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Shupe, Albert “Al” John

April 30, 1928 – December 6, 2020

Peacefully at St. Joseph’s hospital on Sunday, December 6, in his 93rd year after a short illness. Al will now be reunited with Betty (née Major) his loving wife of 65 years (2018). Much loved father of David (Sheila), Gregory (Jill), Thomas (Andrea), Mary (Rick) and Nancy (Calvin). Proud grandfather of Rachel, Veronica, Brian, Rebecca, Stephanie, Erica, Wendy, Melanie, Natalie, Nathan, Lindsay, Craig and Sarah. Great-grandfather of Ethan, Caroline, Hartley, Owen, Benjamin, James, Lylah, and Jude. Born and raised in Toronto, Al graduated from Humberside Collegiate (1946) and received an Honours BA from the University of Toronto (1950), Ontario College of Education (1951) and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (1954). It was while attending university that he met his wife, Betty. Al taught at Burford High School from 1951 to 1957, then served as principal from 1957 to 1959. At the time, he was the youngest high school principal in Ontario. His Burford years were among the most memorable of his career. Al was asked to join the Ontario Department of Education as a Special Services Guidance Inspector in 1959 and travelled the province inspecting high schools until 1962. The opportunity to spend more time with his family presented itself when he was recruited by the Hamilton Board of Education as Supervisor of Guidance Services, spending 24 years in the role from 1962 until his retirement in 1986. During his tenure he grew the number of guidance counselors to include all Hamilton high schools. In 1970 he began a pilot project to install guidance counselors in three elementary schools. By 1984 this had grown to counselors in over thirty elementary schools. While he was proud of the expansion of the guidance program, he found great satisfaction in dealing with individual students and families, and he was personally involved with the admission of Visa students, immigrants and refugees. He assessed the students’ needs, created individual tailored programs and placed them in schools, personally helping them to assimilate to their new environment. As in his Burford years, the kids always came first and he took a personal interest in each student. Al’s contribution to young people continued for many years, culminating with his recognition as ONTChild Volunteer of the Year in 1986. Following his retirement Al enthusiastically supported Betty after her ordination as a United Church minister in 1987 until she retired in 2002. His contributions to the community were numerous, including being an active member and generous financial supporter of his church. He was on the Board of Directors for Hamilton Wesley House and was active with the Kiwanis Club for 22 years, serving as President in 1970-71. Al was proud of his 113 plasma and platelet donations to Canadian Blood Services. Al and Betty travelled the world for many years, always in high style. Al was an avid gardener throughout his life and was a very proud recipient of three Trillium awards in the last five years. Above all, most important to Al was his partnership and devotion to Betty and the love of his family. He was a role model to his children and grandchildren alike. Al was always a positive person, with a clear set of values that guided him throughout his life. He loved people, and as such, people gravitated towards him. He was fortunate to have had so many wonderful friends. The family would like to thank his neighbours who provided friendship and support to Betty and Al for many years. In his retirement speech from the Board, Al summed it up by saying his two credos were “Live one day at a time and leave a little room for God”. Cremation has taken place. Hopefully a celebration of life with family and friends can be held in 2021. If so desired, a donation to The Salvation Army, Wesley Urban Ministries or Good Shepherd would be appreciated.

Hahn, Barry Wayne

December 8,1941 – December 5, 2020

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at his residence in Hamilton, ON at the age of 78 years. Survived by his son Anthony (Linda) Hahn of Dundas and predeceased by his daughter Rebecca. Loved by his granddaughters Kelsey, Rachel and Emily and great granddaughter Morgan. Beloved brother of Sheila (John) Walter. Predeceased by his parents, Eldon and Barbara Hahn, brother Murray (Stella) Hahn of Nova Scotia and by his three infant brothers and his three infant sisters. Uncle to many nieces and nephews in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Michigan. Previously of Windsor, Ontario, Barry loved to be around the rink, whether it be at the old Riverside arena or a beer league hockey game in Dundas. He will always be our “Coach”. The family would like to thank the staff at Grace Villa for their care and comfort. Cremation has taken place and a private family celebration will take place at a later date.

Fairfield, Kathryn Anne

Our Kath (aka Zippy, Zee, Mama Zip) took flight to other realms on Tuesday afternoon. A perfect day for her to choose, December 1, 2020 a fresh layer of snow covering everything in sight and the start of her favourite time of year. A wonderful Mom to Karly and Katelyn, loving partner to Vi, forever the big sister to Becky and aunt to Danny & Bobby, raised in Dundas by, and daughter to, proud parents Sheryl & Lyle Fairfield. Also known as the Terraware maven, the designer of luxury clothing for her wide reaching and eco-minded customers. She will be loved and hugely missed by so many friends, family and community members. Such a charismatic, generous hearted and social being who loved her people, and spending time with them. A mentor to some, a place of safety for many, always ready to discuss, debate, drink wine and laugh! When the snow has melted and the flowers are blooming there will be a chance to come together to celebrate Kath’s life in the way she would want it to be. Donations to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada in Kath’s honour very much appreciated. Please sign Kath’s on line Book of Condolence at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.ca

Dunlop, Jessie Yvonne (nee Benson)

It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother Jessie Dunlop at St. Joseph’s Villa on Friday, December 4, 2020. Predeceased by her husband George and sister Ruth. She will be remembered always by her sons Jim, Howard (Laura) and Tom and grandchildren Evan and Connor, and niece Louise Foucher, nephews Melvin, David and William Foucher. Jessie is a retired employee of Regional Medical Associates at McMaster University and was a very involved individual who had many interests. At this time cremation has taken place and a celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at a later date when all can be together. If you so wish, donations to a charity of your choice in Jessie’s memory would be appreciated by the family.

Zuk, Thomas Gary

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gary Zuk on November 30, 2020 in his 75th year.Beloved son to the late Thomas and Martha Zuk (nee Mushumanski), loving partner to Ann, second father to Mary-Anne, Anthony (Janee) and Monica (Tony) and grandpa to seven grandchildren, Brianna, Dianna, Eliana, Antonio, Ethan, Landon & Emmy. Gary was born in Sudbury before his family moved to Bealton where they owned the General Store. In the late 50’s the family moved and settled in Westdale, Hamilton. Despite the adversities he faced with Cerebral Palsy and hearing impairment, Gary could walk and run like the wind. He attended Park Business College and then obtained his Accounting Diploma from Mohawk College. He shared stories of his adventures around Westdale and Churchill Park, walking the trails to McMaster. He had an amazing sense of humour and could make anyone laugh with his quick wit. He had a love for Bible writing, big band and jazz music, chess, Walker’s chocolate, and cruising with his soulmate Ann. He truly enjoyed life, loved his family and had the warmest most generous heart. When Gary’s health took a turn he moved to the Strathcona neighbourhood. Here he met his second family with the Good Shepherd Assisted Living Program. He truly loved and appreciated each and every one of the Personal Support Workers, staff and volunteers who helped him with his daily living needs. He enjoyed chatting and laughing with the men’s group and looked forward to special events hosted by the Assisted Living Program. During Gary’s final weeks, he was loved and cared for by many with dignity and grace. Warm thanks to our Strathcona neighbours who prepared and delivered healthy delicious meals and to the McMaster Family Practice Team. Gary spent his final days at Emmanuel House Hospice where he took the Lords hand in comfort. Words cannot express the gratitude the family has for the Good Shepherd. We started together and we ended together. Keeping within the directives in place due to Covid-19, a private visitation and Service for Gary will be held. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Good Shepherd Assisted Living for Seniors Program are appreciated. Please sign Gary’s online Book of Condolence at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.ca
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the Earth. Psalm 96:1

Mostacci, Betty (Liberata)

January 28, 1957 – November 29, 2020

It’s with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Betty Mostacci (nee Monaco). Surrounded by her family in her home, she passed after a courageous fight with cancer. Beloved daughter of the late Vittorio and Vera Monaco. Cherished mother of Melissa, Alexander (Nathalie), and Veronica (Chris). Forever in the heart of Claudio. Beloved sister to Cecile Monaco (Tony) and Tina Mair. She will be deeply missed by the many other people that she touched the hearts of over the years including her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and extended family members.

She loved her family above all else, she would always make sure that everyone left her house having felt welcome and full. Sunday’s growing up were always special with her in the kitchen all morning making a true feast. Even when she was battling cancer, she made sure everyone around her was well fed. She loved to spend her summers outdoors tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. When she no longer could, she would sit outside and guide us on the garden’s needs.

Betty’s spirit touched her many friends and colleagues. She took great pride in her work at Villa Italia, where she worked for over a decade. She was always excited to interact with all the staff and residents bringing them many smiles and laughs. She had a boisterous, infectious laugh that could illuminate the whole room that we used to joke could be heard throughout the neighbourhood, and will be one of the things we miss most.

A special thanks to the caring and compassionate caregivers from St. Elizabeth Health and Nurse Next Door.

A Private Family Service will be held followed by cremation. The Private Service will be available via livestream at Livestream for Betty’s Funeral, Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family

Mom,

We will always hold on to the little things you would do to show you cared that seemed to always catch us off guard. We will always love you forever to the moon and back. We cherish how strong you were throughout your courageous battle. We love you and wish we had the opportunity to make more memories with you.

Love,

Melissy, Zandy, and Ronnie

Burghardt, Dr. Andrew Frank

There will be a Zoom Memorial Service for Andrew on December 27, 2020 at 3 p.m. To attend the Memorial Service, click Here

Burghardt, Dr. Andrew Frank (Emeritus Professor, McMaster University), at St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, Ontario, on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the age of 96. Loving husband for 64 years of Mary (née Farrell). Loving father of Maryanne (Dr. Romeo Bruni) of Toronto, Paul (Paula) of Oakville, Margaret (Dr.) (Dr. Mark Rosati) of Orillia, Madeline (Dr.) (Richard Marshall) of Toronto, and Barbara (David Wilson) of Cambridge. Dear Poppa of Meghan (Mark Trifunovic), Alison (Adam Fore), and Sarah Bruni, Catherine and John Burghardt, Owen and Esmee Rosati, Seph, Tonnán and Raphael Marshall, Erin, Kate, and Emma Wilson.

Predeceased by his sister, Madeline and his brother Robert. Andrew was born in New York City on April 5, 1924, the son of Hungarian immigrants Anthony Burghardt and Mary Weiss. He served in the US Army in the Philippines in World War II, taking part in the invasion of Luzon. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, and his Masters and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He taught at Stanford University prior to his appointment at McMaster in 1961. He was a visiting professor at the universities of Minnesota, Victoria, Guelph, and the Free University of Berlin. He specialized in political and historical geography, was a councilor of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and was awarded an Austrian medal of honour for his writings on Burgenland. Locally, he served with the County Planning Board, the Urban Renewal Committee, Commissions on Regional Government, and CAPIC. He was a member of the Bach-Elgar choir, Hamilton Right-to-Life, the Serra Club, and the St. Augustine’s parish council. After retiring in 1989, he wrote the history of his McMaster geography department, and served as archivist and historian, as well as lector and teacher in the RCIA program at St. Augustine’s in Dundas. He also wrote the histories of St. Augustine’s and the McMaster Newman Alumni Association.

Visitation will be held at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, on Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Thursday from 2 – 5 p.m. as per the BAO directives, everyone must sign up for the visitation at https://signup.com/go/vPhmWro. Numbers are limited.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions of assembly, the funeral will be by invitation only. Interment will be in St. Augustine’s Catholic Cemetery, Dundas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Students for Education, Empowerment, and Development (seedkenya.com), Keys to Inclusion (westtorontokeys.com), Larche Canada (larche.ca), or the St. Joseph Villa Foundation (sjvfoundation.ca).

“I will sing to the Lord all my life
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live”.

Kowalchuk, Mary

 

Kowalchuk, Mary – Passed away peacefully at Amica in Dundas on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. She will be dearly missed by her brothers Tom (Barbara) and Bill (Donna) and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Mary was predeceased by her brothers Nicholas (Shirley), John (Anne), Sy (Norma), Walter (Sarah), Alex (Thelma) and Peter (Mary Jane). As per Mary’s wishes, a private graveside service was held at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy to the Hamilton General Hospital – Heart Unit, would be appreciated by the family.

Boulter, Derek Charles

June 15, 1936 – November 5, 2020

We celebrate the life of Derek Charles Boulter and announce his peaceful passing at Credit Valley Hospital on Thursday, November 5, 2020, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Earlon Burns (2018) and dear stepfather to Richard Bourgeois (Victoria) and Sandy Sandiford (Arthur). Loving grandfather to Alexander, Zoe, Matthew and Cora. Those who knew Derek, know he counted his marriage to Earlon as one of his greatest accomplishments. Although they met later in life, they enjoyed over 20 wonderful years together. She gave him the family that he had always wanted and together they enjoyed many cruises and saw much of the world together. Derek loved his adopted home-town of Dundas, ON. He was an active member of the community, whether it be taking part in local politics, coaching soccer, or leading the local boy scouts troop. Derek was the Southampton Saints (self-proclaimed) biggest fan. He would celebrate every win by wearing his cap and telling everyone about all the team stats. (The Saints finally came through for Derek with a big win on the date of his passing and topped the Premiership table for the first time in history – this would have made Derek’s day!). A special thank you to all the staff at Extendicare Mississauga for all their care and support. Derek’s wishes for a cremation, have taken place, and a small memorial gathering will take place at St. James’ Anglican Church, Dundas.

Lee, Daniel Robert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 22, 1960 – November 3, 2020

Peacefully, with family by his side, Daniel Robert Lee passed away on Nov 3, 2020, at the age of 60, at Emmanuel House Hospice, Hamilton, ON following a brief illness. Dan was predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend, Teresa Wasiak Lee, only three weeks earlier.

Dan spent the first two decades of his life in Dundas, ON., attending Parkside High School before heading off to university. He was one of those rare individuals who was as comfortable writing essays as he was writing computer code, obtaining university degrees in both history (Queen’s University) and computer science (McMaster University).

Upon graduation, Dan began his career in the telecommunications field at MDR, eventually working with Lucent and then Telus. As he changed employers he also moved from Hamilton to Calgary where he met Teresa. It was love at first sight. They were married in 2003. Their relationship was built on a deep passion for music, as Teresa was a professional French horn player and Dan was a music fanatic. They ultimately returned to Ontario, living first in Waterdown and finally St Catharines. Dan was a hard-working and well-respected employee who stayed in telecommunications for nearly 35 years.

One of Dan’s foremost and lifelong passions was creating and operating a high fidelity audio system. He had a special appreciation for progressive rock and fine jazz performances, and he very much enjoyed listening to a diverse range of music with a sound quality rivalling that of a professional recording studio. His music collection and musical acumen was extensive and formidable.

Dan forged lifelong friendships with many people and was admired for his excellence in everything that he set his mind to, meticulous in every detail.  He became an expert downhill skier in his youth and an avid mountain biker as a young adult.  As an outdoor enthusiast, he went on numerous backcountry camping trips with his close friends, from canoeing in Algonquin Park to more recently backpacking on the West Coast Trail, the Long Range Traverse and in Pukaskwa National Park.  Dan enjoyed the challenge of an adventure, comradery with his friends, and wowing them with some new gear that he had found!  He leaves behind many happy memories.

Dan was a thoughtful, kind, talented, intelligent, and loyal individual. This loyalty extended to his choice of clothing and gear – his love for all things Patagonia is legendary among those who knew him well. He knew lots of stuff about lots of things, and would happily share his knowledge with friends and family at length. He was a loving family man. As the eldest of four he was looked upon by his siblings as the rock of the Lee family – the one they turned to for help, guidance and advice.

Dan is the son of Ruth Lee and the late David Lee.  He is survived by his sisters and brother, Sarah (Cameron Belsher), Stephen (Nancy Reinhart), and Deborah (Kevin Eldridge). He is also survived by his step-daughter Clare (David) Adamcik, his brother-in-law Ed (Katherine) Wasiak, and sisters-in-law Christine Kessel, Colette (Wayne) Bischoff, and Marcia (Michael) Scott. He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and an adored friend.

The family would like to thank the staff at Emmanuel House Hospice and Niagara Health – St. Catharines Site for their compassionate care of both Teresa and Dan, as well as thank the many outstanding home caregivers. The family is also grateful for the immense kindness and support of extended family, friends and neighbours. Cremation has taken place, with a Celebration of Life planned for a future date. If desired, donations in Dan’s memory may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society or Emmanuel House Hospice.

Music is a spiritual doorway…

its power comes from the fact that it plugs directly into the soul.

  • Peter Gabriel
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