Born 16 May 1946 in Port Glasgow, Scotland. Died 16 February 2017 in Toronto. Mum, wife, daughter, grandma, sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, aunt, gemologist, teacher, gardener, traveller, reader, designer, animal lover, political junkie, culinary wiz, mentor, friend, poet, artist, decorator, generous and kind matriarch, our mum. June immigrated to Canada in 1952 with her parents John Brownlee (deceased 1965), Robina McMaster (2008) and her brother Iain (2013). She grew up in Midland, Ontario and spent most of her adult life raising a family while living with her Foreign Service spouse in eight foreign countries. While in Bangkok, June graduated from the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences and qualified as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. In retirement, June lived in her country home with her gardens in Kemptville, Ontario and continued to travel widely. In 2009, she moved to downtown Toronto to be close to most of her family. June is survived by her husband of 51 years, John, and her beloved children Allyson of Vancouver, Angela and Neil (April) of Toronto, her cherished grandson Adam, her sister-in-law, Ann Brownlee, nephew Scott Brownlee, niece Jackie Tinkler, and brothers-in-law Scott Baker and Blair Mascall. At June’s request, there will be a private cremation and later interment in Midland. The family wish to thank the outstanding care, empathy and support received from the Princess Margaret Palliative Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Foundation (for Palliative Care) would be appreciated.
Passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2017 in Toronto.
Father and father-in-law of Gary Cohen and Judy Hain-Cohen, and the late Stephen Cohen.
Grandfather of David and Cara, and Amanda.
STECKLEY, JOAN ETHEL (nee WHITE)
(July 15, 1932 – February 16, 2017)
It is with Great Sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Steckley, at Main Street Terrace, Toronto in her 85th year.
Joan passed in her sleep on Thursday February 16th 2017.
Survived by her son, Stephen Carl Steckley, Magie Calivoso Steckley his wife, sister Diane Fletcher (nee White) and husband David R Fletcher of Coldwater, Ontario. Predeceased by her husband Carl Joseph Steckley, parents James Kenneth White, Dorothy Lillian White (nee Tinney) and brother James Edward White.
Long time member of St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Kimberly Ave, Toronto.
Joan will be lovingly remembered by Family and Friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
If desired, donations can be made in Joan’s memory to:
St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 43 Kimberley Avenue, Toronto,Otario, Canada M4E 2Z4
Surrounded by the love of his family and friends, Ronald David Birdsall (Birdy), 55, of Toronto passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Bridgepoint Health. Loving and much loved partner of Jeff Otto, Ron will be missed by his mother Margaret, and his many friends whom he cherished.
Ron was born February 23, 1961 in Vancouver, British Columbia to his loving parents Margaret and Phil Birdsall. He attended Killarney Secondary School in Vancouver and then moved to Toronto in 1986. Through his love of tennis and playing in the Spartan Volleyball League, he quickly met and made a wonderful circle of long-standing friends. His warm and contagious smile and love of all things fun made friendships easy. He had amazing peers working at Canada Life, the Toronto Star and most recently Powell & Bonnell Design where he finally found his true niche working in design. Ron’s Powell & Bonnell Family were a great support throughout his new career and continued to be during his illness.
Among Ron’s joys were wine, Pride, margeritas in PV, hosting and attending fabulous parties, clothes, travel and architecture, art, Turner Classic Movies, tennis, his dogs, clothes, interior design, brunch, gingers, clothes and HomeSense.
Ron will forever be remembered as a charming soul with an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. Ron loved making the most of life and was always the life of the party. He and Jeff made a lovely and lively home together in the Pocket for over 20 years. We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary care and compassion from the staff at the Odette Cancer Centre (Sunnybrook), and Bridgepoint Health. Our love and thanks to all of our friends for the huge outpouring of support during the last few months. Special hugs to Susan Currie, Douglas Reynolds, Dean Miller, Patrick Shannon and Andre Steffens for their incredible help throughout this journey.
A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held in the spring.
On January 31, 2017 Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, in her 68th year following a brief illness with cancer. Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, on September 14, 1949 to Cecil and Anita Skerrett. Elizabeth was warm, compassionate, generous and a valued member of the Cabbagetown Community, most notably through her thousands of hours of charity work at both Saint Luke’s United Church and Dixon Hall Meals-on-Wheels program. Having lived most of her life in Toronto, Elizabeth embraced the music, visual arts and numerous performances and festivals the city always had to offer. Among her family, she is remembered as being courageous through life’s challenges, resolutely independent and gracious. Elizabeth is known by her friends as always supportive with a kind soul and members of her church remember her as always being such a presence of quiet grace. Loving mother to Shaniah Leduc and son-in-law Scott and step-grandmother to Katherine who loved her shortbread cookies and remembers her as always being generous with gifts to all she knew. Elizabeth cared deeply for the well-being of her brother Glyn and sister-in-law Marleen, niece Kristy and nephew Gregory (Suzanne) Skerrett and brothers William (Rhea) and Albert. She was a beloved friend to many from her church and community whose friendships Elizabeth so dearly cherished and to whom her family is thankful for enriching her life. We are grateful to Elizabeth’s dedicated family physician Dr. Susan Shepherd and nurse Barbara for their years of support and more recently the care teams from the Temmy Latner Centre, CCAC (Mary and Claudia) and all staff at Bridgepoint 4 North. A memorial service will be held in the spring at her church, Saint Luke’s United Church. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Luke’s United Church, 353 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON M5A 2S3.
We cherish the happy memories, you will always be in our heart, may the angels enfold you in their wings.