Reginald Rex Wallace “Rex” Buckle passed away January 3rd, 2019 at his home in Toronto, ON at the age of 79. Rex was born on September 25th, 1939 in Vancouver, BC. He grew up in Mission, BC and graduated high school in 1956 at the age of 16. He continued his scholarly ways by studying Film & Theatre at the University of British Columbia, the University of California, Berkley and the University of Toronto. He taught high school in Salmon Arm and later at the University of Guelph. He eventually moved to Toronto where he was involved in his passion, theatre, as a director, administrator and board member. Rex loved Toronto and all the culture and diversity it had to offer. When he needed a quieter pace, he would escape to his family cabin at Lindell Beach, and in the most recent years, to Invermere, BC located in the Rocky Mountains. Rex will be missed by so many, including past students and peers, all those he worked with in the theatre industry, many special friends and of course his family. Rex is survived by his brothers, Ted (Laura) and Ron (Susie) Buckle, his nephews, Chad (Krissy), Josh (Veronika) and Joe (Jennifer) Buckle, Dan (Annika) Buckle, Ahren (Cynthia) Engelbracht, his niece, Megan (Jeff) Hubert, as well as many great nephews and nieces. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Percy and Eleanor Buckle and his sister, Susan Engelbracht. Rex did not wish to have a funeral and would like to have his ashes spread in the Rocky Mountains, a place that brought him much joy.
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.
Jason James Bowers, age 48, crossed quietly to the “Unseen World” on November 22, 2018 after a later in life struggle with addiction and mental health issues.
Jason was born March 9, 1970 in Huntsville, Ontario to Mervyn and Eileen (Armstrong) Bowers (predeceased). Jason grew up in Peterborough, graduating from Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School (PCVS), class of 1988. He continued his studies at Sir Sandford Fleming College, where he studied telecommunications (1990), George Brown College, where he studied electronics (1993), Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied computers, ultimately earning an MBA from California State University where he studied General Management.
Jason was known to his family, in his early life, as “the globetrotter” having worked in such far away and exotic locations as Uzbekistan, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro, to name a few. One of Jason’s proudest achievements was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Jason leaves behind his beloved sister Carol Gilmour (Dan), brothers John (Nancy) and Bryan (Donna-Marie). Jason adored his nephews; Kyle (Janine), Dillon, Mathieu, Joel (Nichole), Bryson (Cameron), Trent (Kirsten), and his nieces Elyse-Marie (Michael), Jenna-Marie (predeceased) and great niece, Alivia. Jason’s family are planning a celebration of life.
Be extra kind to those around you who are struggling for they too are someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle or friend.
In Jason’s memory, please consider donating to Habitat for Humanity.
“There is no death, only a change of worlds.”
“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”