December 21, 2012

Joseph Cannata
Joseph Cannata

Joe passed away peacefully at Extendicare Rouge Valley on December 21, 2012 at the age of 93. Predeceased by his dear wife, Laura (nee Della Gioia). Loving father to Ron (Brenda), Pat Plewman, Janice Garnett (John) and Debbie Christof (Bob). "Grampa Joe" to his grandchildren and extended family: Nadine (Michael), Mark (Delena), Steve (Lindsay), Blair, Lisa (Mike), Julie (Charlie), Kathryn, Jessica (Mark), Jenna, Scott (Cristy), Jody and Jennifer (Chris) and his great- grandchildren Matthew, Lauren, Hailey, Tristyn, Caiden, Paige, Carson, Ayden, Daniel, Sophie, Andrew, Dylan, Chloe and Keira.

Born in Toronto on July 13, 1919 to Rosario and Concetta Cannata. He was predeceased by his sisters Ann and Kay and brothers George, Tony, Vic, John and Tom.

He was a proud veteran of the Canadian Army during WWII, a founding member and past-President of the Wishing Well Lions Club and past-President of the Stephen Leacock Seniors Centre. Special thanks to Dr. Ing and the staff at Extendicare Rouge Valley for their kind care and tolerance for his sense of humour.

The family is very grateful to all those who helped with calls and visits. Family and friends may call at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Road), on Thursday, December 27th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m . A celebration of Joe's life will be held in the Ogden chapel on Friday, December 28th at 11 a.m., followed by a reception lunch. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private interment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations to a charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.

December 19, 2012

BURKE, Joseph Stanley
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of the Scarborough Cedarbrae - Golden Mile Lions.

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Devoted husband of Louise and loving father of Ron (Dorothy), Kevin (Frank) and Valerie. Beloved "Pa" of Alanna (Chris) and Kristyn (Cam). Predeceased by brothers Johnny (Anna), Jimmy and George "Red" (Elsie) and sister Mary (Johnny). Survived by brothers Pat (Audrey) and Alden (Velma) and sister-in-law Doris.

Joe was charismatic, principled and lived life large - evidenced by his love for people!

Visitation to take place at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, 416-267-4656, on Thursday, December 27th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on Friday, December 28th at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3216 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough. Interment at Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens, 541 Taunton Road West, Ajax. As expressions of sympathy and remembrance, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

An informal Lions Farewell will be held at the 6-8pm viewing on Thursday, December 27 shortly after 6pm. Hopefully as many of you as possible will manage to be there. If so, please wear your Lions convention vests or other suitable Lions attire. I suggest that this be a celebration of Lion Joe's life, and as such this will be a short session with myself, plus one or two invited speakers only. For those of you who don't know, Joe Burke was a Lifelong Member of Lions with 50+ years of service so let's give him a good send off!

October 28, 2012

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March 16, 1913 - October 28, 2012

of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club.

Survived by loving wife Lena Ganpatsingh. Fondly missed by his children Loris (Jennifer), Sumintra (late Ian), Desmond, Bernice (Dennis), Anne (late Sheik-Budy), Doris (Henry), Elizabeth (John) and adopted son Abraham Washington. Adored by 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, November 5, 2012 with visitation at 9 a.m. and service to follow at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church (3333 Finch Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario M1W 2R9).

Please do not send flower condolences at the family's request.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

October 21, 2012

William De Laurentis
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23 July 1918 – 21 October 2012))

was born and raised in Toronto, the youngest child of Francesco and Angelina De Laurentis (née Apostoli), immigrants from the Miano area of Abruzzo, Italy. Growing up on Centre Avenue in The Ward, Willie learned flute, clarinet, and saxophone. He performed professionally with a variety of jazz and big bands throughout the 1930s and 40s, including the Trump Davidson Band and George Saltstone’s Orchestra. While gigging around Ottawa he met Freda Milne whom he married in 1941.

During WWII, Willie served with the Governor General’s Foot Guards as sergeant and saxophonist, performing regularly on Parliament Hill.

In 1948, he and his brother Joe opened The Dell Tavern, one of Toronto’s first Italian restaurants and a popular hang-out for local businessmen, musicians, doctors, and newspapermen. The brothers expanded the business in 1962 when they opened the Theatre in the Dell. It gained renown with cabaret shows such as What’s a Nice Country Like You..., Oh Coward! and Toronto Toronto, and provided a venue for actors and singers, many of whom later found fame in Hollywood or TV. The Dell remained a fixture on Elm Street until the brothers’ retirement in 1986.

Willie, known as Bill in business circles, was a Past Chair of the Harry Newman Foundation, a Past President and a member of the Toronto Central Lions Club for over 60 years, and a member of the Islington Golf Club for almost as long. For him, the good life was golfing with friends, a meal with family, and a glass of good brandy while enjoying the ball game.

This past summer he sold his home of 57 years to move to Elora. He is predeceased by his wife Freda, son Frank, brothers Fred and Joe De Laurentis, & sisters Silia De Laurentis and Eda Pompilii. Surviving him is his son Fred De Laurentis (Margaret) of South River, granddaughters Talia De Laurentis of Rockland, & Elysia DeLaurentis (Ernie Kalwa) of Elora, as well as a host of friends and relations, all of whom will miss him dearly.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway, on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10 o’clock. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Lions Club of Toronto (Central), Suite 423, 157 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, M5H 4E3. Online condolences may be made through

September 2, 2012

James Carino
James Carino
August 18, 1944 - September 2, 2012

It is with heavy heart to announce the passing away of Past Zone Chairperson James Carino of the Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club. Below are the particulars of the Funeral Services:

Funeral Parlor:
Highland Funeral Home
Sheppard Avenue East and Warden Avenue
Thursday, September 6, 2012
From 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, September 7, 2012
From 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Funeral Mass:
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10:00 AM
Saint Maria Goretti Parish
717 Kennedy Road (Kennedy Road, South of Eglinton Avenue East)
Mount Lawn Crematorium
2000 Dundas Street, East
Whitby, ON (Dundas Street & Hwy 2)

August 7, 2012

McEnery, Robert John
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January 7, 1929 – August 7, 2012

Owner and operator of McEnery Insurance and Real Estate for 55 years, Member of Wellington Lodge #271 (M.M.) for over 50 years, Member of Rameses Credit Valley Shrine Club in Georgetown, and Charter President of the Erin Lion's Club and member for 61 years.

Peacefully at Guelph General Hospital on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Bob McEnery of Erin in his 84th year. Dearly beloved husband of Joan for 61 years. Dear father of Blake (Brenda) and Colleen (Ken) Torrens, both of Erin. Cherished grandfather of Bryce (Michelle), Brett and Patrick. Loving brother of Blanche Moodie and Merle Lovell.

The Funeral Service will take place at Burns Presbyterian Church, 155 Main St., Erin on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at Erin Union Cemetery. Visitation at Butcher Family Funeral Home, 5399 Main St. S., Erin on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. There will be a Masonic Service at 9:00 p.m. If desired, donations to The Erin Fire Department, 2 Erinville Dr., Erin, Ont. N0B 1T0 would be appreciated by the family.

There will be visitations at Andrews Community Funeral Centre, Bramalea Chapel, 8190 Dixie Rd., Brampton, ON, L6T 5N9 - 905 456-8190, on Friday August 10, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be a Lions' Memorial service held there at 7:30pm, FRIDAY EVENING.

May 13, 2012

Ellen Marie Earle
Ellen Marie Earle

many years with the Thornhill Lions and most recently the Mount Hope Lions Club
EARLE, Ellen Marie It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marie, in her 83rd year, on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton. Predeceased by her husband Harry Earle and parents Christopher and Mary Barnett. Sadly missed by her sister Sandy Haight and her husband Jim. Survived by her many brothers and sisters-in-law and nephews and nieces. Remembered by many neighbours and friends.

Marie served for many years with the Lions Club of Thornhill and most recently the Mount Hope Lions Club. She was involved in many activities and commitments with the Club but took special interest in the Dog Guides of Canada. She participated in a number of fund raising programs that eventually sponsored a guide dog. The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Hadcock, the staff of Carrington Place, CCA, Dr. Bev, Donna, Peter, Cindy and the staff on 3 West at St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton for the care and support they gave Marie. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Hope United Church, 3076 Homestead Rd. off Hwy. 6 in Mount Hope. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada in Oakville (Dog Guides) would be appreciated.

May 9, 2012

Donald (Doug) Lawless
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LAWLESS, Donald (Doug) Peacefully at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (née Turnbull). Loving father of the late Murray and the late Dianne. Dear brother of Keith Lawless. Survived by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Doreen Johnston, Margaret Doig and brother Ross Lawless. An educator for fifty years, Doug began his career in Huron County and taught later in the City of Peterborough and the University of Toronto Schools. In 1954, he was appointed Inspector of Public Schools in Norfolk County and subsequently as Superintendent Public Schools and Assistant Director of Education in Burlington and Halton County, Director of Education for the City of Ottawa and Senior Official in the Ministry of Education. He co-authored books in mathematics and handwriting used in Canadian schools.

Active in the community, Doug was a member of the Burlington Central Lions Club, the Burlington Golf and Country Club, Burlington Curling Club and Wellington Square United Church. Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Sunday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St., Burlington on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. with reception to follow at the church. Private Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Burlington In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellington Square United Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

May 4, 2012

Lion Jack William Able
Jack William Able

It is with heavy heart to announce the death of Lion Jack William Able, a long-time member of the North York Central Lions Club.

Details of the funeral services:
Visitation - Wednesday, May 9, 2012, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
Service will follow at 2:00 PM

Funeral Home - The Eglinton Chapel, McDougall & Brown Funeral Home (Dufferin)

In lieu of flowers, Lion Jack Able wished that donations be given to North York Central Lions Club.

January 6, 2012

Lion Gus Mowbray
Gus Mowbray

It is with great sadness that I must ask you to please notify all the Lions of A711 that Lion Gus Mowbray, a Charter Member of the Milton Lions Club, passed away on January 6. There will be a Lions service on Sunday, January 8 and visitations at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home in Milton.

The details are as follows:
 McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
 114 Main St. E. Milton, ON L9T 1N5
 Phone Number: 905-878-4452
 Fax Number: 905-875-1760
 Email Address:
 Web site:
 Sunday January 8, 2012
 Lions Service 6:30 PM
 Visitations 2-4 PM and 7-9PM

 Funeral at noon. Monday, January 8, 2012