It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Josephina (Josie) Toporoski (nee den Ouden) on November 1, 2018 at age 72. She is survived by her sons Gary (Julie Zikman) and Marty (Christina Wilcott) and her grandchildren Jesse, Mazzy, Emerson and Marlo. Josie is predeceased by her parents Fred and Gertruda den Ouden of Alliston, and brother John. Mourning her loss are brother Alphonse (Judy), sisters Nancy Erhart and Trudy (Bob) MacKenzie, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Josie will be remembered as a selfless caregiver. As a mother she volunteered in all her boys’ activities and took on their education and betterment as her primary mission in life. For decades she worked in and out of the school system with students with special needs. Her greatest joys were in teaching others and in sharing her bright spirit with her community.
Grams loved her grandchildren as fiercely as she had her sons and doted on them whenever possible. Special packages in the mail for Emerson and Marlo would always be filed with her trademark happy faces, candy and photo albums. Weekend sleepovers for Jesse and Mazzy featured painting, box forts and outdoor fun no matter the weather.
Her love was felt by all those she cared for, even when she wasn’t with them in person, and her passing has left a hole that won’t easily be filled. The family would like to thank Justin Tunney for his friendship, support and the comfort he always provided to Josie. She will be missed dearly by him and by all who knew her.
Please consider donating to Kerry’s place autism service in memory of Josie at: https://www.kerrysplace.org/support-us/in-memory/.
Freeman was born on July 10, 1951 in McCivers, Newfoundland. He was the 5th of 16 children to Avril (Morgan) and Chesley Parsons. Freeman and his 15 siblings grew up on a farm in a small town. He eventually made his big move to Ontario where he met the love of his life, Deserie, at the Old Block House in Etobicoke. They married on February 24, 1984 and soon had their four children Cory, Kenny, Crystal and Kristan. He often said that Deserie was the biggest supporter of any adventure he chose to take on
Over the years Freeman was an avid outdoorsman whose favourite pastime was hunting or fishing with his best buddies. As the years went on and he was no longer able to partake in hunting, you could almost guarantee he was at the trailer at Pike Lake with his wife, children, grandchildren and many friends by his side. You could find them fishing, swimming and roasting marshmallows over an open fire all while listening to Cory play live guitar.
Freeman was a loyal and proud Toronto Maple Leafs fan who never missed a game on the tv.
Freeman was a devoted and hardworking family man who cherished every moment with his wife, 4 kids and 7 grandkids.
After a very long and hard battle, Freeman peacefully passed away (too soon and too young) on December 27, 2018. He will be forever missed and in our hearts
Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 1pm until 12am at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #82 (35 Front St N, Mississauga, ON L5H 2E1)
Due to severe allergies we ask that this be a scent free event.