In Memory of Dr. Walter Prendergast

Dr. Walter Prendergast

PRENDERGAST, DR. WALTER FRANCIS (a.k.a. Prendy, Jake, Doc, Dr. P) Born January 23, 1922 in Toronto; died February 9, 2019 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary; his treasured granddaughter, Rebecca; his sister, Mary; and his brother,Michael. Survived by his children, Annie, Clare, Hugh, Ellen and Alan; and his grandchildren, Isabel, Mary, Andrew and Calvin; and his sister, Ann. The service will be held at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Avenue West) on Tuesday, February 19that 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m. at 135 St. George Street.

The committal will be in the summertime at Emily Cemetery in Omemee, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of ‘Prendy’ to the:

Emily Chapel Fund, c/o Derek Lennox, 25 Sugarbush Trail, Lakehurst, ON K0L 1J0

The family gives their deepest thanks to his amazing team of devoted caregivers, and to the wonderful staff at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Condolences may be forwarded through Humphrey Funeral Home.

Sturgeon Point’s Turner Family

On Jan. 31, 2019, Jeff Turner was severely injured when he was hit by a train while working on the railway. Jeff was taken to the Trauma Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital with a number of serious injuries, including broken heel, 2 broken legs (left is compound fracture), broken pelvis, compound fracture of left arm, along with major soft tissue damage and some internal complications. He has endured a number of surgeries to date but is now stable and things appear to be heading in the right direction. Jeff’s wife Rossi and 4 children, Ethan, Briar, Rowan (Jag) and Kate are thankful that things aren’t worse than they are, however they realize they have a long road ahead

Find out how you can  help raise funds that help to support Jeff, Rossi, and their children on the road to recovery.

In Memory of Arline Hopkins

Arline Hopkins
April 1, 1923 – March 10, 2017
Arline Hopkins (née Harris) passed away on March 10 at Glynnwood Retirement Residence in her 94th year. She is survived by her two daughters, Heather (Wilbert Lai) and Joan Hopkins (Dexter Halsall), granddaughter Catherine Lai, brother Charles Harris, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Roberts. She was interred alongside her late husband, Fred Hopkins, at Riverside Cemetery in Lindsay, Ontario. A long-time Blue Jays fan looking forward to the 2017 season, Arline was happy, warm, fun loving, and a pleasure to be around. She will be missed by many family and friends.


The Passing of Dan Haggerty

On his own terms, in his own home at Belmont House on Friday, December 23, 2016, Dan exited to his own Gershwin/Cole Porter/Louis Armstrong soundtrack in his 84th year. Surrounded by his daughters, Melissa and Melanie; partner, Mary-Jane Horsfall Large; and his collection of Asian treasures, he controlled the shots to the very end. Forever the intrepid traveler, he left Saskatchewan after university and went on to visit more than 100 countries during his extraordinary life, thanks to a career that fueled his hunger for knowledge and adventure.

Even more amazingly, he found two women game enough to join him. The first was his wife, the beautiful Diana (1933 – 1995), who fearlessly joined him for 10 unforgettable years in the Far East, living in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur before returning to Montreal and Toronto to raise their girls. His second love, Mary-Jane, encouraged him to keep moving, learning and exploring. In their 18 years together, they cruised and danced their way around the globe. She also introduced him to Sturgeon Point, where he spent his retirement years reading the Globe & Mail from start to finish and moving on to The Economist when the social schedule permitted.

The other two ladies in his life know they hit the Father Jackpot with Dan. He was loving, generous and patient from the moment they met him until he said goodbye. He was simply perfect. Full stop.

The last two years were the only exception to an otherwise remarkable and happy life — his body may have failed him, but his mind remained as brilliant and sharp as ever; he even corrected errors in this obituary… Dan never lost sight of the simple things that brought him great joy: Broadway musicals, old and true friends, Murder She Wrote reruns and the delight of a great Meursault after a couple of Danny Boy Specials.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Happy Hour, naturally) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West.

Heartfelt thanks must go to Dr. Sandy Buchman and the palliative care team for helping us navigate through Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). You are very special people.

In acknowledgement of the wonderful care he received over the last two years, donations to the Belmont House Foundation would be appreciated.