Donna Steen, 82, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital surrounded by family and friends on May 27, 2022. Donna was born in Orillia, Ontario to Mary and Ernie Collinson. She was the loving mother to Michelle Marlin (Dennis Callahan) and Chris Marlin (Maria) and grandmother of Ryan, Jacqueline, Gregory and Parker.
Donna was a Sturgeon Pointer since 1964 when her mother bought the little cottage on Second Street. The cottage was her beloved place for the remainder of her life; long after she couldn’t remember the names of her children and grandchildren, she remembered her cottage. The last half century she could be found walking and swimming with friends, gardening, and introducing her four grandchildren to the many charms of Sturgeon Point. A lifelong learner and educator, she was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Toronto and Loyola University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in Chicago before moving back to Toronto where she taught elementary grades and French at the Scarborough Board of Education.
She had many interests – reading, languages, music, art and travelling. She travelled the world and made lifelong friends in France and Japan but her happy place was always at Sturgeon Point. A celebration of life for family and friends is planned at the Point over Civic weekend.
Our condolences go out to the Salter family in their time of loss.
SALTER, Richard – Social justice activist, lawyer, negotiator, helpmate, parent, life partner, Zaidie and friend, this “little Jewish boy from College Street” (his words) Rick Salter, passed away September 20, 2021.
As a young adult in SDS, he led protests against the war in Vietnam, and then in 1969, he returned to Canada to became Director of Recruitment for the Company of Young Canadians. He then joined with Stan Daniels, Maria Campbell, Harold Cardinal and others in their organizations in Alberta. After a brief time in England, he taught Sociology at Capilano College and in Lillooet. Throughout he was working with the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs (with his mentor George Manuel). His work continued through many years with the law firm Pape, Salter, Teillet to bring about fundamental change in the relationships between First Nations & Metis and governments. Together with Dave Joe and Vic Mitander, he negotiated new treaties, constitutions, laws and contracts for land claims and self- government, thus changing the face of the Yukon Territory forever. Together with John B. Zoe, Bertha Rabesca, Ted Blondin, Eddie Erasmus, James Wahshee and the Elders, he did the same with the Tlicho in the NWT, helping to build the Tlicho Nation and Self-Government and securing recognition of Tlicho Lands. Rick later worked with Norm Hardesty, Stan Loudit and Jennifer Simard and the Moose Cree in constructing new financial relationships about resources and the environment. Add to this, he acted as lawyer and helpmate with many other First Nations. He also worked with Jean Teillet to help build the Metis Nation of Ontario. Even after he retired, he joined in peer learning with other seniors at Quest in NYC and published Muckrakers Bulletin. Rick was the first person in his family to go to university and he received his Master’s Degree.
His animating view was his hatred of colonialism. Rick always sought truth and provided warmth, clear-thinking and support. His commitment to social justice, nuclear disarmament and environmental justice never faltered; his love for his family, his friends and co-workers never waivered.
He is survived by his wife Liora, his three children April (Cliff), Colin (Samantha) and Ammon (Orietta), six grandchildren: Elijah, Kolya, Eva, Suki, Giacomo and Scarlett and his sister Bonnie. He is predeceased by his brother Gary.
A Family graveside service was held on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to any Social Justice charity of your choice.
Our deepest condolences to the McLean family in their time of mourning.
CAROL JUNE McLEAN (née McClure) June 25, 1924 – September 12, 2021
June McLean passed away at home at the age of 97. Predeceased by her husband, William Flavelle McLean and by her siblings, Edward, John, Alison and Christine. She is survived by her three children, Paul (Martha), Carol Gray and Mark (Judy) and grandchildren, James, Sarah, Will (Dani), Jack (Victoria), Chelsea (Cory) and great-grandchildren, Juliet and Allison. Devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother; kind and thoughtful friend. Prodigious correspondent to her many friends and family celebrating special occasions in their lives. June and Bill spent many happy summers at their cottage on Sturgeon Lake and on Georgian Bay on their boat. Enthusiastic supporter and volunteer at the Art Gallery of Ontario and later a member of Exploring Toronto. Lifelong member of the congregation of Rosedale United Church. She had high standards of etiquette from the dining room table to the tennis court. She always knew the right response to any social situation. A lively sense of humour; given to pranks. The consummate hostess with a talent for making people feel comfortable and welcome. Thank you to all of our mother’s devoted and loving caregivers from Living Assistance and to the palliative team from the Temmy Latner Centre. Donations in her memory may be made to The Arthritis Society or to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care. There will be a private funeral service.
SPA has just been informed of the passing of one of our own, Lorna Graham. I met her only a couple of times and each of those times I was taken by her sweetness. My condolences (and on behalf of SPA) go out to Ted and Deborah and the rest of the Graham family.
LORNA MARGARET GRAHAM July 20, 1934 – November 11, 2020 With profound sadness, but also with tremendous gratitude for her life, the family of Lorna Margaret Graham (née Christian) announces her passing after a lengthy and valiant struggle with breast cancer.
Born July 20, 1934, in Lindsay, Ontario to Dorothy and Elmer Christian, Lorna created one of the great love stories of our time for her spouse of 68 years, James E. “Ted” Graham, currently of Orono and Sturgeon Point, Ontario. High school sweethearts, they met and married in Lindsay, relocated to Toronto and became parents to Deborah Woods (Bruce), Catherine Graham, Jeffrey Graham (Karen Langhammer), Stephanie Pipe (Steven), and Meredith Graham Anderson (Jeremy); grandparents to Benjamin Madden (Jennifer), Shannon Sibbald (Robert), Timothy and Charlotte Graham, Joshua Pipe (Rebecca), Jesse Pipe (Chelsea) and James Pipe, Connor and Skye Graham Anderson and Marisa Pavao-Brady; and great-grandparents to Aidan, Madeline, Lachlan and Elowyn Sibbald, Emmett and Nathaniel Madden, and Ezekiel, Malachi and Elijah Pipe. Lorna was the well-loved sister of John Christian and sister-in-law of Jean Richardson.
Lorna shared her never failing love with nieces and nephews Roy (Liz) Crum, Richard Crum (Jan Telfer), Susan Crum (Elaine Burr), Warren and Kim Christian, and great-nieces and -nephews. Lorna was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, and a “homemaker” in the very best sense of the word. She created a strong sense of home and family, as Ted’s very busy and successful career at Procter and Gamble, Shopsy’s and Versa Services took them from Toronto to Scarborough to Kitchener, to Mississauga and finally to Orono and Sturgeon Point, Ontario. With her unerring sense of style and interior design, she created comfortable and beautiful homes for Ted and the family with each move. Lorna was the consummate hostess, creating lovely meals and holiday celebrations that her family and friends will always remember. She loved to paint, sew, arrange flowers and “craft,” and was a voracious reader. She was the calm and loving centre of our family, on whom we all relied. She will be so greatly missed. Lorna was a great friend to many, including a group of people who attended Lindsay Collegiate Institute with her. That group maintained close, affectionate connections for over fifty years. Later she shared that same love and sense of connection with neighbours in the Toronto area and Sturgeon Point. The family will cherish the memory of all that Lorna has done to care for and support her husband and family, the beauty she brought into the world in so many ways, and her demonstration of God’s love through service in various churches and communities.
The family is deeply grateful to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre and Dr. Zalewski and his professional team for the exemplary care Lorna received. Should you wish to make a memorial donation in Lorna’s name, please consider Lakeridge Health Foundation or the Durham Regional Cancer Centre. Arrangements have been entrusted to Newcastle Funeral Home. A memorial service may be held, depending on developments regarding COVID-19. Lorna, based on her strong Christian beliefs, loved these words – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” – Psalm 121:1-2