June 13, 2020

Stephen David Sala Lion Stephen David Sala
April 13, 1948 - June 13, 2020

SALA, STEPHEN DAVID 1948 - 2020 David left his family on June 13, 2020. Born April 13, 1948 in the Toronto Junction. He tried to live life with COPD and then caught Covid-19. Dearly missed by his wife of 42 years, Carley (Conroy) and their two sons, Grant (Anne Charlotte) and Todd, and his cherished granddaughter, Kate.

Lion Dave joined the Weston Lions Club in 1983. Lion Dave served on and chaired its Arena Board for many years.

Dave was retired from the City of Toronto, Municipal Licensing Services and Property Standards. He also took on a part-time job for a few years for CMHC for Housing Rehabilitation Program for what was originally City of York and then a very large part of Peel, Brampton, and up through Port Bristol. He enjoyed helping people to fix their homes repaired, roofed, etc. so they could stay in their homes. His love of carpentry put new windows all through his house, built a deck and a gardening shed and lengthened his workshop (formerly the garage).

Due to the Covid-19 virus and by his own choice, there will be no funeral. Donations would be appreciated by the Etobicoke Humane Society, 67 Six Points Rd., Etobicoke M8Z 2X3, which is where his last two kitties came from.

June 9, 2020

David Vallance Lion David Vallance

With a sad heart i announce the passing of a great lion, and a dear friend. David Vallance of the Toronto Central Lions Club passed on last night. He was 92 years old. David dedicated 49 years of his life in service to lionism. he shall be greatly missed.

Lion Slava Tsekov

June 3, 2020

Kodai Daljeet Lion Kodai Daljeet

Kodai Daljeet of Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the age of 89.

It is with deep regret that I have to advise of the passing today of Charter Member of The Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, Lion Kodai Daljeet at the age of 89 years. Lion Kodai became a Lion in The New Amsterdam Lions Club (Guyana) over 50 years ago. Kodai was the proprietor of the New Amsterdam business K & S Daljeet and the father of popular Scarborough Dentist Lion Dr. Nar Daljeet.

May he rest in peace.

May 28, 2020

Peter Russell Hammond Lion Peter Russell Hammond

It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Russell Hammond announces his passing on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the age of 72 years.

Peter will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Mary, his mother Editha, and his children, Patrick (Heather), John (Kathy), and Daniel (Lorelie). Peter will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Elizabeth, William, Brent, Baron, and Bryan, and by his siblings, Jo Ann (Gary) Hammond-Meiers, Charlie (Audrey), and Rick (Sandy).

Peter Hammond was a past District Governor for the Lion Club International District A-711 and an active member of 40 years. In his professional life, Peter worked for forty years as a patent and trademark lawyer inspiring two of his sons to become lawyers as well.

There will be a celebration of life and Lion’s service when the current situation makes such an event available to all those who loved him. Private family interment in St. Marys Cemetery, St. Marys, Ontario.

Those who so desire may make donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada.

May 27, 2020

John Mykytyshyn Lion John Mykytyshyn
January 21, 1932 – May 27, 2020

After a recent diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, John unexpectedly passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday May 27, 2020 in his 89th year.

Predeceased by his wife Alice of 52 years and son Walter. John is survived by fiancé of 9 years Jenny Okrainetz. John was happy and fulfilled thanks to Jenny’s love for him and the adventures they had together.

Father to Darlene (Mike), John, Linda (Alex), Donna, Kathy, and Ross. Dido (Grandfather) of Nathan (Heather), John, Carolyn (Jamie), Matthew (Samantha), Benjamin (Julia), Thomas, and Peter. Great-grandfather to Sloane and Riggs. Beloved brother of Stephie (Ed) and sister-in-laws Helen and Betty. Predeceased by his siblings Lena, Sophie, Roy, and Fred.

Born in Rama, Saskatchewan, John ventured out to join his sister Sophie in the big city of Hamilton. He worked at Firestone for 18 years where he met his future wife, Alice. John and Alice started a seasonal business on Van Wagner’s Beach called Walt’s Fish and Chips.

John was devoted to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Parish where he became a long-standing member of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association, TYC, Order of St. Andrew, and Board Member of The Ukrainian Credit Union.

Apart from his family, John’s biggest passion in life was the desire to create a residence where retired Ukrainians could call home. After years of hard work and dedicated fundraising efforts, the Taras Shevchenko Home For The Aged opened, providing affordable housing for seniors. John served as President from 1983-2020 and was the driving force behind the Home.

John lived a life of service and led by example. He selflessly gave of his time to numerous organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Dundas Lions Club and a proud recipient of the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship award. John was a long serving President of the Hamilton Hotel and Motel Association before becoming the President of The Ontario Hotel and Motel Association. John’s leadership in the Dundas community resulted in him serving as a Councillor for six years.

Through the family business, The Golden Valley Inn, better known as The Owl’s Roost, the Mykytyshyn’s became part of the fabric of the Dundas community. Anyone who walked through the doors were treated as family. The Roost, which operated for 33 years, was a place where it could be said that everyone knew your name, especially if you were on the barred list!

If you came across John’s path, he’d ask you for the money for the ticket you didn’t realize he had just sold you, making him consistently the best seller for the charities he supported.

For fun during his retirement, John enjoyed being the loudest and best-selling program vendor during sporting events and concerts at The Skydome and traveling across Canada with Monster Jam.

During these unprecedented times, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the frontline workers and especially his care team at St. Joseph’s Five Mary Grace. Thank you to Dr. Mazzadi, Dr. Curran, Dr. To, Dr. David, and nurse Amanda for their care, compassion, and communication.

Special recognition to Dr. Shawn Mondoux for listening and pro-actively advocating on John’s behalf.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral will be private. We are unable to provide the send-off a legendary life like his deserves.

When we can hug and share stories we will gather for a Celebration of Life. The family requests no flowers or donations at this time.

John will be departing Dundas for the last time Monday June 1st at 12:00 noon from the Marlatt Funeral Home, heading East down King Street. If you are available and able to stand at a socially responsible distance along King St., we invite you to wave goodbye as he passes by.

May his memory be eternal (Vichnaya Pamyat).

Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com

May 22, 2020

Grant John Norton Lion Grant John Norton

Passed away peacefully at home with his family Friday morning May 22, 2020, two days after his 96th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Frances Norton (2011). Wonderful father to Alan Norton (Melissa), Tracy McDougall (Bill) and stepfather to Stacy Eastman (Joanne) and Donna Kennedy (Dave). Predeceased by sons Michael and David Norton and sister Bernice Stevenson. Loving grandad to Carol Wesholowski (Phil), Heather Nolan (Sean), and great-grandad to Jake, Charlie, Brooke, Maeve, Lily and Enasjah. Cherished papa to Leanne Rogerson (Walter), Rayne Eastman, Matthew and Haley McDougall, greatest great-papa to Kennedy, Travis and Mavis. Missed by so many wonderful friends and extended family, he was honorary papa to so many kids.

Grant had been a member of the Burlington Lions Club for 61 years, and was club President in 1968-69.

April 5, 2020

Albert Nathaniel McLaren Lion Albert Nathaniel McLaren
March 2, 1932 - Arpil 5, 2020

McLAREN, ALBERT NATHANIEL March 2, 1932 - April 5, 2020

A life well lived might be an understatement when it comes to Albert McLaren. He left his Prince Edward Island homestead as a teenager looking for adventure and opportunity. Albert's wife, Shirley (nee Jenkins), left the Island shortly after, to pursue the love of her life, Albert. Happily married for 64 years they lovingly raised two children Stewart and Valerie, after losing their first child, Wendy Joanne, in infancy.

Albert was well known as "Community Al", a volunteer for decades with the Agincourt Lions Club and Hockey Association. He was very proud this past November when he was recognized for his life's achievement as a volunteer, when he received the Volunteer of the year award, from the City of Scarborough. Albert was a risk taker, and with the loving support of Shirley, they put much on the line to start a new business in the 70s, and supported it throughout decades to ensure Almac Conveyor, with the help of their son Stewart, would endure through generations.

A very family focused man, Al wanted to ensure his roots were remembered and shared. His family's homestead on PEI is a museum of historic memorabilia that Albert would be proud to share and welcomes all interested visitors.

Many will recall his contagious laugh and engaging sense of humor and he will be greatly missed by all relatives and friends who know him, especially his grandchildren Melissa, Christie, Rachelle and McLaren. We look forward to celebrating his great life, with a service at Ogden Funeral Home, in Scarborough, when it is comfortable for all to attend.

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March 27, 2020

Stanley Zuk Lion Stanley Zuk
June 12, 1944 - March 27, 2020

Truly sad news of the passing of Stanley Zuk proud member of Lakeshore Lions Club since 1959. He had recently received his 60th year Lions chevron and very pleased to receive it and reflect on the many years he has been a Lion.

Stanley Zuk was born September 13, 1923 in Gowganda, Ontario (west of Kirkland Lake) and orphaned at a young age so learned to be a survivor. He was a fighter as anyone who knew him knows and that instinct prevailed to his end on Friday March 27, 2020 in Trillium Hospital, Mississauga.

Stanley was married to Jean Zahorodny June 12, 1944 until her passing November 4, 2016. Jean was also a member of Lakeshore Lions and they never missed a meeting.

Lion Stanley claimed many proud accomplishments including opening a restaurant in New Toronto while still working at the Good Year tire Plant was Councillor for the then municipality of New Toronto, meeting Jan Zurakowski (test pilot for the Avro Arrow) one of the founding members of Ontario Racquet Club and Lakeshore Lions President 1970-71, and 2000 to 2002 and was still active on our Board of Directors.

A final comment, ignoring Lion Stanley’s many more accomplishments, he was Whitty and lucid to the end enjoying talking politics and world events and a good joke. He wanted us all to know he enjoyed his 95 years on this planet and that we must all stay active helping others.

His ending comes at a bad time with imposed restrictions on gatherings so he will be interned this Wednesday by the family and a celebration of life will be arranged at a future date.

March 6, 2020

Robert Alexander (Bob) Armes Lion Robert Armes

Entered into rest on Friday, March 6, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband to Elizabeth for 59 years. Loving father of Rhonda Bassindale (Randy) and Brenda Armes (Mike Hodge). Dear grandfather to Rob McCormick (Stephanie Manning) and Cole Armes and Papa to Robbie and Julianna. Brother of Sharon Ryckman (Ron) and predeceased by his brothers, Byron and Neale. Bob is also survived by his sister-in-law Liz Armes and he will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.

Bob was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, he served as volunteer fire fighter in Mount Hope for many years and was a life member of the Mount Hope Lions Club. He enjoyed driving truck before he retired, and he was passionate about Nascar racing, his hat collecting, but most of all, about his family.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hannah Peace and Dr. Andrew Chung, as well as to all of the care givers on "D400" at St. Joe's, for their compassion and care.

Visitation will take place in the MILLER FUNERAL CHAPEL, Caledonia on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. followed by the service in the chapel on Monday, March 9, at 11 a.m. Interment in Caledonia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

February 11, 2020

John "Jack" Graydon Lion  Jack Graydon
August 20, 1934 - February 11, 2020

Peacefully at his home in Oakville Ontario, on Tuesday February 11, Jack passed on to join his beloved wife Iris(01/25/20). Jack was in his 86th year, having shared over 61 years of marriage. He was heartbroken with her passing. Jack is survived by his children Jim Graydon, Linda Gandy(Jim), Judy Collaton(George), Phil Graydon, Ian Graydon(Renate). Jack and Iris were so very proud of their 12 grandchildren Candice Graydon(Ivan), Ashley Graydon, Mitch Graydon(Heather), Katie Gandy, Victoria Gandy(Isaac), Patrick Collaton, Robert Collaton, Nicole Collaton, Kristen Collaton, Alesha Graydon, Samantha Graydon and Kalan Graydon. Great grandparents to Riley, Jackson, Alexis, and Avery. Jack was predeceased by his sister Margaret Withnell and his parents Mary and Winslow Graydon.

Dad was a proud CA and founding partner of the firm Glenn Graydon Wright practicing in Oakville his entire career, retiring in 2003. Dad enjoyed spending time watching the Blue Jays, playing golf, curling and supporting many different Lions Club endeavours. Dad became Chair of the Lions Home for the Deaf in 1969, providing both financial and leadership guidance for 47 years until 2017.

He supported both his Oakville Lions Club and the many and varied projects through the LHDP Board of Directors. One highlight of his many years of Lions contributions occurred in April 2016, when Dad was recognized by the Lions Club International with the presentation of the "Lion Recognition Medal". Dad was only the 2nd Canadian to have ever been a recipient of this award recognizing global humanitarian service and mission to others. The Lions also named their newest home for the deaf blind people the Graydon Home in beautiful Barrie, Ontario.

He valued his family most of all. He was a man of integrity, a man who lived life to the fullest, who enjoyed time with friends and family, and who persevered maintaining his sense of humour and optimism through life's many challenges. Jack and Iris shared a lifetime of love together, until his heart faltered without her. He will be missed.

If desired in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to LIONS HOME FOR DEAF PEOPLE or St Paul's United Church Oakville.

January 22, 2020

Erik Valdemar Karlsson Lion Erik Karlsson

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Erik Valdemar Karlsson, on January 22, 2020, at the age of 86. He passed peacefully with family and friends by his side. Loving father to Auli Nuojua and predeceased by his wife Marja and daughter Mirja Billsborough. He will missed by his grandchildren, Kristina and husband Ryan Katie, Steven, Jenni, Tommi, Kiira, Miika, Lilli and great-grandson An. He will also be deeply missed by his sons-in-law Ian Billsborough and partner Nelia Butler and Terho Nuojua. Deeply missed by Aino Jokela.

Lion Erik joined the Toronto-Suomi Lions Club in 1995. He served as Treasurer for many years as well as Membership Chair.

Erik will be buried in Finland at his family plot with a service to be held at that time.

January 4, 2020

Susan Diana Rodgers Lioness Sue Rodgers
May 15, 1944 - January 4, 2020

Passed away with her daughters by her side on January 4 in her 76th year.

She will be missed by her beloved husband of 54 years, Bill. Loving mother to Kelly (Mike), and Karen (Dave) and proud Grandma to Ian, Colin, and Leah. Survived by her sister Christine (Ken) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Don and Dorothy Baker, her brothers Hugh, Bryan and her sister in law Sandy.

Sue was a teacher for many years and was known as Mrs. Rodgers to many students at Tweedsmuir Middle School, Spencer Valley Senior Public School and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. She was a dedicated community volunteer and took up many leadership roles in the Rockton Agricultural Society, Dundas Lioness and the Rockton Winter Club. Whether it was gardening, sewing or doing pottery, it always seemed she had something on the go. Never afraid to speak her mind, she was always willing to help and lend a hand.

During the last four years she faced many health challenges, always kept a smile on her face and never stopped being fiercely stubborn about what she wanted. She will be missed by many friends in the community and at Burlington Garde ns Retirement Home.

Friends will be received at the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME “Swackhamer Chapel”, 195 King Street West, Dundas on Friday, January 31 from 11am-1pm with a Celebration of Life being held at 1pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. Refreshments to follow at the Dundas Legion.

Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com