Donald Reid Robertson
April 7, 1930 – March 19, 2020
Don passed away peacefully at the CSSS Memphremagog, in Magog, Quebec. He was the beloved husband of Sheila Cornell for almost 63 years and the proud Dad to Alex ( Gail ), Scott ( Helen ) , Derek, and Neil ( the late Maureen ). He was predeceased by his parents Colina (Dot ) and Robert ( Bert ) Robertson, as well as his sister, Betty Gorman. Don watched with pride and admiration, his grandchildren Ryan, Alexandra, Dylan, Alexander and Steven, as they grew into successful adults. He also followed with interest the lives of his nieces and nephews and always looked forward to the family gatherings.
Don had a great 35 year career in education, which brought him both joy and challenges. His love of sports allowed him to both coach and referee many of them. He was the president of the Quebec Association of School Administrators and Summerlea Golf and Country Club, negotiated contracts with the Quebec government, as well as served on many boards of directors in community organizations. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed curling and loved to organize golf games and tournaments with his friends.
Don will be remembered for his love of people, his honesty, integrity and leadership skills. His sense of humor and ready smile will remain with us always.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held, when permitted, at a later date. Any donations to the Magog Hospital Foundation, 50 rue St. Patrice, Est, Magog, Quebec, J1X 3X3 will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
Published on May 9, 2020, Montreal Gazette
WINDSOR, Gary Lee (Class of 1967)
At home, surrounded by family, Gary Lee Windsor, of Kanata, Ontario, crested the final knoll, slid softly down the last pitch, and quietly removed his skis on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Born in Montreal, Quebec on March 1, 1950, Gary was predeceased by loving parents Irene and Charles “Chick” Windsor, and sister Leigh Windsor. He is survived by his dear wife Carol Windsor; daughters Michelle (Ken) McComas and Nicole (Mike) Windsor; and his cherished grandchildren Ethan, Eli, and Isla. Gary’s infectious spirit will never be forgotten. He cared deeply for his family and friends and will be remembered for his ability to find happiness in the simple joys of life – exercise, snow, and exercising in the snow. A very special thank you to Dr. K. Spacek and the palliative care team at the Bayshore/ Champlain health network, the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice, all the day/night shift nurses, and the OMS staff. We are truly grateful for your amazing help for Gary. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Dr, Kanata, Ontario, reception to follow immediately. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the organization of their choosing.
Martina Olga TODD (nee Jacobsen)
(Art Teacher at BHS from approx 1975-1995)
1929 – 2019
Martina Olga Todd (nee Jacobsen) passed away on Wednesday Oct. 30, 2019 at the age of 90. She was an artist, a teacher, a mother and grandmother but above all she was a truly amazing woman.
Predeceased by her husband John and her son Bruce (Mankee Mah) she is fondly remembered by her children Diane and Andrew (Anne Bergeron) and her grandchildren Connor, Gradey, Roxanne and Zoe.
There will be a celebration of her life on November 9th. The visitation at the Beechwood Cemetery Memorial Centre will be from 11 am to 12:30 pm. A service at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will follow at 1 pm.
She will be laid to rest at the Beechwood Cemetery at 3 pm. Family and friends will gather for a reception at the Beechwood Cemetery Memorial Centre from 3 pm to 5 pm. Those who do not wish to attend the interment can go directly to the reception.
Martina loved teaching and loved art. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation – Education Programs.
John Michael LYON
1947 – 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mike Lyon on August 2, 2019 after a difficult year of personal loss and illness borne with stoicism and quiet strength. Michael was born in Toronto, Ontario, but after moving to Baie D’Urfé in the 1960s became a proud Quebecker who, with his wife Judy, enthusiastically explored many of the province’s regions. Michael and Judy met as staff members at Beaconsfield High School where Mike’s easy manner and expertise with A/V and his degree in Library Science made him a “go to” person for both staff and students. He was a soft spoken but determined defender of the key role of librarians in schools when budget cutbacks threatened their positions. Mike’s quick wit and contagious laugh turned an ordinary encounter into a bright spot in the day. He loved to explore nature, so a bike ride or ski were often a part of his day, scheduled around an afternoon nap with a cat or two. He particularly enjoyed spending summer evenings with Judy kayaking on Lac St. Louis as members of the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club. Predeceased last autumn by his wife Judy, Michael leaves behind his daughter Anna, sister Joyce Lyon, cousins Ginny and David, nieces Ashley Jane and Kathy, nephews Sandy and Bob and his “aunt in law” Jean Allo. A circle of long-time friends, neighbours and former colleagues will also miss his good company. Michael particularly wished to have Jan Farrell acknowledged for the dedicated and sensitive assistance she provided to Anna and him throughout the past months. Thank you also to the staffs of Le Manoir Kirkland and the West Island Palliative Care Residence. A memorial service will take place at the Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview Avenue, Pointe-Claire on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Donations in Mike’s memory to the West Island Palliative Care Residence would be appreciated.
Published on August 17, 2019 in the Montreal Gazette
On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Tony de Gravina, husband, father, sailor, lifelong Habs fan and all-around amazing guy, passed away at the age of 75 with his loving family in his heart and by his side. Tony was born on November 17, 1943. He received a commerce degree from Sir George Williams University and spent 35 years at the head office of Sears Canada in Montreal, eventually directing their women’s sportswear and leisure wear lines. Tony was a boater at heart and loved nothing more than being out on the water on his day cruiser, sailing out of his beloved Hudson Yacht Club or working on Formula 1 powerboat engines in the PTR shop. A clever man, Tony surrounded himself with women: his wife of 53 years, Wendy, to whom he was completely devoted and in awe of, and his four daughters, Darlene (Brian), Dierdre, Tiffany (Chris) and Holly (Jason) who were his pride and joy. Tony was blessed with five grandchildren, Derius, Arielle, Deanna, Luke and Reese and each was anointed with at least one Tony-given nickname. There are no words big enough to describe how loved he was, and how much he will be missed by his devoted family. A memorial service to honour this lovely man will be held in Barrie, Ontario at a later date in September 2019. Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to The Last Post Fund, a charity that ensures Canadian Veterans receive a dignified funeral and burial, regardless of financial status; a cause that meant a lot to Tony. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.steckleygooderham.com