Steven Wayne Couling of Bracebridge, Ontario, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Steve was born on October 4, 1959 and was raised by the late Shirley and Ross Embury.
Steve is survived by siblings: Judy, Jack, Maurice, Mike, Joey, sons: Zachary and Dyllin, step daughters: Jessica and Stevi and four grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Branch #73, 2 Robinson Ave, Scarborough on March 3, 2018 from 3 – 5 pm
On Feb. 6, 2018, in hospital, surrounded by family. Ruth was the mother of David Johnson (the late Nancy Chong), Andrew Johnson (Jane French), and the late Marc Johnson (Roselyn), and proud Bubby of Gemma Johnson and Joshua Johnson (Tierza). Born in Toronto, in 1931, she grew up in Cabbagetown with her beloved parents Anne and Abbey Brown, her sister, the late Marilee Weisman, and a large extended family. A graduate of Jarvis CI, University of Toronto (BPHE, B.Ed), Toronto Teachers College and OISE (M.Ed), Ruth spent 30 years teaching in Toronto public schools, including Rose Ave., Old Orchard & Sprucecourt. She was devoted to kids in inner city schools where she used folktales from Italy, West Africa and China (Pinocchio, Anansi & Monkey King) to highlight the value of stories from global cultures. Her dedication to education was channeled into many projects – the school reader CORE about the people and history of Cabbagetown, an award-winning film, hand-made cloth books, and booklets about Torontonians from culturally diverse backgrounds. Ruth loved films, jazz, her cats & dogs, collecting art & antiques, reading, traveling, and debating political & social issues, including women’s rights. She was a fighter, a visionary and a force of nature. At her request, funeral arrangements were private. There will be no shiva. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held Sun. Feb. 25th at 2pm at the Women’s Art Association (23 Prince Arthur, Toronto). If desired, donations to L.E.A.F. or the Native Women’s Resource Centre are welcome.
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of William (Bill) Thomas Ley, at Guelph General Hospital, on February 11, 2018. Born in Sydney, N.S., Bill was the son of the late Bernie and Marion (Burt). Beloved husband to Alice(MacIsaac) for 51 years, incredibly loving father to Lorna(Wayne) and Robert and completely devoted Papa to Brett, Whitney and Kendra. Cherished brother of Myrna(Pat Delaney), Diane MacInnis, Florence(predeceased by Frank Sampson), Debbie(Dave Mullins) and Brian(Tonya). Bill was predeceased by sister Evelyn and brothers Gordie and Donnie. Brother-in-law to Catherine(John MacIntyre), Theresa(Joe Curran), Margie(Albert MacKinnon) and Anne(Bob Steel) and predeceased by sister-in-laws Mary(Mickey Campbell) and Josephine(James MacDonald). Lifelong friend to Mansell and Emmett. Bill also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends that he loved dearly.
After 3 years at the Sydney Steel plant, Bill moved to Ontario where he worked at Stelco for 38 years before retiring. He had the ability to earn your friendship and respect immediately and make everyone feel cared for and welcomed. We will miss his laugh, his road trips, his homemade muffins and his strong tea. A celebration of Bill’s life will be planned at a later date in Ontario and Cape Breton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army. And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you’re far from home.