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Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home

211 Langstaff Road East
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C7
(905) 889-7467

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

140 Brooke St
Thornhill, ON L4J 1C8
(416) 221-1159

Jerrett Funeral Home

8088 Yonge Street
Thornhill, ON L4J 1W3
(905) 889-8889

Steeles Memorial Chapel

350 Steeles Avenue West
Thornhill, ON L4J 6X6
(905) 881-6003

Thornhill ON Obituaries and Funeral Related News

Jewish man at the centre of religious death debate to be remembered at funeral - CBC.ca

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Late Thursday night, Ouanounou lawyer Hugh Scher confirmed that Shalom had "passed away" that afternoon and would be honoured at a funeral in Thornhill, Ont,. on Friday. "Shalom's heart stopped, and he stopped breathing… which is the definition of death under Jewish law and under Canadian law in most instances," said Scher. Case will go onOuanounou, who studied at a Yeshiva in Israel and who worked in Toronto as an installer of doors and windows, attended Seneca College with the goal of working in property management, according to an affidavit written by his father.Last month, legal arguments were submitted to an Ontario judge from the Ouanounou family, the hospital and the man's doctors making the case for whether he should be allowed to stay hooked up to the machines indefinitely. Shalom Ouanounou, 25, was described by his father as sensitive and conscientious. (Submitted by Hugh Scher)Scher told CBC Toronto that a judgment in Ouanounou's case will still be delivered by Justice Glenn Hainey in order to "determine the issue," and that an appeal is likely to proceed either way."It's not uncommon at all that the court would ultimately render a decision, because the decision impacts not only the parties directly affected by the litigation but also impacts the broader community and addresses a fundamental questions and principle of law," he said. Charter right argumentIn last month's submissions, the hospital and doctors argued that though Ontario has no fixed legal definition of death, neurological death is the accepted definition of death in the medical community.Taquisha McKitty has been declared brain dead but her family are fighting to keep her on life support. (Instagram)Scher and his co-counsel, on the other hand, argued th...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/shalom-ouanounou-death-1.4569257

Mourners pay tribute to Thornhill's "beautiful, caring" Sami Bensky - YorkRegion.com

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Family, friends and fellow students are mourning the death of a 16-year-old Thornhill Secondary School teenager. Samantha “Sami” Bensky, from Thornhill, passed away on Thursday and had her funeral on Sunday at the Steeles Memorial Chapel.A man who identified himself as her uncle with the Facebook account Jeff Springer, shared his sentiments over social media.“We said goodbye today to my beautiful niece Sami Bensky,” he wrote. “Our hearts are broken but we are comforted by the wonderful memories we share."Friends close to Bensky also paid tribute to the “beautiful, exuberant, caring” teenager online, remembering a young woman who will also be missed by her cheerleading squad and fellow campers. “After being Sami’s counsellor this past summer,” wrote an account assigned to Rachel Gershman, “I saw what an amazing girl she was and how much she cared for others, she made the cabin so amazing and made the summer so special.”“Sami was on my (cheerleading) team,” wrote an account named Kyla Shelly Randall. “She was my best friend on the team…she was truly an amazing p...

Thornhill 'rising star' killed in Las Vegas Lamborghini crash - Toronto Star

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Friends and family are mourning a 37-year-old Thornhill real estate agent killed last month in an accident at a Las Vegas racetrack.Craig Sherwood was killed Feb. 12 after losing control of the white Lamborghini he was driving at the SpeedVegas racetrack. Witnesses told police they watched a vehicle going at a high rate of speed enter into one of the track’s turns and crash into a barrier wall, at which point the vehicle caught fire, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesperson Laura Meltzer.Sherwood died from burns, according to a spokesperson for the local coroner’s office. An instructor in the passenger seat, Gil Ben-Kely, 59, of Nevada, also died from chest injuries. The cause of the crash was ruled accidental.A funeral service was held last Friday for Sherwood. He had been in Las Vegas for a real estate conference along with colleagues from Keller Williams Realty, the company he worked for.“We had lobster Benny that morning at the Encore in Las Vegas and he was having a great day, we were laughing,” said Mark Timmo...

Thornhill 'rising star' killed in Las Vegas Lamborghini crash - Hamilton Spectator

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friends and family are mourning a 37-year-old Thornhill real estate agent killed last month in an accident at a Las Vegas racetrack. Craig Sherwood was killed Feb. 12 after losing control of the white Lamborghini he was driving at the SpeedVegas racetrack. Witnesses told police they watched a vehicle going at a high rate of speed enter into one of the track's turns and crash into a barrier wall, at which point the vehicle caught fire, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesperson Laura Meltzer. Sherwood died from burns, according to a spokesperson for the local coroner's office. An instructor in the passenger seat, Gil Ben-Kely, 59, of Nevada, also died from chest injuries. The cause of the crash was ruled accidental. A funeral service was held last Friday for Sherwood. He had been in Las Vega...
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7176128-thornhill-rising-star-killed-in-las-vegas-lamborghini-crash/

George Yates

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

George was a devoted Catholic and a long-time parishioner of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Thornhill. George loved Ray Charles and Oscar Peterson, beautiful clothes, red wine, Starbucks coffee, corned beef from the Centre Street Deli, extra old cheddar cheese, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Blue Jays (and much to his chagrin) the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a natural athlete, and continued his daily runs well into his late 70’s. He taught all of his kids, at a very young age, to both swim and play poker (which worked out pretty well) and tried desperately to teach those same kids math (which didn’t work out so well). He was a stone-skipper extraordinaire. You could put him anywhere in the world and he could tell you where due North was. George was the definition of a decent man, generous, fair, honest and courteous. He was both gracious and graceful and always, always looked like a million bucks. Visitation will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Thornhill on Saturday, January 28 from 10 – 11am. The funeral Mass will take place at 11:00am with a reception to follow. George was a long-time supporter of Covenant House Toronto and if desired, donations may be directed to support their work for kids far less fortunate than his.
http://www.dixongarland.com/book-of-memories/2827887/Yates-George/service-details.php

'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto Star

Thursday, 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 Times

Thursday, 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...
http://www.recorder.ca/2018/04/09/brockville-area-joins-in-mourning

Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault Star

Thursday, 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...
http://www.saultstar.com/2018/02/11/funeral-cost-appeal-tops-goal