The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Robert A. Garden OLS# 917
Robert (Bob) A. Garden, passed away in his 90th year at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife Irene and his brother Don. Bob (with one “O”) was the loving father of Ted and his wife Maryke, Paul and his wife Darlene, and Tim and his wife Robin. Cherished grandpa of Brittany (Paul and Darlene), Lise (Ted and Maryke) and Scott (Ted and Maryke), and great grandpa of Jane (Lise and Jay) and Cooper (Brittany and Brandon).
As a young man Bob worked as a surveyor for the Department of Highways. During one of his out of town survey assignments with DHO he met his wife Irene at the Kee to Bala, dancing to the happening sounds of the Big Bands that frequently played the Kee at that time. Bob eventually started his own land surveying company and provided survey services to many areas throughout southern Ontario. Bob’s thirty years of private practice in the land surveying business were filled with a wide range of community activities including some forays into local politics.
Bob and Irene were enthusiastic snow birds and routinely enjoyed spending their winters in Florida and Arizona. The natural environment of Arizona provided Bob with an opportunity to pursue his hobby of oil painting, several examples of which adorn his son’s homes.
A celebration of life for Bob will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the RVH Foundation would be appreciated.
Online messages of condolences and memories may be forwarded to the family through www.steckleygooderham.com
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Norman w. Babbs, OLS# 1097
Norman Walter Babbs, born Sunday October 10, 1937 to Ruth (nee Bradley) and Walter Babbs, passed away on March 20, 2020 with his daughters by his side. Norman was the middle brother to elder Trevor (Eva) and younger David (Marilyn).
Raised in Toronto and Scarborough, during high school he met his sweetheart Sharon (nee Cowling). They celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. Daughters Donna (Stephen Latto) and Linda will miss his sense of humour, compassion, guidance and devotion to the well-being of his family. Dad and mom gave us all the opportunities they never had. Through an early introduction to theater, Pop and Nana inspired grandchildren Ben and Krista Newey to pursue careers in the arts. “Mrs. Cowling” will miss her dear son-in-law. Pre-deceased by brother-in-law Bill Cowling whose daughters Amoreena and Jesse-Kate survive him.
Survived by cousin Pat James (Tom), nieces Kathleen and Jennifer, and nephew Tom (Fiona) whose sons Evan and Nicholas will carry on the Babbs name.
An Ontario Land Surveyor, Norm worked for the Ontario Department of Highways and later, JD Barnes, Holding & Babbs, and Ivan B. Wallace etc.
His passion was sailing, with impressionism art a close second. He loved hockey, animals, music of all kinds and Charles Schultz comics. Norm and Sharon traveled extensively, enjoyed their cottage, theatre, art museums and were great dancers.
Best man Ken Smith (Sandra) remained a constant friend throughout his life. Dear friends since the ‘60s are John & Lynda Prain, June and Savo Stefoff.
A celebration of Norman’s life will take place in the future. Online condolences may be made at aftercare.org/obituaries. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to a food bank.
May he rest in peace.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of John R. Hiley, OLS# 818
John passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on December 28th, 2019.
Predeceased by his wife Isobel in 2017. Loving father of John, Richard, Margaret (Frank Fantauzzi), Bernard and Collin (Pam). He will be missed by his grandchildren, Jaymie, Jason, Emilia, Saija, Nicholas, Robyn and Shane.
John graduated from the Civil Engineering program at the University of Toronto and following his Articles was commissioned as an Ontario Land Surveyor in 1953.
After spending his early years in private practice he joined the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton and then the National Capital Commission.
Cross Country Skiing and Marathon Canoeing were John’s passions and he continued with these well into retirement both as a participant and volunteer.
The family would like to thank the Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence, John’s close friend, Geri Anderson and the many others who made his time there so very special.
Respect and kindness were of utmost importance to John and these will be his legacy.
Your memories of John or messages of condolence may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of John "Jack" Webster, OLS# 1052
Peacefully with his family by his side at Victoria Hospital, London, John "Jack" Webster passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of E. Anne (nee Brown) Webster for nearly 53 years. Loving father of Todd Webster and his wife Brenda and Kym Webster-Abrams and her husband Ken. Cherished Grandpa of Christian and Cameron Abrams. Dear brother-in-law of Doug Brown (the late Janice).
Jack had a long career of over 40 years as a land surveyor and partner with A.G.M. Surveyors and following his retirement was active with travelling and church activities.
Friends are welcomed for visiting on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11 am at Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 342 Pond Mills Road, London, with visiting 1-hour prior (10-11 am). Cremation to follow with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London.
Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario, 207-551 Oxford Street West, London, ON N6H 0H9 or the Humane Society London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5.
Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of John Stuart Duncan, OLS# 1242
John passed away at Hospice Peterborough on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, in his 75th year. John was the loving husband for 50 years of Joan (née Oliver), and the devoted father of Andrew (Joyce Grant), Jill (Colin Mitchell) and Laura. A wonderful Grandpa to Bennett, Maxwell and Thomas. Dear brother of Kenneth (Nancy) and James (Suzzanne).
John left this world the same way he lived in it—with determination, grace, kindness and dignity that inspired everyone around him. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to Florence Henry and John Duncan. John was an Ontario Land Surveyor for his entire career, and retired as owner of Beninger Surveying in Peterborough. He was a loyal friend, an active volunteer, church member, curler, card player, and he loved diving off the dock at the cottage. John loved his family more than anything and his family loved him so much.
We would like to thank Hospice Peterborough for giving John, and our family, extraordinary care and support that allowed us to spend quality time together during his final days.
Friends are invited to call at Ashburnham Funeral Home, 840 Armour Road, Peterborough, on Friday, December 20, 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street, Peterborough, on Saturday, December 21, at 11 a.m.
In memory of John, donations to Community Care Peterborough or Hospice Peterborough would be appreciated.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Albert Henry "Ab" Heywood OLS# 1177
Ab passed away on the morning of September 24th. He leaves his wife Veronica (Vonnie) and his daughter Michele. He was predeceased by his son Andrew William and his daughter Marie Annette. His passions were his family, his beliefs, and boating with his buddy Rick. He was a long-time volunteer with his church, St Cyprian's Anglican Church, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
A tremendous thanks to the whole palliative care team at North York General Hospital.
A private funeral service will be held for close family and friends.
Donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of W. Doug Smith OLS# 1403.
Doug passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 29, 2019 with his loving wife and three children by his side. Doug Smith at the age of 73, beloved husband and best friend of Verna Smith (nee Ritchie). Proud father of Shelby (Keith), Jana and Doug Jr. Much loved grandfather and protector of Jacob "Bucky", Riley "Frank", Delaiden "Eddie", Samantha "Sambo" and Caleb "Gretzky". These nicknames were given to each one by Papa.
Doug was born in Barrie to William Fredrick Smith and Ruby Winnifred Smith (nee Hill) and always talked about his great memories of his childhood here, playing sports and making life-long friends. He owned his own business as an Ontario Land Surveyor in Barrie and was very active in the community and service clubs. Doug had a fierce love for his family and enjoyed attending sporting events of all of his grandchildren.
In his later years he and his wife enjoyed many "bucket list" trips together. He will be fondly remembered and lovingly missed by his immediate and extended family and friends. Friends and family will be received at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St., Barrie (just north of Cundles Rd.) on Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. Funeral service will be in the Chapel on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 11 o'clock with visitation from 10 a.m. A private family interment will be held in Barrie Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to ALS Society would be appreciated by the family.
Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of William "Bill" James Plaxton OLS# 1161
Sadly on Sunday, September 8, 2019 we lost Bill to a brave and prolonged battle with cancer at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ontario. Bill was a devoted husband to Jill (Merry), loving father to William (Emma Wakim) and Heather (David MacDonald), and grandfather to Scott, Brynn, Graham, Reese, Alison, and William. Bill charmed everyone he met and was known for his gentle character, contrarian wit, and his deep love for his family and friends.
Educated at UTS and U of T, Bill worked his entire life as an Ontario Land Surveyor. Without a doubt, he was a devoted supporter of the varied activities of Granji, Bill, and Heather, as well as his six active grandchildren. Bill never missed a sporting event at UCC or Havergal, and he took great pride in every gathering of friends and family, convocation, homecoming, or equestrian event on the family calendar.
Bill was happiest on the farm in Puslinch, and he took pride in a meticulously maintained lawn, happy family dogs, and well-attended horses. In his later years, Bill cherished cards, phone calls, and visits from everyone - and especially with his old friends Jimmy, Rumble, Gerry, and Bob who shared great laughs and memories! Enormous thanks to so many people who provided excellent care and company to him including the staff at Grand River Hospital, Luther Village, Lisaard House, and Parkwood Mennonite Home.
A celebration of Bill's life will take place at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, on October 1st at 12 o'clock.