January 4, 1981- March 8, 2019
It is with great sadness the family of Taylor Clarke announce his passing. After a courageous and dignified life as a fireman, screenwriter, and internet celebrity, Taylor Clarke aka Chef Grant
Soto, passed away… you might say, in his brand of comedy, “RIP Chef Grant Soto. Time of death. 12.1 K followers.”
His family and friends will remember him as a creative, generous, and loyal observer of life. A highly intelligent, playful, and always hilarious cynic, with a room filling infectious laugh.
A screenwriter by trade, Taylor was motivated by truth, justice, and exposing hypocrisy wherever he could find it. He wrote comedies about reckless, self destructive, larger than life person- alities with huge opinions and fast paced addictions; in many ways he wrote about himself. These flawed characters aimed to teach us a lesson in humility. In this regard, he was a true Canadian; cutting down tall poppies wherever he went.
One of his notable projects had him write and direct a documen- tary for HBO that included his friends and comedy legends, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, admirers of his work.
Taylor’s mother, Pamela, was ill during many of his callings to Hollywood and Toronto aka “Hollywood North”. He stayed home to care for her and write his scripts in Thunder Bay… his own per-
sonal “Hollywood North North”. He put his career on hold to be there for his mother, a testament to his loyalty and love for her.
After her passing, Taylor gathered his things and moved back to Toronto to see his writing through with nothing but his famous dog, Ruby, and his famous phone.
Running parallel with his screenwriter career was Taylor’s internet personality, CHEF GRANT SOTO, a comedic character he created known for harpooning Toronto food culture, funny memes, and social commentary. Chef Grant Soto was an exaggerated narcissistic Toronto chef who was comically egotistical, opinionated, and self promoting. Sculpted from Taylor’s tumultuous times working in Toronto kitchens, Chef Soto personified the Toronto food industry, and eventually grew to be a platform to satirize all of Toronto’s denizens. No one was off limits.
This alter ego rang so true, that Taylor instantly gathered a devoted online following of thirteen thousand, (12.1k but when it comes to followers you always round up.) He became a Toronto celebrity, a well known name in the Canadian comedy scene, and even landed on the top 30 under 30 list – something he would be embarrassed of, never one to take himself too seriously.
True to his life mission to push humility, he felt by poking fun at the privileged, and ‘taking them down a peg’, he was advancing an anti-classism agenda – like the time he pointed out the pretentiousness of a deconstructed caesar salad offered at one of Toronto’s uber cool venues (you dip the lettuce in ceasar dressing and then roll it around in bacon bits with your hands; something
so ridiculous, it felt ripped from one of his made up memes).
Soto felt that if you went on social media and bragged about your fabulous life, you should at least be able to take a joke. People loved him for this, and he was successful because his messages, coated in his unique sarcasm and irony, resonated with a culture obsessed with appearances.
While this personality got him banned and feared by some restaurants, usually ones he called out for bad behaviour, it also made him a hero for the every-man, encouraging restaurants to be more
mindful of their attitude and treatment of their customers and staff. At the time of his passing, whether you loved him or hated him, if you were mentioned by Chef Grant Soto, you wore it as a badge of honour.
In recent years, his career took off at rocket speed, and he was proud of his work, and his impact. He used his influence to not only make jokes, but also spread awareness of mental health issues, something he struggled with, and offered support to those who were in need of help.
With the sudden fast pace life he was pulled into, and the demand for Taylor’s writing and brand endorsement, it seems life became a bit too fast for him to handle. Sadly, it came to a screeching halt far too soon, just as his creative impact was starting to go in the direction he wanted.
At the end of the day, Taylor was a massive talent, destined for the big city, and he was deeply proud of his Thunder Bay roots. His name could have made it into the LA Times, but the ironic
truth is he would be much more proud to have made the “Thunder Bay Chronicle Obituaries” #Saturdayedition
Predeceased by his mother Pamela Clarke, Taylor is survived by his sister, Tara, her husband, Victor, his nephew Connor, his father, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, his dog, Ruby, and his countless memes that brought us joy and kept the city of Toronto’s attitude in check. Without his influence, who know’s what Toronto’s ego is capable of. RIP Chef Grant Soto. You will be
missed. Check out his work on Instagram @chefgrantsoto and for more info on mental health camh: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/why-canadahelps/
It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jennyfer Lachapelle who passed away tragically at her home in Toronto on March 13, 2019 at the age of 43.
She was the dear daughter of Francoise Lachapelle and step daughter of Dale Stewart . Jennyfer is predeceased by her loving mother and her son Jordan .
Survived by her brother David , sister-in-law Chantal, her nephew Ryeko as well as several uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Special Thanks to all her friend and her community, we will be forever grateful for all your support.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sacred Heart Church, in New Liskeard Ont. at a later date.
(July 14, 1939 – February 12, 2019)
Edward passed away at the age of 79 years old on Feb12, 2019 in Toronto. Edward grew up in Winnipeg’s West End, and was a talented athlete, he played hockey for the Orioles Community
Club, played football for the Mighty Maroons at Daniel McIntyre H.S., and won many junior tennis tournaments in the Winnipeg area. Edward went on to teacher’s college and taught at
Victoria Albert Elementary School for many years. Edward was a quiet and reserved guy who liked his privacy and to be outdoors. Edward moved to Toronto in the 1980’s and we lost track of him for many years, but he would call and email us from time to time. We have fond memories of Edward and sad that we did not have more time together before he passed away. He is survived by this sister Florence (Paul) in Winnipeg, and brother Brian (Irene) in Ottawa.
Andrew Allen Davidson, 66 years old, died of natural causes on February 25th, 2019 at his home in Toronto, Ontario. Those of us who knew Andrew could not help but be aware of his passionate engagement with, and deep love of, the arts; of theatre and literature, of fashion and architecture, and of cinema and opera. Friends knew him as quick-witted, well-read and entertaining. He has been described as both a gentleman and a gentle man.
After graduating with Honours in English and Theatre from UWO, Andrew continued his studies, completing a Masters in Library Science at UofT. He spent his working career (42 years) at Robarts Library where he was able to pursue his passion for ideas and books. His dedication and contributions to building the collection at UofT libraries, his tact and skill, his friendship and his presence will be deeply missed by all.
Andrew will be sorely missed by his mother Olga (London), brother Scott (Montreal), sister Julie (Halifax), sister-in-law Evelyne (Montreal), brother-in-law Ralph (Halifax), nephew Michael (St.Paul Alberta), niece Sophie (Halifax), cousin Brenda Fisk (Brockville), cousin Barbara Fisk (Gananoque), aunt Margaret Lee (Gig Harbor, Washington), and numerous cousins both in the States and Sudbury region.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Andrew touched are invited to a Celebration of Life which will be arranged and announced at a later date.
Value your friends and be happy with your blessings.
February 14, 2019
Our beloved François Gauvin passed away at Kensington Hospice in Toronto at the age of 62 surrounded by his family while listening to a recording of the music of Vivaldi sung by his sister Karina.
Born in Montreal, he moved to Toronto in the 1970s where he attended École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé followed by the University of Toronto. François was a CPA who worked in financial regulation at DICO and CIPF, and in banking at The Royal Bank and at the Bank of Montreal.
A lover of classical music, fine wine, modern architecture and design, travel and cross-country skiing, François was an enthusiastic member of the High Park Ski Club, Orpheus Choir, Jubilate Singers, and was an active volunteer with many groups.
He leaves his wife Rebecca Simkin, daughter Jacqueline Gauvin, mother Lucie (Gaudreau) Gauvin, sisters Nathalie and Karina Gauvin, in-laws Leah (Karafky) Simkin, Harry Lester, Michael J. Simkin and Caroline Gosselin, and many members of the extended Gauvin/Gaudreau family.
A celebration of life will be held in Montreal at a later date. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, a donation to one of the following organizations that supported the family during this difficult period would be appreciated:
His warmth, winning smile, booming laugh and joie de vivre will be missed.
14 Février 2019
Notre cher et bien aimé François Gauvin nous a quitté le jour de la St-Valentin, au Kensington Hospice à Toronto, entouré des siens, en écoutant un enregistrement d’un air d’opéra de Vivaldi, chanté par sa soeur Karina.
Né à Montréal, il déménage à Toronto dans les années ’70 où il fait ses études secondaires et universitaires à Étienne-Brûlé et l’Université de Toronto. François était comptable agrée (CPA) et travaillait dans le domaine de la finance chez DICO, CIPF ainsi qu’avec les Banque Royale du Canada et Banque de Montréal.
Grand mélomane, François aimait particulièrement la musique classique, le bon vin, l’architecture, le design ainsi que les voyages et le ski de fond. Un fervent membre du High Park Ski Club, il avait aussi prêté sa belle voix de ténor pour chanter avec le Orpheus Choir ainsi que les Jubilate Singers. Généreux et convivial il était aussi volontaire avec de nombreux groupes de bénévoles.
Il laisse dans le deuil sa femme Rebecca ainsi que sa fille Jacqueline Gauvin, sa mère Lucie (Gaudreau) Gauvin, ses soeurs Nathalie et Karina Gauvin, sa belle famille Leah (Karafky) Simkin, Harry Lester, Michael J. Simkin et Caroline Gosselin et les nombreux membres de la famille Gauvin/Gaudreau.
Une célébration de sa vie sera tenue à Montreal à une date ultérieure. SVP contactez email@example.com . Si vous désirez faire un don vous pouvez supporter les organismes suivants: Kensington Hospice, Evergreen Hospice, Wellspring Westerkirk House, Princess Margaret Hospital (prostate program fund). Tous ont apporté un grand réconfort durant ces moments difficiles.
Sa chaleureuse personnalité, son sourire, sa joie de vivre et surtout son rire éclatant vont nous manquer.