on August 20, 2019, at the age of 88. Flo was preceded in death by her loving husband and friend Douglas, in 2012. Flo was born in the city of Toronto, on March 10, 1931, but was very proud of her Irish heritage. She was a longtime employee of Bell Canada and retired after many years of service holding the position of supervisor. Flo loved music, gardening, golfing with friends and entertaining in her beautiful home and garden. Flo was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished by her family and friends. A small private service will be held in September to celebrate Flo’s life. In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the Canadian Cancer Society or Sunnybrook Hospital would be appreciated.

As noted, there will be a small private service held with family. 
We are invited to keep Flo, her family and friends in our prayers. 

 

BRIDE, HARVEY

(February 3, 1930 – August 10, 2019)

Peacefully, on Saturday, August 10, 2019, James Harvey Bride, passed away in his 90th year to join the celestial choir. Harvey served as a presbytery lay rep for his congregations for 40 years, the last being for Jubilee United Church with Toronto Southeast Presbytery, when he stepped down in 2016. 

Harvey is held in loving memory by his wife of 62 years, Marianne; son, Peter and cherished granddaughter, Emily, of Don Mills; his daughter, Miriam, of Whistler/Pemberton, BC; his sister, Merle MacIntosh and family of Listowel, ON; by his sister-in-law Rosada and family of Winnipeg, MB; and by his brother-in-law and his wife, Edward and Joyce Doig, of Atlanta, GA. Harvey was predeceased by his brother, Lorne, of Winnipeg, MB.

Harvey was known for his kind and gentle nature, his infectious smile and generous spirit. During his 35 years of dedication to teaching French, Harv created many fond memories with his colleagues and high school students. His passion for friends, religious and secular choir music, gardening and family history, was appreciated by all who knew him. For 80 consecutive years, Harv was steadfastly committed to his local church choir. He also joined French choirs, teachers’ choirs, Toronto choirs and patriotic choirs.

A funeral and celebration of Harvey’s life will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 a.m. at Jubilee United Church (MAP), 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto. It will begin with a 30 minute Hymn Sing (10 – 10:30 a.m.) Anyone who would like to join the choir for this service is welcome to come at 9:40 a.m. for some orientation, or just join the choir as the Hymn Sing proceeds – your voice will be welcome.  

A second service will be held on Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m., at Fordwich United Church (MAP), 3082 Patrick St., Fordwich, Ontario. 

Please keep the Bride family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

GRIFFIN, Lorna Margaret (NONNIE), Canadian actress, playwright, author, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the age of 85.

Nonnie was a daughter, sister, aunt, mentor and friend to many and Grande Dame of the theatre community. Predeceased by her mother Catherine (Woywitka), father Gilbert, brother John and sisters Mary and Catherine, Nonnie will be fondly remembered by her siblings Bill (Anne), Sandy (Sussi), Tony (Jackie), Pat (Angela), Tita (Paul), and Huffy (Gillie) and her many nieces and nephews (Michele, John, Joe, Jacquie, Catherine, Colleen, Kathy, Jennifer, Brawnwin, Jennifer, Heather, Victor, Dominic and Amelia) and their families.

Nonnie was a force of nature who lived life on her own terms. She studied at the Toronto Conservatory and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, and was highly regarded for her roles on stage, screen and radio across Canada and beyond, including CBC radio, Stratford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Broadway. Her talent was showcased in decades of productions such as Hello Dolly, Anne of Green Gables, Polka Dot Door, The Sea (Best Actress 1977-Toronto Star), Carebears, and Bizarre.

In her later years, she had a creative flowering, publishing her memoir Showbiz and Other Addictions, at age 69, and writing one-woman plays, Sister Annunciata’s Secret, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at age 78, and Marilyn-After, which she performed at the United Solo Festival in New York, at age 81, where it won Best International Show. At the time of her death, she was preparing to perform in two other plays she wrote, The Piper’s Son and Before Scarlett. Nonnie was also proud to receive her 40-year medallion from A.A.

A Celebration of Nonnie’s life will be held at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Please join us as we sing, perform and recite poetry, in Nonnie’s honour.

A Memorial service will also be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive, Toronto) on June 27, 2019. (Visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Service at 12:00, Refreshments to follow).

Memorial donations may be made to donations@savethechildren.castephenlewisfoundation.org or support.peta.org.

We hold Nonnie’s dear friends and family in our prayers. 

 

DENNIS, MARGARET  A Celebration of Life for Margaret will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Jubilee United Church at 6:30 p.m. with visitation at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow.

 

NOVAK, HELEN MADELINE (nee Coombs)  Our dear mother passed away peacefully on Thursday February 21,2019 in her 96th year.  Predeceased by her husband Frank of 65 years and her 11 brothers and sister.  Loving mother to Darlene Hindley (David) and Joan Cavanagh (Larry).  Proud Nana to Erin (Chris), Michael(Stephanie), Ryan (Michelle) and Kristen (Court) and 10 great grandchildren.  Her many hobbies included gardening, crocheting, cake decorating, dancing and baking and she loved to travel.  Thanks to the wonderful staff at Hillsdale Estates and to her special caregiver Elizabeth.  A service will be held on Monday March 4 at 11:30 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with a reception to follow.  Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society, Durham Chapter.

We hold Helen’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.

 

LEESON, IRENE EMILY  December 29, 1921 – February 12, 2019  Unexpectedly passed away at home at age 97.  Beloved wife of the late John F. Leeson.  Loving Mom of Catherine.   Predeceased by her siblings Jean Van Sickle and Robert Miller.  Dear Aunt of Robert Van Sickle (Sharon), Heather St. Peter (Ron), Ken Miller (Joan), and Paul Miller (Donna) and their children and grandchildren.  A former teacher, talented seamstress, voracious reader, creative craftsperson and an avid gardener.   An active member of Victoria Village and recently Jubilee United Church and the U.C.W.  Her beautiful floral arrangements graced the sanctuary of both churches.  Funeral will be held at Jubilee United Church [40 Underhill Drive, North York] on Monday, February 18 at 2 pm.  Visitation at 1pm and reception to follow after the service.   Interment will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jubilee United Church, Sunnybrook Hospital: Ophthalmology Department, or Toronto Humane Society.

We hold Cathy and all of Irene’s family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers. 

 

BREMNER, JOYCE ENID (nee BROOKS) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce Enid on Friday, February 8, 2019 at North York General Hospital after a sudden, unexpected illness. Beloved wife to John for 68 years. Caring and loving mother to Karen and Lori and mother-in-law to Michael. She is also survived by her sister Barbara. She will be greatly missed by all. Private service will be held at a later date. For those who wish, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

 

KLASSEN, AGNES April 25, 1919 – January 25, 2019 Peacefully, in Toronto, in her 100th year. Born in Blumstein, then Russia, of Mennonite heritage, Agnes immigrated with her family to Canada in 1925 and settled in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. She was grateful to the local Red Cross for facilitating free treatment of a childhood bout of polio which impacted her mobility but never slowed her down. Agnes eventually made her way to Toronto and worked for many years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, retiring in 1984. Agnes will be remembered as an intrepid world traveler, diary-keeper, book lover, birder, faithful church-goer and loyal friend to many. She was loved and was a loving soul, devoted to her siblings who all predeceased her: Harry (Doreen), Dietrich, Erica and Margaret. Thanks to staff of the Revera Retirement Residence on The Donway East, to her medical team at Sunnybrook and especially to her personal caregiver Angelica. Agnes is survived by many cousins and by her nieces and nephews Edith Crawford, Regina Lingle, Hank Klassen, Ed Klassen, Robert Klassen, Bill Klassen, Sheila Boswell, Mary Margaret Kristensen, Joan Klassen, Jenny Cameron, Kathy Mowat and George Ross. At Agnes’ request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be held at her church Jubilee United, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, on Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross or to Jubilee United Church.
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As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Agnes’ life,  at Jubilee
on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm   
We hold Agnes’ family and many friends in our hearts and in our prayers. 

 

SLEMON, MARGARET JEAN  Born at home in Quebec City on March 28, 1925; died peacefully in Don Mills, ON, January 30, 2019. The youngest of four children of Rev. Alexander Dawson Matheson and Gertrude (McCuaig) Matheson, Margaret grew up in in the Chalmers-Wesley United Church Manse on Rue St Ursule in Quebec City – a childhood that precipitated her into a life of deep social connection, and to charity work. Like both her parents and all of her siblings, she attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she studied English literature, and played Ophelia in the Drama Guild’s production of Hamlet. She worked summers as an IODE and YWCA camp counsellor, and after graduation, as a Bell Telephone service representative in Toronto. There, after a tennis-club dance, one guy walked her home and another uninvited, tagged along: that tag-along was her future husband, Gordon Richard Slemon. They married on July 9, 1949, honeymooned in Algonquin Park with a leaking parachute for a tent, and departed two months later for a four-year sojourn in post-war London. Gordon took his PhD in engineering at Imperial College; Margaret taught at the Cuckoo School for the children of destitute families; for holidays they travelled throughout the UK and across western Europe by train and bicycle. In due time, the family grew: Sally (1951) and Stephen (1952) in London; Mark (1955) in Halifax; Jane (1957) in Toronto, where Gordon had taken a faculty position at the University of Toronto. One of the first families to move into the new community of Don Mills, they were founding members of the new Bethesda United Church (later amalgamated into Jubilee United). Margaret was the driving force behind the establishment of a cottage – for many years without power, and without a road – at Twelve Mile Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. In 1963-64, Margaret and Gordon took their family to India for a year, to participate in the establishment of a new engineering college. On return to Canada, Margaret found meaningful work with the Distress Centre in central Toronto, both as an office worker and as a caring listener for people in emotional need. In her retirement years, she returned to university, to take a Masters in English Literature from York University, and thereafter remained an active participant in York’s Living and Learning in Retirement program. She was a gifted knitter, an active bird-watcher, an extraordinary letter writer, an avid downhill skier, and even into her 90s, an accomplished swimmer and sailor. She and Gordon travelled often, and globally. Throughout her 62 years of marriage, and for 7 years after Gordon’s death, she remained brilliantly connected to her family, her community, and her many, many friends. Margaret was predeceased by her brother John R. Matheson of Kingston ON, and her sister Catherine Carty, formerly of Montreal, QC. She will be deeply missed by her older sister Dorothy Parnell of London ON; by her sister-in-law Jean Slemon of Bowmanville, ON; by her children and their partners: Sally Thorne (Mary Adlersberg), Stephen Slemon (Jo-Ann Wallace), Mark Slemon (Jennifer Day Slemon), Jane Slemon (Bob Ennenberg); by her grandchildren and their partners Leah Carey (Ron Swartz), Allie Slemon (Andrea Eadie), Kathleen Slemon (Kyle Marsh), Geoffrey Slemon, Michael Slemon, Douglas Ennenberg, and Megan Ennenberg; by an enormous extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, and by many lifelong friends. Margaret had a genius for empathy, and attachment. Margaret’s family wishes to thank those many friends and acquaintances, including those at the University of Toronto and Jubilee United Church. We also want to thank the excellent caregivers at the Revera Donway Place Retirement Home and Residence in Don Mills, Ontario. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 2PM at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr, North York, ON M3A 2J5. In lieu of flowers, Margaret would have encouraged kindness to those in need through charitable acts of your own choosing.

As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Margaret’s life,  at Jubilee on Saturday, February 9th at 2pm   
We hold Margie’s family and many friends in our hearts and prayers. 

 

HEARST, DORIS  (nee Kindrachuk)  April 26, 1924 – January 27, 2019  Doris passed away suddenly at home, as was her wish.  Predeceased by her husband Bob in 2015, she will be lovingly remembered by her children, Debbie (Doug Herridge), Charlene, and Robert (Elizabeth Baranyi); her grandchildren, Jason (Rhona), Chantal, and Keith; her sole surviving sister, Olive Genereux; and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Born a twin into a large Ukrainian family on a humble farm in Hafford, Saskatchewan, Doris was a woman of remarkable spirit and determination who came to Toronto on her own in her early teens.  She was proud of her heritage and loved her family deeply.  Doris was a long time employee at Shell Canada and found strength in her faith and church involvement at Victoria Village United, where she was a founding member and a UCW President, and at Jubilee United, where she served on many committees and regularly baked the bread used for communion.  Doris loved to entertain and was most happy when preparing memorable meals or dozens of cookies to share or celebrate with family and friends.  She will be dearly missed.  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. Tuesday, February 5th.  Service to be held in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m.  If desired, donations may be made in memory of Doris to Jubilee United Church (Toronto M3A 2J5) or a charity of your choice.  Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

 As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Doris’ life,  at Jubilee on Wednesday, February 6th at 11am.   
We hold Debbie, Charlene, Robert and all of Doris’ friends and family in our hearts and prayers. 

 

GILMOUR, JOHN TRAVERS  ‘Jack’ Passed away after a brief illness on January 25, 2019 in his 84th year. Beloved friend and husband of Ruth (née Garrett). Loving dad to Richard (Kristen), Alison (Gary) and Doug (Erin). Adoring Poppa to Bryn, Kyla, Raegan, Lianne, Griffin, Mark, Travers and Garrett. He will be missed by his brother-in-law, Murray (Jane), and his nieces and nephews. Jack became a dentist in 1960 and after two years in public health, he started his own dental practice in Whitby, Ontario. For 37 years, he provided kind, patient- centered care to hundreds of families. In retirement, he and Ruth moved to Minden, Ontario where he enjoyed many hours with his grandchildren on Boshkung Lake. He had a phenomenal garden and enjoyed reading, playing bridge and debating politics. His family is heartbroken at their loss. A service will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York. Visitation prior to service at 1:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following the service. Donations to Canadian Cancer SocietySalvation Army Canada or the charity of your choice.

 

CRANSTON, JOHN “JACK” ROBERT  August 26, 1923 –  January 15, 2019  Friends may call at PINE HILLS CEMETERY & FUNERAL CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (north of St. Clair Ave. E., 416-267-8229) for visitation on Monday January 21, 2019 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 at 2pm with visitation 1 hour prior, Rev. Norm Seli presiding. If desired, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation. https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/JohnJackRobertCranston.html

We hold his beloved Helen and all of Jack’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.