In Memory of Norman WRIGHT 1958 – 2020

Norman died peacefully at home in Toronto on December 7, 2020 after a courageous 16 month battle with a glioblastoma brain tumour.  He dealt with this disease and treatment bravely, without complaint.

Loving husband of Barbara Allan and dear father to Cooper. Predeceased by his father William and survived by his mother Barbara, his brother Bruce and his sister Elizabeth (Michael) and his two nephews Zachary and Nicholas. 

He will be dearly missed by family, and friends from his early days at school through to his recent working life at IBM Canada. Norman was an optimistic person who never had a bad thing to say about anyone. His 62 years were filled doing the things he loved with his family including travelling, spending time in the outdoors, hiking, camping and canoeing.  He also had many varied interests including his passion for cars, stamp and coin collecting, everything dinosaur, and WWII airplanes. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Sunnybrook Foundation and the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (Mount Sinai Foundation) would be appreciated.

You are invited to join our virtual celebration of life honouring Norman Wright (June 2, 1958 – Dec. 7, 2020) 

On Saturday January 16, 2 pm

Using the following Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 851 7259 2677

The Zoom link will be open 30 minutes early, at 1:30 pm,  and we invite you tojoin us for an informal meet and greet before the start of the ceremony.  

The program itself will begin at 2 pm with photo memories of Norm’s life and reflections from some of Norm’s family and friends.

There will also be an opportunity to chat with the other guests after the memorial and by using the chat function on Zoom during the memorial. 

In case we’ve missed anyone, please feel free to share these details.  If you wish to say a few words about Norm at the memorial, please let us know at the emails below and we’ll fit you in. 


Norm’s Family 

If you have any questions in advance of the memorial, please contact any of the following:

Barb: [email protected]

Bruce: [email protected]

Elizabeth: [email protected]

Note:  If you have not downloaded Zoom, please do so for free ( in advance.

You may also access the memorial by phone using the numbers below. 

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 647 374 4685  (Toronto) 

+1 647 558 0588 (Toronto)

+1 778 907 2071 (Vancouver area)

+49 69 7104 9922 (Germany)

+49 69 3807 9883 (Germany)

+61 8 6119 3900 (Australia)

+61 8 7150 1149 (Australia)

+61 2 8015 6011 (Australia)

+61 3 7018 2005 (Australia)

+61 7 3185 3730 (Australia)

Meeting ID: 851 7259 2677

In Celebration of Paul Wroe

It is with sadness that SPA announces the passing of Paul Wroe.

December 17, 1942 –  July 19, 2019

Peacefully, with his family by his side, on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Credit Valley Hospital, at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Mary Lynn for almost 52 years. Loving father of Stephen (Darlene) and Marianne Theo (Karl). Devoted grandfather of Stephanie, Melissa, Abby, Owen, Karli, Sailor, Poppy and Jack. Paul was the dear brother-in-law of Hugh, Anne, Paul, Esther, Ellen, Ian, Martha and their families. Hard working and multi-talented, Paul was a Chartered Accountant and had a proud history of working within Toronto’s film industry. He had a philanthropic nature and was a dedicated executive of the Variety Club charity and the Canadian Motion Picture Pioneers. Paul’s passions were his family, his bountiful garden, hunting, fishing, and cottage life. He participated in and enjoyed a wide variety of sports throughout his life. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway, on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. For those who wish to donate, donations may be made to Trillium Health Partners – The Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre. Online condolences may be made through

Passing of another long time Sturgeon Pointer

Arnold Agnew, a long time Sturgeon Pointer, passed away on May 7th.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 12th at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, followed by a reception at Morley Bedford.

From the Globe and Mail –

AGNEW, Arnold Harvey

Arnold Harvey Agnew, born May 22, 1925 in Toronto, son of the late George Harvey and Helen Agnew (Smith). Died May 7, 2014 following a short illness at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Flora Jane (Mulligan). Also predeceased by sister Phyllis Baldwin, Wonderful father of John (Jodi Woollam), Sarah (Stephen Zeifman), David (Sheila Kirouac) and Elizabeth (Bruce Lourie); proud grandfather and great-grandfather to Jesse (Michelle Chan), Emmett, Clancy, Ellen, Claire, Michelle, Nick, George and Jane; Jack and Olivia. Chronologically, Arnold’s first love was newspapers. His second was Flora. They met working at The Varsity while they were at University of Toronto. Before attending university, he had signed up for the RCAF after graduating from University of Toronto Schools. He was training as a rear gunner when the war ended, and returned to his education. After a short time in Halifax working as a reporter, he went to London, England in the early 1950s to work for United Press. Flora followed, and they were married at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street’s spiritual home, in August, 1952. John’s birth would follow a year later, and they returned to Canada where Arnold joined the Toronto Telegram, also deceased. Living in Toronto long enough to have Sarah, the family then moved to Sherbrooke where he was the editor of the Daily Record. David and Elizabeth — known to all as Biz — would soon follow. Returning to Toronto and the Telegram, Arnold rose through the ranks to become Editor-in-Chief before the paper folded in 1971. Following a stint with TD Bank, he turned to marketing and communications consulting where he ended his career in his early 80s. Until the end, Arnold faithfully read his daily newspaper, devoured The Economist and kept his Progressive, even Red, Conservativism fresh. His other passion, much unrequited, was golf at the family’s Sturgeon Point cottage. His remarkable doggedness at the game, never reflected in his score, was occasionally rewarded by an ‘Arnold’ — holing a short chip to stay below double digits. He was the last man standing among a close- knit group of friends who summered together for decades — the Point will never be the same. Arnold had a long association with St. John’s Rehab, proud of the wing at the hospital that carries his father’s name. He was an honorary director of St. John’s after serving on the board for many years. He served as both councilor and reeve of the Village of Sturgeon Point and enjoyed his volunteer time with Katimavik and Management Advisory Services. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, followed by a reception at Morley Bedford. Many thanks to the remarkable staff at Sunnybrook who cared for him during his short time with them with warmth and compassion. Please make a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice.