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HANNAH, Michael   -  It is with profound sadness that the family of Michael Hannah announce his unexpected passing on May 14, 2022, at the age of 76 years.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, resident of Toronto, son of Roy Webster Hannah and Elizabeth (nee Traegar) Hannah.

Mike was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann Catherine Hannah (nee McMillin) seven months earlier; and brother, Garry Hannah.

WINCHESTER, Frances Gloria    -  Died at Toronto General Hospital on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

She was the daughter of Francis and Thelma Winchester (deceased). Frances Gloria is survived by her sisters, Maureen (Mikey), Barbara and Louella; brothers, Michael (Diana), Gerald, Mervyn and David (Margaret – deceased); as well as many nieces and nephews.

KRITZER, William   -  Passed away peacefully, on May 13, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.

He will be loved forever by his wife, Susan Heiner; sons, Darren Kritzer (Karen), Stephen Kritzer; daughter, Lisa Briscoe (Justin); and grandchildren, Avery and Presley, Carter and Benjamin.

SAGER, Mary Chatherine (nee BILTON)   -  Born June 13, 1954, loving wife of Gordon Sager and beloved mother of Heather (Niko Levesque), George (Megan), and Jenni Sager, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Dearly missed by her sister, Jane Bilton; brother, Ken Bilton; her sisters-in-law, Wendy Bilton and Evelyn Roberts (David); her nieces and nephew; and all who knew her.

Wickett StephenWICKETT, Stephen Arthur   -  It is with a heavy heart, that his wife of 51 years Georgia and the rest of his family announce the passing of Stephen Arthur Wickett, after a long courageous battle with Lymphoma.

A spiritual man at his core, Stephen was a member of the Toronto West Presbytery with the United Church of Canada and began his career as a Music Minister at the age of 16.

With almost 60 years of service, Stephen worked in a number of churches across the GTA including, Humber Valley, Maple, Trinity United, Applewood, Westminster on Tomken and Westminster on William St. ending his career at Westway in Etobicoke.

Stephen was also a savvy businessman, working for over 25 years with T. Eaton Co., rising to Operations Manager in the Eaton's Centre.

Born in Sarnia, Stephen later moved with his family to Toronto where he was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 51 years, Georgia.

Polzin LorrainePOLZIN, Lorraine   -  Lorraine was a mother who had a great sense of humour and never shrunk from showing her family how to enjoy life as it comes.

Her marriage to David lasted until death did them part 9 years ago, after 65 years together.

A loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family, she passed away happily and peacefully in the company of family on May 13, 2022.

LIINVE, Tiina   - Octover 14, 1952 - May 12, 2022

Tiina passed away peacefully, at Scarborough General Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of Andres (Andy).

She was born in Toronto to Johannes and Efrosina Kikkajoon.

Dear sister of Linda Foster (John), aunt of Michael and sister of Jaak (Val) and family.

GROTEK, Stanislawa   -  It is with sad and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Stanislawa Grotek, beloved wife of Wladyslaw Grotek (recently deceased), cherished mother to Richard (Maria Wegorzewski-Grotek) and Irena (Hank Reiterowski) and loving Babcia to Stefanek and Terenia.

Stanislawa passed away peacefully, on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Copernicus Lodge in Toronto.

Hama FusakoHAMA, Fusako "Mary"   -  Fusako "Mary" Hama, 89, passed in her sleep, on May 12, 2022.

Born on September 28, 1932 in Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada.

Beloved wife of Yoneo Henry Hama for 61 years and cherished by her children, Melvin (Jean) Hama and Sharon (Robert) Marr. Loved by her grandchildren Aidan and Brandon Hama and Caroline and Emiko Marr.

Remembered by her brother Takao (Sue) Doi.

Mary was predeceased by her parents Denjiro and Fusayo Doi, and brothers Ikuo and Manabu Doi.

Mary was a loyal employee of Canadian Standards Association until retirement. Mary had an energy for life that will always be remembered and cherished by all. She was a hard worker who balanced work with caring for her family and friends.

Heal FrancesHEAL, Frances Shirley (nee COUTTS)   -  1926 - 2022

Died peacefully on May 12, 2022, at the age of 95, at home after a full life where she showed her engaging spirit and style through her love of nature, sewing and all things creative.

Fran will be sincerely missed, but never forgotten, by her 3 sons – Steve Repath (Sue), Paul Repath (Diane), and Greg Heal (Corinne) – as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is joining her husband, Peter, in a red sportscar in the sky to continue their adventures.

Sincere thanks to the staff at Hearthstone by the Lake who greatly assisted Fran in her later years with incredible kindness and care.

Hinton BettyHINTON, Betty Eugenia   - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Betty, at age 98, at Cawthra Gardens Long Term Care Residence, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Beloved wife of the late Gordon Hinton for 71 years, dear mother of Linda (Doug) MacDonald, loving Nanny of Kevin, great-grandmother of Andrea and great-great-grandmother of Zoephyah.

She was predeceased by her parents, Rev. Dr. Albert E. Hayward and Sylvia Hayward and granddaughter Karen.

Throughout her life, she loved music, enjoyed playing the piano, had many hobbies and was actively involved in her church.

Repol TerrenceREPOL, Terrence Andrew  -  Born on November 4, 1949, in Toronto, Ontario, and passed away on May 12, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, in his 72nd year.

Terrence is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Suzanne; his children, Meaghan and Maire; and grandchildren, Kayla, Claire and Kristen.

He leaves behind his brother, Dave, and sister-in-law, Gerda, as well as his baby sister, Janice, and her husband, Dan. Predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Esther; and younger brother, Alan.

Terry's passions were family, all sports throughout his life, and in the latter years, Curling and Golf.

A longtime member of West Hill United Church where he chaired the board and was actively involved in charitable golf tournaments.

HOOTON, Geoffrey   -  Geoffrey Hooton passed away in hospital this morning, May 11, 2022; he was 94 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, married for 69 years; and son, Stephen.

We were expecting it... but it still hurts a lot.

GIFFORD, Elizabeth Rose (nee HERMANN)   -  February 6, 1936 - May 11, 2022

Predeceased by her mother, Anna; her father, John; and her brother, John Hermann; and loving wife of Jim Gifford.

She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her daughter, Gloria (David Poborsa); and her sons, Glenn and Douglas (Lynn Meadus).

TANENBAUM, Joseph Manuel   - With heavy hearts the family announces the death of Joey Tanenbaum, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Toby of nearly 67 years (shy 11 days) and children Michael and Sasha, Alan, Marty and Wendy, Susan and Judith, Robbie and Pam. Beloved son of the late Max and Anne Tanenbaum.

 

Merker DonaldMERKER, Donald Stanley  - On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Humber River Hospital, at the age of 79, just 11 days shy of his 80th birthday. Don

Merker was the beloved father to Steve (Cathy), Alli (Matthew), Keith (Lindsay), Brian (Iva), and Ashley, and will provide a lasting legacy for 11 absolutely amazing grandchildren, Kate, Jack, Nathanial, Ceilidh, Beckett, Keagan, Smith, Poet, Remi, Cass, and Gabriel.

Don had an outstanding life. Born in Toronto and raised by immigrant parents, Jack and Sue.

Attending the University of Toronto in the early 1960's, he won numerous wrestling awards while pursuing his passion in medicine.

Don met his first love Judy along this journey, and they created four extraordinary children together.

SQUARE, Joan (nee RICHARDSON)   -  1931 - 2022 Passed away peacefully at home earlier this year at the age of ninety.

She was predeceased by her husband Berkeley, and her brothers Don and Doug Richardson.

She is survived by her son Trent and daughter Meredith.

KELLY, Joseph Gerald  -   Passed peacefully, on May 11, 2022, at the age of 92.

Joseph spent most of his days in East York as an influential businessman, friend and mentor to many.

He was a devoted husband of 56 years to his wife and Miracle, Marie Elizabeth Arbour Kelly (predeceased). Joseph was a loving father to his 7 children Joseph, James, Karen, Denise, Sandra, Deborah and Thomas.

OHASHI, Keiko (nee TSUSHIMA)    -  February 5, 1928 - May 11, 2022

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Keiko (Kay) Ohashi, on May 11th, at the age of 94.

Beloved wife of the late Victor (Haruo) Ohashi.

OPIOLA, Richard   -  Surrounded by his family, Richard Opiola, passed away at age 65, on May 11, 2022, after a long battle with cancer.

Rick was a graphic artist and photographer who continued his creative pursuits in retirement.

AGAR, George   -  With his heart full of gratitude and a joyful faith in life, family and friends, George left us on May 11, 2022.

Born December 15, 1940 to Bill and Agnes (Nattress) he was brother to Ron (Eileen), both deceased, and John (Judy).

Carter ElaineCARTER, Elaine (nee PETERS)   -  October 13, 1929 - May 11, 2022

Peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. Captain of the Trinidad & Tobago National Women's Field Hockey team 1958-1960.

Immigrated to Canada in the late 60's.

Dedicated career at Vickers & Benson.

She had a passion for building community in all spaces. 

A respected member in the local Caribbean Chinese Association and 25-year volunteer at the Sunnybrook Tuck Shop.

McLaughlin AnitaMcLAUGHLIN, Anita Diane   -   It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anita Diane McLaughlin.

Anita passed away peacefully on May 11, 2022. 

Predeceased by her niece, Dianne Trottier. 

She will be deeply missed by her loving sister, Patricia Trottier.

Remembered by cousins, Geraldine McLaughlin and Gerad McLaughlin. 

Anita was born in Manchester, England on October 15, 1945 and immigrated with her family to Toronto in 1957. 

She enjoyed going for walks with her sister, Patricia, and exploring the city together. 

Hogan PatrickHOGAN, Patrick   -  Peacefully, with loving family at his side, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence in his 90th year.

Beloved husband to the late Caroline Hogan (2006). Loving father to Patrick and his wife Andrea, Susan and her husband Charlie, Ewart "Norm" and his wife Diane, Paul, Fergus, Ursula and her husband Peter and Fr. Seamus.

Cherished "Grandpa" to Kevin, Dana, Taylor, Olivia, Michael, Patrick, Gabriel, Rosalia, Justina, Maria, Carolina, Jacob, Bethany and Maxwell.

 Survived by his sisters, Rosie and Pauline.

Predeceased by his brother, Tom; and sisters, Marianne and Bridget.

Patrick will be missed and lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

BETCHERMAN, Ann   -  Ann Betcherman passed away, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Valleyview Residence.

Ann was the youngest of four children born to Miriam and Louis Torontow on February 23, 1925.

Known affectionately as "the Bub" even to her own children, Ann radiated love and caring and always had a warm and beautiful smile. 

BLACKSTIEN, Bev  -  February, 1933 - May, 2022

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Bev, beloved wife to the late Bernie Blackstien, devoted mother to Gary (Tami), Susie (Mark), and Paula (Steve), cherished grandmother to Meiron, Gal (Liron), Jason, Neil, Maya (Adam), and Ilan, sister to Sheila and Anne (Dolly), and aunt, cousin and friend to many.