Alumni Family Births

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  • Mike Branch '99

    Mike and his wife Carrie welcomed Benjamin Fullerton Branch on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:33 p.m. weighing 7lbs 15oz at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton.
  • Aaron Ciancone '95

    Aaron '95 and Annie Ciancone are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Evelyn Pearle, born June 8, 2016 weighing 8lbs. 11 oz.
  • Daniel Coutts '01

    Daniel Coutts ’01 and his wife Vanessa welcomed little Benjamin Robert Hector Coutts into the world at Joseph Brant Hospital on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9:36 p.m. weighing 8 lbs, 0 ozs.. We hear that Benjamin is growing fast, and we congratulate you both on your wonderful news.
  • Laura Padden '98 (née Balfour)

    Born to Eric and Laura Padden, a son, Gordon Cromwell Southam Padden on December 19, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Brother to Scarlett, age 2 (pictured) Eli age 17 and Noah age 19. Gordon is the grandson of David Balfour '66, great grandson of the late William Southam Balfour '37 and nephew of St.Clair Balfour '96
  • Ashley Tickell '02 (nee Taylor)

    Ashley and Jeremiah Tickell welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Grant on August 10, 2016. Grant weighed 6lbs 13 ozs. Congratulations to the Tickell family.

Alumni Family News

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  • Charles Sherman '03 & Alexandra Weaver '02

    On Saturday October 31, 2015 two HSC families became one as Alexandra Weaver ’02 and Charles Sherman ’03 were married at a ceremony held at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. They celebrated their union with family and friends at Liuna Station, Hamilton. We wish Charlie and Alex the very best of luck in their new life together.
  • Shawn Locke '07 and Veronika Jaeschke '10

    Shawn Locke ‘07’ and  Veronika Jaeschke ‘10’ were married on August 12th, 2016 and enjoyed their reception at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. 
    Many HSC alumni were in attendance to help celebrate! 
  • Ben Simpson '08

    Ben Simpson ’08 was married to Andrea Crinklaw on September 10, 2016 at Rosseau, Ontario. Ben is son of David ’73 and Gwynneth Simpson. Grandson of the late J. Benjamin ’41 and Helen Simpson. Wedding attendants included Caitlin Simpson ’09 and Reid Millard ’08. Also present at the wedding were John ’75 and Toni Simpson and George ’44 and Mary Ann Simpson. The couple reside in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Alumni Lives Lived

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  • Lives Lived - Obituaries

    BECKETT, Thomas L. ’43 

    Passed away on November 25, 2014 in his 87th year. Son of Constance and Hubert Beckett, brother of Suzanne Beckett ’01, husband of Eleanore, father of Kathy (Jeff Parker), David, Thomas G. (Alison Winslow), Susan (John Bolton) and grandfather to Will, Jamie and Kelly Parker, Lais Beckett, Callum and Lucy Beckett and Ella and Jack Bolton. Tom worked as a celebrated portrait photographer with his father for 18 years, and continued as an art dealer at Beckett Gallery in Hamilton for 36 years. 

    BENSEN, Barbara (née Martin) ’37

    Died peacefully on February 9, 2015 at the age of 94. Barbara is survived by her four children, Gary (Rosie), Dick (Pam), Alison Terreaux (Phillippe), and Tom (Susan). Barbara and husband Ben married in 1946 and moved to New Canaan in 1951 when he began teaching at the New Canaan Country School. They lived on Richmond Hill Road where they raised their four children. Barbara worked for a number of years as secretary to the Head of Low Heywood (now King Low Heywood Thomas) School in Stamford. Barbara was a longtime supporter of HSC and was the first alumni to donate to HSC through FRISBE (Friends of Independent Schools) in Tacoma, WA. She supported the Transformation HSC (Alma Mater Campaign) and contributed to the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts Campaign in 2010. In 1991, she donated an impressive array of pins and medals to HSC, which she had won during her time at Strathallan. 

    BRADEN, John McColl '59 

    John died peacefully at home in Queensborough, Ont on June 23, 2017 of multiple myeloma at age 75.
    John was born in Waterdown, Ont. He was educated at Hillfield College, Trinity College School, McMaster University, Western University Law School and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. He lived and worked in Cameroon and Japan.
    John leaves his wife Judith Wolfe, daughter Ann, stepdaughter Janeva, granddaughter Ainsley, siblings Bill '59(Anita), Norm '64 (Tonny), Gwyn Buck, Dave '68 (Cathy) and Mike '73 (Clare Wasteneys), and first wife Jane. He also leaves many nieces and nephews, all of whom were inspired by his unwavering commitment to environmental ethics and his questioning mind. His friends from many walks of life knew him as a gentle, principled, immeasurably kind man.

    CAMPBELL, Elizabeth (née Somerville) '43

    Died at her ranch home near Black Diamond on June 27, 2016 at the age of 89 years. She was predeceased by her husband, John Campbell and their only daughter, Elsbeth, who died as an infant in Calgary. She is survived by her seven sons, and numerous grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. "Elizabeth," was born at Chedoke, the family home, in Barton Township, later to become part of Hamilton, Ontario. She is youngest of 6 siblings of Ethel (Southam) (Builder, Parent of Alumni) and St. Clair Balfour (Patron, Builder, Parents of Alumni). As a school girl, she attended Strathallan, also went to Havergal and Trinity at the University of Toronto to earn a BA in 1947. She married a Scotsman, John Campbell in 1951. He was sponsored after the Great War, to come to Hamilton through the Hendrie family of Hamilton, and the 48th Highlanders – and through them, they met. They were married at Auchmar, a beautiful house near Chedoke. Her first son, John was born in Hamilton. First year in Calgary area they lived in the 'Littlewood House' situated atop Pump Hill, 8 miles southwest of the city. Few of their many friends came to visit as in those days, the roads out were far too muddy and often impassable. Pump Hill now, is not far from Chinook Centre Mall, in central Calgary. They later moved  to a ranch near Black Diamond, Alberta. They had 6 more sons, one of them born in the ranch home. Mrs. Campbell was well known for her philanthropy and her modest and more often than not, her anonymous giving to the community. Mum was presented the "Caring Canadian Award" in 2014 by the federal government for her lifelong service.

    COLE, Neil Baldwin '63

    Unexpectedly, after complications following surgery and a week in intensive care, Neil Cole, son of Roy Cole and Ruth Cole, died on April 23, 2014 at Toronto General Hospital. Gentle and fierce, elegant and fine, Neil deeply touched the lives of those he cared for. He died surrounded by love and light. 

    COX, Clinton Joseph Cox '90
    Unexpectedly on Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at the age of 45. Beloved son of Jim and Marlene (Bruno). Loving brother to Sloane '95 (Mark Munshaw). Cherished and beloved uncle of Lincoln Munshaw. Predeceased by his brother Christopher Ashley (1966). He leaves behind his aunt Nadene (Jim Yarmon), Gail (Bob Deere), Donna (Mike Ashbee) and Uncle Doug Cox (Diane) and his nine cousins. He also leaves behind his step grandmother Gwen Hall. He will be dearly missed by his loving companion Colleen Krasic and her children Molly and Lunden. His best buddy Max will never be the same and of course his beloved black cat, Goofy. 
    Clinton was a self-taught guitar player. He was passionate about all things "Rush" and loved the Toronto Maple Leafs (still waiting for a Stanley Cup). He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. His gentle and kind soul is only surpassed by his bright eyes and magnetic smile. He was eagerly awaiting his graduation from Mohawk College - a milestone he worked hard to achieve.
    "Time stands still. Freeze this moment. A little bit longer. Make each sensation. A little bit stronger." Lyrics by Rush

    DAME, John ’45 

    Passed peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2015 in his 86th year. Cherished husband of Mary E. Dame (nee Uren). Loving father of Ralph Dame, Lesslie Dame, and Sarah Dame and her husband John Peirce. Papa Dame to William Peirce and Laura and Craig Morrison. Dear brother of the late Diane Whitten ’41. Beloved uncle of Lizzie, Sarah, Drew, and the late Annie. Brother-in-law of John Uren. He attended Hillfield, TCS, and Harvard College, and served as a U.S. Marine.

    FALONEY, Wally '78

    Suddenly, on Saturday, January 23, 2016, Wally Faloney '78 in his 57th year. Beloved father of Warren '03, Janice '04, and Terri '09 Faloney. Loved son of Janet and the late Bernie Faloney. Dear brother of Bernie Faloney Jr. '77 and his wife Sharon. Loving uncle of Taylor and Erika Faloney. Dearly missed by his aunt Mads Sutherland. Wally was an entrepreneur having started and operated many businesses such as Faloney's of Ancaster, Contractors Machinery and Equipment (CME) , Black Beauty Downs, Sly Games, and Faloney Tree Service. Wally was also active within the community through his involvement in organizations such as: the Bernie Faloney Invitational Golf Tournament, Ancaster Minor Hockey, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC), SPCA of Hamilton/Burlington , Hamilton Tiger Cats, Hamilton Canucks, and Hamilton Bulldogs.

    FARMER, Dr. Richard H. D. '43

    Died peacefully at Shalom Village, Hamilton on October 6, 2016. Son of the late Dr. G.R.D. Farmer and Marny Champ Farmer. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Tutti Robidoux Farmer, his daughters Alison Farmer '82 and Nell Spicer '72, (Stefan '81) , and his sister Alison Gibson '47 (Kerr '41). Predeceased by his brother, William G. D. Farmer '44 (1951), and his eldest daughter, Sarah '81 (1995). Grandad (Kind Sir) to Tessa,'11 Julia '14, and Philip Spicer. Dick was an old boy of Hillfield and Upper Canada College, and graduated from U of T Medical School in 1952. He practiced in the Caledonia area before post-graduate training in Montreal, Toronto, and England. He was president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons in 1977. He was also Chief of Staffs and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Chedoke and Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals. Dick had a long-standing commitment to the Reserves, serving in the R.C.A.M.C. Militia as Lt. Col and C.O. of No. 16 Medical Company (formerly 5th Field Ambulance, currently 23 Medical Company). He was a founding member of the Foundation of the Hamilton Conservation Authority and honorary physician of the St. George's Society. He had a great love of music, books, nature, history, St. John's Church, and the Ancaster area - where the Farmers have lived for seven
    generations. He will be remembered for his devotion to family and friends, his surgical skills, inventing The Farmer Stitch, his piano playing, his compassion, his irrepressible curiosity, and his sense of fun. He was perfect.

    FARNAN, Marion ‘29

    At Wentworth Lodge on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, in her 105th year, beloved wife of Lt. Col. John Farnan (deceased), loved mother of John (deceased) and his wife Dina, daughter Mary and her husband Bruce Comba, loved grandmother of Margaret Walton (Bruce Peart), Beth and husband John Taylor, Andrey Koroscil (deceased), Sasha and husband Patrick Ellwood, Serge Koroscil, great grandchildren Cameron Taylor, Jamie (Brandon) Maddick, Jason Walton, Bruce Ellwood, and great great granddaughters Lily Walton and Livia Maddick. Survived by her loving sister Carolyn Stephens and her sons Peter (Caroline), Michael, and James (Julie).  Member of The Duet Club of Hamilton, Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Life Member of the Travel Club of Dundas.  Co-founder of the Dundas Valley School of Art, past Chair of the Board of DVSA, member of the Board for 48 years and author of DVSA The First Forty Years, a Memoir.  As a result of her dedication to the arts, she was awarded the City of Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year for the Arts Award, Hamilton Woman of the Year in the Arts, the Spectator Award for Service to the Arts, an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University, an Honorary Diploma in Fine Arts from DVSA, Dundas Citizen of the Year, and a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Dundas. 

    FRASER, Barbara Ann '48

    It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the very sudden and unexpected death of Barbara on Monday, March 14, 2016 at her home in Toronto. Barbara/Barb/Barbie-Ann was the youngest daughter of Charles and Barbara Jamieson (Caldwell). She is predeceased by her husband, Evan Hamilton Fraser; along with her sisters, Marg (Margaret) Jamieson and Leckie (Alexis) Jamieson. An extremely proud mother, she leaves behind children, Andrew (Diana), Doug (Charlotte) and Amanda (Rockie); along with 6 grandchildren, Alexis, Harrison, Leighton, Juliette, Skylar and Evan.
    She was born in Winnipeg and moved shortly thereafter to Toronto for a short stint before the family settled in Hamilton's Westdale neighbourhood. After graduating from Strathallan she went on to McMaster University to attain her degree as a teacher. As a true testament to her great love and faith, she raised her 3 children as a single parent when Evan was lost in a tragic accident in 1980, one short year after her beloved parents passed away. For those who knew her well, she enjoyed an active schedule; an avid bridge player (several days a week!); the horticultural society; a tireless volunteer with the Women's Auxiliary at SickKids; endless escapes to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake for theatre and can be seen as 'part of the cloth' at Grace Church on-the-Hill for over 50 years... but her biggest joy was her children!

    FRID, Patricia Helen (née Kain) '53  

    Graduate from the Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing 1957. Passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge on Thursday, August 25, 2016 in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Douglas Frid. Pat was the loving and devoted mother to Wayne. Pat and Doug were happily married for 59 years. After Doug's retirement in 1992 they spent their remaining years at their summer cottage and then at their condominium in Muskoka. Pat will be forever remembered and missed by her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, her many cousins, nieces, nephews and by her extended family members. Pat was the beloved sister to Robert Kain and his wife Evelyn, Allen Kain, Dr. Brian Kain and his wife Dr. Elizabeth and Gary Kain and his wife Betty. Pat was predeceased by her daughter Wendy of Bracebridge and by her parents Betty and Lyle Kain of Hamilton.

    GOUGH, Ross Carswell  ’64 

    Passed away at home on February 11, 2015. Born on July 31, 1944. Predeceased by his parents James and Isabel Gough (Stenhouse). Brother to Heather (Al) and Janelle (James). Uncle to Jillian, Jeralee and Jolene. Great-Uncle to Lucas and Hannah. Ross was a longtime supporter of the Tiger-Cats and Maple Leafs.

    HAZELL, William (Bill) '50 

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill Hazell on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Margaret for 58 years. Cherished father of Heather McMurray, Bill Jr. (Jody) and Cheryl (Scott) Gurman. Loving grandpa of Shayna, Alyssa, Brandon, Carling, Brennan, Gregory, Brandon, and Jordon. Bill received many awards of recognition for his long time volunteering in the Community of Ancaster.

    HOGARTH, Peter Tomlins '84 

    Passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family.
    Loving husband to Maggie (née Taylor). Devoted father of Daniel '15, Connelly '16, John '19 (Current Student), Thomas, and Andrew '21 (Current Student). Cherished son of Diana and the late Murray Hogarth (2014). Peter is also survived by his brothers Greg '78 (Heather), Tim '79, Geoff '79, and Christopher '83 (Colleen), brothers and sisters -in-law Anne (David) Heutel, Anthony (Kelly) Taylor, Gregory Taylor, and predeceased by sister in law Elizabeth Taylor (2007).
    Peter was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Burlington. He graduated with a B.A. from Bishop's University in Quebec, where he was a founding father of Sigma Chi fraternity. Member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), and a member of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation board. Peter was a multi-unit and multi brand franchisee of Tim Horton's and Wendy's Brands. Peter was also actively involved as an officer and board member of The Pioneer Group Inc. He was a strong supporter of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation. Peter was very involved with the Hogarth Family Fund through the Hamilton Community Foundation. Peter loved skiing with his family at Craiglieth Ski Club and enjoyed many events at Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club.

    HOOD, James McLean '61

    It is with sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of James McLean on June 13, 2016 at the Hamilton General Hospital with his family by his side. Jimmy wasn't well for some time. Jimmy was born in Hamilton, ON. He was the beloved youngest child of Helen and James Hood (predeceased), his eldest brother William (predeceased). Fondly remembered by his brother Brian (Carollynne), sister Christine Soomet, brother-in-law Urmas Soomet. Jimmy was the proud uncle to Trevor (Aunic), Matthew, Stuart (Nicole), Adrienne (Craig), Andrew (Katie), Karin (Doug) and their children Jack and Ben, Lindsay (Chris) and their children Ella and Wyatt. Jimmy will be missed by his good friend Lorne Helmer who was always there, especially when Jimmy needed him the most. Jimmy was always excited for the next family gathering asking well ahead of the event who was hosting. He loved shopping for the younger ones at Christmas well ahead of the Holiday wanting to be sure they would each have a special gift. Jimmy loved life, he was fiercely independent, a free spirit, generous in nature, he knew many people in Hamilton as was his friendly demeanour.
    JONES,  Kerry A. ‘69

    JONES, Kerry Alan Suddenly, at the age of 66, on May 28, 2015. Loving husband of Linda and beloved father of Maggie and Stephanie (Derek). Predeceased by parents Lordly and Eva. Caring brother and brother-in-law of Gail (Lou), Ross, Brian (Jan). Special cousin to Nancy and others. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Past Master of Acacia Lodge A.F. & A.M. #61 and 32nd Scottish Rite.

    KER, John Southam '44

    Surrounded by family at Parkwood Hospital, London on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 John Southam Ker '44, age 86 years. Beloved husband of Maggie (nee McKeown) Ker. Predeceased by his wife Bengie (nee Ellis) (1983). Cherished father of Kate Ker (Paul), Sally Ker, Alex Ker (Tony), John F.R. Ker and Thomas Ker. Dear grandfather of Isaac and Bengie. Dear brother of Mary Earnshaw '41 (late Eric) and Jean Watson'45 (late Tom). Predeceased by brothers Frederick'35 and David Ker '37. Dear brother-in-law of Gail Ker. 

    KOMER, Kimberly Dawn ’96

    Found peace surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the age of 40. Daughter of Dr. Larry and Joan Komer , loving sister to Scott.  Kim loved people, music and animals, especially her beloved Boxers, Lincoln and Sierra. She had a wicked sense of humour, and her beautiful singing moved people to tears in high school musicals, church and even at her own wedding.  She was a radiant beauty, in body and in spirit. Kim had a special quality that touched people on a deep emotional level. Kimmy Dawn is missed by her parents, her brother, her aunts, uncles, cousins and her many friends. 
    LAIDLER, Marjorie (née Waterman) ‘41 

    Marjorie Waterman Laidler passed away with her family by her side on November 25, 2014 at the age of 90. Predeceased by her husband Donald George Laidler. Survived by three children John (Charles Ivins), Mary Hoff (Doug) and Ruth Pringle (Brian), grandchildren Angie Kingma (Graham), Heather MacDonald (James) and Denise Hoff (Garrett Woods), great-grandchildren, and two Waterman brothers Harold (Mary) and Robert. Predeceased by brothers Norman and Gerald and sister Janice Duncan Crawford. Daughter of the late Frances Bayne and Rt. Rev. R. Harold Waterman. Marj spent her student years at Strathallan, Westdale and McMaster, and married Don during WWII. She had a 70-year career as military wife, mother, matriarch, musician, active Anglican parishioner, event organizer, ladies’ tailor and just generally “cooking on all four burners.” She sang with the Bach Elgar Choir, John Laing Singers and The Geritol Follies until age 85. She employed her management skills to significant church and choir functions, and was made Honorary Lay Canon at Christ’s Church. She was instrumental in the successful startup of the John Laing Singers. 

    LAZIER, Colin Gillies '67

    Peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at The Meadows LTC Ancaster, Ontario. Beloved husband of Barbara Jean Jennings '67 for 45 years. Loving father of Amy Schaefer '93 (Erik '91), Catherine (Kate) Lazier '95 (Richard Fong), Colin Laird Lazier '97 (Natalie), and William Lazier '00 (Amanda). Wonderful Poppa of Martha '2022 and Audrey Schaefer, Elizabeth Campbell and James Fong, Hannah and Colin Searson Lazier and Daphne Lazier. Loving son of the Honourable Colin Simpson Lazier '35 (Jocelyn) and predeceased by his mother Martha Gillies. Brother of Douglas Lazier '68 (Mary Ellen Fitzgerald), Sarah Keating '73 (Thomas) and Thomas Lazier '81 (Catherine). Son-in-law of Jean Jennings. Brother-in-law of Laird Jennings '62 (Joan '64), Mary McKeon '64(Barry) and Margaret Dickinson '72 (Donald). Colin was a Partner of Lazier Hickey LLP., a former President of the Holland Society of New York, former Chair of Chedoke McMaster Hospitals, former Chair of Chedoke Health Foundation, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Malloch Foundation and former Chair of the Official Board of Centenary United Church.

    LAZIER, The Honourable Colin Simpson ’35 
    (Patron, Builder, Parent of Alumni, Former Board Chair, Former Alumni President)
    Beloved husband of Jocelyn Davis. Predeceased by his first wife, Martha Gillies and by his parents Judge Ernest Franklin Lazier and Muriel Simpson and by his brothers Harold, John and Stephen. Also predeceased by his dear son Colin Gillies Lazier ’67 (Barbara ‘67). Loving father of Douglas ‘68 (Mary Ellen), Dr. Sarah Keating ‘73 (Tom), and Thomas ‘81 (Catherine).  Loving Poppa to Amy Schaefer ’93, Kate Lazier ‘95, Colin L. Lazier ‘97, William Lazier ‘00, Sharon Sharpe, Judith Lazier, Rosemary Lazier, Geoffrey Keating, Leslie Keating, Douglas Lazier ‘14, and Robert Lazier ‘16. Loved by nine great grandchildren. Cherished stepfather to Julie McMeekin (Keith) and Deborah Merritt (Tom).
    Retired Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario. Graduate of Hillfield School Hamilton, Upper Canada College, and the University of Toronto, Trinity College. Enlisted in the RCAF and served overseas as a bomber pilot with RAF Squadron 107 during WW II. Attended Osgoode  Hall and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1948 and appointed to the bench in 1972. Served on numerous charitable boards in Hamilton. Long time member of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club (1933).

    LEWIS, Nelda (nee Brown) ‘39 

    Nelda Lewis 1922-2014 After 91 well-lived years, Nelda Lewis (nee Brown) has passed from this world. She was predeceased by Cliff, her beloved husband with whom she shared over 50 years of laughter, good food, wine and travel. Theirs was a true and lively love, tarnished only by Cliff's helpless impatience with Nelda's pathological tardiness. While those of us who cherished her are glad she dallied seven years after he left us, a dear voice from the past has spoken one again, "Come on, Ned, you're late!" She leaves behind their two daughters, Barbara and Katherine (Braithwaite), six grandchildren (Martin and Nicolas Ouimet, Kalynda, Eric, Rhiannon and Alexandra Braithwaite) and was predeceased by a great-grandchild, little Zander Bonini. All those who knew her will miss her generous heart, easy laugh and warm smile. The world has lost a dear soul. 

    McERVEL, Judith Enid Jane ’44

    Judith McErvel ’44 died in Toronto, ON, on April 24, 2016 at the age of 88. For 30 years, Judith was the long-time companion to the late Herbert Phillips. She was dearly loved by Bert’s daughter-in-law, Karen Phillips and son Jeff, their children Michael (Trish), Jonathan (Sarah), Elizabeth, Shannon and Adam and grandchildren; nephews Peter Grav (Tom Arnold); cousin Drina Blair (Brian) and their children; and cousins Yvonne and Mike Pringle (Nicky). Judith also had a profound connection with animals and loved her cats—Emma, Andrew, Sammy and Jasper.
    Judith was born to William Alfred and Jennie (Scott) McErvel in Hamilton, ON. After attending Strathallan School, Judith graduated from Havergal College and, in 1949, earned an honours degree in Philosophy and History from University College, University of Toronto. She went on to graduate school at the University of London, and took a tour through post-war Europe in a red MG convertible with three girlfriends.
    As Archivist for the T. Eaton Company from 1961-98, Judith collected and catalogued documents and objects related to the company’s history. She lectured widely on the topic and was the co-author of A Shopper’s View of Canada’s Past: Pages from the Eaton’s Catalogues, 1886-1930 (1969). After Eaton’s, Judith became archivist for Toronto’s Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. She was involved with the establishment of the University of Toronto Art Centre, and, in 2005, led a team to bring order to the much-neglected University College Archives. A licensed real estate agent, she also worked part-time for Bosley’s well into her 70s. She was also a member of the Toronto Historical Board and the Town of York Historical Society. An avid bridge player, cryptic crossword devotee and voracious reader, Judith was also a great theatre and classical concert-goer. Her ability to make people feel loved and important ensured that her friends were legion.

    McKINNEY, Elizabeth Moodie Mills '29 (Betty

    On a sunny day in Muskoka, Betty McKinney died peacefully at home at James Street Place, Bracebridge, Ontario at age 104. Born in Hamilton on May 7, 1911 to R. Roy Moodie and Florence E. Fearman. Predeceased by her brother Robert C. Moodie and son Richard R. Mills. Beloved wife of the late Edwin W. Mills and the late Robert E. (Mac) McKinney. Much loved mother of Edwin M. Mills ( Judith), and Julia E. Wilson (Bruce). Devoted stepmother to James I. McKinney (Joan). Loving "Gram" to 12 grandchildren and "G.G." to 29 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews of the Moodie and Catto clans. During her long life, Betty called many places home: Hamilton, Victoria, Wingham, Bracebridge, and Arizona but her heart was in Muskoka where she spent every summer of her 104 years. Her association with the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club was nearly as long. Granddaughter of one of the 3 founding members, she became a ladies golf champion on several occasions and played the course for nearly 80 years. Many of the lilac and cork trees on the course were the gift of Betty and Edwin. She was regularly sought out for her legendary memory. It was always a joy for her family and friends of all ages to be instantly recognized and their family history and accomplishments recalled. A staunch royalist, she delighted in comparisons with the Queen. Indeed she was "our Queen" and we shall miss her dearly.

    McLAUGHLIN,  Andrew G. ‘44

    Andrew Gordon McLaughlin, father, farmer, storyteller and friend to a wide circle of friends who loved him dearly, died June 26, 2015, after a brief illness. Andy farmed almost his entire life on his beloved Windrun Farm in Beverly Township, working his small "piece of paradise" for close to 62 years. Andy was devoted to his farm, his children, his border collies and his neighbours. He will be remembered and cherished for his humour, wit, his painful relationship with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his eccentric take on life. He is survived by his sister Janet Fisher, of Knowlton, Quebec; his former wife and loving friend, Barney Morison, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; his children Peter (Marilyn), Tim (Leanne), Amy and Richard. He will also be greatly missed by his six grandchildren Conor, Noah, Jessie, Cameron, Emery and Gordon. His family wants to give special thanks to those who meant so much to our father, especially over the last few years, Jay Campbell, Ross McCrimmon and Chris Procter. Born in Hamilton and raised in Dundas, Andrew attended Hillfield College where he was Head Boy in 1944. He graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Guelph before he began farming. Andrew was a longtime volunteer of the Rockton World's Fair and bred border collies for many years.

    McLAUGHLIN, Timothy Andrew '78

    Tim was a devoted husband, beloved father, loving son, and brother, friend, and respected soccer and curling coach. He died March 26 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was 57. Tim was a Commercial Team Leader with (formerly GE Nuclear/GE-Hitachi Nuclear) BWXT in Peterborough, a job he held for 27 years. His passion was soccer, a game he played with flair as a young man, and later as a coach. He coached hundreds of young players In the Peterborough City Soccer Association and Peterborough Youth Soccer Club for over 19 years. Tim was also a current member of the PYSC Board of Directors and an active member of the Peterborough Curling Club. An accomplished student athlete, Tim also excelled at curling, golf, skiing, and hockey. Like his late father, he had a painful relationship with his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, a frailty he passed on to his children. But his greatest love, pride and joy was his family, especially his three sons, Cameron, Emery and Gordon, who he quietly and fervently supported in sports, academics, music and life in general. He grew up on the family farm in Flamborough building hay forts, climbing over fences, and falling out of trees. Tim was a graduate and former Head Boy of Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton. He went on to study Commerce at Queens University. Loved ones left behind are his wife of 29 years, Leanne , sons Cameron, Emery and Gordon; mother, Barney Morison '48 (Parent of Alumni, Corp, Former Governor)of Wolfville, Nova Scotia; sister, Amy '80, of Flamborough; brothers Peter '76 (Marilyn) of Bedford, Nova Scotia and Richard '82, of Littleton, Mass. Also left to mourn are: Tim's in-laws, Leo, Carolann, Tamara, Shane, Valerie, Vanita and Guillaume Fernandes, Jenny and Dave Winn and his closest and dearest friend, Richard Glanzmann, who was a pillar of strength and support through Tim's last few days. Tim is predeceased by his father, Andrew '44 (Head Boy '44, Parent of Alumni, Corp).

    MOES, Michael '54 

    Michael passed at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the age of 79. Beloved husband for 55 years of Susan '57 (nee Peacock) Moes. Dearly loved father of Kathryn Connell (Thomas) and Michael Moes (Cindy). Cherished grandfather to Ethan and Adam Moes and Alexandra and Peter Connell of Massachusetts. Predeceased by his parents, Gerry and Cecilia Moes and sister Monica Davidson '51 (Dr. H.A Davidson) of Burlington. An uncle to Sandra Peters (Bill), Ian and Keith Davidson (Linda), Lisa and Susan Niedermayr. A life-long resident of Aldershot in Burlington, Mike achieved success in all aspects of his life. As an avid multi-sport athlete, he took particular pride as one of the early members of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club in 1972, playing into his early seventies. In business, he retired from RBC as Vice President with RT Investment Counsel only to spend another decade with TD Asset Management doing work he loved to do. His greatest role and success was as a highly devoted family man. He was blessed with many great friends and colleagues and a family who cherished and admired him greatly. Mike attended Hillfield College in Hamilton, McMaster and Carlton Universities.

    MOORE,  Katherine A. ‘75 (née Schleissner)

    Katherine Ann Moore passed away peacefully in her home on June 22, 2015 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Kathy is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 35 years, Colin, her two adoring children, Sean (Marina) and Kristen, her parents, Hans and Hana, her aunt Dagmar and her sisters Kim Dudezki and Kelly Hilton. Kathy will be deeply missed by her cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Kathy was raised in Burlington, Ontario. She spent winters at her family's Collingwood chalet, and summer vacations in Muskoka. She was an avid skier, enjoyed playing field hockey and tennis and was dedicated to physical fitness.
    In her adolescence and early adulthood, she attended Hillfield Strathallan and graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where she met her husband and developed long lasting friendships. Following graduation, she moved to Toronto and began a career in accounting and retail management. However, her most important job was raising her family and being a stay at home mom. Kathy was extremely supportive of Colin's career, which included relocations to Connecticut and Louisville, Kentucky.
    Upon her return to Toronto, she spent many mornings at the Granite Club engaged in various fitness activities, followed by coffee and conversation. It was here where she formed additional friendships and learned about the "Love to Ski" group. With this group she skied locally, in the US and in Europe.

    When not on the slopes, Kathy loved to travel, spend time at her cottage on Balsam Lake and dine out with friends and family.

    Our beloved Kathy will be remembered for her warm, gentle presence, her grace, calm wisdom and remarkable capacity to empathize with those in need. She was an exceptional mother, wife and friend. Her outward beauty and ready smile illuminated an inner beauty that was greatly admired. To know her was to love her.

    MORROW, Dr. C. Bruce ‘39

    On Saturday May 30th, 2015 at St. Josephs Villa in Dundas, Ontario. Bruce Morrow, beloved husband of Shirley Morrow; loving father and father-in-law of Ron and Cathy, Brian (deceased) and Jeannine, Max and Amity, J.D and Cheryl, Reg and Cheryl (deceased) and grandfather of Donna, Wendy, Jeffery, Nancy, Peter, Stephen, Michelle, Jon, Katie and Jason. Great-grandfather of Taya and Olivia. Survived by his sister Beth McNairn; predeceased by his brother George, and sisters Jean and Sara. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

    MORRISON, John ’47

    Passed away at his home in Campbell River on July 25, 2014. John served our country with pride as a part of the Royal Navy. 

    Page Davis, Susan ’68 (née Cook) Died on December 13, 2014 at the age of 65. Daughter of the late William and Jean Cook of Hamilton. Much loved mother of Todd ’90 (Bonita), Mandy ’91 (Michael) and Leanne ’92 (John). Loving grandmother of Aidan, Ellah, Aliera, Alyssa, Jessie and Zach. Great-grandmother of Tyrell, Dante, Maliq, Jewel, Jayla and Jasmine. Loving sister of Mark, Peter, Robin (Kathleen) and Richard. Susan was preceded in death by her husbands Paul Page (1981) and Richard Davis (2008). 

    PARRY, Rosa Evelyn ’33

    Died on November 11, 2014, in her 100th year. Much-loved daughter of Dr. John Roland Parry and Louise Evelyn Breithaupt, dear sister of Margaret Murgatroyd ’50, Betty Sihler, and Louis John Parry ’31. A lively, supportive, and loving aunt to Beth Murgatroyd Lennard ’47 the late Robert Murgatroyd ’50 the late Sally Sihler Wyse, Evelyn (‘Evie’) Sihler Deacon, Nancy Sihler Baldock, John S. Parry ’66 and Evelyn (‘Lyn’) Parry Beattie ’68 (and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her home was always a welcoming base for family; she enjoyed entertaining her many friends and relatives (she had 36 first cousins). A life-long member of Centenary United Church, Rosa was an active volunteer and for years ran Paper Plus on James South and, later, in Hess Village. 

    She belonged to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club for decades and walked everywhere, doing her errands on foot into her late eighties. At Parkview Village Christian Retirement Village in Townsend, staff took loving care of her; niece Nancy Baldock was in constant attendance. A proud member of a family of many doctors, and keen to help, Rosa left her body to Anatomy Bequeathal at McMaster University.

    ROSS, Marjorie King '34 (née DuMoulin ) 
    Mom passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 3 weeks shy of her 101st Birthday. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Sam Foster Ross '54 and son Andrews Foster Ross '60. Wonderful mom to Marjorie Rogers'64 and her husband Donald of Toronto, Judy Craig '67and her husband George of Barrie, Becky Ross of California and mother-in-law of Patricia Ross (Parent of Alumni) of Burlington. Lovingly remembered and never to be forgotten by her 10 grandchildren, Andy Ross '99, Dana Ledgerwood '91 (Jamie), Marc Thompson '91 (Lianne), Jennie Rogers (Gordon), Jill Rogers (Christopher), David Rogers (Andrea), Becky Craig (Jonathan), Allison Henstridge (Tobey), Sarah Thomas (Simon), Chelsea Craig (Stephen), and her 18 great-grandchildren.

    SHEPHERD, Alan William Bruce '78

    Unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Dundas on July 18, 2017. Beloved son of the late Ian and Doreen Shepherd of Burlington. Loving and much loved brother of Margaret Corbett (Bob), Angela Meyer (Ric), and Valerie Shepherd (Paul) and honorary brother Bob Strachan. Cherished uncle of Ian and Sara Meyer. Treasured nephew of Frank Shepherd and Margaret Shepherd of Scotland. Alan was a world traveller and adventurer but nothing meant more to him than simple pleasures shared with family and friends.
    SMITH, Zoë Peyton ’20

    Taken unexpectedly on January 22, 2015, just eight days before her 13th birthday. Precious daughter of Rebecca Taylor and Casey Smith. Loving granddaughter of Kim Luton and Larry and Lindy Smith. Adored niece of Kellie Frankish, Matt and Bonnie Luton, Marshall Luton, Karen and Brian Hawkins, Kristi Nicholl and Neil Gregson, Amy and Gus Clemens, Janette Smith, and Craig and Sue Smith. Awesome cousin of Zara, Quinn, Kaylee, Ben, Rocco, Owen, Megan, Daniel, Adam and Nicole.  Zoë's will be missed by her extended family, friends and classmates.  Zoë always had a big smile and a warm hug for everyone. Accepting of all, her passion for young children, swimming and animals was unrivaled. Zoë was bigger than life. 
    SMOSARSKI, Miss Olivia M.  ‘13

    September 12, 1995 - May 5, 2015
    It is with both deep sorrow and gratitude for the time we were given together that we announce that God has welcomed our beautiful, vibrant and loving Olivia into Heaven. Liv was passionate, tenacious, affectionate, spirited and fiercely loyal, with a smile that could light up a room. She was full of life and enthusiasm, always stood up for what she believed was right, and held an amazing capacity for caring, love and forgiveness. Our cherished "Livi Beans" will be forever missed by her mother Belinda Marazzato, her father David Smosarski, and her siblings Ben, Gabrielle and Max. She was greatly loved by her Nonna Maria Marazzato, "Gami" Elizabeth Smosarski, Angela, Domenic, Zias Diane and Adrienne, Zio Danny, her "Bowl the Feet team" cousins Danielle, Marc, Alexandra and Isabella, and a large circle of extended family and friends. Liv also adored and was treasured by Troy Walsh and his family. The family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our community. We are reeling from the loss of two precious young women and our prayers are also with Jordyn Hasting's family. In lieu of flowers and in memory of her grandfathers, Giovanni Marazzato and Binnew "Ben" Smosarski, donations to Wellwood, a cancer support centre in Hamilton ( would be gratefully appreciated. Olivia had dreams of travelling to South Africa for wildlife rehabilitation later this year, so support of World Wildlife Fund ( would be welcomed. Because Liv was forever a staunch defender of the underdog, we also invite you to stand up to a bully or right an injustice in her honour.
    "Liv well, Liv strong, Liv out loud"

    STEEL, Graham'72

    At his residence on Sunday morning March 13, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Graham was in his 63rd year. Graham is predeceased by his darling wife Sherri (2012). Cherished father of Shannon Steel (Nathan), Holly (Brandon) Grevers, and Brittany Steel (Theo). Forever remembered by his grandchildren Emily, Maria, Sara, Mikayla and Colin. Graham will also be missed by his brothers Antony '66, Michael (Kaye), Philip '75,  Peter '75, and sisters Penny '66 (Graham) Lear and Trisha '75 . Also longingly missed by his mother-in-law Shiela Minler.

    STRADWICK, Elizabeth '77

    It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth announces her passing after a brief illness, at Oakville Memorial Hospital on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 58. Loving mother of Athena Stradwick. Cherished grandmother of Aviva Stradwick-Bunsie. Predeceased by her beloved mother Barbara Stradwick-Swindall, Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her father Jack Stradwick (Janette Fergus), her brother Jay Stradwick (Mary-Anne, Claire and Jack), her sisters Pamela (Caitlin), Cindy (Jay) and Katie Stradwick. She will be sadly missed by her friends. Elizabeth had a special gift with children and animals. After raising her own daughter she began caring for other families' children and their pets. She was at her happiest watching over her own granddaughter, Aviva and her niece Claire and her nephew Jack.

    SWEENEY, Gordon Ambrose '35

    Gordon Ambrose Sweeney passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015.
    He has now been received into the loving arms of Jesus Christ. Gordon was born to Elizabeth Ann Sweeney & Howard Malcolm Sweeney on April 5, 1918. He graduated from Hillfield School, Hamilton, Ontario, Ridley College at St. Catherines, Ontario and attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy while in his third year at McGill. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of hostilities and the de-commissioning of his ship. He and his wife Vivienne (Stone) of Winnipeg, Manitoba took up residence in Orlando, Florida following the end of World War II. In 1947 they purchased Coleman’s Gift & Stationery Store in Sanford, Florida later changing the name to Sweeney’s Office Supply, Inc. In 1985 both he and his wife retired and the business was sold. He was a Member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church Sanford, Florida.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Vivienne and is survived by his three children, Elizabeth Ganas (Greg) of Sanford, Michael Sweeney (Debby) of Orlando, and Jeffrey Sweeney (Alicia) of Winter Park, and by his seven (7) grandchildren: Sarah French, Tyler Ganas, Caitlin Sweeney, Ashleigh Hirsh, Conner Sweeney, Parker Sweeney, and Hamilton Sweeney, and great-granddaughter, Harper Elizabeth French.

    SZABO, Robert Leslie ’82

    Passed suddenly on November 4, 2014, at his home. Only son of Dr. Leslie and Hilda Szabo (Parents of Alumni). Survived by sisters Jennifer Marcaccio, Deborah Gale and Cynthia Szabo-Tormann (Wolf Tormann), missed by his cat, Kitty. Survived by nieces and nephews David and Elizabeth Marcaccio, Rebecca Bartolacci (and daughter Brooklyn Elizabeth), Aaron, Meaghan and Claudia Gale and Alexandra, Rachel and Felix Tormann.  

    SZOSTAK, Philip Lee '01

    Philip was born in Seoul Korea March 22, 1982, adopted by Lydia and Jan Szostak (Parents of Alumni) of Hamilton in 1983. Died suddenly November 26, 2016 of an aneurysm. It is with great sadness that Jan, Lydia and family share the death of our son, Philip (34). Raising Philip came with a rocky road and many ups and downs. We choose to remember the good and happy times in his life with us. Philip always wanted to be an organ donor so permission was given for that to happen. His donation allowed three others to live on. We are very proud of that choice he made. He will always be remembered by us as the happy carefree boy he was. Philip, you will be greatly missed by many. Love, Mom and Dad, Bonnie, Tina(Bettina Reid, 96), Margit,'00 Stephen and families.

    WILKINSON, Howard Leonard ’56

    Peacefully passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2014 in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Gail ’56  for 53 years. Loving father of Sydney (Benita) and James (Monica). Grandpa Freddy is missed by his grandchildren; Benjamin, Jennifer, Meghan, Fiona, and Daniel. Fred was retired as President of Wilkinson & Kompass Ltd; served with the RHLI for many years, and a member of the Tamahaac Club and the Hamilton Hunt Club.

    WOODS, Georgina 'Babs' Willmot '38 (née Young)
    (Corp, Head Girl 37-38)

    Known as 'Granny' to everybody, Babs died peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Belmont House in Toronto shortly after celebrating her 95th birthday. Predeceased by her husband Blakeney; survived by her five children Doug (Valerie), Alan (Di), Chris (Jani), Willmot (Bruce) and Nancy (Larry), fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    Babs was born in Ancaster near Hamilton in 1922, the third of five children all the rest being boys. She was called 'Baby' which morphed into 'Babby' and eventually into 'Babs'. During WWII she was in the Womens' Army Corp and drove 18-wheeler trucks. After the war, she met Blakes on a blind date. They married in 1946 and moved to Toronto where they raised their five children. After Blakes' death in 1989, she continued as the matriarch of the family. She spent the last four years of her life at the Belmont House where she was cared for and loved by Josie Trabucon.

    WRIGHT, Alex ‘71
    Died peacefully on Friday, 19 June 2015 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge. Alex was the son of Thomas W. Wright and Patricia M. Wright Bell. He is survived by brother Gordon, sister Kim and her husband Michael Johnston, uncle to their children Christian (Laura), Benjamin (Shelly) and Patrick (Celine), great-uncle to Coen, Poppy and Harvey Johnston, and stepbrother to Cathy and Court. Alex lived in Burlington and recently moved to Dorset, Lake of Bays. Alex attended Appleby College and Hillfield Strathallan College. Everyone knew him as "Big Al", a charming individual who loved meeting people and made friends wherever he went. He was an avid sportsman, loved fishing, golf and hockey.
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Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

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