North York ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Much-loved Ambleside teacher Audrey Newson dies, aged 81 - The Westmorland GazetteTuesday, December 20, 2016
Audrey Newson did to structure their lives, giving them a desire to learn and the means to achieve their ambitions. She will be greatly missed".
Audrey Diane Newson was born on October 25, 1935, in North Yorkshire, and after working at ICI as a secretary she moved to Canada in 1958. Her sister Dorothy had emigrated to Kingston, Ontario, with her husband.
There, Miss Newson worked at Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, and travelled widely on the Canadian Pacific railway and Greyhound buses.
After a short spell in South Africa, she returned to the UK to do her teacher training in Alnwick, where she gained a distinction in history, her main subject.
From 1972 to 1988 she taught third year juniors at Ambleside CE Junior School, and after retiring she worked part time as a veterinary assistant and at Kirkstone Galleries.
Miss Newson remained close to her sister Dorothy and family in Canada.
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Dr. Elana Fric honoured at Toronto domestic violence vigil - CBC.caTuesday, December 20, 2016
It's important we take this moment to honour her, but also to draw attention to the epidemic that is violence against women," said Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of the North York Women's Shelter.
A candlelight vigil held outside Queen's Park Wednesday paid tribute to Fric and "all those who have experienced abuse."
"We lose women to violence every six days in the country," Datta-Ray said to those gathered in the cold. "It is in this context we must understand Elana Fric's death. Her death has received the attention that the murders of hundreds of women also killed at the hands of their violent partners in this country do not."
"Let us use this moment to act to make sure the outrageous tragedy of domestic violence is one that we stop in our lifetime."
Deaths stemming from intimate partner violence are "all too common," says Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of the North York Women's Shelter. (Mohini Datta-Ray)
From November 2015 to November 2016, data compiled by the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses shows at least 26 women in Ontario died due to "femicide," or the "intentional murder of women because they are women."
Many of these women were allegedly killed by their husbands, boyfriends or other intimate partners, the data shows.
"No ethnic group, no socio-economic group, is free of this problem," sa...
Husband of U of T-appointed physician charged with her murder - VarsityWednesday, December 7, 2016
Mississauga on December 2, when they took him into custody.Strangulation and blunt force trauma were the causes of death. Investigators believe that Fric-Shamji was murdered at her home in North York at some time between the night of November 30 and the morning of December 1. She was reported missing by her mother on December 1.“She was last heard from Wednesday evening, that was the last time anyone heard from her,” said Detective Sgt. Steve Ryan, during a press conference on December 2. Ryan did not state a motive but claimed that “there were problems in their marriage.” Shamji’s wife had recently filed for a divorce.Shamji appeared in court on December 3. He has been remanded until December 20.Shamji, a neurosurgeon, worked at the Toronto Western Hospital while Fric-Shamji, a family physician, worked at The Scarborough Hospital.The couple was married for approximately 12 years. They had three children together, who are currently with their maternal grandmother.“It’s a sad case, you’ve got three children who are now without their mom and their dad,” said Ryan.Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the Ontario Medical Association, issued a statement regarding the physician’s death, calling her “a talented family physician who was active in many efforts to improve the health-care system.”“We are all stunned by the tragic news of [her] untimely death,” Walley’s statement continues. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends, and her colleagues.”
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Gordon Dryden: The quiet death of a leading Liberal voice - The Globe and MailWednesday, December 7, 2016
Mr. Dryden met regularly with friends to discuss politics, including the Liberals’ dramatic 2011 defeat. But his latter days are said to have been spent at the nursing home visiting his wife, and at North York General Hospital, where he read a biography of Winston Churchill – one of his heroes – before his surgery.Family lawyer and close friend Bob Hart said he once asked Mr. Dryden why he never penned an insider’s book, and he replied: “What I know was confidential then, and should remain so now.”
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Colleagues look for ways to honour slain Toronto doctor - CTV NewsWednesday, December 7, 2016
Kleinburg on Thursday. Police said the cause of death was strangulation and blunt-force trauma.
Investigators have since said that they believe the 40-year-old physician was killed at her North York home in the Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue area sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
On Sunday police obtained a warrant to search the home and began combing through the house for evidence.
Fric-Shamji's neurosurgeon husband was arrested at a Mississauga coffee shop on Friday in connection with the killing.
Mohammed Shamji has been charged with first-degree murder. He made a brief court appearance Saturday and has been remanded into custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for Dec. 20.
The OMA said further details about its plans to honour Fric-Shamji will be released in the coming days.
Other colleagues took to social media Saturday and Sunday to post messages of tribute.
#SayHerName Dr. Elana Fric You were a ray of sunshine taken from us far too soon. You will be missed. #meds03
— Teisha Legault (@medbunny75) December 5, 2016
“Dr Elana Fric: you are beloved and missed by many. May you rest in peace,” colleague Nadia Alam wrote on Twitter.
#SayHerName Dr Elana Fric: you are beloved and missed by many. May you rest in peace.
— Nadia Alam (@DocSchmadia) December 5, 2016
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Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal (https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-jodey-whitehead) on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...
'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Flyers and Marlboros. (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...
Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and TimesThursday, April 12, 2018
Humboldt later this week. https://t.co/DvpAsm2Ybw#HumboldtStrong#PutYourStickOut#XBRpic.twitter.com/h2EyHhQjrj
— City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...