In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) McGrail

McGrail, Richard Alfred


McGRAIL, Richard Alfred
September 2, 1932 – December 26, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Dick (Richard) McGrail, aged 88 years. After a brief battle with late-stage cancer, he passed at the Lakeshore General Hospital, on December 26, 2020. Devoted father and grandfather, he is deeply mourned by his children Terry, Dawn (Scott Jamieson) and Susan (J Lopez), his grandchildren (Alec, Tara, Molly, Jacob, Jessie, Jackie and Josie). His many friends at the Cambridge, bridge clubs and social groups will also miss his enthusiastic spirit.

Son of Terence McGrail and Dorothy (née Greenford), Dick grew up in Montreal, where he nourished his passion for baseball, badminton and basketball. He started his teaching career at Queen’s in 1956 and joined the staff at Beaconsfield High School in 1958. Within several years of teaching, Dick assumed guidance responsibilities, then administration for the Lakeshore School Board at Lindsay Place and Beaconsfield High School. He will be remembered by students and staff for his leadership anchored in students being offered possibilities to access their potential. He ran clubs, coached basketball, volleyball and badminton, and he organized many extra-curricular trips to Europe. Dick also treasured his final years at Spring Garden Elementary before retiring in 1989.

After retirement, he spent most of his time socializing: through travel, golf and playing bridge. Dick was always sharing the coincidences that brought him in contact with people from his past – former students, staff and friends. Dick especially looked forward to Beaconsfield High School reunions.

Dick instilled in his children the love of golf and sports, card games, travel, theatre and enjoyment of life. We are thankful for his travel opportunities throughout the years – his trip around the world, his memorable bridge cruises, his innumerable trips with children and many vacations to his winter homes in Florida.

As per his request, there will be no public service. We will hold a celebration of life when circumstances permit larger gatherings. At this time, you are invited to raise a glass in remembrance or to share a kind word with the family.

We thank all his caregivers and health professionals who worked with him in recent years and special thanks to the Lakeshore General staff of 4th and 3rd floors for their commitment to high quality care. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make a donation to the Lakeshore General Hospital or a charity of your choosing.

Published in the Montreal Gazette on December 31, 2020

Updated: January 4, 2021 — 11:22 am

In Memoriam: Robert Binmore

Binmore, Robert Alexander


Obituary of Robert Alexander Binmore
September 29th, 1937 – December 3rd, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Alexander Binmore shares that he died peacefully at 10:50 p.m. on December 3rd, 2020 at Harmony Hills Care Community in Toronto.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Julie Ann (Frank) and Jennifer Clifton and his beloved grandkids Kara Brommecker and Julien Hume. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his daughters, Diane (Pibus). Bob was predeceased by his parents Frank and Muriel (Alexander), stepmother Marjorie (Hay), and brother David (Merle). Bob took great pleasure in seeing the art work and Lego buildings created by his grandchildren but especially that they had his big blue eyes.

Bob was born in Montreal, Quebec and led a vibrant and colourful life. He was known for his incredible work ethic and his pursuit of a wide variety of occupations. It began in his teens when Bob worked as a lumberjack in New Brunswick. He later graduated from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) and began a successful career with Bell Canada. Next was his work teaching History, Geography and Law to students at Beaconsfield High School. With summers off, he pursued his greatest pride of running his own parking lot design business, R.A. Binmore Contractors. He was proud to conduct business in many languages and to have an upbeat, humorous rapport with his many clients and friends. Bob was happiest when close to the water and for 37 years enjoyed his home on the Ottawa River in Hawkesbury, Ontario.

Bob was gregarious and principled and involved politically in a number of ways, notably when he served on a committee that chose Canada’s postage stamps for 2 years.

Among his many interests was a great passion for law and justice. He proudly served on the Parole Board of Ontario for several years.

Bob spent a lifetime of summers in Ocean Park, Maine with his family and dear friends, Jen’s namesake, the Cliftons. His daughters fondly remember long summer afternoons at the beach, splashing in the waves and collecting sand dollars.

Bob spent his final years at Harmony Hills Care Community in Toronto. Julie and Jen would like to express their deep gratitude to the team for their loving care.

According to Bob’s wishes, a cremation has taken place in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations can
be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or a tree may be planted to help beautify and care for the country that Bob loved so much.

Julie and Jen invite friends and family to share memories of their father on this memorial webpage and/or cards of condolences may be sent to the Binmore family by postal mail to:
The Binmore Family
c/o eco Cremation & Burial Services Inc.
Administrative Offices
208 Kingston Road
Toronto, ON M4L 1S7

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Updated: December 31, 2020 — 3:05 pm
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