It is with great sadness that the Dako family announces the passing of Lion Samuel Kwasi Anyan Dako. Sam passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2020. Beloved husband to his wife Veronica Dako of 46 years. Loving father to Gifty, Daniel, and Collins. Adoring grandfather to Tiger Kwesi and Darea.
Samuel was born February 16, 1947 in Nsawam, Ghana. The first son of Emmanuel Kwaku Anyan Dako and Agnes Owusuaa.
He was a proud former District Governor and member of the Lions Club International and usher for Portico Church.
Sam was a giant in the tech services industry working for over 20 years at CIBC where he was a founding member of 3 major service teams, then finished his career off at HP Services where he spent over 8 years as the Global deliver Lead on the Pfizer AHS EDTS project.
He will be remembered for his work in the community, his amazing smile, constant laughter and his immense love for his grandchildren.
Sam will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and former co-workers.
Special thanks to his many brothers and sisters.
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of our dearly departed Past District Governor (PDG) Lion Sam (Samuel) DAKO, who served as President of his Mississauga Central Lions Club 2006-07, Zone 6A Chairperson 2007-08, Region 6 Chairperson 2008-10, A-711 District Lions Opportunities for Youth Chairperson 2010-11, Vice District Governor 2010-12, District Governor 2012-13, District Honorary Committee Chairperson 2013-14, District Convention Chairperson 2014-15, District Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) Coordinator 2015-18, Mississauga Central Lions Club LCIF Coordinator 2018-21, and District Nominations & Elections Committee Chairperson 2020-21 until his unfortunate passing.
A dedicated Lion for over 20+ years, he was the recipient of Judge Brian Stevenson Award and Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF).
Donations can be forwarded to Lions of Canada.
His life will be celebrated in a live stream on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at www.livememorialservices.com/Home/ServiceDetail/8851 (Password: Dako2020). You may write in his guestbook here.
With great sadness we announce the passing of PDG Howard Clayton Fines on December 9, 2020 in his 94th year.
"Howie" was born in Regina, Saskatchewan where his career path in financial services took him east and eventually to Toronto where he lived the majority of his life and raised his family. He was married for 70 years to Shirley (nee Goodman) of Regina and together raised two daughters, Debbie Clemens (Keith) and Sandy Fines (Ron). He was a doting "Grampie" to granddaughters Lynsey (Joe), Lauren (Mike), Caitlin (Adam) and Colleen (Mat). Howie was tickled to be a "Great Grampie" to four great granddaughters Emma, Leah, Jocelyn and Alyssa.
He proudly lived every aspect of his life with grace, respect and integrity. Howie was a long time member of The Lions Club of Canada serving in all capacities for several clubs and eventually ascending to the chair of District Governor. He was a committed supporter of the Lions Dog Guide Foundation to assist the blind. As expressions of sympathy, a donation in his memory to this cause would be appreciated or to Hospice Georgian Triangle - Campbell House in Collingwood where everyone who came in contact with Howie demonstrated love, care and compassion in his short stay.
Due to public health limitations a private family service will be held with interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto at a later date. Friends may visit the online Book of Memories.
Wendy Carol Mans-Keddie
It is with deep sadness and sympathy we announce the sudden passing of Wendy on December 5, 2020. Loving wife and soulmate of 42 years to Andy Keddie. Much loved mother to Sarah Mans-Keddie. Cherished sister-in-law to David Keddie, Steve (Ginger) Keddie. Dear aunt of Devon and Conrad. Loving mother and grandmother to A.J and Natasha Monaghan, Angelina, Allan and Michael, and to her nephews and nieces. Wendy is with our Lord and Saviour and with her late parents Harry and Virginia Mans.
Wendy was a member of the Stoney Creek Lions.
Wendy was the loving boss and employer at Mountaineer Movers. Cremation has taken place as per Wendy's wishes. Friends will be received at the DONALD V. BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 36 Lake Avenue Dr., Stoney Creek on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 1pm until the time of Funeral Service at 3pm in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in accordance with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario facial mask/coverings are required. Please visit the funeral home website to register your attendance for services due to limited space availability. Visitors will only be accepted by scheduled appointment and will be asked to wait in their vehicle until their allotted time. Congregating on premises is prohibited.
A celebration of Wendy's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dream Centre, Hamilton would be greatly appreciated. Notes of sympathy and condolence may be left at www.donaldvbrown.ca
Jean Lydia Walcott
January 5, 1935 - November 2, 2020
The Lions Club of Wishing Well announces with deep regret the passing of Past President Jean Walcott before noon today Monday, November 2, 2020.
Jean Lydia WALCOTT was born on January 5, 1935 and passed away on November 2, 2020 and is under the care of Paul O’Connor Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held on November 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm and at 6:00 pm at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E, Scarborough, ON. Funeral Mass will be held on November 9, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond Street, Toronto, ON.
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Donald William Hunter
It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Donald William Hunter, in his 78th year. Loving husband to Kelly for 25 years, father to Jody Hazell (Bill), Suzanne Hunter (Bill), Natasha Costello, Scott Monteith (Yvonne), Kim Monteith, Shawn Monteith (Stephanie), and Shari Caruso (Mario). Brother of Alan (deceased), Gordon and Jan. Grandfather to Carling, Brennan, Cai, Matthew, Corey, Jamie, Simon, and Sommer.
Don was a proud, lifelong resident of Dundas. He worked as a Lineman and Superintendent for Hamilton Hydro and Dundas Hydro for 43 years.
He was a longtime member of the Dundas Lions Club.
Don loved his summers at the cottage, time spent at his home with family and friends, and his beloved dog Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA in honour of Don's love of all animals. Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be left at www.circleoflifecbc.com
Carole Ann Woods
November 28, 1942 - September 29, 2020
With deep regret we must inform you that Lion Mrs. Carole Woods passed away after a decline in health on September 29. The late Mrs. Woods was the spouse of Past International Director Arthur J. Woods (2001-2003). She would have celebrated her 78th birthday next month.
The late Mrs. Woods became a member of the Woolwich Community Lions Club in 2003 and served as Club Member Ship Chair. Her enthusiasm new no bounds as she supported the club and her husband as a lion leader and especially during our Centennial celebration planning. Working on projects the late Mrs. Woods encouraged others to push forward supporting Walks for Guide Dogs and Kate’s Kause, a playground for special needs children. It did not matter what the project was; she was always ready to help. For many years, she enjoyed hosting annual Lions Governors reunions at the family cottage near Parry Sound. Her dedication was recognized with the 10 and 15-Year Charter Monarch Chevron and the appreciation of the lives she touched.
Her social personality drew many friends to her. She loved to play bridge, and over the years she also enjoyed bowling, curling, and golfing. The late Mrs. Woods was loved by all who knew her. Her family, her wide circle of friends and an extended Lions family. Her infectious smile and her great ability to make people laugh and be happy served her well. Dedicated spouse of 58 years, loving mother to Steven, daughter-in-law Wendy, grandmother to Zoe and their family dog Dime.
Services will be held privately and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carole’s memory to Dog Guides – Dimer Fund care of the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 519-669-2207.
Notes of condolences may be left on line at Mrs. Carole Woods Tribute.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
Robert Alexander (Bob) 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.
John "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.
Erik Valdemar 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.
Susan Diana 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