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Kesten ElaineKESTEN, Elaine   - Our beloved Elaine Kesten, daughter of Robert Kesten and Yetta Hershorn Kesten, sister of Richard Kesten, passed away on July 29, 2022, at age 81, in Toronto, surrounded by love and care.

She is survived by her children, Robin Gorn and David Gorn, wife Erin Gorn and grandchildren, Billy and Talia Gorn.

Beloved cousin of the Lazar, Hershorn, Kesten and Lebow families.

Elaine traveled the world and touched many people with her honesty, courage, originality and generosity of heart.

 

ROCKERT, Judith  -  It is with deep sadness that the family of Judith Matthews Rockert announces her death on June 27, 2022, at 84 years of age.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of the late Belle and Ben Matthews.

She is survived by her cherished daughter, Wendi Rockert; and her treasured granddaughter, Lauren Rudolph of Toronto, Ontario; her dear granddaughter, Mia Manini; and her great-grandson, Daniel Arturo of Milan, Italy.

HUMPHRIES, Douglas R.   -  Surrounded by his family, on June 27th, Douglas R. Humphries (born June 9, 1934) passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital after a brief illness.

Douglas is survived by his loving wife, Sonya, of 63 years; father to daughters Sandra (Arnott) and Lauren (Moir); and grandfather to Lesley, Colin, Nathanael and Conrad.

Opekan MarionOPEKAN, Marion (nee WITUSHYNSKI)    -  October 12, 1923 - June 27, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Opekan, at Sts. Peter and Paul Residence, on June 27th, in her 99th year.

Predeceased by her adored daughter, Judy Ann, she is survived by her beloved son, Brian.

Marion will be missed by her sister, Jennie Rudyk (sisters predeceased – Mary Obal, Anne Stephens and Julia Tutkaluk), and by her many nieces and nephews, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews, who will fondly remember holidays on the farm in Niagara, her delicious pyrohy and the most amazing peach pies and strawberry shortcakes.

DAITER, Fern   - On Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Fern Daiter, beloved daughter of the late Max and Thelma Citron.

Beloved wife of Howard Jay. 

Loving mother and mother-in-law of Jordan and Sandra Daiter, and Les Daiter and Irida Mone. 

Gow JohnGOW, John  -  Passed away peacefully at home, on Saturday, June 25, 2022, with his wife, Nan, by his side.

He shared 64 years of his life with Nan and made sure they lived life to the fullest with love and devotion to each other. John was born in Glasgow, Scotland, a proud Scot.

He fought gallantly for many years to control hemochromatosis but sadly lost the battle.

He was a nature and animal lover, and horticulture became a great part of his life from an early age.

As he grew up, it showed in the glorious gardens he created - all very colourful and a testament to his passion for horticulture.

He was an avid reader, loved classical music and country music, and soccer became a great part of his spare time.

ZECHANOWITSCH, Aimi Lehte (nee KIBENA)   -  Peacefully, at Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto, on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Aimi was in her 88th year.

McDERMOTT, Francis   - July 18, 1942 - June 23, 2022

It's with mixed emotions that we announce the passing of Frank McDermott. 

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Karen; sisters, Judy (Judith) and Brenda; children, Jennifer (Jamie), Chris (Kim), Katie, and Patricia; and grandchildren, Mikayla, Payton, Ethan, Shona, Paige, Helena, Madison, Hudson and Cooper. 

Butler DavidBUTLER, David John, P.E.  -  Adored Husband, Father and Grandfather, David, died June 23, 2022.

He leaves his wife of fifty-four years, Maggie; son, Nicholas and his wife, Marsha and their children, Thomas, Eric and Owen; daughter, Claire and her husband, Jon and their children, Joseph, Michael and Evelyn in England.

David was a proud Professional Engineer working at Metro Transportation throughout his career.

He was a true English gentleman with a wicked sense of humour.

He was kind, generous and so very dearly loved.

Costello JohnCOSTELLO, John (Séan) James    -  John, born August 24 1933, left this world the evening of June 23 2022, surrounded by music, which was a constant in his life, and in the embrace of the love and laughter of his family.

Séan was the eldest son of Robert Costello and Kathleen Whelan; and dear brother of Michael, Vincent, Thomas, Desmond, Kevin, Kathleen, Maureen, Tony and Padraig.

He married Jane Patricia Foley in 1955 and shortly thereafter immigrated to Canada with their first son, Robert (Catherine); followed by Séan (Anne), Maureen (David), Sheila (James) and Eileen (Damien).

The foundations of Séan's life were his family, his work, sport and his Irish culture and community.

Corras AllanCORRAS, Allan Robert   -  Passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the Etobicoke General Hospital, having just turned 99 this past Sunday.

Loving husband to the late Ruby for 52 ½ years and to Ruth for 26 years.

Beloved dad of Linda (Gerry), Jerry (Colleen), the late Danny (Gwen) and Jim (Debbie); stepfather of Alex (Carol) and Linda; Grandpa to Jason (Stefanie), Janice (Shimmy) and Scott (Charlene).

Great-grandpa to Jonathan, Benjamin, and Joshua.

Allan will always be remembered for his love of square dance calling, guitar playing and dancing.

Glass MikeGLASS, Mike John   -  1946 - 2022  What's shakin'?

Mike was a devoted husband to Lorraine; cherished father to Douglas (Carmella), Kimberly (Peter), Tracy (Joe), and Tara (Brandon); proud grandfather to Brenden, Mitchel, Courtney (Adam), Trevor, Devin, Matthew, Chelsea (Dan), Ella and Dylan; and loving great-grandfather to Brenden, Makaila, Delilah and Emma.

A proud native of East York, Mike spent much of his life passionately engaged in competitive baseball and hockey.

He was an avid sports fan and stalwart supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Notre Dame.

A music enthusiast and impassioned fan of The Beatles.

Mike was larger than life and had an indomitable spirit.

BUCKLAND, Francis Robert (Bob)   -  It is with broken hearts we announce the death of Francis Robert Buckland (Bob), on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Beloved husband of Frances; devoted and loving father to Bobby (Laurie) Buckland, Patty (Robert) Buckland, and Patti (Jason) Ryckman.

KEARNS, Marilyn Elsie (nee SAMUEL)    -  September 20, 1948 – April 22, 2022

Longtime resident of Richmond Hill, Marilyn passed away peacefully, on April 22, 2022.

Loving wife to Frank.

MILLMAN, Cynthia Jill  -  May 27, 1951 - June 22, 2022

Daughter, sister, friend, colleague, wife, aunt, wicked stepmother, Bubie.

In all of these roles, you are loved.

SLOMA, Abram   - On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Abram Sloma, beloved husband of Chava.

Loving father and father-in-law of Anna and Harvey Lerner, and Rosie and Paul Parnass.

Dear brother of the late Fraidel Sloma, Pesa Fogel, and Lazar Sloma.

Beatty LyndaBEATTY, Lynda (nee JARRETT)   -  Born July 1, 1949. Lynda's journey on earth ended, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at North York General Hospital, with her sons by her side to the end.

Daughter of the late Arthur and Hilda Jarrett, daughter-in-law to the late Chester and Margaret Beatty.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Norman.

Loving and ever-patient mother to Alan (Lindsay-Erin) and Jonathan (Jacqueline). Her greatest delights were her grandchildren – Nathaniel, Julia, Sophia, and Maya, each of whom will carry her memory forward.

She leaves bereft brothers Robert (Janis) and Murray, nephew Stephen (Jenn) and niece Lesley. Well-informed by her degree in Geology from University of Toronto, Lynda would ensure that every child who brought her a rock would leave knowing what "igneous" meant! Lynda loved her home life, helping her boys and her garden prosper. 

Lambrinos ChrisLAMBRINOS, Chris   - July 20, 1957 – June 21, 2022

John Christopher Lambrinos was a remarkable, caring man who would gladly give the shirt off his back to anyone less fortunate.

Born on July 20, 1957 in Gary, Indiana, to George Lambrinos and Sheila Thibaudeau, the family moved to Ranee Avenue in North York before Chris attended Cartwright Avenue Public School for kindergarten.

With a new housing boom occurring in Emery Village, the Lambrinos family moved to Storer Drive in the Daystrom area, near Finch and Weston Road, where Chris completed his elementary school education.

Graduating from Emery in 1977, Lambrinos attended Humber College in a computer science program. His work ethic began at a very young age, holding numerous teenage jobs, and his joyful humour was a characteristic that anyone who knew him, would enjoy.

Jann HorstJANN, Horst   -  The family is heartbroken to announce the passing of Horst Ernst Emil Jann, at Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital on Wednesday, June 21, 2022, at the age of 96.

Beloved husband of Ilse for 69 years.

Loving father of Deborah.

He was a devoted grandfather to Isabelle and Peter Tomasek.

Horst was born in Berlin, Germany. 

When he was not working as a machinist with Anaconda (Arrowhead), you could find him playing tennis or skat.

Horst will be remembered for his kindness, fun-loving sense of humour and positive outlook.

KING, Richard "Rik"   -  1963 - 2022 

King RichardOn June 6, at his "peaceful place," his camp North of Kaladar, of a fatal accident.

Richard was in his 59th year.

Son of the late Brian King and of Alberta (King) Aboud.

He will be much missed by his mother, his brother Lawrence King, his nephew Connor King, as well as by his many friends.

KANBERGS, Margita   - It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Margita Kanbergs, on June 21, 2022, at the age of 85.

Predeceased by her husband, Viktor; and siblings, Ingrid Tannis and John Raminsh (DebbieLynn).

Cherished mother of Davis (Natalie) and John (Christine).

COHEN, Leah  -  On Monday, June 20, 2022, at 7:26 a.m., the Cohen family of Toronto, lost their pride and joy, their matriarch, their "Bubbs", Leah Cohen.

Leah was born in Toronto, on October 14, 1943, and passed away at the age of seventy-eight.

MCGLYNN, Patrick Joseph   - 1925-2022  Peacefully, at Presentation Manor, on Monday, June 20, 2022, at the age of 97, the last of 13 siblings.

Pat, beloved husband of Trudy (Gertrude) for 67 years. Loving father of Philip, Christine (Dennis), Brendan, Monica (Paul) and Charles (Marcia).

Grace GeorgeGRACE, George Albert  -  April 2, 1926 – June 20, 2022

George Grace died peacefully, at Trillium Mississauga, after a short illness, at the age of 96.

George was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2020.

George is survived by nieces and nephews, Miles Thompson (Linda), Judy Green, David Grace (Chris Long), Barbara Keaveney (Brian), Marjorie Appleton (Ted), Patricia Arges (Michael), Tim Grace (Deirdre), Allen Armstrong, and their families. George was born in Toronto and left school in 1944 at age 18 to join the army.

After serving in the army during WWII, George returned to school to complete his architectural training.

Following his graduation, he spent the next 10 years with several architectural firms working mostly on drawings for churches.

Ballard SandraBALLARD, Sandra Dorothy (nee SOOLEY)   -  Sandra passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Born December 1, 1946, Sandra passed away in her '39th' year.

Loving wife of Michael James Ballard; beloved mother of Tracy Ballard-Tal (Iddo) and Robin Burnett (Scott).

Proud grandmother of Conor, Noam, Dougal and Ella.

Predeceased by brother, Heber. Daughter of the late Dot and Walter Mantle.

Survived also by her beloved cat "Boots".

Sandra was a nature and animal lover. Her glorious garden is a testament to her passion for gardening and she could often be found strolling downtown Newmarket, with her basset hound, Zoe.

HUNTER, Gordon Douglas   -  April 2, 1940 to June 19, 2022

It is with great sadness we announce that Gord passed away on Sunday, June 19th, after a long struggle with cancer.

He is survived by Susan, his loving wife of 57 years; his devoted sons, Michael (Laurie) and Geoff (Jordana).