The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Michael J. Clancy, OLS# 1387
Mike was born in Toronto on January 5, 1942 to Rose and Michael Clancy, brother to Patrick and sister Rosemary.
He articled at the Department of Highways and obtained his license in 1974. Prior to starting his own practice in 1981, Mike worked at the Department of Highways, Ontario Hydro and Marshall Macklin Monaghan, working on a wide variety of survey projects in Canada and abroad.
Mike retired after suffering multiple strokes and ultimately succumbed to heart failure on November 11, 2020, leaving behind sons Michael Jr. and Danny of Toronto and their mother, Colette Bryson, his partner of many years.
Mike enjoyed life and was proud of his Irish heritage. He was the consummate host and enjoyed the company of friends and acquaintances.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Donald I. Houghton, OLS# 741
Don died peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Elgin Manor, in his 97th year. Beloved husband for 65 years to the late Helen I. (née Taylor) Houghton (December 1, 2015). Dearly loved father of Barbara Whidden (late Don) of Edmonton, AB, Gregory Houghton (Sharon) of Kamloops, BC, Sharon Houghton Ross (Allen) of Midland, MI, and Ward Houghton (Sylvia VanHemert) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandfather of Michael (Ashley), Timothy (Michelle), Joshua (Simone), Daniel, Elise, Colleen, Andrea, Damon, Taylor, Emily, and Aaron. Proud great grandfather of Camille and Gabriel Whidden, Isaac, Isobel and Samuel Houghton. Dear brother of Marjorie Quinney (late John) of London, Phyllis McNeil (John) of Dutton, Alvin Houghton (Heather) of St. Thomas, late Murray Houghton (Betty of Florida), and the late Lucille Grant (late Gary), and loved by the late Gord and Marie (Taylor) Brown. Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Born in St. Thomas, August 3, 1924, he was the son of the late Ira and Twila (née Martin) Houghton. Don served during WWII in the Canadian Army. He was a member of New Sarum Baptist Church and was very involved at the former Broderick Memorial Baptist Church, St. Thomas. Don was proud to be an Ontario Land Surveyor serving the people of Elgin County for over 7 decades. Many thanks to the staff at Elgin Manor and Caressant Care Bonnie Place Retirement Home for their wonderful care these past few years.
A private funeral service for the immediate family (a mask or face covering is required) will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. A public celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so. Memorial donations to New Sarum Baptist Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or the St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank “The Caring Cupboard” will be gratefully acknowledged.
Please note: As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO), https://thebao.ca/registrars-directive-province-wide-cemetery-gathering-limits/, attendance at indoor funeral services and visitations and outdoor funeral services and visitations including graveside services will be restricted.
A private funeral service for the immediate family (a mask or face covering is required) will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. A public celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so.
For the published Obituary, please visit: https://siftonfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/228/Donald-I-Don-Houghton/obituary.html
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Eero Halinen, OLS# 1240
Eero passed peacefully at the Huntsville Memorial Hospital on Sunday October 4th , 2020. Beloved husband of June Halinen. Dear father of Alanna (Greg) Frewin, and Garrick Halinen Cherished grandfather of Benjamin Frewin, Megan Frewin and Justin Dunker and much loved brother to Elsa Armstrong . He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Predeceased by his siblings Eino Halinen, Ellie Devos, Eila Driver and Eppa McIsaac.
In his working years, he was a Land Surveyor and enjoyed the membership of the South River Lions, South River Curling Club, and the Ontario Land Surveryors.
Following Eero’s wishes cremation has taken place and his ashes will be laid to rest in Bow’s Cemetery.
If so desired, memorial donations to the South River Curling Club, (South River, ON P0A 1X0) would be appreciated by the family.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of John Verhaegen, OLS# 1203
John passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Maureen for 52 years and devoted father of Genevieve (Adriano), Monique (Chris), and Claudine (Frank). Cherished grandpa of Amelia, Marcus, and Aidan. Dear brother of Anne-Marie and the late Arthur of Belgium, and the late Pierre. He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews.
Born in Ghent, Belgium, John explored the world and worked in many places before establishing a land surveying firm in Windsor. He was a simple man who enjoyed gardening, sailing, the outdoors, and homemade food. John was a longtime member of St. Anne Parish in Tecumseh, where he will be remembered as a good friend and a man of great faith.
For those who wish, donations may be made to Second Chance Ministries or the CNIB. On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend memorial visitation from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Road, East Windsor, 519-969-5841
On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Anne's Church, 12233 Tecumseh Rd. E., at 11:00 a.m.
You can reserve your time for visitation or seat for Mass at www.FamiliesFirst.ca (RSVP) or by calling directly. A private family burial will be held at St. Anne Cemetery. Cremation has taken place.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Edward Barich, OLS# 1243
Ed died peacefully in his sleep. Ed's first sunrise was September 26, 1936 and his final sunset was Sunday, October 4, 2020 at St. Joseph's hospital in Hamilton. Left to mourn are his beloved wife; Judy "Kelly" and her sons Karry and Tony. Predeceased by; his parents Joe and Mary Barich and his two brothers Joe and Frank. Ed was a registered Ontario Land Surveyor. After his retirement, he and Kelly enjoyed many warm winters in Florida.
At Eds request, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. Donations to Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Donald J. Smith, OLS# 1205
The family of Don Smith is deeply saddened to announce his sudden but peaceful passing at the Perth Smith Falls District Hospital, on Wednesday, September 16th. Don was a loyal and loving husband, father and grandfather; dedicated professor and Ontario Land Surveyor; avid volunteer, Mason and Shriner; passionate outdoorsman, gardener, geocacher and stargazer.
Don was brought up with a sense of family history. His connection to his family, his community and his chosen profession was strong. He was a licensed Ontario Land Surveyor (O.L.S.) with experience in Land Surveying Projects in both Land Titles and Registry Systems, in the field, office and classroom.
His career in surveying began in 1959. He became an Ontario Land Surveyor before there were formal programs in University and College and before the terms Geomatics and GPS were part of our lexicon. He spent 13-years working in private practice with companies in North Bay, Sudbury and Kitchener, Ontario. This was followed by 26-years teaching the Surveying Technician/Technology and Civil Engineering Technician/Technology programs at Northern College, Porcupine Campus, Timmins, Ontario.
Don was dedicated to his profession. He participated as a member in committees, advisory committee’s, North Eastern Regional Group of the Ontario Land Surveyors and attended as many annual meetings of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors as possible. Throughout his life and career, he upheld the values of equity, diversity and opportunity. Don shared his knowledge and time without boundaries.
Don loved history, community, gardening, geocaching, astronomy, genealogy, photography, token collecting and especially his family. Don was also a Shriner serving as Secretary and President of Timmins and District Shrine Club.
In remembrance of Don and in lieu of flowers, contributions to The Shriners Hospital for Children in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal, Quebec would be appreciated. A private family service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at a later date.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Robert Thomas McCurdy, OLS# 1046
Retired Land Surveyor, Legal Surveys, E. M. R., Robert Thomas McCurdy passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in his 90th year. Dear husband of the late Rosemary (MacDonald). Son of the late Arthur and Isabel (Black) McCurdy. Predeceased by brothers William (his twin) and Leighton. Brother-in-law of Shirley (Clark) and the late Margaret (Johnston). Loving father of Diana Rourke (Gary) of Ingleside, Scott McCurdy (Susan Johnston) of San Diego, California and Glen McCurdy (Aimee Lewis) of Kingston. Proud grandfather of Shannon and Dylan Rourke, Charlotte and Ian McCurdy, and Lachlan McCurdy. Survived by four nieces and two nephews.
A private Funeral Service will be held at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road). Cremation and private interment at Capital Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Terrance O'Neil Callon, OLS# 1017
Terry passed peacefully at People Care at Oakcrossing Long Term Care on Tuesday, July 14. He was in his 86th year.
Born September 08, 1934 in Toronto, his birth mother Rita O’Neil named him Henry Clay O’Neil. He was adopted at the age of four, by Flora and Ted Callon, given his present name and was raised in Orillia, Ontario.
After graduating from high school Terry articled first with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests and then finished his articles with the Ontario Department of Highways. He was commissioned an Ontario Land Surveyor on July 6, 1959.
He and Carmen Bennett (2015) were married in Toronto in 1958.
After postings in Northern Ontario he began private practice in London, Ontario in 1967 as T.O. Callon Co. Ltd., Ontario Land Surveyors, continuing to serve clients until his retirement in 1994 from (then) Callon Dietz Co. Ltd.
In 1982 he and Anne (McKim) Rowell were married in London.
In 1996, during his “retirement”, Terry qualified as and was commissioned a Florida Land Surveyor.
Terry and Anne enjoyed many post-retirement years living in Florida, in Mexico, and on Vancouver Island, returning to London in 2011.
Terry is survived by his wife Anne and children Suzanne Callon, Catherine Belcastro (Toronto), Patrick Callon, and Linda Callon(Calgary) as well as stepchildren Dawn Bathie (Winnipeg), Heather Welsford (Brentwood Bay, BC), and Andrew Rowell.
He and Anne share 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by birth siblings Donald Freeman, Patti Donoval, Brenda Dinelle and Michael Freeman.
Cremation has taken place.
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.
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