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
“Twenty years ago this summer, I (Pete Black, BHS Class of 1962) lost my big brother Rick shown here with our Sister Sue from about 25 years ago. Today July 9, 2019, my sweet sister (Sue Black Lillie) has gone to join him. I’m so glad our family got together with her last week at a Reunion out near Seattle, Washington – my wife Suzy, my Sister-in-law Dodie and all the cousins and their families. We were over 30 strong from across the country, including Sue’s 2 Sons and their Wives together with her 5 beloved Grandkids and I posted earlier some Reunion pictures with the many smiles which Sue wanted. Her smile never left her and she is now in His Care. … My big Brother and Mom and Dad and so many who have gone before are welcoming her where there is no more pain. Here is something I came across some time ago, written by a British clergyman in the late 1800’s and I found it comforting: “I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. I stand watching her until she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, “She is gone.” Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the moment when someone says, “She is gone,” there are others on the other side who are watching her coming. Other voices take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
.. .. Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
From the Montreal Gazette:
OOSTERHOFF, Lucile (Brind)
April 3, 1927 (Toronto)
June 19, 2019 (Montreal)
Lu died peacefully on June 19, 2019 at her home in the Maxwell Residence in Baie D’Urfe, Quebec. She was surrounded by loved ones. Lu’s focus was her family. Lu was a devoted wife to Tom for 68 years; a mother to Peter, Mike (Cathy), John, and Jan (Brian). She loved her grandchildren Yonda, Kayla, Cody, Stella, Shane, Mira, and Riley. She was proud to be a great-grandmother to Abi, Mattie, Jackson, Evelyn and Orla. Lu was fortunate to have Bill as her loving companion for the last two years of her life. Lu’s open heart and caring ways were a trademark, she was a friend to everyone who entered her life. Well known for her hugs, Lu loved and was loved by all. Starting the volunteer program at Beaconsfield High School, Lu worked as a career counsellor for 20 years. She was an advocate for youth, especially teenagers. Many called her “Mom O”. Lu will be deeply missed. Her enthusiasm for life will live on through all that knew her. Visitation at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home on Saturday, June 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow (222 Hwy 20, Pointe-Claire, QC, H9S 3X6). Lu loved colors so please dress as colorfully as possible in honor of Lu’s vibrant life. It was Lu’s wish for donations to be made to Foster Parents Plan, Canada.
Sadly, our brother John has died at age 68. Son of George and Emma Flemming of Beaconsfield, now deceased. Brother of Peter Flemming (Norma) of Guelph and Penny Patten (Richard) of Ottawa. Uncle to Timothy and Chantelle. Many Mitton and Flemming cousins in New Brunswick, across Canada and U.S.
John excelled in school and sports. He played football (fullback and middle linebacker) and hockey with passion and enjoyed many friends while attending Beaconsfield High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of New Brunswick and graduated in 1972.
John had the support of wonderful caregivers from West Island Health and Social Services, as he suffered from mental illness. In the past two years he was in long term care at Centre Denis-Benjamin Viger. Thankyou to the staff on the 2nd floor who became John’s caring family.
John will be buried in June at the McLaren Cemetery in Wakefield, Quebec. Donations in John’s memory: Denis-Benjamin Viger FOUNDATION – specify the 2nd floor. 3292 Cherrier Blvd., L’Ile Bizard, PQ H9C 1E4.